Various Works Depts of state misappropriate crores of money: CAG
Misappropriation of Rs 4.16 cr by Doimukh PWD division
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Comptroller and Auditor General in its report claims that
Public Works Department, Doimukh Division misappropriated Rs 4.16 crore on purchase
of spare parts for two old bulldozers and five old Road Rollers, as the spares were
neither accounted for in the Material-at-site account nor was their utilization documented.
Under sub-section 7.2 of the CPWD Works Manual (Chapter-I), the measurement book
is the basic document wherein all the details are required to be entered. It should
be so written that the transactions are readily traceable. Further, as per the delegation
of financial powers, the divisional officer is empowered to issue work orders without
inviting tenders only up to Rs 1.25 lakh in a single case in a year. PWD Doimukh
Division has two bulldozers which are 30 years old and five road rollers which are
three to 34 years old (one - three year old, one - eighth year old, one - 21 year
old and two 34 years old). The two bulldozers and five road rollers were originally
purchased at a total cost of Rs 73.53 lakh.
Test check of records in November 2009 of the Executive Engineer, PWD Division, Doimukh,
by CAG revealed that between February 2008 and March 2009, the Division incurred
an expenditure of Rs 4.16 crore on procurement of spare parts for these vehicles(1026
items) by issuing 344 work orders to 35 local firms. The spare parts were shown to
have been received and recorded in the measurement book in March 2009. Besides, these
purchase orders were placed without inviting any tenders and were split in such a
way that the value of each was within the delegated power of the Divisional Officer,
with the intention to avoid seeking approval of the competent authority. However,
these spare parts were neither accounted for in the Material-at-Site account of the
Divisional workshop, which is the prescribed system for capturing the movement of
spare parts, and nor were these found recorded in the dismantled register, which
monitors the actual utilization of spare parts. Moreover, even after this expenditure
of Rs 4.16 crore was incurred on spare parts, the bulldozers and road rollers were
only sparingly used during February 2008 to March 2009. A market survey revealed
that the market price of two new bulldozers and five Road rollers of the same make/brand
was only Rs 1.90 crore.
In view of the above, the entire purported purchases of spare parts appears fraudulent
because neither were stock accounts maintained and nor could their physical movement/existence
be verified, CAG observed. When pointed out, the department in November 2010 stated
that the said payments pertained to procurements made in earlier years. Reply of
the department is a deliberate attempt to cover up the fraud, as the records maintained
clearly shows that the purchases were made during February 2008 to March 2009, the
CAG stated in its report.
Irregularities in PMGSY road construction
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The government of India under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
approved Rs 8.57 crore for construction of road from Hayuliang (Dalai bridge point)
to Bajigam totaling 9.894 kilometer in March 2008. The estimate provided for survey
and investigation, jungle clearance, formation cutting, etc.
In November 2009, the Executive Engineer (EE), Rural Works Division (RWD), Hawai,
awarded ‘Formation Cutting’ work in different classes of soils from chainage 0 to
9.894 km. to a contractor as per tender approved rates with a stipulation to complete
the work within 12 months that is by 10th November 2010.
Test check of the records of Executive Engineer, Rural Works Department, Hawai, by
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on October 2010 revealed that the Division
paid Rs 90.23 lakh in March 2010 to the contractor for excavating 35,524.42 cum of
earth work in different chainage from 0 to 9.894 km. at rates applicable for excavation
of hard rock by utilizing explosives @ Rs 254 per cum. Neither explosives (Gelatine,
etc,) were issued by the Division to the contractor for excavation of hard rock by
blasting nor any certificate regarding issue and use of blasting materials was found
to be recorded on the body of the bill and the measurement book, in terms of Rule
25.3 under Section 25 of the CPWD Works Manual. However, it was seen that payment
was made to the contractor for 35,524.42 cum at the higher rate of Rs 254/- per cum,
applicable for hard rock, involving blasting. In the absence of any evidence to prove
that excavation was done by the use of explosives, the payment made to the contractor
at higher rate of Rs 254/- per cum instead of the rates applicable for excavation
without use of explosive at Rs 147/- per cum was excessive. This has resulted in
undue benefit of Rs 38.01 lakh to the contractor. Collusion between the departmental
officials and the contractor could not be ruled out and the matter needs to be investigated,
CAG observed in its report. The matter was referred to the Government in May 2011
but no reply has been received till October 2011, the CAG noted.
Mode of hiring bulldozer questioned
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: According to Rule 129 (I) (IV) of the GFR and Section 14:1 of
the Central Public Works Department(CPWD) manual, before the commencement of any
work or incurring any liability, there should be competitive bidding and wide publicity.
The Chief Engineer (CE) Western Zone on October 2006, approved the hiring of bulldozer
D-5-A-15 @ Rs 8640/- per day (Rs 2523/- per hour) inclusive of fuel charges in both
cases with a maximum of eight working hours per day.
Test check of records by CAG in January 2011 shows that Executive Engineer, Boleng
PWD Division, revealed that the division without following the prescribed procedure,
hired bulldozers (September 2009 to March 2010) from two private agencies at Rs 3510
and Rs 4910 per hour for execution of earthwork under the work scheme of ‘Improvement
and extension of Dosing-Paren-Sine-Yibuk-Legging Road (0-18 km)’. Records also indicated
that two bulldozers were hired at rates approved by the EE, ignoring the prescribed
rate approved by the CE, which was not within the EE’s delegated financial powers.
The bulldozers were utilized for a total of 1377 hours from September 2009 to March
2010 and Rs 60.58 lakh was paid as hire charges on an hourly basis. CAG observed
that the bulldozers were hired almost continuously except for a few days in between.
This clearly indicated that the Department could have hired the bulldozers on a daily
basis, which was more economical than hourly basis as the nature of the work necessitated
the use of bulldozers for a continuous period.
Failure of the EE to exercise simple financial prudence resulted in avoidable extra
expenditure of Rs 45.37 lakh, CAG stated.
