ROING, Apr 12: A start has been made towards normalisation of community relationships
in Roing with the signing of the Joint Roing Declaration on inter community relations
by representatives of the Idu and Adi communities which was facilitated by the Arunachal
Indigenous Tribes Forum. The AITF-led delegation which also consisted of representatives
from human rights organisations and Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union
of Working Journalists held a series of meetings with the communities over two days
and were able to moderate an agreement.
The declaration, while acknowledging that external influences and interventions,
such as cultural contact and cultural assimilation, had deeply undermined the closely
held traditional values among the indigenous peoples vis-à-vis Idu Mishmis and Adis
which had led to inter-tribe distrust and misunderstanding.
The declaration resolved and agreed to condemn the recent violent incidents that
took place on 17th March 20011 in the strongest terms and sought to encourage the
younger generation to make friends with youths of others tribes in the state, thereby
bridging cultural gaps among the various groups of Arunachal.
It stated that both communities have explored together and learnt the root causes
of the conflicts leading to the recent incidents in our state and the linkages between
the different causes. The communities have agreed to address the conflicts for a
It also felt the need for further efforts towards strengthening and improving skills
in conflict resolution and peace building, particularly the skills of listening,
dialogue, cooperation and coordination, development of new ideas and networking.
The resolution also discerned a set of Common Concerns for the need for maintaining
rule of law, restoration of peace and continuation of the peace process initiated
by the AITF.
While fixing responsibility for the restoration of peace, the signatories strongly
felt that extremist elements needed to be restrained under active action of the leaders
of Adi Bane Kebang, Dibang Adi Students Union, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
and All Idu Mishmi Students Union.
The declaration further stated that as the first step towards confidence building
measures for a long term solution of the recurrent trend of mistrust, both the communities
would abide by rule of law and turn in the criminal offenders and agreed that henceforth,
individual criminal offenders will not be sheltered by any community or such cases
will not be made into a communal issue.
The declaration was signed by Kangir Jamoh, President, Adi Bane Kebang, Kelo Pulu,
President, Idu Mishmi Cultural Literary Society, Roing, Bani Danggen, Chief Advisor,
Adi Bane Kebang, Tone Mickro, General Secretary, IMCLS, Mibom Pertin, President,
Adi Bane Kebang, Lower Dibang Valley, Namo Linggi, ZPM, Bassu Perme, District President,
Adi Cultural Literary Society, Leche Mow, Senior Member, IMCLS, Jowar Moyong, Vice-President,
Bogum Bokang Kebang, Paro Molo, Senior Member, IMCLS, Bishen Mepo, Senior Member,
IMCLS, Israel Perme, General Secretary, AdiSU, Gibi Pulu, Anchal Samiti Member. The
declaration was endorsed in solidarity by representatives of the AITF delegation,
comprising of, Bengia Tolum, Chairperson, AITF, Jarjum Gamlin Ete, Vice-Chairperson,
AITF, Pura Guth Tago, Mantu Mossang, Awang Lowang, Dharmawati Mongmaw, Aju Khonjuju
and Sheriff Nimasow. Media representatives, Jarpum Gamlin, President, Arunachal Press
Club and Tongam Rina, President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists as
well as Bamang Tago, Chairman, Arunachal Citizens Rights and Amar Sangno, journalist.
Other signatories included members of the Peace Committee of the AITF, advocates
Tony Pertin and Sunil Mow.
Can we dare to dream?
There are two images that I will carry in my heart for a long time of the visit to
Roing as part of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) peace initiative. Two
young men, one a mere school boy, sharing their stories of how they suffered during
the recent communal clashes between their two communities. The stories were uncomfortably
similar. One’s parents house was vandalized, their life uprooted and forced to shift
away from a place where they hold deep memories. The other, shot in his shoulder
and today, not certain if he will ever recover, not the least because his family
does not have the finances to treat him at Vellore where he has been referred.
Young men who had dreams in their hearts - today caught in the middle of this communal
turmoil. Yours truly still cannot decide if they are poster boys of their communities
or victims of it.
