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2010

August  - 13

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CM assures govt help for differently abled

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR,  Aug 12: The differently-abled children and children in difficult circumstances of the state show cased their talents at Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan this evening at a programe organized by Muskan Welfare Society.

The children displayed their amazing talent in their chosen fields.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who was the chief guest assured to take up initiatives to uplift the condition of the differently abled children and appealed to the people to come forward for their cause.

He appreciated the state women’s commission for creating awareness about various issues related to women particularly on the child marriage.

Referring to the provision of 3% job reservation in every department for the differently-abled people, Khandu assured to ensure that the provision is properly implemented so that they would get jobs reserved for them in every department.

Taking note of  a photo of students of the Donyi Polo School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired clearing the road leading to their  school, he assured that the institution would get good road connectivity soon. He further expressed his readiness to visit the institution along with the governor soon to take the stock of the road condition.

The CM donated Rs 5 lakh to the MWS and Rs 3 lakh for the cause of the differently-abled people.

Governor and Patron of the Muskan Welfare Society JJ Singh called upon the people to extend their support to these children.

MWS chairperson Anupama Singh briefed about the objectives and the various activities undertaken by the society and informed that many people including children have been benefited by the society.

Earlier, a victim of child marriage, who is presently staying at the Oju Welfare short-stay home, shared her story with the people present in the hall. She revealed how she was sold off to an old man for money by her relatives, and informed that dozens of other girls who are victims of child marriage are staying at the short-stay home.

She appealed to the CM to take up steps to stop child, forced marriages and to initiates other welfare steps for such victims.

Students from Donyi Polo School for the Visually Impaired, Chimpu, Thupten Tsering and Rinchin Dorjee of Manjushree Vidyapeeth, Tawang and Oju Welfare short-stay home, Naharlagun, presented cultural programme besides a presentation on indigenous dresses by Students of Don Bosco College and a dance by members of the Hornbill Centre of Development.

Officers and delegates including Finance Minister Setong Sena, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, DGP Kanwaljeet Deol, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Nandini Paliwal, Capital DC Dr SB Deepak Kumar, City SP Chuku Apa and parents were also present at the function.

 

Abysmal teachers’ attendance in Kurung Kumey, DA proposes termination

Koloriang, Aug 12: A massive exercise of physical inspection of schools and checking teachers’ attendance was carried out recently in Kurung Kumey district, including the remotest villages. The inspection was carried out by the concerned Administrative Officers, ADEOs and BRCCs/CRCCs. The preliminary reports indicated that, there were about 40 teachers mostly SSA, who have not seen the corridors of the schools for the last 1 or 2 years or even more. There were more than 100 teachers who were found absent and irregular during the month of June-July’2010. The figures would increase when the complete reports are received.

The figures vindicate the resentment of some student’s bodies in the district, who have complained before the Deputy Commissioner, Koloriang that the teachers attendance in Kurung Kumey district was very poor and that students in the interior were suffering.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey along with DDSE have already initiated action in this direction. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Project Director, SSA has issued order that henceforth, the monthly salaries of the teachers would not be deposited in their bank accounts. It would be rather paid through the concerned ADCs or the Circle Officers. It has also been ordered that monthly salary will be paid only on the basis of monthly reports of the teachers. It has also been decided that ‘No Pay No Work’ will be enforced in dealing with the absentee teachers. The matter of such large scale absence of teachers and also absence for long period has been taken up with the Govt. by the district Administration, Kurung Kumey. The District Administration has proposed termination of the Contract service of those SSA teachers,  who are found absent for 1 or 2 years or more. Such absentee teachers from regular teachers are proposed for suspension from their regular service.

In the recently held Zilla Parishad meeting at Koloriang, the Panchayat members have expressed the deep concerned and have asked the district Administration to deal with the problem with firm hand. Considering the irregularity of local teachers and shortage of Science, Mathematics, English and Hindi teachers, the Zilla Parishad, Kurung Kumey under the Chairmanship Pisa Gunia has adopted a resolution to recruit 50% of the vacant teachers post from Non-APST candidates.

Kurung Kumey district is the lowest literate district of Arunachal Pradesh. As against 54.74% State literacy rate, Kurung Kumey has only 25.7%.

 

ARRDA submits status reports

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Arunachal Rural Road Development Agency (ARRDA), implementing agency of Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has already furnished the status of ongoing PMGSY projects sanctioned under Bharat Nirman since 2005 to the State Vigilance & Monitoring Committee. The committee shall prepare tentative programmes as per the Documents submitted to it to visit all ongoing project sites, informed a release.

On August 2, the Commissioner RD, has directed the all DCs and PDs of Arunachal Pradesh to provide all possible assistances to the visiting State level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Members for carrying out  vigilance and monitoring activities effectively.

Besides, nodal agencies, the Committee also require effective coordination of the general public for proper implementation of the all programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development, the release added.

 

Do not exasperate the govt: Dabi warns Chakma

Changlang, Aug 12: Home Minister Tako Dabi visited Diyun Circle of Changlang district yesterday to take stock of the tense situation created after some Chakma refugees besieged two buses carrying local residents on 9th August last who were returning after attending hearing of claims and objections for inclusion names in the electoral roll.

