This is regarding the recent assault on journalists in Arunachal Pradesh which has
woken up many dumb stricken Arunachalees and amassed eulogies from everyone in our
Are you condemning the culprits because they assaulted a journalist? If, they had
assaulted any ordinary public, then what would be your take on it? Had they slapped
and slanged a common man or woman, would you have poured the same amount of condemnation?
I'm not derogating any journalist instead; i have endearments and respect for journalist
and journalism but i dont like the stooges and henchmen nature of our people. We
condemn any ill and heinous action against humanity irrespective of what position
they holds in our society.
Many a times doctors have been attacked, daughter have been molested almost everywhere.
Teachers have been physically assaulted even by most reliable IRBN. Son is beaten
to death in his own home town. A mother is killed. Why so silent on these assaults?
Why so staggering Hullabaloo for journalist only?
Oh my people please open an account for Humanity too. Journalism, the well said
fourth pillar of our society, are eyes for those blinds, ears for deaf and voice
for dumb. Journalist and journalism, we adore you. We rely upon you for justice,
front runner of our struggle for peace and love. Have not you forgotten something
that we have always expected from you?
There are many destitute dying, there are skulls and bones of our helpless people
lying scattered in some dark corners in our homeland. Our people are economically,
politically, socially, culturally, technologically, mentally or not to forget physically
assaulted at every nick of time. Can't people of Arunachal see that too?
Some of our fellow citizens are drowning into the floods of backwardness. Some people
are flying on high-tech airbuses but our people do not even have the fortune to walk
on a porter track. Why such disparities? Can’t you prepare a journalistic report
on the causes of these floods? Is not this a developmentally assault?
We had no beggars on our streets. Presently, some Arunachalee beggars are seen sporadically
on the streets. Tomorrow, every backward family will have at least one beggar. Armies
of Arunachalee beggars are sure to be on our streets soon. Some destitute family
fails to ignite their oven and their utensils are lying unused. A terrible flame
of famine and starvation is swallowing them. Is not it an economic assault? Can't
you prepare effective report on them? Or your pen do not work while writing such
When Hindi langauge is superseding our tribal indigenous dialects and thereby becoming
the root cause of our cultural holocaust. Don't you think that this is a culturally
assault? Or you have a rule to not to write on these issues?
Our students are deprived of modern education like computer, well equipped laboratories,
scientific gadgets etc. In the name of these programes, many Governments institutions
are selling off computers, scientific instruments etc provided by govt. Why no writings
A man who writes 'A' for Apel (apple) 'P' for Pikok (peacock) top in SSA exams and
others alike but a man who has Cleared NET, JRF etc could not find a place even in
wait list category.
When each MLAs and Ministers are given Job quotas to recruit relatives of his stalwarts,
when jobs are purchased openly from politicians or by politicians, why your hands
are handcuffed, why your legs are fettered? Why your legs are trembling, hands are
shaking in writing such political assaults? Is not it a politically assault? Don't
you have paper for available such writings?
Champions in reporting like Mr. X and Y is appointed President and secretary of cow-dog
Union, father-mother society or monkey-donkey Association etc. Mr A died, Mrs MLA
dressed white etc do not prove your worth journalistic spirit. Mopin festival, Si-Donyi,
Nyokum etc is celebrated, Miss and Mr association, cows and dogs union have launched
a bandh call etc need no coverage. In fact they'll come to you to report but all
these have been your best report that you could publish or write and what else?
The journalists have the power to unravel the hidden pain screamed silently by your
people. You are the messiah; you are the one who can help public to address their
In every house in the remote corner of our state, there are families writhing and
groaning in silent pain due to hunger, thirst etc.
Go to village, backward regions there are children yet to see school gate. Go to
undiscovered hamlets, you'll still find parents and children wearing no cloths.
Reporting golden plates used by high profile MLAs or Ministers disqualifies your
credibility. But we believes your moral spirit, we are still confident that you are
the one who can change or bring a desired changes in our society.
Our hopes are not yet crushed that you are our social army that will leave no stone
unturned to reveal the realities of our problem stricken and poverty ridden society.
