A good beginning
The Clean Arunachal campaign which began yesterday across the state is a very good
initiative. The campaign will run till 13th February culminating into statehood day
celebration on February 20. Ever since the campaign began normally dirtied streets
of capital complex looks cleaner. People are voluntarily turning up in large number
to clean colonies, sectors and streets of national highway which is really encouraging
to see. Reports of clean drive being organized on large scale are pouring in from
districts too. Especially participation of young children is a positive sign.
It's important to inculcate sense of cleanliness among the children. If they develop
this habit they will take the message to their home and to the friends. Also such
kind of campaign should be organized almost every month. Why should it be limited
to just for one month? When it is matter of keeping our town and village clean, the
role of citizens is vital. We cannot depend only on government agencies to do dirty
job of keeping the town clean. The citizens need to chip in from their side and don't
dirtied the town. Government should carry out more awareness campaign in this regard.
Citizens should be educated about cleanliness. Also strict action should be initiated
against those who dirty the town. Unless such drastic action is taken, organizing
cleanliness campaign will be of no use.
Digital split is a social issue referring to the differing amount of information
between those who have access to the Internet, specially broadband access and those
who do not have access. Researchers and advocacy groups look optimistically at the
economic and social potential of the active and technology–skilled elderly; other
approaches dealing with the social appropriation of technology see obstacles and
stress the dangers of an increasing digital divide between generations. Factors like
gender, education and socio-economic status still play an important role for acceptance
and diffusion of a technology. The diffusion rate among the elderly is increasing,
but will continue to lag behind the figures of the young users. While more and more
people become technologically literate, the digital divide grows even wider? The
answer lies in how we define “technological literacy”. We often define the digital
divide between age groups by measuring “computer literacy.” Measuring “computer literacy
or illiteracy” to define the digital dividing line is a short-sighted view of how
we should define the digital divide, or at least how we measure it. People can also
be trained. Like young students with special learning needs, be it physical, behavioral,
emotional, verbal, etc. we must gear our education to this group by customizing the
learning environment to suit their special needs. This involves not just accessibility
alternatives to the standard mouse, keyboard, display, etc. The “technologically
handicapped” cannot take part in many of these technology based services. These include
services like online shopping, home access to medical information and medical assistance,
security and health monitoring, access to public libraries and databases, communications
with family and friends, online banking, online learning, remote technical assistance,
access to daily news and events, entertainment, maps or directions, etc. Technology
is drastically altering the way we go about our lives. Social media outlets are also
creating a digital divide based on age that may continue for decades to come. Computer
and internet literacy will become increasingly important as more services are offered
through this medium.
Arnab Dey, Kolkata
Voice against corruption
I salute Simon Ronrang for his letter “Who will raise voice against corruption?”
(AT, ‘Readers Forum’ , January 29) in which he said, ‘The need of the hour is to
change systems and structures for a corruption free state and that humble beginning
too should begin with you and me’. It is said that people will get the government
they deserve. Corruption at the top is but a reflection of our indulgence to corrupt
practices. We cannot check corruption so long as we keep on taking pride in getting
a thing done quickly by adequately greasing the right palm in right time or giving
honour to unscrupulous people for their riches.
This is the most important factor that makes India still stuck at the score of 38
points on a scale of 0-100, the same as in 2014 in the latest international corruption
perception index 2015 which is prepared and published by the Transparency International
just a few days ago. Corruption is like a hole in a bucket with which we cannot irrigate
our garden. There is a close association between human development and anti-graft
environment. We can easily see the fact if we compare the rank of a country in Human
Development Index (HDI) with that of Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
After securing fourth position in HDI, Denmark has topped the CPI as the most corruption
free country of the world. Netherlands (5th) and Canada (9th) have got identical
rank in both indexes. While the Asian teacher Singapore conquers eleventh rank in
HDI and eighth in CPI, HDI topper Norway gets sixth rank in CPI. Similarly, The United
States of America (HDI 8, CPI 16), The United Kingdom (HDI 14, CPI 10) , Sweden (HDI
14, CPI 3) , Switzerland (HDI 3, CPI 7) , New Zealand (HDI 9, CPI 4) , Luxembourg
(HDI 19, CPI 10) and Germany (HDI 6, CPI 10) establish a close relationship between
these two indexes. It is also the same story down the ladder. China (HDI 90, CPI
83), India (HDI 130, CPI 76) and Pakistan (HDI 147, CPI 117) - all remain poor performers
in both. The corrupt environment indicates a very narrow mindset of the people in
power. They cannot have faith in cooperation and sharing. So, there are no takers
for HDI booster inclusive growth in a graft raj.
By giving a cruel slash to social sectors, the last year general budget has underlined
the fact that Mars and moonstruck mindset cannot prioritise the welfare of people.
The budget has witnessed a downsizing in health and family welfare by 16 per cent
and school education by 23 per cent. Moreover, it has cut the throats of children
welfare by 56 (!) per cent, women welfare by 25 per cent, social justice and empowerment
by 5 per cent and rural development by 10 per cent. It is a case of dog eat dog at
the lower rung of HDI and CPI indexes.
It is said charity begins at home. We cannot improve the lot of our people until
we ourselves believe in the magic of cooperation and sharing that makes lives worth
living. The malignant growth of a small part of our society is going to cause cancer
to Mother India. The sooner we realise Tagore’s dictum, ‘Whom you push down will
pull you down’, the better for all of us. This realisation helps improve our position
both in human development and corruption perception Indexes that generally go together
hand in hand. Now, let us see what is in store in the coming budget.
Sujit De, Kolkata
I as a good citizen of Arunachal Pradesh and a regular hardworking Contractual Employee,
want to inform the Department of Panchayat Raj that Computer -Cum-accountant Assistant
working under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Shashakti Karan Abhyan (RGPSA) scheme on Contractual
basis that since April 2015, employees have not been paid.
Now, we appeal the department to release our salary as soon as possible because our
livelihood is purely depended upon our salary.
Without salaries for ten months
Through the columns of your esteem daily, I would like to disclose the bitter fact
regarding the non-payment of salaries to the employees of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat
Shashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) under Panchayat Raj department and SSA teachers of
It is being said that the salaries of Technical Assistants and Computer-cum-Account
Assistants under RGPSA scheme in the Panchayat Raj department have not been paid
for last ten months. It is just like a jock that employees of a govt. department
are working without salaries for 10 months!
It is very hard to believe that the state govt. that claimed to be financially sound
could not pay the salaries of many departments including RGPSA staffs under PR department,
SSA teachers under education department, and many other departments on timely. By
and large, “No Work No Payment” is the famous saying of every department, but there
is no saying of “No Payment No Work” in the state. But these poor and deprived employees
are so much tolerant that they are discharging their assigned duties honestly and
tirelessly, and they do not talk about leaving the country, gherao the CM/Guv office,
burning tyres and blocking NHs.
Presently, the employees of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) are protesting in
the national capital, dumping dusts and other disposals to the capital roads for
not paying their salaries for only 2 to 3 months, burning effigies of the Delhi CM,
Arvind Kejriwal, and blaming Delhi and Central government’s for not paying their
salaries, but our poor and little paid employees of RGPSA, SSA, NHM, etc. are not
doing such activies except submitting memoranda to the authorities, even after not
getting salaries for some 4 to 10 months.
In the midst of such conditions of the govt. employees in the state besides the ongoing
political upheaval, the Centre has taken over all the powers of the state, we the
common people, especially the poor and deprived employees of RGPSA, SSA and NHM hope
for the best in the days to come.
A sympathizer deprived employees