The report of an IAS officer being ill treated by security forces in Itanagar during
security checking is not a good sign. As per the media report police personnel is
reported to have misbehaved with the officer even after he gave his identity. The
incident raises serious question mark. If an IAS officer is treated this way, imagine
what plight the ordinary people must be going through. Ever since the president rule
was imposed in the state many had feared of excesses from security forces, in particularly
from the paramilitary.
It's been just a week since PR has been imposed and already complaint against security
forces are pouring in from various parts of capital complex. It is alleged that besides
behaving very rudely, the security forces are using foul and abusive languages. In
a sensitive state like Arunachal, security forces should be very careful about how
they behave with the locals. Especially while dealing with women they need to be
extra careful. Unlike other North Eastern states like Manipur or Nagaland, Arunachal
never witnessed any kind of armed conflict. People of this state are not used to
presence of so many security forces in the civilian area. Therefore even slight misunderstanding
might provoke and led to eruption of anger. Keeping this in mind administration should
exercise maximum restrain and also pass on necessary instruction to the security
forces not to harass the innocent citizens.
Governance has been reeling under extreme arbitrariness
Imposition of the President’s Rule is wrongfully described by some sections of people
as killing of Democracy. But Article 356 empowering proclamation of President’s Rule
is a rightful provision contained in the Constitution of our Democratic Republic
So, invoking of Article 356 under appropriate circumstances is also a vital Constitutional
exercise to strengthen the Democracy and not an act of killing it, because the public
mandate in itself are also required to be exercised in constitutional and lawful
ways rather than arbitrary transactions.
Since President’s Rule is enforced in Arunachal Pradesh as warranted by the compelling
circumstances to upkeep governance as per Constitution and law, there are the pressing
issues which require immediate attentions. The misguided individuals who have been
sponsoring celebrated lawlessness should reform themselves towards the path of civility
and progressiveness. The rule of law deserves to be reinforced and tightened especially
at Itanagar Capital Complex and any willful violators should be stringently dealt
with Iron hand as per due procedures of law. Appropriate CBI cases should be registered
for alleged criminal activities that went reported like kidnapping of individual
in the ongoing political turmoil; assault and intimidation to the Governor & his
family members; illegal protest and rioting at Raj Bhavan area; illegal protests
and blocking of highways forcing a sick patient to die for want of timely medical
attention; alleged irregularities and mismanagement of government exchequer; alleged
funding and sponsoring of Community Based Organisations and Students Unions to spread
lawlessness, nexus between some leaders and underground elements, rampant corruption
among others. The premier investigation agency needs to be unleashed in the state
for a thorough investigation and exemplary prosecution of willful wrong doers against
the rule of law. Then, the appointment of Lokayukta and its swift functioning carry
emergent importance to check rampant corruption which is insidiously eating into
all developmental activities.
Ubiquitously mushrooming tall buildings of politicians, government officers & officials
and their relatives among others just makes people wonder whether these class of
people are entitled to some kind of secret extra-legal financial support to be indulgent,
though law doesn’t support disproportionate earning beyond legitimate means let alone
the pompous display of such ill gotten gains.
The strange grandeur of such pompous display of ill gotten wealth in the state has
rather disillusioned and mesmerized the popular thinking as if such illegality are
worthy of celebration and emulation rather than imprisonment and punishment.
There needs to be a real crackdown upon disproportionate assets rampantly mushrooming
in the state including swift according of prosecution sanction, hitherto tightly
constrained by the nexus of the elected cabinet and corrupted bureaucracy.
The unpaid government contractors & suppliers, unpaid students and the stipends,
unpaid government contractual employees, unimplemented features of Pay Commission
among others also deserves accommodating and fulfilling actions since they have been
deprived for too long unduly.
Then the halted ongoing developmental projects in this border state will require
fresh lease of life with fresh financial infusions. Visionaries of our Democratic
Republic and framers of the Constitution intended every citizen of the Republic to
be well versed with the Constitution rather than the Constitution being shielded
and transacted only within four walls by the Judiciary and advocates so as to achieve
noble goals behind constitution of Indian Republic i.e, collective excelling of people
in all spheres of activity.
The Supreme Court ruled that, it is well accepted by the thinkers, philosophers,
academicians that the Constitution needs to be educated to the people and educated
with excellence to achieve golden goals of Indian Republic. Fundamental duties under
Article 51A says that, it shall be duty of every citizen to abide by the Constitution
and respect its ideals and institutions.
The education system in the state as well in the whole country is seriously and
mysteriously deficient in its approach to impart comprehensive education about Indian
Polity & Constitution to the general students and common citizen with exception to
those in legal institutions.
And there is great need to infuse education reform and inculcate comprehensive education
about Indian Polity at all educational institutions towards collective enlightening
of the people.
