Silent prayers of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: This Independence Day people of Arunachal would like the state
government to give utmost importance to certain major issues which may change the
course of state in coming months. Issues like corruption, unemployment, dam and perennial
problem of refugee need urgent attention. This reporter spoke to many citizens who
on condition of anonymity poured out their heart on various burning issues affecting
the state of Arunachal. After doing lot of talking to many citizens, it has been
found that corruption and unemployment are the two major problems ailing the development
Matters concerning citizen most
* Mega projects.
* Refugee issue
With large number of young students graduating every year from various field, need
of creating job opportunities has become very important. At the moment students mostly
depend on government sector for employment and to a certain point this sector is
getting saturated. Also employment opportunity in government sector is slowly becoming
out of reach for poor and ordinary citizens. Nepotism, favouritism and corruption
are the new means of getting job in government sector. “Many of the departments never
advertise vacancies in public. Does it mean that these departments never hire? They
fill vacancies through backdoor policy and poor citizen like me, who does not have
political link and money, remain unemployed. Situation at the moment is very frustrating,”
shared one unemployed graduate. Corruption level has reached to such an extent that
today no work can be carried out without bribery. Many residents are getting agitated
with rampant corruption but they all feel helpless. “If a proper research is carried
out, am sure Arunachal will be the most corrupted state of India. Unless we have
independent media and judiciary, corruption level will increase more in coming years.
Also we need CBI in our state to pursue cases of corruption,” said a young citizen.
The second issue which is disturbing citizen most is construction of large dams across
the state. According to latest information, government has signed around 130 MOU/MOA
with private developers to construct dam over various rivers of Arunachal. Dam issue
has become very sensitive and emotional one, with section of society supporting it
while another bitterly opposing. No doubt coming of big hydropower developer will
generate employment avenues but constructions of many mega dams at one go may have
severe consequences on ecology. There is growing fear that government of India is
using dam as tool to let more outsider migrate into Arunachal, so that they can counter
Chinese claim over state by showing population data(More mainland Indians residing
and working in Arunachal will negate Chinese claim). “We are being made scapegoat
by central government. Just to counter China, they are letting hydropower developer
to build many dams in state. Also, once electricity is generated from these dams
it will serve purpose of big malls, shopping complex, offices and residential complex
of metropolitan cities,” told one citizen. He further added, “For each dam around
20 thousands worker are needed and of this around 15 thousand will be outsiders.
So, multiply 130 dams with 15 thousand? It’s a very scary situation. We will become
minority in our own land and soon our tribal culture will become a fairytale.”
Recent attack on group of Arunachalee at Diyun by Chakma shows how refugee issue
has become never ending matter. Most of the present generation Arunachalee have grown
up with Chakma issue and with each passing day are getting frustrated over this issue.
“I was four year old when, my uncle once came home late at night hungry and injured.
I vividly remember he was part of AAPSU movement against Chakma and was hiding in
jungle to escape police arrest as they were enforcing bandh call throughout the state.
Now am 25 year old and got married too but still Chakma issue has not been solved.
It seems both state and central government is not interested to come to a conclusion
on this issue,” spoke one young woman. She went on to add, “Today Chakma and Hajong
refugees have become majority in many parts of Changlang and Lohit districts. Every
year thousands of Chakma refugees are migrating into Arunachal without much trouble
and are virtually challenging state of Arunachal with their disregard for law. Tibetan
refugee in Tawang, Bomdila and Tuting are all getting schedule tribe certificates
and enjoying APST status.” Most of citizens feel refugee menaces need to be urgently
brought under control or else indigenous tribal’s of Arunachal may have to pay heavy
price in years to come.