And I have faith in you that you are not stooge and henchmen journalists. You belong
to an elite journalism.
J Jeke Nilling
New Delhi (e-mail)
The fire at Yachuli
This is regarding Yachuii firing incident that broke out on Dec 13.
We are Govt registered 1st Class Contractor, and can submit tender anywhere in India
but why the Tender was not accepted from our side?
What was the requirement of the local guards at the PWD office whereas Police should
have been deployed?
Questions also arise as to why the local administration did not provide any Security
during the Tender nomination.
Why did the PWD allowed only one firm to Submit Tender whereas other contractors
were also present there.
Why the Police are targeting only some people?
Why the PWD office at Dodo, Pei, Mai, Lej and Puchu were occupied by those people
even before the Tender was issued. Are these PWD offices being used as their home?
Our current representative is way too immature because as the leader he has to look
into everyone's problem not just his trusted ones only.
Joram (on email)
Listen to the voices
At a time when the media of our state is just gaining ground, it is a disgrace that
there are repeated attacks & threat on the media fraternity.
The attack on journalists was really an untoward incident, the slow reaction to nab
the culprits and the way the story unfolded makes one to believe that if you are
an IRBN personnel you are immune to the law & more so if you have links with public
It is time the govt. starts to heed the people's voices and go heavy on such kind
of offences to prevent future occurrence.
Khonsa (on email)
Media and some truth
During Vietnam War, the US government and the American mainstream media projected
Vietnam as a rich country to their citizens. It was only after a group of three journalists
went to the war ravaged country and brought back pictures from Vietnam and published
in some responsible news outlets that the people of America realized that their govt
and govt controlled/sponsored media was fooling them.
Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in Asia, but with great self-respect.
Likewise we cannot trust the Indian media which is used by the Indian central govt
and corporate to publish stories like dams on the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra
in China. Is this a concerted effort to draw away attention of the public from the
NHPC dam projects in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and the hundreds of dams coming
up in Arunachal Pradesh? If the report of dams by China is given so much coverage,
why is the news of breaking of two dams on river Elhwa in the Americas not given
Vox populi (on email)
A Christmas wish!
If we are not ready to change, even God cannot change us! So many of our people of
Arunachal Pradesh have been converted to Christianity, but real conversion for good
had not taken in our hearts, I confess including me.
As we are celebrating Christmas, let us renew our covenant, and say the following
prayers with intention to do practically not just in liturgical during this Christmas
so that the light of Christ Jesus transform us thoroughly, the people of Arunachal
Pradesh be liberated from poverty and ignorance, we may stop taking and giving bribes,
we may be honest in public, social, political and business activities.
The wrong notion of people, especially govt. official thinking that cheating and
looting public/ Govt. especially Central money by unfair means is not sin may be
The continuous amassing of public resources or money by most of leaders, bureaucrats
and especially technocrats to buy power during election, riches and comforts which
had created a sort of financial crisis among masses in Arunachal Pradesh be transformed
May the poor unemployed educated youths of Arunachal Pradesh get govt. jobs as part
their ability without giving bribes in any form so that they may serve the nation
with corruptless mind !
May the misguided youths know that god loves them and they are to love mankind !
We should not only keep on talking about being good and doing good, nor expect someone
else to begin first. For God's sake! The Christians of Arunachal Pradesh. Let us
be truly converted Christian so that the light and peace of Christ be shared and
experienced in our land!
Bake Tach Anthony
It is indeed very encouraging to learn that AAPSU has taken an initiative for Organizing
an Inter Tribe Youth Festival under the motto "One Arunachal". I hope and pray in
spite of all our inter tribe disputes and misunderstandings, such events serves as
a platform for trust, mutual respect, communal harmony, and peace, and it is worth
mentioning that such events should be supported through participation from all quarters
of society, especially the youths, as saying goes " Respect your fellow human being,
treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your
thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one
another achieve it ".
I wish AAPSU the apex body of our student union to continue with the positive work
as we all expect such role of yours towards the community as a whole. And pray that
dream of "One Arunachal" is achieved.
