2011

June -  20

News Highlights

 

Tashing reacts

ITANAGAR, June 19: Former AAPSU general secretary and social activist Ojing Tashing expressed shock at the allegation that he had threatened the Aane Siang RTI Activist Forum general secretary Ungkung Regon over phone  with dire consequence as appeared in the local dailes on June 16 last.

Earlier, Regon in his FIR lodged with  the SP SIC  alleged that he was threatened with dire consequences over mobile phone by Tashing  if  he (Regon) did not withdraw the statement made with the SIC in connection with the  case on fund embezzlement registered with the Ruksin PS against a Govt official posted at Ruksin.

Denying the allegation, Tashing said  “ It  is true that I scolded him but did not threaten. If scolding somebody is threatening then I have nothing to say.”  “On request of one of my friends, I called on the members of the so called RTI group at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok in connection with this Ruksin PS case on  April 23 for negotiation. But I quit as negotiator when they demanded a sizeable amount,” Tashing said. Despite  repeated request for further negotiation, Tashing said, he did not turn up.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR, June 19: Tarasso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) conducted a social service yesterday at Papum Hanging Bridge which was in state of collapse. Large number of public of Tarasso circle participated in the social service.

 The Association appreciated the ZPM Tarasso, other panchayat members, J.E of PWD Balijan for their support. It requested the local MLA and PWD to repair the hanging bridge as soon as possible.

 

EE(E) clarifies

ITANAGAR, June 19: While clarifying the news item “Pasighat plunges into darkness” Executive Engineer (E) Pasighat Electrical Division said that the power failure in the district as witnessed are mostly due to natural calamities. Also the power line to the district runs through thick forest and mountainous terrains which causes line faults.

He further said that shut-down is taken by Aalo and Rumgong Division for shifting and re-alignment of utilities to facilitate construction of Trans Arunachal Highway and added that there are problems from Grid also which account for such power failure.  He said office record does not show shutdown for one complete day even. He claimed that the department has always attended to such hindrance and restored power supply at the earliest or latest by the very next day following such faults and it has been always the priority of the department to provide power supply to its consumers and has been working accordingly.

 

Post permanent circle officer at Kebang

ITANAGAR: Lamenting the non availability of circle officer and its staff at Kebang circle headquarter, All Adi Youth Association (AAYA) today in a release urged the state government to post a permanent circle officer and its official staffs for the betterment of the public.

The Kebang circle headquarter which is covering seven villages of Lower Rotgong Banggo area and one of the oldest camp of British period  is without any officials since its creation last two years back, the release added.

Meanwhile, the AAYA appealed the education minister to post subject teachers at government secondary school Kebang. Frequent transfer of teachers during last few months creates shortage of teachers to the school, they informed.

 

Seven Soccer tournament

ITANAGAR: The 2nd State Level Tiger Seven Soccer Tournament would be organized under the aegis of Arunachal Football Association with theme “Say No to Drugs” at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium from July 10 to 25.

The Tiger Seven Soccer Tournament is 7 a side game. This 7 a side football is a famous game played worldwide  recognized by FIFA. The winner of the tournament would be awarded cash prizes along with trophies.

News Impact

CM & Governor’s intervention sought to unearth the truth behind RTI activist framing case

Accused should not be granted bail : Orgs

ITANAGAR, June 19: Arunachal Citizens’ Rights, Women Power Connect (Arunachal Chapter), Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Human Rights Law Network, Arunachal Pradesh, NEFA Indigenous Human Rights Organisation and Global Human Rights Organisation came heavily on the repeated threats and attacks on members of NGOs and civil society activists for rising their voices against PDS scams, practice of Forced Child Marriage, rapes, illegal appointments in Govt. departments and so on; the latest being giving threatening calls and planting of firearms in the car of an RTI activist and Chairperson of the Sango Lomte Welfare Society Payi Gyadi by some anti social elements in order to jeopardize his work and malign him, suspected to be backed and financed by politicians and high ranking officers.

In a joint statement, the organisations said Gyadi’s only fault was that he had unearthed illegal appointments being made in Govt. departments and exposed the powerful politicians and high ranking officers involved in the illegal appointments.

