2011

February  - 17

News Highlights

Pasighat centennial celebration gets off to a colourful start

PASIGHAT Feb 16: The much awaited  mega event of Pasighat Centennial celebration with the theme “Honouring the past, Visioning the future” got off to a colourful start here today when Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu formally unveiled the Pasighat Centenary Monument amidst massive gathering.

While expressing his happiness to be a part of the celebration of glorious 100 years of the state’s oldest town, Khandu termed Pasighat as the gateway of Arunachal Pradesh. He extended his sincere gratitude to those numerous luminaries, freedom fighters, political leaders and bureaucrats of the area who have substantially contributed on the development of the state.

Reiterating his stand over the need to harness the state’s rich resources for economic sustenance, the chief minister stressed for promoting tourism which is in abundance in the state. He further divulged that a master plan for infrastructure development to facilitate tourists have been prepared and is in the pipeline for implementation.

“With the Centre willing to extend all possible help, we have numerous milestone to achieved” Khandu assertively said while highlighting on the achievements made since he took over the rein. He informed the gathering about the roads, air connectivity and infrastructure coming up in the state which will undoubtedly put the state on fast track of development.  The Government has prioritized hydropower as the main goal of its development agenda, Khandu revealed. Khandu made it very clear that the apprehension doing round about mega dams in the state was a wrong notion. Except few, maximum projects allotted to the PSUs and private developers are run of the river project which has no or minimal affect. He further revealed that a proper study of the downstream impact would be carried out in conformity with the Assam counterpart before going for the construction of the big dams. “Whatever little apprehensions the people have need to clarified”, Khandu said while stating that the big dams would indeed control flood during the rainy seasons and would provide irrigation water for the Agricultural fields during dry seasons.  

The revenue earned from upfront premium and processing fees from project developers touched Rupees 1,320.31 crores which was used in undertaking various developmental projects for the state and helped the resource crunch state of Arunachal Pradesh in mitigating the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation liability for its State Govt. employees, Khandu reveled.

The chief minister also mentioned on the need for preservation of wild life, awareness on HIV/AIDS on missionary zeal and maintaining peace and tranquility for attracting investors and industrialist to make their way to the state for investments.

Earlier, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, in his welcome address briefly deliberated on the past of Pasighat, the way it transcended from 1911 to 2011. He made mentions about various developments took place and what more need to be done for the state’s oldest town.

Power and Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin, called for full participation of the people in order make the event a grand success. He apologized the gathering for delaying the centenary celebration for a month due to unavoidable circumstance.

 AICC Secretary Sanjay Bapna, who was a special guest on the occasion, extended his gratitude to the people of the state for showering the love and hospitality to him. He lauded the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and the peace loving nature of the people. Appreciating the endeavour of the state government for multi faceted development, Bapna believed that with such pace, the state would soon become a front ranking state in the country.

Coulourful cultural programme were other highlights on the day.

Speaker Legislative Assembly W Lowangdong, Ministers including Takar Marde, Kalikho Pul, Tanga Byaling, Hunchun Ngandam, MPs Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Ering and Host of Parliamentary Secretaries and Congress MLAs, high ranking bureaucrats were present on the occasion. PRO to CM

 

DoNER sanctions Rs. 69.92 crore fund for road network in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) has sanctioned funds worth ` 69.92 crores for development of road network in Arunachal Pradesh. The money has been sanctioned from the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Fund for taking up development work in four districts of the state.

DoNER Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique said:  “We are committed towards improving roads and communications in the entire Northeast region which has suffered because of poor infrastructure. This is a priority for us.”

Handique also urged governments in all the eight states in the Northeast to fast-track sanctioned projects for the greater benefit of people. “We have also requested the Arunachal State Government to expedite these projects in the greater interest of connecting the state with the rest of the country. During this financial year alone, about 80 % of NLCPR sanctions for Arunachal Pradesh have gone towards development of roads and bridges,” he added.

In the current financial year, about Rs. 492.36 crores have been sanctioned for development of road in the eight states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura.  The Ministry has also given in-principle approval for sanction of ` 48.5 crore to build additional road projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The projects were recommended by the NLCPR Committee during its 91st meeting held in New Delhi last week.  

