Friday, August 25, 2006

Should the entire population be held to ransom.......

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Why is it that whenever certain demand of certain group of people has to be met, the entire population of the state is held to ransom. Shouldn't the State Government come forward and intervene? Or should it be a mere onlooker doing nothing to resolve the problem and let those group continue to take the mass to ransom?

Yes, I'm referring to the situation that has arisen due to the "Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Lottery Draw" which has given us two groups viz., DPVBRPWC (Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Prize Winners' Committee) and AAPDPVBRTHC (All Arunachal Pradesh Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Ticket Holder Committee) and two Bandhs so far (one effective at Capital Complex on 21-08-2006 and other Statewide on 25-08-2006 and 26-08-2006) and God knows how many more in a days to come.

What started with good intention of modernising a premier institution and its sister concern has taken ugly turn leading to the situation where entire population is taken to ransom, just because of lack of transparency of Organising Committee of the draw which was to be conducted in aid of modernisation of this premier institution. (Guess, some ticket holders might have bought ticket just to contribute to the institution).

After going through all the reports in news papers, there seems something fishy in drawal of lottery by the Committee of this Raffle Draw (which volunteered to conduct this Draw) on 15th of August at 8.30 am at Energy Park instead of Indira Gandhi Park at 2.30 pm, though they had claimed that the Draw was fair and free and drawn in front of first class magistrate and the entire proceedings was videographed ("Raffle draw was free and fair: DPVBRDC"- The Arunachal Times dated August 17th).

The questioin that comes to one's mind is - why it was drawn before the scheduled time and at different venue without prior intimation to the ticket holders? (Ticket holders kept waiting for the draw at 2.30 pm) Hadn't the Committee taken prior approval of the venue, date and time? Was security the real reason for changing the venue and time or there was any personal interest of the Committee? (People are saying that prizes went to the kith and kins of the Committee Members). Had there been real security reason shouldn't the Committee rescheduled the venue, date and time and intimated accordingly in the larger interest of Ticket Holders and drawn the lottery in front of them?

Though, I do whole heartedly support and sympathise with the cause (One shouldn't be taken for a ride) but I do not endorse the way the group has resorted to; to bring the cause to justice. Should any group held the entire population to ransom to fulfill their demand? (The All Arunachal Bandh Call given by AAPDPVBRTHC on 25 & 26th August affected the normal life of Ziro Hapoli Township- photo of Hapoli Township on Bandh Day at left). Is giving Bandh call the solution? Does this not hamper the economy of the State? Are not there any other alternative to raise their voice? Shouldn't they care about the daily wage earners (like local womenfolks who earn their livelihood by selling vegetables in the market) and student community alike, if not, the entire population? Shouldn't they had filed PIL instead of calling Bandh and disturbing the normal life? Or shouldn't they had called upon the government to intervene?

Seeing the support it has garnered from different unions and sections of society it seems long that this protest will end soon. So, the Government should stop being mere onlooker and come forward to resolve this problem in the greater interest of its population and the state.

Though this situation has led to population being held to ransom, but it has shown a different phenomenon in the state - i.e., of raising the voice against injustice meted out to the public which was quite rare earlier. Does this means that people has become aware and won't let anyone play with their money and for that matter with the Government money? Or is it just that some people are creating this situation for their personal or political gain? ............. Only time will tell.

Should the entire population be held to ransom.......

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Why is it that whenever certain demand of certain group of people has to be met, the entire population of the state is held to ransom. Shouldn't the State Government come forward and intervene? Or should it be a mere onlooker doing nothing to resolve the problem and let those group continue to take the mass to ransom?

Yes, I'm referring to the situation that has arisen due to the "Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Lottery Draw" which has given us two groups viz., DPVBRPWC (Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Prize Winners' Committee) and AAPDPVBRTHC (All Arunachal Pradesh Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Raffle Ticket Holder Committee) and two Bandhs so far (one effective at Capital Complex on 21-08-2006 and other Statewide on 25-08-2006 and 26-08-2006) and God knows how many more in a days to come.

What started with good intention of modernising a premier institution and its sister concern has taken ugly turn leading to the situation where entire population is taken to ransom, just because of lack of transparency of Organising Committee of the draw which was to be conducted in aid of modernisation of this premier institution. (Guess, some ticket holders might have bought ticket just to contribute to the institution).

After going through all the reports in news papers, there seems something fishy in drawal of lottery by the Committee of this Raffle Draw (which volunteered to conduct this Draw) on 15th of August at 8.30 am at Energy Park instead of Indira Gandhi Park at 2.30 pm, though they had claimed that the Draw was fair and free and drawn in front of first class magistrate and the entire proceedings was videographed ("Raffle draw was free and fair: DPVBRDC"- The Arunachal Times dated August 17th).

