Court direct govt to pay compensation and frame appropriate rule
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Nothing would compensate the pain the family members went through
when they lost their dear ones at a tragic boat mishap in Siang River on Aug 8 last
year. But relief came to some extent in the form of the High Court Directives.
The Itanagar Permanent Branch of the Gauhati High Court directed that state respondents
pay Rs 3 lakhs to the petitioners of the deceased within six weeks while adding that
ex gratia amount, if any, paid by the state respondents to the petitioners shall
not be counted towards the aforesaid compensation amount.
The respondents include State of Arunachal Pradesh, Department of Transport, District
Administration East Siang and Onyok Tamuk, the owner of the boat that went down the
The government has also been directed to frame appropriate Rules for maintenance
of order and safety of the passengers and properties in the Ferries under the provisions
of the Northern India Ferries Act, 1879 within a period of six months from the day
of the Court Directives.
The state respondents are also directed to consider the preventive and protective
measures suggested by an enquiry committee set up by the East Siang district administration.
The petitioner includes Tokkong Tayeng, father of Basurut Tayeng, a teacher who lost
his life while returning from Pasighat after attending a training program.
Torjing Tayeng who lost his son and daughter in law is the other petitioner. The
couple had just married when they lost their lives.
Despite the request made by one of the owners of the Tata Mobile on board the Boat
to be offloaded, the boat men did not. The petitioners were represented by D Panging
and K Padu. They made it known that many passengers had asked to be off loaded from
the boat which was ignored by the boat men.
Finding states that due to the negligence of the steering driver and engine driver,
the boat lost control. The boat, less on fuel and over loaded hit one of the concrete
pillar of the Siang Bridge and broke into pieces killing three. There were 26 passengers
and two fully loaded Tata Mobile Mini Trucks on board the Boat.
One of the major recommendations by the committee set up by the East Siang district
administration headed Judicial magistrate Tapyam Pada, was creation of Inland Water
Transport Department comprising commercial, tourism and other allied purposes in
the state with a comprehensive working system for plying of the ferries and motor
boats in all the major rivers of the state. The government should look into these
details before another tragedy takes place.
Public hearing on Gongri Hydro Electric Project held
BOMDILA, Aug 20: A Public Hearing for grant of Environmental Clearance (EC) for 90
MW Gongri Hydro Electric Project at Munna Camp-Rahung in the district was conducted
today at Rahung for the project affected people of Thembang, Namshu, Dirang, Rahung
and Munna Camp.
The Hearing was marred by a slew of protests and walk-outs by the project affected
people of Namshu and Munna Camp decrying the non-payment of compensation to the genuine
project affected people but the Hearing resumed after initial hiccups.
The project is being developed as a Run of the River Scheme having a Barrage height
of 17.5 metre by M/s Dirang Energy Pvt. Ltd. The 90 MW Gongri-Hydro Electric Project
is scheduled to be completed in about four years after obtaining all necessary clearances
from the Central and State governments.
Earlier, R.K.Deori, Member Secretary Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board
(APSPCB) apprised the people on the public hearing process and the importance of
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Clearance.
Presiding the Hearing, Deputy Commissioner i/c Rinchin Tashi impressed upon the project
affected people the importance of hydro power and opined that the proposed Barrage
over river Gongri is a eco-friendly project; which in the long run would minimize
the dependency on forest and forest products and immensely help in rising the economy
of the local people. The damage control steps to be taken up by the Project Developers
would help in mitigating the natural calamities, which is so prone to the district,
he said. Politicization of the issue for personal benefit should be avoided at all
cost, he added. (DIPRO)
Union calls for early restoration of roads & bridge
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: All Upper Subansiri Capital Complex Students’ Union appealed the
concerned authority to immediately restore the road communication from Daporijo to
It said that due to disruption of road communication, the prices of essential commodities
have raised and the people are facing difficulties in transportation to avail the
medical facilities. It also appealed the concerned department of the district and
the local MLAs to look in to the matter and initiate immediate steps to renovate
or reconstruct the collapsed Sigin Bridge.
