Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies slam Goala, back Kartiksena

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Courtesy: The Sentinel (September 28, 2010)
GUWAHATI, Sept 28: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) and the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) have come down heavily on Assam Urban Development Minister Dinesh Prasad Goala for his what they said undue interference in the internal matter of the NBMM on the issue of the proposed Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council.
In a press release sent to The Sentinel on September 28, NBMSP general secretary DILS Lakshmindra Sinha said: “It is the fact that the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha had raised the demand for the formation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council before the State Government in 2003 with the aim all-round development of this economically backward community. But it is because of the personal initiative of MLA Kartiksena Sinha, the State Government decided to set up the proposed Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC). It is learnt that a committee headed by Kartiksena Sinha as chairman has already been prepared and that the committee have also got the approval of the Cabinet subcommittee. The proposed committee is now waiting for the final clearance from the Chief Minister. In such a situation, the statement of minister Goala is confusing and misleading. We smell a rat that this might be a political conspiracy to halt the process of the setting up of the development council by dividing the community into pro-Kartiksena Sinha and pro-Deben Sinha groups so that the government can put the blame on the community in the event of its failure to form the council.”
“The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha proposed the name of MLA Kartiksena Sinha as the chairman of the council through a resolution passed unanimously. The Mahasabha has not changed this decision till date. On the allegations against Kartiksena Sinha, I seek to clarify that an accusation does not mean conviction. There are a lot of accused ministers, MPs and MLAs who are ruling the country and the states. I am quite confident that at this critical time, the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community will stand behind Kartiksena Sinha for his contribution for the development of the community,” DILS Sinha said, added: “I request all social leaders and activists not to fall in the trap laid by some vested interests. I also appeal to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, whose step has enkindled a ray of hope among this distressed community, for completion of the process of formation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council immediately.”
NBMM vice-president Anil Singha Gautam said in another press release that in its executive committee meeting, the NBMM had unanimously decided to project lone MLA of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, Kartiksena Sinha, as the chairman of the proposed Bishnurpriya Manipuri Development Council. “Since the MLA is the unanimous choice of the NBMM, there is no question of deleting his name from the proposed council without taking the consent of the Mahasabha,” Singha Gautam said, and added: “It’s learnt that minister Goala is involved in the matter. The NBMM finds no reason of Goala interfering in the internal matter of the community. The role of the minister on this issue is to divide the community for his political gains.”

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Chances of Kartiksena becoming Chairman bleak

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Courtesy: The Sentinel (September 26, 2010)
SILCHAR, Sept 26: Chances of Kartiksena Sinha, the controversial MLA from Patharkandi becoming the chairman of the proposed Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council was very bleak, hinted Urban Development Minister Dinesh Prasad Goala. Talking to The Sentinel Goala said, the State Government wished to form the much awaited council for the Bishnupriya Manipuris with someone having undisputed background and transparency as the chairman. In the backdrop of Rs 1,000 crore PDS scam, where Kartiksena was one of the accused, the State Government was not willing to award him the post of chairman, hinted Goala. He further added that leading representatives of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community had met him on Saturday and urged that until the financial allegations on Kartiksena was wiped out, he should not be made the chairman.
Sources said, Goala had suggested the name of Dr Deben Sinha, president of Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, the apex body of the community. A team of leading representatives of the community would meet Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman, the head of the six-member core committee formed by the State Government to formulate the modalities of the proposed council. Meanwhile, a representative from the community, on the condition that his name would not be disclosed, said that in the present context, is a man like Kartiksena was made the chairman of the Development Council, the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community would be tarnished.
On the other hand, without naming Kartiksena Sinha, who was expelled from the BJP for voting in favour of Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha election, the Parliamentary Secretary Siddique Ahmed said, a prominent figure from the Bishnupriya Manipuri community with undisputed transparency should be made the chairman of the proposed council. Otherwise a wrong message would be sent which ultimately will hamper the image of the government.
Kartiksena’s name figured in the charge sheet of the Rs 1,000 crore PDS scam in Arunachal Pradesh. Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, one of the main accused, was already arrested and sources said Kartiksena would also be held today or tomorrow. Sources said, Mahasabha, after consultation with two Ministers Dinesh Prasad Goala and Gautam Roy as well as Siddique Ahmed had proposed the names of leading representatives from their community to be inducted in the council. Kartiksena, who was highly applauded for compelling the State Government to sanction the development in lieu of his voting in favour of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha election, was the unanimous choice for the top post. Goala had put Kartiksena in backfoot. On the other hand, an influential group in the community was not amused to find that Kartiksena was accommodating his close aides in the council.

