AIR Itanagar launches regional news bulletins in Hindi and English
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: On a day when Arunachal Pradesh made its way to the national map
of All India Radio with the launching of regional news bulletins in Hindi and English,
another piece of news is awaiting its people with AIR considering to launch 24-hours
news channel on FM. The initiative taken by MP Takam Sanjoy way back in 2002 for
launching of Hindi and English news bulletins from AIR Itanagar has finally seen
the light of the day with the launch of daily Hindi and English news bulletins from
7.45 pm and 7.50 pm respectively, with five minutes’ duration each.
It was the unstinted effort of the then state IPR Minister Takam Sanjoy in Mukut
Mithi government that brought the matter to the state cabinet and accordingly, the
Chief Minister Mithi had taken up the matter with the Centre, which took seven long
years to materialize a ‘dream’ for the people of this land-locked state of Arunachal
Sanjoy expressed happiness over the launch of daily Hindi and English news bulletins
from AIR Itanagar and said this will serve the people of Arunachal by bridging the
gap between Itanagar and New Delhi.
“We are going to be benefited a lot with the launching of daily news bulletins. It
is going to the doorsteps of people in far-flung areas,” said the MP.
Assuring his all supports to the endeavours of All India Radio, he urged upon the
concerned authorities to look into the problems concerning adhoc employees of AIR
Sympathized with the adhoc employees of AIR Itanagar, Member (Personnel), Prasar
Bharati, V Shivakumar assured to take up their grievances with the Union Ministry
of Information and Broadcasting.
“I will look into all the issues concerning adhoc employees and take up the matter
with the government of India. I will try my utmost to consider their cases within
the framework of Prasar Bharati rules,” Shivakumar added.
Earlier, the Director General (News), AIR, Mohan Chandak said that All India Radio
is considering to start 24-hours news channel on FM.
Describing the launch of daily news bulletins as a historic moment for AIR, he felt
that the launching should have been made long way back, considering the importance
of the role AIR plays in disseminating information to more than 90 percent of population
across the country.
The DG (News) opined the onus is now on the state to make the ‘historic’ beginning
a long lasting success. “Eighty percent of the bulletins will be covered by news
of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore, it is the people of the state to have a huge responsibility
to make the mission successful.”
Chief Engineer (Eastern Zone), AIR, H K Sinha congratulated the people of Arunachal
on launching of regional news bulletins.
He said 400 KV-capacity DG set is going to be installed at AIR Itanagar to provided
uninterrupted supply of power. He also said that FM transmitters will be launched
at Bomdila, Changlang, Daporijo, Khonsa and Anini to provide better quality in production
of AIR programmes. In this regard, he added barring Anini, commissioning of FM transmitters
in rest four places is almost over.
In his brief speech, the Joint Director, DFP and Head, RNU, AIR Itanagar, Raj Kumar
acknowledged the help and support from one and all concerned to transpire the ‘dream’
of launching the daily regional news in Hindi and English into a reality.
The daily news bulletins in Hindi and English will also be relayed by AIR stations
of Pasighat, Ziro, Tezu and Tawang. The inaugural Hindi news bulletin was read by
Sohail Ahmed Mansuri, while Minam Boko did the honour in English.
The Additional Director General (News) Dr Sadhana Rout, Deputy Director General (NER-I)
V Sekhose and host of other guests were also present at the function.
Earlier Prasar Bharti Member (Personnel) V. Shivakumar, along with All India Radio
Director General (News) Mohan Chandak and Assistant Director General (News) Dr.
Sadhna Rout called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here
Governor J J Singh said that All India Radio can do lots in educating and moulding
the society. Make the programme entertaining at the same time impart civic sense
in the people, he said while advocating for programmes on preservation of rich flora
and fauna, against plastic and on preservation of our age-old cultural heritage.
He also advised on including children’s voice to make programmes more interesting.
Our programme should be educative, so that younger generation, while moving forward
with modernization and development, develops pride in our ancient beliefs and practices,
he pointed out.
Another very important thing the AIR can do is to remove the misconceptions in development
initiatives of the Government, especially on hydropower, General Singh said.
You should carry successful stories of other states in this regard so that people
knows it benefits, the Governor added. Emphasis should also be given on financial
up-liftment of the people.
Stressing on the proper coverage of far flung areas, General Singh said that the
manpower in the AIR stations should be increased.
Senior officials of Prasar Bharti assured the best to the suggestions of the Governor
and informed him that programmes on development initiatives of the State is already
in the pipeline. Impressed by the Raj Bhavan initiatives, they expressed their willingness
to add a programme on it.
Chief Engineer (AIR) H.K. Sinha and Deputy Director General (North East Region) Sekhose
were also present in the meeting. (PRO to Governor)
13 villages under reserved forest area reiterate de-reservation to CEC
ROING, Aug 27: Central Empowered Committee (CEC) team headed by P.V. Jay Krishnan,
Chairman, Sanjeev Saddha, Member Secretary CEC visited the district for inspection
and interaction with the affected people of Deopani Reserved Forest Area in connection
with de-reserving the area.
