2011

October -  01

News Highlights

 

Capital bandh called off

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has called off the proposed 24-hrs capital bandh on Saturday. “Considering the fact the state is passing through a bad period, AAPYF along with its federal bodies in an emergency meeting today decided to call off the proposed 24 hours Capital Complex bandh on Saturday,” said Forum president in a release today.

Meanwhile, All Tribes Youth Federation of Arunachal strongly opposed the 24 hours bandh and also appealed the people to oppose such bandh.

 

Capacity building training

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: A one day capacity building training programme on “Future trading in agricultural commodities” for Agricultural marketing personnel was held at Agriculture Directorate at Naharlagun today.

Dr M S Jairath, director, National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Govt of India and Arijit Das of Indian Commodity Exchange Ltd were the resource persons of the programme.

In his keynote address, A K Purkayastha, Director (Agri-marketing) emphasized the need for support of the ministry of agriculture in creation of market infrastructure with cool chain and reefer vans. He also emphasized on enhancement of subsidy ceiling under CSS on market infrastructure development scheme.  District officers along with marketing personnel attended the training, according to an official release.

 

Assn demands cancellation of illegal appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma in Elementary Education Association (AAPDEEA) has strongly protested the alleged illegal appointment of two teachers (JTs) in Upper Subansiri district without following the norms and guidelines by the State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission.

Despite assurance from the higher authorities of education department, illegal appointments are still going on in the department which has deprived the qualified unemployed candidates of their chances to get absorbed in teaching profession, the association lamented.

While demanding immediate cancellation of all such illegal appointments, the association threatened to go for democratic movement in case the authority fails to take action against all such illegal appointments in education department.

Meanwhile, the association urged its all associate members to collect the list of all illegal appointments in entire state.

 

Workshop on Caste Census

Ziro, Sep 30 : The two days District Level Workshop-cum-Training Programme on Socio-Economic and Caste Census-2011 has concluded  today at Conference Hall, Hapoli (Ziro). The BDO-cum-BSECCOs, all Administrative Officers-cum-Charge Officers of SECC-2011,           Block level MTs and Zilla Parishad Members of Lower Subansiri District participated in the programme.

Earlier on 29th Sept, while inaugurating the programme the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Principal SECC Officer, Nila Mohanan, highlighted the methodology for conducting this Socio-Economic and Cast Census-2011. She said that the entire exercise of SECC will be paperless, done on a Handheld Electronic Device (Tablet PC). The SECC will drastically reduce data entry errors and enumerator discretion and this is the first time such a comprehensive exercise is being carried out for both rural and urban India, she said.

The District Level Master Trainers, Nani Sambiyo, DSO(Stat), Ziro, H. Kago, DIO (DIC), Ziro and P.P. Dubey, ST, HSS, Ziro, imparted the training to the participants for smooth conduct of SECC-2011 in Lower Subansiri District.

Pisa Tatup, Project Director-cum-DSECCO, while thanking the participants highlighted the importance of Workshop & Training.  DIPRO incharge

 

Creation of Longding lauded

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The Shungkhu Wancho Women Welfare Association (SWWWA) has expressed happiness over passing of bill for creation of Longding district in the recently concluded Assembly session.

The Association said the creation of new district would pave the way for speedy development and creation of employment opportunities  for unemployed and poverty-stricken people.  

 

AUSSSATA demands early release of salary

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Upper Siang Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AUSSSATA) has flayed the SSA salary disbursement authority of the district for their alleged failure to prepare and submit the salary proposal on time to the appropriate authority. It appealed to the state Govt, particularly SSA Rajya Mission to release the salary fund along with arrears of hiked pay with effect from April 2011 immediately.

The Association in a release today alleged that most of the teachers serving in interior areas are being deprived of salary after every three months due to negligence by salary disbursement/dealing authority within the department despite the release of salary fund by the Central Govt. While the three-months salaries along with one month areas have already been released for other districts, the SSA salary proposal for 2nd quarterly installment  of the district was not submitted yet, the  Association claimed.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The youth of Damin area in a meeting held here on Sept 28 have formed an organization under the title – Damin Area Inter-Clans Coordination Forum (DAICCF) with Yamra Tak, Huri Bharat as chairman and general secretary of the Forum.

 

Condolences

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) has condoled the untimely demise of Late Tarh Tatung, former president of the union at Balijan on Sept 27 after prolonged illness.

While recalling the contribution of Late Tatung towards socio-economic-educational development of Papum Poma area during his tenure as president, the Union said the vacuum created after the death of Late Tutung would be difficult to fill up. The union prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and also for enough strength to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

 

Society demands arrest

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Nguri Welfare Society (ANWS) has condemned the police for delay in arresting the culprits involved in the recent firing incident at Div. II, Itanagar.

While demanding for immediate arrest of the culprits, the association said that it would be compelled to launch democratic movement if the culprits were not arrested.

Both the injured are currently undergoing treatment in Itanagar and Guwahati, ANSW said.

 

‘Modify road tax policy’

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) appealed to the state Government to change the road tax policy, especially one-time road-tax for 15 years considering the short life expectancy of vehicles.

Vehicles plying in Arunachal Pradesh have short life expectancy as compared to vehicles in other states due to bad road condition; and considering the fact the road-tax being charged for 15 years should be reduced to 6-8 years, ALSU president Tadar Tarish said in a release.

He also appealed to the department concerned to maintain all the roads in capital, including arterials, properly.

 

Union demands ATm

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Kalaktang Monpa Students’ Union  (AKMSU) appealed to the authorities concerned to set up an ATM counter at  ADC headquarter, Kalaktang for the benefit of general public.

Thousands of ATM card holders here have been facing lots of problem in withdrawing money from the SBI for want of ATM booth, the union said.

 

INSPIRE Exhibition

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: INSPIRE Exhibition was organized by the Deputy Director of School Education, Ziro at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Ziro on Sept 29. Out of 45 students 6 were selected to participate at the state level.

The Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest.

 

Integrated fish farming

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong, has formed a Farm School on “Integrated Fish farming” for farmers of Nanam Khamyang-I village sponsored by ATMA, Lohit.

A total of 25 farmers from women self-help groups have been selected for the purpose.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Ageng Tayeng and Oken Megu have been elected as Chairman and General Secretary of Geying Area Development Committee (GADC) in a meeting held recently.

 

DA ban arms

ITANAGAR: Capital complex administration has banned carrying of any lethal weapons, fire arms and ammunitions including Daos. This decision has been taken as precautionary measures till further orders.

The Arms License holders of the Capital Complex are informed that they keep their weapons in proper custody if not immediately deposit the same with the nearest police lock up and produce arms License on demand by the police and duty Magistrates.

The seized weapons at the Nakas will be kept in the custody and it be returned after ban is lifted on production of License, stated DC cum District Magistrate Onit Panyang in a public notice.

 

Public Accounts and  Estimates Committees

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker has appointed Dr. Tangor Tapak and  Tani Loffa as chairmen of the six-member Committee on Public Accounts and  Committee on Estimates respectively.

News Impact

Arunachal shines, Talar wins Zonal level C’ship

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Laa Talar of Arunachal Pradesh won the Boys Open Singles title in the North East Zonal Inter-State Badminton Championship held in Tripura from September 23 to 26 last.

Talar beat RK Baruah from Assam in the final to win the gold.

Junior Boys team comprising Laa Talar, Jokom Ribya, Akshay Raito and Kallung Taki beat Mizoram to become team champions and won the Narang Cup. The team will represent Arunachal Pradesh at National Championship.

The Junior Girls team lost in final of the team championship for Shaffi Querishi cup and  had to content with the silver.

The duo of Akshay Raito and Kallung Taki won silver in Junior Boys Doubles while Pinky and Geeta Karki pair won bronze in Junior Girls doubles event.  The team was led by Tomar Ango as coach cum manager, according to Arunachal State Badminton Association release.

 

Hand over the accused to police: Association

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Yobin Youth Association of Vijoynagar has said that the 16th Assam Rifles personnel involved in the rape and murder of a school girl be immediately handed over to the local police and trial be carried out at a civil court.

The Association also strongly came down on govt employees for not being stationed at their posting place. It said that due to absentee officials including the doctor, there was delay in the conduction of postmortem as well for more than a week.  The Association said that this was gross negligence and disrespectful to the family members of the  deceased and the people of Vijoynagar. The organization demanded compensation to the deceased family by the government. It further demanded action against the Circle Officer, Medical in-charge and police officer in-charge for dereliction of duty. It further sought an assurance by the administration, that in future no Govt. Officials stay out station, unless there is reliever for them.

 

Master plan for development of Itanagar as solar city

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) is implementing the Solar city programme  in Itanagar and its adjoining areas  as per the proposal of the state Govt under the ‘Development of Solar cities’ programme of the  Union ministry of new and renewable energy,  said Power (Electrical), Environment and Forests Minister Setong Sena  while addressing the workshop on renewable energy and devices/system organized at Rajiv Gandhi Govt Polytechnic Institute today.

