Itanagar, Feb 18: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh would join the Statehood
Day celebration at Indira Gandhi Park here on February 20.
Ramesh is expected to land at Miao on Feb 19 to lay the foundation stone for the
157 km Miao-Vijaynagar Road to be funded under PMGSY to the tune of Rs. 268 crore.
State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would accompany the union minister, according to
The state government has geared up to celebrate the Statehood Day with the theme
'Celebrating Oneness'. Participants from all districts of the state are expected
to take part in various cultural and sports events during the three-day extravaganza.
Events like flower show, exhibition stalls, trade fair and food village would be
the major attraction of the three-day celebration.
As a part of the celebration, the third state level inter district rural sports meet
under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) began at Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy (SLSA) playground, Chimpu, near here yesterday. PTI/Source
Extortion threat creates panic in Balijan VKV
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The principal of Vivekenanda Kendriya Vidyalaya (VKV) School Balijan
has left the school compound after an extortion threat was issued by underground
groups from neighbouring state Assam. Heavy demand for money was made with a threat
of dire consequence if the principal failed to pay it. An FIR has been lodged in
this regard at Balijan police station.
The incident has created absolute terror among teaching staff, parents and students
of VKV Balijan. VKV Balijan is a boarding school for girls and is one of the most
reputed VKV institutions.
When contacted Papum Pare district Superintendent of Police Nabam Gungte informed
that police has launched investigation into the matter and exuded confidence of cracking
the case at the earliest.
All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has expressed serious concern over the news and
called on Papum Pare district administration to provide enough security to VKV Balijan
School. ANSU General Secretary Panye Arjun while talking to this daily asked state
government to take serious note of the issue.
“While authorities are shying away from letting us know which group has issued threat,
but we have specific information mentioning involvement of Bodo militants in it.
Citizens of border areas regularly faces such kind of threat and this new case of
extortion threat being issued to a school principal is really disturbing. State government
should hold talk with their Assam counterpart and find a lasting solution to it,”
said ANSU GS. Further he appealed to the law abiding citizens of Assam to discourage
such groups who are hell bent on destroying the peaceful relation between people
of two neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, according to the sources VKV authorities in Itanagar has formally informed
home department about the incident. They also added that the principal has been evacuated
to a safer place.
Namsai people laud Govt decision
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: People of Namsai sub-division led by their three legislators –
PWD, Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein, Environment and Forests Parliamentary
Secretary CT Mein and MLA Nang Sati Mein – along with ZillaParishad members called
on Chief Minister NabamTuki here today morning and expressed their gratefulness for
the decision to create a new Namsai district by bifurcating Lohit.
In a representation signed by Lekang-1 ZPM, panchayat and Congress leaders and senior
citizens, the people called it a timely decision to fulfill the long-cherished aspiration
of the people of Lekang, Namsai and Chongkham Assembly constituencies. This, they
said, will pave way for a new era of development of the sub-division bordering Assam.
In return the public leaders assured full cooperation to the Chief Minister in the
“We are indeed grateful to Chief Minister NabamTuki for approving in principle the
creation of a new district for the people of Namsai sub-division in the recently
held Cabinet meeting. We reassure him of our unstinted support to his leadership
in all years to come,” said Chowna Mein, while thanking Tuki on behalf of the people.
“There are times we have to take tough decisions, but decisions we have to take keeping
in mind utmost demand of the people based on its genuineness,” Tuki responded and
said that the area, though developed in comparison to other parts of the state, has
lot more scope for development.
He assured that the matter would be placed in the ensuing Budget session and expressed
optimism that Namsai district would finally see its dawn soon.
Thanking the CM profusely, CT Mein reiterated that since his taking over as Chief
Minister of the state, each and every part of the state were getting equal attention
of the government and hence dreams of the people are becoming realities.
Nang Sati Mein too reiterated her and the people of her constituency’s support and
cooperation to the government led by Tuki.
Meanwhile, the CM was also apprised of law and order situation in Lekang circle by
the MahilaMandal, who demanded extensive patrolling by security forces in and around
Mahadevpur area, especially during the night.
The Chief Minister assured to give necessary directives to concerned authorities
in this regard.
MMC reaches Khonsa, last leg of district tour
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: After an arduous journey of about 20 days covering 8 highly HIV
vulnerable districts, MMC on HIV with the theme “Live Another Day, Journey Against
AIDS”, finally reached Khonsa, the headquarter of Tirap district yesterday.
The campaign team was welcomed at Khonsa by heavy rainfall, the only venue throughout
the whole campaign this time, where weather god has a different plan.
The beautiful open air stage erected in Nehru Stadium for the MMC Rock Concert by
the Nocte Student Union had to be covered with Tarpaulins as emergency arrangement
in order to avoid short circuit of the sound system and musical equipments. However
the heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of music lovers of Khonsa town. Young
audience, specially the fans of Alien Gods and Carnal Sins thronged the venue in
hundreds. Some with umbrellas and many without umbrella danced to the tune of boisterous
Blackened Death Methal music rendered by Alien Gods and Carnal Sins.
KamtokLowang, the local MLA of Khonsa, while attending the concert appreciated the
effort of APSACS in mobilising such a huge number of youths in a departmental health
programme. He stressed that youth should be made aware of HIV as they are the backbone
of the nation. He also urged the youth to remain safe from HIV and other sexually
While appreciating YumrinNokpa, General Secretary, ArNP+ for disclosing his HIV status
openly to the people said that Yumrin is an example for others to follow. People
like Yumrin should be encouraged so that other PLHIV can come overground and work
for the prevention and control of HIV in the state. Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr.
Sachin Shinde highlighted the four routes of HIV transmission to the young audience
which includes Unprotected Sexual Contact with infected partner, Transfusion of infected
Blood and Blood Product, Sharing of infected needles and syringes, transmission through
infected parent to their baby. He also stressed on use of condom to prevent HIV.
Dr. KomlingPerme, DMO, Tirap while highlighting the HIV scenario in the world, at
national level and at state level said that HIV has emerged as major challenge for
the human civilization today. As there is no vaccine and no definite cure for the
disease, it can only be prevented through proper knowledge.
APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) TashorPali asked the youth to learn about HIV in the
course of rock show. While specifying that MMC is being carried out targeting the
youth aged between 15 – 29 years, Pali said that they are the most vulnerable population
as per as HIV is concerned. They are also the most productive age group so it is
very important that youth are made aware of HIV and remain safe. He also urged the
youth to practice what they know about HIV. Weekly Iron and folic acid supplementation
for youth aged between 10-19 years was also promoted during the campaign this time
by NRHM through MMC in Khonsa.
YumrinNokpa, General Secretary of ArNP+ who himself is from Tirap made an emotional
appeal to the people to hate the virus and not to the people living with HIV. Alien
Gods vocalist, Olik Boko, while hugging YumrinNokpa on stage appealed youths to stay
safe from HIV but not to discriminate people living with HIV. The other touring band
Carnal Sins also asked audience to stay safe from HIV as there is no vaccine against
Local bands from Khonsa, The Blue Ink and Fire String also enthralled the Rock fans
of Khonsa despite heavy shower during the show. Commandant of Assam Rifles, Khonsa,
SP Tirap and other Heads of Department also attended the programme.
Governor calls for exchange prog. amongst the universities
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh presided
over the 107th Convocation of Khalsa College, Amritsar yesterday.
In his convocation address, the Governor advised the graduates to remember that individual
success, however desirable and coveted, is not enough by itself. They have to be
socially useful, innovative and have multi-disciplinary approach to make themselves,
their families and the State and Country proud. He urged upon them to be a responsible
and be a contributing member of ‘Team India’.
The Governor spoke on the rich history of Khalsa College, which was established in
1892 by the then visionary leaders. He appreciated College’s role in imparting the
value education to the society.
Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is a young State and the education sector in the State
is yet to fully develop, the Governor appealed to Guru Nanak Dev University and Khalsa
College, Amritsar to join hands with the institutions of higher education in the
State in spreading higher and technical education.
Suggesting for inter university activities, like exchange programmes, the Governor
said that such initiative will help the students of Arunachal Pradesh in learning
about their peers in Guru Nanak Dev University and vice versa. Exchange programme
for the teaching faculty will engrain better teaching methods, he emphasized.
The Governor also spoke at length about Arunachal Pradesh, its potentials in hydropower
sectors and tourism opportunities. He went to highlight the rapid pace of development
in the State.
Special secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, Chander Gaind attended as the Guest
of Honour. Khalsa College Governing Council President Satyajit Singh Majithia, Vice
President Charanjit Singh Cadha and honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina
were also present on the occasion.
Khalsa College Amritsar Principal Dr. Daljit Singh and the college fraternity expressed
gratitude to the Governor for the inspirational convocation address.
More than 400 students from diverse disciplines received degrees at the convocation.
36 toppers in various examinations were awarded the medals on the occasion. PRO Raj
RBI to make rubber a money spinner for rural Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Rubber Board of India today assured all possible help to make
rubber a money spinner for the rural populace of Arunachal Pradesh.
“With the collective efforts of the state government and planters the RBI has made
Tripura an important rubber hub of India. Same goes with parts of Assam where ever
the RBI had focussed,” RBI commissioner (Production) Dr J Thomas told this editor
over telephone from Travancore.
Thomas was accompanying agro gramin united (agun) chairman LikhaMaj to help him gain
practical knowledge about rubber cultivation in the rubber garden of Vaikundam Plantations
Ltd (VPL), Travancore.
“Arunachal Pradesh, particularly its foothill areas bordering Assam having huge unutilized
land are very suitable for rubber cultivation. Identification of land and consistency
are keys to success for the high yielding cash crop”, Dr Thomas said responding to
a volley of questions.
“Rubber is the crop that requires seven-year focussed attention. The RBI encourages
the growers to plant rubber without disturbing the staple food crop of the area,
including horticulture plantations like pine apple etc. for 3-4 years till rubber
becomes a sustainable crop. The growers need employment support, may be under various
GoI schemes, during the gestation period. Diversion of focus will make the crop unproductive,”
Dr Thomas said with conviction.
S Ramchandran, one of the largest rubber producers of Kerala with about 1,000 hectares
plantation and director of family-owned VPL having three subsidiaries, was all willing
to support Arunachal.
Ramchandran, having deep love for the Himalayas who had travelled to Manosarovar,
informed that he would be visiting Tawang soon as tourist.
The VPL plantations as old as 1914 by the Britishers had changed ownership in 1947,
he said, adding his total annual yield was 700 to 800 tons @ 2 tons per acre.
The knowledge gained is immeasurable which would be reported to the GoAP, Maj said
before leaving the garden in late afternoon.
Awareness campaign on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and FTKs handling
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The third and final leg of awareness campaign on Nirmal Bharat
Abhiyan (NBA) cum training on handling of field test kits (FTKs) in Lower Subansiri
district started at Old Ziro on February 15.
Attending programme as resource person, T Tamuk, AE, explained in details on NBA,
which aims at making the country open defection free. He spoke in length about water
related diseases and diseases caused due to unhygienic practices in day to day life.
He encouraged people to construct individual household latrine, for which govt provide
BengiaSangkio, AE, Ziro while sharing his experience of conducting such training
at Ziro- II and Raga blocks, he told the gathering that overwhelming response has
been received from the villagers there and exhorted the participants from Ziro- I
block to avail facility of IHHL under NBA. He also explained in details about formation
of village water and sanitation committee (VWSC), its components and functions.
While assuring wholehearted support from PHED, he also sought cooperation from PRIs,
trainees and general public in implementing NBA and make Arunachal open defecation
free by the year 2015.
Tamo Kari, Gram Chairperson of Bamin Ayo appreciated the initiative and encouragement
given by PHE department and assured full cooperation from PRIs members, VWSC and
common villagers in achieving the goal of NBA.
As a part of awareness camping, a PowerPoint presentation was made by Moji Lomi,
Consultant, regarding health, hygiene, water borne diseases and importance of sanitary
toilets. A presentation was also made on water quality parameters for potable water.
Later, TaruApa and TokoRido, Lab. Assistants imparted training on how to handle the
filed test kits, test various water qualities and make reports thereafter.
