2011

February  - 19

News Highlights

Restore normalcy in Tirap, NGOs urge Govt.

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Taking serious note of the factional clash between NSCN (K) and NSCN (IM) in Tirap District, the Tirap District Indigenous Rights Forum (TDIRF) appealed to  the state  Govt including  elected representatives of the Tirap  district to intervene immediately for bringing an end to factional clashes  so that common people can live peacefully.

The Forum appealed the Chief Minister, Home Minister, MLAs and Tirap District Administration to think seriously over the Tirap situation.

While the people of the district are living in fear psychos, on the other   hand the Army and police personnel are maintaining deep silence, the Forum claimed.

Lashing out at the elected leaders, the Forum said that the cross firing, encounters are taking place each day, but “there is not a single leader to console the public nor the state government has commented on the prevailing situation. This very act of state government is creating confusion in the minds of the people of Tirap district.” The elected leaders are seems to be only in the name. They have no guts to raise voice against these insurgency groups that are active in Tirap district, it further said.  The Forum also criticized the district administration. It said the situation in Tirap seems to be out of control and district administration is helpless.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Indigenous Peoples' Union (AIPU) strongly reacted over the state Government alleged failure to restore normalcy in Khonsa. The people are passing through traumatic and pathetic condition due to tense situation prevailing in the township following the prolonged  factional clashes, the Union said and   urged the  State Govt take steps and pursue the Centre to bring an solution to the matter to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people of the state.

The Union appealed the Chief Minister to issue directive to concerned  ministry and Tirap MLAs to take immediate steps to bring normalcy in the district.

Advocating for deployment of adequate forces in the district, the Union further said that  the Central Govt should intervene in the matter as such tense situation hampers the growth of the state and the country as a whole.

 

Governor to inaugurate Book Festival

Capital all set for Festival of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The preparations for the Festival of Arunachal commemorating the Statehood silver Jubilee celebrations and the Itanagar Book Festival is going on very well with final touches being given before the inauguration, informed the Capital Deputy Commissioner Dr S B Deepak Kumar today.

Interacting with local media persons at the media corner of the Book Festival venue at I G Park here, he said the hosting of the Festival of Arunachal and the NBT Book Festival under one platform is an opportunity for the people to enjoy the celebrations and to access books catering to the need of  all kinds of readers.

Regarding the 9-day Itanagar Book Festival to be inaugurated by the Governor Gen. J.J. Singh tomorrow (Feb 19), the DC hoped that such events will promote and encourage reading habits among the children and youth in particular including the general public. The Book Exhibition was finalized way back in December last, he said adding that the last Book Fair organized by National Book Trust, India (NBT) in 2006 was also a huge success.

The Project Head of Itanagar Book Festival, Manas Ranjan Mahapatra informed  the media persons that 75 book stalls is being  set up by around 60 publishers from various parts of the country adding that 10 per cent minimum discount is available for all categories of book. The festival, being organized by NBT in association with Capital District Administration and the Directorate of Public Libraries, will also have an activity corner including media corner besides other special features.

The festival will showcase various activities for children and youth including a Book Review Workshop, panel discussions on 'Scripts of Arunachal Pradesh' and 'Folk as an Essential Element in the Literature of the Northeast' and a career counseling session on 'Publicity as a Career'.

Eminent authors Y.D.Thongchi and Mamang Dai from Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Ashes Gupta from Tripura and Hridayananda Gogoi from Assam besides other resource persons from the state are expected to participate in various programme during the Book Festival.  

National Book Trust, India is an autonomous organization under the Union Ministry of HRD engaged in promotion of Reading Habit and Indian Publishing for over last seven decades.  DIPR

 

Police takes steps  for transparency in recruitment process

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Arunachal Pradesh Police have introduced several initiatives with the help of Information Technology for transparent and merit base compassionate recruitment in state police.

According to an official release a vigilance team has been set up to verify any malpractices by the police officials, candidates or any other persons to make the recruitment process transparent.

Moreover, it was decided to introduce Identity Cards for all the staff in the recruitment.

