DRDA staff strike
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The DRDA employees in the state today launched state-wide five-day
pen and tool down strike in protest against the state government’s obstinate attitude
in fulfilling their various long-pending demands.
The DRDA employees have been demanding absorption of all DRDA-borne employees in
the state in line departments of the state government, payment of gratuity and leave
encashment, immediate release of the pending salaries among others.
All India DRDA Staff Employees Welfare Association of Arunachal Pradesh unit in a
meeting here on August 13 along with its all district units unanimously decided to
go for the state-wide strike in view of the state government’s non-responsive attitude
in fulfilling its demands despite repeated request. Meanwhile, reports of observation
of pen and tool down strikes by DRDA employees are pouring in from various districts.
While joining with rest of their colleagues in observing the strike, the DRDA employees
of East Kameng district sought the intervention of the Chief Minister and Secretary
(RD) on the issue and urged them to take appropriate measures for fulfillment of
the demands at the earliest. The employees stated of resorting to go for indefinite
strike in case the state government fails to consider their demands.
The aggrieved DRDA employees of Anini (Dibang Valley), Bomdila (West Kameng), Aalo
(West Siang) and Tezu (Lohit) also joined their colleagues throughout the state in
observing the strike.
Guv and CM extend Solung greetings
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has wished the people
of the state, particularly the Adi community on the festive occasion of Solung festival.
“I offer my prayers to Kine Nane, the Goddess of crops and prosperity, Dadi Bote,
the God of animal kingdom, Doying-Bote, the God of Wisdom and all other benevolent
deities to shower their blessings to the entire mankind, said the Governor.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also conveyed his greetings and best wishes
to the people on the occasion. Indigenous festivals are identity of the communities
of the state and the celebrations are the link to their distinct and rich culture,
While praying Kine-Nane to shower bounty of a happy and progressive life, the Chief
Minister added that people of the state, irrespective of their faith and religion
are the ultimate power of the government. (PRO to Governor/CM Media Cell)
APST service affected at Aalo
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Due to huge amount of oil bill pending against State Transport
Services, Aalo, the bus services on different routes under West Siang district will
be suspended from September 1 onwards. The two oil agencies, Yomgo Automobiles Services,
Aalo and Geni Auto Agency, Likabali have refused to provide fuel because of non-payment
of dues. Left with no choice, the District State Transport Department is suspending
bus services from tomorrow.
The matter has been conveyed to the govt. and in all probability the bus services
will resume after placement of awaited fund from the Govt. The district State Transport
department has appealed the passengers to bear the inconvenience.
Over 200 subscribe PMBSY
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Over 200 people have subscribed to Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha
Yojna (PMBSY) during an awareness programme on the scheme organised by Bharatiya
Janata Mahila Morcha at a busy market place here today.
The programme was presided over by BJMM President Padmeswari Jamoh and supervised
by the Morcha’s National Executive Member and State Prabhari for Arunachal Pradesh
State BJP office bearers including vice president cum spokesperson Techi Necha, vice
president Tayek Goi, secretary Hinium Tachu, BJMM general secretary Bengia Yayang
and BJYM vice president Boken Kino.
RGU to host national seminar
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) in
collaboration with RGU’s department of political science is going to organise a two-day
national seminar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Development of North East India: Special
Reference to Arunachal Pradesh’ at RGU from Sept. 11 next.
Implement minimum wages as per board: AAPLU
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has requested for
implementing minimum wages as per the recommendation of the state advisory board
with immediate effect.
In its letter to the Chief Minister, while saying that the minimum wages was fixed
at Rs 180 per day for unskilled category in its meeting on August 27 last, it said
that enhancement is required to cope with the ever increasing market price of essential
Two washed away by landslide
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The All Chambang Area Youth Forum (ACAYF) has claimed that two
persons named Charu Jangrang, wife of Charu Tachak, and Jamru Terre, son of Jamru
Tadek, were washed away by a heavy landslide and drowned at Bite river while they
were on their way back from paddy fields on August 28 last.