They arrived here on Aug 25 last and inspected the forest plantation sites at Malek,
Idhuli, Santipur and held interaction with the affected people of the area yesterday
at Bolung, 18 km from Roing.
The people of the area from Meka (5 km from Roing) to Santipur (Assam - Arunachal
border) which falls under Forest Reserved Area have been pursuing the central government
for de-reservation of the area since last three decades as the area is heavily populated
with 13 villages under it. The area was notified as Forest Reserved Area in the year
1936 by the then British Govt. without knowing the actual facts of people’s habitation.
The people claims that the area has been under their habitation since last part of
19th Century and the devastating earthquake that rocked the entire North East in
the year 1950 had changed the course and magnitude of Dibang River which inundated
many inhabited villages and agricultural fields including the erstwhile Sadiya Town.
With no option left the people shifted towards the further eastern sides thereby
covering the forest areas. Though the people inhabited the area for so long, they
had been deprived of economic activities like setting up of permanent structures,
small scale industries, tea estates, issuing of Land Possession Certificate, Loan
facilities even after independence under the clutches of Forest Act as the area comes
under Reserved Forest. As a result the area is far lagging behind in various developmental
The people expressed a ray of hope upon the CEC and with that hope the people of
the affected area received the much awaited visit of CEC team with great enthusiasm
and mass participation. P.V. Jay Krishnan while interacting with the people in a
public meeting at Bolung has assured to take up the matter at the earliest possible
as soon as he reached back to national capital and to place the grievances of the
people before the committee after thorough examination of the case as per the procedure
demand and to submit the report to the Govt. of India immediately for further consideration.
He said that demands were genuine and felt that the district is developing fast recalling
his tenure as Additional Deputy Commissioner in the year 1969, 40 years back. He
however, said that one need to maintain balance between development and conservation
of forest, as both are equally important.
Mibom Pertin, ZPM cum Chairman, De-Reserved Core Committee of Deopani Reserve Forest
Area while submitting a memorandum to the CEC has said that the occupation of the
notified forest area was not forceful encroachment but out of compulsion forced by
the nature. He added that the Reserve Forest Area in the neighboring state, Assam
notified in the same time during the British Regime had been de-reserved by the govt.
after independence. He, however, said that it is high time that the long felt demand
of the affected people be heeded as there are fifteen thousand population dwelling
in the affected area and many govt. & private infrastructures viz., 29 educational
institutions, 6 health centres, Engineering and Vat nary Units, 2 Muga Silk Farm,
BSNL, Airtel and Reliance Cell Phone Towers have come up in the area in the recent
past. The de-reservation of the area would further accelerate the pace of development,
Roding Pertin, Ex-MLA Dambuk placing the public grievances before the central team
has called upon the people to restrain from cutting trees from the river bank site
so as to avoid flash flood, inundation of agricultural fields & villages and further
deforestation of forest area.
Bassu Perme, Ex MLA Dambuk, Rapuk Yirang, GB, Jowar Moyong, ex ASM, Omut Ratan, Ex-ASM
and Kamin Pertin, Ex-ZPM also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Central team were accompanied by V V Negi, Principal Chief Conservator
of Forest, Arunachal Pradesh, Dr R Kemp, CCF(Conservation), Arunachal Pradesh, Y.W.
Ringu, Deputy Commissioner, Roing, T. Karga, SP, J. Riba, DFO(W/L), K. Tassar, DFO(T),
Nani Sah, Principal (Forest), Allen Pertin, EAC (HQ) among others. (DIPRO)
Khandu calls for clean Arunachal
TAWANG, August 27: “The onus in keeping the state clean should be shouldered by every
individual so that we offer a clean and hygienic Arunachal Pradesh to the visiting
tourists and guests”, emphasized Khandu while interacting with the district officers
and prominent public leaders at DC’s office here this morning.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is on whirlwind tour of Tawang District
from August 26 last.
The chief minister was very satisfied with the measures initiated by the district
administration in keeping the district clean, and advised Tawang DC to maintain the
rhythm. He also emphasized for enthusing work culture amongst the government employees
so that quality work could be realized.
He appealed the local people to preserve the forest and promote afforestation programmes
in the district in order to compensate the lost forest which had been a great concern
for the government in the recent past.
Later, Khandu delivered a special message for the people of Tawang district through
All India Radio, Tawang. He dwelt in length the steps initiated by his government
particularly the welfare measures that would ease out the lives of people of the
Earlier, Khandu visited the famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery also widely known
as Tawang monastery which is one of the largest Buddhist Monastery in Asia. He offered
prayers in the monastery as it was the final day of “Dunpa Zigyar Kyingkor” (Mandala)
preparation after which seven days mantra chanting would be performed for the betterment
of the society, prevalence of peace and humanity on the earth.
