ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Lower Subansiri unit of All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association
(AACWA) has accused the Executive Engineer, PWD, Ziro division of remaining absent
from duty for the last one year causing problem to the local people.
While seeking clarification from the PWD Minister’s end on the EE’s alleged unauthorized
absence from duty, the contractors’ association, in a letter to the minister, demanded
that the EE should either be asked to report for duty or transferred out of the division
within 15 days.
Teachers’ death condoled
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Upper Subansiri district unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association
(ATA) condoled the death of teachers duo of Tara Kamsar and Tape Ngomle. While Kamsar
died on November 29 Ngomle breathed his last on December 6. Both the teachers were
suffering from prolonged illness.
World AIDS day
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: World AIDS Day was observed at General Hospital Pasighat along with
rest of the country on December One.
A rally was organized on the occasion to create awareness among people about HIV/AIDS.
Posters, banners, pamphlets on HIV/AIDS were displayed and distributed among people.
Beside the joint director of health services and the medical superintendent of the
hospital, the staff and ANM trainees, students of Health Training and Research Center
participated the programme.
Land donors demand
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The Actual Yada Land Donor Committee, in a release, claimed that
Nidu-Tago-Kabak clans were the real land donors of Yada ADC headquarters under Raga
and their names be recorded officially as the actual land donor by modifying the
old record before the inauguration of the ADC Hqs. The committee also urged the Parliamentary
Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) to look into the matter.
ANYC demands for cancelation of land allotment to non-APST
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Claiming that a plot of land measuring 250x 200 sqm was allegedly
allotted to one M/s Gyan Singh, proprietor of a saw mill at Industrial Complex Naharlagun,
All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) has demanded for immediate cancellation of the land
In its representation to deputy commissioner capital complex, ANYC claimed that the
said allotment was illegally obtained since non-APSTs are not entitled to seek land
allotment in the state. It further sought district administration to direct the land
management department to cancel the allotment immediately.
Org demands action against land encroachment
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The Kurung Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA) of Sangram circle under
Kurung Kumey district has appealed to the circle administration, deputy director
of school education (DDSE) and deputy commissioner of Kurung Kumey to look into the
land encroachment at Sangram Govt. Higher Secondary school.
The association, in a release, stated that non-existance of proper boundary of the
school has encouraged some people to encroach school land.
The association appealed to the authorities concerned to visit the school soon and
look into the matter before school land becomes private property. The association
further said that the school was facing great problems due to lack of infrastructure
and shortage of subject teachers in Mathematics, Senior Teacher in English and sports
It also informed that school building needs immediate repairing.
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: A four-day training cum workshop on capacity building for poverty
reduction began at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today sponsored
by Department of Personnel and Training, Govt of India.
The training cum workshop aims at improving and building capacity of front line Govt
personnel in public service delivery towards poverty reduction as well as develop
trainers for the district level intensive programme, said ATI director in a release.
The training on capacity building for poverty reduction is an on-going training process
of ATI launched in 2008-09 with active faculty support of State Institute of Rural
Development (SIRD), informed the release.
SIRD assistant director highlighted the various activities of the trainers training
cum workshop and explained in details the concept, plan and project of the CBPR training
Govt officers in the rank of ADC, EAC, CO including member secretaries of Zilla Parishat,
Anchal Samity, field officers of DRDA like BDO, APO, including project directors
besides other field officers of various line department and panchayat leaders are
participating the programme.
Early release of compensation demanded
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: All Wessang-Yangje Rang Land Donors Association has asked the Army
authority to clear the payment against the land acquired by them before December
The representatives of land donors claimed that compensation against the land acquired
is yet to be paid by the Army.
Expressing their anguish over non-release of compensation even after two years of
land acquisition, they said “neither the army nor the authority has given any interest
to pay compensation to the villagers.
While urging the authority concerned to clear its stand immediately, the land donors
thretened to withdraw their offer in case Army fail to pay compensation.
