ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Atleast four SPT shops were partially damaged in a major fire mishap
that occurred at Jairampur market on July 30 last around 8:45 am. The local people
including Govt staff under the supervision of district administration could able
to douse the fire and prevented it from engulfing entire area. 42 Assam Rifles personnel
also rushed to the spot with water tanker and helped the local people in preventing
the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be known.
Meanwhile, PS Jairampur has been directed by district administration to enquire into
the fire mishap, while ADC Jairampur constituted a committee to assess the damages
caused, according to an official release.
Legislators Forum on HIV/AIDS
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Following the constitution of the Six Legislative Assembly of the
state, a 13-member executive committee of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislators Forum
on HIV/AIDS has been reconstituted with Speaker Nabam Rebia and MLA Dr Mohesh Chai
as its president and secretary general.
Students’ Unions condemn vandalism
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: All Galo Students Union (AGSU) and All Nyiko Students’ Welfare Association
(ANSWA) has vehemently condemned the reported vandalism at GHSS, Aalo, where some
miscreants vandalized the Sipu Block of the school yesterday.
The incident reportedly rook place after a ‘minor scuffle’ between some students
and the school captain, informed AGSU.
The incident happened after the school captain had found some students not coming
to the school with proper school dress (uniform) during checking which was informed
to the school principal of the school, an AGSU release informed.
They also appealed to the parents and ‘outsiders’ to not to interfere in the matter
of school as there is a rules and regulation of the school management committee to
handle such matters. “Resorting to violence is not the solution to any problem. Rather,
it hampers the academic atmosphere of the school,” both AGSU and ANSWA said, and
urged the students to focus more on study, maintain strict discipline and follow
school rules and regulation.
AGSU urged the district administration and school authorities to initiate appropriate
action against those involved and found guilty in unlawful activities.
AGSU also informed that miscreants damaged the main water source of Aalo township
at Kombo village causing disruption in drinking water supply in the entire Aalo township.
The students union appealed to the administration to look into the matter seriously
and restore normal water supply as soon as possible.
Increase retirement age of Govt staff from this fiscal: PPA
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) urged the state government to
increase retirement age of the state govt. employees to 60 years effective from this
“When majority of the states follow the Central Govt. norm of 60 years as the retirement
age and when the 7th Pay Commission has the proposal to increase the retirement age
to 62 years, it is unfortunate and surprising that Arunachal Pradesh is still at
the stage of discussion on the matter,” stated PPA General Secretary T. Naksang.
Urging the Govt. not to violate the laid down rules and provisions, the PPA general
secretary demanded the state government to deliver justice to the large chunk of
Govt. employees, who are at the verge of retirement. He further stated that the
two years’ increase in retirement age would enable the Govt. to reap the benefits
of rich experience as well as the productivity of the employees.
The argument that increase in retirement age would lead to cut in employment opportunities
for the youths as well as create burden on state exchequer is also not fully true
on the ground that due to deferment of huge pension money payable to employees with
interest for two years is a huge benefit to the state exchequer.
Moreover, the Govt. also has the option to increase the employable upper age limit
from the existing 33 years to 42 years, as prevalent in many other states which would
enhance job opportunities to the youths, he added.
Arunachal doctor in super-specialty ‘plastic surgery’
RUKSIN, Aug 1: Dr Manju Darang from Mirem village in East Siang district has been
selected for super specialty course in ‘Plastic Surgery’ in Guwahati Medical College
and Hospital fulfilling her long cherished dream. If she completes the course, she
will become the first lady doctor of this hill state to have super-specialty qualification
in medical science.
Manju, 26, did her MBBS from Regional Institute of Medical Science, Imphal in 2002
and completed Post Graduation in Surgery from the institute in 2010. Later, she served
in a Shillong Hospital for a period of one year on contractual basis.
Manju’s father Tamat Darang is a Public Interpreter (PI) serving in Ruksin SDO’s
Meanwhile, the villagers have honoured the parents and credited them for Manju’s
success. The villagers said Manu’s success story would definitely inspire the budding
“Manju has made us proud. We are hoping that she will come out of the super-specialty
course with flying colours and bring glory to our small village”, said former Biat
Block ZPM, Takek Moyong.
ASCYA demands health sub-centre at Silsango Hqs
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The All Silsango Circle Youth Association (SCYA) has demanded for
immediate establishment of health sub-centre at Silsango circle headquarters.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it said that the area does not
have any medical facility.
Its other demands include posting of a CO and other lower staff at the HQ and sanctioning
of fund for immediate restoration of the damaged roads of the circle.
Constitute panel to check proper implementation of RTE: ASF
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) today asked the education authority
to constitute a monitoring committee to properly check the implementation of RTE
Act 2009 in government schools claiming that many schools are violating the norms
by charging hefty fees from students. The Federation also claimed that there is an
open violation of mid-day meal guidelines in various government schools. It further
urged the authority to monitor the schools.
Kumar Waii to attend opening ceremony of Eagle Trophy Football Tournament
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: RWD Minister Kumar Waii will attend the opening ceremony of the
fifth Eagle Trophy Football Tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Sunday as chief
CM’s XI will be up against Bamang Taji FC in the opening match.
Consider promotion through DPC: APITU
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Claiming that deputation of various officers from other departments
to the post of AEs have curtailed the privilege of promotion of the deserving JEs
of the hydropower department, the Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU)
has called for stopping of the same.
In its letter submitted to the parliamentary secretary, hydro power, it asked for
considering promotion through DPC.
Meanwhile, in it’s another letter to the secretary, RK Mission Hospital, it asked
for improving the management of the hospital.