One of senior monk described the mandala as a step for attaining salvation from ones
life, paving way for eternal peace and nirvana. He described that every person have
Buddha in him/ her, to find it one should be truthful and go for meditation.
The chief minister made a survey of the newly under construction library building
in the premises of the monastery. He stressed for keeping all sorts of knowledgeable,
informative and sacred books in the library so that the students get the optimum
benefit. While discussing with the senior monks on preservation of the antique monument,
Khandu referring to the old library building opined for renovation of the monument
without disturbing its antiquity.
On the day, the chief minister also visited the SBI Tawang branch and lauded the
service provided by them to the local people. (PRO TO CM)
KD Singh to head State Election Commission
By Special Correspondent
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: KD Singh, an IFS officer of 1976 batch, took over as the State
Election Commissioner (SEC) here today. He is the second commissioner after J M Tangu,
who demitted office on February 28 last.
Singh, a versatile personality, was serving as principal secretary to the chief minister
when he was chosen for this coveted and responsible post.
A known earth scientist and prolific writer, Singh served in various capacitates
as collector of Nagar Haveli, secretary to administrator/ lieutenant governor of
Goa, Daman & Diu, Jagmohan, Air marshal (Retd) IH Latif and Dr Gopal Singh, besides
in the forest department. He has the unique distinction of serving three chief ministers
of Arunachal Pradesh – Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi and Dorjee Khandu - as special secretary/secretary.
Due to retire from the government service on August 31 next, Singh would have five-year
tenure or till 65 years of age, which ever is earlier.
Singpho launches Food & Supplies Official Website
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 27- The Food and Civil Supplies Minister C.C. Singpho inaugurating
the launch of official Website of the department – www.arunfcs.gov.in- today at his
office chamber, Civil Secretariat-termed the initiative as a step ahead in providing
information relating to the Public delivery system, thus promoting transparency
through the medium of Information Technology. The Website which has been jointly
designed and developed by NIC and the Food and Civil Supplies department hosts all
relevant information like details of monthly PDS items allocation, Fair Price shops,
Rations cards details, Ration Card Form downloading facility, District links, organizational
setup, contact numbers of Officers including Photo Gallery . The Website will be
updated on a Monthly basis. .
Considering the role the Food and Civil Supplies department play in implementing
various Govt. of India Schemes for ensuring food security and poverty alleviation
particularly for weaker sections of the Society, the Website is an effort of the
department to facilitate access to various information on the Targeted Public Distribution
System (TPDS) operations to one and all just at the click of the mouse button.MLA,
Nikh Kamin who is advisor to CM on PDS matters, Director Food and Civil Supplies,
Bolung Siram, IAS and officers of the department among others attended the launching
AAPSU seeks governor’s intervention on ‘unethical act’
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Describing the reported campaigning of some Nagaland-based political
party leaders, namely former speaker and present advisor to Nagaland chief minister
Z Lohi, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) vice president Thangwang Wangcho and former
MLA of Mon district TinkhapWangnau, NPF member Wenkhang Konyak in Tirap and Changlang
districts as ‘unethical act’ on part of the said party, the All Arunachal Pradesh
Students Union (AAPSU) said this would disturb age old feelings of fraternity and
brotherhood among different tribes of the state.
The situation in these two districts have once again been aggravated and has became
fragile and confusing in run up to the state assembly election, the union said in
a release, and urge the Arunachal Pradesh Governor to immediately gauge the situation
and invoke Article 371(H) as per the power conferred on him for smooth conduct of
Propagation of politics covertly in the name of origin, community and region is a
“treacherous sign” and the people of the state and the union cannot be hoodwinked,
the AAPSU said in a release, adding “Whoever we are whatever may be our origin the
fact is that we are Arunachalees first and no force has the power to dispossess us
from the bonding.”
Enough pain and the brunt of losing many brilliant human lives have been withstood
by the two districts owing to the past mistakes committed by the leaders of the area
and it seems few leaders who are hell bent for grapping power by any means are fiddling
with the deceptive idea once again, albeit through a new course of electoral politics.
The union strongly warned the political leaders of the state to disengage themselves
from such misadventure and any body hobnobbing with them will be declared as anti-Arunachalee,
the union said and called upon the people of the state to refrain from such party.
NCP concerned over circulation of fake currency
No development activities in Nyapin-Sangram: Felix
Itanagar, Aug 27: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
has expressed concern over the large number of fake currency notes being circulated
in the state capital allegedly by various contesting candidates to woo voters.
NCP General Secretary Techi Necha, during a press conference here this afternoon,
alleged that the candidates from various political parties, contesting for the prestigious
Itanagar constituency, were circulating fake notes in the capital cities, thereby
victimising the innocent voters.
''Many candidates are pumping in crores of rupees to allure voters and in the process
many duplicate notes are being circulated in the market through them,'' Necha alleged
and urged the authorities concerned to put a check on such undemocratic means to
He said, many candidates were paying several thousands to each voter on production
of election photo identity card.
