2011

April  -  26

News Highlights

North East Games starts at Dirang

DIRANG, Apr 25: The XXV North East Games begun in a colorful note with Education Minister Bosiram Siram declaring the 5-day event open at Lopen Stadium, Dirang in West Kameng district today.

National Games record holder Lifter Yukar Sibi lit the Olympic Torch. International Gold medalist Pacha Nobin Jamoh administered oath to the participants. He was also the flag bearer of Arunachal team in the march- past.

Around 1240 athletes and officials from eight Northeastern states, including Sikkim, are taking part in this sports extravaganza.

Manipur is fielding 205, Mizoram 194, Nagaland 123, Meghalaya 152, Assam 164, Sikkim 88 and Tripura 107 participants, according to official sources.    

Host Arunachal Pradesh is fielding a record 182-strong contingent in 11 disciplines, viz. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis, Taek-won-Do, Weightlifting and Wushu. The Arunachal contingent includes Youth Commonwealth Games Gold medalist and National record holder Lifter Yukar Sibi, National Games Bronze medalist (Karate) Chunnu Sangno, Rei Yadi, Debia Yakap.

The sports events will be conducted at Dirang, Bomdila and Rupa.

While Judo, Badminton, Karate, Taek-won-Do and football would be held at Dirang Archery, Boxing, Table Tennis would be held at Bomdila. Track & Field events and Wushu would be held at Rupa.

In 24th edition of the games held last year in Shillong, Manipur topped the medal’s tally with 39 gold, 22 silver and 36 bronze followed by Assam (29 gold, 37 silver, 25 bronze) and host Meghalaya (23 gold, 14 silver, 26 bronze).

Attending as chief guest, Siram said that sports and games is inherent and is an integral part in the life of North East people.

The youths of North East are endowed with inborn talents and instinct for games and are capable, confident enough but reluctant to expose their talents both in national and international level, Siram said.

He also said that the UPA government is giving focus on development of games and sports in NE so that the youths do not get involved in anti-social and anti-national activities.  “Given the policy priority of the Centre govt on Look East, our traditional sports and games will have leverage with our improved connection with South East Asian countries. If the Dragon can, why not we? With our focus on sports and games, I am sure we can create alternative source of employment generation through sports”, he added.

Citing examples of many legendary sports personality of the country, he urged the participants to play their chosen games by maintaining true sportsman spirit and utmost sincerity to reach the pinnacle.

Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering attending as the guest of honour assured of providing all possible assistance to the participants and guests attending the games. He also lauded the state government and the sports authorities for choosing the venue at Dirang for the regional sports meet.  

 

AG Dutta intentionally deceives

state govt: Contractors

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Advocate General Nilay Dutta, has intentionally deceived the State Government and dragged both the state government and the local PDS carriage contractors to Court instead of rescuing the State Government and the PDS carriage contractors said All Arunachal Pradesh PDS carriage Contractor Welfare Association, President Likha Maj in a press conference held at Press Club here today. The state government is in an embarrassing situation with attachment of State Government properties, contempt proceedings by the Court and a huge interest to be paid to decree holders to a tune of Rs. 100 crores and the transport contractors had become bankrupt and their families had been shattered, due to his misdeeds, Maj added. Maj said that Dutta hide the truth from  the State Government about the fact of the Court Orders and gave wrong opinions to the state government. Because of this, the State govt. did not bother about the series of Court Orders.

In February 2010, High Court Division Bench Guwahati had directed the Union of India (UOI) and Food Corporation of India, (FCI) to release the undisputed amount of Rs.62.03 crores to the State Government and later the FCI/UOI filled SLP in the Supreme Court to set aside the order but the Supreme Court has finally uphold the High Court Order.

Further, so far as the recent judgment is concerned, he could have advised the state cabinet that the matter pertaining to the issue could be referred to the committee of dispute headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary or to take up the matter with GOI for one time settlement.  Dutta suppressed the facts  and had misguided the Cabinet to go for Review Petition/SLP against the recent judgment Dtd.18/03/11, he said while adding that he had never contested in the High court in favour of the State Government and the Contractors. If he had placed the hidden documents in the Court, the State Government could have got a favorable Order, Maj added.

Maj strongly appealed to the State Chief Minister to replace AG before other departments are dragged  to the court and also appealed the NGOs and Political Parties to come forward and raise voice against Dutta.

