2011

August -  28

News Highlights

 

ZP meeting held

ITANAGAR, Aug 27:West Kameng district  Zilla Parishad meeting was conducted at Bomdila on August 25.

Presiding over the meeting, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson Logyang Rikhong said Zilla Parishad and other PRI members should be well aware of the 29 subject given in the eleventh schedule and should by very particular and judicious while selecting of various Gram Sabhas in the larger interest of all round development in the grass root level.

In his key note address B Dehingia ADC cum Member Secretary invited all PRIs members and development functionaries to take part in the proceeding of the meeting and requested them to put forward suggestions and interact in the agenda subjects.

While welcoming the members to the meeting Rinchin Tashi, Deputy Commissioner, West Kameng District reminded role and responsibilities of ZPMs and other PRI members as well as the govt. officers/officials for overall development and more particularly for the economic upliftment of rural people in the district. He also underlined the basic purpose of decentralization of powers to the grass root levels. Further, he advised DPDO, West Kameng District to work out one uniform calendar or schedule for holding Panchayat meetings at various levels so that the proposals at various Panchayat levels could be deliberated and finalized in sequence of time period and could be incorporated in the draft AOP of respective department and forwarded it to the State level in time. The meeting was also attended by ADC Singchung, Dirang, SDO Rupa and all other Admin Officers and HoDs.

Earlier, the meeting started by paying homage to former CM Late Dorjee Khandu. DIPRO incharge

 

Advocacy programme on RCH

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The MM Charitable Trust (MMCT) has organized an advocacy and awareness programme on reproductive child health (RCH) and pregnancy at Poma village today. Trust chairman delivered lecture on the theme of the  programme wherein all the five gaon burahs of different villages who were present there assured full support for the well-being of children and women. Large number of women from Poma village participated in the programme.

 

Forum appeals

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Arunachal Pradesh Human Rights, Juvenial Justice Forum has appealed to the state Govt to ensure proper distribution of stipend to the students studying in outside the state, particularly in Assam.  Claiming that the students are facing difficulties in getting the stipend on time, the  Forum said stipend should be distributed through deputy residential commissioner, Arunachal Bhawan Guwahati.

The Forum further said the Arunachalee students who are studying in various colleges of Assam including Veterinary College, Dispur are  being neglected and harassed and  some of the students  had already left the colleges due to favoritism being played in  institutions.  It  appealed the Chief Minister and Education Minister of the state to initiate dialogue with Assam counterparts in order to bring an end to discrimination to Arunachalee students.

The Forum also appealed the state Govt to take up the Assam-Arunachal boundary issue seriously. It claimed that many places in boundary area  within Arunachal territory from Bhalukpong to Deomali and others places like Likabai, Tarajuli, Balijan have been encroached by Assam and Arunachalee people living along the boundary area are facing numerous problems due  to  encroachment problems.

The Forum also lashed out at Central Govt for keeping mum on the alleged encroachment in border area by Chinese authority. The Forum  further   said that the Central Govt failed to  reveal the cause of late Dorjee Khandu’s chopper crash  so far.

 

Cars & bikes distributed under equity scheme

ITANAGAR, Aug 27:  Jiyo Aur Jine Do chairperson Toko Chokio and patron Byabang Yaji  have delivered  two numbers of free car to Karyir Ngomdir and Bomlu Nyicyor respectively for their outstanding performance in promoting micro saving in a simple function held here today. Nine free motor cycle have also been distributed to the  nine qualifiers for the equity scheme.

 

Land donors  seek contract works

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Claiming that the 31st Bn ITBP is going to construct its permanent camp at allotted 120 acres of land at Yupia, the Tigdo Yupia Contractors Association has urged the authorities to provide supply works to local contractors of Tigdo-Yupia as land donors.  Though the people of Tigdo Yupia had  donated 1200 acres of land for construction of  Papum Pare district HQ at Yupia, they did not receive any benefit from Govt side till date, the  Association said and appealed the ITBP commandant to  give first preference to Tigdo-Yupia people  for supply and contract works as land donors.

 

School coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: A coordination meeting of School Management Committee of the  Govt  Middle School, Police Colony, Daporijo and  teachers was held  at school premises today.

