ITANAGAR, Mar 27: In a letter to the Secretary Food and Civil Supplies, a group of
Zilla Parishad Members of Kurung Kumey district strongly opposed the payment of Hills
Transport Subsidy Bill allegedly submitted by the carriage contractor against head
load carriage charge from Koloriang to Parsi-Parlo and Sarli.
Opposing the HTS bill, PRI members claimed that route from Bridge Point Koloriang
to Parsi-Parlo circle headquarter and Koloriang to Sarli are well connected by all
weather road and no question of head load carriage arise. The PRI leaders went on
to claim that, “Only few bags of rice grain under PDS items reportedly reached Parsi-Parlo
and Sarli that too by vehicles”. It further claimed that the bills which were verified
by and forwarded by Circle Officer of Parsi-Parlo and Sarli are forged one as it
has no counter sign of District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee. The PRI
members urged the Secretary to return the bills and ensure verification at District
Level Vigilance Committee.
Meanwhile, claiming that there are irregularities in management of PDS in the district
a group of PRI members from Kra-Daadi District have sought Chief Minister’s intervention.
The members also claimed that bogus bills amounting to crores of rupees have been
submitted by the contractor. It appraised the CM to hand over the matter to the SIT.
12 houses devastated in fire
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: In yet another devastating fire accident, 12 houses were burnt
down at Tumbin village under Kaying Circle in Siang district today.
The household properties of the victims were completely devoured in the fire which
broke out at around 11.30 am.
Detailed reports of the fire accident are still awaited.
A team of Dolung Aun Society (DAS) led by its General Secretary Takeng Payang, rushed
to the spot and donated blankets to the victims as an immediate relief.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the frequent fire accident, Adi Bane Kebang Youth
Wing President, Aling Pinggam has appealed to the concerned department and the state
government for providing relief materials to the victims immediately.
BRO restores collapsed bridge
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Border Road Organization (BRO) has successfully restored a collapsed
bailey bridge near Echali and Sunli village on Etalin-Malinye road.
This 80-ft-long bridge at Km 29 had collapsed due to flash flood during September-October
in 2012. The bridge was precariously hanging on the abutment and all efforts to restore
it to its original position failed during the last two years until a team of dedicated
BRO officers restored it recently.
The entire operation took two days of risky and breathtaking actions and BRO saved
nearly Rs. 1 crore for the state.
Yadav Singh, AE, officer–in-charge, 327SPL (GREF) was instrumental in this successful
operation, who was ably supported by the Chief Engineer (P) Udayak, Commander 752
BRTF and OC 62 RCC.
Indoor Residual Spray
YUPIA, Mar 27: Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) programme for control of malaria and other
vector borne diseases will be started in entire Papum Pare district from April 1
to August 31, 2015.
While informing this, District Medical Officer Dr. S. Ronya instructed all medical
officers of various PHCs and CHCs to supervise the IRS activities strictly as per
2 declared proclaimed offenders
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Accused Tassar Tabang of Tabin village, Palin under Sangram Police
Station, Kurung Kumey district has been declared proclaimed offender by the Sessions
Judge, West Sessions Division, Yupia in connection with Naharlagun Police Station
Case No. 24/04, informed Capital Complex SP.
Another accused one Tamar @ Tani Tagung of Tomar village, Tali under Sangram Police
Station, Kurung Kumey has also been declared Proclaimed Offender by the Sessions
Judge, West Sessions Division, Yupia in connection with Naharlagun Police Station
Case No. 05/93, the SP further informed.
NHM staff to go on pen down strike
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: The executive members of the Programme Management Staffs Association
under National Health Mission (NHM), Arunachal Pradesh in a meeting today decided
to go on pen down strike from 6th April. The decision to go on pen down strike has
been taken due to the failure of concerned department on restructuring of salary
of all contractual staff under National Health Mission, stated a release.
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a live Phone-in-Programme
"Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) channel on March 28.
Medical Officer from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Maj. (Rtd.) Doctor Tabu Maling
will reply to the listeners’ queries on malaria. Listeners can call in at 0360-2292239
and ask question on the given topic between 8 pm and 8.30 pm.
Children park inaugurated
ROING, Mar 27: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner, Shiv Kumar inaugurated a
Children Park at General Ground here amidst the presence of govt officers and officials
today. The Park was constructed with an amount of Rs 3.68 lakh under the Urban Wage
Employment Programme (UWEP) component of Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY)
Schemes 2013-14. The fund was sponsored by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty
Alleviation, Government of India at the ratio of 90: 10 by the Central and State
Govt respectively, informed Riya Powak, DD, DUDA Roing. The DC and other Govt officials
participated in the avenue plantation in the park to mark the occasion. DIPRO
Training on book keeping
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Manghi Welfare Society under the aegis of NABARD, Itanagar organised
five-day training programme on ‘Book keeping’ for Self Help Groups (SHGs) from March
20 to 24 last. Addressing the participants, O P Monglang, DDM NABARD, suggested them
to maintain the book keeping record and regularly conduct the monthly meeting. Monglang
added that SHGs should regularly deposit the monthly corpus fund to the bank. Ngurang
Tado, President Manghi Welfare Society, suggested the SHG members to keep records
of village data information. He called for compulsory maintenance of the cash book
and ledger books. Altogether 125 members from 24 SHGs took part in the training.
