ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Blaming the public health engineer department (PHED) for alleged
poor management of drinking water supply at Seppa town, Seppa Township Colonies Development
Committee today said that due to negligence of PHED, people are facing acute shortage
of drinking water over the last many years.
It also claimed that the drinking water supplied to the town is unhygienic and without
proper treatment causing many water borne diseases.
Committee further extended its solidarity to All East Kameng Students Union seeking
action against the then executive engineer for allegedly misusing the funds without
completion of the water project, involving worth amount of Rs 9.18 crore.
Press personnel dismiss Teli statement as publicity stunt
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal
Press Club have reacted strongly to the statement of the former Minister T C Teli
in which he had said that repeated attack on media in state is its own creation.
The media personnel dismissed the statement of the former minister as a publicity
stunt. They further advised the former minister to concentrate on his political career
rather than giving statement which is unlikely to be of any help to any section of
the Arunachalee society.
Gumkum-Gungpa celebrated with traditional fervor
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Puriok community of the state celebrated the Gumkum-Gungpa
festival with pomp and gaiety on Monday last. The festival was celebrated at different
places across the state. At Seppa in East Kameng, it was celebrated at Arunodya Model
Village in a colourful manner in which hundreds of people took part. The festival
was also celebrated by the community at Puroik Kabuang in Upper Tipi West Kameng
and Puroik colony at Papu Nallah in Naharlagun.
DC directs officers to report to Seppa
Seppa, Apr 19: The East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has directed the officers of the
district to report to Seppa on or before 25th April in view of the proposed visit
of the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh to East Kameng w.e.f 27th April. The officers
including those on tour or on leave have also been asked to report back to the station.
Gangkak and Tayo to represent Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Dikbi Gangkak and Yurda Tayo Arunachal Pradesh Carom Association
(APCA) will be representing the state in the 49th Suresh Singh Memorial Open Carom
Tournament 2012, a north east level tournament, which is scheduled to be held at
Nurul Amin Stadium at Nagaon in Assam from 21 to 25 April next.
Free coaching for APPSC interview
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Coaching for Entry in Services & Career Counselling Cell of Dera
Natung Government College, Itanagar is going to conduct absolutely free coaching
on ‘How to Face Interview: The Right Approach’ in the library Hall of the college
from 25th April to 5th May,2012. Hence, those APCCS aspirants who have qualified
the Mains (written Examination) and are interested to attend the free Coaching cum
mock interview programme, must reach the library hall of D. N. G. College on 21st
April at 9.00 am for registration. Though registration is also free, it is compulsory
for all those who want to attend the free coaching cum mock interview sessions regularly.
For details, please contact Dr. M. Q. Khan, coordinator at 9436879564/ 9206110098.
Union demands solution
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: All West Siang Border Student Union (AWSBSU) sought immediate
solution to the Assam-Arunachal border problem. It further called for early reconstruction
of the multi-purpose pandal at Malinithan Temple, Likabali. The team visited the
spot at Likabali recently and threatened to launch democratic movement to demands
Union seeks posting of dentist
ITANAGAR, April 19: All Memba Students’ Union (AMSU) today sought posting of a dentist
immediately at Menchukha sub-division of West Siang district with adequate medicines;
saying that health sector in the area is deteriorating.
Union informed that due to non-availability of medicines and other facilities, the
patients are forced to go to Pasighat and Aalo for further treatment, which is far
off from the sub-division. Lamenting over the government’s lackadaisical attitude
towards the area, it claimed the area had only one community health centre with poor
facilities and a lone doctor who, it said, mostly remain absent.
Kanubari hit by heavy storm, 2 houses destroyed
KHONSA, Apr 19: Luaksim village in Kanubari circle was hit by a heavy storm on the
night of April 19 in which 2 dwelling houses were completely destroyed and a number
of other houses partially damaged.
A strong storm accompanied by heavy rain lashed Kanubari circle but it was Luaksim
village that was hit the hardest. Many trees were uprooted and the power supply has
been snapped in the entire Kanubari area. However, there are no reports of any casualties.
Immediate relief materials are being rushed to the affected villagers by the administration.
The WRD Minister N. Tingkhatra has instructed the ADC to monitor the situation and
urged him to provide all possible help to the victims. When contacted, ADC, N. Wangjen
told this reporter that there is no cause for worry as all necessary steps have been
initiated to bring succor for the victims adding that efforts are being made by the
concerned department to restore electricity supply in the area.
