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April - 28


ANYA sponsored bandh paralyze Capital region, one injured in shooting

DA warns of action

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Capital region was brought to a standstill following a 12 hours bandh call given by All Nyishi Youth Association demanding a whitepaper on the Annual Operating Plan and establishment of National Institute of Technology in Jote, Papum Pare.            

At around nine this morning, members of ANYA were shot upon by the owner of a private vehicle near Lekhi village injuring one person while they were trying to pelt stones at the vehicle.

The Police promptly arrested the injured after he was brought to Naharlagun General Hospital. His condition is stated to be stable.

Addressing press persons after the bandh, ANYA president Tarin Nabum informed that the association would continue its movement for a white  paper on AOP. In the next phase they would bring in other organization for support on the issue.

Supporting him, spokesman Boni Tamen said nothing below a White paper would be accepted. The ANYA has also reiterated its demand for the establishment of the National Institute of Technology in Capital Complex.

The Association further announced jail bharo andolan till their activists are released from the jail.

The Police said that it is on look out for those responsible for violence.         

Taking strong exception to damages of two night buses belonging to Network and Blue Hills even before the bandh started and pelting stones at a Magistrate’s vehicle injuring a PSO and Driver, the District Administration in a strong message “advised the organization to educate their members properly not to reiterate same in future, else exemplary action will be initiated against the violators”.

Such incidents prove that the office bearers of the organization do not have proper knowledge to control over their members to perform such democratic agenda within the prescriptive purview of our constitution, it added.

Our democracy provides us every right to register our protest against our government for a genuine demand but it does not bestow any right to any democratic organization to indulge in violence and to damage any private or public properties in the name of democracy, it further added.

The bandh forced Central government offices, shops and educational institutions to remain closed while state government offices had very thin attendance.


Mein assures help to flood devastated people of Lohit

NAMSAI, Apr 27: Shocked at the devastation following flood in Lohit, PHE & WS Minister Chowna Mein assured all sorts of help from the government. Accompanied by the Officers of District Administration and Water Resource Department, he visited the flood affected area of Mahadevpur Circle.

At Dharampur, the minister visited the erosion affected dyke and houses of marooned people. He also visited the public attending Social Service to plug a Dyke at Dharampur. Mein also visited Silatoo area where the Noa Dehing River is causing serious threat to the village. He directed the EAC Lekang to convene a meeting of all affected villages immediately and to enhance steps for relief and rehabilitation.

The Namsai MLA Nang Sati Mein also visited flood affected. Bijoypur, Samuguri, Kherbari and Pathergaon area of Namsai Circle. She was also accompanied by Officers of District Admin and Public Leaders. Later she directed the ADC Namsai to make loss assessment soon to ensure possible relief assistance to the victims.


AAPSU concerned at development in RGU

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) expressed concern over deteriorating academic atmosphere prevailing at Rajiv Gandhi University. Taking exception to the return of Vice Chancellor, Prof K.C Belliapa to the campus, the Union said that his coming back at the campus is causing lots of uneasiness and is detrimental to the healthy atmosphere in the campus. It was given to understand that Vice Chancellor was ousted for good but his return has caused serious doubt on the sincerity of the state government to handle the issue, the Union President Takam Tatung said.

In such a delicate issue which involves the careers of several thousand students, the state government should pursue the matter vigorously till a desired result is achieved rather than try to befool the student bodies and general public.  Threatening intervention, the Union called on the state government to immediately heed to the demand of the RGUSU.

The union urges upon representative and leaders that there should not be any room for political game and ulterior motive in the issue and the high powered committee ought to let know the public the outcome of the committee report.

The union further stated that undue attention and privilege is being extended to the VC.


Enquiry report on Seppa firing incident submitted

SEPPA,  Apr 27: The report of the magisterial enquiry conducted by ADC Seppa pertaining to the firing incident that claimed the young life of IRBn jawan Tako Tagak on Oct 17, 2009 has been submitted. The report has been forwarded to commissioner home affairs, Arunachal Govt for further action, according to official release.

