I would like to thank our govt. for revoking its earlier order of issuing PRC to
This order was bound to effect the indigenous people as our population is very meager
comparable to non-APST people. Especially in Bordumsa-Diyun and Lekang constituency
of Changlang and Lohit district respectively. At least now we can sleep happily without
fearing about our future and concentrate on our other developmental activities. I
would like to thank AAPSU, ATKSU, ANSU, ALSU and every other student unions and every
citizen of the state for raising their concern against government decision to issue
PRC to non-APST.
And from now we have to fight unitedly for every policy that has been implemented
by our shortsighted politicians for the benefit of themselves which in actual are
meant for the development of our state. As lots of money has been pumped by central
government which remained either un-utilized or even if utilized is of no use for
public like urban development marketing complex in Pasighat and false billing made
by contractor for Anganwadi school construction. If we keep on raising issues and
fight unitedly for the development, am sure our state will one day see epitome of
development. Thank you Arunachalee for this wonderful fight against PRC.
Who on earth coined the term 'Arunachalee'?
Who on earth coined the term 'Arunachalee' for the people of Arunachal Pradesh? All
my friends and people here in Delhi find the term Arunachalee to be very crude type.
When we say Arunachalee, it sounds as if the person is uneducated, illiterate, foolish
bumpkin ready to accept the dictates of anything thrown at us by the Central government.
In order to sound more sophisticated and be a people with self-pride, we the citizens
of Arunachal Pradesh can use the words 'People of Arunachal Pradesh' (POAP) for all
purposes to identify ourselves once we are outside the state. The media of the state
has to take an initiative in this regard. The newspapers have to edit the word 'Arunachalee'
and use 'People of Arunachal Pradesh' or 'POAP' to give a sense of pride to the tribal
people of the state.
Don’t use PRC as an invisible shield against the Chinese threat
Ever since the Chinese renewed their claim over Arunachal Pradesh with much vigor
and an aggressive posturing, the people of the state have witnessed a major shift
in the attitude of the Indian government. Be it in the friendly behavior of the military
personnel or in the unprecedented warm smile on their faces while in a convoy, be
it in the major influx of people from outside north-east or be it in the major industrial
projects that are being brought into the state, be it in the national media’s dramatically
positioning lens into the state or be it in the national highways running through
heart of state. No doubt, the changes are happening and they are not going unnoticed.
And yes maybe they are good for the state. The granting of PRC to non-APSTs, which
by now has been revoked by state government, is just one of those changes whose foot
print can be found at South Block, New Delhi.
But this change is not good for the state and therefore has not been welcomed by
the people as it reflects the mistrust of the Indian government on the nationalistic
allegiance of the tribal population, as it disregards tribal rights and law of the
land. This move could encourage encroachment into reserved forest land and it has
the potential to disintegrate and wipe off tribal identity from the face of Arunachal.
India is known for her cultural diversity. Arunachal Pradesh is one amongst the unique
of her diversities. The world is amazed by India's ability to maintain unity despite
wide cultural differences. She should learn to preserve this distinctiveness.
Instead of using PRC as an invisible shield against the Chinese threat, the government
of India should focus on strengthening its military prowess along its international
border and simultaneously the government should focus on empowering the tribal people
economically. Special attention should be paid to educating them, so that they get
the rationality to think about and perceive any form of threat.
Arunachalees have been known to be very vocal and valiant when it comes to protecting
their rights and lands. Given the opportunity, they will surely want to defend the
country from any kind of threat, be it through political means or be it through diplomatic
means. For that, they need to be trusted upon.
Whatever may be the circumstance, PRC to non-APST is not acceptable to tribal people
of Arunachal at any cost.
Chau Ingsaymang Manpoong, Namsai
Million Dollar Question of Survival in our own land?
Once called “The No man’s land” during the pre-colonial period, the land which was
unheard to the outsiders, but today in this 21st century, the land is neither no
man’s land nor it is unheard to the outsiders but it is now one of the land much
sought after for every business institution and for the outsiders for huge investment
and profits. Yes, I am talking about this beautiful state call Arunachal Pradesh.
Every citizen of this land has to pay heavy price, if we don’t check and balance
the excess interference of the outsiders within boundary of our state. One of the
most dangerous weapons they carry is the “propaganda of development”. But what is
their definition of development and how development is implemented in true sense,
they have to explain us.
No doubt, the native people welcome development in the state but in return their
hopes are being shattered into pieces. Why would the people not resent and oppose
this so called development, when they are misinformed and when their rights to privilege
One of the blunders the government has done is through allowing the various companies
to invest in the state without the proper consent of the native people, but rather
telling only one side of the story which is always incomplete. And there is no policy
to check the outsider’s excessive interference in very spheres of life. Why doesn’t
the government first inform, educate and convince before the people starts question
or oppose their new projects or schemes etc. After all, they are the one who is going
to bear loss or profits at the end.
