ITANAGAR, May 20: Continuing its special drive against violators of Inner Line Permit
(ILP) regulation, district administration and police today deported a total of 73
persons from Itanagar (50) and Naharlagun (25) for not possessing ILPs.
The persons found without ILP have been produced before magistrate and later deported
them from capital complex through Banderdewa Check Gate, informed City SP Seju P.
‘Student stipend sanctioned’
ITANAGAR, May 20: The Directorate of Higher and Technical Education has taken initiative
to help the student community of the state as a whole by introducing the online application
system for the stipend from the session 2013-14. In spite of large number of errors
committed by the applicants while filling the online application forms, necessary
measures were taken to ensure the disbursement of stipend to the beneficiaries. Accordingly,
stipend of students studying in and outside the State was sanctioned, said an official
release from the directorate of H&TE while reacting to the news item under the headlines
“Students appeal for releasing stipend”, published in today’s edition of this daily.
The release further clarified that the Demand Drafts in favour of the respective
institutions have since been dispatched from the Directorate for disbursement to
the beneficiaries. Most of the students have thus received the stipend.
“However, due to the errors as mentioned above or incomplete submission of the application,
some applications have been kept pending. As soon as the applicants meet up the shortcomings
and fund for the stipend for the Financial Year 2014-15 are received, the stipend
shall be released on priority.”
Further, the students who want clarification regarding the status of their application
for stipend, may mail their grievances to email@example.com citing the
details of their name, name & address of institution, course of study and designation
of the authority of the institution in whose name Demand Draft is to be prepared,
the release added.
Tuting cut off
YINGKIONG, May 20: Tuting the remote Sub-Division Hq of Upper Siang district has
been cut off from rest of the district due to road blockade occurred in between Moying
and Tuting at few points caused by incessant rain during the last few weeks, according
to the GREF source. However, the road link would be restored within 3 to 4 days depending
on weather condition, source added. DIPRO
ADC/SDO designated as DGROs
ITANAGAR, May 20: According to an official statement from Food & Civil Supplies Department,
the nodal department of National Food Security Act, 2013, all additional deputy commissioners/SDOs
Sadar of the district headquarters have been designated as the district Grievance
Redressal Officers’ (DGROs) and eldest women of the family as head of the household
for the purpose of Ration Card under Targeted Public Distribution System in place
of male member of the family under NFSA, 2013.
NSCN (K) cadre arrested at Changlang
CHANGLANG, May 20: 4 Assam Rifles and Changlang Police in a joint operation arrested
one NSCN(K) cadre in Changlang township area yesterday. The arrested female cadre
Likjong Mandak of Songkhuhavi village, Khimiyang area of Changlang district, is holding
the rank of SS-Private.
She was arrested at 1-Mile-Laktong area of Changlang township where she was found
collecting information about movement of security forces and collecting extortion
money. The said female cadre had in fact got training in one of the training camps
of UG group NSCN-K across the border in 2010. As per the Superintendent of Police,
Changlang Vijay Kumar, a regular criminal case has been registered at Changlang PS
against the said cadre and her police custody is being sought for further interrogation.
During interrogation of said cadre, so far, it has been revealed that female cadres
also are being trained by UG groups for the purposes of conducting recce and collecting
information of movement of security forces. DIPRO
Cong delegation of capital meets CM
ITANAGAR, May 20: A team consisting of 13th Itanagar assembly constituency MLA Techi
Kaso, Chief Councilor Higio Aruni, Taba Tara Election Agent, councillors, elected
Panchayat leaders, senior citizens and Congress party workers called on Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki. The team demanded extra financial developmental package separately for
rural and urban areas of 13th Itanagar in every financial year beside normal fund.
CM assured to look into the matter after the formation of the government by saying
it is his prerogative agenda to develop capital city and adjacent rural areas.
Irregular supply of PDS items resented
ITANAGAR, May 20: East Kameng District Wholesale Nominee cum Carriage Contractor
has claimed lapse in supply of huge quantity of PDS items, especially rice, at FSD/FCI,
Seppa since January this year.
