---- Editorial ----
Extend support to APPSC
The decision of the government of Arunachal to cancel recruitment process of junior
engineer under RWD has come in right time. The said recruitment process was supposed
to be done departmentally in violation of cabinet decision to hand over all such
recruitment process to APPSC. Though it is a praiseworthy decision, one wonder why
Chief Minister Pema Khandu decided to intervene only at the last moment. He took
the decision to cancel interview only when corruption allegation started to surface
in social media.
Now that a decision has been taken to hand over the recruitment process of Group
B and C employee to Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), the people
of Arunachal will be hoping that commission does a fair job. In the past, commission
itself has come under scanner for alleged corrupt practices. Some officials had to
be suspended for their alleged role in leaking of question paper of public service
exam. The onus lies on commission to win the trust of people of Arunachal. Strict
measures should be adopted and proper guidelines should be set up to stop any kind
of malpractice. Person with integrity and honesty should be appointed as the member
of public service commission. Also state government should provide all necessary
support to the commission in order to ensure that best candidates get selected in
the exam held by the commission.
---- Readers Forum ----
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express the grievance
of unemployed vets in arunachal. Recently, a new policy was formed to increase the
vet seats in different state.
I would like to ask the concerned authority that since the department hasn't created
any VO post since four years and recently they have came out only with 3 VO post
after four years then how could you met the increase unemployment rate.
Therefore, it’s my earnest request to the concerned authority to increase the post
as much as possible to meet the frequent increase of unemployment. Such a less post
after so many years is an injustice for all the unemployed.
Break free from gender stereotypes
Very often the reason that causes our depression is a grave and genuine one. Any
issue be it a death of our dear one, injustice, social ills, unbearable financial
constraints, physical abuse or emotional torture ~ is indeed very serious in nature.
When we suffer from depression, our well wishers generally advise us to share our
pain with them, to listen to soothing music, to read an inspiring book, to get solace
in the beauties of nature and to consult with a doctor. Needless to say that they
advise such things not to get any money or favour from us. They only want to comfort
ourselves as they are our friends in need. Unfortunately, we sometimes think that
they are trying to belittle the gravity of the problem that is causing our depression.
And also we are apprehensive about whether they are casting doubt on our mental strength.
Such thinking actually belittles our genuine friends and isolates ourselves from
The funny thing is that when we suffer from cough and cold or from asthma, we do
not hesitate to go to a doctor and give her/ him medical fees to get necessary advice.
And we eagerly follow doctor's prescription which advises us to drink plenty of water,
soup and to inhale water vapour apart from taking medicines. Our doctor prescribes
those things not to pooh-pooh air pollution which is indeed the main reason for our
bronchial disease but to give us some relief. Ironically, had our doctor finished
her/ his job by saying, ~ "You see, air-pollution is the main culprit. Let's solve
that problem first. You mustn't try to get some temporary relief!" ~ We would have
been very angry!
As a matter of fact, the social stigma attached to mental problems makes us behave
in this manner. Such stigma can wreck havoc especially on the psyche of a man as
we have been brainwashed with such myths as ~ "a real man should not cry". If a man
becomes emotional then he runs the risk of being branded as a "cry - baby". The problem
of dancing with the tune of such a male - stereotype adds insult to injury.
It is time to break ourselves free from gender stereotypes and to shed all inhibitions
about depression or any other mental stress. We must not forget that no disease can
be branded as exclusively mental or physical one. Our diseases are mainly psychosomatic
as the mind and the bodies are closely connected.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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