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FAAMC lacks in management

An appalling situation came to light following patient Gajendra Das's emergency admission into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the much spoken about Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College (FAAMC) in Barpeta town Friday evening.

The appointed ward boy and the sweeper for the FAAMC ICU were surprisingly missing. Das and his attendants had to bear the brunt of the condition inasmuch that his attendants had to do the necessary which otherwise is the duty of the concerned employees of FAAMC.

Though the superintendent of FAAMC was informed about the matter, no effective steps were taken.

The Intensive Care Unit is an important department of a hospital where patients requiring critical care are kept under keen observation and treatment. The unlikely happened in the case of Das. FAAMC administrators failed to manage their employees and own responsibilty for the same.

Das had to be shifted to a private hospital in Guwahati city to continue with his treatment. His attendants expressed indignation and said that Himanta Biswa Sarma the Minister of Education and Health, Government of Assam needs to know of the improper functioning of FAAMC and the plight of patients requiring immediate attention and care.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital is the newest addition to the emerging medical education scenario in Assam. It is the fifth medical college in Assam built with the aim to specially cater to the needs of people of West Assam.

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Rti Findings Lead to Violent Threats in Assam

22 May 2007 - 5:30am | kbora
Akhil Gogoi of Golaghat town in Assam has been a beleaguered man for more than a year now. His life under threat, he has been practically forced to go underground following multiple applications under the RTI Act that would bring to light massive corruption by local officials. He is not alone. Namita Subedi, Sanjit Tanti and many others in Assam have also faced violent threats after they questioned the implementation of various schemes through RTI.

As the Secretary of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), an activist group, Akhil Gogoi filed a number of RTI applications on March 2, 2006, seeking information on the implementation of schemes such as Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Individual Beneficiary Scheme (IBS) and Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) from the concerned departments in Golaghat district. Thereupon, he was targeted by the authorities as a "troublemaker" and beaten up on several occasions. On December 9, 2006, KMSS workers on a cycle rally against the corrupt practices of the local authorities were assaulted, allegedly by Congress goons. Rumours were spread that KMSS was an illegal group and police complaints were filed against Akhil Gogoi and other KMSS members, which led to the arrest of two KMSS members, Mr. Horen Payeng and Mr. Jiten Doley, who were kept in custody for about 3 months.

According to Akhil Gogoi, the concerned departments at first refused to divulge any information under various pretexts. It was only after he approached the state's Chief Information Commissioner in November 2006 that some action was taken, with the Golaghat DRDA divulging the requested information.

Akhil Gogoi's group had conducted a thorough survey to crosscheck the implementation of the schemes by the panchayats, and visited all households in the Gomariguri Block of Golaghat district listed as IAY, IBS and SGRY beneficiaries. Not surprisingly, several irregularities came to light, including forged names listed as beneficiaries of IAY, half completed houses for some, and so on. Beneficiaries under the IBS scheme had not received most of the commodities. In the case of SGRY, road repair, digging of ponds and construction of houses had been done only on paper. The Cheque Release Register (CRR) for IAY, which the DRDA had to release under RTI, revealed malpractices to the tune of Rs. 35 lakhs. On August 7, 2006, cheques worth this amount were released through 12 panchayats for the construction of 140 IAY houses, for which there was no beneficiary list whatsoever. Following local media coverage of a press meet by KMSS in the first week of May this year, a staff person of the DRDA, Tarun Bora was dismissed on May 15, and the construction of 140 houses was finally begun.

The CRR for SGRY also unveiled a Rs 25 lakh scam, whereby stationery material worth that amount was shown to have been bought on August 12, 2006, from a non-existent agency. According to the guidelines, stationery cannot be bought under SGRY. The purported stationery was also nowhere to be found in the SGRY storehouse.

A women's organization, North East Network, (NEN), inspired by RTI crusaders such as Aruna Roy (MKSS), and the CHRI has taken the lead in training people from different organizations in Assam to use the Act since 2004. Based on information provided by NEN on the RTI process, Akhil Gogoi had appealed to the Information Commission of Assam. NEN has also compiled other instances of and has compiled many instances of such attempts.