Strategic Pinjoli bridge inaugurated
BOMDILA, Mar 27: The strategic Pinjoli Bridge located around 90 km away from the
district headquarters here on Balipara-Charduar-Bomdila-Tawang road was today re-launched
and inaugurated by Lt Gen Sarath Chand, General Officer Commanding 4 Corps in a simple
but impressive function.
The bridge which was first constructed in 1977 was washed away in 1989, 1995 and
then again in 1997. The bridge built in 1998 as a 160 feet double reinforced bailey
bridge became unstable because of the sustained traffic over the last 16 years and
hence was declared unsafe by the District Magistrate for movement of heavy vehicles
in August 2014.
The new bridge of 180 feet specification having a roadway of 4.5 meters was completed
in a record time of two months by 127 RCC and 18 Engineer Regiment which now would
facilitate the smooth flow of the road users, both civil and military.
Gen Chand addressed the BRTF personnel and lauded their untiring and dedicated service
in nation building and urged them to keep up the same tempo and spirit all through
their service career. DIPRO
Parliamentary Secretary condoles Dilip Thatal
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Parliamentary Secretary Women and Child Development and Fisheries,
Karya Bagang has expressed her sadness on the mysterious death of Dilip Thatal Assistant
Professor Don Bosco College Itanagar whose body was found at Chiputa on 23 March
last. In a condolence message to the bereaved family, the Parliamentary Secretary
also demanded thorough investigation into the death and apprehending of the culprits
involved in the heinous crime.
Association resents at delay in completion
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: The All Mechuka Sub-Division Youth Welfare Association expressed
resentment over alleged delay in completion of 33KV RGGVY scheme from Kamba to Mechuka.
In a representation to Executive Engineer Aalo Electrical Division, the association
claimed that most of poles erected are on the verge of collapse and poles are of
poor quality. It also alleged that materials supplied for the scheme are also inferior
in quality. The association further claimed that work has violated the guidelines
claiming that jungle clearance work for transmission has not been properly executed.
Dharna staged successfully
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: All Lower Subansiri District Students’ Union (ALSDSU) on Thursday
staged a peaceful dharna in the Deputy Commissioner’s office premise at Ziro demanding
immediate redressal of its two point charter of demands. Reportedly, the district
administration later agreed to fulfill the demands placed by the Union.
Retired VKV teacher dies
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: SNS Reddy a renowned teacher who served in various VKVs of Arunachal
Pradesh for the last 37 years died yesterday. He was suffering from various ailments
at the time of his death.
Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, a brilliant student of Physics, he joined as a teacher
at VKV Kharsang in the year 1979. In his long tenure of service he offered his service
as teacher and later worked as Principal in various VKVs like Kharsang, Amliang,
Jairampur, Seijosa, Tafrogam, Itanagar, Shergaon, Nirjuli, and Yazali. He retired
by superannuation in the year 2013 but continued to render his service to the VKVs.
Late Reddy was also a recipient of CBSE Best Teacher Award in 2005. For a short stint
he also served as the Education Officer of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal
Pradesh Trust. “He will remain as a source of inspiration to many to offer their
best to the society and will be a living example of the selfless service to be offered
to the society of Arunachal Pradesh relinquishing everything personal,” the VKV Arunachal
Trust stated in a release while paying tribute to late Reddy.
BJP welcomes conferment of “Bharat Ratna” on Vajpayee
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh welcomed
the conferment of highest civilian honour “Bharat Ratna” on former prime minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
President Pranab Mukherjee personally visited the ailing leader, in a break from
tradition, and conferred the award on him today.
Expressing gratitude to Narendra Modi led Government at the Centre for its historic
decision to confer the award on him, State BJP president Tai Tagak in a felicitation
meeting here today said that the award is a fitting salutation to Vajpayee for his
unique contribution to the growth of vibrant democracy in India and unflinching commitment
to the cause of the people of India.
The meeting was also addressed by the State General Secretary, Dominic Tadar, Vice
President Techi Necha and Kenyir Ringu, State BJP Mahila Morcha President, P. Jamoh
and recalled the contributions of the former prime minister towards growth of the
Street play on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Tani Art Group - an indigenous theatre group of Arunachal Pradesh
celebrated International Theatre Day by performing street plays in various places
of twin Capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun on the theme "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”.
