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Respect the sentiment of local community
The Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) which is spearheading the movement against
mega dam in Tawang district have threatened to knock door of United Nation Organization
if state government goes ahead with hydro power projects on Tawang Chu river. SMRF
has been battling against the said project claiming that it will submerge pilgrimage
sites and fertile lands. Two people were killed in May 2016 when police opened fire
on anti-dam protestors at Tawang. Despite several attempts made by the state government
and hydro power developers using various tactics, the people of Tawang is continuing
to bitterly oppose the hydropower projects that is coming up in the district.
The move of state government to go ahead with hydro projects in Tawang despite opposition
from local people is against their policy. Government spokesperson PD Sona in May
this year while participating in a symposium organized by Arunachal Press Club had
publicly declared that State Government will not construct any dam against the will
of the community. But they don't seem to be applying this yardstick in Tawang and
is willingly going against the will of the local community. This is pure case of
cheating. State government should re-look and listen to the voices of the people
of Tawang. If local community is not ready to part away with the land, govt should
respect their will and stop the project. In the name of development, the people's
sentiment should not be overlooked. In a sensitive tribal like ours, the forceful
imposition of the will of government and corporate on local community can have serious
---- Readers Forum ----
Getting a land allotment certificate
This is regarding obtaining a land allotment certificate in our beautiful state of
Arunachal Pradesh with special reference to Capital Complex.
All land being administered by the government has been donated by the local populace
only. All capital complex areas from Banderdewa to Chimpu have been donated by the
local tribal people.
Notification No. LR-53/87 (Vol-ii) Dated Ita-8th Sept 2008 declared entire Arunachal
Pradesh as Tribal State. But, now scenario has changed. Our local publics are struggling
to get a basic Land Allotment Certificates. These include poor and common masses,
armed force personnel, policemen and honest govt employees. It is confusing – whether
to perform their duties sincerely or to run after DC office and Land Directorate
for a Land allotment.
The system being adopted are as:- an applicant files for Land Allotment at concerned
DC office. The step wise verification and survey team includes Mandal, SK, and LRSO,
DC. After clearance, the file goes to concerned Directorate of Land, Secretary and
Commissioner, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister and finally Cabinet for vetting.
In depth enquiry reveals that the applications of only kit and kin of big wig politicians,
higher up officials and financially influential people survive this license Raj system
of British/Mughal. These influential groups could only manage to obtain Land Allotment
Certificate. All officials from lowest to highest (DC to Commissioner) have been
found to have worked for the influential groups only whereas, the applications of
the poor /common masses remains at the dust centric DC office. These files of common
masses suffer because of red tapism and briberies at the offices of DC. Some who
pay the price tag for clearance gets easy headway.
As per rules, Govt servants can hold neither trading license nor commercial land
allotment. However, more than 80% of commercial lands of capital complex are owned
by Engineers, bureaucrats and political class.
Whereas, Govt is planning to raise Land revenue fees per year. This is going to impact
poor and common people. Instead of tapping revenue leakage, action against land encroachers
by Govt officials, introduction of property tax, Govt’s action aims at harassing
common publics are indigestible.
Effort of the government should be to support the common masses raise their standard
of living by improving their socio-economic conditions. Fast delivery of administrative
process and clearance of genuine files of common public will help them establish
small business centers and other entrepreneurship means.
Our government through its corrupt servants has forgotten the theme of a welfare
state. Many of the Land related officials themselves are embroiled in open corruption.
For an instance, an Indian Army soldier is serving our country for the sake of protecting
its motherland. He stays away from his family most of the year. When applies for
a simple Land Allotment certificate for his family, file keeps pending at DC office
for immeasurable amount of time. Since he is a soldier, he believes in merit. There
are many similar sad stories of common men trying to get a Land Allotment Certificate.
True owners of the land are really suffering at the hand of systemic epidemic of
our highly rotten system.
Our Chief Minister Pema Khandu talks about corrupt free administration. A press statement
was issued that files be cleared within a stipulated time. Citizen’s charter and
redressal mechanisms were supposed to be issued. DC (Capital Complex) and Land Directorate
may take note of it. All genuine applications may be disposed of immediately.
Fill potholes with bricks
Every year P.W.D just adds another layer of tarmac, instead of actually repairing
the damn road and with the onset of monsoon the patchwork slowly wears out and the
bedraggled road becomes alive. The stretch from Doimukh, (Neepco colony) to Bage-Tinali
has become minefield of potholes. Motorists have a harrowing time driving through
that stretch. The rains made it worse, making it difficult for someone at the wheels
to gauge the depth of the potholes. The least authorities should do now is fill the
holes with pieces of bricks and level the road to avoid bumpy ride.
Sri Aurobindo said, "If you want to remove poverty you must find the causes of poverty
and remove them." India's agonizing unemployment or to put it more correctly ~ our
jobless growth ~ is indeed the main reason for India's poverty which obstructs the
natural path between food and hungry mouths. Thus, jobless growth after creating
poverty produces colossal food wastage as its by - product. So, labour intensive
technology must be adopted to create a bridge between excess food and empty bellies.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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