Siram lauds SSA teachers, assures regularization
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today lauded the SSA teachers
for their performance throughout the state. He was speaking at the last day of the
third session of fifth legislative assembly.
Most of the SSA teachers are discharging their duties with sincerity and devotion,
the education minister said adding, “We are sincerely evolving a solution so that
their service can be regularized.”
Responding to questions of MLA Likha Saaya, the education minister further informed
that decision for regularization of SSA teachers in phased manner has already been
taken up by the state Govt.
The deputy directors of School Education of the districts have been empowered to
deploy teachers to schools as per requirement, he added while responding to a question
from Karya Bagang.
Pointing out the shortage of teachers including Principal and subject teachers at
Chayangtajo Govt HS school, Bagang wanted to know when adequate teachers will be
posted in schools of the area.
The minister said he is pursuing for creation of posts of principal and other senior
teachers and hoped that posting could be made accordingly.
Trans Arunachal Highway: Informing that construction of Trans Arunachal Highway in
the state beginning from Kanubari to Tawang involves formalities such as forest clearance
in various places of the state, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki today assured completion
of Trans Arunachal Highway within five years.
Responding to queries of MLA Tamiyo Taga during zero hour, Tuki informed bids for
the annuity segments of Nechipu-Hoj (311 km) and Potin-Pangin (407 km) have been
opened on February 28 last. The bids are currently under evaluation in the union
ministry of road transport and highway, he said while adding that Technical bids
for the stretch between Hoj to Potin (21km) are also currently under evaluation
in the ministry.
For the remaining portion of the Trans-Arunachal Highway under PWD, preparation of
Detail Project Report (DPR) is in progress, Tuki informed.
The DPR for road work under PMGSY from Tajina-Ramching-Tarba-Baring via Raimukh have
already been submitted to the Centre for approval under phase-IX, informed RWD Minister
Kalikho Pul. Construction of road from Tarba to Nyumpu will be proposed in subsequent
phase on priority, he further informed.
Administrative HQs: Responding to the demand of MLA Punji Mara for upgradation of
Taliha CO headquarter to EAC headquarter , the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu assured
to look into the demand on receipt of proposal from district administration. “ We
have to look into the advantage and benefit of EAC HQs before its creation,” the
Chief Minister added.
Chief Minister further informed that all together 52 departments are functioning
in the state and all the department except some centralized and non-relevant departments
are functioning at Seppa.
Govt will consider establishment of more departments as per requirement, the Chief
Minister said while responding to the query of MLA Tani Loffa.
CM pledge committee to look into workers’ problems
Assembly adjourned sine die
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The Third session of the fifth Legislative Assembly of the state
was adjourned sine die today but not before assurance from Chief Minister to look
into the problems of the labour class and three amendment bills which were passed.
Moving a resolution in the Assembly, former bureaucrat and MLA T N Thongdok urged
the state Govt to take step to convert the labours of the various departments of
the state who have completed more than 18 years of service to temporary work charge
Norbu said many labours in the state had retired after completing 30 years of dedicated
service only to live with the memory of service life without any service or retire
benefit. Condition of some retired workers are no better than beggars, he lamented.
He said there were large number of benami workers in various departments and politicians
have to blame themselves for entry of benami workers in the work force.
Pointing out at the price rise of the essential commodities in Arunachal Pradesh,
he said state Govt should think seriously so that labour class could live with dignity
and look after their family including children’s education in proper way.
Utmost care should be taken while formulating policy for uplift of labour class,
so that real beneficiaries get their due share, the MLA further suggested.
Due to lack of strong policy for the welfare of the labour class, many dedicated
and senior labour chose to embrace Golden Hand shake policy rather than continue
their service, Laeta Umbrey regretted. He called upon the Govt for promotional scope
for the labours who had at least completed 15 years of dedicated service.
MLA Tani Loffa said the problems of workers working in various departments should
be looked into. Govt must ensure that labour class gets benefit during service life.
Lauding the resolution and suggestions put forward by the members, Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu highlighting the initiatives taken in the past for the welfare of labour
class and problems involved in it, assured to form a committee with involvement of
officers from various departments to look into workers’ problem and place proposal
to finance department.
