ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Government will strictly monitor all the road renovation being carried out in capital complex and make sure that quality is not compromised, promised PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki while addressing media persons today. In recent days UD and Highway department had come under heavy criticism for their erratic way of carrying out road renovation and beautification of state capital. In various parts of capital recently renovated road have developed potholes raising serious concern over quality of materials being used.
Ordinary citizen of capital who is bearing brunt of heavy traffic jam due to ongoing road repairing work has expressed shock over developing of potholes.
“If report of potholes developing in those recently renovated road is true, we will
take strict action against the contractors. Quality control is must and we will not
tolerate if any sub-
He further added that before monsoon arrives all the debris will be cleared from capital road. Tuki urged public to bear with authorities in carrying out beautification of capital complex. “We understand that capital denizens are facing trouble because of various beautification works. But these projects are being implemented keeping in mind the future needs. I hope capital citizen will continue cooperating with authorities,” Tuki added.
During the press meet issue of heavy traffic jam arising out of road renovation work also came up. On being queried about possibility of carrying out road renovation work during night time to avoid harassing citizens, one of the engineers told, “For some technical reason we can’t work during night time. We are trying our best to minimize traffic jam and in recent days things have improved.”
Anini, Feb 28: With winter and dry vegetation all around. Anini, the most vulnerable area to natural calamity is yet again surmounted by a threat from forest fire.
On the evening of Feb 25 last, a major forest fire broke out from the side of Dri River posing a grave threat to the entire Anini Township.
In absence of fire station and fighting equipments, the threat was more grave.
The DC along with other officer rushed to the spot and immediate measures to avert the danger were chalked out.
Though extinguishing the fire was not possible as it was quite windy and the movement of the fire was swift and was towards the township, DC suggested making a fire line in order to change the direction of fire movement toward river side to secure the safety of the town first.
The team comprising of officer and villagers initiated the operation from three directions.
By the time, the team started control operation; it had already engulfed around 20
hectares of land including forest, agriculture and horticulture fields. After eight
hours of heavy fire -
The whole fire control operation went on continuously from 6:00 PM and lasted till 2:00 AM morning.
DC Abu Tayeng, expressed his appreciation and thank all those who contributed by whatever way possible during the time of need.
“Forest fire is common problem every year. We spend sleepless nights with fear of losing our huts, our fields, granaries, our livestock and even our life too during this time of the year.”
We have requested the govt. on several occasions for establishment of one fire station here but so far it seems a distant dream, lamented a villager.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Video conferencing system of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has been formally launched in its office premise by outgoing, State Chief Information Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam today.
With the launching of the system, hearing of the complainants and appeal cases of various districts where the video conferencing system is available could be done easily, Yonggam said. This would beneficial to both the PIOs and appellants. The precious time and energy wasted to attend hearing in Itanagar would be saved henceforth, he said, adding that citizens and PIOs can also get their doubts on the Act cleared through the system.
The launching ceremony was attended by Bani Danggen, Habung Payeng, Nipo Nabam and Toko Anil, all state information commissioners, Horki Diyum, deputy registrar, APIC, Er. Tasso Habung and his colleague from the NIC.
Yonggam, had an interaction with West Siang DC Amjad Tak, Pasighat and Bomdila ADCs, Yupia PIO through video conferencing and cleared some doubts raised by them.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Ex AAPSU Forum (EAF) and All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) suggested the Chief Minister to apply his constitutional right to replace some of the sitting ministers and parliamentary secretaries for over all interest of the state.
The Forum claimed that the political instability is being created by some vested interest leaders within the Govt. Such instability directly affects the development programmes of the present Govt, it added.
“Such irresponsible act of some vested interest group of politicians cannot be tolerated
by right thinking and pro-
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union in a letter to Chief Engineer
WRD today alleged that numbers of Group C and D Staff have been appointed in WRD
It demanded the authority to cancel or terminate all those illegally appointed group C and D staff of the department within 15 days.