Training progon PCR based approaches in biological research
PASIGHAT, Feb 18: A 3 days training programme on “PCR based approaches in biological
research” began at College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University,
Pasighat today. It was organized by Department of Basic Science and Humanities of
the college under Institutional Biotechnology Hub Project and sponsored by the Department
of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Pandey, Dean, College of Horticulture &
Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat.
In his inaugural address, Dr A K Pandey, Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry,
explainedabout inception of biotechnology in India and how the biotechnology tools
can be used in increasing the productivity as well as the quality production of various
crops and their varieties to feed the increasing population of the nation. He emphasizes
the advancement of biotechnology in the medical as well as agricultural sciences
through transgenic in agriculture and genetically modified crops to ensure the nutritional
security in country.
Course Director Amit Kumar Singh gave an overview of the three days training programme
details as well as the objectives of Institutional Biotech Hub in NE Region whichaims
at creating biotechnological awareness, popularizing the biotechnological knowhow
among the students on application of modern biotechnological tools to promote education
and research in biotechnology to attract brilliant young student of the region to
build their career in the field of biotechnology.
Altogether 30 Under Graduate students from J.N. College Pasighat, Junior Research
Fellows (JRFs) and Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) from College of Horticulture and
Forestry, Pasighatparticipated in the training programme. The faculty members and
technical staff of the College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat were also present
in inaugural session.
Mass Surya Namaskar performed
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda,
the SarvaShatiSamaroh, Changlang unit conducted “Samuhik Surya Namaskar at general
ground today in which 560 school Children and 40 Officials and teachers participated.
Addressing the gathering, member of the organizing Committee KamjaiTaism appealed
everyone for Cooperation for the smooth conduct of programmes in future.
Dwelling upon the life and messages of Swami Vivekananda, Changlang North Constituency
ZPM MarinalKenglang appealed everyone especially the Youth to follow his teachings
which are very relevant in modern times. The modern lifestyle has brought stress,
pain and diseases in our lives. By practicing Yogasana one can get rid of them and
keep oneself physically fit and mentally strong. She also highlighted the social
evils of society in Changlang like Opium addiction, alcoholism drug abuse, illiteracy
and urged everyone to work to eradicate those evils from the Society.DIPRO.
Mass Surya Namaskar was also organized at DEM Higher Secondary field, Pasighat today
as a part of year long Swami Vivekananda SardhSamaroah.
Members of Arunachal VikashParishad along with more than six hundred students of
Arun-Jyoti and students of KGBV, DPVN, BakinPertin Democrat English School and Sri
SriVidyaMandir, Pasighat actively participated in the Namaskar yogic exercise here
The programme got underway with garlanding of portrait of Swami Vivekananda and Goddess
Saraswati followed by lighting of a lamp.
Speaking on the occasion, the resource person AiniTaloh said Surya Namaskar yoga
routine integrates simple postures of well-balanced movements in ten steps with an
easy breathing technique to provide immense health benefits for everyone from beginners
to yoga enthusiasts. She exhorted the students to become good, true and responsible
citizens and take a pledge to brighten name of the country.
Mass ‘Surya Namaskar’ was also organised today by Swami Vivekananda SardhShatiSamaroh
(SV-SSS) at DeraNatungGovernment College (DNGC) as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary
of Swami Vivekananda.
Students from different schools in and around capital complex performed Suryanamaskar
under the command of Suresh Tripathy, Teacher VKV, VivekVihar.
Speaking on the occasion, LekiPhuntso, Director IPR said that the aims of the celebration
is to give the universal message of Bharat-- oneness, respect, diversity and immortality
of soul in the words of Swami Vivekananda to as many as possible.
Citing the effects of global warming he appealed all to preserve the wildlife and
forest which help balance the ecosystem. “Respect our motherland as we respect our
mother”, he said. He further asked everyone to dedicate themselves for the nation
building to make a stronger Bharat.
TomarEte, Principal DNGC said it was a rare opportunity as the programme was taking
place on the ideals, teachings and aspirations of Swamiji. He further called upon
the students to imbibe the teachings of Swamiji which would help bring spiritual
progress in which humanity can live peacefully.
Earlier, TabaTatap, PrantKaryaLaya, Pramukh had provided the glimpses of SV-SSS.
The major highlights of the day were the Dumbbell Display by the students of VKV,
VivekVihar and VKV Itanagar under the coordination of AlokeshBoro, Teacher VKV Itanagar
and Yoga Demonstration by the students of VKV, VivekVihar led by Suresh Tripathi.
REILA - an annual event of RGGP begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The REILA (Recreation, Entertainment, Informatory and Literary
Activities) --- an annual event of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic (RGGP) began
today with gaiety and full of enthusiasm.
The students have been divided into four houses namely Shiwalik, Aravalli, Udaigiri
and Nilgirito show their talents in different fields.
Inaugurating the RIELA, J.K. Panggeng, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Law,
Legislative and Judiciary, has called upon the students to maintain discipline
and take keen interest in extra-curricular activities for their mental and physical
In his address, Education Commissioner Ganesh Koyusaid sports activities are mandatory
for students for their all-round development.
Addressing the gathering, the Higher and Technical Education DirectorDr.JoramBegi
disclosed that the RGGP has been selected for nodal centre for community polytechnic
scheme of GOI.
While referring to the Govt ambitious plan to establish 10 polytechnics in the state,
Begi further informed that the Government is contemplating to start five polytechnics
in the next academic year. He also advised the students of RGGP to set clear cut
goal and thrive to achieve it.
A.K Tripathy, Principal of the polytechnic highlighted the growth and development
of polytechnic in due course of time.He also advised the faculties to give more focus
on teaching and learning process for the benefit of students.
RovendGovindBini, GS of RGGPSU has submitted a memorandum to Panggeng. The students
also presented a mega dance performance in the inaugural function of the programme.
Siram lauds dedicated service of Pasighat GH
PASIGHAT, Feb 18: The vital role played by General Hospital Pasighat in providing
health care services to the people of East Siang district has been acknowledged by
local MLA and Education Minister BosiramSiram.
