ITANAGAR, May 18: All Upper Subansiri District Saakshar Bharat Mission Employed Association
demanded the concerned authority to make pyament of six months pending honorarium
of 296 Prerak and nine block coordinators, besides clearance of Prerak and block
coordinators office expenditures.
In a meeting held at Dumporijo recently, the house also unanimously decided to demand
for continuation of service of Saakshar Bharat Mission Employees.
Arunachal bandh affects normal life
ITANAGAR, May 18: Life came to a grinding halt today in Arunachal Pradesh following
a 24-hour state-wide bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).
The bandh which began at 5 am remained peaceful throughout the state barring a few
incidents of stone pelting by bandh activists at Naharlagun here, SP Hibu Tamang
All business establishments, educational institutions, private and central government
offices remained closed.
Attendance in state government offices remained thin.
All sorts of private and public vehicles remained off the road except a few state
transport buses seen plying in the road with police escorts.
According to reports, the bandh was total in other parts of the state without any
incidents of violence.
The AAPSU called the bandh in protest against the state government’s failure to fulfill
its five-point charter of demands including publication of a white paper on the state’s
financial position by the government.
The other demands were improvement in the law and order situation, appointment of
an independent home minister, early solution to the decades-old border row between
Arunachal and Assam and an early settlement of Chakma and Hajong refugee issue.
Our correspondent from Ruksin adds: The AAPSU bandh crippled normal life in Ruksin
and other parts of East Siang district. All business establishments, financial institutions
at Pasighat and Ruksin towns remained closed. There was thin attendance in Government
The APST buses and private vehicles were off the roads on the National Highway- 52.
Many passengers are stranded at Ruksin gate here as the protestors disrupted the
movement of APST and night service buses. Members and supporters of All East Siang
District Student’s Union (AESDSU) also blocked all major roads of the district.
At Ruksin, the members of Lego-Banggo Students’ Union with support of Ruksin Area
Youth Front have been blocking the National Highway-52 at Ruksin gate and several
other portions of the highway between Ruksin and Pasighat since morning. They also
staged road-blockade at Pasighat-Ledum-Koyu road, Mirem-Mikong-Jonai and other roads.
Hundreds of youths, who are heading towards Pasighat for Army Recruitment Rally beginning
from tomorrow are facing problems due to bandh call. However, the police negotiated
with the protestors and helped some of the youths to reach Pasighat in requisitioned
No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the district till filing
of this report.
At Ziro, although Govt offices remained open for the day, all the business establishments
remained closed and private vehicles off the road. According to police sources,
the bandh witnessed some sporadic incidents of vandalism. A group of youth damaged
office infrastructure including computer sets in district art and culture office,
agriculture office, veterinary office and development establishment attached to DC
office, police sources said.
ROING correspondent adds: Normal life remained largely unaffected in the two districts
of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley by the AAPSU bandh call. All government
offices remained open and vehicular movement unaffected. However, few shops and long
distance running vehicle remained off the roads for the day.
In Tirap, 24-hour AAPSU sponsored bandh call didn't create much impact today. Offices
were open as usual. However, Khonsa bazaar remained closed and private vehicles off
the road. An elaborate security arrangement was made throughout the district to thwart
any violence. There were no reports of any untoward incidents from anywhere, reports
Meanwhile, a meeting was held at Khonsa circuit house today in which the Director
of Higher and Technical Education Joram Begi, Tirap DC W Lowang and others attended.
Begi and his team left for Longding on the same day, the report added.
ANSU unhappy over Govt’s lukewarm response to Tarasso incident
ITANAGAR, May 18: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today expressed its displeasure
over the state government’s alleged lukewarm response towards the anti-Arunachali
rally organized by people of Assam holding CPI flags at Tarasso circle of Papum Pare
on May 16.