The Rights’ activists also urged the Chief Minister and the Governor to intervene into the matter and direct the concerned authorities unearth truth at the earliest.   

While appreciating the state police for their prompt action and arresting the culprits who were involved in antisocial activity of planting firearms in the car of Payi Gyadi,  the Rights’ activists question the credibility of the investigating agencies and the state police in their delay to extract the names who have backed and funded the miscreants.

Quoting the report published in local dailies on 16th of June, in which the Capital SP stated after the arrest of the three persons that ‘facts are yet to be revealed’, the organisations said almost five days have passed and facts have not yet been revealed.

“The people of the state want the facts to be known.  There also have been reports that there are possibilities of granting bail to the arrested persons. If granted bail without thorough investigation and find out the powerful people who are behind the curtain, then people will lose faith in the Govt. and the system. Hence it should be the foremost duty of the Govt. not to let the culprits get freed on bail without coming to logical conclusion by finding out the suspected involvement of the politicians and high ranking Govt. officers. Accepting the bail petitions would defeat the very purpose and meaning of Judicial Institution and encourage militancy and social chaos in the state,” the organisations said.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF) strongly demanded that 3 accused persons who are lodged in the Itanagar Police Station for planting pistol/bomb in the car of Payi Gyadi must not be given bail until and unless all the culprits involved are booked and punished as per the established law of the country.

“From a very reliable source it is learnt that some high profile personalities of the state are moving around Guwahati High Court to take out the 3 accused persons on bail. No bail should be given to them until all the person involved in this unprecedented case is arrested and punished as a deterrent for future” , says Chopa Cheda, ARTIAF chairman.

He further said “If the accused are released on bail influenced by higher-ups and powerful people before the case is completed, there is high possibility of law and order problem in the state. The State government should not be lenient on this serious and unprecedented case, Chopa added.

The Forum further said that the movement by the Sango Lamte Foundation  being supported by many other like minded organizations against illegal appointment and corruption is not without proof and evidence.  They have ample evidence to prove the involvement of  high profile people in the illegal appointment, it said.

The ARTIAF once again appeal the health minister and chief information commissioner to resign on moral ground so that free and fair investigation is carried out.  It also appealed to the civil societies and other pressure group to extend their support to Payi Gyadi and to this movement against illegal appointments and corruption which is engulfing the State like a cancer. Gyadi Welfare Society (GWS)  also urged the government not to grant bail to all the 3 accused who are already under police remand.

The All Arunachal Unemployed Youth Organization (AAPUYO) in a meeting today decided to apprise the Chief Minister about various corrupt and illegal activities being practised in various Govt departments and in this regard, a delegation of the Organization would be meeting the CM very soon.

The meeting while condemning the criminal conspiracy hatched against RTI activist Payi Gyadi by planting explosives and firearms in his private car, demanded exemplary punishment for those involved in the criminal acts. It demanded for handing over the case to CBI to unearth the mastermind of the case.

The organization, meanwhile, demanded Minister Atum Welly and Chief Information Commissioner YD Thongchi to step down from their respective posts on moral ground for their alleged involvement in illegal appointments.

The organization also demanded for a cut in the prescribed rate for furnishing copies of documents under the RTI Act from Rs 10 per page to Rs 2 per page.

The Chandranagar Welfare Committee also demanded the authority to punish the culprits involved in the criminal conspiracy case involving RTI activist Payi Gyadi as per law. The accused should not be released on bail till the investigation is over, it said.

Meanwhile, the 9th Chayangtajo Intellectual Forum urged all concern not to misconstrue its movement which is not directed at any individual or organization.

Forum said it has extended solidarity with Payi Gyadi as he  hails from same constituency and is being targeted for speaking out the truth.

It further reiterated that  the accused arrested should not be granted bail and there should be thorough investigation to unearth the truth.

Meanwhile, Pakke Kessang Block Congress Committee (BCC) strongly condemned the allegation levelled against Minister Atum Welley and the demand for his resignation for his alleged involvement in illegal appointment in a certain Govt department.

