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Court directs cancellations of LPC in reserved forest area, questions govt

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: The Itanagar Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng District, to pass necessary orders cancelling Land Possession Certificate (LPC) issued in favor of the Maya Dolo within a period of 30 days. This verdict came yesterday after a writ petition was filed by residents of Golosso in Seijosa, East Kameng against granting of LPC in and around notified Reserved Forest to Maya Dolo, Panchayat leader and wife of former Deputy Chief Minister without following laid down norms.

The land for which LPC were issued were owned by petitioners and others  as customary forest land within the traditional and customary boundaries of the village for seasonal use of cultivation.

Ten LPC was given to  Dolo covering an area of 36.88 hc during 2007-2008 who later donated it to tourism dept in 2008 to undertake a project for construction of a tourist lodge at Golosso village near Phakui wild life sanctuary.

The Court cannot close its eyes and ears to protect the unprivileged and disadvantaged tribesmen like the petitioners who are not in a position to establish their right and interest. The State must provide protection to these people under the provisions of 2006 Act which has recognized the rights of the forest dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, which has come into force with the publication of the same in the official gazette of the Govt. of India on 2nd January, 2007, the verdict read. The Government is bound to consider the applications if so submitted by the petitioners, for protecting their rights and privileges under the said Act. It is the duty of the Government to inform and educate the indigenous tribal people dwelling in the forest about their rights granted under the said Act and to take necessary measure so as to enable them to enjoy the rights and privileges, the verdict read.

The Court however said that Government may, if so advised, consider granting the LPCs to  Dolo and others under the strict provisions of 1980 Act and 2006 Act and office memorandum No. LR-31/84 dated 19-12-1988 and memo No. KDI29/99/TECH/1819 dated 06-08-2007.

The Court has further questioned the state government whether it sought the prior approval of Central Government  for construction of Tourist Lodge inside or near Pahkui Wild Life Sanctuary as required. The state government or any authority cannot escape from obtaining such prior approval for using the Reserved Forest particularly for Non Forest Purpose.

Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned Rs 33.651 lacs for development of Tourism infrastructure near Wild Life sanctuary of which Rs 269.21 lacs was released. Government had selected a site which was found not suitable due to erosion of Flood and the Tourism project is yet to take off in the area. The details however could not be ascertained from the Tourism department.

The court has further decided to send a copy of the judgment to Ministry of Environment and Forest for necessary action.  


Horticulture sector need to improve: Ngandam

ZIRO, Apr 8: Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam  said that ‘in spite of implementation of central sponsored schemes, there is still more to do to improve horticulture sector”,  adding there is urgent need to link scientific knowledge for more improvement.

He said this during an interaction with the officials and officers of Lower Subansiri district during his official tour to Ziro on April 6 last.

We need to innovate   technologies that is cheap, affordable for the benefit of common farmers, he added.

He called upon the Govt officials to work hard and put sincere effort to harness horticulture potentiality of the state. He also visited kiwi, apple, large cardamom, orange gardens of many progressive farmers and also interacted with some of the farmers and suggested them to cooperate with the technical personnel so that they can obtain higher productivity.

While interacting with the field officials on the ongoing central scheme, technical mission, the minister highlighted the huge potential of horticulture in the district.

During his visit, he praised the people of the Ziro valley as one of the hardest working tribes of the state and said that our state is gifted by nature with vast geographical area with varied agro-climatic condition suitable for horticulture products. He also appreciated the present performance of horticultural activities in the district.

Later, the minister visited Hong village and interact with local people.


Marde calls for strict monitoring of RD schemes

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Rural Development Minister Takar Marde yesterday called upon the Vigilance and Monitoring Committees to ensure proper implementation of rural development programmes through field visit.

Presiding over the 4th state level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting  on the implementation of Rural development programmes here yesterday, the minister emphasized that the selection of schemes as well as beneficiaries should be in term of eligibility and apolitical. He further insisted for development of inter-departmental coordination, exploring possibility of dovetailing RD programmes with others, creation of public awareness in order to ensure the benefit percolates down to the targeted group.  

RD Commissioner Tape Bagra dwelt upon different problems in implementation process. He emphasized that open mind attitude be adopted and there should be coordinated approach for achievement of the objectives of rural development both in quality and quantity.

RD director Jokey Angu outlined the objectives of having the Vigilance and Monitoring Committees at different levels and need of conducting regular meetings.  He enlightened the house about the different on-going programmes under Rural Development sector.

PHED and WS secretary Tomi Ete emphasized the need for taking up projects in integration of resources of the departments, while PHED chief engineer T Ketan highlighted the target and achievement of drinking water supply schemes in the state.  Director, CCDU (PHED) A N Singh explained the implementation of sanitation programme, RWD SE D Nyodu spoke on implementation of PMGSY scheme in the state and Social Welfare director R T Riba highlighted various welfare programmes implemented by her department.  APSCW chairperson K Mossang stressed on public awareness.

Land management deputy director R Jini informed that National Land Records Modernization programme (NLRMP) is yet to be started due to non-receipt of fund from Centre, according to an official release.


Stage set for 5th National Hydro power convention

TAWANG, Apr 8: The two day  5th National Hydro Power Convention would start from April 9 in Tawang. The two-day National convention will be first of its kind in the state as well in the Northeast. Organised by India-Tech in collaboration with government of Arunachal Pradesh, the much talked convention is expected to be attended by over 130 delegates from various part of the country.

           Host of high ranking dignitaries representing various states of the Northeast region including delegates from Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) and the Independent Private Power Developers are thronging the venue.

While Bharatsingh Solanki, Minister of State (Power) Government of India will be arriving here tomorrow to attend the conference, Pulalthanzara, Parliamentary Secretary to Mizoram Chief Minister has already landed here today.

H S Brahma, Secretary Power, ministry of power government of India, A K Bajaj, Chairman CWC along with NHPC CMD S K Garg and NEEPCO CMD S C Sharma are also attending the conference.

State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while personally monitoring the whole arrangement is leaving no stone unturned to make the convention a grand success. This morning he visited the Kalawangpo Convention hall where the programme is scheduled and gathered detailed information about the arrangements. Tawang district administration under the command of DC Gamli Padu is putting all out effort to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the national convention despite limited resources. Under his directions, information centres have been set up in various vital junctions so as to provide every possible information and guidance to the visiting delegates. From the state government’s end apart from the chief minister, Power (elect) Minister Jarbom Gamlin, parliamentary secretary Hydro Power R T Khunjuju, Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya, Chairman Hydro Power Corporation A.P. Tapen Siga, MLA Alo Libang, Principal Secretary Power H K Paliwal, Secretary Power Tumke Bagra, Chief Engineers and host of officers are attending the conference.  (PRO TO CM)


BRTF royalty touches Rs. 86.46 lacs

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: 44 BRTF Authority said that royalty against firewood, sand and boulders to the tune to Rs. 86.46 lacs has been paid during last 2 financial years. BRTF authorities said that correct royalty payment has been made despite non allotment of separate quarries by Mineral & Mining department which is involving extra financial burden to BRTF. As there is virtually no control of govt. machineries on these sand and  boulder quarries, locals extract additional money from BRTF for sand and boulders collected, a official release said.

Matter has been repeatedly reported to concerned district authorities by 44 BRTF, but matter remains unresolved it said while adding that royalty collected from  private stone crusher owners, contractors, builders working and extracting minerals in large scale in West Siang district private/ public institutions be brought to public notice.


Nandini Paliwal takes charge as Papum Pare DC

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: A 2003 batch IAS officer Nandini Paliwal assumed the office of the Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare district at Yupia yesterday. Paliwal relieved Bidol Tayeng who has been posted to Kurung Kumey district as Deputy Commissioner. After assuming the charge, Paliwal had a brief interaction with the administrative and other head of officers. She called upon them to work with sincerity and dedication for the welfare of the people and development of the district.

She also sought the cooperation of the officers and officials of the District administration and other departments in discharging her duties smoothly.

