---- Editorial ----
PMGSY victim of corruption
A high level inspection team has visited various PMGSY projects falling under East
Kameng district following several reports of irregularities in implementation of
the said scheme. The team is expected to submit its report to centre in days to come.
In recent year allegation of misappropriation of fund under PMGSY has been reported
from various parts of state in particularly from East Kameng district. Ironically
Kumar Waii who represents Bameng assembly constituency is the minister for RWD, the
nodal department for implementing PMGSY in the state. Centre is reported to be deeply
concern with complete failure of PMGSY in the state. Due to this centre pressed state
government to look into the allegation of corruption.
PMGSY is a very critical road project which has potential to change face of state
if properly implemented. Arunachal has several villages which are still not connected
by the road. People in these villages look upto scheme like PMGSY for road connectivity.
It is unfortunate that because of the wrongdoing of few individuals, the centre is
reportedly threatening to stop road project under PMGSY in Arunachal. State government
in particularly RWD department should pull up sock and complete all the projects
by strictly adhering to set rules. Action should be initiated against those responsible
for messing up PMGSY scheme. People of Arunachal will be hoping that high level inspection
team present accurate report to the centre so that wrongdoers is strongly punished.
---- Readers Forum ----
Let Pema work
The demandfor resignation of present Chief Minister, Pema Khandu by APCC is meaningless.
We all know that he is running the state govt, in proper way. The resignation demand
is just a tool to divert the main burning issue of the state. Instead of giving such
rubbish new item, the opposition should cooperate the state govt, for proper development
of the society for whom they had been elected.
Hence, through your esteemed daily, I would like to urge the congress party not
to publish such meaningless articles in local media once again, so that Pema can
work for the welfare of the state and its people. As he is running the state in a
proper and appropriate way, we all must give him free hand in running the state.
Anyone does not have any kind of magical wand to improve any overnight. Hence, let
us not create any disturbances for Pema Khandu and let him carry out his task of
ruling the state in the right direction so that the people of the state could reap
the benefit and benefit.
I know that the cheap articles in local dailies will not deter the sheer determination
of our present Chief Minister and he will work with more dedication and sincerity
for the overall development of the land of rising sun.
Do away with Maths
Still Today Aruanchal Pradesh Public service
Commission(APPSC) is following the exam pattern of Baba Adam by keeping one whole
math (elementary math) paper with 100 marks in
its competitive exam. Government official not only do the paper works but they
also have to deal with the public. Here, hence it is important that official should
have good reasoning capacity. Besides this, formulaof cylinder, cube, triangle andother
mathsknowledge are not going to be used by these official in their entirecareer.
Because of these reasons many of recruiting agencies such as SBI,SSC, UPSC, IB and
many state public service commission ask question also from reasoning/mental aptitude
along with maths carrying equalmarks.
There are many post in which after recruitment, probationary are giventraining on
mental fitness . Have any one heard of giving training on math subject after recruitment
? If I am not wrong even for the post of accountant or charter accountant knowledge
of rectangular, circle etc are of no use. Simple knowledge of plus , minus, multiplication
and division is enough.
When maths knowledge is of no use and irrelevant for the officials,why it is given
so much importance and emphasis that too with 100 marks. By asking maths questions
in competitive exam is APPSC selecting the deserving and right candidates for various
posts or just recruiting the maths expert ? Because maths paper is the deciding
paper in competitive exam. In English and general knowledge paper, students of
all streams have almost equal knowledge.
Many department, now, have started to change in exam pattern. Best example is recent
advertisement of UDC, LDC exam by Districtadministration of Siang District. Mark
of maths paper has been reduced to 50 from 100 marks. Same pattern was adopted for
the samepost by department of school education two year back.
Therefore, we appeal to commission to kindly consider our request and adopt any
of the four option in its upcoming job notification; Remove maths paper totally,
make maths paper of qualifying nature with 33% marks, reduce marks of maths paper
to 50 from 100, include reasoning/mental ability question with maths with equal weight
age of marks i.e 50:50
We are very optimist that our new chairman Tajom Talo will surelylook into our request
and we will see new exam pattern from its upcoming advertisement. Because after
assuming chairmanship, he adopted many bold step like disclosing marks of candidates
along with final result.