The union threatens to stage dharna in front of Chief Engineer WRD Office if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time as 1st phase of agitation which will be followed by 2nd and 3rd movement in form of peaceful procession and capital complex black out.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA), New Delhi
and Arunachal Pradesh Research Directorate will jointly organize a two-
NMMA director Dr R S Fonia and other experts from archaeological survey of India,
New Delhi will deliver lectures on the occasion. Audio-
Along with the rest of the states in the country, the NMMA mission was launched in Arunachal Pradesh with research director Tage Tada as state project coordinator in June last year.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak accompanied by Govt
officers and officials inspected DRDA schemes like Hariyali and NREGA under Rumgong
The DC along with PD DRDA, ADC Rumgong, APOS, BDO, CO Jomlo Mobuk and other DRDA officials visited Mopung, Mori, Jomlo Mobuk, Pangkeng and other places under Rumgong subdivision.
Appreciating the implementation of some need based schemes, the DC also insisted
on more people-
While emphasizing the need to maintain transparency in scheme implementation, he further said that people should be made aware of the Govt programme and policies so that they extend their cooperation in developmental activities. (DIPRO)
rail project: Governor
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Monitoring projects implementation under Prime Minister’s economic
package to Arunachal Pradesh, Governor Gen JJ Singh today undertook an aerial survey
of work progress of the on-
Accompanied by Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Special Secretary (Transport) Sonam
Chombay, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and Northeast Frontier Railway
Deputy Chief Engineer S. Kanojia, Governor saw the sites of Borum-
The team also witnessed the work progress of Trans Arunachal Highway near Capital Complex.
Interacting with the officials, Governor suggested for two-
Everything should be done in parallel and synchronized manner and if necessary I will take up the matter with my counter part in Assam, Gen Singh said when apprised of the slow pace of progress in the Assam section of the project. Railway is a major infrastructure that integrates our country, he opined.
Governor expressed displeasure on the board gauzing work of Assam section connecting the Arunachal link.
Earlier Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu briefed the Governor on the work progress in Arunachal Pradesh section of the project. Giving details on the 11.29 km part of the 20 km broad gauge railway line, Ligu apprised the Governor on land acquisition and other administrative matters. Northeast Frontier Railway Deputy Chief Engineer S. Kanojia informed that for the 11.3 km, 103.8 hectare of land was acquired and handed over, whereas in 8.7 km part in Assam, of the 36.4 hectare acquired land only 12.43 hectare was handed over. Of the 12 major bridges in the 20 km route, 7 are in Arunachal part including one over Dikrong River. There are 45 minor bridges with 21 of it in Arunachal part.
Kanojia further informed that there will be two stations in the route, main station near Naharlagun and sub station at Gumto. The main station will have two high level passenger platforms, circulating area with paved approach road and one goods siding with goods circulating area. The Gumto sub station will have one high level passenger platforms and circulating area with paved approach road, he added.
Northeast Frontier Railway Deputy Chief Engineer also informed that rails have arrived and sleepers will be arriving very soon. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Finally the ground work in much talked about Trans-
Two agencies namely Border Road Organization (BRO) and Arunachal Pradesh Public Work
Department (APPWD) along with ministry of road transport and highway (MoRTH) will
implement the project. PWD has been entrusted 422 kilometer, of which works have
seen progress in 179 km. DPR for remaining 244 km will be completed by March 2011.
MoRTH will implement 740Km of highway through BoT (Annuity) model, while PWD will
undertake necessary pre-
Under the BoT programme, the MoRTH is directly taking up two major bridge projects
of 2.1 km over river Lohit connecting Digaru and Alubari-
Though confident of completing all projects within set time frame, PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki said certain issues like difficult terrain, remoteness and heavy rainfall may create hurdle. He further appealed to the citizens to create conducive environment for implementation of Highway projects by various Road Construction Companies to work.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: With the conduct of physical survey headed by Ngamjang Wangsu, ADC Longding on February 25 last to earmark area for creation of a new circle headquarter, the long awaited dream of having a circle headquarter at Chubam have seen a silver lining.
Every rank and files of different departments besides hundreds of villagers and Panchayat leaders of Chanu, Longsom, Ozakho, Chatong, Langmai, Chajem attended the programme with enthusiasm and an MoU was signed between the land donors and the administration.
While welcoming the government's positive gesture towards the underdeveloped area of Tirap district, the people thanked the initiation and support rendered by Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam, Parliamentary Secretary (SWCD) N. Tingkhatra and Parliamentary Secretary (UD) Thangwang Wangham and hoped that the proposal would meet the approval of the government soon which would usher a new dawn of all round development in the area.