 

Meira Kumar to address

NERCPA conference

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The three-day  13th Annual Conference of the North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) will begin with the  executive committee meeting  of the Association at Nokmey Namati Hall,  Legislative Assembly secretariat Naharlagun on April 27.

This would be followed by formal inaugural session of the conference at Banquet Hall on April 28. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu would address the inaugural session of the Conference as chief guest and   guest of honour. Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong will deliver welcome address, while key note address would be delivered by Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker and NERCPA chairman Charles Pyngrope.

Governor Gen J J Singh would address the valedictory function of the conference on April 29. Other dignitaries including  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jarbom  Gamlin will also address the closing function.

 

Open Tirap-Changlang to

foreign tourists: APTOA

Itanagar, Apr 25: During Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) 10th Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) held yesterday in Itanagar, it resolved to pressurize the Union Govt to open Tirap & Changlang district, Pangsu Pass and Sengetsur Lake to foreign tourists immediately. Tourism awareness campaign will also be undertaken by APTOA next month at Khonsa to sensitize the local citizens in the area.

For the proportional tourism development in the State Trans Arunachal Highway would play an important role, hence it should be prioritized by the State Govt.

The House opined that State has not benefited much from the Look East Policy of Union Govt. Hence border trade route like Stillwell road connecting Arunachal to Myanmar on the eastern sector and India Bhutan road connecting Lumla to Tashigang on the western sector should be commissioned for trade and tourism purpose.

APTOA further said that State Tourism Department implement the proposal for inclusion of two senior members in State Level Monitoring Committee on Tourism.

APTOA should also be taken into confidence while framing Tourism Policy, it said. Fixation of calendar of festivals/events, participation in tourism fairs & festivals within India and abroad, tourism website up gradation, organizing Buddha Mahotsava at Itanagar, fam trip to Ladhak/Bhutan, organizing Arunachal Travel Show  in Delhi, Permanent office of APTOA and other miscellaneous issues were discussed at length. Meanwhile the meeting started with an observance of one minute silence to condole the death of 17 passengers mostly tourists who were killed in Tawang chopper crash recently. Tourist arrival and urgent movement of local citizens for medical, job interview has become hugely restricted due to non operation of chopper flights since the accident day, it said.

APTOA stated that it will take up matter with appropriate authorities to restart the chopper service in the State immediately by replacing the aged choppers with the new fleet. APTOA will also impress upon the authorities to start the work on Green Field Airports at Itanagar and Tawang on top priority.

The meeting was attended by Chairman Tsering Wange and President John Panya along with host of tourism delegates and registered tour operators under the Department of Tourism Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. The House unanimously approved the name of Chuku Mama, a young tourism lecturer as co-opted Member of APTOA.

 

DoNER minister assures

infrastructure development

TEZU, Apr 25: DoNER Minister B.K. Handique during his maiden visit to Tezu, today assured the infrastructural facilities for IGG College. He gave this assurance while responding to a memorandum by the local MLA Karikho Kri during his visit to the college. He laid down the foundation stones of Drinking Water Supply project at Tezu Township and Development and Operationalization of Tezu Airport.

The former project will be funded by DoNER and PHE and WRD will be its implementing agency. He inspected the Tezu Helipad wherein a new project of Development and Operationalization of Tezu Airport will be executed soon. The project will be funded by DoNER and NEC, and the Airport Authority of India as its implementing agency.

Handique at a public address organized in Circuit House termed Arunachal Pradesh as ‘Sister’ and said, “My maiden visit here is an extension of Bihu celebration with my sister Arunachal Pradesh.”

Minister PHED, AH & Vety Chowna Mein and MLA Karikho Kri informed the Minister that all projects so far funded by NLCPR/DoNER and NEC have been utilized properly which include Water supply schemes, flood control schemes, and rural communication schemes. They pleaded for more funds in other departments in the district. The Minister was accompanied by MPs Takam Sanjay and Ninong Ering Mein, local MLA Karikho, and Deputy Commissioner, R. K. Sharma, Tezu during his visits to the sites. (DIPRO)

 

The draconian Armed Forces Special

Power Act and North East

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Candle light vigil held in all the capital of North-East states today by North-East Student Organization (NESO) in solidarity with Irom Sharmila who is on hunger strike for last 10 years has brought the issue of Armed Forces Special Power Act to the forefront of public. Sharmila, a poet and activist from Manipur is on hunger strike for repealing of AFPSA from NE region.

