ROING, Apr 12: A start has been made towards normalisation of community relationships
in Roing with the signing of the Joint Roing Declaration on inter community relations
by representatives of the Idu and Adi communities which was facilitated by the Arunachal
Indigenous Tribes Forum. The AITF-
The declaration, while acknowledging that external influences and interventions,
such as cultural contact and cultural assimilation, had deeply undermined the closely
held traditional values among the indigenous peoples vis-
The declaration resolved and agreed to condemn the recent violent incidents that took place on 17th March 20011 in the strongest terms and sought to encourage the younger generation to make friends with youths of others tribes in the state, thereby bridging cultural gaps among the various groups of Arunachal.
It stated that both communities have explored together and learnt the root causes of the conflicts leading to the recent incidents in our state and the linkages between the different causes. The communities have agreed to address the conflicts for a just resolution.
It also felt the need for further efforts towards strengthening and improving skills in conflict resolution and peace building, particularly the skills of listening, dialogue, cooperation and coordination, development of new ideas and networking.
The resolution also discerned a set of Common Concerns for the need for maintaining rule of law, restoration of peace and continuation of the peace process initiated by the AITF.
While fixing responsibility for the restoration of peace, the signatories strongly felt that extremist elements needed to be restrained under active action of the leaders of Adi Bane Kebang, Dibang Adi Students Union, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society and All Idu Mishmi Students Union.
The declaration further stated that as the first step towards confidence building measures for a long term solution of the recurrent trend of mistrust, both the communities would abide by rule of law and turn in the criminal offenders and agreed that henceforth, individual criminal offenders will not be sheltered by any community or such cases will not be made into a communal issue.
The declaration was signed by Kangir Jamoh, President, Adi Bane Kebang, Kelo Pulu,
President, Idu Mishmi Cultural Literary Society, Roing, Bani Danggen, Chief Advisor,
Adi Bane Kebang, Tone Mickro, General Secretary, IMCLS, Mibom Pertin, President,
Adi Bane Kebang, Lower Dibang Valley, Namo Linggi, ZPM, Bassu Perme, District President,
Adi Cultural Literary Society, Leche Mow, Senior Member, IMCLS, Jowar Moyong, Vice-
There are two images that I will carry in my heart for a long time of the visit to Roing as part of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) peace initiative. Two young men, one a mere school boy, sharing their stories of how they suffered during the recent communal clashes between their two communities. The stories were uncomfortably similar. One’s parents house was vandalized, their life uprooted and forced to shift away from a place where they hold deep memories. The other, shot in his shoulder and today, not certain if he will ever recover, not the least because his family does not have the finances to treat him at Vellore where he has been referred.
Young men who had dreams in their hearts -
One is shocked by the intolerance that has become a buzzword in the Arunachal that
we live in -
Community and individual aspiration have always been part of our society. We have
heard stories of raids on each other, conflicts and even small scale wars. But there
have always been traditional institutions that have shielded and helped in conflict
resolution. But given new equations, they seem to have lost whatever teeth they have
had and no one seems to care -
Today we reach a point when we must realize that without cooperation, things do not move. Whether it has been resolving incidences of kidnapping, border disputes or factional rows. Time and again, we have been made to see that we must stand with each other.
We must respect, understand and tolerate the other -
The initiative of the AITF is a prime example. A conglomeration of community organizations, its intervention has shown that it is still possible to nourish our aspirations yet at the same time give space to others to nourish theirs. In fact, yours truly feels this is the only way.
What will happen in Roing next is only for the Adi and Idu communities there to decide.
AITF has been a bridge, but to cross it is in their hands and minds. To their credit,
both communities have shown exemplary understanding in the series of meetings that
were held. But will this peace hold? The stories of the two young men point to only
On the way home from the helipad, I saw a girl pillion riding on a bike with a t
One last thing, the person whose parent’s house was vandalized is today at the forefront of the peace efforts. Are we with the likes of him?
on NPF move in state
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) will organize consultative meeting on 7th May 2011 to discuss about Naga People’s Front (NPF) decision to start their Arunachal unit. This was decided after meeting of AAPSU executive body held here today.
