ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A Health Centre was opened J N College, Pasighat at its lower
The centre was formally inaugurated District Medical Officer Dr. D Bagra in presence
of all the staff and the students of the college. People of the adjacent areas of
JNC also attended the programme.
The health centre equipped with the necessary primary instruments and the generic
medicines will extend health services to the college family and the nearby people.
While addressing the gathering, Dr. Bagra applauded the initiative of Principal of
the college TTalom and N.Darang, the coordinator, Health Centre, for their missionary
zeal to open the health centre on PPP basis. He assured the college health centre
of all possible support from his office and informed the gathering that the college
would soon be getting the recognised status of a proper health centre as the proposal
has already been sent to the higher authority for consideration.
Principal Talom emphasized on the need of such health centre in a college like JNC
with a students’ strength of nearly 4000.
Dr T Siram, the campus doctor, was all praise for the college administration for
opening the health centre.
Earlier, Asst. Prof Dr.SK Sinha highlighted the aims and objectives of the health
centre and made the audience aware of the humanistic mission that JNC has been engaged
with since its inception.
CCGC of JNC conducts workshop
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Career Counseling and Guidance Cell (CCGC) of Jawaharlal Nehru
College (JNC), Pasighat has conducted a one day workshop on topic “Career opportunities
for commerce graduates” today.
Highlighting the objective of workshop, Asst. Prof. Narang Tari, Coordinator, CCGCof
suggested the participating students to take advantage of the programme which will
provide the much needed information about choosing their future career options.
The first technical session was taken by Asst. Prof. Manjung Mossang on the topic
“Employability Skills”, the second by Dr. DP Panda on the topic “Banking Services
as the hot career” and the third and technical session by Dr. MK Jana on the topic
“career opportunities for commerce graduates.”
The queries of the students were answered by the Coordinator and the resource persons.
Earlier, the workshop was formally inaugurated by Principal of the college Tayek
GIFCC reacts to CM’s statement on minority
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Galo Indigenous Faith and Cultural Council (GIFCC) has reacted
strongly to the chief minister’s alleged statement on minority issue that “availing
of minority scheme will not affect the Scheduled Tribes status.” According to GIFCC,
this was stated by the chief minister while responding to a question of MLA Laeta
Umbrey during the just concluded legislative assembly.
Terming the statement misleading, GIFCC said that constitutionally no one can get
double benefit under any circumstances.
“Schedule Tribe status is different from minority status and govt. should not try
to mix it up, otherwise indigenous traditional system and practices will be in danger,”
Questioning the basis for declaring certain areas like Basar, Gensi etc as minority
blocks, GIFCC urged the state government to respect the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom
of Religion Act of 1978.
Chinese incursion condemnable: CM
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said on Tuesday that
the recent incursion by the Chinese army into the state’s territory ‘should be unequivocally
condemned in the national interest’
“The two countries have diplomatic relations which needs to be maintained. But it
is intriguing that China continues to claim our territory,” Tuki told the Assembly
responding to a calling attention motion by Peoples’ Party of Arunachal member Laeta
Umbrey on the intrusion into the Chaglagam area of Anjaw district on August 11.
Stating that the incursion issue was a subject for the Centre and the State was not
a party to the Indo-Sino bilateral talks, the Chief Minister reposed full faith on
the security forces and said that they would never compromise with the external security
of the country.
Referring to the large stretch of the border demarcated by the McMohan Line, Tuki
said “There are areas in the state across the border without habitation where I am
planning to visit to study the ground reality.”
Umbrey said that the incursion had inflicted untold mental agony on the people of
the state. “Time has come that we should break our silence and tell the world that
we are Indians and our state is an integral part of the country. “Arunachalees are
more patriotic and always greet people from other provinces of the country with Jai
Hind,” he said and urged the State Government to send a clear message to the Centre
on the issue.
The Chief Minister assured to convey the sentiment of the assembly to New Delhi.
Giogi Taya Memorial Footbaal Tournament 2013
JJFC, Tagung Neri FC reach semis
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Jiyo Aur Jine Do FC (JJFC) and Tagung Neri FC won their respective
quarterfinal matches to enter the semifinals in the 2nd State Level Giogi Taya Memorial
Footbaal Tournament 2013 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
JJFC trounced Pungrung Laying SC 6-1 while Tagung Neri FC beat Doimukh FC 4-2 (6-4)
in penalty kick to enter semifinals.
Tarh Rajkumar (3 min), Dare Takar (47 min), Take Arun (14, 49 min) and Pagge Tashi
(40, 52 min) were the scorers of JJFC. Biri Taro scored the lone goal in 68th minute
for Pungrung Laying FC.
The match between Tagung Neri FC and Doimukh FC was taken to penalty kick after both
the teams were tied 2-2 in full time.
Gora Makik SC will paly against Triumph FC in the first semifinal tomorrow and Jiyo
Aur Jeene Do FC will be up against Tagung Neri in the second semifinal.
Select panel to scrutinize Bill
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Arunachal Pradesh State Housing Board Bill, 2013 which was
introduced in the Assembly on Sept 21 last was referred to a select house committee
headed by Housing Minister Rajesh Tacho for its scrutinization and submit report
within two months. Other members of the Committee included Tamiyo Taga, T N Thongdok,
Ralom Borang and Bamang Felix.
