KHONSA, Apr 3: Incidentally water scarcity, especially in winter is not an isolated
problem of Khonsa. It is everywhere in Arunachal Pradesh. Its there even in developed
places like Pasighat and Aalo, which are situated on the banks of the mighty Siang
and Yomgo rivers respectively. It is rather intriguing as to why the authorities
there have not been able to harness the water from these perennial rivers. Most of
the rivers in Tirap are rain-fed so, they dry up in winter.
Today, we talk of high-sounding water treatment plants and mega water supply projects
but eventually we go to the Mother Nature begging for a bucketful of water. What
a shame indeed! We may talk of scientific discoveries, electronic gadgets etc but
we are politely shown our place by Mother Nature when we try to undermine or despise
her. This is not only in Arunachal but all the world over. People finally depend
on nature for life’s sustenance. This is exactly why we must love nature and take
care of the precious treasures like forests, rivers, wildlife and so on. It really
pains me to see people visiting the streams hunting for a few jugs of water every
morning in parched Khonsa. We must realize that water is the basic need of the people.
The authorities have miserably failed to provide even drinking water. How sad. But
they still talk of grand futuristic plans, giving false hopes to the gullible people.
What use are these grand plans when you cannot even provide drinking water to the
denizens? In Khonsa most of the water sources have dried up. The reasons are many.
But the real villain of the piece is the large scale shifting cultivation in and
around the water sources. The greenery is greatly depleted resulting in less rain
and drying up of moisture. Another glaring factor for scarcity of water in Khonsa
township or for that matter in all the urban centres of Arunachal is the mass migration
of rural populace in the towns. Sadly, these towns are inadequately prepared to cater
to the ever growing demands of the people migrating from the villages. All the district
headquarters in our state resemble our state capital Itanagar wherein all nullahs,
compounds of government quarters and all available empty spaces are occupied by the
land encroachers coming from the rural areas. The electricity shortage is also due
to this migration as many people use power illegally. Now, the time has come to take
care of our natural resources like rivers, streams etc for our sustenance as high-sounding
projects announced by the authorities have failed us. We must go back to the Mother
Nature for help for which we must love and take care of Nature’s bountiful gifts
for our own good.
BJP fires fresh salvo at State Govt
“Take corrective measures instead of fabricated claims”
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ruling
state Govt on law and order situation of the state continues.
Terming the statement of state Govt unfortunate and ironical, Bharatiya Janata Party
Arunachal Pradesh general secretary and spokesman Tai Tagak today said that Congress
party and the state Govt are habitually misplacing the facts on the ground level
situations of the state.
Claiming that the state had witnessed various violent activities including burning
of state transport buses, ransacking of media houses in recent past, the BJP said
the government can not escape from the responsibility by categorizing names and teams
under different leaderships in a same party government.
Apart from the cancerous corruptions in the state there are incidents of multi-crore
fund embezzlement cases, the BJP said and added that incidents of gross irregularities
and mismanagement in Dibang Valley and Kurung Kumey districts came in limelight.
Leakages of development funds reportedly pointed out by the CAG are a blow to financial
health of the state, the party added.
Drawing a similarity between Taliban regime and present state of affair in the state,
the BJP also mentioned the desecration of statues of father of the Nation Mahatma
Gandhi and Architect of modern Arunachal Late Daying Ering in Pasighat recently.
If the law and order problems raised by the BJP National General Secretary, Tapir
Gao is merely ‘shooting an arrow blindfolded’ and ‘hollow criticism’, then the state
Congress Government is completely ‘blind’ and ‘deaf and dumb’ towards the problems
of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and Maoists expansion in Lohit district
in the state. This also reflects about the government’s attitude and credibility,
the party said. The innocent citizens, children and women are sandwiched between
the insurgents and the security forces. The situation in these districts is distressing,
terrible and the people are forced to live a terrible life. Under such circumstances,
what is wrong in mentioning the deteriorated and prevailing law and order situation
as Talibanization of Arunachal, the party questioned.
