Public hearing for Dibang multi-purpose project held
‘Fulfill all demands before project implementation’
ROING, Mar 12: The much awaited public hearing for the 3000 MW Dibang Multi-Purpose
Project was successfully conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board,
under the chairmanship of Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar at Multipurpose
Cultural Centre here yesterday.
Representative from project affected area, PRI leaders, NGOs, Gaon Burahs, leaders
of various organizations, student leaders, senior citizens and public actively participated
in the hearing and submitted memoranda to the Chairman, Member Secretary APSPCB and
GM, DMP NHPC Roing.
Thirty-four speakers representing various organizations, unions and project affected
people while highlighting their grievances have raised many queries and doubts regarding
the seismic design for safety of the Mega Dam.
Claiming flaws in EIA and EMP of the project, people said it has failed to address
various issues related to demographic, socio-cultural and political impact on the
local population due to influx of huge work force in the area. They have also expressed
doubts on implementation of benefits to the project affected people, sites selection
for resettlement of project affected people, lack of safety measures for downstream
people in case of breakage of dam due to earthquake or external aggression. They
have also expressed serious concern on the impact of project on flora and fauna,
especially on endangered Mishmi Takin and Hollock Gibbons whose habitations are confined
to the project area, permanent loss of ancestral land and evergreen virgin forest
for Mithun grazing, etc which are irreplaceable.
The people have demanded for fulfillment of all the demands, proposal before the
start of project, 100% job reservation for the local people both in semi-skilled
and skilled category and C & D Groups, to raise the fund under Socio-Cultural Development
Programme (CSDP), to keep options open for the project affected people to decide
the site for resettlement, 25% more fund to those who settle outside their district,
to provide financial assistance to the meritorious students belonging to the poor
family background of the district for technical studies, upgradation of District
Hospital, Roing to a Referral Hospital and also to provide modern amenities to the
District Hospital, Anini.
The downstream people have demanded for construction of embankments and flood protection
measures in both sides of the banks of the Dibang River for protection of the downstream
people and also to construct raised platform of 1 acre area in every village located
in both sides of Dibang river where people can take shelter in case of flash floods
due to breakage of dam.
The people have also strongly demanded for formation of a Trust (independent body)
under the district administration consisting local panchayat leaders as its members
to monitor the works implemented under CSR & CSDP, formation of a Grievances Redressal
Cell to look into that the grievances of the people are being addressed properly
by the project implementing authority. They have also demanded to keep insurance
for the local by the DMP, NHPC Ltd to provide life coverage in case of accidental
death and also to assess the cumulative effect of all the dams that is proposed in
Dibang Basin to the Dibang Land.
Chliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson while submitting a memorandum on behalf of the panchayat
members of the district has requested the NHPC authorities to address the grievances
of the people first before the work starts. In order to prevent any kind of demographic
or socio-political impact on local people due to huge influx of work force that may
outnumber the local populace, he requested that the labourers meant for dam construction
must compulsorily obtain ILP, their stay should be restricted to 3 years and they
must not be allowed to enroll in their names in voters’ list. He further said that
the grievances of the local people, if any come up must be addressed by the NHPC
even after the starts of the project.
VK Rattan, General Manager, DMP NHPC Ltd Roing has highlighted the salient features
of DMP, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Plan, Lay out plan, etc and Benefits of
the to projects like flood control benefits, Revenue benefits, Employment Benefits,
Business Opportunities and other benefits of Dibang Multipurpose Project to the state
as well as local people through power point presentation. He also highlighted various
activities taken up for the benefit of the local people under CSR programme.
Dr Sahid Ali Khan has highlighted Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental
Management Plans through power point presentation.
Responding to the queries and clarifying various doubts, Rattan appealed the people,
“to have faith on NHPC” saying, “ We are here for development and not for business”.
He assured the people that everything will be implemented as per the policies framed
by the Govt. as NHPC is a Govt. enterprise. He informed that, “Utmost precaution
has been taken since its designing so that the dam will be constructed for the worst
combination of forces and as per the best international practices and latest techniques.”
