Opposition unites to protest against price rise, calls Bharat Bandh
New Delhi, July 4: Expressing their ire against the government's price rise-inducing
policies, people will observe one of the biggest bandh called by the BJP on Monday
in support with its allies.
The bandh will coincide with a call for bandh already given by the Left parties
against the hike in petrol, diesel and other prices.
Aiming to make the strike a success, the BJP today decided to send its senior leaders
out to various State capitals to lead demonstrations and protest marches.
Termed as ''opposition unity'', the bandh will target all services except healthcare
and railways. The BJP has even asked school managements and parents to refrain from
sending their children to school.
More than 300 trade bodies of Delhi have declared support for the bandh. Traders
of different markets would carry protest marches in their respective markets and
burn effigies of the Union Government.
BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani, after a meeting of NDA leaders held
at his residence, said a resounding success of the Bandh would wake the UPA government
from its ''Kumbhkarna slumber'' and compel it to roll back the fuel price hike and
It has no business to cling on to power, Advani said in a statement issued by the
The NDA feels that prices was one issue on which there could be a grand unity among
disparate Opposition parties and the last such unity was achieved during the Emergency
regime in 1977 when major Opposition parties shed their entities to form Janata Party.
In this case, Left and other Opposition parties too have given a call for bandh but
from a different forum.
The NDA said it was outraged by the appalling insensitivity of the UPA Government
in imposing a massive burden on the people in the form of higher taxes on petroleum
products and the proposed dismantling of Administered Price Mechanism for petrol.
The hefty increase in the retail prices of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders and, most
importantly, kerosene could not have come at a worse time.
The Government’s assurances of controlling prices are increasingly sounding like
a cruel joke.
Knowing full well the cascading effect of fuel price hikes on all commodities, the
Government, which claims it has the best economists of the country running the system,
showed utter contempt for the concerns of the aam aadmi in whose name it sought votes
just one year ago, the statement noted.
Arunachal BJP withholds bandh
On the other hand, the BJP Arunachal Pradesh unit in its state level extended office
bearers meeting held recently withheld proposed nationwide bandh in the state on
July 5 next in protest against the recent fuel price hike announced by the UPA Government.
The party unit had decided to postponed the proposed bandh in the state on account
of the Dree festival of the Apatanis on July 5 next and the peak admission season
No possibility of rolling back price hike:Pranab
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today categorically ruled out any possibility
of rolling back the price hike of petroleum, diesel, kerosine and cooking gas.
''There is no question of rolling back the prices of petro-products,'' he told reporters
on the sidelines of a ASSOCHAM programme at Kolkata.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora Sunday said the shutdown called by
opposition parties against the fuel price hike was "totally unjustified" as the increase
will have "minimal impact" on the common man.
He said the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was "misleading" the people.
"These parties have been instrumental in notifying the deregulation of the prices
of petroleum products and reducing subsidies in November 1997 and in implementing
the programme from April 2002," he said. UNI
Cabinet approves creations of posts
Siram reiterates commitment to improve Education sector
Daporijo, July 4: Education Minister Bosiram Siram announced that cabinet approval
has been gained for creation of posts of 19 principals, 100 senior teachers, 10 head
masters and other clerical staff. He said that the state government is working in
full swing to solve the problem of dearth of principals and subject teachers faced
in schools all over the state and this action on the part of the government would
go a long way in improving the schools in the state.
He said this while addressing the students and public during the inaugural function
of the upgraded Govt. Higher Secondary School, Murimugli in the Upper Subansiri district
today. The Minister further reiterated the commitment of the government in improving
the education sector in the state.
Siram also informed the gathering that Arunachal was one of the first states to partially
implement the Right to Education Act (RTE) through which students from classes I
to VIII would have their school fees waived apart from free textbooks and even free
school uniforms in the future. He also informed the students that they would not
have to face board exams from classes I to XI and that instead there would be the
Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system and so urged them to attend classes
regularly and be sincere and obedient students.
Saying that students are important human resources who will determine the future
of the state and so it is essential to nurture and mould them as exemplary citizens,
he urged upon the teachers to provide student centric education to cater to the needs
of one and all. He also made a promise to the students and public of Murimugli to
post a principal within a month and assign four regular teachers as interim arrangement
for the smooth functioning of the school.
