Cabinet clears law to punish rapists
It is appreciable that the Union cabinet cleared on April 21 a stringent ordinance for lengthy jail term and even the death penalty for sex offenders convicted for raping girls below the age of 12 years while the punishment for the gang rape of a victim below 16 will be imprisonment for life. The raping of a minor girl below 12 years and then killing is a most brutal and heinous crime and no human being could tolerate it and it is quite justified for death punishment to the culprit. But at the same time, the judiciary and investigating agency should be able to finalise the case in no time.
Review of Performance of Ministers
It seems Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, after formation of his ministry two years ago ,wakes up suddenly and asserts that performance of ministers will be reviewed. If we remember correctly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately after formation of his ministry four years ago announced of reviewing the performance of his ministers. In conformity with what he had announced , we could see certain reshuffle or dropping of some ministers for their sordid performance. But our Chief Minister took a pretty long time to expand his ministry. The delay occured, we believe, mainly because rebellion could surface. The deprived MLAs who harboured the desire of becoming minister would raise a hue and cry. Now that the expansion of ministry has taken place with the induction of four cabinet and 3 state ministers, Chief Minister Sonowal without loss of time announced reviewing of performance of ministers. Incidentally, during Congress regime, there was zero accountability of the ministers who enjoyed a period of free for all and the people of Assam displaced them. Does the present ruling dispensation want the same ? People are already displeased and over-burdened with the imposition of novel taxes by the Centre. Dishonesty and poor performance of ministers would surely compound their displeasure. Merely reviewing of performance of ministers is a meaningless exercise if accountability is not fixed if they fail to deliver to the people's satisfaction. We are of firm conviction that with the onset of floods and in devastation and erosion would rule the roost in the State. Obviously, Warer Resource minister has a tough time ahead. Honesty and efficiency should be the punch line now.