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The farmers’ field demonstration conducted by KVK West Siang, Basar
under the ATMA, West Siang was monitored and evaluated by a team today.
The demonstration was executed by the Upper Nyobom Self Help Group of Basar.
Meanwhile, KVK, East Kameng organized a training programme at Kaffa village on December
5. Altogether 17 farmers attended the training, most of whom were women.
Head Gaon Burah of Kaffa village presented his views on the programme on behalf of
all the trainees. He said that they are satisfied with the programme and expect more
demonstration based training in near future too.
DASU’s memo to DC
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Describing the inconvenience faced by people of Dambuk due to non-electrification
of the area, the Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU), in a memorandum, has urged the
Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner to expedite the construction works of 33
kv line from Mebo to Dambuk.
It further urged the deputy commissioner to clear impediments of whatever kind may
be in regards to construction of the HT line, immediately.
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: In a joint effort, Highland Sweet People, and Siiro Farmers Welfare
Society in collaboration with State Bank of India Ziro Branch conducted a financial
awareness cum recovery camp at Siiro village under Ziro in Lower Subansiri district
on December 1. The overwhelming response from people was reportedly witnessed, according
to a release.
NYP training programme
Itanagar, Dec 07: National Youth Project in its endeavor to create self employment
avenues for the unemployed youths is going to conduct trainings for another 1910
youths in Arunachal Pradesh in all the districts.
The whole programme is being sponsored by Khadi & Village Industries Commission,
Govt. of India. The programme will be organised at 43 NYP centres in 16 districts
of the state.
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: With the expiry of the 10 days ultimatum to State Government to
solve the Times of India and Deccan Chronicle issue, the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association
today declared 12 hours state capital bandh on December 12.
It alleged that despite 10 days ultimatum, the state government failed to initiate
any positive step on the issue.
Forum demands arrest
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Nyishi Unemployed Engineers’ Forum appealed to the authority concerned
to immediately arrest those people who were involved in the alleged assault of its
president at a petrol pump in Itanagar and a hospital yesterday.
The release further demanded closure of the Petrol pump till the case is solved.
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has prohibited the selling
of calendar, lottery tickets, house ticket sand forceful donations of any type within
Bills in the Lok Sabha
New Delhi: The Government today introduced two Bills in the Lok Sabha -- the Northeastern
Areas (reorganisation) Amendment Bill, 2011 and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes)
Order (Amendment) Bill, 2011.
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the related
Orders of 1950 and 1951. It proposes to include six communities namely Inpui, Liangmai,
Rongmei, Thangal, Zeme and Mate in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Manipur by amending
the entries 8, 9 and 10 and inserting the new entry 34 (relating to Mate).
The Bill also substitutes ''Galo'' in place of ''Galong'' in entry 5 in the list
of the Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR: For the first time Arunachal Pradesh is going to host the prestigious scientific
event CUTICON NE States 2011, the 22nd Annual Conference of Northeastern States Branch
IADVL (Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists).
The two-day event would be held at Itanagar from December 9 .
The delegates from all Northeastern states and across the country are expected to
participate in the event.
Workshop on prog. management begins
ITANAGAR: A four days residential workshop on programme management for state and
supporting units started here yesterday organized by the State Health Society, Naharlagun
in collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi.
The inaugural programme was attended by Director of Health Services, Mission Director
(NRHM), State Nodal Officer (NRHM).
The participants are District Account Managers and District Community Mobilizers
from all the districts.
Dr. Anupama Hazarika, Dr. Srikrishna SR, Mayuri Tripathi and Jugal Singh from Public
Health Foundation of India are attending the programme as resource persons.
The Mission Director (NRHM) encouraged the participants to get their all doubts clarified
from the resource persons.
Tuki calls for crime-free Itanagar
Recruitment drive for Tirap and Changlang soon
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon the state police department
to tighten up its belts and embark on to make Itanagar a crime-free zone.
