CM assures govt assistance to HIV positive people
ITANAGAR, June 21: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu assured to extend all possible assistance
from the government’s end to those infected with HIV virus so that they could come
forward and assist the state machinery in controlling the dreaded disease.
He said this while presiding over the meeting of Arunachal Pradesh State Council
on AIDS here at Banquet hall today.
While informing that according to records till March 2010 as many as 158 HIV positive
cases have been detected, he said that number could be higher as many people do come
out for voluntary testing.
Terming the HIV/ AIDS as a burning issue which is spreading like a fire in the state,
Khandu called for initiating immediate steps to contain it. “Make HIV/AIDS an agenda
for discussion in every meeting”, he emphasized and said that the only means to prevent
the disease from further spreading is to create adequate awareness amongst the mass.
He appealed the government officers, panchayat leaders and media fraternity to initiate
the noble cause religiously so that we could make the state a living heaven and give
our future generation a conducive and disease free society.
While emphasizing on generating responsiveness upon HIV /AIDS among all generation,
he called upon the elected representatives to initiate suitable measures to sensitize
the locals in their jurisdiction.
The Chief Minister further expressed concern at rising number of HIV cases in state
capital and other urban areas. He further opined for making HIV/AIDS a subject in
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Tanga Byaling while, informing the house about
the council’s activities said that it has been providing policy directions to the
HIV/AIDS programme in the state. He sought suggestions from the members of the council
to strengthen the society so that the preventive steps initiated by the APSACS would
Taking part in the discussion Parliamentary Secretary Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang
placed his opinion to check the spreading of HIV in the state. He was of the view
that HIV /AIDS could only be controlled if awareness and preventive measures are
being made known to the people. Free distribution of condom with specific directives
leaflet would be an effective idea to control this disease, he said.
Earlier, Secretary Health Kaling Tayeng made a power point presentation on State
response to HIV/AIDS and also suggested means and programmes initiated by the APSACS.
Project Director, APSACS also spoke on the occasion. Among others Parliamentary Secretary
Health Nido Pavitra, MLAs, Commissioners, Secretaries, DMOs and Doctors were present
in the meeting. (PRO to CM)
Speaker advocates people-centric issues during question hour
75th Presiding officers Conference
NAHARLAGUN, June 21: Speaking at the 75th Presiding Officers Conference, Speaker,
Wanglin Lowangdong advocated for raising of people-centric issues during question
He pointed out that the question hour is one of the most important Parliamentary
procedures adding that the question procedure keeps the administration alert, and
also helps the growth of a transparent welfare government.
The five day conference began on June 19 at Srinagar.
Speaking today on the topic “Growing tendency to disrupt the question hour and the
need to check it”, the Speaker expressed concern at frequent disruption of the proceedings
of the House particularly during question hour leading to frequent adjournments of
Stressing on maintaining the sanctity of the House, the Speaker said that frequent
disruptions hamper the process adding that unless questions are asked and answered,
the House would not be aware of the situations prevailing in the various constituencies
of the state and country. He lamented that these frequent disruptions are creating
negative impressions in the minds of the people adding that we need to change this
Lowangdong further put forward some suggestions to ensure that such situations are
minimized and checked and sought consensus opinion that disrupted time of question
hour may be extended to further questions and answers with permission of the House.
He further suggested for the need to adopt certain procedures to make the question
hour more effective.
He informed that AP State Assembly has introduced a practice of placing answers to
starred Questions on the Table of the members half an hour before the beginning of
the House proceedings adding that it has helped in streamlining the question hour
process leading to more supplementary questions and time saving. Further, he shared
with presiding officers that the members of AP Assembly eagerly await the question
hour and there is hardly any disruption in Question Hour. He advocated for a code
of self-appraisal amongst the members themselves and to further inculcate in them
a spirit of self-discipline to bring about a change in behavior.
He also suggested A Code of Conduct for members need to be framed and provisions
of sanction against habitual and disrupting members by the Speaker/ Presiding Officer.
PPA revokes expulsion and show cause notice against MLAs
ITANAGAR, June 21: After the high drama, People’s Party of Arunachal today revoked
the expulsion of two of its MLAs Markio Tado and Takam Tagar.
