Kipa calls for efforts to impart quality education
ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Education Minister Tatar Kipa stressed on imparting quality education
among the students while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the upgraded
government higher secondary school, Polo Colony today.
While highlighting the government’s movement to meet the public demands, Tatar said
that many educational institutions are being opened and upgraded in the state for
the benefit of the students that includes more polytechnic colleges to meet the growing
number of students including one National Institute of technology in Bhalukpong in
West Kameng district. He further said that due to lack of infrastructures in education
sector throughout the state, it resulted in to poor performance adding that the
literacy rate in the state is much lower than that of national literacy rate particularly
in Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri and East Kameng districts.
However, the government is making all possible efforts to overcome these obstacles
and informed that it is planning to keep the Assistant Teacher recruitment process
with the Education Department while Junior and senior teachers’ recruitment would
be handed over to APCS to ensure quality education in the state. The matter would
be placed before the cabinet for finalization soon.
He further said that there should not be fee variation in all the government schools
and the government is also planning to regulate the vacation period of the private
and government schools in same time and advised the students to maintain discipline.
He donated a sum of Rs 15,000 to the student community of the school and Rs 10,000
to the school committee.
Local MLA Kipa Babu also advised the students to work hard and respect their teachers
to become good citizens and suggested the teacher to play an important role for providing
quality education. While expressing concerned over shortage of school ground, Babu
suggested that whatever small or big, the school infrastructure should be constructed
in such a way that it could be expanded whenever necessary. He assured to provide
a set of sports wears to the students of the school.
Deputy director of School education Gania Lazi suggested the principal to take proper
planning before setting up of infrastructure with the limited resources and advised
the students not to organize any forms of events without consultation with the principal.
Earlier, Vice Principal Momik Boje submitted a memorandum to the minister regarding
poor school infrastructure, shortage of JT, ST and furniture in the school.
Lower Dibang Valley Farmers abandon fields for want of rain
ROING, Aug 06: The Lower Dibang Valley District received below average rainfall this
year though intermittent rainfalls were received. As a result most of the paddy fields
could not be cultivated. But this down pour were not enough to generate water in
the streams which are the source of irrigation and could not accumulate enough water
in the field. The soil type in most of the cultivated land is sandy loam in the district
which needs sufficient rainfall for paddy cultivation. As the water retention capacity
of this soil type is very less and water easily percolates down to the ground when
enough rainfall is not received to retain it on the surface for cultivation purpose.
Farming community of the district have dismal figure as the land prepared for paddy
cultivation has remained dry and the seedlings prepared for transplantation are getting
old and some are drying off due to non-received of sufficient rainfall as most of
the agricultural fields are rain-fed and non-irrigated. Those fields having irrigation
channel also could not transplant paddy as most of the streams remain dry due to
rain deficit. The farmers have expressed fear that if these conditions persist they
will not even get seeds for the next year’s crop as seeds are kept from the surplus
grain production of the season. If there is no production at all then the question
of keeping grains as seeds for next season does not arise, lamented one farmer of
Jia Village. Not only food grains but commercial crop like Ginger, which is largely
grown through out the district commercially is also beginning to dry off due to scorching
As per the records of rainfall data furnished by the Water Resource Department, Roing,
the district headquarter receives 80.00mm, 525.50mm and 591.00mm rainfall in the
month of May, June and July’ 2009 respectively whereas, the rain gauge recorded
120.60mm in May, 783.30mm in June and 845.50mm in July last year . And in the year
2007, it further received greater volume of rainfall with 258.40mm in May, 657.20mm
in June and 1423.20 mm in July. The main agricultural land located at Bolung, Jia,
Parbuk, Inzonu, Rukmo, Dambuk, Balek and other areas even received lesser rainfall
as per the data maintained in the office of EE, WRD Roing. The low rainfall in the
peak farming season has greatly affected the farming community which entirely depends
on agriculture for their livelihood. When contacted the District Agriculture Officer,
Roing have informed that reports were received from Panchayat Leaders from different
corners of the district regarding drought like condition in various pockets but the
department is yet to come up with a definite plan to tackle the situation as reports
from Agriculture Field Assistants are awaited, he added.