Describing the incident as an overt incitement by outsiders to destabilize the state’s
territorial integration as well as jeopardize the age-old relationships between Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh, ANSU in a release said that the incident deserves more than
mere condemnation. “Mere condemning of such incidents has become a ritual of the
state government which is encouraging the anti-social elements,” ANSU said adding
that the state government should identify and the culprits responsible for fomenting
anti-Arunachali activities and book them under National Security Act (NSA).
“The border skirmishes and eviction drives along Assam-Arunachal boundary have become
routine affairs. In spite of such atrocities on the people of Arunachal, the state
government has miserably failed to give a befitting reply to its Assam counterpart,
“ANSU feels that such acts must be nipped in the bud and the government should hit
back strongly so that such incidents do not recur in future,” the release said and
cautioned that it would not tolerate such condemnable incident.
Further, ANSU supported the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU)’s demand
for appointment of a full-fledged Home Minister to handle the law and order problem
in the state, particularly in state capital.
ANSU also condemned the vandalism in Northeastern Homeopathic Medical College by
its agitated students and stated that students and college management should resolve
the matter amicably to avoid setting wrong precedent in the lone homeopathic college
of the state.
Household dustbins made mandatory in Daporijo
Daporijo, May 18: Household dustbin has been made mandatory for all here to keep
Daporijo township neat and clean and penalty will be levied on anyone violating the
same. It was resolved in a mass awareness meeting on cleanliness convened by Department
of Urban (UD) Development here on May 16.
The meeting highlighted various cleanliness related issues and problems, their possible
solutions and actions to be taken to clean and beautify Daporijo township.
Speaking on the occasion, i/c Deputy Commissioner Gejum Ete stressed the need for
creating awareness among masses on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. “If
big cities with huge population can be kept clean, then why can’t we keep our small
township neat and clean,” he questioned.
The UD Deputy Director H Welly explained in details about the aims and objectives
of the meeting through PowerPoint presentation. He advised the residents to develop
civic sense saying that it was the duty of each and everyone to keep the township
neat and clean which is possible only through the active participation of the people
of the area.
The meeting further resolved to appoint volunteers to oversee the cleanliness activities,
conduct routine social service/cleanliness drives, awareness camps, to prohibit dumping
of construction material on main/colony roads, relocate the roadside vendors to proper
market places etc.
Scientific advisory committee meet
ITANAGAR, May 18: The 4th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi Vigyan
Kendra (KVK), Dirang, West Kameng was held on May 16.
Inaugurating the meeting, Thembang CO Dani Rikang highlighted about the training
programmes and other activities of KVK for better agricultural production.
Dr. P. Chakravarty, i/c Director NRC on Yak spoke about the role of KVK in improving
agricultural production by providing technical know-how and other agriculture related
training etc to the farmers.
Nini Pertin, Dy. Director Agriculture, explained about different aspects of KVK in
Arunachal Pradesh. He also requested every HoD of agriculture and allied departments
and progressive farmers to share their views, suggestions and give feed backs for
incorporation in the AOP 2012-2013 for the best interest of the farmers of the district.
The various activities and achievements of the KVK were reviewed in the technical
session followed by presentations from subject matter specialists (SMSs) in Agronomy,
Horticulture, Plant Protection, Agril. Extension, Fishery and Home Science. The future
plans of the KVK were also chalked out in the meeting for necessary implementation.
As many as 17 SAC members and 4 farmers of the committee attended the meeting.
The website of the KVK was also launched on the occasion.
Rongali Bihu celebration ends
ITANAGAR, May 18: The 3-day Bohag Bihu or Rongali celebration at border town of Jagun
came to an end yesterday evening.
Attending the celebration, Youth Congress (East Parliamentary Committee) president
James Jugli stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between the people of
Assam and Arunachal for development of both the states.
“The strong emotional bond created by our fore fathers should be maintained by all
of us for our future generations,” he said adding that cultural exchanges would help
the people know each other better and promote peace and maintain the age-old emotional
relationship among the people of the two neighbouring state he said. Later, Jugli
distributed prizes to the winners of various Bihu competitions.