He also informed that project colonies for its employees and labours will be established
far from the Roing township and also assured that they will not move out and interfere
with the activities of local people. He further informed that the outside labours
under DMP will not be allowed to particiapte in voting process in the twin district.
He further informed that some meritorious students from poor family background of
the district have already been provided scholarships from DMP, NHPC Roing after consultation
with the Education Department and the District Administration and said, “This will
continue till the life of the project”. He assured that “all the benefits which are
meant for the project affected people and local people of both the districts will
be provided fully once the project gets sanctioned from the Govt. which may take
another 1 or 2 years.”
He also assured that other health and education sectors development related activities
will also be taken up by the NHPC.
Y K Chobe, Engineering of Designing highlighted how the Seismic Study was carried
out by groups of experts from IIT Rourkee and CWPRS and then forwarded to the NCSTP
for recommendation and approval by the CWC in the initial sage of survey.
Earlier, N Tam, Member-Secretary, APSPCB, Itanagar in his introductory speech has
informed the people that the APSPCB is not a recommending authority but the minutes
of the meeting will be recorded and forwarded to the Govt. for consideration. He
also informed that the Public Hearing is only a platform to hear views, objections
and suggestions from the public regarding the projects and a process for initiating
Shiv Kumar, Chairman cum Deputy Commissioner, who made tireless efforts to make the
Public Hearing successful, in his concluding remarks informed the people that the
every work in related to the DMP NHPC LTD is being implemented under the supervision
of a Committee headed by SDO Hunli. He further said that if there is any problem,
it will be sorted out. Saying that the claims and queries of the people as genuine,
he asked the NHPC to give first preference to locals of the district in semi-skilled
and skilled jobs and also asked them to impart vocational training to unemployed
youths right from now onwards. He also urged NHPC to provide every possible help
in health and education sectors for the benefit of local people.
Abu Tayeng, MD State Transport, Gingko Linggi, SE Power, Getom Borang, SE WRD, A.
Lego, SE PWD and S Dash, IG (East), Arunachal Pradesh, who were in the district for
assisting smooth conduct of public hearing successfully besides CK Mein, SP Roing,
Govt. Officers, Officials from APSPCB and NHPC Roing were present in the hearing.
AR donates 11 solar street lights to Sipni village in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: As a part of Civic Action Programme, 1 Assam Rifles under the
aegis of Headquarter 25 Sector Assam Rifles donated 11 Solar Street Lights to Sipni
village of Deomali Sub Division, Tirap district yesterday. It has been a dream of
the villagers for street lighting during night hours to improve the security of the
village and living standard of the local populace. Families in the village will be
benefited in terms of light derived from clean energy and that will dispel the darkness
in the village and light up their lives.
The villagers have expressed their gratitude to AR for the Solar Street Lights.
Such assistance will go a long way in bringing the hill people as well as “Friends
of the Hill people” closer to achieve sustained peace and prosperity in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A dharna cum hunger strike was staged from 8 am to 4 pm in the
office premise of Athena Demwe Power Ltd. at Mompani yesterday.
The project affected families of the 1750 MW Demwe Lower Hydro Electric Project sat
on an 8 hours dharna to draw the attention of the project authorities in seeking
prompt payment of compensation against their land acquisitioned for the said project
in Anjaw district.
The aggrieved land owners had earlier submitted several representations to the project
authorities expressing their resentment over the delay in payment of the land compensation
and pleaded for its prompt release. A delegation of the Lohit Valley Dam Affected
Citizen’s Forum (LVDACF) had met the Chief Minister to acquaint him with their grievance
for redressal, but without any positive result.
The dharna passed off peacefully in the presence of a magistrate accompanied by police
officers and personnel on duty.
The land owners resolved to intensify their next phase of democratic means of agitation,
if their demand is not fulfilled within a reasonable time, according to LVDACF release.
