CM seeks people’s support to change the face of Arunachal
CHANGLANG, Feb 23: The vision of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for development and welfare
of the people are slowly but surely taking shapes of reality. After Roing, Changlang
becomes the other district headquarter that laid the first brick of the concept mooted
by Tuki called the ‘Mini-Secretariat’ or ‘District Secretariat’.
Air-dashing to Changlang after a hectic celebration of the Festival of Arunachal,
the Chief Minister today laid the foundation of a Mini-Secretariat at Changlang adjacent
to the existing office of the deputy commissioner. He was accompanied by PWD, Finance
and Planning Minister Chowna Mein and Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong
Besides the Mini-Secretariat, which will house all government departments under the
same roof, another vision of the Chief Minister was also launched in this district
supposedly infested by insurgency and drug addiction.
PWD Minister Chowna Mein did the honour of laying the foundation stone of Cement-Concrete
(CC) roads for the township.
Tuki since the day he took over as Chief Minister a little over an year ago has been
emphasizing on having mini-secretariats and CC roads in all the district headquarters.
In another fulfillment of his promise, Tuki, in presence of his accompanying colleagues
and local legislators Tinghap Taiju and Phosum Khimhum, deputy commissioner Chanchal
Yadav and host of officers, also laid the foundation stone for a new Circle Headquarter
at Kantang. During his visit to Changlang earlier, responding to a public memorandum,
he had assured to create a new administrative circle with its headquarters at Kantang.
Later addressing a huge gathering at the DIET Auditorium here, Tuki congratulated
the people for the beginning of two important projects.
Appreciating the district administration for coming up with a well-planned design
for the mini-secretariat, he expressed optimism that once the building comes up,
an excellent office ambience would be created as well as provide easy access to the
“In the next five years I assure we will change the face of Arunachal Pradesh and
for it we need your support and cooperation,” he said.
Highlighting the steps initiated by his government, the Chief Minister appealed the
people to wake up from slumber and work in earnest by utilizing their time efficiently.
“Sitting idle and killing time, thinking someone will come and pull you out from
your condition, will take you no where. Even the sincerest of government and ablest
of administration will not be able to help you if you don’t help yourself. Killing
time is worse than murder,” he beckoned.
Changlang, he pointed, has all the potential to develop at par and even better than
other districts of the state. Responding to a memorandum, he assured to take up with
the Center for inclusion of the Nampong-Pangsu Pass as a recognized tourist circuit.
He also sought proposals for construction of roads in unconnected areas of the district
so that the Government could initiate these under PMGSY or other feasible schemes.
To an appeal from the Rang Frah Government College Students’ Union, Tuki sought detail
status report of the defunct Tinning Mini-Hydel station and assured take it up in
right earnest to resolve the problem of power crisis in the college campus. As an
immediate relief, he sanctioned Rs 2 lakhs for procurement of diesel to run the DG
set that supplies power to the college campus in view of forthcoming examinations.
Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister and a native of Changlang district,
Setong Sena assured Tuki of whole-hearted support from Changlang while endorsing
the genuine demands of the people for their development and welfare. He, however,
requested the people to hold patience as the Government will not be able to fulfill
all the demands at one go. He urged the Chief Minister to take up the genuine issues
on need basis and fulfill them in phased manner.
Sena suggested construction of a bridge over Tirap River near Rang Frah College,
establishment of a de-addiction/rehabilitation center-cum-vocational training institute
and opening up of a nursery for horticulture crops at Changlang.
Taiju and Khimhum also spoke on the occasion reiterating their appreciation and gratitude
to the Chief Minister for his concern for development of the district while also
placing issues of public importance before him.
K K Muklom passes away
MIAO, Feb 23: K K Muklom (56), businessman turned social worker and politician died
early this morning at his Miao residence after a brief illness. He had been suffering
from kidney and liver ailments and was being treated at Delhi. As per his wish, he
was brought back from Delhi on February 21.
He leaves behind his aged mother, wife, and two children including Pinna K Muklom,
the General Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress and former Chief Reporter
of The Arunachal Times.
His final rites would be held on Monday at his native New Chingsa in Kharsang circle.
As the news of his demise spread, a pall of gloom has descended in Miao subdivision.
Thousands of people including the Minister of Food and Civil Supply, Geology and
Mining Kamlung Mosang have paid their last respect.
Born on 4 April, 1959, Muklom was a successful businessman who dabbled in construction,
iron and steel, timber businesses and tea plantation. Later he shifted his focus
to social work winning a Lt. Governor’s Silver Medal for social service done for
the people of Changlang district in 1986. He built many education institutions and
community halls in interior villages of Changlang with minimal government funding
and worked tirelessly for road and water connectivity.
In his political career spanning over 30 years, he stood for elections for Arunachal
Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 50 Miao ST Assembly Constituency in 1990 and 2004
respectively as an independent candidate.
