---- Editorial ----
Fix the responsibilities
The death of over 30 children within a span of 48 hours at the government-run Baba
Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur last week is in equal parts
tragic, shameful and outrageous. But what is perhaps more galling than the death
of little babies is that what happened in Gorakhpur was neither the first nor will
it be the last. Since 2012, 3,000 children suffering from Japanese Encephalitis have
reportedly died at BRD Hospital, which serves as the nodal point for all such cases
in the region. This time around, the fatalities have attracted more attention because
the state's callousness seems to have touched a new low. According to the reports,
many of the children died because their oxygen supply was cut off as the hospital
hadn't paid its dues to the supplier.
Though UP government initially refuted allegation but since then have accepted fault
and has initiated action against oxygen supplier. If Yogi Adityanath's government
had cleared that sum of money to the oxygen supplier, so many children would not
have lost their lives. Yogi Adityanath who had also been the MP from Gorakhpur since
1998 was more than familiar with the problem of the outbreak of encephalitis in his
former constituency. He has raised this issue in Parliament and has in the past,
when the Samajwadi Party was in power, demanded that it should be declared an epidemic.
Most of the victims are from the lower strata of society who have no access to treatment
facilities at primary health centres or even district hospitals. Incidentally, the
chief minister was at the said hospital this week and visited the ward where children
infected with encephalitis were admitted. Why authorities did not inform him about
the fund issue. There is a need for proper investigation and people responsible for
death of so many young souls should be strongly punished.
---- Readers Forum ----
An open letter to CM and Education Minister
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned,
the plight of Govt HSS Bilat, which has been hard hit by the 'rationalization of
Govt HSS Bilat ,which made it to the headlines of dailies of the state in 2016 for
its CBSE debacle ,culminating in the suspension of the then principal ,was the ultimate
result of CCE and shortage of concerned subject teachers particularly PCM teacher
who was posted in the mid of the session.
But this year ,under the able guidance and efforts of Princepal Tagin Tatan and
VP O Tatin and dedication of limited manpower ,the school topped the Class X pass
percentage in East Siang District.
Now, when the performance of the school is limping back to track, transfer of seven
teachers including the two NCC officers from Govt HSS Bilat, in the name of 'rationalization
comes as a bolt from the blue.
Without required number of subject teachers, immediate release of teachers without
relievers would result in suspension of classes which would naturally affect the
students and their parents .
Therefore ,I request Minister Education and CM to intervene in this regard.
ZPM Bilat Block
Through your esteemed daily, i would like to appeal to the concern authority of
Guwahati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench to declare d final result for the posts
of "OFFICE PEON - II".
The viva-voce interview was held on 1st week of March 2016. However, more than 1
year later, the result is yet to be declared.
I would like to request to the concern authority to declare the results as soon as
Step down with dignity
Is the extension of service really necessary?
This is regarding the demands of CoSAAP for extension of their service life. If anybody
demands for extension of their service life kindly demand for the raising of age
bar of 33 years to 35 years too.
Let me put this in a simple way my father is an engineer with PWD in AP, he has
5 years for retirement and I would like him to remain in his service for more years
but I also have two younger brothers who completed their civil engineering from south
India and I would like to see them engaged in some good job too. One of my brothers
is 27 years and if the service life is extended then who knows he might not even
get a chance to serve the state in the capacity he knows best.
My request to the respected elders, it is time that you step down with dignity, please
give the chance to the upcoming generation. You have served the state well now give
that chance to the young generation.
Indifference is not a modern phenomenon
This refers to Tongam Rina's article, "Indifferent age" (Ring Side View, August 9,
2017). Our indifference to hunger and exploitation cannot be viewed as something
new or just as a characteristic of modern age. In fact, Tagore criticized our indifference
to human sufferings in his song, "Oh, what a spring!" ("aaha, aaji e basante") indeed,
in the nineteenth century. Tagore wrote, "Let those who are enjoying, enjoy themselves/
Let them enjoy the enjoyable spring to its last ~/ Those happy guys must not see/
The teardrop of a poor girl./ They pretend not to see,/ They pretend not to understand,/
They turn their heads."
Then, Bob Dylan did a Tagore by exposing our hypocrisy and callous indifference to
human sufferings in his famous song, "Blowin' in the wind" in the twentieth century.
The song said, "Yes, how many times can a man turn his head/ Pretending he just doesn't
see?/ The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind/ The answer is blowin' in the wind."
So, we see that human callousness or indifference is not a modern phenomenon but
our chronic disease for centuries.
Bad road & road users
Through your esteemed daily paper, I would like to bring your kind attention towards
the potholes water on road. Due to these potholes and improper roads not only leads
to heavy loss to the vehicles but also making trouble for school going children.
I am saying it from my own personal experience which has happened when I was going
to college. I saw some small girls in their school uniform and suddenly a vehicle
came and splashed the muddy water on their uniforms.
While they were thinking what to do because it was time for school but the uniforms
were dirty, suddenly second vehicle came and did the same thing which forced the
student to go back home. It has become an everyday scenario.
It's not only happening to school children but also to all the people who doesn't
have vehicles. The person who is driving the vehicle should think about the pedestrians
and especially for the school children.
Therefore, it’s my earnestly request to people to please slow down your speed when
you see people are passing by.
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