The 7th May consultative meeting will be held at Banquet Hall, Itanagar and AAPSU has invited all elected representatives of Tirap and Changlang including MLAs and Panchayati leaders to participate. AAPSU has also urged all the head of political parties, civil society group, leading NGOs to join in this marathon discussion. Further AAPSU has requested all its former presidents and general secretaries to attend the meeting. AAPSU President Takam Tatung in a release said this meeting is being held because of NPF decision to start their Arunachal unit. “As this is a serious issue concerning integrity of Arunachal, we want to discuss it with people of Arunachal before taking any step. We appeal all the elected representatives of Tirap and Changlang to attend the meeting so that we also get their views regarding this move by NPF,” said Takam Tatung. He went on to add, “NPF entry into Arunachal is a serious issue and in days to come this can have huge repercussion. We want backing of people of Arunachal to fight against evil design of NPF and hope 7th May meeting will come out with some effective decision.” AAPSU urged all civil society groups and NGOs to chip in with their suggestion during the meeting.
office for 8 hrs
ITANAGAR, April 12: AAPSU has called 8 hour bandh on 28th April in the premises of
Ranganadi project office, Yazali over non-
However recently while replying to AAPSU demand NEEPCO officials of RHEP, Yazali put the onus on state government and higher authority at Shillong to look into those demands. “We won’t let NEEPCO office function on 28th April. But there will be no road blockade and all. We are only agitating against NEEPCO authority for non fulfillment of 10 point memorandum submitted by AAPSU,” said AAPSU President.
PASIGHAT, Apr 12: Education Minister Bosiram Siram visited Runne village, the birth place of Lt. Dr. Daying Ering, about nine kilometers away from Pasighat on April 11 last and inaugurated the newly constructed 56,000 ltrs capacity water tank. It was constructed by the PHE department at the cost of Rs. 65.65 lakh under the central scheme Bharat Nirman. A long pending demand of the villagers to get fresh clean drinking water has been fulfilled, said the minister on the occasion.
Later, a public meeting was also organized at the village Dere (Community Hall) by
the villagers under the chairmanship of DC Onit Panyang. Siram and Rtd. IAS Officer
Oshong Ering graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
Addressing the gathering, Siram said developmental activities need to be taken on
Responding to the memorandum submitted by the villagers for up-
Reiterating the hydropower as the backbone of State economy, the minister appealed one and all cooperate the government for revenue earning as well as creation of employment avenues for the state’s people.
Among others, Er. Tapi Darang, Er. T Tebo, Er K Rina, Er. Tamoli Takoh, DDSE T. Talom, ZPM Namuk Taloh, Advisor to CM Nanom Jamoh, Anchal Chairperson (Bogong) Y Tamuk and number of other prominent persons, GBs and villagers were present on the occasion. DIPRO
Efforts on to deploy adequate staff in health centres: Byaling
ITANAGAR, April 12: A day long review meeting of NRHM was held at Banquet Hall, here on April 9. The meeting held under the initiative of Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling, Secretary (Health & FW), Kaling Tayeng, Mission Director (NRHM) Talem Tapok, and Addl DHS Dr. K. Nishing was attended by DMOs, DRCHOs, DPMs, District Account Managers, District Community Mobilizers and Programme officers of Directorate of Health Services took part in the meeting.
Addressing the gathering Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling informed that all the existing health institutions couldn’t be made functional due to severe shortage of manpower. There was no possibility of further sanctioning new institutions or upgrading the existing ones before creating adequate manpower to make the existing hospitals and health centres fully functional. The minister further said that steps will be taken this year for adequate manpower to make the Distt Hospitals fully functional. He told that the Department has redeployed all the Malaria staff before the monsoons. Similarly, the redeployment of ANMs is on and to overcome the acute shortage of GNMs, the School of Nursing at Pasighat for GNM with 20 seats would be made functional from this year using the existing infrastructure.
Reiterating his commitment made to opening of new Blood Banks at Ziro, Tawang, Aalo, Daporijo, Tezu and Yingkiong, he directed the DMOs to furnish action taken reports on the inspection reports of GoI within this month. He said that the evening pay clinic model started to overcome private practice of doctors which was experimented at GH Naharlagun is quite successful. It must be mandatorily replicated immediately in GH Pasighat and in District Hospitals by the Jt DHS(T&R) Pasighat and DMOs respectively. Those Hospitals generating more internal resources for own maintenance will be supported by proportionate contributions from the Govt, he said. He asked the DMOs and DRHCOs to ensure that all the quarterly targets set for RCH and training activities must be achieved 100 per cent before the next review meeting in July.
Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) made a power point presentation highlighting the performance status of the districts based on latest reports updated on HMIS web portal and also highlighted the ranking of the districts by GoI based on their performance report. Further, he also highlighted the activities that need to be implemented in all the districts during the 1st quarter with immediate effect.