The Chubam area is rich in terrestrial resources and found quite viable for establishment of and administrative headquarter to meet the aspiration of one of the most deprived sections of the district.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Nyokum, the agri-
PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki attended the celebration as chief guest. In his speech, Tuki urged people to preserve rich culture tradition of Nyishi for identity. The Minister released an audio album and distributed prizes to winners of various sports and cultural competitions organized to mark the Nyokum celebration.
Papum Pare ZP chairperson Nabam Aka presided over the celebration as chairman.
Meanwhile, attending a Pre-
He announced few amounts for renovation of the Sakiang community hall, construction
of Nyokum pries house, market shade etc. and assured to give cash award of Rs.10,000
to class X and XII toppers securing 70% and above marks. He also announced Rs. Five
lakh for those who excel in the field of education, agriculture and horticulture
beside assuring financial assistance of Rs. One Crore for self-
Mengio ZPM Nabam Bate, guest of honour, encouraged the youths of the community to preserve and nourish the custom and tradition for their identity.
Various cultural, games and sports competitions were organized as part of the Pre
Nyokum celebration. Tacha-
Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay
The Union Budget 2011-
First, let us take the Agriculture Sector. For the first time in the post liberalization
period agriculture is witnessing 5.4% growth in 2010-
Rural Credit is one of the important inputs for the farmers and the main actors for
purveying credit are Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks.
The target for ground level credit disbursement has been pegged at Rs. 475000 crores
To purvey credit at the ground level, the financing and refinancing institutions need to be strengthened. The Finance Minister has raised the equity base of NABARD by infusing addition capital of Rs. 3000 crores in a phased manner. Besides, he has made a provision of Rs. 10000 crores in NABARD for providing short term rural credit fund to be given for crop loaning purpose. Alongside, there will be capital infusion for week RRBs to the extent of Rs. 500 crores to maintain CRAR to at least 9%. APRB will be benefited by this initiative of Finance Minister.
In order to improve the rural infrastructure, the Finance Minister has raised the
corpus of RIDF (Rural Infrastructure Development Fund) to Rs. 18000 crores in 2011-
Handloom weavers in our country are facing severe constraints of capital to revive
In the same way, the grant assistance to special category of states in NES will help to tide over their difficult resource position. The investment and storage in cold chain will help the farmers to integrate production with market and efficient post harvest handling.
The setting up of India Micro-
In short, the Budget has made a finer balance amongst sectors, regions and disadvantaged groups with an eye on fairness and equity as propounded by John Rawls. (The writer is a General Manager, NABARD, regional office, Itanagar and the views expressed in this article are of the author and not necessarily of the organization to which he belongs)
Union Budget 2011-
* Rs. 500 crore Women SHG Development Fund to be created
* Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME gets boost as Rs. 5000 crore provided to SIDBI and Rs.3000 crore to NABARD
* Allocation under Rashtirya Krishi Vikas yojna (RKVY) increased to Rs.7860 crore
* Credit flow to farmers raised from Rs.3,75,000 crore to Rs.4,75,000 crore
* Rs.10,000 crore for NABARD’s Short Term Rural Credit Fund for 2011-
* Allocation for social sector increased by 17% amounting to 36.4% of total plan allocation
* Bharat Nirman allocation increased by Rs.10,000 crore
* Allocation for education increased by 24%. Rs.21,000 crore allocated for Sarv Shikshya Abhiyan registering an increase of 40%
* Plan allocation for health stepped up by 20%
* Income Tax exemption limit for general category in individual tax payers enhanced from Rs.1,60,000 to Rs.1,80,000
* Qualifying age for senior citizens lowered to 60; senior citizen above 80 year to get Rs.5,00,000 IT exemption.
AAPGDLU’s dharna on March 8
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Claiming that the authorities did not respond to its memorandum regarding dropping of APB and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman within 15 days, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labours Union (AAPGDLU) has decided to stage its proposed dharna against the Board chairman in front of the CM office on March 8. The dharna was earlier proposed to be held on March 1 but extended due to scheduled inauguration of its office on March 5. The Union said, it has lost faith on his credibility and want a person who can look for labour benefit.
