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Urban sanitation is a major worry
The PHE&WS department yesterday claimed that it has achieved 87.12 percent sanitation
coverage; standing 7th position at the national level. This is a major achievement
considering the fact that Arunachal is late starter in realizing the importance of
having Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) in the house. The department also audaciously
declared their intent to achieve ODF status by 2018; one year ahead of the target
year, which is 2nd October, 2019. It’s a good move, however, only time will tell
whether they will be to achieve the target.
There is no doubt that PHE & WS Deptt. has made inroads into villages and constructed
massive number of IHHL. But in recent years the hygiene standard of urban areas has
drastically gone down. The situation especially in capital complex and at certain
district headquarters is pathetic. In capital complex, visiting any market areas
can be nightmare experience especially for the womenfolk. Lack of toilet facilities
in the market areas is an issue which unfortunately all the departments be it PHE&WS,
Municipal corporations and Urban Development Department have totally neglected. Urban
cleanliness should be given top priorities by the state government. With monsoon
arriving there is urgent need to ensure that drains are properly cleaned and clean
drinking water is provided to the denizens. For urban sanitation, the PHE&WS should
collaborate with Municipal corporations and Urban Development Department for better
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Complete the Rural electrification formalities
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to put forward a few grievances
I have towards the State Power Department. The rural electrification work was tendered
by the same during May 2016 and the official legal formalities to kick-start the
project still seems to be under progress while it is already 2017 with an approaching
monsoon on the clock which keeps the public in dilemma since it is a known fact that
the “working period” regarding carrying out of any tender work in Arunachal is minimal
because the rains throughout the year makes any work challenging and difficult confining
it mostly to winter months.
This is a kind appeal to the Department responsible to initiate their duties at the
earliest so that none of the contractors involved or the public or the project in
question suffers due to the stagnation of one department. And also as a general observation,
this is the kind of attitude that most departments around here carry because of which
any kind of developmental activity always lags behind from the time period it is
bound to deliver for.
We are at a much advanced century from any other generation and therefore, this kind
of attitude from any executing body is not really appreciable and it is time that
people realise the value of time and the governmental agencies especially, their
As a concerned citizen of the state and the country, this is a humble request especially
to the Power Department East Siang district in particular to kindly take up the cause
and dispense any left over legalities at the earliest to start the rural electrification
works at the earliest.
The delay over this matter is questionable because according to sources, the tender
for East Siang district has long been initiated with all formalities and procedure
already covered, so why the unnecessary delay causing great discomfort amongst the
people involved ?
Therefore, once again I appeal and request the concerned department in particular
to dispense their legal duties as soon as possible so that the electrification work
for rural areas is started at the earliest, for the goodness and development of our
A concerned citizen
Abolish VIP culture
This refers to your editorial “More need to be done to abolish VIP culture: (April
21. Kudos to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision to shake up India’s privileged
VIP culture, most notably symbolised by flashing red beacon lights on top of vehicles,
by scrapping a rule that allowed the Central and State governments to nominate dignitaries
who could use such lights. The decision comes more than three years after the Supreme
Court first raised the issue of red beacons and asked for restrictions on their use
in December 2013. It is good move by govt to stop lal baati for VIPs. It will help
to reduce the VIPs culture in India. The red beacon or laal batti, allowed to only
top public officials and politicians, has come to signify influence and privilege.
Recently, in Ahmedabad, while I was crossing a road, I found blue beacons of Ambulance
blocking the road. As I came near I found some religious saints sitting in an ambulance
with their teams. The motor vehicles carrying ‘high dignitaries’ specified by the
Central government and their counterparts specified by the States may be fitted with
red lights, but the red lights with or without flasher can be used only when the
specified high dignitary is on duty.It is time that the Supreme court also passes
the order to remove political flags, political leaders photos in the cars fronts.
This is used as an exhibition of power by many politicians and influential people.
Vinod C. Dixit,
Few suggestions to improve sports in Arunachal
This is with reference to the News Report published on April 24 in your esteemed
daily, titled “What is holding back Arunachal’s Progress in Sports’ ?
As I belong to sports fraternity, I would like to contribute few suggestions.
1. Upgrade of Sangey Laden Sports Academy up to Class XII. Because when the student
trainees of the academy are at the peak of their performance, they have no option
for further studies. They have to leave the academy for further studies.
2. Set up of Sports Trainee hostel separately for elite sports persons.
3. Attach sports unit in BN Police Chimpu for regular training along with appointment
of Coach and Instructor
4. Appointment of Coach in various sports discipline.
5. Establishment of human performance Laboratory with high scientific equipments.
6. Sports persons appointed in various Department against sports quota maybe exempted
from general duty and allowed to continue training for 2 to 3 years. If he/she
is not giving result or performance, they may proceed for general duty.
7. Establishment of SAG -SAI centre in various districts of Arunachal Pradesh .
I already discussed with the Director of SAI, North East Region Guwahati regarding
the establishment of SAG-SAI. Director agreed for the establishment of the centre
only if state government is willing to do so.
In view of the above suggestions, if Arunachal Government and sports fraternity takes
initiative, we hope we will overcome the present scenario and there will be rapid
progress in sports. Hope in near future our sports persons will perform well in National
and International arena.
Dept. of Physical
Rajiv Gandhi University
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