Arunachal draw blank at availing schemes for minorities
AT News Service
GUWAHAT, July 13: Even as the state government reminds the people of its commitment
to overhaul the state, there are startling facts that suggest that impoverished Arunachal
failed to take advantage of various schemes being implemented by the Centre. According
to papers made available to the media, by Union Minister for Minority and Corporate
Affairs Salman Khurshid in Guwahati, Arunachal Pradesh failed to avail schemes under
the Ministry of Minority affairs even though the ministry allocated huge sum of funds
against targets for the welfare of the minorities during 2008-11.
The ministry under the initiative of PM’s 15-point programme for the welfare of minorities
since its inception has released Rs 3642.42 lakh by providing pre-matric, post-matric
and merit-cum-means scholarships to 2,02,942 students including 1,00,804 students
against a target of 3,75,659 till June last, but Arunachal did not avail any despite
According to the ministry’s document, Arunachal’s target for pre-matric was 1199
and 2877 in 2008-09 and 2009-10 while no target was fixed for the current year.
In post-matric scholarship, the target was 142, 475, 580 and 773 for 2008-09, 2009-10,
2010-11 respectively, while for the four years the merit-cum-means scholarship target
was 38. It remains to be seen whether the state government would ensure that these
scholarships are made available to the needy ones this time around.
Even the much talked multi-sectoral development programme (MSDP) is under threat
as the state government is yet to submit the district plans of 7 minority concentration
district (MCD) of Arunachal. Till June the ministry was yet to receive the plans
of seven districts identified as MCD by the centre.
The MSDP is being implemented since 2008-09 with the Planning Commission allocating
Rs 2750 crore in the 11th five year plan.
NEC to implement NERCORMP at Changlang and Tirap
AT News Service
GUWAHAT, July 13: The North Easter Council (NEC) has decided to implement the North
Eastern Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) in Tirap and Changlang districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. The decision to spread it to Arunachal and other states came
after the project which provide supplementary income to the families through the
SHGs, was managed successfully in insurgency hit Ukhrul and Senapati districts of
Manipur with the involvement of the local communalities.
Addressing the technical session of the 3rd All India Editors Conference here today,
NEC secretary U K Sangma disclosed that the NERCORMP with the financial support of
International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFDA) was introduced in Ukhrul and
Senapati districts, North Cachar and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam and West Garo
and West Khasi districts of Meghalaya.
Sangma said that insurgents had failed to collect any tax from these programme as
all schemes are implemented by the communities themselves. Therefore, the Centre
decided to expand the projects to all the districts infested with insurgency. He
said the NEC since inception in 1972 is engaged in massive infrastructure development
(8,000 km roads completed, 1,000 km road ongoing), PGCIL engaged in developing transmission
line, DPR preparation for power projects in Arunachal, Sikkim and Meghalaya, human
resource development through scholarships for higher education and teachers’ training,
improving health services by financing Sankardeb Netralaya, BB Boruah Cancer Institute
and RIMS, Imphal, among others.
Sangma disclosed that the Tata Consultancy Services has been engaged for preparing
a tourism master plan for the North East region to project its vast potential as
a single unit to the rest of the world.
DoNER joint secretary Dr J P Sharma while responding to a question on Soochna Bhawan
at Itanagar, has said that if the state government has sent the proposal, the department
would look into it.
Dr Sharma said though the ministry takes up planning, execution and monitoring of
various schemes, but huge allocation (10% of each ministry allocated to the NE) remain
unspent and diverted to the Non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR) from which
the Planning Commission allocates funds for projects prioritised by the respective
He further informed that a total of 118 projects worth Rs 1,227 crore was approved
for Arunachal and Rs 855 crore released from NLCPR and Rs 570 crore spent.
Arunachalee workers under MGNREGA lowest paid among Northeastern states
ITANAGAR, July 13: The wages paid to Arunacahlee workers under Mahatma Gandhi National
Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREG) Scheme is the lowest among Northeastern states.