She had served the state in various capacities as Deputy Commissioner East Siang, Special Secretary (Personnel and Vigilance) and Registrar of Cooperative Society. (DIPRO)


APCC condemn killing of security personnel in Chattisgarh

ITANAGAR, Apr 8:  Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today vehemently condemned the massacre of 76 CRPF and policemen in the worst ever attack by the Naxalites in Chattisgarh on April 6 last.

Terming the incident most shocking, unfortunate and cowardice act of Naxalite, APCC urged upon the union home minister to deal with the matter with iron hand. The committee urged upon the people not to panic while appealing for cooperation with the state Govt and district administration to fight all forms of terrorism and violence.

Meanwhile, the rank and file of the APCC condole the death of security men, salute them for their sacrifice for the cause of the nation, and pray for eternal peace of the departed soul and early recovery of the injured personnel.

Respite from rain


Dear Editor,

The people of this hilly district have heaved a sigh of relief with the rain gods giving some respite after a heavy downpour since 1st March which makes it 37 days. The people of the district were reminded of the Biblical days of "Noah and his Ark" when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. As the people woke up to the bright sunlight yesterday morning it took another day to confirm the reality of the warm sunlight as it was an unbelievable sight.

   Out of its eight circles, six have been cut off with landslides and the roads being washed away at various places. Though the GREF forces are on a war footing to restore the roads it would take some time to restore the roads as informed by the GREF officials. Kudos to the electrical department who have restored the erratic power supply from its Teepani Hydel which had been disrupted due to the rains. The district also lost four of its members with two cases of motor accidents, one electrocution and one drowning during the short period.

   The district administration who are in full gears to go out for the ensuing Census works were a worried lot with the incessant rains and the disruption of normal life. All arrangements have been made for buffer stocking of the essential food items and it’s just time which will tell if the rain gods have really given a bright smile for the people of this area.


T.R. Tapu

Circle Officer

Hayuliang (on email)




English and us!


Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the remark passed by MLA Laeta Umbrey wherein he had said that during visits to Government English Medium Schools, in his district all meetings with teachers were conducted in Hindi because these teachers can’t speak English, which was published in your esteemed daily on March 20-under the headline ‘Arunachal Pradesh Education Bill passed’ sub-heading ‘Heard today’.

Official language for communication/correspondence in government offices, etc. in Arunachal is English. Also, the medium of instruction for all the government schools, and other leading public/private schools in Arunachal is English. However, the state of English literacy – both spoken and written – among common Arunachalees is pathetic. English as a language in Arunachal has limited its reach among, either the rich and powerful or the highly educated ones. Consciously or unconsciously, knowledge of English is being projected just as a sign of sophistication among the movers & shakers of the society, which is in bad taste. The point which is being missed is that the English being the most powerful language in the world today, its proper knowledge can lead common Arunachalees, or for that matter the state of Arunachal to the great heights. Whatever profession one may choose to pursue, knowledge of English language has always found to be an added advantage in today’s world. It’s a known fact that China has left India behind in almost all kind of industrial developmental activities. However, India could beat China in BPO sector, software sector, etc. only due to the presence of huge number of highly educated English speaking technocrats in India. If not for linguistic chauvinism of China, India would have been trailing behind in these sectors too. With English being the medium of instruction in all the government and other leading public/private schools in Arunachal, the sight of average Arunachalees sweating over this language in various competitive examinations is really heartrending (English is a compulsory separate/independent paper in all the major competitive examinations of this country).

The role of teachers, particularly in elementary schools, is of outmost importance if some change in above scenario is desired. Preference should be given to those possessing proper knowledge of English language during the recruitment process of teachers for all subjects in the state henceforth. Although the damage has already been done, as a remedial measure, an exhaustive in service training programme may be arranged for the serving teachers involving the DIETs of the state. Above all, necessary care may be taken to ensure proper impartation of English language in rural schools to bridge the prevailing rural-urban divide insofar as English literacy is concerned.

