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2010

June - 09

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What ails APPSC?

Tongam Rina

Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission must be the only Commission in the entire country, which is dictated by the aspiring civil servants, other job seekers and court verdicts. Going by the records, it would be a better option to let candidates, job seekers and Court search the talents for the time being.  In the meantime, Commission could introspect what stops them from learning from past mistake or take lessons on how to improve its functioning.   

A Constitutional body constituted with effect from 1st April 1988 under Article-315 of the Constitution of India vide Notification OM-15/88 dated 29th March 1988, the Commission advice the Government of Arunachal Pradesh on all matters relating to state civil services and publish notifications inviting applications for selection to various posts as per the requisitions of the appointing authorities, conduct written tests and interview...strictly based on their merit and observing the rules of reservation as and when vacancies are reported, says the Commission website.

Yours truly wonders how a Commission so inapt in handling its own affairs can possibly advice the govt.

The latest in the strings of inappropriate handling by the Commission was rejection of candidates 27 after they cleared the Prelims of APPSC-2009 Examination.

Six of those who knocked the court of Justice are being allowed to sit in the exams while the fate of 21 candidates is not known.

How would one possibly justify such irresponsible actions of a Constitutional body?

It is not only a mockery of the Commission itself but tantamount to intentionally ruining careers of many youngsters of the state.  

Due to space constraint and lethargy to rummage through the archives, yours truly would restrict to 2009 APPSCCE.

Initially, 1735 candidates were rejected to sit for the prestigious exams for reasons best known to the Commission but they were allowed to sit as pressure from outside the Commission mounted.

Heeding to some more advice from outside, the Commission took another extraordinary step. It extended the dates for Mains from May 31 to June 8.

As if it was not enough, the Commission debarred 27 candidates after they crossed their prelims only to be reprimanded by the Itanagar Division of Gauhati High court for having separate sets of rules.

Surprising of all is the silence of the government. Maybe instead of waiting for the advice of the Commission, it’s about time the government remind the Commission  that trips to Court and being dictated by outside force is not part of the job.

The Commission since its constitution in 1988 has a history of committing blunders when there should be no place even for minor mistakes.

It is about time Commission sets its house in order.

 

Khandu takes note of inconsistent fee structure

ITANAGAR, June 8: Despite specific government notification being issued for levying of tax for registration of vehicle by ascertaining a uniform collection of registration fees there is lack of uniformity in the districts, lamented Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while addressing Deputy Commissioners and District Transport Officers meeting here at Banquet hall today. Many of the districts charge much more than that is specified in the notification forcing the people to register their vehicle in other states where the registration charges are much lesser, which is directly or indirectly incurring huge revenue loss for the state, Khandu further asserted.

He directed the Chief Secretary and the Commissioner Transport to issue immediate directions to rectify the same.

He also called the transport and the tax and excise department to publicize the government notification regarding tax in order to educate the mass. This will not only help the traders and people to know about the entry tax criteria, but will further supplement in generating revenue for the government, Khandu justified.

In order to contain the double tax paying for the people who procure vehicles and machineries from outside the state which has become a burden for them, the chief minister suggested that a policy may be planned out curb it. He further viewed that due to this burden the people opt to register their vehicle outside the state which indirectly cause revenue loss. Revenue generation has to be geared up; Khandu emphatically said and requested the DCs and other officers to work on it.

Concerned over the grim situation prevailing in Dibang Valley and Anjaw Districts due to road blockade caused by torrential rain, Khandu reviewed the situation with the concern DCs who were present in the meeting. He disclosed about the ration sorties being approved by the government and asked them to monitor the whole process. Khandu further revealed that he had taken up with the highest authorities of BRO to restore the life line roads in these districts at the earliest possible. Meanwhile he assured all possible help from the governments end. He asked the DCs to keep track of the buffer stock of food grains in such monsoon seasons and urged them to be prepared to tackle the situation. Lamenting a huge number of relief cases received in Government offices, Khandu insisted the DCs to verify the cases meticulously so that the genuine victims are benefited by the gracious policy of the government as also to check the bogus cases.

Among others, Minister Power Jarbom Gamlin, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam and Host of senior government officers were present.

 

Encroachers make DNGC their home

ITANAGAR, June 8:  At times when both the Centre and State Govts are coming out with new policies to revamp the education sectors, the prominent institutions of learning in the state are fighting either for infrastructure facilities or against land encroachments.

After the tale of poor infrastructure in JN College, Pasighat, it is now the Dera Natung Govt College Students Union   who is aggrieved  as the ‘Govt does not pay heed to their grievances submitted in the form of memorandums to various ministers earlier’.

The DNG College which has been proudly producing  human resources for the last three decades,  is now facing hardship due to lack of infrastructure, said  general secretary of the  union Nabam Tuna.  He further said, the college has more than 3,400 regular students, while the present infrastructure hardly caters to the need of only 1000 students.

To add to the woes, land encroachment into the college compound has become a perennial problem as the one of the premier institutes in the state Capital has no boundary wall, the union said.

Now the encroachers set up their colony in various parts of the college campus along with bamboo garden, paddy field, rent houses, cow sheds, the union claimed adding  some construction works have been stopped by the students.

It is the moral duty of the all elected representatives including MLAs, MPs and the Govt as a whole to improve the infrastructure and address the genuine demands of the institute, the union said. Pointing out the demands of the union such as fund for purchasing college bus, maintenance of building, construction of staff quarters, maintenance of college library, construction of drainage system, construction of college boundary wall, Union said,  though the govt highlight  education and health as priority sectors, but in reality these two sectors are the last priority.

 

Advocacy workshop on Voluntary Blood Donation & Donor motivation

ITANAGAR, June 8: One-day advocacy workshop on Voluntary Blood Donation & Donor motivation was organized at Conference Hall, Directorate of Health Services today.

The advocacy programme was organized by APSACS, as a part International Blood Donor Day, a month long campaign to promote blood donation which was launched on June 1.

Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest Dr. T. Basar, Director Health Services said that it is only through recognizing the services of those volunteers who donate blood; we can encourage people to donate more. The sense of patriotism and selfless services should be encouraged to promote blood donation, he added. Reiterating the fact that blood and blood product has been recognized as one of the essential life saving drugs, Dr. Basar said that there is no company in the world which can produce this life saving drug called blood. Dr. K Nishing, Addl DHS while speaking on the occasion said that the givers and donors are more blessed than the receivers. He also stressed that one should not be just talking about blood donation but practically come forward and donate.

Dr. Riken Rina, in charge Project Director, speaking on the occasion said that blood donation activities has lots to do with the motivation level of the people. Just knowledge on blood donation will not make anyone blood donors. Referring to the example of blood donation activities in States like West Bengal where blood donation is treated as noble and privileged duty, he said that people turn up in huge number to donate blood.

NSS programme officers cum Red Ribbon Club officers from various colleges of the state, Non Governmental Organisation doing Targeted Intervention Programme with APSACS and Blood Bank Officers of various General Hospital and District Hospitals of the State took part in the advocacy programme.

 

NCDC willing to invest in state

NAHARLAGUN, Jun 08: The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has expressed its willingness to invest heavily for developing infrastructure and giving a new thrust to the tourism sector of the state, Cooperation parliamentary secretary Nido Pavitra said.

Pavitra heading an official delegation held a threadbare discussion with the NCDC officials headed by its deputy managing director Gaigongdin Panmei and chief director GK Gangopadhyay at New Delhi today.

After the meeting, Pavitra informed that NCDC has consented to fund for hotel tourism, industry and labour tourism, cooperative tourism, besides pumping in funds for infrastructure development, tea factory under industrial sector and power sector for generating wind, hydro and thermal power to meet the growing needs.

As land-locked Arunachal was far behind in infrastructure development, NCDC would be happy to provide adequate finance for various purchases, including for heavy equipments, necessary for the purpose, Pavitra quoted Panmei as saying in response to his plea.

When Pavitra requested for inclusion of important sectors, like health and education, Panmei assured to pursue the ministry for approval.

Pavitra said the meeting also decided to conduct a seminar at Itanagar soon followed by a workshop and capacity building training to be conducted by the senior NCDC officials.

Adequate, awareness and proper training would be essential for brining awareness and knowledge about evolving schemes for availing funds involving all sections of people, he said, adding he has apprised Cooperation Minister Tanga Byaling and secretary AB Shukla in this regard.    

Besides NCDC PRO SC Verma, state’s joint RCS RD Thungon, ARCS and MD Marketing Federation S Laskar and DRC S Dubey also attended the meeting.

 

Gift to the people on Buddha Jayanti

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 8:   This year celebration of the Buddha Jayanti will be written with golden letter in the history of  Buddhist community  for another reason.

It was the day when the Buddhist spiritual TV programme,  called,   “Noble Wisdom” was inaugurated  by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama from Patna.  For the first time in Indian Television history, the 20-minute daily Buddhist spiritual programme is now being telecast on Sadhana TV Channel from 1840 hrs to 1900 hrs.

The man behind the noble initiative was none-other than His Eminence, the 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, the founder president of the Sherab Sangpo Society, a Delhi based non-profit society. The Society was formed with a mission to promote and strengthen the main principles of Buddhism – Love, wisdom, compassion, tolerance and selfless service to others.  

The society has initiated the programme with an aim to provide the people an access to Buddhist teachings and activities worldwide through TV media, Rinpoche informed the media persons and hoped that in this age of modernization and materialistic stance of the people, this programme will provide easy and accessible refuge to the society.  

