People making queue for drinking water at Pasighat Town on 24th April. Scarcity of
drinking water becomes a major problem in the township. The promises of political
leaders during election to tap fresh water from River Siang remain a lip service
only. Further, despite knowing all these difficulties, the government and the concerned
department also fail to initiate any step to tap water from the river, though Pasighat
is situated in the bank of mighty Siang River.
Defence personnel under scanner for dubious voting
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The 37th Pasighat West Congress Committee and INC election agent
has written to the DEO, East Siang objecting the ‘dubious’ voting by the defence
personnel. They appealed to the DEO to annul the voting rights of all the 75 personnel
as the processes of issuing postal ballot have not been transparent.
Submitting details about 39 such cases involving, they called for strict action in
this regard. They alleged that 39 such cases have been registered in one constituency
alone which includes issuance of postal ballot to dead and retired personnel. In
some case postal ballot has been issued to those personnel who have already voted
on April 9 and those whose name does not find mentioned in the electoral roll, further
They further alleged that many of them voted twice. Alleging gross negligence, the
BCCI, 37th Pasighat West Congress Committee, urged DEO to take adequate action to
avoid legal consequences.
UPSC chairman calls on governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Chairman of Union Public Service Commission Prof. D P Agarwal called
on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan
today. They discussed on various issues including strengthening the State Public
Service Commission, intellectual connectivity to the North East region and the State,
enhancement of intellectual capacity through regular interactions and seminars in
the state etc.
The Governor requested the UPSC chairman to aid and advice the State Commission and
also facilitate in streamlining it in the line of Union Public Service Commission.
The Governor, who is a former member of the UPSC, also urged Prof Agarwal to initiate
steps to encourage more and more candidates from North East region especially Arunachal
Pradesh to go for premier Public Service examinations.
Prof Agarwal, who is on a four-day maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh will be interacting
with intellectuals, educationists and senior citizens of the State. He will also
attend a departmental promotion committee meeting for Indian Police Service of Arunachal
Joint Secretary, UPSC TV Dinesh was present in the meeting. PRO to Governor.
Forest fire threatening existence of Poma village
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The Poma Rillo Youth Welfare Society (PRYWS) in a release informed
that forest fire which started from nearby jungle is now threatening to engulf the
entire Poma village. PRYWS claimed that if urgent action is not taken at the earliest,
it may lead to colossal loss of properties and whole Poma village may be burnt to
They further alleged that despite several complaints, the environment and forest
department has not taken any step to control the wild fire. “If forest fire cause
damage to any properties within Poma village we will hold environment and forest
department responsible for it. If within next 4 days department don’t take any step
to control forest fire, we will be compelled to take law into our hand. It is matter
of existence for us,” said PRYWS president Techi Rajen. It is being reported that
forest fire have already started damaging agriculture field located nearby village
and if not control immediately, it will pose serious threat to safety and security
of Poma area.
Meanwhile, it has been said that the panic-stricken villagers started to evacuate
the village and move to safer location.
Retaining wall develops cracks, poses threat to human life
DAPORIJO, Apr 24: The retaining wall constructed in the heart of Limeking town has
developed huge cracks posing great threat to life and property of people living near
The 17-mt-high structure has been constructed by GREF for extension of the Helipad.
But the structure may collapse anytime bringing disaster like situation due to its
Public allege the foundation of the retaining wall has been constructed with sub-standard
materials due to which the structure is developing large cracks on every other day.
According to them, people dwelling around the structure are living under constant
threat as the structure may fall anytime causing loss of human life and destruction
The matter was brought to the notice of the GREF. But the executing agency, instead
of fixing the cracks permanently, is allegedly trying to hide the cracks by plastering
over it. Public also drew the attention of the state government the threat posed
by the cracked structure.
Meanwhile, a group of public met the Deputy Commissioner, apprised him of the threat
posed by the structure. They also appealed him immediately depute team of expert
to inspect the durability of the wall.
Strangulation of democracy in Arunachal Pradesh
Ajit Tajo Sonam
At the end of every five years term we hope to see new beginning in the political
scenario of the state. As we know that election is the process to elect or re-elect
a leader to form the new legislative body to govern the state. In this process, Election
Commission tries to ensure in every possible way that free and fair election should
be conducted by implementing strict election model code of conduct (MCC). Not to
mention the millions of cash being spent in election process by state exchequer,
each and every individual sweats and bleeds to help form a new and better government.
