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An aggrieved Shillongite’s rant on sky high petrol prices

 

Date: September 30, 2018 

To

Editor

TNT – The Northeast Today

 

India’s sky high petrol prices | ‘I might as well take a taxi… but for how long?’

Petrol and diesel prices across the country have been on the rise since April and continued rising on Friday with rates hitting new highs as oil marketing companies (OMCs) increased their costs.

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Petrol prices touched Rs 81.63 per litre in New Delhi, Rs 89.01 per litre in Mumbai and 81.05 in our dear Shillong city as on September 15, 2018.

I drive to work from Rynjah to Nongthymmai every day. It is not a very long drive and yet, I feel a burning hole in my pocket as I visit the petrol pump more frequently than I used to. Of course, I run errands for my job and my family too, but it has never sent me to a never-ending spiral of ‘I’m going to take a cab tomorrow instead’ everyday.

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And even if I were to take these cabs, how long until they begin charging us a lot higher? The issue of the difficulties of even getting one is something different altogether. It is only a matter of time until the taxi fares in the city will rise and the drivers cannot be blamed for it.

Most establishments have shied away from the problem. The Delhi High Court said that daily change in fuel prices was an “economic policy decision” of the central government. The central government on the other hand, urged the states to take action.

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Some state governments have decided to take measures to curb the problem. The Rajasthan government had, on Sunday, announced a 4 per cent cut in the state VAT on petrol and diesel. The government of Andhra Pradesh has also announced a similar reduction by Rs. 2 per litre.

Now, I am by no means an expert and I only write as a concerned driver and citizen, but despite the fact that the trimming of excise duty and VAT will strip away government revenue for a while, I firmly believe that it will be worth it in the long run.

Yours truly,

A concerned citizen


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LETTERS | Dear Mr PM, don’t fool us with your sugar-coated words!

LETTERS

By Lambok Thangkhiew | Jan 16, 2019: 

Editor,

This is an open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government in the wake of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, a letter which contains questions which need to be answered and concerns which require immediate attention for the safety and security of the people of the Northeast.

Meghalaya | Agriculture non-bonded graduates also in murky waters over job recruitment

Date: August 7, 2018

Respected Editor,

With reference to the letter to the editor dated July 22, 2018 titled Meghalaya: Agriculture students left in murky waters over job recruitment,it is disheartening to acknowledge that instead of uniting and fighting against the sovereign authority of nepotism and corruption in the system of recruitment in Agriculture as a Unified body of Agricultural students, the Meghalaya Agricultural Students and Graduates Association (MASGA) are showing that till date the British tactic of “divide and rule” still works.

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The MASGA has been successful in dividing the whole agricultural student union. They have continuously shown in various news articles that they alone have a greater right than other agricultural students in getting employment in the State Agricultural Department. Therefore, it can be understood that we the so-called “non-bonded agricultural students” are not entitled to the same rights, according to them.

We the non- MASGA students have studied the same courses alongside with them in similar prestigious universities across India and have also faced similar hardships as them. Is it not an injustice if we are not given the same opportunities as them in securing employment? We do not want any reservation or consideration because we are the ‘other’ students. We do not demand others to lose equal rights for employment. We just want a fair and transparent system of recruitment where every student is equal and not judged of only one examination, that is their Class XII board exam results.

The minimum qualification for working as an Agricultural Development Officer or Horticultural Development officer has always been a bachelors degree. But we fail to understand how the MASGA students take into consideration that their Class XII board exam result as the only important factor for them to be more deserving of recruitment. We know that there have not been any recruitment in the department for the last ten years and all the students are suffering equally. Many seniors are on the brim of being over aged to qualify for those recruitment. Therefore, we feel betrayed that MASGA, this small union of bonded students are trying hard to secure a lifeboat and leave others drowning. We believed that there was always a bond amongst the fraternity of students belonging to agriculture, but it can be seen that it is obsolete in today’s time where a few peoples’ selfish desires are greater than the good of the whole fraternity.

