April 19


News Impact


Historical Dipa Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Apr 18:  The VIth Dipa Ego Welfare Society (DEWS) Foundation Day was celebrated on April 16 at Dipa village. A simultaneous awareness campaign on importance of Environment & Forest was organised followed by Avenue Plantation which was led by Divisional Forest Officer, Likabali Jumdo Geyi, and  Range Officer  Yide Potom.

The Divisional Forest Officer appraised the villager regarding the importance of forestry, protection of wildlife and plantation of trees.   The occasion was marked with speeches from Panchayat leaders, elders and mass participation of villagers followed by traditional folk dances and cultural show. An essay competition and drawing competition was organised in Govt. Secondary School, Dipa on the topic of Environment & Forest.

Dipa, the only village bisected by the North Eastern Frontier Railway (NEFR), located in the foothills of present West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh has existed in the vicinity of the present location even before India attained Independence from the British Rule. By the time India attained Independence, this village was located somewhere near Simen Chapori of Assam where on 15th August, 1947, the National Flag of India was hoisted for the first time that was later to become the State of Arunachal Pradesh by Late Moj Riba and Late Moji Riba to mark India’s Independence from British Rule.

The original territory of Dipa village along with much of the land processed by the villagers have shrunk to the present silhouette following the transfer of territory from undivided Assam to NEFA which was followed by influx of humanity heaved in by the NEFR.  Dipa village being located in the remotest corner of West Siang District has suffered from acute lack of development. The district administration has not succeeded in reaching this far flung locality to desired extent and therefore, fruit of development remains a distant dream for the simple villagers.


Revoke Govt order for constitution of boards, says committee

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Coordination Committee in a meeting held here yesterday took strong exception to the recent government order regarding constitution of boards in the districts under the chairmanship of the respective Deputy Commissioner.  The meeting urged the state government to re-consider the order within two weeks.

During the meeting, the house discussed on creation of an independent post of DPDOs in the districts, regularization of ZPC office staff and enhancement of their salary, involvement of PRI members in the planning process and Micro planning at the district level, official status to the chairman, APPRCC and complete functional devolution of powers to the PRI in the state.

Meanwhile, it demanded immediate action against the culprits and the individuals involved in the alleged misappropriation of public funds under the Bamboo Mission, Mini Hydel, DATA Base Computerization and IMPRCS building under PR department.


Police announces reward

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Pradesh has announced cash reward for any information about proclaimed offender one Palden Wangchuk of Payengdem village in Upper Siang district.

PIO of police headquarters in a release today informed that Palden forged the signature of SP (SB), Itanagar with an intention to obtain passport fraudulently and is now absconding since May 2009.

Palden has been declared as proclaimed offender by the judicial magistrate, first class, Capital Complex  vide order No CB-PS case No. 04/09 U/S 448/471/473 IPC dtd 7/3/2012, the release said.

Any informer may give details of the accused over phone Nos: 0360-2212621 (police, SIT, Hq) and 0360-2218616 (crime branch, PHq). Identity of the informer will be kept secret.


Nagaland officers on exposure visit to Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: A team of 14 officers of Nagaland Agriculture Department is on an exposure visit to Arunachal Pradesh to familiarize themselves with the farming system and recent developments in Agriculture sector of the state. The team had an interactive session with the senior officers in the Conference hall of the Agriculture department at Naharlagun on April 18. The team shall visit Ziro to have firsthand experience of the famous Paddy cum Fish culture.


Siram visits ACH

ITANAGAR, Apr 18:  Education Minister Bosiram Siram visited Arunachal Charity Home (ACH), Dibrugarh branch. He met the patients and gave them some amount as medical expenses.

He appreciated ACH for carrying out selfless services for the people of Arunachal Pradesh and encouraged them to continue carrying out such activities in the years ahead. He also donated    some funds for ACH.

