Strict action against illegal trade on wild animals
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The DFO of Banderdewa Forest Division has cautioned illegal wildlife
traders to refrain from such activities and the violators would be dealt sternly.
Taking serious note on such illegal trade, the DFO informed that hunting, selling
or possession of meat, fur, skin, horns etc. of wild animals and birds are strictly
prohibited under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the violators would be punished
with imprisonment up to a period of seven years or imposed penalty or by both.
Forest Department officials would conduct search operations in various routes under
the division to check inflow of such items.
Donyi-Polo day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The Donyi-Polo Day was celebrated by Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang with
traditional gaiety at Ruksin today. More than 400 believers took part in the celebration.
Attending the celebration, Ruksin Range Forest Officer Y Potom dwelt on the Donyi-Poloism
and asked all the believers irrespective of ages to preserve the tradition and culture
of the tribe. He has requested them to attend the weekly prayer and make it to be
the instrument to protect and preserve language, culture and religion.
A short movie on wildlife and forest fire released
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: A short-movie titled "The Invisible Pain" was released on Donyi-Polo
Day today in the central Donyi-Polo Namlo Daporijo by the Namlo Priest T. Natam.
The film is directed by Tako Siga and dedicated to mother Bochak Siga.
Sponsored by Rocky Motu, ZPM, Sigin-I Daporijo, the film is based on wild life hunting
and forest fire with narration in Tagin and English subtitle.
The film is meant for open viewing as the maker wants to spread the message of the
effects of wildlife hunting and forest fire.
Bodybuilders of Rayhan Gym Naharlagun shine
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Raj Thakuri from Rayhan Gym Naharlagun won the title in 75kg weight
category in the State Level Body Building Championship- 2014 held at Siddhartha Hall
here on December 28.
Paney Kameng and Devo Manglong won silver medals in 65kg and 75 kg category respectively.
Ajay Tamang won a bronze in 65 category. Other medal winners from the Rayhan Gym
were, Nabam Abu (Silver) and Pankaj Borah (Bronze) in 75 category.
BB Das won the title in Master Category 45 age category.
Reward announced for informer
SEPPA Dec 31: The District Magistrate of East Kameng has announced rewards for any
information leading to arrest of the alleged attacker(s) on a business man at Seppa
on December 23 night.
The DM in an order had directed the alleged offenders to appear before court on or
before December 26 failing which he will be punishable as per the provision of Arunachal
Pradesh unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, 2014. DIPRO
Road Safety week
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Along with the rest of the country, the 26th road safety week will
be observed throughout Arunachal Pradesh from January 2 to 7 next. This year's theme
for the road safety week is "Safety is not just a slogan, it's a way of life."
Education Joint secretary S C Debnath retires
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Education Joint secretary S C Debnath has retired from his service.
While giving a warm farewell in a glittering function held at the secretariat branch
of education department today, the officers, colleagues and staff of education department
wished him a happy second inning after his retired life.
Under Secretary, Education Likha Tejji, Joint Director (EE) Monya Nyori, DDSE, E
Lego, DDSE, Mallo Yam, Deputy SPD (SSA), Likha Sampu and staffs of Secretariat Education
Branch were present on the occasion.
Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officer Association (APCSOA) too wished him a happy
retired life. Parliamentary Secretary Education Bamang Felix also wished best to
the retiring officer for his second inning in life.
He is the first Batch of APCS to be inducted into Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service
Hailing from Alipurduar district in West Bengal, he was born on 1st January 1957
and graduated in B.Sc (Bio Chemistry from) Cotton College and Arya Vidyapeeth College
under Gauhati University before his entry to service.
S C Debnath started his career as Anini Circle Officer on 16th December, 1981. Later
promoted as EAC and posted to Liromoba, Bomdila and promoted to SDO, Deomali in 2003
then posted at Likabali. He was posted as ADC Pasighat during 2010 to 2013, finally
posted as Deputy Secretary, Education and Joint Secretary in the education department.
