ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The hydropower issue is again making headlines in recent days because
of strong anti-dam protest by Assam based organizations against NHPC power project
at Gerukamukh. The construction work at the site has stopped since December 16. Similarly
anti-dam movement is gaining momentum in Tawang district too with locals led by revered
monk raising serious concern over coming up of so many hydel projects in the district
in one go.
As per the details available in the website of department of hydropower development,
the state government as on 30th September 2010 has signed 133 MOU/MOAs with various
power developers to start power project in Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang district has
alone 15 dams planned over rivers like Nyamjungchu, Mago Chu, Nykcharongchu etc.
Recently members of Society for Development of Culture and Education (SDCE), a Mysore
based NGO run by monks belonging to Tawang district had alleged that the district
administration has forcibly stopped them from carrying out awareness campaign about
hydropower projects in the district. The district administration denied the allegation
and since then things seem to have cooled down.
But the district administration seems to have pressed the panic button by organizing
general meeting on development of hydropower on 12th February. The meeting was attended,
among others, by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, MLAs Tsewang Dondup and Jambey Tashi,
representatives of power developers like NHPC, Bhilwara Energy Ltd, EDCL, SEW Energy,
local public and officials from department of hydropower development. Even though
for the moment politicians and district officials have managed to quell the protest
against hydropower project in Tawang but the fact is that everyone is expressing
serious concern over coming up of so many projects within a single district.
Situated at a very high altitude, Tawang district is surrounded by snow covered
Himalayan Mountains. The total forest cover area is 1251 sq km. It is considered
to be the most beautiful place of Arunachal and therefore it needs environmental
protection to keep intact its beauty.
An environmental expert while talking to this daily informed that Tawang Chu II project
will pose serious threat to rare species like Red Panda and Macau which are found
in the area. Home to many rare Himalayan species, the proposed 15 power projects
will have serious impact on eco-system too.
It should also be pointed out that the original Bhalukpong to Tawang Road is not
capable of transporting heavy dam equipment through Sela Pass. Therefore, the Central
govt took decision to widen the road, which will have a huge impact on the environment
in the region. Though it was made to believe that road is being widened for military
purpose but reality is something different. By cutting hills in the name of road
widening, the authorities are damaging the environment. “The road to Lumla which
links the Tawang Chu II is very fragile and has large number of active landslide
prone zones. Every year during monsoon season rain washes away portions of road.
If heavy equipments meant for power projects are transported through this particular
stretch of road, it will have serious impact. The hills might come down in the future,”
said an expert.
Its upto state government and people of Tawang to decide whether they want to go
ahead with all 15 power projects. But from environmental aspect there is urgent need
to create awareness about the impact of these projects on virgin dense forest with
rare species of wildlife.
Payi Gyadi Awarded Idea CNN-IBN Citizen Journalists Award 2012
NEW DELHI, Feb 14: State’s anti corruption activist Payi Gyadi, who is also the Chairman
of Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF), was awarded the 4th edition of Idea CNN-IBN Citizen
Journalist Award 2012 in a function held at Darbur Hall of Hotel Taj Palace here
Payi is first from North East to receive the prestigious Citizen Journalist Award
initiated by CNN-IBN in 2008. He was felicitated by CNN-IBN in recognition of his
crusade against corruption in Arunachal Pradesh by exposing illegal appointments
using fake certificates in Govt departments. The function was attended by Bollywood
actors, media persons and eminent social activists.
Payi was among the 15 persons, who received the CNN-IBN citizen journalist, CNN-IBN
videos and CNN-IBN photo awards in recognition of their voice against corruption
across the country. Payi was just behind Gaurav Bakshi of New Delhi and Amarnath
Deo Pandey of Uttar Pradesh. Out of the 15 recipients, twelve have awarded with CNN-IBN
citizen journalist award, two with CNN-IBN videos and one with CNN-IBN photos.
