The Telegraph
Wednesday , October 10 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Price rise: The bane of the common manís livelihood

Several articles have appeared in the media regarding the abnormal rise in the prices of essential commodities.

However, the Tarun Gogoi-led government failed to take measures to control the rising prices.

It is difficult to believe that there is a department like the food and civil supplies under a cabinet minister in the state to monitor day-to-day prices and to make essential commodities available at reasonable prices. Earlier, Statefed, a state government undertaking, used to supply essential commodities to the public through Samabay Bhander, a fair price shop and a retail counter, throughout the state.

Hence, the public never had to feel the pinch of a price rise.

However, the state government closed down Statefed during 2005-2006, citing various reasons.

It did not, however, arrange any alternative to take over its responsibilities.

In our view, this was a very wrong decision on the part of the government.

Immediately after Statefedís closure, unscrupulous traders took advantage of the situation and increased the prices of all the important items according to their whims.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had instructed chief secretary Naba Kumar Das to look into the causes of price rise of essential items and asked him to submit a detailed report.

However, the general public is in the dark on whether any report has been submitted and if the chief minister has taken any action in the interest of the general public.

During a press conference in October 2009, the chief minister, and governor J.B. Patnaik during his address in the first session of the 13th Assam Assembly on June 6, 2011, had said they would start a civil supplies corporation for supply of essential commodities.

However, no such organisation has been formed in Assam. I request the chief minister to take immediate steps to start the organisation to ease things for the common man.

Pradip Kakati, Nabagraha Path

Need to tackle floods

An immediate solution is required to tackle the flood problem in Assam.
The preventive measures should start in October and not in May or June.
Machinery and manpower should be utilised to dredge and desilt the rivers and the sand/soil on the riverbanks. If China can tame its rivers, why can’t we?

Sudipta Goswami, Suwagpur, Rehabari, Guwahati

JNNURM bus woes

The JNNURM city buses in Guwahati are in a pathetic condition. I feel the buses have not been cleaned since they were purchased. The buses are well maintained in the other cities of the country so why are they in such a poor condition in Guwahati? I urge the authorities to look into the matter.

A.K. Das, Shillong

History of Bordoloi Trophy

I recently read the news item, Bordoloi Trophy to be all N-E affair, published in The Telegraph on September 17. As a keen follower of sport, I have witnessed almost all the matches since the inception of the tournament in 1952. In course of time, the interest of the spectators grew and the trophy turned into an annual event.

It is pertinent to recall that way back in 1965, there was such a huge crowd of soccer-crazy public, in a match involving two Calcutta giants, that the then chief minister B.P. Chaliha initiated prompt steps for the construction of a flyover near Nehru Stadium.

The tournament gradually earned all-India fame, with the participation of top teams of the country and abroad.

Sadly, the interest of sports lovers slumped following the final on September 5, 1978, when the East Bengal Club of Calcutta, despite emerging undisputed winner by a flattering margin of 4-2 goals against Thailand Sports Club of Bangkok, were denied the trophy. This caused widespread resentment and had an effect on the prestigious tournament named after the great patriot.

Milan Lahiri, Sukreswarghat, Guwahati

System of governance

Now, that we have a new President, it is time to wonder if we really need the current form of government. Many would agree that the American style of presidential form of government will be a much better choice, instead of having the Prime Minister as the executive head of the government as in the UK.

Of late we have seen that the Prime Minister is not always the leader, but a nominated person or a mere figurehead. Other than Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi, no other Prime Minister has been able to assert himself strongly. The government needs the support of allies to remain in power. However, if the President or the executive head of the government is elected directly by the citizens (as in the US), the leader could be very assertive andable to take strong decisions to improve the dismal situation of the country. The same would be the case for the chief ministers of the states.

Jyoti Kumar Patwari, North Lakhimpur, Assam