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For road safety and pollution control

For road safety and pollution control

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

For road safety and pollution control

I fully support the 'odd and even' rule for vehicles in the roads and streets of Guwahati, similar to the steps adopted by the Delhi Government, in view of the tremendous rise of traffic congestion resulting in accidents as well as pollution, at least for some days to observe its effect. I appreciate the declaration made by our Chief Minister on 16.1.2016 at the conclusion of 'Road Safety Week' that stringent actions would be taken against violators of driving rules, breaking traffic rules and driving under influence of alcohol. He also declared that punishment would be given to them in severe cases as per law which would be legislated. But mere declaration will do nothing. Implementation of these steps should be taken up in letter and spirit inclusive of the 'odd and even" rule without delay by our government.

Putul Sarma,

Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.

President's rule in Aruchal Pradesh

The political turmoil in Aruchal Pradesh followed by the approval of President’s rule has left the frontier state in complete disarray. The war-of-words between the bam Tuki-led government and the Governor which has been going on for months has created a law-and-order like situation and hindered growth and development in the otherwise peaceful state.

The Congress-led opposition which is now crying foul against the Centre’s decision also has a lot of explation to offer. The party is silent on what caused the vertical split in its legislature party in Aruchal Pradesh. The party neither called a meeting of its legislators nor did it seek to prove its majority on the floor of the House when it was obvious that the bam Tuki-led government was reduced to a minority. Reports also claim that the Congress high command refused to meet the MLAs at the initial stages as they were ignorant about the situation in Aruchal Pradesh.

On the other hand, the Central government’s decision could be seen as hasty and politically motivated. At a time when the entire matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the government could have waited for the apex court’s ruling before imposing President’s rule. This is against the spirit of federalism.

Clearly, the state has been a victim of negligence. It is vital for a state which shares its boundaries with Chi to remain politically stable, regardless of who is in power. Opportunistic and power-centric politics have cost precious time for Aruchal Pradesh which seriously lacks development activities. It is evident from the scenes of large scale migration of young people from the State to other parts of the country in search of greener avenues. The political parties should not take the people for a ride.

Himangka Kaushik,

Hatigarh Chariali,


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