He had started his career in politics as an active member of Congress in 1980 and
was subsequently appointed as Tirap District Youth Congress president. He later left
the party to join Janata Dal and BJP but rejoined Congress.
Inspired by his social and developmental work, he was nominated to serve in various
government and autonomous organizations including as a member of Telecom Advisory
Committee for North East Telecom Circle from 1985-87. He was also nominated as one
of the Board of Directors of Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Development and Financial
Corporation Limited from 1985. He further served as member of first Consumer Disputes
Redressal Forum of Changlang in 1988.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist
have condoled the demise of K K Muklom, a prominent social worker of Miao town. Late
Muklom is father of Pinna K Muklom, the former journalist with The Arunachal Times.
The two organizations while conveying condolence to the bereaved family, remembered
the contributions of late K K Muklom for welfare of people of the state in general
and Changlang district in particular.
Governor to grace Army mela
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh will grace
the ‘Army Mela’ at Dhemaji in neighbouring Assam on February 28 next being organized
by the 56 Infantry Division of the Indian Army.
The two-day mega event is the first of its kind which aims at spreading awareness
amongst the masses about the Indian Army, to recognize the martyrs and disabled heroes
and highlight the role of Indian Army towards the nation.
The mela would provide the Army authorities an opportunity to interact with a large
number of ‘Gaurav Senanis’ of Dhemaji and North Lakhimpur and address their concerns,
a communiqué informed here today.
The mela would also be attended by GOC, Spear Corps and many senior military and
The event will showcase technological advancement and military might of the world’s
second largest body of troops in consonance with the theme ‘‘Indian Army-In Pursuit
of all Round Excellence and Reaching out to Veterans''.
Various events including Para drop by Army commandos, Para motor display, demonstration
by Army Helicopters, Equestrian show, Dog show, Military Band display and cultural
programmes will be held on the occasion.
High technology and latest military equipment including Artillery guns, latest Infantry
weapons, Signal equipment and radars would be on display.
As a goodwill gesture Army authorities plan to present specially modified scooters
to disabled soldiers and monetary assistance to the ‘Veer Naris’. A free medical
camp will also be organized on the occasion, the communiqué added.PTI
Bike for police patrolling at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Feb 23: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today flagged off three motorcycles
provided by the district administration to the Police for patrolling purpose.
Speaking on the occasion, Siram said that introduction of the motor cycle patrolling
will be of great help to contain and minimize the crime rate in the township. He
appreciated the District Administration and the police for their painstaking efforts
and the innovative ways to maintain law and order and to bring crime rate down.
In case of any emergency, the public should inform the police immediately and lend
full cooperation to the police, appealed Siram. He also exhorted the police to react
immediately and take prompt action so that the public confidence is not lost. Lamenting
the frequent fire accidents in the town, the Minister appealed all to be cautious
and take preventive measures. The bikes will help in attending such emergencies also.
Siram also informed that CCTV cameras at vital and strategic locations would be installed
soon. The Govt. is contemplating to deploy more IRBN personnel which will help in
maintaining law and order and check pickpockets. money snatchers, drug addicts and
other crimes. Since the safety and security is of prime importance, he appealed all
to contribute in making Pasighat a crime free town.
Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra informed that besides motorcycle patrolling, four mobile
phones with one year paid up bill will be provided to police so that they can act
Superintendent of Police Pushpendra Kumar assured that no stone will be left unturned
to maintain law and order, peace and tranquility and in checking the crime rate.
Members of Bazar community, general public, officers and public leaders attended
the function. DIPRO
... And now they become example for others
NYAPIN, Feb 23: S B Sharma, N Sahoo and Tadar Nyakum are as common as any common
citizen. They don’t move in air-conditioned SUVs or live in palatial buildings nor
are they any near to high flying bureaucrats. Sharma – an Assistant Teacher, Sahoo
– a Senior Teacher and Nyakum – a Gaon Bura, are a lot far from the maddening crowd
of white collar government employees.
Engrossed to the hilt in their daily chores, this Statehood Day came as a surprise
and a relief too. At least their service to the society – which is far from any lesser
than anybody – was recognized.
In a novel initiative, conceptualized by local MLA Bamang Felix, the Kurung Kumey
district administration awarded the threesome with commendation certificates and
cash during this celebration on February 20 at Nyapin putting on record the contributions
made by them in shaping a better society.
When government employees, particularly teachers, resort to all means to remain away
from or getting posted to interior parts of the state, Sharma and Sahoo completed
20 and 17 years respectively at one place of posting in remote Kurung Kumey serving
sincerely without a word of complaint.
Sharma completed 20 years of service at the Government School in Longt-Lote while
Sahoo is serving as Senior Teacher at the Government Higher Secondary School of Nyapin
for 17 years.
And both are still going strong!
