Preliminary exercise for municipal elections
SUDA governing body meet
ITANAGAR, July 2: The long delayed Municipal elections for urban centres could be
a possibility soon as the 12th governing body meeting of the state Urban Development
Agency (SUDA) today adopted resolution to be ready for municipal election in notified
urban centre in the state.
The SUDA governing body meeting resolved that the District Urban Development Agencies
(DUDAs) shall carry out preliminary exercise for conducting survey within notified
urban centres to be in a “ready mode” to conduct municipal election as and when decided
by the Govt.
In one of the its resolutions taken, the house also decided to implement the cabinet
decision of collecting civic charges from private buildings. However, the respective
DUDAs have been empowered to examine the rate of civic charge, submit proposal for
revision of rate if any to the Govt for consideration.
The house resolved that DUDAs shall submit the status of revenue collection from
assets created to SUDA and 50 per cent of the revenue generated by DUDA shall be
submitted to SUDA for proposing the amount as 10 per cent state matching share for
proper and judicious implementation of SJSRY.
It was also decided to take up the outstanding issue of HUDCO funded projects on
priority for affective decision of the Govt.
Earlier, presiding over the meeting, UD Minister cum SUDA chairman Nabam Tuki stressed
on need based proposals. Lamenting over the condition of drainage system in urban
centres, he asked the officers to prepare and submit projects on drainage network,
sewerage system, parking lots, and beautification of towns.
The parliamentary secretary (UD) Thangwang Wangham advised the members present to
have a broader view on developing towns and cities of the state. He requested the
DCs to be careful in allotting the land and give due importance to town planning
process. He said, the nation building starts from family. If each family takes care
of its surroundings, the state and country will automatically improve and develop.
UD secretary Kapa Kholie requested the DUDAs to submit UC and PR schemes in time.
He also requested the UD Minister and Parliamentary secretary to take up the issue
of state matching share with finance and planning department.
Deputy Director cum PO (SJSRY) J Basar made a power point presentation on revamped
guidelines of SJSRY, while deputy director (UD) Himmer Ete, made a power point presentation
on issues related to status of HUDCO funded project. CE cum-director UD Taba Tedir
presented the action taken report of 11th GB meeting and submitted new proposal which
was approved in the meeting.
Among others all the SUDA members and DUDA chairman cum DC from eight districts along
with deputy directors UD took part in it.
State Women commission appeals for more funds
ITANAGAR, July 2: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has called
on the state government for allocation of more funds.
The APSCW chairperson, Komoli Mossang made this appeal at a press conference at Itanagar
On the completion of two years of the tenure of the present Commission, she informed
that most of the cases do not reach to the Commission and urged the district administration
to handle the cases relating to women efficiently.
While, appealing to the government to give proper direction to the district administration,
Mossang said that when the victims approach the district administration, the cases
are sent back to traditional courts.
APSCW Vice-chairperson, Tadar Mepung highlighting about the child marriage said that
child and forced marriage, and domestic violence are some of the most difficult cases
to dispose. She informed that the Commission has received highest child marriage
cases from Kurung Kumey district so far.
Mepung also said that the state has only one short stay home for the destitute women
and urged the government to come up with more such homes with provisions of vocational
training. She further added that the Commission is undertaking an educational analysis
on school drop-out of girls at Kurung Kumey district as it has the second lowest
Few victims of child marriages from different district who are presently residing
at a rehabilitation centre at the Oju Welfare Society (OWS) shared their stories
with the media.
One of the victims from Yangtze, a 12 years old girl said that she was sold off as
a second wife by her own maternal uncle. But she ran off when her husband, who was
a casual worker, had gone out to work.
According to information provided by the Commission, it received as many cases as
574 cases, of which 30-40 cases were solved while 231 referred to the DCs. Rest of
the cases are being looked into.
Stage set for Dree, Bhuria to join festivities at Ziro
ZIRO, July 2: As the Dree festival is at the threshold, finishing touches are being
given. Rehearsal and finalization of component for Pree and Daminda which are inseparable
part of Dree celebration has also been completed.
