ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) has taken over the charge
of all matters related to burial grounds, electric crematorium etc from UD Department,
informed Bokar Basar, Chief Municipal Executive Officer of Itanagar Municipal Council
IMC Chief Councilor Higio Aruni accompanied by her deputy Kipa Babu and others visited
burial ground at Nirjuli which is lying in a dilapidated condition for want of maintenance.
IMC has already started renovation work of the burial ground on a war footing and
also decided to re-construct the approach road, boundary wall.
The IMC chief councilor has appealed to the people to bear with inconvenience caused
Unidentified body found
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: An unidentified male body was found near roadside of Doimukh-Sagalee
road (15 mile) today morning, Doimukh Police said.
The body of the person aged about 30 years with non-APST look, who was wearing a
maroon T-shirt and a blue jeans pant, bore deep cut marks in the neck and forehead,
Doimukh PS OC Padi Payang informed.
Meanwhile, a suo motu murder case has been registered with case no. 32/302 IPC and
investigation launched. The body has been kept at RKM Hospital mortuary for 72 hours
for identification and other proceeding.
DK Memorial Badminton Tournament in Sept
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) will conduct the second
Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship 2014 from September 12 to
The tournament will be held for both Boys and Girls singles and doubles under 10,
under 13, under 15, under 17, under 19 and open categories.
The state team for the zonal event to be held on October 16 at Guwahati would be
selected on the basis of the performance of the players in this tournament. The state
players ranking would also be maintained.
This time too, the tournament is fully sponsored by Minister for UD, Housing, Town
Planning etc. Pema Khandu.
In an executive meeting of ASBA here yesterday, it was resolved that this tournament
would be a regular event in ASBA’s calendar and would be conducted every year. It
was also resolved that ASBA would approach the state government to make the tournament
as state event for conduction through grand in-aid.
Make JE vaccines available: Org
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) has urged the
State government, particularly Health Department, to make Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
vaccines available at every government hospitals to prevent further spread of the
While expressing disappointment over lack of good healthcare facilities at Arunachal
State Hospital for which patients suffering from serious ailment are referred to
hospitals outside the state for treatment, ECDS also urged the state government to
provide facilities like MRI and CT scanning in the lone state hospital as poor can’t
afford the cost at private hospitals and laboratories.
It also urged the health department to issue strict order to all the pharmacies instructing
them not to sell life saving drugs and other medicines at high rate taking advantage
RRWS felicitates meritorious students
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: To encourage the students for their academic excellence, the Riika
Riibla Welfare Society (RRWS) has felicitated meritorious students belonging to Riika
Riibla clans of Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey district, who have excelled in this
year’s class X and XII examinations conducted by CBSE, in a function at Siddhartha
Hall here yesterday.
The students felicitated include, Neelam Ranim, Lishi Moriam, both class ten, Tassar
Ama, Licha Tain, Tar Munu, Neelam Nan, Neelam Atum, Neelam Ania, all class twelve.
The students were given cash incentive as one-time scholarship.
Neelam Mama, who cleared the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission’s Engineering
Examination 2013 and stood third position, was also felicitated on the occasion.
Congratulating the meritorious students, Director, Higher & Technical Education Dr
Joram Begi appreciated the effort of the society to encourage the students for their
academic excellence. He urged parents and guardians to guide their children properly
at right time which can help them achieve the desired goal in life. Dr. Begi also
stated that the society can play a major role by giving counseling to the students
to help them choose their future career.
Divisional Forest Officer Neelam Nedo, who is also the president of RRWS highlighted
the aims and objective of the society and hoped that such programme will inspire
the younger generation to achieve success in life.
Dr Dukhum Raina, Medical Superintendent, Arunachal State Hospital, Nich Tadar, Executive
Engineer (PWD), Neelam Teji, C O, Naharlagun, various officers and officials, businessmen,
social workers, parents and guardians attended the function.
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: A two days free medical camp was organised from July 26 at Seijosa
administrative circle, East Kameng by Ghora Aabhe Society and supported by Divisional
Forest Officer (DFO) Pakke Tiger Reserve. During the free medical camp, Hepatitis-B
screening was done and 679 patients suffering from various ailments were treated.
