ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society has condemned in its strongest
term the recent attack on Editor of Arunachal Front and Publicity Secretary APLS
Pradeep Kumar Behera and called for early apprehension of the culprits. Terming the
incident as dastardly and reflection of the growing "goondaism" in the state, especially
the Capital Complex, YD Thongchi, State Chief Information Commissioner and President
APLS said such violent attacks over petty incidents are a sad reminder of the present
status of our society.
Interestingly, a number of onlookers working in the locality of industrial estate,
A Sector Naharlagun, refrained themselves from stopping the intoxicated youth from
attacking the senior journalist because they "thought it was somebody else and could
not recognize him".
APLS termed the whole incident shameful and urged the concern authorities to apprehend
the culprits at the earliest.
DTO revenue generation exceeds target
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The District Transport Office Capital Complex has collected revenue
in tune of Rs 5897424 exceeding 14 lakhs from the target set by the government. This
was informed by the District Transport Officer in a release today. DTO also informed
that the department has achieved a revenue target of Rs. 5.75 crores for the financial
year 2014-15. DTO credited the revenue target achievement to his staffs, a release
Governor, CM greet people on Moh Mol
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) and
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended greetings and good wishes to the people of
the State on the joyous occasion of Moh Mol. Governor expressed hope that the New
Year festival of Tangsa community will usher-in peace and prosperity in the society.
Tuki also conveyed greetings to his fellow Arunachalees particularly to the Tangsa
brethren on the auspicious occasion of Moh-Mol festival.
In his festival message Tuki said, “On this auspicious occasion, I join the members
of Tangsa Society in praying “ROM-ROM” to bless each one of us with peace, prosperity,
sound health, happiness and a bumper harvest”.
BJP workshop on Maha Sampark Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Madhya Pradesh Minister and in-charge of Maha Sampark Abhiyan of
Arunachal Pradesh Kailash Vijayvargiya has urged the party leaders and workers to
reach out to all the registered party members through the Maha Sampark Abhiyan.
Congratulating the state BJP for enrolling more one lakh members during the three
months of Maha Sadasyata Abhiyan during a state level workshop on Maha Sampark Abhiyan
at Naharlagun today, Vijayvargiya inspired the members to work hard with sincerity
to further strengthen the party organization at booth level. Asserting that BJP can
only make India strong, he elaborated the process for carrying out the Maha Sampark
Abhiyan at all levels.
State BJP president Tai Tagak, former MP Tapir Gao also addressed the gathering.
The Maha Sampark Abhiyan will be launched by the party’s national president on May
1. However, the State BJP will launch it on May 7.
The Sampark Team will meet and interact with all the members who became members of
the party online during the period of Sampark Abhiyan.
More than 250 members comprising state, district and mandal level office bearers,
party legislators, Zilla Sampark Pramukhs, regional presidents, and head of Morchas
attended the workshop.
Tourism awareness programme cum workshop in Aalo
AALO, Apr 24: A pool of resource persons from the region and the state dwelt at length
on home stay, rural and eco tourism, hospitality service for growth of tourism sector
in a workshop organized by the Directorate of Tourism at Aalo yesterday.
Soumyadeep Dutta, an Assamese writer from Assam, Sunil Chauhan, an activist working
for sustainable development of Himachal Pradesh and Raj Basu, Rural Tourism and
North East Tourism activist spoke in details important components of tourism like
development of rural tourism destination, home stay management, bio–diversity conservation,
resource mapping in economic and rural tourism, market linkage and communication
District Tourism Officer Tate Tatak, Assistant Director Bengia Manna Sonam also spoke
on rural and different aspects of tourism.
The team proceeded for another round of workshop at Mechuka to generate awareness
on tourism. DIPRO
Awareness prog on disaster management
HAPOLI, Apr 24: Braving the incessant rain, the students of Government College Yachuli
(GCY) took out an awareness rally on disaster management around Yachuli market area
yesterday. During the procession, the students shouted slogans and displayed placards
on the need of disaster preparedness and preservation of forest resources.
Later, the students staged a street play on the problems related to deforestation
which is very rampant in the area. The play was scripted and directed by Shanti Nguri
of Hindi Department and the whole exercise was guided by Dr. Techi Upen Tara, Studnets'
GCY Principal Dr. Hage Lasa expressed his satisfaction over the enthusiasm shown
by both the students and the teachers in making the programme a grand success. While
encouraging the students, the Principal called upon them to maintain the same tempo
and spirit for the cause of the society.