Addressing the members, headmaster of the school Tapen Konia requested all the new SMC members and teachers to maintain cordial relation for overall development of the school. While highlighting the problems being faced by the school due to non-availability of fund, the headmaster called upon the teachers to improve work culture and perform their duty with devotion.

Earlier, in his address SMC chairperson Tara Dui exhorted the teachers to play their active role in  shaping the career of the students as worthy citizens.   Dui also assured the house to  draw the attention of the DDSE towards numerous problems  of the schools and  also sought cooperation of parents and others in solution to problems of the  school. Teachers Nickle Nalo and Jenbi Doyom also spoke on the  occasion.

 

Free health camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Arunachal Vikas Parishad is organizing a free health camp at Koloriang, Nyapin, Passang and Sarli circles from September 2-7 next.

 

Peaceful dharna

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) is going to stage a peaceful dharna in front of Raj Bhawan on September 2 in support its demand to hand back NH52A road (from Banderdewa to Hollongi) over to BRTF.

The protestors would march towards Raj Bhawan from Legi Complex, Bank Tinali.

It claimed that the department of UD and PWD has miserably failed to maintain the road. In fact, it (the road) has gone from bad to worse after the department took over the road from BRTF, said ACCYWA general secretary Tai Rocket. He appealed to all to support the association’s demand and participate in the peaceful dharna.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Taku Misal and Kipa Simi have been selected as president and general secretary of newly formed Arunachal Against Corruption in a meeting held today at Naharlagun.

News Impact

Corruption brings youths to the street

 

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The infamous PDS scam is back to forefront with today large number of youths taking out protest rally from Akashdeep Market to Mopin ground questioning slow progress of the case. Under the banner of Youth Network Movement Arunachal (YNMA), larger of youths comprising of students from Rajiv Gandhi University, NERIST and ordinary citizens participated in the peaceful rally against corruption. They raised slogans against PDS scam, 2000 illegal appointments, construction of large number of mega dam, Apex Bank defaulters, illegal mining at Kharsang, NSCN issue and Daporijo mms scandal.

Many of the participants who are still pursuing education in various fields expressed deep concern over the rampant corruption in Arunachal. “If I turn right there is corruption, if I turn left there is corruption. Corruption is everywhere and in such a situation poor students like us see no hope for ourselves,” shared one student of RGU.

Despite extreme heat condition, the students were in high spirit and said this rally provided them an opportunity to express their anger against corrupt system of Arunachal. “Practically I cannot keep on filing RTI and cannot fight cases in court. So, using this rally we are here to show our anger and frustration to the policy makers. Enough is enough. We need to bring in changes otherwise future of this state will be very dark,” told another young university students.

 When the procession ended at Mopin, participants gathered and spent sometime together. While addressing the participants, Dr Nani Bath, well known political science professor of RGU urged students to unite together to fight against corruption. “Corrupt officers whether he/she belongs to any XYZ tribe should never be given shelter. If youths of this state unitedly stand together and raise banner of revolt against corrupt system, am sure some days Arunachal will become better to live,” said Dr Nani Bath.

 Bengia Reekam, one of the coordinator of YNMA also spoke in length about various corruption cases which affects the life of ordinary citizens of this state.

 

State mourns death of brave Arunachalee  jawan

 

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Pate Tasuk, a Lance Naik with Indian army was killed on 25th August at Kupwara under Baramulla district after encounter took place between Indian army and Pakistani militants. During the time of incident, late Tasuk was leading the team of 40 soldiers in search of Pakistani ultras who were hiding in the area. In the entire operation 12 soldiers were injured and late Tasuk became martyr fighting against enemy forces.

Hailing from Chambang circle of Kurung Kumey district late Tasuk had joined 17th Guard Regiment of 21 Rashtriya Rifle of Indian army on 17th March 2001. Son of late Pate Sala and Pate Yayir,  late Tasuk leaves behind a widow, one son and a daughter. His body was today brought to Naharlagun helipad in a chopper and was accompanied by officials from his regiment. The family members along with relatives received his body.

Surprisingly no officials from capital administration came to receive the body. “He died fighting for the cause of country. Home Minister, DGP and for that even capital DC or SP should have been present to receive his body as mark of respect to the brave soldiers. But what a shame, no one turned up at the helipad,” informed Pate Tayum, advisor of Arunachal Pradesh College Forum and also relative of late Tasuk.