With discussion on ‘Arunachal Pradesh Education Bill’ becoming a hot topic among various stake-holders currently, it’s high time the above matter be given its due importance for incorporation of necessary clauses, etc. in its subsidiary bills to encourage and propagate the English language in entire state. Or, altogether a separate bill may also be passed, if necessary.

Least any misunderstanding be created with any Arunachalee due to above writing, I would like to make it loud and clear that what I am trying to emphasize upon is only proper impartation of English language, and certainly not the English culture. Indigenous tradition and culture of the Arunachal tribesmen is too rich to be traded with any other culture of the world.

Lastly, as a passing remark, I would like to say that the demand of various students’ bodies for renaming of RGU into Arunachal University is very much genuine as the nomenclature ‘Arunachal University’ will be in better synch with the Arunachalee ethos than any other nomenclature for the lone university of this state.


John Tayeng

( on email )


Customers question the elitist attitudes of Banks

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: In the last few years various multinational banks have open their branches in Arunachal with promises of extending helping hand to the local citizens in their hour of needs. Citizens who flocked to open new accounts in these banks in the hope for better returns have gone through tough ordeal and believe that banks do not care for those people who really need help.

People from every walks of life stated that banks do lot of partiality in extending various services including all important loan facilities on the basis of status of particular customer in the society. Some of the citizens who had bitter experience while trying to avail loan facilities reveal that these banks act discriminately against people from lower strata.

“Most of the banks come up with different advertisements in newspapers informing public about various facilities provided by them. They also speak about easy loans provided to ordinary citizens at the lowest rate. But things are quite different if one look into ground reality,” says one citizen. Further he added, “Majority of the banks provide loan to only those people who have money and can guarantee them of return.  Poor people like us who dream of starting a new business never get any loan as bank doubt our integrity, thinking we won’t pay back the money and thus depriving us from availing any loan facilities.”

Another citizen who faced many hurdle to get loan tells that attitude of many banks smack of elitism. “In our state banks grant loan to only elite section of society. If poor people like us try to make use of loan facilities, we are asked to go through many official procedures and process is so lengthy that by the time money is sanctioned, very purpose for which one applies loan gets defeated.”  

While citizens complain about the lackadaisical attitude of financial institutions, bank authorities too have their side of story for being cautious in regard to granting loan.

While talking to this reporter, one of the senior managers of a reputed bank of state capital informed that their past experiences have made them to exercise restraint in the matter of providing loan. “There is a heavy backlog of people not returning money they took on loan. I have been told by my bosses that until these mess is cleared, no new loan should be granted,” told the manager, who wished to remain anonymous.

Banks may have certain valid points in justifying their acts but citizens believe that they (banks) are paying for their own mistakes. “In the past they had offered loans to many rich people and most of them could not pay back their loan amount. It’s an excuse on the part of bank to hide their mistakes,” told a resident of Itanagar.

As state is witnessing new wave of entrepreneurship, it is hoped that banks will treat all its customers in equal terms.


Father hands over son to Police

CHANGLANG, Apr 8: In one of the incidences of its kind, a father handed over his own son to the police for possession of drugs.

The accused, Latang Kipa was arrested on charges of drug possession and consumption after receipt of a written complaint from his father Kipa Talar, 63, a retired SSB employee of Upper Miao.

On the day of the arrest Talar on checking his son's jacket discovered a small paper packet containing white powder substance weighing 2 gm approx. with partially burnt silver foil and 6 numbers of cigarettes. On enquiring out of curiosity, his daughter-in-law revealed that it was drugs and her husband has been using it often.

Kipa Talar without a second thought handed over his son to cops.

Police seized the suspected drugs with some other articles which were produced by the complainant.

The accused has been booked under C/No 22/10 U/S 27 NDPS ACT at Miao Police station, Changlang District.

