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2010

August  - 14

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Steps taken for rapid growth of NE: Centre

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Centre has taken several initiatives for rapid growth of north eastern states, informed Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayansamy in the Lok Sabha on Aug 11.

When MP Takam Sanjoy sought details of steps taken by the Govt to increase the GDP growth in various states of North East during the Tenth and Eleventh Five Year Plan, V Narayansamy further informed that substantial amount of plan assistance have been provided to NE states during the 10th Five year Plan and the first four years of the 11th Five year plan.

Recognizing the need for special attention for faster growth, the North East states have been categorized as special category states for liberal plan funding, the union minister said. He further said that as special initiatives for the development of the NER, it was made mandatory to earmark at least 10 per cent of the gross budgetary support (GBS) of the Central departments for development programmes in the region.

On infrastructure development, Narayansamy said North East states have been accessing funds from the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) for speedy development of infrastructure. For improving the road, rail and air connectivity the concerned central ministers/departments have also taken up special programmes in the region, he informed. However, the Union Minister of State for Planning admitted that the growth rate of North Eastern region (NER) had been slow due to various reasons such as difficult terrain, transport and communication bottleneck, natural calamities.  Major infrastructure projects: Minister of State (Ind. Charge) for statistics and programme implementation Sriprakash Jaiswal informed that 49 projects involving more than Rs 150 crore are being implemented in North Eastern states under the monitoring of the union ministry of statistics and programme implementation. The minister further informed that major projects like construction of rail line from Harmuti-Naharlgun-Itanagar, Kameng Hydro electric project (NEEPCO) and Lower Subansiri HEP (NHPC) are being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Governor inaugurates renovated Geykar Sinyi

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Committed to his vision to take Arunachal Pradesh in the World tourism map, the state Governor Gen J.J Singh accompanied by visiting Vice Admiral of Eastern Naval Command Anup Singh inaugurated the renovated Ganga lake complex here today.

Geykar Sinyi, popularly known as the Ganga Lake near Itanagar has been given a facelift through various measures like cleanliness drive, lighting, water supply and security. The Command clearance diving team from Eastern Naval Command is carrying out all the hydrographic survey and safety measures of the lake.  Inaugurating the renovated Lake, the Governor, a strong campaigner of clean environment dwelt in length on the cleanliness and basic etiquettes to be followed at the places of tourist interest. He called upon the children from Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2 present on the occasion to be partner in promotion of tourism in the state and asked the teacher guides to motivate the school children and bring them to Ganga Lake on holidays to infuse the sense of adventure in them.

While appreciating the proficiency of the naval expert team, Gen Singh suggested for training on water skills for special force of police. With so many water bodies in the state and with respect to safety and security of the local people, he pressed for a team of expert personnel in diving and rescue operations and asked the Indian Navy to lend their expertise for capacity building of the people.

The Governor, while calling upon the department of Tourism to uphold the momentum of making the lake a visitor’s delight, directed it to update all the equipments including best quality paddle boats and providing proper uniform and equipments to the lone Life Guard cum Swimmer of the Ganga Lake to facilitate his duty. Need of one more Life Guard for Jote-Poma river, besides strengthening of security in the lake complex was also called for.

Advising Lake Caretaker Sama Dodum to put in a dedicated effort for upkeep of the lake complex, Gen Singh suggested him to procure paddle boats and other latest equipments.

Vice Admiral Anup Singh also put forth his technical suggestions to ensure the safety aspects in the lake.

Plantation of sapling by the Governor and Vice Admiral Anup Gupta in the Lake premises, release of fish seedlings by the dignitaries, besides demonstration by the Navy Divers were other highlights of the programme.

Caretaker, Dodum who is looking after the lake under PPP mode stressed on following the ‘Dos and Don’t’ as mentioned on the signboard by the visitors strictly, besides taking care of the cleanliness in the lake complex, awareness on the importance of life jacket while on boat ride, adding that negligence on safety measures should be avoided. Informing that the lake timing is 8 am to 6 pm in summer, while 9 am to 4 pm in winter, Dodum appealed the people to have a sense of ownership toward public property and avoid creating disturbances and nuisances within the premises.

Later, the Governor and his team visited the Bamboo Processing Centre at Poma and had a look at the works demonstration. There, Gen Singh stressed on use of bamboo waste through appropriate technology.

