ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Preenu Chacko and Preethu Chacko, daughters of late K P Chacko,
a businessman who was killed recently in Capital Region have appealed for early punishment
of those behind the death of their father.
We trust that the savage culprits will get the punishment they deserve, so that no
person will ever again in future think of doing such a hideous act to another human
being, the daughters wrote in an email to this daily.
“We have pain in our hearts and always will as we have lost our dear wonderful daddy
who was our best friend too. Justice for our daddy will give us a little bit of comfort”
the girls wrote in a message.
This hideous crime has left a very big void in our lives and we are hoping and praying
that no one else will have to go through such a torture in future, they added.
The daughters thanked the chief minister Nabum Tuki for the support extended to the
family and for arranging immediate transportation of the body to Kerala for the last
We thank each and every one with all our hearts who worked very hard in this case
and those who have given us moral support during the entire time, the statement further
Creating manpower without employment avenues may be dangerous: CM
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said that “creating manpower without
creating avenues for employment may be dangerous in the long run”.
Inaugurating the North East Zonal Conference with the theme “quality education in
the country” of All India Federation of University & College Teacher’s Organization
(AIFUCTO), at Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) premises here this morning, he
advised the educationists to imbibe in their students the qualities required for
employment even in unconventional fields like self-employment and private sectors.
“When we create manpower we should also be able to take their services. Therefore,
we are also working in the field of skill development and employment generation in
a large way,” he informed.
He emphasized the need to create infrastructure in existing government colleges besides
creating new higher and technical education institutions in the state with adequate
manpower and assured the Government’s commitment in fulfilling it.
Reiterating his stress on quality education, Tuki said that education should be with
a purpose. He said education should not only be a means to acquire degrees but a
means to make the student eligible for gainful employment.
Tuki further expressed concern over difficulties faced by students who have to go
outside the state to pursue higher and technical education in their respective chosen
“Every year 15 to 20 thousand students are forced to move out of the state for higher
education for want of educational institutions in the state. Therefore, we are committed
to create new and quality educational institutes in the state. At the same time we
have to fulfill the minimum requirements of basic infrastructure and manpower in
the existing institutions,” he said.
Lauding the AIFUCTO, particularly its General Secretary Prof Ashok Burman, for organizing
the North East Zone conference in the state capital, the Chief Minister expressed
optimism that the intellectual people gathered would come out with a road map during
the conference that would show a path to the government in churning out a holistic
education policy for the region and the state.
Meanwhile, responding to a three-point memorandum submitted by the Arunachal Pradesh
College Teachers Association (APCTA), Tuki assured to look into the genuine demands
including appointment of Vice Principals in colleges, consideration of child-care
leave for college teachers and appointment of lecturers to meet the required student-teacher
ratio in various colleges of the state. He also assured provision of fund for renovation
and maintenance of the lone auditorium of the college.
Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix said the responsibility of teachers
was far more than that of legislators and appealed them to take their job not as
a job but as service to humanity in shaping the society’s future.
“Higher education in Arunachal is still in its formative years. Therefore, the teaching
community, the administrators and the government will have to work as a team to bring
the sector at par with other states of the country,” he pointed.
Felix too felt that platforms like the ongoing conference were the best opportunity
to discuss and offer suggestion to the government in taking the education scenario
Earlier, Dr. Jommi Loyi, President, APCTA in his speech highlighted the technical
and financial hardship being faced by the college teachers in the state. He called
for implementation of UGC guidelines and related benefits for teachers in toto in
DNGC principal Tomar Ete emphasized on quality education and encouraged the active
participation of teachers in higher education.
Prof. Asok Burman, in his brief note, claimed AIFUCTO as the largest organization
of teachers in the world with around six lakh teachers registered under it. He called
for active participation of teachers in Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)
implementation process in the state.
A book titled Political Transition of Tagin Tribe written by Dr. Bijay Raji was also
released by Tuki on the occasion.
Mystery deepens in ADC to Governor missing case
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Major Sharyf Bhonsle, a Special Forces officer of Army, who was
serving as Aide de Camp (ADC) to the Arunachal Pradesh Governor, continues to remain
untraceable. He had been reportedly missing since August 18 and was supposedly vacationing
in Europe at the time of missing. As the Army Major still remained untraceable speculation
about the cause of his missing is growing. According to sources Major Bhonsle went
missing from Norway while participating in a bungee jumping event. It is feared that
he might have met with an accident.
However, when contacted Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh termed this new revelation
as pure speculation and said that his office is not aware of any such news. “We have
informed military headquarters about his missing status and are in constant touch
with them. I have no information about this accident news. This is baseless rumours
and there is no truth behind it,” stated Singh.
As per the report Major Bhonsle did not inform military headquarters about his Europe
visit plan. Army is reported to be furious with his action and is contemplating to
initiate strong action against him (Bhonsle) for travelling abroad without informing
Major Bhonsle went on leave on 23rd June and was supposed to report to Governor Secretariat
on August 18th but he never turned up. The Army officer was on deputation with government
of Arunachal for the last one year. Governor Lt Gen Retd Nirbhay Sharma was also
from same para unit of special force during his tenure with army. What is more surprising
is that even the family member of Major Bhonsle is also not aware about his whereabouts.
A native of Pune, Maharashtra he was an alumni of National Defence College.
Crimes are for real
[ Tongam Rina ]
Two major crimes occurred in Itanagar one after another which have been widely reported
in the media and discussed on social networking sites.
Vijaya Bank was looted at Rajiv Gandhi University campus in broad day light in August.
The perpetrators not only looted money but shot a bank employee as well. One of
the arrested is allegedly behind three other bank robberies. One can’t help but
wonder why some people have been given the freedom to execute one loot after the
other. Isn’t such repeated daring offences reflection on the judiciary and policing
in the state?
More recently, a prominent businessman was abducted from his home and subsequently
In the meantime, the police department and state government have announced establishment
of five check gates within the Capital Region to check crimes. It clearly is a nervous
tactic by the govt to reassure the citizens and business community who are obviously
There are check gates already at Banderdewa and Gohpur/Hollongi, which are major
entry points to the capital region. Many of you who use personal cars will agree
that checks are at the most basic. A careless scan of the faces and one is let in.
Vehicles coming in are checked, not the outbound ones. A tribal looking face need
not even budge from the car as if the tribals are not capable of committing crime
and Arunachal the only state where people with Mongoloid features reside. The body
language of the security personnel suddenly changes when a big car approaches. With
easy money to be made from unfair business practices and day light extortion, big
air conditioned cars are not out of bounds for anymore.
Ages ago once yours truly returned home late night from office with a colleague when
a security personnel stopped the car. When we announced that we were coming from
a newspaper office, the guy said, “tumhara matha main likha nehi hain ki tum journalist ho”.
The response was unexpected and sounded rude. But today I wish we get to hear the
same response more often. Atleast that would be reassuring- how much our capital
These days the bumpy ride home is not something that yours truly look forward to.
Many people are seen brawling near the roads while bikes without lights scare others
on the road. The road show happens every night while there are no signs of police
anywhere. Interestingly, the police in a meet with the press opined that the day-to-day
violation of traffic rules was helping criminals flee easily after committing crimes.
That is a rather difficult argument to buy. Isn’t it the duty of the police themselves
to ensure violations are not committed? If people are blatantly violating norms,
is it not a failure of the police to enforce even this basic law?
The slew of measures announced by the police after these incidents is genuinely laudable.
But beleaguered as it is with a shortage of funds and a much more acute shortage
of officers and personnel, can we really expect them to be able to deliver on these
assurances? Only time would tell if the city becomes a safer place. In the meanwhile,
we citizens will have to also bear the responsibility of looking out to preventing
crimes from happening and responding alertly when they do. All it calls for is to
shake off our complacency and realise that today crimes like these are not mere newspaper
items- they are real.
Environmental awareness prog for students
“Yaks, cows and birds dying after consuming plastics”
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: A day-long environmental awareness programme with theme “Tawang
eco warriors’ for students was organized by Tawang forest division to create awareness
among the students on the need to preserve environment for survival of human as well
as all other living things at Zomkhang hall here today.
Spearheading the awareness programme, Tawang District Forest Officer Pradeep Wahule
explained to the students and teachers about the threats posed to environment due
to global warming caused by deforestation, plastic hazards, soil erosion, and environment
Calling upon the participants to refrain from dumping garbage in streams, rivers
and water bodies endangering the lives of downhill dwellers as well as aquatic animals,
Wahule stressed on segregation of wastes.