Tako Tagak, a new recruit to the IRBn lost his life after firing by ITBP personnel entrusted to guard the EVMs at Seppa in East Kameng district on October 17 night. A drunken brawl had led to a major scuffle amongst the personnel of ITBP and IRBn.

On Oct 21, the State government has ordered a Magisterial Inquiry to look into  the details of the shooting. Suo moto case vide SP/PS No. 114/09 us 304/326/325 IPC had been registered under Seppa Police Station.


Leave Travel Concession gets extension, Handique urge NE states to avail scheme

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The scheme of relaxation of Leave Travel Concession rules allowing the Central Government Employees to travel to the different parts of North Eastern Region by air has been extended by two years with effect from 1st May 2010. The Department of Personal and Training issued a notice pertaining to the extension on 20th April 2010.

The Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region, Bijoy Krishna Handique had initiated this extension in February 2010, by appealing to the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Prithviraj Chauhan in view of the tremendous enthusiasm generated among the Central Government Employees resulting in a very large number of families visiting the region in the past twenty months. Handique, further, mentioned that the extension would give necessary fillip to the tourism potential of the region in particular, and the economy in general.

Handique has appealed to all the State Governments and people of North East Region to avail this opportunity to give a boost to the tourism in order to create more employment avenues.

As per available data, the inflow of domestic tourists to the eight north eastern states recorded a growth of 21 % in the last two years. The year 2009 saw a growth of 11% in the inflow of domestic tourists over the previous year. This growth is chiefly attributed to the huge increase in LTC tourists since introduction of the scheme initiated by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region with effect from May, 2008. There was a total domestic inflow of 5.7 million tourists in the year 2009.

The state- wise breakup of the inflow of domestic tourists, as per the Ministry of Tourism.


Abide by RBI guidelines to ensure empowerment: Jarjum Ete

Jairampur hosts awareness camp and seminar on financial inclusion

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: A three-day awareness camp and seminar on financial inclusion of progressive farmers, entrepreneurs and panchayat leaders kicked off at the Govt Secondary School premises yesterday at Jairmapur with the participation of around 300 representatives, including farmers, PR members, entrepreneurs, NGOs and SHGs.

Addressing the gathering, Arunachal Pradesh Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan (APRGPRS) chairperson Jarjum Ete urged the banking institutions to be more customer-friendly and abide by guidelines of RBI, which provides  for economic empowerment for the needy ones, especially the women section for their self sustenance. Stating that there is no dearth of funds with the Govt of India for development activities, Ete highlighted on various schemes.  Ete, however, opined that allocation of funds is not enough to ensure development in true sense which comes with the proper implementation and monitoring of the funds allocated.

She also suggested for the introduction of postal banking in the area so that the hard earned money of the women could be saved.

Addressing the panchayat leaders, she said most often the deserving people are bereft of availing the benefits of schemes. The APRGPRS chairperson gave the example of facilities provided to BPL card holder which, unfortunately, even the affluent one enjoys. To ensure that the deserving and needy people enjoy the schemes, the PR leaders should check that the right person is nominated for it, she felt.

Speaking on the law and order situation in Changlang and Tirap districts, the former State Women’s Commission chairperson said that it’s not the involvement of the locals that has tagged these two districts as disturbed area but it was the work of outsiders.

On the second day, speaking on textile and handloom, Toolika Gupta, Associate Professor, National Institute Fashion & Techonolgy, New Delhi urged the participants to strike a balance between modern and traditional weaving system for better marketing. She said that by improvisation on design pattern and use of cotton instead of acrylic, the traditional attire of Tangsa community can make a niche in outside market.

Advocating for modern tools rather than the traditional one, she said ‘shuttle loom’ which is being introduced in South India recently doubles the product in lesser time and is cost effective while suggesting that such tools can be introduced here too for mass production.    

In a power point presentation, Dr Debasis Sasmal, Subject Matter Specialist, Fishery, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit explained in details the merits of pisci-culture and its significance in improving one’s economic status. He briefed the participants on different types of fishes which can be reared in the same pond of the region and on how to do away with weeds which usually surface in ponds.

