Look East Policy may increase human trafficking in NE
Conference on role of media in addressing trafficking gets underway
Taba Ajum with inputs from UNI
Itanagar, Oct 30: With an estimated 30 million trafficked women in South East Asia
during the past ten years, the Centre’s Look East Policy will be more vulnerable
to human trafficking in the northeastern states, observed Shillong-based 'Impulse
NGO Network'. 'Impulse' team leader Hasina Kharbhih made this observation during
a two-day capacity building programme on journalists' role in addressing human trafficking,
which got underway here this morning.
According to Ms Hasina, the Look East Policy, aimed at facilitating border trades
in the northeastern region, would simply add to human trafficking.
The programme has been organised by the Impulse NGO network in collaboration with
Arunachal Times (media partner), Athupopo Social Foundation (state partner) and supported
by UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women). The participants include many
prominent journalists of state and students of mass communication from Rajiv Gandhi
The objective of the programme is to ''encourage greater print media publication
of human trafficking'' and ''building the capacity of journalists'' on the issue.
Human trafficking encompasses any kind of illegal traffic relating to women, young
girls and underage children with the lure of a better life, money and jobs. People
belonging to the underprivileged sections of the society fall prey to nefarious people
involved in the trade.
Majority of the victims are women and children who unknowingly fall prey to such
networks, ending up in vulnerable situations like doing forced labour in alien environments
and, in serious cases, prostitution.
''Estimates suggest that 20,000 children are being trafficked throughout the country
at any point of time. With such trades going on unabated, the need of the hour is
sensitising the society, law enforcing agencies, government, etc., and especially
the media, who ultimately end up bringing to the fore reports of such activities,''
Hasina maintained that the media had to play a more proactive role in responding
to the issues rather than just reporting the incidents. ''Majority of such incidents
go unreported and those that do get reported have to be dealt with sensitivity. By
sensitivity, I mean that the media should be very careful with the usage of language
while dealing with issues relating to it. Instead of sensationalising the issue,
a sensitive reporting is required,'' Hasina added.
''Inter-trafficking within India is very high. For labour 23 per cent and for sexual
exploitation 77 per cent trafficking is being done in our country,'' she further
Almost half of the child prostitutes were from Assam, followed by Meghalaya, Manipur,
Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, said Hasina. Some of the victims
were also sold to brothels in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
Editor, Arunachal Times Audrey Apang, emphasized for the need of “sensitized media,
police and NGO to address human trafficking. She said that many young women and children
including educated ones has been duped because of lack of awareness on human trafficking.
She expressed the hope that governmental and non governmental agencies would work
together so that the issue is addressed in a desirable manner.
Judicial Jail in Yingkiong needs attention
YINGKIONG, Oct 30: The judicial Jail, Yingkiong that has come into being recently
needs proper water supply, telephone connections, furniture and a proper main gate.
The Jail authority wanted that proper transport be arranged for medical checkup and
production in the courts for the UTPs. The Jail authority gave these demands to Rajesh
DC Upper Siang in charge who had inspected the judicial jail and the UTPs lodged
In the Co-ordination meeting, with all the departmental heads of the district later
on the day, Panyang thanked all and appreciated their dedication in conducting the
recent Assembly election in free and fair manner.
The restoration/commissioning of micro hydels in the upper valley was discussed and
the departments were instructed to expedite the works at an early date.
In the education sector, it was informed that NCERT books have been received and
dispatched to the concerned schools. The School authorities were instructed to check
the use of mobile phones and Ghutkas by students strictly.
The PDS, Town Cleanliness, market rate Committee, Telephone services, road improvement
within the township, environment ecologywere also taken up in the meeting.
Ministers to take charge on Nov 2
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Eleven ministers including a Deputy Chief Minister are likely to
be sworn in on Nov 2 in the Congress led Dorjee Khandu ministry. According to sources
atleast four new faces will be inducted in the ministry. The “non-performing” two
ministers from the earlier ministry have apparently been dropped while Department
of education had no eager takers. Incidentally, Khandu had outlined education as
one of the priority areas.
