By- Staff Correspondent | Date- August 27, 2012
With time changing Jorhat once considered a cultural capital of Assam is now getting converted to a dump yard for text books meant for school children belonging to SCERT (State Council of Educational Research and Training Nagaland : Kohima). In a sudden disclosure today, Times of Assam unearthed several cartons of Text books packed in bundles meant for primary and secondary standards in a scrap dump yard shop in Jorhat.
Acting on a tip off Times of Assam visited a scrap shop operated by one Akhtar Khan in Sadar Tin Ali on the road connecting Jorhat with Nagaland via Mariani and Titabor. The stock piles of the books had just been unloaded from a truck and had whizzed off before the reporters visit. Locals appraised that the unloading was done in hasty manner and was somewhat hush hush manner. Interestingly the books were of general knowledge and Saral Hindi reader. Akhtar Khan the owner of the shop could not produce any purchase documents of the text books. It is assumed that the books was sold to Akhtar in a cheap rate by some influential and mischievous group originating from Nagaland. One important piece of information that Akhtar divulged is that the book came from Mokochung.
Mr Temsu Wathi Ao Public Information Officer of Mokokchung, Government of Nagaland informed Times of Assam that, “Since Nagaland government publishes text books every year with new writers and hence the question of illegally selling the books doesn’t arise”. But investigations has revealed that even last year AJYCP caught hold a truck laden with such books from a similar scrap Shop in Jorhat By pass. After initial police action most people forget about the books and the culprits who purchased it. Even in today’s incident not a single person either from the locality or representatives of any organization was ready to take the matter with the police department
It can be assumed that with the degradation of society and human values, even education too has not been spared. While the entire world is promulgating ideas of new and free education, Nagaland seems lagging behind by a decade in absence of wisdom and far sightedness.