ITANAGAR, Aug 19: A data dissemination workshop on census data of 2011 census of
India was held at Bomdila Govt. College today.
The basic concepts of census data on Housing and Housing census as well as Population
Enumeration was discussed at length by Bharati Chanda, Joint Director, Directorate
of Census Operation, Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
She said that Census Data is the most authentic source of information on Socio-Economic
and Demographic profile of the population in the country. Census data is widely used
for planning/documentation of Parliamentary/Assembly constituencies, Academicians
Dr. SC Nayak, Principal of Govt. College, Bomdila and Dr. AK Bhanja, Assistant Professor
in Political Science and Tashi Phuntso, Assistant Professor in Economics also spoke
on the occasion.
Body of Geten Tali recovered
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The body of seven-year-old boy Geten Tali was recovered after four
days of search operation from Bhipuria area of Assam on August 17. Late Tali, a
class-III student of VKV police Colony had drowned at Ganga/ Senki River Industry
colony in Chandranagar on August 14. He went out of the house to run an errand when
the incident happened.
On hearing the tragic incident, various departments including police, NGOs, community
based organizations and individuals jointly conducted search operation. After continuous
search operation for four days through river side, the body of the deceased boy was
recovered from Bhipuria area. After performing rituals the mortal remains of Geten
Tali were laid to rest at Karsingsa.
Flying Squad to check staff attendance
ANINI, Aug 19: Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso today constituted Flying
Squad with his team of Administrative officers, namely, Marpe Riba, Pime Keche and
Kabang Apum to check the un-authorized absence of the Govt. officers and officials
from their place of posting.
The DC was optimistic that this step will check the un-authorized absence of Govt.
servants from their place of posting which will ultimately help in better public
services in the remotest district of the state. He further appealed all the Govt.
servants posted in the district to remain present in their place of posting or leave
the station with proper permission, henceforth. DIPRO
AAPLU seeks banning of private practice by govt doctors
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has requested for
banning the private practice of government doctors across the state.
In its letter submitted to the health and family welfare minister, it said that the
doctors prefer to devote their time in the private chambers and do not give due attention
to the patient in the hospital and it has direct impact on poor labour class family
who are deprived of getting good medical care in government hospitals.
RFO Sagalee not doing his duty, alleges ASSU
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) has alleged that a Range
Forest Officer posted at Sagalee has not reported to his office for more than five
It claimed that when the union enquired the concerned DFO, it was informed that the
RFO has been served many notices to immediately join his duty.
The public of Sagalee area are having a tough time as all the official works and
other important works are pending, it stated in the release.
CCLAPF hopeful of logical solution to land issue
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Continuing with its endeavour for a just solution to the ‘contentious
land occupation and allotment imbroglio’ of the Capital Complex, a team of Capital
Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) headed by its Chairman Takam Dari Sojik
today called on the Parliamentary Secretary (Land Management) Techi Kaso.
Recalling its earlier meeting held with Kaso on June 26 last, the Forum once again
appealed for an early and amicable solution to this vexed issue. The Forum requested
Kaso to use his good office to come out with some logical roadmap for this protracted
issue, which would otherwise adversely affect – directly or indirectly - thousands
of indigenous lives. The Forum exuded hope that the present people friendly state
government would be able to come out with some logical solution to this issue which
would be in the interest of both public and the government, according to a release.
Traders’ assoc. give DC 10 days to arrest alleged accused
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Hapoli Market Traders Association (HMTA) gave Lower Subansiri Deputy
Commissioner 10 days to arrest the culprits involved in looting and attack on salesman
of Joram Wine Shop, Hapoli failing which HMTA threatened to launch democratic movement
in form of dharna and shutter down etc.
In its letter to the Deputy Commissioner, HMTA said that the Investigating Officer
(IO) of the case had failed to make any headway to arrest the culprit(s) even after
he was provided with some evidences like CCTV footage and the vehicle used during
the incident by the alleged accused who can be traced by monitoring the CCTV footage.
The letter informed the Deputy Commissioner that a case was registered at Ziro Police
Station (No 13/14), U/S 448/392/326/34 IPC against the miscreants involved in the
Further, HMTA urged the DC to maintain law and order at Hapoli Township alleging
that the present law and order situation in the township was not satisfactory.
Birth anniversary of Rani Maa Gaidininliu celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Longding unit celebrated the birth centenary
of Padmabhushan Rani Maa Gaidininliu at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalalya, Pongchau
Wangnai Wangsa, Block Education Officer and Ngunkhaw Ngandam, wife of the local MLA
led the participants in offering floral tributes to the portrait of Gaidininliu.
AVP district unit president Chanwang Wangsa threw light on Gaidininliu’s teachings
and initiatives for protection, promotion and preservation of culture and traditions
of people of North East in particular and the country in general.
Wancho Cultural Society general secretary S Wangsa, Head- master of the KGBV also
spoke on the occasion.
The students of KGBV presented patriotic songs and patriotic dances.
The programme was attended by around 200 people.
ZPM office building inaugurated
SEPPA, Aug 19: The New Office Building of Zilla Parishad Chairperson was inaugurated
by Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise Tapuk Taku in presence of ADC cum DPDO P
Jain, PD Kenbom Nyodu and ZPC Meyuk Cheda at Seppa yesterday.
While addressing the PRI members and DRDA staff in an inaugural function, Taku said
that the long pending demand for devolution of power has ultimately been given for
29 subjects. The state Govt. is paying much attention towards PRI members and the
new ZPC office building is an example. He also said that PRI members being the functionaries
at the grassroots level for infrastructural development in the interior areas should
take up need based schemes.
Regarding power and functions, he said that when sanctioning powers were given, the
PRI members have an equal responsibility and obligations to fall on. While advocating
the people to be self-reliant through Agricultural & Horticultural activities he
urged the DHO and DAO to involve PRI members in bringing awareness to the beneficiaries
in this regard. DIPRO
APCSD organizes medical camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) with specialist doctors
from Arunachal State Hospital organized a health camp at Longding on Sunday.
Hundreds of people thronged the medical camp and blood samples were collected from
the suspected malaria patients out of which more than 150 patients were tested positive
for malaria. Patients suffering from diarrhea were also treated and they were given
medicines and ORS.
Dr. Tomar Nyodu and Dr Radhe Natung along with DMO Longding and team of laboratory
technicians and nurses from Karuna Trust conducted the health camp.
It was reported by the village chief that 15 persons have so far died due to these
disease in the village, the release informed.
