Good news for the entrepreneurs. Courtesy Tarun Gogoi. The Chief Minister on Friday unveiled the Angel Fund floated to help first generation skilled youths to set up micro and small enterprises. He said it would give an impetus to the economy. Gogoi observed that 80 per cent of the loan being extended would help the entrepreneurs and skilled youths to set up their own ventures and to become self—reliant. He said his government would raise the maximum loan amount under the scheme so that the beneficiaries engaged in traditional industries can expand their businesses in a big way.
The anti-corruption movement launched by the Gandhian leader, Anna Hazare, has threatened a number of politicians, bureaucrats and big businessmen involved in various financial crimes against the country and the society. The issue of black money in Swiss banks and calling back the same to the country for investment and prosperity of the nation, has also threatened them of losing their unfair incomes. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by the Congress party, has been found involved in the practices leading to great sufferings of the countrymen. The Civil Society’s proposal in respect of the Lokpal Bill, has been ‘turned down’ by the Union cabinet despite long protests by different individuals, intellectuals, organizations and the civil society itself. The proposed Lokpal Bill by the Union Cabinet is going to be placed before the Parliament for making a crucial Act, which may not bring any relief to the common people, as most of the institutions including the Prime Minister, are kept out of its purview. This, if passed is certainly going to increase ‘top level’ corruption, which would badly affect the general public.
An example in the case of Assam can be given about Rs one thousand crore scandal in North Cachar Hills (NC Hills), which came out in light last year. Under heavy pressure from various sections of the society including media at the initial stage the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe was initiated. As reported by a section of the press, the NIA found the name of certain high powered persons involved in the large scale corruption. When the NIA officials wanted to question and sought permission from the chief minister of the state, to quiz them they were refused permission. There was no way to complete the probe and the NIA submitted the report suggesting conducting inquiry by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as there was a number of anomalies detected by it.. Announcement of CBI probe was also made, but there was no progress.
When the report came to the light, various ministers threatened to sue the media house reporting the scam of North Cachar Hills, but nobody dared to sue till now. Instead the chief minister, who refrained to give permission to the NIA for quizzing the officials involved in the scam ‘boasted’ before the local media that no name was given by the NIA in its report. Perhaps the chief minister did not note this point that unless the Agency was permitted to quiz those people their names could not be given in the report.
This is a short example which hinders even the judiciary to perform well. The corruption has spread in the judiciary also. Unless the men in power including the prime minister and the judges are brought under the Lokpal, there is every danger that the people of the country could get justice. It is also interesting that the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has no objection to come under the Lokpal, but others have objection. May be they are planning to ‘plant a corrupt PM’ in future who could protect their interest. Now, Anna Hazare has decided to start his agitation from August 16 next, in case the suggestions of civil society are included in the Bill.
An awareness campaign against ‘witch-hunting’ was organised by Kokrajhar District Legal Services Authority at Bashbari High School involving social citizen and school students on Wednesday in Kokrajhar district.
R Bhattacharjee, AJS Kokrajhar and Secretary Kokrajhar District Legal Services Authority, Ratan Jhangkar Borgoyary,advocate Kokrajhar Court graced the programme as resource person and discussed about various issues relating to the witch-hunting,social crime,rape and murder cases that have been happening among society.
Borgoyary said that the authority was working to the legal aids for the victim family in the district and providing compensationas per law through the proper procedures whatever happen.
Senior citizens from the area,who attended the programme expressed their gratitude said that this kind of awareness campaign will create awareness towards social integration and social consciousness among society.
Eight persons were killed and 40 others injured, ten of them critically, when a bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck at Rangjuli in Goalpara district on Monday. Police, Indian Army of 9th Sikhli Regiment and medical emergency personnel rushed to the spot to rescue the injured. The speeding bus, bearing no. AS 01 DC-7245, was on its way from Fakiraganj of Dhubri district to Guwahati, and the truck (HR 74/3734) collided head-on at Rangjuli on National Highway 37 killing 2 persons on the spot and 6 others in the hospitals at Dudhnoi and Goalpara. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the speeding bus lost control leading to the accident. Out of 40 injured, eight have been referred to GMCH.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty