---- Editorial ----
Discriminatory attitude ?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down at Guwahati on Tuesday to review the flood
situation in North East region with Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,
Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The whole NE region has been battered by
the recent monsoon rain. Large scale devastation has been reported from various parts
of the reason. Modi announced Rs 2,350 crore flood rehabilitation package for the
Mr. Modi also announced to set up a high- powered committee to study the permanent
solution to Assam's flood problem for which 100 crore rupees would be given. Though
his announcement is welcomed but one wonder why did he take such a long time to visit
the flood affected states of North East. Strangely he just interacted with Chief
Ministers at Guwahati and did not make aerial or field visit to assess the flood
damage. Does PM think that Guwahati city represents whole of North East? Atleast
he should have visited the worst hit areas and spent some time with the people. When
Gujarat was hit with flood, PM immediately visited the state, announced massive fund
and also conducted aerial survey of the flood hit areas. This kind of discriminatory
attitude is not good. Also his visit has come very late. The NE states have been
battling monsoon fury for the last one month. Not a single senior minister of centre
visited the region. Barring MoS Home Kiren Rijiju who hails from Arunachal none of
the ministers of NDA government including DoNER minister visited the region.
---- Readers Forum ----
Provide basic job induction trainings
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight few points
on the importance of induction trainings for new appointees under government of Arunachal
Unlike central government services, PSUs, etc., it has been observed that the new
appointees in almost all the departments under government of Arunachal Pradesh are
not provided with any basic induction trainings prior to their regular postings.
This is not only an unhealthy practice, but at times it is also likely to lead to
some dangerous situations; and certainly it is against the interest of public services.
Imagine a newly appointed and untrained APCS officer conducting election in some
sensitive places, or for that matter, a newly appointed JE supervising the construction
of some big bridges, etc. Any misplaced judgment and unintended aberrant action by
the government officials in such situations has the potential to lead to some major
Government services are not always a cozy job. Under various demanding situations,
I have encountered several officials complaining about the ineptness, unprofessionalism
and lack of sense of responsibilities of their newly appointed seniors/colleagues/sub-ordinates.
Instead of being of some help to the department, these new recruits become a burden
or hindrances for smooth execution of works. Then there’s some who complain that
in the process of teaching or acquainting the new recruits with their duties, they
have to undertake the duties of two posts, i.e. self and that of new recruits, whereas
they are paid the salary for only one post/job. And still, there are few who complain
that in certain time-bound and emergency assignments, the normal practice of routing
the work through conventional channel becomes problematic when any new recruit is
involved in the process. But then, what can we expect from any new recruit? Nobody
is born fully experienced from their mother’s womb.
On the other hand, there are some new recruits who complain about non-cooperative
attitude of their seniors and colleagues in teaching or enlightening them with their
assigned duties, to which their senior colleagues often retorts as to whether they
will perform their own duty or spend unnecessary extra time and energy in teaching
Such unpleasant and awkward situations arises - which is neither the fault of seniors
nor the new recruits - purely due to non imparting of basic job induction trainings
to the new appointees prior to their regular postings. Discussing/sharing/exchange
of views/ideas, etc. is one thing, and teaching someone step by step (like walking
with toddler holding his hand) altogether another. At times, it can be really straining
for the seniors, what with huge public pressure on one hand and on the other hand
the hapless new recruits as sub-ordinates ogling innocently with eyes wide open for
guidance at each and every step.
I don’t know the actual reason(s) for non conduction of induction trainings, but
if it is to save the financial expenditures involved in such exercises, then I think
it is a gross miss-concept. An average new appointees takes anywhere from 1 – 3 years
to fully acquaint with the system and discharge their duties efficiently. Till then,
they are just hovering here and there with little or no productivity while availing
full salaries and other allowances. Instead of these wasteful expenditures on unproductive
salaries for so many years, it would be better if we spend a few amounts for training
these new recruits for few weeks/months, and thereafter extract/obtain their full
In order to curb financial expenditures, trainings on basic office Rules and procedures
could be conducted for the new recruits of all the departments for a particular year
commonly at any institute such as Administrative Training Institute (ATI), etc.,
and thereafter conduct department specific trainings at respective departments. And,
in fact, successful completion certificate of induction trainings need to be made
compulsory prior to their regular postings.
And till such time this compulsory induction trainings materializes, I think it would
be only prudent to mix-up the old and new recruits while posting, so that no headquarters/station
is manned purely by the new recruits.
I guess optimum utilization of human resources is the art of the successful corporations,
which we should also imbibe in our government sector too.
