“APST battling financial burden”: GM
ITANAGAR, June 28: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) is battling huge financial
burden running into crores of rupees. This was informed by Repo Ronya, the new General
The GM further said that the ailing department is on the edge of collapse as liability
is nearly Rs 30 Crore.
“We have already constituted an enquiry committee to verify the backlog, also all
the Station Superintendent will be invited in the first week of July to work out
modalities in order to ensure proper implementation of funds”, informed the GM.
The APST needs proper modus-operandi for efficient dealing of its financial burden,
We have decided to chalk out strategies and formulate proper planning and policy
to check unwanted expenditures and bogus billing at the respective stations in the
districts shortly, he further informed.
Ronya who joined as a GM of the transport department recently, assured improvement
in bus services across the state and at the same time strictly “prevent misuse of
fund that have been practiced over the last so many years”.
No shortage of LPG: Minister
ITANAGAR, June 28: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora has said
that there is no overall shortage of LPG in the country including Arunachal Pradesh.
He further said that Indian Oil Corporation has supplied 11853 metric tonnes to Arunachal
Pradesh last year showing a growth of 7.6%.
The minister informed this in a letter to the MP Takam Sanjoy who had raised the
issue of shortage of LPG with the minister.
Deora further informed that Indian Oil Corporation has identified Kimin for setting
up of LPG distributorship under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak Yojana apart from
setting up of distributorship in Koloriang in Kurung Kumey and Naharlagun which is
MP calls for proper implementation of the centrally sponsored schemes
District level Vigilance & Monitoring Committee Meeting
Changlang, June 28: Speaking at the District level Vigilance & Monitoring Committee
meeting, DRDA at Changlang today Member of Parliament Ninong Ering urged the officers
and public leaders to ensure proper implementation of the centrally sponsored schemes.
He appealed the public leaders and executing departments to make sure that constitutional
pledge is fulfilled and equal justice is made available to the poor and the downtrodden
of the society.
The MP asked the entire executing department to follow the guidelines provided by
the central government strictly, to avoid inviting to future complicacies and stressed
on need of co-operation and unity among the executing department and the general
The MP was provided with the detailed information on NREGA, SGSY, IAY and MNREGA,
the financial and physical achievements for the year upto 31st May 2010 by the Project
Director, Changlang T Bage.
He was briefed upon the status of PMGSY schemes, phase wise, by the Executive Engineer,
RWD Er. T Loriak and on TSC and Rural Water Supply by EE, PHED, Er J G Baghat.
Deputy Director, ICDS L K Singpho gave detailed information on old age pension to
the MP. She also requested the MP to increase the number of beneficiaries under the
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang –cum-Member Secretary, DRDA Opak Gao
informed the house that proper monitoring is essential to ensure the right implementation
of the schemes as per the guidelines provided by the central government. He informed
the house that government of India, every year, releases fund as assistance for development
of rural areas. This assistance will not be released from the Center without the
recommendation of the vigilance and Monitoring Committee, he informed.
MLA, Changlang (North)-cum-parliamentary Secretary, IPR & Printing Thinghaap Taiju
while speaking on the occasion appealed to all the heads of offices to stay back
in their offices specially during the formation of AOP and submit all the schemes
and proposals on time to the development so that government could accord priority.
Taiju also appealed the PRI members to hold their meetings as per specified in Arunachal
Pradesh Panchayat Rules and Regulations so that Schemes and developmental programmes
are chosen on need basis provided by the PRI leaders.
Other members present in the meeting included former Minister T Ngemu, Zilla Chairperson
Junpo Taikam Jugli, ZPM, Changlang (N) Marina Kenglang, ASM Chairpersons, ASMs and
all BDOs of Changlang District.
NYC to launch Raj Bhawan March prog
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC), the youth wing of Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP), will launch "Raj Bhawan March" programme in North East very
shortly in support of their demands.
The main objective of the programme is to mount pressure on central government to
implement party’s national agenda for youth and ignite the developmental issues of
youth across the country, an NYC release said.
