The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Free Medical camp at Loke model village
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Bhavishya Bharat, a local area development agency, in close collaboration
with District Hospital, Daporijo organized a free medical camp at Loke Model village
under Nacho circle of Upper Subansiri district on April 15 and 16 last.
Dr Jei Mara, MD, Dr Tara Nayam, Child Specialist and Dr Debasish Bora, Medical Officer
provided treatment with free medicines to 290 patients from the villages of Nacho
The health camp was supported by M/s Indus Hydro (India) Private Limited.
Anti Malaria awareness campaign held
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: An Anti-Malaria Free Medical Awareness Campaign was organized
at Sippi and Kodak village in Upper Subansiri district on April 10 and 12 last by
All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO) in collaboration with district health society,
Inaugurating the programme at Sippi on April 10 last, Daporijo Sigen-1 ZPM Duma Yekar
while using the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ called upon the participants
to be safe.
ALSU demands cancellation of appointment
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Alleging that the department has violated the recruitment rules
while appointing Joint Director, Agri and Allied, Rural Department in Oct 2012 last,
Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) today demanded immediate cancellation of appointment
order of said post.
In a representation submitted to Chief Secretary the apex student’s organization
claimed that two regular posts of joint director already exist in the department
and appointment of joint director agri & allied rural department is meaningless.
No advertisement was made against the said post and questioned the government over
appointment since cabinet has recently banned creation of post and deputation, ALSU
Bio-Metric machine installed
CHANGLANG, Apr 18: To utilize the developing IT technology, the Changlang District
Administration has installed Bio-Metric machine to regulate the daily attendance
of all the 21 departments located within DC Office Complex.
The attendance will be linked with the salaries. The aim is to improve the work culture,
regular attendance and efficiency in office works.
The CCTV is also installed in and around the DC’s office complex. This will check
the movement of unwanted elements in this insurgency affected area.
Further, CCTV is also installed at Namdang check gate to monitor movement of persons,
vehicles and natural and forest products in and from the district. The CCTV footage
of the check gate would br regularly monitored by DC and SP office of the district.
Puroik community seeks financial assistance
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The Mega Gumkum- Gumpa Festival Celebration Committee (MGGFCC)-2013
has sought financial assistance from the state government to meet various economic
developmental activities for the Puroik community.
In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister, reminding that Puroik Area Development
Agency (PADA) was constituted in which a chairman from the Puroik Community was also
appointed along with a project director to monitor various schemes and developmental
activities of Puroik area, it asked for allocating Rs 3 crore from CM’s corpus fund
for assistance in the education sector for Puroik children, for the medical expenditure
and other social upliftment activities.
We have no separate representative of ZPM’s or MLA’s who will take care of the various
problems which we have been going through, it reasoned.
Also requesting allocation of Rs. 5 crore for construction for a multi-cultural stadium
for the community at Puroik Colony, Papu Nalah, near Naharlagun, it said, as it is
very important to every tribe of the state to preserve and cultivate their traditional
culture heritage and we being a separate entity need to preserve our cultural heritage.
NCP for secular and democratic municipal board
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Arunachal Pradesh unit president
Kahfa Bengia made a fervent appeal, especially to the ruling Congress to consider
giving sufficient tickets to members of all ethnic background in the ensuing Municipality
election in Itanagar and Pasighat.
While appealing for maximum participation by the intellectuals of the entire tribes,
region and religion, the NCP president said that unless the municipality body is
made secular and democratic, especially in multiethnic society like Arunachal, the
dream of vibrant municipality body free from crime and corruption will be a distant
Bengia advocated for proportionate representation wherein the voices of all shades
can be accommodated.
Making the approach and vision of NCP clear, Bengia stated that his Party would give
clear preference to the unrepresented tribes and castes while allotting tickets to
various wards of the municipality election. Bengia further appealed to all interested
citizens to come forward fearlessly and voluntarily to make the maiden municipality
election a grand success.
Rebia inaugurates Charb-si village
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Parliamentary Secretary, Planning and Development Nabam Rebia inaugurated
Charb-si village in presence of Papum Pare District Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu
on April 13 last.
On the occasion Rebia contributed some fund for construction of ring well in the
Earlier, the Village Welfare Committee in a memorandum appealed Rebia to look into
the problems of the newly created village like electrification, drinking water supply,
village link road, Anganwadi Centre, primary school, health sub centre and appointment
Govt staff mourns death of LDC
PASIGHAT, Apr 18: The officers and officials of DC’s office here today deeply mourned
the premature demise of Potol Pertin (Dai).
Potol (43), who was serving as LDC in DC’s office, Pasighat, died in a tragic road
accident at Dhemaji, Assam yesterday.
She is survived by her husband Osup Dai, UDC and a son.
In a condolence meeting today, the officers and staff of the DC’s office led by Deputy
Commissioner R K Mishra prayed to Almighty to rest her soul in eternal peace and
give strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
“In her death, we have lost one of our energetic, sincere and dedicated colleagues,”
the DC stated in his condolence message to the bereaved family. DIPRO
RBI team to attend awareness workshop on rubber
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: As hinted by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki about a tie-up with the
Rubber Board of India (RBI) for replicating the success stories of Kerala and Tripura,
RBI chairperson Sheela Thomas leading an eight-member team is arriving here on April
20 at the invitation of the former.
After the recent study tour of agro gramin united chairman Likha Maj to Kottyam as
the CM’s emissary, Thomas consented to arrive here on a two-day trip to attend the
maiden day-long awareness workshop on rubber at SIRD conference on April 21, which
will be inaugurated by the CM.
The workshop is being organized by trade and commerce (state’s nodal department for
implementing tea and rubber) in collaboration with the agun, a voluntary organization,
which is engaged in agri-horticulture movement in the state since a decade.
Prominent rubber growers from all over the state are expected to attend the workshop,
which will be followed by a visit of the dignitaries to Maj rubber garden and plantation
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The name of the severely injured person in yesterday’s Dhemaji
car accident should be read as Opung Dai instead of Opum Dai.
Further, the report wrongly mentioned Opung Dai as wife of Uku Dai. The inadvertent
error is regretted.
