Centre admits Chakma encroachment, advises state Govt to maintain peace
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Arunachal Pradesh Govt has been advised to take steps to ensure
that the incident of clash between Chakma refugees and Singphos does not adversely
affect the relation between the two and peace and tranquility is maintained in the
area. This was informed by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran
in Lok Sabha on August 3 last.
Replying to a question by MP Takam Sanjoy, the minister further revealed that as
per information made available by the state Govt, few cases of encroachment of reserve
forest and land owned by public in Changlang district has been reported. The process
of identification of encroachment of Reserve forest land in 2005 had led to attack
on some forest officials causing injuries to them. A case in this regard war registered
and six Chakmas were arrested, Ramachandran further informed. Sanjoy asked the
minister whether there are reports that the Chakma refugees are creating law and
order problems including attacks on the local people in Arunachal Pradesh.
Chakma refugees encroached land of one person from Singpho community in Miao sub-division
of Changlang district in 2008 and again in 2010. Though this encroachment had been
removed by district administration, Chakmas had reconstructed some huts on the land,
and efforts to remove encroachments on this land led to clash between Chakmas and
Singphos in April last which resulted in injuries to some persons, the minister
further informed the Lok Sabha.
Cottage industries: Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Dinsha Patel informed that the importance of cottage industries in income and employment
generation is well recognized. There is a huge potential for cottage industries
in state like Arunachal Pradesh, the minister said.
State’s tourism gets major boost
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Local people’s hospitality towards visiting tourists could go a
long way in promoting tourism sector in the state, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor
JJ Singh today.
Laying the foundation stone of adventure tourism camp near Jote-Poma river today,
Singh appealed to the people of the state to show respect to the visiting tourists
and treat them like God with love and affection to send a good impression about the
state and its people to the outside world as first impression always counts. He said
that the project sanctioned by Union Ministry of Tourism is the second largest tourism
related project in the state with Tawang being the first.
The Tourist Resort, first of its kind in the state is being undertaken by the engineering
wing of the state tourism department with a sanctioned amount of Rs 387.05 lakh.
The project, designed with a cafeteria, picnic huts, eco-tourism cottages, children
parks, besides parking place for vehicles is a step for promoting adventure tourism
in the state.
Describing Arunachal Pradesh an unexplored gold mine and the project a fixed deposit
of 100 years for its people, the governor advised the local people to involve in
tourism related activities like construction of resort houses, paying guest etc.
for their economic benefit. The project, if completed, would provide job opportunity
to many local people, he said, adding that many unemployed youth can also be engaged
themselves in tourism related activities like guide, tour operators etc.
Reassuring the people of the state about his bid to make Arunachal Pradesh one of
the best tourist destinations in the world , the governor informed that Indian Navy
is taking up hydrographic survey of the lake for earmarking the unsafe portions of
the lake by installing buoys. He further asked the Tourism department to make the
project a showcase for the entire state by using eco friendly materials in local
designs and at par with international standard. He, however, reiterated people’s
cooperation in this endeavour. Meanwhile, the Governor discouraged jhumming among
local people and encouraged cultivation of medicinal plants, fruits, bee keeping,
vegetables and, if possible, tea. He informed that a kg of organic tea fetches Rs.80,000
in England. He assured that vegetable seeds will be provided to the farmers free
Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin heaped praise on the Governor for showing his keen
interest in promoting tourism related activities in the state. The Minister hoped
that the adventure tourism camp would be able to woo tourists, especially from abroad.
He called upon the local people to develop tourist friendly attitude towards visiting
tourists. He also advised local panchayat bodies to charge nominal fee for the picnic
spots and use it in disposing off waste items.
Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Industries Nabam Rebia informed in details
about the significance of the project and the initiative being taken by the Governor
for development of tourism activities in the state.
Tourism Secretary Bandana Deori informed that the adventure tourism camping destination
site at Jote is the first major project in the Papum Pare district. She attributed
the successful launch of the project to the Governor.
Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Gojen Gadi, senior government
officers, tour operators, panchayat leaders and villagers from Jote, Poma and nearby
villages attended the programme.
CM’s date with citizens
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Over 300 citizens thronged the chief minister’s official bungalow
this morning for the weekly public darshan today.
Public darshan is a regular practice of CM’s grievance cell to facilitate the citznes
to have an audience with the Chief Minister with their grievances, which are addressed
on the spot by the CM with specific instructions to the officers or departments concerned.
