Inordinate delay in execution of PMGSY in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: According to reports by state level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee,
Arunachal Rural Road Development Agency (ARRDA) under RWD, Executing agency of Prime
Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana(PMGSY) have not completed many PMGSY projects. The
committee further said that delay for works is not known.
Some projects are yet to be completed since 5 years, whereas the projects should
be completed within a period of 9 months from the date of issue of the Work order.
The on-going PMGSY road since 2005 are 11, 2006-07 are 52 while the number at 2007-08
stands at 79 and 2008 accounts to 73.
In respect of Hill State or in case, the period for execution is adversely affected
by monsoon or other seasonal factors, the time period for completion should not exceed
12 calendar months in any case.
Alarmed at the inordinate delay, State level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee would
inspect work sites across the state beginning from Sept 2 in 16 districts of the
There are a total of 216 PMGSY roads in the state with Tirap (33), Changlang (21),
Lohit (20), Anjaw (05),Dibang Valley (02), Lower Divang Valley (09), East Siang (08),West
Siang (30), Upper Siang (02), Upper Subansiri(10), Lower Subansiri (08), Kurung Kumey
(08), Papum-Pare (02), East Kameng(12), West Kameng (21), Tawang (23).
Efforts on to restore peace along
Russa villages remain tense
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The situation in Rusa Villages of Tirap remains volatile after
trouble broke out on Aug 14 along the Assam-Arunachal border. SP Changlang and Anjaw
along with 2 Inspectors and 4 sub inspectors are being rushed to the area to assist
SP Tirap who has been camping in the area since the trouble broke out.
The situation has been further aggravated by the economic blockade announced by students
of Assam and reports of stopping Tirap bound vehicles.
The trouble in Kanubari border has spilled over to Joypur when scores of Tirap –bound
vehicles were stopped near Nagaghat- Joypur in Assam on Aug 21 by student activists
and local committee members. The reason the activists cited was ostensibly for usurping
Assam land by Arunachalees.
Meanwhile, in an effort to bring normalcy in Tirap district, a joint police patrolling
by personnel from both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh led by DC, SP and EAC have been
deployed in the disputed area as part of confidence building measures and for constant
monitoring of the situation, DIGP, Eastern Range, Robin Hibu informed the press persons.
He said that roads have also been cleared and deployment of ‘Neutral Force’ in the
area is under consideration. Talks are also being held at top level to remove economic
blockade imposed on Tirap district by Assam students groups, he added.
Meanwhile, a 10-member peace committee was today constituted as per resolution adopted
in a meeting held at Bimalpur on August 19. The Committee includes a Magistrate,
a DSP and three respected senior citizens from each side. It was also resolved in
the meeting that statusquo would be maintained at the disputed site and display of
weapons by the villagers of Arunachal Pradesh would be discouraged.
Normalcy was fast returning to the trouble-torn villages under Kanubari circle in
Tirap district with no firing incident being reported since yesterday, Hibu said.
Meanwhile, the DIGP in a hand out informed that the Kanubari incident broke out on
August 14 at around 2.45 am when a group of miscreants damaged a barrack which was
being constructed by Assam Police in addition to their existing vacant barrack along
the Assam-Arunachal boundary. Thereafter, massive police forces from Assam led by
the Sibsagar SP were rushed to the spot and started deployment along the long stretch
of Assam-Arunachal boundary by constructing police observation posts at different
places which created panic among Russa villagers on the Arunachal side. In the meantime,
Tirap SP also rushed to the spot with his force. An exchange of fire occurred when
the SP was on the way wherein one local resident, namely T Wanjen suffered grievous
injury. The injured person was immediately rushed to the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh
for further treatment. His condition was stated to be still critical. In another
incident on August 18, Assam Police fired at the house of Raja of Russa village.