AAPSU reacts to Nagaland People’s Front design in Tirap and Changlang
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (A.A.P.S.U) has reacted sharply
to news item carried by some dailies regarding fielding of candidates by Nagaland
Peoples’ Front (N.P.F) in Tirap and Changlang district. It described the news items
as confusing and compounding the fragile situation being faced by the common people
of the state.
The politics of trying to impose “will and legitimacy in the name of community or
tribe” will never be allowed to take roots in our state, the union said in while
adding that it would take all measures to prevent such evil design by any outside
forces that are trying to foster mistrust and enmity among the peace loving people
of the state.
The union further called upon the political leaders and senior citizens of the state
to disengage themselves from such political misadventures.
Referring to claims made by the Nagaland based political party that leaders from
our state have also participated in its meeting, it said that such acts will only
disrupt the peaceful political set up that is already existing in the state.
It said that the state has a tradition of putting up candidates on basis of needs
of the societal development as opposed to encouraging a particular community by Nagaland
The leaders of the state particularly of the two districts need to show political
statesmanship and take recourse from history as the people of the two districts still
endure the pain of its past political blunder.
NCP to field candidates in all 60, differs on utilisation of green bonus
ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh today exuded
confidence that it would sweep the forthcoming state Assembly election and form the
Govt with comfortable majority.
Addressing the media persons here, NCP state president L Wanglat said, the party
would field its candidates in all 60 Assembly seats. ‘If we fail to field candidates
in all 60 seats, we will extend our support to likeminded parties, he said. However,
Wanglat ruled out any pre-poll electoral alliance with any party.
Party has already received a good number of applicants for party tickets, the state
NCP chief said and claimed that sizeable number of people from BJP and Congress are
still joining its party fold.
Announcing the formation of various election committees, he said, NCP national president
Sharad Pawar has constituted a 16-member NCP Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) with
Wanglat as chairman, and 8-member State Election Campaign Committee with Nima Tsering
Khrime as chairman for Arunachal Pradesh.
Win ability would be the main yardstick for selection of party candidates, the NCP
leader said when asked on the criteria for selection of party candidates.
Regarding party poll strategy in state, Wanglat said, the state needs vision and
proper planning to reduce the gap between the have and have-nots. A vision document
is being prepared with the help of the RGU which will be incorporated in party manifesto,
Wanglat emphatically said that the party would mainly fight against economic disparity,
for balance development both in rural and urban areas. He also emphasized on the
need to see that PDS items reach to genuine and needy people. Expressing concern
over the pumping of huge money in electoral politics, Wanglat said Govt should take
steps against malpractices during election and NGOs should also come forward to bring
awareness among the people against money politics.
Regarding economic condition of the state, the former finance minister said, Arunachal
being the late starter, the Centre is duty-bound to accord utmost priority to the
economic development of strategically important frontier state of North East. The
NCP state chief, however, disagreed with the idea to divert the proposed green bonus
for payment of employees’ dues. “Green bonus should be utilized for the development
of state, especially to boost up tourism sector, beautification of state to allure
On security scenario, the NCP leader and former home minister said, Arunachal has
serious security problem. However, he hoped, the state home minister would tackle
law and order problems with his vision and determination. The state should demand
separate fund from Centre under 6th pay commission to pay the arrears of the employees,
AdiSU Bandh affects normal life
PASIGHAT, Aug 06: Normal life was affected in East Siang District today because of
a 12 hours bandh called by the Adi Students Union to stress for their demands restricting
construction of Mega Hydropower Projects in the Adi belt, renovation/construction
of boys’ hostel at JN college, Pasighat and immediate compensation to land donors
for establishment of East Divisional Commissioner office at Namsai.