The truth came to light during the second day of the three days orientation cum awareness
programme on MGNREGA for media persons, bar council and government lawyers at SIRD
conference hall here today.
The wages being paid to the workers under MGNREGA in Arunachal Pradesh is Rs.90,
the lowest among North eastern states. The minimum wage fixed for workers under the
Act is Rs 100. Wage rates in other Northeastern states are, -- Assam- Rs 100, Nagaland
- Rs130, Mizoram - Rs 103, Sikkim - Rs 120, Meghalaya- Rs 95, Tripura - Rs.100 and
Manipur - Rs. 100. Wage rate in each state is fixed by their respective State governments.
The participants of the training programme, including the mediapersons, lawyers and
resource persons, were unanimous in suggesting the state government to maintain the
minimum wage rate of Rs 100.
Attending the training programme for a brief period, RD Joint Director T. Ado highlighted
the overall performance and implementation record of the scheme in the state.
He said that the scheme could be implemented successfully in the state in the last
3-4 years due to various reasons. One of them, he said, was the inability to prepare
the labour budget properly by the Programme Officers (POs). State’s performance record
in the mentioned period was only 25 per cent, he said, adding that Upper Subansiri
recorded cent percent performance when the Act was first implemented in the state.
Frequent transfer of the BDOs, who is the Programme Officers (POs), also hampering
in successful implementation of the scheme, he said. Due to frequent transfer, that
too without the knowledge of the Rural Development department, they can not dedicate
enough time and energy for successful implementation of the scheme, he added.
Rakesh Srivastava, one of the resource persons, also echoed the joint director on
the issue. He informed that chief minister Dorjee Khandu had also expressed serious
concern over the poor performance of the scheme on several occasions.
While reminding Panchayat leaders of their role and duties, he said that each Gram
Panchayat should conduct Gram Sabha on development plan, priority of work, to identify
projects at GP level as per the recommendations of the Gram Sabha. Apart from that
Gram Sabha should also monitor the execution of the works within their jurisdiction
and conduct social audit twice in a year, he added. At least 50 per cent of the works
in terms of cost of the works are allocated to the GPs for implementation. Even,
100 per cent works can also be allocated to the GPs, he said.
Later in the post lunch session, Narayan Sahoo, AD, PR SIRD highlighted through power-point
presentation about Monitoring, Evaluation and Review process under MG-NREGA, the
responsibilities of Gram Panchayat, Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Anchal Samity
and Programme officers, Zilla Parishad and District Programme Coordinators.
Governor reviews law and order in state,
calls for strengthening night patrolling in capital cities
ITANAGAR, July 13: In a meeting of the State Governor, General J.J Singh with the
State DGP incharge Tashi Lama at Raj Bhawan here this evening, review of various
law and order related issues of the state took place.
The meeting discussed the details of strengthening of the law and order of the state
to create a congenial and peaceful atmosphere for the citizens.
Reviewing the law and order situation, the Governor was specific on strengthening
of police patrolling and Nakas in vital sensitive points in the capital complex during
night time to ensure the security of the common people. Expressing concern on the
prevailing law and order situation during night posing a threat to the tourism sector,
Gen Singh called upon the senior police officials to chalk out strict modalities
to prevent all unlawful activities from taking place against innocent citizens including
tourists and outsiders.
Giving out a firm message to the people, the Governor asserted that the law of the
land will be upheld and all the culprits involved in the anti - social activities
would be made to face the consequences of any undesirable acts.
Emphasizing on the need to promote tourism as a source of sustainable economy, he
stressed on creating tourist- friendly environment in the state to facilitate growing
of the tourism sector.
The Governor, while reviewing the situation in Tirap and Changlang, asked the Police
Department to update their intelligence database and called for motivating the misguided
youths to join the mainstream for their better future by rehabilitating them through
the state surrender policy.
Capital SP, Chuku Apa was also present during the meeting. In charge PRO to Governor.