One is shocked by the intolerance that has become a buzzword in the Arunachal that
we live in - we can’t seem to tolerate anyone who is not in our circle. And it is
not just about ethnic or tribal identities. Politicians cannot tolerate RTI activists,
bureaucrats cannot tolerate inquisitive public, businessmen cannot tolerate unaccommodating
officers and factions cannot tolerate another in the same union. As we have moved
on in life, on this path of ‘development’, intolerance has crept into our lives almost
Community and individual aspiration have always been part of our society. We have
heard stories of raids on each other, conflicts and even small scale wars. But there
have always been traditional institutions that have shielded and helped in conflict
resolution. But given new equations, they seem to have lost whatever teeth they have
had and no one seems to care - until the next major crisis!
Today we reach a point when we must realize that without cooperation, things do not
move. Whether it has been resolving incidences of kidnapping, border disputes or
factional rows. Time and again, we have been made to see that we must stand with
We must respect, understand and tolerate the other - if we ourselves are to survive.
The initiative of the AITF is a prime example. A conglomeration of community organizations,
its intervention has shown that it is still possible to nourish our aspirations yet
at the same time give space to others to nourish theirs. In fact, yours truly feels
this is the only way.
What will happen in Roing next is only for the Adi and Idu communities there to decide.
AITF has been a bridge, but to cross it is in their hands and minds. To their credit,
both communities have shown exemplary understanding in the series of meetings that
were held. But will this peace hold? The stories of the two young men point to only
one thing- our young cannot be damned because of our lack of foresight. And this
is not just for Roing but for our state as a whole.
On the way home from the helipad, I saw a girl pillion riding on a bike with a t
- shirt which proudly said “Dare to Dream”. I smiled and yet had to wonder, are we
giving our youth that opportunity?
One last thing, the person whose parent’s house was vandalized is today at the forefront
of the peace efforts. Are we with the likes of him?
AAPSU to hold consultative meeting
on NPF move in state
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) will organize consultative
meeting on 7th May 2011 to discuss about Naga People’s Front (NPF) decision to start
their Arunachal unit. This was decided after meeting of AAPSU executive body held
The 7th May consultative meeting will be held at Banquet Hall, Itanagar and AAPSU
has invited all elected representatives of Tirap and Changlang including MLAs and
Panchayati leaders to participate. AAPSU has also urged all the head of political
parties, civil society group, leading NGOs to join in this marathon discussion. Further
AAPSU has requested all its former presidents and general secretaries to attend the
meeting. AAPSU President Takam Tatung in a release said this meeting is being held
because of NPF decision to start their Arunachal unit. “As this is a serious issue
concerning integrity of Arunachal, we want to discuss it with people of Arunachal
before taking any step. We appeal all the elected representatives of Tirap and Changlang
to attend the meeting so that we also get their views regarding this move by NPF,”
said Takam Tatung. He went on to add, “NPF entry into Arunachal is a serious issue
and in days to come this can have huge repercussion. We want backing of people of
Arunachal to fight against evil design of NPF and hope 7th May meeting will come
out with some effective decision.” AAPSU urged all civil society groups and NGOs
to chip in with their suggestion during the meeting.
AAPSU to shut down NEEPCO Yazali
office for 8 hrs
ITANAGAR, April 12: AAPSU has called 8 hour bandh on 28th April in the premises of
Ranganadi project office, Yazali over non-commitment shown by NEEPCO management towards
demand placed by union on 17th January 2011. AAPSU led by President Takam Tatung
had submitted 10 point memorandum to NK Mao, HOP, NEEPCO, Yazali. The main demands
of union include provision of fund for construction of anti-erosion wall at Licha,
Hawa camp and Kimin area. The other major demands were changing of nomenclature from
Ranganadi to Panior, which is the original name of the River over which the Dam is
being built, fish ladder provision, 5% free power to all the affected villagers,
100% job reservation in C &D categories for the project affected people and 50% reservation
of job in other categories for Arunachalee citizens.
However recently while replying to AAPSU demand NEEPCO officials of RHEP, Yazali
put the onus on state government and higher authority at Shillong to look into those
demands. “We won’t let NEEPCO office function on 28th April. But there will be no
road blockade and all. We are only agitating against NEEPCO authority for non fulfillment
of 10 point memorandum submitted by AAPSU,” said AAPSU President.
