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Don’t make it just another Publicity stunt

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Being a man with concrete knowledge of Mass Media, Chief Minister N. Biren does really know how to make a publicity stunt. Leaving aside much of the appreciative activities by his nearly 30 days old government two issue which received both criticism and appreciation is the establishment of Anti-Corruption Cell and then his recent announcement to make compulsory of all government employees to sent their wards to government run school.
The two decisions is indeed a bold step taken up by N. Biren government to make people live a life free from corruption. When we talk of wiping out corruption we also need to change the mindset of the people and the only way to change the mindset is through proper effective education.
Everything that Chief Minister N Biren and his team have been taking up in just around 30 days is worth praising. Some of the activities touched our heart and we do sometime felt that he should have been chosen to the top post long time back. The kind of work taken up seems to be coming out with full of frustration and anger and such an act should not be done by person like the Chief Minister. After all he should understand that the oppositions are always waiting to strike at the right time.
It is an appreciating step of the government to establish an anti corruption Cell, however, why our chief Minister who had a strong background of journalism failed to notice that there are numerous agency like the State Information Commission, Manipur Human Rights Commission etc etc, besides the state vigilance department.
These commissions and the government department are also effective tools for checking corruption. However, even though it is too early to comment, the government is not spelling out a single words for reviving the commissions by appointing the competent authority. And more over the kind of corruption which is ruining the state is of high class corruption, a peon accepting Rs. 10 from the visitor for a cup of tea need not checked but it is those big shot accepting Rs. 30 Lakhs from company by a bureaucrat officer of the state government for getting approval of the tender applied for Transmission of raw water from Mapithel Dam to Chingkheiching. Imphal Times have detail evidences of how the bureaucrats accept the Rs. 30 lakhs and it is pity that the state government is targeting a peon which accept Rs. 10 from a visitor.
Wiping out of corruption also require change of mindsets. And it is through proper education that the mindset of the people will be change. To tell the fact, somewhere, some area, the education system is completely failed. It is failed because there are no updated curriculums in the syllabus moreover government cannot properly check the teachers appointed by them.
When Chief Minister announced that his government will make policy to make all wards of the government employees compulsory to government school is perhaps a speech spoken from the mouth and not by consulting his brain. When one bureaucrat officers open a government model school at Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, many students and parents have to wait in queue to admit their children. It is history now, but what is wanted to focus is that government should change the school by utilizing various method to make sure that people started believing in them.
An earnest request to our Hon’ble Minister – “Please think at least thrice, and consult with your advisor before making any such announcement”. 

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