Rains creates havoc in Dibang valley and Anjaw
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: The incessant rains have brought life to a grinding halt in many
parts of the state while it has cut off Dibang Valley and Anjaw from rest of the
Due to landslides triggered by rain, BRTF Tezu-Hayuliang-Walong-Kibithoo road has
been damaged at many places affecting vehicular movements for the last one week.
Road communication in between Hayuliang-Chaglongam-Goiliang-Manchal and Metengliang
circles are cut off due to severe landslides at many locations.
In Dibang valley, the BRTF road between Roing and Anini which is one and only life
line of the district has completely been damaged in various points. The steel bridge
over Dree River and several other small bridges have been washed away.
Apart from the road, the Hydel Projects at Ephipani and Awapani in the District have
also been completely washed away plunging the entire district into darkness.
The Local MLA Rajesh Tacho has asked the Government to immediately start the Special
Helicopter services to Anini to evacuate patients and stranded people.
He further called for immediately reset up and rebuilding of Hydel Projects at Ephipani
and Awapani in the District so that power supply can be restored.
He also requested the Chief Engineer, Project Udayak, Dumduma C/o 99 APO to take
necessary action for early restoration of road connectivity in between Anini and
44 BRTF under scanner over royalty payments
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: 44 BRTF is under scanner over payments or rather nonpayment of
royalty for all the minor minerals and forest products for the financial year 2008-2010
in West Siang district.
The police have initiated a criminal case and arrested one Ashok Kumar Pandey under
Section 468/420/34 IPC on April 13 over Royalty fiasco. He has been taken under remand
for 14 days.
The issue has escalated so much that the Deputy Commissioner of West Siang Amzad
Tak has refused to accept the royalty for the year 2009-10 which amounts to Rs 26,98,458,
according to BRTF assessment.
The district administration further revealed that revenue statement furnished by
the Geology & Mining Department on minor mineral shows that in year 2008-09 only
Rs 3,43,900 has been realized and in the year 2009-10 only Rs 18,93,500 has been
deposited in the state exchequer.
The district administration and 44 BRTF have been giving contradictory statement
on the issue of royalty payment. While the BRTF has maintained that it has been regularly
paying royalties for all the minor minerals and forest products extracted by it,
the administration has denied receipt of the same.
The BRTF had even issued a statement in this daily that it had been paying royalties
and that Administration take note of other organizations that are not paying royalty
to the state.
Earlier this week, Commander of the 44 BRTF, Padam Kumar had said that royalty to
the tune of Rs 86.46 lakhs were deposited with the government during the last two
According to Kumar, the BRTF deposited Rs 35,24,002 for the year 2008-09 and Rs 51,22,291
However, the district administration claimed that on closer examination of the documents
submitted by the BRTF, it was found that several signatures were forged.
The royalty paid has been calculated arbitrarily by the BRTF without the knowledge
or consent of the government, maintains the administration.
The administration had earlier sought details of royalties paid by the BRTF for the
period 2008 to 2010. Tak disclosed that the BRTF had not submitted the treasury challans
against the royalty payments supposed to have been made by it to the state.
He further said that any claims made by the BRTF holds no ground since the royalty
paid by private contractors for works executed for BRO is not deposited in any account
of Geology and Mining while adding that in 2008-09, no minor mineral royalty has
been deposited by 44 BRTF for the work executed departmentally.
Governor proposes ‘Save Mithun’ scheme
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh today said that
he is taking up a scheme with the Prime Minister as an initiative towards “Save
Mithun and Forest”. The Mithuns in other parts are lost due to meaningless slaughtering
and therefore, we have to shoulder its protection and propagation, he further said.
The Governor said this while addressing the first ever Longte Hate celebration organized
jointly by Nyishi and Tagin communities at Indira Gandhi Park here today.
The festival aims to protect and propagate the Mithuns and it was organized jointly
for first time with an objective to promote harmony among the two communities.
Through this kind of festival we will not only carry forward our rich cultural heritage
but also protect and propagate our precious living wealth, the Mithuns, Governor
The Governor further said these bonds among the tribes and communities of Arunachal
Pradesh if properly spread will definitely increase the pace of development in every
corner of the state.