Expressing discontentment over the disgraceful act by the Chakma refugees, the minister warned not to exasperate the state government while adding that the state government would not tolerate any kind of unlawful act by any community or section of the society. The minister warned that the state government would not hesitate to take hard steps if unlawful acts are repeated.

To contain the prevailing situation, the minister proposed for formation of Peace Committee involving members from indigenous communities and the refuges.

Earlier, the minister and his delegates which included Secretary Home, DGP and DIGP (East) were briefed upon on the prevailing law order situation in the area by the Deputy Commissioner In charge L Borang who had conducted the hearing on Aug 9 last.

Borang requested the minister to deploy a company of CRPF permanently at Diyun.

Anchal Chairperson Innao while expressing the plight said that indigenous people live in Diyun like refugees as they are outnumbered by the refugees which share 80% of the total population in Diyun. He informed that not all refuge create problems but put the blame on refugees who have descended in the district.  Meanwhile, AAPSU General Secretary Tujum Poyom terming the 9th August incident as unfortunate and blunder on part of Chakmas appealed the Minister and state government to take proper and immediate action to solve the issue.

Representative from Chakmas Bimal Kanti Chakma while accepting the incident as fault of Chakmas urged the Government to book the persons behind the disgusting act.

Diyun is still tense but local administration and security personnel have been putting maximum effort to control the situation from going out of hand. (DIPRO)

NEDWS flays Centre

Meanwhile, expressing concern over the recent Diyun incident in which the indigenous people of the state were reportedly attacked by Chakma and Hajong refugees, North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has criticized the  Central Govt for its lackadaisical  attitude towards solution to  various problems of North East including  decades old  Arunachal-Assam boundary row and Chakma-Hajong refugee issue.

While lauding the initiatives being taken by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union for solution to the burning refugee issue, the Society also extended its support to the Chief Minister who decided to take up the refugee issue with Chief Election Commission of India.

 

Manipur get the top slot at NE WushuChampionship, AP finishes third

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Manipur emerged Overall Team Champion while host Arunachal Pradesh finished second runners in the 5th North East Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Wushu Championship 2010, which concluded at Subansiri Stadium, Kimin, Papum Pare district on August 10 last. Mizoram was the first runners up in the championship.

The host team won 28 medals, including five gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze. Mama Makcha of Itanagar was adjudged the best fighter in junior category while M Chandra of Army was adjudged best fighter in senior category.

Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, Advisor to CM Vishal Nabam heaped praise on All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA) for organizing the championship successfully. He encouraged the Wushu players of the state to take up the sport sincerely which has a great chance to be included in the next Olympics. He appealed to the state government to give Wushu priority for further development of the sport. Papum Pare DCC vice president Ngorang Taka was the guest of honour.

Meanwhile, AAPWA president Toko Teki rued the apathy shown to the Wushu association in providing assistance in any form for promotion of the sport. He said that the championship where all the eight northeastern states and the Army team took part has been organized successfully without any assistance from the government. He claimed that Wushu association has failed to receive any financial assistance from the government in the last eight years. Despite financial problem, wushu players have managed to win medals at national and international events in the last few couple of years. He advised the players not to expect much from the government and practice in their own to bring more glory to the state by winning more and more medals. He lauded the help, cooperation and contributions of All Kimin Youth Welfare Association in organizing the event in a grand manner and 10 ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar for his support and encouragement to the organizing committee in making it a success.

Over 300 players and officials from eight northeastern states and Army Wushu team participated in the championship, which was inaugurated by Parliamentary secretary (Industry) Nabam Rebia on August 7 last. 10 ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar was the guest of honour.

Teki, meanwhile, informed that Wushu association chief coach Prem Kumar Sing has been selected by Wushu Association of India to represent the country in the upcoming international Wushu coaches and judges examination course to be held in Beijing, China from August 18 to 26 next.

 

Results:

(Arunachal Pradesh)

Junior Taolu Women

Miss Resma - 3 Gold  (Event: Chanquan, Gunsu, Daushu), Miss Resmi- 2 Bronze (Event: Nanchen, Nandao) and 1 Silver

(Event: Nangun)

Junior Taolu Men

Kishen Chetia - 1 Gold (Event: Gunsu)

Sub. Jr Shanshou  Women

Miss Rita Tanti - 1 Silver (Category: 21 Kg).

Sub. Jr. Shanshou  Men

Mama Makcha - Gold (20 Kg), Bijoy Chetia -  Silver (24 Kg), Momokar - Silver (28Kg), Kripu Tarak - Silver (52 Kg), Kishan Chetia - Silver (52 kg), Raja - Bronze (52 Kg).

