2011

October -  03

News Highlights

DA concerned after Maoist allegation

ROING, Oct 2: All main community based organizations and Panchayat leaders from Idu Mishmi community of Lower Dibang Valley joined together in accusing the district administration of forcefully trying to put the district under the shadow of the gun on the pretext of Maoists making inroads in the district.

Representatives from Kera-a Women’s Welfare Association (KWWA), Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS), All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) and other civil societies present condemned Deputy Commissioner Garima Gupta and Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal’s media statement where they had said: “ULFA and Maoists are establishing links with the local people to oppose power projects proposed in Dibang Valley.”

"This is a planted story to mobilize additional troops for forceful conduct of public hearing," the district Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto said.

The community representatives and Panchayat members gathered in a meeting here on Sunday called by IMCLS, in view of the proposed public hearing fixed on October 31 next in Roing for 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project.  

“We are surprised to know about Maoist infiltration only through media,” the chairperson said accusing DC and SP of not taking the confidence of public representatives on security matter and keeping them in dark.

Roing Zilla Parishad Member Namo Lingi also accusing the administration of undermining the Panchayat bodies said: “The administration keeps avoiding interaction with common people and talks only about public hearing.”

“This puts us to doubt on the intention of DC and SP if their motive is only to conduct hearing and win accolades from the central government,” said Lingi.

First hearing for Dibang project was announced on May 2007 and since then it failed to get completed after every attempt made which led to postponement of hearing for ten times.

The women representative Moloya Linggi said it is a matter of concern for all if there is indeed Maoist infiltration in the district. “However, she said, “by linking the homegrown anti dam movement with the Maoist presence, the police head has expressed his dubious motive to silence the anti dam voices.”

The joint meeting resolved to call for cancellation of public hearing fixed in Roing and New Anaya till a common community consensus is generated, involving Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey and Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho.

 

Indo-China special border personnel meeting at Bumla

TEZPUR,  Oct 2:  The Chinese Border troops opposite the Kameng Sector, on the occasion of 62nd National Day of China on Oct 1, invited the Indian counterparts to join them in their celebrations near Bum La in Tawang Dist of Arunachal Pradesh.  The special celebrations witnessed Indian Army Officers and soldiers alongwith their families joining the Chinese counterparts in the celebrations on the Chinese side across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Border personnel meetings (BPMs) at Bum La play a pivotal role in enhancing the bonhomie between the two countries along the Sino-India border. It is a vital platform for resolving local issues with a view to enhance peace and tranquility in the Sector.  These interactions between the Indian and Chinese Armies started initially with a flag meeting and later transformed into Border Personnel Meeting on 30 May 99.  Since then it has become a regular event.

The last Border personnel Meeting at the “Maitrey Sthal” on  15 Aug 11, was hosted by the Indian Army.  It contributed significantly in further cementing the mutual trust, confidence and friendship between the two countries.  The Chinese have been reciprocating by inviting the Indians every year on their National Day.

This year the celebrations commenced with the Chinese Delegation Leader welcoming the Indian Delegation Leader Brig Sudhakar Jee at the “Heap of Stones” in Bum La.  This was followed by flag hoisting ceremony by the Chinese. The delegations interacted with an aim of furthering the growing trust and confidence between the two great nations. Both sides once again re-affirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship and to maintain peace and tranquility along the border.

The Chinese counterparts hosted a cultural show depicting the rich cultural heritage of the country. Finally, the celebrations ended on a high note with people from both sides posing the photographs with each other and parting with fond memories of the occasion.

 

SIRD newsletter

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The first quarterly newsletter of State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) Arunachal Pradesh titled ‘Jagarun’ was released by Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Home, Takar Marde on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in a simple function here today.

