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Rising case of road rage
The incidents of road rage in capital complex is increasing exponentially. Last week
a youth was seriously injured after one person opened fire following a road rage
incident at Ganga market, Itanagar. This is not an isolated incident. Many such incidents
of people taking out gun even for petty issues regularly takes place in capital region.
But it never gets reported in media. Today it looks like almost every citizens owns
a gun be it legally or illegally. Police need to strongly crackdown against those
possessing illegal arms.
It is believed that underground elements from neighbouring Assam and Nagaland are
the biggest source of illegal weapon entering state. Arunachal police should destroy
this network of criminal gangs who supply illegal arms. They should develop close
coordination with their counterpart from Nagaland and Manipur to target this criminal
network. Also traffic awareness campaign should be launched in large scale to educate
citizens about the basic rules of traffic. Traffic checking should be intensified
and strong action should be taken against those who violate traffic rules. However,
traffic checking should be continues process and should not be done only when some
incidents take place. Such kind of measures will considerably reduce the incidents
of road rage.
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Lets walk the walk
Women Empowerment has been discussed so much in almost every forum and every possible
live event that it seems a challenge to write something new and relevant on it. Hence,
it’s human empowerment for me.
Surprisingly, as per Old English Etymology, the word “man” means “a thinker” or “to
have a cognitive mind” and it was used with no reference to gender, i.e., for male
and female both. As the civilisations changed, the meaning changed too and today
we use men and women, male and female to categorize the humans. It is important for
me to refer to these details because the premises on which I am proposing the ideas
of women empowerment solely lays on it.
What do we have achieved so far?
After 68 years of independence, we do have the framework and constitutional rights
in place for women to ensure the upliftment and better life for them. The only place
we lack is the implementation of the same to every nook and corner of India. The
challenge also lies in being the largest democracy with varying religious beliefs
and the tribal population who are yet to see the light of knowing their rights well.
No other country in the world has such a variation at almost every hundred square
kilometers and thus the issues we face in implementation can only be analysed by
us. But we are trying and we will achieve. What about training the religious leaders
and the youth in the right direction? It is a challenge, but we must try it.
Education for Women:
“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate
a family (nation)” – Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey.
His purpose of quoting this was to encourage girls and their parents for education
in Africa and it definitely signifies the social and economic benefits of educating
a girl child. Right to education to the girl child was introduced to ensure the complete
enrollment of the children but the drop-out rates are staggering. The reasons ranging
from early marriage, non-supportive parents, unhealthy sanitary conditions, eve teasing,
overcrowded classrooms, teacher’s absenteeism and lack of basic facilities and infrastructure
in the schools. Thus, the foremost need is to provide the basic minimum infrastructure
and safety. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to make it compulsory for all the members
of parliament to enroll their children in the government schools of their constituency?
After all, you are the elected members of the government to represent us and work
for our betterment so show us the way.
Quality of Education:
The failure in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) was an eye-opener
for all of us if we seriously wish to take it constructively. We definitely need
to assess the quality of education provided to our children. What is the point of
wasting 6-8 hours in a school, if a child remains unemployed after the so-called
education imparted in schools? Instead, we must think of localizing and redesigning
the curriculum to address the issues of that area. Introduction of life skills is
one of the ways to ensure that the girls are empowered. Those who already have been
the victims of child marriage can be at least given lessons in essential home management,
health care and child-rearing in the school itself. Also, boys should equally be
educated and empowered in understanding the family dynamics and respect for the girl/woman
through value-based curriculum. Keeping in mind the patriarchal system of our country,
we must take initiatives in creating awareness amongst families about the changing
dimensions of the modern society. How do you expect from a boy of 8-10 years old
to respond differently when he has been brought up with the statements like, “you
are the boy of the family, our heir; you have to bear the responsibility for the
whole family, so on and so forth. Aren’t we giving them the unnecessary burden at
an early stage? Moreover, when they see the flamboyant side of women liberation through
media, the conflicts in following the values arise. When you are talking about equality,
let’s talk the talk.
Unfounded biases against male
Though, it seems, many of us wouldn't like to admit the fact is that an average individual,
a common man is not a law breaker or a criminal and for that matter, a rapist. He
is just like the rest of us who is thinking of making easy money, is working for
his family, loves children and respect women in general.