Congratulating the Citizen Journalists awardees, Bollywood leading actress Vidya
Balan, who gave away the trophies, said: “I salute you all for your valiant efforts
to make India corruption free.” She praised Gyadi for his courageous effort to root
out corruption from Arunachal Pradesh.
CNN-IBN Editor- in- Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, who initiated the CJ idea, said that
though these CJs cannot bring revolution but their efforts against corruption could
go a long way in eradicating corruption from the country. And now time has come to
use journalism as tool to bring positive change, he added.
On being asked by Managing Editor IBN7 Ashutosh that as to why he did not accept
bribe offered by many people during the course of his fight against corruption, Gyadi
replied, he wanted to send a message to the society that there is still many youths
in his state who hate corruption. “I know I alone cannot change the whole system
but I firmly believe that my little effort would at least make people believe that
there is still a sizeable number of youth who hate corruption,” Payi added. Gyadi
faced crucial periods during online voting which was open till February 10 last,
as his home town Seppa of East Kameng district was reportedly out of internet facility
since last many years except in National Information Centre (NIC).
Know Your Legendary Artistes
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: As a part of the series to pay tribute to the legendary artistes
of Arunachal, today we are concentrating on two more artistes. Jomnya Siram and Joram
Tajing are popular artistes of their generation and till today they continue to woo
heart of young generation. Jomnya Siram who was born on 14th April 1959 at Tadin
Village, West Siang district is in singing field since 1968. A graduate from JN College,
Pasighat he was recognized as AIR artiste Dibrugarh in 1972. He recorded more than
100 songs in Galo, Mishing and Wancho dialects. He sung along with legendary Dr.
Bhupen Hazarika in 1974 at Aalo and in 1979 at Pasighat town club. His most popular
songs include Take Ngo, Kajle jine dane gel odor tolo, Kaju angong gilaju etc. He
received gold medal from Sur Nandan Bharati Society, Kolkata in 2008 and Commendation
certificate from Siang Welfare Culture Society, Aalo in 1976 for his contribution
in the field of music. Currently he is serving as deputy director, Art and Culture
Department. Joram Tajing, the popular comedian was born on 27th December, 1956
at Joram village under Yachuli circle of Lower Subansiri. Tajing gained popularity
with his comic act in Meri Dharam Meri Maa, the first Hindi movie of Arunachal which
was directed by late Dr Bhupen Hazarika. At present he is the Chairman of Joram Socio
Cultural & Literary Society.
‘Blockade against NHPC dam causes hardship to Arunachalees’
ALSSU seeks Govt intervention
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) today demanded the
NHPC authority, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Governments to bring an end to the on-going
indefinite blockade against NHPC dam at Gerukamukh by the anti-dam protestors in
Assam through negotiation.
The on-going blockade against the transportation of construction materials, other
essential items to project site at Gerukamukh is not only delaying the project but
also causing hardship to the innocent people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Dullungmukh
area though no fault of their own, ALSSU president Tado Raja said.
An ALSSU team led by its president today met the NHPC, Subansiri Lower Project General
Manager Om Prakash and discussed in details regarding various problems being faced
by the people of Dullungmukh area in particular due to the on-going blockade.
“The State Government cannot and should not remain a mute spectator to such serious
issue where state’s interest is involved,” ALSSU convenor Tanya Agu said and demanded
the Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam governments to find out an amicable solution
to the problem without any further delay failing which ALSSU would be compelled to
launch democratic movement for fulfillment of its demands.
While recalling the recent economic blockade against NHPC as well as Arunachal Pradesh
by the anti-dam protestors in Assam causing acute shortage in essential commodities
in three Siang valley districts, Agu urged the state government to ensure that such
incident do not recur.
ALSSU also sought detailed information from the NHPC authority regarding employment
of indigenous local people in the project as per MoA.
It demanded 100% job reservation for indigenous Arunachalee people in group ‘D’,
80% in ‘C’ and 50% in ‘B’ posts.
Without mentioning the number, ALSSU alleged that NHPC authority has so far appointed
only a few Arunachalee people in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts in Subansiri Lower Project.