In yet another move to boost up adventure tourism, the team of dignitaries visited the ‘View Point’, named after him as ‘Gen J.J Singh Point’ by the locals at Jote-Balijan NEC road top, the middle point of Jote and Balijan. Assuring the public leaders of all possible help from his side, the Governor donated Rs 50,000/- from his salary to the local panchayat for construction of structures at the View Point and called upon them to materialize the work at the earliest. (DIPR)

 

Low CD Ratio in Lower Dibang Valley

ROING, Aug 13: The District Level Co-ordination Committee chaired by Deputy Commissioner Y.W. Ringu reviewed the progress of credit flow under priority sector in Lower Dibang Valley District on 10 August at Roing.  

The meeting was organised by  SBI  which is the Lead Bank for the district. Deputy Commissioner  said that

the banks have   to do a lot more as  the Credit -Deposit ratio in the district is  22% which  is much below the stipulated norm of 60%. The lending under agriculture sector which is only 13.50% is much below the national norm of 18%. She advised LDM and other banks to improve upon their performances to achieve   the Annual Credit Plan target of 2010-11 which is set at Rs. 191 lakh for the district.   

As per RBI guidelines, it is mandatory for the Lead Bank of the district to hold meetings for review of credit flow on a quarterly basis where various  line departments, banks and financial institutions.

S. Mazumder, Manager NABARD informed the  participants about various schemes and programmes  which can be implemented in the district for generating  income and employment for the farmers, educated unemployed youth, SHGs and Artsians.  He added that NABARD has already sanctioned Tribal Development Programme,  Rural Haats and REDPs in the district for the livelihood promotion. He requested DC to identify   good NGOs which can collaborate with NABARD for implementation of various promotional schemes  in the district.

Deputy Commissioner while appreciating the various initiatives of NABARD desired that a separate programme  may be conducted for the district with the help of LDM for promotional schemes of NABARD to create greater awareness.

 

NCC Naval Wing to come up in Arunachal soon

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The NCC Naval Wing will be set in the state of Arunachal Pradesh very shortly. While seeking the cooperation and technical guidance from Indian Navy for promotion of adventure tourism in various water bodies in the state, Governor Gen J.J Singh had called for introduction of NCC Naval wing in the state and pitched for setting of a Navy unit in the state from the nearest Headquarter during a discussion with the Vice Admiral Eastern Naval Command Anup Singh at Raj Bhawan here yesterday. Vice Admiral Anup Singh who is coincidently the first Navy Vice Admiral visiting the state, is on a three day visit to Arunachal.

The Indian Navy is unknown to Arunachal Pradesh; he said and requested the Naval officer for technical advice and training to the local people so that Indian Navy is projected in the map of Arunachal Pradesh. (DIPR)

 

AAPSU, ANSU and ACR hail Kurung Kumey DA crackdown on teachers

ANSU for equal distribution

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Kurung Kumey district administration which had cracked whip on erring teachers, uniwwitngly found itself at the receiving ends of accolades from All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, All Nyishi Students Union and Arunachal Citizen’s Right.

Opening a literal Pandora box’s, the District Administration  had carried inspection of various schools including the remotest villages in which it was found that around 40 teachers mostly SSA have not visited schools where they are posted for last 2 years.

The step taken by Kurung Kumey administration has been appreciated by citizens and student communities, as a major step towards cleansing ailing education department.

In a press statement, AAPSU President Takam Tatung lauded Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng and his team for initiating this noble step.  “AAPSU always believe that teachers are the most important section of society and if they do not perform their duty honestly, then future of the state is not safe,” said Tatung. He urged other district administrations to take cue a from Kurung Kumey administration and come down heavily on those teachers who are not honest to their profession.

“ If our students are to compete with the students of other states, we have to provide them best of education. I would request all authorities to at least keep education sector fair and clean, Tatung said.”

“We understand the fact that teachers, especially those posted in interior areas work in difficult condition. We value their contribution to the society but some of their colleagues are destroying their image and they should catch hold of such irresponsible teachers,” Tatung stated.

Further AAPSU has hailed Upper Siang District Student Union for their crusade against tobacco items being sold nearby school premises. Tatung also called up on state government to strictly implement anti-tobacco law and punish those erring shopkeepers who are openly found selling tobacco items to the students.

Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) expressed  that it was heart- rendering and shocking to know about the abysmal condition of the Govt. schools of Kurung Kumey district due to the absence of teachers in such a large number and for such long periods. Kurung Kumey is one of the backward district recognizes in the state legislative Assembly besides,   having lowest literacy rate in the country according to the UNDP Human Development report of 2005.  Hence, such huge numbers of teachers absent from school institutions has not only violating   the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 but also crime against the younger generation stated ACR Chairperson Bamang Tago.   

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) has demanded education department to take stern action against those teachers found absent from their place of postings. Education is the most important Govt. functionary department which generates human resource and quality citizens on which all round development of the state is dependent. The Union expressed dismay at the state Govt. for showing lackadaisical attitude towards the education department in the allocation of funds. The Union demands the state Govt. for prioritizing Education and Health sectors which are the foundations for the social development of the state in the SPB meets.

While appreciating the initiative of the Deputy Commissioner of Kurung Kumey district by personally visiting the various schools in the interior areas, the Union urged the elected MLAs, Panchayat leaders and district based students Unions to support the commendable move of the district administration. Expressing similar view with AAPSU, union urges the other district administration to follow the same line in the interest of the people as the success of the SSA is, to a large extent, dependent on Deputy Commissioner of the district as it being the Project Director of the Mission.

The Union further said that the appointment of SSA teachers has become a political weapon for the leaders and quality; and deserving candidates are not taken into consideration.

The Union opines that there would not be shortage of teachers if the teachers are equally distributed on need base. On the basis of the data, the highest numbers of teachers are posted in the capital complex and the district head quarters and most of them do not attend the schools and some of them take one class a day or in week. The report was already submitted to the Education Minister and commissioner.

 

Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament

MDFC humiliate CCGFC

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 13:  Riding on Binita Khalkho’s five goals, MDFC of Banderdewa humiliated CCGFC 8-0 in a lopsided match of the 1st Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun this afternoon.

The team opened the flood gate as early as the 3 minute through Binita. Thereafter, there was no looking back for team, who scored at will in the both halves.  On the other hand,  a demoralized CCGFC never posed any threat to MDFC in the entire match. Lakshmi Soutal (2 goal) and Saraswati Das (1 goal) were the other scorers.

In the day’s second match, Capital Complex Football Club pipped Chimpu Girls Football Club 1-0. The all important goal was scored by Bini Rema in 8 minute. The team could have won the match by atleast 2-0 margin had the team not wasted a penalty kick.

 

Millo Taking and Pakpu Soni walks away with top honours at Donli Riba Gaming Quest 2010

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: At the first ever Donli Riba Gaming Quest 2010, Millo Taking and Pakpu Soni walked away with top honours. Taking, a student of Class X of Central School emerged the champion at Tekken 5 while Soni took the top honours at Pro Evolution Soccer 10. Kethor Bui (Tekken 5) and Tumi Koyu (PES 10) were the runners up.

The state level video game open tournament was organized to commemorate the first anniversary of the passing away of Donli Riba, a gifted musician who also had a passion for gaming.

The winners were awarded a trophy each and prize money of Rs. 12000 each category while the runners up got a cash award of Rs. 9000 with a torphy. Though gaming has always been seen as a wasteful pursuit, the organizers have taken on the cause of the tournament to give young people a chance to show their skills in these two games. Donli Riba, grandson of former Chief Minister late Tomo Riba passed away last year prematurely after a sudden illness and the tournament was a way to celebrate the spirit with which he fought his illness and to promote positive thinking and optimism in youth.  

Added attraction of the evening was electrifying performance by equally gifted teenaged musicians.  There was a number by Gray Scale with vocals by Gimit, guitar by Daniel and drums by Sange and a poignant  medley by Iken Taba and Karge Loya on guitars and Sange Wangchuk on drums.

 

88 of the 103 3rd IRBn completes ITBP commando training successfully

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The 10th Bn of Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force, Kimin provided commando training to one coy of 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn).

A batch of 101 Jawans of 3rd IRBn. were included in the course. Of them only 88 could complete the course successfully and rest were sent back to their Bn due to different reasons, the release informed.

