Nyokum Yullo celebrated with traditional fervour
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Nyokum Yullo,
one of their major festivals with traditional fervour.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion as Chief Guest at Itanagar, Rural Development
Minister Takar Marde extended his Nyokum greeting to the people and appealed them
to celebrate the festival with dedication.
While lamenting over the lack of patience of the people particularly while celebrating
the festival he urged the people to celebrate own festival with dedication and sincerity
to promote and preserve it. He further appealed the people of the state to maintain
brotherly relationship with each other and also calls for mental maturity of the
people for all round development of the state.
Guest of honour APIDFC Managing Director Tony Koyu also urged the people to preserve
own rich cultural heritage and tradition. He prayed for peace, prosperity and well
being of the human being on the occasion.
The chief guest donated an amount of Rs one lakh to the Nyokum committee, Nyokum
Nyokum at Khonsa
To the outsiders, Tirap district is all about guns and insurgency. But it is not
so. There are also occasions when people indulge in celebration of festivals wherein
songs and dances overshadow the much maligned and hyped insurgency problem in the
district. In tune with the prevailing ambience and general mood of the people, the
Nyokum Yullo, the most popular festival of the Nyishis was celebrated at Khonsa on
26th Feb’10 by the Nyishis in a befitting manner.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, local MLA Kamthok Lowang while greeting
the people told them to maintain communal harmony and work unitedly for overall development
of the state. He made some cash donations to the committee and later gave away the
prizes to the winners of volleyball competition held as a part of the celebration.
ZPM Chairperson Rongnai Maham in his speech asked the Nyishis to preserve their costumes
as it is their identity and cautioned them against copying alien culture blindly.
Cultural programmes, mithun sacrifice and community feast marked the day-long celebration.
Union Budget - 2010-11 and Arunachal Pradesh
Dr. B G Mukhopadhyay
The Union Budget 2010-11 presented by Pranab Mukherjee, union Minister of Finance
has really focused on those issues which affects the common man (Aam Admi) in conformity
with the objectives of inclusive growth as spelt out in the 11th Five Year Plan document.
The budget has touched on the institutions, which are directly concerned with the
public delivery as also the necessary budgetary allocations for increasing the production
and productivity of farmers. Even though, the agriculture sector has witnessed a
very poor growth as compared to industries and services for various reasons, the
Finance Minister has tried to address the issues in all seriousness and he has made
necessary corrections for accelerating the growth in agriculture sector.
As a NABARD man, my concern is for agriculture and rural finance as it affects the
livelihood of two-third of our population. In this budget, the Finance Minister has
touched upon three areas viz. at a policy level, at an institutional level and at
the grass-root level towards allocative efficiency of budget outlays.
At a policy level the Government has spelt out a four pronged strategy covering a)
agriculture production, b) reduction in wastage of produce c) credit support to farmers
and d) a thrust to the food processing sector. In order to increase the agriculture
production the Finance Minister has identified those areas where the increase in
agriculture production is possible and quite rightly, he has focused on Bihar, Chattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Eastern UP, West Bengal and Orissa. He has allocated a sum of Rs.400 Crores
to increase production in those regions. For improving the productivity of pulses
and oilseeds, he has come up with an integrated package of intervention with an outlay
of Rs.300 Crores under Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. Secondly, he has allowed the
private sector participation to reduce the wastage in storage as well as operation
in the existing food supply chain in the country. Thirdly, he has enhanced the target
of credit for the entire country from Rs.3,75,000 Crores in 2010-11 from the current
allocation of Rs.3,25,000 Crores. Besides, he has also reduced the interest rate
for farmers under short term crop loan at 5% p.a. and the Govt will provide 2% subvention
for this purpose. To promote the food processing industry, the Govt has decided to
set up five more mega food parks which will provide a stimulus to the food processing
At an institutional level, the Finance Minister has made announcement to improve
the Capital Risk Asset Ratio (CRAR) for the RRBs who are falling short of the requirement
of 8% under BASEL norms.
To take the SHG Bank Linkage Programme further, the Govt has increased the corpus
for Micro Finance Development and Equity Fund to the tune of Rs.400 Crores from the
present level of Rs.200 Crores. This fund is being operated by NABARD for promoting
the microfinance movement in the country. To give an impetus to the Financial Inclusion
programme, the Finance Minister has also enhanced the allocation under Financial
Inclusion Fund and Financial Inclusion Technology Fund which are being administered
by NABARD. Besides, he has also suggested to provide appropriate banking facilities
having population of 2000 above by March 2012.
Arunachal will stand to gain from the enhanced allocations of Rural Credit and the
Govt announcement for giving 2% subvention to the farmers who will be effectively
paying 5% rate of interest for crop loan. The Govt announcement to bring the excluded
regions under banking fold will benefit Arunachal Pradesh as it is highly financially
excluded. NABARD has already initiated the process towards this end and it is likely
that in the coming financial year more number of branches will be opened in Arunachal
Pradesh or there will be some banking facilities in the area having population of
more than 2000.
