Ramesh to hold direct consultations with citizens, says Dams necessary to counter
Ajing Pertin and Raju Mimi
NEW DELHI, Aug 10: Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh today expressed
his willingness to talk to people opposing large dams in Subansiri, Siang and Dibang
basin of Arunachal Pradesh.
He today said this while holding an interactive meeting with organizations from Assam
and Arunachal that are raising concerns on large dams in Arunachal.
Delegates from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Assam with experts from Dibrugarh
University, IIT Guwahati and Kalpavriksh, Siang Peoples Forum, Downstream Anti Dam
Committee of Lower Dibang Valley and All Idu Mishmi Students Union were the participants
in today’s meeting held in the Ministry’ office at New Delhi.
Accordingly, two separate meeting has been fixed for Arunachal and Assam on 10th
and 11th Sept to be held at Guwahati and Pasighat respectively. He is scheduled
to visit on the day and hold direct talks with the people.
He however said he was reluctant to talk on anti dam agenda. “There can be no negotiating
position if the demand is no dam.”
On the recent Indian govt’s stand for dams in Siang basin, he said the country will
loose negotiating position to China, if the river water is left remained unused.
“If we do nothing in Siang River, then we are going to have serious problems with
China.” Responding to Minister’s stand, Chairman of Siang Peoples Forum Ojing Tasing
expressed concern over govt’s position of treating hydro projects as fait accompli.
“For generations, our people have been patriotically guarding this frontier, and
now the govt, without our consent, is making us sacrificial lamb in these Indo-China
Ramesh sending his optimistic note on concerns raised over ecological and socio-cultural
impacts due to large dams said that the govt was even willing to scale down the size
of the project if it turns out to be seriously harmful.
“We can reduce the generation capacity of a hydro project to half, if the project
is estimated to have serious negative impacts.”
Raja Kening of DADC representing the downstream concerns, made a point to the Minister
that their concerns were being totally overlooked on the pretext that taking into
downstream considerations will even prod Bangladesh to come into the picture.
Akhil Gogoi of KMSS appraising on the downstream impacts of all the mega hydro power
projects coming up in Arunachal Pradesh called for stopping of the all dams in Arunachal
In an appeal to visiting delegates, Ramesh said, “Big dam may not be the way, but
the stand for absolute no dam is also not the way.”
Tasing however clarified that their concerns were being raised due to state govt’s
rampant signing of MoU.
State govt questions move of ECI on refugees, AAPSU reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Taking serious exception to Monday’s Diyun incident in which Chakma
refugees had reportedly attacked the locals, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu decided
to write a letter to the Election Commission of India for conducting electoral revision
of the refugees, though the case has been pending in the high court.
In a high level meeting today he called on the Home Minister Tako Dabi to visit Diyun
tomorrow to take stock of the situation while instructing to deploy additional forces
to maintain peace and tranquility in the area.
PRO to CM reports that the Khandu had been constantly tracking the development on
the Chakma-Hajong imbroglio that has been agitating the minds of the people of the
state for decades, had raised the issue at various forums. Besides taking up the
issue with the Centre, he had raised the issue at the 55th National Development Council
meeting held at New Delhi on July 24 last under the chairmanship of Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh.
Besides the committee headed by Setong Sena (then speaker Legislative Assembly) in
2007, the state government also constituted a nine-member high level committee under
the chairmanship of a representative of union home ministry in June last to study
the Chakma and Hajong settlement area.
Khandu further asked All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) who is spearheading
the movement against the refuges to call off their proposed bandh on Independence
Day and assured all out government initiative to bring out a permanent solution to
Meanwhile, AAPSU has deferred its proposed bandh call following an assurance from
chief minister Dorjee Khandu. The 6 member AAPSU delegates led by president Takam
Tatung called on CM at latter’s invitation and had an hour-long discussion.