The lapse is due to non-supply of PDS item by the carriage contractor from FCI, Nagaon
in Assam, the Wholesale Nominee cum Carriage Contractor, in a letter to the East
Kameng Deputy Commissioner said.
Giving detailed account of the lapsed PDS food grain (rice) under APL since January,
2014, the Wholesale Nominee cum Carriage Contractor has urged the DC to inquire into
the cause of lapse and to take necessary initiative to ensure regular supply of PDS
It said that the district is facing an acute shortage of rice since January due to
irregular supply of food grain and the situation may worsen further during the rainy
Silver medal awarded to R K Sharma
ITANAGAR, May 20: The President of India awarded the prestigious Silver Medal to
R K Sharma, APCS, presently posted as Joint Secretary (Home) adjudging him as the
"Best Principle Census Operation during the census – 2011”. The officer had functioned
as Principle Census Officer / Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district Arunachal Pradesh.
The certificate of merit and Silver Medal was handed over to the officer by Dharmendra
Sharma, Principal Secretary (Home) in presence of Bharati Chanda, Joint Director,
Census Operations, Sonam Chombay, Secretary (Planning, Economics & Statistics), GoAP
and other officers.
It is worth mentioning here that, it has been tradition of the Registrar General,
Census Operations to award certificate of merit and medals to the officials performing
outstandingly during the Census Operations, as per press release by Principal Secretary
New Daporijo MLA accorded warm welcome
ITANAGAR, May 20: Office bearers of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today
accorded rousing welcome to newly elected MLA Dekto Yekar from Daporijo Assembly
Constituency, who is also the President of Lok Sabha Youth Congress (LYC) Arunachal
Pradesh Western Parliament.
APYC president Nyamar Karbak and his team offered bouquets to Yekar on his arrival
at APYC office here today and congratulated him for the victory in the election.
Addressing the APYC office bearers on the occasion, the newly elected youth Congress
leader Yekar assured them to cooperate and work with dedication for the cause of
the Congress party. He thanked the Youth Congress leaders and workers and people
of his constituency for their support during the assembly election.
The APYC president and his team also congratulated Nabam Tuki for taking oath as
chief minister for the second term. He credited Tuki’s charismatic and dynamic leaderships
for Congress retaining power in the state.
The programme was attended by all the PYC, LYC and AYC office bearers.
Training for census on tiger population held
ITANAGAR, May 20: The basic concept of estimation, monitoring of tiger, co-predator,
prey and their habitats were taught to the forest officers and field staff in a training
programme organized in the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests, Southern Arunachal
Circle, Deomali recently.
The training was organized in compliance with the directive of NTCA to conduct census
on tiger population in view of the looming threat to the big cat due to reducing
habitats all over the country.
The training attended by DFOs, Range Forest Officers, Deputy FR and Foresters from
all the five divisions of the circle including the officers from Namdapha Tiger Project
consisted of two sessions -- technical and practical, where the forest officers and
frontline staff of Southern Arunachal circle were trained on tracking of tigers through
GPS, its use, installation and laying of camera trap, recording procedure of tiger
sign, ungulate pellets group sampling, etc.
The training was imparted by Rajarshi Chakraborty and Pallabi Chakraborty from WWF-India
under the chairmanship of SJ Jongsam, Chief Conservator of Forests, Southern Arunachal
Rio congrats Tuki
ITANAGAR, May 20: Nagaland Chief Minister and chief convener of North East Regional
Political Front (NERPF) Neiphiu Rio has congratulated Nabam Tuki on his taking oath
as chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for second consecutive term.
Rio has also congratulated all the elected PPA and BJP MLAs and two 2 Members of
Parliament from the state.
Association seeks for an efficient Education Minister
ITANAGAR, May 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers
Association (CEC) today appealed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to appoint an efficient
person in the post of Education Minister. In its representation submitted to the
chief minister, the association opined that education department needs efficient
and educated person to run the department saying that education department is the
one of key department in the state. The association further stated that many things
are yet to be achieved.