The Health camp was conducted by Dr. Libi Nyorak (MD), Dr. Jego Ori, MS ENT from
State Hospital Naharlagun, Nepon Das, Lab. Technician from Guwahati and Dr.
Tana Ananto, Community Health Centre, Seijosa along with his medical team.
Yoga workshop by AoL
ITANAGAR, JULY 27: The Art of Living (AoL) has announced a 5-day workshop of pure
and authentic yoga. The Sri Sri Yoga workshop will be held from July 29 to August
2, 2014 at Art of Living Centre at H Sector from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
The workshop will teach popular and profound yogasans like Surya Namaskar, Kapalbati
and many other pranayamas and meditation techniques.
The package includes rejuvenating asanas, powerful pranayamas, serene meditations
and practical diet tips.
Water for Pakira
ZIRO, July 27: Facing drinking water scarcity for last two decades, people of Pakira
village under Kudung Barang area of Old Ziro had a reason to rejoice as Hija ZPM
Dani Buker inaugurated a community well locally called Sukung today.
Though Pakira village is located very near to main water reservoir at Old Ziro but
people were facing water scarcity for last many years thanks to apathy of the authority.
Exhausted after waiting for the concern authorities to fulfill their demand for several
years, people of the Pakira village initiated by its Village Welfare Committee have
on self help basis constructed a community well. The land for the well was voluntarily
donated by Taru Kojing.
In his inaugural speech, while appreciating people of the village for constructing
the community well on self help basic, the ZPM asked other villages, with similar
problem to learn from Pakira village.
ZPM assured to provide a separate water tank for Kudung Barang area within a year
so as to address the problem. He also disclosed that the proposal for construction
of alternate source of water (well) for entire Kudung Barang areas has been reflected
in the AOP which is likely to be considered shortly. However he appealed the Village
Welfare Committee to cooperate with him in locating the water source and also cautioned
them not to interfere when the contractor takes up the construction works.
Taku Donyi, GB of the village, while narrating the pain they suffered in the last
20 years, especially in winter season when they had to collect water from faraway,
said that though they have contributed sufficient numbers of pipelines voluntarily,
the department could not provide the connection. In most of the election campaigns,
the candidates would commit to fulfill our single-point demand but after election
they forget us, he added.
‘Drug addiction among Arunachalees posing threat to national security’
New Delhi, Jul 27: Security agencies have alerted government of an increasing and
alarming trend of opium addiction amongst the tribal border population of Arunachal
Pradesh which stands to threaten "national security" in this area, already prone
to insurgency and incursion attempts from neighbouring countries.
Narcotics enforcement and intelligence agencies keeping a tab on the activities of
illegal drugs in the eastern border areas of the country have recently shared a detailed
report in this regard with the Union Home Ministry underlining the fact that the
menace may put under threat "the very existence" of the tribal population of the
A report by the Central Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) accessed by PTI states that
"large tracts in this state are now being cultivated commercially by the rich and
influential people for extraction of opium gum and trafficking of the same."
It cautioned that if the worrying trend is not checked promptly, "the situation may
take a serious turn not only affecting national security" but also having an adverse
impact on the health and existence of the various tribes inhabiting the remote and
inaccessible areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
The report adds that during a recent visit of security and anti-narcotic sleuths
to the border areas of this state, it was noticed "that such (opium) cultivation
has led to opium addiction among the tribal population."
Security agencies reported that such a development in the border districts was alarming
as their location was "quite sensitive" owing to their geographical closeness to
India's borders with Myanmar and China.
Sources privy to the development said that while there was a widespread illegal cultivation
of poppy since many years in districts like Tirap, Changlang, Lohit and Upper Siang
of the border state for usage in medicine and for religious purposes, the last five
years have seen this menace spreading to other untouched areas giving rise to drug
addiction amongst the locals especially the tribal folk who do not have access to
education and welfare policies of the government.