Nokjan Longri, District Fishery Development Officer, encouraging the trainees to take up pisci-culture, said that government provides 20 -25% subsidy, which comes around Rs 8000-10000 per 0.1 hectare. The farmer has to submit only a photo copy of land possessing certificate, map of the location where the pond is supposed to be dug and a ST certificate, he added.


System of rice intensification programme at Hong

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN), DST Itanagar had  organized a  day long  Awareness Programme on  System of Rice Intensification at  Hong village, Lower Subansiri  recently.  This was the first in the series of SRI awareness programmes of RGVN to be conducted for NER states.  

Ramani Kanta Sarma, Asstt  Director, RGVN –SRI  had  provided the technical know how  of the SRI technique to the participants . In the Awareness  programme  there were  32  participants from the locality   who   expressed their satisfaction on the new technique of  Rice  cultivation.

Nabam Tati,  Branch  Manager, Apex  Bank Ltd., ZIRO  requested RGVN to conduct such programme in  Papumpare  District too.

The participants were women as it is they who are mainly involved in Agricultural work in Arunachal Pradesh. They  are hopeful of increasing Rice yield  by  proper maintaining  plant to plant spacing of  25 cm  X 25 cm planting seedling  which are  8-14 days old instead of present practice of  using 30-35 days old seedlings and with  2-3  times  weeding at the interval of  10-15 days after  transplantation.

RGVN is  planning to  organize more awareness cum training  programmes in other rice belts of  Arunachal Pradesh  in association with  NABARD and like minded Agriculture promoting organizations in  Arunachal Pradesh in order to contribute towards  sustainable food production of the state and the region  and  thereby towards the National Food Security Mission.


Zemithang cut-off

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Zemithang in Tawang district has been totally cut-off from rest of the district due to landslide caused by incessant heavy rain.

The CO Zemthang, Koj Tasso reported that, the PMGSY and PWD roads have completely washed away and public property has been damaged. At least, two weeks would be required to repair the roads, he added.

Meanwhile, local MLA, Jambey Tashi inspected the damaged site and appealed the concerned departments to restore the roads as early as possible.


A ray of hope for Desali, a victim of feudalistic policies

Jiko Linggi

Located in one of the secluded corners of Dibang Valley district, in between breathe taking snow capped misty mountains, amid green foliage, gurgling rivers, Desali was once a bubbling, bustling administrative circle, teeming and overflowing with activities. It held a high hope and awaited the future with keenness with democracy finally stepping into the nascent state of Arunachal, inhabited by different ethnic groups in the early 1980s.

But sadly, the destiny had a different plan lay in stored for Desali, as it began to unfold slowly and painfully. Dreams turned sour and were broken up by the upholders of democracy. Desali still lives in the dark ages, inaccessible while the rest of the world fumbles to keep pace with ever changing technology. Reason: democratically elected people’s representative, in whom people had placed their high hopes and expectations, began behaving more of like monarchs, stalling the pace of Desali from taking progressive steps into the future by injecting dark poison of politics into the Hunli-Desali Road Project.