The minister informed that a solar city stakeholder committee and a solar city cell have already been constituted for proper implementation of the solar city  programme. APEDA has deputed  a company, namely, "Darashaw" to prepare the master plan on "Development of Itanagar as Solar City," he further disclosed. Sena hoped the workshop cum awareness programme on solar city programme  will dissipate knowledge on renewable energy and devices/system like solar power plant and solar water heating systems.

Today Indian population has grown three times since the post Independence era and the Urban population has grown five times who are heavily dependent on fossil fuel for essential public services like transport, lighting, cooking etc. The demand for conventional energy is rising day by day and on the other hand this demand is posing threat to the environment, he said.

The minister further said that the urban areas have been one of the biggest sources of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions with buildings alone contributing to around 40 per cent of total Green House Gas emissions. So this requires a tremendous shift in energy resources in urban areas.

Keeping this in view the Centre has initiated a solar cities programme to mitigate the Green House Gas emissions  and  several Indian cities are now under the purview of Solar City Programme, he informed.

Other highlights of the workshop included presentation by “Darashaw’ and interactive session between stakeholders and committee members and students.

 

Workshop on packaging of processed fruits

Staff Reporter with inputs from DIPR

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: It is time to create opportunity to provide native fresh and processed food products in packaged form from our own for the consumers state, said Industries, Textile and Handicraft and Fisheries Minister Tako Dadi at the one day All India workshop on packaging of processed fruits, organized by Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) Mumbai, in association with North East Regional Agricultural marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) here today.

He expressed the hope that the workshop will mitigate requirement of the consumers, as today consumers exposed to wide range of fresh and processed foods from the markets prefer local product.

He further highlighting the importance of proper management of product said that the scientific understanding of the methodology for assessing and appropriate product packaging will promote the availability of high quality product packaging to all accessible locations in the state. Food processing and packaging together will result in high degree of commercialization and wealth creation thereby will increase the GDP growth of the state, he said.

Meanwhile, appreciating the organizers for conducting such workshop in the state to create more awareness to the local entrepreneurs and youths, he suggested the IIP to conduct more such programmes with longer durations in the state. And further suggested to invite students of Commerce, BBA, MBA, Engineering, BSc in such functions and also suggested for trainers training on packaging.

Agriculture and Horticulture Commissioner Hage Kojeen, said the Government of India has realized the importance of the sector and lots of initiatives have been made to improve the quality of packaging through IIP. It is the packaging department, to cope up the expectations of the government and the demands of the consumers. Scientific packaging being the main detriments of quality of a product makes huge difference in quality of a product, he added.

Trade and Commerce Commissioner, Makbul Pertin, said the programme will meet the awareness requirements of the entrepreneurs and youths of the state. Due to lack of quality packaging, cold storage and transportation and marketing links, 40% of the produce is lost before reaching the consumers. This loss can be saved by this awareness programme , he added.

He assured that department of Trade and Commerce, government of Arunachal Pradesh will provide all possible help for such workshop.

Dr. Jyoti Balinga, additional Director, IIP, Mumbai, highlighted the activities being undertaken by the Indian institute of Packaging (IIP) North East Regional Agricultural market Corporation (NERAMAC) to improve the quality of packaging and to enhance produce the quality all over the country and the North eastern states.

Besides entrepreneurs, the Commerce Department students of Rajiv Gandhi University led by commerce department faculty members Otem Moyong and Philip Modi attended the workshop.

In Technical Session Dr. Jyoti Balinga spoke on basic concept of packaging for processed fruits, while Deputy Director, IIP Kolkota Bidhan Das spoke on corrugated fibre board box as a transport packaging material for packaging processed fruits.

 

APCRCC office building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The permanent office building of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) was dedicated today by Rev. Dr. N. Paphino, President of Nagaland CRC Council amidst a huge gathering at Dobam village, Banderdewa. While congratulating the APCRCC for the milestone he said, “Let council administration go hand in hand with spirituality and biblical doctrine”. He advocated further for unity and brotherhood.

General Secretary Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) Toko Teki who attended the programme as a special guest said that, “this building is a tribute to all believers and let the good testimony prevail”. He also stressed on loving one another and peaceful coexistence of Arunachalee society through Christian activities.

APCRCC President Sama Dodum, Vice-president Dr. David Pertin, General Secy. Evan. Tai Ete, Finance Secy. Nabam Kama, CEC members Rev. Dr. N. Tasar and Kipa Loram and land donor Soul Kop also spoke on the occasion. Praise and worship songs were presented by Area-I youth department. Besides delegates from the state and nearby Assam, council leaders from Nagaland and Chattisgarh also attended.

