INC promises to accelerate pace of development
Confident Pranab predicts INC govt
ITANAGAR Sep 30: The INC government in the Arunachal Pradesh has led the state on
the path of sustainable development and promises to accelerate the pace of ‘vikas
yatra' to fulfill the expectations of Aam Aadmi, read the party manifesto for the
October 13 polls. The manifesto also promises to make Arunachal a peaceful and prosperous
state by developing its vast natural resources without compromising the beauty of
the land, the values and the traditions.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh will give a clear mandate to the INC party to form
the next state government in the state claimed the confident Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee who arrived at the state capital today to release the Congress manifesto
for the October 13 Assembly elections at Rajiv Bhawan Itanagar.
The party manifesto further promises the people living below the poverty line (BPL)
to create job opportunities for the unemployed youths through development of hydropower,
tourism and information technology besides, self employment through self help groups
and implementation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Kendra, which would be backed by conducive
The party also assured to provide 25 kg of rice or wheat per month at the rate of
Rs 3 to every BPL families either in rural or urban areas besides providing health
security through Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana (RSBY).
The other promises include, expanding health infrastructure, food security, promotion
of rural economy, development in agriculture and its allied sectors, full implementation
of Central sixth pay commission, quality education, rural electrification, creation
of civic bodies, strengthening panchayat bodies, women empowerment and establishment
of Soochna Bhawan to fulfill the long pending demand of the press fraternity.
Congress is the only major political party contesting in all 60 assembly seats and
is appealing to the people to give INC fresh mandate for the next five years, the
Finance Minister said while interacting with journalists.
Three Congress candidates have been officially declared elected unopposed from Tawang
district Mukherjee said and further added that the incumbent chief minister Dorjee
Khandu created history in state politics by being elected unopposed for the third
Mukherjee once and for all put to rest any query of Congress in Arunachal Pradesh
entering into any kind of political alliance with either NCP or Trinamool Congress.
He said though INC had entered into electoral alliance with the Trinamool Congress
in West Bengal and NCP in Maharashtra but in Arunachal Pradesh no electoral alliance
will be done and Congress will fight on its own.
Commenting on many political parties entering the race in the ensuing assembly election
in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time, Mukherjee said that there is nothing unusual
as India is a multi-party democracy and any party can contest election in any place
of the country.
The veteran leader further clarified that hike in the prices of essential commodities
under the UPA government was mainly to support farmers in enhancing their production.
No doubt there is deep concern over the price hike in essential commodities but the
UPA government has deliberately decided to give more remunerative prices to the farmers
so that their production increase, the Union Minister said and added that today the
nation does not import rice and wheat from other countries.
We stand by the commitment made by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on his visit
to the state, Mukerjee said and said that road networking and electrification of
all villages will be done.
The PM has directed the cabinet secretary to have a meeting to expedite the developmental
process in the state, he said and added that there is no dirt of resources so far
as Arunachal Pradesh is concerned.
While commenting on China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee who also served as foreign minister earlier said that India has
always maintained that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country and there
is no question of surrendering.
Mukherjee further said that eleven rounds of discussion between special representatives
of India and China have taken place which was constituted to solve the border dispute
within the frame work of guiding principle.
While releasing the Congress manifesto, the Union Finance Minister said that the
Indian National Congress is responsive and accountable to the needs of the people
and it believes in and strives for inclusive development.
Democracy has taken a backseat in Arunachal: Shatrughan Sinha
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ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The star campaigner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Shatrughan
Sinha today said that the true essence of democracy has been stained by the corruption,
instability and shifting of loyalty by the politicians in Arunachal Pradesh.
Development has taken a backseat due to misuse of money power and politics becomes
a tool to amass property in the state, the cine star-turned BJP politician said
while addressing the huge gathering of party supporters and general public here
“The most surprising fact is that the chief ministerial candidate has been elected
unopposed. Is it the triumph of the democracy or democracy is cloaked?” he questioned.
In his typical style, the Shotgun, as called by his fans, said that the assembly
election is not a mere process to elect the leaders. It is a challenge before the
people to bring a change for development.
Power is not an ancestral property of a particular party, power is a not a tool to
misuse public money. People must wake up and take up the challenges for the development,
the BJP MP said.
