---- Editorial ----
Hydro potential yet to be tapped
The tapping of hydro potential of Arunachal seems to be focus of the present central
as well as state governments. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, BP Pandey
who was recently on a visit to the state, meet Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed
about several pending hydropower projects. Major projects like 2000 MW Subansiri
Lower dam, 2880 MW Dibang dam, Tawang Stage-I & II are pending for last many years
due to various reasons. Almost a decade has passed and still governments are only
talking about hydro potential. Unfortunately they have utterly failed to properly
tap the potential.
The biggest mistake state government committed was by recklessly signing hundreds
of MOUs/MOAs. The lure of upfront money made them to go on signing spree without
any proper plan. In many cases they took local populace for granted and did not consult
them beforehand. Later when companies started to execute the project, the locals
bitterly opposed it. There has been relentless opposition to hydro power projects
in region like Tawang and Siang belt. State government should first of all try to
win the heart and mind of the people and then proceed with the project. Unless local
population is ready, the project should not be thrust upon them. Also the companies
who have signed MOUs/MOAs should exhibit sincerity to the execute projects. State
Government should immediately cancel those projects where hydro power developers
have been found wanting. Govt. should focus on building fewer dam and not hundreds
---- Readers Forum ----
Border that needs urgent attention
I would like to draw your kind attention to the fact that the districts in the state
of West Bengal adjoining Bangladesh international border from North to South need
immediate and serious attention with respect to illegal encroachments and infiltrations,
drug, wildlife and human trafficking, money laundering, anti-social activities, entry
of fake currency notes into India and for its vulnerability to deadly insurgent activities.
Due to its geographical location, WB is the gateway to Bangladesh as well to Sikkim
and NE India. WB also share borders with other countries like Nepal and Bhutan in
the north as well Bangladesh along her eastern border. It is the regions and communities
along the Bangladesh border that needs urgent attention and stringent security measures
for the long term future of the WB State and India. Unless strong measures and planning
are adopted by the State Government in coordination with the Centre and other central
intelligence and security agencies; it may turn out to have serious and disastrous
consequence for WB in the long run. Economic development and betterment of infrastructure
in the region is one important requirement; but education and awareness among the
poor communities dotting along the entire stretch of the WB-Bangladesh border from
Cochbehar in the North to the Sunderbans in the South is extremely sensitive and
vulnerable; and hence needs special emphasis and initiatives from the state and central
governments for security, peace and prosperity of this region.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Revolutionary decision by Pema government
Leaders come and go, Governments come and go; what remains is their works and important
Policy decisions that have an everlasting positive consequence on the public, especially
on the young and productive youth power of the State.
While for the Government employees, implementation of the 7th Pay Commission was
an important decision; for the MLAs, allocation of Rupees 10 Crores to each Assembly
Constituency; for the Businessman, policy on easing business was an important decision;
for the Patients, revamping the CMs Health Insurance Schemes was important, but for
me, as an unemployed engineer graduate voicing the interest of thousands of educated
youths of the State, the bold decision of Pema Khandu led Government to handover
all Group- B Non -gazetted, Group -C and Ministerial post to APPSC for free and fair
recruitment has been the most historic and a revolutionary step taken so far by any
The initiative has given an end to the dirty and murky game of match fixing of various
posts ranging from Rs. 3 lakhs to 30 lakhs. With the decision to allow the Constitutional
Body like APPSC to take the burden on head, Pema has won the heart and mind of the
educated youths and their Parents, particularly those who do not have the powerful
political and money to buy the jobs from the greedy ministers and their shrewd and
powerful government officials.
Now that the Government Departments have no option but to surrender the vacancies
to APPSC and also that Government has constituted a full fledged Constitutional Body
with four Members and a Chairman and also addressed the long pending problem of manpower
shortage in the Commission, it is my humble request to Pema Government not to relent
or change its decision, rather go hard on the HoDs not complying with the orders.
I request all Ministers and MLAs to appreciate the decision and not to instigate
or misguide any black sheep to revert the popular decision. At the end of the day,
the powerful lot must realise that they too will become powerless some day and also
that they have been trusted and voted to power by the people to take such popular
Persistent turmoil and endless sufferings in human societies for thousands of years
proves that, deep ignorance and superficiality has been leading the world. The situation
warrants revolutions of knowledge, wisdom and truth.
For fair and square recruitment
I would like to draw your focus on the abrupt advertisement by RWD for filing up
the posts of JE, Surveyor, UDC etc. There were altercations going on to consign all
the recruitment process to APPSC. I wonder what is the motive behind this.
Interviews come here once in a blue moon. So, I sincerely request the authorities
to comprehend the sentiments of students who are working blood, sweat and tears for
a job. Also, there are ample amount of students who will be over aged soon and they
suffer a lots of family pressure.
I hope that RWD will stand tall in conducting this exam free and fair. We anticipate
seeing the fruits of our labour and yes we solicit for a fair and square recruitment.
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