A gloomy scenario
A report published in a section of the press suggests that in respect of number of cases pending in the court, Assam’s position is second in the nation. As per the national Crime Records Bureau, in 2013, 58.8% cases were pending in different courts of Assam. The report further suggests that the graph of crimes against women in Assam is alarmingly on the rise and tops among all the states of the Northeast. It transpires from the report that in 2014, there were 19,139 criminal cases committed against women. Our Home department owes an explanation to the people for its inertia. The Home minister is leaving no stone unturned to confirm his ‘seat’ for the fourth time in a row. In the health sector, too, the scerio is quite gloomy. It is reported that in the mortality rate of infants, Assam occupies a distinctive position in the country. The Health ministry is busy raining sops in different constituencies. Recently the minister declared that more than Rs 800 crore is earmarked for the proposed medical college in Nogaon, when the existing medical colleges in Assam are not well-equipped. When reports are rife about shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical staff, one must not think about setting up of yet another medical college, before equipping the existing ones with everything necessary. As assembly election is nearing, the ministers holding different portfolios become restless, lest they should lose their lucrative portfolios, as all these ministers are enthusiastic to make hay while the sun shines, come what may!
The odd-even formula
The odd-even formula adopted by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government which gained overwhelming support from the Delhiites can be termed as a unique way to combat growing traffic chaos as well as air pollution in a densely populated city like Delhi. Very soon, the same strategy can be introduced in Guwahati before it is too late! In recent years, the number of private vehicles in Guwahati has gone up at an alarming rate which is of course a matter of great concern. Toxic fumes emitting from the vehicles gradually cause fatal respiratory disorders in humans. However, if the odd-even formula is brought into force, it would not only restrict the number of private vehicles plying in the streets, but will simultaneously reduce traffic jams at least during peak hours in the city and the dream of a 'Clean Guwahati' may come true, if this rule is practiced in the truest sense. But before going ahead with this strategy, it is essential for the State government as well as the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to take into account views and suggestions from various organizations of the city.
Sujit Kr. Paul,