People of state are keeping their fingers crossed with hope that this 64th Independence
Day will bring new era of development in Arunachal. They are silently praying that
development should be of equal one. There should not be discrimination based on region
Fading colours of Tricolour where it was first hoisted in NEFA
Mijum Nyodu and Ili Riba
The date: 15th August 1947. Place: Dipa (Dwpa) village, Siang District, NEFA: An
enthusiastic crowd gathers to witness the national flag being unfurled and celebrate
the Independence, just as Pandit Nehru was doing the same from the ramparts of the
Red Fort in Delhi. Freedom fighter and an activist in the then Assam branch of the
Indian National Congress, Moji Riba and Moje Riba along with the villagers unfurled
the tricolour and celebrated Independence. Historians say, this was the only place
and occasion in the whole region that was later to become the state of Arunachal
15th August 2010: Dwpa village, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh : As the nation celebrates
the 64th Independence Day the same old village will be quietly witnessing the same
ritual being repeated in the nearby government secondary school. In the foot of the
hills of West Siang district on the banks of river Singen, the occasion no longer
evokes that hope and response from the people. There is no emotion; the air of festivity
is lost. Freedom meant different thing to different people. People of Dipa has also
lately realised this. Gone are the British and there comes a neighbour to claim your
land just because the Inner Line is not properly demarcated. This poignant story
of the suffering of the people of Dipa village is too well known across the state.
It happens in almost all the foothill areas adjoining Assam. Not that public at large
is at war with each other in the inter-state border area constantly, but what pains
the people most is the attitude of the respective state governments - Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh. Encroachment on our ancestral land in the name of forest laws and all that
is happening every now and then. Police ‘outposts’ are being raised which bear billboards
announcing the ‘date of establishment’ way back to the seventies! Atrocities of the
Assam police on the people of the area is such that stories of their suffering will
make a Premchand story look trivial. So inured has the people become that news of
assaults by Assam police on Arunachalis appears as good as a weather news.
That it is this exploited lot of people that is defending the inter-state border
in right earnest seems to fail the conscience of the state government. It is here
the people are most aggrieved. While a sea of humanity dominates those landscapes
where once our immediate ancestors roamed about, cultivated, and collected posa,
we find it hard to even maintain whatever of land is left to us. With disturbances
erupting at a rate faster than the country’s birth rate, all the concomitant troubles
and responsibility falls on the shoulder of the locals. While top level civil and
police officials arrive at supersonic speed from across the inner line, only a handful
of circle-level officials arrive from the state government, that too after the harm
has been done. And the usual phrases like ‘status quo’, ‘subjudice’, ‘friendly relationship
since time immemorial’ is churned out by both the state governments. In the process,
it is we whose future is being sacrificed. A vast section of our youths are frustrated
and getting conditioned to be ready to fight and defend their land. We have lost
generations of youth from pursuing higher education.
Development benefits like PMGSY are not being implemented because there is confusion
as to which state should do it. Consequently, despite being in a region otherwise
conducive for development activities to come, the region remains one of the most
backward regions in terms of infrastructure. In many villages safe drinking water
and electricity are still a distant dream. These are tips of the proverbial iceberg.
And this happens to the same people who jealously celebrated the Independence Day
even when the neighbouring state witnessed complete ‘black-day’ and bandhs boycotting
such celebration. In one such incident, the villagers of Dipa took the help of the
army to conduct the same. There has never been a corresponding step from the state
government, much less an incentive.
While the eve of Independence Day opens an air of jubilation to many across the state,
the people who first celebrated it way back in 1947 are a despaired lot. Haven’t
the independence, modern education, and the structures of governance been instituted
to fool us around? Such are the thoughts that are informing the concerns of people
who once took pride in the fact that their leaders were decorated with the Tamra
Patras. The same tricolour will be flying this August also, only it will stoically
witness a different gathering bereft of a semblance of being independent.
Nonexistent mini stadiums find mention in I-Day speech
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: 12th Pakke-Kessang Collegian and University Welfare Committee
(PKCUWC) of East Kameng district today claimed that there exist no mini stadiums
at Devgolo, Ngoleko, Veo, Nangnyo and Tarayor in East Kameng district as declared
by Chief Minister during last I-day celebration.