The program also aims to empower people belonging to different communities and denominations to lead a life free from negative emotions and actions, Rinpoche,  who was also a  former tourism minister,  said.  The society is committed to making a quality Buddhist programs accessible to every household, he added.

The Buddhist spiritual leader further informed  that the Society will add another feature ‘Sowa-rigpa (the Buddhist way of healing) in the spiritual programme in near future and it will distribute free set up box required to be installed by local cable operators to make the programme accessible to viewers.

The Sadhana TV Channel owned by Zee Network has its network over 27 countries.

 

Paglam flooded, Sine & Sisiri threaten Dambuk Subdivision

ROING, June 8: Paglam Circle Headquarter located around 60 km from Dambuk was flooded by Dotung river yesterday, a tributary of Brahmaputra river due to incessant rainfall over the last few days, informed D Tali, Sub-Divisional Officer, Dambuk.

In a message to the Deputy Commissioner of the district today, he informed that granary besides cultivated land and cattle were submerged in the flood. He further added that the situation may worsen if the heavy rainfalls continue.     

He also informed that the twin sorrow of Dambuk, Sine and Sisiri rivers are flowing above danger level thereby threatening to flood the nearby villages and cultivated land of Dambuk Sub-Division.

The Remi and Poblung village is under the threat of flash flood as the Sine River is flowing 35 cm above the danger level. Wet Rice Cultivated Land at Ibrom, vast ginger cultivated land around Hati Camp, 25 km from Dambuk were also submerged by the Sisiri river.

Agriculture Field Assistant (AFA) Dambuk was asked to collect the extent of damage incurred by the floodwater and to submit the report at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Er M K Debariyal, Executive Engineer (WRD) Roing informed that Head work at Ibrom MIP are washed away by the river water and requested the govt for allocation of fund to carry out immediate protection measures at Sisiri River in order to protect the WRC fields at Ibrom from further inundation. He also informed that the district headquarter has received a record of 317 mm rainfall on June 7 last. (DIPRO)

 

Resolve to strengthen administrative centres in Papum Pare

ITANAGAR, June 8: The heads of the department, minister, MLAs and Panchayat leaders of the Papum Pare district unanimously resolved to strengthen the district administrative centres like ADC, EAC CO HQs in order to provide better public service to the people. It was also resolved to request the state Government to provide sufficient funding to agriculture and its allied departments as these sectors form the backbone of rural economy and have direct impact on the development of the district.

These resolutions were taken in a coordination-cum-review meeting with all district heads of departments convened by DC, Papumpare Nandini Paliwal in DRDA conference hall, Yupia on June 7 last.

PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretary (Industry) Nabam Rebia, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso and Zilla Parishad chairperson Nabam Aka, all the ZPMs and chairpersons of Anchal Samities of the district were present in the meeting.

While identifying accommodation as one of the major problems; especially in case of teachers and health officers posted in far flung areas, it was resolved to take up the issues with the state Govt. for creation of adequate officers’ accommodation. Earlier, all departments highlighted their achievements in the previous financial year and briefed about the activities/schemes to be taken up by concerned departments in the current financial year 2010-11.

The meeting observed that despite creation of district HQ at Yupia, the infrastructure issues like water, road and establishment of police station are yet to be addressed fully, which ultimately affected the process of development of the HQ.

Stressing the need of development of Yupia township as per Master Plan,  Minister Tuki  said immediate efforts should be taken by district administration to address infrastructural issues like water, road, accommodation so that the process of shifting of officers and staff to Yupia HQ can be done at the earliest possible.

Techi Kaso observed that land allotment will speed up the pace of development in the area, while Nabam Rebia stressed upon the importance of education and health sector in the district and further exhorted all the officers present to strictly monitor the quality of works performed by their departments, according to an official release.

 

Do you know her?

Staff Reporter

Itanagar, June 8: The unidentified woman, who has been wandering here for the last one month, is finally in the custody of Arunachal Pradesh State Women’s Commission.

The woman, who claims herself as Yanang Bake, daughter of Lomang Taizu and Yache Bake of Nyibu village of Koloriang, Kurung Kumey, was first reported to Itanagar Police on May eight by RK Mission Hospital authority, Itanagar police said.

On being informed, police picked her from Hospital premises and produced her at General Hospital Naharlagun for health check-up where she was declared mentally sound and physically fit.

After that Police handed her over to Women’s Commission, who later put the woman at Mother Teresa Missionary of Charity, Naharlagun. But the woman fled the Home after spending a night and reappeared at RK Mission Hospital premises where she had been living till police picked her again today.

Meanwhile, Itanagar Police Station Officer in Charge Make Bui told ATNS over telephone without detailing that some information regarding the woman have been found. As far as our information is concerned, domestic problem leading to mental problem might have forced her to wander here and there, he said.  Meanwhile, a dumb woman, who was found at Ganga beat post recently, has been put at Oju Mission, Bui said. Her primary identification has been known from a telephone no which was found inside her bag, Bui said. When contacted, he said, one Parminder Bedi replied that the women has fled Sanjeevan House, Jalundhar, Punjab, where she was being kept.