On the other hand, a simple villager with the added responsibility of a Gaon Bura
of Dolo village near Nyapin, Tadar Nyakum is an environmentalist to the core. He
might not be a doctorate in climate change, Greenhouse Effect or global warming,
but he sure knows nature is what gives and sustains life in the vicinity of his village
and nearby areas.
Nyakum through his initiatives has successfully managed to preserve forests and wildlife
at least in his jurisdiction that can be attributed to a Gaon Bura. Globally his
success rate may be insignificant but it takes a single first step to complete a
Congratulating the three, Felix expressed optimism that they would set examples for
others to emulate.
“The sacrifices of Sharma and Sahoo and the determination of Nyakum might not draw
attention of the world but their services to the society in their own humble ways
are lessons to be learnt from. On this Statehood Day I salute them on behalf of the
people of Nyapin administrative division in particular and Kurung Kumey in general,”
Felix said in his speech.
He also appealed teachers in general to take their job seriously without looking
for comfort and an easy life. While assuring that the Government under the leadership
of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is taking every possible step to provide basic facilities
to the teachers in remote areas, he called upon the teachers to sincerely work on
the job of shaping a better Arunachal by imparting quality education to the youths.
Felix further emphasized on preservation of forests and wildlife and called for more
Tadar Nyakums to evolve from the area.
In a bid to propagate the concept, a massive tree plantation drive was carried out
on the day. Tree saplings of various kinds were planted in the premises of the ADC
office, health center, inspection bungalow and Police Station.
The celebration was also attended by all Head of Departments of Kurung Kumey District
including Deputy commissioner, Gaon Buras, Chairman and members of the Kra Dadii
Multipurpose Society, students and villagers.
Bailey bridge brings cheer to Tigdo Colony people
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Local MLA Techi Kaso, today inaugurated the recently constructed
Motorable Bailey Bridge over Damsite Nallah connecting Damsite with Tigdo Colony
and inhabitations in southern bank of Damsite Nallah. Among others Er. Talo Potom,
ADM/CEO Itanagar, Er. Taniya Soki, Executive Engineer PWD, Er. T. Kena, Executive
Engineer, RWD, Er Kholie Tath, AE PWD and Er Techi Nabo, AE PWD were present on the
It was a dream come true for the residents of Tigdo Colony as they have been pressing
hard the authorities concerned for construction of said bridge for past few years.
The colony was worst hit during 2008 flood and temporary bridges were washed away
by flash floods on many occasions. The only passage remained was a temporary Bamboo
bridge constructed by colony dwellers themselves for more than a thousand populace
residing in the left bank of Damsite Nallah and transport colony.
The mothers were the happiest of all since it was too dangerous for the small school
going children during rainy season. A glittering function was organized by the mothers
of the colony to mark the important day under the banner of ANYA self Help Group
(SHG). Colorful cultural programmes were presented by ANYA SHG, Upper Damsite Women
Group, Upper Damsite Youth Association and children of St. Thomas School and St.
Er. Talo Potom reiterated that the people need to have civic sense in order to
keep the surroundings clean in the capital city Itanagar. He requested the general
public to cooperate with the authorities to streamline developmental process and
contribute in making Itanagar Capital Complex a better capital city.
Techi Kaso congratulated the people of Tigdo for the newly constructed Bailey bridge
and requested the general public to take good care of the bridge owing to its importance
and hardship they have faced in the past. The MLA conveyed that he is always there
to take care of the genuine necessities of the people. While replying to a single
point memorandum by the people of Tigdo colony for an approach road from bridge point
to left bank Upper Damsite, he said that it would be taken up in the next financial
year and also added that the contribution of the colony dwellers will be crucial
in materialization of the said approach road.
Later Tai Gungte, Chairman of organizing committee thanked the MLA on behalf of the
people for his initiative in connecting the Colony with the rest of capital city
and appreciated the speedy construction of the bridge by PWD and RWD under the guidance
of its respective Executive Engineers.
Upper Subansiri DC visits Giba circle
DAPORIJO, Feb 23: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu along with DMO
in charge and DDSE in-charge visited Giba circle headquarters following request of
the villagers to understand the plight of the people in absence of almost all modern
civic amenities and other basic facilities.
The general public and youths of the circle under the banner of Giba Town Welfare
Society expressed their strong resentment over the present under developed condition
of Giba and held the Sub-Divisional administration responsible for it.
Set up in 1980, the Giba circle is still devoid of basic amenities like electricity,
road communication, health facilities. Villagers allege that government officials,
including, administration, medical, school teachers etc are reluctant to stay in
their posting places at Giba. The people’s hope for development of Giba after the
creation of EAC post went in smoke. Giba sub division comprises 29 villages.
Informing the DC that teachers hardly attend school for few days in a week, the Head
Gaon Burah of the village said teachers’ absenteeism is ruining the career of students.
Further, there has been no officer since many years to settle or give legal judgment
at the time of minor conflicts among villagers, he alleged. Further, there’s no water
supply and electricity which deprived the people from enjoying modern day facilities
like, internet, mobile phones, TV etc., he lamented.
