2011

July -  01

News Highlights

 

Unions demands

ITANAGAR, June 30: All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purrang Sawa Students’ Union (APCGSSU) has demanded re-arrest of Sanjeev Tana, one of the accused of grenade planting case, who was released on bail.

It questioned that on what ground the bail has been granted and whether he was interrogated by police or not.

The students union also demanded removal of Minister Atum Welly and Chief Information Commissioner YD Thongchi from their respective posts to facilitate free and fair investigation in illegal appointments.

Meanwhile, the students union alleged that SPA fund  amounting to Rs. One crore meant for construction of porter track in Pipu circle has been siphoned off by producing false bills by contractor and politicians with help of engineer. Only a length of 1.5 km (approx) has been constructed in new Pipu area, APCGSSU said and threatened to launch strong move against the culprits.

It appealed to the local MLA to improve the present road of Pipu circle which has worsened further for want of maintenance.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization has reiterated its earlier demand for resignation of Welly for facilitating proper and smooth investigation into the alleged illegal appointments in Govt department.

 

PhD for Jumyir Basar

ITANAGAR, June 30: Jumyir Basar, Assistant Professor, Arunachal Institute of  Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University; has been awarded Ph.D. by Rajiv Gandhi University for her work on the topic ‘A Study of Indigenous Knowledge System in Development Policies and Programmes with special Reference to Resource Management by the Galo of Arunachal Pradesh’. The external examiners highly praised her innovative approach to the inter-disciplinary topic of research, having theoretical grounds, empirical accounts and policy implications. Daughter of Dr. Tajum Basar and Mrs. Dakter Basar, she was working under the supervision of Dr. M.C. Behera, Associate Professor, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University. She was a Doctoral Fellow of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi,   for two years while pursuing her Ph. D assignment of Rajiv Gandhi University.

 

Union demands

ITANAGAR, June 30: Kargu Kardi Student’s Union (KKSU) said that new academic session is about to begin and the newly upgraded Higher Secondary School of Yomcha and Liromoba is still without any Senior Teachers and the Community Health Center Yomcha is functioning with only one Dentist.

The Union further said that only college in West Siang District is functioning without an auditorium since its inception.

It informed that grievances of the areas have been placed to the Chief Minister, who has assured of assistance and help for the mentioned grievances.

The Union further regretted that Yomcha does not have a bank. The people in this particular circle are facing lots of banking related problem since the nearest banking facility is located at about 60KM away from the area, it said. It appealed to the state govt. to reconsider their decision and include Yomcha block in the list of eleven blocks which is set to get banks this financial year.

 

SBI foundation day

ITANAGAR, June 30: State Bank of India (SBI) would distribute fruits to the patients of Heema Multispeciality Hospital as part of its foundation day to be celebrated in collaboration with the city based hospital tomorrow.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, June 30: Nabam Vivek, Hayeng Mangfi and Hina Camder Tok have been appointed as spokespersons of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) with immediate effect.

 

Milk price fixed

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Papum Pare Milk Producers’ Union (PPMPU) has fixed the rate of both thick and light quality milk for capital complex.

While the thick quality of milk will cost Rs. 50 per litre the rate of light quality milk has been fixed at Rs. 40 per litre. The rates were fixed considering the high rise in price of cattle feed, labour wages, transportation charge etc., The rates will be effected from July 1, PPMPU said in a release.

Meanwhile, the milk producers’ union, in its letter to Papum Pare deputy commissioner, appealed for exemption of cattle feed from tax, notification of free grass collection area, taking up scheme for supply of cattle feed on subsidy.

It also appealed for veterinary medical facility like timely vaccination of cows and visit by medical teams to every cow sheds in sectors and villages.

 

Gamlin congratulates Pema

ITANAGAR, June 30: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today congratulated Pema Khandu on his being elected unopposed to the Mukto constituency. While affirming is confidence in Pema, Gamlin said that his very successful stint and experience as the President of the DCC, Tawang will stand him in good stead in keeping up the aspirations people have placed in him.

The Chief Minister further said that Pema’s being elected un-opposed in the seat held by former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu is a sign of the political maturity that is emerging in our state today. “It is through such collective and positive action that Arunachal and its people can truly emerge as a state with vision. I would like to convey my deep sense of appreciation to all the people for standing with one voice on this issue.”

 

JAJD equity scheme

ITANAGAR, June 30: A micro financing empowerment project – Jiyo Aur Jine Do (JAJD) has delivered its 10th free car to Gida Yaju of Ganga Market. IT consultant of the JAJD Bamang Apo, formally delivered the car key to Gida Yaju at a simple function recently.

While emphasizing on small saving for economic empowerment of individuals, Apo informed that JAJD project is going to launch its own website soon.

