---- Editorial ----
Time is running out for Modi
In the last 3 year the priority of people and government seems to have drastically
changed in India. Issues concerning ordinary citizens like employment opportunities,
hike in petrol-diesel prices, and slow growth in industrial sector have all taken
back seat. Government as well as citizen seems more concern about cow slaughter,
religion, etc. As per the report in national media, economic growth unexpectedly
slowed to its lowest in more than two years, dragged down by construction, manufacturing
and trade services. Slow down has stripped India of its status as the world's fastest
growing major economy.
Annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the January-March 2017 period came
in at 6.1 percent, compared with a provisional 7.0 per cent in the previous quarter,
government data showed. It is lower than China's growth of 6.9 percent for the first
three months of 2017. The slow economic growth is expected to severely hit the job
market. Already job market is reeling under extreme pressure. IT industry is laying
off thousands of employees and industries are failing to generate employment opportunities.
Unfortunately Government of India seems least worried about these burning issues.
They are more in busy in framing laws to ban beef. The leaders of ruling party are
indulging in all kind of destructive activities and dividing people on religious
line. It's time Prime Minister Narendra Modi get things under his control and concentrate
in improving economic condition of the Indians. People voted for him with the hope
that he will focus on development agenda. Modi promised several things during general
election and it's time to fulfill those promises.
---- Readers Forum ----
Money is always a matter of concern and it is the basic factor which ultimately determines
the standard of living. Being employed is not only a dream but also the right of
every citizen in India. The lack of employment is one of the major issues in Arunachal
Pradesh and when the deserving don’t get employed, the matter obviously needs apex
consideration. Unemployment is the phenomenon and a problem which is to be understood
from different angles. India is really rich in terms of human resources but still
we are a developing country and are remaining with the same status since years. The
life of people who are either fully unemployed or partially employed many times is
pathetic. We cannot claim our State as a welfare state as long as the problem of
unemployment remains unsolved. Everyone knows that India is a thickly populated nation.
Population is always increasing by a very large number and at a random pace. However,
our State is not in a position to provide jobs to all those people in our State effectively.
Jobs and other gainful avenues can’t be provided in the required proportion and thus
a major section of the population remains unemployed. Even the education system of
our State is also a major factor responsible for the problem.
We have many educated persons unemployed because of mafias and dealers during Job
interviews. Only in our Country such highly educated people fail to find a job. Many
of the graduates who pass out every year are fit only for office work and not for
any other work. The impact of unemployment on our society is very huge. Unemployment
leads to poverty, it deprives a person of all the sources for income and as a result,
the person grows poor. It also causes numerous social problems such as theft, dishonesty,
bribery; gambling etc. The social security of our nation is disturbed. Another major
problem caused by unemployment is political instability. Unemployed persons consider
the government as worthless which can’t provide them any work. Extreme effects of
unemployment on the citizens of our country include drug addiction, frustration and
even suicides. Disturbances and disorders increase in our society.
Our State can’t be developed politically, economically or socially, unless the problem
is fully solved.
Thus our State is in a great need to solve the problem of unemployment. The government
should take essential steps to check the problem. We know that actually this problem
is clearly an economic problem. So it is very necessary to overhaul our State's economic
policy. Labor is abundant in our State. They should be provided employment through
small-scale cottage industries or any such industries. More focus should be kept
on vocational and technical education. The present system of bookish education must
be discouraged to some extent. Awareness classes on family planning should be also
conducted. In such ways the government should check the rapid increase of population.
These measures could surely help us to solve this problem of unemployment. It is
the moral responsibility of any government to bestow the people with the highest
possible standard of living. And the provision of a secured employment is the primary
need to attain the noble goal.
Nutur Techi, Nirjuli
On the rule of the road
Road accidents in India kill more people than some epidemics. More than half of those
killed were the younger live. It is sad to lose too many peoples in road accidents.
We must make safety on our roads a priority. Driving in big cities is never an easy
job. It seems it is nobody’s business for our own city. We make our own rule and
follow. Almost 78 % accidents take place due to reckless driving. Do we follow the
Motor vehicle act?
