Reconsider Political Appointment On NEP 2020 Task Force

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a comprehensive document that covers all levels of education from pre-primary to university. It has been formulated after intense thought process, incorporated suggestions from educationists and the stakeholders. Appointment of task force committee for chalking out road map only for higher education is not proper. The task force should take care of all the levels of education. I strongly feel appointment of a rank political figure, who had long innings as president of BJP, a short tenure as chief minister and continues to be in active party politics does not augur well for a task force to work modalities of implementing the NEP. In fact, it shows that the government’s intensions have little to do with NEP, as the priority is to accommodate politicians wherever possible. Current mayhem in the field of education in Goa cannot be attributed to the age-old education policy but lack of proper implementation and lackadaisical approach of those who are at the helm of education. Trust that the government will reconsider the political appointment in the interest of education.


AAP Campaign A Welcome Step

This is with reference to the news report ‘AAP launches campaign to protect Goans from COVID-19’ (NT September 10). The ‘Goans against corona’ campaign launched by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa is both, a welcome step and a timely measure to save precious lives in the state, which is struggling to free itself from the clutches of the killer COVID-19. It is not only the daily surge of around 600 plus new cases that is alarming and worrying but also the number of daily deaths. The door-to-door campaign by AAP to check oxygen levels of individuals, therefore, needs to be appreciated and encouraged by the state government. Very few can afford to purchase an ‘oximeter’, which costs around Rs 4,000. Very few are also educated on optimum oxygen requirements and levels in the blood. A lot of lives can thus be saved through this campaign, especially the asymptomatic ones, who show no signs of the killer virus, before it is too late.


On Kangana-BMC Face-off

Only two days back the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished extension of balcony on the first floor of famous actress Kangana Ranaut’s office in Mumbai. It is a known fact that there was a tussle between Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Kangana over the issue of remarks passed by the actress on Mumbai city. Though Kangana has been in the news for her strong support to justice for Sushant Singh Rajput after his death under mysterious circumstances, she has been exposing drug mafia and nepotism in Bollywood. From the day she started campaign for Rajput, she is being targeted. The Bombay High Court has stayed the demolition of the structure as malafide act by the civic body. The actress has been given Y plus security by the Centre, as her life is under threat. The Maharashtra government should have given her a legal notice with some time to respond before acting. One cannot deny that there are many old structures and illegal constructions in Mumbai. Hence, it is absolutely unfair to just target her on the issue.