Centre for timely completion of projects under PM package
ITANAGAR, Jan 07: Dr. N.P. Singh, Advisor, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE),
Govt.of India, today laid emphasis on the timely completion of the Projects sanctioned
under the PM Package in the state.
While reviewing the progress of schemes under PM’s Package announced by the Prime
Minister on 31st January, 2008 in the conference Hall of Urja Bhawan, Itanagar, Dr.
N.P. Singh also instructed the officers to submit the detailed project wise status
within 15 days to the ministry. Dr. D.R. Das, Director & Head of Regional office
of MNRE, Guwahati also accompanied Singh and took part in the review meeting.
It may be mentioned here that Rs. 550.00 crores PM package was announced for electrification
/ illumination of remote villages through Solar Systems and MMHP.
The meeting was attended by Er. T. Bagra, Secretary (Power & NRE) along with Chief
Engineers, Power (Eastern & Western Zone), Chief Engineer, Department of Hydro Power
Development, Director APEDA and other senior Engineers of DHPD and APEDA.
Chief Engineer, DHPD in his Power Point Presentation gave a detailed report on the
progress of the schemes.
Chief Engineer, Power (E/Z) gave a detailed view of the T&D linkages planned for
evacuation of Power from the Hydro Projects that are being taken up in the PM Package
for electrification of the villages.
Director, APEDA Er. M. Loya informed that 523 Villages have already been illuminated
through Solar power and the 67 Micro Hydels Projects under the PM Package for electrification
of the remote border villages are progressing as per schedule.
Er. Tumke Bagra, Secretary (Power & NRE) extended his valuable suggestions and views
regarding the timely completion of the Projects and appreciated the Ministry of New
and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for their support and cooperation.
‘Tangible’ development in state lauded
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Centre appreciated the state government for effective implementation
of Border Village Illumination Programme (BVIP) (a part of PM’s Package) in Arunachal.
This was communicated by Dr N P Singh, Advisor Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,
(MNRE) Govt. of India who called on the state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his
It may be mentioned here that the state government had proposed a package of Rs.
85 crores under Border Villages Illumination Programme to the central government
for bringing up mini hydel projects of 50 KW to 2 MW in the border areas so as to
illuminate the far flung inaccessible villages to which the PM on his historic visit
to the state had announced the package.
Assuring judicious utilization of fund provided by the Centre, the Chief Minister
apprised the visiting guest about maintenance of strict vigilance and monitoring
of all central as well as state sponsored schemes. “A team of special officers have
been constituted for monitoring the ongoing projects in the state and they are effectively
on the job” Khandu revealed. For transparency all required information are being
uploaded in the state website on regular basis, he further added.
Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for having
faith on him, Khandu said that he will see that no stone is left unturned.
Appreciating the chief minister for his committed effort for development, the visiting
advisor expressed his sheer satisfaction over the work on Border Village Illumination
Programme being executed in the state. He lauded the tangible development being carried
out throughout the state and assured to pass on the message to the Centre.
State Power Secretary Tumke Bagra was present in the meeting. PRO to CM
Admn. moving ahead for clean environment
ITANAGAR, Jan 07: EAC AC Baruah along staff and with police personnel conducted surprise
checking at Nirjuly market.
The team has seized huge quantity of polythene bag, and unauthorized selling of 7
cases of Beer and 21 quarter bottles of IMFL from a Pan shop.
Later, the seized items were destroyed.
The surprise checking will be continued in the successive days also, release added.
Meanwhile, the constituted committee to check the unauthorized shifting of shop and
selling of liquor headed by its chairman, Capital Complex ADC Bokar Basar will conduct
a survey from January 8 from Banderdewa to ascertain unauthorized shifting of business
premises including liquor vendors.
CM enters new Bungalow
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Arunachal Pradesh which is striving hard to pace up with other front
ranking states has added a renewed feather in its cap as Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
shifts to newly constructed official CM Bungalow at Niti-Vihar early this morning.
A masterpiece of architecture, this building gives a broad smile to the visitors.
The very entrance gate displays the famous Nehruvian Panchsheel which speaks on
protection of tribal rights and their development on their own genius.
Lush green lawn, fountain in the midst of the garden multiply the beauty of this
magnificent bungalow. PRO to CM .
IDEA reaches out to inferno victims
NAHARLAGUN, Jan 7: IDEA (Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association) distributed
relief to the recent fire victims at Dukom Colony, Naharlagun today.
Essential items like kitchen utensils, blankets, and ration to over 60 victim families
were distributed by IDEA with the support of Caritas India.
Expressing solidarity to everyone affected by the tragic accident, Fr. Ivan Vas SVD,
the director of IDEA, said that the immediate objective of IDEA is to reduce the
vulnerability of the most affected people by providing basic relief items.