The team also inquired about the present status of the hydel project from the NHPC
According to GM Om Prakash, 55% works of the project has already been completed.
The anti-dam protestors have been opposing construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydel
Project at Gerukamukh which falls in a highly seismic zone.
It is pertinent to mention here that the report by an expert committee comprising
scientists from IIT Guwahati and universities in Assam on Subansiri Lower Project
advises against mega dams in a ‘tectonically unstable’ region.
BJP demands enquiry into Rs 2.5 cr scam
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh today demanded thorough
enquiry into the reported 2.5 crore scam in Art and Culture department in the state.
How it was possible for the fraudsters to forge the signature of a director that
too for such a huge amount of public money and got through all the office procedures,
BJP questioned. It expressed apprehension that more such fund embezzlement might
have happened in other departments in absence of strong mechanism to check such irregularities.
The party called for immediate overhauling of the administrative system. The incident
has again exposed the dept of illegalities and misappropriations of fund in state
government agencies, the party said. The BJP further said that there was virtually
no government from May to November, 2011, but the Planning Commission’s annual allocation
of Rs.3, 200 crore for the financial year 2011-12 has been exhausted in December,
2011, it said. Under the Congress Govt, the public funds are looted and siphoned
off, the BJP said and urged upon the state Govt to explain as to why it does not
maintain transparency in governance.
Congress party in Arunachal Pradesh is responsible for the current situations which
could be detrimental for the holistic development processes in the state, the party
MMC in Tirap, NSU mobilizes youths for awareness
DEOMALI, Feb 14: After an arduous journey of about 20 days covering 12 districts
of the state, the Red Rockfest, a concert under the Multi Media Campaign being
organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) finally reached
Deomali in Tirap district on February 13 to create awareness on HIV among the youths.
The strategically located Deomali, a small town located in the border of Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh, was the last venue of the district tour of MMC. The show was conducted
away from the district headquarters for the reason that ‘Wancha Rajkumar College’
the only Government College of Tirap district is located here. Moreover, as the target
audience of MMC Red Rockfest was the youth aged between 15 to 29 years, Deomali was
the obvious choice for the venue, and thanks to Nocte Students Union (NSU) and Medical
Department of the district for setting up an excellent open air stage within a very
short period in the general ground of Deomali.
Leading from the front NSU not only put up a good stage for the show but also created
an excellent ambience in and around Deomali for people to participate in the concert.
NSU president Inwang Lowang wanted to ensure that people turn up for such concert
so that message on HIV/AIDS can be percolated down to the mass. Youth has a very
important role to play in controlling the menace of HIV, he said. Three local bands
from the district, the Blue Ink, Alpine Treasure, Fire String with its rocking numbers
entertained the Deomali audience in the evening. Alien Gods known for its crowd pulling
capacity rocked the young audience of Deomali whole through the show. At the same
time the dead metal band also asked its young fans to remain aware about HIV and
Earlier, ZPM K. Lowang while kicking off the MMC asked the Tirap youths to participate
in disseminating the message on HIV to the general population. He also said prevention
is always better than cure.
Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, in his introductory note on MMC said that
the young age is very vulnerable and young people tend to experiment on anything
which may become matter of regret in later part of life. Young age between 15 to
29 year is very precious and productive age, youth should utilize this period to
shape their career, he added.
DTO, Dr. Jayanti said that HIV/AIDS has emerged as a major global issue today which
needs to be addressed at all level. He urged every individual to response to the
need of the hour.
State level Citrus Show draws huge crowd
PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) in collaboration
with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang district organized a state level “Citrus show”
on February 10.
Display of citrus fruit species drew the attention of large number of visitors, Scientists,
farmers and general public. More than 500 farmers from different areas of the state
visited the show.
Addressing on the occasion, retired director of state horticulture department Dr
Alok Tagi highlighted the development of horticulture sector in the state with reference
to encouraging growth of citrus fruits.
