Student police plan draws criticism in Uttarakhand
The Centre’s decision to implement its Student Police Cadet Project in Uttarakhand has drawn a sharp criticism from officials who dubbed the scheme as superfluous that would end up putting a huge financial burden on the resource-crunched stateUpdated: Aug 07, 2018 22:01 IST
The Centre’s decision to implement its Student Police Cadet Project in Uttarakhand has drawn a sharp criticism from officials who dubbed the scheme as superfluous that would end up putting a huge financial burden on the resource-crunched state.
“I don’t see any rationale behind introducing an additional central scheme (Student Police Cadet Project) when we already have a similar scheme - National Cadet Corps (NCC) going on in our schools for decades,” an official in the education department said.
Implementing a new scheme alongside NCC, he added, would be a ridiculous move.
“That would be an irrational idea because implementing the new scheme would cost us (government) about ₹4 lakh per school annually,” said a government official, who was not authorised to speak to the media.
“A similar amount per school is spent in implementing the NCC scheme,” he said.
Added a teacher, “One can, therefore, imagine the staggering cost implementing both the schemes would entail considering that we have hundreds of state run schools in Uttarakhand.”
An official in the education department said the state government would be forced to bear the maximum financial burden because the Centre had committed to release only up to ₹50,000 per school annually under the proposed scheme for the next two years only.
“We will have to bear the maximum cost of the proposed scheme, which would be a massive drain on our extremely limited resources,” he said referring to the Student Police Cadet Project (SPCP).
According to officials, implementing the two similar schemes in a resource-crunched state would be a sheer wastage of funds because similar programmes have been prescribed under the twin schemes.
They said the central government recently decided to implement the Student Police Cadet Project across the country.
The objective of the scheme, as per the recently released guidelines, is to establish a dialogue between the police and public through students.
Basically meant for class 8 and class 9 students of state-run schools SPCP will focus on subjects such as community policing and crime control and eradication and road safety.
They will also be trained in sensitising the people against social evils.
Students would also be given exposure to issues like women and child protection and disaster management etc.
Under the subject relating to moral values, they would be taught to pay respect to senior citizens, deal with emergency situations with “a sense of discipline, team spirit, patience and empathy” for the people in distress or those in need of help.
Officials said the curricula prescribed for both the schemes -- NCC and SPCP -- “are almost similar”.
“There are some additional subjects that would be introduced under the proposed central scheme (SPCP),” an official said, adding that those subjects could also be covered under the ongoing NCC scheme.
“Students enrolled in the NCC scheme could easily be taught additional subjects to be prescribed under SPCP,” the official said.
According to him, that would help save enormous amount of funds that would go waste in launching a fresh scheme (SPCP) that would serve the same purpose NCC has been serving for years.
Anand Vardhan, principal secretary (home), when contacted,said the state government had received the guidelines for implementation of the proposed scheme.
“In that connection, we will soon hold a meeting at the chief secretary’s level,” he said.
The exercise would be followed by discussions with finance and education departments before an action plan would be prepared for implementing the project.
“We will then put up the action plan before the chief secretary or the cabinet for approval,” Vardhan said suggesting that the viability of the action plan would be properly scrutinised before it would be implemented.
First Published: Aug 07, 2018 22:01 IST