“Singapore is a mosquito-free zone. Likewise, let’s make Itanagar a crime-free zone,”
he said in a lighter vein interacting with top police officials here today but with
a serious note.
A delegation of top police officials led by DIG Kanwaljit Deol called on the Chief
Minister and made a detailed power-point presentation on the department, its pending
proposals and suggestions to make it more efficient in dealing with the law and order
situation within the state.
Tuki, who holds the Home portfolio, reiterated his priority on the over-all law and
order situation in the state and assured his cooperation for strengthening the state
police force besides providing it with assets as proposed.
On information by the officials, he took cognizance of the hurdles like shortage
of manpower, state of the art intelligence network and lack of infrastructure that
has hampered effective policing in the state.
Calling upon the police to concentrate more on maintaining law and order within the
state, he also sought improved coordination with their counterparts in neighbouring
Going through the pending proposals submitted by the department and awaiting implementation,
Tuki stressed on prioritizing and implementing them phase-wise.
“Let’s identify the immediate and urgent requirements of the state police force,
which can be approved and implemented immediately,” he asserted.
The Chief Minister also stressed on overhauling of the information gathering network
and admitted that, as informed, an amount of Rs 20000 per year for payment to information
sources is too meagre. He asked the officials to prepare a proposal in this regard
and put up for immediate approval.
On the request for enhancement of manpower in the department, Tuki directed immediate
initiation of the recruitment drive for Tirap and Changlang districts which has already
been approved. As reported Rs 138.95 crores has been sanctioned for the two troubled
districts for creation of 11 new police stations and upgradation of 9 existing ones
besides recruitment of 1949 personnel. He also called for early establishment of
the 4th battalion of IRBn.
Tuki entrusted Parliamentary Secretary for Home Gadam Ete, who was also present in
the meeting, to speed up the necessary formalities and look into the grievances of
the police force for early redressal. Meanwhile, he lauded the suggested ‘Single
Window’ theory for clearance of files of the department and, in principle, accepted
to approve it after consideration by the Cabinet. He also approved in principle the
‘Class’ policy for establishment of police stations in district headquarters, ADC/SDO
centers and CO administrative units. As per the policy all district headquarters
would have Class A police stations (with minimum 120 personnel), the ADC/SDO headquarters
would have Class B and all Circle headquarters would have Class C police stations.
Earlier, DIG Anil Shukla gave an overview of the state police force through a power
point presentation for the benefit of the Chief Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary.
The ratio between the state civil police and civilians is 1:1472, which incidentally
is lowest in the country while the crime graph in recent times has shown an increasing
For tightening the security apparatus across the state, the department suggested
management of the Indo-Myanmar border in the line of Indo-Bangladesh border besides
streamlining the entry and exist points of the state. It also suggested seeking pro-active
role of NGOs while concentrating on socio-economic development on all fronts in the
state. On the intelligence gathering network, it was informed that a scheme by the
name ‘Crime & Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTN) is already in place with
Rs 14 crore sanctioned by the Center. The system once in place would facilitate instant
communication between any police station within the country. The state police department
is yet to implement the scheme due to shortage of fund as its implementation in Arunachal
would take more than what has been provided by the Center.
Teacher Eligibility Test soon: Siram
State Level Senior Education Officers Conference
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The state government is set to notify Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)
very shortly to bring national standard and bench mark in recruitment process.
This was disclosed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram while addressing a one day
state level senior education officers’ conference here today to review the progress
and implementation of various flagship programmes.
He announced that reforms in the education system vis-a-vis TET and transfer and
posting would begin from January, 2012.
He said that TET would ensure teacher education and student would benefit to further
improve their performance. This would send a positive signal to all stake holders
that the Government lays special emphasis on quality of teacher, he said.
Meanwhile during the meeting, the action plan for 2011-12, vision document of the
12th Five Year Plan and various education policies were also discussed.
Siram stressed upon the need for time bound action plan and implementation of programme.
