Centre directs FCI to release HTS for Arunachal
Sanjoy hopeful of adequate foodgrain
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Centre has directed Food Corporation of India to release the admissible
amount of Rs 39.38 crores as Hill Transport subsidy for the period 2004-2007 after
adjustment of the recoveries due from the state government. This was informed by
the Minister of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Prof K V Thomas while responding
to a question in Lok Sabha by MP Takam Sanjoy.
MP Takam Sanjay said that centre has constituted a group of minister to study the
demands of more quota of food grains for states. He was hopeful that demands of the
state would soon be fulfilled (See table). He further said that impediments like
delay in release of Hill Transport Subsidy which has been an impediment for proper
workings of the PDS in the state would also be overcome soon.
While responding to a question on steps taken for strengthening Public Distribution
System and provision of adequate quantity of foods grains under poverty alleviation,
the minister said that allocation of food grains to States and UTs under TPDS are
made for Below Poverty Line (BPL), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Above Poverty
Line (APL) families on the basis of poverty estimates of Planning Commission projected
on the population estimates of Registrar General of India or according to number
of families actually identified and ration card issued by each state/UT government.
While the allocations of food grains for AAY and BPL categories are made @ 35 kg
per family per month, the allocations for APL category are made depending upon availability
of stocks in the Central Pool and past off take. However, allocation of food grains
to Arunachal Pradesh under APL are made @ 35 kg per family per month for all accepted
number of APL families.
On the other hand, to improve efficiency of Fair Price Shops operations in the country,
centre has asked the states and union territories to take measures such as strengthening
of monitoring and vigilance system, making use of Informative Communication Technology
Year Wheat Rice
Allocation Offtake Allocation Offtake
2006-07 0.81 0.55 38.19 31.53
2007-08 0.65 0.42 38.19 35.96
2008-09 0.35 0.32 35.42 35.00
2009-10* 0.23 0.17 18.81 18.74
* Upto September
Waii suggest stringent steps to ensure development
SEPPA, Dec 16: Speaking at a public rally at Bameng, Parliamentary Secy. for Forest
and Environment Kumar Waii while stressing on the implementation of the govt. funded
scheme for the all-round development of the constituency, said that unless physical
achievement is made, no payment shall be made against incomplete works.
He assured that all the villages of the area would have road connectivity and further
assured to solve the chronic drinking water problem. Participating in the meeting,
DC Pige Ligu said that people should give more impetus to the developmental work.
While responding to gaon buras demand of the hike in the salaries, Ligu informed
that the enhancing of the salary is not in the hand of the district authority. Expressing
his concern over the developmental status of the district he said that, East Kameng
being one of the most backward districts more need to be done. Besides, he urged
the Govt. staff to stay in their posting place for the early completion of works
related to the development of the area. He asked the EAC Bameng to initiate the Demarcation
process of the township.
Besides both the East and West Bameng ZPMs, EAC Bameng Kego Esi, Panchayat leaders
and Gaon Burah also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
7th dist level taekwondo C’ship begins at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Dec 16: The 7th District Level Taekwondo Championship began at Solung Hall
Declaring the championship open DC Srivastava, SSP, Pasighat said, "The state has
abundant talents in many sport disciplines such as football, weight-lifting, mountaineering,
Tae-Kwon-do etc. and despite meager and limited resources many have been successful
in proving this fact by excelling at National and International level competitions".
The SSP said that constant attention and care is now being taken by state leadership
to develop sports sector. As a result of which taekwando is gaining popularity all
over the state. Sporting activities keep one physically fit and mentally alert. And,
there is also special job quotas for talented sportpersons in police department,
the SSP informed.
O. Pertin, DIPRO, who was the guest of honour, advised participants not to misuse
this oldest form of self defence. It is an opportunity for the local youths to show
their talents, skills and discipline, Pertin added.
Internationally recognized taekwondo player Kayang Darang and winner of 12 gold medals
in various championships Ranjit Biswakarma from SAI, Naharlagun demonstrated arts
and styles of Taekwondo.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram would attend the valedictory function tomorrow and
distribute prizes to the winners.
Training in Poma on Bee Keeping
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Director of Textile and Handicraft under the initiative of Arunachal
Pradesh Governor has launched a week-long training programme on bee keeping at Poma
village today sponsored by state KVIC.
Addressing the trainees, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Assistant
Director D Saikia exhorted the people to take up bee keeping for self employment
and economic benefit.
