ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Papum Pare lifted its maiden Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football
Championship 2011-12 defeating Capital Complex Football Club by solitary goal in
a closely fought final match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium this afternoon.
Papum Pare had finished runners up in the previous edition of the championship.
Rahul Barman scored the lone goal of the match in 85th minute which later turned
out to be the match winner.
The match started off aggressively with both the teams creating equal scoring opportunities;
but neither team could score until Barman found the net in 85th minute sparking wild
celebration among supporters.
The winner pocketed cash award of Rs.1,50,000 along with the coveted trophy while
the runners up team was awarded Rs. 80,000 along with a trophy. The Fair play award
with cash prize of Rs.10,000 went to Lower Dibang Valley district team.
Page Tashi of Capital Complex has won the “Golden Boot” after finishing top scorer
of the tournament. Taba Topu of Papum Pare and Gangte Chapi of Capital Complex were
adjudged the Best Goalkeeper and Man of the Tournament respectively. All individual
winners were awarded cash prize of Rs. 3000 each.
RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena gave away prizes
to the winners and runners up. Local MLA Techi Kaso, Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering also
enjoyed the match.
All together teams from eight districts participated in the championship beside APP
and Capital Complex.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association has proposed to conduct an invitational
football tournament in memory of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu next year which
was agreed by the junior Khandu.
The 11th and 12th edition of the Tadar Tang Memorial football tournament would be
conducted in August and Nov/Dec. next respectively.
Arunachal shines at national event; Nobin declared best fighter
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: P. Nobin Jomoh was declared best fighter as players of Arunachal
Pradesh Shotokan Karate Association bagged as many as 22 medals, including 8 gold
10 silver and 4 bronze in the 6th NSKF National Karate Do Championship, the toughest
national event, held at Kolkata from January 26 to 29 last month.
Jomoh beat his opponent from Darjeeling in individual open fight (Kumite) in one
of the toughest contests to win the gold and be declared as the best fighter, Arunachal
Karate Association (AKA) president Sensei Likha Tara, who led the team as manager
in the championship, told this reporter. The best fighter award to Jamoh was awarded
by former world champion Pemba Tamang, 8th Dan Black Belt, a Japanese citizen. Tamang
also awarded NSKF Black Belt 5th Dan (Go-Dan) to Likha Tara, also treasurer of NSKF.
Jomoh also won one silver each in open individual Kata and open team Kata.
The other medal winners are, Libion Nyuri, 2 gold one each in individual Kumite and
Kata, Bongali Liyak, 1 bronze, individual Kumite, Raja Yangfo, 1 silver, 1 bronze
in individual Kata and Kumite, Nokbo Wangsu, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Nibu Dara,
1 silver, individual Kumite, Vijay Bado, 1 bronze, individual Kumite, Nikam Sono
Liyang, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Samual Dolo, 1 gold, 1 silver, individual Kata
and Kumite, Doniram Tawe, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Joseph Dolo, 1 silver, individual
Kumite, John Bagang, 1 gold, senior open Kata, Rajnita Rotom, 2 silver, 1 bronze,
senior individual Kumite/Open team Kata/Individual Kata, Janam Dodum, 1 silver, open
Sensei S Deben Sharma was the coach of the team.
Meanwhile, the players of Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate Association (ASRKA) bagged 4
gold and 3 silver medals in Shiko-Kai Shito-Ryu International Open Karate Championship
held at Gujarat from January 22-29.
Bananso Twasik and Charu Gobin won 2 gold each in Kata and Kumite in color category
while D Taduk won a silver in Kumite. Tagri Raju and Tassar Tite won a silver medal
each in Kata and Kumite in Black Belt category, informed AKA general secretary cum
Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate Association technical director L Marik.
Educational development in Panggi areas
GEKU, Feb 1: Panggi Welfare Society (PWS), an umbrella organization of the Panggis,
on Tuesday celebrated its 13th ‘Raising Day’ at Geku town in Upper Siang district.
Hundreds of people belonging to the community thronged at Geku town community hall
on the occasion and pledged to work united for the overall development in the field
of education and rural infrastructure.
Addressing the people on the occasion, Yingkiong Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC)
Rajesh Panyang pointed towards some malevolence practices that are a hindrance in
He urged the PWS to work towards eradication of opium addiction, abolition of child
and early marriages besides maintaining sanitary condition in the rural areas in
order to prevent communicable diseases.
He urged the youths and student communities to shoulder the vital responsibility
to reform the society and bring the rural people on the path of development.
Nine meritorious students belonging to the community, who secured 75 percent marks
and above in Class X and XII in last CBSE examination, were felicitated with citation,
certificate and cash prizes.
Among them was Nitnam Padun, who secured higher rank at the CBSE XII examination.
The PWS, since its formation in 1999, with an objective to unite the people of Pangi
community sporadically spread throughout the Siang belt and other parts of the state,
has been keeping regular vigil in the field of education. Besides other places, Panggis
are presently spread in five villages of Geku, Sibum, Jeru, Sumsing and Pongging
in Upper Siang district and parts of East Siang. Present Kumku village under Geku
circle is believed to be original place of the Pangi community.
Developments on right path: Saaya
ZIRO, Feb 1: Parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Likha Saaya has assured balanced
development in his constituency saying that there should not be any discrimination
in the name of politics and regions.
Addressing a development meeting cum upgradation of primary ME school at Ambam under
Pistana circle on January 31, Saaya said people should not expect miracle as the
development cannot take place at one go. He, however, informed that developmental
activities are being carried out smoothly and the people of his constituency will
witness a developed constituency in days to come under the leadership of Chief Minister
The Parliamentary secretary also highlighted the need to undertake horticulture and
agriculture activities for economic benefit of rural people. On development front,
Saaya informed that veterinary aid centre has been sanctioned and will complete soon.
He also mentioned about proposed new health sub-centre under NRHM and sanctioning
of Anganwadi Centre for Bello and Ambam, orange and pine apple garden under horticulture
While responding to a memorandum, Saaya assured to take up the demand for construction
of link road from Ambam to Takho on priority basis under 12th five year plan.
He also announced Rs 15 lakh for construction of football ground and girls’ hostel
for Ambam ME school.
DDSE Tarh Tuglo in his address gave emphasis on awareness about SSA/RMSA in the area.
He further warned the absentee teachers of stern action.
Responding to a memorandum, Tugo announced for construction of bachelor barrack
Earlier, addressing a development meeting at Bello on January 30, Saaya called upon
the people to work together irrespective of their political affiliation for development
of the area.
Highlighting the developmental activities under Pistana circle within two years
of his tenure, he also sought cooperation of people and urged them not to involve
in petty politics by misusing RTI for vested interest.
While responding to a memorandum, Saaya assured to give priority on construction
of link road from Bello to Sito under 12th five year plan and also announced Rs 15
lakh for construction of football ground and MIC channel from Pich to Chira river.
Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner while responding to a memorandum assured to sanction
teachers’ quarter in next financial year and also assured to extend helping hand
to get community hall sanctioned. DIPRO
Defence minister to visit Arunachal
NEW DELHI, Feb 1: With Sino-Indian relations on Arunachal Pradesh being tense, especially
over the border issue, Defence Minister A K Antony will visit the sensitive state
for two days and join the festivities linked to the silver jubilee of statehood on
February 20 next.
Antony is likely to undertake his visit on February 19 and will inaugurate the statehood
day celebrations at Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki accompanied
by Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy met Antony at the defence ministry on Wednesday
to extend an invitation to him to attend the festivities.
Antony’s important visit to Arunachal must be seen in the light of China often using
the visa issue to raise the pitch.
In January, China denied a visa to Group Captain M. Panging, an IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI
fighter pilot posted at Tezpur, Assam, because he hailed from Arunachal.
China disputes the international boundary that it currently has with India in the
eastern sector and has repeatedly staked a claim to approximately 90,000 sq km of
Indian territory in Arunachal.
Reh festival begins
Make Arunachal a beautiful place
to live in: Ering
ROING, Feb 1: Reh, the main festival of Idu Mishmi community began today at Lower
Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley districts with traditional fervor and gaiety. The
festival celebrations will continue till Feb 3 with various cultural programmes,
literary and games and sports events.
Extending Reh greetings to the Idu Mishmi community at Central Reh celebration here
at Rekoh, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has called upon the youths to stand united for
“Though we have many challenges and difficulties ahead we can overcome them by standing
united”, he further said.
Stressing on maintaining communal harmony, the MP said that little differences should
not be allowed to disturb the age-old bonds of love and communal harmony that exists
between the two major tribes of the district. “Leaving aside our belief, region,
religion, caste and community we must strive to make Arunachal a beautiful place
to live in”, he added.
He further emphasized on bringing self-sustainable development by harnessing the
potentials in sectors like horticulture, agriculture and tourism.
Ering sanctioned an amount of Rs 20 lakh from MP LAD fund for further modification
and sanitation work of the Rekoh premises.
Earlier, Ering unfurled the Reh flag and garlanded the statue of Late Ita Pulu, the
founder of community Reh Festival. The MP also released a book called “Transformation
of Socio-Cultural and Political Life of the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh” written by
Jonomo Rondo, Assistant Research Officer, Pasighat.
IPR and Printing secretary Indra Mallo Jain gave emphasis on preservation of own
culture. She also lauded the systematic way of presenting the rich heritage of Idu
Mishmi culture and tradition on this auspicious occasion.
Zilla Chairperson cum Vice-President, Central Reh Celebration Committee, Chilko Meto,
highlighted the importance of the festival, while, Lomi Linggi read out the mythology
First Everester of the North East Tine Mena was also felicitated on the occasion
by Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society and Central Reh Celebration Committee
Other attractions of the festival were cultural events, exhibition stalls, indigenous
Food Festival. The dignitaries also visited the traditional Puja House and witnessed
different traditional methods of hunting.
Among others, MLA cum President Central Reh Celebration Committee, Laeta Umbrey,
DC Garima Gupta, SP Veenu Bansal, APPSC member Jati Pulu and foreign visitors were
present on the occasion.
The Idu Community of Aohali village in Mebo circle of East Siang district celebrated
Reh festival in Reh-Ko today with traditional fervor and gaiety.
Addressing the Idu community on the occasion, MLA Ralom Borang said that “social
co-existence plays vital role in moulding the modern society”.
He assured to extend possible developmental packages to the village including renovation
NCP, Mebo Block President Todol Pertin while emphasizing on communal harmony, tranquility
and brotherhood between Adi and Idu communities, briefed about the age old relationship
between the two communities.
He further said that Aohali is the only Idu village in East Siang district but the
villagers should never consider itself aloof from the rest of the major populace.
He prayed Nanyi-Intaya and Donyi-Polo for wellbeing of the people and bumper harvest
on the occasion.
Reh festival organizing committee president, Dhruvo Miku, Gram Chairperson Jiti Linggi,
ZPM Togram Yirang also spoke on the occasion. They also urged the people to maintain
peaceful atmosphere for all round development of the area.
Improved accessibility is must for socio-economic development: Dabii
PASIGHAT, Feb 1: Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii believed that improved accessibility can
play a vital role in ensuring socio-economic development of far-flung and mountainous
areas of his constituency.
Addressing a public meeting convened by the people of remote Sido village under Koyu
circle on January 31, Dabii said road connectivity could be a key factor to further
the development policy of the state government.
According to him, agriculture and horticulture sectors can play crucial role for
all-round development of the areas. He further informed that six major sectors --
agriculture, horticulture, road connectivity, drinking water supply, healthcare and
education are the priority sectors for comprehensive development.
Dabii accompanied by AE RWD Er. Michi Nibo and local representatives while reviewing
progress of the road construction of Tene-Sipu road (via Sido village) under PMGSY
informed that new initiative has been taken to connect inaccessible and far-flung
Later the MLA visited the house of Lt. Obang Siram, Head Gaon Bura Sido village who
died on Jan 25.
Health outreach camp at Kakoi
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: More than 130 patients were benefited by the health outreach camp
organized by Arunachal State Hospital at Kakoi on January 30.
A team of 19 specialist doctors including supporting staff headed by Medical Superintended
of Naharlagun State Hospital, Dr D Raina offered free medical service and free diagnosis
to many poor and underprivileged patients of Kakoi area during the camp. The beneficiaries
included ultra sonography- 21, ABO grouping test – 10, HBsAg- 26(no positive case),
blood sugar test- 3, HB test -9, HIV test -35( no positive case), STI – 1 and RMT
test – 30 (Pf+ve -1).
The team was also assisted by Kimin PHC SMO Dr N Kadu.
Kakoi ASM Gyamar Sikap expressed gratitude to the medical team for successful conduct
of health camp and requested them to organize the same in summer season.
Tragedy in the name of development
Aalo, Feb 1: In what can be said as a tragedy in the name of development and human
error, 110m long wire rope suspension bridge with steel decking connecting Paya village,
near Aalo fell apart due to damage of the main rope by the Excavator working on the
site on January 31. The foundation stone was laid recently.
People crossing the bridge, few witnessing the excavator at work fell down in the
deep Yomgo River resulting in a death of a 13-year-old school girl Jumpi Naso, a
student of class VII. Three others are reported to be injured and few others have
managed to escape death miraculously.
The village is disconnected now and All Paya Students Union, villagers and well wishers
are working overtime for an alternative track. Bamboo boats are being constructed
to ferry men and materials. The Police and District administration have also rushed
to the spot to assess the situation. (DIPRO)
Students write to DA on encroachment
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: All Lower Subansiri Students Union has written to Deputy Commissioner
over illegal encroachment at places like Ziro, Hapoli, Manipolyang, Raga, Yachuli
The union has decided to serve 15 days ultimatum to carry out eviction drive in
the encroached area of entire district. Failing this they have threatened to launch
democratic movements in the shape of entire district bandh call.
Union irked at irregular fuel supply
ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Expressing its displeasure over the alleged poor and irregular
service of fuel depot at Wessang in Seppa, All East Kameng Borders Students Union
(AEKBSU) today served 20 day’s ultimatum to the district administration cum chairman
legal metrology and consumer’s affairs to act against oil depot to improve its supply.
In its representation to DC Seppa, AEKBSU informed that genuine customers are irked
at erratic oil depot for its adulterated oil supply. It stated that despite repeated
request by various organizations of the district for improvement of oil supply, there
is no sign of any progress.
Bandh against NEEPCO
ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Pare Project Downstream Welfare Committee extended its support
to the proposed 48 hrs bandh in NEEPCO project site on February 6 and 7 by Arunachal
Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees’ Union.
It also appealed to the NEEPCO authority to fulfill the demands of the employees.
Awareness camp on CCS
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Development Commissioner, handloom, govt of India will launch a
one-day exhibition cum awareness camp on centrally sponsored weavers’ credit card
scheme (CCS) at Naharlagun on Feb 8, according to an official release.
Mallo inspects district IPR office
ROING, Feb 1: IPR, Printing, political and cultural affairs secretary Indra Mallo
Jain inspected the office building of District Information and Public Relation Officer
and District Research Officer here today.
Inspecting the dilapidated conditions of the DRO office building, she assured to
discuss the matter with the directorate and to put their grievances in the AOP. She
further asked them to deliver their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication and
expressed hope to see some departmental infrastructure coming up under SPA.
Earlier, the officers briefed her about various hurdles faced by them in discharging
their duties sincerely like absence of official vehicle, shortage of staff and staff
quarters in the district. DIPRO
NNA rejoices Yanga’s feat
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) has expressed joy at the selection of Binny
Yanga, a noted social worker, for Padma Shri Awards in recognition of her immense
contribution in the field of her activities.
Yanga truly deserves recognition of her service, the NNA said and added her dedicated
service for upbringing of destitute and orphan children besides proving herself as
successful entrepreneur is more than praiseworthy.
“It is another proud moment for people of the state, particularly women”, it said
in a congratulatory release.
Farmers training programme
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: A district level farmers training programme was organized by Upper
Subansiri district Krishi Vigyan Kendra at the training hall of District Agriculture
Office, Daporijo which was sponsored by ATMA, Daporijo. Around 29 farmers from the
different villages of Don, Dumporijo, Lida, Dugi, Belu, Sippi, Niji, Soki, Digi,
Taliha,Dupit, Maying took part in the training.
In the technical session papers on “Foot and Mouth Disease of Cattle”, “Use of Azolla
in Paddy Cultivation”, “An improved method of storage of Ginger in Fresh form”, “Integrated
fish farming technology” were presented.
AESDSU delighted with enhanced stipend
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The All East Siang District Students Union (AESDSU) expressed joy
over the state Govt’s decision to release enhanced students’ stipend starting from
school level to post-graduate level.
Terming the decision as one of the milestones in the administrative history of Arunachal
Pradesh, the union said the decision would act as a catalyst in the overall development
of the state in days to come.
The union further showered praises on All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU)
for holding parley on long-pending demand of the student community with state Govt.
Meet on Bharat Nirman campaign
PASIGHAT, Feb 1: The Press Information Bureau (PIB) is all set to roll out Bharat
Nirman awareness campaign; a media outreach strategy to disseminate information on
flagship programmes of Central Govt at the doorstep of people at Ruksin.
In a coordination meeting in the DC’ conference hall Bureau Deputy Director, M Doley
told the DC and HoDs that the strategy carried out under the motto of ‘Know your
rights to enjoy’, combines information dissemination and demonstration of the benefits
of all the centrally sponsored schemes including MGNREGA, NRHM, SSA etc among others.
While seeking cooperation from the district administration, he informed the three
days exhibition cum awareness program at Ruksin would start on February 9.
Be sensitive to the needs of society: Tapok
PASIGHAT, Feb 1: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok asked the members of
the Bharat Scouts and Guides to develop good character and be sensitive to the needs
Taking part in the valedictory function of 2 days long ‘Rally’ organized by the Bharat
Scouts & Guide (S&G) at the Town Middle School, Pasighat on Tuesday, Tapok told the
participants that it would be a great service and valuable contribution for them
to attend to a person who is in need of help.
He lauded the services extended by the S&G to the nation over the years and stated
that the objective of the camp was to develop skills and character building among
the scouts and guides.
Tapok advised the students to concentrate in studies for brighter career prospects
but not to limit their endeavors with bookies knowledge.
The DC suggested the Scouts officers to impart training on activities relating to
civic sense and traffic management.
Earlier in the morning, the SP Pushpendra Kumar flagged off the march and advised
the students to be hardworking, honest and disciplined in life. Among others, DDSE
cum District Chief Commissioner Tani Talom and SB Singh, DTO (Scouts) also spoke
on the occasion. DIPRO
Tokir Doye passes away
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Social worker Tokir Doye passed away at her residence at Seren village,
East Siang district on January 31.
Late Doye was the daughter of Late Mito Basar and wife of Late More Doye. Born in
1935, she is survived by five sons including ophthalmologist Dr R Doye, two daughters
and several grandchildren.
During her life long journey, she touched the lives of many people with her simplicity
and generosity and will be remembered by the society, family and dear ones for her
immense contribution to the society.
Her last rites will take place at Seren village on February 2 with a memorial service
at 9.30 am.
Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Itanagar mourned the demise of Tokir Doye. In a condolence
message it said that her demise is a great loss to the society.
IT consultants appeal for salary
ITANAGAR, Feb 1: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultant Association (AAPITCA) appealed
to the chief minister and education minister to look into the grievances of 256 IT
faculties and release the pending salary immediately.
It said that all the IT consultants are serving in various primary and middle schools
under SSA as computer teachers without proper payment since last vacation.
The association had also submitted a memorandum to the education ministry to address
their grievances but the department is yet to pay heed to it grievances, it said.
A latest analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) finds that in 2011-12,
diesel cars will account for over 40 per cent of the total car sales in the country.
There is no slowdown in dieselization.
Increased use of diesel by cars means enhanced public health risks. It also means
greater revenue losses due to the under-priced and under-taxed fuel - with each litre
of petrol replaced by diesel to run a car, the excise earnings of the government
drop seven times.
CSE’s review of the market trends reveals that cheap diesel is pushing the market
towards bigger cars that guzzle more fuel. Car industry on an overdrive to produce
more large diesel cars.
With each litre of petrol replaced by diesel to run a car, the excise earnings of
the government drop seven times. These revenue losses will compound with the increased
share of diesel cars in the market. The effect of increased use of diesel in cars
is so dramatic that the excise earnings from both diesel and petrol has nearly equalled.
According to CSE researchers, if the new diesel car fleet were to pay the same excise
as that of petrol cars, the potential excise revenue can be Rs 100,000 crore from
the lifetime fuel use of the new car fleet to be sold between 2009 and 2015.
It is shocking that when the demand for higher taxes on diesel cars is hitting a
crescendo, there is a strong move to block it. Estimates reportedly arrived at by
Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the 12th Planning Working
Group on Petroleum Sector (WGP) are trying prove that diesel cars use a negligible
amount of the fuel. According to them, personal cars, and taxis together consume
only 5 per cent of the total diesel used up in the country.
When teachers are forced to take loans to run their families
The Right to Education is being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh for bright future
of our young generation. But state Govt has forgotten the crucial role of SSA teachers
for successful implementation of the RTE.
Despite economic hardship, the SSA teachers are diligently performing their duty
with sincerity and devotion since 2003. In interior areas, most of the schools are
run by SSA teachers.
All the time, the state Government is luring the SSA teachers to perform their duty
sincerely by assuring them of enhancing their salary and regularizing their job batch-wise.
Despite their dedicated service, some SSA teachers, so far I know, are taking private
loan at the rate of 10 per cent interest per month to run their family due to financial
I personally request the state Government to release the pending SSA teachers’ salary
and arrears and regularize 2003 batch teachers at one go.
Maximum number of 2003 batch SSA teachers have crossed the age limit while serving
the state. Therefore, it is moral duty of the people-friendly welfare state Govt
to look into their grievances seriously.
How can state Govt expect quality service from SSA teachers with meager salary? It
is shameful act on the part of the state Govt if it is unable to contribute 10 per
cent state’s share for the monthly salary of SSA teachers.
If our people-friendly state Govt is implementing the Right to Education in our state
under such financial condition, the future generation will definitely raise a question
against deteriorating education system.
Our state Govt should learn something from Assam Education and Health Minister,
how he is setting an example for other North East states by running both the departments
I would also like to appeal to the pressure groups and NGOs to support the AASSATA
movement. State Govt is compelling the SSA teachers to go for strike though annual
examination of students is knocking at the door.
Nama Nabum, ASM
PDS redistributing poverty
Up till now the people of Arunachal is yet to come out completely from trauma of
multi-crore PDS scam, yet Union Cabinet of India on 18th December 2011 approved a
Draft of National Food Security Bill that seeks to give legal entitlement of cheaper
food-grains to 62.5 per cent of the country’s population through Fair Price Shop
(FPS). The bill aims to provide Indian citizens access to nutritional food at affordable
price as the right to food was a fundamental right under “the right to life” provided
by Article 21 of the constitution of India. The Bill aims to provide each individual
in the priority group households shall be entitled to at least 7 kg of grain every
month at a maximum price of Rs. 3/kg for rice, Rs. 2/kg for wheat and Rs. 1/kg for
millets. The Bill also lays down norms for procurement, storage and distribution
of food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).To meet its legal obligation,
the Government has to purchase at least 50 per cent of the total cereal production
of the country which will cost Rs. 96,000 crore a year, therefore restricting supply
to open market and sends prices soaring.
Till now PDS in Arunachal has never delivered prosperity. They redistribute poverty
instead. Our politicians, bureaucrats and contractors used the system as their swimming
pool. The Government procures highly subsidized rice at Rs. 12 per kg and sells it
at Rs. 3 per kg to the priority groups through Fair Price Shop. The dishonest FPS
owner makes a killing by selling the Government-supplied rice in open market at a
price below market price, thus depriving entitlement of the poor. After the diversion,
the poor only get access to a limited amount of the worst quality cereals that remain
unsold in their store. Thus the PDS in Arunachal becomes the lucrative source to
fill the booty of corrupt politicians, dishonest bureaucrats, cunning contractors
and FPS owners.
The Draft National Food Security Bill was approved by National Advisory Council (NAC)
in 11th July 2011. Subsequently the Union Cabinet of India on 18th December 2011
approved it. The Bill favoured reform of PDS through reduced government intervention
in procuring, storing and distributing food grains. It also gives detailed norms
for Fair Price Shops, ration cards and monitoring the system and even penalties for
dereliction of duty by public servants, which includes deduction of penalty from
the salary of the public servant. Let us check out how this Bill works in Arunachal
Pradesh in coming days.
Not quite a youth festival
I would like to share my experience about the first ever mega All Kurung Kumey District
Students Union youth festival which was held at Koloriang. I appreciate those who
conceptualized the marvelous idea.
But we are still confused whether it was political rally, Union convention or Youth
festival. I thought the mega festival would reflect about the young generation of
the entire district but it was just like a political rally.
Everybody thought that there would be an exhibition of ornaments, traditional foods,
local garment, culture etc but there was nothing. Before going to the festival, I
had dreamed a lot about the youth festival and was very excited about it. We were
hoping that festival would give us a chance to introduce ourselves and know each
other and that organizing committee will receive us warmly but to my great surprise,
delegates from every Branch of Student Union (BSU) were left to fend for ourselves.
According to the intimation, the organizing committee had said that there would cash
prize for all events apart from other prizes. But to our surprise when competition
was up, cash plus certificate was replaced by cup plus certificate. Where were those
commitments? Where is that quintals of money estimated for the festival?
Please do not fool the society. Everybody hoped that festival will bring us closer
and would bring changes in the society. But hope is hopeless.
Last but not least, I have seen football match without semi final, volley ball match
without referee and an occasion without reception of guest.
I myself belong to Kurung Kumey district and I should not expose the demerits of
our people but it was too much to bear. I request the youth of our district please
do not indulge in wrong ways in near future.
The selection and election of student leader should be based on merit of the person.
Rules once constituted should not be broken. Making rules on spot should be avoided
in order to free ourselves from biases. So we expect that in near future they will
lead the union in a good way to achieve great height.
Don’t humiliate teachers
So far I know, the state Govt assured two months’ pending salary to SSA teachers
in previous week which was turned down by AASSATA, instead, they announced indefinite
pen down strike from Feb 1 till fulfillment of its demands by authorities.
Now the state Govt has assured one month’s enhanced salary with a request to withdraw
the proposed strike. I think the state Govt is humiliating the SSA teachers with
British policy of suppression. How long the SSA teachers will continue their service
with meager salary ?
I extend my support to the SSA teachers’ proposed demand and its movement and also
appeal to the state Govt to fulfill their demands without fail.
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