NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22: Subansiri United FC defeated Doimukh FC by 4-2 goals in the penalty
shootout in the final of the 2nd Gora Tamer Memorial Tournament 2014 today at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun.
Both the teams struggled to score but none could net a goal till the final minutes
of the game leading to the penalty shootout.
The closing ceremony was attended by PHED Minister Takam Pario and Food and Civil
Supplies, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs parliamentary Secretary Markio Tado.
8th NE Tamchon Football Tournament 2014
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The day five of Northeast Tamchon football tournament 2014 witnessed
four thrilling matches with eight teams fighting it out among themselves enthralling
a huge 4000 plus spectators on the weekend.
In the first match Senapati FC beat Zeliangrong FC 0 – 1 goal. Jersey no. 7 scored
the single goal in the 55th minute.
Jersey no. 2 Martin of Nirvana Rhinos FC netted the first goal in the 13th minute
of the second match against Barhungkha Bodo FC, while jersey no 11 Cane put in another
goal in the 52nd minute to seal the match. Number 11 Naithav of Barhungkha Bodo FC
managed to score a single for his team in the 68th minute.
SSPP FC beat Wung United FC by a single goal in the third match of the day. Number
7 Hausonpau scored the lone goal in the 43rd minute.
In the final match of the day, Nyishi FC thrashed Arunachal FC by 0-3 goals. Jersey
number no. 14 scored two goals in the 25th and 36th minute and number 9 pumped in
the final goals in the 43rd minute.
APSLSA conducts legal literary classes at VKV
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration
with the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Vivek Vihar, conducted a one-day legal literacy
classes at the school’s meeting hall today for the students of classes 8 to 10 under
its state plan of action - 2014-2015. More than 150 students attended the programme.
During the programme, talks on legal aid, availability of various legal services
schemes, fundamental duties, national integration, Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation
scheme 2011, sexual harassment, juvenile justice and child rights were given to the
participating students by Budi Habung, District & Session Judge cum member secretary,
State Legal Services Authority, Dani Belo, OSD, Sunil Mow and Deepa Yoka, advocates.
Habung also highlighted the various aspects of legal services activities and the
availability of free legal services.
The school principal in his address also underscored the important role that the
legal services authority could play in this respect.
Brochures on legal aid, AP victim compensation scheme 2011 were distributed during
the programme and a short film on domestic violence was shown to the students, according
to an official release.
Railway workers meet DRM
ITANAGAR: The All Arunachal Section Divisional North Frontier Railway construction
loading and Unloading Sramik Union (A.A.S.D.N.F Rly Const.) called on Ratanlal, the
Divisional Railway Manager of the North East Frontier Railways of the Rangia Division
on Nov 20 at Rangia to appraise him on the need to initiate goods train services
to and from the state. It said that good trains are cost effective which would help
Further, the union apprised him on the condition of the poor labours.
The DRM reportedly has assured to extend his all possible help for the development
of the railway in Arunachal.
Modified DBTL from Jan 1
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Government of India is going to launch DBTL (Direct Benefit Transfer
of LPG) in the country from January 1, 2015.
The scheme was launched on June 1, 2013 and it covered 291 districts. It required
the consumer to mandatorily have an Aadhaar number for availing LPG subsidy. The
government has comprehensively reviewed the scheme and after examining the difficulties
faced by the consumer substantively modified the scheme prior to launch. The modified
scheme was launched in 54 districts of the country on Nov 15 in the 1st phase and
it will be launched in the rest of the country on January 1 2015.
Citizens to keep a tab on road expenses
AALO, Nov 22: Fed up with the deplorable internal and external road connectivity
headquarter, people are determined this time to closely monitor the construction
of road, CC Drains and culverts within the sanctioned amount of Rs. 10 crores for
In a coordination meeting held under the Chairmanship of ADC cum Estate Officer T.
Talom, it has been made categorical that any obstruction coming in the way of construction
should be removed by the concerned individuals. Participating in the discussion,
former Minister Kento Ete and former MLA Talong Taggu said that the works has to
go as per the specifications in the DPR to ensure quality of works.
The meeting decided that committees at various sectors and organizational level should
be taken into confidence before any payments to the contractors.
Administration needs to take bold steps and public should give the required support
to the administration for all such good causes, they opined.