Mass plantation drive conducted to mark Van Mahotsava
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: A mass plantation drive was conducted by the district administration
of Jairampur to mark Van Mahotsava which was participated by the public, government
staffs from forest department and ADC office.
More than 100 saplings were planted during the programme. ADC Kento Riba highlighted
the aims and objectives of the plantation drive. ADC exhorted that people should
protect plants as it gives oxygen to human being and the animals. He further discouraged
the indiscriminate cutting of trees and destruction forest.
Assault on Apex bank staff condemned
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Claiming that one of the employees of its office was assaulted in
the office during working hours yesterday, the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Apex Bank Employees’ Association (APSCABEA) has vehemently condemned the attack and
appealed the concern authorities for immediate arrest of the culprit/s.
In a release, it informed that three unknown miscreants entered its office at about
10.10am yesterday and assaulted one of the staffs. The association further sought
exemplary punishment for the persons involved in it.
Lab technicians seek regularization
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Contractual Medical Laboratory Technician Welfare Association
has called for regularization of the lab technicians working in RCH I & II programme
In its representation submitted to the health and family welfare minister, it said,
“we are working as Medical Laboratory Technician on contract basis for programme
I & II of RCH under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) since 1999. We are not receiving
Govt benefits in terms of TA/DA/LTC/EL/ML/GPF. We have not been regularized and the
numbers of appointments are increasing every year. Even the salary paid to us is
We appeal for creation of MLT posts for various CHCs, PHCs, District Hospital /State
Hospital and provision of sufficient fund for the payment of such staffs of the department,
the letter further read.
NNSPSU team conducts school visit, demands posting of subject teachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Student’s Union (NNSPSU) led
by its president Tadar Lugu recently visited Govt. Higher Secondary School Nyapin,
Sangram and Govt. Middle School Sango. During the visit, they found that Govt. Higher
Secondary School Nyapin & Sangram are functioning without subject teachers since
last 4 years.
Expressing deep concern over shortage of teachers NNSPSU demanded for immediate posting
of subject teachers. They also appealed to all the teachers of four circles to regularly
attend duties from new academic session.
Members of NNSPSU interacted with teachers and students of Govt. Higher Secondary
School Nyapin, Sangram and Govt. Middle School Sango. They also donated water filter,
football and volleyball for the said school.
NRHM doctors pleads CM for regularization
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The National Rural Health Mission General Duty Medical Officer Association
(NRHMGDMOA) has urged the state government to regularize contractual NRHM doctors
by creating GDMO posts under directorate of health services.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it said that the move will motivate
doctors to do their duties sincerely and would solve many problems related to providing
health services in remote areas.
In its proposal for 100 GDMO posts, it sought 35-alopathy, 30-homeopathy, 10-ayurvedic,
20-dental and 5 unani posts.
Meanwhile, it claimed that the chief minister has assured of looking into the demand
and advised the doctors to serve the needy and poor.
Traffic warden pleads for regularization
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The woes of Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) are far from over, as
the wardens continuously pleading for regularization of their service.
In a release today the traffic wardens shared their hardship in the service saying
that they have been discharging their duty with full zeal since last three years
with meager amount. The remuneration is being paid through chief estate officer
cum Additional district magistrate office, it added.
Drawing Govt. attention to their plights the wardens requested the government to
absorb them into Arunachal Pradesh Police traffic cell. It further informed wardens
had called on Minister Home Tanga Byaling on 16 June 2014 regarding the issue.
AAPUEA & AAPUCEA call for maintaining RR policy
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AAPUEA)
and All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Civil Engineers’ Association (AAPUCEA) have
called for maintaining the RR ratio for Degree and Diploma holders.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it claimed that unemployed engineers
are being deprived because of violation of RR policy.
Demanding ban on deputation policy in all the departments, the organizations asked
for his (CM) intervention into issuing necessary directive in the entire engineering
departments/engineering wings of department to advertise all its vacant posts. Other
demands of the organizations include adoption of the roster system and the 50:50
ratio for promotion by the departments and recruitment as per RR framed by every
CS reviews functioning of vigilance dept, calls to expedite enquiry process
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: State Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi reviewed the functioning of Vigilance
Department recently in which the pendency of disciplinary proceedings against the
gazette officers was reviewed.
It is observed that major penalty proceedings are pending against 10 APCS officers
and 3 engineers are under investigation for possessing disproportionate asset.
Further one APCS officer is under suspension.
The Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments and enquiry officers to speedily
complete the departmental enquiries so that innocent officers don’t face harassment,
at the same time the delinquents are made accountable.
He also directed SP, SIC to complete investigation of disproportionate asset cases
on priority. It was also emphasized that concerned Heads of Department and Secretaries
shall ensure that property details of gazette officers are obtained and keep in record
as per Conduct Rules.
In order to ensure timely delivery of services to the citizens, Commissioner (Perl
& Admin Reforms) was requested to study the Delhi’s Delivery of Services Act so as
to ensure time bound delivery of services to the citizens and to ensure highest level
of accountability. All of the officers assured compliance and maximum cooperation,
according to an official release.
IFCSAP submits memo to Union Tribal Affairs Minister
ITANAGAR, Jul 1: A delegation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) met Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram in New Delhi yesterday
and submitted a memorandum reiterating their demand that no person or community in
the state should be given double benefit.
According to IFCSAP, extending double benefit would encourage people to convert to
faiths classified as minority community which will adversely affect on preservation
and promotion of the indigenous faith, culture and traditions of the state.
