Rain creates havoc in Tawang
TAWANG, June 30: The onset monsoon brings joys to the people as it provides succour
from the scorching summer heat. It shows hope for the farmers as they believe that
it would usher a good harvest. But the case is little different for the state like
Arunachal Pradesh. The fright of monsoon first fell on Dibang Valley and Anjaw districts
by disrupting the surface communication and cutting off the districts for last three
The incessant rain again played its foul role as it triggered a flashflood at Siyum
under Upper Subansiri district taking two lives and injuring scores. The loss of
property and live stocks has been estimated to lakhs.
The monsoon has now targeted Tawang, the famous tourist destination. The district
in few days witnessed disruption of roads in numerous points, washing away of log
bridges and porter tracks thereby making the far and remote circle headquarters cut
off from rest of the world. Tawang – Lumla road has also witnessed numerous blockages
in several points.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who is here at Tawang to take stock of the situation,
carried out spot visits to affected areas. Assuring all possible assistance, he has
called for community efforts to restore the porter tracks and log bridges and has
issued directives to the PWD and works departments to be in readiness to tackle such
situations. He also directed the BRO to expedite the work of widening of roads and
asked them to put their men and machine in place to clear the blockages so that the
commuters have an easy passage.
Khandu called an emergency meeting of all the head of departments, Gaon Burahs, Panchayat
Leaders, and prominent public leaders today at DCs office to discuss the course of
action and also to know the qauntum of devastation. (PRO to CM)
Officers take stock of Rs 17.09 Bomdila water project
BOMDILA, June 30: In an effort to expedite the ongoing water supply project for Bomdila
township under the Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources, the Secretary PHE & WS
Tomi Ete along with project in-charges SE Toko Jyoti, EE Taba Teni, AE Likha Tekhi
JE M.S Rathore and a host of other officials of the Bomdila PHE division, trekked
the 45 km track taking two days, inspecting one of the longest water tapping source
despite the inclement weather and tough terrain.
The project is being executed by the department at an estimated cost of Rs. 17.09
Crore which commenced during January 2005 last. Though the completion period is long
overdue, Secretary Tomi Ete; keeping in view the difficult terrain and the harsh
working conditions, expressed his satisfaction over the progress of work.
Spearheading the Total Sanitation Campaign, Secretary Ete also participated in the
Information, Education and Communication ( IEC ) programme along with the Director
for Communication & Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) A.N. Singh before and after
the inspection of the project site. On 25th last, the duo joined the NGO titled Women
Welfare Center ( WWC ) at Senge Panchayat and on 28th & 29th with Thukpen Welfare
Society ; another NGO at Shergaon and Bhalukpong, imparting awareness on personal
and environmental hygene to the rural mass. Beside other discussions on total sanitation,
they impressed upon the rural populace to avoid open defecation; which is a potential
pollutant and the store-house of various diseases.
Earlier in the morning, addressing the ADEOs, APOs BRCs and CRCs of the district
on Mid-day Meal scheme in the meeting convened at the BRC building Bomdila, Deputy
Commissioner Rinchin Tashi called upon the field functionaries to re-dedicate themselves
and to play a pro-active role in re-awakening the somewhat sleepy educational scenario
of the district. Constant mobility and motivation should be the catchword of the
block and circle functionaries, he said. Over the usual political pressures and interferences,
DC Tashi suggested the functionaries not to totally succumb to such pressures rather
act in a balanced, logical and right manner abiding to the rules and regulations
in force for the larger interest of the society. Concerned over the complaints received
from various quarters regarding non-timely implementation of Mid-day Meal scheme
and non-lifting of MDM rice, the DC assured of timely disbursement of the rice at
the designated drop points from where the respective ADEOs need to ensure of its
further lifting by the concerned Teacher in-charges without fail and also to make
sure that cooked meal is provided to the children as per specifications.
Earlier, the DDSE B.N.Lendo, expressing his concern over certain lapses in connection
with the Mid-day Meal scheme, made it ample clear that the ADEOs & APOs should strictly
monitor the lifting of rice meant for Mid-day Meal which are to be drawn by the Teacher
in-charges only. The rice meant for the MDM has already been drawn and kept in the
buffer stock and necessary directives has been issued to the Co-operative lamps for
its issuance, he informed. Referring to the conference of the DDSEs at Itanagar,
he further informed that, the Right to Education ( RTE) has been made effective since
first of April 2010 and Arunachal is under its fold. Awareness campaigns on Right
to Education would be vigorously pursued in the district in a phase-wise manner involving
all the village Education Committees ( VEC) and panchayat leaders. Anything which
was not covered under SSA would be covered under RTE, he added.
Month long Blood Donation Campaign comes to an end
Blood Transportation Van flagged off
ITANAGAR, June 30: The month long Multimedia Blood Donation Campaign launched on
June 1 from RK Mission Hospital under Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society,
came to end today with a Blood Donation Camp organized at General Hospital, Naharlagun.
A Blood Transportation Van given by National AIDS Control Organisation under the
Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India to APSACS was flagged off
by the Parliamentary Secretary to mark the day.
Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra setting an example for others donated one unit
of blood for the needy patients at the General Hospital, Naharlagun. Under training
firemen cadets from Police Training Centre, Banderdewa also donated 20 units of blood.
The firemen whose duties include relief and rescue operation in the emergency situation
had a firsthand experience of serving the people of the state voluntarily by donating
Pavitra, appreciated APSACS for organizing the month long blood donation campaign
and emphasized that no person in the hospital should die just for the need of blood.
Chief Medical officer Dr. Moji Jini speaking on the occasion apprised the Parliamentary
Secretary on some of the vital issues related to infrastructure development of the
State Hospital, Naharlagun.