Earlier, while welcoming the Bill, MLAs Bamang Felix and Ralom Borang, however,
pointed out many obscurities in it and suggested a committee to go into details
of the Bill.
Participating in short discussion T N Thongdok highlighted the importance of the
such bill and said that the Bill may be passed after necessary correction.
RGU Chancellor calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Air Marshal
(Retd) Pranab Kumar Barbora called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. General (Retd)
Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today and discussed various issues about the premier
institution of the state.
The Chancellor shared innovative concepts and ideas with the Governor, who is the
Chief Rector of the University.
While acknowledging the vast experience of Air Marshal Barbora, the Governor reposed
his faith on the Chancellor and hope that the RGU will touch new height of academic
RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang also attended the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhawan
AdiSU calls for early completion of Nubo and Gandhi bridge
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: In a joint meeting held with GPT Infra Project Ltd, Kolkata, the
executing agency of Nubo Bridge and Gandhi bridge over River Siang at Yinkiong today,
the Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) demanded for its immediate completion.
Construction of both the bridge was started four years back and was to complete before
March this year.
The executing agency informed that the delay in construction work is due to non payment
from the payment from the government side.
In the meeting AdiSU called for implementation of corporate social responsibility
(CSR) for local area development.
The union further appealed the concern authority for early release of the pending
bill so that construction work of the bridges can be worked upon early.
APATCYO for maintenance of roads and proper drainage system in the Capital
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO)
has demanded for sanctioning fund for double coating of roads and proper drainage
system in and around Capital Complex.
In a letter addressed to the chief engineer, Trans-Arunachal Highway, it said that
the road leading to CM Bungalow and Rajbhawan is always maintained while the remaining
roads are left unattended which is the reason why we see accidents happening on a
BJPKM demands proper implementation of FSP
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Kisan Morcha of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has
demanded the state government for quick and proper implementation of National Food
Security programme (FSP) in entire state as per guideline.
Stating that 70 percent of the state’s populations are farmers and 55 percent live
below poverty line, BJP also urged that Director of Food and Civil Supply Department
to play a pivotal role in the implementation of the scheme so that benefits of the
scheme reached to the targeted people.
Further, the Morcha demanded the state government to reinvestigate the PDS scam in
the greater interest of people of the state and their welfare.
Orientation programme on design development
ITANAGR, Sept 24: The state branch office of the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship
(IIE) is organizing an orientation programme on design development on September 27
Aimed at sharing and discussing details of design clinic scheme for MSMEs with the
design community and MSME associations in the state, it is being organized in collaboration
with the Design Clinic Scheme Regional Centre (North-East Zone).
Volleyball tournament kicked off
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A volleyball tournament being organized by Jollang Valley Youth
Welfare Association in collaboration with Gandhi Jayanti celebration team was kicked
off today. Altogether 14 teams (7 each boys and girls) are taking part in the tourney.In
the opening match between Don Bosco School and Richi Village, Don Bosco defeated
Richi village 2-1. Earlier tournament was inaugurated by Jollang Panchayat ASM Biri
Training for AMDO
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Altogether 36 assistant mineral development officers (AMDO) are
participating in a three day State Level Sensitization Training Programme which began
at ATI, Naharlagun today.
The training programme is being sponsored by department of geology and mining.
During its inaugural session, director, training, Pema Tsetan said that the programme
will provide a golden opportunity to clarify their doubts on intricate matters and
raise level of their confidence.
Expressing that Arunachal is blessed with abundant natural resources in the form
of mines and minerals, he said that these has to be explored in progressive manner
without effecting the ecological and environmental fabric of the state.
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Longding District Sepak Takraw Association is organizing
state coaching camp at Longding general ground from early Oct 2013, to select the
state team for upcoming 24th Senior National Sepak Takraw Men and Women Championship
scheduled to be held at Kohima, Nagaland. In the opening ceremony of exihibition
match will be played between Arunachal Pradesh Sepak Takraw and Longding District
Sepak Takraw Team.
Union threatens to steer steering jam agitation
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers’ Union (AAPMTWU)
threatened to steer “steering jam’ heavy vehicles (trucks) particularly goods carrying
vehicles from entering East Kameng district from 28 September to Oct 4 next if the
authority failed to arrest the culprits involved in brutal physical attack on driver
Sanjay Tamang on 31 July last. The decision came after a meeting held at Bhalukpong
in West Kameng under the chairmanship its general secretary Tadung Yangfo. AAPMTWU
in its representation to the deputy commissioner East Kameng reiterated its demand
to arrest the assaulter as soon as possible. It is said a FIR had been lodged with
police station Seppa seeking culprit to nab at earliest.
Oath taking ceremony of new LDVSU
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The oath taking ceremony of Lower Dibang Valley Students’ Union
(LDVDSU), a federal unit All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), was held
under the chairmanship of AAPSU Speaker Dara Sing Tayeng and in presence of other
office bearers/central executive members of AAPSU and community based organization
including All Idu Mishmi Students’ Union (AIMSU), Sistrict Adi Students’ Union (DASU),
AdiSU at Roing on Sept 22.
Addressing the newly elected students’ body, the AAPSU Speaker urged it to work for
the interest and welfare of the student community as well play a pivotal role as
a peacemaker in the sensitive district.
