Chakma refugees sent back to designated camp
JAIRAMPUR, Sept 11: Seven Chakma refugee families with 28 members residing illegally
in Jairampur circle, Changlang district were sent back to their designated camps
located at Diyun today by the youths of Kovin, Honkap and Taipong.
Initially, it was only one family that we had record of but when we inquired further
it was stunning to locate six more families scattered along the bank of Namchik River,
informed ASM Samtu Simai.
We also found that none of the 28 individuals had any legal documents like inner
liner permit with them, he added. It was unanimous decision of panchayat leaders,
village heads and youths to drive off the Chakma refugees residing illegally in Jairampur
circle, he said.
We have not used any means of violence or threat to drive them out but in fact we
convened a meeting and told them to leave this area as they have been working and
residing here illegally and also advised them never to come back, he added.
He also appealed to the concerned authorities to make sure that such illegal colony
doesn’t crop up in the future.
Over the last one decade, Chakmas have spread out of their designated camps and spilled
over to reserve forests areas in the district.
CM visits rain devastated Upper Siang
ITANAGAR Sept 11: Concerned over the situation arising out of incessant rain leading
to flash flood that claimed eight lives and swept away several houses in Mosing village
under Upper Siang on September 8 last, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
made an aerial survey of the district to take firsthand account of the magnitude
of disaster. The district is cut off from rest of the world for last three days due
to road blockages in several points.
While expressing his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Khandu released
Rs. 20 lakhs as immediate relief to the kith and kin of the deceased and for those
who sustained injuries.
He assured all possible assistance from the state government to bring back the district
to normalcy and has issued immediate directions to the works departments to take
up restoration of road communication, water supply and electricity.
In the wake of situation arising out of incessant rain leading to flash flood, inflation
of all the small streams, landslides and flood like situation, the state government
has requested the union government to declare the calamity as a national calamity
and extend all necessary helps in this regard to the already fund constraint state
government. Khandu had written letters to the Prime Minister, UPA Chairperson Sonia
Gandhi and many other Union Ministers in this regard and has urged to send a high
level central team to assess the quantum of damage done by the natural catastrophe.
Meanwhile the chief minister has alerted all the DCs and the police to be in preparedness
for relief and rescue operations wherever required specially during late hours of
night, reports PRO to CM.
Flood fury at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Sept 11: The road communication between Pasighat and Yagrung in East Siang
is cut off since last two days when the approach of a timber bridge over Poglek River
was washed away due to a flash flood damaging the bridge badly.
According to Er. Tapi Darang EE (PWD) one Bailey Bridge over river Tolon, 13 km away
from Pasighat is also at high risk.
The Pasighat-Pangin road was breached and blocked at several places due to heavy
rainfall. The ‘14 mile Kalamati’ is badly affected area but men and machineries have
been deployed for restoration. It would take 3-4 days to bring normalcy, the sources
Union supports AAPSU, demands state varsity at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) have expressed
gratitude to All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) for inclusion of the demand
for the upgrdation of Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Pasighat to a state University in
AAPSU’s charter of demand submitted to state government recently. This noble and
historic move will benefit the people of the state at large and is sure to add a
milestone in the progress of the Arunachal, stated AESDSU Vice-President David Gao.
The demand for the upgradation of JN College into a state University was placed by
AESDSU in the recently held AAPSU federal assembly at Ziro which received support
from every student organizations and later it was included in AAPSU’s charter of
demand. It also demanded the state government to immediately establish state university
at Pasighat and start the PG Classes from next session.
AESDSU hoped that under the leadership of AAPSU, President, Takam Tatung, union would
earmark a new feat of success for the overall development of the state in the coming
The Union also extended its gratitude to the East Siang District Administration for
materializing its demand in shifting the land allotted to JNV by JN college Pasighat
in its upper campus to the north-west direction from the present side.
The Union further appealed the district administration to issue immediate order to
vacate the land to those shopkeepers who are illegally occupying land in the lower
campus of the college failing to which Union will take its own course of action.
PPA slams govt depts on CAG report
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: People’s party of Arunachal while reacting to Comptroller and
Auditor General’s Report for year ending March 2009 demanded that all the departments
in questions should be immediately investigated and persons involved in financial
irregularities should be punished to set example to other corrupted departments too.
It said that irregularities and misutilisation of the fund in the Government Departments
as revealed in the report of the Controller and Auditor General of India is matter
of serious concerned.
On wrong selection of the locations of the schemes, the party termed it lack far
sightedness and narrow political outlook of elected leaders, who in order to accommodate
few of their political sycophants did it at the cost of development.
