Bam inaugurates Kora circle office
PASIGHAT, Aug 04: State Chief Secretary Tabom Bam inaugurated the newly created circle
headquarters office at Kora in East Siang.
Local MLA and Minister WRD and Parliamentary Affairs, Tako Dabi and DC Onit Panyang,
government officers, public leaders, PRI leaders and citizens of 36-Nari-Koyu constituency,
Health & Family Welfare Anshu Prakash witnessed the inauguration.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary Bam advised the GB, public and govt
employees to be sincere and co-operate the govt for all round development.
He said that the name of Tene-Koyu has been popularly known since early past and
alongwith late Tamik Dabi’s name who is regarded as the founder of the development
of the area, a contemporary of late Daying Ering of the entire Adi and Galo belt.
The present rapid growth of development of the area is the contribution of Tako Dabi
during his four consecutive terms as MLA and Minister from the 36-Nari-Koyu area.
Dabi laid the foundation stone for construction of a new road between Kora and Mane
under CSA while the Commissioner, Health & Family Welfare, Anshu Prakash inaugurated
the eight-bedded PHC at Kora.
The commissioner lauded the local MLA, PR members and district authorities under
whose initiative various developments especially in health service could be taken
up in the district and Nari-Koyu area in particular.
The MLA of Pasighat East, Bosiram Siram said not only the development of Nari-Koyu
area but for the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh, Tako Dabi’s name is figured as
a senior MLA, Minister and party worker as true Congressman, who has contributed
to the development of the state.
Earlier the Ex-Anchal Chairperson of Nari-Seren block, Marbom Doye on behalf of Nari-Koyu
PRI members submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary demanding NEC road from
Tene-Koyu, second phase of NEC road from Koyu to Ego, posting of ADC/EAC/CO at Nari-Koyu/Kora,
Mega Drinking Water Supply Project at Kora, ambulance for PHC Kora among other demands.
Poor track record of Athena at Teesta III project in Sikkim
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Athena Power Company that has been given the right to develop the
massive 1750 MW Demwe Lower project in Arunachal Pradesh has a poor track record
going by the records. The same company which is one of the debutants in power sector
is developing the 1200 MW Teesta III hydropower project in Sikkim.
Teesta III Hydropower project: This 1200 MW project is being executed in Sikkim by
M/s Teesta Urja Limited. Teesta Urja Ltd is also an Athena Group company. The Expert
Appraiisal Committee (EAC) for the River Valley and hydropower projects of the Union
Ministry of Environment and Forests, in its minutes for the April 21, 2009 meeting
notes with reference to the Teesta III project, “It was seen during the field visit
that the excavated materials are dumped on the slope of the Teesta River without
constructing the retaining wall. There was every possibility of the excavated material
going down in the river with heavy rain, as the rainy season has already started.”
Such dumping of the excavated material is in complete violation of the Environment
Protection Act and also the conditions of clearance given to the project. The EAC
response was totaly inadequate, “The committee directed the project authorities to
carry out the construction of retaining walls immediately at all muck disposal sites,
before the actual construction takes place.”
Moreover in December 2008, the Central Electricity Authority of Govt of India observed
that Teesta Urja had made serious deviations from the approved DPR (detailed Project
Report) for the 1200 Mega Watts Teesta III project and this was brought to the notice
of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley and Hydro electric projects
of Ministry of Environment and Forests on January 1, 2009 by civil society groups.
This issue was discussed in the April 21, 2009 EAC meeting and the minutes note,
“changes adopted by Teesta Urja contravene environmental clearance accorded on 3rd
August, 2006, as per the recommendations made by the EAC and the project was issued
environmental clearance with a condition that:- In case of change in the scope of
the project, project would require a fresh appraisal”.
The Carrying Capacity Study of Teesta Basin in Sikkim by Centre for Inter Disciplinary
Studies of Mountain & Hill Environment (CISMHE), notes that Chungthang, the location
of the Teesta III project is one of the areas where high diversity of mammals, birds
and reptiles is found. Further, the conclusion of the CISMHE study (page 80-81) is
unequivocal, “Looking at the number of species of studied taxa and endemic exclusive
and endangered species of studied taxa, Zone III is very sensitive and if the development
project (stage-III) is executed in this zone (1800-2800 m, Temperate broadleaf forest,
near Chungthang), an irreversible ecological damage is expected with respect to biological
environs.” The report further says (page 210), the project would lead to loss of
biological “wealth which is unique to this region”. Shockingly, the EIA of the project
found no wildlife in the project area. It is clear that the EIA of the project was
of very poor quality.
