The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
NCP demands Govt to issue white paper on Apex Bank
ITANAGAR, May 28: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has
demanded the state government to issue a white paper showing clearly the factors
responsible for making the Apex Bank sick, action taken report against major defaulters
and the actual present financial status of the bank.
Alleging partiality in loan recovery drive, NCP state unit President Kahfa Bengia
said that “While the small time defaulters faced the wrath of the bank recovery laws
the mighty and privileged lot comprised of politicians and PDS contractors went scot-free.
“Had the Govt. resorted to harsh steps, including seizure of properties and imprisonment
to few dozens of big fishes, and disconnected the politicians in professional management
of the Banking affairs, the bank would have revived on its own within couple of months,”
the NCP state president claimed.
BJP temporarily suspends ‘Jail Bharo Aandolon’
ITANAGAR, May 28: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s proposed nationwide “Jail Bharo
Aandolon” on May 27 to protest against the ‘scam filled’ UPA government and to demand
resignation of the Prime Minister has been suspended temprarirly following Chattishgarh
mayhem. Subsequently, the BJP Arunachal Pradesh has also suspended its strike proposed
in the state capital on May 30.
While expressing grave concern over deteriorated law and order situation in the state
capital, BJP demanded the state government to adopt proper policy and strategic action
plan to contain the prevailing situation.
PPA demands public apology from Maha CM
ITANAGAR, May 28: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has demanded public apology from
Maharashtra Chief Minister before the people of Arunachal Pradesh for making un-pardonable
mistake by chopping off Arunachal from the map of India in Geology textbook of Maharashtra
State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
The government has not yet responded to our demand for convening an all party meeting
on the serious issue, which has hurt the sentiment of people of this easternmost
state of the country. Hence, we demand it to call Maharashtra CM to Arunachal Pradesh
to make apology.
Meanwhile, PPA in a meeting reviewed its performance in the just concluded Panchayat
Raj and Municipality elections.
Newly elected Panchayat leaders administered oath
ZIRO, May 28: The oath taking ceremony of elected members of Panchayat Raj under
Ziro-I Anchal Samity was held at Abotani Hall, Hapoli today.
Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete administered the oath to 522 members
of the area, including 7 ZPMs, 127 ASMs and 385 GPMs.
Certificates from ROs of respective Anchal Samity were also distributed to the newly
elected representatives at the function. DIPRO
DA reviews disaster management plan
AALO, May 28: In its continued effort to check likely monsoon menaces and other natural
calamities, West Siang district administration has reviewed disaster management plan
for the district was reviewed under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy commissioner
Shri M.K. Sahoo on 27th May last. Army, ITBP, police and all HODs were involved in
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner MK Sahoo stressed on coordinated
efforts and active participation of stakeholders and community in tackling any kind
of eventuality. He also stressed on sensitizing people on man-made and natural calamities
and drawing up contingency plan at circle and sub divisional level.
Col. Nerender Singh, Admin Commandant Along Military Station stressed on identifying
disaster prone areas and suggested for integrated training of various govt departments.
He assured all help and assistances from the army at time of disaster.
Superintendent of Police emphasized on user concepts to use the materials and equipments
in the time of emergency.
The DDMO presented the inventory lists of equipments, men power and role of the department
through power point presentation. DIPRO
NYWA running trophy cricket tourney begins today
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Second Running Trophy Cricket Tournament organized by Namey
Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) will begin at Namey playground, Nari-Koyu in East
Siang district tomorrow.
Many teams from Ramle Banggo and nearby villages from Assam are participating in
The winner will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.20,000 along with trophy/medals while
the runners up team would be given Rs.15,000 along with trophy and medals.
MLA and advisor Chief Minister Tako Dabii and Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary
General Gechi Doke will attend the inaugural function to encourage the players.
The main motto of the tournament is to promote peace and foster unity and brotherhood
among people through sports and also to expose hidden cricket talents.
ITANAGAR, May 28: Condemning the incident when a teenage boy was murdered in the
wee hours on Monday, the All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has urged
Capital DC to take immediate and necessary action to nap the culprits involved and
to deploy security personnel in various areas like Gompa, Legi Complex, Akashdeep,
Ganga, IG Park and Nyokum Lapang from 7pm to 4am.
