India’s failure to get ADB and WB funds for Arunachal will have far reaching consequences:
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The failure by government of India to get Asian Development Bank
and World Bank projects approved for Arunachal Pradesh will have far reaching international
political implications which will make Chinese lobby stronger, wrote Takam Sanjoy
in a letter to the Union Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna.
Calling for intervention of the External Affairs ministry to get the projects for
the state, Sanjoy in strongly worded letter further added that ‘If at all the government
of India is of the opinion that taking externally aided projects for Arunachal Pradesh
are to face stiff external resistance, we should not at all project any such scheme
bearing international ramifications paving the way for some neighbouring countries
to have political score. Government of India should have well defined economic and
infrastructural policy for the state of Arunachal Pradesh with political assertiveness”.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh who are known for their patriotism are psychologically
disturbed by various media reports on stalling the project for Arunachal instead
of materializing ADB projects, he added.
He said that first ADB Board meeting was stalled after the Chinese objection but
second meeting cleared the projects in spite of much of Chinese protests. He said
that he had to meet the Union Finance Minister and DONER Minister to seek their intervention
into the matter and get 60 million US Dollars anti-erosion and flood management projects
through for Arunachal Pradesh.
Unfortunately, the issue got a ‘u turn’ with various ministries connected with such
projects not properly handling the matter, he added.
Sanjoy further said that Krishna’s statement that India is ready to fund Arunachal
Pradesh for various projects if ADB and World Bank (WB) do not respond positively
has been interpreted differently by people across the board.
In another letter, Sanjoy further asked the External Affairs Ministry to take serious
action against Google search Engine for showing Arunachal as part of China on Google
Search Engine. The Search Engine puts Arunachal Pradesh to be part of India in Indian
version, disputed territory in American version and shows the state as part of China
in Chinese version.
“Such conspiratory and appeasement policy of Google needs strong and prompt action
from Government of India. Delay in taking action against Google will have serious
international ramification” Sanjoy said.
Simple apology from Google Search Engine is not sufficient enough to undo the damage
caused to India especially to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and its land. I anticipate
vigorous movement from people of Arunachal Pradesh on this sensitive issue unless
Government of India takes prompt action, he added.
It is now e-Swasthya in West Kameng
BOMDILA, Mar 26: After the successful implementation of Vaahan, Saarathi, tele education
project, West Kameng added another feather in the E-Governance cap when e-Swasthya,
computerised OPD Registration Software was launched here today in the District Hospital,
The Deputy Commissioner, Swati Sharma highlighted that the basic purpose of e-Swasthya
which was to enhance efficiency and transparency in the present system.
The software will do away with the manual work thus facilitating simplification of
the working procedures saving time, labour and energy. E- Swasthya would enable easy
and faster summarization of a patient’s previous medical records which would help
in further diagnosis and treatment by the doctors, she said.
A nominal amount of Rupee One would be charged as registration fees. Various Tests,
prescribed by the doctors, like Blood grouping, sugar, RCT etc. would be conducted
in the District Hospital at very nominal rates to ensure that efficient medical services
are provided to the needy and poor and this money would be utilized to make the system
run on a self sustaining basis.
The DC congratulated the team of NIC, District Unit led by the DIO, PK Thungon and
DIA, Bimal Borah for developing and redesigning the software. She stated that the
technical part will be looked after by the NIC but implementation would rest with
the District Hospital. Taking into account the need for a Blood Bank, she urged the
DMO, Dr. Dani Duri to earnestly pursue the matter with the concerned authorities
for its early materialization.
Elated at the various infrastructural developments taking place in the hospital within
a short span of one year under the able guidance and support of the Deputy Commissioner,
the Medical Superintendent Dr. Ghom Lamu wished for total computerization in the
District Hospital and urged the DMO and DRCHO to take up the matter in right earnest.
Speaking on the finer aspects of the computerization of the OPD and replying to the
suggestions put forth by the DMO, DIO PK Thungon assured of every possible technical
help and supervision for the project besides assuring networking of the computers
from the main server in the days to come when computers for the doctors would be
made available in the hospital. Earlier, the DMO, while acknowledging the support
and co-operation given by the concerned departments credited the Deputy Commissioner
for making the dream of computerizing the OPD come true. DIPRO
AAPSU urge NESO to take up the cause of Arunachalees
GUWAHATI, Mar 26: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union today put forwarded various
problems afflicting Arunachal Pradesh to the North East Students Organization while
attending 3 days meet at Guwahati this evening.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung and general secretary Tujum Poyom in their presentation
brought to light multi-problems afflicting the state and urged the NESO leadership
to have parley with the Central government for its early redressal.