Congress Seva Dal Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha distributed medicated mosquito nets and
life saving drugs to the villagers of Longkai.
The team reached remote border village of k/Nonku village the next day and treated
patients suffering from various diseases.
According to the village chief, the release claimed, atleast 28 people have died
so far of these diseases. The village head (king) Chawang Wangham informed the visiting
team that they were unable to evacuate patients for treatment due to disruption in
While highlighting the various welfare measures of the Nabam Tuki led Government
for the rural people, he called upon the youths to shun the wrong path and engage
themselves in productive activities for bright future.
Congress Seva spokesperson Geli Ete also informed the people about the welfare activities
of the govt. and chief minister’s health insurance programme.
The team was scheduled to arrive at Kanubari today where they will wind up their
four days medical camp in Longding.
AGEM holds essay competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Arunachal Green Environment Mission (AGEM) conducted a drawing
and an essay competition for all the middle/secondary/higher secondary schools of
V-Lower Balijan at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Balijan on August 11 last to commemorate
the 68th Independence Day celebration.
The competition was held for junior (VI to VIII) and Senior (IX to XII) category.
The topic for junior group drawing competition was “Effect of deforestation/ecological
imbalance due to deforestation” and for senior group essay competition was “JE (Japanese
Encephalitis) and its prevention”.
In the junior group drawing competition, Anuran Chakraborti of class - VIII of Govt.
Higher Secondary School, Balijan was adjudged the winner and awarded with Rs. 2,000/-
cash prize with merit certificate, Bengia Apiung of Class - VI of VKV School, Balijan
came second with Rs. 1,500/- cash prize and a merit certificate and Urmila Das of
Class- VIII of Govt. Middle School, Tubung came third with Rs. 1,000/- cash prize
with merit certificate.
In the senior category essay competition Meena Tam of Class- IX, VKV School Balijan
became the first Prize winner and was awarded with Rs.2,000/- cash prize with merit
certificate, Yowa Uma of Class- X of VKV School, Balijan came second with Rs. 1,500/-
cash prize with merit certificate and Sonam Sharma of Class-XII of Govt. Higher Secondary
School, Balijan was adjudged third and was awarded with Rs. 1,000/- cash prize with
All other participants were awarded with consolation prizes with merit certificate.
Nam Ghar inaugurated at Khonsa
KHONSA, Aug 19: The State PPA leader and public leader Wangman Lowangcha inaugurated
a Nam Ghar at Khonsa township yesterday amidst a huge gathering.
In his speech Lowangcha said that there were Nam Ghars in almost all the villages
of Nokte and Wancho areas in early 1700 to 1970s. During the period Gukhai’s from
Assam (Axom) used to visit all the Nam Ghars located in Nokte and Wancho villages
and prayed for peace and prosperity of the people. He also said that undivided Tirap
people viz:- Tirap-Changlang and Longding districts are having closed relationship
with the Assamese people till now as still some of the senior citizens of Noktes
believe and worship Shankar-Dev.
One of the senior public leaders Ngampey Lamaty also spoke about the importance of
worship of Shankar Dev and joined in the celebration of Janmastami.
Media person Gawang Sumpa, while speaking on the occasion, appealed to all Assamese
people residing in Tirap district to keep strong relationship with Nokte and Wancho
people for ever.
Earlier the Namghar committee members Dipali Bhuyan, Secretary Namghar committee,
B.C. Medhi, President, Namghar Committee, Khonsa and others expressed their gratefulness
to the land donor Wangman Lowangcha for his kind and generous contribution. DIPRO
Community training at Pakke Kessang
SEPPA, Aug 19: Strong mechanism for monitoring and supervision is a must for successful
implementation of RTE Act and achieving the goals of education. Undoubtedly monitoring
is done by the stakeholders but it would not be effective and fruitful unless the
stakeholders ensure the review of implementation, remedial measures and assessment
which are unavoidable steps that must be taken. Keeping these in view, R. Pathak,
BRCC/ Pedagogy coordinator organized a five days community mobilization programme
from 13 to 17 August last for SMC members, PRI members and all other stakeholders
at block level under SSA.
For this purpose, a team was constituted under the chairmanship of Tado Gollo, ZPM
and BEO, BRCC, CRCCs and District coordinator community mobilization/RTE. The team
inspected three schools of Passa Valley and eight Schools of Pakke Valley.
Community training was conducted at Rilloh on August 13 and 14 at Pakke Kessang Sec.
School under the chairmanship of the ZPM. He gave a strong message to the house consisting
of ASM chairperson, ASMs, SMC, teachers and parents for ensuring school functioning.
The same programme was conducted at Sede under Mering Natung, ZPM Pijerang on 24th
July 2014 last. She asked the participants to ensure smooth functioning of Schools
and MDM and warned that irregularity in duty shall not be tolerated.
All related topics like RTE, powers and functions of SMC, PRI, child’s right, POCSO,
school development plan, DISE, VER etc were also explained. For effective monitoring
- Block level monitoring team and cluster level monitoring teams were formed. Teachers
meeting of Pakke Valley was also held to find means and ways to ensure school functioning
by the H.M. Pakke Kessang. DIPRO
Pangia & Aga emerge toppers in school quiz
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Robo Pangia, Class –X and Tadar Aga, Class –IX of Exalt Foundation
School, Itanagar secured 1st position in the INTACH India Heritage Quiz -2014. It
is a largest ever school quiz of India organized by Xpress Minds Edutainment for
INTACH and conducted at Eleazar English School, Itanagar on August 18.
In the news report with the headline ‘Relief Sought’, published in this daily on
August 19, Sagalee MLA was wrongly mentioned as Doimukh MLA. Hence, it should be
read as “….. Meanwhile, the Anchal Chairperson, VIII Mengio CD Block, Papum Pare
district has urged the chief minister and Sagalee MLA for immediate relief for the
villagers of Silsango and Mengio circle claiming that the villagers lost agriculture
and horticulture cultivation in the flood.” The inadvertent error is regretted.
The opening ceremony of TTMVB tournament will be held on August 20 at Solung Mopin
Ground, Itanagar which was inadvertently given as August 21 on August 19 edition
of this daily.
