Govt doing everything to ensure safety of citizens of NE Region in Delhi : PM
NE students delegation calls on Prime Minister Singh
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Prime Minister met today a delegation of Students representing
all the eight North Eastern States studying in Delhi in the presence of Bijoy Krishna
Handique, Minister for Mines & Development of North Eastern Region, Agatha Sangma,
MoS for Rural Development, Vincent Pala, MoS for Water Resources and senior Government
Officials, in the context of recent incidents of violence against students/ youth
hailing from the NE Region.
Arunachal was represented by Lokam Anand president Arunachal Students Union Delhi.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the Government has taken a serious note of the
incidents and informed the delegation about the various steps which have been taken
to ensure safety and security of the people hailing from the Region. Ministry of
Home Affairs and Ministry of DoNER are constantly monitoring the situation and the
Government is trying to put in place a fool proof mechanism to ensure security to
the people of the NE Region in Delhi. The Resident Commissioners of the NE States
in Delhi are also taking all necessary steps to instill a sense of confidence in
the minds of people and they would closely liaise with the M/ Home Affairs and M/
DoNER in this regard.
The representatives of students felt that the perception in the minds of local people
about the people hailing from the NE region is the root cause of the present situation.
In his response, the Prime Minister noted that there is an urgent need to sensitize
the people about this issue and said that steps would be taken to enlighten the general
public about the culture and life style of each of the NE states through Doordarshan
and Cable/ satellite Channels shortly. Suitable arrangements would be made for cultural
exchange programmes at the local level, which would include organizing NE Festivals,
Cultural Programmes in colleges etc.
Welfare Officers of the Universities in Delhi would be asked to look into the problems
faced by NE Students on admissions, hostel facilities etc. They would also be advised
to take urgent steps to promote General Social awareness about the cultural uniqueness
of the NE Region among the student community. Other steps being taken by the Government
include organizing a football tournament in the NE Region, cultural festivals.
It was noted that the FIRs presently being recorded in Hindi at police station in
Delhi are not properly understood by many of the NE residents. The police personnel
would be sensitized appropriately to ensure that the complaints of NE residents are
properly understood and suitable follow-up action is taken without any delay.
It was noted that a Girls’ Hostel is being constructed in the Delhi University to
mitigate the accommodation problem. The representatives of students’ community requested
for augmentation of capacity of Hostels for NE students and sought construction
of a Working Women’s hostel in the city.
The Prime Minister noted that the Ministry of DoNER has set up North East Connect
- a Cell at the level of Joint Secretary, which included inter alia the Resident
Commissioners of all the eight NE States to review the action taken by the concerned
authorities with reference to the recent incidents. The representatives of the Students
Community would now be associated with the working of the Cell. The representatives
of the Students’ community expressed satisfaction on the steps taken by the Ministry
of DoNER to tackle the situation.
In his concluding remarks, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Government was
doing everything in its power to ensure that all the students/ youth from the NE
Region are safe in Delhi.
Students call for govt action
Arunachal Students Union Delhi has called on the Delhi government to take initiative
to ensure safety of students coming from NE region. It said that students are being
left on thier own with no one to understnd thier hardships.
ASUD expressed concerned that the incidents of harassment involving the students
from Northeast region. In an email, the Union stated that action is yet to be taken
against those involved in the Oct 17 molestation of the young Arunachali girl in
Delhi. Even as the shock is yet to sink in, another girl from the state was molested
on Dec 8 at Sarojini market. Then union demanded that perpetrators be taken to task.
Child welfare cries for attention in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Arunachal has to go a long long way go when it comes to care of
children and juveniles. Apart from opening schools, the state seemed to have done
practically nothing to cater to needs of the young ones of the state. The uncomfortable
truth confronted everyone at a one day orientation workshop on the rights of the
child which was organised today at Banquet Hall by Indian Council of Child Welfare-Creche
Committee, Arunachal Pradesh headed by Jarjum Ete. The orientation workshop was
organised to mark the International Human Rights Day.
Absence of homes for juvenile in conflict with law, special police for juvenile,
absence of funds, non-functional juvenile justice boards and child welfare committees,
the list is endless.
Impulse –NGO Network Team Leader Hasina Kharbih in her keynote address emphasized
on collaboration among all the stakeholders including state government to ensure
safety and secured future of children and young people.
Kharbih, who has been championing the cause of children lamented that the children
have been relegated to a corner as the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Child Welfare
Committees (CWC), set up for their welfare, are only in the papers.
Jarjum Ete called for more networking and follow up actions. She said that action
has just started and has a long way to go while expressing the hope that present
govt headed by Dorjee Khandu will focus on the issues.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairperson Arunachal Pradesh State Women’s Commission
Mepung Tadar Bage said that Juvenile Justice Board in Arunachal needs to be activated.