It has also mentioned that a fund has been misappropriated and implementation of
MPLADS has been failed due to non adherence of guidelines and financial rules.
The party further questioned why the CAG report was not discussed at the floor of
The party further said that in order to prevent the misappropriation of the funds,
the third party monitoring system should be introduced in all departments including
autonomous institutions like Rajiv Gandhi University, NIT, NERIST, etc to ensure
independent monitoring of the third party.
The party appealed to the Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Romesh to
give due consideration to the opinions and views of the affected people of the Mega
dams in the State. PPA advocated that instead of the mega dam the Run off River projects
should be constructed in Arunachal Pradesh to ensure safety of the downstream people
and socio-ecology harmony. PPA further demanded that Special Investigation Cell
reveal the name of IAS officers and other who have been alleged to be involved in
the multicrores PDS scandal.
Flood causes extensive damage across the state
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Reports of extensive damages caused to the people in the form
of property loss, disruption in road communication, power and water supply by the
recent flash flood due to torrential rains within and off the capital region have
been pouring in.
The Down Colony, Naharlagun remained cut off from main market following washing away
of the RCC bridge over Lagun River at Down Polo Colony. The flash flood, which occurred
on September 9 and 10, also washed away the retaining wall along with nine houses,
claimed a DCWSDC release.
The people of the colony appealed to the authority to re-construct the bridge and
provide relief materials for their rehabilitation.
Flash flood also caused extensive damage to paddy fields, road & culverts, dwelling
houses at Pichola, Tanihapa, Dokum villages.
A Pichola Tanihapa & Dokum Village Defence Committee release claimed that Panbari,
Pichola, Tanihapa and Kerekjuli river culverts were washed away by flash flood causing
disruption in road communication of Pichola, Gorubanda and Tani Hapa. It further
claimed that as many as 20 houses and 27 paddy fields were washed away, 10 fish ponds
damaged and 30 jhum cultivation destroyed under the impact of flash flood.
The road communication from Itanagar to Basarnala via Jote has been badly damaged
on Friday due to torrential rain and landslide at various points. While informing
this, All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) said that patients suffering from various
diseases at various interior places have been facing lots of problem in reaching
hospitals due to bad road communication. It appealed to the authority concerned to
take prompt action to restore road communication, power supply and telecom services
which were cut off due to incessant rain. Further, APPSU appealed to the Government
to release relief to the affected villagers and assess the extent of damages caused
to paddy fields by authority concerned. Barapani Welfare Committee (BWC) president,
on behalf of the flood affected people residing near the bank of Pachin river, who
have lost their houses, household items and other valuables in the recent flood,
sought financial help from the State Government for their quick rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the Papum Pare district and Capital Complex units of All Nyishi Youth
Association (ANYA), in their separate releases, strongly urged the Government as
well as local MLA to provide relief to the people of capital region affected by the
recent natural calamity.
While Papum Pare unit criticized the implementing agencies for their hesitancy in
releasing fund eventhough Government sanctions money for such emergency purposes,
the Capital Complex unit threatened to launch its own course of action if Government
fails to redress grievances of the affected people.
Meanwhile, Development Committee of Pachin Colony lauded MLA Techi Kaso for his personal
initiative to clear the road from Pachin Colony to NH 52A. It urged PWD authority
for further clearance of the road.
FGA appeals to district admn
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The members of Master Coordinating Committee (MCC), board of
governing body of Future Generations Arunachal in its half yearly meeting held at
SIRD hall today resolved to urged the Lower Subansiri District Administration for
immediate recovery of the key of the organization’s vehicle from the GREF personnel.
While discussing the unfortunate incident of August 30, the members in the meeting
said that besides assault on Executive Director of Future Generations Arunachal Dr.
Tage Kanno, the key of the organization’s vehicle have been snatched away by GREF
personnel following a minor altercation.
The FGA in a release today said that the official vehicle is kept unused in the
police custody and despite request by MCC members the key of the vehicle has not
yet been returned by the GREF personnel.
While condemning the incident of Aug 30, the organization said that such kind of
incident should not be repeated in future.
FGA is also working for community based sustainable development in Arunachal since
more than a decade as the GREF does for the welfare of the nation, the release said.
The organization wants to keep a good relation with the GREF personnel, it said
and asked the GREF authority to return the FGA official Bolero key immediately.