The cine star, who also served as a Union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government
claimed that the Congress Govt in many states of the country could not come up to
the expectation of the people. Today power cut, water crisis has become major issues
in Congress ruled state in the country, he added.
Sinha who was delighted with the discipline, simplicity and hospitality of the tribal
people said that Arunachal Pradesh, the most beautiful state of the country is now
lagging behind due to misrule by the ruling party. Bihar was formerly known as most
corrupt state and known for PDS scandal, but today Arunachal has become a number
one state for PDS scam, he claimed.
Citing the garish example of underdevelopment during the UPA Govt, Sinha quoting
the statistic report said that during last five years the population living below
poverty line has increased to 20 per cent and poverty rose up to 27 per cent.
The party which has taken the responsibility to lead the people should have also
courage to face criticism, Sinha said, and asked the intellectuals, educated youths
and general citizen to raise voice and fight for development.
Exhorting the people to support the BJP, Sinha said ‘it is you who will fight for
true democracy and true development.’
BJP candidate for Itanagar constituency Lichi Legi claimed that much had been done
during his 15 years as minister of various portfolios in comparison to today’s so-called
development. Legi said that the law and order situation in the Capital Complex has
been deteriorating day by day and atrocities against women have become order of
the day under the present regime. He appealed the people to give him a chance to
serve and bring in rapid development.
Former MP Tapir Gao said that the employees are the backbone of the administration
and his party will ensure the release of remaining arrear of the employees if voted
BJP general secretary Dominic Tadar also spoke on the occasion.
NCP to play crucial role in formation of state Govt: Sangma
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ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today claimed that the party
would play a decisive role in formation of next Arunachal Pradesh government. The
main battle of ballot would be fought between the NCP and Congress, NCP national
general secretary and North East incharge Purno A Sangma said while addressing the
media persons here this morning.
Before kick starting party’s campaign Sangma claimed that a coalition Govt is likely
in Arunachal Pradesh. He expected that the party will emerge winner in more than
15 seats and will play a crucial role in formation of state Govt.
The NCP is officially contesting in 36 seats and is extending support to the 5 more
non-Congress and non-BJP candidates putting the total to 41, he added.
Sangma further claimed that internal strife in the Congress party for leadership
and at the same time denial of party tickets of some important and prospective candidates
has weakened the Congress and such internal bickering within the ruling party is
the great advantage to the NCP.
''Our position in the prestigious Itanagar constituency is very strong and capturing
the Capital would be our biggest credit and success, Sangma said.
In a startling disclosure, the NCP leader said that in Sagalee constituency the BJP
candidate has withdrawn his candidature in favour of the NCP nominee. “We are definitely
going to conquer the Sagalee segment by defeating the ruling party candidate and
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki,” he said.
The emergence of Trinamool Congress for the first time in the electoral battle in
the state would definitely hamper the prospect of the ruling party not the NCP, Sangma
claimed while responding to a specific question.
Regarding aims of objectives of the party, Sangma and NCP state president L Wanglet
said that the party would directly approach to the people with developmental issues
and clear vision for the future.
On poll strategy Sangma revealed that star campaigners and NCP president Sharad Pawar,
Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma besides other party leaders
including MLAs from Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland, would arrive soon for electioneering.
‘China and India coming closer’
On India-China relationship in the milieu of the reported incursion of Chinese troops
in Indian terriroty many a times, Sangma said that India and China are coming closer
than before. The NCP leader said that though boundary has been an issue to be resolved,
both India and China agreed to improve bilateral trade relations.
Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and people here are committed citizens.
Therefore, claim over Arunachal Pradesh by China does not arise, he said.
Sangma said that biggest issue which poses serious demographic threat to the North
eastern states is the illegal migration. There should be a beginning to formulate
policy and strategy to prevent demographic invasion by illegal migrants, he said.
Sangma, however, hoped that the initiatives to introduce national Identity card would
help prevent and check illegal migration.
481 constables all set to join APP
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The 36th batch of Arunachal Pradesh Police comprising of 481 constables
is all set join its duties. After a nine months grueling training, an impressive
passing out parade was organized today at Police Training Centre (PTC), Banderdewa.
Director General of Police Vimla Mehra, Deputy Inspector General of Police Robin
Hibu, civil servant and family members of the constables among others were present.