Further claiming that their bodies are yet to be traced by the villagers, the forum
has urged the concern authority to provide compensation to the victim’s family.
ALSDSU warns land encroachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The All Lower Subansiri District Students’ Union (ALSDSU) has expressed
serious concern over the encroachment of government land in the district.
In its memorandum submitted to the DC, urging constitution of a committee for spot
verifications, the union claimed that the encroachers are mostly government employees.
It further warned the encroachers of Yazali, Raga and Ziro to stop such activities
and sought early action on the issue from the DC.
Hundreds benefit from medical camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Over 700 patients benefitted from a Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti
organised three-day medical camps held at Manpanglang, Singibeel and Kakoni villages
respectively in Namsai district which concluded on Saturday.
Free medicines were also distributed to the patients during the camp. Members of
All Lekang Youth and Students’ Union were also present.
Construct bailey bridge soon
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Claiming that the suspension bridge over Kameng river at Pakoti,
East Kameng district, connecting eight villages is in a dilapidated condition, the
Pakoti Valley Welfare Society (PVWS) has requested the Parliamentary Secretary for
Tourism and local MLA Mama Natung to initiate early steps for construction of a new
bailey bridge in place of the existing one.
The said bridge, constructed a decade back has been serving as a lifeline of the
villagers of the area but due to its weak condition people are facing much hardship
to travel to Seppa, the PVWS said.
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Rebo Wangrey, joint Secretary of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
Teachers Association (AASSATA) has died.
He left behind his wife, a son and three daughters.
Wangrey joined as a JT in 2003 and was currently working as Coordinator (RSPC&NRSPC)
in the office of the Deputy Director of School Education, Changlang.
His untimely demise is a great loss to the Tangsa society and teaching community
in particular. His sincere service and dedication towards the society, Arunachal
Teachers Association (ATA) and AASSATA will always be remembered, said Changlang
unit of ATA and AASSATA in a joint press statement.
Training on micro-credit at Khonsa
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The district support team (DST) of the Tirap District Community
Resource Management Society (TCRMS) organised four-days training on “Micro-Credit,
Monitoring and Evaluation and Book Keeping” to DST and partner NGO staff from 26
to 29 August at Khonsa. The training programme started with a key note address by
Project Manager Lily Rose Jajo.
She asked the participants to learn as much as possible, since they will in turn
have to train and help to facilitate the village community for proper maintenance
of their record books. Altogether 63 participants attended the training programme.
Rocky Anal, Micro Credit Officer from Regional Office, Shillong addressed the trainees
and presented papers on various topics. On the last day of the training, topics on
Books Keeping was presented by Assistant Account Officer Ruhi Kumar from the DST.
During the presentation, Kumar gave detail account on how to enter and maintain the
records on information related to financial matter including the meeting minutes
of the NaRMG and SHG for their account books or registers. This was followed by a
short presentation on the progress and achievements of NERCORMP-Tirap in the 2014-2015
financial year by Pfoze Lokho, Project Technical Officer.
The valedictory function of the training was attended by Ravi Jha, Deputy Commissioner
and Chairman TCRMS, NERCORMP-Tirap and Longding. Later, Tirap DC Ravi Jha interacted
with the participants. In his speech, Jha told the participants that many other districts
from the state were also very keen to take up this project. However, only two districts
namely undivided Tirap and Changlang were finally selected for implementation of
this project in the state. He told the participants that since they were directly
involved in dealing with the village community they should work hard and be an agent
Skill development training held
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: A three weeks capacity building for skill development training
programme on tailoring and weaving under Border Area Development Programme (BADP)
blocks for Bameng, Chayang Tajo and Khenewa circles concluded at the conference hall
Seppa on August 29 last. Altogether 81 trainees participated in it.
Speaking during its valedictory function, incharge CO cum BDO Khenewa, Dr N Nath
suggested the trainees to update themselves with the skill learnt during the training.