“The allegation levelled against Welley does not hold any water since the matter (of illegal appointment) is under investigation,” the BCC president said in a release. He described the allegation of hatching criminal conspiracy against RTI activist Payi Gyadi by Welley as baseless, politically motivated and an attempt to tarnish the image of the minister. It is unfair to drag his name into the case without proper investigation, the BCC president said adding that “we should wait until the investigation is over before we continue to make allegation against him”.

 

Dambuk cries for development

ITANAGAR, June 19: Dibang Adi Youth Association(DAYA) and Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) jointly appealed to the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to address the grievances of the people of Dambuk.

It is quite appalling that all the major developmental projects in the district is in the immediate vicinity of the district headquarter. It has created imbalance in developmental pattern, the organisation duo said in a joint release. “This step motherly attitude is not tolerable and such attitude are unacceptable to any section of society” said DAYA president Kabang Passing.

The release further said that Dambuk area is always deprived of major developmental project on the pretext of communication bottleneck and surprisingly the government never paid any attention for improving surface connectivity of this area.

Demanding equal share of development and fair justice for the people of Dambuk area, the organisation duo further  resented that despite the  people of Dambuk area ready to donate the required land without precondition for establishment of educational institutions, the Govt had decided to establish a polytechnic and a degree college in Roing, which, it said, is injustice  to the people of Dambuk.

The second oldest school after Pasighat was established at Dambuk in 1920’s but still it is running without adequate infrastructure, the release said.  There is a medical centre which was established by former colonial British government, prior to India’s independence. Dambuk has, today, only these two establishments for public service which are neither established by government of Arunachal Pradesh  nor government of India. Being a centre of  education during NEFA, it is this area which has acted as catalyst for many social movement of 1950  to 1980.  It is this area which has produced the first ever IAS of Arunachal Pradesh. But when it is compared to other  contemporary towns, be it Tezu, Pasighat and even Roing , it is hard to contemplate in one’s  mind, the pathetic and appalling state of the area. But still  the people of  Dambuk area has maintained calmness and patient thinking that better time will come but it never was to be, the release added.

DAYA and DASU also appealed to the MLA’s of the district to have special attention and extend generous help for inclusive development of the district.

 

Dree Football

ITANAGAR, Jun 19: AASTE FC and Miichi United posted convincing wins against their opponents on the second day of the Capital Complex Dree Football Tournament.

AASTE FC beat Puchi Putii FC by 3-1 goals while Miichi United humiliated ‘X’ JNV FC 7-0 in a lopsided match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Khoda Rajen (19 min), Dusu Tari (44 min) and Tage Hassang (69 min) scored a goal each for AASTE FC while the consolation goal for Puchi Putii FC was scored by Duyu Takung in the 33rd minutes of the match.

For Miichi United, Koj Talley scored two goals (43, 65 mins) and  Kago Chama (23 min), Tage Taji (35 min), Hage Talloh (53 min), Hage Appa (68 min), and Hage Tabyo (70 min) scored a goal each to outclass their opponent, according to organizing committee.

Puri Symbiosis College FC will meet ‘E’Sector Nlg FC in tomorrow’s first match  at 2.30 pm while  Hero’s Club to take on Itanagar FC in the second match at 3.40 pm.

 

ACCI  lauds CM, Pul on annual plan size

ITANAGAR, June 19: Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) lauds Chief Minister Jarbam Gamlin and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul for mobilizing a much higher annual plan allocation of Rs 3,200 crore for 2011-12, a 28% hike than the previous fiscal.  

The AACI would like to place on record its appreciation for the chief minister who sought the support of the Planning Commission for the speedy development of the state to maintain to development trajectory set in motion by former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

Pul, one of the longest serving finance minister of the country, who took over the portfolio along with the planning recently, created a stir at national level by hinting at the border situation to the Planning Commission.

Pul deserves all praises for the New Delhi mandarins hardly realize the ground realities while allocating fund to this sensitive border state. The allocation given to this hilly sate is not for Arunachal but for the nation’s security, ACCI president Techi Lala said in a statement, adding if thousands of crores could be pumped into Jammu and Kashmir to maintain law and order and contain insurgency, why not the same treatment given to Arunachal Pradesh.

Pul’s views should be supported by all sections of Arunachal and reflected at the appropriate level, particularly by the government when any one holds any official talk with either minister or bureaucrat in the national capital.

