ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Ramakrishna Mission hospital, Itanagar has installed a new Siemens
Somatom Perspective 128 slice CT scanner machine in the department of Radiology.
The high-end machine has the facilities like, Angiography for cardiovascular imaging,
Dynamic CT Study for imaging of renal and hepatic mass lesions, Cardiac CT for non-invasive
imaging of the coronary arteries, 3D reconstructions for better depiction and diagnosis
of pathologies and higher resolution CT for thinner slices in various selective studies.
This is yet another endeavour of RKMH to provide quality health services to the people
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma will inaugurate
the machine on April 23 on the auspicious occasion of Sri Sankara Jayanti.
The machine is fully funded by Infosys Foundation, Bangalore.
11 EEs promoted to SE
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on recommendation of the Departmental
Promotion Committee (DPC) has issued an order promoting 11 Executive Engineers (Civil)
to the post of Superintending Engineers (Civil) in Arunachal Pradesh Public Works
Department with effect from April 16, 2015, informed the Commissioner (PWD) in an
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide
are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated
in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated
in more than 192 countries each year. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco,
peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of
peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern
hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation
written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.
A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson
as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April
22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis
Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in
1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week,
an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.
CM condoles death of Tassar Sunjoy
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed deep sense of sorrow over
the unfortunate demise of social worker and politician Tassar Sunjoy, who expired
In his condolence message, Tuki said “In his death we have lost an eminent social
worker who relentlessly worked towards the upliftment of backward and downtrodden
people. Starting his early career as a teacher, Late Tassar took the initiative of
educating youths and safeguarding the interest of the business community in the capital
He extended solidarity with the bereaved family members and prayed almighty to bestow
strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) today expressed deep shock at the
untimely death of its former president Late Tassar Sunjoy following brief illness
at his Jollang residence in Itanagar following briefness today. Recalling his invaluable
contributions in promoting state’s trade and commerce, ACCI chief advisor Pradeep
Kumar, president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung said as a very straightforward
man he had the guts to call a spade and spade to protect the interest of the business
Besides the founder president Itanagar Market Welfare Association, he also served
as secretary of Donyi-Polo Mission and Boum Kakir Mission besides with various socio-cultural
organisations. He will be always remembered for his service to the state. “Let his
soul rest in eternal peace, they prayed.
Computer training course for unemployed youths gets underway
AALO, Apr 21: A computer training course for unemployed youths of Aalo East Assembly
constituency was organized by NIC Aalo under MLA LAD got underway at Conference Hall
of DC office from April 20. Altogether 40 candidates are undergoing the 2 months
long training at District Informatics Centre, Aalo
Inaugurating the programme, West Siang ADC, T Talom exhorted the candidates to participate
sincerely as computer knowledge is essential for day to day work. Computer knowledge
is a must for any service seekers, be it regular or contractual in all Govt. offices
and private institutions. The DIOs K C Wangmo and Nyaken Ori are supervising the
training course. DIPRO
DHS governing body meeting held
AALO, Apr 21: The West Siang District Health Society governing body meeting was held
at DC’s Conference Hall here today.
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner cum DHS chairman Pige Ligu called
upon the DHS to work with dedication and make optimum utilization of fund for benefit
of common people. “Some visible and good changes are coming after the posting of
new DMO at West Siang District, he said and lauded APWWS, Aalo Unit for its support
to the District administration for the cause general hospital. He also asked DHS
to recognize the best ASHA for commendation certificates during national days like
Independence Day & Republic Day.
Dr. Marbom Basar DMO, CEO, Member Secy cum Convener, DHS gave emphasis on holding
such meeting twice in a year to sensitize physical and financial aspects of the
DHS and to take suggestion for the successful implementation of the NHM programme
in the district.
Dr. Kengo Ori, DFWO cum CEO Executive Committee presented a report on physical and
financial achievement of District Health Society, during the year 2014-15 as per
RoP 2014-15. He also informed the house that some portion of fund has been kept as
committed liabilities for the next Financial Year 2015-16 under the Major Head of
RCH Flexi pool and Mission Flexi pool due to late release of fund during the month
of February 2015 from the state.
Marconi Potom, Deputy Director UD & Housing donated buckets for the waste disposal
to the GH, Aalo.