Junior Shanshou

Ganesh Das - Silver (45 Kg), Tama Makcha - Bronze (48 Kg), Tat Sonam -Silver (56 Kg), Prem-chandra - Bronze (60 Kg), Manu Gosa - Bronze (60 Kg), Yuchak Takak - Bronze (65 Kg), Bakay - Bronze (52 Kg), Tam Tagio - Silver (52 Kg), Gangte Ajo - Silver (48 Kg), Rei Taha - Silver (45 Kg), Taker - Bronze (53 kg), G. Nyakum - Bronze (44 Kg), Vishal - Bronze (40 Kg), Aching - Bronze (48 Kg).

Senior Shanshou

Abo Lukham - Bronze (48 Kg).

 

 

ACR question India’s unilateral decision

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Citizens Right views with grave concern the unilateral decision of the Government of India to impose large storage dam projects on Subansiri, Siang and Lohit river basins, the tributaries of Brahmaputra, as a strategy to counter China’s proposed dam building on Tsangpo.

Citing diversion of the water flow of Brahmaputra with consequences on downstream impacts in India, the Indian Government wants to exercise its ‘first user’ rights to strengthen its position in future negotiations with China over riparian rights. When the policy of large dams in Arunachal Pradesh has already become a controversy here, with protests coming in from communities living in various river basins such as Subansiri, Siang and Dibang, making large storage dams a fait accompli is an affront to the people of Arunachal Pradesh who remain pawns in the larger energy security policy of the Government and now in the geopolitical relations between India and China, all without their consent.

Equally serious is the statement coming out of the Ministry of Environment and Forests that clearances of such projects will be put in the fast track. The EIA Notification 2006 under the Environment Protection Act, 1986 does not provide for any fast track clearance. Which means that such projects will be cleared without taking in to account the results of the public hearing and the environment impact assessment of such projects.

Therefore, a fast track clearance entails violation of its own notification and Act by the Ministry of Environment and Forests under the Government of India.

Rather than making us, the people of Arunachal, the sacrificial lambs and guineapigs out of the India-China geopolitical strategy and negotiations, India should immediately explore the possibility of a joint discussion with China on the issue of riparian rights and water sharing of rivers which flow through both the countries.

On the issue of riparian rights the people of Arunachal Pradesh will definitely stand by Government of India’s position on downstream impacts of diversion of river water flow in the upstream of a river basin. But, that would mean that Government of India should also recognize the legitimate concerns over downstream impacts of dams in Arunachal Pradesh voiced by the people of Assam and within Arunachal itself.

 

APCSOA lauds Govt

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) expressed happiness over the reported constitution of a committee headed by V. K. Dev, Commissioner (GA/DA) Arunachal Govt to study various demands like identification of cadre posts, streamlining of grade posts, Lateral Entry System of APCS. The Association lauded both CM and chief secretary Tabom Bam for their initiatives for systematization of State Civil Service which will really boost the morale of the civil service officers of the state.

However, the Association reacted to remarks made on civil services during Indian Engineers' Federation meeting held at Itanagar in July last.  The association said that IAS and APCS officers are not against engineers but are against the appointment of engineers as secretaries to the Govt. wherein “engineers are appointed without following the standing norms”.

 

ABC rides for a cause on International Youth Day

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: To mark the International Youth Day the members of Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC) rode today from Dera Natung Govt College premise, Itanagar to NERIST, Nirjuli to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among people, especially youth--the most vulnerable group.    

Speaking at a seminar organized by NSS unit of NERIST on the occasion, ABC president Nabam Jose expressed serious concern over rapid growth of people with HIV positive in Arunachal Pradesh. He said that the main aim of today’s rally was to make people aware of the HIV which is spreading in the state like ‘wildfire.’

" If we do not check the menace today, it would be too late for us to control it, he said, adding that out of the 159 persons detected with HIV/AIDS so far 90 percent are HIV positive. He exhorted the educated youths to come forward and create mass awareness among people about the disease and its preventive measures.  He also informed about various activities carried out by ABC, including ride to Lake of No Return in Burma during the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2008 to highlight the Centre’s Look East Policy.

He informed that the Royal Enfield riders of North East states have scheduled to organize a North East Riders Meet at Itanagar from November 8-15 next. The aim is to form a common Royal Enfield association as a parent body to oversee the common issues of entire Northeastern states, which would also immensely help in fostering love and goodwill among the people of North East through biking. We are also organizing a goodwill ride to Mechukha, the mini Switzerland of the State, after the meet, Jose added.

HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination, especially in a state like Arunachal Pradesh, were the main reasons why people with HIV/AIDS hesitate to come overground, commented Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) deputy director Dr. A Borang. Persistent efforts of various NGOs, religious and public leaders, encouragement by family members and various stake holders could go a long way in bringing them overground, Dr. Borang opined. He fervently appealed to the people with HIV/AIDS to come overground and make use of various welfare activities and programmes initiated by the government. He also gave a brief account of various modes of transmission of the disease in Arunachal Pradesh where sexual route claimed the highest  at 86%.

A blood donation camp was also organized at Medical Health Unit, NERIST by the NSS unit of the institute in collaboration with APSACS to mark the occasion. 18 students donated blood voluntarily.

Earlier in the morning, the rally organized by APSACS was flagged at Dera Natung Govt. College premises by the Principal (i/c) of the college in presence of NSS volunteers/Red Ribbon Club of DNGC led by NSS programme officer Joram Muthu and culminated at NERIST ground.

