The Pak sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir has taken one more toll of a brave young army trooper who laid down his precious life while valiantly fighting the terrorists in Bandipura, Kashmir after killing two hardended militants during the protracted encounter that lasted for several hours.
Originally hailing from the KAVILTHA VILLAGE of Kaalimath Valley under the jurisdiction of Rudraprayag district of Garhwal himalayas youthful son of Narendra Singh Rawat, Manvendra Singh laid down his precious life while fighting the hardcore Pakistan sponsered terrorists in the BAANDIPURA sector of Jammu & Kashmir two days ago.
Kalimath valley of Rudraprayag district is famous for sending maximum numbers of brave young men to Indian Army in order to serve the nation and safeguarding our porous borders. This valley has in the past too witnessed number of young sacrifices in the Army positions in the line of duty during military operations fighting the hardcore terrorists as well as in the wars against China and Pakistan.
According to the uncle of the deceased trooper Manvendra Singh, the sad and shocking news of the death of the young trooper in action in Bandipura, J& K has send a shock wave in the entire valley of Kalimath, Rudraprayag, Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
Late Manvendra Singh left behind his old parents, two children and his better half who were living in Dehradun. At present his family was in his ancestral village Kaviltha to enjoy the summer vacations where they acknowledged this traumatic anguishing news.
The entire family in shock. The coffin of this patriotic valiant soldier would be brought to his village tomorrow on 15th, June where he would be given the last farewell amidst the presence of Army officers, his old traumatic parents, family and the nearby villagers including the entire populace of the valley with full Army honours.
It may be recalled that two days ago some fully armed Pak sponsored militans had entered the Baandipura sector and started firing incessantly. The army retaliated heavily and took suitable positions.
During this hectic firing which went on for several hours Manvendra Rawat alongwith his fellow trooper succeeded in killing two militants but in the meanwhile he too was killed by one shot of the terrorists stationed on the other side. The operation continued but the miitants fled leaving the dead bodies on the spot.
The nation is proud of the selfless sacrifice of Manvendra Rawat who killed two hardcore militants before falling to their bullets and sacrificing himself at such a young age.
If we go by the HT report of 2016 there have been 42% more terrorism-related deaths in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government (BJP) came to power in May 2014, compared with the last three years of the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II).
The number of security personnel killed in terrorist violence has increased 72% from 111 in the last three years of UPA-II to 191 in the BJP’s first three years, an IndiaSpend analysis of data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), run by New Delhi-based non-profit Institute for Conflict Management, shows. The SATP compiles data on fatalities from terrorism from media reports. The data are provisional and compiled as on May 24, 2017.
Since 1994 till 2016 about 64865 civilians, security force personels and militants have been killed ( latest casualties not added). If we bifurcate the figures the civilian casualties come to about 25000, terrorists killed account for 30476 numbers and about ten thousand security personels.
CBSE to introduce two levels of Maths exam for class 10 students in 2020
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for Class 10 students in 2020 to cater to different kinds of learners.
The nomenclature for the two examinations will be Mathematics – Standard, for the existing level of examination, and Mathematics – Basic, for the easier level, according to a circular issued by the CBSE.
The present level and curriculum of the subject would continue to remain the same, it said.
As per the National Curriculum Framework, not only would the two levels of examination cater to different kinds of learners and allow different levels of testing, it would also reduce overall student stress levels, the circular said.
“It is well known that students experience the greatest stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject exam,” it said.
“Keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the board results, the board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards,” it said.
The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels would remain the same, so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.