Addressing the occasion of course completion ceremony as chief guest, Arunachal Pradesh DGP Kamaljit Deol, appreciated the efforts made by 10th ITBP. She expressed satisfaction at that the standard of the training. She said that those trained commandos could now be trusted in every field and are now fit to serve the nation anytime, if required. Commandos were given training in various fields like unarmed combat, building, rock climbing, handling of explosives, VIP Security during moment and stick duty, identification of terrorists and destruction of their hideouts, securing any building from terrorists and to destroy them during the 62 days of training. Moreover, emphasis was also given in their mental and physical toughness.

Earlier, this course was inaugurated on the May 29, 2010 by Rajesh Kumar Tomar, Commandant, 10th Bn. After a initial zero week training, this course continued for 62 days without a break even on designated holidays.

This challenging task was shouldered on 10th ITBP by its zonal headquarter based at Shillong.

 

PBSU threaten agitation

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: With new academic session in full flow, it is non-availability of teachers in schools which is becoming new irritating issue for student communities throughout the state. In recent days, various student bodies has came out with allegation of teachers being absent from school and in major case schools running without teachers. Today Pushi Bango Students Union (PBSU) under Bagra circle, West Siang district, has threatened to launch democratic movements in the form of bandh calls if authorities do not post teachers immediately in the said circle. Union claim that many schools of Pushi Bango area is running without sufficient teachers and in this regard union along with local panchayat leaders has submitted a memorandum to the authorities but nothing has been done till now. The children of interior areas have equal right to education and authorities should immediately post teachers in Bagra circle, so that lives of poor children are saved. Union has placed certain demands like immediate posting of all subject teachers in government secondary school Bagra, posting of 5 primary teachers in all primary school of Pushi Bango dominated areas and release of fund for construction of sufficient teacher quarters in the area. If government does not respond to their demand by August 30th, union will launch first phase of 24 hour bandh in Pushi Bango dominated area from 2nd September.

 

IPR officers hail Pertin’s achievement

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The IPR officers have hailed the achievement of DIPRO, Onyok Pertin who has been conferred the prestigious Rashtriya Gaurav Award by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi for his outstanding contribution in the field of public relations. Pertin, apart from his primary duty of disseminating information, he has also contributed immensely towards socio-cultural development of the Adis in particular and of other tribes of Arunachal in general.

DIPRO, D.Bosai from Khonsa adds that such award to a PR person would act as a catalyst for other PR officers working under trying conditions in different districts of the state. He further adds “As is the wont of our country, awards usually do not go to the deserving person but in Onyok Pertin’s case he fully deserves the award for his untiring effort”. Bosai further says that Pertin’s achievement has raised the esteem of the IPR department in the eye of the public. Its worth-mentioning that though IPR department is the most important wing of any government, it is the most neglected in our state with poor pay structure and no scope for promotion to higher post. The contribution of the IPR officers is intangible like the work of engineers who have roads, buildings and bridges to show. Nevertheless, the immense contributions of IPR department cannot be underrated in the state’s onward march.

 

Cleanliness drive conducted on the Eve of I-Day

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Various district administrations and NGOs today conducted mass social services to give a fresh look to their respective district capitals and adjoining areas on the eve of Independence Day celebration.

A special sanitation drive in Bomdila township and its peripheral areas and a sector-wise social service were carried out involving the mass participation of the government officials, public and students besides the 763 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) stationed at Bomdila.

In Seppa township, East Kameng district administration led by DC Tope Bam conducted a mass social service. As a part of the social service all the Govt employees cleaned up their respective office compound. Bam personally visited almost all the offices and directed the officers concern to be prepared for the Independence Day.

More than 100 students under the banner of All East Kameng District Students Union (AEKDSU) also participated in the cleanliness drive.

The Bazar Welfare Committees (BWCs) of Banderdewa, Naharlagun, Itangar under the auspices of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries organized cleanliness drive to clean the entire market areas to give a facelift to the Capital Complex for the ensuing Independence Day celebration.

Hundreds of traders, downed their shutters for four hours in order to join the mass cleanliness drive. The urban development department pitched in with their trucks.

Large number of volunteers of Arunachal Orphans’ Welfare Association (AOWA), Auto-rickshaw Union, Gohpur Youth Association and IMWA members also took active participation in the cleanliness drive.