 

CM announce ex-gratia relief for Tirap accident victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has announced ex-gratia relief to the family of those who died and also to those who sustained injury in the mini truck accident that took place near Kamhua Noknu Village under Pangchau circle, Tirap district on August 9 last.

The announcement came after the receipt of the detail report from State Horticultural Minister Honchun Ngandam this morning. Reportedly, the accident claimed three lives and left seven more grievously injured.

While sharing his grief with the bereaved family members, Khandu expressed his deep sense of condolences and announced 1 lacs each to the kith and kin of the deceased and Rs. 50000 to the injured. (PRO TO CM)

 

DC calls on encroachers to vacate

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Human occupation is dangerous in and around place like Pacha Power House complex because at any time unpredictable mishap may take place, one cannot just ignore, I would like to appeal all the encroachers to vacate the area voluntarily within stipulated time or face the consequences”, said DC East Siang Tope Bam who physically visited the encroached land at  Pacha Power House complex  yesterday morning along with ADC-cum-Estate Officer Mige Kamki, LRSO, Town Magistrate & EE (Hydro Power).

Further, he said that “whatever the District Administration is doing is in the interest of public & keeping in view the safety of life & property of the encroachers”.

On receipt of a departmental written complaint, earlier DC/DM issued an executive order vide No.LM-15/95-96(Vol-I) dated the 3rd August 2010 prohibiting unauthorized & illegal occupation within Pacha Power House complex directing the occupants to dismantle the structure & vacate the area within a period of 15 days time. But after witnessing the seriousness of situation, the DM has slightly modified the earlier order to 12 days time instead of 15 days expiring on 15th of this month failing which an eviction drive will be carried out on 16th Aug’10.Al together 18 temporary huts have been constructed in the premises.

Meanwhile, a meeting with ADC, EE (Power) & Hydro Power was held at DC’s chamber to sort out ways & means to overcome the power crisis in Seppa Township. The

EE (power) informed that a transformer having capacity of 600 KV is ready to be installed at premises of Govt. Hr sec, school, Seppa which on installation will reduce frequent problem of load shedding. Thereafter, it was decided that EE(P) will install the said transformer within a period of 10 days. It is worth mentioning that if the machine having required capacity is installed it will not only solve the power problem of nearby dwellers but also benefit the educational institutions located nearby such as Govt. College, Hr secondary Girls hostel, Holy family school & Hr Sec school itself with teaching community.

The DC opined that if EE (P) succeeds in making the aforesaid management, there would be no load shedding in Seppa Township especially during office hours. And the long pending demands of the people of Township will be fulfilled, the pressure for which were also mounting from the consumers day by day, DC said. (DIPRO)

 

Kri calls for cooperation

TEZU, Aug 12: There are visible developments in Tezu area and this can continue only if there is cooperation from all sections, said Parliamentary Secretary Transport Karikho Kri. He said that team efforts of all departments, Panchayat leader and people were necessary to ensure better development of the area.

He said this after inaugurating a double- storied Rostrum with flag base at its first floor today. The building was constructed at an estimated cost of 30 lacs under SPA.

Addressing a gathering, Kri said that long felt need of the people for such a platform to organize social, official and sports gathering is fulfilled today and one time investment is an asset of the district. He also expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister for granting the fund and executing agency RWD and contractor for completing it without any loopholes within the stipulated time. The Parliamentary Secretary also hinted on construction of boundary wall of the field to protect all assets therein.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma said that the asset created will go a long way in mitigating all important curricular activities in the field and had words of praise for the executing Department RWD and contractor for giving spectacular shape and handing it before Independence Day celebration. The Executive Engineer RWD ER. B. Basu and Assiatant Engineer highlighted the specifications, various and toilet provisions with the rostrum.

 

Look beyond hydro power projects

Dear Editor,

I, from among the common men who reside at the lower basin of the Siang belt would like to raise voice against Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh.

Why does Ramesh show his dictatorial attitude against the poor people of the lower Siang belt? Will Ramesh be able to compensate each of the house holders which have been facing flood fury annually?  

Ramesh reportedly said there can be no negotiating position if the demand is No Dam (in this daily on Aug 11). We the poor flood affected villagers feel it as totally baseless statement. Instead of taking headache on Dam issue, the minister should concentrate on afforestation, formulation of project against Jhum cultivation especially in our North East states and on preservation of wild life.

Yes, we know employment can be generated through dam projects. But the question is will the native village people be given employment in such projects. I don't think so. Only the diploma holders in Civil and Electrical Engineering may be given part time or contractual job by private power developers. On the other hand large number of villagers will be kicked out from their ancestral land. I don't think our villagers will be given employment opportunities at the river project. Instead labourers from other states will be engaged.

Even though the authorities provide compensation to dam affected people,   who will take the responsibility for financial security of the future generation of the dam affected people?

It is already cleared that native people do not like Siang dam project. The people in power should understand the sentiment of the people who are still facing the brunt of Siang catastrophe.

