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K’taka Cong locks horns with ruling BJP on NEP

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Bengaluru, Sep 6: After dubbing the ambitious National Education Policy (NEP) project of ruling BJP as ‘Nagpur Education Policy’, the Karnataka Congress is planning a revolt on social platforms urging people to register their opinions, views and demands for postponement of its implementation for at least one year.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President D.K. Shivakumar appealed people to come out openly on NEP on Monday. “I appeal to all people in this regard. I will personally go through the views, read them and bring them before the state government,” he said.

Shivakumar has started a debate on NEP raising the question whether NEP will be a solution or problem in itself. “The ruling BJP is implementing NEP in haste. They haven’t bothered to take our opinions, your (people) opinions, teachers, children’s or expert’s opinions,” he charged.

The KPCC chief said that the BJP through their ‘Nagpur Education Policy’ is “planning to impose Hindi language on us. Do they want Kannadigas to sit quietly? NEP makes Hindi, English and Kannada, all three languages compulsory. BJP is ensuring backdoor entry of Hindi by this”.

“NEP is focusing on online education. Let the government first provide Internet connection, smart phones to all our children in rural areas. This government has not distributed the textbooks to school students. They are gearing up to implement a new system.

“BJP is implementing NEP this year with all urgency. The implementation should be postponed to at least one year to facilitate discussion on the subject,” Shivakumar said.

The Congress has also announced that it will press for debate on the issue in the assembly session scheduled to begin on September 13.

Minister for Higher Education C.N. Ashwath Narayan has dubbed the statements of Shivakumar as “irresponsible” remarks. “Those who know about NEP, who studied it and have fair knowledge wouldn’t speak against it. The statements are being issued only to carry out political agenda,” he said.

“He shouldn’t have dubbed NEP as Nagpur Education Policy. His criticism will backfire. He does not have anything to point out shortcomings of NEP.

“By discussing on NEP, Shivakumar has exposed himself. Let him speak after getting information on NEP. I am ready to give him required inputs. The implementation of NEP is part of the nation-building process. Politics should not enter there,” he defended.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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