---- Editorial ----
Just few days into BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, the controversy is starting to
surround the government. BJP state administration under Yogi Adityanath has started
'anti-Romeo' squads to allegedly check "eve-teasing", which is a gentler term for
sexual harassment. The campaign, which was a BJP pre-poll promise, as expected is
marked by harassment of innocent youths. There have been several reports of youths
being unduly harassed and given moral lesson by the UP police. In the name of checking
eve teasing, the UP police are behaving like big bully.
Also the new BJP government's decision to ban slaughterhouse is starting to have
crippling effect on business run by minority Muslim community. Today the "Tunday
Kababi", the 100-year-old shop that draws people from India and abroad to the crowded
Chowk area of Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow had to shut business for some time
due to non-availability of Buffalo meat. Government has started to seal many illegal
slaughter houses. In some instances slaughter houses have been even burnt down by
the miscreants. This is a clear attempt to intimidate minority community. Now there
is growing fear that UP government may even try to close down the legal slaughter
houses. If such thing happens thousands of people will lose employment opportunities
and they will be rendered jobless. This will have devastating effect and may lead
to social unrest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi often talks about Sabka Saath Sabka
Vikash but actions of his party are just opposite. BJP in order to win elections
are creating deep divide in the Indian society based on religion. This may have catastrophic
effect on Indian society as a whole in coming year.
---- Readers Forum ----
An Open Letter to the CM and Health Minister
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the CM Pema Khandu
and the Minister Health Jomde Kena that after completing my B Pharm Degree from Tripura
on a Govt. quota, my poor parents took a loan of Rs. 2,00,000/-(Rs. Two Lakhs only)
from some local money lenders at the interest rate of 10%(Ten Percent) per month
and bought a M Pharm seat in one of the Colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
Right from day one of the admission, I worked hard and successfully passed the 1st
(First) Semester Exam with distinction in almost all the papers. My joy knew no bounds
when I saw the advertisement on 8th November, 2016 for filling up of 41(Fourty One)
no. of posts of Pharmacist in various Hospitals in Arunachal Pradesh. Immediately
I took the permission from my parents and rushed to Itanagar to submit the forms
with all required documents.
As expected, I did well in the Written Exam and found my name among the successful
Candidates on the Notice Board of DHS on 2/02/2017. Immediately I then rushed back
to Hydrabad to collect the original documents from the college authorities. After
persuading for a week or so, finally I was given the original documents but with
the condition that I forfeit all the cash deposits and further that I am no longer
a student of the College pursuing the Post Graduation Course.
Now having lost all the hard earned money which my poor parents borrowed and also
a precious one year I am now keeping my fingers crossed for the gamble I took. Although
my fellow aspirants have formed Associations to plead the Govt. for free and fair
recruitment and also met the Health Department authorities for early conduct of Viva-voce
Tests, yet the authorities are sitting over the Written results and playing around
with our precious time.
Now that a record time of nearly a month lapsed and we, the frustrated Candidates,
are fully exhausted and are at the verge of surrendering our Candidature, as a last
resort, through the Column’s of your esteemed dailies, we appeal the HCM and the
Minister Health to kindly intervene and direct the Health Department authorities
to conduct the interview within a week time and display the result on the same day
of the interview as is being done by APPSC.
Frustrated candidates for the post of Pharmacists
Judiciary Must Interfere to Uphold the APPSC Sanctity
It is common sense knowledge that under Article 320 of the Indian Constitution, the
Powers and the Functions of the Constitutional Body like the UPSC at the Centre and
State Public Service Commission at the State are clearly laid down. It is further
clearer that to implement the spirit of the Constitutional provisions under Article
16(Equality of Opportunity) and Article 14 (Equality of before Law) both the Constitutional
Bodies of UPSC and SPSC are entrusted with the task of recruiting All India Civil
Service Officials and the State Civil Service Officials through a well laid down
method of Open Competitive Examination consisting of Written Exams followed Viva-voce
Test. Even in cases of lateral entry into All India Services, it is the UPSC and
not any Govt. Department of Personnel that conducts Limited Departmental Exams consisting
of Written and Viva-voce Test along with some weightage to few consecutive years
of brilliant ACRS’s of the Candidates duly screened and forwarded by various Govt.