 

Doimukh Hr Sec School thrashes Arunodhaya in district level Subroto Cup

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Papum Pare  District Level under -17 Subroto Mukherjee  Cup Football Tournament -2011 which was kicked off by T.T. Tara, DDSE Papum-Pare on 27th September came to an end today.

In the trilling final match played between Govt. Hr. Sec. School Doimukh and Govt. Hr. Sec. School Arunodhaya, Itanagar at Rono General Ground, Doimukh, the host team Govt. Hr. Sec. School Doimukh defeated last year’s District champion Govt. Hr. Sec.School Arunodhaya  by 3- 2 goals. The winner team will be representing Papum-Pare District at the state level tournament to be held in the month of December 2011.

The chief guest of the tournament  T. Ramsing, Principal Government Higher Secondary School, Doimukh gave away the runners up and champions trophy. He congratulated all the participating teams for displaying sportsman spirit and applause the organizers for successful and smooth conduct of the tournament, according to a release.

 

AAPPTF Aalo office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) chairman Takar Goi inaugurated its West Siang District unit office at Aalo  on Sept 28.

Nyiken Lollen, Addl Deputy Commissioner Kamba and Dobing Sonam, General Secretary AAPPTF were present on the occasion as guest of honour and special guest respectively. Among others,  District unit President and Secretary also attended the function.

Addressing the  people on the occasion as chief guest  Goi highlighted many important issues. He urged the state government to stop the double payment of VAT system in the state.

Goi says that after purchasing vehicle from outside the state the purchaser is compelled to pay another VAT in the state which is a matter of concern for common people. He also urged the concerned authorities of the District to issue passenger service license to those drivers who have experience of five years driving to  enable them to avoid complicacy in claiming insurance in the event of any casualties.

The Chief Guest also expresses concern about the arrival and departure timing of Night super bus services in the district and capital and requested the authority  not to allow the bus to reach the  respective destinations before 4:30 am to avoid the trouble faced by the passengers..

The Guest of honour Nyiken Lollen also expressed his happiness about the proper functioning of public transport system under the initiative of AAPPTF which is beneficial  for common masses.

 

Resolve differences: ANEYF

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: All Nyishi Educated Youth Forum (ANEYF) has appealed the leaders of the ruling party to resolve differences and concentrate on development in their respective constituencies.

The ruling Congress should end infighting among themselves and resolve any differences for the greater interest of the public of the state, the Forum said in a release today.

Blaming the Govt for alleged failure in all fronts, the Forum further said that  the state is becoming hot bed for anti-social elements. Even the CM bungalow is not safe now, the Forum said and demanded that CM  should  resign as the Govt failed in  all fronts.

While the people of the state are crying for relief and rehabilitation following the recent natural calamities, the elected representatives are busy in fighting, it said while adding that the Central Govt pumped crores of rupees but no proper development is seen in the state. There is no proper planning in the Capital and the roads in capital complex are facing its worst condition, the Forum said.  

The Forum also demanded the state Govt to come clean on minister abduction issue by initiating an enquiry headed by independent agency in to episode and nab the people involve in it.

While demanding formulation of effective policies in order to tackle law and order situation, the Forum said that adequate paramilitary forces should be deployed in vulnerable areas.

 

DNGC organizes induction-cum-orientation prog of NSS volunteers

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: NSS Units of DNGC, Itanagar organized Induction-cum-Orientation Programme for newly enrolled volunteers in the college auditorium on Sept 30, according to a press release received from Porgrame office Joram Muthu.

Principal, DNGC Tomar Ete speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest exhorted the Volunteers to imbibe true and missionary spirit of social service- which does not end with cleaning the jungle. He said that volunteers must be sympathetic to the needs of the Society and must work especially for the deprived section of society.

Earlier, Dr. M.Q. Khan speaking as a Resource person highlighted the motto of NSS “Not me but you” and responsibilities of the volunteers.

Dr. R.D. Megeji Hema Hospital spoke about Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Blood donation, health & hygiene. He also responded to various queries of the enthusiastic Volunteers.

Consultant APSACS, Naharlagun Doni Taying, in his interaction as a resource person talked about Voluntary Blood Donation.

The NSS Programme Officers Dr. Tumter Lollen and Joram Muthu and senior volunteer Malokong Ngupok also spoke during the programe.

 

TWS resents grant of bail in Mra assault case

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has criticized the system of judiciary in Arunachal Pradesh for granting bail to two accused arrested in connection with Tapi Mra attack case by Ld. JMFC, Itanagar.

This is not first time in the state an accused has been enlarged on bail even before completion of investigation, TWS said and alleged that judiciary in Arunachal Pradesh are working under pressure from  of few powerful persons.

It also questioned the legitimacy of Chimpu Village Youth Association (CVYA) including whether it is registered association under Society Registration Act.