The last day of the budget session also passed the Arunahcal Pradesh Cooperative
Societies (Amendement) Bill, 2010, the Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and
Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2010, and Indian Stamp Act 1899 (Act No 2
of 1899 ( in its application to the state of Arunachal Pradesh) (Amendment) Bill
Meanwhile it was informed in the Assembly that a committee headed by Finance Minister
Setong Sena was formed to look into the demand of the salary hike for the MLAs. Legislators
Jomin Tayeng, T N Thongdok , Laeta Umbrey, J K Panggeng and Padi Richo are the members.
Sanjay calls on parents and teachers to show right direction
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Reminding of the duties and role of parents and teachers in moulding
a child, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy urged them to guide the little children in
right direction by imparting proper education. It is a matter of great pleasure that
unlike the older day’s children of today need not go 100 miles to attend school.
Schools are now at their doorsteps, he said.
He was addressing the 3rd annual prize distribution ceremony of Markio Kioram Memorial
Public School here this morning.
Sanjoy also gave thumbs up to the passing of the Education Bill in the just concluded
assembly session. According to him, passing of the bill would help streamline the
state education sector.
Gone are the days when our tribal women were deprived of institutional education
due to some social obligations or other; now it’s their prime responsibility to educate
their child, he added.
Recalling his association with Kioram after whose name the school has been established,
Sanjoy urged his family members and school management committee to strive for the
growth of the school.
Earlier, Sanjoy distributed certificates to the prize winning children.
Late Markio Kioram, Inspector, 2nd APBn, who died on 1998, was the first officer
from Tali, under Kurung Kumey district.
ACCI lauds budget as innovative
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Arunachal Chamber of Industries and Commerce (ACCI) today described
the 2010-11 budget as innovative and positive and lauded Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
and Finance Minister Setong Sena for incorporating new ideas.
ACCI president Tachi Lala, in a statement, said on one hand numerous legislators
pleaded for additional resource mobilization for enlarging state’s plan size and
on the other the Sena-led team has initiated steps to achieve the goal as announced
in the house.
While welcoming the hike of VAT rate from 12.5% to 20% on tobacco and its related
products to discourage consumption, the decision to install CCTV at check gates,
introduction of e-filing of tax and strict vigilance to pug revenue leakage deserve
The ACCI would like to suggest district-wise collection of tax and excise be made
public yearly for encouraging transparency.
Byaling seeks cooperation to improve health sector
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The health sector in the state is facing a critical situation due
to lack of proper health policy, admitted Health Minister Tanga Byaling today.
Apart from two general hospitals, there are large number of Community, Primary health
centres and health sub-centres in every nook and corner of the state. But there are
no adequate doctors, specialists and staff to run the health centres, the minister
Stating that Govt is assessing the present conditions of all these health centres
to improve them accordingly, Byaling urged upon all the MLAs to extend cooperation
and contribution from their MLA local area development and SPA funds as the Govt
alone cannot improve the health sectors with meager resources.
Not only in Upper Siang, health sector in whole Arunachal Pradesh is passing through
a bad phase, he said while responding to a question of Alo Libang. However, the minister
assured to create more posts of specialists, MO and other ancillary staff along with
proper health equipments in the health centres.
World TB day
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Along with the rest of the world, District Health Society (RNTCP)
in collaboration with State Health Society (RNTCP) is observing World TB Day on March
Apart from Radio talks and TV discussions, a TB Awareness procession would be taken
out on the day starting from Bank Tinali, Itanagar and culminate at RKM Hospital,
Complex which will be followed by panel discussion in Vivekananda Hall.
Minister Health & Family Welfare Tanga Byaling is expected to flag off the procession.
This was informed by District Programme Officer Dr. P.D.Thongchi.
Electoral and Political Reforms
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Two day Sixth National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms
would be held from April 10 in Bhopal.
The campaign for electoral and political reforms has over 1200 organizations working
with it, in addition to support from eminent citizens, media, senior retired Judges,
bureaucrats and Police officers. The Conference is being hosted by National Election
Watch (NEW) and the Association for Democratic Reforms. The Chief
Election Commissioners of India has already confirmed his participation.
Dipa ghost still lurking around
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The ghost of the Dipa incident on February 22 bordering Assam,
where commuters from Arunachal were stranded for 10 hours and some of them beaten,
refuse to go away. In another latest incident on Sunday at Dimow, 3 kilometers from
Dipa, 5 vehicles including a Guwahati bound night bus was completely damaged and
the driver assaulted.
According to a source, Gorkha Students’ Union (Dipa unit) is behind the “unannounced
and provocative road blockade” demanding compensation for alleged murder of one Lila
Chetry of Dimow one month back at Mikong near Pasighat.