Formation of a National Youth Commission and Youth Development Corporation, economic
support for youth entrepreneurs and development of human infrastructure are the some
of the main demands of NYC.
This Raj Bhawan March has already covered almost all the states of the country except
North East, the release added.
ATA decries attack on teacher
ITANAGAR, June 28: Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Association, West Siang has condemned
the assault on Headmaster, Govt Nikte Secondary School by students on June 23. The
association in a meeting has said that disciplinary action must be taken against
those students involved by rusticating them from school. The teachers further suggested
closure of the boy’s hostel.
The teachers informed that headmaster had come to the hostel to check whether the
students were complying with various disciplinary measures initiated by the Institute.
But instead of complying with the rules, the students resorted to violence and destroyed
the quarters of the teacher and his car.
The association appealed all sections of society not to support or encourage such
major and immoral offence wherein students assault head of the institution.
NHPC rejects workers demands
ITANAGAR, June 28: Responding to demands of Contract Employees and Worker Union (CEWU)
at Dibang Multipurpose Project, NHPC has said that the revision of minimum rates
of wages as per notification issued by the Central Govt. would apply only to employees/labourers
employed by NHPC and over whom NHPC has supervision and control and are paying the
wages. No contract worker is directly employed by the DMP/NHPC Ltd as all the workers
are deployed by the local contractors for execution of the works awarded to them,
CEWU is advised in their own interest to refrain from such illegal notices and strikes
which are against the law in the country and state and will not serve any purpose.
DMP Management is open for any discussion within the boundaries of the laws, notifications
of the Central and State Government, it further added.
BWC calls for implementation of DA rates
ITANAGAR, June 28: Bazar Welfare Committee (BWC), Naharlagun urged traders and shopkeepers,
including meat and fish sellers, to strictly follow the rate fixed against each item
by the district administration.
BWC, which met on June 26 last, discussed various issues relating to business community
and unanimously adopted few resolutions for their welfare.
It appealed to all the business establishments under Naharlagun township to down
their shutters on Sunday, keep their surrounding clean and also cooperate with urban
development department in this direction.
While adopting a resolution over ban on any kind of “forceful donation” from business
community of Naharlagun Township, BWC asked traders to inform any such incident to
Bazar Committee or district administration for necessary help. It also decided to
help Capital DC in its eviction drive against stray animals.
ANYA calls off bandh, appreciates Govt
ITANAGAR, June 28: The Central executive members of the All Nyishi Youth Association
(ANYA) and representatives from its five district units in a meeting at Naharlagun
have unanimously decided to call off the proposed 24 hours capital bandh against
non-preparation of the white paper on non formulation of AOP 2009-10 fiscal.
This decision was the outcome of week-long parley between ANYA leadership and advisor
to chief minister Tame Phasang as interlocutor, the Association said. The advisor
will facilitate the round table meeting of ANYA leaders and the CM, the association
While appreciating the state Government particularly State Planning Board for prompt
finalisation of the draft AOP 2010-11, the Association hoped the Govt will utilise
fund judiciously for all round development of the state and Nyishi belt in particular.
Regarding establishment of National Institute of Technology (NIT), the Association
said the matter has been shifted to Nyishi Legislator Forum for finalisation.
National Rural Livelihood Mission – Strategic Option for Arunachal Pradesh
Dr. B G Mukhopadhyay
The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given the assent for revamping
the earlier Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) and the new scheme will be
renamed as National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) which will be implemented very
shortly across the country. As per the indications, the new scheme in the present
incarnation of NRLM will be having a corpus of Rs.14,000 Crores for the next two
years of 11th Plan and as per the projections by the Ministry of Rural Development
around 4.5 Crores household will be organized into SHGs in the next five years and
they will be brought above the poverty line. The NRLM will comprehensively address
the issues of 6.5 Crores rural poor households in the country.