278 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
This is in response to the letters published today on your daily regarding killing
of King Cobra in state capital. It is sad to know that such a precious and beautiful
creature like King Cobra was killed, that too when they were mating. I would like
to mention here that King Cobra is near extinction and is listed in Schedule II of
Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, and killing it is a non-bailable offence under
the Wildlife Protection Act (WLP- section 09- Prohibition of Hunting). The punishments
may vary from a three year imprisonment to a fine, or both as per the placement of
the species under the schedules. But killing any wild animal in good faith (endangering
life and property) is not considered an offence. However, its not just snakes, Arunachalees
are known to kill almost every wildlife whenever and wherever they get an opportunity.
This particular case of a king cobra surviving human slaughter and taking refuge
somewhere nearby brings out some interesting situation. Just like Mr. P.C.Sharma,
I believe there must be still more people who wish to see the snake rescued from
the killer crowd. But then, the question arises:
1. Whom to call or contact in such cases?
2. If somehow somebody manages to call forest officials, and they respond by reaching
on the spot, are they well trained and or well equipped to make a successful rescue?
3. If somehow the animal in distress is rescued, is it necessary that they will have
to end up in zoos for the rest of their life?
So it is important that:
1. A well trained and well quipped Mobile Wildlife Rescue Team is constituted in
every Range with an active participation of local people.
2. The contact numbers of the team is made easily available through local news papers
(or any other means).
3. Separate Rescue and Rehabilitation Centers be made operational.
4. The rescued animals, if its health improves, are released far away from human
habitation in its natural habitat, rather than letting them rot in zoos for ever.
5. And the most important one, rewarding the person(s) who helped in rescue, may
be by publishing their name/picture in local daily.
May dear Arunachalees have compassion for poor wild creatures, as just like every
human, wild creature too have every right to survive on this beautiful planet.
Through your esteemed daily, it is has been informed that one school located in an
interior village of East Kameng district, inhabited by the Puroik tribe, opens only
thrice in a year. It is a discouraging news for me, I being the DDSE cum District
Project Officer of the district.
In relation to the news item, this is to inform you that all the schools located
in Puroik inhabited villages of my district have been provided with sufficient teachers
to run the schools as per the strength of students. As on record, the Residential
School Sangchu, I.V schools Rawa, Poube and Jatum Sulung, Primary schools Tamak Solung,
Yakli, Byale Solung, Sario- Saria, Rojo Kojo and Tengri Solung have been running
as per the academic calendar provided by the education department.
Moreover, it is to inform you I haven't received any such reports/complaints from
any SMC/VEC , Field functionaries like BRCC, CRCC and Administrative Officers of
the Block regarding this episode till date.
Further, it is to inform you that the SSA district Mission Authority has initiated
stern action against non- performing teachers of the district by issuing Show Cause
Notices, Holding up of pay, no work-no pay and even terminated many erring teachers
from the service since inception of the SSA programme.
Hence, in the instant case, the SSA District Mission Authority is committed to initiate
stern action against the defaulter teachers of the said school if, the reports are
found to be true on enquiry.
DDSE cum DPO
East Kameng district, Seppa
Just a small correction is needed
Through the column of your esteemed daily, would like to respond to article titled
“Refrain from publishing wrong information” published today in the readers forum
column. As a citizen of Arunachal Pradesh I tried to express my concern and appealed
for correction of the incomplete information published in your daily regarding The
Sangken festivals article written by Nimina Namchoom and news item of festival greeting,published
on 14th April, 2013.
She has termed my appeal as baseless allegation and in other words she accepted the
mistake as well, by writing “Never in my article was it mentioned that the festival
is celebrated by the Khampti tribe only” I appreciate her acceptance. But, further
she claims that she did not use the word “ONLY” but her sentence “The Sangken festival
is celebrated by the people of the Khampti tribe” itself describe what she really
wrote. Instead of correcting it why she is giving excuse by saying “writing articles/news
for papers, we adhere to word limit and so all detailed information cannot be included.”
I think putting one more word “OTHERS” will not cross your word limit as you have
already written 602 words long article.
Since yesterday calls are pouring in from many of my fellow citizen appreciating
my appeal, how can you term my appeal as baseless. Media is the medium through which
outside world come to know what “The Sangken Festivals” is and who celebrate it.
I appreciate your effort, but at the same time making a small correction will enact
you much better.
Therefore, it is my utmost request and humble appeal to learned Nimina Namchoom and
media fraternity to re-correct the same. Last but not the least being a citizen of
Arunachal Pradesh I felt it was my duty to appeal which I did.
A noble gesture which need appreciation
Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of Arunachalee Masters of Tourism Management
students’ of Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong would like to appreciate
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his noble and ambitious deeds in tourism sector by
giving subsidized car to unemployed youths of state. CM flagged off 20 subsidized
taxi cabs on pilot basis to the youths of Arunachal Pradesh last Sunday. We appreciate
the implementation of Chief Minister’s Paryatan Vikash Yojana (PVY) scheme and also
welcome the announcement made by CM Tuki for hiking fund of the scheme from present
Rs 3 crore up to Rs 5 crore in next fiscal year. As we know the tourism is the revenue
generator and service provider and fastest growing industry in the globe, such acts
of encouragement will give more benefit to the unemployed youths of the state. It
is really worth appreciating and CM Tuki deserve praises for such ambitious vision
to promote tourism in the Nature’s blessed land. Such kinds of deeds are like Mom
caring and feeding milk to her beloved infant for proper growth and development.
Yes, tourism in Arunachal is in infant stage, it requires proper caring and feeding
so that it becomes a tourist hotspot and world class tourism destination.
Lastly as a responsible tourism management students’ we are proud and grateful to
CM for implementing this project for promotiion of tourism industry in the state.
God loved the people of Arunachal Pradesh and therefore blessed huge tourism potential
for livelihood. Caring and Feeding is duty of Government But rearing and development
is for People to take care”
Tami Mize (Final year student)
Masters in Tourism Administration
Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong
Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the world, according
to new research released by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD).
The figure, based on submissions from countries to the UN, is a marked increase on
the last analysis in the mid-1990s, which estimated 110 states were at risk.