The Civil Societies and Students Unions are expected to play a proactive role in
urging the state to bring much needed educational reforms rather than meddling into
political fights with unwarranted activities. The governance system in the state
has been reeling under extreme arbitrariness and in dire need of some sweeping reforms.
The imposition of President’s Rule in the state seems to be a God sent development
with a ray of hope for rejuvenation of constitutional and lawful governance in paramount
interest of the people.
Clean Arunachal Campaign
The Government’s “Clean Arunachal Campaign” from Feb 1-13 is indeed a welcome step.
We all need to support this noble campaign.
However, I would like to appeal all the citizens especially the educated and elites
to bring awareness to all the inhabitants in the twin capital town. Without the active
participation all the inhabitants, cleaning the town only by govt. employees would
not serve purpose. We should continue cleaning our surroundings beyond 13th February
also. We talk of ‘Smart City’, but when we ourselves do not keep the surrounding
clean, we cannot think of such cities. Only cleaning of garbage will not serve the
purpose as one of the major problems seen in capital town is open defecation by some
inhabitants. People construct toilets but do not construct septic tanks and dispose
human excreta directly into the nearby drain thereby creating un-hygienic and foul
smell all over. Even if septic tanks are there, it is not properly maintained and
one can see leakages all over. Such cases are seen in abundance in Gandhi market
area of Itanagar. No doubt that’s why Gandhi market is often called ‘Gandha’ market.
Another big issue is rearing of pigs. Pigs are left open in the residential areas
which create huge nuisances. Slaughtering of pigs in road is an open practice here.
As a result of the above practices, it becomes difficult for us to open our room
windows. We preach of ‘Sauchalaya’ in the remote villages, but forgot to bring awareness
among Capital dwellers. We call ourselves educated, civilized, modern and imitate
all the advanced western countries culture, but we forget to keep our surroundings
I would like to appeal all the intellectuals, leaders, students and general public
of capital town to introspect and keep our surroundings clean. I also urge the Zone
Commanders, Zonal Officers, Councillors and Bazar committees, who are spearheading
the campaign to look into the above cases and stop the practice of open defecation
and rearing of pigs to keep the dignity of the town which is the Capital town of
a state. Let us not make Itanagar look like a remote village.
Gandhi Market, Itanagar
In response to the allegation of mismanagement of fund amounting to Rs 2303.01 lacs
in construction of motorable suspension bridge over Siang River at Sangam in between
BRTF Road and Komsing village in Siang district published in Readers’ Forum of this
daily on January 25 last, it is hereby clarified that the project was sanctioned
by Ministry of DoNER, under NLCPR vide Letter No. DNER/NLP/AP/90/2006 Dtd. 26-09-2007
amounting to Rs. 1834.41 Lacs including state share. The first installment of Central
share of Rs. 577.84 Lacs was released in the year 2007 vide letter No. DNER/NLP/AP/90/2006
Dtd. 26-09-2007 and the 1st installment was released from State Government vide No.
SPWD/W-15/NLCPR/2007-08/330 Dtd. 01-04-2008. But due to delay in finalization of
approved Drawings and award of tender the expenditure was fully not utilized by the
department within the targeted time.
Accordingly, 2nd installment of Rs. 652.04 Lacs was released in the month of March’
2012, after 5 years from the date of sanction vide No. DoNER/NLP/AP/90/2006 Dtd.
09-03-2012 and Rs. 140.00 Lacs have been released from State share in two installments.
Accordingly Rs. 1229.88 Lacs of Central share and Rs. 140.00 Lacs of State share
have been released so far and the release amount was utilized against the project
work. Balance amount of Rs 464.53 Lacs (Central share Rs. 421.09 Lacs and State Share Rs.
43.44 Lacs) under 3rd installment is yet to be released. Therefore, question of spending
an amount of Rs 2303.01 lacs does not arise.
It if further clarified that the parameters of measurement of the said bridge is
not done on plinth area basis. The measurements are done item wise, such as main
Anchor, Tower foundation, Wind Anchor, Bridge superstructure, etc.
The completion of project works has been delayed due to late release of fund, delay
in finalization of approved drawings and award of tender and due to due to heavy
rain fall during Monsoon period.
Boleng PWD Division
Let’s choose a wise one
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight some points on article 356,
which refers to imposition of “president rule “according to Indian constitution.
Imposition of article 356 comes to state when state government is not able to function
as per the constitution.
Our state has been going through various political crises and to keep the state neutralized,
central government has imposed article 356.
So if we have to choose a leader, let’s aim for the knowledgeable and wise one, so
we don’t have to face another political crisis and forced into central again.
Because first rain of monsoon could change the weather but second one can cause flood.