He also informed the deputy commissioner that people here have been facing lots of
hardship due to lack of the medical facilities and other life saving drugs. He said
that patients are usually brought to Daporijo District Hospital even for minor ailments
due to absence of doctors. Instead of providing proper medical treatment to patients
suffering from disease like TB, malaria, they are being left unattended at the mercy
of god for want of doctors. Due to lack of transportation proper communication,
most of the patients succumb to their ailment before reaching to Daporijo Hospital,
Every time, during the election period roads are somehow made motorable for campaigning
purpose. After the completion of election, it again returns to its previous pathetic
The 40-km-long Giba-Daporijo road, which was constructed during 1980, is lying in
a dilapidated condition for ant of repairing. Many VIPs, VVIPs, MLAs and Ministers
frequently visit through the road but no one comes forward to improve the road. Reportedly,
crores of ruppes have already been sanctioned for the improvement of this road but
there has been no sign of improvement and it remained as it is.
The grievances of the people have been highlighted before the authority concerned
many times but everybody is lending a deaf ear to their problem.
Meanwhile, Giba Welfare Society, in a memorandum has appealed to the district administration
for development of infrastructure, immediate posting of medical staff at Giba, six
more teachers at the ME School Giba, renovation of water tank which almost got damaged
and establishment of a veterinary dispensary at Giba.
During the visit DC inspected the schools and other govt. offices in the area.
Progressive fish farmers awarded
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Three fish farmers, namely Nokkai Wangjen of Longding, Likha Kamin
of Lower Subansiri and Techi Kaya of Papum Pare district have been awarded by the
department of fisheries for being the best three progressive fish farmers of the
state for the year 2012-13.
The awards, comprising cash, certificate of appreciation and mementos were presented
to them by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the valedictory function of Statehood Day
celebration at Indira Gandhi Park here.
Nokkai Wangjen of Dasotong village under Kanubari sub-division of Longding district
has taken up Pisciculture way back in the year 2005 with single fish pond. He has
now developed 2 ha. of water area for fish farming with technical support and assistance
from the Department of Fisheries and KVK, Deomali under different schemes. Apart
from composite fish culture he also practices integrated farming and produces fish
seeds of both exotic and IMC and had set an example of technical excellence with
His endeavor and enthusiasm have been recognized by the DCFR (Directorate of Cold
Water Fisheries, Bhimtal, Uttrakhand) and was felicitated with certificate of appreciation
for his commendable endeavor in augmenting fishery during 2010-11. He also received
a letter of appreciation from Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd.) JJ Singh
besides many recognition at district level. He used to earn Rs. 3 lakh per year from
Pisciculture and related activities from his farm and imparts knowledge and training
on intricacies of scientific fish farming to his fellow fish farmers of his area.
Likha Kimin is one of the best progressive fish farmers of Yachuli village under
Lower Subansiri district. He diversified his activities from agriculture to Pisciculture
during 2003 with establishment of a pond. Subsequently he developed water area of
2 hectare with assistance from the Department of Fisheries. In tune with the technology
advancement he even adopted Integrated farming and taken up seed production activities.
He is currently earning Rs. 2, 70,000 by selling table fish, fish seeds etc. His
fish farm and activities have become a source of inspiration for other farmers of
Lower Subansiri in particular and the state in general.
He was felicitated by the DCFR (Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries, Bhimtal, Uttrakhand)
in recognition of his activities/endeavor in augmenting fisheries particularly in
high altitude areas during October, 2009.
Techi Kaya of Dipu village under Balijan Circle of Papum Pare has created a niche
for himself in scientific fish farming. He started Pisciculture in a very modest
way in 1991-92 and later on he developed another 1.61 hectare of water area for fish
farming. His passion for Pisciculture and self enthusiasm earned him the distinction
of being one of the progressive fish farmers in the state today. He has undergone
training in fish seed production and hatchery management at CIFA (Central Institute
of Fresh Water Aquaculture) Kasulyanganga Odisha and training on mass scale production
and culture of ‘magur’ at CIFE (Central Institute of Fisheries Education) Kakinada
centre. He rears chitala fish in his farm in addition to composite fish culture and
produces quality fish seed of both exotic and Indian Major Carps and earns Rs. 2.5
to 3 lakh annually.
The Department hoped their achievement will be an inspiration for other fellow fish
farmers of the state to follow their foot step and will strive hard for excellence
in the days to come.
The Department reiterated its commitment for all round development of not only aquaculture
but fishery as a whole and making Arunachal Pradesh as one of the frontline state
in fish production in the country with single point mission “From dependence towards
self sufficiency in fish production with sustainable development of aquaculture/fishery
for livelihood support, protein security and assured employment”.
Sanjoy cautions people against electoral malpractices
By Staff reporter
PANIA, Feb 23: Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy today cautioned the people about the
electoral malpractices in the recent assembly elections in Nagaland which could doom
the prospect of aspirants.