Speaking on the occasion Marde congratulated SIRD for its endeavours in reaching out and creating awareness about programmes and policies of Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Panchayati Raj in the state. He also advised for covering various activities of SIRD in subsequent issues. Nyabin Ete, Director SIRD appraised the minister about various initiatives of the institute and informed that ‘Jagarun’ would be circulated to all Heads of Department at the state level, all the districts and member secretaries of all the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state. The director also informed that the institute welcomes inputs and contributions from all concerned functionaries and other stakeholders involved with Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in the State.

The newsletter brought out by SIRD as part of training related initiatives under MoPR sponsored BRGF and the next issue of the newsletter is expected to be released in January 2012.

 

Walk for Wildlife

ITANAGAR,  Oct 2: The Department of Environment & Forest took out “Walk for Wildlife” from Akashdeep complex as part of the 57th Wildlife Week 2011 celebration today. School children from Nitivihar Middle school and VKV holding placards along with staff from Environment & Forest Department participated in the walk.

The ‘Walk’ flagged off by Minister for Environment & Forest Setong Sena, culminated at Indira Gandhi Park here.

The Department of Environment & Forest is observing the 57th Wildlife Week 2011 with Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of non violence to create awareness among masses of the need to conserve wildlife.

 

IMWA concerned at law and order,shortage of currency notes

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Expressing concern over the ‘complete breakdown of law and order situation in state capital” following the infighting within the ruling party,  Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has appealed to the state Govt to bring normalcy in the state before things go out of hand.

The Association further said that the AICC high command should step in to resolve any differences within the ruling party and issue directives to the state leadership to serve in order to gain people’s confidence.

Pointing out the frequent bandh calls the state capital has been witnessing and formation of good numbers of organizations in recent past during the short span of Jarbom Gamlin led Govt, Association said the state will be under the state of total chaos if such situation continues.

While the people of the state are facing insecurity, non-availability of currency notes in the banks in the state added woes to the suffering people, the Association said.  The banks are now not in a position to deliver sufficient cash to customers, citing shortage of notes in the SBI regional office, Itanagar, the association claimed. Even the ATMs are not functioning and are shut down due to insufficiency of currency notes, it said. It further alleged that either the bank officials are afraid of keeping huge sums of cash because of law and order problems or the flow of cash is being halted because of political turmoil.

The Association urged the bank authorities to  look into the  untold problems of bank customers and general people due to “non-availability of currency notes in banks in Arunachal Pradesh for last one month or above.”

 

NES demands Gamlin’s resignation

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Angry over Govt.’s alleged failure to protect the image and dignity of the state’s largest community, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has urged the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to direct Jarbom Gamlin to step down from the post of chief ministership.

“The Nyishi community is pained by the way the infamous Times of India issue is being handled by  the Government despite all out co-operation from NES and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) for a pretty long  time.

The entire Nyishi community which constitutes major parts of the state is burning with emotions for playing with the sentiment of the community people by the present Government since its inception,” a NES memorandum addressed to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, read.

“With the government dragging the issue for such a long period, the patience of the community has ran out and came to a revolting stage,” the memorandum said and urged the Governor to direct Gamlin to immediately resign from his post.

NES and ANSU served a seven days ultimatum to the State Government on September 13 last during the Nyishi Dignity Rally for revealing the source of the derogatory statement published in ToI and Deccan Chronicle.

However, a tripartite meeting among NES, ANSU and Government was held on September 19 in latter’s initiative where the Chief Minister persistently requested for giving some time to solve the issue.

It was agreed upon in the meeting that the Government would constitute a committee to procure the concrete source (s) of the said infamous news item.

“But unfortunately, the Government, despite seeking 10 days time, could not do anything and the report submitted by the two member committee constituted by the Government is found to be too far from the end of honourable solution,” the memorandum said.

NES said that copies of the resolution adopted on September 13 Rally and the gist of the presidential address were also submitted to the Governor along with the enquiry report.

NES also blamed the chief minister for deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

 

Arunachal pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi

ITANAGAR,  Oct 2: Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the father of Nation M K Gandhi was observed here at Itanagar with great fervour.

