Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Messenger of yesteryear must not die

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Come July 14, the telegram service rendered by the government would become a technology of the past. We all, definitely have some faint memories. Though I have never used the telegram extensively, but of course I had used the telegram service twice. And both the times I sent telegrams to my father asking for money. It seems humorous in the present real-time communication world and nostalgic too. But that was a period and time. It stills hard to imagine it was 1996-1997. The telegram service was used by people.

However, the government decision to stop the use of telegram with the advent of sms and smartphone (and the reason that has been cited) somewhere looks filmsy and doubtful. First, India is too big and diverse. The technological advancement in the field of communication that we witness in metros and in  towns might look ubiquitous but the same inference could not be drawn that it is true for the people living in every nook and corner of India. To cite an example, the rest of India cannot SMS to J&K. It is banned there. Yes, one can talk. There might be some areas, where still electricity is a distant dream. I wonder, in such areas how one could run mobile. If some people have the privilege using batteries and other sources, again it is not equitable to every citizenry. So, the reason citing that the technological advancement has eclipsed the use of telegram, does not hold water, at least for me.

Another reason that has been forwarded to the ultimate demise of telegram is to the fact that it is not commercially viable.  If government has to do business for profit, then all the banking infrastructure (to take an example) in remote areas must be shut down since they are not generating huge profit. Profit cannot be taken as the ultimate yardstick for any activity that the government undertakes. If profit is considered too seriously, the time might come when India Post might stop its electronic Money Order (e-MO) service. Citing that it is not viable with the advancement seen in the banking sector, people are using internet banking, mobile banking, phone banking, and ATM banking to transfer fund. Is it true? No. Banking sector is still not equitable to every Indian. Financial inclusion of the people is still a distant dream. Despite all the advancement, a common man still uses Money Order to transfer fund. He or she doesn’t know how to transfer fund by visiting a State Bank of India (SBI) branch!


The quality of the service rendered by the employees, is one more reason that cannot be sidelined, to the death of telegram. Everyone knows how a government employees work, and the culture it permeates. An e-MO sent to me was returned citing the area is out of service :) 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A reality check on business

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Today I have sat to write, my mind is blank, but there is deep urge to write something. It is about BUSINESS. It’s been over 3 years that I left job and has plunged into business. Today, my understanding about business and knowing the man behind those businesses intrigues and excites me. I awe them and have great respect for them. Earlier it was too bookish and the knowledge and understanding that I had was limited to black and white. But it is not the case now. I believe nobody can understand business, unless and until one dirty his hand and burn himself and bear loss.

Looking back something that fills my heart with proud is to the fact of SUSTAINENCE. The business must sustain. Profit and wealth has not been my priority when I started. I think I have cleared my first orbit. The second orbit that is of scaling up the business is a challenge, a big challenge. And it is more challenging than the one when I set off for the first orbit. Especially in the e-commerce segment, India is witnessing a wild shift. Deep inside, there is a feeling of contentment and anxiety knowing that “I am in the right place and in right time”. But how to scale it up the business is a million dollar question. Business literatures do tell, the scaling up a business is a rebirth of a business.

Stretching the article not further, here are some of the tips (that I feel is important), one has to get acquainted with while starting up a business. Especially for those who have spent 5-6 years in job (it has been in my case).

  1. You are carrying a social risk: Understand the fact that a government peon can get married in India. If you are  pondering to start a business, you may not be considered in the marriage market. This is one aspect. Another aspect, your social life would be put up for scrutiny. Like your business, your life may become hell or heaven with social upheavals. Get an honest answer.
  2. Your personality type: Check and re-check your personality. What is your psychological make-up? Some people have the tendency of no-risk taking. If you have a risk-averse personality. It is better to get stick to your job.
  3.  Multi-task: Since you will not be able to hire specialized people for specific job. Get exposed to multi-tasking. You will be wearing multiple hats – a telecaller, an accountant, a marketing guy, a programmer, a designer, sales guy, a writer, an analytics guy…the list is long.
  4.  Finance: From the day one, keep an eagle eye on finance. Appreciate finance. Appreciate money. Develop a philosophy with money. In many seminars attended by me while in job, this was cited as the primary reason of failure for startups.
  5. There will be loss: Since it would be a startup, and you will be a newbie. Bear it in mind, there will be loss, though meagre it may be. You have to try to lessen it. 

As I am writing this, lot of things coming up in my mind. And somewhere it is navigating me, guiding me, INSPIRING me, to do my job better. A new tip: do write.


Battle ready!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

OBC hostel in the offing

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From our Correspondent
SILCHAR, May 3: With a view to enable a better scope of education for the OBC students, Rajib Locan Pegu, Minister of the Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT and BC) laid foundation stone for a hostel here recently. The RCC hostel, worth Rs 2.49 crore, will incorporate 100 boys and girls.