BJP calls for fair recruitment
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Bharatiya Janta Party State Unit has called for free and fair
recruitment of Police Constables under Tirap and Changlang districts. The special
package provided by the Centre for these insurgency affected districts should be
utilized wisely and very fairly without any political interference. Though, merit
in physical efficiency test and written test should be the prime consideration, it
is also advisable to maintain certain ratio with respect to backwardness of the regions,
it further said.
In general category also proper and strict verification of the domicile certificates
should be done to avoid unfair recruitment, the party stated.
STS Miao exceeds revenue target
CHANGLANG, Apr 19: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services, Miao station of Changlang
district has earned revenue of Rs. 1, 43, 09,861 as against the target of Rs. 1,
29, 54,934 for the fiscal year of 2011-12 by utilizing 96 % of the fleet.
STS, Miao has maintained the trend of achieving 100 % and above revenue target since
the fiscal year 2005-06.
Station Superintendent T Ruttum lauded the contribution and cooperation of each and
every individual staff members irrespective of their rank and file for achieving
this rare feat and exhorted them to maintain the same spirit of team work in future.
The attempts by the Govt to conduct Public Hearing for Mega dam construction itself
is repeated hallucination. This is the third public hearing which people have vehemently
condemned and opposed with a demonstration of vandalisation of the JP belongings
at Bodak on 17th April.
Beware of fourth, it might cost lives too. Don’t forget that there’s no such Govt
land in Arunachal but big or small all belongs to people only.
The paramilitary posting at Pasighat-Pangin and in Pasighat-Bodak road is ridiculous
act of our Govt whereas it is should be in Likabali where the inter-state border
problem is a pivotal issue anticipating solution.
The armed paramilitary is posted to fight the armless angry mob that is not fighting
against the country but for a futuristic cause. It may not be easy fighting the Govt
but it isn’t possible to construct dam against the will of the landowner. Rather
the action is the provoking to a great extent and earning curse. The public hearing
is a story of blunder and failure.
The former Chief Minister of Arunachal Late Dorjee Khandu in this daily on 13th March
2010 stated that there would be no Mega Dam project against the will of people. It
is wonderful why the present Govt is reverse to the statement of the predecessor.
Whether they like it or not it is paving the way for gun culture in our land. The
paramilitary presence is needed in Mer, Gadum and D. Ering Memorial Wild Life Sanctuary
where the emergence of Maoist is felt. Period of this Government is one of the most
reckless eras of our time. It is good for JP to shift somewhere else or return home
for we didn’t invite you and we can’t compromise either. Your dream to boost bulky
profit and become king maker of Arunachal has become a daydream. We also have a word
for the brave protestors that we are with you and still others raising hands to pronounce
prayers for mission accomplished. They have come to invade our land with hydro bomb
lets save our motherland.
Govt ignited the violence
The unprecedented deployment of security personnel against the anti-dam activists
along Pasighat-Mariyang road and "at strategic locations" as stated by the police
chief of East Siang district itself speaks a lot.
DC Upper Siang stated that the "situation was not conducive to conduct the proposed
hearing", but the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh never paid any heed to the grievances
of general populace, as such the Jeying episode of popular voice was underestimated
and unsuccessful show of power to suppress the sentiments of concerned public.
The stray cases of violence as reported was also due to sheer provocation of the
security personnel, as they resorted to firing on 16th April, which further ignited
the anguish and resentment of the protestors.
Till April 16th evening no violence or any untoward incidents were reported. The
reports of stray incidents of 17th April, have happened due to provocation of the
security personnel, AP Govt. officers, JAPL Officials, and some hired local persons
against the popular movement for the cause of the people by the people and for the
people of Greater Siang in particular and Mother Arunachal in general.
Through your esteemed daily, I take the pain to appeal the Govt. of A.P and others
to learn a lesson from Jeying episode and scrap the infamous project for peaceful
existence of humanity in the region.
No one should abuse mother nature"
Forum for Siang Dialogue
Its time for a change
We keep pressing on police for arrest of culprits, launch ‘other means of pressure’
on Govt, if the police delays in doing so. So much so is the ad-hoc, temporary solutions
because we see the culprit roaming in the market place in full vigour and glory after
few days without shame and remorse. We say hi to him/her, chat and then we forget
what he/she has done.
