Former CM Apang sent to 7 days police remand in PDS case
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang was sent to
seven days police remand by Special Session judge at North Lakhimpur in Assam today.
Apang was arrested this morning by the Special Investigation Cell for his alleged
involvement in the multi crore public distribution system (PDS) scam.
He has been kept at R K Mission Hospital.
The Special Investigation Cell was constituted by the state government on the directive
of the Gauhati High Court after a PIL was filed on June 13, 2004 against PDS scam
in the state.
The Special Investigation cell investigating officer M. S Chauhan said, Apang was
arrested based on material evidence and the statement given by the other accused.
Apang, who was summoned this morning by SIC, was arrested under non-bailable sections.
He was booked under section 120b (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery),
409 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC read with B-2 Prevention of Corruption Act.
Chauhan said, Apang was provided with a set of questionnaires and despite three earlier
summons he appeared before the SIC only today. However Apang had appeared before
the SIC on Friday and allgedly made to wait for two hours because Chauhan was unavailable
even though he had issued the summons.
When this daily contacted Apang he categorically stated that he had submitted the
answered questionnaire today.
Chauhan further added Apang “did not reveal anything,”
On the other hand, when Apang’s legal counsel was contacted, he said that Apang was
summoned as a witness U/S 160 Cr Pc so the question of arrest does not arise. He
has to be an accused first to be arrested, he added.
Meanwhile, the lawyer who had accompanied Apang was not allowed to enter the room
where the former Chief Minister was being questioned. The former Chief Minister’s
legal counsel was called by Chauhan only after a decision on his arrest was made.
More drama unfolded on the way to the Special Court in Lakhimpur. The former Chief
Minister who was in his private car was stopped midway by Chauhan. Instead of letting
Apang’s driver drive the car, the IO decided to do the honour and drove till the
On the other hand, the Home Minister Tako Dabi, who had called a press conference
on Assam-Arunachal boundary while responding to a question from the media persons
today afternoon refused to divulge any details. “I don’t know” he said while responding
to a query.
The former chief minister in a written said that “As a law-abiding citizen when
I appeared before the SIC today to respond the questionnaires made available to me
on August 20, 2010, to my utter surprise and shock, I was arrested by the SIC without
giving me any opportunity to explain my side of the case. What has astonished me
that though I am not an accused in the case, I have been subjected to such humiliation,
insult which is beyond description. It was nothing but a pre-planned strategy on
the part of SIC and is hell-bent to tarnish my image and reputation. The conduct
of the SIC is biased and smacks of political vendetta. When the main accused persons
are roaming freely, why target me ? Therefore, I call for a detailed investigation
by a competent and neutral agency of government like CBI to unearth the truth and
punish the guilty”.
Assam continue to isolate Tirap, Dabi calls for peace and restrain
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Even as peace parleys continue, agitating people in Assam fuelled
by media reports did not allow vehicles to cross Joypur- Narharkatia road.
Reports reaching this daily informed that vehicles bearing Arunachalee registration
numbers including an ambulance were stopped at areas bordering Tirap district.
Meanwhile the Home Minister Tako Dabi addressing a press conference here today said
that economic blockade against Tirap should be lifted. While appealing to the agitating
students’ organisations of Assam to remove the economic blockade imposed since Sunday,
the minister called for maintaining status quo by both the sides for restoring peace
in the area. Advocating peace and restrain, he said that Arunachal-Assam needs to
work together to bring peace.
Brushing aside allegation of involvement of underground elements in the ongoing impasse
in the inter-state boundary at Simhokho in Tirap district adjacent to Assam’s Sivsagar
district, he said that said Assam was trying to divert attention to other issues
as it is approaching assembly elections. “Politics has been playing a major role
in the issue”, he alleged.
“The media houses in Assam are exaggerating the entire issue hiding the facts and
want to show that Arunachal is trying to wage a war with Assam”, he added.
Giving a chronology of events since August 14 last when tension broke out between
the two states after an under-construction barrack of Assam police was demolished
by miscreants, Dabi said the facts which Assam projected was totally fabricated.
Meanwhile, the apex body of Nocte Chiefs’ Council has urged the All Assam Students
Union to lift the economic blockade.
