Guwahati  
 
logo
  Guwahati,
North East »» Confiscation of Rose Valley assets in Tripura ordered•••Always dreamt of visiting Berlin: Manipuri filmmaker•••State »» Dispur set to celebrate Krishak Swahid Divas at Pothorughat•••Mini marathon held to commemorate 68th R-Day•••Three-day pulse polio vaccination from Jan 29•••National »» SP-Congress alliance on the brink of collapse over seat distribution•••Jallikattu: Protesters refuse to accept ordinance, demand permanent solution•••Pakistan releases Indian soldier, handed over to India•••International »» America’s tryst with Trump •••Donald Trump, Melania attend 3 inaugural balls•••Russians in celebratory mood as Trump takes power, caution elsewhere•••    
  Home » Guwahati City » Story
 
 
Use RTI, promote ‘Naturenomics’: Experts to MLAs
 

Sabal Bidhayak Programme

GUWAHATI, Jan 10: Experts today called upon Assam legislators to push for formulation of a three-pronged peace policy to tackle insurgency, urged elected representatives to elicit information related to public interest through the use of the right to information (RTI), and press the State Government to prepare a development strategy by merging nature with economics.

These suggestions were made during the sixth and final phase of the Sabal Bidhayak programme initiated by the Assam Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Guwahati-based research institute, the Centre for Development and Peace Studies. About 30 speakers from different fields from within and outside Assam addressed the legislators since the Sabal Bidhayak programme was launched on October 2 last year by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Addressing the gathering, that also included several civil society representatives, Assam’s Chief Information Commissioner Himangshu Shekhar Das said the use of RTI as a tool to seek information in the state is very low and that it is only about one-tenth of the national average. He also disclosed that of the total RTI applications filed, around 80 per cent are moved by 10 to 15 individuals. Das added that very few RTI applications are filed by intellectuals, media personnel and women. He called upon the Assam MLAs to use RTI in a big way to seek information from government departments to serve the people better.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nani Gopal Mahanta, Head, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University said that the government should come up with a peace policy at three levels—macro, micro and district level. The macro level, he said, should involve the Central Government, the micro level should be initiated by the State Government and the district-level peace policy should deal with the fragmented militant groups. He emphasized the need to involve the civil society and take their views during the peace negotiations and eventual signing of peace agreements.

In his address, Dr LR Bishnoi, Additional Director General of Police (BTAD and Railways) said insurgency has come down in Assam but pointed out that militant groups from the State are active along the Myanmar-China border making it necessary for the security forces to be on guard. He said an effective counter-insurgency strategy could include, apart from consistent joint operations, use of advanced technological gadgets, breaking support network of rebel groups, joint action with neighbouring states, strengthening infrastructure and coming up with rewards and appreciations for security officers.

Making a presentation on ‘Assam, Naturenomics, Conservation and Role of Legislators’, Ranjit Barthakur, business leader and founder of Balipara Foundation, said Assam urgently needs to formulate a development plan by merging nature and economics since the State’s biggest assets are its natural resources. Barthakur said that since six million people in Assam are directly involved in the State’s tea industry, Assam should have a ‘Tea Ministry’. He also cautioned that the tea industry in Assam could be adversely impacted by climate change in the next two decades.

Wrapping up the programme, CDPS Executive Director Wasbir Hussain thanked the legislators for their enthusiastic participation and engagement during discussions with the resource persons. He said some of the best practices suggested by various designated speakers could be replicated by the MLAs in the respective constituencies. Assam Assembly Principal Secretary Mrigendra Kumar Deka, making his concluding remarks, said the programme was a success and must have benefitted the legislators. He thanked CDPS for designing and executing the programme in collaboration with the Assam Assembly.

.
       
Maximum
 
Minimum
 
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
oC
 Arunachal News
Efforts on to develop border areas to curb migration: Mein
Three BJP workers expelled
Meet stresses on alternative livelihood for opium cultivators
Arunachal to organise ‘Ride to Light’ cycling expedition
 Meghalaya News
CM greets people on Statehood Day
Cong led M’laya government corrupt & inefficient: Madhav
State celebrates 45th Statehood Day
‘Varied views will be taken into account’
 Northeast News
Confiscation of Rose Valley assets in Tripura ordered
Always dreamt of visiting Berlin: Manipuri filmmaker
 Cachar News
Character is the key to success in life: Governor
Congress alleges anomalies in PMAY beneficiaries list
Bridge over Barak at Silghat demanded
 National News
SP-Congress alliance on the brink of collapse over seat distribution
Jallikattu: Protesters refuse to accept ordinance, demand permanent solution
Pakistan releases Indian soldier, handed over to India
India attends global task-force meet on Panama Papers expose
 International News
America’s tryst with Trump
Donald Trump, Melania attend 3 inaugural balls
Russians in celebratory mood as Trump takes power, caution elsewhere
Boris Johnson, Suu Kyi hold talks
 State-1
Dispur set to celebrate Krishak Swahid Divas at Pothorughat
Mini marathon held to commemorate 68th R-Day
Three-day pulse polio vaccination from Jan 29
CM to inaugurate Dibrugarh Town Protection Dyke Project
 State-2
Yuva Mahotsava held to create awareness on superstitious beliefs
Stress laid on creating proper academic environment for students
Silpi Divas observed at Kujidah
Two KPLT cadres apprehended
 Local Sports
Khelo India Sports meet begins
India Club tennis from Jan 27
I-D U-14 Basketball
Senior weightlifters should work hard: Kunjarani
 Sports
CT preparation on India’s mind ahead of final ODI
Saina storms into Malaysia Masters final
Sania, Bopanna win in mixed doubles first round
Bairstow replaces Hales
 Editorial
Regressive step
India-Vietnam strategic ties good for Indo-Pacific
Petrol prices cross 2013 peaks, but opposition missing
Letters to the Editor
 Op-Ed (Sunday)
Economic sluggishness in Assam: Urgency of more pragmatism
Sankaradeva and the Pala-art-form of India
Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda
 
Assam
 
Assam is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur located in the city of Guwahati.
 
more...
Nagaland
 
Nagaland is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Kohima. located in the Guwahati city.
 
more...
Mizoram
 
Mizoram is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Aizwal. located in the Guwahati city.
 
more...
Meghalaya
 
Meghalaya is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Shillong. located in the Guwahati.
 
more...
Manipur
 
Manipur is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Imphal.
 
more...
Tripura
 
Tripura is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Agartala.
 
more...
Arunachal Pradesh
 
Arunachal Pradesh is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Itanagar.
 
more...
Sikkim
 
Sikkim is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Gangtok.
 
more...
Home  |  Guwahati City  |  Editorial  |  International  |  National  |  Business  |  Arunachal  |  Meghalaya   |  Northeast  |  State  |  Cachar  |  Sports   |  Local Sports
 Archive  |  Melange  |  Saturday Fare  |  Junior Sentinel  |  Multilingual  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Advertise with us  |  Dongmusa