The district administration appreciating  extra-ordinary step by the father would reward him Rs. 5, 000 along with a Commendation Certificate.  Changlang Deputy Commissioner, Dr S B Deepak Kumar, exhorted that the drug menace can only be eradicated by the active involvement of public and vigilant parents. (DIPRO)


Dabi discusses recruitment rally of Arunachal Scout Regiment with Army Authorities

NAHARLAGUN, Apr 8: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi has discussed holding of the recruitment rally of Arunachal Scout Regiment with the Lt. Gen N.K Singh, GOC 3 Corps, Dimapur and Maj. Gen. B.S.Sachar, 2 Mountain Div, Dinjan yesterday.  

Appreciating the Army’s endeavor for the ongoing recruitment rally taking place at Jorhat, Assam from April 8-25, Dabi requested the senior Army Generals to hold the recruitment rally at Aalo, Pasighat, Roing, Jairampur, Itanagar (Indira Gandhi Park), Bhalukpong/Chardwar to facilitate all the energetic youths of the State to take part in the recruitment rally. The Home Minister further requested the Army Generals of Dimapur and Dinjan to widely publicize the upcoming recruitment rally through radio, newspapers, television, and fax message with the assistance of district and Police administration. The Army have agreed to accommodate the request of the Arunachal Pradesh government in the matter, the home minister divulged.

He further said that during the security meeting held in the Banquet hall on April 2 last chaired by the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the Lt. Gen. N.K.Singh, GOC 3 Corps, Dimapur was requested to look into the height aspect of Arunachal tribal youths reducing up to 5 ft. from the prescribed height.

The Union Home Minister opined that 5 ft. height may be made the criteria for Arunachal Pradesh tribal youths while recruiting the Arunachal Scout Regiment, Dabi claimed.  (DIPR)


State BJP leaders take part in zonal rally

ITANAGAR, Apr 8:  Altogether 90 BJP  leaders  from Arunachal Pradesh including state BJP Legislature party leader  Tamiyo Taga, MLAs  Tapen Siga and Dr. Tangor Tapak also state BJP president  took part in the  Northeast states zonal rally at Guwahati on April 5. The rally was organized in protest against soaring price rise all over the country.

BJP national president  Nitin Gadkari, Vice President, Bijoya Chakravorty (MP), former MP  and national BJP secretary Tapir Gao, MPs  Rajen Gohain  and Ramen Deka, among others, addressed the rally.

A delegation of Arunachal Pradesh BJP including Dr. Tangor Tapak, Tamiyo Taga, Tapen Siga, state General Secretaries Tai Tagak and Domini Tadar, Vice Presidents Padmeswari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii, State BJP Yuva Morcha President, Doni Nich and Senior party leader Bai Gadi also took part in the meeting of the North East states core committees held after the public rally.

The meeting reviewed the organizational and overall political situations of the NE and adopted various measures to address the areas that the party  and respective states confronting with.

 While addressing the core committee meeting, Gadkari called upon the party leaders of the region not to compromise with the truth and value- based politics adopted by the party.

While expressing his confidence over the party workers in the region, he said “We need discipline and sincerity with the time and see the things happening.”

Meanwhile,  the Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha,  Sushma Swaraj has appointed Bijoya Chakraborty as the Prabhari MP for states of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, informed state BJP in a release.


APPSU for NIT in Jote

ITANAGAR, Apr 8:  All Papum Poma Student’s Union (APPSU) has expressed surprise over  reported recent cabinet decision to declare  the reserved forest area of Bhalukpong town into de-reserve area, which also falls under all important elephant corridor. Union claims that these steps which have been taken for establishing a National Institute of Technology (NIT) can cause serious damage to ecological system of state.

Further APPSU added that other proposed site for NIT which is Jote village does not fall under reserve forest and is best suited for setting up such an important institute keeping in mind its proximity towards capital city. Union also informed that land donors have already submitted no objection certificate in this regard to Director, Technical and Higher Education, to make matter easy for government to set up new NIT at Jote.  


MLA’s working strategy lauded

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: The Panchayat leaders and intellectuals of Chayangtajo constituency  lauded the working strategy of MLA Karya Bagang  and said that the PR leaders and people of the constituency are witnessing first socio-economic development after 35 years.