Siram inaugurates Water Tank at Runne
PASIGHAT, Apr 12: Education Minister Bosiram Siram visited Runne village, the birth
place of Lt. Dr. Daying Ering, about nine kilometers away from Pasighat on April
11 last and inaugurated the newly constructed 56,000 ltrs capacity water tank. It
was constructed by the PHE department at the cost of Rs. 65.65 lakh under the central
scheme Bharat Nirman. A long pending demand of the villagers to get fresh clean drinking
water has been fulfilled, said the minister on the occasion.
Later, a public meeting was also organized at the village Dere (Community Hall) by
the villagers under the chairmanship of DC Onit Panyang. Siram and Rtd. IAS Officer
Oshong Ering graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
Addressing the gathering, Siram said developmental activities need to be taken on
war-footing in his constituency. He further said that he is making all out efforts
to ensure that each penny is spent/used honestly and judiciously. Siram further said
that provision of drinking water, electricity, ration, health and educational institutions
are basic necessities and he is working with a goal to provide these amenities.
Responding to the memorandum submitted by the villagers for up-gradation of Runne
Primary School (Estd.1965) the minister directed the DDSE to examine the matter.
Siram called on the people to join hands to make Arunachal an educated state in the
country. On his part, he assured his best efforts towards this mission and informed
that the education department is trying its best to enhance school infrastructures
like buildings, boundary fencing, teachers’ quarters, etc besides emphasizing on
vocational education for students.
Reiterating the hydropower as the backbone of State economy, the minister appealed
one and all cooperate the government for revenue earning as well as creation of employment
avenues for the state’s people.
Among others, Er. Tapi Darang, Er. T Tebo, Er K Rina, Er. Tamoli Takoh, DDSE T. Talom,
ZPM Namuk Taloh, Advisor to CM Nanom Jamoh, Anchal Chairperson (Bogong) Y Tamuk and
number of other prominent persons, GBs and villagers were present on the occasion.
NRHM review meeting held
Efforts on to deploy adequate staff in health centres: Byaling
ITANAGAR, April 12: A day long review meeting of NRHM was held at Banquet Hall, here
on April 9. The meeting held under the initiative of Health and Family Welfare
Minister Tanga Byaling, Secretary (Health & FW), Kaling Tayeng, Mission Director
(NRHM) Talem Tapok, and Addl DHS Dr. K. Nishing was attended by DMOs, DRCHOs, DPMs,
District Account Managers, District Community Mobilizers and Programme officers of
Directorate of Health Services took part in the meeting.
Addressing the gathering Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling informed
that all the existing health institutions couldn’t be made functional due to severe
shortage of manpower. There was no possibility of further sanctioning new institutions
or upgrading the existing ones before creating adequate manpower to make the existing
hospitals and health centres fully functional. The minister further said that steps
will be taken this year for adequate manpower to make the Distt Hospitals fully functional.
He told that the Department has redeployed all the Malaria staff before the monsoons.
Similarly, the redeployment of ANMs is on and to overcome the acute shortage of
GNMs, the School of Nursing at Pasighat for GNM with 20 seats would be made functional
from this year using the existing infrastructure.
Reiterating his commitment made to opening of new Blood Banks at Ziro, Tawang, Aalo,
Daporijo, Tezu and Yingkiong, he directed the DMOs to furnish action taken reports
on the inspection reports of GoI within this month. He said that the evening pay
clinic model started to overcome private practice of doctors which was experimented
at GH Naharlagun is quite successful. It must be mandatorily replicated immediately
in GH Pasighat and in District Hospitals by the Jt DHS(T&R) Pasighat and DMOs respectively.
Those Hospitals generating more internal resources for own maintenance will be supported
by proportionate contributions from the Govt, he said. He asked the DMOs and DRHCOs
to ensure that all the quarterly targets set for RCH and training activities must
be achieved 100 per cent before the next review meeting in July.
Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) made a power point presentation highlighting
the performance status of the districts based on latest reports updated on HMIS web
portal and also highlighted the ranking of the districts by GoI based on their performance
report. Further, he also highlighted the activities that need to be implemented in
all the districts during the 1st quarter with immediate effect.
