Mumbai: In a first, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set aside Rs 1 crore in its budget so that the mental health of a student is not ignored in schools. The money would be provided to the mental health professors in civic schools to help students deal with problems and make them mentally strong.

“Though we had only one reported case of suicide of class VI student three months ago, the BMC has decided to take up the issue of student’s emotional well-being and mental health seriously. We plan to involve NGOs and collaborate with private organisations too,” a BMC official told a leading daily.

Further, funds have been also kept for a third-party audit of civic schools. Notably, not all schools will undergo an audit in the first year, but will gradually do so. Further, management of information system (MIS) would be set up to record students’ personal information including their academic performance etc. For this, Rs 80 Lakh has been allocated in the budget.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)  on Monday presented its annual budget for the upcomng financial year 2019-20. Notably, Rs 5 crore plan was proposed to install 4,064 CCTV cameras in 381 municipal schools.

The BMC has earmarked Rs 100 crore to reconstruct cycling and walking tracks parallel to the Tansa water pipeline. It has provided Rs 4,145 Crore for roads, Rs 2,569 crore for education, Rs 3,636 crore for healthcare, Rs 929 crore for stormwater drains, Rs 180 crore for modernisation of the civic body’s Fire Brigade, Rs 11.69 crore for disaster management, including equipping its personnel with satellite phones, and Rs 28 crore to install LED lights across the city.