On this being pointed out, the Department accepted the fact, but stated in September
2011 that since the Departmental bulldozers were old and under repair, the only option
was to hire from private contractors. The reply is irrelevant as it is not the fact
of hiring of machinery that has been questioned, but the mode of hiring, the CAG
noted. The matter was referred to the Government in July 2011; no reply has been
received till October 2011.
Undue financial benefit to contractor
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The work ‘Construction of Road from Dumporijo to Hali (45 km)’
estimated at Rs 31.76 crore, was administratively approved and financial sanction
was accorded by the Government of India (GOI), Ministry of DoNER under NLCPR Project
in March 2008, with the stipulation to complete the work by March 2011. The estimate
provided for earthwork in formation cutting from Chainage 23 to 38 km, having a formation
width of 6 metres.
On execution of the work between Chainage 23 to 34.564 km, the Executive Engineer,
Dumporijo PWD Division incurred an expenditure of Rs 5.99 crore from March 2009 to
June 2010 on account of earthwork in different classes of soil. Of this, an amount
of Rs 2.93 crore was spent on excavation of 1,98,451 cum of hard rock, requiring
blasting. The scrutiny of records by CAG on March 2011 further revealed that the
Division (from March 2009 to May 2010) issued 7300 kg of gelatine to the contractor
for excavation of hard rock by blasting. As per standard norms adopted by the State
Public Works Department, 0.07 kg of gelatine was required for excavation of one cum
of hard rock by blasting. Accordingly, with the 7300 kg of gelatine issued by the
Division, the contractor would have excavated a maximum of 104,286 cum of hard rock.
However, the Division claimed to have excavated 198,451 cum of hard rock, in which
case, the requirement of gelatine would have been 13,892 kg (198,451 x 0.07) as per
norms. As only 104,286 cum of hard rock could have been excavated with the 7,300
kg of gelatine issued by the Division, the remaining 94,165 cum payment made to the
contractor at enhanced rate is questionable the CAG observed and added that undue
benefit passed on the contractor on this account works out to be Rs 53.49 lakh.
Thus, in allowing the enhanced rate (Rs 147.60 per cum) to the contractor due to
wrong classification of 94,165 cum of ordinary rock as hard rock requiring blasting,
the Division had incurred an extra expenditure of Rs 53.49 lakh.
In addition, the Executive Engineer, Dumporijo PWD Division, also failed to deduct
Rs 56.16 lakh as VAT at source as statutorily required (@ 12.5 per cent of the value
of the bill after deduction of 25 per cent from the gross value of the bill, CAG
reported. This amounted to extending undue financial benefit to the contractor in
the shape of excess payment to the extent of Rs 56.16 lakh and resultant loss to
the State exchequer.
On this being pointed out by CAG, the Divisional Officer stated that there was no
wrong classification of rock but less quantity of explosive was used for blasting
due to application of an indigenous method, and that the contractor was asked to
do the work without claiming higher rates. The contention of the Division is untenable
because as per Schedule of Rates 2009, the rate per cum for excavation of hard rock
by indigenous/manual methods is almost four times higher (@ Rs 583.00 per cum) than
the rate applicable for hard rock requiring blasting (Rs 147.60 per cum), at which
rate no contractor would be willing to execute any work, inviting such huge losses.
The CAG further reported that the Division remained silent on the issue of non-deduction
of VAT. The matter was referred to the government in July 2011 but no reply was received
till October 2011.
Chauhan remains traceless Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The whereabout of missing IPS officer Mayank Chauhan is still unknown.
Even though police have launched massive manhunt, they have not been able to make
any breakthrough in this regard.
Chauhan, who was heading special investigation cell probing multi crore PDS scam
in the state before his transfer to Delhi last month, had mysteriously gone missing
from Tippi in West Kameng district around 2.30 PM on Wednesday.
When contacted Arvind Deep, IGP, informed that investigating agency has got some
definite clue and are hoping to crack the case soon. On being questioned about chances
of Chauhan getting kidnapped, the IGP refused to divulge more details. Superintendent
of police West Kameng, T T Lama stated that police is investigating the matter from
every possible angle and exudes hope that soon there will some update in this case.
Meanwhile, expressing deep shock over the missing incident of Chauhan, All Arunachal
Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) demanded immediate enquiry over the unfortunate
incident and urged the home ministry to take up the matter seriously.
Arunachal communities applauded for conservation practices at COP11
HYDERABAD, Oct 18: At a time when there is an overarching concern about the paradigms
of development and protection of natural resources in Arunachal Pradesh, it was a
very proud moment when the State and its traditional communities were applauded today
for their sustainable use and management of resources at the COP11 in Hyderabad.
Various responses from the international audience at the side event on Different
Indigenous and New Approaches in Natural Resource Management in the Bio-Culturally
Diverse State of Arunachal Pradesh organized at the Conference showered great praise
on the traditional practices and natural resource management systems being followed
by the tribal people and expressed how it is these communities who are at the forefront
of protecting the world’s biodiversity.
These responses from the diverse audience that comprised of scientists, researchers,
academics, activists and development agencies besides hi-ranking government representatives
drove home the knowledge that in the protection of our bio-diversity, as in any other
initiative, the community remains at the hub of implementation and success.
In the opening remarks of the event, APSMPB Chairman Bamang Felix said “the challenge
today is not whether to look at development and natural resource management as conflicts.
Rather to see how they can jointly enrich the sustainable livelihoods of people.”
He appealed to the international and national community to support such conservation
endeavors of the tribal communities and in the process, empower them. He shared that
the State government had the highest level of commitment to ensure that the traditional
ethos of conservation of our tribes do not just survive, but also flourish.
He earlier released a pictorial publication on globally significant medicinal plants
authored by Dr. D Yonggam, scientist at the State Medicinal Plants Board.