The Congress won the Oct 13 Assembly poll securing 42 seats out of the 60. The source
further added that Arunachal would see a new speaker of the legislative assembly.
Meanwhile three day session of the 5th Legislative Assembly would get underway on
Nov 3 with Chow Tewa Mein as the pro-tem speaker.
APMC to crackdown on unqualified medical practitioners
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council (APMC) has decided to take
action against those medical practitioners (allopath) prescribing unnecessary and
irrelevant medical laboratory test to the patients.
The APMC has asked all the private laboratories as well as the hospitals wherein
such laboratory facilities are available to maintain records of medical test done
and names of prescribing medical practitioners and patients. Action would be taken
against those who do not comply with the instruction, it said.
The Council further said that it would also conduct surprise visit to all medical
institutions including PHCs, CHCs, private clinics for medical auditing for spurious
medicine prescription, unjustified dose of medicine prescribed (allopath), incorrect
duration of medicine and
necessary action would be initiated against defaulter if found.
Apart from the initiatives mentioned above, the Council will initiate joint anti-quack
action against unqualified medical practitioners, take action against any medical
practitioner without APMC registration in the state as per Council rules and strictly
monitor the prescription and other medical documents issued by the practitioners
whose ethical behaviour are in question.
World sight day observed at DPMS
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Director of Health Services under national programme for blindness
control organized an awareness camp on eye care to commemorate the world sight day
at Donyi-Polo Mission School for hearing and visually impaired today.
On the occasion, State Programme Officer for blindness control cum senior eye specialist
Dr KK Dev checked the sights of the students of the school and highlighted on various
issues relating to causes of blindness and its preventive measures.
They donated cricket and Badminton set and a Carom board to the students of the school.
Meanwhile, Henyir Lollen, Soma Roy and Hage Meena have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize
in the senior category painting competition.
Disa Keche, Nabam Tali and Tajum Soki won junior category 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
In slogan writing Soma Roy, Henyir Lollen and
Hage Meena bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
Principal DPM School for hearing and visually impaired HK Sharma thanked Dr KK Dev
and the medical team for organizing the world sight day in the school and informed
that the numbers of visually impaired students of the institution are likely to be
increased in the next session from January 2010.
Meanwhile the students thanked the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for announcing corpus
fund for the school.
APSWC is not prejudiced: Mosang
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for women, an apex body
for women will never discriminate on the basis of sex, colour, tribe, caste, religion
and profession, said its Chairperson Komoli Mosang today. The outburst was prompted
after Commission came under fire from one of the local dailies for allegedly not
pursuing a case regarding rape of a minor girl in Daporijo.
APSCW has been tracking cases with the respective administration and police authorities
in the state so that the families and the victims get justice, she said.
Commission said that when it came to know about the rape case, it immediately called
up Deputy Commissioner for a status report, which was widely reported in the media.
It’s very unfortunate that without getting the facts correct the newspapers has published
such a news item which calls for stern action under the press council Act 1978, she
She further said that publication of the news item without prior verification of
the facts has demeaned the status of constitutional body, which is really uncalled
for and unfortunate.
Arunachalee doctor to present research papers in Intl conference .
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The research papers of senior medical officer Dr Tana Takum and
his team, namely “Determinants of childhood immunization services, Papum Pare district,
Arunachal Pradesh, North East India 2008 and Measles outbreak in a urban locality,
Papum Pare district, India-2007” have been selected for presentation in the Asia-Pacific
Epidemiology Scientific Conference to be held at Seoul, South Korea from Nov 2 to
6 next. The principal investigator of these research papers Dr Takum who is presently
posted at CHC Kimin, is a Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) and has done PG diploma
in hospital and health management apart from his MBBS degree. The Centre for Disease
Control (CDC), Atlanta, USA had sponsored the trip to the conference being organized
by the Training programme in Public Health Network (TEPHINET) and WHO.