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Itanagar; where people do as they please

Dear Editor,

Often a state’s development graph can be gauged by its capital city. It’s sad but a stark reality that the condition of our capital Itanagar is not something which can be boasted about. As one travels from Assam back to Itanagar, this reality is often magnified. Roads are in pitiable condition which needs immediate repair and attention. Right from our ATM booths to buses to roads to law and order situation, the tag “land of “khusi khusi”, as Bakin Pertin once famously quoted about our state is written all over in bold capital letters.

Let us not even consider the outskirts of the Itanagar; the glaring example is right in front of our eyes, the newly cemented barricade in the road leading to Banktinali. What is the point or logic behind putting it, when the road is in a deplorable state, not fitted to be two lanes. The problem has infact aggravated as drivers do not posses traffic sense, all they want is to race ahead of one another, even in traffic jams. They should learn a lesson from Shillong city. Their traffic system is exemplary. What about the pedestrians, the lane for them to walk has become so narrow that often vehicle are moving just a feet away. The other roads too are in pitiable condition: Our roads are like those vehicles which get a makeover during vishwakarma pujas, but at least it’s once in a year, but for our poor roads, they  have to wait an eternity, exception: when “dignitaries” from Delhi are to visit Itanagar, not only roads but the whole Itanagar undergoes a makeover. Moreover with the growing population and economy, the capital in coming years is most likely to face a crisis of traffic jams. Aren’t we seeing a trailer of it already?

The buildings being constructed rapidly at any place people is totally unacceptable, that even if the government wants to expand the roads it’s impossible to bring down all these buildings. Now million dollar question is do they follow proper procedures while getting allotment or is it possible because they have something for the officials under the table. A capital city like Shillong quite similar to Itanagar in demography, inspite of the good roads and proper management is gripped by traffic jams so much that the government is banging its head to find a solution. Wonder what would happen to our Itanagar.

Our ATM booths are used but often abused. I pity the condition of them particularly the S.B.I A.T.M in Legi complex.  People fail to read the instructions, and mostly follow them. Once I had an argument with a man regarding the rules. Isn’t it the rule that when a person is withdrawing cash from an A.T.M, that the other person wait outside?

He replied sarcastically: “hum aapka paisa shoor karega kya?” It’s not about paisa “shoor” but about decorum. And what if he really was to “shoor” my paisa?

Despite being a capital city, there is no provision of pay toilet in Itanagar: We often find people, to our embarrassment releasing themselves at public places. Add to that the litters and garbage thrown all over but not in the dustbins provided. It seems instructions like “don’t throw”, “don’t spit” are an open challenge to us.  Go to Gandhi market, Nyokum Lapang or Ganga market you will know what I am talking about. It’s not that I expect Itanagar to be sleek and spanned. It is remotely impossible for a town like us to sustain but a certain level of hygiene can be achieved with collective and sincere efforts. The recent bazaar cleanliness drive in Naharlagun is praise worthy.

The other day I was travelling by JNURM BUS, many of the elderly women were standing while young men were comfortably sitting. What was even more surprising was that they were sitting in the seats reserved for ladies. They didn’t budge despite repeated requests. The conductors are supposed to issue tickets for the bus fares; but none was issued. This negligence gives boost to malfunctioning and as a result government incurs losses. But this is Itanagar. People do as they please.

The recent law and order disruptions: the prominent one being the vandalism of The Arunacahl Times office.  That is happening? The system is going haywire and is leading to chaos. Questions like “who are they”? “What they want?” are of not much importance as much as “what we are doing to curb it” is? Do we have proper mechanism and force to counter such elements?

Itanagar is the face of Arunachal Pradesh: but we instead of climbing the development ladder it is  stepping down. We must become true citizens; leave the age-old excuse, “nothing will change”. Public participation and Cooperation are the building blocks of an urban city. When you see something wrong, raise your voice, report it. Don’t ignore it. This city is our city: our responsibility. Your conscience must answer now: do you want Itanagar to remain a land of khusi-khusi or polish it into a true capital city.