Attending the valedictory function of the two days national level CME on ophthalmology
here today, Siram opined that access to medical and clinical services is directly
related to overall satisfaction with services in the local community. The doctors
of the hospital are providing restless services to mankind over a century with quality
and efficiency, Siram said. The hospital got the ISO certification only due to dedicated
services of the hospital family, he said.
The minister advised to organize more such CMEs from time to time to update their
knowledge know the latest development in medical sciences for delivery of better
health service to the common masses. He handed over the key of a hearse-vehicle (body
carrier) donated by Indira Gandhi Science Technology University, Ziro to the JDHS
Dr. Kabang Lego.
Parliamentary Secretary (H&FW) NidoPabitra inaugurated the newly constructed double
storied ANM kitchen cum dinning hall and also DB-TB (Drug Resistance Tuberculosis)
Center at the TB hospital, Pasighat. He announced enhancement of ANM stipend from
Rs. 300 to 500, which was a long-pending demand. The parliamentary secretary informed
that the government is putting best efforts to ensure better health care services
by developing infrastructure of the hospital and providing medical equipments phase
wise so that it could serve the people of East Siang and its peripheral areas.
He praised the efforts of JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, MS Dr. OnikMoyong, DMO Dr. MandipPerme
and Dr. YR Darang and guest doctors of ACOIN for conceiving the idea of conduct of
CME on ophthalmology and outreached service to the unprivileged patients. He also
appreciated the eye-specialists of the state for enrolling their names in ACOIN as
regular members and hoped that people at grassroots level will able avail their services.
MLA Ralom Borang expressed gratitude to the doctors for conducting a village level
survey and providing required treatment at Namsing village under Mebo subdivision
where more than 600 patients were treated and spectacle and medicines given free
of cost. Borang assured to organize one bigger camp at Mebo in coming days with cooperation
and coordination of ACOIN and its state partners.
Dr. Swapan K Samanta, Secretary ACOIN informed that the organization is constituted
with the intension of building a global platform for exchange of ongoing ideas and
subsequent implementation of Community Ophthalmic practice around the world keeping
Indian perspective in mind. He said the venture at Pasighat was very successful.
The JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, MS Dr. OnikMoyong and DMO Dr. MandipPerme also spoke on
the occasion. They said it is their responsibilities to ensure that community at
all level must have access to the health facilities. However, because of lack of
human resources, infrastructure there is always a constraint in health care delivery
system, especially in specialties service like ophthalmology. To meet the gap we
have to rely on community services like ACOIN, he said.
Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra suggested the hospital authority to conduct more CME
on other subjects like orthopedic, cardiology etc in future and assured to extend
all possible help. DIPRO
Slow pace of highway construction irks people
RUKSIN, Feb 18: The tardy progress in construction work of the two-lane highway by
Border Road Organization (BRO) at Silly, Rani and Satmile portions between Ruksin
and Pasighat has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people.
The commuters have been facing hardship due to slow-pace of construction work of
the highway. The BRO, which is entrusted with the work, has completed a stretch of
11 km of the road from Ruksin to Sille and another 8 km near Pasighat town last year
and left rest 15 km stretch in a deplorable condition. Now, it has developed the
remaining portions, but longer portion at Rani is yet to be touched which has caused
great inconvenience to the commuters. Driving of motor vehicles becomes almost impossible
along the road with large potholes and deep ditches.
The constructing agency is yet to complete the culverts and extended bridges. It
is unlikely that the construction works will be completed before monsoon.
The villagers of Sille-Oyan said that Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Gen (Retd) JJ Singh,
who visited Sericulture Farm at Sille in East Siang during October, 2011 assured
to move the BRO officials to expedite highway works in the area. But, his assurance
did not yield any result.
The NH-52, passing along the Assam-Arunachal border is the lifeline to East Siang,
Upper Siang and parts of Dibang Valley districts as essential commodities to those
areas are transported through this route. It also links North Assam districts with
Siang belt of Arunachal and exerts at Sitapani junction at Upper Assam’s Tinsukia
The vital highway from BaihataCharali in Lower Assam came up at the time of Chinese
aggression in 1962, for transportation and mobilization of security forces to the
Indo-China border. But, the road remained same even after five decades.
Army conducts training prog on vocational courses for youths
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: With the growing number of unemployed youths and quality education
getting tougher for the poor children, the month-long training programme on vocational
courses under Operation Sadbhavna organized by the 8th Bihar Regiment, stationed
at Bordumsa, brought a ray of hope and encouragement to over hundred youths of the
The trainingprogramme on vocational courses like driving, electric mechanic and
electric wielding which started on January 16 concluded today with distribution
of certificates along with necessary tools to the successful participants in the
The Army officials also assured that the youths who had successfully completed the
driving course will be provided driving license by the Regional Transport Officer
Addressing the valedictory function BordumsaADC KentoRiba highlighted about the value
of the knowledge that the youth had achieved. He reminded them that they were fortunate
enough to get such practical knowledge at their door steps without having to spend
huge sum of money and going far away from home for such studies. He further advised
them to use their newly acquired knowledge for the proper livelihood for themselves
and their family and for the society as a whole.
Appreciating the kind gesture of the armed forces he thanked Major Mithilesh under
whose supervision the courses were successfully completed
BordumsaCircle Officer TamoRiba, HODs of various departments and GBs were present
on the occasion.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Over thousand benefited from health mela
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: District Health Society Yupia has conducted two days health Mela
at CHC Sagalee on February 15 and 16.
Altogether 1037 patients were thoroughly checked up during the mela and medicines
were distributed free of cost to all the needy patients.
During the two day health mela, the medical teams from state hospital, Naharlagun
and CHC Sagalee carried out Ultra sound, chest X-ray, RMT, Hepatitis test etc. Exhibition
on family planning methods, distribution of pamphlet and condoms were also other
activities of the mela.
Apart from these, Baby show and documentary on personal health and hygiene etc were
major attraction of the health mela.
Earlier, the Mela was inaugurated by ZPM Chairperson Nabam Aka in presence of DMO
Dr. S Ronya, DRCHO Dr KipaTuglik and all specialist Doctors from Arunachal State
Hospital and general public.
On the occasion, DrTuglik highlighted on JananiShishuSurokshaYojana, immunization,
family planning, personal hygiene and mother and child health care.