Meanwhile, Dr. Upen decided to stage the play at Yazali and at Ziro to bring awareness
among the masses.
Complaint against use of harmful chemicals at water source
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Organization for Socio-Economic, Educational & Cultural Awareness
(OSEECA) has lodged a complaint with West Siang Deputy Commissioner against use of
insect killer, weedicides etc in drinking water sources at Ene Abu (stream) under
Kombo Tarsu Mobuk, in West Siang district.
Expressing concern over the serious threat being posed by the contaminated water
on public health, OSEECA appealed to the DC to take immediate appropriate action
and measures to stop this practice.
“It is quite obvious that polluted water, animal and human wastes that overflow the
WRC fields are ultimately mixed with Ene and Hile stream before it falls into water
supply tank at ‘O’ point constructed at the lower zone or at end point of WRC fields.
The polluted water is widely used during monsoon season by the farmers, as a result
the harmful chemicals are instantly mixed with pure water before it reaches water
supply tank at ‘O’ point. Though the water is treated and filtered by the Public
Health Department harmful water soluble chemicals are already dissolved with the
water at ‘O’ Point which cannot be cleaned,” the letter said.
Plans chalked out for 2nd round of NPR
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki in a meeting with
the officers of the Directorate of Census, administrative officers and officers from
paramilitary forces deployed in the state capital chalked out detailed action plan
for conduct of second round of Biometric Enrollment (BME) under National Population
Register (NPR) in Capital Complex.
This second round BME under NPR was necessitated following “very poor” coverage during
the first round held in 2014-2015, the DC said.
Permanent Enrolment Camp (PEC) and designated camps will be set in different places
in Capital Complex to ensure full coverage. The Charge Officers have been directed
to appoint enumerators and fix a calendar of activity so that works can be started
The private companies, namely M/s Lyra Consultancy Services and M/s WebX Technologies
are directed to keep the required personnel, new enrolment forms and equipments in
readiness for successful enrollment. Enrolment of ITBP, CRPF and BRO personnel will
be done separately for which they will appoint enumerators from amongst personnel
of their respective organizations.
In another meeting, the Deputy Commissioner said that no organization or individual
will be allowed to monopolize the window of opportunity thrown open by the coming
of train services to Arunachal Pradesh for carrying out economic activities like
plying of taxis, auto-rickshaws, freight carriage, etc. and the existing rules in
this regard will be applied strictly. He said this in a meeting with administrative
officers and representatives of ASNDF Railway Construction L & UL Sramik Union. He
said that EAC Naharlagun has been asked to submit proposal and report for proper
regulation of services like, taxi, auto rickshaws, freight carriers etc.
Work hand in glove: HM asks district admin
TEZU, Apr 24: Home Minister Tanga Byaling has suggested the Lohit general administration
and police to work hand in glove to ensure peace, harmony and rapid development in
It is very important for the district administration, all the government departments
and representatives to work together with mutual understanding for all round development,
said the Home Minister during his short visit to District Jail, Tezu, today.
Currently, there are 55 under trial prisoners (UTPs) and two convicts in the jail.
The District Jail was formally inaugurated by the Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM
Mishra on March 18 last.
He advised the people not to take law in their hands and be law abiding citizens.
During his brief interaction with the Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police,
Panchayat leaders and various HoDs, Byaling suggested them to make concerted efforts
to root out Poppy Cultivation from the district. Taking example of Sikkim, he suggested
that opium cultivation can be replaced through cash crops farming like cardamom which
yield high income. DIPRO
Gadkari to visit Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Union minister for road, transport and highway Nitin Gadkari is
arriving on 30th April to the state. Gadkari will fly first to Ziro and lay down
the foundation stone of following highways Potin-Pangin (407 km), 2 laning from Pasighat
to Pangin section of NH-229 (from 0 km to 28km), 2 laning from Pasighat to Pangin
section of NH-229 (from 41.3 km to 57 km), 2 laning from Changlang/Tirap boundary
to Changlang (18.27 km) section of NH-52 B, 2 laning from Mahadevpur to Buri Dihing
section of NH-52 B and 2 laning from Longding to NH-52 B.
Later in the day he will fly down to Jairampur and inaugurate NH-153 (Stilwell road)
from Jairampur to Pangsu Pass. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and PWD Minister Gojen Gadi
will accompany the Union Minister.
