New Delhi: Thousands of army veterans, who organised a rally on Saturday at Jantar Mantar, unanimously rejected the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme approved by the government and threatened to intensify their agitation if the scheme’s anomalies were not removed.
United Front of Ex-servicemen spokesperson Col Anil Kaul (retd.) said, “We have decided to continue the relay fast. If the government does not remove the anomalies in the scheme, we will intensify the protest” .
He clarified that no new demands were being made, unlike what was being propagated. The united front claimed that about 50,000 army veterans from across the country participated in the rally which was named as ‘Sainik Ekta’ rally.
Col Kaul further alleged that at least 200 buses were stopped at the border of Delhi and thousands were stopped from participating in the rally. He blamed bureaucrats for creating such obstructions. “I wonder how much money they want to save by excluding premature retirements (PMRs),” he said.
Families of the veterans also joined the protests saying the OROP announced by the government was misleading. Laxmi Singh, family member of an ex-servicemen said, “I have come here from Lucknow to protest against the government’s offer. It is misleading. The scheme does not meet our demands in entirety.”
“The government cannot ignore us. We have been on hunger strike since 90 days now. They will have to implement OROP the way we want,” told Surinder Singh, an ex-serviceman.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the expenditure for implementing the OROP will be just 2.2 per cent more than the allocated defence ministry’s budget. He said the OROP would not be “very heavy” for his ministry.
At a seminar organised by industrial chamber FICCI, Parrikar said, “A lot of people said OROP budget is going to be very heavy. I can tell you that total defence outlay was Rs.3.29 lakh crore. So it is only about 2.2 per cent additional expenditure in the defence budget.”
The minister said the cost can be recovered by using “innovative methods”. He said, “And if I can, I promise also, I can bring that amount by saving the wastage or lowering cost by various other methods and by preventing the middlemen from making money in between.”
Later, responding to a question on the ongoing veterans’ agitation, he said: “It is a democratic right (to protest) and you cannot take it away.”
Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) One blanket solution for a problem can never work for the whole country, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday, underlining that the Supreme Court order last year banning the sale of liquor 500 metres from highways was one such solution.
“Be it legislation, judiciary or government, we think that one type, one bracketed solution is appropriate for all problems… (But) What may be good in New Delhi may not be good in Goa. It may be actually negative in Goa. It will not work in Goa,” Parrikar said.
“One solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.
Parrikar was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day conference near Panaji on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ organised by the Central Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.
Commenting on the apex court’s order banning alcohol sale along highways, Parrikar said: “The basic logic was punish a drunk driver. After the order I found many drunk drivers carrying bottles. Earlier two pegs or three pegs was what they took, now they drink a bottle. Now they carry (bottles).”
“Punish a drunk driver… The positive aspect is considered. But at the same time one solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.
The former Defence Minister said while many legislations may induce good governance, they also “induce certain negativity”. “Despite of that, I feel that these acts are necessary,” Parrikar said. (source:IANS)
Education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge children
There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery
To compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books
New Delhi, August 21, 2017: There is a need to look beyond the world of text books and inculcate in children qualities like empathy towards society, humanity, sensitivity towards other human beings and nature.
Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT), talked about nurturing creativity, innovation in young minds for nation’s economic and spiritual development.
He was speaking at the FICCI’s first-ever Children’s Publishing Conclave called ‘Scrapbook’. Mr. Sharma said that it is crucial to observe and spot the creativity in children. To not just bound them to the school curriculum. The Supplementary books in school should teach them about the life lessons, that they should be good human beings. Such books will help them in the developing a good and positive personality; it will also strengthen their thinking and imaginative skills.
In the conclave, he talked about how brave soldiers can inspire kids to be like that when they grow up and fight for their country someday. If not, even then such books will inculcate a feeling of patriotism in them. According to ANI reports, Mr. Sharma (pointing towards NBT’s efforts) said, “‘The Veergatha’ series had been introduced by NBT, which talks of the great acts of bravery by Indian soldiers.” The first series has a set of 5 books in English and Hindi, they are written so as to inspire the young minds and evoke feelings of patriotism in children from an early age.
Children are sometimes overburdened with books. UNESCO encourages learning in mother tongue, especially at the early stage. Sharma said that education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge in a child and he agrees with UNESCO that teaching a child in mother tongue should be encouraged to retain cultural values.
Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director of NCERT, said: “There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery, where competencies should be classified into character, intellectual and social.” He stressed upon the need to make the classroom environment vibrant where teachers would play the role of a facilitator- will provide them with an opportunity where they can develop and strengthen their competencies as well as communication ability. He added, “The Indian education system is moving from knowledge construction to knowledge processing with the help of technology, enabling children to explore, innovate and create.”
Appreciating FICCI’s initiative, Dr. Senapaty said that the goal of this publishing conclave is to produce content which is rich in quality and is innovative. It will enable them to learn in a collaborative environment. He added, “Indian children have performed well when they follow a prescribed school curriculum but to compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books and focus on skills like building their applied knowledge.”
Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Chairperson, FICCI Publishing Committee and Director, Zubaan, said that the conclave focused on:
promoting book reading amongst young minds
government and children’s publishers- enhance learning outcome in educational space
policy advocacy- nurture collaboration between schools
addressed- gender misrepresentation in children’s books
concerns- children’s content in school books
implementing theory of multiple intelligence on children’s content- enhance learning outcome
changing role of technology in children’s content and its impact on K-12 (kindergarten (K) and the 1st -12th grade) education
Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary-General, FICCI, said that this platform will help to explore possible collaboration between children, content creators, offline and online service providers, publishers, technology disruptors, schools, teachers, parents, and policymakers. The conclave focused on the important aspects like learning requirements of an individual child, crucial role publishers can play to address it.
The conclave also had some interesting workshops for school children. The workshops had activities like creative writing, story-telling and received appreciation from the young minds.
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Panaji, July 4, 2017: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said he will be on a personal visit to the US to attend a convention organised by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal at Michigan, where he will be delivering the keynote speech.
Parrikar told reporters that the five day visit was planned and finalised when he was serving as Defence Minister.
“This invitation was given and accepted when I was Defence Minister. Then, as a Defence Minister, I was thinking of planning a visit to the US, which I had agreed to visit every quarter. Once from the US Secretary of Defence and once from me. Every sixth month I was to visit US. So I was thinking of planning this (attending the event) around that time, so that both can be done.
“But now that I have become chief minister, they (the organisers) insisted that I still come,” he also said. (IANS)