FGA’s training prog for Mechuka people
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) organized four days training-cum
demonstration on cultivation of Apatani variety of bamboo and paddy for the people
of Mechuka on February 11 last. The species of bamboo and paddy were brought from
the Apatani plateau and later distributed among the women groups, volunteers and
villagers. As many as 39 participants attended the training. It is worth mentioning
here that the Best Practices project to identify the best way to empower the local
communities has been started in 2008 by FGA in three areas, namely Mechuka in West
Siang, Koyu in East Siang and Yazali in Lower Subansiri. Resource person on bamboo
and paddy from Apatatni plateau imparted training to the community. They were equally
trained and supervised by Kago Yam and NimaBuriPhilley from FGA. The whole programme
was coordinated by MoneGurung, Programme Coordinator, FGA.
AOA praises Govt for honouring sportsperson
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has praised the state government
for honoring a sportsperson and a coach with state award.
The state govern-ment’s decision to honour lady karate player Debia Yakap with Gold
medal and Karate coach S. Deben Sharma with a Silver medal in recognition of their
outstanding performance and contributions towards development of the sport in Arunachal
Pradesh deserves appreciation from all quarters, said AOA Secretary General G Doke.
The award will be conferred on them on the occasion of Statehood Day celebration
on February 20.
“This will go a long way in encouraging other sportspersons of the state in taking
up games and sports as career,” he believed.
Yakap created history by winning the first medal for the state in National Games
in 2007 in Guwahati and Sharma, who dedicated his life for the development of the
sport, is one of the founder members of Arunachal Karate Association. He is also
the man behind success of many karatekas in the state. His contribution towards development
of the Karate as coach is outstanding, the AOA Secretary General said.
Meanwhile, the AOA Secretary General has welcomed IOC’s decision to short-list Karate
for inclusion in 2020 Olympic Games along with seven other sports.
Elated over the decision, Doke hoped that the long ignored sport at biggest sports
show on earth will win nomination for inclusion in 2020 Olympic Games. According
to Karate officials in Arunachal Pradesh, Karate is practiced by more than 5 crore
people around the world in more than 127 countries which underscored the popularity
of the sport.
AAPSU demands proper security for boundary people
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union headed by its vice
president protocol Happy Toko today visited Balijan Sub- Division to take stock of
the prevailing law and order situation. The team also had a look at problems of encroachment
by people from neighbouring state.
During the visit AAPSU team found that the officials posted at boundary areas are
not attending their duties giving immense trouble to the peoples residing in trouble
torn areas. AAPSU urged department of Border Affairs to get proactive role to ensure
protection of people of boundary areas. Further the Union called on state government
to immediately post circle officer and adequate numbers of police force at Balijan
Sub-Division keeping in view the sensitive nature of the area. AAPSU appealed the
state government to ensure that the status quo on boundaries be maintained as per
Supreme Court order.
The Union added that it will never tolerate encroachment of Arunachal land and warned
the anti-social elements not to disrupt the peace of our state.
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Tenth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal
Pradesh will commence on 15th March, 2013. The five days session will come to an
end on March 20, according to an official release.
AdiSU rally on Lower Siang issue
RUKSIN, Feb 18: Adi Students Union and Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) are jointly organizing
a mass rally at Do:yingGumin hall at Pasighat tomorrow to mobilize people in order
to gain support to their demands for exclusion of Adi villages from the declared
Lower Siang district, demarcation of East Siang and Lower Siang district boundary
at Simen river and to hold the public hearing at Depi village under Nari circle.
The AdiSU and ABK also demanded the state government to review the feasibility report
sent by East Siang district administration regarding creation of the new district.
The RamleBanggoAdi People' Forum is extending support to the rally and has made fervent
appealed to all sections of people in the district to participate the rally and make
But, in the contrary,RamleBanggo Welfare Society secretary KayiDabii urged the AdiSU
workers to work for development of education in lieu of organizing such rally or
meeting. Dabii also requested the ABK functionaries to sit in joint meeting of Adi
and Galo organizations to solve their problems, rather than organizing such rallies.
NyokumYullo celebration begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The NyokumYullo celebrations began at historic NyokumLapang ground,
Itanagar yesterday with inauguration of food stalls by local MLA TechiKaso. Also
present on the occasion was additional district magistrate TaloPotom.
The duo visited all the food stalls which include Nyishi, Khampti, Galo and so on.
They appreciated organizers for coming up with such idea of promoting brotherhood
among various tribes of state. Organizing Chairman LokamNai stated that visit of
both the dignitaries has encouraged everyone present and he called upon every Nyishibrethren
to celebrate Nyokum with pomp and gaiety.
Meanwhile assistant publicity secretary of celebration committee Kabak Himalaya informed
that volleyball competition continued. In the men’s competition, Bath Welfare Society,
ChangtumBute, Gungli Welfare society, Sonam Brothers and Ha Welfare Society won their
respective league matches. In the women’s section Chimpu Women, Punglu women, Sangtam
Dene Ajin, Ha Welfare Society and Hollongi team won their matches.
Rally against rape, demand for arrest of all accused
NAMSAI, Feb 18: Members of the Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA)
and other organizations took out a rally from Medo to Namsai today to protest the
recent rape of a minor school girl by Chakmas.
The organizations along with the mahila mandal here later submitted a memorandum
to the Lohit district administration, demanding early arrest of the remaining three
accused in the rape, and asked that the 12 accused not be granted bail until investigation
in the case is completed.
Forum reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The United Parsi-Parlo People’s Forum (UPPPF) today reiterated
its demand for action against the KurungKumey DFCSO and two Fair Price Shop dealers
for alleged embezzlement of public subsidy item.
While reacting to the news item under the headline ‘PR leaders refute allegation
against DFCSO’ published in this daily on February 17, the UPPPF claimed that the
FIR was lodged against the officer on the basis of fact obtained through RTI and
‘ it can not be treated as an allegation under political motivation’.
Reacting to the demand of the Panchayat leaders for action against Forum chairman,
the Forum further said that ‘singling out’ the name of Forum chairman for action
is a mockery of democracy. “We shall stand by our demand for action as per FIR lodged”,
the Forum said.