Dr. Emi Rumi Project Director APSACS spoke on the activities undertaken by APSACS
during the month long campaign. He also assured the Chief Guest of proper utilization
of the Blood Transportation Van which is first of its kind in the state.
All the Blood Donors who donated blood during the month long campaign were felicitated
with Certificates and Mementos in the function.
Police rejects claims
ITANAGAR, June 30: City Police denied that the officers of Naharlagun Police Station
manhandled Dr. Tana Talin Tara Medical Officer of PHC Leporiang. Reacting to news
items published yesterday, Police said that Dr. Tana Talin Tara along with Tana Hari
Tara and Tana Batang not only beat up the Rajesh Pandey at Naharlagun market but
molested the maid as well. Rejecting the demands of termination of Officer Rana,
City Police said that on June 20, the trio went to the shop of Rajesh Pandey at Naharlagun
market and mercilessly assaulted him for not replacing a car damaged accidently by
a Tata Mobile owned by Rajesh Pandey with a new vehicle.
The OC PS Naharlagun under the supervision of SDPO Naharlagun arrested them U/S 452/354/34
IPC for criminal trespass, physical assault on house owner and molestation of a maid
servant and for taking law in their hands. The police has taken action as per law
and the action of OC PS Naharlagun is justified as he took action to contain dadagiri
in capital complex.
The Police further rejected the allegation of physical assault on Dr.Tana Talin and
others by OC PS Naharlagun as baseless. They were medically examined by a medical
Officer at General Hospital Naharlagun after their arrest and they were found physically
and mentally fit before they were enlarged on bail by the JMFC Naharlagun next day,
the report said.
RTI Awards Enters its Second Year
Nominations are invited for RTI Awards 2010. Instituted in 2009 by Public Cause Research
Foundation, the awards seek to honor those who kept the flag of RTI high.
“It is an honor and an inspiration for those officers who are working for transparency
within the system,” said Dr Lalit Narayan Mishra, winner of last year’s Best RTI
There are six awards in four categories – an Information Commissioner who enforced
RTI Act strictly, two Public Information Officers, who provided correct and complete
information according to law, and two citizens, who used RTI and created substantial
public impact. A new category of awards has been added this year to honor one journalist
who used RTI extensively in their reporting for highlighting public issues. A person
can apply himself or can be recommended by someone else.
Among the Jury members are eminent personalities such as actor Aamir Khan, Chief
Mentor of Infosys NR Narayana Murthy, Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice
JS Verma, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India JM Lyngdoh, Constitutional
Expert and Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman, Padma Bhushan Awardee Mallika Sarabhai,
Padma Shri and Dronacharya Award Awardee Pullela Gopichand, Author Madhu Trehan,
Chairman of NDTV Dr. Pronnoy Roy, Editor and CEO of Dainik Jagran Sanjay Gupta.
Though there are two awards in citizens’ category, the jury last year was so overwhelmed
with the work of all finalists that they decided to give awards to all 19 finalists.
Likewise, they decided to honor all the three finalists in PIO category. Where would
the money come from for so many winners? Narayana Murthy and Aamir Khan donated money
on the spot for all additional winners.
Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission was adjudged the best information commission.
It is the first commission to have issued arrest warrant against an erring PIO for
violating commission’s orders. Nationally, only 38% of orders passed by various information
commissions get complied with. Yet, no other commission invoked these powers against
the erring officers.
Dr. Lalit Narayan Mishra won the Best PIO award. He provided complete and correct
information to all appellants within the stipulated 30 days time. No appeal was filed
against his decisions and 100% of the appellants reported satisfaction with the information
provided by him.
“Though no one works for awards, however, such recognition strengthens the voice
of the movement,” says Akhil Gogoi of Assam who won Best RTI citizen Award last year.
He exposed leakages in Public Distribution System, which also resulted in suspension
of many corrupt officers.
This year, an RTI Awards Committee (RAC) consisting of sixty-five eminent RTI Activists
from almost all states has been set up. The committee would be responsible for monitoring
the RTI Awards process as well as taking all decisions related to RTI Awards.
Nomination forms can be downloaded online from www.rtiawards.org. Last date for filing
nominations is July 15, 2010.
Each award in Citizen, PIO and Journalist Categories consists of Rs. two lakh, a
citation and a plaque.
Call for Nomination How to Apply?
Nominations invited for Best RTI Citizen, Best PIO and Best RTI Journalist categories
Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.rtiawards.org
For queries, call 9717460029
BJP demands strategic action plan for Dibang Valley and Anjaw, while MLA and APYC
calls for declaration of emergency
ITANAGAR, June 30: Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has demanded state Government
to expedite the restoration works in calamity hit Dibang Valley and Anjaw districts.
The party said that the state Govt needs rigorous approach and preparation of the
strategic action plan to bring normalcy in both the districts.
There should be time bound action plan for infrastructure development, particularly
road connectivity in these sensitive districts for the easy movement of the security
personnel and mobilization of resources to the border villages, the party said.
Pointing out the pathetic situation of the flood- ravaged people of the districts,
the party also demanded declaration of state of calamity and said that not only
the people have been suffering, but the administration in these districts and other
developmental activities were also held up for months together. Only engagement
of BRO will not serve the purpose, there is an urgent need of the state Govt to
put extra effort to persuade the Centre to extend all possible help for adequate
relief and restoration works in the districts, the party said.
Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Tacho is in Delhi to mobilize Director General of
Border Road Organization and concerned Officers for immediate restoration of BRTF
road and bridges from Roing to Anini which has been cut off from rest of the world
since last four months due to continuous rain.