People of Pangin punish the trouble-makers, extend cooperation in highway construction
ITANAGAR, May 20: Setting an important example of how to support developmental activities,
the people of Pangin area under East Siang district recently gave punishment to two
youths who had beaten up General Manager of T K Engineering Company on April 7. The
said company is engaged in construction of Pangin to Pasighat section of Trans Arunachal
highway. As per the report on April 7, the two youths namely Tarung Darang of Kallek
village and Takar Taku of Rottung village physically assaulted GM of T K Engineering
Company at Pangin over petty issue.
As a result of this incident all the employees of company fled from site and work
remain halted. This not only caused loss to the company but also became obstacle
in construction of Trans-Arunachal highway. However with the initiative of EAC Pangin
and local PRI leaders on May 7 a meeting was held at community hall Pangin to discuss
the burning problem. The meeting was attended by EAC Pangin, PRI leaders of Rotgong
and Nugong Banggo, circle officer, the officials of highway department, director
and PRO of TK Engineering Company. After threadbare discussion, the village elders
imposed fine of Rs 25000 against Tarung Darang and Rs 5000 against Takar Taku for
their misdeeds. Darang was also ordered to bear medical expense of the GM, whom he
caused grievous injury. Takar Taku was punished for spitting on site engineer of
the company. It is reported that both of them accepted the decision of village elders
and apologized for the act. Also during the day, a committee headed by PRI leaders
of Rotgong and Nugong Banggo were formed to ensure that construction activity of
Trans-Arunachal highway is not affected in anyway. The committee was empowered to
report to the EAC if any problem cropped in execution of highway.
The step taken by PRI leaders of Pangin should be an example for the rest of the
Arunachal to follow. They have decided to punish their own youths for hampering developmental
activities, which deserves round of applause.
Meanwhile TK Engineering Company has appealed to the people of state to support their
effort to complete work at the earliest and stated that without public support this
task is not possible.
AITF opposes any move for Rio’s ministerial berth in central Govt
ITANAGAR, May 20: Reacting to media indication that NPF MP elect Neiphiu Rio can
be inducted as a minister in the union council of ministers, the Arunachal Indigenous
Tribes Forum (AITF) has expressed its strong opposition to any kind of such move
due to Naga People’s Front (NPF)’s alleged clandestine agenda against Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief Minister of Nagaland Rio emerged victorious for the lone Lok Sabha seat on
Resenting the authorization of Naga People’s Front (NPF) to participate in the recently
concluded simultaneous elections in Arunachal Pradesh despite submission of representations
to the President of India, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs through
the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and the Election Commission of India through the
Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh to debar the Naga political party, AITF
claimed that the aims and objectives of the NPF is to work for the interest of the
Nagas only whereas the Arunachalees have never been a part of Nagas.
According to AITF the main agenda under Article-II of the constitution of NPF is
to integrate the Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof in the name of
‘Greater Nagalim’ which is extended to Arunachal Pradesh which cannot be accepted
by the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Such a clandestine move has been spearheaded under the NPF leadership, particularly,
the former Chief Minister of Nagaland Rio, who has been elected as the member of
parliament in the recently concluded general election,” the release said. “If Rio
is inducted in the ministry, it will be tantamount to arming him with powerful arms
which will never be in the interest of peaceful co-existence of North East Region
particularly, Arunachal Pradesh.” It is also apprehended that his induction into
the Union Ministry will help him propagate the hidden agenda of ‘Greater Nagalim’
posing threat to the territorial integrity of North East India including Arunachal
AITF said the patriotic Indian citizen of Arunachal Pradesh would never allow extension
of ‘Nagalim’ to Arunachal Pradesh.
ACR, ACS hail CM for passing Lokayukta Bill
ITANAGAR, May 20: Describing the Lokayukta Bill cleared by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
soon after he took the oath as chief minister for second term, Arunachal Citizens
Right (ACR) said the bill, which will now become a law, will ensure transparent governance
and empower the people to check corruption.
“The gesture of the newly elected Chief Minister has boosted the confidence of the
civil society and we expect that all the promises made during the election will be
fulfilled in the near future,” ACR said in a release. ACR also praised the Election
Commission of India for conducting simultaneous polls in the state successfully.