On the other hand, All KurungKumey Fair Price Shop and S K Oil Welfare Association
has requested to the people of KurungKumey not to disturb the sincere and devoted
officer (DFCSO) for the betterment of the area. At present the district is getting
sufficient PDS items under the active guidance of the present district administration
and DFCSO, the Association said.
Expressing surprise over the statement regarding lodging an FIR against the DFCSO
the Association further said that distribution part of PDS item to consumers is
done by FPS under the control of administrative officer of each jurisdiction. Therefore,
it said, the DFCSO has not way to blame.
Meanwhile, Parsi Parlo Area Youth Organization has termed the allegations leveled
against the DFCSO and FPS dealers as baseless and politically motivated. The PPAYO
president in a release said that he had visited Parsi-Parlo area during last January
and found that beneficiaries are receiving BPL/AAY rice from Fair Price Shops at
Langbang and ParsiParlo.
SCWS delighted with genuine help
DAPORIJO,Feb 18:Sigin Colony Welfare Society has expressed gratitude to the state
government, all the well wishers, NGOs, political party and other individuals for
coming forward to help the tragedy struck people of colony, who lost their everything
in a devastating fire accident recently.
The society expressed gratitude to Chief Minister NabamTuki, MP TakamSanjoy, BJP
president Tai Tagak Power and Panchayat Minister TangaByaling, Upper Subansiri Deputy
Commissioner TahangTaggu, TCS, AVP, IFCSAP, Catholic Society Daporijo and other individuals,who
contributed their valuable time and service for the relief of the fire victims.
Chairman of the colony said that, this unfortunate fire accident has brought the
people under one religion of humanity.
It also appreciated the role played by media, particularly this daily, in giving
a good coverage of the fire accident thus making people aware of the victims’ plight.
The colony welfare society appealed to the dwellers to take fire preventive measures
as they were educated during awareness programme organized by various NGOs after
CCTV installed at Hukanjuri check gate
KHONSA, Feb 18: Tirap district administration has installed CCTV at Hukanjuri check
gate, the main entrance door to Tirap district, yesterday.
It may be mentioned that CCTV has already been installed in DC’s office and more
CCTVs will be installed at other vital locations and check gates.
Tirap district being an insurgency infested district installment of CCTV would be
helpful to the security forces to monitor and detect their movement and activities.
ENT check up camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The NEIGRIHMS, Shillong has decided to conduct a two days E.N.T.
(EAR, NOSE & THROAT) check up camp and free medical service at institute’s premises
on February 26 and 27 for the benefit of patients from the NE region. The interested
and needy patients may registrar their names from 18to 24th February in Room No.225/
227 E.N.T- O.P.D. (2nd floor) of NEIGRIHMS Shillong.
Army recruitment rally at Tinsukia
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 18: Indian Army offers a great opportunity to the youth of Arunachal
Pradesh to serve the country and lead an honorable, clean and adventurous life. Army
will be conducting screening for Sol G O category on 12 Feb and 20 Feb 2013 at Sarbananda
Sports Stadium (Tinsukia, Assam). NCC 'C' Certificate holders, sons of serviceman,
sons of ex-serviceman, sons of war widows, re-enrolment of DSC, sportsmen who have
represented at State or National level events from all NE States will be screened
on February 18. Candidates for Technical/Nursing Assistant/Clerk categories soldiers
will be screened on February 19 from all NE States. Written Test for candidates who
are found fit in physical tests, documents check and medical examination will be
held on February 24 at Tinsukia.
Tirap admin. conducts training on TDS under VAT
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Tirap District Administration conducted training for maximisation
of revenue in connection with Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) under VAT under the chairmanship
of Deputy Commissioner Dr. Sachin Shinde at his conference hall here today.
The meeting was attended by all DDOs/HODs to get equitant on TDS subject matter pertaining
to department of Tax and Excise. The DC suggested all the DDOs/HODs present in the
meeting to strictly abide by government guidelines on TDS under VAT to increase the
Earlier, S Wangpan, Superintendent (T&E), Khonsa explained about the concept of Entry
Tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) of Arunachal Pradesh Goods Tax Act and Rules. All the
mandatory parts of TDS under VAT pertaining to Works Contracts, contractors opting
normal scheme, opting for simplified accounting method, Sale or Supply of taxable
goods and the requirement of the government department, procedures of Tax Deduction
at Source, penal provisions were explained in detail with the help of PowerPoint
Committee visits Phaa bridge project
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Development Monitoring Committee of construction of Phaa Steel
Bridge and Dha to Gangte Road team lead by its Chairman Tam Taying and General Secretary
ReiPrakash visited the ongoing construction work of 120 span of Phaa Steel Bridge
over Kumey River at Gangte recently.
The team also interacted with staff of executing agency and PWD officials of Tali
Division and expressed their satisfaction and appreciated the department concerned
for their tireless efforts.
The committee also assured to provide all possible help and support to the executing
agency and the department concerned for timely completion of the said project. It
also said that reputed company should be awarded for construction of superstructure
work. It further appealed to peoples of Gangte circle and its adjoining areas to
cooperate with the executing agency for early completion of the project.
Meanwhile, the department officials ErNangbia Leda andErNangramSina assured to complete
the project within 2014, the committee said.
218 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
A Review of General JJ’s A Soldier’s General
A Soldier’s General, Harper Collins, New Delhi, 2012, by General J.J. Singh, is a
story of a ‘death-defying’ soldier; of a fighting soldier to four star general; of
a soldier’s general to people’s governor; and of a warrior and a winner. The bookreflects
General Singh’s fighting spirit, leadership quality, Indianness, and his idea about
philosophy of life.
Houafrathwiywdongayao; Hinzaofrathwiy-wgwrlwizwnwmao is a Bodo proverb that can be
roughly translated as, “Men die in battles and warfare; Women die in childbirth”.
General Singh’s story, which runs into around 400 pages, has a potential to prove
this centuries-old saying wrong. When General Singh was born at Samasata on 17th
September 1949, his mother had a forceps delivery, “and both she and I survived,
in an era in which there were many deaths during childbirths” (p. 19).