The Party President also revoked the showcause notice issued to MLAs Phurpa Tsering
and Kumsi Sidisow.
The decision to expel and serve show cause notice was immediately taken by the PPA
Party president after a news item that was published in this daily regarding the
willingness of four PPA MLAs to merge with the Congress party.
Its President Kameng Ringu said that without taking any clarification from the MLAs,
the notices were issued.
He further clarified that it was party decision to issue the notice in phase wise
manner leading to issue of expulsion notice to Markio Tado and Takam Tagar in its
first step and show cause notice to Tsering and Sidisow.
However, after getting the ground reality from the MLAs, the party revoked the expulsion
and show-cause notice today.
Interestingly, after the ruckus the party workers created over the expulsion notice,
PPA apologized to the Media Houses “for creating disturbances”.
Ringu further expressed displeasure at the three MPs Takam Sanjoy, Ninong Ering and
Mukut Mithi for their attempt to tarnish the peace of the PPA party by issuing a
joint press statement regarding the willingness of four PPA MLAs to merge with the
Indian National Congress.
Meanwhile, PPA MLAs termed the joint press statement of the three MPs as baseless.
They said that they would work for the best interest of the party.
DC suggests safety measures at water source points
BOMDILA, June 21: Come monsoon and the water borne diseases makes its foothold and
Bomdila; the house of nine thousand plus people in its fold, is no exception. Though
nothing of concern has happened yet, the district administration is leaving no stone
unturned to ensure safety of citizens.
A team of officers and members of the Non-governmental organizations comprising of
EE (PHED), DMO, DRCHO, DPO, Town Magistrate, DIPRO, Dorjee Tsering of Guru Padma
Sambhava and Tsering Wange, MD of Himalayan Holidays, on June 19th last, led by Deputy
Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, made an elaborate survey inspecting all the source points
located at various places in the catchment area. The team also went on foot to the
farthest point located around ten kilometers from the road head. Though the monsoon
had set early in the area, of late, certain pockets under Bomdila Township has been
facing acute shortage of drinking water for the past few weeks due to absence of
rain and the subsequent drying up of the source points. Unfortunately, there is neither
a channel nor a stream to meet up the water requirement of the populace at Bomdila.
Underscoring the importance of maintaining the cleanliness and hygienic aspect of
the source points from where the water are diverted to the tanks, DC Rinchin Tashi
directed the department concerned to raise the height of the collection tank from
the ground level and also arrange concrete slabs or any other sustainable lid type
cover to be placed over the source points at an early date to avoid contamination.
Concerned over the littering around the water tanks, DC Tashi suggested for phase-wise
awareness campaigns in every sector utilizing the services of Women Welfare Center
(WWC), an NGO working for the Total Sanitation Campaign in the district. Suggesting
for monthly cleanliness drive by the department concerned at all the source points
and water tanks, the DC assured of providing extra manpower as and when required
by the department. In an attempt to maintain the ecological balance, a mass plantation
drive had been conducted in 7th May last where around three thousand saplings were
planted in and around Bomdila Township. A lot remains to be done but hopefully with
cooperation from all quarters to the district administration, the days to come could
bring in good news for the people of the district. (DIPRO)
Orientation workshop calls for awareness on Forest Rights Act 2006
ITANAGAR, June 21: A daylong orientation workshop to bring awareness on Forest Rights
Act (FRA)2006, also known as the Schedule Tribe and other traditional forest dwellers
(Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 for media persons, lawyers, civil society
representatives, PRI leaders, academics and activists was held at the conference
hall of State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) in Chimpu today.
The discussion centered on the need of educating people of Arunachal about various
provisions under Forest Right Act. Every speaker felt that there is urgent need to
spread awareness about this act in rural areas of state.
Member FRA and President Centre for Environment Development and Gender Empowerment
(CEDGE), Jarjum Ete while highlighting the need of the workshop said it was to make
aware the people of the implementation of FRA which was necessitated due to lack
of understanding and absence of people’s movement in the state.
