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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
In response to Taba Ajum’s Article
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
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.
Bengia Abing and Arun Kumar Mehta
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
(on email), Kolkata-114
Work for community but not at the cost of unity of Arunachal
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.
Maddox Tabin, (on Email)
Take note of other development paradigm too
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
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
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.
(on email), Tezu.
Ours is a genuine concern
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.