Speaking on the occasion, Debnath said he had to foot march 15 days to reach to circle
headquarter for rendering service. During his service life he never faced any problem
and successfully completed his innings.
Association opposes prepaid electric billing system
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association (AAPCA) today
strongly opposed the newly introduced pre-paid electric billing system saying that
poor and humble background people will not able to afford new system of acquiring
electricity. Condemning the prepaid system AAPCA alleged the state government digging
grave for common people in the name of revenue generation. It further demanded immediate
cancellation of the new system.
Let there be a transparent & accountable administration: Guv
Tuki dedicates the year 2015 to the people of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: "Let there be a transparent and accountable administration, which
works for the betterment and welfare of common people guided by 'Citizen First' principle,"
said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma while extending his
warm greetings and good wishes to every citizen of the State for a happy and prosperous
2015. He expressed hope that the New Year will usher-in peace, harmony and tranquility
in Arunachal Pradesh. He also wished that the festivity of the New Year will heralds
a new era of initiatives, development and progress in the State.
At the commencement of the New Year, the Governor appealed to the people to take
a resolution to put in concerted effort to secure our future and future of the children
through our collective endeavour as a 'Team Arunachal'. "Let us provide our children
opportunity to excel to their fullest potential, realize our dreams and give shape
to our aspirations. Let key to development and progress be the 'good governance'
with greater impetus in education and health sectors in particular. Let us keep our
house, office, school, colony, town, city, district and State clean and be an active
participants in Swachch Bharat Abhiyan." The Governor urged upon the people to share
the optimism and rise above differences. Let us make our society bestowed with communal
harmony, just and free from drugs menace. Let us start the year with a clear vision,
new strength and renewed commitments towards taking Arunachal Pradesh to new heights
of development and prosperity to fulfill the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, the Governor emphasized in his message.
In his New Year message to the people of the state, the Governor said that the year
gone-by was yet another important year in the developmental phase of the State. Many
important projects reached the final stage of implementation and some were successfully
completed. Most important was the linking of railway line to the national network,
which enhanced the connectivity of this Frontier State. Announcement of 'Frontier
Road' and three more railway projects will be shot in the arm as Trans Arunachal
Highway, District Connectivity and 4-Lane Highway are already in the implementation
schedule. Approval of construction of Greenfield airport at Hollongi and ongoing
construction of the ALGs adds more to connectivity.
The Governor further said that agriculture and its allied sectors got a boost when
Arun Kiwi, a high quality wine produced from Kiwi fruits of the State is formally
launched. Concerted efforts of the State Government were recognized with Arunachal
Pradesh bagging the India's Best Project-2014 award and Krishi Kaman Award. The year
also saw enthusiastic participation of the people in the democratic process and giving
a clear mandate in the State. The Namsai District officially became the 18th District
of the State.
The Governor said that the year 2014 was marked by achievement in the sporting activities.
Arunachal Pradesh bagged the runners up trophy in the 28th national level North East
The Governor expressed sadness that the year also saw loss of lives and materials
due to natural calamities, fire accidents, and law and order challenges. He added
that inspite of interstate boundary issues, ethnic differences and kidnapping and
murder, the committed spirit, courage and determination shown by the State Government
and people of the State facilitated in bringing the normalcy.
Extending warm greetings and wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki said "I dedicate the year 2015 to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, with
each of our development effort being singularly targeted at ensuring common good
particularly for those who can't secure future of their own."
"We have taken all possible steps to ensure law and order and peace in the State
and we shall continue to do so. Safety of women and girls has been taken care off
apart from introducing Police Control Room Vehicles for effective policing."
The Chief Minister said that there will be a visible change in approach towards our
efforts in promoting Arunachal as a tourist destination. "We have categorized areas
on religious tourism, adventure, cultural, health, research and nature tourism to
attract tourists of varied tastes," he said.