In a press statement secretary of Nocte Chief Council, Khamwang Lowang has appealed
to the AASU leaders to lift the blockade immediately in the supreme interest of the
both Assam and Tirap adding that historically Assamese and Nocte-Wanchos have maintained
peace and harmony. Lowang further adds that an isolated incident should not be allowed
to create bad blood among the people of the two friendly state states. The Secretary
goes on to write that during the border disputes it is the hooligans and vested elements
that take the advantage of the situation to create chaos and confusions adding that
hundreds of Assamese in Tirap are look after well by the local people and will continue
to take the good care of them as long as they are in Tirap district. He cautioned
the student organization not to be carried away by rumours which fly hard and fast
during such trouble time.
Lowang emphatically said that Tirap district has no history of usurping Assam land
at any point of time adding that the incident in Kanubari circle was unfortunate.
He however, said that solution to any problem can be hammered out through discussion
across the table with mutual trust and spirit of give and take adding that protest
and economic blockade serves no one’s cause. It is the poor people of the both sides
who suffer the most during such blockade and urged AASU leaders to review the decision
of imposing economic blockade, he concluded.
On the other hand, elected leaders of Tirap called on the Governor Gen JJ Singh at
Raj Bhavan today and apprised him on the economic blockade launched by some organizations
of Assam. The leaders including Parliamentary Secretaries, Wangki Lowang, MLA (Namsang)
and Thangwang Wangham MLA (Longding Pumao) and Khonsa (East) MLA Kamthok Lowang accompanied
by Advisor to Chief Minister H. Pongham submitted a memorandum and urged upon the
Governor for his personal attention on defusing the tension.
Gen Singh, who has been closely monitoring the entire situation, assured his best
support in maintaining cordial relations with the neighbouring State of Assam.
ANSU defer bandh on account of Solung
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has deferred its 12 hours bandh
call to Sept 6. The decision to postpone the 12 hours bandh call came after an appeal
made by the Adi Baane Kebang in view of Solung celebration.
ANSU president Niglar Veo said that the bandh call has been postponed keeping in
view the need of maintaining communal harmony and peaceful co-existence, and for
peaceful celebration of the ensuing Solung Festival.
Meanwhile, the Adi’s residing in Capital Complex has geared up for celebration of
Solung festival in a grand manner.
According to Central Solung Festival Celebration Committee, Itanagar, local MLA Techi
Kaso and leader Dagmo Jini have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour
of the occasion while tourism secretary Bandana Deori would be the special invitee.
To add colour to the celebration, a musical night is being organized at Solung Ground
on August 31 wherein Assam’s popular singer-actress Torulata Kutum will perform.
The evening cultural programme, which is starting from August 29 will continue till
September Four, the release added.
DPC for regularisation of jobs of 33000 labourers
ZIRO, Aug 24: As there are more than 33000 workers in the state excluding WC staff,
it would not be possible for the state government to regularize them at one go, therefore
to regularize these workers on work performance and seniority basis, DPC is being
conducted by concerned department, said Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction
Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam during meeting cum awareness camp held
at Ziro today.
He further said that 75% of the labour of the state are from outside Arunachal, if
such trend continue here it would not be possible to solve the state’s unemployment
Appreciating the people of Tawang particularly youth for their hard work, Sonam encouraged
youths of other districts to follow suit. Our youth should not hesitate to work as
labour and we should equip ourselves to fill the gaps after the retirement of migrant
labour, he said .
He further taking serious note on large family and emphasizing the benefits of ‘small
family happy family’ advised the workers/labourer of the state to have small family
for economic benefits. Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board Commissioner Ojing Darung appreciated HoDS of Ziro for contributing highest
cess amount to the board and informed the collected cess amount will be utilized
for the welfare of workers community of the state.
At present an amount of more than Rs. Seven crore is with the board, he said while
adding that the workers should know the benefits provided by the board. However,
to get the benefits of the welfare measures the worker has to pay a sum of Rs 20
per month as membership fee to the board.
Darung further, briefing about Janashree Bima Yojana informed that 196 workers of
Ziro have been insured earlier and directed the District labour officer to submit
the list of left out workers to board.
PHE, Ziro Assistant Engineer clarified that due to lack of fund allocation the Bonus
could not be disbursed to the workers. He further informed that Ziro PHE department
is paying the 1% Cess for the last two.
District Labour Officer T Ete while briefing about Arunachal Pradesh Building and
Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and cess act 1996 urged the workers to register
their name in the board to avail the benefits offered by the board.