 Meanwhile condolences are pouring in for the departed soul. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has deeply mourned the sad demise of Lance Naik Pate Tasuk of 17 Guard Regiment of 21 Rashtriya Riffles, Indian Army, who laid down his life defending territorial integrity of the country.

Conveying sincere and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and on his own behalf, Governor prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and relatives, he said. In his condolence message, Governor said, the death of late Tasuk reminds all of the extraordinary sacrifices made by people of Arunachal Pradesh in defence of our nation. On the arrival of the mortal remains of late Tasuk, a wreath was placed on behalf of the Governor, who is also a former Chief of Indian Army.  Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin too has deeply mourned the untimely and premature demise of L/N Pate Tasuk. In his condolence message to the departed soldier’s family, Gamlin said, “I am shocked over the tragic news of your husband, a great soldier of the nation laid his valuable life while guarding the nation’s border.

I express my sincere solidarity to the bereaved family members and also to the Indian Army for the loss of their brave man. He was indeed a true patriot who laid his life in the line of his duties for the cause of our motherland, Gamlin added. Meanwhile, the chief minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 Lacs to the family members of Lance Naik Late Pate Tasuk for his bravery and selfless service to the nation and the state.

The Nyishi Elite Society, CoSAAP, All Chambang Area Youth Forum and Laa Punglu Youth Association have also condole the sudden demise of late Pate Tasuk.

 

Govt urged to renovate damaged road

ROING, Aug 27: The approach road to steel bridge over Jia River at Parbuk was damaged by the flash flood during June this year. This bridge connects the village link road from Kabang, Iduli, Rukmo, and Abali villages to the Roing-Shantipur road at Parbuk village. It also serves as the main link road to cultivated agricultural fields for farmers of Parbuk village located around 21 km from Roing. It was informed that the damaged caused by the flash flood is posing as a great threat to approach road as well as the bridge if not restore immediately. The people appealed to the concerned authority for early restoration of the same. DIPRO

 

Siang valley remains cut off

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: With floods disrupting surface transport, the three districts of Siang valley are facing acute shortage of essential commodities and petroleum products.

Surface communication to three districts of landlocked Arunachal Pradesh--East Siang, West Siang and Upper Siang-- remained cut off from rest of the country for the 13th day today after NH 52, passing through Dhemaji district, was severed in several places by floods recently.

Floods washed away a large portion of NH-52 at Samarajan, between Gogamukh and Dhemaji, besides breaching a long stretch of the highway at Gainadi between Dhemaji and Silapathar.

The flood also eroded a long portion of the N-F Railway metre-gauge track in the same area.

This has badly affected supply of essential commodities like petrol and diesel and has caused spurt in prices of food stuff.

Adding salt to the wound, some unscrupulous local Assamese people are extorting money from the helpless motorists and common people in the name of helping them to cross the breaches. It is not allegation but a real fact that they charge upto Rs.5,000 at a time per vehicle in such case.

Although local Mishing people are often blamed for such illegal practices, but this time, no people of the community has been found involved in such bad practices.

A long stretch of the highway from Gogamukh to Ruksin gate is in worst condition since last one decade and road communication through it is snapped at several places in every monsoon causing untold miseries to the people of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The NH52 is the life-line for the people of the three districts as essential commodities are transported to those districts via this road.

Hundreds of trucks remained stranded for last many days as the road link snapped in many areas of NH52.

 

Balijan VKV student excel in state level science seminar

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Department of School Education in collaboration with BITM National Council of Science Museums-Kolkata, organized a State level seminar on the theme ‘Chemistry for human welfare-promises and concerns’ at Itanagar today.

Altogether, 14 participants from various schools of the state participated the seminar.

Osunam Pangam of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Balijan was adjudged winner of the State level Science seminar-2011, while, Jamlar Kojam Tungi of Eklavya Model Residential School (VKV), Bana and Sangeeta Das of  Intaya Public School, Roing bagged second and third prizes respectively.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, professor H S Yadav, Department of Chemistry, NERIST said: “The topic of Chemistry is universal in nature and is closely linked with every life form and its origin in universe” while highlighting on the importance of chemistry in human life. Giving detailed information on the topic ‘Chemistry for human welfare-promises and concerns’, Professor Yadav wholeheartedly lauded the participants for inculcating scientific temperament. However, he regretted over the lack of Power Point Presentation system during the seminar, which would have added more live to the presentation.

