New Delhi: Street
plays, songs and slogans will be some of the new methods the Delhi
government will be adopting to prevent schoolgoing children of the
national capital from taking to inhaling intoxicants like paint
thinner and eraser fluid.
Delhi government has submitted its action plan before the Delhi
High Court, which is to be followed in all schools under the
Directorate of Education here.
The government in its plan submitted Wednesday has cited as to how
training sessions will be conducted at all schools for teachers as
well as for students.
Hearing the submissions, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak
Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna disposed of the matter and
directed the government to implement the new policy at the
The bench also said: "Posters should be displayed at key points of
the national capital, so that the children and their parents get
to know about the harm caused by inhailing intoxicants."
"In parent-teacher meetings the school authority should tell about
this kind of intoxicants been used by their child in the school
campus," said the bench.
The bench was hearing the PIL filed by a lawyer, Sanjeev Sabharwal,
who sought an order for restricted access of eraser fluid,
naphthalene balls, pain-relieving balms, nail paint remover, paint
thinner, among other such substances, to school-going children.
The PIL was based on a news report and sought the court to direct
the government to take preventive steps in the availability of
certain daily items which are being used by school-going children
for addiction by way of inhaling.
In its proposed action plan, the government in its affidavit cited
the methods like conducting plays or nukkad nataks, give children
slogans to learn, make some stories highlighting the side effects
of using these intoxicants and group discussions.
Sabharwal submitted before the bench that the government should
ensure that such substances do not make way into schools and the
parents must be made aware of widespread substance abuse among
Costing just between Rs.15 and Rs.30, most children could buy
these items from their lunch money. Some even go as far as
inhaling petrol from their parents' cars and parked bikes, said
According to the report, the doctors said prolonged abuse could
damage brain cells and cause cancer.