CHANGLANG, Jan 23: One hardcore NSCN (K) cadre identified as Self Style Lance Corporal
Dungwang Phuksa of Kolam village, Laju circle surrendered with one 9 mm pistol and
live ammunition to the Assam Rifles in presence of the Arunachal Pradesh Police on
January 21 last. The cadre was active in Changlang district for the last four years.
However, the relentless operations of Assam Rifles convinced him regarding the futility
of leading a life of violence.
The surrender ceremony assumes importance as it will act as an inspiration for other
misled youths to come forward and join the national mainstream. The event also exhibits
goodwill and confidence generated by Security Forces, who have created a secured
environment in Tirap, Changlang and Longding district, thereby giving a severe jolt
to the insurgency in the region. DIPRO incharge
PPLAWC writes to local MLA
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Reiterating its demand to appoint 50 of the ITI trainees from the
land affected people, the Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC) has
threatened to launch 48 hours bandh call on February 8 next in the project site if
the appointment is not done on or before February 7 next.
In its representation submitted to the local MLA cum parliamentary secretary planning,
while giving an account of the various meetings with the NEEPCO authority wherein
the NEEPCO authorities have assured of appointing the trainees, it also requested
him to ask the NEEPCO authorities to consider six months vocational training to the
trainees instead of the two years course.
Expressing disappointment with NEEPCO for not being able to fulfill its assurance,
it said, recently the NEEPCO head office conducted an interview of account officers,
personnel officer, engineers etc wherein one of the affected youth Bengia Atu was
denied of any job despite of the fact that she had cleared the written examination
and also that PPLAWC had recommended her name for the appointment.
It also informed that the trainees who are undergoing training at ITI Tezpur are
being deprived of their monthly stipend from the NEEPCO authority as directed by
the chief minister.
The stipends are not being released properly resulting in lot of inconvenience for
the students as the college authorities often threaten them to vacate for nonpayment
of the mess fee, it said.
Road safety campaign and free eye check up camp
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The Santin Ajing Society Ziro (SASZ) in association with India
Oil Corporation Ltd. has organized road safety campaign and free eye check up camp
at LPG Bottling Plant, Kimin on January 22 and 23.
Around 150 persons, most of them were drivers/ transporters, were benefitted by the
programme. On the main road the motorists were imparted knowledge on road safety.
Pamphlets were also distributed to spread the awareness on road safety.
Dr. Nani Tamang Jose, Dy. Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh delivered key
note address on “Awareness on road safety- A life saving mantra” through power
Earlier, S. Kumrah, Asst. Manager (LPG-O), briefed the importance of observing the
road safety day.
Later Dr. T Sorum, Sr. Eye Specialist from R.K. Mission Hospital, Itanagar briefed
on the need of eye-care. Eye-check up of drivers & contract labours in co-ordination
with Dr. Meena Mudang, MO, CHC, Kimin was done. Free medicines were also distributed
to the beneficiaries.
Er. Mudang Tacho, Plant Manager, IOC, Kimin and Rubu Omo, representative of SASZ
also spoke on the occasion.
Singla joins as Tirap SP
KHONSA, Jan 23: Ajit Kumar Singla, IPS has joined as the new Superintendent of Police
in Tirap today relieving Vikramjit Singh who has been posted to Delhi Police after
completing his tenure in insurgency-hit Tirap district.
Speaking at a farewell meeting organized in honour of the out-going SP at DC’s conference
hall, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi spoke about Vikramjit Singh’s
contributions towards ushering in peace in Tirap.
Describing Singh as a truly professional officer of high caliber, Joshi said that
during his tenure as SP the people lived sans fear as the law and order was in control.
The DC also welcomed the new incumbent Singla and hoped that he would also leave
no stone unturned in maintaining peace and rule of law in the district.
The ADC H Matcha in his speech lauded the out-going SP for his exemplary courage
and efficiency in dealing with the present explosive insurgency problem of the district.
A number of other HoDs also spoke on the occasion. The DC later presented mementoes
to Vikramjit Singh on behalf of the district. DIPRO
CM’s Volleyball trophy begins
PASIGHAT, Jan 23: The CM’s Volleyball Trophy for 38-Pasighat was declared opened
by the PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk at the sports complex Pasighat today.
Eight teams are participating in the tournament; the winner team will participate
in the district level to be held from Jan 29-31 next.
In the opening match, Opener Smasher team defeated Mirku.
Tamuk appreciated the organizing President Rajesh Panyang (ADC) and secretary Nada
Apa (DSO) for their tireless efforts and people of Pasighat for overwhelming response
from all quarter. He stressed on the need for maintaining discipline and physical
fitness and further stated that such kind of event will imbibe unity and fill communication
gap among all.
Earlier, ADC Panyang said when it comes to sports, Pasighatians exhibit an almost
unmatched passion. They turn out in large numbers to watch and enjoy. DIPRO
Org condemns authority for inaction
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The 21-Koloriang Indigenous People Movement today condemned the
government for alleged inaction to drop the tainted MLA who allegedly involved during
electoral roll burning incident at Hawa Camp on 9th Dec 2013. Digging at Pradesh
Congress Committee, the organization also condemned it for not being able to expel
the MLA from the party. Further it urged the home department to re-arrest the other
accused involved in the incident.
EKDBAS office inaugurated
SEPPA, Jan 23: The office of the East Kameng District Bar Association Seppa ( EKDBAS)
was inaugurated by CJM- Cum- Civil Judge (Sr.Div) Tageng Padoh in the premises of
the court building.
All the Advocates of East Kameng District were also present along with the staff
of the court.
Speaking on the occasion Padoh informed the gathering about the relation between
Bar & Bench. He said that Advocates should be a role model for the society and work
as a social engineering to eradicate social evils from the society. He gave emphasis
for maintaining the ‘Rule of Law’ and further told the Bar member to maintain ethics
and uphold the Justice system.
East Kameng District Bar Association (EKDBA) President Biman Sonam urged the Bar
Members to supports him, so that he can appraise the problem to the Bench and pleaded
the CJM- Cum- Civil Judge (Sr.Div) for early disposal of back logging cases.
EKDBA, General Secretary Nama Dodum also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Farmer awareness campaign on rural godown gets underway
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A three days farmers’ awareness campaign on rural godown conducted
by Institute of Cooperative Management, Guwahati in collaboration with Arunachal
Pradesh State Cooperative Union Naharlagun being sponsored by National Institute
of Agricultural Marketing Jaipur got underway in Papumpare district. The objectives
of the programme are to create awareness among the members of cooperative societies,
self help groups, farmers etc about the various schemes and policies of the government
for infrastructural development for godown construction in agricultural field.
8423 immunized against pulse polio in Longding
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Longding district achieved a coverage of 96.84 percent in the first
phase of the intensified pulse polio immunization campaign.
Of the targeted 8699 in the age group of 0-5 years a total of 8423 children were
administered oral polio drops, informed DRCHO Dr. L Bagra.
Bagra, who credited deputy commissioner Repo Ronya, Longding DMO Dr. N Lowang and
the team of District Programme Management Unit’s whole-hearted support during the
campaign for the achievement, said will try to achieve cent percent coverage in the
next round of IPPI which is scheduled on February 23.
Encourage sports activities in remote villages: SP
CHANGLANG, Jan 23: The Khuchep-II(B) team won the Khuchep-II village volleyball tournament
by defeating Khuchep-II(A) in the final match of the tournament which concluded
at the village yesterday. Jonglimpother team emerged as most disciplined team. The
best player award was presented to Nongbi Taisim of Khuchep-I team.
Addressing the closing ceremony Changlang Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar lauded
the organising committee for their noble step to encourage game and sports in the
remote village. Such sports activities not only keep one healthy but also keep the
youths away from unhealthy and unwanted activities. He suggested them to organize
such activities periodically.
Bunny’s Fantasy World observes Netaji’s 117th birth anniversary
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The 117th Birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was
celebrated at Bunny’s Fantasy World School here today.
Presiding over the function, Dr V N Sharma, state nodal officer, NSSS, emphasized
on the teaching practices and methodologies adopted to teach young students. He exhorted
the students to follow the ideology of Netaji.
Cultural programme presentation by the tiny tots of the school also marked the occasion.
A declamation contest was organized to commemorate the day. Master Sangha Nikum of
Class VII was declared winner. Taring Marina and Ponung Panyang of Class VII bagged
second positions while Dampi Ligu of Class IV came third.
