2011

October -  16

News Highlights

BJP blames Congress for chaos

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today blamed the Congress Party for prevailing chaotic situation in North East, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Manipur.

Addressing the media persons here today BJP northeast zonal organising secretary P Chandrasekhar Rao said  indiscipline and  infighting within the Congress party has resulted in the present political turmoil and chaotic situation in the state.The Congress should take the responsibility for present lawlessness in the state, the BJP leader said.

Coming down heavily on AICC for infighting and internal strife within Congress, both Chandrashekar Rao and BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao said AICC high command was showing least interest towards the present political uncertainty in the state. Congress misrule had been evident in all the states ruled by the party leading to political crisis, they said.

Criticizing Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for not visiting the north east states, the BJP leaders said the Congress leaders at Delhi must own responsibility for the present state of affairs in the region including Arunachal Pradesh as corruption had become a buzzword for the party and there was loot of public exchequer causing great harm to the people of this sensitive region.

Why Rahul Gandhi is not visiting Arunachal Pradesh to take stock of the present situation, Rao questioned.

BJP also blamed the Congress ruled-states of northeast for conniving with militant organizations to retain power during elections. Rao further informed that BJP senior leader L K Advani will arrive in state Capital on his Janchetna yatra  and address a huge public rally  on Oct 20.

The main motto of the Jan Chetna Yatra is to bring awareness about the need of corruption free politics, good governance and bringing back money stashed in foreign bank and to highlight the need of electoral and judicial reform in the country. Advani would also highlight the present situation of Arunachal Pradesh, Rao informed.

Rao further informed that the party plans to go to the block and district levels to select suitable leaders for motivating the masses against the Congress misrule.

Gao appealed to all communities within the state to exercise restraint and stand united in the present juncture.  He added that the Nyishi community being the largest tribe of the state, needs to shoulder the responsibility for preserving unity for a better future of the state.

BJP also condoled the death of Heri Tai in police firing on Oct 11 and conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.

BJP’s State president Dr Tangor Tapak, general secretaries Tai Tagak and Dominic Tadar were also present.

 

MLA demands immediate enquiry in Roing incident

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: MLA Laeta Umbrey has appealed to the state Home Minister to direct the two men enquiry committee constituted by government to proceed to Roing to start their enquiry process on the recent Roing firing incident.

He said that “even after a week of constitution of the committee, the committee has not started their work. Such delay on the part of the committee may cause more problems.

Further, the family members of the injured people are pressing hard to find out the actual culprits and seeking immediate justice. At the same time, the ultimatums served by various organizations to the government are also expiring and the tension is again building gradually.”

 

NESO advocates President’s Rule

ITANAGAR Oct 15: The North East Students Organ-isation  (NESO) has said that there should be President’s Rule in the state.   

While assessing the whole situation and understanding the present imbroglio between two factions of Congress, NESO feels that there is complete breakdown of law and order and common people are unhappy with Congress government and its leaders, it said. Critical of govt handling of the issue, NESO said that due to State Government’s ineffective handling of all situation, there is complete breakdown of Law and Order in State Capital.

NESO urged upon AAPSU, a federal member organisation of NESO, to speed up the process of confidence building and mutual trust among all communities of the state. It also  appealled all community-based youth organizations and students organisation of Arunachal Pradesh to rise to the occasion and think beyond political lineage to bring back peace in state.

It also condoled the death of Late  Heri Tai and demanded that there be speedy investigation and action taken as per law of the land.

While appealing for efforts from all sides for maintenance of peace, NESO said that it was painful to witness exodus of people from the Capital region fearing violence.

 

APCC peace committee calls for peace and harmony

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The peace committee of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in its meeting held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan today appealed all section of the people to maintain peace and communal harmony  and to work unitedly for restoration of normalcy in the state capital.

While adopting six-point resolution, the meeting chaired by APCC vice president and vice chairman of the committee Padi Hinda also appealed  all Congress men and women of the state to create a congenial atmosphere by spreading message of  friendship and brotherhood and to ensure  for the wellbeing and favourable environment for livelihood at  this juncture.

