Explaining the objectives of the meeting, Nabam Aka, Papum Pare Zilla Parishad chairperson
requested the ZPMs to assure completion of the ongoing works and to submit UC within
the month of March this year. She said “We will be debarred from having fund for
2010-11 if can’t show utilization of the amounts released in the previous installment”.
Aka alleged that, many state govt’s department of the state submit scheme in the
name of panchayat, which is ignored by the PRIs. She laid stress move for revalidating
the fund remaining with 6 installments to prevent returning of about Rs 24 crore
to the centre.
Addressing the meet, the director of panchayat, Bida Gadi advised the PRI leaders
to conduct proper baseline survey for identifying the local problems and prepare
schemes in priority base. He urged them to know and exercise the power enshrined
by the Panchayiti raj acts in order to vigil and monitor the PDS in the rural areas.
He stressed on clapping of schemes in different levels of the panchayat in order
to prevent misappropriation of development fund.
Reiterating the mobility allowances, the director said the budgetary amount worth
Rs 5 crore is yet to be sanctioned. He advocated that the amount could be paid to
the panchayat members in the form of honorarium by following a classification of
status at any level.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare district, Tai Kage said that until a well
defined political will, proper implementation of the panchayat schemes is impossible.
Kage, who is the district development officer (DDO) of the capital district, regretted
the system where they have no power to monitor the works. He was dissatisfied that
the Sixth pay commission had increased salary for government officials, but not accounted
the PRI members.
The day-long meeting which was participated by 15 PRI leaders including four ZP chairmen
has adopted some resolutions to move the governments on their demands. As such, the
PRI leaders have unanimously decided to impose the govt for provision of fund in
the budgetary estimate in the year 2009-10. According to another resolution, the
‘Panchayat coordination committee’ would demand the state govt for granting Rs 50,000
per ZP and Rs 25,000 to every Anchal Samity as per cabinet commitment. Besides these,
decision has been made to impose pressure on the govt for budgetary provision of
Rs 8.50 crores in 2009-10 for strengthening the District Planning Committee (DPC)’s
office and to appoint contingency staff in the DPC offices and construction of ‘Panchayat
Niwas’ in all 16 districts of the state.
Pul stress on timely completion of PMGSY roads
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: RWD Minister Kalikho Pul stressed on timely completion of PMGSY
roads with assured quality as per prescribed technical specification in order to
ensure road connectivity to rural areas of the state in subsequent phases. The minister
also emphasized on the need for formulation of Rural Road Maintenance Policy to sustain
Addressing the concluding function of the 3 days review meeting of RWD on PMGSY yesterday,
he lauded the engineers of the department for the committed approach in implementation
of PMGSY road works.
Best performing officers should be appreciated and appropriately recognized, he emphatically
Suggesting organization of such meeting at circle and headquarters levels monthly
and quarterly respectively to improve performance of field engineers to ensure quality
and timely completion of project, the Minister also asked the officers to bring awareness
and involve local people in execution and implementation of flagship programme.
He called upon the authorities concerned to strictly adhere to the laid down procedure
in tendering of PMGSY road works and maintain secrecy and confidentiality of the
tendering process. Financial soundness and fast track record of the contractors are
also to be taken into account while awarding works, Pul added. Further, he reiterated
that non performing contractor should be terminated as per the contract agreement
and provision enshrined under the Standard Bidding Document and also cautioned the
non-performing engineers too. However, he expressed his happiness over the entire
proceeding of the meeting and appreciated the officers and the participants for fruitful
interaction during the meeting. While assuring to fulfill the genuine demands of
the department, he appraised of the specific demands placed before the 13th Finance
Commission for development of infrastructure by the state government and follow up
action to be taken on receipt of fund.
Commissioner RWD Tape Bagra thanked Chief Minister and RWD Minister for their active
participation and sharing valuable advice and suggestion, according to an official
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The Donggin Festival of Bori Community was celebrated with traditional
gaiety and religious fervour at Reying Village under Payum Circle recently.
Speaking on the occasion, as chief guest Adi Baane Kebang, President Ajin Apang emphasizing
the importance of Donggin said that it has different names among the various communities
of Adi community residing in various parts of the state like Unying, Aaran, Podi
He appealed the young generations of the Bori community to preserve Donggin so that
it can stand the tides of modernity. Guest of honour Okom Yosung also appealed the
Bori Community to preserve Donggin festival with its true colour.
ABK, West Siang District Unit President, Taje Komut also spoke on the occasion.
‘Paki Kinam’ an exhibition of traditional warriors, ‘Bangi Noki’ an exhibition of
marriage through elopement, ‘Ribong Sonam’ an exhibition of Tug of War, ‘eppuk apka
sinam’ traditional arrow shooting competition were the major attraction of festival,
besides these modern Sports and cultural activities were also organized to mark the
Other ABK executive members also attended the festival.
