2011

March  - 07

News Highlights

Withdraw support from Khandu Govt: NSCN (K)

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: The NSCN (K) has called on the legislators and ministers from Tirap and Changlang to withdraw support from the Dorjee Khandu led Congress government.

In an email to this daily and three other Assam based media organizations, signed by the president of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland, the NSCN (K) gave the legislators from the Tirap and Changlang till March 10th to withdraw support to the Congress government.  The mail warns of consequences if the directions are not followed.

The mail accuses the Khandu led government as the “killer of Naga people of Tirap and Changlang indirectly through the Issac and Muivah party”.

The mail went on to say that the government is playing political game to keep the ministry intact by indulging  the NSCN (IM) at the two districts. It further accused the group of looting developmental funds of the society.

 

 

Forum memo to President calls for protective development

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Save Arunachal Forum (SAF) has appealed the  President of India to direct the Govt to adhere to policy of protective development, concept  of inclusive growth and zero tolerance  to corruption  in Arunachal Pradesh.

Forum chairman Kahfa Bengia in a statement today said that it has submitted a memorandum to the President of India on March 3 and appraised her of numerous threats being faced by  state and its people in the wake of  imposition of more than 168 hydro power projects with over 65000MW install capacity. The Forum said that implementation of such a  large number projects would  lead to complete marginalization of the indigenous population and their rights. It will also bring disaster to rich biodiversity of the state, it said.

The memorandum appealed to the President to direct the state government to adhere to policy of protective development which, it said, Jawaharlal Nehru has propounded for the sensitive border state of Arunachal.

Bengia further informed that the Forum also highlighted the numerous scam including alleged  1000 crore PDS scam, Rs. 68 crores SGRY scam, shady dealing on hydropower projects and signing of MoAs with dubious companies,  alleged unilateral allotment of multi-crore cement plant and Arunachal Horticulture Processing Industries Ltd to a private firm called US Roofs under the garb of APIDCOL and alleged gross misappropriation of funds under SPA, PM Package, BADP by the  present state Government.

 

Ering visits Vijoynagar, assures to take up Yobin ST issue

PASIGHAT, Mar 6: Member of Parliament Ninong Ering along with State Organizing Secretary of Seva Dal Oyin Yomso visited the Vijoynagar of Changlang district on Mar 4 last as part of his whirlwind tour programme to various far-flung places of East Arunachal Parliament constituency.

The UPA led Congress government is committed to bring development in a faster pace in the country, Ering said, adding that numerous developmental schemes and projects are being implemented and launched to improve economical growth, Ering informed. He also made aware people about various developmental activities taken up by the Congress ruled state government and forecast a better future of the state.

Responding to the public demand for Schedule Tribe status to Yubin, Ering assured that the matter would be forwarded to the Parliament. He also assured to put his best efforts to provide MI-26 Helicopter service for lifting electric poles and for this, he will take up the issue with Defence Ministry at the Centre soon.

The MP granted Rs 10 lakh for construction of Rostrum at the general ground.

Local MLA Mosang, who accompanied the MP, also spoke on various issues.

Earlier, the MP was accorded warm reception at Vijoynagar by the local administration, leaders, GBs, general public and jawans of Assam Rifle. DIPRO

 

Mein calls for cooperation for implementing development schemes

ITANAGAR, Mar 6:  PHE Minister Chowna Mein sought whole hearted cooperation from people in the implementing development schemes by the State Government. Mein was addressing a public gathering at Dharampur and New Silatoo under Lekang circle of Namsai subdivision.

Dedicating two numbers of boulder spurs on Noa-Dihing river bank to the general public of Lekang circle, Mein praised  WRD of Namsai subdivision which constructed the boulder spurs under SPA fund within a record time of nearly two and half month. The sincerity, dedication and sense of duty of  the officers and other staffs deserve appreciation, he said.

It is worth mentioning here that Noa-Dihing river is regarded as the sorrow of the people of Namsai and Lekang circles which erodes huge fertile land alongwith standing crops and dwelling houses every monsoon.

ZPMs of both Lower Lekang and Upper Lekang also spoke on the occasion.

The meeting was attended, among others, by  Lyon Borang, ADC Namsai, Gonong Pertin, AE WRD and host of other officers of Namsai subdivision.

 

MLA visits ongoing Yangte - Tali road project

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Tali MLA Er. Markio Tado along with panchayat leaders and representatives from various NGOs, engineers of Tali PWD division inspected the on going construction works on Yangte-Tali RIDF road under Phase-II. The MLA particularly inspected the road from O Point Yangte upto Berta Camp at 15Km near Magne village. Addressing a public meeting at Berta Camp, Tado informed that that 48.5 km Yangte-Tali RIDF road is the shortest  road  to connect the Tali circle administrative headquarter  with the rest of the state.