Welcoming the spirit of Team Arunachal amongst the Policy makers and public leaders
the Governor also appreciated the endeavour of youths and students union towards
achieving the goal of Clean and Green Arunachal.
MP Takam Sanjoy in his address while commending the effort of the organizers said
the festival spreads the message of peace, non-violence, preservation of culture
and protection of our precious wealth.
Dwelling on the importance of the Mithun to tribal society, the MP called for restriction
on slaughtering of Mithuns in social and political events. He also disclosed of taking
the indigenous festival at global level. Appealing for conducive environment for
people of all communities in the Capital Complex, Sanjoy called or retrospection
among the denizens and halts to ‘Daagiri’ and notorious ‘Fine System’ in state Capital.
This will carry wrong message about us to outside people, he added.
Chief Patron of the festival and Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling
appealed every religious group, community and political party to restrict random
sacrifice of Mithun.
Chief Advisor of festival, Lokam Tassar, Parliamentary Secretary Food and Civil Supplies,
said the celebration does not have any political or communal agenda. Its being organized
with an aim to protect and preserve Mithun and spread message of harmony amongst
the tribes, he added.
Colourful cultural programme was presented by twenty-eight cultural troupes, including
those from Parsi Parlo, Chaeyangtajo, Damin, Daporijo, Koloriang, Nacho, Seppa, Taliha
and Itanagar. Sports activities were also conducted on the day.
Festival Organising Secretary Taring Rai dwelling on mythology said, literally, ‘Longte’
means a large wooden barricade or fence which is erected on a community basis with
the belief that this demarcates the domain of humans and spirits from ill intended
In the same way, ‘Hate’ means a thick cane rope used for fastening of domesticated
animals especially Mithuns. Origin of the Longtey Hate festival is closely linked
with the rearing of all domesticated animals including mithuns for the spiritual
and social wellbeing of the community and humankind as a whole, Rai added.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman, Festival Committee Niglar Veo highlighted
on the festival, its objectives and importance in the hanging scenario of community
activities. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
Decennial Census Operations starts in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Decennial Census Operations and the preparation of the first ever
Nation Population Register got underway today in Arunachal Pradesh.
The first to be enumerated was the Governor of the state Gen (Retd) J.J. Singh.
Marking the start of the eleven months long process, Deputy Commissioner cum Principal
Census Officer, Capital Complex Padmini Singla and other census officials started
enumeration with the Governor at Raj Bhavan.
The Governor appealed to all the residents of Arunachal Pradesh to wholeheartedly
take part in the census operation and preparation of first ever population register
& conveyed his best wishes to all who are involved in the census operation.
Stressing for error–free National Population Register, Gen Singh pointed no person
who is not eligible should be included, no person who is eligible should be left-out
and correct details should be entered for all eligible persons. Dwelling in length
on the importance of the exercise, Governor said, it will be key-input document for
the preparation of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) database.
Gen Singh, who recently met UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani informed that he has urged
him to include Arunachal Pradesh as a pilot State for the implementation of this
project. Arunachalees are very forthcoming, small population along with very little
moving population and for it strategic importance, hence it should be start from
here, he added.
Stating that State Nodal Officer for the project is Secretary to Governor, he assured
to monitoring the progress.
Census data demonstrates where the nation is positioned at a particular point in
respect of various social and economic characteristics in the world. The data collected
through the census are used for administration, planning and policy making as well
in the management and evaluation of various programmmes by the government and non-government
agencies. The census data is also used for delimitation of constituencies and allocation
of representation to parliament, State Legislative Assemblies and the local bodies.
Census 2011 will be held in two phases. In the first phase., know as House listing
and housing census all the buildings, houses and other structures are identified
and assigned numbers and information on quality of housing stock and amenities and
assets available to the households are collected. This operation is to be conducted
from April to September by State and UTs for period of 45 days each as per schedule.