In an economic analysis published last week the Convention also warns land degradation
is now costing US$490 billion per year and wiping out an area three times the size
of Switzerland on an annual basis.
This week experts from around the world are gathering in Bonn to assess how best
to encourage governments and regional leaders to conserve water and protect their
The causes of land degradation are varied, but are widely attributed to drought,
climate change, intensive farming practices and poor water management.
Desertification is low on many countries' radar - illustrated by Canada's recent
withdrawal from the UNCCD - but its links to climate change and food security are
starting to resonate with governments and business, particularly given fears over
the world's ability to feed a soaring population.
Bamboonomics in our state - Poor Man’s Timber or Green Gold?
Bamboo, the mystical plant is considered as a symbol of strength, flexibility, elegance
and compromise. Throughout Asia, bamboo has for centuries been integral to religious
ceremonies, art, music and daily life. It is the paper, the brush and the inspiration
of poems and paintings. In the north east India too, the recorded history finds
mention about the various uses of bamboo and cane as early as 7th century AD during
the days of King Bhaskara Varmin in Assam. Like in other parts of the north east,
for people of Arunachal Pradesh the green gold is a proud heritage and it has been
an indispensable and quintessential part of our tribal culture and lifestyle since
Starting from edible bamboo shoots consumed in a wide range of tribal culinary to
structures like bamboo houses, fencing, suspension bridges, stiles, variety of storage
and carry baskets, haversacks, food plates, bows and arrows, mats, to accessories
like headgears, ornaments and necklaces, the traditional bamboo uses are innumerable
and in itself a subject matter of study. The bamboos also hold deep religious significance
amongst many tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The altars and effigies constructed for
performance of religious rituals and ceremonies are made with items of split bamboos.
If we consider the bamboo resources of the country, more than sixty percent is concentrated
in north east India and Arunachal Pradesh is known to harbour very high diversity
of bamboo species in India. However, the resource rich state is yet to go a long
way and have wider strides to make when it comes to bamboo technology and economics.
We have strong bamboo and cane craft tradition and by using this local renewable
resource and local skills to meet the local needs without degrading the environment,
we are inculcating self-reliance which is definitely the way towards sustainable
development. But the question that arises is whether the huge potential of bamboos
in Arunachal Pradesh being realised in terms of economics? In the coming years,
can our state be one of the major players in the Bamboo market?
With technical, financial and policy support from the GoI through National Bamboo
Mission (NBM) and National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA) and the Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, bamboo offers a huge opportunity in the state. Industries based
on non-timber forest produce including bamboo are one of the thrust areas of the
Industrial policy of Arunachal Pradesh, 2008. The Bamboo Policy of the state also
envisions realizing the economic, social and environmental potential of the bamboo
resource of the state. Bamboo development including plantation, management, and harvesting
and value addition can generate huge employment, especially for the rural unemployed
youths. Rao (1996) reports stated that one ton of bamboo in the craft sector can
generate an average of 150 workdays. This means that two tons of bamboos are enough
to employ one person for one year. This is a very positive factor for a village cooperative
because one hectare of bamboo plantation can easily yield 20 tons per year, thus
providing jobs for 10 people in the community. Moreover, the gaps in the socio –
economic conditions created by the Supreme Court ban on green felling in certain
parts of the state can sufficiently be filled by the advancement of the Bamboo sector
in the State as it can serve as an alternate timber for the wood based industries,
creating local employment and income for the community and the state. The wonder
grass is also an ecological value packet, with its good carbon sequestering potential
to mitigate global warming, its unique soil binding properties to prevent landslides
and soil erosion and as a source of food to the endangered Red Pandas, Elephants
and the ungulates.
The High Powered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court has already clarified
that the production of Plywood/ Veneers by the units located inside the approved
industrial estate are permitted to use Bamboo as raw material for the purpose of
production of bamboo veneer/plywood. Further, under section 4.1 of Arunachal Pradesh
(Control of felling & removal of trees from non forest land) Rules, 2001; there is
no need of felling permission from the forest department for all species of Bamboo
from the non forest area including plantations of such species.
The state has rich Bamboo resources & diversity accompanied by supportive government
policies and acts. However, discernible progress can be achieved only with active
people’s participation. It has to become a people’s movement through a viable institutional
framework. While the traditional ethos of the people is to be preserved, development
of entrepreneurial skills is a must to generate a bamboo based economy. Well coordinated
implementation of action plans, good monitoring mechanism, knowledge and technology
transfer & exchange backed by people’s cooperation & participation are the keys to
realise the massive bamboo potential of the state. (The author is Divisional Forest
Capital administration continues fight against illegal encroachment
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: An eviction and traffic drive was carried out today in various
parts of the capital complex. Leading the team, the young capital deputy commissioner
Sanjay Goel himself joined the drive. He was accompanied by ADM Talo Potom, SP, jawans
of PPPF and police personnel. Number of vegetable vendor shops illegally constructed
along National Highway near 6 KM was demolished with JCB. Afterwards, the shops selling
meat products illegally and in a very unhygienic condition without any trading licence
on the national highway were also removed. Afterwards, many shops constructed near
Hanuman Mandir at Ganga, Itanagar were demolished.
During the drive, at various places the construction material/ debris found dumped
near national highway was removed. Similarly, merchandize found stocked by the building
material suppliers like fiber water tanks, CGI sheets, etc., were removed. The vendors
selling wood logs illegally on national highway were also removed.
In order to discipline the hap-hazard parking in the town, many Auto-rickshaws, Tata-
sumo, Tata-mobiles, etc., parked illegally were challaned and warnings were given
to all present not to repeat the same, otherwise heavy penalties will be levied subsequently.
All such drives by the District Administration under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner
are meant to prevent and discourage illegal encroachment, so that sufficient parking
space is available in the city and vehicles can move freely without any obstruction.
Such drives would also help in beautification of the city. Such drives would continue
in future from time-to-time, the capital DC informed in a press statement.
Asiatic Black Bear cub rescued
AALO, Apr 18: An Asiatic black male bear cub, less than a month old, was rescued
from Yomgam forest area along the Yomcha-Aalo road by Headmaster of Nomuk Secondary
School Pokdey Yomgam recently.