The people of the state have every right to dream of rule of law in the state, accountability
and participation in development programmes, the BJP said. The Party urged the state
Govt to initiate constructive measures for proper implementation of the development
package in grassroots level in the trouble-torn districts and honestly initiate
corrective measures to address the lacunas instead of engaging in outpouring at the
opposition BJP with unfounded, fabricated and hollow claims on the ground level situations.
Rangfrah Mandir inaugurated
CHANGLANG, Apr 3: The 67th Rangfrah Rangs-humhum (mandir) was inaugurated at Deomali
in presence of large number of devotees on April 1.
The main attraction of the inaugural function was ‘Holy water,’ a unique gift of
Almighty Rangfrah through Kechu Samal. The Holy water was directly poured into the
empty brass cup as a blessing to the devotees. This is the uniqueness of Rangfrahism
and this indicates physical presence of Almighty Rangfrah though he is not visible
to our naked eyes.
“This Holy water being the gift of Rangfrah has spiritual power to heal and purify
the soul and body,” said Rangfrah Faith Promotion Society (RFPS) in a release.
Attending the inaugural function, Wanglong Rajkumar stressed on preservation of indigenous
faith and culture and maintaining communal harmony.
Kangwang Lowang, ZPM urged the people to preserve indigenous faith, culture and tradition.
He requested the RFPS to play a major role in preserving traditional heritage. Every
religion preaches us to become good human being, said Deomali SDO G Singpho and called
upon the people of different faith and religious belief to maintain communal peace,
especially in Deomali area.
Dr. J S Mungrey, Secretary (admn.), RFPS said that its religious movement is neither
to compete nor to work against any other religious community. The Society aims at
preserving and promoting indigenous faith, culture and tradition and to eradicate
social evil practices and superstitions, and RFPS had succeeded in this endeavor.
Chapung Wangsupha, General Secretary, Tirap Indigenous People’s Society (TIPS) urged
the people to draw inspiration from the movement launched by the RFPS.
Among others, Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
vice president N Changmi, RFPS president W. Zongsam, public leader K Haisa also spoke
on the others.
Around 200 devotees from Changlang, Miao,Kharsang, Bordumsa, Lazu circles and Deomali
area and Govt officers and public leaders participated in the inaugural function.
Hibu promoted as IGP
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The first IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh Robin Hibu has been promoted
as Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Union Home Ministry.
Robin, who is currently posted as DIGP in police headquarter, Itanagar, will very
soon resume the office of IGP at national capital, New Delhi. An AGMUT cadre, Robin,
joined the service in the year 1993. He is one of the most decorated police officers
having been awarded 8 medals, including president of India Police medal for meritorious
service in 2010, gold medal of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2009 and 2010, UN Peace
Medal for service in Kosovo and Bosnia. This will be his second stint at Delhi. Earlier,
he was posted there in the capacity of assistant commissioner of police with Delhi
Police. Besides, he was also part of UN mission at Kosovo and Bosnia at the time
of Balkan crisis. Robin’s rise to fame is a source of inspiration for many Arunachalees,
especially those coming from weaker section of society.
Coming from a very poor family, he did his primary education from government school
in his native Hong village. Later, he did his secondary and higher secondary education
from Government Higher secondary school, Hapoli. His farmer parents wished him to
be a engineer so that life is secured. However, he went on to study BA (History)
at JNC, Pasighat much to the disappointment of his poor parents. He followed it by
completing MA in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Sheer determination
and wanting to do well in life propelled him to reach such high in life.
While talking to this daily, an emotional IGP Robin Hibu expressed joy over his promotion.
“It’s been a long journey and I am looking forward to this new challenge,” said an
At a time when state is passing through a difficult period in terms of socio-economic
factor, achievement of Robin Hibu will go long way in inspiring young generation.
After all, he has proved that one need not be a product of A-listed school or college
to achieve success in life.
Ruksin cries for development
RUKSIN, Apr 3: Eventhough the state government has spent huge amounts for development
of Ruksin circle in East Siang district, the area is still lagging far behind in
terms of development, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst the
Construction of drain has been one of the long-pending demands of the local people.