The highlight of the side event was the interaction that the audience had with representatives
of various community organisations from Arunachal who had travelled to Hyderabad
for the event. This included Takam Nabum of the Ghora-Abbey Society, an organization
of Gaon Buras who are spearheading a hornbill protection programme through nest adoption
at Seijosa. Mudang Challiang of the Hong Biodiversity Management Committee also shared
the community’s own experience in interfacing with new conservation approaches introduced.
Kara Topu of Bath VFMC also interacted with the audience. Tado Tayum, a traditional
healer who works out of his home in Nirjuli drew the audience’s attention with his
candid remarks on the current state of traditional healers and shared how he had
been able to treat even critically ill patients that modern medicine had given up
Earlier, presentations on various aspects of conservation were made by a panel of
experts that included T Gapak, Member Secretary, APSMPB on Medicinal Plant Conservation
Areas, Jayahari from Inspire on the value addition to rhododendron and Amruta Rane
from Nature Conservation Foundation who spoke on the Hornbill nest adoption programme
being carried out in Seijosa.
In the joint presentation made by Dr. P K Samal of GB Pant Institute, Itanagar and
Dr. Piyush Dutta of World Wildlife Fund, learning points for biodiversity conservation,
ecological and economic security were explored through the prism of community based
Dr. Kenjum Bagra of the AP Biodiversity Board spoke on conservation through traditional
faith and belief and filmmaker Appu Gapak’s film “Wisdom of Traditional Healing”
CCRD Executive Director Moji Riba made an audiovisual presentation on the state’s
In his concluding remarks, BS Sajawan, PCCF spoke on how these traditional practices
were already ahead in achieving quite a few of the Aichi Targets on biodiversity.
He said that there is a need today to take these initiatives further into the communities
and to have a participatory approach for their true success. Putting at rest concerns
about intellectual property rights of the tribes and bio-piracy, he emphasized that
recent initiatives like the People’s Biodiversity register and the Bio-Cultural Community
Protocols that have been taken up by some communities will go a long way in protecting
their rights over resources.
Dr. Ruchi Pant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Vice Chairman
of the APSMPB Soni Degio also attended the event special guests.
The presence of the Arunachal delegation and the holding of the side event at this
highly significant Conference of Parties attended by representatives of 175 countries
have helped put its people and their concerns on the global canvas in a big way.
What will now become important for the team as well as the government is to take
the learnings from this event and translate them into action that will truly reflect
India’s commitment to the CBD and the mandate of nurturing the environment. Only
then will the State’s participation at the event be remembered as first in the list
of many steps.
East Siang bandh hits normal life for third day
RUKSIN, Oct 18: East Siang bandh called by Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC)
and its allies is affecting normal life in Pasighat and Ruksin area for the third
today as banks, oil depots, shops and other business establishments remained closed
and vehicular movement was off the road for third consecutive day.
The shops at Ruksin town, which were opened yesterday seen closed again for the day.
Except some police-public confrontation at Pasighat, the bandh during the day hours
is reported to be total and peaceful.
The ongoing 72-hrs bandh will be over at 5.00 am tomorrow.
On the other hand, the 24 –hrs bandh proposed by All East Siang District Students
Union on October 20, has been temporarily suspended due to Durga Puja occasion. In
fact, different sections of people in the district requested the union to call off
the bandh saying that it would diminish the spirit of the festive occasion.
Training on MCTS
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: A four days training in two batches on Mother & Child Tracking
System (MCTS) and Introduction to Integrated RCH Register commenced on October 16
at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun organized by National Rural Health
Mission, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Regional Resource Centre-North East
(RRC-NE) Guwahati, National Informatics Centre, Arunachal Pradesh.
The participants of the training are ANM/GNM, Block Accountant cum- Data Assistant,
Health Assistant from all the districts.
Dr. A. Perme Ete, Programme officer (Monitoring & Evaluation) informed that reports
in the form of Registers were maintained in EPI System previously which will now
be replaced by MCTS where reports will be updated on web portal.
Dr. D. Padung, N.O. (NRHM) insisted on the need to record work. The recorded work
needs to be compiled and then checked for no. of Routine Immunization (RI) and Ante
Natal Care (ANC) services provided to the mother and child, he said. The target as
such can be analysed and checked.
He informed that GoI has introduced MCTS with an aim to check if Mother and Child
are being provided with the facilities of ANC and RI. Every pregnant woman visiting
the health facility shall be registered in web-portal through MCTS, he said. A Unique
Identification No. for each pregnant woman is then generated and entered in web portal
through which she can be tracked and services provided to her irrespective of whichever
district she may avail it from. With the provision of datas available on web portal
through MCTS, ANC of pregnant woman for the next month can be analysed and checked
in advance and thereby informed to the pregnant woman on her due ANC service for
the ensuing month, he shared. As such, MCTS has been introduced to ensure full ANC
and RI to Mother and child and hence performance can be improved. He further informed
that one register for each village will now be maintained instead of one register
for Sub centre as previously maintained.
Bidya Gadi, MD (NRHM), opined that reporting system and Target achievement is very
poor despite repeated training imparted to service providers on MCTS. He encouraged
all to work with a missionary zeal in order to improve the performance. He impressed
upon the participants to motivate the pregnant woman to avail the ANC and RI services.
The aim of GoI is to reduce the MMR and IMR for which we have been deputed to work
towards its achievement, he said. Absence of MO’s at their posting place contributes
to a major lacuna in service delivery in the state which leads to weak reporting
system, he opined. People in villages have more faith on ANM/GNM than MO. Therefore,
they need to motivate the community and ensure reports are maintained and updated
on web-portal for tracking record of services provided to Mother and child. The figures/reports
just need to be entered in the given format on web-portal. Due to delay in uploading
of reports by BA/DA, the state lags behind and is not able to show the performance
to the central govt. He encouraged the participants to have an interactive training
session by sharing, raising queries, clarifying confusions and properly imparting
it in the district.