Doyen of environmental protection globally famous, Padma Vibhushan Bahuguna turns 92 today
Today is the 92nd Birthday of eminent environmentalist of world fame Sunderlal Bahuguna. While wishing the living legend all the very best n good luck for his long life , I m re publishing here the interview taken by me at his Dehradun residence about three years ago. It was indeed a great privilege to have got an opportunity to interview him. Hope you will go through n assess the interaction for yourself:
Interview of Sunder lal Bahuguna,
by SUNIL NEGI
Having completed 88 years of his struggleful life, a living legend and an institution in himself, Sunderlal Bahuguna is widely known as a Chipko leader of international fame. Recipient of many coveted honours for environment, ecological conservation n for preserving the forests of Uttarakhand Himalayas viz. Padmavibhushan, Padmashree, Jamunalal bajaj and prestigious international Right Livelyhood Awards, Sunderlal Bahuguna undertook 74 days of incessant hunger strike against Tehri dam during the eighties. Sunil Negi, a freelance journalist visited him at Dehradun and interviewed him in detail. Here are some excerpts of the interview.
Question: Sir, you‘ve just completed the protracted 88 challenging years of your life last month. You’ve almost given more than 7 decades of your pivotal life to environment conservation, against rampant deforestation and social service as a Gandhi an. How does u feel now?
As you know, having been on the 89th year of my life I am not keeping a good health. I am bed ridden most of the time. I am really grateful and rather thankful to my better half Vimlaji for looking after me entirely and taking care of my health very minutely. This is how I am able to push my immortality further ahead. However my son in law is also a senior doctor under whose able and experienced medical supervision and monitoring I am alive. I have been given to understand by the cardiologists that two of my heart’s arteries are blocked but due to being too old, surgery can’t be conducted. I am therefore moving ahead quite cautiously. Never mind, one has to leave this materialistic world one day. But till one is alive one should always try hard to live for the society, environment, ecology and peoples’ welfare. Even today I am deeply bothered and concerned about the environmental health of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand and its people. I regret to say that even after Uttarakhand gaining its separate existence 15 years’ ago , has not lived up truly, to the peoples’ expectations. The very concept for which Uttrakhand has been formed has been badly defeated despite 46 movement activists sacrificing their precious lives. The successive governments, I think eight in numbers, during the last 15 years , have proved to be completely futile as during this period more than 30 lakh people have migrated to cities, towns and metropolis of the country for want of better job and health avenues. What a tragedy? Had the governments of the state been genuinely concerned about people’s problems related to the social, economical, industrial, cultural, health and educational aspects, the exodus of the youth and the local populace would not have been so tremendous. Isn’t is shocking that in merely one and a half decade just more than a double digit figure( of people ) have migrated outside Uttarakhand as compared to the total influx during the last 5 decades prior to granting of separate Uttrakhand status.
Question: But the government of Uttarakhand had always been boasting of extraordinary growth rate and sufficient per capita income as compared to other states. What’s your take on this?
This is absurd and ridiculous. I have always been saying for years together and it has finally been substantiated by this mass scale exodus of youths to plains from UK and i.e. the youth and the water of Uttarakhand Himalayas has never been of any use for Uttarakhand.(Pahadon ki jawani aur paani kabhi bhi pahadon ke kaam nahi aaya).The way the water of the Ganges and its tributaries emanating(starting) from Uttarkhand Himalayas has been exploited by the outsiders either for power and irrigation through large scale dams or for other purposes, similarly the youths of Uttarakhand after migrating to cities and metropolis are of no use to the hills. This is something very unfortunate. You will be astonished and shocked to learn that during the 1960s when Dr. Longanathan had conducted the interstate and inter district economic survey in India, Tehri Garhwal was accounted for as the one of the most poorest districts’ with its per capita income the lowest in whole of India whereas the district of Kumaon division, Almora was the second most poorest in the country. And unfortunately even today, despite of the government’s tall claims of revolutionary change in terms of development and per capita income and growth, in my personal opinion the hills of Uttarakhand are still backward and poor as far as the question of unemployment, poor health services and industrialisation is concerned. It’s only because of the lack of total absence of decentralised socio-economic and industrial development and the anti people policies of the current and the successive state governments that Uttarakhand is still a number one state in India in terms of massive exodus of youths to the cities with villages becoming empty day by day and the agricultural fields not prone to KHETI or crop cultivation. During the ancient days the main source of income of the hill people was through spiritual tourism. Now, since roads have been constructed this very source of income of the local hill populace has also been finished. It sounds extremely surprising that in Uttarakhand the land use per human is comparatively much more but poverty is still prevalent in the interior villages, as usual. Our economic sources have been killed. The state’s economic status is in doldrums despite the government’s tall claims of economic prosperity. The hill of Uttarakhand had been merely dependent on the money order economy since ages and the same trend is still continuing as majority of the youths of the state have migrated to cities for jobs. This a very disturbing trend. If the government of the day would not reform itself and work on decentralised economic development right up to the village level I am afraid in the near future the villages will be totally bereft of people and the very purpose for which the Uttrakhand state came into very existence would be actually defeated.