Be careful while selecting the site for NIT


Dear Editor,

Already the proposed setting up of NIT in the State seems to have caused enough commotion as to where the institute should be located. There seems to be a tug of war amongst different sections of the society, everyone vying for the national institute to be located near their homes. This is wrong and unfortunate and is definitely against the interest of the people of the Sate. Before doing this one must understand the mandates laid down in establishing such institutes. When it comes to setting up an institute or a department of national importance, what is more important is to see that this institution sustain its growth as planned post establishment and fulfils the objectives of it being set up in the region. It is important to see that this institution does help in overall growth and development of the State or the region. The short term gains linked to such a major establishment should be avoided. It is noteworthy that NITs are autonomous bodies and centrally funded and as such the monitoring, governing and functioning of them will be carried out from Delhi, not from Itanagar. Therefore, locating one near the State capital or away from it doesn’t really carry any meaning. It should be realized that IITs and NITs gets the students through competitive examinations such as JEE and AIEEE which means that the students would be drawn from all over India. In no way, the students would be admitted directly on the basis of region or any other such criteria, except that in NIT 50% seat is filled up from the host State but based on AIEEE results. In fact, there are glaring examples where such prestigious institutes are located in north India and most of the students are from south India and vice versa. The same thing is bound to happen in NIT Arunachal too. But more importantly, the academic excellence of the NIT will depend on four main factors – good connectivity in terms of road, rail and air; qualified faculty members; quality students and finally friendly hosts. There are numerous examples of such institutes being set up in unfavourable locations due to political pressure and other such compulsions but they failed to function due to lack of proper connectivity and other basic amenities. IIT Ropar (Punjab), for example, established two years back and located in a rural area far away from the main city is not doing well. As on date there is only one regular faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering. This is true for most of the newly established IITs. This is badly affecting the students enrolled in these institutes. Many NITs which are set up in disadvantageous locations have the same fate; there are few qualified faculty members or most of them are drawn from local graduates thus, academic excellence is not achieved as envisaged. Getting experienced and qualified faculty members would be a big challenge as today even the IITs have large number of vacant faculty positions. The vacancy in seven old IITs stands at 1,065 (2009-2010) and the number would be much higher if the new eight IITs are included. In the given situation it is even more important to look at every aspects of locating the NIT in order to attract qualified people as better opportunities and facilities elsewhere will dissuade people from coming to Arunachal Pradesh. In the absence of good facilities even the students coming to the NIT would be from the leftovers of the successful AIEEE candidates. This would be detrimental to achieving academic excellence. Also in the absence of good connectivity and other services, organizing a conference or workshop in the institute would be difficult, for not many participants would turn up whereas this is an important component of the academic activities of such institutes. The academicians would prefer to attend the same in a metro or a place which has good road or air connectivity. Also good connectivity would facilitate speedy development of infrastructure thereby ensuring quality education to the students.   

Now onus is on the State government to see where the NIT should be located. It is to be seen whether the government takes a wise decision or fall prey to the pressure tactics of some sections of our society, as usual. Laying the foundation stone of the institute in an unfavourable location and forget it will result in another embarrassment for the State. It is expected that the selection of the site would be based on proper connectivity – road, rail and air; if not the NIT Arunachal will become a white elephant.


Phuntshuk Wangdu

(on E-mail)

New Delhi



Exaggerated and twisted far from the ground reality !

Dear Editor,

Pacha MHS is in operation and in a position to generate 1.50MW of power which is more than present power requirement of Seppa township area. The Department is also very much interested to utilise all the power generated from the Pacha MHS in the interest of the common people and the state. Recently the Principal Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh has also paid a visit to Pacha MHS on 13th April’2010. He has taken serious concerned about the under utilisation of power generated from Pacaha MHS and directed the Power and Hydro Power Department to evolve an immediate solution for optimum power utilisation from the said hydel. So it was resolved that the Hydro Power Department would generate the power supply requirement of the Seppa town and the power Department would draw power supply from Pacha MHS.  

It is also the public impression that due to less water discharge at Pacha Nallah there is scarcity of power supply from the project. Of course, during winter, there may be water scarcity due to natural phenomenon but the hydel will not shutdown and will continue to generate power requirement for Seppa town. At this moment the water discharge is sufficient enough to generate the power requirement of Seppa Town and its adjoining villages.

No doubt, the best and easiest way to express and highlight the public grievances is through mass media like local daily. It is a mirror of the Department but it does not mean that the matter is exaggerated and twisted far from the ground reality.  


A. MIYU (on e-mail)

Superintending Engineer,

Department Of Hydro Power, Bomdila Civil Circle, Bomdila.



The spillover of IPL controversy


Dear Editor,

The recent development suspending Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, for alleged acts of individual misdemeanours shows how politics can manipulate the spirit of sports in our country. The IPL has become "Indian Political League". Tax authorities are widening the net on Indian Premier League (IPL) stakeholders amid suspicions of irregular fund transfers, evasion of withholding and proxy ownership structures of various franchisees have shown how IPL have delved into to be called "Indian Paisa League".