 

Skill development programme

ITANAGAR, June 30: The branch Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute under Union ministry of MSME, Itanagar has decided to conduct entrepreneurship skill development programmes (ESDP) on computer office automation and hardware at A to Z Computer education, Naharlagun and SSi Computer Institute, Itanagar from July 4 and 11 respectively.  Educated unemployed youths (Class VIII standard) between the age group of 18 to 35   are eligible to apply  for training programme.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR, June 30: In an effort to make Capital Complex more beautiful, the All Capital Complex Unemployed Union (ACCUU) has decided to give a fresh look of the Pehelwan (sculpture) situated along with the NH near Itanagar.  The union will renovate and paint the Pehelwan through social service on July 8 next. Meanwhile, the Union sought cooperation of the state Govt in this regard.

 

Noble Wisdom  on NE TV

ITANAGAR, June 30: The Buddhist television programme ‘Noble Wisdom’ will now be telecast on NE TV from July 2 next. Earlier, the programme was scheduled to be telecast on Nepali TV channel Nepal 1 from June 15. However,  the Nepali TV channel could not do so due to some unavoidable circumstances.

The programme would be telecast  on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 6.26 am on NE TV.

TV channel Sadhana first started telecasting of Noble Wisdom programme  which was launched by Sherab Sangpo Society, New Delhi at Patna on May 27 last year.

 

School inauguration

ITANAGAR, June 30: Government primary school, E-Sector Indra Gandhi Park Forest Colony, Itanagar inaugural function would be attended by MLA Techi Kaso and DDSE Papum Pare District as chief guest and guest of honour on July 9. In this connection, E-sector IGP, Forest Colony Welfare Committee is organizing a social service at school complex on July 2.

 

Tree plantation

ITANAGAR, June 30: Batt Women Welfare Committee in a meeting held recently has decided to organize Tree plantation programme on July 1 at Batt Upper Primary School.

The programme would be attended by senior citizen, panchayat members, school staff and public.

 

Dalai Lama birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, June 30: Itanagar Buddhist Culture Society has decided to celebrate 77th birth anniversary of 14th Dalai Lama at Siddhartha Vihar Gompa, Itanagar on July 6.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR, June 30: G-Sector Welfare Committee organized a social service on self help basis at G-Sector from June 25 to 28.

During the four day long social service, the workers renovated colony short cut road.

Meanwhile, the committee appealed to the local MLA to upgrade the road and drainage system in the sector.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, June 30: Seppa Town Colonies Development Committee ( STCDC) ” have been formed with Rajesh Singhi as the general secretary while Sundro Sonam as the chairman

 

Support for Sango Lamte Foundation

ITANAGAR, June 30: While supporting Sango Lamte Foundation for its crusade against corruption and illegal appointments, the Arunachal Youth Federation (AYF) expressed dismay over the targeting of a particular person and his family only on charge of illegal appointment.

There have numerous cases of such illegal appointments as revealed through RTI. There is also big scam like PDS, issues like illegal mining and hydropower to be raised at the highest level, AYF said in a release.

“It would be wise on the part of the SLF to raise these vital issues rather than sticking to a particular family,” the release said, adding that failing to do so would mean that the move against corruption by SLF is politically motivated witch hunt.

 

Awareness camp

ITANAGAR, June 30: A two days awareness programme on animal husbandry and veterinary was organized at Sakiang by All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) on June 25 and 26.

The programme mainly aimed at educating the villagers about various preventive measures to be taken at the time of occurrence of diseases in livestock, specially Mithun.

A veterinary officers and doctors team from Balijan, Banderdewa, Sagalee led by Papum Pare District Veterinary Officer attended the programme.

 

Front questions

ITANAGAR, June 30: Arunachal Youth Volunteer Front (AYVF) criticized the State Government for keeping mum on Pradip Thakur issue.

Condemning the ‘Times of India’ reporter for making the unfounded remark against a major community of Arunachal Pradesh, the AYVF strongly urged the State Government to take up the issue for its early solution in the greater interest of the community as well as the state.

AYVF also condemned the conspiracy against RTI activist Payi Gyadi by planting firearms and explosives in his personal vehicle. Suspecting involvement of politicians and high ranking officials in the case, the Front demanded the Government to conduct proper investigation into the case to unearth the truth or else the AYVF would be forced to go for democratic means for fulfillment of its demand, the AYVF said in a release.

 

AYVF reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, June 30: Arunachal Youth Volunteer Front (AYVF) has reiterated its demand for investigation into Dorjee Khandu chopper crash at Luguthang by CBI and finding out of black box of the ill-fated chopper to know the cause of the mishap.

Reminding its memorandum submitted earlier to state Govt on June 16 demanding handing over of chopper mishap case to CBI within a month, the Front questioned why the state Govt is reluctant to hand over the case to CBI and find out the black box.

The Front further appealed to the state Govt to arrest the person(s) and caller(s) who gave wrong information about the safe landing of the late CM Dorjee Khandu’s chopper in Upper Subansiri and later in Bhutan leading to hold on search operation  of the chopper in late evening after the chopper crash on April 30.

 

Training by district health society

ITANAGAR, June 30: A training was conducted by district health society, Khonsa on June 28 at the district hospital Khonsa. Dr K Perme DRCHO Khonsa imparted the importance of the training to the trainees, advising them to utilise the skills for the betterment of the public of the Tirap District.

The resource person of the training was Dr.M.T Lazi (MO Lazu) and Dr Sikha Rani (MO Longding).The training was attended by MO Borduria and ANMs from various PHC and Sub-Centres.