Life becomes so miserable during rainy season due to lack of drainage system in Ruksin
township. The SDO office, Ruksin police station and police quarters, Tax office,
Forest Range office, PWD quarters, Ruksin branch of State Bank of India and Community
Health Centre are the worst sufferers. Further, the unsuitable government quarters
are adding miseries to the residents.
Ruksin Sub-Divisional OfficerYemlin Tayeng said he was unaware of providing any scheme
for drain construction. Power and functions in the developmental sectors are so decentralized
that I am not aware of the developmental schemes meant for the town and the villages
as well, said the SDO. He, however, mentioned that Border Road Task Force (BRTF)
had a plan to construct drains.
According to some officials, the district receives huge amount of development fund
every year but no significant development has been achieved yet due to alleged mystification
of the funds.
Ruksn block ZPM Tonggeng Panyang, said that the PRI leaders are planning to manage
some amounts of panchayat funds for construction of drain in Ruksin township. He
said scheme has been placed under MGNREGA for sanctioning fund.
It may be recalled that, Ruksin area has a strategic importance as it is an interstate
entry point situated on NH-52 passing along the Assam-Arunachal border here. Further,
it is accounted as a second gateway for the East –Arunachal districts including East
Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley, domed with several other
tourist destinations in the region.
BSNL restores mobile service in Dibang valley
Anini, Apr 3: After nearly two months disruption, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
has restored mobile phone service in Dibang Valley district.
However, the land line service which is the main communication link for all the government
offices has not been restored till date though the BSNL authority had given assurance
to restore the service within 15 days. In fact, the BSNL authority has not initiated
any step so far to restore the land line service.
BSNL telephone service was snapped in the district on February 9 last due to heavy
down pour coupled with thunder and lightning.
Another cause of concern for the people of the district was delay in launching of
“Deopani bridge” over Deopani River which collapsed in December last when a vehicle
was crossing over the bridge.
It was learnt from some sources that some private parties have raised a temporary
log bridge over the said river and collecting money from the users which is not only
imposing additional financial burden to the people but also causing escalation of
price of essential commodities in the district.
Public of this district are frustrated of waiting and believing on false assurance.
They finally threaten to launch agitation against BSNL and BRO authorities if due
attention is not paid to restore the services immediately.
Meanwhile, Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Abu Tayeng reminded the BSNL and BRO
authorities to pay attention towards the issues. DIPRO
Arunachal gets bonus under water scheme
New Delhi, Apr 3: Buoyed by the success of eight states, including Arunachal Pradesh
and Assam, in implementing a scheme to provide safe drinking water to rural habitations,
the Centre yesterday allocated additional funds to them to give a further boost to
the ambitious programme.
The states which got bonuses were Arunachal Pradesh (61.01 cr), Tamil Nadu (Rs 98.20
cr.), Gujarat (Rs 100 cr), Punjab (Rs 46.82 cr), Assam (Rs 100 cr), Meghalaya (Rs
31.50 cr), Tripura (Rs 30.01 cr) and Haryana (Rs 35 cr).
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has noted that these states had utilised
more than 60 per cent of the funds under National Rural Drinking Water Programme
till December last year.
Announcing the decision, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh
expressed hope that the state governments would utilise these additional resources
to increase coverage in those habitations which were facing problems of inadequate
quantity of drinking water supply.
Non-Congress governments are in power in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and Tripura
while Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Haryana are ruled by the Congress.
Ramesh said the additional allocations were made "without any bias". The National
Rural Drinking Water Programme aims at providing every rural person with adequate
safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable
basis. This basic requirement should meet minimum water quality standards and be
readily and conveniently accessible at all times and in all situations. PTI
Union alleges illegal collection of sand gravel from Dikrong & Pachin rivers
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Doimukh Students’ Union (DSU) has expressed serious concern over
the alleged illegal collection of sand and gravel from Dikrong river and Pachin river
near Yupia village by the NIPL-ECI(JV), a construction agency of the NF Railway.