While addressing the gathering, Art & Culture Secretary Risso Kiagung highlighted
various activities of AAPSU for the welfare of student community and in bridging
gap among all community/tribes in the state. He appreciated Lower Dibang Valley District
Students’ Union for conducting the election in a very peaceful manner.
Chaling Yangfo, Assistant IPR Secretary of AAPSU also attended the oath taking ceremony.
The AAPSU team along with newly elected LDVSU body met the Lower Dibang Valley deputy
commissioner and discussed about the issues related to peace and communal harmony.
Govt planning to activate all defunct hydel stations
Issues in Assembly
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The state Govt is planning to renovate all the mini and micro
hydel projects lying idle across the state provided the Central Govt extends financial
Responding to a question raised by the MLA Alo Libang in the Assembly today the
Chief Minister informed that large number of mini/micro hydel projects in the state
have either developed technical fault or got damaged due to natural calamity like
landslide, the Chief Minister said adding a policy guidelines would be framed
to look into the existing hydel projects.
At present there are 113 hydel stations under department of hydro power development.
Out of the total 113 hydel stations, 30 hydels with capacity of producing 18690
kw are non-operational and four number of hydel stations with capacity of 465 KW
The Chief Minister, informed the house that renovation/modernization works of
18 hydel stations have been undertaken and remaining hydel pojects would be taken
up phase-wise manner subject to availability of fund.
On operational costs for the hydel stations, the Chief Minister said that a nominal
fund allocation is being made annually for operation of maintenance of hydel stations.
However, due to fund constraint such nominal fund is being utilized in urgent restoration
of the hydel stations which are damaged by flood. For uninterrupted operation of
hydel stations adequate or higher funds are desirable, the chief minister asserted.
Posting of teachers: Education Minister Bosiram Siram informed the the Assembly
that two teachers have been posted at Maro secondary school recently. He was responding
to a supplementary from Takar Marde.
When enquired by Honchun Ngandam, Bosiram reiterated that his department is facing
shortfall of 90 senor teachers, besides 15 principals, 15 vice principals and 20
headmasters in various schools of the state. Though many higher secondary schools
have no principals, the schools are running smoothly without any major problem,
the minister said.
“We can not compromise with the human resource development”, the minister said adding
the higher secondary level schools need regular teachers in order to maintain the
quality of education.
The minister, however, said that the chief minister had assured to take steps for
creation of posts of teachers in phase manner and accordingly teachers shortage
problem will be solve in some extent.
Responding to a supplementary raised by Lokam Tassar, the education minister further
informed that large number of teachers had been terminated in Kurung Kurung district
for making a mockery of the education.
On shortage of teachers, the Minister informed that interview for selection of 148
teachers would be held within few days and results would be declared withing no
time for deployment of teachers in schools. He further disclosed that the Dorjee
Khandu-led government had paid Rs 25 crore state matching share to get central fund
and the Nabam Tuki government had released Rs 93.46 crore and an amount of Rs 33
crore matching share is yet to be released.
Irrigation project: Responding to the supplementary question from Dr Tangor Tapak
on Sille Remi project, WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra assured to take up the scheme
on priority basis subject to availability of fund.
Missing of Arunachal from the map: The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed the Assembly
that the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had informed him about
the action taken for the unpardonable mistake done by the Maharashtra Education
Board by excluding Arunachal Pradesh from the map.
The Maharashtra CM wrote letter to Arunachal CM stating that steps being taken to
stop circulation and withdrawal of erroneous text books of Class -X (Geography)
from market, reprint of books with correction, disciplinary action against the wrong
doers, Tuki said. Besides, MP Takam Sanjoy also met Maharashtra CM and asked for
needful action, Tuki added.
Meanwhile, the Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong adjourned the house sine die and thanked
the members of the House for their cooperation.
PFJA writes to CM demanding removal of incumbent ADM cum CEO
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The People’s Forum for Justice in Arunachal (PFJA) has written
an explosive letter to Chief Minister demanding immediate withdrawal of all judicial
and magistrate powers vested to Talo Potom, ADM cum chief estate officer and send
him back to his parent PWD department. Armed with dossier of documents, the PFJA
claimed that power of executive magistrate, additional district magistrate along
with judicial magistrate first class was illegally conferred to Potom without prior
approval of state government.
He was conferred power of executive magistrate on trial basis u/s 20(1) of CrPC,
1973(No.2 of 1974) on the basis of requisition placed by chief engineer-cum-director,
UD and housing in the year 2008. Within 3 months he was given power of ADM u/s 20(2)
of CrPC and on 25th August 2009, he was again vested with power of judicial magistrate
u/s 32(1) of the CrPC 1973. PFJA claimed that conferment of such power to an officer
requires prior approval of state Govt as per the Act by which he was so conferred
with power mentioned in above Acts.
“The notification of power conferment was issued by then Chief Secretary Tabom Bam
to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for the reason best known to him. The conferment
of Executive and Judicial Magistrate powers on ADM hailing from an Engineer background
was never placed before state cabinet’s knowledge. Be it so, even the case was not
referred to then Minister in-charge concern for obtaining approval which was supposed
to do so and he was appointed on pick and choose basis by breaking all norms of established
rules,” stated PFJA. Further they continued, “It is also seen that the conferment
of ADM power was done at such hurriedness by then Chief Secretary, Tabom Bam, that
the matter was put up on file, approved and order issued on same day without referring
the matter to the minister concern or for the decision of the state cabinet as per
state government allocation of business rule,1998 as such this was the first instant
of rare case where a government officer hailing from non-administrative background
was to be conferred with executive and judicial magistrate powers for the first time
by the state. This is totally not in conformity with the provision of “Assam Frontier
Administration of Justice, Regulation, 1945” which is still in force in our state.