Kaling Tayeng, Secretary (Health & FW) told that online and manual reporting is pathetic resulting in non reporting of activities even though they are undertaken. This was in spite of ample contractual manpower starting from Block Accountants to the Distt Programme Managers with the DRCHOs. He asked the DRHCOs to ensure proper division of work related to updation and reporting to enable fixing of responsibility on the contractual staff. The DRCHOs should without fail focus on immunization, health camps, check ups of pregnant women, consumption of IFA tablets, ORS in diarrhea, new born children care, institutional deliveries etc which are the goals of NRHM instead of running around and diverting their energies on civil works which is only a small component of NRHM and a means to an end. All the targeted activities of the districts need to be completed on time, he said.
The Addl DHS and MD NRHM asked all DMOs and DRCHOs to ensure that as funds for RCH activities are available, the set activities be carried out immediately. The concerned district officials should ensure proper reporting to avoid zero figures. Both of them said that the focus of NRHM which is to ensure that no Women dies due to pregnancy issues and no child dies should be targeted by the DMOs and DRCHOs.
All other State Programme Officers also raised their issues. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks by the Secretary HFW.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) has called for a 12-
upto Rs 25, 000
LM & CA Deptt organizes
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Following the implementation of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 from 1st April last, a team of officers and officials from department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs organized awareness campaign at different locations of Itanagar today.
During the awareness campaign special emphasis was laid on general practice of short delivery by unscrupulous traders due to which consumers do not receive the quantum of commodities for which a consumer pays for. On the spot arrangements were made to demonstrate various techniques adopted by unscrupulous traders to deliver commodities in short through manipulation of weighing and measuring instruments.
General public present were made aware of the relevant provisions of the new Legal Metrology Act, 2009. Under the provisions of the said Act, short delivery of commodities would attract penalty upto Rs. 25,000 for first offence and upto Rs. 50,000 or with 6 month imprisonment for subsequent offences. Various types of packaged items like toys, cosmetics, baby food etc have been exhibited during the campaign. The officers suggested people to be careful while buying such items in respect of quality, quantity and potency. Besides, special emphasis was also given on display panel of the commodities which requires mandatory information like MRP (inclusive of all Tax), net weight/content, address of manufacturer/packer, date of manufacture, expiry date.
It is mandatory that MRP printed on the items should be inclusive of all taxes. When MRP is declared on a package, it is the highest price at which the item is to be sold to ultimate consumer.
At the petrol pump, procedure of delivery was demonstrated by Inspector of Legal Metrology Itanagar. The public present were suggested to be careful about the meter reading which should be set at Zero before delivery and in case of any doubt or short delivery the matter may be informed immediately to respective district units of Legal Metrology.
The team also inspected a retail outlet of LPG where they arranged public demonstration. It is mandatory on the part of dealer to deliver LPG cylinder to each and every consumer after proper weighment. Weight of cylinder at the time of delivery should be net weight of LPG i.e, 14.2 Kg plus weight of empty cylinder which is invariably written on the body of cylinder.
ITANAGAR, April 12: Stating that it has come to know about the NPF move for formation of its branches in Arunachal Pradesh only through media, All Tirap Students’ Union feels that it is not the right time to form new political parties. “We are sure that common people of Tirap district are in the dark about NPF’s entry into Arunachal Pradesh. There is no mass movement and also the party has no strong base in the district,” the Union said.
Tirap district has already beset with plethora of problems. Development activities have come to a standstill in the district due to prevailing law and order situation. Now it is time for all the leaders to work unitedly to find a lasting solution of the insurgency problem, the union said in a release today. It further said that this is not an appropriate time to form parties which will create only chaos and confusion in the minds of the people.
The Union further said the political leaders must keep the common people informed of their plan and policies. They cannot achieve anything without the support and cooperation of the people.
Saying that Tirap district has suffered enough, the union called upon the leaders to look for solution to the chronic problem of the district instead of indulging in formation of new political parties for their own benefits. As a federal unit, the union also extend support to the stand of AAPSU.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has come out in support of AAPSU and urged NPF to refrain from starting their Arunachal unit.
In a release ALSU President Tadar Tarish said, “There is no doubt that NPF is communal political outfit and Arunachalee citizen should not let NPF start their state unit at any cost.” Further he added, “We are surprised by the silence maintained by state government and various other political parties regarding NPF issue. Keeping mum on this issue can demoralize spirit of people. However, NPF need to understand that ordinary citizens of Arunachal bitterly oppose their entry into state.”
of ARRDA CEO
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Arunachal Pradesh is often called as the land of Khushi-
According to the documents obtained by APPDSU K C Dhimole had retired on superannuation
with effect from 31/03/2011 as CEO of ARRDA in the office of chief engineer RWD.