The committee directed the City Congress Committee, Block Congress Committee of the Itanagar segment including all its frontal organizations and booth committees to prevent all kinds of untoward incident in their respective sectors/ colonies and villages.

It further requested the people of various communities, who left the state capital after Oct 11 unfortunate violence incident to return to their work place since the situation gradually returns back to normalcy.

“Let us not measure the volume of loss or damages that has caused to the people, but let us prevent and promote for establishment of peace and tranquility so that such occurrence never repeat in near future,”  the peace committee said in one of its resolutions.

 

MLA appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: MLA Gadam Ete has advocated peace and appealed to one and all to maintain peace and harmony at this trying time and not to fall to any kind of false propaganda and rumours.

The future of the state will depend on how peacefully we all co exist as tribes maintaining communal harmony all along and with a concerted effort, together, we will churn out a new chapter for a better and progressive Arunachal.

“I understand that there is a fear psychosis amongst my Galo brethrens and sisters living in the capital complex and a deep sense of insecurity has made its way. But I would like to reassure you all that the ongoing political confusion and instability in our state has nothing to do with the community and politics should not be mixed with this. It is purely a Pradeep Thakur issue and the failure of the Govt to tackle the issue amicably”.

“A common Galo should not be held responsible for this issue in any way and the name of the community shouldn’t be dragged into this controversy for any vested interest. For ages the Galos and the Nyishis, the two major tribes, have been living together in harmony with each other, while adding that better understanding and better sense should prevail and we should remain united at this hour of crisis. The peaceful coexistence of different tribes residing in the capital complex as well as other parts of the state numbering around 26 has been an example for the other states to follow all these years and has been in existence since time immemorial. This should not be compromised at any cost and zero tolerance should be applied by the authorities if any mischief monger is doing it for political mileage, he said.

He appealed to the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), AAPSU and the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and other Nyishi based organizations to dwell upon and impress upon the people and student leaders to maintain peace and not to resort to violence in any form as it might jeopardize the whole peaceful coexistence.

He said that appreciate the initiatives taken by them in the recent past in this regard.

Ribia appeals for peace

Former MLA Nani Ribia has condemned the Oct 11 firing incident which resulted in death of a young boy and injuring many people. The MLA conveyed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family for Late Heri Tai and pray for eternal peace to departed soul. Meanwhile, the former MLA appeals to all communities to maintain peace, tranquility and unity to fight against those divisive forces that evolved out of infighting among the Congress Party leaders.

Many NGOs or new organizations have come up in recent past due to political infighting within Congress which resulted in total unrest in state, Ribia said  and appealed to every one not to be misguided by self-centred individuals. He also appeals all the sitting 42 Congress MLAs to resign voluntarily from their respective post on moral ground as ‘they have utterly failed to deliver justice and discharged their duty to the people of the state’, he said.

The former MLA also  appealed to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to handle the volatile situation of state capital with strongest manner so that same thing would never repeat in future. There should not be any excuse to those wrong doers and exemplary punishment should be awarded to them as per law of the land, he said and appeal to Govt to deploy maximum paramilitary forces to protect the innocent civilian and properties and that would also build up the public confidence.

 

District task force for measles catch-up campaign

Seppa, Oct 15: The District Task Force for Measles catch-up campaign meeting was chaired by the East Kameng DC Tope Bam held at Kameng Hall, Seppa on Oct’ 14.

The role of district task force is to support, supervise, monitor and ensure implementation of the highest quality measles campaign in the district.

Bam said that measles catch-up campaign is an important national programme rightly initiated by Govt. of India to prevent measles and bring down child mortality rate of the target age group of 9 months to 10 years.  He assured all possible support and co-operation from the district administration and also sought perfect co-ordination from the line departments like the DDSEs/ADEOs, the DD ICDs, the CDPOs, the DD(UD), the UPOs and the DSO(sport) with the medical department for the success of the campaign in the District.

