Ray of hope on Chakma-Hajong refugee imbroglio
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: A Committee under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (North East),
Naveen Verma, Ministry of Home Affairs has been constituted to examine various issues
relating to settlement of Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh including the possibility
of grant of Indian Citizenship to eligible Chakmas and to recommend measures to be
taken by Central Government/State Government in the matter.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved 6 members from AAPSU which will be led
by its President Takam Tatung. AAPSU had proposed 8 members but the Ministry has
nodded for Vice President Nabam Tamar and General Secretary Tujum Poyom beside 2
Legal Advisors of the Union T T Tara and Toni Pertin. Advocate J M Singpho (local
representative) is also in the Committee from AAPSU side.
Government of Aruna-chal Pradesh will be represented by the Commissioner (Home) and
K Riram, OSD to CM while Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal
Pradesh, General Secretary and Ajoy Chakma, Executive Member will represent Chakma.
The AAPSU, Chakma representatives and the State as well as the Union government are
pinning high hope from this Committee.
This is to be reminded that AAPSU has deferred its proposed bandh call on 15th August
following an assurance from chief minister Dorjee Khandu who pledged to take personal
initiative in Chakma issue when 6 member AAPSU delegates led by president Takam Tatung
called on CM at latter’s invitation and had an hour-long discussion on August 10
Khandu had asked the apex students to call off their proposed bandh on Independence
Day and assured all out support from government’s end to bring out a permanent solution
to the decade long crisis. Constitution of this Committee could be seen as one
of the commitment made by Khandu.
AAPSU had also proposed revival of Core Committee on Chakma issue and asked Khandu
to be its chairman. The Core Committee was formed in 2002 in Namsai after a referendum
rally there. The then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi was made its first chairman.
Third Party Monitoring claims its first victim
ITANAGAR Sept 2: The Government based on consolidated Monitoring report submitted
by North East Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi) for East Siang district
for SPA funds 2008-09 has suspended one S Dey, BDO Mebo for alleged embezzlement
NEDFi has been entrusted with the Third Party Monitoring works for SPA projects in
Arunachal Pradesh for the eight Eastern Districts.
In their consolidated monitoring report, the NEDFi had observed that the project
of “Improvement & infrastructure development of sports at Mebo Town” for which an
amount of Rs. 41.36 lakh had been sanctioned for year 2008-09 for the component -
levelling of the playground has not been undertaken at all. The remark quoted that
the project which is reportedly complete and amount spent is not at all fit for sporting
events. The ground is still visibly sloping and filled with boulders and stone and
unfit for any sporting activities, the report added. This was inspite of the fact
that the entire payment for the project has already been released.
After closely going through the monitoring report the state chief minister Dorjee
Khandu has ordered for immediate suspension of BDO Mebo of that period S Dey and
had also ordered for an enquiry with specific directions not to revoke the suspension
order until the complete enquiry report is submitted to the government.
The State Govt. is in the process of issuing show-cause notices and instituting enquiries
against some other officials also whose role has come under the scanner in 3rd party
monitoring reports. The Planning Department has already circulated formats amongst
all engineering Departments to report corrective action taken on the reports of 3rd
party monitors and also set a time frame for rectifying errors.
It may be recalled that the efforts of the State Govt. in getting 3rd party monitoring
institutionalized for SPA projects were appreciated by the Planning Commission as
well as the Central Govt. Recently, the Planning Department has decided to extend
the scope of 3rd party monitoring to BADP and RIDF projects as well. The agreement
for this covering 8 eastern Districts has already been signed with NEDFi on Sept
1 and will soon be executed with NABCONS for monitoring the remaining 8 Districts
in the western part of the State. The GPS coordinates (latitudinal and longitudinal
location) of the project site will also be included as a part of the report for each
project to check duplication of projects in future. (PRO TO CM)
Siram appeals to citizens to let hydro
projects come up
PASIGHAT, Sept 2: The Educaiton Minister Bosiram Siram has appealed to the people
of state to welcome the hydro power projects for financial development of the state.