Bhaswat Kumar Das, Consultant RRC-NE, senior officers and staff of the Mission Directorate,
NRHM attended the program.
IDEA conducts training for Women Voluntary Village Health Guides
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a five
days training for women voluntary health workers in the Catholic Mission at Siyum.
The training mainly aimed at reducing the mortality and morbidity due to infectious
diseases especially in the remote village by imparting training to voluntary health
workers on various general health practices for the benefit of rural masses.
Sessions were given on the role of health workers, human anatomy and physiology,
personal and environmental hygiene, antenatal and post natal care etc. Training was
also given on diarrhea, dysentery, fever and first aid management. Multimedia presentations
on awareness tips on malaria, typhoid hepatitis B etc. were conducted. The health
workers presented an awareness skit on hepatitis B and cleared the misconceptions
about the disease prevalent among the villagers during the valedictory function to
mark the conclusion of the training and adult literacy programme.
Dr. Susmitha, the coordinator of the training elucidated that the ultimate goal of
this kind of training was to build up the concept of “Barefoot Doctors” who will
voluntarily work as agents of change in the community to bring about better health
and hygiene levels and to cater to the primary medical assistance in the remote villages.
The training was assisted by Sr. Mercy and Sr. Celine IDEA, Itanagar and Sr. Alin
and Sr. Josin Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum. Twenty five adults who completed
the Literacy Programme Level 1 were awarded certificates according to their performance
by Fr. Siju Jose, Parish Priest, Catholic Mission, Siyum. He in his address exhorted
the gathering that a healthy, literate society is a basic ingredient to human, socio-economic
and cultural development and said that programmes of this nature will be initiated
in the future as well for the welfare of the people.
Twenty village women from various remote villages of Siyum circle participated in
the training programme.
AIMSU demands fresh AAPBn interview
ROING, Oct 18: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) has demanded fresh interview
to the selection for the post of constables in Arunachal Armed Police Battalion (AAPBn)/India
Reserve Battalion (IRBn) held recently for the Lower Dibang Valley district.
In a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the union has contended the selection process
stating that only two candidates from Idu Mishmi community were selected out of forty
four vacant seats for the district.
Casting doubt on the selection procedure, AIMSU said the members of the selection
board were changed and replaced midway during the selection process. It said two
members Sangita Yirang, EAC and M Tato, EAC were removed from the board midway and
replaced by KB Pandey, Executive Engineer (WRD), Roing.
The union also stated that their recent demand for the transfer of Deputy Commissioner
Garima Gupta and Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal could have affected the outcome
of the selection.
Expressing total reservation, AIMSU alleged that corruption and nepotism took place
in the selection and therefore, demanded fresh interview to be held under the chairmanship
of new SP.
ECDS advocates for fund for victims of illegal eviction in boundary area
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) chairman
Nabam Akin Hina urged state govt. to allocate special corpus funds to all Deputy
Commissioners of bordering districts having boundary disputes with Assam for relief
and rehabilitation of the victims of illegal evictions.
The poor Arunachalee people living in boundary areas are often threatened and victimized
by act of illegal eviction by Assam, ECDS said in a release and advocated that there
should be a provision of corpus fund for rehabilitation of the poor evicted people.
Alleging that the state government is not paying much attention towards development
of border areas, ECDS demanded for full functioning of the Directorate Border Affairs
created during 2009-10 to tackle border problems by appointing staff at all Deputy
commissioners’ of bordering districts.
It also suggested for creation of DIGP of western and eastern zone in Arunachal Pradesh
Police for border affairs for better management.
Mt. Gorichen expedition team accorded warm welcome
TAWANG, Oct 18: After conquering the Mt Gorichen, the Expedition Team arrived here
at Tawang today. The team was given a warm welcome at the Circuit House Tawang by
the Deputy Commissioner Tawang Kemo Lollen, HoDs and public leaders for the successful
summit climb. The DC hoped that the successful summit of the Mt Gorichen by the team
will invite more mountain expedition to Arunachal Pradesh in the near future. The
DC Tawang also hosted a lunch for the team at the circuit house.
The expedition team under the leadership of Dr K Romeo Meetei was flagged off by
the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Itanagar on September 22 last. The team led by Dr. K
R Romeo, includes KN Damo, LO/Field Advisor, Anshu Jamsenpa, Everester, Tine Mina,
Everester, Nima Lama, Inspector Lobsang Sherpa, Everester, i/c Eqpmts, ITBP, Anil
Boudh, Member, ITBP, Rinchin Dolma, Member, Shanti Rai, Member, Sikkim, Hokson
Lyngdoh, Member, Megalaya, Joram Sanga, I/c Medical, Mizoram. Khorsing Terang,
All team members are physically fit and sound and the team made it to the summit
on October 9th October 2012 at 0700 Hrs. The team had left for the Summit climb from
Jang on 27th Sept last. All the members of the team made it to the summit as per
schedule via Jang, Dushinthang, Mago, Jithang and Merathang. The team thanked the
District administration, 190 Mtn Bde and 40 Mtn Bde Tawang for their hospitality,
support and help during the expedition.
It is worth mentioning here that this is the first civilian expedition to Mt. Gorichen
organized by the Dept of Sports & Youths Affairs Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration
with Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
Mt. Gorichen is a technical peak and only seasoned climber can make it to the top
(6488 Mtr). During the last Indian Army Expedition to Mt. Gorichen, two of their
best mountaineers lost their lives and the third one was critically injured while
negotiating a climb between Camp-2 and the Summit Camp.
It is also the third highest peak in North East excepting the Sikkim Himalayas. The
other two unclimbed and virgin mountain peaks located in Arunachal are Mt. Kangto
(7090 mtr) and Mt. Nyegikangsang (7050 mtr). DIPRO incharge
CM launches CMLMS, spells out Govt dev. initiatives
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The CM’s Livelihood Mission School (CMLMS) became the essence of
every address during the day-long visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to Jairampur
and Nampong in Changlang district here today.