Blame it on police dept who did arrest him or lack of strong judicial system, which
grants bail in non-bailable offences without any conditions if they are bailed so.
We don’t have district court which adds to unsatisfying results in imparting suitable
punishment to convicts; if at all the accused is proved of guilty in present system.
When an accused is apprehended it is believed to have a fair and just trial. Now
how is that possible with current trends of the system? The law-breakers have little
or no fear for the law. Thus the system is milking its own snake. One should ask
why we don’t have our own strong judicial system in the state even after 25 years
of statehood declaration. There are hundreds of law students seeking the answer as
When a police officer is trained so much, such officers come back home city with
high hopes to do good for the society and bring peace in society guided by the law.
It is to utter dismay that he finds little or no means, in terms of man-power, latest
gadgets in crime control, transportation, electronic communication, a friend in disguise
of a learnt, well-versed magistrate and district courts.
It will be too much to ask all these as I believe our society is still in a transition.
But then it hits me, ‘isn’t this already 25th year after declaration of its statehood
and what have we achieved?
A lot has to come and go, to adjust with the social set up of Arunachal and its people
because a BMW might be good and luxurious in Capital city of India, the same pleasure
can be driven from Maruti-800 in capital city of Arunachal given its road and traffic
My fellow friends, the power to choose is your personal supreme choice being born
in largest democratic set up. And your freedom listed in the longest constitution
has to be judiciously used, your freedom to wave hand in the air indiscriminately
ceases to exists right there when your hand is about to touch my cheek. If you and
I can bring the change, it’s right now.
Let’s change our mind-set first, let’s grow into each other in a symbiotic and healthy
relationship. Let’s love our neighbours and find peace in their peace. Let’s follow
traffic rules and let’s not create lanes when there is a place of only two vehicles.
2 minutes of wait is worth and time saving than 30 minutes of traffic jam and agony.
Response to a former minister’s statement
I am neither a politician nor a social worker but it is very painful to say that
if our public leader cannot do anything good for the cause of society and media fraternity
then atleast do not politicise the emotional problem of media community.
As it is universal truth that every politician looks around for opportunities for
self gain and popularity so I request every concern citizen to support the media
community at these times of need.
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.
We have always been together, says Tuki
Nyishi Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: “We have always been together and we will always be one”, said
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while calling for oneness among all the tribes of the
state. He was addressing the 5th Nyishi Day celebration at I G Park here today. Expressing
concern over growing unemployment problem in the state Tuki said the present Govt.
is planning to create employment opportunity for one lakh youths during the forthcoming
12th five year plan.“These employment avenues will be created mostly in agro and
horti sectors,” Tuki said.
Referring to the law and order situation in the state, he said criminal activities
during last five-six months are below average if it is compared to the crime reports
of the past five years.
Calling on the people not relate any criminal activities with tribes or religion,
he asked for cooperation from all section of the society in tackling law and order
situation in the state capital.
Saying that the celebration of the Day symbolizes the victory for the community,
Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjay said it is the day for us to think where we and our identity
are. He urged upon NES and ANSU to be at guard against people who take advantage
under the pretext of being backward and harm others. “Our honesty should not be exploited
by any individual”, he said. “State government needs to take action against the violators”,
said Sanjoy while urging the state government to ensure that communal feelings are
not developed in the state.
Stressing on maintaining Pan Arunachal identity among all the tribes, former chief
minister and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi said that the fight should be against illiteracy
and backwardness. “If we can win the fight against these two thing, then we can
go ahead and be a strong community”, said Mithi. Requesting the Chief Minister and
NES to take full responsibility for taking ahead the community with zeal, he vouched
for united and progressive Arunachal.
Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum in his presidential address gave a brief
description on the significance of the Day. Referring to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
boundary problems, he urged the state government to find out a amicable solution
to the problem as early as possible. “Peaceful co-existence is pre-requisite for
any developmental activities to take place”, Tolum added.
