This write-up is perhaps inspired by the many letters to the editor by different persons published in different local newspapers wherein they chose to spoke out and make public their plight and opinion – a plight not unique to one or two people who chose to speak out but to many people dependant on public water supply maintained by Government Department. While 99.9% of the population chose to remain mute spectators, following the idea/ideology of the 3 (three) monkeys, only a few dare to speak out against the faulty system. People who speak out know that they do so not to spread hatred and anger but for the system to be corrected. Just because someone complains regularly/occasionally doesn’t mean that they’re a complain box/maniac. Complainants complain because they see something wrong in the system and, with a good intention, feels that it should be corrected. However it is up to the person/Department/authority concerned whether to accept the complain as a feedback, an advice, a suggestion, a threat or simply junk. Many a times complains are not given due importance because they are taken as a threat by the authority concerned – a threat to their ego, a threat to the very reason that they occupy the rotating chair. Hence problems remains unsolved and “it’s business as usual”.
As you are aware that at present different competitive examinations are being conducted online. Recently a new Examination Centre namely Ion Digital Zone located at GS Road Quallapatty Shillong – 02 is identified as one of the examination centres for conducting online banking examinations.
Of late Shillong is fast becoming the centre for all sorts of Exhibitions, Festivals and Melas. This is a very good trend as it provides an opportunity for the public from all walks of life to know and witness for themselves new events and things displayed during the events. They also provide information and education for the people. Individuals and private sectors should be allowed freely to organise such events. However, government patronage and sponsorship for such events ought to be highly selective and strict procedures ought to be in place to regulate various government departments.
I have to report the inappropriate behaviour of Assistant Executive Engineer Revenue Sub-Division I Shillong during my visit to his office on 12/08/16.I met him in his office at around 2 pm on 11/08/16 in connection with my unusually high electricity bill for the period 08/07/16 to 06/08/16.While presenting factual data based on number of units consumed and my concern that this could be due to faulty meter, he refused to see any merit in my reasoning and instead asked me to come back the next day with 2 photographs and 2 readings of the said meter taken on two different days.I returned to his office the following day i.e; 12/08/16with the desired information hoping to find some solution but much to my dismay he refused to accept the factual data presented as well as my written complaint After many arguments back and forth which included a dare thrown at me to report him to any consumer court or authority and the usual arrogance,
Net-Neutrality is a start, like you said sir, hopefully similar passion will be visible in other fields as well.
We must not forget though, digital space is the only space where everyone is equal. Especially with the striking down of the 66A IT Act, it does provide a good space to exercise one's freedom of expression.
This movement for Net-Neutrality is a very important one because it is the first movement of such kind in India, after Brazil, where the reasons for it were different, mostly relating to Western Hegemony.