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NEED OF THE HOUR

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Letter to Editor

NEED OF THE HOUR

Sir,
With time, Meghalaya’s image has also degraged and the reasons are the challenges that people face socially. The increasing number of cases dishonouring women and children in our society speaks a lot of the social changes that affect the image of our matrilineal society.
I have a feeling that it is not only for the law enforcing machinery to execute law in its truest spirit but also for the society to involve itself in a little bit of soul searching.
These are the cases of irresponsive activities that perhaps the doers did not involve himself/herself in some kind of soul searching.
The youths today, as rightly termed by the Chief Minister himself as ‘misguided’ into the jungles and his often repeated statement that guns are not the solution to the problem. But what is worst is that they are left to be rotten where they were misled.
With militancy becoming an ever increasing headache for the government and its people, the need of the hour is to address the problem at its roots. The need of the hour is to bring all these youths to the right track in our society.
The last assembly elections gave an opportunity to a militant leader to be a representative of the people. However, his being elected has also drew criticism from a section of the society doubting his credentials as a public leader.
Participating in the debate on this leader, we should realize that this person has put down his arms and chosed to live a normal life.
They say, from a psychological point of view, any human being has a tendency to change. While also agreeing that no one is above the law, questioning his integrity as a leader is also questioning the integrity of the people who have elected him to represent them in the House. You may otherwise question the election machineries for allowing a criminal to be elected!
Driving my point further, pointing to the past lives of people who have come forward to change for good is like discouraging others from trying to change themselves.
What we as a society need is to understand the main factors that has led to our youths taking to the gun culture rather than discouraging the brave few who made it back from the jungle.
The need of the hour is for the government to get real by finding the real stakeholders in the society and create ample opportunity for employment whether self or otherwise.

Thanking You
Wuman Lyngdoh
Laitumkhrah, Shillong


 

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Driving Licences and the journey of getting one

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Driving Licences and the journey of getting one

I am very sad to share through this letter, a bad experience in the District Transport Office (DTO), Shillong.
Every time we make mistakes or accidents on roads we have to show our driving licences to the concerned authorities. But it is important to have one in the first place; and how can we have it with the present working scenarios of the DTO.
It is almost impossible to get a driving licence without any agent’s help whom we have to pay double amount of the actual fee. Secondly even if our turn comes we have to go through a “SIGNAL TEST” at the DTO. I had been called there for such a test.
I was shocked to see that men, women and even the senior citizens had to wait in a cue for three hours. There were no seating arrangements at all. The test was supposed to start at 10:30 but started only at 1:30 pm. My shock doubled as I saw the person who was supposed to take the “signal test”. He was very rude and did not have any people skills or any form of etiquette at all.
He was smoking openly inside the room and his room was stinking too. He just asked a few questions (hardly two or three) and asked us to go to another room. I was shocked once again to see the condition of this other room. A big room full of men bustling and shouting just like in a bee hive with only two officials to tend to them. The room was full of unorganized piles of files and there were more than 50 people gathered around a lady official who was screaming out the registered numbers of those applicants.
After waiting so long we were asked to go to another room where the condition was the same. In short there is no hope of getting a driving license without going through a psychological and physical torture. I am not saying that these officials must treat us with flowery words or offer us red carpets. My request is for the concerned to streamline the entire DTO. Efforts to improve customer satisfaction, addressing of grievances , improving people skills, having more designated staffs to distribute jobs and improve efficiency will he highly appreciated.

(Name withheld on request)


 

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“Once an Anthonian always an Anthonian”

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“Once an Anthonian always an Anthonian”

Being a past pupil of St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Laitumkhrah, Shillong I made it a point every year to attend the Annual school Sports. But this year despite reaching at the early hours prior to the commencement of the games the students along with some teachers waiting at the entrance did not allow the past pupils except those with invitations to enter.
Was it necessary for a past pupil to attend the school sports with an invitation card in hand regardless of the fact in which year he had passed out?
After hanging around for more than two hours outside the stadium I luckily met a teacher and asked him why this is happening and what were the reasons? He replied saying “that there are other teachers who are in charge and that he could go in and find out”.
A few minutes later all the past pupils who were waiting around the gates and the entrance to the field were allowed to enter.
Students who spend most of their childhood growing up in the concrete buildings and floors of their alma mater still cherish the memories of their days gone by with the many eventful situations experienced here and so would love to attend functions held at their school and it is the Annual School Sports where past pupils like us try to spare time to attend the momentous occasion.
Is the School trying to bar their past pupils from attending such an event just because they failed to earmark each and every past pupil with an “invitation” to attend the said event? The least the authorities could have done was release a statement stating the terms and conditions of the people who are allowed and not allowed to attend the event, including the invitations which were issued to only seemingly “chosen” ex-pupils.


From a Past Pupil,
St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School
Shillong


 

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Delighted by Shad Suk Mynsiem

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Delighted by Shad Suk Mynsiem

Dear Editor,
I was privileged to watch Shad Suk Mynsiem on 15th April. It was a very disciplined and well organized programme. Many communities in the world have lost their indigenous culture, customs and traditions as their leaders did not have the foresight to protect and preserve their culture before it became too late.
The 16 prominent Khasi leaders need to be saluted for setting up the institution of Seng Khasi in 1899. The Institution has played an instrumental role in preserving and promoting the unique Khasi customs and traditions for the future generations.
What was heartening is that the Shad Suk Mynsiem dance is not performed by a group of professionals like many other traditional dances of some other communities.
It is a voluntarily participative dance where members of the community participate voluntarily even in an urban setup. What was hearting to see was that, parents were encouraging their young children (some of the children dancing were as young as two years) to participate and get an exposure of their indigenous culture and traditions at an early stage to that they can be proud torch bearers in the future.
Wish we had many more institutions like Seng Khasi across different communities to preserve each and every unique culture, tradition, custom, language, folklore etc.


Yours etc
Hemanta Bayan
Shillong-1


 

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Behaviour of Meghalaya POLICE personal AT DHANKHETI POINT

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Letter to Editor

Behaviour of Meghalaya POLICE personal AT DHANKHETI POINT

Sir,
I have the honour to bring your kind attention to my letter informing you thatwe from Guwahati had a trip to Hill Station Shillong on 14th April 2013 where we wereunjustly charged a fine of Rs. 200 by a policeman on that day at about 5.00pm after comingout from Shillong church on the way to Majzid near by, at Dhankheti police point dueto just slipping from the traffic line which was monitored by a police and we could not rectify him as his uniform was navy blue which made it difficult for us to notice him.
Thetraffic was very few as it was holiday in Shillong. But, because we were from Guwahati with Guwahati Registration number Vehicle the police man did not respond us for our minor mistake apart from our tremendous request, which would have been easily ignored by the police man if it would have been done by a citizen of Shillong.
We were very much astonished about their behaviour and made penalty of Rs 1500.00 and after request they come down . They even did not issue the money receipt.
Therefore, I Mr. Pradip Ch Kalita a kind and honourable public servant [Asst. Executive Engineer PWD] and his family would be greatly honoured if the above incident would be printed in a column of your newspaper which would be clearly visible to the citizen of your state and untruly behaviour is not initiated in future.
Thanking you in regards.


Yours Faithfully,
[Pradip Ch Kalita]
Jyotinagar Guwahati


 

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