Since the restoration of the road and bridges will take long time, Rajesh Tacho has
requested the concerned authorities to supply the essential commodities and medicines
in time continuously to save the lives of many who are stuck in the land locked Anini.
Tacho has further requested the State Govt. to declare the Dibang Valley District
as disaster affected area immediately and declare state of emergency as per the recommendation
given by the Deputy Commissioner, Anini.
The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress also appealed to the State Govt for declaration
of state of emergency in Dibang Valley District and more ration sorties for the district.
Sireng bridge in danger !
ITANAGAR, June 30: The protection wall of the Sireng Steel bailey bridge on Pasighat-Pangin
road near Rottung village in East Siang district collapsed due to heavy landslide
on June 18. This was informed by the conscious citizen of Pangin, Taker Taloh with
MLAs calls for improved law and order in Seppa
Seppa, June 30: The law and order problem and the steps to contain was the center
of discussion at the district coordination meeting which was attended by MLAs, DC
and all the HoDs of various department at Kameng hall Seppa, today.
Keeping in view the security of the citizen especially the govt. officials and the
business community, the house resolved to give top priority to law and order problem
citing that the development of the district cannot be possible unless a peaceful
atmosphere prevails in the district.
The elected representative decided to turn down the approaches to bail out the criminals.
On the other hand, power supply figured in the meeting with representatives urging
the department to improve the power supply in the township immediately.
Besides, education scenario, situation of the health department, construction of
Mortuary, dumping ground, the maintenance of Bana and Hari Bridge, lacunae in PDS
were discussed at length.
Minister for WRD, Atum Welly informed that he had talked with Home Minister for
posting of additional force to contain the present law and order situation in the
district. He further asked all HoDs to prepare the AOP on the need basis after proper
consultation with the PRI leaders and the representatives of all the constituencies.
Parliamentary Secretary for forest and environment, Kumar Waii stressed for better
law and order problem and advocated that stern action should be taken against those
trying to create law and order problem.
Tani Loffa suggested that SP write to the higher authority for the posting of additional
force in the district by taking the reference of the resolution of coordination meeting.
He also asked Gammon Indian company to widen the road for another 2 meters from the
existing width of the road.
Karya Bagang urged the gammon India and GMR Companies to clarify about the status
of Seppa to Chayang Tajo road. In the education sectors, she stressed for the termination
of the absentee teachers saying the career and the lives of so many students are
in the hand’s of teachers.
She also pressed for the establishment of PWD division in Chayang Tajo.
Tapuk Taku asked EE PWD to prepare the DPR for the construction of remaining length
of road of the township. He assured that he along with all the MLAs would pursue
with the govt for fund.
Meanwhile, The District level meeting on Multi-sectoral development plan (MSDP) for
minority concentrated district for the East Kameng district was held under the chairmanship
of DC, Tope Bam at kameng Hall today in Presence of all the elected representatives.
In his power point presentation, District Planning Officer, Vijay Sonam informed
that the scheme commissioned under the ministry of minority affairs aims at improving
the socio-economic parameters of basic amenities for improving the quality of life
of the people and reducing imbalances in the MCDs and to reduce imbalances and speed
up development during the Eleventh Five Year Plan.
Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati was assigned
to carry out the survey for four states of the NE- Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya and
Manipur. In Arunachal East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Changlang, Tirap, Tawang, West
Kameng and Papumpare are have been selected for the scheme.(DIPRO)
Adi Kebang and Agriculture finds a place in France
PARIS/ FRANCE, June 30: A research article on “Traditional Knowledge, Innovation
Systems and Democracy for Sustainable Agriculture: A Case Study on Adi Tribes of
Eastern Himalayas of North-East India” was presented by Dr. R. Saravanan, Associate
Professor (Communication) & In-Charge, School of Social Sciences, College of Post
Graduate Studies, Central Agricultural University during the International Symposium
on “Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food”, Montpellier,
France, which stated on from June 28.
Six hundred scientists from 65 countries participated in the symposium. During the
symposium, a book on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Global Experiments,
Innovations and Experiences written by Dr. R. Saravanan was also launched.
The international symposium was organized by the CIRAD (Centre for International
Agronomic Research and Development), French National Institute for Agricultural Research
(INRA) & Montpellier SupAgro- Farm University, France.
The article on Adi Kebang and agriculture systems got much attention and appreciation
among the international scientists, because global attention on natural resources
management and environmental protection issues are getting an utmost priority during
last few years. Worldwide scientists, policy makers, environmentalists and opinion
leaders are trying to address the issues in all the possible ways. However, ever
increasing population and demand for the increased food production depletes the natural
resources at faster rate. Further, modernisation and urbanisation process leads to
adverse environmental problems. In contrast to the present global scenario, the
Adi tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh silently conserve the natural resources
and maintain the biodiversity and achieving sustainable agriculture by their traditional
ecological knowledge, collective decision making process and local democratic institutions
The presentation had drawn clear inference on Adi communities’ traditional knowledge,
innovations and their democracy in regulating sustainable agriculture, natural resources
management and biodiversity conservation. Adi farmers cropping systems are based
on rich indigenous ecological knowledge gained over the generations. The field preparation,
choosing of crop varieties and season of sowing, intercultural operations, organic
soil nutrient management, soil and water conservation techniques, ecological pest
and diseases control measures, harvest and storage methods showcase their rich traditional
knowledge on sustainable agriculture and natural resources management techniques.