The second phase called population enumeration phase will be conducted simultaneously
all over the country from February 9-28, 2011. In first phase, along with house listing
operation, information for the preparation of the National Population register (NPR)
will also be collected. Through NPR schedule, information on all members of the households,
such as name, date and place of birth, name of parents and spouse, nationality, current
and permanent address, education and occupation will be collected to establish his/her
identity. This information will constitute the building block on preparation of database
of all residents of the country. Both these operations will be conducted in Arunachal
Pradesh 15th April to 31st May 2010.
PASIGHAT: From hilly terrain to forested areas and from slum clusters to plush apartments,
Census officials are out in the field across the district gathering information for
Census 2011 that began today.
The ceremonial beginning of House listing and Housing Census and National Population
Register (NPR) started with the first citizen of East Siang, Deputy Commissioner
In his message, the DC urged all sections of society to participate wholeheartedly
in the gigantic National tasks of Census and NPR and ensure that nobody was left
Panyang also informed that Govt. official as Supervisors and Enumerators have been
trained and 70 people for Urban, 25 persons for Rural have been deputed.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram and MP Ninnong Ering were covered next. The duo
in their messages congratulated the Census officials and conveyed their best wishes
for the success and timely completion of this massive exercise. They also stressed
the need for enrollment of every usual resident in NPR and appealed to everybody
to participate in this endeavour.
Nilima Kumar SDO, Officer In-charge Jayanti Pertin CO, Onyok Pertin DIPRO and Pradeep
Deb of Directorate of Census Operation, Shillong along with the Census team was present.
DAPORIJO: Census of India 2011 officially began here today with the first entry made
of the first citizen of the district, the deputy commissioner H. K. Shalla at Rijo
Rijo House was numbered as Cen-1 under the House listing and Housing Census and all
relevant data was collected by G. Bhakta, Enumerator. The problems and difficulties
that might be faced during the Census were discussed and solutions sought so that
the process could be completed smoothly, accurately and on time.
YINGKIONG: In Upper Siang, the process got started with Rajesh Panyang, Deputy Commissioner
He asked them to work very hard and sincerely so that not a single person/ house
are left out during the census enumeration.
RGU students donate blood
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: The Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) today organized
Blood Donation cum HIV/AIDS Awareness Camp successfully on the second day of the
ongoing societal programme.
Yesterday, the union conducted social service cum tree plantation programme in the
More than 150 students took part in today’s programme and 34 students of them donated
blood. 22 of the donors were girls!
Dr. N.Budh, SMO General Hospital Naharlagun, Hage Onya, Technical Assistant, Blood
Bank General Hospital Nlg, Dr. Chin Dei Kim, Medical officer RGU and others provided
technical support for voluntary blood donation camp.
Prof. Pura Tado, Pro Vice-Chancellor, RGU, Dr. Tana Sowren, I/C Registrar, Pro. P.K
Panigrahi, HoD of political science, Dr. Rachob Taba, HoD of Education Department
and David Pertin, Assistant Finance Officer also attended the programme. The motto
behind these three days societal programmes is “green-clean university for green-clean
Arunachal and bequest blood to save a life”. Social Service cum Tree Plantation will
be held at General Hospital, Naharlagun, on the last day (April 17) of the programme.
Rongali Bihu grips Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: The Assamese community celebrated the Rongali Bihu here at Mopin-Solung
ground yesterday. The gathering was enthralled with colourful Bihu dance.
Speaking on the occasion, as chief guest Rural Development Minister Takar Marde while
citing the old age relationship between the people of the two states said that there
was a good and cordial relationship between the two states even before the writing
of buranjees (history).
Throwing light on the Khampti and Singhpo communities’ relationship with Ahom, he
pointed that the relationship of the two states will continue till the existence
of the earth.
Narrating the contributions of the Assamese people during the NEFA days to Arunachal
Pradesh in its developmental activities, he said that many Assamese people worked
in various remote areas of the state and served the people and the state with dedication
He appealed the people to continue the age old tradition between two states.
Guest of Honour, Arunachal Pradesh Building and other Construction Workers’ Welfare
Board, Chairman Jalley Sonam extending the Bihu greetings to the Assamese community,
briefed about the relationship between the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
and appealed the people to maintain the same spirit in near future.