SUMA confronts NPF, blocks entry
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A team of Naga People’s Front (NPF) which arrived here yesterday,
agreed at the intervention of Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) that the
Nagaland-based regional party would not spread its wings into Arunachal Pradesh for
the time being, although it had announced earlier today to float its candidates in
the ensuing Lok Sabha and assembly elections during a Press conference at the Arunachal
Press Club here.
As the 12-member NPF team including its secretary general K G Kenye, vice presidents
T L Meri and S Shingnyu, general secretaries Kruzakie Kelio and S Akho Leyri, women
wing working president K Sangchu, including Nagaland police personnel and drivers
were leaving the Press Club area they were confronted by members of Students’ Union
Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) that led to a commotion as SUMA leaders have been opposing
the entry of NPF into Arunachal.
During a meeting between the two groups later, as claimed by SUMA, the NPF team tendered
apology for entering the state without valid permit or without prior official intimation.
The two groups later decided that NPF would not take up any political activity within
Arunachal till reaching an agreeable solution to the issue raised by SUMA.
SUMA president Biri Tabing said that SUMA told them in no uncertain terms that they
would not allow NPF ‘which stands only for the cause of the Nagas’ but would consent
if any party reflects the regional character of other North Eastern states and vouches
for their causes.
The representatives of NPF and SUMA held a threadbare discussion at a local hotel
and came to the above unanimous conclusion. The SUMA team later informed the mediapersons
at the Press Club that the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) would also face the
ire if it ties up directly with the NPF for the elections in the state. SUMA would
not, however, oppose if the PPA joins a regional forum of political parties.
The SUMA team came to the Press Club to announce the decisions at an impromptu press
conference. But, when they arrived at the venue another press conference was on.
Impatient SUMA members started verbally abusing journalists including woman scribes.
Though they were allowed to respond to a few questions but the press conference did
not take place.
Tabing later tendered a written apology for the unbecoming behaviour of few of its
members after the Press Club president Chopa Cheda dealt with the matter seriously
and demanded an explanation.
Later, the members of APC and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists unanimously
decided that such unbecoming behaviour by any organization with the Press persons
would be taken as an insult to the media and the case would be decided according
to its merit. Meanwhile, the NPF team was externed out from the state capital Itanagar
at the direction of the magistrate after the team leaders were produced before a
The NPF leader including Kenye, a VIP under security coverage, had reportedly arrived
here to hold discussion with their Arunachal counterparts and address a press conference
today. But the Nagaland team members were without any inner line permit, mandatorily
needed for any outsider under the Bengal Eastern Regulation, 1873 and without intimating
the state administration or Capital police about the VIP movement under security
CM promises rapid development of Mariyang
MARIYANG, Jan 23: The first-ever Yamne River Festival was inaugurated today by Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki at Mariyang in Upper Siang district. He was accompanied by Union
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Education Minister Bosiram Siram,
Yingkiong Legislator Alo Libang and local legislator J K Panggeng.
The maiden festival also marked a new beginning for Mariyang. Tuki had promised the
people to upgrade the township to an ADC headquarter during his visit in 2012 and
today he inaugurated the newly established office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner.
Addressing a huge gathering, Tuki appreciated the efforts put in by the local legislator
and the organizing committee for conceptualizing the Yamne River Festival and organizing
it for the first time. He said the state government is emphasizing on local festivals
that would ultimately become attraction-point for tourists and thereby boosting local
economy in the long run. “Ours is a land of festivals. Let’s make these festivals
a catalyst to strengthen our brotherly bonds and spread peace and happiness,” the
Chief Minister said.
He appealed the people to lend their cooperation and support to the government so
that the elected representatives can fulfill their aspirations.
Taking the opportune moment of the presence of a huge festival crowd, Tuki sought
support for Ninong Ering, who will be seeking re-election in the ensuing Parliamentary
“We are lucky to have a Union Minister from amongst us. Let’s give him another chance
so that he continues at the Center and serve the people of the state,” he appealed.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by the local legislator, the Chief Minister
assured a sum of Rs 1 crore from TFC for establishment of a Children’s Park and Rs
2 crore for construction of a multi-purpose community hall at Mariyang. He also assured
to heed to the demand for a police station in the town besides giving consent to
establishment of a sub-treasury office at Mariyang and a micro-hydel project in the
Adi Pasi area as sought.
