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Police verification of school bus drivers made mandatory in Nagaland

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Dimapur, May 18: The Government of Nagaland has notified that police verification will be carried out of all drivers/helpers of vehicles ferrying children to schools.
This is in pursuant to the direction of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India regarding police verification of drivers/helpers of vehicles ferrying children to schools.
“Police verification shall be carried out in respect of the drivers and helpers etc. of bus/van/auto rickshaw ferrying school children,” said a notification issued by the Department of School Education Nagaland. It asked all schools in Nagaland to comply with the same.
The notification directed all schools to take all possible steps to ensure safety of school children in their journey to and from school.
All drivers/helpers ferrying schoolchildren shall be engaged by the school only after completion of verification of their character and antecedents by the police. A driver who has been known to have committed offences in the past such as drunk driving, rash driving, violation of traffic rules, etc. shall not be employed, it said.
The department notified that police verification shall be done after every 2 years to ensure safety and well being of the school children.
Medical checkup regarding the physical fitness of the school bus driver including the eye testing shall be carried out every year, it notified while asking all schools to adhere to these instructions. It warned that action will be taken against school authorities in case of violation/lapse. (Page News Service)

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