Gaby Miyum Damin



Safety and fourth pillar of democracy

Dear Editor,

The ransacking of Arunachal Times office yet again by some unknown miscreants is a cowardice act and it deserves wide condemnation from   all cross section of the people.  The media houses have been trespassed and media persons attacked for last many years but action taken by the Government is still not known. It should be kept in mind that the Govt alone cannot perform for well-being of the people without the help of Fourth Pillar of democracy.

The district administration has also miserably failed to ensure security to the media fraternity in particular and public in general. Apart from this, granting of bail to the persons, who were involved in criminal activities in the Capital Complex, is rather encouraging and morale booster for the miscreants.

The rising of criminal activities in the Capital Complex indicates lawlessness and ineffective functioning of law enforcing authorities.

Therefore, the Govt must have will power to separate judiciary from executive in order to prevent criminal activities in the state.

It is demanded that the authority arrests the culprits responsible for attack on Arunachal Times office last Sunday and conducts high level enquiry by investigating agency like CBI or constitutes investigation agency with sitting high court judge to investigate all the pending cases relating to attack on Press so that truth can be revealed and culprits get exemplary punishment.


Kara Gambo

President, Papum Pare NCP Unit



Neglect towards all-things indigenous

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Marjo Angu's letter titled "Urgently required but only Non-APST"(14 April).

West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh are undoubtedly the only two states in India where none other than the very indigenous languages are gasping for breath after getting trampled under Hindi --- the language of the cowbelt in the guise of "national language". When the respective local languages of the soil dominate the conversations in 26 states of India, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh have sacrificed their own unique tongues and allowed a foreign language named Hindi. Yes, foreign. No lesser than a bench of the Gujarat High Court --- headed by Justices V.M.Sahai and A.J.Desai --- has very recently declared that Hindi is simply a foreign language in Gujarat, which directly implies that it is an alien language outside the cowbelt to dominate the show and become the lingua franca in the two states.

As if such supreme indifference to the indigenous languages and succumbing to all-things Hindi are not enough, the migrants have been allowed to enjoy a field day which has rendered the indigenous people to non-entities in their own soil. The situation has worsened to such a dreadful extent that advertisers are now boldly stressing that jobs are vacant for only the Non-APST people!

In the 12th November 2006 issue of a leading newspaper in Kolkata, a city -based firm advertised for the job of an Office Assistant. It was desired that the applicant should be young, smart, female, fresh Graduate and computer-friendly. But at first the applicant needs to be a non-Bengali! That means right from a Kashmiri to Tamil, Gujarati to Manipuri, British to Kenyan, Japanese to Brazilian ---- all can apply for the job, but never an indigenous Bengali! Who has said that ethnic-cleansing can be achieved only through physical atrocities? That a group of races can be trampled under the feet by employing economic factors also like cold-bloodedly depriving them from job openings can be vividly witnessed in Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal. And the greatest tragedy lies in the fact that not any barbaric invaders from alien lands, but local administration only is engaged in the suicidal mission of denigrating the sons of the soil by exhibiting supreme indifference, apathy and neglect towards all-things indigenous.

It is nothing but a matter of utmost shame that instead of taking stern action against the employers who feel no hesitation in posting racial advertisements which discriminate against certain ethnic groups, thereby assaulting the very foundation of this multi-lingual democratic country; the local authorioties, whose prime duty is to protect the language, culture and interests of the indigenous people, are engaged in pampering the outsiders to exhibit their "nationalism" and hell-bent on mortgaging the respective states to the vested interests from alien regions.

If the ethnic Arunachalis and Bengalis hold minimum desire to not get denigrated to slaves in their own land, then they should become truly united and vote against the political parties who are scandalously engaged in appeasing the migrants to reap electoral dividends and  exert "nationalism".


Kajal Chatterjee






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NEFA building in Shillong in forlorn condition

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: NEFA building in Shillong, once a pride of Arunachal Pradesh, has become a dejected and forgotten house today. The building is now engulfed in darkness.

Arunachalee students residing in ground floor of the NEFA building have been staying in darkness for last two months without electricity due to short circuit. Worst sufferers are the students who are going to face examination in June.