He assured to extend all possible help to the labourer in membership registration
Earlier, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, Lower Subansiri District President
Puri Logi in a Memorandum to Chairman and Commission appealed for early conduct of
DPC meeting under PHE, WRD & Power department , head counting to check bogus laborer
in the district, release of Adhoc Bonus in respect of casual staff PHE department
Ziro Division for the year of 2007 to 2010, establishment of Orphan Rehabilitation
Centre for the Workers, establishment of Stay care House for widows & old persons,
selection of beneficiaries for providing of CGI sheets & other amenities for construction
of House under IAY & GAY, who are leaving under Below Poverty Line.
On the occasion, besides distribution of free exercise books to all the 500 above
workers by the board and HoDs, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union,(AAPWU) Ziro team
also presented cultural programme.
Arunachal's campaign ends at U-16 sub-junior national girls football
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh U-16 Girls football team played out a 2-2 draw
against host Uttarakhand in their second league match at the 7th Sub-Junior (U-16)
National Football Championship at Haldwani today. Arunachal lost 0-3 to the same
opponent in their first match on August 22. With this, Arunachal’s campaign at the
championship came to an abrupt end.
It is worth mentioning here that nine Arunachalee players out of 17 were disqualified
for over-age and the team could field only eight players instead of 11, Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association Secretary G. Doke informed .
ITBP inter sector football competition begins at Kimin
KIMIN, Aug 24: The Ist Inter Sector Football Tournament of Indo-Tibetan Border Police
(ITBP) got underway at 10th ITBP ground here today.
Commandant, 40th ITBP, Ram Meher Singh, who declared the tournament open in presence
of 10th ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar, welcomed all the participating teams
and asked them to play the game with true sportsman spirit and earn glory for their
respective Battalions by winning the tournament.
Describing the importance of games and sports in today’s life, the Commandant said
that sports helps us to keep our body physically fit.
The matches will be played from tomorrow and the final will be held Aug. 31.
The main motto of this event is to find the best team, the best players and inculcate
the sense of sportsman spirit among ITBP Jawans, Commandant Tomar said in a release.
The opening ceremony was marked by an impressive march past by all the 13 participating
teams (sectors) in their colorful dress.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA) has appealed
all petroleum consumers to bear with the oil depots for the sudden scarcity of petrol
and diesel in the oil depots of the state capital complex.
In a statement this evening, CCPDA President Tadar Babin informed that the sudden
scarcity resulted from a strike launched by oil tankers since August 20 last in protest
against a physical assault on a driver by local youths at the Indian Oil Corporation
(IOC) depot. In the last couple of days the depots were running with their earlier
stocks, which starting to dry up fast. In fact, he said, several depots of Itanagar
and Naharlagun have already sold out of stock forcing them to shut down.
“The fault of petroleum scarcity is not with the oil depots as some may assert. Therefore,
we appeal to our customers to bear with us for as soon as the transporters resume
the supply, we would be on service again,” Babin appealed.
Meanwhile, sources have informed that the transporters are expected to end their
strike by tomorrow after assurances of safety and security from the administration
and the police.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries general secretary Tarh Nachung
informed that no FIR has been filed in the case and some drivers are holding the
fuel supply to ransom. He urged the IOC authorities to terminate such transporters
immediately and engage other carriage contractors to solve the problem within 12
Governor, CM celebrate Raksha Bandhan
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu today celebrated Raksha Bandhan with students from various schools and members
of Brahma Kumaris from Raja Yoga Centre.
Let us celebrate the Raksha Bandhan with a cause; let us be a good Arunachalees and
protect our prized flora and fauna. This was the message Arunachal Pradesh Governor
conveyed while interacting with school children on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan
at Raj Bhavan here today. Gen Singh also advised them to aim high and wished them
success in the lives. Number of students from schools and members and Brahma Kumaris
from Raja Yoga Centre, Itanagar tied ‘Rakhi’ on Governor Gen JJ Singh.
Sister Brahhma Kumari Junu and Dr. Jayadev Sahoo apprised the Governor on the activities
of the centre in its endeavour for all round socio-spiritual up-liftment of humanity
and to establish world peace. Later, the Brahma Kumaris and students from schools
tied Rakhi to every officials of the Raj Bhavan and distributed sweets on the occasion.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the children of VKV Itanagar,
Bhramakumaris and children from Itafort at his official residence at Niti-Vihar today.