On the request of the trainees who asked for more such trainings to be conducted
in their area, the BDO assured them to take up the matter with the appropriate authority
for setting up of a training centre at Khenewa in the next financial year. He also
assured that preference of all the government sponsored training in phased manner
and suggested promotion of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the area for availing subsidy
He expressed excess exploitation of natural resources in East Kameng district and
highlighted the importance on promotion of sustainable development.
APPDYA seeks transfer of engineers
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The All Papum Pare District Youth Association (APPDYA) has sought
transfer of the Executive Engineer and Assistant Engineer of Highway division Nirjuli/Capital
and demanded that efficient and sincere engineers be posted in their place. The association
wrote to PWD minister in this regard.
Portions of the Capital roads from Banderdewa to Itanagar are not fit for even pedestrians.
The repair and maintenance work is not taking place as per the technical specification.
The contractors are executing the work on their own and the engineers are not there
to supervise or guide their work which ultimately results in damage of the roads
within short span. The government is pouring crores of rupees for the development
of Capital roads to make it smooth and user friendly, but due to lack of technical
guidance by the engineers, the condition of the road is worsening day by day, it
said in its letter.
The engineers are to supervise the work properly so that the road quality could be
maintained but lack of supervision and technical support by the engineer’s concern
is further worsening the Capital roads, it lamented and further warned that it would
be compelled to launch its democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled within
State Judo team leaves for Andhra
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The state Judo team comprising eight boys and five girls, all from
Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, left yesterday for Andhra Pradesh to participate in
the Sub-Junior National Judo Championship to be held at Vijayawada from September
3 to 7.
Tagru Magong, General Secretary, Arunachal Judo Association is the team manager and
Anjali Sagro is the Team Coach.
Boys: Matu Gumja (10 -11 years, 25 kg), Bokim Perme (11- 12 years, above 35 Kg),
Saji Sangyu (12-13 years, 40 to 45 Kg), Tachai Manham (13-14 year, (40 to 45 Kg),
David Wangsa (13-14 years,(50kg to 55Kg), Namdu Lapung (14-15 years, 45kg to 50 Kg),
Bulang Daniel (14-15 years, (50 to 55 Kg), Kamdon Boi (14- 15 years (above 55 Kg).
Girls: Teli Jermin (13-14 years, 35 to 40 Kg), Lovecha Lowang (13-14 years, (40 to
44 Kg), Silom Tesia (13-14 years, above 44 Kg), Pona Rumsu (14-15 years, 40 to 44Kg),
Alem C. Khunjuju (14-15 years, 44 to 48 Kg).
Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan Youth Wing today conducted social service at Donyi Polo road.
In the drive, clogged drains were cleared and the colony road was repaired.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
The members of the Toru Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (TPYWA) has constructed
a kitchen shed for teaching staff and a bamboo bridge on the way to Govt Primary
School, Mowa under the Swaach Bharat Abhiyan on August 28. The Gaon Burah of Toru
Panchayat also took part in the social service conducted with the theme “Lets clean
34 houses washed off in LDV,
flood situation grim across Arunachal
At Anpum & Loglung villages
At Jengpathar village, Kharsang
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: At least 25 dwelling houses have reportedly been washed away by
the ravaging Dibang river at Anpum village and nine more houses were swept away at
Loglung village under Dambuk Sub-Division of Lower Dibang Valley District today.
However, no human casualty is reported so far from both the villages, informed Moba
Riba, Anchal Chairperson Anpum.
The situation is also grim at Paglam as it has been reportedly inundated by the flood
water. It has badly affected normal life and livestock. Schools and other government
institutions were forced to shut down by the increasing floodwater, added Riba.
It is presumed that increasing floodwater of Dibang and Dotung would eventually force
Anpum and Loglung into major chaos. These villages are now caught in the cross fire
of rampaging Dibang and ravaging Dotung River, which is gravely threatening the very
existence of the villages as the floodwater is tumultuously surging in.