Later in the day, the Chief Minister also inaugurated newly constructed multipurpose
stadium of the Govt Higher Secondary School, a new Circuit House and a new steel
bridge over river Yammeng. Incidentally, Tuki had laid the foundation stones of the
multipurpose auditorium and the circuit house during his visit to Mariyang on December
8 in 2012.
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Battered by alleged indifference attitude and step-motherly treatment
towards them by the state government, All Arunachal Pradesh Kasturba Gandhi Balika
Vidyalaya Teachers’ Association (AAPKGBVTA) today threatened to launch indefinite
pen-down strike from January 27, just a day after the Republic Day celebration, till
their demands are met. The organizing has been demanding regularization of jobs and
enhancement of the monthly salary.
The KGBV schools running under the SSA are meant for poor and drop out girls children
in the rural areas. There are at least 48 KGBV schools with 480 teachers (in approximate)
across the state mostly in the interior places.
Addressing the mediapersons at Press Club here today, AAPKGBVTA president Tayon
Dai informed that the agitated KGBV teachers have decided to go ahead with indefinite
pen-down strike following the unfruitful meeting with the Education Commissioner
on Tuesday. “Despite repeated pleas and several representations to the state government
our demands are not fulfilled yet” Dai rued. While questioning the authority he further
said, “What kind of dedicated service is expected from us by the Govt when it failed
to pay our meager monthly salary”. The association general secretary Rana Yangfo
briefed about the untold sufferings of the teachers, who are serving in far-flung
areas where prices of essential commodities are beyond the common man’s reach including
the teaching community. “We feel awkward to close the schools while on agitation,
however for our own justice we have to do” said another member.
Their demands for enhancement of salary and regularization grow louder since the
state government had enhanced SSA teacher’s salary and regularized many of them.
It is said Education Minister Bosiram Siram had assured the KGBV teachers to regularize
and enhanced their salary while attending the Balika Shivir somewhere in East Siang
way back in 2010; however his assurance bears no fruit even after four years of their
struggle. “If SSA teacher’s salary could be enhanced why not ours”? asked one of
“And we don’t want verbal assurance rather we need our demands be fulfilled,” said
association Convener Moken Loyi.
The KGBV teachers are getting monthly fixed salary of Rs 8500/(JT) and Rs 7200(AT)
since inception. The fight for justice and fundamental right will go on till the
government pays heed towards our demands, the association said.
Cancellation of public hearing demanded
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) and Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU),
in a joint memorandum to East Siang Deputy Commissioner has demanded cancellation
of the public hearings for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydroelectric project proposed
to be held in East Siang, West Siang and Upper Siang districts on January 31 on various
In their memorandum to the deputy commissioner they alleged that conduction of the
public hearing on the same day and time in three different venues is an intended
gross denial and violation of the letter and spirit of the EIA notification 2006
as well as the article 14 of Right to equality and the Freedom of Speech under article
19 of the Constitution of India. “There are a number of local persons/clans/local
communities who have land directly affected by the Lower Siang project cross-cutting
the district boundaries. But, they will not be able to exercise their legal rights
to participate in all the public hearings in the districts where their ancestral
lands are affected, since the hearings are being held on the same day and at same
time,” the memorandum said.
“It is crucial that the public hearings are held in the three districts with sufficient
days in between to enable the affected persons to participate in the public hearings
wherever their ancestral lands are affected,” it said.
“It is their legal right to participate in the public hearings wherever their lands
are affected. This is a clear ground for cancellation of the public hearings and
re-announcement by keeping sufficient days in between hearings being held in different
districts,” the memorandum said.
While drawing attention of the DC that Pasighat was not an appropriate place for
conducting the public hearing for East Siang district, the memorandum claimed that
atleast 11 out of the 25 villages directly affected in East Siang district are more
than 100 km away from the venue of public hearing. Riga village, one of the severely
affected villages under East Siang District is 172 km. away from Pasighat. Further
nine villages are 60 – 100 km. away from the venue. and six villages have to walk
for up to at least 12 km on foot to reach the only motor able road NH-52.