Immediately after independence North East region of India witnessed separatist movement making the central government very worried. Keeping this in mind central government passed Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFPSA) on 11th September 1958 in the parliament. This act conferred special power to armed forces to act in those areas which they declare as “disturbed”.   

Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were brought under this act. Later it was extended to state of Jammu & Kashmir in the year 1990.

In Arunachal Tirap and Changlang districts have been declared as disturbed area therefore AFPSA is applicable there.  As per this draconian law armed forces can fire upon or use force even the causing death, against any person who is acting in contravention of any law", against "assembly of five or more persons" or possession of deadly weapons.

Secondly they can arrest without a warrant and  use "necessary" force against anyone who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so. Lastly armed forces can enter any house and search any premises without any prior permission to arrest suspected persons.

Like rest of North-East, people of Tirap and Changlang too have been facing the brunt of this act. The armed force often harasses local citizen using this act. A doctor posted at Tirap sharing his experience tells, “Often I travel around in my posting area for medical visits. Army people very well know that I am a doctor and vehicle I am using is ambulance. But still they check our vehicle and at times unnecessarily harass us on a daily basis.”  Further he adds, “Do they expect that we will carry gun in ambulance instead of medicines? We do understand that they are here for our security but their way of dealing with innocent local citizen is very inhumane.”

The most humiliating situation is when armed forces enter the house without any notice.

“Recently I along with my family was having food. At around 8 PM in night military people came to our house and conducted raid suspecting that we feed UG people. They even enter bedroom and bathroom too. It was so humiliating and I cried a lot,” shares one college going girl of Tirap.

Human right activist claims that AFPSA is direct violation of Article 21 of Constitution which guarantees right to life to all people.

This Article reads, “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.” However under section 4(a) of the AFSPA, armed forces personnel have power to shoot to kill which is direct violation of right to life enshined in the Constitution.

 

Feature of AFPSA

According to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in an area that is proclaimed as "disturbed", an officer of the armed forces has powers to:

?  "Fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing death, against any person who is acting in contravention of any law", against "assembly of five or more persons" or possession of deadly weapons.

? To arrest without a warrant and use of "necessary" force agasinst anyone who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so

? To enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests.

 

 

One cadre apprehended

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: In continuation of its relentless operations against undergrounds in Tirap District, 19 Assam Rifles apprehended one cadre on April 23.Based on information from own sources regarding the presence of armed cadres at Deomali Market, a column was launched from Deomali which managed to nab the man. On initial interrogation it was revealed that he is Self Style Corporal Aepha Wangsa, Executive Town Commander/Second-in-Command of Deomali area. Thorough search of the apprehendee cadre led to the recovery of one Chinese grenade and extortion money amounting Rs. 18,000/, said a release from Assam Rifles.

During interrogation Wangsa confessed his involvement in extortion and issuing threats to locals. The cadre was handed over to Deomali Police Station along with recoveries on April 24.

 

 

Management of Social Forestry for Sustainable Livelihood

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Guwahati and Department of Forestry, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Itanagar is jointly organizing six day-long training programme on “Management of Social Forestry for Sustainable Livelihood” at NERIST which started today.  

During the first day of the programme, several talks were made regarding potentialities, issues, sustainability, cultural diversity, capacity building, awareness programme, etc along with types of social forestry practices at local to national level. The  programme is being attended by the forest officers/forest management committee’s members, academicians, researchers, NGOs and local beneficiaries.

Prof. M.L. Khan, HoD Forestry, NERIST spoke on the importance of social forestry on socio-economic growth of the region.

Prof. Binay Singh, Director, NIRD Guwahati emphasised on management, protection and conservation of the forest area for sustainability and economic viability.

He mentioned that Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India give lot of emphasis/funding for the promotion of rural development in the villages through transmitting the information that social forestry can play viable role in livelihood development by providing fuelwood, fibre, medicine, NTFPs and other ever increasing local/regional demands inspite of production and protection values.

Prof. P.K. Das, Director, NERIST stated that state is blessed with lot of potential for social forestry schemes. He pointed out that the state’s unique biodiversity, its endemic flora and fauna with rich cultural heritage are blessing to bring social forestry at large scale.