The incident has shown the deteriorating law and order in the state Capital, especially
during the wee hours, the organization stated in the release.
Nyedar Namlo establishment day celebrated
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Nyedar Namlo establishment day celebration was organized at
Hollongi Nyedar Namlo today.
The day-long celebration witnessed traditional games and sports and cultural activities
from the children of Hollongi Nyedar Namlo. The celebration ended with community
Health & hygiene awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, May 28: Altogether 200 people participated in the two-day programme on
Health & Hygiene Awareness campaign at Baririjo under Dumporijo sub-division in Upper
Subansiri district which concluded on May 9 last.
During the two-day programme, Dr Karpe Nyokir (Mara) advised participants about the
importance of cleanliness. Free medical checkup was also done on the programme.
Subi finishes first runner up in Sunsilk Mega Miss North East contest
ITANAGAR, May 28: Subi Taba from Arunachal Pradesh finished first runner up in the
11th Sunsilk Mega Miss North East beauty pageant held in Guwahati on May 24. Juhi
Gogoi from Assam was crowned and while another girl from Assam Plabita Gogoi finished
the second runner up.
During the strong competition, the contestants were judged in three categories viz.
Traditional wear, Evening gown presentation and Personality interview. as they vie
for the coveted title of the region.
Devika Kerongay of Sikkim won the sub-title of Sunsilk Beautiful Hair while the ‘Lakme
Perfect Radiance Skin’ award went to Gurmila Bhutia, also from Sikkim. The 55444
People’s Choice award went to Keneyile Rhakho of Nagaland and Reliance Trends Most
Trendy to Rashmi Rekha Devi of Assam. Anju Dahal of Arunachal Pradesh won the ‘Best
Winner of the contest walked away with attractive cash and other prizes and ticket
to walk the Lakme Fashion Week in August.
The entire programme will be telecast on NE Hi-Fi at 9.30pm on June 2.
The pageant featured 29 most beautiful young women from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,
Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Deru - first Indian to win gold in AY Weightlifting C’ship
ITANAGAR, May 28: Arunachalee weightlifter Jimjang Deru today win 2 gold and a silver
medals in Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship going on at Doha in Katar.
Deru scored 86 kg in snatch, 113 kg in clean jark and total 199 kg to win silver,
gold and gold respectively to become the first Indian to win gold medal in Asian
Youth Weightlifting Championship, Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) president
Abraham K Techi said while congratulating hinm.
Besides Deru, other two Arunachalees - Lalu Taku (60 kg category) and Sambu Lapung
(69 kg category) - taking part in the event would perform on May 29 next, he said.
He also lauded the Indian Weightlifting Federation for it all possible support to
the state team in taking part in global events.
ITANAGAR, May 28: Claiming that Assam forest personnel evicted two OBT houses at
Dollung Ramghat village under Tarasso circle in Papum Pare district and snatched
away local ornaments, 400 CGI sheets and some domestic animals worth 30 lakhs from
the villagers on May 27 last at about 11:30am, the Newland Enforcement Committee,
Yupia has appealed Chief Minister to provide compensation to the affected villagers.
We also urge the CM for necessary action against Assam counterpart for the illegal
eviction and to provide immediate solution to protect our innocent villagers by providing
police force at Tarasso circle as soon as possible, it stated in the release.
317 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, May 28: Various NGOs, unions and organizations have vehemently condemned
the brutal killing of Bomjen Gapak, a Civil Engineering student of College of Engineering
& Technology, Palwal, Haryana by some unidentified persons in the wee hours of May
27 in the heart of Itanagar town.
Expressing shock and grief over the incident, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) in a release
said that the death of a promising young member of the community has caused great
loss not only to the family but also entire Nyishi community and the state as a whole.
While sharing grief and sorrow with the bereaved family, NES urged the capital complex
administration to nail the culprit at the earliest. The Society also urged the law
enforcing machinery to intensify night patrolling in Capital Complex and regulate
movement of the people, especially, youths from 9 pm to 4 am by frisk checking to
ensure safety and security of people in the twin capital city.
“The administration must build a sense of trust and confidence in the minds of the
capital dwellers,” NES added.
Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Welfare Society and APB&OCWWB Jalley Sonam while condemning
heinous crime in strongest term, appealed Police to nab the culprits at the earliest
possible and give them exemplary punishment so that this kind of inhuman act do not
recur. He also urged the district administration to intensify night patrolling within
the twin capital complex.
“This is just another proof of deteriorating law and order situation in the state
capital and how the place is becoming insecure for common people to live, Galo Students
Union said in a release while vehemently condemning the heinous crime.
“What is more surprising is the incident took place within a distance of 80-90 meters
from the police station,” GSU said. Expressing grave concern over rise in dao and
gun culture in the state, GSU condemned the state government for utterly failing
to safeguard the life and property of its people.
It appealed to the apex students’ body of the state AAPSU to come forward and press
the authority concerned to normalize the deteriorated law and order situation of
GSU also condoled the death of Sokjar Gamlin, Ex- PI, Chairman S&G printing and Publishing
House, and prayed to almighty Donyi polo for eternal peace of the eternal soul.
Akom Welfare Society has also strongly condemned the brutal killing and demanded
Police to nab the culprits involved in the murder of Bomjen immediately and award
them exemplary punishment.
The society prayed for early recovery of Terkuk Gapak, who received grievous injury
in the incident.
Democracy at the grassroots?
As expected, the people have given a clear mandate to the ruling party in the recently
concluded elections of the three tier Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs).
PRIs are made up of wonderful mishmash of people from different backgrounds. But
more often than not, most people who are elected-selected as members of these institutions
are people with money. The moneyed class in our state usually are the student leaders,
government officers and their wives, politicians and their cronies and relatives
who become rich overnight. There is no competition to glamour that money brings and
we all stand in completely awe! No matter what the outside appearance is but the
ones pulling the strings are the moneyed and those with connections.
The onus, now is on the Congress party and the government to strengthen the PRIs
in the state to enable it to be part of decision making process. So far everything
has been in paper and successive state governments have been very reluctant to share
power which is contradiction to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, that came
into force in 1993 which was meant to provide constitutional sanction to establish
“democracy at the grassroots level as it is at the state level or national level”.
If development process has to be truly inclusive, it has to start from the grassroots.
And for that to happen, it is essential that PRIs are part of all developmental process.
The PRIs are capable of being an agent of change; however bureaucracy and politicians
have ensured that it remains toothless and powerless.
Though many things have been said, Arunachal is yet to fully devolve 3Fs (Finance,
Functions and Functionaries) to the PRIs. It would go a long way in not only strengthening
the PRIs but will also enable them to discharge their constitutionally stipulated
So far, policy decision has been top-down approach which has not given affective
results. We all cry that babus in Delhi take decisions which are not relevant for
our state. However, those at the corridors of power, exactly replicate that in our
The Rajiv Gandhi Vidhyutikaran Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act are some of the examples which have
horribly gone wrong in the state. These were meant to be schemes to benefit villagers
to ensure jobs and better roads and power connectivity but even these schemes have
ended up in the hands of very few people who have not only monopolized on it, but
have gone on to take full advantage of loopholes in the system.
The Gram Sabha could change it all. It is one of the ingredients for powerful and
effective PR Institutions so communities need to guarantee that these meetings are
held on a regular basis to keep a track on what is happening.
Atleast in MGNREGA, they could bring in a remarkable change as the Gram Panchayats
have a direct say on upto 50 per cent of funds.
Another important factor for making a success of PRIs is social audits. In a state
where accountability is nil and dependent on funds from centre, the task will be
huge but there is no harm in trying. Even if funds are not raised by the PRIs, they
could start by asking what happens to the funds received from the centre.
During the elections, everybody gets involved, only to realize that it was sheer
waste of time and money.
Yours truly is under the firm impression that PRIs in the state has been rendered
ineffective by politicians and bureaucracy reluctant to share power but it is hoped
that with time, things will change. Ideally, the powers and functions should have
been handed over to PRIs without them having to demand but if past experiences are
anything to go by, even this batch of leaders will not have much luck. Promises are
easy to make and we make them quite often. What is difficult is delivery.
The elections were dirty and left many wondering why so much is put on stake, including
lives. We can only hope that a start is made, a positive one.