Pasighat CHF Dean, Dr. B N Hazarika said the objective of the Citrus Show was to
encourage quality production of citrus fruits in the state and assess the problems
faced by the farmers.
He revealed that climatic condition of Arunachal Pradesh provides a congenial environment
for production of a wide range of citrus species. However, he gave emphasis on use
of modern technology by farmers to increase the product level.
In his address Pasighat J N College Principal T Talom reiterated the efforts made
by the College.
In the first phase of the interaction, power point presentation on scientific cultivation
of mandarin was given by K Kumar, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Extension which
was followed by an interaction programme among the citrus fruit growers and the scientists.
During citrus exhibition, each species of citrus fruit were categorized into 5 groups
- viz., Mandarin, Orange, Acid, Pummelo groups and others in the competitive exhibition/show.
The farmers’ entry was registered with secret code numbers and 20 of them were selected
for prizes. The winners including Talom Eko of Sitang village (Mandarian group),
Tamola Taloh of Takrung (Sweet Orange) , Tamoko Tamuk of Tekang (Pamelo), Yakem Jamoh
of Takrung (Acid lime group) and Taten Siram of Tekang village for other groups were
awarded with cash prizes and certificates.
SEC census going on in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) -2011 has been going on
simultaneously in rural and urban areas in East Siang district with the Pasighat
IPR providing all the necessary help and technical supports in uploading of data
by setting up Charge Center.
DC Talem Tapok who is also Principal SECC officer is personally supervising the entire
process to ensure correct and error-free data compilation.
Tapok said that SECC is major tasks which include self-declaration of questionnaires
by community people so as to ascertain the exact status of the living. He appealed
to the citizens to extend full cooperation to the enumerators and provide accurate
A team of SECC enumerators (Urban) yesterday collected data from ‘Siang House’ and
entered the responses directly in the electronic device, whish is especially designed
and developed for the purpose.
Meanwhile, a central monitoring team comprising Jt. Director (RD Itanagar) Tado Ado,
Dr. Neha Wadhavan (Tribal Area Specialist) MORD, GoI, New Delhi and Deputy Director
(Census), Shillong B Sohtun along with the District Nodal Officer Taper Pada, PD
(DRDA) visited the Charge Center and few other places during recent enumeration.
Later, they were informed by the DC in a consultative meeting held in his office
chamber that large numbers of trained and experienced government personnel have been
pressed into service to take up the largest administrative exercise. The visiting
team expressed satisfaction over the SECC activities of the district. DIPRO
District task force meet on immunization week
ZIRO, Feb 14: The District Task Force meeting on Immunization week and IPPI (NID)
was held at DC’s chamber here today. The meeting presided over the DC Nila Mohanan
was attended by heads of various departments of Lower Subansiri district including
DIPRO, DDSE, AIR, DFWO and DMO.
The DC called on all the HoDs to extend cooperation to medical department for successful
conduct of immunization week. She also suggested for supervisory work by respective
COs and CDPOs of three blocks to ensure full coverage under Immunization week and
IPPI (National Immunization Day).
Ziro DFWO Dr. K. Basar gave a brief introduction on Immunization week and IPPI (NID).
He said the central Govt declared the year 2012 as the year of immunization to
reach the un-reached. DMP Dr. H. Tam asked all the participants to extend cooperation
during the programme. He highlighted in details on the sites fixed for immunization
and its tentative scheduled, immunization booths, target children and the man
power requires for successful conduct of the programme. The immunization week which
was to be held from February 8 was postponed to February 22. However, IPPI (NID)
will be as usual on 19th Feb 2012 & 1st April, 2012.
Workshop enlightens students about career
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti in collaboration with a counselling
team of Saraswati Thyagaraja College (STC) Coimbatore led by its secretary S. Venkatesh
organised a five days Educational Career Guidance and Counselling workshops at Green
Mount, Aronadaya Hr Sec School, Kendra Vidhyalaya No.1, V.K.V Balijan, Simple Beginning
coaching institutes Naharlagun and V.K.V Chimpu recently. Altogether 782 students
participated in the workshop.