Paying their rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Power, Environment and Forest Minister Setong Sena along with host of ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs garlanded the statue of Gandhi at park site near Banquet hall today.

While recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards Indian Independence, Parliamentary Secretary Law J K Pangeng said “One of the greatest men in the history of India is unarguably Mahatma Gandhi. His non violent ways and peaceful methods were the foundation for gaining independence from the British.

Mahatma Gandhi’s series of protest against the imperial British rule started with Non Cooperation Movement followed by Civil Disobedience Movement, then Quit India Movement and finally the united India under his leadership could attain Indian Independence in 15th August 1947, Pangeng recalled.

The Parliamentary Secretary further called upon the people of the state as well as the nation to instill upon the Gandhian principle in order to make the country a better place to live in. Let us pledge to eradicate illiteracy, poverty and maintain communal harmony, Pangeng appealed.

TAWANG: Environmental Protection Society of Arunachal Pradesh observed Gandhi Jayanti by carrying out a charity cum cleanliness drive at the district medical, Tawang.

The society donated tube lights and got it fixed at the hospital including the male and female wards.

Meanwhile the EPS President Jambey Dondu requested the hospital authorities to replace the tube and bulbs with the energy saving CFL bulbs.  He also urged the DMO to take up cleanliness programme whenever needed. He assured the services of EPS.

Officers and Staff of Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun organized a social service at its office premises today to mark the Gandhi Jayanti.

The students and staff of Donyi-Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu executed a massive social work at its school premises on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

To mark the day the whole team of school along with 50 NSS Volunteers led by SurajUpadhaya, Programme officer, NSS Unit, DPMSHI and S.T. Lepcha, Coordinator cleaned the drainage  and school surroundings following by floral tribute to the Father of Nation.

A painting competition was also organized for senior Hearing Impaired students in which Master Taba Tara, student of class X got the first prize.

ZIRO:  At various places of twin town of Ziro and Hapoli, mass social service cum special cleanliness drive was organized to mark the day. People from all corners turned up in large number and cleaned their respective office compound, residential colonies, Bazarline and Hospital area etc.

Earlier in the morning teachers and school children of Gandhi Middle school, Lal Bahadur Shastri Middle school and Govt.sec.scool Hapoli, took out Prabhat Pherry around the Hapoli town to mark the occasion.

Attending the Sarva Dharma Prathana Sabha at the premises of Gandhi Middle school, the DC Ziro, Nila Mahanan, offered floral  tribute to the statue of Gandhiji and shared some great thoughts of Gandhian philosophy through Mahatmas’ favourite Bhajan with the mass gathering.  She asked the school children to follow the principles of Gandhiji in day to day life.  Umesh Mishra,Lecturer,DIET,Yachuli, while highlighting  the importance of the celebration, gave brief life history of Mahatma Gandhi. He further urged the people also to remember former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.

Marking the occasion, the members of Kasturba Gandhi Ashram, Hong, presented Gandhi Bhajans  in Prathana Sabha.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal today jointly observed the 142nd Gandhi Jayanti and 107th birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri at Indira Gandhi Bhawan, Naharlagun. Taba Taki, chief organizer of Seva Dal was present along with city, block and district units.

Meanwhile marking national voluntary blood donation day, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal(Mahila group) organized mass candle light rally from IMDAD Bhawan, Naharlagun to Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan in collaboration with APSACs. The main motto of rally was to create awareness about blood donation. The students of JNV Doimukh, youths and doctors from various institutes participated in the event.

 

Sanitation campaign at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Sanitation campaign was kicked off in Namsai circle of Lohit district on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti today at Deobeel Panchayat.

Attending kicking off ceremony as chief guest, Namsai ADC T.Miso appreciated the endeavors of PHE& WS Department Namsai for conducting the programme and advised the PRIs to utilize the occasion to spread the message of good habits and personal hygiene for healthy life. He said that clean environment and personal hygiene are pre requisite for better and healthy life. Advocating for saving environment from various men made pollution, he said that environment does not belong to man, but man belongs to nature.

