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PTI bhubaneswar India
Updated: 31-10-2018 18:00 IST

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

reporters here.

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,

he said.

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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