Yadav appealed the education department to impart knowledge on Power Point system to the students so as to make them ready for various national level competitions too. He also expressed concerned over less participations of students of govt school and urged the DSE to make it mandatory for every govt schools to send their representatives.

Director of School Education T Taloh emphasized on judicious use of Science knowledge for the greater interest of the humanity. He also called upon the students to develop scientific temperament to excel in life besides bringing laurels to the State.

Earlier, the participants presented their papers on the topic and highlighted on contributions of chemistry in human lives such as health care, agriculture productions, industries and social activities and also its ill effects because of its over exploitation as well as people’s negligence.

 

Missing children found, reunited with mother

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Much to the delight of Yaka Chetia (Mosing), mother of two children -- Sunki Chetia and Pinky Chetia who were reportedly missing from Hapotia Chetia Gaon under North Lakhimpur, Assam since August 23 last have been found this morning.  

However, all credits must go to one Tapu Soki who while doing a Good Samaritan brought the two children to the Itanagar Police Station this morning after seeing the missing news report which flashed in today’s local dailies and handed over them to the police.

When contacted, Soki who is an advocate by profession informed that he had found the children at Ganga Market near Sumo counter in abandoned state at around 8.30 in the evening on August 25 last. He then took them along with himself to his home at Forest Corporation, Chimpu where they stayed for next two and half days.

“Actually, I wanted to hand over the kids to the police instantly at that very evening but I thought if I do that many people would unnecessary take undue advantage out of them. So, I took them to my house and eyeing on the newspapers for missing report so as to hand over the kids to their real parents”. I even inquired them about their parents and relatives but they were not sure so I thought it was better for them to stay at my home until they find their parents, added Soki who also expressed happiness over the reunion of children to their mother this morning.   

While narrating the whole story the children informed that they wanted to go to Ziro actaully where her mother was staying but due to lack of money and confusion over the route they instead landed here in Itanagar in the morning of August 25 last. They wandered here and there to find one of her aunty who supposedly stays in Itanagar but all in vain as they couldn’t make contact to her. They even lost their mothers contact number and in the evening fortunately Good Samaritan Tapu Soki found them and took them along with him.  

Meanwhile, Yaka Chetia has expressed her heartfelt thanked to Tapu Soki and his family for their noble deed by bringing both kids to the police station besides letting them stay at their home. “Words are not enough to express my thankfulness to Tapu and his family for their help”, said Yaka adding that they are godly people and I would always be grateful to them for the rest of my life for bringing my daughters to the police station besides letting them stay at their home.

She also thanked the Itanagar police specially Sub Inspector D Bagra for immediately informing her about the finding of her daughters despite not having proper contact number and address and last but not the least she thanked the local newspaper for publishing the missing report without which she might not have got to see her daughters so early.

 

State level consultation suggests Spl provisions for NE in LARR bill-2011

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The state level Consultation on the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation  and Resettlement bill 2011 was organised at Hotel Dawnland here today. The consultation meet was facilitated by Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) in collaboration with North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC) Guwahati.

Tajum Taloh, Commissioner Land Management, Robin Hibu, IPS, DIGP, (Western zone), Er. Bora Ete, Chief Engineer, Trans Arunachal Highway, Director and Deputy Director of Land Management, MC. Behera, Associate Prof. RGU,  Dr. Tana Shawren, Associate Prof, RGU,   Dr. Tado Karlo, Associate Professor, North East Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) including civil societies groups and individuals  participated in the consultation.

Dr. Walter Fernandes, Director. NESRC presented an overview of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and new combined bill, Land Acquisition and Resettlement and Rehabilitation,2011  in the context of Arunachal Pradesh.  He spoke of the land ownership systems in the North East and Arunachal Pradesh that are different from what the bill envisages and asked that these be included in the bill.

 Earlier, Bamang Tago, Chairperson, Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) has extended welcome  to the participants and highlighting the  brief on the consultation.

After threadbare discussion, the house  suggested special provisions  to be incorporated in the Bill for North East India in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

The consultation found many positive points in the bill and termed it as an improvement over the Land Acquisition of Act 1894. However, members expressed serious concerns from the point of view of North East India in general and of Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

The focus of the draft bill is on acquiring land for the private sector (section 1A). That is for private profit and cannot be called a public purpose. Public interest, the greatest good of the biggest number in the community, should be the objective of the Act. All acquisitions for the private sector or for later transfer to the private sector have to be excluded from the bill.