While advocating for setting up of juvenile homes, she said that Arunachal needs
to do more for the young people of its state. She is also the Secretary ICCW-Creche
Committee Arunachal.Speaking on crime against children, child marriage and prostitution,
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society Secretary General Dipti Bengia Tako said
that though girl child who are employed as housemaid are being exploited in the State
but no one is ready to take up the cause of their rights.
Advocate and Rights Activist Sunil Mow of Human Rights Law Network speaking on the
pornography, paedophile and trafficking, in the state highlighted on the lack of
will from the state government on these issues.
The police force led AIGP (Crimes) Eba Lingu, SP Capital Hibu Tamang, SP Papum Pare
P N Khrimey and other officers from the Police dept attended one-day orientation.
This obviolsuy gave a lot of hope to the organizers.
AIGP Eba Lingu spoke on the Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare and Child Right protection
while G Kato, spoke on Fundamental Right to Education-SSA and Panchayats, Labour
Commissioner Ojing Darung on Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act while NIPCCD,
Guwahati Faculty Dr Sanghamitra Barik spoke on Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare
The resolutions adopted would further be submitted to the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
Recommendations for child welfare in Arunachal
- Juvenile Home with required infrastructure and workforce
- MoU on Integrated Child Protection Scheme, a centrally sponsored scheme
- Constitution of State Commission for Child’s Right
- Creation of juvenile justice funds.
- Separation of judiciary from executive
- Functional JJB and CWC in districts
- Child budgeting and child budget analysis
- Training of govt officials on child laws.
State to have realistic export policy soon
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The preliminary reports on export potential in Arunachal Pradesh
prepared by Rajiv Gandhi University and the comments and suggestions from various
departments, NGOs and Entrepreneurs of the state would pave a way for the state government
in formulating a realistic policy decision soon, said Commissioner, Trade and Commerce
M Pertin today.
He was speaking as a Chief Guest in the one day workshop on “Export Potential and
Marketing Strategies in Arunachal Pradesh” held at Udyog Sadan, Itanagar today.
The programme was sponsored by the Department of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh in collaboration with the Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University.
However, Pertin lamented over poor transportation and power supply to streamline
the demand and supply of the goods and service in the state. He said that frequent
Bandh calls, lack of hospitality and infrastructural facilities also directly or
indirectly hampers proper economic growth in the state.
While, appreciating the RGU particularly Economics Department and officers of Directorate
of Trade and Commerce Department for preparing the preliminary project report, he
urged the RGU to complete the final report at the earliest possible time after incorporating
various points and suggestions put forwarded by the stakeholder Departments, NGOs
and Agencies during the workshop. Trade and Commerce, Director Tokong Pertin urged
all the participants to give their suggestions and comments on the draft report prepared
by the Department of Economics, RGU so that a best and standard report is prepared
which will be beneficial for evolving realistic policy decision by the Government,
for the benefit of the traders and entrepreneur of the state.
Tokong further stated that taking cue from the Governor ‘Team Arunachal’ idea, the
Department of Trade and Commerce is involving all stakeholder including govt departments,
NGOs and various agencies including Central and State Government to fine tune the
report which bears both direction and solution for traders and entrepreneurs of Arunachal
Chairperson of the Study Team Prof. N C Roy through power point presentation on the
draft report informed that their Study mainly focused on major Agri-Horti products
such as apple, orange, banana, pineapple, ginger, floriculture, medicinal and other
plants and Tourism. He also informed that lack of required infrastructural facilities,
social infrastructure like property rights, standardized legal system, contract enforcement
mechanism are some of the constraints which hampers the export.
He suggested some policy measures such as Market information, marketing network,
Technological up-gradation, Infrastructure, reduction of transaction cost, quality
control, packaging and preservation, insurance coverage on products and composite
package to be adopted by the Government for growth of export.
Director of Tribal Studies, RGU Prof. T. Mibang suggested for establishment of export
zone, properly tapping of water resources and setting up of mineral water packaging
industry in the state.
He further, briefing on declining Mithun stock and environmental effects, appealed
the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department to short out scientific study to save
them from extinction in near future.
Tilling Doley of Nano Orchid Centre, Ziro, briefed about various problems confronted
by him in exporting orchid from the state.
Tilling, recollecting an earlier plan, put forward his view for establishment of
three export zones within the state at western, eastern and central Arunachal and
also suggested localization of producing centres in the state.
He further emphasizing on importance of organic farming and highlighting the physical
and environmental advantages emphasized on organic tea cultivation and called for
more awareness programme on it.
Representatives from Agriculture Department also called for institutionalization
of organic farming. He said that by 2012 the state would emerge as a major player
in organic farming in the country, and placed vegetable oils and Mize as one of the
important items to be included in the report.
