Governor conveyed his gratefulness to Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Staff
and Admiral Anup Singh, C-in-C, Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam for deputing
the naval team to the State. He also extended invitation to naval personnel to the
land locked Arunachal Pradesh.
Appreciating the proficiency of the naval expert team, Gen Singh suggested for training
on water craftsmanship for Special force of State Police. With so many big rivers
in the state and looking at the safety and security of the local people, we must
have a team of personnel expert in diving and rescue operations. I am sure Indian
Navy will come forward for the capacity building, he added.
Lt. Gawli, while giving the detail report informed that the deepest point in the
middle is 9.6 meters and there are huge deposit of trees.
A 3D map of the entire lake is being prepared. He added, it is very good for water
sports such as water skiing and huge potential to be one of the best tourist attractions.
Lt Gawli, presented a memento of his Command to the Governor, who reciprocal with
traditional Nyishi dao and Apatani shawl for every member of the team. Armed with
the scientifically prepared map of the Lake, the Governor made a tour of the whole
Lake today. He also took a boat ride around the lake.
Pointing at the abundant fishes in the lake, Gen Singh advocating for angling activities
said, it should be done professionally, with prescribed norms and State Government
must get revenue out of it.
Always concerned for clean environment and noting at the chip wrappers, plastic water
bottles and other garbage, Gen Singh directed the Lake Caretaker, Sama Dodum to put
bamboo made waste-bins on the path. He assured twenty such bins along with two special
casted Waste-bins for the Lake from Raj Bhavan. We should be very strict on it, he
said but added, it is cleaner than before.
Interacting with picnickers from other parts of the State and some from Assam at
the Lake, Gen Singh dwelt in length on the cleanliness and basic etiquettes on visiting
places of tourist interest. We must have good restaurants here with proper toilet
facilities. And it should be made of bamboo, not concert or cement, he further added.
Advising Dodum to put in a dedicated effort, Gen Singh suggested him for procuring
of paddle boats. It will draw large numbers of tourist and pickers of the capital
city. Assuring his best, Dodum put forward some problems, such as lack of security
lighting and water supply, to which Governor assured positively. Tourism Director
AK Singh along with Assistant Director Gedo Eshi, Adventure Tour operator Komkar
Riba and his team were present during the visit. PRO to CM
PM announces ex-gratia for fire victims
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced an ex-gratia of Rs
two lakh each to families of the students who were killed and Rs one lakh each to
those seriously injured in a hostel fire mishap at Palin in Kurung Kumey on Feb
The amount from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund would be given to the family
members of 14 students who were burnt to death and ten others seriously injured in
the fire, sources said quoting PMO.
Earlier today, a four-member delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Govt led by Lok Sabha
MP Takam Sanjoy called on the Prime Minister at New Delhi and apprised him of
the tragic fire incident at Palin.
The high level delegation also briefed the Prime Minister about prompt initiative
taken by CM Dorjee Khandu along with other ministers and MLAs and appealed for financial
grants for parents of the deceased and seriously injured ones from the Prime Minister
High Power committee formed
Meanwhile, State government has constituted a high power committee (HPC) to look
into the problems and grievances of the families of the victims of the fire accident
that took place on February 10 at Palin.
The 10-member committee is headed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram as chairman.
The committee will submit the report to the government regarding compensation payable
to families of victims and measure to improve the functioning of private schools
and hostels within 15 days.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the HPC has been convened at Banquet Hall on Feb 15 next.
State delegation takes up important issues with PM
The Prime Minister also assured the delegation to discuss with the union ministry
of tribal affairs, for necessary action for change of nomenclature from ‘Gallong
to Galo’. This assurance came when the delegation led by LS MP Takam Sanjoy today
called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race course road residence
at New Delhi today.
In a memorandum the delegation including Tanga Byaling, Minister for Health, Food
& Civil Supply, Takar Marde, Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and
Takam Tagar, MLA (Palin) pleaded that the change of nomenclature should be made
by amending the ST/SC order of 1954 in the forthcoming Parliament session starting
from Feb 22,
The amendment which was supposed to be brought in the last session of Parliament
got delayed due to a letter written to the Prime Minister by Thangso Baite, Member
of Parliament (LS) Outer Manipur seeking time for some clarifications of Mate tribe
which are clubbed together in the same amendment bill.
The delegation also presented a memorandum as a follow-up action of State Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu’s initiative for early release of hill transport subsidy (HTS) pending
dues under PDS as ‘one time exercise’ and as recommended by High Power Committee
headed by the Cabinet Secretary to avoid contempt and attachment proceedings by the
Pointing out the construction of Pakka Gongo to Gogamukh road which was half done
under NEC programme wherein a stretch of 90 km more is yet to be constructed, the
memorandum urged the Prime Minister for an appropriate funding agency. This would
be the shortest lifeline from the State Capital to Upper Subansiri and also is an
strategically important road for Taksing and Tamachungchung border points of India
and China, Sanjoy said in a faxed release.