AAPSU proposed revival of Core Committee on Chakma issue and asked Khandu to be its
chairman. The Core Committee was formed in 2002 in Namsai after a referendum rally
there. The then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi was made its first chairman.
Meanwhile, AAPSU said that it would go ahead with with state wide agitation if the
assurances are not fulfilled early.
Meanwhile AAPSU GS Tujum Poyom, questioned the move of the centre and Election Commission
of India and National Human Rights Commission for favouring and encouraging the refugees
without knowing the fact reality.
He said that assembly constituencies crowded by Chakma and Hajong refuges should
not go for elections and process of electoral enrollment at Chakma and Hajong affected
Polling Stations should be stopped immediately until the court verdict of AAPSU Vs
Election commission of India are given.
He further said that the State Government should compensate the injured citizens
and vehicle owners. At least two busses were damaged and some cars partially damaged
in which students and publics were returning after objecting to inclusion of refugees
in the electoral roll at Diyun by angry refugees.
NCP unearths results of illegal appointments through RTI
81 in DSW&CD, 34 in AHV
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: As many as 81 posts were filled up through secret and illegal means
and ways by the Department of Social Welfare and Child Development, as per information
obtained through RTI Act by NCP which was made available to this daily. The Party
while making available the results of illegal appointment said that the appointments
were made on 17th and 24th August 2009. According to State Vice-President NCP Tad
Tana, the Department did not follow the laid down recruitment norms and were carried
out with the unholy nexus between the Ministers and the bureaucrats.
Blaming Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and then Minister Social Welfare Tanga Byaling
and Department’s Commissioner and Director respectively, Tana termed the acts of
the authorities as a gross case of misuse of power.
Not learning lessons from the High Court's Quashing Order of all illegal appointments
of CDPO's, the govt. and its machineries went ahead with all their eyes closed and
conscience shut and provided contract jobs to 81 persons mostly belonging to two
or three ethnic communities from where the authorities themselves belonged, the NCP
leader pointed out.
Although well laid down Recruitment Rules were available for appointment to the post
of Supervisors, Gram Sevikas, UDC, LDC and Peons and there exist many government
memos and Court's Strictures on misuse of power to justify situations of extreme
exigencies, the government in collaboration with its machineries have simply taken
the public of the state particularly lakhs of unemployed graduates for a ride and
also exposed its repeated acts of violating all legal provisions of the land. The
NCP further informed that 34 posts under integrated sample survey scheme (ISSS) created
vide order no. AHV/P-1083/06 (Dept of Animal Husbanddary) were filled up secretly
on 11th June and 27th Aug without following any codal formalities.
The Govt. had ample time to float advertisement and conduct at least a Viva Voice
to select the most meritorious candidates, but intentionally the Govt. decided to
opt for the easiest and nastiest method of secret appointment. Perusals at the result
sheet of all categories simply reveal the heights of nepotism and ethnocentric biasness,
Of the total 34 post, as many as 19 appointments were given to a particular community.
NCP Leader termed the acts of the authorities as gross case of injustice done to
other tribes and sub tribes and deprivation of genuine qualified unemployed graduates
and postgraduate youths of the state. Although authorities might try justifying their
acts as exigency of the situation and absence of Recruitment Rules but they must
at the same time know that as soon as exigency situation is over, their services
ought to be discontinued, he said.
Ability beyond Disability
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Muskan Welfare Society is organizing an event to showcase talents
of the “Differently abled Children and Children in difficult circumstances” entitled
“Ability beyond Disability” on August 12, 2010 at Raj Bhawan.
Highlights of the programme will be the performances of the students from Donyi Polo
school for Hearing Impaired and a testimony by victims surviving difficult circumstances
staying with Oju Welfare Association.
The Society is headed by the First Lady of the state Anupama Singh.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is attending the programme as Chief Guest while the
Governor Gen J.J Singh would also be in attendance.
