CM begs Centre to continue Special state status for Arunachal
NEW DELHI, May 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has reiterated that the Centre continue
to treat Arunachal Pradesh as a Special Category State in view of its developmental
backwardness, low resource base, late entry into the developmental process, geographical
parameters, cost of delivery services and strategic importance.
Speaking at the consultation meeting on rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes
(CSS) of the NITI Aayog Sub Group of Chief Ministers at Bhopal today, the Chief Minister
pointed that all Special Category States, which are mostly resource crunch, the gain
in the new regime of fund flow is not so much as in case of other General Category
States. This is mainly due to the fact that the central allocations and few CSSs
which have been delinked from the Plan allocation used to constitute a major portion
(about 40%) of the total Central Assistance to the State during 2014-15.
Advocating that Normal Central Assistance (NCA), Special Plan Allocation (SPA) and
Special Central (SCA) allocation may be continued as present Tuki said that in order
to continue to pursue the policy of bringing the backward states at par with the
other developed States of the country, the Centre must ensure special dispensation
in some form or other for these States to cope up with the national development process.
"There should be proper arrangement for transition to new system of funding and implementation
of all CSS at least for two years to avoid abrupt policy and implementation changes
and break down of ongoing projects at the State level so that all states can adopt
the new system from the next Plan period", he said and suggested a transitory formula
to help the special category states to tide over the backlog with the abolition of
The Chief Minister expressed concern that Plan budget of 2015-16 has been reduced
to Rs 4.65 lakh crores from Rs 5.75 lakh crores of 2014-15 whereas the general trend
is of annual increase in Plan funds. This will have far reaching implication in the
development of the states in general and the nation as a whole, he said.
Further the Central Assistance to State Plans has been reduced from Rs 3.38 Lakh
Crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2.04 Lakh Crores in 2015-16, whereas during the same period
the Central Sector Plan fund has increased from Rs 2.36 Lakh Crore to Rs 2.60 Lakh
Crores. He urged the members to take note of this fact and request the Union Government
to increase the allocation in the State Sector. Taking into consideration the needs
of the state government, Tuki suggested that funds under CSS may be released in two
equal installments - the first in May and the second in November for timely implementation
of schemes. Also that all Centrally Sponsored Schemes to be implemented in the State
should either be fully funded by the Union Government or should be funded at 90:
10 ratio by the Centre and State.
He further suggested that innovative schemes launched by states based on best practices
should be supported by the Center on 50:50 basis as joint venture till their adoption
by all states if considered to be implemented as CSS when the funding pattern can
be changed with higher central allocation.
Another important suggestion put forth by the Chief Minister was that third party
monitoring be introduced for all CSS for proper implementation and the same should
be coordinated by NITI Aayog to maintain uniformity. Alternatively, the State Government
can also undertake third party monitoring through Agencies empanelled by NITI Aayog.
"I deem it important to reiterate that due to the transition, my state is yet to
receive the funds for this year and this has adversely impacted the State Finances
and we were constraint to avail the ways and means advance and over draft facilities
from the Reserve Bank of India. I hope that arrangements are urgently made for fund
release without waiting for finalization of the report," Tuki added.
The Consultation of the Sub-Group, third in the series of consultations, was chaired
by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, who is the Chairman of the Sub-Group,
and attended by member Chief Ministers of various states.
The final meeting of the NITI Aayog Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Rationalization
of Centrally Sponsored Schemes is slated to be held on June 13 next after which the
Sub-Group would submit its recommendations.
LDV chalks out action plan to eradicate drug menace
ROING, May 28: The Lower Dibang Valley district administration in a coordination
meeting with the Govt officers, panchayat leaders and NGOs held at Zilla chairperson
office here today chalked out an action plan to eradicate drug menace in the district.
Presiding over the meeting, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar opined
that special women police officers should be appointed with due approval from the
state Govt. who will be authourised to arrest persons involved in selling/peddling
of preventive substances in the district.