However RWD dept in a Govt order vide No. SWRD-
“How can government reappoint K C Dhimole after his retirement from the same post? Aren’t there any other officers to replace him or he is the only candidate left in the department to fulfil this post,” questioned APPDSU President Nabam John. Calling this appointment illegal, APPDSU urged government to remove him at the earliest and advertise the said post so that truly deserving candidates get chance.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The Pongtu-
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Rural Development Minister Takar Marde,
while greeting the people, passionately appealed them to preserve, protect and promote
their rich traditional culture for the coming generations. The minister appreciated
the Tutsas for making sincere efforts to preserve their culture and urged them to
work hard to catch-
Special guest, Seppa MLA Tani Loffa in his deliberation said that many indigenous tribal dialects, songs and dances are vanishing forever and asked the Tutsas to leave no stone unturned to zealously guard their traditional practices for the posterity.
Earlier, in his welcome address, local MLA and chief patron of Pong-
The chief guest and the other distinguished guests also witnessed the chicken sacrifice
rituals at the makeshift Paang (dormitory). Pong-
At Changlang, The Pong-
Marina Kenglang, ZPM changlang North, the guest of honour, said the culture, tradition and festival are deep rooted in the mind set of people. She called upon the community to preserve and promote own identity. She also advised students pursue their study vigorously to become torch bearer in future.
SP T Amo, who was also Guest of honour, advised the people to keep themselves away from opium(kani) which is highly harmful to human health. In the past opium was used for good cause for its medicinal value to cure various ailments. But at present, people particularly young are using it for wrong purpose which creates bad impact on physical and mental health. He appealed all to extend support to the civil as well as police administration to eradicate the social evils and for peace and harmony in the district.
W. Pongte, former MLA changlang, in his speech said the Pong-
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Longte Festival Celebration Committee in collaboration with Upper Subansiri DC, Changs Trust and Tamaripa Youth Club has organized Motorcycle Rally today with a theme – Save Mithun, Save flora and fauna, Save Earth. Around 100 bike riders took part in the rally which was flagged off by chief guest Er. N. Konia, EE PHED, at Rijo ground, Dapirijo. The rally was specially organized to bring awareness among people about the need for preserving Mithun and preserve environment. Er. R.C Sharma was the Guest of honour of the occasion.
Both Konia and Sharma exhorted the gathering to preserve and protect environment by planting more trees and denouncing mass deforestation.
Addressing the rallyists at Gandhi market, resources person S. Timba, DPO, Daporijo delivered a vibrant speech on protection and preservation of Mithun as well as birds and animals.
Biru Nasi, former General Secretary, AUSDSU was the resource person at Dumporijo. He also stressed upon conservation of flora and fauna. Damik Game, Chairman Tamaripa Youth Club also stressed on preservation of environment. “Our people are being blessed with abundant flora and fauna and it should be used judiciously. It is high time we need to preserve and protect birds, animals and forest or else what happened in Japan may happen here also”, he said. Rago Duchok, secretary of the festival led the bikers and expressed deep concern about ecological imbalance.” Rampant killing of wild animals is a great threat to ecology and people should realize this sooner, he said.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Inter-
The road blockade has created a feeling of insecurity among the commuters as a number of minor incidents have been reported since the road blockade was imposed on April 8, according to All East Kamend District Students’ Union (AEKDSU).
Criticizing the Sagalee ADC and Leporiang CO for being a mute spectator to the development, AEKDSU urged the authorities concerned to act tough against the sponsor of the road blockade to bring normalcy to the area.
Describing the road blockade as undemocratic, XII-
It appealed to all civil societies including Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and panchayat leaders to intervene into the matter for greater interest of people of both the district.
UAEA demands recruitments in vacant posts
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) urged various engineering/work departments to float advertisements of all vacant posts of draughtsman, surveyor and junior engineers immediately.
It also urged the authorities concerned of the newly created technical branch in education department to maintain the 50:50 ratio as per the recruitment rule.
Varma visits Tawang
TAWANG, Apr 12: Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Union Ministry of MSME arrived at Tawang
today on a two-
Just after arrival, he had a brief interaction with district officers in the circuit House. Later, Varma inspected Industries Office and Emporium and visited Manjushree Vidhyapeeth Orphanage and Tawang Monastery and interacted with school children and monks respectively.