The union said that such ‘illegal activities of a construction agency without obtaining
permission from Mining department’ will lead to the collapse of the bridge over Dikrong
and trigger soil erosion.
Despite verbal assurance from the construction agency and submission of a memorandum
to Doimukh EAC to stop such mining activities near Dikrong river bridge, no positive
action has been taken yet by the administration, the union said and appealed to the
district administration to take necessary action against the NIPL-ECL (JV) authorities
for their alleged illegal activities within two days.
Eco-tourism to generate income for rural people
PASIGHAT, Apr 3: Community based ecotourism could be a viable source of income for
rural communities, stated East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok today while
attending a training cum awareness programme on ‘Community Based Eco-tourism Development’,
organized by tourism department at Yagrung.
To optimize the potential of tourism, the DC said, “we have to be very careful and
ensure that the negative impacts on the cultural and natural environment are minimized
and mitigated. He further stressed on community participation, needs of proper trainings
on various issues like lodging and waste management, hospitality, first aid, guiding
and leadership etc.
Tapok said the tourists are still deprived of visiting and enjoying the real beauty
of rural and remote Arunachal due to various reasons, mainly due to communication
bottleneck. He said that rural tourism, if promoted properly, could boost rural economy
to a great extent.
Besides Pashi Mize DFO (WL), N Taloh DTO and Veterinary officer, GBs, PRI members,
tour operators also spoke on the occasion. They said people often destroy the very
natural resources on which they rely and that is why the government is pursuing eco-tourism
as part of the solution to the problem. Community members are being educated through
such programmes with mission to improve the local economy and conservation of the
Such programs were also conducted at Borguli and Oyan on March 31 and April 1 respectively.
SAC meeting of KVK Lohit
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KVK Lohit (under
NRC on Yak) held recently at Chongkham gave emphasis on collaborative work with all
the lined departments.
Attending meeting, Chongkham ADO MN Bori assured to provide all possible help to
the KVK including supply of seeds and inputs for distribution to the farmers.
Chairing the meeting Dr. KK Baruah, Director NRC on Yak (ICAR) expressed his satisfaction
over the activities of the KVK. He called upon the members to extend their helping
hand to the KVK for overall development of the centre as well as the farming community
of the district.
M. Chowlu, DTO Kherem cum PD ATMA assured to sponsor some Farm School and demonstration
to be conducted by the KVK in the coming year.
Earlier, Dr. Debasis Sasmal, SMS Fishery Science briefed the objectives of the meeting.
The meeting was attended among others by District Horticultural officer Rinchin Norbu
Megeji, District Fishery Officer L. Lasa, District Vety. and Animal Husbandry Officer
Dr. Hano Tama, Scientist from NRC on Yak, Secretary Arunachal Palli Vidyapith Society
and members from farming community.
SLSA students bring laurels to state
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The students of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu have
brought laurels to the state by winning as many as 17 medals including a silver and
16 bronze in the just concluded 26th North East Games at Aizawl Mizoram.
The medal winners are, Anung Wangsa (5000mt rac), Gumjo Lollen (Badminton, team event),
Tarak Lucky, Silver (Boxing), Dagrik Ete (Boxing), Mamta Bagang (Boxing), Samuel
Wangsu (Judo), Dindu Chukla (Judo), Toku Tacho (Judo), Tai Abu (Judo), Kabin Doyum,
(Judo), Rahul Mipi (Judo), Juter Tatu (Judo), Anjali Sagro (one Br each in Judo and
Wrestling), Yari Maying (Judo), Ha Rupa (Judo), Madin Hina (Wrestling).
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Sangram Area Youth Association is conducting a football tournament
at Sangram from May 9.
Bordumsa all set for Mopin
BORDUMSA, March 3: The Mopin Celebration Committee is agog with hectic activities
for celebration of Mopin, a major festival of Galo community here with pomp and gaiety.
Apart from the usual celebration of various festivals by different ethnic groups
together, the Mopin at Bordumsa is unique in a sense that it is being celebrated
by the Adi and the Galo communities residing in Bordumsa circle together, reflecting
a matured and emotional relationship between these two different tribes.