No business is done at any cost of loss, and if there is profit than someone has
to suffer. That day is not so far when the state will be under the absolute control
of these companies and outsiders. Economically, politically and culturally outsiders
have already invaded Arunachal which we can see from our naked eyes. Business and
commerce activities are dominated by the outsiders. In service both government and
non-government sectors, also larger number of outsiders are employed. Politically,
they have become factor with their large population and already vote banks politics
are being played. Culturally even, we can experience the influence of mainland Indian
and foreign traditions in our indigenous belief, culture and traditions. Modernity
and transformation in the cost of loss of our own indigenous identity is not a right
There is an urgent need to wage war against the outsiders from the excess interference
in the state politics, business and in the service sector. The simplest step is passing
a resolution in the individual level not to depend upon the outsiders anymore, respect
every profession high or low and do our works with true sense for of dignity.
If you don’t want to see your own state transforming into state like Tripura than
it’s the right time that we must not encourage the outsider from interfering in the
affairs of state in any form. There is also a need to educate the masses in this
regard, whatsoever hardship we might have to face, sacrifices has to be made by all
Arunachalees collectively to save our land and resources. And we should always remind
our self the following million dollar question of survival in our own land.
• Why should we give right to permanent settlement when we had given enough privilege
to the Non-APST?
• When the masses are still innocent and politically not conscious of their rights,
why should the government treat us like “let the sleeping dog sleep”?
• Why should we become victimized in our own land?
• Why should the outsiders dominate all sectors of jobs & services and leave native
tribal youths unemployed?
• Why are they behaving so rudely by dominating the business and commerce when we
are the one who has actually allowed them to settle here to do all sorts of business?
• Why this “land of the rising sun”, the land of paradise and the peace loving state
has transformed into the land of controversy, the land of “Khusi-Khusi” and the land
of interest for outsiders?
• How far the land and its people are safe from the claim of the China. There is
inter-state boundary disputes, demand for Greater Nagalim, the Chakma-Hajong refugee
problem, Karbi, Nepali’s, Bodo-Kachari’s, Tibetan and many other issues are disturbing
development of this state.
If all these issues are not addresses properly and in time, people of this land may
have to face disastrous outcome.
Time is running out for all the indigenous based organization and if we don’t raise
worries now, a day may come when daily affair of state will be run by outsiders and
local tribal will be mute spectator in their own land.
Bangladeshi migrant, new headache for Arunachal
Tirap the south-eastern most district of Arunachal Pradesh endowed with lush green
forest and beautiful gentle hill locks is officially protected from the outsiders’
interferences like rest of state under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act
of 1873 by way of screening visitors’ entry into the district through Inner Line
Pass at boundary check points. The district is a home to the colorful people of Nocte,
Wancho and the Tutsa tribals who are intricately and socially inter-woven with a
high degree of close affinity among themselves. However, the developments in the
area are remnants of the pre-statehood period and are on a stand still as on today.
The neglect of the district can be gauged by the 5 kmph motor able but potholed KBJ
and other so called life line roads, the degenerated hospital and schools, regularly
interrupted electricity and water supply. As if all these suffering is not enough,
thanks to authority’s attitude of “who cares” to the influx of foreigners and outsiders
as daily wage labourers in the district, the indigenous Noctes, Wanchos and the Tutsas
is now facing a more serious ethno-demographic decimation in a very near future.
The beautiful culture and way of life of these people will become a question of distant
past, if something tangible is not done today.
Whosoever know about Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation’ Act of1873 may all be blissfully
unaware that influx of large scale foreigners can ever happened, when even the Indian
brethren of other states are to obtain Inner Line Pass to visit the state of Arunachal
Pradesh. Anyone contravening the provisions is prosecuted and punished. Most of these
migrant labourers are mostly foreign nationals of Bangladeshi origins as they do
not have permanent whereabouts and a documentary proof to show that they are Indians.
