Govt to review subsidy policy on agricultural inputs
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: One of the main promises of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki came true
today. Finally, Arunachal Pradesh has adopted its own State Sports Policy that envisions
a complete facelift to the sporting arena of the state.
The State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Tuki this morning, has approved
in-principle the comprehensive first ever Sports Policy of the state that would be
implemented by the department of Sports & Youth Affairs.
Having enormous sporting talents who have brought laurels to the state in recent
times with the limited resources it became imperative on part of the government to
adopt a vibrant and pragmatic Sports Policy of Arunachal Pradesh – 2012 which would
provide adequate incentives to sportspersons and boost sporting events in the state.
The Chief Minister has already announced to increase reservation of jobs under sports
quota, especially in the state police and sports department, from present 5% to 10
%. Further, under SPA a sum of Rs. 20 crores has been sanctioned for development
of sports infrastructure across the state while Rs 2 crores has been announced to
hold sporting activities at the Panchayat levels all over the state. The government
also plans to construct Mini-Stadium at various locations in the state.
Many states across India have enacted laws or enunciated guidelines for regulation
of sports in public interest as State Sports Policy. Tuki, immediately after assuming
office of the Chief Minister, had declared to adopt a pragmatic and uniform Sports
Policy for broad based sports activities in the state so that people from different
parts of the society get a fair chance to show their talent at grass root level besides
providing beneficial recreation and fostering social harmony and discipline.
The main vision of the Policy is to make Arunachal Pradesh a vibrant leading edge
state in sports arena through target oriented action plans to release funds meant
for the State Sports Associations and the State Olympic Association for diverse activities
including coaching, training, counseling and participation at various levels of tournaments
and championships of all sports disciplines. It aims that by the year 2030 the basic
pre-requisite need of infrastructure and necessary technical back-up for development
of sports and youth activities will be fulfilled in all districts, sub-divisions
and block headquarters.
Besides creation of infrastructure and technical back-up, the Policy also provides
for higher incentives to meritorious sportspersons and maximum opportunities and
benefits to indigenous youths. A pension scheme for welfare of distressed sports
persons has also been incorporated in the Policy. Special focus is also laid on promotion
of sports amongst girls and the physically challenged.
Another significant decision, amongst several, taken by the Cabinet today was on
review of existing subsidy policy of agricultural inputs during the 12th Plan, which
it has accepted to do so.
Following a government order, the Agriculture department had been bringing down the
level of subsidy for agricultural inputs progressively over the years. However, the
Government is of the view that in order to promote diversification of agriculture,
subsidy on costly inputs is a must. Further, the need to rationalize the extent of
subsidy on chemical fertilizers and pesticides for their restricted use and avoid
indiscriminate use and thereby maintain soils health was also felt necessary.
Despite the fact that the annual growth in crop sector has been maintained at 4.3%
as against national level target of 4% during the 11th Plan (2007-2012), the State
Cabinet observed that any reduction of subsidy from the existing level may be detrimental
to the farming community who are totally dependent on their farm income.
Governor for an ICAI branch in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh inaugurated
the two-day national conference of Chartered Accountants, at Guwahati on August 10.
In his inaugural address, General Singh spoke on the important role of Chartered
Accountants in the present economic scenario and the challenges before them in the
globalization era. He advised the Chartered Accountants to adhere to the established
standard and ensure uniformity in work culture adopted by the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India (ICAI).
He said that finance is the backbone of any economy and financial statements are
the report-card about the state of financial affairs. Any organization’s success
or failure is measured from its financial health which in turn can only be judged
from its financial results. The chartered accountants provide the necessary assurance
about the correctness and fairness of the results given in the financial statements.
The audited or certified financial statements are relied upon by end users including
the Government for taking decisions and formulating various policies. This reliance
is based on the assurance given by the Auditor, the Chartered Accountant.
Governor added that the chartered accountants, in their role as internal auditors
also play a major role in preparation and presentation of the financial statements.
Taking the opportunity, the Governor requested the Institute of Chartered Accountants
of India to organize orientation program, General Management & Communication Skill
Training, Information technology Training and Coaching in Arunachal Pradesh. He expressed
his hope that with sincere efforts of ICAI, many of Arunachalee students will be
encouraged to join this esteemed profession. Emphasizing on special counseling in
the State, he also requested them for special concession for Arunachalee students
during admission, he added.
Informing that Government of Arunachal is going to set up educational institutions
under the PPP mode and the State Assembly unanimously passed the Indira Gandhi Technological
& Medical Science University (IGTMSU) Bill, 2012 and the Arunachal Pradesh University
(APU) Bills, 2012 paving the way for setting up of private universities, the Governor
called the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to join hands in spreading
the light of education by opening a branch in the State.
