2011

March  - 23

News Highlights

Lohit and Anjaw battles nature’s fury

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The water level of Lohit and Dehing River had risen by more than 2 metres in last 4 days. This sudden rise in water level was caused by heavy rainfall in catchment area of Lohit and Dehing River.

In Chongkham area, the flood water had forced the ferry service at Alubari to close down. At Namsai area about 3,000 population of Dharampur village, Rongalibeel village, Rajabeel and Lekang Miri village had been cut off from mainland after flood water breached an embankment constructed by villager on self help basis.

Mahadevpur town was hit by heavy hailstorm yesterday afternoon. The damages are being accessed.

ADC Namsai had reviewed the flood situation and instructed concern department to gear up to face flood problem in coming monsoon.

Heavy incessant downpour along with storm since March 19 in the district has disturbed the normal life of the people. Surface communication in between Tezu to Tinsukia via Pursuram and via Alubari Ghat and Tezu to Sunpura remains totally cut off.

Though the BRTF has restored the route between Tezu to Sunpura, and Tezu to Tinsukia via Pursuram temporarily,  its longetivity will depend on the weather condition.

Disrupted Power supply has hampered the normal official work in the wee hours during March-ending. Drinking water sources were over flooded and the tape waters are unfit for consumtpion. Hailstorm yesterday evening has reportedly caused heavy loss of standing agricultural and horticultural crops. Chairman DDMC-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Shri.R.K.Sharma has directed all the line departments to keep strict vigil on flood situation and daily flood reports have been asked from all outpost Administrative Officers.

Department of Civil Supply has been directed to keep sufficient buffer stock of essential items.

No report of losses of life and properties are reported so far.

All the people intending to visit Tezu during these hours may contact Disaster Management Cell, Tezu at 03804-222676 to enquire regarding road conditions and other related queries.

There was fifteen minutes heavy shelling of hailstorm in Wakro yesterday. Hailstones of 2 inch dia hit Wakro grounds from the sky. The storm was followed by a heavy downpour of rain. Many tress fell disrupting power supply while telephone, mobile and internet connectivity were affected for the whole day.

In Anjaw heavy torrential rains since the last three days have made the entire district a chain of island with heavy landslides at various places.

One house and the Primary School building at Chameliang village has been damaged completely by landslide and it is very likely that such incidents have occurred at various circles as the movement of people and vehicles have come to an abrupt standstill due to the natures fury.

The Community Health Centre at Hayuliang which was inundated with rain water has been cleared under the initiative of Dr S. Tayang, SMO and the general administration. The team had to battle the rain and the inundating water to save the stock of medicines which had been recently purchased under BADP. The extent of loss and damage of the medicines is yet to be reported.

Though the BRO has started its works of clearance and restoration works it is to be seen as to when and for how long man can battle the onslaught of nature’s fury, said Circle officer Hayuliang T R Tapu.

 

Amidst troubled times

Tongam Rina

Amidst chaos, violence and unrest in Tirap and communal tension between the Idus and Adis in Roing, the tabling of gender budget in Arunachal Legislative Assembly came as a welcome relief.

Even though gender budgeting is not an end in itself; it is a powerful tool to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women.

For those of us who are new to the term Gender budgeting, there is no need to panic! The Gender Budget is not about dividing the budget - 50% for women and 50% for men. Roughly, it involves analysis of actual expenditure on women and girls as compared to on men and boys.

The state government and Finance Minister and all those officers and officials deserves praises for the path breaking decision, even though only 12 departments have been included in the gender budget.

The inclusion of gender budget in the state budget is  a noteworthy achievement for the women’s movement in Arunachal. Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society, the premier organization has been appealing for the gender budget for years.

Despite changes world over, it was in 2006-2007 that government of India actually woke up to the need of Gender budget and showed some basic improvement in the presentation of gendered expenditure.  It is only now that the Gender Budgeting is carried out department wise in the country which traditional put all the schemes for women and children under the Department of Women and Child Development.

A start has been made and yours truly hope that more efforts would be put in place by the government to ensure that planning process includes all sections of society.

While hope runs high, one is let down by the communal clashes in Roing. It could have been avoided had the leaders from both communities and administration acted on time. Roing always had history of deep mistrust and intolerance between the two communities. No matter, what the bodies representing the two communities say regarding the present ongoing clashes, the ongoing conflict is a result of intolerance. One feels sorry for the two communities who have lived together for ages, yet do not miss a chance to indulge in activities which is destructive not only for themselves but for the whole state. The blame game has deepened further. It is not going to help anyone, more so the common people caught in the middle of it. Media will find a new fodder soon to fill the pages and communal clashes will be just another story. It is the communities who will have to learn to live with differences. They know what is best for them and it is about time, efforts are put in. Trust once broken is difficult to mend. But there is always a way out, more so when there is involvement of two communities. They have to figure out what suits them the best and move forward. Rest of Arunachal can only hope that peace is restored.

 

Govt efforts on to contain ongoing NSCN

factional feud: Dabi

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Home Minister Tako Dabi today told the Assembly that the government is taking all possible steps to contain the ongoing feuds between NSCN-IM and NSCN-K in the district of Tirap bordering Myanmar.

Responding to a question raised by Bamang Felix, Dabi said senior police officials including the state DGP had visited Khonsa, Deomali and Longding in Tirap district besides other places in Changlang district to assess the situation prevailing there.

He informed that he was constantly keeping in touch with the concerned authorities in Tirap district to monitor the situation.

The Indian Army and para-military forces had also been positioned to contain the situation in the district. Besides, 194 IRBn personnel and 6 companies of Assam Rifles have been deployed in Tirap district, it was informed in the house.

A state level security meeting was held on March 1 last to review the security scenario in Tirap and Changlang districts and accordingly the Home department has undertaken steps to tackle the situation and restore normalcy in the districts, Dabi said adding that a comprehensive action plan for Tirap and Changlang districts had already been submitted to the government of India for consideration.  The minister further called upon all legislators, Panchayat leaders and people to come out openly against the insurgent activities in Tirap district to restore normalcy.