While, appealing the people to promote their tradition and culture in the state,
he assured to extend all possible help to the Assamese community living in the state
capital and also assured to carry forward the activities for the welfare of the worker
society of the state.
Earlier, Itanagar Rongali Bihu Sanmilan President DP Dutta briefed about the importance
On the occasion, the Itanagar Rongali Bihu Sanmilan felicitated the students of Donyi
Polo School of hearing Impaired and assured to provide free music training to DPS
of Hearing Impaired students at Kalakshetra, Itanagar.
The Sanmilan also presented a citation to the renowned singer of Arunachal Bengia
Hemonto for his contribution in music field.
NAMSAI, Apr 15: The three day Sangken, the festival of water, began on April 14.
The Sangken festival is an occasion wherein the devotees both young and old, joyfully
splash water on one another. It also provides an opportunity for the family members
to pay respect to the elders and to obtain blessings from elders and monks.
The Sangken was observed at Golden Pagoda for the first time in which PHE Minister
Chowna Mein, Director Higher and technical education Joram Begi and Namsai MLA Nang
Sati Mein participated.
Prior to the Sangken festival, an ordination ceremony of 55 young monks was also
held at the Golden Pagoda.
The new monks are attending one month course in the Pagoda.
19th AR prepares youths for Arunachal Scouts
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: 19 Assam Rifles trained 67 youths hailing from remote areas of
Tirap district and other parts of the state to facilitate their selection in Arunachal
Scouts. The rally is being held at Jorhat from 07 April-22.
The training was carried out by the unit instructors in its Battalion Headquarters
at Khonsa for duration of one week from April 7. Process included physical training,
documentation, medical checkup and preparation for the written exam.
The unit had earlier identified the eligible candidates and organized their transportation,
lodging and food arrangements at its Headquarters.
After the completion of one week training, all the candidates were escorted to Jorhat
by unit representatives. Apart from accommodation and messing arrangements, the
representatives are escorting the candidates to guide and prepare them in Jorhat.
Deputy Commissioner, Tirap W Lowang contributed rations for the youths during their
stay at Khonsa.
Thank you, says CoSAAP
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
thanked state government for releasing 8% dearness allowances to state government
employees and Adhoc bonus to contingency paid staff and ALCs for the financial year
Meanwhile, it appealed the state government to consider the other pending demands
of the employees in phase wise manner and also appealed the state government employees
and contingency paid staff and ALCs to perform their duties with dedication and sincerity
to bring rapid development in the state.
Sanjoy writes to Union Power Minister
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Arunachal MP Takam Sanjoy today urged Union Power Minister Sushil
Kumar Shinde to initiate work for deployment of one company of CRPF for the security
of Lower Subansiri Hydro Project installations being implemented by the NHPC and
In a letter to the Union Minister, Sanjoy also informed the minister of present
position of the 1600 MW Middle Subansiri Hydro Power Project and 2000MW Upper Subansiri
Hydro Power project.
The MP requested the personnel intervention of the union minister so that the private
companies as well as CPSUs able to get the technical datas and DPRs prepared by the
NHPC for early beginning of the projects allotted to them.
Local people should be given employment opportunities in the projects being undertaken
by the private players, Sanjoy added.
Rural Tourism: a pilot project in Ziro
ZIRO, Apr 15: The Four days Rural Tourism training successfully concluded on April
More than 50 participants from different villages of Ziro plateau took part in the
The organizing secretary Yomjum Yomgam, in his deliberation said that after survey
all over the state, he choose Ziro as people were open to ideas here
The criterion for the selection was based on hardwork, hospitality as well as scenic
beauty of the place, he added.
Therefore, on the basis of suitability, three villages – Hong, Siibey and Biri have
Earlier Niitii (Hong) ZPM Tilling Dolley while inaugurating the four days training
on ‘Eco-Friendly Rural Tourism’ at Village Tourist Lodge, Biiri, Ziro on April 9,
said “The tourist inflow in the area will definitely increase, if we could provide
Taking instances of his trip Sikkim and Guwahati for the similar trainings, Dolley
called the trainees very lucky to have the training at their doorstep.