According to a source, the short circuit occurred due to decayed and rusty wire.  Power supply line inside the building was not been ever replaced or repaired since the last 20 years.  

“So far I know, there was no any repairing of electricity supply line inside the building since 1990” said an electrician who has been posted there to look after the building.

Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS) had informed the deputy residential commissioner in written about the plight of the students due to non-supply of electricity and the power department was also made aware of the situation, sources said.

When investigated, this correspondent came to know that NEFA building in Shillong has become more or less a forlorn and forgotten house.  

As per records, no attention was given to this building by any Arunachal government since the state secretariat was shifted to Itanagar way back in 1972.

When contacted deputy residential commissioner Onam Lego said that the building really needs the state government’s attention. However, she was unable to give detailed information whether the building was ever renovated, while saying that the general administration can only provide more information about it.

There may be abundant reasons for lackadaisical attitude of the state government towards its own property, but it is a fact that no proper direction was given to any department for looking after the building.



Location identified for Arunachal Haat

ITANAGAR, Apr 18:  Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries had identified few locations at Itanagar for establishment of State of Art Multi-facility Arunachal Haat (Commercial Hub) on the lines of Delhi Haat to give thrust to trade and commerce of the north eastern states. Today, a team led by Parliamentary Secretary Trade & Commerce  (TC) Phosum Khimhun, Commissioner (TC)  M. Pertin, Director (TC) Tokong Pertin, Branch Manager, NEDFi, Kabak Tani, President, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce &  Industries (ACC&I) Techi Lala, and General Secretary, ACC&I Tarh Nachung, have visited the sites for construction and establishment of Arunachal Haat and selected a site at Itanagar along NH-52.

As per the proposal Arunachal Haat would be housed in a multi-facility complex and offer a window to the state's unique textiles, textures and handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. It would also have area for holding fairs, besides accommodating the office of the Directorate of Trade & Commerce, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries and those of national boards like the Tea Board, the Spices Board and National Horticulture Board and other Commodity Boards under Ministry of Commerce.

Phosum Khimhun has appreciated the ACC&I team for conceiving an innovative idea and for arranging a vast track of land in the prime location. Khimhun, further, said that he will appraise the progress to the  Chief Minister while directing the officers of Trade & Commerce, Department and officials of NEDFi to work out a preliminary site-plan and land-use plan so that the matter could be discussed at the earliest possible time to give final shape to the coveted project.

He, further, said that when this Complex is completed, it will be an important landmark and sought after destination for entrepreneurs and traders.  



Indian Federation of  Working  Journalists, NFNE  condemn attacks, demand stern action

Orgs deplore attack on The Arunachal Times

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) has strongly condemned the vandalisation of the office of the Arunachal Times.  

In a statement issued today at New Delhi, the IFWJ General Secretary Parmanand Pandey has deplored that rampaging The Arunachal Times, a premiere newspaper of the state and the north-east by unidentified persons in the broad day light and yet no one was arrested which betrayed the security arrangements in and outside the media establishments. This is a challenge to the freedom of speech and expression by the hoodlums and anti-social elements. The State Government must immediately swing into action to bring the culprits to book. IFWJ demands that the newspaper should be properly compensated for the loss and the employees be given adequate protection.

The sternest possible punishment must be handed down to goons and goondas; otherwise they would feel emboldened to commit such horrific crimes again; said Pandey. It is shocking, that the anti-social elements are spreading the hoods in Arunachal Pradesh, which has hitherto been known for the peace and tranquility. That is why, it has become, all the more necessary for the state government to wake up and nip such hooliganism in the bud, said the IFWJ release.

National Federation of Newspaper Employees (NFNE) has also condemned the attack on Arunachal Times office and urged the authority to book the culprits immediately. The NFNE  extended its moral support to  the decision of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Press Club ‘not to entertain any press releases issued by the government’ from April 24 till the culprits involved in the attack are

booked and punished.