Though no one was injured in the incident, the window panes of the house and some
portions of the wall were damaged. In retaliation, AP IRBn also fired, the hand out
In yet another firing incident, Assam Police opened 50 rounds of fire towards Arunachal
side on August 20 which has created a volatile situation in the village.
Meanwhile the Chief of Rusa Villages Panwang Wangham have said that people of Rusa
villages are passing through serious mental and physical agony as there is no solution
to the decades old inter-state boundary problem.
He added that the Assam authorities led by Sivasagar DC and SP and media aggravated
the present crisis by accusing the people of being hand in glove with the NSCN.
How can anyone believe the claim that the NSCN had fired at the SP of Assam when
there are hundreds of personnel from Assam police, Arunachal Pradesh police, CRPF
and Gorkha Regiment, he asked.
He further requested the State Government to institute a CBI enquiry into the entire
controversy at the earliest to unearth the whole truth.
On the other hand, All Tirap Students Union has demanded immediate intervention of
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union and its Assam counterpart All Assam Students
Union over the economic blockade.
ATSU urged the unions to jointly visit the disturbed area and discuss with the common
public area to sort out the differences.
Union also strongly reacted to the news item that appeared in cross section of regional
daily and electronic media that said that the Assamese living in the said disturbed
area are being ill-treated.
ANSU declares Aug 30 bandh
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has declared a 12 hours bandh
on Aug 30 to press for solution to its various demands. The Union said that it has
been forced to go for bandh following the failure of state Govt. to take initiative
of the various Memorandums submitted by the Union. The demands include establishment
of Polytechnic College at Yachuli, finalisation of Permanent site for NIT-Arunachal
on the basis of the Site Selection Committee Report, equal Right of Settlement at
Hapoli(Ziro), establishment of Police Out-Post at Tarasso, Gumto, Kakoi, Dissing-Paso,
Kimin, and Tali.
Road Connection from Itanagar to Balukpong via Jote and Seijosa, Doimukh to Dollungmukh
via Kimin, Tamin to Tali and Nyapin to Chayangtajo and declaration of Kara-Dadi as
National Park. The Union demands also incldue Hydro-power Project at Kurung Kumey
and Kameng River by NHPC and NEPCO undertakings.
Flash flood creates havoc in Dollungmukh area
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Flash flood triggered by torrential rain yesterday washed away
a portion of hanging bridge over Dollungmukh river, along with water supply pipeline.
Paro ASM Rotom Teyi in a release today further informed that flash flood also damaged
the paddy fields and washed way RCC culverts and completely disrupted the road communication.
At least five villages including Tanio, Bomte, Kherbari, Midpu and Rajali remain
cut off due to washing away of bridge, he said.
Three motor vehicles parked nearby the bridge were also washed way by the flash
flood, he further claimed.
The ASM has appealed the department concerned to restore the road communication,
water supply system immediately. He also pleaded for adequate relief for the flood
Nepalis meet in search of tradition
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Aiming at promoting Nepali tradition and culture among the Nepali
residents of the Capital Complex, the state unit of Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad
(NSSP) organized a meeting at Nyikum Nyia hall, Nirjuly here today.
While addressing the gathering, All Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction
Board chairman, Jalley Sonam said that everyone should be proud of one’s tradition
and culture and follow them sincerely.
He recalled how Nepali soldiers during the Indo-Chinese war in 1962 sacrificed their
lives to protect and defend India while adding that the Nepalis have contributed
a lot in the development of the state.
He appealed everyone to come forward and work together for proper development and
progress of the society and added that other communities of the state will also be
encouraged and inspired to follow suit.
Later, he contributed some fund for the Parisad and assured all possible help to
NSSP general secretary, Bishnu Bhandari said that most of the Nepalis residing in
different parts of the North East state are forgetting their age old culture and
hoped that such programme would be helpful in creating awareness among them.
Delegates from different states and North Eastern State also attended the programme.
Mobile fair price shop launched to ensure PDS items
DIRANG, Aug 22: To make available PDS food items to people at their doorsteps, a
mobile Fair Price Shop was formally inaugurated at Nyokmadung and Senge villages
under Dirang circle here today.
Distributing essential food items including rice and sugar to around 300 families,
local legislator Phurpa Tsering said that it was part of his election manifesto to
provide essential food items to people of his constituency. “Poor people find it
hard to travel 30 to 40 kms to Dirang to lift food items from Dirang Lamps. Hence,
we have launched the service to reach out to people of remote and far flung areas
and to ensure that they receive their quota of essential food items at their doorsteps”,
Dirang Lamps managing director M.P Prathapan explained that the service was a long
pending demand of public to mitigate sufferings of common people in procurement of
essential food items. “The service would be carried out on monthly basis and requirements
of PDS items would be met through this service regularly”, he informed, while thanking
the MLA for launching the service.
During the day, heads of Deptt. of Dirang circle, Dirang circle officer, ZPM’s of
Dirang and Thembang blocks, Dirang Lamps chairman Yesi Tsewang and other public leaders
were present at the maiden event. In another event, 30 beneficiaries of Lish village
of the total 250 beneficiaries of Dirang circle were distributed watershed related
schemes including land development, agri/horti projects, animal husbandry, household
production selection schemes, soil conservation measures and project level financial
benefits under National Watershed Development Project in Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) by
Dirang agriculture development officer A.K Srivastava and senior public leader Sange
Tsering here today.
“The project has been in operation since 2008 and it is running very successfully
in the area. Envisioned to generate 1500 man days, beneficiaries are taking keen
interest for sustainable development in the area” explained the ADO to this correspondent.
Further, he informed that schemes worth Rs 7 lakhs have been distributed so far in
IDEA launches Farmers’ Club at Boasimla
Bishop calls for accessible services to farmers
Boasimla, Aug 22: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration
with NABARD officially launched Farmers’ Club at Boasimla to create a platform for
the farmers to be productive and prosperous.
Most Rev. Dr. John Thomas, the Bishop of Itanagar Diocese while inaugurating the
program said that the scope of Industrial initiatives is very limited in the rural
belts of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore the people have to become resourceful. Hence
it is of key importance that we launch the farmers club to create an enabling environment
to make the services accessible to farming community at the grass roots, he added.
K. Vhaipei Manager NABARD enlightened the gathering on Farmer’s club management,
Technology transfer, credit and market, rural hut development, non-traditional vegetables
development. He reiterated the commitment of NABARD to support capacity building
of farmers on new agriculture developments and practices. He also made a field visit
to the SHG horticulture gardens and SHG run fair price shops and suggested technical
tips. Vhaipei distributed several horticulture saplings to the newly formed 33 IDEA
Farmers’ Club members.
Former MLA Boa Tamo requested the banks to simplify the process of bank linkage and
loaning. He also expressed his willingness to donate land for the construction of
a rural hut. He further said that Farmers Club can play a prominent role for improving
the income level of farm families by convergence of initiatives for access to improved
Fr. Ivan Vas SVD, the Director of IDEA said that the objective of this pilot project
is to make the farmers productive by creating awareness among the farmers on multi-cropping,
lead crops, credit, marketing, and to develop partnership with resource institutions.
During the presentation of the SHGs and Farmers club report the IDEA SHGs Leader
Rakhe Maria highlighted the impact of IDEA interventions in the area. Replying to
the quarries of Vhaipei, she said that women are being empowered. Women have stopped
making and selling local beer which has resulted in reducing drinking tremendously
in the area.
The villagers have undertaken various IGP activities such as mushroom cultivation,
candle making, vegetable gardens, horticulture, etc. She further said the 42 IDEA
SHGs are having bank accounts and regularly saving part of their income, which has
amounted to Rupees eleven lakhs.
The Programme Coordinator of KVK, Dr. Debnath shared his expertise on Know-How
on Agronomy. He explained the plant protection measures and possibility of making
bio-inputs using natural ingredients so as to reduce farmers dependency on chemicals
like urea and pesticides.
