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Awareness to understand the pain of differently abled children needed

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
Sensitizing programme to reach out to the unreached Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) is underway in the state capital of Meghalaya. The Pan India Discoverability awareness raising campaing, organized by the National Trust in collaboratin with the State Government, participated by all the eight Blocks in the programme themed “Badke Kadam” now in the Third phase of it programme.
The government officials reached out to the parents with disabilities children to take time to enquire on schemes and programme provided by the government to the PWDs and take opportunities, also called upon them to participate in such events to gain access to various programmes and schemes such as health checkups provided by Social Welfare Department. 
It is strange, besides such sensitizing programme, the state government is yet to reached out to the needy. The very call to the parents to “take time to enquire on schemes and programme,” itself means it is impossible for the parents to venture out for such schemes, which will only makes them more desperate to run from pillar to post only to be turned down as end results.
The recent media report has exposed that more than 10,000 differently abled children in Meghalaya are out of schools, secretary of a leading organization for the disabled persons said while seeking the government’s response to address the issue. There are 20,000 - 25,000 children with special needs (disabled children) in the state, out of which 50 per cent are out of schools.

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Stiglitz against FDI, stress on developing infrastructure

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
World’s most cited Economists and Professor at Columbia University, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz agrees that opening doors to foreign investment in India at this juncture would have disastrous consequences and would lead to serious economic instability. He was addressing a seminar at Guwahati on Tuesday, titled ‘Asia Rising’ here organized by Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, a think-tank. The seminar was moderated by Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist and Author.
His stressed on the need for boosting primary, secondary, and tertiary education in India for comprehensive economic growth, also exposed the unemployable Human Recourses, despite India being Second highest populated country in the world.
The growth of population also means more demands for food grains, space and consumption of water leading to global warming. He advocated for generation of hydro-power as the need of the hours not only in India but other parts of Asia. Stiglitz added: he did not favour big dams, but the right approach is medium and small dams especially in Assam for Hydro energy.
The Lecture of Stiglitz had burst the bubble yet another Economist – Dr Manmohan Singh, who was handpick by former Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao as the Finance Minister in 1991, then, India was facing an economic crisis.

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Screening procedure of students admission, private tuition ban in Meghalaya

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
All schools in Meghalaya will be under surveillance by the State Government as per Clause (n) of Section 2 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. Prohibition would apply to all schools including private schools in conducting screening procedures of students during admission and it barred teachers from engaging in private tuition. Violator shall be punishable with fine of upto Rupees Fifty thousand. This is the first stoke in the state relating to The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009.
On the other hand Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the Central Government has enforced the provisions of RTE Act, including the condition of the “no detention policy” up to Class Eight in schools is against the states’ wishes.
Sarkar added: The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government forcefully adopted the provisions of the Right to Education Act against the willingness of the states. Students belonging to poor, backward and middle class families would be deprived from getting higher education, he said.
However the Order of the Meghalaya Government on two specific points was welcomed by the parents, especially the parents with little toddlers seeking school admission for the first time, who are facing the modern trauma – that of getting their child an admission to a good school immediately after Puja Festivals.

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MGNREGA - enhancer of capacity

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), popularly known as NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), is the brain child of Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen who described it as an “enhancer of capacity”. This is one of the UPA’s Flagship Programme.
Prof Sen stated that this programme enhances people’s self-respect and participation in life and community, he said during a function to mark the golden jubilee of Bar Council of India.
Those schemes are also very much applicable in Somalia, Nigeria, Congo and other Third World Countries. But India is a different place, where every scheme is routed through political “blessings.” This programme is supposed to have financially empowered many rural homes with its 100 days of employment in every financial year, the first negative impact was felt in Punjab, and it has adversely affected the agricultural produce there, so also in the case of Meghalaya.
Such employment are supposed to stop during cultivation and harvesting seasons, or take up some farming and cultivation programmes, none is adopted, but concentrated mainly on paving roads and retaining boundary walls along the Highways.

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North Eastern States must be united first than come development

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwaliah stressed on two most impossible venture at the 7th North East Business Summit organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce on Saturday in New Delhi.
Firstly, Dr Ahluwaliah while calling the private intervention for the development of North Eastern Region stressed on more innovative Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. To take advantages of shares borders with the nations of East, South and South East Asia, incidentally the nations considered to be the most dynamic and economically active at present. Connectivity and infrastructure needs to be developed at a fast pace in the North East, to make gainful use of its advantageous position.
He needed more homework when he speaks about PPP, in this region the very first project being the Health sectors, where the Public Health Centers were functional under PPP, end results, all doctors and nurses refused to serve such Centers due to the non-payment of salary.
More so, the private sectors from this region mean the Powerful kingmakers or Politician who is actually a business tycoon. Hence, development or investments is only on papers, on ground reality, such partnership is only to achieve Subsidies!
Secondly, Dr Ahluwaliah dream of Commenting on the prospects of the Tourism Industry in the North East, that rather than each state trying to project its own potential, a common consensus between the States aiming at projecting the entire North East’s tourism potential, must be immediately arrived at.
He once again forgot that all the seven sisters and brother states in this region cannot see each other eye to eye. This region has been fragmented into micro population based on tribe and language.

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