MTO conducts surprise inspection
ITANAGAR, July 13: A mobile team of officers (MTO) constituted by the Controller,
Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, conducted a surprise inspection
at Akash Deep Complex and Ganga Market area, Itanagar today. During the inspection
the team apprehended a number of trading units for committing irregularities in weights
and measures, packaged commodities and for violation of the provisions of Weights
& Measures Acts & Rules.
In most of the cases, the traders were found selling imported packaged items without
mandatory declarations which is a necessity under the provisions of Packaged Commodities
Rules, said an official release. Besides, maximum retail price (MRP) as declared
on some of the packages was found smudged with intention to manipulate the printed
prices and to earn undue profit. The team also test checked the declared weight of
cement bags, as also the printed prices and found that Topcem brand of cement was
being sold at Rs. 390/- as against the printed price of Rs. 360/- per bag. Accordingly,
cases were registered against the offenders under provisions of the law, the release
Meanwhile, the Department appealed to the citizen to extend cooperation by lodging
immediate complaint to the nearest Inspector of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs
as and when any case of malpractice in their day to day transactions is faced.
East Siang police lauded
PASIGHAT, July 13: The East Siang police has recovered 18 stolen scooter/motorcycles
during the last two months. Most of the two wheelers have been handed over to the
owners and few are yet to return, police sources said.
According to sources, the East Siang police also solved three more theft cases
within a short period of time in the district.
After receiving a complaint from Tamik Ringu, owner of a stolen Shaktiman Truck
bearing Registration No. AR-09 / 7059, a police team led by Sub-Inspector O. Gao
immediately swung into action and recovered the lost Truck from Dhemaji (Assam)
and handed over to the complainant. In another complaint lodged by Ashini Kumar,
In-charge Dett.- 1443 BCC GREAF C/o 99 APO (Mebo) the Sub-Inspector O. Daring (Mebo
PS) recovered 34 Shuttering Iron Plates, mainly used for bridge constructions have
been recovered and all the accused persons have been arrested.
The local Beeds, worth 5 lakhs of T. Paron, Principal Govt. Hr. Secondary School,
Telam has also been recovered by the T. Tekwa SI and his team arresting two accused
persons. The DC Onit Panyang congratulated the police for their prompt action which
is a clear message to the criminals about the capability and sincerity of the local
The outgoing SSP East Siang, D. C. Srivastav also lauded the police for their commendable
Meanwhile the police department and general administration bade farewell to the outgoing
SSP D.C. Srivastav IPS who proceeded to Itanagar on promotion as DIG. Aloke Kumar
IPS (UT) 2001 batch, presently DCP of Special Cell under Delhi police will take over
the charges of SP East Siang on July 14 next. DIPRO
ANYA calls off 3rd phase agitation, demands road renovation
ITANAGAR, July 13: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has called off its proposed
third phase agitation after being ‘satisfied’ with Govt elucidation on AOP issue.
ANYA, however, added another five-point demand to its wish list.
The ‘development’ to this effect came following a ‘fruitful’ discussion that the
ANYA leadership had with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu at latter’s office premises
here on July 11 last. The CM-ANYA meeting that lasted for about two hours was arranged
under the initiation of Govt interlocutor Tame Phassang, the Advisor to CM.
ANYA president Tarin Nabam and general secretary Taring Mama today told a press conference
that the CM enlightened them of Govt stand on non-preparation of AOP during the last
financial year owing to state Govt employees’ movement. The ANYA leaders quoted the
CM as saying, “Apart from the budgetary constraints, the Govt machineries which were
supposed to prepare the annual operating plan (AOP) during 2009-10 were on agitation
path spearheaded by CoSAAP. That’s why AOP could not be prepared on time.”
Regarding the ‘NIT issue’, ANYA said the matter has been doled out to the 14-member
Nyishi Legislators’ Forum, headed by the PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, “to come to a decision
on establishment of the proposed institute of national repute”.
Clarifying its ‘sudden shift’ in stand, ANYA president Tarin Nabam said, “If we persistently
take up this NIT issue, then we, the Nyishis, will cease to be divided. Therefore,
we decided to take it over to the Nyishi Legislators’ Forum to come up with a proper
decision on it.”