In reply to the destruction caused to government properties by anti-social elements in some parts of the state, Dabi said the government had taken suitable steps and registered cases against all such acts of vandalism at Roing, Pasighat and Rupa. UNI

Questions at Assembly

Step has been taken for maintenance of the Khonsa-Bogapani-Jaipur road, the lifeline of the entire Tirap district, informed PWD and RD Minister Nabam Tuki in the Assembly today.

Responding to the question of  MLA Kamthok Lowang, the minister further informed that Rs 1 crore has been sanctioned under SPA during 2009-10 for maintenance of the road and another Rs two crore was provided this year.

Moreover, a DPR amounting to Rs 93.91 crore was initiated under inter-state connectivity from Central Road fund, he informed.  Renovation works has also been taken up which include renovation of pot holes of existing carpet road — 4 km, new carpeting including approaches to three number of bridge covering about 1.5 km, he informed. However, Tuki said that there is no proposal for handing over the road to central organisation like BRTF.

While responding to a question of Punji Mara, Tuki said that the state Govt is aware of the dilapidated condition of the  roads from Rading to Nayam village, Bogne to Mara-Lepajaring to Dagiam village, Lomtak to Cheba Bimpak village, Kabaso to Mara Natan. Fund shall be allotted under maintenance head depending on budget made available, Tuki said while adding that ‘there is fund allotment of Rs 30 lakh in AOP 2010-11 for maintenance of the road net works under Daporijo PWD division’.

Posting of police personnel: Home Minister Tako Dabi informed the house that Chayang Tajo police station is equipped with 11 police personnel including one sub inspector to tackle law and order situation of the area.

Responding to the query of Karya Bagang,  Dabi assured that state Govt  will ensure proper functioning of the police station.

SSA:  While responding to the question of Tani Loffa on absorbing SSA teachers to regular services in the department in 2010-11 as per the government assurance to reserve 20 per cent resultant vacancy for SSA teachers, Education Minister Bosiram Siram informed the house that  regularisation of SSA teachers is being carried on seniority basis.  The minister further informed that so far 44 Assistant Teachers and 25 Junior Teachers have been regularized as per seniority.

Health: Health Minister Tanga Byaling admitted that dispensary at Bolung village is running without proper infrastructure. However, he assured to improve infrastructure as soon as fund are made available. The Govt has approved health sub-centre at Jia, he informed while adding that  “We are unable to provide manpower and facilities to the existing institutions due to manpower and fund shortage”.

Technology mission:  During the last three financial year 2007-10, the state Govt received Rs 6087 lakh central fund under Technology Mission, informed Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam while responding to a question raised by Laeta Umbrey. Funds under Technology Mission were distributed on the basis of annual action plan approved by the Centre, the minister further informed.  

Responding to the question of Punji Mara, the chief minister informed the house that no proposal for upgradation of Taliha circle has been received so far. However, he assured that the cabinet will take up the matter after the completion of the census process.

Chief Minister further informed that there is a govt laid down policy in allotment or use of Govt vehicles. He further informed that DC Ziro was asked to submit proposal for purchase of vehicle against ADC, Yachuli. The proposal has not yet been received so far, he informed while responding the query of MLA Likha Saaya.

While responding to the calling attention motion of “publishing Dafla instead of Nyishi in the diary books and government media etc” raised by Tani Loffa, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jarbom Gamlin informed the house that instructions are given to all the  departments that no such mistake occur in future.

The state Assembly also passed the Arunachal Pradesh Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2011.

While moving the Bill for consideration of the house, Urban Development and  PWD Minister Nabam Tuki said that the bill aims to provide a legal framework on street vending and promote a supportive environment for the urban street vendors to carry out their vocation.

 

Quotes of the day

• “Hum sab milke hospital chalana hai.  Govt ko depend karnese nehi hoga” – health minister Tanga Byaling.

• “The major problem is land encroachment” – J K Panggeng while participating in discussion on private member resolution on land allotment system.

• “Public to galti karta hai, but administration galti karta hai to kiya kare” —Tapen Siga during discussion on private member resolution on land allotment system.

• “If Govt wants to build buildings, public bolta hain ye mera pitaji ka zamin hai” — R Borang.

 

 

Major fire at Daporijo, 18 houses burnt down

Daporijo, Mar 22: The quiet evening hours were disrupted here today at Daporijo with 2 loud blasts of LPG cylinders when a massive fire accident occurred at the LC line, Sigin Colony, Daporijo. The fire started at around 05.30 pm and could be completely controlled only by 08.00 pm.

The fire completely gutted down 18 houses and partially damaged 29 nearby houses and 2 ALC barracks. A total of 101 families lost their houses including rental and all their worldly belongings in the fire.

There was also a loss of livestock in the fire. The fire destroyed approximately Rs. 80 lakhs worth of property.

The fire was so sudden and spread so swiftly that we could only save ourselves by running out of our houses, said Yamang Kodak, a victim of the fire.

I had built my house just 3 years ago spending about 6 lakhs and now I have nothing, she added, standing in between the ruins of her house near a burnt truck that contained the remnants of traditional ornaments and precious possessions of her family. Her family has just sat for evening tea, after returning from church at 5.00 pm, when the fire completely destroyed their SPT type house.

The fire not only destroyed property but also the dreams and aspirations of students living in the colony who were appearing for their board exams. Their books and uniforms were consumed by the fire along with their hopes and dreams.

All Janu Nekam Nayam & Negia Welfare Committee informed that all belongings of the affected families, including costly local ornaments, were lost in ashes in the mishap, which broke out at around 5.30 pm.

While appealing to the authorities concerned for providing immediate relief for the affected families, AJNNNWC also urged ministers and MLAs of Upper Subansiri district in particular to do the needful for their quick rehabilitation.

All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union also strongly appealed to the authorities concerned of the district to provide compensation for the affected families. It also appealed to all to voluntarily come forward and extend helping hands to the affected families in this hour of crisis.

 

Communal tensions takes its toll, villagers flee

Orgs appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Communal conflict between Idus and Padams in Lower Dibang Valley has caused a new wave of internal displacement.

A wave of Internally Displaced People arrived here at Roing yesterday. All the families were given shelter at Rehko, the traditional ritual house of Idu Mishmis.

All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) working in rehabilating the people could not confirm the number of people who have fled the villages of Idili and Ithili.

