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July 02

IFCSAP says no to minority scheme in state

ITANAGAR, July 1: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) today reiterated its opposition to the implementation of minority schemes  in the state saying that such scheme in Arunachal Pradesh might lead to a situation where the state’s tribal Christians would enjoy double benefits as STs as well as minorities. A delegation of IFCSAP which called on the Governor in its representation expressed apprehension that such  move would further promote mass conversion to faiths and have an adverse effect on the efforts to preserve and promote the indigenous faiths, tradition and culture.  

“The Tribal Christians of Arunachal Pradesh are enjoying not only the status and benefits of the Scheduled Tribes but also the facilities meant for the minority communities being provided as a Special Package of funds under the Ministry of Minority Affairs. This type of discrimination, based on religion, is totally  injustice and unconstitutional,” the representation said. The IFCSAP further raised voice against preparation of present list of minority blocks by a private agency from Assam, saying  “only Deputy Commissioner is authorized to identify the minority population as per 1978 Freedom of Religions Act of Arunachal Pradesh." It further demanded implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act -1978 at the earliest so that an authentic list of minorities can be prepared.

 

AAPLU urges student union to reconsider its statewide bandh

ITANAGAR, July 1: In the wake of the recent announcement of the proposed 36-hour State-wide bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) from July 9 next in favour of its seven point memorandum, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has urged the AAPSU members to reconsider its proposed state-wide bandh kipping in view of the hardship face by the Labour community during bandh hour. In its release, President AAPLU, Dada Tadu informed that daily wage earners are the worst victims of bandh calls, as they have to arrange for everyday expenses, some for their basic commodities, Medical expenses or for their kid’s school fees. Indeed,  labour community  are  the victims of  tug of war between State Government and  AAPSU as their  daily wages are used to deduct by the authority for being absent  in office or work during bandh, added Tadu while urging the AAPSU team to opt any other democratic means like dharna and Rally to get their genuine demands.

 

RGU results declared

ITANAGAR, July 1: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the result of Annual System of Examination of all Undergraduate Course 2014. The mark sheet can be collected after three days from the date of declaration of result. Re-evaluation/Re-check applicant (if any) may apply within 15 days from the date of declaration of result. The detail result may be seen at university website only: www.rgu.ac.in. The university has discontinued to display the result notification in university notice board, according to an RGU release.

 

Water supply disrupted

ITANAGAR, July 1: The 300 mm main pipeline that supplies drinking water to Naharlagun and Nirjuli was badly damaged due to landslide causing total disruption in water supply, PHED informed in a release.

In Itanagar too, the main supply pipeline of ‘Donyi Polo’ School has been damaged yesterday night,

The repairing works of the damaged pipelines is going on war footing. However, it will take 2-4 days to restore water supply, the release added.

 

Society felicitates toppers

ITANAGAR, July 1: The Dirchi Welfare Society felicitated Class X and Class XII CBSE toppers on June 21 last. Karto Dirchi of Class X and Tojo Dirchi of Class XII were felicitated.

In a similar act, Tarh Welfare Society also felicitated its meritorious students of Class X and Class XII.

Tarh Lellam who secured 84 percent in Class XII Science and Tarh Tayung who secured 10CGPA in Class X were adjudged toppers among the Tarh clan.

Tarh Taniang (73 percent in Class XII Commerce) and Tarh Ape (71 percent in Class XII Humanity) were also felicitated.

 

AAPYO demands immediate calling back of assistant professors-on deputation

ITANAGAR, July 1: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has demanded for immediate call back of District Planning Officer/Deputy Director on deputation since 2011.

In its letter submitted to the chief minister, while calling the step of appointing seven assistant professors from various government colleges as DPOs/DDs in planning departments as wrong, it said, there is acute shortage of lecturers in all the government colleges of the state.

Inspite of acute shortage of lecturers in various govt. colleges, the education department had given No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the lecturers for their absorption in the planning department by deviating from the normal establishment procedure and thereby violating standing government decision, the letter read.

The organization further warned of launching its democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled.

 

Social service conducted to clear blockade

ITANAGAR, July 1: The general public and PRI leaders of VIII Mengio cleared the block point between Parang and Silsango circle during a three-day social service conducted by Anchal Chairperson VIII Mengio CD Block, Nabam Sera, informed a press release.

Meanwhile, the three ASMs of Silsango circle has requested the PWD Sagalee Division for early restoration of Parang to Ambam Pistana circle via Rugo, Nyopang, Silsango and Pilla.

People are facing lots of trouble because of the blockade, the release added.

 

Doctors’ day celebrated at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, July 1: A voluntary Blood Donation camp was organized by the doctors to mark the  Doctors Day at General Hospital Pasighat today. Many doctors, including lady doctors and individuals donated blood voluntarily. It was a true act of altruism shown by the doctors of General Hospital Pasighat to honour the legendary physician Dr B C Roy who was awarded highest civilian award Bharat Ratan. Roy was a physician, social worker, freedom fighter and academician.

The programme concluded with a scientific seminar. Inaugurating the seminar, Medical Superintendent Dr YR Darang  threw light on the life and achievements of Dr BC Roy and asked fellow doctors to imbibe the altruistic ideals from Dr Roy's life. Psychiatrist Dr LC Darung gave a insightful lecture on 'Conversion Disorder' or in layman's term 'Hysteria', a condition with psychiatric symptoms without any organic cause. It is a very common ailment in our societies, with many local, traditional remedies. Dr G Jongkey, Blood Bank Officer spoke on Voluntary Blood Donation.

 

Correction

In the headline of a front page news item in this daily on July 1, it was misprinted as “Taso” in place of “Kaso”. Therefore, the headline should be read as “Work sincerely to generate higher revenue, Kaso urges DLRSOs.” The inadvertent error is regretted.

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Jaitley assures integrated package for holistic development of border area

NEW DELHI, July 1: Union Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley will visit the state along with the Chief of Army Staff after the Parliament session. He conveyed the same to CM Nabam Tuki when the latter called on him at New Delhi today to discuss the matters related to the Union Ministry of Finance. Jaitley will visit Tawang and also inaugurate the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang.

