AP Padhi said that detailed guidelines and SOP on safety and security of boarders, safe cooking and serving, food menu chart along with code of conduct and duties of the each staff have been circulated to all concerned. So far 1883 matrons and 276 auxiliary nursing mothers have been appointed for girls hostels, he said. Besides, a special School and Hostel Monitoring Unit (SHMU) has been set up in the department on 24x7 operation with a dedicated telephone.
He also directed the department to ensure strict enforcement of safety and security measures in residential schools and girls hostels. The departmental officers were asked to act vigilantly and proactively in the matter.
"The telephone is connected through hotline with girls hostels from where any boarder can directly communicate her difficulties to the state headquarter for immediate assistance," said department secretary Surendra Kumar. He said disbursement of scholarships to ST, SC and OBC students had been made timely and transparent through introduction of centralized disbursal system on DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) mode. A dedicated scholarship management unit has been instituted in the department for regular monitoring of the system, he said.
Students were advised to give their aadhar number in the online 'Prerana' portal while applying for the scholarships.
Two urban hostels have been set up in Bhubaneswar to facilitate higher education for ST and SC students. Presently around 700 students are residing in these hostels pursuing their higher studies.