From their communication, it can be made out that they speak among themselves in
sylheties Bengali dialect of the Chitagong hills regions of Bangladesh. Now, the
point to ponder is “Though everyone knows who they are and who brought them here
without obtaining necessary permission under various civil and labour laws, why nobody
is complaining? How they could have crossed the Inner Line Check gates at Hukanjuri,
Deomali, Bimlapur and Kanubari? Are the officials manning these check points really
performing their duty with sincerity or are they already are up to the neck in corrupt
Apart from the above, it has become a known fact that the contractors working under
the Assam rifles at Khonsa, Noglo(Near Myammar border), Wakka, Konnu and Konsa (Another
village near Myanmar border), under the EEs RWD in PMGSY roads and under the AIR
have brought most of these migrant Bangladeshi labourers without official formalities
and leaves them unattended after completion of the project works. The engagement
of such Bangladeshi labours by the PWD at Khonsa town drainage work is a direct glare
in the face of the authority and the people alike. These labourers mix themselves
with the local populace. On occasions, there had been an arrest of these labourers
for illegal entry in the district by the state police and they were produced before
the designated court which in turn released them with a nominal fine and a condition
that the contractor who brought them obtain Inner line Pass for them within 25(Twenty
five) days not knowing that contractor had already deserted these labourers to be
on their own fate. These labourers then began to assimilate into the local population
as the stray individual ready to commit anything for survival.
About the law provisions, first thing is – “Ignorance of law is no excuse” and the
Principal Employer(s) like the Assam Rifles, the BRO, the Executive Engineers of
the Work departments, Head of Offices in the District are required to-
1. Obtain Inner Line Pass from the District Administration for the entire individual
(if from outside the state) before letting them enter the district. 2. Register their
establishment under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and
Condition of Services) Act’1970 before starting any project (Construction) works.
3. Require their contractors to obtain labour license under the above said Acts before
awarding any works. 4. Ensure that their Contractors import migrant workmen only
through Labour Contractor and deport the same migrant labourers to their home address
immediately after completion of the project works, failing which he or she is liable
to be prosecuted and punished under the above Acts. These provisions have been made
in order to – a) Safeguard the migrant and contract labourers from exploitation by
the employer(s). b) Safeguard the employers and contractor from the criminal attack
by the labourer(s) as they are in constant interaction with each other even when
their relation is not cordial. Employment of unregistered and un-antecedent migrant
workmen imperils or endangers the life and property of not only the employers and
the contractors but also the society, as the whole. When such migrant labours who
have no whereabouts and no documentary proof of his permanent address commit a heinous
crime like murder and loot and then flee from the district, they are generally not
traceable for want of where-about which thereby create problem in solving criminal
The most serious case is, these labourers targets the widows , divorcees and the
destitute girls of the local population to enter into wed-lock and secure their stay
in the district after ensnaring the gullible locals. They branch out by bringing
their relatives from their hiding places and post them in the local shops, pan-gumtis,
hotels and in the sundry business consequently enlarging their migrant populations.
Gradually, they put their energy to acquire local citizenship through the connivances
of the recently related in-laws or guardians. Once secured, the offspring of those
Noctes, Wanchos and the Tutsas crossed-breed with migrant labour somehow get dissimilate.
The ethno-demographic decimation will stand complete sooner than later, if the problem
is not nip on the bud.
Advocate Jawang Sumpa,
Dam is not a means to an end
This is in response to the antipathy of the popular mass of “East Siang” dwellers
regarding the construction of mega dam which has created widespread discontentment
and fear among masses. What is seen is the absence of popular participation of local
people or downstream masses in decision making process. The government seems to be
quite oblivious about the real concern of the minuscule sections of the people. The
importance of people’s view is highly underestimated and neglected. In a bid to placate
people’s plight certain organized statistics and surveys are conducted across villages
which is not truly based on popular choices but are rigged.
The disagreement between the people and the authorities lies in the schism that occurs
when future security matters a lot and lack of people’s participation in decision
making process is a worry. It is important to gain confidence and support of local
people before going into any kinds of development. Indian history is replete with
true instances where petty traders and local carpenters suffered massive loss and
became jobless due to industrial construction and development under British Rule.
This was a boon for our nation since it developed India to a large extent, but the
truth lies in the fact that even after sixty three years of India’s Independence
the present generations suffer and strive to survive a day meal under the present
government. Moreover successful democracy is not merely based on development but
mass participation and majority support are the primary concern.
Lastly but not the least, the construction of dam is not a means to an end, since
government’s effort remain elusive and people’s problems remain contemporary until
and unless at the very outset the state government wins people’s support, promulgate
policies, secure compensation for people’s ordeal and encourage mass participation
in the decision making process which are the indication of a true democracy.
East Siang District (Pasighat)
Obey the traffic rule, help fire service department
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to appeal to the citizens of
Itanagar and Naharlagun to extend all possible help to the department of fire service
during fire accidents.
It is always observed that the people of this twin capital city do not respond to
the siren blow by fire tenders during such emergency time thereby creating great
problems to the fire tender in reaching the accident sites in time. The vehicle owners
and drivers are also expected to park their vehicles in uniform manner to facilitate
other vehicle to run safety and smoothly.