He suggested the participants to form SHGs and make use of prospect of Rural Tourism
as many tourists preferred staying in villages.
Sponsored by NABARD, the training was organized by Young Mission Adventure Club,
Manager NABARD K. Vaiphei and resource persons from Sikkim, Peter S. Lepcha and Kinzong
Bhutia also spoke the function.
Papum Pare ATA unit adopts resolutions
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: The third review meeting of the Arunachal Teachers’ Association,
Papum Pare district unit demanded the authorities for upgradation of higher secondary
schools and secondary schools in the district with above 500 students.
While adopting several resolutions, the meeting requested the Govt for early construction
of the sufficient teachers’ quarters, timely supply of NCERT text-book in the district,
school-wise education awareness tour programme after re-opening of the new academic
It further resolved that school headmasters, teacher-in charges, ADEO’s, APO’s BRCC’s
and CRCC’s in the district be reshuffled and only local employees of the district
be appointed in these posts before re-opening of the next academic session.
It also demanded one JNNURM bus for the students of various schools in the district
and said that teachers working in various private schools be called back. It further
demanded appointment of regular subject teachers of Govt schools as a headmaster
in charges in place of contact SSA teacher. The meeting also reviewed few resolutions
which were adopted in second review meeting of the ATA unit during 2009.
KVIC Director accorded a warm send off
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Director, Khadi & village Industries commission A. K Sharan, was
accorded a warm send off by the officers and staff of KVIC, APKVIB, and many NGOs.
Sharan who retired after serving 32 years took over as the Director of KVIC in 2008.
Sharan informed that during his tenure in Arunachal Pradesh, more than Rs 5.00 crore
was mobilized through Bank Loan/subsidy in PMEGP and other programmes of the KVIC.
Member, North East Zone, KVIC Padi Yubbe informed that if the APKVIB is ready to
bear the 10% share for opening of Khadi Plaza, the KVIC will provide 90% grant.
Vice chairman (APKVIB) Bado Singi, said that Shri Sharan has enriched the state with
his vast experience and knowledge in the field of Khadi & Village industries.
Commissioner, Industries, Textiles & Handicrafts M Pertin credited Saran with implementing
the PMEGP programme in the state. He was instrumental in making an action plan of
Rs 10 crore approximately for the APKVIB, he added.
Among others, BinnyYanga, a pioneer in the NGO sector also spoke on the day.
Unique army medical-cum-veterinary camp draws huge crowd
DIRANG, Apr 15: Continuing its effort to forge and foster better understanding and
cooperation between army and the civilians, Army unit of Baisakhi Garrison in collaboration
with West Kameng District administration, National Yak Research Centre and Dirang
CHC organized a unique free medical-cum- veterinary camp at Namsu village yesterday
which was a huge hit with the villagers.
The camp comprised a team of doctors both-Allopathic and Veterinary from the Army,
NRC and CHC. General medical advice, free treatments and medicines were provided
to villagers while small children were provided on the spot vaccination. Many animals
including Yaks and Mules were also treated and medicines provided to its owners.
Earlier, while inaugurating the camp, Colonel R. Sharma of 15th Mahar Regiment said
that Army was happy to be helping the civilians in any capacity. ‘Army is for the
people and we don’t mind reaching out to them’, he elaborated. Also, while interacting
with this correspondent at the Brigade Headquarters, Brigadier M.S Ghura said that
the Army was willing to take up more such similar and diverse civic action programmes
for benefit of the local people. “We want to help the locals in every possible manner
and it would be better if the Army, the District Administration and the local MLA
coordinated more so that we pool in our resources together and resourcefully which
will give desired and tangible results”, he explained.
Appreciating yeomen service rendered by the Army, elder brother to local MLA and
area public leader Sange Tsering said that such similar camps and civic action programmes
indeed need to be conducted on more regular basis. “Army has got so much manpower
and materials. The District Administration should forge better communication and
coordination with it to utilize it for benefit of the local people”, he opined.