Highest numbers of participants ever recorded are taking part this year with 566
participants in daminda, according to Michi N Shalla, secretary culture affairs,
CDFC. The participants are mostly school children, members from various NGOs, likeminded
groups. They will showcase their traditional dresses while presenting the most popular
The other activities like decoration of Dree ground, is also near completion in both
central Dree ground Old Ziro and Hong Dree at Hanoko. It is also reported that preparations
are going on in full swing in many parts of the state even outside where people of
To avert traffic problem on July 5-6 at Central Dree ground, Old Ziro, necessary
arrangement have been made with no vehicle parking or stoppages along the Highway
from Paph to Old Ziro.
ATNS adds: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kanti Lal Bhuria would attend the Dree
festival celebration as Chief Guest at Ziro on July 5.
Parliamentary Secretary, Environment and Forest Kumar Waii has consented to attend
the Dree festival celebration at Banderdewa as Chief Guest on July 05. Apart from
Apatanis, Adi, Nyishi and Tagin communities will display cultural programmes on the
MLA Nabam Rebia and ZPM Bamang Yayu would attend the Dree festival celebration at
Kimin as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour on July 05 respectively.
West Kameng Dree
Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board chairman and Rupa-Kalakthang MLA
Tenzing Norbu and West Kameng deputy commissioner Rinchin Tashi would attend the
Dree festival on 5th July as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Meanwhile,
several competitive events including traditional games and sports and cultural events
have been organized to make the festival more colorful, according to festival organizing
chairman DMO Dani Duri and general secretary Kuru Ruja.
State writes to civil aviation ministry
ITANAGAR, July 2: The State government has taken up with the Union Civil Aviation
Ministry for providing Air craft immediately for dispatching ration sorties in the
flood and landslide affected areas including Anini. Once the aircraft is made available,
supply of ration to flood affected districts will be intensified.
The state Chief Secretary has informed this to a delegation of CoSAAP when they called
on the former yesterday regarding the immediate supply of ration at Anini, according
to a Federation release.
The chief secretary further informed the delegation that state Govt had already approved
nine ration sorties for Anini and ration items are being dropped despite inclement
weather. However, due to small size of the copter it is not possible to drop huge
quantity of ration at a time, the release said.
During the discussion, the CoSAAP delegation comprising of its president and general
secretary besides federation’s Dibang Valley unit president has suggested for constitution
of a special monitoring committee for Anini and other flood affected districts for
judicious use of relief package.
The CoSAAP said the monitoring authorities should be constituted with civil aviation,
flood and civil supply, health and family welfare departments and district administrations.
It further suggested that the higher authorities should also liaise with the departments
regularly to minimize the sufferings and agony of the flood affected people including
Govt should take a lesson from the this monsoon related problems and arrange relief
materials well in advance in flood and landslide prone areas, CoSAAP said and suggested
that the district administration should not allow the Govt servants to leave the
place of posting during such calamity.
Meanwhile, CoSAAP appealed the Govt servants including HoDs to remain in the respective
posting places and cooperate with the administration in mitigating the suffering
of the people of flood affected districts.
Administration, PR leaders and Army rallies together to battle Anjaw flood
ITANAGAR, July 2: Along with Dibang Valley and other parts of the state, Anjaw has
been battered by rain for the last three months. To meet the challenges, District
Administration with the relief rehabilitation and disaster management branch in coordination
with the Army, head of the departments, PRI members, and representatives of JAK Rifles
decided to work together.
A coordination meeting on disaster management was held at Hayuliang on June 28 defying
the torrential rainfall.
While speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner Anjaw C.S. Jeinow highlighted
the present situation of the district and directed all the HoDs and PRI members to
involve in the disaster management activities with the district relief, rehabilitation
and disaster management department and urge upon all the concerned to provide maximum
support and essential services like water supply, electricity, PDS items , health,
transport and telecommunication to the affected people of Anjaw District, He also
requested all the HoDs to submit the detail flood damaged reports as soon as the
roads to the blocked circles are opened .