BJP flays UPA on price rise
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Expressing serious concern over food inflation which touched the
‘record high’ during 2008-09, the national president of BJYM, Amit Thakkar claimed
that no perceptible step has yet been initiated by the UPA Govt to check the ever
rising market prices of food and other essential commodities. ‘The UPA bosses are
only seeking to draw “lame excuse” by raising fingers against one another’.
Addressing the media persons here today, Thakkar, who along with party’s NE organizational
in-charge P Chandrasekhar Rao earlier had a meeting with the State leaders on the
issue of price rise, claimed that due to “faulty” economic policies of UPA Govt,
the whole country has now been bearing the brunt of price rise. “Food inflation is
the creation of the Central Govt and the states have no role in it,” he alleged.
He claimed that 50 to 100 percent hike in the prices of essential commodities had
been recorded during the financial year 2008-09.
Thakkar, also the BJP’s national prabhari for nationwide sangharsh abhiyan (protest
movement) on the price rise, told media persons that the BJP is going to organize
a massive rally in New Delhi next month to protest the utter failures of the UPA
govt to control the price rise.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the state unit BJYM will organize a car rally from Itanagar
to Nirjuli on February 11 and then rush to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the
Governor. It will be followed by two more rallies—from Pasighat to Aalo and another
from Daporijo to Dumporijo—in the first week of March.
Besides Rao, BJP president Dr Tangor Tapak, general secretary Tai Tagak and BJYM
president Doni Nich were also present at the press conference.
Tour with a difference
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: In an attempt to bring the administration to the door-step of the
people and redress their grievances, a team of officers headed by ADC Jang, Duly
Kamduk along with the sub-divisional heads of offices of the Jang administrative
circle conducted a nine-day tour to the villages under Mukto and Bongkhar administrative
circles on foot march from January 28. The tour concluded on Feb 5.
The team interacted with villagers and tried to redress the grievances placed by
the villagers of Bongleng, Kharung, Bomja, Khet, Gyamdong and other villages of the
said administrative circles. Adopting unique method of issuing documents such as
ST, PRC, birth certificates, income certificates the team issued more than 800 ST
certificates and quite a large number of other documents to the villagers during
their tour to far-flung villages.
On the sidelines of the tour, medical camps for the patients as well as treatment
of the yaks and other domestic animals were also conducted by medical officer and
veterinary officer, Jang respectively.
Among others the tour team was also accompanied by Lobsang Tsetan, CO Mukto, ZPM
and Anchal Chairperson Mukto-Bongkhar and other prominent public leaders of the area.
Workshop advocates for clear concept on democracy & human rights
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: India is the biggest democratic country in the world and the home
of Mahatma Gandhi, the icon of non- violence. But it is ironical to witness the continued
unabated violence, social disparity and racial discrimination, economic and historical
injustice and castism prevailing in India, said Bamang Tago, Chairperson, Arun-achal
Citizens Rights (ACR) while delivering the key note address on the week-long ‘Regional
Skill Enhancement workshop’ began here today.
There are direct linkage and manifestation of lack of proper education, poor or too
expensive health care, disturbances to ecosystem, growing law and order problems
and chaotic bad governance. On the other hand, the plight of the vulnerable section
of Indian society, particularly in the North East region, the weaker section of the
society who are termed as Scheduled Tribes (Tribals) and other backward classes are
at the receiving end. Their continued exploitations resulting to pathetic situations
who are not only facing their identity crisis and slow extinction but also haunted
by continued disposition of their life sustaining resources like land, water and
forest and other intellectual properties, he commented.
In the name of political assertions and political movements, armed conflicts, violence
and human rights violation have erupted in tribal peoples areas; particularly in
the North- East region, he said, adding these issues need urgent interventions.
Besides all these, the repressive laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act,
1958 imposed in the region reflects the denial of democratic human rights to express
indigenous people’s genuine aspirations which compounded the situations to be more
The workshop feel that strong political will on the part of the government and long
term peaceful democratic means on the part of the Indigenous Peoples are required
to mutually come forward to address these problems. It is time to empower our legislators,
judiciary, bureaucrats, social and political leaders, youths and women with clear
concept of democracy and human rights. They also need to be sensitized towards the
practice of effective and meaningful democracy and respect for human rights, the
workshop observed. ACR, along with likeminded human rights defenders, believes that
the relevant and proper understanding of the democratic mechanism and tools as well
as sharing of good practices are must to find solutions to all these problems.
The main goal of this Skill Enhancement workshop is to help strengthen democratic
institutions and adhere to democratic values and practices through empowering the
civil society leadership and to provide effective and meaningful advocacy skill and
tools to the civil society leaders to influence policy towards realization of common
people's aspirations among others important subjects. Representative from all NE
states are participating in the proposed intensive workshop, according to an official
Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: North Eastern Electric Power Project, Ranganadi HE Plant lead by
Project head Er NK Mao, Dr MC Raba and Dr Nitin Mugli conducted free medical camp
at New Pitapool on February 4 last.