Speaking on the occasion, Takam Tatung informed the House that all the central schools
(Kendriya Vidyalayas) in Arunachal Pradesh maintain 35% reservation policy for the
indigenous students during admission. He suggested NESO leaderships to use their
banner and appeal the Central government to increase the APST reservation from 35%
to 50 while reasoning educational backwardness of the State. He also appealed them
to press the Central government to provide North East with special education package
citing various bottlenecks that prevents the region to come at par with rest of the
The AAPSU leaders reiterated their stand on Assam-Arunachal boundary row, constant
harassment of Arunachalee commuters in Assam, Chinese claim over the territory of
Arunachal. The Union also urged the NESO to request the Union government to seal
all the porous boundaries of the north east region and also to have a clear cut stand
on ‘Greater Nagaland’ while stating that two districts of Arunachal are being demanded
by Naga groups.
The meeting was chaired by NESO chairman Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya and secretary general
Baring Naga Students Federation, all the apex students organization of the north
eastern states participated in the meeting.
MP recommends Mra
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Union Minister for Youth Affairs, Government of India Dr. MS Gill
assured to look into the recommendation submitted by MP Takam Sanjoy regarding Tenzing
Norgay National Adventure Award 2009/10 for the first everester of Arunachal Pradesh
Tapi Mra at New Delhi recently.
District level workshop on RTI Act held
‘RTI Act is not contradictory to official secret Act’
ZIRO, Mar 26: A District level workshop cum training for Public Information Officers
(PIOs), Panchayat leaders and NGOs of Lower Subansiri district on Right to Information
(RTI) Act, 2005 was held at Abotani Hall here today.
Speaking as resource person on the Occasion, State Information Commissioner, Bani
Danggen, dwelt at length on the provisions of the Act with special emphasis on the
obligations of public authority, timeline for providing information, penalties on
delay or refusal in providing the information.
The Act is basically aimed at bringing awareness among the citizens about transparent
and corruption free governments. Though ending corruption is not possible through
this Act, but it certainly will minimize corruption in the functioning of the government,
he said. Since, development or any fund for development comes for the public, the
public has every right to know how and where the fund is spent.
Every Government officers or public authority has the obligation to provide the information
to the public as such need to be well acquainted with all the provisions of the Act.
Besides, any officer can be asked by a PIO for assistance in providing information
to an applicant and in that case that officer also becomes a PIO and will be responsible
for the delay or any other lapse in providing the information.
In the interaction session while answering to a question, Danggen, said the RTI
Act is not contradictory to or in conflict with the Official Secrets Act. The Act
has been passed by the Parliament after through examinations at various stages to
avoid overlapping, as such there is no chance of conflict, instead it has become
one of the best and Pro-public law, he added.
Quoting some instances of delay and refusal to provide information by Public Authorities
who are not designated PIOs, leading to imposition of penalties and other punishments
to them by the State Information Commission, he clarified that any public authority
comes under the purview of RTI Act; when a person seeks information, the best way
is to dispose off applications immediately by transferring it to the right authority
with an intimation to the applicant.
The Training was also addressed by ADC, W.Thikak, EAC-cum- PIO, Hage Takka.
Large numbers Public Information officers, District Head of Departments, Zilla Parishad
Members, representatives of NGOs and other government employees attended the workshop.
MLAs lauds Centre for tobacco control measures
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Seven MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh appreciated Union Health and Family
Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad for his initiatives to further strengthen tobacco
control measures in country.
MLAs Jomde Kena, Wangki Lowang, Nang Sati Mein, Tani Loffa, Techi Kaso, Punji Mara
and Alo Libang in separate extended appreciation letters to the minister, especially
for the latest notification of 5th March 2010 on new pictorial health-warning of
tobacco products which would be coming into force on 1st June 2010 throughout the
MLAs also mentioned that Govt. of India has taken the best decision by selecting
an evidence based graphic health-warning since it will effectively communicate the
risks of tobacco use among the children, adolescents and users with low literacy
As per the latest notification, both smoking forms of tobacco and smokeless forms
will carry a picture of a cancer struck mouth which depicts the lethal consequence
of using tobacco. The new pictorial health warning has been field tested by the Voluntary
Health Association of India (VHAI) in rural and urban settings across eight States
including Arunachal Pradesh.