The case study very specifically laid emphasis on Adi tribe’s traditional ecological
cultivation and management techniques on major cultivated crops such as; rice and
maize, citrus group of fruits, pineapple, etc. Crucial decision on farming, water
management and fallow period are regulated by strong democratic system called “Kebang”,
Adi tribe’s traditional village council. During the presentation he also stated that
the Adi’s mixed crop orchards and traditional homestead agro-forestry (Bari/ Kitchen
garden) which demonstrates well developed indigenous systems and emphasises productivity
and sustainability with the optimum utilisation of available land and other natural
resources. A multitude of crops presenting a multi-tier canopy configuration makes
balanced utilisation of environmental resources. Apart from traditional ecological
knowledge and local democratic institutions, people’s belief, taboos and customs
facilitates the sustainable farming and protects the environment. Further, he noted
that the continuing traditional food habits of Adi community necessities bio-diversity
conservation of large number of wild vegetables.
There is something amiss in RTI Act
ITANAGAR, June 30: 22 Information Commissioners from across the country will retire
in the next few months. Out of them, 11 are Chief Information Commissioners.
So many posts will fall vacant. What should be the process of their appointment?
The law is silent on that. Barring prescribing the composition of a selection committee
(consisting of PM, Leader of Opposition and one Cabinet Minister), the law does not
lay down the procedure that this committee should follow to invite names and process
Documents obtained under RTI from DOPT and PMO reveal how intense lobbying takes
place before every appointment to the posts of Central Information Commissioners.
Ravi Shankar Singh is a journalist with The Tribune. His name was recommended by
none other than Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana himself through
a personal letter written to the Prime Minister. Hooda writes – “He is well known
to me for the last more than twenty years. … I would be highly obliged if you kindly
consider his name for the post of Deputy Information Commission in the Central Information
Ravi Shankar’s name was also recommended by Kumari Selja, Minister of State and MPs
Naveen Jindal and Dr Karan Singh.
Likewise, 7 MPs recommended the name of Dr Krishna Kabir Anthony.
Interestingly, neither Ravi Shankar nor Dr Anthony’s names were even put up to the
selection committee, which comprises of Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and
a Cabinet Minister.
Before every set of appointments, the word spreads around. Several people either
apply themselves or are recommended by others. Recommendations are found to have
been made by very influential people including Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers,
MPs, Supreme Court Bar Council etc.
The names for selection are put up to selection committee through an agenda note.
The agenda note is prepared by DOPT. However, none of these recommendations or applications
was ever put up to the selection committee.
Interestingly, the names which made it to agenda note and who were finally selected,
never applied nor were they ever recommended by anyone, according to records provided
by DOPT and PMO.
For instance, in August 2008, the selection committee cleared the names of four people
in its meeting on 27th August 2008, namely Annapurna Dixit, M L Sharma, S N Mishra
and Shailesh Gandhi. Before this meeting, the following applications/recommendations
were received by the PMO and DOPT:
However, the agenda note prepared by DOPT did not contain any of these names. The
agenda note was prepared by S K Sarkar, the then Joint Secretary in DOPT. He included
the name of his own boss S N Mishra (the then DOPT Secretary), and the names of Mrs
Annapurna Dixit, Ashok K Mohapatra, R B Shreekumar, M L Sharma and Shailesh Gandhi.
Whereas Shailesh Gandhi’s name was proposed by several RTI activists through an open
letter to the Government, but where did other names come from? According to records,
none of them applied for these posts, nor were their names recommended by anyone.
This means that something is happening outside the files. Who called up these people
and asked them for their CVs? Why were only these people contacted?
Several questions arise. Firstly, how were the people like Ravi Shankar Singh, Sudhanshu
Ranjan and Dr Krishna Kabir Anthony found unfit and not even put up to selection
committee? Who did their assessment and on what basis? Who decided that these names
should not be put up to the selection committee?
The agenda note is prepared by DOPT. Obviously someone in DOPT decided to reject
these names. Does DOPT have these powers under RTI Act to reject names? No. DOPT
merely acts as secretariat to the selection committee. It neither has the powers
to reject anyone nor select anyone.
Next question is - how did the bio-datas of S N Mishra, Annapurna Dixit, Ashok Mohapatra,
R B Shreekumar and M L Sharma make it to the file? How did these names make it to
agenda note? How was it decided to include these names and not others?
It is surprising that the names recommended by MPs, Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers
are not even put up to the selection committee. But some other names make it to agenda
Interestingly, S N Mishra was the then DOPT Secretary. All this was happening under
his nose. He shamelessly includes his own name in the agenda note and excludes those
It appears that the DOPT has become de-facto selection committee and selection committee
provided in the law has been reduced to an endorsement committee. The selection committee
merely endorses the names put up to it.
In its first meeting on 5th October 2005, 5 names were put up to selection committee
and it cleared all the five names. In its next meeting on 27th August 2008, six names
were put up and it cleared four of them. In the next meeting on 6th April 2009, only
one name was put up and the same was cleared. In the meeting on 25th August 2009,
four names were put up and it selected two of them. DOPT, by rejecting all names
and presenting a very short list of names, creates a situation of fait accompli for
the selection committee, wherein the committee almost endorses what is presented
For instance, Omita Paul, who is known to be quite close to Pranab Mukherjee and
has worked with him for many years, was working as Advisor to him before last Parliamentary
elections. After the announcement of elections, the selection committee met specially
on 6.4.09 to clear her name for the post of Information Commissioner. Only one name
was presented to the selection committee and the committee cleared that name.
Interestingly, this was done in violation of model code of conduct. Though the Joint
Secretary, in his notings, warned his seniors that model code of conduct was in operation
and permission from Election Commission would be required, however, the permission
was never sought. One wonders what was the hurry for appointing her? Omita joined
on 13th May. Interestingly, as soon as UPA came to power, Omita resigned within a
month on 26th June and went back and joined Pranab Mukherjee again.