He also urged principal/Headmaster to ensure that clear cut instructions be given to teacher incharge entrusted for the purpose to list out children below 10 years of their respective school and made available during vaccination. The SW & WCD needto actively participate during the campaign through ICDs projects by involving AWW/AWW helper/ supervisor/CDPO/DD ICDs at the various level, he added.

Dr. D. Piji i/c DMO while stressing on the importance of the measles campaign said that the only key for a developed society is disease free for which he urged active participation from all the HoDs for success of the programme.

Dr. K Lapung, DRCHO while sensitizing about measles informed that fifty thousand to one lakh children die from measles every year in the country. He requested the DDSE to appoint one teacher from each school to facilitate vaccination and also CDPOs to furnish list of AWW/AWW helper/ Gram savikas and supervisor for community mobilisation. (DIPRO)

 

Society decries burning of house, calls for assessment

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: All Karga Ao Welfare Society, Capital Complex and Modi Village Development Committee  said that the residence of teacher Dajo Ngomle of  Modi Rijo village was burnt down by some miscreants on October 13 at around 9.30 pm.

The society condemning the act said that such act was done by taking advantage of the present political turmoil and to create fear psychosis.

It appealed to the state government to depute officials to assess the loss and provide immediate compensation to the victim and also to nab the culprit involve in the act. It further appealed the NES and ANSU leaders to constitute volunteers to trace out the culprit involved in the act which would build confidence among the masses.

 

Time to act, before it is too late

Tok Butum

Though Congress party has been ruling Arunachal Pradesh for the last few decades, its leaders have seemingly forgotten the promises they make in their manifesto during every election.

The recent incidents in the state, particularly in the state capital, because of the Congress infighting have not only tarnished Arunachal’s hard earned image of a peace-loving state but has left a deep wound in the mind of every sensible Arunachalees which would be too difficult to erase.

The commoners without any inclination to politics wonder have the leaders become so power greedy to forget the common adage ‘As you sow so shall you reap’? When the masses, particularly the young generation are watching with eyes wide open, is this the standard they are setting for their young ones to emulate? Should not they remember that future would question them what they have made of this multi-ethnic peaceful tribal state?

It pains to think that a simple situation could not be tackled by the state government. Alas, had former chief minister Dorjee Khandu been alive, the situation would not only have been solved but the speedy development process would not have come to a standstill. Has peace and development gone with the Laughing Buddha’s soul? If not, would not his soul be in deep pain in his eternal abode?

It is time for everyone, particularly the leaders, to realize that first every individual is a human being. Why to discriminate anyone on the basis of caste, creed, religion or region when we all have been living harmoniously for ages? Those who are discriminating or dividing our tribal society in any manner should refrain from doing so in the larger welfare of our tribal society, which is known for its tribal values, ethos and moorings. Arunachalees are known as most hospitable and belonging to a classless society, which should be reflected now in our acts and thoughts.

Violence has never achieved anything in the world. And there cannot be better example than the powerful German dictator Adolf Hitler or the dreaded LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, whose doings earned them the most dishonourale deaths. Whenever there is any bandh or agitation, the business community is the first to contribute to whatever may be the cause, but why are they the first to be victimized in Capital Complex? The flourishing economy of West Bengal or Assam nosedived for the bandh culture. Should we not learn a lesson from both the states and discourage the destructive culture?

The traders who have been serving the people of the state have suffered huge losses during the last few months. Would any businessman like to continue to serve while losing? Would it not force them to look for a safer market to sustain their business? All the traders run business with the trading license of local people. Are the locals not suffering losses?

The state government, particularly the district administration earn handsomely from trade licenses, while it was the traders who had donated for setting up of police beats in every town of the capital. Why have the administration and police failed in providing security to the life and properties of the common people, particularly the traders?

The common saying goes ‘Face is the index of mind’. The capital is the first indicator of our state. If the state capital creates a dirty, unstable and unsafe environment, would we be proud to call it our home? We are the ones to make or mar our home.   