Demand for Patkai ADC intensifies
KHONSA, Aug 19: The demand for creation of Patkai Autonomous District Council (PADC)
for Tirap, Changlang and Longding has intensified of late with a series of meetings
having been held at Itanagar, Changlang and Deomali. The meeting held at Deomali
on yesterday was attended by all the elected leaders from Tirap and Changlang districts
including former ministers T L Rajkumar, CC Singpho and Wangpha Lowang who chaired
The MLAs from Longding district could not make it to the meeting due to unavoidable
Minister for Civil Supplies Komlung Mossang said that demand for the PADC is the
demands of the people of the three backward districts and the leaders are only leading
from the front for the cause of the people. He appealed all the people including
the youth, NGOs and common people to rise to the occasion to materialize the demand
for the benefit of the people at the earliest.
All the MLAs and the former ministers while participating in the deliberation, emphatically
said that the demand for the PADC was very much within the framework of the Indian
Constitution and there was absolutely no scope for dividing the people of the state
on ethnic line as apprehended by some Arunachalees. They all said in unison that
if PADC was granted by the GOI, the economic condition of the people of the three
backward districts would improve and would generate more employment opportunities.
Taking part in the meeting Denhang Bosai, DIPRO and Secretary of Society for Promotion
of Nocte Indigenous Culture requested the MLAs to hold such awareness meetings in
their respective constituencies and urged the elected leaders to play more active
role in order to achieve that goal sooner than later. He said that the demand for
ADC was a constitutional privilege or right guaranteed by the hallowed Indian constitution
to its citizens wherever deemed feasible adding that no body or organization had
the right to curtail or scuttle some one’s constitutional right.
MLA Wangling Lowangdong who is the Spokesperson of the PADC Demand Committee while
summing up the meeting said that there was no looking back as the demand for the
PADC had reached a point of no return. He said that it was the demand of the people
of the three districts and the elected leaders were only spearheading the movement
and giving a direction. Lowangdong exhorted all sections of people to leave no stone
unturned and be ready to travel the proverbial extra mile to achieve the PADC which
was the only answer to the multifarious problems afflicting the three districts.
He informed the huge gathering that the bill for the PADC had already been passed
unanimously by the State Legislative Assembly and had been strongly recommended by
the CM to the GOI. He further said that the ball was now in the court of the Centre
urging all to pursue it vigorously. He also elaborately explained the constitution
of the PADC very meticulously drafted by former ministers T L Rajkumar and L. Wanglat
wherein all the finer points from other ADCs had been incorporated and its salient
The meeting was also attended by PRI leaders, leaders from the three districts, students
and public. It may be mentioned here that the demand for grant of PADC was started
from 2003-2004. DIPRO
CM reviews hydro projects, appeals power developers to expedite technical process
NEW DELHI, Aug 19: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is on his visit to national capital
to follow up state related issues with the Centre, took a review of all the Hydropower
projects of the capacity 100 Mw and above at New Delhi today.
In a day-long meeting with more than twenty five developers including Central PSUs
like NHPC and NEEPCO and other private developers, Tuki reviewed the projects on
a one on one basis with each developer. While appealing to the developers to expedite
all the pending technical issues with both the Central as well as the State Government,
he reiterated his commitment to make Arunachal Pradesh the ‘Powerhouse’ of the country
while ensuring the ecological, social and cultural interests of the state.
The CM said that all major issues which came out in the meeting will be further taken
up at the highest levels in the related Union Ministries and also with the Prime
Minister of India. He also mentioned that any laxity or non-seriousness noticed in
the part of developers will be dealt strictly by the State Government.
Parliamentary Secretary (Hydropower) Phurpa Tsering, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi,
Chief Advisor to the Government H K Paliwal, Secretary Power Kaling Tayeng and other
senior officials from the State Government were present in the discussions. (CM’s
Greed, nature and impending catastrophes
The human and nature conflict in Capital Region and elsewhere has come out in open
with the arrival of the monsoons. There are reports of death and destruction because
of the landslides caused by incessant rain. And sadly, the scenes of death and destruction
will be played out every monsoon because we have not been careful while dealing with
Disregarding everything, we have flattened and destroyed Itanagar-Naharlagun beyond
recognition. The demolitions have been very rapid and massive in the last 20 years.
We possibly cannot undo the enormous damage already inflicted but efforts must be
made to ensure that more lives are not lost and no more properties are damaged.
How did we manage to turn this once beautiful, cloud kissed and green town into a
The administration always has knee-jerk reactions and issues orders whenever there
is damage and destruction not realising the fact that it has to share the blame.
Because of its shortsightedness and wobbly administration, citizens basically have
a free run. Who cares even if uninitiated citizens are digging their graves by constructing
houses where it should not be? Government, always quick to announce compensatory
amount, as usual is clueless about the real problems facing the people. Master plan
for the capital city is like a recurrent bad dream that keeps coming back, without
The greed of the people could have been controlled to an extent, if the administration
and government had been a bit strict, a bit sooner.
Because we totally disregard safety measures and nature’s course, it has come to
trouble us. Nature usually is not so ruthless-if it is given enough space and acknowledged.
The recent order of the Capital Complex administration “discouraging” construction
of buildings with more than four stories has rather come very late. We can only
hope that the order will be implemented properly and won’t be forgotten as soon as
the rain goes. But on the other hand, have the government followed its own rules
and notices? Have they been fearless enough to act?
Right now, we can barely figure out where the roads end and the construction begins.
Mountains have been chopped off literally to make way for buildings.
The other day, a hillock near a petrol pump in Papu Nallah literally fell off right
in front of the people, blocking the highway for more than five hours. The mountains
cannot be stitched together again but if we take control of our greed and have some
amount of regard for safety, certainly we can stop impending catastrophes that lurk
Public Accounts Committee monitors
on-going projects in Changlang
CHANGLANG, Aug 19: The Public Accounts Committee of Arunachal Legislative Assembly
visited Changlang today to have physical verification of the ongoing projects being
implemented through various departments in Changlang district.
The committee headed by its chairman Nikh Kamin and members Wanglam Sawin and Pani
Taram, both MLAs will monitor the ongoing projects under various schemes at Changlang
for two days.
While addressing the visiting team at her conference hall, Changlang Deputy Commissioner
Chanchal Yadav informed that departments in Changlang work as a team. She assured
them to take the district to a new height of development in years to come.
Introducing the district through power point presentation, she informed that the
district is vast in area and is second largest in the state in terms of population.
She informed that the district has many circle headquarters inaugurated in recent
months but most of them are non-functional due to delay in creating the required
infrastructures. Appraising the shortage of manpower especially under the departments
of Health and Education due to which people in the area are facing difficulties she
informed that there are only 21 doctors in position in the entire district including
programme officers and 7 schools in the district are running with a single teacher
with many school running with less number of teachers than it actually requires.
