Ludhiana: For finding out the discrepancies in vehicles ferrying students of private schools as per the Safe School Vahan Scheme, Punjab State Child Rights Protection Commission chairman Sukesh Kalia along with his staff himself carried a surprise check on vehicles of private schools located in different parts of the district.
During the surprise check, Kalia found discrepancies in 12 such school vehicles, due to which they were impounded. He also strictly instructed the school authorities that the safety of students should be ensured at any cost. He said that he would not tolerate any discrepancies/lapses on part of ferrying of school students by vehicles owned/hired by private school owners/management.
While providing information, Kalia informed that the commission has taken a strong note of the recent school bus accident in Amritsar district. That is why the commission carried a surprise check on large scale. He said that it is often seen that the school management/owners do not take much interest in the maintenance of school vehicles neither do they hire trained and experienced drivers and conductors. And as a result of it, such unfortunate incidents take place.
On that occasion, he checked around 70 buses of private schools located in Payal, Dhamot, Tihara, Malaud and Rara Sahib area and 12 buses were impounded. He also ordered that some small discrepancies be rectified at the earliest. He clearly told the school authorities that they should provide adequate staff in the school buses and directed District Transport Officer to carry out regular checks so that no school is able to flout the rules of Safe School Vahan Scheme.
Kalia said that such surprise checks would be carried out regularly and schools flouting rules would not be spared.
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