''This is not the true spirit of democracy and such practice would jeopardise the
electoral politics,'' he commented and cautioned the electorate not to fall prey
to such political gimmicks.
Meanwhile, the NCP today received a shot in its arm with the former All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) spokesman and general secretary of Arunachal Congress
Bamang Felix joining the partyfold along with supporters and panchayat leaders. Felix
would lock horns with Education Minister Tatar Kipa from Nyapin-Sangram Assembly
constituency in Kurung Kumeny district from NCP ticket in the ensuing Assembly polls
due in October.
Felix, who contested the 2004 election against the same opponent, lost the electoral
battle by a slender margin of 179 votes.
Talking to reporters, Felix disclosed that the people of the constituency were fed-up
with the present leaders for his failure to bring development in the area and accordingly
decided to support his candidature.
''There is a leadership vacuum in the constituency after visionary leaders like late
Tadar Tang and Tadar Taniyang and the people are frustrated over business politics,
which is the order of the day in place of leadership politics,'' he commented and
alleged that no development activities could seen in the constituency over the past
Referring to the Napin-Chayan Tajo road project which was taken up ten years back
in the constituency, Felix disclosed that the project was yet to see the light of
the day with only five km of the road being completed so far.
''The present the education minister, in order to woo voters had accorded sanction
of 13 posts of group C and D employees for Nyapin, Sangram and Phassing administrative
circles. However, the nature of the posts were not clear,'' he pointed out and termed
it as a political appointment to befool the people.
Speaking at the conference Sangram Zilla Parishad member Mrs Tai Yapang alleged that
not a single government scheme especially under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) were
allowed to be taken up by the panchayat leaders of the constituency but were allotted
to contractors on the minister’s recommendation. UNI
Bamboo based training programme ends
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: A three-day training programme on ‘Bamboo based community building
and large span structure’ concluded here at State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar
The programme was organized by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) and Building
Materials Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), New Delhi in association with the
Addressing the participants on the valedictory function, CBTC director Kamesh Salam
said the community members must come out to set an example in construction of bamboo
house. Today, the whole world is looking at bamboo technology in housing sector
for its environment friendly ways, he said adding at least we should make a beginning
to reap the benefit of the use of bamboo in various sectors.
Many other dignitaries and participants also spoke on the occasion and shared their
experience and opinions.
Later, certificates were distributed to the participants by Salam and other officers.
Alternative to shifting cultivation, need of the hour
KHONSA, Aug 27: A workshop on alternative to shifting cultivation was held at Bera
village about 30 Km from here under the aegis of Elite Society of Dadam Area in collaboration
with Agriculture and allied departments on August 26.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Tirap district Deputy Commissioner, Ankur
Garg while appreciating the effort of the Elite Society asked the farmers to take
up alternative activities like horticulture, piggery, poultry besides others adding
that jhum cultivation was destructive and unproductive.
He said that jhum cultivation has disastrous effects on environment and denudes the
soil. The DC further appealed to the people not to be dependent on the MLAs and government
subsidies for their existence and asked them to create permanent assets for themselves.
He also asked them not to be dependent on PDS alone but work hard to produce sufficient
food grains by adopting alternative mode of cultivation to jhum like terrace cultivation.
The DC was full of praise for chief of Bera village, Bewang Lowang for his pioneering
effort in terrace cultivation and asked the farmers to emulate his example.
The DC further said that NABARD functionaries were likely to visit Khonsa sometime
at the end of this month and assured the society that he would impress upon the NABARDS
authorities to award schemes to the Society.
During the seminar all HoDS spoke about activities under their respective departments
and asked the people to take up schemes under their departments which would provide
scopes that are alternative to the unproductive jhum cultivation.
20 progressive farmers each from 8 villages of Dadam area participated in the seminar.
Besides, 15 farmers from Kanubari circle who are engaged in double-cropping and 8
progressive farmers from Tupi village participated in the all important seminar.
The scientist and subject experts from Krishi Vegyan Kendra, Deomali conducted technical
training during the day-long programme.
It may be mentioned that the entire Dadam area is hilly with no flat lands and people
are practicing shifting cultivation that gives little return. The seminar has been
an eye-opener. DIPRO
DC expresses concern at non submission of expenditure
TEZU, Aug 27: The Governing body meeting of District Health Society (DHS) was held
under the Chairmanship of Lohit Deputy Commissioner Cum-Chairman DHS Kaling Tayeng
at DC’s conference hall on Aug 26 last.
Speaking on the occasion, DC –asked all chairmen at Circle Level and Medical officer
in charges of Sub-Centers and PHCs to make optimum utilization of fund under NRHM
and expressed anguish over non submission of statement of expenditure despite repeated
reminders in earlier governing body meeting.