The projects would not only meet the demands of water and electricity, but would
help to set up industries, control flood and bring in developments in agricultural
sector which would make Arunachal a financially strong state. He further said that
bandh yields nothing.
He said this after inaugurating the Odam Ering Memorial Primary School of Roing
village recently constructed under SSA mission and one Musup / Dere on August 31
last at Roing village. Replying to the memorandum submitted by the ASM Kelek-Roing,
the minister assured the gathering that drinking water, fencing, electrification
of the school would be considered besides extension of two class rooms. He also assured
to provide some funds for painting and future maintenance of the Dere.
Member of Parliament Ninong Ering appreciated the minister for his efforts towards
the educational development of the state.
He was accompanied by DC Onit Panyang, SP Aloke Kumar, DSE Tapang Taloh and DDSE
Tani Talom and heads of offices and local leaders.(DIPRO)
Union questions airfield extension
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUSDSU) has expressed
concern over proposed extension of present airfield of Daporijo town. The Daporijo
airfield which at the moment is only used for Pawan Hans and military helicopter
service has been deteriorating in recent years. However government of India has decided
to renovate airfields along the Arunachal borders of which Dapoirjo is one keeping
in mind the Chinese threat. While welcoming the decision for renovation of airfield,
AUSDSU presented some logistic problem which may hamper the implementation of this
The present airfield is situated in the heart of district headquarter and there is
limited scope for further extension. Also extension may cause displacement of people
settled nearby airfield. But the main cause of worry is if any accident happens,
it may endanger live of many civilians because of the geographic location of airfield.
Keeping all this in mind AUSDSU has appealed to the civil aviation department to
look for other alternatives in regard to airfield.
Society question arrest
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Jaal Welfare Society (JWS) has expressed deep shock at the way
and manner the former chief minister Gegong Apang was arrested.
The society said, Gegong Apang who had served the state for more than 20 years as
the chief minister is known as "the Father of the Arunachal politics and credit goes
to Apang for all development activities in state since NEFA to present days.
Society questioned the arrest procedure without serving any proper notice. If the
arrest of Apang is not politically motivated, the state Govt. should break it’s silence
on PDS scam, the society said.
The Society also demanded the state Govt that SP SIC M S Chauhan be terminated and
PDS case handed over to CBI for punishment to all accused. The society further said
that the case should be heard in session court in state instead of Lakhimpur.
It also extended support to the organizations including ANSU in its demand for early
release of five Arunachalees arrested in Tinsukia in Assam recently following a group
clash. The Association appealed the Nyishi Elite Society to take up the matter and
also appealed Arunachal and Assam Govts to solve the case immediately.
GREF apologise for manhandling of Dr
Ziro, Sept 2: A peace meeting between the villagers of Tajang and GREF in connection
with the incident of manhandling of Dr.Tage Kano on 30th August last, and the flare
up that followed was held at the initiative of the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner,
at her office chamber here this evening.
The Chief Engineer, GREF, Col. V.K.Badola who attended the meeting on the part
of the GREF, vehemently condemned the incident and apologized to Dr.Kano and the
Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) and requested the villagers not to
flare up the incident further for the betterment of all.
The Deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori, who chaired and moderated the meeting accepted
the apology offered by the Chief Engineer, GREF on behalf of the people and the APDA.
She also expressed her deep anguish on the act of arson and rioting by the civil
population and said that appropriate action will be taken on the guilty. Informing
that two culprits who were involved in the assault of Dr. Kano have been arrested
and case registered against them in the Police Station, the Deputy Commissioner
requested the APDA representative to close the chapter there and let law take its
The villagers who were informed of the action being taken by the District Administration
on their demands for shifting of GREF camp from Pine grove area also assured to maintain
peace and status quo till a final step is taken by the government on the matter.
The meeting was also attended by Supdt. of Police Mari Riba, ADC, W. Tikhak, other
senior officials of GREF, Ziro, APDA representatives , PS Officer-in-charge Tab,
Techi, village elders, PR leaders, of Tajang village, reports DIPRO.