Altogether, 300 patients benefitted from the camp.
Meanwhile, ZPM Taba Chiji and ASM Taw Leji thanked the NEEPCO for conducting medical
camp and appealed them to conduct more such camp within the project area in near
AKKDSU conducts social and educational awareness tour
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) and four branch
student unions of the district conducted a Social and Educational Awareness tour
from Jan 14 to 24 in every educational institution, villages and circle headquarters
and interacted with the people.
While discussing the outcome of the awareness tour in a meeting on Feb 5 at Itanagar,
AKKDSU along with the four branch students unions of the district observed that there
is no road communication in most circle headquarters of the district and there are
no health centres in most of the villages and circle headquarters and the existing
health centres are facing shortage of doctors, other staff and irregular supply of
medicines, according to an AKKDSU release.
AKKDSU said other grievances placed by the student community and the people during
the tour included irregular supply of PDS, absence of headmaster/principal, subject
teachers in schools, irregular payment of student stipend, lack of school furniture
besides improper functioning of the administration in various levels.
AKKDSU has appealed the elected representatives, department concerned to look into
various problems being faced by the general people of Kurung Kumey district at the
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Er Techi Ramda, AE PWD Sagalee and advocate Nabam Regum have been
appointed as chairman and general secretary of the Nyokum Yullo Celebration committee
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Sher-Montz is celebrating 3rd pre-Losar at RGU University premises
on February 10.
Parliamentary secretary, food and civil supply Lokam Tassar would attend the function
as chief guest.
Tuki to inaugurate newly laid cricket pitch
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) president Nabam Tuki will inaugurate
the Arunachal Cricket Coaching Academy and its newly laid pitch and ground at Nyokum
Lapang ground on February eight, according to an ACA release.
Queen’s Baton to arrive at Tawang Jul 22
ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The Queen’s Baton 2010, Delhi will arrive at Tawang on July 22.
Commonwealth Games 2010 Organizing Committee has agreed to the request of Arunachal
Pradesh Govt. to hold Queen’s Baton Relay at Tawang keeping in view the cultural,
religious and historical importance of the place, said sports and youth affairs department,
in a release.
The Baton would arrive in Tawang in an Army Chopper from Shillong on July 22 and,
thereafter, a short relay of about two hour would be organized. Later, it would be
flown to the state capital.
Meanwhile, a sub- committee has been constituted by the state Govt. under Capital
Complex deputy commissioner to make an arrangement for the relay as well as evening
cultural programme likely to be held at Banquet Hall. The Baton would be kept in
Raj Bhawan for the night before it travels to Dimapur next day.
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the
world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a
message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay
traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city's Commonwealth
The Delhi 2010 Baton Relay was launched on October 29 last year at Buckingham Palace,
with the Queen handing the Baton to President Pratibha Patil, who in turn passed
it to Dr. M S Gill and Suresh Kalmadi. Kalmadi then had the honour of passing the
Baton to the first Baton bearer, Abhinav Bindra, the Olympic air rifle champion who
began the Baton’s journey with a relay around the Queen Victoria Monument. Since
then, the Baton has travelled thousands of miles and currently it is in Africa.
The Queen’s Baton will travel through all the Commonwealth countries until it lands
in India on June 25 where it will spend 100 days touring the 28 states. It will then
be taken to its final destination, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi for
the opening ceremony of the Delhi Games on Oct. 3 .
CMs conference on internal security today
New Delhi: A conference of Chief Ministers has been convened tomorrow by the Centre
to focus on internal security matters.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Conference. UNI
NABARD promotes SHG movement
ITANAGAR: In order to further the movement of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State
NABARD has sanctioned a programme for Promotion and Linkage of 30 SHGs in Gangte
Circle of Kurung Kumey District. The programme shall be implemented by Community
Learning and Doing Centre which has its headquarters at Palin in Kurung Kumey District.
Pinch appointed NCP state unit president
ITANAGAR: Former MLA Ngurang Pinch has been appointed as president of Nationalist
Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh unit.
Meanwhile, NCP, Arunachal Pradesh Youth President Daniel Teli congratulated Pinch
on being appointed as the president of the party and expressed hope that under the
leadership of Pinch, the party activities would gain all round development.
AAPOSWA and RKM distribute sweaters
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Orphan Students’ Welfare Association (AAPOSWA) and
RK Mission, Itanagar distributed 200 pieces of Sweater to Orphan, Semi-Orphan, destitute
and below poverty line families free of cost at Tarajuli village, Sood village, Nyorch
village and Borum village.