Recollecting the past initiatives of the Govt, Tuki said "in the last few years,
we have brought about a remarkable positive change in the development trajectory
of our State. A number of people centric welfare programmes have been initiated keeping
in minds the immediate requirements of our masses. We have prioritized the social
sectors like Health, Education and skill development and employment generation in
At the same time, it has been a consistent effort of the state government to provide
its citizens transparent, responsive and responsible governance. We became one of
the few states in the country to enact Lokayukta, which is aimed to empower people.
I take this pride to inform you that our state was adjudged one of the best performing
states in terms of devolution of power to PRIs and Urban Local Bodies and stood at
5th rank in all India ranking amongst the state.
"We received India's Best Project -2014 award for implementation of Skill Development
and Employment Generation programme, besides clinching the Krishi Karman Award for
the second consecutive term for increase in food grain production.
"Let us take a pledge today to stand united against all forces inimical to peace
and tranquility of the State and contribute our bit for sustainable development of
Man dies in suspected hit-and-run case
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: In an unfortunate incident a middle aged man died under mysterious
circumstances this morning after he was hit by a car in a suspected hit-and-run case
at Nirjuli last night, claimed an FIR lodged at Naharlagun Police Station.
The deceased identified as Tajen Bunyi was believed to have been walking along the
road when an unknown speeding car allegedly hit him causing grievous head injuries.
It was learnt from the relatives that Bunyi was found in an unconscious state at
Nirjuli by some passerby who then brought him to Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital.
He succumbed to his injuries this morning while on the way to Guwahati after he was
referred there for treatment.
When contacted Officer In-charge PS Naharlagun confirmed that an FIR has been received
from the relatives of deceased and accordingly a case was registered (case no. 230/14/
under section 279/304(A) IPC.)
Late Tajen Bunyi had earlier served as ZPM of Monigong-Pidi Anchal Block. He also
served as General Secretary West Siang district Congress Committee (DCC).
Meanwhile, terming the incident leading to his untimely demise as 'highly mysterious,'
the Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) demanded the police authorities to carry out a thorough
investigation into the case. ABK members headed by President Kangir Jamoh also conveyed
deep condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace
of his departed soul.
Beautified Southern Itafort gate declared open
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Itanagar got a new facelift in terms of tourism as the renovated
and beautified Southern Itafort historical remains was formally declared open for
tourists and visitors by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today in an impressive function.
The NEC funded project took over two years to complete the beautification and renovation
work which was done by engaging experts from archeological background and floriculturists.
Works on renovations were done minutely without damaging the ancient monument and
its archeological importance.
Visibly impressed Tuki congratulated the officers of Research department and appreciated
their good work. He however cautioned the department to fix timings for visitors
which may be widely publicized through all possible means. He asked the department
to regularly maintain the site from the revenue generated from the visitors. He also
opined for appointing a regular guide who could brief the visitors about the importance
of the historical monument.
CM directed capital DC and SP to intensify night patrolling to safeguard the site
from unscrupulous activities. He also assured to renovate and beautify the remaining
three Itafort archeological sites in the capital in the days to come.
Itafort, believed to be built in 14-15 century by local king Ramachandra of Mayapur
is a defence fortification constructed with bricks and stone masonry covering an
area of 1 sq. Km. State capital Itanagar is named after this brick fort. The southern
Itafort gate is also one of the highest view point from where the entire Itanagar
and Naharlagun town is visible. The renovated archeological site is a place of respite
for young and old, where one can have a peace of mind and rejuvenate their energies.
The CM was accompanied by host of lawmakers, bureaucrats and politicians during his
I shall not rest till the problems of the people are effectively addressed: Wanglin
The 30th of January-2014, the fag end of the year will be inscribed in golden letters
in the annals of Tirap district, the land shrouded in myth and legend as an epoch-making
day. It was the day when the people of Tirap district who have nothing much to write
home about in terms of all round development, had the rare opportunity to accord
a hero's welcome to their Nocte Chief and the newly inducted Cabinet Minister Wanglin
Lowangdong in the Nabam Tuki government. The occasion was more a pointer to the silver-lining
in the otherwise dark skies hovering over the hitherto insurgency-infested district.