Citizens clear jungle track
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Future Generation Arunachal Pradesh and local coordinating
committee have organized a social service on twenty km long jungle track which links
the Yazali Township with number of villages in the area today. Hundreds of villagers
thronged the track from Yazali to Rubdi, Kuch-Kuth, Lich–Lith, Delipai, Tab and
participated in social service. Among other, Gaon Burahs of all villages and FGA
executive Dr Tage Kanno and other staff took part in it. It may be mentioned here
that FGA has been carrying out a women empowerment project in the area. 16 women
have been trained on basic home-based health care and development and also as many
women’s action groups (WAGs) were formed. Moreover the Village Welfare Workers (VWWs)
under the guidance of trained women have been promoting the health care system of
the villagers and taking up other development activities. The maintenance of the
track is one of such activities. Many panchayat leaders contributed in cash or kind
for successful social service.
Nyari Welley Open Women Football Tournament
MDFC blank BNGFC 4-0;CCGFC draws with CGFC
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: MDFC, Banderdewa thrashed BN GFC 4-0 in a league level match
of the First Nyari Welley Open Women Football Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,
Naharlagun this afternoon.
The Banderdewa team took the early lead through Binita Khalkho three minutes into
the match. However, the team had to wait till the last few minutes for the second
goal. Khalkho struck again in 48th minutes and Charu Roni made it 3-0 in 49th minutes.
Saraswati Das netted in extra time to complete the routing.
MDFC, who dominated the match from the very beginning, could have won by a bigger
margin had they not wasted free netting chances including a penalty kick.
Earlier, CCG Football Club (CCGFC) played out a one-all draw against CG Football
Club (CGFC) .
CCFC vs CCGFC (3 pm)
BNGFC vs CGFC (4.30 pm)
Road accident claims 3 lives
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: At least three women died and thirteen others were injured, seven
of them critically when the vehicle carrying them plunged into a roadside valley
in Pongchou circle of Tirap district yesterday.
Sources said the private 407 truck (AS-06/AC/0284) was proceeding to Longding with
around 20 villagers when the vehicle fell around 150 metres down the roadside near
Kamhua Noknu village, around 70 kms from the district headquarters, killing Tuizing
Gangsa (44), Pilak Wangsa (35) and Ngunnya Gangsa (26), and injuring other passengers,
seven of them seriously.
Five of those injured have been evacuated to various hospitals in Dibrugarh, Assam
and two are being treated at the district hospital, Khonsa.
Six more are admitted at CHC, Longding.
SP Tirap, Palden said that the driver Wangkhah Wangsa has been arrested and a case
of negligent driving registered against him.
Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam, on getting the news of the mishap, has left
the capital to meet the victims.
Lohit gears up for JE Vaccination Campaign
TEZU, Aug 10: Lohit, which is selected as one of the 104 districts of the country
for introduction of JE Vaccination Campaigns, is all set to launch the campaign.
The one time campaign will target all children between 1-15 years followed by introducing
the Vaccines in the routine EPI targeting children 1 to 2 years of age at a later
The elaborate plan has been drawn under the Chairmanship of Lohit Deputy Commissioner,
R.K. Sharma today. Chairing the meet, the DC stressed on two phases of campaign and
advised to collect information on after effects of medicines from endemic districts
where the programme has been launched. The Tezu DMO, Dr. N. Ninu and DRCHO Dr. N.
Geiyi threw elaborate emphasis on the sign, symptom and precautionary measures on
the disease. The districts falling under low lying paddy fields of Assam are Vulnerable
as they are the breeding fields of Mosquitos, they disclosed.
In another meeting at DC’s Conference Hall, all NRHM activities of the district were
reviewed. The non- submission of Expenditure statement, problems of execution and
others related problems were thread barely discussed to make the programme successful.
Vocational training under CAP by SSB Dirang
BOMDILA, Aug 10: A 30-days vocational training programme on food preservation, Bee-keeping,
Mushroom farming and weaving for 84 trainees of the district began here today at
Industrial Training Institute Dirang Dzong.