Kaling Tayeng, Secretary (Health & FW) told that online and manual reporting is pathetic
resulting in non reporting of activities even though they are undertaken. This was
in spite of ample contractual manpower starting from Block Accountants to the Distt
Programme Managers with the DRCHOs. He asked the DRHCOs to ensure proper division
of work related to updation and reporting to enable fixing of responsibility on the
contractual staff. The DRCHOs should without fail focus on immunization, health camps,
check ups of pregnant women, consumption of IFA tablets, ORS in diarrhea, new born
children care, institutional deliveries etc which are the goals of NRHM instead
of running around and diverting their energies on civil works which is only a small
component of NRHM and a means to an end. All the targeted activities of the districts
need to be completed on time, he said.
The Addl DHS and MD NRHM asked all DMOs and DRCHOs to ensure that as funds for RCH
activities are available, the set activities be carried out immediately. The concerned
district officials should ensure proper reporting to avoid zero figures. Both of
them said that the focus of NRHM which is to ensure that no Women dies due to pregnancy
issues and no child dies should be targeted by the DMOs and DRCHOs.
All other State Programme Officers also raised their issues. The meeting ended with
Vote of Thanks by the Secretary HFW.
AAYA calls capital bandh
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) has called for a 12-hour
capital bandh on April 15 next in protest against alleged failure of the home minister
to improve law and order situation and deliver justice to the people. It said that
para military and police force, ambulance, milk van, magistrate on duty and media
will be exempted from the purview of the bandh. AAYA said that the HM failed
to deliver justice to the widow of policemen, get the main accused in Daporijo MMS
case arrested and control the prevailing law and order in Tirap and Changlang. It
also alleged violation of recruitment rules while appointing 200 police personnel.
Short delivery could be penalized
upto Rs 25, 000
LM & CA Deptt organizes
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Following the implementation of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 from
1st April last, a team of officers and officials from department of Legal Metrology
and Consumer Affairs organized awareness campaign at different locations of Itanagar
During the awareness campaign special emphasis was laid on general practice of short
delivery by unscrupulous traders due to which consumers do not receive the quantum
of commodities for which a consumer pays for. On the spot arrangements were made
to demonstrate various techniques adopted by unscrupulous traders to deliver commodities
in short through manipulation of weighing and measuring instruments.
General public present were made aware of the relevant provisions of the new Legal
Metrology Act, 2009. Under the provisions of the said Act, short delivery of commodities
would attract penalty upto Rs. 25,000 for first offence and upto Rs. 50,000 or with
6 month imprisonment for subsequent offences. Various types of packaged items like
toys, cosmetics, baby food etc have been exhibited during the campaign. The officers
suggested people to be careful while buying such items in respect of quality, quantity
and potency. Besides, special emphasis was also given on display panel of the commodities
which requires mandatory information like MRP (inclusive of all Tax), net weight/content,
address of manufacturer/packer, date of manufacture, expiry date.
It is mandatory that MRP printed on the items should be inclusive of all taxes. When
MRP is declared on a package, it is the highest price at which the item is to be
sold to ultimate consumer.
At the petrol pump, procedure of delivery was demonstrated by Inspector of Legal
Metrology Itanagar. The public present were suggested to be careful about the meter
reading which should be set at Zero before delivery and in case of any doubt or short
delivery the matter may be informed immediately to respective district units of Legal
The team also inspected a retail outlet of LPG where they arranged public demonstration.
It is mandatory on the part of dealer to deliver LPG cylinder to each and every consumer
after proper weighment. Weight of cylinder at the time of delivery should be net
weight of LPG i.e, 14.2 Kg plus weight of empty cylinder which is invariably written
on the body of cylinder.
Formation of political partiy will create chaos and confusion: ATSU
ITANAGAR, April 12: Stating that it has come to know about the NPF move for formation
of its branches in Arunachal Pradesh only through media, All Tirap Students’ Union
feels that it is not the right time to form new political parties. “We are sure that
common people of Tirap district are in the dark about NPF’s entry into Arunachal
Pradesh. There is no mass movement and also the party has no strong base in the district,”
the Union said.