ADC Dambuk Atul Tayeng and Circle Officer Tatling Pertin in an inflatable raft from
Nature Unlimited (Tour Operator) led by Anong Tayeng had rushed to the affected villages
yesterday to take stock of the situation and undertake the rescue operation.
The marooned villagers are sending SOS to the government for evacuating them to safe
locations till the floodwater recedes. The villagers are also pleading for immediate
relief and food sorties. The Sub-Division now encircled by the flood water has also
lost surface communication. Since the diversion of Dibang River from its main course
near Bomjir, it has left a trail of destruction downstream. Huge unaccounted properties
have reportedly been washed away this year alone.
Expressing grave concern over the prevailing situation in her constituency, local
MLA Gum Tayeng today briefed the situation to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and requested
him to provide immediate relief to the affected people. The Chief Minister has assured
all possible help to the affected people and also assured to initiate for central
funding and permanent measures to tackle flood.
Two persons washed away, Kurung Kumey cut off
Flood devastate Sunpura, Kharsang, Tezu
KOLORIANG, Aug 31: Two persons are believed to have been washed away by Bete River
near Pujiharak Village, Chambang on Aug 29 while returning from their agriculture
fields due to sudden flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall. The persons have been
identified as Charu Jangrang and Jamru Ter. The search operation to trace the bodies
is under progress, reported ADC, Pania S. Lowang.
Five circles of Kurung-Kumey including Koloriang headquarter are cut off from the
rest of the world following a landslide in between Sangram and Leel on Joram-Koloriang
BRTF road. A dwelling house was swamped by landslide on Sunday morning at Yarkum
Colony rendering a family homeless.
A massive landslide has occurred along the boundaries of Circuit House Koloriang
and there is possibility of the building being damaged if the rainfall continues,
said an official statement.
Mamata Riba, Deputy Commissioner, Isaac Pertin, SP, Biaro Sorum, EAC (Dev) and Nangram
Pingkap, CO along with team of administrative and police officials are monitoring
the situation round the clock.
In the wake of monsoon in the months of June and July, the District Magistrate had
passed executive orders several times warning the residents to move away from land
slide prone zones and flood prone zones to safer places to avoid any kind of loss
of life and property, reports DIPRO.
TEZU: Water levels of all rivers and rivulets, with exception of Lohit have started
to recede gradually due to improvement in the weather today, stated a report received
from the Water Resources Dept, Tezu. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Lohit convened
an emergency meeting with all the DDMA members which was also attended by local MLA
Dr. Mohesh Chai today.
A team of WRD engineers, police personnel, ALCs, villagers and machinery were pressed
into service at Denning Nala area under Tezu circle and at Balijan River near Dangku
area under Sunpura circle.
The MLA along with DDMO Lohit and CLRC members visited the relief camps and flood
affected areas of Sunpura circle to take stock of basic facilities and medical care
in the relief camps. The MLA later distributed blankets, torches and dry food to
people at the four relief camps. More than 225 students including teaching staffs
of VKV Sunpura were evacuated to VKV Tafragam yesterday evening.
Further, the DDMA Lohit has directed the CO Sunpura to continue with the relief camps
for couple of more days till the flood water recedes totally. DMO Tezu has been instructed
to keep strict vigil on medical emergencies during post flood period while DF&CSO
Tezu has been directed to keep sufficient stock of essential commodities. More relief
camps and response teams have been kept in readiness at DM Cell, Tezu to respond
quickly during exigencies.
ROING: The continuous heavy rainfall has also snapped the road communication from
all sides between Roing to Tinsukia via Sadiya-Dholla Ghat and Allubari and Roing
to Pasighat via Omorpur due to rise of river water for the last two days. The road
communication to Hunli Sub-Division and Koronu Circle is also cut off. The Roing
to Hunli road has been disrupted by rise of Eze River and landslides at 14km, 15km
and 53 km points. The water of Simari and Injonu Rivers which is on rise has disrupted
the road connectivity with Koronu Circle.
The power supply to Lower Dibang Valley District has also been disrupted due to heavy
downpour of the last four days.