Sponsored and organized by the 30th Bn. SSB Dirang under its Civic Action Programme,
the training aims at providing the rural youths, especially the dropouts, a means
of self sustenance.
Inaugurating the Vocational Training, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi lauded the
efforts of the SSB in implementing the civic action programmes in true earnest and
of their endeavour to maintain a cordial relationship with the local populace.
Addressing the trainees, DC Tashi categorically stated that, awareness, motivation
and hard labour with a dose of luck would pave the way for the trainees to be self
sufficient. Educated and deserving are many but jobs few, so there is a need to branch
out and opt for sustainable trades whereby one could be self employed and create
employment opportunities for others in the long run, he said. The trainees need to
undergo the training with all seriousness and dedication so as to reap the fruits
of the hard labour, he added. Underscoring the need of education not only for fulfillment
of the materialistic needs but also to imbibe upon oneself with moral values and
ethics, DC Tashi reiterated that education should be to make a person refined, sophisticated
and a good citizen of the country and the beginning could be to take advantage of
the Right to Education where education is totally free and compulsory upto class
eight. Calling upon the officers of the Agriculture and Horticulture department,
the DC urged them to create awareness and improvise upon the means of dissemination
of information as seventy percent of the rural populace sustain on farming.
Earlier, the ADC Dirang, ZPM Dirang, Commandant 30th Bn. SSB Dirang, Deputy Commandant,
Area Organizer SSB Bomdila, Deputy Director ( Horticulturist ), DHO, ADTH and Principal
ITI Dirang shared their views and exhorted the trainees to whole-heatedly undergo
the training and also suggested certain additions to make the training programme
more practical and result oriented.
Amit Paul to perform at Sagalee
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Indian Idol finalist Amit Paul will perform in the mega cultural
show being organized at Sagalee general ground to mark the 125 years of INC-cum Independence
Day on Aug 15. Prominent state artistes Marto Kamdak, Teli Dimin, Neelam Pope, Rode
Karso, Mipe Tao, Pebi Ado, Chera Tania (Junior) and Kipa Rubniang will also enthrall
the audience in the mega event.
The chief patron of the mega show and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki would grace the programme,
according to Arunachal Artiste Forum, Papum Pare unit release.
Shortage of subject teachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: All Parang Circle Youth Association (APCYA) has requested the political
and panchayat leaders not to interfere in transfer and posting of teachers in Papum
Pare district. Lamenting that no subject teacher has joined at newly upgraded Govt
Secondary school, Parang, it requested the authorities of various schools in Papum
Pare district to issue release order to those teachers who have been transferred.
Meanwhile, the union appealed the PWD, Sagalee division for early restoration of
Sagalee-Parang road. The road was badly damaged by recent flash blood, it said.
Re-training prog for tax and excise staff begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: A 3-day re-training programme for the group D staff of the tax
and excise department began at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.
As many as 42 employees working at different parts of the state are attending the
While addressing the brief Inaugural function, the Director (Trg.) Pema Tshetan said
the training programme is being organized with the objective to provide financial
benefit under the 6th CPC recommendation to the Group ‘D’ employees who do not possess
educational qualifications of Class-X pass which is required for entry into Group
‘C’ Pay Band. With the successful completion of the Training Programme, these Group
‘D’ employees will become eligible for up gradation of their pay scale from the
existing Group ‘D’ Pay Band - IS of Rs.4440+Rs.7,440 + Grade pay of Rs.1300/- pm
only to Group ‘C’ pay band –I of Rs.5200/ + 20,200/- + Grade pay of Rs.1800/- per
month. Tshetan hoped that after the up-gradation to the lowest strata of Govt. functionaries,
the work culture will improve amongst the Group ‘D’ employees. The Dy. Director
(TRG) & Course Coordinator T. Lodo spoke on the occasion.