Energetic performances of the artist group were performed at Takar Complex, Naharlagun
and NERIST gate which was appreciated by hundreds of people.
This programme was organized by Tani Art Group in collaboration with Department of
Art and Culture, GoAP and was sponsored by NEZCC, Dimapur.
The play was written and designed by Tai Tugung, Assistant Professor, (Hindi), Govt.
MCH camps in remote villages conducted
SEPPA, Mar 27: A series of MCH (Mother & Child Health) camps were conducted at remote
villages of Chyang Tajo sub-division recently.
A team led by Dr. Khoda Tada, Medical Officer in-charge of Community Health Centre,
Chayang Tajo conducted the camps at Sawa, Pipu, Nari-Camp, Tajo headquarter, Domdila
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khoda Tada talked about the importance of Ante-Natal
check up, institutional delivery, breast feeding, immunizations and diarrhea. Apart
from general health check up of the villagers, immunizations of children and pregnant
women were conducted.
East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Sandeep Kr Singh who was on tour to Chayang Tajo
attended the camp at Rebe Village on March 22.
Other participants who spoke were Ashok Tajo ADC, Chayang Tajo, S. Bellai CO, senior
leaders Tara Bagang and Tame Yangfo.
PRI members also actively participated in all the camps. The PRI members of Rebe
and Domdilla submitted a two points memorandum each for construction of Sub Centre
and community Hall at Rebe village and Domdilla respectively. DIPRO
Consumers’ awareness programme at Kaying
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: The Department of Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology, West Siang
along with Kebo-Gambo Welfare Society and Kebo-Gambo Students Union organized a consumer
awareness cum demonstration programme at Kaying town on March 25.
Addressing the gathering at the Inspection Bungalow, Jumba Karfigo Lobom an Assistant
Controller, West Siang District Consumer Redressal Forum explained in detail about
the Consumers Legal Rights and Duties as enshrined in the Consumer Protection Act
and the role of Legal Metrology department.
The trained students from SFS College, Aalo demonstrated on how to detect fuel adulteration,
test weights of LPG cylinders, and educated the public about ISI and Agmarks, weights
and measures patterns etc.
Talong Gammi, a senior PRI member shared his experiences regarding various problems
faced by the people especially from remote areas due to lack of awareness on consumer
ASMs Tadu Palon, Kotin Pangu, Tabang Pabin, Tami Pangu, Kaying Town Market Welfare
Committee President Taring Nyigang, Rumgong BCCI vice president Takeng Padung, former
ASM Tapak Gammi and Kerang Welfare Society president also spoke on the occasion on
various consumer related issues like food adulteration, unfair trade practice, MRP
of products etc and their remedies through consumer awareness.
Kaying EAC Gyabo Pertin, Payum CO Hakraso Kri and Dr. Taking Gammi attended the programme
and appreciated the Department and Kebo-Gambo Welfare Society and Kebo-Gambo Students
Union for organizing the programme with the effort to make consumers aware about
their rights, duties and responsibilities.
Public from various villages, HGBs and GBs of Kaying circle, panchayat leaders and
representatives of Kerang Welfare Society, Kaying Town Market Welfare Committee,
Women Welfare Society of Kaying circle, attended the programme.
Tuki bats for continuing ‘special category status’ for NE states
NEW DELHI, Mar 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has appealed for continuing the Special
Category Status for North Eastern States with the corresponding benefits. He was
speaking at the first meeting of the Sub-Group on Rationalization of Centrally Sponsored
Schemes of NITI Aayog at New Delhi today.
Tuki pointed out that in view of the untapped resources, geographical and cost disabilities
and huge transportation costs, the Centre should be sensitive to the Special Category
States and not disturb this categorization.
He highlighted that in all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), the States must
be empowered to make dynamic State specific guidelines with emphasis on sufficient
fund transfer for critical sectors such as health, education and infrastructure.
He also stressed that the criteria for fund allocation must be development deficit
and population criteria among others
While calling for continued impetus on need based planning, the Chief Minister urged
the Government of India to continue the 90:10 pattern of funding for Central Sector
Schemes. He also requested the members of the Sub Group to examine whether the decrease
in allocation for CSS may be adjusted from Central Sector Plan.
Tuki observed that 10% non lapsable fund is earmarked for the North East Indian States
in each Ministry. During the FY 2014-15, the total fund was estimated to be Rs 53000
crore. There must be mechanism that the State Governments of the NE states are allowed
to project requirements and the felt needs of the region to spend this fund, Tuki
“The Northeastern states are late starters in the development process for historical
and geographic reasons. The Special Category Status accorded to these states must
not be abolished abruptly rather a transitory approach must be taken,” Tuki observed.
It has been the consistent plea of all States that the guidelines of all schemes
must be region/state specific and therefore the tendency of the Ministries to issue
generic pan Indian guidelines must be done away with, Tuki opined.
