April 26

Kumar Waii loses RWD ministry

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Kumar Waii has been shunted from RWD Ministry to the Panchayat and Cooperatives, according to a report.

RWD Ministry will now be looked after by the Chief Minister. Though a report says that the move came after irregularities in awarding contracts in RWD, the main reason is cited to be Waii’s rebellion against the Chief Minister.


Bame-Aalo road  works to be completed in May

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The first phase repairing works of the road stretch between Bame and Aalo is likely to be completed in the next month while the repairing works of Aalo main road from Sipu bridge point to Mebbu bridge will be taken in the second phase in June.

This was informed by the site engineer of TK Engg. Consortium Pvt. Ltd, the executing company, during a meeting convened by the West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige LIgu recently to discuss about maintenance of the road portion which is lying in a deplorable condition. Repairing work also includes Blacktopping which will be started from the Bame tri-junction point, the Engineer Gurumurthy said.

Ligu accompanied by Himar Ete, DD UD Basar inspected the ongoing repairing works at Bame tri-junction point today and appealed to the villagers of Pushi Doke, Angu, Bagra, Doji, Darka and Rigo to cooperate with executing company for early completion of the road maintenance work.


Niba Hospital gets ISO certification

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Niba Hospital, Papu Nallah, Naharlagun became the first private hospital in the state to be certified the ISO 9001:2008.

The hospital founded in 1999 with just 20 beds and 14 staff has grown to a multi-specialty hospital with 50 beds today.  “Our aim is to provide the best possible healthcare for the people of our state of which they are often deprived off. I hope Niba Hospital’s ISO 9001:2008 certification will bring some changes on quality of healthcare services in the state, Dr Nirmali Taba, MD of Niba Hospital said.


Setong Sena Stadium dedicated to the people

JAIRAMPUR, Apr 25: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today dedicated the newly constructed Setong Sena Outdoor Stadium at Jairampur in Changlang district to the people of the state.

Present during the inauguration were Late Setong Sena’s mother and wife. Tuki, while addressing the people paid rich tributes to former Cabinet colleague Late Setong Sena, who hailed from Jairampur. He emotionally recalled his last visit to Jairampur to inaugurate the T20 day-night cricket tourney in presence of the late leader.


Avenue plantation conducted to mark World Veterinary Day

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The Arunachal Pradesh Veterinary Association (APVA) today celebrated the World Veterinary Day 2015 by organising an avenue plantation at the Directorate of AH & Vety Complex, Nirjuli and Livestock Health camp at Veterinary Hospital, Naharlagun.

While the Association members from different districts planted ornamental trees at the complex of the new directorate, the vets led by Dr. Goliath Piel, SVO Vety. Hospital Naharlagun organised livestock camp at Vety Hospital to commemorate the occasion.

Earlier on April 24, the APVA in its 9th general conference held at the Seminar Hall of State Vety Council, Nirjuli adopted many important resolutions to uphold the dignity of the profession and to update the professional knowledge of the vets serving in various nook and corners of the state.


Youth Training Camp

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: A four days youth training camp was conducted for the selected youths, who are working for the social upliftment in five districts, namely Namsai, Tirap, Changlang, Lohit and Longding by Eknathji Janmashati Prava, Arunachal unit at Namsai recently.

The camp aimed at upgrading the quality and improving the positive attitude of the youths and inculcating in them the patriotic and cultural values with the ideals of Vivekananda Kendra “Man making - nation building” through various sessions on yoga, lecture, concentration and memory development games and group discussion.

Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma and Rupa ZPM Sange Tashi Thungdok addressed the participants on the concluding day function.


State Taekwondo Championship at Hapoli from Apr 27

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The 23rd State Level Taekwondo Championship, 2015 will begin from April 27 at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium Hapoli, Lower Subansiri District.

The event is being organized by Lower Subansiri District Taekwondo Association.


MSME training for local weavers

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: With the objective to upgrade and hone the traditional skills of local weavers for making them self dependent entrepreneurs, the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship - an organization under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) started a training programme on improved handloom weaving at Diyun Bazaar of Changlang district on April 23.

Around 25 weavers from Diyun area are attending the training and they will be trained on intricate design and product diversification.

The training is sponsored by Indian Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) in collaboration with National Schedule Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC).


Essay writing contest

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Essay competitions are being conducted among students of class eight to ten on life and teachings of Buddha by the 2559th Buddha Jayanti Joint Celebration Committee (BJJCC) at King Cub Public School here on May 3 to mark the Buddha Jayanti celebration.

The topics of the competitions are “Life of Buddha,” “Teachings of Buddha” and “Buddha Jayanti”.

“The purpose of this essay writing contest is to inspire the young writers to showcase their creativity and thinking skills besides allowing them to learn and understand about Buddhism,” said BJJCC President Dorjee Wangdi Thungon.

The 2559th Buddha Jayanti is being celebrated at Thupten Ga-Tseling Monastery Itanagar on May 4.


Tree plantation cum cleanliness drive at DHS

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: In their continuing efforts to keep the complex of Directorate of Health Services green and clean, the officers and staff on Friday planted saplings besides cleaning the campus.

Dr. T. Kampu, Nodal Officer (Swacch Bharat),DDHS, (P&D), led the staff from the front in the cleanliness drive with great enthusiasm.

Dr.K Nishing, DHS, Dr. Hage Tam, Joint DHS (Leprosy), and Dr. Moromor Lego, Joint DHS (Establishment) also planted Royal Palm trees.

The Establishment section made record by cleaning almost three quintals of old office files.


Basic computer course

ITANAGAR:, Apr 25: A basic computer education course under BADP organized by Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) for Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts commenced at DBYC here today.

Inaugurating the training, Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad Chairman Sangha Tagik stressed the necessity of computer education for all. Tagik encouraged the participants to attend the training sincerely to make themselves computer literate.

Fr. CD Mathai, Parish Priest spoke about Don Bosco Institutions and the  unique training programmes that is offered to youth over 132 countries in the world and added that Don Bosco is second only to the Govt. of India in running technical schools and a key player in skill development of youth in India under DBTech.

Kautuk Sharma, Deputy Director, Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation, spoke of the vital role that computers play in every sphere of life and exhorted the trainees to make good use of the training.

Yumlam Kaha, Deputy Director Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Arunchal Pradesh in his speech emphasized on acquiring the basic knowledge of computers for everyone in today’s world.  Kaha also spoke of the funds that his department is setting aside for skill training of youth, especially girls.

Altogether, 45 registered participants from the two districts are attending the programme.


News Impact

900 killed in Nepal earthquake, scores dead in India

Kathmandu, Apr 25: A powerful earthquake flattened houses and buildings in Nepal today, killing nearly 900 people as the worst quake in 80 years destroyed the iconic Dharhara tower and renowned Darbar Square in the heart of the capital.

The quake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale, which was followed by 16 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater, killed 876 people including over 250 in Kathmandu and left several thousands injured and hundreds missing across the country.

The earthquake around 11:56 am with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, had its impact in several cities in Bihar, West Bengal and UP and tremors were felt across vast stretches of east and northeast India.

It was also felt in Southern and Western parts of India, China, Bhutan and as far as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

At least 180 bodies have been retrieved from the debris of two-century old nine-storey landmark Dharhara tower in the centre of the capital.

Kathmandu's Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was completely damaged in the quake which was the worst to hit Nepal and surrounding regions after the earthquake of 8.4 magnitude which occurred along the Nepal-Bihar border in 1934.

At least 36 people were today killed and close to 200 injured in various parts of the country in the earthquake which destroyed or damaged several houses and buildings.

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, bordering Nepal, were the worst affected parts of India in the quake measuring 7.9 on Richter Scale.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself monitoring the situation and issuing directives, massive rescue and relief operations were initiated on war-footing basis.

The death toll in various parts of the country is 36, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters here tonight.

Of them, 23 died in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh and five in West Bengal.

133 people were injured in Bihar and 43 in Uttar Pradesh, he said, adding more "sadly" 15 children were injured in West Bengal. The Prime Minister, who took stock of the situation at a high-level meeting here, directed immediate dispatch of rescue and relief teams, including medical staff, to the affected areas.

He also spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The central government's Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, is holding regular meetings to keep a watch on the situation.

Home Secretary L C Goyal said five teams of National Disaster Response Force, comprising 45 personnel each, were dispatched to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for conducting rescue and relief operations.

"Our focus is on rescue operations. The damage assessment will follow in some time," he said.

Rijiju said rescue and relief teams have been sent to Patna, Supaul, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Gopalganj in Bihar and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has expressed deep shock over the death of hundreds of people and destruction of properties caused by the earthquake in Nepal and several parts of India.

The APCC prayed for the quick recovery of thethose injured and well-being of the affected people and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the families of earthquake victims. PTI


Anshu safe

Anshu Jamsenpa and her entourage are safe. They are at Gorakchep Camp en-route to Everest Base Camp.

President, Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) Tsering Wange, who is Anshu’s husband, was able to establish contact with her, only after harrowing four hours of the devastating earthquake.

He said that though there have been some damages and casualties, her team members are all fine.

Wange said that though the team is shaken by the experience, they are managing well.  

A decision on continuation of the expedition is expected to be taken shortly. This is the fourth attempt of Anshu Jamsenpa to scale the Mount Everest.



Funds for vital BADP and central schemes embezzled in Anjaw

AACJM says Pul has put National Security at stake

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Barely few weeks after expelled Congress MLA and former Finance Minister Kalikho Pul kicked up a storm by giving sensational press statements claiming Tuki led Government in Arunachal Pradesh is going through severe financial crisis due to the financial mismanagement, the Anjaw MLA has been alleged of serious corruptions by his own people.

In a press conference held at Press Club today, Anjaw Anti Corruption Jagruti Movement (AACJM), a Hayuliang based anti-corruption group claimed that former Finance Minister Kalikho Pul is involved in various scams and loot in the name of development in Anjaw district and has put the national security at risk. The group demanded the state government to institute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or Central Bureau Intelligence (CBI) to probe the scam.

Armed with RTI documents substantiating their claims, AACJM alleged that the funds sanctioned under Border Areas Development Programme (BADP) worth lakhs of rupees meant for Border out posts at Rohcham, Kapapu, Hotspring and Glotonglat (located at Chaglagam and Walong) have been misappropriated by Hayuliang MLA without execution of work. Some of the projects alleged of embezzled are of  c/o of 4’ wide cc path from Chaglagam to Rohcham BoP Rs.85.00 lacs, c/o of FSB at Glotonglat patrol route of Rs.16.00 lacs, and c/o of Huts for Jawans at Rohcham BoP of Rs. 16.00 lacs. The anti-corruption group also claimed that such deep-rooted corruption practiced by Kalikho Pul has put the national security at risk as the funds for infrastructural development of Anjaw district have been siphoned off without completion of any work. It also said that such practice has also put the lives of the soldiers at risk, as they need better infrastructure and communication to guard the international border.

AACJM member Bihenso Pul alleged that there are numerous dubious and bogus projects under SPA, NEC, PMGSY and NLCPR being executed by Kalikho Pul which exists in official documents only but not on the ground. Under NEC, PMGSY and NEC, C/o Road from Tafraliang to Tahogam amounting Rs. 9.00 lacs was already spent under NEC, however another project is being implemented over the same project under PMGSY. It also claimed that the motorable suspension Manchal Bridge of Rs.1300.00 lac executed by M/s Muhilum Pul enterprise has no physical progress but 90 percent of the funds have been already withdrawn.

AACJM also claimed that similar bogus projects were executed under BADP. The C/o Foot Suspension Bridge(FSB) over Dalai 120 meters at Chaglagam of  Rs.48.00 lacs and FSB over Lati(150 meters) of  Rs.34.00 lacs does not exist in reality, it alleged.

Bihenso Pul stated that few government officers are hands in glove with the local MLA in embezzlement of the centrally and state sponsored schemes funds. It also alleged that Anjaw MLA of indulging in illegal land grabbing of the government lands.  “Kalikho Pul misuses his power and position to grab the government land and exploit innocent people” the group added.