He said Jally Umpo, Circle Officer has been designated as District Nodal Officer
to regularly coordinate with the NGOs.
He also reiterated to activate Narcotic Cell in the district with deployment of special
police officer to exclusively deal with the issue. The district administration is
ready to provide necessary infrastructure for establishment of drug de-addiction
centre if the NGOs can manage well experience resource persons in the field, he said
and also requested the ZPMs to call meetings and chalk out plan in their respective
He further informed that most of the preventive substances like opium and brown sugar
are entering into the district mostly from Lohit and Assam as very negligible quantity
of opium was grown in the district, which has been almost destroyed.
Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture cum MLA Mutchu Mithi, participating
in the meeting, has called upon the police force to be disciplined first to tackle
drug related problem with iron hand. He opined that proposal should be sent to
state Govt to terminate those police personnel from the service who are found addicted
to preventive substances or involve in peddling of such substances.
He called upon the PRI and community leaders to organise regular meetings at community
level to sort out plan to curb the drug menace from the district. He also said that
to curb preventive substance like opium from entering into the district, the district
administration should work in coordination with the administration of neighbouring
districts. While lauding the women organizations in the district who have been spearheading
the ant-drugs campaign, he said that their efforts have marginalised the drug menace
to some extent. He exhorted the people to treat the addicted persons just like patients
who need care and compassion.
Superintendent of Police, Rajneesh Gupta called for coordinated efforts to deal with
the menace since it is a social problem. "Quick Response Team of Police has already
been formed to deal with drug related issues," informed DSP Habung Hailyang.
Advocate Gote Mega, while dealing at length on the legal provisions under NDPS Act
opined to chalk out Targeted Intervention Programme (TIP) to make anti-drug movement
successful. He informed that Burma-Namsai-Dibrugarh/Roing-Pasighat is becoming an
international route for drug peddlers which need to be checked to stop the drug menace
ABK district unit general secretary, Abu Saring called upon the people of both the
communities to work unitedly to deal with the drug menace in the district and to
thwart any kind of misunderstanding between the two communities.
Oseng Apum, Secretary, ABK District Women Wing and Dr Menaya Mena, Executive Members
of EMWEF shared their experiences and point out legal complicacies that is arising
out of the issue.
ZPM Hunli-Desali ZPM Mama Miso also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, representatives from Adi Baane Kebang central
& district unit, Lower Dibang Valley district Adi Baane Kebang Women Wing, Enjalu
Menda Women Empowerment Forum, District Adi Women Association attended the meeting.
NSCN (IM) trained cadre surrenders
ZIRO, May 28: Kina Gandhi, an ex-NLCT and NSCN (IM) trained cadre laid down his arms
before the Superintendent of Police Lower Subansiri, Tumme Amo, in a small function
held in the office chamber of SP in the presence of Raga MLA Tamar Murtem and DC
Kanki Darang. The cadre surrendered five handmade grenades and three pistols which
were seized from him in 2010.
The Cadre, a class VII dropout had joined the outfit in 2008 and underwent a three
months training at a camp at Diapur under Dimapur district of Nagaland run by NSCN
(IM). He was placed as a Sergeant Major under the self styled Commander of National
Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) Anthony Doke.
An effort by the MLA Raga Tamar Murtem to encourage waylaid youngsters to join the
mainstream and live a dignified was greeted with equal enthusiasm by SP Amo, where
he reminded that the Criminal Justice System also firmly believes in reformation
and rehabilitation. (DIPRO)
Need for quality education: Rebia
ITANAGAR, May 28: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia emphasised
on the need for quality education especially at a time when a lot of private and
semi-private educational institutions are coming up. He was speaking at Arunachal
Law Academy's graduation cum farewell ceremony recently as well as inauguration of
the Moot Court Hall.
