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UPA govt reaping what Vajpayee govt sowed - Pioneer
Centre is now reaping the benefits of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), launched by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a decade ago. According to the latest data compiled by HRD Ministry, there has been a significant reduction in number of dropouts of schoolchildren in the country following the inception of SSA.
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Several things emerge from Jusitce Katju's revelation. The first is the cravenness of the Congress, which chose to favour power over probity in public life. Keeping a few crooked judges in hock was apparently a small price to pay to serve a full term in office. Second, Katju's allegations, if true, cast the three successive chief justices — Lahoti, Sabharwal and Balakrishnan — in very poor light. At least two of them knew what the IB's findings said about the crooked judge, but chose to overlook it, presumably to curry favour with the ruling government. So much for the independence of the judiciary from the executive. After this episode, it is clear that this independence exists mostly in the breach, and serving judges facing retirement are prone to lean the way of the government to ensure plum post-retirement posts for themselves.
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