September 02, 2015


Jiit wins state-level science seminar


ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  Likha Jiit of Ram Krishna Sarada Mission Girl’s School, Tirap stood first in a directorate of secondary education, GoAP conducted state-level science seminar on the topic ‘Harnessing light: possibilities and challenges’ at DN College auditorium hall here on Friday.

Divya Darshan Mishra of Roopland Public School, Bomdila and Dobang Pertin of VKV Oyan, East Siang district secured the 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

Students from a total of 13 schools participated in the seminar which was attended by Director, Higher and Technical Education Tejum Padu.

While congratulating the winners Padu advised the department to conduct more such programmes to promote scientific temperament among students.   

The school’s principal Hage Takar and JDSE BN Lendo were also present.


Govt  releases its share of fund

NAHARLAGUN, Sept 1:  The State Government today released Rs 28.93 Crore as state share against various centrally sponsored schemes under Health and Education sectors. This includes Rs 2363.80 lakh under SSA, Rs 343.21 lakh under RMSA, Rs. 124 lakh under NRHM, Rs 42.75 lakh under RUSA and Rs 19.10 lakh under AYUSH.

The State Cabinet had earlier decided that state share against CSS particularly under critical sectors will be released in a time bound manner for smooth implementation of schemes.

According to a press release issued by the State Government, the issue of release of state share against other CSS is under active consideration of the government and will be released based on priority and matching release of central share.

All departments concerned have been directed to implement the schemes strictly as per guidelines and submit utilization certificates (UCs) against the funds released to enable the State Government to take up the matter with Govt. of India for release of subsequent installments. DIPR


Girl allegedly raped and murdered at Lekhapani

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: A Tangsa girl hailing from Assam was allegedly raped and murdered by unknown miscreants on August 29, last near Burma Camp, Lekhapani under Margherita police station of Tinsukia district, Assam. Police sources said that incident occurred on August 29, around 2 PM when victim was coming back from the college.  Three persons have been arrested so far by Margherita police in connection with the gruesome incident. The case has been registered and investigation is on, added police. The girl was a student of B.Com first year, Government Women College, Margherita.


Centre assures Ayurveda hospital

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: Responding to Minister Health & FW Rajesh Tacho’s representation for establishment of 50 bedded Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital at Tezu, the Centre assured to sanction the required fund as soon as LPC is granted and state government pool in Rs 2 crores in this financial year as assured.

This followed after Tacho met Union Minister of State AYUSH (Independent charge) Shripad Yasso Naik in New Delhi today to appraise him on treasure of the rich and rare medicinal plant available in the state and to safeguard them by establishing the college. He also sought support in establishing a separate Directorate for AYUSH in order to streamline AYUSH system in the state and to enhance the resource pool allocation under National AYUSH Mission to the state.  

Tacho also called on the Secretary, Department of Health Research Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and discussed early sanctioning of establishment of viral diagnostic lab under central pool, Grant of a Model Rural Health Research Unit (MRHRU) and one time seed grant of Rs. Five Crore for promotion of Health research for Arunachal Pradesh. The Secretary assured to sanction the required fund within 3 weeks for establishing the lab.

Earlier, Tacho attended the Call to Action Summit ’2015 organized jointly by the India and Govt. of Ethiopia from Aug 27-28 which saw the participation of  22 countries where a Delhi declaration was made for sharing of the global best practice and knowledge pools on ending preventable child and maternal deaths.   He was accompanied by team of officials comprising of his OSD Dr. Dubom Bagra and Nodal Officer (Ayurveda)Dr Inya Lingu.


Youths to undergo Skill Development Training at Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  In all 42 selected youths will undergo six-month long skill development training under health sector besides communication at Downtown University Guwahati.

They were selected through recent district level job mela-cum-skill development awareness and selection rallies.

Addressing a briefing-cum-send off programme organized by the department of Skill Development and Employment Generation (SD&EG) in Udyog Sadan here today, SD&EG director Subu Tabin along with Deputy Director (skill development) K Sarma, Assistant Director J Riba and representatives of Downtown University briefed the youths about the training and urged them to complete their training with dedication in order to find a suitable job after its completion.

The cost of the training including food and lodging, travelling cost will be borne by state government under Chief Minister’s Skill Development Mission.