Calling for strict measures to tackle law and order in the state capital, he requested
the chief minister to take stern action against people of the community who are involved
in unfair means. “Otherwise, because of them the whole community will be sufferer,”
Bengia said. Referring to the signing of the 2nd Nyishi-Bodo Accord at Seijosa on
March 16 last by NES and ANSU, he vouched for similar action to solve the boundary
Representatives from community based organizations like Adi Baane Kebang, Sajolang
Elite Society, Tagin Welfare Society, Apatani Socio - Cultural Welfare Society, All
Hrusso (Aka) Socio-Cultural Society etc also attended the day.
Various cultural programmes including Mega Dance by 1500 dancers from all across
Nyishi inhabited areas were organized to mark the occasion. However, singer Nabam
Yall, who enthralled the audience with her melodious numbers, was the centre of
Tawang remember crash victims
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: A year after the tragic chopper crash atUrgen Sangpo Heliport Changprong
,Tawang, a prayer meeting was held in memory and for the eternal peace of those who
lost their lives. Four renowned monks of Jamyang Choikorling Monastery performed
the prayer rituals from 7 AM which lasted till 12 noon.
The prayer was initiated by civil aviation of the Department of Tawang. Deputy commissioner
Tawang,Kemo Lollen, Commander 190 Mtn Brigade Brig J S Rajpurohit and all the Head
of offices of Tawang District attended the prayer. Seventeen people, including two
children and three crew members, were killed when a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed
at Tawang last year. The helicopter, which was on a regular flight, had taken off
from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport before crashing as it was
descending in Tawang. Mi72 helicopter caught fire immediately after the crash, killing
the 17 persons on the spot. The loss of life could have been lesser if there was
fire fighting equipments. Even a year later, fire station at Tawang is still in a
Mithi to head APCC
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Former Chief Minister and current Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi
was today chosen as the president of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee by All
India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi. He takes over from sitting incumbent
and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Considered as one of the most loyal Congressman and non-controversial politicians,
Mithi said that his main responsibility would be strengthening the party at the grassroots
to bring more people to the Congress party.
Mithi said that he would ensure that Congress party and all legislative assembly
members would work together and united.
He termed his appointment as a huge responsibility and reposition of faith by AICC
During a short telephonic interview, the APCC chief said that he would assist the
Congress govt led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the state to deliver as expected
by the people of the state.
Five times Legislator Mithi was the Chief Minister between 1999-2003 and also led
the APCC between 2002-2004. He was Lieutenant Governor of Pudduchery between 2006
-2008 before being elected to Rajya Sabaha in August 2009.
Mithi, who hails from Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, is a product of Ramakrishna
Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur. A voracious reader, he has a penchant for sports
Matured decision: Dabii
In his congratulatory message, senior Congress leader Tako Dabii today lauded Sonia
Gandhi for her prudent and matured decision to appoint a seasoned and very amiable
leader to head the APCC. This itself would improve the secular image and strengthen
the party in the state, Davii told this daily.
AAPSU questions financial position, demands white paper
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has expressed
deep concern over the reported move of the state government to recall all the Bank
Drafts/ Banker Cheque from all HODs/DDOs vide order NO.BT.330/2009/Pt-1 Dated 03rd
April 2012 to be deposited into civil deposit Major Head 8443 stating poor resource
position in state exchequer.
The Apex students’ body of the state urges the present state government to come out
with a “White Paper” on state’s financial position within a time period of two weeks.
It said that the union will be compelled to launch a rigorous statewide movement,
if the demands are not met.
In a release AAPSU termed this new development as not only messy but another anti-people
stand by Congress government.
The deficit budget of Rs 218.05 crore presented by the state government has already
put the resource crunch state in an awkward position.
“As per the various news reports and the information available with the union, the
government has incurred huge amount of expenditure without any proper planning in
order to benefit few select group thus culminating into the present state of affairs.
Money has been distributed among few ruling class people. The real grassroot small
time contractors who had carried out work by borrowing money at high interest rates
are facing serious problem because of this ban by government,” union stated. AAPSU
further question why does poor people of Arunachal has to suffer because of the financial
mismanagement of the ruling government.
Union will never tolerate the injustice meted to the common people of the state whether
they are students whose stipends are not going to be regularly released, the government
servants and small time contractors whose salaries or payments are to be impacted
immensely due to such order by the state government, it said.
The concerted effort put in by the people at helm of affairs to covertly cover up
their misdeeds and fiscal mismanagement at the cost of state needs to be known by
the people of the state and they have every right to know what has brought the precarious
financial state of affairs. The union also questioned the deplorable law and order
problem in the state more particularly in the twin city of the capital.
