Centre urges Arunachal Govt to set up SCERT
Siram assures Centre to enforce NCF-2005
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The 47th general council meeting of National Council of Educational
Research and Training (NCERT) was held at New Delhi on November 27, which was presided
over by Minister of State for Human Resource Development, D Purandeswari and attended
by all the education ministers of the country, commissioners, officers, Secretary
and Joint Secretary of NCERT.
In the meeting, Minister of State HRD, D Purandeswari appreciating the steps taken
by Arunachal Pradesh government to revamp the state education sector, advised the
Arunachal Pradesh government to establish its own State Council of Educational and
Research Training immediately and initiates introduction of Text Book in the school
syllabus appropriately reflecting state’s rich cultural heritage, flora and fauna
and the people.
The Council meeting was attended by state Education Minister Bosiram Siram accompanied
by Commissioner, Education Hage Koda, Director, School Education Tapang Taloh and
Programme Officer AK Sharma.
Siram highlighted various policies and programmes of the state’s education department
in the meeting. He pleaded council for need to replace the NCERT Text Book especially
at the primary and elementary stages immediately, and inclusion of the Chapter on
geography, history, cultural heritage and ethos of the people in the syllabus to
promote emotional integration of the people of North East Region and Arunachal Pradesh
in particular with the people of the rest of the country.
Siram, strongly urged the council for inclusion of important topics of the state
in the NCERT text Book and quoting the importance of the Tawang Monastery and various
religious importance places of the state, he said that the Tawang Monastery, which
is 2nd largest monastery in the world has not been mentioned in the NCERT Text Book.
Similarly, the Parsuramkundh located in Lohit District, Malinithan in West Siang
and so many other important places of state, which are associated with Hindu culture
and Mythology and also with other religion too, do not find mentioned in the NCERT
Book, he pointed out.
Siram appealed the general council to ensure timely printing and supply of NCERT
Text Book. So that, distribution of the Books in far flung areas could be made on
In the meeting appointments of teachers, working in various level of grade in education
department in all states of the country were also seriously re-viewed.
Meanwhile, Siram suggested the need to maintain national norms in recruitment of
teachers in the country.
He further pleaded that the recruitment of primary teachers should be taken more
seriously to strengthen the foundation of education among the children.
Conveying his gratitude to the Union Minister, eminent educationists and NCERT authority
for their untiring efforts to push up the country’s education scenario in the council
meeting, Siram further highlighting various problems of the state pointed that Arunachal
Pradesh being a hilly state and located in most north eastern part of the country
is facing lots of problems for want of proper communication and transportation facilities
for which the head load system is being introduced for dropping of books and other
commodities in far flung areas. He advocated for certain relaxations and more financial
assistance from the central government, for smooth supply of study materials.
He assured council that National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 will be enforced
in the schools and also assured to follow 100% NCERT and CBSE curriculum in the state.
He further assured immediate step for state government teachers’ training and also
to seriously view the appointments of untrained teachers and teachers having less
requisite qualification in the state.
He suggested that one member from each state’s education department, preferably the
person having experienced in writing and publishing Text Book be taken in the council.
Meanwhile, in the meeting Siram termed the China’s claims over the territory of Arunachal
Pradesh as baseless and unfounded, adding that at any point of time Arunachal Pradesh
was never under the Chinese dominion.
Arunachal’s development takes backseat due to excessive security measures: NGO
Seminar identifies root-cause of tribals’ unrest
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The people of Arunachal have been deprived of intra-infrastructure
developments particularly road communication for more then four decades due to Govt’s
excessive security measures on national interest. As a result the vital sectors like
health, education and information have also been put on backburner, commented Arunachal
Citizens’ Right (ACR) Chairperson, Bamang Tago while taking part in the two-day
seminar on ‘Tribal Unrest In India and Empowerment for Self-Rule’ concluded at International
Youth Centre, New Delhi on Nov 25 last.
Till 80s, defence ministry’s clearance have to be taken even for construction of
mole/ potter tract roads, Tago said.
Welcoming the developmental initiative being taken by the Centre in principle in
the state, the ACR chairman, however, lamented that the so-called development approach
to Arunachal including policies seems to be Centre’s geo-political strategic projects’
without involving communities/stakeholders participation in the decision and planning
On China’s repeated claim over Arunachal, he said it has created a fear psychosis
and disturbance in the minds of Arunachalees particularly who are living in boarder
areas, negating India’s supper power economic dreaming.