Apatani Cultural and Literary Society have condemned the atrocious attack on Dr Tage
Kano by some GREF personnel. Drawing the past experience society said epithet “BRO
is the friend of hill people” remain shattered after repeated incident of mis-treatment
of locals by them. Society while urging district administration to punish the attackers
under provision of law, has also requested resident of the Tajang village to show
restraint in the interest of the law of land.
Meanwhile All Tajang Students Union has also expressed serious concern over repeated
incident of GREF personnel ill treating the locals. The attack incident of Dr Tage
Kano is seventh of such in recent years.
Union has further supported demand put in by some Ziro based organizations for shifting
of GREF camp from Pine Grove within seven days. For best interest of locals and GREF,
the camp should be moved out immediately before more damage is done.
Apatani Career Guidance Forum, HQ : Itanagar strongly condemned the physical assault.
The forum supported the demands of the local people and urged the district administration
to arrest all the accused involved in the physical assault and punish them under
the appropriate section of the law. The forum also supported the demands of the Tajang
Village Development Committee to shift their camp to some other places outside the
jurisdiction of the village as further continuance in the present village area would
jeopardize the relationship.
Pilot BPL Census-2011
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Mariyang under Upper Siang District and Gandhigram under Changlang
District have been selected by the Ministry for Pilot Socio-Economic Survey, 2010.
To this effect, a Ministry of Rural Developemnt sponsored three days training for
Pilot BPL Census-2011 has started on Sept1 at SIRD, Itanagar.
5 people each from Yingkiong and Miao have been nominated for enumerators of two
villages. Nodal Officer of Pilot BPL Census urged the participants to carry out the
task with full dedication and seek true information from the respondents to help
the ministry in devising appropriate programme and policies for deprived sections
of the state.
Faculty SIRD L K Kabak, explained NSSO (2004-05) estimation of BPL rural household,
which is 28.3% in India needs to be identified by identification methodology of MoRD.
That way actual percentage of BPL would be recorded, she said.
Field experimentation of the questionnaires was carried out in Cheme Village on Sept
2 by Pebom Doyom Binny and Komkar Nyodu of RD Department who are the supervisor and
trainer as well of two respective villages.
Workers board presents scholarship
AALO, Sept 2: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board
Chairman Jalley Sonam in presence of APB&OCWWB Secretary cum Commissioner Labour
and Employment Ojing Darung gave away the first scholarship award of the Board to
Marsum Lottem of VKV Jirdin during APB&OCWWB awareness cum meeting at Aalo today.
Urging all the officers and public leaders to work for the welfare of labour community,
Sonam appreciated EE (E&M) Er. Ninya Bagra, AE, PHED Bomi Nyorak, AE, RWD Reli Kato
for attending the awareness camp and expressed displeasure over the district administrative
officers and other HoDs of Aalo over their negligence to turn up for the workers
awareness meeting of the government.
The chairman advised WRD EE Aalo to deposit cess and also urged the other departments
to deposit One per cent Cess to the board.
APB&OCWWB Secretary Ojing Darung advised workers of all government department/PSUs,
organized and unorganized sectors of the District to register their names under Workers’
Welfare Board. He also briefed about Building and Other Construction (Regulation
of Employment & Condition of Service) Article, 1996 and the Building and Others Construction
Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996. District Labour Officer Lee Ete highlighted about
the benefits provided by the board and advised the workers to register their names
in the board by depositing Rs. 20 per month to avail the benefits. Highlighting the
Cess collection of the district he informed that RWD has deposited above Rs 7 lacs,
PHED 4 lacs, Hydro Power civil Rs 3 lacs, PWD 1 lacs and Power department deposited
less than one lac till today and there was no any Cess contribution from WRD, Aalo.
Ete further advised the AAPWU executive members of Aalo Unit to work hard for the
welfare of the workers and to check and stop engagement of labourers in private works
by their concerned officers. He also advised the labours not to produce or submit
false medical reimbursement bill.
