Why are CBSE students left out?
The encouragement in the form of rewards for HSLC and HS-passed students has been a continuous tradition of the SEBA (Board of Secondary Education, Assam) and the AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council). The students get the push and motivation towards acquiring good marks with such forms of initiatives.
Recently, the Assam government has been rewarding the Dr Banikanta Kakati Merit Awards to the girl students from batches 2018-19, 2019-20 of Kamrup & Kamrup Metro, who secured 1st division in Higher Secondary.
However, nobody talks about the impact which is reflected on the students from the other education board in the State, particularly, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Students from CBSE don't get any reward in the form of motivation. These students somewhere feel left out. The students don't even get spared from the criticism of getting good marks out of lenient checking, which is again a disappointing thing to see. The Central Board of Secondary Education should take some concern towards it.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was first started by the Government of India on October 2, 2015. This mission mainly aims at keeping our environment as well as our surroundings clean. The mission also aims at making India disease free and free sanitation facilities across the roads of the country. Cleanliness is very important for our health. So, I request all the people to strictly follow the guidelines of SBA as given by the Government to make India clean and safe and make it free from diseases.
The winter time is time for merry making but it should be with utmost caution. During this period of the year, people go for picnics. The popular picnic spots are full with people enjoying among themselves. At the same time some sad news are coming almost regularly from the picnic spots. The number of road accidents involving picnic goers has gone up. On January 3, a major accident was averted when an overloaded boat capsized in Bogamati picnic spot. Thankfully no deaths were reported but everytime we can't be lucky. The question is, were any safety guidelines followed by the boatmen? Do the boats have the fitness certificate? The nearest police station should be entrusted to keep a vigil over the happenings inside the picnic spots so that for some unruly revellers the others don't suffer. Unauthorized boating and fishing should be banned so that similar cases like in Bogamati don't repeat.
Chotu Nath Boro,
Living up to promise
In the budget session, our honourable Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma had promised to give scooties to those girls who have secured first division in Higher Secondary exam. People like me thought that promise will be only on papers like so many promises the respective Government had given. Providing scooties to thousands of girls is humongous task and many parents have already written that off. We certainly have to appreciate Sarbananda Sonowal's government for the sincerity it had shown in keeping the promise. Dr. Banikanta Kakati Award will motivate the successive batches to strive for good results. Through your esteemed newspaper I would convey my sincere thanks to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma for delivering what they had promised.
Mustafa Zahid Sheikh,
Vaccination dry run
It is a good news that all States and Union Territories held a dry run on December 2 in their preparations for a massive vaccination drive. In Kamrup Metro district, three hospitals - GMCH, Khanapara State Hospital, and Sonapur District Hospital - conducted dry run on Sunday from 9 am.
Ghosts of gloom
Beginning from anti-CAA, pandemic time with COVID-19 and presently farmers' agitation all these can be termed as dark lining in the cloud. Despite the gloom, our nation is rather progressing in every sphere. India has become a force to reckon with in sectors like defence, health, sports, foreign affairs, industry and commerce, etc. Of course there are certain forces that are in their best of capabilities trying to paint a negative picture for the reasons known to every patriotic Indian. India's democratic values are in safe hands in spite of forces trying their diabolical game plan in the guise of secularism. The sleeper cells of the evil/ghost forces haven't succeeded to disfigure India's 'unity in diversity' theme. How hard these forces are working but every time they are hitting the wall. It is obvious that ghosts of gloom are on the run and by God's grace in coming days we shall see a new India under Modiji. Jai Hind!
Dr. Ashim Chowdhury
Stop crimes against women
It is appalling to note that the National Commission for Women (NCW) has received 23,722 complaints of crimes committed against women in 2020. These complaints are the highest in the last six years. According to the NCW data, most of the grievances were linked to domestic violence, harassment of married women or dowry harassment, police apathy towards women, cybercrime, and molestation. The system under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act had not been identified as an essential service during the lockdown. The Centre and State governments have also constituted several grievance redressal forums for women at the district level like women's police stations, family counselling centres, helplines, and Courts, but all are failing to get justice for women. The need of the hour is that all authorities concerned should initiate strong action against crimes related to women at the primary level and ensure the dignified life of women by justice on time.
Amit Singh Kushwaha,