I personally feel greatly disheartened for the cricket lovers who may have lost thier enthusiasm and whose spirits have been disarrayed under political crisis and money maniacs.


Jumli Rina (on E-mail)

North East-II Telecom Circle, Dimapur (Nagaland)




Congrats but please correct the mistake

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate AAPSU for launching their website, this would really help people know the organisation and the state as a whole better but I felt very sorry when I saw a big mistake in the map of Arunachal Pradesh.

My district Upper Sbansiri is being shown as Upper Siang.  This is a very disheartening. I would like to request the caretakers of the website to clear the mistake and hope they will update the website regularly not like many other sites of the state.


Deewan Mara,

(on email) Mumbai


High hopes, dreams and promising futures of many young native ethnic lives, blossoming amid strong and chilling stench of poverty, ignorance, innocence in the region were sacrificed using a political knife, sharpened on a block of feudalistic policies initiated by people’s representative, just for the sake of political security, ambitions of so few.

Road to Desali as an obstacle should have already been erased out of minds of the people of the region long back, but for the political shortsightedness and lack of political willingness. As a school going kid, a person says he gleefully and with high expectations heard of PWD taking up the construction work for Hunli-Desali road in the year 1982.  But the irony, he says is that the PWD still hasn’t yet completed the road, in spite of his age reaching ripe into the middle ages in 2010. He wonders if he can see the completion of road ever in his life time. Even as, many lives from the region attained sunset as their bodies got mingled back into the earth and turned into fine dusts and many more fear the same fate with a wish unfulfilled, - to see Desali connected by a motorable road. Hunli-Desali road project became the foremost causality of feudalistic development initiated in search of political security. Crores of money was pumped into the Hunli-Desali road project, benefitting and enriching only few of the selected pockets, while leaving scores of people in the circle high and dry. In the year 2004, finally PWD Roing somehow stage managed a completion of Hunli-Desali road, as democratically elected people’s representative of the period arrived with  much fanfare, superfluous elaboration  to Desali to symbolize the completion, along with him a cavalcade of political workers, bureaucrats of the day. After the honeymoon and partying ended, within next four months, in the ensuing torrential monsoon of the year, road got blocked, only to be declared abandoned by the concerned department.

The whole episode of road completion was an eye wash to hoodwink the innocent public into believing the well managed show, controlled from behind the curtains, as the blame lay at nature’s door and the credit at the so called people’s representative’s feet. Logically, questions are being asked now, why PWD instead of BRO was allowed to take up the project for Hunli-Desali road, despite knowing well that the road project winds through geographically difficult terrains, whereas Borders Roads Organization is well experienced, equipped than the state PWD.

Candidly, a high ranking official of PWD Roing in a conversation accepted the fact that despite department’s best effort and a will to complete the road, interferences from elements within and outside the system prevented it from doing it so, declining to say further more on the sensitive topic.

During Umbrey’s public meeting at Mitaka village in his tour to Hunli-Desali Circle in the month of February 2010, a lady abruptly interrupted, venting her anger, anguish, frustration by shouting in top of her voice alleging that, it was the political leaders who were responsible for the road never reaching Desali. She shouted that, the road and inaccessibility had become a source of income for the so called leaders and a tool to continue breeding ignorance, poverty among the people of Desali Circle in order to create a haven for political security. By corrupting away the funds and drying it up, roads were never allowed to reach Desali deliberately, so as to allow poverty to take over the vacuum created by strangulating away the economy and progress of the people of Desali. Poverty, she thought, allowed the financially well off to use the most potent ‘economic helplessness’ as a weapon to extract votes during elections by subjugating ethnic people reeling in poverty obliged to dependency syndrome. This was the reason; she felt instead of handing over the road to Border Roads Organization (BRO), state Public Works Department (PWD) was allowed to take over the Hunli-Desali Road project. Resultant, she felt the road never reached its destination-Desali, urging for handing over the Hunli-Desali road project to BRO now.