The Executive Engineer PHED, Er. Toni Ete said that space should also be created
for laying pipelines as per the DPR and individuals dragging pipes from the road
should obtain permission from the PWD and offender should be reported to PHED for
action. The DLR&SO disclosed that the space for road requirements have been reduced
to minimum level to enhance facilitation of development works and to avoid damages
of properties. (DIPRO)
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A blood donation camp was organised by the Galo Students' Union
(apex) in collaboration with the Ramle Banggo students union and GSU, JNC unit under
the chairmanship of Chige Boje, at General Hospital Pasighat on Nov 22. Large number
of participants voluntarily took part in the programme.
Upper Ramle Banggo ZPM Takir Kakki and former ASM Ziryum Kakki also took part in
the program and encouraged the participants to voluntarily donate blood on regular
basis. Earlier in the day, a power point presentation was held for the participants
in the hospital premises to highlight the importance of donating blood.
The whole programme was held under the supervision and active support from Dr.Y.Ringu
Darang, Medical Superintendent, Pasighat General Hospital and was coordinated by
Dr. Gegong Jongkey and Dr. Kaling Jerang.
A total of 30 units of blood were donated. The union also assured to organize more
such camps in the near future.
Career Guidance Programme
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Career Guidance Programme at Rang-Frah Government College Changlang,
organised an Interactive Career Guidance programme for the students on 22nd Nov.
The objective was to make the students aware of various career opportunities that
lay open for them to choose from.
Resource person for the event Bamin Tarang, Circle Officer of Khimyang, Ngayi Tato
Agriculture Development Officer and J. P. Bora Assistant Director of Textile & Handicrafts
shared their views on choosing right prospective professions and counsel them to
decide early what career one is going to opt for in future.
They provided information on various schemes and self-help assistance to participants
and urge them to avail those avenues.
More than 50 students participated in the programme.
Dr. Kamki Megu, the Principal of the college encouraged the initiative of the cell
and urged the students to make best use of such programmes in future as well.
Further, Nending Butung, the Coordinator of the Guidance Cell announced One Day Soft-Skills
Development Programme to be organised soon.
AAPLU organize Swachch Bharat Abhiyan at ASH
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: More than hundred members of All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union
(AAPLU) led by its president, Dana Tadu participated in a mass social service at
Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun today.
During the cleanliness drive, the members cleaned the drains, cleared bushes and
collected garbage from all corners of the hospital. They also cleaned the hospital
premises and disposed the accumulated waste materials.
Meanwhile, the president has urged all the public, students and government employees
to voluntary participate in such cleanliness drive for a healthy environment. He
also appealed to maintain hygienic
environment in all the surrounding; especially places like hospitals, government
offices, schools and public places.
MLA distributes CGI sheet to fire victims
KHONSA, Nov 22: Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh distributed 50 number each of CGI sheets
to the fire victims of Moktowa village. The Moktowa village is 58 kms away from Khonsa.
While consoling the fire victims, Aboh suggested the villagers to avoid construction
of houses in close distances to ensure minimum damage in event of such incidents.
The MLA also appreciated the district administration, Khonsa for immediate cash relief
of Rs.15,000 each to the 8 fire victims and Rs.1,900 each to 5 houses damaged during
the fire accident.
The MLA was accompanied by Govt officers, public leaders and leaders of varous NGOs.
Master Trainers Training
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: State Resource Centre for Adult Education, Naharlagun conducted
the Master Trainers Training of District Coordinators between Nov 10-22, where fifty
five participants from Kurung Kumey, Tawang, Anjaw, Tirap, Changlang and Lower Dibang
Valley took part as these districts have been identified as low Female Literacy Districts.
They were oriented about Saakshar Bharat Mission, Financial and Legal Literacy as
a part of Inter personal Media Campaign under the Saakshar Bharat Mission.
West Kameng Indigenous Festival begins with traditional fervour
From a Correspondent
BOMDILA, Nov 22: The three-day West Kameng Indigenous Festival 2014 started with
traditional rituals at Buddha Stadium here today. The festival being organized under
the aegis of West Kameng Indigenous People’s Society (WKIPS) with the theme ‘Unity
in diversity’ brought various tribes of West Kameng District under one roof.