The present framework of poverty alleviation which has been renamed as National Rural
Livelihood Mission is a welcome move by the Government of India to revamp the flagship
poverty alleviation programme in the country. Lot of efforts have gone into designing
the NRLM and feedbacks have been taken by mounting studies from the Apex Institutions
and some of the fruitful experiments conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil
Nadu. Moreover, some of the experiments conducted in livelihood promotion by some
prominent NGOs in the country have also been taken into account. However, the best
practices on livelihood promotion have emerged from the experiment conducted by the
Government of Andhra Pradesh through their organization viz. Society for Elimination
of Rural Poverty which is popularly known as Indira Kranthi Patham.
The strategy envisaged by the GoI under NRLM spells out the following components
to achieve the objectives. They are: (i) Universal Mobilization of BPL households,
(ii) Federations/ People’s Institutions, (iii) Capacity Building and Training, (iv)
Pro-Poor Financial Services, (v) Marketing & Infrastructure Support, (vi) Convergence,
(vii) Sensitive Support Organizational Structure, (viii) Support for up scaling Skill
Development & Placement and Innovative Projects, (ix) Demand Driven Approach and
(x) Transparent System. The Mission has appropriately conceived 3 tier structure
which would be inter-dependent. At the apex level the structure will be NRLM under
the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, at the State level there will be an umbrella
organization coordinated by Rural Development Department and manned by dedicated
professionals with their domain expertise followed by a dedicated unit at the district
level suitably linked with District Rural Development Agency. The Mission will be
backed by a Governing Council and Executive Committee for designing policies consistent
with the national objectives and executing the same through collaboration with the
State and different line departments. The same pattern will be followed at the State
level where there will be a state level Mission which would be headed by Chief Minister
with members from different implementing departments along with Executive Committee
which would be headed by Chief Secretary and other concerned officials. At various
levels, people with their domain expertise will be drafted to contribute to the Mission
objective and there will be strong monitoring and follow-up mechanism to coordinate
concurrent monitoring activities of the Mission. One of the important components
of the Livelihood Mission is that SHGs will be the major platform for mobilization
of the rural poor and they will be federated at block and district level to link
up with credit, technology and market. The Mission has incorporated three different
types of subsidies which will be incentive based. There will be efforts to link up
Mission with skill development initiative of National Skill Development Mission and
the various institutional structures like KVKs, RSETIs and Polytechnics located at
State and District level. There will be convergence of self-employment programmes
with wage employment programmes like MNREGS. Besides, many other social sector schemes
alongwith employment generation programmes will be tapped under the Livelihood Mission
for providing multiple livelihood options for the poor.
In the context of Arunachal Pradesh, we have to creatively adapt the best practices
emerged from Andhra Pradesh to achieve success in NRLM. SHGs provide a wonderful
platform and currently, the movement is picking up in collaboration with various
partner NGOs, Govt agencies and local community-based organizations. Some of the
banks have started realizing the potentials of business opportunities through SHGs
in purveying various types of financial services. This needs a momentum and the tipping
point is yet to be reached when the movement will spread very fast. Herein lies,
the beauty of Andhra model where a dedicated organizational structure with a batch
of committed professionals through their relentless efforts in coordination with
banks, NGOs and the SHGs could make a huge difference in providing multiple livelihood
options for the rural poor. Alongside, it helped the poor to have their choices for
a better quality of life. The process is as important in as much as the content in
promoting SHGs which should not be lost sight of. The current initiative of National
Rural Livelihood Mission embodies all those learnings which we must creatively adapt
to our situation in Arunachal. (The author is the General Manager of NABARD, Arunachal
Pradesh Regional Office and the views are his own.)
Tiger-seven football tourney from Jul 1
ITANAGAR, June 28: Saba-Saha X will play against Hari United in the opening match
of the first ever state level Tiger-Seven Football Tournament at Nyokum Lapang Ground
here on July one. The second match of the day will be held between Biri Brothers
vs AB FC Naharlagun.