AAPWU President Tumar Bagra, Secretary General D Kayi and Basar Unit AAPWU General
Secretary Ipe Kamum highlighted about the workers problems of their respective areas
and appealed to the Chairman and Commissioner to look into the labour problems.
All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, general secretary Dobing Sonam
appreciated the chairman and the secretary of the board for organizing such awareness
campaign for the welfare of working community in the state.
He urged AAPPTF West Siang district unit members to maintain coordial relationship
with the workers union and extend all possible help to the workers.
Later, the chairman, secretary along with engineer distributed free exercise books
to all the workers, who attended the meeting.
SSA teachers bat for each other
ITANAGAR, Sep. 2: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher’s Association Lower
Subansiri district unit has came out in support of ultimatum served by its parental
organization to the state government for early regularization of SSA teacher’s job.
It is to be noted that recently All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher’s Association
had served an ultimatum for regularization of job failing which it threatened to
launch phase wise pen down strike.
Informing that many SSA teachers are serving state for last many years with meager
salary without getting any TA/DA, time has come for state government to reward these
teachers by regularizing their jobs, association added.
The Lower Subansiri district unit of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher’s
Association (AASSATA) has strongly supported the proposed phase wise ‘pen down’ strike
by AASSATA in support of its demand for early regularization of services of teachers
serving under SSA in the state.
Reminding the Government about the law of equal pay for equal works, the district
unit of the SSA teachers association questioned that if the services of all the OBB
(Hindi language) state sponsored contractual teachers and officiating teachers can
be regularized that too without conducting any interview, then why can not the services
of the SSA teachers.
AASSATA is launching its first phase of ‘pen down’ strike from September 16 - 22.
MIAO, Sept 2: Preservation of one’s rich culture is the need of the hour said ASM
Chairperson Johkhong Singpho while attending the Solung celebration yesterday as
the chief guest.
While attending the celebration organized by the Mopin-Solung Committee Miao, Singpho
stressed on the importance of maintaining one’s identity through one’s rich culture.
He also urged upon the elders to encourage the youngsters to educate oneself on the
rich history and traditions of the tribal culture.
The festival was celebrated with much enthusiasm here at Donyi-Polo Festival Ground
Miao under the guidance of Miao Additional Deputy Commissioner T Mara.
ADC Mara who is also the chief patron of the Mopin-Solung Committee Miao, thanked
the local people, the public leaders and administration for joining in the celebration
of the Solung festival and sharing the joy as one family.
In Ziro, the Solung was celebrated with traditional fervor. Lower Subansiri Deputy
Commissioner, Sadhana Deori, who is also the chair of the celebration committee,
while extending Solung greetings to the people of the district and the state on the
occasion, also highlighted the importance of the occasion.
Government Officers, PR leaders and well wishers of the district joined the members
of Adi community in celebrating the festival in large numbers at the official residence
of Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, where the Solung Committee hosted a lunch
cum cultural programme.
Besides the colorful ponung and other cultural programmes, “Yaken ke Binyat” an Adi
film by Delong Padung was released by Dr. S.Kakoty, DMO.
Meanwhile Itanagar Police is looking for miscreants who pelted stone at the festival
ground in the intervening night of 1/9/2010 and 2/9/2010. The incident happened
as people celebrating the festival were about depart from the venue after whole night
Solung Festival Celebration Committee (SFCC), Itanagar volunteers when tried to chase
them, the miscreants disappeared into the dark of the night.
SFCC, Itanagar has lodged a written FIR at Itanagar Police Station to nab the culprits.
While condemning the incidence and the people involved in the incidence, SFCC, Itanagar
urged upon the concerned authority to provide adequate police security cover specially
in the night during Solung Festival at the ground so that such incidence could be
averted before hands.
Keep people in mind while taking decision: PAYWA
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Palin Area Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) has extended support
to the issue raised by the All Kurung Kumey District Students Union for all round
development of the district. It said introduction of air sorties would ensure smooth
supply of PDS items in interior areas.
The people from Chambang, Yangte, Gangte, Tali and other areas have settled at Palin
since 2002-2005 due to non-availability of essential ration items, which is very
unfortunate, the Association said, adding as a result the Palin area has been facing
many problems including scarcity of drinking water and sanitation.