Dealers’ awareness workshop on VAT registration held
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Tirap district administration in collaboration with the department
of Tax and Excise is conducting a 2-day dealers’ awareness workshop on VAT registration
beginning from today. The workshop was inaugurated by Tirap Deputy Commissioner
Dr Sachin Shinde amidst a huge gathering.
In his inaugural address Sachin said that the important workshop had been conducted
to generate awareness among the members of business community and asked the participants
to co-operate with the department of Tax and Excise by regularly paying the VAT whenever
they transact any business in the district. He said that no government can run without
tax being paid in various forms adding that it had been made mandatory for VAT registration
without which no contract work would be entertained. He urged the business community
to be regular and honest in paying VAT at the entry gates and get proper receipts.
The DC further said that everybody must help the government to collect revenue to
run the state smoothly. Earlier, the Tax and Excise Superintendent S. Wangpan in
his welcome address threw light on the importance of the workshop and urged the members
to participate actively which would be beneficial for them in the long run. Tirap
ZPC Lorang Loham , Khonsa ZPM Wanglo Gosak and others spoke on the occasion.
Pasighat power division employees decide to stage peaceful ‘dharna’
PASIGHAT, Mar 12: Employees of Pasighat Power Division including AEs, JEs and field
staffs will stage a peaceful dharna in front of DC’s office premise on Wednesday
(March 13) urging the administration to provide adequate security to its engineers
and staff who performs field duty, informed the departmental sources in a written
The statement also stated that the March-10 attack on employees, Pasighat power house
and damage of equipment and installations etc is uncalled for while the department
is trying its best to ensure adequate power supply they receives from Power grid.
Effect of A/T news:
PHED supplies tank water at Pasighat
RUKSIN, Mar 12: The residents of century-old Pasighat town have got some respite
from severe drinking water crisis as Public Health Engineering Department (PHED)
started to supply water to the affected areas through tankers.
This daily carried a report regarding water crisis in Pasighat and its adjoining
areas making life of the local residents miserable. The Public Health Engineering
(PHE) officials of Pasighat division have awaken from deep slumber after publication
of the news and reportedly putting attention on water supply matter to ease the situation.
It is learned that the water tankers have been pressed into service for supplying
water by the PHED following stern instruction from Pasighat MLA cum Education Minister
The PHED officials also appealed the consumers for judicious use of supplied water.
ANSU condemns physical assault on DSE
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has vehemently condemned the
physical assault on Tapang Taloh, Director of School Education by two people at his
office on March 8.
“It is unfortunate to learn that some people are trying to give the March 8 incident
a communal colour. We appeal people of Arunachal Pradesh not to take it on communal
basis rather treat it as an individual case. Law is there to give justice to the
aggrieved as per nature of crime,” said ANSU general Secretary Arjun Panye.
ANSU urged people of Arunachal Pradesh not to drag the name of the community for
the misconduct of few individuals since the issue was between the Director and two
youths but not between any community of the state.
“We appeal law enforcing authority to deal the physical assault case with proper
investigation and let the law take its own course,” he said.
Further, he said that educated youth should take help of RTI tool or legal aids to
deal with corrupt officers.
Meanwhile, ANSU appealed to the State Government to ensure uninterrupted power supply
during night hours so that students appearing CBSE and AISSE (class X and XII) examinations
do not face any problem due to irregular power supply.
Awareness camp on domestic violence held
YACHULI, Mar 12: Lower Subansiri district, ICDS Cell, Ziro has organized an awareness
camp with special reference to Domestic Violence Act, 2005 for the protection of
women here at Yachuli on March 7 last.
Tabin Siga, ADC Yachuli has inaugurated the day long camp as chief guest. In his
inaugural speech, ADC while appreciating the department for conducting the awareness
camp at Yachuli, urged enforcement agencies and people not to misuse the provisions
of the Act. The Dy. Director, ICDS Jaya Jawal Singh has briefed on importance of
the Act. The camp was participated from panchayat members, angawadi workers, women
organizations, college students of both girls and boys and women representatives
from the Yachuli area. Among others Yachuli CDPO, Advocates from Ziro and Secretary
APWWS Yachuli branch attended the camp.
