Yavatmal: A village in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district has completely banned the use of mobile phones by children below 18 years of age. On Thursday, an official of the Gram Panchayat also claimed that this decision could be the first of its kind in the state.
Sarpanch Gajanan Tele of this village has also said that the decision of ‘no mobile phones in any form for those below 18 years of age in Bansi of Pusad taluka of the district was taken on the date 11th November.
“During the Coronavirus pandemic, children started using mobile phones for online education. They soon became addicted to it, spending a lot of time browsing various sites and playing online games.” They said.
“Because of this, we have now decided to completely ban the use of mobile phones for all children below the age of 18 years in Bansi Gram Panchayat. We have become the first gram panchayat in Maharashtra to take such a decision,” he claimed.
Children and adults were barred from using phones every day between 7 pm and 8:30 pm
He has also said that there may be initial difficulties in implementing the decision but both parents and children will be advised to make this step a success.
“If we see children using mobile phones even after counseling, then we will impose a fine. And the aim is to get kids back to studies and not being distracted by mobile phones at all.” Sarpanch Gajanan Tele said.
Incidentally, Mohitanche Vadgaon village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district has opted for an “evening detox” to tackle mobile phone addiction among residents as well.
As per the decision taken on Independence Day this year, children and adults were completely barred from using phones every day between 7 pm and 8:30 pm.