Both these communities working hard to make this celebration a grand success is truly
a treat to everyone’s eye.
The entire arrangements are being carried out by the celebration committee under
the patronization of Bordumsa ADC Kento Riba and EAC Hengo Basar.
NEEPCO Day observed
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The 37th NEEPCO Day was observed at Pare HE Project headquarter,
The day long function was marked by games and sports, drawing and painting competitions
besides cultural programmes.
On the occasion, NEEPCO authority called upon all the employees of the project to
work sincerely for timely commissioning of the project.
‘Cooperate with Admin.’
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: 37th Intellectual Forum, Ruksin expressing their gratitude to district
administration for apprehension of culprit(s) in connection with the desecration
of statues of M K Gandhi and Daying Ering at Pasighat recently, appealed to the people
to cooperate with the administration for thorough and proper investigation into matter.
Banking awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: A banking awareness programme is being organized at Science Centre,
I G Park here on April 10. The programme is supported by Office of Banking Ombudsman,
Orchid Foundation, Guwahati and Society for Indigenous Development, Pasighat.
Awareness on ‘Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Bank Customers,
Detection of Fake Currency Notes, Fraudulent Non-Banking Companies and Fraudulent
SMS and E-mails will be main highlights of the progamme. There will be a hands-on
session on how to identify genuine and forged currency notes.
A similar programme will also be conducted at Rajiv Gandhi University Conference
Hall on April 11.
Public hearing on NH project
ZIRO, Apr 3: Lower Subansiri district administration organized a public hearing cum
meeting on widening and construction of Joram-Koloriang road to double lane national
highway at Government Secondary School, Joram yesterday.
P K Prasun, EE (Civil), Officer Commanding 119 GREF through power point presentation
highlighted the process involved in the execution and construction of road. He assured
the public to provide better road connectivity.
In her address, Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan advised the public to extend support
and cooperation for successful execution of the road project. She assured proper
assessment of compensation for project affected people as per prescribed norms of
the state Govt.
Land Revenue and Settlement Officer Bharat Lingu highlighted the land acquisition
procedures and process involved in assessment of properties and payment of compensation.
SP P K Khrimey, representatives of the road project affected area also spoke on the
District Administrative officers, 119 RCC GREF personnel, pubic leaders, GBs, PRIs
of Joram and Talo villages were present in the meeting.
Prevent forest fire, says priests body
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association
has appealed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police
to initiate steps for prevention of unlawful activities and destruction of forest
in Jaami Jaate area.
Expressing concern over the frequent forest fire in and around state capital, the
Association alleged that hill top in Jaami Jaate area has been set on fire yesterday
in violation of administrative order against destruction of forest.
Workshop on Business Register & local bodies accounts
ZIRO, Apr 3: District level workshop on Business Register and Local Bodies Accounts
under Twelfth Finance Commission Grant was held at Conference Hall Hapoli, here
today. NEDFi Assistant Manager G. Thaosen dwelt on the aims and objectives of the
Business Register and Local Bodies account as resource person.
Among others, Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan, district heads of department, administrative
officers, BDOs, and panchayat leaders attended the workshop. DIPRO
ASH organises blood donation camp
Itanagar, Apr 3: Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) personnel donated 12 units of blood
(of different groups) in a voluntary blood donation camp organized at Arunachal State
Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun on March 30.
Dr. K Ete, Biochemist and Dr. G Padu, Pathologist and in-charge blood bank, ASH,
briefed about the merits and demerits of donating blood to the donors and other attended
during the camp.
Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Moji Jini, who inaugurated the camp, highly appreciated
the BRTF personnel led by Dr. Kumud Kumar, deputy chief medical officer, BRTF, GREF,
C/O 99 APO, Naharlagun for donating blood voluntarily. He requested the BRTF personnel
to come forward and donate blood as and when required as donating blood is saving
Representatives from various NGOs, community based organizations, NCC cadres and
NSS volunteers also participated the camp, according to a Hospital release.