No other police personnel shall be allowed to come nearby the recruitment area and also mobile phone, electronic gadget, books, bags etc. are not allowed inside the recruitment area. Videography shall be done in all the stages of the recruitment including  physical test and the written test.  Other important measures include introduction of bio-matrix finger printing of all the candidates in all the stages during physical test, Written Test, Interview, Medical and introduction of Optical Mark Recognition technology in the examination and randomize coding using information technology on answer scripts for impartial and fair evaluation of the paper and de-coding with information soft-wire for preparation of mark sheet are some of the  measures taken for transparent recruitment process, the release said.

Meanwhile, the recruitment process for compassionate appointment will start from 21st Feb and will finish on Feb 26.  Except scrutinization of domcuments  at  PHQ Itanagar on Feb 21 and 22, the rest of the recruitment  process will be conducted at PTC, Banderdewa.

In order to detect any malpractice during the compassionate examinations, pamphlet and posters will be distributed to all the candidates to inform in confidential anybody asking for bribe for selection in Arunachal Pradesh Police or if anybody seen or heard asking for giving money for the selection in Arunachal Pradesh Police. Their names will be kept secret. The information can be given to either in Mobile or through SMS or by E-mail to:

1. Robin Hibu, IPS DIGP(E), A.P. Chairman Recruitment Board Phone No. 0360 2212725 (O) (9.30 AM to 4.30 PM). Mobile No. 9436040702 (All Time) E-mail :- robinhibu@rediffmail.com

Or 2. N. Gana Sambandan, IPS (SP/SB)

Phone No. 0360 - 2212363 (O), (9.30 AM to 4.30 PM) Mobile No. 8974829300 E-Mail :- ngsambandan @gmail.com

 

Mopin reverberates Yomcha

AALO,  Feb 18: The Mopin festivity was marked at its best at Yomcha as festive revelers  from all subdivisions and circles of Liromoba congregated there to celebrate the festival  from Feb 16 to 18 with traditional pomp and gaiety. The chief guest of the inaugural function, Jarbom Gamlin, Power and Tourism Minister said that festival not only promotes our cultural values but it acts as a forum to meet and know each other to inculcate work sprit in our endeavour towards  development of society. The people hardly find occasion to congregate at large on such movement of rejoicing, the minister said and advocated that such  festival should be an annual event in the days to come.

MLA Jarkar Gamlin was all praises for the Central Mopin Celebration Committee for conceiving such a noble idea to create a platform for all to rejoice and interact with each other on various issues of the constituency. The trend set this year should go a long way to promote cultural awareness and spirit of unity among the people, he observed.

The president CMCC, Yomcha Dege Ete appealed all delegates from subdivisions and circles to bear with the difficulties and extend full cooperation as members of the festivities. The Deputy Commissioner West Siang Amjad Tak and Govt officials also participated in the celebration.

The three day long festival is marked by cultural competition on dances and songs, fashion show, musical nites by renowned artists from outside, traditional exhibition. A forum is being created to showcase tribal music and dance and spot out local cultural talents from the area. DIPRO

 

BJP alleges 63,000 cr scam in North East

New Delhi, Feb 18: A high-level BJP delegation led by its president Nitin Gadkari today drew the attention of President Pratibha Patil towards an alleged Rs 63,000 crore scam in the North Eastern states where the ruling governments had cornered the construction of almost all of the hydro power projects worth Rs 400,000 crore.

Leading the party delegation to the President before the commencement of the Budget Session of Parliament, Gadkari said in his memorandum that the leaders in the Northeast were not far behind their counterparts in the country in corruption.  The confidence of the common man was totally shaken and development had taken a back seat, he added.

Citing the report of the Fact Finding Committee of the BJP, Gadkari said thousands of crores meant for the NE region had been siphoned off.

He blamed the chief ministers, ministers, bureaucrats and technicians who had embezzled almost all the funds earmarked for the BPL families as their PDS food grains were finding their way into neighbouring Bangladesh from the FCI godowns.

The states had evolved a novel mode of cornering the project construction by breaking the projects to less than 100 MW thereby thwarting the need to take permission from the Centre and Planning Commission, Gadkari added.

The BJP team had visited the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other states to unearth the documents of various scams.

The Hydropower scam even shames the 2G scam which resulted in a loss to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer whereas all the projects combined would cause a loss of Rs four lakh crore, he claimed.