In response to Chief Minister Tuki’s appeal for a special dispensation for the development of border areas in the state to check migration to urban centres, Jaitley agreed to an Integrated Package to usher in holistic development in border areas. This announcement comes in the wake of the Chief Minister special impetus on boosting connectivity and the enhancement of administrative and basic essential services in the border areas. The Finance Minister assured the CM that he would take up the border roads development issues with Border Roads Organization (BRO) to expedite the completion of various projects. The FM also mentioned that he would take measures to connect the 10 un-connected administrative centres to expand the scope of public delivery services in the state. While discussing the fiscal condition of the state, the FM assured all possible help from his side with respect to the release of pending TFC funds and other financial support due to the state. In accordance with the PM’s positive response regarding the matter of a separate window of domestic funding in lieu of projects funded by externally agencies like ADB and World Bank, the FM assured to resolve the matter on priority to compensate the state.

In another development, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has agreed to the CM’s proposal for relaxing the norms of PMGSY road projects for the state. The CM had been consistently lobbying for a flexible regime under PMGSY based on unique local conditions in order to foster rural roads connectivity. The CM also appealed to Gadkari for increasing the coverage of roads under PMGSY to unconnected habitations in the remote areas of the state. It may be mentioned that this is a part of Tuki’s broader objective of mainstreaming the most backward communities of the state. The CM also called for 978 kms of roads in the state to be declared as National Highways. He also proposed the Ministry to take up roads and bridges which are critical for the development of Hydropower projects in the state. The State Government has identified seven such projects along the river basins at an estimated cost of Rs. 748.50 crore.

They also discussed the status of various road projects under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North East (SARDP-NE), District Connectivity and BRO Roads, among others. The Union Minister assured his support to the state and said that he will convene a joint meeting of officials of both the Centre and the states so as to facilitate early resolution of the pending issues.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by PWD Minister Gojen Gadi , Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay and Resident Commissioner Sanjay Saxena. (CMO)

 

 

HLMC chairman calls for effective mechanism to bring down IMR in state

ITANAGAR, July 1: Expressing concern over the increasing cases of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in state,  Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi who is also the Chairman of High Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) on IMR reduction under the Thirteenth Finance Commission today  strongly advocated for imparting skill development training  for the service providers in order to conduct safe delivery so that the IMR is brought down to reasonably acceptable level as per 12 FYP target to 19 by 2017.

Addressing the  2nd HLMC meeting with Secretary H & FW; Jt. Secretary Finance, DHS and other co-opted members at his conference hall  here today for reduction of IMR in the state, the Chief secretary  opined that some village women  should be  imparted training to attend the deliveries in their respective villages where trained Nurses or doctors are not available or health facilities are far away. He also  disclosed that Govt. is actively considering proposal for creating specialist posts for not only reduction of IMR but also for general benefits of the people of the state. He directed the health department to arrange training of specialists, GDMO and nurses in the renowned NGO hospitals for early completion of Neo-natal Intensive care unit and  stressed on mapping of various illnesses block-wise especially of meningitis through reputed NGO.

The Secretary H & FW, Indra Mallo emphasized on rational deployment of key service providers and improvement of hygienic conditions of Labour rooms.  Mallo also requested for provision of vehicles for supervision and monitoring of the activities in the health facilities. The health department presented through power point presentation the various compliances as per first meeting of 1st HLMC and the various activities proposed to reduce IMR.

 

 

SUMA protests China’s Arunachal claim

ITANAGAR, July 1: Protesting the oft repeated claim of China on the state’s territory, the Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) today organized a rally here to vent its anger on the reported move of Beijing to show Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory in a latest map.

Hundreds of motorcycle-borne SUMA activists shouting anti-China slogans joined the rally which started from Akashdeep and culminated at Raj Bhawan.

The Union also submitted a single-point memorandum to state governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma.

Later talking to reporters, Union’s President Biri Tabing said, "Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will continue to remain so. Every inch of Arunachal’s soil belongs to India and China should stop making such move which is detrimental for the people of the state."

"We want to make it loud and clear we always treat China as our nearest neighbor and our people are never a part of that country," he said. The state is busy fighting with its domestic issues due to which, he said, “This issue has never been taken up seriously, but SUMA will take up this issue as its moral obligation and stage protest in New-Delhi, if needed.” He urged the students’ unions, NGOs, community based organisations and political parties to support their protest movement, cutting across all political and ideological differences.

 

 

We are making our best to ensure uninterrupted power supply’

ITANAGAR, July 1: The Power Department is making all out efforts to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Capital Complex by properly maintaining the massive distribution network infrastructure.

But, despite the department’s best efforts, power supply is often disrupted due to natural calamities like landslide, falling of trees on supply line and some unavoidable mechanical problems, Power Secretary K Tayeng said in a release.

The damage caused to 132 KV grid towers near Khupi by landslides leading to complete disruption of power to East Kameng and West Kameng is an example, he said.

While responding to some news items published in local dailies recently on issues of power supply in the state, Tayeng clarified that 91 percent of the total power requirement of the state is met from Central Sector Share allocation. Hence, the availability of power supply to the state is fully dependent on Central Sector generating stations in North East region and technical soundness of the North East Grid, he said.

Capital Complex alone consumes almost 30 percent of the total energy consumption in the state, he informed.

Problem in power generation in the Central Sector stations and fault in regional grids lead to disruption in power supply in the state, he said.

“Out of the total Central Sector Share allocation of 130MW, 80 percent of the power is generated from hydro power projects and the production of power in the North East region essentially depends on good monsoon and resultant discharge in the catchment areas,” he said.

The hydel plants are predominantly Run of River type, power generation from Central Sector stations is seasonal and power generation drastically fall during winter/lean season. The generation then is almost one fourth of its installed capacity.  Thus, the State experiences huge shortfall to the tune of 32-40MW against bare minimum requirement of 80 - 90MW, he said.  

The Department during lean hydro season makes over-drawal of power to the tune of 20-25 MW which is beyond the recommended over-drawal percentage of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). To narrow down the net demand and supply gap, power regulation (load shedding) is exercised during winter/lean season, Tayeng said.