Ete informed that FRAC team will be visiting the state and will make field visits,
hold public consultations and meetings with the government officials in August next,
to review the implementation of the act but she lamented that nothing was happening
on the ground.
About the Act, Ete stressed that it is aimed to recognize and vests the forest rights
and occupation of forest land in forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional
forest dwellers who have been residing in forests for generations but whose rights
could not be recorded, Ete however, queried what the people expect from FRA if it
is implemented in the state. Justifying her claim, she said that many of us as tribals
do not have records of our land holdings, in many notified areas established procedures
might not have been adhered to by the government officials, she reasoned.
Expressing her concern about the problems which might be infringed if the act is
implemented, although it recognizes the status of STs and forest dwellers but government
is retaining power as the forest resources were still under the government control.
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hibu Doley while divulging on the salient features
of the Act, informed that rights of the individual land holdings have been limited
to 4 hectares which is not consistent with the customary practices. With the state
not enforcing Land Regulation Act, it would be hard to implement the act and many
reserved forests in foothills of the state will be affected, he said.
And even if the settlement is made in reserved forests basic civic and medical amenities
will have to be provided to the settlers. The age-old practice of shifting cultivation
or Jhumming will be affected if the act is implemented although, jhumming is practiced
in reserved forest in the state, he informed.
Claiming that the act interferes with the customary practices of the tribals especially
in hunting, he claimed that it is forbidden in reserved forests. He questioned the
validity of the act and wondered if 4 hectares would be enough for livelihood.
Citing that there were legal complicacies in implementing the act, Doley informed
that the settlers in reserved forests have to act as protectors of the area, which
cannot be exchanged.
It would be a tough job to identify the dwellers as they have to produce documentary
evidences for the 75 years or 3 generations. Even tougher would be the role of the
Gram Sabha who has been entrusted under the act to identify the eligibility for the
implementation of the act.
Forest Rights Act 2006 recognizes and gives forest rights to Scheduled Tribes as
well as to other communities who have traditionally been living in forests for generations.
The Act aims to address those communities whose forest rights have not so far been
legally recorded. But many participants enquired how the act will be implemented
as it is not mentioned in the act.
Ironically, the Social Welfare Department, the nodal agency to implement the act
in the state was conspicuously missing from the workshop. Representatives from Arunachal
Pradesh Women Welfare Society(APWWS), All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU),
Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR), government employees, NGOs, PRI leaders and media
persons attended the workshop.
CoSAAP decries bandh culture; seek adequate security for attending office
ITANAGAR, June 21: Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
while decrying the bandh culture in the state has said that during such Bandhs, the
Government employees have been always in the receiving end due to pressure from the
government directing the employees to attend office and the Bandh sponsor obstructing
the office goers by various means including intimidation.
The recent statement issued by the Govt. alleging the government employees of not
attending the offices is inappropriate and unacceptable, it said.
Thin attendance of office during Bandh calls are only because of fear psychosis,
it said while adding that when even magistrate, police officers and media persons
have been assaulted during the bandhs, the plight of ordinary Govt. office goers
can easily be understood. The Confederation further said that proper directions are
not issued from all Heads of department, for attending offices in such bandhs.
Even after proper security measures, if any Govt. servant do not attend offices during
bandhs, authority concerned may take action as per laid down service rules and in
such events CoSAAP will not interfere or protect the derelict Govt. Servant, it added.
In case of any differences of opinion on any issue with the government pertaining
to interest of the state or any organization, it should be discussed constantly through
appropriate forum with rationality and without resorting to violence or coercive
measures, the Federation said.
The Federation further came down on those individuals, organizations, political parties
for their attempt to suppress the freedom of press. The CoSAAP strongly condemned
such un-civilized acts in a civilized society, it said. The real vibrant democracy
can only be achieved through freedom of expression and thought ventilated through
the Fourth Estate as enshrined in the Constitutions of India, it added.
ANSU demands separate head, enhancement of students stipend
ITANAGAR, June 21: Taking exception to inordinate delay in disbursement of students
stipend the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) demanded the state Govt. to create
a separate head in the education department for timely disbursement of students stipend.