Every society functions in a system, which we describe as the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, besides the fourth estate. If each wing functions properly governance would be bound to be people-friendly. Who is responsible for malfunctioning of any of the wings?

It is high time that we as a society, including politicians and leaders irrespective of their party affiliations and NGOs of all hue and colour, ponder deeply and act before it is too late.

(The author is General secretary, Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun and can be reached at 9436041284)

 

Caught between Tradition and Modernity Dichotomy   

Kago Gambo                                               

Arunachal Pradesh was not under any formal system of governance until 1914. The year 1914 is known for territorial readjustment in colonial history. In this year the hill administration of Assam got a new identity in the form of “Tracts”. So the notification to regulate these hill tracts separately from then Assam and its hills was necessary to initiate a legal identity for the first time in 1914.

The way was paved for administrative and political development in Arunachal Pradesh when the Government of India, Foreign and Political Department, Notification of 1914 was issued. The Notification of 1914 promulgated that the Assam Frontier Tracts Regulation of 1880 would extend to the hills inhabited or frequented by Adis, Nishis, Mishmis, Singphos, Akas, etc. These hill areas were separated from the then Darrang and Lakhimpur District of Assam, and as a result the North East Frontier Tracts were created. The present area of Arunachal Pradesh formed the major part of the North East Frontier Tracts. The North East Frontier Tracts were under administrative and judicial control of the Governor of Assam. The North East Frontier Tracts subsequently evolved on finally to make the proud 24th state of the Indian Union. Meanwhile North East Frontier Agency, popularly known as NEFA came into existence out of the North East Frontier Tracts under the North East Frontier Areas (Administration) Regulation of 1954. The NEFA acquired Union Territory status on January 20, 1972 with new nomenclature Arunachal Pradesh. It was upgraded to the highest political status of statehood on February 20, 1987.  

In 1914, three sets of rules for administration of justice were issued under Scheduled Districts Act, 1874. They were (1) Rules for Administration of Justice in Central and Eastern Section, (2) Rules for Administration of Justice in Lakhimpur Frontier Tract and (3) Rules for Administration of Justice in Western Section. After renaming of Central and Eastern Section as the Sadiya Frontier Tract and the Western Section as the Balipara Frontier Tract in 1919, the above three sets of Rules were modified and issued in the form of (1) Rules for Administration of Justice in Sadiya Frontier Tract, (2) Rules for Administration of Justice in Lakhimpur Frontier Tract and (3) Rules for administration of Justice in Balipara Frontier Tract; which was done under Government of India Act, 1935.  These three sets of Rules were consolidated into one set of Rules under Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945. The 1945 Regulation enacted during the British rule was done under the sub-section (2) of section 92 of the Government of India Act, 1935. The traditional society in Arunachal Pradesh regulated their social, cultural and political affairs through their traditional form of village self government; which is termed as a political institution of the tribesmen. Every tribe in the state had its own pattern of village local self government since time immemorial. These traditional institutions are still alive in the Arunachalee villages. It is known as Kebang among the Adis; Buliang among the Apa Taniis; Mangmajom among the Monpas; Gindung, Bang Nyele or Nyagam Aabhu among the Nyishis and Mokchup among the Khamptis. In the villages of the Arunachal Pradesh the tribes used to follow the Constitution of their traditional village self government. It was not a written Constitution but one passed on orally from one generation to next.

The system of the village local self governments in Arunachal Pradesh was very important one. The administration of the traditional village self governments sustained the coherence and the solidarity of villages. The justice used to be delivered to the people in time and in an inexpensive way. Most importantly, because of traditional village local self governance, the autonomy of a village was maintained. It gave emotional satisfaction to all villagers besides many other advantages.

