---- Editorial ----
Listen to the grievances
The state government need to listen to the grievances of Itanagar Traffic Warden
(ITW) who are agitating seeking fulfillment of their demands. ITW has launched whistle
down strike demanding regularisation of job, enhancement of payment, ending payment
deduction and granting of 15 days annual casual leave. This is for the second time
that ITW has launched strike seeking fulfillment of their demand. Earlier in January
this year the ITW called off their strike following an assurance from Chief Secretary
that government is ready to sort out some of the issues raised by them.
However, the government did not fulfill the promises and this seems to have deeply
hurt the ITWs. There is no doubt that presence of ITW in the road of capital complex
has considerably improved the traffic scenario. They have managed to control the
chaotic traffic and brought the situation under control. Govt cannot simply deny
their contribution in managing the burgeoning traffic of capital complex. It may
not be possible to accept all the demands placed by the ITW but state government
definitely should listen to their grievances. While job regularization may not be
possible but the enhancement of salary and granting of annual leave can be considered
by the government. The deadlock should be resolved at the earliest for the benefit
of the people of capital complex.
---- Readers Forum ----
In response to the news published in your daily where the EE of Rajiv Gandhi University,
Doimukh has claimed that there were no cracks and other problems in the new academic
building, I would like to state that they are wrong.
We have witnessed large cracks on the walls of Dept of Political Science which was
later plastered when complained.
We expect the engineering department to execute work with dedication and honesty.
Yab Nikum Kaih,
Dept of Political Science,
Nepotism and corruption in high places
Through your esteemed newspaper, I would like to express my utter dismay and disbelief
in the appointment of a District Adult Education Officer for Lower Subansiri District
by the Department of Education flouting all norms of seniority and relevant recruitment
The appointee is a very much junior and his appointment is a contravention of the
RR which says that to be DAEO, a candidate is to be Junior Teacher with minimum of
8 years in service in the cadre.
There are lots of big talks by the department bosses but in reality it is found that
they are actually not putting their words into practice.
Other illegal and out of turn promotions like that of officiating Head Masters should
also be rescinded at the earliest. I find it very illogical as to how they are given
officiating promotions at the cost of their seniors in service.
If at all their performance are so exceptional as to merit some sort of reward, they
may be given the state gold medal and Padma Shree and not out of turn promotions
that are very disturbing and depressing to honest Teachers of the Department.
My humble appeal to the concerned authority and ATA is to sort out the matter before
things get out of control.
Enough is enough of nepotism and corruption in high places.
A frustrated Teacher
Hydrographical study on flood estimation
There has been no analysis on the topography of rainfall-depth-duration-frequency
on the mighty Brahmaputra that finally led to extreme cases of loss and destruction
of flood from this year. The magnitude of aftermath effect was higher than expected.
The Honourable PM had recently met Chief Ministers of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and
Arunachal Pradesh to take stock of the latest flood situation in a flood review meeting
at Guwahati and a package for flood relief and rehabilitation of flood damage announced.
A research project for long term study on Brahmaputra and its role in creating devastating
flood is also proposed.
So far an empirical approach is generally followed for embankment, waterway of bridges/cross
drainage structures leading disasters in plains. Moreover peak discharge of water
from dam during monsoon rainfall is never considered. A rational and scientific estimation
of floods is the need of the hour for safe and yet economic design of structures.
Data collection on rainfall and river discharge is a critical issue. A landmark study
of flood formula on mighty Brahmaputra can be brought out from a joint effort from
Central Water Commission, Railways, Roads and Water Resources and Meteorological
department with the support of local expert. A final finding must come out this time
for this perennial problem that carries a catastrophic effect to NE development.
Remember Nada Umbing?
Why did he choose to go on that day, while he was off duty? Was it written this way?
Did he have to die this way leaving his family alone to survive?
People assume, that his life was scripted like this, thus he had to meet such a tragic
He didn't choose his death, he choose his duty, his inner voice to help the needy
people, to give a hand to someone who needed help.
The recent announcement of Rs Fifty Lakhs to the IAF members is justifiable. But
wait, have the Govt. forgotten IRBn personnel, late Nada Umbing or pretending to
forget that he volunteered even though he was off duty.
The recent announcement by the state Govt to recognize only the three IAF members
shows the darkest side of our Govt. Such act of Govt. shows the favoritism.
Humanity is that what we are lacking these days.
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