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The Congress which concluded its 63rd annual session in Amritsar on Monday has also urged the State Governments which have decided not to introduce the NCERT texts in their schools to review their own books and correct the errors.
Unanimous resolutions to this effect were passed at the three-day session which for the first time in a decade was organised without financial support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The decision to review the textbooks was taken in view of fears expressed in various quarters about the departure from the secular approach by NCERT in the new history texts it has brought out for Classes VI, IX and XI.
Also, the resolution takes note of reports in the Press that elementary requirements of impartiality when dealing with religious, linguistic and cultural traditions had been given the go-by.
The committee will be expected to submit its report within a month-and-a-half.
Should it be approved by the executive committee of the Congress, the report will be sent to the authorities concerned.
Meanwhile, welcoming the decision of various State Governments to reject the NCERT textbooks, the Congress has appealed to the said States to review their own texts and correct errors, if any.
"This will be a strong complementary step to their decision on the new NCERT textbooks.'' It has requested all other State Governments to follow suit.
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