The Arunachal Police have already booked the alleged murderer under relevant section
at Ruksin Police Station on February 22 last and still languishing in Pasighat Lock
Meanwhile, AAPSU president Takam Tatung has urged the State government to come out
with a concrete mechanism to deal with such oft-repeated problems between these two
neighboring states. He further said that isolated issues occurring in Arunachal are
being blown out of proportion in Assam creating a sense of animosity between the
two peace-loving states.
“There are numerous cases where innocent people are being harassed on daily basis
but we have never resorted to such tactics targeting innocent people of Assam.” He
added that if the two state governments remained mute spectator to such trends, AAPSU
will be compelled to launch a massive agitation against such injustice.
The miscreants at the Arunachal-Assam border have a history of harassing the innocent
Arunachalee commuters since last two decade, says Odang Moyong ASM Napit, a local
He also referred to last year incident where a youth from Runne village near Pasighat
was brutally murdered at the same area when he had gone to Dimow in search of a domestic
“But we never gave it a communal colour, instead requested law enforcing agencies
to take its due course of action”.
“The utter lawlessness in this remote part of Assam is legendary as the incidents
like looting of buses and other private vehicles from Arunachal particularly in the
Dipa-Dimow area are opt repeated”, adds another Arunachalee commuter.
Now a shopkeeper’s tax!
Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to bring to the notice
of the officials and the people about the new and illegal "Shopkeeper" tax that the
shopkeepers in our state charge to the ignorant customers. This tax is charged by
the shop keepers for the pain that they have chosen this as their profession. It
is the amount charged in excess of the M.R.P (Maximum Retail Price) for any FMCG
(Fast Moving Commodity Goods) in simple words any commodity of daily use. In order
to check the arbitrary settlement of prices by the manufacturers the Government of
India has fixed the MRP for most of the commodities. The MRP is the price at which
the product is sold in retail and such price includes all taxes levied on the product.Under
the Consumer Goods (Mandatory Printing of Cost of Production and Maximum Retail Price)
Act, 2006, certain guidelines have been provided so that the consumer can not be
charged over to the maximum price printed on the goods by the manufacturer. But in
our state Shopkeeper tax is prevalent, It may not be so pronounced in the twin cities
of the capital but as one moves to the districts, who cares? The reasons given by
the shopkeepers are so pathetic, for example for every bottle of cold drink the
refrigeration charge can be between Rs.5 to 10. The poor customer has to bear the
burden for this extra tax which is totally illegal and it has already been charged
by the government. Another reason which I cannot leave is the transportation and
the road-block charge, which is feared by all especially during the Monsoon season.
The Government provides for a Consumer Forum in every state, which I fear very few
have heard about. It is for the redressal of consumer grievances against sale of
defective goods or deficient services or adoption of unfair restrictive trade practices.
But the question is, Do we really have one? Do they have any function at all? It
is their responsibility to protect the consumers from the mal practices of the shop-keepers,
especially in a state like ours where the poor and the illiterate outnumber the literate
and the rich. It might not be a cause for concern for the rich and affluent people
but it is a real concern for my people. It is high time that the Consumer Court should
come out from its hibernation and start performing its lawful duty. "Jago Arunachal
Let us not get carried away by unfounded fear
These days hydro power potentials, signing of MOA/MOU, R&R policy, advantage due
to project and disadvantage is a hot topic for debates.
Most of our well-regarded NGO and Environmentalists, point at non-feasibilities of
projects as it is located in mighty Himalayan mountain range which is very young
to withstand the jerk of earthquake as our state is placed in seismic zone-V is point
Being associated with Hydropower Corporation I have worked at various stage of preparation
of Detailed Project Report (DPR) in and outside the state would like to share my
conception on how the dams in our country are designed to withstand even the large
magnitude earthquake, its mythology and realities.
In our country the seismic design of the dams is designed by highly expert agencies
namely the Department of Earthquake Engineering, University of Roorkee, and Hydro
Project Institute (HPI) Moscow. Referring international commission on large dams
guidelines, they conduct three-dimensional (3D) Non-Linear test to evaluate the earthquake
susceptibility of the dam against the maximum credible Earthquake, computer simulated
Dam break analysis to estimate the magnitude of damages in the unexpected eventually
of any dam failure, even in the worst scenario of possible occurrence of a large
magnitude earthquake of 8+ rector scale with the probable location even at a depth
of 15 KM below the dam site the same would be safe.