Kargeng Perme passes away
PASIGHAT, Apr 15: Kargeng Perme, the longest serving HGB of Mirsam village passed
He was 73.
Born at Damro village, he later settled at Mirsam in 1967 and since then served the
society in various capacities.
Late Perme is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters and thirteen grand
People of Bogong Banggo and nearby areas paid their last tribute to him today.
The Perme Welfare Society, Pertin Bodum Baane Kebang expressed shock over the sudden
U/Subansiri team announced
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Upper Subansiri Sports Association has announced 18 members squad
for the IXth Tadar Tang State Level Football Tournament 2010 to be held at RG Stadium
Naharlagun from April 25. The team will be lead by T Bonnie Liruk and Jikako Nipu
as team manager and coach respectively.
AAPPTF Tawang unit formed
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) discussed
various problems of the public transporters of Tawang in a meeting on April 13 last.
The Federation later constituted its Tawang District Unit with David Samtam as president,
Thumpten Shakya, vice-president, and Wangchu as general secretary.
No illegal appointment in PWD
ITANAGAR: There have been no illegal appointments so far in PWD, informed an official
communique. The statement came after an allegation that appointments in the department
were done after political interference, which was published in this daily.
The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer's Association (UAEA) had stated that appointments
of JEs on contractual basis were done on political recommendation.
Terming the allegation shocking, the department stated that no such contractual appointments
are done in the department and that if any appointments were done in the past, it
was done with proper approval of Govt. against deputation vacancies and not against
Recruitment for Arunachal Scouts in Aalo
Aalo: ARO Jorhat will conduct a Recruitment Rally at Aalo, West Siang from April
17-21 at General Ground.
The Rally will be conducted for all districts of Arunachal Pradesh for enrolment
of male candidates in Soldier GD, CIK/SKT, Technical & Nursing Assistant Category.
Soldier General Duty should be between 17 to 21 years with minimum qualification
of Class 8th passed and above and for Soldier Tech/Clerk/NA, intending candidates
should be between 17 to 23 years with 10+2 Pass.
Interested candidate may appear with all related documents and the educational qualification
countersigned by DDSE of concerned district. (DIPRO)
Fulfill demand: ANSU tells NHPC
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Students Union has called on the NHPC authority and state government
to look into the demands of the project affected people of Subansiri Lower Basin
Hydro Power Project.
While threatening an agitation against the Corporation, the Union’s General Secretary
Nilly Likha Tabo said that demands of the people must be fulfilled within a short
span of time.
Pressing for their various demands, people of the area have called for series of
bandhs this month.
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Academy remembered Dr. BR Ambedkar on
his 119th birth anniversary yesterday. To mark the day, various competitions on life
and times of Dr Ambedkar were organised.
Govt decision hailed
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: ASM chairperson, Sagalee CD block, Nabam Yakum has hailed the creation
of new circle headquarters at Parang. Local people would extend their cooperation
to the govt on matters of infrastructure development for the newly created circle
headquarters, she said while lauding the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and UD Minister
Nabum Tuki for granting Circle Headquarter in Parang.
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: All Mara (Ramring, Ramsing, Rambing) Welfare Society deeply mourned
the death of Tapa Mara (Jepa) at General Hospital, Naharlagun after prolonged illness
on April 12 last.
Late Mara of Mara village of Upper Subansiri district had been serving as peon at
district court, Daporijo Upper Subansiri district for the last four years and is
survived by five members of his family, the Society informed.
The society members prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. They also urged
the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to extend all possible help to Late Mara’s
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: MLA Yumsen Matey has wished the Ollo community of Tirap district
on occasion Worang festival that begins today.
Worang is an agriculture based festival that marks the beginning of the New Year.
Matey appealed for a wholehearted celebration to promote the culture and preservation
of the Ollo identity. He further appealed people of other communities to take part
in the festival.
NBCC conference held
ITANAGAR, Apr 15: Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has successfully conducted
its 38th annual conference at Town Baptist Church, Kimin recently.
Meanwhile, Tedi Tana Tara, Biri Kame and Rasso Hissang have been selected as President
and Vice-Presidents of NBCC for a period of three years.