On eve of Umbrey’s Hunli-Desali’s February 2010 tour, a sort of campaign began in remote corners of Desali circle, initiated by wealthy tribal elites of the region, who themselves are byproducts as well as largest beneficiaries of years of feudalistic development initiated by the elected people’s representative of the period. With their honeymoon with ‘good old days’ numbered, tribal wealthy elites, architect of misinformation campaign, in their effort to offset the inevitable, pressed the innocent people to voice and lent their support during the visit of the MLA to the new survey of defense road to Desali from 14th Km Hunli-Anini road being undertaken by BRO, instead of existing abandoned PWD road from 17th Km Hunli-Anini road. Campaigners propagated that the existing and abandoned PWD road from 17th Km Hunli-Anini road to Desali fell within the submergence level of Dibang Multipurpose Project. However, Tamunae Miso, Sub Divisional Officer, Hunli swiftly clarified the misconception during Umbrey’s public meeting at Desali Community Hall, that according to his consultation with the officials of NHPC, technically road to Desali from 17th Km Hunli-Anini road did not fall within the submergence level of DMP reservoir and is therefore technically incorrect.

Misguided, the villagers say they fell prey to the propaganda of the campaigners. Trickery and deceptive misinformation campaign, villagers say were used to camouflage the real intentions of the architects of the misinformation bliz-krig. Firstly, if the road to Desali materializes, the credit, the people of the circle say will go to the incumbent MLA Roing, Laeta Umbrey for his initiative and efforts in fulfilling the people’s longstanding dream of having a good motorable road in the remote hilly circle. Just as, the people of Hunli Circle still revere late Ita Pulu for his initiative in directing the road from Roing to Anini via Hunli and, also for tossing away the blood-spattered knife of feudalistic policies for more people friendly, inclusive policies. Unlike his other predecessors, who singularly benefited from adopting, initiating feudalistic developmental policies and also by using powerful psychological weapon of ‘hope’ by promising the sky and the stars to everyone who knocked at the door.  Secondly, road to Desali as a honey pot of wealth for the wealthy tribal elites of Desali will dry up, as BRO takes steps into the picture. Third, with better connectivity in the form of motorable road, people will benefit from opening up of various economic opportunities, lowering of cost of goods and services, leading to economic self reliance in the region, while forcing poverty to climb down the graph and at the same time blunting the most potent ‘economic weapon’ of the feudalistic policies. Fourth, with the blunting of the most dreaded weapon of the feudalistic armory, far reaching political tremors will shake up the political equations in the region’s political spectrum, resulting for a gaping hole in the shield made for political security.

To offset these developments, the inevitable by some more years, misinformation bliz-krig was unleashed by the so called elites of the region. As Defense road from 14th Km Hunli-Anini road to Desali, officials say will take another three to four years, while existing and abandoned PWD road from 17th Km Hunli-Anini road as per sources in BRO say will take at the most one year for successful completion of the road.  

But with the falling of veil of misinformation and with the emergence of true picture, common people of the circle want BRO to take over the road project to Desali from 17th Km Hunli-Anini road and complete the road as fast as possible. For, their patience is running out, since they had lived their life long enough in poverty under the shadows of a threatening ‘economic knife’ aimed and held to their throats by feudalistic tribal wealthy elites on behalf of and sharpened time to time on a block of feudalistic policies by democratically elected people’s representative. All in the name of democracy; while inflicting years of profound damages to the people, economy and progress of Desali region.

But now, a sparkle of hope is glimmering at the other end of the dark tunnel of agonizing and painful sufferings of years of waiting. On the sidelines of surveying land for a Roing Degree College at Simari, Laeta Umbrey, MLA Roing disclosed that within one year from now, a motorable defense road constructed and maintained by Border Roads Organization (BRO) will connect Desali Circle to Hunli-Anini Road at 17 Km point. He spells out a bright and a rosy picture of Desali Circle in next two years. He feels it is just a matter of decision when the long standing dream of the people of the Desali becomes true. With the road becoming a reality, Umbrey says Desali can look forward to a flurry of activities seen like never before. Unhindered flow of goods and services, with cost of transportation coming down will enable people to take advantage of opening up of economic opportunities accompanying the completion of road. Horticulture and Agriculture sector will get a boost.