The people old and young, cutting across political affiliations and religious entities,
thronged at Khonsa and Borduria, Lowangdong's native village in thousands to receive
him. The entire roadside from Khonsa helipad to Borduria village was dominated by
festoons and banners with words of warm welcome and the smiling picture of the toast
of the day, Minister Wanglin Lowangdong. It was a home-coming with a difference.
There were smiles, laughter, bonhomie, songs, dances and celebrations everywhere
and why not? It was a day when the people of the district were celebrating the representation
of the important 57-Borduria-Bogani Assembly constituency in the state cabinet after
a decade and a half.
The celebrations culminated at Borduria village wherein MLAs Tirong Aboh, Wanglam
Sawin, HoDs, PRI leaders headed by Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang , chiefs, GBs and villagers
from all over Tirap district attended.
Lowangdong emotionally recalled his struggling days in politics and was visibly overwhelmed
by the tumultuous reception he got from his people. He said, "By virtue of my birth
I am the head servant of the people and I shall not rest till the problems of the
people are effectively addressed." The Minister said that it was because of the unflinching
faith and support reposed in him by the people that he had got the opportunity to
serve the people as a Minister. He said that by having become a Minister his responsibilities
had increased manifold and sought the unwavering love and support of the people adding
that nothing worthwhile could be achieved sans the active participation and cooperation
of the people.
While thanking the chief minister Nabam Tuki for his generosity and for showing faith
in him, Lowangdong appreciated the two Tirap MLAs Tirong Aboh and Wanglam Sawin who
had recently joined the ruling Congress party from PPA that would strengthen his
hands in serving the people of the district. He told the huge gathering that the
four MLAs of Tirap district representing the four Assembly constituencies must work
hand in hand with renewed vigour and a new vision to take the district forward and
give the district a pride of place in the state. Lowangdong asked the people to maintain
unity which was the cornerstone of the Nocte ancestors in the past adding that unity
among the affable people enabled the Nocte and Tutsa ancestors to construct arteries
of roads on self-help basis. He thundered as he spoke, "We are proud inheritors of
rich legacies from our benevolent ancestors and we already have well-knit, well-defined
and well-structured social systems thanks to the wisdom of our forefathers.
All the speakers including the MLAs Aboh, Sawin, ZPC Lowang, and senior leaders T.
Tongluk, Manwang Lowang and others while extending their gratefulness to the chief
minister Nabam Tuki recalled the tremendous contributions of Lowangdong in his earlier
two terms who had brought about unprecedented development not only in his constituency
but also in the whole district. The day was marked by attractive cultural programmes
presented by students, women's groups from Borduria and nearby villages which enthralled
the huge crowd. In the evening the sneak- preview of the Nocte film ATEI AWA DAMAAN
KO- Following the Footsteps of Our Ancestors was held. The film received a huge response
from the viewers and Lowangdong congratulated the Director Denhang Bosai for his
Truly, the day was worth-cherishing for years to come. Seeing the huge crowd and
the sort of reception he got, Lowangdong was apprehensive about his ability to fulfill
the aspirations of the people as a Minister but assured that he would put his best
foot forward and leave no stone unturned to serve the people with utmost dedication,
resolve and innovation. As a small reporter, known as the eyes, ears and mouth of
the government, I was fortunate to be a part of the wonderful ambiance generated
by Wanglin Lowangdong becoming a cabinet minister in the Nabam Tuki government. [The
writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Young sportspersons shine as eventful year ends on promising note
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Although they still have many miles to go to make a splash in world
of sports, sportspersons of the state made some notable achievements making their
presence felt in few disciplines, particularly Weightlifting, Badminton, Archery
The year gone by witnessed few young and promising athletes performing exceptionally
well and at par with international standard in various competitions giving their
opponents a run for their money.
