ITANAGAR, June 09: Two candidates filed nominations for the lone Rajya Sabha seat
in Arunachal Pradesh today, the last date for filing papers, state Legislative Assembly
While sitting Congress MP Mukut Mithi filed his papers, Opposition BJP has pitched
former legislator Tapen Siga as its candidate, the sources said here.
Siga was accompanied by BJP leaders including state BJP president Tai Tagak and
National General Secretary and ex-MP Tapir Gao during filing of nominations.
Election for the RS seat would be held on June 19 following the expiry of term of
office of Mithi on May 26 last.
Scrutiny of papers would be done tomorrow, while the last date for withdrawal of
candidature is June 12. Counting of votes would take place on the day of polling
Congress has 42 MLAs in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, opposition BJP
has 11 legislators while its ally the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has five
MLAs. There are also two independent MLAs. PTI/source
AAPSU to move AASU on student’s suicide
ITANAGAR, June 09: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union today decided to take up
the suicidal death of Arunachalee student Tashi Phuntso at Guwahati on May 31 last
with its Assam counterpart All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to pressurise the police
for a timely thorough probe.
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, in a statement, also welcomed the move of Home Minister
Tanga Byaling for writing to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in this regard and
appealed to the civil society to stand united on the issue.
While condemning unethical behaviour of staff of CIPET, who were accused of attempt
to sexually molest the boy that led to take the extreme step, he demanded exemplary
punishment for the accused to send a louder message.
District coordination meeting on APCMUHIS held
ITANAGAR, June 09: The district level coordination meeting on ‘Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Universal Insurance Scheme’ (APCMUHIS) was held under the chairmanship
of Chukhu Chachang (EAC), Kurung Kumey DC in-charge at Koloriang on June 3 last.
Addressing the gathering, DC Kurung Kumey stressed on the importance of the scheme
and exhorted all PRI leaders/HoDs/NGOs to cooperate with the health department and
Insurance Company for successful enrollment of beneficiaries.
DMO Dr Higio Tama briefed about the aim & objective and other salient features of
ZPC Kurung Kumey Sangha Tagik and DSO cum Nodal Officer APCMUHIS Dr Boni Tuluk also
spoke on the occasion.
District Coordinator, DHS TPA, Satam Akli was the resource person during the programme.
The meeting was organized by Dedicated Healthcare Services TPA (India) Pvt. Ltd with
inputs from department of health & family welfare.
Enrollment for Kurung Kumey district will start from June 28 next in health institution
of the district.
Assembly committees formed
ITANAGAR, June 09: The Committee on Public Accounts, Committee on Public Undertakings
and Committee on Estimates of the Sixth Legislative Assembly have been constituted
in the Assembly on June 4 last. Each committee headed by a chairman comprises of
six-member and the members were elected duly by the members of the Assembly House
for the term of office not exceeding 20 months
The Speaker has appointed MLAs Nikh Kamin, Tamar Murtem and Tage Taki as the chairman
of Committee on Public Accounts, Committee on Public Undertakings and Committee
on Estimates respectively.
5 arrested in connection with Bomdila incident
BOMDILA, June 09: The West Kameng District Administration and the Police have made
headway in Bomdila incident of May 27 and succeeded in nabbing five accused. Unruly
mob had damaged the vehicles of three Tawang MLAs who came to pay their homage to
the departed soul of His Eminence Tsona Gontse Rinpoche during his last rites at
Gontse Gaden Rabgye-Ling, Upper Gompa, Bomdila on May 27 last. The five accused were
arrested on June 4 last and have been taken into seven days police remand.
The Police are on a look out for other accused that hatched the criminal conspiracy
and it is expected that soon the other accused too shall be taken into custody. DIPRO
ANYA and AAC extend support to ANSU
ITANAGAR, June 09: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) and Arunachal Against
Corruption (AC) have extended its support to All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in
its fight against alleged corruption in implementation of the ST Girls’ hostel projects
of various middle schools in Palin area under Kurung Kumey district.
ANYA in a press release said, “we have been observing this issue since last two months
and it is clearly understood that blame game is going on between department of social
welfare, the nodal department and PWD Sangram, the executing agency of the project.
