Saturday, 22 February 2020

Reservation in Promotions in Uttarakhand | Are you in Support of Against it?


Written by Anil Singh


On Thursday, the  General, OBC association and Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad staged a rally to the residence of the residence of Uttarakhand Chief minister in Dehradun. They were demanding the implementation of latest Supreme Court order on the reservation in promotions and withdraw the ban imposed on promotions.

According to reports, the association wants the Uttarakhand Govt start the process on promotions without reservation in the upcoming budget session of the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha starting from March 3 at Gairsain. The association threatens to go on an indefinite strike a day prior to the start of the session on March 02. The association is also planning to hold state wide Mashal rallies on February 26 to warn the government.

The overall demand of the association is summarized is: It is not demanding reversion and only want the state government to remove ban on promotion and undertake promotions on the basis of merit and seniority.

Before making any quick conclusion in support or against the issue, lets quickly consider some points here. 

Firstly, are you affected by the order?


In simple words, are you under the State Government employment or are you a direct dependent of such an employee?

If yes, then you can take any position on the issue. based on what is in your interest.

What if you are neither in State Government employment nor a direct dependent of such an employee ?

If you are not any of these, then don't take any side.

Remain neutral.

Why?

Because. if you are simply a bystander, then it is totally unnecessary for you to take any sides.

Why?

Because this issue of Reservation in Promotion in Uttarakhand does not have the footprint to affect majority of people in Uttarakhand


So there are better options for you to focus on.

If you are a man or woman in private employment or self employment, then pay attention to your employment conditions or business.

If you are a young man or woman preparing for some competitive exams or looking for a job, then focus on that.

If you are a student, then demand better education at affordable costs.

This may look selfish, but this issue of "Reservation in Promotions" is NOT worthy of any broader attention.

More so, it is NOT an issue which should divide common people on caste lines. Social harmony is necessary.

On a broader note, there are certain points which must be considered here:

  • At a time when State jobs are already declining, any change brought to the reservation policy will benefit a very small percentage of people. In reality, most of the youth in Uttarakhand is either unemployed or is in private employment. In private sector employment, there is NO reservation of this kind.
  • The question of reservation itself is open to interpretation even today. Those who support "Reservation in promotion" for SC and ST categories have strong reasons also. 
  • Those who are against reservations do not necessarily have strong arguments to support their view point. For eg., in the latest protests the protestors are saying that they are not demanding reservation in promotions. It is an imaginative claim because there is no provision for reservation in promotions for General category. Another example --- if their demand is to have merit based promotions, then their demand for "Promotions based on Seniority" counters their merit based demand. If they are serious about merit, then a written examination to ascertain merit is a better option than seniority.

To conclude, seen from Uttarakhand's employment perspective, then majority of population of employable age will have NO benefit from any change made by the Uttarakhand Government. 

So lets not get agitated too much.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Cartographer Pt. Nain Singh Rawat's descendants in Financial Distress


Written by Anil Singh



In the 2 volume History of Kumaon Encyclopedia written by Late Badri Dutt Pandey, there is a mention of Pt. Nain Singh Rawat. Born in 21 October 1830, Pt. Rawat gets the credit for preparing the map of Tibet and locating the geographical location of its capital Lhasa. He also gets the credit for tracing the origin of river Brahmaputra. Pt. Rawat was a surveyor in the British team and he was given the task of tracing the geographical boundary of Tibet. In addition he also traced the trade route from Nepal to Tibet --- An achievement for which he was awarded with Highest British Civilian Honour. He received other honours as well. In 2004, the Indian Government released a postage stamp in his name. What makes Pt. Nain Singh Rawat's work extraordinary is the fact that he not only had the courage & initiative to trace the extremely difficult unfamiliar terrain, he also had the intelligence & precision to understand the intricacies of the surveying work. It is said that he was so precise about his measurements that he every step he took was approx. 37 inches long. He traced all these routes and geography on foot and most of the times disguised as a Buddhist Monk. (A book which hails Pt. Nain Singh Rawat as a Hero and a Google Doodle which celebrates him).

According to Wikipedia, the Nain Singh Range of mountains south of Lake Pangong are named in Nain's honour.

The daily, Rashtriya Sahara today has published a front page story about the financial hardships faced by his fifth generation descendants. The family of a young widow, two school going children and an old mother-in-law is living in acute financial distress. According to the news report, the only source of family income is a bank financed Taxi, which the bank wants to take back as a recovery for non-repayment of loan. From the circumstances, the family seems in a much need of help.

The family seeks monetary help.

[NOTE Rashtriya Sahara : The mobile number 98338998 of contact person Dr. Prayag Rawat is either WRONG or Unreachable]


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Friday, 7 February 2020

High automobile parking charges in AIIMS Rishikesh


Written by Anil Singh


The AIIMS Rishikesh is charging very high automobile parking charges. The parking spaces have been alloted to the private contractors. The contractors are charging Rs. 20 for the two-wheelers and; Rs. 40 for the three and four wheelers.

In addition, during day hours, if the automobile leaves the parking space and returns back then it has to pay parking charges again. The parking charges and their implementation are problematic for the patients and their attendants.

The parking charges are very high and the implementation looks arbitrary. The AIIMS administration must take note of the issue. The Uttarakhand Chief Minister @tsrawatbjp must Kindly take immediate note of the issue.

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