Some days back, while surfing the net, I came across a byte of AIUDF supremo Maulana Badruddin Ajmal who was speaking in broken Assamese and English regarding the role of his party in formation of the next government in 2021 at Dispur. The self-proclaimed messiah of Assamese people was very critical about the present government and he went further in issuing stern warning to one of the senior Cabinet ministers of the present government. The body language displayed by him in front of his supporters made people like us fear that he was very confident in becoming the next Chief Minister of Assam. For a few moments I closed my eyes and imagined the situation that would be if a person like Maulana Badruddin Ajmal occupies the coveted Chief Minister's chair by the support of a few of his like-minded parties. Indeed an ominous sign!
Dr. Ashim Chowdhury,
Acting like sleeper cells
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited forward areas during the last Diwali to be with the men in olive green on whose trust we 130 crore people could sleep peacefully at our homes. The majority of the general public lauded Modi's visit and his act of cheering the bravehearts but a few people mostly from the century old political party Congress couldn't digest his act. The leaders of Congress brazenly criticized the Prime Minister's visit plus they paint the visit with negative political colour. It is only because of the negative mindset of the top leaders, the party is in precarious position. Instead of serious introspection for their repeated failure in recent polls they are busy in Modi bashing. The party which governed India for maximum years post independence is now behaving like fish out of water. On many past occasions, the Congress leadership has behaved and is still behaving like the sleeper cells of our arch rival Pakistan and China. Only God knows when better sense would prevail amongst the leadership of the Congress.
Lanu Dutta Chowdhury,
Degraded health sector
In India, it was reported in a study that 40 per cent of people who are admitted to a hospital for some illness or injury have to borrow money or sell some of their possessions to pay for the expenses. My question is: why is the government in such a bad situation? Why has the government not appointed more doctors, nurses and medical staff in the hospital?
I would like to inform that the people of Majuli have been suffering for lack of medical staff in hospitals since independence of India. We have very poor facilities available in our hospitals. This is a shame that a district without any ICU facility is represented by our Chief Minister.
I think the situation is going from bad to worse. During the previous government's regime, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma didn't pay any attention in solving problems of the health sector.
When will the people of Majuli get benefits of the health sector as Indian citizens?
It is welcome to note that the Punjab Government has approved a new scheme — 'Punjab Divyangjan Sashaktikaran Yojana' (PDSY) to empower differently-abled persons in a phased manner across the State. The first stage of the scheme will involve strengthening the existing programmes to ensure that their benefits reach the persons with disabilities in a more effective manner, while in the second phase 13 new interventions are proposed to be undertaken for the empowerment of such persons. The PDSY aims to fill the backlog of persons with disabilities in government jobs and a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities by making government and public centric buildings, public transportation, and websites accessible to them. A consultative group would review the performance under the scheme and also suggest measures for improvement. The need of the hour is that all government and private authorities must execute the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 and ensure a disabled-friendly environment, full participation in society, and equal opportunities for the differently-abled community.
Amit Singh Kushwaha,