Health & education priority sector for NHPC
ROING, May 28: In a show of gesture to the people that NHPC Ltd is committed in its
corporate social responsibilities, donated Nebulizer machines for the district hospital,
The company says it is socially committed, and wants people to be free of doubt that
it would ever remain indifferent to them after the conduct of public hearing.
Doubts were raised on the company during the public hearing held on March 2013 last
for 3000MW Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP), over NHPC’s commitment.
“In fact, we require support of the people more than ever,” said VK Maini, the new
General Manager of DMP, NHPC Ltd.
“We want the people to speak out their needs so that we can act accordingly. This
donation of medical equipment is a small act. What we look for is to commit something
which will have long term benefits and is sustainable.”
Maini replaces VK Rattan, former GM of DMP, after assuming charge on Saturday.
Rattan is on promotion and transferred to corporate headquarter in Gurgaon.
Earlier, in his message he thanked the people of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley
for their support to the organization.
He, however, expects the state government to commit more. “There is great shortage
of manpower in the district administration, Anini for starting the work of survey
for Rehabilitation and Resettlement."
He regrets that if government fails to perform, the anger of the people will ultimately
boil down to NHPC.
NHPC officials were on tour to Anini on May 20 last to review the status of R&R for
project affected families. It had conducted a meeting with the public to take note
of the requirements of the people there. They also visited the schools and district
hospital in Anini.
“Education and health sector will be the priority of NHPC,” said Dr L Hannah, ACMO,
NHPC Ltd during the handing over of the Nebulizer machine.
“As per requirement NHPC also plans to donate DG set for district hospital, Anini.”
The Nebulizer machines were handed over to Dr Saga Migri, SMO, district hospital,
Anini by Bengia Guma, Deputy Manager (C), DMP, NHPC Ltd and Mahesh Tandon, Manager
(C), DMP, NHPC Ltd.
Nebulizer is a life saving equipment commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis,
asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.
DC flags off tractors under CM Agriculture Farm Mechanization Prog
AALO, May 28: West Siang Deputy Commissioner MK Sahoo flagged off tractors sanctioned
under Chief Minister’s Agriculture Mechanization Programme to the beneficiaries of
the district at DAO’s office here today. He also inaugurated the biometric attendance
machine on the occasion.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the DC said that the ambitious project is destined
to ameliorate the working condition of the farmers and increase the productivity
through mechanized means of farming. The beneficiaries selected as per the target
set by govt. in a transparent manner should make best uses of the tractors, power
tillers, rice haulers and water pumps equipments.
Though there is less scope for large scale mechanized farming in this hilly terrain,
the plain cultivable wetland along the river side is conducive for such farming,
The farming here have been organic in nature with traditional variety which have
good market response and farmers should continue with it, he said. The DC also assured
to streamline the procedure for availing the bank loan facility.
Impressed by the large stretches of plain and cultivable land along the Yomgo River
at Kabu village, the DC expressed his willingness to go for double cropping with
farmer of the village on trial basis after the cultivation season.
Outlining the activities of the Agriculture Department to boost up the morale of
progressive farmers of the District, the District Agriculture Officer Karbom Riram
said that the Department has been helping the farmers to look into their demand based
proposals of the farmers from time to time.
The ADOs of the department also spoke on the occasion.
The beneficiaries coming all the way from all parts of the district also highlighted
their grievances on availing agriculture equipments on more subsidized rate, bank
loan etc. DIPRO
East Siang DC inaugurates additional check-gate
PASIGHAT, May 28: An additional ‘Entry-Check-Gate’ in 2-Mile area is essential besides
Ruksin and Kemi to stop illegal access to East Siang, stated Deputy Commissioner
RK Mishra today while inaugurating a newly constructed additional entry/exit check
gate in 2-Mile area in presence of SP Pushpendra Kumar, DSP BS Mahra, SDO T Pada,
DPO P Boring and host of admin and police officers. He said the purpose of the gate
was to check intrusion and access and regulate the flow of persons and vehicles through
the designated entrance.
The DC hoped that it would improve law and order situation besides preventing illegal
entry of vehicles and intruders both from outside and inside of East Siang. He also
stressed on improved standards of behaviour stating that police personnel need to
be identifiable as a steward and act professionally. Be calm and assertive, but not
aggressive and wear the correct uniform at all times, he advised.