Drawing from his personal experience of tours to various educational institutes across
the length and breadth of the State, he impressed upon the necessity of such visits
by all officials to review the first hand problem being faced by the districts and
lacuna in the progress of implementation of various programmes.
He further highlighted the state governtment’s initiative on Right to Education
Act and called upon all officials to co-operate and ensure that all developmental
activities taken up are completed successfully.
He further asked all the DDSEs to ensure transfer and posting as per laid down policy
and further emphasised on the need to maintain pupil-teacher ratio.
In her key note address, Secretary Education Bandhana Deori expressed the urgent
need of the departmental officers to play a positive and vital role in education
related activities. She emphasised the need of quality education and implementation
of all flagship programmes in a time bound manner. While interacting with all the
DDSEs she reviewed the major issues of disbursement of stipend, absence of teachers,
distribution of textbooks and uniforms in the districts. In keeping with the transfer
policy she asked all DDSEs to submit the final proposal for transfer as per the classification
of soft, medium and hard belt categories. The issue of acute shortage of teachers
was discussed and the Directors of Secondary Education and Elementary Education informed
that necessary process is already under way for early recruitment to all vacancies.
Among others, Director of Secondary Education T Taloh and Director of Elementary
Education Bodong Yirang attended the meeting.
Regional Forensic Science Laboratory still a distant dream
PASIGHAT, Dec 7: The much-awaited Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) proposed
at Pasighat is yet to see the light of the day even after the government announced
to set up the laboratory during April last year.
Alleging dearth of political will of the elected leaders, the people have expressed
strong dissatisfaction over inordinate delay in setting up of the forensic science
It may be recalled that the Centre, during the month of August last year sanctioned
Rs 8 crore for the establishment of a full-fledged “ Regional Forensic Laboratory”
besides an amount of Rs 1 crore for a “District Mobile Forensic Unit” in the state.
The then Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister, Tako Dabi disclosed in a press conference
held in Itanagar that Union Home department was putting special attention to improve
the police department in Arunachal.
It was said by the minister that the mobile forensic unit will deal with the criminal
activities, collect physical and substantial evidences from the spot for follow up
of investigation. It was also assured to start during the last fiscal year. But the
government is yet to start work for establishment of the forensic science laboratory.
The East Siang district police have no compact information about the upcoming Regional
Forensic Science Laboratory. The police top officials of East Saing district said
that the department had received a message that there will be a RFSL at Pasighat
but they have no further information.
“We have received a message from the state’s Police Head Quarter that a forensic
science laboratory will be set up at Two- Mile near Pasighat town, but there are
no further detailed information,” said East Siang superintendent of police Puspendra
The in-charge of Crime Branch KP Sharma, who is also leading the mobile team of district
police, said his team is presently working with limited facilities for collection
of evidence against any particular cases. The commencement of the forensic science
laboratory will undoubtedly be an effective measure in combating the criminal activities”,
Sharma puts stress on effective functioning of a ‘Central Monitoring Call Unit’ for
early investigation of crimes.
MP inaugurates St. Patrick’s seminary
Itanagar, Dec 7: Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy, inaugurated St. Patrick’s Seminary,
at Model village, Naharlagun.
The seminary was blessed by Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar, in the presence
of Minister for Geology and Mining, Art and Culture, Food and Civil Supplies Kamlung
Mossang and general secretary, APCU Taw Tebin and a large crowd of believers from
While unveiling the memorial plaque on the occasion, Sanjoy pledged his whole-hearted
support to the Seminary. He appreciated the yeoman service rendered by missionaries
in the development of the society.
Briefing the people about the purpose of seminary, he said that it is meant to train
Arunachal boy in Indian Navy
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Rige Bagra, son of Bomri Bagra and Hengam Bagra, has recently been
commissioned as Executive Officer in Indian Navy in the Rank of Sub Lieutenant.
He did his early schooling from Govt. School Bagra and completed the 10+2 from Govt.