Most of the grievances were related to financial assistance for treatment while the
younger generation sought help for jobs. Even some students in group had some grievances
relating to education sector.
Those who missed the chance today were asked to take a chance next Friday.
APCC for drastic action against wrong doers
ITANANGAR, Aug 6: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has urged the state
Govt to take drastic action against those personnel involved in the inhumane act
which resulted in the death of two persons in the state recently.
Relief is not only the solution, the APCC said and added that law should be allowed
to take its own course of action for rewarding exemplary punishment to unlawful
Describing both the incidents unfortunate, the Committee said the law enforcing
personnel whose duty is to safeguard the life and properties of the common people
are taking law into their own hands, which is really highly condemnable. APCC however,
lauded the personal initiative of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for providing relief
to the bereaved families of both Miti Mepo and Jumchu Nguso who succumbed to their
injuries ‘due to physical assault and high-handedness by the IRBn and Police personnel’.
The committee also extended its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families of
both Late Mepo and Late Nguso.
The Committee meanwhile appealed the people of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley
districts to maintain peace and tranquility. It said agitation which disrupts the
day-to-day activities leading to the destruction of properties, is not the solution
to the problem. The APCC also appealed the district administrations of both the districts
to ensure peace.
AAPSU express solidarity with ICLS & AIMSU even as Roing remains tense
ROING, Aug 6: AAPSU today expressed its solidarity to Idu Mishmi community saying
it endorses the demand of Idu Culture and Literary Society (ICLS) and All Idu Mishmi
Students Union (AIMSU) made to Director General of Police K Deol on her visit to
Roing, over killing of late Miti Mepo by the three IRBn personnel.
AAPSU spokesperson Tobom Dai who was on a visit to Roing said this in a meeting today
held between the Lower Dibang Valley District administration and the union.
The organizations had demanded for permanent withdrawal of IRBn post from Dibang
districts and termination of three IRBn policemen accused from their service.
He appealed the administration to initiate and complete magisterial enquiry at the
earliest. AIMSU Secretary Rajiv Mihu appreciating AAPSU’s solidarity said, “We feel
the need for the issue of IRBn killing to be taken up at state level, since the govt
needs to bring police reforms to avoid such further killing.”
Deputy Commissioner YW Ringu informed the student delegate that magisterial enquiry
has already been initiated with appointment of two magistrates Rakesh Tacho and A
She said, “We hope to instill confidence in people towards their faith on the govt.”
Meanwhile, situation in Roing town continues to remain tense, as most of the shops
remained closed for fourth day despite assurance for security from administration.
However by evening, most of the shops opened under strict security cover. AIMSU in
its appeal to citizen have requested not to make atmosphere in Roing tense and to
cooperate with administration for peace and security.
“Spontaneous reaction to killing is understandable, but prolonging the tension will
only add as cruel joke.”
The union further said it will initiate action if govt fails to meet the demands.
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Two cases of Paragonimiasis have been detected at District Tuberculosis
Centre Laboratory today. This disease occurs mostly among those who eat raw or improperly
cooked crabs and crayfish. Once the disease is confirmed making the treatment easy.
The symptoms and sign mimic Pulmonary Tuberculosis with fever, chest pain, coughing
of blood and it do not respond to anti-TB medicines.
The team included DTO Dr. P.D. Thongchi, Medical Superintendent Dr. D. Raina, (MD
Microbiology) Dr. Mope Riba and officials M. Gayen, Abdul Jalil Ahmed and Uttam Maity
of General Hospital Naharlagun. A study is also being carried out in the DTC, Naharlagun
since 2007 in collaboration with Dr.T. Shanti Kumar Singh, Professor and HOD of Microbiology
Department, Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim. Facility for the detection
of this disease is now available in the Department of Microbiology, General Hospital
Naharlagun, said a release from DTC today.
Pawan Hans crew member dead after falling from helicopter
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: In a freak accident, a crewmember of a Pawan Hans helicopter Dhananjoy
Roy fell to his death while he was trying to negotiate the door which allegedly was
not properly latched as the helicopter was flying above Lathao area of Lohit district
Roy, fell to his death from the 24-seater MI-17 belonging to the Pawan Hans Helicopter
Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma when contacted informed that at around 11 AM the helicopter
took off from Namsai for Tezu on a routine flight with five passengers. Five minutes
on air the incident happened.