APCC president and PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki also celebrated Raksha Bandhan
with school children today. Around 100 school children tied holy Rakhi on the wrist
of Tuki. The minister also offered gifts to the children on the auspicious occasion.
The members of Bishwa Hindu Parishad, Itanagar, celebrated Raksha Bandhan with city
police and BRTF personnel in the capital.
Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Naharlagun Circle Level Committee also celebrated Raksha
Bandhan festival at Nyedar Namlo, Naharlagun. Around 150 men and women including
some Balwadi children participated in the function. Medar Nelo Naharlagun, Nyedar
Namlo, Naharlagun and Pachin, Kargu Gamgi, Naharlagun presented devotional songs
on the occasion.
Social worker Dagmo Jini graced the festival as Chief Guest. Sony Muri, President
Arunachal Vikas Pasrishad, Naharlagun, presided over the function.
Health Minister conducts surprise visit to Pasighat GH
PASIGHAT, Aug 24: Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling visited the Pasighat
General Hospital today.
Accompanied by DC Onit Panyang, DDHS Dr. K. Lego and DMO Dr. T. Taloh, the minister
visited all the wards, OT, training institutions, medical stores, newly constructed
blocks/buildings, sanitation system to check. According to Byaling, the hospital
is performing well despite various odds.
Later, in an interactive meeting with the doctors and staffs, held at the hospital
auditorium the minister asked the doctors and staff to be alert at all times, to
meet any emergency. He said the visits will continue during his tenure as health
minister and he would make every effort to improve health care across the state.
While giving a patient hearing to the grievances of the doctors and staff, the minister
said that the present Dorjee Khandu led government is committed to ameliorate the
sufferings of the helpless and needy. He urged the doctors and staff of the hospital
to always be forthcoming towards poor patients as they are the one who need their
attention and care the most.
The minister after visiting the dilapidated Girls Kitchen sanctioned Rs 25 lacs on
the spot for construction of new kitchen. Before proceeding to his next destination,
the minister also visited Ruksin CHC and Sille PHC and expressed his satisfaction.
Society criticises AdiSU on dam
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Condemning the proposed two days East Siang bandh called by AdiSU
on August 26 and 27, the Pangin-Boleng Dev. Welfare Society (PBDWS) strongly criticized
the students union for their alleged ‘anti-development’ activities and ‘creating
trouble’ in bringing real development in the area.
"AdiSU is a student union and not a forum to represent the popular voice of the area,
and its decision or steps whatsoever may be do not carry the force of the consensual
decision of the area. With the construction of the Siang Lower Hydel Project, altogether
33 villages under Pangin assembly constituency will be affected. Appreciably, all
the affected families are supporting this project after certain modification in the
MoU," PBDWS said in a press statement.
The statement added: "Geographically, the Pangin-Boleng covers 60 percent of the
total area in East Siang district where 95 percent of the project affected families
reside at both left and right bank of Siang river. People of Pangin-Boleng area are
also demanding establishment of administrative and executive offices of the project
within feasible site in Pangin-Boleng area only. It further added that any problems
on local issues concerning affected families, if any, should be solved by the government
through discussion with affected families involving local elected representatives."
"No person from outside other than the affected families of Pangin-Boleng should
ever try to mislead the people of the area in the guise of activist of any self-styled
union or organization," it cautioned.
Onam-Solung Rangoli Contest Cheers Wakro
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: For the second year, the APNE Library, a unit of VT-AWIC Youth
Library Network, Lohit brought alive a glimpse of the joy of the rich traditions
of Onam in far away Kerala, to the school students and parents of Wakro, through
an inspiring presentation of creativity.
The event, organised jointly by the VT-AWIC Youth Library network, ASSET and the
PHE Dept, Lohit was a creative Onam- Solung Rangoli Contest for students of Class.
V to X. It’s theme was “Safai me Bhalai” (Cleanliness promotes Well-being) pointing
to the unique place of both Onam and Solung in promoting respect and concern for
Nature & Environment in the minds of the people.
The visitors were thrilled to see 22 teams of students from 5 schools around Wakro,
participating spiritedly in the Contest, bringing out their very creative best. The
contest was unique since all the Rangolis were made using only eco- friendly and
no-cost materials from the surroundings. The prizes were sponsored by the district
PHE Dept, Lohit and would be given away on the occasion of Solung. The Apne library
readers also prepared a series of posters on the occasion.