 

IDEA Celebrates World Malaria Day

Banderdewa, Apr 25: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) celebrated World Malaria day at Banderdewa. The program highlighted the theme of the fourth World Malaria Day “Achieving Progress and Impact towards zero malaria deaths by 2015.”

The Program was inaugurated by Rev. Sr. Elizabeth Edattukaran, President, Itanagar Diocesan Health Commission in the presence of many dignitaries and representatives of several IDEA SHG units from Papum Pare district.

The devastating consequences of the disease and its prevention methods were highlighted through role play, health awareness dance and action songs, group discussions, demonstration on preventive methods, usage of insecticide treated bed-nets, behaviour change communication methods and distribution of LLIN etc.

With an objective to eradicate malaria and to reach zero malaria deaths by 2015 IDEA officially launched GFATM Round 9, IMCP-II program in Papum Pare District on the occasion.

While focusing on the theme Fr. Ivan Vas SVD, the Director IDEA said that World Malaria Day is the most important awareness-raising day on malaria and implored everyone to do their part in averting this preventable disease and make their homes and villages malaria free zones. He further drew attention on the heart of the problem and engaged the participants on how roll back malaria.

Sr. Elizabeth divulged on the importance of the theme and gave a detailed explanation on Malaria and its treatment, the clinical symptoms of the disease; anti-malarial drugs, its resistance to medicines and cases among children and adults. Early detection and treatment of the disease is the cornerstone for successful control of this epidemic, she said.  Mosquito bites can be prevented by closing the doors and windows in the evenings to prevent entry of mosquitoes into human dwellings; using mosquito repellant lotions, creams, mats or coils; wearing full-sleeved garments; and regular use of bednets.

According to her, it calls for concerted efforts of all to support government and its development partners in counting out malaria by regularly cleaning the environment and continuing to sleep under treated bed nets. She further called on all stakeholders to play a proactive role in the fight against malaria and expressed hope that together they can eradicate malaria.

Fr. Clement, Director YUVODAYA, stated that the prevention and control of malaria calls for concerted efforts of all ensuring that people adopt positive attitude maintaining the upkeep of clean and healthy environment, completion of doses for malaria and sleeping under treated bed nets at all times.

 

Govt committed to strengthen

PR bodies: Rebia

Pasighat, Anini celebrates panchayat day with renewed call for grassroots participation

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: National Panchayat Day -2011 was celebrated in a befitting manner at Millennium Auditorium Doimukh yesterday.

Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, MLA cum parliamentary secretary, Industries, Nabam Rebia said that the state Govt is committed to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institution.

Referring to the initiatives taken by former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi to strengthen democracy and subsequent constitutional amendment to give priority on Panchayati Raj institution, Rebia further said that the PR institution will definitely strengthen the democratic set up in grass root level and ensure involvement of rural people in development activities through PR bodies.

Stressing the need of maintaining transparency in development activities, the MLA also called upon the PR bodies to discourage negative attitude and educate the masses on welfare schemes and other development issues.

Rebia also encouraged formation of Self-Help Group and preservation of flora and fauna to attract more tourists in the state.

Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu  was the guest of honour of the celebration.

ADC Tarin Dakpe highlighted the significance of the day.   Organizing chairman Tana Bado, ZPM and general secretary Chagam Dollo, BDO also spoke on the occasion.

Large number of Panchayat leaders including Zilla Parishad chairperson Nabam Aka,  head gaon burahs and gaon burahs, senior citizens, Govt officers of Papum Pare district  participated in the National Panchayat Day celebration.

The 2nd National Panchayat Day was also celebrated at Anini with participation of large number Panchayat leaders.

Chief guest of the function Nagri Mihu, BCCI president highlighted the role of Gram Sabha in self-governance at the grass root level. He also emphasized on awareness  among the rural people  on the power and function of the PR bodies in  grass root level.

Former PA and sitting head goan burah of Anini Loga Tacho was honoured in recognition of his dedicated service for the well being of the society on the ocasion.

Anchal chairperson Wundu Mihu,  ZP chairperson Empi Meya, ZPM Mita Mihu also spoke.

The National Panchayat Day was observed yesterday at the Conference Hall of the Zilla Chairperson, Pasighat as well amidst ZPMs, Govt. officers and PRI members.