Inviting the members of ICAI to support the socio-economic efforts of the State Government
for the cause of Arunachalees, the sentinels of our country, the Governor also gave
a brief on the development progress of the State and hydropower and tourism potential
of the State.
Vice president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Subodh Kumar Agrawal
dwelled in length on the impending changes in economic legislations and reporting
standards. He also spoke on empowering the Chartered Accountants with consistent
up-gradation of knowledge to meet the challenges arising out of such changes. Agrawal
highlighted on the role of Chartered Accountants in the Nation building and economic
The conference with a theme ‘Manthan-churning opportunities’ is being organized by
the Guwahati branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
Guwahati Branch Chairman Naveen Garg informed that during the four technical session,
the Chartered Accountants will have brainstorming sessions on Direct Taxation, Taxation
of Subsidies, Indirect Taxation, Taxable Services, Cenvat Credit Rules, Accounts
& Audit and accounting standards.
Along with Director (Finance) OIL T. K. Ananth Kumar, Chief General Manager, SBI
NE Circle Rajnish Kumar Chairman, EIRC Prasun Kumar Bhattacharya and office bearers
of ICAI, large numbers of Chartered Accountants, student and people from other professions
attended the inaugural function. PRO to Raj Bhawan.
Sub-jail starts functioning at Khonsa
KHONSA, Aug 11: Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC and SWWCD Yumsen Matey inaugurated
the Sub-Jail at Khonsa today.
Speaking on the occasion, Matey appreciated the Deputy Commissioner for completing
all the required infrastructure to enable him inaugurate the Sub-Jail which had been
a long-felt need. He said that a jail was a place for reformation of the jail inmates.
He lauded PWD for completing the construction work on time.
Police alone cannot control crime without the full support of the public, he said
and requested the district administration to strictly check use of alcohol and opium
in public places, especially in Khonsa township. He further said that Tirap was fortunate
to have a young and energetic Deputy Commissioner, who is leaving no stone unturned
to usher in unprecedented development in the district.
Local MLA Kamthok Lowang, in his speech, appreciated the DC for expediting the opening
of the Sub-Jail and asked all the officers and public to co-operate with the district
administration and the police to make Tirap a crime-free district. He was full of
praise for the district administration and the Police for bringing about a tangible
change in the law and order scenario in the district.
Tirap DC Sachin Shinde announced that PS Matey has assured to sanction funds for
improvement of the approach road and for providing cots and TV set for the guards
on duty. He also said that the Lowang would arrange funds for barbed wire fencing
around the jail complex.
The DC appreciated PWD and all the line departments for accelerating the process
of making the Sub-Jail functional. ADC Metcha, EE,PWD Er. Sitem Borang, HoDs, DSP
and Panchayat leaders attended the function.
Earlier on the day, a mass cleanliness drive was held under the aegis of the district
administration in the Khonsa township in which officers, staff and public participated.
Local MLA Lowang and the DC personally supervised the cleanliness drive. DIPRO
Police clueless on murder of policeman at Pasighat
RUKSIN, Aug 11: The Ruksin Police is still clueless about the mysterious death of
Samuel Koyu, a head constable. The police have not yet picked up or arrested any
person in this regard. Even the police are unable to know the cause of the cop’s
Late Samuel was a native of Detak village under Nari police station, served as head
constable (Telecom) at Sille Police Out Post in East Siang district. He went missing
on July 30 and his lifeless body was recovered from jungle on August 3 last.
Police sources said that the deceased family men were unaware of Samuel’s death due
to communication gap. He was reportedly left Sille OP without leave from duty on
that evening and went home at Depi village by riding on his motor cycle along Ruksin-Debing
PWD road. The miscreant/s had also taken away the motor cycle after killing him.
Talking to this reporter, Officer-in-Charge of Ruksin Police Station Opir Paron today
said that police were still clueless about the mysterious death. “We did neither
receive missing complaint from the victim’s family, nor were we aware of the facts
before the deceased body was recovered. We recovered his semi-decomposed body from
the jungles and sent it for post mortem. The actual cause of death and any other
foul plays, if any, can be ascertained only after having the post-mortem report”,
the OC said.
Police are continuing investigation of this case (Case No- 12/2012, U/S- 302 of IPC).
Message has been sent to various police stations informing about the registration
and chassis numbers of the TVS motorcycle.
Health authority gears up to fight ‘unknown fever’ in E/Siang
PASIGHAT, Aug 11: East Siang District Health authority has appealed residents not
to panic over outbreak of fever of unknown origin (FUO) in and around Pasighat township.