It is clear that the Athena, which otherwise has no experience of building large
hydro projects, has very poor track record at the only place where it is building
a mega hydro project. Such a company cannot be trusted with the biggest private hydro
project of the country so far, that too in a pristine area and a state where a private
project of any magnitude is yet to be taken up.
35% for ST in JNVs and KVs
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Responding to a question from MP Takam Sanjay on reservation of
quota in Kendriya Vidyalays and Navodaya Vidyalays, Minister of state for Human Resources
Development informed that KVs in the civil sector have quota for admission of students
of Schedule Caste /Schedule Tribe communities based on percentage of SC/ST in particular
state to a minimum of 15% for SC and 7.5% for ST and a maximum of 50% for both categories
The percentage of reservation provided is 15% for SC and 35% for ST in the states
of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. The seats remaining unfilled thereafter
are de reserved with the approval of the competent authority. She further added that
reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled
tribe is provided in JNVs in proportion to their population in the concerned districts,
provided that in no district such reservation is less than the national average.
If there are no sufficient number of children of the SC/ST categories, the seats
are provided to the other category (SC/ST) and vice versa.
NABARD to host Rural Tourism Awareness Programme
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: NABARD is sponsoring an awareness programme on Rural Tourism in
collaboration with Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and a local
NGO, Young Mission Adventure Club, on August 6 at State Institute of Rural Development
The programme is expected to address issues on potentials of rural tourism, sources
of credit from banks, State Government policy, success stories from practitioners
and prospects and problems of rural tourism from people who have hands-on experience.
Arunachal Pradesh has a huge potential for rural tourism in the form of Homestay,
Village, Adventure and Eco-tourism which is hugely unexploited or under exploited.
The objective of the programme is to create awareness and explore the vast potential
in rural tourism and motivate and encourage the unemployed youth in the State for
taking up the activity as self employment and livelihood promotion avenues, said
Manager NABARD, Itanagar Regional Office K Veiphei.
About 30 participants will attend the programme. The invitees include unemployed
persons with tourism and hospitality certificates and people who have experience
in tourism related activities like tour operators, hotel and restaurant managers.
The resource persons will include experts from tourism sector, policy makers, hospitality
industry, banking sector along with successful entrepreneurs.
Director, Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh will inaugurate the programme
as Chief Guest and Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnique, Itanagar will be the guest
CM, Governor greet citizens on Raksha Bandhan
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and Governor Gen
(Retd) JJ Singh have wished the people on Raksha Bandhan.
In his message Khandu said “Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion as it replicates
a unique bond between a brother and a sister. While the festival strengthens the
sacred traditional familial ties, it spreads the message of love and universal brotherhood,
Khandu added in his message.
In his messages, Gen Singh has expressed his hope that the festival, which symbolizes
love, affection and mutual trust between brothers and sisters will usher emotional
integration and understanding amongst all citizens.
He hoped that the festive occasion would strengthen the endearing bond and help us
in our collective endeavour to work for well-being of all, it said.
AOA demands reservation while NCP takes on Tax and excise Dept
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) general secretary G Doke requested
the Director General of Police to re-advertise the recruitment post of SI Civil,
BN and IRBN while complying with the High Court Judgment to give 5% reservation to
meritorious APST sports persons.
The association said that if there is no re-advertisement indicating 5% reservation
for sportsperson within 15 days, AOA warned to file contempt of court against the
Meanwhile, Nationalist Youth Congress state president Daniel Teli strongly criticized
the Tax & Exercise department for misplacing the files of state’s meritorious sportspersons
meant for appointment under the 5% reservation.
He alleged that the files have been missing from the officer of Tax & Excise Commissioner
since one year whereas other files released together were available.
NYC further urged the state government to initiate stern action against the officials
responsible for misplacement of files of sportsperson.