Addressing a huge gathering during the silver jubilee celebration of Kurung Kumey
Christian Revival Church here today, he cited the glaring examples of seizure of
Rs 1 crore from a helicopter of a candidate and arrest of sitting home minister along
with arms in Nagaland by Election Commission observers.
Contrary to such practices, the people of Mizoram at the initiative of church-supported
all powerful Young Mizo Association deposit any bribe given by any candidate to the
EC observers on duty during election in that state. The EC hardly does anything to
enforce the election code of conduct but it is the electors who adhere to it very
strictly, the MP drew a contradictory comparison between the two NE states.
With the general election (Lok Sabha and assembly) due in Arunachal Pradesh, Sanjoy
called upon the people to help democracy to take deep root by raising their voices
He lamented over the electoral malpractices that undermines the democratic process,
saying had the bureaucrats, politicians and the public remain honest, corrupt practices
will cease automatically.
He exhorted the people to be tolerant, moderate and secular in true spirit of Article
14 and 15 of the Indian Constitution that makes nation secular commanding global
Underscoring the importance of knowledge which could be gained through proper education,
he empathetically told the gathering that education was the panacea to all ills confronting
the tribal society.
The MP advocated harmonious living in the society rising above caste, creed and religion,
saying ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’
The state and central governments are making all possible efforts for all round development
of all parts of the state and the people have to volunteer themselves as will partners
of development to contribute towards nation building, the MP reasoned.
MLA Takam Pario, in his address, said that the legislators being electoral representative
reflect the aspiration of the people. They would be capable of working for the people
only when they are allowed to do so by the people with their wholehearted support,
Pario, said in his address, supporting the MP.
Numerous programmes including cultural presentation by the locals marked the event.
Meanwhile, this ADC HQ joined the second round of national immunization programme
today with the MP administering polio drops to 10 tiny tots.
The local MLA, Palin, CO Rido Tarak and Pania MO Dr Gimi Tang along with para-medicos
continued the programme the whole day. The programme aims at eradicating the crippling
disease from the country.
A new species of catfish discovered in Arunachal Pradesh
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The discovery of new catfish species under genus Pseudolaguvia
has been published in a New Zealand based famous International Journal “ZOOTAXA”
recently. This is the first new species under the said genus from the upper Brahmaputra
River drainage system discovered by Lakpa Tamang, an amateur naturalist of the state.
Prof. D. N. Das Principal Investigator, Fish Diversity Unit of the Centre of Biodiversity,
Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, informed that the recent discovery of this new
species of this miniature catfish, named as Pseudolaguvia viriosa from Arunachal
Pradesh is new to science. Tamang is grateful to Tapang Saroh and Jivoni Saroh of
Sille village, who greatly and kindly supported and helped him in collecting the
fish, about 1 km upstream from RCC bridge over Sille river during 28 October-2nd
November 2011. The river Sille is a tributary of Siang River, near Sille village,
East Siang district of the state. On advice and support of Prof. Das, the species
was described taxonomically by Tamang and deposited its holotype (Rgd.No. ZSI V/APRC/P-524)
and 13 Nos of paratypes (Rgd.No. RGUMF 007) respectively in ZSI, Itanagar and in
Rajiv Gandhi University Fish Museum.
Tamang says, the members of the genus Pseudolaguvia are small South Asian catfishes
belongs to family Sisoridae. They inhabit hill streams and large rivers and so far
known only from the Ganges River drainage (northern India) southwards to the Bharathappuzha
River (southern India) drainage and eastwards to the Sittang River drainage (Myanmar).
Including this new species, there are now only 15 valid species all over the world.
Diagnosis: The new species can be distinguished from other related species (congeners)
in having a combination of the following characters: eye diameter 10–15%, interorbital
distance 35–38% with proportion to Head Length. Body depth at anus 16.9–19.0%, length
of adipose-fin base 12.5–15.4%, head width 21.5–23.5%, pectoral spine length 26.9–32.9%,
caudal peduncle length 14.8–17.7%, caudal peduncle depth 7.4–9.8%, caudal-fin length
26.5–32.4% and dorsal spine length 23.4–29.0% all expressed with proportion to Standard
Length of the fish. Further it can be distinguished from the congeners in having
thoracic adhesive apparatus reaching beyond base of last pectoral-fin ray, dorsal
spine with anterior edge smooth or with rugose surface only on distal third of spine,
28–29 vertebrae, and one or more distinct pale bands encircling body.
As a naturalist, Tamang has exceptional interest on exploration of fish fauna of
the state and as a result he has been able to discover two more new species of catfishes
namely Erethistoides senkhiensis and Glyptothorax dikrongensis respectively from
Senkhi stream and Dikrong River, Itanagar within last few years.