 

Talent search awards

ITANAGAR, June 30: NCS Talent Search Exam Services, Arunachal Pradesh has conducted a talent search examination recently under three categories A, B and C in nine centres throughout the state.

Out of 953 participating candidates, Angel Roy, Itanagar, Yukum Welly, Seppa and Kamin Tayeng, Pasighat scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in Category “A”.

Nityang Padun, Yingkiong, Nui Tasing, Pasighat and Jorjee Sonam, Seppa attained first three positions in category” B”, while, Ongdu Wakhet, Changlang, Guru Prasad Singh, Itanagar and Sonam Kumari, Tirbin were adjudged as top three in the category “C” of the competition.

The award will be given to those meritorious students and also district toppers in a function which will be held at NCS,TSES Office, Itanagar on August 28.

 

Pema Khandu declared elected unopposed

ITANAGAR: With the expiry of time for withdrawal of the nomination for Mukto bye-election today, Election Returning officer has declared INC candidate Pema Khandu elected unopposed. With the declaration of bye-election result, the provision of model code of conduct has also come to an end, informed state deputy chief electoral officer in a release today.

Mukto Assembly constituency has fallen vacant due to untimely demise of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

The Election Commission of India issued notification for Mukto bye election on June 20 and all poll related activities for conducting bye-election on July 14 began with the issuance of notification.

Except INC candidate Pema Khandu, no other political parties and independent candidates filed nominations till last date of filing of nomination on June 27.

Pema Khandu filed three sets of nomination and nomination papers were found valid after scrutinization on June 28.

 

Doctors day

Itanagar: On July 1 the ‘Doctors Day’ will be celebrated at the Arunachal State Hospital Seminar Hall at Naharlagun. The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) is organizing a Continued Medical Education (CME) on few burning topics for the Doctors which will be deliberated by the Senior Doctors to mark the day.  APDA has requested all Doctors working in various institutions to join the celebration.

 

Prohibitory order revoked

ITANAGAR: Capital Complex district magistrate Bokar Basar in an order has revoked the prohibitory order under section 144 Cr PC with effect from July 1.  The 144 CrPC was imposed on  June 28 last.

 

High Court summer vacation

ITANAGAR: Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court will remain closed from July 4-15 on account of summer vacation.

However, during the vacation, the officers and staff of registry will attend the office as per roster arrangement.

Further, urgent matters in respect of Itanagar Permanent Bench’s jurisdiction will be allowed to be filed and moved before the vacation court of Justice Anima Hazarika on July 6 and 12.

News Impact

Fire Service department gasp for breath

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, June 30: “The Fire service in this state at present is not well equipped to effectively respond to different kinds of disasters,” this is the frank admission made by the office of Director Fire Service Force while replying to an RTI application. Though fire service department is one of the nodal agencies for disaster management in the state, it is struggling to survive.

The Tawang helipad chopper crash in which many valuable lives were lost caused lot of embarrassment to Arunachal Pradesh government as later it was found that no fire tenders were available at heliport during the time of accident.  Many believe that lives could have been saved had there been fire tenders. What is more shocking is that most of the helipads of state do not have fire service tender to cater any fire accidents. The Department has advised authority to provide foam tenders to all helipads for better performance.

The information revealed under the RTI Act further reveal that the state of affairs in the department is abysmal as many district headquarters and small towns do not have fire tenders. At present for whole state there are 24 number of fire tenders out of which 16 are on the verge of auction. To take care the 16 districts of state only 333 numbers of people are being employed in fire service department including 9 ministerial staff. In the last financial year department was provided fund to the tune of Rs 6, 98, 30,000. In the year 2008-09 the fund allocated was Rs 3, 39, 07,000 while in the year 2009-10 it was Rs 4, 96, 54, 000.  

Fire service department believes that foam tenders rather than water tenders is best to reduce response time and effective performance of duty. At present there are 13 static water tanks in the fire stations in Arunachal and all the fire stations have water tanks except Naharlagun and Yingkiong. The most shocking exposure is the non availability of static water tank at Naharlagun fire station. Often fire tenders have to depend on Pachin River or PHE water pipe for water source. They are facing immense problems because of this. Even though fire service department has been identified as one of the nodal agencies for disaster management in state till date it’s activities is only limited to fire incidents and its mitigation as per the disaster management plan 2010.

In the last three year, state has lost 17 lives due to fire accidents of which in 2009 two lives were lost including 1 at Ziro and 2 at Tawang.  The 2010 witnessed death of 14 due to fire accident and 194 fire accidents took place in whole state including tragic Palin school fire accident. The year 2008 witnessed 136 fire accidents while in 2009 it rose to 179.

 

Committee points at flaw in distribution of PDS items in the state

Itanagar, June 30: The Members of Consultative Committee, Food Corporation of India (FCI) Ministry of Food & Public Distribution, Govt of India for Arunachal Pradesh has pointed out serious flaws in the distribution of PDS items in the state. This disclosure was made when the Committee members called on Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Jarbom Gamlim here at Itanagar today.