The major area of concern is that the focus of the draft bill is on landowners, understood as individual or patta owners. An ownership document is rare in the North East, except in Assam. Even in that state only a third of the land is estimated to be having individual owners. The rest is considered common land though it is community land and sustenance of the tribe. The community has inhabited it for centuries but the present law treats it as state property. That is unacceptable in the North East in general and in Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

Most land in Arunachal Pradesh is community owned. The main form of cultivation in this state is traditional shifting cultivation known elsewhere as jhum. Section 2d of the draft bill speaks of land used for crops, horticulture, sericulture, pisciculture, breeding of livestock etc. The land use pattern in Arunachal Pradesh does not fall under any of these categories because these categories belong to individual owners and settled cultivation. Arunachal has a different system of livestock care. Grazing, hunting and gathering grounds are integral to such a habitat. In the community ownership system these functions do not fall in a separate category.

The community and individual owned land is managed according to the community based customary law of each tribe. The bill does not make provision for this situation. There is very little registration and documentation of land. The customary law and community ownership should be recognised by the bill if it has to be beneficial to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The SIA has not been defined properly. The earlier draft of the bill had included only the infrastructure in this category. It should include the impacts of the project on the culture, society, indigenous faith, society, economy, governance, and identity of the affected individuals, families and communities. It should also include the impacts on the environment, especially the biodiversity maintained by the community. These impacts should be quantified and included in the cost-benefit analysis of the project.

While there are large projects in Arunachal Pradesh, we see no reason why the rehabilitation clauses of this bill should apply only to 100 acres and more. Arunachal has many major projects but much of the land used by the project is community owned. As such it is not individually owned and may not come under the purview of the law. Very few projects acquire 100 acres according to the definition of this bill. As a result most Arunachalee land losers will lose out fully. It is, therefore, essential to recognise community over land, rivers and forests as people’s livelihood.

Similarly, it is not possible to identify irrigated or multi-crop land clearly. Most land in the state is irrigated by traditional means but they are not recognised by the bill. The traditional shifting cultivation land should be recognised as agricultural.

The prior informed consent of the prospective land losers should be obtained before acquisition. The people should be informed of the nature of the project before land is notified. The process of getting consent should be specified and should be mainly under the control of the gram sabha and consent of the persons to be affected. The meeting of the gram sabha is to be organised in the village.  

Compensation as given in the bill is totally inadequate for the land losers to begin life anew. The quantum should be increased drastically. The affected community should be given some shares of the enterprise whenever community land is used for the project. It should be over and above compensation. One job per family results in conflicts in the family. As such it is not acceptable. All the members of the affected families should be rehabilitated with a regular income.

Committees should not consist only of experts but should also include representatives of affected people and their institutions and of civil society groups. The bill should include modes of ensuring the accountability of the acquiring officer and of the requiring body.

The recognition of women’s rights is weak in the bill. Their rights should be recognised in the law. When land for land is given, it should be in the name of the couple. Compensation too should be in the name of the couple. Women and men should be trained for jobs and other benefits of the project. Single mothers, widows and divorcees should be given equal compensation. Too much power is vested in the deputy commissioner. Most of it should be transferred to the gram sabha and in their traditional institutions.

The urgency clause is not acceptable unless the time required is increased to not less than two weeks. Otherwise the state will be doing injustice to the land loser while trying to bring relief to the victims of disasters. The appellate court for the state resettlement and rehabilitation authority should be the high court, not the supreme court.

The Consultation further recommended that the safety audit should be conducted of projects like hydro-power. The people in the neighbourhood should be informed of the result every year.

 

DPS&CC launches 2nd phase of free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Keeping in the view the climate change  which leads to seasonal health problems and the water born disease followed by recent torrential rain, the Donyi-Polo Sports and Cultural Centre (DPS&CC) organized a 50 free medical camps at the Sports and Cultural Centres (S&CC) in the various districts of East Arunachal. During its first phase of medical camp, the Centre distributed free medicine to the needy persons.  The second phase of free medical camps will cover various districts of West Arunachal where the S&CC have been established.