Question: Being a seasoned environmentalist and a Gandhian what is the actual remedy to this very problem?
I personally think that the spate of huge exodus (migration) to the plains is extremely dangerous form the social, economic, cultural and security points of view of Uttarakhand. And I keep the security aspect on the top. It’s a universal fact that expansionist China considers India as its enemy number one, though number of mutual visits by the respective heads of the states of both the countries is being undertaken for normalisation of the relations. Everybody know how China backstabbed us in 1962 after giving the slogan of Hindi Cheeni Bhai Bhai. Today China is actively constructing its Army bases in neighbouring Nepal. It has even laid down its hi tech railway lines and roads in close proximity to our borders with Nepal playing a major role in helping them. Even the Nepalese population is widespread in various blocks, districts and cities of Uttarakhand. China is absolutely readying itself to capture, militarily our border areas and villages by bringing the local Nepalese people into confidence. Moreover, in view of our border villages being emptied day by day by the local populace in view of dearth of employment and other opportunities our already fragile borders are in grave danger. It’s only because of this major lacunae I had always been appealing to the central government to formulate a concrete Hiamalayan policy for all the Himalayan states of the country so as to enable not only the solid conservation of the environment of the Himalayas but also to safeguard the borders of the Himalayan states from the possible Chinese armed intrusion inside our already porous borders. Apart from this, we will also have to change the land use of the hills including the phased wise clearance of the pine trees from the higher altitudes of the hilly terrains which are direct threat to our agricultural and mountainous lands(slopes) making them totally barren and not prone to cultivation any further. The pine trees make the soil fully acetic and therefore impotent in terms of crops cultivation. All these measures would have to be inculcated in the Himalayan Policy structure of the government if we actually y want our hills, Himalayan states and Himalayas to be protected from future onslaughts of the nature and our neighbouring China. In addition to this the government is hell bent upon constructing bigger dams in the Himalayan states which are completely anti environment, anti rivers, anti people and anti development. In nutshell I would say that formulation of a concrete Himalayan policy with the above cited points and change of land use of Uttarakhand hills compounded with small and run of the river hydropower projects n repatriation of people from cities to hills is the only effective alternative that can save Uttarakhand from further destruction and deaths.
Question: Recently, the government of Uttarakhand had in principle agreed to your proposal that the pine trees situated at high altitudes of the mountains will be abruptly cut in a phased manner, under a special policy to rid the hills of this dangerous species, which is entirely harmful . Does it not amount to fulfilling of one of your major long pending demands? Are u satisfied now?
Had it been so easy and convenient, I think the previous governments would have conveniently made the Uttarakhand hills bereft of these pine trees. Making hills bereft of pine trees is one thing but planning multiple species of productive and environmentally friendly tree in large numbers alternatively to substantiate for the losses of pine is another important aspect of the problem. You see, you can’t make the forests bald at a single go without arranging for planting of huge number of good species on the high altitude terrains. If the mountainous terrains are made completely bereft of pine trees in a single go or even in phased manner the hills will become completely bald and there will be imminent danger of earthquakes, floods, landslides, natural catastrophes and other sort of calamities. The roots of the trees not only keep the soil together but also stop the floods and avoids huge landslides are the order of the day in the Uttarakhand Hills. Not only this but the incessant and massive cutting of pine trees will apart from creating environmental and ecological havoc also create a new breed of timber mafia who under the guise of making huge profits will also cut other useful species of productive and environment friendly trees. Uttarakhand is unfortunately already in the grip of such mafias who are amassing huge wealth in collaboration with politicians by way of illegal mining in various parts of the state as a result of which the already fragile environment of Uttarakhand is at stake and giving birth to natural calamities of gigantic proportions.