Prof. A. Mitra, Prof. S. K. Nayak , Assistant Professor B Upadhaya from RGU, representatives
from Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Fisheries, Industries,
Textile and Handicrafts, NEDFi, NABARD, NGOs and exporters also placed their comments
and suggestion during the workshop.
ANSU calls acceleration of road projects
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) appealed all to co-operate
with the concerned authorities for early start of trans highway Arunachal and four
lane in twin -capital region. It said that controversy such as compensation should
not be the reason for delay in start of the dream project.
Union urge concerned authorities to notify the compensation rate as per notification
of ministry of national highway and that DC takes up the issue of compensation in
the districts. It said that troubles of the people who have to take the road to Assam
would be lessened with the construction of the highway and reduced the number of
accident would be reduced with the coming of four lane road in the capital region.
Meanwhile, union suggested that Chief Engineer, Highway should be established with
proper office staff and well equipped infrastructure so that there is no delay in
official process to implement the long pending dream project of Arunachal Pradesh.
Union further said that tender process should not be politicized.
Meet the prescribed deadlines: Khandu tells NEEPCO
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has strongly indicated
that the state government will not compromise with the time frame allotted to the
power developers to complete the projects. The Public Sector Units or Private developers
have to strictly adhere to the provisions of the MoUs and MoAs signed between them
and the government, Khandu assertively said during a review meeting held between
the state government and NEEPCO representatives in CMs conference hall today.
The meeting which was attended by NEEPCO CMD I P Barooah with his directors and project
officers was aimed to sort out some outstanding issues in respect of implementation
of Hydro Power Projects by NEEPCO in the state.
While assuring a logistic support to NEEPCO for early commissioning of their projects
in the state, Khandu asked the CMD to engage eligible state government employees
on deputation as per agreed terms and conditions of the MoA at the earliest possible.
The chief minister insisted that the preference should be given to the qualified
local youths of the state in all categories of technical and non technical post through
open recruitment procedures also considering the proviso of 100 % reservation for
APST in group C and D post against the project.
Khandu said as per terms and conditions of the MoA the corporation needs to provide
all basic infrastructures and amenities for the convenience of the local people under
social sector development and urged them to put in place the commitment.
Participating in the discussion, NEEPCO, CMD Barooah agreed to sort out all pending
issues confronting the corporation. We have already been working on social sector
development and have built roads and provided basic amenities to the local populace
in the project areas Barooah claimed. He however requested the chief minister to
create a police outpost at Kimi, West Kameng District with adequate personnel for
tackling the law and order problem. To this, the chief minister assured all possible
assistance from the state governments end. He promised to create a congenial working
atmosphere for the corporation in the state.
Among others Parliamentary Secretary Hydro Power R T Khunjuju, Advisor Power T Mara,
Secretary Power Tumke Bagra and host of Chief Engineers of Power department participated.
(PRO to CM)
NABARD takes promotional progs for rural prosperity to Yingkiong
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Various promotional progra-mmes of NABARD were briefed by A.K.Pasrija,
DGM, NABARD, Itanagar in District Coordination Committee meeting held recently at
Yingkiong which was participated by officers of Govt departments as also by MLA
Alo Libang, ADC, Zila Parishad Chairperson.
DGM dealt at length about the formation of Farmers’ Clubs in villages, upscaling
SHG bank linkage programme, setting up orchards by 500 farmers with NABARD assistance
under Tribal Development Fund, skill development programmes, capacity building of
farmers relating to shifting from jhoom cultivation to settled cultivation, vegetable
cultivation increasing productivity of crops, orchard farming, dairy/poultry/ piggery
activities etc, for which KVK may forward proposals to NABARD under Capacity Building
for Adoption of Technology (CAT) DGM suggested that list of good NGOs, registered
and active in the area for at least 3 years having good reputation and financial
management capacity may be forwarded by District Admnistration to NABARD so as to
involve them in various promotional programmes. Panchayats could be involved regarding
advantages in formation of SHGs, financial literacy, banking habit and formation
of Farmers Clubs. LAMP could open rural haat with NABARD assistance. To meet the
credit requirements of farmers, DGM suggested Agriculture Department may identify
eligible farmers willing to take bank loan and forward KCC applications to banks
so that at least 250 new farmers may be issued KCC by each branch every year. Deptt
of Industries / DRDA may identify training needs of entrepreneurs for skill upgradation
for generation of employment and arrange to forward proposals for their capacity
building (4 to 8 weeks programme) through reputed NGO. KVK/ good performing NGOs/
Post Offices/ PRIs may form Farmers Clubs and submit proposals to NABARD. Proposals
for grant for formation of SHGs may be forwarded by NGOs to NABARD. District Administration
emphasized for regular conduct of DCC meetings so that credit requirements of farmers,
entrepreneurs and disposal of loan applications sponsored by Deptts could be settled.
The participants while showing enthusiasm, suggested that NABARD may conduct full
day awareness programmes for promotional schemes so that full benefit may be taken
for the development of rural areas in Upper Siang District.