A random survey of the companies which were granted permission to build the hydropower projects showed that they functioned from tenements in slums and some did not even have people to fit in the Boards. In one instance, a peon of the firm was also made a Director. The total corruption involved was Rs 63,000 crore, the memorandum says.

The BJP demanded special courts to speed up the process of punishing the culprits backed by special investigation system for a speedy and coordinated investigation by the National Investigation Agency, CBI and other agencies.

There should be special audit of the scams and time-bound action plan to recover public money from the scamsters and to take strongest possible action against the looters, he added.

''As a Constitution head, you shold ask the authorities to initiate a detailed investigation into the scams listed by the BJP Task Force and save the common man of the region in the interest of democratic polity,'' the memorandum said.

The party had provided well documented evidence to buttress its argument with a list of 50 master scams undertaken by various Governments mainly ruled by the Congress party. UNI

 

APCC should know its jurisdiction: ACR

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: While responding to the press statement issued by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee rejecting “Dabi’s resignation demand as baseless and unfound, Arunachal Citizen’s Right (ACR)  chairperson Bamang Tago said that  INC vis-a-vis APCC being the leading national political party in country should know the jurisdiction of  political party and the government vis-à-vis governance. APCC shouldn’t interfere or response on behalf of the Home Minister, the ACR chairperson said in a release. “Let  Home Minister clarify  his miserable failure to protect its people”, he said.

“Infact I donot have any personal enmity with Dabi but any  law and order situation in state is the constitutional responsibility  for  Home  department and Dabi, being the  HM has constitutional obligation to safeguard the  life, liberty and dignity of its own people”, the ACR chairperson added.

“We appreciate that Dabi is the only person who visited Tirap after being the Home Minister as claimed by APCC but what has improved  with regards to law and order scenario in Tirap and Changlang districts?  Rather situation has gone worse and out of control particularly in Tirap after the visit of Home minister. The deep silence of HM is nothing but a surrendering entire Tirap at the hands of two NSCN fractions,” Tago said and reiterated that  HM should step-down on moral ground. He further said a team of APCC should immediately rush  to Tirap and visit all the villages to the first hand information.  

Calling of un-recognised NGOs from esteemed political institution like APCC is unfortunate and pre-mature. Every individual or for that matter  organisation or institutions, have every  right to express their views and opinion, ACR added.

 

Security reviewed

Khonsa: Consequent to Sunday’s firing in Khonsa village on the outskirts of the town there was palpable tension in the local population. This became apparent when on Monday (Feb 14) afternoon a rumour spread throughout the town that the insurgent group has ordered the market to shut down around 1:30 pm. Security forces were immediately rushed into the town for patrolling and building up the confidence of the public.

SP Tirap, CO 19 AR, and CO 36 CRPF personnel were on the roads patrolling and  talking to people. Consequently about 20 per cent shops reopened where the shopkeepers resided in the shop or nearby.

As a follow up action a meeting was  convened by the DC, SP and Army officers at Circuit house on Feb 15 which was attended by the members of the market and also general residents and students’ union. In the  meeting  people were urged not to react blindly to any rumour and if someone had personally seen any threat then they should first inform the security forces before abandoning ground. The public were reassured that the security forces would react at the shortest notice. The meeting lasted for about 90 minutes also drew detailed action plan for improving the security scenario in the town including activating a joint control room, intensifying patrolling and setting up of pickets and check points, SP sources said. DIPRO

 

93 Jr. Division cadets of ES participating combined annual training

PASIGHAT, Feb 18: A special reactivating Combined Annual Training (Assam  and  Arunachal Pradesh) for school cadetting is being organized for junior division, Certificate-A Exam by the Group Commander, Group HQ Tezpur, Asom from Feb 14-22. The training is being imparted to 8 Assam Battalion and 22 AC NCC Pasighat under supervision of Lieutenant Commandant, Col. R.P. Singh.

Capt. A.K. Singh, DEMHSS Pasighat informed that out of 500 cadets, 44 of DEMHSS, Pasighat and 49 from Govt. HSS Sille are participating at Kampur, about 430 KM away from Pasighat and 21 KM far from Naogaon town (Assam).