Chairman, Public Committee Nikh Kamin while explaining the important role of Public
Accounts Committee urged the entire executing department to maintain work quality
and ensure timely completion of the schemes. He stressed on timely submission of
utilization certificate which paves major hindrances in getting fund from the Centre.
Terming that revenue is an important component for state’s financial growth he called
upon all to check revenue leakage and asked them to work for increase in revenue
Pani Taram, Wanglam Sawin, Phosum Khimhun and Tesam Pongte, all MLAs, also spoke
on the occasion. The meeting was attended by all heads of the department Changlang.
Thereafter the team paid site visit to monitor the under Construction Mini-Secretariat
being executed by PWD,Changlang, VIP Guest House by Urban Development and Housing
Department and High Mast Tower installed by the Department of Power, Changlang Division.
MLA reviews developmental activities in West Kameng, assures to provide 10 lacs each
for procurement of medicines
BOMDILA, Aug 19: The review meeting of all the activities of the various departments
of the district was held at Bomdila on August 17 last.
Presiding over the meeting Deputy Commissioner A K Singh opined that such convergence
of all the MLAs and HoDs of the district at a time and place would go a long way
in facilitating speedy and all-round development in the district.
He advised the HoDs and other officers present to highlight their departmental activities,
schemes proposed and other initiatives taken up for the year ahead so that the concerned
MLAs have a first-hand knowledge of the issues at hand and also to pave the way for
Apprehensive of the present financial status of the state, MLA Japu Deru advocated
for the judicious use of the fund allocated / to be allocated and better co-ordination
between the departments. He also impressed on the need for executing all the schemes
in accordance with the laid down norms and failure to do so would be viewed very
seriously, he added. Taking serious note on dismal performance of the BSNL services
in the district, he called for better service and connectivity. He also appealed
the other three Legislators of the district to come together cutting across party
lines and affiliations for the development of the district and welfare of its people.
Among various other observations and suggestions, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary
for PHED & WS Kumsi Sidisow expressed his dismay over the poor execution of the Rajiv
Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in his constituency and directed the department
concerned for immediate renovation and replacements as and where required. Excuses
should not be the reasons for any department to shy away from their duties and obligations,
MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for HPD Phurpa Tsering impressed on the need for
transparency and accountability by all. On the vexed issue of non-performance of
the hydro projects in the district, Phurpa Tsering assured the house that fund would
not be a constraint and that, required power would be generated and made available
by the end of September this year.
Deputy Speaker cum MLA of 5-Kalaktang AC segment TN Thongdok, who had a say in almost
all the issues of the day long deliberation and the power point presentations, impressed
on the need for prior consultations with all the legislators of the district while
preparing the departmental AOPs as it would be wrong and unjustified on the part
of the HoDs to keep them in dark. Likewise, submission of the quarterly reports to
the MLAs of the district should be mandatory, he observed.
Summing up his participation in the meeting, Thongdok called for collective effort,
enhanced co-ordination and dedicated team work in order to achieve the targets set.
Earlier, all the four MLAs voiced in unison that certain guidelines are being flaunted
at the state / Department level and that the centralization of the supply works especially
in the department of education should be discontinued henceforth. Also, the schemes
to be included in the AOPs of the district should have the bearings / acknowledgement
of all the local legislators.
All the four MLAs of the district assured to contribute 10 lacs each every year from
their MLALAD fund for procurement of medicines and other life saving drugs for the
Accusation of an unfortunate instance of mismanagement and misappropriation by a
certain department, strange but not so surprising fact like a contingent driver operating
the X-ray machine and extortion threats by UG elements active in certain pockets
of the district were brought to the notice of the house.
DC AK Singh in his presentation highlighted the issues being faced by the District
administration and its allied offices and suggested that such co-ordination meetings
would be held quarterly in order to monitor, regulate and review the developmental
activities being carried out in the district by the various departments and other
Addressing the issue of extortion threats, he said that the issues could be drastically
brought down if the administration and the police are taken into confidence and that
if the officers / departments honestly carry out their works. DIPRO
Engineers urged to shoulder responsibility
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA) President
S Sumnyan has appealed to the engineers of the state including members of Arunachal
Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association to come together and tighten belts work
with renewed zeal and determination to assist the state government to ensure speedy
and smooth progress of the state. “Punctuality, hard work, sincerity and better service
should be the motto of our renewed slogan. It is our paramount duty to ensure that
projects are planned, conceived and implemented based on sound engineering, economy
and without compromising quality and time schedule, he said APESA President Sumnyan
while addressing the engineers of the state in an executive body meeting of the Association
The APESA president stressed upon the need to develop proper work culture imbibing
honesty, dedication, efficient implementation of projects without compromising quality
of work, time and cost overrun etc.
“Bad quality and pilferages are matter of great concern which require sensitization
and a fresh jerk of awakening, he opined. “We as engineers can become second to
none while comparing ourselves with those of other states. Many of them are brilliant,
who I suppose work with utmost sincerity and dedication. They truly contribute or
have contributed to state's advancement and progress,” he said.
“However, if reports are to be believed, some are busy in politicking and resorting
to activities unbecoming to the engineering profession. The flags of works departments
have somehow been kept flying by these brilliant engineers who have been working
sincerely but silently,” he said.
Engineers have been and shall always be the prominent players in creating major assets
and the required infrastructure of the state. It's time that we review our performances
and introspect to push a fresh focus on our development indices of the state, he
The density of road in our state is meager 24 km per 100 sqkm as against 84 km/ 100
sqkm of National average, he informed.
“Let us be clear that nobody is going to provide us with readymade infrastructures,
unless the engineers of the state walk extra miles to get them created. The leaders
will come and go. But the engineers of all works departments are the backbone for
creating durable infrastructure in our state.”
“Therefore we should not shy away from our responsibilities and no half-way measure
approach be cultivated.In whichever department we may serve, we should discharge
our duty sincerely, he exhorted.
The meeting discussed various issues relating to the association, like impending
court cases, celebration of Engineers’ Day, creation of engineering wings in non-engineering
departments, drawing up of activity schedule in APESA calendar, etc.
This meeting was attended by office bearers and members of the Association, including
Vice President Tadar Mangku, General Secretary Bini Pelen.
‘Maintain transparency in tendering process, project implementation’
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Public leader Vijay Sonam in a letter to Director (RD) has urged
him to ensure implementation of the four projects under Special Plans Allocation
(SPA) in Bamang Constituency in letter and spirit as per the guidelines issued by
the Planning Department.