The village local self governments in the states; which are popularly referred to as traditional village councils were recognized as village authorities by the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945. The village authorities so constituted were christened Gaon Burahs which mean Village Elders in Assamese. The village authorities-the Gaon Burahs, henceforth, became important limbs of British administration; subsequently of Indian administration after independence. Besides, the Gaon Burahs, the British appointed Katokis meaning Political Interpreters. One of the main tasks of the Katokis was to interpret a villagers say before the non-natives particularly the administrative officers into Assamese. A simple form of Assamese was the language adopted for district administration. It was necessary for the administrative officers prior to India’s independence; most of who were British to master simple Assamese to do their duties. However, the village councils and the village authorities are; partly common and partly separate entities. Because, although the 1945 Regulation recognized the village councils as village authorities; a separate entity of Buliang/Kebang still exists.

The Political Interpreters were selected very carefully. He used to be chosen from an important clan of the tribes and was supposed to be well-conversant with the history and traditions of the tribe concerned and also well-versed in every aspects of the functioning of the traditional village self government. The knowledge of the tribes and the villages of their own jurisdictions used to be obtained by the district/the administrative heads from the Political Interpreters.

After 1945, all judicial cases in a village used to be taken up by the traditional village authority, the Gaon Burahs and disputes used to be resolved through customary laws and procedures. The British administration in Arunachal Pradesh was a decentralized one. The role of the Political Officers or Assistant Political Officers (the offices created under the 1945 Regulation and earlier Rules for administration of justice) was to act as a guardian of the people in the Frontier Tracts (Arunachal Pradesh) and a watchdog for the British regime. Also, it was a tradition for the administrative heads to visit and camp in every village under their charge once in a year. The administrative heads used to hold a kind of court of the village elders in such visits and know from them if they had any important matters to place before them.

However, the earlier British pattern was not possible to be continued in Toto in the changed times. A new but important function of the administration arose after India attained freedom was the function of development related programs and activities. The enactment and implementation of the NEFA Panchayat Raj Regulation, 1967 and the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Regulation, 1997 was towards this end. The 1997 Regulation was enacted giving due compliance to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992. And the Panchayat Raj came into being in the state when the 1967 Regulation began to be implemented.

With the change of times, certain changes are bound to take place in the functioning of the traditional institutions. No tradition is static, it is dynamic. The dynamism is always fuelled by the exogenous factors, like the components of modernizations. Thus the growth of literacy has been changing the entire gamut of the functioning of traditional local-self governance system. We may resist the change because of our emotional bonding with the traditional institutional mechanism. Since dynamism is there, today or tomorrow, we have to think in terms of modifying some of the structural-functional mechanism in near future. Else, it will not be wise to say we will continue with the same elements of tradition.

The old institution of the Gaon Burahs is still retained, and they continue to be useful limbs of the administration particularly the district administration. It is important to note that the continuation of the traditional systems as the Gaon Burahs and the Buliang/Kebang in Arunachal Pradesh is still relevant in the interest of the tribes and the nation as a whole as well. The innovations are also necessary as stated earlier. But the innovations should be introduced in a manner that they are in tune with the traditional systems; ones which add to the strength of these systems. If this pattern is maintained, it will provide satisfaction to the members of the village community on many counts and will be an important step towards preserving ethnic identity of the tribes.

(The contributor is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, DNGC, Itanagar)

 

Woman: an important half of the society

Rima Taipodia

The right of equality for woman although our constitution has recognised yet the findings on woman toward equality is depressing and discouraging. Finding denotes that the lots of rural women are subjected to discrimination and denial of their basic right and at the same time they suffer the agony of malnutrition, neglect and poverty.

In agriculture and allied fields, majority of women is labourer. These women have dual responsibility of shouldering the household chores and contributing to the family income. They work for 13 to 17 hours a day even then they acquire a secondary status in social life, economic activities and decision making. The rural women have limited access to resources, and simultaneously lack control over income, credit, land, education, training and information. Education is always considered to be an important and essential ingredient for the development. Where as the actual picture exhibits another story which shows that the majority of the rural woman is cursed with illiteracy which not only make them unaware about their own rights and privileges but also force them to face multiplex difficulties related to health, hygiene and nutrition.