Informing the union minister that the list of minority blocks and families prepared
by a Guwahati based private agency was illegal and improper, IFCSAP said “as per
1978 Freedom of Religions Act of Arunachal Pradesh; only the Deputy Commissioner
is authorized to identify the minority population. “The Arunachal Pradesh Government
should implement the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act’ 1978, which has
been passed by the state assembly and approved by President of India, at the earliest
so that an authentic list of minorities can be prepared.”
Steps should be initiated by the State Government to issue minority certificates
to the converts of Arunachal Pradesh and let the converted persons surrender their
ST certificate at the earliest, demanded IFCSAP.
Claiming that the religion column of various government certificates, application
and other application forms has been deleted in various districts, IFCSAP demanded
reinsertion of the same column and proper verification so that genuine STs get the
The delegation also discussed various issues regarding the status of Scheduled Tribal
in state as well as protection and preservation of indigenous faith and culture of
Arunachal Pradesh with the union minister.
The IFCSAP delegation included general secretary Gichik Taaza, Vice President (East)
N. Changmi, Advisor Taba Hare, and Secretary IFCSAP District Unit, Pasighat Oyin
Steps taken to contain JE outbreak
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The state health department has taken all necessary steps to prevent
further spread of Japanese Encephalitis and is closely monitoring the current situation
in the state. The department has requested the people to be calm and participate
in vector control which is the mosquito, similar to the preventive measures taken
for prevention of Malaria.
Informing that treatment of JE is symptomatic and medicines are available in hospitals
for its treatment, the state epidemiologist, Dr. L Jampa appealed the people to ensure
use of mosquito net/ bednets during sleeping hours.
The people should allow fogging operation of the department to go on and keep open
all doors and windows during fogging operation. It should be ensured that no water
logging takes place in and around houses where there is a chance of breeding of mosquitoes.
In an important announcement, the epidemiologist revealed that no vaccine will be
effective during transmission season as it takes minimum one to two months to develop
immunity to the virus and in outbreak season when the virus is virulent, these vaccines
may not help. Vaccination gives a false sense of security and is not recommended
by Govt of India during the transmission/ outbreak situation.
It is observed that due to panic amongst the people, JE vaccines are given privately
in many dispensaries and people are rushing in for vaccinations. It must be ensured
that these dispensaries maintain proper Cold Chain of 2-8 degree Centigrade and sterile
precautions are observed.
Vaccination gives a false sense of security and is not recommended by Govt of India
during the transmission/ outbreak situation.
ANSU demands adequate fund for renovation of school buildings
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Lamenting the pathetic condition of various schools in Capital Complex,
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has demanded the state government to provide adequate
fund for renovation of school buildings and construction of new classrooms and teachers’
Expressing concern over the fact that infrastructure of most of the government schools
in the state are in pathetic condition despite allocation of sufficient fund to the
education department, ANSU, in a release, demanded immediate renovation and maintenance
of all government school buildings in Capital Complex keeping in mind the ever growing
number of students.
ANSU claimed that government schools in rural Nyishi inhabited areas are in worst
condition without required infrastructure, teachers and other facilities.
Describing the pathetic condition of the I.V. School, Nargang under Mengio circle
of Sagalee sub-division, which is one of the oldest schools in Papum Pare district
established in 1975, ANSU said that the school has been running without hostel facilities
(for both girls and boys), teachers’ quarters, toilet and bathroom facilities and
without approach road to the school. ANSU urged the Education Minister to look into
matter seriously and initiate necessary steps to provide the basic necessity at the
school. The students union also urged the Papum Pare DDSE to pay personal attention
to improve the condition of the school by providing those facilities.
“We demand the state government to allocate sufficient fund for early improvement
of school buildings, classrooms and teachers’ quarters and other necessary infrastructure
in government schools of Nyishi inhabited districts and we also demand for equal
distribution of teaching staff in urban and rural schools,” ANSU demanded in the
release. “We have also received numerous complaints against non-implementation or
improper implementation of Midday meal schemes, non supply of textbooks and school
uniforms,” ANSU said, and appealed to the concern DDSEs and school authorities of
Nyishi inhabited areas to implement the centrally sponsored scheme in letter and
spirit for the welfare students’ community.
DTPC’s bid to develop tourism in Lower Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Lower Subansiri District Tourism Promotion Committee (DTPC) has
adopted several tourism-friendly resolutions for promotion and development of tourism
in the district.
All tourism infrastructures to be created in future in Lower Subansiri district will
be eco-friendly with predominant use of wood and minimal use of cement-concrete.
It was resolved in a meeting of the District Tourism Promotion Committee (DTPC) held
in the office chamber of Lower Subansiri Deputy on July 28.
The meeting attended by all the members of the DTPC also resolved to create Tourist
Interpretation Centre at the existing District Museum, Ziro for which the District
Tourism Officer (DTO) will depute TIO at the museum.
A feedback form will be made available in the hotels, homestay, resorts etc. so that
the first hand experience of the tourist visiting the district can be obtained, the
meeting resolved. Further, all homestay operators will have to register with the
DTO, Ziro and submit all the details in the form which will be available in the office
of the DTO.
Artistic signages for the city and the adjoining forest areas and a tourism logo
for Ziro Tourism will also be designed, the meeting resolved and decided to invite
Tourism Research students from outside of the state to Ziro for research activity.
The Committee members also agreed to seek sponsorship as part of CSR, initiatives
from various PSUs and private corporations for organizing capacity building programs
for organizing awareness of tourism.
They also decided to organize tourism festivals through department itself rather
than through Grant-in–Aid to individuals as it benefit the tourism purpose better.