He also hoped that the entire tendering process for awarding the works will be carried
out in a transparent and impartial manner to enable free and fair participation of
all interested parties.
“Maintaining of transparency will not only help in proper implementation of the projects
but will also prevent any type of future complicacy.
Sonam informed that fund has been allocated under SPA for construction of construction
school building with approach road at Tasam Meorang School, construction of Multipurpose
Building at Circle headquarters at Khenewa, construction of foot suspension bridge
at Sama river with porter track and log bridges from Jomoh to Wallong Sollung via
Kawarang village and construction of foot suspension bridge over Pachuk river in
between Tayung and Lengdi Liyang village.
Small tea growers decry SC directive
RUKSIN, Aug 19: Decrying Supreme Court (SC) order that directs tea cultivators to
obtain forest clearance from Union Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) against
their land used for growing tea and produce it while applying for registration of
their gardens, the tea growers of the state have urged the Arunachal Pradesh Government
to take up the matter with the concern authority for revocation of the said order.
According to the marginal and small tea growers, this Supreme Court order has deprived
them from availing the benefits provided under Tea Board since majority of them do
not have proper land documents to apply for registration of their tea gardens.
As per guideline framed by Tea Board, tea growers will have to produce proper land
document, soil susceptibility certificate with No Objection Certificate (NOC) from
their respective district administration for registration of their gardens. But,
a legal hurdle has been appeared in the registration procedure after the Supreme
Court imposed restriction on ‘No Objection Certificate’ on lands used for tea plantation.
The Apex Court's verdict appeared after hearing of the writ petition (C) N0- 202/1995
filed against massive deforestation in Tirap and Changlang districts.
The executive director of Tea Board, Guwahati Zonal Office, in its directive noted
that it would issue registration to the tea growers only after they are given clearance
by MoEF ensuring that the proposed area of cultivation does not violate Forest Conservation
Act, 1980 or Supreme Court order, 1996. It is clear from the directive that production
of forest clearance from Union Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) has become
mandatory and mere production of NOC issued by the state government will not be sufficient
to get registered their tea gardens.
The state government has not taken any initiative to ease their sufferings, despite
the growers’ union’s repeated move to mitigate their problems, the tea growers rued.
According to them, the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and the Supreme Court ruling
are creating hurdles in promotion of small tea garden in Arunachal Pradesh,
“The SC order was issued in view of the large scale deforestation that was taking
place in Tirap and Changlang in the name of tea cultivation during 1996-97. But,
this single order has affected the entire state on forest activities and thereby
depriving the tea planters from having subsidy granted under Tea Board. It is almost
impossible for the small tea growers to move the MoEF for NOC against the tea gardens”,
rued Nyodek Yonggam, chairman of Small Tea Growers’ Association of Siang Basin.
Yonggam, who is a native of Oyan village under Ruksin Sub-division, has practical
knowledge on tea plantation and management of tea garden. He served the people of
the state as Member of Parliament from 1992 to 1996 and later took the charge of
Chief information Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission in 2006.
Hopefully, more than 100 farmers in East Siang district have developed small tea
gardens and most of them have begun to produce green tea leaves.
Centre convenes NE CMs' meet to discuss development projects
New Delhi, Aug 19: The Centre has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of all northeastern
states on August 21-22 in Guwahati to formulate a roadmap for development in the
The meeting has been called as part of the Narendra Modi government's initiative
to accelerate various ongoing development projects in the northeast and explore possible
fresh initiatives there.
Apart from the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland,
Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim, representatives from Ministries like Home,
Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Environment, Industries and North Eastern Council
will take part in the meeting.
Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Gen (retd) V K Singh, Sports Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will be present. Both
Sonowal and Rijiju belong to the northeast, officials sources said.
A number of projects are in various stages of implementation. The reasons for delay
in their completion include shortcomings in detailed projects reports, late techno-economic
clearance or vetting by the state government concerned, non-submission of requisite
documents, slow tendering process and inadequate budgetary allocation.
"All these issues will be reviewed and appropriate action will be taken for the speedy
completion of all ongoing projects," the sources said.
The meeting is expected to take stock of the monitoring mechanism under which reviews
and field inspections are carried out for expeditious implementation of development
projects in the region.
Under the new government, the projects are now being monitored on a regular basis
with respect to their physical and financial achievements through progress reports
which are submitted by the state governments and other implementing agencies. PTI
Service to the public is my prime goal: Moyong
PASIGHAT, Aug 19: “Service to the public and development of society is my prime goal”
said 38-Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong today while addressing a coordination meeting
held with the Pasighat Market Association (PMA).
He called for concerted efforts by the police, administration, civil society and
the traders to make the township crime-free.
The meeting was convened by him to gather information related to safety and security
of the traders in particular and developments of the area. He said the people of
Pasighat belonging to all communities have been showing the highest degree of responsibility
for protecting and maintaining age old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood.
He made a fervent appeal to the people of Pasighat not to twist any unfortunate incident
through their claims and counter-claims but to conduct regular consultative meeting
to develop business activities in the township. He asked the people to keep a strict
vigil on nefarious activities of suspicious elements.
With the active cooperation and support of the citizens we could defeat such elements.
He expressed hope the local administration would initiate appropriate mechanism in
While sharing his views on electricity and reconstruction of township road network,
the MLA informed that the issues had been raised by him in the assembly and necessary
funds have been given by the government. For effective implementation and bring practical
benefits, the government functionaries have to work with missionary zeal & vigor.
They should create a people friendly atmosphere and function with full transparency
so that people develop confidence and appreciate them. The officers should always
be ready to help the public so that their grievances are readdressed in time. He
also wanted more of such interactions with PMA which would bring more understanding
of the problems and work out for solutions.
Earlier, Onyok Tamuk and Bhimlal Srivastava, President and Secretary of PMA respectively
brought to notice how they are facing problems due to unwanted donations in the name
of welfare lotteries, Tambolas etc. The duo appealed the MLA to take immediate step
to mitigate water crisis in the market area. Among prominent leaders, Obit, Tamuk,
David Mibang, Mongol Yomso and T Taggu were present and spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Co-operative Shopping Complex inaugurated at Rupa
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The foundation stone of the Cooperative Shopping Complex for Rupa
LAMPS Ltd, Rupa was laid down by Assembly Deputy Speaker T N Thongdok yesterday in
presence of AK Singh, DC, West Kameng district, D K Thongdok, Ex-Minister and T Thongdok,
MD, Apex Bank, other Govt officers, panchayat leaders and prominent citizens. The
Shopping Complex was constructed under Special Plan Assistance of GoAP with an estimated
cost of Rs. 80.00 lacs
Speaking on the occasion T N Thongdok suggested for providing all amenities like
proper drinking water, sanitary and enough parking space at the Complex. Stressing
the need of maintaining the building properly and keep it neat and clean, he expressed
his happiness over the initiatives by the management of the Lamp for setting up of
a Fruit Processing unit few months back and now a marketing outlet which will immensely
benefit the community of the area.