While addressing the people of his constituency, parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra
said that development permeates better to all levels of the society when it starts
from the grass root level and urged upon the public to take active interest in developmental
The DC Upper Subansiri H. K. Shalla in his address stated that the demand for teachers
was a valid point which had to be looked into immediately. He also urged upon the
students to remember the value of teachers and respect and learn from them and also
to preserve the existing school infrastructure as they were the ones who would benefit
if resources are preserved.
The inauguration programme was also attended by MLA Daporijo Tapen Siga, Director
of School Education T. Taloh, heads of department and panchayat leaders. (DIPRO)
School girl found dead in Pasighat
ITANAGAR, July 4: In a shocking incident, brutally stabbed body of an eight year
old school girl has been found in Pasighat on July 2. Her desperate parents had lodged
a missing report the previous night after the girl failed to come back home.
Hemowati, a class 2 student of a local student had gone missing on July 1 from DST
Colony. The next day, her body was found in the same locality. Her father is an employee
of the Water Resources department. The Police have registered a case and investigation
is on. When contacted the Officer In charge of Pasighat Police Station informed that
the post-mortem has been carried out and reports are being awaited.
All East Siang District Students Union who visited the parents of the school girl
today expressed shock at the inhuman incident. The Union said that such barbaric
and heinous crimes deserves severest of punishment of law. It further appealed the
citizens to be extra careful and vigilant so that such incidents do not reoccur and
also appealed the administration to beef up security measures in the town and chalk
out strategies to apprehend such bad elements and bring them before law.
Building People’s Institution and Civil Society Participation
Balijan, July 4: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a training
programme on building people’ institutions and civil society participation for good
governance at Balijan and Taraso Blocks, in collaboration with NABARD.
Likha Kabak Kiran and Rakesh Srivastav of State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD)
Itanagar were the resource persons. Kiran highlighted the government’s bottom up
approach to development through grass root level people’s participation in good governance
while adding that IDEA SHGs are becoming change agent in the development of villages.
She called upon the participants to maximise these opportunities and create a chain
of development in the neighbourhood.
Srivastav illustrated the innovative ways of self-reliance and entrepreneurship activities.
He also shared various success stories while working with SHGs in various states.
Deputy Director of IDEA Sr. Merin, highlighted the sustainable developmental interventions
of IDEA. While thanking NABARD for the collaboration, the project coordinator of
IDEA Sanjiv Tirkey reiterated IDEA’s commitment to support the people of Balijan
and Taraso Blocks.
Mein takes stock of school education in Wakro circle
ITANAGAR, July 4: On the initiative of Local MLA Chongkham, Chow Tewa Mein, who is
also the Parliamentary Secretary, a coordination meeting of all the teaching community
and PR leaders and Village Education Committees of Wakro circle was held at community
Mein requested the teachers to put their maximum efforts to give quality education
and promised construction of boundary wall and an auditorium building for Sec. School,
Wakro. He further said that he would take with the government to upgrade Wakro Sec.
School to Hr. Sec. level.
DDSE Lohit Kento Rina enlightened the gathering of the various provisions enshrined
in the Right to Education ( RTE ) and Nirmal Gram Puruskar respectively. He urged
the teaching community to take upon themselves to teach the students with best possible
Circle Officer Kenbom Nyodu who was the chairman of the meeting also requested all
the participating teachers to perform their respective duties punctually and effectively
so as to sow seeds of development to the upcoming generations.
ADEO Wakro A.K. Dwevedi and Headmasters and teacher incharges of all the participating
schools appraised on previous three years performances and achievements of their
ASM Chairperson Balijan Krisikro requested the teachers to have cordial relationship
with Village Education Committees and to discharge their best possible duties. He
also has requested the MLA and DDSE to arrange establishment of an Inter Village
(I.V.) School at Tilangkyong village for the children of those villages lying across
Kamphai river which becomes uncross- able during rainy season as the Govt. is yet
to construct bridge.
ZPM Patam Rangmang, called on the MLA to accord top priority in the infrastructure
problems of various schools.
ATDSU lift 2nd ITBP Himveer Soccer Trophy
TAWANG, Jul 04: Tamrin Tsering and Chotu scored one goal each in both halves as All
Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) football club defeated Bomja Tigers XI in
the final and lifted the 2nd ITBP Himveer Soccer Trophy at General Ground here yesterday.