Tuki, who launched the pilot project at Nampong, told a massive public meeting at
Terit Nagar after inaugurating the new ADC HQ building built on mini secretariat
line that development is the buzzword of his government.
With agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy development, tea, rubber
cultivation, tourism, health, education and sports and youth development being the
thrust areas of development, the CM said while new policies are being framed to achieve
various goals, higher, technical and medical colleges are being opened to develop
skilled manpower. The Tea Board of India and Rubber Board of India at his initiative
are ready to extend help in tea and rubber cultivation. New policies of the Tuki
government includes self-employment schemes for youth with Rs 4 crore earmarked for
schemes with 50% subsidy, Rs 3 crore for CM’s Health Insurance scheme, Rs 3 lakh
subsidy for creating facilities, become tour operators and guides to boost tourism,
Rs 25 lakh and Rs one crore for taking part and winning gold medal in Olympics respectively.
Besides fund for conducting rural sports, Rs 6.23 crore earmarked for sports infrastructures
all over the state covering each village, Rs 36 crore sanctioned for developing
a Cultural village at Itanagar, Rs 1.5 crore earmarked for tribal festivals and Rs
1,000 monthly allowance for the handicapped.
Peace is essential for development, Tuki said responding to concerns of locals about
insurgency problems. The efforts of GoI on Naga talks would bring peace as Arunachal
has no objection to the outcome between Nagaland and GoI but let peace rule Arunachal,
Responding to a number of memoranda, including by a groups of public leaders led
by Izmir Tikhak, East-Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president James T Jugli and
Eastern Tea Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. (ETGS), CM lauded the officers
and engineers for the ADC HQ building.
Reflecting that it proves ‘paisa kam kaam jyada’ he happily announced sanction of
Rs 2.38 crore under SPA this fiscal for its completion. He also announced Rs 2 crore
this fiscal for tea and rubber cultivation as pleaded by ETGM for toeing GoAP line;
township roads for Manmao, Nampong and Rima-Putak circles to be taken under RIDF,
CRPF, NLCPR schemes and Rs 1crore under SPA this fiscal for building a convention
hall with 500-capacity at Terit Nagar. He, however, informed that creation of posts
is banned as financial discipline will be considered on need-basis.
Tuki assured that water supply schemes would be considered next year under NRDWP
while informing another tourist lodge with indigenous architect would be recommended
to the Center. He also assured funds for Jairampur circuit house and to take up the
issue of extension of gas pipeline from Jagun in Assam to Jairampur with ONGC. Auguring
fund under SPA for Rangfra College, he directed the PWD SE Duggam Ete to send a priority
list to the GoAP to the thunderous applause of the gathering.
On the problem of shortage of PDS items, the CM said that the present system has
to be changed by making the people self-sufficient to not depend on government supply.
Highlighting numerous initiatives of his government, he said the green corridor along
the foothill areas would bring pollution-free industries to herald a new era. The
state enriched with hills, plains, water and huge minerals is waiting to be tapped.
Coal unwanted few years ago has turned diamond today, he said, adding the resources
of the state are yet to be surveyed.
Moreover, the Stillwell road needs to be reopened soon to link the rich South East
Asian countries as Arunachal is located centrally to 10 countries within 1,000 km
The CM appreciated the tourist lodge, which was inaugurated earlier by Agri, Horti,
Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena.
Hydropower production, expansion of health facilities, education, drinking water
are must to ensure that development and electricity reach each household,” he asserted.
During the programme, the Chief Minister launched the first newspaper to be published
from Jairampur sub-division. By the name ‘Terik Weekly’, it would be published by
Eastern Tea Grower’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Jairampur with seasoned journalist
Tom Simai as the Editor.
Pointing out that GoAP is evolving a master plan for sustainable agri-horti development,
Finance, PWD & Planning Minister Chowna Mein, in his address, said the GDP growth
of the state was higher than the nation.
He advocated that the state leaders should move the GoAP for early reopening of the
Stillwell road in the greater welfare of entire North Eastern region. Timber and
other products from Myanmar would boost the regions’ economy, he justified.
While highlighting his development initiatives, Sena pleaded with the CM to honour
the demands of the public as the projects taken up so far, particularly the CMLMS
and ETGS are ‘stepping stones for GoAP priorities.
He lauded the CM for accepting his development ideas while explaining the philosophy
behind the CMLSM and developing the ETGS, the second inspired by Mein, who earlier
inaugurated the tea factory set up at an estimated cost of Rs 8.17 crore by 249 share
holders with Rs 6.39 crore loan from NCDC with a capacity to produce 25,000 kg tea
daily. He thanked Izmir Tikhak and Lemkhung Mossang and land donors of Longwan village
for their contributions.
The present GoAP initiatives would herald a new era by tapping the vast natural resources
of the state while developing skilled manpower through the innovative school, said
WRD Parliamentary Secretary Tinghap Taiju.
Changlang deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav, ADC M Roy and Jugli, among others,
spoke on the occasion.
Earlier at Nampong, National Youth Project (NYP) director Dr S N Subba Rao wished
success to the CMLMS, which he hoped would turn into the lighthouse of India.
“Like the sun rises from Arunachal Pradesh, this revolutionary concept conceived
by a man (Sena) from eastern most part of India and initiated by the GoAP would turn
into the lighthouse of India,” Dr Rao, the living legend, said before the CM launched
the pilot project.
Like the invention of electricity was disclosed in a small room in London to the
dismay of the gathering unaware of its utility, the CMLMS being launched in this
small room would positively spread the light of knowledge and positive attitude to
bring peace for making India a stronger and prosperous nation,” the Gandhian added.
Terming Sena’s novel idea, who leading a 10-member team including Agri-Horti commissioner
Hage Kojeen and senior journalist Pradeep Kumar had visited Sikkim to have a firsthand
experience of the school, before moving the cabinet for approval.
This school by imparting skill development training would help tap the vast potentials
of this Himalayan state, bring 100% self-employment and make the state self-sufficient.