RD conducts review meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Directorate of Rural Development conducted performance review meeting
of all Rural Development programmes at its office premises today.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister RD Takar Marde appealed to all the Officers of
the implementing agencies to work with sincerity and dedication so that the benefit
reaches to the rural masses.
Lamenting over the poor achievement, he advised the project directors to take the
assigned task as a challenge and urged the officers to seek suggestion in case any
problems arise in the department. Commissioner, RD Tape Bagra, Director Rural Development,
Project Directors, Joint Director, NREGA NK Sinha and Deputy Director NREGA Sube
Singh also attended the programme.
It is indeed a land of Khusi-khusi!
With due regards I would like to write in support of Miss Vanessa Borang, who had
highlighted the very genuine part of the forth coming APPCS examination by mentioning
that the rejection is a part of the on going examination procedure and those rejected
should be considered out of the race.
On the readers forum of the Dec 9 some Mepe Ete and Pattey Tayum have responded
without valid point and argument. They have maintained throughout their writings
that there was no proper guidelines for filling up the form and especially for the
attestation of the photographs. On this view I have a question: did the Commission
published two kinds of Advertisements? Did the News Papers of our state publish
a special edition for those 1750 sincere candidates who missed out the instructions?
Otherwise it’s a matter of great surprise that if we had the same instructions and
the same advertisement how come they say that self attestation for two passport size
photographs were not given whereas we saw it every time we took up the paper on the
second and third lines of the advertisement. On the other hand, does Ete and Tayum
want to prove 7000 plus candidates wrong?
We have the sympathy for the rejected candidates but its competition and they have
proved themselves incompetent by making such a Blunder.
Coming to Comm-ission’s role, to has its discretion and you have every right to
reject any candidate at any stage of the examination. When for the first time we
had heard about the rejection list we were expecting discretion and power throughout
the examination. But commission have not stood by its side and have proved its weakness
by bowing under pressure from big hands. But it is still in its discretion. I hope
after the examination a group disqualified boys come and ask for their answer script
for its self re-correction or re-scheduling of examination commission do not handover
them the paper or re-conduct the examination. And also commission should have rejected
no one if they were to be taken back. It has become a mockery of the whole process.
To Ete and Tayum let me tell them that the District codes or the Centre codes were
not mistaken on any paper. Have a sincere look at the advertisement published on
the Aug 20 and the instructions on the OMR leaflet you will realize your mistakes.
You have right to request for sympathy but you dont have right to judge ones view,
especially when you are not on the right part. Any way commission has reconsidered
the matter which is a joy for you.
This was possible only because you are in Arunachal Pradesh, the Land Of Khusi Khusi!
It is advisable to look before you leap
I would like to refer to the advertisement no. PSC-R/01-09 dated Itanagar the 19th
August' 2009 published in The Arunachal Times, Thursday, 20th Aug' 09 at page no.
7, it is conspicuously given in the first paragraph of the advertisement that two
copies of recent passport size photographs duly self attested should be submitted
for admission to APPSCCE (prelims).
Responding to one of our friends Mepe Ete, I would like enlighten him that the leaflet
which was provided along with the OMR form was just a sample not an instruction.
For kind information, so far as column 16 is concerned, the Commission had already
provided the instructions for self attestation in the daily as mention above.
This issue should not be taken personally. And it is of course my "Divine and Rational"
view that these are in the true sense of "A Silly Mistake" committed by graduate
and educated persons. I am, sincerely not against the reconsideration of any candidate
but I am apprehensive of the functioning of the Commission and the chaos it has created
so far. No wonder, the Commission is itself delighted in inviting indignation and
I really empathize with my dear friends "Pattey Tayum and Kabuk Lego because that
they failed to differentiate between an instruction given in the advertisement and
the leaflet (sample).
So far as the negative impact on the younger generation is concerned, you are indeed
setting a wrong example before them. Rather you should be fighting for the right
cause but here it is other way round.
In response to Kano's publication dated Tuesday, the rejection of the candidates
was not only on a single ground but on various grounds. I wonder that if Mr. Kano
had the advertisement handy as proclaimed. How could he say that the information
was incomplete. I would very much want him to refer to his Xerox copy of the ad once
again properly. Thanks to Kano for proving me right and accurate. And also regarding
your stay outside the state, with the advancement of technology things have become
very easy and accessible. Kindly avert from making, lame excuses.
Well, I am elated with the commission's decision to reconsider the rejected candidates.
And I do anticipate from these candidates that such silly mistake will not be repeated
in the future. It is always wise to look before you leap. Hold on to your words until
you know it is true and apparent.
