Irrigation system collapses in East Siang • Tezu cut off
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Incessant rains over the last few weeks has thrown life out of
gear in many parts of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in East Siang and Lohit districts.
Floods triggered by rain submerged paddy fields, causing erosion and landslides in
many areas of Nari, Ruksin, Pasighat and adjacent areas of East Siang district.
Flood due to incessant rain caused extensive damages to irrigation system in East
Siang district with major damage occurring in the irrigation channel at Ledum village.
The headwork with sluice gate and around 100 metre of channel of Dengkam MIC which
irrigates around 400 Ha. of paddy fields of Ledum and Bilat- Bamin were completely
washed away rendering the irrigation channel completely dry.
Many small and individual irrigation channels have also been damaged and washed away
by the rain water. The villagers including the Gaon Burahs and the PRI members have
expressed apprehensions that the standing crops will be damaged without irrigation
system and the people will face shortage of food grains. They appealed to the East
Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra, who visited the fields along with officers
and the villagers to take up the matter with the authority concerned for starting
the restoration works to avert the people’s misery.
The deputy commissioner assured to take up the matter with the authority concerned
for immediate restoration works to save the standing crops. He also said that the
officers of the Agriculture Department will also be instructed to assess the losses
immediately for onward submission to the Govt.
Bilat circle officer Tony Mitkong informed that there has been lot of damages in
other villages under Bilat circle. Many fish ponds of Ledum, Mirem etc. were completely
damaged and filled with heavy silt.
He informed that all the damage reports have been intimated to the departments concerned.
Genom Perme, EE (WRD) informed that a damage report of Rs. 12 lakh has been estimated
for immediate restoration of the Dengkam MIC. However, it would require around Rs.
60 lakh for its complete reconstruction. MICs like Gagul Nallah of Niglok, Siboh
Nallah of Ngorlung, Latu Nallah of Mirem, Penneng Nallah of Bilat etc.have suffered
major damages. Reports of such damages from other parts of the district are also
pouring in and staff are deputed to asses the extent of damages, informed the EE.
In Lohit district, continuous heavy and unprecedented rainfall since last four days
badly affected the normal life. Road communication between Tezu and Tinsukia via
Parsuram and Alubari ghat remains totally cut off since yesterday. Water level of
all major rivers and its tributaries are in full spate.
BRO reported landslide in three locations between Tohangam to Brahmkund/ Parsuram
route. Overflowing water of Sibiri river has inundated many houses at Alubari area
including MLA Chow Tewa Mein’s residence and Kids foundation school and water of
Dihing river is reportedly entering Dharampur area toppling embankment. Tezu Township,
and Namsai Town are also facing water logging. Situation is worsening in Sunpura
circle as the water of Balijan river has inundated many dwelling houses and VKV School.
The affected villagers and students of VKV are being shifted to safer places.
Rainfall data recorded in last 24 hrs 224.20 mm at Tezu (Highest in this year till
now). Road communication between Tezu to Anjaw has been again blocked at four locations.
Restoration works has been disrupted due to continuous rain. Chairman DDMA Lohit
R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Lohit directed all outpost administration officers
to remain vigilant on flood situation. Water level of all the rivers like Lohit,
Kamlang, Noa Dehing and tributaries especially like Tezu nala, Tabang nala, Sibiri
and Denning nala are in full spate. W R Deptt has been engaged to monitor the flood
situation in and around Township. Few dwelling house and Power house at Sunpura has
been reportedly inundated by rainwater. Loss of livestock and crops are also reported.
Electricity and water supply disrupted in the Tezu Township and its adjoining villages.
The district administration and District Disaster Management Authority is keeping
vigil on the situation. The Food and Civil Supplies authority is also taking stock
of food stuff, LPG and fuel in the area, according to official sources.
Pertin urges Centre for formal notification on de-reservation of Deopani RF
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Former Dambuk MLA Roding Pertin, in a letter to Union Minister
of State, Environment & Forests Jayanti Natarajan appealed for immediate issuance
of formal notification regarding de-reservation of Deopani Reserve Forest under
Lower Dibang Valley district.
Though Supreme Court (SC) has cleared the proposal of the state government for deserving
the Reserve Forest on September nine, 2011, no formal notification for dereserving
the RF has been issued yet, the letter said. Pertin further informed in his letter
that the state Govt. had also written a letter to MoEF for issuance of formal notification
on September 22, 2011 but no initiative has been taken yet.