The Joint Director of Health Services, the State Surveillance Officer, Naharlagun,
Nodal Officer, NRHM, Naharlagun and the health officers of East Siang district held
a meeting here today to discuss on the cases of FOU in and around Pasighat town which
is on the rise since mid-June this year.
The district health department is gearing up efforts to investigate and control the
FUO which is likely to be a vector born one transmitted through infected mosquitoes,
the officers opined after they held a threadbare discussion.
The public are requested to protect themselves from mosquito bite by using mosquito
bed net while sleeping. They further suggested people to visit the nearest health
centre for examination in case of any doubt.
The District Medical Officer has instructed all the medical officers, staff of CHCs,
PHCs & SCs not to go for leave and those who are on leave are also directed to report
for duty in their respective posting places.
A Committee of doctors has been formed to look into the fever cases by Jt. DHS, (T&R),
Pasighat. Under the leadership of Dr. B. Apum, MD Microbiologist, 118 samples have
been collected and sent to ICMR Dibrugarh for investigation. The District Surveillance
Unit under the administrative control at DMO Pasighat is working round the clock
to control the outbreak.
The rapid responds team of the district surveillance Committee under the chairman
of Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District have also been alerted and kept ready
to combat any untoward incident.
The meeting was attended by Dr. T. Taloh, JDHS (FW), Naharlagun, Dr. L. Jompa, State
Surveillance Officer, Naharlagun, Dr. Padung, Nodal Officer, NRHM, Naharlagun, Dr.
M. Perme, DMO, Pasighat, Dr. T. Talom, District Surveillance Officer, Pasighat, Dr.
K. Tatin MD, Pediatrics, Pasighat. DIPRO
IYC foundation day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Lok Sabha Youth Congress (LYC), Western Parliament, Arunachal Pradesh
celebrated the 43rd Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Foundation Day at Daporijo on August
Power (Elect) and RD Minister Tanga Byaling, Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara,
Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Secretary, in-Charge Arunachal Pradesh Indrani Mishra,
APCC general secretary Tachu Hina, APMCC president Yari Dulom, Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Congress (APYC) president Tadar Niglar attended the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Byaling advocated for active participation of youth in
politics saying that youths are the backbone of the nation.
Mishra on her speech, described the role of youth in nation building and appealed
to the youth of the state to disseminate the motto, principle and ideologies of Congress
party to grassroots level for better understanding.
Mara in his speech, appealed the youth to render selfless service for the interest
of the Congress party.
Niglar said, Youth of the state should work for the betterment of the Congress party
and nation as a whole.
A one day Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) convention of Upper Subansiri District was
also held on the occasion.
Essay writing and volleyball competitions were held and winners were given cash prizes
with merit certificates. Four AYC (Assembly Youth Congress) members of Daporijo,
Dumporijo, Raga and Taliha were felicitated with Trophies for their good performance
in the celebration cum Convention.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: 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.
Advocacy prog on HIV/AIDS
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: A one day advocacy meeting on basic prevention of HIV/AIDS and
STI/RTI was conducted by AP State Aids Control Society under IEC division here today.
The programme was attended by Dr. Riken Rina, Joint Director (BSD) as resource person.
The APSACS executive members and its president attended the meeting.
SC dismisses contempt petition
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday dismissed a contempt petition,
while hearing the Contempt Petition (No. 278/2012) against Gadam Ete and Interim
Application (No. 05/2012) filed by petitioner Duter Padu to allow her to take oath
as MLA of 30 Aalo West Assembly Constituency. The SC also confirmed that Ete shall
continue in his office till final disposal of the appeal.
While dismissing her Contempt Petition, the SC ruled that “Contempt petition is
not entertained. We make it clear, what this court meant was to stay the High Court’s
order dated 01.06.2012 so as to see that the elected candidate to continue in office
till the appeal is finally heard. The Civil Appeal No.4820/2012 be posted for hearing
on a non-miscellaneous day in the second week of September, 2012. Contempt petition
Mega health camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Over 800 patients were treated by a team of specialists doctors
from Seppa District Hospital and RK Mission Hospital (RKMH), Itanagar in a mega Health
camp organized by All Aka Students Union (AASU) at Bana on August 8 and 9.
The villagers and patients were also given general health tips to stay healthy by
Bana area is known as Malaria endemic zone. The area is also prone to water borne
diseases like, dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid, diarrhea besides malaria. The
people here also suffer from minor skin diseases during monsoon.
District Medical Officer Dr. T Gongo, Child specialist Dr. TJ Tara, medical officer
Dr. K Soping and ENT specialist Dr. Hano Romesh and his team from RKMH, including
the Secretary conducted the health camp.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: National Students Union of India (NSUI) West Siang district unit
has felicitated the meritorious/topper students of class X and XII examinations of
the district on Wednesday.