Condemning the physical assault of Mra and his family by the volunteers, TWS questioned that who had given permission to the association to volunteer the road.

Is it justified to manhandle an innocent public by any person in the name of association, it asked.  TWS went on to question and sought clarification from the Government as well as district administration on the matter.

It further demanded the authorities concerned to declare CVYA as illegal organization and direct the officer in charge of Itanagar Police Station to register the case and book the executive members of the association along with other accused involved in the incident under appropriate sections of the law.

 

CM, Effa congratulate medal winners

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today congratulated all  karatekas for winning laurels for the state at the national event.

In a statement from New Delhi, he reaffirmed his commitment to the sports sector so that the youths are given adequate scope to showcase their talent.

He reaffirmed the GoAP’s commitment for making available all opportunities to tape the potentials of the youth.

Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh chairman Tungri Effa also congratulated the medal winners.

This reflects the state has huge sports potential, Effa said, adding he had discussed the matter with the CM, who has assured all possible help to promote the sports sector.

Effa called upon the youths of the state to be sincere and dedicated in the field, which offers enough scope as a career besides job opportunities.

 

Custom hire service centre’ under Nicra project  

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The project entitled ‘National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) ‘of Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad is being implemented in Sipini village of  Tirap district through KVK, Tirap.

Under ‘Technology Demonstration Component’ of the NICRA project a few technological interventions of field crops as well as horticultural crops to cope with climatic aberration have been applied in farmers field. As part of the   ‘Technology Demonstration Component’ of the NICRA project KVK, Tirap has formally started the ‘Custom Hire Service Centre’ at the project implementation site on Sept 28 in presence of  Village Chief, Panchayat Representatives and most of the villagers.  

The Programme Coordinator, Dr. N. Kumar formally handed over a few improved farm machineries, equipment and farm implements to ‘Custom Hire Service Centre Management Committee’. These included rotary tiller, water pump set, paddy paddle thresher, power sprayer, knapsack sprayer, weighing balance, garden secateurs and some other small farm implements. A brief demonstration has also been carried out on operation and maintenance of the machineries and equipments.

 

Council flays Govt over law and order situation

NAMSAI, Sep 30 :  The Khampti Singpho Council has strongly condemned the murder of Chau Sunanda Manpoong of New Mohong village under Lekang circle on Sept 21. While attending the Saradha of late Manpoong today, the council members have extended their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.

The Khampti Singpho Council has also expressed serious concern over the prevailing law and order problem of the state where extortions, kidnap, rape and murders are mushrooming day by day and there is no security for the people living  in the inter-state border areas.

Further, the council urged upon the state home department for deployment of sufficient police personnel at New Mohong Police Out Post where already building and other infrastructure have been constructed.

Meanwhile, the council has demanded the Govt. to declare the entire Lekang circle as 'Disturbed Area' of Arunachal Pradesh.

The council has also expressed shock at the reported abduction of Chowna Mein, a senior cabinet minister in Gamlin ministry  and termed the incident as complete failure of state government.

 

More Free Hepatitis-B Screening test in Ziro

ZIRO, Sep 30: Responding to invitations received from various corners of Ziro Plateau for conducting Free Hepatitis-B Screening Test at their respective locality, the organizing Society's Chairman, Yachang Tacho would start soon after the harvesting season of various crops is over in the last month of Oct.

The NEETI Society (NS), Ziro in collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai has been organizing Free Hepatitis-B screening tests in Ziro plateau for last one month. The Society has organized six camps at different locations of the plateau where 2580 tests have been done and out of which 52 positive cases were detected.

 

State Zonal Level Workshop on Tribal Convention and Convergence at Tezu

Tezu, Sep 30: One day State Zonal Level Workshop on Tribal Convention and Convergence with PRIs on Community Mobilization and Media Intervention under SSA was held in the BRC Hall, today.

Speaking on the occasion, G.Karga, District Pedagogy Co-ordinator , Aalo , West Siang District stressed on the active participation of SMC (School Managing Committee)  to implement RTE (Right to Education Act) .

Karga also spoke on the implementation of CCE (Continues and Comprehensive Evaluation) system to improve quality education .He further said that the main motto of convergence of SSA and RTE is that no child from the age group of 6-14 years, able or disabled, boy or girl should remain out of school; education is free for them all irrespective of any gender biasness or physical disabilities.

All the groups / institutions should come under one banner and work jointly for all the tribes and sub-tribes of Arunachal Pradesh so that students’ potential can be utilized in right direction.

He further added that under RTE emphasis should be given on all round development of students so that they can get activity-days learning.

