Wednesday, September 7, 2016

To Olympian Manish Rawat Uttarakhand Police & Promotions based on Service Record

Written by ABisht

What is the duty of Police?

Surely, it is not running Marathons.

Irrespective of how great the achievement be, the duty of police is Policing (maintaining law and order in or at an area or event, enforce regulations or an agreement in particular area, enforce the provisions of Law etc.).

It's not running marathons or play any sport at competitive level.

If a policeman plays a sport at a competitive level and brings in honors. Then it's for its force. Not for the society.

Today, Uttarakhand Government will promote Olympian Manish Rawat to the post of Police Inspector. Mr. Rawat came 13th in Men's 20 KM Walk in Rio Olympics 2016.

To an extent, it seems somewhat understandable, if an Olympic medalist is given a medal. As the feat brings medal for the Nation. Although, the question of duty also comes there.

But promoting a non-medalist in his/her professional ranks, does discourage those Police men who are devoting 100 percent of their time to Policing.

To conclude, promotions in one's profession, must strictly be based on one's service record.

Ideally, if a person takes sports to bring laurels to his/her state or Nation, then Forces (Police, Army), Companies (such as railways) and any other institution which recruit people on sports quota, must stop giving promotions based on that sports criterion (the Governments must do so). And instead give better facilities and sports allowances to those who play sports while in service. If it's not able to provide world class sporting infrastructure, then instead of giving rank promotion, it should give him/her monetary incentive to make up for lack of adequate sports facilities.

Promotions in one's profession, must strictly be based on one's service record.

[PS: Today, it's Uttarakhand Government's administrative decision. And Mr. Rawat should be promoted to Inspector post. But things can be changed for future.]

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Pension for 'Jagerias and Dangariyas in Uttarakhand' ... and Unemployed Youth!

Written by ABisht

Read about the Harish Rawat led Uttarakhand Government's plan to give Rs. 1000/- per month pension to 'Jageriyas and Dangariyas' of Uttarakhand. To the uninitiated, 'jagariyas and dangariyas' are equivalents to 'Shamans'.

The Government has already classified 1000 such 'Jageriyas and Dangariyas' in Uttarakhand.

As many among us are very sensitive to this issue, I will not call it a mockery; but there must be some counter thinking over the Government decision.

First, if Uttarakhand is the 'Devbhumi' or the "Land of the Gods", and if Shamans are an integral part of its culture, then How had the Government created a list of 1000 Dangariyas and Jageriyas?

What useful or learn worthy, shamans give to the society? If Shamans can help people improve their lives, then so does astrology (Jyotish).

Thousands of educated young Shiksha Mitras, BEds are fasting for jobs for years now. Aanganwadi workers (Bhojan Matayein) and Asha workers are also working at palty wages. Unlike Shamans, these people have real potential to improve the lives of society.

If the idea of giving pension to Shamans is votes, then nothing can be said.

If the idea is to bring vibrant Uttarakhand culture in the form of lively Shamanic performances for tourists from India and abroad; then why not treat them as actors and pay them per performance.

If 'Jagerias and Dangariyas' in Uttarakhand are real part of Uttarakhand culture then people of Uttarakhand themselves will support them.   

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Uttarakhand must also better Work Conditions for its Police

Written by ABisht

A couple of weeks ago, Uttar Pradesh Government decided to give a mandatory 'Day Off' (Work Off or holiday) after every 10 days of duty to its Police force personnel.

The decision must be appreciated.

The Police Forces in India are much burdened and do need some sympathetic work conditions. It's not sufficient to complain about Law and order when the police personnel doesn't get adequate rest.

The Police conditions need to better even more. Much better than giving a 'Day off after 10 Days of Duty'.

Only when we give our police, humane work conditions, we will be in a position to demand note-book policing by them. That's the citizen rights such as : Police interrogation under Video monitoring, arrest on real grounds, no use of 3rd degree, no arrest without warrant etc.

Right now, with no fixed work hours and conditions in place, we simply put ourselves at the risk of Police High handedness.

The state of Uttarakhand must also do something to better the work conditions of police. If Police job is strenuous, then giving them mandatory two days "Work Off" can even be a better option.

The steps such these will not only make the Police more vigilant and hence accountable. It will also generate jobs for Youth.

Right now Police to Citizens ratio in India is very poor. And there's real need to recruit more Police.  