The agencies told the Home Ministry in their latest report that opium and heroin
addiction has spread to areas like Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley and this trend
was now threatening the existence and healthy lifestyle of the local tribals.
The report seeks a quick intervention of the central and the state government as
there are "no government treatment and de-addiction centres" in these areas to treat
the addicts, thereby, further aggravating the situation.
A survey, aided by satellite imagery, by these agencies found out that the illegal
narcotics cultivation was being undertaken in the difficult and inaccessible areas
of the state and hence a strict drive to find and destroy these crops needs to be
initiated with the help of paramilitary forces and special units of the Army deployed
in the area for counter- insurgency operations and border guarding duties.
The agencies also suggested that massive awareness programmes are the need of the
hour here, rather than blanket destruction of these narcotic plants as the tribals
are socially, culturally and economically "dependent" on opium cultivation.
The agencies have also recommended that the local forest dwellers should be given
guaranteed land rights to discourage the misuse of the land for illegal cultivation
of poppy by the tribals themselves or through them by the rich contractors.
The agencies have also suggested that the state government take new initiatives and
begin dialogue with local and village bodies so that the very idea of beginning new
illegal poppy cultivation in the border state is nipped in the bud.
Opening of de-addiction centres in hospitals and local health centres with help from
NGO's have been suggested to bring the addicts back to their normal lives and into
the mainstream. PTI
CAG reveals APGT Act shortcoming
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Performance Audit Receipts under Arunachal Pradesh Goods Tax (APGT)
Act, 2005 has revealed numerous shortcomings, according to CAG report.
The APGT Act, though taken from a uniform format of VAT adopted throughout the country
had significant deficiencies. There was no process to identify unregistered dealers
or carrying forward the list of dealers from the Repealed Act. The system in place
for registration, survey, assessment of returns, audit assessment was either non-existent
The Department had almost non-existent internal controls nor was there proper mechanism
at the higher management level to monitor the performance and activities of unit
Concerned authorities failed to deduct tax at prescribed rates from contractors/suppliers,
leading to non/short deduction and non-deposit of tax into Government account.
Check Gates were ill-equipped, with non-functional weighbridges, CCTV cameras and
were without any loading/unloading facilities.
361 unregistered dealers sold goods valued at Rs. 26.50 crore and evaded tax of Rs.
1.59 crore, which the Department failed to detect.
The percentage of assessments by Superintendent Taxes varied between 0 and 2.69 per
cent during the period of Performance Audit.
10 dealers concealed turnovers of Rs. 12.23 crore and evaded tax of Rs. 1.58 crore,
for which interest of Rs. 2.13 crore and penalty of Rs. 1.59 crore were also leviable.
635 dealers, who were registered under the repealed Act, remained undetected and
unregistered under the APGT Act.
In the absence of a mechanism for monitoring receipt of returns, Superintendents
of Taxes (STs) could not detect non-submission of 22675 returns of 1821 dealers between
2008-09 to 2012-13, and consequently, penalty of Rs. 22.68 crore could not be levied.
Not a single audit assessment was completed by the Commissioner of Taxes (CoT).
19 dealers claimed input tax credit of Rs. 27.39 crore, which was irregularly allowed
Four industrial units irregularly claimed exemption of VAT of Rs. 7.93 crore (including
interest) prior to 23 January 2009 and non-issue of necessary Entitlement Certificates
by the Department.
The Department failed to prefer claims of compensation of VAT, resulting in loss
of revenue of Rs. 15 crore.
Application of pre-revised rates of royalty on 54,641 tonnes of coal led to short-
realization of royalty of Rs. 1.83 crore
Failure of the State Government to raise demand for payment of royalty of Rs. 21.42
crore from the Central Government led to non-realization of revenue to that extent
Overview of State Public Sector Undertakings (SPSUs):
As on 31 March 2013, the investment (capital and long-term loans) in seven SPSUs
was Rs. 30.63 crore. The investment has increased by 44.07 percent from Rs. 21.26
crore in 2007-08 to Rs. 30.63 crore in 2012-13.