It also looks like that it has been a preplanned game with the government machineries
to misuse the public money.”
“Further there are many which remain incomplete due to misuse of fund by officials
and local contractors. The nodal department, the executing agency and the local contractors
fix within themselves and release the fund even without completion of the work,”
the release added further demanding constitution of a committee to unearth the truth
alleging fund embezzlement in the construction of Inspection Bungalow at Sangram.
In another release, AAC has termed the allegation that ANSU is taking up the issue
on personal grudge against the officer as baseless.
“…Especially in Nyishi inhabited areas, any criticism is dubbed as personal agenda
and anti-reform and the flaws in policy are thus perpetuated. This approach is taking
Kurung Kumey district backward. It is vital for people and area organizations to
speak out, and then only change will come,” it pointed out.
Tell us what was the technical and geographical difficulty? All the schools mentioned
have road connectivity and are suitably located, the release read.
SSA teachers write to Education Commissioner
ITANAGAR, June 09: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers’
Association (AAPSSATA) is yet again in the news for the non receipt of its salary.
In its letter submitted to the commissioner education, saying that it has not received
its salary for the month of April and May, requested for the release of the salary.
Teachers are joining their respective posting places for the new academic session
and needs expenditure for paper works regarding admission fees etc. Besides this,
we had to conduct bridge course for the weak students during the vacation period,
the letter read.
Stapled visas to people of Arunachal is a ‘goodwill’ gesture: China
NEW DELHI, June 09: China today justified as "goodwill" gesture its policy of issuance
of stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, saying such policy does not "undermine"
the positions of both India and China which have disputes over big parts of that
"China has resorted to a special arrangement of issuance of stapled visa to address
the need for travel of local people. This gesture is out of goodwill and flexibility
and if we do not do that we will not be able to address the concern of outbound and
overseas travel of these people," visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Wang further said "if this is acceptable to Indian side, it could be continued in
the future as it does not undermine or compromise our respective positions on the
border question and we will be able to address the question of these people".
However, Wang, who was addressing a press conference at the end of his two-day visit
to India during which he called on President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and held talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, said there can be
further discussion on the stapled visa issue during consultation between the consular
officials and pitched for a simpler visa regime to enable more people-to-people contact.
China has been issuing stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, which India
has been protesting maintaining that it does not recognise such visas. PTI
Home Dept. to evolve strategy to improve law and order
ITANAGAR, June 09: The State Home department has decided to evolve a strategy to
improve the law and order in the state.
Interacting with the DGP and other officers of the Police Department during his maiden
visit to Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today, Home Minister Tanga Byaling said that
he will soon hold a series of meeting with police, administration, councillors and
other organizations to evolve strategies for proper maintenance of law and order
and resolving issues like traffic crowds, rash and negligent driving which are becoming
a serious problem in Capital Complex.
He also expressed concern over presence of large number of non-locals without inner
line permit (ILP) and instructed police for strict checking.
When his attention was drawn towards various problems and shortcomings of Police
department, including uniforms, the minister assured to look into the matter and
address them on priority basis.
Byaling stressed on proactive policing and fair investigations of cases. He asked
the police personnel to stay fit and maintain strict discipline.
Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Likha Saaya taking part in the discussion emphasized
on team spirit in the force.
Citing numerous examples as to how good works and goal can be achieved, he exhorted
police to educate the citizens to abide by the governing laws of the land and win
He advised all to avoid ego and be loyal to the authority and organization.
He assured to work in tandem with the minister to bring about improvement in Police
Taking part in the discussion, Principal Secretary (Home) Dharmandra Kumar emphasized
the need to prepare perspective plans for infrastructure development of police department.
Police department should come up with security advisories for public premises and
other infrastructure development so that security features can be incorporated with
allied infrastructural development, Kumar suggested. He assured that Home department
will sincerely address the issues and problems of Police department under active
guidance of Home Minister Byaling.
DGP S. Nithianandam assured that despite various infrastructural and logistic short-coming,
Arunachal Pradesh Police will continue to serve the state with utmost sincerity and
dedication. Describing the Home Minister a down to earth person, he hoped APP will
continue to serve the people and deliver its under his able of leadership.