The Committee Members pointed out that inspite of regular and timely disbursement of food items from the FCI as per monthly allocation quota for the  various parts of the state, it is not reaching the targeted consumers and beneficiaries under various schemes.

FCI releases APL Rice -4475 MT, BPL Rice-1871MT, AAY Rice-1331MT,  APL Wheat-530MT, BPL Wheat-256MT, Levy Sugar -844MT on a monthly for Arunachal.

The members which include Anok Wangsa, Nabam Jollow, Tacho Kabak, Nima Sange and Karto Kaye   urged the Chief Minister for  the remedial measures to streamline the present  Public Distribution System in Arunachal Pradesh to ensure timely delivery of  PDS items to the targeted areas.       The Committee member  urged Gamlin  to give directives to all the Deputy Commissioner of the state to  establish PDS Items Stores at District Headquarter under the disposal of concerned Deputy Commissioner and District Food & Civil Supplies Officer. While highlighting the PDS activities in Upper Siang District, where there is no  store owned by District Administration and Carriage Contractors cum PDS Nominee, the Committee said that it has resulted in PDS item not reaching the targeted population on time under the various schemes of APL, BPL, AAY, ANNAPURNA.

The Committee Members disclosed to Chief Minister regarding the Land allotment for construction of FCI store in Upper Siang District has been  finalized at Geku for Upper Siang District with Deputy Commissioner, Yingkiong.  The report would be soon sent  for clearance of the State Govt. for immediate notification and handing over of land to the FCI Authority at earliest. The Consultative Committee Members further informed the chief minister on the  first Phase of FCI Store Inspection and District Tour to East Siang and Upper Siang including North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji Districts of Assam w.e.f June 12-18 last. They submitted the observation on PDS activities of the districts to Chief Minister.

It is also reported that 42 Broad Gauge to 84 Meter Gauge Railways Wagons of PDS items from Rangia transit main Centre, Railways Authority has not released the food items to FCI stores for Arunachal Pradesh.

Responding to the  members, the Chief Minister assured to  take up  the matter for early demarcation of land at Aalo, Koloriang, Anjaw and Yingkiong  for the construction of FCI stores.

While stressing on the streamlining the PDS in Arunachal Pradesh,   Chief Minister   assured to take up the matter with the  Ministry of Railways and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Govt. of India to dispatch PDS items on priority from Rangia Railway main transit centre to Tinsukia, Dibrugrah, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur Tezpur, Bhalukpong , Harmoti transit centre for Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chief Minister also assured to take up the matter with the concerned department for corrective measures for smooth functioning of the PDS in Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Six shops gutted at Boleng

Aalo, June 30: In a fire mishap that broke out on the fateful midnight of 25 June last at Boleng Lower Market area, six shops were gutted and damaged property worth lakhs of rupees. The devastating fire was extinguished with collective efforts of the people living nearby after struggling  for more than 5 hours. The police and administration were helpless without a fire tender in the Boleng ADC HQ. The people of Boleng has time and again demanded for establishment of Fire Service Station at Boleng but govt. is yet to provide the Fire Tender Station for which the public has to face the wrath of fire menace from time to time. One of the victims residing at Aalo disclosed that all the victims are yet to get relief assistances from the Government.

The victims appealed to the Govt. to grant immediate relief assistances and establishment for Fire Tender Service Station at Boleng ADC HQ.

 

Byaling calls on department to reach out to rural areas

ITANAGAR, June 30: A one day review meeting of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and Dairy development was held today at Itanagar.

Minister, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Tanga Byaling while addressing the District officers of the Deptt. of A. H & Veterinary, emphasized on renovation of all the existing livestock and poultry farms at the state level for making availability of quality germplasm of livestock and poultry to the progressive farmers and also to generate revenue for the state exchequer. He also suggested for establishment of district livestock and poultry farms wherever not available to demonstrate the improved managemental packages to rural farmers. Further he stressed the need for provision of subsidy schemes for the rural poor farmers for their livelihood improvement and gave assurance to persuade at the Govt level to start subsidy scheme for poor livestock farmers as livestock are the backbone of the farmers. The Minister also requested all the District Veterinary Officers serving in the state to provide adequate animal health coverage and suggested to perform periodical vaccination which is mandatory in the state department for maintaining health and productivity of the livestock’s and poultry.

The Commissioner (AHV) T. Taloh while speaking on the review meeting reminded the District Veterinary Officers and other senior officers of the Directorate, that in case of any outbreak of the enzootic diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease in Mithun, the Veterinary Officers are blamed by the general public. Accordingly he suggested taking up the animal health program on priority basis to prove dedicated performances in the field. Commissioners (AHV) also pointed that the review meeting was convened to review all the ongoing schemes of the department wherein the issues and problems confronting the officers on ground in implementing various schemes could be addressed.

All the Nodal officers of the respective sector like Dairy Development, NPCB, ASCAD, RKVY, Fodder, Poultry gave a power point presentation of the progress of the various PLAN and Centrally sponsored schemes (CSS).

Dr. T. Taku DD (Estt) gave presentation on the establishment matter. Dr. Migo Riba, MD (IDDP) gave PowerPoint presentation on the milk scenario and Dairy development in Arunachal Pradesh its demand and supply; Dr. D. Tayeng (DD Plan) on state PLAN schemes; Dr. R. Lama spoke on progress of Livestock breeding scenario in Arunachal Pradesh; Dr. D. Longri DD (piggery Loilang) spoke on piggery development and A. Nabam gave presentation on Fodder development (CSS) schemes. All the District Veterinary Officers presented various issues and problems related to the concerned districts.

 

NEEPCO faces public fury at Nafra for non implementation of MOU

ITANAGAR, June 30: A meeting was held at Bomdila yesterday  in the office chamber of Deputy Commissioner West Kameng District, Bomdila with Sajolang Elite Society and Elected Panchayat Leaders of Nafra circle in connection with the bandh call from June 27 for restriction of NEEPCO vehicle carrying more than 15 tone from 9.mile to Nafra. The bandh call for restriction of NEEPCO vehicle to Sajolang (Miji) area is mainly for non-cooperation with the affected area of Bugun, Aka, Sartang and Sajolangs.

Logiang Rikhong, Zila Parishad Chairperson West Kameng District Bomdila while explaining the main cause of bandh call said that the NEEPCO company had agreed to the demand of elected Panchayat Leaders and general public’s of Nafra circle for widening the road from 9 mile diversion of Dirang -Nafra road since last few years. However there has been no action yet.

Er. Aju Khonjuju, President Sajolang Elite Society (SES) expressed the sentiment of the project affected areas and said  that NEEPCO company have not implemented the provisions of MOU. It is clearly mentioned in the MOU that 15% job reservation to the local tribals of Arunachal Pradesh, but so far no appointment has been made against the 600MW Kameng Hydro Electric project. As per the statement given by the HOP NEEPCO Bichom, the appointment to any post is banned by the ministry power govt. of India. Khonjuju said if the appointment is banned than the construction work of the project site should also be stopped. In education sector the company has to sponsor the meritorious students of the affected area for their higher studies in different discipline. So far not even single students from the affected area has been sponsored it siad.

 Sajolang Elite Society (SES) and Panchayat leaders approached the NEEPCO company for town maintenance at Nafra under CSR, which is yet to be initiated by the company which has prompted the Sajolang Elite Society and Panchayat leaders to restrict the companies vehicle to enter from 9 mile to Nafra from 27th June.

Deputy Commissioner West Kameng Rinchin Tashi suggested to withdraw the bandh call for movement of companies vehicle. Very shortly Deputy Commissioner will call a meeting to the Executive Director NEEPCO Shillong with the project affected areas and called on the Sajolang Elite Society and Panchayat leaders withdraw the bandh call.

 

Tea growers demand separate

deptt for tea

ITANAGAR, June 30:  The executive members of Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association (APSTGA) called on Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today and submitted a six point memorandum which includes demand for creation of a separate tea department in Arunachal Pradesh.

Though the Centre sanctions fund and various schemes through Tea Board of India for tea project in the country, tea planters of Arunachal Pradesh can not avail the fund or scheme due to various problems like environment and forest clearance for tea plantation from Central Govt, the Association said.

Association further demanded that the jhumland should be converted into tea cultivation in order to generate employment opportunities for unemployed youth.

Other demands include marketing facilities throughout the world for marketing of Arunachal tea and recognition of brand of Arunachal tea in Guwahati, Kolkata auction centres, provision for land possession certificate to farmers who are involved in farming activities along international border area and boundary area along with neighbouring state like Assam.  

The Chief Minister reportedly assured the delegation to solve the grievances of tea growers.

 

Dree food festival begins

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, June 30: The five days Dree food festival began this evening at Dree ground Papu Nallah. Inaugurating the food stall Urban Development and Housing, Director Taba Tedir said “the traditional food items of Apatani community “Pike” is one of the most delicious food items in the state”.

He further, extending his Dree festival greetings to the Apatani community, called upon them to preserve religion, tradition and culture.

Apart from this, the chief guest released an Apatani feature film “O Tanjo Nyima” (Drinking wine yields nothing) directed by Tage Richo.

Earlier, Dree ground development committee member, Er. Tage Taki highlighted the developmental activities taken up by the committee and the community as a whole and extended his gratitude to all communities of the state who contributed in kind and cash for the development of the present Dree ground.

He further said that the Development committee is planning to build this Dree ground as one of the worth visiting spots but due to financial problems the project could not be materialized.

 

T. G. Rinpoche calls on PM

ITANAGAR, June 30: The Himalayan Buddhist Delegation led by the Indian Himalayan Buddhist spiritual leader His Eminence Tsona Gontse Rinpoche of Arunachal Pradesh  met Prime Minister of India,  Manmohan Singh on June 20 at the Prime Minister’s office, New Delhi. The Himalayan delegations put forward their proposals and visions, keeping in mind the large number of Buddhist followers living in the Himalayan belt region, to the Prime Minister for his perusal. The proposal put forward by T.G. Rinpoche and the delegates included inclusion of Bhoti language in the Eight Schedule to the constitution of India and establishment of a Buddhist Learning Centre in Siliguri, West Bengal and action plan for National Preparatory workshop for the Sidhartha’s 2600th Buddhahood (Enlightenment) and Dharma Chakra Paravartana celebration in 2011.