Ms. Namita Subedi of Teliagaon Mahila Samiti of Sonitpur district of Assam, filed an application regarding the appalling condition of a road in her area. She discovered that an amount of Rs. 30 lakh had been sanctioned for its repair. She went to the PWD office to complain about the lack of repairs, taking some photographs of the road as proof. Namita's 'inquisitiveness' incensed the contractor responsible for the repair, as well the area's MLA who is responsible of road construction under the MLA Fund. Ms. Subedi now has to be constantly vigilant in case of any attacks.

In another instance, Sanjit Tanti of the Sodou Assam Adivashi Chatra Santha received information of massive misappropriation of funds under IAY in Udalguri district a few months back. The IAY officials offered Sanjit Tanti a bribe to not disclose the information. Two members of Sanjit Tanti's group, who went to the BDO on May 17, 2007 to follow up, were attacked by five men with kukris (machetes) while on their way back from the BDO's office, as reported in local papers of May 18, 2007.

A veritable Pandora's box of such corruption has come tumbling out in Assam with the use of the RTI Act. Threats and violence such as those perpetrated against Akhil Gogoi have followed in their wake, with the guilty scrambling for cover and using any means to stifle the RTI applicants. Such threats reveal the pervasiveness and depth of corruption in almost all the public offices, and the complete non-accountability of the officials with regard to public funds. These incidents should not deter the democratic right of the citizen to question government officials; in fact it should strengthen citizens in large numbers to promote public monitoring, and signal that these corrupt practices are no longer acceptable.

Report by North East Network
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NCSC workshop for teachers held at Tangla

2 Jul 2016 - 1:24pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

A day long NCSC activity workshop was held at Arunodoi Academy,Tangla recently on July 1 for science teachers of Udalguri district.The NCSC (National Children's Science Congress) activity workshop was organized by NCSC Udalguri district committee in association with Arunodoi Academy,Tangla.Nearly a hundred science teachers of the district and a few interested students and children took part in the activity workshop to learn how to prepare scientific projects for the 24th National Children's Science Congress under the theme “Science Technology and Innovation (SIT)for substancial Development”.In Assam ASTEC (Assam Science Technology and Environment Council) Guwahati supervises NCSC activities.The district level science congress will be held in September while the state level meet will be held in October this year at Dibrugarh.Gajen Baruah,District Coordinator,NCSC Udalguri in his welcome speech spoke about the norms and necessity of making science projects while J Das,District Coordinator, ASC, Udalguri attending the workshop as the resource person explained about necessary steps for guiding students and children for the presentation of science projects based on local issues or problems after careful study and observation.Pranabjyoti Das,principal, Arunodoi Junior Science College Tangla spoke on various sub theme like-1.Science Technology and Innovation for Natural Resource Management;2.Food and Agriculture;3.Energy;4.Health Hygine and Nutrition; 5.Life style and Environment;6.Disaster Management and 7.Traditional Knowledge System. Napoleon Daimari,principal,Arunodoi Academy,Tangla;JB Chetry,Working President, NCSC, Udalguri also attended the day long science activity workshop.

 

Assam bandh call by Bengali federation affected

17 Jun 2015 - 7:12pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The 12 hours Assam bandh called by BTAD Bengali Youth Students Federation and Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation today affected normal life in Kokrajhar, heart town of BTAD administration demanding stop of harassment to Hindu Bengalies in the name of NRC updation in the state. 

The bandh was started fro  5 am and evoke full response with bandh of road transport communication, business and financial institutions like bazaar, bank, shop, market remained closed, besides private institutions are also saw of closed on the day. 

The students federation have alleged that the government has been creating unreasonable harassment and disturbing the Hindu Bengalies while implementation of NRC updating in the state. 

The federation demanded harassment creating to the Hindu Bengali should be immediately stopped and implement the NRC updation without any trouble and identify the illegal migrants in the state. 

The federation have also slammed Bjp led NDA govt and Congress for their non implementation of assurance that kept during election campaigns in 2014 Lok Sabha elections to meet healthy safe and security and development steps for the community. The student federation termed both Bjp and Congress parties have no any welfare attitude towards building healthy social integration in the region.