Legal action to soon be initiated against schools across Indian state of Kamataka that do not have boards indicating that sales of cigarette and tobacco products banned in 100-meter radius around campus, state government officials say

BANGALORE, India , December 5, 2012 () – Legal action will be soon initiated against schools across the state which do not have boards indicating that sale of cigarette and tobacco products are banned in 100-metre radius around the campus.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in a circular on Tuesday said the Deputy Directors of Public Instruction (DDPI), will soon inspect the schools and take action against erring ones.This comes as a move to tighten the noose around the schools which have not followed the DPI instructions.

N B Patil, Director of Secondary Education, said legal steps will be immediately initiated against these schools. However, in March, Tushar Girinath, former commissioner of Public Instruction had said the DDPIs in the state had failed to submit a report on the compliant and non-compliant schools.

These developments come following the High Court directive last year, which said the DPI to ensure that all the schools indicate the ban by putting up board outside the school, and implement it by February, 2011.

This time, the DPI has said, measures would be stringent and immediate. "DDPIs will be inspecting 15 schools per month," said H V Venkateshappa, DDPI, Bangalore Rural. He said officials had issued written instructions to the heads of all the schools in his region to place the board in a prominent spot.

"Erring schools will receive legal notices on the spot. We will instruct the school heads first and if they fail to comply with, then action will be stringent," he said, adding out of 1,504 schools, 1,205 had the board on display.

Meanwhile, during the inspections in September, it was found that out of the 18,198 schools across the state, only 12,348 schools had installed the board. Published by HT Syndication with permission from New Indian Express. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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