It is common people who are facing problems during tug of war between organizations
and political party, the Association said and appealed the Chief Minister and his
cabinet colleagues to take decision only in favour of people.
AEKSU demands early construction of Seppa-Chayang Tajo road
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Expressing resentment over the slow progress of development activities,
particularly road infrastructure, All East Kameng Students Union has urged the Gammon
India Ltd to expedite the construction work of the 81 KM NEC funded Seppa to Chayang
The Govt officials and general people of Bameng and Chanyang Tajo area are facing
lot of problems due to delay in construction of road, the union said and alleged
that quality of road construction works is not up to the satisfactory.
Mentioning other ongoing development activities, the union also demanded immediate
completion of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana under Seppa electrical division,
quality implementation of PMGSY project in East Kameng. It also asked the civil aviation
department to provide basic facilities like passengers and VIP waiting rooms, security
checking room at Seppa Helipad.
While pleading for proper infrastructure in Seppa Govt College, the union also appealed
the people to extend cooperation to the district administration in its eviction drive
against land encroachment.
46 vie for Mon Ser-gyeling
TAWANG Sept 2: A modest initiative of Film Federation of Monyul (FFM) to hunt and
groom the talented but unrecognized singers of Monpa community under the banner of
Mon Ser-Gyeling, a mega Monpa singing hunt started off with a big bang at Tawang
in Kalawangpo Convention Centre here yesterday.
46 final participants performed their introductory talents in front of hall packed
audience from the Monyul region of – Tawang, Bomdila, Khalakthang, Dirang, Rupa,
Morshing, Shergaon and Nafra.
The mega singing hunt has been categorized into; Mon Ser-Gyeling (General songs category),
the winner of this category will drive home a ‘Chevrolet Spark’ along with a cash
prize of one lakh rupees. The second category, Mon Rigshung Ser-Gyeling (Folk song
category) winner will pocket a cash prize of one lakh rupees.
“We are on a way to achieve milestones in preserving the indigenous Monpa culture.
Today, where the younger generation are embracing the Western culture in the name
of modernization, such platform will inspire and instigate craze in our own culture
and tradition”, expressed Pema Khandu the Chief Patron of Film Federation of Monyul
(FFM) in his keynote address on the inaugural ceremony of Mon Ser-Gyeling. On behalf
of the federation and the people of Monyul region he expressed his gratitude to the
sponsors of the show.
“Food and clothing doesn’t define culture as these are basic human needs which are
dependent on topographical and vegetation of a region; however songs, language, dance
and religion identifies people which in turn define culture. Change is constant and
we need to be flexible with changing time but not at the cost of losing ones own
identity; said Ven. Guru Rimphoche the abbot of Tawang Monastery who graced the function
as Chief Guest.
T. Chombay Kee, President of FFM, who initiated the formation of FFM and organizing
Mon Ser-Gyaling thanked the dignitaries and Pema Khandu for his infinite support
in planning the show and bearing the trouble to find the philanthropic sponsors.
East Siang teachers call on Siram
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: The ATA East Siang Unit President Tabung Ering along with Principals,
Vice-Principals and Head masters of Pasighat met the Education Minister at Pasighat
yesterday and appealed him to review the restructure of the departmental supplement
for the interest of the teaching community of the state.Expressing his dismay, the
President Ering said that the govt. plan is unfortunate and if implemented JTs will
be badly affected and deprived.
Siram said that he would take care of the welfare of the teachers and appealed to
adhere to CCE pattern in schools for the larger interest of the education system
in the state. He stated there will be no compromise with the educational development
and full fledged education bill would be implemented in the state from the January’11
Intensive prog on SHG
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Intensive programmes on Self-Help Group (SHG) are being conducted
in entire East Kameng district by Arunachal Grace of Green Society (AGGS), an NGO,
in collaboration with NABARD from August 14 last.
