Chief Minister threatens to review Pawan Hans contract over safety issue
ITANAGAR Aug 7: A day after a crew of Pawan Hans Helicopter Service died in a freak
accident, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has said that “such repeated incidents of
technical snags may lead us to review our continuity in availing the services in
the interest of safety of passengers”.
Khandu said “the Pawan Hans is synonymous to civil aviation in our State. We expect
them to maintain the aircraft in absolutely safe flying conditions.
“Yesterday’s incident of “technical snag” on Tezu bound Pawan Hans helicopter in
which one crew member slipped off from the airborne craft and fell down in Lathao
area leading to his death is bizarre and shocking. While we express our solidarity
with the members of bereaved family of the crew member Late Dhananjan Roy, it is
also felt that the Pawan Hans Company should be told in strong words to maintain
adequate safety measures. This incident cannot be ignored off as a stray incident
of technical snag. We have witnessed instances of Pawanhans helicopter developing
technical snags while airborne and thereby putting a serious question on its proper
maintenance and safety of the passengers onboard especially in our hilly terrain,
Khandu assertively said while directing the State Chief Secretary to take up the
matter with Chief Managing Director of Pawanhans Helicopter Service Ltd. for improving
safety standards and proper maintenance of its helicopters operating in Arunachal
Meanwhile the Chief Minister has expressed his profound sorrow over the demise of
Roy. Late Roy was associated with Pawan Hans since 2006 and was catering to the service
of Arunachalees before his death in the tragic incident, the Chief Minister said.
(PRO TO CM)
Arunachal must protect nature’s bounty: Governor
Changlang, Aug 7: Governor Gen J J Singh has called on the people of the state to
protect and preserve the greenery of the state. “It is the greatest gift of God
untouched by the human being and the people of Arunachal must understand it and work
to protect it” said Gen Singh, while on a visit to Namdapha National Park, today.
The governor while lauding the department of environment and forest for their sincere
service in protecting the rich flora and fauna of the park hoped for the same spirit
of work from the department thereby ensuring the safety of the prestigious national
The governor while expressing his concern over the plight of the people of Vijayagar
circle due to delay in construction of Miao-Vijaynagar road directed the department
concerned to start the construction work immediately. He urged the department of
PWD who is executing the work to finish the construction work by December next.
He lauded the people of the area for their co-operation to the Local Administration
and the Security force in maintaining peace and tranquility in the area and hoped
that the camaraderie would continue in the future too. Bogibeel Bridge to ready by
2014 Bogibeel bridge project over River Brahmaputra is all set to be completed by
2014. According to Engineers 50% of the works have been completed. This information
was given to Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J.J Singh today when he visited the
Bogibeel Bridge Project and took stock of the progress of the construction works.
While inspecting the Project, the Governor discussed with the team of Engineers from
Railway Engineering Department and Gammon India Ltd. He said that as the project
is of national and strategic importance; quality of works should be ensured through
use of latest hi-tech technology. He asked the Engineers to put on best of services
so that the future generations of the country would be proud of their works.
Impressed by the commitments and hard works put on by the Officers, Gen Singh directed
them to complete all phases of the grand project in the stipulated time, while suggesting
them to think an appropriate name for the gigantic project.
The bridge project is undertaken by Railway Engineering Department with Gammon India
Ltd as its contractual partner. The bridge would facilitate dual road and rail communication
system. The proposed railway link has a total length of 74.095 Kms, while the proposed
road link has a total length of 24.455 Kms. (PRO to Governor)
NRHM Mission Director calls for better delivery system
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Addressing a coordination meeting at District Hospital Khonsa yesterday
Mission Director NRHM Talem Tapok while appreciating the contributions made by Medical
Officers at block level towards improving the health care delivery system, however
said that much more needs to be done to achieve NRHM goal when compared to other
He said that the Doctors must work hard on IEC/BCC activities in rural areas to improve
routine immunization coverage in the District. According to him Maternal Mortality
Rate and Infant Mortality rate of the State directly depends on the routine immunization
coverage in the District. He further added that to ensure success of all programme
activities, timely submission of SOE & UC is very important. DRCHO Tirap Dr.K.Perme
informed that the meeting was convened to discuss various issues for all round development
of health care system in the District and to give feed back to the visiting Mission
DMO Dr.S.Ronya also spoke on the occasion. He requested Medical Superintendent and
MO i/c of CHC’s and PHC’s to be very particular in reporting system.