DLMC meeting on Govt schemes held
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The progress and achievement made in implementation of various
centrally sponsored schemes under ACA, SPA, NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, BADP and PM Package
by different executing agencies were discussed in the 21st District Level Monitoring
Committee (DLMC) meeting of Lower Dibang Valley held in the office chamber of the
Deputy Commissioner yesterday.
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner cum DLMC Chairman Shiv Kumar informed
that the Govt. has gave priority on physical inspection of the projects right from
the grassroots level and empowered the Circle Level Monitoring Committee (CLMC),
Sub-Divisional Level Monitoring Committee (SDLMC) and State Level Monitoring Committee
(SLMC) for regular inspection of all centrally sponsored schemes. He cautioned the
Executing Agency EE, PWD, Roing to maintain quality work in implementation of scheme
for “extension, maintenance and carpeting of Roing township road”. As the ongoing
work of township roads has created a massive dusty environment causing health hazards
to the public, he instructed the department to arrange for proper watering of the
township roads and also to ensure its timely completion. The DLMC would inspect at
least three projects on quarterly basis henceforth and projects located in other
circles of the district would also be covered under such inspection, he informed.
M Dirchi, DPO cum Member Secretary, DLMC requested the executing agencies for timely
implementation and completion of various schemes. He also informed that Third Party
Monitoring by NEDFi would soon inspect various projects under SPA, RIDF, NLCPR, BADP
Okep Dai, AE (PWD) informed that besides the work extension, maintenance and carpeting
of Roing township road the department has been implementing the works like construction
of permanent bridge over river Sisiri on Dambuk-Paglam road, and re-construction
and re alignment of Hunli-Desali road both under RIDF, construction of road from
Jia Tinali on Roing Shantipur road to Bizari via Idili under NLCPR, construction
of 10 permanent bridges on Dambuk-Paglam road under ISC etc. He also explained their
physical and financial progress.
D. Sitak, EE, RWD informed that under SPA, the department has executed a number of
important projects like construction of bridges and culverts to establish link and
magazine building to facilitate rural roads, 250 MT PDS Godown at Roing, RCC RTE
cell/office at Roing, Lower Dibang Valley and also some important projects pertaining
to Education and Health Departments.
He requested the DLMC members to visit the worksites of their ongoing projects.
Besides the heads of executing agencies, the meeting was also attended by Zilla Parishad
Chairperson Chiliko Meto, ZPMs Namo Lingi and M Pertin. They requested the executing
agencies to maintain transparency and sincerity while implementing their works for
larger interest of the people.
Later, the DLMC members inspected the construction work of Roing township roads undertaken
by PWD, Roing and few on-going projects of RWD, Roing under SPA like “construction
work of 1(one) no. 250 MT PDS Godown at Roing”, “C/o RCC RTE cell/office at Roing,
Lower Dibang Valley”, “C/o RCC/SPT 1(one) room 7mx5m in DDSE’s Office, Roing for
Computer/MIS Cell” and “C/o magazine building of RWD at Roing”. The Deputy Commissioner
expressed his satisfaction over quality and progress of works maintained by RWD,
Roing and urged the other departments to maintain same spirit and quality in work
for effective implementation of the projects, according to an official release.
My life as a teacher in Arunachal Pradesh
Tarun Chandra Thakuria
It was in the year 1937, that I was born in a non descript village, namely Hudumpur
in the Southern bank of the mighty Brahmaputra, under Palashbari Revenue Circle of
Kamrup District of Assam. On the 26th of November of that year, I was born as the
fifth child amidst the eleven children of my parents, Late Kaliram Thakuria and Late
Our family, though a middle class one, of independence era was well known in the
South Kamrup for proficiency in cultural matters and local issues, in which our family,
especially my father showed keen interest. He happens to be the 1st Indian teacher,
later promoted to the post of Headmaster of Assam Survey School, located at Jalukbari,
Guwahati working with Britishers. His association with the Britishers perhaps made
him an ardent follower of discipline, hard work and punctuality; the virtue which
he tried to instill in us too.
Coming to my education, I started my journey from village Primary School, then did
my matriculation from R.B. High School, Palashbari. I got the opportunity to do my
graduation from Cotton College, Guwahati and M.A. from Gauhati University.
Being son to a teacher father, I too had a desire for the teaching profession. But,
never in my dreams I thought I would be realizing my dreams in Arunachal Pradesh,
then NEFA and will be so contend at the end, as I am today. As I always say, I came
here by chance and stayed and worked here by choice, to my heart’s content. Perhaps
it’s true for every one of our times who came to work in various capacities in Arunachal
Pradesh and stayed to serve here till the last.
Before joining in Arunachal Pradesh, prior to 1967, I rendered my teaching services
at my native place for brief period.
And finally, it was in 2nd January 1967, that destiny brought me to Tirap District
of Arunachal Pradesh, as a Subject Teacher at Higher Secondary School, Changlang.