One dies due to electrocution
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: One person namely, Hidam Game of Tamaripa village under Maro Circle
of Upper Subansiri district has reportedly died due to electrocution on April 23.
The accident occurred when he was looking for his domestic animal near an electrical
line. His body was found below the electric pole where the transformer is installed,
informed Galo Students’ Union (GSU).
According to GSU, there was no fencing or caution board around the electrical transformer.
GSU strongly appealed to the department of power to provide compensation to the family
members of the victim who was the sole bread winner for his family on humanitarian
Union draws DC’s attention to land encroachment
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The All Yachuli Students Union (AYSU) today drew the attention
of Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner towards the illegal land encroachment of government
lands. In a representation, the union claimed that rampant encroachment is going
on of government land in the proposed area for Divisional Commissioner headquarter
and other areas of the town. AYSU urged the district administration to stop the menace
before it was too late.
ASM opposes diversion of school
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Claiming that DDSE cum DPO SSA had diverted the scheme for establishment
of a new primary school at Lechin village to Dayam, Anchal Samity Member of 63-Sippi-VIII
5th Chetam Anchal Samiti Block under Upper Subansiri District has strongly opposed
the decision. In a letter to Deputy Commissioner Cum District Project Director, ASM
M B Siga claimed that there are already two primary schools at Dadi and Rikung which
is very near to Dayam village. The ASM further claimed that the government had approved
to establish the primary school at Lechin in 2014-15 and diversion of the proposed
school would deprive the children of the village. Seeking the DC to intervene in
the matter, ASM further added that Lechin village has a total population of 120.
APPETA appraises CS to rectify NPS
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: In a letter address to the Chief Secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh
Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) claimed that National Pension System (NPS)
is not updated in the education department. Claiming that Drawing and Disbursement
Officer (DDOs) are not maintaining the account of the employees properly, it requested
the Chief Secretary to give direction to the Secretary Education for rectification
of NPS. In a separate letter to the Secretary Education, the association demanded
to halt the construction of Shiksha Bhawan amounting Rs 100 lakhs at Itanagar saying
that the proposed location fixed for construction of Shiksha Bhawan is not proper.
ZCC&I mourns Sunjoy
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Ziro Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ZCC&I), Lower Subansiri
district condoled sudden and untimely demise of Tassar Sunjoy, the former president
of Chamber of Commerce & Industries Arunachal Pradesh.
Expressing grief and sorrow over his death, ZCC&I in a condolence message said, “We
will always remember his contribution for promotion of trade and commerce in the
May almighty rest his soul in peace,” prayed ZCC&I.
SBI stops payment to govt. cheques on RBI direction
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has written to State Bank of India
to stop all the payments on behalf of the government of Arunachal Pradesh with immediate
effect. RBI AGM has written to SBI informing that Government of Arunachal has exceeded
the permissible period for remaining in Overdraft and therefore payments must be
stopped at the earliest.
When contacted senior government officials confirmed the news adding that it is a
temporary management. “The change made in funding pattern due to the abolition of
planning commission is creating the main problem. Funds are not released on time
due to this change in funding system. Most of such problem arises in March-April
month as it marks the end of current financial year and start of a new one,” shared
the govt. official. He further added, “However once union budget is passed and new
guidelines are finalized, the funds will start coming. It might take few more days.”
But he also clarified that government employees will be paid salary on time.
This new development comes just days after former finance minister Kalikho Pul alleged
that the state is going through severe financial crisis due to the financial mismanagement
of the present government. He made the revelation after being expelled from Congress
party. His allegations were strongly rebutted by state government.
As the banks are refusing to make payments to government cheques, the small time
contractors are the worst sufferer once again. “I got the shock of my life when SBI
Itanagar refused to accept my cheque citing RBI order. I had carried out a small
contract work and had borrowed some money for it. Now as the bank is refusing to
pay me, I am facing a very tough time,” shared a young contractor who did not wish
to be named. Adding to the woes of public, there is no clarity on the part of state
government as to when will this ban by RBI end.
Working without honorarium for the last nine months!
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Honorarium or payment is two words which irritates Silley Dodum
and other contractual employees under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Shashakti Karan Abhiyan
(RGPSA) scheme, the most for the last nine months.