The said Act does not provide for conferment of judicial and magistrate power on
non-administrative officers.” PFJ also alleged that he was appointed as chief estate
officer illegally. “Through vide order no DAD- 21 /2011 Dated 23rd March 2011, Potom,
an Engineer background in the rank of Assistant Engineer from PWD department was
appointed to this high-ranking and powerful posts on officiating basis illegally,
on his application for appointment which was easily recommended by former Chief Secretary,
Tabom Bam without referring the matter to other departments of the state for necessary
vetting. The said appointments clearly indicate hand in gloves between Tabom Bam
and Talo Potom, which had appointed an officer of lower cadre directly to the post
of Chief level for which he was not competent. An Assistant Engineer, PWD, he was
on deputation to UD department, as Deputy Director, UD & Housing vide order no DUD/Esstt-324/05-06(pt)7672-85
Dated 26th March 2007 and his basic pre-revised pay was of Rs 10,000-325 - Rs 15200,
revised pay scale as per 6th pay commission re-fixed at 15600-39100 with grade pay
of Rs 6600. On deputation he was fixed at his own pay scale and grade as had enjoyed
as a regular Assistant Engineer of PWD department. But to utter surprise, all deputation
norms were overlooked and he was illegally appointed on officiating basis as Chief
Estate Officer, CEO under District Administrative Department (DAD) in the pay scale
of Rs 37,400 - 67,000 with grade pay of Rs 8700 (PB- 4) which is the pay scale of
Director and Superintendent Engineer level when he had not even been promoted to
his next higher level of officer i.e. Executive Engineer. The said appointment had
become an open gateway for all such officers having high handiness and political
nexus to go up to higher rank without observing the established rules and regulations
of deputation norms.
Forum also stated that present chief estate officer formed a self-style force unit
called “Public Premise Protection Force” (PPPF) and allowed them to wear combat (camouflage)
dress of the army which is totally banned by the ministry of home except for combat
personnel of Army.
They also alleged him of misusing power without jurisdiction. PFJA has also laid
down following demands to CM, “Formulation of new policy in the state assembly to
deal and solve the land encroachment cases of capital complex other than present
APPP Act, 2003, which is not sufficient and have lots of lacunae, fixation of two
years term for chief estate officer (CEO) post and appointment of officers of APCS
cadre having law background, creation of zone wise estate officer under CEO in the
capital complex to check and balance the cases of encroachment on public premises
under the next appellate authority of DC’s, till such order is passed by the government
the power and function enjoyed by present CEO be kept in abeyance immediately.” Forum
has given one month time to CM to take action in regards to their demands, failing
which they threatened to launch democratic movement.
Expert panel submits report on devolution of power to PRIs
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in the northeastern regional
which followed all India pattern of three tiers Panchayat system. This was informed
by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the Assembly today.
Responding to a Zero our discussion on ‘Devolution of powers to the Panchayat Raj
institution in the state’ raised by MLA Laeta Umbrey, the Chief Minister said most
of the Provision of Constitution (73rd Amendment) 1992 have been complied with in
“After the introduction of the Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh in 1969 under
the NEFA Panchayat Raj Regulation 1967, there has been regular Panchayat Election
in the state,” the Chief Minister said.
Regarding the Govt steps for devolution of power and function, the CM informed that
as a first step, the state Govt vide order No PR-75/2003 dated 3rd July 2003 issued
an order for transfer of five departments/ subjects – Rural development, agriculture/horticulture,
education, power and social welfare. Later in 2008, the state Govt devolved 3Fs
– Function, Fund and Functionaries to the Gram Panchayat, Anchal Samitis and Zilla
Parishad for 29 subjects.
“Though 29 subjects have been devolved to the Panchayats, actual transfer of Funds
by the department has not taken place. There is no separate budget window for the
Panchayats in the state budget. The state Govt is waiting the report of 2nd State
Finance Commission in the regard,” Tuki informed. It is worth mentioning here that
State Finance Commission (SFC) under Article 243-I (1) of the Constitution has responsibility
to review the financial position of the Panchayat bodies once in five years.
Similarly, “the Panchayat bodies are without any functionaries for planning and implementation
of schemes in their respective levels. Administrative works and scheme implementation
are being looked after by the concerned ADC/EAC/CO who are also member secretary
of the panchayats.”
The Chief Minister further informed that the state Govt is waiting for the report
of the 2nd State Finance Commission which was constituted during August 2012 under
the chairmanship of Fantary Mein Jaswal, retired IRS in this regard. It was disclosed
that the Commission will submit its report to the Govt by March 31, 2014.
Giving further details of the steps being taken by the state Govt for devolution
of power and function to the Panchayat bodies, the Chief Minister informed the
house that a four-member expert committee on devolution of power to the Panchayat
bodies had already submitted its report on July 22, 2013 to the state Government
and the state cabinet in its meeting held on August 8 last decided to take up the
issue of devolution of power and function after submission of the 2nd SFC report.