The likely power position released by the North East Regional Power Committee, Shillong indicates that during 2014-15 there is a shortfall of 156 MU against the demand of 793MU.

 

 

Taku takes up GHSS Seppa issue with CM

CM assures immediate fund  

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 1: Taking serious note of the fire accident that broke out at Govt higher secondary school Seppa on Friday night, which was believed to be mischievous act of some miscreants or disgruntled students, Parliamentary Secretary for Tax and Excise cum local MLA Tapuk Taku has discussed the matter with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Education Minister Tapang Taloh on Monday.

Taku had explained in details about the incident and the situation currently being faced by the teachers and students aftermath of fire accident to both chief minister and education minister.  Highlighting the plight of the school, local MLA pleaded the chief minister for intervention by releasing immediate funds for early restoration of the damaged school. Taku also discussed the matter with deputy commissioner and urged him to constitute an inquiry committee to unearth the reason of the fire accident. He also added that if anybody found involved in the incident should be given stringent punishment under relevant sections of law. He further appealed to the people to cooperate with the district administration during the enquiry and urged not to indulge in such condemnable acts.

Taku  informed that Chief Minister has assured to release fund for immediate restoration of the three-decade old school building which was extensively damaged  in fire mishap.

 

 

Tuki urges Centre to act on China map issue

NEW DELHI, July 1: Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said the NDA government should act appropriately and resolve the issue of China's reported claim over the state in a recent map.

Reacting to questions about reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, the state's Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said it is wrong and he "rejected" any such actions.

"We have seen it in the media about the map... It is wrong and we have rejected it," he told reporters after meeting Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar.

He further said that the government should act appropriately in the matter to resolve it. Earlier on Saturday, reacting strongly to reports that China had in a recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said "cartographic depiction" does not change reality on the ground and asserted that Arunachal was an integral part of the country.

"The fact that Arunachal Pradesh is integral and inalienable part of India has been conveyed to Chinese authority at several occasions including at the very highest level," he said.

Speaking to reporters here, Tuki also said that he had come to meet Javadekar as there are many hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh whose clearances are pending in the Environment and Forest ministry. He said that Javadekar had given him assurance in this regard. PTI

 

 

Pema-led team calls on Rijiju

New Delhi, July 1: UD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu along with Jambey Tashi, Parliamentary Secretary(RWD) and Phurpa Tsering, Parliamentary Secretary(HPD) today called on Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju  here and had an hour long meeting on issues pertaining to the region.  

The matter regarding grant of Mon Autonomous District Council figured top in the agenda of discussion.  The other matters that invited the attention of Union MoS were inclusion of Bhoti language in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India, Tawang-Bhutan road connectivity, construction of Airport at Saulatse in Tawang district and enhancement of BADP grants to meet the infrastructural development of the border districts in the State. Leading the discussion, Pema highlighted that the issue of Mon Autonomous District Council was long pending with the Govt. of India, while Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi urged the Union MoS for early construction of the airport proposed at Saulatse in Tawang district as the site was already inspected and recommended by the team of Indian Airforce. Endorsing the views of the team, Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering advocated for special package under the BADP grants for districts having twin international border.

Pema also presented a written request to the Union MoS for lifting or relaxing the PAP norms in order to attract more foreign tourist in the State. He also requested for Ministry of Home Affairs for early clearance in opening of new tourist circuits in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts to tap the huge tourism potential of these districts. Accentuating the huge tourism viability of historic World War II vintage Stillwell road and to further the “Look East Policy” of the Union Government, Pema requested for re-opening of the this road to facilitate border trade with Myanmar through Pangsau Pass.

While responding to the request of the team, Kiren  said the Union Government was aware of problems confronting Arunachal Pradesh and that he will put his best efforts for an early action on the matters.

 

 

Center faces huge fiscal deficit

Correspondent

ITANAGAR, July 1: When criticism has come galore on the Arunachal Pradesh Government for its alleged financial crisis, it has come as a surprise that the Government of India faces a mammoth fiscal deficit of Rs 2.4 lakh crore in the first two months of the financial year 2014-15. The deficit amounts to 45.6 percent of the Center’s budget estimate for the whole financial year.

As per data released yesterday by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, the fiscal deficit – the gap between expenditure and revenue – for the whole fiscal is slated to be a whopping Rs 5.28 lakh crore.

The CAG data revealed that the total expenditure of the GoI during April and May was Rs 2.8 lakh crore or 15.9% of the estimates for the full fiscal. Thus, the Central Government had put in place a fiscal consolidation roadmap as per which the fiscal deficit has to be brought down to 3% of the GDP by 2016-17.

Amidst allegations of a ‘financial crisis’ in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has been maintaining that the financial health of the state is sound and in case a ‘deficit’ crops in it is an official procedure and there’s nothing to be alarmed of. The logic is that expenses on developmental projects cannot be stalled for want of funds.

On June 26 last, addressing a press conference Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix had reiterated the Government’s stand on fiscal deficit and asserted that financial condition of the state was stable and that expenditure was put on hold as Vote of Account was approved by the state assembly for four months till July 2014 and any additional withdrawal from state expenditure would invite restrictions from the RBI.

 Going by the huge deficit of the Central Government revealed by the CAG, observers feel that fiscal deficit if any in the state exchequer is but normal and a regular feature of government expenditure.

 

 

Is the garbage disposal going to get better someday?

Mapi Taipodia

Our capital Itanagar was named after the Itafort built by Mayapur of Ramachandra, a king of the Jitari Dynasty, during 14th -15th century. But as time passed by, this place of pride has lost its identity and now it is not what it is famous for, neither the big buildings are of interest nor the newly constructed roads or the tourist places. Rather it is famous for the unattended garbage lying on the streets.

The twin capital is turning into a garbage box. Knowingly or unknowingly, this fact is being ignored by both the public and the department concerned that the scattered garbage on the streets are capable of emitting green house gasses, toxic fumes and particulate matters as they accumulate in the open landfills. These wastes are also capable of leaching organic or chemical composition to contaminate the ground where such waste’s lay in accumulation and it would also shock you to know that as some waste releases green house gasses into the atmosphere which lead to trapping of heat on earth causing abnormality of weather conditions like more storm or typhoon coming per year. And it would not be wrong to assume that Itanagar is not so far away from this destruction if not taken serious steps to abolish this garbage dumping problem.