Towards a strong India
Our independence day must make us reflect on how to build a strong India. There is
no doubt that the future of a country lies in its future citizens. So, we need to
take care of the well-being of our children. According to UNICEF report, almost half
(48 per cent) of India's children, younger than 5 years of age, are stunted that
tells the tale of undernutrition during the most critical periods of growth and development
in early life. Stunting hits a person hard by making an underdeveloped brain with
life-threatening harmful consequences including diminished mental ability and learning
capacity, poor school performances, reduced earnings and increased risk of nutrition
related chronic diseases. Moreover, the report says, 70 per cent of adolescent girls
in India are anaemic and half of adolescents are below the normal body mass index
(BMI) which has an impact on health of their future pregnancies and children. Stunting
is a result of intergenerational poverty, poor maternal and early childhood nutrition.
Indeed, this problem will further turn our huge human resources into a liability.
To combat it, we need to pay our attentions to the mothers of our country.
Scientists say that the first 1000 days from conception to the second birthday of
a child is vital. It is during this period that the infant's body and brain develop
at a rapid pace. Increasing scientific evidences show that meeting the specific nutritional
needs during the first 1000 days, and beyond, will positively influence short and
long term health outcomes. Thus, a mother being the sole source of nutrition for
the developing embryo and fetus during pregnancy as well as being the one who breast
feeds her baby after its birth, is definitely the key to build the future of our
country. To make our future citizens physically and mentally strong, she needs vitamins
~ D, B2, B6, B12 and minerals ~ iron, iodine, folic acid, calcium and quality of
fat (DHA) in her daily diet.
We are a young country with huge human potential but we are not giving top priority
to human development. Thus, we remain a backbencher in Human Development Index at
131st position. India needs to adopt labour intensive technology and a village -
first - policy to generate employment. Simultaneously, India should take a First
- 1000 - Day - Programme for mothers and children to make healthy babies for a healthy,
strong and happy country.
We are well aware that religion is one of most essential fabric of society. It binds
us together as a group. It has put people, especially the tribal society from an
individualised hunting and gathering community into that of one humongous unit. It
has given, specially the rural masses a reason to celebrate, feast, fast and mourn
together on various occasions throughout the year as Ester, Christmas. Before that
our people came together once in a blue moon like in marriage or hunting expeditions.
Religion has given our people a sense of collectivity and a collective consciousness.
It is no surprise that humans from times immemorial had fascination for building
beautiful monuments (though ours never built one) either be palaces, cathedrals,
masjids or temples. Similarly, in Arunachal too, starting from just a decade or two
back, people, especially the rural masses are drowned in building monuments- particularly
church. If one travels in the Christian dominated belts; there among all the jungles,
rivers, mountains, scenic landscapes and waterfalls which is a commonplace thing
in our state; one would also, surprisingly find a very beautiful church of different
size, colour and design. Constructed out of physical labour by the natives.
The hamlet may be a very typical tribal one, so mundane and lifeless that that even
without seeing or knowing you know everything about it. It maybe in the midst of
jungle without any communication or connectivity. Or it could be in hill top with
deep gorges and steep valleys around it that it is inaccessible and cut-off from
the outside world.
Yet inspite of all this uninspiring rusticity of people and the surrounding, there
is onethat will amaze and surprise you. And that is the church.
Sure that you know everything beforehand but you never expected such a grandiose
church. The magnificence of the village churches will give you a shock. Some of them
are so captivating and awe-inspiring that one would gaze bewilderingly with opened
mouths. One wonders how on earth could a group of rustics build such a heavenly structure
in the jungle of nowhere. Seeing is Believing.
But at times seeing is not enough. One has to feel it to fathom the efforts put in
by people to build such marvelous structures. Each piece of stone, brick, rod and
every handful of sand have been carried on their back to the designated place. Some
villages have exceeded the human limits in their endeavour by managing the resources
in such extreme and unfavourable places.
But sadly enough, these beautiful churches have nothing in common with the economic
status of people. Some villages are reeling under darkness, some have no road connection
and some have no cellular connectivity and few more or less lack all the above mentioned.
Yet, look at their sheer will and determination in building those splendid and stately
churches of theirs. The worst village in terms of modernisation has built the most
O! unseen nurturer and nourishing God of human being! O indomitable human spirit!
O resilient human mind! One doubts and wonders whether elected representatives, government
and its machinery has ever done any good for villagers in a state like ours. But
it is a fact that despite all the shortcomings the countryside's are resurging. It
is their faith in God and the indefatigable will to live and to better themselves
that mango people of Arunachal Pradesh are thriving.
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