Bui, meanwhile, requested all to contact Itanagar Police Station (0360-2212233) or (094360 68179) with any information regarding the two women.

 

Deori suggest youths to take up Tourism schemes

Skill dev prog ends

ITANAGAR, June 08: Three months skill development programme in Tourism for general service provider conducted by department of Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh at Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic campus, Itanagar and sponsored by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India concluded today.

General awareness about tourism, airlines, travel agency management, tour operations, computer skills, personality development, wild life protection and first aid training were imparted to 48 trainees during the training besides practical knowledge on catering, culinary skills, computers and communication skills and client handling.

Speaking on the valedictory function, Secretary Tourism Bandhana Deori highlighting the prospects of tourism sector in the state advised the youth to take interest in private sector and tourism projects. Director AK Singh and DTO in charge human resource development B Manna also spoke on the occasion.

Later, Deori distributed certificates to all the trainees.

Meanwhile, the trainees appreciated the tourism department for organising the skill development programme and also thanked DTO Sonam, Co-ordinator Chuku Mama, Lecturer RK Mishra and tour operators for imparting knowledge.

 

Training on Office Procedure

PASIGHAT, June 8: A two days long training on “Office Procedure” was conducted by the Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District from June 7  at the conference hall of DC’s office Pasighat.

 In his address, the DC Onit Payang said such training plays an important role in improvement of efficiency, up-gradation of knowledge, skills and general capabilities.

The main objectives of the training were assessment of human resources and charter of duties of officers and ministerial staffs, simplification of systems and procedures, better record management and public relations.

A better skilled and informed service provider could deliver prompt and satisfactory services to the public, Panyang added.

All together, twenty-two branch officers of DC’s office participated. (DIPRO)

 

APCYGTSU place charter of demands

ITANAGAR, June 8:  All Palin, Chambang Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) has urged the  Arunachal West Constituency MP to take steps for construction of the  boundary wall of the Govt Hr Secondary school, Palin,  diversion of the  Palin-Pania road via Kudumbarang for the convenient of the students of the school.

In a six-point charter of damand submitted to the MP, the Union informed that due to non-existent school boundary, the encroachment of school land is  going on and it has deteriorated relations between the local public and students community.

While demanding road connectivity from Rakaso via Radang to Solo village for the economic upliftment of the village people, the union also demanded black topping of the road from I B to helicopter field and Don Bosco School to Palin town road.

Expressing concern over the lack of proper medical facilities in their area, the union demanded immediately functioning of the 50-bed hospital, Palin and that it should be named after Zimi Tassar, the Union added.

Other demands of the union include separate Police Station for Palin, construction of extended building for the Palin Inspection bungalow.

 

BJYM dissatisfied with work

ITANAGAR, June 8: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, East Kameng District Unit, expressing dissatisfaction over the construction of a Community Hall at Lengdi Liyang village, Bamang CD Block, East Kameng District alleged that low quality materials were used in the construction of the hall.

It appealed the Deputy Commissioner, EAC and BDO, Bameng to look into the matter and take necessary action.

Meanwhile, it said that an amount of Rs 6.30 lacs was sanctioned for the building.

 

Free computer course

ITANAGAR, June 8: The Sub-Regional Employment Officer, Coaching cum Guidance Center for SC/ST, Government of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment (DGE&T), Naharlagun is organising a free of cost one year Zero level Computer Course under DOEACC Society for Higher Secondary School Passed SC/ST candidates under the age group of 18-30 years.

Interested candidate may contact SREO, CGC for SC/STs, Naharlagun.

 

NCP 12th foundation day

ITANAGAR, June 8: Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh Unit is celebrating its 12th foundation day on June 10 and 16 next.

Fruits distribution to patients of Heema Hospital and RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar will also be carry out on the occasion, release said.

 

Students demands teachers

ITANAGAR, June 8:  All Kimin Students Union (AKSU) highlighting the shortage of teacher in the Kimin circle appealed the concerned authority to post teachers at Kimin and Kakoi.

It also appealed to the concerned Headmaster and in-charge of Kimin and Kakoi to immediately re-open their school.