The questioin that comes to one's mind is - why it was drawn before the scheduled time and at different venue without prior intimation to the ticket holders? (Ticket holders kept waiting for the draw at 2.30 pm) Hadn't the Committee taken prior approval of the venue, date and time? Was security the real reason for changing the venue and time or there was any personal interest of the Committee? (People are saying that prizes went to the kith and kins of the Committee Members). Had there been real security reason shouldn't the Committee rescheduled the venue, date and time and intimated accordingly in the larger interest of Ticket Holders and drawn the lottery in front of them?

Though, I do whole heartedly support and sympathise with the cause (One shouldn't be taken for a ride) but I do not endorse the way the group has resorted to; to bring the cause to justice. Should any group held the entire population to ransom to fulfill their demand? (The All Arunachal Bandh Call given by AAPDPVBRTHC on 25 & 26th August affected the normal life of Ziro Hapoli Township- photo of Hapoli Township on Bandh Day at left). Is giving Bandh call the solution? Does this not hamper the economy of the State? Are not there any other alternative to raise their voice? Shouldn't they care about the daily wage earners (like local womenfolks who earn their livelihood by selling vegetables in the market) and student community alike, if not, the entire population? Shouldn't they had filed PIL instead of calling Bandh and disturbing the normal life? Or shouldn't they had called upon the government to intervene?

Seeing the support it has garnered from different unions and sections of society it seems long that this protest will end soon. So, the Government should stop being mere onlooker and come forward to resolve this problem in the greater interest of its population and the state.

Though this situation has led to population being held to ransom, but it has shown a different phenomenon in the state - i.e., of raising the voice against injustice meted out to the public which was quite rare earlier. Does this means that people has become aware and won't let anyone play with their money and for that matter with the Government money? Or is it just that some people are creating this situation for their personal or political gain? ............. Only time will tell.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

59th Independance Day Celebration

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It didn’t came as a surprise when this sleepy little town Ziro came to life this Independence Day, considering the fact that this town doesn’t have any place to hang around – be it amusement park, shopping malls, multiplexes, theatres etc., and unwind oneself. In order to unwind oneself, people longed for any kind of festivities, sports events etc., that’s why the "Annual Dree Football Tournament" is a huge draw, where almost entire population of twin township of Ziro and Hapoli gather at the lone Stadium (Subansiri Stadium) to enjoy the game and unwind themselves.

Unlike preceding years, where participation of students and general public in the celebration of Independence Day or Republic Day used to be very lukewarm, this year, participation was quite large.

People of all walks of life, ladies children, young and old alike thronged the General Ground (venue of Independence Day Celebration) to take part in the celebration and to enjoy the programmes and exhibition stalls set up by various State Government Departments (DOTS, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Textile and Handicrafts, PHE etc.), Cooperative Societies and PSU (NHPC Ltd.).

Students presented very colourful cultural programme themed around the Independence. Both the police forces and students from various school of this plateau took part in the Parade.

Highlight of the day was the exhibition stalls set up by various Government and Non-Government Departments. This time, majority of stall had models (working and non-working) to showcase their activities. Besides, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Textile and Handicrafts Department also had exhibits for sale and people queued to buy their products.

The vendors and hawkers, which had set up their stall all along the General Ground /Subansiri Stadium had a field day considering the huge turn out of the population for the Celebration.

At the end of day, people left the ground/stadium fully satisfied and relaxed; and headed to restaurants located at Hapoli township to energize themselves before finally heading for their homes.

Some of the photos of Independence Celebration at Ziro captured with Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera are shown below:


Ladies and Children enjoying the Cultural Programme





Parade by Students and Police Forces.





Selling their products.



Students from Padi Lailyang Memorial School preparing "Rang de Basanti".


Cultural programmes by different schools of this plateau.

Showing the exhibit for sale.

style="text-align: center;">Various Exhibition Stalls set up by State Government Departments, Co-operative Societies and PSU's.


"Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara"



View of Market Area


P.S. : Even after trying hard for nearly an hour to arrange the photos in order, I could not arrange the photos. As such, it were left as it is and some may find this arrangement bit ridiculous.



59th Independance Day Celebration

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It didn’t came as a surprise when this sleepy little town Ziro came to life this Independence Day, considering the fact that this town doesn’t have any place to hang around – be it amusement park, shopping malls, multiplexes, theatres etc., and unwind oneself. In order to unwind oneself, people longed for any kind of festivities, sports events etc., that’s why the "Annual Dree Football Tournament" is a huge draw, where almost entire population of twin township of Ziro and Hapoli gather at the lone Stadium (Subansiri Stadium) to enjoy the game and unwind themselves.