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Poor Women in Uttarakhand cannot afford expensive Mehendi Art ... Really!

Written by ABisht

Sometimes commenting on some inconsequential events amounts to nothing but nit-picking (unnecessary fault finding). But when major newspapers report these events in such a manner which tries to make them look important, then one has no option but to comment.

From the last 20 days, a particular political party is grand organizing 'Teej Events' in various parts of Uttarakhand. The women cadre of this party are contacting women in their locality to attend such Events. These events are being marketed as open to all women, where the basic idea is to celebrate the festival in its full fervor. That's eat, dance and enjoy.

No one asking the simple question: Who's funding these women-only open to all Teej Events.

The uneasiness with such Teej events in Uttarakhand doesn't relate to who and why someone is funding such events. Although, funding may be an important question. But for the time being lets not go into it.

The basic uneasiness is with the reporting of such events in newspaper. It's alright for a reporter to report about a bhagvat Katha or Teej Event. But it's not alright when the reportage says -- "the organizers said that since many poor women would not afford expensive Mehendi Art, the arrangement for the same had been made free of cost."

Such kind of reporting is in bad taste, as the direct impact of price rise is on food plate. Whether or not a poor woman will afford decorative mehendi pattern on her palms is bad analogy.

If in the past two years, pulses (or Dal) have gone out of reach for sizable population in India; then we should be ready for crores of children who will have stunted growth. That's they as adults will not reach their full body and mental capacity.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Focus on Those people who Lost everything | Chamoli and Pithoragarh Cloud Bursts

Written by ABisht

It's not always that the rescue efforts in the incidents of Cloud bursts in hilly areas require massive and open hearted monetary help. If the cloud burst results in loss of human lives and property of the residents of Uttarakhand, that too in some remote villages, then timely small rescue efforts with distinct priority can be of exceptional help.

Take for instance, the latest cloud bursts in the villages of Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand. The death toll is about 30. The majority of which are from a couple of villages.  The chief Minister has announced the compensation of Rs 2 Lakhs to the family of the person dead.

Now the point is, if you're familiar with the Hills, then you would be aware that in the case of such cloud bursts, it's a rarity that an entire village gets gutted down. Only a couple of houses which fall in the path of rubble, are destroyed. The majority of the dead belong to these houses.

Hence the families of the dead are the ones who suffer the double blow. They not only lose their loved ones, but also lose their shelter along with all the necessities & things within.

Hence the announcement of compensation, which doesn't at all look adequate, can be provided in a month or so. These families have to re-build their lives right from nothing. Right now, the Government must ensure that these victims are provided with food, clothing, shelter.

The act of air-dropping food to all people, without targeting the real victims will not help.

As far as the road connectivity and stalled tourists are concerned then the best way to help them is to collect them where they are, in temporary shelters and provide them food. They can be sent to their homes, the moment the whether improves and connectivity is restored. After all they have a home to go back to.

A clear strategy is necessary here, as air-dropping food and clothes without any plan will be a waste of valuable time and energy. And both are valuable right now.

The air-lifting without any distinction (health) will be wastage of money.

Hope we understand the point here. Tourists would still have a house to return to. If they are provided shelter and food at temporarily created relief centers today, then they will be rescued back to their homes in a week.

At the same time, those villagers in calamity hit villages who are fortunate enough to not get hit by the calamity, can get food once the inclement whether and linkages are restored. Till then, they can survive with the stored rations in their homes.

The biggest losers are the Uttarakhand residents who unfortunately had fallen with their houses in line of the Cloud Burst rubble.

If we have learned something from the 2014 Uttarakhand floods then it's not essential to search for the dead or anyone alive even after a week of the incident. The Hills are not plains. The terrain is not that you can take earth movers and un-turn the rubble. And irrespective of the religiosity of the person or the motive of the journey, pilgrimage, it's totally Unnecessary to search for the dead beyond a certain time limit. Miracles, do happen, but putting all the force and system for one single miracle is  not necessary.

In the political environment of 2014, much time, manpower and money; was spent on searching for alive people, weeks after the calamity. As a result, the lives of Uttarakhand people who lost everything in Uttarakhand floods, were never brought back to normal.

The coming months will test the honesty and integrity of Village pradhans and other revenue officials. Only when they are honest and have integrity, the lives of the villagers massively hit by these cloud bursts will be re-built.

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