As the blame game goes, it is hard to blame anyone because both the public and the department concerned are equally responsible for the improper disposal of garbage. The department of urban development sends seven trucks every day in the twin capital, each truck make two trips per day with a disposal capacity of three Metric Tons (MT) per trip  and therefore the total garbage disposed per day is 42 MT. As per 2011 census, the population of the capital complex is 1,70,000 and according to the survey done by the department of urban development, the garbage generation rate is 0.450 kilo gram per person per day and therefore the total garbage generated in the capital in a single day is 76,500 kg (76.5 metric tons). 34.4MT of garbage is still left unattended. But it seems they have realized their shortcoming, as a result of which they have planned to improvise the garbage disposal in the twin capital. They have come up with a new project which is known as the municipal solid waste management in a scientific way for Capital Complex, according to which they have built a compost plant which has a capacity of treating 50.00MT solid waste per day and very soon they are going to implement door to door garbage collection. For that reason, we can say that in spite of their shortcomings they are trying to make up for what they were lagging behind which is really worth appreciating.

On the other hand, it will not be fair to give the whole blame and responsibility to the department concerned because even the public is equally responsible for the scattered garbage, as most people are not making proper use of the dustbins provided in each sector of the capital. The biggest example will be the two big dustbins just opposite the Naharlagun daily market. It is funny to see that both the dustbins are lying empty and the garbage can be seen scattered all around except where it should be, inside.

Being a citizen residing in the capital complex, it is the prior duty of the people to show some kind of responsibility towards the cleanliness of the Capital and efforts should be made to keep the city clean. The department concerned, on the other hand, should also take serious steps to save the city from turning in to a garbage box. (Writer is a student of Department of Mass Communication, RGU)

 

 

Irani assures full cooperation for development of edn sector

NEW DELHI, July 1: Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani today assured to extend   full support  and cooperation  to Arunachal for all round development of education sector. This assurance came when  Education Minister Tapang Taloh today called on Irani at New Delhi to apprise her of the progress of education sector in  Arunachal.

While   pointing out  the  problems and  challenges in the education sector,  Taloh in a memorandum appealed the Union Minister to take step for establishment of Govt B Ed college in the state and  for inclusion of local chapters in NCERT curriculum. Taloh sought generous funding for implementation of national flagship programme on education and expansion of infrastructure in the field of elementary, secondary, higher and technical education besides leveraging educational technology for sustainable development.  The Union HRD minister also excepted invitation  of  Taloh to visit Arunachal.

During his meeting with Ashok Thakur, Secretary Higher and Technical Education, GoI, Taloh appealed for honouring the state reservation policy for the student in NIT Itanagar admission. He  also sought support of the Centre in expansion of higher learning and to bring significant change in state’s education sector.

Ashok Thakur assured all possible help to the state through schemes like RUSA and other centrally sponsored schemes of Govt. of India on higher education.

Tapang Taloh was accompanied by R K Mishra, Secretary Education and D K Chaturvedi, OSD (Edn).

 

 

Consumer awareness programme held at Nyigam village

AALO July 1: The department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Basar conducted a one-day consumer Awareness Cum Exhibition at Nyigam village Anganwadi school, Basar under the Chairmanship of Marto Basar, Head Goan Burah on June 29.

Jumbom Basar, Anchal Samity Member, Nyigam-II appealed the people to take the benefit from such consumer awareness programme conducted by department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs in order to protect themselves from unscrupulous traders.

Resource person Jumnya Bam gave detail outline on important topic regarding the quality standardization like Agmark, Food product order, BIS Hall mark, ISI mark and discount sale. He suggested that consumer should always check/alert while buying any goods of day to day needs.

Advocate Mimar Basar dwelt at length on consumer protection Act, 1986 and its salient features, procedure for filing complaint, manner of lodging complaints, litigation fees and various stage of complaints redressal. He suggested that the people should know their rights and responsibility by participating such important consumer Awareness Programme being conducted by the concerned department.

Toi Basar Former ASM, Nyigam village, Jomkar Basar GB, Nyamo Dirchi Staff from IPR Basar, Jumkar Basar, Binngam Basar, Anchal Samity Member Nyigam-II and Jumi Basar also spoke on the occasion.

Later Jomba Kamgo Lobom, Inspector, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Basar conducted a demonstration regarding quality standardization like Agmark Food product order, BIS Hall marks, ISI mark, weights and measures items, packaged commodities, LPG Cylinder and Petrol/Diesel dispensing pumps etc. He also dwelt about various provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and package commodities Rules, 201. He appealed all the shopkeepers to get renewed their weights and measures otherwise will face legal action from the department as per Act/Rules. DIPRO

 

 

ADC Panyang retires, office staff bid farewell

HK Roy

PASIGHAT, July 1: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajesh Panyang was accorded a warm and affectionate farewell at the DC’s conference hall last evening by the officers and staff wishing him best post-retirement life on his superannuation.

Panyang completed his graduation in Political Science in the year 1975 and pursuing for MA in JN College, Pasighat. He commenced his career as a Junior Teacher in the year 1976, posted at Mane village (Korang Circle, Nari subdivision). Later in 1981 embarking a long journey towards administration he was inducted into APCS and joined as Circle Officer at Bordumsa (Changlang) and served at Vijaynagar, Katan, Basar and Rukin in same capacities. He also served as Assistant Director Art  & Culture (GoAP) in Naharlagun and later he was promoted to Extra Assistant Commissioner in 1994, posted at Bhalukpong, Bomdila and Pangin upto 1996, as BDO Mebo (1996-98) and as SDO Boleng (2004-05) prior to his promotion as ADC. He served with distinction in a career spanning of five years (since 2008) at Yingkiong and Pasighat in the present capacity (ADC) and retired yesterday.

