A Good Step forward to kill racism

Central Government of India has accepted several recommendations from the Bezbaruah Committee report to stop the racist attack on people from North Eastern States.

Racism exists in India.

You may not face it directly, but it exists in every corner of India. And, most of the sufferers of these racial abuses are from the North Eastern states of India.

The Bezbaruah Committee, headed by M.P. Bezbaruah, Member, North Eastern Council, was set up in February 2014 after the death of Nido Tania, a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, who died in Delhi on January 29, 2014. The Committee’s mandate was to listen to the issues raised by people from Northeast India living in other areas of the country, especially metro cities. The committee was also asked to suggest measures which could be implemented by the government of India. The Committee filed its report with Ministry of Home Affairs on July 11, 2014.

The Central Government of India has accepted the legal, cultural and institutional recommendations from the Bezbaruah Committee and ordered an immediate implementation.

Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, further said that all the recommendations made by the Committee regarding Special Police Initiatives and additional steps to be taken by the various State Police Forces and Delhi Police have been accepted for immediate implementation. These include:

Legal Steps:

Delhi police will recruit 20 police personnel, (10 male — 10 female) each from North East States.

Police exchange program has been approved between NE States and metropolitan cities including Delhi.

North East Special Unit at New Delhi is activated to address the grievances of the NE people. Other States have been advised to do the same.

A decision has been taken that cases of NE people be referred to the existing fast track courts for early decision.

A special helpline No.1093 for NE people is being synchronized with helpline No.100. Other States are advised to set up a special helpline.

Various Metropolitan Police forces including Delhi Police are being advised to post NE Personnel in their force in the visible positions in vulnerable areas prone to crime against NE people. Also, they will be advised to have due representation of the senior officers at the field level.

Cultural and Academic Steps:

In order to educate the people about the North East, Universities have been advised that history of North East and participation in the freedom movement of the country should be taught at graduation level and post graduation level, and for this purpose, curriculum be changed.

Similar action is being taken by the NCERT with respect to elementary and higher secondary education.

A special scholarship scheme for students of North East Region ‘Ishan Uday’ has been launched from the academic session 2014–15 providing 10,000 scholarships ranging from Rs.3,500/- to Rs.5,000/- per month for studying at undergraduate level in colleges and universities of the country.

Under ‘Ishan Vikas’ scheme, selected students from school and college levels from the North Eastern States will be taken to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and other engineering institutes for exposure/internship programme.

It’s just a beginning.

We should be vigilant and keep our eyes open. Racism against NE people should stop at any cost or else we’ll create another J&K in our beautiful North East.