Earlier before the meeting Talem Tapok made an inspection of the recently completed
civil works in District Hospital Khonsa. Later on after the meeting along with DMO
& DRCHO, he also met Wangliam Lowang DC Khonsa and apprised him the unutilized RKS
fun and discussed at length to accelerate the utilization of the NRHM fun in the
District. Before coming to Khonsa he also inspected the VHAI run CHC at Deomali.
MSU demands dismissal of personnel
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Mishmi Student’s Union (MSU) has demanded immediate termination
of accused IRBn personnel and proper compensation to the bereaved family of Late
Miti Mepo. Criticising the security personnel for taking law into their hands,
the union also demanded immediate punishment to the erring personnels involved in
recent death cases of Naharlagun and Roing. It requested AAPSU to continue fight
against unlawful activities in state for justice to the bereaved families of Late
Nguso and Mepo. It also extended its support to AIMSU in its fight for human rights
and justice. The union further appealed the district administration for fair enquiry
into the Mepo’s death case and advocated for special investigation team into the
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: NCP leader Kaling Jerang has contested the clarification on appointments
of employees in Education department.
He said that seven persons were appointed within a day in Feb 2009 by Education department
against 35-Pangin Boleng constitutions without following any laid down rules formalities
at the behest of Deputy Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He further
alleged that all transfer orders were issued by the Directorate of School Education
without any relievers and knowledge of the DDSE, East Siang. In another instance,
Jerang cited an example where a transfer order from Govt Primary School Korang to
Hiya in Kurung Kumey was issued against the pet name of the teacher instead of the
name enrolled in the Service Book. Jerang says that mistake came about because the
department was following someone’s dictation.
In another instance, he says that a fresh appointment was made to the post of Peon
in Boleng Higher Secondary School by DSE overlooking the appointment made at the
district as per seniority.
He further says that instead of bringing in real development to Pangin-Boleng constituency,
Deputy Speaker has been indulged in transferring a record number of government employees
out of Pangin Boleng area.
Arunachalee shines at ‘India Got Talent Khoj - 2’
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: It’s not for nothing that Arunachalee boy Toko Teji has crossed
two barriers of the popular show on Colors channel called the ‘India’s Got Talent
Khoj - 2’. Literally speaking, Teji is drumming all the way to stardom making the
unaccounted state (in terms of local talent) pride with swell. The pride can be doubled
for the fact that Teji is only 18 years old while the show is open to all.
It was a treat to watch on Saturday night Teji playing on his drums for the first
time on television. His passionate playing not only won the hearts of the judges
but as well as a ticket to the next destination of this long and difficult talent
Parents, Toko Jyoti and Toko Yaza of Naharlagun, are proud, no doubt. But they attribute
the sudden gush of fame on their eldest son as a result of his sheer determination
and passion to play the drums. Bowing down to Teji’s passion and determination, the
parents had to buy him a drum set very early in his childhood. With no mentors around,
he played on his drum as he liked and felt. He used to play it to his heart’s content
and sometimes to the parent’s frustration. The determination to learn playing the
drum never faltered.
Teji’s passion met good luck when he joined the Assam Valley public school near Tezpur.
There he got the atmosphere and met his mentor. There was no looking back!
When the guys from the ‘India’s Got Talent’ came hunting to Guwahati,Teji wasn’t
able to make it to the audition. He sent a recording of his playing on the drum.
The talent hidden inside couldn’t be missed by the organizers and he was selected.
Performing before judges Kiron Kher, Sonali Bendre and Sajjid Khan now, the past
Teji’s electric speed on the drum matches his talent academically. A proud uncle
Toko Tatung informs that Teji, who is now in class XII, notched 85% in his class
X examination, which in no way is a mean achievement.
“You are a volcano of talent,” commented Kiron Kher. Now, everybody wouldn’t agree
more. So watch out for Toko Teji in the forthcoming episodes of India’s Got Talent
Khoj - 2 on Colors channel!