Though late, it is too never late, the words of assurances of Umbrey, who has a reputation for sticking to his words through thick and thin, are soothing and music to the ears of the people from the region. Many young lives from the region now believe and trust that, their promising fragile future instead of becoming a sacrificial goat for someone else’s political ambitions; will see the light of the day by hatching up from the warm nest of words of assurances of Umbrey. And also hope that a new sun shine in policies will open up a new leaf of inclusive development for Desali Circle.   Allowing for the unhealed wounds of the past to be healed and to be able to take step boldly into the future with zeal and enthusiasm.

Let us hope that the glimmer of hope doesn’t flicker away in the winds of hollow words, to allow darkness of agonizing sufferings and ordeal to fall all over once again.


East Kameng gearing up for effective implementation of Saakshar Bharat Mission

SEPPA, Apr 27: East Kameng district is gearing up for effective implementation of Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM)-2010. To chalk out plans, a district level meeting was held at Kameng Hall, Seppa today.

While presiding over the meeting Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu informed the house that the mission gives special emphasizes on the girls education, but the male section however is not excluded from the scheme.

He further informed that the scheme being sponsored by the union ministry of human resources development aims to educate those left over in its previous policies like the total literacy campaign (TLC) and the SSA in the region. Govt shall not launch such kind of scheme again and again, thus the scheme so launched should be implemented with formulation of proper policy and the guidelines, he said and appealed all the PR leaders to jointly recommend the motivators for the quality education.

ADC Mige Kamki advocated that the recommendation for the appointment of the Preraks should come from grass root level not from the upper level.

ZPM chairperson, Sipi Bagang suggested the PR leaders that guidelines should be framed in the district level so that an appropriate action could be taken against those who cannot discharge the duty properly or else the higher authority should be asked to formulate the mechanism for the better implementation of the scheme.

The house also opined that the recommendation for the Motivators should be done jointly by the ZPM and the ASM chairperson.

District planning officer, Vijay Sonam also put valuable suggestion to the house for proper implementation of the Mission. Govt officers from various departments including Superintendent of police, Tumme Amo, BDOs and the PR leaders from various blocks took part in the meeting. DIPRO


JNV Seppa cries for help

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Jawahar Navodya Vidhya-laya (JNV), Seppa is still waiting for its permanent structure for the school and its hostel buildings, even though the construction works was started years back.

The chairman of Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF), a local NGO, Payi Gyadi said that the school with an intake capacity of 80 students had operated till 1999 to teach upto higher secondary level but it was subsequently reduced to 40 and is functioning only upto secondary level due to unavailability of proper accommodation facility for both students and teachers. Expressing his angst over the sorry state of affairs of JNV Seppa, the SLP chairman said that the school authority is unable to increase its intake capacity only because of accommodation problem.

“It is a matter of concern for East Kameng, one of the lowest literacy rate prevalent districts, that every year 40 students are deprived of free education offered by the Union govt, he said. As many as 500 poor students have so far lost their opportunities since 1999 as a result of reduction in its intake capacity.

He added the reason behind this is nothing but the unfinished school and hostel buildings.

“Like other advanced districts of state, East Kameng could have also produced many doctors, engineers, officers and other professionals had the school been well equipped with proper infrastructure, including teachers’ quarters,” he said.

He urged govt’s intervention to examine reason for delay in its completion by the construction agency and initiate action for early completion of the construction of the building, so that potential do not suffer.


 “Prospect of trout farming in Arunachal Pradesh”

Deepjyoti Baruah

The trout and salmons are the most important as amateur fishery as well as food fishes of the world. The trout is a member of Salmonidae and the important species cultured all over the world are Salmo trutta fario (brown trout) and Oncorhynchus mykiss (rainbow trout). Trout fisheries are mainly cultured in the upland catchments of many tropical and sub-tropical countries of Asia, East Africa and South America.