New Delhi (on email)
Not the party but the people
This is in response to the letter ‘A Worthless Furore’ published on 21st Dec’ where
the writer says that ‘corruption is a gift of the congress and will go an so long
as India exist’.
I don’t know, to what extent this sounds to my fellow Indian citizens but for me
this is absurd especially for having named a particular party. I am not a fan of
congress nor a strict opposition but as a concerned citizen of India, I am to say
that the same does not hold much water in the land of “khushi khushi” where leaders
do run after power, money and what is commonly called “khurchi”.
Very sadly few leaders do really show respect and reverence for the parties like
congress, BJP, NCP etc and for the rest it is exchangeable with time and conditions.
Religion is a case in point, which does serve equal nurturing of moral and ethical
values to the spiritual and physical being but even then, hatreds, separation and
fractionalism creep into it. Since we don’t blame any particular religion for such
differences and divisions like wise it is not the party but the people who should
Secondly, I am much elated to see the incremental progress done by different associations
and Students Union for the Development and welfare of our state but it is unworthy
to see the conditions when it is again only few students’ body like Galo Students
Union (GSU) and West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) alone fighting and still
steadfast in its opposition against the massive PDS scam. The actions of GSU and
WSDSU may seem trivial but certainly deserve attention and one need to learn a lesson
from them. So what next? Should we allow the perpetrators of the PDS scam to go scot
free or should we wait for another massive scam? Should we all as a united parts
of one body jointly wage an unprecedented war against corruption ever in the history
of the Land of Rising Sun?
Ruksin (on email)
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
School infrastructure, University, Chakma refugee issue high on AAPSU agenda
State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribe Youth Festival starts
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The First State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribes Youth Festival
got off to an impressive start with youths of various tribes in their best traditional
attire and fire-works adding colour to the opening ceremony at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,
The programme began with hoisting of AAPSU flag by chief guest followed by traditional
dances of various tribes presented by youths coming from various districts. Speaking
on the occasion, AAPSU president Takam Tatung complimented all the participating
youths and said that this is an initiative of AAPSU which aims at fostering communal
harmony and brotherhood among various tribes as well as remembering and honoring
those AAPSU leaders, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the native people.
Tatung hoped that this will provide a good platform to all the participants to interact
with each other for better understanding and know each other’s culture and traditions
in a better way.
While touching upon some burning problems of the state, Tatung urged the authorities
concerned to pursue the vexed Chakma-Hajong issue vigorously for early solution.
He further said that various schools in the state are running without necessary infrastructure
facilities, like proper sanitation system, school and hostel building which reflected
poor education scenario of the state. He urged authority to address the needs immediately
by sanctioning a special package.
He also stressed the need for establishing another University to accommodate ever
growing students and a juvenile home and a central jail in the state.
Other issues raised by the AAPSU leader were early construction of the Greenfield
airport, adoption/implementation of Industry policy, improvement of sector roads
within capital complex and a mini stadium at Itanagar.
AAPSU general secretary Tujum Poyum welcomed all the participating youths and dignitaries
on the occasion.
Later in the afternoon, East Siang beat West Siang 5-4 (6-5) in a thrilling opening
football match via penalty kick after both the teams were tied 1-1 in regulation
and extra time.
West Siang shot into lead 38 minute into the match through Gete Ori which was equalized
by East Siang in 54th minute through M Padung taking the match to extra time and
Eight teams, including East Kameng, West Siang, East Siang, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare,
Tawang, West Kameng and a team from AAPSU are participating in the Martyrs Cup. The
winner will get Rs.One lakh while the runners up and Disciplined team would be given
Rs 50,000 and Rs. 15,000 respectively. Best Player, Best Goalkeeper and Highest Scorer
would also be awarded Rs.5,000 each.
On the other hand, winner and runners up of the girls volleyball competition would
be given Rs.40,000 and Rs.20,000 respectively. East Kameng, West Siang, East Siang,
Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare, Lohit and Dibang Valley are participating in this event.