No untoward incident had been reported except burning of two bye-cycles and stone
pelting on a private car. All govt. and private busses, line Tata Sumos were off-road
on the day. The district administration, magistrates and police personnel were found
busy to maintain normalcy during the bandh. (DIPRO)
Nine dead in road accident
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Nine people, including two women and four children, were killed
and four others injured in a road mishap on National Highway 52 at Kolabari Kalita
village under Gohpur subdivision in Assam’s Sonitpur district today.
Police informed that the accident occurred at around 0400 hours when two trucks -
one cement laden and the other ferrying passengers - collided head-on.
The dead have been identified as Chamlo Hanuk, his wife Mamoni Hanuk and their two
young daughters Miza and Maya. One of the dead is Rubu Tasa. The dead also includes
driver Jagdish Moran and his minor daughter Pallavi, passenger Anjalika Kalita and
her minor son Kaushik Kishore.
The injured Shanker Shetty and Pura Tamang have been referred to the Guwahati Medical
College and Hospital.
The vehicle laden with cement is reported to be registered in Jammu and Kashmir with
registration number JK02V1975 while the other one has an Arunachali registration
number ARZ 1387.
Details are being awaited. (With input from UNI, Tezpur)
Nimasow joins Cong
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Govardhan Nimasow, who contested the last assembly lection against
Naresh Glow today, joined Congress along with his supporters from Congress after
resigning from BJP.
AAPSU on cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union would conduct a mass social
service at Naharlagun General Hospital on August 13 from 7.30 am onwards
It requested all the likeminded NGOs and former leaders of the union to be a part
of the drive.
It said Union decided to take up the work as Naharlagun General Hospital is one
of the premier health centers which is infested with so much of dirt and filth due
to apathy shown by the common public in spite of best effort put in by the medical
Make BJP a platform to raise voice of the masses: Rao
ITANAGAR, Aug 06: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Northeast Organizational-in-charge
P. Chandrasekhar Rao has called upon the party workers and leaders to make the party
the voice of people, a platform to raise people’s grievances against injustice.
Chandrasekhar, who is currently on a six-day tour to the districts under state BJP’s
Mandal Chalo Abhiyan, said the party has larger role to play in the democracy and
unlike other political parties, BJP stands for justice to all and appeasement to
Addressing a series of party workers’ sammelan at Pasighat on Aug 4, at Pangin, Rumgong
and Aalo yesterday, Chandrasekhar exhorted the party workers not to encircle themselves
within the circle – ‘win or loss’ in election as the party has vast different ideology
and future remain with BJP and its Karyakartas. Expressing his happiness on the efforts
of the party cadres and their enthusiasm, the party’s NE incharge emphatically said
‘days are no longer for the people of this beautiful Himalayan state to have stable
Govt and good politics. Sacrifices and hard efforts of the BJP workers would one
day bring results and the people would aggressively defeat the rule of paise and
power politics, he asserted.
Claiming that the Arunachal is passing through alarming situations after the reported
Chinese claims in the recent years, ‘ with anti-national and underground outfits
increased its based’ in the state which is struggling with its poor infrastructure,
Chandrasekhar exuded confidence that the intellectuals and general public would certainly
voice against all odds.
Besides party workers, large number of BJP state and district level leaders including
state BJP president Dr. Tangor Tapak, general Secretary Tai Tagak, state secretaries
Kabak Yabii and Yaying Lombi addressed the sammelans.
P. Chandrasekhar Rao and Elections-in-Charge BJP NE states, Harendra Pratap would
address party workers of Papum Pare, Itanagar, Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey district
here on August 07 besides address State BJP Election Management Committee and take
stock of the party organization for the October 2009 Assembly elections in the state,
according to a BJP release.
Seminar calls for inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th schedule
TAWANG, Aug 6: Youth Action for Social Welfare and Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association,
Tawang, a voluntary organization working in the field of education, organized a National
Seminar “National Policy on Education and Bhoti Language” at Tawang, Jomkhang Hall
The seminar is to run for two consecutive days and is a follow up action to the Seminar
cum Workshop organized by Mysore’s National Commission for minorities and CIL, at
Tawang in February this year.