IGP N. Payeng gave an overview of the state police through PowerPoint presentation.
AIGP (Establishment) Tusar Taba, was also present during the interaction.
CM pleads Centre for adequate fund provision
NEW DELHI, June 09: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has urged upon the Union Ministry of
Finance to give special impetus on connectivity as well as development of hydro-power
in Arunachal Pradesh, the two most important sectors in the state, which are yet
to be fully developed that would bring in rapid development in the long run.
Tuki, while attending the Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting organized by the Union
Finance Ministry under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, drew
attention towards the under construction 1556 Km Tans-Arunachal Highway. He requested
the Ministry for adequate fund provision in the budget for timely completion of the
crucial strategic roads in the state. He also sought fund provision to complete the
Greenfield Airport in the State Capital for which the AAI is preparing the DPR.
Highlighting poor telecommunication in the state, the Chief Minister said, “Since
Arunachal Pradesh has the lowest tele-density in the country, a mission mode project
for having 100% mobile connectivity in the state may be taken up in this budget,
which will have far reaching benefits.”
The Chief Minister also stressed on the importance of development of Border areas,
which he explained are tied in a vicious cycle of poverty, unemployment, under development
and remoteness. Citing that special problems in remote border areas cannot be tackled
in the normal course through normal schemes, he proposed that special mechanisms
may be looked into through special Start Up funds for border areas of Arunachal Pradesh
besides enhanced allocation for infrastructure for Para Military forces.
Drawing attention of the Union Finance Minister the State’s resources in Hydropower
and Tourism, Tuki said hydropower potential of the State can cater to 40% of the
Energy demand of the Nation, if harnessed sustainably. However due to constraints
like the inability of the State Government to contribute the State equity in the
projects where the state share ranges from 11-26%, many of the projects have been
stuck in advanced stages, he pointed and requested provisions in line with the pre
budget consultation on macroeconomic policies in the ensuing Budget.
The Chief Minister further placed the problem of lack of access to international
loans and projects such as those sponsored by ADB, World Bank and others because
of several factors. He said time and again, it has been assured that Arunachal will
not be allowed to suffer on this account by providing enhanced domestic funding,
which however has not really happened till date. He suggested that to compensate
this deprivation, another window of funding may be considered in this budget for
infrastructure development in the State.
The Chief Minister further pointed that the state was being deprived of accelerated
economical activities due to the large forest cover of 82%, which is highest in the
country. He said that as these forests play a major role in carbon sink and help
in mitigating global warming, Arunachal forests absorb about 1470 million tonnes
of carbon di-oxide which when monetized – as estimated by IPCC - amounts to Rs 88200
“With such vital economic service provided to our nation, it is imperative that the
state be adequately compensated for this impediment by providing special fund,” he
While congratulating Jaitley and Sitharaman on assumption of office as the Finance
Minister and Minister of State, Finance, respectively, Tuki urged them to view Arunachal
Pradesh from the prism of its inherent uniqueness of Low Resource Base coupled with
its sparse population spread across the State. He said the challenges are aggravated
by limited working season owing to protracted rainy season, hampering the timely
execution of infrastructure projects. The distance, terrain, geography combined results
in high cost of construction, which at times is higher by 900%.
The Chief Minister, however, reiterated that though the State poses unique challenges
but at the same time it also provides opportunities for all round growth and inclusive
development of the State and contribute to the national growth.
He observed that as Arunachal has seamless emotional integration with India and takes
pride in patriotism, all proposals made by the State Government should coincide with
national priorities and therefore an intelligent mechanism must be evolved in dovetailing
these priorities in the larger interest of the nation.
The Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting was attended by State Ministers in-charge of
Finance from across the country. (Media Cell, CMO)
APCC objects to PPA unit
statement against HM
PPA disowns statement of its city unit
ITANAGAR, June 09: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has strongly objected
to the statement of district president of Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) opposing
Tanga Byaling’s appointment as Minister for Home.
“Byaling is one of the senior leaders of the state who has been a cabinet minister
for quite a long time. He is abreast with the law and order and has deep understanding
of the cultural and ethnic mosaic of various tribes of the state,”APCC Spokesperson
Nabam Vivek said in a release.