Meanwhile, the food festival was formally inaugurated at IG Park here this evening
and cultural programme was on when this report was filed.
Shillong Chamber Choir receives ‘CNN-IBN Indian of the Year – Special Achievement
New Delhi, Dec 23: India’s North-eastern musical delight – Shillong Chamber Choir
was honoured with the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Special Achievement Award for
putting their homeland’s cultural and musical talent on the national map. The young
group of singers from Shillong, dubbed as the ‘rock capital of India’, have not just
left the nation spellbound with Western chorals and Hindi classics, but have also
enthralled the Obamas during the Presidential banquet held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The event was graced with the presence of the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Pranab
Mukherjee as the Chief Guest and also attended by the crème de la crème of the nation.
The grand finale of the award ceremony will be telecast on 30 Dec at 9:30 PM on CNN-IBN.
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award is instituted to commemorate the achievements of
doers from various walks of life whose contributions have brought pride to our Nation.
The award ceremony acknowledged the achievements of various personalities and felicitated
them with CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2010 under the following categories:
• Politics: Nitish Kumar
• Sports: Sushil Kumar
• Business: Kumar Mangalam Birla
• Entertainment: Shankar
• Public Service: Ladakh Ecological Development Group & SEEDS India
• Special Achievements: J Gopikrishnan, Shillong Chamber Choir and Indian Women’s
Relay Team of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur.
• Lifetime Achievement: M S Swaminathan
BJP concerned at mushrooming of hydro projects
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concerned at mushrooming
of hydro projects along the Brahamaputra and its future impacts on the land and properties
of the people of the state demanded the state govt. to aggressively take up with
the centre for taking effective measures with the Chinese counter-part apart from
the increased economic and trade relations taking place.
We need to feel the sincerity and focused attention of the centre and state government
apart from hollowed statements in Medias on these sensitive issues where the future
of the state and its people lies, it said.
The government should also focus on the development in the border areas in the larger
perspectives of the national interests inclusive of the real prosperity of the local
populations in the ground level, it said.
It further wanted to know why steps have not been taken to restore road connectivity
to Dibang Valley District.
The party added said that such attitude exposes how “we are prepared to handle the
ground situations at such extreme, strategic and sensitive International border areas”.
NABARD workshop on Centrally Sponsored Schemes
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar is hosting
a Workshop on Centrally Sponsored Schemes at the Conference Hall of State Bank of
India, Regional Office, Itanagar at 1400 hours on Dec 27.
The objective of the workshop is to sensitize the bankers of the Sate on Centrally
Sponsored Schemes viz. Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme, Integrated Development
of Small Ruminants and Rabbits, Scheme on Pig Development, Scheme on Salvaging and
Rearing of Male Buffaloe Calves, Scheme on Utilization of Fallen Animals & Scheme
for Establishing Poultry Estates and Mother Units for Rural Backyard Poultry being
implemented by Govt. of India via back-ended subsidy mode through the banks. The
proposed outcome of the workshop is to design an appropriate strategy for effective
implementation of the schemes in the state in collaboration with all the stakeholders.
In search of a true leader
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: “There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader,”
quoted Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, the famous French politician of 18th century.
Throughout the world leaders always try to understand the mood of ordinary public
and formulate government policies accordingly. A true leader inspires people to dream
for better life and do not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion and ethnicity.
With due respect to 60 sitting MLAs and numerous other politician or so called leaders,
till now I have not come across a true leader who cares for ordinary citizens of
Arunachal. In the past one year ever since joining The Arunachal Times, I got rare
opportunity to travel various parts of state and got chance to interact with ‘real
Arunachalees’ living in interior areas. Every one feels that Arunachal need one leader
who can inspire people to dream for a better future. They feel Arunachal need a leader
who do not discriminate people on the basis of tribe and who care for every Arunachalee
irrespective of tribe and religion. Arunachal need a leader who listens to the problem
of poor and do not behave like dictators. Like every other Arunachalees, this poor
journalist also desire for one such true leader who can inspire present generation
youths to work for betterment of this state.
