Illegal appointments should not be allowed to continue
I thank this esteemed daily "the Arunachal Times" for publishing my letter to president
AAPSU and also to the President AAPSU for responding to my letter. I always look
on to the AAPSU as strong and support based student organization and indeed, I’m
proud to see them play role of opposition party in absence of later.
Dear president AAPSU, I could feel the situation you faced as you described in your
letter and also of them (illegal appointees) if their service are terminated. But
my point of contention is how long would such illegal appointment continue and what
AAPSU is doing to check such grave practice of nepotism and favouritism. Had this
practice been fought against strongly in earlier instance by AAPSU, I'm sure illegal
appointment of more than 2000 would not have happened today. The silent of yesterday
is having effect today and in fact AAPSU need not to have succumbed to undue pressure
whatsoever. It is good you have advised student to be sincere and hard working taking
example of Sarah Enung Borang and her success of cracking APPSC exam despite belonging
to poor family. In the meantime, I hope that AAPSU would fight to ensure equality
of opportunity to all the students.
The big question is who the main culprit behind such illegal appointments. AAPSU
can pressurize Govt to take action against erring officials or can opt for legal
option against the Govt if the state fails to cooperate.
Last but not the least, I would like to suggest that AAPSU should serve strong notice
to the Govt and all the departments to adhere strictly to the Recruitment Rules.
AAPSU should not spare the violators of notice in order to stop illegal appointment
The poor student
This is in response to “AAPSU always fight for the benefit of poor students” by AAPSU
president Takam Tatung. I really appreciate works of AAPSU under the presidentship
of Takam Tatung. But I don’t appreciate his response about illegal appointment being
an unemployed struggling person. People are paying huge amount of money for a job.
Many of them sell their land to get a job. But, what about us? We don’t have huge
amount of money to buy a job. We don’t have land to sale. APPSC can’t accommodate
all the struggling unemployed students.
This illegal appointment is a destructive virus, if we don’t stop it today it will
infect all, it may destroy Arunachal someday. A day may come when those who have
money will buy job for their sons, grand son, even for grate grand son.
I appeal to AAPSU president please stop these illegal appointments.
Give us a chance
This is regarding the date fixed for AE (civil) examination by APPSC. The Commission
should have at least checked the dates fixed for examinations of final year engineering
students before fixing the APPSC exam for AE.
I would like to request the APPSC to kindly reschedule the AE exam date for accommodating
final year candidates aspiring to appear in the Commission examination.
Cry of the victim of illegal appointments
I qualified in SSA teachers’ written examination twice from East Siang District,
but still I am jobless due to this rampant illegal appointment in the district. If
there were no illegal appointments, sure there would have been larger percentage
of job vacancy and I would also have got employed by now. I think, before appointing
new candidates directly, the authority should look back at the interview they had
previously conducted and instead of appointing new candidates, waiting list candidates
should be appointed. Further, due to the illegal appointments the sports and physically
challenged reserved quota has also been reduced. I appealed to the authorities concerned
of all departments to look into the job problems of the differently abled person.
I am not opposing illegally appointed candidates as they are also belongs to poor
family like me.
However, choose and pick policy of the concerned authority and political leaders
is a matter to ponder.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
AISU demands early release of HTS bills
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Arunachal Indigenous Students’ Union (AISU) has demanded the state
Government to immediately release the pending Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) bills
to the contractors as per court orders.
It criticized the state Advocate General for allegedly misleading the Government
and opposing the payment of outstanding HTS bills to the contractors.
Cooperate with traffic police: NSUI
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: National Students’ Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh Unit highlighting
about the poor road and traffic facility in twin capital city said that the present
road can hardly accommodate two vehicles at single crossing which cause several mishaps.
The union urged the state government to introduce one way road from Bank Tinali to
ANSU Office Itanagar and appealed to the Transport Department to restrict movement
of heavy vehicle during day time in the twin capital city.
It further urged the state government to construct commercial parking lot in Naharlagun/Itanagar
and appealed to the people to obey traffic rules and cooperate with the traffic police.
KVK's farm school
DAPORIJO, Apr 20: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Upper Subansiri district organized
a Farm School at Bararupok under the sponsorship of ATMA, Daporijo.