Tirap district has already beset with plethora of problems. Development activities
have come to a standstill in the district due to prevailing law and order situation.
Now it is time for all the leaders to work unitedly to find a lasting solution of
the insurgency problem, the union said in a release today. It further said that this
is not an appropriate time to form parties which will create only chaos and confusion
in the minds of the people.
The Union further said the political leaders must keep the common people informed
of their plan and policies. They cannot achieve anything without the support and
cooperation of the people.
Saying that Tirap district has suffered enough, the union called upon the leaders
to look for solution to the chronic problem of the district instead of indulging
in formation of new political parties for their own benefits. As a federal unit,
the union also extend support to the stand of AAPSU.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has come out in support of AAPSU and
urged NPF to refrain from starting their Arunachal unit.
In a release ALSU President Tadar Tarish said, “There is no doubt that NPF is communal
political outfit and Arunachalee citizen should not let NPF start their state unit
at any cost.” Further he added, “We are surprised by the silence maintained by state
government and various other political parties regarding NPF issue. Keeping mum on
this issue can demoralize spirit of people. However, NPF need to understand that
ordinary citizens of Arunachal bitterly oppose their entry into state.”
APPDSU decries reappointment
of ARRDA CEO
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Arunachal Pradesh is often called as the land of Khushi-Khushi
for reason that people and government here do not bother about law of the land.
Keeping this spirit of state intact, Rural Works Department (RWD) has appointed K
C Dhimole who had retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arunachal
Road Development Agency (ARRDA) on contract basis for one more year. Disclosing
this All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has termed the decision as
corrupt practise and called upon the state government to immediately revoke this.
According to the documents obtained by APPDSU K C Dhimole had retired on superannuation
with effect from 31/03/2011 as CEO of ARRDA in the office of chief engineer RWD.
However RWD dept in a Govt order vide No. SWRD-29/2005, reappointed him as CEO of
ARRDA on contract basis for one more year with effect from 1st April 2011.
“How can government reappoint K C Dhimole after his retirement from the same post?
Aren’t there any other officers to replace him or he is the only candidate left in
the department to fulfil this post,” questioned APPDSU President Nabam John. Calling
this appointment illegal, APPDSU urged government to remove him at the earliest and
advertise the said post so that truly deserving candidates get chance.
Pong-Tu celebrated at Khonsa, Changlang
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The Pongtu-Tu, the most important festival of the Tutsas was celebrated
at Khonsa on April 11 with enthusiasm and traditional fervour.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Rural Development Minister Takar Marde,
while greeting the people, passionately appealed them to preserve, protect and promote
their rich traditional culture for the coming generations. The minister appreciated
the Tutsas for making sincere efforts to preserve their culture and urged them to
work hard to catch-up with the other tribes. He asked the youth to challelize their
youthful energy towards constructive purposes and come out from the cocoon mindset
and laidback attitude and to work for all-round progress. Guest of honour, Roing
MLA Laeta Umbrey while describing Arunachal as a mini India said that all the tribes
of the state celebrate different festivals at different periods adding that though
the mode of celebrations differs, the spirit behind the celebration is the same.
He exhorted the people not to trample their traditional culture in the name of modernity.
Special guest, Seppa MLA Tani Loffa in his deliberation said that many indigenous
tribal dialects, songs and dances are vanishing forever and asked the Tutsas to leave
no stone unturned to zealously guard their traditional practices for the posterity.
Earlier, in his welcome address, local MLA and chief patron of Pong-Tu celebration
committee Kamthok Lowang highlighted the significance of the festival adding that
Pong-Tu fosters love, peace, unity and prosperity.
The chief guest and the other distinguished guests also witnessed the chicken sacrifice
rituals at the makeshift Paang (dormitory). Pong-Tu folk dance, modern dance and
community feast marked the day long celebration. The Governor and the Chief Minister
of Arunachal extended their Pong-Tu greetings to the Tutsas. Tirap DC,SP,HoDs, Panchayat
leaders and public attended the festival. DIPRO
At Changlang, The Pong-Tu” festival of Tutsa community was celebrated with much
funfair and enthusiasm. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, DC Opak Gao said
the Pong-Tu festival symbolizes strength and vibrancy in the society. He further
said, Changlang district is one of the most peaceful district and people here are
simple and peace loving. He appealed the people to maintain peace and tranquility
for all round development.