Addressing the festive revelers, Home Minister Tanga Byaling spoke about the importance
of hard labour over being a mere believer of God. He said following any religion
without hard labour will not do any good. Also, congratulating the organizing committee,
he urged everyone to take such festival as an opportunity for learning different
facets of any religion, custom and language etc. The chilling and silent town of
Bomdila witnessed huge numbers of people thronging at the celebration ground in various
traditional attires. People in tribal attires of Bugun, Sartang, Monpa, Sherdukpen,
Aka and Miji showed the diverse tribes and cultures of the district. The festival
also became a delight for the foreign tourists who got a chance to taste traditional
cuisines at the various food stalls during the celebration.
While apprising that “Localization is the best form of globalization”, Jambey Wangdi,
Chairman, Department of Karmik and Adhyamik Studies (DOKA) urged people concerned
to correct the distorted names of the places; such as terming the famous Madhuri
Lake at Tawang to its local name Sangetsar Lake, Lungla instead of Lumla etc. Wangdi
requested for an increment in the allocation of funds for DOKA for the future benefits
of the people residing in the area.
Local MLAs of the District and patrons for the festival, Deputy Speaker T N Thungdok,
Parliamentary Secretary PHE & Water Supply Kumsi Sidisow and Japu Deru stressed on
the need for preservation of identify of indigenous tribes and their traditions.
Earlier, Engineer Bony Sakrinsow, Chairman WKIPS in his welcome speech requested
the legislatures present for including the festival in the calendar events of the
state while General Secretary, Passang Dingla thanked everyone for making the inaugural
day a successful one and appealed for the further future cooperation.
DC Bomdila A.K. Singh who is also the chief advisor of the festival, SP Bomdila Surendre
Kumar, XVIII Madras Regiment jawans along with other bureaucrats and dignitaries
were also present on the occasion. The Chief Patron MoS Home, Kiren Rijiju, however
could not make it to the festival.
Lawmakers advocate setting up of drug testing lab
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: BJP MLA Tage Taki has advocated immediate setting up of drug testing
laboratory (DTL) and drug warehouse to improve the health care delivery system and
safety of patients in Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing the Arunachal Pharmacists Convention here the BJP MLA from Ziro supported
both the demands of India Pharmacist Revolution convener Amitav Joyprakash Choudhury
and asked the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department to prepare proposals for
him to move the Central ministry as the people's agent.
Such facilities would help control 900 pharmaceutical shops to provide safe medicines
to the patients, he said.
Confederation of Services Association of Arunachal Pradesh secretary general Pate
Marik rued that pharmacists are given least importance in the state though they mitigate
human sufferings. He exhorted the pharmacists to discharge their duties sincerely
as 'Rights and duties go hand in hand'.
"We want all health facilities to overcome the shortcomings but unable to influence
Delhi. Help in availing all facilities as an activist in the interest of state,”
H&FW director Dr Kartik Nishing told Choudhury and lauded him for his effort to
set up first pharmaco vigilance centre in Arunachal State Hospital.
India represents the third largest pharmaceutical industry in the world, said H&FW
(Medical research & training) director Dr Moji Jini and wondered if the medicines
are affordable and their quality reliable?
Hinting at dismal state of affairs, Arunachal Registered Pharmacists' Association
(ARPA) general secretary Tade Dui said that there are only 197 pharmacists against
825 health centres including 566 sub-centers (which are manned by the pharmacists
in the absence of doctors) through there are 206 unemployed pharmacists in the state.
The convention was organised by the Indian Pharmacist Revolution in collaboration
with the ARPA. PTI
Adventure sports draw huge crowd on second day of Panyor river festival
YAZALI, Nov 22: White Water Rafting and Paragliding were the main crowd pullers among
various adventure sports on the second day of the Panyor River Festival being held
A bee line of enthusiastic adventure sports lovers, irrespective of young and old,
who wanted to have a life-time experience of river rafting could be seen from early
morning at the starting point of the about 3 km long rafting course of Panyor river.
Flying at a high altitude like a bird is always a breathtaking one and that is why
Paragliding, like previous year, remains the most sought after event of this festival.
There is also arrangement for Trap Shooting. The visitors can test their aim by paying
Rs.250 per shot. There is also another adventure sports called Flying Fox. This is
a rope sport practically used for rescue operation during disaster like earthquake,
flood, fire etc, said Yomjum Yomgam, chairman of Young Mission Adventure Club.