‘Brand Arunachal’ makes wave
in Mumbai SARAS Fair
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in
its endeavor to support to the marketing of the products of artisans and SHGs members
sponsored Puno Rinyo, a member of Subansiri Self Help Group (SHG) Ziro and Jaiprakash,
artisan from Arun Kutir Udyog Co-operative Society Ziro for sale and exhibition of
their products in the Mahalxami SARAS Fair 2009 held from Jan 21 to Feb 4 in Mumbai
The NABARD sponsored artisans participated in the fair successfully and could sold
Jute diversified products worth more than Rs.60,000 and received order for about
The organizers appreciating the Jute diversified products brought by the artisans
from Arunachal, asked them to take classes for some of the artisans coming from other
The Chairman of NABARD Umesh Sarangi, visited the stall allotted to Arunachal artisans
and appreciated their product.
SARAS Fair is an annual fair organized by Government of Maharashtra and GOI where
artisans from all over the country participated in the fair for sale, exhibition
and for contacting bulk buyers. During the past four years, NABARD has been sponsoring
stalls for artisans and SHG members supported by it under its various promotional
It may be mentioned that both the artisans had earlier undergone training in jute
diversified products with the support of NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office
and they are graduating to “Brand Arunachal “, -- Governor’s clarion call to all
It is time for introspection
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: As whole state mourns the loss of innocent lives in the Palin fire
incident, it is time to make deep introspection about status of education system
in Arunachal Pradesh. These kids lost lives in the hope of better education as their
parents thought living in boarding they will be brought up in competitive atmosphere.
The castle of dream weaved by those children has been ruined in the very same place
where they had assembled together for better future.
This incident should be treated as wake up call for the government of Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly education department.
In the last few years private schools have been mushrooming all over the state and
it is not known whether all of them are recognized with government. This is the root
cause of problem as most of these schools do not adhere to standard regulations framed
by central board of secondary education. Nobody cares to check including administrations
and parents whether these private hostels have proper fire dousing equipments or
whether they maintain hygiene? Most of the children studying in these schools are
virtually living under mercy of god and if authorities do not act at right time unfortunate
incident like that of Palin might recur.
The lure of private schools in Arunachal is so high that relevance of government
school in our society is slowly diminishing. With broken windows and half damaged
walls majority of state run schools have become shadow of their past. The sharp difference
in the performance of students between government and private run institutions in
various competitive exams tells that all is not well with state run schools. Once
these school were home to many bright students, whereas today, parents avoid them
and make every effort to get their children admitted in private schools. Most of
the parents blame government for the present sorry state of affair of Govt. schools.
“Standard of government school has drastically gone down in the last few decades.
Even with our tight budget, I am sending my children to private school as there at
least they will get proper education and care,” told a parent. He went on to add,
“Palin incident has scared me a lot. My two children are in boarding school and now
I am desperately worried for their safety. I would request state government to bring
some kind of mechanism so that these private hostels follow all safety norms.”
Most of the government run schools are plagued with numerous problems like shortage
of subject teachers, classrooms, laboratory technicians, textbooks etc. Even appointments
made under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have not brought desired changes. Unless proper
education policy is implemented, more children will be driven away from government
As our state comes under earthquake prone zone, there is an urgent need to identify
whether school buildings of the state both private and government are secured enough
to resist any deadly tremor. Time has come to streamline education policy and in
this regard, education department must take the lead role.
The recent decision for the planned development and improvement in the standard of
the educational institutions will go a long way in solving some of the major and
urgent problems that the education system has been confronting.
In the meanwhile, we all have to make sure that memories of those kids who lost their
lives in the Palin fire remain etched in our mind and heart as their deaths have
taught us many haunting lessons.
MLA announces development package for Joram
ZIRO, Feb 13: In yet another major announcement, the Yachuli MLA and APEDA, Chairman,
Likha Saaya, yesterday announced developmental packages to the tune of over Rs.60
lakh for Joram area. He made this announcement while chairing a development meeting
of three Panchayat segments of Phu Joram, Shuli Joram and Jara at Joram under Lower
Giving priority to agriculture, he would sanction 20 lakh of the package for construction
of an Irrigation channel from Sekh Nallah to Shuli and ten lakh has been earmarked
for construction of a link road from BRTF road to Phu Joram Primary school, while
the remaining 30 lakhs is for immediate requirements of schools including class
rooms and teachers quarter of the three panchayat segments of Phu Joram, Shuli Joram
Acknowledge that Yachuli township dwellers face great hardship for non-availability
of drinking water facility, he informed the people that the Government of India is
being personally persuaded after submitting a new concept paper for drinking water
scheme for the ‘drinking water draught’ Yachuli township .The scheme is likely to
be approved within a short period of time, he added.