All the 14 participating teams are divided into four pools. Pool ‘A’ comprises Biri
Brothers FC, Jully Sports Club, AB FC, Naharlagun while Pool ‘B’ has ITFC, Doimukh,
Nyokum Lapang FC, Adi basti Club. Saba Saha X, Dari Lokam FC, Hari United and Senki
Park FC are clubbed together in Pool ‘C’ while Attu Dassang FC, High Spirit Team,
BK FC and Jubilee English School are pitted against each other in Pool ‘D’. The winner
and runners up of each team will qualify for the quarterfinals which will be held
on July eight and nine.
Semifinal will be held on July 10 and 11 while the final will be played on July 12.
Local MLA Techi Kaso and Taw Tebin Tara, Deputy Director, Social Welfare have consented
to be the chief guest and guest of honour of the kicking off ceremony on July one
at 10.30 pm.
ITANAGAR, June 28: Toru Circle Students’ Union under the sponsorship of SSA District
Mission Papum Pare, Yupia conducted a free medical camp at government secondary school
Toru on June 26 last.
Altogether, 247 patients attended the camp. Resource persons were drawn from all
over the district.
The union, who donated medicines to sub-centre Toru, appealed to the concerned authority
for allocation of sufficient medicines at the Sub-Centre.
NEIST to hold Golden Jubilee Project Competition for students of NE
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: As a part of the programme for NEIST Golden Jubilee year celebrations,
the CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (Formerly Regional Research
Laboratory) at Jorhat has been organizing a “Investigatory Project Competition” among
the students of the states of North East India. The various themes of the competition
are -- Biodiversity of your locality, Traditional knowledge in healthcare and medicine
(like ethno-medicine, ethno-medicinal plant, traditional knowledge on single plant
phytomedicine, etc.), Water (traditional knowledge of water harvesting, etc.), Ethnic/traditional
food, Land/river erosion, Traditional construction material and Superstition and
The Project Report should be investigatory in nature and it should carry the information
such as, project title, name of the participating students with a passport size photo,
name of the school/college and address with contact phone no and email address, etc,
name of guide and supervisor, aims and objectives, methodology and materials used,
(if applicable), results with diagram, tables, charts, data, etc., conclusion and
suggestion, (i) Suggested plan of action and biographical references and source of
information. The student can submit the report either in English or in Assamese and
the maximum word limit in 2000 words.
The competition will be held in two groups viz. group A & group B. The group A will
comprise of the students of Class VI to X (between age of 12-16 years) and group
B will comprise of the students of Class XI to degree level (between age of 17-21
The participants can form a group of maximum three students and they will be required
to produce a certificate from the head of the school or college where they are studying
and they can take a teacher from the school or college as the supervisor or guide
for the project.
In case of group "B" at least one student of the group should be from Science streams.
The guidelines and the format of the project can be downloaded from www.rrliorhat.res.in
and it will be available from 1 July onwards.
Three copies of the project report, which should be neatly typewritten in A4 size
paper with double spacing, should be submitted by registered post/speed post to the
Director, North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat - 785006 on or before
However, the participants can send an advance copy of the report to e-mail address
The project reports will be evaluated in two phase viz. State level and North East
level and the winners of the state level will be awarded with suitable prizes, certificate
of appreciation and a CSIR-NEIST Golden Jubilee Year Plaque and the winners of the
North East level will be awarded a studentship for two months to spend and work for
two months at NEIST, Jorhat in the discipline of their choice. The prizes will be
awarded at a function to be held during final celebration of Golden Jubilee of NEIST.
VT-AWIC youth libraries celebrate 3rd Annual Day
LATHAO, June 28: “Libraries are windows that let in the light of learning into your
lives. Don’t let books collect dust in cupboards”, said M. Monlai, Retired Station
Director, All India Radio and a well-known Sanskrit scholar, at the 3rd Annual Day
Celebrations of the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Lohit at Lathao, hosted by the
Lathao Youth Library. He was addressing a packed gathering of students, teachers,
parents, library activists and readers at the Govt. Higher Sec School auditorium
at Lathao. “We the people of Lathao are very proud of having such a nice library
at Lathao serving our youth. Do make reading a regular habit and thus improve your
learning skills”, he exhorted, quoting several pithy Sanskrit couplets.