Even if he does not make it to the top of the talent show, he is a budding drummer
to watch out.
Tagore’s death anniversary
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The 69th death anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore was observed
today at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. The function was organized by Media Department of Arunachal
Pradesh Congress Committee as part of the yearlong celebration of 125 years of Indian
Speaking on the occasion, APCC spokes person Vishal P Nabam highlighted about the
life and achievement of Tagore.
Former MLA Kipa Babu, former Minister Thupten Tempa, former Minister Tanyong Tatak,
Chairman Kissan Cell Taba Haniya, Secretary APCC, BC Tok also briefed about the life
and achievement of Tagore on the occasion.
AKA demands appointment of officers
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Claiming that non-recruitment of District Sports Officers (DSOs)
and Assistant Sports Officers (ASOs) for various districts has adversely affected
the state’s sports sector, Arunachal Karate-Do-Association (AKA) sought the intervention
of the Chief Minister in filling up the vacant posts of DSOs, ASOs and coaches by
Sports and Youth Affairs department.
AKA claimed that excepting six districts, rest district sports associations are running
without DSOs and ASOs which affected the smooth functioning of the (DSAs), including
getting fund, AKA claimed.
Ruing the lack of proper sports policy, AKA expressed the surprise that its demand
to the government for formulating a sports policy is still ‘under process’ for the
last 10 years. AKA demanded the government for early release of pending cash incentives
for medal winners.
Oppose inclusion of villages of 1-Borum under municipalities
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: 1-Borum Zila Parishad Panchayat meeting was held at Itanagar yesterday
to discuss about the merger or inclusion of villages of I-Barum Zila Parishad areas
under urban areas.
The meeting vehemently opposed inclusion of villages of 1-Barum like Ganga, Chimpu,
July, Borum, Model, Lekhi and Nirjuly Panchayats to urban notification.
Meanwhile, the meeting expressed their desire to continue under the aegis Panchayati
Raj administration and not under municipalities or urban notified area and constituted
an action committee on this regard.
The meeting was attended by MLA Techi Kaso, ZPM Taro Modi, ET Tara, ASMs, GPMs, GBs,
senior citizens, intellectuals and youths of 1-Borum Zila Parishad.
Sille School management committee formed
PASIGHAT, Aug 7: A Parents-Teachers meet cum school management formation meeting
was held on August 4 last at the school auditorium of Govt. Sille Higher Secondary
school in order to help the students to have better and successful academic career.
It was held under the chairmanship of Sille-Oyan ASM Nalo Tasing. The Chairman Tasing
while seeking cooperation from the parents said it was an opportunity for them to
share their knowledge and experiences and hoped that it would improve the teaching-learning
The Principal T. Doruk in his deliberation stressed on ‘dos and don’ts’ and advised
all to maintain discipline and decorum while teaching-learning in the school.
A thirteen members School Management Committee was formed on the day.
Union calls for early bridge construction
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union
(APCTGTSU) sought intervention of the PWD central Zone chief engineer for early floating
of tender and to start the bridge construction works at Pha under Gangte circle from
this month. Claiming undue delay on the part of the authority concerned in materialisating
a bridge project which was sanctioned two years back, the union said other development
activities like construction of road, electrification are also getting delayed due
to delay in bridge construction.
Food Security and Public Distribution System in Arunachal
Dr. B G Mukhopadhyay
For quite sometime, the food security and Public Distribution System have become
the cynosure of attention at both national and regional media. The Government of
India has operationalized the National Food Security Mission and the draft National
Food Security Bill 2010, which is going to be an Act shortly, statutorily ensures
a certain minimum quantities of foodgrains per month through targeted PDS. However,
the working of PDS has received its quota of bouquets and brickbats. For some States,
the PDS has worked very well like Kerala and Tamil Nadu whereas in some other states
like Bihar, MP, UP, Rajasthan and West Bengal the performances are not up to the
mark. In fact, 61% of the poor in the country in 1999-2000 lived in these five states.
The off-take per BPL card was high in Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The-off
take by APL card holders was negligible except in Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal,
Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.