The DEMHS School team left Pasighat on  Feb 13 for the  training.  The local MLA and present Education Minister Bosiram Siram, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang and DEMHSS School Principal Asup Lego extended them best wishes.

In his message to the cadets, the Minister Siram said Cadetting is a very popular extra-curricular activity in school and colleges that imparts military training time to time to encourage the youths to follow the ideals of selfless service to the motherland as useful citizens. It develops qualities of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, secular outlook, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship, Siram added.

According to DC Panyang, NCC is known for the true spirit of its motto of unity and discipline. It represents one of the positive forces in shaping, especially the values of the youth in our country and such training is necessary to enhance mutual respect, adaptability, self-discipline, cross cultural learning and brotherhood, added Panyang.  DIPRO

 

Mai Ko Som Phai festival celebrated Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS) of the twin capital city celebrated the Mai Ko Sum Fai festival with much enthusiasm. The festival is  being celebrated with two day programme during the month of February, which offers  the devotes a primetime entertainment and an  adrenaline rush, for Mai Ko Som Fai, (a stack of fire wood that is set into fire early in the morning).

Mai Ko Sum Fai festival is a ritual ceremony held on the full moon day of Magha connected with the offering of fire. A stupa like shape structure is made up with stack of fire wood. The entire stack of fire wood is then offered to the Buddha. A feast is organized and   the stack is set into fire early in the morning.

The other major attraction of this gala event was the competition of preparing the best mouth watering local cuisine locally known as Khao Ya Ku or Khao Nam Pa where ladies, young and old alike partook. The competition was hugely supported by people.  

The Khamptis celebrate many festivals and rituals which are connected with the events associated with Buddhism.  Rites and rituals are performed with Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha Vandana, Khamapana, taking refuge in Trisarana and observance of Sila.  At the end of every ritual Metta Bhavana Gatha is recited for well being of all sentinels.

 

Karatekas accorded warm reception

Itanagar,  Feb 18: Karatekas of the Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) returned to a warm reception at Rajiv Gandhi stadium this afternoon after participating in the 34th National Games in Ranchi (Jharkhand) where they won laurels for the state. The karatekas, including bronze medal winners Tarh Tapak (below 75 kg), Likha Rajen (below 67 kg), Chunnu Sangno (below 61 kg, women) and Debia Yakap (below 68 kg, women), were presented bouquets by members of the state’s sports fraternity including Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) secretary general G Doke along with AKA president Likha Tara, vice president Tai Hipik and general secretary Bolang Marik on their arrival.

Welcoming the champions, Doke, Tara and others expressed certainty that they would win gold medals in the next edition of the National Games.

Lamenting the poor sports infrastructure in the state, Tara urged the state government to establish a multipurpose indoor stadium and sought more fund for sports activities and to prepare sportspersons for the 35th National Games.

Happy with the team’s performance, karate coach S Deben Sharma thanked AOA president Padi Richo for his continued encouragement and support to the players.

Arunachal Weightlif-ting Association president Abraham K Techi and general secretary Daniel Teli also congratulated the winners.

 

The Silent Warrior’s mesmerize the spectators

Changlang District Night Cricket T20 Tourament

Tom Simai                                 

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 18: The sixth-day of the ongoing Changlang District Night Cricket T20 tournament organized by the District Youth Congress witnessed mindboggling skill demonstration by the Silent Warriors (SW) of the 18 Assam Rifles here yesterday.

The 45 minute show by the SW prior to the game not only stunned but also entertained the cheering throng. SW is a team of six Labrador’s (breed of dog) – Kaka, Goldie, Gopi, Gabru , Gagan and Preety, specialized in patrolling, trekking, explosive detection, narcotic detection etc.

Trained in Assam Rifles Breeding Centre, Jorhat, the two Labradors, Gabru and Kaka from among the six,  achieved Governor’s medal for their rare accomplishment.

Gabru won the gold medal for detecting four improvised explosive device in Ukhrul district of Manipur and Kaka won the silver for tracing out two hideouts of the insurgent group in Senapati district of Manipur.

Speaking on the sideline of the SW skill demonstration, 18 Assam Rifle Commandant Col Sandeep Choudhory informed that the objective of the demonstration was to interact with the civilian through this platform of CDNC T20 tournament.