 

VKV Niausa School building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The doubled storied academic block of Niausa VKV  School was inaugurated by Thangwang Wangham, Parliamentary Secretary Urban Development today.  

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Wangham exhorted the student community to excel in their academic pursuit and the parents to cooperate with the school administration to bring the best out of their wards. “We need quality, not quantity”, he said stressing the need of discipline and moral character in shaping the future of the students. He also said that the entire Wancho area is lucky enough to have a VKV School within their reach and that they should make best use of the opportunity.

Executive Engineer PWD Longding Khoda Gyati, who was the Guest of Honour on the occasion also shared his views and experiences to the much delight of the gathering.

It may be mentioned that the School Building was sanctioned under the scheme- infrastructure development of VKV Niausa School’ from SPA fund with an estimated cost of Rs. 50 lakhs. The Contractor of the work Chaiwang Wangsu got accolade from all the witnesses for his excellent workmanship in construction of the building.

The programme was attended by ADC Longding, H. Ponglaham Advisor to Chief Minister, all the officers, panchayat leaders, chiefs and gaon buras of the sub-division among others. The occasion was marked by various cultural items presented by the students of the School.

 

Protect the originality of Solung festival

Dear Editor,

Solung is one of the major festivals of Adi community. The main concept of celebration of Solung festival is to worship of Kine-Nane, the goddesses of paddy and wealth, Dadi Bote, god of domestic animal, Doying Bote, god of wisdom and protector and Ute Poro, benevolent god/well wisher of human beings.

During Solung, we sacrifice Mithun, pigs and chicken with Agam Kepel to appease the Gods and Goddesses like offering prayers in temples, church etc for wellbeing. Solung, a ritual festival was celebrated in the villages only. But today, with the advent of modernization, the very concept of festival is being reduced to merrymaking with modern dance and extravagant preparation in every nook and corner where Adis are settled.

The young generations are rapidly forgetting the ethical values and sanctity of the festival but are celebrating with Apongs and modern dances without knowing the actual purpose of the festival. Youths of today neither try to listen and understand the Ponung narrations nor they dance and follow the Ponung tunes. They just make fun of it. If this trend is allowed to continue, one day or the other, the Solung festival will turn out to be a mockery as nobody will be able to tell about the significance of this festival. Now, this becomes a grave concern for all the conscious and elderly people of the community. As per the original practice of celebration, there is a social taboo not to go out to jungle and agricultural fields for certain days after having sacrificed Mithun and pigs. Now in the modern celebration, there is no such restriction nor there is a mind to realize the basic concept of celebration and to appease God and Goddesses for their blessings other than the drinks and dances.

This rapid change has caused me to feel that the elderly people of every tribe should try to celebrate the festival in true sense and guide their younger generations to understand the basic concept of festival with ritual along with merrymaking as this is not exception to Adis only. Every parent should encourage their own children to participate in Ponung, gatherings, meetings etc where the festival mythologies are being sung and narrated.

More importantly, the students who are studying in various colleges and universities outside the state should be properly trained as they are celebrating the festival in their respective places without knowing the basic concept of their festival. There is a possibility that our children will misinform other communities because of their ignorance. Therefore, I once again appeal to my fellow beings including young generation to have a serious thought over this unmindful speedy changing mode of celebration of Solung festival and try to protect the originality before it is converted into simply a merrymaking festival.

Yours,

Tani Jongkey

Secretary General

Adi Baane Kebang

 

 

True freedom?

Dear Editor,

Without being disrespectful to our freedom fighters, it can be said with certainty that there is nothing to be ecstatic vis a vis India's attainment of freedom and the existence of democracy. The exultation of attaining freedom was marred by the horror that struck hapless millions in erstwhile West Punjab and East Bengal. An entire generation was devastated and even today many families have not recuperated fully from that shock. It is sheer barbarism to gloat over the "freedom" achieved at the expense of numerous lives of our own countrymen --- or the victims of Partition.

Secondly, the "great" institution of Indian democracy  is exposed during the violent election process, by the pomp and gaiety during marriage parties thrown by political stalwarts, the presence of scores of bonded as well as child labour, "honour" killings and the tedious legal processes whereby a complainant often does not get justice during his lifetime.