Miss Vanessa Borang
Bank Tinali, Itanagar
Commission need to stick to its rules
The Laissez faire and lackadaisical approach of the Arunachal Public Service Commission
is being observed since the last APPSCCE and the trend is still continuing. It is
apparent that the commission is not upholding the rules and regulations in executing
its duties and responsibilities as prescribed in the constitution. The lackadaisical
approach of the commission has victimized a certain section of the APPS aspirants
in the process of selection of the candidates in last examination. There is apprehension
that it is likely to be continued in this coming examination.
Why is the commission so unstable with its decision and why does it get easily influenced?
Its answer must have ambiguity. I do need to remind the concerned authority that
the viscous circle of the issue raised is nothing but the "instruction" which had
been published in The Arunachal Times, dated 20`" Aug'09. Every aspiring candidate
is supposed to refer to the news daily for information and instructions.
As a sensible citizen of this state, I humbly request the Commission to stick to
its rules and regulations and stop playing the `Manipulation Game' and should not
succumb to the `Whims and Fancies' of the influential lot. If this persists, it will
imbibe a bad name. Values and ethics should be maintained because once it is lost,
it cannot be retained. It should portray such an image which the future generation
could rely on without any inhibition.
And yes, it is a privilege to see a girl like Vanessa Borang who has showed the guts
to raise her voice against the unprecedented matter and unlawful claims of the rejected
candidates. However, it has been accepted by the commission. It is an earnest appeal
to the public, student bodies and student unions not to be biased for particular
sections of student and pressure groups for their own vested interest.
Itanagar, C sector
Kudos to the man who still remembers
Regarding Mr Tapan Chakroborthy's letter dated 9th dec 2009, it is heartening to
see a man born in Arunachal still remembers the place of his birth. What is more
commendable is his willingness to do something for the state. Hats off to him! Hopefully
the NGOs working for the deprived and helpless people will come forward and take
full advantage of Mr Tapan's expertise and help. Daporijo sure is a beautiful place
and he might like to see few photos of picturesque Dapo. He just has to mail me at
Daporijo, (On email)
Arunachal demands two more tourist circuits
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: State Tourism department has urged the union ministry of tourism
to create additional two tourist circuits in Arunachal Pradesh to boost tourism.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Gajen Gadi, who along with two high officials
of tourism department, attended the Inter-state Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers
of East and North-Eastern states at Gangtok recently, urged Tourism Minister Kumari
Selja through a memorandum for creating additional tourist circuits at Jairampur,
Pangsu Pass, Changlang, Khonsa and Daporiho, Liromoba, Yomcha, Darak, Kamba, Aalo.
There is huge potential for tourism development in our state. The union ministry
of tourism is also providing all helps for infrastructure development in tourism
sector in the state, Gadi said and urged upon all the people of the state to receive
tourists as guest and see that no inconvenience is caused during their stay in the
Kumari Selja has expressed her willingness to attend the Siang River Festival to
be held at Aalo, West Siang from January 11 to 15, 2010, Gadi informed.
Meanwhile, the union tourism ministry urged upon the state governments to take all
possible measures to protect the interest of the tourists coming from abroad as well
as the local. In the meeting it was also informed that in some states tourists are
being harassed which gives a very bad image of the state outside. Tourism can only
flourish when there is a cordial atmosphere where tourists can travel and enjoy the
beauty without fear, the meeting observed.
The meeting was organized to review all the tourism related activities being undertaken
in the East and Northeastern states.
16 schools descends at Khowji for interschool meet
LEKANG, Dec 10: Three-day Upper Lekang Schools Complex meet-2009 covering 16 schools
of Lekang Circle in the Lohit District commenced from Dec 9 at Khowji Middle School.
The inaugural session started with floral tribute of Lt. Lalit Chandra Rajkhowa,
a dedicated teacher and an active member of “Asom Sahitya Sabha” who passed away
in late Nov 2009 after prolonged illness. Lt. Rajkhowa was the man behind organizing
this unique event year after year in Lekang Circle for promotion of extra curricular
activities amongst students of the area. A colourfull march past of participating
school contingent added to the beauty & glory of the event.
In his inaugural speech, Minister PHED & WS Chowna Mein who was the chief guest remembered
the untiring efforts of Lt. L. C. Rajkhowa in organizing this event time and urged
upon the teachers community to inculcate such devotion for betterment of education
scenario and all round development of future generation. He proposed to hold circle
level inter school meet in memory of Lt. Rajkhowa from next year onwards at district
level to find and promote the hidden talent of the district. Additional Deputy Commissioner,
Namsai R. K. Sharma addressing the mammoth gathering assured all possible help in
organizing circle level and sub-divisional level school meet.
The DDSE, Lohit K. Rina remembered Lt. Rajkhowa and offered a tribute by reciting
Lt. Rajkhowa’s published compositions.
Along with a large number of students, Panchayat leaders, teachers and public took
part in the inaugural session.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) has expressed serious concern
over illegal encroachment of Govt land by public in Tirbin township.
