---- Editorial ----
Huge expectation on BJP
With the assembly election over people of India will be hoping that government finally
focuses on creating job opportunities for the youth and push forward the economic
reform agenda. The BJP came to power in 2014 with promise of improving economy by
introducing reform measures. However they have not been fully able to do it and have
faced problem in passing major legislation in Rajya Sabha where they are in minority
as of now.
But party has won many assembly elections since 2014 and is expected to be in majority
in Rajya Sabha by 2018. In the recent assembly election BJP won big mandate in UP
and Uttarakhand. The huge victory in the Hindi heartland is seen as big thumps up
to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The scale of the BJP's victory
in Uttar Pradesh may embolden the central government to push for economic and social
reforms. During the remaining two years of the current government it is expected
that we will see bolder initiatives than even the politically risky demonetisation
move. These may include labour reforms, revisiting the issue of land acquisition
and improving governance. Also the mammoth victory pulled off by the BJP in Uttar
Pradesh is seen by some as an endorsement of the demonetization drive. People of
India have given massive mandate to BJP in 2014 and has again reposed faith on them
by electing party in various assembly election. There is huge expectation and now
it is upto BJP to ensure that promises are fulfilled at the earliest.
---- Readers Forum ----
Equal distribution of teachers
The recent resolution of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on equitable distribution
of teachers is a welcome step. For many years, the needy people of the remote areas
have been voicing for posting of adequate teachers. Better late than never. The government
has taken notice of the serious problem. In fact, teachers of the government schools
are today one of the most highly paid yet one of the most under-utilized sections
of employees due to reasons rightly identified by the AP Legislative Assembly. If
implemented, it will be fulfillment of the longstanding aspiration of the students
and their parents.
It is unfortunate that, in spite of thousands of teachers on pay-roll, the students
of interior areas are still deprived due to imbalanced posting of teachers. Massive
enhancement of their salaries as per successive CPC recommendations has not yielded
the desired result. Also, the grant of several incentives is yet to boost the work
culture. The fact that, the teachers of the Govt. schools themselves prefer the private
schools for education of their children speaks volume about the issue. Recent research
has shown that, even the people of lower income groups are impelled to keep their
children in private schools due to unsatisfactory functioning of govt. schools in
many areas. Only an estimated 20-25 % of teachers are working in the rural schools.
And this small percentage of sincere teachers is overworked. Lack of teachers in
remote areas is one of the main reasons for continuous migration of people from rural
to urban areas.
It is hoped, the much desired balanced distribution and optimal utilization of teachers
will be a reality after implementation of the resolution.
Equal pay for equal work
I am just an ordinary guy employed as a contractual staff serving my people with
utmost sense of responsibility and dedication since ages. And believe me , even today,
such people really do exist who execute their works with a zeal without expecting
anything in return until he realized that he is being "overused" and "overlooked
One thing is clear and loud here, when a contractual staff is employed in any dept
under GoAP. He/she is bounded by so called 'Contract ' which is sufficed by numerous
No. Like No provisions for leave, No Allowances, No DA etc. and finally he/she has
to be settled with consolidated but meager salary even without a right to claim for
regularisation which is the hallmark of contractual job.
Why so much disparity prevails between contractual and regular staff in terms of
pay and benefits when such employees have gone through same stages of recruitment
process from written and personal interview like that of regular staff, when such
staff possesses similar qualifications and desirable skills like that of regular
staff, when such staff executes their works at par with their counterparts with similar
Is there anything else that we have to prove to our administration?
It’s time the govt need to consider seriously towards equal pay for equal work along
with usual no pay, no work policy.
A neglected C/staff
Banyan tree and more
In my last writing, “An open letter to cm”, I just cited an example of banyan tree.
Because I intended to convey my message in the simplest way as possible, in fact
I even quoted it as pseudo situation. But, a fellow seems to be stuck with my banyan
tree. All I can do is, request him to think out of the box. Let me tell you, botany
is not a forestry it is just a chapter in the book of forestry. Environmental study
is just a paragraph in book of forestry. And please don’t get miscarried by my uses
of figures of speech, that forestry studies only one book. I am afraid that you might
again be thinking so. You rightly said that even class 8th student would know the
scientific name of banyan tree and let me tell you, that, they also have environmental
study book in their syllabus but none of the reasons make them qualified for the
Our struggle for the reservation begun in the year 2001 and after a long struggle
of 16 years we were granted a 50% reservation in 2016. And coming to the present
scenario there are 32 seats for RFO, it is because the RFO interview was kept on
hold for few years and now under 50% reservation we are getting 16 posts. It somehow
sounds ok. But what if the APCS starts conducting the exam regularly. There will
only be an average of 2 seats every year. In which we will be getting only one seat
according to what people wants now. So we have a question to ourselves. Is it for
this, we were struggling so hard? Actually if there were no reservation we have the
probability of occupying both the seats. It is like fooling ourselves. We know very
well that we are right in our stand, either ethically or legally. But we are enforced
to struggle just because some sections of people are failing to respect the rules.
People cannot overlook the laid rules on the basis their self-interest and greed.
I even wonder how their conscience allows them to take such a wrong move publicly.
Public perception matters
This refers to your editorial “Difficult days ahead for congress” (AP- March 13).
History and statistics show that a ‘dying party’ can resurrect itself. The Congress
party has been suffering from a leadership crisis, with Rahul Gandhi widely seen
as a failure, indifferent and incompetent. Launching Priyanka is the party’s last
and desperate gamble. Priyanka is the most meritorious in her generation of Gandhis.
Priyanka’s arrival will no doubt bound to eclipse Rahul Gandhi, and possibly give
the Congress party an image makeover. Priyanka Gandhi could then take the mantle
of the party and lead the battle from the front in a long-drawn political fight.
The Congress is surely losing its power base across the country, and for good reason.
The decline and fall of the Congress is an arresting story written time and again;
but this time the party is at the nadir of its influence in national politics. The
Congress’s failure to project a suitable chief ministerial candidate in most of the
elections must have harmed its prospects. On ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ BJP is making
a deeper dent. India is completely changed in last 15 years and the new generation
wants development and an aggressive bold minded leader like Modi.
In politics, ultimately public perception matters.
Vinod C. Dixit
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