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Draft electoral rolls published across State

SILCHAR, Oct 14 - The Cachar District Election Office today released the draft electoral rolls for the seven Assembly constituencies of Cachar district for 2017. The draft rolls were released in the presence of Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan and representatives of various political parties in a meeting held at the conference hall of the Zilla Parishad. The draft electoral rolls are published corresponding to the special summary revision of photo e-rolls for 2017.

As per the rolls, the district has 10,93,888 electors out of whom 5,71,575 are male and 5,22,313 are female. There are as many as 5,540 D-voters in the district with the highest 1,475 from the Katigorah constituency.

Jitu Kumar Das, District Election Officer, said that the final electoral rolls would be published on January 20 next year. “The deadline for settling claims and objections regarding the names in the electoral rolls is November 15. New voters who will attain the legitimate age for voting on January 1, 2017 can submit applications by filling up Form 6. Also, the names of deceased persons can be deleted from the list through Form 7. Form 8 can be used to submit photographs in 2.5x2 cm size as specified by the Election Commission of India. Form 8A can be used by the voters to change their residential location within the district,” Das added. He said that a software is being used by the district election office to detect duplication of voters. The duplicate names will be subsequently deleted from the voters list.

DC Vishwanathan said that the polling officials engaged in the collection of details for data enumeration must take note of the previous errors so that error-free electoral rolls could be prepared.

Earlier, members of political parties and leading citizens of the district aired their grievances against the loopholes in the process of enumeration and collection of data from voters by Block Level Officers (BLOs). Shashankha Shekhar Dhar, BJP representative in the meeting, pointed out the lapses in duty on the part of the BLOs. He alleged that the majority of the BLOs did not undergo any training to collect data from voters, which is why the voters list has a number of errors.

Seema Das, a BLO, clarified that the BLOs alone should not be blamed for the errors in the voters list. There are occasions when operators also enter wrong data. “Moreover, the forms, specially 6 and 8, which we submit are not entered in the list. Voter ID cards have many spelling errors for which the BLOs face criticism. Instead of criticism, there must be cooperation from the people and the administration for preparing error-free electoral rolls,” she added.

ANN Service from Golakganj adds: As per the directive of the Election Commission of India, the process of special amendment of the voters rolls has begun in Dhubri district. In this regard, the District Election Officer, Bistirna Baruah, informed that on Friday, the draft electoral rolls of the three Legislative constituencies under the Dhubri subdivision were published as per the special amendment process. Complaints or objections, if any, regarding the draft electoral rolls may be filled on or before November 14, sources said. Special camps will be set up on October 23 and November 13 to take up the registered complaints with the booth level agents of different political parties.

On December 15, after the settlement of all the complaints and objections, the final voter rolls will be published on January 20, 2017.

Barpeta Correspondent adds: The summary revision of the electoral rolls of all the six Assembly constituencies under the Barpeta Election District with January 1, 2017 as the base got under way on Friday. Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar formally released the draft electoral rolls in a meeting at the conference room of his office this morning.

The meeting was attended by officials associated with the revision and representatives of political parties.

As per the schedule, claims and objections regarding the electoral rolls will be accepted up to November 15. The draft will be examined and various aspects regarding the rolls will be explained to the public in meetings in local bodies and gram sabhas between October 18 to November 2. Special campaigns for the disposal of the objections will be initiated from October 23 to November 13 in association with the booth-level representatives of the political parties. Claims and objections will be disposed of within December 15. The final rolls will be published on January 20 next year.

As per the draft rolls published on Friday, the Barpeta Election District has 9,92,489 voters with 5,07,849 male and 4,64,499 female electors. Out of them, 20,141 are D-voters and excluding them, there are 9,72,348 voters. Sorbhog tops the list with a total of 1,97,692, followed by Barpeta with 1,79,161 voters. The number of voters in the draft rolls for Mania, Baghbar, Sarukshetri and Chenga Assembly constituencies are 1,79,107, 1,39,169, 1,75,756, and 1,21,604 respectively.