It is also our experience that many of the Government schemes eligibility are based
on population. Arunachal Pradesh is being deprived and penalized on such schemes,
as the state is the largest in the Northeast and the most sparsely populated state
in the country. Arunachal Pradesh may be seen through a different lens on this issue.
Under development rather than population should be criteria for eligibility for
availing schemes, he added.
A working group has been constituted with the CEO, Niti Aayog and Nodal Officers
to prepare the first draft of recommendations of the Sub Group.
The Sub Group was chaired by Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Chouhan.
Workshop on Sense Animation begins
Medium of animation has huge economic prospects: Felix
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Public Relations and
Printing, Bamang Felix inaugurated a three-day workshop on ‘Sense Animation’ at Administrative
Training Institute, Naharlagun today.
Organised by Satyajit Ray Film and Television institute, Kolkata in association with
the Department of Information and Public Relations for students and budding film-makers,
the first-ever workshop in the state of its kind, aims at providing a basic introduction
of sense animation to the participants by highlighting its various aspects which
has assumed significant importance especially from both entertainment and economic
perspective in the present times.
Speaking on the occasion, Felix said that with the advancement of technology, animation
as a vital component of entertainment industry has assumed significant dimension
and has become a vital career avenue for many. Animation as a career opportunity
has huge economic prospects for those who are trained and determined, he added. He
called upon the participants to avail themselves of the workshop with sincerity.
Felix also appreciated the support of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
to the state on various matters and asked the resource person Prof. Prakash Moorthy
to nominate the best trainee to the Department of IPR so that it can sponsor him
to a special course on Sense Animation.
Proff Moorthy, in his keynote address, highlighted various dimensions of animation
as a medium of art and entertainment besides its inherent commercial prospects. The
state is richly endowed with tremendous cultural heritage which is of immense value
in terms of development of art and entertainment through the medium of animation,
he said. He also expressed gratitude to the IPR Department for its co-operation and
support in organising the workshop and expressed hope that with the establishment
of the proposed Film and Television Institute in the state, the state would witness
further progress in the subject. Earlier, Director of IPR C.M.Longphong, welcoming
all, expressed hope that the three-day workshop would enlighten the participants
on animation and thanked Prof Moorthy and the Satyajit Ray Institute of Film and
Television, Kolkata, for their support to the state on various needs. Besides trainees
Dani Salu, Secretary, IPR, and officers of the department participated in the inaugural
Altogether 26 participants drawn from Mass Communication Department of Rajiv Gandhi
University, members of local film fraternity, budding artists and film-makers besides
officials of the department are participating in the three-day workshop. DIPR
Media advocacy ahead of Mission Indradhanush
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: In a bid to sensitize media, both print and electronic for responsible
reporting and effective dissemination of information on ‘Mission Indradhanush’, a
one day media advocacy programme was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Health Society
today at conference hall of Director Health Service office. The department is launching
‘Mission Indradhanush’ in Arunachal Pradesh on April 7 next.
Earlier, Union Health Minister J.P Nadda formally launched the mission on December
25, 2014 in New Delhi with the aim to immunize all children especially half-vaccinated
and left out against seven preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough,
tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B across the country. In Arunachal,
the mission is entirely focusing on five identified districts namely East Kameng,
East Siang, Upper Siang, Changlang and Lohit where number of left-out (never immunized)
children is stated to be higher than other districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The vaccinations
will target 0-2 age group of children and the pregnant women.
Emphasizing on the role of media in creating awareness on importance of vaccination,
Special Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Tariq Thomas pointed out the responsibility
in reporting of media persons to clear the misconception of parents who are reluctant
to bring their kids for vaccination. He also sought cooperation from media persons
for intensive media campaign to sensitize the people.
Hoping immunization will cover every child, Director Health Service Dr. K. Nishing
said that full media coverage will bring a desired result of bringing 100% immunization.
Mission Director National Health Mission P.N. Thungon while welcoming the media persons
emphasized that media can play an effective role in addressing the issue by disseminating
information and percolating down the information to grass root level by actively
publishing on importance of Mission Indradhanush.
In his address, Dr. Emi Rumi, Joint Director Family Welfare said that media can play
a crucial role in educating the people on importance of vaccination and also act
as an agent by raising awareness on it and by informing the health department about
public concerns and needs. Through power point presentation, Dr. Rumi informed that
India could only manage to immunize 65.2 percent of children despite lot of efforts.
Dr. Tage Taka, SMO (WHO-NPSU) giving a presentation on State Preparedness on Mission
Indradhanush stressed that due to fear psychosis of AEFI (After Effects following
Immunizaion), there is a huge gap in immunization. He further informed through AEFI
Surveillance programme, quality immunization service will be ensured.
