Following orders of deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal, the nodal officer-cum-deputy district education officer (DEO, secondary), Ashish Kumar, on Wednesday issued strict instructions to the heads of all government and private schools within the district to install anti-tobacco boards at schools in compliance with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (COTP) Act.
The nodal officer directed school heads to ensure installation of anti-tobacco boards on each floor on the school campus as well as outside the school campus. Kumar informed that a board displaying 'consuming and selling tobacco within the area of 100m is prohibited' is to be installed outside every school. While another board highlighting 'No Smoking Area-Smoking here is an offence' is to be set up at each storey of the school building.
Kumar said he had also directed staff and management committee to be make students aware about the ill-effects of tobacco, so as to cut down its usage.
In a letter issued to the school heads, nodal officer has asked the schools to submit a self declaration with the local Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) branch till January 9 mentioning that they are following all rules under the COTP Act and have installed anti-tobacco boards inside as well as outside the school premises.