Chairman of the BMC Education Committee, Vinod Shelar, told this to the students of the 'Salaam Bombay Foundation here on Friday.

Against the backdrop of the World No Tobacco Day observed on May 31, students and representatives of the Salaam Bombay Foundation, a Mumbai-based organisation working for the welfare of children, met Shelar and urged him to take stringent action to ensure that the civic schools remain tobacco-free.

"Strict action will be taken by the BMC against the tobacco sellers that sell any form of tobacco near school premises. Municipal schools in Mumbai would be made 'tobacco free'. The peon staff of the schools will also be asked to ensure that no form of tobacco is consumed on the premises. We will also put up warning boards at all the schools," Vinod Shelar, chairman of the Education Committee of the BMC.

BMC officials would conduct checks at the schools and take appropriate action in case there is a violation, he said.


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