The Congress party cautioned PPA to refrain from defaming any minister before giving
him or her a chance to perform, the party spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, PPA today disowned its City unit’s press statement opposing appointment
of Tanga Byaling as home minister terming him inexperienced.
Reacting to the statement, PPA working president Kahfa Bengia clarified that press
statement was ‘unauthorized’ and it was purely personal opinon of City unit president.
Clearing the air, PPA working president said the view expressed by city PPA unit
president was not at all the observation of the PPA. He also disclosed that an inquiry
would be initiated against ‘indecent’ press statement and disciplinary action will
be taken against the person if found guilty.
Bengia also stated that with the dissolution of the party state executive body including
the frontal heads on May 18 last, “the question of validation of any irresponsible
and immoral statements by any of the ex-executive member do not hold water and such
statement shall be treated as purely personal opinion.”
Reacting to the statement of PPA city unit, PPA’s People's Legislature Party (PLP)
leader P D Sona said “We do not welcome such insensitive remarks. Home Minister
is yet to perform and we can not judge his caliber at the initial stage.” Sona further
said that he personally does not recommend any such unwanted and insensitive statement
in the name of the party.
Felix visits IPR office, calls to improve work culture
NAHARLAGUN, June 9: “The IPR department is ear and mouth of the government, the expertise
and experience of the officers has to be exploited to its fullest so that the programmes
and policies of the government reaches to the grass root level,” said Government
Spokesman and Parliamentary Secretary for Education, IPR & Printing Bamang Felix
while interacting with officers during his visit to the directorate of Information
& Public Relations and Directorate of Printing here today. Felix was accompanied
by IPR Secretary Dani Salu during his visit.
Assuring to look after all the grievances of the department, Felix sought cooperation
of the employees in delivering best of services for the betterment of the department,
besides calling upon one and all to put in hard work through devotion and sincerity.
“We need to work as a team, as I cannot do much without the support and cooperation
of the officers and the officers cannot do much without my support,” he asserted.
While assuring not to interfere in the workings of the department, he also warned
not to tolerate any undue interference from any quarters for the betterment of the
Expressing shock over the dilapidated condition of the office building of the
directorate, he said the building is not conducive for office works and instructed
the executing Agency of the Soochna Bhawan to expedite every possibility of completing
the building so that employees of the directorate is shifted to the new building
at the earliest.
While making on –the-spot inspection of the on-going Soochna Bhawan and the Administrative
office of the Directorate of Printing being built up near the Directorate of printing,
Papu Hills, and discussed with officers of the Executing Agency to get a first hand
idea of the projects. He assured to look into the issues behind the slow progress
of work following non-release of fund by DoNER in time.
Agreeing that there are few long pending grievances of the department officers, he
assured to have a coordination meeting with all the officers of the department shortly.
The Secretary, IPR and Printing Dani Salu, gave an overview of the activities and
roles of both IPR and Printing Departments to the Parliamentary Secretary, while
In-charge DIPR, Obang Tayeng and Director of Printing and Stationeries Tajuk Charu
also briefed him about works and achievements of their respective directorates.
Felix also inspected every branches of the two offices to have first-hand information
about the functioning of the offices of the Directorate of IPR and Printing. DIPR
Agriculture minister for involvement of youths in agri sector
ITANAGAR, June 09: Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy
Development, Chowna Mein held a meeting with the agriculture departmental officers
at his office chamber today to discuss about the departmental programmes in the state.
After reviewing the present status of schemes and programmes in his department,
the Minister stressed the need for motivation of all stakeholders, introduction of
high yielding varieties of crops and involvement of rural youths in farming by creating
income generating schemes in farming sectors. He also emphasized the urgent need
to explore the feasibility for creation of more irrigation system particularly
in the foothill areas for higher production.
The Minister appreciated the plea of the department for arrangement of state matching
share to access into central Govt. funding against various innovative schemes and
assured to take up with the appropriate authority.
Earlier, Agriculture Commissioner Hage Khoda congratulated the minister for taking
over the charge of the most important sector and expressed hope that under the dynamic
leadership of the most experienced minister, the Agri and allied sector will rise
to a new height.