The winner and runners up teams were given cash prizes of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25000
The award for Best Player of the Tournament went to Lham Ngurup of Bomja Tigers,
best goal keeper to Sange of Changbo Football Club and Tashi of Kalawangpo Football
Club became the highest scorer with 13 goals. Junior Gyangkhar Team was declared
the Most Disciplined Team.
While giving away prizes to the winner and runners up teams, MLA Tsewang Dhondup
encouraged the players to maintain their academic studies along with co-curricular
activities. He appreciated the 2nd Himveer ITBP Bn, Tawang for organizing such beautiful
event and facilitating training programmes on computers to students, mushroom cultivation
and providing squash processing unit for farmers.
The football tournament is organized annually by the 4th Bn ITBP, Tawang in collaboration
with Yuva Arunachal & District Sports Authority, Tawang.
Revenge killing rocks Koloriang
KOLORIANG, July 4: One Pisa Tokcho, 28 alleged for June 25 Koloriang murder incident
has surrendered himself before the police at Koloriang on Saturday.
The accused was later produced before the court of district and session, Koloriang
and the court remanded him to 7 days police custody. A criminal case in connection
with this incident was already registered vide Sangram PS case No 29/10 U/S 302,
according to an official release. The accused had killed Late Sale Tachung with
a local dao on June 25 early morning. The reason for the killing has been stated
as revenge after his elder brother Lt Pisa Chayu was killed at Sarli on May 18 last
by one Sale Mangha. The alleged killer of Late Chayu is also in police custody.
The accused Tokcho has confessed the crime before the court. He confessed that he
was looking for the revenge for more than a month. Two other suspected persons were
also arrested on Friday at Koloriang in connection with the same case, the release
SSA Review Meeting-cum-Workshop On RTE
DC unhappy with absentee teachers
PASIGHAT, July 4: SSA Review Meeting-cum-Workshop on Right To Education (RTE) for
all Principal, HM, ADEO, APO, BRCC, ARCC and BRPs of Pasighat, Mebo and Ruksin was
held at the school auditorium IGJHSS Pasighat on July 2 last under the chairmanship
of the DC-cum-PD (SSA) Onit Panyang.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner expressed his dissatisfaction that
many teachers are found absent in duties during his surprise visit to schools recently
in the district and many are yet to join after reopening of schools. Society wants
true and excellent teachers, he added. The DC suggested not to develop any attachment
with the post and place while serving the state. Transfer and posting is a part of
service life and opportunity for all to extend best services, gain and share experiences
and also to enjoy the beauty of Arunachal. The administration is preparing a Data-Base
for proper distribution of teachers in schools within a short notice and teachers
must obey transfer orders.
The DDSE-cum-DPO T. Talom also stressed on proper implementation of RTE in all schools
in the district and had a threadbare discussion about Dos & Don’ts under RTE. DIPRO
A perplexing past and a frightening future
Record says, the consideration to allow the mass exodus of Chakma-Hajong refugees
to our serene state was masterminded, way back in the 60’s, by a lone Chakma Political
Officer (PO) stationed in Pasighat. Unbelievable, but this is a terrible truth, which
was retrieved from the dusty piles of forgotten files. I was flabbergasted and still
am, to perceive the piece of history inscribed on the files and the impact it’s going
to have in our future.
Five decades earlier, on 26 May 1964, Political Officer (PO) U Chakma submitted a
note (No DRS-36/69) regarding resettlement scheme of Miao-Vijaynagar valley (Changlang
district), where he wrote about meeting various local headmen who obliged the settlement
of Chakma refugees in their area. He also recommended himself to be appointed as
settlement-cum-additional PO of Changlang in addition to his present duties, if the
Chakmas were to be settled in these areas.
On July 17, in reply (DO No. PO-70/64/115) to PO U Chakma’s note, Advisor to Governor
of Assam PN Luthra notified to withhold any new settlement without the explicit and
written consent of the local villagers, and admonished PO U Chakma for defying the
norms by initiating on his own the settlement of first batch consisting 490 refugees
without the approval of administration, appending that all the refugees should be
returned back from where they came from, If they continue to come at their own initiative or
on instruction issued by him (U Chakma).