While visiting the food stalls, which are, of course, part and parcel of such kind
of festival everywhere in Arunachal Pradesh, the visitors can taste the flavors of
local cuisines served by pretty women and girls paying a little more than the expected
There are also angling equipments and various essential household items are on the
Local bands from Itanagar, singers and cultural troupes from various parts of the
state enlivened the musical night with their melodious songs and dances on Friday
lasting until midnight.
Domestic as well as tourists from neighbouring states and foreign countries are still
flocking to the festival ground in large numbers and bringing smiles to the organizers.
Role of media vital in maintaining peace: Manipur CM
IJU meet begins to discuss journalists’ issues
IMPHAL, Nov 22: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has hailed the role of journalists
in maintaining peace and development in the sensitive border state. Terming journalists’
role vital like a constructive opposition for healthy functioning of democracy, Singh
said his government is committed to take several steps for the growth and welfare
of journalism and media in the state. He was addressing journalists after inaugurating
the three day national executive council meet of Indian Journalist Union (IJU) at
1st Manipur Rifles Complex here today.
Singh’s comment comes at a time when media persons in Manipur are subjected to frequent
attacks and threats from militant groups.
Dwelling on issues raised by Manipuri journalists, Singh said his government will
soon implement the Supreme Court’s recommendations relating to Majithia Wage Board.
The IJU had been actively pursuing employment security and minimum wage for working
journalists in coordination with its state units across the country.
He also appreciated the role played by the media in informing public about all positive
aspects as well as flaws of his government for inclusive progress. The Chief Minister
also highlighted the importance of maintaining peace in Manipur, especially in the
wake of the centre’s Look East policy making the state the focal point for India’s
relation with South East Asia. The Manipur government, it is informed has already
increased journalist pension fund to retiring journalists from Rs 2 Lakhs to Rs 5
Lakhs besides setting up a Press Academy to produce and uplift the quality of journalists
and media in the state. As demanded by the AMWJU, land for building a press housing
colony has also been identified near Imphal and would come up soon.
Earlier, IJU president SN Sinha presented a brief on the union’s activities and appealed
to all the state governments to form a tripartite committee to look into the demands
raised by the journalists as recommended recently by the Apex Court.
The state social welfare department minister AK Mirabai, IJU president SN Sinha,
Secretary general Devulanalli Amar besides All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union
(AMWJU) W Shamjai also attended the inaugural function. Arunachal Press Club and
Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist are being represented by Taba Ajum,
Over 150 journalists from 20 states have converged at the state capital for the meet.
The event coincides with the annual Manipur Sangai Festival and 8th Manipur International
Polo organized to promote the state’s art, culture and ethnic games. Polo originated
from this erstwhile kingdom bordering Myanmar.
NERCORMP’s participatory rural appraisal begins
JAIRAMPUR, Nov 22: The North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project
(NERCORMP) organized a daylong participatory rural appraisal (PRA) at Kovin - one
of the oldest villages in Changlang district today.
PRA is the first phase of the life-changing project, informed NERCORMP business development
officer (district support team) Nanju Tikhak. He said it would enable people to understand
the social status and natural resources of the villages, and that development projects
would be designed based on their input.
The PRA will be followed by constituting a Natural Management Resource Group (NaRM-G)
and an SHG. The NaRM-G will have two members, a male and a female, from a house,
whereas the SHG will have only female members from as many households.
Most significantly, all the development activities will be designed and implemented
according to the demand of that particular village, Tikhak added. "The first phase
of the PRA exercise will cover 7 villages out of a total of 36. After concluding
the first phase, the exercise will be extended to the remaining villages," he said.
Anchal Samiti chairperson Nobinkam Tikhak, who was also present, said: "It’s a ray
of hope for the people of Kovin and we believe that through this programme a definite
change will take place for the betterment of the village."
Internal auditor Algi Nilling and partner NGO AMYAA’s secretary Paul Chawang are
also members of the team leading the exercise.
Arunachal awarded as best state in employment generation
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Department of Skill Development & Employment Generation is
awarded as “India”s Best Project-2014” for implementation of Skill Development &
Employment Generation in the state for the benefit of the youth – mostly for less
educated and school dropout youth by Skoch Group, (a renowned Research and Consultancy
Group), New Delhi.
Department of Skill Development & Employment Generation Director, Subu Tabin received
the award on behalf of state Govt from Union Minister for Urban Development, Parliamentary
Affairs etc. Venkaiah Naidu in an award giving ceremony held at New Delhi yesterday.