Delivering the key note address Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof. Tamo
Mibang stressed on the importance of ethics in the legal profession and urged the
passing out students to pursue their vocation with sincerity and honesty.
Director Higher Education, Dr. Tejum Padu also emphasized the importance of ethical
values in not only the legal profession but all other professions.
State Liaison Officer, NSS, Dr. V.N. Sharma was at his poetic best when he churned
lines after lines to inspire and motivate the students at the threshold of their
Certificates were handed out by the Vice Chancellor to each passing out students
of the Academy and the Speaker handed out the Certificates to Moot Court Competition
The evening was also marked by the honouring of the Director of Arunachal Law Academy,
Easho M. Cherian by the Speaker for his contributions to the legal education in the
PRI institutions question Central probe
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Co-ordination Committee (APPRCC)
while condemning the probe ordered by Union Minister of DoNER on the alleged embezzlement
of NLCPR and NEC funds based on the complaint of 11 BJP MLAs termed it as highhandedness
on part of the NDA Government and a mere political gimmick.
It demanded immediate withdrawal of the order for the greater interest of the common
mass and development of this frontier state.
While commenting on the decision of the Centre, the APPRCC President Sushil Nalo
said that, "This is a desperate attempt to cast aspersions on a State Government
which has maintained a clear track record of projects of not only Ministry of DONER
but all the Ministries of the Government of India. Now instead of sending funds,
BJP Government at the Centre has started sending probes. At a time when the State
Government is initiating major programmes to benefit the grassroots people through
progressive initiatives such as Arunachal Vision 2030, Universal Health Insurance
Scheme among others, the BJP MLAs have committed a blunder by taking this anti-people
The Committee expressed the hope that the state government will come out clean on
any probe. It is unfortunate that the Centre has started intimidating tactics just
after one year of taking office, it added.
Preparation for disaster management reviewed
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Govt officers, panchayat leaders, BRO and ITBP personnel in
a coordination meeting held at Hawai on May 26 have reviewed the disaster preparedness
in Anjaw district. The meeting also reviewed the activities of District Disaster
Management Authority (DDMA) and District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP).
While addressing the gathering, DC cum DDMA chairperson, N Ete called for the coordinated
efforts among the line departments, Army, Para-military, BRO and public for disaster
management, especially in view of the coming southwest monsoon in the district. He
also emphasized on implementation of roles and responsibilities as per DDMP and Incident
Response System (IRS).
Anjaw ZPC H. Tawsik requested all the officers to extend their full support to the
public during disaster and also assured full cooperation to the district administration
from the PRI members.
Speaking on the occasion Major Sudhir Payal, OC GREF informed that BRO have limited
resources to maintain the road during monsoon period. He called for coordinated efforts
between the BRO and Govt administration and departments like PWD, RWD for surface
communication clearance during disaster.
Anjaw DFO J Geiyi spoke on the cause and effects of forest fires in the district,
while Hage Tath, DFCSO, informed about the arrangement of buffer stocks of rice,
POL items in the district during monsoon period.
DDMO S Tayang through power point presentation explained about the causes, effects
and safety tips on earthquake.
The meeting also laid stress on formation of disaster management teams, identification
of relief camps, activation of control rooms, timely submission of damaged reports,
placement of medicines and health teams, maintenance of water supply and sanitation,
regulation of people at vulnerable points to prevent human casualties, stated an
District Hospital Seppa gets a mortuary van
Seppa, May 28: With the initiatives of Sandeep Kr. Singh, DC East Kameng, a mortuary
van under CSR programme has been donated to the district hospital Seppa by the CESC
Company Ltd today.
Pooja Jain, ADC Seppa formally flagged off the vehicle.
Appreciating the improvement made in the district hospital, be it shifting of hospital
to new building, construction of labour room, NICU room and opening of Opiod Substitution
Therapy Cell, Pooja Jain has informed the gathering that under the initiative of
DC many more proposals are on anvil for further improvement of the district hospital.