Executive Engineer (Power), Roing, Napi Modi informed that the power lines in between
Namsai to Roing has been disrupted in various locations. The restoration of power
lines from Namsai to Roing may take a week’s time even after the flood waters recedes,
Under Dambuk administrative sub-division, major damages have been caused to 11 KV
line in three locations, said Vikash Pertin, JE (Power) Dambuk Sub-Division.
It was also informed that the restoration of Tin Ali to Bizari 11 KV line may take
atleast a month because of extensive damages caused due to diversion of Dibang River
Course towards Loklung and Taro-Tamak River at East Siang. He also said that it will
require shifting and new alignment of 11 KV Line.
Meanwhile, to cope up with the prevailing flood situations in the district, M K Deori,
ADC Roing who is incharge DC convened an emergency meeting in his office chamber
today. He asked all the heads of the departments to remain vigil and to keep all
their available resources including man power and machineries in readiness.
R Ratan, DF&CSO informed that about 100 quintals rice as monsoon stock has been kept
in readiness at Roing for dropping at flood affected areas whenever situation arises.
It was also informed that due to the timely action of the district administration,
police, BRTF and paramilitary forces, an adverse situation at Cheta-I have been averted
on Sunday last. The sudden rise of water at Cheta Nallah caused by torrential rainfall
diverted the river course towards the residential building forcing the residents
to evacuate from their houses. (DIPROs)
KHARSANG: Due to incessant rainfall during the last 48 hours, the flood situation
in Kharsang circle of Changlang district is grim. Kharsang recorded 960mm and 1135mm
of rainfall on 30 and 31 August respectively. The entire circle is situated on the
plains between Buri-Dehing, Namchick and Namphuk river system. Heavy rainfall has
resulted in flooding in all the rivers of the locality and has resulted in inundation
of many villages and parts of Kharsang Township.
Worst affected villages are Jenpatathar, Balinong and Namchick Havi. The road communication
to Jenpatathar and Namchick Havi has been destroyed. There has been severe damage
to the bridge on Mora-Kharsang River near Singmao village resulting in severing the
road communication from Miao-Jagun road to Jengpatathar and Namchick-Havi. Around
two kilometres stretch of road in the area is submerged under 3.5 feet of flood water
rendering it blocked. Large areas under tea plantation and homesteads have been damaged
due to flooding. To assess the problem and extent of damage, marooned villagers of
Jengpathar were visited by EE WRD Bordumsa along with AE WRD Kharsang and OC Kharsang
Police station. A contingency plan has been chalked out by the administration in
conjunction with the works departments to extend immediate relief and support. MIP's
and flood control structures in the area have also been damaged because of heavy
erosion and flooding.
In East Siang district, water level in major rivers and rivulets has reached the
danger level. Flood water has inundated many low lying areas and has damaged agricultural
fields in Mer, Gadum, Namsing in Mebo Subdivision and Berung. Rain water also played
havoc in Pasighat town. However, there is no report of flood related death.
Meanwhile, local MLA Kaling Moyong along with DC Isha Khosla, EE WRD T Jamoh and
officers of Disaster Management visited Berung area this morning and took stock of
the situation. A large cultivated land in Berung, about ten kilometers away from
Pasighat, is inundated by flood water.
The MLA along with PWD engineers visited Poglek river site and instructed the department
to continue restoration work with missionary zeal to connect the road communication
between Pasighat and Yagrung. One RCC bridge will come up during the ensuing winter,
Moyong informed. He also held discussions with the EE Power for immediate restoration
of power supply in the High-Region area. According to power department, one new transformer
and accessories are being installed and power supply will be normal soon in the area.
Meanwhile, DC Khosla who is closely monitoring all developments, directed the DDMO
to submit the damage assessment report. Khosla also instructed the EE WRD to take
all possible flood control measures in Berung.
Mebo ADC Y Tayeng informed that flood situation remains grim in Mer, Gadum and Tengabari
areas under Namsing circle affecting dwelling houses, food grains, livestock etc.