Unlike preceding years, where participation of students and general public in the celebration of Independence Day or Republic Day used to be very lukewarm, this year, participation was quite large.

People of all walks of life, ladies children, young and old alike thronged the General Ground (venue of Independence Day Celebration) to take part in the celebration and to enjoy the programmes and exhibition stalls set up by various State Government Departments (DOTS, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Textile and Handicrafts, PHE etc.), Cooperative Societies and PSU (NHPC Ltd.).

Students presented very colourful cultural programme themed around the Independence. Both the police forces and students from various school of this plateau took part in the Parade.

Highlight of the day was the exhibition stalls set up by various Government and Non-Government Departments. This time, majority of stall had models (working and non-working) to showcase their activities. Besides, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Textile and Handicrafts Department also had exhibits for sale and people queued to buy their products.

The vendors and hawkers, which had set up their stall all along the General Ground /Subansiri Stadium had a field day considering the huge turn out of the population for the Celebration.

At the end of day, people left the ground/stadium fully satisfied and relaxed; and headed to restaurants located at Hapoli township to energize themselves before finally heading for their homes.

Some of the photos of Independence Celebration at Ziro captured with Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera are shown below:


Ladies and Children enjoying the Cultural Programme





Parade by Students and Police Forces.





Selling their products.



Students from Padi Lailyang Memorial School preparing "Rang de Basanti".


Cultural programmes by different schools of this plateau.

Showing the exhibit for sale.

Various Exhibition Stalls set up by State Government Departments, Co-operative Societies and PSU's.


"Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara"



View of Market Area


P.S. : Even after trying hard for nearly an hour to arrange the photos in order, I could not arrange the photos. As such, it were left as it is and some may find this arrangement bit ridiculous.



Monday, August 7, 2006

Callousness of Deptt. of Higher and Technical Education

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You are provided with little information about direction and you reach a cross road...what would be your reaction? Which direction would you follow? Don't know.. well.. may be use your common sense.

Well, this was exactly the reaction of the students that were sent to Tamil Nadu for addmission to Engineering Colleges. Firstly, their nomination letter didn't had proper address. It was addressed to The Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai, without any reference to whom to report for further instruction. Besides, the letter didn't tell where or which part of Chennai this Directorate was located. Anyway, the students, those coming to Chennai for first time were able to reach this office by applying their common sense. But to their horror, it was found that allotment letter for addmission will be issued only during the first week of August. (Some had reached Chennai during the first week of July). With no alternatives left, the students along with their parents/guardians had to stay at Chennai till the first week of August.

When the day came, they again visited the office to collect their allotment letters. To the horror of students, opting for IT during the counselling at Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, it was found that it ( CT&I interpreted by State Govt. as IT) was not IT but CSE (Computer Sceince and Engineering) as their is no branch as CT&I as offered at Tamil Nadu. Now after spending so much time here at Chennai, losing all the money and patience, the student and their parents had no option but to accept the offered CSE branch against IT as was offered at Itanagar.

Now, had the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, done a bit of enquiry regarding session time and branches, the students and parents wouldn't have lost their precious time and money and would have been in the right stream/branch/trade that they opted for during the counselling at Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Callousness of Deptt. of Higher and Technical Education

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You are provided with little information about direction and you reach a cross road...what would be your reaction? Which direction would you follow? Don't know.. well.. may be use your common sense.

Well, this was exactly the reaction of the students that were sent to Tamil Nadu for addmission to Engineering Colleges. Firstly, their nomination letter didn't had proper address. It was addressed to The Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai, without any reference to whom to report for further instruction. Besides, the letter didn't tell where or which part of Chennai this Directorate was located. Anyway, the students, those coming to Chennai for first time were able to reach this office by applying their common sense. But to their horror, it was found that allotment letter for addmission will be issued only during the first week of August. (Some had reached Chennai during the first week of July). With no alternatives left, the students along with their parents/guardians had to stay at Chennai till the first week of August.

When the day came, they again visited the office to collect their allotment letters. To the horror of students, opting for IT during the counselling at Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, it was found that it ( CT&I interpreted by State Govt. as IT) was not IT but CSE (Computer Sceince and Engineering) as their is no branch as CT&I as offered at Tamil Nadu. Now after spending so much time here at Chennai, losing all the money and patience, the student and their parents had no option but to accept the offered CSE branch against IT as was offered at Itanagar.

Now, had the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, done a bit of enquiry regarding session time and branches, the students and parents wouldn't have lost their precious time and money and would have been in the right stream/branch/trade that they opted for during the counselling at Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.