Tirap model e-PDS set to roll out in state
KHONSA, Aug 1: The much hyped Tirap model e-PDS is all set to roll-out in 18 administrative
centers in 8 districts across the state as an extension of 1st Phase within this
year. The features of e-PDS include automatic Printing of cards reducing manual
intervention, non replicable coupon system, which will be issued to card holders.
Based on this commodities will be sold to beneficiaries by FPS.
It is hoped that with the introduction of e-PDS, there will be reduction in under
and over allocation of ration to FPS and diversion of essential commodities and
dissemination of information as per public requirement.
The Tirap model, received appreciation from the participants during a conference
on Reforms and best practices innovative ideas adopted in Target Public Distribution
System held in New Delhi recently which was chaired by Minister for Agriculture,
Food & Public Distribution Sharad Pawar.
The Arunachal team was led by Commissioner, Food & Civil Supplies Y.D Thongchi.
The Tirap model ePDS has multifarious benefits which was evolved by Amit Bengia in
co-ordination with experts from Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies, Naharlagun,
Prof. Abrahem Koshy of IIM, Ahmedabad and software developed by a team of IIT alumni
headed by Mayank Premi of Beacon Analytics Pvt. Ltd New Delhi.
In fact this concept of e-PDS was first mooted by former DC Tirap Ankur Garg in 2008.
During the conference, DF&CSO Tirap Amit Bengia made a presentation on scopes and
challenges pertaining to the working of PDS in Arunachal Pradesh.
Abductors release Vilas Bardekar
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Indian Forest Service Officer Vilas Bardekar has been released by
his abductors this evening, more than two months after he had gone missing in West
Kameng. He would be reunited with his wife Madhavi and their two children on Monday.
The officer was kidnapped from Kamengbari forest in Doimara area, West Kameng on
May 12 by NDFB. He had come to Kellong Reserve Forest on May 7 to conduct a survey
A 1984 batch of IFS, Bardekar is a joint Director of Social Forestry, Govt of Maharasthra.
Initial reports say that two men in Dekhiajuli in Assam put Bardekar on a bus heading
towards Arunachal while another reports says that he was released in Arunachal territory.
IGP Assam S N Singh when contacted said that at around 7 PM he got a call from Arunachal
Police informing him about the release of the officer. However, he refused to divulge
Security agencies of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh along with Army had put in efforts
to track down Bardekar. A source said that his release could be secured after the
intervention of the IB cell of the Home ministry.
Bardekar's wife Madhavi had earlier called on the President Pratibha Patel to secure
her husband’s release.
Take care of your workers: Khandu tells BRO
TAWANG, Aug 1: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has called on the Border
Roads Organisation (BRO) to launch special plans for its labourers. He was addressing
to a mammoth gathering of BRO officers and Labourers after inaugurating a RCC bridge
over River Shakhangchu here near Mukto today.
While lamenting over lack of proper long term plan of BRO for regularization of their
labourers, Khandu said a proper plan should be worked out immediately to boost the
morale of the labourers. Besides stressing for pay hike, Khandu reiterated his request
made on various earlier occasion for providing compulsory education to the children.
He advocated for urgent need of schools in BRO designated labour camps and assured
to provide all necessary assistance from the government’s end.
“The BRO should ensure subsidized ration quota for its labourer so that the poor
workers with their meager salary could at least give good education and livelihood
to their family and children” Khandu assertively said.
He further revealed that he had discussed these core issues with Director General
Border Roads at Delhi and he had in turn assured to take up these issues on priority.
The chief minister also appealed the BRO authorities to extend all possible assistance
during disasters and maintain a cordial relation with the locals. He requested the
villagers not to build their houses nearby the roads which eventually disturbs the
movement of vehicles and also makes it difficult for the agencies to maintain it.
Giving a brief about the bridge and BRO, Col R K Mengi, Commander Project Vartak
said the bridge which is 50 Mtrs in length took three years to complete. This bridge
shall bring succour to the people of Gyamdong, Gongkhar, Kharsang, Bomja, Khet and
Bongleng, the commander informed.
Among others DC incharge, SP, Public leaders, Chief Engineer Hydro Power Monitoring,
Army Officers were also present on the occasion.