Water supply has been disrupted in Mebo headquarter and Mebo-Dhola road has also
snapped in several locations. CO Arvind Pangging conducted extensive tour to all
the affected areas and took stock of flood situation. DIPRO
Felix makes unannounced inspection of govt schools at Aalo
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Parliamentary Secretary for Education & IPR Bamang Felix today
made surprise inspections of several government schools of Aalo Township. Felix who
was on his way to Yingkiong, also interacted with teachers and students. The attendance
registers of the teachers were thoroughly checked and he took note of the immediate
needs of the schools on the spot.
Addressing series of meeting with the school authorities, Felix said that submission
of monthly unannounced inspection report by every DDSE to govt. is mandatory to improve
the functioning of govt run schools. The motive behind the visit is not to torture
the teachers but to get firsthand knowledge about functioning of the school. The
teachers should not shirk away from the responsibilities to shape the destiny of
the children who are the future of our society, said Felix. Meeting at different
levels are held from time to time to improve educational system but nothing is more
important than teacher-taught interaction within and outside the classrooms, he added.
The teacher of govt. schools are paid far higher than that of private schools but
when question of education delivery system comes, they do better than us and we need
to introspect deeply this aspect, said Felix. He also disclosed that govt. has taken
the decision that good teachers with sound health and experiences who are retiring
can pursue the govt. to continue the services with remuneration of last month pay
as fixed pay.
At Govt. H.S. School Aalo, the Parliamentary Secretary provided fans to the crowded
class XII room on demand by students and assured to post required senior subject
teachers. At NM Higher Secondary School, Felix assured to earmark fund for girls
toilet and instructed the DDSE to get it done within a fortnight. He donated some
cash to PI Colony Middle to meet up the liability cost of the tube well constructed
on self help basis by the teaching community.
NEC projects in state reviewed
DoTCL should be involved in NERCORMP implementation: Minister
NEC meeting at Conference hall of Department of Planning, Itanagar.
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Social Welfare, Women and Child Development and DOTCL Minister
Wanglin Lowangdong has said that the Department of Tirap, Changlang & Longding (DoTCL)
which is the nodal department for NERCORMP, needs to be involved and consulted in
all the planning process under the programme.
Addressing a review meeting on NEC projects, NERCORMP, hydropower projects, 132 KV
Transmission Line including the Tawang-Khuppi transmission line here at the conference
hall of Planning department today, Lowangdong said the NERCORMP which is launched
in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in the state is at an initial stage of
implementation. He added that as the project is for the people, the people’s representatives
should be involved in the entire process
as they are accountable for every projects and schemes implemented in their respective
Stressing the need of pouring more fund under the project, he further said the programme
should cover all the areas of the districts where it is being implemented.
“The NERCORMP promotes the feeling of community spirit in the society through its
various projects implemented for community development,” the minister said while
stressing the need for proper coordination and participation of all stakeholders
so to expand the sense of belongingness and to reap its benefits to optimum level.
Addressing the meeting, NEC Secretary S N Brohmo Choudhury, who is on a visit to
the state capital along with his team of officers, said, NERCORMP is designed to
strengthen the people of the grass root level. He said efforts are on to sort out
the problems and challenges coming on the way to success of the programme being implemented
in three district of the state. The Secretary advised the Govt officers of the state
in general and nodal department (DOTCL) in particular to work towards fulfilling
the objectives of the project.
Nikh Kamin, Parliamentary Secretary Social Welfare, while appreciating NERCORMP programme,
stressed on monitoring of projects being implemented through NaRMGs. He said that
as the programme covers the rural masses including poorest of the poor, the success
of the project must be ensured.
Speaking in the meeting, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi also appreciated NERCORMP for
working for the welfare of the poor and keeping the morale of Self Help Groups (SHGs)
high by involving them in its programmes.
Earlier, Planning Secretary Sonam Chombey gave a brief speech on importance of the
meeting convened for review of all NEC schemes/projects. Senior officers from NERCORMP
also highlighted the objectives, targets and achievements under the programme.