Within their social circle, women are never motivated to participate in the race of development but their role cannot be ignored due to various reasons. It is self explanatory that if half of the population does not participate fully, the concept of rural / national development will remain an unachievable goal. Woman has to be encouraged to participate in a much improved way. If they remain uncertain about their own roles and strength, the process of development will definitely be hampered for a long time.

Women as Agriculture Workers

In Indian agriculture, rural women play a significant role. They are contributing in multiplex way in this primary sector. Their involvement in agricultural work mainly depends on their socio-economic status. Generally rural women are fully engaged in agriculture and allied activities including crop production, live stock management and post harvest handling of agricultural produce. Despite of their contribution in this unorganised sector they never viewed as being within the production system. Thus her role is marginalized even after her involvement in such intensive work.

Health and Nutritional Status

Among rural woman, food consumption is affected by the availability of agri-commodities, income, family composition, habit and tradition. Findings of NNMB (National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau) indicated that the intake of cereals was found to be satisfactory while that of other groups were much lower than of recommended amounts. Differences in consumption were also observed between agricultural and non-agricultural labourers and only half of the adults had normal nutritional status while rest suffered from various degrees of malnutrition. Thus prevalence of anemia and specific nutritional deficiency disease resulted in poor health.

Malnutrition and Poverty

Particularly in the rural sector, malnutrition is one of the main dimensions of poverty. Research findings quote that over one third people above the declared poverty line are still malnourished in India. The protein deficiency is severe among children, women and adults engaged in physical casual labour activities. Children under 15 years of age are subjected to high malnutrition which generally effects their physical growth and impairs mental ability and ends up with poor education and poor productivity. Thus the quality of human resources of country is eroded. Because of impoverishment and large family size parents in rural areas do not pay adequate attention towards care of children in terms of better health, nutrition, protective vaccination and education.

Strategies for Development

For development, the strategies should be so planned which enable the wholesome participation of the rural women. The development approach should be participatory in nature. The strategies should be designed with an attempt of modify values and behaviour within societal values of the intended group.  (To be Contd...)

Rural Woman and Poverty Alleviation

One of the principle objectives of Indian development strategy is elimination of poverty. Though the percentage of population living below poverty line is decreased yet the number of poor has not reduce significantly. Implementing the poverty alleviation programmes through group base approach is the demand of time, yet it requires certain essential components in its design, content and execution. Rural women are to be associated with poverty alleviation programmes right from planning stage to make the programmes need base. A survey on their problems, needs and expectations is to be conducted in each district to develop a realistic plan for poverty alleviation. Training in various enterprises is the most crucial component for which adequate fund allocation is needed. Locally known crafts and enterprises should be encouraged. For quick and better return the locally available raw materials must be used. Proper emphasis should also be given on packaging, marketing and quality control aspects while designing training curriculum. Adequate infrastructure facilities are to be created for timely disposal of the produce. Entrepreneurship development among rural women should first prepare them through motivation training for entrepreneurial venture. Actually rural women face social as well as technological risks. Thus the strategy for such development should address these risks too.

Woman Empowerment: Through Self Help Groups

Development of self help group like Mahila Mandal, Mahila Samities is another step to strengthen the rural woman with common interest. Such groups are formed as a viable local thrift and credit financial institutions to help rural women. The objective of such self help group varies from education and social development, improvement of health and hygiene or woman entrepreneurship.

Nutrition and Health Education

Nutrition and health education should be the major thrust areas. This can only be achieved by empowering women through knowledge and expertise essential for their role as a home maker and especially as a mother. For improving the nutritional and health status of rural women emphasis should be laid on health, hygiene, sanitation, material and child health care, including family planning and vaccination. An account of proper education and training in all these regards will definitely intensify their health status. Among the various nutrition training programmes, the main access should be on planning low cost nutritious balance diet and planning the family food within locally available resources considering the nutritional requirement of the each family member.