A group of  32  PR leaders, public leaders and  intellectuals under Sawa, Chayangtajo, Pipu  circles in a jointly signed release said   that within a short time of her tenure she brought in development in education, infrastructure and health sectors. They further said that they are happy with the implementation of the BADP schemes.  This year all the schemes taken up under BADP  have covered all  the area of the block  and being implemented on the direction of respective executing agency, the release added.


EKKA congratulates Menu and Jomoh

Seppa, Apr 8:   The East Kameng Karate-Do-Association (EKKA) congratulated Nobin Jomoh and Menu Sangno, for their medal winning performance at the 23rd AIKF senior national Karate-Do-championship which held in Chennai last month. Sangno and Jomoh were trained by Away Dolo who also heads EKKA.

The association congratulated four other medal winners and Arunachal Karate-Do-Association president Lika Tara, general Secy. L. Marik and SAI coach Sensei S.D. Sharma for achieving such a height despite all odds. (DIPRO)


Health camp organized

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: A day-long health camp was organized by RK Mossang Memorial Society at Longlung village under Changlang district recently for the rural masses under Targeted Intervention Programme on FSWs and IDUs. Dr. P Tangha along with NGO staff conducted the health camp where 52 villagers were provided with free medical treatment.


NSUI foundation day

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Minister Health and Family Welfare Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary for Civil Supply Lokam Tassar have consented to attend the 39 NSUI Foundation Day Celebration at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar.


ASM question incomplete road project

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Yachuli Anchal Samity Member Tayo Nibing  claimed that only 4 km of the total 40 km New Loath to Chambang road under  RIDF scheme has been executed and while an amount of Rs 5.12 crore have been released.

Total cost of the 40 km road project was Rs 8.11 crore and agreement was also reached to complete the road within 18 month, Nibing further claimed and added that the agreement expired in March last and the construction of the road has not been completed. He appealed the Govt to look into the matter and take appropriate action.  


Private schools meet

Itanagar: 3rd General Conference of All Arunachal Private Schools Association will be held at Don Bosco School, Jully on April 10 next.  A large number of heads of private schools from all over the State are expected to attend   the Conference and discuss elaborately on imparting quality education to the children of Arunachal.  Education Minister Bosiram Siram, will address the participants.

The Conference will also be an occasion for training for the Principals on Stress Management and Educational Leadership.  The resource persons will be Dr. Pawan Jain from Lucknow and Rev. Dr. Mathew from Shillong.  


Rongali Bihu

ITANAGAR: Minister RD and Panchayat Raj Takar Marde and Chairmen, Arunachal Pradesh Building and other construction workers welfare board Jalley Sonam have consented to attend the Rangali Bihu celebration cum New Year festival of Assamese community at Mopin Solung ground Itanagar on April 14.

Cultural troops from Assam and capital complex will perform Bihu and there will also be Bihu Dance competition on the occasion informed festival committee.


Society calls for action

ITANAGAR: Kameng and Tawang District Development Society have called for strong action towards three boys alleged to have beaten a Geologist working with Patel Engineering to death on March 31. It further called for deployment of security personnel within the premises of Hydro Power developers throughout the district.   

The Geologist is reported to have died after being severely beaten up by three local boys of Rahung. Two more employees who were beaten up are currently undergoing treatment in Tezpur.

The Society further thanked SP West Kameng Palden for his prompt action in arresting the boys.  


DHO reacts

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: District Horticulture Office informed that items procured under Technology Mission 2009-2010 in Papum Pare were distributed to most HDOs. It said that Tana Tagung Tara, ZPM Leporiang was an applicant for supply of Horticulture inputs but he did not turn up on stipulated date to produce his original documents before a Board. Tara had yesterday called for spot verification of the Government Store alleging that items procured were not supplied to Circles in the district which was published in this daily.  The DHO further informed that information were given to Tara earlier as well regarding expenditure detail of Rs 16,16,250 after he filed an RTI.


Float tender

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Bana Area Development Committee has called on the state government to float tender for all major road and bridge projects in the state. It said that this will ensure early completion of projects. It further said funds are often misappropriated and in some places roads and others schemes are never completed.


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