SP Pushpendra Kumar informed that CCTV and better facilities would be added soon.
Kumar instructed the police personnel to discharge their duties with sincerity and
dedication. He advised them to welcome the visitors/people in a friendly manner and
work towards establishing trust, by doing so they would de-escalate any situation.
He further advised to adopt ‘can-do’ attitude as they have to deal with all types
people everyday with different problems. On duty police should take responsibilities
for every enquiry made to them and do their best to resolve all issues with courtesy
and respect, he added.
Gamlin launches CBS at Aalo Apex Bank
AALO, May 28: Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin launched core banking
system (CBS) at Apex Bank, Aalo branch yesterday.
Highlighting the Bank’s past and present status on the occasion, the minister informed
that it (the Bank) had lost people’s confidence for sometime due to certain mismanagements.
However, the bank has been revived by former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. Now it
is in the threshold of marching hand in hand with other nationalized banks, he said.
With the introducing CBS, the bank will have access to all other banks and only trained
and experts who are capable of handling the banking matters should only be engaged
in service, he said. “All effort should be made to ensure the Bank’s effective functioning
and bring back people’s confidence,”
Moki Loyi stressed on Govt. transaction in the bank.
In his key note address, the AGM cum Nodal Officer of the CBS Project disclosed that
the bank has been able to recover Rs 85 crore out of 180 crore. An amount of Rs.
25 crore new loan has been given to various sectors, he informed.
He said that the bank has rose in leaps and bounds in the last three years and concentrating
on 0% Kishan Credit Card, subsidy linked schemes for the farmers and embarking upon
series of activities to gain the confidence and trust of the people.
Apex Bank Aalo branch manager Kimar Ete dwelt at length on the various activities,
services rendered and functioning of the bank at Aalo. DIPRO
PR election in Papum Pare concludes successfully
YUPIA, May 28: Counting of fresh poll of Mengio Panchayat segment which was held
on 24th May last conducted amid tight security. Due to some discrepancies during
the Panchayat Poll on 16th May last, Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer
Papum Pare had ordered for fresh polling in the Mengio panchayat segment.
Counting passed off peacefully and no any untoward incident reported during the whole
process. Polling held in nine polling stations for 1 ZPM, 6 Anchal Samity and 16
Gram panchayat seats where independent candidate Tarh Passang was declared elected
as Zilla Parishad member. Out of 6 seats of ASM contested, INC candidates won 5
and independent won 1 and in Gram Panchayat 16 contested seats, INC candidates
won 6 and independent won 10 seats. Returning Officer Mengio segment handed over
certificates to the elected candidates in a befitting way.
Meanwhile, the final result of Panchayat poll of Papumpare district is as such; out
of 7 seats of zilla parishad member in the district, 5 nos of INC candidates were
declared uncontested and only two seats were declared contested and it was won
by Independent candidates. In Anchal Samiti contested segments INC won 29 seats,
Independent won 15, interestingly 1 seat each won by PPA and BJP candidates, one
at Borum ZPM Segment and another from Banderdewa ZPM segment respectively. Most of
gram panchayat seats were declared unopposed. In the contested segments INC candidates
won 39 seats and Independent candidates won 44 seats. Overall Panchayat poll 2013
in Papumpare district concluded almost peacefully and successfully. DIPRO
Grievances of CMJ University students of Arunachal
Through your esteemed daily, we the CMJ University students of Arunachal Pradesh
would like to put forward our grievances to the state government. We decided to pursue
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) through CMJ University after hearing that Education
Department had issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) to its in-service untrained
teachers and even some of the teachers got promotion with CMJ University B.Ed certificates.
After that many unemployed, poor teacher aspirants enrolled itself to this university
and subsequently completed B.Ed degree in the hope to become a teacher one day. Now
after appearing APTET and TGT exams shocking news came to us that Meghalaya Governor
R. S Mooshahary pulling up the CMJ University for violating UGC norms and to declare
invalid the certificates which were issued by this university.