Earlier, while narrating the plight of Panchayat bodies, MLA Laeta Umbrey appealed
to the Govt to devolve power to panchayat bodies as early as possible. “We can
not deny the power to Panchayat bodies,” he said.
Arunachal proposes Rs 5 cr investment for tea cultivation
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Arunachal Pradesh has proposed an investment of Rs five crore
for tea cultivation in the state during the current financial year under the Chief
Minister’s Mission Mode Project (MMP) on plantation crops.
Under the proposed scheme, progressive tea growers would be provided financial assistance
Rs one lakh per farmer for cultivating tea in one hectare, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
informed the assembly today in response to a question raised in the house by Congress
member Takar Marde.
The exercise for inviting applications from willing tea growers was under process
and enumeration of tea farmers were also in process.
The physical target proposed during the last financial year include 20 hectares each
in West Kameng, East Kameng, East Siang, Upper Siang, West Siang, Upper Subansiri,
Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts and 21 hectares each have been proposed
in Papum Pare, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap and Changlang districts
for tea cultivation, Tuki added.
Tuki, who also holds the trade and commerce portfolio, said during 2012-13 Rs three
crore was proposed under Twelfth Finance Commission (TFC) grants. "However, so far
the proposal has not been cleared by the high level monitoring committee due to which
the fund has not been released to the department yet,” he added. PTI
SUMA opposes MsDP implementation in state
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Student Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) has strongly
opposed the implementation of Minority Scheme Development Project (MsDP) in Arunachal
Pradesh -- a state inhabited fully by indigenous tribal people.
Criticizing the state government as well as Union Minister of Minority Affairs Ninong
Ering for the ‘reckless and blatant implementation’ of the scheme, which will adversely
affect the interest of indigenous tribal people of the state, SUMA demanded the state
government for immediate abolition/halt of the scheme keeping in mind the future
welfare of the indigenous people and maintain the sanctity of the Bengal Eastern
Frontier Regulation 1873.
SUMA also expressed apprehension that implementation of the scheme will dissuade
the state’s special tribal state status in near future as well as encourage many
indigenous tribal people to surrender their ST certificates to avail the massive
packages meant for the minorities.
“The blatant introduction of central scheme in our state will prove disastrous, restrain
the impetus of the Bengal Eastern frontier Regulation 1873 and the rights of the
aboriginal will gradually begin to diminish. Further, in due course of time, the
mainstream people will outnumber the naïve populace as witnessed in neighboring north
Under section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, Muslims,
Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists & Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority
community, SUMA informed.
“We are not against any developmental activities but the development should not hamper
the interest of Tribal people.”
SUMA also expressed concern over the reported presence of NPF cadres in some pockets
of the state.
Meanwhile, SUMA informed that a four-point memorandum has been submitted to the Chief
Minister for further discussion of the issues.
NDMA team calls on CM
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Brig (Dr) BK Khanna, Senior Specialist (Training & Capacity Development)
of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), along with senior NDMA officers
and Director, State Disaster Management department, called on Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki at his offices here this evening.
The officers informed the Chief Minister about the NDMA initiative of Capacity Development
Programme (CDP) & Incident Response System (IRS) training programme soon at Itanagar.
The programme will be in preparation for a Multi-State Mega Mock Exercise in North
East, specifically designed by NDMA as major areas of the region falls under the
highly seismic zone.
Tuki appreciated the gesture of NDMA to train and prepare all stakeholders to meet
any natural or man-made disaster in the region, especially after the catastrophic
disaster in Uttarakhand recently that has similar geographical topography as Arunachal
Pradesh and several other Northeastern states.
He also suggested that NDMA take up training and awareness programmes to create knowledge
about disasters that can be prevented by strictly adhering to modern technologies
like earthquake resistant buildings and infrastructure. The Chief Minister observed
that extra-care has to be taken in context of Arunachal Pradesh as it falls under
Zone V of earthquake prone areas.
Tuki, however, pointed that the ‘fear’ of earthquake should not remain an impediment
to growth and development but instead ‘ways’ must be evolved to steer in development
despite the geological ‘fear-factor’.
“Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, NDMA must focus more on creating awareness
on preventive measures rather than concentrate on relief and disaster management
after a disaster has befallen,” the Chief Minister observed. He, however, admitted
the importance of disaster management and relief operations and requested the NDMA,
which has its headquarters at Guwahati for the North East, to open a base station
in Arunachal Pradesh.
The NDMA officials welcomed the request and offered that they are more than willing
to set a base station in Arunachal Pradesh provided they are provided with land.
“We can place one or two companies (of about 100 personnel in each) here to meet
any emergency situation as Arunachal Pradesh is prone to unforeseen natural calamities,”
an official observed.
Tuki, in principle, has agreed to offer land for NDMA to set up its branch in the
Training on Capacity Development Programme on Disaster Management held
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The first phase of the three days Capacity Development Programme
and Incidence Response System (IRS) a multi State Mega Mock Exercise was held today
at the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Tourism, Itanagar.
The programme was organised by the Capital Complex District Administration in collaboration
with the Department of Disaster Management, National Disaster Management Authority.
Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel while welcoming all present hoped that the workshop
would be really productive as it would help take preventive and mitigating measures
during disasters, which don’t come with prior information. Citing that all types
of disaster have become recurrent, he stressed that all possible steps should be
taken so that the risk of damage to life and property could be reduced.
Goel also shared his experience with Brig Khanna when he was posted at Daman as District
Collector where Khanna had organised a Capacity Development Programme which was really
beneficial and hoped the same here as well.
Stating that it was a privilege to have such knowledgeable resource persons here,
the Secretary, DM HK Shallas urged all to avail this opportunity which will help
them learn how to tackle such situations during rescue operations from any kind of
Brigadier Dr. BK Khanna, Senior Specialist, NDMA, New Delhi gave instances of Delhi
where many such workshops were organised to make them aware of the situation a disaster
can cause. He apprised all present how they could learn from the training and further
to convey the message to their concerned office which could also take simultaneous
steps to make people more aware of the hazards of disaster.
Assistant Commissioner Pooja Jain said that disaster is a hazard which could cause
social cultural and economic loss. Appreciating the steps taken by the NDMA, she
hoped that all would be benefitted from the training.
B.B Gadnayak, NDMA, GOI presented a brief overview of the IRS. Later as a resource
person, he explained in brief what IRS is, how it is formed, its organization and
staffing, roles and responsibilities etc. He also conducted a group work (scenario
exercise and presentation) where the participants were divided into four groups and
were given a situation which they had to assess on their own and report the steps
that they would take during such emergencies.
Among others, all the Heads of Departments attended the training including officials
of various line departments from the 10 districts of the state and various officers
of the State Govt. The team from NDRF Gawahati including Commandent AK Singh were
also present during the workshop.
It was further informed that on Sept 26, a mock drill on earthquake, would be conducted
simultaneously at Akashdeep Market Itanagar, Legi Complex Itanagar, R.K Mission Hospital
Itanagar, Kendriya Vidyalaya-I Naharlagun, Kendriya Vidyalaya-II Naharlagun, Chandra
Nagar Market area Itanagar, Press Colony Papu Nallah, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya
Chimpu Itanagar, Ashoka Hotel Itanagar and Banquet hall Itanagar.
The organizer appealed to all the residents to cooperate with the District and State
Administration to make these mock drills a success.
2-day workshop on CPSMS for accounts personnel begins
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A two day workshop on Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System (CPSMS)
organized by NRHM Arunachal Pradesh for the accounts personnel from the districts
began at DHS Conference Hall, Naharlagun today.
The District Accounts Managers and Accounts personnel of all vertical programmes
will be trained on CPSMS.
The CPSMS is a Central Sector Plan Scheme of the Planning Commission which is being
implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts in partnership with National
Informatics Centre. The scheme has established a common transaction-based on-line
fund management and payment system and MIS for the Plan Schemes of Government of
India. The scheme is being implemented through a web based application developed
and deployed by the Controller General of Accounts which leverages its well established
accounting and financial reporting application and the interfaces developed with
the banking system.
Inaugurating the workshop, Dr. K Nishing, Director of Health Services emphasized
on implementing the system to monitor the fund flow under all centrally sponsored
schemes under the Department of Health and Family Welfare. He also opined that the
role of Information Technology in today’s world can’t be ignored.
Citing the example of HMIS and MCTS, he said that CPSMS will help in monitoring the
financial progress and accordingly help in decision and Policy making for the policy
and decision makers.
Earlier, Habung Youngbow, Director Finance & Acounts, NRHM, highlighted the importance
of CPSMS and said that the scheme will help in managing fund flow. The CPSMS is developed
for fund management and e-payments for plan/non-plan schemes and report utilization
under these schemes at different levels of implementation on a real time basis. This
is a web based solution to financial management, he said.
The training is being conducted by resource persons Vishnu Singh, Senior Accounts
Officer, Ram Swaroop, Accounts Manager, Ministry of Finance Govt. of India and Sumanta
Kar, Finance Analyst, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Govt. of India.
Officers and staffs of NRHM and DHS attended the inaugural function.
Election Training for ERO, AEROs at Daporijo
DAPORIJO, Sept 24: A District Level Election Training for EROs, AEROs, Assembly Level
Muster Trainers (ALMT) and BLOs of Upper Subansiri district was conducted on September
23 and 24 by the District Election Office at the Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo.
Inaugurating the training programme, the DC cum DEO Tahang Taggu discussed in detail
about the election machinery and emphasized on the preparation of an error free electoral
roll. He also advised the BLOs to work with dedication and efficiency as their work
was the key to the preparation of an error free electoral roll.
ERO(HQ) cum EAC O. Lego discussed about the aims and objectives of the training and
ERO(Raga) cum ADC Hage Ruja advised the trainees to pay keen attention and attend
the training sincerely.
The District Level Master Trainers Dr. B. Paul, S. B. Singh, R. Lomdak and ERO O.
Lego provided training through power point presentations and discussed in detail
on different aspects of District Election Management plan and vulnerability mapping,
legal provisions and structure of roll types of revision, online registration of
electoral roll and ERMS, E-Roll-Draft publication, claims and objections, EVM technical
detail matters and administrations, preparation of EVMs, poll day arrangements and
polling personnel, notifications, nominations, qualifications and disqualifications,
model code of conduct, scrutiny of nominations, withdrawal allotment of symbols,
role of micro observers, postal ballots, election duty etc. DIPRO
Arunachal to attend Sustainable Mountain Development Summit in Kohima
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A delegation from Arunachal Pradesh led by Agriculture, Horticulture,
Veterinary, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena will attend
the third Sustainable Mountain Development Summit at Kohima in Nagaland on September
The summit will focus on different of kind challenges faced by the mountain region.