“Many of the families fleeing the area have taken shelter with their relatives at Roing,” said AIMSU President Malo Linggi.

In a petition to Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley district, the displaced villagers requested for permanent rehabilitation at Balek village near Simari village along the NH-52 road.

This solution, they say will reinforce communal harmony and ensure safety of all.

The Adi Baane Kebang appealed to the district authority to identify and deal with such barbaric act with firm hands. No one should be allowed to take laws in their own hands in the name of any community or tribe, it said.

The ABK has further appealed the residents of the Ithili and Idili villages to return to their respective villages without fear.

Harmony and peace should prevail over all other matters in the society. Energies of the two communities should be utilized for reconstruction and all round development of the two communities of the twin districts, it added.

The organization appreciated the District Administration for its effort to contain the law and order situation of Roing. Due to the untiring efforts of the District Administration and general public, the situation is limping back to normalcy, it said.  The ABK has also appreciated the District administration for the financial assistance granted to the 2 victims who were injured by gun firing at Roing on March 17.

The Adi Baane Kebang appealls all concerned that mutual understanding and goodwill between the 2 communities should prevail and no one should be allowed to further provoke the situation. The inhabitants of both Dibang and Lower Dibang valley Districts should, at this hour of trial, cultivate sense of responsibility and work for restoring social harmony and promoting solidarity and peaceful co-existence, it added.

ABK further said it is trying its best to restrict/limit hunting during any festive occasion in the interest of preserving wild life. Efforts are being made to completely limit the hunting within the community area during socio-cultural festival, it said. However, the real ground problem should be ultimately settled mutually by the 2 communities living in the district in a democratic way rather than by way of humiliating each other, it said.

The ABK said that it is deeply concerned about such repeated communal incidents in the same area between the two communities.

Adi Students’ Union(AdiSU),Rajiv Gandhi University has appealed the Adis and the Idu Mishmis to maintain calm and peace.

It termed the  Roing  clash as unfortunate and appealled both the communities to refrain from such unethical clashes which is totally unacceptable to modern human society. Eruption of communal misunderstanding time and again in the district is really unfortunate and need greater understanding from both the groups, it added.

The AdiSU, RGU welcomed the lifting of economic blockade by DASU and appealed them to work for greater interest of the people of the district. The union further said that the issue could have been solved at the initial stage if the district administration had act promptly in this regard.

The union urged the district administration to set up SIT to unearth the fact at the earliest and book the culprits and penalize them with exemplary punishments under the law of the land.

Arunachal Legal Forum, Delhi has called for peace in the state and condemned the  clashes between Idu Mishmi and the Adis.

It also strongly condemned govt. for absence of law and order in the state.

Meanwhile the forum appeals to the people of Arunachal to maintain peace and tranquility and to help each other.

Forum, further said that Govt. has failed to bring peace in the district of Tirap and Changlang. The Forum said this in a press release.

It further said that bureaucrats of the state has failed the provisions of RTI, thus defeating the whole purpose of RTI provision.

 

Govt to regulate land allotment system

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today said that the state Govt will introduce tough legislation in the next Assembly session in order to regulate the land allotment system in the state.

Chief Minister said this while responding to the private members’ resolution moved by MLA Punji Mara on the need of taking steps for introduction of land allotment system in the interior villages and areas which are not connected by the motorable road.

Stressing the need of streamlining land allotment system, the chief minister said that establishment of administrative headquarters should be approved only after the land for this purpose is properly notified.

Extreme political interference in Govt policy making causes concern, the chief minister said and appealed the all legislators cutting across the political line to cooperate with the Govt in its policy making for strict regulation of land in the state.

Participating at the discussion, MLA J K Panggeng expressed concern over rampant encroachment of Govt land in administrative headquarters of the state. There should be strict regulations to check land encroachment, Panggeng said and suggested that land should be provided for public utility service like establishment of hospital or any other welfare activities.

Govt should have proper record of land which have been donated by the people, said MLA Tapuk Taku, while Tani Loffa stressed on the need of proper demarcation of the land in CO, ADC and EAC headquarters.

Before opening a new administrative centre, Govt must ensure that land is properly demarcated, said Tapen Siga. Lamenting over the present land allotment system in the state, Siga said that before creating a new administrative circle, land should be properly demarcated.

Bamang Felix said that enactment of legislation will do no good, unless and until law enforcing authorities perform their duties with iron hand.  We need to give more emphasis to strengthen the law enforcing agencies for proper implementation of law, he said.

There is no space even for building a Govt quarters, lamented MLA R Borang. ‘Most of the administrative headquarters are not notified’ he said while adding that there is no proper record of land donation.

There is no land holding system in the state and most of the lands are donated by public, said Padi Richo. Expressing concern over rampant encroachment of Govt land in every administrative headquarters, he suggested formation of mobile squad to check and prevent encroachment of Govt land.  He further said that strict procedure should be maintained before allotment of land to any individual.

Participating in the discussion, Home Minister Tako Dabi said, any type of policy will not do much better without political will power.  Govt agencies must be allowed to work as per established rules to streamline the land management, he said.

Dr Tangor Tapak emphasised  on  notification and demarcation of Govt land. There should be strict guidelines to the district land allotment board, he said.

We need to have land act, said Laeta Umbrey. He appealed the CM to take drastic step for strict land regulation.

 

Abort That Suicidal Mission

Tom Simai

Since some decades, a wacky tradition has been complied by our government schools that in some way or other have been responsible in distorting the literacy graph of our state.  

It may sound non-vital but as we go deeper we will find that it is in fact the most significant and ignored part of our education system.

Defying the norms of school education, ignoring the official medium of instruction - English, the well-educated teaching community has been opting to teach in regional languages like Hindi or Assamese in our English medium schools. In some cases, the situation has been too ludicrous, forget about other subjects, even the main subject English is taught in regional languages. Annually, the overall depressing results of schools unveils that such innovative form of edification has only amplified the degradation of education standard, limiting the growth of students intellect, knack and knowledge.