De-reservation process of Deopani RF started just after the great earthquake of 1950
in order to regularize the encroachment case of displaced people. After a lapse of
40 years, Govt. of India approved in-principle the proposal of the state Govt. to
de-reserve the Deopani RF on certain conditions. After having fulfilled the conditions,
the state Govt. approached the MoEF to issue formal notification of de-reservation
of the said RF in the year 2004.
However, the imposition of ban on Forest activities by the Supreme Court restrained
the MoEF to issue formal notification of de-reserving the RF.
PWD in East Siang draws flak, DC seeks report on MMJ road condition
RUKSIN, Sept 19: The Public Work Department (PWD) in East Siang has come under massive
public criticism for its alleged inaction and failure to properly maintain the bridges
and roads in the district. Describing it as an ‘idle department’ in the district,
the public say, the department neither construct new road/bridges nor repair the
worn out ones for years.
The people of Ruksin area, including the students and youth leaders have criticized
the inaction of PWD officials and said that the failure of department concerned
to restore road communication along MMJ road has invited massive public ire.
The Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF), in a petition submitted to the authority stated
that the PWD department, despite of repeated approach, has not yet taken up any fruitful
step for restoration of road communication. Delay in restoration of road has caused
great hardship to the villagers of Ngorlung and Niglok villages to reach Ruksin town
for official, medical and other purposes as there is no alternative routes. The school
going children are suffering a lot for the last three months, it said. It may be
recalled that a Bailey bridge along MMJ road, linking those areas caved in due to
overload on June 23 this year snapping road communication. The PWD partly restored
communication along the road by constructing a week and temporary log bridge which
was washed away by the next flood wave.
RAYF president Tadi Jonnom, accompanied by the chief functionaries of Ngorlung Students
Union today moved the East Siang Deputy Commissioner and sought his intervention
for early restoration of the road communication. They also gave authority 15 days
to restore the road communication.
Talking to this correspondent, East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra informed
that he has directed the Ruksin Sub-divisional administration to enquire the present
condition of the MMJ road at Ruksin-Ngorlung portion and submit report within the
next four days. The DC is expected to visit the area on September 22.
ALSU reiterates demands, to stage peaceful dharna
ITANAGAR Sept 19: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has decided to stage peaceful
dharna on 27th September during Assembly Session in favour of its various demands.
In a intimation letter addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki seeking his attention
towards it’s demand for early separation of judiciary from executive in Arunachal,
ALSU expressed dissatisfaction over lackadaisical attitude of legislatures in regards
to their demands.
Separation of judiciary from executive is yet to be materialized which resulted in
slow delivery of justice and it is yet to be in the spirit of parliamentary democracy,
said ALSU. “When the focus of governance is on inclusive growth and for equity
and justice, it is right time that the judiciary be separated in state”, the Union
said. The union further claimed that recent incidents in the state connecting law
and order are nothing but negligence on the part of government by not hearing its
repeated demands for separation of judiciary from executive.
The Union also called for immediate creation of Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Service
Commission stating that all North East states have their own judicial service commission
except Arunachal Pradesh. ALSU further demanded immediate establishment of the separate
high court in the state and appointment of the high court judge from Arunachal.
ALSU further said the proposed dharna is the 1st the phase of its democratic movement
in favour of its demands.
Bureaucratic & institutional hurdles need to be removed to free Bamboo
New Delhi, Sept 19: Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in collaboration with South Asia
Bamboo Foundation (SABF) celebrated World Bamboo Day yesterday. The objective of
this celebration was to ensure sustainable utilization of natural resources, to promote
new cultivation of bamboo for industries in India and to promote its traditional
uses for community economic development. On this occasion CCS and SABF urged to reform
bureaucratic and institutional hurdles in India and to remove Bamboo as ‘tree’ under
forest laws. The Planning Commission estimates that it could provide employment to
nearly 50 million people, particularly among the poorest forest-dependent communities.
On this occasion, Founder and Executive Director, South Asia Bamboo Foundation and
Former President World Bamboo Organization Kamesh Salam said, “the issue of bamboo
being a grass and not a tree is the main cause for the lack of development of bamboo
in the country. Thee Ministry of Environment and Forests is standing in the way of
making the lives of millions of bamboo growers and tribals better by accessing bamboo.
This policy change is immediately needed for the growth of bamboo country.”