YES!+ course of the Art of Living at JNC
Pasighat, Mar 12: Over 70 students of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat took part
in the YES!+ (Youth Empowerment Skills Plus) workshop conducted by the Art of Living.
The six days programme, which was held at the college auditorium from February 27th,
equipped the young minds with techniques and confidence to face the challenges of
life. A team of experienced faculty of the art of Living comprising Laishram Dixon
and Amit Rakshit conducted the workshop.
“It empowered me with an inner authority which I have never felt in my life. You
could actually feel the power that comes from taking responsibilities in life,” said
Sunny Tayeng, a 3rd year BSc. student of the college who helped organized the event.
“I came to gain focus and concentration for my studies, but I cannot have ever imagined
that I’ll be developed in so many ways during the YES!+,” Soni Ngadong, also a 3rd
year BSc. student of the college, said.
The principal of the college, Tayek Talom, who gave his unconditional support in
making the programme a success, also expressed his deep appreciation and said such
workshops should be conducted in the future for both the teachers and the taught.
YES!+ is a mix of wisdom from the ancient and the contemporary. It is a smooth blend
of yoga, pranayama, breathing techniques and meditation, fused with contemporary
intellectual exchanges, music and games.
APPDSU calls capital bandh
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) along with its
federal units, in an emergency meeting at Doimukh today, unanimously decided to call
12-hour Capital Complex Bandh on March 15 from 5 am to 5 pm in protest against the
state Cabinet decision to create new district by bifurcating Papum Pare district
without taking the consent of the indigenous people of the district, recent constitution
of Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) chaired by Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy
to issue PRCs to Non-APSTs in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. APPDSU has also been
opposing the decision passed on May 2, 2012 to regularize the Govt. land which was
passed in violation of The Arunachal Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized
Occupants) Act, 2003.
“These decisions of the state government have not only hurt the sentiment of the
people of Papum Pare district but also entire state,” APPDSU said in a release.
“The Union had earlier served ultimatum on two different occasions to the state govt.
for fulfillment of its demand but it did not ever bother to respond to the demands”
the release said.
Milk Van, Media, Ambulance, Para-Military forces, administration on duty are exempted
from purview of the bandh call.
The meeting was attended by Central Executive Members of APPDSU and members of the
federal units of All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU), All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU),
Doimukh Students’ Union (DSU), Capital Students’ Union (CSU) All Kimin Students’
Union (AKSU) & All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) and representatives of Govt.
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Rebia lays foundation stone of tourist view point
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia laid foundation stone of
a tourist view point at Sango Putung under Pape Panchayat of Sagalee sub-division
in presence of officials and Panchayat leaders on Saturday. During the occasion
Rebia appreciated the beauty of the area and assured to take up matter with concerned
authority for establishment of Eco Tourism research Centre. He also urged the people
to protect the forest and environment.
Union mourns member’s death
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) and Papum Pare District
Collegian Co-ordination Committee, Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar had deeply
mourned the untimely death of its member Techi Kako who died on 9th March at Poma.
Late Kako was serving as finance secretary of the APPSU. The union observed five
minute silence as mark of respect to departed soul. In its condolence message APPSU
said late Kako was dedicated and committed student leader and it would hard to fill
the void created by his death.
Meanwhile, college community of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar has also
deeply mourned the untimely death of late Kako. The college community prayed for
eternal peace of the departed soul.
Organization seeks doctor
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Claiming that primary health centre of Parsi-Parlo is running
without medical officer, Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organization today sought for doctor
to be posted at the area. Organization further said that the area is facing epidemic
like situation, but there is no medical staff at the PHC to handle the situation.
In its letter to the director health and family welfare it urged the department to
immediately post a doctor in the area with adequate medicines.
