The taste of new government
- Imphal Times Editorial :: April 09 2017 -
Finally, the dust have settled after an all-out battle for political supremacy in the country and the largest democracy in the world is slowly getting back to the normal hustle and bustle, but this time, there is a palpable sense of hope and positivity in the air, a fact driven home by the overwhelming response of the voters and the ensuing result.
The yearning for change that has been quietly but consistently simmering amongst the public has been fulfilled, and yet, this is not the final victory, for the real test is yet to commence.
In all fairness, the outgoing Government initiated quite a lot of development schemes, even though these were portrayed as populist moves rather than schemes based on necessity, what with the names of the schemes glorifying a dynasty rather than indicating the purpose for the same.
Also, one needs to get away from the euphoria and take a hard, cold look at the reality as well as the possible course of action the new Government might take and also the condition of the State Government in relation to the political scenario unfolding at the centre.
Policies and programs are framed by the leaders who are chosen by the people through election who are made to make an informed judgment after making available all possible information about the candidates and their parties and the ideologies they represent.
So far so good the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister N Biren is showing its credibility by solving various hot issues in just 15 days time.
The hurdles that this government is likely to face are the financial burden that it might face due to the appointment of various posts in the government by the previous government.
But more than the concerns regarding development, the one thing people in Manipur will be looking out for is the repeal of inhuman law as promised by the present Prime Minister at his speech at global platform, at which we assume AFSPA as another inhuman act.
The state unit of the ruling party should not sit back and bask in reflected glory, but should instead be proactive in working towards realizing the long cherished wish of the people of Manipur.
The state Government, meanwhile, should make an earnest effort to streamline the operational aspects of the state security forces and also to raise their efficiency and most importantly to improve their people-skill, a concept which is evidently yet to be recognized as a vital component of people working in the public domain, and especially essential for those who regulates law and order.
The present political scenario presents a peculiar situation for the people of the state, and is a very good time.
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