In a power point presentation, Agriculture Advisor A K Purkayastha elucidated the
present status and future strategies for food and farm income security of the state
and flagged few important issues for consideration of the state Govt.
It was informed that the Agri & allied sectors’ contribution to state GDP was 31.6%
during 2011-12 as against 24.9% during 2006-07 and the crop production programme
in the state has maintained around 8% annual growth rate in the first two years (2012-14)
of the XII Plan against 6.5% target.
It was also proudly expresses that the state received Krishi Karman Commendation
Award from the President of India in two consecutive years 2011-12 and 2012-13 in
recognition of the escalation of food grain production.
All the officers of the agri directorate besides Parliamentary Secretaries Gum Tayeng,
Mutchu Mithi and Namsai MLA Jingnu Namchoom were present.
Taloh assures all round development
PASIGHAT, June 09: “My focus will be on all round development of my constituency
in particular and the state as a whole,” said Education, Library, Textile & Handloom
Minister Tapang Taloh in a public meeting at Pangin today.
The education minister while addressing the teaching community said that teaching
was the noblest and highly regarded profession in the world. The teacher must be
sincere, dedicated and punctual in their duties. He also spoke on the importance
of education and advised the students to be obedient, hardworking and sincere in
studies to achieve success life.
Earlier, the education minister held an interactive meeting with the senior officers
of education department to take stock of the all the projects and other activities
being carried out by the department. In his brief address to the educationists, Taloh
said good education is the base for prosperity, economic growth and development.
Meanwhile, he conveyed his gratitude to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for inducting
him into his cabinet and also the people of Pangin-Boleng, especially the youths
who reposed their faith and elected him as MLA for third consecutive times.
The minister further added that such public supports made him more determined towards
his objectives and assured to improve education, road communication and health care
DC, HoD, Police meet for monsoon preparedness
ITANAGAR, June 09: Following arrival of monsoon, a coordination meeting of Heads
of Department (HoD) of Kurnung Kumey district, GREF and paramilitary forces was held
in the office chamber of Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner to discuss various issues
ranging from implementation of various schemes and projects, road and communication,
health and sanitation, electricity and water supply etc. with special focus on monsoon
Addressing the meeting, Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner C Chukhu instructed various
HoDs to keep cooperation and maintain communication with each other for proper administration.
He asked BRTF to keep all roads through during monsoon with proper planning and power
department to ensure regular power supply.
Taking serious note of the absenteeism by few officers and officials posted in the
district, the deputy commissioner urged all HoDs and administrative officers to stay
at their respective place of posting. He informed that absentee tracking system will
be initiated soon and data uploaded in the official website through NIC.
Exhorting the officers and officials to develop work culture, he said, “Money should
not command you to work but you should command money to work.”
“Government employees, who are interested in politics and business, should quit their
job enabling dedicated unemployed youths to fill their posts,” the DC said straightforwardly.
He also opined that “Government employees should be work centric but not chair centric.”
Highlighting the problems faced by the health department in the district, the District
Medical Officer informed about the shortage of man power and unavailability of medicines.
He also warned about possible outbreak of water borne diseases and malaria during
the monsoon season.
Dr. B. Tuluk suggested for chlorination of water tanks to prevent and control water
Deputy Director of UD and Housing informed about the difficulties faced by the department
in functioning smoothly due to insufficient man power. He also informed that various
projects are suffering due to problem in acquiring land.
STS Station Superintendent requested for allotment of land for setting up of a bus
parking place and booking counter at Koloriang.
District Agriculture Officer informed that various CSS are under implementation and
beneficiary centered schemes are being taken up with due consultation with PRIs members.
District Horticulture Officer informed that major projects in large Cardamom and
cinnamon plantations are being implemented. Scope for orange plantation has been
identified in Palin, Yangte while Nyapin is ideal for large cardamom plantation,
The Executive Engineer, Hydropower, informed that 11 projects with a total capacity
of 6.21 MW have been sanctioned in Kurung Kumey district out of which two projects
have been completed, one commissioned and two are near completion. A mini project
with 1 MW capacity for Koloriang will be completed soon. He also highlighted the
difficulty faced due to lack of office at Koloriang.