EAP & EDP begin
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A week-long Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) and Entrepreneurship
Development Programme (EDP) began at Chandan nagar today. The programme is being
organized by the National Youth Project (NYP) Arunachal Pradesh and this is the last
leg of programme assigned to NYP during the current financial year as a Accredited
Training Institute under Department of Capacity Building of Khadi & Village Industries
Commission (KVIC) Mumbai under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt
of India. Altogether 20 selected unemployed youths from the locality are participating
the training on dry flower making.
Union withdraws its complaint
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The All Raga Students Union (ARASU) has withdrawn the complaint
which it had submitted to district administration claiming govt M.E school Taya-Simla/Rite
was illegally dismantled during republic day celebration 2013. The decision to withdraw
the complaint came after union assessed the report through its fact finding committee.
Farmers’ training programme at Kimin circle
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: AICRP on ESA, which is operative in the department of Agricultural
Engineering, NERIST organized a training programme at Hawa Camp, Kimin circle on
Ergonomics and Safety in Agriculture (ESA). About 25 farmers including Gaon Buras
Tana Teki and Takio Tarak attended the programme. Dr. P. K. Pranav, Asst. Prof. &
PI of ESA with his team explained the importance of safety and profitability in their
life. They demonstrated the safety gadgets for dao and sickle. Further, farmers
were shown orange harvester and tools for paddy cultivation, namely, drum seeder,
transplanter, cono-weeder and pedal thresher. Some safety gadgets and sickles were
distributed to farmers. I. Anwar, AFA, helped in conducting the programme.
District level skill development prog
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Socio Economic Educational Development Society (SEEDS) in
collaboration with district fishery development officer Yupia has organized an awareness
campaign cum skill development programe on Saturday at government middle school Bassarnalo
under Sangdupota circle. Altogether seventy progressive fish farmers attended the
Speaking on the programe ZPM Nabam Sukia insisted for adoption of scientific method
in fish farming. District fishery officer Nabam Tania has briefed about the various
activities of department.
Self Help Groups Mela organized
YACHULI, Mar 12: Self Help Groups Mela under the scheme ‘Micro Finance Vision 2011’
was organized here at Yachuli by the District ICDS Cell Ziro in collaboration with
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS), Yachuli Branch on March 8 last.
As many as 15 SHGs from Yachuli ICDS project participated the Mela. They exhibited
various items and there was a good sale of their products. The Mela was inaugurated
by the local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya.
Ajin Arum SHG from Yachuli and Den Sichabo SHG, Joram were awarded as the first and
second best stalls while Terjir SHG of Itanagar beg the third prize, according to
an official release.
Dwelling house gutted
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A dwelling house of one Ngurang Kakh was reportedly gutted down
in a fire accident broke out recently at Sangram in Kurung Kumey district. The house-hold
properties worth lakh of rupees destroyed in fire mishap. Meanwhile Manghi Welfare
Society has appealed the state Govt to provide immediate relief to the victims.
DNGC too call bandh
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar in an emergency
meeting has decided to call a 12 hours Capital Bandh on March 18 in protest against
failure of the govt. to fulfill the long pending ‘genuine’ demands.
The students union has been demanding for two more buses to ferry students, Separate
road for Rajiv Gandhi Govt Polytechnic, security check gate with round-the-clock
security guard, immediate installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic points of
the college, street light in the College campus, among others.
Govt’s non- responsive attitude towards its charter of demands compelled the Union
to call the bandh, the students union general secretary said in a release. The union
threatened to go for vigorous movement, if the demands were not met.
Union demands arrest of all accused in Ramsing murder case
DAPORIJO, Mar 12: In a release All Taliha Payeng Area Students Union appealed the
Govt. to immediately arrest the remaining culprits involved in the Vijay Ramsing
murder case on February 27 and award exemplary punishment to all the culprits involved.
Every culprit should be punished equally and no one should be exempted from legal
punishment as per law, the Union said and added that there should not be interference
from any quarters in this case. The Union also appealed the Govt to immediately
shift these accused to central jail as soon as possible.