Working SPSUs showed overall adverse working results during the six year period ending
2012-13, except during 2008-09. The overall losses of Working SPSUs reached its peak
during 2011 -12 at Rs. 5.92 crore during the six year period. During 2012-13, out
of five working SPSUs, two SPSUs earned profits of Rs. 3.37 crore and three SPSUs
incurred losses of Rs. 8.96 crore.
The losses of SPSUs were mainly attributable to deficiencies in financial management,
planning, implementation of projects, running of operations and monitoring. A review
of the latest audit reports of the CAG showed that working state SPSUs and Government
Departments - Power, Hydro-Power, Transport and Supply & Transport - incurred losses
to the tune of Rs. 11.80 crore and made infructuous investments of Rs. 10.89 crore,
which could have been avoided with better management.
Fire guts 5 houses at Kamba
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Five dwelling houses were reduced to ashes and properties worth
lakhs of rupees lost in a devastating fire that broke out at Libu Bene under Kamba
ADC headquarters of West Siang district today morning.
However, there was no report of any loss life.
While informing this, All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) and Hirik Hiru Students’ Union
(HHSU) have appealed to the district administration to provide immediate relief to
the victims and assess the properties lost or damaged in the fire for providing relief
to the victims. They also appealed to like minded NGOs, individuals and organizations
to come forward and extend helping hands to the victims in this hour of crisis.
Meanwhile, AGSU and HHSU have expressed disappointment over non-fulfillment of their
various demands, including establishment of a fire station at Kamba ADC headquarters.
“The fire or the extent of damage caused by it could have been either averted or
minimized if there was a fire brigade at Kamba,” lamented both the students union.
“We have been demanding for establishment of a fire station at Kamba since many years.
Several representations and memoranda have been submitted to the authorities concerned.
But our demands fell on to deaf ears,” rued both the students union. Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki had earlier reportedly assured AGSU to establish fire stations at all
ADC HQs, they claimed and, reminded the Chief Minister to fulfill his assurance.
Other demands included infrastructure development at DPGC, Kamki, early notification
of Lower Siang district headquarters, conversion of District Hospital Aalo to General
Hospital, revamping of Nigmoi fruit processing centre and review of all MOUs/MOAs
signed for hydro power projects at Yomgo and Siyom river basin.
Press fraternity thanks CM
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh expressed gratitude to
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for including construction of media housing colony for
both print and electronic media in his budget which was presented in the State Assembly
Arunachal Press Club (APC) President Chopa Cheda, in a press statement today lauded
Tuki for his generosity in extending help to the growing media in the state on behalf
of the state media fraternity.
“Chief Minister Tuki has proved his concern and love for the scribes by incorporating
the housing colony, the much-awaited genuine demand of the press persons crying for
accommodation in the state capital,” the APC president said adding, Tuki’s affection
for the press persons would be reciprocated by the fraternity as well. “Former chief
minister late Dorjee Khandu has announced Rs. 2 crore for the ambitious media housing
colony project which was duly supplemented by the present chief minister by announcing
an amount of additional Rs one crore during the last year’s National Press Day organized
by the APC, APUWJ and the Department of Information and Public Relations on November
16. With the announcement of the project in the current budget, Tuki has given the
official and final seal of approval for the project,” he added.
Cheda also appreciated the chief minister for giving priority to the economic and
social sectors besides thrust on border area development, women and youth empowerment
in his maiden budget for the current fiscal.
Terming the budget as ‘pro-people’, the APC chief appealed to the members of the
House to cooperate the chief minister while passing the budget through voice votes
without any opposition.
APC Chief Adviser Pradeep Kumar Behera said, “Though former chief minister Dorjee
Khandu was the first to assure fund for a media colony proposed by APC, but it was
Chief Minister Tuki who had not only announced additional fund but also included
it in the current budget re-establishing his commitment to the welfare of the media
While the CM deserves kudos, but the media as a whole has to reciprocate by working
with renewed vigour for the voiceless to make them the true partners of development
as was once dreamt by Gandhiji, Kumar added.