Road communication is the panacea for all round development  including socio-economic and education development, the MLA said and requested all the contractors, public and working department  to  ensure that quality be maintained while executing the works as per specification and design. There should not be any compromise with quality of the works, he added.

The MLA also assured Yangte-Tali Road Development Committee and public gathering that he will try his best to connect this road to Tali administrative HQ within a short period. He, however, urged the panchayat leaders, public, contractors of the area to extend their co-operation to the working agency for speedy execution of the works.  He further assured to discuss with the state Govt for allocation of sufficient funds to complete the projects at the earliest.

Among others,  executive engineer, assistant engineer and junior engineers of Tali PWD division, members of Yangte- Tali Road Development Committee,  Anchal Chairperson, Tali, Rodak Tadik and his Panchayat colleagues, Yora Tagung, chairman, Tali Constituency Development Forum, Ha Tagung, Chairman, Tali Constituency Intellectual Youth Forum, T K Tagru, Chairman, Nyorik Belt Socio-Economic Welfare Association and President, ATASU  accompanied the MLA during his visit.

 

Census in Ruksin circle ends

Correspondent

RUKSIN, Mar 6: The second phase of population census in Ruksin circle under East Siang district, which was started on February-9 last came to an end as the enumerators have submitted the report today.

Ruksin Sub Divisional Officer Yemlin Tayeng today informed that a team of 14 enumerators headed by two supervisors conducted enumeration in 10 village/ hamlets under Ruksin circle and successfully completed work on February 28 last. He further informed that revision of the records accumulated during the census was done from March 1 to 5 and submitted it after completion of other formalities. The census reports are ready to submit to the district officer for compilation. Of course, submission of census report is awaited from the rest two circles- Oyan Silley and Bilat, said the SDO.

 

AOA calls for sufficient funds for sports and youth affairs

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has appealed to the Chief Minister to allocate sufficient fund to the Sports and Youth Affairs Department to meet the needs of AOA and all other state level sports organizations` for conducting their regular activities as well as the 35th National Games, 2011-12.

Describing that the sports sector has been given only the peanut, AOA urged the CM to give priority to youth and sports sector to see development.

Meanwhile, AOA assured the Governor, who felicitated the medal winning players in 34th National Games from the state and presented a pen and lapel badge of Arunachal Team to each player as a token of appreciation,  and the people of Arunachal Pradesh a better and improved performance in the next National Games to be held in Kerala next year.

 

BJP advocates for Special Compensatory allowance for SSA teachers

ITANAGAR, Mar 6:  The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh has urged the state Govt to make a provision for Special Compensatory Allowance (SCA) to SSA teachers working in remote areas in order to improve the education sector of the state. Such step would boost the morale  of SSA teachers who are actually manning the government run various primary and middle schools in different parts of the state and also help the Govt. to fulfill its basic objectives to bring the education to the door step of rural areas, the party said

The BJP further questioned the state Govt, why it should not take a liberal and appropriate decision of giving at least one time financial benefits by increasing the salary up to 50 per cent for the SSA teachers considering the peculiar and other ground level problems being faced by them in discharging their duties in nook and corner of the state.

When the teachers of the same schools withdraw their regular salary, delay in disbursement of salary for the SSA teachers for months together   forced them to face embarrassing situation which certainly affects the integrity of their service also, the party pointed out and called for immediate remedial alternative measures so that the SSA teachers get their salary in time in these days sky rocketing prices of essential commodities.

Lauding the initiative of the state Govt for regularization of the SSA teachers as good gesture, the party also urged the Govt continue the process at regular interval considering their devotion, sincerity in service and  their age factor.

The state BJP further urged upon the state Govt  to actively pursue with the central government  to give focus  on real human resource development measures  in the state. The party demanded the state Govt to protect the very objective of the SSA programme. The party in power should refrain from just using it as means and tools amongst the educated unemployed youths as vote bank politics, the BJP said. It also calls for transparency and accountability so that the funds meant for education sector be utilized properly.

 

Awareness campaign on protection of Domestic Violence Act

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: The legal awareness campaign on protection of Domestic Violence Act 2005 and Provision of Women Laws conducted by the Association for the Welfare of Schedule Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh (AWSTAP) concluded at Kimin yesterday. The campaign started from Dolomukh on February 18 last and was sponsored by National Commission for Women.

Addressing the gathering on the concluding day, AWSTAP Secretary Tadar Mepung Bage said that there is high prevalence of domestic violence in the country. In Arunachal Pradesh, 30 cases of domestic violence have been registered with women commission from June 2008 to November 30 last. The polygamy, alcoholism and economic factors are some of the root cause of the domestic violence in the state, she added.