It would be prudent to recall that after former chief minister and present Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi had gone on record saying China had intruded into Arunachal Pradesh in 2003, then Defence Minister George Fernandez had to airdash to Itanagar to deny the charge, but had admitted the fact in the Parliament few months later.  

Pul, a financial wizard, under the guidance of the chief minister would undoubtedly ensure that the huge funds are utilized while ensuring the much publicized third party monitoring effectively and also prevent surrender of funds as has been the practice in the past, the statement added.

 

BJP demands enquiry commission into illegal recruitments

ITANAGAR, June 19: Bharatiya Janata party Arunachal Pradesh expressed shock at alleged conspiracy to frame up RTI activist Payi Gyadi by planting pistol and exclusive materials in his car recently.

Expressing serious concern over the state government’s lackadaisical attitudes in taking stern measures  against anti-social elements directly or indirectly connected with  people in high offices and leaders in power, the BJP demand intervention of the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to contain the illegalities and ill governance. The party further demanded constituion of high power enquiry commission headed by a retired judge to investigate into various anomalies in the recruitments process. It further said the leaders allegedly involved in corruption be sacked for free and impartial enquiry.

Condemning the conspiracy to drag the RTI activist to heinous criminal case, the Party said that  the RTI activist exposed how the state Congress government has bent upon illegalities and ill administration. The RTI documents provided to this party office has exposed how the state government is using the tag “one time special relaxation of recruitment rules in various departments to accommodate their kit and kin’s besides for those highest bidders of government services even for those applicants without possessing the minimum required educational qualification” with the thousands of merit unemployed youths running from pillars to posts for their employment who are having required skills and academic qualifications. It seems government services suppose to serve the people in various capacities have become mere commodities in the state, the party said.

 

Home stay operators training concluded

ITANAGAR, June 19: The one year rural tourism (Home stay) project training held at Ziro completed successfully at Ziro recently.

During the training period, all the participants were taken to Sikkim for exposure visit where they visited all the important tourists’ places at Gangtok and stayed at Home stay at Kewzing village of the south Sikkim as part of their training.

At the concluding day, Rural Tourism Management Committee (RTMC),Ziro was formed on the line of Sikkimise Rural tourism model .

District Tourism Officer, Ziro Tater Mize and NABARD Manager attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest District Tourism Officer, Ziro Tater Mize advised the Home Stay operators to furnish the list of Home stay operators and local tourist guide to the District Administration and Department of tourism so that they can help the operators to boost up the tourists in the district and their safety and security.

He appreciated overall performance of the participants and hoped that Ziro will give an example of promoting the Eco-friendly rural tourism (Home stay) in the state in near future.

Guest of Honour NABARD Manager O.P Mounglang has also appreciated the participants and Yomjum Yomgam, Secretary cum Project Coordinator of the Young Mission Adventure Club who initiated the idea of promotion of Rural Tourism in the Ziro valley. He highlighted about the project and role of NABARD in the state.

Later, the chief guest distributed certificate of participation to 25 trainees comprising of 14 home stay operators and 11 tourist guides.

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Power crisis

Dear Editor,

Pasighat is tagged as the oldest town of our state. But what I feel is that the town has never been  matured in terms of infrastructures and basic amenities. The population here has grown geometrically over the years, on the other hand infrastructure to support the increasing population has never been at pace with the changing times.  

In years to come we will face many problems like sanitation, potable water, road infrastructure due to increasing number of population, but right now everyone is crying for electricity.  Lending tears to my fellow denizens and ears to the electricity deptt I would like to ask them to bear with our efficient deparment  because if you guys crib too much days of cuts could prove into years.

Yours’

Oyin

Paglek, Pasighat

 

 

Arunachal and L Talar

Dear Editor,

We Arunachalee are proud to have L Talar, the National Badminton Champion U-15 (Rank-1 in U-15). Given the proper training and exposure we are sure he will soon reach international rank.

I sincerly hope new CM Jarbom Gamlin being sports lover himself will do everything including sponsoring training abroad to such young talented player.

Also the big business houses should volunterly/honourably sponsor the sportspersons in Arunachal.