But keeping in mind the present situation, I sometimes wonder if our dream of having
a true visionary leader will remain only a dream? Politics in Arunachal is played
on tribe and regional basis. Even leaders tend to think on that front. If a minister
belongs to one particular XYZ tribe, it is often seen that people from his or her
community get maximum job in that ministry. Also most of the developmental schemes
under his/her ministry go to that minister’s constituency. Whereas in true sense
being a minister, he/she is suppose to care for whole state. Though our netajis in
public platform talk about communal harmony but there is no denying that deep down
in their heart all of them think on tribe and regional line.
Leaders are supposed to listen to the problems of citizen and try their level best
to solve it. However in our state leaders behave like dictators and impose their
will on the people. For example people of Siang belt is bitterly opposed to construction
of dam over river Siang but our leaders are hell bent on helping private hydropower
developers in going ahead with the construction. The residents of Siang area do not
want to part away with their ancestral land but our leaders are not listening to
their grievances and are trying to impose their will by letting private developers
construct dam over Siang. This is just one example and likewise we can cite many
more examples of dictatorial attitude of Arunachalee netajis.
But big question is how long they will continue to impose their will on us? When
will our people start rebelling against such disgraceful leaders?
This new year offer us a chance to rebuild the dream of making Arunachal a developed
state. For this Arunachalee people need to scrutinize the work carried out by their
In the meanwhile let’s keep hoping that one day we will get a true leader who will
love state of Arunachal and her people in true sense.
Union unhappy at high price
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Nyishi Youth Association, Capital Complex unhappy at price
differences of basic commodities said that prices in Itanagar and Naharlagun markets
varied from shop to shop which create confusion among the customers.
It further said the some labour wages of building construction have also been raised
to Rs.350 and Rs.250 per day, whereas in the neigbouring state it is Rs 120 per day.
The association appealed to the Bazar Welfare Committee Naharlagun and Itanagar,
Chamber of Commerce and All Capital Complex Contract Workers Union to control price
anomalies and cross check the wages of workers for the welfare of the society.
Implementation of central prog questioned
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Yemsing village under East Siang
district, in a memorandum, has appealed for constitution of a high level inquiry
committee and subsequent verification on gross irregularities in execution of centrally
sponsored watershed development project in shifting cultivation areas in respect
of Yemsing village.
The ASM further said that a complaint to that effect was also lodged with District
Agriculture Officer, East Siang against the ADO, Pangin way back in June, 2009 but
no concrete action has been taken till date.
Meanwhile, the report of the enquiry committee submitted to the East Siang deputy
commissioner said that "the execution of the said scheme was not upto the mark but
was somehow acceptable".
Sports and cultural meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Mahdevpur –IV Youth Club and Mahila Mandal Mahadevpur-IV in coordination
with Nehru Yuva Kendra,Tezu conducted Cultural and Games & Sports meet at Mahadevpur-IV
on Dec 19-21.
The main objectives of the programme was to create cultural and games & sports spirit
among the youths and women of the area.
On Dec 21, an awareness meeting on HIV/Aids, drugs, health and hygiene were also
District youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Pailo Mihu, was resources person and
Chief Guest during the awareness meeting. He also highlighted the programmes activities
and scheme of NYKS for youth’s clubs and women.
Making Christmas Relevant
Dr. Bamin Tada
The word Christmas comes from Christmases’ or Crites Masses originally derived from
Greek Christos which means- ‘The anointed one’ which is a title of Jesus Christ’.
Christmas is also known as X-mass (Greek letter X-Pronounced as Khi) is an abbreviation
Therefore, Christmas is built on the name of Christ and a festival or celebration
or mass in his honour. This festival is a commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ,
the Saviour of the World.
The Bible predicted the details of the birth of Jesus, including the place, the nature
and purpose of his coming. “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to
a Son and call him Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14
The Virgin is the Virgin Mary who conceived by the Holy Spirit, and gave to her Son,
in a town called Bethlehem or city of David, in Palestine.