The meeting attended by Commissioners, Secretaries and HoDs of concerned departments,
besides officers from North Eastern Council (NEC) also reviewed the progress of
all on-going NEC schemes and release of funds by the Council for various projects
including roads, communication, health and power in the state. While reviewing the
NEC scheme implementation, NEC Secretary SN Brohmo Choudhury urged the officers concerned
to expedite the works for timely completion of scheme and projects.
It is worth mentioning here that North Eastern Region Community Resource Management
Project (NERCORMP) is a livelihood and rural development project aimed to transform
the lives of the poor and marginalised tribal families in Northeast. It is a joint
developmental initiative of the NEC, Ministry of DONER, Govt of India and International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). DIPR
IODB to pay oil royalty to Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has written to the Oil Industry
Development Board for payment of differential royalty to Arunachal Pradesh for the
year 2014-15 amounting to Rs. 38,63,16,848.
The matter regarding payment of differential royalty to the States from the OIDB
fund was examined in the Ministry. With the approval of competent authority it has
been decided that OIDB would immediately release the differential royalty to the
States for the year 2014-15(April, 2014 to March, 2015), read the letter.
The centre on Wednesday has agreed to pay states like Arunachal, Gujarat and Assam,
from its annual budget, the difference between royalty paid by operators of some
oil fields as per their contract and actual prevailing rate.
Operators of some 28 fields in Gujarat, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh pay royalty on
crude oil they produce at the cap rate mentioned in the production sharing contract
(PSC) dating back to 1990s.
These rates were capped at Rs 450 per tonne as against the current rate of 12.5 per
cent of the price of oil.
To protect state revenues, the difference between the two was made good by Oil Industry
Development Board (OIDB) funds.
Highway affected land owners demand due compensation
[ Karyir Riba ]
ROING, Aug 31: Withstanding heavy downpour and road blockades, more than 200 landowners
came out to protest against the non-payment of compensation for the land acquisitioned
for construction of National Highway from Meka to Balijan Bridge.
At Abango village, these affected landowners stopped any kind of construction work
of the highway for an indefinite period until their demands will be fulfilled.
As per reliable sources, the landowners said, the compensation amount has already
been handed over to the District Administration by the BRTF but no payment has been
made so far.
“Although the officials have visited many times, assessment of the land acquisitioned
has not been finalised yet. Besides faulty measurements and no measurement in some
portions of the land, the whole area between Koronu nallah and Inju nallah has not
been included for the compensation,” the landowners claimed.
According to them, no assessment has been made of agricultural/horticultural plantations
by the district administration. They have also been reportedly told by the authority
that a high percentage of the total compensation amount would be deducted as royalty
which according to them is illegal.
The landowners of Tezu (under the same project), who had received their compensations
in March this year, had applied through RTI Act to know about the Government rate
of compensation for the project. “On getting information, we were shocked to learn
huge differences between the rate furnished by the office and that of the rate of
Tezu. While the rate of Tezu showed Rs. 50 for barren/uncultivable land the rate
of our district showed Rs. 11 for plantation land,” said an angry landowner.
The landowners have demanded immediate constitution of a Board to revise the rate
of compensation for land acquisitioned in LDV, and to fix and implement a new and
“The Board should, at least be comprised of the local MLA, DFO, DHO, DAO, LRSO, ZPM,
GBs of the area affected and public representatives of the affected villages. After
the rate is revised and finalised, it has to be published in the newspaper", they
Other demands were immediate appointment of an LRSO, investigation against Land Management
department of the district by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), enquiry about deduction
from compensation amount as royalty.
"We have no faith on the information furnished by the RTI office that has a past
record of giving biased information. Therefore, we demand full information about
the issue from the DIPRO", said the landowners.
Road works on the Meka to Balijan Bridge (NH52) is nearing completion, and the landowners
fear that if the work is completed they will not be paid any compensation.