The Chief Minister during last I day celebration had declared that department concerned
had completed construction works of Mini stadiums at the above mentioned places,
the committee informed and expressed shock at the false declaration at the historical
occasion. In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, the committee
claimed that except few existing playgrounds at Govt ME schools at Veo and Rilloh,
Pakke Kessang Govt secondary school, VKV school Seijosa and Baliso Govt ME schools,
no mini stadium exist as declared.
Pointing out the foundation stone of general ground Seijosa which was laid by the
CM on April 19 last, the committee armed with RTI papers, said that the department
concerned have no knowledge about the status of project.
Byaling lands at health centres unannounced
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Heath department employees of Lower Subansiri district could not
believe their eyes when they found the Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling
at the door steps of health Centres of the district on Aug 13. He was alone and
not even an official from the district or from the directorate escorted him when
he conducted surprise visit at the Yazali and Yachuli PHCs. However, District Medical
Officer S. Kakoti, DFWO, Dr. Nani Rika and Raga ADC, Taru Talo accompanied him during
his surprise visit at Boa Simla and Raga PHCs and Godak sub-centre. While interacting
with the medical officers and general public at Boa Simla and Raga, the minister
said this surprise visit was also a part of the process to streamline the health
delivery system. He pointed out that Yachuli PHC has surplus para medical staff
while some other centres have few or no staff.
Assuring balanced distribution of health staff he said, there is urgent need of balanced
posting of these staff to ensure proper delivery of health facilities to all parts
of the state.
To contain the epidemic like situation due to malaria and other water borne diseases
in some parts of the district, he asked the district health authorities to ensure
presence of all medical staff at their respective posting place. The minister also
asked the DMO to collect over 1500 impregnated mosquito nets from the Directorate
of Health Service and take all other measures to deal with malaria cases.
At Godak, the minister assured fund for sanctioned sub centre and asked the villagers
to locate and donate land at a proper place for it.
Regarding accommodation problems for medical staff he assured to take up the matter
with concerned MLAs to give priority to construction of Health sub-centres
and staff quarters from their MLA LAD fund.
Earlier, the minister was briefed about the present status of health delivery system
in the district in a meeting at Circuit house. Minister sought a detailed report
on all the health centres for streamlining the health delivery system.
DC Sadhana Deori, while briefing on health scenario of the district requested him
to give priority on construction of a sub-centre building at Godak for its remote
location from the district and huge feeder population including government employees.
Remembering the freedom fighters
JAIRAMPUR, Aug 14: Remembering the freedom fighters in a function held at Jairampur
School Auditorium, Finance Minister Setong Sena said that we should not forget
the sacrifices of all the freedom fighters who gave their todays for our better tomorrow.
He advocated appending the Mahatma’s vision of non-violence as the way of our life
and emphasized on the role of youths in nation building.
Sena further added that young generation must not concentrate only on monetary benefit
but should stress on character building to become a responsible citizen.
He lamented that inspite of attaining good rate of economic development; we are unable
to develop the thought of patriotism in today’s youths. Therefore, we should concentrate
to cultivate national patriotism and human value along with materialistic development
in a world of science, he added.
District Youth President James Jugli said “we have to learn from the past to meliorate
our future instead of depending on others or lamenting for the changes that we could
have made but didn’t.
He further added that ‘as a district youth congress president, I too have a vision,
a vision to enhance the graph of smiling faces by curbing their tribulations. I would
like to share my dreams with all the youths and I, honestly believe we can bring
the change, because we are the change’.
Ex-chairperson zilla parishad Izmir Tikhak also encouraged the youths to participate
in nation building.
Various schools of Nampong and Jairampur presented spellbinding patriotic performances.
The function was an initiative of the local administration to promote the significance
of Quit India Movement among the younger generations.
Don Bosco alumni reach out to jail inmates
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar in their efforts to reach out to the
Young People at Risk organized tree plantation and fruit distribution at District
Jail, Jully and marked the Independence Day celebrations. The tree plantation in
the district jail complex was led by MLA Techi Kaso.