Instead of concentrating their valuable times on dam projects, ministers should concentrate on infrastructure development and renovation of existing roads across the state.

Yours

Kalom Apang

Sika Tode

Tayem Jamoh

President, ALSFAA

Ruksin area

 

 

UIDs and effective implementation of progs

Dear Editor,

It’s quite appreciable that Arunachal Pradesh government is going to give a go-ahead signal for the implementation of UID project. Needless to say, it’s very difficult to make 100 crore people of India to get benefitted by schemes launched by the government. So here lies the need of an effective machinery to benefit people especially poor and underprivileged at the most. UID is such an effective machinery to meet this requirement and to prevent duplicities. Had PDS functioned properly, problems that India is currently facing might have been reduced to a large extent. The middlemen are the culprits in PDS System and because of whom the system does not reach to a level of effectiveness. At this juncture there is a need to assign a unique identity to each and every citizen of India. And this is what UID is all about. Public must be aware of this mechanism and it should be utilized effectively. From the government’s side, they should not delay implementing this project and at the same time they should make the general public informed about it utilizing every possible medium.

We should keep this in mind that successful implementation of UID project will enable every citizen to access PDS and get benefit from every sort of welfare schemes. This is a very good sign of development and Arunachal deserves to be in the process of development. Thanks to Nandan Nilekani who spearheaded this project. And of course hats off to Ankur Garg who initiated this project in Arunachal. A real change maker and a real civil servant he is.

Yours,

Ramananda Nongmeikapam

Tawang (on email)

 

 

Please invest your riches in the shopping mall  

Dear Editor,

This is a shame for one & all that Max Mart had been robbed by some miscreants. Our capital is the one that do not have good malls, Cinema Halls that run regularly, basic shopping destinations. The miscreants who robbed Max Mart should be given exemplary punishment.

The population of the capital complex is increasing rapidly but there are two destination for shopping , Akashdeep of Itanagar & Takar Complex of Naharlagun.  

There is an urgent need of making more shopping destination which have proper parking places as at evening time it’s now getting very tough to go to Akashdeep because of heavy traffic & no parking space. I want to request all the millionaires of Arunachal kindly to invest their money making market like Akashdeep. There is one more request to some big names of Arunachal please invest your money making distilled water plants in Arunachal because it is seen that people here buy Rs 20 per bottle of Mineral water which comes from Assam or other states. Arunachal Rivers have the purest form of water & if it is utilised & purified it can be used as the mineral water.

Yours

Rahul Thapa (On email),  Naharlagun

 

 

Polytechnic Issue Deserves Early Solution

Dear Editor,

The issue of establishment of Polytechnic at Yachuli or Ziro, which has been raised by various organizations, including All Nyishi Students Union, seems to be taking an unpleasant turn. It, therefore, deserves early attention and solution with the intervention of political establishment.

As I was given to understand, the Institute was initially proposed to be established at Ziro for which sufficient land was donated by a clan of Apatani Community. However, the decision to establish any educational institution is a political one, decided at the highest political level. Hence, it is for the government of the day to disclose the truth to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Its stoic silence is frustrating and has a potential to create misunderstanding among different communities.

It would not be proper to blame the Commissioner (Education) as, even if he has the intent, he will not have enough  power either to stop or to facilitate establishment of any educational institute at Ziro or for that matter any part of the state. He, as a government servant, takes the order of the Minister (Education) and Chief Minister or collective decision of the Cabinet.

Another issue raised by ANSU and some youth organizations is with regards to allotment of land at Hapoli township. Yes, every bonafide Arunachalee should have the right to be allotted land at Hapoli (Ziro), the District Headquarters of Lower Subansiri. However, what is happening in Arunachal Pradesh is that deserving people are not allotted land by the government. It is the wealthy and mighty (politically powerful) who get themselves allotted government, even beyond their requirement. Same is the case at Hapoli township. Many of the kits and kins of politicians and bureaucrats, irrespective of tribal communities (Apatanis/Nyishis), have their land allotment at the township. It is another matter that some of the allotted areas are ‘gifted’ (sold) to third parties. Therefore, I do not see any communal angle in allotment of land at Hapoli township.

As pointed out by a gentleman, encroachment is a problem at Hapoli township. It is a major problem not only here but throughout the state. State seems to be withering away.  Mr. Kaling Tayeng, the former Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri deserves appreciation for his bold act in demolishing unauthorized structures. Had there been political support, he could have done more. We expect similar action from the present incumbent. Apart from organizing Summer Festival, there are other more important areas like law and order that need constant attention.

Yours,

Nani bath

Rajiv Gandhi University

 

 

Two sides of encroachment of government land

Dear Editor,

A regular topic to appear as news or in the opinion columns of our local dailies is the complaint of absence of government employees from their places of posting in the districts. It is said that government employees enjoy their salaries but do not stay in their places of posting and thus are not regular and dedicated in doing their jobs. Countless letters are seen where people complain about absence of teachers and officers from their posting place. It is good that the value and need of the absentee govt. employees has been realized by the public. The process is like that of demand and supply. If the public demand their services, the supply has to be fulfilled. But other factors too play a role in the process.