Dodum a contractual Computer cum Account Assistant who had been appointed under Rajiv
Gandhi Panchayat Shashakti Karan Abhiyan (RGPSA) scheme for Bameng-II (Mlorang and
Tallo Gram Panchayat) in East Kameng on 4th March 2014 has been working without honorarium
for the last nine months. RGPSA was launched with an objective to strengthen the
Panchayat and enhance capacities and effectiveness of Panchayats and the Gram Sabhas.
The scheme is valid upto 2017.
Initially it was informed that the Department had released four months honorarium
few months after the appointment. However, since then no official communication
was heard from the authority, Dodum complains. Every month we are pacified by saying
to wait for few more days, he added.
As per an engagement order issued by Secretary Panchayati Raj B.R Babu (order No.
PR-RGPSA/SEPPA/669/2014), the Computer cum Account Assistant gets rupees eight thousand
only in a month.
Regrettably, it is also said that no clear instruction and charter of power and function
were given to the employees after the appointment, though it has given eight points
role and responsibilities. “No specific role and responsibilities are being given
to us, despite eight-point roles and responsibilities prescribed with an engagement
order” Dodum rued.
Meanwhile, when contacted by The Arunachal Times, Panchayati Raj Director Kemo Lollen
admitted the delay in releasing the honorarium. He also said that the crisis is due
to procedural delay; however he made it clear that as soon as the department gets
clearance from the government it would release the honorarium. Sources informed that
many employees who had been appointed under RGPSA are skeptical on recieving their
honorarium considering the current situation of the department.
The Computer cum Account Assistant has to maintain Gram Sabha meeting register and
draft minutes of meeting, maintain cash book, maintain register of water supply and
line departments Agri, Horti, health and ICDS etc.
ANSU alleges APB&OCWWB of misusing Cess funds
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has alleged that Arunachal
Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) has misused
the labour cess fund collection meant for the welfare of the workers of the state.
ANSU President Byabang Joram stated citing documents unearthed using RTI.
The labour cess collection in respect of district wise deposited to treasury challan
period from November 2012 to 3rd January 2015 amounts to Rs 8,39, 80,020.00 and the
cess collection in respect of district wise period from 2008 to 31st January 2015
is amounting to Rs 585812500 (Rupees fifty eight crore fifty eight lakh twelve thousand
five hundred three only) and total labour cess collection is Rs 66,97,92,603.00 (sixty
six crore ninety seven lakh nine two thousand six hundred three only). But it is
surprising that only Rs 31, 86,570.00 (Rupees thirty one lakh eighty-six thousand
five hundred seventy only) have been provided as benefits to the registered workers
by Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, the ANSU
stated in a release.
The Union further alleged that appointment for Registration Officers -7 posts, LDC-5
posts, UDC-1 post and peon 5-posts were made by APB&OCWWB without flouting any advertisement
in the local dailies which is against the Indian constitution. They added that chairman
of the board, Nyamar Karbak had forwarded a letter to secretary APB&OCWWB to appoint
13 candidates without giving advertisement which is a gross violation of Recruitment
rules. Interestingly 10 out of the 13 candidates appointed illegally are purportedly
from Liromoba constituency, of which Chairman of the board Nyamar Karbak is the MLA.
Kerosene shortage hits Tawang
TAWANG, Apr 24: Tawang district has been facing acute shortage of kerosene causing
great hardship to poor and common people.
According to sources, the district has been facing shortage of the common men’s fuel
since last one year.
There has been fluctuation in allocation of kerosene quota since last one year with
the district receiving 18 KL (18000 liters) of kerosene in the current month, the
More over, monthly allocation of kerosene to each ration card holder has also been
reportedly reduced from 3.95 litres to 1.5 litres.
The people of Tawang district are mostly dependent on kerosene for cooking and illuminating
their houses. However, meagre allocation of the most important fuel has been causing
great hardships to the people, especially the poor, the sources added.
New species of catfish discovered in Pange River, Ziro
A new species of catfish has been discovered by the scientists of the Arunachal Pradesh
Regional Centre of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in a river near Ziro, Lower
Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The moderate sized Glyptosternine torrential
catfish, under the genus Oreoglanis (single specimen) was found on 9th June, 2013
in the Pange river, at Aro-Lenching, about 10 km from Ziro, the district headquarters.