Hr. Sec. School, Aalo, and BE in Mechanical Engineering from Erode Sengunthar Engineering
College, Erode, Tamil Nadu.
During the 3rd year of his study in the college, he qualified for Indian Navy. Simultaneously
in the same year, he qualified Indian Army and Indian Air Force both in Technical
and Ground duty. He opted for Indian Navy. He has already completed his 6 months
of ground training and will soon start another 6 months training under sea, informed
a message from Memo Ao Welfare Society, Itanagar.
A gifted student, during his final year in college, he spoke in Tamil in a Seminar.
He was also awarded the Best outgoing student and best athlete of the College.
CM urges bankers to facilitate self-sufficiency
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged the bankers operating in Arunachal
Pradesh to concentrate on facilitating self-employment avenues to create self-sufficiency
particularly amongst the rural and grassroots masses.
Speaking during an informal meeting with representatives of public as well as private
sector banks, officers of Finance and Accounts department in presence of Finance,
Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein and Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Development
and Land Management Padi Richo, Tuki said the aim of all banking institutions operating
in the state should be employment generation.
Welcoming the influx of various private and public sector banks, especially in the
state capital, the Chief Minister said, “However, now I would like you all to venture
into rural Arunachal and render services to the villagers, who need it the most.”
He pointed out that banks, through its loan giving capabilities, had a major role
to play in boosting rural economy by facilitating to set up industries in fields
like tourism, horticulture, agriculture, fisheries, handlooms, handicrafts, etc.
Tuki requested the banking officials to deal their local customers with ease. He
said, “Our tribal people are innocent. I myself do not know the nitty-gritty’s of
finance and banking. You have to guide us.”
The Chief Minister actually called the meeting to take suggestions and points from
the people in business before attending an important meeting convened by Union Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the Eastern Region at Kolkata on December 10 next.
He also assured to have regular meetings with banking professionals to enhance the
credit-deposit ratio in the state and provide banking services to the rural populace.
In their deliberations, the bankers admitted the low Credit-Deposit ration, which
is only 37% in the state compared to the national average of 75%. They also regretted
that credit facilities being provided to the needy are not up to the mark, mainly
because of unavailability of banking services in most of the places. An official
of the state government said that there are still 46 blocks in the state where there
is neither a bank nor a post office.
“In such a scenario, it is impossible for SHGs and beneficiaries to avail loan through
banks even for central government schemes like SGSY and others,” he added. A solution
to the problem can be introduction of mobile banking system, which the State Bank
of India is contemplating to introduce in Koloriang for people of Sarli and nearby
areas, added an official from SBI.
What's happening to Roing?
What comes to your mind when you think of Roing? The answers are aplenty: “Sambhu
ka paratha”, “Eze River”, “Gangchen restaurant” and so on.
These are no extraordinary landmarks in the town, but names of eateries and places
to hangout, which reflect people’s perception of Roing as modest, peaceful and multicultural.
This image has carried on, although such perceptions of the town had been on the
wane in the recent years.
December 25, 2009 – clash between students and CRPF personnel, August 3, 2010 - three
IRBn personnel beat to death one elderly man, March 16, 2011 – infamous ethnic conflict
and October 5, 2011 - police firing on students.
“What’s happening to Roing?” Everyone’s asking. “Why this once peaceful town has
become so violent today?”
The answer lies in the government’s partisan approach in protecting individual’s
right. While people lived in fear over presence of ultras near Assam-Arunachal border,
the jawans were deployed to look for ‘tomato pickers’ in sabji mandis of Roing bazaar.
People demanded for action against drug peddlers; instead love birds were thrown
in police lockup. Repeated intelligence warnings with appeal for deployment of troops
to avert outbreak of ethnic violence also fell in deaf ear. And when students were
partying, the troops opened fire!
This state of governance is because the government chose to undermine human security
over fulfilling state agenda. Someone has to be shot because dams must be built!