Tawang, West Kameng gear up for Dalai Lama’s visit
BOMDILA/TAWANG, Oct 30: Tawang and West Kameng district administrations are gearing
up to receive His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tawang DC Gamli Padu convened a Review Meeting which was attended by MLA Lumla Jambey
Tashi along with the Abbot Guru Rinpoche and Thekche Rinpoche.
Tashi appealed the public to maintain a plastic-free and clean surrounding. He also
promised to render any help to the public as well the officers and officials of the
district in any way.
Keeping in view the religious sentiments and attachments of the people of Tawang
and devotees from other places, the DC has ordered ban on selling of meat, liquor
and other shops selling.
The MLA and the DC jointly appealed the army and other para-military forces to render
their services to the civilians and the district administration when needed.
In Bomdila, where Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit on Nov 12-13, preparations are
Most of the ground works have already been taken care of since last year, as His
Holiness was to visit the district last year itself, which however did not materialize.
Chairing the co-ordination meeting, Deputy Commissioner In-change R. Tashi, reviewing
the last year’s preparations and the improvisations needed thereof, sought for a
concerted effort by all for the successful and comfortable stay of His Holiness.
MLAs R. T. Khunjuju, Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sidisow underscoring the importance
and the religious significance of the visit called for maintaining the right atmosphere
conducive to the visit and going for the cleanliness drive in and around Bomdila
Earlier Rev. Guru Rinpoche, Abbot of Tawang Monastery, who had come all the way from
Tawang to attend the meeting, expected maximum participation by the people maintaining
the spiritual decorum during the discourse by His Holiness.
Superintendent of Police Palden, dealt on the security measures to be taken up for
which he called for the support and co-operation of the people.
On 12th, enroute to Bomdila from Tawang, His Holiness would be making a halt of around
one hour or so at Dirang with the night halt at Thubchok Gatselling Lower Gompa,
He would give a religious discourse on 13th at Buddha Stadium Bomdila which is expected
to be attended by around ten thousand people from every walk of life. (DIPROs)
CoSAAP calls for intervention
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Central Ad-hoc Working Committee of the Confederation of the Service
Association of Arunachal Pradesh (AWC-CoSAAP) has sought the intervention of the
All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) in fulfilling the pending
demands of the Confederation by the Govt.
Participating in the two-day national executive committee meeting of the AISGEF
held at Panaji on Oct 24-25 last, CWC CoSAAP member secretary Pate Marik and treasurer
Tage Grayu explained the many-fold problems being faced by the state Government
employees of the Arunachal Pradesh and appealed the Federation to persuade the Arunachal
Govt in fulfilling the pending demands of the state Govt employees which include
implementation of the all allowances and other incentives granted under 6th CCS
revised pay rule, payment of yearly adhoc bonus to non-gazetted state Govt employees,
regularization of all contract appointees including SSA contract teachers, ban on
contractual appointments, compulsory regularization of contingency staff who have
completed 15 years and above in all departments and enhancement of wages of labourers.
CoSAAP in a release further informed that AISGEF executives in principle agreed to
attend the CoSAAP 3-day general conference likely to be held from Dec 10 next and
the Federation also invited the representatives of the Confederation to attend its
golden jubilee celebration cum national executive council meet scheduled to be held
at Hyderabad from February 6-8, 2010.
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Hatey Hosai has been selected as president of newly formed Khonsa
Town Welfare Association along with Manchi Mema and Hangliam Sumnyan as vice presidents,
Senok Sumnyan, Pilo Kamhua, Nokwang Sumna, Lankham Wangsu and Phusom Wangsa as secretaries.
MNC pray for universal peace and harmony
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Meder Nello Council (MNC) along with its members here and Naharlagun
today organized special prayer sessions at various Meder Nellos for universal peace,
harmony and prosperity of human being to mark the 2nd death anniversary of Nani Tachang,
founder of Meder Nello.