Yiyom Yomcha, ZPM, Yomcha, Marbom Bagra, President, APWWS, Dr. Karmar Dirchi, DTO,
RNTCP, West Siang district also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Training on IMNCI for medical officers and staff nurses commences
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Eleven days training on faculty based Integrated Management of
Neonatal and Childhood Illness IMNCI) for medical officers and staff nurses commenced
today in four different batches at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, organized
by the State Health Society.
IMNCI has been developed with an aim to address the skill gaps found in health facilities.
It aims to provide optimum skills and help build capacities of the medical officers
and staff nurses to address the child morbidity and mortality and managing newborn
and children both at the community level as well as the facility level, informed
Dr. Tana Natung, Nodal officer (MCH) NHM.
The resource persons for the training are Dr. Otem Yomso, Dr. Gagam Dai and Dr. T.
Society demands speedy investigation
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The members of All Tatung Welfare Society recently met Home Minister
Tanga Byaling, SP Itanagar, SDPO Itanagar and OC Itanagar regarding the death of
late Tatung Tana. The 10 year old boy was found dead under mysterious circumstance
inside the campus of Govt. ME School, E-SS Sector, Itanagar on 31st March. Society
has expressed serious concern over the inordinate delay in the investigation.
Further they told police officials about possible involvement of a couple who lives
near the place where body of the deceased student was found. “The place of occurrence
is just 3 metres away from the resident of the couple. Also they were the first one
to inform police about the death. We strongly suspect the involvement of husband-wife
duo. We appeal for early completion of investigation and exemplary punishment to
be given to the culprits,” the society added.
ASM writes to DC
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Anchal Chairperson of 11 Batt-Ganga Anchal Segment has written
to Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex complaining that collection of Aadhar card
is not being processed in Batt-Ganga Panchayat. Further Anchal Chairperson has appealed
to DC to intervene and take steps for processing of Aadhar card system in the said
Connect Bodo village directs RWD CEO
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The chief executive officer, RWD has written to Deputy Commissioner
East Kameng for connecting Bodo village under the PMGSY road package within ‘51 KM
point of Seppa-C/Tajo road to Sawa’. “After verifying the detailed working estimate
of the project, it has been found that three habitations namely Bengde, Tongi and
Bodo are to be connected. As per working committee report the Bodo village is mentioned
in the project report,” the CEO RWD wrote.
Meanwhile Bodo Development Committee has welcomed the decision and requested the
executive engineer RWD Seppa to connect Bodo village as per the above mentioned order
issued by CEO RWD.
AYO calls for repelling of APUAPA
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) has demanded immediate lifting
of the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2014. In a representation
to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, AYO claimed that the act has been implemented to suppress
the voice of individuals and groups within the state.
“The so-called “Unlawful Person” or “Dangerous Person” prescribed in the bill should
have been for the criminals and militant groups like NSCN and not for the common
people. This law has been enacted to put a mask to the corrupt practices of present
Govt. We demand immediate repelling of this law which is against the spirit of our
constitution,” the AYO stated in a release.
Union seeks start of goods train service
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The All Arunachal Section Divisional North Frontier Railway Construction
Loading and Unloading Sramik Union (A.A.S.D.N.F Rly Const.) has appealed to the state
government to ensure 80:20 ratios in the recruitment process for group D and C category.
The Union has written to the Chief Secretary in this regard. They also called for
the running of goods train for the betterment of the people of the state.
Contractors welcome APDBEP Act
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) has welcomed
the AP District Based Entrepreneurs & Professionals (APDBEP) Act 2015 which the association
hoped will be helpful to the contractors of the state.
Saying that the demand for this Act was placed before the state government during
a state level consultative meeting in 2013, AACWA urged all departments concerned
to split works into packages enabling registered contractors of all grade/categories
from Class- III to Class V to participate in the tender process.
AACWA further demanded the state govt. to fulfill other demands of the association
placed before it earlier.
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Geku conducted a training programme
on fish farming technologies for fish farmers of the area in the KVK premises today.
The scientists (fishery) of the KVK explained on modern pond management technology
with multiple fish species in composite farming module.
Programme Coordinator of the KVK Dr MC Debnath briefed the farmers about the important
and scope of Integrated Farming System (IFS).
Two calendars, one on fish farming technology and another containing list of do’s
and don’ts in pisciculture and booklet related to fish farming were distributed among
34 fish farmers from Geku circle attended the training which was sponsored by Agricultural
Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Upper Siang.