He said that toxic plastics and waste materials dumped in open have started taking
its toll. Yaks and cows are dying after consuming plastics. Dumping garbage and toxic
waste materials in open has also been one of the main reasons for death of many rare
bird species,” he said.
An animated video clip with the title ‘Human nature’ was also screened for in-depth
knowledge on the responsibility of human beings to prevent deforestation. The students
took pledge to work for protection and conservation of environment and shoulder social
School children from PWD Middle School, Kakaling Middle School and Town Secondary
School attended the programme. (report prepared by Mon Tawang Vigilance)
Namsai district to get separate Zilla Parishad, DRDA
NAMSAI, Sept 9: The Lohit Zilla Parishad in its meeting held at Namsai today adopted
two important resolutions for new Namsai district. The meeting presided over ZP Chairperson
Kyasing Munglang resolved that a new Namsai Zilla Parishad be constituted with Lower
Lekang, Upper Lekang, Namsai, Ningroo and Chowkham Zilla Parishad member constituencies
immediately. On the other hand the Lohit Zilla Parishad shall consist of Wakro, Tezu
and Sunpura Zilla Parishad constituencies.
The meeting further resolved that a separate DRDA with Chowkham, Lekang and Namsai
CD Block be constituted for Namsai district immediately, while the Lohit DRDA shall
consist of Wakro and Tezu CD block.
Referring to the major flood damage in Lekang circle, Lekang ZPM Jugesh Taye requested
MP Ninong Ering to convince the Centre for release of more flood damage relief fund.
Among other damages, the PMGSY road to Dirak Miri village of Lekang Circle was completely
breached and upto 6 km of the surface road was washed off.
However, RWD and WRD were asked to conduct a joint survey and suggest measures to
restore the road connectivity as the road was cut into two halves by the Noa Dihing
river. Namsai ZPM M Chowpoo expressed grave concern over the scarcity of drinking
water in parts of Lathao circle. The PHED was directed to prepare a scheme for deep
bore water to partially solve the problem. He also requested the WRD to initiate
process for construction of embankment near Mengkengmiri, which is a low lying village
between Noa Dihing and Tengapani rivers and gets submerged by the flood water every
year. The ZPM further questioned the pattern of wage payment for the job card holders
under MNREGA, which was clarified by PD DRDA, Lohit T Gangkak.
Lohit ZPC Chow Kyasing Munglang exhorted the panchayat leaders to be pro-active for
the early completion of various pending and ongoing projects. He requested the heads
of department to take the Panchayat members into confidence for future schemes.
Lohit and Namsai DCs specially directed power department to pursue the 132 KV line
scheme proposal from Rupai to Namsai and Lohit district as good electricity provision
is the basis for development. Ering too assured his assistance in getting the project
MP Ninong Ering further disclosed that his objective for generating awareness among
the newly elected panchayat members have been achieved through the meeting. Though
a DLMC is yet to be constituted, he opined that this would be the first step towards
creation of a separate Zilla Parishad and separate DRDA for the new Namsai district.
He fervently wished that the next DLMC meeting at Namsai would be conducted by the
new Namsai DLMC in his presence, according to an official release.
Consequently, a review meeting was also held to monitor various projects under SPA,
NEC, NLCPR, PMGSY, MSDP, MNREGA, IAY, IWMP etc under Namsai district with the concern
head of departments of Lohit and Namsai districts and the Panchayat leaders. PWD,
WRD, RWD, Power, PHED departments presented the status report of the ongoing scheme.
Guru Shishya Parampara training concludes
Bomdila, Sept 9: The six months long Guru Shishya Parampara scheme training which
consisted of Traditional Weaving, Healing & Wood Carving concluded today at district
headquarters Bomdila with giving away of the certificates by the Chairman of the
Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (DoKA) Jambey Wangdi and Deputy Commissioner AK
Addressing the trainees on the need and importance of preserving, promoting and propagating
one’s rich traditional arts & artifacts, Jambey Wangdi said that acquiring the time
tested knowledge is not sufficient in itself. The knowledge and expertise so acquired
should be passed on to others; especially to the younger generations, which then
would make the circle of the Guru-Shishya Parampara complete. Paying rich tributes
to the former chairman of the DoKA Rev TG Rinpoche, Jambey Wangdi prioritizing his
targets said that the unfinished works left behind by the former chairman due to
his untimely death would be carried forward with the same zeal and gusto. But in
order to achieve the same, a concerted and united effort by all concerned is a pre-requisite
necessity. He also disclosed his plans for tying up with the Tourism department for
taking up schemes related to religious tourism in the Buddhist circuits of the state
in order to preserve and promote Buddhism.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner A K Singh said that the onus of upholding one’s tradition
and the traditional artifacts rests on the upcoming generations. It is they, who
would be the torch bearers and be the living testimony of one’s rich culture & tradition,
he said and added that he has given priority to those beneficiaries who opted for
the traditional handloom & handicraft schemes in the recently concluded PMEGP interview
in order to promote and preserve the indigenous products of the district.