ANN Service from Sonari adds: The draft voters list of No. 105 Mahmora and No. 106 Sonari LACs were released at the public auditorium in Sonari on Friday. At present, there are 62,529 male and 57,454 female voters in Mahmora LAC, while 79,382 male and 72,332 female voters are in the Sonari LAC. There is one D-voter in the Mahmora LAC.

The draft voters list will be available at the Deputy Commissioner’s office at Sonari, Revenue Circle Officers’ offices at Mahmora, Sonari and Sapekhati, Sonari Municipality and Moran Town Committee offices, all development blocks, gaon panchayats, post offices and police stations of Charaideo district.

The final voters list on the basis of January 1, 2017 will be published on January 20, 2017. Claims and objections could be filed within November 15, which will be disposed of on December 15.

On the eve of the publication of voters list, Monimala Phukon Borthakur, Deputy Commissioner, Charaideo, addressed a press meet at the DC’s conference hall on Thursday. Abul Kalam, Election Officer, Charaideo, gave a briefing on the ongoing process of the correction of voters list as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India. Samiron Bora, ADC, and Mamoon Borkatoky, SDIPRO, were also present on the occasion. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Freshers' Meet ventilates issues of Manipuri community

Silchar, Sept 24: “The various issues of the Manipuri community as raised in the memorandum will be taken up for discussion with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and I shall make every effort to see that these are resolved”, pointed out Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Speaker, while addressing the assembly on the occasion of annual Freshers’ Meet – 2016 of All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) held in the auditorium of District Library here today. He added to say the Chief Minister has been sieged with the problems of different minority communities and trying to evolve a strategy to address them.
Dilip Kumar Paul has high praise for the young talented boys and girls who have shown their brilliance in games and sports not only at the regional but also at the national and international levels. “My compliments are for the youths who have at the same time displayed their bravery by joining Indian armed forces in numbers and many have sacrificed their lives for the sake of motherland. Quite appreciable is the fact that instead of depending upon government jobs, they explore their own avenues through skill development,” he pointed out.
It has been outlined in the memorandum by P Nilkanta Singha, president, AAMSU central, that though the Manipuri community has a high rate of literacy, the job opportunity for the educated youths is limited. The problem of unemployment among the uneducated people has shown a rising trend. As the Manipuri community has been given the OBC category, employment is a challenge before them. The demand of the Union is to take initiative to resolve the problem. Inclusion of Manipuri language in the APSC examination as an optional subject / paper will be in the larger interest of the community.
The memorandum emphasizes on fulfilling the vacant posts in the Manipuri medium in lower primary, upper primary and high schools which need immediate attention. It is also a matter of concern that in most of the Manipuri medium schools, non Manipuri teachers without any knowledge of Manipuri language are appointed. This has created a lot of difficulties in teaching and learning. This kind of anomaly has to be sorted out without any glitz. Sportsmen and athletes have brought name and fame to the country. In contrast, quite regrettable their socio-economic condition merits consideration for uplift.
It is also painful as pointed out in the memorandum that Manipuri players who represented Assam and the country in the national and international arena have been deprived of employment and other facilities as expected. It deserves to be given its due and serious thought for rightful action. AAMSU and Meira Paibi have jointly planned a common office building on 1 bigha donated land near Madhura bridge by the side of Mahasadak, 3 km from this town. Out of the estimated cost of Rs.30 lakh for the proposed 4 storied building, Kabindra Purkayastha, former union minister, sanctioned Rs.5 lakh along with their collection of Rs.7 lakh from the community people and started the work.
Continuing P Nilkanta Singha said the ground floor has been completed but the building remains incomplete. The Deputy Speaker has been urged upon to arrange financial assistance to help them complete the building. Joining the clamour for reconstitution of Manipuri Development Council (MDC), AAMSU has also strongly pleaded for it in order to ensure it becomes a representative forum of the Manipuri community. Dilip Kumar Paul has assured his best of efforts to address the issues raised.
Apart from all about the memorandum, Prof. O Churamani Singha, former principal of Gurucharan College, and Mohan Singha, former president, Kolkata Manipuri Students’ Union, who graced the freshers’ meet extended their good wishes to the students of different educational institutions for their academic pursuit and bright career. Guests of honour who included Babu Singha, S Kamala Kanta Singha, K Kamdev Singha, and Pushpasati Singha, AAMSU activists in different capacities also addressed the freshers. It is to be noted that AAMSU started its journey in 1978 from this town and presently it has units in 14 districts of the state. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Manipuri Diaspora pleads for Manipuri language teacher