Govt is duty bound to release pending PDS bills: Contractors
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association has demanded the
State Govt for early release of the PDS bills of contractors which remains pending
While threatening to launch democratic movement in favour of its demand, the Association
president Nabam Tagam said the Govt should act promptly in releasing pending bills
in order to avoid any law and order problems and opening of “another Multi crore
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the Association quoting the HC order on May
13, 2008 and another division bench order on June 18, 2009 and recent court order
on June 15 last said that the pending PDS bills do not come under PIL No.50/2004.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu informed the Assembly on Sept 6 that Centre had agreed
to pay 50 per cent of the amount in the first phase for the bills pending from the
year 2007 till date but had refused to pay the earlier bills for the year 2004 to
2006, as it was subjudiced.
The Association, however, said that as per record of the Govts (both Centre and state)
there is no subjudice case regarding pending bills. As such there is no stay order
Pointing out the resolutions taken by the Association on Sept 4 last, the memorandum
said, the PDS contractors has been appointed by the state Govt along with a deed
of agreement. As per Indian Contract Act, the appointing authority is duty bound
to make the payments to the contractors, it said.
Highlighting the plight of the contractors due to non-payment of bills, the Association
said most of the contractors have been bankrupted and at the same time the Apex Bank
almost collapsed due to non-repayment of the loan amount by the contractors as they
are not receiving yet their pending bills from the Govt. Reminding the state Govt
that “28 contractors have obtained High Court orders against their pending Hill
Transport Subsidy bills and 8 money decrees that has been passed by Fast Tract Court
against the state Government with 6% interest levied annually with total interest
of `75.0 crores till date, the Association said that pending of bills with interest
will badly affect the state coffer.
Why the state Govt sabotaged the PDS contractors bills, which is 100 per cent reimbursable
from the FCI/Central Govt, while the concerned department has released crores of
rupees to the contractors against iodized salt, levy sugar, SK Oil which is also
reimbursable as that of PDS/HTS, the Association questioned.
Student bodies demand cancellation of Govt decision on PRC
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: All Changlang District Students Union and All Lohit Students Union
have warned that there would be serious law and order problem if state government
does not cancel the decision of giving PRC to non-APST in the two districts. A joint
meeting of two district student unions was held at Tezu yesterday, in which they
decided to fight tooth and nail against this historic blunder committed by state
Both the union stated that this decision has deeply hurt the sentiment of local citizen
and it is like adding salt to the injury as already people of both the district has
suffered enough due to refugee and insurgency problem.
The two unions claimed that this order issued by the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh which
will facilitates the non-APST people to acquire Permanent Residential Certificate
in two districts is a clear invitation by our political bosses to make these already
suffering districts as dumping ground for refugees and consequently the gateway to
Indian citizenship via PRC. This order has been issued purely for the political
benefits of politicians and ordinary citizens of two districts will never accept
this order, the two union stated.
Both the union has supported move of apex students Union ‘AAPSU’ who has given ultimatum
to state government to cancel this controversial decision.
IDEA Opens Skill Development Training at Ziro
Ziro, Sept 11: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration
with NABARD inaugurated the first phase of Skill development training programme for
25 rural women of Ziro on September 9 at IDEA Training Centre near Hong Village in
While inaugurating the programme the Chief Guest Hibu Uma, ZPM appreciated the steps
taken by IDEA for women empowerment and human development particularly to reach the
rural women in the interior villages of Arunachal Pradesh. He enlightened the trainees
on the scope of entrepreneurial activities in Ziro.
The guest of honour Shri Hage Tado, Joint Director for Textiles congratulated the
participants for taking a daring step to learn a new skill and earn something to
improve the standard of living of the family.
He reminded the participants that they have the hidden treasure of many inborn talents.
This is a golden opportunity to unearth their talents for the good of themselves
and for the humanity.
While thanking IDEA for such initiatives he ensured his wholehearted support to the
trainees in the form of loans, insurance and any advanced studies in this level to
take up small scale enterprise activities after the completion of the training.
The Don Bosco School Principal and IDEA training centre in-charge Rev. Fr. Xavier
thanked NABARD for their wholehearted support and interest towards the rural women
empowerment in Ziro. Speaking on the occasion he highlighted the need of capacitating
the girl children to insure empowered families. He also said that the very coming
together to learn in itself is a process of socialization and human development.
It will positively contribute to social change.
Sanjiv Tirkey the project coordinator of IDEA elaborated on the training module and
positive outcome of the programme. He said that IDEA is trying to help people to
help themselves. Thus IDEA is networking with various other developmental actors
such as NABARD, Government departments and likeminded NGOs to attain this goal.
