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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Hayuliang (on email)
English and us!
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
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.
( on email )
Customers question the elitist attitudes of Banks
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
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 accused has been booked under C/No 22/10 U/S 27 NDPS ACT at Miao Police station,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
The Society further thanked SP West Kameng Palden for his prompt action in arresting
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
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.