Teli also condemned the Home department for neglecting the direct recruitment of
meritorious sports icons of the state.
The officials of the concerned department are intentionally hindering the file movement
for appointment of sportsmen in various reserved police service, he further alleged.
NYC hoped that Home department would ensure timely appointment of sportspersons without
Arunachal under NSAP cover: Byaling
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Centre has expanded benefit under National Social Assistance Programme
(NSAP) two more schemes which includes Indira Gandhi National Pension Schemes and
Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension Scheme through which widow and disabled person
will be granted monthly pension of Rs 200 per month and the state government is actively
considering to implement the schemes for the benefit of the widow and disabled person,
informed Industries, Textiles and Handloom, Trades and Commerce, Social Welfare,
Women and Child Development Minister Tanga Byaling.
Highlighting the achievement of his ministries after he took charge, he said that
various measures to protect the interest of women, child and old age people have
been taken, adding that the state old age pension scheme as introduced by the government
extending pension to aged person of 60 to 65 years has also been increased from Rs
150 to Rs 200. The monthly pension amount will benefit 28196 persons during this
year, he added. Besides, Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme which is basic
component of National Social Assistance Programme is also being implemented in the
state through which an old and infirm Arunachalee in the age group of 65 years and
above living below poverty line will be paid monthly pension at Rs. 200 for their
Till 2008-09 altogether 17500 beneficiaries have been covered under this programme
and during the current financial year the target is to cover 18000 beneficiaries
through this programme.
Besides, the government has granted an amount of Rs 10000 as one time financial
assistance under the national family benefit schemes to the next of the kin to the
deceased of the bereaved family in case of death of the primary bread winners of
Further, the Arunachal Recording of Marriage Act, 2008 has also been enacted and
under this Act, all marriage solemnized after the commencement of this Act in the
state in any form recognized under the personal law or custom applicable to the parties
shall be compulsorily in accordance with the Act. He appealed the fellow citizens
to register as and when marriage is solemnized.
School up gradation
ITANAGAR, Aug 04: Education Minister Tatar Kipa and MLA Kipa Babu have consented
to attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at the inaugural function of the newly
up gradated government higher secondary school, Polo Colony on August 6.
Continues saga of dependence on Opium
According to elder Arunachalis, opium has been an integral part of most tribal societies
in the state. It was used to treat different ailments at a time when concept of modern
medicine was yet to make inroads into our society.
Even over the years, though meager, when medical facilities finally arrived, opium
Menace was to stay and cause unthinkable tragedy.
The use has become so rampant that tribal societies in Arunachal have lost generations
to opium addiction.
This trend will not stop too soon and we would continue to lose our young men and
women to addiction unless some drastic steps are taken.
Once dependent, any addiction is hard to give up, more so when there is no support
from families and society.
Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) has for long followed the method of destroying
opium cultivations in Arunachal. Most of these were carried out in association with
Arunachal Pradesh government.
The CBN usually resorts to these short cuts because of increasing opium trafficking
along the Indo-Myanmar border.
As the demand for opium has been increasing among the people in the North East and
Myanmar and whole South East Asia more and more people are now involved in opium
Just destroying poppies is not the answer. The natives are smarter than authorities
are. In some areas, villagers walk for days to look for fresh cultivable land and
virtually make the mountains their home for months together.
In most of the cases, people do not resort to opium cultivation for self-consumption.
For them it is a business to earn livelihood. In absence of alternative livelihoods,
one cannot blame them.
The poor villagers sell opium at a very less price but peddlers and smugglers make
a killing out of it.
The government has taken note of the problem but nothing concrete has been done.
One time de-addiction camps and lectures does not help. Follow ups actions need
to be done.
After spending months in a de addiction centre, starting a new life takes a whole
lot of courage. This is where families and society need to step in. Government has
a larger role to play and ensure that these one time addicts do not go back.
Instead of treating it as an individual problem, it is about time we wake up to the
call. Most of the time, we take refuge in some form of addictions because of peer,
family and societal pressure. To come out clean from such an ordeal is a battle in
itself. It does not take much time to go back if the needed support is not given.