Foot & mouth disease
ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Rai Raiga ASM Choki Tatung has appealed to the Pania ADC to rush
a team of veterinary experts to Rai, Raiga, Ganchi, Gumbing and Tayarimpa villages
of Gangte circle to prevent further spread of foot and mouth disease in Mithun.
Gangte-Tarak Lengdi ZPM also made a similar appeal to prevent outbreak of mouth and
disease in Rai Raiga villages earlier on April 1.
Poppy fields destroyed
Itanagar, Apr 3: A joint team of police and paramilitary Assam Rifles destroyed 15
acres of standing poppy cultivation in an area bordering Myanmar in Changlang district.
This operation was undertaken on March 30 by a joint team of 4 Assam Rifles, Arunachal
Pradesh Police, Changlang district administration and officials of Narcotics Control
Bureau (NCB) in Guwahati, official sources said today.
Poppy cultivation in remote areas of Khimyong circle was discovered by the troops
of 4 Assam Rifles during their regular patrolling, sources said.
STS exceeds revenue target
Naharlagun, Apr 3: The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport department has earned a
total of Rs.15,434,3283 exceeding the fixed target of Rs.14.40 cr during year 2011-12.
“It is a matter of great pride that the tireless efforts of the entire working force
of the department, especially under the direct supervision of the Station Superintendents,
the state transport department has exceeded the revenue target fixed by Planning
Commission, GoI, Jarkar Gamlin, Transport Minister (i/c) said in a release.
“I being the Minister in-charge of the Department, express my sincere happiness over
the hard work put in by all the officers and officials including Secretary, General
Manager, Station Superintendents, Assistant Station Superintendents and their subordinates.
This would not have been possible without the team spirit of the working force of
STS,” he added. DIPR
ZPM seeks public cooperation for road renovation
Yingkiong, Apr 3: Mariyang ZPM Dukkang Pertin appealed to one and all to extend
their cooperation and render voluntary service to repair the Mariyang-Pasighat road,
the lifeline of the people of Upper Siang district, which is under deplorable condition
due to lack of maintenance. The pathetic condition of the road and weak bridges all
along the road are causing great inconveniences to the commuters, he said.
The ZPM informed that the road is being repaired by some energetic youths of Mariyang
area on self help basis. They have so far rendered two week’s social service and
the repairing work would be continued for some more days, even weeks. DIPRO
CHANGLANG, Apr 3: Hipok Rime, Principal of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Kharsang, was
conferred Best Educationist Award in a glittering function held at New Delhi on
March 19. The award is instituted by International Institute of Education and Management
in association with I.S.C. to encourage and recognize the outstanding contributions
of eminent personalities in the field of education.
Rime joined his service in education department as Junior Teacher on February 21,
1976. He was promoted as Headmaster in 1989 and later elevated to the post of Principal
in February, 1998.
Meanwhile, the teaching staff of the school felicitated Rime for his achievement
in a function held at school premises on March 31.
An open letter to the CM
I am a youth from Etalin Village of Dibang Valley district. During January 2011,
I was awarded some contact work under BADP by Zilla Chairperson, Dibang Valley, for
supplying electrical items and erection of Electric Pole in and around Etalin for
Rs Three lakhs only.
For this, no supply or work order was issued.
However, accordingly, I have completed the assigned work except erecting two out
of nine poles. Now more than one year has passed and the Assistant Engineer (E) and
JE (E) have processed the bills deducting 30% of the total amount awarded to me.
Though I have requested them to deduct 15% of the bill amount so that I as a contractor
get my margin money but the officers were adamant, so I requested the Executive Engineer
(E) to intervene but to my utter surprise even he was not helping. Even Zilla Chairperson
requested them but nothing happened.
After waiting for more than one year, I took back the money I have invested.
As a civilized citizen of the state, I am requesting you (CM) to intervene here or
else the money coming for development of the district will be pocketed by these kinds
of corrupt officers.
Therefore, it is requested to kindly initiate necessary action against the executing
agencies, if the Govt. wants proper development of the State.