What emerges from all this is that DOPT has become de facto selection or rejection
committee. It rejects the names of all those who either apply or are recommended
by others. It then prepares its own list of names (sources of which are unknown)
and includes in this list, the names of its own bosses. The selection committee provided
in RTI Act has been reduced to an endorsement committee of DOPT.
What does the law say? The law prescribes a selection committee consisting of the
PM, Leader of Opposition and one Cabinet Minister. Then it says that the incumbent
should be a person of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience
in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media
or administration and governance. He should not be a Member of Parliament or Member
of any Legislature or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political
party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession.
The law does not provide for any procedure how nominations would be invited and how
would they be processed. DOPT had a duty to make rules under section 27 of RTI Act
to lay down procedures. However, DOPT has not made any rules so far.
Union for modification of upper age limit
ITANAGAR, June 30: After the Malaria Eradication Employee Association (MEEA), the
All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union came out with similar
opinion demanding modification of upper age limit for the candidates aspiring for
combine competitive examinations under Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
Supporting its demand, the union advocated that as per UPSC norms upper age limit
is 30 years and with 5 five years relaxation it becomes 35 and it has been done
so for the benefit of the schedule tribe and OBC students. It demanded that henceforth
APPSC should modify the upper age limit to 30 in conformity with UPSC for the benefit
of large number of students in state.
AAPSA teachers’ effectiveness training held
Ziro, June 30: The All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association in collaboration with
the Private Schools Association of Ziro organized a one day motivational training
programme for the teachers of the private schools of Ziro and Hapoli. In all 130
teachers from 24 private schools of the Ziro valley participated in the one day training.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Mallo Yam Gollo, DDSE, Ziro congratulated AAPSA
for organizing the training and wished such programmes be conducted in the future
as well. She exhorted all the private schools to collaborate with the efforts of
the education department to better the quality of education in the state. She asked
all to take good care of safety and cleanliness which is noteworthy among the private
schools. In response to the speech of the DDSE, Fr. Cyriac, resource person of the
training programme, clarified the issue of uniform holidays for all schools in the
state. The inability of the schools of Ziro, Mechuka, Bomdila and Tawang to close
schools in the summer months as the season is best suited for classes was brought
to the attention of the DDSE during the function.
The DDSE also gave away the AAPSA 2010 class X best students’ awards to Sherin Lisa
Antony and Tage Ani of Blue Pine School, Ziro who have scored over all 10 grade points
and A1 for all subjects. Earlier, Rubu Tadii, Secretary Private Schools Association
of Ziro spoke welcoming the chief guest, the participants and the resource person.
The training based on the theme “Teaching Job to Educating Mission” was well appreciated
by all the participants and everyone expressed the desire to have many more such
programmes. In the meantime AAPSA will be organizing training on CCE for the private
school teachers of the State at different locations in a phased manner.
Negotiations for settlement
ITANAGAR, June 30: ZPM, Ubu Anchal segment Hoksum Ori informed that June 23 incident
at Nikte Secondary School would be resolved peacefully though negotiations and that
a peace committee has been formed. The school was in news for wrong reasons, following
arrest of five students after they attacked the house of the headmaster for allegedly
confiscating mobile phones and tearing down the partitions of the hostel. She further
informed that boy’s hostel has been closed down indefinitely.
PR leaders cry foul
ITANAGAR, June 30: A group of ZPMs, AS chairpersons, FPS holders, beneficiaries and
others of Tali, Pipsorang, Sarli, Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Chambang in Kurung Kumey
district, in a representation to the chief secretary requested him to direct the
authority concerned to release the backlog of sub-allocation of BPL and AAY commodities
to the FPS’ of the said circles.
They further said that District Supply department is not allocating the BPL and AAY
commodities to the circles since February last, even after being advised by the F&CS
parliamentary secretary in April to immediately allocate the commodities to the FPS.
ATA district unit-APPDSU adopt resolutions for improvement of education scenario
ITANAGAR, June 30: Arunachal Teachers’ Association, Papum Pare unit and Papum Pare
District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in a joint meeting at Doimukh yesterday discussed
the measures for improvement of education in the district and need for equal distribution
of teachers in interior areas of the district. The meeting was also attended by the
representatives from Doimukh, Papum Poma and Kimin students’ unions.
The meeting observed that the teachers who are serving more than five years in the
capital district must be transferred out and posted in interior areas of the district.
However, the ATA district unit president Teli Hakap highlighted the circumstances
which lead to excess teachers in the capital district and under which circumstances
some teachers are compelled to stay in Capital.
Hakap further observed that maximum numbers of teachers in Capital are ladies and
the infrastructure in interior schools of the district is not enough to accommodate
these lady teachers. Moreover, enrolment of the students in Capital is higher than
that of the circles, he pointed out.
However, after threadbare discussion, the meeting resolved that APPDSU will take
up the issue of phase-wise rotation of transfer and posting from primacy to higher
secondary level in addition to the issues of boundary demarcation of the schools
and timely supply of the textbooks and infrastructure development in all schools
of the district.
The meeting further resolved that eight number of Govt science and Maths teachers
posted in a private school will be called back and posted in Govt school whenever
need be arise and there should be separate fund for SSA teachers’ salary during vacation
period which would be disbursed before reopening of new academic session to facilitate
the teachers to joint their respective places.
Awareness on common diseases of fowls
ZIRO, June 30: Diko Kombu Society, Hija organized an awareness programme on ‘Ranikhet’
-- a common disease of domestic fowls (chicken) -- in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan
Kendra, Ziro at Hija village recently.
Dr. Parimita Dutta, programme assistant, (V&AH), KVK suggested the participants about
the technical methods of tackling the disease.
