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    Published On : Wed, Aug 8th, 2018

    Safety concerns in Nagpur ahead of Maratha Bandh on Aug 9

    NAGPUR: Maratha organisations have called for Maharashtra bandh on August 9 on the issue of reservations in education and jobs for the community. Although the Maratha community has called for a peaceful bandh and have sought cooperation from the NMC, local authorities, businessmen and traders to keep the private as well as city bus services along with schools and colleges closed on Thursday, a sense of worry is prevailing across the State.

    Even though authorities are ready to tackle any situation and are looking at the current situation, many schools and colleges have declared a holiday looking at the safety of students, while many are in confusion as authorities have not issued a notice whether schools and college should be closed or not.

    Center Point School Katol Road, Seventh-Day Adventist Higher Secondary School Nagpur, Narayana Vidyalayam Somalwada and many other schools decided to remain closed on August 9 and will reopen on Friday as per schedule time.

    Amravati Zilla Parishad declared a holiday to all schools and colleges on Thursday looking at the Bandh.

    With admission process for First Year Junior College under process, it is question as how student will complete their admission process as Thursday is last day to take admission and students have to complete the admission process by till 6 pm on August 9. The link for admissions will be closed thereafter and no new candidates will be entitled to complete the process after August 9.

    “We have not yet recieved any orders from higher authorities to postpone the admission process. As soon as we get the notification from authorities, we will postpone the dates and allot extra time to students to complete their admission process,” informed an official.

    Nagpur CP Bhushan Kumar Upadhya informed that they will be taking special precautions and will act on the safety of citizens and students even if schools did not remain close. They will appoint a team to look after the safety of children for the day, he said.

    Mohomad Shahid Sharif, RTE Action Committee Chairman, asked that even though it was a peaceful bandh, anything could happen and if students of any school and college were affected, who was going to take the responsibility?

    According to Child Safety Act, the safety of children in such event was priority. Looking at the current situation across the city, many school buses, van drivers and private buse are in fear and are refusing to go out. If any major mishap takes place and if any child is harmed, then the responsibility will be of the Collector for not taking proper actions before time, he said.

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