Maharashtra: Ensure Coaching Classes Meet Fire Safety Standards

Maharashtra: Ensure Coaching Classes Meet Fire Safety Standards

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For a parent, there is nothing worse than the loss of their child.

I can’t imagine the condition of the parents of the 22 children who fell to their death from a burning coaching center in Surat on 24th May 2019
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I still get nightmares as I recall the images we saw on TV news of these helpless, innocent children jumping from the burning building to save themselves. 

The youngest victim was 14 years old, the oldest 17. All of them studying hard with dreams of becoming architects someday. Ironically all of them died in a building with poor fire safety compliance. 

The reason this tragedy has affected me so much is that I am a mother. My child will also be joining one of these coaching centers this year, like lakhs of others. 

The Surat tragedy has made me wonder whether the coaching centers in my city, Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra are any safer! 

As there is a Bill called the Private Coaching Regulatory Bill still pending before the Maharashtra Assembly, I have started this petition asking the government to include fire safety and other safety provisions into it. 

They are:

- Checking for proper fire safety provision in the coaching centers before giving a license.
- Regular monitoring of safety standards by the Fire Safety Department.
- Imposing a cap on the number of students as per the size of the coaching center.
- Penalties on Coaching Centres for leaving classrooms filled with minors unattended. 

We don’t have much time to waste. Sign this petition immediately so that we ensure that the government includes these points in the law. Join me in asking for a stronger law that will save lives. 

After school, children nowadays are spending the maximum time inside coaching centers. These centers have become an unavoidable part of a child’s life in this era of competitive exams. So the least we can do is ensure that a child’s safety in such spaces. 

India’s future engineers, doctors, lawyers, architects, fashion designers, and many others are studying in these centers. Let’s give them a chance at a bright future by giving them a secure present. Sign my petition.

#SavestudentsLives 

 

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/maha-draft-coaching-class-regulatory-bill-ready-says-tawde-118071601069_1.html

https://www.moneylife.in/article/heavy-curbs-on-private-coaching-classes-in-the-offing-in-maharashtra/54368.html

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