A survey team led by Dr. Bikramjit Sinha, officer-in-charge and Lakpa Tamang of the
ZSI spotted the new catfish. The genus Oreoglanis comprises twenty-two species in
the world, of these only two species are so far known from India, solely from Arunachal
Pradesh. This is the second species in the genus after one such species – Oreoglanis
majusculus from Kameng River at Rupa, West Kameng District, reported in the year
2005 by other researchers. The news of the discovery was very recently published
in a Germany-based international journal “Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters”,
Dr. Sinha said.
Scientists have named the catfish species as Oreoglanis pangenensis in remembrance
of the river “Pange” as well as for easy identification of the original locality
of the new species. Detail taxonomic distinguishing characters of the new species
from all its congeners are highlighted in the published article, Dr. Sinha added.
Tamang says, members of the genus Oreoglanis are morphologically characterized by
having dorsoventrally depressed head and body with enlarged pectoral and pelvic fins
and ventrally situated mouth and usually found in high altitude cold regions. These
naturally modified structures of the fish play a vital role for its survival under
high pressure water of the streams/rivers. Such peculiar body shape of fish greatly
aid in adhesion on substratum and also simultaneously reduces adverse affect of the
water pressure on body and fish can make easy station on substratum and conveniently
feed on fine green algae, which is a primary food for survival.
Congress flays BJP, terms Shah’s visit a farce
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today ridiculed the
visit of BJP national president Amit Shah to Arunachal Pradesh as a farce. The speech
of Shah was full of hatred and condemnation, the APCC president Padi Richo said in
a statement today.
What kind of Utilization Certificates (UC) is required by the BJP when the BJP-led
central Govt did not release any new fund, the APCC questioned adding that the BJP
Govt has curtailed many Central Sponsored Schemes (CSS) which was provided by the
then UPA Govt. in the state.
APCC president further said that against the claim of Shah and Union Minister of
State for Home Kiren Rijiju, salaries are paid regularly to the Govt employees. “The
irony is that the Central Govt. is not in a position to pay the salaries of the casual
workers of Doordarshan and All India Radio, Richo said.
Regarding imposition of AFSPA in the state, the APCC also questioned Rijiju as to
why the Centre has not sought the permission from the state Govt. for AFSPA extension
up to 20 kms in 12 districts bordering Assam? Earlier, the Centre respected the federal
system by consulting with the state Govt. on this issue but now the BJP-led Govt.
has ignored and went over board by bypassing the cooperative federal system of the
country, Richo said.
The APCC further said that Rijiju’s statement on racism is false and misleading at
a time when two students of journalism from Arunachal were racially abused at Shantinagar
Bus Stand in Bengaluru recently.
Raising question over pulling out of special status to the Northeastern states
by the BJP-led central Govt, the APCC said Rijiju and Union Minister of State-Independent
Charge for Sports & Youth Affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal should have staged a protest
on the issue.
Is this the gift of the present ruling Govt. to the North East ?, Richo furthered
AACWA threatens to launch hunger strike
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: All Arunachal Contractor Welfare Association (AACWA) has threatened
to launch phase wise hunger strike if government fails to respond to its charter
of demands within stipulated the time frame. The AACWA has planned to launch its
first phase of 24 hour hunger strike on May 2 next followed by indefinite hunger
strike from June 2 next.
AACWA is demanding immediate imposition of financial emergency in the state under
Article 360, implementation of Lokayukta Act and releasing of its pending bills amounting
to thousands of crores under various centrally sponsored schemes.
Addressing media person at Press club today, President AACWA Takam Padu lamented
that despite series of memorandum and representation submitted to the government
of Arunachal Pradesh, till date no response has come.
‘Most of the contractors are on the verge of bankruptcy due to non release of pending
bills by the state government against their work under various centrally sponsored
project including flagship programmes like PMGSY, JNNRUM, NLCPR, RMSY, SPA, and others
for last the three years, said Padu while stating that some contractors may take
the extreme step of suicide due to their heavy loans from banks and private firms’.
Padu stated that more than Rs 300 crore is pending against the PMGSY schemes under
Rural Work Department only.
While alleging the the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for mismanagement
of more than Rs 3000 crore resulting in pending of contractors bills, Padu said’
CM Tuki has no right to hold onto the chair of Chief Minister anymore and should
resign on moral grounds.
General Secretary AACWA, Nabam Akin Hina termed the Tuki led government as deaf and
dumb who is undermining the grievances of the common people.