Question: You had always been concerned for the environmental conservation and deforestation of the Hills and had been on 74 days hunger strike against Tehri dam. How do u look at the catastrophic disaster of Kedar Valley that happened in June 2013. Can we avert such calamities in the near future?
Nobody can ever control the catastrophic disasters nor can we predict it on definite basis as to when exactly the calamity arrives. Yes we do can counter it to a great extent. Today unfortunately, under the guise of revolutionary scientific developments and the blind uncontrolled race of technological advancements, the whole world is under the grip of global warming created by huge green house emissions. A vast population of India and other countries of the world are suffering from various respiratory disorders and diseases like asthma, of heart and lungs including contagious abnormalities. This dangerous trend of global warming has not only increased the mortality rate world over but has also resulting in speedy melting of the Himalayan glaciers which are highly dangerous to the global civilization’s existence. The gigantic Himalayan catastrophe of 2013 which I consider purely a manmade one is merely an indication of future disasters in the offing measuring as just a tip of an iceberg. Whenever the humanity has played with the nature under the guise of anti environmental scientific developments or advancements, the nature has slapped humanity and governments with massive ecological disasters like that of Kedar valley one that happened in June 2013.Uttarakhand Himalaya is considered to be an abode of Gods where spiritual and cultural tourism would have been majorly encouraged but unfortunately the unholy nexus of the capitalists, builders, contractor, politicians and corrupt bureaucracy has by way of building huge dams, buildings, luxury hotels, buildings for commercial gains and huge structures alongside the rivers have literally played havoc with our already fragile environment, hills, rivers and the local populace thus inviting such huge calamities taking the toll of thousands and leading to colossal loss to public exchequer. We shouldn’t forget that huge dams not only control the smooth flow of rivers, but also lead to massive landslides and therefore in return to flash floods. The explosions at dam sites lead to landslides and make our hills hollow and vibratory from inside. Lots of deforestation takes place. Mountains become bereft of plants, trees and green vegetation. And when earthquake occur the hollow and weak hills in the form of huge landslides including building come down like the pack of cards. The tons of silt coming out of the tunnels of dams fall straightaway in the rivers making them narrow and hugely prone to flash floods. There are umpteen other reasons that make our hills and its environment prone to such disasters and fatal consequences.
Question: lst query. How do u rate the internationally famous CHIPKO MOVEMENT of which you were a very significant part. Do u think that it was a successful movement or a failure, not able to come to peoples’ expectation?
In my personal opinion and also in the opinion of environmentalists’ world over Chipko Movement was a trendsetter which mobilised a vast population of the globe towards environment conservation and against deforestation. It make people mobilised and worked as a major and most effective tool that not only made people environmentally friendly, conscious but also led to many struggles felling of trees and construction of big dams world over. I can say it did have a very strong international presence but not that much effective in India. I salute Gaura Devi who was the chief architect of this movement for her perseverance, grit , determination and dedication to this noble cause. Any movement which has with it the continuity is considered as success but in the context of this movement it definitely lacked the sequel. Had the governments strictly followed the tips of Chipko movement on toto I am sure the hills of Uttarakhand Himalayas , its environment, ecology and the conditions of its people would have improved manifold by now. My two main slogans to preserve the ecology of the hills and improve the lot of the people were” Dhaar Einch Paani meaning bring the water through the hydraulic system or other means on the hill tops” ar Dhaal par taal meaning plant productive trees and fruit plants on the slopes of these hills in huge numbers leading to all round prosperity, progress and economic viability of the hills, its environment and the people. That’s it.