National Conference on Human Resource Management
NIRJULI, Mar 26: The two-day ‘National Conference on Efficient Management of Technical
Institution in Arunachal Pradesh: The HRM perspective’ began at NERIST today. The
department of Humanities and Social Science and Centre for Management Studies of
NERIST is organizing the conference which is being sponsored by All India Council
for Technical education ( AICTE).
The Chief Guest of the inaugural function and NERIST director Dr. Joram Begi highlighting
the education system of Arunachal Pradesh at the dawn of independence said that higher
education started with the establishment of JN College (Pasighat) in 1964 and later
establishment of RGU and NERIST in 1984 and the real beginning of technical institutions
was when 3 ITIs was established during 80s and 90s at Roing, Tabarijo and Dirang.
However, he said, at present there are more than 2000 schools, more Colleges and
technical institutions and more to come in future with the establishment of NIT with
Electrical, Electronics and Computer Science disciplines.
Dr. Begi also said the education institutes have to face lots of problem today due
to various reasons. But these problems could be solved by keeping good humor faculties
(implementing of UGC/AICTE schemes, pay revision etc), maintaining infrastructure
including building, road, security, medical facilities, taking up student and staff
welfare measures with proper guidance to Union/ Association activities.
Several eminent academicians from various reputed Universities and college will present
their research paper on various topics. The seminar will also focus on area-specific
research options for better mobilization of local resources and industry-institute
linkages for the professional institutes of the region and to identify the problems
encountered in smooth functioning of the same.
Head of the Centre for Management Studies and Coordinator of the National conference,
Prof. R.M. Pant in his Concept note said that education is a pre-requisite for development
and institutions of excellence that have paved the way for country’s socio-economic
development. He said Arunachal Pradesh, where academic institution was virtually
non-existent at the time of independence, made an impressive progress by the dedicated
efforts of pioneers.
While reviewing the growth of education in Arunachal Prof. Pant further said that
a phenomenal growth in education sector has given rise to the aspirations of the
stakeholders and today, focus of education planners in the state shifts from quantity
Acquisition and retention of good teaching faculty is a major challenge before academic
administrators. Maintaining high motivation levels in the academic campuses is another
challenge. In the midst of challenges some academic administrators in the state have
created success stories using their exemplary HRM skills which suggest that in the
time of change, institution imparting higher and technical education need to be managed
professionally utilizing well defined management principles and HR policies. Therefore
this conference aims to identify the major problems that academic institutions are
facing in the region, to assess the role of technical institutions in the overall
development of the state and to identify solutions to these problems using HR Management
Attending the conference was the resource person from and within the state, former
Directors of NERIST, Professors, students and the media person. (DIPR)
Union demands action against illegal migrant, judicial enquiry into Nepal missing
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) and Arunachal Law
Student’s Union (ALSU) has taken serious note of recent news of illegal immigrants
entering capital through new proposed railway line and case of missing Arunachalee
children from a monastery in Kathmandu, though since then six children have returned
The two student bodies termed the incident of children going missing as tragic as
those kids had gone to Kathmandu in search of better education. They feared that
such act of trafficking may again occur in the future and urge state government to
take precautionary measures so that such incidents are not repeated. Further two
student bodies sought forming of judicial inquiry committee to find the cause of
missing students and give exemplary punishment to the culprit.
The two student bodies have also expressed concern over inter-state boundary problem
with Assam and harassment of Arunachalees living along boundary. In this regard they
supported any move for safeguarding interest of the Arunachal.
They have welcomed introduction of education bills which they believe is for betterment
of state. AAPSU and ALSU have urged government to implement certain guidelines for
the officials of education department so that it remains free from corruption. They
sought strict punishment for those officials involved in illegal activities like
mis-use of departmental fund and student’s stipend, ensuring compulsory supply of
NCERT books, legalization of private tuition or coaching centers.