The DoNER Ministry has sanctioned projects worth Rs.196.7 crore for development of roads in Arunachal Pradesh during the current financial year (2010-11), the release said.

 

Centre must clarify its stand on China’s claim over Arunachal :Ramdev

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The central government should take China’s repeated claims on Arunachal Pradesh territory seriously and clarify its stand, said Swami Ramdevji, while talking to press persons at Naharlagun today. Affirming that no one can alienate Arunachal from the great nation, India, he said, “Arunachal Pradesh Bharat ki mukut hain. Ye shirf desk ki ek abhinna angh hi nehin balki India ki pran hain (Arunachal Pradesh is the crown of our great nation, Bharat. It’s not only an integral part of India but also the soul of our country).”

Taking a dig at the Central govt for remaining tight-lipped to oft-repeated Chinese claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Ramdev said, “It’s not good that the Centre keeps mum on the Indo-China border issue. It is entirely undesirable for the growth of the country.

Responding to a volley of questions after conducting a free yoga shivir at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Naharlagun on his first ever three-day trip to this Himalaya state, the yoga guru launched the Bharat Swabhiman Andolan for which signatures were collected from the thousands of people belonging various sections attending the shivir.

Terming corruption as the worst enemy of India, he said representatives from villages would assemble at New Delhi on February 27 to submit a memorandum to the prime minister demanding bringing the black money amounting Rs 300 lakh crore back from abroad.

The money once brought back would bring so much development that would automatically end insurgency and naxalism, he said.

He called upon the people to practice yoga to remain fit and free from all diseases and administered vows to the gathering to discharge their duties with honest for 16-hours a day, check population growth, prevent pollution, practice yoga regularly and oppose injustice at all levels.

Yog guru Baba Ramdev  also laid  foundation stone of Hindu Ashram under the Lingalaya seva Ashram at Lingalaya temple NH52A road, near Bhalwan mor here today.

While addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Yog Guru reiterated that “Arunachal Pradesh is always an integral part of India and India will defend it from any external threat.” He further said, we (people) will not compromise with our territory”. “Arunachal Pradesh needs high motivation and spirit that’s why I come here” he added.

Meanwhile Indigenous Faiths Cultural and Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) Y.D Thongchi highlighted the historic linkage between Arunachal and India since time immemorial. “History tells Arunachal Pradesh is a Hindu state” said IFCSAP President.

MLA Tani Loffa chief advisor of All Arunachal Pradesh Hindus Faith and Culture Development Organization (AAHFCDO) reasoned that change will witnessed in state by Baba Ram Dev’s arrival.

Earlier K.P Dolo Chairman AAHFCDO in his address said that the ashram will be established with objective to rehabilitate orphanages and needy children. Among the dignitaries Chayantajo MLA Karya Bagang, and former IFCSAP President Nabam Atum were also present on the occasion.

Later, addressing a public meeting at the VKV (Chimpu) ground in the evening, Ramdev said, “I have a vision of making India, a No. 1 nation and a super power in the world within 2020.”

In his awe-inspiring speech, the yoga guru, besides giving them some yoga tips, asked the school children “to activate” their “silent talents” through yoga and pranayam to become healthy – both physically and mentally and contribute their maximum possible towards the development of the nation.

The Swamiji, is scheduled to visit Tawang tomorrow and Pasighat the next day.

 

NCP concerned over Tirap situation

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh today expressed concern over the increasing sufferings of the people of Tirap district, particularly at Khonsa due to unabated, uncontrolled factional battle between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K).

While supporting the demand of Arunachal Citizens Right and other concerned associations and action groups for immediate deployment of forces to bring normalcy back to the township and the district, State NCP president Ngurang Pinch, said “the innocent Tirap people should be spared forthwith from the additional burden of the terror-activity apart from their classical sufferings from the non-development factors by an insensitive way of governance”.