Earlier, District Tourism Officer Tater Mize highlighted all the tourism infrastructure
created so far by the Department of Tourism. He urged upon all the members for selection
of best proposal keeping all criteria of the guidelines in terms of eco-friendliness,
feasibility, viability, connectivity and scope which will benefit the local people
Deputy Commissioner dwelt upon the eco-friendly structure of all the tourism proposals
and also invited suggestions to avoid haphazard and unorganized structure which may
cause unhygienic atmosphere in the valley.
AAPSU applauds retention of NHPC office, lauds ministers
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today lauded Union
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for taking
up the issue of proposed shifting of NHPC executive director’s (ED) office from Itanagar
to Guwahati, with Union Minister of State for Power (Independent) Piyush Goyal. With
the intervention of Goyal, the decision to shift the ED office from Itanagar to Guwahati
has been revoked.
The issue, which was initially highlighted by the apex students’ body of the state,
was taken up in the state assembly on Thursday during a short duration discussion.
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung in a statement today said timely intervention of union
ministers after Tuki registered protest against office shifting following the hue
and cry from the AAPSU resulted in revocation of decision by the NHPC, otherwise,
the union said, it would have sent a wrong message at a time when the people of the
state are showing a pro-NHPC attitude. It would have also served a big jolt to the
people of the state as well as employees working under the power developer, he added.
The AAPSU earlier, in a letter to NHPC chairman apprised him of the proposed move
of the Corporation by converting the regional office Itanagar into a liaison office.
It termed the move discouraging gesture in spite of the support and cooperation
given by the state government and the union.
While appreciating Rijiju and Tuki for their efforts to put a halt in the proposed
move, AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam urged the NHPC authority to improve the
public relations especially with local people for smooth and early completion of
all the six projects under various phases of execution in the state.
College student attacked at Chapakhowa
ROING, Aug 1: A first year student of Indira Gandhi Government College (IGGC), Tezu
was attacked by a mob at Chapakhowa, Assam while returning to Roing in an APSTS bus
The victim, Asip Mihu, 19, who hails from Anini was picked up from inside the bus,
taken out and a group of people waiting outside started beating him, according to
the victim's brother.
"The attackers were looking for Arunachali from a particular community," the victim's
brother said. "My brother identified himself, and was taken out of the bus, where
three more men were waiting outside. They started assaulting him without any warning
or divulging reasons for the attack."
According to the victim's brother, a group of IRBN personnel were standing nearby,
but no help was forthcoming. The victim, about to fade away by the beating, managed
to escape from the assailants taking refuge in a nearby shop.
"The shopkeeper rescued my brother; gave him ride in his motorbike, and dropped him
at Arunachal Police check post at Shantipur in Assam-Arunachal border," the brother
informed. "They avoided the highway, and took the alternate routes."
It was through that local rescuer that the motive behind the attack was divulged.
According to the shopkeeper, it was a retaliatory action allegedly over an attack
to an Assamese inside Arunachal. "The mob had been looking for Arunachali youths,
and all buses bound for Arunachal were being stopped," the brother informed.
However, the victim's family are yet to register police complaint citing inconvenience
as the incident took place in Assam.
Bee and Honey Mission launched at Miao
MIAO, Aug 1: The ambitious and much awaited Arunachal Pradesh Bee and Honey Mission
(APBHM) of Arunachal Pradesh Apiculture Development Society under Department of Agriculture
was launched at Miao on July 29 during the first ever training of field functionaries
on Apiculture development in presence of Mission Director T D Neckhom, District In-charge
T Taura, Miao ZPM Jowkhong Singpho, Agriculture officers of Changlang district, selected
GBs and representatives of farmers.
The objective of the mission is to carry out the mandate of the Apiculture Development
aspects of the Department of Agriculture notified by the State Government and approved
by state annual plan 2013-14. The main objective of the ABHM were to create a road
map for promotion and development of honey and implement programmes and policies
aimed at fulfilling the economic, social and environmental objectives through beekeeping
and honey enterprise.
Development of nucleus stock production, capacity building programme and training
of bee breeders, bee keepers, processing, research work and conduct of seminars etc,
establishment of common facility centre (CFC) at bee village which will serve as
a centre for all value addition activities at bee village are other aims and objectives
of the mission.
Mission Director T D Neckhom and T Taura highlighted the importance, scope and opportunities
of bees, beekeeping and honey producing on the launching ceremony. Honey bees are
the most valuable insects for mankind which produces honey, enhances crop production
and sustains plant biodiversity through their pollinating services, they said.
Arunachal has four natural species of honey bees, namely Asian Bee (Apis cerana),
Giant bees (Apis dorsata/ laboriosa), Stingless bees (Trigona/ Melipona) and Little
Bee (Apis florae) out of which only Apis cerana and Stingless bees can be domesticated.
Bees have been reared in Arunachal since time immemorial in crude wooden or log hives
which the mission aims at developing through scientifically designed hives with scientific
management practices as a commercial venture. Honey is a food with high nutritional
and commercial properties. Bees wax is a valuable product derived from the honey
comb and has more than 300 industrial uses mainly in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and
varnishes etc. Royal jelly can be collected and can be sold as a dietary supplement,
which has many health benefits. Bee venom is used in Apitherapy, rheumatism and disease
of nervous disorders.