Marina Kenglang, ZPM changlang North, the guest of honour, said the culture, tradition
and festival are deep rooted in the mind set of people. She called upon the community
to preserve and promote own identity. She also advised students pursue their study
vigorously to become torch bearer in future.
SP T Amo, who was also Guest of honour, advised the people to keep themselves away
from opium(kani) which is highly harmful to human health. In the past opium was
used for good cause for its medicinal value to cure various ailments. But at present,
people particularly young are using it for wrong purpose which creates bad impact
on physical and mental health. He appealed all to extend support to the civil as
well as police administration to eradicate the social evils and for peace and harmony
in the district.
W. Pongte, former MLA changlang, in his speech said the Pong-Tu is an agricultural
festival. Other attractions of the festival celebration were the melodious drum beating,
cultural programmes and community feast. DIPROs
Bike rally organised to mark Longte
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Longte Festival Celebration Committee in collaboration with Upper
Subansiri DC, Changs Trust and Tamaripa Youth Club has organized Motorcycle Rally
today with a theme – Save Mithun, Save flora and fauna, Save Earth. Around 100
bike riders took part in the rally which was flagged off by chief guest Er. N. Konia,
EE PHED, at Rijo ground, Dapirijo. The rally was specially organized to bring awareness
among people about the need for preserving Mithun and preserve environment. Er. R.C
Sharma was the Guest of honour of the occasion.
Both Konia and Sharma exhorted the gathering to preserve and protect environment
by planting more trees and denouncing mass deforestation.
Addressing the rallyists at Gandhi market, resources person S. Timba, DPO, Daporijo
delivered a vibrant speech on protection and preservation of Mithun as well as birds
Biru Nasi, former General Secretary, AUSDSU was the resource person at Dumporijo.
He also stressed upon conservation of flora and fauna. Damik Game, Chairman Tamaripa
Youth Club also stressed on preservation of environment. “Our people are being blessed
with abundant flora and fauna and it should be used judiciously. It is high time
we need to preserve and protect birds, animals and forest or else what happened in
Japan may happen here also”, he said. Rago Duchok, secretary of the festival led
the bikers and expressed deep concern about ecological imbalance.” Rampant killing
of wild animals is a great threat to ecology and people should realize this sooner,
Administration urged to intervene to lift road blockade
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Inter-district boundary dispute took ugly turn as some miscreants
reportedly imposed road blockade at Rupong-Bobia bridge point area along Seppa-Sagalee-Yazali-Itanagar
The road blockade has created a feeling of insecurity among the commuters as a number
of minor incidents have been reported since the road blockade was imposed on April
8, according to All East Kamend District Students’ Union (AEKDSU).
Criticizing the Sagalee ADC and Leporiang CO for being a mute spectator to the development,
AEKDSU urged the authorities concerned to act tough against the sponsor of the road
blockade to bring normalcy to the area.
Describing the road blockade as undemocratic, XII-Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum demanded
the authorities concerned to clear the road immediately, or else, the forum would
launch democratic movement.
It appealed to all civil societies including Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students’
Union (ANSU) and panchayat leaders to intervene into the matter for greater interest
of people of both the district.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) urged various
engineering/work departments to float advertisements of all vacant posts of draughtsman,
surveyor and junior engineers immediately.
It also urged the authorities concerned of the newly created technical branch in
education department to maintain the 50:50 ratio as per the recruitment rule.
Varma visits Tawang
TAWANG, Apr 12: Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Union Ministry of MSME arrived at Tawang
today on a two-day official visit to the district.
Just after arrival, he had a brief interaction with district officers in the circuit
House. Later, Varma inspected Industries Office and Emporium and visited Manjushree
Vidhyapeeth Orphanage and Tawang Monastery and interacted with school children and
He will be leaving for Guwahati tomorrow after visiting P T Tso lake and Tawang War
AARCA calls for transparency
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) today appealed
the State Govt to maintain transparency in the process of inviting tenders and
distribution of contract works. It said that mandatory guidelines must be followed
while inviting tender for execution of projects under MLA or MP Local Area Development
Fund Schemes and Special Plan Assistance.