GB passes away
ZIRO, Mar 12: A prominent social worker cum Gaon Bura of Mudang Tage village, Tage
Ranka passed away on March 9 last after a prolonged old age ailment. He left behind
his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters and 11 grand children.
Lt. Ranka, 70, son of Lt. Tage Kano of Mudang Tage village served the society in
the capacity of Gaon Burah (GB) till his last breath on March 9. As GB he has contributed
a lot in social reformations concern to his village and society at large. All the
time he gave fair decision in settling various nature of cases in his village as
well as out side the village. Hundreds of people, relatives and GB friends of the
Apatani plateau visited on last rite on March 10.
Meanwhile, Ranka Family Welfare Association (RFWA) of Mudang Tage village in their
condolence message has prayed the almighty god to keep his departed soul peace in
heavenly abode and said, they will always remember him.
IWD celebrated at Yachuli
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Along with the rest of the world, the International Women’s Day
was celebrated with gaiety at Yachuli on March 8.. The function was organized by
Mecha Welfare Society in collaboration with NABARD, women and child development department,
Ziro and Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Yachuli branch. The main highlight
of the function was the rural Mela sponsored by NABARD. Altogether 20 Self-help groups
from different villages participated with their local agriculture and forest products.
Speaking on the occasion local MLA Likha Saaya appraised the gathering about participation
of women in every field of activities from grass root level to top position like
their male counterparts. He also lauded the MWS for celebrating the day in a grand
manner and emphasized on girls education to eradicate all women related social evils.
Among others, Radilu Chai Techi, vice-chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission
for Women, Tabin Siga, Yachali ADC, Yapi Kullo, APSCW member and Govt officers attended
the day-long programme. Almost all the speakers highlighted the role of women in
every field of activities.
Dabii condemns assault
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Strongly condemning the March 8 assault on DSE Tapang Taloh, MLA
Tako Dabii has sought the arrest of all those involved in the assault case, saying
‘hooliganism should be dealt with befitting hands.’
Government officers and officials, including police officers and constables, are
also victims of such assault and humiliation and many district level officials are
virtually running away from their respective offices to avoid the unbearable behaviour
a few sections of the youths and people, Dabii said in a letter to the chief minister.
‘Such go-as-you-like behaviour and their frequent demonstration to the government
officials and also to commoners is intolerable and unbearable,’ he said. Adding
that ‘people are fed up of such humiliations, right from Tawang to Longding,’ the
senior lawmaker requested the CM to ensure that all the culprits in the DSE assault
case are brought to book ‘as we all feel the government must act.’
240 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Communal harmony is need of the hour
Through your esteem would like to jot down few words. Arunachal Pradesh is one of
the most splendid and multilingual tribal area of the world. No other state perhaps
can claim to have such a multifarious range of languages and ethnicity and adhere
to peace and harmony from time immemorial. The state has undergone enormous changes
and has been exposed to the realm of modernity and development. Nevertheless, people
and the state have been victimized of communal tension leaving individuals and groups
divided. The division of groups or communities expresses itself along Social, Economic,
Political, Racial and Cultural prejudices generating fear, suspicion, insecurity
and hatred for each other. Dividing and distributing ourselves with different names
will not make any individual or community more amazing superior or Arunachalee or
National. Names are to cement peaceful co-existence of various communities in Arunachal
Pradesh. It is to be a vessel for compassion, wisdom, productivity and respect for
It is obvious that at times, the peace and harmony gets disturbed due to misunderstandings
and invasion of intentional anti-social elements but it is to understand no individual
community or society has ever escaped its repercussion. Thus, we all must not play
victim or performer to it which produces distrust and obscurantist prejudices among
the inhabitants of the state.
We all have many other important things to work on for instance- Education, Health,
and Employment, Social Integration etc. other than wasting our precious time and
foster communal disharmony and disrupt peace. For a state to have strength, each
of its communities should have strength. We should be identified with a society which
is educationally sound and developed. Our state will progress when each and every
community, will attain progress.
