East Siang achieves a milestone in malaria eradication
PASIGHAT, Aug 01: East Siang district, hitherto considered as a malaria prone zone,
has achieved a milestone in eradication of malaria disease after implementation
of the centrally sponsored Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) in the
state. The District Medical Officer (DMO) of East Siang, Dr M Perme, who is looking
after the malaria department in the district, today said the NVBDCP implemented in
2006 with an objective to eradicate vector borne diseases in the state has been proved
to be successful in East Siang.
“Being the malaria prone area, East Siang district, bordering neighbouring Assam,
drew the attention of state health department and the department has accorded top
priority in eradication of malaria in East Siang besides West Siang, Lohit, Tirap
and Changlang districts. Despite various obstacles that came in our way, malaria
control programme proved to be effective in the district,” Dr Perme said.
The doctor claimed that district health authority achieved a major breakthrough
in prevention of malaria as only two malaria death cases were reported during 2010.
The figure was only one last year and no malaria death has been reported so far in
the current year.
According to Perme, enthused with the decrease in malarial death, the health managers
have given much emphasis on the implementation of the programme in foot-hills areas
of the state bordering Assam, including Sille-Oyan, Ruksin, Bilat and Nari circles.
Dr Perme further said that the district malaria officer has been regularly monitoring
the activities like DDT Spray and collection of blood sample in the malaria prone
areas of the district.
In 2010, a total 34,235 blood samples were collected from different health centres
of the district, out of which malaria parasite was detected in 3,754 including 1,923
Pv (Plasmodium vivax) and 1,838 Pf (Plasmodium falcifaram). In 2011, out of a total
28,687 blood samples tested, malaria parasite was detected in 2,435 cases including
1,160 Pv and 1,275 Pf cases. As such, blood tested in the district during July last
was 1,823 out of which 73 positive cases including 43 Pv and 30 Pf was reported.
The DMO further informed that a team of doctor from Shillong based regional office
(Malaria) has been engaged in the district. The team is now working at the selected
malaria–prone area along the Assam-Arunachal boundary. Their main objective is to
find out malaria left out cases by introducing AST medicines.
There are 21 health care centres including 15 Primary Health Centre(PHCs), 4 Community
Health Centres besides Pasighat General Hospital and 37 Sub-Centres in the district.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had introduced the NVBDCP in Arunachal
in 2006 after the state witnessed 194 malarial deaths during that period of time.
Civil society organizes peace march, demands justice for Tongam
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: The people of Aalo today took out a peace march in the township
in protest against attack on Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina
by unidentified gunman on July 15 last.
They displayed posters and placards reading “arrest the assailant, “we want peace
in Arunachal”, “Free Press for Free people,” etc.
Later, they submitted a memorandum to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent
of Police demanding justice for the journalist.
The peace rally was jointly organized by Karko Ao Welfare Association, All Ato Paktu
Ao Welfare Society, Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association, Aalo units of Galo Welfare
Society and Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Association, Aalo Bango Students Union,
Dego Panya Bogdo Rigo Youth Federation and business community.
Start recruitment process for 2nd Arunachal Scout Bn: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has urged the concerned
authorities to start process for recruitment of youths in the 2nd Arunachal Scout
Welcoming the news about defense ministry giving financial accord for raising of
2nd Arunachal Scout Battalion, AAPSU President Takam Tatung in a release today
said, “The battalion has been raised specially for tribal people of Arunachal and
therefore recruitment rally should be conducted inside Arunachal territory. “We also
appeal authorities to give advertisement in all local dailies so that local youths
get first all information regarding the recruitment,” said Tatung.
AAPSU also demanded the state govt to establish either IRBn or Arunachal Scout Bn
headquarter at Kathan under Lohit district. Tatung said “Kathan area has become centre
of anti-social activities with underground elements and Chakma refugees using vast
forest area to carry out criminal activities. Establishment of IRBn or Arunachal
Scout Bn headquarter is important for safety and security of local people.”