Dr. Jyotiranjan Raut of UNICEF presented the communication strategies and emphasized
on role of media in responsible reporting and dissemination of correct information.
The programme was participated by the members from both print and electronic media
including DDK, Itanagar and other medical officers.
CM congratulates archer Genung Tekseng, assures full support
NEW DELHI, Mar 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki felicitated archer Genung Tekseng at
New Delhi today for winning a silver medal in the team event for India at the Junior
Asia Cup Archery Championships held at Bangkok recently. While congratulating Tekseng,
Tuki lauded her for bringing laurels for the country as well as the State.
Inviting her for an informal interaction in the CM’s office at Arunachal Bhawan in
the national capital, the Chief Minister discussed her future plans and assured his
full support to the player. A host of other officials and well wishers congratulated
Tekseng on her performance.
It may be mentioned that Tekseng had earlier this year won the Gold Medal in the
National Games held at Kerala. She is undergoing training at the Sangay Lhaden Sports
Academy and is a student of Ganga Higher Secondary School at Itanagar. She hails
from Yingkiong in Upper Siang district.
JN College authorities hit back, terms allegation as baseless
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: The teaching staff and concern authorities of Jawaharlal Nehru
College, Pasighat have strongly reacted to the allegation of the misappropriation
of student’s stipend money. The Students Union of JNC had accused the college authorities
of misappropriating government fund meant for students’ stipend and other academic
However in a clarification, Principal JNC College stated that the stipends have been
cleared for all the students except those who failed. “An amount of Rs.1, 25, 43,
970 (Rupees one crore twenty-five lakhs forty three thousand nine hundred seventy)
was sanctioned as stipend vide Order No. ED/HE-STP/77/11-12(Pt.)/2779-784, dated
8/01/2015. Out of the above mentioned sanction amount, disbursement of Rs. 1, 23,
68, 920 (Rupees one crore twenty- three lakhs sixty-eight thousand nine hundred twenty)
has already been made and transferred to the accounts of the students respectively.
An amount of Rs. 1, 75,050 (Rupees one lakh seventy-five thousand fifty) has not
been drawn and no bill has been prepared because the amount was sanctioned against
the names of students who had failed in the examination,” the college Principal stated.
Further he added that the list of students who passed in the special examination
held in December 2014 has already been sent to the office of Director Higher and
Technical Education for verification and award of stipend accordingly.
The Principal also clarified that unequal distribution of the stipend is happening
due to various norms for distributing it. “Students with higher percentage of marks
(60% and above) in the qualifying exam have been awarded higher amount of stipend.
Also the book grant for honours students is more than of pass course students,” the
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association (APCTA) J N College
unit in an emergency meeting held today termed the allegations as baseless, as all
kinds of decision regarding the award of stipend is taken by the Directorate of Higher
and Technical Education. They further questioned the authenticity of 1800 students
being debarred from getting stipend. “If so, it is in gross contradiction of the
amount sanctioned and not drawn by the college authority which amounts to Rs. 1,
75, 050 only, which implies that this amount divided among 1800 students would mean
that a student will be awarded Rs. 97.25 only as stipend. Hence allegations are untrue,”
the APCTA J N College unit stated.
DC unhappy with credit deposit ratio of the banks
TEZU, Mar 27: Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Dr. B M Mishra today expressed dissatisfaction
over the credit deposit ratio of the quarter end of December 2014. He asked the banks
to make strategic approach for a better ratio.
While presiding over the combined meeting of District Level Review Committee, District
Consultative Committee and District level Security Committee to monitor the performance
of Banks for the quarter ended of December 2014 here today, he suggested awareness
programmes like loan mela, institutional talks in Indira Gandhi College on financial
prudence for financial literacy. He also asked the Government departments to provide
technical assistance to the new entrepreneurs who have sought loan assistance from
the Bank branches in Tezu for their business establishments. Giving special emphasis
on Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana, the DC said that the personnel of bank branches
should go to the villages to open accounts for uncovered households for maximum coverage
and 100 per cent benefit under PMJDY. He also reviewed progress of the implementation
of various schemes like PMEGP, SHG, WCC, NRLM etc.
Bimalendu Dhar, Chief Manager SBI Tezu informed the house that identification and
selection of the beneficiaries under various schemes of Government are carefully
monitored for smooth recovery of loan.
Representative of banks in Tezu, representative from Department of Industries, Textile
and Handicraft, Agriculture, Block Development Office, DRDA, Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary, Horticulture etc were present in the meeting.
Financial assistance to Balijan tea growers SHG
ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Trade & Commerce director Tokong Pertin handed over the sanction
letter to Tana Tad, the President and M. Basar, Treasurer, of the Balijan Small Tea
Grower’s SHG in a simple function at his office chamber. S Modi, Deputy Director,
Toko Togur, Astt. Director, S. Rajbongshi, Asstt. Director, Tea Board, B. Bordoloi,
Jr. Advisory Officer, TRA were present on the occasion.