He further added, “While the legislative hurdles seem to have been cleared, bureaucratic
and institutional hurdles need to be removed. Our efforts would now be towards the
effective implementation of the objectives envisioned in the new and changed laws
and policies.” Even the Kohima Declaration which was passed on World Bamboo Day 2010
lays down specific measures which will help to realise a goal of a robust but equity-oriented
bamboo industry in India” says Salam.
Bamboo flowering affects five circles
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Tali and Pipsorang circles witness flowering
of bamboo plants which cause an explosion in the rat population in the area.
Large areas of Paddy plants and other food crops have been destroyed in these five
circles due to Rat menace.
Besides this, the incessant rain has also destroyed and washed away drinking water
pipe lines, OBT houses and sector link roads under Palin circle. However, no any
human causality was reported.
Meanwhile, Tali Pastoral Range Committee, Tali Baptist Church appealed to the concerned
authority to look into the matter and provide adequate relief materials to affect
CDPO visits Anganwadi centre at remote village
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Ringu Kama, CDPO Koloriang ICDS Project has inspected the newly
constructed Anganwadi Centres of Nyapin and Sangram ICDS Projects in Kurung Kumey
district on Sept 13 last.
During his visit Kama, who is also holding the additional charge of Nyapin and Sangram
ICDS Projects inspected Anganwadi Centre building at remotest and backward village
Nyokilanghi which falls under Nyapin ICDs Projects.
While inspecting the Anganwadi centre at Nyokilanghi village, Kama expressed satisfaction
over the construction work carried out by the villagers of the concerned village.
He also exhorted the villagers for proper use of the building for imparting non-formal
education to young children of the village. The fund for construction of Angwandi
centres was sanctioned by Department of Social Welfare and Women & Child Development
during the financial year 2011-2012, according to a release issued by Nyokilanghi
Village Development Committee.
An Experiment with SHG
During first forth night of September 2012, a couple of ladies streamed into my chamber
for some days. The first day, when a lady came holding a folded paper in her hand
and stood smiling across my table, I asked, "Yes, sister! What can I help you?"
"Sir, I'm from Khela village. I'm a member of self help group (SHG)," she introduced
herself, extending the paper to me. I took it and opened. The letter was from District
Rural Development Agency (DRDA) office directing them to report Additional Deputy
Commissioner for further instruction.
They came to me in response to our letter written a week back, to Project Director,
DRDA to invite interested self help groups for production of wrapper (thunga) to
replace use of polythene in the local market.
I understood the matter. I stretched my hand to a pile of newspaper on the rack,
took out a sheet out of it and demonstrated how to fold paper and paste to make a
‘thunga’. I repeated demonstration to all those whoever reported me for same.
“Where will we get so many papers from? Should we purchase it?”, they puzzled.
“Newspaper comes in bundles, not daily. Those bundles and other waste papers lie
in abundant in every office and institutions ready to go to dustbin. This wastes
can be recycled and turn it into money”, I preached.
How much quantity to be produced? Where to find market? If products are not accepted,
then what? Who will fix the price? These questions continued to chase their enthusiasm.
I told them to make samples of various sizes and qualities first, and show it to
Deputy Commissioner for his appreciation. On his approval, a circular or ban order
would be issued to all traders and users to abolish polythene from market. Traders
would also be advocated to place their respective demands to Self Help Groups as
per their consumption.
Regarding quality of papers, I suggested that brown wrapper papers in large sizes
are available in Assam market. These papers are stronger than ordinary ones, and
can hold goods more than two-three kilograms. This can be procured in lot to minimize
unit cost of production.
However, for pricing, initially a committee of know-how may be constituted to assess
cost of inputs, labors, profit margin, extent of impact on traders and consumers
by the price, etc; as SHGs may not have that idea in this field.
First, we had a big picture of producing paper carry bag or any other good quality
bag made of eco-friendly, bio- degradable substance to drive away polythene from
town. So, to assess the feasibility and cost of production, Deputy Director of Industries
was involved to explore technical guidance and to submit preliminary project report.
After trying best at his level, the DDI reported the proposal was costly and economically
not viable. The big dream ended there.
However, I continued searching and researching. I talked to one or two big shopkeepers
at Itanagar, Tinsukia who were using good wrappers/bags for packing away customers.
One of them said he procured it from Guwahati, but considering its unit cost it was
not advisable for small shop establishments. I also talked to small traders who used
ordinary paper bags (thungas), and came up with an idea how to make those materials.