Yours’

T.Ronya, Itanagar

 

 

Govt cannot acquire land until the Dibang Multipurpose Project is accorded forest  and environmental clearances

Dear Editor,

We express our deep concern regarding the two notifications issued by the Commissioner, Land Management, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, for acquisition of certain land for the 3,000MW Dibang Multipurpose Project to be executed by NHPC.

We also note that there was no information locally on the notification issued last year under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and the latest notification was issued in an English Daily. We are not sure whether such notifications have been displayed in the local Panchayat Office and the Office of the relevant DCs of the two districts. Not taking proper and relevant measures to disseminate such important communications locally and amongst the affected tantamount to wilful suppression of information.

Nevertheless, we consider the issuance of the above two notifications illegal and in gross violation of natural justice since the Dibang Multipurpose Project for which such land will be acquired has not been given any of the clearances needed for any construction to start. The site clearance which was granted to NHPC during 2004 according to the EIA Notification 1994 expired in 2009 and the matter came up before the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in their meeting in July 2009.

The minutes of that meeting indicates that the project authority was advised by the Ministry to submit the proposal fresh as per the procedure mentioned in the new EIA Notification 2006. The Committee drew up fresh ToR after adding certain points to be investigated by the NHPC and incorporate them in the fresh EIA Report and EMP. The Committee recommended clearance for pre-construction activities after approving the ToR and asked NHPC to conduct fresh public hearing in the two districts of Dibang Valley and publication of the EIA and EMP Reports according to the new ToR.

Since then, no public hearing has been conducted in the Dibang Valley and the EIA/EMP reports have not been made public which are mandatory to apply for environmental clearance.

We understand that site clearance accorded to the NHPC facilitates relevant investigations and survey on the ground along with minor pre-construction activities. Such pre-construction activities do not entail physical acquisition of land for the project as indicated in the latest notification as above.

Therefore, we note that the Department of Land Management, Government of Aruanchal Pradesh cannot acquire such land or take physical position of until the Dibang Multipurpose Project is accorded forest and environmental clearances.

Through the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley District, we demand that the two said notifications be withdrawn by the Commissioner, Land Management, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, we will not allow such violation and forceful acquisition of our homeland.

Yours’

Tone Mickrow

General Secretary

Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS)

 

 

 

They are very much in station

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the news items published in your daily on June 19 under the caption "Org appeals CS”.  

The press release claimed to be made by  V-Lower Balijan Youth Organisation is not a correct statement as all officers and staffs  are very much in the station with the exceptions of officers and staffs on leaves  for admission of theirs children in schools or in colleges.

Yours’

Tayi Taggu

EAC, Balijan

 

 

Arunachal tourism needs infrastructure support

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the letter of Gomi Maro as appeared in the readers’ forum of this daily on June 11 last under the caption “ A lesson to be learnt from others”, I would like to mention here that opinion expressed by Maro is  the need of the day for Arunachalees.

I am in Arunachal for the last 40 years. Arunachal, the land of the rising Sun has been gifted lavishly with natural beauty. But the wonderful treasure has not been utilized to the extent it is required. Tourism is almost nil in Arunachal Pradesh with the exception of Balukpong to Tawang tourist circuit.

It is encouraging to know that the Govt has now initiated steps for tourism development in other parts of Arunachal Pradesh where there are high potential of tourism. The endeavour of T K Kopak, DTO, Kolkata, is praiseworthy, whose zeal and creativity is expected to be emulated by other Govt officers. He has taken the right steps in highlighting the tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh to the mainstream of the country by leading the Kolkata-based tourism promoters to various tourist spots of Arunachal. This will pave the way for increased flow of tourists to the many unexplored tourist spot of the  state and also in enriching the state ex-chequer.

Arunachal Pradesh has abundance natural beauty and resources. The people of Arunanchal can take the maximum advantage of this gift of nature by adding sufficient infrastructure support with proper marketing thereby attracting the people more to the state which will enrich the state exchequer.

As a nature lover, I would like to appeal to the state Govt and NGOs to take suitable steps for development of tourist infrastructure so that more tourists from India and abroad visit this remotest state of the country.

Yours’

D R Bhattacharjee

Itanagar

 

 

 

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