NEW DELHI: Fifty-three government schools have submitted to the Delhi government a list of liquor shops in their vicinity, days after the AAP dispensation had announced that such outlets will be closed.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the education minister, today said the government was now waiting for private schools to submit such a list to initiate action.
“53 schools have submitted the list of liquor shops in their proximity. These are all government schools,” he said.
Mr Sisodia said he has given the list to the Excise Department and they are beginning inspections in these schools in the meantime.
Earlier this month, Mr Sisodia had announced that liquor shops which are in proximity of schools and create a nuisance will be closed.
The announcement was made against the backdrop of increased concerns over students’ safety in schools, following the killing of a seven-year-old boy in a Gurgaon school and alleged rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi.
The Delhi government had asked school principals to send a list of liquor shops located close to their campuses.
As per rules, liquor shops cannot function within 100 metres of schools.
“Action will be taken even if the liquor shop is situated beyond the 100-metre limit but the school feels it is troublesome,” Mr Sisodia said.