“We extend our supports to the media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh at this hour, but we hope that the issue will be resolved before the State media is compelled to take the path of non-cooperation to government press releases. Because the media performs its duty while publishing any news sourced at the government for the benefit of readers/ public and that should not be considered as a favour to them,” said Nava Thakuria, zonal secretary of NFNE.

The NFNE appealed to the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to take serious note out of the incident and requested him to play a pro-active role in building confidences among the mainstream journalists to report without any fear as well.

A bad precedence: IMCLS

Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society has condemned the incident of ransacking of Arunachal Times office. The culprits involved in the attack of the Arunachal Times must be booked and punished, it said while adding that if the culprits are not booked, such incidences are going to   establish a bad  precedence. It is very unfortunate on part of law enforcing agency that they are still clueless where as the attack was made on broad day light and in middle of town, said apex

body of the Idu Mishmis.  

In order to prevent such incidences in future the govt should act boldly or else a day will come when there will be no media house, no law and order and the entire state will be in a  chaos, it added. The Society further said that the Govt should give adequate compensation for the damages caused to the media house.

Cowardice attack: Payi Gyadi

Condemning the vandalism in the office of the Arunachal Times on Sunday by masked miscreants, Sango Lamte (SLF) Foundation Chairman Payi Gyadi termed the act as cowardice. Gyadi demanded the state government to book the culprits immediately otherwise he said that it would invite state wide agitation. He also urged the government to ensure that there is no political interference if the culprits happened to be traced out. Coming down heavily on the state security system, SLF Chairman appealed to the government to provide security to media houses in the capital to enable them to work without fear. He also appealed to the state government to lift its ban in issuing arms licenses particularly for working journalists in the state for their security while taking consideration of frequent threats to their lives. He further suggested police department to spread its networks to nab the culprits while engaging it’s intelligence with help of people. Gyadi requested the police department to step up its security by deploying more menpower in patrolling to instill sense of sacurity among the people in the state. 

Insult to the very existence of Press: APPDSU

All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) said that repeated attack on the local Press is an insult to the very existence of Fourth Pillar of democracy in the state. The humiliation meted out to the media house and its staffs is condemnable and is more condemnable when the state machinery could not book the culprit and give justice to the expectations of the helpless media house of the state, said a release.The miscreants must be booked at the earliest and exemplary punishment should be awarded to them as soon as possible, it said. The rise of such incidents and physical assaults on the journalists of the state is a sign of direct challenge to the healthy growth of media in the state. If said that such a trend was a deterrent to young people willing to pursue a career in journalism. It  urged the media fraternity to stick to their demand till justice is delivered and not to be discouraged to such immature act of ignorant minds. The students further demanded the authority concern to take all measures to control law and order problem in the twin capital city.

Alarmed at deteriorating law and order: ALSU

Condemning the repeated attack on media houses and press personnel, Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) also expressed dismay and displeasure over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Safety and security of the Fourth Pillar of the democracy is essential to ensure peace and progress in a democratic set up.

Pointing out the brutal attacks on Haku Tatak, a law student, who is till recovering at a Guwahati based hospital, illegal eviction drive carried out by Assam officials at Malinimela ground, assault on Taba Murtem and Gocham and recovery of dead bodies at Papu Nalla and Chimpu and burning down of PWD office, APPSC office building and APST buses in recent past, the ALSU resented that no miscreants involved in those incidents were arrested till date.

It demanded immediate separation of judiciary from executive and establishment of as Law Commission for proper working of police department to  ensure rule of law.

ANYA, Youth Organization,  AAPTWA, Seva Dal decry attack

All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has condemned the attack on Arunachal Times office by unknown miscreants.

Terming the ransacking of media house as inhuman act, ANYA said media help the organizations and society to highlights their grievances.

The association demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and adequate compensation to the media house.

Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization appealed to the law enforcing authority to enquire into the ransacking incident of Arunachal Times office and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.

Condemning the incident, the organization said the freedom of expression and safety and security of the media houses must be ensured.