Thirdly, India is united geographically, but the more relevant question is whether it is united within. The Indian polity is continuously being fragmented on the lines of religion, caste and language. It is futile to blame the politicians only since they are merely exploiting the fissures of mistrust and hatred existing between different communities.

Mahatma Gandhi is certainly a man to be proud of, but Indians have no moral right to pay glowing tributes to him. Reality has proved Indians are eminently capable of desecrating his ideal of Ahimsa. Introspection is therefore the only meaningful means of entry into the 64th year of India's independence.

Yours,

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata (On email)

 

 

Harnessing hydro potential is the need of the hour

Dear Editor,

It is very unfortunate that mega power projects, which will generate clean energy to meet the country’s energy need and change the face of Arunachal Pradesh are facing stiff opposition.

Here, we have to keep in mind that Siang belt constitutes of youths who are well educated and qualified. With these talented youths, the need arises to create scope and opportunities for them. This can be realized only when our natural and human resources are harnessed properly. Given these opportunities, the people of Siang belt are prepared to compete not only with the rest of India but at the global level too.

The infrastructure and all life sustaining facilities like roads, schools, hospitals, electricity, drinking water, railways, airways etc can be developed at par with global standard only if we harness our natural resources. We are in an age where distance and time have grown so small that we cannot shy away from the global community. We have to walk shoulder to shoulder with them.

Abor Hils People’s Forum stands for the voice of people of Siang but this is what should be the voice of Arunachal. River Siang is the lifeline for the people of Siang belt. The people have the liberty to harness their own resources and all these years, the govt of India had put huge amounts of money and time in developing our Siang belt. We have been looked after like a child. It’s our time to give back that we have received over the years. India has the right to use its resources to meet its energy deficiency and if it is Siang belt which has the resources, we are privileged to cooperate.

The political equation of Indo-China ties has its international implication but the people of Siang want to see a better tomorrow and be a part of developing India. The RR policy of the State Govt is appreciable. If there is any shortcoming, the affected people should come together and work out a solution amicably.

The AHPF would like to convey to the people, paranoid of the dam being damaged by natural calamities and the disaster it would cause, that all technical and proper measures will be taken care of. The Forum will always be with the would-be-affected areas, and would like to know from the State govt and the power company: where they are going to compensate and rehabilitate the affected villagers and whether the construction side is feasible for a dam and whether the first priority of employment to the people of dam affected areas will be given ?

Yours,

Ennong Ering (President)

Kaling Jamoh

(Gen Secy),

AHPF, Pasighat.

 

 

East Kameng flooded with ADEO’s, BRC’s and CRC’s

Dear Editor,

East Kameng district has 207 schools. To take care of these schools there are 11 ADEOs, 7 BRCs and 23 CRCs in the East Kameng district, whereas in other districts there are hardly four ADEOs. Most of the ADEOs, BRCs and CRCs are senior Science and Mathematics teachers who are badly needed by students and institutions at this moment to bring back the past glory of the schools. Shortage of subject teachers is common and irregularities are rampant. The authority has to act tough to manage adequate teachers to improve the education scenario.

In order to take stock of the present education scenario in Bana block and its monitoring system, the Sangcha Ajin Society organized a meeting at Bana Tourist Lodge on July 31. The meeting presided over by EAC cum BDO Wanja Ramdashow had witnessed the presence of MLA Tani Loffa, Govt officials, PR leaders, senior citizens and intellectuals.

During the meeting it was observed that volley of complaints were pouring in alleging improper utilization of school maintenance funds, irregularity in Mid-day meal schemes, lack of accountability and absence of teachers. In a quick succession, we found many loopholes in education monitoring system of the Bana block in particular and district as a whole.

To everyone’s surprise, East Kameng District Education Monitoring system is completely in a mess. Numbers of subject teachers are decreasing year after year due to retirement of senior teachers. Nonetheless, contrary to this, numbers of ADEOs CRCs and BRCs are rising day by day.

According to few public, ADEOs, BRCs and CRCs are not reluctant to ask for percentage of any funds or works without visiting work site. So it made easier for SMC/VEC and teacher to produce fake completion report without executing a work and cheat government plainly. Nutritional items usually being released during vacation period, God knows whom they want to feed !

Therefore, I would like to request the Education Minister and Education Commissioner to minimize the number of ADEOs, BRCs and CRCs of our district to improve the education sector and bring back lost glory of schools in the district.

