The government has not made a clear position on CCTV, the world’s largest system for surveillance of people and places, a senior official in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology said.
“There are no concrete announcements yet.
We are not saying no, but we are not going to be changing our position,” said the official, who declined to be named.
The official said the ministry of electronics and information technology had held a meeting with top officials to consider ways to expand CCTV in the state-controlled public schools and other public places.
The government has already ordered private companies to use the system to monitor people in the public and private sectors.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that they were still discussing how to move forward.
The move is expected to have a negative impact on the use of CCTV in schools.
“Censorship is not a good thing.
We should have a system where we can monitor people for a good and bad thing.
It is very easy to do.
But we are in the dark on this,” said a senior public school principal, who asked not to be identified.
“It is a difficult thing to do,” he said, adding that schools have to ensure safety.
The decision to use security cameras is also expected to put pressure on the state government to move faster to create a network of CCTV cameras across the country.
The CCTV system will also give a clear picture of who is at school, the official said.
The Delhi government has ordered private CCTV cameras to be installed in some state schools.
But officials said there is no clear plan for how to monitor students.
“We have not seen any concrete announcement.
We will need to go through all the different channels to see what is happening,” the official told the Reuters news agency.