RKM to open cough and cold referral OPD
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Rama Krishna Mission Hospital authorities have decided to open
a separate OPD under the banner of ‘Cough and Cold Referral OPD’, keeping in view
of the spread of Swine Flu H1N1 Virus in various part of the country including neighbouring
The OPD will start functioning from August 24 next. The timings for the functioning
of the OPD will be Morning 8 a. to 1 pm and Evening 4 pm to 8 pm.
The OPD will function from the new OPD pay clinic block of the hospital while the
pay clinic will be shifted to the present OPD block and will function only in the
evening hours informed RKM Hospital secretary Swami Vishwatmananda.
Regiment starts Computer education in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The 19th Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment of 181 Mountain Brigade
under Dah Division started an IT awareness and computer training centre at Deomali,
Soha and Kanubari in Tirap District. The computer training classes have been started
by the army unit as part of their initiative and endeavour to reach out to the locals.
A total of 50 students will be trained in basic handling of computer in the first
batch which will run for the duration of one month.
The need for standing these classes was felt due to lack of basic IT awareness and
computer literacy among the local youth. The initiative on the part of the army has
gone well with the local populace. A large number of youth came forward and enrolled
for the classes.The teachers have appreciated the effort by the army to undertake
these classes. Basic knowledge in the handling of computers will open up more opportunities
for employment and divert youth from joining any UG organisation. During various
informal interactions and meetings, locals have been requesting these facilities
Commanding Officer 19 Kumaon Regiment inaugurated the facility and during the interaction
assured that the Army would continue to undertake such activities for the welfare
of the people. Teachers and locals expressed their gratitude and satisfaction.
Subansiri hydel project underway amid protest
Gerukamukh, Assam-Arunchal border, Aug 21: The construction work of the South East
Asia's biggest hydel power project, the 2,000 MW ''Lower Subansiri hydel project'',
is continuing on amid growing protest by the locals.
The construction work of the gigantic project, located in a contentious area of Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border, was already 30 per cent completed, General Manager of the project
Om Prakash said here today.
It was expected that the project would change the power scenario of the Northeast
India, he added.
The project was planned in mid 70's while the Brahmaputra Board handled the early
implementation work of the project in mid 80's but in 2002, the project was handed
over to the NHPC after dividing the huge project into three projects.
''Now for the ecological consideration, there are three projects Upper, Middle and
Lower Subansiri projects, each are independent. At present the lower Subansiri project
has received permissions from all the concerned ministries as well as environment
bodies and hence it is being constructed,'' said Prakash.
But the project has been facing constant criticism for ''ignoring the downstream
''In fact there has not been any downstream study and the NHPC or any of the government
departments is not interested to know the downstream situation,'' said Keshav Krishna
Chatradhora of the local resistance group ''Aikyamanch''.
The people of Lakhimpur, Goagamukh and Gerumaukh area were fearing that there would
be catastrophic impact after the big dam comes up, Chatradhora said, adding they
were specially concerned of a possible dam break situation since the dam site was
on highly seismic prone zone.
''There are some genuine concerns, but ordinary people are not aware of technological
advancement. First and foremost this is a run of the river project where storage
capacity is not very high. We should have optimum storage of 190 m and during heavy
monsoon we can increase it up to 205 m. Now any extra water coming through rain would
spill over and there would be no extra dam-induced flood.
Whatever rain water comes will go through the river,'' said the Chief Engineer of
the project R K Chaudhury. There is a problem of communication between the NHPC and
local people and issue is getting emotive with both sides sticking to their point.
''The large dam in this ecologically and geologically fragile, seismically active
and culturally sensitive region raises many concerns. However, the development of
the past one year has seen the debate on dams. Growth in the region is being mostly
influenced by downstream impact issue in particular,'' said noted environmental scientist
Neeraj Vagholikar of ''Kalpavriksha''.
However, NHPC Chief Environmentalist Vipin Kumar allayed all such apprehensions.
''This is the first hydel project where downstream impact studies have been assessed.