The object of the seminar is to highlight the importance of National Policy on Education
with emphasis on mother tongue and link it up with the Bhoti language, spoken and
used as mother tongue in the Himalayan Region of India from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
Bhoti should be constitutional safeguarded.
In this direction under the initiatives of the Buddhist Member, Ven. Lama Chospel
Zotpa a report has been submitted by National Commission for Minorities, to the Prime
Minister and Home Minister for consideration for inclusion of Bhoti language in the
Eight Schedule of the Constitution of India.
Various dignitaries of NCERT, Delhi, of Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh,
of Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, U.P attended the seminar.
M.L.As Tsewang Dhondup and T.G. Rinpoche, were among those who attended the programe.
The effort is to educate the people from the Himalayan Region on the issue of proper
implementation of the National policy on education and the third language in which
Bhoti can be included.
“The seminar will help in taking the policies and benefits of the Government to the
people and its proper implementation”, concludes Maling Gombu, secretary HBCA, Delhi.
CCRD’s Saturday Cinemaghar resumes with Jacob Penchansky’s Mountain Strings
Saturday Cinemaghar,the weekly film and music event hosted by the Centre for Cultural
Research & Documentation (CCRD) at the E&K’s café in Naharlagun resumes its next
season this Saturday with Jacob Penchansky presenting his film Mountain Strings.
The film follows the journey of two traditional musicians from the hills of Virginia
in the United States to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the surprising
connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture.
They meet and share their music with traditional musicians of the Gandharba (or
Gaine) caste. The Gandharbas were once the wandering minstrels of rural Nepal, though
today their traditions are at risk of extinction as radio, television, and recorded
music encroach on rural Nepal. We hear the words and wisdom of elderly musicians
from both Virginia and Nepal, who guide us through this unique musical marriage.
This film is part of The Mountain Music Project, which works towards preserving
traditional music in rural and under-served regions throughout the world.
Jacob, who is here on invitation of CCRD to screen the film said “as our film is
about recognizing one's own cultural heritage, it makes me proud that we can premiere
this early version of our film to an Arunachali audience that so strongly values
it's own cultural roots.”
Sanjeev Monga, the editor of the film will also be present at the screening and interact
with the audience. For Monga, who is also Media Consultant to CCRD, the experience
is slightly different as he has always been here in Arunachal as a part of team CCRD.
To be presenting a different film, for which he also did the camerawork, is a new
experience he shared.
Jacob Penchansky is also a radio producer, sound recordist, and "guerilla ethnomusicologist."
His radio stories and audio recordings can be heard on National Public Radio in
the US, BBC/PRI's "The World," the Nature Conservancy Pod cast, the Pulitzer Center
on Crisis Reporting, and the Outer Voices radio project. He has recorded traditional
musicians in more than 30 countries. In addition to directing the efforts of the
Mountain Music Project, he has helped preserve audio recordings for Easter Island's
Museo Anthropologico, documented endangered native languages in Alaska, and trained
radio journalists along the Thailand-Burma border. When not playing and recording
music in remote locations, he calls Bozeman, Montana his home.
Mountain Strings will kick-start this month’s Cinemaghar theme of mountain, music
and culture. In a slight departure from its usual fare, this month will showcase
instrumental music played by young artistes. The musicians to be featured this week
will be young prodigy Keli Bagra from the Donyi Polo School of Music who, at 10 has
mastered the drum set. Playing the keyboard with him will be another young talent,
Manbit Dutta, a student of Class 8, VKV. Subsequent weeks will witness other musicians
presenting their music along with the films. The last Saturday of the month will
witness a jam session of all the musicians performing together.
CCRD’s weekly blend of films and music by young musicians takes on a deeper meaning
with this week with Jacob’s presence. Being a musician himself, it would be of added
interest to hear his rendition of the music he portrays in his film.
The event will begin at 4.30 pm on Saturday.
SSC, HNFC win in Abotani Cup
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 6: Sood Sports Club (SSC) beat Immanuel FC 2-1 in a league match
of the 3rd Abotani Cup Football Tournament held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here today.