After rearing the cub for a week he contacted DFO of the district Koj Rinya and expressed
his willingness to hand over the cub to Forest department for better nurture and
The DFO further conveyed the matter to the appropriate authority and Dr. Jahan Ahmed
from Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre rushed to Aalo and the bear cub
was handed over to the representative of Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre
in presence of DFO at the office of the Divisional Forest Officer today. The good
gesture and love for animal shown by Yomgam was appreciated by all who were present
on the occasion. DIPRO
South Asian Cities summit held in New Delhi
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The Cities Network Campaign, in partnership with the environment
department, Government of NCT of Delhi, All India Institute of Local Self Government
(AIILSG), Water Resources Institute, India (WRI India) and UNESCO has organized
a two days South Asian Cities Summit 2013 in New Delhi on April 17 and 18.
Arunachal Pradesh Urban Development, Housing and Town Planning Minister Rajesh Tacho
was one of the delegates who inaugurated the plenary session of the two days summit
on April 17. Other delegates of the inaugural session included Sanjeev Kumar, Secretary,
Environment Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Ranjit Chavan, Director General, AIILSG, Dr.
Jatin Modi, President, UCLG –ASPAC, Dr. Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director, IRADe,
and Hansa Patel, Executive Advisor, AIILSG.
More than 250 participants from South Asian cities (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
Bhutan etc) and from across the globe including international subject experts,
policy makers, technology providers in alternative energy applications and funding
or financial institutions/ investors working in the area of climate change took part
in the summit. The delegates discussed the issues and the way forward and encouraged
appropriate technology interventions and initiated dialogues, collaboration proposals
to address sustainable urban development challenges faced by cities in India and
APPDSU wants eviction drive at Doimukh
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has lodged complaint
with Doimukh Circle Administration against encroachment of public premises at Doimukh
and demanded to conduct eviction drive against the land encroachers.
APPDSU, in its complaint letter, said that some individuals and govt. servants have
illegally occupied Govt. quarters of various departments and forest land at Doimukh.
It claimed that some of the govt. servants, who have been posted in other circles
of Papum Pare and other districts have not yet vacated the quarters which were allotted
to them. There are also some govt. servants who have been posted in other districts
but still in illegal occupation of the govt. quarters at Doimukh, the letter alleged.
It further alleged that some individuals and govt. servants have illegally constructed
concrete boundary walls within the Govt. quarter premises with the ill intention
to occupy the land of existing Govt. quarters.
It also claimed that many concrete buildings have been erected illegally dismantling
the existing Govt. quarters with the ill intention to permanently occupy the land.
AAPDSU said that some government officers/staff of various departments are not attending
office excusing that they have not been allotted quarters which has caused inconvenience
to public in getting their official works done.
It further alleged that the negligent attitude of Range Division, Doimukh has encouraged
many individuals to occupy forest land.
APPDSU demanded EAC, Doimukh to immediately acquire map of various departments established
under Doimukh Circle for proper verification and to protect the public premises and
also to immediately pass an eviction order against the encroachment done on public
premises under Doimukh circle within seven days.
Why should poor suffer at the expense of rich?
On 28th March 2012, Finance Minister Chowna Mein presented a deficit budget of Rs
201.05 crore on the floor of state Assembly. At that time Tuki led government was
quite new and everybody gave benefit of doubt believing that it takes to manage financial
affair. However on 16th March 2013, a year after, Chowna Mein presented another Rs
290.81 crore deficit budget. Also for the second straight year, state government
had to ban Govt transaction in the fag end of financial year owing to lack of cash
in the state exchequer. The state witnessed financial crisis consecutively for two
The financial mismanagement is serious crime; however, in our state nobody seems
to be worried about it. Apart from one or two press statements by opposition parties
seeking resignation of sitting finance minister, majority has ignored the episode.
However seeking his resignation will not solve the problem. One needs to find out
the root cause of problem and fix it. For the state like ours which is totally depended
on central government for every pie, strong financial management is important. Excessive
spending on needless schemes and projects is costing us dearly. To begin with appointment
of 25 Parliamentary Secretary is useless. Nowhere in the county have we seen such
huge number of Parliamentary Secretaries in single government. Most of these parliamentary
sectaries have been given charge of atleast 3 varied departments. They get 3 cars
each from the three departments. They are allowed to buy a car with budget limit
of Rs 15 lakh by the state government. Most of the time they don’t follow laid down
norms and buys car costing upto Rs 25 lakh, which costs state exchequer additional
Rs 10 lakh. If all the 25 parliamentary sectaries buys car worth excess of prescribed
Rs 15 lakh, it is going to hugely affect the state exchequer. Similarly a minister
is allowed to buy a car upto range of Rs 18 lakh and for Chief Minister the limit
is Rs 20 lakh. But hardly any ministers and parliamentary secretaries follows the
guideline. Adding to it, state government had appointed many chairmen and vice-chairmen.
Huge amount of money are spent on these gentlemen for purchasing new vehicles at
the time of their appointment. Besides, many of them have been provided with personal
security officer from state police. These PSO could have been used for protection
of citizen if they were posted in various police stations. Innumerable number of
parliamentary secretaries, chairmen and vice chairmen are burden on the state exchequer.
Also many useless projects and schemes are sanctioned just because MLA or parliamentary
secretaries wants it. There is no accountability for many of the projects and most
of them remain on paper only. The politicians and their coterie group including senior
government officials and wealthy businessmen are looting state without any liability.
There is no doubt politicians are to be blamed for financial mismanagement, but,
officials of planning and finance department has also failed to a certain extent
to contain the mismanagement. The deficit budget leads to increase in unemployment
rate and decrease in social security spending. The government has to make additional
borrowing which only increases the debt. In such situation it is the poor citizens
who are worst affected. The government is forced to cut down spending on social security
which directly affects poor and employment opportunities come down which badly affects
youth. The gap between haves and haves not is increasing in the state due to the
financial mismanagement. The question is why poor and downtrodden citizen should
suffer at the expense of rich who are recklessly spending central funds for their
Tirap District all set for Panchayat elections
KHONSA, Apr 18: Preparations to hold the ensuing Panchayat elections in Tirap district
began on a war-footing.