During the workshop, it was observed that students of this state are really in need
of career counselling. The speciality of the workshop was that students were guided
on “How to choose what career.” In order to success in any course one needs to indentify
one’s own aptitude, type of personality, intelligent level and field of interest.
. Identifying these aspects makes the chosen subject very easy to grasp and understand
thus resulting excellent output.
According to Dr. Janatius Director, Centre for Counselling and Guidance (STC) people
remain unemployed because of mismatch of their educational course with own aptitude
and interest. He further said, even if a person is successful in securing a high
profile job but if it is not of his liking and aptitude his life would be in disaster.
He won’t be living satisfied and happy life; instead he would be wasting his real
talent and abilities.
Sadiq Basha, HOD of English STC, has guided the students about the availability of
different courses with their institution in different parts of India. The whole programme
was coordinated by Jahang Ajang an Educational Counsellor and karyakartas of Arun
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh has extended
his warm greetings to all people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of
In his festival message, the Governor said that celebration of festivals has always
motivated the people to preserve and promote their cultural heritage and traditions.
It has also helped the people in reinforcing their faith in Almighty. He expressed
his hope that this year’s Tamladu celebration will help in strengthening the cultural
heritage and the identity of Mishmi community. The Governor wished that Almighty
‘Jebmalu’ showers his choicest blessings on the people of the state on the auspicious
ATA website launched
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The official website of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) www.ataonline.in
was formally launched by Education Minister Bosiram Siram at Naharlagun yesterday
in presence of host of senior education officers, including Commissioner Education
Ganesh Koyu and ATA members.
Speaking on the occasion, Siram described the importance of technology in education
system in today’s world. He said the website would be extremely beneficial for ATA
in many ways in imparting quality education.
Koyu stressed on timely updation of the website for the benefit of teaching community.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The proposed 12-hr capital complex and Lower Subansiri bandh on
February 17 by United Nyishi Organization (UNO) in support of its single-point demand
for immediate transfer of EE, Yazali PWD division for his alleged misappropriation
of fund has been deferred till February 27 excluding capital complex. The decision
was taken in view of ensuing statehood day and Nyokum Yullo celebrations after having
a meeting with Celebration Committee and political secretary of the CM on February
14, the UNO said.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Registered Contractors Association-Upper Subansiri district,
in a representation, has demanded the Executive Engineer PWD division, Upper Subansiri
to float tender for construction/improvement and up-gradation of Menga-Giba road
in Upper Subansiri under NLCPR within a month.
It claimed that fund for the said work has already been sanctioned by DoNER Ministry
vide NLCPR sanction No.77/year 2011-12 with a directive to call NIT for the said
“But the department concerned is delaying the process for execution of the said scheme,”
the representation said and threatened to launch democratic movement if the tender
process is not initiated within 30 days.
ATA dist unit conference
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The 5th general conference of East Kameng district unit of Arunachal
Teachers’ Association (ATA) was conducted at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Seppa from February
10-12 which was attended by MLAs Tapuk Taku, Tani Loffa and parliamentary secretary
Kumar Waii beside ATA central body president and secretary.
A new executive committee of ATA district unit was also constituted in the meeting
for the year 2012-15.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Panggi Welfare Society (PWS) has deeply mourned the death of Pupum
Panyang at Pasighat yesterday.
He left behind his wife, 3 sons and as many daughters. Panyang, who was also the
joint secretary of PWS, was working as ADEO under DDSE, Upper Siang district.
He was an energetic social worker who always tried to uplift the socio-economic status
of the Panggi community, PWS said while describing that his death has caused an irreparable
loss to the society in particular.
ATA Upper Siang district Unit also deeply mourned the untimely demise of Late Pupum
Panyang. His selfless service rendered during his service period will always be remembered
by the teaching community and education department of Upper Siang district, the ATA
unit said in a release.