Er.Tayum Tok Executive Engineer PHE & WS Division Namsai highlighted the purpose and importance of the celebration encompassing all the components of Total Sanitation Campaign. He informed that the celebration would be carried out in various blocks and Panchayats in Lohit District  till November 4.

DCC president Zignu Namchoom, senior leaders public leaders C.C. Mansai and Chow Ensing Mein also spoke on the occasion and dwelt in length the impacts and benefits of improved and correct sanitary practices, clean environments and proper hand washing.

Sanitaion Squads consisting of 10-20 students have been created from among the students to reach out to every household to assist panchayat leaders and village motivators.

Panchayat leaders, prominent public leaders, teachers, students and people from various walks of life participated and took pledge to develop good sanitary practices to stop all forms of open defecation in the Payanchat to garner Nirmal Gram Puruskar to Deeobel Panchayat.

The day long programme ended with the distribution of swachhata packets to the BPL families and students present in the function.

The celebration at Deobeel Panchayat holds special significance in view of nomination of the village for Nirmal Gram Puruskar award 2011-12 by Government of India.

It is worth mentioning here that Lohit District alone has 23 GPs nominated for NGP in the year 2011-12.

 

DPYK conducts Art & Culture competition

PASIGHAT, Oct 2: The Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang (DPYK) Mebo Block for the first time organized an Art and Culture competition recently at the Mebo Musup.

The main attractions of the competition were Archery, Folk Dance, Modern Dance and craft competition cum exhibition etc.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, NCP Blok President Todol Pertin stated that such activities inspire the youths to protect ones own identity and culture beside exposing hiddent talents and fostering unity and brotherhood.

He advised all to respect other’s religions and culture equally to build a strong society as well as a nation.

He distributed away prizes to the winners.

HGB of Ayeng village Kangkong Borang attended the function as guest of honour.  DIPRO

 

APCJF seeks AICC’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Oct 2:  Arunachal Pradesh Citizen’s Justice Forum (APCJF) has requested the All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi to immediately intervene in the “present political crisis” in the state.

Expressing concern over the future of Arunachal Pradesh following the prevailing situation in the ruling Congress party, the Forum further urged upon the AICC president to direct all the Congress ministers and MLAs who are camping in New Delhi to return back to state  and  perform their duty in their respective constituency.

“If the INC High Command does not intervene  in time and initiate disciplinary action  against those  legislators camping in New Delhi, it will set a new trend of demanding change of leadership and will have serious impact to the small states, particularly in sensitive North-Eastern region. If such political turmoil be allowed to continue, it will lead to instability in many small states in North East and open a new history of dissident activities”, the Forum said.

Describing the ‘internal conflict’ and ‘dissident activities’ within the  ruling Party as unfortunate and undesirable, the Forum said  they miserably fail to understand the future of the state  and ‘it has done just to attain their personal vested goal and to sabotage the present Government.’ Differences if any within the party should be resolved within the state instead of camping in New Delhi for more than  three months, the Forum maintained.

It criticized the High Command for  alleged failure to take disciplinary action against those legislatures who causes stagnation in the development process.  The Forum also criticized other political parties saying that they should not remain as silent spectators in such socio-political upheaval in the state.

 

SMS celebrates 18th Foundation Day

PASIGHAT, Oct 2: Siang Model School (SMS) celebrated its 18th foundation day on September 30 last with various programmes.  

Attending the celebration as chief guest deputy commissioner Talem Tapok appreciated the principal, management committee, staff and students on the excellent track record and wished them all success.  He lauded the school authorities for their dedication in converting the school to a one of best educational institutions in the district within two decades. He gave away prizes to the achievers.

Earlier, the Guest of Honour JM Tangu IAS (Rtd) , Special Guest Tagom Darang, Chairman T Taloh, Secretary Y Taloh also spoke and advised the students to lead a disciplined life and to be devoted in their studies.  