We find nothing alarming as this is not a storage project and we are not going to
stop the water flow.
There will be water always in the river and there would be no danger to the aquatic
creatures of the river,'' he said.
''Rather since we are holding capacity of 16 metres during the monsoon we shall have
a flood mitigating option where to some extent we could regulate the flood water,''he
But Mr Vagholikar believed that NHPC was not telling the truth and whole project
was based on series of lies.
''In February this year, the expert committee submitted the interim report and they
expressed concern about the location and foundation of the dam and recommended that
all construction work be stopped till the full study was over,'' he said.
''Neither NHPC stopped its work nor the Assam government stepped into enforce the
recommendation of the expert committee which are critical to downstream areas in
Assam,'' he added.
''Have patience. The interim report sought some clarifications and we replied them
to their satisfaction. Wait for the final report and then you make the judgment whether
this project is safe or going to harm the people in any way,'' Mr Prakash asserted.
PPA to field candidates in selected constituencies
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (P.P.A) has decided to field candidates
in selected constituencies in forthcoming Assembly Election in the state. The party
may open it options for post-poll alliance with any likeminded parties after the
P.P.A is a party in the State that free from the Delhi High Commandism and this party
can be only a truly people’s party in the state but not the national and regional
parties of the other states, it said.
It has been observed many a times that there are some regional parties of the other
States that bloom up only during the election times and disappear after the election.
P.P.A appeals to the people to be aware of such parties and use their vote meaningfully
only for those parties that can fulfill the aspiration and needs of the people and
Youth Meet and Talent Search 2009
YINGKIONG, Aug 21: A Youth Meet and Talent Search 2009 was inaugurated by J.K. Panggeng
at Mariyang today. Various Cultural, Sports and literary competitions amongst the
youths will be held in the two days programme.
Speaking on the occasion J.K. Panggeng said that it is the first time that such meet
is being held in the district. The talents in cultural, literary, arts, games and
Sports can be unearthed in such meets. The traditional culture should be developed
and improved, he said while adding that adventure tourism has great potential in
the area which should be exploited. Communication will be improving in the near future.
So the people have to exploit the Agricultural and Horticultural potential of the
area as there are sufficient fertile lands, he added. This will bring livelihood
for the people and raise the economic status of the society. He said that a beginning
has been made and hoped that it will go a long way in developing the area.
Awareness on Drug abuse, AIDS and the ill effects of indiscriminate deforestation,
hunting and fishing was also held on the occasion.
Industrial motivation campaign
ITANAGAR Aug 21: Branch MSME Development Institute under the ministry of Micro, small
and medium enterprises organized an industrial motivation campaign and inaugural
function of six weeks ESDP on basic of computer applications at the Hall of Manipal
Institute of Computer Education, Namsai in association with DIC Namsai recently.
MSME-DI Itanagar Branch Assistant Director In charge Vivek G Nikhade explained about
the support services for educated unemployed youths to take up for self employment
He further suggested the participants to think about quality service and quality
manufacturing while venturing out to establishing food processing units, tailoring
and readymade garments, beauty parlour, DTP and screen printing, computer hardware,
mobile repairing, bakery units besides others.
P Arangham ADI, DIC Namsai urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunities
provided by ESDP training programme to start their own enterprise.
MICE Namsai Centre Coordinator B Gogoi appealed the participants to step forward
in self employment ventures.
Restoration of service demanded
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: All Kimin Youth Welfare Association highlighting the flood affected
people’s grievances appealed the concerned department particularly Power, PHE, PWD
and GREF to take up immediate steps for the welfare of the people and restore services.
It thanked state government for immediate sanction of relief fund of Rs 20 lakhs
for the victims of flash flood.
IFCSAP appreciates DC
ITANAGAR Aug 21: Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
appreciated the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner for taking steps and measures
to stop the ongoing problem due to the construction of water tank over Donyi-Polo
The society endorsed the suspension of the construction of the over head water tank
till November 7, keeping in view of the ensuing assembly elections.