We the non-bonded students will also be raising our voices for our rights to employment, emphasizing on the fact that every agricultural student and not only MASGA should have the same rights and opportunities for recruitment in the State Department of Agriculture of our great Meghalaya.

Yours faithfully,

Non-bonded Agricultural Graduates of Meghalaya


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8 surrendered GNLA cadres- a sheer case of misguided youth! Where are we heading?

Date: March 14, 2018

Respected Editor,

I would like to draw your attention to the employment issues that the youth are facing in Northeast India.With the development taking its toll in Shillong, the employment sectors have seemed to lose its way.

Many of the youth are not being able to come up with opportunities due to which they have chosen to travel abroad or are sometimes forced to opt for illegal ways to earn livelihood.

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Let us take the example of the 8 GNLA cadres who surrendered recently in Shillong. The question to be asked here is that if these young people really wanted to become militants and fight for their rights, they would have continued their fight even after the death of Sohan D Shira. But the very fact that they surrendered proves that they chose the path of insurgency due to lack of viable opportunity to earn a dignified living. Isn’t there enough source of employment where they can earn their livelihood? The answer is No

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Can this also be the reason causing increase in crimes prevailing not only within the state but also in numerous parts of the country? Few days back I came across news where few youth were arrested in a smuggling case in Guwahati. Such kind of incidents are rising with each passing day. In future it may become a serious issue and it is better to tackle this problem as our first priority. As it said “Prevention is better than cure”.

Yours Faithfully,

Preetty Chambugong Marak


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Will A. L. Hek’s son be convicted or released?

By MAYBORN LYNGDOH R | April 09, 2018

To,

The Editor

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

Following a recent incident of a Meghalaya MLA’s son being involved in a tragic road accident that led to the death of a cop associated with Shillong Jail while critically injuring another constable of Meghalaya police, a question that has been lurking in people’s mind is that, “Will the minster’s son ever be convicted or will he be out on bail for he happens to be the son of Meghalaya  Health Minister, AL Hek.

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I am a Meghalaya SSA teacher and this is my sorry plight!

Date: August 14,2018

To 

The Editor

TNT- The Northeast Today

 

Respected Sir/Madam,

My journey as an SSA teacher in Meghalaya has been quite a dilemma . But I love my job as I love my family. Imparting knowledge and receiving the same amount of knowledge I have been doing and I consider myself to be still on a learning quest. As I enter my class, I don’t see myself as a teacher but I see myself as a father figure to gain and give moral values to my children.

So often, I have heard people say that teaching is an easy task, anyone can be a teacher if applied for a teacher in school or any institution and earn easily. Is that really easy as it seems from the outside? Well I can’t change someone’s point of view about certain profession. I would rather say that each and every profession has its own “Modus-Operandi”.

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Let me put it my way, the profession which I have chosen is more ‘baby-sitting’, where I spend hours with thousands of children. My responsibility and priority increases manifold when I sit with them and when I have to make each and every one of them understand and learn. Like every finger in our hand is not the same, similarly every student’s way of understanding and grabbing things differs. But my duty is to make the children educated rather than just literate.

Apart from being teacher I am also a father, a husband, a son and a friend and also the only sole earner in my family. How am I doing? What is my part in my family? Are the questions which arises as month passes by. Earlier, before election I was told by a candidate that he would tackle SSA-teachers’ pending Salaries” and in a hope that at least he cares, I, and many like me voted for him and he fortunate or unfortunately won the elections.

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As months pass by, the situation remains the same, I am still empty-pocket, the only thing remaining with me is the debt from my relatives, neighbour and my friends. Day seems restless and night seems undending but do I have any other choice? Not being able to pay for my daughter’s school fees, not being able to fill the empty vessels and jars. Sometimes it pushes my limits, slits my passion and my career but do I have a choice?

With humble request to the state government: Respected Sir/Madam, please understand that before being a teacher I am a human being so please kindly consider my request and let each teacher like me live in peace with enough and timely income to feed me and my family.

An aggrieved teacher hoping against hopes 

Featured image courtesy: All Meghalaya SSA School Teachers’ Association – Ribhoi District Unit


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