K.Rina DDSE-cum-Distt Program Coordinator, Lohit appreciated the noble initiative and said that education is the right of every child under RTE act and not even a single child should be deprived of his/her right.

N.Siram, State Coordinator, ST /SC, SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar gave importance on innovative activities under SC/ST intervention to encourage handicraft, wood craft, bamboo craft, etc. He emphasized on increasing the literacy rate of SC / ST students as literacy rate of Arunachal Pradesh is very alarming with just 51% as per 2010-11 Census.

District Coordinators S.C.Tiwari of Lohit, Ramesh Chandra Nayak of Anjaw, S.Tamanag of Roing and Changlang district also spoke.

 

Meeting to finalise AAP

Tezu, Sep 30: To finalize the Annual Action Plan of the DRDA for the year 2011-2012 against centrally sponsored schemes, District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Meeting, and Governing Body Meeting of DRDA and other concerned department was held simultaneously  in the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner, Tezu, today.

The meeting reviewed the various developmental programs under the DRDA and other departments such as the PHED, PWD, RWD, ICDS, etc.

R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner –cum-CEO, DRDA, Tezu, briefing the members present said that this kind of meeting is very important in clearing the public doubts pertaining to execution of plans and policies or fund allotments under any Government department. It gives a platform for interaction which enables everyone of us, including the department heads and the elected representatives or PRI leaders to know their resentments or satisfaction to any particular departmental work.

He also added that the coordination and scrutiny from various sections is very much needed for bringing in transparency and thereby improving the quality of work.

Project Director, DRDA, M. Tatum, presented the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana Annual Action Plan 20011-2012, Lohit District. Likewise the financial achievements under the various programmes of Ministry of Rural Development in the district during the year 2011-2012 was presented with facts and figures by DRDA as well as other line departments such as the PHED, RWD, PWD, and ICDS.

The Zilla Parishad Members requested the Chairperson as well the DC-cum-CEO for a Zilla Parishad Members meeting with all the Heads of Departments of Lohit District. The DC promised to include the entire 29 HoDs of the district wherein the government officials and the PRI leaders would sit together to discuss various developmental as well the fund aspects of the departments under them.

As desired by the PRI leaders, Sharma asked the PD, DRDA and the Block level officers to provide the list of beneficiaries of various schemes to the Chairpersons and ZPMs respectively.

Other miscellaneous discussions such as the Supply schemes, widow pension scheme, Chief Minister's Disability Pension scheme, ZPM fund, were also taken up.

However, the Executive Engineer, PHED, stating that some villages are receptive while others give resistance, sought the intervention and cooperation of the PRI leaders for Total Sanitation Campaign in educating the villagers. Nang Chandaka Khangki, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad, Lohit District presided over the meetings as Chairperson. (DIPR)

 

British relations with the tribes of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Department of History, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar conducted a seminar on British relations with the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and sources of history of ancient India at DN College yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr R B Tripathy, HoD Political Science and Dr. P C Panda, HoD Geography emphasized on the need of arranging inter-disciplinary seminars in the college on the similar pattern.

About ten scholastic papers were presented by the students of History Honours in two technical sessions.

Later, Dr, K Equbal gave away the prize to two papers which were adjudged as well written papers and the Students Union DNGC, General Secretary Khoda Mission who took part in the seminar was given best prize.

 

Two sides of a coin

Dear Editor,

After reading the press release of 28th Sept. 2011, denying the kidnapping of a senior minister, by the Government spokesman, I was surprised and dumbfounded. Since he came into the state political scene, Setong Sena has always been regarded as one of the few honest and straight forward legislators of the state. So, it was shocking to read that he, as Government spokesperson, denied the kidnapping of a fellow Legislator and sitting Minister. Setong Sena rejected outright the allegations made by the APCC and termed it as “tailored, concocted and made with malicious intention to gain cheap popularity in the name of APCC.”

Arunachal is a small state and Itanagar, a small town. News travels fast. By 26th evening, the news was out on the streets that a Minister had been kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to CM’s official bungalow. Did Mr. Sena even bother to call up his fellow colleague to find out if the news was indeed true or for that matter if he was alright and no harm was done? On the contrary, he had the audacity to give a press release denying the whole incident.

The other thing which was not palatable was the allegation that APCC gave the press release regarding the kidnapping ‘to gain cheap popularity ‘. I fail to understand the stand or the logic behind it. I am not an admirer of APCC nor a member, and not just me but the entire state knows that 42 out of the 60 legislators in the state are from INC and the state Government is run by the INC party. So where does the question of APCC trying ‘to gain cheap popularity ‘arise from? Secondly, alleging the APCC spokesman of giving ‘ baseless’ and ‘ unfounded’ allegations was unfortunate or maybe it was thrust upon on the spokesman to do so, because it is not a new thing with the Government in the state .