Police has failed to solve the entire major cases related to criminal activities
that shocked state in the recent days and therefore it has left a big question mark
on the ability of the law enforcing agencies.
Meanwhile, while reacting to the joint declaration by the Arunachal Press Club and
Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists to boycott publication of Govt and
NGO related news from April 24, AAPSU said issue needs to be amicably solved by immediately
apprehending the perpetrators of the shameful incident.
People’s stiff opposition compels authority to cancel public hearings: BBK
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Public Hearings for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro-Electric Power
Project at Geying, Rottung and Aalo on April 17, 18 and 20 respectively were cancelled
not because of law and order problems but because of the stiff opposition from people,
who do not want construction of dam at Siang River, compelled the authority to cancel
it, Bogum-Bokang Kebang said in a release and decided to submit a memorandum to the
Union Minister for Environment and Forest and Minister for Tribal Affairs to apprise
them of the fact.
BBK in an emergency meeting held at Pangin also decided to demand the police to register
a case against one Okom Tamuk of Mirku village for his alleged role in creating
an un-conducive atmosphere at Geying camp.
The meeting also decided to start Jail Baro Andolan if any activist is arrested for
the happenings at Geying and Rottung villages.
It appealed to the people of Adi and Galo communities to fight united against the
The meeting was held especially to discuss the recent happenings of untoward incidences
at Geying Camp, where the Public Hearing was scheduled to be held on April 17. However,
the hearing could not be conducted due to stiff public opposition.
AKA to decide on job reservation
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) president would lead a selection
committee for considering players for 5 per cent job reservation in the meritorious
sports persons quota in various government departments while the players’ recommendation
should come from the respective individual heads such as president/secretary of Shoto-Kan,
Shito-Ryu, Wodo-Kai etc:, to AKA for further course of action. It was decided in
an executive body meeting of AKA on April 14.
The meeting strongly appealed to the Government not to entertain any sort of proposal
and grant-in-aid to any state or district unit karate associations which are not
recognized by AKA.
Any recommendation for incentive for players, who bring laurel to the state, should
be forwarded by the respective individual style’s head to the government through
AKA only, the meeting resolved adding that all individual karate styles--Shoto-Kan,
Shito-Ryu & Wodo-Kai etc --recognized by AKA can participate in all the respective
tournament in national and international level but all arrangement and financial
expenditure must be borne by themselves.
It is amended that the fees collected for technical seminar and other technical related
matters can be fully utilized by Technical Director for the purpose of conducting
technical meetings of AKA and the Technical Director (AKA) must produce minimum 2
to 3 AIKF Judge/Referee within 3 years. The meeting also discouraged practice of
inviting technical experts from other state except experts from All India Karate-Do
Federation for State Level Karate Championship under AKA.
Dress-Code regarding Technical officials should be strictly followed, the meeting
resolved and stringent action should be initiated against the violators.
The meeting was attended by all the eight executive body members of AKA, including
AKA president Sensei Likha Tara, Sensei Deban Sharma, Sensei Bulang Marik, Sensei
Yorda Niki, Sensei Tai Hipik, Sensei Marli Ete, Sensei Charu Tatung and Sensei Biki
Byaling reviews performance of MG-NREGA
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 19: Chairing a daylong performance Review Meeting on implementation
of MG-NREGA in the state, Minister RD, Tanga Byaling has said that the absorption
capacity of fund released under the national flagship scheme by the state is an area
of concern as he called for expediting implementation and strengthening the coordination
at all levels to prove as a performing state.
Stating that release of central funding is based on previous performance, he exuded
his faith that PDs and BDOs would work pro-actively with renewed vigour and commitment
and close coordination with PRI members for the success of the flagship scheme for
uplifting the rural areas and rural poor of the state. Out of the projected labour
budget proposal of Rs.365 crore for FY 2012-13, the GoI has approved Rs.77 crore
based on previous performance.
Zilla Chairpersons of various districts, Deputy Commissioners, PDs (DRDA), BDOs and
APOs attended the review meeting yesterday (April 18) at State Banquet Hall), Itanagar.
