Exciting Geological Exploration
According to the version of the Chairman-cum-Maging Director of Oil India Limited (OIL), in a first for the State, large deposits of granite silica and kaolin have been discovered, and according to geologists, much more mineral reserves await exploration in the State. As the State has, of late, given much thrust on industrialization, this is certainly an exciting news. Coal and lime, besides crude oil, have been explored minerals in the State so far. Besides these three, the new-found minerals are an impetus to the industrialization in the State. As such, I would like to request the Government and the authorities concerned to lay more stress in this respect so that Assam becomes one of the top indusrialized States soon.
On the fil day of the Budget Session while Prime Minister was delivering his address to the House Congress MP Renuka Choudhary in particular and a few other MPs from the Opposition bench were creating a ruckus. The Prime Minister, who was accorded 90 minutes to deliver his vote of thanks, was interrupted several times. This is definitely in not good taste as far as democratic system is concerned. Some people may obviously have some disagreement, but repeatedly interrupting someone who is allotted a certain period of time to speak does not augur well. A person who has objection can air his/her grievance when his/her turn comes. Interestingly, all these were happening in front of AICC president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Being the head of the century-old party, Rahul Gandhi should have controlled his erring MP, but it was not done. Even the Speaker's repeated warning failed to control MP Renuka Choudhary. There is certainly a huge difference between Prime Minister rendra Modi, often referred to as 'chaiwala', and the prince of 'Gandhi dysty'.
In fact, the hard-hitting speech of Prime Minister rendra Modi on the floor of Parliament left the Congress president in particular and its MPs in general speechless, and which was why Rahul Gandhi failed to react to control his erring MP.
Dr. Ashim Chowdhury,
Corruption: A Big Soclo-economic Problem
I crave the hospitality of your columns to give publicity of my views in respect of corruption in public interest. I am sorry to have to state that crores of rupees are being swindled while implementing various peoples’ welfare schemes of the State Government. There is not even a single department in the State where there is no corruption.
At present, corruption is going on in full swing, right from the Panchayat levet to the highest echelons. It has been painfully observed that there is no code of ethics in a section of government officers and other public servants and they always run after money. As a result, corruption seems to be basically responsible for the tardy growth of the State.
The adoption of punitive action is a direct instrument of stopping corruption. However, whatever be the system of Government, people cannot remain mute spectators against corruption. I think, unless the entire economic structure is completely overhauled keeping in view basic perspectives, other minor remedial measures will be of no avail.
I am, however, of the considered view that nothing less than a radical reformation of mentality of people can curb crruption and ensure the highest standard of transparency in public life. In other words, mentality of people cannot be air-dropped. It must evolve and grow.
I, therefore, urge all people to realize the danger in time and put forth an organized resistance against the mece of corruption in public interest.
Considering all aspects of this macing problem and the situation that has already arisen out of it, I would like to request the authority to take corrective measures.
West Jorhat,Jorhat- 785006, Assam.