Lastly, I appeal every one especially unruly driver to obey traffic rules for safety
Shri Geluk Minga (Romin)
Fire Service, Itanagar.
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ITANAGAR, Sept 30: State Govt has taken necessary precautionary measures in view
of the Ayodhya verdict announced by Allahabad High Court today, this was informed
by Home Minister Tako Dabi.
Dabi further informed that all police and administrative machinery have been geared
up to tackle any possible beach of peace. Arunachal Pradesh is a peaceful state and
people are maintaining peace and harmony, he added. Reports DIPR
ATNS adds: Meanwhile, Viswa Hindu Parishad, Naharlagun Unit has welcomed the verdict
on Ayodhya issue.
All party meet endorse Govt decision on PRC
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: An all party meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was
today organized which was attended by representatives of both political parties and
student organizations. Participants include political parties like INC, BJP, NCP,
TMC and student groups like AAPSU, ANSU, ALSU, TKSSU and All Changlang District Student
Union. Later in the evening a press meet was held, where Finance and IPR Minister
Setong Sena informed about various decisions taken during the day.
Beside Sena, political advisor to CM Tater Kipa and APCC publicity in charge Thupten
Tempa was also present in the press meet.
Informing press persons about minutes of the meeting, Sena said, “All the participants
appreciated the government decision to revoke the order to issue PRC to non-APST
settled in Lohit and Changlang district. Further, meeting resolved that issue pertains
to the interest of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh and hence matter should
be taken as state issue,” Sena said in a read out statement.
On being asked whether government has any long term policy on PRC issue he said,
“This is long term problem. State government will continue to work on this issue
and try to find a lasting solution acceptable to everyone.” Further he informed high
level committee headed by join secretary, government of India, constituted to look
into Chakma-Hajong issue will arrive in first week of October for field visit to
Sena also stated that department of boundary affair created by state government is
collecting inputs from all boundary areas and sharing it with one man boundary commission
formed by Supreme Court of India.
Meanwhile all the members present in the meeting expressed deep concern over mushrooming
of organizations and express anguish over prevailing trends of calling frequent bandh
calls especially in capital complex. He reiterated that government will take stern
action against such group and not let them disturb peace of this state.
CoSAAP oppose bandh, urge employees to attend duty
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: In a meeting of central executive committee of Confederation of
Service Associations Of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSSAP) held today, the members present
have taken serious exception to 24 hours bandh call given by Joint Action committee
comprising three organizations on 4th of October demanding resignation of Chief Minister
In a press press statement CoSAAP stated that whenever any organizations or unions
issue bandh in capital complex or in districts, it is government employee who are
always in receiving end. While government authorities pressurize them to attend duty,
the bandh caller obstructs them from attending offices and it is government servant
who faces all the troubles.
CoSAAP has asked for adequate transportation facility with proper security for government
employees during bandh day. Stating that bandh call is not the only means of protesting,
CoSAAP urged the organizations to garner mass support through rallies, meetings etc
if allegations leveled by them against CM are substantiated with documentary evidences.
As CM himself has denied these allegations, the bandh callers should review their
demands for the greater interest of the public, association demanded. CoSSAP has
also expressed satisfaction with the development works carried out by Chief Minister
Since his assumption of CM post, central funding are spontaneously pouring, so people
should cooperate to bring more development in the state, the release added.
Further CoSSAP has appealed to all the government employees of capital complex to
attend their duties during October 4th bandh and has also appreciated government
decision to withdraw the earlier order of issuing PRC to non-APST.
Arrest of all accused in PDS scam demanded
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) Itanagar unit has demanded arrest
of the 96 accused in the PDS scam including four sitting MLAs and Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu’s son Prema Khandu.
Condemning the way the state Govt allegedly using the investigation as a tool in
PDS scam, the union questioned why only former chief minister Gegong Apang is being
targeted while the chief minister’s son and four sitting MLAs were moving free.
The law is equal for all and no one is above the law, the union said while lambasting
the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva
Dal APCSD) for ‘protecting the chief minister by condemning the organizations who
are demanding his resignation on moral ground for his son’s involvement in the scam’.
The union further said the Congress party is turning a blind eye to the scam and
encouraging corruption, favoritism and nepotism.
The union claimed that that state Govt is trying to confuse the people by giving
contradicting statements in regard to prosecution sanction and not responding to
the questions raised by the people on the scam. It demanded handing over of the
case to CBI immediately.
Student dies in road mishap
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: In a hit and run case, an unknown vehicle knocked down a Class
XI student of government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar Osi Pali at NH 52-A near
Civil Secretariat at around 10.30 am this morning.