Recruitment of 6100 Clerical Staff in Associte Banks State Bank of India (SBI)

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Central Recruitment & Promotion Department, State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai invites Online applications from Indian citizens for appointment of 6100 Clerical Cadre posts in State Bank of India Associate Banks (State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Suarashtra, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Indore, State Bank of Patiala etc.) up to 01/11/2010.
  • Clerical Cadre : 6100 posts in various states in India (see detailed advt. for Bank-wise, State-wise and Category-wise vacancies) , Pay Scale : Rs.7200-19300/-, Qualification : Minimum 12th Standard (10+2) or equivalent qualification thereof with a minimum of 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD/XS) OR A degree from a recognised university (graduation level) with a minimum of 40% marks (35% for SC/ST/PWD/XS). Matriculate Ex-Servicemen, who have obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or the Air Force, who have put in not less than 15 years of service in Armed Forces of the Union are also eligible for the post. Should be able to write and speak English fluently, must be fluent in speaking and writing the Regional Language of the state from which they are selected. Knowledge of other Indian language will be an added qualification.


Age : 18-28 years. Age relaxation as per Govt. rules.
Selection Procedure : Final selection will be made on the basis of performance in the written test and interview taken together.
Application Fee : Rs. 250/- (for SC/ST/PWD/XS Rs.50/- only) to be deposited in any branch of SBI by a prescribed deposit slip and get receipt upto 30/10/2010. Details of the payment should be entered in online application form.
How to Apply : Apply Online at SBI website upto 01/11/2010.
Important Dates :
Last date of Online submission of Application : 01/11/2010
Date of Written Examination : 16/01/2011
For more information, please visit the Recruitment page at SBI website.
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Monday, 27 September 2010

ESIC West Bengal LDC and Steno vacancy Sep-2010

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Recruitment of Lower Division Clerks (LDC) and Stenographer
Online Applications are invited to fill up following posts in the West Bengal region of ESI Corporation :
  • LDC : 89 posts (UR-52, OBC-29, SC-4,ST-4), Age : 18-27 years as on 18/10/2010, Pay Band : Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900.
  • Stenographer : 09 posts (UR-5, SC-3, OBC-1), Age : 18-27 years as on 18/10/2010, Pay Band : Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.2400.
Age relaxation as per rules.
Application Fee : Demand Draft of Rs.225/- (Rs.25/- No fee for Women/SC/ ST/ PH/ Ex.SM/ Departmental candidates) drawn on The Regional Director, ESI Corporation, Kolkata and payable at Kolkata.
How to Apply : Apply online at ESIC West Bengal website only upto 18/10/2010. Take a printout of the application and send it with documents etc. on or before 28/10/2010 to : The Regional Director, Regional Office, E.S.I. Corporation, 5/1, Grant Lane, Kolkata-700012 (West Bengal)
Please visit http://www.epostonline.in/forms/esic20100911/index.aspx for details and Online submission of application.
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Para-Medical vacancy in BSF Sep-2010