Participating in the programme at Naharlagun, MNC chairman Narang Tani elaborated
the concept and objective of Meder Nello movement in Arunachal Pradesh. MNC member
secretary Gyati Rana recalled the contributions and the role played by Late Tachang
in the movement to preserve, protect and promote indigenous faith and culture.
At Itanagar, the prayer session was led by Rubu Riika. It was attended by hundreds
of dedicated members along with Meder Nello advisory board memberTage Dibo, who dealth
at length the contributions and works done by Late Tachang.
Observation of the special prayer sessions has also been reported from various Meder
Nellos at Ziro Valley, according to an MNC release.
Yomgam qualifies for PhD
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Bige Yomgam has qualified for the award of Degree of Doctor of
Philosophy for her thesis ‘a study of academic achievement of secondary school students
in Arunachal Pradesh’.
Committee demand relief
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Yupia Township Staff Welfare Committee appealed the state government
to provide immediate relief to the fire victims of Emchi village.
It said that on October 27, the dwelling house along with property and documents
of K Techi Reka, teacher of government middle school, Emchi was gutted down.
Lifetime achievement award for Maji
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern
Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh
has been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award of the United Cultural Organization,
USA which would be presented during United Cultural Convention-2009 at Raleigh, USA.
Society express hope
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Tai Khampti Development Society, while congratulating all the
newly elected legislators of Arunachal Pradesh, hoped that Arunachal would further
march ahead and achieve new heights in all front with Dorjee Khandu at the helms
of the affairs.
Meanwhile, the society appealed to work harmoniously and united for all round development
of the society cutting across all the differences and party line.
DPVB students excel
ITANAGAR: The students of Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan Kenyir Kamdak, (Class-IX) and
Pooja Yadav (Class-VII) have secured the 1st position in senior group extempore
speech and painting competition respectively in the extempore speech and painting
competitions organized recently in connection with the celebration of World Sight
Day -09 at R K Mission Hospital. On the other hand, Lokam Heera (class-VII) and
Anurag Sahai (Class IV) of the DPVB won the 3rd position in senior group and junior
group painting competitions respectively. Meanwhile, the management, staff and teachers
of the DPVB congratulated the students for bringing laurels for the school.
APP constable arrested for alleged sexual assault
ITANAGAR: Niktar Tare, an APP constable has been arrested for allegedly raping a
minor girl. An orphan, the girl is a student of class 2 at a Itanagar school and
stays with her aunt. Dongu Taka, the uncle of girl has also been taken into custody.
The girl is currently admitted at R K Mission Hospital. Papum pare SP Hibu Tamang
when contacted said that medical report has come and that the statement of the girl
would be recorded soon.
Nilling Mosing Hangam and Tatung Welfare Society informed that the girl was lured
from her Itanaagr home by the duo and taken to Tamin IB where the incident allegedly
took place. The Society called on authorities to leave no stone ununturned to punish
When the aunt came to know about the disappearance, she alerted the society members.
They later picked her up from the house of the accused after their return from Tamen
on Oct 27. She was allegedly picked up on Oct 25.
Tare, currently posted with the security cell of the state police in his statement
to the Police has denied the charges.
Perform or perish
Willingly or unwillingly, everyone is involved in politics in one or the other way.
In the words of Robert Dahl, "Whether he likes it or not, virtually no one is completely
beyond the reach of some kind of political system".
With the passing of time, people become more conscious and demand their share in
running of administration. In fact, with the coming of awakening in every section
of society, the political system starts rapidly changing. Universities and colleges
become agents and centres of social transformation. Sole reason due to which political
leaders until now avoided establishing a college in Lower Dibang Valley district.