Instead of listening to the common man, government is imposing the draconian law
of ‘Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act’ (APUAPA) to suppress the
voice of people who stand against corruption, the government should adopt Lokayukta
to fight against corruption, stated Hina.
He further added that the fight would continue till the government gives any written
assurance on all the demands made by the AACWA. The AACWA charter of demands includes
adaptation of 1% EMD for tribal contractors for any category of tender works, scraping
of 2% income tax deduction at source from tribal contractors, lowering down of enlistment
of fees as per CPWD norms and others.
CM joins protest rally, voices against Land Acquisition Act
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today voiced his opposition to the Land
Acquisition Act, 2015 being brought in by the NDA Government at the Center and demanded
that the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 be kept in totality without amendments as proposed.
Participating in a mass protest rally against the Act organized by the Block Congress
Committee of Sagalee, the Chief Minister’s home constituency, he claimed that the
Land Acquisition Act of the NDA government will push farmers to colonial era and
drive the land owners to lose rights over their property.
While asserting that the Congress is ‘for the poor, marginalized and tribals’, the
Chief Minister elaborated that because of Pandit Nehru’s ‘Panchsheel’ doctrine the
rights of tribal people over their land and natural resources is still intact.
He said that keeping in line with the ‘Panchsheel’ guidelines the UPA Government
had kept in the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 the provision of Social Impact Assessment
(SIA), which has to be completed within six months while taking into account the
opinion of Gram Sabhas before land acquisition.
However, he pointed, after the amendments, the SIA will be completely removed and
the government can acquire land without the consent of land owners.
“Now the government or private individuals, companies will no longer need mandatory
80% consent for land acquisition in the five sectors of national security, defence,
rural infrastructure including electrification, industrial corridors and housing
including PPP where ownership of land continues to be vested with the government,”
The Chief Minister further said that the Congress is also against the amendments
to the original Act as the new Act does not have provision to return the land to
farmers if the land is not used within five years.
“Every party had supported the Act of 2013 including BJP. Now it wants to change
it,” Tuki expressed surprise.
Parliamentary Secretary for Home Likha Saaya and Legislators Nyamar Karbak and Dikto
Yeker also voiced their objection to the new Act and were unanimous in dubbing it
as against the poor, especially tribal people and demanded its scrapping.
The protest rally attended by Panchayati Raj leaders, Mahila Congress, all frontal
wings of the Congress, Gaon Buras and Congress workers passed a two-points resolution
protesting against the Land Act and the dubbing of North East people as‘immigrants’
in the election manifesto of the BJP during the Delhi Assembly elections.
Mortal remains of PMC Dy. Chief Councilor laid to rest
PASIGHAT, Apr 24: The mortal remains of Atik Pertin, the Deputy Chief Councilor of
Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC), who died on Thursday morning was laid to rest today
He left behind his wife, three sons and a grand-daughter.
Former ministers Bosiram Siram and Tako Dabii along with rank and file of East Siang
District Congress (I) Committee, PRI leaders and Municipal Councilors, relatives
and well wishers paid their last respect to late Pertin at the funeral today.
Earlier, the District Congress (I) Committee, with the help of local people took
out a procession carrying the body to PMC office, where the councilors and officials
led by Municipal Executive Officer, Nixon Lego paid last respect to their departed
“He was an active and dedicated social worker and leader. His immense contributions
for socio-economic development of the area will be remembered for ever,” said Bosiram.
Pertin was the only person, who shared the idea for introduction of Municipal body
in the state. He served the Pasighat Civic body (PMC) with dedication and sincerity,
cherished a dream to make Pasighat town a ‘Role model city’, said the former minister.
The state’s Urban Development Secretary Khapa Kolie and Deputy Chief of Itanagar
Municipal Council Kipa Babu in the funeral conveyed the condolence message sent to
the bereaved family by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Urban Development Minister Pema
Pertin was a dedicated party worker and his demise has caused an irreparable loss
for his party, Chief Minister said in his message.
The office of Pasighat Municipal Council remained closed today as a mark of respect
for Deputy Chief. The business community also joined the mourning by shutting down
their shops and business establishments in Pasighat town.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has deeply mourned the
sudden demise of Deputy Chief Councilor of Pasighat Municipal Council Atik Pertin
who died on Thursday at his residence in Pasighat. APCC termed Late Pertin death
as a great loss to the Indian National Congress and the state. In its condolence
message APCC said that his contribution for the welfare of the state will be always
Coconut Board expresses willingness to open Coconut farm in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Seeing the potentials and suitable climatic condition of the state
for coconut cultivation, Chairman of Coconut Development Board (CDB) TK Jose has
expressed the Board’s willingness to open a Coconut Farm in Arunachal Pradesh.
