---- Editorial ----
Railways spreading presence in Arunachal
The Indian Railways is pushing hard to spread its presence in Arunachal Pradesh.
After tasting success in Naharlagun-Guwahati and Naharlagun-New Delhi route, the
railway is planning to open several new routes in the state. The preliminary surveys
for Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang (378 km), North Lakhimpur-Bame-Aalo-Silapathar (247.85
km) and Pasighat-Roing-Tezu-Parsuram Kund-Rupai (227 km) have been completed and
detailed on-location survey is expected to commence at the earliest.
The Railway Ministry has also sanctioned eight new railway lines for Arunachal which
include Itakhola - Seijosa (18 km), Doomdooma-Namsai-Wakro (96 km), Dangri - Roing
(60 km) Naharkatia-Deomali (20 km), Lekhapani-Nampong-New Khamlang-Deben (75 km)
and Tinsukia to Pasighat via Kanubari (300 km). Once completed all these railway
lines will tremendously improve connectivity in the state. It will also ease dependency
on road network and provide alternate mode of transportation to the citizens. The
railway ministry should explore possibilities of starting goods train from Naharlagun
to various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. It will immensely benefit
farmers as they will be able to directly sell horti-agri products to customers bypassing
the middlemen, who often create so much trouble for them. In future such goods train
should be started from other places like Pasighat, Tezu, Bhalukpong and so on. While
expansion of rail network is a welcome step, the authorities should remain alert
and do not allow people to misuse train service to illegally enter state without
ILP. State government should work out modalities with railway ministry in this regard.
---- Readers Forum ----
I wish to withdraw and apologize for the letter on fake sports certificate, which
I had written and was published on March 23 of this daily under heading “Fake sports
certificate and recruitment.”
Actually, I did not have much knowledge about the matter as I am not from sports
I neither had any intention to tarnish the reputation of sports fraternity of the
state nor to keep pending the police recruitment process in Tirap, Changlang and
Longding under sports quota.
It was a rumor only. Hence, there should be no misunderstanding anymore.
A Citizen, Longding
Review our language policy
Your editorial, "Not a good decision" (April 19) has rightly pointed out that the
decision to make Hindi compulsory till class tenth in CBSE - affiliated schools and
Kendriya Vidyalayas is expected to evoke reaction from states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala
etc where earlier attempt to impose Hindi has been met with fierce resistance. A
regional language like Hindi must not be imposed in our country. On being asked about
his views on Hindi being the common language of India, Sri Aurobindo had said, “English
will be all right and even necessary if India is to be an international State. In
that case English has to be the medium of expression, especially as English is now
replacing French as a world - language” ('Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo', p -
587). Had we paid heed to the pragmatic views of Sri Aurobindo, India could have
taken a big step forward towards national unity. The need of the hour is to review
our language policy and to stop imposing Hindi.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Encourage online payment
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the recruiting departments of
the State to go for an online payment for their respective advertised post. It would
be a great relief to the aspirants and common public if they could abolish the old
fashioned and laborious method of payment through Treasury Challan followed by submitting
it in Banks. There are long queue in Banks and Treasury office with lots of rush,
if there happens to be an advertisement from some departments.
The ultimate sufferers are the students who miss their classes and chose to make
a queue for the uncertain job. If they can’t abolish the said procedure then they
can atleast include the online mode of payment. This would also encourage the people
from using internet thus encouraging online payment system or cashless transaction;
the dream of our Prime Minister.
P. Tesia, RGU
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