INTUC meet

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Arunachal Pradesh State unit general secretary Kenkar Yomcha has represented the state in a conference of presidents and general secretaries of Pradesh branches of INTUC held in New Delhi from 26 to 27th August 2015. All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy (MP) INTUC National President were among those who attended the conference.

Amendment of Labour Law and verification of membership and anti-labour policies of the government of India were discussed during the meet.

Meanwhile, INTUC decided to  launch nation-wide strike against the  anti-labour policies of the Central Govt on Sept 2.


AACWA demands termination of MoA

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA), in a memorandum, has demanded the Chief Secretary to terminate the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with M/s Satvam (Northeast) Hydro Power Limited for non-execution of Hydropower Project at Kalaktang.

Providing a copy of the MoA entered into between the Department of Hydropower, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the said power developer on March 28, 2008 for execution of Dengzi Hydro Electric Project of 18 mw capacity at Kalaktang, AACWA in its memorandum informed that the power developer has not yet started even the preliminary works, including DPR of the project flouting all terms and conditions.

It also said that the department had issued show-cause notices to company many times but there was no response from their side.

The association demanded reallocation of the said hydel projects to other power developers.

It also demanded reallocation of Upper Norgum HEP (9mw), Lower Norgum HEP (18mw) allotted to the same power developer and Ankaling HEP (8mw) allotted to M/s Devi Energy Private Limited to other parties.


Jurisdiction transferred

NAHARLAGUN, Sept 1: The state Government in an order has transferred the jurisdiction of Itafort Dispensary, Rajbhawan Dispensary, PTC Health Unit, Banderdewa and Urban Health Centre, Karsingsa from the Chief Medical Superintendent, Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital, Naharlagun to the jurisdiction of District Medical Officer, Yupia with effective from September one. DIPR


‘Inspect road construction work’

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  The All Maro Baririjo Area Students’ Union (AMBASU) has expressed their resentment over the repair work carried out between Maro to Baririjo road in Upper Subansiri district and appealed the state PWD monitoring team  to inspect the work’s progress at the earliest.

The union claimed that the PWD, which has undertaken the work under SPA package II-2014-15 for a period of one year, has not been able to complete it yet, causing much hardship to the people of both circles.    


Three weeks capacity building training

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  Three weeks long capacity building training programe on weaving clothes under Border Area Development Programe (BADP) blocks of West Kameng district concluded at Kalaktang on 29th August last.

The training was organised by Manghi Welfare Society Sangram of Kurung Kumey district sponsored by the department of Skill Development and Employment Generation government of Arunachal Pradesh.  

Speaking at the valedictory function, Tsering Pentsom, Circle Officer, Kalaktang suggested the trainees to start business at respective homes.

Block Development Officer Nani Taka stressed on the benefits of capacity building training programe saying that it makes youths skilled and ready for employment.


Mass tree plantation

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: Around 150 various tree saplings were planted in the Seppa Govt College   permanent campus by around 200 volunteers on August 29 last. The mass plantation drive was organized by the NSS unit of the College in collaboration with All East Kameng District Students Union (AEKSU) and Department of Forests, East Kameng.

Earlier, College principle Robin Hissang briefed students about the importance of the plantation and stressed on co-curriculum activities apart from formal academic learning for development of personality. Disclosing that the college will shift at its permanent campus from this academic session, he requested every stakeholder to support for growth of the college. DFO, Seppa provided the tree sampling.


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Scooter transports materials for

Government Polytechnic College

FIR against engineers

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: The construction of Government Polytechnic College at Ziro has run into controversy due to corruption charges. Scooter and Maruti Gypsy have been allegedly shown as trucks in  record for supply and transportation. A number AR-06-1089 has been entered in the  record as one of the vehicles engaged in transportation of materials.

However, responses under RTI Act have revealed that AR-06-1089 is actually a Bajaj Scooter registered with district transport officer, Ziro. Similarly two other vehicles AR-06-2010 and AR-06-1590 are Maruti Gypsy under custody of government departments but they too have been allegedly shown as truck in the  record.

One Techi Tongum, a resident of Yazali under Lower Subansiri district has lodged an FIR against four engineers of WRD, Ziro division namely L Lego (former executive engineer WRD, Ziro), Dibang Tayeng (Executive Engineer WRD, Ziro), Punyo Bamang (Asstt.Engineer, WRD Ziro-1) and PN Thakur (junior engineer, WRD, Ziro) at Hapoli police station in this regard.  In his FIR, Tongum alleged that work was carried out without inviting tender (NIT) which is gross violation of laid down norms.