School Principal Deepa Sudheer presented the annual report. DIPRO

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AARCA appeals CS

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Following the order of the Itanagar permanent bench of Guwahati High Court, All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) along with its Upper Subansiri district unit has appealed to the state chief secretary to issue directive to the departments, nodal agencies not to execute SPA work till the final judgment on the case no WP (C) 376/2011 Dt. Sept 21  is pronounced.

While hearing the writ petition filed jointly by AARCA and its Upper Subansiri district unit challenging legality of cabinet decision taken on August 1, 2011 regarding implementation of  project costing up to Rs 3 crore in the state without following  tendering process,  the HC in its order on Sept 21 last directed the state Govt to file counter affidavit within 4 weeks. “Rejoinder may be filed by petitioners within a period of two weeks thereafter”.

 

Association condemn attack on teacher

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Arunachal Teachers’ Association Papum Pare District Unit condemned the alleged physical assault on a  assistant teachers of Primary School, Nirjuli at broad day light by some miscreants at Bage Tinali, Nirjuli on September 30.

The association demanded the Office In-charge, Police Station, Nirjuli to immediately arrest the culprit involved in the incident and award them exemplary punishment.

The association further said that, such inhuman and barbaric act is rising these days. It appealed to the public to resist such anti social elements to control criminal activities. It also called upon the law enforcing authority of the capital complex to put up some stringent mechanism to deal with such anti social elements for the safety and security of the denizens.

 

AAPUTTA demands

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Trained Teachers Association (AAPUTTA) has appealed to the state Govt to include 14 approved posts in the ongoing recruitment process for the posts of PGT.

In an appeal letter addressed to CM, the Association said that State Legislative Assembly had approved 100 posts of PGT during 2010. Out of the 100 posts, 86 were advertised and 14 remained to be filled up. The remaining 14 post should be included in the on going recruitment process in PGT posts and recruitment be conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) since, it said, the education department is not capable of conducting the recruitment.

Demanding  redressal of grievances of in-service teachers as per the Govt recruitment rules, the Association further said that age relaxation should be followed strictly on the basis of laid down norms.

Expressing resentment over the postponement of PGT interview twice, the Association demanded action against the authorities  within 15 days for “their incapability to conduct interview which leads to mental harassment of unemployed youths.”

 

Association objects recruitment policy

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Arunachal Agriculture Students’ Welfare Association (AASWA) strongly objected to the ratio being maintained in selection and appointment of Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in Arunachal Pradesh. AASWA alleged that KVK authorities have violated the recruitment rule of 80:20 for APST and Non-APST candidates by appointing 17 non-APST candidates out of the total 29 in the posts of SMSs and demanded the authorities concerned to maintain APPSC rule of 80:20 for APST and Non-APSTs.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Kalom Tayeng and Oge Mitkong have been elected as President and General Secretary of All Mebo Students’ Union (AMSU) recently.

 

Adhere to the guidelines: org

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: All East Kameng Contractor’s Welfare Association has strongly appealed to the executing agencies of centrally sponsored schemes under SPA, ACA, NEC, NLCPR, PM Package, BADP etc to strictly adhere to the guidelines set up by planning department, government of India while executing various works. They have appealed to all the HODs to pay due attention in this regard.

 

Gandhi Jayanti observed

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Education Development Organization Service (EDOS), Itanagar has celebrated the  Gandhi Jayanti in a befitting manner in its office premises today.

Among others members of Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Clans Youth Organisation (APATCYO) and former DDSE  R K Lal (Principal J NK) took part in the celebration.

Addressing the gathering on the ocacasion, EDOS director Sanjoy Dolo narrated the life history of Mahatma Gandhi and his activities. APATCYO president Kipa Kame and R K Lal also spoke on the occasion.

 

Tanya Riso passes away

PASIGHAT, Oct 2: Renowned social worker Tanya Riso breathed his last on September 30 last at the age of 53 in his native village Potte, about 5 km away from Nari town.