Resource persons from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Dr. Pushpendra Saroj, SMS (Agri-Extn),
Bipul Kakoti, SMS (Fishery), Jummar Basar, SMS (Horti.) and Yuva Nunu, SMS (Agronomy)
also spoke about the disease and its preventive measures.
Senior Agriculture Field Assistant, Taku Pilia, while representing the department
of Agriculture, Ziro tipped the participants about preventive measures and symptoms
of the disease.
Later, the KVK team administered vaccine to the chickens free of cost.
Dr. MC Debnath, Programme Coordinator, KVK assured the participants of such awareness
programme in future too with the help of NGOs.
DKS’s coordinator Kime Takhii emphasized on the importance of conducting such awareness
Over 150 persons from different NGOs, SHGs etc. took part in the awareness programme,
according to Diko Kombu Society release.
NABARD supports for setting up of micro-enterprises
ITANAGAR, June 30: In an effort to generate self-employment avenues for the educated
unemployed youth in the State, NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office has sanctioned
four Incentive Based Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programmes to Oju Welfare
Association for training of 100 educated unemployed youth for setting up enterprises.
The sponsorship is partly for meeting training cost and for incentives to the NGO
based on the setting up of new units by the trainees through bank loan or self-finance
within a period of two years from the completion of the training.
The areas for entrepreneurship development are: - cutting & tailoring, jute crafts,
cloth bag making, soft toy making. The trainings will be conducted in Kimin, Itanagar
The trainees will be selected by a Project Monitoring Committee (PMIC) to be constituted
by the Implementing Agency with Deputy Commissioner of the District or his/her representative,
officials from line departments like Labour and employment, Textiles & Handicrafts
Industries, and Banks, NABARD and NGO as its members. The selection will be from
the of list of registered educated unemployed youth with Labour and Employment Department,
Government of Arunachal.
The NGO will liaison with District Administration and line departments officials
like Industries, Labour and Employment, Extension Officer (Credit), apart from banks
operating in the area for successful implementation of the programmes and guide the
trainees in preparation of projects, availing bank-loans for setting up units.
On submission of the details of new units set up by the trainees after the training,
the incentives will be released to the NGO by NABARD.
Along with these programmes, NABARD RO has also sanctioned a Skill Development Programme
on beauty culture for 25 rural women and SHG members for livelihood promotion to
be implemented by the same NGO.
NABARD will encourage similar initiatives in other districts also.
Measles Catch-up campaign in Arunachal Pradesh
By Dr D Padung
Measles is a leading cause of childhood mortality, and the reduction of child mortality
is a key millennium development goal. Measles outbreak data in states with outbreak
surveillance reveals that around 90% of the measles cases are in the age group of
<10 years. In Indian published literatures, the median case fatality ratio (CFR)
of measles was found to 1.63%. Deaths from measles occur mainly due to complications
of measles. Infants and young children, especially those who are malnourished, are
at highest risk of dying. With the introduction of measles vaccine in UIP, the disease
burden has reduced but a lot needs to be done for further reducing the disease burden.
The national coverage for measles vaccine is only 69% (DLHS 3). At 85% vaccine efficacy,
this means 41% (10.3 million) children are susceptible to Measles. The current measles
coverage at 9 months in Arunachal Pradesh is about 65%.
Reducing Measles Disease Burden
One of the key interventions to decrease U5MR and accelerate achievement of MDG4
is to strengthen measles control activities. The global goal for Measles control
is to reduce measles deaths 90% by 2010 compared to the estimated number in 2000.
The immunization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE-2008) and WHO, currently
recommend that two doses of measles vaccine should be the included in all national
immunization programmes including India. As of 2008, 192 of 193 Member States of
WHO provide 2 doses of measles vaccine in their national immunization programmes,
India being the only exception.
The Recommended key strategies for measles mortality reduction include high coverage
of measles 1st dose, Sensitive laboratory supported surveillance, appropriate case
management including administration of vitamin A, 2nd opportunity for measles. There
are 2 ways of providing 2nd opportunity like Routine 2nd dose of measles and Supplementary
Immunization Activity (SIA) for measles especially in Arunachal Pradesh. Supplementary
Immunization Activity (SIA) covering children between the ages of 9 months to < 10
years need to be carried out since the measles (MCV1) coverage in Arunachal Pradesh
is less than 80%..
Strategic plan for SIAs
The SIAs to be conducted in a phase-wise manner to be completed in the 11th 5 year
plan by 2012. The first phase will cover 40 districts in 14 states by September 2010
where 1 district (East Siang) from Arunachal Pradesh is included. In the second phase
in April 2011, the remaining districts in Arunachal Pradesh will be covered. ,
What is Measles SIA?
It is one of the most cost-effective child health interventions, proven extremely
effective in rapidly reducing measles mortality rates. The ongoing routine immunization
services at the same time should be strengthened. This is also an opportunity for
increasing community awareness of the importance of routine immunization. Further,
this is an occasion to build capacity to improve cold chain and logistic capacity,
and strengthen local partnership and collaboration among various stakeholders. The
primary purpose is to reach children who have been missed by routine services.
To target all children aged 9 months to 10 years with a goal to eliminate susceptibility
to measles in the general population. This is to be followed up by targeting all
children born since the last SIA every 2-4 years in order to eliminate any measles
susceptibility that has developed in recent birth cohorts.
(Dr Padung is State Nodal Officer, NRHM)
When Ane becomes mama and Apa is papa
Apatani language movement
By. Nani Kojin
The situation of Apatani Language and its sustenance reached to such extent that
movement short of an initiative is needed for its preservation by means of speaking
and literary activities. The main target group of this movement is the new generation
Apatanees so that our Apatani language flourishes in the future.