“The polytechnic building has been constructed just by issuing work orders to various firms without following CPWD manual norms. Department also procured a Scorpio vehicle against the said project even though there was no provision for buying vehicle in the guidelines issued by director of higher & technical education vide order no. ED/HE/LPG-128/2009 dated 19th September 2011,” Tongum alleged in his FIR.

Further, he alleged that department issued the work order in back dates. “A work order no. ZWR/PTC-Z/WO-69 to 103/2012-13 dated 10/11/2012 was issued in back date. However, EE WRD who signed in the said work order only joined on 12th August 2013. How can a person who joines office in 2013 issues work order for year 2012. This is sheer corruption,” the complainant alleged.

Even though a case no. 43/15 under section 468/471/420/120(B) IPC has been registered against the four engineers, the complainant alleged that Ziro police is deliberately delaying investigation which is giving ample time to the alleged accused to destroy the evidence. “I appeal senior government officials especially Chief Secretary to look into the matter. Establishment of government polytechnic college at Ziro is a matter pride for the people of Lower Subansiri district. But unfortunately engineers in connivance with contractors are breaking all norms. They are seriously compromising the work quality,” Tongum alleged.



Children without mid-day meals in

Dollungmukh schools

DC, DDSE, DMO on unannounced visit

Ziro, Sept 1: Schools in Dollungmukh circle in Lower Subansiri district have not been provided with mid-day meals, according to an official source.

 A team led by Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri district, Kanki Darang found that none of schools had provided mid-day meals to the children, despite their acknowledgement that ration items had already been given to them by the concerned carriage contractor.

Along with District Medical Officer, Dr.Moli Riba and Deputy Director of School Education ,Yumlam Tana and the Circle Officer of Dollungmukh, Marpe Riba, he visited Government Secondary School, Dollungmukh , Government UPS Sipu, Govt. UPS Tanio  and Govt. PS  Midpu and thoroughly inspected. He found that the teacher-in- charges were poor in maintaining their school records. Most of the Teacher-in-charges complained that the Block Education  and the Cluster Resource Coordinator do not visit their institutions regularly. They also pleaded for repair and renovation of the schools upon which the Deputy Commissioner directed the Circle Officer to prepare an estimate of fund requirements  and to submit the same  to him as soon as possible.

The Deputy Commissioner also inspected the primary Health Centres where the doctors and other medical staffs informed him of the untold hardship faced by them due to lack of quarters for accommodation of staffs.

Later, in the office chamber of the circle officer Dollungmukh, the Deputy Commissioner was briefed about the law and order related problems in the area and also about infrastructure shortfalls of the general administration. The Circle Officer pleaded for a good condition vehicle to be placed at his disposal so that his movement is not restricted. He also requested him to conduct such type of surprise inspection often so that the government servants as well as the general public are kept in vigil and a sense of duty is instilled in them. Acting on a specific complaint by the ZPM Dollungmukh that most of the staffs posted in the educational and health institutions of the locality are not present in their respective places of posting affecting public services and hampering developmental activities, the Deputy Commissioner decided to undertake the inspection without prior notice or information to anyone.



Arunachal celebrates Solung with pomp and gaiety

Take responsibility in preserving cultural heritage: Governor




At Pasighat


ITANAGAR, Sept 1: The Solung, main agricultural festival of the Adi community was celebrated with    religious fervor and traditional gaiety in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh today.

Addressing the festive revelers at Itanagar, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa called upon the youth of the Adi community to take responsibilities in carrying forward the rich cultural heritage of their tribe. He advised all, particularly young boys to take active part in the celebration to preserve their cultural identity, customs and traditions. The Governor also advised the people converse in their indigenous language and put on indigenous attires and take pride on it.  

“The people should modernise but should not lose touch with their roots,” the Governor added.

Citing that there is no detail records of all the 26 major and 110 sub-tribes of the state, the Governor advised the people on documentation of the language, customs and traditions, so that age-old heritage which had been handed over from generation to generation is not lost. The Governor said that tribal festivals are based on realization of gift of nature and it is an expression of their appreciation.  It helps in preservation of nature’s gifts such as the prized flora and fauna. He called upon the people of the State for a united approach for preservation of the nature.