Bugun Liocichla in critically endangered list.
KOLKATA, Jul 27: The latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
list shows that the newly discovered small colourful bird Bugun Liocichla from Arunachal
Pradesh is now "critically endangered", as compared to the earlier safer status.
Over 170 species of birds in the country are threatened, with eight new species added
to the 2014 Red List prepared by IUCN.
The eight species of birds newly added to the threatened list include the woolly-necked
stork, Andaman teal, Andaman green pigeon, Ashy-headed green pigeon, red-headed falcon,
Himalayan griffon, bearded vulture and Yunnan nuthatch, according to the list.
Relentless habitat destruction is regarded as the reason for decline in the population
of birds, one of the best indicators of environment.
The IUCN prepared its report based on studies conducted by BNHS-India, BirdLife International
(UK) and other partner organisations.
The list shows that a similar situation exists globally with 13 per cent of all bird
species on the threatened list.
The total number of species recognised by BirdLife in the 2014 Red List is 10,425.
Among them 140 species are extinct, 4 extinct in the wild, 213 critically endangered,
419 endangered and 741 vulnerable, the IUCN list said. PTI
Capacity building training for SHG members held
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: A four days residential capacity building training for selected
Self-Help Group (SHG) members from Namsai block was organized under State Rural Livelihood
Mission (SRLM) at Gana Chetana Samaj (GCS) Tezpur of Sonitpur district, Assam from
The programme aimed at building capacity of the SHG members on accounts and book
keeping, better group management and making them well aware about the aim and objective
Addressing the inaugural session of the programme, Sanjiv Tirkey, State Programme
Manager (SPM) briefed about the objective of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
and its salient features.
During the four days session, resource persons Eliza Boro, Popy Marak and Mridula
Devi from Mahila Shakti Kendra (MASK) explained in details about SHGs, its concept,
basic principles, characteristics and stages of formation and growth. They also explained
the SHG members about the rules and regulations for better management of SHG, systematic
accounting system, maintenance of SHG records and registers.
A practical session on how to make detergent powder making and dish wash was also
demonstrated by the resource persons. Another demonstration on making pickles, jam,
jelly and juices was also held.
The participants were taken for a day-long exposure trip where they had chance to
visit and interact with six SHGs of Bakola Garo Gaon and Bakola Morikhuti. The participants
were also taken to Cluster Federation of Chariduar under Balipara Development Block
where they interacted with the members and learned about different roles and responsibilities
of federation leaders. This was informed in a release by. State Rural Livelihood
News of a child being raped in her own school feels especially terrifying, even to
a nation already reeling at reports of sex crimes. In Bangalore it has galvanised
the kind of mass demonstrations that Delhi saw after the Nirbhaya tragedy. It's alleged
that the rapist is a teacher with a history of child abuse. Why didn't the school
properly verify his background? Even more worryingly, how many schools across India
are following basic procedures to ensure the safety of our children, their students?
Last year similar kind of rape incident was reported from a private school at Likabali
under West Siang district of Arunachal. The school authorities should make proper
check before hiring teachers. Although government schools get more flak, the fact
that the Bangalore child rape took place in an upscale school underlines how the
issue of children's safety cuts across class. But the Bangalore school where the
child rape took place has refused to take responsibility. The reason this is possible
is that our entire education system swings between two unhealthy extremes. On the
one hand, a license raj inhibits growth of new outfits. The absence of competition
means schools that currently exist can get away with anything. On the other hand,
there is little auditing of schools' security and other standards - congealing into
an unregulated and uncaring mess. Education department should take note of this aspect
of child security. There are hundreds of private schools across the Arunachal. Proper
step should be taken so as to ensure that children is safe at school.
----Readers Forum ----
Crossroads of development
Arunachal Pradesh must be one of the most blessed lands with its natural resources,
strategic positioning and its people’s unique and rich culture. With 82 per cent
forest coverage, it is one of the top bio-diversity hotspots in the world. It could
easily be the heaven for ecotourism and could easily be the source for best orchids
and medicinal plants in the world. Minerals wealth trapped underneath the soil of
Arunachal and the huge Hydropower potential could easily make Arunachal the Eldorado
of the east.