Book titled Meera authored by the ailing young author n classical singer Meera Gairola released
The former chief minister of Uttarakhand and MP Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released a book titled “Meera” at his residence authored by a dedicated author and a classical singer Meera Gairola in the presence of several writers, few journalists, social activists, regional film artists, theatre actors, singers, musicians and social activists.
Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank congratulated Meera for her dedicated services to the society through her writings and classical singing despite the unfortunate fact that she is on dialysis with both her kidneys non functional.
He also assured her of all possible financial assistence and high class medical aid and prayed to Almighty for her long life.
Each of the invitees praised Meera for her tremendous courage, intellectuality, commitment and dedication for pursuing music, singing and writing with strong will and determination confronting all odds and challenges thus contributing to the society forgetting her prolonged ailing health condition.
The book titled Meera portrays her incessant struggle in pursuing her goals fighting the worst with immense courage and strong will power, thus inspiring one and all to face worst odds cheerfully n with determination in the most challenging situations of life.
I salute her courage dedication, commitment n determination to move ahead despite such a bad health condition said the former chief minister Dr. Nishank.
All those present in the book release function unanimously wished Meera Gairola best of luck, lauded her valuable contribution to the society and prayed to Almighty earnestly for her long n healthy life in future. God bless her with all His might. It may be recalled that there are few other books to Meera Gairola’s credit and she is a promising classical n folk singer as well including her young daughter pursuing classical training.
Prominent amongst those who spoke on the ocassion were literateur Ramesh Ghildiyal, author Meera Gairola, Ajay Bisht, President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum Sunil Negii, Dr . Priyasi, General Secretary of GHS Dr. Pawan Maithani n President GHS Mohabbat Singh Rana , film director Sushila Rawat etc.
7th pay commission: Big win for these employees as government agrees for pay revision
7th pay commission: Good news for BSNL employees as central government agrees to fulfil many demands including revision of pay and pension. In a circular dated 13th December 2018, the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) said the decisions were made in a meeting with the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Minister of State for Telecommunication Manoj Sinha.
The minister said that DoT had already written to the Ministry of Finance, with a positive recommendation, to solve this issue. A favourable reply is awaited from the Finance Ministry, after which this problem will be settled.
According to the circular, DoT had agreed to the demand to de-link the pension revision of BSNL retirees, from the Pay Revision of the serving employees. AUAB had taken the stand that Pension Revision is no way linked with Pay revision or the affordability of BSNL and it is finally accepted by DoT.
The breakthrough will strengthen the employees’ demand for Pay Revision with full 15% fitment.
DoT had already prepared the Cabinet Note for allotting 4G spectrum to BSNL, and immediately after the notice was issued for indefinite strike, it was sent for Inter-Ministerial Consultation.
Earlier, BSNL employee unions of BSNL decided to defer their indefinite strike to December 10 if they fail to resolve issues in the proposed meeting with Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.
BSNL unions have been demanding allocation of 4G spectrum to the public sector firm so that it is able to compete in the market and keep up the market share.
The employees are also demanding wage revision as per recommendations of 2nd and 3rd pay revision committee.
Education expenses can get you tax benefits
In order to promote education, the government provides benefits to individual taxpayers in respect of certain expenses incurred by them for education. Let us discuss these tax benefits.
Tuition fee for children
You can claim deduction up to Rs 1.50 lakh every year for tuition fee paid for full-time education of your children in India. A taxpayer can claim this deduction only in respect of two children. In case you have more than two children, your earning spouse can separately claim deduction for other children. This tax benefit is available by way of deduction with other eligible items like provident fund contribution, Public Provident Fund, repayment of principal of home loan, life insurance premium, National Savings Certificate, Equity Linked Savings Scheme, etc. The educational institution has to be situated in India to be eligible for this benefit.
Since this benefit covers expenses for full-time education only, payments made to coaching classes are not eligible for this benefit. Parents can You can claim this benefit irrespective of whether your child is financially dependent on you or not.
This deduction is available for tuition fee only and any payment in the nature of donation or development fee paid to the educational institution is not eligible for this benefit. In case the fee for even one child exceeds the eligible amount of Rs 1.50 lakh in a year, the other spouse can claim the deduction in respect of the balance amount for the same child within the available limit of Rs 1.50 lakh.