The government of Arunachal Pradesh seems unconcerned, the NCP leader said. Has the government donated the district as a free battle ground to the warring factions of the outlawed NSCN to settle their score, the NCP leader questioned.  Have we become so imbecile so as to be unable to realize the consequences of letting a population of our own suffer time and again the perpetuating misery, tension and trauma thrust upon them by the factional infighting between NSCN-IM and K ?  Pinch wonders.

Pinch also shared the concern of AAYA for the government’s apparently wrong policy in recruiting law-keeping personnel. While the unemployment problem is detrimentally growing in the state, the state government should be more sensitive to the problem bugging the youth here, he said. The government, must think twice before conducting any kind of recruitment and act primarily in favour of eligible Arunachali youth, he added.

 

Ering inaugurates community hall

ITANAGAR, Feb 16:  MP Ninong Ering has inaugurated the Community hall at Kanubari yesterday. The hall was constructed by PWD.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest at the inaugural function, Ering appreciated the P.W.D. for quality  work and timely completion of the project.

While stressing on the complete eradication of opium in the area, the chief guest appreciated the positive and hard working attitude of the Wanchos of Kanubari area and for their cooperation with the department in implementing development works.

Among others Newlai Tingkhatra, the Parliamentary Secretary, S.W. and Child and Women Development and Kanubari ADC D K Das also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Er. Khoda Gyati, Executive Engineer P.W.D. highlighted the details of the project under non-BADP scheme under R D department.

 

The woes of casual workers

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: In Arunachal majority of workforce in various government departments especially in C and D category are casual workers. Despite getting meagre amount of salary these group of people are very sincere towards their job and are much honest to their job than those regular ones. In the hope that one day their job will be regularised if they keep on giving their best. But for many of the casual workers their wait to get regularized never seems to end.

This journalist interacted with many casual workers who poured out heart but with condition that their names be kept anonymity.  They tell how it has become difficult to support their family with low salary in these days of high inflation. “I get a monthly salary of around four thousand. I have to support my wife and my two kids. With prices of essential commodities increasing every day, it has become almost impossible to survive in Itanagar,” told one casual worker who is employed as computer operator in a government department. He further added, “We have cut down our spending on buying clothes and all. Now almost all money goes to buy food items and paying house rent. Many a times my children ask me to buy them some stuff but I am so helpless.”  Such embarrassments have become bit regular phenomena for many of the casual workers.

At work place also often they are being looked down by their fellow colleagues who have got appointed on regular basis. “Everybody knows that being casual workers our jobs are not secure. Even our colleagues who are regularized treat us quite differently.   They have this superior feeling over. We are almost treated like second class citizen. It’s a sad feeling,” tells another casual worker.

Despite many difficulties it is hoped that one day their job will get regularize which keep these casual workers motivated. “I joined as causal lower division clerk (LDC) in the year 1998. It’s been 13 years since then but still I am a casual worker. Every year my bosses assure me that this year I will be regularized and I am also living on hope,” shared another casual worker.  She went on to add, “Its hope that one day my job will get regularize and I will available all benefits which keeps me going. But there are some in our office who have been employed as casual since last 25 years and when I see their status, it makes me worried for my future.”

 

Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Mishing Socio Cultural Welfare Society, Capital Complex celebrated religious and socio-economic festival “Ali-Aye Ligang” at Gohpur today.

On the occasion, Ali Aye Ligang Celebration Committee, President P N Naroh and MSCWS general secretary Dedajit Pegu advised the Mishing community residing in capital complex to promote and preserve own cultural tradition and urged them to take active part in organizing and celebrating the Mishing festival in the capital complex.

Besides, community feast, traditional dances and songs were also displayed on the occasion.

 

Weaving and Knitting training

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Mecha Welfare Society, Yachuli conducted weaving training at Yachuli and Knitting training programme at Joram under the sponsorship of NABARD on February 14 last.

At Yachuli, RBI Branch Manager Tadar Simi along with other officials attended the programme. While, CDPO Yachuli, Tasso Asha and ASM, Joram Achu attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

 

BJP ST Morcha endorse demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: While supporting the demand of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha for high-level committee to probe into the  alleged irregularies in hills transport subsidy bills, BJP ST Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh  president Tadar Akap has appealed the state Govt to verify the genuineness of  the bills  before release of payment.

