---- Editorial ----
It is matter of joy and pride that the oldest town of state Pasighat has made it
to the list of smart city. The move is expected to accelerate the developmental activities
at Pasighat town. Being part of smart city mission Pasighat will receive massive
funding from ministry of urban development to undertake various developmental activities.
Now the onus lies on state government and local administration to ensure that fund
under smart city mission is properly used. The local people also need to remain vigilant
and play active role to make sure that funds are not misused. There is vast scope
to improve standard of living under smart city mission. Therefore, if properly implemented
the face of Pasighat will change forever due to smart city project.
As Pasighat celebrates, it's a sad time for the people of Itanagar. Once again the
capital city failed to make it to the list. There is need to introspect and try figure
out where things have gone wrong. Especially, Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) and
capital district administration will have to share responsibilities for the failure.
The people of capital region also need to introspect in this regard. Itanagar and
adjoining region have acquired notoriety for the crumbling infrastructure. Roads
including colony, sector and national highway are in pathetic condition. Drainage
system is almost none-existent while capital region continues to be one of the dirtiest
places of state. Most of the important infrastructure projects in Itanagar have failed
due to rampant corruption. It will be herculean task to get smart city tag for capital
complex but it is not impossible either. Everyone including capital district administration,
IMC and state government will have to work together in this regard.
---- Readers Forum ----
Opening a bank account
Through your esteemed daily news paper, I would like to inform that to open a Saving
Account in SBI, Customer Care Agents are charging us money.
I went with my younger sister to SBI Customer Care at Doimukh Bridge Police Check
When we reached there, one lady told me that she will charge Rs 550; Rs 500 as service
charge and Rs 50 as the cost of the form.
When I asked her why she was charging so much just for opening an Account, she said
that she gets Rs 20 for opening accounts of 10 people and if she does not charge
Rs 550 per customer, then Bank will deduct from her Account.
And I went to Nirjuli SBI branch and inquired about the charges. I was told by the
bank that though these agents work under the bank, the managers have no say about
the commission being charged by the agents. One of them told me that I should help
these agents by paying them commission to open an account as they are unemployed.
Under the NDA/Modi Government, every student going to Government school have to open
a Saving Account for stipend and here the agents are charging huge amount for opening
When we ask in Bank, they have no form, no staff but they are engaging private agents
for opening account for which they are charging huge amount from customers.
H. T. Nabam, Nirjuli
Gratitude to godly people & organizations
On 17.01.2017, when we the villagers were out to attend our daily chores, a devastating
fire accident occurred, wherein 7 houses along with all our belongings were reduced
to ashes. Not even a needle could be saved.
During that time of unfortunate incident, the supremely generous people and various
organizations openly shared our hardships. They openly embraced our pain and lent
their physical and emotional support.
We received help in the form of physical, moral and Cash & kind from the people
and organizations like District Administration, Government Officers and Staff, Panchayats
& Public leaders, Local MLAs, People of Tadin/Pushi Bango/ Aalo/ Basar areas, Crisis
management Committee of Ngomdir Village, MAYA, PBSU, PBWS, PAYWA, GSU, WSDSU, GWS,
RCCN, Gamgis, Churches, Mothers` Vision, AVP, VHP, BJP Mandal, Relatives, Doctors
& Paramedical teams from General Hospital and Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo, well-wishers
from across West Siang, residents from Capital Complex, within and outside of State.
As we have limped back to normalcy these few months after that fateful day, their
help will always be in our hearts. We the poor victims, through your esteemed daily
would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of them, for their
being stood with us during our trying time.
Leaving behind the social, cultural and economic differences, all the organizations
and individual came together in the hour of need, this truly is humanity. We will
ever and eternally be grateful to all of them.
Aadhar and suffering public
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I want to draw the kind attention of
the authorities concerned, towards the enrolment of Aadhar card.
The public of Upper Siang was informed that for new-enrolment and re-enrolment of
Aadhar card they should approach Aadhar card registration office at Yingkiong as
it is the lone place where such facilities are available. As per notification, I
came to Yingkiong for re-enrolment of Aadhar card as my Aadhar card got rejected
due to error in biometric identification. On 24th/05/2017 I joined the long queue
with others waiting for my turn patiently. Since then I was in queue till 22/06/2017,
juggling between my village and Yingkiong for the same leaving behind my work. When
my turn came after one month due to untrained Data operator and repeated failure
of system, I was informed that they won’t issue Aadhar card for those whose village
does not fall under the jurisdiction of Yingkiong and one should approach their concerned
circles. As my native village Moying falls under Jengging circle, I went there as
per direction issued, surprisingly there was no facility for enrolment of Aadhar
card in Jengging circle.
Like me, there are lots of villagers, facing same problems, travelling from different
villages like Tuting, Karko, Ramsing to Yingkiong to avail Aadhar card facility instead
they are rewarded with harassment due to negligence, ignorance, lack of trained
data operator, aging electronic devices, irresponsibility, and unavailability of
Aadhar registration office in concerned circles. The innocent villagers are juggled
between their concerned circles and Yingkiong.
Mostly students are facing these problems as Aadhar card is required for getting
admission in schools if this problem is not solved sooner, number of students will
be deprived of their basic education. Before directing the public to approach their
concerned circles for the enrolment of Aadhar card, all the facilities should be
provided first as Aadhar card is required in every aspect of daily life like for
admission, new connection of gas, new saving account, online submission of forms.
I, therefore, request the concerned authorities to look into the matter as soon as
possible as public are suffering unnecessarily due to negligence, ignorance, lack
of facilities and slow systems.
Hope for the prompt action by the concerned authority.
Make him a human
This is with reference to the report, "Women commission condemns murder, asks police
to expedite investigation" (June 24). Rape and molestation are bound to happen so
long as we cannot ensure quick justice delivery system and cling to baboon - gender
- stereotypes. Indeed, baboon males are often aggressive towards females. In many
popular movies, courtship begins with eve teasing and that can help those movies
get a huge box-office success because both men and women (yes, women too!) are still
comfortable with such stereotyping. This also explains why boys outnumber girls when
it comes to ragging and bullying.
We have been brainwashed with such nonsense stuffs as ~ a real man should not cry.
A man can be angry, vulgar and violent to prove his masculinity but he cannot be
emotional. If he becomes emotional then he will be branded as a cry - baby. He can
be naughty and that will add a feather in his cap. So, molestations are well suited
to such male - baboon - stereotyping.
To make our boys free from such animal tag, we should ask our sons how they felt
when they had faced cruel ragging and what must they say about those brutes. And
we should remind them that there is no reason to suppose such sadists and rapists
~ human beings. Instead of making our son a "man", we must try to make him a "human".
Sujit De, Kolkata
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