Kaso spoke on the need to educate the youth so that they don’t end up in the situation
the inmates of the district jail are.
Don Bosco Alumni can do much in the form of prayer and awareness to spread this message
among the youth of our state”, said Kaso.
Vice Chairperson, AP State Commission for Women Mepung Tadar Bage, who is an office
bearer of Don Bosco Alumni thanked everyone for taking up the noble task of reaching
out to the inmates of the jail, the majority of whom are young people.
On the tree plantation drive she said, “Don Bosco Alumni would like to join hands
with the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and the Distirct Administration in their efforts
for a Green and Clean Arunachal.”
NSS orientation at NERIST
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: NSS Cell of NERIST held Fresher’s Orientation Program this morning.
The program was highlighted by tree plantation camp and motivational talks. This
year there are about 220 newly enrolled students volunteers.
Around 100 saplings of evergreen trees were planted inside the NERIST campus. The
saplings were provided by the Forestry Department.
While welcoming the newly enrolled volunteers of NSS, the co-coordinator, Dr. T.
Tiuthung elaborated on the motto of the NSS “Not me but You”. She also emphasized
on the role that has to be played by the youths in nation building.
State Liaison Officer, Dr. V.N. Sharma also talked on the occasion. He stated that
some section of the society regarded the present youths as careless and useless,
whereas he is of the opinion that youths are cared less and used less. He also stated
that education is complete with the sense of responsibility to the society along
with the knowledge earned inside the class rooms.
The newly enrolled student volunteers took a pledge to devote some of their time
for the service of the society, nation and humanity as a whole.
KKWS felicitates IPS officer
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Kargu Kardi Welfare Society felicitated former Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Raksap Yomcha, IPS, here yesterday.
Yomcha narrating his tale of dedication and sincerity towards his duty in the Police
Department urged upon the Govt. Servants to be more attentive towards their duty
and do justice to their post and position.
Taking strong exception of the members politicizing the Society’s Activities, Yomcha
felt that none is above the Society and each and every member must wholeheartedly
support the cause of the Society. Mixing the activities of the Society with Politics
was detrimental to the very cause of the formation of the Society.
KKWS Secretary, Dedu Poyom, while going through some loopholes and limitations of
the Society, appealed for support from its members for successful conduct of other
task in future.
Former Director of Education, P. Potom and the Former Director of Health Services,
G. Yomcha urged upon the younger officers of the Society to have compassion towards
its members, particularly to the students and the unemployed youths. Calling for
special attention towards the girl education and matrimony, they also warned all
to stay away from polygamy.
The other speakers included the Director, Panchayati Raj, B Gadi, General Manager,
Transport, R Ronya, Additional Superintendent of Police, Y Boje and Under Secretary
(Finance), G Yomgam.
The speakers urged upon the students and the unemployed youths to have a single goal
towards their study and hard work. They opined of bleak future for those candidates,
who are depending on political favours and back door entry. They also cautioned not
to pressurise the man in position for job without self sacrifice and hard work; for
the present days of RTI and Court refrains illegal appointments and favouritism.
In his Presidential Address, the President, KKWS, Dr. Rejum Ronya announced that
society would organize Medical Camps in the interior areas, Felicitation to the Meritorious
Student, and Financial help to the needy people for Medical Treatment and poor student
for Education. Stressing the clarion call of “Save Mithun”, he informed that KKWS
Executive Members has banned the slaughter of Mithun for any of its Official even
Police arrests absconding manager
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The Motor Vehicle Dealers Association of Arunachal Pradesh (MVDAA)
has lauded the police personnel of Naharlagun Police station for arresting the absconding
warranty manager of ‘Ave Maria’ recently.
The Association in a release said that based on the complaint lodged by proprietor
of Ave Maria, the police team led by SI M Geyi conducted a search operation and
succeeded in arresting the manager from Guwahati. The warranty manager had siphoned
off money amounting to Rs 10 lakh and has been absconding for the last three months;
the association said and demanded exemplary punishment for the accused.
