---- Editorial ----
SC will have to do balancing act
As state government's starts to implement the Supreme Court order of banning sale
of liquor near national highways, there is growing worry that it might lead to large
scale displacement of workers rendering them jobless. The court's order, meant to
curb drink driving and the subsequent accidents on highways, is expected to affect
around 35,000 establishments in western India alone. States like Goa, Maharashtra
is expected to be the worst affected. NITI Aayog Chief Amitabh Kant while expressing
reservation over apex court today tweeted that one million jobs will be lost due
to this order.
There is no doubt that Supreme Court order passed the said order in all good wisdom.
However there is no denying that said order will hit hard the people who work in
restaurants and pubs along the highways. If people loose job it will have serious
social and psychological impact. The question also arises how much apex court order
will help to reduce accidents on national highway. It is upto individual whether
to drink and drive. Closing of bars and pubs within 55 meters of highways will not
help curb accidents. The accidents can be curbed only by strictly implementing existing
laws and by carrying out strict checking of motorists so that no one dares to drink
and drive. Apex Court will have to look into the grievances of those who depend on
liquor business along the highway to support their families.
---- Readers Forum ----
Through you esteemed daily, I want to appeal the general public not to spit on the
wall of Tomo Riba general Hospital Naharlagun. It is a matter of pride for Arunachal
that our government is establishing such a big hospital consisting of 500 beds
for the first time in the history of the state. For chronic diseases, the patients
have to go out of the state for better and further treatment.
I anticipate that in coming days Arunachal Hospitals will not lag behind in efficiency.
To make it efficient, public should help but some sections of people are always creating
disturbance. In new building of Riba Hospital, notices have been pasted on the wall
conveying not to spite but in spite of that they spit on the white wall. It is moral
obligation to keep the Hospital clean. Therefore, I appeal to the general public
not to spit on the wall of hospital and keep it clean.
Land for graveyard
Long pending graveyard problem of Medo area under Lohit District has been permanently
sorted out by conducting of social service. The social service was jointly conducted
by Panchayat, Medo bazar committee, Manyuliang Bazar committee and Medo Youth club
on March 28. And the area is divided into two parts- for burial and cremation.
The land for the graveyard was voluntarily donated by Solai Dellang, a senior citizen
of Wakro. Since many years, there was no particular location of the graveyard; hence
many dead bodies had been buried in different areas of the village.
Importance of Agricultural Engineering
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share about the fate of the Agricultural
engineers. Last September, I saw the advertisement for the post of ADO. With great
delight, I rushed to the commission to apply for it but to my utter surprise they
told us that we are not eligible for ADO as we hail from technical line. Then came
the JE advertisement under RWD. Though we are eligible but the syllabus only contained
30% of our subject while remaining 70% were of civil. It was like bait for us. We
felt our career was being played with. With no option left, I decided to go for civil
service as my sole target. But my dream was once again shattered when I couldn't
find my subject as optional in APPSCCE. So my question to government is-if they cannot
manage our absorption then why they are allowing these courses to be offered in many
of prestigious colleges? How do we survive? How do I repay my old ailing parents?
Are not we legitimate son of land? For how long will I show my unemployed face to
other? In states like Assam, Sikkim, Punjab, Rajasthan and MP, we are given much
Unlike other engineering branches like civil, mechanical, electrical, we are yet
to get our share of bread. Lastly, Agricultural engineering should not be confused
with Agriculture Bsc. Agricultural engineering is an elite engineering branch which
deals with watershed management, drainage engg, irrigation, farm machinery, soil
water conservation, food engineering. Every year hundreds of students are passing
out from this branch and many of who want to serve state as a civil servant. If such
trend continues, it will worsen our already deteriorated unemployment condition.
Article 14-16 of Indian constitution enshrined equality of opportunity in matters
of public employment.
Therefore, we request respected chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
to kindly include Agricultural Engineering as an optional subject in the APPSCCE
from this year.
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