The Finance Minister’s announcement for enhancing the capital adequacy ratio to RRB
will directly benefit Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank and it has already been identified
by the Finance Ministry for necessary capital equity support to the Bank. It will
not only improve the financial health of the bank but also the farmers and SHGs who
will be able to access finance in big way from this RRB.
The enhanced allocation under micro-finance sector will also help to step up the
micro finance movement in Arunachal Pradesh and it may be added that NABARD is already
supporting the micro-finance vision of Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
Since the discourse of budget has shifted to Aam Admi, Khandu Dorjee Ministry may
also take a cue from this budget to change the focus of development from “people
first to farmer first”. (Dr. B G Mukhopadhyay, General Manager, NABARD, Arunachal
Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar. These are the personal views of the author)
CM asks NEC for Special package
JANG, Feb 26: State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu requested NEC Secretary U A Sangma
to consider special packages under NEC for the state. “Arunachal Pradesh needs special
attention due to its vast geographical area and hard topography” asserted the chief
minister while justifying his request in Tawang at a meeting with the Secretary.
The proposal included schemes to boost tourism and create infrastructure in the state.
Khandu while giving his observation said tourism is gradually fastening its grip
in the state because of its plentiful potentials. But in order to augment this industry
we need good accommodation, better connectivity and most importantly preserve the
age-old culture and tradition which need to be showcased to the outer world, CM emphatically
said and requested Sangma to take up the matter with the Union ministry for early
consideration of the proposal to make the state a tourist destination.
The union Secretary assured to do his best. He was very impressed by the landscape
and the hospitable people of the state.
Later the chief minister visited some ongoing projects and monitored the pace of
work near Lhou village and attended the Lossar celebration at Jang today. He was
accompanied by DoNER Deputy Secretary Samadar, NEC Deputy Advisor D Sallo, Development
Commissioner Arunachal Pradesh V K Dev, Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering and
Planning Secretary Ankur Garg during the tour. Earlier, Sangma inaugurated NEC Multipurpose
Hall Building near Government Higher Secondary School, Tawang and also inspected
other NEC project sites and buildings.
On the 25, Sangma along with the assemblage of officers visited a proposed site in
PTSO Lake. (DIPR)
Dipa fiasco condemned
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare
Board has strongly condemned the ill treatment meted out to Arunachlees, and assault
on Kanken Panggeng, son of Parliamentary Secretary for Law & Fisharies J K Panggen’s
on Feb 22 last by the people of Dipa and demanded that the culprits should be immediately
Taking strong exception over Dipa fiasco, its Chairman Jalley Sonam accused Assam
government’s failure to provide safe passage to Arunachalees traveling through various
parts of Assam. This trend of unnecessary harassing our Arunacahlee brethrens should
be stopped immediately for peaceful coexistence, he urged.
The state governments should amicably find a lasting solution for peaceful coexistence
between the two neighbors, he further urged.
Mega eye camp concludes
BOMDILA, Feb 26: The 3-days Cataract Surgery Operation camp concluded here today
at District Hospital Bomdila with an appreciable number of patients being operated
upon. Organized by the District Blindness Control Society Bomdila under National
Rural Health Mission Programme, a total of 264 cases were registered out of which
23 cataract operable cases including one minor operation on Syringing was operated
by the senior most Eye Surgeon and State Project Officer Dr. K.K.Deb assisted by
Ophthalmologist Dr. D. Grayu.
Earlier in the inaugural function on 24th last in the Conference Hall of the District
Hospital Bomdila, the chairman of DBCS Bomdila and the Chief Guest of the day Deputy
Commissioner Swati Sharma underscoring the importance of eye sight suggested for
wide publicity with regards to the extensive examinations of the school going children’s
eyes in the district. The State Project Officer cum Chief Surgeon Dr. Deb deliberated
on the various cases of blindness with special emphasis on cataract and urged for
popularization of eye donation in the area. Earlier, the District Medical Officer
Dani Duri while dealing on the aims and objectives of the camp informed that so far
a total of 07 eye camps have been conducted in the district with maximum coverage
District level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting for U/Subansiri Held
DAPORIJO, Feb 26: A District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DLVMC) meeting
chaired by DC cum CEO (DRDA) H. K. Shalla and attended by MLA Tapen Siga, PD (DRDA),
EE (PHED), EE (RWD), Anchal Samiti Chairpersons and BDOs was held here today at the
Rijo Conference Hall. The DLVMC monitors all the centrally sponsored schemes like
NREGA, SGSY, IAY, PMGSY, Sanitation, Social assistance programmes being implemented
by various departments and agencies.
Shalla, while addressing the meeting, said that quality of expenditure ensures quality
of work and it was the duty of the Committee to monitor and ensure quality so that
the people could benefit. He also stressed on the role of the Committee in certifying
the utilization of funds and achievements under the various schemes which would ensure
continued funding, according to performance, by the centre.
Road infrastructure in very essential in the development process of any area, he
said with a reference to the PMGSY, so the local MLA and the PRI members were asked
to lend a helping hand in ensuring that the public did not hamper in the implementing
process and the concerned people could do their work well. He also stressed on the
need for co-ordination between the members of PRI and Programme Implementing Agencies
so that the real beneficiaries could benefit and no problems would arise during the
execution of the schemes.