The Namsai ADC R.K Sharma was also present on the occasion suggested useful tips
to regulate the fund distribution system and utilization of schemes for the benefit
Welcoming the gathering, Tezu DMO Dr N. Ninu disclosed that NRHM is in its fifth
year to support health delivery system in addition to existing health care system.
The programme which will end by 2012 should be taken-up seriously and people’s participation
is a must to reap benefits from various schemes under this programme. She also urged
all link departments to keep in touch with the medical department in implementing
Giving a detail over view of the activities taken-up under NRHM, Dr. Nyage Geiyi
disclosed the health department has taken a policy to club all vertical programme
under one programme under district health society and fund will be placed to district
health society. He appealed all to open accounts and submit regular statement of
expenditure by first week of every month. He insisted on avoiding utilization of
bulk of the money for civil works so that the money flows are used for essential
The Circle Officer Chonkham, Sunpura, Wakro and Medical Superintendent District Hospital
Tezu also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
Small saving trainings
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The first training for Small Savings Agents of Capital Complex
was held at Administrative Training Institute on August 26.
The training program was formally inaugurated by Director of Small Savings A Basit.
Urging the trainees to take advantage of the program, he asked them to make queries
in case any doubt arises, so that they can work in the field with full confidence.
National Savings Institute, Govt. of India, Guwahlati, Assistant Director K.K. Pradhan
imparted the training.
Over 100 agents participated in the program. They were trained on Salesmanship, Marketing,
Rules and Regulations. DOs and DON’T apart from Small Savings Securities.
Deputy Director Small Savings B. Chakraborti, and Assistant Director Small Savings
PC Deb interacted with Agents on Small Savings matters.
ITANAGAR Aug 27: The Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) congratulated Er Kuru Sera
on his promotion to Chief Engineer, PWD (Central Zone).
Er. Sera, who belongs to Reru village, Ziro, joined the State Public Works Department
in the year 1984 as Asstt. Engineer (AE) after completing B.E from Delhi College
His sincerity, efficiency and sheer dedication to work has earned him his promotion
to Executive Engineer (EE) in 1988 within a short span of four years and next as
Superintending Engineer (SE) in 1994 within a period of six years.
Being the senior most and one of the longest serving SE, his promotion to the top
post of Chief Engineer is very much deserved.
The forum thanked the State government for doing justice. ACGF wish him all the best
and hope that he will work with more zeal and vigour in the service of our State.
EPGA observes 3rd foundation day
ITANAGAR Aug 27: The 3rd Foundation Day of the Environment Protection Group of Arunachal
(EPGA) was celebrated at Pakam Middle School,Aalo on August 26 last.
ITBPF Commandant, N Chandra and ITBPF 2nd Commandant N.Saukand attended the function
as chief guest and guest of honour. Both the dignitaries along with school children
planted trees in the school premises.
Commandant, N Chandra emphasized on the need for cleaner environment and urged the
students to be more aware of one’s environment. He also warned the students of fatal
outcome of global warming.
EPGA Member Secretary Dr Gekey Ete highlighted the achievements of the EPGA in the
last three years. He appealed the students to keep the environment clean, plant more
trees and protect wild life.
Er Redam Jini, ME School Pobdi Headmaster Jummin Ete, teacher R K Mishra, ASM Kamduk,
Headmaster Lido Sora and HGB Horba Loyi also spoke on the occasion.
Later, the Chief guest presented sports items to the students.
NABARD reviewed the Tribal Development Funding Project at Roing
ITANAGAR Aug 27: NABARD Manager, K Vaiphei had a detailed meeting with the Project
Monitoring and Implementation Committee (PMIC) under Tribal Development Fund at Roing,
Lower Dibang Valley District on August 25 last.
The farmers covered under the project expect a production of 3 lakh pineapples by
October 2009. Vaiphei has advised the PMIC to spell out a concrete strategy for marketing
of the pineapples during the period of glut.
He also underscored the need for handholding the tribal farmers for agronomic practices
and appropriate measures from pests and diseases attack. It may be added that 427
tribal farm families are being covered under the project so far. The Department of
Horticulture and KVK, Roing is giving the technical support for the programme.
Capacity Building workshop
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: A three days Capacity Building Workshop for Medical and Paramedical
staff of Karuna Trust began yesterday at Vivekanada Hall, R. K Mission Hospital,
The program is being organized by Karuna Trust and sponsored by Dorabji Tata Trust,
Mumbai to improve the technical skills and update the recent guidelines of health
sector as well to motivate the PHC staff working in the most remote areas of the
Altogether 44 staff including 8 Medical Officers, 5 GNMs, 20 ANMs, 3 Laboratory technicians,
1 Pharmacist and 7 Health Assistant from 9 PHCs participated in the program.
Inaugurating the program, National Rural Health Mission Mission Director, Talem Tapok
urged the staff of Karuna Trust to put their cent percent effort to change the health
scenario of Arunachal Pradesh.
He also appreciated the changes brought out by the staff in these remote Primary
Health Centers including increase in child immunization and institutional delivery
which are the main target of NRHM at national level.