ALSU office foundation stone laid
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) president Lampop Laa has laid down the foundation stone for construction of ALSU office at 6 Mile near Itanagar in a simple function today.
ALSU central executives lauded its general secretary Kipa Kanam for donating the plot of land for Union’s permanent office and said that it is a great achievement of the union.
AICU resolves to look into the problem
Itanagar, Feb 28: Tok Buttum President and Taw Tebin Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh
Catholic Union (APCU) also the executive member of AICU attended AICU executive body
meeting at Mysore Karnataka from Feb 26-
Rt. Rev. Thomas Anthony Bijapilly, the Bishop of Mysore inaugurated the two days meeting.
AICU seriously viewed on atrocities committed on Christian minorities and Dalits.
AICU with All India Christian Council (AICC) would put pressure on authority in Delhi to give proper directive to Federal States who are committing the inhuman acts.
AICU further decided to celebrate the Centenary of its formation in the year 2019 and as a part of its celebration, the AICU will campaign against all forms of human right violations and deprivations of fundamental rights.
SAF formed to fight corruption
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Save Arunachal Forum (SAF), an NGO was formed in a general public meeting held at Naharlagun today with former minister Kafha Bengia, public leaders Kaling Jerang and Nakshang Tshring as chairman, president and secretary general respectively.
The main aims and objectives of the Forum is to fight against all forms of corruption in the state, pressurize the authorities for immediate review of all MOAs signed on hydro power and revision of state relief and rehabilitation policy and hydro power policy and for bringing emotional integration amongst all tribes and communities of Arunachal Pradesh.
New NSFC formed
ITANAGAR: Senior advocate Muk Pertin and Tapon Tali have been selected as president and general secretary of the Naharlagun Solung Festival Committee in its meeting held at Naharlagun on Feb 27.
Addressing the meeting, the outgoing general secretary Tadang Siram lauded all those who had contributed for the successful conduct of the Solung festival during 2010 and hoped that they will maintain the same tempo in years to come.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Economics and Statistical Personnel’s Welfare Association (APJESPWA) has urged the director of Economics and Statistics to take immediate step against illegal encroachment of its office compound.
The Association said its members visited the directorate office on Feb 26 and found that the existing boundary of the office was destroyed and new boundary wall erected encroaching upon the land of the directorate compound. A complaint was lodged against the encroacher with Itanagar Police station but encroachment is till going on and no noticeable action was taken to stop such encroachment, the Association added.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) has urged the director
of Census not to include non-
When the entry of outsiders is restricted with ILP, their inclusion in population enumeration in our state and providing equal rights are out of question, it said adding that inclusion of their name in the census list will lead people to wrong track. It urged upon the authorities to check loopholes rather than confronting the future consequences.
The union observed that thousands of outsiders in the state are getting more facilities
then the indigenous people. Due to growing number of non-
ITANAGAR: State Chief Information Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam retired today. The
former Rajya Sabha Member joined the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission as
its chief in October, 2006. Under his superintendence, Arunachal Pradesh Information
Commission had been awarded the best Information Commission in India in 2009-
VAS reiterates CM’s removal
ITANAGAR: Voluntary Arunachal Sena (VAS), in a letter to AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, has demanded for immediate removal of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu following admittance of Special Leave Petition (SLP) by the Supreme Court on corruption charges.
VAS requested Gandhi to give the necessary directive to Khandu to immediately resign from the post on moral ground since the allegation against Khandu has been admitted in the Court.
VAS, in its letter, alleged Khandu of his involvement in corruption.
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Who is the govt afraid of?
I would like to share an sms that was sent to me on Jan 12 by a helpless friend, whom I would rather not mention.
"Can’t sleep at my own house because my hometown is a battle ground for NSCN. gun firing in broad daylight be d govt z sleeping 8 my place.leaders earning, police enjoying d scene n paramilitary forces luking 4 d wineer 4m 2 groups. plz forward dz sms 2 all leaders in power, press, student unions n NGOs 2 help a simple man 2 sleep in his home peacefully. 4m a helpless Tirapian".