APPDSU’s seven point memo
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: All Papum Pare District Students Union in a memorandum to the Education
Minister has called for 70% reservation of hostel seats for natives of Papum Pare
at Dera Natung Govt College while the rest be given to students coming from outside
the district on merit. Establishment of National Institute of Technology at Jote
instead of Bhalukpong, new Government College consisting of all streams at Yupia
is also in the seven point memorandum. Sufficient supply of NCERT text books in every
school of district, immediate sanction of funds for construction of DDSE office Building
at Yupia, boudanry wall in all schools of the district and creation of posts of Head
Master and Vice Principal for Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools in whole of
Papum Pare are other demands of the Union.
The Union further informed that Minister Education Bosiram Siram has assured to look
into the demands.
NABARD initiative to boost rural-eco-tourism in Ziro valley
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: In its endeavor to promote the livelihood opportunities of the
rural people in the state, NABARD has sanctioned environment friendly rural tourism
project in three villages, namely, Hong, Siibey and Biiri in Ziro area of Lower Subansiri
The project was sanctioned to Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC), a local NGO based
in Itanagar which has been actively engaged in tourism related activities with the
support of NABARD and other agencies.
Recently, NABARD deputed Y. Yomngam, Secretary of the YMAC for “On Location Training
on Village Tourism” in Sikkim, where the scheme has been successfully implemented
for income and employment generation during the past few years.
The objective of the proposal is to develop a replicable rural tourism model in
Ziro area through -Capacity building Village of community to cater to tourists
in Home Stays, promotion of villages as eco-tourists /village tourist destination
, develop villages as Community based Tourist Spot, increasing socio-economic status
of rural people through Eco/village tourism, increase community participation level
and to develop sense of ownership and belongingness, conservation of biodiversity,
environment, culture and tradition, generation of self employment for educated unemployed
youth, drop-outs, house-wives,SHGs etc.
The project is to be implemented within a period of 1 year with different activities
spreading over the project period.
Successful implementation of the project is expected to result in rise in awareness
level on rural tourism, rise in the number of people undertaking Rural Tourism activities,
income level, employment generation, better waste management, better protection to
environment and women etc.
The Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri has issued Letter of Comfort for implementation
of the project. District Level Tourism Monitoring Committee would be guiding and
monitoring the successful implementation of the project.
With the collective efforts and involvement of various stakeholders, the venture
is expected to give boost to development of viable and replicable model for growth
of rural tourism in the state, according to an official release.
Training on MIS under NREGA
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The two-day functional Training on Management Information Systems
(MIS) under NREGA for Dibang Valley district concluded at SIRD today.
Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director and State Level Coordinator on Task Force under NREGA
during the training session advised all the programme officers to be fully conscious
of their constitutional responsibility to ensure that the provisions of NREGA including
timely and regular updation of NREGA-MIS are met. Moreover the programme officers
needed to cooperate with the DRDA to ensure that the district receives its entitlement
of funds under NREGA which is possible only after full operationalisation of NREGA-MIS.
The project Director T. Siga briefed the participants on important of MIS.
The training programme was organised by Dibang Velley DRDA in collaborative support
from the SIRD and officer from NIC Itanagar. Devaraj Singh DIO Anjaw, Kirto Loyi,
Deputy Director, SIRD and Hento Koyu of SIRD were the main resource persons for the
programme. The participants from DRDA, Block officials from various Dibang Valley
CD block attended the programme.
The faculty support from SIRD, the DIO and the team informed participants regarding
household registration, issue of job cards, creation of works, demand and allocation
of works, muster roll entries and recording expenditure against various provisions
of NREGA. The training provided in-depth functional knowledge on all aspects of data
entry under NREGA MIS to the participants.
Training on vermicompost production ends
BASAR, Mar 26: A 3-day long training cum exposure visit on “sustainable vermicompost
production” was successfully completed on March 26 at ICAR, Basar. Altogether 25
trainees from different places of West Siang district were benefitted from the programme.
The training was sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR highlighting the
importance of vermiculture appraised the rural farmers how it can improve the texture
and composition of soil, stressed on application of organic manures for its long
The course coordinator and ICAR farm manager Gerik Bagra delivering lecture on the
topic “Introduction to vermicompost” while Dr. M. Singh, Sr. Scientist, Agronomy
briefly described about different composting methods.