The impact of the story of hardship faced by polling team as well as voters of far
flung remote areas is heart aching yet they accomplishes their role in building the
However democracy has drastically failed in our state. It is quite evident from recently
concluded simultaneous election of the House of People and State Legislative Assembly
that the democracy doesn’t have its meaning in our tribal society. The socio-political
scenario of our tribal society is quite a contradictory to democratic ideology. The
very idea of democracy fails when an individual cannot exercise their adult franchise
by their own will but the head of the family enjoys the democratic right of voting
for entire family as he casts the vote single handedly for his entire family without
considering the eligibilities of candidates to be a representative of the mass. Instead,
the head of the family lead his dependants and asks for huge sum of money or mortgage
from a candidate as a surety for payback after winning.
In an act of humiliating the election norms, 18 years, the age prescribed by constitution
for eligibility to vote has been neglected as the hundreds of kids of 8-17 years
have been enrolled in the electoral roll by some perverted electoral officials. And
during election, polling officials even cannot stop them from voting due to security
Countable numbers of voters per constituency is another reason for failed democracy.
In some constituencies there are ten thousand voters enrolled out of which countable
numbers turns up for voting. Among those meager bunches of ignorant people a candidate
easily targets to buy as much required votes to win the election. Buying of votes,
sounds funny right? But it is bitter truth. Voter is being bought like a commodity
in the market. We have witnessed, crores of money being spent by candidates and their
supporters to win the power at any cost. Movable and non-movable properties have
been kept in mortgage to buy the votes. Out of which local ornamental beads (Tassang-Tadok)
is most favorite mortgaging property. Fear of losing has compelled them to keep everything
Another astonishing tactics being used in the election is division of society. First
they divide the society into different communities, then they weakened the society
into clan based politics, clan is further divided into family factors. Henceforth
head of families does the rest of the dirty things in politics. If in a family, anyone
expresses their willingness to vote according to their conscience, they are being
warned to be detached from family affairs or else they become biggest enemy of each
other. In this way individual thought of a person is being murdered and they have
to wait for another five years to make best use of it.
Most sarcastic democratic process is observed during the electoral proceeding on
polling day, where success of polling process depends on the discretion of mere polling
agent instead of official polling team. Polling agent can authorize a single person
to cast the votes of others for his/her particular candidate hence demeaning the
term secret ballot. Whom to blame for it? Is it due to inability of polling officials
or fear of failed administration in the mindset of officials? If polling teams or
presiding officers sticks to the systematic polling procedure, he/she becomes the
enemy of candidates and gets the threat of dire consequences. Even if polling officials
carry out the systematic polling, the losing party in particular polling station
breaks the EVM out of simple arguments. Somewhere in the recent election process,
administration has failed in providing proper security which led to re-polling in
some places. Not to mention the hardships faced by polling teams engaged at unconnected
far flung area where they foot marched for days or two to reach their respective
polling stations. Moreover, some risk their lives at hypersensitive areas; yet they
participated in carrying out the electoral process so as to help form a new and better
government for the state.
Now the ambiguous question is, if a person spends huge amount during election, are
they really going to work for the society, whom they have already bought? Will they
be called as democratically elected? We don’t have answers but to beat around the
bush for another five years, wishing if things had happened the other way around.
It is the height of peculiarity that people with the ability to spent crores are
the true and fittest leader in our society despite knowing the facts that they are
most corrupt and lacking in vision to uplift or develop the area and its people (Excluding
those few visionary leaders who might work for the people). We all know that poorest
are the most honest and richest are most corrupt. But our people are blinded by their
materialistic mindset that they refuse to recognize the true leader. A true leader
with good scientific knowledge, vision of infrastructure and socio-economic development,
honest character, socialistic thoughts are being neglected only because they are
poor. Even most qualified and so called intellectuals would say that there’s no place
for poor leader in political arena because he/she should have capacity to spend not
less than twenty crores during election. Shame on us, for such thought.
After everything is said and done. We would keep wondering where the lacuna lies
at, Leader? Or people? But we should take all the blame. It is us who are letting
it happen right in front of our eyes. It is us who become selfish and sends our conscience
to go on fishing during election time. Next time when you feel like complaining and
criticizing against the corruption and poor governance, slap yourselves tight and
drown yourselves in shame. Or else stand up and start acting to rectify your mistakes.