Addressing the new members of her department, DGP Vimla Mehra called on them to discharge
their duties with sincerity and discipline and become torch bearers for the younger
Meanwhile, DGP concerned at decreasing people’s faith in state police department
and ever growing antisocial activities in the state urged the newly recruited team
to overcome these challenges. She further urged the new APP family to contribute
to the department with their new thoughts and ideas while urging them to put in their
bit for peaceful conduct of state assembly election.
Principal, Police Training Centre Chuku Appa said that during their nine months rigorous
indoor and outdoor training, the new team have been given all the fundamental police
training course as per the local condition and requirements on Law, human rights
issues, Physical Training, Drill, crowd control, field craft and tactics, latest
police weapons, endurance and counter ambush, so that they cope with any kind of
challenges during their life.
He further expressed the hope that the new batch will serve the society and the country
with sincerity and dedication.
DGP gave away the best individual trophy along with cash award to Anga Darang for
all round best performance.
The other to get the awards were Mihin Takar in PT ,Kuktek Takuk in Firing, Jumter
Riram in turn out/discipline, Hibu Kano in police science, Minam Lego in social science
and Anru Taluk for best outdoor activities.
Later, the DGP inaugurated Drill Shed and 100 men Barrack within the PTC compound
constructed by Arunachal Police Housing Welfare Corporation Ltd.
Khandu to retire after five years
Itanagar, Sept 30: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, in an interview said that he would
retire from active politics after five years, ruling out chances to stand for the
2014 Assembly Election. He said that he wanted to quit from active politics but he
made up his mind to continue in order to implement the Prime Minister Mega Package
and devote some more time for the development of the state.
A confident Khandu, who have been sent to Legislative Assembly record three times
without contest said that all efforts would be put for the development of the state.
In reply to a question, Dorjee Khandu said that leader of the Congress Legislative
Party would be decided by the MLAs and AICC.
Wild life week
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Keep aside sometime this week and be part of various program being
organized by Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary Division to mark the 55th Wildlife Week
from Oct 1-7.
To spread the message of nature and wildlife conservation, the week coincides with
birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, informed Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden C Loma.
Various competitions are also being organized for the school children of the Capital
region. The zoo authority is also carrying out cattle vaccination program from Oct
1-5. The state Zoological Park, Itanagar will be kept open for visitors from Oct
Clinical meeting organized by ITBP
ITANAGAR Sep 30: Clinical Meeting of Eastern Frontier HQr doctors and General Hospital,
Naharlagun doctors was organized at Composite Hospital (Itanagar) by ITBP DIG (Medical)
Dr. Naveen Ram today. Clinical subjects such as acute gastroenteritis and management,
infected hepatitis and management and management of drug resistant malaria was discussed
by the doctors.
In the meeting thrust was given to diseases prevailing in North Eastern Region with
the view that one consolidated health magazine will be released at the end of fourth
Apart from ITBP doctors Dr D Kaki (Medicine Specialist), Dr Hibu Togyung (Pediatrician)
of General Hospital, Naharlagun also participated in the clinical meeting.
Students’ demands action
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Doimukh Students Union called on the authorities to take action
and enquiry against CRPF and APP personnel for allegedly targeting students of Doimukh
area. The union said that when a group of students were coming back from Naharlagun
after Durga Puja celebration, the personnel stationed at Konkar Nalla, Naharlagun
stopped them and questioned them two hours. The students further alleged that one
of the boys was kept under captivity and severely beaten up.
A case of wrong identity
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Techi Bapu alleged that Returning Officer Itanagar issued a wrong
Election Agent Identity Card to him. He said that though he is the Election Agent
of All India Trinamool Congress candaite, he was issued an Election Indentity card
which proclaimed him to be the Election Agent of Nationalist Congress Party!
Late night campaigning banned in L/D Valley
Report from districts on preparations of elections
ROING, Sept 30: The District Magistrate, Lower Dibang Valley District, Y W Ringu
has issued an Executive Order prohibiting late hours election campaign in the district
beyond 10:00 PM till 6:00 AM in the entire district. This order has been issued by
the District Magistrate to maintain public tranquility, law and order and also to
build confidence among the common masses. It further states that anyone found violating
this order; he/she shall be booked and prosecuted under appropriate section of law.