Moreover, considering the sentiments of the indigenous people, on July 21 1964 director
(forest) BP Kar wrote (No FOR136/64/9708-09) to DFO Changlang, to obtain concurrence of
the villagers as they have propounded their objection against such settlement of
refugees. Expressing doubt, he adds further that whether the villagers have permitted
the refugees settlement on their free will or due to fear that the Administration
wants it, we do not know.
Likewise, Khonsa PO RK Patir also expressed apprehension through his letter (DO No
NESG/63) to PO U Chakma by stating that the law and order will deteriorate, if the
refugees are settled without the permission of the local tribals.
On December 3 1964, revering the indigenous feeling NEFA Deputy Secretary (P&D) SD
Lahakar asked (No RR 18/64) Khonsa PO to obtain written consent of the villagers
before settling the refugees in their vicinity, adding that a section of Namphai
villagers (near Miao) has disagreed to this settlement there, so the refugees need
to be shifted to some other suitable place.
Regarding the opposition raised by the locals, on May 19, 1966 Director (Forests)
PB Kar intimated Deputy Secretary (P&D) (No FOR/RR/172/65) about the tremendous opposition
from the Khampti, Singpho and Mishmi communities in Lohit Division, suggesting that
it won’t be sensible to settle the refugees against the wills of the locals.
Finally, during the period from 1964-69, in all, 2,748 families (14,888 persons)
Chakma-Hajong refugees were temporarily settled in 10,799 acres of land in three
districts. In Lohit district 214 Chakma families (11’92 persons), Subansiri district
or now Papum Pare district 238 Chakma families (11’33 persons) and Tirap (now Changlang
district) Chakmas 2’146 families (11’813 persons) and Hajongs 150 families (750 persons)
In 1971 an exclusive population census was carried by the state government indicating
in all, 3’919 families (21’494 persons) - 319 families (approx. 1’900 persons) in
Lohit, 290 families (1’600 persons)in Subansiri district, 1’480 families (8’474 persons)in
Tirap district (now Changlang district), 412 families (2’248 persons) in Bordumsa
circle, 1’160 families (6’131 persons) in Miao circle, 258 families (1’141 persons)
Hajongs in Tirap district (now Changlang district)
According to the statistics, in just 3 years 1’171 families were added enhancing
6’606 persons. With that mindboggling increasing ratio the CHR populace by 2021 will
surpass the total populace of the state. (see graphs)
1964-1971 1971-1981 1981-1991 1991-2001 2001-2011 2011-2021
Arunachal 19% 25% 29% 29% 32%
Chakma 44% 44% 110% 150% 180% 200%
Analysis of population
1964 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2021
AT* 2,98439 3,69408 4,41169 5,50351 7,05158 9,13980 12,06,4454
CH# 14,888 21,494 30,951 65,000 1,62500 4,55000 13,65,000
*Arunachal Tribal #Chakma-Hajong
With these frightening figures of Chakma-Hajong refugees surpassing the total populace
of the state by 2021 is a sign of disaster building up in the backyard. It will be
a waste of time to expect miracles to occur because I presume; it’s too late for
even miracles to happen. In fact, it will be complete buffoonery from our part, if
we still wait and look upon the sky, for a shooting star to pass by, so that we can
say our prayer to disappear the impending mayhem. Just imagine, with that kind of
population at their disposal, what they are capable of. (The writer can be reached
Daughter’s right to father’s property
In almost all the tribal society customary law do not allow daughters to inherit
father’s property especially land.
If we consider the need for survival and continuity of the clan generation the customary
law hold good. But when we come across a rare circumstances such as a father having
only daughters and no son and not likely to get or adopt one in future the customary
law has short fall in justice for those daughters. For such rare situation the customary
law should have had laid down provisions for daughters to inherit father’s landed
property at least a part if not whole. But due to loopholes in customary law father’s
landed property lands in the hands of relative (cousins, step son etc and some times
in the hand of ‘never been so good’ relatives) instead of his own daughters.
But despite the existence of customary law if a father wishes to give a part or whole
of his movable or immovable property to his daughter or all of his daughters customary
law has no punishment or penalty for this kind of breach, as of now. No-a-days customary
law is not strictly adhered to.