Soliciting the officer to attend all the developmental meetings convened by him,
Saaya said officers’ support, guidance and cooperation is very important for an
MLA particularly the new entrants as they have the more ideas and experience on
development. He expressed his confidence that if officers work hard with team spirit
an MLA can bring miracles for the area and the district as a whole.
Seeking the continued support and cooperation of the people for development of the
area, Saaya said at one point of time the MLAs used to be a VIP with powers and facilities
without much responsibility but he preferred to differ from that concept and promised
to dedicate his tenure as medium of development and his entire life for the development
of the area.
The MLA accompanied by district officers also had sight inspections of Sub-Centre,
Secondary school, of Joram besides visiting Phu Joram Primary school and Jara Middle
The meeting was also addressed by Lower subansiri, DC in-charge Hage Takka, Yachuli
ADC, Yuwa Topu among others, while District Statistics Officer, Nani Sambyo, spoke
at length on the importance of census and the need for proper enumeration.
As announced earlier, the MLA had his first Public Darbar at Yazali for Yazali circle
on Feb 11 and the second at Yachuli last evening for Yachuli circle. The next
Darbar his scheduled at New Pania on 13th next. DIPRO
‘Changes acceptable without
changing cultural fabric’
TEZU, Feb 13: ‘ Festivals and Festivities which occupy large part of our cultural
consciousness give us a distinct identity besides occasion to rejoice and merry making’,
said Chowna Mein Minister for PHED and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary while gracing
the Joydam festival of Deori community as Chief Guest at Mahadevpur on Feb 12
Greeting the people on the auspicious occasion the Minister said that change and
touch of modernity is always inevitable but such changes can be accommodated with
out changing the root of our cultural fabric.
The Guest of Honour CC Singphoo Parliamentary Secretary Art & Culture said that a
tribe is known only by the identity it gives and appealed the four ethnic groups
of Deoris to make the Joydam festival a common platform to exchange views and keep
up their cultural ethos in a meaningful direction . The Namsai MLA Sati Mein was
also present on the occasion.
Gracing the occasion as a special Guest Mohesh Deori Dy. Chief Executive Councillor
of Deori Autonomous Council gave a clarion call to the community members for more
commitments to promote the values of the Deori culture along with Deori language
to the younger generation.
He appealed the Deoris of Arunachal to keep in touch with the leaders of the state
for development of the societies to build a camaraderie between Assam and Arunachal
. ML Deori retired CCF , Hemaranjan Deori General Secretary Deori Sahitya Sabha and
other prominent members of the Deori community also spoke on the occasion.
Other highlights of the two-day long festival were hoisting of festival flag, release
of Souvenir on Joydam by the chief guest, Parthana Dance, cultural display by various
tribes of Mahadevpur and adjoining areas , opening of exhibition stalls and community
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has extended his
warm greetings to the people of the nation as well as the state on the auspicious
occasion of Lossar festival.
Lossar is being celebrated by the Buddhist community of Mahayana sect around the
globe which symbolizes starting of a new year.
In his message Khandu hoped that this festival would strengthen the bond and brotherhood
feeling among the sentient beings on earth and spread the message of love and compassion.
He further believed that since Lossar symbolizes the beginning of a year, he wished
that this New Year would usher prosperity and happiness to the people of this state.
He appealed to all sections of the society to stand united to fight all odds and
join hands to take the state to new heights of development.
Condolences pour in
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee expressed deep sense of condolence
on the death of 14 school children at Palin recently.
It prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls and to restore
enough strength to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss cause to them
in this hour of grief and also prayed for the speedy and early recovery of the injured
children in the mishap.
Bishop of Itanagar Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas Kattrukudiyil also expressed shock on
the fire accident and conveyed his condolence to the bereaved families.
He thanked to Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, MP Takam Sanjoy, PWD and UD Nabam Tuki,
leaders and well wishers for their timely help and concern.
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) also conducted a condolence meeting at its office
today which was attended by AAPSU General Secretary, Presidents of All East Kameng
Students’ Union and All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union and other senior students.
The members present prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and early recovery
of the injured who are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.
It thanked to the state government for its immediate initiatives to provide relief
to the affected families.
Meanwhile, ANSU president Niglar Veo is leaving for Assam to attend the General Conference
of All Boro Students’ Union as guest of honour. He would be accompanied by other
executive members of the union.
National Students’ Union of India also mourned the demise of 14 school children and
prayed for the eternal peace of he departed souls.
Raising Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The 19 Mahar, the youngest battalion of the Mahar Regiment stationed
near the border in Upper Siang district, celebrated 25 years of its raising recently
under the aegis of DAH Division.
Speaking to the unit on the occasion, Maj Gen B S Sachar, SM, VSM, GOC Dah Division
complimented the troops for their high state of morale in the remote border town.