Interest on education loan
In addition to tuition fee paid, you can also claim deduction under Section 80E for interest paid for education loan taken for higher education of some specified relatives. Higher education for this purpose means any educational course undertaken after completion of SSC. You can claim this benefit for education loan taken for yourself, your spouse, children, or a child for whom you are a legal guardian.
This deduction is available for eight consecutive years starting from the year in which you start paying interest. It is available on payment basis. So in case of payment of arrears of interest in a year, the benefit is available for full interest paid during the year, irrespective of the year to which the interest paid pertains.
There is no limit on the quantum of deduction available for interest. This benefit is available even for education loan taken for part-time course anywhere.
The education loan for availing this benefit has to be availed from a financial institution or an approved charitable institution in India. The financial institution includes bank or any other institution approved by the government. The charitable institution should likewise be recognised by the central government. So if you borrow from your friends or relatives for your education, you cannot claim this deduction for interest paid to them.
In addition to the above benefits available to all individual tax payers, whether salaried and self-employed, tax laws also allow exemption for certain allowances received by employees from their employer.
An education allowance up to Rs 100 per month per child for two of your children is fully tax-free. Likewise a hostel allowance received and spent by you is exempt up to Rs 300 for each child, for up to two children. You can claim these exemptions only if your employer provides you such allowance separately as part of your salary
Mumbai: School principals concerned for SSC students’ academic performance
School principals across the city are concerned about whether SSC students’ academic performance in the board exams will be poor if not better, following the change in syllabus and the scrapping of the 20-marks internal exams. The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) introduced a new syllabus this year and also declared a new paper pattern for 100 marks instead of scrapping exams of 20 marks.
Some school principals said the students have already performed poorly in the recent semester exams than in the previous year. A principal from a western suburb school said, “This semester exam class 10 students, who will be appearing for the SSC board exam have performed worst then students before them. It is may be due to the new paper pattern and most of the exams are 100 marks. Their poor performance is seen mostly in the language papers that don’t have an internal 20 marks exam. Our principal’s association have approached the board and we have heard that they may think of something for students. How the students will perform in board exam we will come to know after they give their prelim exam.”
Another principal, and secretary of Mumbai Principals Association, Prashant Redij said, “Maybe due to the new syllabus, students can’t refer to previous papers. So they have performed badly this semester exam. Also, because some of the exams are now for 100 marks, students will need to write more as internal marks exams are scrapped. We are worried about how well students perform in the board exams. The board says that when students were given internal marks, they were scoring poorly in theory exams. In order to improve their writing skills 100 marks exams are introduced.”
7th Pay Commission: A big salary hike forthcoming in January 2019
The Maharashtra Government is ready to execute the proposals of the pay commission soon. This is certainly a good news in connection with the 7th pay commission for a certain segment of the employees.
The Maharashtra Government has planned to enforce the recommendations of the pay commission according to Deepak Kesarkar, Junior Finance Minister. He made this announcement in the Legislative Council in reply to a question asked by Question Hour.
Reportedly, he mentioned that the state government had established a committee under KP Bakshi, a retired bureaucrat and it’s report would be released soon. However, he added that the government would not wait for the report and the implementation of 7th pay commission will begin from January 2019.
When will it be implemented?
The Junior Finance Minister reportedly said that the proposals of the pay panel would be enforced from January 2019 onwards. The good news for the employees is just a month away.
5 day week norm
Reportedly, the minister also said that the consent would be taken by the Bakshi committee on the constant demand by the employees for the five day week working in Maharashtra state as adopted by the Centre.
The minister also added that the arrears of the 7th pay commission will be provided with retrospective effect from January 2016 . The dearness allowance will be provided with retrospective effect from the last 14 months. To pay the arrears of 7th pay commission from January 2016, the state would require Rs20,000 crore. The government would need Rs5,000 crore yearly to revise the pay band width for nearly 19 lakh government employees.