Kojum Taba, one of the promising weightlifters in the country, clinched two silver
medals in 77kg weight category in the highly competitive 28th Asian Men, Junior Weightlifting
Championship held in Bangsaeng, Thailand.
He lifted a total 285kg (Snatch-123kg+Clean & Jerk-162 Kg).
He is currently undergoing training at Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune under guidance
of Indian Army. According to ASI coach Subedar PK Lanke, Kojum is one of the biggest
medal hopes for the country in the next Olympics.
Ace shuttler Laa Talar brought laurels not only to the state but also entire country
as he reached the fourth round (pre-quarterfinal) in BWF Junior World Badminton Championship,
2014 held in Malaysia in April.
Participating in Men's Single event, he defeated Cheezwa Nakanda of Zambia 21-14,
21-07 in the first round, David Peng of Germany 21-19, 21-12 in the second round
and tamed Gui Pu Lin of China 21-09, 21-07 in the third round before going down fighting
15-21, 21-11, 21-23 to Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee (World No. 6) in the pre-quarterfinal
in 58 minutes.
Talar was also declared best player among the Indian contingent in the Wimbledon
Junior International Badminton Championship held in London in September, 2013.
Archers Genung Tekseng, Sorang Yumi, Maselo Mihu and Lide Loyi put Arunachal in
world archery map by winning a Silver medal in Olympic Mixed Team event and a Bronze
in Girls Team Event by Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi in the 2nd Asian Grand Prix Archery
Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the last part of 2013.
The quartet of Genung, Yumi, Masilu and Netan Drema finished third in the just concluded
National Junior Archery Championship held in Vijayawda, Andhra Pradesh.
Genung and Yumi also bagged a silver and bronze medal each in Individual Olympic
Round and Qualifying Double 50 respectively in the event.
Techi Amin, a class IX student of JNV, Doimukh, created history by becoming the first
Arunachalee to don the national women's team football jersey.
Amin achieved the feat when she was selected for the Under-14 National Women's Football
team for Asian Confederation Cup held in Sri Lanka in March.
The Karatekas again showed their class and supremacy in the sport both at national
and international level event and maintained the second rank behind Madhya Pradesh
in national ranking.
The state ended the year on high note finishing overall second behind Champion Manipur
in the North East Sports Competition with 31 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals.
Karate contributed the major chunk of medals (12) for the host.
Arunachal won gold medals in Karate (nine), Judo (five), Boxing (five), Weightlifting
(four), Badminton (three), Archery (two), Wushu (one) and Track and Field events
The state has also broken a 28-year-old gold medal drought in badminton in NE Games.
Laa Talar lived up to home crowds' expectations and won the men's single title defeating
W. James of Manipur in the final. The hosts also clinched two gold medals in women's
single and double events and bagged the team champion in Badminton.
Lifters Soram Hitlar Tagru, Yukar Tachak, Kojum Taba and Tang Devi did not disappoint
and clinched a gold medal each in their respective weight categories. Another promising
lifter Sambo Lapung won a Silver medal.
The quartet of Genung Tekseng, Sorang Yumi, Masilu Mihu and Netan Drema won one gold
medal in Women's Olympic Round Team Archery beating Manipur in the final.
Sorang Yumi also clinched one gold medal in Women's Qualifying Round Double 50 event.
The silver medal for this event was won by Genung Tekseng.
The host settled for the silver in Boys Archery team Olympic Round after they lost
to Manipur in the final.
Archer Maselu, who along with Genung, Yumi and Netan, won gold medal in Women's Olympic
Round Team Archery, settled for the silver in women's individual Olympic Round event.
She scored a total of 136 points.
Sorang Yumi, who won gold medal in women's Qualifying Round Double 50 event, failed
to repeat her performance and settled for the bronze in women's individual Olympic
Yumi pairing with Task Kara won a silver medal in mixed team event with a total 146
Another silver-line for the host in the 28th edition of the Games was the winning
of a gold medal in 1500m race by Anung Wangsa. She was the lone athlete from Arunachal
to win a gold medal in track and field events. She clocked 5:18:6 minutes to win
The host also scripted history by winning a bronze medal in football in the NE Sports
competition. Arunachal pipped Mizoram 1-0 in the third place decider.