General Singh himself survived many attempts on his life. In one of the counter infiltration
operations in Kashmir, called Operation Mousetrap, he suffered a near-fatal bullet
injury. As a Brigade Commander, he was instrumental in containing the ‘fire’ and
punching decisive blows on the terrorist networks in Kashmir Valley. As such, anti-national
elements swore to teach Brigadier Singh a lesson, and he was awarded ‘death sentence’.
A trap was laid for ‘Saitan’ Singh, as terrorists would call him, in the heart of
Baramulla town. It was an urban ambush. His convoy came under heavy attacked by machine
guns, rifles, grenades and rockets from houses and rooftops. He survived so did his
guards (Chapter 13). Another incident of narrow escape was when the jeep (he was
travelling with his family towards Siliguri) came so close to a rough elephant that
they “could smell his body odour” (p.65). Similar incidents are described in pages
71, 85 and 175.
General Singh has very cleverly added romantic angle to his book so that the readers
may find it interesting to go beyond military strategies and strikes. He describes
a situation in which an attractive Bengali girl, who became ‘off-limits’ to him,
was taught ballroom dancing (p.42). As a child of eleven or twelve years of age,
he was in ‘puppy love’ with a girl and “wrote ‘ILY’ followed by her name with a white
chalk on the road that she would usually take to school”. Later, the mischief was
found out and he was soundly thrashed (p.23). His ‘Dogri damsels bathing’ reference
in page 27 is equally tempting.
It was during his stay at the Intelligence School, Poona in 1970 as an instructor
that he met his future wife, the first lady of the State today. In his own words,
she was “very charming and talented young lady”, whom he called Rohini. Readers would
be interested to know why he calls Madam Anupama as Rohini. The circumstance under
which they met is beautifully depicted in thirteen sentences (page 57). It reads:
“The scene was straight out of a movie…….”
The book is structured into 41 chapters. Chapters 1 and 2 are the descriptions of
his family’s military tradition and their association with the Marathas. In chapter
3, history of the Sikkim is provided in brief and explains how Guru Nanak’s philosophy
remains a source of his inner consciousness and spirituality. Chapter 4 is the narration
of the impacts of Second World War and Partition on his family and that of his in-laws.
Chapter 5 narrates his childhood time, leading enjoyable rustic life in various Army
General Sing’s military career started in January 1961, when he along with his elder
brother joined National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. The Cradle, chapter 6 tells
about his Academy days. How he was ragged by a senior, when he was standing in a
queue in the barber shop, is comically presented in page 35. This was the time when
China attacked India, affecting training period in Indian Military Academy. General
Singh joined Maratha Light Infantry Regiment in 1964 as second lieutenant with monthly
salary of rupees four hundred. Chapter 7 discusses his regimental responsibilities,
and how the 9 Maratha Light Infantry encountered Naga rebels.
As Battalion Commander he was moved to Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh in 1981. During
this posting, as told in chapter 9, he exhibited exemplary leadership quality by
protecting the interest of the soldiers under his command. When an exercise was underway
to test the suitability of ‘mobile defence in the mountains’, he compelled his immediate
senior to see reason when his team was being pressurised to move towards ‘enemy’
positions by risking casualties (p.83). His truthfulness was revealed and praised
when he ‘experimented with a truth’ in one of the operational locations. For details
see page 85.
Chapter 10 is the story about his posting in Algeria as Military Attaché. It contains
his personal account on changes that took place in Algerian society.
Chapters 15, 16 and 17 describe his role as additional director of military operations
(ADGMO). He underscores geo-political significance of Siachen, and gave personal
assessment on the success and failure of Operation Badrby Pakistan in Kargil. He
says, Indian military response to Pakistani intrusion was “slow and measured, massive
and ruthless” (p. 159). For his service as ADGMO during Kargil war, he was awarded
AtiVishishtSeva Medal. After his assignment at Military Headquarters as ADGMO, he
was assigned to take over the command of 1 Corps (Strike Corps). Exercise Poorna
Vijay was conducted, under his leadership, successfully and with full media glares
Exercise Poorna Vijay was followedby Operation Parakram, when his Corps was ordered
to mobilise for war after Indian parliament was attacked by terrorists from across
the border. To him, this Operation had many plus points. We saw “some clamping down
of terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and reduction of terrorist activities in
Kashmir” (Chapter 20).
When asked, “How does it feel to be the first Sikh chief of the Indian Army?” General
Singh’s instant response was, “I consider myself first and last to be an Indian”
adding that he was “proud to be a Sikh, and equally a Maratha”. After all, General
Singh was going to head an institution that was apolitical, secular and professional,
which was founded on true spirit of nationalism (Chapter 22).
.General Singh provides his own perspective on the security of India - both internal
and external- keeping in view the global security environment, which, according to
him, has “witnesses a paradigm shift” (Chapters 23, 24 and 26). In chapter 28, he
devoted twenty five pages on the significance of military diplomacy as a vital component
of India’s foreign policy. He sounds quite optimistic of our future relations with
China. Necessity of modernisation of Indian armed forces, in the age of information
technology, is outlined in the next chapter.
General Singh, as learnt from his grandfather, firmly believes that respect has to
be earned or commanded and not demanded. Chapter 30 addresses the issue of leadership,
including ‘age row’ involving his successor, General V.K. Singh. It would be interesting
to read his remarks on ‘parasites’ in the Army establishment, ’half-tiger-half-mouse’
type leadership, and ‘are you pregnant’ comment on the commanders, who count the
months while they are in command.
An interesting addition to his book, chapter 34, is a drawing of parallel of himself
and General Pervez Musharraf at personal as well as professional counts. He considered
himself as “having edge” as there was nothing to distract him unlike his
Pakistani counterpart, who had “taken upon himself the responsibility of running
the country as well”.
His days in Arunachal Pradesh as its Governor are reflected in six chapters (Chapters
35-40). General Singh addresses the issues of development or lack of development,
problem of insurgency, Look East Policy vis-à-vis North East India, and many related
issues confronting the State. He wishes that the people of Arunachal Pradesh accept
him as their own Governor, or at least as the Head GaonBura. He initiated many developmental
schemes specific to the State, which are often termed as ‘Proactive Approach’. He
candidly admitted that “….at that time, Tirap and Changlang districts were witnessing
violence and strife and a vicious struggle for dominance by the two NSCN groups.