Pali was riding a motor cycle when he was knock downed by an unknown vehicle, and
instead of providing help to the injured person the Driver along with vehicle fled
the scene. The family members filed an FIR at Police station, Itanagar and the investigation
Meanwhile, the members of the Anggong Society expressed deep shock at the sudden
demise of Osi Pali. Pali was from Reying village, Payum circle, West Siang District.
The Society appreciated Home Minister Tako Dabi for providing the hearse van from
Itanagar to Reying village. The Society appealed the investigating agency to expedite
the case to bring the culprit to book and punish the perpetrator of this inhuman
act, who left the young man to die after crushing him. It further appealed the public
who were at the place at the time of occurrence of the incident to come forward and
give information to the investigating agency or the members of the bereaved family.
The members of the Society conveyed its condolence to the bereaved family and prayed
almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and also bestow strength to the
bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
Orgs to go ahead with phase wise bandh calls
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: A day after the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu Dorjee Khandu’s
refutation of all allegations leveled against him, the Joint Action Committee of
the Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU), Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation
(AVYF) and Arunachal Youth Association (AYA) said that it would go ahead with the
phase wise bandh in favour of its demands.
Reaffirming that their demands are authenticated and their movement can not be termed
as undemocratic, the Committee further said that Pema Khandu is the one of the accused
in the PDS scam and being father of Pema Khandu, the chief minister Dorjee Khandu
is ‘directly or indirectly involved in it and is protecting him from arrest’. Jarkar
Gamlin, MLA and his son Karka Gamlin are also accused in the PDS scam, but Jarbom
Gamlin, the Govt spokesman and power minister deliberately preventing them from arrest
taking undue advantage of his public office, the Committee alleged. Where is good
governance and corruption-free Govt, it questioned while adding that “in order to
deviate our movement against present CM, the collective leaders of the INC party
is trying to brainwash the common citizens for the selfish end”. Demanding change
of leadership for good governance, the Committee further said the organization trio
are determined to fight against corruption in the state.
Dam affected people wants proper rehabilitation and development
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The affected people of Subansiri Upper Project (Menga Dam) has
conducted mass awareness meeting on dam at Menga School ground recently.
During the meeting most of the affected land owners supported and assured to donate
land for the development proposes if the concerned authority provide them 100% rehabilitation,
land compensation, job opportunity and proper road connectivity. The meeting further
appealed the concerned authority to consult land owner, Local MLA, PR leaders and
the association before it takes any steps for dam construction.
Later, the youth of the area constituted All Subansiri Upper Project Affected Area
Youth Association (ASUPAAYA) to look after the proper implementation of the project
with KL Nayam and Adam Gusar as President and General Secretary.
Revoking PRC to non-APST a historic decision: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) has welcomed the state
government decision to cancel their order of issuing PRC to non-APSTs in Lohit and
Changlang districts. Calling this step a historic correction, AAPSU president Takam
Tatung, hopes that in future government won’t commit such mistake of overlooking
interest of indigenous tribe.
“Way people of state reacted against this decision shows that despite many differences
we do come together to fight when it is matter of the interest of state. We believe
government must have the lesson and in future they will think twice before taking
such anti-tribal decision,” said Takam Tatung.
He further added, “I would like to thank every student organizations, civil societies,
NGOs, local media for supporting AAPSU in this fight. AAPSU also would thank all
the students and ordinary citizens who took part in protest rally held on 28th of
Society condoles death of Bodam Koyu
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The members of Koyu Ao Welfare Society expressed profound grief
on the untimely death of Late Bodam Koyu on Sept 27 at Dibrugarh.
In a condolence message, the society said it has been a very hard time for the members
of the Society and his relatives to accept the tragic and irreparable loss of such
a dear brother, a friend and a great human being. He was a very generous person
with concern for everyone and above all a true social worker, Society said. His bright
mind and great humanity are shining example of what humanity is about. His untimely
passing away will not only leave a void in the society but also in the hearts of
all those who knew him.
The Society expresses its deep sense of gratitude to all the friends and relatives
who comforted the family and shared their grief without whom, it would have been
very difficult to overcome the loss. The society members prayed for eternal peace
of the department soul.
Workers educated on benefits under welfare schemes
JAIRAMPUR, Sept 30: The Voluntary Retirement Scheme for workers could not be implemented
in the state due to fund constrains, said Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction
Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam during the workers mass awareness campaign
held at Jairampur today.
He encouraged the workers/ labourers and youths to participate in every awareness
campaign organized by various NGOs particularly the AIDS control Society.
Meanwhile, expressing resentment over non-cooperation of the general administration
of the Sub-Division with the visiting officials, he briefed about the importance
of the awareness campaign and added that non-cooperative attitude of the administrative
officers would hamper the worker community of the state. He decided to pursue the
matter to the Government to initiate necessary action against those officers who
are misguiding the workers.