The first and second prizes in the senior group went to Anjangmai Mam and her team
(Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Wakro) and Amilu Minin & team (Apna Vidya Bhavan),
while Nirmaya Rai and team (Govt. Sec School, Wakro) won the consolation prize.
In the Junior group, Kr. Elai Rangmang and team and Batemlu Mam ( both (Apna Vidya
Bhavan), won the 1st and 2nd prizes, while consolation prizes went to Apailu Minin
and team ( Govt. Middle School, Pukhuri) and and Anju Ngadong & team (Govt. Sec School,
Dr. Pradosh Sharma, Director, Centre for Logical Research and Development Studies,
New Delhi also visited APNE Library and urged the readers to use their creativity
to promote a healthy and clean environment in their surroundings. Er. Tayum Tok,
EE, PHE also expressed his high appreciation for their enthusiasm and appealed to
them to support the local villagers to improve their healthcare standards.
Governor release book on strengthening Indian Environment Laws
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh released a book, titled
‘Strengthening Indian Environment Laws – New Lessons and Approaches’ authored by
G N Sinha, Chief Conservator of Forests and Director, State Forest Research Institute,
Itanagar at Raj Bhavan, here in the evening.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor said, in a state like ours, which is endowed with
abundant forest resources, but facing stiff environmental challenges, the importance
of such strengthening of environment laws needs hardly be stressed upon. Terming
the book as eye opener on the tremendous scope that is there in strengthening the
existing environment laws of the country, based on the wisdom and experience of international
best practice, Gen Singh said, the chapters on environmental pollution through destructive
activities like jhuming and the need to integrate the traditional rights of forest
communities with imperatives of environmental protection are of particular importance.
Recommending the book for students to circle level administration and those involved
in the environment activities, Governor said, you have taken step which will be benefiting
to the country.
Speaking on the occasion, State Principal Chief Conservator of Forest B.S. Sajwan
expressed his hope that the book will have immensely wide readership.
Earlier, throwing lights on his book, G.N. Sinha said, British Raj in India is known
for causing exploitation of natural resources on a massive scale to meet the industrial
and defence needs of the Empire. This led to deforestation and environmental problem
in the course of time. It was, however, the British Raj in India which initiated
corrective measures for safe and healthy environment.
The book provides the insights of a professional forester and a UK trained lawyer.
It argues for restructuring the Indian environmental law regime by drawing suitable
lessons from the UK’s and the European Union’s environmental law regimes. The author
of the book informed the book is a must read for those who are interested not only
in environmental policy and law, but also those with an interest in environmental
governance and sustainable development in India.
IDEA’s Skill Development Program
Banderdewa, Aug 24: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration
with NABARD inaugurated an intensive skill development training programme for the
first batch of 25 school drop-out girls and women SHGS yesterday at Holy Trinity
The programme was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Clement Quadros SVD, the Director of Itanagar
Diocesan Youth Commission (YUVODAYA).
In the inaugural function the Youth Director appreciated the initiatives of IDEA
to raise the hopes and aspirations of the school drop-out girls towards self-reliance
and better standard of living. He encouraged the participants to develop a firm footing
in the society. He pointed out that SDP will build skill and capacity of the participants
to initiate micro-enterprise activities.
Fr. Ivan Vas SVD, the Director of IDEA said that SDP offers an opportunity for the
school drop-out girls and unemployed women an open space for self-employment and
earn a living. He emphasised that their earning is in their learning. He advised
them how they can be empowered and can be able to open individual units with humble
participation of two to three members.
He further said that other IDEA SDP centres in Gopur Tinali, Ziro and Daporijo will
be opened shortly.
Rev. Sr. Brigit SABS, the SDP Program Manager highlighted the scope of SDP in starting
entrepreneurship activities and income generation.
Speaking on the occasion Manu, the Parish Secretary Banderdewa lauded the innovative
ventures of IDEA and called for many more such programmes to create self-employment
and develop work culture among the youth.
Sanjiv Tirkey, the Project Coordinator of IDEA gave a detailed elaboration of SDP
program, its multiple benefits and future focus.
Changlang DRDA governing body meet held
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: 48th Governing Body Meeting of Changlang DRDA was held at Changlang
While addressing the members the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executing Officer,
DRDA Opak Gao urged upon them to select need based schemes to do justice with the
needy and poor section of the society. He also called for better implementation of
MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary, IPR & Printing, Thinghap Taiju called for sincere
and dedicated service from the executing agencies and stressed on personal supervision
on implementing schemes under Agriculture and Horticulture sector of the officers.
