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Haryana govt fails
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction for rape on Friday
resulted in a complete law and order breakdown in and around Panchkula near Chandigarh.
More than 30 people died as state government helplessly watched and allowed supporters
of Ram Rahim to go on rampage and create absolute mayhem. The utter lack of seriousness
on part of the Haryana government in preparing for the verdict despite clear indications
of a crowd build-up as early as on Wednesday is questionable. The situation was so
bad that it forced the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene decisively.
The court came down hard on Haryana government. Chief Minister ML Khattar and his
cabinet miserably failed to deal with the situation. But so far no one has been held
responsible for the failure which is absolutely shocking. Tomorrow CBI judge will
pronounce sentence in the rape case. Hopefully this time government will not allow
another round of violence. Also this whole case exposes how these religious leaders
manipulate the followers to pressurize police and government. To his millions of
supporters - mostly underprivileged, lower caste men and women - Singh is a protean
leader of his flock. He mutates effortlessly from spiritual leader to flashy entertainer.
Singh is known to use his political clout to influence the decision of government.
Both BJP and Congress have been accused of taking his help in the elections.
---- Readers Forum ----
Through your esteem daily, I would like to draw attention on Indirect collection
of money in the name of donation from common citizens by Unions and Associations.
On the evening of 26 August 2017, I went to the Market at Naharlagun to buy some
NoteBooks. To my surprise, a notebook with MRP 70 /- was being sold at Rs 70 whereas
I thought it would be sold at around 60-65/- rupees. When I enquired why it was being
charged at MRP rate, the Shopkeeper explained that there are more Unions and Associations
than actual population. We have to pay the Unions and Associations. So, thats why
we are charging at printed rate. Otherwise, I would have sold this note book at less
than Rs 70".
He further claimed that, when somebody is selected from Arunachal at National or
International level, then they collect donation from market although the selected
one is sponsored by the Govt.
This is illegal and indirect way of collecting donation from common citizens by Unions
I refuse to pay a single penny to these Unions and Associations.
I studied outside the state and at every shop, they charged less than printed rate.
Some items like Pickles with MRP 110/- is sold out at around 70-80/- And Note book
with MRP 110 was sold to us at 75-90/-. Not only this, but almost all the Items in
the Market were charged lesser amount from the printed MRP. But in our state, Cold
Drinks are being charged above the MRP. The shopkeepers are openly charging extra
above the Printed rate.
So i do urge State Govt to look into this matter and take necessary actions.
And dear Citizens of Arunachal, open your eyes and say no to such kind of indirect
way of collecting donation from us.
Arunachal lacks strong opposition parties
In my humble opinion, the basic fundamental flaw in our Arunachal politics is the
lack of an Opposition on the floor of our Assembly hall. Professor Ian Shapiro points
out that, "Democracy is an ideology of Opposition as much as it is one of Government".
That's why in every progressive and healthy democracies of the world, we find strong
opposition political parties in their law making bodies to check, criticize, scrutinize
the govt. actions and policies. At centre we find the INC and BJP led alliances,
in the UK they have the Liberals and the Conservatives and in the US, they have the
Republicans and the Democrats. We also believe in the principles and ideals of democracy,
but practically we find no opposition system or party in our polity. It is always
a single party dominance- be it the BJP, the Congress whatever. No wonder, in the
end unlike the rest of the world where the financially richest member of a society
happens to be either a capitalist entrepreneur or a drug dealer, in Arunachal we
have our elected representatives representing them.
With all my compassion for any people seeking asylum in Arunachal, I also believe
that adopting the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy would really be the first step towards
adopting similar policies for other non-Arunachalee communities, which are numerous.
Considering that we ourselves are a "Protected State", it doesn't make much sense
to try to shoulder responsibilities of the world on our shoulders when we can't do
it for our own. I think it will only lead to more chaos and disorganization. But
it doesn't mean that the people of Arunachal do not help them, which they rather
But even such a drastic Anti-Arunachalee policy could be adopted so callously by
the govt., because of a lack of an effective opposition on the floors of our Assembly
hall. No wonder, we have to resort to the AAPSU, which is actually supposed to be
a student union body. That's why I request every responsible people of Arunachal
to vote and elect for a non-BJP/non-INC party for atleast one term, which I’m going
to do (for the birth of an Opposition). It's no use always blaming "the govt." when
we are partly responsible for it. I also request the sole indigenous regional party,
the PPA to fight tooth and nail against this policy of the govt. and prove to the
people of Arunachal that they need not worry or feel so apprehensive about it. BJP
led govt. does not seems to be interested to protect the rights and interests of
the indigenous people of the state.
Notify jobs or increase upper age limit
Our Chief minister , after increasing retirement age is making announcement of
creation of various post , every fortnight . But where is the advertisement of
those posts? Only announcement of creation of vacancy is being made without job
Our beloved chief minister should know that by the end of this year like us many
candidates will cross their upper age limit. But had the retirement age not been
increased , there would have been many vacancies this year and we could have gotten
one last chance to compete with other. Neither vacancies are being created nor
government is ready to increase the upper age limit inspite of request from various
NGOs and candidates. Without our fault we are going to suffer.
Our young and dynamic chief minister should also comprehend that there are no industries
in our state. For every supply and contract work , money, blessing of politician
and officers are required and the poor candidates like us has none of any one of
these. So government job is our only option.
There fore, we appeal to the Chief minister to try to understand the pain and problem
of candidates like us and keep your promise and notify the job vacancies before
the end of this year or just increase the upper age limit for few more years.
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