Industry and Fishery Minister Tako Dabi along with DC Talem Tapok, SP Alok Kumar, officers and leaders rushed to Potte village and paid floral tribute and wreaths to the departed soul yesterday morning.

Riso was a good human being and would be remembered for his immense contributions to the society, Dabi further added.

Expressed grief and sorrow over the sudden demise of Riso, Dabi prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.

Riso started his career as VFA, finally resigned his job in 1992 and served the society as Congressman till his death.

He is survived by his wife, a son and five daughters.

The people of  Nari and nearby areas, relatives, well wishers thronged his residence at Potte to pay last respect to late Riso. (DIPRO)

 

Org formed

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Liberties Orgnisation (APCLO) was formed in a meeting at Naharlagun on September 25 last with Tarin Nabam as president and Boni Tamen as general secretary respectively.

The main objectives of the organization, among others, are to educate people about their fundamental rights, eliminate racial, caste, gender intolerances, promote peace, Gandhian philosophy and to  protect civil liberties etc.

 

Org lodges complaint

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organization  (AAPRTIAO) has lodged a complaint against East Kameng project director alleging his involvement in misappropriation of Govt fund under various schemes.

Based on the complaint of the organization, the SP SIT wrote a letter to the Secretary vigilance for necessary action.

Meanwhile, AAPRTIAO reiterated its demand for arrest of PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, parliamentary secretary, environment and forest Kumar Waii for their alleged involvement in corruption and also demanded arrest of Koniang Waii and Dungro Waii for criminal intimidation.

 

Training on IDSP

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Three days modular training on Integrated Disease Surveillance Project for Medical Officers and Paramedical staff of Lower Subansiri district was conducted at District hospital conference hall from Sept 27 to 29 last.

District Surveillance officer Dr S Habung conducted the training programme wherein Dr K Horming, (MD, Microbiologist), Dr K Tama (SMO) and Bullo Tana, (Epidemiologist) were resource persons. Data collection, outbreak responses and disease case definition were highlights of the programme.

Highlighting the status of reporting system in Lower Subansiri district, Dr S Habung (DSO) stressed on coordination for success of IDSP. The project deals with  surveillance of outbreak  of diseases like Malaria, measles, Typhoid, Viral Hepatitis, Japanese Encephalitis etc. Collection of necessary data from various designated reporting units indicates the disease trend and its future impact on community health.

Participants including Medical officers and paramedical staff from district hospital, Ziro, CHC, PHC, sub-centre and private health institutions of Lower Subansiri district assured their cooperation for successful of the project.

Earlier, DRCHO K Basar,  explained the role and responsibility of staff.  

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar has condoled the sudden demise of late Tamen Riamuk. Late Riamuh was the first president of All Upper Subansiri District Students Union and was working as assistant teacher during time of his death. His death is great loss to the family member and Tagin society in general, society stated.

All Papum Pare District Gaon Bura Welfare Association has expressed sadness over death of GB Tai Kaha who died on 1st October. He was 82 year old and is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter. He was popular figure and widely respected too.

News Impact

 

Don’t delay anymore

Dear Editor,

We the ITC (Information Technology Consultant) working under APM&PCL (Arunachal Pradesh Manpower and Project Consultancy Ltd), an undertaking of the state Govt would like to ask the concerned authorities as to why our salary is not being disbursed and who is responsible for this delay. Why our salary is not made during the vacation?

If the concerned authority could not run the project in proper way, they should hand over it to education department under SSA. For the last two/three years this project Computer Aid learning programme was run by Tele Data Ltd. Now the same project has been run by another company -- APM &PCL.

Since last summer vacation till now we are not getting salary. Even then we are performing our duties at different places with devotion and sincerity. Just imagine, how our friends are doing their duties in remote and far flung areas without salary. We need full support from concerned authority so that we can do our job in proper way.

I request the concerned authority and education department to take some necessary step for early release of our salary on humanitarian ground so that we can continue our job.