 Claiming that the state Govt had constituted district, circle and block level vigilance committees in order to streamline the DPS system in 2007-08,  the BJP ST Morcha leader alleged that the contractors and the authority concerned have completely violated  the guidelines and norm prescribed by the vigilance committees. Govt should release payments of bills only after it ensures that PDS items reach the FPS properly, he said. It further alleged that bill for wheat and K oil were also prepared while such items did not reach the destination.

 

Chidambaram accused of ‘double standard’

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), a pressure group which is opposing the development of Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project, has questioned the “double standard” of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on his recent furious remark  on the Jammu and Kashmir map depicting Akshay Chin in red colour and PoK in green colour, and on the other hand his silence on the maps depicting Arunachal Pradesh within China which have allegedly been used by the project developer, Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited, and WAPCOS.

The FSD also condemned the different stand that has allegedly been taken by  Union Home Minister  on both maps depicting Indian territories within China, which it said, sabotaged Arunachal’s integrity.

The Forum cited that on Feb 14 at a power-point presentation on Kashmir, the Peoples’ Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti showed a map depicting Akshay Chin in red colour and PoK in green color unlike the colour of other parts of the map. Taking note of the maps, Chidambaram warned of action if PDP did not withdraw the maps.

FSD  said that it had written to Chidambaram on Dec 10 for taking action against the officials of Jaypee and Water and Power Consultant Services (WAPCOS) for showing parts of Arunachal and the very site of 2700MW Lower Siang HE Project to be under China territory in their Environment Impact Assessment report, but till date  no action was taken against Jaypee and WAPCOS. The Centre should have taken exemplary actions against JAPL and blacklisted WAPCOS instantly, the Forum said.

FSD informed that they had also written to the President and the Prime Minister on 10th December 2010, but interestingly no one had bothered to initiate any action against them. But the Union Home Minister warns a political party chief of action if she doesn’t withdraw the maps, FSD said.

The Forum raised several questions: why was the Centre reluctant to take any action against those responsible for depicting parts of Arunachal in Chinese territory, was it because Arunachal is not a part of India. Is the Centre not bothered about Arunachal which is plotted under China territory, that too by a GoI body and a powerful corporate house of India? Does India have different laws for different peoples or of their influence, status or political affiliations?

 

REDP in Food Processing concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Training in Food Processing for 30 trainees under REDP, organized by the AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I, Miao at Songking Village of Changlang district under the sponsorship of NABARD, Itanagar concluded yesterday.

Addressing the valedictory function as chief guest BDO, Miao T. Bapu emphasized the importance of locally made juice and pickles as compared to those coming from outside. And added that, those pickles coming from outside contain chemical ingredients and consuming such commodities is harmful to health in the long run.

AMYAA, Secretary R. K. Paul Chawang advised the trainees to keep up their interest and vigor by practicing what they have learnt during the training and also suggested them to constitute and NGO “orange growers association”.

EO (Fishery) M.C. Adak, ASM and GBs of Songking Village attended the programme.

Meanwhile, the month-long training programme in Mushroom at  Khasan Jugli village under Kharsang circle in Changlang district also concluded  yesterday. The progoramme was conducted by the AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I with the support of NABARD RO, Itanagar  for 30 trainees.

K.S. Lungphi ASM, Injan, the chief guest and other dignitaries  including J. Jugli ZPC, S. Tamang ADO Kharsang, N. Rajbungshi AFA Kharsang, H. Bowa ASM Kharsang Tinali and Thakna Jugli GB Khasan Jugli Village were present in the valedictory function. The invited dignitaries encouraged the trainees to keep up the interest of cultivating Mushroom and they extorted them to gradually take up such cultivation at commercial basis.

The invited guests witnessed the number of mushroom cylinders prepared by the trainees during their practical sessions and these mushroom cylinders are expected to be ready for harvesting within two or three days.  R. K. Paul Chawang Secretary of AMYAA (NGO) requested the officials present in the programme to collaborate in reaching out to the rural poor through various development programmes and activities. He further shared with the participants the follow-up action that would be taken up in the near future as part of the post training programme. The success and impact of the training will be counted on the post training performance of the trainees as they start mushroom cultivation units in their village.

