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Judiciously use the fund
The monsoon has caused absolute devastation across the state. Many people have lost
lives and tragedy has hit several families across the state. The worst affected has
been capital complex and Sagalee sub-division under Papum Pare district. It is believed
that it may take years to completely restore the damage inflicted by the monsoon
havoc. Considering the fact that Arunachal depends on centre for every penny the
process of rebuilding will be even more difficult. Also the lackadaisical response
of central government towards the recent disaster does not inspire much.
Therefore onus lies on state government to ensure that whatever fund received from
centre is properly utilized for rebuilding the damaged infrastructure. Recently centre
released Rupees 51 crore and 30 lakh as grant-in-aid to the State Government towards
Central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). Though the said amount will
not be enough when one takes into account the destruction caused by the monsoon deluge,
the government of Arunachal should judiciously use the fund released by the centre.
Money should be spent where it really matters. In the past often it has been seen
that fund under relief department is utterly misused. Politicians and their cronies
use relief fund as their personal money. Chief Minister Pema Khandu should make sure
that this is not repeated this time. People have high hope on young leader like him.
Also the people of state should extend every possible help to the government in rebuilding
process. They should avoid making bogus claim which will deprive those actually affected
by the monsoon disaster.
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Mere symbolism is not the solution
Kudos to Dhurjati Mukherjee for the article titled "Dalit sufferings"(14 July).
Rightly has he stated that mere symbolism changes absolutely nothing. What really
matters is nothing but action on the ground.
There was a period in 2012-2013 when our President(Pratibha Patil), Speaker and Opposition
leader in the Lok Sabha(Meira Kumar and Sushma Swaraj respectively), Delhi Chief
Minister(Sheila Dixit) and Chairperson of reigning UPA as well as President of the
ruling Congress(Sonia Gandhi) --- all were women and obviously New Delhi residents.
Did the existence of such 5 powerful women at the top reduce the atrocities against
women of all hues in New Delhi and India? What about the record of West Bengal, Rajasthan
or Tamil Nadu in the sector of security of women despite witnessing Chief Minister
of fairer sex? So not symbolism, one and only strict enforcement of law and order
and awarding of exemplary punishment to the culprits can improve the scenario.
But unfortunately the concerned authorities, instead of performing their Constitutional
duties, prefer to the play to the gallery so as to act as "messiah" of certain section!
Instead of seeking unconditional apology from the Muslims for dastardly role in Godhra
pogrom or punishing all the culprits behind the mayhem, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was nominated
as President! Still such "empowerment of Muslims" are failing to save the lives of
ever-increasing number of Mohammad Akhlaques and Junaids! Instead of severely condemning
or expelling the Union minister from the Government of "Good Days" for comparing
the tragic murder of Dalit children in Haryana with "death of dogs"; the concerned
authority is nominating a candidate as President by zealously focusing on his Dalit
credentials! Had the Presidentship of K.R.Narayanan change the fortune of the Dalits?
Not a bit. So, not mere symbolism; but only sincere effort, equal opportunities and
non-discrimination can uplift certain communities including the Dalits.
Open Letter to Governor, the President of NERIST Society
Through your esteemed column of your daily, I would like to draw the kind attention
of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, who is also the president of NERIST Society,
regarding the news item published in various leading news papers of our state, pertaining
to boycott of admission registration by NERIST students lead by SUN (Student Union
of NERIST) and NRSA (NERIST Research Scholars Associations) for financial crisis
happening in NERIST since many months.
As a parent, it is sad, disturbing and disheartening to read such news items, where
students are being forced to resort to such democratic movements due to administrative
failure of NERIST. We sent them to NERIST with a great hope for securing their future
but such news is really unwelcome.
You being the president of the NERIST society, you have great role to play and solve
the present problems faced by student fraternity by streaming the administration.
Apart from problem faced by NERIST on issues of salaries of staff, fellowship of
PG and PhD scholars, Hostel accommodations, etc, it is pertinent to mention here
that NERIST one of the oldest technical institute of North-East region and first
of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh is still functioning like nascent institute.
