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2010

May - 20

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Police arrests 3 for Tezu post office scandal

ITANAGAR, May 19: Three postal department officials were arrested by police after a massive scandal was unraveled recently. The arrested officials and staff are Pemo Kanta Deori, Postmaster, Tezu, Subir Das, sub-divisional inspector, Jairampur and Gopal Bhagat, staff of Branch Post Office, College Campus, Tezu. They were arrested on May 14 last by Tezu Police led by Manik Gogoi, DSP following an FIR lodged against them by the IGG College general secretary Shavin Mam for dereliction duty.

It is pertinent to mention here that numerous letters, money orders, cheques, ATM cards, insurance policy papers, appointment letters etc. were found being undelivered for the last eight years at Branch Post Office located inside the IGG College, Tezu premises recently.

The scandal came into light when the principal of the college Sangey Khandu entered into the Branch Post on suspicion and found thousands of letters and other papers being dumped and undelivered.

Meanwhile, the college students union demanded district administration to institute an investigation on the matter and sack those officials from their respective posts on public interest.

Now it remains to be seen what precautionary measures the postal department and administration takes so that such kind of acts are not repeated in future.

 

Enterprise owned by former MLA freezed

ITANAGAR, May 19: M/s Rangne Enterprises, a registered Class 1 (civil) contractor with PWD has been cancelled by the Government after it failed to respond to a notice of forged and false documents.  The Enterprise is alleged to have submitted forge documents about work experience, T P details, and bank certificates for getting registered.

The firm established in July 2008 is owned by former MLA Takam Sorang.

The Enlistment-cum-Disciplinary Committee had decided to issue a show case notice to M/s Rangne Enterprise Itanagar to explain its position by 31-12-2009 which was further extended to March 1 this year.

MLA Markio Tado while welcoming the cancellation order said that it was a justice for upcoming genuine contractors of the state and lessons for all to learn. He further said that Departmental transaction being carried out by the Enterprise and Sorang be freezed unconditionally. Sorang represented Tali Constituency twice.

 

DC bans IMFL

ROING, May 19: The District Magistrate (DM) of Lower Dibang Valley District, Y W Ringu in her efforts to maintain law and order in the district has banned the selling of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and local made beer without a valid license.

In an Executive Order issued recently, the DM stated that the selling of liquor like IMFL and local made beer/rakshi without valid licence is not only illegal but also allows easy access to and consumption of liquor at almost every nook and corner of the township causing Law and Order Problem/nuisance in the surrounding and disrupt public tranquility.

In another executive order to maintain cleanliness in the district headquarter, the DM has banned the use of polythene bags stating that the use of polythene bags and  throwing them in the market area have resulted in deposition of litters, blocking the drains and creating unhealthy atmosphere which not only affect the sanitation and beauty of market but also damages the roads.

The DM have stated to take stern action as per the appropriate section of the law, if anybody is found indulging in the aforesaid act and not abiding by the order.

 

Planning Process and Consultancy Services for PRIs held at Daporijo

Daporijo,May 19: A workshop on ‘Planning Process and Consultancy Services’ on Panchayati Raj was conducted by the Abo Chegum Multipurpose Welfare Society (ACMWS) in collaboration with the Department of Panchayati Raj of the district at the Rijo Conference Hall on May 18th  at Daporijo.

Bida Gadi, Director Panchayati Raj, i/c DC G. Ete(ADC) and Gumjum Haider, Chairman of ACMWS graced the occasion which was attended by all the district heads of departments, PRI members and student leaders.

In his keynote address, Bida Gadi while appreciating the attendance of PRI members in full force said that the PRI leaders of Upper Subansiri were very active and vibrant. Explaining about the evolution of the Panchayati Raj in the state, he stressed on the need for the PRI members to be educated about the structure, functions and powers of the different tiers of the Panchayati Raj so that it can be a success in the district and the state. He also made a request to the officers present to respect and cooperate with the PRI members as they were elected through the constitutional process and part and parcel of a system that was working for the betterment of our society from the grass root level.