Even though the avowed objective of state intervention in the form of PDS aims at
ensuring security to all the poor people through its large distribution network of
4.89 lakhs fair price shops, the Planning Commission’s document admits “ PDS seems
to have failed in serving the second objective of making available food grains available
to the poor”. In fact, the consumption levels of cereals have fallen on average as
it is made out from NSS survey. As per the Planning Commission Report (based on National
Sample Survey data) per capita intake of calorie and protein have declined consistently
over a 20 year period from 1983 to 2004-05. Rural calorie consumption per capita
in 1983 was 2221 K. calorie per day. It declined to 2047 k. calorie per day in 2004-05.
Similarly, the per capita intake of protein which was 62 g. per day in 1983 reduced
to 57 g. per day in 2004-05. Thus, if we take into account the above data, it is
obvious that the poor didn’t have access to the subsidized food grains for whom it
was meant for in the PDS. There could be various reasons why the foodgrains could
not reach to the poor. But one of the major reasons is leakages and diversion of
the subsidized food grains. This has got a cost apart from the hopping food subsidy
bill which was estimated at Rs.37,000 Crores as per 2008-09 budgetary estimates.
The Planning Commission in its report for PDS in 2005 mentioned “ for every four
rupees spent on the PDS, only one rupee reaches to the poor and 57% of the PDS food
grains does not reach the intended people”. The leakages mentioned are that the real
poor are not identified, issuing of bogus ration cards in the BPL, AAY categories,
the benefits were being availed rightfully by entitled families without their knowledge
and errors in categorization of families that leads to BPL getting APL cards and
vice versa, etc.
The experts and researchers who are working on this field have been pointing out
the systemic inefficiencies in PDS and some economist like Dr. Ashok Gulati have
argued for de-coupling the Govt’s consumer welfare objectives from producer’s protection
objectives and some have argued for coupon/voucher system for the poor people so
that they buy the foodgrains from the open market. The large scale inefficiencies
in the PDS have also been reported at Arunachal in the press. The information from
different districts at Arunachal points out the glaring inequalities in lifting
the foodgrains for the intended beneficiaries and there are reports of distortions
in the distribution of food grains.
In order to rectify the deficiencies in the earlier PDS, the Govt has come up with
a reformed targeted PDS (TPDS) which envisages identifying the poor households and
giving them entitlement of food grains at subsidized prices. To this end, the Govt.
is serious in strengthening of PDS and making it more transparent so that leakages
and diversions can be stopped. The innovative efforts of Govt of Arunachal in e-PDS
is an extremely laudable initiative to make the system more transparent and accountable.
There is also suggestion for introducing multi application smart cards and to make
the system web-enabled.
In case of Arunachal Pradesh, the Govt’s plan document (2010-11) indicates that the
State is deficit by 90709 MT of rice. For this deficit amount the State is dependent
upon FCI for lifting the grains from the accredited godowns and to transport the
same though contractors and transporters to the fair price shops in the State. Many
a time, there is a delay in getting the hill transport subsidy (HTS). In order to
ensure the food security in the State and to reduce our dependence on FCI and other
procurement agents, the State can as well build up its own buffer stock by increasing
agriculture production and it is quite possible by focussing our attention in 9 districts
of Arunachal in which the acrages of 5 districts viz. West Siang, East Siang, Lohit,
Lower Dibang Vallay and Changlang are quite substantial to improve the production
and productivity. The State’s record in rice productivity spans from 9.30 quintal
per ha. in Anjaw to 32.60 quintal per ha. in Upper Subansiri. Even if we take median
range of 25 quintals per ha for our calculation, the State can achieve food security
within a period of 2-3 years with a little bit of efforts from all the stakeholders.
It is technically feasible and my discussion with the Director of Agriculture and
the other agriculture scientists in the State corroborates my optimism on this score.
We need a firm resolve to achieve this objective and our priorities should be set
accordingly so that the State attains food security and our farmers also stand to
gain through increased income and productivity. Let us initiate a dialogue amongst
our public representatives and reach a consensus to this mission. And it will be
absolutely achievable if we take a collaborative approach to achieve this mission.
