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Select the best location
A bitter feud has developed over selection of site for establishment of headquarter
of the new Lower Siang district (LSD). State government recently declared that permanent
headquarter will be set up at Garu and Likabali will be a temporary one. The decision
of state government is being bitterly opposed by the people living along the foothill
area. Massive protest rally has been taken out against the decision of state government
and Likabali area remained shut down for some days. Highway has been blocked and
people thronged the streets to protest. They are calling for setting up of headquarter
in the foothill area.
This is for the second times that controversy has erupted over site for establishment
of headquarter of LSD. Earlier there was controversy over Basar and Likabali. Unfortunately
it seems like state government is not learning any lesson from its past mistake.
Headquarter of Lower Siang or for that matter any other new districts should be selected
after thoroughly examining every possible aspect. The basic idea of creating the
LSD is to help people living along the foothill area. They face regular harassment
from Assam and their lands are being encroached upon by the people of Assam in connivance
with their government. Therefore, state government should carefully examine everything
and select a site which truly justifies the reason for creation of Lower Siang district.
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A touching gesture from the Army
In a kind of big departure from the often seen VIP centric rituals & functions, the
Army Military Station based at Aalo, on the auspicious occasion of the 68th Republic
day, did something which came as a breeze of fresh air. Paying a befitting tribute
to martyr Tape Yajo, recipient of Kirti Chakra (posthumously), the main auditorium
was dedicated as Amarveer Tape Yajo Auditorium. Not only that, the Chief Guest of
occasion was none other than the parents of Late Yajo who are humble villagers, who
also gave away the prizes to the children of Siyom Army Public school as the day
coincided as Annual day function. A brief description about the life history of Tape
Yajo was presented and his supreme sacrifice for the cause of the nation was displayed
for the children and parents alike through power point presentation. This gesture
from the Army was very moving and it touched many hearts. And hopefully, it inspired
everyone including the gen next sitting in the audience. The Brigadier and other
officers without having any air about their positions, joined by the rank and file
of the Army Station, played perfect host to the parents of late Yajo. In a way, the
Army known otherwise for its lethal and combat characteristics, organized the whole
event showing the humanitarian face of it, which was undoubtedly exemplary and they
did it away from the usual elite gathering and limelight of the media.
It would not be bizarre to expect that people who are at the helm of affairs and
having the wherewithal would take a cue out of the Army model of doing such exemplary
social causes without shouting it from the roof top, for the larger interest of the
society rather than just being a Chief guest or Special guests in festivals and functions
and after that never to be seen or heard of in the practical field, leaving the common
people totally gasping and exasperated, thus, depriving them of every developmental
issues which is rightfully theirs. In today’s fast paced life coupled with techno
induced living, almost bereft of morality and emotions, where making false promises,
poor deliverance, nepotism, favoritism and mismanagement of developmental fund, has
become the order of the day, the Unbiasedness and Patriotism shown by the Army has
given a fillip to the concept of ‘One India’ and the ‘inclusive growth’ that we all
talk about in seminars, conferences and social gatherings and which unfortunately
remain confined to it.
In tandem with the zeal, enthusiasm and straightforwardness shown by the Army, if
the same could be emulated by our ‘Nyigoms’ who claim themselves to be the sons of
the soil, when it comes to grabbing the chair or lucrative posts, but most of whom
are busy in self-aggrandizements and filling up their personal coffers by systematically
looting the money meant for the citizens, our society would have been a far better
place to live in today.
A big salute to Brigadier J S Budhwar, Commander 5 Infantry Brigade and his entire
team in the Army Military Station Aalo for coming up with such an innovative and
fantastic idea to honour our unsung but the ‘real Hero’ and the true Son of the Soil-
Amarveer Tape Yajo. And a big thank you of course for taking us to a different journey
altogether, though for a brief period, away from the mundane ritual of VIP culture
which is so deep rooted in our society, unfortunately, with a misplaced concept.
Raja Jini, Aalo
What is the net result of demonetisation?
Kudos to Salil Gewali for his brilliant letter titled “Cashless economy with caution”(February
It is nice to notice that when blind support to demonetization has become the ultimate
yardstick to “prove” one’s “patriotism”, when the slogan of “going cashless” has
become the ultimate “proof” of one’s “modernity”; there still exist shining exceptions
like Mr.Salil Gewali who refuse to join the “nationalist” “modern” mainstream and
dares to call spade the spade.