Gadi also explained in detail about the devolution of power and constitution of the Panchayati Raj, duties and functions of the members, planning process and a need for making plans in the system, through a power point presentation.  Saying that e-knowledge was essential in this technological age, he requested all the PRI members to acquire the essential skills so that they could better benefit from it.

Launching a manual for District Planning Committee (Planning Guidelines for PRIs), DC i/c G. Ete told the people to consider the manual as a holy book to be read, imbibed and followed. He also made a request to the PRI members that any plans and programmes made by them should be made with a certain target and vision and an aim and objective should be fulfilled during the implementation process. He also appreciated the efforts of the NGO concerned in its mission to create awareness about Panchayati Raj in the districts.

Gumjum Haider, chairman of the Abo Chegum Multipurpose Welfare Society expressed his thankfulness to Bida Gadi for his efforts in making the Panchayati Raj system strong and successful in the state and encouraged the PRI members to work for the betterment of the people as true prosperity could be had only if development started in the grass root level.

The PRI members were also provided with a platform to air their appreciation, grievances and doubts to the concerned authority. (DIPRO)

 

Tara and Sharma achieve highest Black Belt rankings

ITANAGAR, May 19: Two Karate exponents and administrators from the state Sensei Likha Tara and Sensei Deben Sharma have added more feathers in their already decorated caps by achieving the highest Karate Black Belt Dan rankings.

Tara, who is the president of Arunachal Karate Association (AKA), has been awarded Black Belt 4th Dan by Nihon Shotukan Karate-Do-Federation of Japan (NSKF-JP) and 5th Dan by All India Karate-Do-Federation (AIKF) while Sharma, the technical director of AKA, has been awarded Black Belt 5th Dan by both (NSKF-JP) and AIKF. Both Tara and Sharma were awarded these highest level Black Belt rankings by former world champion and international chief instructor Shihan Pemba Tamang and Sensei Lal Darda, Director AIKF, New Delhi during the National Coaching Camp cum Grading Test Examination held (nskf-jp) in Imphal, Manipur from May 13 to 17 last.

 

Union oppose PPP for 500 bedded hospital

ITANAGAR, May 19:  Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union has opposed the proposal of PPP model with Artemis Medical Care Services for 500 bedded Hospital and Medical College in the state. It said that the Artemis is a purely commercial profit making organizations and if the organization is allowed to run the important projects in the state, it would tantamount to the violations of the rights of the indigenous people, the organization stated.

Union further added that such a large-scale project needs to be handled by the state government and not by a profit making organization. It further expressed the fear that half of the seats could be sold to medical aspirants.

 

KGBV: Reaching the unreached in Arunachal

Bishnu Rana

ROING, May 19: Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has become a boon for the economically backward tribal people in the far-flung and remote parts of Arunachal Pradesh. It provides a wider platform for quality education to girls belonging to underprivileged, marginalized and downtrodden section of the society by setting up residential school.

The Vidyalayas also fill up the literacy gender gap in those identified Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB) where the rural female literacy rate is below the national average. It also extends education to inaccessible areas. Initially the emphasis was given to educate older girls who abandoned their education at primary school but now the younger girls in the far-flung areas are also brought under the ambit of education.

In Arunachal Pradesh around 27 KGBVs are being run by the NGOs and Govt in 16 districts. Out of them R K Mosang Memorial Society runs 3 KGBVs, Arunachal Vikas Shiksha Samiti runs 9 KGBVs in East Siang District and 2 KGBVs in Tirap, 2 in Lohit and 2 in Tawang district are being run by the state government under respective DDSEs.

It may be mentioned here that despite all odds the Hunli KGBV located 90 Km off Roing is imparting quality education to the underprivileged and marginalized tribal girls in the interior Lower Dibang Valley dist. It has strength of about 100 girls. It is expected that this KGBV will be upgraded to 10 standards under Rashtriya Madhayamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) shortly.

 

Do we have a land to call as ours?

Raju Mimi

Rajen owns the land, the rivers, forests and the mountains. It has been passed on to him through generations.

“That hill belongs to our clan”, he says pointing northwest towards a hill.

Rajen is from Mow clan of Idu Mishmi tribe from Dibang Valley district.