Demanding white paper on performance and utilization of fund, AARCA alleged that
the powerful politicians and bureaucrats have been carrying out contract works in
the name of others. Such practice deprived the genuine contractors and also affects
the quality of works, it said.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Lower Subansiri district unit of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) will
celebrate 4th Nyishi Day on April 19 at Dullungmukh.
Dullungmukh ZPM Nido Tor heads the celebration committee as chairman while MLAs Nido
Pavitra and Likha Saaya are the chief patrons.
6 houses gutted in fire
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: At least six houses were gutted in a devastated fire at Dumporijo,
Upper Subansiri district at around 12.50 noon on April 11. This was informed by
Madde Kangu, Chairman, Indigenous Mission, Dumporijo in a release today.
The fire engulfed the houses, destroyed properties and devoured domestic animal
before the fire brigade reached from Damprijo, the release said. However, there
is no report of human casualty. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The
Indigenous Mission requested the authorities to provide fire brigade facilities in
Dumporijo to check and prevent frequent fire mishap.
People cautioned not to touch live wire
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The department of power, Capital electrical division has informed
that newly constructed 11 KV high voltage distribution system (HVDS) line along both
side of NH-52 from Mithun gate to PHQ, Chandan Nagar is ready for charging with
11000 volts electricity at any day after April 15. The department cautioned the public
not to climb to the poles or touch the overhead conductors or the electrical equipment
connected directly or directly. Department shall not be responsible for any loss
or consequence after the order issued.
VIF to organize 2 day national seminar
Itanagar, Apr 12:. Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) in coordination with
Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Chapter will organize a two-day national level seminar
at the Banquet Hall, here on April 16 and 17. The seminar will focus on the socio-economic,
political, cultural transitions, environmental aspects of this border state.
The seminar will also dwell on the implications and its solutions. It will also witness
a host of scholars and experts from various field including Vijay Kapoor, former
Lt. Governor of Delhi and Admiral K.K. Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff
and the Chairman of VIF Trust.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The rumour of a blanket ban on selling of tobacco products like
gutka, pan masala etc. in Capital Complex has encouraged black market trade.
In fact, selling of such tobacco products have been prohibited within a radius of
100 meters of various educational institutions and hospitals by district administration,
clarified Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA). The order did not impose any
ban on selling of such items by those shops which do not fall within the prohibited
jurisdiction; and they can sell such items without any hesitation, it added.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) deeply mourned the sudden demise
of ASM Binjum Bame at his native village Tene yesterday. Bame was the Anchal Samity
Member (ASM) of Tene-Sido-Sipu anchal segment under East Siang district.
He left behind his wife, two sons a daughter.
Late Tene was actively involved in grassroot politics and various other social activities.
His death is a great loss to society, RBWS said in a condolence message.
The RBWS fraternity conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and
prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Taring Tanam, Charu Talo and Biki Tapang have been appointed as
president, vice-president and general secretary of Chambang block unit under Kurung
Kumey district unit of ASSATA.
This is with reference to the letter “We are whistleblower” (April 11). I am really
very much hurt by the content of the letter. Many deprived and exploited fellow of
Arunachalees including me have really over expected from the SAF (Save Arunachal
Forum). Very need of the hours is good leaders and organizations who can lead the
depressed and browbeaten denizen of our state to fight against corruption. I am sure
thousands of unemployed and frustrated youths of our state will stand by them who
dare to lead the fighting against corruption.
Anyone can unearth the illegal appointment and malpractices by the authority through
the RTI, hence SAF has not done anything worthy till date. But, by reading the letter
of the president, SAF, I feel that the only difference between common man and SAF
is that the SAF is misusing the terms ‘Save’ and ‘Arunachal’. They term themselves
as ‘whistleblower’. From this point of view, the SAF should be renamed as ‘Arunachal
whistleblower Forum’ which is very much suitable for them.