Officers including DC Incharge Alan Pertin SDO (J), EAC Jummar Bam, EAC Bani Lego and CO Jhon Modi shared their work-related experiences and associations with the retiree Panyang. Incharge DC Pertl-C4"> 

Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament

Todo United, GTSC register big wins

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: As many as 13 goals were scored in two matches on fourth day of the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Todo United’s striker Pani Raju scored a hat trick in 5-2 comeback victory over FC Doimukh in a crucial match while Gangte Togung Sporting Club (GTSC) trounced McMohan FC 5-1 in the second match of the day increasing the team’s chance to reach the knock-out stage.

FC Doimukh took an early lead in the fourth minutes when Nguri Alin’s strong footer landed in net. Nabam Lamin doubled the score in 27th minutes (2-0).

Stung by two early goals, Todo United increased the pace of att life.

 

 

Siku Bridge under threat as BRTF fails to divert river course

Correspondent

PASIGHAT, July 1: Making all technologies to divert the water flow in the river bed ineffective, turbulent Siku river between Ayeng village and Mebo town is yet again flowing unabated and posing serious threat to the Siku RCC bridge on National Highway-52 by eroding its right abutment.

The 1443 BCC Border Road Task Force (BRTF) under Project Brahmank, was seen busy with its man and machine to divert the water flow at Siku river bed by canalizing it towards left side. But, surging water of the river on Sunday breached the new embankment, took its normal turn along earlier side. The strong current of the water is constantly eroding the new embankment at its right side and posing threat to the RCC bridge at right abutment.

Siku river, which has been eroding several acres of fertile land on its right bank, changing its course and taking its turn towards right, gripped several hectares of cropland at Ayeng village in downstream. The river has increased its size by 10 fold over the last decade.

The RCC bridge over Siku river has already completed seven years but there is no permanent embankment at its approaches to control water flow. The bridge on the highway is vital as the road connects entire Mebo Sub-division and parts of twin Dibang Valley district with Pasighat, the East Siang district headquarters.

The local people are in apprehension of the fact that surging water of Siku river may breach the road soon and snap surface communication. It will also likely to enter the plain area on its right bank and sweep away Ayeng village.

Some leading citizens of Mebo including the PRI leaders criticized the BRTF officials  saying that they have not started the embankment work in time. The engineers are accustomed to do embankment works after onset of monsoon, which is causing repeated breach of the right approach bunds of Siku bridge.  Moreover, BRTF engineers entrusted to construct the roads and bridges along the road are not applying the right technology to control Siku river and thereby playing cats and mouse game over the issue.

Alleging massive irregularity in embankment works and misuse of money by the BRTF engineers, the local PRI leaders have demanded higher ups of the Border Road Organization (BRO) to conduct an inquiry into the alleged irregularity and take step against the corrupt officials.

 

 

DDSE disburses scholarship amount

From a correspondent

ZIRO, July 1: Having learnt from the past experience that in some schools, the merit scholarship cash award is not paid to concern meritorious students even after getting the amount released from office, the Lower Subansiri deputy director of school education (DDSE) Yumlam Tana personally visited Padi Lailyang Memorial School, Ziro and handed over the cash award today. The scholarship amount is Rs. 1800.

“Govt. provides various facilities and incentives for students but in many a time it is reported that these benefits do not reach to beneficiaries. One such benefit is State Merit Scholarship Award meant for meritorious students but in some schools after getting the amount released from the office do not disburse to concern students. So, today I came here in your school personally to sensitize both teachers and students and if any one does not receive the amount should lodge complaint to office,” he said at the gathering of teacher and students.

In Lower Subansiri district, 18 students are getting scholarship out of which 12 students are of class IX and 6 are class X.

He also informed that under the right to education (RTE) Act, every child has the right to get education for which no school should deny admission even to children living with HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis A, B, & C infection or orphan, destitute etc. Unfortunately, in a prestigious private school in Ziro, a student who was diagnosed as Hepatitis B (+ve) was segregate from the rest of the student and later issued TC. It is total violation of the provisions of RTE for which necessary action will be initiated against the institution, he said. He also passed a message to the teachers that under RTE provision, corporal punishment to students is strictly prohibited. The DDSE also highlighted the new policy called ‘adopt a neighboring school’  which is being adopted by the government under which a private school should have to adopt its neighbouring govt. school so that those who studies in private school learn the nature of govt. school and the student who are studying in govt school know the facilities available in Private schools. In his visit to school, Pill Tayam, Co-ordinator, State Merit Scholarship accompanied him.

 

 

Villagers re- dedicate vehicle to Sille PHC

Correspondent

RUKSIN, July 1: The village community of Sille (Teromile) of East Siang district has re-dedicated a Maruti van to Sille Primary Health Centre as “Ambulance”.  The van was earlier donated to Sille villagers by local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industry) Tatung Jamoh.

The decision to re-donate the Van was collectively taken by the villagers under the chairmanship Sille village Gaon Burah Tanir Jamoh.

The Sille PHC authority has accepted the vehicle under some conditions that the vehicle will be used for only medical purpose, and if the NGO somehow discontinue its service in the hospital (PHC) in near future, the state’s Health & Family Welfare department will own the van.

Sille PHC is being run by Future Generation of Arunachal (FGA), a leading NGO dedicated to community health service. The health centre provides 24X7 service including emergency, OPD, maternal care and minor OT and common laboratory tests. It covers around 12,000 populations of six nearby villages and a large part of neighbouring Kemi-Oiramghat area in Assam. An average 30 patients are screened everyday in the hospital.

 

 

Third and final phase of workshop on city sanitation plan held

AALO, July 1: In its endeavour to place West Siang in the City Sanitation map of  the country along with four other Pilot Districts of the state, an elaborate workshop depicting overall sanitation situation of the district was held under the chairmanship of Er. Marconi Potom, Dy. Director Urban Development at Conference hall of DC office yesterday.

Presiding over the meeting, Potom underlined the need for basic, environmental and ecological sanitation for healthier and cleanlier city and disclosed that Consultants from Delhi had their base here for many years to draw a perspective City Sanitation Plan for the district and their overall observations on city sanitation plan needs deeper introspection from our side to launch the programme in the years to come. He disclosed that the problem faced by the department in the process of implementing the available schemes on tenders are enormous and cannot be sorted out without the cooperation of the people in the township areas.