He exhorted the personnel to continue with the good work in the future also. He also
received the Trekking Expedition undertaken by the unit to Shingang, one of the
most remote villages of the state.
A get together was also organized by the unit in which Goan Buras and other locals
The traditional dance of Adi and Memba, Khamba communities was complimented with
a ‘Leizim’ dance by the troops.
It may be mentioned here that battalion was raised in Saugor, Madhya Pradesh on Feb
11, 1985 by the first commanding officer, Col Pradeep Kala with troops belonging
to all parts of the country. The battalion is a true ‘Mini India’, having amongst
its ranks persons from the length and breadth of the country, from J&K to Andaman
& Nicobar, from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, all serving the nation with unity.
In a short span of 25 years the unit has won numerous awards including one Veer Chakra,
one Yudh Seva Medal, seven Sena Medals, six Mention in Dispatches and 32 commendation
cards. The unit was also awarded the General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern
Command’s Unit Appreciation card for their sterling performance in OP VIJAY.
Guv visits Bamboo processing centre
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh accompanied by the State
First Lady Anupama Singh, and along with his guests from Belgium, who are also into
handicraft business today visited the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma. While interacting
with the villagers at the Centre the governor expressed his happiness to see that
the Center is giving impetus in socio economic growth of rural people.
The Governor also inspected training sessions, where the villagers are trained on
value addition techniques in the bamboo craftsmanship. Conducted by experts from
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati in collaboration Arunachal Pradesh
Forest Corporation Ltd, forty-four local villagers, including five entrepreneurs
from Aalo, West Siang district are availing the twelve-day training, which commenced
on 1st February last. The Governor encouraged each one of them to sincerely and dedicatedly
start such productions at home. He also suggested ways and means to improve their
APFCL, DM (M&E) G Rime, the nodal officer of the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma informed
while briefing about the training and its participants said that the programme
will help in achieving economic upliftment of the people.
Earlier, the Poma villagers, led by Poma ASM Tecghi Anna accorded a warm traditional
reception to the Governor and his entourage.
It may be mentioned here that the Centre, the brainchild of the governor has already
received orders in lakhs for agarbati sticks etc. PRO to CM
MLA reveals mantra for successful career
SEPPA, Feb 13: Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku has underscored the importance of healthy
mind and body and said that the mantra for successful career lies in these faculties
along with unwavering discipline.
Taku shared this piece of wisdom to a large gathering of students and teachers while
inaugurating the annual events of Seppa JNV, recently.
“The mantra for successful career lies in a healthy mind and body along with unwavering
discipline. These faculties can take you (students) to the pinnacle of success in
your chosen field”, Taku said.
He lauded the efforts of JNV, a pioneer educational institution of the district,
through which many of its alumni have become an able and efficient officers in various
Expressing delight over the march past performance and cultural programme presented
on the occasion by the students of JNV, the Seppa MLA donated an amount of Rs 15000
for students’ welfare.
Earlier, responding to a memorandum submitted by JNV Principal O M Pankajakshan which
highlighted improper power supply in the school, Tapuk assured to help them with
a power generator (genset) in the month of March.
Meanwhile, the Principal and the members of JNV Seppa have expressed their gratitude
to the MLA for assuring to attend to their grievances.
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Youth Department is celebrating
its silver jubilee at NBCC premises Model Village, Naharlagun from April 23-25 next.
Cultural exchange prog
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The state unit of Bharat Scouts and Guides organized a 5-day cultural
exchange programme at its training centre, Naharlagun from February eight.
Performance of folkdances and folksongs of Arunachal Pradesh by the Scouts and Guides
of Maharashtra, exchange of languages, costumes, food plaza, session on discipline
and personality development etc. were the main highlights of the 5-day cultural exchange
Attending the valedictory function as chief guest, joint director of higher and technical
education Dr. T Padu said that such camp is very essential and a step forward in
preserving culture and tradition, creating harmony between different communities
and promoting the spirit of nationalism among the people for a better society.
Altogether 36 participants from Maharashtra and 20 from host state attended the camp.
Regional organizing commissioner (Scout) BK Singh also witnessed the programme which
concluded on February 12.
Adherence to PMEGP guidelines sought
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Palin Mandal unit president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Dohu
Apa claimed that the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), a centrally
sponsored scheme is not being implemented in state as per guidelines.
Giving a copy of the beneficiaries under the PMGEP with amount against specific projects
which ranges from Rs 70,000 to 10 lakh, Apa in a release claimed that when there
is a provision of sanction ranging from Rs five lakh to 25 lakh, some beneficiaries
were getting bank loan up to Rs 10 lakh and some others are getting loans ranging
from Rs 70,000 to 85,000 against specific projects to run business in industry and
service sector. This, the release claimed, was against the guidelines of the PMEGP
framed by the government of India.