Monlai also heartily lauded the young library activists and readers from APNE Library,
Wakro, Son Hu Son Chang Library, Chongkham and Lathao Youth Library for their spirited
presentations during the 2-days Celebrations.
Chairman, ASSET, Wakro, one of the leading organizations pioneering the Lohit Youth
Library Network, warmly complimented the enthusiastic efforts of the Lathao Youth
Library I/c Timita Mungyak, Konchiwa Namchoom and her team, and the support of patrons
like N. Rina, Principal, Govt. Hr Sec School, Lathao that made Lathao Youth library
a vibrant centre of joyful learning to all eager readers of Lathao.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, library I/Cs and young activists from various Libraries,
N. Rina, Patron, expressed his warm appreciation of the reading promotion efforts
by the VT-AWIC Youth libraries in various circles of Lohit and complimented the library
I/c s and activists for their earnest efforts in transforming the lives of the youth.
He also expressed his great happiness in the Lathao Youth Library hosting the 3rd
Annual Day Celebrations of the Network.
Giving an outline of the 3 years of eventful functioning of the Libraries, S. Mundayoor,
Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Lohit expressed his satisfaction of seeing
the benefits of reading percolating to individual readers even in rural pockets.
The best example was the brilliant participation of the young Lohit team in the International
Conference of Children’s Libraries in New Delhi. This could be possible only by the
whole-hearted support and involvement of several well-wishers, both within and outside
the state and the generous backing of enlightened patrons like Gen (retd) J. J. Singh,
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Minister Chowna Mein, First Lady Anupama Singh, and
agencies like the 48 BRTF and 26 Maratha LI of the Army, Lohit District Admn, District
Edn. Depts of Lohit and Anjaw, Karuna Trust, Jalan’s Charity Trusts, Assam, the Press
media in the state as well as organizations like ASSET, CALSOM and the participating
The highlight of the 2 days’ Celebrations was a series of interesting presentations
from library books by the young readers from different libraries. The 2 touching
skits on Baby Halder, a house-maid who emerged as a prominent writer of our times
(Roshni Dellang & team, APNE Library) and on Dr. C. V Raman (Nang Kapingna Singkai
& team, Lathao library), stressed that inspiring models are still among the common
Indians. A spiritedly-enacted skit in Khamti language (Akawonna, Prabhavati & team,
Son Hu Son Chang Library) stressed on the vital need of health education for rural
masses and Chow Silakungnam Pomang and Kapingna Singkai (Lathao Library) impressed
the audience with their story-narrating skills in Khamti language.
While Roshni Dellang and Shapilu Rangmang did their joint-recitation effortlessly,
it was Luckyso Rangmang and Promiso Kri (all APNE Library) who had the entire audience
roaring with their recitation “O Home work, O Home work..!” Earlier Nang Padmini
Singkai and team (Lathao Library) presented a melodious welcome to the audience.
Nang Sengkhani Chowpu, Teacher Govt. Pr School New Lathao and Nang Sriwan Hokhew,
teacher, Govt. HSS Lathao were awarded as ‘Outstanding Readers’ of the Lathao Youth
Library. The Chief Guest also presented mementos to all unit libraries on behalf
of VT-AWIC Youth Library Network. The Network will be presenting awards to the best
2 readers every year from each of their unit libraries.
The first day of the Celebrations was devoted to a vibrant workshop on preparing
skits from interesting library books, conducted by the Apne Library team led Kesilu
Tayang and Amilu Minin, in which more than 50 students of Govt. HS School, Lathao
ARASU demands circle officers
ITANAGAR, June 28: All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) appealed the concerned authority
to post one circle officer each at Raga, Dollumukh and Kamporijo respectively.
The union claimed that due to non-posting of Circle Officers in these three-circle,
public are facing law and order problems.
It further appealed for immediate repair of CO Office and Quarter, Kamporijo circle
and urged the local MLA to look into the matter.
AAPGDLU calls for cancellation
ITANAGAR, June 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union appealed
to the District Horticulture Officer, Seppa East Kameng District to cancel the recent
appointment of Mali in the department.