The Governor also called upon people to put in a united effort in eradication of drugs and opium menace from the state.

Kanubari MLA Gabriel D Wangsu stressed that parents should instill basic social values of the community in their children for preserving their indigenous knowledge, language and identity. Adi community has been one of the leaders of the state and experiments and experience of the community has always enriched others, the MLA said and urged upon the members of the community to take initiative in safe-guarding the age-old cultural heritage and traditions of the state.

In his address, Mebo MLA Lombo Tayeng suggested that Itanagar Festival Committee with its large number of senior  community members must take initiative in conducting a conference on preservation and revival of indigenous language.

In his address, President of Itanagar Solung Celebration Committee Rajeev Takuk said that Solung is the embodiment of Adi way of life. It encompasses the entire gamut of Adi socio-cultural and religious life. He appealed to all the Adi brethren to work constantly to find better and healthier paths of development not only for the community but for the entire State. Tajom Taloh, Commissioner, GoAP and Secretary of the Festival Celebration Committee Nima Tondrang also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the Governor took part in the Taku Taabat ceremony at the festival altar and participated in Ponung dance. He also felicitated the elders of the Adi community of Itanagar who has contributed towards the society on the occasion, gave away the prizes to winners of games and sports competitions. While the  Governor released the Solung souvenir, ‘Diigok Roli’, MLA Kanubari and MLA Mebo released Adi Audio Albums ‘Yitge Do Yayi Nom’ and  ‘Gogying’ respectively.  

Apart from  presentation of colourful cultural items, a mega dance based on Adi mythology choreographed by Olen Megu Damin and folk dances by various Ponung troupes and students of Donyi Polo Vidhya Bhawan were presented.

At Naharlagun, Solung was celebrated with traditional fervor at the festival ground of Art and Culture Directorate office compound.

Speaking on the occasion, senior scientist Dr Asham Borang called upon the community members to uphold their traditional cultural heritage and endeavour to promote social and cultural values for posterity. He urged the people especially the younger generation to dedicate themselves for gaining knowledge and skill to make progress in their life besides trying to know their rig traditional heritage.

Associate Professor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Ani Taggu, who was honoured with ‘Best Social Worker’ award along with three other members, said it is essential to maintain and know one’s roots in any situation while adding we must put an efforts to maintain our trading and  culture even as we acquire modern education.

Naharlagun Solung Celebration Committee  president Angkom Paron and  general secretary Tapir Tamut also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Aying Perme, a renowned expert of Adi myth and culture narrated the mythology of Solung. Among others, Nanni Dai, Editor  of Echo of Arunachal attended the festival.

At Pasighat, addressing the people on the festive occasion at Solung festival ground, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina fervently appealed to the people, particularly younger generation to extend cooperation in upholding the sanctity of the festival and also to maintain cordial relationship with other communities to uphold the feelings of unity and integrity.

On granting of Smart City at Pasighat, he said responsibilities are more now and we have to take decisions and plan judiciously to transform Pasighat into a real Smart City. Rina also released an Adi modern song audio album titled “Gokying” and gave away prizes and certificates to the achievers on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Tabung Ering, ABK Secretary (HQ) appealed MP Ninong Ering to sanction  Rs 1 Cr from his MPLAD and  also requested MLAs of East Siang district and all other MLAs of the Adi community  of other district to contribute 10 lakhs each for construction of a Cultural Hall at Pasighat. MP Ering in his speech extended his gratitude to the state and Union Govt for considering Pasighat to be developed as Smart City. Noted writer and national award recipient Girin Tamuli also spoke on the occasion.

At Aalo, a grand competitive cultural programme was organized at Gumin Kiin on Aug 31 night to mark the Solung celebration. Competitions on Folk dance, traditional and modern dances performed by the troupes from Adi communities stole the limelight.

Inaugurating the cultural programme, Tamoli Tako, Superintending Engineer Itanagar, stressed on preservation of age-old culture and tradition that gives distinct identity to the Adis. Effort should be made to involve younger generation of the community for preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, he said.

The general secretary of the Solung Gidi celebration, Tapun Taki also spoke on the occasion.