As a citizen we also have to do our civic duty of protecting environment from health
hazards. Making towns polythene-free is one of such civic duties. Some states have
already banned use of polythene. But we are not yet ready for it or failed to enforce
ban. The reason for failure might be due to nonexistent of substitutes. So, considering
convenience of consumers, we thought of arranging the alternative substitute first.
Accordingly, report was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, who agreed on the project,
and he instructed to find out local interested women self help group through Project
Director, DRDA. Since the project does not involve machinery and too much technicality,
thunga production could be as well done by any self help group, and it could become
a perennial source of income and self employment for rural women.
On other hand, government too, encourages for formation of Self help groups (SHG)
for promoting self employment to boost up rural economy. For this, government extends
financial assistance also, in various schematic activities. Time to time, training
on skill labors are also given to the rural youth. However, for women SHG member
skill training at their door step could prove more beneficial as all are not in a
position to undertake outside institutionalized training. Trainings should be given
on short term return projects like, agriculture, food preservation, weaving, envelope
making, match box making, candle making, floriculture, poultry, etc; which are generally
suitable economic activity for women.
Self help groups, especially of women, are very instrumental in contributing income
to their family as their hard earned income always goes to meet dire necessities
of the family, while male members are usually extravagant. Therefore, more skill
training in appropriate trade or activity should be made available including financial
assistance, to women self help groups. To add, women empowerment goes to a great
extent in economic empowerment.
While dwelling on self help group, it is worth mentioning that idea is not a new
one to tribal societies, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. Communism of Labors had
existed in the villages since time immemorial. Either clan wise, or in group of likeminded
family relations, labor force was created for clearing forest for jhum, sowing of
crops, weeding of fields, and harvesting, all in time bound manner. These were done
through self help only. They didn't have money to invest; nor had external labors
However, with passage of time, rural people have also become individualistic. There
is no labor available in the village for exchange of hands now, except for daily
wage or on contract. Perhaps, it is the impact of modernity and capitalistic economy.
Those who have money, import labors and get done their agriculture land; and those
who don't, have to painfully toil depending on their family’s hand.
Now, with government’s backing, all those helpless families should come together
again, to think together, go together, work together and do away together all penniless
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: 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 Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
Bandh declared illegal
ITANAGAR Sep 19: Capital administration has declared 12-hour bandh call issued by
Bharatiya Janata Party on 20th September as illegal. Such bandh calls cause untold
hardships and miseries to the common men, particularly wage-earners, business community
and patients, besides creating serious law and order problems, said an official release.
PPA supports Bharat bandh
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) welcomed the decision of
TMC to withdraw its support to UPA II protesting against the FDI in retail, diesel
price rise and LPG capping and appealed other UPA alliances to take the similar decision.
PPA being a people's party in the state has also decided to support the nationwide
bandh called by BJP and other parties.
Claiming that the UPA II was performing very poor, PPA in a release said that many
infamous scandals have been exposed under the UPA government. The Congress is adopting
anti-people policies that will have a direct impact on rural masses as well as urban
“Such anti-people policies need to be resisted by the people,” PPA said.
Changlang KVK conducts training prog for farmers
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Changlang conducted a district level
training cum awareness programme for farmers on integrated nutrient management under
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) programme at Jairampur today.
Agriculture Development Officer Nampong J Tikhak briefed about the central schemes
run by the department while the resource person Dr. N. Kumar, Programme Co-ordinator,
KVK Changlang and subject matter specialist Abhimanyu Chaturvedi educated the farmers
on cash crops cultivation, diversified farming and integrated nutrient management.
Around 50 farmers from villages, including Kovin, Hunkop, New Khamdu and Chamru etc.
attended the training programme.
During technical session, some progressive farmers raise queries and doubts which
were cleared by the resource persons.
Kipa Tai Volleyball Tournament
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The 4th Kipa Tai Volleyball Tournament will start on September
21 at Pappu Nallah.
Altogether, 13 teams are participating this tournament.
The champion of the tournament will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade & Commerce, Phosum Khimhun and Vice-Chairman
of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation ltd. Jabring Venia would attend the inaugural
and closing ceremony respectively.
‘Re-conduct written exam’
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Alleging that unfair means were adopted in recently concluded
written test examination for recruitment of APPBn and IRBn personnel, Tali Area Youth
Organization today demanded the authority to re-conduct the written interview. In
a representation addressed to the parliamentary secretary home, the organization
alleged that some of undeserving candidates got passed in the exam.