While addressing the gathering at Bhubeneswar Sadhu Thakur Sevashram, situated just behind the hostel site, underlined the importance of such hostel in the town for the students belonging to other backward caste. Lauding the efforts of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council for taking the initiative to establish the hostel, he said that any community would develop only through education. He pointed out that he would try his best to facilitate development of all the diverse communities of the State for overall development of the State.

The minister added that the entire garden blossoms only when each flower blooms. It was his opinion that there was no replacement of education. He hoped that the hostel would be benefitted for the needy and brilliant students.

The hostel, sponsored by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, will come as a boon for some of the students who could not pursue their higher education due to lack of proper accommodation in and around the town.

Kabindra Purkayastha, MP, while speaking on the occasion, brought into focus the various public issues of the valley and sought the intervention of the visiting Minister. Throwing light on the unprecedented erosion of river Barak at Tarapur Shibbari area, he said that the people living around the area have been living their life in distress and misery. He added that it has been a recurring menace for the inhabitants of the area for the last 30 years.

Seeking the intervention of the Minister of WPT and BC into the matter, the MP said that if the erosion continues, then the day is not far when the surface communication through this route will come to a halt. Echoing Pegu, the MP also appreciated the efforts of the members of BMDC and exhorted them to continue their good works for the larger interest of the society.

In her speech, Sushmita Dev, MLA and the chairperson of Silchar Municipal Board, said that due to the availability of proper land, various governmental schemes remained unimplemented. She, however, assured that she was looking after the issue and would resolve the problems. Appreciating the government, Dev highlighted the different schemes and projects of the government and urged the common people to take benefit of these schemes.
Courtesy: Sentinel

Focus: OBC Hostel in Silchar

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Rebati Mohan Sinha
Silchar Tarapuré, Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Ashramé  100'go Jelei- Munisour OBC hostel'go
                     
Shilanyasor diné tangesila pholok'hanat likha asiltai esade........
                
(Const. of G+2 storied RCC 100 seated OBC boys and girls hostel)                                                           At Silchar Under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI, 2011-12.
Foundation laid by Shri Rajib Lochan Pegu, Hon'ble Minister WPT and BC Deptt. Govt. of Assam. on 30-04-2013.
Shri Kartik sena Sinha, Chairman, BMDC. .. and so on

Goto 30 April 2013, pin-pini boron-hanat OBC hostel'gor shilanyas, Sadhu Thakur Ashramé oya gelga. Ashramor ere'shilanyas ehanat pulosila manué agore agoi pholok'hanor ubede anguli deha-deha aang-daang korani okorla, "Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Hostel''go bultete, kihan  dehiar'tate?". OBC hostel'go? Sendaat koutuhol'bosoto, girok agoi Ashram President'go're ankoria harpar je, bhul'kromé OBC likhani oporese'gata, din koyeker modhyei name-plate'han bodolani oitoi, baro gelga May masor sheshe'de board'hanat naang'han bodlani oil khobor ehan peilang.

Aji prai 10 bosoror goje oil, Kendriya sarkaror borshta Mantri Shri Rana Dev'r, Kabindra Purkayastha'r baro samajor onek giri-githanir donationé oya aher Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Hostel ego Ashramé oya aaite, peiraak OBC hostel ago'r shilanyas oya jana ehan ami prabasi BMórang khani ahan jopé na'homar para.

Face Booké shilanyasor brittanto photo'soho dehia,pakoriya, prashna koto'han moné jagil. Ashakoriar, Sadhu Thakur Ashram committeeé joab ditai.

1. Ere, oya gelga shilanyasór episodeé ashram committee nijor honkora niyom niti ( bye law ), sanbidhan( as per society Act 1860) ulongon nakoresita?

2. 100 go ningol sou baro munisou'r OBC hostel agor prastab'han committee'r bhitoretto uthesil'han, na onyo kuno sansthatto ahesil'han? Orthat, Ashramór B'tukra ahan onyo sanstha ahanóre daan korte uchchotorio meeting ahanor ayojanor dorkar asil kina?

3. 100 go sour OBC hostel ego kumpeit, koti'han Ashramar maati kaalkoria ubaóitoi ehanor kuno aluchana osilta( as per bye law), orthat, kuno Architect niyukti koria kummapat oile hoba oitoita, bulia prastab kita  meetingé niya resolution pass osilta?

4. Name board'han (pholok'han) aji aase, kaali neyoi'toi, kintu Govt.( document) dolil'te na'mangói'toi'nai. Dolil ehan sammande committee'rangto parishkar harpani moneyar'ta, dolil'hanat kuno poribarton ahil'ta( OBC'r bodole, BM)?