DC A K Singh suggested that the Shopping Complex should meet the expectations of
the people. He also advised that the Rajendra Ashram, Rupa which was established
in the year 1964 and produced a large number of eminent citizens from the area, must
be revived and protected. He suggested to strengthen the management of the Ashram.
T Thongdok, MD, Apex Bank lauded the Rupa Village Council for providing suitable
land to the Rupa Lamps and Department of Cooperation for the financial support. He
also suggested the management to give preference to the SHGs and members of Farmers
Club to sell their produce in the complex.
Earlier R.D. Wangja, Chairman of Rupa Lamps also highlighted the performance and
achievements of the Society and urged all the public to cooperate with the initiatives
to the Lamps for the greater interest of the community.
Union seeks Rijiju’s intervention for safety of people along Assam-Arunachal boundary
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Assam Forest Officials have reportedly entered into the territory
of Arunachal Pradesh at Dollungmukh yesterday and destroyed paddy fields claiming
that the area falls under Assam, informed All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’
Union (AAPBSU) who along with All Lower Subansiri Border Students’ Union (ALBSU),
visited the affected area to take stock of the situation.
According to the villagers, the union said, Assam forest officials frequently threaten
the villagers of dire consequences, if they do not vacate the place. Even, they forcefully
take away their domestic animals, the villagers told to the visiting team during
While appealing to the people of Assam to respect the age-old good relationship between
the people of the two sisterly states, AAPBSU President Atung Tana further urged
the Assam Forest Officials to refrain from such illegal activity in Arunachal territory.
Expressing deep concern over repeated violation of status quo along inter-state boundary
by Assam, the Union appealed to the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju
to give necessary direction to the Assam Government to strictly follow the Supreme
Court order directing to maintain status quo. The union further appealed to the Union
Minister to deploy sufficient security force in to safeguard the lives and properties
of people of Arunachal Pradesh living in boundary areas.
Weather in Siang region improving as rain stops pouring
RUKSIN, Aug 19: Weather situation in Siang region is improving gradually as rain
has stopped pouring today.
The water levels of rivers and streams are slowly receding giving respite to the
people who were still apprehensive of a devastating flood.
The departments have engaged men and machinery in renovation/repairing of the breached
road portions in different parts of the district. Communication along Mebo-Dhola
PWD road, which was disrupted after washing away of the log bridge at Kadang River
has been partially restored by the local people.
Incessant rain over the past few days in the region has not only created problem
to office goers and daily wage earners but also affected food and vegetable supply
in the local markets.
Rains also dampened the spirit of I-Day celebration in East Siang district and bordering
Dhemaji of Assam.
Heavy downpour in the upper reaches caused rise in water level of Siang and Brhamaputra
and submerged paddy fields and rural roads in Dhemaji district of Assam.
Overflowing water of mighty Siang and Brahmaputra entered in rural areas of Sissiborgaon
circle by breaching the Rekhachapori dyke and inundated more than 100 villages in
the circle. More than 20,000 people of Dhemaji district have been affected in the
Forest a hallmark of our cultural identity
`World War III is the war against the Environment. The bad news is, the humans are
winning’, states Andy Kerr of the Oregon Natural Resources Council. Human victory
means melting of glaciers, dying of coral reefs, overpopulation, loss of biological
diversity and decreased productivity. Is this an inevitable invasion and what are
the dimensions of Environmental Injustices? Have humans evolved as the most threatening
of all the species to the Planet Earth, fastidiously depleting the resources and
exploiting the nature for its own existence? Globally, with the agglomeration of
the human population as organized institution like Inter Governmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) and various other bodies, the emphasis is being made on the fact that
environmental degradation has cross border implication, and we are one community
when it comes to protecting the third planet from the sun that we have made our home.
The resonance of such intent is found in international conferences and protocols
like the Kyoto, Rio 20, Beijing, and Copenhagen to name few.
And India has been a party to, or is a signatory to such covenants and thus, having
ratified them, has made efforts to follow the guidelines as an obligation. The countries
in both the Southern and Northern hemisphere have felt the need to be responsible.
It is a welcome stance, but complicated than it sounds because the race for the status
of Superpower Nation and for energy (petroleum, nuclear, thermal, and hydro) to feed
the Transnational Corporation, Multinational Companies that gives a return of trillions
of dollars or hard currency per annum to the economy of a Developed Nation is a fact
that cannot be easily sidelined.
UNU Report on Sustainable development, Johannesburg, 2002-“ 15 % of the world population,
living in high income countries accounts for 56% of the world’s total consumption,
while the poorest 40% in low income countries account for only 11% of consumption.’’
Arunachal Pradesh with about 65% of tribal population has moved rapidly from a hunting
gatherer and farming to a market economy, breaking down the traditional barter system
of exchange and community ownership of income resources, creating a creamy layer
in the otherwise economically egalitarian tribal society with no concept of “poverty”,
as each family traditionally has certain landholding as well as access to natural
resources to provide for its own. Thus, with the Market economy, there is a striking
introduction of vertical demarcation or social class into an already horizontally
demarcated tribal society.
Globally, it is estimated that about 2.4 billion people cook with wood which is the
only source of energy for most of the ‘poor’ people, 764 million of these people
boil the water with wood which is the only method of drinking clean sterilized water
and Collection of edible non-wood forest products also supports food security and
provides essential nutrients for many. It is also increasingly used in developed
countries with the aim of reducing dependence on fossil fuels as per the reports
of FAO, UN. The World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development produced
the first global estimate of the number of forest-dependent people, suggesting that
350 million people depend almost entirely on forests for subsistence and a further
1 billion on woodlands and trees for their essential fuelwood, food and fodder needs.
The World Bank (2002) estimated that 1.6 billion rural people depend upon Forest.
Chao defines forest people as “people who traditionally live in forests and depend
on them primarily and directly for their livelihoods”. The figure is probably a vast
underestimate due to a lack of data for China and India.