Symposium explores various dimensions of AFSPA
RONO HILLS, Apr 21: A symposium organised at the Rajiv Gandhi University here today
witnessed speakers examining various dimensions of the Armed Forces Special Powers
Act (AFSPA) its provisions and implications on Arunachal.
The event, organised by the Rajiv Gandhi University Teachers' Association and the
Rajiv Gandhi University Employees Association, saw the participation of not just
the University community but also representatives of CBOs, Arunachal Pradesh State
Women’s Commission, student organisations, political parties and rights activists.
A key point in the deliberations was the recent incident of alleged molestation by
army personnel at Taraso and how it was symbolic of how the Act could be abused.
The speakers examined how the Act has been in operation in the North-east region
and Jammu and Kashmir only and how that itself could be construed as a 'racist' approach
of the government of India.
The event, consisting of 3 panel discussions- Nature, Scope and Experiences, AFPSA
and Political Viewpoints and AFSPA and Human Rights was an ideal converging point
for the multi¬pronged discourse that surrounds this Act, which was enforced in nine
more districts of the state recently apart from that existing in Tirap, Changlang
and Longding, which has triggered diverging opinion in the media and on social networking
In the first session, Dr Jumyir Basar, Associate Professor, RGU moderated the discussion
on nature, scope and experiences of AFSPA, 1958. Senior leader and former Home Minister
Lowangcha Wanglat, Journalist Tongam Rina, Legal Expert Tony Pertin, Director, Human
Rights Alerts Manipur, Babloo Loitongbom were the participants and Chairperson, Arunachal
Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Mitali Tingkhatra.
The second session was on AFSPA and Political Viewpoints with Moji Riba, Assistant
Professor, and RGU as moderator. The Panellists were National Executive Member, AAP
Habung Peyang, former MP Takam Sanjay, Secretary-General, People’s Party of Arunachal
(PPA) Kaling Jerang and General Secretary, BJP, Arunachal Pradesh Dominic Tadar.
The final session was on AFSPA and Human Rights with Dr Nani Tamang Jose, Deputy
Registrar, RGU as moderator with PG Tago of Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum,
Sunil Mow of Human Rights Law Network, Arunachal Chapter, Secretary-General, NESO
Sinam Prakash Singh, and Adviser AAPSU Pritam Wai Sonam.
Anthropology introduced in DNG College
AAPSU demands for introduction of ‘Sociology’, release of stipend
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has accorded approval for introduction
of Anthropology course in under-graduate level in D.N Govt. College, Itanagar, according
to document made available to the media by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union
Delighted with the Govt notification issued today for introduction of Anthropology
course in under-graduate level in D N Govt. College from this academic session, the
AAPSU hoped that its demand for introducing Sociology in the under-graduate courses
in the state would also be fulfilled soon.
The Union said it has been pursuing to introduce subjects like Sociology and Anthropology
in the Govt. colleges in the state as many students and civil service aspirants opt
for these subjects in the civil services examination.
Extending its gratitude to the Minister of Education Tapang Taloh for his untiring
and relentless efforts, he is putting to bring visible and vibrant change in the
education sector, AAPSU also reiterated its demand for release of the stipend of
the students studying in the state and outside at an early date as this would help
the students to a great extent. AAPSU further said that it has felt a variant change
in the education scenario in the state in the last one year. “A visible, much needed
and long awaited unfulfilled dream of the people of the states in general and students
in particular have been streamlined and fulfilled in the recent past,” the Union
said while referring to the establishment of Government Engineering College at Toru,
which is the only approved Engineering college in the North East during last one
Stating that the Ministry of Defense has already surveyed a location at Niglok, near
Ruksin in East Siang district for establishment of a Sainik School, which was agreed
in principle by the Centre, AAPSU said “This is indeed a rare milestone achieved
by our education department.”
Describing the High Court’s reported intervention on the transfer and posting policy
initiated by Minister of Education, the Union said the transfer and posting would
have blessed the students of the remote and far flung areas.
The transfer and posting policy in the state needs support from all quarters, AAPSU
said and strongly urged the education minister to continue his endeavour to bring
much needed change in the most important education department with his policy of
transfer and posting during the vacation period, so as that the academic pursuits
of the students does not suffer.