It hoped that a concrete solution will be sorted out during the next two months to
avoid further confrontation between the authority concerned and the people.
The society further hoped that the construction work will be shifted to safer sit
in the interest of the common people and keeping in mind the religious sentiments
of the Indigenous Faith believers.
Akshay Urja Diwas
PASIGHAT, Aug 21: The Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas was observed in befitting manner
at Pasighat on August 20.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang highlighted
the objectives of the celebration and Rajiv Gandhi’s emphasis on development of Science
Essay writing, Quiz, Drawing and painting competition were organized for the students,
and a documentary film on Global Warming was also screened by APEDA to mark the occasion.
Earlier, prabhat pherry was organized by officers, teachers and students around the
Pasighat township in the early morning, which was flagged-off by DC, Pasighat at
Gandhi Chowk. Later, officers, officials of various departments, teachers and students
took Sadbhawna and Renewable Energy Pledge at Town Club, Pasighat.
ROING: H. Lollen, Secretary APPSC Itanagar visited Lower Dibang Valley District as
Roll Observer to verify the increase or decrease of voters in 43rd AC, Roing in the
present Summary Revision of Electoral Roll. Lollen took stock of the under going
Revision process at District Election Office today and expressed satisfaction on
the recent inclusion/deletion of the voters.
PR member reacts
ITANAGAR: Panchayat leaders of 5-Kalaktang Assembly constituency while reacting
to a statement made by D K Thongdok demanding disqualification of R K Khrimey from
State Legislative Assembly termed it motivated. The leaders said that instead of
welcoming Khrimey who has lead the area and the state to the party fold, Thongdok
criticized him for mere self interest ignoring the larger party interest.
The leaders further said that Khrimey was made the Chairman of Congress Campaign
Committee of his constituency which he shouldered admirably by ensuring the victory
of the Congress.
ITANAGAR: BSNL customers of Tuting Sub Division under Upper Siang district are seeking
justice from the District Consumer Redresal Forum for not getting Cellular and landlines
service in the area for the last five months.
Anchal Chairperson of Tuting Anchal Block said that consumers have been forced to
knock the door of justice as there is no service since the last five months. Despite
no service, the BSNL however charges rentals of both the services in the area, he
ATU calls for reduction on rate
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Tribal Students Union called on the Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission to reduce the rate of application form from Rs 500 to Rs 100 for
APST canddaites and Rs 200 for Non APST candidates.
The rate for the application forms for Combined Competitive Exam 2009 Prelims is
fixed at Rs 500.
R K Khrimey resigns
ITANAGAR: R K Khrimey who represent Kalaktang constituency has resigned from the
membership of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The resignation was sent today
to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Punji Mara got the support too
Apropos the letter under the headlines "Payeng does not have right to speak on
our behalf " by Pata (Ratha) Dagiam, General Secretary, DYCC(I), Upper Subansiri
District and published in your esteemed daily on August 17, I would like to inform
that, Dagiam, may not know who is Punji Mara, because he belongs to the same constituency
but never stayed in his own constituency. He may not know the problem which the villagers
are facing nor understand the expectation of the villagers.
Tara Payeng is not only the supporter, many present and former panchayat leaders
and former MLA of the constituency support Punji Mara to get the INC Party ticket.
Every citizen know well about Mara, who has served the people of Taliha since the
period of NEFA. It is not false that Punji Mara was elected as Ind. candidate in
1994 and joined INC, people elected Mara even as Ind candidate because they like
his service towards the people of the Taliha, towards the reformation of the society
and for his developmental activities.
Regarding joining in the INC, it is only because he is a senior leader who has been
involved in politics since the period of NEFA. INC needed a senior leader, hence
offered him to join INC.
It is not possible to form a Party by a single person. During formation of the Arunachal
Congress Party most of the then INC party members were involved. So, how can Dagiam
claim that Mara had played vital role in formation of AC by toppling then ruling
INC Govt. Pata, who joined recently in politics, should be ashamed on his claim.