Bandh successful, says GPF
ITANAGAR Sept 19: Galo People’s Federation (GPF) claims that 12 hours bandh call
sponsored by them in Upper Siang, East Siang and West Siang was successful. GPF has
called the bandh claiming law and order breakdown in the state particularly in state
capital. Further, the Federation threatened that they will go for 2nd and 3rd phase
agitation if the state government does not fulfill their demands. It further said
that the bandh was supported by various like-minded organizations.
Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: There was no impact of the bandh in Pasighat and Ruksin.
All the Govt offices, schools were functioning as usual and shops, business remained
open today. All modes of vehicles were plying as usual as there was no report of
traffic being held up due to the bandh call.
GSU calls for early creation of Lower Siang district
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Galo Students’ Union (GSU), in a memorandum, has urged the chief
minister to consider the creation of Lower Siang district in the ensuing assembly
session by introducing the district re-organization bill in the assembly.
The Cabinet in 2009 had in principle approved the creation of Lower Siang district
to be carved out from both East and West Siang district. The step initiated by the
government is not only rational but also laudable, the memorandum said. Though the
cabinet had recommended creation of Longding and Lower Siang district on the same
day, the process for creation of the latter is being delayed, the memorandum said
and urged the Chief Minister to expedite the process for creation of Lower Siang.
“We believe that the Lower Siang District would be created in the same way as Anjaw
District and Kurung Kumey district were created without naming the district headquarters
which is the sole bone of contention in connection with Lower Siang district.”
The union further claimed that the chief minister had ‘promised’ before GSU on December
15, 2011 in meeting to create Lower Siang during September, 2012 Assembly sessions.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Continuing a devout tradition of Itanagar Raj Bhavan, Ganesh Chaturthi
was celebrated here with tradition gaiety and fervor, ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’ echoed
here too far way from MaharasHtra, where the festival is celebrated in a big way.
Amid chanting of mantras, a puja performed before idol of Lord Ganesha. Special dishes
particularly ‘Modak’ were prepared for the occasion.
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg along with officials of Governor’s Secretariat and
their families participated in the celebration.
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati,
who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees during the festival.
It is the day Shiva declared his elder son Ganesha as superior to all the gods.
Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune
and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of
travel. The festival is observed for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi
APPDSU cries foul
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Claiming that more than 15 candidates, who do not belong to Papum
Pare (Rural) area, have been selected under district rural area quota for appearing
in viva-voce for the posts of AAPBn and IRBn, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union
(APPDSU) has demanded the authority concerned to either cancel the selection or place
them in district City quota.
The students’ union in a release, claimed that as per the advertisement, the Arunachal
Pradesh Scheduled Tribes (APST) quota for Papum Pare City and Papum Pare Rural area
was made separately for the posts of constable in AAPBn and IRBn where 74 posts were
reserved for direct recruitment and 8 posts for Ex-Servicemen for Papum Pare (Rural).
The distribution of post was made, specially for the benefit of local indigenous
unemployed youths of Papum Pare (Rural) so that they are absorbed in the job.
APPDSU appealed to the authority concerned to immediately take necessary and appropriate
action against those officers involved in manipulating the Govt. order by selecting
candidates, who do not belong to Papum Pare (Rural), thus depriving the deserving
EKSWCO lauds administration
Seppa, Sept 19: East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) has
appreciated the prompt action taken by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam to
check illegal selling of local wine (Apo), Kerosene and Petrol at Seppa and other
issues of public interest.
While extending support to the district administration in checking such illegal activities
with Seppa town, EKSWCO advocated for routine checking in all vulnerable locations
as per the provisions of the law. DIPRO
Union demands modern facilities at Seppa hospital
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKZMSU) today draw the
authority towards the poor condition of district hospital Seppa.
In a representation submitted to the DMO Seppa, EKMZSU said that it inspected the
district hospital on Monday and found that the lone hospital is functioning without
modern medical facilities and equipments. It also informed the authority that even
basic requirements like electricity, water supply are out of order. Claiming that
many shops at Seppa are selling tobacco related products like Gutka, and Tiranga,
the union appealed to the authority to look into the matter.
Book Keeping Training for SHGs
ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) a Roing based NGO
organized a one day training on Book Keeping for Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Etalin
circle at Italin.
