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Officials falter on human chain date

A human chain formed at Patna's Gandhi Maidan in favour of prohibition last year
The dates mentioned in the letter,
one of them wrong.

Patna: District education officers do not seem as serious about organising the human chain against child marriage and dowry on January 21 as the state government is.

A letter the Gopalganj district education office (DEO) issued to block education officers and school principals, seeking school students' participation in the human chain, incorrectly mentions the date of the event as August 21.

In the letter, the district education office had asked block education offices and school principals to start preparations for the event along with a route map. "It could be a printing error and will be corrected," Gopalganj district education officer Shailendra Kumar said. Director of mass education Vinodanand Jha said the same. "We will take up the issue with the district education officer so that such mistake don't take place in future."

Though the error is minor, this is not the first time that a letter by the education department on an important issue bears several mistakes.

A similar mistake was noticed during the education day function on November 11, where eminent physicist Harish Chandra Verma was felicitated with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puruskar. The citation prepared by the education department on Verma's career mentioned his period of service at PU as four years, from 1980 to 1984, whereas Verma taught physics at Patna Science College for 15 years, from 1979 to 1994.

The single-page citation prepared by the education department was distributed among guests on the dais, journalists and others at the function. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, education minister Krishnanandan Prasad Verma and a large number of education department officials were present on the occasion.

"This is not the first time that a letter issued by the education department was found carrying mistakes," said Abhishek Kumar, spokesperson of the Bihar Secondary Teachers Association. "It is not a printing error, as the letter is issued only after it is checked by various senior officers."

The state government, which last year organised a human chain in support of prohibition, has this year decided to hold a human chain against two social evils, child marriage and dowry.

But unlike last year, when the human chain came up on all national highways and state highways, this year there is no compulsion on organising it at all national and state highways.

The chain will be organised in all district headquarters, blocks and at the panchayat level from 12 noon to 12.30pm on January 21.

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