Our Governor’s clarion call of “ Team Arunachal” is the need of the hour in this
onerous task of ensuring food security for the state of Arunachal. (The contributor
is the General Manager of NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office and the views
expressed in this article are his own)
APDA postpones stir after govt assurance
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association has postponed the proposed agitation
after the state govnerment assured to constitute Magisterial Inquiry into the incident
of assault on Dr Tana Talin Tara, MO(Leporiang) by the police on June 20. The move
came after doctors met the Parliamentary Secreatry Nido Pavitra today to discuss
the issue. The doctors had threatened to go off work on Aug 9 to press the government
Khandu wishes Gogoi
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has wished Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
for speedy recovery after a heart surgery. Khandu’s wishes came as the Assam Chief
Minister is recuperating after a heart operation on Aug 4.
Efforts to create more parking space
ITANAGAR: The over-aged and unsafe parking shed at Naharlagun bus station are
being dismantled in order to create more parking space for increasing number of
buses and for safety and security of the waiting passengers, informed station superintendent
STS, Itanagar in a release today.
At present Itanagar station is operating more than 60 buses daily while parking capacity
of Itanagar station is not more than 30 buses at a time, the release said. Denying
any foul play, the release said sufficient space are needed to execute the proposal
for parking of JNNURM buses at Naharlagun station.
ITANAGAR: The 15th literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS)
will be held at the JN State Museum premises here tomorrow. APLS president Y D Thongchi
is expected to chair the routine literary meet, held on every second Sunday of month.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union has raised objection to recent
trend of naming their area as Menchukha or Menchuka in various purposes and pleaded
for rectification of name as Mechukha.
Opposing the launch of website menchukha.com, instead of Mechukha the Union said
there exists no valley called Menchukha or Menchukha sub-division in West Siang.
The union further said that it is incorrect in naming the valley as Menchukha/Menchuka
in place of Mechukha. “The name Mechukha is is given by forefather and officially
recorded”, it said.
Flash flood plays havoc, say PR leader
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Informing that flash flood in Tarasso river triggered by torrential
rain has destroyed govt properties, private houses and agricultural field in Lower
Tarasso and Upper Tarasso panchayat yesterday, Tarasso Anchal chairperson Tana
Bagang in a release today appealed the Papum Pare deputy commissioner to send a team
of govt officials to take stock of the flood damages.
JPYW lauds governor
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Jote Pachayat Youth Welfare Association has expressed happiness
at the laying of foundation of the adventure tourism camping site at Jote by state
Governor J J Singh yesterday.
Appreciating the Governor, chief secretary Tabom Bam, parliamentary secretary tourism
Gajen Gadi, Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin and parliamentary secretary industries
Nabam Rebia for taking keen interest in tourism sector and bringing Jote in world
tourism map, the Association informed that a ‘view point’ has been selected between
Jote and Balijan road for tourists interest. It appealed the Governor to pay a visit
to the site christened as JJ View point.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: A general body meeting of Adi community residing at Naharlagun was
held today to chalk-out programmes for grand celebration of the ensuing Solung Festival.
The meeting constituted a festival celebration committee headed by Kalom Tayeng as
president and Tadang Siram as general secretary.
ARASU serves ultimatum
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Raga Area Students Union has served a 7 days ultimatum to
education minister for fulfilment of its 10 point demands.
Expressing resentment at the failure of the Govt to pay heed to its demands submitted
during March last, the delegation of the union along with ANSU leaders called
on the education minister today and urged him to reconsider their demands as special
case for the development of education sector.
The demands of the union included introduction of science stream and posting of Vice
principal at Govt Higher Secondary school Raga, immediately posting of headmaster
at Govt Middle school Kamporijo and posting of adequate teachers in Govt higer secondary
school and secondary schools and middle schools under Raga administrative block.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Kimin Students’ Union (AKSU) strongly demanded the Director
of School Education to immediately post a Senior Teacher for Geography and a Junior
Teacher for Mathematics at GHSS, Kimin.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Parang Circle Youth Association highlighting the spread of foot
and mouth disease in Parang circle appealed the concerned department to release relief
materials to the owners, who had lost their animals.
It further appealed for establishment of Veterinary aid centre at Parang and urged
the local MLA, ZPM, Anchal Chairperson and ASMs of Parang circle to take up immediate
steps for establishment of Veterinary aid centre.