Meanwhile AAPSU has called on capital administration to provide fool-proof security
during North East Cultural Festival which will be held from 7th to 10th August at
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun. Participants from entire north east states will
join the festival. If any law and order problem breaks out during festival, it will
be embarrassment for entire Arunachal, AAPSU said. The Union appealed the capital
administration, particularly police department to maintain strict vigil during the
Clear the debris or face action: DC
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: In a much relief to the pedestrians and vehicular traffic, the
Capital Complex district administration in an order issued today directed all concerned
to remove building construction materials and debris such as sand, cement, bricks
and rods from the alongside the national highway 52A and sector roads within 15 days
of publication of public notice.
In its order issued under section 133 CrPC, the Deputy Commissioner said that dumping
of building construction materials along the road side causes unnecessary inconvenience
to the pedestrians and vehicular movement. It said due to scattered materials the
national highway 52 A is narrowed down and it increases the risk of accident. Further,
DC directed all the administrators of concerned area to take cognizance of the order
and ensure compliance of the same.
Meanwhile, DC gave a relaxation to Tata mobile pickup vehicles from its earlier ban
order which had restricted plying in Capital complex from 10 am to 12 noon and 5
pm to 7 pm. The administration now allowed them full-day plying of vehicle on Saturday
and Sunday on trial basis for a period of one month.
The decision came after representation submitted by Tata Mobile Welfare Association
demanding the lifting of ban.
PMA conducts mass plantation
PASIGHAT, Aug 01: The members of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) headed by the
President Onyok Tamuk and DFO (T) Bittem Darang along with forest officials conducted
a social service to clean the Bogong Park, near the Gandhi Chowk today.
They cleaned the park and the day enables different sections of society to come together
in the common cause of planting trees. Hundreds of tree seedlings, provided by the
DFO (T) were planted on the day.
The Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering and prominent leader Kaling Moyong also
joined and encouraged the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, the MP assured to provide additional Rs 15 lakh for completion
of the Bazar Community Hall from his MPLAD fund. Earlier, he sanctioned Rs 20 Lakh
for the purpose. The MP assured to provide one tractor to the bazaar committee which
would be useful to dispose off garbage with the help of DUDA authority.
Talking about the plantation programme, he appreciated the PMA members and the forest
officials for organizing tree plantation programmes in the town area. He said environmental
pollution is increasing day by day due to deforestation, a major cause of global
warming. More trees should be planted for a better environment to stop global warming,
The MP also expressed concern over the law and order situation of Pasighat and assured
to take up the issue with the Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki immediately. DIPRO
Tawang DC visits Mahabodhi Centre
TAWANG, Aug 01: Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen along with Guru Rimpoche,
Abbot Tawang Monastery and Brigadier J S Rajpurohit, Commander 190 Mtn. Bde, visited
the Mahabodhi Centre Tawang today.
The DC provided 500 Kgs of rice to the centre as promised by him during his earlier
visit on July 8. Lauding the efforts of the Mahabodhi Society, the DC mentioned that
the centre truly deserves appreciation, support and help from the society.
“People from different parts of the district should come forward and render their
service and any possible help for such centre,” said Lollen
He asked the DDSE and DMO Tawang to look into the aspects of the education and medical
related problems faced by the inmates of the centre. He further urged the staff of
the centre to work with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Later, the DC distributed indoor
gaming items and eatables to the inmates. This was the 2nd visit of the Tawang DC
to the centre that provides shelter, food and clothing to the elders and children
who are either orphans or just cannot support due to poverty. Guru Rimpoche, Abbot
Tawang Monastery, while blessing the centre, advised the residents to adopt measures
for achieving peace of mind. Prayers and meditation should be a part of their day
to day life. He further said that until one achieves peace of mind nothing in the
world can provide satisfaction to one’s life. He appreciated the DC Tawang for his
support to such centre and urged the staff of the centre to make optimum use of the
resources provided by the administration.
Brig. J S Rajpurohit praised the service of the Mahabodhi Society and the people
of the district for supporting the centre. He assured Indian Army’s help and support
to the centre in the future.
Later, they visited the dormitories, kitchen, recreation hall and the office of the
SP Tawang, DMO and HoDs of the district were also present on the occasion.
The Mahabodhi centre Tawang is a branch of Mahabodhi Society, Bangalore. It was started
in 2008 and located at a place called Teli, 10kms from the main town. The centre
provides shelter, food and clothing to less fortunate elders. It also provides hostel
for poor children from remote villages with accommodation, food and medical free
of cost. At present there are 10 elders and 25 children in the Centre, including
some from Blaiteng, one of the farthest and remote villages of the district. DIPRO
Arunachal Governor delivers H.L. Gupta memorial lecture at Jammu
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: A Leader should command respect of his sub-ordinates and should
have elements of surprise to succeed, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.)