Further, Pasighat town is nowhere listed as an affected village/area/circle in the
EIA, EMP and Social Impact Assessment report of the Project Proponent, the memorandum
“The public hearing for Upper Siang is also fixed at Katan which is 40 km away from
the villages of Geku circle, which is encompassing the majority of the villages to
be affected by the same dam in the district and above all there is no any mode of
transportation facilities to reach Katan, Further, the only village which is likely
to be completely submerged by the said dam happens to be Pongging village under Upper
Siang district, and the village people of Pongging have to walk on foot covering
a distance of 19 km to reach Katan as there is no public or government transport
facility from Pongging to Katan.”
They also strongly protested the Upper Siang DC’s reported announcement that those
persons will only be allowed to attend the hearing who possess valid voter ID cards
and rests will be debarred from entering into the venue of public hearing.
Regarding selection of venue for public hearing for West Siang district at general
ground, Aalo, the memorandum said that Aalo town is not an affected village/area
as per the assessment reports prepared by WAPCOS, the consultant agent who have prepared
the same for the project proponent,” the memorandum said.
“This is totally unacceptable as per the letter and spirit of the EIA notification
2006 and various court orders /judgements on the need for proximity of the public
hearing venue to the affected area.
“And as enshrined under Chapter II U/s 5 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency
in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 and which reads as
follows “whenever a Social Impact Assessment is required to be prepared under section
4, the appropriate Government shall ensure that a Public Hearing is held at the affected
“Thus, the law point as per Chapter II U/s 5 of The Right to Fair Compensation and
Transparent Land Acquisition Relief and Resettlement Act 2013 also clearly states
that Public Hearing should be held in the affected areas and not otherwise.”
“Further, Siang river basin cumulative impact assessment study is not yet completed
and placed in the public domain at designated places before public hearing,” the
“As per the EIA notification 2006 (section 9.4 of Form I) and the MoEF’s OM dated
28th May 2013, “if cumulative impacts studies have to be the basis for decision-making,
then such studies have to be placed in the public domain at designated places 30
days prior to the public hearing”.
However, the Siang river basin cumulative impact assessment is neither completed
nor placed in the public domain at the designated places prior to the public hearing,
the memorandum claimed.
Rally driver Suresh Rana to captivate motorsports aficionado at Dirang
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Top 50 rally drivers of the country will descend on the sleepy
valley of Dirang to compete for one of the most extreme sports event in the world
… Rallying. The J K Tyre Car rally with the theme “Arunachal Festival of Speed -2014”
is being organized by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal under the aegis of the Federation
of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI) on 1st & 2nd February.
This daily, the print media partner of the event, had already presented a brief introduction
of Gaurav Gill, the current Asia Pacific rally Champion. Now, we are coming before
the motorsports aficionado with another rally driver -- Suresh Rana, the 9 times
Raid-de-Himalaya Champion, who will be participating in the two-day event at Dirang.
The King of the Mountains as he is nicknamed by friends in the rallying circuit in
India, Suresh Rana the humble shy boy who hails from the beautiful Kullu Valley in
Himachal Pradesh has conquered the Desert as well. The achievement of Suresh Rana
in the gruesome world of this extreme sport is unparalleled in this country. Rana
has won the Raid-De-Himalaya 9 times, The Desert Storm 4 times and the Sjoba Rally
3 times in his career spanning only 13 years. He was also crowned the Indian National
Rally Champion in the Gypsy class in the year 2007.
Winning the Raid de Himalaya 9 times is no mean feat. The Raid de Himalaya is known
to be the toughest and most dangerous rally raid event in the country and it is listed
among the 12 toughest events in the world. All motor heads of the country will descend
upon the silent valley of Dirang in their mean machines, the Mountains of Arunachal
will witness a battle Royale between the current APRC champion Gaurav Gill who is
known to be suave and stylish while Rana is known to be shy and introvert. Gill is
in the hi-tech world of rallying driving a Skoda Super 2000 in the APRC and a Mahindra
SUV 500 in the INRC while Rana who has won many of his laurels in the rugged simple
Gypsy. Off late he is driving for Maruti Suzuki -the Grand Vitara which he has piloted
to podium finishes whenever required.