I did my part by further forwarding this message to my friends and others. In the meantime I happened to be away from the papers for a month. But holding a newspaper after one month showed that there had been little development to help my dear helpless friend. In fact the situation had further aggravated and there seemed to be even more gun firing and killing. Isn't it a pity that our fellow brothers in Tirap are going through a nightmare and which surely is not a creation of one night. This hapless situation has been there for more than a decade now.
I happened to be studying at Tirap, when the NSCN made the first major headline,
by assassination of late Ajay Rajkumar. And since then, the NSCN has gained loads,
in terms of everything. Surely it does makes everyone wonder, why the state govt.
has become a failure in addressing this menace to the public and the state as a whole.
Why does the govt show a step-
The govt came out with huge shouts that the present home minister visited the Tirap district where the earlier home ministers dreaded to visit. But to my information, the Hon'ble minister was a chief guest at the function of RKM School. Did this benefit in any little way the helpless Tirapians? I guess not. Who is the govt. afraid of? The cease fire is between the NSCN and the Centre, so what is the govt afraid of, when it comes to flushing out these groups down the sewer. Can't the govt. even protect its territory? In fact these failures of the state govt. is kindling the lust and greed of our neighboring state, which we witness every now and then in the form of border issues.
In my most humble opinion, Politics is the reason, which is why the govt. has never been able to initiate any stern action. It is again very surprising to see that all the elected representatives of Tirap are camping in the capital, when their district is burning and it is further very heart wrenching to see some politicians, attending functions as chief guests, when their home is on fire.
Lets hope and pray, sense prevails over them soon otherwise our nation is becoming a breeding center for people without any morality, who claim to be public servants and a nation where even the swamis start preaching politics instead of yoga. I just wish that everybody could have abstained from the election, to let the leaders know that it is us, who are supposed to be leaders.
Naharlagun, (on email)
No one seems bothered about Tirap
I appreciate your newspaper for exposing the truth about Tirap district with a bold front page headline on February 15.
Indeed, Tirap district is surely and effectively under the complete control of the
ultras. In fact, killings, kidnappings, threats, extortions, torture have been the
part of daily life for the last ten years or so. No one seems to be bothered-
No civil society or NGO’s came forward to raise their voice against the violence and terror in Tirap district. Indeed, many prominent people of the district have sacrificed their precious lives for the unity and integrity of the country and also the state. The situation has turned from bad to worse due to the wrong policy of the central Govt.
It was the Central Govt’s policy which facilitated the entry of the ultras into Tirap’s territory and not the public or leaders of Tirap as it is commonly propagated through rumours.
The ultras have brutally killed many innocent civilians those who dared to resist them. So, it sent out waves of terror throughout the region. Obviously, it is out of sheer horror that the people or public leaders have to be accommodative to the ultras for survival. Not a single person in Tirap genuinely supports the ultras or desire to be part of Nagaland. Rich oral history handed down from ancestors reveals that Tirap people were never a part of Naga or Nagaland. In a tribal society, issues like ethnicity, language and religion are very sensitive and no one should attempt to subjugate or submerge others ethnic identity.
Moreover, territorial boundary of the state of Arunachal Pradesh once established should not be altered or surrendered to appease any organization irrespective of the intensity of the demand. So it is my earnest appeal to the youth, students, civil society to take up the issue with the central Govt to put an end to violence, threats and extortions; and to restore peace and tranquility in Tirap district.
Itanagar, (on email)
Ziro is ready for other service providers
Today is time of internet. But unfortunately many people do not have internet access though they can afford it.
Speed of BSNL data card is very slow in Ziro. So, we feel that other private companies like Tata Photon, Reliance should come to Ziro. In fact private internet service provider should have come to Ziro, long ago for it is nearest district to state capital.
We would like assure private companies that there are many consumers in Ziro who are fed up with low speed of BSNL data card and they want to try the services of other private internet providers.
N oka, Tage Ram
Hapoli (on email)
Apropos to article ' Army Conducts National Integration Tour For Arunachalee Children.' It is really a commendable effort by the Jawans of Dah Division of Army.
This tour will immensely encourage the youths of remote areas besides they will get exposure and experience from such tours.
The Army should organise more such activities in coming days.
Koj Kapa, (on email)
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