On its fresh five-point memorandum, ANYA said it has demanded immediate renovation
of NH-52A—the lifeline of Capital Complex—and the road from Ganga to Papu Nallah
via Jully Basti and to develop it as two-lane highway and a substitute to the NH-52A
in view of the problem of increased traffic movement along the national highway,
currently in dilapidated condition.
While claiming that the CM has assured to fulfill its ‘genuine’ demands, the ANYA
leadership averred that it will stick to its agitation path provided the state govt
did not redress those at the earliest possible.
Ignou conducts 1st practical based Workshop for B.Ed students
ITANAGAR, July 13: The 12-days First Practical based workshop for B.Ed trainees conducted
by IGNOU Regional Centre, Naharlagun came to an end today.
Addressing the concluding function of the programme yesterday, Dr. S.J. Neethirajan
Regional Director of IGNOU urged the trainees to become the ideal teachers and role
models in their work places. He congratulated the trainees for their successful completion
of the workshop and distributed the certificates. Altogether 75 trainees from all
over the state had attended the 12 days workshop.
DC directs Govt. officials to stay in their posting places
SEPPA, July 13: Taking strong exception to the absentee officers, East Kameng Deputy
Commissioner, Tope Bam today passed an order which directs the govt. officers to
stay in their respective posting places else a stern action shall be initiated against
The order said that most of the Govt. officers remain absent in the offices especially
in the administrative outpost thereby soliciting the public wrath on account of their
day to days service to the public being adversely affected. It also maintained that
despite repeated directives from the DC, the officers are behaving themselves unbecoming
of govt. servant.
The order further said that all the HoDs shall submit the attendance of the Govt.
officers/ official every month to the DC for examination and further necessary action,
the outpost officers shall refrain from having camp office at the district HQ, Seppa.
The HODs /officers in-charge shall strictly check the attendance of their subordinate
staffs and shall initiate appropriate action against the officers who remain willfully
absence from their places of duty. The order also mention that if any subordinate
officers found defying the orders of their controlling officer despite their best
efforts, such cases shall be brought to the notice of the DC in writing for appropriate
Tawang gets Kitpi circle HQ
TAWANG, July 13: With the unfurling of tri-colour flag in the Kitpi Circle Office
by the Tawang MLA, Tsewang Dhondup on July 10 last, Tawang district got a new
circle office formally.
The MLA in his speech announced the establishment and opening of a Fair Price Shop
in Kitpi. He also announced improvement of irrigation facilities, landslide preventive
measures and strengthening of drainage systems linking at least two-three villages.
Both the MLA and the Deputy Commissioner stressed on quality education and health
Varieties of cultural programmes were presented by the school students of Namet,
Khrimu, and Kitpi to mark the occasion. Among others Govt officers school teachers,
Panchayat members, Goan Burahs, and public attended the programme. DIPRO
Farmers Club Formation Awareness
ITANAGAR, July 13: The N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) Sagalee has conducted a Farmers
Club Formation Awareness Camp at Sagalee on July 12.
The aim of the programme was to provide basic knowledge on formation of farmers
club to the needy people.
The officials from line departments, financial institutes, PR leaders and general
public of Sagalee area attended the programme sponsored by NABARD Regional Office
Itanagar. The representative from financial institutions deliberates lectures in
details about various schemes available for the Farmers club and various SHGs.
The society also decided to organize such awareness campaign in all the circles
within Sagalee comprising of Sagalee, Toru, Leporiang and Mengio circle.
PHQ conducted Safe Driving training
ITANAGAR, July 13: Road Safety Cell PHQ has organized a training programme on safe
driving for drivers of government departments at PHQ, Itanagar today.
Speaking on the occasion, AIGP, PHQ Eba Lingu highlighted the importance of defensive
driving and other safety measures.
Inspector KVG Pillai of Road Safety Cell along with road safety education team highlighted
about road accidents and causalities in Arunachal Pradesh, traffic education and
defensive driving technique through power point presentation.