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Applications are invited from Indian citizens for the following posts in BSF :
  • Inspector/ Jr. Dietician : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4600, Age : 30 years
  • Sub-Inspector/ Sr. Radiographer : 07 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200, Age : 25 years
  • Head Constable (HC)/ Steward : 09 posts, Pay Band : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200/- Grade Pay Rs.2400, Age : 18 to 25 years,
Application Fee : Application should be accompanied by a Crossed Bank Draft / Indian Postal Order for Rs. 50/- only for Gen/OBC candidates as the examination fee in favour of The Inspector General or DIG/Comdt to whom the application is addressed payable at respective SBI/ post office.
How to Apply : Application in the prescribed format should be sent designated officers as stated in the detailed advertisement i.e. 24/10/2010.
Detailed information is to be available at BSF Website

Sunday, 26 September 2010

UPSC CDS-I Examination 2011

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Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) (I), 2011 including SSC (Women Non-Technical) Course
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) (I), 2011 on 13th February, 2011 for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy amd Air force Academy for the Cources commencing in January, 2011 and Officers Training Academy, Chennai for the cources (Men and Women) commencing in April, 2012.
Vacancies :
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun : 250 posts
  • Naval Academy, Goa : 40 posts
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad : 32 posts
  • Officers Training Academy , Chennai : 175 posts
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) : 25 posts
  • Conditions of Eligibility
How to Apply : Offline - All applications must reach the "SController of Examination, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur house, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069" either by hand or by Post/Speed Post only or by Courier, on or before 25th October, 2010.
Online - Candidate can also apply online at http://upsconline.nic.in/ upto 25/10/2010 11.59 pm.
Complete datails and other information are available at the commission website at http://upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/cds1-2011/ntf-index.htm
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Recruitment of Constable (General Duty - GD) in BSF

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Applications are invited from male Indian citizens belonging to all States and UTs for appointment to Group 'C' post of Constable (GD) in the BSF.
  • Constable (GD) : 19857 posts in various states and UTs, Age : 18-23 years as on 01/08/2010 (Relaxation as per GoI rules), Pay Band : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Grade pay Rs.2000
Application Form : Application should be forwarded in the OMR Application Form which will be available in all district headquarters in all over India from 04/10/2010 to 23/10/2010.
Last Date : application should reach the concerned addresses on or before 03/11/2010.
How to Apply : Application in the prescribed format on white paper should be sent to corresponding centre as prescribed in the detailed advertisement.
For more information and application form, please view http://www.bsf.nic.in/recruitment/r284.pdf
 

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

“BAITAAMIN” – Bishnupriya Manipuri Comedy Film releasing on 3rd October, 2010

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By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati
A full-length entertaining film “BAITAAMIN” is coming up for the public on 3rd October, 2010. “BAITAAMIN” is the first Bishnupriya Manipuri Comedy film (duration 2:50 hrs.) which will be released and screened by Chitrangada Musical Banner (CMB) at Silpagram, Panjabari (Guwahati) at 10:30 am on 3rd October, 2010.
As one can guess from the title of the film “BAITAAMIN”, which is mispronunciation of ‘vitamin’ by village folks, is a complete entertainment story set in the background of villagers’ interaction with different languages in their day-to-day activities. The film is packaged with a tickling the bone story directed by Hirendra Sinha. He has been assisted by Samar Sinha and Kanan Kishore Sinha (as Production Manager). Story Script and Lyrics is done by Hirendra Sinha. The film is produced by Malay Sinha.
Lead male actors in the film are Niranjan Sinha, Asutosh Sinha(Rabi), Kamal Sinha, Kanan Kishore Sinha, Samar Sinha, Pratyush Sinha(Apu), Dhruba Kalita, and in female lead roles played by Babli Mukherjee, Sarojini Sinha, Suporna Sinha, Sangeeta Sinha and Rita Sinha. Dils Lakshmindra  Sinha is in Guest   Appearance.