Ganga rejuvenation Plan: How far have we succeeded in cleaning the Ganges ?
There had been repeated assurances by the union government and the Namame Gange authority about cleansing of the Ganges and making it completely free of pollution by 2019 but it seems that despite the best efforts of the agencies concerned this 20000 crore over ambitious flagship programme of prime minister Narendra Modi seems to be not up to the mark with the speed of progress being quite feeble as compared to the zeal and enthusiasm it posessed in the initial years of the start of this revival project in 2014 after the BJP led NDA government assumed power at the centre.
The previous minister of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti who’d been quite active in her efforts to achieve the proposed target had assured that the Ganges will be made pollution free by 2018 but was divested of her responsibilities and Nitin Gadkari brought in, in her place.
Gadkari is considered to be an action oriented minister who’s believed to have been quite active in achieving the proposed targets by 2019.
The national elections are due for next year, just 8 months ahead and no concrete or credible progress seems to have been done in this regard till yet.
There have been constant protests and fast unto death hunger strikes by the proponents of clean Ganges movement and two of the saints and environmentalists Swamy Nigmanand and Dr. GD Aggrawal alias Swamy Swaroopanand had already laid down their precious lives after undertaking about 100 days fast demanding pollution free Ganges and complete stoppage to mining along the banks of Ganges and construction of big dams affecting the smooth and constant flow of the ancient river.
As per the report of the swachindia. ndtv till 2017 during the three years only 35 to 40 of the 86 Sewage Treatment Plants have been completed n 1114.75 kilometres of the sewage network completed against the proposed 4031. 41 kilometres. About 64 crematoriums along the banks of the Ganges have also been built to discourage immersion of dead bodies in the river but the achivement seems to be quite less as compared to the actual requirements. Even Ganga Ghats have been modernised in all the five states through which the Ganga flows but the pollution level has hardly shown any improvement as was expected.
According to Vijay Goyal, minister of state for water resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Plan, the remaining work would be completed by 2020. Similarly out of the total 704 polluting industries alongside the Ganges thoroughly inspected by the Ganga River Basin Authority merely 48 industries have been asked to be shut down.
In addition till now only 134 modernised river ghats have been constructed and 3234 villages along the river Ganges made defecation free wheras the target is much much higher.
Ganga which is 2,525 kilometres in length passing through the five states supplies 40% water to the entire populace of the country.
While thousands of crores have been already spent on Ganga rejuvenation plans by successive governments but no credible work seem to have been carried to clean the Ganges .
Till 2017 the concerned agencies and Namame Gange authority could hardly use Rs. 2000 crores roughly in the works related to clean Ganga mission.
Meanwhile , the union government is deliberating with the experts from Germany, Laos, Austria and Egypt among others to evolve a modern n hi tech Ganga River Basin Management Plan.
At a two day workshop convened by the German Society for international cooperation and the National Mission of Clean Gange in New Delhi, the union government discussed the experience of the countries managing foreign rivers such as Danube, Rhine n Mekong. The conference focussed on finding the sources of pollution and ways and means to clean it.
According to the director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga Ranjan Mishra there is already a draft Ganga law in the anvil that is meant to ensure the health and ecological viability of the river and is under active discussion at the ministrial level to be further passed by the union cabinet.
The river basin plan is much more comprehensive said Ranjan Mishra. The joint conference focussed on seven missions for mandatory interventions viz. Ecological restoration, smooth and uninterrupted ( constant ) river flow, Disaster management, Geological safeguarding, Sistainable agriculture, Environmental knowhow n sensitisation.
Prime minister Narendra Modi infact needs to be lauded for his incessant efforts and credible initiatives to ensure that the ancient river is cleaned, made pollution free and rid it of the increasing onslaughts of hundreds of tanneries, chemical industries supplying highly toxic substances, huge drains throwing poisionous silt in Ganga and the people throwing tons and tons of rubbish including the dead bodies into the river.
But despite all this the spate of progress is too slow with alleged wastage of funds worth thousands of crores since long.