The NIT which was started few years back is performing per better than NERIST in
terms of Infrastructure, Administration, advancement in digital technology/administration.
In fact the NERIST still don’t have its own recruitment rule (RR) to recruit it’s
employees. The absence of RR is one of the reasons why failure in administration
is being observed in NERIST. Without RR, a person of any qualification, caliber,
post and rank can be recruited to any post at whims of recruiting agency and they
are being promoted to hold the highest post of administration.
NERIST is a technical institute and hence, the persons appointed in NERIST in administrations
should be a person of technical background and experience, but it is sad to inform
your honor that most of the administrative head is from non-technical background
and their experience in technical institute is nil. Non technical personals running
a technical institute as an administrator is like a professor becoming a coach of
This is very serious issues which need to be addressed by our honor, to bring sense
of technical temperament in NERIST. Not only in administration but the Deans appointed
are also from non-technical background. They are running institute like general Science
and Arts College. Even RGU, though a non-technical university but is performing
par better in terms of digital advancements. Most importantly, NIT and RGU are also
funded by MHRD, Govt. of India, but till date we haven’t heard anything regarding
non-payment of employee’s salaries and student fellowships. This is really a serious
issues which need to be investigated.
The result of such inefficient and dull administration are reflected into failure
of financial crisis owing to nonpayment or delay in payment of employees salaries
and scholars; weak administrations owing to parallel administration run by student
unions ; infrastructure failure owing to hostel accommodation problems.
Apart from above problems, it is also pertinent to mention here that as per UGC,
NERIST should have a separate department for PG and PhD research scholars. Infact
it has been made compulsory to establish a separate department of Post Graduate and
PhD scholars, but it is known from reliable source that NERIST is running certificate
course (Base Module), Diploma Module, Degree Module, PG and PhD under one head. And
the most shocking part is teachers and staff for all the modules is also same. In
such scenario the effort and efficiency of staff and faculties is doubtful. NERIST
should separate the various modules immediately and recruit the required staffs and
faculties for each module immediately.
Last but not the least, it is seen in various advertisement in leading papers, posters,
banners wherein various private coaching centers are giving advertisement with a
caption “Faculties are Professors from NERIST and NIT” as their teacher of the coaching
institute. When Govt. of India is paying them so handsomely, what is need of learned
Professors to indulge into private tuitions and coaching?
Maybe untimely payments of salary are forcing them to earn extra for their livelihood.
But isn’t it a violation of code of conduct of central service rule? Can a regular
Professor of leading technical institute run a private coaching institute?
By teaching in private coaching institute, will the true spirit, effort and efficiency
of entrusted duty of teaching student of institute not be affected?
Therefore, please look into the matters seriously and bestow your wisdom on NERIST
and perform your noble service to guide, nurture and lead NERIST from present shambles
to new height. Lead NERIST from darkness to light.
A Concerned Parent
Collapsing bridge and dirty water supply
I feel so disappointed while seeing the efforts of our Govt departments in restoration
Barapani Bridge is deteriorating and is at the verge of collapsing. Why govt is taking
it so lightly? Everyday a person crossing it goes through a mental trauma and its
becoming the reason for road rage as everyone want to cross it as fast as possible.
Restore it or completely ban it to save life.
Executive Engineer (PHED & WS) has declared that restoration work at Nyorch water
supply line will go upto winter, and this is creating panic among the denizens of
We really appreciate the DA for arranging alternate source through water tankers,
but at the same would like to bring their kind attention towards the quality of water
that is being supplied every alternate day.
I challenge the DA to use the same water by themselves. It’s not even fit to be
used in toilet and it can cause waterborne diseases. There must be some way to restore
the water supply line at earliest, if they are really willing to.
May be use cranes, temporary bamboo bridges, flexible Pipes which can be placed over
hanging bridge near helipad.
My suggestions may seems amateur but remember where there is a will, there is always
a way and Govt have resources.
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