11 Aug 2008 - 1:04pm | editor
Peoples Organization for Social Transformation (POST) had organized a one day seminar on rights at the Asel L P School at Mahur in N C hills District on 5th August. The seminar was to sensitize people around the Mahur area on various social issues and individual rights. Ranjan K Baruah, youth activist from Guwahati was the resource person in the seminar who spoke on right to food and right to work with special emphasize on PDS NREGA, ICDS, etc. The seminar was moderated by P. Thaku Hmar of POST. POST was established in the year 2007 to work in Mahur area which is not well connected with other parts of the state due to poor communication. More than 100 individual including village headman, teachers, farmers, youth leaders had participated in the seminar and discussed the local issues which are affecting the area. POST has decided to organize Mahur Social Summit later this year for social awareness in the Mahur Development Block.
A meeting was conduct at Khonsa, the district headquarters town of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday under the chairmanship of H. Matcha, Additional DC, Tirap in the ADC’s office chamber in connection with the improvement of the electoral rolls. The meeting was attended by K.Tikhak, ERO Hq, K.Goiba ERO, Longding, D.Bhuiya ERO, of Pongchau, Anu Bamin I/C ERO of Dadam and Lazu.
In his address, K. Tikhak EAC- Cum- ERO, Khonsa Hq, informed that the Election Commission is strongly stressing on the 100% error-free electoral rolls, he therefore requested all the EROs to see that the appointed BLOs of their respective jurisdiction performed their assigned duties sincerely as per the guidelines and instruction issued by the Election Commission so that the target of error-free and qualitative electoral roll is achieved. He also asked all the EROs to conduct a meeting of the BLOs in their respective areas immediately to take up the activities as per the calendar of activities provided by the Election Commission.
Matcha said that it is the duties of the EROs concerned to see that the works assigned to the BLOs are done properly and it should be monitored thoroughly. It was also seriously noted that the EROs of Deomali, Kanubari and Wakka did not attend the meeting in spite of the communication received from the District Election Office (DEO) regarding the meeting and such type of attitude is not at all appreciable. The meeting concluded successfully.
A documentary film “The Lost Horizon”, based on impact of violence on the lives of women and children in BTC was screened at Recreation Hall, Central Institute of Technology (CIT), Kokrajhar before a seclected audience on Friday.
Made by three youths- Dhajen Basumatary, Subash Rai and Jayanta Narzary, a NSD graduate, the film is a product of the Peace fellowship project supported by National Foundation for India, New Delhi in collaboration with Foundation for Social Transformation, Guwahati.
The film is non-commercial piece of work and shall be released on YouTube.
According to the film makers, violence in the form of insurgency, ethnic conflicts, murders, fratricidal killings, government repressions etc. has been recurring phenomenon in BTC as well. These issues happen to be a long standing hindrance towards the path of peace, security and development, especially of the common people. Precisely, women and children happened to be the most vulnerable victims of such violence. Irrespective of caste and creed, many families have been shattered, many people have lost their lives and children orphaned, living the rest of their lives in abject difficulties and uncertain future.
In case of ethnic conflicts they become the soft targets of various forms of inhuman violence. With a perspective of a peace building initiative, the film highlights the consequences of the violence and demonstrates the suffering of victimized women and children.
This visual mode is an attempt to sensitize and create awareness among the audiences and gather support of the people, urging not to support any form of violence and killings.