Right from the very first day, the “historic” step of demonetisation was nothing
but a farce. One and only insane, foolishly “optimists”, blind “nationalists” and
hardcore BJP admirers had believed that following the “boldest decision in independent
India”; all the vices of black money, counterfeit note and terrorism would at last
get wiped off from the Indian soil for eternity! Had the Income Tax authorities,
Central Intelligence and borderer security forces been sternly asked to perform
their duties sincerely or get ready to face consequences; the menace of black money,
counterfeit notes and movement of terrorists across borders could have been tamed.
There was absolutely no need to go through the antics of demonetisation.
And what is the net result of demonetisation? More than 100 innocent souls have lost
their lives prematurely either in stampedes in inhuman queues or after being refused
medical treatment due to lack of “legal cash”! The Himalayan ordeals of billions
of Indians(specially vulnerable ill senior citizens) day after day were to be seen
to be believed ! Innumerable wage-earners, farmers and small time traders have lost
their jobs and suffered huge loss in business thereby compelling many of them to
commit suicide. Yet far from offering a bit of apology or compensating the families
who had to bear inconsolable economic and physical losses; the “nationalist” brigade,
while residing in the safe distance of high ivory towers of their own; not only went
on issuing sermons after sermons to endure “short-term hardship” for the “cause of
the nation”, the heartless lot even went to the extent of character-assassinating
the critics of demonetisation as “anti-nationalists”, “hoarders of black money”
and “supporters of terrorists”!
Demonetisation has wreaked havoc upon the nation through severe losses of lives,
business and economy. Even the greatest supporters of demonetisation have been left
speechless due to lack of any solid proof or statistics through which they can demand
success of the “historic” step. So they are left with no option other than to launch
vulgar attacks against critics like Manmohan Singh or Amartya Sen!
And demonetization has “gifted” us the baggage of “cashless society”! The vast majority
of the country is already languishing in this Indian society with virtually no cash
leading to the vices of hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour and human
trafficking. It seems that to hide this supreme darkness, shame and scandal of cashlessness
in real terms, the glitter and glamour of the technological jargon named “cashless
society” has been adopted! The whole world would think what a “developed” nation
has India emerged into! While the plastic card companies and Paytm(which had hailed
demonetization as the “boldest decision in independent India” and published its advertisement
with Narendra Modi’s photograph right on the very first dawn following the “historic”
mid-night declaration) are laughing all the way to bank; the repercussions of “cashless
society” would have to be experienced by the common man! As Mr.Gewali has mentioned,
cyber criminals are enjoying a field day in the society. Though India is yet to become
full-fledged cashless, yet we hear about so many cases where hard-earned money of
poor and middle class have been siphoned off through electronic jugglery. The Savings
Bank Account of one of my colleagues had been manipulated by unscrupulous parasites
6 months back and almost Rs.50000/- had been withdrawn. But no organization is accepting
the responsibility of the severe loss that have been suffered by my colleague. Right
from the bank management to police to Government --- all have washed their hands
of the matter and my innocent colleague has been left to fend for himself! Moreover
there also exist innumerable barriers like software malfunction, link failure which
have already taken a heavy toll on public life. Now if all financial transactions
and records connected with our day to day life are forcefully digitized without any
hardware or hardcopy as back-up, just imagine the havoc it would bring in the society
if the overhyped “modern” machines and software malfunction or get hacked! Are the
“modern” messiahs of the nation aware of the fact that even the highly technologically-developed
nations of the West are slowly returning to manual amenities like typewriters and
physical files so that all records do not vanish if software get manipulated?
It is indeed a matter of utmost disgrace that in order to award benefits to the plastic
card companies and impose a false sense of “modernity” through the instrument of
technological jargon named “cashless”, an extremely dangerous scenario is being ushered
in the Indian society.
Aadhar and interview
Through your esteemed daily I would like to request the chief minister and governor
of Arunachal Pradesh to intervene into the recruitment process of Peon, LDc & Udc,
under the department of Women and Child Development, Govt.of Arunachal Pradesh. The
viva voce for the said posts is going to be conducted on 17th February 2017 for which
Aadhar card is asked to be produced in original whereas it(Aadhar) was not asked
during filling up of the examination form. It is learned that almost 50% of the written
Qualified candidates are not currently enrolled in Aadhar and for the very same reason
the department is going to reject their candidature during viva - voce.
My point is that if Aadhar was necessary then why it was not asked during filling
up of the form. I hope our chief minister will look into the matter seriously to
give justice to the hardworking and deserving candidates as he has promised transparency
in job recruitment and a corruption free state.
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