Though humble such school would be set up in each assembly constituency too and become
an example for the country, Arunachal in particular, Tuki said while lauding Sena.
Appreciating the NYP for its commitment for state building, the CM assured all possible
support and help to ensure the success of the school.
Responding to a memorandum from septuagenarian Manorama Saikia, secretary of Bharatiya
Adimjati Sevak Sangh (BASS), running a stay home for about 84 poor and downtrodden
girls, the CM donated Rs one lakh and assured grant-in-aid.
Mein, accompanying the CM, assured grant-in-aid on receipt of proposal from Sena.
The DC said that the CMLMS would turn the school dropouts productive skilled manpower,
having demand within and outside the state, so also their products.
A 7-member NYP-AP team including president Hari Pado Biswas and vice president Pradeep
Kumar were present.
Need of a permanent solution to electric crisis
The power supplied from NEEPCO’s Ranganadi hydel project to Pasighat via Ziro, Daporijo,
Aalo and local sources Yembung, Siley and Rina Mini Hydor Power Projects are not
sufficient to meet the power requirement of Pasighat town and nearby areas due to
fast growing population, expansion of town area, increasing number of institutions
of government, semi government undertakings and private organizations etc.
Power cut due to landslide, storms is a natural phenomenon, especially during monsoon
and spring season. Power disruption in one way or the other is more possible in such
a long supply line, and Pasighat being the end point is the worse sufferer. The same
situation would continue to prevail until and unless there are some local sources.
There is controversy among the people whether to get power by exploiting the locally
available resources or import power from the outside only. One school of thought
opines that mini hydel projects should be constructed in small rivers and steams.
But this has already been tested and experienced by the power (civil wing) which
proved inefficient because of certain reasons.
The state government has initiated and encouraged private power developer to construct
mega dam over big rivers to meet the power demands.
Talking on source of power, an anti-mega dam activist said: mini hydel projects can
be constructed over small rivers and streams which he feels will have less impact
on local inhabitants both up stream and downstream. But, now the proposal of construction
of small dams is also being opposed like the way the mega dams are being opposed
due to “interference, provocation and influence from outside of the state”.
Another reason for opposition, especially in Adi belt, is due to prevalence of ownership
system of small rivers and streams by family, sub-clan or clan, who oppose construction
of mini-hydel projects over their rivers and streams until and unless they are fully
facilitated or compensated before the construction. Even if the owners agree with
the government or the concern company, the others at up and down streams start opposing
the move in the similar manner ultimately leading to failure of the proposed project.
The environmentalists, various non-governmental organizations from outside the state,
particularly neighbouring state of Assam located in the down stream inflict constant
pressure, misguiding many of our youths, young generations to act as anti-dam.
One obvious reason why neighbouring Assam is opposing dam is that the Brahmaputra
flood control Board had made prolonged effort to construct mega dam at Rottung and
established its office at Pasighat which later was taken up by NHPC and then now
JP Company. Later, they were forced to withdraw from there and shifted to Gerukhamukh
now executed by the NHPC. The BFCB had to abandon and leave from the Gerukhamukh
The present arrangement and maintenance of Yembung, Sille, Rina and other is purely
temporary and won't give permanent solution and sufficient powers to the fast growing
consumers. The people, especially younger generations should look forward, search,
find out source for a permanent solution to over come the present crisis as no developments
can take place in this age without sufficient power. Let everyone's common saying;
“Arunachal Pradesh is a store house of power” stands true. Before doing any big achievement,
consultation of mass public opinion, process of negotiation, dialogue is the first
and foremost step. To get sufficient power, there is no any other alternative but
big dam alone can provide this basic facility.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
ATASU memo to local MLA
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) today demanded its local
MLA to provide immediate relief to the victims of bamboo flowering in Tali and Pipsorang
circles. In a nine-point memorandum submitted to local representative, the union
said that people of the area are facing hardship due to rodent menace at their paddy
Claiming that Tali circle has been facing scarcity of ration since the last couple
of months, ATASU requested the local MLA to pursue the authority to enhance the air
sorties quota for the district. Further union drew his attention towards the poor
condition of road and said that ongoing work progress is too slow. It also highlighted
the absence of government staffs posted in the circle and alleged malfunctioning
of the government offices.
3 karatekas from Arunachal leave for Sri Lanka
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Three karate players from Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association
are leaving New Delhi for Colombo, Sri Lanka to night along with the Indian team
to participate in the International Seiko Kai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do-Championship beginning
there from October 22.
The participating players are, Bananso Twosik, (U-50 kg) of Anjaw, Charu Govind (-65kg)
of Papum Pare and Yusenso Yun (-84kg) from IRBn, Chimpu.
Dunglin Natum could not take part due to visa/passport problem.
Yuki Bhambri-Divij Sharan pair make shock exit
Nanjing, Oct 18: The top-seeded Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan crashed
out of the men’s doubles event of the Asia-Pacific Australian Open wild card play-off
tournament after suffering an upset straight set defeat, on Thursday.
Yuki and left-handed Divij lost 6-7 4-6 to local pair of Mao-Xin Gong and Ze Zhang
in the second round.
Yuki and Divij had got a bye in the first round.
Workshop on Youth for Peace & Harmony
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Saint Claret College, Ziro in collaboration with Anthropological
institute, Guwahati (Sanskriti) organized a workshop on Youth for peace and harmony.
Rev. Fr. Jose K, SVD, the Director of Anthropological Institute, Guwahati was the
In his address Fr. Jose encouraged the students to be messengers of peace and harmony
in the society in which they live.
Rev. Fr. Clement SVD, the Director of Youth Commission for the Diocese of Itanagar
heighted the importance of being motivated to explore different possibilities to
bring out the best in them. It was a time for the students to look into themselves
and felt the need to transform the society. The interactive sessions made the workshop
alive and participatory.