The show could have been organized in our cantonment area but that would have not been effective as it has been today due to presence of huge civilian crowd, Col Choudhory added.

Further he said that it’s also an effort to narrow the distance between the civilian and the security forces as we are also part of them not apart from them.

We’ve been so far supporting and promoting any social or sports activities in the region with the intention to familiarize them with the humane side of the forces, he divulged.

Applauding the remarkable tournament, he said that it is the best way to channelize the youthful energies and more such sports tournaments should be introduced in the region.

The initiation by the 18 Assam Rifles will definitely enhance the civil and social relations with the security forces, described ADC M Roy who was also present to witness the incredible SW show.

Further commenting on the ongoing tournament he added that it’s an excellent tournament ever witnessed by the district and today’s demonstration has added more colors to the tournament.

Though the rain had dampened the pitch but it hasn’t been able to dampen the sporting spirits of the players and crowd, he added.

Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to the 18 Assam Rifles Commandant Col Sandip Choudhory, DYC president James Jugli divulged that the SW show being the first of its kind in the region has enhanced the tournament’s reputation, besides winning the heart of the civilians.

 

Training prog on soil and water conservation

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The 5 days training cum exposure visit programme on “SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION FOR DIFFERENT LAND FORMS”  under the “Scaling up Of Water Productivity for Agricultural Livelihood (SWPAL)” Project was inaugurated Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director at ICAR Centre, Basar today.  

warm welcome address by the course director Dr. Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Scientist (Agronomy) and Mr. A. Kirankumar Singh tendered the vote of thanks for the inaugural session of the training programme.

Bhagawati in his inaugural speech stressed the importance of different techniques of soil and water conservation for successful cultivation of field crops like rice, maize, pulses and oilseeds and other activities like mushroom cultivation, poultry, piggery, citrus and vegetable cultivation for the improvement of the economic status of the farmers in the state. Further, he encouraged the trainees to take up the different enterprises in commercial mode with proper guidance from ICAR and KVK West Siang. Afterwards, the farmers have been expertised with different activities carried out in the Research Farm Gori with the guidance of Dr. V.K. Chouidhary, Scientist (Agronomy), A. Kirankumar Singh, (SMS (Agronomy), Dr. M. S. Baruah, SMS (Ani. Sci.), Dr. S. P. Singh, SMS (Plant Protection), Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS (Horticulture), Goutom Bhagawati, Tech. Officer (Agromet) and technical staffs of the farm.    

 

Promotion of Group Based Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation

Ratna Bhuyan & Santanu M Deka

Today, formation of sustainable self help groups (SHGs) is a widely accepted approach for empow-

ering the poor and marginalised worldwide. The most crucial aspect in sustainable SHG promotion is the SHG formation and stabilization. Against this backdrop, can group based entrepreneurship through SHGs be a tool for poverty alleviation?  

It is beyond doubt that entrepreneurship development over the years has been recognized as one of the major tools for sustainable economic development. More so, entrepreneurship development among the poor and marginal section i.e. those below poverty line has been an issue of great interest among the economists and policy makers, especially with the recognized limitations of those below poverty line in terms of investment capacity, reach to education as well as lack of guidance and motivation. In countries like India, where around 30 per cent of the people live near or below the poverty line, it has become increasingly more important today to develop and support the spirit of entrepreneurship among these people to have a flow of sustainable income generation together with creation of self employment which has been an area of long concern for planners and development economists and policy makers of the country.

In this line, of late, the initiatives of self help groups in adopting income generating activities has proved effective in generating sustainable income and employment among those living below the poverty line. Today, group based entrepreneurship through formation of SHGs is a widely accepted approach for empowering the poor, marginalized and women folk, and it is used by the government, non government organizations (NGOs) and others worldwide as an integral part of various development programmes. This has been well demonstrated by countries like Bangladesh which has raised hope that entrepreneurship can be an effective tool to raise those below poverty line above it. It is group based entrepreneurship through SHGs which has charted the way out of poverty for the BPL and marginalised section of the society thereby empowering them economically.