At Roing, the Solung Giidi was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Giidi Notko, Midland.

Attending the festival, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sipi Elapra Linggi prayed to Kiine Nane and Doyii Botte for peace, harmony and brotherhood among all the communities in the district.

ABK District Unit President, Mibom Pertin appealed all the Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs and all the stakeholders to join hands with the women organizations in fighting against the drug menace in the district.

Adi Cultural & Literary Society Secretary Martin Lego read out the Solung mythology. Roing Solung Celebration Committee president Aduk Paron and general secretary Tajing Darang also spoke on the occasion.

Release of Adi audio CD album, ‘Giidi Mimum’, prize distribution to the winners of various games and sports, literary and drawing competitions, performance of folk dance, modern dance and Idu dance by cultural troupes were the other highlights of the celebration.  

At Yingkiong in Upper Siang district, the Solung festival is being celebrated with traditional gaiety. Addressing the inaugural function of the festival, Parliamentary Secretary (Education and IPR etc),  Bamang Felix emphasized the need to preserve one’s festival and traditional heritage for future generation. He further exhorted the youths to follow the footsteps of the pioneers of Adi community who worked sincerely with devotion for development of the society.

Impressed with the scenic beauty of the district, he emphasized on tourism development to attract more tourists and to generate self-employment avenues. Felix also called for preservation of flora and fauna   for environment protection.

Earlier, MLA cum PWD parliamentary secretary Alo Libang exhorted the community to maintain  true essence of festival celebration  to promote brotherhood and harmony amongst all. Former APSIC Commissioner Bani Danggen highlighted the essence of Solung festival and urged all to have faith in traditional customs and rituals of the tribal society.

The festival will continue for three-four days with display of traditional items and local food stalls.



Roads that take us home

[ Tongam Rina ]

The other day yours truly got ticketed for wrong parking by the Chief Estate Office near a health clinic on a busy and crowded road in Itanagar.

Though deeply embarrassed, it gave some amount of satisfaction that laws are being implemented in the town known for its bad traffic management. The contentment did not last long as it was soon found out that other than disfiguring the already grubby car by putting an ugly sticker; the officers did not have the power to impose fine.

But things might improve in the long run if the government, as it proclaims, is serious about improving the roads and empower Traffic Department with human resources as well as adequate funds.

Following the directives

of the Supreme Court, states have set up Road Safety Council to control road accidents.

Arunachal has one of the worse road safety records in the country and tops the North East India states with highest number of deaths per Lac population.   The record is not surprising given the fact that state’s road network is patchy with extremely poor conditions. Added to pitiable constructions are uneven terrains. But even when we know these realities, we are far from being careful. Most drivers/riders think that they are not only invincible but bring in their set of rules with a very good knack for uncontrolled speed ready to mow down anyone that comes on the way.

Heart skips a beat as young girls and women wrap a duppatta instead of helmet. Boys and men who refuse to grow up are worse, baring their tattooed bodies; without helmet or riding gears. It is common sight to see young parents with their small children on bikes with no protection. One can’t help but say a prayer for safety of all. With lack of trauma centres or highway ambulances, it’s the ill-equipped Police who are first responders, with no medical kits or health workers. It is time bare minimum facilities are introduced to prevent casualties as most deaths are preventable if there are medical teams as first responders.

In a state notorious for seeking compensations and imposition of fines, it is rather strange that the citizens as well as the state continue to be so reckless. VIP convoys, unmindful of congested roads, are not only a bad sight but is a major nuisance too adding to the chaos. Because of bad road, people who commute by public transport pass gas. The roads are that bad. Arunachal must be the only state without traffic lights or even zebra crossings. With absence of public facilities, people pay literally in the form of “fines”.

Some samples of how things can terribly go wrong after an accident.

A young man on a bike collides with a car. Both speeding. Rider is knocked down and hit a parked car. He dies on the spot. The relatives refuse to register a case but seek money. If compensation not paid, warned of dire consequences including packing up from the town. Fine paid.

A rider is injured following a collision with a car. The driver of the car is a bureaucrat. Apart from paying for medical expenses, the officer is asked to give a job to the injured or Rs 15000 every month.

Bikes collide.  One dies at the spot while the other is taken to hospital with serious injuries. The doctors are not allowed to treat the injured patient. Three agonising hours later, he dies.