Further, highlighting about the various provision of the Act, she said the victim should report to the Deputy Director ICDS in case of domestic violence and in those districts where there is no Deputy Director, the Child Development Programme Officer (CDPO) are appointed as the protection officer, she informed. Besides them, there are the Judicial Magistrate first class, police and the other designated officers to deal with domestic violence cases against women, she added.

Resource person, Danny Belo also highlighted on various provisions of women laws like maintenance laws, maternity benefits, sexual harassment at work place, Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006, Factory Act of Equal Wages, Remuneration Act, indecent representation of Women Provision Act and free legal Aid services to people and especially women who cannot hire lawyers in the rural areas.

Amongst other, EAC S Lawang, ASM Charu Tapio, CDPO T Jaya, Supervisor ICDS Tadar Yasuk, PRIs, GBs, NGOs and women activists attended the programme.

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Training prog at Koloriang

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Rural Development & Heritage Society conducted  programmes on weaving and basic computer education as part of its 42 days skill development programme (SDP) at Koloriang on March four.

Attending the programme as chief guest, Hage Tatan, Assistant Director, Textile and Handicraft, Kurung Kumey, described the importance of computer education in today’s modern day world and encouraged the trainees to avail the opportunity to learn the basics of computer.

Pradip Das, Branch Manager, SBI Koloriang, who was the guest of honour and Bamang Apo, Director Information officer, also attended the programme.

Another programme on basic computer education was also organized at Palin next day.

Palin BDO Takam Kanam and Byabanf Rocket, Chairman, Community Learning and Doing Centre, Palin attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour.

A total of 25 trainees attended the training.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) deeply mourned the untimely demise of Government Higher Secondary School, Doimukh, Principal T Taloh, who died recently after brief illness at General Hospital Pasighat.

The central executive committee of ATA prayed to the almighty god to give enough strength and courage to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Tuki wishes on Losar

ITANAGAR: PWD minister Nabum Tuki, who is also the observer of the Assam elections, while greeting the people of state on the occasion of Losar has expressed his inability to attend the celebrations in Tawang.

In a statement, he said that due to his impending meeting relating to Assam elections, his scheduled engagements in Tawang has to be cancelled.  The minister was to inaugurate couple of developmental projects in the district.

 

BJMM to celebrate women’s day

ITANAGAR, Mar 6: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Morcha has decided to celebrate International Women’s Day at State BJP Headquarters on March 8.

In order to commemorate the Women’s Day, the Morcha will organize Shashakt Mahila Samaroh and also honour the influential woman social workers of the state who work for equal access to education and technology development for women folk.

Large number of senior state BJP leaders and the Central-in-Charge for BJP Mahila Morcha Northeast states also expected to join the day-long programme, according to a release.

 

Seminar on origin and mirgrtion of Adis

PASIGHAT:  A series seminar on ‘Origin and migration aabang & cultural relations of Adis’ has been convened between Mar 30-31 next at Doying Gumin College, Pasighat, informed College Principal Dr. Egul Padung.

The series of seminar of are to be of its own kind and attempts would be made to reconstruct the history of the Adis shrouded in mysteries with a motto to 'Honor the Past'.

An organizing committee with Tagom Jamoh as Organizing Secretary, Nalong Mize as Event Manager and Dr. Egul Padung as Coordinator has been constituted for smooth conduct of the programme.

The seminar has been organized to mark the celebration of 100th anniversary of assassination of British officer Matmur Jamoh and his party on March 31, 2011 and as a token celebration of the centenary year of foundation of Pasighat as an administrative centre.

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Issues confronting us

Dear Editor,

I'd like to congratulate Kalikho Pul for his achievement. He has made each and every citizen of state proud by his achievement.

Also, I'd like to thank one Micho Tabyo, for trying to help our IT graduates. He has pointed out wisely that all the concerned authorities of IT departments are of Non-IT background. Then how can we expect them to run this Dept.? Few days back someone commented about the recent appointment of an IT officer. He said that the post must be given to some experienced DC or other officers. But, I'd like to ask that, how a person without any knowledge of IT can manage that place? As said by Tabyo, there are number of jobless IT graduates in our state, their skills and knowledge are going on waste. Although we got 3rd place in small states but in IT sector we are a big zero.

Again, with one John, I'd like to comment that the importance and need of our tradition and culture is realized only when we are out of our home. I agree with his suggestion. We shouldn't ignore this problem.

At last, I'd like to question out state Govt. that although they boasted in the recent Vth session of the Vth legislative assembly, about all the achievements and developments in various fields like Law and situation in Tirap, power sector, Dams Revenue etc. But nothing about the Education sector, which is one of the most serious problems of our state. I'd like to ask, what have they done in the education sector? They are talking about channelising energy and power of youth, but is it possible without proper education? Everyone must have seen the recent photos posted by this daily in their paper recently. What are they going to do about our education?