The Arunachal Festival of Speed will see Rana again driving a Grand Vitara this time.
With an impressive career wins , it is for all to see the man himself in flesh and
blood in Arunachal Pradesh. With the event being very spectator friendly unlike
other rallies which go long distances the event in Arunachal will feature short 5
to 8 km stages that can be viewed almost entirely from one location overlooking the
valley. So all heading towards Dirang on 1st and 2nd Feb you better choose your seats
up in the mountains well as this is one of the very few events in the country where
the champion driver of the Asia Pacific region will battle it out with head to head
with the 9 times winner of the Raid de Himalaya.
Evolve effective ILP mechanism, says PPA
ITIANAGAR, Jan 23: Railway could be lifeline and precondition to any major development
initiatives but in the context of Arunachal where Nehru-Elwin policy of protective
developmental is in place, due attention must be given to preserve the age-old sanctity
of the rich natural and cultural resources of the tribals, said Laeta Umbrey, the
Chief Ministerial candidate of PPA.
Addressing the party executive members, Laeta Umbrey stated that railways can save
time, money and bring about national integration, but the same can also pump in antisocial
elements, illegal migrants and numerous other ills. “At a time when more developed
NE states like Meghalaya and Sikkim too are pondering for introduction of ILP system,
it is unfortunate that the present Govt is yet to put in place a full proof ILP mechanism
before giving green signal for inauguration of railway service on 20th March,” said
Umbrey while questioning the existence of physical structure such as ILP checkpoints,
well equipped office, manpower, finance etc before flagging off the service.
In case of failure on the part of the Govt to put in place a full-proof mechanism
to check ILP of the passengers well before the commencement of the railway service,
PPA will be duty bound to play the role of ILP checkers at the entry points in the
interest and future safety of its citizens, Umbrey warned.
Pointing out other activities of the Govt like hydro power development, the party
question “If the Govt of India is really concerned about the security of people of
Arunachal, why it has not consulted State Govt and its people before envisioning
Arunachal to be the power house of the nation. Why the Congress led UPA Govt entered
more than 230 secret MOAs without the knowledge of the land owners on the ground.”
According to Umbrey, all the lip services that the people of the state are getting
at present are because of the incomparable development initiatives by China on their
side of the LOC.
Had there been a regional Govt in the state and regional MPs in Parliament for at
least a decade, Arunachal today would have been the most developed state in the country,
the party said.
Appealing the educated youths and intellectuals of the state to realize the Center’s
policy of making Arunachal ‘a Bombay mixture’ to weaken the Chinese claim of Arunachalees,
Umbrey asserted that it is only the PPA that can withstand the Centers policy of
“detribalization and marginalization”. The new Delhi’s policy of converting Arunachal
as dumping ground for Chakmas, Hazongs, ex-armymen and Tibetan settlement camps etc
speaks volumes, asserted Umbrey.
Tuki distributes CM’s Talent Award to CBSE toppers
PASIGHAT, Jan 23: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today distributed Laptops to nine CBSE
toppers in a small but impressive felicitation function held here at Pasighat Airport.
Speaking on the occasion, Tuki said all the students who secured 60% or above in
class X & XII CBSE exam in the state during 2011-12 and 2012-13 (irrespective of
government and private schools) are eligible for the awards.
As per official sources, till today the concerned department has prepared a list
of sixty five eligible candidates for CM’s Talent Award in the district. Rs. 10,000
has already been credited in their respective bank accounts and laptops would be
handed over to the achievers soon.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram, UMoS Ninong Ering, DC Nidhi Srivastava, ZPC Kaling
Dai, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk and host of officers and leaders were present on
the occasion. DIPRO
Arunachal Agri Expo begins at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Jan 23: Arunachal Agri Expo-2014 organized by the College of Horticulture
and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat began here today. The expo mainly aims at encouraging
the people on agriculture and allied sectors.
The first day of the expo drew huge crowd, who have got a lot of excitements with
various exhibitions showcasing the rich potentialities of agriculture, horticulture
and allied sectors in the hilly state.
Central Agricultural University (CAU) Chancellor Prof. RB Singh, vice chancellor
JN Puri. ICAR governing body member Sudhir Bhargav and other dignitaries were present
during the inaugural function.