Let’s stand together against Corruption
We exist in the era of corruption. A corruption certified as justifiable by highly
qualified and experienced bureaucrats and politicians who are supposed to lead the
nation. They ride on the ignorance of the poor and the downtrodden citizens of the
country. They are dignified as officers and leaders by the citizens of the country
yet they pocket every paisa that comes in the form of schemes and funds meant for
the development of the public. The people elected leaders and bureaucrats amass lion
share of the wealth of the country to become billionaires overnight leaving the third-fourth
majority of the citizens to perish in hunger and poverty.
Nothing strange to have known that the Political & Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd
(PERC) Hong Kong-based business consultancy firm rated India at 8.67 on a scale 10
with the high end being the worst case of corruption scenario. The stories of corruption
is an unending chapter once unfolded to speak of as the daily papers and television
news channels tells it each day. Anyone will feel ashamed of being citizen of this
corrupted nation as the world recognized and rates it. But worse is being citizen
of the State where the practice of corruption is in no way lesser than the Central.
Thousands of cases of corruption practiced by the bureaucrats and politicians in
the State of Arunachal Pradesh are unearthed. But cases of corruption wide circulated
through daily newspapers and news channels are enough for any knowledgeable individual
to learn how corrupted our leaders and officers who are suppose to lead the state
along the path of genuine progress and development at every sphere. We live in the
era of corruption least checked by corruption free concern authorities of the government
if is exists at all. The PDS scam with no substantial result up-to-date, the 2000
illegal appointments in various Govt. Dept., the MMS scandal at Daporijo Police Station
to mention a few. It is not mandatory for leaders and officers of the State of Arunachal
Pradesh to follow the system of corruption practiced in elsewhere of the Country.
Today leaders of our State are setting such an evil trend of corruption if too late
this trend can never be changed and the backwardness of the state remains from bad
to worse. The hard reality of corruption is right through in every department of
the State. It would be a rare of the rarest case to learn of a citizen of the state
getting recruited to his/her desired job on pure merit basis. In most of the cases
individual get job on high payment of bribery to officers concern to get the paper
works before his/her appointment to the concern post. Like-wise today most of the
registered Non-Voluntary Organizations and Civil Societies are helpless in getting
funds and grants from Govt. Dept for various developmental activities just because
they are not able to pay the commissions as demanded by the concern dealing officers
of the departments. Crores of money gets sanctioned every financial year to various
state ministries for development and expansion of Educational Institutions, Health
Centres, Roads and Rural Development but where does the funds get exhausted when
visible developmental works are not seen by the general public citizens of the state.
Corruption can be compared to the incurable disease cancer which gradually but steadily
eats up every tissues (wealth) of the nation. This disease of cancer can be got rid
of if the leaders and officers of the state begins to give up their manned selfish
interest and perform their role and responsibilities. Genuine development of the
state and upliftment of the poor will become a reality only and if the present designated
officers and people’s elected representatives dare to stop practices of corruption
at all level.
A wake up call to all NGOs, Civil Societies, Associations, Organizations and Forums
as the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill) has taken strong stand on India
against Corruption led to initial victory by Anna Hazare an anti-corruption crusader
of our time. Series of scams involving politicians and bureaucrats at highest places
has shaken the conscience of the nation. Despite public outcry, no worthwhile investigations
are going on in any one of them. This is because of several systematic deficiencies
in our anti-corruption. The fight for Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed in the Indian
Parliament is a campaign with no alignment to or against any political party. This
campaign is against the background that every political party has misused their position
whenever they have been in power or otherwise. Therefore, it is time that the citizens
of this country unite to demand systematic changes. Changes that will punish the
guilty and recovery the money. We are also victims of corruption for it’s our money
too. Let’s be there to stand for our state against all forms of corruption.
R. K. Paul Chawang
We need more Anna Harazes
Hats off to Anna Hazare and his brigade for their relentless crusade against corruption.
The nation-wide support for the modern day Mahatma’s movement reflects the common
citizen’s abhorrence for corruption, who wants to make a change. A change towards
corruption free nation and better future for the posterity. We need more Anna Hazares,
who can ignite the energy of the country men to uproot the menace of corruption,
so, that the nation is saved from doom.
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