In her key note address, Deepa Tripathi from International Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi gave a detail deliberations on milestones achieved so far in the preparation of a comprehensive city sanitation plan through power point presentation.

Disclosing that the plan is a vision document for 25 years with revision after every five years and problems like inadequate land for future development, absence of building control regulations, inadequate parks and open spaces, 30% of the city population living in slum like conditions, non commissioning of augmentation of WS projects, absence of sewerage system, mushrooming of insanitary toilets, absence of septic tank in many places, inadequate community toilets, waste treatment and segregations, lack of awareness generation through Information Education Campaign may hinder sanitation works in the years to come and department and dwellers in the city need to address these areas to make Aalo a healthier city to live in.

ZPM  Yomgi Ori, AE PWD D. Lona, AE PHED Er. Pojom Padu, T. Doke, DDSE and Yomto Lollen, DPM appreciated the works of the Consultants from Delhi and gave their valuable suggestions to take up the tasks ahead to make the town a cleanlier and healthier. DIPRO

 

 

Power tillers distributed under CM’s Agricultural Mechanization program

PASIGHAT, July 1: East Siang Deputy Commissioner In-charge Alan Pertin (SDO) has distributed twenty power tillers in first phase to selected farmers of the district under Chief Minister’s Agricultural Mechanization Program at Pasighat today in presence of DAO Ojong Yomso, ADO Naking Nonang and other officials of the department and beneficiaries.

Inaugurating the distribution of the agricultural implements, Pertin suggested the beneficiaries to use the machineries properly to increase the productivity. He also urged the agriculture department to monitor the agricultural activities of the farmers regularly and to guide them to enhance their agricultural skills and productivities.

DAO Yomso informed that the department will extend farm machineries, including 10 tractors, 40 power tillers, 100 pumping sets etc to selected farmers this year on subsidized rate under the scheme. DIPRO

 

 

Regional release of Monpa feature film “Gyumrie” at Tawang

TAWANG, July 01: The regional release of the Monpa feature film Gyumrie directed by Tsangpa Norbu was held here at the Zomkhang Hall Tawang on June 27 last.

Releasing the movie, DC Tawang Abhishek Dev congratulated the team of the film for their endevour and efforts in showcasing the traditions, marriage, lifestyle, rituals, etc in a very effective manner to give a clear idea about the Brokpas (herdsmen) . Dev also informed that from the tourism point of view, the film highlights the scenic beauty of Tawang in a very spectacular way and hoped that film makers would explore other tourist spots of the district in the near future.

Commandant 38th Bn SSB Tawang Rajendra Bharadwaj said that the movie is very spectacular and also very informative on the uniqueness of the culture of Brokpas.

Expressing his gratitude to the DC Tawang, Tsangpa Norbu informed that the main motto of his movie was to showcase lifestyle and struggles of the little known Brokpas who lead a very hard life in the upper reaches of Tawang and West Kameng districts and yet serve the society in their way.

It is to be mentioned here that the film was released by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Verappa Moily during the Vikas Rally at Itanagar on October 16 last year and the premier of the film was graced by the Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Parliamentary Secretaries PD Sona (Tourism) and senior officers including Planning & Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombay and Finance Joint Secretary Karma Leki at Itanagar in 2013.

The film featuring Dorjee (Thuptan Norbu) and Lhamu (Lobsang Drema) and Lobsang (Lham Dorjee) in the lead role, reflects the hard lifestyle of Brokpas, the yak herdsmen in the higher reaches of the Himalayas.

The film is produced & directed by Tsangpa Norbu, the film is about a love triangle between Lhamu, a country lass, Lobsang and Dorjee being herdsmen. DIPRO

 

 

Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament

Todo United, GTSC register big wins

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: As many as 13 goals were scored in two matches on fourth day of the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Todo United’s striker Pani Raju scored a hat trick in 5-2 comeback victory over FC Doimukh in a crucial match while Gangte Togung Sporting Club (GTSC) trounced McMohan FC 5-1 in the second match of the day increasing the team’s chance to reach the knock-out stage.

FC Doimukh took an early lead in the fourth minutes when Nguri Alin’s strong footer landed in net. Nabam Lamin doubled the score in 27th minutes (2-0).

Stung by two early goals, Todo United increased the pace of attack with vigor and they reduced the margin to 1-2 within 10 minutes. Referee offered a penalty kick in favour of Todo United in 37th minute and Ritesh Subha did not miss the spot kick. Before the goal, Pani Raju made a fine attempt but his shot was deflected by the FC Doimukh custodian.

The score remained 2-1 in favour of FC Doimukh at halftime.

In the second half, Todo United completely dominated proceedings.

Raju scored two goals in quick succession in 51st and 52nd minutes not only to restore parity but also give his team 3-2 lead. He scored his third and team’s 5th goal in 68th minutes after General Modi made it 4-2 in 65th minutes.

In second match of the day, Nguri Kampo put Gangte Togung Sporting Club ahead in 13th minutes. Kampo slowly pushed the ball into the net when McMohan FC goalkeeper failed to collect the ball properly.

Biri Tame increased the lead when he scored in 27th minute taking chance of a goalmouth melee (2-0). However, Gangte Togung’s defender Biri Mark scored an own goal in 34th minute for McMohan’s only goal in the match.

In the second half, Tame, Kampo and Dare Takar scored one goal each in 76th, 77th and 78th minutes to complete the drubbing of the team.

Tagung Neri SC will face Capital Complex SC in the first match tomorrow at 1.45 pm while the second match of the day will be played between ITBP (Kimin) and FC Doimukh at 3.30.

Meanwhile, the tournament organizing committee has appealed to All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to postpone its proposed bandh call as the bandh clashed with final match of the tournament. Takam Gora Sharmila, in whose memory the tournament is organized, was former AAPSU Women Wing president, the organizing committee informed, and hoped AAPSU will respond positively to the request.

Further,  the tournament has been organized on self-help basis and further extension of the tournament or any change in match schedule due to the proposed bandh call will create additional financial burden, the organizing committee said.