The Balijan Small Tea Growers’ SHG, a registered SHG, based at Balijan, Papum Pare
district has been able to get sanction of Rs 5.00 lakhs as financial assistance under
Tea Board’s PDS-activity SHG for purchase of Tractor and trailor (Rs. 351985) and
the balance amount (Rs. 148015) as revolving corpus.
Under Tea Board’s Plantation Development Scheme, a SHG with minimum 30 growers with
a minimum command area of 20 hectare can apply for a 50% subsidy on Leaf Carrying
Vehicle for transportation of own green leaves to factory. This facility is given
to small growers who always depend on leaf agents for carrying their leaves to factory
due to non availability of a vehicle. Most of agents do not pay proper green leaf
price to growers even though they receive better price from factory.
The basic objective of forming of SHG is to carry own good quality green leaves to
factory and to fetch proper green leaf price as per price sharing formula of Tea
Board. With the revolving corpus fund, the group can purchase fertilizers, pesticides,
other inputs etc in bulk.
While congratulating the SHG, the Director called upon the leaders of the SHG to
make their group a successful one, so that growers of other areas come to visit them.
He also urged them to maintain proper accounts and book keeping for future other
Review meeting on Swachh Bharat scheme, transfer and posting of teachers held
ZIRO, Mar 27: A meeting was held at DC’s Mini conference hall under the chairmanship
of Deputy Commissioner Ziro in order to review the construction of toilet under Swachh
Bharat scheme, construction of new Primary School under PAB- 2014-15, non affiliation
of certain private schools in Lower Subansiri District with the CBSE, New Delhi,
rationalization of transfer and posting of SSA teachers for the district today.
In regards to the toilets construction under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, DDSE Yumlam
Tana has suggested all BEOs to take up the construction work on war footing in order
to meet the deadline of April 15th, 2015. He further said that the quality work should
not be compromised by any means.
The Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang has directed the representative of NEEPCO to
report the actual facts and figure of toilets sanctioned by the Govt of India to
the NEEPCO for Lower Subansiri district in order to avoid duplicity in implementation
of the toilet constructions for boys and girls under Swachh Bharat programme.
Regarding construction of New Primary and Upper Primary Schools under the PAB – 2014-15,
the Deputy Commissioner directed all the BEOs to monitor and supervise the construction
works. He further suggested the BEO’s of three blocks to acquire the new school building
for the department latest by the 20th May.
It was decided that a meeting would be convened at an appropriate time to discuss
the matter related to the issue of certain private schools of the district who are
conniving with the principals/Head Masters of government schools by getting their
students registered and thereby enabling them to appear for the CBSE exams despite
having no proper CBSE affiliations. It was also decided to direct all the private
schools which are not yet affiliated to get affiliation from CBSE as soon as possible.
The DC also directed the DDSE and his team of BEOs to come up with a proper proposal
related to rationalization of teachers transfer in the district, for which a board
was constituted that will submit its report by April last. In this connection all
the BEOs were instructed to work out the details regarding transfer and posting of
SSA teachers for their respective blocks. DIPRO
Mass awareness on electronic waste: A multi-strategic approach
Dr Pebam Munindro Singh
E-waste (or electronic waste), broadly, refers to the old, end-of-life electronic
gadgets or appliances, which are disposed by their original users. Current digital
revolution, in a quest for providing better welfare, safety and security in almost
all aspects of day-to-day life, pumps in electronic gadgets of latest technology.
This results in piling up the electronic waste, which posses the biggest threat to
environment and human health, in the years to come. Almost all the electronic components
assembled in these new generation electronic gadgets and appliances contain many
toxic constituents such as beryllium, arsenic, antimony, lead, cadmium, mercury,
lead oxide, poly vinyl chloride etc. which goes to land-filled only, if not properly
collected for recyclable and reusable purposes. These basic constituents have varied
effects, such as potential carcinogens, damaging the central and peripheral nervous
systems, kidneys, liver and also affects child development, disturb endocrine function,
and many more.
THE RISING ALARM
The volume of e-waste generated cannot be compromised due to fast changing of life
style and development of electronics. Despite different reasons for generation of
e-waste in the developed and developing countries, the impact on human health and
environment remains same. The gravity of concern is more in developing countries
like India, which is one of the known destinations of this waste. Adding to this,
the presence and operation of unauthorized scrap dealers and recyclers, which outnumber
the authorized centre, aggravated our lovely environment and ecological implications.
NECESSITY OF MASS AWARENESS
Even though the government of India passed the first bill on the issue of electronic
waste, effective May 2012 and some non - government sectors have taken initiatives
for the control and management of this menace, the ground reality shall be more effective
if the awareness on this issue reaches the end users. Creating public awareness and
effective management plan are the tools for tackling the menace of electronic waste.