Chairperson, Zilla Parisad, Jumpa Taikam Jugli reiterated on completion of the schemes
under stipulated time. She stressed that quality should be maintained while implementing
the RD Schemes.
Earlier, Project Director, Manik Bui presented the physical and financial achievements
of DRDA for the year 2009-10 at length under various schemes like SGRY, IAY, MGNREGA,
etc. The BDOs submitted the draft Annual Action Plan for 2010-2011 of the concern
Community Development Block before the Governing Body for its approval in the meeting.
CIPET conducts awareness prog on plastic industries
TAWANG Aug 24: The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET),
a Guwahati-based organization in association with Tawang District Industries Centre,
organized an Awareness Programme on "Opportunities in Plastic Industries for Unemployed
Youths of North Eastern Region" at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tawang today. About
150 students from GHSS and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tawang participated in the awareness
CIPET has been organizing such programme for last couple of years in view of Assam
Gas Cracker Project at Lepetka, Dibrugarh, Assam and subsequent probable down stream
industries that may come up based on the Feed Stock available from Cracker Unit.
The programme was inaugurated by A. Bhattacharjee, Deputy Director, District Industries
Centre, Tawang. CIPET faculty member and organizer Rajib Kumar Das gave a power-point
presentation on 'plastics and its use', and activities of CIPET. Principal GHSS,
Tawang and host of Govt officials were present on the occasion. DIPRO
Kharkonger is new NEEPCO (fin) director
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: A.G.West Kharkonger has been appointed and assumed the charge of
Director (Finance), NEEPCO Ltd. on Aug 19, informed NEEPCO Tribal Employees’ Welfare
Association (NTEWA), Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant unit in a release today.
He is the first tribal officer to hold the post since the inception of NEEPCO in
1976, the association said and congratulated him for his coveted assignment.
SUN expresses gratitude to medical deptt
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) expressed gratitude to Naharalgun
medical staff, specially Chief Medical Officer Moji Jini and Dr. K Ete for providing
an ambulance to carry Sweta Suman, a student of NERIST, safely and comfortably to
Guwahati for further treatment.
Sweta suffered critical injuries after falling from the terrace of the two-story
hostel building on August 17 last. She was referred to Guwahati by RK Mission hospital,
where she was under-going treatment, after medical investigation.
Coordination meet on RKVY held
PASIGHAT, Aug 24: In order to prepare a progressive agricultural plan based on agro-climatic
conditions, availability of technologies and natural resources under RKVY (Rastriya
Kishan Vikash Yojana) in East Siang District, a coordination meeting of the ZPMS
and agriculture officers was held here on August 23 last.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson Y Dabi while presiding over the meeting hoped that the
farmers would be highly benefited under the scheme.
The DAO O Yomso in his keynote address said that it is a special additional central
assistance scheme to boost the agriculture sector.
It was decided in the meeting that every block would be equally considered for land
development and all the required materials would be procured and received in presence
of public representatives to maintain transparency. The house stressed on judicious
distribution of procured materials through Panchayat leaders to avoid future complicacies.
Project heads assure to look into grievances
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Both head of the project of the Pare Hydro Electric Project and
project manager of Hindustan Construction Company Ltd have assured amicable solutions
to the grievances of the project affected people of Doimukh area.
The assurance came when Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC), Doimukh
held separate meetings with the head of PHEP and MP HCC on Aug 21 and Aug 23 respectively,
claimed the committee in a release today.
Capacity building prog for field NGOs begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: A 3-day capacity building cum advocacy training programme on Reproductive
Child Health (RCH) for Field NGOs under Mother NGO scheme began at Naharlagun today.
The programme being organized by Nani Sala Foundation (MNGO) under the aegis of
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was inaugurated by NRHM Mission Director Talem
In his address Tapok emphasized the importance of the training and urged upon the
field NGO to work sincerely in the un-served and under-served area so that fruit
of the health benefit will reach all remote villages.