People are asking too many questions, so declare them Maoists to shut their mouth.
Because the leaders are unwilling to talk, the whole town goes up in flames over
trivial communal disputes. So people are curious, “why this small sleepy town of
10,000 souls has been made so difficult to administer?”
The wrong priorities have put the people confronting the state and one community
pitted against another. In these confusions, the police are let loose to become the
‘punching bags’ of public anger. They become the ugly face of the government’s flawed
approach and people in rage barge at the wrong door.
Also, the corruption and nepotism rooted in the system, has fuelled intense competition
in the socio-economic and political landscapes. Once common political goals brought
together different ethnicities, but today ethnic assertion has pervaded political
space. The individual vulnerability to prejudices and discrimination continues to
draw the line deeper creating instability and distrust.
Thus, the government must start to set its priority right. It must shift its focus
from mindless imposition of state agendas on the people to their individual well
being to reassure their faith in the establishment. Radical and divisive agenda born
out of individual insecurity will also be defeated in the process.
Freedom of expression and Internet
Sending shock waves among the millions of Indians on social networking sites, Communications
and IT Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday asked the internet firms to fall in line and
remove objectionable content on their own.
The censorship of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and Google has
not gone down well with Indian bloggers and Twitter, Face book users continuing to
heap scorn on his proposals.
Stating that the government cannot allow the issue of objectionable content to linger
on, Sibal had suggested a mechanism to the internet service providers to resolve
the situation. His explanation is that government does not believe in either direct
or indirect censorship and that is the reason he had asked these firms to evolve
a self-mechanism and come back with a solution.
Not surprisingly, Sibal’s move came after a Facebook page that “maligned” ruling
Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi. Sibal said his ministry was working on guidelines
for action against companies who did not respond to the government's requests, but
did not specify what action could be taken.
Indian authorities were taken aback this year by an anti-corruption campaign led
by Anna Hazare that multiplied on Facebook and Twitter, drawing tens of thousands
of people to street protests and forcing the government to agree to new anti-graft
The demand is the Indian government’s latest attempt to monitor and control electronic
information. In April, the ministry issued rules demanding Internet service providers
delete information posted on Web sites that officials or private citizens deemed
disparaging or harassing. Last year, the government battled with Blackberry’s manufacturer,
Research In Motion, threatening to shut the company’s service off in India if it
did not allow government officials greater access to users’ messages.
The larger question of freedom of expression is bound to crop up as the controversy
deepens. It remains to be seen how the government reacts to the new controversy.
With 100 million Internet users, though less than a tenth of the country's population
of 1.2 billion, India is the third-largest user base behind China and the United
A love song for the concerned dept
All praises to ATA and BJP for coming all out in support of SSA teachers regarding
their salary and regularization. But I am disheartened at the attitude of ASSATA
(Papum Pare) unit for keeping mum, their lackadaisical attitude towards their own
kind. I appeal to them that at least do something for timely disbursement of salary.
This love song is dedicated to the concerned authority:
My life is like sucking honey from a thorn / Frustrated; have become a worm / Slow
at pace, no zeal for teaching / Cos, at home, wife is always complaining / My salary
is Rs. 10,800/ per month / Filled gas cylinder is all I want / I have a wife, who
is just a housewife / Huge debt and credit is what I’m getting from life / Credit
in Ramu’s shop is Rs. 12,600/- till yesterday / I’ m sure, not getting my salary
today / Food, gas, petrol, house rent sums to Rs. Eight thousand / What remains with
me is one thousand / This calculation is based on if suppose / But still I’ll be
in repose. / This ain’t a love song.
Is there a mantra to run a home for a month with Rs. 1000/- ?
Army, village land and the Forest dept
Months back there had been lots of hue and cry regarding the acquiring of land by
Indian Army in various parts of East Kameng; the major portion being from Rang, Taku
and Tagrang Yangje villages at the periphery of District headquarters Seppa.