In this connection a meeting was held at DC’s conference hall here today in which
ROs, AROs, administrative officers and Nodal officers attended.
Addressing the participants, ADC H. Matcha, who is the DPDO underscored the importance
of the meeting and asked the participants to be well-versed with the intricacies
of the election procedures for a flawless Panchayat elections slated to be held on
While speaking on the various facets of election procedures, Tirap Deputy Commissioner
and DEO Dr Sachin Shinde said that it was mandatory for all government employees
to carry out the duties entrusted to them with utmost sincerity adding that since
most of the officers were experienced in conducting elections, the forth-coming elections
would be smooth, he hoped. He asked the officers to leave no stone unturned to ensure
a free and fair election. Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh also attended the all important
Security related issues, electoral roll updating, polling personnel appointment,
movement plan, counting hall management and all other aspects vis-à-vis the Panchayat
elections were discussed threadbare in the meeting. ROs expressed their problems
and challenges. It may be mentioned here that there are 7 ZPM Anchal blocks and 56
ASMs in Tirap district. Two ZPM seats are reserved for women candidates. All the
polling booths in Tirap district are sensitive due to the presence of the two factions
of NSCN. However, some hyper-sensitive polling booths have been identified and security
arrangements planned accordingly. DIPRO
A K Singh takes charge as West Kameng DC
BOMDILA, Apr 18: The former Director Tourism A. K Singh joined West Kameng as Deputy
Commissioner relieving Rinchin Tashi who would take over as the Director Supply and
Transport and Civil Aviation.
Just after a day of his joining, Deputy Commissioner A.K Singh called for a co-ordination
meeting of all the Head of Departments in an attempt to get a first-hand knowledge
of the various issues and limitations faced by the officers and the status of the
various developmental activities being undertaken by the departments.
Expressing his commitment for the welfare and development of the district, Singh
sought the co-operation of all the officers and called for a team work in achieving
the desired goal. “We need a road map – the vision and a plan” to move ahead in the
right direction and to render our services even off-limits, he said.
Matters relating to Education, Health & Family Welfare, ICDS, PHE, RWD, Agri, Horti,
AH and Vety, Fishery, DRDA, DUDA, Co-operative societies, Food and Civil supplies,
Land Revenue and Settlement, Forest, Hydro Power, Civil Power, Industry, Textile
and Handlooms, Tax & Excise, Police etc were taken up for discussion.
The Deputy Commissioner asked for detail reports in writing of the works and its
status with other relevant features from all the departments in order to pursue the
matter at higher level with the authority concerned wherever and whenever necessary.
He also issued the District Infrastructure Gap Assessment Report (DIGAR) formats
to all the HODs to be filled and submitted on or before May 15, 2013 for onward submission
to the state government in order to make the planning process more participatory,
transparent and scientific.
Taking part in the discussion, SP Nupur Prasad urged for a coordinated effort from
the administration, the Agriculture and Horticulture departments of the district
for the drive against Ganja cultivation in some pockets under Kalaktang circle and
to provide the farmers with an alternate to sustain their livelihood.
She also sought the co-operation of the officers to facilitate the smooth conduct
of the Panchayat elections in the district which is just round the corner. DIPRO
Workshop on year-long celebration of 150th Sardh Shati Samaroh
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The committee members from Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh participated
in the workshop organized by the Prant Aayojan Samiti of Sardh Shati Samaroh of Swami
Vivekananda on April 9 and 10 at VKV Tinsukia and the committee members from Western
part of Arunachal Pradesh participated in such workshop at VKV Nirjuli on April
13 and 14 to discus and chalk out various program of five Aayams i.e. Yuva Shakti,
Samvardhini, Gramayan, Asmita and Prabudha Bharat.
The Secretary of the year-long celebration committee Advocate Pritam Taffo informed
that Programme begins with aekya mantra, followed by patriotic song. Rinchen Dorjee
Prant Sanyojak of Sardh Shati Samaroh Arunachal Prant gave a brief note on the purpose
of the year-long celebration with the guideline of 150th Sardh Shati Samaroh. In
the session three M. Mosang, member of Rajya Samaroh Samiti, Dr. V. N. Sharma Sah
Pramukh Prachar – Prasar and Rupesh Mathur Prant Sangathak Vivekananda Kendra
Arunachal Pradesh briefed on Account Management, Budget, Prachar – Prasar and Griha
Group discussion was conducted in session 4th to plan the programme of Yuva Shakti,
Samvardhini, Gramayan, Asmita and Prabudha Bharat -- the five Aayams of Sardh Shati
Samaroh. It was guided and interacted by the Pramukh of all the Aayam Er. S. Sumnyan
and Er. Pai Dawe, Kumari Sumitra Prasad,
Er. L. Khimun & Er. Chaphung and Sri Bamin Hinda respectively.
Dr. Shobharani Barkakoti Sharma Sanyojak for North East Region guided the participants
and informed about the all India level programme.
Programme concluded with inspiring speech of Mananeeya D. Bhanudas, All India General
Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra, in his speech mentioned that feeling of Oneness
should come from everyone’s heart as Swami Vivekananda’s ideas is not only for
India but for whole world.
Genesis of the Nyishi Elite Society
By Dr Joram Begi
The Nyishi is the single largest tribe amongst the 25 major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh,
inhabiting five districts - East Kameng, Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri,
Lower Subansiri and also some pockets of Assam specially in the districts of Sonitpur
and Lakhimpur. The population share of the community in the state is almost 1/3rd
and that of the territory is almost 1/4th, but they were one of the most backward
communities of the state. They were known as Daflas to the outsiders but they called
themselves as Nyishi, Nyishing or Bangni. Due to geographical barriers there were
not much social intercourses amongst the tribe and as such there were variations
in pronunciation of the same Nyishi dialect. They were also locally known to each
other as Kodang, Yano, Tagin, Akwng, Ayaa, Chikwr-Chmer, Bodo-Serak etc. There was
hardly any social forum to provide an opportunity to meet the people of different
regions of the community in the state.