While, Ct Take Sorang and L/Ct A Darang demonstrated hand signal.
In the interactive session, the drivers suggested for inclusion of road safety syllabus
in school curriculum, alternative route or one-way traffic to reduce traffic congestion.
Later, publicity material was distributed to all the 51 drivers for awareness purposes
who attended the programme.
IDEA conducts training prog on alternative livelihood for SHGs
Banderdewa, July 13: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a
training programme on Micro-finance and Alternative Livelihood development programme
for the SHG leaders at Banderdewa today.
The training motivated the SHG leaders to develop alternative livelihoods, improve
alternative employment opportunities and initiate small enterprises.
The SHGs were also provided new avenues to the diverse livestock-rearing and farming
by sustainable livelihood systems based on the locally available resources.
Sr. Merin, the Dy. Director of IDEA inspired the SHGs on experiences and best practices
in livelihood options to achieve sustainable development and empowerment of women’s
Sanjiv Tirkey, the Project Coordinator elaborated the key input on micro-finance
and income generation. He also said that IDEA is venturing into wide range of alternative
rural livelihood options to create employment opportunities and self-reliance.
The training has strengthened the SHGs to engage in innovative small scale enterprises
and rural livelihood.
Education awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, July 13: Abu Taling Welfare Society and All Lindum-Linko Youth Welfare
Society is jointly organizing a socio-economic and education awareness campaign at
Jage village and Magne village, Yangte Circle, Kurung Kumey District from July 14-17
Training for newly recruited teachers begins
NAHARLAGUN, July 13: The 30-day Induction Level Training Programme under Central
Sponsored Scheme for newly recruited teachers of Changlang district was inaugurated
here at DIET, Changlang yesterday.
Total number of 40 trainees from different schools in the district are attending.
Changlang DIET faculty S.K Dey, S Pradhan, V.K Karn, R.P Ojha, M Bora, C. Lowang,
all lecturers are the resource persons of the training programme.
During the period, trainees will be provided with an over view of National Curriculum
Framework-2005 with special emphasis on the recent pedagogical practices. They will
be equipped with relevant approaches and methods of teaching different school subjects
and will be made aware of activity based learning and experiential learning. The
trainees will also be helped to develop skill of preparing TLMs in local situation
and will be made acquainted with skills of evaluation.
L. Borang, incharge Deputy Commisioner, Changlang who was chief guest of the occasion
while stressing the role of teachers’ in shaping the future of children exhorted
them to perform their noble service with utmost sincerity and dedication. He hoped
such trainings would help teachers to develop their skills with latest techniques
and methods of teaching thereby helping them for the better future for the children.
Earlier, Principal DIET, Changlang Shri S.C Karmakar in his welcome speech termed
the training as vital for the teachers and exhorted to be attentive and gain optimum
benefit from the training. He hoped the training would benefit the teachers enabling
to them to introduce a better system of education in schools.
S. Ronrang, incharge DDSE while remarking the roles and responsibilities of teachers
as very sensitive urged them to their best to nurture the future of Children.
S Pradhan, Lecturere, DIET also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Soni for effective communication in NE
Arunachal pleads for PIB office at Itanagar
GUWAHATI, July 13: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has said
her ministry will give special emphasis to north east regarding development of media
in the region. Chairing the North East regional conference for media units of the
ministry at the Administrative Staff College in Guwahati today, Soni said special
attention needs to be given to the north east states including Sikkim in view their
During the conference, the minister instructed the Director Generals (DGs) of AIR,
Doordarshan, DAVP, Song and Drama Division, Directorate of Field Publicity and Press
Information Bureau to streamline the media services in the north east by addressing
the problems of manpower shortage and infrastructure upgradation. The conference
was attended by Union MoS C M Jatua, ministers and parliamentary secretaries and
delegations from the north east states and heads of the different media units among
DG (News) Mohan Chandak informed that a new regional news unit will start functioning
in Pasighat AIR station during the 11th Plan. Informing that all the north east states
have regional news units, he said digitalization of the news units will be completed
Arunachal Pradesh IPR Director Leki Phuntso submitted a memorandum to Ambika Soni
on behalf of the state government which the minister assured to materialize in principle.