‘Dula village left out of TSC’
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Doni Ao Welfare Society, in a release alleged that Dula village
under Baririjo circle of Upper Subansiri district has been left out of the Total
Sanitation Campaign conducted by PHE department.
While questioning that as to why the village has been excluded from the TSC, the
Society demanded the department concerned to provide the benefits to the villagers
‘Exclude Basar from proposed Lower Siang’
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Siji Jhum Land Welfare Society has demanded the state government
to exclude Basar assembly constituency from the proposed Lower Siang district.
While suggesting for creation of the district comprising Likabali and Nari-Koyu assembly
constituency, the Society urged the government to establish the headquarters of the
proposed new district in a centrally located area of Likabali and Nari-Koyu, preferably
at Siki-Rima and Siji area.
Meanwhile, the people of Siji-Magi-Kane village appealed to all to support the proposal
for establishment of the district Hqs at Siji area under Likabali sub-division for
which the people have reportedly agreed to donate land.
Mega health camp
BOMDILA, Feb 14: A total of 990 patients under Kalaktang circle and its adjoining
areas were benefited by a two days mega health camp organized by the Kalaktangpa
Employees Welfare Association (KEWA) in collaboration with National Rural Health
Mission (NRHM) Bomdila unit at Kalaktang.
A team of specialist doctors including Dr. Taba Khanna and Dr. T.Taki from General
Hospital Naharlagun, Dr. Leki Wangchuk from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar,
Dr. S Paul from Community Health Center Rupa and Dr. DK Lama, in-charge DMO of District
Hospital Bomdila conducted the camp.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, local legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary,
PWD and Principal Advisor to CM, T N Thongdok stressed on the need to reach out to
the people through such noble activities.
Lauding the role of KEWA, he said that the members of the Association could play
important role in shaping the future of the people of the area. Assuring to look
into the suggestions of the association towards future development of the area Thongdok
urged the office bearers to work in tandem with the Shertukpen Employees Welfare
Association (SEWA) for all-round development of the Kalaktang Assembly constituency.
Tool down strike suspended
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees’
Association in a meeting yesterday decided to suspend its pen-tool down strike till
February 25 next after SPD, SSA Rajya Mission assured that the Government would
consider their demand for enhancement of salaries of SSA non-teaching staff.
Authorities urged to stop payment
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Gauhati High Court has ordered the authorities to stop payment
for NLCPR road project from Chambang to Phaa 30- km (phase-I) to its executing agency.
Judge K Meruno gave the ruling on February 8 while disposing of a case WP (C) 25/2012
filed by two petitioners of Chamgang.
The Court in its ruling said, “the total amount of money involved in these work order
is amounting to Rs 1179.22 lakh and out of which , the payment of Rs 2,80,00,000
have already been released to the respondent No 11 (M/s Reniya Enterprises) as rolling
advance money without executing any contract work orders. Being aggrieved by the
action of the respondents in awarding the said contracts work to the respondent
No 11, this writ petition has been filed.”
National Solar Mission and socio-economic development
The National Solar Mission (NSM) under the aegis of the Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy (MNRE) serves as an important policy that could further the objectives of
this campaign. Although originally conceived to improve the country’s energy security
and address climate change, NSM could be extremely significant in stimulating socioeconomic
Delivering energy services to the poor requires the establishment of a conducive
ecosystem consisting of appropriate technological, financial and institutional arrangements.
Although the NSM attempts to address these aspects, there are issues that need to
be resolved urgently before implementation through grass-root level.
According to a study on “The National Solar Mission: A Practioner's Perspective by
SELCO India, NSM of India has not paid adequate attention in its objective to promote
off-grid applications of solar energy. This paper that provides sustainable energy
solutions and services to under served households and businesses, brings forward
the practitioner’s perspective to highlight the barriers within the NSM guidelines,
which adversely affect practical implementation.
By focusing on a practitioner’s perspective, this paper captures the experience on
the field and seeks to highlight the obstacles encountered in implementing the NSM.
But more importantly, the paper suggests constructive recommendations that will serve
to strengthen the NSM moving forward.