Chairperson Zilla Parishad Anjaw Boglelum Tega emphasized on the early restoration
of basic amenities and services and requested the District Administration to look
into the interior villages where the actual damages had occurred. He expressed that
the District administration with the State Govt. will certainly hear their grievances
and accordingly relief packages will be provided to the victims.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Sohapso Tayang presented the preliminary
consolidated flood damage report received from the concerned departments and administrative
circles of the district. He informed that the Govt. had approved eighteen (18) ration
sorties to Anjaw district till date and interim relief assistance has been granted
to some of the victims of flash flood and landslide. Further he informed that due
to the disruption of road communication the flood damage reports have not been received
from some parts of the district.
While continuing the meeting Field Officer Disaster Management Programme (DRM) Anjaw,
Terge Sora talked about the districts hazard profile and relevance of disaster management
in the district.
Change-makers in Arunachal
Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay
We are living in an age of unprecedented changes. The pace of changes is so fast
that it sometimes overwhelms us. Who would have thought the demolition of Berlin
Wall a few decades back? Who would have imagined that the current discourse of global
power will move from West to East and Asia will be the center of attraction? Nobody
would have ever thought of the collapse of major financial institutions in US and
nationalization of the Banks and Financial Institutions through the route of conservatorship.
Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Laureate economist from University of Columbia has beautifully
summed up the anarchy and chaos in the US financial market in his recent book ‘Freefall’.
The recent Greek tragedy and massive bail-out by IMF is well-known to all of us.
The purpose of my article is not to analyze those global changes but to focus in
our Arunachal where a new breed of social entrepreneurs are trying to make differences
in the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid. They are the new change-makers
who are triggering changes from the bottom-up as against the top-driven changes of
the formal organized sector. This new breed of change-makers have all the potentials
to become a force to reckon with in future to create a new social order.
Take the case of Nangbia Amar Dui who hails from a modest background and who has
not even crossed the bar of matriculation examination. But this doesn’t become a
constraining factor for Amar to mobilize his community through an NGO called ‘N.
N. Charitable Trust’ for collective action in setting up Farmers Club, SHGs and organizing
the local artisans for micro-enterprise activities. The initial barrier was stupendous.
He did not have the resources to initiate collective action in his own area at Langper
near Sagalee. By sheer hard work and perseverance, he learnt the tools and techniques
of managing projects and he became well-versed with the rules of the game. Today,
he has promoted 55 Self Help Groups and 26 Farmer Clubs in his area at Lower Subansiri
and Papumpare District. He proudly proclaims that he has helped 120 farmers in getting
Kisan Credit Cards from the local bank branches. He has been able to help the bank
branches to recover their dues through his personal influence and trust in the community.
Over a period of six years he has turned the tides and he has been linking the farmers
to credit, technology and market through appropriate institutions.
Y. Yomngam is an educated young man with a number of diplomas and laurels to his
credit in tourism and hospitality management. Today he can be counted as one amongst
the crowd who has taken lively interest in promoting adventure tourism amongst the
upcoming youth in the State. He has taken enormous pain to collect all the stakeholders
to sensitize them on the need for rural tourism, eco-tourism and adventure tourism
in Arunachal. He has run from pillar to post to get the information, policy inputs
to connect it with improving livelihood for the local community. Through his solo
effort, he has mobilized the people, local officials in the Govt., tour operators
to set up rural eco-tourism center near Ziro. For this, he has met officials in Sikkim,
lobbied with the local Tourism Department and put forward his innovative proposal
to the financing institution. The project will usher new horizon once it gets fully
implemented. Yingkiong has proved literally the famous poem of Tagore’s Ekla Chalo
Re (go alone) and his Young Mission Adventure Club has lived upto its reputation.
