6 killed on Freeway after taxi with 9 crashes in city New education policy: Suggestions pour in from MPs, NGOs, states
TO MUMBADEVI TEMPLE Two children, four women of a family among dead
Six people, including a six-year-old boy and an 11-yearold girl, were killed and three others injured after a taxi carrying nine people of the driver’s family crashed on the Eastern Freeway on Saturday morning. The driver, Mangru Verma, lost control of the Hyundai Santro and the car crashed on the freeway’s exit ramp at Wadi Bunder, while they were on the way to Mumbadevi temple.
Police said the accident took place around 9.10am, around half an hour after Mangru left his Wadala home with his wife, two children and his sister-in-law’s family, which had come visiting from Surat and were supposed to return on Sunday.
Mangru, who survived the crash and is recovering at JJ Hospital, admitted to having overloaded the car, which is supposed to carry only five persons.
While Mangru lost his wife, Anara, 35; daughter, Asha, 11; and son, Rajkumar, 6; his sisterin-law, Rajashri Verma, 35; her husband, Harkesh, 45; and their daughter, Ragini, 19; were also killed in the crash. Harkesh and Rajashri’s two sons, Vinay, 20; and Ravi, 16; survived the accident. The two are also recuperating at JJ Hospital.
The survivors told the police that the accident took place after a vehicle overtook the taxi on the exit ramp and Mangru swerved the car to avoid a collision. He lost control of the car, which The mangled remains of the taxi that crashed on the Eastern Freeway, killing six people, on Saturday. brushed a wall and hit an electricity pole.
The impact of the collision threw open the rear left door and two of the women victims got thrown out of the car.
While the police rushed all the occupants of the car to JJ Hospital soon after the accident, six people did not survive the accident.
“The police are recording statements of the survivors and will visit their Wadala residence for further investigation” said Pratap Jadhav, inspector at Dongri police station. After the initial investigation, the Dongri police have registered a case against Mangru under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Students should be taught in their mother tongues till class VIII, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has said in its inputs for the ambitious draft national education policy of the BJP-led government.
The suggestion by the government’s think thank on school education is among several inputs received by the government from MPs, NGOs, minority organisations, states and individuals for the policy, aimed at ushering changes in the structure of education from primary to higher.
Consultations on policy started during the tenure of the previous HRD minister Smriti Irani. However, it courted controversy after some of the suggestions were found to be regressive by educationists. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar restarted discussion on the policy by inviting suggestions from various political parties and educationists.
Many suggestions have been made by parliamentarians who have sent their ideas to the HRD ministry ahead of their workshop on this issue on November 10. Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has suggested that school syllabus should be modified to include an active sport being pursued by every student. Rajkumar Dhoot, MP (Rajya Sabha) has suggested that school shouldn’t start before 9.30am and the government should do away with pre-schooling so that children could enjoy their childhood.
The HRD ministry had set September 30 as the last date for giving suggestion on the proposed national education policy. It has put up on its website some of the recommendations made by the committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian.