ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The 4th phase of Socio-educational awareness cum interactive tour
programme of Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) led by its chairman Nabam Epo and Secretary
Nabam Tagi was conducted at Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng district on April 16 last.
The awareness programme which was aimed at bringing social changes and ills prevailing
in the society, was participated by more than 500 family members which included seniors
and youth members from Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Lower Subansiri districts
apart from the host family members of East Kameng district.
It was unanimously agreed in principle for rationalization of traditional marriage
system for uniform adoption by all the Nabam family members.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion NWS chairman Nabam Epo reiterated the need for
strong and continued relationship with relatives of the Nabam family which has been
maintained by family forefathers since time immemorial. Further he called upon the
family members to desist from violence and immoral activities.
NWS secretary Nabam Tagi stressed on the importance of education which needs to be
properly harnessed from the pre-primary level and urged the parents to take care
of their children properly.
Among others, Nabam Kuli, Convenor, local organizing committee, advisors of NWS,
Nabam Tagum, Nabam Tai Ex. PI, Nabam Tayo, Jt. Secretary (Sangdupota) NWS also spoke
on the occasion.
Later in the afternoon, the 5th Tagum Nabam Memorial football Tournament was organized.
Pario inspects road construction
PALIN, Apr 18: PHED & Water Supply Minister Takam Pario yesterday inspected the ongoing
construction of PMGSY road from Paka (Langdeng) to Riambang stage 1. The project
is scheduled to complete on March 10, 2016. He was accompanied by Govt officers and
public leaders during his visit.
Expressing satisfaction over the work progress, the Minister said completion of about
50 km formation cutting in this tough landscape within 12 months is not a matter
of joke. He also lauded the design and specification that has been maintained in
The personnel of road implementing agency highlighted about the work progress and
hoped that the road construction will be completed within the stipulated time frame.
People’s Award presented to outstanding workers in various fields
AALO, Apr 18: West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu has presented People’s Award
to the 20th ITBP Bn, Aalo and Kugi Village for their outstanding contributions in
the field of social service and implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in a simple
but impressive function held at DC’s chamber here yesterday. The Award included trophy
and cash prize of Rs. 35000.
Individual awards were also presented on the occasion. While Dagmo Lollen was awarded
for his contribution in the field of horticulture farming, Reli Loyi received award
for agriculture, Jumdo Ete for animal husbandry, Jumdo Jini for Fish culture and
Taluk Jilen AT/A for his contribution in the field of education.
Chandrika Prasad S/Assistant also awarded for sincerity and cleanliness of General
Hospital Aalo. The award included a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 12,000.
The DC who attended the function congratulated the awardees and encouraged them to
keep up the spirit and good works. DIPRO
BJP, NCP block units condemn Tali MLA
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party Tali and Pipsorang Mandal Unit and Nationalist
Congress Party 20th Tali Block Unit under Kra Daadi District strongly condemned the
press statement given by Tali MLA Markio Tado which appeared in local dailies on
April 16 last. Both BJP and NCP block unit castigated the MLA for terming his own
local people as anti-social elements. It also alleged that MLA had lodged FIR against
the persons involved in alleged destruction was just to seek political revenge. It
appealed the police authority of Tali not to act against the persons named in FIR
without proper evidences.
Meanwhile, All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) has joined local MLA Markio Tado
in condemning the alleged destruction of a ferry at bank of Kumey River between Kuwa
village and Tali by some miscreants. ATASU in a press statement termed the miscreants
as politically motivated anti-social elements. The union requested the authority
to book the culprits involved in the ferry destruction.
Likabali Block Congress stages rally against Modi govt
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Joining its party in both the Centre and the state in protesting
against Modi led NDA government over Land Acquisition Bill, immigrant issue of Northeast
people in Delhi election manifesto and racist remark to AICC President Sonia Gandhi
by Union Minister Giriraj Singh, the 28th Likabali Block Congress led by local MLA
Jomde Kena staged a protest rally at Likabali on Friday. The rally was joined by
senior party leaders, youths and panchayat members. The protest march was started
from Likabali market up to Block Congress Office. During the rally, Parliamentary
Secretary cum MLA Jomde Kena strongly condemned BJP government Land Acquisition Bill
claiming that the bill would deprive the genuine land owners. Kena also criticized
the BJP government for terming the Northeast People as “Immigrants’ in its election
manifesto and racist remark made against Sonia Gandhi by BJP Minister Giriraj Singh.
Irregularities in DPR alleged
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Alleging irregularities in the construction of road from 51km Holing
Point to Sawa CO HQs under East Kameng district, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)
East Kameng District unit has demanded the concerned authorities to look into the
In its representation to the Chief Executive Officer, RWD, Itanagar, the BJP Unit
claimed that ongoing construction works are not being carried out as per DPR besides
work has been stopped since three months.
The BJP Unit urged upon the CEO to personally look into the matter and direct the
executing agency to carry out the work as per DPR.
Buddha Jayanti celebration
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) & Theravada Buddhist
Society (TBS) Itanagar today held a joint meeting to chalk out programmes for celebrating
the 2559th Buddha Jayanti on May 4 at Theravada Buddha Vihara here.
The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Venerable Ratnadeepa Bhikkhu head
monk of Theravada Buddha Vihara unanimously decided to celebrate this year’s Buddha
Jayanti at Thuptan Ga-Tseling Monastery, Siddharth Vihar Itanagar.
Besides prayer for world peace by monks, illumination of the Monasteries a procession
carrying the idol of beloved Lord Buddha from Theravada Buddha Vihara to Thuptan
Ga-Tseling Monastery, Siddharth Vihar Itanagar will be taken out by the members of
both IBCS and TBS on the occasion.
NSS unit of CHF organizes blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: A total of 57 units of blood were collected during a voluntary
blood donation camp organized by National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of College of
Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat in collaboration with the General Hospital,
Blood was donated by NSS volunteers, staff and faculty members and their families.
The camp was inaugurated by Dr AK Pandey, Dean, and attended among others by Dr YR
Darang, Medical Superintendent, General Hospital Pasighat, Dr Jongkey, Blood Bank
Officer, General Hospital Pasighat, faculty members Dr RC Shakywar, Dr MM Kumawat,
Dr BP Mishra and medical staff of the college health centre.
Initial investigation confirms Army molestation of Arunachalee women at Taraso
[ Tongam Rina ]
Taraso, Apr 18: Initial investigations by the state Police have confirmed the involvement
of the Indian Army in the alleged molestation of three women on April 6 at Jullang
village in Lower Taraso, Papum Pare. The Police source refused to reveal details
but they told this daily that they know which Unit of the Indian Army had come and
left the village on the day, the incident took place.
The statement of the police is in sharp contrast to the claims of the Union Minister
of State for Home affairs, Kiren Rijiju who posted in a Social Media network that
it was a “drama of false accusation against Army at Taraso”. Army is not even present
in that area, forget about deployment and harassment, writes Kiren Rijiju in the
Between 7.30-8 PM on April 6, 12 members of the Indian Army came to the Lower Taraso
Police Outpost and asked for accommodation facilities for three days. As the outpost
is small, the personnel were directed to the Secondary School. Later, they ventured
out to the village and decided to stay at the incomplete office building of the GPM,
Meteka-1 without asking the permission of the Panchayat authorities. But since there
was no electricity at the office, they shifted back to the School.
The police also confirmed that two vehicles (Tata Sumo) came at midnight and took
the personnel away at 12 AM. The Army had released the truck that brought them to
The molestations, according to the women happened between 11 PM-12 AM.
A 17 year old mother, who was molested, does not remember the date but she says that
it was a Monday night when two people knocked on her door. She was sleeping with
her one year old child and her elder sister when two Jawans came to her house. While
the one in the uniform waited outside, the other entered her house and started to
molest her. Still groggy, she and her sister managed to raise the alarm. “They ran
towards the Panchayat office”, she said. The Panchayat office is barely 200 meters
from her house.
When asked why she did not report it to the authorities, she said “you can’t take
on the mighty Army”. And I am a woman and was not sure how the villagers would react”
Another woman, who is in her fifties, tells her horror of finding two army men inside
her house. “They just barged into my room which was not locked. Even before I could
figure out who they were, they started misbehaving. I was too shocked to realise
what was happening”.
After sometime, both the personnel were picked up by their colleagues in the sumo.
The mother of five grown up children was the first to report the case to the local
police. “It’s a sensitive border area. I was scared of the repercussions. Even a
small event flares up here” she says with helplessness written large on her face.
Another lady says that Army entered the bedroom when she and her husband were sleeping
and misbehaved with them. They focused the torch on my face, so I could not see anything
or anyone. Later, they dragged my husband out. There were many of them, she says.
Gram Panchayat Member Nabam Takang said that Army often come to the village and take
shelter in the incomplete Panchayat office.
ASM Chairperson of the area, Panye Takang has strong words for the Army Personnel.
“The Army should mind their business and dare not touch our women again or harass
The Gaon Burah of Jullang Techi Doji said that Army have no right harassing anyone.
They should just do their job and leave”.
APSWC, APWWS, Papum Pare DC visits Taraso
APSWC tells Army not to harass villagers while discharging duty
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: A team consisting of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women
(APSCW), Papum Pare District administration and Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare
Society (APWWS) today met the villagers of Jullang, Lower Taraso following reports
of alleged army atrocities and molestation of three women on April 6.
The APSWC, APWWS met all the three women at the village, who have been left scared
and scarred because of the incident. All of them told the team that due to fear of
retributions by the Army, they did not go to the Police to report about the incident
Though the incident happened on April 6, it was reported only on April 14 to the
Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye also met the women and recorded their statements. He
has to submit his findings to the state government soon.
Later, the team met the villagers at Taraso Secondary School.
APSCW chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra while addressing the villagers said any incident
should be reported to the authorities. She said that the Commission will ensure that
women and children are safe and well taken care of while adding that Army atrocities
should not be tolerated.
She further assured to conduct a legal awareness workshop for the villagers.
The DC also called on the people to report any incident to the authorities. People
need to stand up against such atrocities, he said.
Vice President APWWS, Goter Tali called on the women to come forward in order to
lead the villagers towards a peaceful and safe environment. She also said that violations
should not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, APSCW in a separate statement said that involvement of Army have been
established beyond doubt. They said army, while discharging their duties should not
harass villagers, particularly women and children. The Commission urged the state
authority to form a special investigation team and indentify the personnel involved.
Kani Nada Maling, the legal counsel for APSCW and its member secretary Higio Yami
were part of the team that met the villagers along with EAC Chuku, CO Taraso Kipa
Raja, SDPO Dr Neelam Nega, OC Balijan Police Station, Hano Chatung. The Speaker of
AP Legislative Assembly and local MLA Nabam Rebia is slated to visit the area on
Meanwhile, the DC and the SP Papum Pare met the army officials today at Halem, the
nearest Army post to Taraso.
NEFIS demands judicial probe into alleged molestation case
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has demanded
immediate independent judicial probe into the alleged molestation of three women
by army personnel in Jullang village of Lower Taraso in Papum Pare district.
“On April 6, 12 Indian Army personnel molested three Arunachalee women in Jullang
village. But sadly, none of them have even been identified yet by the local police,”
stated NEFIS in a memorandum submitted to the Resident Commissioner of Arunachal
Bhawan, New Delhi today.
“The state government holds the responsibility of safety and well being of its people,
but this incident shows total failure on the government’s side. Women are being attacked
by the Army at midnight. But the government has not set up an independent judicial
enquiry into the case,” lamented the Forum.
While demanding immediate arrest of all the army personnel involved in the incident,
NEFIS said that the State Government should seek permission from the central government
to prosecute them.
“Since AFSPA has been extended to different districts recently in the state giving
armed forces legal immunity permission has to be granted by the central government
to take legal action against the army personnel,” the memorandum said.
The Forum also threatened to take the issue to national level, if not heard, and
launch democratic movement for fulfillment of demands,” the NEFIS release added.
It also demanded the State Government to write to the central government to roll
back AFSPA from Arunachal Pradesh.
The Forum warned that if their demands were not paid attention they would take the
issue to national level and wage a struggle against such atrocities.
Ambassador to Myanmar at Psg to explore possibilities of improving ties
PASIGHAT, Apr 18: Robust economy with planned infrastructural development in North
East will help develop ties with Myanmar faster, said Gautam Mukhopadhya, Ambassador
of India to Myanmar.
Mukhopadhya, who toured Pasighat to explore possibilities of strengthening culture
and economic ties between Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, said during an interactive
meeting with Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava, MLA Kaling Moyong and other administrative
officers and district police here today that he has so far visited many places in
the region for the purpose. Further, many business delegations have also visited
North East states and process are on for easy communication under the initiative
of the central government.
The Deputy Commissioner briefed the ambassador about vast scopes and potentials of
the state in sectors like textile, handloom and hand craft, power, tourism, agriculture,
horticulture sectors. However, they have to be developed in a planned manner with
long-term perspective, she said. She also said that Pasighat considered an educational
hub in the state can be marketed.
MLA Moyong said that with proper tapping of the power potentials, the state can develop
a good relationship with Myanmar through power trading. He hoped faster development
of cultural and economic ties between the two countries will be beneficial for Arunachal
Pradesh. Earlier, the ambassador visited the emporium, Raneghat bridge and Siang
river, the double lane road from Pasighat to Mariyang and the college of horticulture
and forestry. He also interacted with faculty members and students of the college.
Union Minister assures Tagore cultural complex for promotion of tribal culture
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Affairs, Dr. Mahesh
Sharma has assured to give approval for establishment of a Rabindranath Tagore Cultural
Complex for promotion of tribal culture at Itanagar. This assurance came when a delegation
of various like-minded organizations under the aegis of ‘Sanskar Bharati Arunachal
Pradesh (SBAP) called on the minister at Rajbhawan Guest House here yesterday.
While submitting a memorandum, SBAP president Tony Koyu, apprised the minister about
the ground realities for promotion and preservation of cultural heritages of Arunachal
tribes. He informed that folklores, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous systems
along with tribal literature and languages are on the verge of extinction due to
onslaught of western culture and modernity. “Despite mass cultural movement for last
four decades by the likeminded tribal people of the state, we are unable to come
out with any tangible result due to financial crisis in our state.”
Stressing the need of preservation of promotion of culture and tradition, he sought
financial assistance from the Centre to develop infrastructure like establishment
of cultural Centres with research and development facilities for organising festivals,
workshops and seminars etc.
He also demanded establishment of Multi Purpose Cultural Centers in every district
headquarter and a Music College at state capital. Lastly, to promote cultural Tourism
he urged the Central Minister to encourage celebration of Arunachal music and cultural
festivals in the national capital, New Delhi that would also go long way to mitigate
racial discriminations against the people of Arunachal.
State level review meeting on ICDS and other schemes
Implement schemes with honesty: Lowangdong
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Women and Child Development Minister Wanglin Lowangdong has called
upon the officers and officials of his department to implement the women and child
development schemes with the best intent, sincerity and honesty for the benefit of
women and children.
As the department especially deals with the weaker section of the society - child
and women, the mission of the department should be working towards the development
of such weaker section, he said while addressing a one-day state level annual review
meeting on ICDS and other schemes implemented by Women and Child Development Department
at Banquet hall here today.
The meeting was held particularly to review the normal ICDS and other activities
and achievements during 2014-15, reports on various decisions taken in the last review
meeting and to share and discuss about the latest policy changes regarding funding
pattern and upcoming budget 2015-16, 5 years perspective plan and 15 years Arunachal
Further, the Minister advised the department and their staff to provide the MPR (monthly
reports) on time. There should be more interactions with the village folk and guidance
should be taken from their respective Deputy Commissioners, Health departments etc.
while filling up the MPR forms to avoid mistakes in their reports. He also advised
the department to celebrate children’s day and International Women’s day to create
awareness in the state.
Parliamentary Secretary, Karya Bagang, who also attended the review meeting, advised
the department to reach out at the grass root levels, so that all the benefits are
received by the women and children.
Earlier, Commissioner Women and Child Development (WCD), Hage Kojen while giving
insight about the department informed that, the department of WCD is mandated to
work for holistic development of women and child and to ensure women are empowered
both economically and socially and thus becoming equal partners in nation development
along with men. The department is implementing world’s unique and outreach programmes
of ICDS providing a package of services such as immunization, heath checkup, referral
services, pre-school non-formal educations, supplementary nutrition, health and nutritional
The WCD department is also implementing many other state plans and CSS schemes relating
to women and child welfare such as training, awareness generation, gender sensitization
etc. which play a supplementary and complementary role to the other general development
programs in the sector of health, education and rural development. The Commissioner
further informed that, in the recent past the Central Govt has launched a clean India
campaign called “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and as part of the campaign ICDS week was
observed during 14th 19th November, 2014 with the theme “Bal Swachhta Mission”? in
all Anganwadi centers in the State along with the rest of the country.
The Commissioner further informed about the decisions to launch awareness campaign
to highlight various Acts and rules relating to women and children such as Prevention
of Child marriage Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Domestic
Violence Act, Juvenile justice Act.
Director WCD, Joint director, DD, all CDPOs from the districts, attended the meeting.
Reading: Its value, nature and role of libraries
[ Rime M. Bagra ]
It is said that with every book you buy, you add a millimetre to your mental stature.
This saying reflects the true worth of books. But of course there are types and
types of books and knowing to choose those books which will help add to our knowledge
and wisdom is another reflection of our own understanding and maturity of judgement.
A man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the
ways in which he exists, to make his life significant and interesting. Thomas Jefferson
wrote in one of his letter that people who read can be free because reading banishes
ignorance and superstition. To the question “Who leads mankind,” Voltaire answered,
“Those who know how to read and write”.
Books are man’s best friends because they reveal a hidden store of valuable thoughts
and ideas that have been produced after much contemplation and serious reasoning.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. In fact as Carlyle says “The
true university of these days is a collection of books”. No man is born with ready
wit. He acquire it by perusing through ideas of great men who lived before him and
stores that wisdom in his mind to reproduce it at the appropriate time. We have all
gained immeasurable from the thoughts of our ancestors. Had there been no books,
we would not have had the advantage to read about the past.
Value And Benefits Of Reading
Reading has a crucial role to play in the life of a man. The value of reading is
tremendous to him at every stage of his life. When in school, reading is the most
single study tool. Next to the teacher, the textbook is usually the principal educating
agency contributing to pupil’s success. A child acquires standards of behaviour and
moral values through reading. He broaden his interests, tastes and understanding
of others and starts learning about personal and social adjustment. At a later stage
when he is young, reading helps him to become independent of parents and teachers
to select and prepare for an occupation and achieve social responsibilities. In adulthood,
reading plays a increasingly greater role in promoting social awareness and growth.
In still later age, it is the highly favoured form of recreation. Above all, reading
is essential for fuller personal development and enrichment of life .This is why
Ruth Strong has been led to remark that “reading provides experience through which
the individual may expand his horizons; identify, extend, and expand his interests;
and give deeper understanding of himself, of other human beings, and of the world”
Reading is essential for the democracy of any country to survive. Illiteracy leads
to ignorance, ignorance leads to deprivation and deprivation leads to disintegration;
reading mitigates ignorance and is a potent force for national integration. Therefore,
a good general level of reading ability is essential to the working of democracy.
Reading is also essential for international understanding and developing a sense
of brotherhood. It allows us to share the common stock of knowledge built by different
nations of the world. It provides us a vision of the world where an event occurring
in a distant corner of the world has its repercussions in other parts of the world.
This vision ultimately helps in understanding the events, situations and activities
in international context.
Reading has also been instrumental in creating socio-political identity, national
consciousness and cultural identity. A peep into our pre-independence phase divulge
clearly as how the writings of Ranade through Induprakash, Surendranath Banerjee
through the Bengalee, and Gandhiji through Harijan generated the swadeshi movement.
On global level, we cannot forget the revolution created in people’s attitude to
society and social structure by reading the writings of Karl Marx. All social movement
if traced to their origin, source can be located in reading of some publication.
Furthermore, reading gives knowledge. Knowledge has been the centre stage in ensuring
the onward march of human civilization. Knowledge is also power. This is more true
in today’s world when societies are tending to be more and more information oriented.
The use of reading as therapeutic adjuvant in medicine and psychiatry is no more
an alien concept. It has led to the emergence of a branch of library science known
as bibliotheraphy. The conceptual framework of bibliotheraphy is based on the crucial
nature of mind-body relationship. It can be defined as “a programme of activity involving
reading materials, planned, conducted, and controlled as treatment under the guidance
of the physician for emotional and other problems”.
Nature Of Reading
What is reading? What is its nature ? In simple words, reading is the process of
looking at a series of written symbols and getting meaning from them. When we read,
we use our eyes to receive written symbols (letters, punctuation marks and spaces)
and we use our brain to convert them into words, sentences and paragraphs that communicate
something to us. It can be defined as the art of interpreting printed and written
word. However, it is not a simple and mechanical process. It is a much more complex
process. It brings into play a number of higher mental processes. These process includes
recall, reasoning, evaluation, imagining, organising, applying and problem solving.
Reading can also be said to be a thinking process. Reading stimulates thinking, enriches
it and gives rises to further new thinking. When a man reads, the symbols on the
printed page excites the mind to react in many ways involving processes, such as,
perception, recognition, association, comprehension, organisation, evaluation, retention
and recall etc. The main purpose of reading is the evolution of the thought process
from its natural and primitive thought process to the more elevated, creative and
Reading also involves assigning meaning to the symbols. Meaning does not remain inherent
in the words. It resides in the experience of the reader. The word is only a symbol
for an idea. Its meaning depends upon what is in the mind of a reader. This is why
it is essential to build meanings into the mind of the reader before he can read
even the simplest passage. In other words, reading involves the identification and
recognition of printed or written symbols which serve as stimuli for the recall of
meanings built up through past experience.
Book As A Source Of Reading
Reading needs access to a source which contains printed or written words. None can
deny the fact that even today the primary source of reading is still contained in
either a book, journal or a magazine .Question have been raised time and again about
the relative importance of books as against the newer media of information and
communication technology viz. radio, television, cell phone, computer, internet.
The invasion of new media of information and communication technology is seen as
an threat to man’s interest in reading and children in particular, who are carried
away by the new media.
However, despite of advances in production and delivery of electronic information,
the printed book publishing industry continue to thrive, people still read books
actively or passively and books will continue to maintain its unique and indispensable
position within the media mix and alongside the screen media. By the way, how can
we forget the assumption that cinema halls and theatres will be closed by the arrival
of CDs. But it was not so. Similarly, even though we have laptops, kindles, the pleasure
of reading a book in the libraries is totally a different experience.
“Printed material provides the most illuminating and varied records of human experience
that are now available; and they can be examined and restudies time and again at
the reader’s convenience in acquiring clear understanding , in developing rational
attitudes, and in reaching sound conclusions. Some of these values cannot be attained
so effectively through other media because the individual is not free to pause and
deliberate at will”. [Williams, Gary]
Books convey information with more penetration then to electronic media. When a person
reads a book, he feels engaged and occupied far more deeply then viewing television
or listening to radio. As a result of it, retention of information conveyed by book
is more enduring. Not only this, a reader while reading a book, has to make creative
efforts to receive the message, to reconstruct it, to interpret it, and to absorb
it into his thought pattern. He remains in constant dialogue with the author by interpretation,
reflection and retrospection.
Role Of Libraries
How to make books available to the reader is the next question which arises naturally.
The answer to this question leads us in the domain of the role of libraries and
“Libraries exist primarily because other media of mass communication are constrained
by time; the message is on the wing and lost as soon as it is produced. Capturing
messages and making them available to a public, or a community, that has neither
the time nor the financial wherewithal to do it for itself, justifies the existence
of libraries and premises their continuation.”
As far as librarianship is concerned, it is the profession that devotes itself to
bringing books and related materials containing messages into the common life of
the world. It has been rightly claimed that “ the materials librarians work with
are the materials which furnish the understanding, knowledge and reason that can
inform the mind and direct the will to meet the challenges of the times, to fit oneself
to its compulsions, and to discern and guide the forces that are shaping the future”
Education is a continuous process and it does not end with completion of formal education
in school or college. As the body needs food to nourish itself, similarly mind needs
food, and the books are the best food for mind. A man needs to continuously update
his knowledge and for this it is essential to develop reading habit. Libraries have
a crucial role in promoting reading habits. The main aim of education is to produce
young men and women who are capable to face the challenges of life, who will be disciplined
, enlightened and useful citizens. However, all the aims of education cannot be achieved
through formal classroom teaching alone, as formal education is only a starting
point for further acquisition of knowledge through self-education. For this, it
is essential to cultivate reading habits among the students at the grass root level.
Libraries are the institutions to play a pivotal role in self-education. Developing
school libraries and libraries for children outside the schools is the purest way
of initiating self education and developing reading habits. This is essential as
habits formed in the formative years are generally retained for the life time. It
enables education to continue throughout life. So, to start early, foundation of
reading habits in the children must be inculcate while they are still at primary
level of school. School library must ensure that a variety of good, colourful and
attractive reading materials is made available to children from their earliest years.
Books with pictures that attract and stories they enjoy and relate to are sure to
create reading interest in the young ones. Colourful picture books, rhymes and short
poems, animal and nature stories play an important role in widening horizons, developing
emotions and firing the imagination of children apart from reinforcing language and
vocabulary, before they embark on reading full length fiction, nonfiction, biographies,
Once a student starts going to the library, he must be converted into a regular user
of the library, so that use of the library becomes a matter of habit. All efforts
must be made by the librarian to achieve this goal. In a user friendly library, the
task of converting a member into regular user becomes easier. Once he becomes a regular
user of the library, then it becomes possible to inculcate in him a taste for reading.
At some state, it would take the form of a reading habit. In today’s changing information
society, innovations are going on regularly, libraries being the information centres
should adopt the new technology in favour of the library to promote reading and attract
the user community towards the libraries to make best use of the rich resources and
services available in the libraries. To achieve this, library staff should work as
a team and the library should be provided with the required infrastructure to create
an appealing environment so that the user visits the library again and again.
Lastly, it can be safely included that reading is essential for one’s personal development
in particular and social progress in general. It sharpens the intellect, refines
the emotions, elevates taste, provides perspective for future and enables an individual
to participate in social and political life effectively. The habit of reading is
a sign of culture. There is no doubt that it is at the school stage that a student
has the best chance to inculcate and develop reading habit which would last for the
rest of his life. Libraries have a crucial role in initiating and developing reading
habits. A user friendly library under a user friendly librarian is the best place
for a school going child to cultivate reading habit. Money spent on creating such
a library is an investment for future, which shall enable to build up a learning
society. (Rime M. Bagra, Librarian, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi)
Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan should not confine to paper only: MHRD official
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Dr. Satbir Bedi, Joint Secretary, School Education-II, Ministry
of Human Resource Development has requested the officers and officials of education
department to ensure implementation of Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan (SVA) in true letter
The scheme should not be confined to papers only rather it should gain momentum,
Dr. Bedi said while addressing a gathering of officers and officials of education
department at Banquet Hall here yesterday on conclusion of her two days visit to
the state to review implementation of the scheme.
To give a boost to the programme, she said that the ministry of MHRD will also seek
support of corporate sectors to undertake the project through their corporate social
Expressing her satisfaction over progress and pace of the all ongoing construction
works of toilets under Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan in various schools, Dr. Bedi laid
emphasis on the quality of construction.
Earlier, Dr Bedi met the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and Secretary Education RK Mishra
and discussed on issues and concerns pertaining to the Education Department besides
the status of the construction of toilets under the Swachh Vidyalay Abhiyan.
The CS affirmed the visiting Jt. Secretary to expedite the construction of toilets
to complete within the given time frame.
Dr. Bedi also held a review meeting with all directors and senior officers of the
Education Department wherein various matters related to construction of toilets,
monitoring and supervision by the departmental authority for quality construction
were discussed at length.
Dr. Bedi, who arrived here on April 15, inspected Government Middle School, G-Sector,
Naharlagun, Government Upper Primary School, Lekhi, Government Higher Secondary School,
Mani. She was accompanied by Deputy SPD, (SSA) Nodal Officer of Swach Vidyalaya Abhiyan
and other officers & officials of SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar.
Tawang Cong leaders flay Land Acquisition Bill, stage dharna
TAWANG, Apr 18: The Congress leaders of Tawang district have vehemently opposed the
Land Acquisition Bill 2015 of the BJP led Govt and condemned the BJP manifesto during
Delhi Assembly election wherein the people of the North East are described as ‘immigrants.’
Addressing a rally organized by the Tawang District Congress Committee (DCC) at Congress
Bhavan here yesterday, DCC President Ngawang Sempa spoke at length about the ‘draconian
clauses’ in the proposed Land Acquisition Bill, 2015. He explained the participants
of the miseries that will befall on the land owners, particularly the poor villagers
with the enactment of the Bill in the present form. He raised the issue of abolishing
the consent clause of 70-80% in the proposed bill by BJP led Govt. in the Centre
and cautioned that such an Act seizes the very fundamental democratic right of farmers.
State General Secretary PCC Byabang Nukh who also attended the meeting spoke on ‘discriminatory
attitude’ towards people of North East in Delhi by the BJP. He condemned in strong
words the term “immigrants” used by the BJP in its Delhi Election manifesto.
Tsering Tashi, President BCC Lumla, Tenzing Monpa, President BCC Tawang and Yeshi
Phuntso, President BCC Jang also spoke in the meeting. The party workers and Panchayat
leaders were also present in the meeting.
The meeting ended with staging of dharna outside the party office at Tawang against
the discriminatory and arbitrary attitude of the BJP led Government at the Centre.
The party workers and Panchayat leaders also attended the meeting. (Mon Tawang vigilance)