The steady declines in the use of our mother-tongue Apatani by the Apatanees have
been observed since the last few years. As of now, it is seen that more than 80%
of our young generation, irrespective of whether they live in urban or rural areas,
are unable or hardly able to communicate in their own mother tongue. I have visited
various villages in the home land of Apatani, Ziro, and other places where the Apatanees
dwell. It has come upon me that my own mother-tongue, the Apatani language, is in
a dying stage; that it is now becoming an endangered language.
The most regrettable part of it is that many parents, knowingly or unknowingly, are
imparting distorted use of the language to their unsuspecting children. For example,
‘Ane’ means mother, ‘Aba’ means father, ‘Ayo’ means grand mother and ‘Ato’ means
grand father in Apatani language. Instead of these, many parents now-a-days teach
their children that ‘Mummy/Mama’ means mother, ‘Ane’ means grand mother, ‘Papa/daddy’
means father and ‘Aba’ means grand father! As a result, the very loving and affectionate
words ‘Ato’ and ‘Ayo’ go unused or missing from the vocabulary of most of the young
Indeed, the plight of our mother tongue pains me and hounds my mind all the time
so much that I feel compelled to do something for its preservation for the sake of
our future generations. The decline of our mother tongue started at a fast pace and
within the last one or two generations. Interestingly, it had happened within half
a century after education started in the Apatani valley in the early 1950s. I belong
to the first generation of educated people from the valley. If this trend goes unchecked,
the grand children or the great grandchildren of my generation will neither be able
to communicate in Apatani language nor understand it as our children can not speak
the language. In other words, during our life time our grand and great grand children
will surely blame us for not teaching them our mother tongue, if not they laugh at
us when we speak with them in Apatani language. The saying goes: better late than
Therefore, I have made a humble beginning towards this by discussing the matter with
a number of families that have small children. In the opinion of the participants
of these discussions the factors mainly responsible for the non-use of the language
by the present generation children are:
1. Employing non-Apatani ‘ayas’ to look after children.
2. Having non-Apatani neighbors and friends around the children.
3. Having children from tender age live in hostels where Apatani is not spoken.
4. Families residing in non-Apatani settlement areas etc.
My observation and experience tell me that although the above four factors may have
contributed to the present situation, they are not the main causes for it. The main
reason for children not using Apatani language for conversations lies with parents,
particularly with mothers who normally spend the maximum time with children for one
reason or the other.
No environment or force can stop children from speaking in their mother-tongue if
parents speak with them regularly in mother tongue from birth to at least till them
reach class-V in school or are 10 years old irrespective of their response. Parents
tend to switch over from mother tongue to the language of the children’s choice when
they fail to get a satisfying response for their queries in mother tongue. Such acts
of giving up the mother tongue and following the language of children’s choice for
the sake of eliciting a satisfying response from them greatly contribute to discouraging
children from communicating in their mother tongue.
My reasons for disagreeing with above four reasons are:
1. There are children who can speak good Apatani language in spite of them having
lived in boarding schools where no one spoke Apatani right from Nursery classes/
from the age of 3 or 4. It was possible because their parents, especially mothers,
spoke with them regularly in Apatani when they came home on vacations.
2. There are Apatani families residing in other states where their children are born
and brought up. These children, however, are able to speak good Apatani language
as the language is constantly used at home among the family.
3. There are many non-Apatani people, including children, who have learned to speak
the Apatani language well. But many Apatani children do not speak the language because
they are fond of speaking in other languages. They overlook the language without
any valid reason, if not then willfully neglect it. Perhaps, communicating in any
language other than one’s mother tongue is considered a ‘fashion’ by the children.
I am not against any particular language. But it has become a necessity to stand
up for our mother tongue. You and I can not be passive onlookers when our mother-tongue
is dying in front of our own eyes, can we? We all know that learning many languages
gives a person more advantages in this modern world, particularly our big brothers
languages. So, one may learn as many languages as possible. But it should not be
at the cost of our own mother- tongue.
1. Parents should talk in Apatani language to their children right from infancy to
at least till they can speak the language properly.
2. Try to speak in Apatani to Apatani speakers unless it is necessary to speak in
3. We should not mind if non-Apatani people speak our language.
4. Apatani language has been introduced as third language at least in Government
schools in Ziro valley. If possible, private schools may also introduce Apatani as
third language. Management of all the schools and educational institutions, both
government and private, may encourage popularization of the language by showing keen
interest in it.
5. Organize activities in Apatani such as essay writing, debate and short story
witting competition etc. using Roman script as our language does not have its own
script. These activities should not be left only to the educational institutions
alone. NGOs and other such voluntary organizations also should take up such activities.
6. Every Apatani family should take a pledge that they would enable their children
to know and speak the Apatani language. By doing so the parents will make their children
feel proud of being an Apatani. Knowing one’s own mother tongue is essential as well
as it is beautiful.
Since it is an initiative as trendsetter, we welcome right from an individual to
organization to join with the mission or initiate different method which one feel
better. As it has no time frame, movement has to go on and on generation to come.
Preservation of the mother tongue has become a necessity not only for the Apatani
people but also for the people of all the other community/tribes of our state. So,
I wish, there would be more an individual or organization coming up in other parts
of the state to initiate the job.
Lastly, I do sincerely appeal to all our brothers and sisters to join hands with
us so that together we can make a humble effort to preserve our endangered mother
tongue before it is too late so that our future generations may not blame us.
It may be mentioned here that with the death of last member of Boro and Boa, two
Greater Andamanese tribes, their culture, languages, history and wisdom also vanished.
Apatani language may face the same fate soon.
Further, experts say that as many as 196 languages in India are on the threshold
of extinction today. According to a UNESCO source, the world loses one language in
every 14 days. This means, in less than 100 years the human civilization will be
bereft of more than half of its 7,000 languages!