Some, may be many, may argue that family or clan property, especially land, must
remain within family or clan even if a father dies without male heir. This may be
right in one sense. But in such rare situation customary law should have been lenient
and allow daughters to inherit father’s land property. If the family or clan member
feel that land cannot be allowed to be inherited by daughter, who will, one day,
be married to other clan and her husband’s home will, for ever, be her home and she
will no more be part and parcel of father’s clan any more. In that case, any thing,
cash or kind, equivalent to that land in value should have been given to the surviving
daughter in lieu of the land if, at all, land property is to be saved from going
to other clan. If not all, at least some portion or share of the land would have
sufficed. Daughters cannot be punished just for having born as a daughter.
But it is not likely to be so in near future if no sympathizers and social worker
come forward to express sympathy and suggest reform. If father had a son , whether
own or adopted, this question would not have arisen.
Not only when father dies without a son, even when father is very much alive hale
and hearty but has no male child his land is captured by one of the relatives who
thinks he deserve the land leaving the legitimate daughters groping like chicks whose
mother hen has been taken away by hawk even when the properties were bought with
father’s life long personal earnings and not from the clan’s coffer.
It is not a matter of claiming equal rights to daughters or criticism of customary
law. It is about a rare circumstances where father is aged and has no son and not
likely to get or adopt one in near future but has one or more surviving daughters
and whose life long earned property land up in the hand of relatives instead of his
own daughter or daughters. There are instances of such cases where daughters are
struggling to take back whole or part of father’s land and somewhere some daughters
are living a miserable life. Father’s life long earned property especially land has
no use for them. They cannot even smell the scent of father’s land.
The customary Law needs review. It is high time to do something about this. Some
states have started contemplating of granting property right to woman. Of late Punjab
state is one to do so. In Himachal Pradesh a tribal woman has started a movement
to allow women to inherit or owning of land property.
Not all aspects of customary laws are maintained now-a-days. Customary laws are already
breached in many aspect – some time for good cause some time to achieve a personal
goal. We can break one more for sake of good, for sake of daughters who have never
been so lucky to have brothers of their own. We can carry on good things of customary
law and discard wrong ones. It is we to decide. As time flies by circumstances
changes and social requirement changes. We must cope with the present day situation.
Constitutions are amendable, Acts are amendable then why can’t the Customary law
be amended although it is in oral form. It can be done in the tribal council like
‘Keba’, and other similar type of tribal councils through consensus. Other than tribal
councils Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Arunachal Pradesh State Women
Welfare Society are some of the appropriate forum to deal such genuine social problems.
(The contributor is a State govt officer)
Foundation for Rajiv Gandhi IT Park at Ziro
ITANAGAR, July 4: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kanti Lal Bhuria laid the foundation
stone of Rajiv Gandhi IT Park today in Ziro. The Minister is in Ziro to attend the
Dree Festival on July 5 as Chief Guest. Today he visited Mudang Tage and interacted
with the citizens. He also visited District Museum, which is one of the best kept
museums in the entire state. Among others, MP Takam Sanjay, Parliamentary Secretary
Nido Pavitra and Padi Richo accompanied the minister.
Dree greetings from CM, Governor
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has greeted the people of
the state, on the auspicious occasion of Dree.
Dree is a harbinger of peace and prosperity, Khandu said in his message, and hoped
the agricultural festival would bring happiness to every home and foster unity among
all sections of the state.
The Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has also wished the people of the state on the
occasion of Dree. He expressed the hope that festival would strengthen the emotional
the emotional integration, brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst the people
and bring in prosperity, happiness and harmony.
The festival is being celebrated across the state. In Itanagar, Finance Minister
Setong Sena would be the Chief Guest while Environment and Forest Kumar Waii would
attend the Dree festival celebration at Banderdewa as Chief Guest.
Tree plantation prog
ITANAGAR: Capital Youth Welfare Organisation (CYWO) is conducting a tree plantation
programme at Indira Gandhi park on July 5. MLA Likha Saaya and Capital DC Dr S
B Deepak Kumar would attend the programme as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, July 4: Arunachal Jagrity (AJ) will organize blood donation cum fruits
and nutritious food distribution camps at R K Mission Hospital and General Hospital,
Naharlagun on July 20 next. The camp will start at RKM hospital at 10 am and while
at General Hospital it will start from 2 pm.
New association formed
ITANAGAR, July 4: Arunachal Pradesh registered pharmacists in a meeting held at I
G park today have constituted an organization, titled, Arunachal Pradesh Pharmacists
Association to raise the problems being faced by the registered pharmacists. Minyo
Blange and Tade Dui have been selected as president and general secretary of the
newly formed Association.