For the first time in history of Arunachal Pradesh, the ECI strictly monitored the
whole process of electioneering and prevented to a large extent flow of huge money
and alcoholic beverages.
ACR hoped that the new government will take into confidence all elected representatives,
irrespective of party affiliations, and take Arunachal Pradesh on the development
path through concerted efforts.
At the same time, ACR hoped the BJP, which will form the Government at the Center,
with eleven legislators will play the perfect role of a constructive opposition in
Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has also welcomed the vital decision of the Chief Minister
to approve the Lokayukta Bill in the state.
Team ACS hoped introduction of Lokayukta will surely act as a watchdog to root out
corruption and other wrong doings from the society.
ACS urged the Chief Minister and other concern authority to immediately implement
the Act for the welfare of the society.
ACCI writes to SERC to reduce tariff
ITANAGAR, May 20: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) has expressed
strong objection to the power department’s not making optimal use of the state’s
own hydropower stations but purchasing power from outside at the cost of the state
exchequer, and then passing the cost of the purchase on to its consumers.
In a representation to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) secretary,
the ACCI sought clarification in the matter, and urged the secretary to direct the
department to ‘optimize the use of domestic resources, reduce the cost of power purchase,
and increase revenue through sale of surplus power available from our share of the
central sector power projects.’
Referring to the department’s petition for annual revenue requirement and tariff
proposal for the 2014-15 period, the ACCI noted that its transmission and distribution
losses for 2012-’13 was ‘abnormally high’ at 60.4.%. It said the status reflected
the department’s inefficiency to reduce the losses ‘and the same has been passed
on to poor, hapless, honest consumers who have been penalized.’
It urged the North Eastern Regional Load Despatch Centre, which restricts power drawal
during the lean season, to direct the Power department here to enter into banking
arrangements for the surplus power available during the high hydro season (April-September)
with other power-starved states, ‘so that the power so banked can be bartered during
the lean season.’
The department’s proposal for purchase of power is also not justified, it said, adding
that the power purchased during 2012-13 was less than the cost of the power purchased
‘The saving on account of this is Rs 33.60 crore. The benefit of saving should have
been passed on to the consumers, but the department and the commission both did not
propose it, and instead hiked the tariff for the following years,’ it said.
The ACCI also urged the secretary to reduce the tariff on electricity surcharge and
minimum charges, saying they are unreasonably exorbitant.
Public leader demands inquiry into implementation of PMGSY schemes at Bameng
ITANAGAR, May 20: Alleging embezzlement of fund meant for construction of rural roads
under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Bameng constituency by the local
MLA in connivance with contractors/ executing agencies, public leader of Bameng area
Vijay Sonam, on behalf of the people of the area has urged the Chief Secretary to
conduct a thorough inquiry into implementation of the projects in Bameng Assembly
Constituency of East Kameng district by a Special Investigation Team.
Sonam, in a representation to the chief secretary, on behalf of the people of the
area, alleged that a large number of PMGSY projects have been implemented or being
implemented over the last few years in Bameng assembly constituency and huge amount
of funds spent against those projects; but in paper only. Not much headway has been
made on the ground.
According him, the projects have not been implemented as per the Detail Project Report
(DPR) while the alignments of the road were made as per the convenience of the JCB
and bulldozer drivers and the contractors. Most of the roads already completed are
unworthy of plying of vehicles. The villagers, for whom the roads were meant for
are still marching on foot to reach the destination.
“There is hardly any culvert, retaining wall and side drain etc. to protect the roads.
The amount earmarked for such works have been intelligently siphoned off,” it alleged.
“No competitive bidding was allowed deliberately, and wherever bidding was made,
the other party was forced to back off due to influence of the MLA of the constituency.
This has been done purportedly to fulfill the interest of the contractors and the
“The Stage-11 projects works like soiling /metaling etc. have not been done but payment
has been made in advance for the ongoing projects without proper implementation those
projects, it said and urged the CS to intervene and withhold payment against all
the ongoing PMGSY projects in the constituency in the interest of the public.