Now, if our degree is invalid, then whom to be blamed for wasting our precious time
and hard earned money of our poor parents. On one side it is Education Department
to be blamed for issuing NOC for pursuing B.Ed and for failing to check such counselling
centres of such universities which are not adhered to UGC norms. On another side
it is the CMJ University authorities to be blamed for not following UGC norms inspite
of having UGC recognition. In between these two, we the unemployed CMJ University
Arunachal Pradesh students having more than 600 in number become scapegoat and a
At this juncture, state govt. should clarify its stands about the CMJ degrees whether
they are going to accept it or reject it. If it is rejected govt. should help CMJ
students to get back their fees from CMJ University, Meghalaya.
Therefore, it is our sincere request to our Education Minister to look into our grievances.
It is also our request to the student organizations like AAPSU to extend support
in this needy moments.
RWD Colony, Itanagar
IPL scandalously exposes moral degradation of Indian society
This is in response to Poonam I Kaushish's article "The rot is all over" (25 May).
Cricket was an absolutely gentleman's game, used to be appreciated by the true connoisseurs
in Indian winter. But with the advent of One-day cricket, the game started to get
played throughout the year. Due to instant and confirmed results, which is not possible
in Tests, and breezy batting with flood of boundaries and sixers, people of lesser
cricketing intellect started to dominate the stadiums. But the IPL has indeed struck
the last nail in the coffin of Indian cricket. Cricket has become more uglier due
to rash shots by the batsman so as to ensure maximum runs in mere 20 overs. A batsman,
even if completely beaten by a superb delivery from the bowler, still scores a boundary
due to non-existence of slip fielders in T20. Moreover non-cricketing issues have
started to dominate the circus named IPL to a deadly extent. Did any civilized person
ever envisage that skimpily clad girls would dance seductively outside the boundary
line of cricketing arena? When people get more interested in enjoying the curves
of the dancing girls instead of the duel between bat and ball, it is a foregone conclusion
that cricket is destined to meet a gory death. They are not a bit concerned as to
whether the matches are fixed or not. Their main priority lies in gaping at the lewd
antics of the barely clad cheerleaders or the acts of public smooches by the "love
birds" of the glamour world! In such a vulgar scenario where all things civility
and gentle have been coldly consigned to oblivion, the invasion by the questionable
characters is absolutely natural.
Moreover, when the cricketers are expected to lead a disciplined life, specially
when a tournament is being played, franchisees religiously throw late-night parties
just after completion of the game. And alcohol, nudity and all things commercial
and crude mark those parties. And in this philistine environment, flow of drugs,
molestations, ugly brawls and betting are inevitable. IPL has indeed drastically
changed the face and environment of cricket in India and that change is for worse.
All things cricket have simply got consigned to oblivion. In the name of entertainment,
the erstwhile noble game has been transformed into a milching cow to be exploited
to the full by the filmstars, industrialists and vested interests.
And the greater tragedy lies in the perfect social acceptance of the IPL in the country
despite discovery of so many skeletons in its cupboard. People still flock to the
stadiums in droves and viewers glued to the TV sets to watch IPL matches! However
this hardly invokes any surprise. The Sanjay Dutt episode has blatantly exposed the
urban "educated" mindset of India which, far from condemning the crimes of the glamorous
rich lot, actually indirectly supports it! Thus the "progressive" Indians do not
feel an iota of shame while shedding tears for the "plight" of the Bollywood actor!
Now the IPL scandal also revolves around filthy rich and glamorous cricketers, film
personalities and industrialists. Thus the common Indians also find no "fault" in
the system, the vested interests being part of the privileged class!
Thus the IPL has not only assaulted the sanctity of cricket in India, it has also
scandalously exposed the moral degradation of the Indian society as well which has
gladly provided sanction to rampant corruption.
Itanagar - A wild Jungle !
How long will we hold unto the barbarism? What makes people so blind to see the importance
of somebody’s life? How many more brutality will we see in the state? When will be
the cops take responsibility towards their work? I don’t know if I’ll ever get an
answer to any of these questions. As I type these words in my keyboard my hands shiver
not for the fear of being murdered someday for even questioning my fellow mates but
for the fact that how can I even love my people who brutally murdered my cousin.