ITANAGAR: A meeting of the contesting candidates and their election agents with the
two Election Observers for Papumpare District was held on Sept 29 at Siddhartha Hall,
Itanagar. In the meeting, the contesting candidates and their election agents placed
their grievances before the Election Observers. During the interaction, various issues
like bogus names in Photo Electoral Roll, double voting, sealing of border on the
day of Poll, restriction on movement of vehicles on the day of Poll, violation of
Model Code of conduct, illegal collection of Identity Cards by some party workers,
defacement of public properties, booth capturing, involvement of Gaon Buras, teachers
and Govt staff in election politics , plying of vehicles without number plates, proper
marking of indelible ink in the fingers . Criminal intimidation against rival candidates
and their agents, illegal distribution of CGI sheets and IMFL also were discussed.
The two Election Observers gave hearing to the candidates and their agents and have
assured of facilitating free and fair election in the Papumpare District. The District
Election Officer Papumpare and two Superintendent of Police informed that they will
seriously attend to their grievances to ensure free and peaceful Poll. The District
Election Officer appealed the candidates and their agents to cooperate in smooth
conduct of the ensuing election. He informed them that the two Observers of the Papumpare
District will keep track of all election activities in the district.
1st Phase of training to Presiding and Polling Officers was held in the GHSS Auditorium
in the presence of General Observer (GO) and District Election Officer (DEO) here
Anuradha Mall, GO has appealed to the presiding and polling officers to perform the
duty assign to them with sincerity and dedication for smooth and successful conduct
of Assembly Election in the district. She anticipated for smooth and peaceful conduct
of poll in the district as the people are known for its law abiding and peace loving
Y W Ringu, DEO called upon them to get well acquainted with each other when the polling
teams are form and work unitedly as a team keeping aside once ego and rank. She also
asked them to get oneself updated and well verse with the poll procedures, duties
and responsibilities of each Presiding and Polling Officers and cautioned the Presiding
Officers to use the power conferred on him efficiently and effectively to tackle
any unexpected problems/incidents that may crop up on the poll day.
M. Tato, ARO also requested the Presiding and Polling Officers to sincerely participate
in the three phase training programme as the successful conduct of any election solely
depends on the effective duties discharged by them on the poll day.
Resource Persons Abu Saring, District Adult Education Officer and Jotin Linggi, Assistant
Mineral & Mining Development Officer imparted training to 76 presiding and 241 Polling
Officers on the day. N K Mishra, JE (Power) and his teams imparted the EVM training.
Later in the second half of the day, DEO along with T. Karga, SP and Administrative
Officers of the district imparted training to the Police Officers for tackling any
law and order problem.
En-Mass Training on use of EVMs
Seppa: The en-mass training of Presiding and polling officers on the use of EVMs
was conducted at Seppa auditorium today.
At least 300 officers were imparted training out of which 94 were deputed as presiding
officers and 206 as polling officers. The tips like mock poll, sealing of control
unit and other necessary Dos and Don’ts during the poll day, were instructed through
the power point presentation.
Election observer R Rajgopalan, asked all the Presiding and the Polling officers
to be impartial on the poll day. He said there should not be any kind of activities
on the part of poll officers that shows biasness to particular candidates.
Briefing the officers on the day, East Kameng DC cum DEO Pige Ligu, directed the
various selected Presiding officers and the polling officers to conduct the election
as per instruction given by the Election Commission of India. And express his hope
that the ensuing Assembly Election in the district would be conducted in a free and
fair manner like previous election.
ADC Cum RO Mige Kamki suggested the trainee to avert the circumstances which may
leads to re-poll.
SP M. Padu informed that half section of security force shall be deputed in the hyper-
sensitive place and three personel for sensitive and two personel for normal place
Besides all the magistrate of the district were also present on the training. (DIPROs)
DDK’s weekly prog
ITANAGAR, Sept 30: From Oct 1, Doordarshan Kendra-Itanagar would telecast Arunachal-Ees
Hafte”, a weekly roundup of news and current affair in Hindi between 7 PM-7.15.
Apart from local, the content would include regional, national and international
items. Keeping in view the responsibilities as a public service broadcaster, the
weekly programme would accommodate issues relevant to the people of the state, said
Deputy Director (News) Dinesh Kumar.
He further said that efforts would be made to make it a daily prgoramme.
ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) under the sponsorship
of BEE, GOI, has decided to conduct essay writing competitions at school and state
The school level competition on topic "Save Electricity to save Money" for students
of class VI-VIII would be conducted in each school and two best essays would be selected
by the school for submission at APEDA offices of their respective districts on or
before October 20. Fifty best entries would be called for state level competition
to be held on November 14 topic for which would be "Conservation of Energy and efficient
use in containing global warming”, an APEDA release informed.
Two options for politicians
“You only have power as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when
you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power-he's free again”.
-Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1918
Once, a friend of mine narrated to me an incident. It went this way, a person from
the ethnic community of Galo, working in a government department in Anini took along
with him, his friend from Anini to Aalo, on one of his break. After making a good
round of Aalo town, showing his friend from Anini, the living standard of people,
gigantic buildings owned by bureaucrats, the streets, he finally told his friend
from Anini, "people of Dibang Valley are still 30 years behind us". Not only that,
he went on to say, "If today, people from Galo community occupies different levels
of government departments, it is not because of politicians but because of bureaucrats
produced by the community".
The incident made me to deliberate, despite producing finest politicians in the whole
of Arunachal, why we the people of Dibang Valley are lagging behind? Why the living
standards of our people are far below? Why are we, the people of Dibang Valley are
finding difficult making it into government departments? Why don't we have bureaucrats,
despite graduates moving out in the street jobless? Why streets and roads to rural
villages give a pathetic, sadistic and desolate look? Crores of money is pumped in,
but why the people in the middle valley of Ethun are forced to toil as casual labourers
in GREF to keep the fire burning in the hearth of their homes? Why is development
exclusive and only for the people in high income bracket?
Answers to all these questions are simple. Prime motto of every politician is to
hold on to the chair of power as long as he can, if possible pass it on to his progeny.
To achieve this, there are two options available to the them in a vibrant democracy
like India, unlike banana Republics. One is to become a visionary, resourceful,
charismatic leader like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Patel, back home, Gopinath Bordolai,
who spoke, acted and delivered for the welfare and well being his people.
Not only Andhra Pradesh, whole of India mourned and wept over the tragic departure
of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, lovingly called YSR, an enigmatic, consummate politician.
He could gauge the people's pulse as much as the leader in him could empathise with
poor and their problems. He loved to reach out to the masses, listen to their grievance
and try to resolve them. It was his 1,500-km padayatra in the gruelling heat of the
summer of 2003 that turned round the Congress fortunes and catapulted him into the
Chief Minister's post and fortunes of Congress at the centre in parliamentary elections
Rajasekhara Reddy logged thousands of flying hours in helicopter and fixed -wing
aircraft during the past five years as the Chief Minister on surprise visits. In
his second tenure as Chief Minister, it was during one such flight, he met his tragic
end in a Bell-430 State owned helicopter, nearly 10 years old amid the green foliage
in the inhospitable Nallamala hill range.
As I write this article, news is trickling in that, Dorjee Khandu is set to be elected
to the new Assembly of Arunachal unopposed, third time in a row from Tawang district.
Former CM, Khandu is known to have an ear for the pulse of the hearts of the people
in lowest level of the wealth pyramid, the aam adami in his constituency. He is credited
for changing the scenario of Tawang and its people. During his tenure, education,
health, roads saw major overhauling. Colleges and hospitals were established, roads
were upgraded, while more and more people from his constituency saw the doors of
employment opportunities opening in government departments.
The other option for the politician is to delay or hold back the socio-economic developments
for his people. Deeper the poverty and drudgery, the conditions of the people (Third
Estate), less educated, less aware they will be of their rights and capability to
question, which translates into a single politician (First Estate) ruling for years
along with few of his Rich and Elite group (Second Estate).
Non-divided Bihar and West Bengal were two of the richest and poorest states. Its
Human Development Index hovered at the bottom of the pyramid. Infrastructure, literacy
rate, health delivery system were in shambles. But both the states saw single politician
ruling for years and is a classic example to the case.
The two Estates, first and second are inter-dependent on each other for their survival
and to fend off any threat posed by the third estate (Common public).
Now, the options opted by the politicians from Dibang Valley are before the third
estate for scrutiny like an open book. Either the first estate chooses the correct
option or the third estate forces it to do so. It is time for us, the people in the
Third Estate to make use of our most valuable tool, the adult franchise to the maximum
Finally, at the end of the day, it is we, the people are responsible for what we
are in a democracy like India.