Recalling the work done in the Changlang district earlier with Nani Sala Foundation
on ASHA training, Dr. (Mrs.) N. Lowang, DRCHO, Papumpare district has expressed her
satisfaction on the work carried out by the Foundation.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Mother NGO scheme was explained in detail
by the Deputy Director, IEC O. Thampang. He also cautioned Field NGO to deliver the
Dr. A. Perme, P.O. Monitoring and Evaluation, Nani Kojin, Chairman, Nani Sala Foundation
and Habung Youngbo, Director, Finance, NRHM among others also spoke.
This circus should stop: no public hearing
Caught in the never ending circus of anti-dam protest, the affected people know that
stopping the public hearing is their only chance to be heard.
Its late afternoon and Mizu Umpe has just returned after attending a small meeting
held in the village community building. Settling down inside his chang-ghar (fire
place), he watches the children playing outside through the window, with the village
landscape in the backdrop.
He is worried about the future of 127 project affected families, who would be displaced,
once construction of India’s highest dam, 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project begins.
At an young age of 28, he is the secretary of Dam Affected Citizens Committee (DACC),
an organization that has been fighting for the rights of the affected people.
Time and again, several meeting of elders, youth, panchayat members and students
had taken place, to discuss about the future challenges facing the people.
“It has been a long four years struggle and every time government only expresses
its adamant attitude to build the dam. We are nervous and unsure of where we are
heading to”, he says.
There is this unending fear of getting physically uprooted from their ancestral land,
as Dibang protest seems to have become a never ending circus. Like him, all the people
in the area, are in a state of anxiety and depression due to the growing threat of
dispossession from their land and resources.
A small community of around 350 people belonging to Idu Mishmi tribe, they primarily
depend on naturally available resources for their subsistence and on their traditional
farming. They are settled 140 kilometers far from Anini, the district headquarter
of Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
Among the project affected people, a sizeable of them are children, who are now attending
schools. If displacement takes place, which can be a long and strenuous process,
their education can get seriously hampered.
“After getting uprooted from their land, not sure of how the families will survive,
the children may never return to school and might engage themselves working as laborers”,
Besides children, women which constitute half the population of affected people,
are also as vulnerable, although they are likely to be excluded from the compensation
process as the beneficiaries are often men, the head of the family.
Simu (21), eldest in her family of three, feels that they will be at the receiving
end and is worried about many women of her age, who have dreams and wish for a bright
“The compensation and rehabilitation package may not be favorable to women. So, as
income depletes, it may result in unbecoming acts by women leading to unavoidable
She believes life will never be the same after the displacement. “We live in a close
knit society here in our forefather’s land bonded by kinship and clan. After the
displacement, everyone will have to fend for themselves.”
Although such fear haunts every single soul, it is simply overlooked, for it is considered
‘obvious’. The state government has no answer to their woes but talks only in terms
of compensation and its rehabilitation policy claiming to be the best in the country.
It claims the affected people will be adequately compensated with many additional
Atombo Molo, former President of All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) is not convinced
with the idea of state’s best compensation package. He says, “No matter how much
money is offered, it will be wasted as they haven’t learnt to use money sensibly
“Also, there are severe social problems like opium addiction and drinking affecting
the people. So the compensation money will get diverted for such purposes only. Therefore,
the answer to their poverty and ignorance is not in this hefty compensation.”
The affected people convinced that these dams will make their life worse, had on
three occasions stopped the public hearing from being held. Though hearing is considered
as a chance for the people to raise their concern and objection to the project, they
have known that it is only a mere procedural requirement as the entire process of
public participation is ‘farce’.
The hearing to be held on 12th March 2008 was postponed after the villagers staged
a road blockade. In the next proposed 25th Nov 2008 hearing, the authority could
not even visit the site as several students union along with the villagers had called
indefinite road blockade opposing the public hearing.
Following the failure to conduct the hearing, another date fixed for 26th March 2009
could not be held also because of continued opposition. The next hearing was then
scheduled for Aug 6, 2009, although it was cancelled after MoEF issued notice calling
it as illegal, as it subverted environmental norms.
Since then, NHPC Ltd, the project proponent for Dibang project had been dreadfully
trying to win over the favour of project affected people, after having failed to
hold public hearing for about ten times.
So to hold the hearing next time successfully, NHPC has been aggressively pursuing
welfare activities, offering several contractual works to affected people. But with
time, the people are now sensing that such offer is a noose to tighten their neck.
A project affected person who wished not to be identified said, “After offering contractual
works to several people, they have withheld half of the payment saying, it will be
paid after the public hearing is completed.”