For ensuring continuous supply of electricity, she informed that a generator was
provided to the labour room under IMR programme and a new set of generator is going
to be procured very soon.
On management of solid wastes, she further informed that the DC is planning to get
an incinerator so that the segregated flammable solid wastes could be disposed off.
She congratulated the medical team for the tremendous achievement made in the first
phase of the Mission Indradhanush.
DMO, Dr. N. Geiyi, MS, Dr. K. Gyadi, EAC, A. Koyu, DM, CESC Ltd M. M. Malaviya and
host of doctors and medical staffs were present on the occasion. (DIPRO)
Associations condemn assault
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh
(CoSAAP) has demanded action against those responsible for the inhuman attack on
Town Magistrate on duty Liyi Bagra, EAC at Aalo on 25th May by a group of IRBN personnel.
Such repeated unlawful activities by the IRBN personnel indicates that all the ruined
people are recruited in IRBN which the Govt should deeply introspect.
The Home department is responsible for recruitment of such indisciplined youths in
the department, CoSAAP said, while adding that the IRBN personnel are supposed to
be the partner of magistrates and the district administration, but in contrary these
personnel are turning into great obstacle to the law enforcing authority and innocent
law abiding citizens.
Joining the various organizations, Arunachal Pradesh Child Dev. Project Officers'
Welfare Association (APCDPOWA) has vehemently condemned the assault on Bagra.
It demanded the authority/Govt. to award stringent and exemplary punishment to the
assaulters so that none dare to commit such activities in future.
The APCDPOWA has also condemned the physical assault on Er. T. Loriak, SE, RWD Rupa
on 5th May and appealed the Govt to work out a permanent and suitable mechanism by
enacting a law to deal with such problems.
Further, condemning the physical assault on Liyi Bagra, EAC cum Town Magistrate Aalo,
recently, a delegation of East Siang unit of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers'
Association (APCSOA) today called on the Commandant of 5th IRBn, Vijayanta Arya here
and demanded stringent action against the culprits involved in the incident. Such
mindless attack would not be tolerated in future, added APCSOA district unit.
Meanwhile, Pushi Bango Student Union (PBSU) has condemned the physical assault on
Liyi Bagra, Town Magistrate, Aalo by a group of IRBn personnel recently. The PBSU
demanded immediate suspension of all the accused involved in the incident.
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Sub-regional Employment Officer Coaching cum Guidance Centre
for SC/STs Itanagar under Ministry of Labour and Employment is going to impart free
vocational training course starting from June 1 with Rs 500 per month stipend facility
on short hand, type writing, GK, general English and basic computer knowledge of
11 months. The computer software application for one year will also be given during
the course. In a release it informed that applicant should not be a regular student
or employee and should not have undergone similar training sponsored either by central
or any state government.
More revelation will follow: BJYM
ITANAGAR, May 28: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh warned that more
sensational revelation will soon follow the alleged Rs. 900 crores scandal by the
While refuting the statements by the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress branding the
BJP as the anti Arunachal and anti development, the BJYM has dismissed it as uncalled
without an iota of truth.
The ruling Congress government as well as Congress party is making desperate attempts
to protect and hide their mis-governance and corruption in every developmental sphere
of the State, said a BJYM report.
The Congress Party was given popular peoples' mandate to administer State holistically
but instead of socio-economic development, the Congress party and government is mudslinging
the BJP, after the Union Minister for the DONER directed the Secretary, NEC to launch
inquiry into the massive embezzlement and illegal siphoning of the fund under NEC
and Non-Lapsable Central Resource Pool (NLCPR) to the tune of Rs.900 cr.
Coordination meeting to review security aspects
AALO, May 28: In a coordination meeting held among police, ITBP, Army and IRBN under
the chairmanship of
West Siang Superintendent of Police Mari Riba, activities of anti social elements
along Assam border with West Siang was reviewed today.