Director of Textile and Handicraft, Khoda Ruja told that bee keeping and sericulture
activities are quite feasible in the area and asked all the participants to make
best use of the training programme. He told that 15 bee boxes will be made available
free of cost after the training programme. He further informed that financial assistance
and seeds would be given to the farmers free of costs if they are interested in taking
up sericulture activities.
Poma ASM while appreciating the department’s initiative said that conduction of more
such training at grassroot level will definitely benefit the farmers.
MK Das, supervisor bee keeping, KVIC from Guwahati, who imparted training, also spoke
about bee keeping and its economical benefits.
Altogether 30 trainees attended the inaugural day of the training programme.
A serious case of lost opportunity
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: In a state which is trying hard to sell its image as perfect tourist
destination, recently concluded Poi Pee Mau festival (Khampti New Year) held at Namsai
is a serious case of ‘lost opportunity’ for government to promote tourism industry
in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from Pangsau festival and Buddha Mohatsava, this state
does not boasts of any major events to attract tourists. Poi Pee Mau festival could
have been a major event to attract tourists especially from north-eastern states
and south-east Asian countries, had state government in particular tourism department
taken certain initiatives.
Poi Pee Mau festival being celebrated at Namsai which is strategically located nearby
Indo-Burma border has potential to develop as an international tourist attractions.
While organizing committee were honest enough to admit that they could not intimate
tourism department at appropriate time, but being leader of tourism development in
state everyone expect the department of tourism to actively promote every major potential
tourist destinations of Arunachal Pradesh.
It is to the credit of Tai Khampti Development Society that even without much promotion
still Poi Pee Mau festival attracted number of tourists from nearby states like Assam,
Manipur, etc. This reporter surprisingly bumped into some Singaporean tourists at
the venue of celebration and was taken aback by their enthusiasm for Poi Pee Mau
It is hoped that organisers and department of Tourism will tie it up so that this
unique festival becomes one the major attraction in the tourism calendar.
Vijay Diwas observed in North Eastern Regions
with Input from UNI
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Vijay Diwas was celebrated all over the country today. The day
is celebrated every year on December 16 to commemorate the glorious victory of the
Indian Armed Forces over the Pakistan forces culminating in the creation of Bangladesh.
A brief of the War: The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 was a military conflict between
India and Pakistan. Indian and Bangladeshi sources consider the beginning of the
war to be Operation Chengiz Khan, Pakistan's December 3, 1971 pre-emptive strike
on 11 Indian airbases. However, Pakistan considers it a part of the overall Bangladesh
Liberation War, in which India had been providing direct financial and military support
for the Mukti Bahani Bengali rebels.
During the course of the war, Indian and Pakistani forces clashed on the eastern
and western fronts. The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command
of the Pakistan Military signed the Instrumental of Surrender, following which on
December 16, 1971, Bangladesh, formerly known East Pakistan, was liberated from Pakistan.
Around 97,368 West Pakistanis who were in East Pakistan at the time of its independence,
including some 79,700 Pakistan Army soldiers and paramilitary personnel and 12,500
civilians, were taken as prisoners of war by India.
The day was also celebrated in various places of North Eastern Region in a befitting
manner. At Shillong, General Officer Commanding 101 Area Maj Gen AT Parnaik, Senior
Air Staff Officer of Eastern Air Command Air Marshal LK Malhotra, Director General
of Assam Rifles Lt General KS Yadava, Brig (Retd) WJB Sturgeon offered floral tributes
at the War Memorial of Pine Walk Area.
A colourful ceremonial parade was conducted jointly during the function by the ceremonial
guards of 58 Gorkha Training Centre and Air Force.
At Kolkata, Fort William, the headquarters of Eastern Command, today celebrated the
Vijay Diwas at Vijay Smarak near Fort William, wreaths were laid by Lt Gen V K Singh,
GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Air Marshal SK Bhan, AOC-In-C, Eastern Command, Rear Admiral
Karam Bir Singh, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command.
Major General Abdul Matin and Major General Md Aniuddin (retd) from Bangaldesh and
General (retd) Shankar Roychowdhury also laid the wreaths.
At Agartala, The 39th victory day was today observed by garlanding martyrs minars,
laying floral tributes, exchange of greetings and distribution of sweets.
Floral tributes were also paid at Shahid minars in various parts of this state in
memory of those armed forces jawans, who laid their lives for the motherland during
the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
At Post Office Chowmuhani, the main centre of this capital City, where a Pakistani
tank was captured by the Indian Army during the war was garlanded and tributes were
paid in memory of the martyrs.
On Indo-Bangla border, border guards of both the countries exchanged greetings and
distributed sweets on the occasion of victory day and Bangladesh’s liberation day.