Facebooké onek aalap-aluchona'r piside, Shri Kartik Sena girokore prashna koria, likhito bhabe jehani uttor peilang ouhani samaj're harpanirka epeit dhoria tulani oil :

 Giroke ikorese orthat uttor dese ouhani esade…..  

1. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI'r  Rs. 2.49 kotir scheme ehan, OBC hostel'gorka, Bishnupriya Manipuri Student'rka nagoi.
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2. Bablu girokór prshnar uttore, Kartik giroke FBé maater'tai( 22nd May 2013 at 12.53)…" Don't worry, your quarries for BM identity in Sewashram is correct and name plate will be changed as desired by many social workers ; but as per norms of the Govt".
Mor prashna'han, Giroke khani khulia maatedik 'norms of the Govt. ehan ki'han?

 Uttoré Kartik giroke FBé ik'rertai( 26th May2013 at 12.52).."Actually name plate is not necessary, public have the constitutional right by RTI Act 2005, can ask for any information."
Girokorang mor ulta prashna'han asiltai…giroke ikoresot'tai" Actually name plate is not necessary"; kintu girokor poramarshe Ashramór name plate'hante change ose'go'te( OBC'r bodole BM). Giroke ebakau prashna ehanor jobab na'dese.
Kartik girokore ehanou prashna korani ose je OBC hostel'gor'ka prastab'han Ashram committee'rang giroke nije desilego? Jobab'han directlyna'dia, giroke ikorerta…..

"BMDC agreed to carry out the hostel for BM students through Line deptt/Agency ie Assam State Housing Board, Govt of Assam and accordingly allotted the work with contractor. Work in progress  and after submission of the demands, payment will be released accordingly, to the executing Agency. Regarding NOC from the Ashram Committee, it has already been obtained before sanctioning the scheme

Mor prashnaáhan girokorang thosiluta, "giroke kia ichchhakrita bhabe pholok'hanat
at Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Ashram na likhueya hudda at Silchar likhuasileta , jobabe ikorerta, " And regards of the address, mentioning Silchar is properly implies and further question doesn't arise".

Mor onek prashnar jobabe Kartik giroke ikorerta, " And regarding the drawing and final designing is not Rebati Mohan Sinha's direction, more over it is done by the deptt. after field survey. Regarding allotment of the contractor, is not under BMDC, it is purely under the executing Agency to do as per their norms. What is reason to critical? Whether RM is not interested to implement the scheme? Otherwise sitting in Mumbai comment like BM community guardian is just meaningless.

Giroke likhitobhabe, jehan maater ouhanor onubad nakoria tulia doranir karon'han oil'tai, samajé harpaka Kartik girokor koti'han obodan OBC hostel ego Silcharé aante.    

1. Ajikar diné 100'go sour OBC hostel ( habbi jator OBC sou) agor kii huttumeú dorkarta, amar Sadhu Thakuror Ashramé?
2. Hostelégo chalanir niyom kanoon kungoi hongkor'taigo?
3. Assamór anyannya OBC hostel choler ba choltoi ousade Ashram'r egoú choltoi kina?
4. Shilanyasetto chinkoria building'go lomoni peya kunopeitou Bishnupriya Manipuri' naang ehan aseta/thai'toi'ta? ( AS PER DOCUMENT)
5. Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Ashram naang ehan dolil (document) motey OBC hostel egor loge jorito aseta?
6. Ashramé Jagaáhanór'ka Kartik girokor NOC sarkarorang dakhil korani chhara(habbitti daangor kaam'han), BMDC ere OBC hostel building ego hongonitto chin'koria kumpeit ongsho grohon korer'go/kortoi'go? Samajé harpaka.

Chairman girokor jobabéte kuno'peitou na'dehiar BMDCé kuno kaam ahanat paang'lak korer bulia(  Tobe, shilanyasor ayujon, Kartik giroké korese ehan ekebare chiro-satya'han. Joto photo(shilanyasor) FB't ahese outar kuno'peitou Ashram committee'r manu're na'dekh'lou kintu Kartik girokorete dehiar.

Epeit mor nijoswo upolobdi ahan byakto koria  loikoring…1948-50 saalor pathsalat pakorte, mor kadat boher chhatroóugore pora nuarlo bulia betanirka aat'han paat bulia mastor'goi matte, na'korer, karon'han oil'tai uparilo hojok pinar daag'han aator chara'hanatto luka nuar'toi. dhora poril, kisade'te shastitto bachani? "Agna(sir)! raait(at night) aamar aato kigue tamak khaaise aami jaani'na". Ashramór oboshtha'hanóu ousade ahan para oi'toibulia mone or.
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