Role of Home Science in Development

Being an important segment of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, the home scientists have positive contribution in development of rural woman. Keeping in view the status of rural woman home science programmes should be so designed to uplift her socio-economic status, nutritional and health status and to make them self reliant and independent. The plan of work should be realistic and practical in approach. Training to upgrade the knowledge and skill change the attitude of rural woman on their own roles. Vocational trainings for their self reliance and economic independence should be one of the thrust area in designing the home science extension programme. Intervention programme for developing work task force of educated rural women and girls with proper education and training to solve problems of rural women at on summarising the developmental strategies certain concrete steps are to be taken for positive results.

1.  Impart nutrition, health and child care education for development of rural women.

2. Make them aware about their rights and privileges.

3. Providing scientific and technical training in diversified agricultural activities such as live stocks, animal husbandry, bee keeping, food processing and rural handicraft.

4. Providing better atmosphere for training and working independently. There should be provision of creches where they can leave their young children during training and working duration.

5. Proper transport facilities to education and training centres from different rural areas.

6.  Development of self help group of women with common interest.

7. Cooperative and social development with particular emphasis on marketing of the produce.

Thus by involving this half of human capital in much productive and efficient way will not only provide vital support to their families but also give a new direction to rural development. Advancement of women and improvement in their life has a positive influence on socio-economic development of the nation. Educating rural women in all sphere of their life means making them aware, upgrading their skill and knowledge and strengthening them to be self reliant and independent. This will not only shape their lives but also change the destiny of our nation by producing better human capital to step into the next millennium.  (The writer is a STO, scholar and former consultant to the state planning department  Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh)

 

ASM appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Kakoi Anchal Samity member Gyamar Sikap, on behalf of the villagers and panchayat leaders has appealed all the tribes of the Arunachal Pradesh  to work unitedly for peaceful co-existence and to bring back normalcy. He also appealed all ANSU,NES, NCC and Nyishi youths in general and  all Papum Pare based organizations to work for peace and harmony in the society and the state as a whole.

The ASM further appealed to the administration to maintain law and order in Assam-Arunachal boundary area.

 

Condolences

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: All Nyishi Collegian of Tomi Polytechnic College Basar mourned the sudden demise of Ginda Cheri, student of second year civil engineering (Diploma)

The association prayed to Almighty God to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss and for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

They further appealed the students who left the college due to law and order problem in state capital to return back to college and spread the message of peace and harmony.

Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong condoled the untimely demise of Hage Rimo, BSc 2nd year student of UCC College Shillong. It prayed almighty God to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family and for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Nyishi feature film released

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president  Bengia Tolum released the Nyishi Feature Film titled, “Hiejum Tangkanam (Taste of Blood) in a function as chief guest at National Cinema Hall on Oct 9.   Among others Bengia Tab, former NES president, Bengia Agung, former general secretary NES, Kholi Tate, secretary of the Papum Pare district NES unit, T G Tara, senior Nyishi film director were present on the occasion.

The film will be shown through projector in the entire five Nyishi dominated districts of the state.  The Film is directed by Ibomcha Singh and produced by Takam Yania (Tassar), while the script writers are Takam Jacob and Tapa.  The singers are: Tassar Anung, Nanda Keni and Takam Longdeep.

 

Association condemns violence, appeals for good governance

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) has condemned the unprecedented violence which broke out on Oct 11 and left the number of vehicle damaged  and innocent people suffered.

The Association requested all the Congress MLAs and Minister to stay united, solve political crisis within the party and work for the solution  to grievances to public.  All the developmental works came to a standstill due to political crisis followed by frequent bandh calls, the Association said and requested the state Govt bring normalcy and strive for good governance.

 

NMWC demands action against illegal donation collection

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee (NMWC) has appealed to the Capital district administration to check illegal collection of donation from traders within Nirjuli market area.

It is very shocking that many traders within the Nirjuli market are being asked to pay donation in the name of various organizations and unions, said the Committee and urged upon the leaders of various organizations/unions to ask their members not to collect any donation from the traders in the name of organizations. The committee also threatened to take legal action against any one if found collecting illegal donation  from the traders in the name of organizations. At the same time requested the traders to not to give donation and inform the appropriate authorities against such illegal practice.