ASSU appeals of teachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: All Sajolang (Miji) students union (ASSU) claimed that in Miji
dominated areas of Lada circle in East Kameng district schools are facing crisis
due to non-availability of teachers. Though new academic session has started but
most of the government schools in the areas are non-functional owing to zero presence
of teachers. During the tour conducted by members of ASSU it has been found that
not a single teacher has joined and students are facing lots of problem. Union has
urged both Deputy Commissioner and area MLA to immediately intervene, as it is hampering
education of many poor students of one of the most backward region of East Kameng
AKKDSU reiterates its stand
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Expressing resentment over the alleged failure of the Govt to fulfill
its demand for introduction of ration sorties instead of head-load carriage system
in Kurung Kumey district, All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) has
urged the Govt to respond to its demands within three days. The Union informed
that it had given a memorandum to the CM a month back against head load carriage
UID for citizens
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: To do away with wrong identity, particularly of the beneficiaries
of various government programmes, Arunachal Pradesh took a step further to issue
the unique identity card (UID), the ambitious scheme of the government of India.
State’s planning secretary Ankur Garg gave a power point presentation on the UID
scheme to the empowered cabinet sub-committee headed by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
While the chief minister appreciated the initiative, the committee discussed the
strategy for its implementation in the state after giving wide publicity for its
Another power point presentation would be given to the cabinet before it gives the
go ahead signal to finalize the modalities of implementation to benefit 13 lakh population
of the state, particularly in removing the wrong identity problem.
Set up in February last year as an arm of the Planning Commission, Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI) aims at issuing a unique identity number to each resident
of the country, which would be robust enough to eliminate duplicate entries, be easily
verifiable and be authenticated in a cost-effective way. The UIDAI was created as
a statutory body under a separate legislation while the state government has singed
a MoU UIDAI for the implementation of the scheme.
India is world’s second largest democracy which offers largest beneficiary oriented
programmes worth Rs. 1,50,000 crore annually to about 150 million families.
Garg said wrong identity have created many a problems as more than 600 million people
are still without identity while it poses a unique problem with 714 million voters
and 364 political parties.
The identity problems resulted in inefficiency in delivering government services,
inability to prove identity prevented the poor from accessing services and subsidies
(public as well as private sector agencies require proof of identity before providing
services) as the poor need to identify separately to each agency – and need to get
a new agency each time they move. These problems led to in leakages, particularly
the middle men obtaining multiple identities to siphon off the benefits.
Though financial inclusion is the buzzword for brining the poor under the planning
process, only 18% workers in the lowest income quartile in the country have a bank
account and less than 35% have any savings and they do not have access to credit.
The UID to address these problems will include demographic details, like name, date
of birth, gender and address details (Mandatory) and names of father/husband, wife,
introducer and his ID (Conditional) while mobile number and email address (Optional).
The UID will also include capturing of electronic finger prints of all 10 fingers,
iris scan of both eyes and digital photograph of the UID holder, Garg informed the
Among others Minister Home Tako Dabi, Minister Finance, Setong Sena, Chief Secretary
Tabom Bam, Development Commissioner V K Dev, Commissioners, Secretaries and Officers
of Science & Technology were present. (PRO TO CM)
Truck Driver assaulted, looted
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation in a release
informed that on August 8 near Daporijo at around 7 pm two men forcefully stopped
a truck and physically attacked the driver and snatch money from him.
The AAPPTF strongly condemned the barbaric act and demanded for early arrest of the
absconded miscreant and also demanded the authority concerned not to release the
one miscreant arrested by the Daporijo police.
The federation further said that such incident happened frequently in Daporijo road
and if such incident is repeated in near future the federation will take up appropriate
Union for proper location of proposed Model College
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Mori-Nyiggong Banggo Students’ Union expressing concerned over
the proposal for establishment of Model College at Geku, said that as per the availability
of land, medical, transportation and communication facilities, law and order and
other socio-economic factors, the district headquarter will be the more feasible
than other places of the district for establishment of Model College.