The Chief Guest Nilima Kumar SDO-cum- District Panchayat Development Officer recalled the contribution of Dr. Daying Ering in development of local self governance in the state and participation of Gram Sabhas in decision making process at the grassroots levels. She stated PRIs can play very important roles in Panchayati Raj system because they could assess the actual requirements of villages bringing social and economical developments.

The EAC Panchayat-cum-Member Secretary Starlie Jamoh suggested to avail training programs on capacity building of Panchayats and stressed on frequent interactive meetings so that they could deliver better services, more effective and efficiently.

The ZP Chairperson Yiai Dabi called for decentralization of self governance at the grass root level. In her address Dabi said Self Government has now constitutional & legal recognition and PRIs have been given special importance in implementation of various government development scheme/ programs. Their active participation is very essential, since they understand the local needs for social and economic developments of the common citizens in the society, she said.

Among ZPMs, Okom Yosung (Bogong), Namukh Taloh (Bosing), Takum Tasing (Boleng) and Tonggeng Panyang (Ruksin) also spoke and shared their problems and experiences. (DIPRO)

 

Annual action plan under BADP approved

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Dibang Valley District Planning Committee has approved the  annual action plan under border area development programme for the year 2011-12 in a meeting held at Anini on April 23.

Earlier, presiding over the meeting, DPC chairperson Empi Meya has called upon the panchayat leaders to identify schemes for benefit of community. Meya, who is also ZP chairperson, further said that as per the BADP guidelines, the participation of PRIs in the selection, implementation and monitoring of the project works is must. He sought cooperation of all the elected PRIs for selection of genuine schemes and its successful implementation and stressed on mutual understanding between PRIs and Govt officials for all round development of the district.

EAC cum member secretary of the DPC Bopai Puroik exhorted the panchayat  members  to perform  their duty with sincerity and devotion. He also emphasized on judicious implementation of the schemes.

Anini-Mipi-Aliney Anchal Samity chairperson Wundu Mihu, Anelih-Arzoo anchal samity chairperson Ene Mega, Etalin-Maliney Anchal Samity chairperson Elisha Apralo and Anini-Mipi Aliney CD block ZPM Mita Mihu placed their proposals for approval.

 

Basar town beautification

project on right track

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The Basar Town beautification project conceived by Basar ADC Sachin Shinde and executed by Horticulturist Tobom Bam under Untied Fund 2010-2011 is a total success.

At New Basar four platforms were prepared according to height of the landscape in staff canteen for parking of vehicles. In the lower side boulders were arranged along the border. In the upper side along the shopping complex, caffiandra haematocephela & Thuja compectus were planted at 2 m distance each. In SBI office one ornamental palm is planted in a rectangular cement wall centre. Near PCO & Stream side project detail is written in a sign Board on both side. In Highland Dhopping Complex, Odorax regia are planted at 2m distance to provide dignity and beauty. 2 jasninium sambas flowers are planted in symmetry on both side of the path. In Old Baazar which has open space between GREF road and shopping line, Cassia pistula and plumera rubra are planted alliteratively at 4 m spacing keeping the safe distance of future highway. The flower of cassia pistula will be golden colour and that of plumera rubra will be red with dense green leaves to provide beauty and purification to atmosphere almost all through the year.

In ADC office, camalia spp flowers were planted by Tabom Bam, Chief Secretary while inaugurating the ADC Office chamber. Dr. Sachin Shinde also planted one camaha spp. And him self also planted one calliandra haematocephala jasminum sambac, Thuja comactus, Euphorbia pulcherrima, calhrrima harmatocepphala ormental palm are planted in the campus in proper distance.In HDO Office & Residance, cassia pistula, phumera rubra and jasminum sambac are planed in bourders. In MCP & SDAO Office/Residence Jasminum sambac plants have been planted.

95% of plants have survived and regenerating vigorously. A few dead plants have been replanted. Baazar shop owners have been requested to take care.

Tobom Bam, the executive Officer is Selection Grade HDO and first Indian M. Phil in Pomology and first North East Indian to do M.Sc in Floriculture and Landscaping.

Readers Forum

Keep it up

Dear Editor,

This in apropos the news item –RGU media students win laurels (April 12). I congratulate Moji Riba, other faculty members and RGU mass communication students for bringing laurels to Rajiv Gandhi University in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general in recently concluded inter-university media festival  at Tezpur.