Election result of just concluded assembly poll of 43-Roing constituency is of immense
consequence. A direct fight between Pomaya Mithi on Congress ticket, spouse of political
heavy weight Mukut Mithi and incumbent MLA, Laeta Umbrey of AITC. The fight smashed
the tall-tall claims of certain group of elites as self-proclaimed 'Kingmakers' and
proved it as 'high sounding nothing'. Hot air around 'ruling party ticket' got blown
away. People of the said constituency weighed performance over money in politics
and compared performance in two years to two decades of rule. In addition, the poll
result re-established the fact that in a democracy, rulers rule by the will of the
people and not by divine right.
Final triumphant cry of "chote logo ki badi jeet" near the counting hall on the poll
result day on 22nd October sum up’s the present election scenario and the associated
moods, which the constituency has gone through. On one side were the majority of
so-called privileged and elite class confident of easily overrunning political rampart.
And on the other side were the aam adami, educated youths and women group determined
to see a change in the political pecking order. It is a well-known fact that the
old system always tries to persist and resist every change. The forces of status
quo do not wish to disturb the existing order, as that does not suit their interests.
Each change is very likely to push the existing elites in the background and create
a new set of elites in all walks of life. Hence, existing elites played fox and changed
sides as circumstances demanded to suit their interest.
On the other hand, common people on the street longed for a strong change, since
they found themselves - free. Free from whippings of carrot and stick policy. They
got nothing in the name of development by supporting a certain political party under
a single leadership for more than two decades. No improvement in socio-economic conditions.
Best example is the fact that within twenty-kilometres radius of Roing township,
there is not a single village which has a well black tarred road. Potholes and bumpy
roads are all that stare at your face. This, in spite of the fact that the country
has moved past beyond 62 years since independence, more than three decades of democracy
in Arunachal and more than two decades of a single person rule in Roing constituency.
Frustration crept in due to the feudal policy followed in 'charitable selective development'.
Vengeful, the same aam adami fuelled by energy and political awareness of youth,
stood against the same party and its same leadership, which once it had blindly supported
for so long. There was noting for political heavy weights to either lure or crush
them. Aam adami were united by a common cause, a ray of hope in the change of guard
along with it a perceived change of old to new ideas, concepts entwining politico,
socio-economic systems. Aam adami fought the political battle shoulder to shoulder
to the last man and last bayonet for this ray of hope.
Money in politics too has got relegated to the back seat. Lot can be drawn from the
slogan "chor ka gharse chori karna pap nahi hai", (Stealing from a house of a thief
is no sin) that was used as a rallying cry during electioneering battle. Simple explanation
given is that when any political ruler has failed to deliver development to his people
for so long, there is nothing wrong in accepting money, when he or she herself has
amassed wealth dis-proportionate to one’s income. Common people on the street felt
it is their turn to pay back in the same coin. Better to accept the money whichever
party and its candidate offer, trying to buy vote and ultimately vote as per one's
Poll results of Roing and Dambuk also gave a final mortal blow to the last nail into
the coffin on the concept of 'ruling party ticket' and its perceived political edges
and ended the monopoly of brand ‘Mithi’ as a unique selling point (USP) in the political
market of 43rd Roing constituency.
No political system can be permanent or stable. It is ‘dynamic’ by nature and character.
Rules of political games constantly changes and are being re-written for now. Present
poll result of 43rd-Roing constituency is an indication of it. From now on, the
rule is same for everyone: "Perform or Perish" until the next turning point.
Alarm bell !
Alarm bell has ring. It would be prudent in our part to give heed to the ring and
take appropriate steps. The increasing invovlement of para-military and Army in
the state is a sign of failing state or failed state.
We may for a moment appreciate their presence of para-military as it acts as a deterrent
to crime in the city. But remember, they are not trained to tackle civil problems
and also they are not answerable to civil institutions.
I extend my solidarity to the family of slain IRBn personnel and without any intention
of hurting their sentiment, want the society to realize the enormity of the situation.
The state government is toothless in front of the forces. It would be in the best
interest of our society if we keep them away from our day to day life. Also our state
government should avoid seeking their support for trivial issues and instead reform
local police force.
To seek justice against these forces is to bang your head against the concrete wall.