J J Singh, while delivering the H.L. Gupta Memorial Lecture for the year 2012 at
Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER), Jammu on July 31. The topic of
the lecture for the year was ‘Leadership for Modern India’.
Gen. Singh said that for a nation to progress, right kind of leaders is required
at different levels, who understand the requirements of a growing country like India.
The leaders should have the capability to take decisions for the benefit of their
countrymen. He also exemplified the various traits a leader should possess in order
to lead from the front. Gen. Singh exhorted the youth, whom he called the ‘Future
of the Nation’ to build up their personal capacities and shoulder responsibilities.
While delivering the lecture, Gen. Singh, who was the chief guest of the occasion
and alumni of Institution remembered Late Professor H.L Gupta (1912-1983) whom he
described as a great son of the soil, a teacher par excellence, a great educationist
and above all a great human being who has been responsible for shaping the destinies
of his students including his own when he was a student of Model Academy, Jammu.
Singh enlightened the audience of the developmental process and progress of Arunachal
Pradesh and its potentials. He extended invitations to people to visit and experience
the pollution free pristine environment of Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier, Director MIER Dr. Arun Gupta introduced Gen. Singh as a third generation
soldier who rose to become the 22nd Chief of the Indian Army. Being the first Sikh
Army Chief and the first from the elite Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, he commanded
two infantry battalions and was closely associated with the planning and execution
of the Kargil war during his forty-seven-year stint in the army. Soon after retiring
as the Army Chief, Gen. Singh became the Governor of the sensitive State of Arunachal
Pradesh where he has been able to promote peace and brotherhood amongst the diverse
culture of the State.
Host of eminent personalities including the First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh, Anupama
Singh, numbers of serving and former army officers, members of the academia and civil
society, management, faculty and students of MIER were present on the occasion.
A small documentary highlighting the life and achievements of Gen Singh was also
shown to the audience. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)
Training on NFSM-rice imparted to PRI members & farmers
YINGKIONG, Aug 01: A group of officers and officials headed by ADO (Hqs) M. Ete
and S.K. Singh, AFS(Sr) conducted a meeting with PRI members and farmers of Simong
village to discuss mode of implementation of NFSM- Rice.
Ete, while addressing the gathering informed that a total of 250 units on Cluster
Demonstration has been taken up in the WRC field under NFSM rice, as Simong village
is having highest land holding of WRC spreading over 1000 hectre approx. Informing
that NFSM scheme is the basic support to increase the rice production, he appealed
to the farmers to cooperate the Department for successful implementation of the
Meanwhile, Dunggoli Libang, ZP Chairperson who was also present during the discussion
advised the PRI members and farmers to take full advantage of this centrally sponsored
scheme to increase the production of rice. He also exhorted upon the officers to
be sincere, dedicated and adopt habit of work culture as agriculture is the back
bone of farming community.
Totok Libang, ASM, Simong also spoke on the occasion and sought technical guidance
and suggestion from the department to bring self sufficiency in rice production.
Inter-alia, a training programme was also conducted in the WRC field as there was
report on outbreak of blast diseases in paddy and rat and pest infestation.
Singh imparted the training and advised suitable measures to control the diseases
and pest infestation. The control measures are being taken-up, he added. DIPRO
One-day orientation training program on Banana and Ginger cultivation
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) has organized a one-day Orientation
Training Program on Banana and Ginger Cultivation at the Conference Hall of Sagalee
IB on July 30. The programme was sponsored by NABARD Regional Office Itanagar and
around 50 trainees from 25 Farmer’s Clubs of Sagalee area were benefitted by the
In his inaugural address, Sagalee ADC Chuku Talar said the farmers are the backbone
of the country. He emphasized on the need of addressing all grievances of the farmers.
Earlier, the participant farmers submitted a memorandum to the ADC and demanded that
officers of line departments like ADO, HDO, EO credit and fisheries officer should
be available in offices all the time for the interest of the farmers. While responding
to the memorandum, ADC assured to look into their grievances.