Earlier on the day, Khandu inaugurated a newly constructed Secondary School Building
at Mukto. While addressing the villagers, Khandu advised for ensuring compulsory
education for all children. He emphasized on avoiding alcohol consumption and giving
due care on health, hygiene and sanitation. (PRO to CM)
DC ask citizens to take a decision
Public hearing for Dibbin Hydro Electric Project
BOMDILA, Aug 1: A Public Hearing for grant of Environmental Clearance ( EC) for 120
MW Dibbin Hydro Electric Project under Nafra circle in the district was held on July
30 last at Nafra Community Hall.
Chairing the Public Hearing, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi keeping in view the
interest of the project affected people directed the power developers to maintain
total transparency and to implement the Corporate Social responsibilities in toto
as drafted in the memorandum of agreement so as to avoid any sort of future complicacies.
Going in depth on the pros and cons of the power project and its impact on the people
and the area in the days to come, DC Tashi left it on the people to decide for themselves
to go on with the project or not but to strive for the maintenance and preservation
of flora, fauna and the aquatic life of the area in order to maintain the ecological
Earlier, the authorized representative of the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control
Board ( APSPCB ) AEE Ranjit Kimsing officiating as the Member Secretary for the hearing
made aware the project affected people of the various acts and other regulations
related to the mandatory public hearing and invited the project affected people to
actively participate in the hearing on the environmental clearance.
The president of the KSK Dibbin hydro power project Satish Sharma made an elaborate
power point presentation on the project, which is a run of the river scheme with
diurnal storage on river Bichom.
It would consist of a 33.6 hectare reservoir retaining seven million cubic meters
behind a 92 metre high mass gravity concrete dam. The project with a rated head of
158 metre is envisaged with total installed capacity of two units of 60 MW each.
Participating in the deliberations, former M.P. Khiren Rijiju assured every possible
help for the smooth take-off and completion of the project as it would immensely
benefit the people of the area, the district and the state as power is primarily
the basic requirement for all purposes in this era of information technology but
maintained that the power developers skip the cultivable lands as farming is the
primary essence of livelihood of the villagers. He also opined that the land holding
act of the state government should be made more specific as there is scope for further
improvisations. In orders to avoid any sort of future complicacies or litigations,
Khiren Rijiju urged the district administration to ensure that the land allotments
being made to the Army should not overlap with that of the power developers with
whom the state government has already signed the memorandum of agreement.
Besides the project affected people, Ex- Minister Japu Deru, Ex-MLA Rinchin Kharu,
intellectuals, senior citizens and the PRI members of the area attended the hearing
conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, Itanagar. (DIPRO)
3G mobile services launched at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Aug 1: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) commercially launched third generation
(3G) mobile services in Pasighat today.
The NE-II Telecom Circle, Chief General Manager Ranjan Sanyal launching the services
said that the latest revolutionary move will provide a new dimension to the already
existing services in the district like internet and other data sharing on broadband
speed. He further informed that BSNL is also planning to introduce WiMAX soon at
The Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang while congratulating the BSNL authorities said
it was a new attempt and development in the field of telecommunication in the district.
Meanwhile, BSNL authority screened the use, benefit and tariff plans etc through
power point presentation and distributed free 3G USIM to all during the inaugural
function. BSNL officers, HODs and public leaders of East Siang district also attended
Tilak’s death anniversary observed
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has observed the 90th
death anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak at Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan here today.
The function was organized by the APCC ex-servicement cell as a part of the year-long
celebration of the 125 years of INC.
All the APCC office bearers, senior Congress leaders and frontal heads of the party
paid floral tribute to the portrait of Late Tilak on the occasion.
APCC ex-servicemen cell chairman Bagi Taja, Public Grievances Cell chairman Haryom
Bam highlighted the contribution of the great leader in freedom movement of India.
Mary: an epitome of determination and hard work
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Toku Mary, a first batch student of the School for visually impaired
children, Chimpu, Itanagar has turned out to be an expert in Braille Alphabet grade-I.
She took admission in the school in December 2008.
Besides her basic education, she is also undergoing computer training in the institution.
With the constant efforts of principal and the teacher Michi Payeng, Mary operates
a computer with the help of software installed in the computer. She took a month
to learn basic typing.
Life has been easier for the Mary, who hails from a remote area at Palin, Kurung
Kumey District after an awareness camp conducted by the institution.
Little apprehensive in the beginning, Mary anyways decided to take admission in the
She now wants to become a teacher after she graduates.
For Mary’s mom, it is a pleasant surprise to see her daughter do so well in her studies
as she did not expect education of her daughter, who stayed with her at Palin till
she was picked up by the school.
Mary’s achievement is good news for the visually impaired children of the state.