Have I earned people’s mandate?
Instead of respecting the people's mandate, lauding the citizens of Roing Township
for participating in the 'due process of democracy', they are being humiliated and
beaten up. Reason…? They did not vote for a particular candidate.
It is like humiliating an Eskimo for refusing to buy a refrigerator.
We have a democratic form of government, where the people elect their candidates
to the legislature. It is the fundamental right of any Indian citizen of 18 years
and above to vote and elect. 'Adult Franchise' is not only a concept, but it also
an institution. History stands witness to the countless bloodsheds, sacrifices and
wars fought over it.
In a democracy, no person can be forced to vote against his will. It is also nowhere
in the constitution of India that any person who did not vote for a particular candidate
should be thrashed and humiliated. A leader who has done his job honestly for development
of his people and is humble enough to listen patiently to heartbeats of the people
in the lowest category of wealth bracket will always be the leaders of the masses.
In fact, we can say that the deliverance by the legislator is directly proportional
to the amount of votes he fetches. The only excuse can be if the voters are ignorant
and illiterate. However, in a democracy, politics continue to evolve passing through
different phases. A time comes, when a person becomes aware of his tool, the adult
franchise and uses it to his advantage and thus is the people's mandate.
The leaders and their followers, in fact, should respect people's mandate. Mandate
is the result of the performance of the political leader and is a remark by the people
to whom an elected person is answerable.
Those youths involving in senseless activities of destroying homes, humiliating and
inflicting atrocities on people, just because the victims did not vote for a particular
candidate should ponder… whether their remaining life is governed by just one election.
Surely, remaining life is worth more than one election.
Senior citizens who are involved in the hooliganism, it is necessary to turn and
look back at your family. You are the father, mother of some kid. Children who idolize
their parents will some day follow the path shown by you. As a parent, you would
not like your children to follow your path hence, it is necessary to look at your
Leader, whose followers are involved in such cruel fracas should analyze the word
'L E A D E R' and where he stands.
The democracy along with its right and duties that we are enjoying today are the
result of sweat, tear, toil and blood of the leaders of the nation, who sowed the
democratic seed and nurtured it when the country first took its initial steps as
an infant nation. They too had a selfish motive - "let my countrymen remember the
sacrifices and earn it".
Let the political leaders ask themselves "have I earned it, have I earned people's
Opium addiction-the menace to the society
The origin of opium is a curse to the society. In ancient days it was used for medicinal
purpose. But today it has become very common in our society. Many people start it
just for fun which later on becomes an addiction. In rural areas it is easily available
especially during the harvesting seasons. Moreover, consumption of opium starts due
to its availability at free of cost at the beginning. One never has to pay any thing
for a trial, and repeated trial leads to addiction which is never realized by the
victim. When realized it becomes too late for the victim and gradually he becomes
a slave ready to work for his master (Opium) at any place, any time and anywhere.
One harvesting season is enough to make a person addict.
Presently Opium addiction is spreading like wild-fire in opium cultivation pockets
which are also spreading its tentacles in other places not sparing even the urban
population. I wonder this trend of addiction may lead to so many problems in the
coming years even social unrest and chances of generation gap. Let not society be
engulfed by this problem. Time has come now to wake up from deep slumber and have
a thought before it is too late. Because I believe till date a fraction of people
are addicted which can be stunted by joint efforts from all corners including Non-Governmental
Organizations, PR institutions, students Union, District Administration and intellectual
group through various means. Certain stern steps are to be taken to discourage opium
cultivation. If for some people opium cultivation is the means of livelihood then
substitution by cash crops like large cardamom, ginger, orange, etc can also be done
though not drastically. Above all constant counseling is also required for the addicted
Let us be committed to ourselves to cut the very root of this menace to stop further
spreads because one cannot free himself from addiction unless he has strong will
to do so. One should always wonder-when rest of the world is competing for best of
the best why should we be dragged by opium.
Dr Danton Techai, VO(Sr)