While distributing the relief materials local MLA Techi Kaso appealed the affected
families to take up safety measures in order to prevent fire mishap. He also appreciated
the initiatives taken by IDEA to reach out to the fire victims. More NGOs need to
follow their footsteps, he added.
Speaking on the occasion Kapa Koli, Director of Relief, Rehabilitation and Disaster
Preparedness re-iterated that prevention is better than cure and succincted to the
audience various safety methods to be adapted in emergencies like fire, flood, accidents
etc. He cautioned the fire affected families and gave some fire safety tips to them.
Recalling the noble works of IDEA during any kind of disasters, Tadar Nikam James,
a social worker from Dukom Colony appreciated the generous help of the Association.
Higio Yam, Circle Officer Banderdewa, Tok Buttum, a Church leader from Naharlagun
Parish, Fr. Joseph Vadayaparampil, the Financial Administrator of Itanagar Diocese
and Sr. Merin Toms, the Dy. Director of IDEA were present on the occasion.
Govt assurance lauded
ITANAGAR, Jan 07: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has assured a delegation
of the Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat Employees Association (APSEA) to release the
15 months arrear payment to the state government employees in March next, claimed
APSEA secretary general in a release.
The CM also further assured to release pending dearness allowance after completion
of the AOP in the next financial year 2010-2011 and gave positive assurance on medical
reimbursement bill, the release further said and extended heartfelt thanks to the
CM for his assurances.
Si-Donyi celebrated at Aalo
AALO, Jan 07: Si-Donyi, the festival of Tagin community was centrally celebrated
for the first time at Aalo in a grand manner yesterday.
Gadam Ete, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Civil Aviation who was the Chief Guest
was happy to see that various tribes performed traditional dances reminding of different
festivals of Arunachal Pradesh. He said such spirit of unity and oneness should be
maintained in future too. Ete also called upon all other tribes residing at Aalo
to celebrates their festivals so as to expose their indigenous traditions and culture.
Er. T. Jeram, Secretary celebration committee said that Si the spiritual form of
Sichi, the earth and Donyi the Sun is the spiritual supreme power that control mankind
and various other unseen forces. Si-Donyi is an occasion to express joy of being
alive and pray for the well-being of the mankind.
Kangki Darang, ADC gave away prizes to the cultural troupes. DIPRO
Collective efforts needed to make Kurung Kumey a model district
ITANAGAR Jan. 7: Parliamentary Secretary, Food & Civil Supplies Lokam Tassar has
appealed the officers to work dedicatedly for well-being of the people, particularly
the weaker section of the society.
Addressing the heads of the department, panchayat leaders and MLAs of the Kurung
Kumey district in a crucial meeting held at the Conference Hall of SIRD Itanagar
on January 6, Tassar said, in additional to their routine official works, the officials
should make the common people aware about the Govt initiatives for development.
He also urged upon the Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki to streamline disbursement
of staff salaries to make them available in their place of posting in the district.
Kamki, who presided over the meeting appealed to all four legislators to work jointly
with mutual cooperation and coordination to make Kurung Kumey a model district of
state. He assured to retain an amount of five to six lakh from relief fund for emergency
Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix said, all the MLAs of the district should set an example
for others and work united as a team for common cause of the society.
He also asked the district administration to issue order prohibiting hunting of wild
animals and jhum cultivation near catchment area to maintain ecosystem and minimize
Tali MLA Markio Tado called upon the Govt officers to inculcate sense of discipline
and honesty while discharging their duties and responsibilities, while Palin MLA
Takam Tagar said such meeting should be held half-yearly to review the progress
Pisa Gunia, Chairprson, Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad, stressed on coordinated effort
between the PR members and legislators and pleaded for empowerment of the PR members
in regards to implementation of the developmental schemes. DIPRO
APWS appoints new office bearers
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS), in a meeting held at Puroik Colony,
Naharlagun yesterday has removed P David Washi from the post of president and Adang
Yachu has been appointed as the new president of the society with immediate effect.
Further, the society appointed Dilip Waru and Hano Paje as vice president and general
secretary besides 14 others.
Student’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: All Pakke-Kessang Peijering Dissing Passo Seijosa Students’ Union
(APPDSSU) deeply mou-rned the death of Ganga Techi, a student of Rajiv Gandhi University.
Techi, an NET qualified student, was a very hard-working and laborious student of
the area. His untimely demise cast a pale of shadow in entire area, APPDSSU said
in a condolence message, and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Gayatri- An all religion panacea
Dipak David, wellknown for his dynamic and scientific approach to religion as a whole
and Christianity in particular, has, some time back, published an article in the
media titled, “Why Christian should chant Gayatri Mantra”. In the article, Dipak
emphasized upon the sound vibration which Gayatri chanting produces to the nucleic
benefit of the practitioner. Gayatri mantra, therefore, should not be a monopoly
for the Hindus only but may be universally practiced.