DCCI president Gedo Kato while extolling the topper students, advised them to concentrate
on study to become responsible citizen. West Siang district NSUI president Meni Potom
also encouraged the students to be devoted and discipline.
Pasa Hilly and Meghnath Pasi of class XII and Isi Gamlin and Tony Rupuk of class
X were among the felicitated students.
Meritorious students, achievers felicitated
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Gyamar Welfare Society felicitated the meritorious students and
outstanding achievers of its clan member during its 2nd general conference cum felicitation
programme held at Nyikum Niya Hall Nirjuli on Wednesday last. During the prog Gyamar
Rina, Gyamar Karmey, Gyamar Tamar and Gyamar Mama of class X students were felicitated.
Society also felicitated Gyamar Amte and Gyamar Gagung for cracking Arunachal Pradesh
Public Service Commission Examination 2012. Further, the Society honoured Gyamar
Tadap station superintendent of APST and Gyamar Tadak, range forest officer for being
first graduate and matriculate amongst the clan.
Sports activity gets underway at Sagalee
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: As a part of 66th Independence Day celebration 2012, the various
sports activities were kicked off at Sagalee in Papum Pare district on Friday. The
sports meet is being organized by Sagalee Bazar Welfare Committee (SBWC). Kicking
off the volleyball tournament Anchal Samity Chairperson Nabam Yakum lauded Committee’s
efforts in organizing the sports event. She also suggested the participants to maintain
sportsman spirit. Techi Kaha ASM in his addressed urged the shopkeepers to keep the
Later, an open badminton championship was also inaugurated by Nabam Tadap and Techi
Serbang Anchal Samity Members. Altogether 22 teams are taking part in both men and
Among others, Sagalee Circle Officer Likha Sampu was also present in the inaugural
AAPBSU cautions against illegal immigration
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has strongly
appealed to the Home Ministry and Chief Secretary to direct the deputy commissioners
of various boundary districts to check illegal immigration from Bangladesh and
Inner Line Permit (ILP) from time to time.
The students’ union claimed that thousands of illegal migrants from Bangladeshis
are slipping into Capital Complex in the name of wage labour without obtaining proper
ILP. The union appealed to the ILP issuing authority to verify the documents of applicants
properly before issuing ILP. Apprehending possible outbreak of situation like Kokrjahar,
Assam, the union cautioned the state government to take preventive measures before
it is too late.
Bandh called off
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) today called off
its proposed 36 hours Lower Subansiri district on 14 and 15th August next. In a release
the union stated that the proposed 36 hours bandh was called off following the assurance
from deputy commissioner to stop unauthorized construction within government land
and office premises. The district administration had clearly directed the concern
head of departments to report about illegal construction to district administration
and also directed the estate officer of the district to take necessary steps for
the eviction of encroachment of government land, the release said.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Informing that Banderdewa Area Development Core Committee (BADCC)
was dissolved for unavoidable reason, Banderdewa Block Branch Congress Committee
president Kipa Hipik lodged a complaint against the so-called Chairman of BADCC Tai
Tasung and general secretary Bangram Bagang for 'fraudulently reconstituting the
BADCC by forging signature of a member'. The BBCC president has demanded the police
to arrest the duo immediately.
Kipa in a release, further informed that he was authorized to look after the affairs
of BADCC till formation of its new executive body. The Banderdewa Police has registered
the FIR under Section 469 IPC.
Cleanliness drive at Yupia
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Police personnel of SP office, Yupia and Doimukh police station
under the initiative of Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte conducted a cleanliness drive
at Yupia district headquarters on Friday on the occasion of Janmastami. The team
cleared roads, footpath, buses and garbage heaped around the colony. Few public were
also joined with them, release added. Gungte appealed both Govt officials and police
personnel to conduct social service on non-working days regularly.
KIMIN, Aug 11: Ahead of the Independence Day celebration, a social service was organized
to give a face-lift to Kimin township by Kimin EAC and former ZPM Bamang Mangha today.
Braving scorching heat, all heads of department of Kimin alongwith their staff, panchayat
leaders and general public participated in the day-long social service and cleaned
the township by clearing wayside weeds, repairing the roads and planting trees around
the general ground.
Mangha provided an earth cutter and Tipper for the social service.
Youths seek adequate police force
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The Vth Lower Baljan Youth Association, while expressing gratitude
to Police Department, specially Deputy Superintend of Police and Superintend of
Police, Papum Pare for posting of police personal at Balijan PS, urged to post the
remaining personnel at the earliest.
“So far, only seven personnel have been posted in the police station out of the 17
sanctioned post,” the association said in a release.
27 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.