A distinguished geologist Dr. V. Subramanyan, former professor of geology at IIT
Bombay, who is currently a member of expert committee of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal
Corporation on its disaster management plan for Mumbai, said earthquakes are brought
about by sudden release of stresses that have been accumulating for a long time inside
the earth when the rocks are not able to bear these stresses any longer. This instantaneous
release of stresses takes place through the formation of planes of rupture, called
faults in geological parlance. The scientist said to break the rocks and generate
an earthquake; the stresses have to be of a very high order-a few tons per square
centimeter-something enormous. In this context, the weight of water that is stored
in the reservoirs behind the dams becomes insignificantly small if it is realized
that this weight of water which exerts a hydraulic pressure is spread over the very
vast area of the reservoir. When calculated, the stress per unit area will be infinitely
small and will be nowhere near the enormous stresses required to exceed the strength
of the rocks around the dam’s reservoir.
Let us take example of the Bhakra Dam across the Sutlej in Punjab which is 720 feet
ranked as one of tallest dam in the world until recently. Even now, the Govindsagar
reservoir behind it is the biggest man-made lake in the world. This dam stands in
a seismic zone, not far from the epicenter of the Kangra earthquake of 1905. It has
been functioning most satisfactorily all these 40 years or so of its existence. If
reservoirs can induce earthquakes, then we should have had at least one major earthquake
near this dam by now. But there has not been a single tremor so far. This is clearly
because the reservoir, though very big, is spread over a very vast area and extended
up to Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, upstream along the Sutlej. Regarding the earthquake
that occurred at Koyna in 1967, much has been made of the poor reservoir though in
reality the river itself is flowing along two faults, first down south and then,
turning at right angles, due east. The earthquake should be attributed to release
of stresses through these faults rather than the small reservoir behind the dam.
Likewise the expert added that the earthquake of magnitude of 6.2 rector scale which
occurred at Jabalpur on 22nd May, 1997 was not due to the Bargi dam reservoir, as
per the expert.
From the above facts, now we should forget about the uncertainties that earthquake
could threaten the structures of large dams due to its large reservoir formation,
whether the project is of storage dam or Run-off-River projects. Apart from technical,
geological and seismological aspects, proper EMP & EIA study, displacement of indigenous
communities, submergence of community and forest land; proper R&R package, job opportunity
for local youth, socio-economic development of populaces are very genuine issues
of local inhabitants.
NHPC Ltd., Dibang Multipurpose Project,
Education and quality check
Even though Sarva Shikska Abhiyan is by now famous as a Sarvanash Shiksha Abhiyan,
let’s accept the fact that not everything is that bad or beyond repair. We might
debate about the thickness of CGI sheets; let’s not forget that many schools have
roofs because of SSA. Many schools were set up and defunct revived. Girl education
took a leap because of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyapeeths.
Though their English might make Shakespeare turn in his grave, there are teachers
out there ready to serve and serving in interior Arunachal. In a state where posting
in rural areas are seen as death sentences, some SSA teachers, if not all deserve
appreciation and acknowledgment.
As we debate the pros and cons of SSA in Arunachal, it is heartening that Arunachal
Pradesh Education Bill was passed by the Legislative assembly. The hard work of Education
Minister Bosiram Siram and his department has paid off. But the work has just begun.
As expectations run high, Siram and his team has lot to do to clean up Education
sector. First step is to ensure that merit speaks in recruitment process including
SSA. Though legislators might question, they with bureaucrats have been responsible
for appointment of teachers who has brought down the quality of education to a new
low. We cannot escape from owning responsibilities for the mess by just blaming the
system. No one forced a system on us. We choose it.
Education scenario is such that our children cannot compete anywhere else other than
taking advantage of reserved quotas. There are very few of them who have cracked
competitions at national level. Forget about our competence to speak English, the
overall quality of education is pathetic to say the least.
If you notice, most of the teachers who work at government schools send their children
to private schools. What does it say about government schools and the teachers themselves?
Why private schools are thriving today and why parents, even from the villages would
go any length to send their children to these institutions?
Now instead of blame game, it is on us to clean the system. The first step obviously
is to recruit teachers who have the quality to teach and has the essential qualification.
Though some people might argue that requisite qualifications do not necessarily make
a good teacher with good English speaking abilities, it is still a better option.