The 4 years at Changlang was that of sincere and dedicated service and an environment
& vigourity between teachers (mostly young like us) and our beloved students. The
innumerable social service tours to the villages and the various extra curricular
activities for the society, which we organized are still vivid in my mind.
Meanwhile in 1964, in Pasighat, the important town of undivided Siang District, the
1st college of Arunachal Pradesh — the Jawaharlal Nehru College was established.
At that time, the administrative headquarter of NEFA was at Shillong.
I joined J.N. College, Pasighat in 1971 as a lecturer and thus got to be part of
the budding Higher Education system of this state, the system which was started from
naught by doyens of stalwart of Educationist like Indira Miri, Shyamlal Soni, J.B.
Ganguly, A.C. Borthakur etc. to name a few.
The J.N. College lectureship days were one of the most memorable phase for me. The
college fraternity with the students and staff were more like an extended family
with a cosmopolitan flavor in those days. Apart from the routine teaching duties,
we were equally dedicated in guiding the students in the various activities and
social services etc. We were witness to the growth of the college from a humble beginning
in a thatched house beside river Siang to the present vibrant stage.
In this course of time, by virtue of seniority, I got the opportunity to serve this
premier institute as the Principal from 1997 to Feb 1999. During this period, I did
my level best for the overall development of the college.
After 2 years of dedicated service, in Feb 1999, I got transferred to Indira Gandhi
Govt. College, Tezu as a Principal, where I served till my retirement on 1st May
2001. On the request of the Administration, I however extended my services at I.G.G.
College, Tezu till Nov 2001. And thus by 2001 end, with an unexplainable pain in
heart, I had to part from the land and people with whom I had developed a bond of
love and friendship throughout these 34 years of service. Though in this last 12
years, this land was out of sight but it was never out of mind for me and all my
Here I want to mention that while serving in Arunachal Pradesh, I got many an opportunities
to shift to various colleges and two offers of administrative posts in Assam. I kept
aside these offers as the love, adoration of the people here and the charm in being
a part of this evolving education system amidst all hardship was the biggest passion
The hardship we had to overcome and the dedication with which we worked all throughout
our career perhaps had borne the fruits with the unexplainable love and respect of
the people of Arunachal in general and our ex-students in particular.
I want to mention here that, my wife, Dipti Thakuria, also served as a teacher in
various schools in and around Pasighat. My children, 2 daughters and a son did their
studies in various institutes of Pasighat. I am glad that, our children when they
left Arunachal Pradesh for technical education were no way inferior to their peers
in scholastic aptitude, many of who studied in various metros of the country. Anyway,
how can I think of their education outside Arunachal when my students who were also
my children were studying here and we were here for uplifting them only. This is
what Y D Thongchi and Jomin Tayeng spoke in a literary function organized at Guwahati
on 8th Feb 2004 that, “Those who taught us did not work for their salary only. Self-dedication
was reflected in their teaching. Instead of considering us as mere students they
considered us as their own children.”
Lastly, I pray to the Almighty Donyi Polo that May Everyone Live in Peace and Harmony
and May the Cosmic Energy showers all its blessings to the people of this land of
Rising Sun. (Thakuria is a retired Principal of I.G.G. College, Tezu. He was felicitated
by the Governor as one of the pioneers of Higher Education in Arunachal Pradesh during
the two days conference of Higher and Technical Education at Itanagar on February
Library awareness prog concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Coinciding with the inauguration of Annexed library building, the
department of Public Libraries, Itanagar organized a two days Library awareness programme
on February 22 and 23. Around 250 students from Govt secondary school, Ganga and
Govt Middle School, Niti Vihar participated in extempore speech and storytelling
In the extempore speech competition, Dai Bate and Yapi Nyorak of Govt Secondary School,
Ganga won first and second prize respectively. Third prize went to Soni Ragi Tamia
and Tinku Bhowmik of Govt Middle School, Niti Vihar. In storytelling competition,
Parmananda Kanti, of Govt Middle School C sector won the 1st prize. Second prize
went to Mahindra Burman and Nivedita Gohain, Ganga Secondary School and Middle School,
Niti Vihar respectively. Giogi Yalu of Govt Secondary School, Ganga won the 3rd
Batem Pertin, deputy director of research department and Tarak Mize, deputy director
of Public Libraries gave away cash prize and certificates to the winners of the
competitions in presence of officers and officials of library department from various
There was an interaction session among students and staff of the public libraries
“on the importance of library as well as book reading habit of the students community.”
Talar visits Gyan Mission Orphanage
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: State Silver medalist Tassar Talar, Director Geology and Mining
along with his wife Tassar Yami visited Gyan Mission Orphanage, Chimpu yesterday
and distributed stationary items and sweets to the kids. Tassar, also owner of the
orphanage and its campus, advised the orphan students to study hard and maintain
discipline and asked them to stay neat and clean.