 

Trout angling for eco-tourism development in Arunachal Pradesh

Deepjyoti Baruah

Fish catching has been in vogue since the origin of mankind. Accounts of fishing in Egypt with rod and line go back as far as 2000 B.C.  The catching of fish from natural water bodies using various devices and implements is often exciting. The effort turns out to be a real adventure when a person spends a lot of time and energy to catch a single fish, which is aggressive and tries to escape. This type of fishing which is highly enthralling is called game fishing or sport fishing. Although there are varieties of game fishes in India, the one which is the most cherished out of all the game fishes is trout. The trout is a member of Salmonidae and the important species cultured all over the world are Salmo trutta fario (brown trout) and Oncorhynchus mykiss (rainbow trout). Some of the important fishes present in the coldwaters of Arunachal Pradesh with good sport value are Tor putitora (golden mahseer), Tor tor (deep bodied mahseer),  Neolissocheilus hexagono-lepis (chocolate mahseer) and Raiamus bola (Indian trout). These sport fishes are available in major rivers such as River Kameng, Subansiri, Siang and Lohit, upland lakes and wetlands of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore these resources can be converted into angler’s paradise if due attention is paid and number of anglers from abroad can be made to visit regularly to all these potential resources of the state. There is a need to develop sport fishery sites along the river stretches and in some upland lakes for promotion of sport fishery based eco-tourism activities.

Efforts for trout culture in the upland region of India had been initiated as early as 1863. Sir Francis day made an unsuccessful attempt in the year to introduce eyed eggs and fry of brown and lock-leven trouts in the Nilgiri hills. Later on F.J. Mitchell succeeded in introduction of eyed eggs of brown trout in the Harwan hatchery in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 1900. Seeds from Kashmir were then transplanted in all the possible streams and lakes of Kashmir, Gilgit, Abbotabad, Kangra, Kulu, Shimla, Nainital and Shillong. Trout farming was also initiated in the NE Hill State of Arunachal Pradesh in 1967-68.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the trout has now been established well in Shergaon (1,954 m msl) of West Kameng district and Nuranang (3,660 m msl) of Tawang district. These hilly districts with low temperature regime offer tremendous scope for trout farming and can be a favorite angler’s destination. The best season for angling can be May to October, when the water flow is high and the fish keeps swimming upstream.  The angler should be allowed to go for angling only after paying a tariff to the Department of Fisheries, where, after he is given a permit can rejoice in angling.

Various types of gears are in use for angling. These are (i) Spin casting: Simplest gear used frequently by beginners; (ii) Bait casting: These outfits excel at casting heavy lures a long way in deep waters; (iii) Fly fishing: A difficult gear to cast due to virtually weightless lure, unlike the heavy plastic or metal lures.

It was observed that the upper reaches of the rivers, streams and natural lakes in the state are still untapped and could be explored for development of trout farming and recreation fisheries. In the coming years, it is expected that trout angling will be accelerated with the strategy to supply quality trout seed, setting up of modern raceways, hatcheries, feed mills, disease control measures, human resource development and establishment of recreational facilities for sport fishing. (Contributor is Subject Matter Specialist, Fisheries, KVK, West Kameng)

 

Dr. BC Roy Trophy

Arunachal colts trounce J&K 5-1

ITANAGAR, Jun 8: Riding on Toko Poliam hattrick, Arunachal Pradesh U-19 team trounced Jammu and Kashmir 5-1 in their second group match of the 47th National Junior Football Championships for Dr. .b.c Roy Trophy in Kolkata today.

Arunachal scored as many as three goals in the first half with striker Poliam striking the first goal in 15 of the match. The second goal was scored by Ligang Bungu 30 minutes into the match. Poliam again found the net in 40 minutes and the fourth goal came from Vicky Tamang in 65 minutes.

Poliam scored his third and team’s fifth goal in 75 minutes to complete the rout, according to Team Coach Jill Gyamar.

Arunachal Pradesh lost to Jharkhand 4-2 in their opening match played on June six last.

The team will play their last cluster match against Uttarakhand on June 10.

It may be mentioned here that winners of the seven clusters and one team (best) from the losers will qualify for the next round.

 

Pioneer & Blossom clubs win in CRPF Friendship Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Jun 8: Pioneer Club defeated Paradise Club 2-0 while Blossom Club pipped New Generation Club 2-1 in fourth and fifth matches played on day three of the CRPF Friendship Football Tournament at Jubilee ground, Tezu today.

Two preliminary round matches, a quarterfinal and a semifinal matches would be played tomorrow.

The tournament is organized by 186 Bn CRPF under Civic Action Programme.

 

Students demands action against teachers

Itanagar: Nyapin Sangram Phassang Students’ Union has demanded the District Authority, especially education department to initiate action against all those non-performing and irregular teachers.

According to the union, some SSA teachers posted in various schools at Nyapin, Sangram and Phassang areas are not attending schools regularly; instead, their relatives are being engaged by them to teach students. The union urged the teaching community show some interest in their noble profession. Otherwise they should resign from their services, the union demanded.

 

Union allege high admission fee

Itanagar: Arunachal Tribal Student’s Union (ATSU) has claimed that high admission fees are being charged from students in some government schools without following the "Right to Education and Elementary Education Norms."

While claiming that some government schools are charging upto Rs.50 against a copy of admission form, ATSU appealed to all the DDSEs to give clear cut instructions to all the principals, headmasters and in-charge of schools in this regard. ATSU also demanded authorities concerned to summon those guilty principals, headmasters or incharge and take necessary action against them.