Addressing as chief guest on the inaugural ceremony, Dusa Lida, District Agriculture
Officer, Upper Subansiri district, appealed to the farmers to acknowledge the importance
of agriculture and try to take maximum advantage from the technical classes. He advised
them to purchase farm implements from the department of agriculture and avail the
subsidiary benefits given to them by the government.
Tago Rilo, Agriculture Development Officer, Maro also spoke on the occasion and told
the farmers to follow scientific technologies for efficient transition from subsistence
to commercial farming.
The inaugural session was followed by technical session. The farm school will continue
till mid June 2011. Around 26 farmers of Bararupok village registered as students
in the school.
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Four students unions of Papum Pare district, the All Papum Poma
Students’ Union, All Kimin Students’ Union, Capital Students’ Union and All Mengio
Students Union, in a joint press statement, strongly condemned the FIR lodged against
the president of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in connection with
the case of construction of a mini stadium within the premises of GHSS, Sagalee and
demanded immediate withdrawal of the same.
They also condemned the ‘immature’ and ‘provocative’ press statement made by some
panchayat leaders of Sagalee constituency and its local MLA cum UD and PWD Minister.
The students unions appealed to APPDSU to launch a series of democratic movements,
if the matter is not solved amicably within a given period.
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Techi Jyoti Tara has been appointed as President of All Arunachal
Contractor Welfare Association, City Unit Itanagar Capital Complex for a period of
Er Sunil Degio and Radu Degio have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary
of newly formed Degio Welfare Society in its first clan conference held at Yangsey
village, East Kameng District.
NCP leader passes away
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Nationalist Congress Party, 38th Pasighat East (ST) Assembly Constituency
expressed deep shock over the untimely demise of Taki-Lalung NCP President Tamyo
Tabing, who died at his residence yesterday after prolonged illness.
Tamyo is survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters. He was a young and dynamic
leader of Bosing Banggo area, his untimely demise is a great loss to the people of
The rank and files of NCP, Pasighat East prayed for the eternal peace of the departed
soul and extended its condolence to the bereaved family members.
ITANAGAR, April 20: Former Minister Tatar Kipa and BDO Tadar Tari would attend as
Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Longte festival celebration at Dolo village,
Nyapin circle. The three-day festival will begin on April 24.
3 dead in road accident
KHONSA: Three people were killed on the spot and many including the driver were
seriously injured when 407 private truck laden with sand coming from Joypur skipped
off the road near Borduria on April 18 last. Those killed have been identified as
Hangpong Wangsam, contingency staff of PHED from old Laptang, Ms Phokhow and Ms Chohnop,
worker of Pokkom School from Soha village.
The injured have been evacuated to AMC, Dibrugarh. People from Borduria rendered
great services in retrieving the dead bodies from the accident site and evacuating
the injured. Later police from Khonsa Police Station rushed to the site and verified
Meanwhile, the relative of victims have extended their gratefulness to the people
of Borduria and Public of Khonsa for their service. DIPRO
Restore electricity and drinking water supply
ITANAGAR: All Leel Youths Association appealed to the electrical department and PHE
department, Sangram circle, Kurung Kumey District to restore electricity and drinking
water supply at Leel-I village immediately.
It claimed that the villagers have been deprived of electricity and drinking water
supply for the last six months.
ITNAGAR: Along with the rest of the world, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU)
will celebrate May Day (International Labours Day) at Mopin Solung Ground, Itanagar
on 1st May. MLA Karya Bagang and renowned social worker Techi Nera will address the
gathering as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively on the occasion.
Congress rally in Changlang
ITANAGAR: The block and district level rally of Congress party in Changlang district
will be started at Miao on May nine.
Various achievements of UPA government at the Centre and Congress led Govt. in Arunachal
Pradesh would be highlighted during the rally to be patronized by Finance Minister
Sanjoy puts Pawan Hans in dock, demands construction of airport at
Itanagar and Tawang
Itanagar, Apr 21: Arunachal Pradesh MP Takam Sanjoy today raised several questions
on the credibility of Pawan Hans helicopters after a 24-seater MI 172 chopper crashed
at Tawang on Tuesday last. Sanjoy also demanded that accountability be fixed on poor
maintenance and mandatory inspections of the services as per DGCA rules.