The first leg for the second phase of free medical camps was launched from Naharlagun at Abotani Vidya Niketan Secondary School recreation hall at Pachin Colony today. Arunachal Vikas Parishad in collaboration with the DPS&CC distributed free medicines during the day-long medical camp. A medical team headed by Senior Medical Officer, Dr. D.K. Pathak of  AVP checked up 200 local patients and distributed free medicines to the villagers and students of the locality.

Earlier,  chief guest of the programme, Tai Tagak, founder member and former General Secretary of AVP  and also Chairman, School Management Committee, Abotani Vidya Niketan Secondary school launched the first leg of free medical camp with lighting the ceremonial lamp.

In his address  Tagak applauding the yeomen services carried out by the AVP has hailed the selfless voluntary services by a senior medical officer, Dr. D.K. Pathak in the rural Arunachal. He also exhorted the untiring efforts of the AVP for building para-Medical volunteers (bare footed doctors) for serving the people across the state.

Nabam Ruja, President, Donyi Polo Sports & Cultural Centre, Naharlagun gave welcome address and highlighted the objectives and activities of the Sports and Cultural Centres (S&CC). Hindo Taipodia, full time worker, AVP, Capital District gave vote of thanks.

 

Inter-district dance and art competition for students

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: All Tai Khampti Singpho Student ‘s Union (ATKSSU)  organized a inter school dance and art competition for the students  at Namsai on August 25 last. Students (Class VI and XII) from Lohit, Anjaw and Changlang district took part in the competition and exhibited their talents in dance and art.

Chief guest of the programme,  Chow Tewa Mein  praised the ATKSSU for creating such a platform  for students. The public of the area also highly appreciated the ATKSSU executives including its President Ch. Suphata Namchoom for bringing students together to expose their hidden talents. Innao Hr. Sec. School, Changlang district won the competition and walked away with cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and trophy as the first prize.

 

Capacity building workshop for ECCE volunteers concludes

ROING, Aug 27: Ten days Orientation cum Capacity Building Workshop for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) volunteers concluded at Anchal Samiti Hall here yesterday. The programme was organized by SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar in which 72 volunteers from  Lohit, Tirap, Changlang, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley attended.

The chief guest of the valedictory function Garima Gupta, Lower Dibang Valley DC was impressed by the performance of volunteers who presented varying kind of rhymes with action, puppet show and fine arts which they learnt during the orientation cum capacity building workshop.

She exhorted the volunteers to show more enthusiasm in imparting the things they have learnt to the children when go back to their respective centers which she hoped would be a more fun to share and teach these things to the small children of 3-6 years.  

As the nursery level is the formative stage of the innocent and delicate children, she urged them to impart humane qualities like love  and  affection towards one another, sharing and spirit of cooperation to their pristine minds which they would remember in the whole life. She also advised them to give attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of the children and maintain the same in the vicinity of the centre. She also assured them to write letter to the concerned authorities for consideration of enhancement of their honorarium.

Tanyang Tatak, DDSE exhorting the volunteers had urged them to do their job with sincerity and dedication saying that they are the first teacher for many children in their very first steps in school. Informing that the volunteers get a sum of Rs 1000 only per month as honorarium which is a minimal amount in present day context has however advised them not to be discouraged and do their job as a service to the mankind.  He also assured to take up the issue honorarium for the volunteers with higher authorities.

M Kamki, Project Coordinator cum State Project Coordinator, SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar, C Lowang, Lecturer DIET, Changlang, Sher Singh, Coordinator, IE Lohit, J S Mehra, Lecturer DIET Roing, J K Katihahr, Lecturer DIET Roing, K S Pathania, JT GHSS Roing  as Resource Persons imparted the training in various aspects like significance and overview of ECCE, Rhymes/songs for language development, puppet show etc.

The trainees said that they have learnt more than expected during the orientation cum capacity building workshop. Certificates of successful participation were also distributed to the trainees by the chief guest on the occasion. DIPRO

 

ACR lauds Anna for victory

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) has extended its congratulation to Gandhian Anna Hazare, the national crusader and his team for the victory of the movement on the Janlokpal which will fight corruption and ensuring better governance in the country.