Educationally the community is one of the late starters in the state. By 1950 there
was only one school at Doimukh in the entire Nyishi region starting from East Kameng
to Upper Subansiri, when there were already more than 35 schools in the state. In
1953, two more schools were started at Bameng and Seppa of East Kameng district.
By 1960 there were only ten primary schools in whole of the Nyishi belt, when the
state had more than 120 schools of different categories like Primary, Middle English
School and High school. Therefore a very limited number of children/people had the
opportunity of access to the school for formal education.
Economically the Nyishis had the traditional system of Jhum cultivation, barring
apart a few pockets like Joram-Talo area where wet rice cultivation was practiced.
Their economy also largely depended on animal husbandry and barter system. Unlike
the other neighbouring tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, the Nyishis neither had the interest
nor opportunity to engage in business. However, due to the construction of Joram-Palin-Nyapin-Koloriang
road, Doimukh-Sagalee road and Seppa-Chayang-Tajo road by CPWD, a few people from
the community started road cutting contract works.
In the service sector also there were very few people from the Nyishi community who
were either employed as teachers or were into clerical jobs in various departments.
Till 1987 there was not a single Group A officer other than myself from amongst
the community. However the community had a few numbers of Circle Officers, Assistant
Engineers and Medical Officers, but all of these were graded as Group B officers
at that point of time. As such the overall socio-economic condition of the tribe
was in a state of dismay. Despite the establishment of formal administration in the
state in 1947, and introduction of many developmental schemes by the government,
the Nyishis were deprived in the initial stage mainly because of the reason that
the district headquarter of Kameng Division was at Bomdila and that of Subansiri
Division was at Ziro for a long time, till the district reorganisation took place
later on. The Nyishis of the Subansiri region did not have any access or opportunity
at Ziro and so was the case at Bomdila. However, the establishment of the state
capital at Itanagar in 1974 met the aspirations of the Nyishis to some extent. Even
at Itanagar in the initial stage, the community did not have its due share, in terms
of business, trade and commerce or land allotment. It was under total domination
of the other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and even by non-Tribals. Except a few, many
did not do any business but were employed mostly as labourers, and as such many a
times they were ill-treated by others. This sometimes resulted into protests by the
community, as for example, a serious communal clash took place in early 1976 resulting
from clashes between the local Nyishis and the business groups of a neighbouring
tribe. As and when such protests were expressed by the Nyishis, the administration
used to crush any such attempts as the political backing to the community was almost
nil. The administration at that point of time also claimed that Itanagar was not
donated by the Nyishis rather it was a 'No Man's Land'. Perhaps with this intention
the native nomenclature of places were either deliberately neglected or totally distorted,
as in the case of Mowb Putu which has been changed to Mob- II, Chenkhi river to Ganga
nadi, Gyekar Sinyi to Ganga Lake, Solum Hapa to Ganga (market) and so on. As a result,
every Nyishi, specially the educated ones were discontent and frustrated for the
step motherly treatment to the tribe by the then administration. However they did
not have any means to express these feelings of resentment through an organised forum.
The first collective organisation of the community was through the community celebration
of the Nyokum Yullo festival. The first community level central Nyokum Yullo celebration
was held in 1967 at Joram. The second and third such celebrations were held at Yazali
in 1968 and at Doimukh in 1969 respectively. Since then the festival has been celebrated
every year at various important places of the Nyishis and this has not only created
a sense of identity but also the sense of unity and fellow feeling amongst the Nyishi
community. I started my active participation in the celebration of the festival at
Joram in 1975 wherein the entire Ziro II people participated for several days. Thereafter
I was also instrumental for setting up of the Central Nyokum Committee (CNC) by advising
Late Tadar Tang, then Minister in P K Thungon's cabinet, who was an ardent lover
of the Nyishi culture and also the founder Chairman of CNC, vide my letter dated
25th March 1975, which he acknowledged and appreciated vide his letter number PPC/TT-3/73
dated 22nd April 1975. I had also organised the second central Nyokum Yullo celebration
in 1979 at Joram, wherein late R N Haldipur, the then Lt. Governor participated
as the Chief Guest, along with his wife Mrs Haldipur. I also organised the first
central Nyokum Yullo celebration at Itanagar in 1981 at Nyokum Lapang, which was
a cultural bonanza for the entire Nyishi community and where both the Lt. governor
R N Haldipur and the Chief Minister Shri Gegong Apang alongwith his entire Cabinet
Colleagues and Member of Parliament and a host of other dignitaries participated
in the celebration. Such celebrations of the Nyokum Yullo festival not only boosted
the moral and psychological spirit but also created a sense of belongingness amongst
All Nyishi Youth Organisation (later called All Nyishi Youth Association) was established
sometime in mid 1970s. The organisation started its work promisingly, specially in
the field of uniting the community. It had organised a Nyishi conference in 1978
called 'Dokum'. I was invited as a post-graduate student and was made as the Chairman
of the drafting committee. The participations in the conference were from all over
the Nyishi belt including Upper Subansiri and East Kameng. Amongst the most important
resolution adopted in the conference was the change of the nomenclature from 'Dafla'
to 'Nyishi'. Under the aegis of the organisation, a team of goodwill mission was
sent to Seppa in 1978. The team consisted of Bengia Tollum, T C Teli, Kipa Tangam,
M R Dodum, Solung Tajo, Bengia Tab, Bengia Dipti, Tana Mimpu, Teli Dimin and myself.
It took me three days to reach Seppa, one day from Joram to Naharlagun, second from
Naharlagun to Tezpur and third from Tezpur to Seppa that too by means of trans-shipment
from Bana as the bridge over River Bichom was not motorable. The team stayed at Seppa
almost for a week conducting social services (construction of a short cut from market
to district hospital), public meetings, cultural programmes etc. The team also visited
Lamdang, a Natung village overseeing the beautiful Papu valley. The active participants
of the goodwill mission were Donglo Sonam, Mekap Dolo, Late Ama Lochang, Mai Tara,
Mepe Dada etc. Amongst the school students were Late Nicham Sonam, Late Dera Natung,
Tachi Taku, Rokpo Yangpho and others. We found that the Nyishis of Seppa called
themselves as Bangni, speaking the Nyishi dialect in a different way maybe due to
the geographical barrier. It was little difficult to understand, specially when you
listen to it for the first time. But culturally they were cent percent similar to
the Nyishis of the Subansiri region and their genealogy mostly hailing from the Dodum
and Dolo phratries as those of the other region of the Nyishis. Economically they
were found to be much better off and attitudinally much more spirited. This tour,
infact, was a landmark as per as the unity movement of the Nyishis was concerned.