Forest has been in the concurrent List giving constitutional rights to both the Center
and the State legislation to enact laws on forest governance with the consent of
the President arising on grounds of repugnancy. The forest governance laws still
happen to carry the Colonial British Legacy alienating the Human population and Forest
dwellers from its habitat.
Thus, the most recent Forest Rights Act, 2006 deliberately introduced the rights
of the Forest dwellers empowering the Gram Sabha (3rd tier of the Panchayati Raj
system) to have a role in forest governance and forest maintenance. However, as per
the latest reports, only 5 states of the Indian Union enacted the Forest Rights Act
in their respective legislative Assembly, and it was rejected in the states like
Nagaland ( 371 A) and the Schedule VI states on the grounds of already prevailing
Community ownership of Land and Forest, and Customary community practices, and the
presence of Tribal Advisory Councils. In Arunachal Pradesh, with the prevalence
of Panchayati Raj System and application of PESA , FRA has been taken note by the
Social Welfare Department without any action on grounds of already existing Community
ownership of Forest and Land.
Arunachal Pradesh Forest Bill 2014: In the leadership of the present Chief Minister,
the Arunachal Pradesh forest bill has been tabled for deliberation and the first
preliminary consultation was held on the 19th and 20th June in the PCCF headquarters.
It was observed by the Department (Forest officers), the Chief Secretary and various
representatives of the civil society, as well as few expert senior supreme court
lawyer and academicians (Law), to introduce a separate chapter on Community Rights
of the Forest in the Bill and the issue of ownership of the Forest and forest land
was the bone of contention as well as confusion. The Chief Secretary very eloquently
expressed that the guiding light of the Act should be principles of equity and social
Inclusion. Besides, the fact of Climate Change and global warming cannot be ignored
when we speak of forest of Arunachal Pradesh granting ecological service to the entire
The concerned Bill has no mention of various ‘Green Bonus’, which is one of the most
important development of the various International dialogue on climate change and
global warming. In a very layman language, there has been the introduction of mechanism
like RED + that works on Carbon Trading principles, whereby the developed nation
acknowledges the ecological services of the forest of various developing nation,
in mitigating climate change, and thus, the stakeholders and communities that has
for time immemorial protected these forests needs to be compensated for not indulging
in aggressive concretization and has been using traditional methods of sustainable
management of forest and the environment.
Now, as per Forest Survey of India Report, Arunachal Pradesh has about 65% of its
area covered in forest, thus providing ecological service that is valued to an amount
at the tune of billions of dollar, which is yet to be substantiated.
Certain Rules and Acts having a bearing on the forest legislation in Arunachal Pradesh:
Arunachal Pradesh Wood Based Industries (Establishment and Regulation) Rules, 2000,
Arunachal Pradesh (Control of Felling and Removal of Trees from Non-forest lands)
Rules, 2001, Arunachal Pradesh Forest (Ejectment of Unauthorized persons from Reserved
Forest, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as amended in 2002, Forest (Conservation)
Act, 1980, Arunachal Pradesh (Land Records and Settlement) Act, 2000, The Scheduled
Tribes and Other Traditional Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006).
Unclassified State Forest:
As per the records, the forest area of the Arunachal is approximately taken as 51540
sq.km and since 19726.53 sq. km is notified and classified as Reserve, Village Forest,
Anchal Forest Reserve, Village Forest Reserve, Wild Life Sanctuary and National Park
and the balance 31813.47 sq. km is treated as USF in approximation without demarcation.
USF area is not fixed, but is periodically revised with increasing accuracy of mapping
and survey exercises. This periodic revision has not been done in Arunachal Pradesh
and therefore, the estimated forest cover of the State is 67410 sq.km (FSI 2011)
and the actual USF area should be more (+15870 sq km.)
In a layman’s language, USF according to the forest department, is the land at the
disposal of the Govt, not included in any of the notified forests, technically waiting
to be classified/ settled, and on other hand, in Arunachal Pradesh, it is a large
portion of Land/ forest cover under claims of customary rights and ownership by individuals,
families, clans and tribes (and also Jhuming rights under The Balipara / Tirap/ Sadiya
Frontier Tract Jhum Land Regulation, 1947).
As Forest Rights Act, 2006 empowers Gram Sabha for forest governance, it has become
a matter of concern, because as per the official reports, large forest area is still
being used for jhum cultivation, which leads to forest burning and becomes a concern
for the conservationist approach of the Forest Department. Besides, it has been found
that huge amount of wildlife has been hunted down and it includes birds and animals
that find its way to the illegal market. Also, trees are being cut for timber and
other forest products which help few houses to earn a livelihood. Besides, many families
are still sustaining on the traditional practice of hunting and gathering and have
no other source of income. There has been no effort to bring such families under
regular employment highlighting the failure of National Rural Employment Generation
Act, or Mahatma Gandhi rural Employment generation Act. Besides the Food Security
Act has not secured some families because in practise, there is no distribution of
sugar, wheat and pulses in many areas, and most times, rice is sold at rates more
than the stipulated rates or there is not enough for distribution. Thus, the supposed
support from the government does not reach many households, rendering them to still
depend on the Forest for livelihood or they become a pawn in the exploitative hands
of few elites who deal in illegal trading of wildlife and plant species. It could
be important to note that community ownership and individual ownership of Forest
resources could be rather destructive as observed in the coal mining of the community
owned Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya.
The Supreme Court directs “to ensure protection of the forest wealth, the forest
officers in the North Eastern States may be empowered with authority to investigate,
prosecute and confiscate on the lines of the powers conferred on the forest officers
in many other States in the country” Besides, accurate mapping of forests has to
be done as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 12.12.96
in T.N. Godavarman Tirumalpad vs UOI and Order dated 6.7.2011 in La Farge Umiam
Mining Pvt. Ltd case. The conservation of forest and protection of wildlife finds
resonance in the apex court of India, and also the world over due to various global
warming and climate change dialogue, but can we ignore the communities and the people
who are left with no option but to still depend on the forest and forest products
for their daily food? Can we go ahead and imprison or penalize a man for feeding
his children from the forest? What are the alternatives to Jhum cultivation, timber
felling, hunting and gathering?A traditional hearth is run by wood and twigs and
bamboos which itself causes huge amount of carbon emission. As per reports, women
and children die of indoor Air Pollution ( IAP) leading to acute lower respiratory
infections (ALRI) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has been reported
that in an initiative of a certain state government of a mountain state, free LPG
cylinder and stoves in the villages were supplied to forest dwellers in sensitive
ecosystem, and it automatically took care of the Forest conservation as well as the
health of the village families.