The management and teaching skill of professors, faculty members, guest lecturers and resource persons of RGU mass communication department really deserve appreciation for this achievement. Please keep it up the same spirit.

Yours,

Dedo Ete, Itanagar

 

 

Please clarify

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter written by Pistana CO (on April 20) alleging All Yachuli Students’ Union of singing political song. Such allegation before media has deeply hurt the sentiment of the student community and it has lowered down the image of the union before the society.

Therefore, you urge the Pistana CO to clarify within a week time as to how the union is singing a political song and on behalf of which political party?

Yours,

Toko Nega, president

Tao Teti

GS, AYSU

 

 

Take people into confidence

Dear Editor,

We appreciate the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for raising various issues including hydro project, corruption, security concern in Tirap and Changlang and border problem with China.  But I think some of the issues raised by the student union and other organizations need to be re-examined, verified properly for solution.

In recent past, AAPSU president raised important issues of downstream villages like Lichi, Sher, Hawa Camp and Kimin affected by RHEP (NEEPCO).  But the down stream affected people of North Lakhimpur in Assam, who are depending on water of Ranganadi for irrigation did not find mentioned. If the project affects the people of Arunachal, it also affects the down stream people of plain area who have been depending on Ranganadi.  Moreover, before raising issue on the RHEP, we should know the technical phase of the project which was commissioned almost a decade ago. The people, for whom AAPSU is raising the issues, are unaware of the technical matter of the project. It would have been better if consent were mooted through public meeting to review all technical aspects of the project including the need of fish ladder.

However, RHEP can be impressed to introduce warning system to alert downstream people before releasing dam water in order to avoid any possible disaster.

The demand for releasing 50 per cent of water has no logic since there is  no sufficient water to feed the power house during lean season due to non-availability of feed reservoir in the upstream. Therefore, technical aspects of the project should be studied first before raising any demand.

However, it is a fact that project has adversely affected the local and the authority must look into the socio-economic development of the affected people.

I, being the project affected person, would like to suggest AAPSU president to  move the issue with the approval and consent of the locals. We can expect positive outcome of the movement only with the support of the local people.

Yours,

Taba Rajen,

President,

Yachuli Mandal BJP

 

 

 

Any worthwhile suggestion please!

Dear Editor,

Of late, after the political expansion of the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) in Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, there have been condemnations and arguments doing rounds by numerous institutions, organizations and learned individuals expressing dismay over its introduction in Arunachal Pradesh and its acceptance by some individuals.

I, being an Arunachalee and especially being one from Tirap, am also gravely concerned and alarmed like my fellow Arunachaleese due to these developments.

 However, it is ironical to note that in spite of all these arguments and suggestions, nobody, whether it be an institution, organization, or for that, even the representatives of the people, especially those of Tirap and Changlang has been too serious enough to reason it and hint a way out of this mess.

I personally, and I suppose even my brethrens of Tirap and Changlang, would very much want to be pulled out of this abysmal cavern of conflict and contradictory situation. But have any of us tried to ponder into the situations of how the people of Tirap and Changlang have been categorized and mentioned under ‘Any Naga tribes’ under Serial No. 10 of S/T notification 1950? And Further, have any of us tried to seek opinion of the people of these two districts who bear the brunt of all these push and pull and tried to figure out what is in their mind, or what they may prefer – as the saying goes, “only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches” (‘the most’ in context of the people of these two districts). So, why not we agglutinate and try to resolve the matter instead of aggravating it. After all, what have been experienced shows that it is of no use to keep our fingers crossed and expect the (so called) representatives of these two unfortunate districts to do anything worthwhile. So it’s an earnest beseech to all my Arunachalee brethrens that a positive suggestion be made to bear a fruitful outcome.   

Yours,

J K Lowang,

Itanagar

 

 

We need more self-defence camp for women

Dear Editor,

The on-going summer camp – a self-defence training course for girls being organized by Arunachal Pradesh Police is surely going to equip our girls with self-discipline, heath consciousness/ physical fitness, mental alertness and above all self protection tactics which are very essential in the present day society where violence against female becomes a common thing.  Although today’s women are said to be equal to men, there still exists physical dominance of men over women which needs to be done away with. We feel that training programme will surely bring changes in our social set-up at a large extent.

