CHANGLANG, Jul 9: The Changlang district administration has issued a comprehensive set of anti-ragging guidelines aimed at curbing the menace of ragging in educational institutions across the district. This initiative, led by deputy commissioner Vishal Sah, is a first of its kind in the state and has been widely appreciated by various organizations and stakeholders.

The guidelines, developed in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directives and the recommendations of the RK Raghavan Committee, mandate strict measures to prevent ragging and impose severe penalties on offenders. Ragging, recognized as a cognizable offense, will be met with strong disciplinary actions, including suspension, rustication, or expulsion from schools, and possible legal action under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The district administration’s efforts have received commendation from the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) and the Singpho Women Organisation (SWO), who praised the prompt action taken in response to recent incidents of bullying and ragging reported in the district. APWWS President Kani Nada Maling expressed gratitude for the proactive approach of the district administration and the swift response to concerns raised by women's organizations.

The guidelines include provisions for the formation of anti-ragging committees and squads in every school, ensuring a structured mechanism to monitor and address ragging-related issues. Students and parents are required to sign anti-ragging undertakings, and the establishment of anti-ragging pledges is mandated for all students in residential schools.

During a recent visit to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Bordumsa, members of the SWO led by president Pisilu Singpho highlighted several concerns, including the need for separate wardens for hostels, appointment of adequate counselors, and improvement of hostel conditions. They also stressed the importance of higher boundary walls for security and the involvement of local communities in school administration through Parent Teacher Councils (PTCs).

The district’s anti-ragging initiative has set a precedent for other districts to follow. The implementation of these guidelines aims to create a safer and more conducive environment for students, ensuring their well-being and academic success.