 

DC revokes suspension of HGB

ITANAGAR, June 8: Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District has revoked the suspension order of HGB Logum-Jini village Taken Pakam Lobom.

 

MLAS appreciated

ITANAGAR, Jun 8: East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry appreciated the MLAs of the district for their efforts and contributions for widening Seppa Township road and their effort to bring the central schemes for proper drainage system.

It has further welcomed the new Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam to the district.

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Challenges of commuter at Dolla Ghat

Dear Editor,

I am sure you don't have a news reporter for Roing, Dambuk and Anini. Even if you have a reporter, he might have not recently commuted through Dolla Ghat.

You will be surprised to know that in rainy days only entry and exit point for both Dibang valley and Lower Dibang valley is Dolla ghat.

Dolla ghat is located at NH 37 at about 55 Km from Tinsukia.

If you have been to this place recently you will feel the problem faced by people of this river locked area. Here, there is no proper docking place for boat. The Inland water Transport (IWT) ply only one ferry trip. On enquiry at boatman makeshift office at ghat, a private boatman told me that they charges Rs 2,000/- per light vehicle, Rs 5,000/ for heavy vehicle and Rs 4,000/- for medium boat on reserve.

When I asked the boatman about the exorbitant charges, they said that it’s all due to Assam government’s exorbitant tender charges.

Above this, if you buy something from Tinsukia and bring it through the ghat, they charge a fee too, which is Rs.20/- for a ceiling fan and Rs 30/- for a television. God knows what they charge for other items.

Less said about the ghat, better it is. The docking place is muddy and narrow and even a light vehicle negotiate up the boat after many maneuvers.

The government should look into the problems of the people and come up with a solution.

Both Lower Dibang valley and Dibang valley districts are so isolated from other part of Arunachal, we feel it as a different place. May be creation of "union territory" may solve our problem.

Yours,

Miti (on e-mail)

 

 

 

It’s a violation of rights

Dear Editor,

We are very proud of Students Union and others who raise voice against the Hydro power project in Arunachal Pradesh because our state is located in seismic zone V. But we are ashamed of ourselves for having a dictatorial government. Govt has suppressed the voice of innocent common people and instead they harass the common people physically and mentally. They did not even spare the women during a recent agitation. This attitude of government is against our indigenous & fundamental right.

Yours,

Yumsumang Tapak

Itanagar

 

 

 

Mere graduates and post- graduates doesn’t give one the intellectual tag!

Dear Editor,

In the last few days, the hullaboo being created on the Lower Siang Hydro Project has brought out the real zeal of expression among the commoners who have long been denied the freedom of expression due to polito-economic condition. Kudos to your esteem daily!!!

As the son of the soil of Pangin-Boleng it was really heartening to see, "we want the project to go ahead" by the so called Intellectual Forum of Pangin-Boleng, dated 8th June 2010, Readers Forum. First of all, I want to ask those concern individual on what credential they call themselves as Intellectual? Intellectual as the dictionary says are those who have a highly developed intellect. Mere graduates and post- graduates doesn't give one the "intellectual tag".

Regarding the whole hearted support for the project by the people of the area, let the effected people speak for themselves. I was fortunate enough to guide two of my friend, one from Centre for Studies on Hills and Mountain Environment(CSHME), Delhi University, New Delhi and the other from The Energy and Resource Institute(TERI), New Delhi. During the course of their project/research on environmental assessment and general survey of the peoples' view of the upcoming hydro project, we were surprised with the result as it was not a mixed but a lopsided one. Survey could  not be carried out in all the villages but we manage to do it at Lokpeng, Koreng, Yeksi, Boleng, Lileng, Dosing, Rengo, Parong and Dite-Dime(65). From more than 250 household surveyed, only 6 family welcome the steps of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the JayPee Corporation. In Jini, West Siang, villagers pelted stones at our vehicle taking for granted that we have come on behalf of the Company. We were also warned with dire consequence in one of the villages (need not mention). Furthermore, two of the villages sent a request letter through the Researcher/University to the Ministry of Environment and Forest not to go ahead with the power project. Now I want to ask the duo of the Pangin-Boleng Intellectual Forum. Are these villages outside the periphery of the constituency? Don’t they have the rights to their ancestral land? Can't they speak for themselves? Why, in the name of intellectual, our own brethrens are subdued? Just to please an individual or a group, why should we compromise with our time immemorial etiquettes toward the larger society?

Whether the project sees the light of the day or not, the effected people should be the sole decider. No bogus organization, forum, association or union should create high flying drama. If any, the Adi Bane Kebang(ABK) which is the supreme council of the Adis should be the only organisation to play a leading and effective role.