World Sight Day observed
TEZU, Oct 18: On the occasion of World Sight Day 2012, a program on ‘blindness: its
causes and cure’ was organized by the District Blindness Control Society, Lohit on
October 11 last at Conference Hall of District Hospital, Tezu.
Dr. A Wailong, eye specialist of District Hospital, Tezu spoke on blindness, its
causes, curative and preventive measures. He stressed on proper care of eye for preventing
blindness and related problems.
Chaired by Dr. U. K. Nath, DPO (RNTCP) cum in-charge District Programme Officer (NPCB)
the programme was attended by entire staff of Medical Department of District Hospital,
Tezu and other vertical Programme Officers. DIPRO
Fill up the vacant posts under NRHM: Associations
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Unemployed Dental Surgeon Association of Arunachal (UDSAA)
and Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayush Doctors Association (APUADA) have strongly
demanded for immediate advertisement of all the posts of General Duty Medical Officers
(GDMOs) lying vacant under NRHM since March 2012.
Despite several memoranda to the health authorities and reminders no concrete step
has been taken to fill up the vacant posts, both the organizations said in a release.
Reacting to a news item published in this daily yesterday, both the organizations
informed that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh while regularizing the services
of 71 GDMOs has put off all the contractual posts under NRHM.
It appealed to the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Parliamentary Secretary (Health
Affairs) to look into the matter seriously on priority basis keeping in mind the
agony of the unemployed doctors failing which both the unions threatened to launch
rigorous democratic movement.
Project Sarathi for computerization of driving licence
Aalo, Oct. 18: Computerized Driving License system under Sarathi Project in West
Siang district was formally inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete in presence
of Branch Officers of DC Office yesterday.
This project would facilitate on line issue, verification and detection of fake driving
licenses. Biometrics of the thumb impression as well as signatures can be obtained
and easily retrievable. To start with, the driving license of the Aalo DC was issued
on the spot.
The District Transport Officer Aalo, Remar Gab and MVI Sumit Boruah demonstrated
the operational aspects and spelt out the facilities under the project.
The DIO K.C. Wangmo and Nyaken Ori supervised for successful launching of the project.
Landslide disrupts road link
YINGKIONG, Oct 18: A major landslide has occurred in between Gosang village and Moying
camp on Jengging-Tuting BRTF road today disrupting road communication, reports DIPRO.
The BRO sources informed that the road would be cleared within two-three days. DIPRO
Rijiju returns to BJP
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Former BJP Lok Sabha member Kiren Rijiju today returned to the
BJP fold after a hiatus of about three years.
He has joined BJP in a flagging off ceremony of the Shahid Shraddanjali Yatra being
organized at Guwahati to commemorate the 50 years of Indo-China war. BJP national
president Nitin Gadkari, who flagged off the yatra, welcomed Rijiju into the party,
according to party sources.
Earlier, 41-year old Rijiju had resigned from the primary membership of the BJP and
joined Congress on August 24, 2009.
Union reacts against demolition of Anganwadi centre at Buka
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (AAPAWHU)
today strongly reacted against the demolition of Anganwadi Centre at Buka village
in Kimin circle by Assam forest and police personnel on Saturday. Union condemned
the act of Assam officials saying the importance of Anganwadi centre should be realized
by all. It further vowed to take up the matter with the chief minister and governor
of the state.
Install microwaves tower, association asks BSNL
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Upper Subansiri district
unit today appealed to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to install microwave tower
at Gigi Village, Daporijo for the improvement of service. ANYA unit in its representation
to the general manager BSNL today said that land had been already donated for the
installation of tower; however the tower project has not been materialized yet. Association
further opined that with the installation of microwaves tower, the network congestion
will be reduced and service will be improved.
Organization seeks road renovation
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Expressing concern over the deteriorating condition of Bhalukpong
to Bomdila road, Kameng Youth Organization today taken the matter with the commanding
officer of Border Road Task Force (BRTF). Organization further demanded the BRTF
to renovate the road particularly near Hotel Sulu at Upper Bhalukpong within the
five months and Rupa moor road with one and half months.
CM intervention sought
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Claiming that people of the Balijan area are facing hardship in
their day-to-day life due to slow progress of the four-lane highway construction
works from Hollongi to Itanagar, All Arunachal Youth Association in its representation
to Chief Minister sought the state government’s intervention for the early construction
of the said road. Further, the Association appealed the government to look into
the matter so that work can be expedited in working seasons.
Society mourns death of its member
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Tali ADC Town Planning Development Committee has expressed its
deep shock at the demise of Dai Takum who passed away on 4th October 2012. Late
Takum was former Anchal Samiti Chairperson of 12th Tali Panchayat Segment in 2004-07.
Death of Takum created vacuum in the society, it said.
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The 4 Lane Affected People’s Forum in a one-point memorandum addressed
to the Chief Minister appealed him to direct the capital district administration
or highway executing agency for immediate disbursement of compensation to all land
affected people due to Hollongi-Itanagar highway road construction. It alleged that
the four-lane highway construction work is going on full swing without paying the
compensation of affected land owners.
AESDSU defers bandh
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Responding to the request of Pasighat Market Welfare Association
and the local public, All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) has deferred
its proposed second phase 24 hours district bandh called on October 20 till next
meeting of the union.
PMWA yesterday urged the AESDSU to defer its district bandh for smooth celebration
of the ensuing Durga Puja.
Fogging operation in Capital
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Fogging operation against Dengue would be conducted in all sectors
in Capital Complex and affected areas from October 20 from 6 am to 9 a.m in the morning
and 2 pm to 4.30 pm in the afternoon along with IEC material distribution.
People are instructed to keep all edible items, utensils and water covered; windows
and doors of their houses open during the fogging operation. Patients suffering from
Asthma and pregnant women are advised to avoid direct contact with fog during the
operation, according to a health department release.
Training course on fashion designing
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: A convocation program was held on October 8 last following successful
completion of the training course on Garment Designing and Fashion Designing by the
second batch trainees conducted by Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA).