Expressing concern over the frequent bandh call in the capital, the NMWC also urged upon the state Govt take action against bandh callers of organization and said that it decided  not to support any bandh call henceforth.  It further appealed the state Govt to compensate the loss incurred by the traders at Bage Tinali on Oct 11.  

 

Orgs mourns death

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Palin Area Youth Welfare Association has mourned the death of late Heri Tai, who succumbed to bullet injuries sustained at I G Park on Oct 11. Late Tai was the social service secretary of the All Heri Youth Welfare Association and security guard at BSNL office Naharlagun. The Association observed one minute silence and prayed for eternal peace of departed soul.

Meanwhile, the Association appealed the state Govt, particularly home department to arrest the personnel involved in the firing incident.

N N Charitable Society (NNCS) has mourned the sudden and unnatural death of late Heri Tai. With his demise, the Nyishi society lost a young and energetic youth, the Society said.  The society prayed to Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow enough strength to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang, Itanagar also condoled the death of Heri Tai and prayed to the Donyi-Polo  for eternal peace of the departed soul and give enough courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

 

ANYO demands booking of culprits

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The All Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) has demanded that those responsible for torching a vehicle belonging to Chief Secretary should be brought to book.

ANYO appeals citizens not not to believe  rumour while adding that the Nyishi community is maintaining peace and tranquility and preserving old age relation among the tribes.

ANYO condoled the death of Late Heri Tai, who succumbed to his injuries sustained in  Oct 11 unrest.

 

Bandh postponed

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA) has temporarily suspended its 2nd Phase 36 Hrs bandh call which was fixed on October 18 and 19.

On the other hand PAYWA has strongly opposed the Public hearing on Lower Siang dam which is supposed to be held on 21st October at Pessing and urged upon the State government to cancel the Public hearing.

The PAYWA in its meeting decided to oppose the constructions of any dams in the Siang belt and appealled all sections of the affected area to united fight for the cause.

 

Union urges

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Koloriang Damin Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union has urged the staff of SBI, Koloriang Branch to stay at Koloriang for better functioning of the Bank.

It also appealed to the Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey District and Public leaders to initiate immediate steps for Town Planning at Koloriang.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Oct 15:  Tekat Dada has been appointed as President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Tirap District Unit.

Nilly Likha Tado and Kabak Himalaya have been elected as President and General Secretary of Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong.

Meanwhile, ASUS appealed to the concerned department to release the stipend of students of Sikkim Manipal University, Shillong College

 

Candle light march

ITANAGAR: In view of ongoing violence and unrest in the state capital in particular and Arunachal as a whole Changs Trust and BSG Foundation is going to conduct a Candle Light march from Gandhi Market to General Ground at New Market, Daporijo, Upper Super Subansiri District on Oct 17.

The Candle light march is aimed to promote peace, unity and universal brotherhood among the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Fasting Prayer for peace

ITANAGAR: The Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship (ICPF) organized a fasting prayer for peace in Arunachal Pradesh at  Christian                   Baptist Church (CBC), Chandra-nagar.  Youths of All Upper Subansiri Christian Collegian Fellowship (AUSCCF),      Siang Youth Fellowship (SYF), youths from Christian Baptist Church, Chandranagar and youths from various Churches  attended and prayed to Lord Jesus Christ for peaceful Arunachal. The prayer will continue in Christian Revival Church, Akashdeep every day.

 

Org demands enquiry

ITANAGAR: All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization has demanded enquiry into the alleged illegal selling of PDS rice in open market which is meant for Kurung Kumey district.

In a complaint letter addressed to the Chief Vigilance Officer, the Organization said  the rice issued against the Kurung Kumey district have been sold out in open market at Naharlagun, Ziro and North Lakhimpur while the contractors submitted bills from November 2010 to March 2011 without following the laid down procedures.

Huge quantity of rice has been supplied to Kurung Kumey district, but rice never reached Koloriang, the organization alleged and said that rice has been sold in open market. It urged the chief vigilance office to register case, investigate the matter and punish the wrong doers.

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