During his period without modern facilities Punji Mara had done lots of social works
like creation of schools, road connectivity work to link one village to another village.
The general people know how much work he has done to build today’s Taliha.
Vice president, DYCC
-cum-vice chairman, DEC(INC)
Upper Subansiri district
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to express our gratitude
to the State Government led by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for according Nari as
an independent A D C headquarter and Koyu as an EAC headquarters including CO
at Kora under East Siang district.
As Nari is the vanguard for the day- today work of local area for all round developmental
activities, it is the mission of the state Govt to bring the civil administration
to the door-steps of the common masses.
Tako Dabi as the guiding force of Ramle-Banggo deserves a reward for his tireless
efforts for the up-gradation of Koyu circle to EAC and Nari SDO to ADC headquarter,
besides creation of new post of circle-officer (CO) at Kora. It is hoped that such
steps will boost the pace of development in this neglected interior part of Arunachal
It is to be noted that the creation of an independent ADC HQ is the need of the hour
in the highly sensitive region of Assam- Arunachal border. Hence, the postings of
excellent and efficient administrators are demanded who can tackle sensitive issues
tactfully in the hour of need.
I would also like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the
problems being faced by the the poor unfortunate dwellers of hyper-sensitive Assam-Arunachsal
border. The people of the entire foot-hills areas including Kanku-Likabali circles,
Seren- Nari circles are leading a life of uncertainty with fear psychosis as the
different forms of border crimes in the form of arson, looting, intimidation, burglary
etc, is common phenomena.
Dabi has been steering the boat of both upper and lower Ramle Banggo, invariably
trying to elevate the minds of the energetic youths. The establishment of administrative
headquarters citadel of the people of the sensitive foot-hills areas is utmost important
at this stage. It is said, “Blue skies are not a guarantee of continuing fine weather”.
So, it is to be noted that, unabated influx of illegal migrants from neighbouring
states threatens to swamp minority population. As a matter of facts, the people of
the border villages are looking for dynamic personality, able leaders with the ability
to deal with serious situation or constant external threats from across the border.
I would also take this opportunity to mention here that the condition of kuccha road
leading to bus stand starting from Telam medical to Telam Railway station is miserable,
during emergency situation, movement of light or heavy vehicle on the road is not
possible. I fervently appeal local MLA and minister Dabi, Panchayat leaders to initiate
prompt steps for blacktopping/ construction of pucca road from Talem-PHC connecting
Telam railway track.
Right to equality
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to know from the chief warden of hostel
and other Rajiv Gandhi University authorities that why there is discrimination between
APST students and ST students from other state in providing hostel accommodation
in this central university. Why in the university hostel only APST students will
get accommodation, other ST students should also have the right to accommodation
in the hostel.
In the prospectus of RGU also it is written that in order to maintain national integration
1-non-APST student from each department should get hostel accommodation but it is
just in paper only. So I request the higher authority and education ministers of
both the Central and State Govts to look into this matter and maintain the decorum
or rule of central university.
Just think what will happen if NEHU, JNU, BHU IIT,TEZPUR UNI,DU and all other central
universities follow the same rule. I hope that the higher authority will take care
upon this matter this year while giving hostel accommodation to the student.
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Consider us too
Regarding the APYC demand for party ticket for Rumgong Assembly constituency, I would
like to mention here that justification of the genuine and winnable candidate is
totally depend on the people of the constituency concerned. While awarding party
ticket, the higher authorities should keep in mind that Romgong is a BJP strong hold.
DYC and APYC should take the Block Youth Congress into consideration while seeking
Rumgong Assembly segment
I, being a bonafide citizen of 25th Raga Assembly constituency, would earnestly appeal
the various political parties to issue party tickets to only genuine candidates who
have been working for the interest of common public, unemployed and proper development
of Upper and Lower block of 25th Raga segment. Raga assembly constituency is still
lagging behind in comparison to other constituencies of the state. Therefore, people
should get opportunities to elect only genuine candidate to remove the backwardness,
bring development and solve unemployment problems of the constituency.