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ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE; A HERO OF OUR GENERATION

Article By Dr. Shubhra Parmar:  A leader who was away from the public life, who left the office of PM more than 14 years ago, who had not spoken a single word or was not heard in public for more than a decade, whom young man and woman of 15-16 has not seen for a single day in public office; yet they are his fans, if after decades of silence he could generate so much emotion and sympathy in his demise across generations and leaders cutting across ideologies gather to mourn his demise— that is the true legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the hero of our generation. 


During his 60 years long public life undeniably Atal Bihari Vajpayee left a profound imprint on the polity, public speaking and, above all, the democratic awakening of India. He is an achiever, so a hero. He, who saw the dream of a strong and developed India at the dawn of 21 century, had achieved it during his own tenure. What he did not, he had sown the seeds of development in those sectors, whose benefit is till reaping by successive governments. 
 

He was known for his genuine personality with high ambition. He was compassionate, generous, emotional person with unfailing courtesy, with his oratorical skills which carried his political career positively long way. He was a visionary, an able administrator and versatile politician. He was the first initiator of coalition government in India. No one can forget his immense contribution on economic, political, social and diplomatic front. Vajpayee was known as the ‘Bheeshm Pitamah’ of the Indian politics. 

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ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE; A HERO OF OUR GENERATION

Article By Dr. Shubhra Parmar:  A leader who was away from the public life, who left the office of PM more than 14 years ago, who had not spoken a single word or was not heard in public for more than a decade, whom young man and woman of 15-16 has not seen for a single day in public office; yet they are his fans, if after decades of silence he could generate so much emotion and sympathy in his demise across generations and leaders cutting across ideologies gather to mourn his demise— that is the true legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the hero of our generation. 


During his 60 years long public life undeniably Atal Bihari Vajpayee left a profound imprint on the polity, public speaking and, above all, the democratic awakening of India. He is an achiever, so a hero. He, who saw the dream of a strong and developed India at the dawn of 21 century, had achieved it during his own tenure. What he did not, he had sown the seeds of development in those sectors, whose benefit is till reaping by successive governments. 
 

He was known for his genuine personality with high ambition. He was compassionate, generous, emotional person with unfailing courtesy, with his oratorical skills which carried his political career positively long way. He was a visionary, an able administrator and versatile politician. He was the first initiator of coalition government in India. No one can forget his immense contribution on economic, political, social and diplomatic front. Vajpayee was known as the ‘Bheeshm Pitamah’ of the Indian politics. 

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Death toll crosses 2 dozen in Kerala floods

Cochin (NM Bureau): The death toll in the flood in the southern most province of Kerala reached 27 with the government pressing for the deployment of Army and Navy in relief operations. The death toll has been mostly caused due to landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts of Kerala. The strategically important Idukki dam has to opened after 26 years and with the water level at the dam fast rising, two more shutters of the dam were also opened, said the Kerala government.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday described the situation in the state as 'very grim'. Centre has rushed Army for relief operation in the province.The provincial government has sought help from people to contribute for the relief operations for the affected.Superstar Mohanlal took to Twitter too appreciate the Indian Army for its relief operations. One of the busiest airports in Kerala, Cochin International Airport stopped take off and landing for flights yesterday after its runaways were flooded.

 

With an increase in water levels due to continued rains, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water. Considering the rain situation, all educational institutions including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district have been given a holiday today. More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days.

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96-year old granny is a social media rage

New Delhi (NM Bureau): India has a new star and she is special. Karthyayini Amma is 96 years old and one of the oldest known student to appear for an examination. She is part of her district’s literacy mission in Alappuzha, a small city in the state of Kerala. She wrote her life’s first exam at the age at 96 and more important is the fact that Amma scored full marks in the reading section of the literacy test that was conducted two days ago on Sunday. 

 

“Amma was calm and confident while she came to sit for her exams in Kanichenellur government Lower Primary School in Cheppad of Alappuzha,” Sathi, a local teacher coordinator for the exam told the vernacular media after the exam. 

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RTE still struggling to bring edu in J&K

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Post 71 years of Independence, Right to Education Act (RTE) - 2009 is still fighting to reach in the state of J&K with its free and compulsory education to the children between 6 - 14 years where literacy is a dream for the residents.

According to educational experts, 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be spent for the enhancement of Educational System where as only 3.3 per cent of the budget is invested in education sector.

Speaking on the issue Dr Shashi Pal Singh, Senior Lecturer in Higher Secondary School in Kathua, Jammu said education without basic needs and administration becomes tough, “It is difficult for us to serve the youth in the best manner as we are facing number of problems regarding infrastructure, books, uniform and lack of a good administration.  Beside the shortage of funds and timely disbursement of salaries, we are giving our best to the children."

Due to less connectivity and transportation issues in rural areas it is difficult for the teachers to maintain regularity as they commute miles by foot in 95 per cent of state is hilly terrain. "There is no proper mode of transportation and even at some places there are no roads to school. In the month of July and August play ground of the school and even class rooms are filled with water for weeks. There is no maintenance of hygiene. It is hard for the teacher to teach students in such miserable conditions”, said Mrs. Usha Gupta, principal of High school Changran.

There are 81 schools in J&K which have a single teacher according to National University of Educational Planning and Administration also there is no proper access to electricity and water in government schools. 

During the period first five years, the appointee shall be entitled to the minimum of scale of pay along with the grade pay applicable to the post against which he is appointed and every appointee shall after completion of five years period on probation be entitled to fixation of pay in the time scale of pay applicable to the post against which he is appointed. The person appointed shall be entitled to annual increments, dearness, allowance, house rent allowance and city compensatory allowance is only 20% of the basic pay.

Politics undoubtedly plays a big role in the society since there is political interference in posting of the teachers. There is total mismanagement in call of posting by the interference of leaders. Dr. Bhushan sharma said, "I have been posting in Doda district for 5 years which is 214 kms from kathua my home town. I am not having political support that is why I am here from the past so many years. According to the system, the time period teacher to work at one place is 2 years but I am working here continuously for the 5 years."  

Budget recently presented by Finance minister Haseeb Drabu has bring  a sigh of relief among teaching fraternity.  The Government recently reduced the eligibility for full pension from 33 years of qualifying service to 20 years of qualifying service benefitting more than half of the number of employees on the rolls and commited to implement  7th pay commission recommendation from April 1 , 2018 . It is the need of the hour to eradicate all the hurdles which come in way of this system.

 

(Writer is a freelance journalist)