The Pilot HPS Natt and Co Pilot Navley turned back the flight to Namsai where they
offloaded the passengers and went back to place of occurrence, accompanied by a passenger
who offered to help them.
The team located the badly injured body in Lathao, 15 KM from Namsai. They brought
back the body to Namsai where a postmortem was carried out and a case registered.
After the formalities, the body was brought back to Itanagar. Techi Tab, an employee
of the Civil Aviation department when contacted informed that body has been flown
to Guwahati this evening.
He further informed that the helicopter was travelling on the Naharlagun-Mohanbari-Namsai-Tezu-Hayuliang
route and had taken off at 9.45 AM from Naharlagun.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into the
accident, an official spokesperson said in New Delhi. Pawan Hans services are likely
to be affected.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J. J Singh has expressed deep shock
and grief over the death of cabin crew member of Pawan Hans helicopter.
The Governor has directed that all those found guilty of negligence of duty should
be given exemplary punishment.
Civic sense, the need of the hour
Daporijo, Aug 6: Sanitation, open toilets and open drainage system, dismal road conditions,
lack of street lighting, encroachment of government land, poor garbage disposal system
etc are the key problems of the Daporijo Township that came up for a meeting held
in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri H. K. Shalla, in
the presence of ADC, heads of departments and bazaar presidents and secretaries.
Sanitation, a major cause for concern at Daporijo, was discussed with the emphasis
being on the practice of constructing open toilets which led to unsanitary and unhealthy
living conditions. It was unanimously decided that such practice should be discouraged
and so a month’s time would be given to the owners of such structures to construct
a proper toilet and then orders would be issued to dismantle the open toilets.
The rampant problem of garbage disposal in the township too was remarked upon and
discussed. The UPO, DUDA clarified that although efforts were made for timely disposal
of garbage, they were helpless due to paucity of funds, lack of manpower and lack
of garbage disposal vehicles. It was decided that bazar and colony presidents and
secretaries would be made responsible for the disposal of waste and cleanliness in
their areas and non compliers could be fined by them. Regarding open drainage and
storm drainage system, it was informed that proposals had been sent to the government
but were yet to be sanctioned. There is an urgent need to educate the masses on civic
sense, informed H. K. Shalla while concluding the meeting. He expressed that problems
that arose should be solved amicably and following the correct procedure as against
resorting to mob scenes and violence. He mentioned that each and every one had to
make an effort to maintain and beautify the township at their own level as it belonged
A consensus was reached that a large number of problems could be solved if an awareness
of civic sense and responsibilities was created amongst the public. It was also brought
to fore that orders and notices issued by the DA for the maintenance and beautification
of the Township would be more effective if follow up action was taken and monitored
to check that orders and notices were implemented. (DIPRO)
15 traders booked in Changlang
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: A team of officers from Department’s Headquarter office, Naharlagun,
in collaboration with field enforcement officers of Changlang and Miao Inspectorates,
while conducting surprise inspection of trading units on Aug 4-5 detected a number
of irregularities from Miao, Karsang, Nampong and Jairampur area of Changlang District
for violation of provisions of weights & measures law.
15 traders were booked for violation of weights & measures law by the inspection
team and registered cases against them.
In some of the cases, the traders were detected for keeping packaged commodities
for sale without having mandatory declarations such as, date of manufacture, maximum
retail price (inclusive of all taxes) etc. which is a breach of the Packaged Commodities
Rules, 1977, while in other cases the maximum retail price (MRP) declared on the
packages were smudged with intention to manipulate the prices. In yet another case,
a trader was found using unverified weights & measures in commercial transaction
which is also a violation of the provisions of Weights & Measures Acts & Rules.
Insurgency-hit Tirap roads in shambles
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: A meeting was held at Khonsa yesterday under the chairmanship of
Nocte Chief’s Council Secretary K.Lowang to discuss regarding the deplorable condition
of roads in Tirap district, especially Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur (KBJ) road. In his
address, Lowang said that development of any place is gauged by state of road connectivity
and appealed to the public leaders to pursue vigourously with the state and central
government to pull in sufficient resources to repair and maintain the oldest KBJ
road in the district. Earlier, the convener of the meeting, Lankham Wangsu asked
the leaders to sink their petty political differences and affiliations and work unitedly
to put across the problem to the government for sanction of funds to repair the most
important KBJ road.