Pointing out the soaring prices of essential commodities and enhancement of salary
of the Govt employees, ANSU demanded state Govt. to enhance the amount of stipends
as the present amount is not sufficient enough to meet the basic needs of the students.
It is observed that the money sanctioned for students stipend is either diverted
or adjusted in the education department for other purposes and as a result stipends
are not sanctioned on time and disbursed during academic session, the union said.
Meanwhile, the union demanded the district administration to initiate serious steps
to restrain private individuals from the rampant encroachment of the public utility
land in the state capital as there is no availability of land for future use. Many
proposed sites for Govt offices and public buildings have been taken away by encroachers,
it said adding the administration needs to impose a strict action as per provisions
BWC bids farewell to its former chairman
ITANAGAR, June 21: The Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun, has extended farewell
to its former chairman and local MLA Techi Kaso in a meeting held at Naharlagun
BWC secretary Tok Bottum recalled the contributions of Kaso as former chairman of
the committee during his tenure. Kaso was also presented memento in recognition
to his contributions and welfare activities.
Itanagar Market Welfare Association president Bamang Taji called upon all market
committees of the Capital to cooperate each other to solve the problems being faced
by the business communities and advocated for ban on forcefull collection of donation.
BWC chairman Shillong Tajo also sought cooperation of business community and asked
them to discourage forcefull collection of donation.
Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) president Techi Lala appealed
the business communities to keep their surrounding clean.
Kaso called upon the BWC executives to work dedicatedly for the welfare of the business
communities and assured to do his best for the development as local legislator.
The new executive members of the BWC were also felicitated in the meeting.
Bishnu Rabha divas
ITANAGAR, June 21: Bishnu Rabha Divas was celebrated on June 20 by Krishti Bikash
committee, Kalakshetra and Nrityangan dance and music academy. Colourful cultural
function was organized to mark the day. Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a cultural icon of Assam,
was born on 31st January 1909 and died on 20th June 1969.
Secretary GA and Vigilance Swati Sharma appreciated all for organizing the programme,
which would go a long way in guiding the children to know more about their culture
and tradition and the need for preservation.
Sharma gave a brief account on the life of Bishnu Prasad Rabha and his contribution
in the Assamese society.
Amit Kr. Mukherjee, Principal “Nritayangan” informed that day was made colourful
with coming together of artists from all over the capital to remember the great artiste
SAS for polytechnic at Yachuli
ITANAGAR, June 21: Swtam Aajin Society (SAS), Talo has expressed resentment over
the reported move of the Govt to shift the location of the polytechnic from the proposed
site at Yachuli to Ziro.
While expressing solidarity with the All Yachuli Students Union, the society in a
release today urged the Govt to establish the polytechnic at Yachuli as per cabinet
decision. It said that the people of Yahuli have been deprived of all aspects of
development since the establishment of the Lower Subansiri district.
Training programme on internet for Govt officials begins
ITANAGAR, June 21: A week-long training programme on "Internet & Web-page Creation
-I" commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) today. As many as 24 officials
of civil secretariat and head of Departments, Capital Complex are attending the training
programme. The Training Programme is being conducted by ATI under the 100% course
fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt. of India, New Delhi under its Plan Assistance 2010-11
Pema Tshetan, Director (Training) informed the participants about the Govt's emphasis
on promotion of e-governance at all levels in order to ensure transparency for better
Govt establishments have already launched their Web-page site but the need of the
hour is to keep them up-dated constantly in accordance with the changing Govt. policies
and programmes, Tshetan said and called upon the Govt officers and staff to reorient
themselves and live up to the task and expectations of the Govt. in particular and
the public at large.
The main resource person Amitav Das highlighted the brief course content and explained
about the Web-page design and its features etc. He assured the participants to make
the training programme interesting and beneficial.
Earlier the Course Coordinator and Deputy Director (Training) T.Lodo highlighted
the details of IT related training programmes of the ATI being undertaken during
the current plan year 2010-11 both at State & District levels. He further informed
that ATI will be coming-up with new Computer Lab-cum- Training building soon and
lauded the the Govt. for SPA grant of Rs. 1 Crore for this purpose.