KKSU, in a release, alleged that Govt. lands, especially EAC complex and medical
department are being encroached by some people with vested interest. If this practice
continues for few years, there would be hardly any land left for further development
of the township, especially the recently upgraded EAC complex and the present PHC
(primary health center) which is expected to be upgraded to CHC (community health
The union demanded the local administration to take inflexible action against those
land grabbers else it would be compelled to take up democratic means, such as bandh
calls, for fulfillment of the demand.
Training prog of SHGs
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: A day-long training programme for self-help groups (SHGs) on micro-finance
vision-2011 was organized recently at Sagalee organized by CDPO, ICDS project under
the sponsorship of NABARD, Itanagar.
Attending the workshop, Sagalee BDO G Pusang spoke about the importance of SHGs of
rural areas and advised the trainees to create their identity and bring social awareness
for rural women.
While deputy director (ICDS) P.E. Angu highlighted the objectives and importance
of the micro-finance-2011 Rural Development deputy director B Doye spoke about formation
of SHGs and their relationship with her department. Branch manager of Rural Bank,
Sagalee N.B. Kenowar spoke about the roles of financial institutes and its criteria
CDPO ICDS project, Sagalee Oyam Panor, who was the master trainer spoke about the
importance of the training programme under micro-finance vision 2011 and advised
the Anganwadi workers to be self reliant and economically independent through SHG
Over 68 trainees under Sagalee ICDS project took part.
Workshop on PMEGP
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIB) will organize a
day-long workshop on PMEGP at Banquet Hall here on Dec. 11.
Nabam Ribia, Parliamentary secretary to Industry will attend the workshop as chief
guest while MLA Jarkar Gamlin will be the guest of honour. Officials from Bank, APKVIB,
industry and representatives from various NGOs are expected to participate.
Infrastructure for college, school demanded
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU), in a memorandum, has demanded
the education minister to provide necessary infrastructure for Yachuli College.
The memorandum stated that Yachuli College, the only college in Ziro-II area was
functioning from a building meant for the DIET.
Further, Govt. Hr. Sec. schools Joram, Deed, especially the recently upgraded Govt.
Hr. Secondary school Talo have not got the proper infrastructure till date, the memorandum
said and appealed the minister to do the needful for early construction of more classrooms
and quarters fro teachers. It also demanded for posting sufficient subject teachers
to the schools for the betterment of the students.
SAFMA meet express concern at commercialization of media
The commercialization of mainstream media, degradation of media ethics and practices
in the country and the subsequent eroding public trust and support to the entire
media community were some of the relevant issues those were discussed in a media
conference held in Mumbai on December 5 last. The meeting also appealed to the media
fraternity to play a constrictive role in making the South Asia as a region of peace,
trust and prosperity for everyone.
The speakers in a meeting of South Asian Free Media Association, which is recognized
by the SAARC, were unanimous that the media in the entire region must come forward
for paving way for an atmosphere for better understating among the people from different
Though admitted about the limitation and also the nature of recent challenges facing
by the media in the region in particular and then globe in general, the speakers
claimed that the media must remain or stand a lone voice for the benefit of the common
people in the coming days.
An official statement of the annual general meeting of SAFMA (India chapter), expressed
serious concern, at the growing trend in the Indian media of selling news space,
saying The recent assembly elections in Maharashtra and elsewhere had revealed the
spread of the pernicious practice of accepting money for giving editorial space to
contestants. In fact, this evil had been perpetrated by instituationalising it.
Addressing the audience, eminent journalist P Sainath elaborated the challenges for
the media persons in India, where many of them are being forced to engage in some
activities, which are not ethically acceptable to them. He claimed that the corporatisation
of the media world has simply threatened the existence of free media.
Now the newspaper owners are greatly influenced by the political clouts. And to entertain
their growing demands, many media groups have even go for arranging extra space in
the advantageous period, Hindu, said, adding‚Sainath, who is the rural affairs editor
of The that if the newspapers (also TV news channel) start receiving huge amount
of money as advertisement, but in an improper way, the journalist-editors have hardly
anything to do.
Inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the meet was attended
by a number of eminent journalists from various parts of the country and also representatives
from Pakistan and Bangladesh. In his inaugural speech, the Chief Minister Chavan
urged the media persons from the region to play a greater role in paving way for
an atmosphere of better friendship among various nations for sustainable partnership,
growth and development.
Eminent Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Alam, while expressing his views, observed that
the media in both India and Pakistan have to play responsible role while reporting
While appealing to Indian journalists, the secretary general of SAFMA said, Please
don’t term Pakistan as an enemy nation. I say the same for the Pakistani journalists
(towards India) as well. Our country is under tremendous threat from various corners.
We expect some solidarity from the largest democracy in the world. Being a journalist,
I feel we have to do more for the people of both the countries.