Arunachal is ideal for beekeeping due to favorable climatic conditions and vast foraging
area. Beekeeping does not require extra space and can be reared alongside field crops,
plantations, orchards and any vegetation. Beekeeping improves the quality of fruit,
vegetable, seeds and increases the yield manifold ensuring food security and enhancement
of farm income. It can be a lucrative business by producing natural and organic honey
to meet the ever increasing domestic and international market demand. Beekeeping
generates employment and bring additional income to family and can create employment
opportunity as a full time beekeeper, middlemen/ broker; honey processor including
bottling and packaging, wholesaler/ retailer, exporter etc.
Through bee keeping the mission aims to protect and conserve forests for survival
of bees, the mission will take steps to plant bee foraging plants in surroundings
to ensure continuous supply of nectar and pollen all year round and discourage destruction
of bees by burning the colony while harvesting wild honey. It will be detrimental
to harvest the larvae because bees need to survive and multiply for posterity.
The mission will encourage beneficiaries to nurture their interest to become a professional
beekeeper to enjoy the manifold benefits by taking up beekeeping as a hobby by rearing
them in their backyard and experience the joy of living with the most fascinating
insect. The mission encourages to take up beekeeping as a secondary activity to supplement
income by becoming a bee/honey entrepreneur and be a prospective employer and develop
the habit of consuming honey as a daily diet to stay healthy.
In the first phase, Papum Pare, East Siang and Changlang districts have been selected.
The selection of other districts will depend on the amount of success the mission
registers from the three districts, T.D Neckhom, said while expressing hope that
the people of Changlang district, especially Miao will take up bee keeping and honey
production with much enthusiasm. He assured that beneficiaries and field functionaries
will be given the needed trainings to ensure success of the mission.
“I am convinced that Miao will not only emerge as hub of bee keeping but will also
bring Arunachal Pradesh in the world map as honey producing and exporting state”,
T.D Neckhom said with confidence.
CCF urges forest officials to work with renewed vigour & commitment
AALO, Aug 1: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Central Arunachal Circle, Pasighat
A K Biswal today called upon the forest officials to work with renewed sense of commitment
and maintain clarity in all ventures to show tangible achievements of the department.
Biswal, who was on a two-day visit to Aalo forest division and Mechuka forest range,
was addressing the interactive session with the forest officials at the office of
the DFO here today.
“We should be able to work as a cohesive unit and inculcate work culture to maintain
the greeneries through avenue plantations where necessary. Awareness and knowledge
on plantation and its protection is of utmost importance as any long-drawn plantation
scheme taken up by the department may go in waste due to ignorance among the people.
The maiden Forest Festival organized at Aalo was a direction towards generating such
awareness on among the people. They should work constantly towards timber operation,
protection of wildlife, land management, minor works assigned to them. The strength
of the department lies in the Forest Management Plan in the country and field officials
should be equipped with such basic knowledge to come out successful.”
Responding to problems like GPS and computer training and other issues raised by
the field officers, the CCF assured to provide computers to all rangers of the district.
The Divisional Forest Officer Aalo, Nyali Ete dwelt elaborately on the activities
taken up by the department in the district. DIPRO.
Non timber forest products (NTFP) as a tool for sustainable socio-economic development
Dr. KS Kanwal
The non timber forest products (NTFP), generally termed non-wood forest products
(NWFP) or minor forest produce (MFP) are defined as “forest products consisting of
goods of biological origin other than wood, derived from forest, other wood land
and trees outside forests”. These include bamboo and canes, fodder, leaves, gums,
waxes, dyes, resins and many forms of edible products including nuts, wild fruits,
In India, NTFP has been defined legally under ‘Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional
Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006’ popularly known as Forest
Rights Act (FRA) under the heading minor forest produce (MFP) [Section 2 (1) of the
act]. NTFP sector is one of India’s largest unorganized sectors having a dependent
population of about 275 million and business turnover of more than Rs.6000 crores
per annum. However, this sector has unfortunately been neglected since the pre-independence
period. NTFP contributes to about 20% to 40% of the annual income of forest dwellers
who are mostly disadvantageous and landless communities with a dominant population
Arunachal Pradesh, often referred to as the ‘land of the dawn-lit mountains’, is
geographically the largest state in Northeast India. The state is uniquely situated
in the transition zone between the Himalayan and Indo-Burmese regions, being recognized
as one of the 25 megabiodiversity hotspots of the world. The state covers a geographical
area of 83,743 km2 which constitutes 2.54 % of the total area of the country, 15.76%
of the Indian Himalayan region and 43.62% of the Himalayan Biodiversity Hot Spot.
It is known as cradle of all flowering plants, containing nearly 50% of the total
flowering plant species (about 5000 spp. of angiosperm) in India. Arunachal Pradesh
is endowed with wide variety of NTFP comprising about 73 species of bamboos, 18 species
of canes, about 570 species of orchids, about 450 species of medicinal and aromatic
plants, toko plant (Livistona jenkinsiana) etc.
The recorded forest cover of the state is 67,410 km2, which constitutes 80.50% geographical
area of the state. The bamboo bearing area in the forests of the state is 16, 083
sq. km (31% area of total recorded forest area of state). The 26 major tribes and
110 sub-tribes of state live in close association with forests and highly dependent
on numerous NTFPs for subsistence of their livelihoods. However, due to change in
socio-economic and cultural dynamics, population increase and expansion of developmental
process, the pressure on available biological and forest resources has increased
in recent past. Shifting or jhum cultivation is being practiced by most of the tribal
communities since time immemorial in the state.