APB&OCWWB Secretary Cum Labour Commissioner, Ojing Darung highlighting the Janashree
Bima Yojna, Educational and Medical assistance and other benefits provided by the
Board advised the workers to enroll their names in the Board to avail these benefits.
AAPWU State Unit, Women Wing General Secretary Tana Yakung, briefing the importance
of role of women in the society, encouraged them to take active participation in
all activities of the society and also urged them to register their names in the
board. AAPWU (Hq) Working President, Techi Tara highlighted the aims and objective
of Awareness Campaign organized by the APB&OCWWB.
AAPWU, Jairampur Unit General Secretary Tonlang Wangpan submitted a 10 points memorandum
to the chairman and appreciated the MLAs of Tirap and Changlang districts for their
support to the Board chairman Jalley Sonam.
On the occasion, workers from Nampong, Manmao and Jairampur along with Heads of Departments
and Zonal Secretary Eastern Zone, AAPWU Sanu Tamang attended the programme.
APIC website launched
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The official web site of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission
(APIC) was formally launched by State chief information commissioner Nyodek Yonggam
in a small yet impressive launching ceremony at its office premises here today.
In his brief speech, Yonggam while speaking about the functioning of the Commission,
lamented the lack of staff, non delegation of financial power to the Commission and
limited support from the State Government.
Despite of all odds, the Commission is trying its best to implement RTI Act, 2005
in letter and spirit, he said. Due to lack of awareness amonsgt public about the
existence of the Act and feedbak from appellant/complainant, no success story could
be made out unlike other states where RTI has become an important tool to expose
the wrongdoers, he said. He informed the gathering that Arunachal Pradesh State Information
Commission was awarded Best Information Commissioner in 2009-10 by Public Cause Research
Foundation, a Delhi based NGO.
Habung Payeng, SIC and in-charge web site, demonstrated the web site with the help
of NIC official through projector about browsing process, contents and facility interlink
provided in the site. He dwelt at length about the conception, designing, compilation
of data and launching.
He said that NIC officials, especially Jyotish Roy, Scientist E, had been instrumental
in making the web site see the light of the day. He also recalled the services rendered
by former and present deputy registrar APIC in helping him make the web site taking
final shape. Though the web site was ready as back as 2007 but its launching had
to be delayed for want of staff for up-dating and also due to shifting of office.
He expressed the need for an expert to update the web site which the Commission lacks.
The launching ceremony was also attended by APIC deputy registrar Horki Diyum, all
State Information Commissioners, NIC officials and staff working under APIC.
Don’t believe in ‘sex flu’ rumour, says HM
NAHARLAGAN, Sept 30: Sunil Barman and Ashraf Ali, two sturdy youths employed in a
tyre repair workshop at Naharlagan, remained half- immersed for an hour in a big
and cool water tank as they shivered by clasping desperately their fronts with both
hands. To add to their shuddering coldness, two colleagues kept pouring water on
their heads constantly with mugs in the hope that the ‘sex flu’ that gripped their
friends would be cured within five hours if they devotedly watering them so. In a
similar incident, Subud Barman’s three children—two young boys and a daughter—were
constantly watered with ice packs until they caught severe cold and fever, and of
course filled with paranoia and despair.
The believe is: a sort of flu has spread in the air that causes immediate shrinking
of sex organ, male organ in case of males and breast incase of females. Many doggedly
claim that the organs ultimately disappear altogether. It has resulted in adoption
of superstitious treatment that suit people’s respective social beliefs. According
to some, Goddess Parvaty’s ire has fallen on them and the spell doesn’t discriminate
between religion and caste.
This fear has gripped the twin capital city so much so that many common citizens
including some government employees have started smearing their ear lopes with lime
paste and wearing waste bands with seeds of bottle guard, which are believed to be
the best magic potion against the “rampaging disease’.
In order to dispel this fear psychosis which has entered deep into the minds of the
citizenry, Home Minister Tako Dabi led an awareness campaign Thursday at Ganga Market,
Gandhi Market and Akashdeep in Itanagar and Takar Comlex, A Sector and Barapani market
at Naharlagan to sensitize the people about such superstitions. Dismissing the veracity
of such a disease, the Minister, accompanied by city S.P. Chuku Appa and DIPR Lekhi
phuntso and other officers, urged people not to believe in such superstitions. He
interacted with many of the ‘victims’ and encouraged them to come out of the fear
psychosis and advised them to avail medical advice and treatment for their physical
problems. He gave Rs Two Thousands to Sudeep Barman for buying medicines for his
ill children and asked him to immediately take them to hospital for diagnosis.