At the Bangladesh Visa office here, various programmes were also organized to mark
the liberation day of that country from Pakistan.
Let merit prevail in RGU
I would like to express my grievances regarding the selection of students for educational
tour, which is not done on merit basis. Since last year, I have noticed that the
excursion team consist more members from the executive body of Rajiv Gandhi University
Student Union. The centre has allotted the fund for the meritorious student's and
not for the student union alone.
This time there was no transparency in the selection process. The percentage of the
selected students was not displayed which seems like an indicator that there was
partiality in the selection. There were other demerits as well. Firstly, proper
information were not given to the non- hostellers. Secondly, selection is not proportionate
as some department have more numbers, thirdly, proper time table was not given because
of which some meritorious students assumed that the trip may coincide with upcoming
APCS exam. Apart from these, many selected students are not from the merit list.
I do not deny some meritorious students have also been selected.
Therefore, I would sincerely request the concern authority to check the system properly
and try to use the fund allotted by centre legitimately. I would also request some
of the genuine minded students of R.G.U to have a second thought. If such system
persist in the highest educational institution of the state than we cannot expect
much from others.
Govt accommodation for cancer patients and students in Mumbai
Most of the cancer patients of our state are referred to the Tata Memorial Hospital
in Mumbai, probably the only full pledged cancer hospital in the country. These days,
the disease is curable at its early stages and in the later stages, also the life
of the patient can be prolonged by correct treatment and medications. But the irony
is, in the absence of a proper place to put up, the patients' coming from Arunachal
face lot of hardships in addition to their mental agony. In majority of the cases,
most of them don’t attempt to come, or even go back without completing the required
treatment owing to financial difficulties. Another thing which needs mention is the
plight of the students pursuing various courses in Maharashtra who are compelled
to seek accommodations in the hotels during their admissions. We are charged hefty
amounts and the most difficult part is dealing with the strangers who are always
in the lookout for duping the people from north-east.
Other North-Eastern states have their own accommodation provided by their
respective state govts. Moreover, our govt. also owns a plot in Mumbai but nothing
has materialized till date. Hence, on behalf of the people from Arunachal I make
an earnest appeal to our state govt. to put up an establishment on the lines of Delhi
or Kolkata. It shouldn't be an uphill task and also it would be a major development
considering the prevailing circumstances. This would come as a great relief to the
students and most importantly to the hapless cancer patients of our state.
Lower Parel, Mumbai
Deomali, Dec 16: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap, Department of Agriculture,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has celebrated the “Technology week – 2009 ” from Dec
14-15 with a brief programme in its Deomali campus. Dr. Narendra Kumar, Programme
Coordinator urged all the fellow farmers to cooperate in technology assessment /
refinement process of KVK and avail guidance on adoption of proven technologies.
He also requested other allied departments and local administration for cooperation
and collaboration in various KVK activities in the greater interest of the farming
SDO, Deomali G.C. Deori in his brief speech advised the farmers to adopt scientific
methods in farming activities to get the maximum benefit and take help from KVK
in this regard., BDO, Namsang Block Mr. K.Khilak informed the farmers that various
agricultural schemes are being implemented through Block Development office and the
beneficiaries should take technological help from KVK.
The programme was attended by 60 farmers from different villages of Tirap district
and other extension staffs of allied departments.
The technical session was dealt by Dr. Jitu moni Das, SMS (A.H. & Vety.) on scientific
pig farming, Pranabjit Phukan, SMS (Agril. Extension) on oyster mushroom cultivation
and Rajdeep Dutta, SMS (Fisheries) on composite fish culture.
Mr. Simanta Kalita, SMS (Agronomy) spoke on improved technologies for field crop
cultivation, Miss. Nemjong Ronrang, SMS (Soil Science) on collection of soil sample,
Mr. Pranabjit Phukan, SMS (Agril. Extension) on farm enterprises for self employment
/ income generation of SHG and Dr. N. Kumar, Programme Coordinator on vegetative
propagation techniques of fruit plants. Besides, demonstration on seed inoculation
of bio-fertilizer, preparation of Bordeaux mixture, planting and fertilization of
citrus and soil sample collection techniques were conducted.
The farmers were also shown mushroom cultivation unit, crop cafeteria, KVK farm and
Fishery demonstration units. The farmers have interacted with the KVK staffs on various
technical points during training session and while visiting the units and concerned
staff clarified their points to their satisfaction.
Mobile Medical Unit camps ends in Tawang
Tawang, Dec 16: A total of 438 patients were treated on the final round of the Mobile
Medical Unit Camp held in Nam Tsering under Dudunghar circle of the Tawang district.