Tech Ragi NNCS Project Officer highlighted the scientific method for cultivation
of Banana and Ginger which are feasible crop in the area. He called on the farmers
to approach KVK Papum Pare for gaining more technical knowledge and skill on
banana and ginger cultivation. He also gave some valuable business tips including
the concept of whole sale market.
DGM NABARD in his address to the farmers called upon them to improve the production
as much as possible and assured all possible help from the NABARD. We must support
farmers in their endeavour to improve the agricultural products as we all depend
on farmers for food items, he said.
Techi Bida, President of Rigo Farmers Club and trainees appreciated the initiatives
of the NABARD and NNCS for well-being of farmers in the area, according to an NNCS
Teachers posted at Borguli Hr Secondary school
PASIGHAT, Aug 01: Ending to the long demand for posting of efficient Junior Teachers
(JT) at Govt. Higher Secondary School Borguli to take the classes of XI and XII in
the absence of Senior Teachers due to non-sanctioning, three teachers for English,
Economics and History have been posted in the school this week.
A JT for Hindi was already posted around a month ago. A JT for the subject of Political
Science would be posted soon as assured by the DDSE.
The people of Monggu-Banggo in general and students and parents in particular have
shown thankfulness to the District Administration and the DDSE Pasighat for the same.
Director Elementary Education is also hugely lauded for posting a JT (Hindi) from
Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Intellectual Movements (SWIMs) of Mebo which has been
running pillar to post taking the peoples genuine demand to DDSE, DSE, Minister Education
etc, has further sought the Director School Education to revoke the transfer order
issued to lone Geography teacher (ST) of the school for the larger interest of the
public. The demand has already been placed before the DSE and Minister Education
through the local MLA Ralom Borang.
The SWIMs, while reacting to the education department's say on the issue that an
ST can't be sent to an unsanctioned school said, 'government should have thoroughly
analysed about the issue while upgrading schools. Upgrading several schools across
the state without proper sanctioning of teaching, ministerial staffs etc has jeopardized
the students’ fate to which the state government is solely responsible'.
ITANAGAR, Aug01: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
Raksha Bandhan greetings
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd.) JJ Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to all the people
of the State on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Thursday.
In his message on the occasion, Governor has appealed to the people to further strengthen
mutual love and understanding amongst the people. He also appealed for ‘Raksha’ or
protection of the prized flora and fauna of the State.
Governor has expressed his hope that the occasion will continue to spread universal
love and peace in the world.
“This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters,
but also transcends the confines of the family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists
of close friends and neighbors, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life,
where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters,” said Tuki in
a message from New Delhi. He expressed hope that this festival that has a universal
message, above all religious sentiments, would send a message of peace, harmony and
brotherhood amongst all members of communities of the state and usher accelerated
development in a congenial atmosphere.
Raksha Bandhan would be celebrated Thursday across the country commemorating the
full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan.
NMBA to provide fund for bamboo-based industry
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA), New Delhi has assured
to provide fund for establishment of bamboo-based small scale industry in Arunachal
Pradesh. The assurance was given by NMBA Director incharage and Mission Cordinator
Ajay Kumar to newly appointed vice chairman of Bamboo Development Board of Arunachal
Pradesh Yora Tagung in New Delhi yesterday.
The NMBA Director incharage and Mission Cordinator has also assured its full cooperation
for development of bambo based industries in Arunachal Pradesh, Tagung, who called
on the NMBA Director (in-charge) yesterday at New Delhi, said in a release today.
Earlier on Juy 26, Tagung called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and held a thorough
discussion on development of bamboo based industry in Arunachal Pradesh. Tuki also
assured his government’s full corporation for the development of bamboo based industries
in the state.
Rebia inspects proposed site of Doimukh College
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Development Nabam Rebia along
with deputy commissioner Papum Pare Pige Ligu and Tana Bado ZPM Doimukh visited the
proposed permanent site of Doimukh College on 28th July. During the visit, Rebia
interacted with local leaders of the area and school management committee of Doimukh
Higher Secondary School and also inspected ongoing RMSA project.
While interacting with the school management committee he assured to address the
water supply and infrastructural problem faced by the school. The Parliamentary secretary
also visited the JNV Doimukh and urged the public to cooperate with the authorities
while executing the works.