Hirendra Sinha and Samar Sinha are singers in male voice and Dhritideepa Barman is female play back singer in the film. Music is directed by Ahir Bhairav and film edited by Kuldeep Bora.
There will be two premier shows of the film on the same day the same venue – 1st Premier Show at 10:30 am and 2nd show at 03:00 pm. Moviegoers interested to watch the film may contact for more details at contact numbers – 9859558157, 9864106334, 9864033055, 9864106524 & 7399342459.
Interesting to note that in the past few years, Bishnupriya Manipuri video films and Music Audios/Videos have shown a proliferating growth despite having no economically viable market. Yet, high-spirited producers are coming up with one-after-another creation. Hope, in this experimental phase of Bishnupriya Manipuri entertainment, the movie Vitamin (Sorry “BAITAAMIN”!) would set a new trend and direction.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Top 8 Destinations

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Here are the top 8 places in India where we have a sizable population. (Web statistics) If Agartala and Silchar is our home, then New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad are some of the destinations which can be considered as second home for many of us.
Please visit the Top 8 Indian Destinations

Vote for the Top-8 Destinations
Vote for the places where you would love to visit again and again and wish to be there permanently.
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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council Part (v)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

Learn to accept the reality of ourselves as some of us with strength and weaknesses will have some good days and bad days too. And at the same time we should not rely on any individual to do the needful for the benefit of the entire community as far as the development is concerned. Even no super human could do such job unless a collective wisdom is prevailed.

Bishnupriya Manipuris demand from Government of Assam for the Development Council without any specification is similar to a demon praying God to become immortal. If at all there were a specification at the time of declaration in the year 2003 at World Conference of NBMM, it is not yet made known to general public; hence many of us are wandering where to start with after the Gazette Notification.

We should be very much clear in our minds that the Government of Assam has not disbursed Development Councils to these communities: Bishnupriya Manipuris, Nath Yogi, Maimal and Moria; but the Government has fulfilled the demands of these communities. Therefore, the Government has to sit down with these communities to formulate Acts (modalities) to meet their aspirations such as objectives, areas, status of the Development Council vis-a-vis power of council members etc. Once both the parties sit to formulate, this will be the beginning of Council making process. After that comes the ad.hoc. Committee making to run the council till the election is held and location of its Head Quarters and temporary office is determined.

Now the million-dollar question who should represent the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in this crucial talk of Council making with the Government of Assam. On Government notification, the Department for Welfare of Plain Tribes & Backward Classes( WPT &BC) would invite these stakeholders (communities) to finalize the modalities which might be in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to run the Development Councils. As far as BMDC is concerned the stakeholder, the office bearers, the President and/or Secretary General, NBMM would be the signatories of the MOU. Once the agreement is signed, the Act will come into force.

Our aspiration, in the form of demands, would be written on a memorandum and submitted to the Government for discussion during the meeting. Those demands might be as follows as per Government notification i.e Social-economic, Educational, Cultural and Ethnic Advancement, say, (1).Organisational Structure,(2). The Area of declared Development Council comprises of all the Bishnupriya Manipuri villages to be prepared in a separate annexure,(3) Power and function, (4). Centre for development and research of Bishnupriya Manipuri language, (5). Up-gradation of Education Infrastructure in the Council areas, (6). Cultural Complex at a central place, (7).Medical facilities, (8). Sports, (9) Irrigation for Agriculture, (10). Flood Control, (11). Fishing and Horticulture Centre (12). Education, (13). Development Projects, (14). Handloom, (15). Cultural Affairs, (16). Rural Development, (17). Social Welfare, (18). Food and Civil Supply, (19). Relief and Rehabilitation and many more to be included.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Madhu Sinha promoted to Indian Forest Service

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Madhu Sinha, son of late Mohini Kumar Sinha and Jini Sinha of village Bhagatpur, Silchar, has the distinction of being promoted to the prestigious Indian Forest Service (IFS) vide  Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, notification No. 17013/22/2008 - IFS II dated 25/8/2010.