The action plan included Preservation and promotion of monasteries/Stupas to invigorate Buddhist pilgrimage tourism, publication of the Buddha’s teaching available in unique original Bhoti script, and their publicity and  formation of Buddhist Council and sending the Messengers of Karuna, Maitri & Ahimsa to the troubled spots of the country and the world to promote global peace.

The Delegation included T.G. Rinpoche,  Chairman,  Deptt. Of Karmik & Adhyatmik, Lochen Rinpoche, former Member National Minority Commission  (Chos-Rig) Affairs, Lama Chosphel Zotpa, former Vice-chairman National Commission for ST, Barun Tamang Lama, Religious Secretary Delhi Tamang Buddhist Ghendunla, Mohan Rawat Co-ordinator, H.B.C.A Uttrakhand, Govind Khampa, Advisor Uttrakhand, K.N. Dhamo, DRC Arunachal Bhawan , Pasang Sherpa, Executive Member Member, H.B.C.A- Sikkim.

 

DC for strict monitoring of PDS

ZIRO, June 30:The Lower Subansiri DC Nila Mohanan  emphasized on strict vigilance and monitoring of PDS in order to ensure regular and proper delivery of PDS items to the people in the district.   Mohanan, who is also chairperson of the district level vigilance and advisory committee was addressing the DLVAC meeting here on June 20 last.

The committee in its meeting observed that the Godown capacity of Food Corporation of India is too inadequate to accommodate the PDS items of two districts of Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey. Pointing out that the monthly allotment including levy sugar and wheat is 11549 quintals whereas the godown can accommodate only 6500 quintals, the committee decided to write to the FCI authority to mitigate the PDS item storage problem in the district immediately.

Another important point raised was diversion of PDS items to which the DFCSO clarified that there was no diversion of PDS items during the period but few leakage of quota meant for the neighbouring district. The DFCSO Ziro has been asked to strictly monitor and curb such leakages. The Committee also observed that despite timely deposit of entire costs of PDS items by the Carriage Contractor or the wholesale nominee there occurs lapses in delivery of PDS items at the FCt level.

Expressing concern over supply of inferior quality PDS items, it resolved to constitute a board with a Medical officers to assess the quality of PDS items by collecting composite samples from FCI /FSD. As an immediate measure it decided to write to the Area Manager, FCI Lakhimpur and Karshingsa at the earliest.

The DFCSO will constitute a village/FPS level vigilance committee with VLW and teacher of the village/area as its member to assist the DLVAC and SDVAC in monitoring proper delivery of PDS items at the FPS levels.

It has been made mandatory on the part of the FPS to keep their shops open at least for fifteen days from the date of drawal of PDS items from the wholesale nominee and to display prominently the name and style, price list and stock position in the shop.

With the detection of three bogus ration cards in the town, the committee has decided to issue Ration Cards only after recommendation of concerned PRI leaders and production of Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.

Viewing seriously on hoardings, adulteration and charging higher rates than the approved price, the committee resolved to initiate action as per rule. To ensure proper rate of PDS  items, the  meeting decided to issue instructions to all FPS to give proper cash memo to the consumers. DIPRO

 

Association blames govt while federation demands resignation of CM

ITANAGAR, June 30: Itanagar City Development Welfare Association (ICDWA) categorically held the State Government responsible for the last 36-hr Capital Bandh by All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) which has badly affected the normal life of people.

The bandh call was a fall out of the State Government’s lukewarm response towards ANSU’s demand for arrest of Times of India reporter one Pradip Thakur for making  questionable remark against the Nyishi tribes.

While condemning the State Government for failing to take up the issue sincerely, which involves the sentiments of the particular tribes, ICDWA urged the State Government to come closer with the students union to find a solution to the burning issue for the betterment of people of the state as well as to avoid the phase wise bandh call.

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Volunteer Youth Federation (ANVYF) has demanded resignation of the State Chief Minister on moral ground for failing to arrest Pradeep Thakur. A 10 days ultimatum was given to the chief minister for arresting the Times of India reporter for making insulting remark in online edition of the TOI, ANVYF said in a release.

It also reiterated its demand for judicial inquiry into the issue and setting up high-power committee to ascertain the base of the report.

 

ATSU supports ANSU but oppose bandh call

ITANAGAR, June 30:  All Tirap District Students’ Union (ATSU) has come out in support of the movement led by All Nyishi Students’ union in protest against the state Govt. alleged failure to take proper action on reporter Pradeep Thakur for his derogatory statement against Nyishi community.

Pradip Thakur is answerable not only to Nyishi community but to the entire people of Arunachal Pradesh as he tried to divide the people of the state on communal line by his derogatory remarks, said ATSU.