The SMDS is a platform of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) for the Indian Mountain
States to come together to share experiences, discuss issues of development priority,
as well national and state policies. This year too, the organisers plan to initiate
discussions on three specific themes; viz., Water governance, policy and opportunities;
Forest governance, policy and challenges; and Sustainable Agriculture that focuses
on food and food production systems, policies and agro-biodiversity.
Fantry Namchoom Jaiswal, Chaiperson, State Finance Commission, Arunachal Pradesh
and Nalong Mize, OSD to Minister, Horticulture, Agriculture, Veterinary, Animal Husbandry
and Dairy Development are the Coordinators of the Summit from Arunachal Pradesh.
The other members of the delegation include Pasang Dorji Sona, Parliamentary Secretary,
Tourism, Likha Saaya, Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture, Bamang Felix, Chairman,
Medicinal Plant Board, Ralom Borang, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control
Board, Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to Chief Minister, government officials,
scientists, experts, youth leaders of various fields and civil society members.
ZP meet resolves for rationalization of teachers’ posting
PASIGHAT, Sept 24: First Zilla Parishad meeting of East Siang today adopted several
resolutions, including rationalization of postings of teachers to solve the problem
of teacher shortage at schools in remote and far flung areas.
Chairing the meeting, ZPC Kaling Dai stressed the need of holding such meeting to
smoothly carry out development activities.
ADC and DPDO Rajesh Panyang said that such meetings help assess the progress of various
ongoing schemes and work out solution to various problems in implementing schemes.
The Zilla Parishad Members present in meeting said that they should be made known
about the on going as well as schemes/ projects to be implanted in future in their
segments for proper and timely implementation.
The also wanted the presence all the HOOs in such meeting to get clear pictures of
the schemes going on and to be implemented.
The ZPMs of Pangin and Boleng areas appealed for fair distribution of teachers in
the district and proposed that each and every community hall/ Dere should to be equipped
with proper toilets.
They also highlighted the water supply and electricity problem in some pockets of
the district and sought clarification from the authority concerned for the shortages.
The meeting further resolved that the Arunachal Pradesh Education Regulation Act,
2010 should be followed strictly and infrastructure improved.
The meeting was attended by the ZPMs, Anchal Chairpersons, head of various offices,
including departmental engineers. DIPRO
Data dissemination workshop on census
ZIRO, Sept 24: Data dissemination workshop on census data was organized by Directorate
of Census Operations, Arunachal Pradesh at St. Claret College, Ziro.
Deputy Director Census Operations B Shotun informed that Census data is a mammoth
exercise which provides as a primary data to various governmental institutions and
helps in developmental activities by helping the decision makers.
Census data is of immense importance in planning as it shows the characteristics
of a population in an area.
Joint Director of Census Operations, Bharati Chanda gave presentations on House Listing
Operations (HLO), Primary Census Abstract and National Population Register. In Arunachal
Pradesh, exercise on National Population Register is being carried out in Papumpare,
West Kameng and Tawang districts.
Joint Director informed that census is carried out in two phases; in the first phase,
the objective is to prepare an unambiguous frame for population enumeration and then
house to house canvassing and detailed data collection starts. She also informed
that there is no permanent resident Schedule Caste population in Arunachal Pradesh.
Some of the highlights of census emphasized by her were; 0.2% of total occupied houses
were Hospital or Dispensary which is extremely low to cover the population. Another
important highlight was that even though 65.7% of households had electricity connectivity,
10.5% of the household in Arunachal had no source of lighting at all. DIPRO
Mithun Health Camp organized at Mani
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR) in collaboration
with KVK Papum Pare and Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinaryhas organized
the first ever Mithun Health Camp at Mani village under Doimukh of Papum Pare district
Local MLA Nabam Rebia, who attended the inaugural session expressed gratitude to
the Director AH&Vety Dr. H Tabin and his team of scientists from NRC-Mithun, Medziphema,
Nagaland for taking the initiative to organize the Mithun health awareness camp.
He suggested Dr. Heli for conducting more research to make mithun a multipurpose
Dr. Tabin appreciated KVK Papum Pare for creating awareness among the farmers to
form Mithun Farmers Club in the area. He requested the farmers to get their prized
animal timely vaccinated timely to prevent diseases, particularly FMD.
Dr. C Rajkhowa, Director NRC-Mithun highlighted abouth the activities of his institute
and informed that under Trible Sub-Plan (TSP) the institution is equipped with Technology
injection programme to cover the Mithun rearers in different pockets in the country.
Earlier, Dr. T Heli, Programme Coordinator, KVK Papum Pare informed that an area
of 800 Ha community forest has been fenced for community Mithun rearing funded by
Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) during 2009-2010 with 30% community contribution.
More than 300 Mithun are kept in the area under the care of Mithun attendants from
amongst the Mithun owners. He further informed that this community Mithun rearing
centre has solved various problems faced earlier, such as crop damage by Mithun,
diseases outbreak and Mithun theft.