Meanwhile, the Principal of the Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired, Chimpu
Itanagar, HK Sharma informing about low enrolment said that the present strength
of the visually impaired student is six and nine students from different district
of the state are in waiting list.
Due to financial constrain the institution is unable to provide them education.
To enroll these nine children at least an amount of Rs 4 or 5 lacks would be required
annually. Besides the daily expenditure and uniforms, one more teacher and a care
taker will have to be employed in the institution.
If, government establishment or any individual voluntarily comes forward to assist
the institution in this regard, we would be happy to give education to these children
as early as possible, he added.
Meanhwile, Horyir Lollen, Soma Roy, Yagar Techi, Techi Khoda and Techi Bagap who
appeared the Class X examination under National Institute of Open Schooling 2010
from Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired, Chimpu have passed their examination.
Youth Excellence Award for Honipa Yangfo
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Honipa Yangfo, a young leader has been awarded with the “Youth Excellence
Award-2010 by the Healthy Universe Foundation in collaboration with the Govt of Delhi
on July 29 last.
Yangfo, General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress has been conferred the
Award for rendering service to the people in various capacities more so as the chairman,
The award was conferred by Rasthriya Manav Adhikar Sangathan Chairman Mani Shankar
Chauhan, Sanjay Dina Patel, Member of Parliament, Mumbai (North) and Vikram Bhai
Madan, Member of Parliament (Gujarat) in a glittering function at Hindi Bhawan, New
Delhi. The award consisted of a citation certificate, a trophy and a cheque of Rs
The former NSUI state unit president, prior to this award, Yangfo was also conferred
with best “NSUI District President” by the Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi in the year
2002 at Haridwar. The young leader was also decorated with commendation certificate
from Mata Prasad, the then governor of Arunachal Pradesh, for his contribution as
National Cadet Corps in retrieving the dead bodies of passengers stuck inside an
APST bus in Kameng River, Seppa, East Kameng district way back in the year 1987.
Cong appeals for fair ratio in scheme
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Congress leaders of Mebo segment in East Siang district has
appealed the deputy commissioner to maintain the ratio of 50:50 while selecting
the scheme and allotment of fund under district decentralized fund in Mebo sub division.
The Mebo block Congress leaders in its meeting on July 25 further approved the proposal
for sanctioning of FC works at Sibia Bridge on Mebo-Dholla road under district decentralized
fund. The meeting was also attended by INC panchayat leaders and district level Congress
Stressing on proper implementation of SSA infrastructural development schemes in
Mebo area in coordinated manner, the meeting appealed the East Siang DDSE to constitute
a sub-committee to enquire into the alleged mismanagement of fund under latrine-toilet
schemes for Govt ME school, Mebo village.
The meeting, however, lauded the Education Minister Bosiram Siram for taking up initiative
for infrastructure development of the schools.
The members present in the meeting also adopted resolutions demanding intervention
of the deputy commissioner in alleged misuse of recruitment rules in appointment
of Anganwadi workers at New Borguli village and demanded the authorities for construction
of fencing in and around VIP gallery at Parade ground, Mebo town, boundary wall of
Mebo Anchal Bhawan, Pasighat and clearance of bills for construction of toilets
under Mebo PHED.
NABARD to launch Pilot Project for Farmers’ Clubs in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: NABARD has decided to identify two districts in Arunachal Pradesh
during 2010-12 to target all active and promising Farmers’ Clubs to develop one
full fledged Master Farmer per club as mini extension worker for technology, credit
A meeting in this regard was convened in West Kameng under the chairmanship of DC
at Bomdila which was attended by DGM, NABARD; KVK, Dirang and line departments.
Farmers Clubs, can play a prominent role for improving the income level of farm families
by strengthening symbiotic interaction and convergence of initiatives for access
to improved technologies, timely credit and strong market linkages. In this direction,
it has been decided to launch a Pilot Project aimed at Technology Transfer, Credit
Counseling and Market Advocacy through Farmers’ Clubs. The objective is to facilitate
the awareness building among farmers on lead crops/ activities with emphasis on technology,
credit and marketing so as to create an enabling environment to capitalise on the
emerging Agri-Business opportunities in Indian Agriculture. To reach out to large
number of farmers,the strategy would be to develop Master Farmers in partnership
with resource institutions to disseminate the know how to other members of the club
and fellow farmers in the village on an ongoing basis.