The all important meeting was attended by the Panchayat leaders and public leaders
of all constituencies. The meeting resolved to submit memorandum to the Governor,
Home Minister, PWD minister and all Tirap MLAs shortly.
It may be added here that KBJ road connecting headquarter Khonsa and all sub-divisions
and circle headquarters with Assam is the life-line of the district. The road was
constructed by the people on self-help-basis in 1956-58 under the leadership of chief
of Borduria. The road is in shambles now and not fit for traffic movement. As a matter
of fact, the entire Tirap district is under Armed Forces Special Power Act due to
prevailing insurgency problem and the security forces deployed in the district have
to use the same road. (DIPRO)
DC for proper monitoring of NRHM
BOMDILA, Aug 6: Addressing a meeting of the Doctors on National Rural Health Mission
(NRHM ) yesterday, the chairman cum Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi felt that unlike
previous years, the district plan of the NRHM should be prepared and formulated in
the district under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner which in the long
run would facilitate for proper monitoring and implementation. Assuring full co-operation
from the administration and the administrative officers of the outposts & the PRIs
for attaining the objectives of the NRHM, DC Tashi urged the Doctors to maintain
a humane approach while dealing with the patients.
Referring to the letter of the Secretary Health & Family Welfare, DC Tashi reiterated
that the RKS fund should be used judiciously and within the allotted time frame.
Concerned over the complaints of the public regarding non-availability of ambulance
service in the district hospital, the DC directed the DMO to make the ambulance road
worthy and also to activate the mobile units.
Giving a patient hearing to the power point presentation on the various subjects
under NRHM and to the queries and justifications, DC Rinchin Tashi suggested for
improvisations and follow-up actions while underscoring the importance of a concerted
effort in improving the facts and figures as the next meeting on NRHM is scheduled
at Itanagar in coming October.
Besides the DMO, the DRCHO, Medical Superintendent and Senior Medical Officers, the
Medical Officers of the various Primary and Community Health Centres of the district
attended the meeting.
Financial inclusion and promotional scheme
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: NABARD, Itanagar organized a one day workshop on “Financial inclusion
and promotional scheme” in Kurung Kumey District at Koloriang yesterday with the
aim to secure greater financial inclusion among the weaker section, low income group
and prepare a road map for achieving 100% financial inclusion, capacity building
of farmers, entrepreneurs, formation of SHGs and farmers’ club.
In his key note address, Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner Koloriang said, it is
a mile stone for the people of Kurung Kumey District, having such an opportunity
to avail the workshop organized by NBARD at Koloriang, the most interior place, as
this region is backward in all aspect.
He appealed to the NGOs, SHGs and PR members to make best use of the financial and
other benefits extended by NABRAD. The people should not forget the objectives of
the loan and make best use for sustainable socio-economic development.
AK Pasrija, Deputy General Manager of NBRAD, Itanagar said, the workshop organized
with an intention to create awareness among the people and in order to bring a new
wave of development in this region. He informed that that prog is to reach people
out to the people with special emphasis on woman empowerment, health, sanitation
and education also to create employment avenues for dropout youths.
NABARD regional office, Itanagar Deputy General Manager AK Pasrija and Assistant
General Manager visited Mangni Welfare Society; head Office Sangram to inspect the
ongoing skill development programme on Tailoring training.
Later, he also visited Pinku Pinnya SHG, Sangram and Dene Sangcha SHG at Leel.
The DGM appreciated the society and assured to intimate Bankers to sponsor those
who started Handloom units in collaboration with the society in the district.
Meanwhile, the trainees appealed to the DGM to initiate steps for procurement of
machineries, so that; they could start their activities after completion of such
Restore road link, demands BJP unit
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Bharatiya Jananta Party Anjaw district unit has sought intervention
of the PWD Chief Engineer (EZ) for early restoration of road link from Hayuliang
to Goiliang circle.
The BJP district unit president in a representation to the CE claimed that health
centre in the circle remains as ‘decorative peace’ without lifesaving drugs, many
schools have been closed down and Govt officials are staying outside the circle due
to shortage of essential items owing to the disruption in road link.
The road is blocked by mud and boulders at three different places and may not require
major repairing works, the BJP unit claimed and urged the CE to issue directives
to its authorities concerned for taking up repairing works immediately.
Union felicitates achievers
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) conducted a felicitation programme
for meritorious students of class VIII-XII Sagalee area recently. Starting from class
VIII to XII students were felicitated. Nabama Ania (class XII), Tam Abo (class X)
and Tana Talam Tara were among those felicitated.
The programme was attended by T.T Tara, Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE),
Papum Pare and Obang Dai additional deputy commissioner.
In his address DDSE Tara appreciated ASSU for felicitating meritorious students and
hoped such move will encourage young students to study harder. ADC Dai urged both
SSA and regular teachers to work sincerely towards imparting quality education to
the young children. During the day ASSU presented two point memorandum to the DDSE
including early posting of hindi and history teachers along with renovation of teachers
barrack at government higher secondary school, Sagalee.
Seva Dal discuss party agenda
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: More than 100 Congress Seva Dal cadres including district chief
organizers, Mahila organizers and Pradesh Seva Dal office bearers discussed the plan
and policy to streamline party activities across the state today.
In a state level executive meeting organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva
Dal at Naharlagun, the Seva Dal cadres also opined on the agenda prepared as per
directives of the INC Seva Dal. The district chief organizers/chairmen, mahila organizers
have submitted their reports of activities during the meeting.
After threadbare discussion, the meeting decided to organize state level training
camp at Pasighat in East Siang district in Nov. A day-long district level convention
will also be organized at Anjaw district during October, according to a Pradesh Seva
Meeting held to resolve crisis
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: The executive members of all district units of ANYA organized a
meeting to solve the misunderstanding created among the members of ANYA and to maintain
cordial relations among the central executive members. The meeting held here yesterday
was presided over by East Kameng unit President of the association.
Insurance for weavers
ZIRO, Aug 6: Speaking at the training course on ‘Weaving skill up-gradation training’
under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS), Joint Director, Textile & Handicraft
department, Lower Subansiri district Hage Tado, informed about insurance policies
for the weavers.
He said, that a weaver is entitled medical expenses upto Rs. 15000/- for his/her
or family members, while in life insurance, a nominee can avail Rs. 60000 on natural
death of a weaver and Rs. 150000 on unnatural death. In the event of partial disability
and total disability a policy holder can avail Rs. 75000/- and Rs. 150000/- respectively.
The two months training is being organized by Aya Welfare Society (AWS), Ziro and
sponsored by Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India.
While attending inaugural function as the chief guest Khoda Ruja, Director Textile
& Handicraft, advised trainees to go along the trends and prevailing fashion so that
their products could be marketed while adding that indigenous people will also buy
without hesitation provided modification are made in accordance with the taste of
He emphasized on use of pure cotton and silk which is eco-friendly.
Where the birds no more sing
“The world we all share is given to us is trust. Every choice we make regarding
the earth, air and water around us should be made with the objective of preserving
for all generations to come.” – August A.Bush II
Ours is a strange land with strange practices. Here, every body seems to be a deadly
marksman. In case a person is not a sharpshooter, he is adept at laying snares. Nobody
here seems to value the precious lives in the wild. Little wonder then, all the magnificent
and exotic wild animals and birds that once roamed freely in our nearby jungles,
have become things of the past. Many of them have vanished for ever. Though the scenario
in other districts of Arunachal Pradesh is no different, I shall make an attempt
here to make a sad commentary on Tirap and Changlang districts vis-à-vis wanton destruction
of wild life and its habitats. Like in other parts of any tribal state of the Northeast,
hunting is a mad passion among the local people and the children grow up listening
to heroic tales of hunters during hunting expeditions. They tend to follow the footsteps
of their elders and try to master all the intricacies and tricks to kill any wild
animal they encounter. I can today recall with a tinge of sadness and remorse that
as a child I grew up amidst opulent nature. Soothing cries of wild animals and birds
were parts of my childhood. I am profusely grateful to my elders who had the wisdom
to spare the beautiful animals for us to see. But now, as I grow old and unwillingly
crawl towards the wrong side of 50, my mind is filled with the feeling of unpardonable
guilt as I have failed to contribute my mite towards protection of these wonderful
creatures. I shudder to think that my children and their children will not be able
to see many of those magnificent wild animals because of our greed and follies. Our
forefathers practiced hunting because they were ignorant about wildlife conservation.
Now, we must undo the wrongs done by them by shunning hunting and by involving ourselves
in conservation. Some say hunting is a sport. But they must realize that it is a
cruel and destructive sport and should give up.
Anyone who visits a Nocte, Wancho or Tangsa village, will meet many villagers who
would proudly claim that they had killed hundreds of animals and birds. He will also
find hundreds of lifeless heads, horns, legs and feathers of wild animals and birds
kept as trophies in the chief’s house or in the morong (dormitory). If you are a
nature lover or animal right activist, it is highly advisable not to visit such a
place because it has the potential to spin your head in disgust and disbelief.
Countless wild animals have been killed in the past and the abominable process of
killing continues unabated. The few which are left in the wild are also vigorously
pursued and systematically annihilated, leaving nothing for the posterity. We cannot
blame the villagers alone for this sad state of affairs. Let us understand that these
villagers grew up with the mindset that all wild animals are born to be killed. They
think it’s their birthright to kill any animal they spot. These villagers have absolutely
no awareness on preservation of wildlife. However, what is most appalling is the
fact that most of the highly educated public leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats and
hold your breath, even the foresters and forest guards are good hunters and they
are breaking all the rules if any with impunity. These educated hunters are very
well aware of the need for wildlife conservation but their inherent urge and temptation
drive them into the jungles to shoot down the few animals and birds that are left
in the wild. But these great hunters must realize that we have not created the wild
creatures and so we have no right to destroy them. If they are so keen to savour
meat, let them take pork, chicken, beef and mutton that are so readily available
in the market. They must spare the beautiful wild creatures for the posterity. The
world without them will not be worth-living. Let us remember that all animals do
no harm to us. In fact, they are useful to us in many ways. They help in maintaining
a balance in the natural world.
Apart from indiscriminate hunting, another major reason for disappearance of wildlife
is the wanton destruction of its habitats. Every year the jungles are being usurped
for human settlement due to which the wild animals vanish as they have no homes to
live and no food to eat. The tribals must make an effort to do away with the unproductive
and destructive practice of shifting cultivation and look for other more sustainable
and eco-friendly alternatives. The slash and burn method is doing irreparable damage
to the environment. It is worth mentioning here that in Tirap and Changlang districts
early 70s to late 90s was the most destructive period. It was during this period
when timber industries flourished. Not only were the invaluable hollong, hollock,
makai and other timber species mercilessly felled, but also the major and permanent
habitats of the wild animals destroyed completely. The contractors not only indulged
in destruction of the lush green rainforest but also introduced the new and destructive
form of hunting on elephant back. I had met many such hunters who told me that they
had killed 6-7 animals in a single night. Needless to add that they may have injured
many others. Like in other districts, in Tirap also people use traps to catch wild
animals. Also, dozens of elephants are electrocuted in the jungles thanks to faulty
laying of electrical lines. It is indeed a crime to hide our crimes against the wild
creatures that are precious creation of God to make this world a better place to
live in. It is high time we realized the magnitude of our misdeeds and made a serious
and effective campaign against hunting. If we preserve the wild animals, our children
can see them in the jungles and not only in TV channels.
Against the backdrop of the grim scenario, it is heartening to see that some communities
in our state are making an honest effort to save our state bird Hornbill and other
endangered animals and birds. Some communities have also successfully banned hunting.
The other tribes should emulate their example and make similar efforts. Arunachal
Pradesh has great potential to attract many foreign and domestic tourists and wildlife
scientists as evidently wildlife tourism is flourishing in many parts of the world.
The singular and innovative effort of Deputy Warden, Wildlife, C. Loma in introducing
artificial hornbill beak to replicate the original one used in Nyishi headgear (Byopa),
is indeed praise-worthy. It has helped in saving the highly endangered state bird
in no small measure.
Many years ago I read in a magazine in which a man from the Northeast confessed that
his tribe eats anything that moves. He may have been indeed candid in admitting that.
Today, in many places of the Northeast, Mother Nature is as good as dead. If one
happens to travel through the Dimapur – Kohima road he will not hear a single cry
of birds or insects, leave alone seeing them. So also, the jungles between Khonsa
and Joypur in Assam were full of wild animals in the not too distant past. If any
body travelled through that road in the past, he would surely encounter all kinds
of beautiful wild animals, making his journey exciting and memorable. In sharp contrast,
today, one would find hardly any animal. If I narrate some of my experiences in the
past, today’s children will find them like a fiction or exaggerated story. My close
and unforgettable encounters with the lovely wild creatures are deeply engrained
in my mind and they are a constant source of inspiration for me. My journey from
my village to my jhumland along with my mother used to be full of wonderful experiences
during which all kinds of wild animals and lovely birds would be spotted in the jungles
and bushes by the roadside. During the day in the jhumland, the family of magnificent
Hullock Gibbon (khangkhei in Nocte) and other groups of monkeys would appear from
the nearby jungles and demonstrate all kinds of pranks and playful antics and when
they had enough, they would quietly retire to the jungles from where they had appeared.
Also, the wild fowls (wahaan) would roam around freely in the jhum field which used
to be a real feast for the eyes. Indeed, we were close to Nature in the past and
because of this proximity with Nature, the Noctes narrate their intimate relations
with the wild animals in their folksongs. They adore them and sing in their glory.
Sadly, the same singers who sing in praise of the animals and nature around them
are good hunters too. I vividly remember that when I was a small boy hundreds of
birds of all shapes and sizes used to fly pass my village, making a huge noise in
unison. Some migratory birds while flying over my village would take rest on a huge
tree on the outskirt of my sleepy village. I can also recall the roar of tigers at
night. Barking of deer used to be heard everywhere. Today, we have not only destroyed
the animals and birds in the wild but also not spared the rivers and streams which
were teeming with fish. The major rivers in Tirap like Chatjo, Tallik, Tallat, Tissing,
Tissa etc. were full of fish once upon a time. But due to unscientific and overfishing,
fish population in these rivers is diminishing by the day. I remember about 30 years
ago my friends and I would go to the Chatjo River, sit in a vantage point and watch
the fishes play. I also remember that about three decades ago, 40-50 Goruamas called
Ngah mih in Nocte dialect were caught during community fishing from Chatjo River
between Kaimai village and Washathong. Today this fish is truly extinct. Here, I
would add that traditional method of fishing is the best as it is sustainable and
eco-friendly. There are many traditional methods of fishing among all the tribes
which should be encouraged. Fishing by blasting, electrocution, poisoning must stop
forthwith or else, in a few years the water bodies would flow barren, bereft of any
All the ethnic communities of Arunachal Pradesh commonly believe that excessive killing
of animals is a sin. But this belief fails to deter the people from hunting and killing
more than what they need. Interestingly, some communities revere and treat deer as
their mama or maternal uncle while some observe strict taboos before going for a
hunt and after a successful hunt. But they still indulge in hunting. Here, the tribals
of Arunachal Pradesh (Buddhists excluded) must admit that they lack a strong tenet
or binding force in their traditional system to guide them through the treacherous
path of life in totality. In fact, the very foundation of their system is weak. It
is a bitter truth. This is exactly why most of the ethnic tribals of the state have
been systematically overwhelmed and swamped by stronger and more dominant alien cultures.
Because of this visible lack of a binding force we find ourselves in an unfathomable
pit of self-destruction. We have failed to protect our identity. Since most of the
tribals have professed Christianity as their religion, the Church can play a pivotal
role in creating awareness on the urgent need to safeguard the wild treasures. It
is rather sad that there is no clear cut policy of the State Government to save the
environment and Nature. The unscrupulous hunters and poachers are having a cruel
success every time in destroying the wildlife. Absolutely nothing is being done to
protect our animals and our environment. I have seen dozens of full grown pythons
being butchered in my village in the past. In Deomali area in Tirap, hundreds of
green parrots are caught and sold every year. For the tribals, snakes are to be killed
and must be killed. This is because of sheer lack of awareness. Our State Government
needs to take a leaf out of the book of the Dhubri-based NGO Nature’s Beckon which
is making a pioneering effort in saving the rainforest and wildlife in the Dihing
basin and its fringe tribal settlement areas. The intelligentsia, academicians, students,
NGOs and youth should extend their fullest co-operation to Nature’s Beckon in their
respective areas. Thanks to the tireless effort of the NGO, some highly endangered
animals are safe in the wild, at least for now.
Having said that, not all is lost. We live in hopes and must continue to do so. The
onerous onus of saving the wildlife, so graciously bestowed on us by the Creator,
is not on a few individuals and government departments but on all of us. A collective
effort is the need of the hour. It should not be ‘I save, you kill.’ On the occasion
of 64th Independence Day of India, let us take a solemn pledge to protect our environment
and our most treasured wildlife. But before we even think of saving our wildlife,
we must first learn to love Nature. We will be able to save the animals if we love
them. We must conquer our greed and shun the destructive practice of hunting. We
must take a vow to leave behind the beautiful wild animals for the coming generations.