In a memorandum submitted to the Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi today, Sanjoy
wants that the ministry concerned take up the matter seriously. He said chopper
crash has severely affected the credibility of Pawans Hans. “Whenever some technical
problems occurs during the operation time of choppers, people of North East recollect
the ill fated accidents of two Pawan Hans helicopters in the region—one being in
Arunachal and another in Meghalaya” Sanjoy said in his memorandum.
"It is a matter of serious concern that despite repeated requests from the Arunachal
Pradesh Government, the two MI 172 helicopters operated by Pawn Hans for the state
develop frequent technical snags of serious nature."
The MP demanded that to stop any further accident in future and loss of lives, the
Union Government should immediately start the Greenfield Airport project at Itanagar
and also construct a Green Airport in Tawang, which was deferred in 2008.
The MP further said that Airport Authority of India had also studied the feasibility
for Tawang Airport, environment and forest clearance has also been obtained, but
the fund has still not been released for Tawang Airport. He added that Tawang is
the most important tourist destination of the state and delay in airport project
is resulting in loss of lives.
The memorandum further said that the 1996-97 manufactured chopper’s scheduled flight
to Seppa was cancelled on Monday due to technical problem, and its maintenance taken
up before it flew to Jorhat on a test flight and for refueling. The next day, it
left Guwahati with 18 passengers (2 minors) and five crewmembers for Tawang, and
was scheduled to halt there for the night and fly back to Guwahati on Wednesday morning.
But it crashed; killing 17 while 6 rescued from the burning chopper by onlookers.
Sanjoy appealed the union Minister to see whether the Pawan Hans stick to the mandatory
maintenance schedule of the chopper. He further questioned why was a fire brigade
not stationed before landing as mandatory norm? He said that most of the landing
ground in the state has no fire tenders which are a violation of DGCA guidelines.
Sanjoy has also taken up the issue of ‘pilots not being acquainted with the topography
and terrain and operating the choppers without having regular flying license”.
Chopper crash leaves many questions unanswered: NCP
The State NCP President Ngurang Pinch today said that the tragic Pawan Hans chopper
crash in Tawang on April 19 has left many questions unanswered on the safety and
security of passengers availing the chopper services in the state.
What exactly Pawan Hans authorities are doing to avert such unfortunate happenings
in the future, was the accident due to human failure or technical snag? Pinch questioned
and added that in either of the cases the Pawan Hans not only owe to the nation an
immediate explanation but also an assurance that it would be extra cautious to meticulously
check the machines before flying them in the valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pinch also blasted the state Govt saying that equally with Pawan Hans the government
also can not shirk off its responsibility of providing safety and security to the
tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh. He said that the tourism industry in the state
is already rickety and such fatal accidents affecting the tourists would add insult
to injury the state tourism sector is suffering from owing to multiple reasons.
The routine compensation and enquiry notwithstanding, the lives which have been lost
in the crash can not be gained back, Pinch said. The state NCP leader demanded
the government to do their best to totally avoid any recurrence of such ghastly and
tragic incidents in the future.
Apex Bank announces future plan, to set up HRD training centre
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Annual conference of the Branch Managers of the Arunachal Pradesh
State Co-operative Apex Bank was conducted by the Bank Management on April 20 at
APCTC, Naharlagun. The programme also includes six days capacity building of BMs
on the topics Co-operative Banking & Social Responsibilities and Micro finance.
T. Thongdok, MD, Apex Bank in his welcome address dwelt with the performances of
the Bank and its achievements. He informed that the Bank is coming up with a vision
of financing in agriculture and micro finance with the formations of 5000 SHGs through
LAMPS during current financial year with a view of implementation of NRLM in the
state as decided by the State Govt.
He further said that Bank will establish a Training Centre with the support of NABARD
for conducting human resource development training programmes for the junior level
staff of the bank and LAMPS. The Bank has recently conducted a meeting with the SHGs
and villagers at Basar-Nallo under “Village Adoption Programme” supported by NABARD
to start the process of adoption of the village. Like wise, the Bank will make a
strategy to adopt one village by each branch in a year. He also informed that MDMI
will conduct a Basic Computer Training for the staff from April 25-30 at APCTC.