Tago expressed deep distress that Arunachal was being made a pawn in the power struggle
between the two Asian giants.
The fact is that tribal rights on land, river, forest and mountains are defined in
our tribal mythology, traditional convention and migratory history. Hence, question
of having boundary disputes doesn’t arise at all in Arunachal Pradesh, he said.
The seminar was jointly facilitated by Dimsa Peoples Council and All Dimasa Students
Union in collaboration with Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal People
with an intent to understand the root-cause of the Tribals’ unrest in India and
more particular to North-East states. More then 300 Tribal community leaders across
the country have participated in the seminar.
The seminar identified dispossession of life supporting resources including land,
forest, water and culture in the name of public interest and aggressive national
development policies in the form of mining, industry, power plan, big-dams, wildlife
sanctuaries and military installation threatening the very survival of the Indigenous
and Tribal Peoples as the main issues and internal colonialism by dominant society
as the main-causes.
Governor emphasizes on timely completion of railway project
‘Land acquisition process to complete soon’
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Emphasizing on timely completion of the Harmuty-Itanagar railway
project, Governor Gen JJ Singh today directed the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner
Bidol Tayeng to remain in touch with the railway authority and get the construction
work expedited. The direction came after an aerial survey of the construction of
railway line and the Green Airport area at Karsingsa by the Governor along with the
Doimukh MLA Nabum Rebia, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Itanagar MLA
Techi Kaso. Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng and Civil Aviation Assistant
Director Toko Audil also accompanied the high level team.
The high-level team assessed the excavation and earth filling works along the proposed
broad gauge railway line from Gomto to Borum, which is going on full swing. The team
flew over Borum, Tarjuli, Tigdo, Yupia, Doimukh, Emch, Amba and Gumto villages to
see the alignment of the board gauge railway line and also the progress of the construction
work. They also hovered over the proposed site of Green Field Airport at Karsingsa.
While interacting with the team members, Gen Singh, who has been monitoring all the
projects under PM’s Package, also stressed that the proposed board gauge railway
line should not terminate at Naralagun, but should reach up to Itanagar in the 2nd
Apprising on the works under railway project, Tayeng informed that earth filling
works of the railway line are likely to be completed before onset of the next monsoon,
i.e. by April 2010. The seven-pillar
270 meters long RCC bridge over River Dikrong is also likely to be completed during
this winter itself, he added.
The District Administration Papum Pare is expediting land acquisition process and
to handover the 10Km length of land to NF Railway by the end of this month. The total
length of the first phase railway line is about 11.45KM. (PRO to Governor)
Close shave for state BJP president
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: State BJP president and MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak had a narrow escape
from a close range gun firing at 7 mile from Pasighat town at around 08.30 PM last
night. The incident occurred when he was on his way to Rani Village from Pasighat,
said BJP in a press release today.
He was safe, but the window glasses of the vehicle completely damaged under the
impact of firing, the BJP said. Fortunately at the moment of incident the President
was in other vehicle and the car attacked was his younger brother who was going ahead,
the BJP added. An FIR was filed with the PS, Pasighat demanding immediate arrest
of culprits and action against them, it said.
BJP informed that state Home Minister visited the spot today and assured prompt
action by the state government. Condemning the incident as unbecoming, the minister
assured to book the culprits immediately, the party said.
Meanwhile, state BJP strongly condemned the incident and demanded adequate security
measures for its president and proper investigation in to the incident and book the
culprits involved in such barbaric act. Tapak, is currently on his official tour
to the villages of his home constituency.
The party and public appreciated the home minister for his prompt initiative and
spot visit to assess the situation, the release added.
MLA appeals for affable academic atmosphere
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Expressed deep anguish over the November 26 Dera Natung Govt College
incident where college properties were damaged, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso appealed
the college authority and the directorate of higher and technical education to work
in tandem to ensure a congenial atmosphere for healthy growth of academic excellence
including safety and security of the students.
In a statement the MLA also called upon one and all to maintain peace and normalcy
in the college campus so that the examination scheduled to be held from the first
week of December is conducted peacefully. “I am deeply pained and hurt at the incident
and it is very shameful for denizens of capital to witness such murky incident in
the temple of learning. This is not a healthy sign on the part of the students’ community
as they are the future leader of the society”, he said.