Meanwhile, the Association appealed the various auto dealers of the Capital Complex
to strictly verify the identity of the employees and follow uniform policy in recruitment
of candidates in various posts.
Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament
MDFC continue winning streak
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: MDFC of Banderdewa drubbed Chimpu Girls Football Club (CGFC) 3-0
to carry on their winning streak in the First Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football
Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, today.
The Banderdewa outfit went ahead as early as in the 9th minute through Saraswati
Das’ fine kick from inside the ‘D’. Binita Khalkho doubled the score in 38 minute
with a fine shot that struck the right goal post and kissed the net. Saraswati completed
the drubbing by scoring the third goal a minute before the final hooter. The scoreline
could have been different had it not missed numerous scoring opportunities, including
a penalty kick that came in MDFC’s favour.
Both the semifinals matches would be held tomorrow and the final would be played
on August 16.
PWD Minister Nabam Tuki would attend the final day of the tournament as chief guest
while Tadar Yadir, Member, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women would be
the guest of honour.
Encroachment of school land
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The School Welfare Committee (SWC) of the Govt Hr school, Itanagar
has expressed concern at the rampant encroachment of the school land.
Meanwhile, based on the FIR lodged at Itanagar Police station, Town magistrate along
with police team inspected the encroachment site and took immediate action, claimed
the school captain today.
Meanwhile, Students Welfare Committee of the school prohibited use of school play
ground for driving practice and warned of penalty against violators of the prohibition.
Union organize district level essay competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Darshana Bagabel of Aalo Govt. Hr Sec School, Karter Kamsi of Govt
Nehru Memorial School, Aalo, and Mumyi Panor of Govt Hr Sec. School, Rumgong secured
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively at higher secondary level essay competition
on the topic “Global Warming and its effect”.
West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) with logistic support of the district
administration organized the district level essay competitions in three categories
on three different topics in order to explore the latent talent of the students of
the district at Govt Hr Sc School, Aalo on Aug 6.
At secondary level, Vedya Kumari, Govt Hr Sec School, Rumgong, Bomjin Yomgam, Govt
Sec School, Yomcha and Yomge Poyom, Govt Hr Sec School, Aalo won the 1st, 2nd and
3rd position on the topic “Changing Pattern of CBSE exam and its effects.”
On the topic “preservation of culture and identity” at middle level essay competition,
Gepi Loya, Govt Hr Secondary School, Rumgong and Terngam Gamlin, Govt Hr Sec School,
Yomcha snatched the 1st and 2nd position respectively. The 3rd position was jointly
bagged by Minkar Loyi, Govt Middle School, Pakam and Jumrik Tao, Likabali middle
All the winners of the competition will be felicitated at Aalo general ground, on
East Kameng gets treasury office building
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has inaugurated the permanent
treasury office building at Seppa today.
The long-felt desire of the people has been achieved with the inauguration of the
office building, the DC said in his addressed.
This is the first treasury building in the state completed so far, said Tope Bam
while exhorting the Treasury Officer to discharge duties with utmost dedication and
sincerity. No false bills should be entertained, if such practices are found the
administration will initiate appropriate action, he said.
On security measures of treasury office, the DC suggested modification of the Strong
Room. He also called upon the implementing agency PWD to look into the matter. He
also directed the treasury officer to persue the Govt. for construction of permanent
concrete boundary wall of the office.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Rizwan Arshad from Karnataka has been appointed as IYC secretary
and incharge of Arunachal Pradesh recently. Newly appointed Arshad will address the
extended meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress at its office at Naharlagun
on Aug 19 next. All the members from district, city, block level Youth Congress are
expected to attend the meeting.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Chimpu Urban Area Welfare Committee (CUAWC) has conducted a mass
social service under the theme cleanliness drive at Chimpu bazarline, Soriok, RWD
colonies, CWC, VKV, WRD Gazetteer complex today.