A section of teaching fraternity justifies that the adaptation of such weird teaching method allows them to make the student comprehend better. If it was genuinely effectual then why the medium of instruction is not altered to suit the students or say, the teachers? For argument sake, still unofficially same method is followed, even than why the performance graph is not tracking the upward trend with every academic session. Given the facts, it can be said that in an English medium school, English has become an alien language or say is treated as a third language. The teaching community is apprehensive to divulge the fact that it’s their weak spot and they are more comfortable teaching in regional language than English. The teaching frailty is detrimentally impacting the students’ intelligence, perplexing and crippling their command on the subject that finally results into downfall of performance and excellence.

Of course, this generational error has been contributing to yield depressing upshots year after year but yet the steps to marginalize the error have not been adopted. The prevalence of such drawback in our education system has been responsible for the failure of any reform policies. In fact, educational excellence is an impossible target without exercising and including suitable teaching techniques.

Across the state, great percentage of government school students doesn’t know how to interact in English. Visit any classroom; you will know how they fear and stammer to communicate in English. Besides it, the comprehension standard, vocabulary level and writing skills of the students are also at its nadir. It’s not because they lack talent but it’s due to the flaws of our education system and teaching method. It is because of this reason that the priceless gems disappears without a glitter into oblivion.

Secondly, in rural areas, the initial phase of child’s elementary education commences at the door steps of Anganwadi’s. It is the most sensitive phase of child’s educational journey. Unfortunately, to shape up the educational growth of the posterity, the under metric and ill trained instructors, who are also a product of the same flawed system are enrolled.

In addition, scanning the rural region reveals that how such blemished structure has barricaded the literacy growth coercing the students to succumb early in their educational voyage, furthest survival point being matriculation or senior secondary. Considering the sensitivity of the situation, highly qualified and well trained instructors should be the only option to occupy the significant post that is the backbone of the entire education system.  

I really fail to understand the real objectives of our education system, whether it is to simplify or intricate the learning process of the students? How do we succeed with an erroneous beginning? The paucity of quality in Anganwadi’s has suffocated our entire education system and in later part, the strange teaching method adopted by the erudite teachers only add more woes to the existing worries of the bewildered pupils.

Literally, looking at the complete scenario, it seems our education system has been on a suicidal mission of slaughtering the intellectuals of our future generation. But now, I believe, it is time to rectify the generational error; it is time to adopt result oriented reform policies and also it is time to abort that suicidal mission. (The writer can be reached at simaitom@gmail.com)

 

One dead, Society appeals for safeguard

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Elite Society of Dadam Area (ESDA) mourned the death of Legan Agan, Ex-APP Constable and an active member of the society.

The society said that he was picked from his home in Khonsa at around 9 pm by some unrecognized armed people in camouflage. And the next day, his dead body was found lying in the backyard of District Hospital, Khonsa.  He was shot on his forehead from a point blank range.

The Society, on behalf of the people of Tirap District strongly appealled the district authority and the state government to safeguard the lives and property of the common citizens in the district.

 

Jamoh wins Gold in All India Karate Championship

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: P. Nobin Jomoh of Arunachal Pradesh won a Gold in ‘Champions of the Champions All India Karate Championship’ held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from March 11 to 12.

Jamoh had beaten karatekas from CRPF, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and ITBP before striking the yellow metal.

The competition was organized by Seiko Kai Karate Do, India.

Altogether 15 players from Arunachal Pradesh took part in the Championship but none of them could won a medal barring Jamoh..  

Prior to this, Jomoh had won a Silver medal in the IVth Nihon Shotokan Karatedo Championship held at Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 25 to 28 last.

Meanwhile, the young karateka has expressed his gratitude to Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku, Nino Welfare Society and public leader Ramjo Pordung for their help which enabled them to participate in the IVth Nihon Shotokan Karatedo Championship at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

INTUC, Arunachal warns Krishnamurthy

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Indian National Trade Union Congress, Pradesh Branch Arunachal Pradesh in a letter to Amabati Krishnamurthy, today urged him to respect the High court order and restrain from holding the self proclaimed General Secretary of INTUC and stop appointing state president and secretaries particularly in the state of Arunachal Pradesh without knowing about the state and its people.

The Pradesh Unit alleged that Amabati is creating tensions and misunderstandings amongst the peace loving people of the Arunachal Pradesh by nullifying the Delhi High Court's order and thereby appointing Pradesh Branch executive member in his self proclaimed INTUC.

He is intentionally forming the rival INTUC in the state and thereby misleading the innocent and young people in the field. If any disturbance or violence occurs in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in this regard than Amabati Krishnamurthy will be held sole responsible for any untoward incidents, it added.

The Pradesh unit claimed that” it is well known fact that Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy, MP Rajya Sabha is the elected national president of INTUC. While, Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary Labour & Land Management is the State President of INTUC of Arunachal Pradesh, Jalley Sonam, Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board, is the State Working President and Changma Tajo is the Secretary General who were genuinely selected and appointed by elected National President of INTUC”

It further said that State unit of INTUC along with its affiliated bodies like All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTWU) are working restlessly for the welfare of the working class in the state for more than a decade. Further, as per resolutions adopted by State INTUC along with its District Presidents and General Secretaries and its affiliated bodies in its general meeting on January last has resolved that no person can become office bearers of INTUC without experience in trade union activities and active member of Indian National Congress. President, Secretaries and other office bearers of State and districts are to be elected or selected by the registered members of INTUC.

It questioned that “How can a person who was particularly in student's politics be directly appointed to the post of State President of INTUC that too without consent and approval from the trade union leaders of that particular state who are tirelessly working for more than a decade or so. Can a person from student politics understand the problems of poor workers? The release further stated that “INTUC Pradesh Branch Arunachal Pradesh along with its affiliated bodies will not tolerate Amabati’s interference by forming parallel/rival INTUC in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and threaten to call Bandh if Amabati fails to restrain his activity in the name of self proclaimed INTUC in the state.

 

Farmers exposure visit cum

training programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: With the initiative and sponsorship from NABARD Itanagar, an exposure visit cum training Programme for the TDF beneficiary was organized at DHRUVA Gujarat from March 4-7t by KVK Papum Pare. Altogether, 17 farmers from eight different villages were selected, where the TDF project “Rangt Rongo Legab” is actively under its way at Sagalee circle being implemented by KVK Papum Pare in collaboration with NNCS.

The team was led by Dr. Atol Bengia and Ms. Kunjolota , PIA officials of KVK Papum Pare and NNCS respectively.