District administration should take all possible measures hereafter to avert such
possible catastrophe and constitute a judicial inquiry into the shameful episode
and punish the culprits as per rule of law, the MLA said and appealed the CM and
Education minister to visit the college.
Proper policy needed to ensure ‘Right to food’ for all
ITANAGAR, Nov. 28: Roti, Kapda and Makan are the three basic necessities for which
every human being strives hard. However in a state like Arunachal, Roti and Makan
seem to be distant dream for many people, particularly living in rural areas. Lack
of proper housing facilities and effective food supply system often plagued by corruptions
charges has been affecting the weaker section of society. These were the some of
the issues which was rallying point at the beginning of two days state level meet
on “Right to Food” conducted by Human Rights Law Network of India held at Hotel
In a state which is already embroiled in ‘Public distribution system’ (PDS) controversy,
this meet provided an opportunity to many participants to gather knowledge about
their basic right of having three meals a day.
Dwelling on the importance of right to food for everyone, Rakesh of Human Rights
Law Network told, “Article 21 of Indian Constitution talks about right to life and
this is directly related to the right to food.” He also spoke on the issue of irregular
running of fair price shop in the state. “As per Supreme Court order, fair price
shops are supposed to open through out the year. Those persons using ration card
facilities are entitled to get rice, wheat, kerosene, sugar etc on the basis of BPL
or APL grade.”
Various public participating on the day highlighted ever decreasing service of PDS
in Arunachal Pradesh. One of participants from West Siang District echoed, “Now
am 30 years old and If I recall the last time I had availed kerosene oil from fair
price shop was during my school days. Also quantities of rice supplied under PDS
are going down every year. I wonder whether government of India is neglecting us
or some ghosts are eating away these supplies.” He also complained that in complete
violation of Supreme Court order, fair price shops in state usually open once or
twice in a month.
Lizum Nosi, Asst. Prof. of Rajiv Gandhi University said that in our state there
is no shortage of food. “There is deprivation of food supply in our state. The most
important thing is that we lack good infrastructure in the form of road to reach
every part of state to supply food grains,” highlighted Lizum Nosi.
It is to be noted that in Arunachal Pradesh 80 percent population live below poverty
line. The importance of PDS is immense under these circumstances. In this scenario
right to food plays a crucial role as this calls for proper access to the most vulnerable
people of society who often live at the edge of starvation and shortage of food.
Training on promotion of SHGS held
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The Deputy Director (ICDS), Yupia in collaboration with N.ABARD,
ltanagar has organized two days training on promotion of Self Help Group (SHG) under
Micro Finance Vision 2011 from November 27 to 28 at Middle Level Training Centre,
Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.
In the inaugural ceremony, Member Secretary, Women Commission, Arunachal Pradesh
Mamta Riba, who was the Chief Guest of the programme emphasized that the SHG is the
right way for women to create their own identity and bring in social awareness.
She appealed the Anganwadi workers to bring together women from all sections irrespective
of community, tribes, color and religion and work collectively to achieve the obvious
On the occasion Deputy Director, RD Department B. Doye also shared her experience
in formation of SHG in Rural Department with Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.
Deputy Director. ICDS, Division Cell. Yupia P.E. Angu who is also Nodal Officer of
Papum-Pare District for Micro Finance Vision 2011 highlighted the aims and objectives
of the Micro Finance Vision 2011. She exhorted that benefits can be achieved only
through active participation of Anganwadi Workers under the supervision of concerned
CDPOs. She also informed that the mission of the DLMC was achieving the target of
500 SHGs during year 2009 to 2011 and to provide credit linkage at least to 400 SHGs
out of 500 SHGs.
Chief Manager, SBI, Itanagar Branch S.S. Dev along with Lead Bank Manager, SBI. Itanagar
N. Pal representative from NABARD and Popi Marak, SHG Training Coordinator of Mahila
Shakti Kendra, Era Gaon, Balipara were attended as resource persons of the programme.
Master Trainer of the programme CDPO, Itanagar T. Haidar delivered lecture on process
and procedure of conducting SHG meetings, Characteristics and functions of SHGs,
Book keeping and accounting, Procedures of applying for loan from financial institutions,
framing of bye-laws, Internal Lending, Opening and maintenance of bank accounts.
