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Of the highway brave hearts

A disturbing video, circulated at social media, at which a police officer inhumanly assaulted a driver drew the attention of the general public as well as the government. The government took no time to take action against the police personnel and put him under suspension. There are a group of people who are not satisfied with the suspension and demanded termination. Well, he did deserve termination but there are certain procedures for termination of government employees. And hope the government will not spare such an inhuman indiscipline nature of a police officer. Let it be left to the government but matter wanted to remind is the role being taken by the drivers risking their life for the cause of the people of the state.
Well, every year, drivers and transport workers are honored with the observation of “Driver’s Day” with unfailing regularity, which is always a motley affair with various ministers and dignitaries attending the functions being held in different parts of the state by various organizations and associations. This is a welcome sign for the drivers of this state who have been braving various hardships and difficulties in performing their duties. The participating dignitaries and officials of the associations in their speeches have expressed their respect and concerns for the welfare and safety of the drivers while praising their bravery, determination, and dedication in their duty, not to mention the loud assurances and promises of increased protection and prompt action against any element hindering their activities. It is indeed a remarkable feat of selfless sacrifice and bravery shown by these men in providing every essential commodity for our daily needs without the least concern for their own personal safety. But after much has been said and discussed, the plight of these brave souls is nothing to write home about. Almost every atrocity that has been perpetrated through the years with increasing impunity without any let-up has gone scot-free. Instead of harking on the deeds of the fearless drivers, it is now time to take concrete steps to alleviate the plight of these men so that they can perform their duties better, more efficiently and with a better sense of security and pride. These steps need to be in concert with various aspects of the government and the public as well
The public has endured atrocities on the highways, looting and extortion on these routes are a given and the burdens of highway blockades and bandhs are a way of life for the people of this state. The Government is reluctant to deal with the mushrooming groups posing as freedom fighters whose real and only intention is to collect their livelihood through the “taxes” levied forcibly on the vehicles plying on the two interstate highways. The solutions are evident to one and all, what is needed is willingness and the determination to implement them in earnest. As for those who drive on through the thick and thin without ever pausing to make our lives that little bit more comfortable- we can only salute them.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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