Stop land encroachment: DSU
ITANAGAR, June 21: Doimukh Students’ Union(DSU) has appealed the Papum Pare district
administration to stop encroachment of Govt land under Doimukh circle immediately.
In a one-point memorandum to Papum Pare DC, the Union claimed that Govt quarters
and land are being occupied in Doimukh area and the authority is also issuing land
allotment without proper verification. It appealed the district administration to
stop encroachment of Govt land within a period of 15 days.
Karate-Do technical seminar
ITANAGAR, June 21: Arunachal Karate-Do Association organised a two-day Karate-Do
Technical Seminar -cum-black belt examination on June 18 and 19 at SAI Centre Naharlagun.
Altogether 67 karatekas took part in the said seminar and examination conducted
by Sensei Lal Darda, director of All India karate-Do Federation.
JE’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, June 21: All the staff including officers of the Naharlagun PWD division
have condoled the death of junior engineer of the division Late P K Singh who breathed
his last due to illness at Lucknow on June 19 last. He was 36 and is survived by
his old parents, wife and a minor daughter.
Late Singh joined the department on May 5, 1998 and he was sincere, dedicated and
hard working official, an official release said.
In a condolence meeting today, the staff observed two minutes silence and prayed
to Almighty for eternel peace of the departed soul and bestow enough strength to
bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
DA warns absentee teachers of termination
Koloriang: The DC, Kurung Kumey has taken strong exception to the non-resumption
of duties by most of the teachers, even though the schools have reopened on June
1. In many schools, most of the teachers who have joined back their duties; have
again left the station.
The District Administration, Kurung Kumey will intensely monitor the teacher’s attendance
in the school. In this regard, order has also been issued for invoking ‘No work no
pay’ for the absentee teachers. Services of SSA contract teachers, who repeatedly
remain out of stations despite being cautioned, will be terminated. Order has also
been issued to DDSE, Kurung Kumey against report of accounts section of the office
being functioning from outside the District.
The DC Bidol Tayeng informed the officers that the deposit of the teacher’s monthly
salaries in their Bank Accounts have been done away. Henceforth, the salaries of
the teachers will be released through the Administrative Officers.
This was decided at a Co-ordination Meeting of all Administrative Officers and BRCCs/CRCCs
of Kurung Kumey District which was held at Koloriang on June 18.
D. Ering death anniversary
ITANAGAR: To mark the 40th death anniversary of Late Dr Daying Ering, the teaching
staff and other members of Daying Ering College of Teachers Education, Pasighat today
donated Ultra Sound Camera to General Hospital Pasighat and distributed eatables
to the indoor patients of the hospital.
ITANAGAR, June 21: The Executive body of the All Arunachal Pradesh Maxicab Association
has been reconstituted in its meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday. Kipa Kain, Tadar
Raja and Kamku Pordung have been selected as president, vice president and general
secretary of the association in the meeting.
Dree in Shillong
ITANAGAR, June 21: Apatanis residing in Shillong, celebrated Dree on June 19th at
Director of HRD, E & M IPR of North Eastern Council, secretariat, Shillong Sherry
Lalthangzo was the Chief Guest while IRS officer Bamin Tari was the guest of honour.
The function was made more colourful by the presence of special invitee Additional
Deputy Residence Commissioner (ADRC) Kemo Lollen, Shillong and the chief patron of
Dree Festival committee Shillong (DFCS) Colonel Koj Tari.
ITANAGAR, June 21: There was a plantation program at the 10th Bn, ITBP Campus Kimin
yesterday. Commandant, 10th Bn Rajesh Kumar Tomar in his address to the people, called
for more plantations to cope with global warming.
Everyone present at the programe pledged to save environment.
ITANAGAR, June 21: Sijum Yinyo and Tasar Charu have been selected as organising chairman
and secretary for a musical nite cum cultural charity show by Arunachal Jagriti to
support drug eradication and rehabilitation.
Bharatiya Janata Party, Upper Subansiri district unit have been reconstituted with
Nyapu Game and Rajesh Pagha as vice presidents and Tapa Dadi as general secretary