A Govt that destroys public property
Respective state governments in Arunachal Pradesh have systematically dismantled
assets and public properties worth of crores forgetting their constitutional duties
to protect and preserve it.
For instances, the MLA cottage build during 80’s at ESS-sector, Itanagar was dismantled
and the Assembly secretariat is being constructed on the dismantled site. On the
other hand, MLA apartments are being constructed at the allotted land of the Director
of Horticulture at Gohpur Tinali, Itanagar.
The land earmarked by the state government for establishment of the Assembly and
Civil Secretariat, for which, the former president of India, Giani Jail Singh laid
the foundation stone has now become private residential complex of the MLAs, Ministers
and high ranking officials of the state.
The Mahatma Gandhi Park was built during 80s at Bank Tinali, Itanagar by erecting
the statue of the father of the Nation. This too was illegally dismantled without
observing codal formalities and the statute of the Father of the Nation has now been
erected at the front of the chief Minister’s House and the park site has been converted
into shopping mall and parking lot.
Recently, the Govt. illegally allotted I.G. Park to the Department of the Urban
and Housing for establishment of Convention Hall without realising that the park
is for the public utility and it is the duty of government to protect and preserve
By gauging such acts and deeds of the state government, it can be interpreted that
the Government has no respect for anyone.
What about his democracy?
Arunachal Pradesh is known for her rich natural heritage and kind-hearted people.
Arunachal is also known as Mini India for her rich customs, cultures and traditions.
But the ongoing practice of bandh calls shows us in another light- The Dark Side.
Union can praise or resist the administration or the govt. in a proper way for the
prosperity, uplift and welfare of the people. But it doesn’t mean that if we are
not satisfied, we should call a strike at every given opportunity.
Most importantly it is against the constitutional rights of common people who live
in fear because of bandhs and strikes. Ultimately the common mass are always victimized
by all means.
Moreover, the Govt. employees of Itanagar are just like a pendulum during such times.
Union calls for bandh and Government direct all employees to attend office without
Where will common men go? What about his democracy?
Out of 365 days in a year, we don’t even work for 230 days. Apart from bandhs, weekends,
we have local and national holidays. If all the unions call for bandh for some reason
than how do we expect our state to grow?
Need of the hour is to think about the matter seriously. Every union are the backbone
of a society and torch-bearers to the Govt. In other words, union is just like a
sophisticated weapon for well being of the society. It depends how we mobilize it
for the welfare of the common people and state in general.
Besides this, our state has made considerable progress in many fields; but we still
have a long way to go in achieving communal harmony in our society.
It’s my request to all brothers and sisters that on simple pretexts we should not
draw communal lines around us. It has indeed been tragic that often lifelong friendship
have been sacrificed at the altar of communalism and regionalism.
Always the innocent people suffer and the perpetrators of all the destruction go
scot free. Some self vested people exploit religion, tribe and so on and generate
disharmony and ill-will in the society for their self benefit.
It’s time to overcome the dark side and think as together as Arunachalees and march
ahead in all spheres of life together. Otherwise, the time will come when the communal
violence will succeed in destroying our state fabric.
I came across a letter written by Bini Tare in Reader’s Forum of your esteemed daily
on 2nd April. It’s outrageous and very painful to know selection procedure of various
post(s), particularly LDC, by the Rajiv Gandhi University.
Though I was not a candidate for the post, I feel very sorry to learn that the sacred
institute like Rajiv Gandhi University too has been infected by favoritism and nepotism
by selecting all 8 candidates from its contingency employees instead of maintaining
It’s very disheartening that a premier institute like RGU where pupils should be
taught for all round development of their personality and morality instead indulges
in obnoxious practices.
Advertisement wasn’t needed if the vacant posts were meant for the contingency staffs.
Why unnecessary pestering of the already struggling unemployed youths?
I hope the authority concern and the board members will not indulge in such iniquitous
practices in near future which vilifies the sanctity of the highest educational institute
like Rajiv Gandhi University.
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