In the early decades of our independence, Arunachal’s strategic positioning proved
to an obstacle for its development. As aptly described by former Union Minister Jairam
Ramesh, the paradigm adopted by the Central Government for the Seven Sisters of India
was ‘culture, security and politics’. This kept Arunachal Pradesh out of the ‘development
paradigm’ until the ‘80s. Infrastructure sector was the worst hit sector of all.
Security concern overrode all other elements in policy framing for these States.
It is ironical that Arunachal with three international borders is yet to have vibrant
open border trading posts. No sustainable economic model has been introduced after
the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on timber-felling. The alternatives introduced
in the form of the New Industrial Policy of Arunachal Pradesh, 2001 and grant of
“Green Bonus” are yet to bring about a new paradigm of development.
To add to the woes, allegations of illegal coal mining and involvement of insurgent
groups caused long closure of mining and other allied activities. Anti-dam protest
especially in lower riparian zones in Assam has not only stalled Hydropower projects
but has also created a sense of cynicism and insecurity among potential investors.
This has further been aggravated by non-committal approach by the Central Government
and lack of environmental clearances. For a State that faces investment red flags
from International donors due to resistance of China, such half-hearted approach
amplified by the Centre is disturbing.
It is important that the Centre in consultation with the State Governments and stake
holders especially the project affected people, sort out all the issues to iron out
a balanced and sustainable solution to enable early execution of Hydropower projects.
Above all, the people of Arunachal need to understand the importance and positive
potential of Hydropower projects and extend its support to the Government.
To complement the above efforts, it is important that re-opening of Stillwell road
is vigorously called for. This would bring impetus to the developmental initiatives
undertaken in the border areas. Special Economic Zones may also be opened in areas
which are closely linked with railway lines, like the Ledo-Jairampur area. Border
area development would have two- pronged advantage- it would ensure that India’s
security concerns are addressed, and rural-to-urban migration discouraged to a large
A comprehensive and demand driven model of tourism has to be developed. The unique
cultural traits and customs that Arunachalis have been preserving for ages have to
be made the USP of our tourism industry. Entry permits may be further segregated
from tourist permits for easy accessibility and technology may be introduced to consolidate
the effort. The major tourist areas have to be sensitised and educated on tourism
industry and tourist-friendly culture. Tourism models of Sikkim and Uttarakhand may
be keenly studied.
Arunachal stands at an important crossroad of development in its history and the
‘smiling CM’ has to grab this opportunity and led from the front in ushering a new
era of development, peace and prosperity and bring smile to people’s faces.
IP University, Delhi
Let humanity prevail
This is in response to the news report titled “NE govts should pressurise Centre
to protect NE people” (July 25).
There lies an immediate need of imparting a spirit of tolerance in the Indian society
and inculcating the sense of India as a centre of diverse culture, language, race
and religion. Actually there lies something extremely wrong with the Indian education
system which might be capable of helping the students to churn out glamorous careers,
but fails to broaden their general knowledge and vision. And less said about imparting
moral education the better, else we would not have witnessed such imperialistic and
racist attitude prevailing in the society.
Stress on moral education should be an urgent priority which will teach the future
of the nation to rise above petty barriers of language, caste, religion and country
and accord supreme importance to humanity as a whole. And just like the civilized
countries of the West; acts of discrimination, physical abuse and passing lewd comments
on the basis of one’s linguistic, religious or any other divisive credential should
not be tolerated a bit and the offenders need to be awarded exemplary punishment.
