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The Problems Of Rural Areas
Courtesy: Manipur Mail 4th January, 2003

Rishang Keishing is right when he said that the Govt employees getting monthly pay should not be allowed to defy Govt order. Not only Doctors the other employees working in other departments too do not want to go the remote areas of the state. They are equally responsible for creation of immense problems in the remote parts of the state. If they do not want to make themselves available for the service to the state, they should be terminated from their respective posts without giving any warning to them. Setting aside such issue the transfer and posting policy of the state Govt needs to be reviewed in its entirety. What is happening now is that employees, who have influential persons at the background continue to remain at the town areas while those, who do not have any big shot continue to languish at the remote areas. Arun Shourie Divestment Minister in charge of NE region when he was working as a journalist wrote an article saying that a true bureaucrat should be able to live eating fruits only. It is really heart rendering story that Sugnu area is reeling without any Doctor. If anybody happens to fall ill he or she will die without reaching hospital. Will the health centre not get a Doctor? The Chief Minister said he would send one. Why should not they go that is the question asked by Mr Keishing while speaking at a function held at Serou. Unless the villagers themselves speak out we will not know whether they have got a Doctor or not. The people in the state particularly .those in the rural areas do not have the habit of complaining against the harms done do them. Therefore they are rotting without getting even the basic amenities. They are not getting even drinking water. The roads are dusty yet they do not say anything against the concerned department, which have neglected its duties. Is not is amazing that a place like Serou which is not so far from Imphal would remain like an island without having any road to connect with the main road. A place, which is remaining like an island naturally, might not be receiving electricity too. Manipur Govt has many things to do. Sitting among them listening to their sad stories one came to the conclusion that Manipur has a long way to go. The villagers with their face half-sunken submitted memorandum to the VVIPs and also presented vegetables and fruits when they visited their villages. They toiled hard to support themselves and the family members dependent on them. The simple question is who understands their plight. Our assumption is everybody forgets their problems once they occupy the cozy sofa seat. If they understood their problems why should they refuse to go the villages, why should they think of taking bribe from the poor villagers when they visited the Govt offices? Our leaders are to be blamed equally. They too desert their villages and pretend to be fighting for their villages. That is called double standard. The day the villages get basic amenities the day, they get better road communication as city dwellers do, Manipur can be called a land of paradise.


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