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Panel asks tribal ministry to act in death of nearly 800 kids in Maha’s Ashram schools

Panel asks tribal ministry to act in death of nearly 800 kids in Maha’s Ashram schools
In its report on the Working of Ashram Schools in Tribal Areas, the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment said that it was ‘shocked’ to note during the study visit that 793 children died in Ashram schools in Maharashtra from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013 due to snake bites, scorpion bites, fever and minor illness.

The committee said the state government conducted 609 primary enquiries and as a result thereof, 74 employees were suspended, departmental enquiry initiated against 28 employees, show cause notice were issued to 39 employees and 99 were given memorandum and warning.

‘The committee is not satisfied with the action as it is a clear case of criminal neglect on the part of the schools’ authorities in not ensuring timely treatment for the tribal children which could have saved their precious lives,’ the panel said.
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