Forty-seven members from eight SHGs of Itili and Etalin participated in the training
organized under Govt of India sponsored scheme for backward districts.
RK Paul, Secretary of AMYAA was the resource person.
66 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
If you are totally dependent on bottled drinking water in your home or office, you
have to be very careful. Findings of Nepal’s department of Food Technology and Quality
Control show almost 66 percent of processed drinking water supplied in the market
is contaminated. This alarming fact came to light when the department made public
its report recently on inspections carried out in fiscal year 2011/12. The department
had collected 79 samples of bottled water for investigation from different parts
of the country during the year. Of those, 52 samples were found contaminated.
That is not all. Almost 54 percent of milk and milk products tested during the year
were found contaminated. The summary of findings distributed at a function further
cites that some 27 percent of fats and edible oils were not fit for consumption.
About 19 percent of total samples of sweets, honey and confectionaries tested during
the year were contaminated. Eighteen percent of cereal products 16.7 percent of salt
and 13 percent of other foods categories such as energy drinks, weaning foods and
glucose powder too were found contaminated.
However, food products and tea were found to be free from contamination. The Department
had tested a total of 807 samples of above mentioned commodities. Of them, 156 samples
were found to be adulterated.
‘Green Pioneers’ have chosen Doimukh as their next target
Come 23rd September 2012, and a group of persons belonging from all walks of life,
would once again come together to shoulder their responsibilities towards the society
by conducting a cleanliness drive at Doimukh. This group is neither an organization
nor a politically affiliated body, rather a bunch of like-minded people who came
together through the social networking site “Facebook” and as of now, best known
as “the Green Pioneers.”
This group has so far carried out various cleanliness events in and around the twin
capital of Itanagar and Naharlagun. They have braved the rain and fought the sun
to do their bit towards the society by cleaning the places, which are tourist hotspots.
Now, after all these events, “the Green Pioneers” have chosen Doimukh as their next
target for the cleanliness drive. Doimukh - one of the oldest towns of the state
has been witness to the dramatic rise of an educated generation, many of whom adorn
perfectly lucrative posts of Govt. employees and not to forget the state Govt. itself.
The Doimukh Hr. Sec. School has catered to the needs of many great personalities
including our present Chief Minister. But even after all these, Doimukh lies in shambles,
used and ignored.
One of my learned friend ridicules that I am giving some of my time to such events.
He says, “Shame on you! You have become a casual laborer of the UD department. Why
do you do that? It’s no use cleaning these places as it will be littered with garbage
soon again.” I cannot agree more with my friend when he says that garbage will soon
find its way back to these places. But my dear friend, look beyond the obvious. Are
we cleaning just for the sake of cleaning? Nay! The real purpose behind such events
is to create awareness among the masses and to drive in a little bit of responsibility
and civic sense amongst us. “The Green Pioneers” have started their crusade just
so to ensure that our people are motivated into maintaining a clean and hygienic
environment. Everyone desires of a healthy environment and it is our right to live
in a pollution free atmosphere, but what are we doing to ensure such living standards?
We don’t have a right to blame anybody else when we ourselves ignore and fail our
duties. All life long, we selfishly strive for our needs and never consider giving
anything to the society and have forgotten that we owe something back to the society.
This is an opportunity to at least pay back some of our debts to the society and
all that is asked for is just 3-4 hours of your Sunday morning.
Our thoughts would evolve and changes will come and for that we will have to be the
bearer of the change. The best example of the effects of these events is the cleanliness
drive at my hometown Daporijo on 27th September 2012 and it surely is a welcome change.
Another offshoot of the efforts of the “the Green Pioneers” and the real motive behind
the actions of "the Green Pioneers" can be seen in the letter of Rajen Maying from
Upper Subansiri in the reader’s forum of 12.09.2012, where he fairly admits that
even though he does not reside in Itanagar, he is inspired by the actions of “the
Green Pioneers” and is doing his bit wherever he can. This is the change that we
all have been yearning for. Even when, my friend rues my presence in such events,
it at least shows that people have started noticing the efforts of “The Green Pioneers”.
We are blessed to have been born in the lap of nature in a state like Arunachal Pradesh,
but it will not remain the same, if we do not take the corrective steps and preventive
measures at this crossroads. Let’s pass on the same to our future generations, lest
they call us “selfish” and “mean” in the future. So, let’s all come together for
the cleanliness event on 23.09.2012 and the events in the future also. Let’s do our
bit and spread the message of cleanliness and a safe environment.
