Root of the problem is that all our planning done for metropolitan cities like Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata
It is a huge irony that while the government and its various wings profess to be making all efforts to placate the youth from the North Eastern states by promoting their art, talent and culture, their condition remains pitiable in this era of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (Support for Everyone, Everyone’s Development).
To some extent their own lifestyles, and their liberal and trusting nature are responsible for some of the incidents involving them. In most cases they are victims of discrimination in metropolitan cities like Delhi, which is a real tragedy.
Some such recent incidents have been chronicled by Robin Hibu, one of the most decorated police officers in the country, and the first from Arunachal Pradesh.
Hibu was recently promoted to ADGP Special Commissioner of the Delhi Police. He who runs an NGO for the people of the North East called Helping Hands India, which takes care of their education and healthcare, and even arranges for coffins whenever the dead are found abandoned.
Hibu told this writer, “We have been in a very precarious situation for very long. I am doing what little I can to change it – but the root of the problem is that all our planning in this country is done for India, represented by metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.
“But the majority of the country lives in Bharat, which consists of the North East, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh etc. which are not on the radar.”
Hibu said there is a basic flaw in the skilling options being offered by the Centre, which provide a job for a maximum period of two years after skilling – but what after that? “There is no long-term planning because this area has been left out of the planning process as it lacks media, judiciary and has very little political clout due to its numbers,” Hibu said.
“Instead of offering region-specific training which for our people should be bamboo based or agriculture based, they give training which is not relevant for these youths.
“My main worry is that young people from these areas are very susceptible to influence from across the border, being surrounded by China, Myanmar and Bangladesh,” Hibu added.
His anguished note to an NGO group is being reproduced here with his permission, to show the kinds of problems young people from the North East face in the country.
“ – One Mizo female married to foreigner since 2015 abandoned by her husband since one week, she is unemployed (was working), need help to trace her husband and money for food and rent house. Anyone there at Hyderabad, please inbox me.
– Sadly one Naga college student in Delhi has committed suicide yesterday. Another attempted to commit suicide today.
– One Arunachal female arrested for immoral flesh trade and inside jail since last one week at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Somehow, Helping Hands Ngo informed her family and has engaged a lawyer for her bail.
– 15 north east youth from Manipur, Nagaland, Mizo are still lodged inside custody at Noida for running a fraud BPO and cheating citizens through cyber fraud.
– Two Manipur and Sikkim females were saved at last minute before signing an agreement with a cheater and criminal business man for running an unregistered BPO Call center at Bangalore.
– Another Manipur female is in desperate condition as her employer at SPA at Vadodara Gujarat who did not give her pay for 6 months as she did not pay heed to his illegal/ immoral demand. I have already informed the police to help her and alerted our Helping Hands Ngo volunteers/ activists to help her with some money for her food.
– Another Darjeeling youth had paid 4 lakhs for job and visa for Canada, the recruiters are still asking for more 4 lakhs of money for his visa and jobs in Canada… guided him to file complaint immediately today. He is depressed and counsellor of Helping Hands is counselling him.
– 4 Naga youth (who went to join the merchant navy as cadets) are stranded in a dilapidated ship at some unknown sea port in the Arabian Gulf sea, their passports are with the recruiters at Mumbai. They are stranded/ waiting for clearance since last 15 days and somehow surviving with rice and boiled potatoes in the makeshift kitchen in the old dilapidated ship. They were recruited after paying 2 lakhs each. Somehow contacted me for help. Asked them to send me details of their plight for police help etc.
– Do not know how to deal with all these ever increasing north east youth problems in cities….
To my horror, I have come to know hundreds of youth are migrating to cities every day in search of any kind of jobs in cities…..
– It’s so depressing to hear so many outcries for help and justice every day….”
ONGC on Thursday, 20 September 2018 signed five back to back MOA’s with National Small Industries Corporation limited (NSIC), Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Vivo Healthcare, Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) and Helping Hands under Annual and Special component plan for SC and ST. The MOA was signed by GGM (HR) Mr. Manoj Barthwal, Head Cordinations, Delhi in the presence of GGM (HR) – Chief Skill Development Centre Dr Alka Mittal, and the respective dignitaries representing the five beneficiaries.
Under Project “Prayas” – The first MOA was signed between ONGC and Helping Hands, represented by IPS Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police Mr. Robin Hibu. Mr. Hibu said that the aim of the project would be to strengthen individuals coming from far flung places of North East to Delhi through training, guidance and coaching in the incubation center to make them more confident citizens so that they assimilate with the main stream. A team of IAS, IPS, IRS, Supreme Court Lawyers, doctors is working together for the cause. “The collaboration with ONGC will help us to have an incubation center. Although, we are for now only aiming at the northeastern population, but we believe that they are the ones who need it the more than others” added Mr Hibu.