BAF demands action
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Bogum Ao Foundation (BAF) in a representation to Sub-Divisional
Officer, Likabali West Siang District said that two police officials posted in Likabali
had entered into the government quarter premises of Superintendent of Tax and Excise,
BFC Likabali and completely damaged the kitchen built in the vicinity of the government
quarter on February 20 last.
The BAF further said an FIR has been lodged at Likabali Police Station against the
two police personnel however no any arrest has been made in this regard till date.
The BAF appealed to the authority concerned to immediately arrest the culprits involved
in the alleged trespassing and encroaching government quarter and give them exemplary
punishment as per the law.
KVK SAC meeting held
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The third Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi
Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Lohit was conducted at ADC’s conference hall, Namsai yesterday.
KVK news letter (June-Dec, 12) and five year achievement reports of the KVK from
2007-2012 was released by Lohit Deputy Commissioner RKSharma and KK Joshi, ADC Namsai
Dr. P Mallick highlighted the achievements of KVK, Lohit during the year 2012-13.
All the subject matter specialists and farm manager of KVK presented their proposed
action plan for the year 2013-14.
SAC members M Chowlu, PD, ATMA, Lohit, L Lasa, DFO, Tezu, Taren Lekharu, Programme
Exucutive, AIR, Tezu, Dr. S Lenka, Sr.Scientist, Plant Pathology and BS Satapathy,
Scientist (Agronomy), representatives of OIC RRLRRS, Gerua, Kamrup, Assam, Dr. K.Sharma,
Representative of DVO, Tezu, B Biswas, SDAO, Namsai, P Deb, HDO, Namsai, Ramaswamy
ADF, Namsai, S Krisikro, CDPO, Namsai, farmer representative S Mansai, Kherem circle,
Lachit Thamung and farm women representative Anu Wailung, Lathao circle were present
and actively participated and shared their valuable suggestions to prepare the action
plan for the year 2013-14.
The DC appreciated the progress made by KVK during the last year for the benefit
of farmers of Lohit district in the field of agriculture, horticulture, fishery science
and animal husbandry.
The KVK has been working for popularizing the new technology like high yielding variety
of paddy and also a new technology like livestock horticulture based paddy cum fish
culture in scientific way.
Rime to take part in leadership development prog
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, Naharlagun, being an
important Coordinating Agency of other State as well as national level cooperative
organizations like National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi, National
Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT), New Delhi etc. has sponsored Ribi Rime,
Chairperson, District Cooperative Union, Aalo, West Siang district as one of the
trainees to undergo "Leadership Development Programme for the Elected Chairperson/Women
Directors of Cooperatives of India” with effect from February 25 to 27 organized
by National Centre for Cooperative Education(NCCE) of National Cooperative Union
of India (NCUI), New Delhi.
The training aims to make the participants aware/identify their role as board members
to manage the cooperatives more effectively and efficiently through the specialized
Training Modules framed by the Resource Experts of above organization. About 30 women
participants from all over the country will attend the said training.
DIC conducts awareness campaign
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 23: The District Industries Centre, Capital Complex has conducted
an awareness campaign on food processing industries at Administrative Training Institute,
The programme was conducted in order to provide first hand information to the local
entrepreneurs about a programme launched by the Govt. of India for Food Processing
Industries with a mission mode called National Mission on Food Processing.
Speaking on the occasion, Techi Kaso, MLA cum Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Agricultural
Marketing Board appreciated the department concerned for conducting such a useful
programme for the upcoming entrepreneurs. He exhorted the participants to make best
use the programme.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel while highlighting on the available local
resource in the state, said this mission on Food Processing would be a boon for the
state as well as for the entrepreneurs. He also dwelt at length on wastage of resources
due to absence of a processing unit.
Subu Tabin, JDI-cum-Additional Mission Director, highlighted on NMFP and appealed
the entrepreneurs to come forward and avail the opportunity.
Earlier, S K Dutta, JDI Capital Complex highlighted on NMFP and urged every agency
involved in the mission to cooperate as far as possible for the success of the mission.
Geto Ori, ADI cum Mission Nodal Officer, Lokam Mangha, Assistant Food Controller,
Food Safety Deptt. and I H Saikia, Zonal Manager, NERAMAC Ltd. gave detailed information
on food processing, food safety in the technical session. Participants from various,
NGO’s, SHG and entrepreneurs attended the programme. DIPR
State BJP executives assume charges
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The new State BJP office bearers of Arunachal Pradesh today assumed
the charges in its first extended meeting presided over by Party president Tai Tagak
at the party headquarters here.
The state president administered the organizational pledge to the members of the
new team and called upon them to inculcate the spirit of team work in them and said,
“Our strength lies in our people and we must serve for the good of the motherland,
its growth and development”.
The first extended SOB meeting decided to work in team spirit under the new state
leadership and welcomed the decision of the party high command for assigning the
responsibility of the state party chief to a sincere, dedicated and hardworking party
worker like Tai Tagak.
223 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.