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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Oct 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Plight of users

The authority concerned has again reduced the incentives for the drivers of Uber and Ola cabs. As a result, the users of these cabs have been badly affected in the cities where it has been allowed to ply. As such, I would like to request the authority concerned to ponder over the issue and take necessary action in the matter.

Putul Sarma,

Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.

APSC conundrum

The APSC has been hogging the headlines for quite some time and that too for wrong reasons. Of late, APSC has made a nonsensical attempt to appoint candidates from outside the State when there is no dearth of talents locally. Moreover, all the States have their own Public Service Commissions.

By stating this, I want to drive home the point that they (Public Service Commissions of States) would facilitate in selecting their own candidates for appointment. When norms are in place, we don't know at whose behest the APSC wants to tamper with the system. It is sad that in such a milieu, our engineering graduates have to agitate for reservation in State service posts. Such strange things can happen only in Assam.

There are umpteen outsiders who are working in various State government posts in Assam, by virtue of being residents of the State. We have no problem with them. In the same breath, I want to highlight that recently, the Railways appointed 51 candidates in Assam in 3rd and 4th grade services. All are from outside the State. The obvious excuse trotted out by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways, was that those interviews were conducted tiolly. Who could believe that our people are so incompetent that they are not even fit for low ranking jobs in the Railways? My point is; if our leaders in the helm of affairs could not use their clout to put our boys in Central services, at least they should not connive to deprive them from their birthrights.

Prafulla Dowarah,


BJP, please introspect!

The forthcoming Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat would be an acid test for BJP. While it is presumed to be a cake walk for the party in Himachal Pradesh in stching away the reins of power from Congress, it would not be that easy in Gujarat where an anti-establishment wave is already discerned. But everything lies in the realm of speculation and nothing can be taken for granted. It is a fact that certain economic policies of BJP have antagonized a good chunk of people, particularly the lower middle class. Our Prime Minister must have forgotten his pre-election promises. But time is not running out. The party would do well to introspect and should do away with the shortcomings; else, it is destined to suffer losses in the elections to come.

The defeat in Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, a seat held by BJP for last four consecutive terms, and the loss in the lone Assembly seat in New Delhi is a case in point. There were certain wrong economic policies because of which the party became not only over-confident but also complacent. The PM made a commitment after assuming office in 2014 that the price of medicines would come down soon. More than three years have passed, yet the prices are galloping fast with each passing year. Of course, on many other fronts, mely, eradication of corruption, defence and foreign policy, the party fares well.

Ashok Bordoloi,


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