NABARD, GM Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhaya said that the management of the Bank should give
stress on the major thrusts on sustainability, good governance, and self reliance.
He expressed his satisfaction on the planning and process of the Bank as started
on priority sector lending , HRD programmes and capacity building of staff.
R.D.Thongon, Jt. RCS, extended thanks to Dr J.B. Dutta, Director, MDMI, for conducting
training programmes for all the stakeholders from the co-operative sector and appealed
to the BMs to interact with the Resource Persons during the sessions and be competitive
as other banks have come up and bring back the image of the bank by providing efficient
services to the customers.
Dr J.B.Dutta, stressed on the importance of HRD and capacity building and good governance
in the Co-operative Institutions.
S. Laskar, MD, AP Agri. Marketing Board, informed that the State Govt has full faith
on the Bank and the Bank has been identified as prime institution for financial inclusion.
The State Govt has earmarked Rs.12.00 Crores for current financial year for formation
and financing to the SHGs through LAMPS under NRLM.
Dr M M Sathe, Professor in University of Canberra, Australia and Australian treasury
man authority on banking & finance shared his experiences and knowledge with the
officers of the Bank. He suggested that a Banker should work with the feeling of
social responsibilities and should have helping attitude.
Focus should be given on the quality not the quantity for smooth banking and financial
management and for achieving the targets of deposits, recovery and cash management,
the Bank should change or amend the policies as per need of the hour, he added.
Religion has nothing to do
with culture: Gamlin
Aalo, Apr 21: Religion and Culture are two different identities and our people should
not mix it up during festivals and festivities which are as old as existence of our
tribal society, said Jarbom Gamlin, Minister Power and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
while gracing Mopin festival celebration at Gemo Tali village on April 20 last.
He said that annual celebration associated with our fertility cult and general
wellbeing should be an occasion to bring us closer to each other.
Speaking on the occasion Nyiken Lollen, ADC Kamba said that it always more important
to assimilate all values that our culture gives us. Young generation should know
its importance and shoulder the responsibilities to keep it alive for generation
together. President Sige Raksap, Secretary Digru Kancham, Marto Tali and Purge Tali
also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Self-defence training for girls
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: A 50-days summer camp – a self-defence training course for girls
– is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) at the officers’ club
here from April 19. Altogether 108 girls aged between 7-16 years are undergoing
training which is intended to equip minor, vulnerable girls to protect themselves
against violence and to boost their confidence. All India Karate Federation national
referee and judge L Marik (Black Belt, 5th Dan) along with five colleagues are the
trainers in the summer camp.
While inaugurating the training camp on April 19, IGP SBK Singh described it as a
path to confidence-building that will help the girls face any challenge in the future.
DIGP Robin Hibu assured to organize more such camps. He appealed to all parents to
give full cooperation to their children during the training period, adding that provision
has also been made for participants who may later opt to go for further training.
This reflective idea of the police department was evolved after studying the number
of registered cases against crimes such as rape, kidnapping, molestation, domestic
violence, sexual harassment, etc, in the state.
As per data made available, a total number of 168 (crime against women/girl) cases
were registered in 2006. It was 185 in 2007; 175 in 2008; 164 in 2009 and 173 in
2010. Papum Pare district witnessed highest number of cases registered.
Corps Commander calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: General Officer Commanding in Chief, 3 Corps, Lt Gen Dalbir Singh,
called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here today.
During the meeting, Governor reviewed the overall security scenario of the state.
He also discussed issues related to Army Cantonment, which will be coming up in Arunachal
Underlining the importance of early establishment of the Cantonments, Governor said,
by the presence of the Army, it will not only provide security to the area but also
create opportunities for socio-economic benefit to the local people, thereby helping
to the local economy.
Governor said, it will encourage handicrafts and local produces, such as vegetables
and fruits, which are produced by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Beside that, it
will also help in communication, Gen Singh pointed.
Corps Commander Lt Gen Singh, who is stationed at Dimapur, Nagaland has the eastern
part of Arunachal Pradesh including Changlang and Tirap district under his command.
