KEEP UP PRESSURE

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 11:41:30


THE claim of the CRPF DG Mr. R. R. Bhatnagar that stone pelting incidents have come down in Kashmir, comes as a big relief. It was very disturbing to watch youths, their faces covered, throwing stones at security forces engaged in anti-militancy operations. Scores of youths have lost their lives while several others their vision when security forces were compelled to use pellet guns to disperse violent mob indulging in arson.

As all the appeals made by the leaders as well as security forces fell on deaf ears, Army Chief General Bipin Singh Rawat had to issue a stern warning to the stone pelters. Strict action by the security forces against protesters coupled with gathering of Intelligence, monitoring of social networking sites and cutting down fund supply to stone pelters by separatists has showed desired results. This proves that the youths were paid money to attack security forces by the enemies of the nation. Security forces must keep up pressure on youths indulging in violence and separatists in order to restore peace in the Valley.

QUALITY EDUCATION

A survey conducted in Delhi sometime back had revealed that the students of Class IV were unable to read the lessons of Class II. The findings of the survey badly exposed the poor quality of education in schools. In order to provide education to each and every child, Right to Eduction Act was introduced, making it mandatory to provide free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6 to 14. This has increased the number of students going to schools.

But no efforts were made to ensure that the students get quality education. As a result, though students were promoted to the next standard, many of them were unable to read and write simple sentences. Against this backdrop, the observation made by the Supreme Court that right to education is right quality education is significant . While emphasis was laid on increasing number of students, no attention was paid to improve infrastructure in schools to match with the students’ strength and their needs. It’s high time a thought is given to this and prompt action is taken.