But Singh lamented on the poor and insufficient fund provided to the trainees and
urged the Chairman to take up the matter at the appropriate levels.
AD (T&H) D Phuntso briefed regarding the training which had been sponsored by the
DoKA and conducted by the Textile & Handicrafts office, Bomdila and hoped that the
recurring issues and constraints being faced by the department and the trainees would
be aptly addressed by the state government.
Among others, AD (DoKA) G Norbu, Dr. Ngawang Thupten, Jambey Tsewang and Tsering
Thinley complemented the trainees and spoke of issues and propositions that could
be conveniently pursued by the Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chosrig Affairs).
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed sincere greetings to people of the state on the
festive occasion of Pham-Kho-Sowai of Bugun community.
In his message to the people, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity
will usher in happiness, peace, bumper harvest and prosperity for all.
While believing that the festivity would spread the message of love and mutual understanding,
Nabam Tuki prayed almighty god to bestow his blessings to all sentient beings on
Headmaster receives National Teachers Award
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Mito Riba, Headmaster, Manmow Secondary School, Namsai has received
the prestigious National Teachers Award from President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion
of Teachers Day on September 5 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
TAH affected land owners urge for
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highways Land Affected People’s
Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) in a memorandum to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner has urged
him to pay compensation as per the recently conducted ground level assessment by
a team constituted by the district administration and on the line of compensation
paid to the TAH affected people from Nechipu in West Kamen district to Hoj in Papum
Pare district and from 73 Km Joram of Lower Subansiri district to Sarli of Kurung
Kumey district etc. "Payment of compensation must be made without distinction on
the basis of old (before 2009) and new (after 2009) against the existing structures.
Moreover, no ground assessment has been conducted by the district administration
in presence of the affected owners. Thus, the full payment of compensation must be
made at full rate to the affected owners without further delay, the memorandum said.
The memorandum further requested the DC to submit the assessment lists as per report
prepared, signed and photographed and witnessed by the assessment team within one
Power supply disconnected
ROING, Sept 9: The power department, Roing has disconnected supply of power to consumers
having outstanding dues of Rs 10,000 and above while on an Inter-Divisional Revenue
Complying with the Government Order, the department conducted the drive at Roing
on September 6 last.
The illegal electric connections have also been disconnected during the drive.
The department has once again appealed the consumers to clear their outstanding dues
and to regularize their electricity connection by paying security deposits soon.
Executive Engineer (E), Napi Modi informed that this was the first 1st Phase of Inter-Divisional
Revenue Drive. (DIPRO)
PS inspects flood damages
ROING, Sept 9: Parliamentary Secretary for WRD Gum Tayeng visited flood damaged Orange
Orchards at Lokne Notko area near Roing Township under 43rd Roing (ST) Assembly Constituency
Meanwhile, Roing Horticulture Development Society President Nattong Lego apprised
the visiting team about Bitsam River which is flowing through the middle of the orange
orchards. He informed that this river is causing huge loses to farmers every year.
This year also the river water has caused huge losses to the orange orchards and
washed away more than 1000 orange plants.
He sought fund for flood protection measures to stop further erosion of land. He
also informed that despite the place being known as Orange Bowl due to high production
of orange in the district, there is no proper road connectivity to the orchard and
farmers are also selling their produce in low price. She was accompanied by EE (WRD)
Kago Rubu. DIPRO
CE for early completion of hydel project
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Chief Engineer (WZ), Department of Hydro Power Development Pura
Tupe accompanied by his departmental Engineers, inspected all the ongoing hydel projects
and damages caused to various plants under Tawang and West Kameng from September
five to nine.
The Chief Engineer (CE) directed the field officers to expedite the works of all
the ongoing projects by maintaining quality and complete them as early as possible.