It also alleged that the former Finance Minister had converted the community land of Meyor community (a marginalized community) into reserve forest by forging signatures. When the malicious move was protested by the community members, many were physically charged and abused and some of them put behind the bars, AACJM said.

It said that the civil right group of the district wrote to Asian Human Rights group complaining about atrocity against the Meyor Community by Pul but no justice has been done so far.

On being asked whether the AACJM is a politically motivated and affiliated to political rival group of former the Finance Minister, the members refuted and clarified that the movement is part of their long pending strategy. Meanwhile, MLA Kalikho Pul was unavailable when this daily tried to establish contact for his reaction over the allegations.



State govt has no right to continue: BJP

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh said that the Nabam Tuki led Congress Govt in the state is responsible for the precarious financial situation in the state and has no morale right to continue in office. The financial condition of the State under the present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is deplorable and has severely hit the Aam Aadmi, a Party statement read.

The Party has expressed serious concern over alleged financial breakdown in Arunachal Pradesh following the Reserve Bank of India directives to stop to State Bank of India to stop all the payments on behalf of the government of Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect as the account of the state Government has been overdrawn in excess of the arrangements agreed upon with RBI.

The present ruling Congress govt has blatantly failed in all fronts to live-up to the minimum expectation of the people of the State; owing to their high handedness indulging in violating prudent fiscal management and discipline in the State, the party added.

A State level delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party will call on Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on the issue. The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh will fight tooth and nail on the mal-governance and massive financial miss-managements in the state and would lay out series of State-wide protests shortly to protect the well being of the people of the state, the message read.



PPA for imposition of financial emergency

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directing the State Bank of India (SBI) to stop all the payments on behalf of the state government, the stage is clear for the imposition of financial emergency in the state without any further delay, said Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) while referring to its memorandum submitted earlier to the Governor seeking his intervention in financial management.

Addressing a party meeting on the alleged growing of corruption in the state here today, PPA CWC chairman Kamen Ringu said that the financial crises are the results of mindless fiscal mismanagement in the state, it is not because of the birth of NITI Ayog replacing the Planning Commission.

“Unaccounted public money to the tune of crores were used for buying off the rival candidates representing mostly Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently concluded Assembly Election 2014 which is one of the prime reasons for the financial bankruptcy in the state today. The use of public money during the elections led to situations wherein 11 candidates withdrew from the election fray after filing of the nominations. The voters of those constituencies are to be equally blamed because of their tacit involvement in vote buying practices,” said Ringu adding that “This is against the very sprit of democracy as huge unaccounted transaction of public money took place between the withdrawing candidates and ruling government”.

"Political corruption in the state is also encouraged through the defection of Legislators from one party to another party which involves huge unaccounted public money paid to the defecting legislators. This has prevented the growth of genuine Regional Political Party in the state. The public, particularly the intelligentsia should condemn these defecting legislators", said PPA Secretary General Kaling Jerang.

Jerang further said that the PPA fully endorses the phase wise hunger strike called by the All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) demanding immediate imposition of financial emergency in the state under Article 360. The party will also extend full cooperation to any civil rights organization that would truly represent the public grievances against the wrong doings of the government, Jerang added.



Moh Mol celebrated at Jairampur

Don’t get carried away by rumours on financial status, says Tuki

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Donning Tangsa traditional attires, the Chief Minister joined the Moh Mol celebration at Jairampur.

“We may speak different dialects but our emotions are same. We are a family and this bond has kept our communities strong and together,” Nabam Tuki said while addressing the gathering.

He wished the people a joyous and peaceful celebration and urged all to pass on the tradition to the younger generation just as they inherited it from their ancestors.  

Talking about the current state of affairs, Tuki admitted that the state has been a late starter in terms of development and financial stability. Therefore, he urged that the Center should be liberal when it comes to assist the state develop at par with others.

The Chief Minister appealed to people not to get carried away by sensational reports and rumours about the financial status of the state. He said, certain matters are routine, which need not be sensationalized in a bid to create panic.

“Development is our primary agenda, and we will let our work counter these rumours. And in this regard, along with central schemes and projects, we are equally framing and implementing our own projects and schemes in various sectors,” he said while highlighting the scope and utility of the ambitious Vision 2030 for the state.