“Preserve your language to preserve your culture”
“Preserve your culture to preserve your identity”
(The author is chairman of Nani Sala Foundation)
Increase quota of APL rice in Lower Subansiri district: Assn.
ITANAGAR, June 30: The Lower Subansiri district Fair Price Shop Dealers Welfare Association
(ALSDFPSDWA) has appealed the state Govt to increase the allotment of APL rice as
per requirement in the district.
In a representation to the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, the Association justifying
its demands said that against the requirement 4961 quintal of rice for the existing
14,175 ration card holders ( 35 kg each), the Govt makes allotment of only 1700
quintal APL rice in a month(4.8kg each only), which is insufficient for the consumers.
The Govt has increased the APL rice allotment in some district from February last,
but Lower Subansiri with highest population in the state had not been taken into
consideration, the Association regretted. 80 per cent of the district is still dependent
on PDS rice only, it added.
SIDBI 12th general meeting held at Lucknow
ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The 12th Annual general meeting of the Small Industries Development
Bank of India (SIDBI) was held at Lucknow on June 30.
Presiding over the meeting, SIDBI chairman and managing director R M Malla highlighted
the role of SIDBI as the pirincipal finanfial institution for the MSME sector. It
was informed that SIDBI recorded its highest ever sanctions (Rs. 35,521 crore) and
disbursements (Rs. 31,918 crore) during financial year 2009-10, with substantial
increase in its indirect as well as direct lending, according to an official release.
SIDBI’s passion for financial inclusion reflected in its micro finance assistance
increasingly by 35 per cent to Rs. 2,670 crore and micro finance outstanding crossing
the Rs. 3000 crore mark for the first time to reach to Rs. 3,812 crore as on March
31, 2010, with a substantial increase of 78 per cent. The Bank’s Micro Finance support
through about 150 partner MFIs has benefited more than 340 lakh persons, mostly women
in the rural sector.
The total assets of the Bank has recorded sizable increase of 21 per cent to Rs.
41,885 crore as on March 31,2010.
Net NPAs of SIDBI as a percentage of its net outstanding stood at 0.18 per cent as
on March 31,210, reflecting strong monitoring, persistent follow-up and timely action
by the Bank as also adequate provisioning.
The total income of the Bank for 2009-10 also showed an impressive growth of 21 per
cent and reached an all time highest figure of Rs. 3,207 crore.
The profits of SIDBI also recorded sizeable increase by more than 41% to Rs. 421
crore. Earnings per share recorded improvement to Rs. 9.36.
The AGM, after approving the accounts of SIDBI and other agenda items, approved the
payment of highest ever dividend of 25% for FY 2009-10.
Malla further said that SIDBI is committed to provide sustainable financing to the
MSME sector for improving energy efficiency, environment protection and social standards.
For this, SIDBI has contracted various lines of credit from the World Bank Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan, KFW, Germany and French Development
Agency (AFD), France. The meeting was attended by most of its directors and almost
all the shareholders of SIDBI.
Recognizing SIDBI’s commitment towards its Corporate Social Responsibility, Amity
University, Noida has also honored CMD, SIDBI with the “Amity Corporate Excellence
Award for Corporates Social Responsibility’ during 2009-10, the release said.
Committee opposes Subansiri Middle Project
ITANAGAR: Describing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed between the state government
and Jindal Power Ltd. for construction of 1600 MW Subansiri Middle Project near Tamin
village under Lower Subansiri district "a secret strategy to kill our people," the
Subansiri Middle Power Project Local Implementation Committee (SuMPPLIC), in a meeting,
vowed to thwart Govt.’s attempt at any cost in order to safeguard the interest of
the affected people.
The meeting held threadbare discussion on various negative effects of huge dam and
also criticized the government for not holding consultation with the villagers before
signing the MoA.
The meeting was attended by panchayat and public leaders from project affected areas
like Raga, Kumporijo of Lower Subansiri and Tarak Langdi, Gangte and Tali circles
of Kurung Kumey district and field expert.
Re-consider school uniform
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) appealed to the department
of School Education to re-consider the order of the department regarding school uniform
in the entire state.
It suggested the department to implement the order from next academic session instead
of this academic session, as many students have already prepared their school dress
before the commencement of this year’s session and issuance of government order.
ITANAGAR: MLA Markio Tado and former MLA Nani Ribia would attend Dree festival celebration
at Hong village, Lower Subansiri District on July 5 as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
ITANAGAR, June 30: The 7-member Village Education Committee of the Govt Primary School,
Donyi-Dokum has been reconstituted with Lindum Tayang, chairman, N Essi, member secretary
in a meeting held here today.
ITANAGAR, June 30: Gandhi Darang, Pok Kening and Okiam Siram have been selected as
president, vice president and General Secretary of Solung Festival Celebration Committee,
FPS assoc. demands
ITANAGAR, June 30: All East Kameng Fair Price Shop Welfare Association (AEKFPSWA),
in a memorandum, has demanded the WRD & Civil Aviation Minister for increasing the
monthly allocation of APL rise quota from present 2300 quintals to 5000 quintals
to meet the requirement.
The association claimed that presently there are 17,2111 APL card holders in the
district and each family is entitled for 30 kg of rice. As such, the total requirement
is 5,160 quintals.
The association further appealed to the minister not to issue fresh FPS licence in
ITANAGAR, June 30: Joram Welfare Society President Joram Dopum and ADC in-charge,
Yachuli Yowa Topu have consented to attend the felicitation programme at Talo Village
on July 10.
The programme is organised by All Talo Welfare Society and sponsored by Talo Literary
and Cultural Society.