Pathetic road condition adding to commuters’ woes
PASIGHAT, Apr 21: The people of Bilat, Korang and Koyu circles of East Siang have
expressed strong resentment and disappointment over lackadaisical approach of the
state Public Work Department in repairing Pasighat-Ledum-Tane (PLT) road that connects
three interior villages of the two constituencies of Nari-Koyu and West Pasighat.
The 65-km-long PLT road links greater Koyu-Korang under Nari-Koyu constituency and
larger portion of Pasighat West area with Pasighat, the district headquarters of
East Siang. The road considered as lifeline for the people those areas has remained
unrepaired for the last eight years.
The present deplorable condition of the road with numerous potholes all along the
road from Pasighat to Koyu EAC headquarters put the movement of vehicles at risk.
Road condition has gone from bad to worse during the last few years for want of maintenance.
Several portions of the road that have been damaged during the last flood are yet
to be repaired adding to the woes of the commuters. The office goers, businessmen,
students and patients referred for better medical treatment have been the worst sufferers.
“We are suffering innumerable problems to reach Pasighat and other places during
medical emergencies due to the deplorable condition of road. We have to travel four
to five hours to reach Pasighat along the narrow, deplorable and treacherous road
risking our lives”, rued Koyu Anchal SAmiti Member Pakyor Koyu.
The bad road communication is also creating hurdles in the maintenance of the 2-MW
Rina Hydel project off Koyu village.
Former Assam governor JB Patnaik dies, Arunachal Governor & CM mourn
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Former Odisha chief minister and ex-Assam governor Janaki Ballabh
Patnaik died at a hospital early on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest, a few hours
after he offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala, reports PTI
The 89-year-old Patnaik passed away at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences
in the temple city, its director and vice-chancellor Dr B. Vengamma told PTI.
A multi-faceted personality known for his rich contribution towards literature and
culture, Patnaik was born on 3 January 1927. He became the chief minister in 1980
and continued in the office till 1989. He returned to power in 1995 and remained
the CM till 1999. Patnaik, a former union cabinet minister, was appointed the governor
of Assam in 2009.
Meanwhile, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki have expressed shock and grief on the sudden demise of J B Patnaik.
In his condolence letter to Late Patnaik’s wife Jayanti Patnaik, the Governor said
that Late JB Patnaik was a great nationalist who worked with dedication in public
interest and for peace and development in the States of Assam and Odisha. He served
the States and the people with distinction, both as a Governor and Chief Minister.
Fondly recalling his brief but pleasant association with Late Patnaik when later
was the Governor of Assam, the Governor said that Patnaik’s proactive initiatives
are rare and this makes him stand tall among his peers.
Conveying heartfelt condolences on behalf of people of Arunachal Pradesh to Smti
Patnaik and members of the bereaved family and also offering prayers for the eternal
peace of the departed soul, the Governor said that Late Patnaik will be remembered
for cementing the age-old relationship of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh at the time
In his condolence message to Jayanti Patnaik, CM Tuki wrote “It pains me to write
to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest
times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain
you and your family are going through”.
“The news of sad and unfortunate demise of former Governor of Assam, former Chief
Minister of Odisha, former Union Minister, and a senior Congress leader late Janaki
Ballabh Pattanaik has come as a shock to me. I am aware, how painful it is to you
to be deprived of the love and guidance of a husband and the futility of these words
“In his death, we have lost a veteran Congress leader, who served the country in
various responsible capacities.”
“At this moment of grief, me, my family and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our
solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you and your family by this irreparable
loss” the message further added.
Surrogate mothers who take bear cubs on a walk in the forest
Itanagar, Apr 21: Taking out pet animals on a walk is commonplace but ever fancied
taking a bear cub out on a walk in the woods?
Debahutee Roy is one such animal keeper in Arunachal Pradesh whose job is to take
caged bear cubs out on long walks so that the omnivorous animal acclimatises itself
to wilderness of the jungle before being set free.
In a creche-like environment, Asiatic black bear cubs are hand-raised and bottle-fed
at the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation in Pakke Tiger Reserve.
Bizoo is one such orphan who lost his parents to bruteless hunters.
Roy, a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), acts as his surrogate
mother and takes him out on day-long walks to show him how life looks like in the
Initially reluctant to leave the secured environs of his caged home, Bizoo ran to
the nearby river and started to swim on his first excursion.
“He got himself dirty in the mud, got back into the river and ran around like there
was no tomorrow. He would climb trees, dig earth and his actions were quite similar
to that of a child who has just learnt to walk,” says the caretaker.