What has to be understood by the people is that government employees too are human beings and so need a roof to stay under, a good environment to develop their minds and a healthy atmosphere to nurture their young ones. But when the officers and officials go to their place of posting, they find that govt. quarters are hard to come by and when they are to be had; only the structure stands in a dilapidated condition while the adjoining plot has been encroached upon. In some cases the quarter itself has been converted to private residence. Who will wish to stay in a place where when you open your window in the morning, the first thing you see is someone else’s yard or sitting room, when you can stay at your own home comfortably and peacefully!

But again the process of encroachment was started and carried out by none others but the govt. servant themselves! In places like Itanagar and Naharlagun, no govt. plot has been left as it was. From top politicians, bureaucrats to the lowest govt. employees and the public, everyone is on a lookout for a chance to grab a piece of ‘free’ land. This trend has now reached the districts too. If a protest is made, the reply comes  “If politicians and top officers are doing it, why shouldn’t we do it”. There’s no right reply for such logic.

It is high time the govt. take measures to curb the rampant practice of encroachment going on so that it can lay claim to land as ‘govt. land’ in the near future. There is also a need for the govt. employees to do their duties with dedication and sincerity for the development and prosperity of our state.

Yours,

Chow Mongsengwin Maunglang

Namsai (On email)

 

 

50% is too big a mark to score

Dear Editor,

 The Directorate of Higher and Technical Education laid down certain guidelines for students of DNGC College who are seeking hostel admission as per information in this daily on Aug 10. I came to know that the students seeking hostel admission must have secured 50 per cent marks in immediate lower examination and hostel seats will be allocated as per merit basis among the students. Moreover, security deposit of Rs one thousands will be charged from per student from first year students.

Before implementation of such guidelines, the authorities should keep in mind that the wealthy class of our society send their children outside the state for higher studies and most of the poor students from districts are getting admission in the DNGC college.  

In my opinion there should be guidelines for quality education with a provision for posting of adequate teachers in various Govt schools in the state so that the students come out with excellent pass percentage. In the present education scenario,   the poor students may not be able to secure 50 per cent qualifying marks for hostel admission.

Therefore, I would like to request the authorities to make 40 plus mark as criteria for hostel admission so that the poor students of the district pursue their education at DNG College.

Yours,

Techi Tagar

 

 

Silsango was a consensus choice

Dear Editor,

Apropos the readers’ forum item published under the caption “Consensus opinion needed”  (on Aug 11), we would like to clarify that the location for headquarters of Lower Mengio circle at Yallpu (Silsango)  has been selected by villagers, panchayat leaders, Head GB, GBs  with public consent. After selection of site the heads of villages and panchayat leaders had decided   to donate land for this purpose in 2008.

Regarding availability of raw materials, we would like to further clarify that Yallpu (Silsango) is also having abundant raw materials to meet the requirement of a headquarter. Moreover, Bari Nallah, Paga Nallah and Parang river have been flowing near the said location.

Considering all the feasibility the location has already been approved for establishment of the HQ.   

Therefore, we request the authorities concerned not to waste time by re-proposing location for this purpose. We also request the intellectuals that instead of opposing the location we should think for well being of own people and development of our area.

Yours,

Taw Nikam

ASM, Pai

Nabam Yakik

ASM, Payu

Chukhu Nachi

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ISI eyes Arunachal

ITANAGAR Aug 12: Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), a leading academic institution in the world is eyeing on the state capital to set up a scientific centre in order to cater to the needs of N-E Regional Developmental Programmes. This was conveyed by the Institute’s Director Bimal K Roy who along with his seven faculty and administrative officers called on to the state chief minister Dorjee Khandu in his Niti Vihar office this morning.

The team while seeking a suitable land for establishment of the institution, called for identifying any government or semi-government building to start up their academic session at the earliest possible. With an objective to promote the study and dissemination of knowledge of Statistics, planning for national development and social welfare; the ISI intends to set up various divisions pertaining to biological, mathematical, computer science, environmental sciences besides statistics division in the proposed institution.

The director further revealed that the institution would have scientists and administrative officers from the state besides representatives from ISI for running the institution. In this way job opportunities for talented local youths would also be generated, he said.

The chief minister while welcoming the project assured all possible assistance from the government’s end. He specifically directed Planning Secretary Ankur Garg who was present in the meeting to explore for the land and building as sought for.

The visiting team through an impressive power point presentation briefed the activities and functions of the ISI to the house. The Institution would offer various technical courses besides helping the state government in formulating development plans and programmes. It would conduct periodical training programmes and substantially emphasize on research work.  (PRO TO CM)

 

Seppa market shed made functional

SEPPA, Aug 12: We are thankful to Tapuk Taku, DC & DUDA in materializing the market shed which generated self employment to needy women of Seppa Township, said Raju Gyadi, President, East Kameng Chamber of Commerce & Industry here while attending as a Chief Guest at a function in the premises of Market shed. The shed having 118 rooms was made functional meant only for vegetable & fish.