During the Training period , The farmers under the guidance of Host officials made various field visits at different villages located 60-70 Km radius from the DHRUVA campus to get Firsthand knowledge on Agricultural system under different Topographic and Climatic condition.

The Activities comprised were visiting ‘Wadi’ plantation of Mango & Cashewnut, drip & pot drip irrigation system, nursery unit, oil ghani, soil & water harvesting system, Livestock development & different types of layout, pit digging & pit filling while planting of Horticulture crops were also elaborately demonstrated.

The farmers had interaction with the members of Co-operative Society, GVM (Gram Vikas Mandali), SHG, to know about their function benefit. In addition, the farmers had a contrast view of live Mango & Cashew processing unit along with the value addition of the product, i.e being done at DHRUVA Campus under the brand name “Vrindavan”.

The 4 day training programme was concluded with a documentary show by R.D. Mirza, Training Officer at DHRUVA Campus, briefing the significant role of DHRUVA in uplifting the socio-economic status of the society by means of powerful assets “The Agriculture”.

 

Training on IMNCI  at Khonsa

KHONSA, Mar 22: District Health Society Tirap conducted eight days training on Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness at District hospital Khonsa from March 14.

The training was earlier formally inaugurated by DMO Lohit Dr S Ronya, on the first day. Speaking on the occasion he advised the trainees to percolate the skills and knowledge gained during the training to the beneficiaries and the needy.

Dr.K.Perme DRCHO Khonsa while welcoming all the trainees explained that the training was another focus intervention by the Govt. of India under NRHM to improve child health in order to bring down the infant mortality rate in India.

Medical Officers, GNM and ANM of the district participated in the training.

Dr.N.Yirang child specialist, District Hospital Roing was the trainer.

The training consisted of Role Play, Audio-visual show, case presentation and case assessment and field visit at orphanage run by Missionaries of Charity, Khonsa chapter.

 

Medical camp at Namphai II

Correspondent

NAMPHAI, Mar 22: As part of ‘Operation Sadbhavna Project’, the 18 Assam Rifles under the aegis of the 25 Sector Assam Rifles organized a free medical camp here today.

The medical team headed by Captain Sridevi Thapa RMO 18 AR, attended to  320 local people that included large contingent of women folks from Namphai II and neighboring villages.

It was found during the health screening that a large number of the people in the area are affected with skin diseases.

Captain Thapa advised the villagers to maintain personal hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation.

Earlier, the first women empowerment centre of the area constructed by the 18 AR under its military civic action was inaugurated by the 18 Assam Rifles Officiating Commandant Major KJ Saju on March 18 last.

The Centre was established near AMAYAA centre. A room was constructed adjacent to AMAYAA Centre which will be utilized as a class room for the women folk in the locality. Classes will be conducted for Sewing, Operation of Handloom machine etc.

Accordingly, five handloom machines, three sewing machines and two Raaz Handloom machines were procured under the Military Civic Action Project.

Considering the frequent power failures in the area, Solar lamps and Batteries have also been procured for the Centre.

The 18 AR also organized a medical camp at New Polon on 17 March last, informed Major Saju.

 

Storm damages school building

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The school building of Govt Middle School, Karoi along with Headmaster’s quarter were damaged in the cyclonic storm yesterday which also lashed parts of state in the last two days.

A team of All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) which visited the school today informed that the school was not in a position to run smoothly as all its buildings, official documents and teaching-learning materials were damaged in the cyclone. It appealed to the authorities concerned to provide fund for repairing of all the damaged school buildings immediately before the start of annual examination of this academic session.

The storm which continued for 17 hours in Itanagar area, also damaged 15 dwelling houses, two completely, at Nerba colony. House roofs were either blown away or damaged beyond repairing, the colony welfare committee informed in a release.

It appealed to the state government to extend assistance to the poor victims, who have lost their shelter to live in the natural calamity.

 

IDEA conducts Alternative Medicines, Handicrafts and Postal Insurance Training

BANDERDEWA Mar 22: The Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a training on herbal medicines, handicrafts and postal insurance at Banderdewa, Nimte and Pachin colony respectively from March 12 to 20.

Speaking on the occasion, the resource person Mildred Iawphniaw IPS, the Ex-Post Master General of Northeast said that the aim of the training was to reach out to the rural people with simple and non toxic herbal medicines and capitalize on their local resources for saving, health care and self-reliance. She highlighted on how to avail the postal schemes and insurance programs for their benefit.  

The subjects covered were postal insurance schemes, postal saving schemes, herbal medicines, health and hygiene, yoga, meditation, diet, herbal combinations, cultivation of herbs, handicrafts, sewing, and various income generating activities.

Elizabeth an expert on handicraft who led the handicraft training said that handicraft represents an opportunity especially for women seeking to earn an extra-income. During the handy-craft session, the trainees were taught how to make necklaces, bracelets, pearls, baskets, decoration items, flowers and toys with waste materials which are available easily within their own locality.

Many women from the interior villages participated in the training.  They applauded the initiatives of IDEA to capacitate them on such essential training. The training has empowered the women on knowhow of creating family income on their own. The participants felt that the training was extremely useful, allowing them to raise income for their families. They also reiterated their commitment to share their knowledge with other women in the villages.

 

Earth Hour: A Campaign against Climate Change

Ranjan K Baruah

Climate Change has become one of the challenging issues for the mankind in recent years. It has bought many challenges for the low lying countries as sea level is rising and many other things are happening which indicates towards a an unsustainable world. On the other hand individuals and organisations apart from international organisation and various governments are trying to combat climate change. There have been initiatives from around the world to combat climate change and making a green future. One of the largest initiatives or campaign in regard to environment or combating climate change is ‘Earth Hour’ which was started since 2007. This campaign has been organised by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). WWF's Earth Hour is a global campaign inspiring governments, businesses, communities and individuals to take a stand against climate change. It is the largest environment campaign in the history of our planet, successfully uniting the world towards taking collective action by switching off non essential lights for one hour in celebration of our planet.