Madhu Sinha joined Assam Forest Service in 1981. After completion of the training he was posted to Jorhat as Asstt. Conservator of Forest in 1984. Then he came to home town Silchar for  Range training in 1987. He worked in three districts Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj of Barak valley at different capacity as DY. Conservator and DFO till he was nominated to IFS- II. on 26 th August 2010.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Feross Aboukhadijeh with bishnupriy

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September 11 -- Google announced Google Instant. It is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type.

Feross Aboukhadijeh decided to build YouTube Instant (going a step further to get the same experience that of Google Instant in YouTube) in less than an hour. What started out as a bet with his roommate, YouTube Instant has become ultra-hit. And Feross Aboukhadijeh has become within a night a web celebrity. YouTube CEO offered him a job offer in Twitter. A true fairy-tale story!

Feross Aboukhadijeh wrote in his site

I awoke Friday morning to an inbox full of people congratulating me on YouTube Instant, sending me links to press coverage, and sharing it by the thousands on Twitter and Facebook.
The Washington Post called to do an interview, Venture Beat put my picture on their front page, and Mashable wrote a front page story …twice. YouTube Instant also made it to the All Things Digital front page and the Hacker News home page three times.
YouTube CEO Chad Hurley even asked me if I wanted a job …over Twitter!

I ran YouTube Instant with 'bishnupriy' [i.e bishnupriya manipuri], it brought it correctly the results.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Celebration of Ganesh Utsav 2010 Mumbai

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

City`s first Ganesh Utsav was celebrated at Keshavji Naik Chawl,Girgaum near famous sea beach Chowpaty. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed son of Shiva-Parvati. Every year the Utsav is celebrated for 11 days and this year it will be between 11 and 21st September 2010. However, certain Mandal Committees of Mumbai will take out huge processions on 25th September, called Ganesh Visarjan, the idol immersion also called Dance Ganesh through the streets of Mumbai, chanting of Ganapati Pappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya, Oh Ganesh my Lord!

There are different versions of the story of his birth. Once Gauri(Parvati) the Shiva`s spouse created a white Ganesha from the dust on her body and asked him to stand on guard while she was taking bath. The obedient Ganesh did not permit Shiva to enter and in the ensuing struggle, Ganesha`s head was chopped off. To appease distraught Gauri, Shiva placed the first head found facing north that happened to be of an elephant.
Shiva declared then and there that Ganesha would be worshipped in the beginning of other worships as he would remove all obstacles. He is specially worshipped as the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Samar Sinha releases book

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By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

Samar Sinha, a young budding Guwahati-based entrepreneur cum writer has released his fourth book “SATYAMRIT”. The 24-page book brilliantly put forth basic tenets of life.

In the thought-provoking book, the writer had reflected his own feelings of sentiments and basic principles of life which plays a key role in human’s life, in relationship, attitude and behaviour in an universal degree. The writer had pointed out the sensitive points involved in human’s life which show his in-depth thinking and a compilation of people’s common thoughtful knowledge that have a great impact on common people life and livelihood.

SATYAMRIT
The other three books authored by Samar are Lengtihaan Nei Kalomgo (Collection of stories), published in 2006 it contains 5 stories; Dakula Oja “Girichan Singha” (Biography), published in 2007; and “Sendar Parar Yaari” (Collection of 15 Folk Tales), published in 2008.

Samar’s earlier works has been widely reviewed in the literary circle. Dr. Bhupen Sarma in his article “Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahityat Samprotik Sanjojan”, published in the Assamese daily “ASOMIYA PROTIDIN” (December 2, 2006) gave a detailed review on the book “Lengtihaan Nei Kalomgo”.

Dr. Bhupen Sarma quoted in the article (in Assamese) :“Bishnupriya Manipuri Bhashar Sahitya charcha kora manuhkhiniow aamar oti uchorore manuh. Mulotoh eowlok dakhin Asomor, sidha bhasat Barak upotakyar. Aamar Guwahati chorotaw eowlokor upostithi mon koribologiya.