"We had faith in the DA because of which we never cared to follow up on the payment
of compensation. But now, we will leave no stone unturned in order to get what is
rightfully ours", said the protesters.
Villagers urged to stop opium cultivation
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Manmao LW Bapu advised the
villagers to stop opium cultivation and drugs abuse, and its trafficking.
Addressing the gathering during the inaugural function of the two days awareness
programme on drugs abuse and gender sensitisation organised by SSA District Mission,
Changlang at Manmao Friday last, the EAC explained the ill effects of drugs abuse
and addiction for individuals and for his/her family and society as a whole. He exhorted
the youths to give up such bad habits and concentrate on their study for a bright
He also lauded the Mahila Mandal for taking active part in removing various evil
practices prevailing in the society.
Medical Officer in-charge of Manmao PHC Dr. P Tangha highlighted on prevailing drugs/opium
menace, drugs abuse treatment and rehabilitation services for the addicts.
BEO cum BRCC, Manmao Lemwang Ronrang spoke in length about RTE Act, role of SMC in
The district coordinator (SSA) Changlang highlighted on Protection of Children from
Sexual Offences Act while the district coordinator, CWSN (IE) explained the causes
of disability in children and its prevention.
The PRI members and teachers and SMC's were advised to implement the RTE Act in their
respective schools to achieve the goal of SSA.
A rally on anti-drugs and gender sensitisation was organised in the main thoroughfare
of Manmao town wherein students from Govt. Sec. School, Manmao, Mahila Mandal and
general public participated.
Balijan to Jote-Poma (Upper Balijan)
road in dire need of maintenance
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The Balijan-Jote road constructed under NEC project few years ago
remains in shambles due to lack of maintenance. During its visit to the Balijan
to Jote-Poma (Upper Balijan) stretch of the road on Aug 29, a joint team of Govt
officials and public leaders found that the road stretch has been lying in dilapidated
condition and unused state due to lack of maintenance since 2013, said Balijan Circle
Youth Association (BCYA) president Kuru Joram, who accompanied the team in a release
today. The team consisted of Balijan ADC Chukhu Takar, Balijan block branch Congress
Committee president Tem Tayo, Balijan PWD sub-division Assistant Engineer, Gaon Bura
and youths, the release said. The said stretch of road worsened in the recent past
due to landslide, erosion and siltation, the BCYA claimed adding that major portion
of the said road has been washed out.
Why the strategic important NEC sponsored road remained unattended despite utilisation
of huge public money in the construction of Balijan-Jote road, the BCYA queried.
Stating that the road connects the Sangdupota CO headquarter with Balijan ADC headquarter,
the Association said the local people, particularly students are the worst sufferers
due to poor road condition.
Meanwhile, the BCYA sought the intervention of Balijan ZPM and appealed him to take
up the matter with PWD Minister, local legislator and department concerned for early
renovation of the said portion of NEC road.
The visiting team also conducted a social service to clear the choked RCC culvert
near the J.J. Singh Point (A Hawa Ghar christened in the name of former state Governor
Solung fever grips Siang belt, celebration begins at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Aug 31: In spite of the inclement weather and a disastrous situation created
by heavy rains in Siang belt, the people of Adi community are all set to celebrate
Solung festival, one of the major and popular festivals of the tribe, with colourful
The festivity began at Pasighat today with celebration of the harvest festival at
Jarku village on the right bank of Siang River in presence of community leaders.
Prayers were offered to almighty God for bumper harvest, prosperity and well being
of the man and animals.
Attending the celebration at the Community Hall, former Minister and Adviser to Chief
Minister Bosiram Siram called upon the people of the community, particularly young
generation, to preserve their rich culture and traditions.
Siram exhorted the youths to dedicate themselves for promotion of their traditional
culture as it is roots and identity of each community that reflects their ancestral
values and ideas. He also suggested the young generation to avoid bad practices like
consumption alcohol, narcotics and other activities which may ruin their future.
East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai, Onik Lego, Tatok Komut (Mirii) and others also spoke on
the festive occasion.