Positive side of PR
When the president rule was imposed there was mixed reaction among the people of
state. While Nabam Tuki led Congress supporters cried foul and blamed Governor for
destabilizing an elected government. Kalikho Pul camp and BJP welcomed the move of
central government. The ordinary citizens who have no political affiliation supported
the decision for imposition of President Rule (PR). The political battle in the last
six month took serious toil on everyone. Governance took back seat and leaders were
busy in fighting among themselves.
To his credit since assuming power, Governor JP Rajkhow has managed to bring law
and order under control. Governance has improved too. Government officials are regularly
attending offices which have led to faster decision making. Governor also took some
important decision that will benefit state in the long run. The decision to scrap
officiating and out of turn promotion system in the government department has received
thunderous applause. In another major step Governor directed the Chief Secretary
and the Principal Secretary Home to immediately hire the country’s best lawyers to
take up Chakma-Hajong refugee case in the Supreme Court. One of the main reasons
for state government loosing Chakma-Hajong refugee case was attributed to lack of
good lawyer. Therefore this order by Governor will immensely help state during the
court battle. Last year apex court directed central government to grant citizenship
rights to Chakma-Hajong refugee. The order has been strongly opposed by the people
of state. Several other measures taken by Governor have been received with positive
by the citizens. Infact large section of people are starting to enjoy the President
Rule and are hoping that it last as long as possible.
A prayer to the governor from a farmer
Through your popular daily, I would take the privilege to present the plight of the
poor farmers’ of Arunachal Pradesh before the public as whole and the Governor of
Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
‘Farmer’ the word in general, accepted world over denotes a person, who is into farming,
very rich and feeding the world and living a life, quite contentedly, without the
need to commit suicide for the profession that he/she has opted for. But, we the
people who are farmers in Arunachal Pradesh in all practices are in fact oxymoron
to the word FARMER themselves, why? Because, of the below stated facts;
The fact is that the successive Governments, Bureaucrats, Officers and Officials
who have presided and dictated the programme and policies of the Agriculture and
Horticulture Departments have never ever implemented anything for the interests of
the Farmers in all ways and means. They have only planned and implemented as to what
programmes, seeds, saplings, medicines, Tools and Plans are procured at very cheap
rates from the market by their appointed ‘supplier’ and supplied to the Departments
by paying very high price, so that, the profits are collectively gobbled up by them
all but, in the name of Farmers’ and Farmer welfare only on paper.
The proof of which are evident on records of respective offices. It is quite interesting,
that almost all the goods/medicines/tools and plans/saplings/seedlings procured by
the so called “Central Purchase” Supplier are paid approximately 100 percent more
from the market price and at times, even to unimaginable percentage of profits.
In times of draught and other crop loss, the farmers are only paid an amount of Rs.
500/- till now in the history of Arunachal Pradesh and never more than that amount
and not even one official from the two Department ever visit any farm to see the
actual loss but, on the contrary, in one instance, I had the privilege to meet one
of the then Secretary, Deptt of Horticulture, who had even engaged me to send back
one Half Bottle of Old Monk Rum that too half emptied, which he had forgotten in
the Circuit House, where he had put up the other night, who in fact, had travelled
to distant districts to collect the Challan/Bills signed and passed by the District
authorities to clear the payments for the “Centrally Purchased Scheme Supplier”.
In my particular case, since 2004, I ventured into my passion in ‘being a farmer’
without looking out for any Govt. job and so, ignorant of the evil designs of the
Supplier-Department nexus, I planted more than 8000 Khasi Mandarin plants (commonly
known as Orange in AP), spanning an area more than 20 hectares. The saplings were
distributed by the Department of Horticulture which was supplied under the ‘Central
Purchase’ Scheme. The saturation of frustration and a victim of the so called Central
Purchase took the onslaught on me, last year, when the plants started bearing fruits
to my satisfaction of a lifetime but, shockingly when the fruits came to ripe, my
hard work for the last 11 years, which in fact stands more than thousand trees, turned
out to be something else which we have never seen anywhere in Arunachal Pradesh,
the fruits are neither Orange, nor Mandarin, neither Sweet lime, nor Pamelo nor any
kind of Lemon neither Mausambi. And I am yet again one of the farmers’ who has been
sacrificed for the supplier and the Central Purchase Scheme by the Department.