In fact, the whole life of a man is a life of sacrifice- be it losing his life protecting
the country at some unknown locations along the borders, working under the most hazardous
work environments like getting buried deep inside some unsafe coal mines, getting
electrocuted almost always, pulling all the rickshaws even under the most scorching
sun and what not.
For instance, when the Titanic sank in 1912 76% of women on board survived and only
20% men. For some of the readers who may still be confused, it's because of the fact
that the men on board willingly choose to put the lives of their women and children
over their own. If this is not love, if this is not sacrifice, what is? Nevertheless
an average man is a despised man in our society. And for that matter despite all
these, our society, our govt. lacks compassion for our boys and men. According to
the National Crime Records Bureau even in India 70% of the suicide victims are men.
In some countries this rate is 90% for men. But do we ever care? Suicide simply means
that life must be harder, crueler on him than otherwise. But it doesn't matter to
us at all. In fact even social media is filled with messages from boys saying, "Girls
please don't commit suicide. Your life is precious." And they are the ones dying.
It's rather hilarious to put plainly.
The bias against men and lack of compassion for men is so deep rooted that anybody
who dares to speak up for them, even he/she is seen with uncanny suspicion. It's
so strange! However, I hope that with changing times we also shed off such unfounded
biases against the male members of our society and treat him also with respect and
compassion which he deserves.
End of people friendly health insurance scheme
Finally, the much awaited closure letter of Cashless transaction of APCMUHIS arrived
on 6.17pm IST, 3rd of July 2017. The closure letter brings the end of one of the
best people friendly Health related Insurance scheme, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh had
taken up since its creation. This sends a shock wave amongst the poor and needy citizens
of our state, who were actually banking on this noble scheme to buy them out from
health related issues. I have been witness to the miracles done with APCMUHIS. I
have seen people making long queue to get their card registered and authenticated.
I have been part of the team that helped poor people get operated under the Scheme
without much financial burden.
I have been part of a unit that actually started cashless transactions, not charging
even a penny for those packages that were evenly priced.
Most of health issues were negotiated without adding any financial burden for the
But due to lacklustre attitude of Government, DHS (TPA)pvt Ltd and New India Assurance
pvt Ltd, the much hyped yet people friendly project ran into hard water. And with
shutters down the hope of recovery seems impossible right now.
Due to delayed payments and piling up of pending bills, today the liabilities of
Government and NIA (p)Ltd have run into crores and crores. Now, the question is
who is going to pay the pending bills of Empanelled hospitals. Well, someone has
to take the responsibility of buying out the sick empanelled hospitals. The state
government needs to look into this as soon as possible, as it was Governments ambitious
In one instance, I happened to ask about nonpayment of pending bills to some officials
of DHS (TPA) p Ltd and New India Assurance. Astonishingly they said, your government's
is not paying us and that's the reason for delay.
Well, blame game is part and parcel of every misdeeds and I believe unprofessionalism
and too much result oriented ideas have brought APCMUHIS down to its knees.
Irrational delays and one-sided case rejections have added more miseries to the empanelled
hospitals. In some instances Mumbai based DHS (TPA)P Ltd rejected so many cases in
one go and that too without proper intimation or sending queries. If I recall correctly,
their expert panels rejected those cases which they have cleared and paid in first
quarter of business.
Moreover, these rejected cases were made known to us after a gap of 1 year or more
In doing so , Pending bills have run into crores. It's almost been good 8-9 months
we haven't received any payments from NIA (P) Ltd despite furnishing of all legal
documents as per requirements and MOU and verbal appraisal .
As per MOU between DHS (TPA) P Ltd and NIA (P)Ltd and Government of AP and service
provider, the modalities of payments was DBT within stipulated 45 days from date
of discharge of a beneficiary .And if payments was not made than, interest would
be enforced as per existing rules .
Therefore both the party should think of paying the pending bills or make off the
court settlement as soon as possible and buy out the sick empanelled hospitals, keeping
in mind the future prospects of the Scheme.
Needless to say, APCMUHIS was people friendly but myopic approach, delay tactics,
jingoism, and above all red-tapism have eaten up the whole project.
I hope Governments revive this people friendly project as early as possible.
Dr K Jonnom,
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