Yours,

Kasung Cheda

Chairman

Sangcha Ajin Society

 

 

Silent Department

Dear Editor,

The department of agriculture has been silent over the years with no news of any recruitment policy. It may be due to gross anomalies by backdoor policies which are now becoming hottest trend of getting job in Arunachal. Agriculture being most important subject should be prioritized over other departments as food security is very important for a state like Arunachal, where we depend on everything from outside. The agriculture graduates are getting crowded over years with no new job opportunities being generated by state government. Every year students go outside Arunachal to pursue courses of Agriculture hoping to make career out of it.

Spending hard earned money of parents, students pursue courses thinking someday they could contribute something to the state. But it’s been six year since recruitment of agriculture development officer took place in Arunachal. What is stopping agriculture department from making new recruitments? Is it the shortages of funds or vacancies are being filled through backdoor policies?

The silent and ever sleeping department should wake up so that food security of state can be secured of save from corrupted officers mediated by corrupted politicians. Also I would request state government to stop sending students to pursue agriculture courses. Why waste precious time and money to pursue such course which does not have any future.

Yours,

An aggrieved agriculture graduate

 

 

No time for long letters!

Dear editor

I request you to publish selective readers view in Readers Forum instead of publishing those allegations and counter allegations of various individuals whose views are longer than you longest article. We dont have time to read Mahabharat like tales in the small A4 Size Readers Forum.

Yours,

Mibom Tayeng

Aalo

 

 

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INTUC for ration cards

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Following numerous complaints received from workers working in the state regarding denial of issuing Ration Cards to them by the card issuing authority, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) demanded the state government to issue Ration Cards to every Indian workers working in the state.

INTUC, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister claimed that Ration Card issuing authority is not issuing ration cards to the common people and poor working class even after submission of all necessary documents by the applicants. The memorandum urged for ensuring that ration cards are issued to the eligible persons in order to enable them to collect PDS subsidy items from Fair Price Shops and cooperatives.

Claiming that workers under various govt departments, semi govt sector, factory etc are not getting PDS subsidy ration items like rice, sugar, wheat etc. for the last several years , the memorandum demanded the government to give necessary directions the owners of FPSs/management to provide those items to the working class. It also demanded for implementation of voluntary retirement scheme for ALC.

 

ATA demands equal opportunity

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Papum Pare district unit of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) advocated for enrolling students, irrespective of weak or talented, in all the VKVs and Central schools in the district. In this regard letters of request are already submitted to the chairman and managing directors of all VKVs and central schools of Papum Pare district for consideration, said an ATA release.

ATA claimed that all these schools functioning in the district generally take only the meritorious students which resulted in increase of poor (weak) students in government run schools.

The ATA unit, meanwhile, urged parents and guidance to look after their wards for improvement of their overall performance as teachers alone can’t help in this direction.

 

Kurung Kumey DA hits back at teachers

Koloriang, Aug 13: The Kurung Kumey district administration has hit back at the teachers who had stated that administration was not releasing the salary.

“The fund for the SSA teacher’s salary was sanctioned by the State Project Director, Itanagar on 26th July’2010. The fund sanction order has been received in Office of the DDSE Koloriang on 10th Aug’2010. Approval for realising the 2 months pay for the month of April and May’2010 was accorded by the District Project Director, SSA, Koloriang on 12th Aug’2010 i.e. on the 3rd day of the received of the fund.

It is surprising that some association has made misleading press release that the pay of the SSA teachers have been unduly delayed in Kurung Kumey. The association should verify the fact before making such press release. Even the regular teachers have not received their pay for the last 2 months, as there is no continuity order from the Govt.

The association should desist from making such misleading statement in media in future, said Kurung Kumey DC Bidol Tayeng in a release.

 

Training on Handloom

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: A two months skill upgradation training programme under Handloom cluster was inaugurated at Craft Centre, Yingkiong yesterday by Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain in presence of officers and trainees.

Speaking on the occasion, Sain said that he was very happy that such training is being imparted in this remote district. He hoped that this will enhance the creative talents of the local weavers so that they can upgrade themselves and design the products.

He exhorted the trainees to take the training seriously and also to create awareness amongst the local weavers so that the skill is improved and quality products are produced. He hoped that the training will go a long way to a change in the society.