The western part of the state comes under 4 Corps, Tezpur under the Command of Lt
Gen Gyan Bhushan, who took pivotal role in organizing recently held Army Exposition
here at Itanagar.
Col B B Sandhu and Adm Commander Lt. Col Vikram Singh accompanied the Corps Commander.
(Pro To Rajbhawan)
Orgs. mourns tragic death
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Condolences are still pouring in as the pall of gloom enveloped
Tawang after the chopper crash on Tuesday last.
Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) has mourned death of 17 people in a helicopter
crash at Tawang. Members of IBCS observed one minute silence in respect of the departed
soul on Wednesday during the first day of exhibition on herbal medicine held at Siddharth
Hall, Itanagar. Members also prayed to Lord Buddha for speedy recovery to six injured
passengers of ill fated Pawan Hans helicopter.
All Nyishi Students Union(ANSU) while condoling death of 17 people in tragic Tawang
chopper crash had urged state government to learn from this loss of valuable lives.
In a release ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye said this is not the first time that
fingers have pointed towards poor service of Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited (PHHL)
in Arunachal and its time state government looks into this matter seriously.
“Most of the helicopters used by PHHL in Arunachal are very old. We don’t know what
kind of safety measures are being adopted by them and whether routine checks up of
these choppers are being properly done by service providers PHHL,” questioned Arjun
Panye. He further added, “In view of tragic Tawang accident, state government need
to review the MOU signed with PHHL to provide chopper service in Arunachal. A new
global tender should be called in and let best company to provide service in Arunachal.”
Arunachal Pradesh Veterinary Association (APVA) deeply mourned the sudden and untimely
demise of one energetic and talent veterinarian of the state, Dr. Nawang Tamden
in a tragic chopper crash at Tawang on 19-04-11. APVA also extends condolence to
the bereaved family and pray to almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
All Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) also expressed deep shock at the chopper
It is tragedy for all of us, the union said while adding that death of Dr. N. Tomden
is great loss for the whole district. He was an inspiration for the youths, it said.
The union conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for
early recovery of injured.
NCP state unit also deeply mourned the death of passengers in the chopper crash.
Villagers unaware of Yamne hydro projects
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Adis who inhabited the forested land in middle portion of Arunachal
Pradesh for thousands of years depend on forest products for their livelihood and
live in close contact with nature till today particularly in Upper Siang district.
They inherent right over forest produce since time immemorial and directly or indirectly
protect the flora and fauna of the region. But the signing of numbers of hydropower
MoUs and MoAs in the state in the name of development has threatened their existence
and relation with the forest.
The Abir construction private limited who has been assigned to construct hydels at
Yamne-I and Yamne-II is engaged itself in survey works in the Yamne area. But neither
the state government nor the company and the local MLA had communicated or educated
the villagers of the area regarding the construction of micro hydels, its merits
While interacting with the villagers of Damro village regarding the construction
of hydels over River Yamne during my recent visit, it has been observed that the
authority or the company is taking full advantage of the ignorant villagers.
The villagers are uninformed about the impact on ecology, environment and other consequences.
They are unaware of the agreements as neither the company nor the state government
nor local MLA have conducted any meeting regarding construction of Yamne hydels
till today despite their ongoing rigorous survey work in the area.
It is very unfortunate that the community land are being proposed and used while
the community people of the affected area are unaware of such project construction.
Many tribal land, forest and rivers have been earmarked by the government for setting
up of hydro power (mini or macro) in the state without consent of the affected people,
which clearly indicates the dictatorial nature of the government over the ignorant
villagers of the state.
Further, the feasibility study by Capital Fortunes Pvt Ltd on Yamne hydro electric
projects indicates one sided reports. Despite vast forest land, agricultural activities
and human settlement particularly in downstream areas of River Yamne, the report
said that the forest cover was not particularly dense nor could we notice any protected
species of trees that are cause to raise any concerns regarding MOEF clearance. ‘No
other habitation was noticed along the course of the river apart from some scattered
huts at highly elevated locations which are not cause of any alarm’, reports added.