The progamme is being led by Demo Dada which aims to create awareness among people
about the benefit of forming SHGs for self employment by undertaking various income
generating activities. So far, nine SHGs have been formed since start of the programme,
according to an AGGS release.
NNN condemns murder
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Nyishi Nyem Acham while reacting to alleged murder of Late Nebia
Tara Yater, daughter of Nebia Sania from Bulapu Papumpare on Aug 16 has said that
justice be delivered.
It informed that Yater was deserted by her first husband and subsequently married
off to the younger brother.
NNN while reacting to the alleged killing said that first husband of Yater is answerable
to the parents and the society.
While terming the killing as inhuman, NN has called for punishment of those involved.
Students to renovate hostel
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: All Sagalee Students Union is going to organize social service
at government middle school, Laptap on 11th September to renovate 60 bedded MIBT
boys hostel. The need for renovation aroused as existing hostel has been deteriorating
in recent years. The renovation work is being conducted under collaboration with
All Papum Pare District Students Union and Toru Circle Students Union through self
Union has requested all likeminded citizens of the area to provide helping to make
this social service a success for the poor students and parents of area.
Society for Disabilities Act 1995
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Extending its moral and full support to the hunger strike being
launched by All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society from Sept 3 in protest
against non-implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995, the Capital
Complex unit of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) criticised the State Government
for delaying in the implementation of the same Act.
The Act is Centre’s attempt to help people with disabilities through job reservation
in all government departments. But the same Act is yet to be implemented in Arunachal
Pradesh which deprived them of their rights, ANYA unit said in a release.
ITANAGAR: The Pushi Bango Students Union reiterated its demand for posting of sufficient
numbers of teachers in the Pushi Bango dominated area and will continue the bandh
call on Sept 3. The Union has informed that it would not allow vehicular movements
in the Pushi Bango area.
ASU Fresher’s meet
DELHI, SEPT 3: 23rd fresher’s meet of the Arunachal Pradesh Students Union of Delhi
(ASUD) under the leadership of Lokam Anand. was celebrated on Sept 1 at Arunachal
Lenzing Jerang and Mary Sangey were crowned Mr and Miss fresher.
Union minister for parliamentary and planning V.Narayanasamy was the chief guest
while MP Oscar Fernandez was the special guest of the evening.
Minister UD and PWD Nabum Tuki, Secretaries (AICC) Meenakshi Natranjan, Sanjay
Bapna, Sudhakar Reddy, Alka Lamba, Ranji Thomas, NSUI President Hibi Eden, general
secretary(APCC)T.C Tok, MLAs Nido Pavitra and Likha Saya, Chief Resident Commissioner
Avinash Kumar Mishra and many other senior leaders and students of the state attended
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: A mass social service was organised at Palin circle headquarters
to broaden the road from circle office to the market via public health centre and
BDO office and make motorable one. This has also reduced the distance from market
area to the circle HQ from I km to 200 meters.
Panchayat leaders and villagers of Middle Hinda, Dui, Tassar, Amji, Lumba, Govt staff
of Palin circle, bussiness community and general public led by Palin ZPM Techi Azad
voluntarily participated in the social service.
Prog on drug abuse
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Arunachal Jagriti informed that talk program by Swami Vishweshananda,
secretary, RK Mission hospital on topic “An action plan to eradicate drug from state
of Arunachal Pradesh” has been postponed to 8th of September which actually was supposeed
to be held on 3rd September.
Komoli Mossang, chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, will be
guest of honour for the day.
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: A medical awareness campaign was recently held at Kasturba Gandhi
Balika Vidyalaya, Tali, with KGBV Tali chairman Tamuk Tania overseeing the program
along with medical officer of PHC Tali and his group of staffs.
The medical team examined couple of students who were suffering from headache, stomach
pain, cough, scabies and eye infections. Various measures to keep away from disease
affecting the area were informed during the day by medical officer.
ITANAGAR, Sept 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (AAPATCYO)
has lauded the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues for taking steps for renovation
of NH-52A. It appealed the executing agencies to give priority on quality works
while taking up the road renovation.