He also reiterated the commitment of the President of IDEA Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas,
the Bishop of Itanagar to enable the rural youth and women of Arunachal towards holistic
John Tadu Ex-ZPM and Coordinator of IDEA Programmes at Ziro said that IDEA has been
creating multiple avenues for women empowerment and sustainable development to make
the people of Arunachal Pradesh self-reliant and productive.
Rural Youth Interaction Day
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Upper Subansiri District organized “Rural
Youth Interaction Day” at Paka Govt. Middle School under Dumporijo Circle on Sept
9. Around 61 participants comprising of student & rural youth of surrounding area
along with teachers of the school took part in the interaction programme.
Agricultural Development Officer, Dumporijo Circle Limi Ado, spoke about the importance
and scope of Agriculture and allied subjects for the aspiring youths.
Regarding the technical session, Dr. Wahengbam Purnima Devi, Subject Matter Specialist
(Agron) spoke on “Integrated Nutrient Management” through slide presentation and
also carried out a method demonstration on seed treatment with bio-fertilizers.
Dr. Bina Saikia, Subject Matter Specialist (A.H. & Vety) discussed in detail about
the “Formation of Self -Help Group (SHG)” particularly for the women section and
how they can improve their financial status and contribute to their household and
society. Mr. Dipjyoti Bora, Programme Assistant (Fisheries) spoke on “Importance
of Fisheries in rural development” and motivated the participants to start fish farming
professionally as the area was particularly lacking in this field.
Rekik Roniya, Head Master of the Middle School also spoke on the day.
APPRCC reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Coordination Committee (APPRCC)
in its meeting held here yesterday reiterated the demands submitted in a memorandum
to the state Govt on July 19, 2009.
The meeting attended by ZPCs, ZPMs and ASM chairpersons of the districts resolved
to chalk out strategy in favour of their demands in a meeting to be held in the last
part of October. It was further resolved that district coordination meeting of the
APPRCC would be held in each district within September before the proposed October
Upper Subansiri ATA unit clarifies
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The issue involving the DDSE which was cropped up due to misunderstanding
has been resolved in a meeting on Aug 28 last, said Arunachal Teachers Association
(ATA), Upper Subansiri District Unit in a release today.
Reacting to the press statement of ANYA Upper Subansiri district unit pleading suspension
of DDSE for alleged misappropriation of public money, the ATA unit said that the
Panchayat leaders, students and DDSE in a meeting held on August 28 in presence
of RD and Panchayati Raj Minister Takar Marde and Education Minister Bosiram Siram
have cleared the misunderstanding and settled the case amicably. It appealed
the organizations not to raise the issue further as it will affect the academic activities
of the education institutions.
Meanwhile, ATA unit has appealed the state Govt to take steps for phase-wise regularization
of SSA teachers.
Reminding the pen down strike proposed by the AASSATA, the unit said Govt should
fulfill its assurance for the interest of the SSA teachers most of who are serving
in remote areas despite meagre amount of salary.
Post harvest management on apple held at Dirang
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Under the auspices of National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ministry
of Agriculture, Govt. of India, Gurgaon a 2 days training cum demonstration on Post
harvest management on apple was orgainised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) West Kameng,
Dirang from Sept 10.
Altogether 70 delegates including scientists, state department official, KVK officials,
practicing farmers, farm women and unemployed rural youth attended the programme.
The main aim and objectives of training programme was to create awareness among the
apple growers on proper post harvest management, provide value addition for marketing
by means of accurate grading and packaging, selection of suitable packaging materials
for export market and introduce the fruit harvester to reduce the fruit damage.
Dr. N.D. Singh, Programme Coordinator of the Kendra highlighted the role and function
of the KVK especially in the field of frontline demonstration, on farm trails and
training on agriculture and its allied sectors in West Kameng district.
Addressing the day of inaugural programme, H. Donyi, Additional Deputy Commissioner
stressed upon the farmers to take up horticulture and agriculture activities.
Dr. V. Paul, Incharge Director of national Research Centre on Yak, Dirang highlighted
the importance of commercial apple cultivation and its benefit in terms of employment
generation, higher income and foreign exchange earnings.
N. Phaichulpa, District Horticulture Officer, West Kameng district focused on the
immense potential of apple industry for generation remunerative self employment among
small marginal farmers.
Bodumba, Progressive farmer of Dirang shared his experience of becoming a progressive
farmer by taking up apple cultivation. He lauded the farmers to be sincere towards
taking up different operation as apple being sensitive crop to many pests and diseases.
