Safety and security: prime at schools

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In the backdrop of increasing concerns about students’ safety in schools following the murder of a seven-year-old student in Ryan International School, Gurugram and rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi, union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Maneka Gandhi have decided to set up a committee of six secretaries from different ministries to monitor the implementation of safety measures in schools. The different ministries will include HRD Ministry, Women and Child Development Ministry, Tribal and Minority Affairs Ministry, Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation.