Concerned at slow progress of hydro power projects, state moots HPC
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki concerned over the slow progress
of hydro power Projects today hinted to constitute a High Power Committee to find
out the reasons behind the delay.
He was addressing the MPs, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, DCs and DFOs
in two different meetings at Banquet hall during a presentation by the Hydro Power
department on the status of various issues pertaining to implementation of hydro
electric projects in the state.
While pitching for team work to realize the cherished dream of making the state the
Power House of the country, the Chief Minister said “we must work with one agenda
i.e. development of Arunachal Pradesh”.
Tuki, reiterated his stand over the need of improving the economic background of
the state to make it self sufficient and self reliant. He categorically said that
the state despite abundant natural resource is lagging behind in various fronts.
Even for a small project we need to plead the centre for fund, he lamented. Hydro
Power is only such resource which could sail Arunachal Pradesh towards sustainable
and resourceful development, he added. He called upon the Deputy Commissioners to
ensure maintenance of law and order in order to make conducive atmosphere for the
investors coming to the state. Besides, advising them to make frequent inspections
to the schools and colleges for ensuring proper and quality education, he asked them
to monitor all ongoing developmental programmes in their respective districts.
He requested the Environment and Forest department of the state to expedite the process
of clearance in respect of Hydro Electric Projects. The delay in forest and environment
clearance from the state will automatically delay clearance in the centre, Tuki pointed.
Participating in the meeting, Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy stressed for Single
Window Clearance for all developmental projects including Hydro Electric Projects
from the Centre. He reiterated the delay in clearance of projects which hampers in
timely completion of projects incurring heavy revenue loss to the state.
He advised the DCs to handle the law and order situation seriously and have parleys
with agitating bodies so that an amicable solution can be sorted out. “The State
Forest Officials should be made competent to give clearance through NOC”, he suggested
in view of delay in Forest and Environment clearance in the state.
“We must join hands and work in unison to make our state the leader of the country”
Sanjoy emphatically said.
Principal Secretary Power, H K Paliwal through a power point presentation gave a
detail status of the power projects, the reasons behind the delay and steps to be
initiated from the state’s end.
Assam Rifles Recruitment Saga continues
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Assam Rifles (AR) has reacted strongly to the allegation about non-APSTS
like Chakma and Nepali citizens being recruited under ST quota meant for Arunachal.
In an email statement Col AK Chaudhary, PRO, Director General of Assam Rifles Shillong
stated that there was no foul play in the recruitment process.
“Candidates are selected on the basis of original certificate of caste and domicile
produced by them at the rally site. However, these certificates are again verified
from the concerned authorities after issuing of appointment letter for enrolment
into AR by ARTC & S on physical reporting of candidates for training. If any of
these certificates on verification are found to be fake, the candidates are dismissed
from service,” PRO stated. On being inquired about details of Chakma and Nepali candidates,
he stated that as per military law confidentiality need to be maintained and therefore
there detail bio-data cannot be furnished.
Meanwhile, today members of Arunachal Students Union of Shillong( ASUS) meet Colonel
Mahinder Singh at Assam Rifle headquarter, Shillong to lodge protest against recruitment
of Chakma refugees and Nepali citizen under Arunachal ST quota. While talking over
phone, General Secretary of ASUS Kabak Himalaya informed that Assam Rifles authorities
gave them patient hearing. “Col Mahinder appreciated our concerned and said we have
every right to fight for cause of tribal people. He said AR will look into the concern
raised by people of Arunachal and will dismiss those candidates if their certificates
are found to be fake,” informed Kabak. He further added that ASUS had filed an RTI
seeking detail information in this regard.
Though Assam Rifles clarify that they did not commit any mistake but they are not
sharing the detailed bio-data of Chakma and Nepali citizen. If they do not share,
how will people come to know from where those Chakma and Nepali citizens manage to
get ST certificates?
Now people of Arunachal are pinning hope on the report sought by Governor JJ Singh
in this regard. The truth need to be told and Assam Rifles cannot hide truth using
military rule as an excuse.
Siang belt achieves a milestone in rubber plantation
RUKSIN, Feb 8: Rubber plantation widely considered as money spinner has found its
mooring in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in the Siang belt.
After the ambitious rubber plantation project launched by the Rubber Board India
(RBI) in 1994 to cover the hilly terrains of the state, the project activities gained
its momentum in the region and Siang belt now achieved its first milestone by covering
thousand hectares of land under rubber plantation.
The land locked state, bereft of any small scale industry, now eyes on rubber based
industry to encourage local youth for self-employment. It is worth mentioning here
that the RBI had set up a field station at Ruksin town in East Siang district for
supervision of the plantation activities in the region including Dhemaji district
of Assam. The RBI Jorhat regional office under the Union Ministry of Industry and
Commerce launched a rubber plantation project in the state and achieved its success
story by developing thousands hectares of plantation in the three Siang district
and Lower Divang Valley.
The RBI Jorhat Regional Manager, M P Monilal had visited the rubber plantation in
East Siang and other location during early 2008. He had assured the rubber growers
of imparting rotational training besides other financial assistances.
Officials said that out of the targeted 672 hectares area, almost 550 hectares rubber
plantation has been achieved in East Siang district. An average 65 tones rubber worth
Rs. 1.25 crore (Rs 190 per kg) was produced from the region last year and supplied
to a Guwahati based marketing agency.
“Rubber plantation activities are gradually spreading its tentacles in remote area
of Nari Koyu, Likabali, Along, Daporijo and parts of Lower Dibang Valley besides
Dhemaji and Gogamukh in Assam. Plantation growth has been increased by 40 percent
this year and 100 percent achievement is expected next year”, said Bhaskar Ghose,
the field officer of Ruksin field station.
Ghose further informed that the RBI also developed three “Commercial Nurseries”,
one in each at Laimekuri, Telam, and Jamjing. It has also developed five “Smoke Houses”(for
drying the compressed rubber sheets) at Depi basti-2, New Deka-1, Laimekuri (Majulipur)-1
and another at Nari.
Rubber plants have matured in 400 hectares at Sikabamin, Ngorlung, Niglok, Bilat,
Nari, Telam, Seren and Dipa in East Siang district and in Dhemaji (Assam), while
plantation in other areas are progressing rapidly.
Inspired by the success story of rubber cultivation in the Siang belt of Arunachal
and hilly terrains of the region, the rubber growers of the area have demanded setting
up a rubber industry in East Siang district for commercialization of the rubber products.
Mechukha set to become a hot tourist spot
AALO, Feb 8: Mechukha, the abode of pristine natural scenic beauty with snow capped
mountains and the serpentine river Yargepchu, is all set to become a hot tourist
spot as Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to develop the area by taking up all
necessary steps to make it a tourist hub.
He was addressing the mammoth gathering at Samden Choegal (Gompa) on the auspicious
occasion of Sonam Losar of Memba community at Mechukha yesterday evening.
Tuki said that he would take up the matter with central Govt for necessary assistance
to develop the area a attractive tourist destination.
“My Govt is giving top priority on development of tourism sector in the state”, said
Tuki and asked local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Pasang Dorjee Sona
to prepare proposal in this regard. He also suggested Sona to organize at least a
tourism festival every year at Mechukha starting from next year to woo local as well
as foreign tourists for which he assured every possible held from his side. Tuki
also informed that his Govt is planning to introduce tourist cab (taxi) for the benefit
of unemployed youths of area.
Tuki also announced 1000 blankets for the poor and elderly people of the area and
asked the local administration to prepare the list of eligible beneficiary with the
help of PRI leaders.
While wishing people on Losar, Tuki appealed to people to follow the teachings of
Lord Buddha and to maintain peace and harmony among all tribes and communities in
Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy while echoing Tuki for development of tourism in
Mechukha, assured to take up the matter with central govt. He suggested the state
govt to initiate the necessary steps so that he could take up the matter in central
Wishing the Memba community on the occasion of Losar festival, he exhorted them to
preserve and protect their aged old culture and religion. Further, he advised the
students and youths of the area to concentrate in their studies stating there is
no shortcut to success. He contributed Rs 10 lakh for renovation of the Gompa.
Mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Mechukha on his maiden visit to the place, Tourism
Minister Pema Khandu promised to approve any proposal that comes from his deputy
P D Sona. However, he urged the people of area to maintain indigenous identity even
in naming important places, historical and religious sites.
Local MLA expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for emphasizing tourism particularly
in Mechukha area and he also hoped that Mechukha will become a much sought tourist
destination in days to come.
The evening was marked by the colourful cultural night by as many as 17 local cultural
troupes besides few from outside the state.
Earlier, Mechukha ADC G Poyom unfurled the festival flag amid huge gathering of revelers.
In his speech, Poyom exhorted the people not to be influenced by external cultural
religious invasion and to maintain one’s own aged old culture and tradition. The
day-long programme was marked with colourful cultural representations by various
troupes besides few folk dances.
Red Rockfest at Roing, Umbrey calls for awareness in village level
ROING, Feb 8: Red Rockfest, a musical concert being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh
State AIDS Control Society to create awareness on HIV/AIDS reached Roing yesterday.
The campaign was formally declared open by local MLA Laeta Umbrey in presence of
thousands of people, especially youth at Roing general ground. Alien Gods, the
star performer of multimedia campaign, rocked the young audience with its metal numbers.
Local Rock Bands from the Roing town, Acoustica, The Chaos and Tribal Theory also
mesmerized the audience with their performance.
Speaking on the occasion, Laeta Umbrey said the HIV/AIDS has caused concern not only
for the people of state but for the whole world.
Lauding the Multi Media Campaign, which is designed to attract youths to spread message
against HIV/AIDS, Umbrey said small mistake of youth can destroy not only their life,
but their family and society as a whole. Two persons were detected with HIV in the
district which may multiply, if corrective measures are not taken at appropriate
time, he said. He also advocated for mass awareness on HIV/AIDS in village level.
ZPM Chiliko Meto in his speech, urged every educated youth to shoulder responsibility
and disseminate information about HIV/AIDS to uneducated youths and people at their
Earlier, DMO Dr. A Yirang, informed the mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS disease.
He said knowledge about AIDS is the only way of prevention. He also urged upon the
gathering not to avoid AIDS infected people but to avoid AIDS.
DD (IEC) Tasor Pali, dwelt on the objectives of Red Rockfest. He said the program
aims at bringing awareness between the 15-39 years age group as 60 per cent of cases
detected in Arunachal Pradesh falls under this group.
SDO W.Tikhak and Sr. Gynecologist Dr. I. Pulu also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
The Ledo Assam Sahitya Sabha session-an eye opener
A man was carrying his daughter on his shoulders. He was pointing the different stalls
to her and she was also looking at them with great interest. I could see the father
– daughter duo smiling excitedly.
In the ground, people were milling around happily. A general atmosphere of revelry
and celebration permeated in the air.
To me, it looked like a huge Durga puja crowd visiting the puja pandal. It didn’t
appear at all like a crowd going to attend a literary meet.
And that too, the sitting of the 7th special annual session of the ASS (Assam Sahitya
Sabha). But in fact, Ledo, near Margherita town of upper Assam and the birthplace
of Indian tea and petroleum industry was the proud host of the special annual session
from 31st January to 5th of February 2012. I was in for more eye popping surprises.
The 7000 capacity main auditorium was packed with literary enthusiasts. During day
time, the main literary events were held there. In evening, the same stage reverberated
with musical and other cultural extravaganzas.
Simultaneously, the adjacent ‘Mamoni Roisom Goswami book fair’ with more than 150
stalls was drawing a huge crowd. And just beside the book fair, people were making
a bee line to visit the science exhibition containing more than 200 stalls.
In case one was hungry, one could go to the huge dining hall nearby with the capacity
to feed 2000 people at one time. And all for free. It was a self-help effort which
was managed by the public of Ledo. At an average, the dining hall was feeding around
8000 people per day - breakfast, lunch and dinner combined.
And for the connoisseurs of food, there was the ethnic food stall (more than 350
in number) offering various delicacies of the different local population. Ledo, derived
from the Singpho word Lido meaning construction of boat, houses people of diverse
communities e.g. Assamese,Tai Ahoms, Tai Phakes, Singphos, Khamptis, Sema Nagas,
Tangsas, Nepalis, Bengalis, Bhojpuris and other various communities.
Add to it the following facts. In order to host the session, 42 sub-committees were
formed. More than 700 local volunteers and 1500 police personals from various parts
of Assam (like Goalpara) were brought to man the session and traffic. 1500 delegates
from 1200 branches of Sahitya Sabha from 27 districts of Assam were accommodated
in 15 different camps. In addition, 3000 special invitees from different parts of
the country (including north-east) and abroad attended the meet. All at the expense
of Sahitya Sabha.
My jaw literally dropped when I was told that the Assam government had already spent
six crores for the construction of basic amenities like roads, electricity, accommodation,
venue construction etc. for the Sahitya Sabha. One could say, Ledo was really spruced
up for the great show.
Another two crores were sanctioned by Pradyut Bordoloi, the local MLA and President
of the reception committee. Incidentally, he also holds the cabinet portfolio of
minister power, industries and commerce.
I was told that the people of Assam consider it a great honour to host the Sahitya
Sabha sittings in their own hometown. In fact, there is a great clamor for hosting
the session in one’s own place, the way the different countries of the world compete
amongst themselves for hosting the Olympic Games. It is one of the events in Assam
where the government and the local public take equal responsibility and zeal in hosting
But here in Arunachal, it’s just the other way around. Leave aside government funds;
even the response of the public is pathetic. I’m more used to seeing empty chairs
and a yawning public in our literary meets here.
But in the Ledo session, it was a most attentive and appreciative audience I’ve ever
come across in any literary meet. And Arunachal was the main topic of interest in
the recently concluded Ledo session.
For the first time, a record breaking 20 member APLS (Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society) team led by Y.D.Thongchi, President APLS, attended the session on special
invitation from ASS. The other members were Tagang Taki, renowned Adi author, Kengsang
Kenglang, revered Tangsa writer cum poet, Nanni Dai, editor, Echo of Arunachal, Bengia
Hemanta, veteran Arunachali singer, Kaling Borang, renowned poet & writer, Girin
Tamuli, esteemed Adi poet & writer, Tokong Pertin, Director trade & commerce, Tage
Tada, Director Research, Batem Pertin, Deputy Director Research, Bengia Tab, branch
manager SBI, Nabam Tarang, prominent Nyishi poet cum singer, Hage D.Appa, famous
Arunachali actor, Nabajit Deori, esteemed Assamese poet & writer, Inumoni Bora, noted
Assamese poet, Jamuna Bini, Asst. Prof.(Hindi), Bompi Riba, Asst. Prof.(English),
both from RGU, Annu Basar, first Arunachali Urdu poet, Dogin Tabyo, Arunachali cinematographer
& Pekba Ringu, writer.
Kengsang Kenglang set the motion of the sabha on the first day by inaugurating the
special session for children where the budding young writers interacted in one to
one discussion with him. The same stage was set to fire by Bengia Hemanta’s rendition
of Bhupen Hazarika numbers later in the evening where he was invited as a chief guest
to inaugurate the cultural function in memory of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.
On the second day, Thongchi chaired ‘Ramdhenu,’ a special program where poets & writers
from various parts of north-east (including Arunachal), India & Nepal participated.
He stressed the need for strengthening the age old tie of love & good will between
Arunachal and Assam in particular and the north-east and other parts of India in
general. He further commented, “Bhupen Hazarika is not only Assam’s son, but of Arunachal
as well; His love and selfless contribution towards the development & enrichment
of Arunachal’s socio-cultural scenario will always be remembered by us,” to a thunderous
More claps followed as Batem Pertin sang Bhupen Hazarika’s evergreen number “Buku
Hum hum kore,” to a delighted audience.
The audience listened in rapt attention to Tagang Taki, a compatriot of Lummer Dai,
who delved on the urgent need of bringing out a good book on history of Assam & north-east.
This is the first appearance of the famed writer of ‘Border eme’, ‘Robo aru Nibor
hadhu’, to the Assamese public after a long gap of more than 25 years.
The presentations of Tage Tada, Kaling Borang, Girin Tamuly, Inumoni Bora, Jamuna
Bini, Bompi Riba & Pekba Ringu were also very much liked by the appreciative audience.
The third day’s session started with prominent personalities & invitees paying homage
to the creator of ‘Prithibir Hanhi’, Luminous Lummer Dai where Nanni Dai, widow of
late Dai was the Chief guest. My heart swelled in pride as Rongbong Terang, President,
ASS,Paramananda Rajbongshi, GS,ASS, Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister Power, Industries
& commerce and others joined in to pay obeisance to late Dai.
The listeners literally ‘jhoom utha’ when Annu Basar recited his shayaris. Also Nabajit
Deori’s poems touched the hearts of the audience.
Other highlights of the day were the huge & resplendent cultural procession by the
different communities of Ledo & other parts of Assam. And the other attraction was,
of course, the presence of the Governor of Assam in the evening’s proceedings.
The biggest excitement of the day was the visit by Dr. S. Liezietsu, minister higher
education & town planning of Nagaland. He presented Rs. Two crores to ASS for rebuilding
the old ASS Bhavan at Kohima in presence of a rapturous crowd . Interestingly, the
ASS Bhavan at Kohima is the first ASS building to be established by its first President
Raibahadur Padmanath Gohain Baruah in 1895 who was the Head master of Kohima School
in the later part of 19th century.
By the time the program ended, more than five lakhs people had already visited the
Ledo session. That is roughly half of the population of Arunachal.
As we were returning on our way back to Itanagar, laden with the pleasant memories
of Ledo & the wonderful hospitality of the local population, one of my colleagues
commented, “We still have a lot to learn from them.”
I also nodded wholeheartedly. Yes indeed! We really have a lot to learn from Assam.
A success story of a multi-faceted teacher
PK Singh, senior teacher of Biology working in government higher secondary school,
Khonsa is a man of multi-faceted personalities. Though he is a teacher, he works
as a factotum and is truly an asset for the school and Tirap district. In 1985, Singh
was commissioned by Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore as NCC [Air Wing]
officer and since then he has been looking after the NCC activities of the school.
The NCC troop of the school has been declared on three occasions as the best troop
in the combined annual training camp at Jorhat in Assam, thanks to the sincere guidance
of Singh. The troop has also brought many laurels for the school and the district.
PK Singh is the district resource officer under Adolescence Education Programme and
regularly imparts training to the nodal teachers and peer educators of Tirap district.
He is the master trainer in the department of Environment and Forest and trains the
teachers of the district under Centre of Environmental Education for eco club. During
the Assembly and Parliamentary elections, Singh was appointed as a core trainer for
the presiding and polling officers which he discharged with great success.
PK Singh joined the education department as a JT in 1978 and sincerely served in
far-flung places like Yealiang and Hawaai circle in Lohit district of Arunachal.
In 1983 he was transferred to government higher secondary school, Khonsa and since
then he has been rendering his invaluable service there. Apart from his effective
teaching, Singh is deeply involved in popularizing science and scientific temperament
among the students and organizes science seminars, science exhibitions and science
congress from time to time. The students of the school have represented at national
level seminars held at Guwahati, Hyderabad and Bhopal under Singh’s able guidance.
Indeed PK Singh is a man for all seasons and all trades. His eldest son who was also
one of his students at Govt. HS School, Khonsa is now working in the US as a full-time
Researcher. This year PK Singh was conferred Gold Medal by the government of Arunachal
Pradesh for his meritorious services. May his tribe multiply!
CM visits border area, assures ITBP of help
AALO, Feb 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki visited Yorlung, the 2nd last out post of
Indo-China border near Mechukha along with MP Takam Sanjoy and Tourism Minister Pema
Khandu to take stock of the ground realities along Indo-China border.
Yorlung is located at an altitude of more than 8,900 feet above the sea level.
During the course of interaction with dignitaries, the ITBP sub-inspector Rajendra
Paul detailed the CM about the present situation including the problems and difficulties
being faced by the jawans in manning the border.
After a patient hearing, the Chief Minister assured the ITBP to take up their grievances,
specially road communication with the Central Govt. Tuki lauded the role of ITBP
jawans popularly known as Him Veer for their valiant service in guarding the Nation
that too at the place where the temperature recorded below the freezing point . The
Chief Minister, however, suggested the ITBP to put forward their grievances in written
so that he could take up the matter with the Centre at the earliest.
ITBP sub-inspector Paul informed that the Indo-China border at Mechuka is fully secured
and there has been no any encroachment since 1962 from other side of the border.
20 ITBP deployed at Mechuka are fully prepared to thwart any external aggressive,
While expressing their grievances to this reporter, Paul urged the authorities concern
to improve the BSNL network service so that the jawans stay connected with their
Later, the Chief Minister and his entourage visited historical Hanuman Mandir and
Gurudwara near Mechuka and assured to develop the places as tourist interest.
Weavers’ credit card scheme awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Textile and Handicrafts department, Yupia conducted a one day exhibition
cum awareness camp on weavers’ credit card scheme at Naharlagun today.
Textile and Handicrafts Director Khoda Ruja briefed about the benefits of the scheme
to weavers on the occasion.
Textile and Handicrafts assistant Director, Yupia TC Kapa encouraged the participants
and assured to extend all possible help in submission and obtaining bank loan.
Textile and Handicrafts assistant Director (RDC), Doimukh Toko Okey also encouraged
all the weavers to follow the required formalities for applying weavers credit card
scheme for seeking financial assistance.
Lead Bank Manager SS Deb also spoke on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Two days orientation programme on capacity building of school management
and development committee members was conducted at Ziro on February 7 and 8.
Addressing the gathering Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan advised the members of
SMDC to play vital role for successful implementation of RMSA programme.
DDSE Tarh Tuglo appealed to the principals and members of SMDC to cooperate with
the district mission office for successful implementation, supervising and monitoring
of all programme of RMSA.
Immunization Week launched in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Along with the rest of the North Eastern states ‘Immunization week’
was today launched all over Tirap District. The Govt. of India has declared 2012-13
as “Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization” in order to reduce the Infant
Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Ratio in the country. Immunization Week is
one of the strategies to comprehend these Govt. of India initiatives. The objectives
of ‘Immunization Week’ are to increase immunization coverage of all vaccines under
National Immunization Schedule and importantly to reach the hard to reach areas of
During this week long programme children under 2 years and pregnant women shall be
given all the required vaccines at door step. The Health workers like Health Assistant,
ANM and GNM who are the backbone in implementing the programme has been deployed
at various hard to reach and underserved areas, DRCHO, Tirap Dr.K.Perme.
‘Immunization week’ shall be carried out in the District from 8th of every month
Tsering refutes allegations
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering has refuted the allegation regarding disbursement
of compensation to the villagers of Munna camp under Dirang circle as false and fabricated.
Reacting to the allegation published in this daily on Feb 5 that fund provided by
Patel Engineering Ltd. under local area development fund has been disbursed as compensation
to the villagers of Munna camp, the local MLA clarified that the hydro project taken
up by Patel Engineering Ltd was scrapped after he got elected. He had also facilitated
a series of meeting of flood affected villagers and Patel Engineering Ltd and convinced
the latter to disburse Rs 1.6 crore as compensation based on severity of the destruction
of the properties of poor helpless villagers.
He further clarified that the money was meant for rehabilitation of devastated villagers
which has been dully and properly disbursed to the affected villagers.
The MLA further appealed to the people not to be swayed away by such false allegation
and advised the mischief mongers to desist from spreading such concocted allegation
else he would file defamation suit.
Meanwhile, Dirang block Zilla Parishad Members Dor Tsering informed that law and
order had drastically improved in the circle for the past two years after the election
of the new MLA. “Crime rate is almost nil, only some vested individuals are creating
mischief by spreading false allegation regarding rising crime rate at Dirang”, they
opined adding that such mischief had hurt the sentiment of local people and also
malign the image of Dirang circle.
Association reacts to students’ statement
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association
(AAPSTEWA) and staff of state transport service have strongly reacted to the statement
given by student union of Dera Natung Govt. College on Tuesday demanding termination
of APSTS bus driver involved in road accident on 4th November night. In a release
association has stated that without knowing the truth, people should not make their
own conclusion and make such illogical demand.
“We appeal and request the student Union of Dera Natung Govt. College not to make
any unnecessary comment which may aggravate the matter. Rather they should come forward
to cooperate to defuse the matter. Demand for termination is not right at this juncture.
Let law take its own course of action and if mistakes are found by law enforcement
agency after investigating, appropriate action can be taken,” AAPSTEWA stated.
Further they appealed everyone including NGOs, associations, political parties and
student unions to cooperate with the transport department as it is a public property.
“Every time there is minor issue, APST properties become soft targets. If this trend
of destruction of public properties continues, one day no single bus will remain
with department,” association added. They also added in case of accident involving
APSTS buses, blame always goes to department.
“Nobody likes accident and we always feel bad for the family member of accident victims.
But retaliation against us in the form of violence is really beginning to affect
the confidence of all the staff of department. This has to stop,” AAPSTEWA continued.
They have demanded for exemplary punishment to those involved in arson incident
of November 4 night.
FCI consultative committee calls for proper supply of foodgrains
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of consumer
affair, food and public distribution to ensure supply of quality foodgrains, the
Food Corporation of India(FCI) Consultative Committee Arunachal Pradesh held a preliminary
discussion on the functioning of the targeted public distribution system recently.
During the discussion, it is found that beneficiaries under the Antodaya, APL, BPL
quotas, particularly in Kimin and Doimukh area are deprived of food grains since
November last year, said consultative committee member and NCP state unit president
Ngurang Pinch in a release. Pinch appealed to both FCI and state Govt to take remedial
measures for prompt delivery of PDS food grains to the beneficiaries. Despite nearer
to FCI depot, the rural people of Doimukh and Kimin are deprived of foodgrains, Pinch
said and wondered what would be the fate of PDS beneficiaries of far flung areas
in other districts.
Pinch further informed that the FCI committee will visit all the FCI depots in the
state soon to assess the PDS functioning as per the guidelines of the Centre.
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: United Nyishi Organization (UNO) has demanded immediate transfer
of Yazali PWD division executive engineer alleging his involvement in misappropriation
In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister, the UNO claimed that the EE has mishandled
various projects and schemes of the division.
Accusing him of non-cooperation with local people, especially with development agents
like PR leaders, the organization further said, the officer is always found to be
absent from his office and does not maintain transparency in official work.
Students appeal for relief
ITANAGAR: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) the apex student body of the
district urged the authority concern to provide immediate relief to the victim of
the Feb 3 fire at Rakha Village, upper Yachuli at the earliest. Convener, ALSSU
Tanya Agu said that the fire led to the loss of many livestock, assets, cash and
local ornaments as it completely gutted down 12 houses.
It thanked Zilla Chairperson Likha Tongum and Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri
Nila Mohanan, for visiting the site and providing relief materials to the victims.
ALSSU also extend its thanked to MLA Bamang Felix for providing financial aid to
Arrest the culprit
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Sub-Divisional Officer Telecom BSNL, Seppa in a complaint letter
to Officer In-Charge, Police Station, Seppa said that some unknown miscreants has
once again cut the live Telephone cable from main road to district hospital line
and government KG school Type-IV colony last night.
It urged the Officer in-charge, Police Station, Seppa to investigate matter and nab
Meanwhile, the BSNL authority appealed to the public to bear the inconvenience and
added that restoration work would take a week’s time due to non-availability of required
Penalty imposed on teacher
AALO Feb 8: A meeting was held in the office Chamber of the DDSE, Aalo on February
6 last to bring out an amicable solution regarding destruction and damage to a room
attached Class room converted into teacher quarter which was occupied and vacated
by Geeta Kumari, JT (SC.), Govt. Middle School, Dego after 7 years of stay on her
transfer to Govt. Middle School, Liru of Likabali town.
A complaint in this connection was lodged by Headmaster and Chairman of School Management
Committee Govt. Middle School, Dego on Dec 12, 2011 and a showcause notice was served
to Kumari, on account of her intentional destruction of four walls of backside building
which was constructed by SMC for Kitchen and toilet purpose. The demolition includes
uprooting of Electric wiring/window net/CGI roofing etc and carried all those materials
to Likabali without the knowledge of SMC.
As a result, the Ex-Chairman, Present Chairman of SMC accompanied by Anchal Chairperson,
Gram Chairman, Women representative, Headmaster, Teachers demanded drastic action
against defaulter with the imposition of fine amounting to Rs. 46, 000 only for
performing purification ritual as per Galo social customary law. The reply or explanation
made by Geeta Kumari in response to the showcause notice served by the DDSE was
not satisfactory and therefore, a sum of Rs. 17, 000 in place of Rs. 46, 000 demanded
by SMC/HM has to paid as penalty by Kumari for her anti-social, anti institution
act done to this school.
This amount has been fixed purely in accordance with the voucher incurred for reconstruction
of damaged building by SMC/HM, Govt. Middle School Dego. The said penalty amount
will be deducted from her salary for the month of January 2012 which was not prepared/withheld
by the DDSE after receiving the complaint and show cause notice served.
According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) report 2011, 12 states/UTs mainly the
North East states have shown decrease in forest cover to the extent of 867sqkm. 15
states have registered aggregate increase of 5000sqkm in their forest cover with
Punjab leading with increase of 100sqkm.
Decline in Forest cover of the North East is particularly due to prevailing practice
of shifting cultivation in this region.
Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover in the country at 77,700 square km followed
by Aruncachal Pradesh at 67, 410 square km. In terms of percentage of forest cover
in relation to total geographical area, Mizoram tops with 90.68 per cent followed
by Lakshadweed with 84.56 per cent. The total growing stock of India’s forests and
trees outside forests is estimated as 6047.15 million cu m i.e. 4498.73 million cu
m inside the recorded forest area and 1548.42 million cu m outside the recorded forests.
The Forest and Tree cover of the country is 78.29 million ha, which is 23.81 per
cent of the geographical area of the country. In comparison to the 2009 assessment,
there is a decrease of 367 square km in country’s forest cover.
The Report 2011 adds three new chapters that are of crucial importance in the present
national and global worldview about forests. These are: a detailed assessment of
bamboo resources, a production-consumption assessment of wood based on data stock
in India’s forests reported under the NATCOM project. The inclusion of these three
new chapters makes the Forests Report a path breaking advance over its previous editions.
Where money is idolised
The anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare has been killed by the Indian
Union ministers and the destructive advisers who surround them. Congratulations at
destroying this movement launched by enemies of modern, rising super-power, utilizing
hydro-power, largest military power, world-power India.
Anna Hazare should know that corruption cannot be done away with in a country where
money is idolised in the form of a goddess called Lakshmi. Morever there are three
communities in Western India---- Gujarati, Marwari and Sindhi, from the states of
Gujarat, Rajasthan and Sindh (now in Pakistan), who are into the business of thug
trade and thug commerce since many centuries. These merchant communities donot do
farming and agriculture and wherever they migrate, these three communities carry
the evil of corruption and teach all the others to cheat and worship plastic money
like mad people.
Since 1947, all subsequent movements of self-determination like the Tamil Elam,
Khalistan, Assam, Nagalim, Kashmir, Naxalpantha, Sampurna Kranti etc have been mercilessly
thrashed by the high caste Hindi rulers sitting in Delhi north-block. Anna Hazare
should have known this.
Just as Anna Hazare and Indian army cannot understand the emotions of a Kashmiri,
so also a Kashmiri cannot understand what all this astronomical 2G, CWG scams are
With divisive brains like that of mainland Indians, Anna's movement was bound to
fail. In the end only corruption survives.
Waste and twin capital
Few days back, a concerned citizen pointed out through your esteem daily about the
careless attitude of UD department in disposing the wastes generated in the twin
capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun. The result is disturbing and for everyone
to see at Itanagar-Holongi road.
It is high time that systematic method of collecting, dumping and disposal of wastes
is necessarily adopted for healthy and clean environment.
Besides, the process of transportation of wastes is most unhygienic. Travelling behind
such waste loaded trucks is so irritating because of flying wastes/objects.
I appeal to the concern department through your esteem daily to cover the wastes
by tarpaulin during transportation. Such arrangement is also required in adherence
to order of court which may please be highlighted in your dailies.
Reservation and APST
Despite being a tribal state, most of the posts reserved for our state in central
jobs are categorized according to the central reservation rule. So, most of the posts
meant for our state goes out in the open category, due to which lesser number of
APST people get recruited in central jobs and more non-APST people gets recruited
on those seats which are actually meant for us.
This is also one of the main reasons for unemployment in our state, because most
of the posts meant for us go in vain. This issue has already been raised by me and
many people through this daily that our Govt. should look into this.
Recently, there was an advertisement for various non-Teaching posts in RGU. And as
usual, it was very surprising that most of the posts were "unreserved". Similarly,
even though we are host state for NERIST, but still we have least job opportunity
and student reservations in NEE-I, II and III. Also, we know that even in some well
known MHRD run Colleges like NIT, the host state enjoys 30% reservations; I don't
know if it is maintained in NIT Arunachal.
Even in central entrance exams, the seats that are reserved for our state are categorized
according to the central reservation rule, due to which lesser APST students get
selected paving the way of selection for non-APST students.
So, GoAP should take this seriously. I'd like to appeal all the Student Unions and
other organizations to raise voice against such issues, instead of barking unnecessarily.
Moreover, I wish best to the UAEA for their fight against corruption and injustice.
One wonder why the public wrath was targeted at State Transport only. The barbaric
act of burning down the APST buses should be condemned by all. It’s not only disturbing
to the transport employee but more to the poor public, who use these vehicles.
In this hour of crisis, I do not find logic to the proposed Chakka Bandh by Transport
Employee, which would create more inconvenience to the general public.
The culprits will move freely laughing at the public waiting for bus at the stands.
Apart from Bandh and Chakka Bandh, is there no other way to protest? Though we are
with you, we would be one suffering in case of bandhs.
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