In fact I must say that the APCC spokesman did his duty and did a better job than the Government spokesman by highlighting the incident to the people of the state.

The Government and its spokesman may argue on the basis of technical jargons like kidnapping, abduction, seizure, forceful lifting, illegal pursuance etc., but the fact of the matter is that, such an incident did take place. The least the Government and its spokesman could have done was to accept it gracefully and maybe shift the blame to somebody else as is the culture in Arunachal Pradesh which every citizen is aware of. At least the news reaching the people would have been the fact and that is the least we expect from our Government. With such a blatant lie by the Government and its spokesman, we will be forced not to believe in whatever else is said or released by the Government in the future.

Interestingly, APCC never blamed the Government for the incident but the Government did so the APCC, which is strange because they are two sides of the same coin. It is the heights of vagueness in any state that the government blames its own organization, that too in such a shocking and serious matter. I feel the present Government has failed in every front which is evident by the blame games and the security scenario in the state. Lastly, a request to the Government spokesman, to kindly maintains his stature and dignity as he is known and regarded for his upright nature.    

Yours,

A Citizen   (on email)

 

 

Take precautionary measures

Dear Editor,

It is in reference to the recent visit of central team to Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun to sign the tripartite MoU for the multi-specialty 300 bedded hospital.  Thanks to the central team and the team of the state who are taking care of the up coming State Hospital. Hope, the people of Arunachal will get a well equipped hospital very soon. Very often the patient of this state has to go out side for better treatment due to lack of proper equipments and infrastructures. No doubt, the tired less services rendered by renowned senior specialist like Dr. Taw Kaki, Dr. Hage Ambing, Dr. Moji Jini, Dr. Reto Doye, Dr. Mari Basar etc. are quite appreciable.   But sometimes they are also helpless in some cases due to lack of facilities.

Again, in connection with the up coming State Hospital, it is to mention here that utmost care is to be taken by the authority in construction of multi storied buildings. The task of construction may be given to most experienced and national/international level construction agency keeping in view the safety and security of the patients. It has been observed that the multistoried administrative building (now using as OT, Indoor Patients Department etc.) constructed recently is defective. The huge building has already starts cracking. There are many cracks in the building though the building has been constructed recently.  

As in relation to medical world, a saying is that ‘Prevention is better than cure’, the authority is to take maximum care especially in the construction of buildings for up coming State Hospital. Once the construction of building is completed, it is neither easy to repair nor easy to demolish. Hence, extra precaution is to be taken by the department during construction of multi-storied buildings. The construction agency is also to be directed clearly that they are to construct the building as per laid down guidelines using quality man and material. More over, continuous monitoring may also be conducted during the time of construction.

Yours,

Minto Ete,

Itanagar (on email)

 

 

Kharsang need a bank

Dear Editor

On behalf of the conscious citizens of Kharsang, I would like to remind our Local MLA and ZPM that there is a great need for a rural bank in kharsang town. It has been felt by the general public that a bank is necessary for their daily transactions and work. This demand has been made by the people for many years now. As we all know Kharsang has now become a mini industrial area where the earning avenues have increased fairly well and much more than before. It is always not easy to go all the way to Miao SBI Branch for withdrawal especially during emergencies. Besides, the students who are studying outside the state face lots of problems when they don’t get money on time for their fees.

The main areas of transactions are related to agricultural, tea, timber and coal productions that are in kharsang circle. In view of these business transactions government of Arunachal Pradesh should provide us a Bank so that we can deposit our hard earned money.  The immediate need for the bank is a must so that a poor man who earns by selling vegetables or other cash crops in the market can save their income. At the same time I would also like to make an appeal to the Tangsa Youth Association, Panchayat leaders, Gaon Buras and the general public to come forward and raise their voices for this genuine demand. Moreover, there are many genuine reasons as to why we need bank in the township of Kharsang.

Where are our elite groups, student unions, Tangsa Youth Association and elected representative? Where is your part in building the society? You had promised the innocent people of many things and assured them that you would help them to meet their aspirations during many occasions. But now it seems that you have forgotten everything. Where is your stand for the welfare of the society? I appeal to our elected representative to look into this genuine demand for setting up of a Bank along with ATM facilities. If you do so your contribution will never be forgotten.

Yours,

Lomhom Tangha

Bangalore,

 (on email)

 

 

Your tail between your legs!