Ashok Chawla, Chairman, Competition Commission of India, Hemant Contractor, Chairman,
PFRDA and galaxy of dignitaries were present on the occasion.
“This is just a beginning of recognition of our constant effort and endeavor to improve
the skill of the youth so that they can access into the job market to find suitable
jobs and advent to self-employment ventures with confidence under constant and regular
guidance of Chief Minister Nabam Tuku and Parliamentary Secretary (Industries/Skill
Dev.) Er.Tatung Jamoh,” delighted Tabin said.
Job mela-cum-skill development trainee’s selection rally at Itanagar started in August
2013 and subsequently job–melas are being held in district level throughout the state.
Record number of 14012 youth got registered which is 1% of state’s population. This
has created a phenomenon throughout the country. Infact representatives from many
other states visited Arunachal to have a close interaction with officials to know
the secret of success and also emulated the success story of Arunachal.
It is worthwhile to mention that 3rd leg of District Level Job Mela-cum- Skill Development
Trainee’s Motivation and Selection Rally are going on which started from Khonsa on
18th of this month and it will cover all the districts in the state. 28 Vocational
Training Providers (VTP) are taking part. Tabin appealed all stakeholders to create
awareness and motivate among the youth avail the golden opportunities.
The Department is also going to organize skill development training/capacity buildings
for international border districts at district level under Border Area Development
Programme (BADP). For the first time the training shall be conducted by the professional
resource person by professional VTPs at their doorstep, according to an official
India and Myanmar: Together the way ahead
[ Karyir Riba ]
ROING, Nov 22: Former MP and ex-MLA of Roing, Laeta Umbrey was selected as part of
a team of 16 delegates from India for a Conference in Yangon on the future of the
Indo- Myanmar relations held on November 21 and 22.
Themed ‘India and Myanmar: Together the way ahead’, the conference was organized
by India Foundation along with Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies
(MSIS), Yangon, Institute of Transnational Studies, Germany and Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS).
“The conference was predominantly to discuss the post visit of Prime Minister of
India Narendra Modi in Myanmar, and future of Indo – Myanmar relations which is of
international reputation. The opportunity offered to me was a sheer motive of Prime
Minster to give a uniform representation from this far eastern most part of India
and to show the world the multi racial and cultural diversity of Indian Union”, informed
Umbrey from New Delhi earlier.
The purpose of this conference was to assemble academics, politicians, civil servants
and social activists for a day and half to discuss and debate the way forward for
the India Myanmar relations across all dimensions: Security, Economic Growth, Regional
Integration and Social Development.
As per reports, with a new government in New Delhi it is important that the Indo-Myanmar
relations are relooked afresh and a blueprint developed on the way forward for the
two countries. Policy makers in New Delhi are seeking inputs in their framing of
policies vis a vis Myanmar and India Foundation and its partners believe that now
is an opportune time to provide value added inputs from civil society in such policy
This conference being held in Myanmar for the important reason that the local intelligentsia,
political class and the government is sensitized on the Indian interests in the region.
It is esteemed vital to build greater consensus between these two potential partners
and develop new ideas on how the two countries can co-operate for furtherance of
their larger strategic and developmental interests. Other then Umbrey the prominent
16 delegates included Sushil Modi Leader of Opposition Legislative Council, Bihar;
Lt Gen Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik former Goc-In-C, Northern Command Indian Army;
Sitaram Sharma Chairman Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS),
Kolkata; Sreeradha Dutta Director Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies
(MAKAIAS), Kolkata; Jaya Jaitly Journalist and Social Activist; Prodyut Kumar Bora
National Executive Member Bharatiya Janata Party Gurgaon, India; Jaideep Saikia South
Asian Security And Terrorism Analyst India; Dattesh Parulekar Assistant Professor-International
Relations UGC Centre For Latin American And International Studies, Goa University.
ABK unit bans forceful donations in East Siang
ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Adi Baane Kebang East Siang district unit has banned all forms
of donations in the district and stated of seriously dealing with anyone found collecting
The ABK district unit in an executive meeting on Nov 20 at Pasighat took the decision
to take stock of the complaints of rampant forceful donations by many organisations
and unions in East Siang.