He was however critical of some so-called experts and intellectuals in both the countries,
who created more troubles. I observe that there are growing numbers of Indian experts
on Pakistan and similarly Pakistani experts on India. Please do not believe them
as they lack credibility, cautioned Alam.
The Bangladeshi journalist Reazuddin Ahmed made it a point that an inherent suspicion
remained always intact with the people in general and the journalists in particular
of South Asia. A The editor of The News Today, an English daily published from Dhaka,
emphasized more journalists to travel their neighbouring countries to understand
relevant issues and report accordingly. He also appealed to the governments of the
region to make relaxation to visa rules for the benefit of the travelling journalists.
The meeting was concluded with the election of news office-bearers of SAFMA India,
where S Nihal Singh, senior columnist was selected as the president and A Satish
Jacob, former BBC broadcaster as the general secretary of the forum.
A few questions to ponder about Status of children in Arunachal Pradesh
The state of Arunachal Pradesh, as per the 2001 census, has the lowest density of
population- 13 persons per sq.km. With 26 major tribes and about 110 sub tribes,
the state of Arunachal Pradesh is also known as a mosaic of various cultures and
ethnicities with much scope for development and economic growth due to its bounteous
natural resources, beauty and bio-diversities. It had a population of 10,91,117 -
5,73,951 males and 5,17,166 females. And the tribal population was about 64% of the
The sex ratio was 901 females per 1000 males in 2001 census. The sex ration of 0-6
years was a total of 964 females per 1000 males 2001 whereas in 1991 it was 982 females
per 1000 males. And interestingly, the same is 960 in rural areas and 980 in urban
areas - meaning that the 0-6 years sex ratio as per the 2001 census is lesser in
the rural areas.
The Census 2001, Arunachal Pradesh had 57 Pre-Primary schools, 1303 Primary schools,
333 Middle schools and 116 secondary schools. As per the Arunachal Pradesh Human
Development Report, 2005, the gross enrolment of children in the Primary (I-V) classes
is 104.66 in Arunachal Pradesh compared to the all India average of 95.66. And in
the V -VIII, all India average is 58.64 compared to 79.05 in Arunachal Pradesh.
In 1981 the literacy %age was 25.55, in 1991 it was 41.59%. And in 2001, it was a
total of 54.34 % - 63.83% for males and 44.54% for females. The APHDR 2005 has it
that compared to 4.45 out of school boys in 1981 there are 5.4 girls thus indicating
that more girls were out of school than boys. In the 6-10 years group the out of
school children are less than the 11-13 years age group. According to National Family
Health Survey-2, in the 6-14 age group 18.3 are out of school in Arunachal Pradesh.
Out of school boys are 14.1% and girls are 22.7%. In the 6-10 age group the gender
gap for drop outs is great. For drop out boys, distance of school was not an important
reason. But 16.1 % girls dropped out of school because of the distance of schools.
For most boys out of school, “no interest in studies” was one of the major reasons.
30.8% girls dropped out due to household works, 10.5% for cost of education and 13%
The infant mortality rate (IMR) in Arunachal Pradesh is 77/1000 live births. Highest
IMR was in Kurung Kumey at a figure for 113 and lowest was in Lower Dibang Valley
at 53. Orissa has the highest all-India highest IMR at 95/1000 and lowest was in
Kerala at 14/1000.
According to a 30 November 2009 news item, an NGO - the FXB India Suraksha has claimed
that "to date, there are no government figures in the country on the number of children
orphaned by AIDS". And AIDS is not alien to our state anymore. When it comes to immunization,
only 68.09 % children are covered. In Arunachal Pradesh, according to the National
Sample Survey Organisation, 2008 Report, we have 33,315 physically challenged persons.
That is 3.5 % of our total population. There are 23,079 visually impaired persons,
5,301 hearing impaired, 1,261 mentally retarded, 3,476 orthopaedically challenged.
The urban areas have only 5,859 and rural areas have 27,456 of them. Some of them
were perhaps were children who needed attention at some point of time. Now we have
ASHA workers under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) besides the Anganwadi
workers and other creche workers. In the whole state we have only one institution
for the education and training of the differently abled children. In November 2009
only the first school for the visually impaired has been started by the same NGO,
Donyi Polo Mission.
Studies in Arunachal have clearly found a deep running male child preference among
most parents due to the patrilocality of most tribal societies though times are a-changing.
Till the time this attitude prevails, many little girls are likely to suffer nutritional,
emotional and psychological neglect. Due to the prevailing practice of Child marriages
and forced marriages even of young ones, many little ones have been forced to loose
their childhood - and their opportunities for bettering their lives and future. The
Child Marriage Prevention Act is supposedly implemented in the state. But in India,
according to the National Family Health Survey 2005-2006, 47%, nearly half of all
young women, marry before the age of 18. Despite the slight decline, the situation
is not good in the rural areas of the state.