Saying this to a meeting of volunteers preparing for the ensuing five-day spiritual
extravaganza to be upstage at Nyokum Niya Ground, Nirjuli from January 17th to 21st
next, the Gayatri Parivar Fraternity Mahotsav Executive Committee Chairperson Neelam
Rani underscored the need for everyone irrespective of religious belief to come round
this function and derive benefit out of it.
We should take into account the examples of a group of the members of the British
Parliament who taking cue from Dr. Pranab Pandeya, Director, All World Gayatri Parivar
have been practicing Gayatri Mantra as a tool for healing mental imbalance and embracing
peace, said Rani and Dr. Hui Tag, President of the would be event.
The readiness for fine tuning with the forthcoming spiritual event first time in
Arunachal Pradesh and virtually in the whole of North East, should be based on the
findings of the Indian sages of the past who worked overtime in the ultimate laboratory,
that is the human body, discovered the couplets and christened it Gayatri (Gaya =
the chantable sound and tri = three stages of all pervading time).Gayatri therefore,
should be put against the growing universal need for balanced human relation and
peace and not into the narrow alley of sectarian, fanatic religious humbug, said
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: The executive body of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation
(AAPPTF) has been reconstituted in a meeting at Naharlagun yesterday with Takar Goi
as chairman, Kipa Tuklo as president, Kamku Pordung as vice president, Dobing Sonam
as secretary general.
Eco-tourism: - Alternative for jhum cultivation
By Chukhu Mama
Jhum or shifting cultivation is an agricultural practice synonym with major part
of north eastern states and much largely in Arunachal Pradesh. It’s a system of clearing
the forest for cultivation of crops by an individual or family just for substantial
living and often leads to lost of forest land. In the face of growing concern over
global warming, Jhum cultivation can have serious impact on ecological nature of
state. It can cause soil erosion to displacement of natural habitat, killing of large
species of flora and fauna and the imbalance of ecology and contribute to the global
Majority of people here depend on Jhum cultivation for survival and it has become
important to find an alternative for it. We can look forward to ecotourism as an
alternate, which has minimum level of negative impacts with proper planning and implementation.
Ecotourism benefits the environment, local community as hosts and also the tourist
visiting the place. At times the cultural diversities of the place too are being
What the ecotourism is all about?
Ecotourism is a new concept in tourism industry, which is the fastest growing circuit
both in international and national level in the developing as well in third world
countries. It is a purposeful travel to natural areas to understand the cultural
and natural history of the environment taking care not to alter the integrality of
the ecosystem. Besides providing economic opportunities, it makes conservation of
natural resources beneficial to local people.
The International Ecotourism Society (ITES) defines - “eco tourism is a responsible
travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare
of the local people", which operates in such a way as to minimize the negative impacts
upon the environment. Ecotourism can also be categorized as the “nature based tourism”,
where in education and interpretation is major constituent being benefited to the
In general tourists from all walks of life move out with different motives like for
holidays, leisure, adventure and pilgrims. Ecotourism is no less a motive for tourist
to seek the beauty of Mother Nature, to understand the culture of local community
and of course which in turn benefits the local.
Unlike Jhum cultivation whose productions is only for the next substantial year by
nature without commercialization of products, Ecotourism on the other hand tries
to have minimum impact on soil, land usage, flora and fauna while contributing to
the welfare of local and indigenous population. Basically it is to justify nature
protection, linking environmental awareness by enabling economic gain.
Our elders and seniors often tell us that they used to worm clothes during 15th August
and go for march past. But today even in month of November hardly one feel pinch
of winter arriving. Days are not away when even in December and January we won’t
experience winter condition anymore. In this situation, it becomes more important
for us to have a close look on eco-tourism as source of living.
Jhuming is only an agricultural activity with sustainable economy, with no avenues
for employment and income generations. But in the context of ecotourism it generates
employment to the locals as guide, potter, investor, and stakeholder and generates
revenues for long run as well. It also generates income through the sell of handicrafts,
arts and souvenirs. Thus even the local artisans and craftsman gets their share of
Ecotourism also involves the subsets of tourism like cultural tourism and adventure
tourism. Adventure activity like mountaineering, trekking, angling, river rafting
too is the part of ecotourism. Yet when these activities happen and if it does not
benefit the local community then no more such tour can be called as ecotourism. Ecotourism
also involves less capital investments. Only the matter that requires is proper planning
and implementation of plans.
In short the ecotourism contributes to environmental awareness, provides direct
financial benefits for conservation, financial benefits and empowerment for local
people, respects local culture, supports human rights and demographic movements,
generates revenues through sell of arts, crafts and showcase of traditions and Creates
Prospects of Ecotourism in Arunachal
Arunachal “the land of dawn lit mountain” and rising sun is a late starter in the
filed of tourism and tourism has become the buzz word for the economy of Arunachal.