With these petty tricks on the play, NHPC is now ever determined to hold public hearing
and had earlier asked the state government to announce the dates in the month of
September. For NHPC, it’s not only the delay that is costing them, but they are aware
of loosing many of its projects to private players recently.
NHPC’s ambitious plan of putting up a large power plant in the state dashed after
the state government in October 2009 allotted the 1600 MW Subansiri Middle project
to Jindal Power. Earlier also, the state had allotted two other projects in the Siang
Valley (3,000 MW) to private developers, though NHPC was given the mandate to prepare
DPRs for the same.
Now currently with 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Project and the projects in Dibang and
Tawang only, NHPC is increasingly getting aware that the state government is not
going to be kind to them as private players have better offers (in terms of more
free power and royalty).
As state government runs for better offer and NHPC determined to get through the
public hearing process to execute its biggest project, the only choice left for the
affected people is to continue to stop the hearing, because it’s their only chance.
(The writer is Panos South Asia Media Fellow 2009)
Man dies after consuming dead Mithun
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: All Sa Jolang (Miji) Students’ Union has reported a death of a
person after consuming meat of a dead mithun at Drakshi village.
At least 10 mithuns died of FMD (Foot and Mouth Disease) in Lada circle of East Kameng
district so far since the disease broke out in the area, the students union claimed,
and appealed to the authority to take immediate measure to control the outbreak of
the disease to save precious Mithun and human lives as well.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Claiming that shortage of subject teachers has adversely affected
the teaching at Govt HS School, Seijosa, the Students Welfare Committee of the school
demanded immediate posting of teachers for the betterment of the students.
The Students’ Welfare Committee, in a memorandum to Water Resource and Civil Aviation
Minister, demanded posting of STs for History, Business Studies and a JT for Biology
subjects in the school. It also demanded for providing fund for renovation/ maintenance
of the old school building and construction of new classrooms to accommodate souring
number of students.
Other demands included immediate construction of football ground, completion of the
boundary wall work, immediate release of students’ stipend of the year 2009-10.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) had demanded the education department
for posting of regular teachers in many schools of Lower Dibang Valley, especially
in Dambuk and Paglam Subdivision.
Most of the schools of remote areas are hardly running with 1 to 2 SSA teachers and
with upgradation of schools, retirement of many teachers, the schools are now facing
more shortfall of teachers, the union said.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Nabam Bakiang and Nabam Kahi were selected as president and general
secretary of Kamrung Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (KPYWA).
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Tadar Niglar, Tassar Babing and Phassang Tado were selected as
president, vice president and general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Front
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Govt Residential School Hapuk was inaugurated by Tali ZPM Tagio
Yasok on August 20 last in presence of general public, panchayat leaders, HGB, GBs
and senior citizens.
Explaining the importance of education, the ZPM urged the parents to send their children
to school for their bright future. She also announced for sanctioning school boundary
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar organizes a
blood donation camp at R.K. Mission Hospital on Aug 24 & 25 to commemorate the birth
centenary of Bharat Ratna Mother Teresa.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Maga Tashi and Sandip Murtem have been appointed chairman and vice
chairman of Raga Constituency Collegian Co-ordination Committee in a meeting held
at the auditorium of DNG College.
Govt land re-assessment drive
ITANAGAR: Land Management Department will carry out ground verification drive to
re-assess the extent of Govt land encroachment in Capital Complex from Banderdewa
to Chimpu from September One. Govt land occupants are advised to extend cooperation
to the verification team by providing land allotment records, site map etc. as and
when called for, a dept release stated.
ITANAGAR: The Department of Public Libraries will conduct workshop on ‘importance
of public libraries in Arunachal Pradesh’ from August 25 to 27 at the conference
hall of State Central Library, Itanagar.
7 traders booked
ITANAGAR: The mobile inspection team of the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer
Affairs conducted a surprise inspection today and booked 7 traders of Itanagar area
for violation of weights and measures laws.
Of the seven cases, three traders were found using unverified as well as non-standard
weights and measures in their day to day business transactions, while two of them
were selling cold drinks at prices exceeding MRP (inclusive of all taxes) as printed
by the manufacturer. One of the traders was booked for obliteration of prices declared
on the display-panel of packaged items and another trader was booked for packaging
of commodities without having registration as packer.
The team also tested delivery of petrol and diesel of a few dispensing pumps of Itanagar
and found delivery within tolerance allowed under the rules, according to an official