 

GBPIHED conducts sensitization workshop

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment  and Development (GBPIHED), North East Unit, Itanagar jointly with CAPART, Guwahati  conducted a 3-day sensitization workshop for VOs/NGOs on rural technologies at its Multi Technology Demonstration Centre, located in the premises of APSS, Doimukh during February 09-11. Altogether, thirteen NGOs from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya  participated in the workshop.

Dr. K.B. Rani, Member Convenor, CAPART, Guwahati while welcoming the participants, highlighted the objectives of workshop and C.S. Pandey, Director, CAPART, New Delhi highlighted the activities and schemes of CAPART related to rural development. Dr. Prasanna K. Samal, Scientist Incharge of  GBPIHED highlighted on low cost rural technologies that are available with the Institute and that have potential to enhance crop yield, conserve soil and water and also could be used for entrepreneurship development.

Dr. Paran Gowda, Consultant for CAPART also apprised the trainees about the project related to rural development emphasizing on soil and water conservation and rural energy.

During the course of the sensitization workshop, a number of sessions were held where resource person from GBPIHED deliberated on technologies and models that can address mountain agriculture, particularly shifting agriculture.  

Mihin Dollo, Programme Manager (GOI-UNDP CCF-II project) of GBPIHED appraised the trainees on  SALT (Sloping Agriculture Land Technology)/CHT (Contour Hedgerow Technology) and gave practical demonstration on SALT/CHT, Biobriquette, Weed composting, Vermi-composting, trellis, polyfilm, etc.

Er. M.S. Lodhi, and Dr. Satish Arya, Scientists of GBPIHED gave presentations on soil and water conservation technologies (such as modified jhum, haandi, polyflim and poly-tank) and a five-tier agricultural model developed by the Institute for sustainable development of shifting agricultural land areas, respectively, while Shivaji Choudhry another resource person from GBPIHED appraised the participants  on commercially potential aromatic plant species, He also highlighted the method of cultivation and agro-climatic suitability of crops. Besides, team from NABARD, Itanagar also highlighted the role of NABARD in rural development and its schemes for NGOs/SHGs of the region.

 

PPA, AACWA calls for amicable solution

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Stating that the People’s Party of Arunachal does not appreciate any form of violence, the party has requested the Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association, Arunachal Pradesh Public Works Department Engineers Association, Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers  Welfare Association and Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Junior Engineers Service Association not  to take harsh stand on Takam Tagar as,  the party observed,  altercation might have occurred because of certain issues.

“When the matter has been already reported to the authority and FIR has been lodged, let the law take its own course,” said PPA general secretary Ashan Riddi in a release. He further said while the legal procedures take its course,   both Tagar and Nair be allowed to resolve differences if any.

It may be mentioned here that conglomeration of engineers associations had demanded action against Tagar for allegedly assaulting PWD junior engineer K S Nair at work site on Feb 13. Tagar in a release yesterday denied the allegation as baseless.

Meanwhile, the  All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) also  called for amicable solution of the matter through discussion across the table in larger interest.

While pointing out various demands of the associations of engineers including demand for arrest of Tagar, AACWA  requested the conglomeration of engineers associations to refrain from such move as the matter is individual in nature between the working contractors/proprietor and department concerned.  It also appealed the contractors and the site in-charge of the concerned division to amicably dispose off the matter.

 

Assaults on engineer condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) strongly condemned attacked on junior engineer PWD K S Nair allegedly by MLA Takam Tagar on Feb 13 last.

While supporting the demands of the various associations of engineers, AAPWU said such an uncivilized act by an elected representative is condemnable from every civilized society.

Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) in an emergency meeting held today strongly condemned the alleged assault of Nair.

The attacked on government servant on duty by a law maker is an unfortunate state of affairs, which hurt the sentiments of entire state government servant in particular and society in general, it said.

Further, endorsing the demands of All Engineering Service Associations, CoSAAP demanded the authority to book the culprit as per law and immediately constitute judicial enquiry to unearth the truth.