As per the report of India State of Forest 2011 Assessment, there is total decrease
of 7400 ha of forests as compared to 2009, which includes 500 ha of highly dense
forests and 5500 ha of moderately dense forest. Jhum cultivation continues to be
the mainstay of sustenance for a vast majority of the tribal communities due to non-availability
of alternative livelihood opportunities. Therefore, to minimize the dependence of
local people on jhum cultivation, sustainable use of NTFPs can play vital role in
poverty alleviation by creating large scale employment opportunity, empowerment of
the forest dwellers and tribal communities coupled with environment protection in
NTFPs would also reduce the pressure on forests there by conserving the native biodiversity
and also reducing the ill impact of climate change. As per Arunachal Pradesh State
Action Plan on Climate Change (APSPCC), the biodiversity rich districts of Arunachal
Pradesh are projected to be adversely impacted by climate change by 2030s. Climate
change (change in temperature and rainfall pattern) will not only threaten the NTFP
production both qualitatively and quantitatively, but will also affect the dependent
economy of the indigenous people of the state. NTFPs can directly contribute to carbon
Government of Arunachal Pradesh has identified the NTFP as one of the important sectors
to boost the socio-economic development of the state. There is, therefore, an urgent
need to strengthen and develop NTFP sector through development of sustainable production
and harvesting protocols, availability of better marketing opportunity and system,
regulation of supply and demand, value addition of the NTFPs, formulation of comprehensive
NTFP policy in the state, local entrepreneurship development, improvement of infrastructure
facilities, and strengthening of R&D institutions. Exhaustive R&D studies are essentially
required to assess the baseline status of NTFP; inventorization & prioritization
of NTFP; to identify issues and challenges in production, regeneration, utilization,
over-exploitation and marketing; documentation of indigenous knowledge and climate
change impact on NTFP.
Capacity building and knowledge enhancement of stake holders through education and
awareness program, imparting training on production and sustainable harvesting and
marketing on NTFP will also empower the tribal community and strengthen the NTFP
sector in the state. [The contributor of the article is Scientist of GB Pant Institute
of Himalayan Environment & Development, North East Unit, Itanagar]
Sandalwood cultivation to boost state’s economy
RUKSIN, Aug 1: Far from the sylvan plain land of South India including Karnataka,
Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, sandalwood widely considered a ‘gold wood’ has found its
mooring in the hilly terrains of East Siang district and plain highlands of Assam-Arunachal
The horticulturists of the area are putting their attention on cultivation after
they become aware of the fact that red sandy soil of undulating topography found
in the region is suitable for growth of Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album). The scientists
engaged in supervision of sandalwood cultivation, have found the climatic condition
of the region suitable for sandalwood plantation.
Though the state government is not taking any initiative for growing sandalwood in
the landlocked state, yet two dozens commercial horticulturists have started cultivation
on their own lands. A section of progressive farmers of Siang valley, who have achieved
a milestone in rubber and tea cultivation are now eying on cultivation of Indian
sandalwood (white) and thereby joining the efforts of economic revolution.
An unemployed youth group of Dhemaji in Assam has developed a sandalwood nursery
at Adi Leku village aside NH-52 near here. The nursery has been supplying adequate
sandalwood seedling to the interested farmers in subsidized rate. The members of
the group are trained on growing of sandalwood, now providing technical feedback
to the interested growers.
Naba Gogoi, who is leading the nursery owner group, told this correspondent that
the experts engaged by the group will supervise all plantation and growing activities,
while the growers are bound to supply their product (matured sandalwood) to the group
for trading. The youth entrepreneurs are also eying on sandalwood based industry
in the region in the future.
“We are optimistic that sandalwood will take the economy of the region to a new high
and it will give an address to the people of East Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. We
have initially supplied one lakh seedling targeting plantation coverage of around
500 bighas in Arunachal and neighbouring Assam this year”, Gogoi informed.
White sandalwood is one of the most valuable plants from the economic point of view.
It becomes matured within 12 to 15 years. The plant generally gives heartwood intact
weighing not less than 25 kg at the age of harvesting, which is worth Rs 2 lakh.
At present, the government of Karnataka fixes the value of sandalwood @ Rs 7,200
per kg. The number of seedlings per bigha of land is 150 (Space-10X 10 feet).
Sandalwood, commonly known as ‘Chandan’ naturally grows in the forest of Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu, Andra Pardesh, Kerala, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The plant has special
economic importance as its products are one of the finest perfumery materials since
ages. Chandan-oil, which has unique medicinal values, is also widely used for making
detergent and cosmetics. The demand of “Srigandha” that obtained from sandalwood
is increasing faster.
There are as many as 16 species of white sandalwood trees in the world and amongst
all Indian sandalwood is the most valuable one.
IDCF launched in Lohit, Lower Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) in Lohit district
was kicked of at Namsai Community Health Centre by District Health Society today.
The programme was kicked off by Dr. Moji Jini, Director of Medical Education T&R,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in presence of Medical officers and other medical staff
of CHC Namsai, ASHA and PRI members.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jini said that childhood diarrhoeal disease continuous
to be one of the major killer disease in our country contributing to 11 percent of
death. Diarrhoeal death usually occurred in summer and monsoon month, worse effected
are malnourished, he said.
Dr. Nani Rika, DRCHO, highlighted the importance of IDSF through in PowerPoint presentation.
He said that children death due to diarrhoea can be prevented by use of ORS, administration
of Zinc tablets along with adequate nutritional intake by the child. Diarrhoea can
also be prevented thorough use of safe drinking water, good sanitation practice,
breast feeding and hand washing.
Medical Superintendent Dr. C L Manchai, Dy DME, T&R Dr. S. E Khamti, Principal (in-charge)
GNM School, Nlg B. Yania Taw, SMO (Anesthesist) Dr. CN Mantaw, DCM Lohit and other
officers and officials of medical department were present on the occasion.
Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight was also launched at Lower Subansiri on July
28 at District Hospital, Ziro.
ORS sachets and Zinc tablets were distributed to the patients to mark the beginning
of the fortnight.
DMO Dr. Moli Riba briefed the gathering about IDCF.
The inaugural function was attended by Tilling Sambyo ZPM, Hong Niitii, Nani Takha
ZPM, Reru-Kalung besides the doctors, nurses and ASHAs and other staff of the hospital.
APCSD workers asked to highlights Govt’s welfare activities
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) Chief
organizer Kipa Kaha exhorted the Seva Dal cadres and workers to highlight the welfare
activities of the state governments and avail benefit from welfare schemes such as
PMEGP, skill development, Mukhya Mantri Prayatan Vikas Yojana, MNREGA and Sports
quota in govt. jobs for meritorious sportspersons.
Addressing a programme organized to felicitate the newly appointed office bearers
of the state Seva Dal at Naharlagun today, Kaha also emphasized on imparting martial
arts training for Seva Dal cadres during Congress Seva Dal training camp especially
to women cadre for self defense.
The APCSD decided to celebrate Dal Divas Day on December every year and will award
the best district incharge, district and block presidents. He also highlighted Congress
Seva Dal’s “Serve the people” concept to its workers. They also discussed about several
core issues for further strengthening Dal organization at grassroots level.
He programme was attended by all the district and block units of APCSD.
2nd Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament begins
Tumi Lotmo beat Solung United
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Naharlagun Tumi Lotmo Football Club-B team (NTLFC-B) beat Solung
United Football Club (SUFC) by 3-1 in the opening match of the 2nd Itanagar Solung
Festival Football Tournament being played at RGP College Ground Itanagar today.
Saam Taggu scored hat-trick in favour of NTLFC while the lone score of SUFC was netted
by General Modi.
Meanwhile, in the senior citizen football, Naharlagun Adi senior citizen team beat
Itanagar Adi senior citizen team by 2-1.
Altogether 15 teams, Dadi Boté Solung Football Club, Banggo United, Kiyi Bogyi Football
Club, Nulu Nubu Yameng Football Club, Solung United Football Club, Naharlagun Solung
Football Club, Ramgeng Football Club, Mébobian Football Club, Golgí Boté Football
Club, ABK football team, Nuyi Yameng Football Club, Junior Boys football club, Naharlagun
Tumi Lotmo FC, Rumkíng Peri Soman Yameng and Siang Thrashers are participating the
tournament this year.
Earlier, while declaring the Solung tournament open at RGP college ground, Er Annong
Perme advised the players to maintain discipline and spread the message of unity
and brotherhood through games and sports.
Itanagar Solung Festival (SFCCI) President Belatee Pertin also advised all the team
members of the tournament to maintain spirit of sportsmanship during the tournament.
SFCCI General Secretary Kingman Komut, SFCCI Sports Secretary Tarok Lomtung and AC
Perme also spoke on the occasion.
August 2 match: 1st match Dadi Boté Solung FC vrs Banggo United, 2nd match, Golgí
Boté FC vrs ABK team.
The sudden decision of hydropower giant NHPC to shift its regional office from Itanagar
to Guwahati created ripples across the state. Citizens made hue and cry protesting
this decision. It compelled Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to intervene and review the
situation. However much to the respite of the hundreds of NHPC worker, union power
ministry yesterday informed Arunachal Govt that, regional office at Itanagar will
Yesterday afternoon power minister Piyush Goyal convened a meeting at his New Delhi
office with MoS Home Kiren Rijiju to discuss the situation. During the meeting Goyal
asked MoS Home to liaise with state government and ensure that proper security arrangement
is put in place, so that employees of NHPC can work in peaceful atmosphere. For now
controversy has been put an end due to wise decision of power ministry. But NHPC
should be sensitive towards tribal sentiment. NHPC is coming up with big hydropower
projects inside Arunachal territory and it would be wrong on their part to shift
out regional from Itanagar. They should develop better relation with locals and win
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Restrict mining activities
The ECI-NAYAK (JV) Pvt. Limited Railway Construction Company from the start of the
lone Railway Project connecting the State capital extracted Minor Minerals in huge
quantity from Pare River beds for their construction activities without any opposition
from the innocent public, Department concerns & District Administration. Their unchecked
mining activities along the rivers have encouraged them to use excavators for diverting
the river course during the winter season and drain out huge quantity of minor minerals.
The ECI-NAYAK (JV) Pvt. Limited Railway Construction Company has not only violated
the Arunachal Pradesh Minor Mineral Concession Rule 2002 but also evaded royalty
payment in crores of rupees to the Department of Geology & Mining, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh causing revenue leakage and huge loss for the state exchequer.
It is to mention that there is no notified quarry under Doimukh Circle by the Department
of Geology & Mining, Government of Arunachal Pradesh for any quarrying mining activities.
Further, without obtaining quarry mining no individual or party is allowed to carry
out any quarry mining activities. Moreover, Quarrying is not allowed beyond the depth
of 3 meters from the surface but excavators of the company were used to dig huge
areas beyond 3 meters below the river banks of Doimukh & Railway Bridge and made
large holes which are now made fish pond by private quarry owner.
The Department of Geology & Mining is helpless to take any action against the violators
as the Deputy Commissioner, Yupai Papum, Pare District Government of Arunachal Pradesh
is the ultimate authority to take any action in this regards.
