Prevent sale of gutkha and liquor near schools, education deputy director tells principals

After reports suggested increase in the number of school students getting addicted to gutkha and alcohol, Suman Shinde, Deputy Director of Education, has asked all the principals to prevent the sale of these products within the 100-m radius of schools.

As per a government resolution, the sale of alcohol, tobacco, gutkha and related products within a radius of 100m is banned. Yet these products are easily available in small shops near schools.

"This is not a new order and we have only reminded schools of the GR that bans sale of these products. If there are shops selling these products near schools, principals should complain to authorities concerned. If they do not take any action, the principals should approach local police and file a complaint against shop owners," said Shinde.

She added, "It is the responsibility of principal to take care of students while they are in schools. Hence, it is of utmost importance to prevent them from falling prey to such addictions."

Pradip Dhumal, President, Education Board, Pune Municipal Corporation, said, "Principals should complain to local police, health officers or ward officers. They are bound to take action as this is a matter of children's future."

Shinde said there is a need for principals to take strong corrective measures. Parents and teachers should back principals on the issue, she added.

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