Traffic rules and regulations are to assure the smooth flowing of motor vehicles
in the road. The traffic pressure on the roads of our city grows several times. To
control the unprecedented growth of motor vehicles, the first Motor Vehicle Act 1914
which was in later years known as "The motor Vehicle Act 1988" came into force from
1 July 1989, it was amended and revised several times by the Government of India.
The changes in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016, were approved by the Union
cabinet on March 31. This legislation is to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to impose
stiffer penalties on traffic rules violations and to protect the Good Samaritans
from legal harassment and was passed by the Lok Sabha. But the rules are never implemented
with good spirit. The traffic is forcing fines for the defaulters on the road. But
are they able to find the reason behind? Under the out-of-date Motor Vehicles Act
and the Indian Penal Code, the police adopt simplistic methods to determine ‘driver
fault’, while fixing responsibility for accidents. There are other merged factors
including bad road design and failure of civic agencies to maintain infrastructure.
In spite of fast¬ paced motorisation, we do not have a scientific accident investigation
agency. It should be the government effort to improve road safety but there is an
urgent need to make administrative changes in the Motors Vehicle Act. Narrow roads
and faulty design of flow of traffic are the prime factor. Unaware of road markings
make our city most vulnerable. The traffic lights at the road intersections are very
important device for the pedestrians and drivers. Unscientific speed breakers with
no road sign/markings make drivers uncontrollable. In countries like US, Canada
they do not have speed breakers to control speeds rather a STOP sign.
Our city grows with a transportation handicap with tangled plans for road systems.
Our infrastructure has not kept pace with time. Public transports are the most disobeyer.
City buses are slow, crowded and unorganised. Auto rickshaws ply on whims and fancies.
The lack of parking spaces, narrow roads and traffic chaos are the order of the day.
The congestion near shopping mall, restaurant, school, office and hospitals are the
cause of concern. The routes are unplanned and uncontrolled. There is flaw in designing
bus stand. Mushrooming of unauthorised Auto stand is not only blocking traffic flow
but also serious concern for the safety of commuters. The road users are unaware
of basic knowledge of road markings and traffic signals. Vehicles of VVIPs often
break traffic rules. Vacuum horn, zigzag driving, racing bikers are common defaulters
on the road. The use of high beams is prohibited within city limits. But are we
aware of it? This will cause accidents but also lead to road rage. New LED lights
on the streets will suffice this cause. Prohibition of blow horn and judicious use
of siren by ambulance are necessary to curb noise.
Traffic management should understand the flow of traffic during peak hours. Use
of hand signal discouraged due inbuilt indicators of vehicle nowadays but it can
help other drivers and the road users more effectively about intentions like slow
down, turn and allowing of overtaking. Parking crisis emerge as vehicles flood in
our city. The only way to solve the parking issue is to restrict parking and make
car-pooling compulsory and encourage public transport system. Above all Passenger’s
safety and convenience is a far cry. And traffic authority is keeping a blind eye
on those violators. Are we living in a civilized city? Commuters have no alternatives
but to bear the bitter experience on the road. And many have already shifted to private
transport which causes rise of private vehicle on the road.
There are systemic corruption in transport departments in vehicle certification,
licensing of drivers and poor monitoring of roadworthiness of commercial vehicles.
The rising cost of sale of spares and servicing of vehicles by the virtual monopoly
of automotive companies affecting quality of maintenance. The thorough knowledge
of traffic rules/regulations, traffic signs and markings are very essential for the
drivers and road users. The proper knowledge of these rules can reduce the number
of accident and thus can establish a healthy and organized traffic system in our
The challenge now is to catch our transport infrastructure up to the demand. Construction
of flyovers, subways, highway engineering is those immediate steps are to be taken
into consideration. Technology can play a key role to smooth flow of traffic safer
and less congested. We need to treat roads as we treat the airways and planes. App
based taxi services UBER/Ola, carpooling may be the future for office goers. But
at present, cost effective public transport are to be given top priority. City buses
are the best means of public transport for common people. They are to be modernised
like BRTS (bus rapid transport service). The new approaches to urban design of roads
and routes of public transport are to be scientifically re-organised for smooth flow
of traffic. Passes for different duration, modern bus terminal and timings should
be introduced to give commuters a hassle free travelling. A strict rule of the road
is to be enforced. Heavy penalty should be imposed on violators to check the menace.
And after all, the concerned authority should draw kind attention towards the rude
and irresponsible behaviour of drivers and conductors with the commuters. Control
room complaint cell may help needy and stranded people. Otherwise North Eastern will
continue to suffer.
The Smart Cities Mission is a new initiative by the Government of India to drive
economic growth and improve the quality of life of people. It is indeed good news
for us which included north-eastern cities Guwahati, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl, Shillong
and Agartala under Smart Cities Mission. Let’s hope early implementation in coming
days. Hope Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016 amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
to address all these issues.
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