---- Editorial ----
On a day when government launched smart class room programme through out state, the
All Papum Pare District Students' Union alleged that non distribution of textbook
to the students is one of the main reasons for poor performance in the last academic
session. Majority of students studying in government schools are dependent on govt
supplied textbooks as most of them hail from poor economic background and cannot
afford to buy books. It is alleged that no books have been distributed to students
in the academic session 2016-17.
This is utter shocking considering the fact that on several occasion state government
claimed that they are giving topmost priority to education and health sector. How
can they talk of giving priority to education sector without supplying textbook to
the student communities? Without textbook how can children acquire requisite knowledge
to pass the exams? Government should not make hollow promises to the students. Immediate
remedial measures should be taken and textbook should be made available to the students
of government schools. Most of the student's studying in Govt School is from poor
background and by denying textbook to these students government is virtually pushing
them towards darkness.
---- Readers Forum ----
Bad roads and lives lost
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw attention to the growing number
of deaths within capital complex due to inadequate road connectivity, congested traffic
and reckless driving.
These past days have shattered me. Four deaths within three days in capital complex
due to road accidents is heart wrenching and great loss. Who do we blame for this
situation-whether the state government machinery, Central government or public itself?
Why can'twe afford better road connectivity within capital complex? Why don't we
see the pain and agony of those who have to lose their loved ones because of accidents?
The numbers of vehicles are increasing day by day but the size of the road has remained.
I just want to know how many more lives we are going to sacrifice because of the
Everyone should retrospect. We lost four lives within short span of three days. The
deaths are on the raise due to inadequate roads and reckless driving. The times have
come for the government machinery to take responsibility and save many innocent lives.
In addition, I appeal every vehicle owner/driver to stop reckless driving, take care
of yourself and others too. Have little patience.
Life is always precious and it's our moral duty to obey traffic rule so that lives
Our small farmers
Apropos your editorial, "Distress farmers need govt support" (June 9), the death
of six farmers by Madhya Pradesh police firing is horrific. We are achieving success
in space one after another. But are we really trying to improve the lot of our small
farmers? Are our policies meant for the people in general? How long are we to stay
put at and around 131st position in Human Development Index? When will we give small
and marginal farmers "the ownership and control of the material resources of the
community" as enshrined in the Article 39 (b) of our Constitution? When will our
people "have the right to an adequate means of livelihood" as per the Article 39
(a) of the Indian Constitution? And when will we follow the Article 39 (c) so "that
the operation of the economic system does not result in the concentration of wealth"?
Sujit De, Kolkata
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