Odisha government has
decided to install CCTV cameras in hostels run by the ST and
SC Development Department for the safety of the tribal
This was revealed by ST/SC Development, Minorities &
Backward Classes Welfare Minister Ramesh Majhi here.
"Steps are being taken to install CCTVs at the ST/SC
hostels across the state. The State Police Housing and Welfare
Corporation has been given the responsibility to invite tender
for installation of CCTVs at the hostels," Majhi told
The minister informed that of the 7,000 hostels run by
the department, 1000 hostels would be under the cover of CCTVs
in the first phase. He said the government is focusing on the
the girls education and CCTV installation will further ensure
safety of female inmates in hostels.
Around 5 lakh students from across the state are
lodged at 7,000 hostels run by the department. The cameras
will also be installed in the hostels under School & Mass
Education department in which the ST/SC students are staying,
The government action came following reports of of
harassment cases at such hostels. Some teachers have also been
suspended over harassment cases. Even sexual harassment cases
have been received by the department, an official said.
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