Siang Fraternity Football
Tournament gets underway
AALO, Apr 21: The 2nd Siang Fraternity Football Tournament organized by West Siang
District Sports Association got off to a colourful start on April 20. Altogether
six teams, two each from Upper Siang, East Siang and West Siang are in the fray for
the coveted trophy. The final match of the tournament is slated on April 29.
Roja XI-2, BPDSC, Bogong SC, Renging SC, Memo SC and Young Rising Club will lock
horns with each other in all league matches.
The chief guest of the inaugural function, Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary Forest
and Environment, said win or loss is a part of the game and our motto should be to
spot out talents from the participating teams. Waii said that there is no dearth
of talents in this region and Govt. is quite aware on this sector to hunt talents.
The effort put in by DSA Secretary Kenjum Riba and members to organize Day/Night
matches simply show their love for games and sports in this part of the state, he
Earlier, Jarkar Gamlin welcomed the gathering and expressed his gratitude to one
and all for the successful start of the tournament. In the first night match encounter
BPDSC West Siang beat Roja XI-2 Upper Siang by a margin of 6-3 and all important
goals were scored by Jumli Padu. Gemo Diyum and Vijay Tamuk enthralled the crowd
in a brief cultural programme that preceded the football match. The fire crackers,
music, sounds and illumination on the day gave a clear message of love, unity and
brotherhood among three Siangs.
The Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin, incharge DC Kanki Darang and Hods were present
to witness the opening ceremony. DIPRO
APCC condemns the act of vandalism
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has severely criticized
All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) and its leadership quality for ‘destroying
an under-construction mini stadium’ in the premises of Govt. Hr. Sec. School Sagalee
and described the act as shameful and anti-development.
“It is a matter of great shame that a students’ union like APPDSU is indulging in
such unlawful and criminal activities. It has exposed the students union’s character,
integrity and leadership quality,” APCC said in a release. “Instead of indulging
in such act of vandalism they should concentrate in their study--the first and foremost
duty of students,” it said.
The stadium, a laudable initiative by the local MLA and UD and PWD Minister, was
undertaken for larger interest of the students community and future generations of
the area with a purpose to expose their hidden talents in fields of sports, culture
etc. Instead of demanding resignation of the Minister they should come forward and
cooperate with Govt for early completion of the stadium, APCC said.
“Since it is meant for the benefits of students of the area and there is no scope
for hampering the students and the school, the demand for resignation of the minister
does not arise,” it added.
Meanwhile, All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU), which was instrumental in bringing
the scheme, condemned the demand for resignation of the minister on this developmental
Appreciating the constitution of interim committee of APPDSU, ASSU urged for finding
an amicable solution to the issue. It also appealed to withdraw the case registered
against the issue.
Meanwhile, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has clarified that the
union never adopted resolution demanding resignation of PWD and UD minister. It only
passed resolution for immediate withdrawal of FIR lodged against its president. The
union regretted the resignation demand and said that it was ‘typing mistake.’
Maken to inaugurate NE Games
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Around 1500 athletes and officials from eight Northeastern states,
including Sikkim, will take part in the 25th North East Games, 2010-11 which will
kick off at Dirang, West Kameng district on April 25.
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken will inaugurate the region’s
biggest sports extravaganza as chief guest at Lopen Stadium, Dirang.
Host Arunachal Pradesh is fielding a record 182-strong contingent in 11 disciplines,
viz. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis,
Taek-won-Do, Weightlifting and Wushu. Of the 182 athletes, 103 are male and 79 female.
The sports events will be conducted at Dirang, Bomdila and Rupa. While Judo, Badminton,
Karate, Taek-won-Do and football would be held at Dirang Archery, Boxing, Table
Tennis would be held at Bomdila. Track & Field events and Wushu would be held at
Rupa, according to Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs (S&YA) sources.
The hosts are expecting to reap rich rewards from Karate, Boxing, Taek-won-Do, Weightlifting
and Wushu. Besides the hosts would look up to their Archers, Shuttlers, Paddlers
and Judukas to boost the medals scoop from the Games. Also this time, the state
is fielding a strong contingent in athletics.
The Sports Directorate conducted a month-long intensive coaching camp for the players
to hone their skills and prepare them to compete in the big event. The team is leaving
for Dirang on batch wise. The last batch will leave here for Dirang tomorrow.