The long term objective is to ensure that each Farmers’ Club shall have trained Master
Farmers conversant in all the three aspects of technology, credit and marketing to
make the services accessible to farming community on 24X7 basis at the grass root
level, informed A.K.Pasrija, Deputy General Manager, NABARD, Arunachal.
I-day football tourney begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Tarh Football Club defeated Chimpu ‘B’ 4-1 in the inaugural match
of the 6th Independence Day Football Tournament held at KV No. 2 football ground
Tarh Rocky, L Kumar, Gichik Tamin and Tarh Sonam scored a goal each for Tarh FC while
the consolation goal for Chimpu ‘B’ was scored by Dare Takar.
A total of 19 teams from Capital Complex are participating in the tournament.
Earlier, All Itanagar Market Welfare Association president Bamang Taji kicked off
the tournament as chief guest.
The tournament mainly aims at promoting and popularizing football among the youths
of the state, said Gohpur Youth Club, the organiser of the tournament, in a release.
Disruption in road link
ITANAGAR: The Doimukh - Sagalee road remains cut off due to massive landslides at
18 KM and Yapum Beding since July 26, informed PWD Sagalee division executive engineer
Dube Dulom in a release today. However, the road is restored for light vehicle today
and it may take week’s time for complete restoration for heavy vehicle, the release
Change in ANYA leadership
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has appointed its secretary Tarin Mama
to the post of president. The decision was taken in a meeting of the association
held under the chairmanship of vice president Tadar Tang here today. Further, the
meeting appointed Tadar Bingey as the new secretary of ANYA.
YBSU observes bandh
ITANAGAR: The Yego Bango Students Union (YBSU) has observed 12-hour bandh yesterday
in protest against the failure of the BSNL authority to respond to its ultimatum.
The union resented the it has been forced to call the bandh since both the mobile
network and landline BSNL telecom service remained defunct for more than last two
months creating great hardship to the consumers. The mobile tower worked only for
five days after it was erected, the Union resented and threatened to observe 2nd
phase of bandh on Aug 4 in case of failure of the authorities to restore the service.
Meanwhile, the union criticizing the recent statement of Home Minister that ‘internal
injury suffered during the road accident caused Nguso’s death”, said that it was
a case of custodial death.
However, the Union lauded the student’s bodies and other NGOs for their fight in
order to give justice to Late Nguso and his family.
Budding performer passes away
ITANAGAR: A talented budding artiste of Aruna-chal Pradesh Gemen Padung died at Pasighat
yesterday after prolonged illness.
Late Padung, 14, was a Class VIII student of Siang Model School, Pasighat and was
the daughter of Obang Padung and Sum Padung of Rengging village. She earned a name
at the national level as budding artiste, informed Arunachal Artistes Forum (AAF)
in a release today.
A classical dancer Late Padung had played the main role in “Monsotora” an Assamese
TV serial broadcast in NE TV. Padung was one of the finalists in national level
dance competition ‘Chamakte Sitare’.
The Arunachal Artiste Forum and its East Siang district unit today expressed deep
shock at the death of talented artiste Late Padung.
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Ganga Youth Club (GYC) has alleged that capital deputy commissioner
(DC), Deepak Kumar misused his power while holding interview for PMEGP on July 27th
of this month. GYC claim that instead of picking PRI members of capital for the interview
committee, capital DC appointed Sagalee ZPM as a committee member.
GYC questioned how the Sagalee ZPM, who does not have any idea about socio-economic
condition of capital citizen, can be part of such committee. This act has deprived
the rightful candidates of opportunities said GYC.
City Mission office inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Arunachal Pradesh City Mission Office has been inaugurated on July
31 at Apostolos Bible College G-Sector, Itanagar, under the leadership of its Director
Dr.Joram Dol who is also the founder president of Apostolos Bible College Itanagar.
The National Director Rev.Dr.Victor Paul spoke on its significance and its main roles
particularly towards the down trodden and youths.
Arunachal Christian Forum (A.C.F) General Secretary Toko Teki called for making it
an interdenominational organization as a tool to reach today’s youngsters.
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Government middle school, Emchi, in collaboration with Range Forest
Officer, Doimukh celebrated closing day of 61st Vanamahotsava on 31st July. To mark
the occasion a mass plantation programme was organized. Forest officials, public
leaders, students, teachers and senior citizens of village participated in the programme.
During the day around 300 seedlings of varied type were planted.
Chukhu Tayo, RFO, Doimukh interacted with the students and spoke about importance
of planting more trees to preserve natural forest.