The Arunachal Pradesh Police deserves appreciation for such initiative, we extend our sincere thanks to DGP Robin Hibu and other members associated with this noble initiative. Hope, the police department will be conducting more such camp from time to time for the benefit of our daughters and sisters.

Yours,

Bapir Megu, Itanagar

 

 

 

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News Impact

A bad experience

Dear Editor,

I wish to share the horrific incident of April 23 that shook my family. I was travelling on my car from Naharlagun with my three children and my wife back to my home town passing through Assam as usual.

The journey was smooth until we neared Jorhat in Assam.

An Alto with Assam registration number hit our car when I signaled and was about to overtake seeing the clear traffic. The man in the Alto then signaled us to stop. When I stopped, he snatched my car key, verbally abused me and threatened saying that he was a ‘local’. He threatened to call police and dialed a couple of times on mobile saying that a Naga, even though I am from Arunachal had hit his car. Soon a small crowd gathered. Ironically, one man from the crowd caught the Alto man and slapped him. Then, he asked me to pay for the repairing expenses and to leave the place before things worsens. My wife somehow, managed to pull back our car key from the Alto man.

I parted with Rs. 5000/for no mistake of mine and left the scene in utter shock.

I leave the judgment to my fellow readers but pray that such a thing never happen to anybody.

Yours,

Micah, Naharlagun,

(on email)

 

 

We are simply literates, not educated

Dear Editor,

Tom Simai’s' "Killing Field" really flashes the light on the sad and dark picture of our wildlife. It seems we're gonna eat, chew and digest our animals and birds to extinction. Simply putting 3 years ban on gun license wont suffice.

Today its not humans or their farms threatened by wild animals, its the other way around. Wanton killing of animals and birds have drastic effect on the ecosystem. WWE 2010 report says for one bird killed, one tree is lost! The life cycle of all life is interlinked. Therefore, the policies churned out to protect wildlife should be more practical, like putting a complete or for a period of six months ban on the sale of bullets and pellets and proper monitoring of it. Further, its also really sad to see that hunting and fishing by employing guns, bleaching powder, gensets, and dynamite are done by many of us who have done graduations academically from various streams, many from outside the state, with a greater worldview; a reflection that most of us are simply literates, not educated. We seem to be less of mammals, more of virus that multiply and exhaust every form of resource.

Yours,

Sanjay Taram

Pangin,  (on email)

 

 

Its not railway lines that makes a state developed

Dear Editor,

I'd like to comment on the issue of Railway Line connection, raised by Taba Ajum.

Tarh Eha and others are very well aware of the future impacts of this project. I've been opposing this project from the day it was sanctioned. This will hamper the power of implementing ILP. Apart from Dimapur, Assam and Tripura are glaring examples. Everyone is aware of their problems.

Its not necessary that a state is developed due to railways only. What about the Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram etc. They are now among the most literate and developed states of India. But surprisingly, none of them have Railway connection. But instead, they have well equipped and well maintained airfields and helipads.

Moreover, railways are the cheapest means of transport or almost free, for most of the Mainlanders. So, naturally they will rush towards the newly opened virgin land, that also for free of cost and without any hurdles of ILP etc. This will increase the Slums along the track, like in Guwahati and more beggars will come out to street.

And about the cost of commodities, if the concerned authorities check the prices properly there won't be any problem. You can't just allow a Saloon to charge Rs 30/- for a hair cut, or a 200ml cold drink to cost Rs 12/- instead of Rs 8/- or paying Rs 60/- for Rs 55/- BSNL top-up. What are those Bazaar committees for? They should regularize and check these illegal prices properly.

So, I'd like to ask the Govt that what are their plans to implement the ILP? How are they going to check the whole train? What are their future plans to tackle this migration?

Also, I'd like to comment on AAPSU's response on illegal appointments. Illegally appointed persons family members coming to the houses of AAPSU leadership don't give any strong reason. What if all the deprived people come to their house with their luggage? Their numbers are more than the people that got appointed illegally. So, AAPSU can't just back off for this reason. Leave these people; they were bound to do this due to the demand placed by the MLAs and the Authorities, but what about those MLAs and Authorities? Why aren't you raising any voice against them, so that they won't repeat it again? It's my earnest request to you that please help us.

At last, Save Arunachal.

Yours,

N L Richo

NIT Patna, (on email)

 

 

 

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