He will be leaving for Guwahati tomorrow after visiting P T Tso lake and Tawang War Memorial. DIPRO
AARCA calls for transparency
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) today appealed the State Govt to maintain transparency in the process of inviting tenders and distribution of contract works. It said that mandatory guidelines must be followed while inviting tender for execution of projects under MLA or MP Local Area Development Fund Schemes and Special Plan Assistance.
Demanding white paper on performance and utilization of fund, AARCA alleged that the powerful politicians and bureaucrats have been carrying out contract works in the name of others. Such practice deprived the genuine contractors and also affects the quality of works, it said.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Lower Subansiri district unit of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) will celebrate 4th Nyishi Day on April 19 at Dullungmukh.
Dullungmukh ZPM Nido Tor heads the celebration committee as chairman while MLAs Nido Pavitra and Likha Saaya are the chief patrons.
6 houses gutted in fire
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: At least six houses were gutted in a devastated fire at Dumporijo, Upper Subansiri district at around 12.50 noon on April 11. This was informed by Madde Kangu, Chairman, Indigenous Mission, Dumporijo in a release today.
The fire engulfed the houses, destroyed properties and devoured domestic animal before the fire brigade reached from Damprijo, the release said. However, there is no report of human casualty. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The Indigenous Mission requested the authorities to provide fire brigade facilities in Dumporijo to check and prevent frequent fire mishap.
People cautioned not to touch live wire
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The department of power, Capital electrical division has informed
that newly constructed 11 KV high voltage distribution system (HVDS) line along both
side of NH-
VIF to organize 2 day national seminar
Itanagar, Apr 12:. Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) in coordination with
Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Chapter will organize a two-
The seminar will also dwell on the implications and its solutions. It will also witness a host of scholars and experts from various field including Vijay Kapoor, former Lt. Governor of Delhi and Admiral K.K. Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff and the Chairman of VIF Trust.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The rumour of a blanket ban on selling of tobacco products like gutka, pan masala etc. in Capital Complex has encouraged black market trade.
In fact, selling of such tobacco products have been prohibited within a radius of 100 meters of various educational institutions and hospitals by district administration, clarified Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA). The order did not impose any ban on selling of such items by those shops which do not fall within the prohibited jurisdiction; and they can sell such items without any hesitation, it added.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) deeply mourned the sudden demise
of ASM Binjum Bame at his native village Tene yesterday. Bame was the Anchal Samity
Member (ASM) of Tene-
He left behind his wife, two sons a daughter.
Late Tene was actively involved in grassroot politics and various other social activities. His death is a great loss to society, RBWS said in a condolence message.
The RBWS fraternity conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Taring Tanam, Charu Talo and Biki Tapang have been appointed as
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Everyone can be whistleblower
This is with reference to the letter “We are whistleblower” (April 11). I am really very much hurt by the content of the letter. Many deprived and exploited fellow of Arunachalees including me have really over expected from the SAF (Save Arunachal Forum). Very need of the hours is good leaders and organizations who can lead the depressed and browbeaten denizen of our state to fight against corruption. I am sure thousands of unemployed and frustrated youths of our state will stand by them who dare to lead the fighting against corruption.
Anyone can unearth the illegal appointment and malpractices by the authority through the RTI, hence SAF has not done anything worthy till date. But, by reading the letter of the president, SAF, I feel that the only difference between common man and SAF is that the SAF is misusing the terms ‘Save’ and ‘Arunachal’. They term themselves as ‘whistleblower’. From this point of view, the SAF should be renamed as ‘Arunachal whistleblower Forum’ which is very much suitable for them.
Let’s stand together against Corruption
We exist in the era of corruption. A corruption certified as justifiable by highly
qualified and experienced bureaucrats and politicians who are supposed to lead the
nation. They ride on the ignorance of the poor and the downtrodden citizens of the
country. They are dignified as officers and leaders by the citizens of the country
yet they pocket every paisa that comes in the form of schemes and funds meant for
the development of the public. The people elected leaders and bureaucrats amass lion
share of the wealth of the country to become billionaires overnight leaving the third-
Nothing strange to have known that the Political & Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd
(PERC) Hong Kong-
A wake up call to all NGOs, Civil Societies, Associations, Organizations and Forums
as the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill) has taken strong stand on India
against Corruption led to initial victory by Anna Hazare an anti-
R. K. Paul Chawang
We need more Anna Harazes
Hats off to Anna Hazare and his brigade for their relentless crusade against corruption.
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