My responsibility as the first post graduate from the community was mainly to inspire
the students in particular, and community in general, for education is the key to
social upliftment specially for the backward communities such as ours, and also to
convince the people of Seppa that the dialectic variation was only due to the geographical
barriers and lack of social intercourses. And how 'Nyishi' is a more appropriate
term than that of Bangni , as the word Bangni also known to the Nyishis of other
region of the state was only more popular amongst the Nyishis of the Kameng area
and the usage of which might have arose due to the need of differentiating themselves
from the Bangrus, their immediate neighbours.
After the Seppa mission we decided to make the next trip to Daporijo, specially
to bring the Tagins to our fold but that did not materialise as the ANYO (ANYA) remained
defunct since early 1980s mostly because of the 'divide and rule' policy applied
by the politicians of the time.
The idea of the formation of the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) was mooted even
when I was a student in J N College Pasighat. As such the Nyishi students along with
the Tagin students during those days used to form a group among themselves, taking
up any Nyishi related matters. Due to a very few number of Nyishi college students,
final shape could not be given at that time. However, I was elected as the Vice
President of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) at the Tezu conference
in 1974 and very soon became the Acting President almost for the entire tenure of
two years as the President Shri Eken Riba had handed over the charge to me and proceeded
over to Delhi for pursuing his further education. In 1975, there was an ugly religious
riot in the Pare belt. A large number of Nyishi Christians from Sagalee region were
driven out by the anti-Christian faction. They took shelter at the John Firth Mission
School Campus of North Lakhimpur town as refugees. I, first as a Nyishi senior
student and then as an acting President AAPSU, visited the refugee camp at North
Lakhimpur and assured them for their safe return home. I also conducted a conciliatory
meeting at Doimukh which was attended by all sections including Late Tadar Tang,
Minister and Late Techi Takar, a social worker, and thereby ensured the non recurrence
of such incident.
The All Nyishi Students Union was formally formed in 1982 under the active role of
Late Dera Natung, Shri Nabam Rebia and others. However the activity and membership
of ANSU was mostly confined to the students and students issues. Nevertheless, the
ANSU in its initial stage took up an important issue regarding the distortion of
Nyishi image and culture by some of the authors, specially by Parul Dutta and Niranjan
Sarkar of the research department. The authors were made to apologise publicly because
of their limited knowledge on the tribe which had led to their misinterpretation
regarding the Nyishi Culture. At this point of time, the ANSU also required a parental
organisation for guidance and advise.
Therefore, the necessity of a community level organisation to continue the efforts
of the ANYA, which was to unite the community and to create awareness amongst the
members, specially the educated ones was urgently felt. Proper articulation of the
sentiment of the community was the need of the time. This feeling was very often
reflected during the regular celebration of the Nyokum festival at Nyokum Lapang
every year and get together thereafter in almost all the houses of those few government
employees posted in Itanagar.
One of the catalytic agent towards this feeling was the establishment of Government
College Itanagar, now Dera Natung Government College, in 1979, and my posting in
the same college as a young lecturer. I involved myself in many social activities
and continued my habitual crusade against injustice meted out to any individual,
organisation or community. My speeches in many social gatherings, besides classroom
lecture was liked by many. Fortunately the state government also recognized this,
and I was chosen as appointed speaker on many important official and social gatherings.
I availed the opportunity to ventilate, directly or indirectly, some of the problems
of the Nyishi community too. Many a time I was branded as provocative, and sometime
as an insightful speaker. My being in the academic field, gave me the opportunity
to speak uprightly without any fear and which in other way also saved me from the
official code of conducts that were applicable to the other officers. I had a good
influence on each and every Nyishi students who had been enrolled in the college.
Amongst the first lot of Nyishi students from the college were Nabam Tata, Bengia
Tabb, Boa Pinji, Yowa Topu, Tadar Talar, Tassar Sanjay, Higio Tala, Kabak Tacho,
Techi Necha, Tana Khoda, Late Kapu Tal, Late Biki Talang, Nabam Mekha, Gumri Ringu,
Tame Yam and others. Some of the government officials posted at Itanagar were Taw
Tebin, Techi Nyokum, Nabam Bijnu, Tadar Simi, Nabum Pekhi, Late Tako Take, Late
Dera Natung, Tako Tajik, Tayum Son, Tana Rekhi Tara, and others. Amongst the political
leaders were Kameng Dolo, Kamen Ringu, Nyelam Taram, Late Tadar Tang, Late Techi
Takar and Late Chera Talo. A host of Nyishi officers posted outside Itanagar also
actively supported the cause, notably amongst them were Late Yumdo Saktar, Late
Yowa Takar, Late Dr Taw Gumsi, Dr Bengia Tubin, Dr. Kartik Nishing, Katung Wahge,
Atum Welly, Tana Tedi Tara, Rachob Taba , Nabam Atum, Epa TanaTara, Techi Tedi
Tara and many others.
The year 1987 was an epoch making year as per as the Nyishi social movement was concerned.
That year, for first time, under my editorship, a Nyokum Yullow Souvenir was brought
out to mark the 20th celebration of the community level Nyokum at Balijan. The souvenir
was released by the Chief Minister Shri Gegong Apang who was also the chief guest
on the occasion. The publication not only highlighted the meaning and purpose of
the festival (with adoption of the Emblem and the Flag) so vividly, but also attempted
to showcase the Nyishi culture as a whole. This immensely helped popularising the
celebration of the festival and generating a sense of identity and belongingness
amongst the members of the community.