Departments both the Centre and the State to the UPSC.
However, it is only in Arunachal, which is often known as the ‘Land of Khusi Khusi’,
that there have been repeated cases of naked violations of the Constitutional provisions
under Article 320. The illegal acts of the Personnel Department to recruit 19 (Nineteen)
nos. of Circle Officers through Lateral Entry System (devoid of Limited Departmental
Written Exams followed by Viva-voce test to be conducted by State Public Service
Commission) is simply an act of hijacking the Powers and Functions of State Public
Service Commission. Such an act is not only condemnable but it amounts to criminal
breach of offence and mistrust on the Constitutional Body like APPSC and the Constitution
itself. The APPSC(Limitation of Functions) Regulation 1988 framed under the Constitutional
provisions of Article 320 does not empowered the Govt. Department of Personnel to
assume the role or take away the Powers and the Functions of the State Public Service
Commission. Therefore, to argue or justify its acts of recruiting 19(Nineteen) post
of the First Class Gazetted Officials through a method of Later Entry System and
by constituting a high power Committee headed by the Chief Secretary is a gross violation
of the Constitutional Provisions under the Article 320 of the Constitution as well
as interference in the autonomous functioning the State Public Service Commission
and the Provisions laid down in the APPSC (Limitation of Functions) Regulation 1988.
Although the petition filed by Association of Teachers (ATA) might be weak in content
and approach, yet the crux of the matter, which I suppose, the learned Judges of
the High Court Itanagar Bench have already noticed, is the illegality and the wrong
interpretation of the Article 309. Under this, the President or the Governor as the
case may be, can be pleased to make rules to regulate the method of recruitment to
Union or State Civil Services in consonance with Provisions of the Constitution and
not otherwise. Therefore, the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Services Rules 2006 invoking
Article 309 is in direct confrontation with Article 320 and therefore not in consonance
with the provisions of the Constitution. A Committee consisting of the Chief Secretary
and the few Others cannot take the Powers and the Functions of the State Public Service
Commission. Also Honourable Court may note that there cannot be 2 (two) recruiting
body i.e. one for Open Competitive Exams and another for Lateral Entry through Viva-voce
Test for the same post of APCS Entry Grade Officials. Also Honourable Court may note
that the Executive Decision taken under the Article 161 of the Constitution cannot
override the Constitutional Provisions under Article 320 (the Powers and the Functions
of UPSC and SPSC).
In view of the above facts of law, I humbly appeal the Honourable Judges of Guahati
High Court Itanagar Bench to give an immediate stay order of the whole illegal process
and further direct the Govt. to hand over the entire Files and Other related documents
including the Selected List of few privileged Candidates to the State Public Service
Commission for further necessary actions. Such an act of Judiciary will not only
upkeep the sanctity of the Constitutional Body but will also prevent the Govt. from
future wrongdoings or transgressing the powers of the Constitutional Body.
No room for negligence
Through your esteemed daily I would like to write down a letter to the APPSC.
In the recently concluded AE exam, why did you not follow the norms of viva ratio??
You say you follow UPSC rules by carrying forward the posts for PWD candidates, and
then why not also declare results with marks?? That is what UPSC, SSC does. Actually
these institutions declare written marks even before viva so that there is no room
for manipulation. But, in your case one has to write application, file IPO, RTI and
even after doing that the wait for marks is way too long. You yourself create the
doubtful atmosphere that surrounds you after every exam. I understand the saying
“To err is human” but you being the apex body, there is no room for negligence in
Lastly, it is not a joke; it is all sweat and hardwork. You are playing with young
talented minds, someone’s life and those talented minds might get diverted in wrong
areas if you (our only hope) keeps going on like this.
Shortage of IPO
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to put forth my request to bring change
in modes of payment of application fee for applying various post in the establishment
under the Jurisdiction of District & session court Tezu & Yupia. There already has
been shortage in IPO in the entire Post office and the aspirants for the respective
post are in huge numbers and now the chances of getting IPO is nil due to non -availability.
Further it is worth mentioning that even if IPO comes up it will not meet the demands
Therefore, I appeal to the concern authority to make the modes of payment through
Bank Challan by giving the details of their respective head of accounts on next publication
of the same advertisement as corrigendum along with postponing the last date of submission
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