Flopped civil administration

The Sangai Express
Jan 05, 2010

Ever wondered why the Assam Rifles or the Army make it to the news ? For one, they have very good public relations officers. Number two and this is more important and critical, they make it to the news, that is positive information, because the civil Government, read the Government, has failed in its duty and it has been left to the security personnel to carry out some remedial measures. Read about the military civic action programme carried out either by the Assam Rifles or the Army and one will get a fair idea of where the civil administration has failed. From providing a water tank in a nondescript village to administering anti- snake venom, the Assam Rifles and the Army have been doing all these and more. Memory fails us at this moment to minutely list all the developmental works that these security forces have done, but it tells a sordid tale of Government incompetency marked by red tapism and favouritism.

Why should it take either the Assam Rifles or the Army to help villagers ? Why should the need arise to approach these security forces when anyone has been bitten by a poisonous snake ? Why ? Why is it that the security forces have to carry out free medical camps in remote villages ? All these point to the utter failure of the State Government to dispense with its duties. It is fine that some gentlemen Generals come and recognise the problems of the villagers. It is also fine in giving a helping hand to some sick people, such as a snake bitten man or woman. But does this create a positive image of the State Government and its civil administration ? Health care in the rural areas is appalling. So is education. Other than this, the civil administration has totally failed in all other spheres. Road connectivity is zero. So is power supply and water supply. It when this vacuum exists that the Assam Rifles or the Army step in to provide the healing balm to the impoverished people.

Chief Minister O Ibobi and his men may feel smug under the belief that they have managed to cast aside all challenges from the Opposition, especially the MPP, but they should not live under the belief that they have been able to do something good for the people, especially the people living in the remote areas.It is a shame that the Assam Rifles and the Army feel it necessary to step in and fill up the shoes of the Government.

Chief Minister, Sir, are you listening ?

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