Mumbai has thousands of street children, these children are illiterate, and, due to this illiteracy they are prone to criminal activities. The state government has suggested a unique solution to stop these children from getting prone to crimes and other illegal activities.
The Maharashtra State government has proposed to start ‘signal schools’ for thousands of street children in Mumbai. The state has also decided to form a panel to suggest measures to tackle the problem.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated the idea for the same has been taken from the initiative of Thane Municipal Corporation of Signal Schools. The signal school initiative was started by Thane Municipal Corporation with the help of Thane-based NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth, the proposal was to educate the street children who are deprived from education.
Samarth Bharat Vyaspith (SBV) school for the street children has a remodeled goods container which has been equipped with an audio visual system, it also includes a library with around 200 books, and, provisions of daily meals.
While referring the 2011 census, BJP MLA Amit Satam also pointed out that in Mumbai itself a figure of 60,000 people are said to be staying on the street, with most of them being children. He suggested the construction of 8 night shelters by the BMC. Chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis assured that the government will seek information in regard to reserved plot on the same issue.
Amit Satam also raised questions about the street children who were kidnapped, and, were sold to a land lord in Shrigonda. Chief Minister Fadanavis stated that, the nine people related to the case were arrested and FIRs have been lodged for the same.