It further alleged duplicity of centrally sponsored scheme like NLCPR. CRF. RIDF.SPA
etc. in Bameng Assembly Constituency and misutlization of fund and demanded the Chief
Secretary to conduct inquiry by an independent body into the reported disproportionate
assets owned by the MLA of Bameng Assembly Constituency (2004-2014).
Delay in installation of weighbridge at Ruksin BFC causes concern
RUKSIN, May 20: In an efforts to check revenue pilferage in the Border Facilitation
Centre (BFC)s of the state, the government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 65 lakh
under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) - 2011-12 for installation of an electronic weighbridge
at Ruksin, which is delaying due to alleged negligence of the contractor concerned.
Officials in Pasighat division of Water Resource Department, which is the implementing
agency of the project, informed that the contract work for installation of the Weighbridge
has been allotted to a local contractor, but he is delaying the work on pretext of
The effort to check revenue pilferage in the export and import trading items pass
through the inter-state check gates was initiated by Nabam Tuki-led state government.
The chief minister was very much concern over lose of huge amount of revenue due
to tax evasion through un-declaration of goods by transporters in 17 Border Facilitation
Counters (BFCs) at different locations. The higher ups of the tax department feel
that tax evasion has always been a serious issue and it cannot be detected without
the help of specific machines to monitor or ascertain the actual weight of the goods.
Officials informed that the government earlier too, had sanctioned an amount of Rs
27 lakh for installation of another weighbridge at Ruksin BFC, (same location) located
at Assam-Arunachal border here. But the work executed by Rural Work Department is
yet to complete. The entire official works of Tax & Excise department in the sub-division
has been conducted at the BFC, but the authority is not paying keen attention for
its infrastructure development. The officials concerned, however, reluctant to disclose
about fund released against the weighbridge schemes.
It is pertaining to mention that Ruksin sub-division in East Siang district is an
important entry point and known as second gateway of the hilly state. Though the
area is not industry-friendly so far, yet Ruksin BFC has reportedly collecting good
chunk of revenue deposit under tax and excise department besides tax collected from
trading articles. Officials claimed that revenue collection from excise duty, good
tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) on inter-state export and import articles is showing an
increasing trend for the last three years.
Coordination meeting on implementation of CM’s health insurance scheme held
SEPPA, May 20: A co-ordination meeting related to implementation of Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS) in East Kameng was
held at DC’s chamber here yesterday. The meeting presided over by the DC Sandeep
Kumar Singh was attended by the outpost administrative officers and Block Development
DC Sandeep Kumar Singh while wrapping up the resolution of the meeting directed the
administrative officers and BDOs to prepare modified data of the household list of
their respective jurisdiction in consultation with PRI members. He suggested that
the household list should be at par with the census list having minor variations
if any and to prepare actual list without duplicacy. The family list/ households
shall be made public giving specific time for claims and objections, he said
Dr. G Geiyi, DMO briefed about the criteria and guidelines APCMUHIS and stressed
on urgent need for registration drives for smart card to avail financial protection
for treatment in recognized hospital. He informed that new India Company shall carry
out the registration & photography drives of beneficiaries.
Dr. Kopi Gyadi said that the process of the scheme is cashless which will be facilitated
through smart card and the treatment shall be borne by the Govt. up to 2 lakh annually.
In the recently conducted interview for Assistant Engineering under Prasar Bharati,
no single Arunachalee was selected (total post were 157 for the north –east, 47 for
ST). In fact except five candidates from Assam all the post for North –east were
filled up by the outsider. Even ST quotas have also been filled up by the ST of outsiders.
It is ok in this case, as barring those five candidates, no local candidate from
North –east could qualify for interview.
But it should not happen in the case those 12 Arunachalee candidates who attended
interview for the post of Transmission executive and program executive under Prasar
Bharati in the month of April 2014. As I mentioned earlier total post of Transmission
executive for Arunachal is 11 (7 for ST and 4 UR (unreserved)) and few post of Program
Executive. I would also like to mention here once again that for above mentioned
post no single Non-APST from the state could reach upto viva-voice. So, those UR
post should also be filled from those Arunachalee, who made up to the interview.