Reassessing above facts, where do you find implementation of democracy? No, you won’t
find one, because it has been strangulated by us!
Official report says 34 houses gutted in Wakka fire
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The devastating fire that broke out at Wakka Monday last devoured
a total of 34 houses, 11 granaries, an Anganwadi center and two churches. Moreover,
23 houses were partially damaged, Longding Deputy Commissioner informed in an official
release. Fortunately, there was no loss of human life, added the DC, who along with
Longding CO, Deputy Superintendent of Police and OC visited the fire ravaged village
to take stock of the situation.
In earlier news item published in this daily, the number of house gutted in the fire
was mentioned as 32 based on a report by the Wakka ZPM.
Meanwhile, teams from Wancho Students' Union (WSU) and Longding District Students
Union (LDSU), who visited the fire ravaged village, urged the state government and
the authority concerned for providing immediate relief to the affected people.
Water crisis cripples Debing village
RUKSIN, Apr 24: Debing villagers under Ruksin circle of East Siang district have
been suffering from a severe drinking water crisis for the last couple of months
due to sharp drop in groundwater level.
The situation has been further aggravated by authorities not repairing the damaged
water pipelines, which were washed away by flood water last year.
The villagers, including children are facing hardship in fetching water as they have
to go to either the nearby irrigation channel or Debing River to fetch water.
According to them all the eight ring wells installed by the Public Health Engineering
and Water Supply division (PHED), Pasighat in 2010 have dried up due to sharp drop
in ground water level.
The villagers rued that in spite of repeated pleas, the authority did not pay any
heed to solve the water problem.
“Our villagers have been suffering a lot due to water scarcity, but the authority
is not taking any step to mitigate the problem”, the sufferers rued.
According to them only pump is functioning at present in the village which cannot
meet the water demand of more than 150 families, they said.
Some villagers are making alternative arrangements like engagement of ‘thelawala’
to collect water from Debing River by incurring additional expenditure.
It is pertaining to mention here that the Ledum Water Supply Mega Project covers
as many as 21 villages falling under Ruksin, Bilat and Sille-Oyan circles. But it
does not cover Debing village.
The PHE department has proposed a natural water supply scheme for Debing village
but it is yet to be sanctioned.
The villagers accused their former MLA for the sufferings, now they have been facing
as he allegedly did not pay any attention to mitigate the burning problem during
Preparation for counting day begins
TEZU, Apr 24: The preparation for Counting Day has began in Tezu as the Returning
Office for 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency Dr. BM Mishra has appointed
officers and officials to perform various duties in the Counting Hall at Amik Ringya
Hall, Tezu on 16th May.
From arrangement of Counting Hall to Tabulation for Parliamentary constituency and
Assembly constituency (Both EVM and Postal Ballot), EVM distribution, sealing of
EVM and election papers, postal ballot (Scrutiny and Distribution), Computer/ Genesis
Operation (for Trends and Result Dissemination Counting Application), Communication/
Fax/ Hotline, Media Room, PA system and Videography, specific persons have been assigned
for the purpose of assisting the RO/DEO in the counting of votes.
Meanwhile, considering the indulgence of illegal cultivation of illicit poppy and
its consumption as drugs, Dr. B.M. Mishra in his capacity as District Magistrate
of Lohit District issued an executive order on prohibition of illegal cultivation
of Poppy/Opium within Lohit district as a whole.
To maintain physical comfort of the Community and Society and considering the resentments/
public nuisance, the order also removes trades of/on opium or occupation or keeping
any such goods or merchandise with immediate effect.
Violation of the order shall be liable for prosecution under relevant Sections of
Law, the order read. DIPRO
Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia granted to the kin of late Dabi
PASIGHAT, Apr 24: East Siang DEO-cum-DM Nidhi Srivastava today informed that Rs 20,00000
has been sanctioned as ex-gratia grant in favour of Bater Lollen Dabi, widow of Late
Late Mathew went missing from Siine village while attending election duty as Polling
Official at Siine polling station under 31/35 Pangin.
Police recovered his body from a deep gorge near Siine village on April 17, eight
days after he had gone missing on the polling day on April nine.