Further pointing north towards the majestic Dri Valley, he tells us that the mountain in the backdrop of Dri River belongs to a different clan.

Like many tribal societies around the world, community ownership of land, rivers and forests is central to the identity of Idu Mishmis. But what Rajen is unaware of is that such ownership has no legal status. Worse, the hill that his clan owns now no more belongs to them. It is now part of the Dibang-Dihang Biosphere Reserve.

Further down in the valley, in Bhismaknagar of Lower Dibang Valley district, Koli, another Idu tribesman is shocked to know that his 10 acres of land has been transferred to forest department. His land is included in the map, which the department identified for compensatory afforestation for grant of forest clearance to NHPC Ltd for Dibang Multipurpose Project. He is surprised how and when the forest department took over his land.

“Such situation arises because of lack of awareness”, says Dr Mite Linggi, Secretary of Idu-Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (ICLS). “The forest official does not educate and inform the ignorant villagers while taking their signature for transfer of land to forest department.”

“In some cases, people with vested interest, sells the land of poor villagers without their knowledge and consent to forest dept.”

As per the Forest Conservation Act, the companies have to comply with the compensatory afforestation process to make up for the trees they cut down. NHPC estimates that, for execution of Dibang Project, 5000 ha of forest land has to be cut down. Now it has to plant trees in an area twice the size.

The process requires identifying land for compensatory afforestation in the non forest land, which is mostly the community owned land. The land is either bought or acquired and handed over to forest department for afforestation. In the process, the community controlled area is converted to protected forest, and the community looses all its right over that land.

For compensatory afforestation for Dibang project, 4743 ha of land has been identified in lower Dibang Valley District and 5600 ha, in the Dibang Valley District, against the requirement of 10113 ha.

“One proposed dam can take away so much of our land, there are more 16 large dams in the Dibang region alone”, says Linggi. “The sad part is that govt doesn’t recognize community ownership of land. In effect, it becomes easier for govt to take away land from tribals.” In Arunachal, there is no legal status for community owned land. The govt only recognizes individual ownership and land is allotted to an individual by issuing of Land Possession Certificate (LPC). However, the process in obtaining LPC is cumbersome and not many can afford. Therefore, such flaws facilitate speedier transfer of tribal land to govt. Also such individual based legal system creates disjunction between the legal and social realities giving rise to social tension. No doubt, the forest department has become the biggest land encroacher today.

In other northeastern tribal state that enjoys the sixth schedule status, the govt has been unable to deprive the tribals from their community land. However, no such status is accorded to tribals in Arunachal.  

“Our people will continue to loose their land to power developers as there is no legal mechanism to safeguard our rights”, says Aegami Meme, a member of Idu Indigenous Peoples Council (IIPC).

“Most of our land has been gifted to wild life and declared as reserved forests, rest whatever we own is declared as Unclassed State Forest, where govt can charge royalty for any forest produce. So do we have any land to call as ours?”

Of the total geographical area of 83,743 sq km, Arunachal has 51,540 sq km of recorded forest area which includes 31,826 sq km of Unclassed State Forest. The undivided Dibang Valley (13,029 sqkm) accounts for highest recorded forest cover of 9,423 sq km which includes the two wildlife sanctuaries (Mehao and Dibang) and most part of Dibang-Dihang Biosphere reserve. That leaves local tribal people with meager 28% of total land and is now being continuously taken away in the name of development.

“We are fool to believe that we own the land”, says Meme. “When govt does not recognize our community land, how can we secure it?”

And that makes Rajen concerned. He is now uncertain if their community owned resources can be passed on to coming generation. (The writer is Panos South Asia Media Fellow 2009)

 

Students to boycott public hearing

ITANAGAR, May 19: All East Siang District Students Union has decided to boycott the public hearing for Lower Siang Project which is scheduled to be held at Pessing, Pangin and Jeying later this month. This was decided at a meeting today.

The union said that power developer and government of Arunachal is not maintaining the norms of public hearing. Demanding norms be maintained while conducting public hearing, the Union voiced against the Arunachal State Pollution Control Board for giving the go ahead sign for the hearing in violation of the EIA notification 2006.