In the memorandum, Phuntso requested the minister to set up one PIB office in Itanagar
and expedite the process for setting up of the state Soochana Bhawan which was pending
in the DoNER Ministry. He also urged for starting a bulletin in Tutsa dialect, upgrade
the studio of AIR Itanagar, provide full fledged satellite uplinking facility for
DDK Itanagar. Phuntso further called for popularizing community radio and town broadcasting
system in Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR: Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society would celebrate Chhoekhor Duechen at
Thupten Gatsaling Gonpa on July 15 next to commemorate the first teaching of Lord
“No parking of pvt vehicles”
ITANAGAR: The state transport Services in a notification has prohibited the parking
of private vehicles inside the APSTS bus terminus, Naharlagun.
The STS authority said the step has been taken in order to avoid minor incidents
that occurred earlier due to illegal parking of private vehicle inside the compound.
It said the APSTS or its staff will not be responsible if any incident and damage
causes to private vehicle inside the APSTS after the notification.
Total ban opposed
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Right to Information Bureau cum Centre for Good Governance
and Research, East Kameng District Unit taking serious note on the ban of local wine
in Seppa Township by District Magistrate suggested that instead of total ban on sale
of the local wine, the district administration should make out an appropriate time
schedule for selling of local wine in the market so that the local poor wine sellers
also earn their livelihood.
ITANAGAR, July 13: All Mubii-Radhe-Jarbo Uru Welfare Society (AMRJUWS) of Ziro and
Itanagar has condoled the death of Late Habung Tabing who died at R K Mission Hospital,
Itanagar due to illness on July 6 last.
Born on Aug 10, 1944 to Late Habung Jarjo of village Reru, Ziro, Tabing served as
Anchal Samitii Member (ASM) of Tayang-Sukung Anchal constituency un-interruptedly
from 1969 to 2003 for long period of 34 years. Besides, he served many other welfare
organizations and worked towards the development of Apatani plateau. The Society
also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for departed
The MIIT family also condoled the sad and untimely demise of Shiva Baidya, one of
the senior most faculties of MIIT Itanagar branch.
Late Baidya, who hailed from Shilapathar in Assam, died at 30 and is survived by
her parents besides six sisters and one brother.
All the staff and students of the institute stand by the bereaved family at this
hour of grief and pray for eternal peace of the departed soul. The offices of MIIT
will remain closed from July 13 to July 17 next.
ITANAGAR, July 13: Kipa Brothers Forum (KBF) has felicitated Kipa Ana and Kipa Kapa
Fipik for securing highest percentage in class XII and X examination amongst the
The prize and certificates were given away by former MLA and KBF Patron Kipa Babu
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: Sojang Lapang Sport Club won the Dree Football Tournament conducted
by Central Dree Festival Committee, Ziro recently.
Tajang Village Development Committee, Ziro lauded the team for winning the prestigious
tournament at a function organized on July 10 last.
Attending the function, EE PHE Liagi Miri, also vice chairman of CDFC, encouraged
the players to maintain the same tempo and spirit in future too. He distributed prizes
to the award winning players on the occasion.
Tajang Panchayat Anchal Chairperson Mihin Tayu also spoke on the occasion and lauded
the players for winning the most coveted prize of the Dree festival.
Tajang Govt Sec School headmaster (in-charge) Rubu Gyati and TVDC chairman Tage Tama
also spoke on the occasion and heaped praise on the victorious team.
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: The final match of the state level Tiger Seven football tournament
would be played between Saba Sha X and TTFC, Doimukh at Nyokum Lapang Ground here
tomorrow at 2.30 pm.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung and Itanagar Market Welfare Association vice president
Pate Tajuk would attend the final day of the tournament as chief guest and guest
of honour respectively.