The CDB Chairman during his two days visit to Namsai from April 22 said that he has
seen a vast potential for coconut production in Arunachal Pradesh and sought 40 hectares
of land for opening a coconut farm.
The chairman visited various places in the district and also met Agriculture, Horticulture
Minister Chowna Mein and Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom and apprised them about
potential of coconut cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh.
He suggested Mein for introducing diploma or certificate courses in the universities
of the state.
It was also agreed during the course of discussion that the Coconut Development Board
will organize seminar and workshop for coconut farmers.
Mein also expressed his willingness to propagate coconut cultivation in the state.
Namsai Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma and DHO Sudhir Bhide were present during the
The CDB chairman was accompanied by MN Gopinath, Addl. Rubber Production Commissioner
(Rtd.), Rajeev P George, Director CDB Regional Office, Guwahati and Deputy Director
Dr. Rajat Kumar Pal.
Make ‘Mission Indradhanush’ a grand success in East Kameng district
SEPPA, Apr 24: Seppa ADC Pooja Jain has called upon all the stakeholders to make
the ‘Mission Indradhanush’ a grand success in East Kameng district.
Addressing meetings on Mission Indradhanush held separately with medical officers,
panchayat leaders and civil societies, and religious leaders and colony representatives
on April 22, 23 and 24 respectively, the ADC informed the gathering that initially,
the mission was launched in the first half of the April 2015, but due to low percentage
of turn out the programme is slated to re-launch again from 7th May with renewed
vigour and determination to immunize all children vis-a-vis eliminating the social
misconception prevails about the immunization.
Quoting, “prevention is better than cure”, she further made an appeal to the gathering
to extend their hands in generating awareness about and implementing the mission.
The ADC, however, expressed shock and dismay after observing the high refusal rate
against immunization. She requested one and all to break the web of fear psychosis
which prevails among villagers against vaccination and medical care. She made a special
appeal to the public “to come out and bring their children for immunization to the
nearest specified location and on specified date”.
The main objective of the three successive meetings on Mission Indradhanush held
under the guidance and supervision of DC Sandeep Kumar Singh and Pooja Jain was to
formulate a comprehensive action plan on implementation of mission and simultaneously,
generate awareness among the stakeholders for furthering awareness to the public.
During the meetings, Dr. Geiyi highlighted the importance of immunization and requested
all to join hands in the fight against the seven preventable diseases through this
mission. He further stressed that PR leaders, religious leaders and, colony and civil
society representatives, being in contact with general public all the time, have
to play a prominent and pro-active roles in the success of this mission.
In the meetings, Dr. K. Lapung, DRCHO, briefed the houses about the mission and its
objectives. He said that the Mission Indradhanush, a union Govt. scheme, targets
to immunise all children under seven vaccine preventable diseases including Diptheria,
Pertusis, Tetanus, TB, Hepatitis B, Polio and Measles. Five districts of Arunachal
Pradesh including East Kameng have been targeted under this mission. In order to
cover more children, he informed that slums, villages, construction sites, etc.,
have been focused and various teams have been constituted to cover entire district.
A lot was expected when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah visited
state. Massive crowd turned up at the venue despite heavy down-pouring of rain to
listen to the speech of Shah. However instead of presenting a road map for the development
of state, BJP president choose to speak about Rahul Gandhi and usual rhetoric of
how BJP is going to develop NE region etc, etc. People except may be the BJP workers
and supporters were extremely disappointed by his speech. In this difficult time
when state is battling serious financial crisis due to mismanagement by Congress
ruled Arunachal govt., the citizens were looking forward towards BJP president for
Alas to the utter disappointment of everyone he hardly spoke about Arunachal. Central
leaders whether it is be BJP or Congress should not visit state just for the sake
of Arunachal ‘dharsan’. They need to tell us the vision of their party and how they
are going to develop state. We had enough of leaders visiting state without any outcome.
During his speech Amit Shah hailed the people of Arunachal Pradesh for their patriotism.
But Mr Shah should understand that patriotism does not feed our stomach. Unless centre
and state develop cordial relation and work together, the people of state will not
reap benefit of development. Right now state government is struggling to manage finance
and unless central government offers helping hand things will not improve.