Responding to a five-point memorandum submitted by the people, the Chief Minister assured that all will be fulfilled in a phased manner. He considered the demand for a Tangsa Cultural and Heritage Centre as genuine and suggested to combine cultural and sports arena together.

Local MLA and host, Laisam Simai expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and all the guests for taking out their valuable time to celebrate the festival with the Tangsa people.

Other dignitaries who joined the celebration were MP Ninong Ering, Minister Kamlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saya, legislators Tesam Pongtey, Nyamar Karbak, Mahesh Chai and Olom Panyang and Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi.

Later, the Chief Minister joined the indigenous Tangsa dance of ‘Sapolo’ to the joy of the local people.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister in presence of all the guests, laid the foundation stone for the Women Police Station at Terik Nagar, 5 kms from Jairampur town.

Member of Parliament, Arunachal East Ninong Ering, termed Tangsa culture as unique and rich and dwelt on importance and necessities of preserving nature adding that every festival in the state is nature related.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Home and Power Minister Tanga Byaling attended the annual Moh-Mol festival at Changlang along with Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung.

Byalling appealed the upcoming generation to be law abiding citizens and not to be misguided.

He had a word of advice for Govt officers and especially teachers to be part of nation building and provide quality education to younger generation.



Meena urges Govt officers to work with vision

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Commissioner Personnel, Administrative Reform and Training, K R Meena today called upon Government officers to work with a vision for better Arunachal. If someone determines to change for development, success is inevitable, he said. Meena was addressing the participants in the 2nd general conference of the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun.

Meena said that the administrative officers of the state are well equipped with rules and regulations and some had already proved their worth, which will help the state in moving forward.

While hinting at corruption by some officers, K R Meena said that prosperity in wrong way does not give peace of mind adding that earning money through illegal means results in disrespect in the society.  He, however, suggested institutional arrangement to get rid of the corruption and to control those people who indulge in such illegal activities and damage the name and fame of the state.

Meena further informed that a committee has been constituted under his guidance to provide recommendation to state government on institutional frameworks for improvement of service delivery to the people. He also assured to take up the demands being raised by CoSAAP with the government.

Meanwhile, CoSAAP Central Executive Committee President Nili Likha Togu stated that the three major demands of the CoSAAP is yet to be fulfilled by the state government which are extension of retirement age of government employees from 58 years to 60 years, transport allowance and children education allowance.

CoSAAP central executive committee, General Secretary, Pate Marik informed that changes in Leave Travel Concession (LTC) and Medical Reimbursement (MR) policies by the government is also a major problem being faced by the government employees. He urged the state government to look into the matter. Marik also lamented that the recent notification by the state government to obtain NOC during promotion and retirement benefit is a big obstacle for most of the employees.  He urged the state Govt to re-notify the order saying that just because of some defaulters all other employees must not be harassed.

Among others, Taw Tebin, Director Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, all the presidents and general secretaries of various government employees' associations and unions attended the conference.



World Malaria Day observed to educate people about vector borne diseases

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: World Malaria Day was observed in Lohit by District Health Society (NVBDCP) at Tezu to educate people about Malaria.

Dr. M. Jini, Director of Medical Education Training & Research threw light on Malaria that became a global scourge which is preventable.

Lohit DMO Dr. K. Basar highlighted on various measures to curb malaria and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention.

Dr. J Ado, DVBDCPO, gave an overview of malaria situation in Lohit.

Dr. JS Bowmick Medical Superintend in-charge, all the doctors and staff of District Hospital, Tezu and DMOs establishment attended the programme.

While observing the the day at Govt. ME School, Denka, Dr. Nabam Taka, Medical Officer (In-charge) CHC Doimukh  cum district consultant and Tatung Tayang, NVBDCP officer, Yupia highlighted on signs and symptoms and preventive measures of various vector borne diseases, including malaria, dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

Tatung appealed to the local public to cooperate with Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) teams.

A rally was taken out by students and villagers to mark the day.



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Disappointmentfor Arunachal

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 some hope.

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

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Taji Talom


West Siang District Bar Association




Depriving us

Dear Editor,

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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