While expressing solidarity with ANSU in its demand for proper action against Thakur for his derogatory remarks against Nyishi community, the Union however said bandh call severely affects the economy of the state.   Stating that bandh call is not a solution to the problem, the Union further said such bandh call also badly affects transportation system, daily wage earners and student community. Such bandhs give an excuse to the state Govt. waste funds, it said.

The ATSU further expressed displeasure at the State Government for not bringing any concrete result in Pradeep Thakur case and appealed to the State Govt. for bringing immediate amicable solution in Pradeep Thakur case.

 

Health mela at Raga

ITANAGAR, June 30: A one day mega health mela was held at Raga on 25th of June. It was conducted by the district health society Lower Subansiri District under the guidance of Dr.K.Basar DRCHO,L/Subansiri and Dr.Toyum Doke Lendo medical officer PHC Raga. Free medicines, x-ray,ultrasonography, all types of blood tests including hepatitis and HIV and counselling,immunization were carried out during the mela.

More than 850 patients benefitted from the mela. ASHA’s of Raga area rendered every possible services. specialist Doctors  of different discipline viz.Dr. H.Takar orthopaedics, Dr.Joram Kope pathologist, Dr.H.Tadi gynaecologist, eye specialist,dental surgeon, Dr.G.Mary MO Boasimla, among hordes of other doctors rendered their services.

Parliamentary secretary, land management Padi Richo while inaugurating the mela thanked and congratulated the District health society for the noble venture. He offered to render any type of help during the mela.

Maga Dinesh ,ZPM Raga submitted memorandum to the chief guest demanding upgradation of Raga PHC to CHC, ambulance and an allopathic doctor at Yorkum sub centre .

 

Panchayat leaders deny allegations

ITANAGAR, June 30: The Panchayat leaders of Nacho, Pate, Sigin and  Limeking-Taksing in Upper Subansiri district have denied the allegations leveled against ZP chairperson and District Panchayat Development Officer (DPDO) as baseless and  said that it was an attempt to malign the image of the ZPC.

Reacting to All Upper Subansiri District Gram Sabha Coordination Committee’s statement alleging corruption and embezzlement of public money by ZPC and DPDO, Nacho ZPM Tanam Nacho, Pate ZPM Yajum Muri, Sigin –I ZPM Duma Yeker and Limeking-Taksing Anchal chairperson Yabing Haffi clarified that the ministry of panchayat had not released the plan allocation of BRGF during 2008-09 due to delay of submission of report by the state Govt. Secondly, the panchayat leaders said that they had not received  fund allocation under  finance commission.  Moreover, Fund released against the BRGF scheme is not implemented at District Planning Committee. They further said that DPC releases 80 per cent of plan allocation to block panchayat as per prescribed guidelines when it receives the fund.

 

Women’s welfare society demands teachers

ITANAGAR, June 30: So far we have seen many district and circle level male dominated organisations who are demanding adequate posting of teachers in interior areas of the districts. Now a women organisation, namely, Upper Siang Women’s Welfare Society has come in the forefront to raise voice against shortage of teachers in their district.

The Society said that  regular, efficient and full teaching staff are badly needed in   the Govt Higher Secondary School, Yingkiong in Upper Subansiri district.

There is no privte institution in the district where the students can get higher education. On the other hand, Yingkiong Govt. Higher Secondary School, which is considered as the main educational hub in the whole district has no required teachers, the Society lamented. It said that there is always a mediocre performance in the board examinations by the students due to shortage of teachers. During last academic session and board examination also, the students performed poorly due to shortage of Senior Teachers for Maths, Physics and Hindi and junior teachers for Maths, English and Computer, the society added.

The society resented that  the authorities failed to depute the required teachers even before the beginning of new academic session of the school.

Information that a representation has been submitted to the Director of School Education, in this regard for necessary and immediate action, the Society further requested the higher authorities of the Govt to post senior Maths, Physics and Hindi teachers and also junior teachers for Math,  English and Computer subjects immediately before the beginning of new academic session.

 

SIRD’s training cum workshop on lab to land initiative

ITANAGAR, June 30: SIRD Arunachal Pradesh conducted an orientation cum workshop on Ministry of Rural Development’s Lab to Land Initiative from 29th to 30th June here at SIRD. This initiative endeavours to build a cohesive Knowledge and Innovation Community comprising of policy makers, implementers, academia, financial institutions, and other experts besides NGOs, to achieve complete understanding amongst all stakeholders for full achievement of programme objectives. This initiative is aimed at triggering a development process which ensures broad based improvement in quality of life of people especially the poor and focuses on faster and more inclusive growth.

Under instructions from Ministry of Rural Development, each state has selected one or two blocks as pilot blocks under the initiative and to form district and block specific coordination committees for coordinating the implementation. In reference to the directives State Govt has notified Doimukh CD Block as the first pilot block and Papumpare district as the pilot district under the initiative.  Bharat Nirman Volunteers are to be selected and empanelled for providing all information about programme objectives and citizen entitlements. These volunteers shall become local resource persons for the community at the village level.