The training and field site touring programmes for the farmers are always attended
by the Minister, Bureaucrats and Officials of both the Departments who come back
to the state with best ideas as to what would benefit them more through the ‘Central
Purchase Supplier’, than the Farmers. Tell me one poor farmer who has been taken
on a foreign tour to visit a farm? The two departments won’t have even one name but,
we know the then Ministers and Officials who have visited foreign countries with
their wives and children all in the name of Exposure, Experience and Field visits
sadly, in the name and scheme for the welfare of Farmers.
Another despotic programme of the Horticulture and agriculture department is that
the concerned Minister only dictates as to what crops are to be procured as per the
suitably of his own place and the best example still is that one of the then Horticulture
minister who hails from a place which is more than 2000 (MSL) and where one particular
crop was viable, for good returns under the “Central Purchase Supplier”, decided
for the programme to be implemented, the same crop was supplied to all the districts
and We, poor farmers hailing from just 400-500 meters from the mean sea level (MSL)
ignorantly yet obediently planted the same saplings to be confused till this minute
as to why it is not fruiting even after 12 years though very-very healthy?
These are the very little light and woes thrown on the plight of the poor farmers
of the state and the contentment that are derived by the Department officials of
Agriculture and Horticulture in making the farmers more poorer while they get more
richer all in the name of the welfare of farmers under the Central Purchase Scheme,
even more than their known source of income.
So under the above stated facts and circumstances, I on behalf of all the subsistence
farmers of Arunachal Pradesh pray His Excellency, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
to change the programme and policies of both the Departments and instantly do away
with the practice of “Central Purchase” scheme of things and let the plans and programmes
be made by us, the Farmers at the grassroots level because, we are the only people
who know our soil, environment, our needs and the type of crops, the tools and plans
that we really need as Farmers and please, please do away with the purchase of chemicals
and fertilisers this year for the reason that, the farmers don’t need them and the
same Chemicals and Fertilisers purchased some ten years back or so are still dumped
in almost all the District stores which come in use for the Supplier and the Department
to show them purchased every year and pass the bills as supplied just recently, under
the pet scheme of both the Departments which is in fact, anti-farmer “Central Purchase
Your Excellency is profoundly prayed to look into the matter and do the right for
the wrongs perpetrated upon us all these years by the Department and Supplier nexus,
at least till you preside over the Government even though we know that we will soon
be, yet again under the Autocratic rule of the “Centrally Purchased Department of
Agriculture and Horticulture”, both Departments which in all sensible reasons are
fit to be renamed as Department(s) for Suppliers and Contractors only.
Tebo village, Pasighat
Pay the DRDA employees
I want to highlight the problem faced by the DRDA employees of our state as their
salaries are not given regularly. It is given after 8-9 months and it is very difficult
to take care of our family with the irregular salaries.
All the other department get their salaries regularly but the staff of DRDA are deprived
and unable to buy essential things as well as pay bills.
Hope the authority will kindly look into our matter and provide us our regular salaries.
Bad quality road work
The people of Bordumsa are being deprived of good quality roads by state Public Works
Development due to the fact that the quality of state highway funded by NEC in Jairumpur
circle and Bordumsa Circle have vast difference when the construction agency is same
ie Valecha Engineering. Nowadays our respected PWD engineer are repairing the potholes
developed in the roads with sand- single and earth, which will be washed up during
the rainy season and presently endangering the health of public due to pollution
caused by dust in the air. Bike rider and pedestrians are the worst sufferers.
If such policy of road repairing is taken then we can never expect good quality
road and it is wastage of public money.
We want chief Engineer Eastern Zone to kindly take notice of the road condition of
our state highway of Bordumsa and repair the potholes developed with good quality
bitumen and stone aggregate of good grades and not with sand –single and earth.
Delay in declaration of results
Through your esteemed daily, i want to make our voice reach the concerned authority.
In the month of October 2015, PWD had conducted examination for the post of Junior
Engineers. Now it’s been four months since examination and the department has still
not declared the result. We wonder what is the reason for the delay. Is Four months
not enough to check the papers? If we go back to advertisement, it is year now. Is
this how the department recruitment is done? Taking note of examination postponed
from July to October and now this delay in declaring result, we assume this time
also the deserving aspirant will not get the post.
Lastly, I urge the concern authority to declare the result.