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Suspense over Naga accord continues
It is time centre make public the Framework Agreement signed between government of
India and NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015. Due to suspense over nature of agreement,
lot of rumours keeps on circulating which has potential to destabilize the North
East region. Few days ago Thuingleng Muivah, General Secretary, NSCN-IM was quoted
saying that ‘Framework Agreement’ also known as Naga Accord signed with the Centre
two years back has recognised the outfit’s demand for territorial integration of
all Naga inhabited areas in the region. This claim immediately drew reaction from
states like Assam, Manipur and Arunachal.
NSCN (IM) claims several areas in these states stating that it is part of their
greater Nagalim. Sensing trouble, the centre immediately stepped in and strongly
refuted as “erroneous” the reports that it has agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland
state. Following this clarification, the issue is expected to remain silent for now.
But there is urgent need to address the concern of the people of Assam, Manipur and
Arunachal at the earliest. The growing suspense over Naga accord is only contributing
towards making NE region more vulnerable. Everyone wishes that Naga conflict comes
to a peaceful conclusion at the earliest. The peace talks between centre and NSCN
(IM) has been going on for the last many years. The sooner conflict is resolved the
better it is for the NE region. However, centre should not take any such step which
can create more trouble in the region. The North East region had enough of conflict
and is not ready for another new round of violence.
---- Readers Forum ----
Magic of balance
President Pranab Mukherjee's address broadcasts the feelings of every Indian irrespective
of her/ his political ideology, caste or creed. The President has displayed the magic
of balance with élan in such a bipolar political environment, just by adhering to
the spirit of our Constitution of which he himself is a connoisseur. India may or
may not get his services as President after July this year but will certainly have
him as the model President for years to come.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Stipend and scholarship
It is very disheartening to know that I couldn't avail the stipend as well as no
hope to get scholarship. I had sent my scholarship confirmation page and Aadhaar
card to Union leaders for cancelation of Scholarship so that I can avail stipend.
But they couldn't submit it before last date of submission due to long distance and
transportation problem. In that case my stipend ceased itself. Moreover, my scholarship
is under process in merit list. I request the concern authority to cancel those with
very less academic percentage in office itself and allow them to avail stipend before
Towards quality teaching
Through your daily newspaper, I would like to appreciate that recruitment of all
Assistant school Teachers would be done on the basis of marks in TET. No interview
No doubt, it is a laudable and historic decision to make transparency in recruitment
process but need addition of academic performance of a candidate in the system. Securing
high marks in TET may not yield quality teacher. Some individual can secure high
marks in TET despite his/her poor performance in academic records. Some individual
may secure high marks in TET since the test is multiple choices.
Being a concerned citizen, I would like to suggest the concern authority to add some
other criteria in selecting teachers within 'No Interview System'. For example, Total
marks secured in class-X + Total marks secured in Class-XII + Total marks secured
in Diploma in Elementary Education + Total marks secured in TET = Merit List (on
the basis of overall performance).
Lastly I would like to request the concern authority to look into the matter and
appeal all the aspirants to support the transparency in recruitment and yield quality
In defence of APPSC
The questions raised by few unsuccessful Candidates in recently concluded AP Engineering
Service Exam 2017 conducted by APPSC are without any substance and logic, and can
best be termed as ‘Angoor Khatta Hai.’ Instead of appreciating and thanking the Commission
for exercising its discretion laid down under rules and procedures for conduction
of Written and Viva-voce Tests and calling few extra Candidates for experience, the
unsuccessful Candidates unfortunately raised doubts on the fairness and integrity
of the Commission itself.
Since performance at Written Exam is 88 % and Interview is just 12 % of the total
marks, therefore, the selected Candidates of 29 (Twenty Nine nos.) must have scored
highly in Written Exam and even did not need the marks of the Viva-voce Test. The
Viva-voce Test makes a difference only in the ranking amongst the successful Candidates.
As per my information, all successful Candidates, except the one under PwD category
were well within the 2:3 ratio of 87.
Further, to say that some of the successful Candidates were not bright in their College
days and therefore should not have been selected, is a funny argument and goes against
the basic ethics of hard work, lack of update knowledge on peer Candidates and the
spirit of competitive Examination. Also to complain that Commission, like in 2014,
should have absorbed the quota of the PwD category in this year’s exam too is hilarious
and bereft of logic. After all APPSC is bound by rules and guidelines issued by Ministry
of Social Justice & Empowerment and also by the directives issued by the Honourable
Apex Court and the High Court’s from time to time. If absorption method of PwD quota
was followed in 2014, it is all the more obvious that the vacancies this time are
carried forward to next recruitment process.
Being an average yet laborious educated Youth, appeal the fellow Engineer friends
not to cast shadow of doubts on everything and anything. In this era of transparency,
even the UPSC takes about a month to upload the details of performances in their
website; our Commission must be given sometime to develop and follow the UPSC model
of transparency and professionalism.
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