The CoSAAP further appealed the government to ensure that the ongoing construction work of the state assembly secretariat building is completed within the stipulated time without compromising the work quality and misappropriation of earmarked fund.

It also condemned the attacked on associate professor of DP Government College Kamki Ategi Linggi by some miscreant recently.

 

AAPWU flays allegation

ITANAGAR Feb 16: Taking serious note over the allegations leveled against Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), Chairman Jalley Sonam by the All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union (AAPGDLU) All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union has termed it ridicules, baseless and unfounded.

In an emergency meeting held yesterday the Central Working Committee and executive body members of AAPWU took stock of the allegations leveled against its president Jalley Sonam  as published in some local dailies on Feb 13 last.

AAPWU strongly opposes allegations leveled against Jalley Sonam for misusing his power as the chairman of the Board by making false promises like medical advance, marriage assistance etc.

Before making such unfounded and baseless allegations and going to press, AAPGDLU should verify the facts, as it could bring serious reactions if allegations are wrong and not proved.

It is worth mentioning here that Jalley Sonam who is associated with labors of the state since last 20 years was appointed as the chairman of the Board with the consent and approval of the state government. As soon as Sonam assumed the office of the APB&OCWWB as the chairman last year has been rigorously campaigning in the labour concentrated areas of the state making the workers/labors aware of the benefits provided to them by the state government through APB&OCWWB. Within short span of one year, he has implemented much of the benefits as provided by the Board, it said.

The AAPGDLU president and secretary, instead of appreciating yeoman service rendered by Sonam to poor workers of the state, they are trying to tarnish the image of J Sonam, the AAPWU said.

 

APMTF alleges illegal collection of fund while AAPPTF demands apology

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has lodged complaint against the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) general secretary and chairman with the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner alleging that the leaders duo ‘misleading, cheating and extorting money from all commercial vehicles’.

While condemning the alleged collection of money, the APMTF demanded immediate halt on the collection and said that whatever amount collected should be refunded. It also requested all commercial vehicle owners not to entertain unrecognized organization seeking donations in the name of a federation.

Meanwhile, reacting to the  alleged forceful collection of money, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation has demanded public apology from the APMTF within four days, otherwise, it said, would compel to  approach court  for  leveling false and fabricated allegations against the AAPPTF in order lower its image, said its secretary general in a release today.

News Impact

AE refutes allegation

ITANAGAR, Feb 16:  Tanung Jamoh, assistant engineer (C), department of hydro power has refuted the alleged mismanagement of steel obtained from M/s Satyam Ispat.

Reacting to a news item published in this daily yesterday, Jamoh said that the allegations leveled against him are baseless, ‘not taking into account the true facts and figures’.

Jamoh clarified that the order of 33 MT steel was placed with M/s Satyam Ispat against Paya MHS at Hiya of which 26 MT has already been delivered and received at site.  “Remaining 7 MT is still stocked at M/s Satyam Ispat, which would be received as per requirement,” he said while adding that ‘any doubts regarding  the steel can be verified from records at site and from the sub-divisional office.  He said a neutral third party investigation team  may be constituted to investigate the matter at any time.

 

Contractors demands floating of tenders for project implementation

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association, Kurung Kumey district unit has requested all the works departments to follow the rules by inviting tenders for implementation of all the centrally sponsored schemes.   The Association alleged  that  the registered eligible contractors are deprived of participating in contract works as the various work departments  have not invited  tenders for implementation of various ongoing central and state sponsored schemes.

 

Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and RGU, Vice Chancellor prof Tamo Mibang have consented to attend as chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Nyokum Yullo festival at Doimukh on February 26.

Traditional folk songs and dances and Volley Ball tournament will be conducted during the occasion and a mass social service will be held on February 22 and 23.

Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh and Superintendent Engineer, R.W.D. Kago Tabio would attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Parang.

While, IPS, Director of North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Dimapur, Government of India Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Jomnya Siram, Deputy Director Art & Culture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun will attend as special guests.

During the weeklong celebration from February 20-26, renounce artist Ashok Sonam and Taba Yal Nabam along with two other members from NEZCC would also participate in the occasion.

