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SSA plans CCTV cameras, solar power in girls’ schools

SSA plans CCTV cameras, solar power in girls’ schools

Published: 13th April 2013 10:51 AM
Last Updated: 13th April 2013 10:51 AM
In an attempt to ensure the safety of girls in the wake of increasing sexual violence against women, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has proposed installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) centres.
The proposal, which is a part of a whopping `3,036-crore annual work plan, comes only as a precautionary measure, said Subodh Yadav, state project director. “There have been no untoward incidents in KGBV centres so far, but we do not want to take a chance as the girls come from rural areas,” he said.
The KGBV scheme was formulated to set up residential schools for girls from minority communities. Karnataka has 71 KGBVs spread across 22 districts. In the 2013-14 annual work plan, the SSA estimates a budgetary requirement of `17.04 lakh for CCTV cameras, estimating that one CCTV camera in each KGBV would cost `6,000.
The SSA plans to install at least 4 CCTV cameras, which would be networked, in each KGBV. As of January, there are 7,886 girls enrolled in KGBVs against a target enrollment of 8,300.
‘Powered by Solar’ To address the problem of intermittent supply of electricity in rural areas, SSA has also proposed to install solar power systems in KGBVs for the first time.
“What we have proposed, is a comprehensive solar power package that will not only power the CCTV cameras, but also general light and heating of water combined with sufficient backup to last nights as well,” Yadav said. The SSA, in its annual work plan, has estimated that one KW of solar power would cost around `2 lakh.
“We will get about `1.42 crore for solar systems. However, we will be eligible for 50 per cent subsidy from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, so we can save costs,” Yadav added. The proposal will be presented before the project approval board in New Delhi next week. “We expect at least `2,500 crore. We will push for the CCTV proposal as an imminent requirement,” Yadav said.

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