The second one is mainly regulated by government. Overall in our existing system,
government lies at the top, which are lacking in effort and general public lies at
the bottom which are lacking in awareness of this menace. In the middle lies the
producer. Here, it means manufacturing companies which are showing negligence on
their part, even though they are prohibited from disposition of their goods unless
registered under the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) regime. But, by bringing
public awareness, it may help in pressurizing the implementation of strict regulation
which is to be frame by the government or regulatory bodies, and definitely it will
bring more stringent for producers in tackling the issues.
Assessment studies on the awareness or awareness levels of electronic waste among
different age-groups in some parts of the country were already reported. It seems
appropriate, if the different awareness strategy were choked out first so as to reach
the target which will definitely bring down the level of hazards on human health
and environment from electronic waste. Moreover, there are some important reasons
for the need of mass awareness on electronic waste. Firstly, electronic waste constitutes
global health and environmental hazard, and the related toxic effect can spread throughout
a person’s lifetime and in certain cases, across the generation. Secondly, by giving
awareness, the consumer responsible behavior can be enhanced. Thirdly, it will help
in sensitizing public on reusing and/or recycling of electronic waste and lastly,
it will reduce the barrier in effective management plan.
AWARENESS STRATEGY AT VARIOUS LEVELS
Personal level: Awareness should start from oneself. Then only, one can spread awareness
by telling about the e-waste, their sources and impact of such menace on environment
and human health to family members, friends and persons at workplace. This will definitely
enhance the consumer responsible behavior towards effective management plan.
Community level: Consumers and businesses can be encouraged to play a leading role
in safe disposal of electronic waste. A better informed community can only bring
some positive actions to achieve a more sustainable future. Even the knowledge of
manual process of segregation of electronic items may be imparted, which will help
definitely in enhancing more awareness on the dangers of some of the components and
improve the economy of the community if scrap collectors are present. After all effective
management plan can be more fruitful with more community participation.
Institutional level: Institutions, whether it is a school, or a college or university,
it is known as the temple of learning and knowledge hub. Teaching-learning is the
concept of modern style of education which is a two process. Here, various interaction
programs on aspects of this menace can be organized. These programs may be different
for schools and higher educational institutions, but the goal should be same. Technical
terms related to this menace which find place in the educational curriculum should
be given more emphasis in the form of project work, which can even be produce as
exhibition model. This is one of the finest ways of spreading awareness. In addition
to this, a multi-disciplinary approach, which is very viable in any institution,
is highly demanding in addressing this issue.
Government sector: Besides, being a mere regulator and enactment of stringent environmental
laws, government needs to collaborate with various stakeholders to bring mass awareness,
which will have synergistic effect. Since this menace is one of the biggest concerns
in the present time, a huge investment is necessary for awareness and assessment
studies from different perspectives. Pollution control board of respective states,
particularly the north-eastern states, should be very alert and take proactive role.
The concluding remark of the workshop “e-waste: creating changes”, by Toxics link
on 5th-6th September 2013, in Gauhati, which was attended by chairman of pollution
control board of the six north-eastern states, lack of mass awareness on e-waste
in the north-east region, need mention in this context.
Non-government sector: Already some non-government organizations in the country,
like Knowledge Bank for e-waste management in India, The e-waste guide, India, National
Solid Waste Association of India and Toxics link have started working for the control
of this menace and try to bring awareness through various forms. Network among these
NGO’s should be strengthened so as to reach the common goal, that is clean environment,
and give more thrust in enhancing public awareness.
Media: Whether print or electronic media, it has a very big role in every sphere
of imparting awareness on certain issue. Only through media, awareness on such menace,
can reach the unreachable. Through television only, the various factors pertaining
to this menace can be telecasted in local languages. Then even a layman can get the
knowledge which will be very helpful in management and control of such waste. Banners
or posters may be placed in most public areas highlighting the impact of this menace
on human health and the deteriorating environment. A newsroom could do a story to
showcase a local business that has put in place - E-waste disposal system for their
products. Even social media like Facebook and Tweeter can be brought here, where
millions of today’s generations are in access to it.
The alarm of electronic waste needs to be addressed systematically and very stringently.