 

Skill development programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Rural Development and Heritage Society in collaboration with NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar is conducting Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Basic Computer Education for unemployed youths, farmers club and self help group at Koloriang on March 4 and March 5 at Palin.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has appointed Kabang Gamno and Kabuk Langkam as president and general secretary of the Lower Dibang valley unit of APMTF.

Readers Forum

Let people take decision on projects

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the public hearing on 780MW Nyamjang Chu hydro project, conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board at Lumla on Feb 8. It is unfortunate that the student community of our area were not allowed to participate in the hearing simply because the students representatives were not from the affected area.

Now the word ‘affected area’ creates many doubts.  Will the impact (prositive or negative) of the project be felt within the ‘affected area’ only.

In the midst of such quarries, we would like to mention here that the demands of the All Dhak Pangchin Students Union (ADPSU), Lumla to make public all projects related documents have not been fulfilled yet.  Our demands include disclosure of minutes of the first project related meeting convened on 2007, copies of MOU signed, modalities copy of environment impact studies etc.  We want project related papers to educate the people  about the advantage and disadvantage of such projects so that people themselves able to take decision whether the project are needed or not. We also want to mention here that we want development but not at the cost of our valuable traditions.

Yours,

Tenzin Lodoy

President, ADPSU, Lumla

 

 

Activate Dumporijo BSNL tower

Dear Editor,

The installation of a BSNL tower at Dumporijo more than two years back had inspired many.  Thousands of local tribal who had purchased mobile handsets are now awaiting anxiously  to see the day when the tower would be activated and Dumporijo be connected with other parts of the country and world.

It is shocking to observe that after a mere formality of the installation of the tower no follow up technical measures were taken up till date. The mobiles purchased even by poor tribal are being used only to see the time with the additional burden of charging them every second day.

The planning cell of BSNL seems to be working in an erratic manner as the towers which were installed much later than Dumporijo tower are now operational. It is baffling to understand how a district circle like Dumporijo has been so long deprived of this present day necessity of mobile services, while smaller places like Lida have been provided the requisite facilities.

Therefore, it is my urgent appeal to the BSNL general manager to investigate into the abnormal delay and get the tower activated at the earliest.

Yours,

Topo Mattu Digbak

Chairman

Arunachal Jagriti

 

 

 

It is time to show maturity

Dear Editor,

The conference – cum-election of the All Nyishi Students’ Union is being held at Seppa, where a new executive committee will be formed. In the process of the elections, there may be certain unseen lapses with regards to discipline and decorum. In this respect, I appeal the committee conducting the conference to ensure safe and congenial atmosphere during the period of campaigning. There may also some unscrupulous elements creating law and order problems during the conference and election.

The committee should ensure peace and tranquility in and around the camp so that no untoward incidence occurs. It is also my earnest suggestion to the organizing committee to liaise with the district administration to provide security for the safety of the students arriving for the conference from outside the district. We should ensure that to make the conference a success, all participating members cooperate with the organising committee in maintaining harmony throughout the electoral process.

Winning and losing of an election is part of the process, and there should not be any sort of excessive expression of grieve and excitements. Such show of the feelings has always an impact on the general masses, either positive or negative.

Having said these, I on behalf of the people of the East Kameng district and Seppa in particular, would like to appeal all the students to maintain decency and maturity while participating in the conference without any malicious intensions and help conduct the conference a grand success.

Yours,

Chagam Dolo

Secretary-In-Charge

East Kameng Unit

Nyishi Elite Society

 

 

Tirap needs immediate attention

Dear Editor,

Tirap has been the very tense area or district in comparison to other districts of the state for last one year, but yet no one thinks about the solution to the exact problem of the district. The home minister also follows the same path by not showing his interest in it.  It is home minister who is to play a vital role in such tense situation prevailing in Tirap. If he is in Arunachal Pradesh now, he should try to know the grievances/problems being faced by the innocent people of Tirap.

I do appeal the home minster to render his service sincerely and also request other minister to take serious note of Tirap problems in order to maintain peace and harmony in the state.

Yours,

Yubby Koj

C Sector, Itanagar

 

 

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