E- Procurement training
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The two days training on e-Procurement organized under the supervision
of Chief Engineer (PWD) for the engineers of PWD (eastern zone) concluded in the
conference hall of PWD here today.
E-Procurement system, which is mainly for maintaining transparency in tendering works
and services using electronic methods at every stage of the procurement process is
being advocated by Govt. of India for improving vigilance administration under the
National e-Governance Plan as a Mission Mode Project.
All the Superintending, Executive and Assistant Engineers of Eastern Zone PWD attended
the training programme.
International Literacy Day celebrated
AALO, Sept 9: The 48th International Literacy Day was organized by Zilla Lok Shiksha
Samiti at Govt. Upper Primary school yesterday at Aalo.
Addressing the students and teachers on the occasion, DDSE Tomi Doke stressed on
quality education and exhorted the teacher to be more dedicated and update themselves
to impart the latest educational needs. He advised the students to take interest
in modern amenities like computer, journal and library books instead of wasting their
youthful energies in unproductive works.
Moli Tato briefed about RTE and elementary education of all children. (DIPRO)
BJP to launch Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Responding to the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India
mission) being launched by the Prime Minster Narendra Modi led NDA Govt, the state
BJP Unit has decided to kick start the programme at Roing, Lower Dibang Valley on
Sept 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadya. The programme will
end on the Gandhi Jayanti day (2nd Oct.)
During the week-long abhiyan, the party rank and file will visit the toilets of all
the schools, the public places and see the ground reality of sanitation and cleanliness
across the state.
All the senior leaders of the state, district, Mandal and elected representatives
will also visit their respective Polling Booths as a part of the campaign and generate
awareness on development initiatives and policy of the Central Govt.
DCPWS dismiss any ill-intention
DAPORIJO, Sept 9: Reacting to All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO)’s Press statement
opposing the reported move to convert the Dumporjo Inspection Bangalow into MLA office
that appeared in this daily recently, Dumporijo Constituency People Welfare Society
(DCPWS) has dismissed any ill-intention behind the move.
“In fact, it was a demand of the local people to convert the old inspection bungalow
into MLA office for the convenience of the people of the constituency,” said DCPWS
in a release.
DCPWS said that the complaint was motivated by some people with vested interest to
malign the image of the local MLA.
NWSYW resents suspension of SI
DAPORIJO, Sept 9: Neba Welfare Society Youth Wing (NWSYW) in its single-point memorandum
to Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner demanded for constitution of a SIT headed
preferably by a Judicial Magistrate to re-investigate the case against SI AK Tanti
of Daporijo Police Station.
The Society said that he should have been terminated for ‘misleading’ the case (FIR
No 68/14,U/S 279/338 IPC R/w sec.181 MV Act. Drj Police Station).
The Society informed that Dumro Bayor, who was a prominent PRI leader and social
worker of Sippi area, succumbed to his injury after he met with an accident on June
18. In this connection, an FIR was lodged against three alleged reckless bike riders
at Daporijo Police Station and SI AK Tanti was reportedly given the charge of the
However, the Society alleged that SI Tanti misled the case after taking bribe from
the alleged accused and released them.
The alleged accused persons were re-arrested and SI Tanti was suspended by the higher
authority following a complaint from the relatives of the deceased, the informed.
PCSU seeks posting of teachers
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Informing that various schools in Parang circle are running short
of teachers, the Parang Circle Students’ Union (PCSU) has requested for immediate
posting of teachers in the area.
Govt Residential School Seem is facing shortage of PCB teachers while Govt sec school
Parang has shortage of PCM teachers and Govt Residential School Totpu needs English
teachers, the students said in its letter submitted to the DDSE Papum Pare.
ASM Poyom-Raksap writes to CM
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The Anchal Samiti Member of 8/1 Poyom Raksap under Darak circle
Minba Raksap has requested the CM to give necessary directive to the West Siang District
Administration to provide fund for clearance of the road blockade in the area.
The road from Darak circle connecting many villages have been cut off from the rest
of the state due to heavy landslide since July. The affected villages are Boje Pare,
Sala Potom, Dege Potom, Belo, Poyom and Boru Raksap, he wrote in his letter submitted
to the chief minister.
Due to the road blockades, people are unable to access the medical sub centres situated
at Degi Potom and Boru Raksap. Moreover, these sub-centres have been temporarily
shut down due to non availability of staffs and supply of medicines, he said while
adding that schools in the area have also shut down as the teachers are unable to
reach their schools.