Later, Rebia along with Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr Tejum
Padu and Doimukh College Principal NT Rikam visited the temporary college campus
at Lekhi village and made an assessment of the college requirements.
District level Science Seminar held
PASIGHAT, Aug 01: Master Aniyang Pertin of VKV, Oyan stood first in the district
level Science Seminar on the topic “Mathematics in India- Past, Present and Future”
held at the Block Resource Center here today. He will represent East Siang in the
state level Science Seminar-2012 to be held in Itanagar.
Tani Talom, DDSE, while speaking on the occasion, said Mathematics is a full-blown
tool used in all sciences and discipline. Applied Mathematics is concerned with Mathematical
methods that are used in science, engineering, business, medicine, industry etc.
Mathematics is an integral part of most branches of Engineering, he added. The DDSE
further informed that India is celebrating 2012 as "National Mathematical Year" marking
the 125th birth anniversary of eminent mathematician S. Ramanujan.
The seminar comprised lectures by eminent academicians.
Among others, Principal VKV (Oyan) A Kumar, DPC RMSA T Jamoh, K Ering SSA Coordinator,
Vice Principal Telam T. Silay and KS Bisht (DRCSE ) addressed the seminar.
Thirteen students of Govt and private Higher Secondary schools of the district participated
in the seminar. DIPRO
ANYA seeks CM’s intervention
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has appealed the Chief Minister
to intervene and issue directive to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner to
rectify the criteria for land allotment in capital.
The association in a representation to the CM said that the Capital DC while taking
undue advantage of the recent cabinet decision, is asking ‘No Land Holding Certificate’
from the applicants under section 127 clause (i)&(ii) of the Arunachal Pradesh Land
Settlement and and Records Rule – 2002.
The Association further said “Section 127 clause (i) & (ii) are only meant for agricultural
workers and artisans, not for other section of the society who had already constructed
commercial and residential building at their respective occupied plot of land.
Residential Schools for dropout girl students in West Siang
AALO, Aug 01: The Residential Schools for dropout girl students of class V to VII
started functioning at different places of West Siang with the enrollment of students
at different schools at Pira Tirbin, Gensi, Kamba and Monigong.
The BRC’s and CRC’s of the respective area have been entrusted to monitor and supervise
the entire activities of the schools. The department has provided 100 cots, uniforms,
furniture, electric and water supply facility etc to all the schools. The West Siang
DDSE has recently inaugurated such Girls Residential School at Pira village in Tirbin
circle and posted a lady teacher as warden along with cook and a chowkidhar for smooth
functioning of the school.
BN FC beat Gyan FC 4-1
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: BN FC and Gohpur “A” won their respective match against Gyan FC
and Young Brothers FC in the 8th Independence Running Football Tournament at KV No
2 playground here today.
Kipa Bharat scored two goals while R. Ramching and Gangte Chape scored one goal each
for BN FC to beat Gyan FC 4-1. The consolation goal for Gyan FC was scored by Porjum
In another match of the day, Gohpur Youth “A” defeated Young Brother FC 1-0. The
winning goal was scored by Sangha Talo in 22 minutes..
Farm school established at Emchi village
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: A Farm School was established at Emchi village under Doimukh circle
of Papum Pare district today by Farm Information and Advisory Committee under Doimukh
Attending the inaugural function, Anchal Chairperson Nabam Vijay appreciated the
effort of the agriculture department and urged the farmers to take full advantage
of the technical knowledge and support to be provided by the Farm School. He further
pointed out that effective functioning of the Farm School would make a difference
in the farming practices of the local area and will improve the productivity.
Joint Director, Agriculture Department N Pertin shared the objectives and the goal
the Government is trying to achieve through institutions like the Farm School. He
also deliberated on the importance of the Farm School in terms of self-sufficiency
in agricultural produces in Arunachal Pradesh.
Many other officers of the Agriculture Department, Subject Matter Specialist (SMS)
from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nirjuli shared their views, knowledge and experiences
on the occasion.
Among others, prominent local public leaders and progressive farmers attended the
Prof. Gopinath Pradhan takes over the charge of IGNOU VC
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Prof. Gopinath Pradhan has taken over the charge of new Vice Chancellor
of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today. He was the Director
of School of Social Sciences (SOSS) of the university since the year 2010.