The training was attended by CDPO, Doimukh, Nir_juli, Naharlagun, Kimin, Itanagar
ICDS Project along with Anganwadi Workers and Helper from respective project.
Earlier, District Level Monitoring Committee for Micro Finance Vision 2011 meeting
was also conducted on November 26 at Yupia.
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) organized a two days social
service cum tree plantation programme at Government secondary school, Godak and Boa-Simla,
Government higher secondary school, Raga and at Pamluk on November 23 and 24 last.
Meanwhile, Principal Government higher secondary school, Raga Nani Shalla appreciated
the union for organizing the programme.
ARASU, General Secretary, Pei Tater Maga and Vice President, Pilo Maga thanked to
WRD, AE Raga Sub Division Er Marmik Rina, AAPSU executive member Tater Hui, public
and student community for their co-operation during the social service.
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Awareness campaign cum meeting on scientific farming was held at
Pangin and Boleng, East Siang District on November 26 by members of Siang Belt Farmers’
Joint Christmas celebration
ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Tali Pip Sorang Gospel committee is going to celebrate Christmas
jointly at Ruhi general ground of Kurung Kumay district from Dec 23 to 25 wherein
14 Christian Revival Churches will take part. The Christian Graduate Prayer fellowship,
Itanagar president Yumri Taipodia and Monachou from Manipur will be the main speakers.
Steps against hunting, fishing
ITANAGAR, Nov. 28: In a recent meeting held, youth and well wishers of Leel Village
has passed various rules and regulations to monitor cases of hunting and fishing
in the area.
SBI asked to pay compensation for service deficiency
TEZU, Nov 28: The Lohit District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum directed the State
Bank of India (SBI) branch, Tezu to pay compensation amount of Rs.10, 000 to Nang
Anuwati Insha within one month for deficiency in service.
Forum President Kaling Tayeng while passing the judgment on 26th November observed
that the SBI branch Tezu was very callous in rendering service to its customers
and because of which the consumers of the bank were facing great difficulties and
In August last Insha lodged a complaint in the Forum stating that because of the
recklessness shown by staff of the bank she lost one year of academic year and prayed
before the forum that the bank should pay her an amount of Rs.25, 000 as a compensation
for causing her tremendous mental agony.
According to complainant on 8th of August 2009 she deposited an amount of Rs.550
at the window of the bank for issue of Demand Draft in favour of National Institute
of Open School (NIOS) for admission. The last date of admission was 10th August 2009.
After receiving the receipt from the window she left the bank as it was crowded.
Later when she came back to collect the draft she found that the date in demand draft
was wrong ,she therefore approached the bank authorities to rectify the mistake and
urged them to issue the demand draft of 8th August and not that of 11th November
2009 which was in her hand. But the mistake was irreversible and the bank staff couldn’t
do anything to rectify the mistake.
Forum asked the bank authorities to clarify on the matter. But the bank authorities
failed to substantiate that the charge was wrong and simultaneously it could not
convince the forum. Hearing both the parties and examining the case in detail the
forum ruled that State Bank of India could not produce evidence indicating that it
did not commit deficiency of service and passed the verdict in favour of the complainant.
Don Bosco School annual sports week held
Itanagar, Nov 28: Massive drill display, march past and race finals marked the concluding
day of the annual sports week of Don Bosco School here today .
Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, Bupendra Kumar, Commandant, 138 Bn,
Itanagar exhorted the student community to actively take part in games and sports
to keep themselves physically fit and keep various diseases at bay. Speaking about
the positive sides of games and sports, Kumar said that it teaches a person to be
disciplined and the spirit of team-work and concentration. While informing about
career opportunities in CRPF, the chief guest said that sportspersons are always
given preference in armed forces.
Later, at the flag down ceremony, Fr. Philip P.C., SDB., Principal DBS, appreciated
the staff and students for their efforts in making the sports week a grand success.
Memo Sports Club win DSA Football tourney
Aalo Nov 28: Memo Sports Club defeated Bogdo-Panya Sports Club 3-0 in the final played
here today and became champion of this year’s football tournament organized by the
District Sports Association, West Siang.
The winner was leading 1-0 in the first half and scored two goals in the second half
to seal victory.
PD Sona, MLA cum Chairman Agriculture Marketing Board attended the closing ceremony
as chief guest. He lauded the organizing committee for the tournament and said that
such tournaments provide good platform to expose football talents in remote areas.