Back to school with your 'cop pal'

District-in-charge Minister, elected reps and teachers to shoulder the task

Select police personnel both in the city and rural parts will take children to schools. They are not alone in this task, as teachers and elected representatives will lend a helping hand to the men in khaki. Moreover, district in-charge minister will also lead those children to classes.

Announcing this at a media briefing at Government Guest House here on Thursday, Medical Education and District In-charge Minister S A Ramdas said- the programme titled ‘Akshara Aarakshaka’ (education and police) will be launched on pilot basis on May 23.

Home Minister R Ashoka will inaugurate the programme amid the presence of acting DG and IG S T Ramesh at Senate Bhavan, Manasagangothri on the day at 10 am.

Elaborating on the concept, the minister said a total of 1,260 cops (800 in city alone) will be involved, apart from 1,600 teachers. Their job starts with visiting every household only to ensure that the children below 15 years age, get education. Two teachers and one elected representative will accompany them. Each cops have a set target of 15 houses per day.

Stickers bearing the details of cops- from his/ her photo to name, station, cell number, control room number and also helpline will be distributed to the houses, to bridge the gap between the residents and sentinels of the society. In case of any eventuality, the residents may inform the cops on given numbers, said Ramdas. It also helps keep a tab on every activity in the localities.

For this alone, another programme- Namma Mane Police has been devised. Though the functions drawn under are akin to new beat system, it has rich benefits. In urban areas, every cop has 200 houses to monitor, as against one for every village in rural parts.

Another ambitious programme to issue Learner’s License and Driving License for eligible candidates under one roof will be conducted after Transport Adalat on May 29, the minister added.

Earlier the minister presided over a meeting of MCC, Police, RTO, Education, ZP and other departments, to chalk out measures for the success of intended programmes.

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