Along with a veterinary, she spends a fun time playing hide and seek with the furry
animal looking for food with its long snout.
Just like humans, it has the ability to stand on its two legs.
It is during this period that the intelligent creature also learns how to catch fish
“It begins by catching insects, beatles and then realises it can also catch fish.
The cub also hones other skills necessary for independent survival in the wild,”
N V K Ashraf, in-charge of the bear rehab centre said.
The soft release method using ‘walk the bear’ technique gives the bear cubs a longer
acclimatisation period at the site of their future home by lessening their overall
time in captivity. PTI
AFSPA extension in Arunachal Kiren Rijiju’s decision?
With protest against the extension of Armed Forces (Special Power) Act getting louder
in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, the role of union minister of state for
home Kiren Rijiju and some home ministry officials have come under the scanner of
the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for an unilateral decision of extending AFSPA in
12 new districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Disclosing that decision was taken without any consultation with the state government
and other security agencies, sources in the Central government told this newspaper
that home ministry was prepared to roll back its decision of extending AFSPA in 12
bordering districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Informing that Mr Rijiju was aware of the decision of the home ministry on AFSPA
extension, sources said that decision was unilateral and without any consultation.
The protest became louder after three women of Jullang village in Lower Taraso of
Papum Pare district accused that Army soldiers molested them on April 6.
The Army has not clarified its position on molestation charges, but Mr Rijiju on
social media claimed, “It was a drama of false accusation against Army at Taraso.
Army is not even present in that area, forget about deployment and harassment.”
However, the state police has confirmed the involvement of Army in alleged molestation
of three women.
Indicating that Prime Minister’s Office was also unhappy over the U-turn of Mr Rijiju
on extension of the AFSPA to his home state, security sources said that once decision
was taken, talking about rolling it back in media was another embarrassment for the
Asserting that the home ministry is going to review its order in a day or two, security
sources said that union home minister Rajnath Singh may look into the issue of extending
AFSPA to Arunachal Pradesh again.
It is significant that Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki and leaders of
all the Opposition political parties have expressed their reservation on extending
AFSPA to Arunachal Pradesh. Many civil society groups and students organisations
of the state are also opposing the extension in the “peaceful state”. (Courtesy Asian
DRDA employees threatens pen down strike
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Lohit district unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association
has threatened to launch “pen down” strike to register its strong protest against
the state government’s non-responsive attitude in fulfilling various demands, including
absorption of employees in line departments.
The association in a representation to the Chief Minister the unit stated that the
DRDA employees of the state have not been absorbed in the line department despite
several letters written by the Union Ministry of Rural Development directing the
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to absorb the employees. Some states like Andaman & Nicobar
Island, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal etc., following the instruction
have absorbed their DRDA staffs in the line departments, claimed the representation.
The association gave the state government 15 days from April 16 to fulfill its demands
failing which, the association said, will launch a 15 days “pen down, tool down”
Other demands of the association included service benefits like retirement benefits,
regular salaries and other service conditions at par with other State Govt. employees.
Two of the most important issues concerning the people of Arunachal are being used
by BJP and Congress for their political battle. The decision to extend Armed Forces
Special Power Act (AFSPA) to 12 districts of state and financial crisis crippling
the government of Arunachal is matter of deep concern for the people. AFSPA gives
undue advantage to the armed forces to harass and kill innocent citizens in the name
of counter insurgency operation without being held accountable. Its ill effect has
already been displayed at Taraso where recently three local women were allegedly
molested by the armed personnel.
An FIR was lodged but till now no arrest has been made and most probably the accused
will never get arrested. On the other hand financial crisis arising due to mismanagement
of fund by Congress government will severely affect the developmental activities.
For the state like ours which is totally dependent on central government for fund,
the news about misuse of government money is distressing to hear. Instead of trying
to give political colour to the issue, the Congress party and state government should
try to find out solution to tackle this crisis. They also need to properly investigate
the matter and punish those responsible for misusing the fund. Likewise BJP should
also think for the safety and security of the people of Arunachal and give second
thought about defending a draconian law like AFSPA. Both the parties should keep
aside their political differences and work for the betterment of state. The interest
of the tribal people of Arunachal should be their prime motive.
