than two months have passed by since the commencement of new sessions
in government-run primary schools in the hills, but surprisingly
textbooks have not yet arrived for the students. The government provides
textbooks for primary schools with an aim to attract more enrollments,
but the effort is rendered useless due to the delay in publication and
delivery of the texts.
Noticeably, despite the implementation
of the midday meal scheme and provision of uniforms, enrollment numbers
in government primary schools are declining sharply. The lack of appeal
projected by government primary schools is exemplified by the growth of
private primary schools in the region. People are of the view that the
educational quality in government schools is in a shambles and as such
even households with weaker financial standings have begun opting for
private schools for their wards.
The general opinion is rightly reflected
by the plight of government primary schools. While textbooks are still
unavailable, many such schools have just begun their new academic
session. This seemingly lacklustre attitude of the government is making
guardians perceive a lack of commitment. If the government provides
textbooks in time and other necessary training courses to teachers,
recruit enough and capable faculty to guarantee better quality
education, most parents from tea gardens, villages and even towns will
not hesitate to send their wards to government run primary schools.
But the situation is pitiable in
government schools, with most boasting of only a handful of students and
insufficient teachers, and things appear ominous, so much so that such
schools may need to close down going forward. This seems a scary reality
if the concerned authority does not change its attitude. Although the
government is reportedly spending considerable funds for the overall
enhancement of primary education, the big question is who is responsible
for this dismal situation in government primary schools. Some guardians
believe the faculty is equally to be blamed for the plight. Many
teachers are least bothered about properly education the students, they
say, while some do not even attend work regularly.
While students in English medium private
primary schools have completed a sizeable portion of their syllabus,
their hapless counterparts in government schools are still waiting for
their books. There are a total of 49 government primary schools under
Mirik block, which, according to reports from last year, just 1,695
enrolled students, 843 boys and 850 girls.
The general public wants to know what
the district school board and circle in-charges are doing in this
respect. They are unsure who will step forward with responsibility to
save and promote primary education in the hills being delivered under
the aegis of the government.(EOIC)
Mukesh Sharma: TMC Candidate From Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency Bhaichung Bhutia today meet the Teesta rape Victim and family of victim at kalimpong hospital who was raped by Sunil Rai on 18th of this month at Teesta.The incident has created outrage in this Town soon after the incident has now started taking political route as just a day before Mass Dharna which has been called by GJM against the Two rape case in Manipur and Teesta in whole of Hills Sub division. Today Bhutia met the victim and presented her a Doll as a gift. He took information about the Health of the Victim and interacted with the parents of the victim. Bhutia said he was busy in canvasing for TMC candidate in other districts.He condemn the incident both personally and from party side and said that every political parties, people, organization should rise and condemn the incident. He said that this is not a matter to capitalize but every one should come forward and condemn the incident. He demanded that a Strict punishment should be given to culprit. He said that after the Delhi Gang rape , rape law in the country became strict but he demanded that when such a heinous incident happen to minor the law should be more strict. He said that most of the rape which occurs is by own family member or relative or friend or some known person so the rape law should be made more strict.' I believe in Law which has to take its course to deliver justice and make sure that this kind of incident should not happen' added Bhutia. Law must deliver an example in such cases so that no one think or even dares to think to commit such incident again said Bhutia .Bhutia emphasis that the victim should first be given ample treatment and after that more protection and counseling should be given to family.He expressed happiness about the free and Fair which held recently in Darjeeling . He said that the credit of democratic environment which result in healthy election goes to TMC party.
Mukesh Sharma: Today an incident of molestation has come in focus at Teesta this evening just after 6 days of Teesta Rape incident at the same place. According to information received, some student of a local school of Teesta after their holiday as usual gathered in Teesta Bridge to wait for vehicle to go to their respective homes. Such a group of 4 student got lift in a Truck. These student were from Gelkhola 5 kms away from Teesta in N.H 31 A .The incident is said to be happen in this period . The driver of the truck is said to have physically molested one of the child who is a student of class 4 and of 9 yrs age.Soon the vehicle dropped all the children at Gelkhola after which the girl child narrated the incident to her parents. Then the process of chasing the vehicle started and finally after informing police of NH thana the vehicle was caught by Sevoke police along with the driver Ramesh Chettri of Fagu Gorbuthan. The victim has identified the Driver meanwhile the parents of the child has filed a complaint against the driver at Teesta Out post late evening.The Locals of Teesta gheraw the Thana and block the National Highway 31 A for about half and hour, later CRPF were deployed to maintain Law and order.
Kolkata, Apr 23 : Polling will be held to six parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal in the General Elections to Lok Sabha 2014 on Thursday.
This is a second poll day in West Bengal (sixth poll day in the country) when a total electorate of more than eighty-three lakhs twenty thousand in the six constituencies namely 5- Raiganj, 6 - Balurghat, 7- Maldaha Uttar, 8 - Maladaha Dakshin, 9 - Jangipur and 11 - Murshidabad are to exercise their franchise.
As many as 9755 polling stations have been set up and 1294 EVMs would be used for Thursday's polling.
Voting will take place between 7 am to 6 pm.
There are altogether 78 candidates in the fray.
The maximum number of candidates (17) is contesting from Maldaha Dakshin while the minimum number of candidates (11) is in Jangipur.