For the first time, somewhere in the month of March in 1987, a meeting was held
at Nidak Typewriting Institute, Naharlagun. Most of the participants in the meeting
were college graduates, and as such the meeting was called as the' Nyishi Graduate
Forum'. However, the discussion was quite a heated one with expression of frustration
of the participants on the various vexing issues and problems of the community and
the pathetic socio-economic condition of the people specially in the capital complex.
It may not be out of place to mention here that during 1986-87, there was widening
of road between Itanagar and Naharlagun by the CPWD with about 200 contractors working
on it. Barring two or three Nyishi contractors, rest were the contractors of other
tribes and non-Tribals. However, most of the labourers of road cutting works were
from the Nyishi community, some of whom were not even properly paid by the contractors.
As such the frustration of the Nyishis were obvious at that point of time.
The second important meeting in this direction was conducted in the month of May
the same year at Anchal Samiti Bhawan, Doimukh. The meeting was well attended from
different sections of the community. The meeting also deliberated on the various
problems faced by the community during those days and felt the necessity of establishing
an apex organisation of the community. The meeting unanimously decided to entrust
the responsibility on me and chose me as the Convenor for convening all Nyishi level
conference/Convention within a period of three months. Accordingly, I started working
on it. I wrote an emotional letter to all the Nyishi educated people throughout
the state and the senior students of universities and colleges all over the country,
gathering their addresses district wise, sub division wise and block wise. One such
letter of mine arousing their feeling for the community was by citing the famous
historical quotation of Atan Bura Gohain, the Prime Minister of Ahom King Pratap
Singha during the 17th century, that the Nyishis (Daflas) can be conquered only when
an elephant can be put into a rat's hole, otherwise not. And as such the help of
the Nyishis were sought for their fights against the Mughal invaders and also while
suppressing the internal revolutions like Moamaria Revolution. The Nyishis even played
the role of kingmakers at certain critical period of Ahom rule in Assam. In another
letter written to the intellectuals, social workers and public leaders of the community,
I compared the Nyishis with an elephant which has small eyes but a huge body and
cannot turn around to see its own mighty structure. Likewise, the Nyishi community
too which comprised a huge population of the state does not realise its power and
strength. It can realise its potential and might only if it stands together and
And finally, a conference was convened at the Imdad Bhawan, Naharlagun, which
was held for three days from 22nd to 24th October ( misprinted as August in the by-laws
) 1987 . The conference was well attended by all the public leaders, government officers
and officials and senior students of the community. The problems of the community
were discussed in four different technical sessions where the necessity of establishing
an apex organisation was deliberated in detail. The first technical session dealt
with the socio-economic issues, the second with the cultural aspects, the third with
the development of language and literature and the final session was about the adoption
of the constitution and its bylaws, and also the election of the office bearers of
the society. These sessions were presided over by several important members of the
community including Shri Tana Tedi Tara, the first graduate from the Nyishi community.
After the lengthy and stormy sessions, several resolutions were adopted. However
the emphasis was made on the change of nomenclature from Dafla to Nyishi, the development
of Nyishi alphabet and the popularisation of Nyishi culture through the celebration
of Nyokum Festival. The appropriate nomenclature for the organisation was thoroughly
discussed, some suggesting Nyishi Graduate Forum, some Nyishi Welfare Association
and some even suggested Nyishi Supreme Organisation. Finally, after a thorough
deliberation, the nomenclature of 'Nyishi Elite Society' was adopted. The conference
also elected the first office bearers, with myself as the President, Late Dera Natung
as Vice-President (West), Taw Tebin as Vice-President (East), Techi Nyokum as General
Secretary, Nabum Tata as Joint Secretary (Culture), Ter Tana Tara as Joint Secretary
(Literature), Chukhu Loma as Chief Auditor, Tadar Talar and Boa Pinji as Auditors,
Tame Yam and Bengia Tab as Executive Members. Thus, NES was formed on 24th October,
Many people wondered as to why Nyishi Elite Society was adopted as the nomenclature
for this organisation. In this connection, I may recall a conversation between Late
Tadar Tang and myself. Late Tang who himself was a renowned poet and a lyricist always
wanted to see the Nyishi society on the path of progress. Most of his songs and poems
are a reflection of what he always desired for his society. In one of my meeting
with him, I could very well sense the frustration in him when he said that many a
times he wanted to discuss the Nyishi issues with me, and also collectively with
the participation from all quarters of the community. But that never happened and
the result always used to be the other way round. That is when he suggested, to
form a Nyishi gentlemen's club for all the like-minded and influential Nyishi people,
having a strong urge to work for the development of the community, could at least
have a get together, where they can have decent discussions and meaningful interactions.
Perhaps, here for the first time I felt that even a few people, no matter how small
their numbers are, have the the power to take the whole society to the path of progress
and development and can act as its guiding force, provided the members are sincere,
dedicated and have a genuine urge to work for the well being of the society. The
dictionary meaning of the term 'Elite' is 'a select body', in other words it could
be the cream of the society. As a matter of fact the Elite Society was an association
of like-minded people who could think and act for the community. Those days, there
were limited number of people who could work for the community while also giving
proper guidance and direction to the community, keeping in view the developments
taking place in the state, the country and the world at large. The immediate objective
that the society adopted was to create awareness and a sense of belongingness and
unity amongst the Nyishis of the different regions, and to provide a non-political
social platform. Therefore it has adopted the motto as 'Gorab To, Hurab To' which
means 'Arise and Awake'.
I am happy that the Nyishi Elite Society has completed 25 years of its glorious
existence and has been able to achieve most of its objectives including the removal
of the ignominious term Dafla. I extend my best wishes to the members of the community,
specially the office bearers and other active members of NES, both present and past,
on this auspicious occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebration. At the same time, I would
also like to advise the society with a note of caution that though a tremendous change
of the community has taken place over the last 25 years and the Nyishis are no longer
a neglected community rather a vibrant and progressive one, a different challenge
is facing the community today. One of these issues is that the community has rightly
or wrongly earned the distinction of being feared but has yet to attain the position
of respectability. NES has to face this new challenge and lead the community till
it achieves the status of a decent community in the state.