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Hear our voices
It is really surprising to know that the decision to extend the Armed Forces Special
Power Act (AFSPA) in the state was made without any consultation with the state government
and other security agencies.
Through your esteemed daily I would like to express my views on the act aforesaid.
We understand that the act (AFSPA) is enforced to tackle and shut down any armed
opposition and violence in a state. Instead of witnessing a noble job done what we
hear is the barbarian acts committed by the army personnel.
From the past, we have come to learn only the drawbacks of the Act such as rape,
molestation or torture by army personnel in lieu of power bestowed under the act.
There is no merits, hitherto, we have heard and learnt of the Act. It seems the act
is a punishment for the people rather than a saviour of the people. We, being obedient
citizens of the country, are well aware that the government works for the welfare
of the people. The government must have made thorough and adequate studies and research
before the enforcement of the act in the state.
But when such decisions are taken, we tend to question ourselves if the government
really functions for the people? Why is the government so keen on extending the Act
to newer regions when violence still prevails in the Act enforced regions? Is the
government in a bid to double the crime and violence in the state?
Given the lacunae of the Act, it becomes highly recommendable to the government to
reconsider its decision on extending the act to all districts of the state bordering
Assam. We hope are voices are heard at its highest note because we mandated the government
to power to keep us safe and to maintain peace, law and order in the state.
Nani Taki, Ziro
A road fiasco
The ongoing trans-Arunachal highway at Tirbin to Gabu nallah, especially Bam to Aalo
is being carried out at a snail pace which is causing much hardship to the daily
commuters and the general public at large. The road connectivity since the initiation
of the project has turned from bad to worse. After about some 5% of preliminary works-
earth cuttings, etc. the entire stretch (about 95%) of the proposed road has been
left completely unattended. There are potholes, muddy-roadways, water-logging which
completely fill up the road especially during the rainy season. The road is no better
in dry months either and has enhanced the risk of many untoward road accidents. The
inconvenience caused to the general public due to the dilapidated condition of the
road is beyond any expressive description.
In order to attend to the court, we, the legal fraternity of the District has to
undergo a herculean task of navigating the entire stretch of almost 120 kms (to and
fro) of tiresome and almost inaccessible road from Aalo to Basar. The hardship of
commutation to the respective court is proving to be a cause of delay in legal proceedings
pertaining to the fact that the concerned advocates could not present themselves
at the scheduled time at the Hon’ble court, irrespective of their best possible efforts.
The trans-Arunachal highway is turning out to be a mirage and has almost crippled
the smooth functioning of the judicial machinery besides the general grievance of
the public at large.
As has been learned from the reliable sources, the executing companies have tendered
the cause for the delay in executing the project as the failure on part of the Govt.
in arriving at a consensus regarding the compensatory measures with the affected
land owners. On the other hand, the Govt. agencies are reluctant to issue any statements
which to some is nothing but the old trend of lackadaisical attitude of the Govt.
officials. The land affected persons have their own volumes of grievances. Be it
the lackadaisical attitude of the Govt., the exorbitant compensatory claims or the
corporate conspiracy, it is the general public who has to bear the brunt. The irony
is that the very purpose of the trans-Arunachal project was to serve the public purpose!
It is high time that some serious note is taken and that the Govt bodies along with
all the interested parties work in consensus and pursue the matter keeping in view
the greater welfare and purpose that the early completion of the trans-Arunachal
highway will serve to the general masses. Until then it remains a fiasco for each
and every one of us.
West Siang District Bar Association
I am a common man with no channel to express its voice at the State level, but I
believe that through your esteemed daily my voice and in fact the voices of the common
masses of Tawang district will be heard.
The district of Tawang has been hit several times by short allocation of oil over
the past many months from the authorities at the twin capital. When enquired, the
concerned office at the district level expressed their helplessness over the issue
which in turn means more stress for the poor and common households of Tawang district.
Every person in Arunachal Pradesh and well qualified officers at the state level
are acquainted with the fact that Tawang district is climatically cold place round
the year. Though it has hydro power generation capability but due to poor mechanism
of the state govt, the power generation in the district is not sufficient to feed
the power requirement of every household in the district.
Under such circumstances, SKO allotted by the GoAP is an essential commodity and
necessity for cooking and illumination in the district. The concerned department
at the state level ignores this fact again and again.
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