Later during the technical session Dr. N.D. Singh, Programme Coordinator of the Kendra
and T. Boko, Subject matter Specialist (PP) of KVK West Kameng spoke on post harvest
management on apple for self life enhancement by selecting suitable packaging materials
for distance market and post harvest disease management on apple.
SLSA draw 1-1 with YS XI; NERIST win
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) and YS XI played out a 1-1
draw in a league level match of the 2nd Summer Cup Invitational Football Championship
at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
In the day’s another match, NERIST team beat FC Senki Valley by a margin of 5-1 goals.
DFC vs GHSS, Polo
Colony, 2 pm
Game Zone vs AUSC, 4 pm
Annual sports & games
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Second Kipa Tai Memorial Volleyball and Badminton Tournament
got underway at Zingang Colony, Papu Nallah, Naharlagun yesterday with MLA Markio
Tado inaugurating the annual sporting event amidst huge gathering.
Altogether 16 badminton players and 8 volleyball teams are participating in the tournament.
Finals of both the events will be played on September 21.
The winner of the volleyball tournament would be given Rs 70,000 while champion of
the badminton event will get Rs. 30,000.
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Tanya Agu has been elected general secretary of Students Union,
Dera Natung Govt. College.
Committee demands RRC Bridge over Lagun river
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Upper Damsite (West) Welfare Committee along with public conducted
social service today.
During the social service they constructed 20 meters long temporary Bamboo Bridge
over Lagun River.
It appealed to the concerned authority, Local MLA and the state government to immediately
construct RCC Bridge at Lagun River, Upper Damsite.
Social service cum volley competition
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: All Parang Circle Youth Association is conducting social service
and Volley Ball competition for boys and girls at Government Secondary School, Parang
on October 1 and 2.
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: East Damsite Welfare Committee has been remained as East Damsite
Development Welfare Committee, in a meeting held at Naharlagun today.
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Tai Nikio and Tai Kaku have been selected as Chairman and General
Secretary of Tai Welfare Society in a meeting held yesterday.
During the meeting, the society felicitated Tai Akin, Tai Hali, Tai Mani, Tai Dupluty
and Tai Ayum on being topped in the CBSE 2010 examination amongst the students of
Tai clan and assure to continue such programme for the students community.
Meet on hydro project
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Segi Gusar Anchal Block ZPM Pakde Uli taking concerned over the
proposed Subansiri Upper Hydro Project appealed all the people of the project affected
areas to keep vigil on the entire project related matters.
Meanwhile, the ZPM convened a meeting relating to the said Hydro Project on September
15 at Dumporijo.
Oyan Solung Festival postponed to Sept 14
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Oyan Solung festival committee has postponed the Oyan Solung festival
celebration to September 14 informed festival committee president Sen Pao.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner East Siang District Onit Pannyang and SDO Ruksin Yemling
Tayeng have consented to attend the festival as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
Besides Ponung party from Mangnang village, variety show would also be conducted
during the celebration.
ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture), Rajesh Tacho stressed the need
for revitalized extension services for ensuring growth of farm sector through ambitious
programmes like RKVY, MMA Watershed Development which are funded by Govt. of India.
He said this during a Departmental Coordination Meeting held at the Directorate of
Agriculture on Sept 10.
The Director (Agriculture), Tago Basar appealed to District Officers for radical
changes of mindset for successful implementation of the programmes.
The meeting was attended by all the senior officers of the Department who appraised
about the district specific plans.
Association demands adequate medicines
ITANAGAR: All Puyu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association appealed to the Director,
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Nirjuly to provide adequate medicines to contain
Foot and Mouth Disease of Mithun in the area.
It further appealed to the government to immediately release relief materials to
Mithun owner, who lost their Mithun in the present FMD epidemic.
Continue support to Toko Teji
ITANAGAR: Adi Students Union has appealed the people of the state to continue their
support to the wonder boy Toko Teji who is performing in India Got Talent -2, a reality
show in Colors TV. Let the world know Arunachal through Toko Teji, the union said.
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Itanagar observed two minutes silence
at Itanagar Donyi Polo Ganging today and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed
soul of IFS officer Kayang Pertin, who died in a road accident near Balipara on Sept
The members of the Yelam Kebang also prayed for the early recovery of the injured
members and extended its condolence message to the bereaved family members.
Meanwhile, Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has condoled the death of Late Kayeng Pertin.
Late Pertin was a dedicated Indian Forest Service Officer and a source of inspiration
for young generation. His death is a irreparable loss for the state, AdiSU said
in its condolence message.
The union prayed to Donyi-Polo for eternal peace for the departed soul and for enough
strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.