Chinese imperialism at frontier province
This refers to your editorial ‘great opportunity’ (AT July 27). The great Himalayan
range detaches India from the Tibet plateau. In 1959, Tibet rose up in revolt against
the Chinese occupation. Dalai Lama’s escape from Lhasa to Tawang marks the starting
of Tibetan struggle for independence. And that led to Chinese misadventure at Ladakh
and Arunachal in 1962. Subsequently China is busy in capacity building in Tibet,
POK, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Also China engage constructing road at the frontier.
To thwart Chinese imperialism, India moved to the mountain. The billion-dollar infrastructure
plans put into strengthen India against powerful neighbour. China already has extensive
infrastructure on their side. Beijing claims the territory of Arunachal as South
Tibet. The recent face off at Doklam cause an enduring sore point between the two
countries. China even reached Gwadar port of Arabian Sea through POK and Myanmar
open route for China to Bay of Bengal. India just cannot ignore these harsh ground
All of a sudden NE region is in the limelight with the realisation of this strategic
significance. The forgotten corner of India is gradually in the process of emerging
gateway to East Asia due to its geographical proximity. At the dawn of independence,
NE has NEFA [Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh] part of Assam and
two princely states of Manipur and Tripura. Later Sikkim becomes eight North-Eastern
Regions. NE region is geo-politically isolated by 20 km narrow route ‘Chicken neck’
of Siliguri corridor. China’s constructing road at Doklam is another undisputed Chinese
philosophy of governance and warfare. Like Tibet China has a geo-strategic plan
for Bhutan and Myanmar too.
Taksing is a border village of western upper Subansiri dist of Arunachal strategically
placed at 8000 feet. A memorial to Indian Arunachalee soldier Shere Thapa reminded
the heroic act against Chinese charges in 1962. Today this frontier land still relies
on helicopters. India is battling time, nature and geology to get 34 mile mountain
road stretch. Indian Air Force is the only hope for this deceptive mountain. India
left this region untouched for long. The fear is that road would help Chinese descend
into our territory. Now India changed track gradually after China built largely on
border-building to roads and townships at Tibetan plateau. India have now shifted
gear and accelerated work on strategic roads for troop movement, supplies and deployment
of sophisticated weapons. But India has a long way to catch up.
Tawang is another historic point at western Arunachal. Hope 1800 km long road will
connect this sparsely populated hill community to Assam. Organic crops and medicinal
herbs may open a new vista to neighbouring state. Should India agree to develop
the BCIM (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar) highway for economic corridor? This will
help integrate our economies and open huge opportunities for developing under-developed
frontier provinces. India must respond to Chinese establishment and military infrastructure
in Tibet by connecting new railway lines, roads and airports.
China opened up airport terminal at Nyingchi, very near to east Arunachal. Also,
the rail route from Lhasa is likely to be extended to it. India is yet to catch up.
We have just connected Dhola Sadiya over Lohit River. India has no airport in Arunachal
other than some Advance Landing Ground (ALG) for copters. India’s bid to take trains
to Himalayan heights has inched closer to reality with the start of survey. India
must act otherwise China may impose arm-twist on the border on its terms. After 1962
debacle, Indian Army enhances self esteem at Nathu La 1967. But the stand-off near
Doklam opened up Chinese cobweb plan of fresh tangled territorial incursion. Instead
China joins India in infrastructure, energy, industry, agriculture, trade and commerce.
Such cooperation can result in a win-win situation for both the nation. Opening of
Stilwell road could be the answer for India’s economic corridor to South East Asia.
Transfer and posting
Rational transfer of not only teachers but entire govt servants from time to time
is a must and a good initiative of the state government as well because if one tends
to stay in a place for a longer time one may get more chance of corruption and be
non productive. Rational transfer of govt servants from time to time benefits both
the govt servants and the public alike because both the parties will have exposure,
experience and can share their expertise. However in case of Education department,
transfer of teachers should be done after the end of academic session and not during
academic session as it can hamper the progress of academic. Teacher student relation
also plays an important role, adjusting to a new teacher and getting used to him/her
during the middle of academic session might cause problem to the students thereby
hampering the academic progress. The demand put in by the students of DEM govt higher
secondary school pasighat is a really genuine one and the higher authorities should
look into the matter with utmost urgency so that it might not hamper the academic
progress of the students.
At a time when the states literacy rate is at the bottom, the education department
must revamp their system and strategy and come up with more robust one which can
elevate the literacy rate from bottom to a higher position.
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