MLA Tapen Siga observed that the physical and financial achievement of the schemes
under DRDA was very good and sound and expressed hope that the people had actually
benefited by them. He also said that the authorities should try not to bow under
the pressure of the parties with vested interest and see that the people are educated
about the value of the various schemes and that those schemes have an objective and
EE (PHED) and EE (RWD) also highlighted the schemes under their departments and said
that they were trying to ensure that their departments provided quality and quantity
work but lack of cooperation from the land owners and contractors were proving an
impediment. So there was a plea to the PRI members to ensure that such problems would
be done away with.
Physical and Financial achievements reports for 2009-2010 up to 25 Feb 2010 were
presented by the BDOs and approved by the committee. (DIPRO)
Mra returns India
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Tapi Mra, first Arunachalee Everester arrived Delhi today noon
from Africa after successful climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Tapi will be in
Delhi for some days.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Tawang Tours and Travel, Lobsang Phuntsok who accorded
warm reception to Mra at Delhi informed Taro Chatung, Chairman Taro Opey Foundation,
Ziro, the promoter of Tapi Mra Everester that his travel agency will organise the
Mt. Alaska Expedition of North America continent in June, 2010. However within few
days the next expedition for Australian continent will be worked out provided he
Once again Tapi sincerely expressed his gratitute to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
for moral support and particularly to individual contributors for their financial
Archery competition gets underway
LUMLA, Feb 26: MLA, Lumla Jambey Tashi inaugurated an Archery Competition as part
of the Lossar celebrations. Twenty three teams from different villages of Lumla participated
in the Tournament.
The competition has been named as Rigzhung Sungkhyap Mlathan Tsemo Dendur or Cultural
Preservation Archery Competition and will be a yearly event
Wishing the people of Lumla on the auspicious occasion of Lossar festival, the MLA
specifically emphasized on the importance of education and awareness of AIDS. He
asked the young and educated youths to take up some responsibility towards social
He appealed the youth to be the wings spreading peace and communal harmony by keeping
intact the age old culture and tradition.
The function was also attended by the ADC, Lumla, Lobsang Dorjee among others. (DIPRO)
Seemanta Darshan Yatra Concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Arunachal Vikas Parishad visited villages bordering Tibet. The
trip was undertaken to learn the living conditions of the people.
The visit named Seemanta Darshan Yatra was flagged off on February 11 by IGP Deepak
Sharma in Itanagar.
Nine teams visited Sarli (Kurung Kumey), Taksing (Upper Subansiri) Mechukha and Mani
Gaon (West Siang), Geiling (Upper Siang) Mepi and Acheso Valley (Dibang Valley) and
Chaklagam, Goiliang and Kibitho (Anjaw).
Workshop cum training on Pickle making
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Rural Development and Heritage Society under the sponsorship of
Small Industries Development Bank of India, Regional office, Itanagar is conducting
four day workshop-cum -training on Pickle making at Lobi Colony, Itanagar from March
Altogether, 45 women fro different self help groups are taking part in the workshop.
New police beat house
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: SP, Capital complex Hibu Tamang would inaugurate a police beat
house at Chandranagar on March 2.
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Okom Tamuk has been appointed as President, District Youth Congress
(DYC), East Siang District by APYC President Likha Saaya.
Meanwhile, Tamuk assured to abide the party constitutions, systematically re-organize
and strengthen the youth force of the district for the welfare of the party.
An appeal to Governor
The decision of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt to connect the most interior and remote
Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh through NH from Meka in Lower Dibang
Valley district is really appreciable. We the people of Dibang Valley District are
overwhelmed by the decision of state Govt.
Even then we request the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to take personal initiative
to speed up the survey and construction work of the said road at the earliest as
possible. Delay in survey also may cause delay in construction of the road.
The communication is the life line and crucial component for the development of the
district. But the existing BRTF road in the district is not all whether road, just
one way with many slides points which cause road blockage during summer season affecting
the normal life of this interior district.
The people of the Dibang valley also want to reap the fruits of development at par
with other districts of the state and country. Moreover, from the strategic point
of view, the Dibang valley district needs proper road communication.
Therefore, it is our earnest request to Governor take necessary action to speed up
the NH construction which is entrusted to BRTF.
A.S Chairman Ann-Mipi-Aliney C D Block
Completion of water supply project lauded
The completion of the water supply project in Raane Korong brings succor to the people
of Mebo-Darne and Romdum township area who have been facing chronic problem of water
scarcity for long. The project under PHE was funded through MLALAD.
Moreover, there is also smooth and thorough communication between Mebo and Dolla
road without paying extra taxes for crossing the bridges. The problem has been solved
under the initiative of MLA Ralom Borang.
Hope, every plan being taken by the MLA for the welfare of the people will be
a grand success.
Tonong Megu (Darne)
Kito Megu, Ojing Darin, Kiten Tayeng,
Noah Borang, all Mebo youth