There are 12 candidates each in Rajganj, Balurghat and Murshidabad and 14 in Maldaha Uttar.
There are 2 women candidates in the fray from Maldaha Uttar and one each from Rajganj and Balurghat.
Of the recognized national and state parties, BJP, BS , INC and AITC are contesting in all the 6 constituencies while CPI(M) has fielded candidates in 5 constituencies and RSP in 1.
There are 40 candidates of the registered political parties (other than the recognized national and state parties) are in the fray.
As many as 8 Independent candidates are also contesting from the 6 constituencies.
It may be mentioned that 4 parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal namely Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduars and Darjeeling went to the polls on the first poll day of in the state (fifth poll day in the country) on last Thursday (Apr 17).
Darjeeling: Fifteen newborn babies have died in the
state-run North Bengal Medical College and Hospital at Siliguri in the
district since Monday, hospital superintendent Dr Amerendra Nath Sarker
said on Tuesday.
Low weight during birth, infection and some
other reasons were there behind the unfortunate incident, Sarker said.
"Around 100-150 babies were admitted daily in critical condition," he
North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb said if anyone
was found guilty for the death of the babies, action would be taken
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said the "solution" to the Darjeeling issue would be found through discussion.
Asked about the formation of Gorkhaland by carving out Darjeeling Hills
from West Bengal, Modi told ABP News in an interview: "We cannot look
away from the regional aspirations of the people. It is not right to
suppress their regional aspirations."
"I am sympathetic to the needs of the people and I understand it. I
think discussion is the only way to find a solution," he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has opposed the division of
the state, but the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been demanding a separate
Gorkhaland state. (IANS)
Sure Mamata Banerjee Will Not Join NDA: Modi
The BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said he was
sure the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee would not join the
NDA but said "more than anger against her", he was disappointed that she
had "failed" to bring West Bengal out of the "mess" created by the
34-year-long Left Front rule.
"We are sure that Mamataji won't join us (NDA), we have no confusion
about it nor have we any apprehension about it," Modi said at an
interview with news channel ABP Ananda.
He said this when asked whether his attack on West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee was a fallout of the BJP's failure to bring her party,
the Trinamool Congress, to the NDA-fold.
The Gujarat chief minister, however, said he hoped that Banerjee would
be able to bring West Bengal out of the "mess created by the Left" as
she had got sufficient time.
"Mamataji has got sufficient time to bring Bengal out of the mess
created by the Left. But there are no such symptoms. So more than anger,
I am disappointed with Mamataji," he said.
At a rally earlier this month in Siliguri, Modi had launched a scathing
attack on Banerjee for allegedly indulging in vote-bank politics,
drawing a sharp retort from the Trinamool Congress, which alleged he had
"blood on his hands".
Asked about the BJP's stand on the issue of a separate Gorkhaland state
in the Darjeeling hills, Modi said "in this big country, if you try to
dominate the regional aspirations by hitting on the wounds, then those
wounds will increase. Sympathetically, you have to understand each and
everyone's emotions, try to make them understand what way out can be
reached through dialogues".
On whether there should be a CBI inquiry into the Saradha chit fund
scam, Modi said "Look, in this chit fund scam, a lot of poor people have
lost their money. There were a few people who even went to the verge of
"In such a situation, a step needs to be taken on which people have
trust. Now what will be that form, that's a different issue. But steps
need to be taken on which people can have confidence". (http://news.outlookindia.com)
GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung today
said he believes the rift created between the GJM and TMC during the
general elections will have no adverse effect on the GTA-state
government relationship. Speaking to journalists here, Gurung downplayed
the possibility about the GJM’s decision to support the BJP disrupting
ties with the TMC government, saying the latter should not take the
“This election was meant to elect 543
MPs from across the country to form the central government. Had it been
the GTA or state Assembly elections, it would have been necessary to
speak with the state government,” he said.
In his bid to restore the GJM-TMC
bonhomie, Gurung said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should not be irked
by the Morcha’s decision to back the BJP. He added if his party’s
decision has really affected GTA-state government relation, it would be
better for Banerjee to “quit politics”.
A confident Gurung also said only 20-25
per cent of votes from the Darjeeling constituency has gone to other
parties, while the remaining has dropped into the BJP’s bag. He further
said the votes that have gone to rival parties are of those who are
against statehood. The GJM chief also derided GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh
for “utterly failing to comprehend the political situation in the
hills”. While surprising the public with his decision to support the
TMC, Ghisingh himself did not exercise his franchise. Even if the TMC,
GNLF and DDUDF emerge as worthy opponents, the GJM will not give any
weight to them, said Gurung dismissively. He said the GJM had swept the
three hill sub-divisions in the last assembly elections and his party is
least bothered by the so-called comeback of the GNLF.
The GJM chief also said the party will
ensure panchayat elections are held in the Darjeeling hills after the
election results are announced. Despite legal snags on whether the
election is to be two-tiered or three-tiered, the GJM is in favour of
holding panchayat elections as they have not been held for quite a while
in the hills, he said. The party leadership is slated to discuss the
issue during a meeting this Sunday.
Responding to a query, Gurung said the
GTA has become an object that the GJM can neither happily settle with
nor deny outright. Admitting the setup is not functioning in its full
capacity, he asserted only a separate state of Gorkhaland can solve the
myriad issues plaguing the Gorkhas.(EOIC)