Yours

Num Saroh

East Siang District

 

 

The law keeper and lawlessness

Dear Editor,

I would like to extend my heartfelt love and sympathy to the family of late Chou Sunanda Manpoong and also strongly condemn his brutal murder.

I also would like to ask the state govt. for its negligence towards fortifying the tense districts with adequate police forces.

Why is the state govt spending crores of money on recruiting and training police personnel when they are of no use?

In fact, the armed forces are meant to tackle such incidents, but they are not being used for the right purposes in our state. It seems that the state govt has different policy for recruitment; merely abate unemployment and gain political grip.

The answer is simple; there is no strong bill/act for the police forces to tackle militancy or crime in the state. This fragile law gives enough room to the militancy/crime and hence invite them to haunt the state repeatedly.

Further shockingly, often our police personnel and other state govt. officials are beaten up black and blue by NSCN militants and even by local goons, but they are compelled to endure the pain and agony in stoicism as they know the fact that there's no strong back up from the state govt. in terminating such acts.

Hence, till date there's never been a report of gun battle between the state police forces and NSCN militants or even local goons.

And even the officers in big chairs of the districts don't have the guts to speak out against such acts.

Also, the people of Lohit district should understand the fact that, as there's abundant land lying fallow in the district, it will definitely attract the eyes of the people living around the border stalking for an opportunity to occupy it.

Yours,

Kamin Tasung,

Delhi,  (on email)

 

 

A costly affair

Dear Editor,

The voice raised by ALSU is laudable as one can understand from the fact that nowadays getting your vehicle registered has become a costly affair, especially for those unemployed youth who wants to make their living by running commercial vehicle most of whom had availed bank loans and put their hard earned money in such venture. The authorities in the transport department are really absurd. They should know from practical experience that in Arunachal the maximum life span in case of commercial vehicle is less than three years. I really feel pity for Tata Sumo and other taxi owners and wonder why they don’t protest.

Yours,

Oyin, Pasighat (on email)

 

 

Stop violent activities

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlight the insecure condition of citizens of Capital Complex and state as a whole. In Itanagar, there has been reported kidnapping, murder and unnecessary destruction of properties.

On Sept 18, a group of persons forcefully captured my house near minister Bungalow at Senki Park and completely damaged it without any reason.  How the citizens of Itanagar could survive if such violence continues.     I would like to request the NGOs, administration and security forces to think and act seriously in order to eliminate such anti social activities.

Yours

Hai Sannu

Ex-Assam Rifles

 Personnel

 

 

The unaffordable tuition fees

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the kind attention towards the unbearable rise in tuition fees in our capital complex. Nowadays, a teacher charges upto Rs 4000-5000 per subject as teaching fees. Also the fees of private tutorials are beyond the limit of the sky. As a result, there are lots of students from middle class or rural areas who cannot afford and are being deprived.

I am also from a middle class family and being a Science student of a private school, where the fees are too high,  I am facing lots of problems. Not only me but there are lots who are facing the same problems. Hope my views are appreciated!

Yours,

Lee Kin July

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

How much should we suffer?

Dear Editor,

The kind of atmosphere that is hovering around Lohit district particularly the Khampti belt can be termed lawless in the present dictionary, courtesy broken promises of our State Government.

So much happened in past few months, but at ground zero nothing is done from PRC issue to recent killing or abduction of local people. During the PRC issue many local organisation demanded immediate transfer of officials responsible for not taking any timely action against the culprits. But nothing happened till date. In fact the same officials are enjoying their position here. What more can we expect from them? How much we can rely on them? This are few unanswered question. How much should we suffer, how much? It’s high time for our intellectual leaders of state government to take concrete steps to solve the matter of lawless in Lohit. Once a land of peace and tranquility, it has turned into a land of lawlessness. Save our land and its people in general .