Hence, it is our voluntarily duty as a citizen to developed a sense of discipline
to enhance the peace and harmony within ourselves and thereby strength the great
On this very day, let us take the promise to:
1. Nurture and promote non-violence.
2. Encourage people to people befriend interactions.
3. Learn and understand historical and cultural uniqueness of each other's.
4. Practice cross-cultural communications.
5. Develop confidence-building measures in affected areas.
6. Learn to manage low-level disputes and keeps them away from mounting into
more dangerous and explosive ethnic clashes.
7. Let us acknowledge harmony in diversity.
8. Avoid any rumors, projection and direct & indirect instigations against the
people of any communities must be avoided like poison.
In this regard AAPSU is undertaking activities in order to promote Peace and Communal
Harmony among the people of different communities and preservation of peace in the
state. Union believes that peace, stability and communal harmony in the state are
achievable with the concerted efforts and immense support from the different communities.
Lets us join hands and build a bond of bonhomie to foster and strengthen the sense
of harmony in diversity amongst people and usher for the unity & Prosperity of the
various communities in the state. Therefore, we pursue this noble cause on the theme
of- ‘We are One; Let us make a Rainbow State and Bring all Together'.
Chairman Peace and Communal Harmony
Don’t jump to conclusion without knowing facts
I would like to share my views and observations regarding the recent 'DSE Assault''
case and the various reactions that came out in last couple of days.
The act of 'physical assault' has rightly been condemned by various associations
as such acts cannot be endorsed by anybody in any circumstances. Apart from this
following are my observations followed by some views.
Firstly, many associations and individuals have demanded 'very stringent action'
and 'worse punishment'(as used by them) against the culprits. I don’t understand
what these 'very stringent' or 'worse punishment' mean? If I am not wrong laws cannot
be more stringent or less stringent depending upon the victim's or culprit's position
or background. Everyone is equal before laws, which means that a person's background
or position cannot (at least should not) influence laws. So demanding law to be more
stringent would in other words mean that laws could be less stringent had the victim
been an ordinary person.
Secondly, there is support and solidarity coming for both the groups in various forms.
Staging in dharna for example. Are these people who are extending their support really
sure that the person/s who they are supporting is/are really innocent? Why the people
of Arunachal Pradesh are so quick in showing their solidarity? Supporting anyone
before the case is clear, endorses the crime in one hand and such act shows poor
judgment ability of the people in other hands. And the people need to understand
that there are many men who take advantage of this mindset.
Thirdly, I found no association or individual demanding a proper and unbiased investigation
regarding the case. People are making their own conclusions regarding who is right
and who is wrong. Remember, the allegations and the counter allegations can only
be proved by a proper and unbiased investigation. It is pertinent to mention here
that, the office of the DSE has been alleged of being corrupt by one of the student
leaders involved in the case. Bribery, being a serious case, should be investigated
at the earliest.
And lastly, I would like to appeal the law implementing authority to conduct the
investigation without favourism and award punishment to culprits without affecting
the course of the law.
Radhe Obing, Ziro
Listen to the other side of the story too
Through your esteem daily I on behalf of the Yiyom Yinyo Welfare Society (YYWS) would
like to make some clarification on the recent incident of Longding, on 3rd March
2013, in which an IRBn personal was alleged of drugging and raping a minor. In this
incident the so called accused was brutally tortured and beaten up by a mob in two
different occasions, forcing him to accept the crime. He almost got killed by that
mob and since then he is being kept under ICU in Dibrugarh till date. What we want
to clarify on behalf of the so called accused that we are not against the law giving
punishment to the person who raped that girl and we genuinely feels that the culprit
should be certainly punished for such heinous crime; but was that mob who attacked
the suspect, authorised to give judgement on it and punish someone in a such a brutal
way without even knowing the actual cause. It was too early to come into any conclusion
at that particular time as things had to be judged first and the truth can be very
different as they seems to appear. Why didn’t they bother to think of the other side
of the story? What was the hurry? Why was he attacked there at the hospital when
he was willingly there to prove his innocence through medical examination?