The Union said that Board should have checked the facts before giving the green signal for the Public hearing.

 

Training on Fish Farming Technology

Daporijo May 19: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Upper Subansiri district organized a one day training programme to the extension functionaries of Agri & allied department on Fish Farming Technology, at the District Fisheries Development Office premises on May 14.

Dipjyoti Bora, Programme Assistant (Fisheries) delivered a lecture on “Fish Farming Technology” in detail covering topics like design and construction of an ideal fish farm, composite fish culture, disease management in fish culture.

It was attended by around 23 participants from the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary, Fisheries, Block Development office and members of Rural Development Society (NGO).

Integrated fish farming practices including fish cum pig, fish cum paddy, fish cum poultry, fish cum duck, fish cum cattle were also discussed through a slide presentation. He also requested the extension personnel to disseminate the information at village level.

Participants interacted with technical staff and had their queries answered and doubts cleared. The aim of the training programme was to update and refresh the functionaries on various aspects of fish farming so that the beneficiaries as well as extension personnel could get proper know how.

The training was inaugurated by the DFDO, Upper Subansiri district Nabam Tania who hoped that trainees would learn what was taught and spread the knowledge to the masses. DIPRO

 

Workshop on cooperative banking

ITANAGAR, May 19: The Manpower Development and Management Institute for Cooperative Banks in North East (MDMI), Shillong is organizing a five-day programme on the topics “Cooperative banking and rural development credit and financial inclusion and mirco credit delivery” for the officers and staff of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank at ATI Naharlagun from May 18. Altogether 60 bank officials are participating in the programme.

APCS managing director cum CEO APSCABL Tarin Dakpe, while welcoming the resource persons from MDMI, NABARD, appealed the participants to take full advantage of the programme.

A performance review meeting was also held with the branch managers and departmental officers yesterday in presence of MDMI director Dr J B Dutta. Dutta lauded the Coop Apex Bank management and staff on bank achievement.

 

SRI : A new and improved technology of rice cultivation

Simanta Kumar Kalita

Introduction: Realizing the fullest potentialities of paddy plants, which provides staple food rice to fulfill the demands of the continuously growing population, is the need of the hour. This additional rice will have to be produced on less land with less water, less labor, and fewer chemicals. The task becomes even more difficult when rice quality preferences gradually receive more attention. In response to it, numerous practices, experiments and innovations have been done by scientists and farmers, which ultimately help to develop SRI (System of Rice Intensification) in Madagascar by Father Henri de Laulanié in 1983. At present it is spread to more than 28 countries viz. Bhutan, Iraq, Iran and Zambia, China, Indonesia, India etc. In India SRI was first started in southern states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh etc in 2002-2003. In northeastern states, Tripura first introduced SRI, now it has extended to some part of Assam and Meghalaya. In Arunachal Pradesh also SRI can be adopted successfully. Under SRI method, yield is increased by 50 – 100% or more, with a reduction in plant  populations by  80 –  90%,  less water by  25-50%, without  using new  'improved'  varieties,  as all  varieties  respond  to  the method  or  using of no chemical  fertilizers, with  low cost of  plant protection and production, and thus considerably increased net economic return.

Principles of SRI:  The central principles for getting best results in this method are; rice seedlings are transplanted early with just two leaves, quickly, shallow and carefully, to avoid trauma to roots and to minimize transplant shock. The seedlings are transplanted in wide space (up to 20, 25, 30 or even 50 cm apart depending on soil and environmental condition) to permit more growth of roots and canopy and to keep all leaves photosynthetically active. The fields are alternately kept wet and dry; they are not flooded until the panicle initiation stage (1-3 cm of water in the field during the reproductive phase). The field is drained 25 days before harvest and organic manure is used as much as possible. Mechanical weeding should start around 10 days after transplanting, at least two weedings are necessary, though more are recommended. It is supposed to provide better growing conditions in the root zone, save inputs, improve soil health and optimize water use efficiency. In SRI rice plant shows profuse and strong tillers, non lodging, big panicles, more and well filled grains in panicles and higher grain weight and resists to insects and diseases. 30 tillers per plant are fairly easy to achieve even 50 tillers pen plant are quite attainable in this method. SRI improve the growth and functioning of rice plants root systems and enhance the numbers and diversity of the soil biota that contribute to plant health and productivity

Selection of soil: SRI method of cultivation responds better in acidic soil and not performed well in alkaline and saline soil. Land selected for his method should be leveled and uniform so that when the plot is irrigated the water should be spread uniformly across the field.