Government of India too, recognizing the importance and the relevance of group based entrepreneurship has been promoting the SHGs in all likes. However, the process of promotion of group based entrepreneurship is one of the most meticulous process which calls for a dedicated role of the promoter. This entails understanding the role of the promoter together with the process of promotion.  One can conceptualize a self help group as a group of people, generally belonging to the poor and marginalized section of society, who have volunteered to come together and meet regularly to discuss the issues of interest to them and act together to address their common problems and achieve their common goal. A group promoter plays a vital role in SHG promotion acting as group adviser - infusing and empowering the capacity of self management in the group.

The promotion of group entrepreneurship through SHG mode in entirety depends on the process of systematic promotion as well as careful selection of income generating activities. This differs from the traditional entrepreneurship development model which emphasizes mostly on identification of household business opportunities along with capital investment and market promotion at individual level. In contrast to it, development of group entrepreneurship among the poor and marginalised section through SHGs stresses on cultivating the habit of working in groups and owning collective share of responsibilities and capital, complementing responsibilities and duties on the basis of limited capabilities, and a guided approach for gradual creation and sharing of wealth through viable yet simple income generating activities which ultimately leads to generation of sustainable income and employment. A process of this nature has well evolved for economic upliftment of the poor and marginalised across the developing world, though with minor variations. Similar models have also been adopted by the Ministry of Rural Development in the form of Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana targeting the rural BPL pool and by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in India in the form of Neighbourhood Groups and Women Groups under the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Swarozgar Yojana as a tool of sustainable income and employment generation among the poor and marginalised sections in the urban pockets. The key to success of such approaches, however, lies in the dedication of the promoter and the promotion process.  ( The writers are the Faculty, Branch Office of IIE, Itanagar)

 

College celebrated annual day

ZIRO, Feb 18: Saint Claret College, celebrated its 8th Annual Day at Ziro  today. The day was graced by Smti. Nila Mohanan IAS, The Honorable of Lower Subansiri  District.

Addressing the celebration function as chief guest, Lower Subansiri  Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan reminisced her own nostalgic college days and congratulated the management and staff for their dedicated service in imparting value based education. To the students she said “the time you spent in the college are the most memorable years of your life. The worth of these years and their influence in moulding your personality will be understood only when you leave a prestigious institution like this.” Fr. Benoy Joseph, the Principal presented the annual report of the college. Fr. Jijo K. Paul, the Vice Principal, in his welcome address termed the day as a significant moment in the history of Saint Claret College. Rev. Fr. Joseph M, the secretary of Claretians in North East India exhorted the students to make maximum use of the opportunities available to them from the institution. Vijaya Mohanan, an accomplished journalist and a noted writer released Claretides: the annals of scripting a vision, the annual magazine of the college. Rev. Fr. Xavier, the Director of Don Bosco School received the first copy of the magazine.  Apart from the staff and the students of the college a large gathering of officers, well wishers & parents attended the function. The cultural extravaganza displayed by the Claretines was a feast to the eyes.  “ Ekalavya – the Prince of Archery” a play discussing the tribal displacement concerns was the highlight of the day.

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Investigation sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A group of 16 people from Seijosa have appealed to the state Chief Secretary to direct the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) to probe the alleged misappropriation of fund meant for projects, namely, anti-erosion work on Pakke river, construction of Nyari Welly Guest House at Seijosa, infrastructure development of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Seijosa and Govt. Primary School, Dipik, besides flood control work to protect WRD complex and SBl Nallah at Seijosa.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary yesterday, the group said the Govt had sanctioned the projects to be implemented by Water Resources Department, Seijosa Sub division, but the project works were not executed as per the approved DPR and technical sanction accorded by the competent authority and the fund had been siphoned off. Govt. employees were also awarded the contract works and payments made in gross violation of GFR and CCS conduct rules, they alleged.

The letter demanded that the payment against the projects should not be done before proper verification of scheme implementation and action should be taken against the wrong-doers.  

 

Union reacts

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Reacting to the  press statement of  AAPWU, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union (AAPGDLU) said that it is not a matter of allegation rather it is a matter of reconciliation and there is no need of tag of war between AAPWU and AAPGDLU as both  the  unions are well registered and working  towards  the welfare of workers. Therefore,  APB&OCWWB Chairman should equally treat  both the unions, it said and added that step motherly treatment of  the Board chairman to AAPGDLU is irrelevant.

 

Trust reiterates its stand

ITANAGAR, Feb 18:  While reiterating its stand point, the Hiya Youth Trust yet again demanded immediate removal of the Ziro Civil Sub-Division (Hydro Power) AE Tanung Jamoh as incharge of the three micro hydel projects - Phassang MHS at Pinchi, Kidding MHS at Nyapin and Paya MHS at Hiya under Kurung Kumey district for allegedly indulging in mismanagement in procurement of steel meant for the projects.

In a complaint lodged with the Parliamentary Secretary for Hydro Power Development, Tarh Tatung of the Trust also urged him to set up an independent inquiry committee under his direct supervision to ensure fair inquiry and delivery of justice delivery to the people of the remote areas.

Earlier, Tanung refuted all allegations and also said that a neutral third party enquiry may be formed to verify the allegation.

 

Training prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology, member secretary S De Sarkar has consented to inaugurate the training programme of “A” level IT training at DOEACC society, Itanagar centre on February 22.

 

Anjaw  BJP  to  launch  hunger strike

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Bhartiya Janata Party, Anjaw District unit President Banim Kri in a release said that it has decided to launch 48 hrs hunger strike in front of office of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hayuliang from February 22 demanding resignation of person who is ‘responsible for starvation of people in Anjaw district’. The BJP unit said that PDS items meant for Anjaw district have been misappropriated since 2006 to 2010.

 

Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam would attend as chief guest in the Nyokum festival at Chayangtajo.

During his visit he will also participate in the foundation stone  laying ceremony for establishment of VKV for 200 girls at Chayangtajo.

She further expressed hope that establishment of VKV for girls student swould uplift the women society of the area and the state as a whole.

Former councilor of then NEFA Nabam Runghi and R N Lallum would attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Sagalee on February 26.

 

Taekwondo players won gold for state in Rural games

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Suraj Ali and Bahdur Thapa won gold medal each, while Tamar Yubi got Bronze medal in Taekwondo in the 3rd Rural Games held at Andra Pradesh recently.

 

Awareness workshop on forward market trading

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A one-day awareness workshop for traders, stakeholders and beneficiaries on “ Forward Market Trading “ was held in DC’s conference hall at Tezu in Lohit district under the aegis of NABARD , Arunachal Pradesh today.

Presiding over the programme, the DC welcomed all the participants including Govt. officers of the concerned deptt and threw some light on the future of forward market in the district. He requested all the beneficiaries of the district to avail the opportunity being provided by the NABARD  for their self reliance.

The resource persons from NABARD briefed on various issues relating to forward trading.  DIPRO

 

International Women Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Sagalee Branch is going to celebrate  the International Women's Day on 8th of March. The two-days starting from starting from 7th of March includes volleyball competition, debate, cultural prorgramme and exhibition of various stall.

Nabam Yani wife of PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki and Nabam Yakum,Chairperson,7th Sagalee Anchal Samiti, Sagalee have consented to be the chief guest  and guest of honour  on March 8.

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Join hands against corruption

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the media report on 200 illegal appointments in Home Department by AAYA.  I would like to say that as an encouraging and healthy trend, it would have been more appreciable if this Youth Association could have been equally vocal and assertive on various other issues which rocked our State and brought dishonour and shame to the state. RTI reports on illegal appointments in various other departments like Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare, Tourism, Tax & Excise, Mines & Minerals, Industry, Land Management, Supply & Transport, Civil Supplies, Science & Technology, Education and Health were accordingly published in all State dailies for people’s notice. Surprisingly, not much reaction could be seen and found from any of the NGOs, intellectual forum and even from the guardians of the so-called educated youths of the state. I would like to urge upon the AAYA and other organizations, including various political parties to join hands with NCP in fighting and rooting out corruption in appointment matters and let meritocracy and genuineness be the soul criteria for putting right people on right position rather than resorting to ties of nepotism, money & political power. I would further urge the government to constitute a high power committee headed by a sitting High Court judge to investigate into all cases of irregular and illegal appointments committed by people in power for last 5 to 10 years and thereafter issued termination order without fear or favour. Let all unemployed educated youths of the state get an opportunity to compete and excel.

Yours,

Tad Tana

Vice President,

State NCP, Itanagar

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