District Tuberculosis Officer, Papum Pare Dr. P.D.Thongchi highlighted about the
various measures taken in PHC and Sub centre level to control and eradicate tuberculosis.
Medicine Specialist Dr T Motu and Gynecologist, RK Mission Hospital Itanagar Dr Millo
Bakhang also attended the technical sessions as resource person today.
Karuna Trust Coordinator Mousumi Gogoi, informed that such training programs is conducted
every year for the Karuna Trust PHC staff and review of the performance of PHCs.
She further also informed that staff from 9 PHCs of Arunachal were also taken to
Karnataka to visit the PHCs managed by Karuna Trust under exposure visit programs.
APWWS, NAWO demand women development corporation
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) and National
Alliance of Women Organization –Arunachal Chapter (NAWO) in a memorandum to the Arunachal
Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president have urged him to intervene for fulfilling
the long-pending genuine aspiration of the women of the state.
While appraising the APCC about the lack of women’s participation in decision making
process and the need for their rightful share of opportunities and participation
in the development of the state, APWWS vice president and NAWO secretary said that
the memorandum is submitted keeping in view of and land mark initiatives being
taken by the UPA Govt and Congress party’s agenda for their welfare and progress
in the country so as to enable the women to march along shoulder to shoulder with
their male counterparts.
However, we the women in Arunachal Pradesh have certain specific grievances, the
memorandum said and sought the immediate intervention of the APCC president for
1/3 (one third) reservation for women candidates in the upcoming State Assembly Election.
It is a matter of great regret that there not a single women legislator in the 60
member Legislative Assembly, it said.
Demanding 33 per cent reservation in Urban Body election, the memorandum said first
Municipal Corporation election is round the corner, we expect to play a meaningful
role in the urban civic bodies as the subject matter concerns issues of Health and
Pleading for Women representatives in the State Planning Board, it said the ongoing
11th Five Year Plan, emphasizes on Gender Responsive Budget, which actually is the
need of the hour. Therefore it is very important that women be involved in the planning
Other important demand of the women organizations include Gender Advisor to the State
Government, a Woman Development Corporation specifically to look after the economic
development and entrepreneurial growth of the women. Review the pending Bill for
Protection of Customary Laws and Social Practices, A.P. 1994, 33% reservation in
Govt. jobs for economic empowerment, adequate resource allocation for the State Commission
for Women., adequate resource support for implementation of the Domestic Violence
Act and Marriage Record Act for its effective implementation in letter and spirit.
ITANAGAR, Aug 27: Former Minister Lechi Legi has consented to attend the releasing
ceremony of Senyi-Benyi Nyishi Modern Song by Nabam Isser as Chief Guest at Hotel
Tosum, Naharlagun on August 30.
The book under review is entitled “Rethinking Tribal Institutions” authored by Dr.
Otem Petrin. It is a comprehensive and in-depth study on social and cultural life
of the Adis. The area of the present research is the Padam inhabiting districts of
Arunachal Pradesh viz, Upper Siang, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley and special
reference is given to the Padam group. The socio-cultural life had been studied with
reference to Musup and Raseng, two traditional social institutions which are in the
process of decline because of various forces of development.
The author himself is an insider, participant in Musup life and is also a trained
anthropologist. He has critically examined Adi culture through these two social institutions.
Because of his training in formal system of education in general and in anthropology
in particular he has placed himself in the position of a critical insider. The present
book blends both insider and outsider perspectives to study the cultural changes.
After Sachin Roy’s book “Aspects of Padam-Minyong Culture” (1960), Published by Directorate
of Research, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, there is no comprehensive ethnographic
work on Adi Padam.
While Roy’s work can be considered as a monograph on Padam Minyong culture, Dr. Pertin’s
work could be an interpretive ethnography on cultural change and continuity around
the social hub- Musup and Raseng of the Adi.
Dr. Pertin has described the life in Musup and Raseng, their functions in maintaining
social stability and as institutions of informal education in details. He has clearly
depicted entry rules to Musup and Raseng, types of members, their relationships,
relationship between Musup and Raseng members and above all, their social responsibility
in house construction, during feuds in olden days and so on.
The most interesting part of this book is the study of present status of these institutions
in Padam villages and explanation to the changes. What the book highlights is a change
in continuity in many villages in spite of the fact that boys and girls embraced
formal system of education. The other important area of focus is the status of these
institutions in the light of development interventions.
The author has raised some issues by studying cultural change and continuity through
Musup and Raseng. He has distinguished Musup and Raseng from the English equivalent
dormitory which are the cultural hubs of the Adi society. The term dormitory does
not reflect the cultural emotion of the people, which Musup and Raseng do. The bondage
among the Musup and Raseng members is an institutionalized process of durability
which does not hold true among the members of a dormitory.