Arunachal also took part in the 59th National School Games in Judo, Karate, Taekwondo
and Boxing and bagged one gold medal in Judo, one gold, five silver and seven bronze
in Karate, one gold in Taekwondo and one bronze in Boxing.
Anjali Sagro and Ngonchung Hodung, both from SLSA, won the gold medals in Judo and
Karate respectively. The gold medal in Taekwondo was won by Ranjit Biswakarma.
Yangwok Pangkhu of SLSA won a Bronze medal in 55kg weight category in the National
Youth and Junior Judo Championships-2013-14 held at Dehradun, Uttarkhand in February.
He was also selected for the India team for participation in the Junior International
Judo Championship, 2014-15.
Goda Ana won one Gold medal in the first National Cadet Taekwondo Championship, 2014
at Kuruchetra, Hariyana.
In domestic sports, Papum Pare won the state's top football competition Tadar Tang
Memorial Football Championship, 2013-14 beating Capital Complex Football Association.
Reading Football Club as per the MoU signed with Arunachal Pradesh Football Association
(APFA) conducted a six-month-long coaching cum talent hunt in the state from the
second week of March.
This was the first time for Reading FC to train any players in India.
RFC entered into a MoU with the APFA in 2012 to give a new thrust to football in
The Department of Sports & Youth Affairs conducted the first ever Chief Minister's
Trophy on Football and Volleyball for both men and women at constituency level, district
level and state level.
A total of 1152 athletes, including 504 men, 504 women and 144 officials from 17
districts, including Capital Complex took part in this 12 days sports extravaganza,
which was held at SLSA Complex, Chimpu, Itanagar during February.
Capital Complex won the men's football trophy beating Kurung Kumey in the final.
Pura Byai of Capital Complex was declared as the best player.
In women's football, Kurung Kumey won the trophy defeating Lower Dibang Valley. Gegul
Pertin of Lower Dibang Valley was declared Best Player.
In Men's Volleyball, Kurung Kumey beat Lower Subansiri in the final to win trophy.
Tatung Tayum of Kurung Kumey as adjudged the Best Player.
In women's volleyball, Papum Pare won the trophy defeating Kurung Kumey in the final.
Techi Yanium of Papum Pare was declared as Best Player.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had formally launched the Chief Minister's Trophy at SLSA
Sports Complex on November one, 2013.
In adventure sports, Everester Tine Mena and Mountaineer Muri Linggi successfully
scaled the Mt. Menthosa (6433 Mt), Lahaul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, July 11, 2014
organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).
The political fight between BJP and Congress is intensifying in the state over the
central fund issue. Few days ago during the Congress foundation day celebration at
Rajiv Bhawan Itanagar, the party leaders had slammed opposition parties for blocking
fund flow by writing to union government. Today the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party
Arunachal unit strongly reacted to the statement. BJP alleged that Congress Government
in Arunachal is befooling the common people over fund crisis in the state by claiming
that few section of BJP leaders are blocking fund flowing.
BJP also claimed that state government is unable to submit utilization certificate
which the Centre is seeking for. Party further added that Congress government in
the state has been left with no choice but to give lame excuses to save their government
from nose-dive. It is perfectly ok for the two political parties to fight for political
space. However, they should ensure that people of state does not suffer in their
fight. For the state like Arunachal which is totally dependent on central government
to survive, if the fund flow is obstructed there will be serious social and financial
Political parties should keep their difference aside and rise to the occasion to
work together for the benefit of the people of state.
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Suspension of officials and moral responsibility of members
The mere suspension of the four officials of the APPSC for their alleged role in
the infamous mains GS paper leakage case doesn’t absolve the commission members from
their moral responsibility.