They too have the right to enjoy the presence of wild animals in our jungles. Let
us remember that a thousand mile’s journey begins with a single step. Let us together
take the first step towards protecting and preserving our wild treasures. We all
must act now before it’s too late. (The contributor is DIPRO, Tirap. He can be reached
at [email protected])
Promotion of handloom & handicrafts
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: The AMYAA, an NGO is setting up Training cum Production Centre in
Handloom and Handicrafts at Namphai-I of Miao Circle, Changlang District. Besides
other areas of interventions which the organization is undertaking, promotion of
Handloom and Handicrafts is one of the top priority of the organization.
The organization aims at promoting local culture and tradition through the training
and production of cultural costumes and traditional products made of locally available
Govt invites doctors for talks
ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary, Health Nido Pavitra has invited the Arunachal
Pradesh Doctor’s Association for talks. The invite comes as doctors threatened to
go on strike on Aug 9 in protest against assault of one of their colleagues by the
Arunachal Pradesh Police.
Advisor to CM
ITANAGAR: The governor of Arunachal Pradesh has appointed senior party leader Tasso
Grayu as Advisor to Chief Minister.
Scouts and Guides training
ITANAGAR: The district level Tritya Sopan Testing Camp for Scouts and Guides would
be held at Kendriya Vidyalaya No-2, Itanagar from August 10-12.
Altogether, 21 KV’s under Guwahati region will take part in the camp.
Students to sit on dharna
ITANAGAR: Students Union of Dera Natung Govt College has decided to stage a dharna
on 9th August in the premises of director of higher and technical education for non
fulfilment of demands submitted by union way back in the month of June. The main
demand of union included furnishing and opening of 1st year boys hostel, construction
of boundary wall around college campus, maintenance and face lifting of college building.
In a press release union said, it was sad that despite being the premier educational
centre of capital, DNGC still lacks basic facilities and college is in dire need
ITANAGAR: www.menchukha.com , a website to connect Menchukha, West Siang one of the
most beautiful places in Arunachal with the rest of the world would be launched on
Aug 7. The Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin would formally launch the website. The
website has been designed by SamagraMedia with support from MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona,
who is also a keen photographer.
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Kameng Youth Association in a release today claim that they had
rescued one 10 year old boy Tek Bahadur from Tawang. The boy reportedly had gone
missing on 30th June from Bomdila town. Presently boy is being look after by KYA
and has been admitted to govt middle school, Yewang under Dirang circle.
Tagore’s death anniversary
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: The media deptt. of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee will observe
69th death anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar on
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in collaboration
with Department of Urban Development is organizing a social service at Nirjuly Market
on August 7.
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: District Congress Committee, Lower Subansiri District is celebrating
Quit India Movement and the centenary year of Indian National Congress at DCC Office
Hapoli on August 14.
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Nabam Tage, Taba Vijay and Nabam Tadung have been selected as President,
General Secretary and Vice President of All Pupu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association
Meanwhile, the Association with the assistance of ASM Nabam Yakik has conducted social
service at medical sub-centre, Pilla and constructed a dispensary room at the centre.
Joram Adap has been appointed as Women Wing General Secretary of North East Development
Welfare Society, Arunachal Pradesh Unit.
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Leporiang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society condole the demise of
Chera Logu, GB of Langruk village under Leporiang circle who died on July 31 last
after prolonged illness.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
Bamboo collection banned
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Chimpu Urban Area Welfare Committee in a meeting has prohibited
collections of bamboo under its jurisdiction from August to November 2010.
It appealed to the people to abide by the decision of the welfare committee.
Meanwhile, the committee has also decided to conduct mass social service at Chimpu
Bazar Line, Sariok Colony, RWD Colony, CWC Complex, VKV Complex, WRD and Gazetteer
complex, Chimpu on August 14.
Union cries foul
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Kurung Kumey district
unit has alleged that some junior persons have been appointed in Sangram power division
without conducting DPC. Such appointment deprived the senior most workers from their
scope of promotion or regularization; the union said and appealed the authorities
to conduct DPC for experienced and senior workers.