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Delhi government begins installing CCTV cameras inside classrooms ‘to prevent crime’: Report

On July 6, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a project for CCTV camera installation in all Delhi government schools, PTI reported. A Lajpat Nagar government school, Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, became the first Delhi government school where CCTVs were installed inside all the classrooms to enhance the security of students, IANS reported. At the event, Kejriwal called it a “historic milestone” and said that over 1,000 Delhi government schools would be equipped with CCTV cameras by November. Under the project, two cameras will be installed in each classroom, and the entire school premises, except loos, will be under surveillance. The live feed will be monitored from a control room. Kejriwal further said that private schools have also been directed to install CCTV cameras, and will be “strictly” asked to implement the order, PTI reported. It is unclear if this means that private schools will also have to install CCTV cameras inside all classrooms. A Delhi government spokesperson had earlier clarified to MediaNama that these camera installations are not a part of the Delhi government’s larger project to blanket the city with 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras. Live feed for parents According to the government, parents of children will be provided live feeds of classrooms through a mobile app. Kejriwal said, “… perhaps this is the first instance where live feeds from every classroom are being provided to parents through a mobile app”, as per the IANS report. Parents will only be able…

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