The training was organized under the leadership of Sr. Rose Mary SABS the IDEA Co-ordinator
of Daporijo unit in view of the interest shown by the school drop out and women in
learning the skills of Garment Designing.
Rev. Sr. Siba the Vice Provincial of SABS issued the tailoring certificate of 2nd
Orgs demand action
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Alleging physical assault on Maklek Yomso, President BBYK and insult
to Yameng (Youth) Kebang by DSP BS Mehra today morning, the Bogong Banggo Kebang,
Bogong Banggo Yameng (Youth) Kebang, Boggong Student Union and All East Siang District
Students Union (AESDSU), have demanded the East Siang district authority to transfer
the DSP, from this District within 24 hours. They also threatened to call Pasighat
bandh on October 21 if the DA fails to act as demanded by them.
An FIR has also been lodged against the DSP with Deputy Commissioner, East Siang
for necessary action, the four organizations claimed in a joint press release.
95 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Contribute something to society
Calm and silence everywhere due to bandh call. As I was sitting ideal a thought strike
me. There are some advantages of frequent band calls in context of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pollution control: No sound of irritating tempos and trekkers; complete peace of
mind to sleep, walk, read. Indirectly, it was a non-honking day.
Air pollution - No exhaust of harmful gases like SO2, NO2, CO2 etc from vehicles.
Fresh air to breathe and no global warming and melting of polar ice. Environmentalists
are happy !
Land pollution - At least the city is saved from plastics, papers for a day or two.
Garbage dumped and thrown every nook and corner get time to degrade comfortably.
UD have no time. Let it happens biologically.
Pollution Control Board of Arunachal and Urban Development should be happy as the
bandh callers are helping them directly or indirectly. The board better ties up or
sign a MoU with bandh callers.
Other notable advantages are:
Life saving: No accidents of cars and bikes at least for a day on the already congested
and dilapidated NH-52A. Save of life, money, medicines.
Money saving: No need to attend duty and hence no need to pay exorbitant rupees for
a kilometer of journey. A day saved from daylight robbery from taxi wallas, autowallas
And above all bandh callers are preserving our culture as a saying goes ‘loss of
culture is loss of identity’. Hence, the bandh callers are helping us doing so. The
bandh callers are preserving the culture of potholes on roads, garbage, no airport,
unemployment, traffic jams, murders, crimes, chaos etc. These things have become
identity card and culture of the land of rising sun.
When will our people refrain from strikes, bandh calls and rather help in development
of the state. There are various other democratic movements to protest rather than
destroying public properties, causing losses to common people. It’s the common people
who have to suffer most at no fault of theirs. I through your esteemed would like
to appeal the youths to think rationally and contribute something to the society.
It won’t be wrong to coin our state as a ‘Failed state’.
We are here to bring happiness
Through your esteemed daily, I, on behalf of UD deptt, Pasighat would like to express
my deep regret for causing inconvenience to the people of Solung ground and some
other places at Pasighat town.
We could not inform the public in advance due to shortage of time at the start of
the work but the restoration of pipelines shall be done within shortage possible
However, it is sad to know that news item on Oct 16 -“People blame UD deptt for
drinking water problem" was tagging the UD deptt as villain by saying - … ‘is accustomed
to break drinking water pipeline without any hesitation thus showing utter irresponsibility.’
Being a responsible department, we highly respect and regards public sentiment. Our
endeavour is to bring happiness to the people at all the places through our sincere,
dedication and sheer hard work. Whether it is cleanliness of town or any other work,
our aim is to multiply happiness and comfort of people.
It is however sad to know that such highly esteemed and responsible person in society
are tagging UD deptt as villain which is rather irresponsible, illogical and irrelevant
and unbecoming of their stature.
UD & HOUSING PASIGHAT DIVISION
Law and order deteriorating
Through this daily I would like to inform the higher authorities of the Govt that
there has been complete breakdown of law and order at Hapoli town. Market remains
closed for last five days as a mark of protest against inaction from police and district
administration to nab the miscreants who seriously injured businessman R Chakravorty.
Common people are feeling insecure. Police are inefficient and an adequate. Therefore,
I on behalf of Apatani Youth Association demand immediate transfer of all police
officers and replace them with efficient officers and post more police forces at
President AYA, Ziro.
Wetlands continue to be ravaged
The fact that wetlands play a key role in supporting human life and biodiversity
needs to be not just recognised but has to be at the core of any move towards a resource-efficient
and sustainable world economy, says a recent report by TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems
and Biodiversity). The study underlines the threat posed by the emergence of destructive
industries, unsustainable agricultural practices and poorly managed urban expansion
to water security and freshwater biodiversity.
Everywhere water cycles are reliant on healthy and productive wetlands, which are
a source of water both for drinking and agriculture. They also regulate floods and
support biodiversity and industries like fisheries and tourism. However, despite
their value, wetlands continue to be ravaged at an alarming pace according to the
report, released for consultation at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Convention for Biological Diversity.
Half of the world’s wetlands disappeared through the twentieth century because of
intensive agriculture, unsustainable water extraction for domestic and industrial
use, urbanization, infrastructure development and pollution. Their continuing degradation
is now posing an unprecedented economic threat to communities, countries and businesses.
The report highlights that the restoration of wetlands offers significant opportunities
for evolving cost-effective water management solutions.
The report sets out a raft of recommendations that would slow and ultimately halt
the degradation of wetlands, among them: Taking account of the value of water and
wetlands in public policy and private decisions; Fully integrating the management
of wetlands and securing their wise use in water management and Prioritizing the
further loss and conversion of wetlands through strategic environmental assessments.
Between 1900 and 2003, the world lost an estimated 50 per cent of its wetlands. Recent
coastal wetland loss in some places, notably East Asia, has been up to 1.6 per cent
a year. This has led to 20 per cent loss of mangrove forest coverage since 1980.