Bringing mass awareness on this menace is one of the important components in tackling
the current scenario. Co-ordination among various stakeholders is required to protect
and control from this menace. Above this, the political will of the government is
necessary in order to bring a safer environment. (The writer is Assistant professor,
Chemistry, D N Govt. College, Itanagar)
Just as how Mark Twain noted, it is by the goodness of God that in our country we
have the most unspeakable precious things: freedom of Speech, freedom of Conscience
yet, the prudence to never practice either of them. My country’s prevailing position
on the “Freedom of Speech” seems to be resonating the same as Mark’s. Though constitutionally
provisioned, we have now and then, over the years seen and heard a lot of condemnation,
restrictions and censorship. From the Government in power, from the opposition, from
the self acclaimed, “Righteous groups”, (we don’t need to mention them, do we?) unceasingly
towards the various media houses, activists, writers, authors and advocates of freedom
of speech. And now young agitated students. A country where, we are taught to speak
our mind and live our preach, has been certainly not living up to its promissory
note. It is failing every day, when we are told, “Do’s and Don’ts”.
The Supreme court judgement on the Sec.66A, has come about as a respite among all
the sound and likeminded speakers like me, and others’ in the Indian society that
has come afar in contributing a little everyday to the society. Thank you to the
Judiciary, for keeping our faith in you intact. “With its judgement to strike down
a legal provision for violating freedom of speech, the Supreme Court has paved the
way for thoughtful jurisprudence in the age of the internet”.
Let us, speak our Mind, however remembering the certain “restrictions “so that we
don’t destroy the diverse fabric of our society, like educated humans.
The government and others’, those in constant opposition, should remember that, “if
the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like a sheep
They are not gods
There have been many episodes in the world history, where there have been struggle
between the ruling government and the ruled people. The famous revolutions in the
world history were carried out by common people when they realized that they were
deprived and exploited by their rulers. Thus democracy was invented. Democratic governments
have also witnessed many tragedies. Decisions and policies made by the leaders of
democratic nations in Europe and America have made their citizens undergo many great
economic depressions in the past and in recent times. Therefore, democratically elected
leaders of AP should not think that they are Gods; they ought not to think that whatever
they do is perfectly correct. The same is true for the bureaucrats and officers of
AP. The economic decisions of officers who studied in top universities of the world
and appointed by the UK and US governments were the cause of the great economic depressions,
which not only affect UK and US, but the entire world. The annual reports of the
past decade of the power department tell that the department did not spend any money
to check electric loss in distribution. The power department is in deficit of Rs
300 cr. The pre-paid meter cannot detect electric theft. The pre-paid meter project
costs 90 cr. But, CM Tuki is insisting on pre-paid meter. The CM, Tuki himself could
not furnish utilization certificates for projects worth thousands of crores. He did
present a full budget. Illogical land bill was passed. The governor and chief secretary
did not say anything about it. Now, when people are raising their voice for their
basic need, electricity, the chief secretary is issuing warnings. It seems there
is implicit nexus to loot this state and her people with the mask of democracy. Can
the Tukiji give detailed account of he used thousands of crores of money which was
offered by GoI for the people of AP? Can chief secretary give detailed account of
how various departments used and implemented that money? They cannot and they will
not. But, such major issues will never be brought to light. Can the chief secretary
give account for lack of tendering system in the state, back door appointments, high
goods prices in the state, corruption in schools and hospitals and thousand other
I have participated at Anna and Kejriwal protest movements here in Delhi against
GoI policies. In AP also we can challenge and protest any of the state policies
and even GoI policies. These provisions are provided by the Constitution of India.
I would urge the ruling party, opposition party and bureaucrats, elite societies,
NGOs, student unions and public of AP to read and learn right to protest and dissent
provided by the Constitution of India. Delhi government which has no power plant
is providing her people with free electricity, but AP which boasts to be the power
hub is forcing her people to pre-pay for electricity. What an irony?
I would also urge bureaucrats, elite societies, NGOs, student unions, media persons
and public of AP to stage peace protest against the present ruling government for
not passing the state budget. Till date there has been no protest from bureaucrats,
elite societies, NGOs, professors, student unions, media persons and public of AP
against CM Tukiji’s decision not to pass the state budget. This is a very serious
and acute issue. No outsider will come to help us, we have to help ourselves. So,
let us check and cross-check ourselves with an aim to make Arunachal Pradesh a progressive
and developed state.
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Well-off people should give up subsidy
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to the well-off people to join
the movement to voluntarily give up their LPG subsidy. PM made this appeal while
speaking after inaugurating "Urja Sangam" 2015 in New Delhi. Modi stated that those
people who can afford to buy LPG at market rates should give up subsidy on cooking
gas. The PM added that this is already happening and over 2.8 lakh consumers have
surrendered LPG subsidy, resulting in a saving of Rs 100 crore to the exchequer.
The appeal made by Prime Minister is very important and can have serious impact on
the development of India. Massive amount of government exchequer is lost in subsidizing
the cooking gas. Also it is seen that most of the time the actual poor for whom the
subsidy is meant does not get the benefit. Therefore those Indians who can afford
to buy cooking gas as well as other subsidized items at market rate should stop claiming
subsidy for the greater cause of the nation. The money that will be saved by giving
up of LPG subsidy can be used for the poor, so that they have access to clean energy.