Much of the revenue generation would be from the sale of tourism products and services
in near future. The vast potentials of tourism in the state is yet to be tapped with
proper infrastructural development, awareness among the local community, proper use
of human as well as natural sources available and ofcourse with right aggressive
marketing techniques. The land inhabited by about 26 major tribes and various numerous
sub tribes has its own distinct cultural back ground. Therefore it has something
to offer the tourist and not let them down on their visits to Arunachal.
Concepts of rural tourism and home stays are active besides the conventional hotels
and lodges. Wayside amenities and lodging facilities are being taken up both by the
centre as well state government in the various tourist circuits of Arunachal. Since
2000 there has been steady flow of both domestic and international tourist at the
rate of 30% to 35% and above. In the year 2008-2009, 4 (four) new tourist circuits
have been included besides the previous 7 and still 2 (two) more are under the proposal
to boost the tourism potential of Arunachal.
Arunachal on the context of tourism can be characterized by three intriguing features
that battle for tourist’s attraction: tribals, the natural scenic beauty and the
incredible range of wildlife which can never be seen in any part of the country or
even world. Modern world with its hectic schedules and industrial life is moving
towards the rural tribal area, with the intension to have a glimpse of the past.
Interestingly the tribals of Arunachal are fast learning the tricks of conserving
their age old traditions with the new phases of developments creating a new tribal
Trekking cannot be ignored, while angling can be a good sport as well. No matter
how far and isolated all of the places are worth for ecotourism. The districts like
East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Siangs, Subansiri and Dibang valley can never be ignored.
They can be the best place on earth for trekking and shooting the nature and wild
life with camera. No place in Arunachal goes in waste. If not one the other attractions
like the rich tribal cultural heritages offers a range of options for tourism.
Also there is a need for strict vigilance by forest department to stop hunting activities
in Arunachal Pradesh. In whole of India only the West Bengal Police alone has power
to investigate into the killing of wildlife. Such power should also be bestowed into
the police of Arunachal, so as to protect the wildlife. The Wildlife Protection Act
of 1972, Environmental Protection Act 1986 is only a mockery in Arunachal. There
should be strict law enforcing the protection of environment and wildlife. As the
days are not far when to see a deer I have to see a photograph borrowed in advance
of 30 days from a distance friend.
Now it is to be seen what the Tourism policy makers would bring in for the tourists
coming to Arunachal. Will there be another round of Tourism Policy as an eye wash
like of 2003? What would be the role of Department of Tourism in promoting ecotourism?
What would be the role of stakeholders, NGO’s, student bodies, Forest Department
and conscious citizens to make Arunachal a all time destination for tourists?
(Writer is a guest lecturer in Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnique and RGU)
Overloaded vehicles restricted
SEPPA: In an effort to prevent any unwanted accidents and save the bridged as well,
the East Kameng district administration in an order has restricted the plying of
overloaded vehicles through the Bana and the Hari bridges in the district.
Pointing out that the life span of both the bridges has already been over, the order
said, “No vehicles carrying goods/loads more than 10 tons gross weight shall be
allowed to cross the brides”. The drivers/owners of the vehicles also asked to obtain
certificate from the weighing bridge authority regarding gross weight of the vehicle,
and produce it before the Police Check gate Bhalukpong/Seppa, it said. DIPRO
Safe driving awareness programme
ITANAGAR: State Traffic and Road Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar is organizing one day
awareness campaign on safe driving on January 10 at Vivekananda Hall, RK Mission
Hospital, Itanagar for Taxi, Tempo, Trekker, Tata Mobile, Truck, Tata Sumo and Auto
Rickshaw drivers plying in the twin capital complex.
Prayer center inaugurated
ITANAGAR: A Prayer Center at Pakke-Kessang established by Deepok Nabam Ministries
was inaugurated by Mukbal Pertin, Commissioner Industries as chief guest on January
The prayer center has been established with an aim to extend prayer support to destitute,
depressed, crippled and mentally disorder people, said a release issued by Rev. Deepok
The center is one of the four prayers centres established by the DNB since its inception
four years back.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Rev. Deepok Nabam and attended by Govt. officials,
public leaders, senior citizens, church leaders and believers from Roing, Bizari,
Dambuk, Pasighat, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Sagalee, Leporiang, Hoju-Ringpa, Sango and
ITANAGAR: Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society is celebrating its IVth foundation
day cum joint sports meet of Parang, Seema and Totpu at Totpu village on January
Minister, PWD and UD Nabam Tuki and ZPM AK Techi have consented to attend the inaugural
day as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour on the occasion.