Pointing out the recent demolition of infrastructure by Assam officials inside Arunachal territory at Likabali and reported assault on Kherbari HGB under Dollungmukh circle  and brutal attack on Haku Tatak, a law student, the organization urged the state Govt to improve law and order situation in the state. It further demanded establishment of one more Police Station at Itanagar and temporary police stations near old SP office, Ganga  and Chandranagar near Police Hq. It threatened to launch democratic movement if the Govt fails to improve law and order and ensure peace and security of the people of the state.

All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has appealed to the district magistrate to arrest the culprits involved in the attack of the Arunachal Times office within seven days. It further demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.

Kipa Kaha, Vice Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal  (APCSD) has condemned the attack. It appealed for immediate arrest of culprits as it said that the attack on Press will demoralise and directly affect the civil society. He appealed to all the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh to  cooperate  with law enforcement agencies of state for immediate arrest of anti social elements.


Assault on media its own creation: Former Minister

Former Minister T C Teli in unequivocal terms said that assault on media is because of its “own creation”. While accusing the media of being hypocritical and sycophants, he said that “Fourth Estate is doing its constitutional duties over the world except in Arunachal”.

The former Minister went on to add that “My attention is drawn to the attack on media houses time and again. It is said one hand cannot clap and every action has equal and opposite reaction. These sayings are absolutely right when once I see the history of human civilizations. There are limits for everything. Media/Press being the fourth estate should … project/focus the reality to public after all public is the supreme in the democratic world. Press/Media in Arunachal is not free from interference by proprietors, hypocrisy, and sycophancy” said the former minister.

“In my 25yrs in active politics including being lone opposition in Assembly had the experiences of press/media” and such continuation in today’s days will create (be) counter product. Today’s Arunachal is not yesterday’s Arunachal. One cannot make fool of others easily. To me what had happened with media/press is its own creation” read the statement from  Teli.



Library reading strengthens school education: CBSE Chief

AWIC honours for Etalo Mega, and readers Arpita and Ashish from Lohit

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: “Library habits and book reading are vital for the all round education. You students should pursue them vigorously” exhorted CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi, as he gave away the AWIC 2012 Awards for outstanding librarians and reader-activists of the children’s library movement in the country, at a function at Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi this week.

Quoting incidents from Gandhiji’s life, Joshi highlighted the keen reading habit of the Father of the Nation that enabled him to read and write several Indian languages in his hectic and eventful life.

Etalo Mega of the Bamboosa Library, Tezu  was the sole recipient of the AWIC Librarian of the Year 2012 Award from the entire country, outside Delhi. Young library activists from Bamboosa Library Ashish Singh, a student of Class IX, Govt. HSS, Tezu and Arpita Dwivedi, a Class 7 student, Govt MS Tezu were also among the young reader awardees.

Thanking the AWIC and Convenor of its All India Children’s Library Project, Surekha Panandiker for their keen interest in reading promotion in Arunachal and the support to the Lohit Youth Library Movement since 2006, Etalo Mega elaborated how a variety of reading promotion activities by the Lohit library volunteers have kept alive the movement in the region, bringing out new volunteers and reader-activists every year.

These readers have brought in a cascade effect, he said, explaining their keen involvement in running the libraries and taking them out to the villages, as in Wakro circle. Mega also thanked the leaders, the district administration and the Education Departments of Lohit and Anjaw as also the participating organizations like ASSET, Wakro, CALSOM, Tezu, 48 BRTF, the Police Welfare School, Tezu and the news media for strongly supporting its reading promotion activities.

Surekha Panandiker, Convenor of the AWIC Children’s Library Project, lauded the winners, all of whom were spreading a new light of learning in areas, so far not benefitted by a strong reading movement. She also remembered the spirited performance of the young readers of Bamboosa Library, Ashish Singh and Arpita Dwvidi, for their innovativeness and enthusiasm in spreading the joy of reading.

Speaking to Mega after the award function, Prashant Lokhande, founder-patron of the Lohit Youth Library Movement, lauded the volunteers and reader-activists for their selfless commitment to reading promotion, without expectations of any financial incentives. “My only wish is to have such movement in every district of Arunachal, so that the young generation of this mountain state grows with the books.” MLA Roing Laeta Umbrey another dedicated patron of the Library Movement said Etalo’s wonderful achievement was a proud moment for the state.