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Please save me
In 70s and 80s when Naharlagun was the State Capital, I was the most beautiful and
sought after point drawing the attention of the Ministers, MLAs, Commissioners, Secretaries,
Directors and whole gamut of nature lovers. Every morning and evening, I used to
welcome hundreds of visitors who would come to see me and enjoy the fresh air filled
with sweet fragrance of flowers available all around me. Considering my importance
as the source of Oxygen and also the site for wide variety of colorful birds, butterflies
and squirrel, the sensitive Govt. of the time used to deploy dozens of Govt. Employees
everyday to protect and promote my beauty. Often called as the lung of the city,
I used to host the picnic goers, body builders, sports persons, poets, researchers
and often the meeting points for the young lovers. Anybody wanting a peace of mind
or be in the lap of beautiful nature would visit me without fail.
But over the last two decades or so my picture is completely changed. The endless
Land Grabbers all around me have now left me with mere few thousands meters. Both
my head and legs have been cut and arms imputed and replaced by temporary as well
as permanent structures. The huge waist around which I used to tie my belt is now
reduced to few feet and I am no longer using the belt.
The RCC Structure sheds inside my compound have been completely destroyed and all
the Tata CGI Sheets have been lifted by the thieves and as a result, I now cannot
protect the visitors in case of a sudden rain or hail storms. The water and power
connections in an around me is now a thing of the past. Every morning and evening
I am made to inhale harmful and toxic air released by smokers, drug addicts and alcoholics.
The young boys and girls, instead of going to School or in the pretext of morning
and evening walks, would straight way come to my compound and do all that is undesirable
During holidays, I am tortured the most with hunters carrying Shotguns and Catapults
to wipe out all my beautiful birds and harmless reptiles.
The Firewood Collectors often come with Dao and Axe and bleed me for their use in
Kitchen. The office of the park authority located near my entrance has completely
turned a deaf ear and blind eye to the events leading to my systematic extinction.
In fact, my guardian’s premises too are encroached and destroyed by the miscreants.
The only little care that I get is from the garbage collectors who would visit me
almost every alternate day to collect the empty bear and can bottles, whole range
of empty rum and whisky bottles, empty mineral water bottles etc. to make a source
of livelihood. However, the items not saleable in the markets such as empty cigarettes
and bidi packets, pan gutkas, rajnigandas, chips packets, match boxes and condoms
etc. remain uncollected and scattered all around my campus. However, the most disturbing
act that I witness everyday is the throwing and breaking of bear bottles and passing
of stool and urine around the four corners of my body which not only chokes me but
more importantly causes physical injury to the visitors.
I took a sigh of relief, when a couple of months back, I saw few labourers carrying
a renovation work of the pavement areas with sand and cement, but this too was an
eye wash and did not proceed beyond few meters.
The situations today have gone to such an extent of intolerable limits that I now
think of committing suicide or at times leading the life of a dead fossil. But again
when I see and hear few elderly man and woman still remember and praise my past glory
and positive contributions to the health of the inhabitant of Naharlagun in particular
and the State as a whole, I then change my decision.
It is here, I think of exploring the last option and request the CM Nabum Tuki, MLA
Techi Kaso and the Local Councilor Tarh Pacho to personally intervene and do something
to save me from all the ills. If the Govt. Department cannot do anything or depute
two or three Forest Guards from out of the hundreds of appointments carried out
recently, then I may please be married out to any social minded NGO or a private
company on private public partnership mode for rest of my life.
Why should we sacrifice our peace?
Just for the sake of outwitting the militant groups from Assam like ULFA or NDFB,
the extension of AFSPA in 12 districts of Arunachal is not very convincing. Neither
are we enemy nor friend of ULFA, NDFB since they have their own genuine demands.
It is a concern for all of us to ponder about the ‘underground outfits or terrorist’
as labelled by the Indian govt. If we have a glimpse back to the colonial period,
even the freedom fighters like Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh of whom we are
very proud of now, were being treated as ‘terrorist’ just the way the ULFAs, NDFBs,
NSCNs are treated now.
Thus, the word ‘terrorist’ has a greater meaning than what the common people perceive
it. Therefore, since we have not much to do with those so called ‘underground outfits’
of Assam, I personally feel that the peace loving state ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ should
be left undisturbed. If necessary, the existing law and order machinery should be
strengthened. When the problem is between Assam and the Central govt and not with
Arunachal, why should the peace, liberty and happiness of Arunachal be sacrificed?
Rajiv Gandhi University
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.