---- Editorial ----
Talks have to start yielding result
The standoff between India and China at Sikkim is escalating to a dangerous level.
China has upped the ante and said that "the atmosphere is not right" for a formal
or bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi
Jinping when they gather for the G20 summit in Hamburg. Tension erupted last month
when India opposed China's attempt to extend a border road through a plateau known
as Doklam in India and Donglang in China. The plateau, which lies at a junction between
China, the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim and Bhutan, is currently disputed
between Beijing and Thimphu. India supports Bhutan's claim over it.
Since this confrontation began last month, each side has reinforced its troops and
called on the other to back down. Tension is growing with each passing days. Chinese
media has been going belligerent and raking up anti-India rhetoric to new level.
The latest standoff is believed to be the longest between two nations in long time.
The two nations fought a war over the border in 1962 and disputes remain unresolved
in several areas, causing tensions to rise from time to time. The frequent hostility
between two nuclear armed neighbours is not good for the international communities.
Leaders of both India and China will have to exhibit statesmanship and try to calm
down the situation. Talks between representatives of two nations are going on for
last many years to resolve the border dispute. Perhaps time has come for talks to
yield definite result. For this both the countries will have to show maturity and
go beyond rhetoric.
---- Readers Forum ----
High fees demanded by open schools
Through your daily esteem, I would like to draw the kind attention of education department
regarding the corruption being practiced in name of open schooling.
The National Institute of Open Schooling, an autonomous institute under the MHRD
Govt of India has been set up to cater to the education needs of school dropouts,
working adults and socially disadvantaged section upto secondary and senior secondary
level. Open school is the sole hope for many to acquire required qualification for
This same has been made money making process by few government schools where open
school admission is permissible. When it come to admission there is no proper guideline
regarding date of admission, intake capacity of student n the fees structure which
give free hand to the teachers to manipulate the students.
When I came to know the fees as high as Rs 4200 for admission without a money receipt,
I was compel to inquire about it and to my surprise, the fees was three time higher
than prescribed in prospectus. The open school prospectus is available online which
is not made available to the students who are seeking admission hence this open the
Pandora box for malpractice.
To know more about this malpractice, I met another two open school teachers who gave
me two different fees structure for same course. And when I mentioned about the prospectus
and fees prescribed in it, one of them replied "prospectus se kuch nehi hota hai,
teacher janta hai kitna fees hai".
This proved that open school admission serve as money making factory for them by
fixing fees at their whims. The open school teachers are mercilessly looting the
poor and innocent student taking advantages of their ignorance.
Therefore, I earnestly request the education department to kindly regulate the admission
procedure and fees structure of open school through respective DDSE as per prescribed
Roads and policy
A road or highway is the backbone of that regions’ prosperity. Uneven, bumpy and
improper road not only leads to the heavy loss to the vehicle but also provides chances
to the notorious people to do their 'deeds'.
Road repairing at twin - capital complex, suburbs and even at National highway is
just a formality and simply super visionless. Nobody can find a single concerned
official at site during the high time, thereby leading to bumps and improper leveling
and erosion again. Reasons may be improper ratio of aggregates and binding material.
Side drains are provided as per wish of the influential. Camber, i.e slope of the
road, is also missed out because it could not be repaired next year otherwise. When
the road is repaired , you will find the level of gutters higher than the road leading
to the traffic problems.
Moreover, there is no coordination between different departments of Government, once
a road is just repaired, the other department 'rise to the occasion' and start digging
the same for their departmental purpose very soon.
This is the high time for us realising we belong to the third world, where many of
us live hand to mouth, can't afford losing our revenue, generated from our bones
in the form of taxes, like that.
My mere suggestion to the top bureaucrats of the Districts is to call a general meeting
of all the departments of the district before a road is repaired and get consensus
that there would be no excavation or digging after the road is repaired for the next
ten years at least. Proper supervision must be ensured. And above all, honesty is
the best policy.
Byabang Noah Dui,
The Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project
The 405 MW Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project was allotted to NEEPCO with high expectation
of preferential employment to the project affected people and the local people of
the project area. While unemployed graduate and diploma engineers, graduates and
other professionals are available in large numbers from among the project affected
and local youth of Yazali, NEEPCO in its 35 years of construction and operation of
the project has not appointed a single Junior Engineer or Engineer or any officer
level in NEEPCO from the Project area of Yazali, with the exception of small numbers
in lower levels.
Why this denial of appointments to project affected people when the Land Acquisition
Act 2013 mandates one job for every project affected family? The fact is 1.746
employees per MW or 707 employees for the 405 MW Ranganadi Project is sanctioned
under the National Electricity Policy 2016. Presently only 200 employees are posted.
Why not appoint the balance 507 employees from local youth of Yazali and the State.
NEEPCO has sanctioned manpower of 4500 employees, which has been reduced to 2000
employees due to retirements and only slightly increased due to backlog recruitment
of people with disabilities, SC, OBC etc.
Under National Hydro Policy of 2008, an amount equal to 1 (one) % of total generation
is to be sanctioned for Local Area development. Why this denial when NEEPCO earns
an average income of Rs. 450 Crores per year and the gross profit is 150 Crores per
year on average. The National Electricity Policy 2016 and 2012 as well as the National
Hydro Policy of 2008 of the Govt of India are available on the internet.
In 2016, the top officials of NEEPCO rush to Assam Thermal Project near Tinsukia
because the local students union demanded conduct of interview tests in local language
and more posts. Again these student leaders were invited, transported and hosted
in luxury hotels at Shillong with sightseeing tours thrown in.
NEEPCO, however appears to think that in Ranganadi and Arunachal, CRPF and IRB are
the solution and no discussion is needed. Perhaps NEEPCO needs to rethink its policy
and attitude seriously. Should every rightful and just benefit be given only by bandhs
and dharnas? Basic to development of hydro power in Arunachal Pradesh lies in giving
all project affected people their just and legitimate benefits.
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