Over burdened respective governments have treated those dependent on opium as outcaste
and at the most set up one time de addiction centre haphazardly without much follow
This is when the Non Governmental sectors need to step in. Organizations that are
already working in the field need to be encouraged and strengthened by the government.
Financial support is needed as most de addiction camps have to be residential.
Drug enforcing agencies have been carrying out operations but they have not been
able to eradicate the problem.
No matter how strong the agencies are, unless an alternative source of livelihood
is given, people would always find a way out to make living out of selling and consuming
These people who look for solace in opium need help. Left with no alternative, they
look for easy way out. In a way, it’s a cry for help.
With many central policies coming up, it is essential that government reach out to
these sections of society. More so faced with a situation where it cannot do much
for its own people for want of funds.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is one of the ways to bail our people out,
if implemented properly withstanding the fact that this state figured in one of the
most ineffective in implementation of NREGA in the entire country.
It is about time, government and citizens and non governmental organizations take
responsibility before opium menace consume yet another generation.
National Environment Authority to be set up
New Delhi: Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the Government
was in the process of finalising the National Environment Protection Authority with
the responsibility to ensure that environment degradation was monitored.
Replying to a two-day discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the working of his Ministry,
he said the proposed authority would act as a regulator and take over this work from
Also, a National Green Tribunal would soon be set up. The Bill had been introduced
and would be going to the Standing Committee. By winter session, he was hopeful that
a green tribunal would be in place. UNI
ASU demands exclusion of villages
ITANAGAR: Adi Students Union have called on the government to exclude Sido, Detak,
Depi and Depi-Moli from the proposed Siang districts. It said that inclusion of these
villages to the proposed new district would weaken the crucial emotional bond and
harmonious relation of communities in the present East Siang district.
ASM demands restoration of road
ITANAGAR: ASM, 117-Khodaso, Pakke Kessang CD Block in a letter to Minister PWD and
Urban Development highlighting the grievances of the people said that people of the
area are facing transportation problems due to blockade of road from Seppa to Pakke
Kessang via Rilloh and Pijerang due to flood and soil erosion.
ASM appealed the PWD department to immediately restore the road.
ERO reacts to allegation
ITANAGAR: Reacting to news article alleging irregularities which were leveled by
Panchayat leader of Dirang, ADC/ERO Dirang said that it is baseless and concocted.
He said that procedures followed were as per rules in RER book 1960.
All allegations were leveled to torment the image of the entire government machinery
and its functionaries and are totally cooked up to conceal the hideous designs to
cover up unwarranted hooliganism. He appealed all those people who leveled charges
to sincerely educate themselves with rules and norms prescribed by ECI prior to alleging
As far as inclusion of 300 Bangladeshis is concerned, this office is amazed as to
where from the immigrants infiltrated when there are check points at several places
prior to reaching Dirang.
Is Arunachal is turning into a land of unions
Our young and beautiful state Arunachal is known as the Land of rising Sun but days
are not far when our state would be known as land of unions. Our state is thinly
populated with people but thickly populated with unions. It’s a good trend or not,
we the Arunachalis have to answer.
The business class of all sections, government employees etc would be in nightmare
when any pujas and new year comes. The word and sound of donation spreads in one
form or the other for all unions. Its great surprise to see many shopkeepers having
many calenders of same year in one shop but actually serving the purpose is one.
It’s being forcefully given or sold or accepted willingly.
We have many unions in state, but why so many are required? We can have limited unions
with quality leaders rather then have many leaders with no constructive motives.
Some say unions produce MLA’s and MP’s.
Agreed but we need only 60 unions for it (62 if we include the MPs), but we are having
more than 100 unions related to Arunachal.
Good union leaders won’t counter me rather they would analyze the fact and its future
consequences of unionism. Union leaders of Arunachal please love your state rather
then loving yourself. Let’s have limited unions which are constructive for people
and state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Congratulations to AAPSU
I would like to congratulate the president of AAPSU on its member becoming the member
of boundary committee. Since, this apex body now has power to interfere in the working
of three departments; I think the apex body has gained its real place from where
it can fight for the people of Arunachal Pradesh as a whole and for students in particular.
Common citizens are very glad to know that students will get an increase in their
stipend from green bonus.
Er Rajen Pudur