The training programme was attended by BDO Doimukh, EAC cum BDO Kimin, Zilla Parishad Members, Anchal Samiti Chairpersons, Anchal Samiti Members, Block level officials from various blocks under Papumpare district. Training programme was conducted by faculties of SIRD including VK Sharma, Dy. Director SIRD, Likha Kiran Kabak and Dr N. Sahoo, Assistant Director SIRD. Rakesh Srivastava, Asst Director cum Coordinator Lab to Land initiative also provided training and coordinated the conduction of the training programme.

The participants were informed in detail about the various aspects and deliverables under Lab to Land programme. The programme also covered details about roles and functions of Bharat Nirman volunteers, role of PRIs in accelerating development, role of PRA in preparing village plans, etc. The PR leaders attending the programme called for a specific district level initiative involving all heads of department of the district for successful implementation of Lab to Land initiative. It was decided that the process of empanelment of Bharat Nirman Volunteers would commence shortly and be completed before the end of July 2011.

 

DBYC blood donation drive

Itanagar, June 30: Don Bosco Youth Centre organized a one day Voluntary Blood Donation drive in collaboration with R. K. Mission Hospital and supported by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society.   The event organized close to the heels of the International Blood Donors Day, 14th June, is significant in as much as it is in the air that the most precious gift a person can give to another is life and blood gives life.  

Earlier during the day, an impressive inaugural function was held at R.K. Mission Hall in which a good number of youth volunteers from DBYC and the capital complex participated.  Speaking at the occasion, Fr. Cyriac, Director, DBYC, lauded the R.K. Mission Hospital authorities for making all arrangements for the day.  “I am impressed not merely because so many of you young people are here to give ‘life’ but all the more because it is a sign of the secular undercurrent of India”, said Fr. Cyriac.  

Dr. L. K. Chaudhury, In-Charge of the Blood Bank at the hospital, quoting the words of Swami Vivekananda said, “Service to Man is Service to God”.  PRO, D. Kholita, while speaking at the occasion congratulated the staff of DBTech who did a commendable work in organizing the programme.

 

Bandh is no solution

Dear Editor,

The more than often bandh calls make me think what we are getting from these frequent bandh calls esp. in the capital complex. Today any organization can declare a bandh call and our administration looks on as a mute spectators. I never doubt the genuine demands of the bandh callers but let me clear that it is never a solution. It is believed that bandhs affects the state treasury and thereby it is a great loss to the government but who is the government here. Is it our elected representatives whose only concern is how to multiply their investment during the election time into 100 times or the public servants who gets an additional holiday during the bandhs. So I don’t think this is anything to worry for our so called government but the actual sufferers are the other people like daily wage earners, trekker/tempo drivers, and petty shop keepers whose livelihood depends on daily earnings. Itanagar being the state capital is the centre of state machinery and so many people from districts including from interior areas come to Itanagar and due to these bandhs these people too suffers a lot with the residents of capital complex. The tale of medical patients is another horrible story. Many a time student community too suffers for instant the ANSU bandh on 26th May coincided with B.A(DISTANCE)  examination of R.G.U. The ANSU being a students’ body must compensate those who could not attend the said examination due to the bandh.

I wonder how and why our administration keeps silence in such a serious situation. And I wonder how can declaring a bandh call is a democratic right. There is no point in declaring Bandh calls illegal without doing anything to stop it. I sincerely request the concerned authorities to make it compulsory for all the govt. establishments as well as business establishments to remain open and function whenever a bandh call is given and those who do not comply with the order should be dealt with seriously. I also request the general public not to support any bandh calls.

Most of the time the demands or the issues raised by the various organizations are genuine but I would like to appeal them to bring out a peaceful rally or procession or public meetings or adopt legal measures or they can also try the Gandhigiri style of Anna Hazare so that the public will support you with open heart and not by fear.  Please for God’s sake no more bandh calls.

Yours,

A common man

 

 

ANSU should use its resources to make life better

Dear Editor,

It is admirable that the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has opposed the 36 hour bandh. Would the arrest of this Pradeep Thakur, if at all he is arrested, yield any kind of short or long term development to our state? Even if he is arrested, the penalty will be minimum as he has already tendered a public apology in written. Is it worth the harassment to the public and the crores worth of losses our state incurs due to these bandhs? Ours is one of the most backward states in India in terms of development, there are more pressing matters like unemployment and corruption at hand. Rather than taking the common masses on this wild goose chase, a strong student body like ANSU should use its resources to make life better for the common masses. Even helping conducting a job examination fairly would mean a lot to the common people of Arunachal Pradesh than this Pradeep Thakur thing which frankly has become just an ego-ride for some people.

Yours,

Kaya

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

Think about the common masses too

Dear Editor,

Its very unfortunate to see that our once called beautiful and innocent people of Arunachal has changed into rude, self centered, and driven by political and personal gain. Our state is really missing the gradual trend of development which otherwise have taught the people live in peace. In connection to latest Pradeep Thakur issue, my personal view says it’s too much advertised and hence the people themselves are getting affected. Think about the people who depend on daily earning when you call for a 36 hours bandh. My sincere request to our ANSU is to please reconsider the issue and follow the forgive and forget policy for the betterment of all the brothers and sisters of Arunachal.

Yours,

Jamasouth

Deomali, (on email)

 

 

 

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