Exhibition of medicinal plants, improved vegetables, citrus fruits, improve rice
varieties, maintenance of fish ponds, Mouling organic tea and crop pest are some
special attractions of the agricultural expo.
The chancellor earlier inaugurated newly built ‘Agriculture Technology Information
Centre’ and ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra’ building inside the CHF campus.
The inaugural programme was followed by “Scientists- Farmer inaction”, where the
experts explained the progressive farmers about preventive and remedial measures
of plant disease caused by various micro-organisms. The experts also guided the farmers
on fertilizer management and pest control measures.
According to information, as many as 400 progressive farmers from seven districts,
including East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang and Capital district Papumpare are
participating in the expo. Of them, three have been selected for “Special Agriculture
Award” for adopting scientific techniques in their agricultural practices.
Dress rehearsal of R Day parade
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh contingent performed full dress rehearsal of
the Republic Day parade along with other selected states in New Delhi today.
Arunachal Pradesh is selected one of the states for the tableau march for the Republic
Day parade and the 10-member state team led by art expert Dhrubo Bhattacharjee and
two others from IPR department Hage Habung and Roto Tadi has been camping in the
national capital for the last two weeks. Deputy Resident Commissioner K N. Damo is
Arunachal Pradesh’s tableau is themed on the ‘Aji Lhamu’ dance of the Monpa and Sherdukpen
tribe—a prominent folk dance of the Buddhist community performed to ward off the
evil spirits during bridge construction.
Only 18 tableaus from 13 states and five UTs were selected for the Republic Day parade
after several rounds of screening were held. Each differently themed tableau will
showcase India’s strength in different areas.
Besides Arunachal two other Northeastern states, namely Assam and Meghalaya too have
been selected. While Assam will showcase the state’s rich cultural heritage through
Bhupen Hazarika, thereby paying a tribute to the legend, Meghalaya will have Arecanut--a
popular cash crop vital for its economy, as its theme.
A tough screening was held to select the representative states and after many such
Apart from the tableau, Rikham Pada dance of the Nyishi community and Arunachal Band
Group from Tezu have also been selected for the Republic Day.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki contributed few amounts to the Arunachal teams as token
of love and encouragement yesterday.
Arunachal municipal councilors take part in national workshop
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A team of municipal bodies from Arunachal Pradesh led by IMC Chief
Councillor Higio Aruni attended the National Workshop on Mountain Cities, 2014 at
Mussoorie held on January 19 and 20.
The workshop, an initiative of Dr. RS Tolia, CPP, Doon University, PD Rai, MP, New
Delhi, F Jaiswal and others, mainly focused on redressing the problems and issues
faced by the mountain cities of India.
Some vital issues such as disaster management, poverty alleviation, employment programmes,
regional balance, restructuring of CSS and development disabilities, urban development,
responsibilities of the states, JnNURM, policy interventions and priorities, Ministry
of DoNER and Infrastructure Development, Finance Commission, Mountain Eco-System,
Himalayan Eco-System, climate change, Deficit Grant etc were discussed in length
during the workshop.
The Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, where most of its towns are located in
the hilly areas would benefit a lot from the process of planning and development,
Chief Councillor Aruni said.
The team included Tagom Doming, Councillor and ESC, Pasighat Municipal Council, Likha
Suraj, Town Planner, Department of Town Planning and ULB and Tayer Tache, Deputy
Director, UD & Housing Department.
Similar workshop was held earlier at Kohima, Nagaland and Shillong, Meghalaya under
the initiative of ‘Indian Mountain Initiative.’
I on behalf of all the beneficiaries of the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation
Programme (PMEGP), 2013 of Upper Subansiri District, Daporijo would like to express
the grievances of beneficiaries.
We are the most unlucky and unfortunate educated youth in the society who despite
being unemployed are facing lot of difficulties even in receiving PMEGP loan, even
after the selection and other official processes are over. 4 months has passed since
we completed training for availing loan under this scheme which was conducted only
after beneficiaries contributed Rs. 1000/- each to the industry department, Daporijo.
But the bank (SBI) authorities are still delaying in giving money to the beneficiaries.
Whereas, the waiting list candidates are now undergoing training, the selected candidates
are still waiting for the bank to release money.