The baby was born in a stable because there was no place for Mary in Bethlehem. The
baby was named Jesus because the Bible Says “You shall call him name Jesus, for he
will save his people from their Sins”. (Matthew 1:21)
Therefore, the name Jesus means the “Saviour.” During 840 BC- God spoke through prophet
Isaiah – “The Virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a son and call him
Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14
Again in Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah said “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulder. And He will be called wonderful counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.
On the night when Jesus was born, the world was asleep and mankind was under sins
and spiritual darkness but God sent an angel to break the news of birth of Jesus
among the shepherds who were watching over their flock in the field.
“I bring you good news of great joy for all people for unto you is born in the city
of David your Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, after which the angle was joined by
many others singing” “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men” (Luke
The Shepherd went to Bethlehem and saw the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.
Therefore, the first Christmas was celebrated by angles, joined by shepherded and
hence Christmas has universal significances became Jesus was born to be the
1. Saviour of Human being
2. Secondly his birth to bring Salvation to man kind.
3. He comes as Prince of Peace
4. Wonderful councilor and Mighty God
5. He comes to be the Everlasting Father.
Then, Christmas brings a message of Peace and reconciliation. The Bible concept of
Peace is not just the absence of war, conflict or strife, it also means, wholeness,
completeness, well being, prosperity and harmonious relationship between man and
God and among all mankind.
The purpose of Christmas was not to establish a new religion but to bring a world
with peace, harmony, tolerance and reconciliation, which is the need of the hours.
The Bible acknowledges “He is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken
down the dividing wall of hostility --- making peace and reconciliation us to God
through the cross” (Ephesians 2:14-16)
The world needs peace and need to shun violence; hence Christmas message has universal
relevance down the ages.
Jesus was born to teach humanity to love God and to love one another.
Jesus did not come to condemned looked down anyone professing other religion or any
one of a culture different from him. Rather he denounced his own religious leaders
for their self righteousness, apartheid, hardness, and hypocrisy.
Jesus lived with the poor identified with the down cast, fed hungry, healed the sick
comforted who mourns and most of all died for sins of mankind. Therefore, Christmas
symbolize real spiritual truth. Jesus Christ is the very personification of Divinity.
He was born at a time when ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred and hypocrisy,
prevailed on the earth, purity was forgotten and morality was neglected.
Christ was born and He transformed the lives of people. But today the world has forgotten
the significance of Christmas message. The world is full of strifes, anarchy, terrorism,
separation, and regionalism.
This Christmas, will be relevant to us if the message of peace, harmony, love and
reconciliation is being practiced. The Christmas reminds us again not only to believe
in him but also be tolerant, forgiving, selfless and compassionate and spread the
message of peace, love and universal brotherhood.
This Christmas let us spread-
Love where there is Hate
Joy where there is Sadness
Peace where there is Unrest and
Forgiveness where there is Hurt.
God bless all this Christmas and Happy New Year 2011.
Banking with care
A paltry sum of Rs. 25 lakhs is enough to establish a co-operative bank. Thanks
to the relaxation policy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and opening up of the
economy in past two decades. Many of such small banks & financial institutions which
have gone doldrums and premature end at their infancy; instances are galore and reasons
The ultimate sufferers are the consumers whose hard earned deposit might have been
Banking facilities in India, especially in recognized national level organizations
have taken several technological leaps with introduction of ATM, credit card, cashless
transactions, core-banking and so on, but deficiency in service to a common consumer
still remains on some fonts.
Hefty promises are being made by the banks & financial institutions through the print
and vidual media to attract consumers, but often fall short of their promises. Consumers
are being charged in the name of so called declared or un-declared services, which
are rarely been rendered to. Deficiency in service are of numerous types viz. charging
of exorbitant rate of interest against credit card; inadequate supply of money, faulty
ATM services, showing wrong statement of withdrawal through ATM; non-credit of amount
against deposited cheque in time; wrong transfer of fund; misplacing of drafts/cheques;
delay in payment of matured FDR and so on.. An ordinary consumer can hardly go through
the prolonged ordeal of fighting with those banks.