Dabi appealed all sections of people to sensitise the masses against superstitions
and rumours. He said the so called ‘victims’ suffer either from some other diseases
or from fear and negative attitudes. He advised the people against resorting to unhealthy
practices such as wearing of gourd seeds and smearing of lime paste any further and
appealed ill people to get medical treatment immediately instead of resorting to
blind beliefs. DIPR
Upper Siang DRDA approves draft AAP
Ering calls for proper implementation of schemes
YINGKIONG, Sept 30: Ninnong Ering, MP has called for effective implementation schemes
under the guidelines of the Central Govt. He was addressing the 16th Governing Body
Meeting of Upper Siang DRDA and District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee
Informing that the third party monitoring of all the ongoing schemes has already
been completed, Ering encouraged the officers to be more discipline and dedicated
for effective implementation of the schemes. There should be close co-ordination
and interaction with the PRI leaders in order to avoid any communication gap, he
said. Everyone should take the responsibility of uplifting the society and it people,
DRDA CEO Pawan Kumar Sain urged the people to change their mindset for effective
development of the community. Dependency on the Govt. should be minimized, he said
and called upon the PR leaders and officials to voluntarily co-operate with the implementing
agencies and monitor implementation of the works. He also urged the village development
committee to keep vigil on scheme implementation. Informing that new innovative
means are being worked out for judicious utilization of fund, Sain said hence forth,
the beneficiaries of schemes like IAY will be selected by the BDOs with consultation
with the PRI members and the lifting and droppings of the materials will be the responsibility
A mass awareness programme will be held in October where all the PRI members, GBs,
progressive farmers, NGOs etc. will be invited where the departmental officers will
highlight the programmes and projects under taken by their department concerned.
ZP chairperson Dunggoli Libang appealed for proper and effective implementation
of the programmes, while Tayom Boge PD (DRDA) read out the achievement report of
RD programme for the year 2009-10.
The budget under DRDA Administration for the year 2010-11 was presented and the
house approved it.
The Draft AAP of RD programme for year 2010-11 prepared by the BDOs of Yingkiong
, Mariyang , Geku, Tuting , Singa , Gelling was presented and approved by the house.
Ninnong Ering had also visited remote flood ravaged villages like Sisen and Yibuk
on 27th & 28th of this month and interacted with the people. He sanctioned Rs
6 lakhs for suspension bridge and community fencing at Sisen and Rs 5 lakhs for suspension
bridge and community hall at Yibuk.
On Sept 29 he visited Simong Village and sanctioned Rs. 5 lakhs for the Govt. ME
school and Rs. 10 Lakhs for District Hospital Yingkiong. While visiting Komkar Village
today he sanctioned Rs. 2.5 lakhs for a community Hall. DIPRO
AR, DMS conduct free medical camp
CHANGLANG, Sep 30: A free medical camp was organized jointly by 25 Assam Rifles,
under 25 Sector Assam Rifles/the DAH DIVISION and District Medical Society, Changlang
at Saching village today.
People in large numbers, including 75 Male, 58 Female and 52 children from remote
villages of Chinsa, Saching, Jongsum, Shallang and Sahe Laktong of Changlang District
availed the facility of free medical treatment which was conducted by doctors from
Civil Hospital Changlang and Assam Rifles.
Besides providing medicines for various diseases and ailments some patients were
also referred for advanced treatment. The medical officers of 25 Assam Rifles spoke
about health and hygiene and precautions to be taken against skin diseases. He also
educated them regarding importance of a balance diet, vitamin deficiency and methods
for their prevention by locally available natural resources. He also explained the
mode of spread of water borne diseases and some economical methods for preparing
safe drinking water like, sedimentation, boiling, chlorine tablets, filtering etc.
Besides the essential medicines and medical guidance, an ultra sound equipment was
also made available at the medical camp.
The occasion was also attended by Dr Pramathesh Dey, DMO Changlang, Dr M Khimhum,
DTO, wife of P Khimhum, MLA, Changlang, who also gave healing touch to the local
population by being a part of the medical team. The villagers expressed their gratitude
towards the Assam Rifles for their sincere efforts to address the problems of remote
PIO directed to rectify exorbitant fee
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: While hearing a complaint lodged by the Bharatiya Janata Party
Yuva Morcha, East Kameng district unit president Loku Sono on Sept 24 last, Arunachal
Pradesh Information Commission has directed the Seppa PWD division to rectify the
fee structure as prescribed at Arunachal Pradesh Right to Information rules 2005
as amended up to date.
