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Is May 31 bandh an indicator of anti-incumbency for Government

Posted in May 2012

Thomas Lim

Along with the rest of the nation, Meghalaya too was partially affected by the 12 hour nationwide strike, called by the Opposition members comprising of both the Left and Right wings, protesting against the May 23 hike of Rs.7 plus in petrol prices and demanding an immediate rollback.
Business was hit, roads deserted and train traffic disrupted Thursday as large parts of India shut down to protest the hike in petrol prices, leaving the Manmohan Singh-  Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government battling a surge of unpopularity on a day that economic growth slumped to its lowest in nine years low of 5.3 percent.
The political pundits however attributes the success of bandh, where North Easter Region too was affected, as the indication of anti-incumbency, most of the North Eastern states is going for poll in 2012, including Meghalaya and Parliamentary election sometime in 2014.

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NHRC ban child labour in totality, now acid test for administrators

Posted in May 2012

Thomas Lim

In one of the landmark judgment which came as breather for various NGOs championing for the cause of the Child’s Rights. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on May 30, 2012 directed Meghalaya government to “stop” employment of children in all mines and business establishments, a detailed survey providing a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the victims was also sought.
Chairman of the Commission, Justice K G Balakrishnan said: We empathetically have told the government to stop child labours in mining areas and all areas concerned in which children are purportedly employed as direct labourers or as bonded labours.
The Commission had taken cognizance of the issue after it was reported that more than 70,000 child labourers were present in the coal belts of Jaintia Hills district.
Earlier while rejecting the claims by the NGOs, state government said the children are playing within the vicinity of the coal belts was mistaken as child labourers. If so there could be just around 250 odd child labour in the state justified the government authority.

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Viability of trade and tourism in Meghalaya

Posted in May 2012

Thomas Lim

North East region of India is considered to be at an extreme end of the Nation. Unreachable destination for the citizen from Southern or even Northern part of India to visit, yet the governments from this region is contemplating to open up the destination to International tourism. In ground reality perspective of trade and tourism is still unorganized.
Early this year Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwaliah stressed on two most impossible ventures at the 7th North East Business Summit organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce on Saturday in New Delhi.
Firstly, Dr Ahluwaliah while calling the private intervention for the development of North Eastern Region stressed on more innovative Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. To take advantages of shares borders with the nations of East, South and South East Asia, incidentally the nations considered to be the most dynamic and economically active at present. Connectivity and infrastructure needs to be developed at a fast pace in the North East, to make gainful use of its advantageous position.

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Lack of infrastructural development driving visitors away from Meghalaya

Posted in May 2012

Thomas Lim

Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh observed that “One reason for its (Meghalaya) remaining stagnant and not moving forward is the lack of infrastructure, lack of airports, and lack of national highways.” He was in Meghalaya on Sunday as part of his four day visit to North Eastern Region (NER) and reviewed the law and order situation here. 
Singh also stressed that the region “deserve” the priority in view of the poor infrastructural development and presence of hostile international neighbors.
He might have raised the genuine deficiencies in the state, but who will bell the cat?  The state government is leaving no stone unturned in selling Meghalaya to outside states and countries. The Tourism Task Force had done their best to carry out the task they are assigned to perform. The entire seven districts of the state have been covered to identify tourist spots, and the requirement or improvement needed to make both the domestic and foreign tourist comfortable.

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65 percent of population lacks essential medication in India

Posted in May 2012

Thomas Lim

Newly launched TV talk show - Satyamev Jayate by Aamir Khan on May 27 exposed the instances of medical malpractices. Medicine, perceived as a noble profession, have been affected by a section of doctors who have brought corruption to their profession. Most of the medical expenses incurred by an average Indian is paid from their own pocket, unlike the European or American countries where health care are looked after by the government. In India private expenditure on health care is close to 78 percent, yet due to the high cost of medicine, 65 percent of population lacks essential medication in India.
Managing Director, Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation Jaipur, Dr Samit Sharma who went against all odds including the Mafia in medication business, exposed that due to branding culture and the unscrupulous paramedics along with Medical Representative have increase the cost of medication by another ten to fifteen percent only to meet the incentive for pushing their brand into the market.
Dr Sharma also pointed out that the Blood Cancer medicine under the generic will cost around Rs 8,000. The same under branding in the market is costing Rs 2.5 lakhs, so also the diabetic medicine, which cost less than Rs 2 for ten tablets in generic medicine, the branding one will cost around Rs 170. Whereas about Rs 35,000 crores worth of generic medicine are being export.
Any NGOs wanting to open a generic medical store can apply through the department of chemical and fertilizers and the government gave Rs 50,000 , strangely very few applicants for the same.

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