Yours,

Anil Tatin

Boleng

 

 

 

Lead us unto the last

Dear Editor,

The news of State govt. signing 118 MOAs with power developers has evoked fear psycho in the mindset of the people who envisage a future engulfed by its ill effect like influx, minority in own land, pollution, displacement problems beside huge revenue - a boon for state. Evidently, word `Development' is a glittering abstract to lure the people of this state since British's days; successfully inherited by our ruling classes.

The same policy is being applied upon but this time transitional changes has transformed Arunachal the land of `kushi-kushi' into land of inquisitive, rational, modern patriots who dare to guard their homeland from encroachment by Cakma¬ Hajong refugees, boundary and submergence in the Siang belt and Dibang Valley.

Kudos to AAPSU, AdiSU, AIMSU, ANSU, ANYA who has become the mouthpiece of grief public. Literally they are playing the role of opposition party in Arunachal. Hats off to all patriots for their reasoning and endeavors against injustice.

To me historical importance place like Kekar Monying must find due place in heart of the government and any research departments. The place where fore fathers fought against British for the sake of dignity of motherland, still heroic deed of Matmur Jamoh and his accomplices echo in the woods and valleys.

Just getting a space in the history book is not enough to commemorate their supreme sacrifice. It needs preservation and safeguard after all it's a national heritage.

Moreover, development at the cost of 122 villages is beyond comprehension of those who believe all that glitter is gold. It's time to heal the wound of fellow brethren who are yelling S.O.S in far flung valleys and hills. They know exactly what development means to them as they are familiar with words like `development' 'compensation'.

Quit Siang Movement of AdiSU seems more matured and institutionalized way to register the resentments of our people.

Indeed it’s a welcome tactics in fighting against authoritative type of government and powerful corporate. It minimizes the fear psychosis inflicted in many minds and is rays of hope which Adi students' union should lead unto last. May be time is demanding each of us to look into matter seriously rather than bluff senseless against one another.

I wish them good luck.

Yours,

Tagang Tasing

 

 

 

Govt should take a look at Nehruvian Policy on tribal

Dear Editor,

Origins and migration of Adis and its civilization is attached with the blessing of Siang River. Now it is seems that the entire Siang valley and it all catchment areas once known fertile land for cultivation will submerge.

The height of the dam will extend whenever it is not in a position to generate up to the targets like Sardar Sarovar dam. Today’s Chakma Hajong issue in Arunachal is because of Kaptai dam. They were displaced from their own country as a result of the construction of a dam.

The slogan of the U.P.A. govt is look East policy or Am admi ke sath, but it seems quite the opposite when it comes to the affected people because of hydro projects.

The central govt and state should look back to Nehru’s principles of Panchsheel and decide whether they are actually upholding the interest of the tribal people.  

The affected people are confused with the BJP and NCP as they seem to be dancing to the tunes of ruling government. People would like a clarification from both the parties on their stand on the dams.

On the other hand, the people living in Pasighat Township are facing shortage of drinking water and price rise. These topics should be raised by the elderly citizen living in Pasighat Township.

I extend my thanks to all the organizations in Arunachal and people of Assam and associations of North East for supporting the cause of the people affected due to Siang project.

Yours,

Tapang Tabing,

Kebang Village

East Siang

 

 

Thanks for the news

Dear Editor,

Kudos to you and your team member for updating daily edition of your esteemed daily. Its gives people like us who stay away from Itanagar, a chance to access the daily news of the capital and the state.

As per as possible all local daily should imitate your daily so that we people can update ourselves.

Further, I would like to request you to add more information if possible so we can get more details of the events.

Yours,

Oni Ejing

Bomdila (on email)

 

 

 

A verdict that delivered no justice

Dear Editor

I would like to use this forum to express an outrage.

Few weeks after regaining our faith in the judiciary with the verdict on Jessica Lal case, the same ‘us’ is hit by a severe blow, a blow many terming as a ‘blot in the judiciary’. 26 years after the worst gas tragedy that hit Bhopal, India is still lingering with injustice.

7th June verdict on the Bhopal gas tragedy will be remembered as a shameful day for the judiciary. The day it failed the country.

It took the Indian judiciary 26 years to give the verdict on the Bhopal gas tragedy. A verdict which mocks at the Indian judiciary. A verdict which convicts 8 people with a 2 year imprisonment and within seconds they are granted bail. Is this justice, that 8 people are convicted with only 2 year in jail for claiming more than 15000 lives and generations affected . Where is the justice here?

Was judiciary so blindfolded that it could not realize the gravity of such an open and shut case? This verdict clearly shows their committed to justice. They along with the Govt have sold dead Indians cheaper. The compensation amount is too low for a negligence that has caused havoc for the generations.

Where was our Government when tragedy struck? What did the Govt do, other than politicizing the whole affair?

Did our Govt realize the gravity and take up the responsibility to clean the mess? What has the  Govt  done? And what  about  a  body like Corporate India. It is unfortunate that Corporate India does not have the compassion to stand up against their own corporate negligence. Indeed shameful.  