Tigdo Panchayat imposes fine
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The 16th Tigdo Panchayat under Doimukh Zilla Parishad has decided
to impose fine of Rs 50,000 to persons found indulging in anti-social activities
within its jurisdiction.
In its letter informing Papum Pare DC of its conditions, it said that the loitering
around of anti-social elements in the area is creating nuisance for the local residents.
The panchayat has also put blanket ban on fishing and hunting.
BTPF apprises DC of absentee officials
ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Claiming that Govt officials of Bameng do not stay in their posting
places and instead prefer to stay at the district headquarter Seppa forcing the common
public to go to Seppa to get their work done, the Bameng Town People’s Forum (BTPF)
has asked the DC to direct the officials to work from their posting place.
Its other demands include concession of renewal fee of licenses, regular electricity
supply in the township and clearance of Pakke to Bameng road blockade.
----Readers Forum ----
MSDP and minority areas
I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities concerned regarding the
implementation of MSDP in Tuting Block. The implementation of MSDP in the state has
become a hot topic for debate.
Our confusion about the implementation of MSDP is very natural in the state where
there are different tribes with different cultures and religions. Arunachal Pradesh
is not a state of one religion. That's why confusion is very natural while implementing
such schemes which have been sanctioned on the basis of religion. But this confusion
shows the failure of the state government for taking up such schemes in the state
and the incapability of the concerned officers.
Ministry of Minority Affairs Govt of India has identified those Blocks as Minority
Concentration Block in the country where Muslims, Sikhs, Christian, Zoroastrian (Parsis)
and Buddhist have at least 25% of the total population. It has been implemented on
the basis of religion as per 2001 census.
As per 2001 census, the percentage of Minorities in the country is about 18.4 % of
the total population of the country of which Muslims are 13.4 %, Christian 2.3%,
Sikhs 1.9%, Buddhist 0:8%, and Parsis 0.007%.
The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of India has identified 26 CD Block as Minority
Concentration Block in the state where Rs 10 crore rupees has been sanctioned to
each identified blocks.
Tuting CD Block is one among the identified blocks in the state which was identified
because it has 25% Buddhist population under three circles of Tuting Sub-Division
but as per the concept paper submitted by the DC and DPO Upper Subansiri, the minority
population and their area are bereft from this fund under MSDP.
We had given a complaint letter to the Secretary of Social Justice and Tribal Affairs
stating our grievances for misrepresentation of the schemes under MSDP in Tuting
Block. But the DC and DPO Yingkiong have submitted the concept paper covering only
two Buddhist villages under Gelling Circle in which Rs 295 lakhs is being given.
This is a total violation of the rights of Minority Population in Tuting Block under
the National Commission of Minority Act 1992. There was no meeting at the Block or
the District Level for the selection of this scheme as suggested in the guidelines
of MSDP. The concept paper has been prepared randomly by the DC and DPO under political
pressure. How was this concept paper accepted by the concerned department of the
I would sincerely like to ask the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of social justice
and Tribal Affairs if there is a different guideline for the implementation of central
sponsored schemes in Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, I urge the Chief Secretary of the state to look into the implementation
of MSDP in Tuting Block at the earliest so that the real beneficiaries of the block
could avail this centre sponsored scheme.
Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena Upper Siang, Gelling
The other side of the coin
This is in reference to letter published on 1st September under the headline “Baseless
allegation” in Reader’s Forum wherein it was blindly stated that “Functioning of
Govt. Sec. School Parsi Parlo is very smooth, the previous Headmaster has already
handed over the charge except previous year’s stipend audit”.
There is Block Education Officer (BEO) and Block Resource Centre Coordinator (BRCC)
and Cluster Resource Centre Coordinator, whom the Govt has authorized to inspect
the school frequently and prepare reports on the functioning of schools.
There is authority at school level to look after the daily activities of school and
to handle stipend meant for Hostel Boarders and School Managing Committee to guide
the school and the financial matter related to civil works sanctioned by govt for
Subsequently, cash book is being maintained at school level. Regarding handing/taking
of Headmaster In-charge, the statement was wrong.
On the same day, under the same headline a group of ASMs and Chairman PPADC from
Parsi Parlo also stated that “Schools were vandalized by goons in the recent past,
there is corruption as funds meant for Boys and Girls Toilet were siphoned off through
forged bill, there is no sufficient regular teacher in all the schools, teachers
are absenting from duty for a long time.”