The DM while conveying condolence to the bereaved family, expressed her deep shock
and grief and further informed that police investigation/magisterial enquiry is underway
to ascertain the root cause of the death of late Dabi.
Meanwhile East Siang SP today clarified that his statement was misquoted in some
local dailies. “I am hopeful that reality would come to light soon”, he added. DIPRO
Governor conveys Moh Mol greetings
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
has conveyed festival greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion
of Moh Mol.
In his festival message, Governor expressed his hope that the occasion, which heralds
the beginning of the New Year will usher-in communal harmony, bumper harvest, and
prosperity for all.
The Governor wished that the festival of the Tangsa community will continue to strengthen
the faith and belief in the age cultural heritage.
Fire guts eight houses at Kokila
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: A massive fire broke out at Kokila Market line under Balijan circle
yesterday gutting down at least eight shops cum residence and the Monday market shed.
The fire broke out at 3pm and turned to ashes huge property within half hour due
to heavy wind.
The administration had a tough time dealing with it due to non availability of fire
service at Balijan PS as well as Holongi and the fire service at Gohpur, Assam extended
help by sending a fire tender.
The cause of fire is under investigation.
APSTS introduces vehicle for Railway passengers
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: As temporary arrangement for the easy excess of the passengers
travelling from the newly introduced railway service, a vehicle service (with registration
number ARX-0407) is being introduced from Itanagar to Borum Railway Station from
4 docs to check-up Amarnath yatris
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The state government has authorized four specialist doctors to
issue Medical certificate to the Amarnath yatris of Arunachal Pradesh who are interested
to visit Amarnath shrine during this year 2014.
Dr. Tao Kaki and Dr. Hage Ambing (both MDs) of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun
have been authorized to issue Medical certificate to the Amarnath yatris for Western
Zone of Arunachal Pradesh, while Dr. T. Tali and Dr. Jumba Gibi, (both MDs), General
Hospital, Pasighat have been authorized to issue the same to the yatris for Eastern
AoL to conduct YES workshop
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The Art of Living will organize a six days YES (Youth Empowerment
Skills) workshop for the youth in the age group of 13 to 18 years at Arunachal Vikas
Parishad C-Sector here during morning hours from April 25.
YES! is an innovative and dynamic educational and life skills programme that provides
teenagers the tools to achieve their ideal life with ease, creativity, energy, and
inhibition-free. The course empowers youth to become more centred and focused, to
manage negative emotions and to live life with increased awareness, perception and
The course also includes several processes to inculcate human values such as co-operation,
sharing, service to others, respect for self and others and compassion in youth.
Well wishers provide relief materials to fire victims
AALO, Apr 24: Er. Talem Taboh, INC contesting candidate from 32 Rumgong accompanied
by ZPM Payum and Anchal Samity Members of Rumgong, Jomlo Mobuk and Payum visited
the fire accident site at PI Colony and interacted with the fire victims yesterday.
Essential utensils and relief materials were also distributed to the victims. Taboh
opined that the fire accident is the major disaster we all are facing today. Fire
tenders need to be kept in readiness all the time and prompt action is essential
in the event of fire accident, he said. Relief materials are also pouring in from
various corners and well wishers.
The fire victims are at present put up in the temporary tents provided by the Indian
West Siang DC inspects Trans-Arunachal Highway
AALO, Apr 24: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo along with DFO, AE (Highway),
LRSO, staff of Land Management, Forest and Concessionaire i.e. ECI inspected various
stretches of Trans-Arunachal Highway falling under West Siang District today to take
stock of the disputed realignment between Darka to Nigmoi which the concessionaire
has got revised Strip Plan contrary to original Strip Plan submitted by State
PWD as well as in violation of forest clearance given for the stretch. The Deputy
Commissioner instructed the concessionaire to carry out field survey of this stretch
immediately without further delay so as to enable the district administration to
complete land acquisition process. DIPRO
CYO for strict ILP checking
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Expressing concern over technical glitches of checking inner line
permit in the railway station in the state, Capital Youth Organization (CYO) today
called on Railway Station Manager H K Kardong at Naharlagun. CYO members also raised
security concern while checking ILP against migrants. It further appealed to the
railway authority to construct security wall in order to stop unwanted entry of illegal
migrants. The organization further emphasized on installation of CCTV cameras in
every entry and exit point. It said that construction of railway station is still
on and yet to officially hand over to the station manager.