As a part of Town beautification, the concept of having a separate market area was the initiatives of DC, DUDA & MLA Taku that got inaugurated last on July 15.

Meanwhile, a committee has been formed to look after the welfare of the market with Raju Gyadi as Chairman & seven other as members. For smooth & peaceful functioning of the market, the committee has requested the authority concerned to establish a Police beat house in the complex. (DIPRO)

 

DLMC inspects WTP

ROING, Aug 12: The District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) headed by its chairperson cum Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District, Y W Ringu visited Water Treatment Plant (WTP) here today to know the ground realities of water scarcity in Roing Township.

The department sources has informed that the Water Treatment Plant was built in the year 2001 to 2006 with a cost of Rs 4,04,76,000.00 with a sole purpose to provide the people of Roing township with safe drinking water.

Initially, the project was proposed to tap 5.00 Millions Litre per Day (MLD) of raw water from Eme River and was designed to treat 2.00 MLD and accordingly the Head Work was proposed in the River Eme at suitable location of 1800 mtr from the WTP site.

An unprecedented flash flood occurred during the year 2004 in the month of July had completely washed away the work that was under progress in the head work and also changed the river courses thereby making the site unsuitable for construction of headwork. Due to that flash flood, the river had widened from 60 mtr to 180 mtr and Wire rope suspension bridge over Eze River had to be dispensed due to widening of its span from 300 mtr to 500 mtr. All these factors add together had made the tapping of water from Eme River and laying of raw water main up to the WTP not feasible.

Since then the department had been surveying all possible sources to find out a new source of water for tapping water supply to Roing Township. Proposal for tapping water supply from some permanent sources of water has been submitted to the higher authority for approval, informed Subhat Pertin, EE PHED.

As a stop gap arrangement and for making the WTP operational, seasonal waters from “900 Nallah” is being tapped to supply potable water to the Roing township, but the present source is not dependable due to insufficient discharge during winter season, informed Onyok Yirang, AE PHED.

The officials of the department pressed hard that WTP will come under full utility with its full capacity as and when the new project is approved by the authority and requested the member present to help pursue the matter with higher authority at the earliest. They also requested the denizen of Roing township to use the water judiciously citing non-judicious use of water as one of the reason for water scarcity in the township.    

The members of the DLMC unanimously assured to extend its full cooperation in getting the new proposal approved as early as possible. The members of DLMC includes Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson, Namo Linggi, Mibom Pertin and Anjite Menjo, ZPMs and HoDs of Work departments. (DIPRO)

 

The mystery of missing boy in Koloriang

Koloriang, Aug 12: 13 children between the age group of 8-12 were watching cable TV late night in the house of Nangram Tahik at Sotom Village in Koloriang on July 24. The time was around 11.30 pm. While all were deeply absorbed in watching a Sharukh Khan starrer Hindi film ‘Koyla’,  one of  the children Riya Niting, age about10 years old, came out to relieve himself  in the backyard of the house.

However, the boy could never complete the film. He suddenly disappeared only to return home after 6 days of ordeal in midst of thick forest near Koloriang.

The guardian and relatives of the missing boy combed and searched the entire area. All the nearby hills, jungles and banks of Kurung River were searched. There was no sign of the boy.

One of the guardians lodged a missing report of the boy along with photographs before the District Administration and police. Finding no clues, the helpless parents and guardians decided to go for the traditional practice of chicken liver test called ‘Ruhu’ or commonly ‘Mangal’. The ‘Ruhu’ or the ‘Mangal’ was done on the 3rd day of the boy going missing. The local priest (Nyibu), performing the ‘Mangal’ by chicken liver predicted that the boy was alive and that he will return home safely after few days. The ‘Mangal’ was then followed by a traditional rite, performed by the ‘Nyibu’, in which  2 pigs, 12 chickens and numerous eggs were sacrificed and offered for the safe return of the missing boy.

The chicken liver ‘Mangal’ performed by the priest proved correct. The missing boy Riya Niting returned home on evening of 30th July’2010 after 6 days, escorted by a BRTF mate. The boy was in shabby condition. He was naked, full of wounds of insect bites and scratches. He appeared hungry and looked somewhat abnormal in his behaviour. He was speechless too. The elders brought him inside the house and made him sit in the traditional fire place and comforted him. He was served with light food and warm water. After sometime, he appeared slowly recovering and returning to normalcy.

How did  Riya Niting disappeared on the night of July 24 from the backyard of the house? Was he abducted and where as he confined for 6 days? Did he eat? Questions are many.