The introduction of trout in India was attempted simultaneously in Kashmir in the north and in the Nilgiris in the south by successful transplantation of eyed-ova of brown trout from Great Britain during 1899-1906 through the personal efforts of F. J. Mitchell and other workers. Seeds from Kashmir were then transplanted in all the possible streams and lakes of Kashmir, Gilgit, Abbotabad, Kangra, Kulu, Shimla, Nainital and Shillong.

In Arunachal Pradesh trout practices continue to remain more or less what they were when trout was first introduced in the state. As per recent records, the trout has now been established well in Shergaon of West Kameng district and Nuranang of Tawang district. These hilly districts with low temperature regime offer tremendous scope for trout farming. The species of trout available in the state are considered as high value food fishes and good for sport and recreational fishery. The favourable water temperature ranging from below freezing point to as high as 200 C led to the establishment of the first Trout Hatchery along Nuranang stream at 3,660 m msl in Tawang district, using brown trout seed imparted from Jammu and Kashmir. The incubation period ranges between 90-120 days (breeding season during Oct to Jan). Another hatchery with a production capacity of 50,000 to 1, 00,000 numbers of eyed ova also has been established at Shergaon, West Kameng district, located at an altitude of about 1,954 m msl. Considering its encouraging results in trout seed production and farming, the Department of Fisheries and Fisheries Research Institutes are on the verge of establishment of Regional Coldwater Hatchery Complex at Samtheng in West Kameng district encompassing an area of 300 hectares. Trout seed from the state is also supplied to the neighbouring hill states like Nagaland and Manipur.

The trout is regarded as the best sporting fish of the coldwaters and also as delicious food. In the state Arunachal Pradesh, despite prolonged stocking after its release in upland waters, the trout has not yet come up at par with other cultivable fishes in the high altitudes either in terms of production or from sports point of view. The general concept of trout as a highly expensive fish to cultivate in the farms and as a luxury food beyond the reach of a common man perhaps stranded its dispersal and propagation in other suitable waters in the other districts of the state.

A survey conducted by the Fisheries Specialist from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West Kameng, Scientists from Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (ICAR), Bhimtal and Personnels from the Department of Fisheries revealed that inadequate managerial practices, degraded environment, lack of infrastructure, lack of high quality feeds and awareness are some factors accounted for the set back to the trout fisheries in the state. The trout hatcheries constructed for seed rearing purpose could not give rise to privatization and commercialization of trout farms mainly due to lack of finance and reliability on cost benefit ratio, trained manpower, eco-biological and engineering research. It was observed that the upper reaches of the rivers, streams and natural lakes in the state are still untapped and could be explored for development of trout farming and recreation fisheries.  (The contributor is Subject Matter Specialist (Fisheries). KVK Dirang, West Kameng)


CCFC humiliate Changlang; LDV pip E. Kameng

Tang Memorial Football Tourney

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Apr  27: Defending champion Capital Complex Football Club (CCFC) humiliated  Changlang by 7-0 in their second league match of the 9th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

CCFC shot into lead 33 minutes into the match through Tamuk Taja. Later, Ligang Bongo added three goals, Kipa Tania two goals and Techi Tuka one goal to complete the drubbing..

In another match of the day played between Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) and East Kameng, the former pipped the latter by solitary goal.

The lone goal of the match was netted by T Linggi in 67 minutes.

East Kameng team failed to score mainly due to poor finishing. The team lost to Kurung Kumey in their earlier match played on April 25.

East Siang  will play against Upper Subansiri in a ‘do or die’ match tomorrow at 1.30 pm while Papum Pare will lock horn with Changlang in the second match.

Both East Siang and Changlang teams must win tomorrow’s match to reach the knock out stage as they lost their previous matches.

Hopefully, the first two teams among the losers of the first round would get the opportunity to play in the knock out round.

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