We are here to help you
Recently we witnessed some cases of fraud admissions carried by some anonymous people
from northeast and north India. It is to make clear that Delhi University neither
offers admission by accepting donation nor has any counselor. Our parents and students
have a very wrong conception about admission which I have experienced since 2011
admission period. Delhi University is a reputed and prestigious university, which
strictly allots seats on merit basis. Please do not approach any counselors for admission
in Delhi University.
Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi has always worked for the welfare of the students’
right from the admission procedures to social well being in Delhi with full compassion.
We are disappointed to learn about the fallacious admission procedures experienced
by our brothers and sisters in Delhi during 2012 admission session though the ASUD
provides information on admission. Instead of contacting some intermediary, it is
far better to contact the University helpline numbers or the student members of Arunachal
Students’ Union Delhi.
Students and parents who ever experience such unfair means in admission procedure
should inform the University, Delhi police or Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi.
Jotam Toko Tagam
President, Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi
Educational institutions should be exempted from the purview of the bandh
Repeated appeals, requests, advices and suggestions to organizations, political parties
have been pouring in local media to study the likely unhealthy impacts of bandh before
calling a bandh or fixing a Bandh date but yielded no results. The bandh creates
most adverse effect on the school and the hospital. It is known to all that “Education
is the builder of the nation” & “Health is Wealth” but it seems that till date the
expanded meanings of these two phrases are not fully understood by the leaders of
Bandh callers. I am writing this note because the bandh callers of Siang Districts
Bandh on 19th Sept & Arunachal Bandh on 20th Sept. did not mention whether the schools
examination and hospitals are exempted or not from the purview of the bandh.
The dates of 1st Terminal Examination of RKM School, Aalo are being extended day
by day suddenly in short time due to “Unstudied Bandh Calls”. Such bandh also creates
communication gap between the school and the students. Even some students are being
confused about the subject and date due to frequent changes of examination dates
in short time though the examination dates were fixed from 19th Sept. before bandh
call is proposed.
Therefore, I suggest the bandh callers to study the important events scheduled to
be held in educational institutions such as examinations in state before you call
bandhs as you have enough representatives of your own organization or party in every
corners of the state. The bandh call should be organized in right place and time,
it should to be at the places of failed administrator/authority / department/ office.
The bandh call should be organized at right place like bandh call at NEEPCO project
sites by the Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employee Union (APTJCEU) NEEPCO.
Bandh callers should clearly mention that hospital and health centres are exempted
from the purview of the bandh. Schools/
colleges should also be exempted from the purview of the bandh when bandh call coincides
with the date of examinations because the school & college schedules are always mentioned
beforehand whereas your bandh call is proposed in days, rarely in a week time.
Last but not the least, it seems that “the character of bandh call is always parasitic
in nature never a symbiotic ” that is the relation between the Bandh call and general
public when the bandh call is unstudied one which is organized by the immature mind
though matured by age.
B Bam, Aalo
Renovate the dilapidated capital roads
I, as a citizen of Arunachal Pradesh would like to request the state Govt to ponder
upon the deteriorating road conditions of capital complex as it is setting a poor
example to other parts of state. We as concerned citizens aspect good governance.
So far I know, capital road has been renovated few months ago and but present condition
of the road says it all and exposes poor quality work by dept. concerned. So, I
request minister concerned and particularly the chief minister to make it fit and
also fix street light from Banderdewa to Hollongi for proper and safe driving.
Road and poor drainage system
We the people of the state are experiencing both good and bad consequences of heavy
rainfall for last many days. During rainy days the people are facing the worst
situation due to bad road condition in town area. However, we the people just can't
keep our hands folded and say road damages due to rainfall.
Since years our authorities are being blamed for the road damages, but I don't think
it is an ideal thought of blaming our authority. It is not that roads are being washed
away by rain water due to poor quality construction, one of the major causes of
road damage is bad drainage system from our homes complex.
The maintenance of the roads of our towns would be more easier if we the people take
care of the drainage system.
Taking drainage as a minor problem will always lead to disturbance in our road infrastructure.
We can't stop the rain but we can all give a helping hand to our town authorities
by just maintaining our drainage system properly and minimizing the damages caused
by the overflowing water on the roads.
Let us all try to prevent the damages that our towns are facing because of us, this
is our town and we live in it.