Flood situation remains grim in Namsai

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: Over sixty villages under various circles of Namsai district have been badly affected by the current flood.

Around 600 people from 117 families are still taking shelter in three relief camps set up at Jenglai, Kaba and New Silatoo, informed Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma.

Although water level in various rivers in the district have gradually started to recede this morning with slight improvement in the weather condition, the Noa Dehing, Lohit and Jengthu Rivers are still flowing above the danger level.

The district administration and disaster management authority are closely monitoring the situation and advised the villagers living in low- lying areas to remain alert as many dwelling houses are still under flood water.

There was report of heavy damage to dyke at New Silatoo and Bereng River and erosions at many places. Medical teams, including veterinarians have been put on alert to tackle any outbreak of diseases post-flood. They are also regularly visiting the relief camps, the DC informed.

Further, sufficient relief materials have been provided to the relief camps.

Losses and damages in the flood are being received from every part of the district but the actual losses could be assessed only after water recedes, the Deputy Commissioner said.



State reviews flood situation

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: Following the devastating floods, a meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary today to review the situation and destruction to public infrastructure in the last one week in the state.

The meeting which was attended by Parliamentary Secretaries, Commissioners and Secretaries issued directions to Deputy Commissioners in the district to take all preventive as well as relief measures to restore essential public services and ensure minimum loss to lives and properties.  

All road construction agencies of PWD, RWD, BRO and MoRTH have been put on highest alert and directed to initiate immediate restoration measures, said an official release. Adequate fund shall be provided to the administration and concerned agencies by the State Govt based on damage assessments while  DCs and construction agencies have been directed to make judicious use of funds released recently for relief and restoration.

 Further instructions have been reiterated once again to DCs and Heads of Department not to grant leave to the engineering staff and administrative staff so that relief measures are not adversely affected.

Meanwhile, the state shall request the Central Government to immediately depute a team to assess the damage.



Health Directorate staff say goodbye to Dr. Nishing

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: Director of Health Services Dr. Kartik Nishing was given a warm farewell by the staff of the State Health Directorate on his retirement on superannuation. They also bade affectionate farewell to another staff Rono Mohan Dey, Statistical Assistant, State TB Cell at the same function organized to say them goodbye.

Dr. Nishing was first posted as Junior Medical Officer at Rumgong PHC in 1983 under DMO Along.

“At that time there was no road communication to Rumgong. I had to march on foot for two days,” said Dr. Nishing with a chuckle.

Remembering the fond memories spent with Nishing, Dr. Saibal Bhattacharjee, SMO (SG), of General Hospital Pasighat who was posted as MO at Boleng PHC at that time goes retro.

“He would always stop by for a cup of tea on his way to Rumgong on foot at my quarter,” he shared.

After serving for almost a decade at Rumgong, he was transferred to General Hospital, Naharlagun where he took the charge of Medical Superintendent on April 25, 1993. Thereafter he was promoted to Chief Medical Superintendent of the same hospital in 2002. His next promotions came as Joint DHS, NMEP (2006), Additional Director of Health Services (2008) and finally as DHS in July, 2011.

“Sir was our inspiration for becoming a doctor,” said Dr. B Natung, DDHS (GA) and Dr.T Khanna, SPO, NPCB.

Dey joined as a ‘BCG technician’ in 1980 at District Hospital Ziro. Thereafter, he was transferred to State TB cell, Naharlagan in 1983 where he was later promoted to ‘Health Visitor’ and then to ‘Statistical Assistant’ which he served diligently till his retirement.

Dr. Hage Tam, DDHS (Leprosy) praised him as an exceptional worker while Dr. Moji Jini, the new incumbent DHS and Dr. Emi Rumi, Jt. DHS (P&D) recalled him as the ‘Unsung hero’ of the State TB Cell.

Dr. Hage Tabyo, Additional DHS, Dr. RD Khrimey, CMS, ASH, Dr. R Doye, JT.DHS (DME), Dr. A Yirang, Jt.DHS (NVBDCP), Dr. T Lollen, DDHS (Public Health), Boa Yanya-Tao, Principal, Arunachal State Nursing School, Dr. N Plaza, SMO (SG), UK Mitra, food Safety and PN Mazumdar, TO,IDD, were present among other medical staff.

