Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Total sanitation campaign concludes today

SILCHAR, Oct 7: The week-long “total sanitation campaign” in Cachar district along with the rest of the country concluded here today that began on October 1.

In this connection, an awareness programme was held at Gandhi Bhavan under the auspices of the PHE Department which was presided over by Cachar vice president ZP Sakhi Rani Das.

Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations of Barak Valley Haran Dey, Silchar Municipal Board vice president Bijoyendra Prasad Singh, ZP member Minakshi Chakraborty and PHE executive engineer Gautam Paul as well as Alok Biswas among others spoke on the relevance of the week. Sakhi Rani Das expressed hope that this campaign would cover the entire district soon.

Haran Dey laid stress on seven ways to keep the villages clean and hygienic and sought the cooperation of all from the GP levels for the benefit of people in general.

Bijoyendra Singh praised the efforts of the PHE Department and said the initiative taken by the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in this respect would succeed.

Minakshi Chakraborty emphasized on wide scale awareness campaign among all sections of people.

Executive engineer Paul said till date the campaign has covered 38,421 families and various schools of the district.

He added that another 1,931 sanitary latrines were also being taken up in schools under the centrally sponsored Incentive Sanitation Programme which would be completed by 2010.

Appointment of teachers questioned by ACUEYO

SILCHAR, Oct 7: The All Cachar Unemployed Educated Youth Organization (ACUEYO) has questioned the appointment of teachers in the senior and basic schools of Cachar. It has been alleged that the appointment had been made by violating the standing norms and rules of the State Government as enshrined by the 81st Constitutional amendment Act, 2000, which says reservation of posts for appointment must not exceed 50 per cent of the total vacancies, created or caused.

Subsequently, the Asom Government issued instructions contained in the office memo number TAW / BC / 142 / 96 / 54 dated Dispur, August 28, 2001, directing all the appointing authorities to follow the amended rules in case of reservation. But, the organization alleged that the Director of Elementary Education of Assam, defying the said instructions, came out with an advertisement for appointment of teachers in the senior and basic schools in a vide letter no. EAA.60/2005/15 dated 15/12/2005 reserving 64 per cent in different categories in violation of the aforesaid instructions. It is relevant to say that a case has been lying pending in the Gauhati High Court vide WP (C) no. 5556/2008 and the Court has stopped appointment in a particular school of Cachar district by an interim order. The order of the High Court along with the writ petition was submitted to the Director of Elementary Education of Asom in December, 2008. But, the advertisement was not cancelled despite orders.

The DEE issued appointment letters to different candidates, further alleged the organization, and filled up almost all the vacancies in various schools of the different districts, save and except in the particular school of Cachar where the appointment has been stayed. It is also significant that appointment letters were reportedly not issued by a single order but in piecemeal under different numbers and different dates, raising many questions. Considering the violation of standing norms in the appointment of teachers, the ACUEYO has demanded the higher authorities concerned not to release the monthly salary of teachers so far appointed during the current year and to take appropriate action against all those involved in the whole process of appointment. The organization has addressed its memorandum on the issue to the Asom Governor, Education Minister, Chief Secretary to the Government of Asom, Principal Secretary to the Government of Asom and the Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister of Asom.

Heroin and narcotics seized

SILCHAR, Oct 7: On receiving a secret tip off, men of the intelligence wing of Cachar-Mizoram Frontier Force, BSF, carried out a special operation assisted by Mizoram Police and Excise and Narcotics Department of the State in and around Aizawl recently. During the search operation, a narcotic smuggler identified as Lal Thantluanga (30) of Saikhamka village was arrested along with 12 grams of heroin. He was apprehended from Dawrpui Vengthar under Aizawl Police Station.

The approximate value of the seized narcotics, according to the Force sources, is Rs 65,000. Later, the smuggler along with the seized narcotics was handed over to the department concerned for initiating legal action.

Flourishing flesh trade along NH-54

SILCHAR, Oct 7: The National Highway-54, Silchar-Aizawl route, has turned into a place for flesh trade of late. It has become a hot spot for call girls.

According to sources, from Bhairangty and Howaitang of Mizoram, the call girls enter Asom on the pretext of varied business venture. After entering Asom, they come to Lailapur, Bhagabazar, Dholai, Kabuganj, Sonabarighat and Nagatilla and engage themselves in flesh trade and the line hotels located along the National Highway are the main centres of such immoral activities.

According to a source, line hotels around Bhaga, Lailapur and Panibhara have cabins inside facilitating the illegal trade.

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