Earlier Sono complained to the SIC against exorbitant rate charged by the PIO, PWD
Seppa for providing copies of information sought through RTI regarding all Seppa
township road works for the period of 2009-2011. Sono has been asked to deposit
Rs 10,024 through treasury challan for providing the information sought. While instructing
the PIO to furnish the information sought within 3 weeks, SIC also gave liberty
to complainant to raise objection in case of furnishing wrong, misleading, incorrect
and false information.
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: MLA Techi Kaso has consented to attend the Gandhi Jayanti celebration
at government middle school, C-Sector, Itanagar on October 2.
On the occasion the C-Sector Welfare Association will conduct a mass social service
in the school premises.
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The proposed Under 19 Inter-Club Ranking Cricket Tournament scheduled
to start from tomorrow could not be conducted due to unplayable ground and pitch
condition due to heavy rain. The tournament has been rescheduled from the last week
of this month.
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The Prem Nagar Colony Welfare Committee, Naharlagun expressed
grief over untimely demise of Boken Taping and Dubik Dasi, who died in a tragic road
accident at Jamnagiri Sonitpur district, Assam on September 28.
Boken and Dubik were Class XII and IX students of Gyan Ganga School, Naharlagun.
The committee prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its
condolence to the bereaved family members.
The W/C RWD Staff Welfare Association condoled the sudden demise of Guchi Tashi,
who died on September 22 last.
He joined the Department in 1986 and working as a WC staff in RWD. He is survived
by his wife, four daughters and a son.
The members of the association prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
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ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Nilly Welfare Society (NWS) appreciating the people of the state
for their continuous support to the wonder boy Toko Teji, who entered the grand finale
round of the India’s Got Talent Koj-2 aired in Colour TV, said that it is the right
movement and the opportunity to help Teji to bring laurel to the state.
It appealed the members of the society and the well wishers to vote Toko Teji.
All Arunachal Commerce Student’s Association (AACSA) and Arunachal Pradesh Youth
Forum (APYF) also appealed the people of Arunachal in particular and northeast
in particular to vote wonder boy Toko Teji.
Chess players qualify in Intl. norms
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Two more chess players from All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association
(AAPCA), namely Tamchi Kache of Kurung Kumey and Hage Lassa (Nado) of Lower Subansiri
have achieved International rated player norms during the 48th National Challenger
(‘B’) Chess Championship 2010 held at Bhiwani, (Haryana last. Meanwhile, AAPCA lauded
New ATA CEC constituted
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) conducted its VIIIth general
conference here recently.
Principal DNGC T Ete and Associated Professor DNGC RB Tripathy attended the conference
as Chief Guest and guest of honour respectively.
Meanwhile, NR Tam, Tori Gadi and Toli Riram have been elected as President, Vice
President and General Secretary of the Central Executive Committee, ATA for a period
of three year during the conference.
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Don Bosco College Managing committee has expressed deep sorrow
and sadness at the sudden demise of Sija Mugli, daughter of Tasa Mugli and student
of Don Bosco College, BA III Year (History Honours) who passed away today. Management
has prayed to the almighty to give her soul eternal peace and has also expressed
heartfelt sympathy towards the family who lost their beloved daughter and a promising
ITANAGAR: City Youth Congress condemned the proposed bandh call on October 4 given
by Arunachal Indigenous People Union, Arunachal Youth Volunteer Federation and Arunachal
Youth Association and termed it as baseless and illegal.
It further said that the band call directly or indirectly hamper the developmental
activities of the state. It appealed the organizations to withdraw the band call
and also urged the people to raise voice against such bandh calls.
HC rejects bail petition
ITANAGAR: The Itanagar bench of Gauhati High Court has rejected the bail petition
of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang today.
Justice H N Sharma rejected the bail plea on the ground that the bail application
is required to be listed before the Gauhati High Court division bench -1, Guwahati,
as its falls under the notification vide No 44 dt 5/9/2007.
NSS volunteer brings laurel to the state
ITANAGAR: Tage Ranka NSS Volunteer from ST. Claret College, Ziro has been awarded
Indira Gandhi National Award for the best NSS volunteer for the 2009-10 in recognition
of his outstanding contribution towards community service.
He is the first NSS volunteer from the state who bagged such prestigious national
The award was formally given away by Minister of State for Youth Affairs Pratik Patil
on the occasion of 41st NSS Foundation Day Celebration held at New Delhi on Sept
Restore road link
ITANAGAR: Four circles of Upper Subansiri district Siyum, Nacho, Limeking and Taksing
are remained cut off from rest of the state after the main steel bridge linking the
circles was washed away by flash flood on September 27, informed All Tagin Students
According to GREF, ATSU said, it will take at least two month’s time to restore the
road. Meanwhile the students union urged the panchayat leaders and general public
of the four circles to take up the matter with appropriate authority for early restoration
of the road.