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Political funding under scanner
The government of India has taken an important step towards bringing in transparency
in the political funding. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced during budget
presentation that political parties can now receive only Rs 2000 as donation in cash
from one source. For any donation above Rs 2,000, parties will have to disclose the
identity of the donor. This is a sharp drop from the Rs 20,000 limit that the political
parties were so far allowed to receive as anonymous cash donations.
As per new guidelines the political parties can receive donations in cheque, electronic
mode and electoral bonds to be issued by the RBI. Though a small step, this is a
good beginning. For long there has been demand for checking the political funding.
The political parties need to be held accountable for donation that they receive.
It is well known that donations to political parties are not always voluntary, and
in any case the donors - big businesses and corporate houses - get favours in return
when the parties they fund come to power. Most of the donations are made illegally,
through off-the-books transactions, and the parties repay their benefactors in terms
of policy concessions or amendments to rules. Business houses often strike deals
with political parties, which result in acts of corruption when they get into government.
However, the new rule makes it mandatory to disclose name of donors whose donation
is above Rs 2,000. This will help to tighten all kind of illegal transactions and
aid the effort to clean corrupt practice associated with political funding.
---- Readers Forum ----
Repair Arunachal Bhawan and Circuit house
Arunachal Bhawan and Circuit house of Shillong needs government attention. Maintenance
and repairing had been overlooked by the government for a long time.
Hundreds of patients from the state go to NEIGRIHMS every week for treatment and
there they face the problem of lodging. Government led by former CM late Kalikho
Pul had granted assistance for the building of lodge.
The work should have started by now with the ambulance promised by MP and minister
of state for home sir Kiren Rijiju.
This is regarding the recruitment process going on in our state under the aegis of
Arunachal Pradesh State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Itanagar.
The fact is that the candidates are being eliminated constantly at the different
phases of exams-written, group discussion, personal interview though the number of
posts are more than the number of candidates. And this has been prevailing since
last recruitment drive.
So I can sense two perspectives here, wastage of resource, encouraging unemployment.
We all know that to conduct any recruitment drive, it costs huge burden to the government
exchequer. And in this case, they have been conducting exams repeatedly just because
every time only few candidates are selected. So this seems nothing but wastage of
time and wealth.
And the candidates are not recruited even when there is vacancy.
I would like the concerned board to justify on what basis the candidates are eliminated
even when there is available post. If there is cut-off mark then on what scale and
why it is not notified.
Equal pay, equal work
Thought your daily esteemed, I would like to share my thought regarding the equal
pay equal work that is mentioned in our Constitution. It says everybody will be paid
equally for equal work irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc but govt. contingency
workers get Rs 7000-/ per month only as salary whereas regular workers get 3-4 times
more. And irony is that both do the same work and have equal time period but other
get more fruits for same work.
Imagine how they manage their kids and other family members in today's costly world
with that money. Govt. should immediately implement equal pay, equal work to encourage
contingency workers to do work efficiently and sincerely otherwise day is not far
when they start demanding their rights for livelihood.
Execute work as per design
In the last year many schemes were sanctioned for construction of girls hostels in
various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The works against these schemes were awarded
at Itanagar headquarter by the Engineering Wing and the works were started at the
district level without the knowledge of the Deputy Commissioners and the DDSEs of
the district concerned. It seems the so called Engineers when they visited the district
for layout and site visits avoided the Deputy Commissioners and DDSEs purposefully.
However, it has come to light that now the Deputy Commissioners who are also the
DMD of the RMSA at the district level have been submitted bills to make the following
1) Tawang : Rs.113.53947
2) East Kameng :
3) Kurung Kumey : Rs.227.07894
4) Kradaadi. : Rs.227.07894
5)Upper Subansiri : Rs.227.07894
6)Lower Subansiri :Rs.113.53947
7)Upper Siang : Rs.113.53947
8) Lohit : Rs.113.53947
9) Anjaw : Rs.227.07894
Here, I would like to question how can they be responsible for payment when the works
in question have not been sanctioned and approved by them? Are the Engineering Wing
of Education Department at the state level trying to undermine the institution of
the Deputy Commissioners at the district level?
I would like to request the Deputy Commissioners concerned to ensure that works are
executed as per drawing and design and that if you make any payment hastily, tomorrow
you will be made the scapegoat by the clever people at the Engineering Wing of the
A citizen, Itanagar
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request concern authorities of Directorate
of Secondary Education to declare results of TGT and PGT viva voice at the earliest.
When APPSC can declare viva voice result overnight, it shouldn't be a problem for
Education Department too. Delaying the results very often creates confusion and suspicion
in the minds of Candidates.
It is earnest request to the concerned authorities to declare viva voice result at
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