The SP highlighted the overall security scenario of the district and representatives
of all security agencies too forwarded their useful suggestions on sharing of intelligence
among the security agencies to contain all unwanted elements.
Rajesh Kumar Commandant 20th ITBP, Raken Padu,
Commandant 2nd APP Bn, Lt. Colonel Sumeet Randive, Assistant Adjutant General 5
Infantry Brigade, Major Pulas Manhas, Adjutant Ist Bihar Regiment, Tejveer Singh
Assistant Commandant 49th ITBP, Dr. D.W. Thungon DYSP, Inspector Olik Tamuk, OC Police
Station Aalo, Inspector N. Samyo and T. Yangi OC SB Aalo attended the meeting. (DIPRO)
AYA supports outdoor stadium project at Aalo
ITANAGAR, May 28: The All Aalo Youth Association (AAYA) has welcomed the project
for C/O Outdoor Stadium at Aalo. Recently, some organizations had expressed their
demand for revocation of tender notice of the state government's attempt for change
in implementation agency for construction of the outdoor stadium.
Such projects of infrastructural development will tender more beauty for Aalo township
and accelerate the physical and sportsmanship of the youth of our area, it said in
a release while also supporting the District Sports Association's decision to constitute
a monitoring committee comprising senior members of Aalo to coordinate with the executing
agency for ascertaining proper execution of work as poor laid down norms and quality
It said that the project would be a boon for the district which would help mould
the youths in building their career in sports and requested that people should rather
support the coming up of the project and stop doubting the credentials of the executing
agency or the department.
Meeting takes resolutions for early road construction
SEPPA, May 28: The general public of the Papu Valley area including Panchayat leaders,
Gaons Burahs and intellectuals in a public meeting held here on May 25 unanimously
decided to urge the state Govt to start road construction to Sede, Palin, Veo, Pakro
as per a Court order. The meeting organized by the All Papu-Valley Youths Welfare
Association (APVYWA) after threadbare discussion resolved to urge the Seppa DLRSO
to take necessary action for immediate payment to land affected people from Nepuwa
to Pakro. The meeting attended, among others, by ex-minister Hari Natung, Mering
Natung, ZPM, 9th Papu-Valley, Pardeep Sharma, General Manager, Sushee Infra Pvt.
Ltd. also decided that the construction agency should complete the project on time
and there should not be any physical harassment to the construction agency.
There shall be a joint committee of Trans-Arunachal Highway particularly in Papu-Valley
jurisdiction to analyse and solve various related to public and the company in near
future, the meeting observed, according to a release issued by APVYWA.
Sir Career Fair begins
ITANAGAR, May 28: Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu today
inaugurated the two-days 3rd Sir Career Fair-2015 at Siddhartha Hall in presence
of students and parents.
Speaking on the occasion, Padu expressed hope that Education Career Fair would help
the students to select their career for bright future. Dr Padu also visited the
stalls set up by institutes like Abhilashi Group of Institutions, Mandi, Himachal
Pradesh, ITFT - Institute of Technology & Future Trends, Chandigarh, Indira Gandhi
Technological & Medical Science University, Ziro, Galaxy Global Group of Institutions,
Ambala, Haryana, Shridevi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore, SSM
College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, Vidya Jyoti Institution, Chandigarh, A. P. Goyal
Shimla University, IIAS School of Management, Siliguri, Shree Devbhomi Institute,
Dehradoon. While interacting with the faculty members, he advised them to provide
best services and quality education to the students.
The Sir Career Fair is being organized by the M N Mishra, a retired teacher of Arunachal
More than 200 students and their guardians visited the fair on the first day and
enquired about various career options.
Social worker passes away
ITANAGAR, May 28: A renowned social worker of Parsi Parlo area, Bake Tana, passed
away on 25 May following a prolonged illness. Born in 1965, Late Tana played an
important role in the creation of Parsi Parlo circle.