Forced recruitment, illegal taxation, extortion and coercion were the order of the
When the modern history of Arunachal Pradesh is to be written, we hope to have General
Sing’s people-friendly initiatives- Bamboo Centre, Arunachal Scout, Institute of
Hotel Management, National Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports, Orchid
Centre, bee keeping, etc, included in it. His concern for Arunachal Pradesh, given
his constitutional limits, is so intense that he came up with a new idea of ‘Team
Arunachal’. He has been “liberally presenting the Team Arunachal badge to all citizens
who do outstanding work”. I am proud to be one of them. A line, “I have cherished
desire to see the majestic yellow-beaked Indian hornbill in full flight in Arunachal”
speaks volumes for the future of Arunachal Pradesh and its people (p.320).
His book does not end with the idea of ‘Team Arunachal’. Reflections from the verandah
of Raj Bhawan (Chapter 41) are the reflection of the self and the future of India-
seeing India as civilizational concept. Philosophy of life included. He has a simple
definition of happiness: “It is much better to be a happy colonel rather than an
unhappy general” (p.355).
It is a must-read book, with simple and lucid presentations, for everyone. Photographs
inserted are beautiful and panoramic. (Dr. Bath teaches in the Department of Political
Science, Rajiv Gandhi University andcan be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Renewable energy and budget provision
India's 12th Five Year Plan sets an ambitious target for the development of renewable
energy in the country. But, according to Climate Parliament, a network of cross-party
Parliamentarians working to promote renewable energy, the budget allocation does
not commensurate with the target.
Based on the target of 12% renewable energy in the electricity mix by the end of
the 12th Five Year Plan, a corresponding renewable power capacity addition of 30,000
MW has been planned. But the budget allocation for the same is only Rs. 19,113 crores,
a mere 0.7% of the total union budget. This also falls short of the recommendations
made by the Estimates Committee in its thirteenth meeting for increasing the budget
allocation to 1% of the total union budget.
Climate Parliament has released its new Renewable Energy Policy Update: 'Renewable
Energy in 12th Five Year Plan'. The policy update analyses the key provisions of
renewable energy in the 12th Five Year Plan Document, presented at the National Development
Council Meeting in December 2012.
The 12th Five Year Plan Document proposes several new initiatives and progressive
measures as compared to previous plans, like establishment of National Institute
of Solar Energy, Creation of National Bio-energy Mission, Renewable Energy Development
Fund, Renewable Power Evacuation Infrastructure, National Biomass Cook Stove Programme
According to the update, a major gap is the lack of clarity regarding renewable energy
contribution, expected during the plan period. 'While one section estimates a 9%
contribution by RE in the electricity mix the other states a 12% target for the same
year, in accordance to the NAPCC target. This lack of coordination and direction
in the renewable energy targets amongst different government bodies can hinder the
comprehensive development of the renewable energy sector' says Climate Parliament
Appreciates for saving life
Through your esteem daily, it is to inform to general public that on the night of
16th February at around 11 PM one speeding vehicle knock down Kenge Ado, an Assistant
Sub Inspector (APP) who was coming back to his residence after curtsy visit to a
friend who got operated recently. The incident happened near Old Deputy Commissioner
Office, Naharlagun and the driver sped away without caring about the ailing person.
Not even that, the person who was following the vehicle which intentionally hit the
police officer also did not try to help him to get medical treatment. ASI Ado somehow
managed to raise his hand hoping to get help from the passing vehicle but in vain.
After a while Yukar Taw, a true dedicated social worker who was passing through
same road found Ado in pool of blood and immediately rushed him to General Hospital,
Naharlagun without a second thought. This act of Yukar Taw is really a commendable
and praiseworthy act and we don’t have any appropriate word to convey our gratitude
I on behalf of Aado Welfare Society Itanagar, convey our heartfelt thanks from the
bottom our heart to Yukar Taw, for his yeomen service being rendered and saving a
precious life of a Police Officer in general and Ado family in particular. May God
help Yukar Taw and his family in every sphere of life.
Aado Welfare Society (Itanagar)
Betrayal after betrayal
Before our memory fades lets us recollect the news item that appeared in this esteemed
daily on 25.12.2012, which reported “Major Issue faced by the Gurkha and Yobins of
Vijaynagar was solved on spot, by Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
by distributing PRC certificates to few senior citizens and has directed all others
to apply for the same and collect from the office of the circle officer.
On 17.02.2013 While sipping a nice cup of tea in the morning and going through this
esteemed paper to find out what is going on in my state, I was deeply hurt and felt
once again betrayed by the Government, on coming to learned that the government’s
high power committee formed for recommendation of granting PRC to non-APST is still
in the process of discussion. May I ask a question, Was Mr. Tuki’s act of granting
PRC to the few residents was a joke? Or is he fooling the illiterate residence of
We the Yobin people have faced betrayal and nothing else from the Government of Arunachal,
and every time a new government is formed we looked forward that our grievances will
be addressed but nothing happens apart from empty promises, and we are back to square
one with deprivation and discrimination.
The Yobins have a long historical attachment with Arunachal Pradesh since North Eastern
Frontier Agency days and as such one of the aboriginal tribe of the state which fact
is acknowledged by the other brother’s of Changlang district that is Tangsas and
the Singphos. And it is an open fact that we have been demanding for the restoration
of our schedule tribe status for the past 40 years or so therefore non-granting of
PRC is not our major issue, the demand for PRC is the demand of the Gurkhas who were
settled in our land. As such the government’s interest in addressing their issue
is justified because they have become more influential than the Yobins, and why not,
the Democracy is about how much noise a particular group can make. We the Yobins
cannot make noise because we have become minority in our own land and our status
tagged with the refugees.
I have no hard feelings with our Gurkha brothers I am only trying to make my point
across the table is that we are the indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh as such
only Granting PRC to us tagging with other Non APST is not going to help us. We demand
our Schedule Tribe status, if the government feels Gurkhas should be given PRC is
upto them without floating the laws and rules mend for the protection of the tribal
people. Let every right thinking citizen of Arunachal spare a few minutes of their
valuable time and ponder upon this issue, lest 10 years from now we may wonder, What
have we done?.