The Divisional Forest Officer also informed about lack of manpower in his department
which is causing difficulty in running the office.
District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer highlighted the problem of land encroachment,
dearth of land, lack of communication and apathy of other departments with regards
to acquisition of land for construction of infrastructure etc. She also apprised
the meeting regarding difficulty in carrying out eviction drive due to non-posting
of a regular Estate Officer at Koloriang.
The representatives from GREF requested for expending land acquisition for construction
of double lane road and informed that indiscriminate quarrying in road side, construction
of houses on the Right of Way (RoW), dumping of construction materials and waste
along the road, choking the drain, jhum cultivation etc. are causing damage to roads.
He also informed that manpower and required machineries are ready to meet any emergency
during the monsoon season.
The Executive Engineer, Power, informed about the implementation of RGGVY project
in the district and stated that lack of communication facility or ability is hampering
the prompt maintenance or restoration of any power failure.
The District Food and Civil Supplies officer informed that NFSP is likely to be implemented
by July, 2014 in Kurung Kumey district and sufficient buffer stock of food grains
has also been maintained.
Official from department of Geology and Mining informed about various causes of poor
collection of revenue.
The Deputy Director, SW & WCD informed about various pension schemes and highlighted
the problem of under qualified Anganwadi workers in the district. She suggested ways
to stem the leakage of funds to beneficiaries.
Executive Engineer, PHE & WS, highlighted the problem faced in laying supply lines
due to objections from land owners.
Tali ADC in-charge requested for construction of official residence at Tali on priority
Palin ADC highlighted the lack of coordination and confidence of the work departments
with the local administration acting as the monitoring agency. She also highlighted
the various problems faced by the monitoring agency due to lack of proper communication
and indiscipline among Govt. officials, who frequently leave station without prior
permission from the higher authority.
The DDMO in-charge while presenting the plan for disaster preparedness, requested
all the concern departments to appoint Nodal officers and Resources Inventory of
the respective departments and submit the list as part of mitigation plan.
ITBP informed about their civic programmes at Koloriang.
SP in-charge of the district informed about action plan to maintain law and order
in the district.
Khimhun releases quarterly advisory bulletin
ITANAGAR, June 09: Parliamentary Secretary (Trade & Commerce) Phosum Khimhun launched
the quarterly advisory bulletin on tea cultivation in a simple function here today.The
quarterly advisory bulletin for the tea farmer has been brought out by Arunachal
Advisory Centre, Tea Research Association, Itanagar under the aegis of the Department
of Trade and Commerce, GoAP.
Addressing the gathering after launching the advisory bulletin, Khimhun expressed
gratitude to the Chief Minister for giving him the opportunity to assist him in dealing
with the affairs of the Department of Trade and Commerce for the second consecutive
While appreciating the sincere and dedicated efforts of the officers of the Trade
and Commerce department and the Head of Offices of the Commodity Boards, he directed
them to invest in more time and knowledge to mentor the marginal tea farmers of the
Earlier, Director of Trade and Commerce Department Tokong Pertin briefed the importance
and necessity of bringing out such technical advisory bulletin for the benefit of
the tea farmers. Since continuous use of chemical is harmful to tea consumers as
well as detrimental for the environment, Pertin advised the tea farmers to regularly
read the advisory bulletin which will be available in the department’s website.
Tadak Gab, President, Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association and Taba Taram,
President, Arunachal Rubber Growers’ Association also spoke on the occasion.
Saaya calls for promotion of youth activities
ITANAGAR, June 09: Parliamentary Secretary, Home and Sports & Youth Affairs, Likha
Sayaa today visited the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs & Sangay Lhaden Sports
Academy Complex, Chimpu, here and interacted with all the department officers and
officials and faculties of SLSA.