Suppose the text books and media will continue to ignore all the greatness of North-East
and the rest will continue to remain ignorant about the region like just now. Now,
just because all things North-East will remain alien to “mainland” India; can the
“true” Indians automatically treat their ignorance as a “certificate” to assault
the North-Easterners? And finally suppose Manipur/Nagaland is indeed a “province
of China/Thailand/Nepal/Japan”! Now just because Manipuris/Nagas are “not Indian
nationals”, but hold “alien citizenship”; can the “nationalist” Indians immediately
get any moral, democratic or legal right to beat up those “foreigners”? Certainly
the answers to all questions are a big “NO”. At the end of the day we are all Human
Beings and all things race, religion, citizenship are nothing but accident of destiny,
birth, geography, history and politics. Thus along with the sense of being Indian,
the sense of supreme equality of human beings also needs to be inculcated in the
society. The brutal murder of any North-Eastern brother in New Delhi is certainly
a matter of deep regret, but similar atrocity on an African sister in the Indian
capital will also not be a bit less scandalous. Instead of engaging in rhetoric or
beating its own trumpet on 15th August and 26th January, the so-called liberal country
should seriously try to put into practice the following motto — Let humanity prevail.
Diversify the economy
This is in response to the article “Precarious financial condition of the state and
way forward” by Dr. Hari Krishna Paliwal.
In my view Dr. Paliwal’s opinion is one-sided, highlighting about hydropower potential
of the state alone. As we all know modern economy should be diverse rather than one-way
or looking at only one aspect of the economy. The way forward should be diversification
of economy. No doubt hydropower will benefit state exchequer but it should be harnessed
with judicious use of resource. It appears that govt. of AP has already signed numerous
MoAs and MoUs with power developer without public consultation or with affected community.
One of the things that are not acceptable is that every river and tributaries of
Arunachal Rivers have been earmarked for hydropower project. If all of them completed,
Arunachal will be reduced to inland sea. Lack of transparency and public consultation
by government is neglecting environmental and ecological impact, displacement and
lack of contingency plan for re settlement of displaced community. Our villages and
towns are mostly in river valley and basin. There will be large community displacement.
Displaced people will be like a refugee in his/her own land.
Precarious financial condition of the state is government’s own doing. Consecutive
government has been reckless in fiscal spending. Government, politicians, bureaucrats
and technocrats all should take full responsibility of the current financial state.
Austerity should start from public service spending. For me way forward to the current
financial situation are government agencies itself in the form of:
• Accountability – looking at project implementation, how many projects have been
wasted so far is mind-boggling.
• Punctuality- how many government servant have worked 8 hours a day sincerely, it
is left to our imagination how much money we loss due to poor punctuality.
• Cut back on government official’s spending- there should only be one official vehicle
for top bureaucrats, technocrats and politicians. How much money is being spent on
this is unaccounted for. Many of the top bureaucrats have 4-5 official vehicles including
SUVs not to mention free fuel and use of official vehicles by family members as well.
Politicians and top officials can afford to buy extra vehicles for themselves.
• Reduce post retirement ex- official appointment as chairman and directors; this
paper already brought this up few months ago.
• Decrease corruptions by officials and politicians- it is an open secret I don’t
need to elaborate how corruption is pulling us down. We all are guilty of this one
way or the other.
The other way forward to current financial state in my view is diversification of
economy, not just hydropower development. How much fund allocation was made by government
past and present to improve other areas of economy? What about horticulture and agriculture,
animal husbandry, medicinal and aromatic plants, fisheries and echo tourism? This
was already pointed out by Dr. KK Bhattacharjee in Reader’s Forum. We should be
looking at windmills, as our state is a hilly and mountainous region with lots of
potential power generation by windmills. It is less likely to have environmental
and ecological impact and certainly no displacement of community.
I hope that Dr Paliwal is not associated with power developer; if he is then he should
declare conflict of interest before writing such articles.
I sincerely think that Dr.Paliwal, being the former CS of state has best interest
in our state’s financial affairs.
Dr Bojir Perme
Waiting for the full benefit
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to add my view on the news
item “MGNREGA fund embezzled, BDO, PRI leaders under scanner”.
I request the concerned District Administration to have a thorough look into the
matter and guide the people on any kinds of schemes. This type of corruption reminds
us of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s observation that only one percent of fund
reaches the desirable from 100 percent disbursed. The poor and ignorant people are
waiting for the day when we get the benefit from the Centre without having to worry
about a penny deducted.
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