The union claimed that the appointment was not made on seniority basis as per the
guidelines of labour norms.
Federation memo on bad road conditions
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Federation in a six point memorandum
to the Chief Engineer, Western Zone has demanded that dilapidated road in the Capital
Region be repaired. The federation said that roads conditions must be improved and
demanded maintenance and repair of Doimukh-Hoj to Palin, Papu Nallah to Yupia, Banderdewa
to Hollongi roads.
It further called for maintenance of Gohpur Tinali to Zoo, Ganga Lake, Jote and Poma
villages and sector roads within the capital region.
NCP opposes fuel price hike
ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh has criticized the Central
Govt for increasing the prices of LPG, other fuel prices recently. Govt need to
rethink seriously about the hike in fuel prices, NCP said.
Opposing the price hike, the NCP state unit vice president Tad Tana said the undesired
decisions of the Central Govt have come as a surprise for the people of Arunachal
Internet and webpage creation
ITANAGAR: A week-long Training Course on "Internet and Web¬page Creation -II" commenced
at Administrative Training Institute today for the officers of state government.
Director (Training) Pema Tshetan informed the participants about the Govt's strong
emphasis on promotion of e-governance at all levels.
Earlier, the main Resource Person Amitav Das, highlighted the brief course content
& explained about the web-page design & its feature etc. Earlier the course coordinator
& Dy. Director (TRG) T Lodo informed that ATI will be coming-up with new Computer
Lab-cum-training building soon with a SPA grant of Rs. one Crore.
Students demand action
ITANAGAR, June 28: While claiming corrupt practice by authority in land allotment
in Upper Subansiri district, the All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union (AUSDSU)
has demanded for halting the movement of the file no LM/DRJ-02/2010 (part) Dtd March
31, 2010, which is on process to allot DDI office land to others.
The students union also alleged encroachment of Daporijo GHSS land, government premises
like office buildings, quarters etc. The union claimed that although many complaints
have been lodged, no action has been initiated yet against those land grabbers by
the authority till date.
ITANAGAR, June 28: All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union has felicitated nine students
of Hurosso community, who excelled in the CBSE examination from 2008-2010.
MLA Kumsi Sidisow, MLA Tani Loffa, ADC Thrizino, Panchayat leaders GBs and public
attended the function.
ITANAGAR, June 28: Tadang Mibang and Pill Takur have been appointed as President
and General Secretary of Assistant District Education Officer/ Assistant Project
Officer Association, Arunachal Pradesh in a meeting held at Nirjuly yesterday.
ITANAGAR, June 28: All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association
would conduct social service at District Hospital, Seppa on July 15.
ITANAGAR, June 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Multipurpose Workers’ Association (AAPMWA)
appealed to the state government to release monthly salaries of Multipurpose Workers
(MPWs) serving in Changlang.
AAPMWA, which toured the district recently, claimed that MPW workers under health
departments there are not getting their salaries for the last four months.
The association also urged the health department to revoke termination order against
few MPW workers under West Siang district and continue their services from this month.
HGB passes away
changlang, June 28: Innao Gamkhang Singpho, HGB of Innao village, Diyun Circle of
Changlang passed away on June 25 at his Innao residence after prolonged illness.
He left behind his wife, four sons and two daughters and 21 grand children.
ITANAGAR, June 28: Parliamentary Secretary Land Management and Labour and Employment
Padi Richo has consented to inaugurate the Capital Complex Dree Festival Food stall
on June 30.
While, Chairman KVIB Jarkar Gamlin and DC A Tak would attend the Dree Festival Celebration
as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at Aalo.
ITANAGAR, June 28: The GBs, Panchayat leaders and senior citizen of Pungrung-II Gram
Panchayat, Sangram has banned hunting, use of insecticides for fishing purposes in
their jurisdiction and appealed to the people to abide by the decision.
Meanwhile, Gram Panchayat urged the Anganwadi workers, helpers, EGS teachers, ASHA
members to carry out their work with sincerity. It warned that action will be taken
against those who show laxity in their work by the GBs and PRIs.