Earlier, Dr. T.Kampu, DDHS (P&D) and Dr.KT Mullung, DDHS (NVBDCP) presented gifts to both the outgoing officers.



ZP comes out in support of aggrieved

DRDA employees

Agitators threaten to take legal recourse

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: The Zilla Parishad of East Kameng district has come out in support the agitating DRDA staff in the state.

The DRDA employees have been playing a very crucial role in the implementation of various rural development schemes and the ongoing strike will hamper the poverty alleviation programme of the Central Government aiming to remove rural poverty, said East Kameng ZP Chairperson Meyuk Cheda.

Online submission of various reports and returns, uploading the data in MIS module, management of newly created blocks, field monitoring of various ongoing works are purely managed by the employees of the DRDA.  Besides, some officers and staff of the DRDA are even managing various administrative offices in the district. Only due to their persuasion, the State Government is able to submit proposal to Government of India for release of fund against various programmes, like IAY, IWMP, NREGS etc, said the ZPC.

Besides the Rural Development Programmes the District Administration entrust them the responsibility for execution of various schemes under MPLAD, MLALAD, SPA, Panchayat Fund etc, Cheda said. He appealed to the Chief Minister and Secretary RD to intervene in the matter and find out an amicable solution to their demands.

The DRDA employees in the state yesterday started state-wide five-day pen and tool down strike after state government failed to address their demands despite repeated requests.

Meanwhile, the DRDA employees of East Kameng district have threatened to take legal recourse against the state government if their demands were not met.

“We will go to any extent, including legal recourse, if our demands are not fulfilled,” the East Kameng unit of DRDA Employees Welfare Association stated in a release.

“We do not want lip services, we want prompt action in favour of our demands,” it said.

The district DRDA unit also strongly objected to recent reported appointments against various posts in the Agency (DRDA) undermining the order of the previous RD Director stopping any further appointments and also without resolving the ongoing problem.

While observing the strike, the DRDA staff of Khonsa, Tirap resolved to launch the next phase of peaceful and democratic movement shortly for fulfillment of their demands.



‘Roads under state PWD going from bad to worst’

TCS, ATYO demand immediate repair of Dapo-Ziro and Bam roads

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) and All Tagin Youth Association (ATYO) have demanded the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to take initiative to repair the stretch of the road from Daporijo to Ziro and Daporijo to Bam which are lying in deplorable condition for years for want of maintenance.

Describing the hardship faced by the people of Upper Subansiri district due to bad condition of the roads, a delegation of TCS and ATYO today urged the Deputy Commissioner to appraise the problem to the state government and State PWD for immediate repair of the said roads.

“When the said roads were under BRO for about 60 years, roads were well maintained and there was uninterrupted flow of traffic except in few adverse circumstances. The conditions of the said roads have gone from bad to worst and are left to the mercy of weather and rain god since the State PWD took over the roads from BRO,” said the joint memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner by TCS and ATYO.

“…. these roads are the lifeline for about one lakh people of the district and in the event of road blockade due to non-maintenance, there is every possibility of people facing untold miseries, including deaths. In case of any loss of life and property due to poor condition of the road, the PWD (Highway), the contractor and the State Govt. must be answerable to the people,” the memorandum added.

The TCS further decided to launch democratic movement shortly if the concern authority does not take up road restoration works immediately.



Byaling hands over appointment letters to family of Wak incident

AALO Sept 1: Home and Power Minister Tanga Byaling today handed over appointment letters of government jobs to the eligible family members of the four persons, who were killed by electrocution at Wak village.

Addressing a public meeting at Wak Village, Byaling said the state government took prompt action to fulfill the grievances of the family members of the deceased and demands of Wak Ragi Action Committee within the framework of Govt. guidelines.

“We stand firmly with the aggrieved family members of the victims,” he said and sought cooperation from the villagers and the department concerned so that no such unfortunate incident takes place in future.

He also asked the department to constitute a monitoring committee and supervise all works from time to time.

Tumpe Ete, ZPM Pubu Yombo appealed to the Minister to also look into previous demands of Rs.50 lakh to the family of the victims, shifting of electric poles from the WRC fields, replacement of obsolete LT posts and consider necessary assistance for upbringing and maintenance of the ten-month-old baby of one of the victims.

Earlier, Byaling inspected the Hydel project at Kamba. DIPRO


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