The MMU under the National Rural Health Mission was started on Gandhi Jayanti.
MMU camp was also held in the Kitpi circle, 341 cases were attended by the unit.
Kitpi Circle Officer, Mr. Tenzin Jambey gave an undying participation for the success
of the camp.
General OPD, Obstetric and Gynae OPD, Dental and Family Welfare Clinics, Eye OPD
were the treatments provided to the patients.
The District Medical Officer, Dr. T.C. Khrimey, Circle Officer, Dudunghar, B. Tawsik,
S.I. SSB, Commander i/c Nam Tsering, J.D. Rawat, Dr. Wangdi Lama, DRHCO, Dr. N. Namchoom,
Medical Superintendent gave a warm welcome to the Deputy Commissioner, Tawang, Gamli
Padu, who came to inspect the Medical camp. Padu was accompanied by the District
Planning Officer D. Riba and CO, J.M. Tayeng.
Earlier Mr. Padu made a maiden visit to Bongkhar Circle, an Indo-Bhutan border area
along with a team of nine officers of the Jang Sub-division. Duly Kamduk, ADC, Jang
and Circle Officer Lobsang Tseten were some of the members.
The main purpose of the visit was inspection and interface. He inspected the building
structures constructed by the PWD Jang under the ASIDE Scheme. Interaction with the
Goan Burahs and PRI leaders of Bongleng, Kharung, and Bomja also was a part of the
tour. A memorandum for a regular Circle Officer at Bongleng, repair and maintenance
of the school building, Road connectivity from Sazo to Bongleng and Kharung, improvement
of drinking water facility, posting of additional teachers at Kharung Primary School
was submitted to the DC.
The DC asked the villagers to fix a suitable site for the establishment of CO Headquarter
for better accessibility with the villagers. “The road connectivity from Sazo to
Bongleng is on the pipeline under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and I will
ensure that every department is taking up the matters seriously”, he said. The DC
assured the villagers that he would give any possible assistance to meet up the grievances
of the villagers.
The Director, Department of Agriculture, Tago Basar also made a visit to Lumla sub-division
regarding the inspection and monitoring of the Border Area Development Projects there.
X Mas Carol
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Ziro Christian Council (ZCC) is going to organize Joint Christmas
Carol on Dec 19. Thousands of believers in Lord Jesus Christ belonging to different
denomination will take part in the Joint Carol.
The Carol procession will start from APST office, Old Ziro and culminate at Subansiri
Stadium Hapoli via Pai Gate.
Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management, Labour & Employment Padi Richo and DDTH
Haj Dodung have consented to grace the auspicious occasion as chief guest and guest
Society demands CD Block
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Roomching Elites Society, Daporijo in a four points memorandum
to MLA Punji Mara appealed for creation of new CD Block for Payeng Circle, providing
additional fund for construction of infrastructures at circle headquarter, road connectivity
from Paktung to Payeng and from Kaji to Nyumpu village under PMGSY Schemes.
New two wheelers dealer
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A Mahindra two wheelers Sub-Dealer will be inaugurated at A Sector
Naharlagun on December 17 by APRB, Naharlagun BRANCH Manager B Dutta.
BSNL under scanner again!
Itanagar, Dec.16: Relentless pressure is piling on state run telecom giant Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to mend its way as this time student body of Raga has
come down heavily for erratic mobile service in the area. A meeting of All Raga Area
Students Union (ARASU) was held on Wednesday to discuss the issue of irregular mobile
service under the chairmanship of Pilio Maga, Vice president ARASU.
In a press release issued, ARASU claimed that constant disruptions of mobile service
are making life miserable for the people of Raga area. They urged BSNL to immediately
rectify their mobile service failing which ARASU warned to take its own course of
action. Union also requested local MLA and concern authorities to look into matter
on priority basis.
Gomsang Rimo football
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The 3rd Gomsang Rimo Memorial Football tournament for men and Volleyball
for women would be held at Seppa General Ground from January 14 to 21 next, according
to organizer Gomsang Rimo Memorial Foundation.
GRMF, meanwhile, appreciated state Chief Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, Forest
and Environment Kumar Waii for contributing in cash for smooth conduct of the tournament.
APPSCCE counseling prog
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Galo Welfare Society organized a counseling programme for APPSCCE
aspirants at Aalo recently. Huzar Lollen, IAS, Tomo Gamlin, APCS (2003 batch) and
Lijum Ete, APCS (2007 batch) contributed as resource persons in the counseling programme.
In the same function, Education Committee of GWS also handed over books purchased
with contributions from members and well wishers of the society to principal Kamba
College for the use of the college students.