Towards a garbage free society
Cleanliness is godliness. In the modern society nobody wants to live in dirt. So,
through your esteemed daily an appeal is made to all the concerned citizens of capital
complex to make an effort to keep our city clean. Now days, garbage has become a
burning problem. Garbage, if not properly disposed off, spreads pollution. Pollution
spreads disease and makes us sick. Garbage on roadside is also nauseating. So, to
live healthy, we need to put some effort in order to keep our environment clean.
With the increase in population, consumsation of packed food items has considerably
increased. The packed food items contribute a lot to the quantum of garbage produced
daily. Though, the Deptt. of Urban Development & Housing is trying their best in
disposing garbage, there effort gets wasted if we do not change ourselvs to maintain
minimum discipline while throwing our household waste outside. We should not depend
on the Govt. deptt. alone for cleanliness. Since, it is a very serious issue, all
of us need to give a serious thought and do something for the purpose. We must keep
in mind that, polluting environment is a social crime. So, stop. think and act to
keep clean our mother earth and live healthy. So, as to minimise garbage, we may
the following points :
For General public:
1. Keeping bins in every house for storing garbage.
2. Dumping bio-degradable wastes within your house compound.
3. Burning polythene bags and other empty packets etc. instead of throwing them
4. Educating helping hands of your family regarding cleanliness.
5. Keeping away domestic animals littering in garbage.
For UD & Housing Deptt.
1. To ensure regular visit of waste carrying vehicles to every residential areas.
2. To educate people using hordings, banners etc. to keep environment clean.
3. To introduce door to door collection of garbage using small vehicles for disposing
4. To place big bins on wheel for collection and easy removal of garbage, in market
I would like to bring to the notice of the competent authorities, parents and student
leaders of the dismal situation of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Naharlagun, which has
been one of the prestigious schools of our capital. With the change in authority
in the recent past, an air of favouritism and nepotism has gripped the school. Flouting
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan rules, a section of the teachers have indulged in private
tuitions so much so that the students are made to believe that those who join private
tuitions will get better marks. This is sheer injustice as barring a few; most of
the students are from poor background and can hardly afford private tuitions. Besides
the future of our kids is doomed as after tiresome tuition sessions teachers can
never remain dedicated at school.
Recently it is said that when a section of the teachers protested against private
tuitions being conducted by some of their fellow teachers, in place of being lauded
they had been framed, targeted, intimidated and victimized by the school authorities.
This treatment is said to be given in lieu of free tuitions to the wards of the school
authority who happen to be joint entrance aspirant. It is heart-breaking to find
dedicated teachers being let down and left uninterested by such injustice. In this
case as well, students are the worst sufferers.
When it comes to recruitment of contract (temporary) teachers, kith and kins of those
close to the authorities have been selected time and again, in some cases even without
conducting any interview as otherwise required as per rules. There are instances
when local candidates already selected by conducting interviews have been made to
quit on different pretext so as to make room for their near and dear ones. Ironically
however we have so many unemployed qualified local youth who could have otherwise
contributed to the betterment of the school and its students. Preferring personal
acquaintance over quality while selecting teachers can do nothing but harm the students.
It is also observed that a section of the teachers who are close to the authorities
will remain present on record even if they are physically absent from school. Some
of them will come to school whenever they wish to. In return they will offer personal
favors to the authority. As usual, students are once again the worst sufferers of
such an understanding.
In the name of check and balance, there are inspection teams who will come from the
regional office only on ‘pre-informed’ visits and will enjoy excellent hospitality
offered by the authority. Everything thus remains picture-perfect on record.
All such wrongful practices are taking a toll on studies of our children and must
not be allowed at any cost. Teachers and school authorities are public servants and
are answerable to the society and must govern themselves as per the rules and guiding
principles and not by favouritism and nepotism.
I would prefer to remain anonymous as I would definitely not like my child to be
a victim. Nor can I be a party to it by being a mute spectator of such injustice.
A concerned parent
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