In a release ACR Chairman Bamang Tago said his success  will also develop clear and tangible norms of functioning for all public authorities, offices and public servants throughout the country as a whole and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.  He also congratulated  and appreciated the people of state particularly the students of RGU, NERIST, DNGC, Bazar welfare Committee,  Youth Network Movement Arunachal(YNMA) and other organization for their voluntarily movements in support of Anna without any financial involvement which is first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh.  ACR appeals to the youth of the state particularly the student’s organization to keep up the same spirit against corruption in years to come for the greater interest of the younger generation.

 

APMC discuss important issues

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in a meeting yesterday discussed on issues like setting up of check gate at various exit points to record the quantum of agriculture produce flowing in and out of the district, construction of rural primary markets at some vital points of the district, issuance/renewal of trading license of APMC notified items by other organizations and 1 per cent cess collection of the total value of the notified items to be flown out or into the district.

Earlier, the meeting appointed Taro Tagia as vice chairman of the Committee.

The deputy commissioner, Papum Pare, Yupia, who is the chairman of APMC, emphasized on inclusion of officers from various departments, such as district veterinary officer, fishery development officer and assistant director of sericulture department as members of the APMC.

 

NERIST students celebrate pre-Solung

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The students of NERIST today celebrated Pre Solung festival at NERIST auditorium with much pomp and gaiety. The Solung at NERIST was jointly organized by the Student community of Adi and Galo studying here and equally participated with much fervour by the student’s community from different tribe of state and from other part of the country.

The traditional ponung with rhythmic foot taping dance was led by the KALING RASENG ponung troop from Itanagar. Adi modern dances were displayed by PG girls and by children of NERIST staff. Much to the delight of the festival onlookers’ Sarsing Gao Associate professor, (Dept. of EE) and Amar Taggu Associate professor (Dept. of Computer Science) also belted out song numbers. Taking part in the celebration as Chief Guest Kangir Jamoh, President Adi Baane Kebang(ABK) call upon the gathering to maintain ones rich culture and tradition by observing such celebration and expressed his happiness over the way festival was celebrated jointly by the Adi and Galo students. He said it’s the essence of time that the younger generation of the state carries forward the message of communal harmony and feeling of brotherhood.

Tobom Dai, Spokesperson AAPSU in his address as the guest of honor, said NERIST being higher institutes of repute in producing quality human resource, the whole of Aruanchal society in particular have great expectation and hope that its great legacy will be carried forward with more vigour. He also suggested the gathering that as young people and being future of the state, one must be open to ideas and the changes taking place in the society.  Drawing an example of the Youth Network Movement Group (YNMA) a group of youths which are spreading awareness on corruption in the wake of Anna Mania in the state, he called upon every one present on the occasion to give a lending hand to such noble initiative in their own small way.

The other highlight of the day was the reading out of Solung Mythology and the culmination of celebration with community feast.   

 

AMYAA and GeoEnpro Kharsang reach out to Aganwadi kids

ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) a Namphai-I, Miao based Non-Government Organization reaches out to the Aganwadi kids of Miao and Kharsang circles as part of campaign for Right To Education (RTE, Act, 2009).

The campaign started off with a simple but symbolic special programme for Aganwadi kids at Neotan Village Community Hall. A total of 65 kids from 3 Aganwadi Centres of Neirong and Neotan villages took part in the programme. The presence of Tanghum Mossang (GB Neotan), Thijung Mossang (Gram Chairman), Toiman Mossang and Nongkam (Gram Members)  and Aganwadi workers added much meaning to the event.

Tanghum Mossang and R. K. Paul Chawang, Secretary AMYAA distributed the stationery items and study materials to the kids. Thanks to GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd., Kharsang Oil Field for sponsoring the stationery items and study materials.

R. K. Paul Chawang in his message encouraged the village leaders and Aganwadi workers to motivate the parents in their respective villages to send their kids to schools. He further added that education is the key to all development, lack of education is the root cause of ignorance leading to backwardness and poverty. In the coming days AMYAA will be visiting the remaining selected Aganwadi Centres under Miao and Kharsang circles.

On 28th and 31st August, AMYAA will be organizing Book Keeping cum Bank-Linkage Training for 60 SHG members under Khagam CD Block, Miao through the support of NABARD RO, Itanagar. This training will aim at helping the newly formed SHG members to gain the knowledge and skill of proper maintenance of records and book keeping.

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