Earlier, ADTH G Tayeng informed that the Govt. has designed the scheme so that the tribal women, who are mostly weavers, will enrich themselves and develop new modified and upgraded designs so that the socio economic condition improves.

 

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Taget Taloh and Malik Tamuk have been appointed president and general secretary of East Siang district unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union. Suruj Ligu and Yado Riamuk (Aido) were selected as the new chairman and vice chairman of Upper Subansiri Collegian Co-ordination Committee (USCCC) of Dera Natung Govt. College respectively.

 

ATA unit’s conference held

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Kurung Kumey district unit of Arunachal Teachers Association held its 3rd general conference at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Sangram from August 11 to 13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Food and Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs Lokam Tassar and Kurung Kumey DC Bidol Tayeng attended the conference as chief guest and guest honour respectively. Local MLA Bamang Felix also attended the conference.

A new executive body of the ATA unit was also constituted in the conference with Tai Kaha and Ringu Takap as president and general secretary respectively for three years.

 

AMSU appeals

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) appealed to the department concerned to rush a team of veterinary experts immediately to tackle the disease which is spreading alarmingly among mithuns at Poi and Puyu panchayat under Mengio circle.

While drawing attention of the local MLA, circle officer and panchayat leaders of the area towards death of the precious animal and heavy financial loss incurred by the owners, the students union appealed to the authorities concerned for granting relief to the poor mithun owners.

 

CM assures help

ITANAGAR: A delegation led by Lankham Wangsu, chairman, vigilance cell, DCC(I) met the Chief Minister recently and appraised him on deplorable condition of Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur road which is the life-line of Tirap district. The Chief Minister assured the delegation that work on KBJ road would be taken up.

The delegation comprising Wintung Bosai,Manne Homcha Lowang and Rianlang Bosai beside Lankham Wangsu also called on Finance Minister Setong Sena, Horticulture Minister  Honchun Ngandam, Speaker W.Lowangdong and Tirap MLAs and appealed them to impress upon the state government to repair and restore the KBJ road which is in shambles by sanctioning sufficient funds for the purpose. (DIPRO)

 

Solung

YINKIONG: Upper Siang is gearing up for grand celebration of the ensuing Solung 2010. The Festival will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Adis.

Besides the various cultural programme the central Organising committee is going to organize a Miss Solung Upper Siang contest and Musical Nite.

 

Smart Class

ITANAGAR: First Lady of the state Anupama Singh would inaugurate the ‘Smart Class’ and ‘Language Lab’ of Delhi Public School, Itanagar to mark the independence day on Aug 15. The Education Commissioner Hage Khoda will attend the pgoramme as the guest of honour.

 

DD up linking

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 13: The local programmes of Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar will be up-linked to the Satellite and relayed by all the High power Transmitters (HPTs) and Low Power Transmitters (LPTs) located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh with effect from Aug15.

This will enable the viewers of the state of Arunachal Pradesh to view the local programmes transmitted from Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar.

 

Waitlisted candidates meet

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Waitlisted candidates to the post of J/T (S.St/Hindi) and A/T (A) gathered today at I.G Park, Itanagar to discuss their resentment over delay in giving them chance to serve the State as Teachers.

During the meeting the members formed “All Arunachal Pradesh J/T & A/T Wait-Listed Candidates Forum” with J. Panyang and Nabam Raja as President and General Secretary respectively to head the Forum.

 

ARPA calls for transparency

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Arunachal Registered Pharmacist Association (ARPA) has appealed to the Directorate of Health Service (DHS) to advertise various posts of Pharmacists in newspapers to maintain transparency in recruitment. Lauding Directorate of Prison for advertising post of pharmacist, association believe such transparency by holding open interview provide fair chance to everyone.

 

Fresher’s Meet

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS) is going to celebrate ‘all tribe festival cum fresher meet’ at Shillong on Aug 28. .

Union will organize quiz and debate competition, cultural programmes and sports activities. ASUS in a press release stated that main aim of the celebration is to showcase rich tribal tradition of state to the rest of the world and to develop sense of oneness among Arunachalees.

 

Field days

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Upper Subansiri organized “Field days” programme on oilseeds and pulses at Kuporijo on Aug11-12. Around 20 farmers attended the two days programme.

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