Further, terming the rural development as a vital sector, he stressed that various
poverty alleviation schemes under DRDA like IAY, SGSY also need to be implemented
with renewed zeal. On the delay in disbursement of salary of DRDA staff in few districts,
he directed for timely release on availability of fund.
Summing up his observations after the daylong meeting, he said that effective implementation
of NREGA is a collective responsibility and reiterated on cooperation, coordination
and team spirit.
The Parliamentary Secretary (RD), Punji Mara in his address to the gathering called
for creating awareness on various rural development schemes among the rural people
for community development and close coordination with PRI members.
Earlier, Commissioner RD, Tape Bagra, terming MGNREGA as one of the most holistic
flagship programme, also stressed on need to gear up for cent percent fund utilization
and timely submission of utilization certificates for facilitating release of adequate
labour budget fund from centre. In view of its importance, the PMO is keenly monitoring
its implementation, he added. The GoI has approved Rs.35 crore as first installment
for the state, earmarking Rs.2 lacs for each Gram sabha (anchal segment) from the
current financial year, the Commissioner informed and reiterated on judicious fund
The Director RD, J.Angu, delivering a power point presentation on background and
highlights of MGNREGA in AP, said that objective of the Act which guarantees 100
days employment in a year to all rural households is to provide every rural household
wage employment for creating livelihood opportunities and to arrest urban migration
and also to create permanent durable assets for the rural community. The Director
also made his observation for issuing job cards to the beneficiaries and for regular
conduct of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Meeting, timely uploading of MIS for
transparency , preparation of annual labour Budget in time, proper coordination between
DRDA and Block level, need for districts to utilize 100% fund and also emphasized
on visibility of assets created.
He asked the district functionaries to prepare labour budget by February to avoid
delay in release of next installment. 28.81 lakh numbers of mandays have been generated,
while 17,9975 job cards have been issued in the state under the scheme with 1779
Gram Panchayats and 99 Blocks/Anchal as per statistics( February 2012)
The PDs presented annual progress report under MG-NREGA -2011-12 of their respective
The Zilla Parishad Chairpersons from various districts also put forward views for
strengthening the delivery mechanism of MG-NREGA in the state and underlined need
for proper coordination between Govt. functionaries and PRI members, besides capacity
building and other issues. (DIPR)]
VHP demands restoration of Malini Mela infrastructure, compensation
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Uttar Purva Prant and VHP Arunachal
Pradesh jointly demanded the Assam Govt to restore the damaged infrastructure in
the Malini Mela ground and the Mandir premises immediately.
Expressing serious concern over the demolition all the structures in Malini Mela
ground in the wee hours of April 5, the VHP in a memorandum to the Assam governor
said that a team of Assam officials including Demaji ADC U K Boruah, SP P R Kar,
DSP (P) A U Ahmad, SDO H K Pegu equipped with armed forces, an excavator and three
trucks ransacked and demolished all the structure in Mela ground including one multipurpose
pandal, RCC storage building, besides looting 1500 CGI sheets, 50 plastic chairs
and GI pipes.
Describing the incident as unfortunate and condemnable, the memorandum said that
such act of vandalism has violated the fundamental rights of the indigenous people
of the region which is also detrimental to the secular fabric of the Nation.
The memorandum demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the persons involved in
vandalism, adequate compensation from Assam govt for the damage caused to the Malini
Mela infrastructure and other properties.
Malini Mandir and Akashi Ganga in Likabali area have been the major centres of pilgrimage
since time immemorial. In fact the Arunachal Pradesh Govt and local bodies have
been jointly celebrating Malini Mela since 1968 with religious fervor, the memorandum
Children-in-street situations serve as a grim reminder of how one of the most marginalized
and vulnerable groups in the world continues to be deprived of their basic rights.
According to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, children in street situations
are at high risk of suffering violence, particularly torture and inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.
Girls, though less in number than boys, often face far worse conditions on streets.
A UN report on violence against children refers to a study in Rwanda where three-quarters
of interviewed girls in street situations - a third of them under the age of 10,
admitted they were sexually active. A shocking 93 per cent of such girls reported
having been raped.
The street children are present in all countries. The particular problems children
in developed countries face might differ to those encountered by street children
in a developing country but they all still have connections to the streets and their
It is believed that that registration of every child is a key first step in addressing
the complex issues affecting the lives of children, particularly those in challenging
circumstances such as street children.