B.C.Mishra, SDAO, Raga said that IDEA has created a platform for growth for the farmers
to take issues of great concern. He imparted knowledge on multi-cropping, soil testing,
multi-nutrients, seed testing and germination, adopting high yielding certified seeds,
fish farming, organic fertilisers and manure, etc.
S.Kaikhanthang, SBI Bank Manager, Ziro, pointed out that IDEA has realized what was
envisaged in the Microfinance vision 2011 initiated by the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh. He elaborated on the microfinance initiatives of SBI for the development
of rural people.
Toko Techi, Rural Bank Manager, Ziro, demonstrated the bank linkage and loaning avenues
available to the farmers in the Rural Bank. He also assured full cooperation and
support to the farmers in availing credit.
Messages on ailments like poverty, illiteracy, school drop-outs, polygamy, alcoholism,
unhealthy living conditions, gambling and the related social problems were sent out
to the people through street plays. There were over 500 SHG Members and Farmers from
Kamporijo I, Kamporijo II and Raga Block.
The Bishop of Itanagar accompanied by other invitees planted a sapling in the Boasimla
public Ground campus as a memorial of the launch.
Where raising concern means ‘anti-national’
After our Chief Minister Mr Dorjee Khandu, now it is Lok Sabha MP, Takam Sanjoy,
who seems to be using words such as ‘anti-national’ for anti-dam activists.
It makes me to recall a statement made a couple of weeks ago by the Delhi Chief Minister
Sheila Dixit, who said that anyone who criticized the Commonwealth Games, criticized
the government was being unpatriotic.
The Times of India pointed out that ‘patriotism’ implies standing up for one’s country
and not for the government of the day. Indeed, for bad policies of a government,
it could be said that criticizing the government is the most patriotic thing in the
The same concept applies here. I am skeptical if at all our Lok Sabha MP is pretty
sensible enough to ponder over his appropriateness of asserting such terms. While
the definition of being nationalist, one who is loyal to the interest of one’s country,
but not to the govt, is valid in other polities, it is obviously not so in India.
The reason for this is simple.
In other countries, which call themselves democracies, governments exist to serve
the country, i.e., the people who elect them into office (and elect them out as well).
In India, increasingly, it is the country, i.e., the populace, which exists to serve
the government of the day, whichever political party, parties, it represent.
The most important duty of the Indian citizens who have come of age is to cast their
vote. The party they cast vote for doesn’t really matter, because behind their facade
of ideological differences, they are basically all the same and have the same goal:
to perpetuate their interests at the expense of the interests of the country, and
of the citizens who constitute it. Once this basic fact on which our system is bed
rocked had been grasped, a lot of things that anger us or dismay us will no longer
To question gross act of signing rampant MoUs by the state government, by voicing
against multiple mega projects, which has the potential to change the whole socio-cultural
scenario, is not being anti-national. It is a concern and a desire to live in a safe
and healthy environment. And, that reason has nothing, whatsoever, to do with revolting
against nation or degrading national pride.
The real reason behind blind go ahead for several large hydro projects, is that the
individuals and institutions that comprises the sarkari network (which includes corporate,
contractors and businessman) is to make money and strengthen their stranglehold around
the neck of the common citizen.
And, it’s not just the dams. According to a recent report, over 330, so called ‘public’
sector projects have been bogged down in protracted time-overruns, resulting in a
supposed ‘loss’ of Rs 50,000 crore of the taxpayers money. Does this anger you? It
shouldn’t. Because, the so-called ‘public sector does not belong to the public, which
is you and me, but the ‘sarkar’. So, the so-called ‘loss’ of Rs 50,000 crore is not
a loss at all. It is on the contrary, a gain for the true stakeholder in the ‘public’
sector: the sarkar.