As per the guidelines of the KVIC/KVIB and instructions of the SBI, Daporijo, we
have completed all the formalities step by step taking time in between each process.
But the dealing agencies (State Bank of India and the Industry Department) are lingering
the process one after another. The earlier beneficiaries of the same scheme told
us that it is the dealing agencies, especially the Bank (SBI) which is responsible
for the delay. They informed that earlier, such long processes were not needed.
As per the instruction, we have also deposited a sum of Rs. 33,000/- which is 5%
of the total amount which the each beneficiary is getting as PMEGP loan. We took
loan from others on interest basis to pay our share. We have also arranged rent room
for establishment of our proposed business since the time when bank instructed us
to do so. Now the rent of room and the interests on the money we have taken on loan
from others to deposit in the bank are increasing month by month but the money which
we are supposed to get after completion of training and other processes are getting
delayed. Now, who will bear the burden of room rent and interest on loaned money.
Such expenses are not included in the project cost of the PMEGP loan scheme. This
is like adding salt on the wound.
We have already borne the problems of unemployment, poverty and hunger; please do
not worsen our situations.
So, I request the dealing authorities, especially the SBI, Daporijo to please expedite
process as soon as possible so that we can start our proposed business sooner.
A beneficiary of PMEGP
Mushrooming of union
I am an avid reader of your reputed daily and being a regular reader I have observed
that almost two-third of the local news items talks about the Unions. This union
demanded that, this union was formed; this union clarified that and so on. It seems
like apart from these UNIONS there is nothing else to talk about in this state. No
doubt the very principle behind the formation of the union is welfare of a certain
section of the society and to safe guard their rights and privileges but the rampant
increase in the number of unions and its interference in the daily affairs of life
diminish its importance and raises questions and concerns over its credibility.
Numerous unions are mushrooming everywhere. Now it is hard to ascertain what union
represents whom. Who is the real representative of a particular section of the society?
In naming the unions also these people uses every ways of permutation and computation
possible from the available 26 alphabets of English. A slight misplacing of a word
or letter would mean a different union. Now the very meaning of union has changed.
Earlier it was collectivity but now it refers individuality. For every individual
there exists a union. Breaching its code of function these unions has started interfering
into personal affairs of people deviating from its real motto and the people are
approaching them for every trivial activity.
This present trend of unionism is alarming for the development of any civilized society.
The union should understand that they have a responsibility. While working for their
interest group they should keep in mind that the welfare of the other sections of
the society and the development of the society as a whole must not be hampered. Last
but not the least in response to the recent news items where unions have stood up
claiming and counter claiming in support of their members I would like to say that
the law of the land is above all and in some cases the unions must adhere themselves
within the frame work of the law and must restrain themselves from interfering and
let the law of the land takes its course of action.
Now reward for sincerity
Through the column of your esteemed daily I on behalf of all the contractual staffs
working under the umbrella of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project(IDSP) would
like to request secretary and Director, Health and family welfare Government of Arunachal
Pradesh to release the pending salary for the last 3(Three) months immediately. The
delay in disbursement of salary has created lots of problem to the poor staffs especially
those who are serving in rural areas.
Even after serving dedicatedly and carrying out our duties sincerely, we are fighting
hard to get our hard earned salaries timely. As such, I sincerely request and appeal
the concern authority to look into the grievances and disburse the said salary to
the needful staffs as early as possible.
Niti Vihar, Itanagar
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Holding of simultaneous election will benefit state
Rumours are flying thick and fast that Arunachal will witness simultaneous assembly
and parliament election this time. The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh unit
yesterday claimed that ruling Congress government has written to election commission
of India(ECI) for holding of two election together in one go. The opposition party
has bitterly opposed the move and has written to ECI rebutting any such move. Party
claimed it will burdened election commission official as entire manpower of the commission
will be divided on two sides and thus it will affect the electioneering process.
However many observers believes that infact holding of simultaneous election will
only benefit state. Everyone is aware that at the moment state is going through worst
financial crisis. Due to poor financial condition the government of Arunachal may
not be in a position to held assembly and parliament election separately. Therefore
government stands to save crores of money by holding election together. The state
government should call all party meeting in this regard and try to forge unanimous