He said that the language in the book is very simple and easy to understand and his literary conception is very balanced.

Dils Lakshmindra Sinha stated in the preface of the book Lengtihaan Nei Kalomgo that “Samar Sinha is a young budding writer who is trying to give a new shape to Bishnupriya Manipuri Literature by compiling his own creativity and natural in-depth thinking. Hope his entry in the literary world will help him to create a new image with his creative writings”.

Samar Sinha
Son of Smt. Rupleima Devi and Brojobilas Sinha, Samar hails from Garerband village, Karimganj district of Assam. He owns SSJ Enterprise & Printers in Guwahati.

He passed his matriculation in the year 1990 and took admission in Ramkrishna Nagar College. But due to financial crisis and poverty, he couldn’t continue his higher studies properly and failed in Higher Secondary exam in 1992. When he felt that his parents could not support him further financially to continue his higher studies, he left his village house and reached Guwahati in search of job. Staying in one of his paternal uncle’s house, he joined a private job with a low salary at Guwahati. After going through difficult circumstances of life, he had an immense desire to continue his higher studies and he appeared again for the Higher Secondary exam and passed the exam in the year 1994. Alongside he learnt the DTP course and joined an Offset Printing Press named “Rumi-Jhumi Enterprise” as a DTP operator.

After a long struggle with a low salaried private job at Guwahati, he decided to start his own business. He started his own business by opening his own Printing Press named “SSJ Enterprise & Printers” at Guwahati and his wife co-operated him to start his business.

Sparing from his busy life, he keeps interest in social activities and actively takes part in various society welfare activities. Samar assists Hirendra Sinha as an Assistant Director.

Sendar Parar Yaari

Dakula Oja “Girichan Singha” 

Lengtihaan Nei Kalomgo

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Development Council: An emotional appeal (Part IV)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

Like any proud member of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, I am filled with pride that our great community is getting ready to work for the Development Council, which is symbolic of our community`s honour. Bishnupriya Manipuri is a society of immensely constructive, progressive and cultured people with rich heritage, and the recently declaration of B.M. Development Council has drawn statewide admiration, as such the whole Assam State today looks upon us with respect and hope.

As mentioned, Government has been making earnest efforts to provide more power to different Tribal and Backward Communities within the State, so as to bring about speedy development in the area inhabited by these groups. The objective of setting up of Development Council is to provide maximum possible autonomy within the framework of the Constitution of India for social, economical, educational, ethnic and cultural advancement of the communities in the State.

It has to be agreed that the Assam Government by suitable legislation has constituted the Council as BMDC, an apex council consisting of satellite areas of village councils, constituted with people living there. The Constitution or Act or By-laws to run the Council has to be formulated by a Ministerial Committee in consultation with the stakeholders i.e. the representatives of various authorized organizations like Mahasabha, Sahitya sabha etc. The Government will by an order published in the official Gazette, determine the territorial limit of the constitutions in to which the village council area or the council area shall be determined for the purpose of holding election of the council of members. Unless these formalities are completed, no committee can be formed to run the council but most of us are at present thinking otherwise. 

Presently the Assam Government shall constitute an interim council, which shall continue till the election to the council take place. The state Government will provide funds and other resources to the apex council in accordance with the appropriate formula, to be worked out, keeping in mind the resources of Government priorities on development works in other areas. In my earlier article it was clearly mentioned about the funds allocation to a council. 

However, rumour mill has been started off now by certain vested interest people that the fund could have been allotted for the BM DC; but due to other DCs, the Govt. was helpless. It was also heard that, hearing the news of allotment of huge fund, people from the graves started attending the meetings.