If the missing boy Riya Niting is to be believed, on the intervening night of 24th July, when he came out of the house to relieve himself, two human being like creatures with thick hair in the face, dark in complexion, well built and tall, suddenly appeared from the dark and caught hold of his hands and escaped with him. His mouth was gagged and he could not shout for help. According to the boy, the abduction by the 2 unknown creatures was like a dream – moving at high speed, often feet touching the ground and flying in the air. He was lifted and flown away by the two unknown creatures over the nearby hill and thick jungles. From the hilltop, the boy was chased down and led to a river stream named ‘Sangma’ just down below the BRTF Jeevan camp,  3 kms from Koloriang. He was kept in captivity in a cave with thick jungles near the stream. Riya Niting was confined in this cave in midst of the forest and could not manage his escape, as he was guarded around by the unknown creatures.        According to the boy, he could remember and missed his parents in the initial days. He could feel the heavy rainfall and storm that was prevailing in the area. The boy was threatened not to attempt any escape or else he will be killed. The evil creatures could not be seen at day but only their conversation could be  heard. However, they could be seen at night as dark, tall with hairy faced human being like creatures.  The boy was stripped of his clothes. When he felt hungry, he used to dig wild roots, locally called ‘Takok’ and eat to control his hunger. In one occasion, he attempted to climb a  nearby tree to look around the place of his confinement. He climbed and from the tree top, he could see roads and few local houses. He could see and recognized the nearby ‘Tayeng’ village.

On the 6th day he escapes. As he came out of the captivity, he saw a helicopter in the sky over Koloriang. (The helicopter belongs to Army and was returning from Sarli after evacuation of a ITBP injured Jawan). On hearing the sound of the helicopter, the boy reportedly recovered some sense. He looked up in the sky and shouted for help. The evil creatures warned the boy not to raise voice or else he will be killed. However, the boy managed to escape and reached the Koloriang-Sarli road.

A BRTF mate saw the naked boy with full of wounds in his body. He escorted the naked boy to his house and handed him over to his guardian Nangram Takia on July 30 at 6.30 pm.

Who were the abductors- criminals or some unknown evil spirit? If the guardians of the boy or other members of society or the priest are to be believed, the boy was abducted by what is locally called ‘Yapam’ –an evil spirit or ghost with supernatural power and often indulge in lifting human beings from their habitation. This believe on existence of evil being prevails among all the ‘Abotani’ group of tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. The Nyishis called such evil creature ‘Yapam’, the Adis ‘Epom’, the Adi Galo ‘Yapom’ the Apatanis ‘Yapung’ the Tagins called ‘Yapang or Yapung’. There are no scientific explanations for the existence of such evil creature with supernatural power. The medical sciences often brush aside such events as probable case of cerebral malaria. However, there are testimonies and many living examples in the societies of these Abotani groups of tribes, who believe in the existence of such evils called ‘Yapam’.

 

Upper Subansiri bids farewell to H. K. Shalla

Daporijo, Aug 12: The officers and officials of DC’s Office, Upper Subansiri district bid farewell to Deputy Commissioner H. K. Shalla today as he has been given a new assignment as Registrar Cooperative Societies.

Shalla had joined as DC, Upper Subansiri on 4th December 2007.

Bidding farewell to the district, Shalla thanked all the officers and officials for their cooperation and teamwork in making his tenure as the DC of the district a smooth one. Saying that he had had the opportunity to conduct 3 elections in the district: the Panchayat elections, the parliamentary elections and the assembly elections, he thanked and appreciated the support and contribution of all in making the process a smooth and successful one. He hoped that the support he was given here would be extended to the coming DC too.

Ajit Abhayankar (IAS) presently the ADC Basar, will be taking over as Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri district. (DIPRO)

 

Posting of CO at Gangte demanded

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Anchal Samity member of Rai Raiga Anchal segment has demanded the state Govt for immediate posting of CO at Gangte circle.

The ASM Choki Tatung resented that the people of Gangte circle have been facing lot of administrative problems due to non-posting of CO till date.  The CO HQ  is defunct since last assembly election due to transfer of CO, the ASM said while regretting that state Govt did not pay  any heed to the letters submitted to administration during June last requesting early posting of a CO to the circle headquarter.

 

 

Painting competition

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Ministry of power, government of India has launched national campaign on energy conservation for year 2010. In this regard, ministry has entrusted office of executive director, Dibang and Tawang basin projects, NHPC Limited, Itanagar to organize painting competition for school children. The state level painting competition will held for students of class IV, V and VI.

 

RGU results

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the end semester examination-2010 results of MA in Education and B Ed. The result can be seen at www.rgu.ac.in

 

Kranti Diwascelebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Commemorating the 68th anniversary of Quit India movement ((Bharat Chhodo Andolan) the Kranti Diwas was celebrated by Lohit District Congress Committee at Tezu on Aug 9 last. Block Congress Committees including Chongkham also celebrated the Kanti Diwas with participation of large number of Party workers.  The celebration was organized to mark the 125 years of INC.

Karikho Kri, Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) and C.T. Mein, Parliamentary secretary (AH& Vety), all frontal wings party leaders and block party workers participated in the celebration and  paid tribute to the great freedom fighters.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, AUG 12: Nyishi Baptist Church Council has condoled the sudden death of late Sangha Tania of Parsi-Parlo yesterday, who was an Evangelist since 1987. NBCC has lost good shepherd of Parsi-Parlo Pastoral Range and an active worker of the Council, a message said.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 12:  Komli Jopir and Abhinash Panggam have been appointed president and general of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) Upper Siang district unit.

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