Later addressing a meeting at the conference hall of Sports Authority of Arunachal,
Sayaa urged the stakeholders to work hard for promotion of sports and games with
much involvement of youths. He also advocated for sincerity and devotion in order
to improve work culture and to fulfill the dream of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who
always puts emphasis on promotion of games & sports and youth activities in the
Belatee Pertin, Sports & Youth Affairs Secretary stressed on creation of pragmatic
youth policy to channelize youths power and generate employment opportunity. He also
gave priority to infrastructure development and early completion of ongoing schemes
and calls for basic amenities like water, electricity, sanitation, hygienic food
etc in the SLSA.
DK Dinglow, Director, SYA has also apprised the parliamentary secretary on the on
the activities of the dept. during the meeting. Saaya, accompanied by officers and
officials also visited under construction sports infrastructure within the sports
Readers Mela organized to mark the end of mini library prog
WAKRO, June 09: The summer-vacation heat in the Medo plains of Wakro circle turned
milder when the reader- activists of APNE Library organized a joyous Readers’ Mela
at the Gyan Sarovar Academy premises on sat June 7. The Mela was organized by the
‘Reading Brigades’ of Lamliang, Karhe, Medo, Manyuliang, Namgo, & Tissue – all villages
around Medo to mark the concluding ceremony of two- month-long vacation Mini- Library
programmes. This unique library initiative to take books to children, when they cannot
come to books, has been, for the last 4 summers, bringing the joy of reading all
through April & May, to hundreds of children and youth in these remote villages,
with no access to any reading materials.
The Readers’ Mela began on a spirited note with Lamliang Reading Brigade volunteers
organizing a tree-plantation in the school campus. The principal of the school Ramlal
and the Coordinator of the Readers’ Mela, Tangja Singpho planted pongamia saplings,
an evergreen avenue tree, popularized as an important source of bio-diesel by the
The highlight of the Mela conducted by experienced senior reader-activists of APNE
Library, Wakro and Bamboosa Library, Tezu, was the training sessions for the Medo
village children in book reading, story-telling, poem recitation and doing skits.
Many mothers who had gathered to watch the Mela felt thrilled, as their children
started performing them shedding inhibition.
The valedictory session of the Mela saw the participants and the Reading Brigade
teams presenting their best items before the chief guest Sanjay Ngadong, ASM Medo,
Chairman, ASSET, Wakro, teachers, parents and a few visitors from Andhra Pradesh.
The reader-activists Aswini Khamblai ( Medo), Laxmi Ngadong & Achila Ngadong (Lamliang),
Sonia Pul, Pipisi and Naina Halai (Karhe) amply demonstrated their admirable leadership
and training skills in motivating rural children and their parents to take library
reading seriously. They were ably supported by Anjangmai Mam, Bialu Khambrai (Bamboosa
Library) and Mosamlu Manyu & Disemsi Yun (Manyuliang). The skit on ‘role of parents
in their children’s schooling’, witty poems on environment and concern for public
good, were lessons not only for the young but their parents as well.
Lauding the Library activists, Sanjay Ngadong assured all help to continue the movement
ahead and appealed to the parents to encourage their children to attend vacation
library programmes regularly.
Moved by the novelty and utility of the effort, a London youth group has offered
to contribute children’s books to strengthen the Reading Brigades in Medo villages.
The Readers’ Mela was sponsored by the Surajmal Jalan Charitable Trust, Dibrugarh.
GSU lodges complaint with DC against schools for ‘flouting’ provisions of RTE Act
ITANAGAR, June 09: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has lodged a complaint with West
Siang Deputy Commissioner against various schools in the district for allegedly collecting
exorbitant fee from students from Class I to VIII in total violation of Right To
Education (RTE) Act.
As per RTE Act, all children of the age of 6- 14 years have right to free and compulsory
education in a government school till completion of elementary education (Classes
1-8). The Act also prohibits collection of donation or capitation fee. They are also
entitled to free textbooks, writing materials and uniforms, said GSU in its letter
to the DC.
But, various government schools in West Siang district are allegedly charging high
admission and other fee from students of Class-1 to VIII in violation of the RTE
Act.. Further, free textbooks, uniforms and other writing materials are also not
being provided regularly. Even in Higher Secondary level, laboratory fees are collected
from students opting for Arts, it claimed. It also alleged collection of library
fees from students where there is no such facility. NCC and Scout & Guide fees are
also charged in some schools even from those students who have not opted for these
activities, it further claimed.