Once we learn to put the sarkari horse before the country’s cart, we shall understand
lot of things. The MPs of all political parties have voted unanimously for a hefty
300 per cent plus pay hike for themselves. Though, it’s been put on hold, we should
urge them to take an even larger pay hike than that of the union government has decided.
What better way to ensure them to take our servitude of the sarkar, by the sarkar,
and for the sarkar, will never perish from this land? (The writer is based at Pune
and can be contacted at [email protected])
Committee demands more fund for road renovation
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Chandranagar Development Welfare Committee (CDWC) has appealed
the state Govt to create more fund provision under AOP for development of Capital
infrastructure, especially for renovation of all kind of roads in Capital Complex.
Claiming that only 75 per cent of sector roads have been included for maintenance
under Rs 53 crore JNNURM schemes in the Capital region, the committee said the
fund is not adequate as almost all the sector roads are lying in dilapidated condition.
Apart from road maintenance, there are many proposals for construction of approach
roads including NH52-A ( near Ganga School) to Industrial complex, Chandranagar,
power house Chandranagar to BB Barrak Senki Park which are yet to be implemented
by the department concerned, the committee further said.
Yachuli MLA tours remote Seya and Deed villages
ZIRO, Aug 22: Yachuli MLA and APEDA chairman, Likha Saaya, visited remote Seya and
Deed villages of Lower Subansiri under Pistana circle on Aug,21 last to assess the
At a development meeting with villagers at Seya, Saaya, informed the people that
the state government has approved for creation of a circle headquarters at Deed,
and thanked the state government under the leadership of Dorjee Khandu and Nabum
Tuki and local Anchal Chairperson Likha Api and her team who persistently persuaded
the government for sanctioning the circle headquarters. This is a big gift from the
state government and this will go a long way in the overall development of the region,
he said and entreated the people of the area not to forget such a noble gesture
of the government.
The MLA reassured the villagers to take care of all their problems.
Election is a different class of game, having a winner and loser as in real sports,
the winner takes home the trophy in sports but in election, the winner goes out and
works for the people without a trophy but with people’s support, he added.
Asking the people to remain united and support the present leadership of the area
and state government for the sake of overall development, he said development never
comes by its own, people need to prepare themselves for it.
He instructed the District officials of Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries departments
to explore the huge potentials of the area in their respective sectors in consultation
His visit to the village was also marked by announcement of various developmental
packages for the village including black topping work of six Kms span road from
BRTF road to the village, construction of two suspension bridges over river payi
and pei, football ground and boundary wall for local middle school, footpath from
PWD road to Pai happa. Distribution of utensils for over 400 villagers and financial
assistance of Rs.60,0000 for development cultural activities and Rs. 500 each to
over 30 GBs of the village and nearby villages.
While visiting the school, he advised the students to make cleanliness a habit
and plant flowers and ornamental plants in and around the school which will not
only make the school look better but cleaner and fresh.
Lower Subansiri Zila Prishad Chairperson, Likha Tongum, Lower Subansiri ADC, W.thickak
also addressed the villagers among others. Tongum in his address said that we need
to appreciate the role of those people present and whoever has given their bit for
the development of the area and appealed the people to be united and support and
cooperate Saaya in his efforts to bring development for the area.
At Deed, the MLA inspected the Primary health center, where he interacted with the
employees and patients. Saaya, besides, giving financial assistance to an emergency
patient and advised him to inform him for shifting to Ziro or Itanagar for further
treatment if necessary. While visiting Government secondary school,he expressed
his dismay over the untidy surroundings and school rooms of the local school and
advised the school teachers to keep the school clean and guide the students to
be neat and clean and for proper upkeep of the school infrastructures. Besides,
he also inspected other ongoing development schemes and interacted with local leaders
for proper implementation of schemes. Interacting with the school authorities assuring
to streamline the educational system he asked the Circle Officer, to be very strict
for smooth functioning of schools of the area and inform him if anything goes wrong.