CAMPA : As per the reports of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning
Authority (CAMPA), about 1.10lakh hectares of area is under Jhum cultivation and
almost 54, 000 families are dependent on it for their livelihood. Jhum cultivation
has been found to be destructive method of shifting cultivation with forest fire
causing loss of forest cover as per their reports. There is an effort to introduce
a ‘Agro-Horticulture cum Silviculture cultivation model, which has been developed
by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayas and is proposed to be introduced as a Pilot
Project to rehabilitate the abandoned Jhum areas, and creating more avenues of uplifting
the economy of the local people by introducing cereals, pulses, vegetables, paddy
and culture. It has so far been partly introduced in Ziro and few areas.
Global warming, Climate Change and Environment:
Global warming is the heating up of the earth’s atmosphere beyond its natural balance
which causes change in the climate endangering the survival of the entire species
of the Planet earth.What causes the heating up of earth? The earth needs heat from
the sun for the entire being to survive and thrive, and therefore, certain amount
of heat is always retained within the atmosphere and a huge amount is bounced back
out of the atmosphere, naturally creating a green house effect of perfect order.
The trees perform carbon capture sequestration and converts carbon dioxide (c02)
into oxygen, without which we cannot survive. Now, in the name of Human Civilization,
toxic waste in the form of carbon dioxide (co2) and other substances that we call
pollutants are produced. The IPCC reported that there was a 95 percent probability
that human influence is the dominant cause of the observed global warming since the
mid-20th century.With the increased level of Carbon dioxide (green house gas), the
usual amount of heat (infra red waves) that bounced back, a certain amount gets trapped
into the earth’s atmosphere. Thus, the prolonged entrapment of heat waves into earth’s
atmosphere effects the entire natural cycle of life within the earth’s atmosphere.
Thus, we witness melting of the glaciers, cyclones due to intense heating up of huge
water bodies like oceans, floods due to higher precipitation process, droughts due
to altered precipitation location causing drying of the lakes, rapid increase in
temperature over the years etc. Climate change and its consequences is therefore,
a phenomenon experienced world over because of wqethe circulating plenatary wind
and ocean currents.
Controversies on climate change:
There are sceptics and few scientists who disagree with the climate change phenomenon.
Yet, there are many scientists who meticulously documented and studied the atmosphere
and asserted that Climate change is a fact and not a theory and there are significant
evidences to prove it. Also, many a times we take environment for granted and make
choices which are convenient or entails profit or huge amount of money. Roger Revelle
is the first scientist to have measured the Co2 level in the Atmosphere in the year
1958. He studied the increase of co2 in all major developed human civilization and
linked it to increase in the temperature, and predicted further increase in future
generation causing drastic climate change.
The scientists have also studied the ice fields of Antartica and traced the linkage
of Co2 concentration on the ice and the temperature on the earth’s atmosphere of
the last 65, 00,000 years by studying the isotope of the oxygen trapped in the ice
and stated that the co2 particles never crossed 350 parts per million maintaining
the natural balance, but today the co2 concentration has increased beyond the natural
balance and it has been predicted to go beyond in the next 50 years of unrestricted
fossil fuel burning.
The temperature in the last 14 years has drastically increased, with 2005 recorded
as the hottest year, with India hitting 50 degree Celsius. The heating up of the
ocean has caused devastating hurricanes and melting of the Land based ice in the
continental ice shelf of the Antartic has caused increase in the water level of the
ocean causing many low lying pacific islanders to migrate to New Zealand.
Thus, in the next 50 year, it has been predicted that there will be huge country
size ice shelf melting and increasing the sea level causing huge number of low lying
countries to submerge, including the low lying cities like Beijing and shanghai,
Kolkata and Bangladesh causing millions of people to become landless and forcing
them to become refugees due to Climate Change. In fact, the North East of India including
Kolkata has witnessed large population of migrating refugees from Bangladesh over
the last 40 years or more. Also, Arunachal has continuously witnessed such refugee
population who were victims of environmental and natural disaster.
As per the studies, with the increase in the level of heat, there is rising level
of habitation of the rodents and insects like fleas, Algae, Lice, ticks and mosquitoes
breeding in areas of human habitation causing numerous diseases as heat and humid,
creates a favourable breeding ground for viruses and bacteria causing diseases like
avian flu, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Tuberculosis, Dengue fever,
Malaria, and Japanese Encephalitis, which are life threatening and Pandemic in nature,
causing death tolls.
Arunachal Pradesh is a strategically placed, land locked territory on the planet
Earth, with virgin forests – untouched and untraced forest cover; is a matter of
pride, luck and joy, to be in the midst of nature in today’s concretized so called
“modern” world. There is enough for everybody here, but not for one man’s greed.
The preservation of our forests and the natural resources which are a major source
of our cultural identity, and also the corresponding oral tradition and practices
in relation to ownership and conservation of the forest and the wildlife including
plants (medicinal included) and the birds seeks undivided attention. It should be
alarming enough to realize that the Hornbill, which is the state bird, has almost
gone extinct in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh along with various other wild species.
Besides, there is much needed awareness to be made on conservation of environment
and sustainable growth through mediums of educational program to both the younger
and the older generation. Besides, with the growing population, waste management,
ban or minimum use of plastic bags, and segregation of bio degradable and non degradable
garbage and other related information needs to reach each household through awareness
campaigns and various mediums, with proper public dustins installed to encourage
cleanliness and discourage breeding ground for diseases and infection.
As observed, there are efforts being made in the Department of Forest, as well as
various governmental departments to preserve and protect the Environment (Forest
included). Besides, estimating the un avoidable role of forest in people’s life,
and especially about 60 million indigenous and tribal population directly involved
with forest, “It is time for forestry to shift perspective from trees to people,”
says FAO’s and it finds resonance in UN declaration on the Indigenous people’s Customary
rights on natural resources, and also in the spirit of the Constitution in the form
of natural justice and Rghts beside Article 48 A as directives to the State, and
51 A (g) directs each individual and the communities to take it up as a fundamental
duty: revisit the Traditional Forest Related Knowledge benefitting the local communities,
as well as look into sustainable traditional forest management, adapting certain
scientific pro-environmental friendly practices and move ahead in time, balancing
the Tradition and “modernity”, or the day is not far when we will lose the right
of ownership and legitimacy to this ancestral heritage which we have been claiming
to have been the legacy of our traditional ancestral history and the hall mark of
our Cultural identity. (Jimsi Tassar is an Advocate)