Raising nursery: In the SRI method, utmost care should be taken in the preparation of nursery bed, as 8-12 days old seedlings are transplanted in this method.

Bed preparation and seed sowing: The bed should be 4 feet wide and the length can vary depending upon the need of farmer and space available. Two kg seeds would be required for transplanting in one acre of land. 400 square feet is required for raising 2 kg seed. A single bed or several beds can be prepared according to convenience of farmer. Nursery bed is prepared layer wise in this manner:

1st Layer: 1 inch thick well decomposed FYM

2nd Layer: 1 ½ inch soil

3rd Layer: 1 inch thick well decomposed FYM

4th Layer: 2 ½ inch soil.

All these layers should be thoroughly mixed. A channel should be made around the nursery bed. Seed is soaked for 12 hours before sowing of seed. It is then transferred into gunny bag and kept for 24 hours. During this period the seed germinates. Then the germinated seed is sown on the nursery bed. To ensure uniform broadcasting, the seed is made into 4 equal parts. Each part is broadcasted separately. It is better to broadcast in the evening. To protect the seed from direct sun, rain, birds and ants, the seed is covered with a thin layer of dry soil or straw. After appearance of the shoots, the straw if used is removed. Depending upon the need, water should be gently sprinkled over the bed daily in the morning and evening.  

Preparation of main field: Land preparation in SRI cultivation is similar to traditional irrigated rice cultivation. Leveling should be done carefully so that water can be applied very evenly. At every 3 m distance form a cannel to facilitate drainage. With the help of a marker lines should be drawn both way at 25 x 25 cm part (may be more depending on situation) and paddy seedlings should be transplanted at the intersection i.e. the vertical and horizontal lines meet. The roller marker gives 8 grids at a time. For the rows to be straight it is ideal that a rope is tied along the length of the field and the marker is drawn along the rope. After pulling the marker once i.e. for every two meters it is ideal to leave 12-13 inches path. However, the farmer first transplanted the entered field. Paths are made later by tying a rope, the plants on both the sides are uprooted and retransplanted away from path. These pattern results in good aeration of the paddy fields. As a result the pest and disease intensity get reduced.

Transplanting: Utmost care should be taken during the uprooting and transplanting young of 8-12 days age old seedlings in the main field. The farm labour engaged in this activity should be trained in this regard. Unlike in convention method in which seedlings are transplanted by thrusting them into the soil using the middle and the pointing finger with root forming ‘U’ shape. In SRI method the seedling are transplanted shallow with the roots forming a ‘L’ shape. The seedlings are taken along with the soil using the thumb and pointing finger. The field is then lightly irrigated on the same day or day after transplanting.

Nutrient management: The yield is higher when organic manure rather than chemical fertilizer is applied. Application of tank silt at the rate of 15-20 cartload per acre or 6 tons of FYM/compost per acre is needed for proper growth and development ultimately for higher yield in this SRI method. Green manure crops could be used which help significantly in improving soil fertility.

Weed management: As there is no standing water in SRI method, weed growth would be more. Instead of weeding manually and throwing the weeds out the plot there are several advantages of turning the weeds into the soil by using weeder. Weeder should be used on 10th and 20th day after transplantation depending on infestation. If the weeder is used on 30th and 40th day after transplanting, there will be more aeration to the plant roots resulting the healthy growth. Weeds should be moved front and back between every two rows. Under no circumstances, chemical herbicides should be used in this method. Suitable intercrops can also be chosen as per the local conditions for effective weed management.