The ECI-NAYAK (JV) Pvt. Lmt. Railway Construction Company should compensate for the
irreparable damage done to the Pare River, river life, environment and foundation
of Railway & Doimukh Bridge and the Department Concerns, District Administration
& State Government should take immediate action in this regard to restrict any illegal
mining activities along the Pare River that will lead to further destruction.
Human sentiments do not stand a chance against the brute force
They being a serious environmental hazard, there is a growing consensus the world
over on the unnecessity of building big dams. Even USA today is forced to rethink
on their supposed wisdom of having had gone on so-called dam building binge; spending
millions of dollars on restoring fragile ecology damaged by centuries of ‘damning’.
And here in our own backyard, we have policy makers advocating dams with such fanatical
True, our economy is sagging and the government is struggling to pay up even the
salaries of its staffs, but are big dams the only panacea left in our hand to redeem
us from this financial quagmire. Agreed, we are a revenue deficit state and have
been surviving on marvellous generosity of the Center, but has situation come to
such a pass, that natives of this land have to sacrifice the rights they have zealously
held for centuries over their land, rivers, forest and hills.
These resources belong to the whole inhabiting community and a person or two, however
exalted their place might be, cannot decide their fate by merely signing on dotted
lines. What kind of democracy is this, that you first go and sell a person’s belongings
without his consent and approach him afterward for approval and when the person protest,
tell him that, in your self-justified opinion, it was done only for his own good.
Talking of generosity, they sure know how to exact its price too. We are being tutored,
if we allow the hydro companies to operate, they will in return provide free power
– 12% of the plants’ generated capacity - to us, which our govt, in turn, can sell
and earn 7000 crore rupees annually. But they do not tell us that this means the
companies, in the whole process, are going to earn an annual turnover of whopping
58,000 crore rupees. That is more than four times the amount required to run the
whole state for a year! This also means that in the forty years of lease-agreement,
their accumulated return will be an astronomical sum of around 23 lakh crore rupees.
That’s more than making a killing, given that the cumulative investment of these
hydro power developers - which they will be putting in, as per Dr. Paliwal, over
a period of 10 years - is, comparatively, a mere 3 lakh crore. With such money at
stake, it would be naïve to think that corporate world will not interfere and influence
the politics and policies of this state.
Compare this amount with the sum spent on us by the Centre since 1972 - the year
we practically became a distinct political and federal entity of the Union. As per
the RBI website, 12079.47 crore is the total of govt’s expenditure in the year 2013-14;
taking into account the effect of inflation , if we assume that the same amount was
incurred by our govt every year, then the state has received a sum total of around
5 lakh crore in the last 42 years. You dole out five lakh crore in 42 years and exact
more than four times the amount in next 40 years! Perhaps, even the imperialist nations
had not been so commercial when dealing with their colonies.
A question regarding dams that we have not been asking so far is what will happen
to the dams after these companies leave our state. ‘American Society of Civil Engineering’
describes 50 years as typical useful lifespan of a Dam. If that is true, within next
5 to 15 years of the companies’ exit the dams will become a liability for the state.
Remember, America has already dismantled more than 1000 dams, 46 of them in the last
decade, which had become economically unviable and detrimental to ecology; and it
did not come without a huge financial cost. For instance, to dismantle two dams with
a combined installed capacity of 28 MW built over Elwha river and in order to rehabilitate
the river, US govt, in 2011, had to spent about 300 million US dollar (1,800 crore
Indian rupees). If that is the case of two dams with an installed capacity of just
28 MW, how much it will need to take apart hundreds of dams with total generating
capacity of around 46,000 MW after they have served their useful life. Where will
go begging for all the money then?
Dibang has risen in protest, Siang has opposed, Subansiri may soon join, Kameng may
chip in and Lohit may join the chorus, but human sentiments do not stand a chance
against the brute force of state machineries, at the end of the day, their voices
will be crushed mercilessly. I do not see any other option than to resign to the
doomed fate of our state. Or am I being too defeatist?
Captions lack edge, force, and dynamism
Please help us understand why your Captions/Headings in the Reader’s Forum sound
so general, inconsequential or powerless ?
This is what I mean:
“We can no longer wait”
“Help us move forward”
“Stop unfair trade practice”.
By all appearances, these captions lack edge, force, and dynamism.
While there are a few ‘direct’ write ups, by and large the Readers Forum typically
carry write-ups that do not demand a response.
Please see if what I say is so.
Apho A Ngwazah
Lately due to outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Dhemaji District of Assam, the
Department of Health of Assam is seriously engaged in dealing with the situation
by vaccinating the people of the area, free of cost, on war footing. The adjoining
foothill areas of Arunachal Pradesh are equally exposed to the disease but it is
regretted that the Department of Health of Arunachal Pradesh seems to be in deep
slumber as no initiative for vaccination has been taken as yet.
It is sad to inform that our rural poor people are running door to door in nearby
Health Centers of Assam but are overwhelmed by the demand for the vaccine by the
people of Assam. The Arunachlee people of the foothills are living under fear that
the dreadful disease may spread from Dhemaji District to the adjoining foothills.
It is therefore hoped and prayed that Government would understand the problems faced
by the people living in the foothills adjoining the Dhemaji District and initiate
early vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis.
The rapid spread of Japanese encephalitis has made everyone very worried. People
residing in Assam border seem more vulnerable as many people have lost their lives
in Assam already because of rapid spread of Japanese encephalitis. It is hoped that
government of Arunachal will start vaccination soon so that our people are at least
safeguarded from the dreaded disease.
So it is an earnest request to the government of Arunachal to please initiate immediate
step for mass vaccination.
Baluk Sora, Nari
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