Thanking you,

Yours,

Ngilyang Richo,

NIT Patna,  (on email)

 

 

Need to make use of doctors

Dear Editor,

This is really a proud moment for all Arunachali that 21 doctors have cleared AIPGME for further specialization in various fields.

Through your daily I really want to take this opportunity to highlight this issue to our Government that without having our own Medical College all these years, so far Arunachal have so many magnificent doctors graduate from best Institutions in India and many more are coming up and this year number of doctors joining for post graduate has infact increased.

Now, public should also learn these development and advances regarding the achievements of our state and show their desire to our leaders to make full use of these Specialist Doctors coming up every year. Point is very straight, either create specialist post at every District Hospital and CHC or fasten the construction of our Medical College at the earliest so that all those Arunachal Doctors can also come back and serve our own people. please wake up public/law makers/government,we all are ready to spend any amount for health problem to travel to Vellore, Delhi, Mumbai etc but no one is taking any initiative to create the infrastructure to mitigate our problems when we have the best indigenous people working outside the state due to lack of opportunity .The possibility of best medical facility in our state is not impossible or distant.  It's high time to realize and make it real.

Yours,

G. Basar, (on email)

 

 

Development for chosen or all?

Dear Editor,

Lately, we have been witnessing a slew of advertisements released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs with reference to “Pre Matric Scholarship, Merit Cum Means Scholarship and Post Matric Scholarship”.  It’s my observation that fellow citizens of our state, in very large numbers, are not aware about these schemes which have been provided by the Ministry of Minority Affairs to Minorities (Minorities as defined by the Constitution). It’s to be noted that this initiative was taken by the Prime Minister in June, 2006 and has been implemented more effectively in the rest of the country only in the last two years.

It’s interesting to note that Arunachal Pradesh is one of the few states out of 28, which hasn’t availed these Schemes (if it has, I would love to be proved wrong). Now, there has to be a reason behind why things are not in order. In my personal experience, with regards to a particular course i.e. Masters in Health Administration we had first approached the Higher Education Department which directed is to the Health Department, with an obvious explanation that as this was a PG Course after studying medicine, so it is under their preview. On both accounts, the Head of Departments have been very cooperative and taken time to help me understand what system is in order. But, this is where the policy makers need to step in.

Our state government provides stipend to our students and the explanation provided is that as the amount provided under these schemes is lesser than what the state government is providing, they haven’t availed them. But, we need to understand is that the state government is providing stipend for only a limited number of courses, so while students taking up courses which is under the State Government’s list are enjoying the benefits – what about all the other students who want to enroll in some other courses – technical or non-technical which is not under the list of the state government but in the list provided by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. These students are missing out on the financial assistance in the form of “Merit Cum Means Scholarship” and “Post Matric Scholarship” only because the State Government hasn’t availed these schemes.

Now, it’s clearly stated in the R&R that the state government should ensure that only one stipend/scholarship should be provided to a student for a particular course. So, can’t we come up with a system or guidelines, where the state government is providing stipend to students under their own list and for the other students they can provide these schemes. Here, it’s pertinent to note that unlike other scholarships, we can’t apply directly to the Ministry of Minority Affairs but this needs to be routed and endorsed by the State Government.

I can understand that this will be a big policy change but we can look at it this way. Policies, guidelines, protocol etc are sidelined when it comes to siphoning off funds, awarding contracts etc but making this change will ensure that a large number of students benefit from this financial assistance. Also, the Pre Matric Scholarship is for students from Class One to Class Ten and combining it with the other schemes, the state government has to bear only 25% of the financial burden as the rest 75% assistance is funded by the Centre.

There are several other guidelines pre and post awarding of this scholarship which is awarded on merit, discipline, academic excellence and many others including priority to families facing financial hardship. So, I believe that Infrastructure Development projects, Hydro Power Projects, Road Projects etc will continue but without us providing quality education, quality educators and a system to sustain the same. We can’t dream of an inclusive growth in our state without the pillar of education. I would like to request APPSU to take up this worthy cause. As for the revenue that the state government is going to generate in the next few years, the question is, will we be a part of that development or just a chosen few?

Yours,

Rommel Kuru (on email)

 

 

Improve BSNL service

Dear Editor,

The people of the entire Upper Subansiri district have been facing lot of problems due to inept operation of BSNL network by the authorities.

There is a BSNL tower at Dumporijo town which was set up in years back, but despite our repeated pleas, the tower remains non-functional.

I, therefore, appeal to the authority to take immediate step  for improved communication network in the district.

Yours,

Kali Gongo

Itanagar

 

 

 

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