While we cry foul in the judiciary and Govt process, we should not forget another important organ, which has also failed to realize the gravity. It’s We the people, the civil society. We are to be blamed equally for the mess. We as citizens have become like lame ducks doing nothing just because the gas tragedy did not strike my family or me. Are not we selfish and uncompassionate. Have we ignored this just because it took place in a slum? Had the tragedy been in an urban area, we would have been more active. Are lives of the poor so cheap?

Lets not close our eyes to such cases. We need to stand up to this because if we don’t, there’s going to be another Bhopal in the future. This is not a mere statement. India should not forget that the Govt of India has the Nuclear Liability Bill up on its sleeves. This Bill if passed in its present form will assure us of another Bhopal Tragedy and this time it will be a Nuclear Tragedy.

Its time we remind the authorities, Govt and the Companies that earning profits should not be at the cost of human lives and that justice should prevail.

Let us not be mere spectator to this. Lets raise our voice for justice or at least support those in the fight for justice. Keep them in your prayers and wishes.

Yours,

Inam P

New Delhi (on email)

 

 

 

Stop maligning the image of Bogong Banggo

Dear Editor,

‘‘...the prospect of becoming the capital of the state was denied to it (Pasighat) many years back in spite of voluntary donation of large plain areas by our forefathers(Bogong Banggo). Secondly, the only medical college in the state once proposed at Pasighat was also shifted to some other place because of some political differences.’’ This is what was exactly written in this daily on 4 June by G/S, BBK.

Now, I want to ask Tatem Padun, who responded to the letter of G/S, BBK. Has your intellect been blinded by your hard core anti Bogong mentality? From what part of the letter, you got that Bogong Banggo blaming rest of the Adi community for denying land for establishment of capital and medical college at Pasighat?

Your intention to malign Pasighat`s image and create enmity against Bogong Banggo is clearly seen from your derogatory and hateful comments.

Your allegation of playing dirty politics by Bogong Banggo has no iota of truth. Every tribe, sub tribe of Adi, people of different Banggos and even non-tribal have been living in Pasighat safely and peacefully for years. Rather, it is because of anti-Bogong propaganda spread by people like you, some people have misunderstanding towards Bogong Banggo. The people of Pasighat will never allow your evil design to succeed. I don`t understand what dirty politics you are talking about, if it means protesting against illegal occupation of govt. land donated by Bogong Banggo; not supporting inter tribe conflict; demanding university status for JNC and other developmental activities is playing dirty politics, then we will be very much happy to accept this.

Why so much hue and cry against Bogong Banggo? Didn`t other organisations and individuals write in favour of LSHP? It was just a view not a Supreme Court order or a Fatwa!! It shouldn`t be taken as chance to vomit your anti Bogong sentiment. If you have a genuine concern for the LSHP affected people, you can express your views but making baseless, inflammable and dirty comments, which aren`t even related to LSHP issue can`t be justified.

It is clear that Tatem Padun’s intention was only to defame and malign the image of Bogong Banggo, which is one of the oldest and reputed Banggos of Adis.

Yours,

Tongku Moyong

(Ex-Puby. Secy. All Bogong Students` Union)

Naharlagun

 

 

 

Admin should deliver or leave it on us

Dear Editor,

These days everyone is feeling the heat, but with this continuous rain and monsoon in full blaze, it is not the summer sun that is behind the rising temperature, rather it is the rising price of the commodities,  that is pushing the mercury upwards.

Well, the district administration did come up with something called price fixtures applicable to the markets of the capital complex on papers, bringing some smile on the scorched faces of the public, who were bearing the brunt and heat of the rising prices.

But the irony is that little has changed even after the publication of the price list and the whatsoever smile crept up on the faces of the general public is long gone and forgotten.

The solution to this problem is not the paper work, rather it is the implementation of the same. The authorities concerned did say that an aggrieved public can always approach the nearest police station or magistrate, but the question here is for how long can a person go on complaining and for how many times, when the fact on the face of it is that even the police is not very keen on pursuing the matter. At last the general public has to succumb to the monopoly of the traders and unwillingly give in to the system.

So I would like to ask the concerned authorities whether it should be left to the general public to fight a way out or is it the duty of a welfare state to come up with some system, mechanism or authority to enforce the adherence to the rules.

In my opinion I do feel that some authority or body needs to be constituted that keeps a regular vigil on and brings the erring person to the docks.

Yours,

Duge Soki, (on email)

Naharlagun

 

 

 

That was not us!

Dear Editor,

We were surprised to see our names in print in the Reader’s Forum of your daily. The fact is that we did not give such letters and nor are we members of Pangin-Boleng Intellectual Forum! In the letter, we were credited with supporting the Lower Siang Project by Jaypee. In reality we don’t know anything good or bad about the dams neither do we have a stand to take.

Yours,

Dilek Taggu

Dabo Mingki

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