Earth Hour was launched in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. Just a year later, Earth Hour reached 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries across 18 time zones, and the campaign shifted from a 'Sydney Event' to a 'Global Sustainability Movement'. Since then, every year Earth Hour sets new standards and breaks its own records on mass participation and support. 2010 received participation from a record 1.3 billion individuals across 4616 cities in 128 countries globally. Notable landmarks like Acropolis in Greece, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Hiroshima Peace Gardens in Japan, and Pyramids in Egypt switched off in support.

India joined the Earth Hour movement in 2009, where 5 million Indians across 56 cities showed their support by switching off non essential lights and saving approximately 1000 MW of power in that one hour. Hundreds on educational institutions, 100 top public and private sector organizations, and governments of various cities participated. With support from all sections of the society, industry and government, Earth Hour in India reached new heights, with 2010 receiving participation from 6 million Indian across 128 cities. 600,000 students from different institutions and cities volunteered to spread the message of earth hour and increase outreach. 120 top private and public organizations participated. Well known buildings in 125 cities, banks, local cafes, official residence of Chief Ministers, and nation’s defence institutions like Indian Military Academy switched off in support.

Earth Hour continues to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. At 8:30 PM on 26 March 2011, the world will come together once again to switch off for an hour. This year onwards the organisers and participants are planning to move a step beyond the date and organise many other things for a long term. As it is important to take action to combat climate change so people are united and planned to move one step beyond the earth hour. Activities includes from clean up campaign to plantations and many other things. Its important for us to participate in this kind of activities as our small responsibility will help in a combating climate change. By doing so we are creating a safe future for ourselves and for the generations to come. So, let’s organise Earth Hour and take up stand against climate change. (With inputs from Earth Hour website)

 

Training program on Rural Backyard Poultry Farming

Tezu, Mar 22: The Department of AH & Veterinary, in collaboration with the Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA) conducted an inaugural training program on Rural Backyard Poultry Farming at District Poultry Farm, yesterday.

Started on the 21st, the training will continue for three days. Despite harsh weather condition in Tezu various beneficiaries from different parts of Lohit district attended the program.

and Project Director, ATMA C.M. Chaloo graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. Other HoDs of the district also attended the inauguration session.

The Project Director, DRDA, Lohit, M. Tatung said that the beneficiaries should follow up the instructions and guidelines of the trainers to enhance chicken and egg production in rural areas. This is a very wise step on the part the Government as well the Veterinary  Department of the district and we can reach milestone if the beneficiaries learn the technology of chicken rearing in the programme attentively, he said.

Dr. Hano Tama, DVO informed that this centrally sponsored scheme, Rural Backyard Poultry Development has been sanctioned for the first time covering entire Lohit district.

Through this project he said, “we are going to distribute improved varieties of poultry birds to 6000 BPL families of our district to enhance meat and egg production.” This year 3000 BPL families from 5 clusters- viz., Lekang, Namsai, Chongkham, Wakro, Tezu, and Sunpura will be covered.  

The Senior Officers of the particular areas have been nominated as Project Officers by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh by a notification and selection of beneficiaries have been done by them in consultation and recommendation of panchayat leaders.

In this project, day old chicks will be reared up to 30 days at Nursery known as Mother Units where necessary vaccination will be done.  The chicks require a robust growth during initial initial period to perform well in backyard condition. Hence the skill enhancement of those entrepreneurs who undertake the nursery raising is prerequisite for success of the entire project.

After this 3-day training, 10 numbers of Mother Unit would be established at various places of this district in which improved varieties of birds will be reared and thereafter made available to the selected beneficiaries.

 

One-day orientation programme on ‘soft Skills’

ITANAGAR, March 22: A one-day orientation programme for 70 students on ‘soft Skills’ was organized in Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu today under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Principal S. Khandu.

The programme was conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of the College, Dr. K. Rajendra Babu (Commerce) as the Programme Coordinator.

Describing the programme as one of the motivational, capacity building and personality development exercise for the students he differentiated the soft skills in the changing milieu of expansion of job market due to Liberalisation, Globalization and Privatization (LPG), the macroeconomic shift from secondary sector to tertiary sector, the enhanced complexities in work places like the increased emphasis on team work (teams often with multicultural team members), greater participation of women, superior benchmarks of quality and pace.

Ashok Kumar (Geography) spoke on Time Management Skills, Razzeko Dalley (English) oriented with Communication Skills, while Dr. J.K. Pattnaik (Political Science) with team Management Skills and stress management skills and Dr. Manish Sharma (Economics) with Etiquette and Manners. Before awarding the students with certificates of participation, a feedback was collected from the students about the programme in which they expressed the opinion that such programmes be conducted every year as soft skills training is not given in their academic curricular.

Monika Sharma acted as Student coordinator. Lastly, the college community expressed their thankfulness to the Principal of the College, Dr. B.K. Nath and the Director of Higher & Technical Education, Dr. Joram Begi, for their constant encouragement and support for organizing such programme for the well-being of the student community.

 

Mega double badminton championship at Seppa

SEPPA, Mar 22: Mega Doubles Badminton Championship organized by the Mopin Celebration Committee, Seppa-2011 began at Officers’ Club here on March 20.    

Five matches were played on the inaugural day of the championship which was inaugurated by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Tope Bam.  

The tournament will conclude on April 3.

The results:

Kata Rangmo and Takar Yangda beat Kipa Taja and Tarin Monpak,  Karbia Dodum and Rajesh Niri beat T. G. Khrimey and Boru Sangyu, Kego Essi and Liken Koyu beat Dahey Sangno and Norbu Sonam, Hiba Ete and Bomjom Ado beat Ijo Lollen and Marjo Riba; Logo Rang and Harang Sonam beat Akung Gyadi & Gungdi Taku.

 

Org calls for proper policy

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: While extending its support to the recent anti-tobacco drive by ANSU and district administration, Arunachal Jagriti, an Itanagar based NGO opined that legislation and coercion are only temporary solution to combat the menace of drug addiction.

The NGO which is presently conducting a poster campaign highlighting the ill effects of tobacco consumption in twin towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun, said that, although laudable, such drive is the not proper solution to the menace until and unless people are made conscious and aware about the ill effects of the bad habit.

“All such similar thinking state-friendly organization have to strive for providing genuine medical knowledge to the school-going children. Each district hospital should be well-equipped to offer rehabilitation and there should be drug-addiction centre to,” the NGO said while expressing concern over growing number of drug addicted people in the state and their rehabilitation.