Prof. Pradhan joined IGNOU in the year 1993 as a Reader in Economics and became a
Professor in 1998.
60 years old Prof. Pradhan is a Professor of Economics who completed his MA and Ph.D.
in the subject from Odisha’s Sambalpur University in the year 1975 and 1984 respectively.
His areas of specializations are Development Economics, Industrial Economics, Public
Economics and Quantitative Economics.
Prior to this, he was associated with the National Institute of Public Finance and
Policy, New Delhi, first as an Economist and then as a Senior Economist, N.A.C. College,
Orissa as Lecturer of Economics, Sambalpur University as Research Fellow.
Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award for Maji
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern
Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli has been selected
for ‘Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award’ by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth,
a New Delhi based NGO for his outstanding performance and individual achievement
in his field of work. The award would be conferred on Maji on September 3 at New
Delhi during the 35th National Seminar on Individual contribution towards economic
and social development in presence of eminent personalities.
‘Refrain from calling bandh’
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Registering its protest against the 36 hours govt office and vehicles
bandh called by Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization on July 31, Papum
Pare District Youth Forum (PPDYF) today urged the organization to refrain from
calling bandh saying that bandh calls cause heavy financial loss. The Forum said
that in stead of giving bandh calls, the Organization should involve in some development
works like afforestation and fisheries, agriculture and horticulture activities.
Forum further viewed that action should be taken against government officials who
failed to attend offices during bandh hours despite heavy security arrangement.
17 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Is anyone empowered to ban RTI Act ?
While congratulating all newly elected office bearers of East Kameng Social Welfare
& Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), I would like to mention here that both Jabu Lapung
and Loga Tallong in their letters “Few Words regarding “EKSWCO conference” and “EKSWCO
conference was a mere confabulation of elites” respectively have rightly highlighted
the essence of the RTI. EKSWCO members must realize the need of RTI in the district
in particular and state as a whole.
We came to know that an agenda was moved in the EKSWCO conference held in July 21
and 22 regarding ‘RTI activities and its impact on society’ and surprisingly a resolution
was also adopted for banning RTI activities in the district.
Unfortunately, the speaker in the EKSWCO conference, who dared to speak against the
RTI Act and went on to argue that RTI activities had adverse impacts, was none but
a highly educated elite member of the society and senior government officer. He even
termed the RTI activists as blackmailers and the RTI a weapon of blackmailing.
The view of the speaker in the conference has not only misguided the EKSWCO members,
but also given wrong message to the people of the district and the new generation.
One wonders, if he is a clean government officer, why is he scared of the RTI Act?
Further, ethically, a government employee cannot go against Acts, like RTI Act, which
have been enshrined in the Constitution of the Country. It is unbecoming act on the
part of a Govt servant.
EKSWCO members may not be aware that there are corruptions in most of the departments
in East Kameng district and this is apparently the highest in the state. Corruption
is visible in all the projects and schemes here.
If the EKSWCO members are not motivated by some vested interests they should ponder
on these issues in the greater interest of people of the district. They should remember
that our RTI activist Payi Gyadi was conferred the Citizen Journal Awards by the
international News Channel CNN IBN. Gyadi belongs to this East Kameng District and
his dedicated efforts have unearthed many corruptions in the district. Many corrupt
officers and officials were punished and had their services terminated for their
misdeeds. The positive impact of this RTI is that, government officers and officials
have to think twice before indulging in corruption particularly in our East Kameng
I suggest, EKSWCO should take corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng
district. There are many schools in the district which are facing acute shortage
of teachers. This is hampering the growth of the students in the district.
We, on behalf of the Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) would like to request
EKSWCO to withdraw the immature resolution to ban the RTI activities at the earliest.
Chopa Cheda, President
General Secretary, ARTIAF
Recruit deserving candidates on merit basis
I would like to bring to the notice of the common people a fact that haunts me a
lot. It is regarding the recent selection of peon/chowkidar-cum-mali/LDC/UDC/lab.
assistant/attendant at Pasighat under Education Department.