He was thrice elected as Anchal Samity Member of Yarba Sara Anchal segment under
Parsi Parlo. Informing this Bake Talik, chairman of Bake Welfare Society has expressed
sadness over the untimely demise of one of their senior most members.
Ziro, May 28: A meeting was convened in Abotani Hall, Hapoli to sensitize on preparation
of perspective Five Year Plan 2015-2020 and 15 yrs Vision Document of all departments
of Lower Subansiri District.
Participating in the programme, Raga MLA Tamar Murtem called for a joint effort from
all the stakeholders to prepare an effective document. Need based schemes should
be initiated after a detail ground level survey of the area, he felt and suggested
participations from all the PRI members
MLA Ziro Hapoli Tage Taki said that schemes and projects should be in the larger
interests of the society and not be individualistic. Duplicity should be avoided
at any cost, as this retards over all development of the area.
DC Kanki Darang, citing the Niti Ayog terms as a participatory budget advised the
HoDs to invite suggestions from all the stakeholders before finalising the draft
proposal and that the proposals should be pragmatic and not superfluous. SP Tumme
Amo presented perspective five year plan which encompassed a total security plan
for the district, establishing new police stations at strategic location like Dollungmukh,
establishment of a woman police station, a check gate at Potin tri-junction, installation
of CCTV cameras and construction of a 500 capacity jail.
The HoDs have been directed to submit their proposal/plan by 10th of June for further
submission to the GoAP. (DIPRO)
ANSU seeks termination of Joint director PR
ITANAGAR, May 28: The All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) has sought termination of
joint director, Panchayat Raj alleging misuse of power and position against his subordinate
officers and staffs.
In its letter submitted to the Chief Secretary, it accused the officer of indulging
in the removal of Likha Kiran Kabak, Deputy Director (RE&PMORD, SIRD), Itanagar from
the charge of state Nodal Officer Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA)
citing wrong reasons.
She was also removed from the in-charge of Training & Research of institute without
any prior intimation and discussion, it claimed.
On March this year, the department conducted DPC to regularize Tame Yape from Officiating
Superintendent to full pledged Superintendent, but the DPC members under the personal
interest of the joint director, demoted Tame Yape from officiating Superintend to
Assistant and subsequently illegally promoted Debojit Pegu, Assistant to Officiating
Superintendent violating recruitment rules.
RGPSA scheme is being looked after by the officer. He made illegal appointment of
computer-cum-Account Assistant under RGPSA referring to the order No. PR-RGPSA (CA)
CDRJ/669/2014. Appointment was done purely on the basis of favouritism and nepotism
as some of the candidates ahead in merit were not appointed, the letter further read.
Natural disaster management workshop
YINGKIONG, May 28: A one day workshop on Disaster Management was organized by DDMO
on May 28 at Yingkiong. The HoDs, PRI members, women group leaders, Gaon Buras,
NGO members and other stakeholders including a few members from Army and BRTF have
participated in the workshop.
No one can predict when earthquake and other natural calamities will occur but we
have to learn and gain from such workshop to safegaurd ourselves from major disasters,
said Remo Kamki, Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang while opening the workshop. He
also advised the participants to be attentive to the lectures and tips given by the
resource persons and share them with their fellow citizens at other villages and
towns of Upper Siang District.
Dr. India Modi, Dr. Magong Pangkam and DDMO Yingkiong presented dos and donts before
and after natural disasters. The resource persons urged the participants to disseminate
their gained knowledge to the people of their respective locations.
The police personnel led by firefighters displayed a mock drill on rescue and search
operation in case of a major fire accident. Among others, Tapik Pertin ADC, Tage
Habung SP, Yingkiong were also present. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, May 28: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply
Department Workers' Union (AAPPHE&WSDWU) has condemned the Wak village incident wherein
four people were electrocuted on May 19 last. Appreciating the government's move
on suspending the staffs of power (electrical) division Aalo, it further requested
that the government should take stiff action against absentee employees.