“The joining of genuine officers in Lohit and students organization like ANSU would reinforce our determination and provide us with an army of volunteers for the protection of the lives of our youths, the NGO said.

Meanwhile, AJ has decided to organize a seminar shortly involving the school principals, headmasters, members of students union and leading students organization to discuss pros and cons of this menace. Thereafter, it will conduct a state wide tour covering the remotest areas to create awareness among people about ill effects of drug consumption as well as encourage them to give up the bad habit to live a healthy life.

It has also planned to hold a meeting with Chief Minister to expedite the mission of the NGO, it added.

News Impact

SDP at Oju

ITANAGAR, March 22: Oju Welfare Association (OWA), Naharlagun, has been implementing three Skill Development Programmes (SDP) on Weaving, Cutting & Tailoring and Beauty Culture & Health Care, that culminated on March 21.

In addition, two Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) on Imitation Jewellery and Jute Crafts were also conducted, which culminated on March 9.

The Programmes are sponsored by Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Itanagar.

During the common Valedictory Function for all the Programmes yesterday at its office premises at Naharlagun, A.P. Chobin, Assistant Director, KVIC Itanagar, encouraged the trainees to prepare themselves for availing the PMEGP scheme in future.

Nilav J. Gohain, Project Officer, OWA spoke on entrepreneurship and income generation activities.

Director I/c, Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Naharlagun, Lava Deka, also assured the trainees to guide and assist them in marketing of their products.

 

Training prog

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: On March 18 at Bomba village a training on preparation of Vermicompost conducted by KVK Tawang.

The training was sponsored by NABARD Itanagar regional office. Twenty farmers participated in the training programme. The training programme was on preparation of vermicompost in home scale, method of use and different advantages of vermicompost over chemical fertilizers.

 

DCC office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: East Siang District Congress Committee Office was inaugurated at Pasighat on March 16 last.

On the occasion Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh APCC Vice President Lombo Tayeng attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour along with members from District Mahila Congress Committee, District Youth Congress and District Seva Dal.

 

Kargu Gamgi inauguration

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Chief Secretary Tabom Bam and Additional District Superintendent of Police Yido Boje would attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the inaugural function of the Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi at Liromoba on March 26.

 

Elections

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The East Siang unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Teacher Association (AAPSSTA) has elected Ojing Taki as its president, Ito Kadu as vice president and Royjel Perme as general secretary.

 

Union appeals for ration items

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Koloriang Damin Parsi-Parlo & Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU) appealed to the state government to supply ration items to Damin and Parsi Parlo administrative circle within 10 days failing which a democratic movement would be launched for change of power (guard?).

The students union, in a release, said that people of both the administrative circles have been facing great hardship due to non-supply of ration items since November last.

KDPSSU also cautioned the COs of Damin and Parsi Parlo not to sign the bills of PDS items without proper verification.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Toku Haring, Apong Yangfo and Doya Lowang have been selected as President, Vice President and General Secretary of the newly formed Arunachal Vigilance Forum in a meeting held at Nagarlagun yesterday.

 

State awardee dies

ITANAGAR: Nimachow Brothers Welfare Trust (NBWT) mourned the demise of Lt. Lisang Nimachow on March 16.

Lt. Lisang was a retired teacher and recipient of state award.

As an educator he served in the remote area of West Kameng. He is survived by his four sons and one daughter with many grand children.

The Trust prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

DC directs

ITANAGAR: Papum Pare (Yupia) deputy commissioner has directed all executing agencies who have constructed quarters, office buildings and other infrastructure at Yupia to hand over their completed buildings to the district administration and other department concerned by April 20 next. Failing to comply with the same will invite stern action as per law.

The DC observed that various executing agencies have constructed many quarters at Yupia town but most of these quarters have not yet been handed over to the district administration or the concerned departments which held up the process of quarter allotment to the Government staff.

Distinct traits that separate

us from them

Dear Editor,

I have been thinking about this for a little while now, about how different are behaviour traits in different countries, and how these traits vary by nationality. And how this has a bearing upon the manner in which different peoples respond to adversity, pursue goals, or even celebrate success.

All these thoughts came starkly to the fore when I saw how the Japanese have reacted to the triple whammy of the devastating gigantic earthquake, the killer tsunami, and now the radioactive fallout from the breakdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. The calm and stoicism of the Japanese in the face of such unprecedented national tragedy and personal loss is truly remarkable. And the courage, resilience and quiet dignity of ordinary men and women and the political leadership is inspirational.

This in a nation of such fractured politics, where the Prime Minister was on his way out just last week, where there have been 5 prime ministers or more over the past decade if I am correct, where fights often breakout in parliament. Yet the man and woman on the street have been disciplined and not let emotions run amok. And there have been no riots, no food fights, nor looting that seems to characterize catastrophes elsewhere in the world.

Contrast this with the reaction to death and adversity in the Arab world, with the ritual beating of breasts and howling. Looting in response to disaster e.g. cyclone Katrina in US and many other parts around the world. When we think of Indians however, none of these traits spring to mind - bravery, strength, resilience, emotional control, discipline, etc. We love our chaos, and function well within it. We are agile learners, and have quick reactions to change, hard workers, adapt to changed circumstances, demonstrate personal discipline which is particularly evident abroad, and know what it takes to get ahead. Yet there are distinct traits that seem to be absent in our national psyche, and this holds us back as a society and a nation. And corruption. Every country in the world is corrupt - you can demonstrate it in many ways. But there are few countries where corruption is so institutionalized and so pervasive at all levels like ours.

Yours,

Dr. Bojir Perme

Australia (on email)

 

 

My brother died because no one came forward

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the reckless driving in the capital complex. Who dies, who lives does not matter at all for the reckless drivers.

On 14th march, I and my brother Lt. Miruk Bagbi of Taliha Circle from Upper Subansiri were on way to Naharlagun, when suddenly a speeding truck from behind rammed our two wheeler. Lt. Miruk Bagbi was the pillion rider. The tragic incident happened at E- Sector NH-52A road in Itanagar around 7 in the evening. Though, the police has nabbed the driver and seized the truck, bearing registration no. AR-01B- 9285. There was a possibility that my brother could have been saved.