To think of we have the highest numbers of untrained teachers in entire India and
the situation is so bad that government sponsors teachers to do their Bachelors in
Education and inservice teachers opt for Open Universities, which in our state is
known more for other things than quality education.
This situation could have been avoided had there been strict recruitment policy.
It was only in recent years that B.Ed was made mandatory for recruitment of senior
teachers. This apart, many of the teachers were and are appointed without having
to face an interview. These kinds of accommodations need to stop at once.
Some of us might question the credentials of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission;
government did take a right step by handing over selection process of Junior and
senior teachers to the Commission.
It would go a long way, if government makes it mandatory to recruit teachers including
indigenous Arunachalee community with a degree or diploma in teaching starting from
elementary level. Apart from a written tests and personal interview, teaching skills
must be tested too. It might sound like a tall order, but if Arunachal is serious
about ensuring quality education, we have to make a start somewhere.
The CBSE which is known as one of the best boards in the world had once said that
because of Sikkim and Arunachal, the pass percentage got a beating in Eastern Region.
Let’s not blame our poor children and their genes! Now we came in the way of CBSE’s
impeccable record! . This speaks a lot about our teachers and the system!
Army recruitment rally only for Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The Indian Army will be conducting a recruitment rally for youths
of Arunachal Pradesh from 07 Apr to 25 Apr. Army Recruiting Office, Jorhat would
be the venue for the mega rally. Jorhat has been especially chosen because of the
longer duration of the rally wherein essential infrastructure required for the rally
already exists at ARO, said an Army release.
All interested candidates can directly report to Army Recruiting Office, Jorhat along
with their original educational documents, birth certificate and PRC. For more details,
they could contact ARO Jorhat at 0376-2310830, 09706199183 and 09435504083.
District level training on census enumeration
SEPPA, Mar 23: The district level training on house listing & housing census and
national population registration, was organized on March 22 at Kameng Hall.
Baharti Chanda, deputy director, census operation Shillong in her key note address
appealed all the sub-divisional census officer, census charge officer to extend their
cooperation to the enumerating supervisor of various administrative units for smooth
conduct. While highlighting the terms and condition relating to census operation,
she said that no village should be left out from census enumeration.
DC-cum-principal census officer, Pige Ligu, appealed all the concern officers to
complete the work within stipulated period. The period according to the direction
of the govt of India is 15th April to 31st May. He also directed the officers to
maintain all the norms given in the guide lines.
All the administrative officers were present during the training. DIPRO, Seppa
TEDP on hosiery and woolen
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The Indian Institute of entrepreneurship (IIE), ministry of MSME
and Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board (APKVIB), Itanagar jointly
organized a six week technology based entrepreneurship development programme (TEDP)
on hosiery and woolen garments making in the APKVIB training centre, Itanagar which
14 candidates were given certificates for successfully completing their course. Vice
Chairman of APKVIB, Bado Singhi graced the occasion as chief guest. In his address,
he appreciated interest shown by participants on the programme and hoped that it
will enhance their skills to higher level. Other speakers include Sukamal Deb, executive
officer, KVIB and Er. Ranjit Singh, programme director of the TEDP, IIE, Guwahati.
Union demands bus service from Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: All Tagin Student’s Union (ATSU) has called on the transport department
to start their bus service from Itanagar instead of Naharlagun.
ATSU claimed that most of the students staying in Itanagar are not able to make use
of present bus service as it becomes difficult to carry personal luggage’s and go
all the way to Naharlagun to catch bus. In this respect union requested transport
department to start bus service from Itanagar as students can’t afford to make use
of private buses because of high fare.
DA against encroachers
ITANAGAR: The Lohit district administration has decided to dismantle all unauthorized
structure in Tezu in an effort to curb illegal encroachment. Taking strong exception
to illegal encroachment, the administration issued a decree earlier this month directing
the encroachers to vacate within thirty days under the provision of Arunachal Pradesh
Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorized occupants) Act 2003.
Tezu, one of the oldest towns in the state has seen numerous development activities
over the years but what is worrying the district administration is mushrooming of
MP at RGU
ITANAGAR: During a surprise visit to Rajiv Gandhi University to assess the situation
there today, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy held separate discussions with the faculty
members and the agitating students, and urged the latter to not resort to violence,
saying violence cannot solve any problem, reports PRO to MP.
Association questions AOP
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association has called on the state
government to explain why Annual Operating Plan was not prepared for the state. It
said that state government is answerable to the people of the state why the AOP was
not prepared. It further said that there be transparency in policies and program