Enactment of the Consumer Protection legislation & implementation of the same has
given such consumer a wide opportunity to fight for their causes. An aggrieved consumer
can sought for speedy, inexpensive redressal of his/her grievances with due compensation.
But, before doing so, a consumer should be aware of his/her rights & duties and the
procedure for lodging the complaints. A consumer should know :
(i) Banks are liable to pay interest for undue delay in honouring drafts/cheques
without suitable reason communicated to him; For delay in local cheques for
more than two days & for outstation cheques beyond a period of 14 days, bank needs
to pay interest;
(ii) Bank can’t deny a signed receipt to a consumer who is depositing cheques/drafts
through local “drop box” ;
(iii) Every account holder/depositor/borrower or even a person who has applied for
a loan is a consumer ; and since no free service is rendered by the bank,
any deficiency in such service comes under the purview of the Act;
(iv) Delay in crediting Retirement benefit into the account may also amount to deficiency;
(v) Issuance of defective/duplicate currency through cash counter/ATM is deficiency
on part of bank;
(vi) 15th of every month or next working day is normally treated as Consumer Day.
The head of the branch is supposed to meet the consumer on that day.
REDRESSAL Machinery available :
1. A consumer may seek redressal of his grievances to the concern local head of the
bank first; In case of dis-satisfaction, he may approach the Regional/Zonal Manager;
2. If there is no redressal within three weeks, the case may be lodged with the Secretary(Banking),
Ministry of Finance, New Delhi;
3. In case of no redressal within two months, customers may approach the Banking
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Taluk Ringu, Resource Person (Inclusive Education) passed away
on Dec 22 at Naharlagun.
Hailing from Telam village under East Siang, Late Ringu had joined SSA’s State Project
Directorate as a Resource Person (Inclusive Education) on 12th Feb’2008 to deal with
physically challenged children.
He was a registered member of the Rehabilitation Council of India and completed his
Diploma in Special Education (Mental Retardation) from the National Institute for
Mentally Handicapped, Dehradun.
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Sacred Heart Pappu Nalla Catholic Church, is celebrating a
common Christmas consisting of all the Churches of Naharlagun Parish on Dec 25.
The celebration is being marked by various sports, cultural and literary competitions.
MLA Bamang Felix will be the Chief Guest with GM, NABARD BG Mukhopadhya, and Dr Byabang
Rana as Guests of Honour.
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Donyi Colony Welfare Committee while responding to a news item
regarding appointment of its colony executive said that the appointment of president
and general secretary is not recognized by all the members of the colony. Further,
a case has also been filed before the concerned authority in this regard by the committee.
PRI leaders resents
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Gram Panchayat Member of Lok Tap village resented at the award
of civil work for construction of government primary school, Lok Tap, Kamporijo to
a contractor instead of Village Education Committee. It termed it is as gross violation
of norms of SSA for awarding of works.
The VEC and SMC claimed that despite appeals to ensure the participation of community,
civil works has been awarded to a contractor. It further added that the place where
the school building is being constructed is not feasible at all for school going
The GPM appealed the concerned district authority to take immediate step by re-considering
the work order and allow the community to take up the construction to avoid future
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Kage Mara has been appointed as President of Upper Subansiri District,
All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nyibu Welfare Association Youth Wing.
ITANAGAR: An 86-member students delegation from Arunachal Pradesh left here for Bangalore
to attend the 61st National Conference of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)
scheduled from Dec 25-28. The meeting will mainly focus on various problems of the
students’ community and also strive to bridge communication gaps between people of
Arunachal Pradesh with other states.
ITANAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party, state unit has greeted the people of the state
on the occasion of Christmas and Indigenous Faith Day and New Year.
In a message, the party wished that the festive season would bring in Peace, Tranquility,
and Prosperity to all and take the state to new height of Progress and development.
ITANAGAR: The Itanagar permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will remain closed
from today to December 31on account of winter break and Christmas holidays. The office
will remain closed on December 24 and 25.
as greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Christmas and Indigenous Faith
Day and New Year.
In a message, the party wished that the festive season would bring in Peace, Tranquility,
and Prosperity to all and take the state to new height of Progress and development.