---- Editorial ----
Role of Governor under scanner
The role of Governor is once again in spotlight. Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao
has been refusing to invite VK Sasikala to form government even though she has staked
claim to form government with support of majority AIADMK MLAs. On 5th of this month
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tendered resignation and paved the way for Sasikala
to take charge. On same day AIADMK MLAs elected Sakiala as their leader. Governor
who also holds dual charge of Maharasthra continued to stay back in Mumbai. After
few days CM Panneerselvam started rebellion against Sasikala and since then the rebellion
has only grown bigger with many AIADMK leaders joining him.
The fight for supremacy between caretaker CM Panneerselvam and Sasikala can be resolved
in the floor of assembly. Governor should either ask Panneerselvam to prove majority
or if not invite Sasikala to form government and let her prove majority. The constitution
clearly says that if a person is elected leader by majority of MLAs, then he/she
should be immediately sworn-in as Chief Minister. Governor by refusing to invite
Sasikala is going against constitution and is aiding Panneerselvam. Supporters of
Governor Rao has been citing pending Supreme Court verdict against Sasikala in the
disproportionate asset case to justify his action. If convicted she will be jailed
and it will halt her political career. But Governor has no constitutional right to
use a pending court verdict to disturb the democratic process. Ever since NDA government
came to power at centre the role of Governor has increasingly come under the scanner.
This is not good for the Indian democracy. Governor should exercise power within
prescribe limit and don't go beyond that.
---- Readers Forum ----
A school without facilities
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring into the notice
of the concerned authority regarding the plight of one Govt run Middle school located
at press colony Papunala, Naharlagun.
The school is at its worst condition with colourless dull walls all over with no
proper school signboard. There are very few classrooms which would not at all suffice
a middle school. My heart sighed a relief knowing school runs in two batches-morning
Colony dwellers informed that the school was established decades ago but till now
I can see no proper boundary walls being erected. As a result of this, there is emergence
of various footpath randomly bifurcating school playgrounds. Land encroachment is
at its height.
There are numbers of Kutcha house built at the vicinity of school campuses with ever
increasing "varandah" and local kitchen garden. When I tried to peep over those
broken glass windows, I found very few desk benches some of which were lame and others
on their verge to collapse. When enquired one lady told me that they are helpless
as govt is taking no initiative. She said that she is forced to send her child to
the Govt School which is in a bad shape. This is the condition of every poor family
in our society. Gone are the days when we saw that our teacher's own sons and daughters
were studying in the same govt. School where he was teaching.
As I continued, I found one two storey building nearby and beside that building was
a inaugural stone written "Shiksak Bhawan " inaugurated by HCM Nabam Tuki on dated-1st
December 2015. Did not he see the plight of school infrastructure, the lack of boundary
walls, the irregularity in mid day meal provision or he had promised something that
Here, I m not considering Shiksak Bhawan as unimportant but my point is to prioritise
things. We must always remember the term "shiksak" has not came out of its own but
by virtue of student community. There are more than 600 students in this school and
we all hold the future responsibilities of theirs. The department concerned are pleaded
to take the issue as a matter of serious concern.
Restore scholarship and stipend
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to state that many students of JNC Pasighat
were in awe and total dismay as their names were struck out from the Stipend list.
While some struck out names were found in the scholarship notice board, some did
not made it to either any of them. On enquiry, the administrative officials commented
on the matter that they will not provide any stipend to those who enrolled themselves
in the scholarship merit list, saying "Double Stipend" won't be allowed.
The previous year had no complication as such. Stipends as well as scholarship were
both granted. There were no notices or highlights that said anything about these.
Some students who hail from poor sections of the society rely completely upon the
scholarship and the stipend to meet their educational budget.
The scholarship is granted to tribal students of Arunchal Pradesh who were poor yet
determined and secured good marks. It’s more of like an award and not a demand.
On behalf of all the dismayed students, we don't know who is responsible but kindly
request that the matter be sorted out as soon as possible.
Cashless economy with caution
We heard a roar of applause and criticism over the present budget! Yes, it’s the
first budget in the time of financial uncertainties and the industrial downturn.
Every citizen has been haunted by the dreadful specter of demonetization. More so
when the center Government goes all out to push the idea of cashless economy. All
glory to the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this revolutionary step.
He knows very well to make much of the modern gadgets. Not just that, he easily makes
peace with the unpredictable challenges too.
Well, E-wallet, NFT, UPI, IMPS, VPA, Bhim, Digi Dhan.., being the new vocabularies,
are going to hog the major business operation from now on. No denying, even the literate
is awfully confused as to how all these e-transactions work and in what way they
facilitate in becoming cashless.
Another worrying factor is how reliable all these digital transactions are. Many
have long been voicing their concerns as to their safety and security features. Needless
to say, many ill-fated people have been left in the lurch since their e-transferred
money did not get credited to the 2nd parties’ accounts. Just recently, even my own
transaction in favor of BSNL through paytm did not get through.
With regard to the credit card many have sad tales to tell. I personally had a number
of hot exchanges with HDFC bank representatives. It was because the bank had reimbursed
only small amount from the integrated source account by leaving the bigger expenditure-amount
as “loan” against which I had to pay interest every month. Such instance usually
escapes the attention of the most of the customers and the bank keeps collecting
the interest in spite of having the “sufficient balance” in the main account. This
is due to the default system setup by most of the bankers. So, it takes the alertness
of the expert who can himself change the option from "minimum auto-pay" to "full-auto-pay".
Thus, for the lay person it’s not always delightful to go on the online shopping
spree through the Credit card. Another monstrous threat is the cyber scam. This has
made the e-transaction frighteningly vulnerable. The mobile user must know a series
of dos and don'ts about the privacy and security features.
So, finally, one feels, before trumpeting the “cashless” exercise -- which is mostly
done through mobile phones, the government should ward off all the cyber scammers
and also warn the bankers from adopting the hidden tricks to steal the customer's
money. These days robbers don’t come with pistols and guns to rob our wealth. They
now have hi-tech virtual avatars. They attack and plunder us with help of phishing
emails, desktop pop-ups, intrusive malwares and so on. Now decide judiciously which
is better – pocket ATM or paytm?
Salil Gewali, Shillong
Congress should be fair and impartial
To say, that its own leaders are pious and clean and others are corrupt and deceitful
is completely wrong and unbecoming a National Party like Congress- instead of demanding
an independent and fair probe into the circumstances leading to committing of an
unfortunate suicide by Lt. Kalikha Pul. The Congress has singled out three particulars
leaders namely Pema Khandu, Chowna Mein and Pasang Dorjee Sona as the prime accused;
such a myopic approach is condemnable and holds no water of truth. The party in fact
should wait for the complete details to be out in public domain and refrain to any
conclusion. For example, a line stating that Lt. Pul has passed Rs. 4.00 Crore to
P.D Sona, MLA 33rdMechuka Assembly does not necessarily make him culprit for clarification
from P.D. Sona who handled the legal matters of Lt. Pul camp in the fight for justice.
The party of INC acted like a judge and jury to direct Shri P.D. Sona to return the
amount to Pul’s family. Such a malicious approach not only dents the clean image
of a young and energetic politician like sona, but it brings bad name to the public
of the constituency in particular and the state in general.
Therefore, through this letters to the editors of esteemed dailies I strongly appeal
the Congress leaders to desist from such a blind accusation rather wait for the law
to take its own course in the whole episode.
Former Youth President, PPA
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