General candidates from outside must not be appointed in the post notified for Arunachal
Pradesh in UR post , at any cost. Otherwise it would be injustice to those 12 local
Our honorable chief minister shri Nabum Tuki has been promising and emphasizing on
creation of more job opportunities for the youth. If he is really serious about his
promise, he should initiate step for the absorption of those 12 candidates selected
for interview in the post of Transmission executive and program executive in Prasar
Once again I appeal to our 3 Honorable MPs and Honorable chief minister to impress
upon to Prasar Bharati to observe all those 12 youths in Prasar Bahrati. Your little
appeal or request to Prasar Bharati will help a lot to those 12 youths.
Pvt. Residence, H-sector
High hope from new Koloriang MLA
The people of 21st Koloriang assembly constituency have chosen a new leader for the
2014 Assembly election. Pani Taram, the chosen leader deserves appreciations and
congratulations as he has defeated a veteran leader of the area who represented us
for the past 10 years. Dear Mr. MLA people have chosen you for a change. They have
high expectations and dreams upon you. They have given you chance to prove your abilities
as a leader and your mettle. We have high hopes on your leadership. We hope you will
connect all our villages with roads, all villages would have schools, PHCs, CHCs,
safe drinking water facilities etc. Our young graduates have pinned their hopes on
you. They anticipate that you would create job opportunities; young entrepreneurs
have dreams flying high upon your leadership. Veteran leaders of the area have chosen
you to cherish their long pending dreams. Mr. MLA you have a huge responsibilities
on your shoulders. You have very less time but many assignments to complete. Please
start your duties from day one. Don't let us down. We have chosen you to prove a
point and not to add one number to 60 seat assembly. You will be chosen again and
again if you are a true social worker. You will be rejected if you undermine the
strength of people in a democratic set up like India. We are with you for all good
causes. Take along every one of the area cutting across all party lines. We wish
you all the best sir.
Pisa Welfare Society,
BJP has not left communal agenda yet
This is in response to Poonam I Kaushish's article titled "Modi'fied' India vote
for governance"(May 20). According to the author, the "historic" mandate of the BJP
has swept away caste, creed and identity politicking! If indeed slogans of "development"
and "governance" were the only mantra behind the success, why did the BJP leaders
had to constantly engage themselves in rabid Hindutva during the campaign? Apart
from repeating the assurance of building Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, the communal elements
among the party had not hesitated a bit to assert that Muslims are "terrorists" and
"infiltrators" and they "prey on the honour of Hindu women"! What a vitriolic campaign
in a secular democratic republic! Why did certain leaders stress on being the "Hriday
samrat" of a particular section of population? Why did the BJP constantly focus on
the caste status of Narendra Modi? The whole campaign machinery went all-out to exploit
religion and caste, that too by casting aspersions on the nationalism of our very
own Muslim brothers and sisters; yet the author demands that caste, creed and identity
politics have been swept away!
Lastly, let's view the "massiveness" of the "historic mandate" awarded by the "whole
nation"! Simple arithmetical calculations and hard facts will reveal that 69 percent
of the votes cast were not for the BJP!
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High hope from Modi
Narendra Modi will be sworn in as next prime minister of India on 26th of this month.
As Modi gets ready to form new government, hectic lobbying for cabinet berth has
intensified among BJP leaders and its coalition partners. There is growing sense
of belief that NE states will have healthy representation in Modi-led government.
It is too early but names of Tura MP PA Sangma, former Nagaland CM Nephiou Rio, Lakhimpur
MP Sarbananda Sonowal along with Arunachal West member of parliament Kiren Rijiju
is doing round as probable candidates for cabinet berth.
It is for Narendra Modi to take final call in this regard. But the people of NE states
in particularly Arunachalees are hoping that we have a representative in new cabinet.
Having a union minister from Arunachal will immensely benefit people of this state
which shares international boundary with China, Bhutan and Myanmar. Arunachal need
nurturing by union government so that developmental activities is properly implemented.
Along with rest of the country, people of Arunachal too has massive expectation from
Narendra Modi led government. Hope Modi delivers on all the promises that he made
to citizens of this state during his visit to Pasighat and Itanagar.