Take the case of Paul Chawang a post graduate in social work from Chennai. He was
literally confused at one time as to what to do. “Should I join the Govt or not ?”
was the big question for him. But he was deeply rooted in the local community and
he was thoroughly disturbed at the sorry state of affairs for the drop-out youth
and the unemployed in the area of Changlang. He was hell-bent to do something for
the poor, downtrodden and the hapless men and women in his area. Paul has lots of
ideas and he dreamt of translating those ideas. Today he has taken up his job in
a missionary zeal to train the rural youth in different skills which can improve
their livelihood in a significant manner. His Seva Kendra has challenged the status
quo and proved to his community that things can be improved and people can look forward
for a better future.
The story of Hari Biswas of National Youth Project is very different from the earlier
ones. With a post graduate degree from the local university, he was looking for an
avenue to do something in Arunachal being influenced by Gandhian ethos. From singing
to community development, the journey of Hari Biswas is full of interesting anecdotes.
The marriage to a local Khamti girl and the commitment of husband and wife for building
up a peaceful, harmonious society is absolutely mind-boggling. Today he manages the
affairs of a National NGO in Arunachal quite professionally which has earned the
admiration of all hues. The eminent Gandhian Dr. Subba Rao is all praise for his
work at Arunachal
These are some illustrative, not exhaustive examples of new breed of social entrepreneurs
who are making their forays in the landscape of Arunachal. These social entrepreneurs
have fire in their bellies, dreams in their eyes and they are very much focused in
their efforts for making differences in the lives of people who are at the bottom
of the pyramid. When these new change-makers become a critical mass in the State,
it will certainly trigger large scale change in our rural milieu for a better tomorrow.
(The author is with NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh and the views are his own.)
ITANAGAR, July 2: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) and the ASM of
Leporiang demanded the state government to make an alternative arrangement of a medical
officer at Leporiang PHC in place of the present incumbent who has been recuperating
Both APPDSU and the ASM, in their release claimed that various communicable diseases
are spreading rapidly within Leporiang area and people are suffering a lot for want
of doctor. They feared that delay in posting of a doctor along with medicines would
further aggravate the situation.
They also appealed to the government to send team of veterinary experts to Leporiang
to tackle the reported spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) among Mithuns.
Ex-MLA praises police
ITANAGAR, July 2: Former Tali MLA Takam Sorang praised Arunachal Pradesh Police force,
particularly RL Rana, OC in-charge Naharlagun Police Station and I.O M Geyi for arresting
former Tali ASM for illegally possessing PHED pipes and misappropriating fund worth
Rs 44 lakh sanctioned for construction of water project at Loa village under Tali
"The water supply project was sanctioned at an estimated cost of 44 lakh during my
tenure as MLA in 2008-09. But due to implementation of election model code of conduct
the scheme could not be implemented on time, Sorang said. However, the scheme was
implemented in March 2009-10. But sensing corruption in the implementation of the
said scheme as revealed by contractors, the people of the area lodged an FIR with
police which led to arrest of the ASM, he said.
Training on e-governance
Daporijo, July2: A week long Training Programme on Softwares AGMARKET, SARTHI,VAHAN
and PAYROLL was conducted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Daporijo, Upper
Subansiri district from June 28.
15 officers and officials were trained by Milan Lego, District Informatics Officer
(DIO) and Pramod Kumar, Scientific Officer of NIC, Daporijo.
Training on AGMARKET, a software for data entry of market details for the district
was provided to the participants from the District Agriculture Office, participants
from the District Transport Office and TPT branch of the District Administration
were given training on SARTHI and VAHAN and training on PAYROLL was given to the
participants from Accounts Branch of the DA and RWD.
The DIO praising the enthusiastic response of the participants said that such periodic
training was essential in order to keep up and in touch with the ever changing technological
advances in this computer era. He also stated that the NIC of the district was cooperating
with the DA and other departments in an effort to link up and computerize the operations
in the district and make it at par with other areas of the state. (DIPRO)
Mobile repairing training
ITANAGAR, July 2: Jarkum and Yania Charitable Society is organising a 42 days training
on Mobile Repairing for 25 trainees, sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar from July 5 at
Vikas Parishad Conference Hall, Itanagar.
Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex Dr. SB Depak Kumar has consented to inaugurate
the training programme as Chief Guest.
Car awarded to performer
ITANAGAR, July 2: "Jiyo Aur Jine Do" (JAJD), a micro financing empowerment project,
Itanagar has delivered the second "free car" to Nido Yajar of Tamin village, Raga
for her outstanding performance in promoting micro saving in rural areas.
Veterinary officer, Daporijo Dr. P Reba handed over the car key to Yajar and appreciated
JAJD for its innovative ideas.
JAJD project manager Tam Matum while explaining about the vision and mission of the
organization appealed to join JAJD for economic empowerment, linking people to banking
knowledge, promoting saving habits etc. Saving promoters from Pasighat, Likabali,
Itanagar, Palin, Koloriang, Palin, Raga and Daporijo also participated.
PASIGHAT, July 2: The East Siang Doctors Association observed Doctors’ Day on 1st
July at the General Hospital to pay homage to the founder of Indian Medical Council,
the legendary Lt. Dr Bidhan Chandra Ray who known as a great physician, planner,
administrator and mentor.
The hospital administration organized a seminar on Acute Abdomen which was presented
by Dr. Bomni Tayeng (Surgical Specialist) and Dr. Jonny Darang (Gynecologist).
Besides cleanliness drive, the doctors also participated in plantation program in
the hospital premises and the saplings were donated by the Senior Eye Specialist
CHC Ruksin Dr. D. Pait.
TPYWS construct classroom
ITANAGAR, July 2: Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society (TPYWS) constructed an MIBT
classroom for Govt Residential School Totpu under Purang circle and cleaned the school
football field on July 28 last. The social service was attended by panchayat leaders,
GBs and HGBs, APCC secretary (Treasurer and public Grievances).
The society appreciated PWD Minister Nabam Tuki for giving patronage to the social
service. It also praised Tuki for facilitating admission to many orphan children
of his constituency at Donyi Polo Mission School, Sagalee.
Power cut at pick hours irks business community
ITANAGAR: In the recent times, Itanagar Township is experiencing frequent power cut,
especially during pick hours, due to load shedding.
Irregular power supply has not only brought day-to-day life of common people to a
standstill but also encouraging anti-social elements to commit petty crimes like
burglary, house breaking and snatching of valuable items taking the chance of darkness,
claimed Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA).
It is surprising to note that Arunachal Pradesh claimed to be the Asia’s biggest
power house in-the-making is facing acute power shortage, IMWA said. It appealed
to the authorities concerned to provide street lighting facilities in market areas
of Itanagar Township.
Road safety cell organizes training for drivers
ITANAGAR: Road Safety Cell PHQ, Itanagar organized a training for government drivers
on save driving at Conference Hall of PHQ today.
Inspector KVG Pillai of Road safety Cell along with road safety education team demonstrated
the list of road accidents, persons killed or injured and other statistics in respect
of Arunachal Pradesh, traffic education, safe and defensive driving through power-point
presentations. Constables Take Sorang and G Gamlin demonstrated hand signal to the
During interaction programmes, the participating drivers rued lack of footpath, alternative
routes for heavy vehicles and urged authorities concerned for construction of the
same. They also appealed to the police to bring under control the unruly motorcycle
riders along with noisy horns and establish traffic point at entry and exit points
of RKM Hospital to control vehicular traffic.
Twenty drivers from various government departments attended the training.
Seven to take part at ITBP prog
TEZU: As a part of national integration under Defence Civil Action Program, ITBP
is sponsoring educational tour to seven students of IGG collage Tezu . The college
union secretary Shavim Mam and Advisor Marto Dirchi have short listed seven students
on merit basis from various streams. The students will take part in the national
integration camp for personality developments besides meeting President of India
and other High profile leaders of the country and visit historical places of India.