Water management:  The fields are not flooded under SRI method. Irrigation water is provided so as to wet the soil. The field should be irrigated again when the soil develops hairline cracks. Depending upon the soil and environmental conditions the frequency of irrigation should be decided. A day before using the weeder, the field should be lightly irrigated. After the weeding, water should not be drained out from the field. After panicle initiation stage to maturity stage one inch of water should be maintained in the field. The water can be removed after 70% of the grain gets hardened. Similarly, whenever needed, there should be drainage facility to drain the excess water.

Pest and disease management: The uniqueness of SRI method lies in not using the chemical pesticide and herbicides. Wider spacing and use of organic manure results in healthy growth of the plants and incidence of pest and diseases is naturally low. The pest can be easily managed by using some organic concoctions either as a preventive measure or as and when needed. Amrit Jalam is one such concoction. For preparation of Amrit Jalam the requires materials are cow urine : one liter, cow dung : one kilo, jaggery (organic) : 250 grams and water (Chlorine free) :10 liter.

Preparation of Amrit Jalam: Mix all the above material in a plastic container or an earthen pot. Let them ferment for 24 hours. Dilute this with water in the ratio 1 : 10. Filter the solution using fine cloth. This can be used for spraying. Amrit Jalam can be stored for 30 days. It gives nitrogen to plant and also repels harmful insects.

Harvesting: The grain matures even while the crop is green in colour. Hence farmer should be ready to undertake timely harvesting. In Andhra Pradesh SRI crops matured 10 days earlier, while in Cambodia, they ripened about one week before the conventional crops. (The contributor is SMS (Agronomy) Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tirap)

 

Cabinet approves setting up of Himlayan Institute in Arunachal

New Delhi, May 19:  The Union Cabinet today approved establishment of the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS) at Dahung in Arunachal Pradesh as an autonomous institute under the Culture Ministry.

The project will cost Rs nine crore and the recurring annual expenditure will be Rs 124.86 lakh per annum.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, while briefing reporters on decisions taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), said the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh where the CIHCS is proposed to be set up, is traditionally Buddhist and the Institute will not only fill the vacuum in the field of education, specially Buddhist education, but will also provide cultural moorings to the youth and foster national integration.

Ms Soni said the Institute would also inculcate awareness of ecological balance and preservation of natural resources.

It would also teach community arts and crafts for self-sufficiency and sustainable development and preservation of ethnic identity, the Minister said. UNI

 

Blood donation camp

ITANAGAR: A voluntary blood donation camp is being organized by Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress at           General Hospital Naharlagun on May 21 from at 8 am onwards to mark the 19th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

 

CBSE Cl-XII result

ITANAGAR: The Senior School Certificate Examination 2010 (Class XII) result will be declared on May 21 at 8 am.

Students can access their result at www.results.nic.in,w-ww.cbseresults.nic.in <http://www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in/>  and www.cbse.nic.in.

 

Workshop for artisan, weavers and allied aganecies

ITANAGAR: North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Develoment Corporation Limited is organising a workshop on advocacy and knowledge sharing of artisans, weavers and other associated agencies at Hotel Arun Subansiri on May 20.

 

Sikkim speaker arrives in Itanagar

ITANAGAR:  Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly K. T. Gyaltsen and Deputy Speaker M. B. Dahal, Secretary Legislative Assembly D. Rinchen and two officers arrived in Itanagar today on an official visit.  The team is expected to be here till May 21.

 

AAPWU’s plea

ITANAGAR: All Arunac-hal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has appealed the authorities concerned to expedite the official procedures for early release of the salary of workers working in various department of the state.

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In response to Taba Ajum’s Article

 

Dear Editor,

(I)

 

This is in regard to the article published on May 19th   by Taba Ajum " Arunachal need to act before they are relegated to minority in their own land”.

We are quite surprised to read it, as how can a well known media person like him write such article that will create communalism & hamper peace & harmony of the state.

The money that comes to Arunachal Pradesh is all from New Delhi. To my knowledge it’s the money that is collected by the Central Govt. in the form of various taxes from Indian citizens who earn it hard.

We would focus on some issues raised by Taba Ajum that non-tribals are holding 90% of business in capital complex.  Yes it’s a bitter truth but who is responsible? They come from all over the country and take shops, houses on rent from tribal owners as they don’t have the right to take property here whereas we can take anywhere in India.