The function was attended by public leaders of Jagun and Margherita areas.
Popular Assamese singer Zubeen Garg enthralled the audience with his melodious numbers
in the musical night organized on the occasion.
A plea to bandh callers
As an ordinary citizen of the state, I would like to request the band callers to
change their way to enforce bandh calls.
1. Stop pelting stones, spray water instead (that would be less lethal and water
is also abundance in Arunachal).
2. Stop destroying the environment. The road blockade by felling trees is not at
all appreciable, after all you do not come out to clear the road at the end of
3. Make the other days longer by reducing the duration of bandh period.
4. Make sure that the issues are resolved after the first phase of bandh call. Please
don’t go for Phase-II or Phase-III bandh call, we are not witnessing a movie sequel.
5. Pay those daily wage earners, because you are directly responsible for depriving
them of their daily bread.
6. Ask your activists not to drink during enforcement of bandh.
7. Don’t hide in the jungle, if you have guts and if the bandh is legal then show
yourself up, so that we will remember you when we have some business in future.
8. Let the president and the office bearers too come out and execute the bandh, because
most of the time its the school or college drop outs or the back benchers who execute
the bandh physically, while the office bearers sit back in their A C room relaxed.
It is seen that the issues remains unsolved even after the bandh call. Please make
sure that the issue for which the bandh is called, is solved. That will bring respect
to the organization.
Above all, it is better to say no to bandh calls.
A concerned Arunachalee
Boundary dispute and development
At a time when the India-China border dispute is hogging the limelight and causing
unease in the Indian establishment, many festering inter-state border disputes in
the Northeast that are sowing seeds of discord seem to elude the attention of policymakers
at the Centre. The issue of inter-state border disputes came to the forefront again
when tensions erupted along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border following the Assam
government’s demolition of infrastructure at Malanithan Mala ground and boundary
wall at Likabali of West Siang district. Besides these, illegal eviction drive
at Tarasso and Doimukh circle of Papum Pare district, at Dollungmukh of Lower Subansiri
district and recent illegal public procession with red flag at Taraso circle by the
supporters of a particular leader of Assam are some of the activities which compel
many Arunachalees to think about their safety and security along the inter-state
Both the Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal should initiate dialogue and constitute
state level coordination committee to hold negotiations at regular intervals to
find out ways and means for permanent and amicable solution to boundary dispute
without the intervention of the Central Govt and Supreme Court.
Assam is the common strand that connects all these border disputes. The root cause
of all these inter-state border disputes can be traced back to the decision to carve
out new political entities out of Assam. It is necessary to point out that this decision
was taken under compelling circumstances. The prevailing external and internal situation
in the region during the 1960s highlighted the urgent need to effectively integrate
this sensitive frontier area with the Indian Union. The 1962 border war with China
and numerous ethnic insurgencies that plagued the region threatened the unity and
integrity of the country. In this context, the Government of India decided to carve
out new political entities, with the dual aim of consolidating its hold over this
remote region as well as to fulfill the aspirations of various ethnic communities
involved in separatist movements. Thus, the reorganization of Arunachal Pradesh into
a Union Territory in 1972 and its upgradation to full-fledged statehood in 1987 can
be seen as a strategy of the Indian government to consolidate its position vis-à-vis
China in the border negotiations.
It is a moot point whether granting statehood has adequately addressed the issue
of ethnic identity. But it surely has had negative fallout in the form of various
border disputes between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is important to note that
NE states were hurriedly carved out of then Assam without paying much attention to
the realities on the ground. And, therefore, these freshly created state boundaries
did not strictly conform to the ethnic boundaries of the region. As tensions mounted
and relations deteriorated, the concerned states tried to resolve the issue but could
not do it.
Needless to say, a quick and speedy resolution of these border issues has become
necessary to give the Central government’s renewed emphasis on the overall development
of the Northeast. This goal can only be achieved by purging strife and promoting
greater co-operation to usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the region.
Gen. Secy. (AAPBSU)
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