Dear Editor,

I always thought of Arunachal Times as the premier newspaper of the state. Understandably, after Apang's regime fell, it was a little light in a long tunnel of darkness for ordinary citizens who through this newspaper got to know of the misdeeds of subsequent governments.

Lately though, it looks like this newspaper is looking the other way while the state capital slides into chaos. Where is the spirit of true journalism that made you different? Now, you are just another scared stooge to the present government who does not tolerate any 'No Men'.

At a time when 'Angry Citizen', 'Concerned Citizen' have to hide their true identity for fear of reprisal, it's a disappointment that you too have your tail between your legs.

All I can say to you is to find your voice and lets us all hear it.

Yours,

Paman Nake (on email)

Itanagar

 

 

People are not made for the laws

Dear Editor,

I strongly condemn the heinous crime of rape and murder of a young 14 year old local school girl of Vijoynagar by Assam Rifle personnel recently. This is the second incident of ruthless murder of local people committed by the so called "sentinels of the North East". There cannot be two kinds of law on the land.

Hence, full justice be meted out to the victim's family keeping in mind the case of Dhananjoy Chatterjee for the murder (following a rape) of 14-year-old Hetal Parekh on March 5, 1990. Justice delayed is justice denied. At least to us, the Assam Riffles are no more the sentinels of the NE. In the past years also we had witnessed infighting among themselves leading to colleagues' killing and harassing the public and even not sparing an APCS Officer in Vijoynagar. So, its high time that the top brass wake up and do something to regain their former pride and glory and win back the people's confidence.

Secondly, I would like to respond to an allegation labeled by Chimoy Simai. He said the area where Lisus dwell, the population of tiger is declining as compared to the last 3-4 decades.

Hence, the question remains that "how scientific and authentic the census is?". Also we need to remember, two sides of Namdapha shares a vast area with unfenced-Myanmar border and other two open-sides with various tribes inhabiting the area. Animals do not remain in and around the core area for 12 months of the year. They travel along the valleys and cross over to far areas. Now, do the wildlife department or NGOs have any concrete evidence that how many animals including tigers cross over to Myanmar side or those people inhabited areas beyond Namdapha and never come back again?. As alleged by some, if the Lisus/Yobins are on poaching spree, then it will not make any difference the impact on the park whether they stay in the present villages or relocate them to another area. One-sided constituting the area as Reserve Forests vide preliminary notification No.A1316/46/23, dtd 7/7/1948 and subsequently declaring as Wildlife Sanctuary in 2nd Oct/1972 and National Park cum Tiger Reserve during

1983 without any participation of the Lisus/Yobins in fact, shows the authoritarian, colonialist and imperialist attitude of the authorities. In 1917, even the British administration of Dibrugarh and North Lakhimpur recognized the presence of Lisus/Yobins in the area.

Today the locals (Lisus/Yobins) are marginalized and pushed far in the corner that the Park boundary almost touches the oldest village of the area, Gandhigram. The Field Director has suggested that the elite Lisu people should think for better future and cooperate with the Govt. Had the authorities were gracious enough to consider the participation of the local people during those important dates, at least we would not see this kind of unwanted confrontation today. Laws are made to suit the people's aspirations and their needs, people are not made for the laws. That's why our constitution is flexible in nature and amendable in practice.

Hence, for the betterment of both sides we cannot afford to have confrontation-approach. We need to discuss more and finally take people-oriented and people-friendly solution. It is not something that the authorities formulate laws and throw on the people and ask the people to knock the right door for solution. Thanks.

Yours,

Philip Ngwazah

Tainan City, Taiwan,

(on email)

 

 

 

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Readers Forum

 

Ecotourism  and forestry

 

The continuing boom in ecotourism has the potential to save endangered forests or destroy them, depending on how effectively tourism expansion is managed, an international partnership for forest conservation and improvement cautioned today.

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), comprising 14 international organisations and secretariats, including Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), issued its view on the relationship between ecotourism and forestry as the world celebrates the World Tourism Day and the International Year of Forests.

Tourism has demonstrated resiliency in the face of the global economic downturn. Globally, the tourism industry generated more than $1 trillion in 2010, according to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO). And the share of tourism in developing countries is steadily rising, up from 31% in 1990 to 47% in 2010.

Ecotourism can provide local communities with motivation to maintain and protect forests and wildlife. When local people get income and employment from ecotourism, they are far less likely to destroy the natural resources through unsustainable exploitation.

However, failure to limit tourist numbers at popular sites can quickly overload ecosystems and damage fragile natural resources, sometimes permanently.

The best ecotourism programmes strive to regulate against such abuses and guide it toward maximising local benefits. Training for local people is crucial to ensure they can compete successfully for desirable ecotourism jobs.

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