They are equally responsible for the fiasco on the moral ground. Had there been no
laxity on their part, the entire problem could have been nipped in the bud. And the
aspirants’ precious time and energy wouldn’t have been wasted.
The APPSC members should take a leaf out from the book of the former Indian naval
Chief Admiral D.K joshi who resigned on 26 February 2014 taking moral responsibility
of the accident on INS Sindhu-ratna in Mumbai. When the country’s naval chief can
own moral responsibility then why should the commission members shy away from it?
Fuel quality is not safe
The news item with the heading “Fuel Quality Safe, says Officers” which came out
in the 28th December edition is totally untrue. The fact is that, due to the hand
in glove attitude of the Officials with the Petrol Pump operators they have played
with the public interests and safety.
It all started with the breakdown of my vehicle after refuelling from M/s Agam Auto
Agency, Ruksin, the Retail Outlet Dealer (RO) for Assam Oil Ltd. So, to ascertain
the quality of the Fuel being supplied to the consumers’ on 18/12/2014, I had collected
the fuel sample from the same RO Dealer in a bottle and with a written complaint
approached the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Ruksin to send a staff with me to collect
the same samples officially or as a witness while I once again collect the same adulterated
fuel samples. The Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Ruksin, also was in the chamber of
the SDO while I approached the SDO for help.
Instead of encouraging me and in quest for public welfare, the SDO, to my utter frustration
told me that they are not in the office for doing all “such petty and nonsense things”.
The Ruksin ZPM had also requested him to help me in this yeoman service which I was
doing for the whole society. But the SDO left the office.
Then I had no other option but went back to the Deputy Commissioner Pasighat, on
19/12/2014 with the samples of the fuel I had collected with a written complaint
and the DC Pasighat was prompt enough to order the District Food and Civil Supply
Officer (DFCSO) to initiate action rapidly by collecting the samples from the same
RO dealer for further investigation. The DFCSO further ordered the Supply Inspector
to go for the checking and collection of the samples with me. Supply Inspector while
seeing the samples of the Petrol which was very dark in appearance and the Diesel
which was green in colour out rightly said that the samples I collected are adulterated
as the colour of the Fuels Diesel and Petrol can never be blue/dark in appearance
like Special Kerosene Oil (SKO) and the mix of SK Oil in the fuel collected by me
was quite evident.
In the afternoon when I along with officials from the office of the DFCSO, Pasighat
reached M/s Agam Auto Agency, the RO Dealer was refusing to give us the Fuel samples
from the pump by which fuel is supplied to consumers traditionally but the staffs
went inside the office chamber and brought out the oil from inside. I objected to
it and reiterated to give the sample from the normal pump but, the Officials also
gave in with the staffs and told me that it is the same fuel. And to my utter surprise,
the staffs declared that there was no Diesel in the tank at the moment for any samples
and they locked the fuel pump for the diesel.
So, by the clear turn out of events at the Petrol Pump, the hand in glove mind-set
and approach of the officials with the Fuel Pump staffs who have been cheating the
public for many years, I came back dejected as everything was going as per plans
of the Oil Mafias and syndicate against me.
So, I request the Deputy Commissioner, Pasighat to initiate a just and transparent
investigation in the matter to bring the perpetrators to justice by sending the Fuel
samples which I collected and handed over to the authorities to the laboratory for
expert opinions and obtain call records of the SDO Ruksin, DFCSO Pasighat and Supply
Inspectors in between the Staffs of M/s Agam Auto Agency, if any, on 18 and 19th December
2014 for I fully believe that the Officials had alerted the Petrol Pump staffs of
the planned raid, in advance. And the culprits responsible for cheating the public
for their own vested interests should be given exemplary punishments.
Until such stringent actions are initiated the public will always be at the receiving
end and be a soft plaything for the cheaters in connivance with the Government officials
for their own vested interests. And if a proper and just investigation is not carried
out, I shall carry on with my personal checking of the fuel samples every time and
shall be impelled to take legal action against the erring officials along with the
people taking the public for a joyride.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.