They earn themselves through their hard work, feed their families, help some apex organisations to survive, they dont ask or make queue in MAL, minister bunglow asking money as some of our tribal’s do. I am not against any community, but I am force to say that all tribal owners whether shops or houses prefer non-tribal’s to accommodate or run business because they believe that they will pay rent on time, obey rules sincerely on the other side. They reject tribals sometimes. There are several buildings under construction nowadays all in & around capital complex where thousands of non tribal labours are engaged by our tribal people to build their dream houses as no tribal labours are working for private owners.

I have visited various district headquarters & interiors of Arunachal, where I was quite shocked to see that many middle & high class families have employed nontribal children to look at their household and  small babies from time immemorial. All this seems that non tribals are often invited here in Arunachal by the local peoples. People of Arunachal are enjoying various rights, government scheme benefits, easy money in spite of less hard work & we deserve it.

But being an Indian first, I appeal all Arunachalee brothers & sisters, elders not to grow feeling of anti-non tribals or any other community because love conquers all. In this 21st century we should think broadly. We must also remember that Non tribals from Indira Gandhi to a small labour have done a lot for Arunachal Pradesh.

Yours,

Bengia Abing and Arun Kumar Mehta

(Onemail)

 

 

(II)

 

Dear Editor,

In his article "Arunachal need to act before they are relegated to minority in their own land" (19 May), Taba Ajum has expressed his absolutely justified concern about the migrants who are posing grave threat to the existence of the indigenous people.

India is a free country where the citizens can theoretically settle in any part of it. The demographic change of any region is not fully unexpected, given constant migration from one region to another. However, if the migrant majority has the final say in every affair and the indigenous minority is given the cold shoulder, it will not augur well for the country. This will make every ethnic group wary of the outsiders for the fear of being dispossessed of rights and culture in their very own homeland, thus jeopardising the unity of the country. Thus the migrant communities should always remain respectful towards the people and culture of their adopted land and aim for peaceful co-existence instead of superseding the latter or dictating to it.

Also, all regions of India should have the legal right to protect the ethnic identity and indigenous culture. Moreover, reservations in the service and education sector for the locals and certain restrictions on purchase of land by the migrants will go a long way in safeguarding the interests of the sons of the soil.

Thus, not only the settlers in Arunachal Pradesh should hold the sentiments of the locals in high esteem, the state Government should also take urgent steps so that the Arunachal tribes do not get relegated to non-entities or minorities in their own backyard. Exploitation of locals, if exists, should be immediately brought to an end and promotion of indigenous language and culture is a must. Learning of any local tribal language should be made compulsory so that the students cannot afford to neglect their tongue. Inner Line Permit should be strictly implemented so that the sparse local population of Arunachal does not get inundated by the sea of humanity from the "mainland" India. And instead of being Hindi-obsessed, the Arunachali parents should inculcate in their wards the love for their own mother tongue right from the tender age.

Yours,

Kajal Chatterjee,

(on email), Kolkata-114

 

 

 

Work for community but not at the cost of unity of Arunachal

Dear Editor,

I would like to ventilate some points on the issue of NIT(National institute of technology).The controversy lingering around NIT is totally uncalled for. The selection of site for any development proposal must depend on the feasibility of the area and other condition suitable for the proposal and from government end, they should not play any politics and favoritism. Some organizations and students can't compel the government to set up institute in their own choice of place because most part of Arunachal are backward and every district want to have institute of NIT Status. It should solely depend on govt. where to establish college. If Two Proposed site of Jote And Dezziling are in loggerhead, Govt. should look for some other suitable area to establish the college.

Moreover, I welcome the demand for separate Nyishi affairs Department. But what will happen to Arunachal when every tribes of Arunachal demand the same. As per as development is concern, all tribes are in same condition. Therefore, I would like to appeal various community based organization to work for the welfare and development of community but not at the cost of unity of Arunachal.