Earlier, chairman of SMC of said school also gave photograph of vandalized girls
hostel on local newspapers. It vividly reveals that functioning of school is not
upto true spirit of normal school administration.
Some of the real situation of the school is that due to lack of subject teachers,
students of Secondary Section are being sent to Govt. Higher Secondary School, Koloriang,
for attending classes, there is encroachment of school land, there are no sufficient
teaching-learning materials, teacher quarters, hostel building, drinking water facilities,
class rooms. However, local teachers posted at the schools are putting their best
effort for better functioning of school despite partial physical and moral support
from civil society.
I request all the esteemed citizens of Parsi-Parlo area not to mix politics and
education. Positive and constructive support or suggestion for proper functioning
of school is solicited at school level and not to the media.
Govt. Sec. School,
Foothills and hope for road connectivity
This is regarding Foot Hill Road Connectivity. It is to be noted that road development
project in hypersensitive border areas was first mooted long years back. But it is
a matter of regret that till today nothing has been materialised and the cherished
dreams of the people never translated into reality.
After the Chinese aggression of 1962, when NEFA was renamed as Arunachal Pradesh
with Union Territory status in 1972,1 have heard from some of the senior leaders
of the state that border road connectivity is in the offing.
Even today, the unfortunate dwellers in border villages are lagging behind in developmental
fronts, basic amenities and facilities. We have received no special government package/help
and we have failed to derive maximum benefits in terms of centrally sponsored schemes/border
area development projects.
On the other hand, we find the foot hills of Arunachal Pradesh are studded with the
historical ruins, forts, temples belonging to the 10th and 16th centuries. This area
bordering with Assam was once a seat of historical importance and rich cultural heritage.
Malinithan, situated 1 km East of Likabali and Balukpong, at the foot of Aka hills
But now government is turning blind eye and is least bothered for such historically
important sites/monumental sites/tourist spot. Let us preserve our age old cultural
heritage and rich cultural site.
I thank Kiren Rijiju, young and energetic leader for his great initiative to make
proposal for survey of the foothill road across the state from Bhairakund in West
Kameng district to Ruksin in East Siang district via Bhalukpong, Seijosa, Tarasso,
Kimin, Dollungmukh, Kangku, Likabali and Nari. He also emphasized on development
of East-West highway corridor from Balemu to Ruksin running along the foot hills
regions of Arunachal Pradesh. It has spurted a wave of optimism amongst the border
villagers. Besides, Ruksin-Nari adjoining Jonai town/Jonai sub-division of Dhemaji
district, the area has a strategic importance. It is the gateway to East Arunachal
districts including East Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang valley and Lower Dibang Valley.
The two lane NH-52 and the proposed railway (extended) lines enter into the state
It is to be noted that, if such an economically viable project is materialized in
future, it would be of immense benefits for the people of East Siang, West Siang,
Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng and West Kameng district along the frontiers
I appeal the Tuki government to expedite arrangement for proper and successful implementation
of road projects for troubled torn areas. Now, people of foot hill belt can look
forward to an era of development under the able leadership of Kiren Rijiju. He will
leave no stone unturned to execute and implement this project in a time bound manner.
We are hopeful that a proper mechanism and effective structure will be put in place.
Hence, sooner or later, under the dynamic leadership of Rijiju, who is working proactively,
we will hopefully get the positive news.
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India sends strong message to China
Ahead of the Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to India later this month, today
external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj sent out loud message to China to respect
India’s territorial integrity. She stated that for India to agree to a one-China
policy, China should reaffirm a one-India policy. Swaraj urged China to understand
and appreciate India’s sensitiveness towards Arunachal Pradesh.
This indeed is a courageous statement coming from the foreign minister herself. Swaraj
deserves some appreciation. Critics both at Delhi and Arunachal have often ridiculed
government of India for not being bold to take on China. During UPA regime repeated
Chinese incursion inside Indian Territory at Ladakh sector and in Arunachal Pradesh
was overlooked for the sake of improving relation between two neighbours. It is widely
perceived that Chinese have been emboldened by meek response of past governments
and therefore continues to indulge in incursion activities. Modi government seems
to be pursuing different policy and looks ready to take head on with China. However
new government will have to thread cautious path and should not take any step which
seriously jeopardizes the relation two nuclear armed neighbours.