 

 

Institution of Gaon Buras relevant

Kago Gambo

Introduction

As per the provisions of Sub Rule (1) of Rule 5 of the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945(Regulation No. 1 of 1945), Village Authorities were constituted in Arunachal Pradesh and were christened Gaon Buras. The village authorities were constituted, under the 1945 Regulation, with judicial, administrative (including ordinary duties of police) and developmental powers and responsibilities. Henceforth, the village authorities came to be empowered to try both the civil and criminal cases within its jurisdiction according to customary laws and social practices of the village/tribal group concerned. Even after India’s independence, the Government of India followed the policy that of the British and allowed the 1945 Regulation to prevail in the territory. Even with the introduction of modern participatory political institutions, the institution of Gaon Bura continues to function as an effective instrument in management of village affairs alongside the modern institutions. The Gaon Buras remained a backbone of district administration during NEFA days. They brought people closer to the administration and vice-versa, thereby facilitating the growth of the administration.

Decline of the

Gaon Buras

The authority and respect this institution commanded have, however, decreased to a great extent because of combined factors like spread of western education, introduction of statutory Panchhayati Raj system, urbanization, party and electoral politics, etc. It has lost its earlier traditional respect and command it had over the people. One of the main causes for the erosion of the efficacy of this institution is the selection and appointment of the Gaon Buras on political considerations. Whereas, traditionally Gaon Buras were selected and appointed on the basis of personal influence, wealth and status, the knowledge of customary laws and social practices, oratorical skill and experience in the system, the later mode of appointment has been tainted by political interference. There has been interference of the elected Panchayati Raj members and political party leaders in the justice delivery system, leading to the degeneration of the Gaon Bura system. Besides, acceptance of the more convenient substantive laws based on IPC, CPC and CrPC and increasing tendency of the people to drag all cases to other courts are also responsible for the decay.

Relevance of

the Gaon Buras

Although the GB institution is declined it plays (and has been playing since inception till date) an important role in developmental and awareness programs of the Government and its implementation processes. The GBs assist the Govt. departments, its agencies, officers and officials in carrying out the multifarious developmental and awareness tasks. They help in spreading awareness and disseminating information to the villagers and assist the Govt. officers and officials for smooth performance of their official duties or works. In-fact, the GBs happen to be useful limbs of any Govt.’s program, policy, project or scheme in rural Arunachal.

Among many others, the GBs play an important role during Parliamentary, Assembly and Panchayati elections. The GBs are source of assistance to the polling parties in the remote or backward places. In-fact, it is a governmental advice to the polling teams to seek cooperation of the GBs in such areas in managing essential materials or foods. Such help is required in locating a place for lodging and setting up the polling station. Since, the Election law does not permit a polling party to seek such help from the election candidate/s or their supporters. Not even a single school or other govt. building exists (although in the official papers there may be numerous) in many of the remote or back areas. In such situation, being a representative of the Government, a poor Gaon Bura is, more often than not, kind enough to allow his shabby house without light, pipe water or proper toilet facility to be converted into a polling station-cum-lodging place by sacrificing the comfort and privacy of his family. Not only this but also the Gaon Buras share, the headache of ensuring security of the men and materials, along with security personnel on the polling day.

Besides the ones mentioned above, the GBs act as intelligence agents and community police in crime detection and prevention. The GBs settle many of the pretty cases in the villages till today. If the institution is reformed and revitalized it can be a viable institution vis-à-vis judicial and administrative fields also.

The central govt. is increasingly giving emphasis on all-round developments of this border and strategic state. More so, Government of India is actively considering ambitious program of Looking East through the North-East with visible implication and consequence to meet the economic and other developmental needs of the country in general and the North-East in particular.

Ultimately, sufficient scope exists for the GB institution in ever-expanding welfare and developmental activities of the state and hence is truly relevant.

Towards revitalization

General impression is that the GB institution is useless now. It is not so, at all. Nor the GBs are useful only in assisting to realize the developmental objectives of the Government. Nor they are irrelevant in the justice delivery system. What is necessary is that the 1945 Regulation needs to be implemented in letter and spirit. Of course, the Regulation needs to be modified and amended in accordance with the changed time and circumstances besides reformation and revitalization of the GB institution. For all this, simply a strong political will of the Government backed up by the public support is essential. Because of space limit here it is not possible to lay down either all the factors of decline or various steps to be taken to revitalize and reform the institution.

An instance may be cited here. The Gaon Buras of the Bulla village in Ziro once intervened and prevented the police party from arresting an accused in connection with a case in their village. In that situation they stated and asserted that the case was within the powers and responsibility of the GBs under the 1945 Regulation and that they shall try and settle the case themselves first to which the police party could not help but to agree. It is an initiative from the GBs themselves towards strengthening and revitalizing the institution.

Besides reforming and revitalizing the GB institution, it should be made mandatory for the cases (within the powers of the GBs) to be handled by the GBs first. The cases in the villages should come to other court/s as appeal only. This suggestion should be made applicable to all the districts with exception to state capital. All courts whether Supreme Court, Gaon Bura court or fast track courts should work in tandem and harmoniously for ensuring smooth and effective justice delivery system especially in today’s situation of case pendency and complex nature of crimes in the society or state. Of course, the powers of various courts should be well demarcated so that there is no confusion and duplicity. Another cause of decline of the GB institution is that the GBs are illiterate and uneducated and hence they do not have the adequate knowledge of their powers and responsibilities conferred under the 1945 Regulation far from implementing it. This aspect needs a special relook.

Concluding Remark

The Gaon Burahs are important functionaries at the village level because of various reasons, only some of which are mentioned above. Since the institution is decaying fast corrective steps are imperative. The GB institution which needs to be reformed and revitalized can give accessible, speedy and inexpensive justice especially to the poor and common people besides assisting the Govt. in its developmental and awareness programs and its implementation processes. Moreover, services of the Gaon Buras are indispensable (in gate/pandal construction or in giving a rousing well-come) during important occasions like Independence/Republic Day celebration and VIP visits or meetings.