Papum Pare District Sports Officer O.B. Meitei is the Chef de Mission, the sources
Arunachal Pradesh bagged over 30 medals, including five gold, in 24th edition of
the Games held in Shillong last year.
Manipur topped the medal’s tally with 39 gold, 22 silver and 36 bronze followed by
Assam (29 gold, 37 silver, 25 bronze) and host Meghalaya (23 gold, 14 silver, 26
Debatable strategy of value-neutral biomedical research and the
Ajay K. Tripathy
Should the pure science and applied science, including medical science, remain value-neutral
or they can be value-based? Many may favour pure science to remain value-neutral;
and keeping the applied-science value-based. Gone are the days where the researchers
can afford to hide the scientific studies beyond their commercial worth as well as
the politics of market-economy.
Research is fast emerging as a successful enterprise in health-sector with better
profit in clinical and biotechnology areas. Where profit is more risk is naturally
high; and there are chances for the researchers getting trapped either knowingly
or unknowingly. Where profit matters a lot, there ethics can be pushed to the back-seat
while conducting biomedical research. Should every researcher do some homework to
know the real donor, the supporter of the supporter, and what are donors’ interests?
Thanks to our health ministry for asking the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
to study the reported prevalence of drug-resistant superbug NDM-1. However, it would
be much better if our government could wake up when the Lancet, vol. 10, published
article in August last year on the emergence of New Delhi metallo-b-lactamase 1 (NDM-1).
Delayed action also reflects the poor financing and administration of health research
in contemporary India.
Let’s concentrate on latest article of the Lancet, published online 7th April 2011,
as the study claims the dissemination of NDM-1 positive bacteria in India’s capital.
The methodology adopted for the study is bit surprising and it hardly reflects anything
substantial about the ethical considerations. So, the role of ethics committee of
that study or even the presence of an active-committee can be questioned. Furthermore,
some of the researchers also received financial support from different pharmaceutical
companies which may like to sale their new drugs for tackling NDM-1. It’s difficult
to rule out the possibility of any extraordinary link between the pharmaceutical
industry and researchers, and no researcher can simply wash his hands by putting
a conflict-of-interest column in article.
There is a reference to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) notification
in the methodology part of the study. However, why the study team members take the
shelter of foreign-trade notification in India if they or their sponsors did not
have any commercial interest? Why they did not take the health ministry of India
into confidence? What’s wrong in taking the technical help of ICMR or department
of health research for such a study than reportedly blaming the government agencies?
It also appears that nobody bothered about the concept of informed-consent in biomedical
research ethics while choosing the place and subjects of research. Are few people
still taking India and Indians as granted while pursuing their academic, scientific
or commercial interests? Last year while writing about malaria control on 18th November
in this newspaper; I mentioned that Indian villages, now I have to add cities too,
need not be overused in the name of health-research. Of course, the developed world
researchers and their sponsors know that such studies cannot be easily done in communist
Misuse of antibiotics, chloroquine resistance malaria, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis,
etc. have been a matter of concern both for the scientific and administrative communities
of the health sector in India. However, exaggerating the issue of drug resistance
with the help of NDM-1 and imposing such findings can be debated. This becomes rather
muddy when the researchers relate it with the health tourism in Indian subcontinent.
Irrespective of different socio-economics problems of South Asia it’s likely to become
a major health-tourism hub in near future, so, are the health economists of developed
world are worried about the financial implications?
Delhi government deserves appreciation for help preventing panic public-reaction
after the controversial dissemination of NDM-1, in this month, through the Lancet.
Would it not be better for the research team to handover their findings to the Delhi
government or health ministry, as the researchers of health sector have obligations
towards different stakeholders especially the residents of study-area? Common people
expect the professionals of health sector to be more accountable, demonstrate collective
responsibility and perform with harmony. Indians would like to see that our government
gives due importance to research in health sector, or else, we shall be facing the
threats of superbugs time and again which can only benefit few pharmaceutical companies.
(The writer is a Health Economics & Policy scholar at the Christian Medical College
(CMC), Vellore. These are views of author and not necessarily of the institution.
He can be reached at [email protected] ).