While demanding strict implementation of the Act in the district, GSU demanded the
DC to initiate action against those schools for flouting the provisions of the Act.
The students union also demanded the education department to publish the order, if
any, authorizing the school authorities to collect fee from students of Cass-l to
Congress party won 42 seats in the recently concluded assembly election and has been
given thumping majority by the people of this state. However instead of respecting
people’s mandate, virtual fight among Congress legislators is being witnessed for
ministerial and parliamentary secretary’s berth. It took days for Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki to declare the name of his 9 cabinet ministers. Intense lobbying was witnessed
for the ministerial berth. The Congress high command had to intervene to make way
for cabinet formation.
Now with the appointment of 18 parliamentary secretaries, government of Arunachal
has sprung bigger surprise. The appeasement policy adopted by Congress party is going
to seriously burden the state exchequer. Already post of speaker and deputy speaker
has been given to the two Congress MLAs. It means till now 30 Congress MLAs out of
42 including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been given appointment in various posts.
The Congress MLAs are not interested to remain as simple MLA and is using every pressure
tactics to get appointed as minister and parliamentary secretary. The party does
not seem to care for the people of state and their leaders are only concern for themselves.
It is height of selfishness.
----Readers Forum ----
Through your esteemed daily, we the Panchayat leaders of 18 Palin Assembly constituency
would like to draw the attention of the education department of Kurung Kumey towards
illegal recruitment process being adopted for recruitment to the posts of Computer
Operator, Peon, Chowkidar in all residential schools.
The recruitment process is illegal and non-transparent. All Panchayat leaders of
concerned area have not been informed thought the Department stated that the advertisement
was already published in local dailies in this regard.
We opposed the recruitment process being conducted without the knowledge of Panchayat
leaders and we cordially appeal the Education Department to maintain transparency
in recruitment and conduct written interview instead of Walk in Interview in order
to select the right candidates according to merit.
An appeal for proper implementation of RTE Act
Through this reputed daily, I would like highlight the Constitution (Eighty-sixth
Amendment) Act, 2002 which inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India to
provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to
fourteen years as a Fundamental Right.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents
the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, advocates that every
child has the right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable
quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards.
Article 21-A and RTE Act came into effect on 1 April 2010. The title of the RTE Act
incorporates the words ‘free and compulsory’. ‘Free education’ means that no child,
other than a child who has been admitted by his or her parents to a school which
is not supported by the appropriate Government, shall be liable to pay any kind of
fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and completing
elementary education. ‘Compulsory education’ casts an obligation on the appropriate
Government and local authorities to provide and ensure admission, attendance and
completion of elementary education by all children in the 6-14 age group. With this,
India has moved forward to a rights based framework that casts a legal obligation
on the Central and State Governments to implement this fundamental child right as
enshrined in the Article 21A of the Constitution, in accordance with the provisions
of the RTE Act. But here in our state many of the Govt. schools from primary to middle
school, they take money from students in the name of school development fund like;
benches & desk maintenance, exams papers, fan purchasing, peon payment etc.
Recently I visited more than 7 to 8 schools in the capital complex which take fees
from the students. It is very sad to say that they collecting amount ranging from
Rs. 1500, 500, 200, and 1000 from class- V-VIII. Different schools charge differently.
There are many questions to be asked to the school principal and head master for
charging fees from primary level to middle school from students, where on the other
hand according to RTE Act, education has been made free and compulsory. And the reason
they give is that the government do not provide any fund for the facilitation of
the scheme. Even this year, school authorities are taking huge amount in the name
of admission fees. I would like to question why the school authorities are charging
fees from the students. Why are they violating RTE Act? Are Govt. Schools run by
Govt. fund or from student’s fees as the school authority are charging exorbitant
If at all the Govt. is doing their part, please stop collecting fees from students
in Govt. schools and issues notification to concern school principals & headmasters
to stop collecting fees from the students.
Therefore, it is my humble request to education department to implement RTE Act in
proper way for the well being of state and I also appeal all the citizens to act
as watch dog for proper implementation of RTE Act.