Zero Energy Cool Chamber: A Potentional Storage Structure for the dry hilly areas of North-Eastern states

Dr.Pijush Kanti Biswas and Minonti Pait

The farmers of dryland villages have poor resource availability particularly where the vegetables are grown as subsistence crop by the small and marginal land holders.  In absence of proper storage technique the farmers usually sell their vegetables in the local markets soon after the harvest.  Transporting their harvest in gunny bags on bicycles every alternate days to markets induced a considerable stress on them.    

Zero energy cool chamber - an on-farm rural oriented storage structure which operates on the principle of evaporative cooling was developed at IARI, New Delhi, using locally available raw materials such as bricks, sand, bamboo, dry grass, jute cloth etc. The chamber is an above-ground double-walled structure made up of bricks. The cavity of the double wall is filled with riverbed sand. The lid was made by using dry grass/straw on a bamboo frame. The rise in relative humidity (90% or more) and fall in temperature (10–15°C) from the ambient condition could be achieved by watering the chamber twice a day. Performance evaluation of cool chambers at different locations of the country was found to be satisfactory for short term storage of vegetables, fruits etc. The major advantage of cool chamber storage was the maintenance the firmness of horticultural produce by lowering the physiological loss in weight (PLW) and other metabolic processes. Eventually, 3 to 4 days more shelf life of perishables could be obtained in cool chamber storage as compared to ambient condition storage. Further, a 500 ppm bavistin dip helped in checking the microbial infection. The mature green fruits stored in cool chamber had excellent texture yet scored low on organoleptic value due to less sugars than carotenoids.



LSHEP future uncertain as Aalo hearing postponed too

Siang Valley Bandh called off

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: In a major embarrassment to the state government, Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board and Jaiprakash Arunachal Power Limited (JAPL), the third public hearing for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project scheduled at Aalo has been postponed for indefinite time.

The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amzad Tak said that he had written for postponement of the public hearing due to fear of breakdown of law and order in the district.

The first one at Jeying in Upper Siang and second hearing at Rottung were postponed after unprecedented pressure from protestors opposed to the mega project in the Siang Valley.

The state government had put in all efforts to conduct the hearing including large deployment of security personnel at the three venues further infuriating the local citizens opposed to the project.

Meanwhile, Forum for Siang Dialogue, Adi Students’ Union, Siang Peoples’ Forum and Siang Bachao Federation called off the Siang Valley bandh instituted against the Public Hearings. The bandh is being called-off  pursuant to the postponement of the Public Hearings of the Lower Siang Hydro-Power Project till further notice, said Vijay Taram, spokesperson, Forum for Siang Dialogue. All the organisations cumulatively further reiterated its decision “No Dam on Siang River”.

RTE and its implementation


The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which is often referred as Right to Education (RTE) Act in common parleys, came into force from 1 April, 2010. The Act provides for free and compulsory education to all children of the age of 6 to 14 years.

Despite this Act being in place, there have been cases where children were denied admission on the grounds of not having transfer certificates, birth certificates or local residence proofs.

Two years after the implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, information and trends gathered by Child Rights and You (CRY) at grassroots level across several states indicate that providing free and compulsory education to all under this legislation continues to remain a big challenge.

According to various case studies done by CRY and its partners in several states over the period of last two years- Children are still denied admission in schools on various grounds despite this Act being in place.

There are cases where admission was denied due to not having transfer certificate, birth certificate or local residence proof. In many cases parents had to pay admission fee and were asked to pay monthly fee. No receipt of any kind against paid amount was provided to the parents by the school. There are also cases where children are being denied admission in mid-year or after half yearly school test.

There is an urgent need to strengthen the delivery mechanisms in the area of school education especially at the grassroots level and there is also a need to create greater awareness at community level to implement various provisions of the RTE Act.