Resource person, Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS, Horticulture of KVK, West Siang delivered
presentation on “Components and inputs involved for establishment of vermicompost
unit”. Presentation on “Vermiwash” was given by Dr. P. Suresh Kumar, Scientist, Horticulture.
Dr. V.K. Choudhury, Scientist, Agronomy delivered lecture on “Role of vermin in crop
production and its advantage”. He told that application of vermicompost improves
the water retention capacity and aeration of the soil, besides biodynamic action
which increases the organic functions of plants. A. Kiran Kumar Singh, SMS, Agronomy
gave brief description on the types of earthworm involved in vermiculture and their
biology. Preema Devi, Research Associate explained about packaging and uses of vermicompost.
The trainees were also exposed to the demonstration units located at ICAR, AP Centre
and imparted practical knowledge about the preparation of vermicompost.
NRHM, TWS mourns doctor’s death
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The officers and staff of mission directorate, National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) has condoled the death of Dr. Nobin Dupit, medical officer,
Anjaw in a road accident. Two minutes silence was observed by staff and officers
in the office of mission director NRHM located at Naharlagun.
The Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar has expressed deep shock at the death of
Dr Nobin Dupit.
The premature demise of young and energetic doctor has shaken the heart and mind
of each and every one in Tagin community, Society said. Death of dedicated doctor
has created a vacuum in the Tagin community in particular and state as a whole.
The TWS conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members of the late
doctor and prayed to the God for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, the Society has appealed the department concerned to release immediate
ex-gratia and other compensation to the family of the Late Dupit.
Union calls for cordial relation
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) appealed to the Boro community
residing along Assam- Arunachal boundary, especially at Tarasso circle under Papum
Pare district, to maintain the age-old cordial relation with the people of other
side of the boundary to maintain peace and tranquility.
APPSU, while cautioning those involved in alleged and ‘forceful’ encroachment of
Arunachal land, urged various students and social organizations of Boro community
to discourage such unlawful activities, which may ruin the relation among the people
of both the states.
Khandu’s assurance welcomed
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Workers Union appreciated the recent
assurance given by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for regularization of casual employees.
Tuki assure separate department for Tea industry
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Grower’s Association (APSTGA) has appreciated
the assurance given by PWD and UD minister, Nabam Tuki for setting up separate department
of tea Industry in the state as soon as possible. Recently members of APSTGA had
met UD minister and submitted a memorandum.
The main highlights of memorandum included formulation of comprehensive policy for
development of tea in the state with special reference to organic tea cultivation.
APSTGA informed that climatic and physical features of Arunachal are quite suitable
for production of green tea which is of high demand across the world. For this state
association demanded that state government should come out with a proper policy to
streamline tea industry.
Another important matter raised by APSTGA is initiation of a pilot project to convert
traditional jhuming land into organic tea cultivation under self help group. Association
informed that such kind of cultivation can be done with scientific knowledge and
even forest investors would be attracted to invest in the state.
The main demand of APSTGA is setting up of tea development department by creating
technical posts of assistant director and tea development officer in the state.
Tawang reeling under darkness
ITANAGAR: Tawang and Jung townships and adjoining villages are reeling under complete
darkness since Saturday last after Kitpi and Jung hydel synchronized line was damaged
following a breakdown of a transformer. To add to the woes of the citizens, DG sets
are not being of much help as there is acute shortage of diesel in the area.
When contacted Executive Engineer, Tawang Electrical Division T T Dirkhipa said that
restoration work is going on in full swing and power is likely to be back by Saturday
However the assurance is of little help to people of area.
School children are facing the greatest hardships as many are writing Central board
A citizen wanted to know why only select areas are getting power while common citizens
have not had power supply for at least three days. Tawang which is considered the
most developed in entire state, there is a power crisis and the department has no
backup plan to cater to the need of the citizens, he added.
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Community Confederation (APACC) has sought
the spontaneous participation by all the Nyishi and Tagin people at Longte Hate celebration
to make it a grand success.
The first ever Longte Hate festival to be celebrated at IG Park here from April 13
to 15 aims to revive the lost culture and relations amongst Nyishis and Tagins.
APACC also praised Health Minister Tanga Byaling and MLA Lokam Tasar for giving patronage