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A new ‘Golf Club’ at 10 Bn ITBP Force Kimin was inaugurated by
Chief Guest Daljeet Singh, Inspector General (Eastern) Frontier, Indo Tibetan Border
Inaugurating the golf club constituting nine Holes, chief guest congratulated R.K.Tomar,
Officer Commanding 10Bn and his team of Officers for their ingenious effort and motivated
to further develop the “Golf Club”. He also said that this golf course is first of
its kind in the whole region.
He expressed his delight that with coming up of this golf course, interest of Force
personnel’s and people from the region will increase for this sport.
Ziro: Potential hub for Agrohorticultural product
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A field visit to Zero was made recently by the scientist and experts
from NERIST and other parts of the country on the sidelines of a two-days national
seminar on “Agroforestry for socioeconomic development of north east India” organized
by the Department of Forestry.
The members visited some agroforestry systems and farm land in the area and also
had discussion with the progressive farmers. The expert has recommended that the
area has good potential for growth of some specific horticultural crops like kiwi,
peach, plum, in higher elevation and orange, pinnaple and large cardamon along with
the cereal crops to make the agricultural systems sustainable and profitable. The
expert have suggested that instead of single cropping agronomical crops the farmers
should start double cropping along with the horticultural crops so that the farmers
can harness maximum benefits from the same unit of land. Besides, the experts made
some important recommendation after the seminar for the improvement of livelihood
of the tribal communities.
Agroforestry particularly, agro-silviculture and agrohorticulture through the combination
of economically potential tree crops with the common agronomical crops as well as
introduction of site specific horticultural crop, medicinal & aromatic plants, would
be the best sustainable agricultural system in the state. Improvement of jhum lands
with growing of various indigenous economically important species has also been recommended.
Medical camp at remote Bameng
Bameng, Dec 16: More than two hundred people were benefited from the Cataract Operation
and dental camp being organized at Bameng PHC, managed by Karuna Trust from Dec 12
to 16. The four days camp was organized under the aegis of District Blindness control
society and district health society, Seppa.
People from other parts of the district also flocked to Bameng to avail the facilities
being provided at the camp.
During the camp, 14 people and 15 Pteryzium operations were successfully carried
Speaking as the chief guest of the camp, Parliamentary Secy. for Forest and Environment
and local MLA, Kumar waii said that the Karuna Trust have been serving the people
of Bameng for the last four years. People of the area should not leave any stone
unturned in retaining the NGO in the place, he added.
He also expressed his hope that apart from their assign duty, the NGO would be instrumental
in molding the socio-culture life of the area.
He further offered help to upgrade the building infrastructure of the PHC.
East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu while lauding the NGO and the District
health society for organizing such kind of pro-people camp said that this would provide
a much needed assistance to the poor people who can not afford to go for the expensive
treatment outside. He also expressed the hope that the society shall be organizing
such camp in other part of the district to cater to the needs of the people. For
such noble cause the district administration is always there to land a helping hand,
Ligu added. (DIPRO)
Just be practical: SC to centre
NEW DELHI: The recent helicopter incident in which President Pratibha Patil had a
narrow escape was enough for the Supreme Court to pooh-pooh government's suggestion
for airlifting victims of disasters to safety.
A bench of Justices R V Raveendran and K S Radhakrishnan instead suggested that the
government better adopt the Pune model of Bus Rapid Transport system to enable smooth
passage for amubulances and fire tenders to rush to the tragedy sites.
"Helicopters are used for carrying VIPs. Unfortunately we have such pilots, who carrying
the president, will hit the only building in the airport. Be just practical," the
apex court told Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, who suggested that victims
should be airlifted to get over the traffic snarls.
APEDA’s energy conservation training
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency will organize two days training
programme on energy conservation at Hotel ArunSubansiri, Itanagar on December 17
The programme is being sponsored by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry if Power
Government of India.
Resource persons from National Productivity Council, Mumbai will address the training.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer, DoP, EEZ Er. Anong Perme has consented to attend the inaugural
day as Chief Guest.
Governor to attend NERIST seminar
ITANAGAR: North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology in collaboration
with ICSI, Kolkota is organizing one day seminar on the theme ‘A long way to go for
empowering the people of Arunachal Pradesh, economically for its sustained growth’
at NERIST premises on December 19.
Governor, JJ Singh and NERIST Director Joram Begi have consented to attend the programme
as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
ITANAGAR: State NSUI President Kafa Bagang along with two delegates are leaving for
New Delhi on December 18 to attend NSUI National Meeting.