The Musup and Raseng ensure community participation, co-still a sense of belonging
to the community and subscribe to decentralized values. The institutions promote
a feeling of self-respect and the sense of a community identity. The question which
Dr. Pertin raises is: could these traditional social institutions once acted as social
hub in Adi society be organized to take up the challenges of institutional requirement
of the village development in the present context?
The book is worth reading by scholars, Govt. officers who deals in various community
development programmes through SHG, other local institutions and commoners. It has
academic importance but the quality of common reading. The book will take the Adis
in general a journey to their cultural heritage and Padam in particular.
The book was published by Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi, 2009, which would be
released on 1st September 2009 during Solung festival celebration at Itanagar.
Financial Inclusion Seminar at Seppa
ITANAGAR: NABARD is holding one day seminar at Seppa, East Kameng District in collaboration
with District Administration on August 28.
All the concerned departments along with the Bankers are attending the meeting. An
Action Plan on Financial Inclusion will be worked out after detailed deliberation.
Governor consents to attend Solung festival
ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh has consented to attend the Central Solung Festival celebration,
Itanagar as Chief Guest at Solung-Mopin ground Itanagar on September 1.
The Ponung and other cultural competitions will be held from August 29-30 and variety
show will be held on August 31 respectively.
Advocacy workshop on voluntary blood donation
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun will organize
one day advocacy workshop on voluntary blood donation, donor motivation and red ribbon
clubs of Arunachal Pradesh at Bharat Scouts and Guide Centre, Polo Colony, Naharlagun
on August 29.
The once Pied Piper of Arunachal, now playing the Jai ho tune
"Leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way" penned by Maxwell was found
in the pamphlet distributed on behalf of the then uniquely emerging leader of Arunachal
Pradesh Kiren Rijiju during the recently parliamentary election. How his speeches
impacted us then! Every one had a feeling that, at last a true leader has emerged,
who knows the way, will go the way and show us the true way too. But it too was all
air and sound, alike every other leaders. May be that was the greatness of the scriptwriter
that made us feel that way then.
Today, when we look back, we get a feeling that how naive we had been then. We were
taken for a ride with sugarcoated speeches that has no meaning unless heart works
in sync with the speeches made. That's a history and a real mystery too, which every
Arunachalee should ponder upon. Well ! Not every field is green every time. Seeing
the present political scenario of the BJP at Center, it's not green at all. Rijiju
proclaimed himself as the Man of People (MP) though no longer a Member of Parliament(MP)
after the parliamentary election result were out. Was it not his duty to at least
ask or place his view before the people of Arunachal Pradesh regarding his search
for greener pasture? He has every right to join any party, but having proclaimed
himself as the Man of People (MP) of Arunachal Pradesh, his action are really not
justified. He has been a favourite child of media; he could have easily expressed
his desire through it. Nobody would have objected it, rather would have appreciated
it. But things happened the other way round.
Politics a 3rd class game
It is said that politics is a 3rd class game played by 4th class people regardless
of it's level i.e. international, national, state, panchayat or be that at any kind
of official level. And one had to humbly submit that it is an universal truth.
To talk about Arunachal politics, it seems and sounds to be a kid's play. The so
called `Dal-Badal is a very common phenomena and usual practice among our politicians
Interestingly, these are the persons whom we vote and elect to represents and raise
our voices in Parliament/state assembly and hope that they will make policies for
the greater interest of public and not just for their political gain or personal
I still remember each and every single word of Kiren Rijiju talking to the people
of Bam village during last parliamentary election campaign. I can recall how promising
and convincing were all those sweet words full of energy, confident and the most
irony of those were how miraculously it were delivered. Those were the words which
won the heart of almost every youth as well as older citizens also regardless of
their political affiliations. I must say, many people had a kind of thought that
finally they have found their much awaited leader in the form of Kiren Rijiju (no
matter which ever political party he may be affiliated) who will bring revolution
in the era of Arunachal politics. His slogan of new change was much appreciated by
everybody and all of sudden he became our ultimate choice by his quality and not
by virtue of his political party. But to our disappoint it all went in vein, everything
seems to be vanished in thin air.
It is not the matter of quitting/joining any party which hurt the dozens of people.
Infact, personality like him requires no any party background/identity at all. But
his recent move has really hurt many lovers and well wishers including myself. It
implies that he is no indifferent of those same politicians the people of Arunachal
is witnessing from decades. It implies that our young, talented and beloved leader
can also go cunning at any time and you cannot fully rely on him. It really matters
when a much trusted person hurt your feelings that too when you have lots of expectations
Through this esteemed daily this is a small attempt to let him know that we are very
Anyway I wish him all the success in his life.
Bam village (Hiker)
Basar, West Siang
Loyalty shift flu
Through your esteemed daily I would like to express the feelings of all educated
intellectuals and likeminded citizens like me regarding the loyalty shift of K. Rijiju.