While expressing deep anguish on the issue, a release stated that, it has been brought
to notice that many unscrupulous individuals, parties, student’s organisations and
unions both from and outside the district are forcefully collecting donations from
govt. departments, officers, officials, public, businessmen, construction agencies,
power developers and so on with malafide intensions. Due to such practices, many
businessmen have complained about their inability to carry forward their assigned
contracts works in East Siang district. Many of them are either in panic or want
to leave the area leaving aside the developmental works half done for mental torture
and security reasons, it added.
The meeting also took serious note of the tender and supply works where local qualified
contractors, businessmen and youths are not getting any benefits while contractors
from outside are taking up the opportunities.
Accordingly, the ABK unit has called upon all Heads of Departments of State and the
district to give preference to the local eligible contractors from the district while
awarding tender and contract works. It stated that any discrimination if found and
reported would not be tolerated which would be monitored by the ABK unit for the
interest of the people of East Siang.
Further, it requested all business houses operating in East Siang district to cooperate
with ABK and adhere to the decision. Assuring protection to all business communities,
contractors and suppliers of the district for building quality developmental activities
in the district, ABK unit called for communicating directly to the ABK district executive
members if any problem arose.
Poor ATM service issue figured in review meeting of bank officers
PASIGHAT, Nov 22: District level Consultation Committee (DCC) and District Level
Review Committee (DLRC) meeting for the bankers was held here yesterday. The meeting
was presided over by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava and was attended
by BM Kori, AGM (RBI) Guwahati, HC Miri, Chief Manager lead Bank, Itanagar, BMs of
all the banks of Pasighat and officers of line departments.
Discussing various financial helps rendered to the beneficiaries by the banks under
Govt. scheme, Nidhi Srivastava exhorted all the bankers to improve their services
for more benefit to the people.
“There are real challenges in the fields. They have to be sorted out at such forums
and if required they should be referred to higher up for proper solution” said the
DC. He emphasized on completion of household survey under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan
Yojna within the time frame and people of remote areas have to be encouraged to open
Expressing her dismay at the non-functioning of ATMs in the township, the DC directed
all the banks to maintain the ATMs for 24x7 service so that people do not suffer.
Lack of security personnel should not be an excuse, she said and assured for all
support and co-operation. She informed that 500 sqm land has been allotted for RCT.
The representative of the banks put forward their limitations and assured to take
steps for service improvement.
Regarding the erratic ATM service, they informed that technician take days to come
and set them right. They wanted that the target for financing schemes should be realistic.
They also informed that the repayment rate is very unsatisfactory.
BM Kori and HC Miri opined that loan on various sector should be discussed in details
for proper assessment. “Good notes should be circulated in the market and from 2015,
the notes which were printed before 2005 will be withdrawn,” they informed. They
also wanted that the subsidy amount to be clearly specified for each schemes by the
departments. They also called for improvement of ATM services by all the banks and
the progress report to be submitted to DC within 15 days. DIPRO
KVK and SB demonstrates self- propelled paddy reaper machine
From a Correspondent
PASIGHAT, Nov 22: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), East Siang, College of Horticulture
and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat in collaboration with M/s
Siang Biotech (SB), Pasighat, conducted a demonstration programme on feasibility
of harvesting paddy using self propelling paddy reaper machines at Ayeng and Runne
village here in East Siang yesterday and today in the presence of several farmers.
The first hand demonstration was conducted at farmer’s field at an area of 1 acre
where it was observed that the machine saves 50 percent labour, 90 percent operating
time and 50 percent on cost of operation compared to traditional and conventional
method of harvesting with sickle.
During the interaction, expert from the KVK imparted knowledge to the farmer’s regarding
the paddy reaper machine and needs of selective machinery especially for paddy cultivation
in the district, when seeking solutions for the problems like drudgery, high production
cost, low cropping intensity and above all the labour scarcity. It is feasible to
reduce the cost of harvesting operation of paddy by mechanization to almost half
the cost of manual harvesting. Speaking on the sideline of the demonstration, Bharatiya
Kishan Sangh Arunachal Unit, President Takali Tamuk said that, this machine is very
useful and appealed the state government to include this reaper machine into their
subsidy category. He also said that, this machine has multiple uses like reaping
mustard, papor etc.
The demand for its field demonstration cropped up after this machine was displayed
during the four-day long just concluded North-East Agri Fair held at CHF, Pasighat
by the various farmers of the district.