Yours,

Maddox Tabin, (on Email)

 

 

Take note of other development paradigm too  

Dear Editor,

We are happy to know that the Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh unit has urged the Government to put a moratorium on further signing of MOAs with the power developers in the State. The demand made by the NCP is laudable and the Government must pay heed to the demand for the good of the indigenous people of the State. We genuinely feel that there should be a halt to this marathon execution of MOAs between the Government and the Corporate.

The recently held convention of the North East consultation on Dams at Pasighat is also an important development. The issues raised during the convention are praiseworthy. The North East consultation’s call to adopt a human rights based approach development in the region based on respect of indigenous people’s sovereign rights over land and resource and their rights to define the development process compatible to their needs, culture, tradition and way of life needs to be honored.

Unfortunately, an aggressive effort is on to generate power through ethical and unethical means, even if it leads to massive ecological fallout. It’s alarming to note that scant attention is paid to long term environmental and ecological implications in the light of short term economic gain. Somehow development has been made synonymous with profit and corporate growth even at the expenses of degradation of nature. For instance the adverse environmental impact of the Hydro project has been evident in the Himalayan State of Uttrakhand. Initially the Sadhus were ridiculed when they led a massive protest demanding the stoppage of hydro projects on the river Ganga and tributaries. The harbingers of modernization called it a medieval action to take the country backwards. Recently a very independent constitutional body, the comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has supported what the Sadhus have been saying “The Ganga would dry up and desertify the northern plains”. This finding of the CAG has corroborated the apprehension raised by the Sadhus in the recent past. We must take a cue from this incident.

It’s unfortunate to note that the bigwigs at the helm of affairs are adopting double standards in their conduct. Rahul Gandhi, The general Secretary, of INC party had once opinioned regarding the trans-state river project that its not wise to play with nature. Ironically, his party in power is advocating the construction of several mega dams in the highly seismic region of our’s, which is tantamount to playing with nature. By creating several artificial barriers on the rivers thereby altering the natural flow of water, adversally affecting the aquatic life and biodiversity, digging of tunnels in the mountains resulting to disappearance of perennial streams/ springs and eventually depriving the area of its natural riches, Doesn’t it mean playing with Nature?. God forbid! We’ll be the first victims to bear the brunt of the fury of nature.

In the name of harnessing the natural resources of our region, the resources should not be drained to fill the coffers of the corporate and few individuals wielding power. Let us not drag our state to a situation which is being faced by the other tribal states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, where the locals are living in a pathetic condition. Though these states are endowed with rich natural resources, the original inhabitants are deprived of them, owing to the nexus between the government and the corporate giants. Consequently the saga of the oppression of the tribals in their own land has led to several socio-political problems and the Maoist menace is the manifestation of one such problem. Now it is proving a Herculean task for the government to curb the menace .Sooner or later they might find a cure for the problem. But there goes the old saying –Prevention is better than cure.

Yours,

Suraj Tayang,

(on email), Tezu.

 

 

 

Ours is a genuine concern

Dear Editor,

Apropos the article published in this daily (April 15) and with due regard to the opinion expressed by Tabom Boje.

The recent media excitement about mithun and its conservation is of course there but we have been working in the issue for last two years and in due course decided to organize this important festival, viz, Bos Frontalis Festival. Let likeminded NGOs like us perform our best to protect and conserve this animal that is vulnerable to extinction as an involvement in whatever way we can.

Recently held Kisan Mela organized by the district Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in collaboration with agri-allied departments and the Nyishi Agri Allied Extension Society (NAAES) is one of the instances of genuine endeavour to send across the vital message of empathy towards this animal. Such step taken up by the group of experts and voluntary participation of individuals must not be evaluated by questions of doubts and cynicism.  

Mascot Network Society (MNS) is organizing the Bos Frontalis Festival honestly to generate awareness on the animal. We are not intending to deter or bring heresy against our own custom and practice but we, by organizing this sole event, discourage reckless sacrifices of this animal in various ceremonies. We are breeding a sense of compassion in young generation towards this friendly animal and making an effort to combine our old values with new ideas to everyone’s better tomorrow.  

Yours,

Nguri Rajiv

General Secretary

MNS, Itanagar

 

 

 

 

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