Initially the villagers vehemently protested the proposal fearing that their private
land and lives would be encroached upon by Army in future. But after series of meetings
with Army authorities and District administration and when they were assured with
good amount of compensation, the villagers reluctantly agreed to donate the required
land. Accordingly the detailed survey was carried out by both Army and District administration,
thereby demarcating the boundaries.
But to the utter surprise of both villagers and Army, land became the hot property
of Forest Department and now villagers are asked to beg NOC from Forest Department
to donate their own land.
It is ridiculous and ironical that the land which had been under the occupation of
the villages since time immemorial has to be under the mercy of Forest Department
Govt need to legalize the land possession of the villagers in Tribal areas, considering
the constitutional provision under Scheduled Tribes Recognition of Forest Rights.
With regards to the issue of NOC, the Forest Department Seppa has put a halt in the
whole process thereby creating dilemma on the villagers. Now the villagers are neither
cultivating on those lands nor getting compensation as promised to them.
One can understand the technicalities and legalities which may be impeding issuing
NOC from Forest Department, but then East Kameng District is not the first in the
state to donate land to the Army!
In many parts of the state villagers have donated land for Army and there must be
certain provision and laws under which they donated land. So instead of lingering
and delaying the process, the district administration and DFO Seppa should seek help
and gather information from their counterpart of those districts where such cases
have been encountered.
I on behalf of the land owners, would like to request the East Kameng Dist Administration
and DFO, Seppa to kindly speed up the matter
or straight away reject the proposal for the better convenience of the land owners.
Rang, East Kameng
We don’t own patents of all the nice qualities
I am compelled to write in stance for my brethren Arunachalees against the mindless
misdemeanor by some Ananth Kumar. Kumar has alleged that we are "Double Standards".
I would dare say "Yes we have people who are double standards". I challenge Kumar
to find community in the world who don’t have people who are not double standards.
I agree that the mainland people here stay as refugees but that’s exactly the way
we are forcibly branded as Nepalis’, Adivasis and savages when we venture out of
our state to the mainland. I myself have stayed outside the state for six long years
and I did not spend a single month not being teased as a Nepali or a savage despite
working among IT professionals. I routinely encountered questions like “do you eat
humans and rotten animals? We Arunachalees at least don’t tease or pick up on people
passing by without any reason. We only fight when our interest and ego is at stake
like everyone else. And yes, we do send our children to the best metropolis of the
country as we want the best of the facilities for them exactly like the mass exodus
of the main land people who come here just due to better opportunities. I sure believe
you all don’t come here exclusively for philanthropic works. About the part on staying
on central funds, yes, I dare admit the poignant reality that we do stay on central
funds; and that’s because we have lived a second class state for decades together
since independence when it came to promotion of economy and infrastructural development.
Advani as the home minister under the UPA government was honest enough to reveal
that. And I am not unabashed to maintain that we have enough resources and potential
to sustain ourselves even if the Central Government were to not send a single penny
to our state. I also see that Kumar does not consider us to be genuine Indians like
the rest of the main land people which is apparent from his tone of statement. I
still have the political map of India which I carried in my cell phone and used to
show it to my friends from the mainland; who did not have a clue where Arunachal
Pradesh was despite being university graduates. That’s equivalent to pushing us and
branding us as the Chinese or the Foreigners.
I am not being bitter about the venom of hatred Kumar has in his mind for our brethren;
and I am not bitter for all the bad experiences I had with the mainland people as
well. All I want Kumar to realize is that we are not the exclusive club of hypocrites
and double standards. We seriously don’t own patents for all those nice qualities.
Let’s open up our minds and realize that it’s in greater interest of all of us to
stop fomenting hatred and being paranoid about each other.
If we seriously stayed with the lessons taught in Moral Science lessons of the primary
school curriculum in Arunachal Pradesh; our minds should have be purged by now and
moreover; our future generations don’t deserve to suffer simply because somebody
among us were mentally ill.
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.