There is more of politics in the Ganges rejuvenation process than the actual execution of credible work. If compared to the rivers of countries abroad the Ganges seems to be in quite and ugly shape n lots needs to be done with the hi tech intervention in collaboration of the foreign companies with expertise than dealing with the issue indegionously.
HRD Ministry prescribes weight limit of school bags, does away with home work for students till class II
No homework for students of classes I and II and prescribed weight limit of school bags for each class are part of the fresh directives issued by the HRD ministry to states and union territories across the country.
According to the official order, the HRD ministry has “instructed all the states and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions”.As per these instructions, which the schools have been asked to comply with, institutions cannot assign homework to students of classes I and II.
“Schools should not prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for classes I and II and language, EVS and mathematics for classes III to V students as prescribed by the NCERT,” the order said.Students should not be asked to bring additional books, extra materials and the weight of a school bag should not exceed the prescribed limit, the order added.
The weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should not exceed 1.5 kg, while the school bag of students of class III to V should weigh between 2 kg to 3 kg.The school bag of students of classes VI and VII should not be more than 4 kg, while weight of school bags of classes VIII and IX students should not be above 4.5 kg. The school bag of a class X student should not weigh above 5 kg, the order said.
Shame on we Delhites?
SHAME ON WE DELHITES ?
Despite the stringent directives of the Supreme Court of India restricting Delhites to use fire crackers only for two hours from eight to ten PM on the Diwali day i. e. today the 7th of November, hardly had an impact to any extent in controlling the sound and fire cracker pollution emanating toxic gases adding to the already existing pollution in the capital city of India, Delhi and its surroundings, the national capital region viz Gurugram, Noida etc.
Deepawali is the most ancient festival of the majority community in India and worldwide where ever the Hindus live celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervour.
But the increasing global warming and the worsening climatic conditions and environment due to the rapidly and multiply enhancing pollution due to green house emissions, pollution from construction activities, stubble burning in Haryana n UP flouting court’s orders , factory emissions, emmisions from the 80 lakh odd vehicles in Delhi including thousands of Diesal trucks that pass through the Delhi territory, emission through millions of air conditions during the summer and of course the Diwali emissions that breaks all records, have finally compelled the Supreme court issue directives curtailing fire cracking limit on Deepawali for just two hours from 8 to 10 AM.
I personally kept a tab to watch whether the Supreme court’s moratorium on fire crackers would be abided by the citizens of Delhi or not. I was however satisfied that till 10.20 PM atleast 65 to 70 percent of the people stopped using fire crackers with thirty percent still busy defying the court’s order.
Being the festival season it’s next to impossible for the police personel and the department to curb this menace fully as it has to deal with serious crimes as well and the staff too is on Deepawali holiday.
It’s actually the people who are to be blamed. Sounds shocking and worrisome that majority of the population of the capital city is educated and well aware of the apex court’s orders as well as the anguishing situation of the enhancing pollution levels leading to various hazardous deseases taking place and causing unparalleled harm to the patients of critical illnesses, heart deseases, patients of lung infections, asthmatic patients, patients inflicted with tuberculosis and cancers etc but the rich and influential are still showing their money power and hostile prestige in exploding more and more fire crackers not only des – respecting and openly flouting the court’s orders but also making thousands of Delhites die of various pollution oriented physical n mental disorders.
Just about two weeks’ ago the Air Quality Index was the highest to 426 PM 2.5 in the capital making peoples’ lives hell to respirate and live comfortably.
Just imagine what will happen after Deepawali when thousands, even lakhs of tons of fire crackers emanate unacounted amount of pollution in our environment already having become toxic and not prone for healthy living.
Now enough is enough. For God Sake give up the crackers, once for all. Now its 45 minutes over 10 PM, I could easily hear fire crackers being exploded again with full speed and against the open dereliction of the Apex Court’s orders. Shame on we Delhites. The Supreme Court of India should take suo motto cognizance of this violation and call the chief secretary Delhi and the Delhi Police Commissioner to respond on this?
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