Mithun health check up, vaccination against FMD and deworming were done during the
camp. Common salt and medicines were also distributed to all the 49 Mithun owners
from Midpu, Mani and Chiputa, who attended the camp.
APCC chief exhorts party workers to strengthen party
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Mukut Mithi
today exhorted the party workers and cadres to make their best efforts for strengthening
party organization at all levels.
Chairing a party meeting at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today, the APCC president asked
the presidents of DCCs and BCCs to conduct meeting atleast once in a month and submit
the meeting details along with various activities undertaken during the month to
PCC for onward submission to AICC. He also expressed his unhappiness over non conduct
of meeting by some DCCs and BCCs.
The district and block presidents highlighted the various problems faced by them,
such as communication problem, lack of infrastructure and urged the APCC president
to conduct coordination meeting among elected representatives and DCC and BCC office
bearers to further strengthen party organization at grassroots level.
Earlier, party vice president Tatar Kipa highlighted the importance of conducting
monthly meeting and submission of reports to the AICC.
APCC general secretaries, in-charge of various districts attended the meeting.
RUKSIN, Sept 24: With a view to encourage, popularize and inculcate scientific temper
among the school children, Fransalian English School at Jonai, Assam today organized
a district level science exhibition, where children exhibited their models and their
applications in different fields.
Various innovative models designed on extraction of bio-diesel as alternative fuel
sources, hydropower generation from mega dam project, generation of electric energy
from Gobar Gas, Wind and other sources etc. have been appreciated by all present
on the occasion.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Anuj Jain, Commanding Officer of Arunachal Scout
(Assam) stationed at Rayang Military camp. He also inspected all science exhibition
stalls, went on thoroughly with the models displayed therein and interacted with
the young scientists.
Addressing the students, Jai said that science was an integral part of our day-to-day
life. He said that such programme develops scientific temperament of students and
encouraged young students to study science to become human resource of the country.
Dhemaji Superintendent of Police (SP), Moinul Islam Mandal also attended the exhibition
and spoke about importance of science in our day-to day life.
Scientists from Arybhatta Science Centre, executives of Assam Science Society were
the panel of judges on the occasion.
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Geography paper still puzzles
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to strongly convey and support
the letter published under the headline “Out of Syllabus” and “ Give proper training
to examiner” about APPSCC (Prelims) Examination published on 24th August 2013. In
Geography papers, many questions have been set up from out of syllabus. I had thought
that it was like a history, sociology and political science papers. Standards should
be such which can be truly competing for the candidates. Really, even the Professor
of Geography will not be able to solve such questions. The APPSC authority should
properly instruct the questions setter whatever reputed she or he might be. Many
questions of Geography like Q. No. 14, 15, 37 etc. are out of syllabus.
As an aspirant, everyone is always carrying out their preparation by using the syllabus
given by the Commission. If they do not follow the same, it vanish one’s preparation
at the cost of blind setting.
An appeal to the Governor and Chief Minister
By now we assume that you are well acquainted with the grievance of the APPSC’2013
candidates who were rejected for submitting incomplete forms. Yes! We have made a
blunder and we accept our fault with disgrace. And yet we have persistently questioned
if the punishment meted out to us by the APPSC members was in consonance with the
mistake made? But after seeing the question paper of the prelims held on 23rdSeptember
’2013, which had one or two questions either illogical or incomplete we question
the APPSC members all the more.
We understand that the APPSC members wanted to make example of us this time so that
they be taken seriously. But how can we when they continue to err even at a time
when they want to send a message across by rejecting us? We being on the wrong side
now can see things that maybe we would not have never bothered noticing. We now can
see how when an autonomous institution is over empowered, how its power can be misused
by people holding it .We are aware that his Excellency can appoint them but cannot
dismiss them, hence the arrogance of these people. Therefore we appeal to the CM
and his Excellency to appoint a new APPSC member who is a social activist, someone
sensitive and more humane and receptive to the grievance of the students.
All Rejected APPSC aspirants
Of Arunachal Pradesh
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Declaration on population and development
Gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development,
and must be a key part of the post-2015 development agenda, participants said at
a United Nations-organized regional conference in Thailand.
After days of intense discussions, nearly 500 delegates, including ministers and
senior officials from 47 countries, adopted a comprehensive Asian and Pacific Ministerial
Declaration on Population and Development.
The document was finalized on the last day of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population
Conference (APPC) in Bangkok, hosted by the UN United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the UN Population
The document will be the region's input to next year's UN General Assembly review
of the 20-year action plan on sexual and reproductive health rights which was agreed
on in 1994 in Cairo at the UN International Conference on Population and Development
The Declaration reasserts key principles of the ICPD Programme of Action, stressing
States' responsibility to protect human rights for all without distinction and to
address the root causes of poverty.
It also calls for universal and equitable access to sexual and reproductive health
services, to further reduce maternal deaths, ensure access to family planning and
prevent the spread of HIV.
The Declaration emphasizes promotion of gender equality, including calls to end violence
against women and girls and early and forced marriage. It also highlights actions
essential to further progress, particularly the rights of young people and their
needs, including comprehensive sexuality education, access to contraception including
for the unmarried, education and employment opportunities.
The Declaration is expected to contribute to discussions as the international community
builds on the eight-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
and prepares a post-2015 development agenda.