Yours,

Chow S (on email)

 

 

Refugee in my own land

Dear Editor,

India completed 6 decades celebrating its freedom from British rule. The preamble, the soul of Indian constitution declared India to be a secular, democratic republic country and its citizens have equality and justice. Keeping it as the cornerstone of the constitution of India the founding fathers of the nation put their aim to abolish ill-treatment of the nation, social evils, and corruptions which were prevailing under colonial rule. To set us free from this social injustice, the freedom fighters paid their precious blood unsparingly. There was no portion left uncovered by their blood and suffering to get our rights and freedom. Now what we owe is the responsibility to protect and enjoy these rights freedom with reverence for the blood, which was shed for the whole nation.

However, has anyone ever wondered about how unbearable the feelings of forgotten tribe like Lisu/Yobin of Arunachal Pradesh could be? Decades ago, we were one of the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes (APSTs). But taking the advantage of our condition of having no educated people, government deprived our right before getting any benefit out of it. Since then politics became like a popular market for us and the fundamental rights and facilities turned into the commodities of the political market. We lost the meaning of ‘political rights’. The only way we had was to caste vote just to get our rights back. If this is not the exploitation of rights and social identity, what kind of facility shall we call it? Bit by bit memories of our agony is now becoming droplets of blood. If we have the right to express our feelings and ask, what method should we implement to feel the presence of freedom, equality, fundamental rights, and any form of social justice? There is a tremendous gulf between actual law and its implementation. Why it seems that the freedom of India was not for Lisu community? We adopted the peaceful way of asking, propagated by our nation father but we got confused what government silent attitude wants to suggest us beyond this. How can an indigenous tribe of the state tolerate being addressed “Refugee” often by their own state people? Why government is still hatching up to communal strife. Isn’t it our fundamental duty is to promote national harmony and common brotherhood and to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom? Then why should we belittle the precious blood of our patriotic martyrs and ask more blood from our brothers (Lisu people) for the same rights and freedom again? If we kill and nullify the vision kept by our nation founders then what is the difference between those who killed their physical body and those who kill their ideas?

Therefore, dear fellow Indians, bearing the thoughts of national brotherhood in mind, let us support Lisu/ Yobin tribe and let our democratic country be meaningful one. We love peace and harmony for that we need your support. Your co-operation and impartiality is what we need the most in this hour to get our Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe status back. We don’t simply expect a safe tribe but we demand for our full rights and we know how to make a sound nation. Let all the leaders and fellow beings of the state unite together and abjure any idea that leads to communal conflicts. Let the promises made by the nation founders remain fulfilled by sharing the social equalities and rights impartially among the heirs who are under the same nation father. Let us toil together and let us live together.

Yours,

Phususa Yobin

New Delhi, (on email)

 

 

 

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Child soldiers and armed conflicts

 

International commitment to protect children in times of conflict was strengthened at the UN with the joining of five more states to the  ‘Paris Commitments' to protect children from recruitment and use by armed forces or armed groups. The number of States to have endorsed the commitments has increased from 95 to 100, the latest coming from Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica and San Marino. Over half the member states of the UN have now joined the Paris Commitments.

The UN has noted that hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are associated with armed forces, or armed groups in conflict. Many are exposed to tremendous and sustained violence – as witnesses, as direct victims themselves and as forced participants. The impact on their mental and physical well-being breaches the most fundamental human rights and represents a grave threat to durable peace and sustainable development, as cycles of violence are perpetuated.

The Paris Commitments were adopted in Paris in February 2007, and are an expression of strengthened international resolve to prevent the recruitment of children and highlight the actions governments can and should take to protect children affected by conflict.

During the course of 2010 alone, UNICEF and partners have contributed to the release and reintegration of approximately 10,000 children associated with various armed forces or armed groups. Yet one of the most important lessons that is often overlooked is that successful release and reintegration programs for children are long-term and require early, flexible and sustained funding mechanisms.

What is required is a relatively small yet critical investment by governments and donors, which is also an investment in peace and stability in the fragile context where this exists.

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