MoA was signed with JNU for the project on ‘Documentation and Preservation of Indigenous and Endangered Runglwo Language and Culture” was presented by Prof Rana Pratap Singh, Prof Vaishnao Narang and Dr Sandhesha Raypa. While talking about the project Dr Sandhesha focused on the need to preserve and acknowledge the endangered Runglwo language, used exclusively in the Himalayan belts in Uttarakhand. The initiative is unique as the project will not only document of endangered language, culture & traditions of Rung tribe, but also through intensive Workshops for the current young generations of Rung community, in Delhi and Dehradun it will be passed on to the current new generation. The project will bring the community and the researchers together on a platform where they will be able to contribute equally and help each other grow.
MoA was signed with Vivo Healthcare for the certificate course on Dialysis Technician and Radiology Technician. The details of the project were presented by Chief of Marketing, Vikas Kohli who explained that with the collaboration with ONGC will help to train Radiology technicians to use advanced radiographic equipments and also train healthcare professionals in operating dialysis machines utilized for patients having kidney diseases. He further emphasized on the growing need of well trained professionals in the field and mentioned that the trainees under the project get 100% placement.
This was followed by signing of MOA with Central Institute for Skilling and Technical Support (CIPET) – Murthal, represented by Principal Director Mr SN Yadav, Chief Manager, Technical Mr BP Patro and Mr Priyank Advani. Mr SN Yadav, talking about the project, said that the team is engaged in providing skilled and professional workforce by imparting training on demand driven, industry oriented courses, in the fields like Mechnaical Workshop, Information Technology, Multimedia and Animation, etc. Under the project six month residential training, will be extended at Murthal center in the field of Plastic Processing with 100% placement to 30 SC/ST girls from economically poor section.
The final MOA of the event was signed with National Small Scale Industry Corporation (NSIC) represented by General Manager Mr OP Singh. The project by NSIC will benefit 60 boys and girls for the extensively focused certificate course in the area of Electric and Motor winding and Assistant Beautician.
The selected projects were part of the initiative taken by All India SC ST Employee Welfare Association of Delhi unit under Project “ Swawlamban” and “ Prayas” with an objective to empower and enrich the oppressed section of the society through Skilling.
Appreciating the project plan by all the five beneficiaries, GGM HR, Dr Alka Mittal congratulated them in the successful planning and wished them luck for working on the project. The event was graced by the presence of Incharge CSR Mrs Shashi Prasad, DGM(HR) – Liasion Officer Mrs Manjari Nigam, and the Office bearers of AISCSTEWA, Delhi unit and others.
NEW DELHI, Jun 17: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here honoured NGO Helping Hands on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on Friday for the NGO’s services in massive mobilization activities for blood donation (NE blood bank). Four other NGOs of Delhi were also honoured on the same occasion.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria along with HoDS of the institute felicitated NGOs Helping Hands, Blood Connect, Bharat ke Mitra, Satya Sai Baba Seva Samaj, and Sant Nirankar Mandal.
On behalf of Helping Hands, its vice president Dr Sangeeta Chanu, volunteer Rebecca Rai, and founder and Joint Commissioner of Police Robin Hibu received the honour.
HoD of the AIIMS blood bank unit, Dr Poonam Coshic informed that no patient from the North East would die due to want of blood as the NE blood bank has a huge stock of blood donated by donors from the region.
Dr Coshic also informed that on request of the NGO, the NE blood bank will now provide blood even without donor’s card, on receiving an SMS or a WhatsApp message from Helping Hands.
“I am extremely happy to inform that NE students, even those who travel through Delhi, are now donating blood for the NE blood bank. Apart from NE donors, mainland donors are also donating blood for our NE blood bank,” she informed.
Hibu expressed gratitude to the AIIMS’ director, HoDs, doctors and staff on behalf of the NE people for giving an opportunity to start the NE blood bank, which is exempt from preservation fee. Most private hospitals in Delhi charge approximately Rs 2, 40,000 per month for blood preservation.
On 23 June, Naga students in Delhi, along with Helping Hands will organise a massive blood donation camp at the AIIMS.
Donors can drop in on the ground floor of the AIIMS blood bank ward through Gates 1 and 2, between 9 am and 4 pm, from Monday to Friday.
They can meet Anju, who is in-charge of the blood donation centre, or Dr Coshic.
To avail assistance from the NGO, one can SMS or send a WhatsApp message to 9810083486 (only for poor and emergency patients).