SILCHAR, Sept 22: Manipuri Diaspora, Assam, an apex body of Manipuri community, in their memorandum submitted to Education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma during his recent visit to this town, reiterated the demand for attaching the Manipuri language teacher post in non Assamese ME and high schools across the state. The two member delegation led by Dr. M Santi Kumar Singha, general secretary, and L Tezomani Singha, president, of the organization which met him brought to his notice the in most of the Bengali medium ME and high schools of Barak Valley exists the post of Manipuri language teacher.
As a normal practice, the managing committees of most of the venture schools of Barak Valley appointed Manipuri language teacher post which was subsequently recognized by the competent authority. But, due to the imposition of the Assam Venture Educational Institution Provincialization of Services Act of 2012, all the Manipuri language teachers serving for a long time in those schools with high hope were dejected as their posts were done away with. In fact, they were working with the hope that one day their services would be provincialized. These Manipuri language teachers are virtually now left in a lurch.
The posts have been discontinued from the staff pattern as planned in the said Act. This has deprived the Manipuri language teachers of the benefits of their services and also from being provincialized much to their disappointment. Manipuri Diaspora feels the only way to accommodate these teachers is to append the Manipuri language teacher posts through an amendment of the said Act. It has also demanded that the TET qualified candidates in Manipuri medium should be allowed to apply not only for medium schools but also for other schools irrespective of the medium being followed.
Along with that, Manipuri Diaspora has also insisted on reconstituting the Manipuri Development Council, a demand that has been raised for quite long time. There has been no positive response from Dispur. With the change of the government led by Sarbananda Sonowal, Manipuri community in general has called for its immediate reconstitution. It needs no mention, pointed out Dr. M Santi Kumar Singha, that after being active before the assembly elections, the Council has almost become a non functional body and is proving to be ineffective. Against this background, a new body will be quite justified to meet the hopes and aspirations of the community. Manipuri community is a linguistic minority community which has no representative from Barak Valley in the Assembly or the Parliament. Their legitimate voice is hardly heard and attended to. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Assam Rifles operation against militants continues

SILCHAR, Sept 10: For the past few days, 27 Assam Rifles has been conducting search operations in different urban and rural areas of Lakhipur sub division. Yesterday, with specific information from reliable source that in the jungle infested areas in close proximity to the border of Manipur, Mizoram and Dima Hasao district near Sanbari, a group of militants has took shelter. Assam Rifles rushed to the spot and after locating the militants has asked them to surrender. But, they did not surrender which led the security forces to fire at them.
Sanbari is surrounded by three villages of Alni, Mankhush and Naraindahar partially, while rest is of jungles. Taking the advantage of deep forested area, the militants disappeared. The force, however, conducted hours of search operations, but till the filling of this report no information of arrest or any injury has been found. It is to be recollected, not long ago, the upper and lower reaches of the sub division have been badly affected by militancy, creating an atmosphere of panic among the general people. Assam Rifles suspects the militants may be connected with HPC (D).
It should be mentioned here that there are several instances of extortions and even kidnapping of HPC (D) for ransom. Recent operations being carried on by 27 Assam Rifles is yielding results. Quite recently, after the arrest of a NSCN (IM) cadre with demand notes identified as Ramfanglien Hmar (46) from Jiri-Fulertal area, the force was also successful in taking into custody a HPC (D) cadre Lalhupbel Hmar (26) from Hmarkhawlien.
The disclosures by the cadres in custody and their interrogations have pointed out the movement of underground elements in the sub division in an attempt perhaps to regroup. Being alerted, 27 Assam Rifles is leaving no chances and is on search operation in those areas where it is suspected such elements might have taken shelter. People have been also alerted to keep watch on the movement of any unknown persons and extend their helping hand to Assam Rifles. (Source:SentinelAssam)