Many little boys and girls suffer from emotional deprivation apart from neglects
and turn into social misfits, better known as delinquents. Juvenile crime, so to
say, is an outcome of parental and societal failure in the rearing of our young ones.
There are also many young ones who lose the love of their fathers to militancy in
the eastern districts. Due to marital discords and conjugal disputes, there are violence
in many families exposing children to the worst side of the world, scarring their
young minds for ever. Some try and heal themselves if they are lucky, but most are
not. Theft, drunken brawls, street fights, stabbing, dacoity, arson, rape, molestation,
house trespass, prostitution, kidnapping for ransom etc. - kids get into many of
such crimes too. They are the ones who get into conflict with law. They are the ones
who are in need of special care and attention. Unfortunately, there is no corrective
or observation Homes in our state. Young offenders are sent to lock-ups with adult
hardened criminals also or just let off the hook.
In July 2008, Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees were formed and
notified for 8 of the 16 districts. But most of these boards and committees are non-functional
till now. Some of the members on these bodies are not aware or informed of their
own being on them. And the victims who are in need of help, support, guidance and
advices, are the least aware.
We cannot for sure say that these problems and ailments of our world will be eradicated
totally even with a magic wand. But as a state with a very small population, if we
as people decide and choose to prioritise the issues of the young ones, it is not
too difficult to contain some of the problems on hand. But `how' is the moot question.
The state had drawn up a State Action Plan for Children in Arunachal Pradesh in late
We have our PRIs in place. And empowered Panchayats at that. And many of the government
programs like total sanitation, immunization, safe drinking water, universalisation
of primary education, safe and institutionalised delivery, supplementary nutrition
program for young children and pregnant and lactating mothers etc. are to be implemented
and monitored by the PRIs, particularly at the Gram Sabha level.
Many young children are brought from neighbouring states as domestic help. They suffer
physical, sexual and financial exploitations. Child labor still thrives within the
four walls of our homes, roadside food joints, motor garages. There is no registration
facility of domestic help. And every now and then we get to read classifieds of missing
young children. What we don't know is about their recovery and in what condition.
Many are known to run away from the clutches of employers or owners. And yes, we
are aware of cases where these owners have paid in thousands to the parents or guardians
of these young boys and girls. And then, there are many cases of adoptions.
With the opening up of the state in various ways, some forms of trafficking have
also emerged. But how to handle these cases ? With the impetus being given on Tourism,
can we rule out paedophile? With the changing profile of rape victims in the recent
years from teenagers to pre teens and infants, we cannot be too sure. Laws, Acts,
Rules, Policies, Programs, Schemes, Boards, Committees - all are fine. If the state
government decides to establish the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights,
it will not be able to do away with these problems. However, through an interactive
workshop on `the Rights of the Child', it may be possible to prepare a road map for
our state leaders to adopt. Such a blue print can guide the governance system to
deliver better to the children. There is something called child budget analysis also
like the gender budget analysis. Without focusing on the growth of our young ones,
it may not be actually fair to dream about the development of this state. All its
natural resources and potentials cannot replace the attention, which ought to be
showered by the state authorities on its younger and unborn generations. And the
change has to start from each one of us. So are we ready to be the agents of that
What could be the reasons for the dwindling sex ratio in the rural areas? Has the
increase in number of institutions helped the state's children any better? What is
the quality of education that our young citizens are getting? Are they being equipped
to face the competitive, globalised world? Is the practice of child marriages being
contained with the introduction of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - the Kasturba Gandhi Balika
Vidyalaya etc ? Are the girls being really benefitted ? What is the quality of teaching
input under this Mission for universalisation of primary education for all children
under 14 ? How can we reduce the high Infant Mortality Rate in our state ? And will
the unborn children, the infants and the young ones really have a better chance for
good health and survival because of the government initiatives like the NRHM ? Can
we help ensure them a better future ? Are the adoption laws being followed in the
state by the concerned persons, institutions and authorities ? How can we help in
the elimination of Child labor and also ensure safety and security of domestic helps.
There is the urgent need for the creation of the Juvenile Justice Fund if the JJBs
and CWCs are to be made effective. There is the need for trained personnel to establish
and manage Juvenile Homes. Yes, it is not a jail. It is another Home for the young
delinquents who need special care and attention. And there are too many of them in
our state today. Unfortunately, there is no available data.
In this young state and particularly in its state capital, there is hardly any open
space or park for the little ones to play. Town planning is not just technology.
The need for the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights is urgently felt.
We need a coordinated strategy to secure a healthy space for the young ones in this
state where they will have a say, their needs and thoughts will be heard. There ought
to be a process for child budgeting and child budget analysis.
There is much to do. So it has to start with dialogues and interactions. (Ete, a
Rights Activist is also chairperson Indian Council For Child Welfare-Arunachal Creche