Although it is widely admitted that the GB institution has declined, the incumbent GBs are much interested to stay as GB/HGB especially because honorariums matter much to them. However, the poor Gaon Buras should not be taken for granted and misused by those in power. (The contributor is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, D. N. Govt. College, Itanagar. Can be reached at kagogambo134 @gmail.com)

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Guns alone cannot bring peace

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on last Friday ruled out talks with Maoists extremists. However, Singh asserted that the government would adopt a "balanced approach" to resolve the problem through administrative leadership and political commitment. He also warned that Central forces would give a "befitting reply" if attacked and announced that the Centre would raise funds for an elite commando force on the lines of the Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh. This force will be for other Left Wing extremism-affected States such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

It was reiterated that any attack by Maoists should be retaliated effectively and States were asked to allocate more funds for new projects in the affected areas. These offensive measure announced by Singh is in contrast to previous UPA government. However the new government needs to control the aggression. Any excess by security forces can have negative effects too. Maoist might use such situation to their advantage. Dialogue option should not be ruled out so early. Peace can only be achieved by having discussion. Government should know that guns alone cannot bring peace.

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Let there be proper

Dear Editor,

The letter of June,28th last, written by Minto Ete in response to my letter of 24th June last, excited me to respond to, considering his choice of words, “his attempt to mislead the masses and detract the issue which is of immense public interest’’.

At the very outset I would like to make it clear to everyone that here I am not going to raise any question on the integrity or quality of the Secretaries or the like. Herein I am complaining against only those deputed DPOs who are secretly fancying for regularisation at the cost of the Education department and the subordinate feeder officers for impugned post who have been serving  for the last 17-18 years in the department. And that upon their vacation, it would help solving unemployment problem to some extent.

To establish legitimacy to his support for the claim for regularisation by the deputed DPOs, the writer had cited the examples of a few departments like, Trade & Commerce, Tax & Excise and Tourism etc. But I doubt if he is conscious that all those department referred to were bound to take on deputation some officers/officials when they needed staffs desperately to man the newly created department.

But the department referred to here has many senior and able officers who are at the verge of promotion, yet not getting timely promotion for want of conduction of DPC. Had the seating of DPC been not lingered/delayed for more than five long years, they would have filled up the resultant vacancy.

One more thing, that barring a few department that too on newly creation, it has been a rule to go back to their parent department after the expiry of the agreed upon terms/tenure.

Now the question arise as to why those deputed officers are reluctant to go back to their parent department despite them being called back. If their preference were other  job, why did they join as Assistant Professors? Otherwise it would paved the way for some needy qualified youth. Its very unfortunate that this has been a practice in our State to look upon the department of Education as  the last resort.

That is the prime reason why the Education department is lagging behind. The present scenario is obvious that our colleges are suffering for want of sufficient teachers. Considering this, can  Education department afford to lose so called learned people? These qualified Asst. Professors with very high qualification Viz. Ph. D and M.Phil would be best suited in the Education department. They would become best teachers and could be an idol to the student community.

I wonder why the Education department let them go to other department despite knowing that teachers are deficient in our colleges. It could have denied them giving N.O.C when they tried for deputation, as was done by some other department such as department of General Administration and Personnel.

Having contradicted in many opinions, I must but admit that I too am not averse to his last option /proposal to go for fresh recruitment through APPSCE.

I hope all the stakeholders are intently following this issue as its impact will not confine to one group or class. I hope all concerned will voice their resentment over such illegal, unsocial, regressive and irritating acts of a few Govt. Employees.

Yours,

M.Doye

Itanagar

 

 

 

Everyone on a silent mode

Dear Editor,

“Charity begins at home”. With this great proverb, I would like share few lines through your esteemed daily regarding the Power Crisis in West Kameng District. Arunachal Pradesh, also called as the Land of Mighty Rivers is said to be the power house of the country as per the government claims. However, to our utter surprise, Bomdilaites are enjoying candle lit dinner without any reasons or occasion since few weeks. The fact is that there is no supply of electricity which as claimed by the department is a major fault due to rain. Now the jumbled questions in my mind are - Why does it happen every year at the onset of monsoon? Why does not the authority come up with any permanent solution for this problem?

The authority may say or as said- due to geographical and topographical locations and nature’s fury…this has happened. But I would argue again with a big-No. If it is so then, why the authority/department has failed to provide alternatives for such exigencies. They should have installed Diesel Generator Set (DG) at least to feed the district headquarter. Now don’t argue that our DG set is not functioning or we don’t have allocations for diesel. At this critical juncture where the school going children are trying hard to finish their unfinished class and home-works before dusk, the so called civil society, associations/unions have also gone on silent mode; may be due to lack of electricity.

Lastly, with great hope and expectations, I urge the District Administration and concern department to take proper and concrete initiatives to avoid such recurrence in the near future. How long will one blame the  nature’s fury?

Yours,

Dr. Yeshi Gyesen

Bomdila

 

 

 

Victim of govt-student tug of war

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the demand for suspension of SDPO in connection to the recent bandh called by AAPSU.

We should not forget that the police officers risk their lives to guard us. We always fail to acknowledge the police personnel for their duty and instead complain. Not many can take the hardships that come with security and law and order duties.

Working as a police officer is one of the most challenging jobs. We often fail to see the sacrifices they make and whine over their negligence.

The police officials venture into areas where common man cannot.

Criminal identification, drug investigations, sexual assault, fraud, crime management, surveillance, aircraft security, explosives disposal and many more are the nature of their job.

They move in remote areas marching by foot and trucks where others fail to reach.

They wear the warmest cloths and stand at 35° celsius but still dare to guard us.

Police officer work 24/7 not affected by time.

They put their lives in danger and are emotionally stressed.

And most importantly they have to follow the order of their seniors irrespective of the nature of orders. If they raise voice against wrong commands they are suspended.

The seven charter of demands put up by AAPSU is genuine, but adding the termination of SDPO is not justified. He did his work. It was his duty to respect his job and justify his role. I personally feel the termination demand is useless. It is that an innocent and brave police officer is the victim of the government and student union tug of war.

Terminating or suspending the officer just because he did his duty leaves one to wonder about the future of the state.

Yours,

Mathew Balo

Mass Communication,

RGU,  Naharlagun

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