It was a jolt to know that K. Rijiju once loved and respected for his hard work,
sincerity and commitment towards Arunachal Pradesh is now the talk of the town for
hurting the sentiments of his own people. Arunachal was in a stage of chaos that
swine flu and its virus might grip into Arunachal but the flu virus was forgotten
when the headline of the front page of all the dailies of the state flashed the
news that loyalty shift flu has gripped Rijiju.
It was not any party that gave him love and support but his hard work and ideology
with the slogan for changing Arunachal from the present status. If he has joined
the same party from whom he wanted to change Arunachal then where is his ideology?
Oh!! Sorry I forgot it has been gripped by some dangerous flu. If he had to join
the party then why did he play with the sentiments of all his well wishers. In the
recently concluded Lok Sabha election he lost just marginally but he had won the
respect and heart of all. He would have fulfilled his dream of changing Arunachal
if he was playing the role of a good opposition and checking the ‘Kush- Kushi’ rule
of Arunachal and guide the people. Now he is in the same pond with the same fish,
then where is the question of changing Arunachal.
By shifting loyalty it is clear that ideology has no role to play in Arunachal politics,
as we all know what the top priority of our politicians is.
How can he be loyal to Arunachal when he himself ditched the loyalty of the Party
which gave him the platform to show his caliber and made him popular.
Through this column I would like to express that by hurting the sentiments of all
his well wishers he has done a blunder mistake as now the respect and love for him
is also a big Question mark. Never play with the emotions and dream of we Arunachalee
and a lastly it is a humble request to Rijiju that never show us a wage dream again
for changing Arunachal to number 1 state. Live us to our own KUSHI - KUSHI state.
A . Taba
Model Village, Naharlagun
‘My role and dream remains the same’
I’m obliged to share the agony of the thousands of people across Arunachal Pradesh
and the unprecedented enormous political palpitation caused due to my resignation
I’m aware that thousands of youths look up to me, intellectuals keep faith on me
and the villagers lay hope on me and apparently it has been shattered. I sincerely
tender my deep sense of apology for causing such a political quiver but with a plea
to understand my feelings and reasons to leave BJP.
Remember my expressive statements in the past that I’m not in politics to serve a
political party but to serve the society through a political party. Parties in themselves
are nothing as it is made good or bad by the people who run them. My principle remains
that shifting Party loyalty should be avoided except on genuine case. I promise that
this political move will benefit our state and I’ll prove my effort doesn’t go in
vain. My dream will remain but a LONELY DREAM can’t be realized without people’s
support. I had tried to give my best through BJP and intended to continue but the
circumstances compelled me to quit the Party but I will never let the people down
while in Congress. I’m contented to the extent that now Arunachal Pradesh is in big
National delineation and attracted the attention of our national leaders and media.
Currently BJP central leaderships have failed to understand the sentiments of Arunachal
Pradesh and INC lead UPA govt. has shown it’s generosity to us. Most of the concerns
which I had raised in the Parliament and in National forums are accorded priorities
and Arunachal can be the No.1 state in India if these packages and policies are implemented
sincerely in the state. We need a genuinely sincere and good team.
On the unfortunate comment of BJP NE in-charge that I got into the club of fortune
and wealth I need not explain as people know me and my family. I was fortunate to
be born in a leading family of the society but we gave up everything due to politics.
I don’t believe in what I get but consider what I can give. My father was the first
Pro-tem Speaker of Arunachal to give oath to the Members of the first State Assembly.
I’m the only MP who doesn’t own a single private property except the ancestral lands.
I’m proud of my family legacy and will never indulge in immoral and unethical conduct.
I will support in every possible way to the State Govt. so that it can govern without
any prejudice or bias attitude towards any section of the society. My political position
has changed but my role and dream remains the same.
Recognition to development activities
We, the PR Members, Gaon-Buras, Public Leaders, Educated youths & Intellectuals of
Muklom, Pangwa & Lungchan Societies of 53-Changlang (North) S/T Assembly Constituency
unanimously appreciate the various developmental activities taken up by the sitting
MLA Wangnia Pongte.
Pongte is a visionary & dynamic leader under whose guidance all major developmental
works throughout the constituency been done.
The initiations for establishment of various Institute like establishment of Degree
College at Changlang, Extention & up gradation of District Hospital at Changlang,
Establishment of Judges Building, Extention of Circuit House and many others which
are visible is the result of the untiring efforts of Wangnia Pongte.
Baitu Youngja, Public leader, Khonsa Village,
Kamthan Tailu, public leader, Kuthong Village,
Lemthing Wangrev, Ex-GPM.
Langnyam Tangha, Public leader, Changlang,
Munsam Khimhun, Head of Village, Laktong Vill.
Samthong Khimhun, GPM, Phangtip GPC,
Kumthok Kenwa, Youth leader, Rangringkan Village,
Dongwang Hakhi, Youth leader, Rangrinkan village,
Rangsam Thamphang, Head of Relang vill.
Anglop Taikam, Public leader, Ingram village,
Kengpa Kengkug, village leader, old Changlang village.