But the so called responsible citizens there remained as mute spectators and no one came for help. I cried, yelled and pleaded at the passing traffic but none came to our help.

It was almost half an hour before I got a vehicle for my injured brother as I managed to hire a Tempo.

Struggling in the busy traffic of our capital complex, we managed to reach R.K.Mission Hospital. Doctors declared him brought dead.

What I want to ask the commoners and so called concerned citizen is that, why people are so casual in such matters? Is it not their responsibility to help the injured? The Govt. or the concerned authority won't hang them for helping an injured person crying for help.

The so called responsible citizens did not step forward and help the needy in such an emergency where one life could have been saved. Why?

Yours

Jidak Bagbi (on email)

 

 

Students and VIPS

Dear Editor,

It is unfortunate that the district administration of West Siang Aalo used force to evacuate general secretary of AAPSU from circuit house. At the same time, it is also important for the student leader to act as a student. Unfortunately in our state once the student leader is elected they suddenly became VIP and forget that they are a student. They try to avail the facilities available for on duty government officers and officials. The circuit house is not meant for any students or student leaders. If there is some special circumstance, they can stay with proper permission. But under the normal condition, just occupying the room for long period is not permissible even for government officers on duty.

Yours,

Concern citizen,

(on email)

 

 

Spare us the virus

Dear Editor,

Economists are optimistic that given the current growth rate and the expected growth rate of say,9% in the next decade India shall surpass the major economies of the globe and shall emerge as a world power. As a corollary to this, the state of Arunachal instead of galloping with the Indian economy is poised to chart a different growth rate. In this case I’m talking of the fast growth rate of the Unions/Societies/Organisations in our nascent state. We are achieving a staggering growth rate of the Unions in the state. If in the last decade it was already 8%,today we have a whopping growth rate of 50% in this field. I fail to comprehend what shall be the condition  of our state when we achieve 100% growth rate in this particular field.

Today we have Unions in the name of tribe, ethnicity, state or region which is somehow acceptable but how do you explain to those Unions which are formed on the basis of street corners, backyards, class subjects etc etc. Tomorrow we may be forced to encounter Presidents and General Secretaries who are from All Arunachal Geography Students Union, Physics Students Union, Chemistry Students Union, Pol Science Students Union, Matric Fail Students Union etc etc. Not to be done with we may have Accident Victims Union too. With the spate of accidents we witness in our jampacked highways these days the formation of this Union is a foregone conclusion.

The Union formed after Bhopal Gas Tragedy shall pale into insignificance before our yet to be born Union. People of Arunachal, beware, at the rate we see the birth of Unions every alternate day you should thank our almighty that we don’t produce offsprings at this rate too. However if we were to catch up with this trend our mothers would have to give birth every six month defying the laws of nature, husbands may have to go for multiple marriages, school/college going sons have to be prodded to go for early marriage/forced marriage(either single or multiple) and not to be left behind legislature shall be made to make laws to circumbent the CCS Rules for some of our ever “rangeela” babus giving legitimacy to their already flourishing “affairs”.

Then the lucky Arunachalees having surpassed the population of China shall happily laugh all the way ahead with a look of contentment.

Our government instead of curbing the formation of Unions should now encourage the formation of ever increasing number of this new breed giving them a number of sops, concessions and subsidies. Though with such a high growth rate the day is not far when our economy shall be based on Unioninomics, different from Manmohanics or Keynes  engulfing the very state which has encouraged its birth.

The weapon of choice of the Unions these days are prayers first, intimidation later, when you don’t cough up ,blackmail, small arms, both licensed and un-licensed and when small arms are not available our local dao is always there as a substitute. And with the law enforcing agencies receding into the background or sometimes colluding with them ,the weapon of choice shall be upgraded to AK series of Rifles. If that is not enough innovative Unions may go for grenades, gases, RPGs thus giving the already existing UGs or the so called “Algawwadis (secessionists), Ugrawadis (Ultras), Aatankwadis (Terrorists), Maowadis (Maoists), Kattarpanthis (Extremists) etc a run for their money.

These Wadis then may have to kowtow before the Unions for the share of the spoils or for the territorial demarcation of the areas of operation. Alas, what could we do....we could either be part of it or out of it. Having no choice we have to be part of it and send our offsprings to Union Schools to get trained as future Union leaders. of course that is where the future of our offsprings shall be secure having not to worry about the source of income.

Then we shall be able to declare proudly before the broad masses that “look my son/daughter is the leader of such a Union”. Afterall at this age many of us  do not have the opportunity to migrate to countries which are Unionfree. Even otherwise if a Unionfree country knows about the country of our origin they shall be bound to reject our Visa outright. As can be guessed, no any sane Unionfree country would ever want to import this dreaded Union virus to their beloved, peaceful and Union free country.

If ever the Almighty had walked on this planet Earth and had ever set foot on Arunachal Pradesh please Save Us from this Unionism, Union leaders and Union Virus.

Yours,

A citizen,

(on email)

 

 

The smart girl with a cause

Dear Editor,

Students reach out to Help Age India”, of March 21 under News Impact section provided very encouraging information. As is the case with any senior citizen, an incident or remark remind many other similar or related incidents.

This particular snippet reminded a very interesting incident which occurred sometime back. A few of us were gossiping in a Dabba.

Then a smart girl with student uniform (KPS) intruded our session. She was armed with a cash receipt foil and pen. She introduced herself and said she is collecting money on behalf of KPS to contribute towards the cause of senior citizens. We were skeptical of her intention. We didn’t out rightly refuse contributing to it but insisted whether the contributions will be judiciously channeled. She was persistent and refused to buy our argument. Finally she had to walk away empty handed. From this report it seems she was a genuine student from this institute who bothered to contribute towards a worthy cause. This is a very good initiative from this premier institute.

But such responsibility should have been entrusted in groups of students by the authority in which case we wouldn’t have cast aspersion to her sincere call. My gratitude to this institute and its young students who are doing selfless service; when majority of us are in pursuit of narrow personal goals.

We seem to be good at condemning all ills around us but lack the ability to appreciate good deeds. Hope if she gets to read this letter she will forgive us.

Yours,

John

 

 

 

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