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Extend every possible support
The people of insurgency affected districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding have
made serious allegation against state government of neglecting them. The statement
of Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF) which was widely published in local
dailies on Monday once again reminds us how the people belonging to three troubled
districts are caught up between army and underground groups. Sadly the state government
seems to have turned blind eye to the problems affecting them.
Extortion and kidnapping have almost become the part of daily life. Government officials
and villagers are regularly extorted by the members of various UG group operating
in the three districts. This has been going on for years. Police and district administration
have utterly failed to control the extortion rackets. The local people often get
caught between army and underground groups. The security forces also unnecessarily
harass the local citizen. In such situation people looks upto state government to
save them. But unfortunately government has been always been found wanting. The usually
vocal civil society groups of Arunachal also seem to have forgotten their brethren
from Tirap, Changlang and Longding. It looks like everyone has come to a conclusion
that this is the fate of people of three districts, which is absolutely wrong. It’s
time state government as well as people of Arunachal come forward and extend every
possible support to the citizens of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.
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Screening test of its kind
I would like to share a bizarre example set by APPSC yesterday by having differentiation
in the screening test conducted for the post of inspector, legal meteorology. This
was perhaps the ugliest screening test by any commission ever!
There were different question papers for candidates who opted for physics, civil
engineering, mechanical etc in the mains exam, whereas there was no mention of this
type of discrepancy in the advertisement or in the call letter. Such was the discrimination
and difficulty level in the question papers that only one candidate with physics
as optional for mains exam qualified for the next level. If this is not injustice
and nepotism then what is? Sheer injustice to us!
We had screening test for FAO/TO, UDC etc but not this type of discriminating screening
test ever! Screening test should apply same to all, it should provide same level
playing field but in this case something horrible was made to appear normal.
Even if, the commission wanted to have this type of draconian screening test they
should have informed the candidates early through advertisement or at least in the
respective call letters, but no! Our esteemed commission is good at attracting controversies!
Commission must rectify its mistake. Let the marks of English and GK be counted
to make the selection list or let there be re-exam!
We have one of the most sincere man as our chairman. I hope he would understand our
pain and make some sensible decision.
Frustrated physics candidate
“Union Budget 2017” and implications for Arunachal
In a historic precedence the “Union Budget 2017” was presented by the Union Finance
Minister on the 1st of February 2017 shifting tradition from the colonial era practice
of presentation at the end of February. This gives the Government a month’s head
start for schemes and policy implementations before the next financial year starts
which should be seen by many as a potently pragmatic step. In many ways this year’s
budget has introduced changes which are pragmatic in the context of nation building.
There are a few takeaways for an Arunachalee from the Union Budget 2017.
Contrary to the “Suit Boot Ki Sarkar” tag for BJP coined by the Congress the FM delivered
a masterstroke by slashing Income Tax rates from 10% to 5% for the low income bracket
of 2.5 to 5 Lakhs for individuals. Whereas companies with revenues upto 50 lakhs
will have to pay tax at 25% of income from earlier 30% which basically cover around
96% or companies in the country. Although tribals are exempt from IT, these benefits
shall be enjoyed by Non-tribal brethrens of AP who are taxable under IT Act.
The FM has tried to contain the cascading negative growth effect from demonitisation
by increased spending in infrastructure and rural sector. The total outlay for Rural
infrastructure has been pegged at Rs. 3 lakh crore with highest ever input for MGNREGA
at Rs. 48,000 crore rupees. If used judiciously by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh
many of the rural households will gain from this infusion of capital. The Govt will
spend Rs. 19,000 Crores for PMGSY which may find its footprints in our state. The
budget allocation of Rs 10 lakh crore as credit to farmers with a 60-day interest
waiver and increase of funds to Nabard would immensely benefit the farmers. The total
budgetary allocation for development of North Eastern Region has been increased from
Rs 32,180.08 crore to Rs 43,244.64 crores with special focus on Skill development
the benefits of which shall directly or indirectly be encashed by our state. On Social
front lactating and pregnant women of AP will be entitled to Rs. 6,000 under the
Maternity Development Program.
The Railway Budget has sanctioned survey of construction of new lines from Doom Dooma
to Wakro via Simalguri, Namsai and Chowkham (96km), Dangri to Roing (60km), Lekhapani
to Deban via Nampong (75 km), besides Tinsukia to Pasighat via Deomali Lekhapani
Jairampur Kharsang Miao, Roing and Dambuk (300km). These are in addition to the train
routes from Guwahati to Tawang at 10,000 feet and from Silapathar to Bame. This would
be the highest ever allocation in terms of railway development for Arunachal Pradesh.
In another first, the Government has limited the total cash donations to political
parties at Rs. 2000. This may bear very little or no affect on Arunachal Pradesh
as citizens are hardly known to donate to political parties. The Govt has introduced
a threshold of Rs. 3 lakhs for any cash transaction which means you will have to
pay or receive through cheque or Bank transfer for amount over and above this value.
This move is concurrent with the Governments war on black money.
Overall the budget looks pragmatic for our state with greater spending on road infrastructure,
railway connections, skill development of our youth, increased budgetary allocation
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