First of all members of Bishnupriya Manipuri society must know how these council will work -- under which Govt. departments. Let me give a brief on this. The organization structure of the Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes( WPT & BC) who notified the BM DC: The minister for WPT&BC is the political head of the department, who provides the policy direction of the department. The Administration head of the department is the Commissioner and Secretary to Govt. of Assam, who is a senior of IAS cadre. The other officers in the department are Secretaries, Jt. Secs, Deputy Secs of the Govt. of Assam and there are Under Sec, superintendent, senior and junior asstts. There is a planning cell headed by a Jt. Director, he is assisted by planning officer, Research officer and Asstt. Research officer and branch assistants. The Organisation Structure of BM DC would be determined by the said committee.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Online Enterprise

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi
(The Article published in the Assam Tribune on September 4, 2010)

The Internet has made the world flat. Now anyone connected to the Internet can peep into any city and get a visual glimpse of its infrastructure and facilities. Running Google Maps through the Guwahati city gives an interesting insight how various educational institutes and business enterprises are taking advantage of the World Wide Web.

Hovering above the Guwahati city, thanks to Google’s satellite imagery, where the city gives a panoramic view of its natural beauty, it also throws up business establishments which have embraced the Internet. For any city, its presence in the Internet speaks a lot. It is found that the city-based educational institutes are the one which has adopted the Internet tool the most, followed by the hotel industry.

Unfortunately, the presence of educational institutes and hotels in the Internet doesn’t paint a rosy picture of the whole city. There are innumerable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are oblivious of the advantages of the great communicative tool called the Web. They have not claimed their businesses in the Internet. In consequent of it, they have not been able to reap the benefits that Internet could bring to their businesses. One can’t deny the fact that in the present glocalised world, it's really important to be on the web so that people can have access to one’s business at any time of day. A website comes as an extension of business, a virtual salesman.

Take Guwahati-based pharmacy, there are total three pharmacies which are visible in the whole city in the Google Map. Are pharmacies not important for a city? According to World Bank’s World Development Indicators report (that Google provide) India’s Internet users per 100 people is 4.5 in 2008. And that is also limited to urban metro cities. With the rapid expansion of broadband facility in the tier-II cities, it is necessary that along with the micro and small business enterprises, other professions like doctors, architects, lawyers do place their business in the web.

What stops the small businesses to appreciate the Internet as a marketing tool? There are many reasons which come in the way of its adoption. First, there is lack of knowledge with the Internet as a medium, as a marketing tool. Second, there are myths lingering in the minds of people that it bears a huge cost. It is not completely true. There are resources and systems through which one can showcase their services to the whole world and to the local market at a cost-effective way. Third, those who have gone Google (though Google Inc. refrain using its company as a verb), it is found they have not correctly used the tool due to lack of finance and persons of adequate skills that businesses in this sector usually face. So their presence in the web has not been optimized, which later become a continual headache for the business owners.

Businesses which are considering to ‘go Google’ must tread the path with clear strategy and objective. Since a crystal clear objective will only charts the future course of action. However, small businesses which want to enter into webosphere must take small steps before they incorporate a complete team of web specialists.

What are the small steps and how a self-managed micro enterprise could incorporate Internet technology to their work place? First, claim a business domain in Wordpress or in Blogpost. Doing so, not only your business goes online at a dart price, but you get the time to acclimatize to the working of Internet. Another very important benefit that a non-techie business owner gets while going through Wordpress and Blogpost route is that – it is easy to manage. Second, get a customized email-ID that reflects your domain. You might have seen lot of businesses around you which have their websites but they are still carrying free email services like Gmail, Yahoo!, rediffmail etc. Third, ‘go local’ in the Internet – the area where your business provides its services. Now, major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing are giving emphasis to local information. So after completing the development of your website, register your domain in these search engines. Fourth, install in your website: analytics and webmaster tools. These tools measure and give update about the health of your website. Fifth, link social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook, LinkedIn etc with your site. It has got immense benefit from the point of view of marketing and search engine indexing.

These are few of the fundamental steps that must be followed by micro and small businesses which are going online. However, there are other lots of dos and don’ts that one must follow in the game of search engines.
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