Domestic laws making society contractual-based: Subhash Chandra

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New Delhi, Dec 7 (UNI) The enactment of laws pertaining to maintenance and welfare of parents and domestic violence against women are transforming the Indian society from relationship-driven into contractual-driven, said Essel Group and Zee Networks Limited Chairman Subhash Chandra here today.

''Being a corporate myself, I realise that since the economic globalisation in 1991, only India has evolved and not Bharat. We are turning the society into more of a contractual system. We feel absolved of the responsibility to the civil society,'' he said addressing mediapersons on the eve of a national seminar on 'Empowerment of Tribal and Rural Bharat' organised by the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI).

Mr Chandra, who is also the Chairman of the EVFI, said he himself was enjoying the fruits of development only because he shifted to urban India whereas the tribals and the rural people of the country were still living in their old traditional ways and the Ekal movement, which started in 1998, was aimed at literating those underprivileged people of ''rural Bharat''.

Secretary, EVFI, Ajay Singh said, contrary to the government's Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan which provided a single school for 20 villages, the Ekal movement launched a school in every village, thereby providing basic education for at least 3-5 years at every doorstep.

''Today, we have 23,189 schools all over India.'' The Ekal Vidyalayas provide non-formal method of teaching to tribal and rural children in the age group of 6-14 years. It also emphasises health education besides basic education and also informs village folk about the various schemes that the government has for their welfare.

UNI

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