It appealed to the concerned authority, political leaders and general public to look
into the matter seriously for greater interest of the people of the district.
Orientation training programme
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Manghi Welfare Society is organizing a one-day orientation training
programme at Sangram, Kurung Kumey District.
NABARD General Manager, Regional Office Itanagar, Dr. BG Mukhopadhyay, DHO of Kurung
Kumey District, ADO Sangram, Branch Manager Apex bank Sangram, Veterinary officer
Koloriang and CO, Sangram will attended the programme as resource persons.
Branch Manager SBI, Koloriang Pradeep Das have consented to attend the occasion as
chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Taba Tat Foundation in collaboration with General Hospital, Naharlagun
has organized a two-day free Mega health camp at Yazali recently.
The team of 20 specialist doctors, SMOs and 14 paramedical staff of general hospital
Naharlagun and three specialists from Niba Hospital, Naharlagun attended the camp.
Tousands of people from different walk of life thronged the venue to avail the free
medical services offered by the foundation.
Meanwhile, the public of the area appreciated the TT Foundation and the teams of
medical experts for extending medical services.
Sebla Rural Development Society, Deed conducted health awareness campaign at Seya
village, Pistana circle recently.
250 villagers including students were benefitted from the camp.
During the campaign the Doctors briefed about preventive measures on HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis,
Malaria, Typhoid, Jaundice, Diarrhea and Snake bite.
The villager appreciated the team and the society for organizing the medical camp.
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Department of Public Libraries, government of Aruanchal Pradesh
is celebrating librarians’ day on August 12 at its office premises.
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The people of Palin area have been facing scarcity of potable water
due to damage caused in Water supply system in Langbia village under Palin circle
in Kurung Kumey district, claimed Palin Area Youth Welfare Association in a release
today. The union appealed the department concerned for early restoration of water
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Oyin Moyong has been appointed as Chairman of All Arunachal Pradesh
Public Transport Federation, East Siang District Unit in a meeting held at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Aug 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Drivers’ Association expressed
shock over the sudden demise of Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun Driver
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
The members of the association observed two minutes silence and prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR: The end semester examination results of PG in Economics (II and IV), Hindi
(II), Political Science (II and IV), English (II and IV), History (II), and M Phil
in History (II), Commerce (II), Geography (II) has been declared by RGU. The results
can be seen in website www. rgu.ac.in
Admission dates extended
ITANAGAR: Following the request of the principals of the Govt colleges affiliated
to Rajiv Gandhi University, the admission of class XII compartmental passed students
(CBSE) in under-graduate courses for the academic session 2010-11 has been extended
for a period of six days with effect from Aug 11, provided the college have seats
and necessary academic infrastructure facilities, according to an official release.
No further request will be entertained in case of failure to take admission within
this stipulated period.
5 Myanmarese arrested in Tirap
ITANAGAR: Five Myan-marese nationals were arrested from Khonsa town on August 7 by
A police team comprising OC Thomas Pertin, SI N.Wangsa, Ct. J.Matey, Ct. T.Chombey
and Ct. L.Bangyang had conducted a naka at 2 mile, Khonsa on that day. During checking
the five Myanmarese nationals were detected from inside an APST bus coming from Wakka
Circle headquarter. On demand by police these Myanmerese nationals could not produce
any documents for entering the Indian territory of Tirap district. So the intruders
were arrested immediately. They have been identified as Angyo Lungpaya- 40, Maisak
Lungpaya- 28, Umo Lungpaya- Monggong Lungpaya- 20, Umo Nokpaya- 20 and Kaifin Kaipija-40.
They all belong to Roku village, Myanmar. A case vide Khonsa/PS/C/No. 41/2010 U/S
14 of Foreigners’ Act Registered and further investigation is on. (DIPRO)