People should know that things are not exactly as narrated in local dailies. Though
still in a critical condition the alleged suspect has revealed out some facts which
were very much different from the news published in some local dailies, as some went
on to publish his name and photo without even giving a second thought. I fill it
is inappropriate to narrate his statement of clarification keeping in view the reputation
of the victim and her family and also knowing that the matter is under investigation.
But still then, we feel it necessary to reveal the fact that it is now established
by the investigators that the said victim had herself ranged him and asked him to
come to circuit house. In the circuit house, when he came there to see her, they
were not the only one and it was broad day light hours, then how come the chances
of rape in such situation? He was there only for a short period of time that too
in open space. Thereafter he left from there and what happened with her after that
is not clear to him. He himself was shocked for the allegation levelled to him and
he wasn’t given the chance to prove his innocence. Now bedridden in a hospital there
is less chance that he will recover as side effects and other complicacies are developing
with every passing day. In case of his death, now who will take responsible for that?
We appeal the law enforcers to earth out the fact and deliver justice at the earliest.
If anyone is found guilty he or she will be punished as per the provision of law
but the wrong person should not let bear for others mistake. Also taking the law
in hand and escalating the matter in a different way will only worsen the situation.
Let the law take its own course and justice be done.
Acting General Secretary
Yiyom Yinyo Welfare Society
I beg Pardon
Through your columns I want to thank Litwang Lowang of Khonsa, T.Tahin of Naharlagun,
Bamang Taji President ANYA and Tai Dora for their valuable comments and opening my
narrow mindedness and eyes. In fact they are true; Arunachal is a vast and multilingual/multi-tribe
state. In my writing I did not mean to say that all Nyishi brethens were involved
in the assault on DSE but one or two may. But anyway if my column has disheartened
the people of state, I beg pardon from all the people of Arunachal for the mistake.
Govt. Secondary School, Kongsa, Changlang
From the month of January retail meat sellers of Ziro- Hapoli are not selling chicken
meat on the issue of price. When I inquired from shopkeeper on the issue, they said
that they cannot sell chicken at the price fixed by the district administration.
It seems that shopkeeper want to sell chicken at higher price than market rate. And
in order to bring down the district administration to meet their demand they are
torturing common public by boycotting selling of chicken.
Therefore I appeal to district administration not to remain silent on the issue.
Either cancel the license of those retail meat seller who are boycotting , so that
new meat seller may sell chicken or find out some concrete step, because common public
are suffering in the fight between Administration and meat seller.
Gurud Wara line
Respect the rights of journalists
Since the start of the year, two radio stations have been closed by the authorities
and at least 12 journalists have been arrested or attacked by police in various parts
"We urge the authorities to do their duty by guaranteeing journalists' safety and
respecting their right to report the news," Reporters Without Borders said. "Mistrust
and accusatory attitudes towards journalists and news media are endangering freedom
of information. The threats against the media and impunity for those who attack journalists
In one of the latest cases, Radio Galat Jagh manager Taymour Shah Sahzadeh was detained
by the police for four hours in the southeastern province of Zabol on 27 February,
since when the station's broadcasts have been suspended.
Radio Nassim, a local radio station based in the central province of Daykandi, was
the victim of harassment and reprisals by the governor, the police chief and local
representatives of the information and culture ministry on 14 February.
Ten journalists were threatened and attacked by members of the security services
in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, on 24 February while
trying to cover a suicide bombing at the provincial security headquarters. All reporters
were prevented from entering the building.
Hamed Abidi, the editor of the weekly Active Youth, received a telephone threat in
Kabul on 17 February in connection with an article he had published about the construction
of a privately-owned car park. The unidentified person who made the threat claimed
to be close to the authorities.
The photographer Farzaneh Vahedi received a similar threat the same day in the northeastern
province of Badakhshan about a documentary she has made about the activities of a
charity that helps women.
Reporters Without Borders is also worried by increasingly accusatory official statements
concerning news media and journalists, and by government decisions restricting freedom