The young boy who just started his career couldn’t even be alive to see what his
future holds. The boy doesn’t deserve to die at this early age; he had a long way
to go. You cannot simply kill somebody over a brawl. Many would frown at me for being
so radical about the incident, I not being on the spot and deprived from the reasons
that killed him. This is not about me; not being on the spot and knowing the fact
of whatever happened there, this is all about how savage can people of the state
be? When will they have improvised brain to think? Fighting does not make you a gentleman.
Killing somebody won’t solve the problem.
I’m sure many would even opine that it was wrong for the boys to move out at late
night but let me put this question to each one of you, is this, the price that I’m
paid for moving out at late night? Where is my freedom to go around in my own land
without the fear of returning back safe?
It’s not surprising when my mainland fellow mates call us “Junglee”. At that very
moment I being much a part of this state do defend my people, my land but at the
end of the day this land and its people prove me wrong time and again that yes ‘Junglee’
is the right word for us. You dressed up like a gentlemen but you act like a brainless
swine. It is sad to see that butchery is being literally taken as a profession by
the people here. I’m afraid who will be the next to get butchered. I don’t know what’s
wrong with the people. Each year they are going crazier.
The last thing we the family of the deceased want is that the miscreants should be
punished in true sense so that nobody dares to commit such nuisance in near future
and justice shouldn’t be delayed at any cost.
The long march towards perdition
Safety has always been an issue in Arunachal Pradesh. Of late this has become more
severe. With the recent incident of the murder of young Bomjen Gapak, it has been
proven that the value of human life has diminished completely from Arunachal Pradesh.
We make a lot of hula about Arunachal being a safe place for people where everyone
is treated equally but how far is this true. During my student days I used to wonder
how I will ever come back to Arunachal to lead a safe life when all I get to hear
such discouraging news from back home. A decade later, nothing much has changed.
Life is not safe outside for us based on our looks and sometimes our wrong judgment.
But what safety are we providing to our own people in our own state.
Whatever maybe the cause of the fight between those boys, this should have never
occurred. Ironically the incident took place near Bank Tinali police station. Going
by the history, it seems that lot of crimes happen around Bank Tinali police station.
After the famous Bank robbery of 1990s, which took place right under the nose of
the particular police station, they should have been more vigilant. The lay man understands
that the "law enforcement bodies" cannot be present at all the places all the time,
or prevent people from travelling at night. This is a free country after all. However
how that right is protected? What safe environment the government can promise? Development
of a state does not only include how many projects were initiated or how much employment
was generated or how many school buildings were inaugurated or how many expensive
cars got registered under Arunachal registration. If the mindset of the people does
not develop, economic and political development is a joke.
What has happened is a very unfortunate episode. I along with many Arunachalis cannot
imagine the sadness that the parents are feeling. We share their grief in this time
of bereavement with deepest sympathy. I would also like to add that we all should
take responsibility for the recent barbaric act. We, as people for not valuing moral
values anymore, not teaching right and wrong to the young generation, the police
for not able to control the law and order of the state, the government for their
mismanagement in the affairs of the state. We hope that the culprits are caught soon
and some form of justice is brought.
Nothing elementary about Rajasthan’s literacy record
Rajasthan uses only 2 per cent of the entire grant it receives for elementary education.
Similarly, the quality of education there continues to be in the doldrums although
it spends 76% of its grant for teachers: Only 64% students in Class 1 to III can
read and write letters. These findings are reported in the annual Paise report prepared
by Accountability Initiative (a research group) and Centre for Policy and Research,
New Delhi in collaboration with Assessment Survey Evaluation Research. The state
received a total of Rs 8312.59 crore grants for elementary education and Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan for 2012-13 from Union government. The report highlights that the state's
spending on children and quality education is the lowest among the BIMAROU states.
Though allocations for teachers increased from 67% in 2010-11 to 76% in 2012-13 there
was no such change in the funding for children or quality of education. These grants
come under the School Facility Grant (SFG), the School Management Grant (SMG) and
the Teaching Learning Material Grant (TLM).
Only 58% schools in the state got all the 3 grants as compared to national average
of 74% schools. The saving grace is that the state spent 87% of its SSA resources,
much higher than the national average of 62% of funds.
The allocation for elementary education has been increased by 11% and SSA by 30%
this year, adding up to Rs 11,509 per student annually.