CM wants no compromise on school security

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Directs officials to take stern action against child labour at brick kilns

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressed a video conference at Civil Secretariat, divisional and district headquarters on Monday; security arrangements in educational institutions of the province were reviewed in detail during the conference.

The chief minister directed to ensure strict implementation of the plan evolved for security of private and public educational institutions. He said that effective monitoring of security arrangements of schools, colleges and universities should be continued. The chief minister said that concerned authorities should personally review implementation of prescribed security plan regularly. He said that no compromise would be made on the steps being taken for the security of public and private educational institutions.

Addressing the Provincial Cabinet Committee for Law and Order, divisional commissioners, RPOs, CPOs, DCOs and DPOs, the chief minister said that equipping the children with education in a safe atmosphere is our joint responsibility and we have to fulfill it at every cost.

Sharif directed that the committee constituted for formulating anti-terrorism narrative should complete its work at the earliest. He directed to constitute separate committees for reviewing arrangements made under the security plan in the existing educational institutions at all divisional headquarters of the province. Sharif said that members of these committees would review security plan at their respective divisional headquarters and submit their reports. Detailed briefing was also given regarding implementation of the security plan created for public and private educational institutions of A and A-plus category.

Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, chief secretary, inspector general Police, Home secretary and other concerned officials attended the meeting at the Civil Secretariat through video link while divisional commissioners, RPOs, DCOs, CPOs and DPOs from their respective divisions and districts.

CHILDREN OF BRICK KILNS:

Meanwhile, addressing the meeting of Steering Committee set up for elimination of child labour from brick kilns, Sharif said that complete elimination of child labour from brick kilns is his mission. He said that pen and book instead of bricks will be put in the hands of innocent children. He said that all resources will be provided for equipping the children working at brick kilns with education.

He directed that indiscriminate action should be continued against owners of brick kilns involved in child labour. The chief minister said that the ministers, elected representatives, police and administration should ensure complete elimination of child labour from brick kilns. He said that inspection of brick kilns should be continued regularly and strict action should be taken on any violation of law.

Sharif said that the Punjab government had provided a revolutionary package of free education and other expenses for children working at brick kilns. He said that Rs 2,000 would be given to parents on the admission of children in schools Rs 1,000 would be given to every child going to school. He said that stationery, books and uniform would be provided free of cost to these children. The chief minister said that the free educational package would be implemented from the start of the new academic year which begins from April.

Sharif said that labour from minor children at brick kilns would not be tolerated. He said that he was personally monitoring the steps being taken for elimination of child labour. He directed that the campaign for elimination of child labour should be continued in an effective manner. He ordered the concerned authorities that if they receive a complaint of child labour, the brick kiln should be sealed and the owner arrested.

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