EVMs in schools
After completion of the polling, EVMs will be stored in government schools like in the previous years. As a result, the students of those schools would be excluded from their regular classes. If the machines are kept in other government places or offices instead of those schools, it will be very beneficial for those students. Through your esteemed daily, I want to request the government to take this matter seriously.
Low voter turnout
Like previous elections, the just-concluded three-phase Assembly elections in the State witnessed low turnout of indigenous people compared to those constituencies dominated by linguistic religious community. I am not a member of any political party, but I have been a keen follower of State's politics, particularly elections. Very often we talk about this but when we have the opportunity to make the change we (indigenous people) remain absent on the day of voting, citing various silly reasons. This is one of the prime reasons why we are being reduced to minority in some of the constituencies like Baghbor, Jonia, Dalgaon, Lahorighat, Chenga, Dhubri, etc. The voting percentage in minority-dominated constituencies is 85-90%.
Though the awareness has increased over the years, yet we are far behind them. Political awareness among the indigenous people is a must for survival.
Sikha Sarma has been arrested allegedly for uploading 'derogatory posts' in her Facebook account about the martyrs. While the patriotic Indians were crying at the death of 33 young servicemen, she allegedly insulted the sons of the soil by comparing them with "electricity linesmen". Kudos to the two senior lady advocates for registering a case against her! We all are proud of our security forces and because of their vigilance we all are safe.
The promise of transferring Rs. 15 lakh into each bank account and the generation of two crore jobs, doubling of the farmers' income may also prove to be a mere 'jumla' because no policy or roadmap has been realized so far. The promise of doubling the farmers' income was made by the Modi government in 2016 and it was to be fulfilled by 2022. But the government has not released any information regarding the increase in farmers' income, nor has the PM or his Cabinet talked about it in election rallies.
Chandan Kumar Nath,
Garbage dumps near highways
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to bring the attention of the authority concerned towards the garbage dumps seen near the roads. Guwahati Municipal Corporation collects garbage from time to time and also dustbins are arranged near roads. But we mostly see people throwing garbage near electric posts rather than dustbins. I would also like to add that a particular organization can do campaign and aware people to throw garbage into the dustbin. And in most of the places in Guwahati we see floods. The main reason behind flood is the drainage system. So I would like to request the authorities concerned to look into the matter.
2nd dose of vaccine
I was waiting for a message for the second dose of vaccination from the authority concerned. I took the first dose of Covaxin on March 4. I went to Biswamath Chariali Civil Hospital and took vaccine on April 6, 2021. Now the pertinent question is 'as to how old and bedridden people will be vaccinated'. I would like to request the authority concerned/ Health and Family Welfare department, Assam to vaccinate these persons in their houses.
Bamgaom, Biswanath Chariali.