The written exams of the above mentioned posts were held on 21st and 22nd April
2012. I thought that the recruitment would be a fair one as it took approximately
3 months for evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates like that of APCS
exams. Ultimately, the result was declared and the 13th day of July was scheduled
to be the date of viva exam. There was a ray of hope for a post graduate candidate
like me to be selected on merit basis. Few of my fellow candidates hoped for special
recruitment under departmental quota for they have been serving the department
for a long period in the status of contingency therein.
When the candidates were short listed, I was amazed to see that I have been dropped
from the list in spite of my qualification and proficiency, rather a few candidates
who were below the average during our school period and had been dropped out of school
a decade ago were selected. Thus, the hope for selection on merit basis has been
crushed. A few more candidates who have left the school in their early age were also
selected in place of those who are engaged as contingency for several years. Thus
the in-service (departmental candidate) quotas were also crunched to pieces.
Sometimes, I think I should file an RTI but I assume it is of no use for I realize
that the selected candidates are my own Arunachalee brothers. So let them serve the
state. As the adage goes - “Every dog has its own day”, someday, I’ll have my chance.
So congrats successful candidates, do keep going and serve the nation with your utmost
Last but not the least, I would like to appeal all the concern authority to recruit
the job seekers strictly on the merit basis. I strongly condemn the recent selection
process which has demoralized hundreds of aspirants like me.
EKSWCO never banned RTI activities
Apropos the letters published in your esteemed daily regarding the resolutions adopted
in the conference of the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO),
it is to clarify that EKSWCO never banned Right To Information (RTI) Act and RTI
activities in East Kameng district as it is understood that once Act is being enacted
no any Organization can put ban on it. So it is ridiculous claiming EKSWCO banned
RTI activities in East Kameng dist, rather EKSWCO being an apex organization passed
resolution to discourage using RTI as tools for personal and vindictive motive and
it appealed the activists to restrain and refrain from misusing it, as sometimes,
it seriously hampers the developmental activities in the district.
As regards to the education system of the district, it’s well-being, being the prime
objective of EKSWCO, we have already initiated the matter with the five Members of
Legislative Assembly of our Dist. and the concern authorities of the Department and
better policies are expected to be adopted soon.
Therefore, EKSWCO is pained and it regrets that members without attending the conference
and knowing the detail facts are making allegation on the organization on the basis
Further, EKSWCO invites its members for constructive suggestions and advices time
to time for the welfare of the Dist. EKSWCO also appeals all the members to come
forward and discuss any kind of grievances with Executive body of the Organization
at any given point of time before publishing the matters regarding EKSWCO through
Er. Takar Tachang
General Secy. EKSWCO
The foundation stone for construction of Greenfield airport was laid by the then
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at Karsingsa. The people of Banderdewa circle are
expecting lot from the Greenfield airport and they are against the shifting of airport
project to other location.
Therefore, I on behalf of youth of Banderdewa, appeal the AAI authority and state
Govt not to shift the Greenfield airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi.
Children need mother
Along with the rest of the world, the 20th World Breastfeeding Week is being observed
in our country from August 1 in order to promote the culture of breastfeeding.
Though there are numerous benefits of breastfeeding, global rates of breastfeeding
have remained relatively stagnant in the developing world, growing from 32 per cent
in 1995 to 39 per cent in 2010.
Experts believe that exclusive breastfeeding prevents diseases like diarrhoea and
pneumonia that kill millions of children every year. UNICEF Pacific Representative,
Dr. Isiye Ndombi says, breastfeeding is a precious gift of nature. It helps to prevent
a number of diseases in childhood and later in life. It offers protection from infections,
allergies and adult-life chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity,
cardiovascular diseases and cancer that rob the national budgets of millions of dollars.
No formula can substitute the importance of breastmilk for children’s survival, growth
and development. Also, the economic savings of breastfeeding are critical not only
for governments, but also for poor families who spend large parts of their incomes
on infant formula.
The 2008 Lancet Nutrition Series highlighted the remarkable fact that a non-breastfed
child is 14 times more likely to die in the first six months than an exclusively
breastfed child. Breast milk meets a baby's complete nutritional requirements and
is one of the best values among investments in child survival as the primary cost
is the mother’s nutrition.
World Breastfeeding Week provides an opportunity to restate the critical role of
breastfeeding in reducing child mortality. Experts say strong national policies supporting
breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in
the developing world each year.