Rubu Nado (37 min.) and Taba Mosi (43 min.) scored a goal apiece for the winning
team while the lone goal for Immanuel FC was scored by Tungum Taje in 47 minutes
In another match played between Hina Nabam FC (HNFC) and Nyokum Lapang FC, the former
defeated the latter by 2-1 goal. Tamar Tuglo and Tania Chomo were the scorer for
Hina Nabam FC while Kumar Daku was the scorer for Nyokum Lapang FC.
Capital Complex FC vs Battalion (B.N) FC (2.00 P.M)
12 Borum United FC vs Dera Natung FC (3.30 P.M)
TDS chairman to sponsor weightlifter
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Taba Dhan Society (TDS) Chairman Taba Tara has consented to sponsor
budding weightlifter of Arunachal Pradesh Menu Tajo.
Menu, 13, daughter of Tanung Tajo and Damsap Tajo, presently residing at Rakap Colony,
Naharlagun, won Gold medal in 48 kg category in All India Rural Sport Tournament
held in Margao in 2007 and a Silver medal in First National Level Rural Sports Tournament
held at Taram Taaram in Punjab, Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) said in
a release. She had also participated in various regional level championships and
Meanwhile, AWA expressed gratitude to Tara for the kind gesture and sympathy shown
to the weightlifter and also appealed to private sector companies and individuals
to cooperate with the association for development of the sport sector in the state.
Breezy book reading campaign cheers Tezu students
TEZU, Aug 6: The month of July turned out to be a time of rejoicing for the school
students and teachers of Tezu reeling under a severe sultry spell, as a breezy “Campaign
on Library Reading promotion in Schools” launched by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network,
jointly with the Lohit District Education Dept brought in the much needed relief
to the normally drab class-rooms.
The Book Reading campaign with the motto “Taking the Joy of Reading to the Youth
of Lohit” is a part of the “National Action Plan on Readership Development among
the Youth” launched this year by the Govt. of India through the National Book Trust,
Under the programme, a team of resource-persons and 15 young readers from different
libraries of the VT- AWIC Youth Library Network, went round 26 schools around Tezu,
conducting one-hour sessions of story-reading, skits and poetry & rhyme recitations
for students of class V to VIII, along with an exhibition of interesting books and
children’s magazines. In all above 1500 students and 70 teachers participated in
The Campaign was aimed to expose the young students to the great advantages of Library
reading in improving their academic standards and promoting creative skills and to
encourage them to make the best use of the Children’s libraries and the District
Library in their town. Two or more teachers nominated by the Education dept, acted
as observers in each school, to continue similar activities, as a follow up.
The Library team led by \ Etalo Megha, Bamboosa Youth Library I/c, was assisted by
Yealiang Tamblu, Music Teacher from District Education Dept, Ajay Mili of Karuna
Trust Library, Walong and S. Mundayoor, Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library Network.
The highlight of the sessions was the spirited and humorous presentations from various
books and magazines by the young Library readers Ashish Singh, Abhinav Dwivedi, Ravi
Kr. Singh, Ashish Mishra, Yogesh, Nishar Bezbaruah, Arpita Dwivedi and Preety Sonar,
with many more joining from the respective schools.
A highlight of the campaign was an interesting audio-visual show at Changliang and
Tafrogam villages by Ambika Aiyadurai, a Ford Foundation research scholar from London,
on “Mishmi hunting practices in Anjaw”.
The month-long Reading Campaign could generate considerable enthusiasm among the
students and teachers, as visible by the steep increase in the number of visitors
– children, youth and parents - to the VT-AWIC Youth Libraries in and around Tezu.
It will be extended to other circles of the district in the coming months.
The Campaign in Lohit, organized under the active guidance of K. Rina, DDSE, Lohit
was earlier declared open by Kaling Tayeng Deputy Commissioner, Lohit during the
2nd Annual Day Celebrations of the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, at Tezu on June
AEKDSU submits memo to DC
ITANAGAR, Aug 06: All East Kameng District Students’ Union (AEKDSU) in a memorandum
to the Deputy Commissioner demanded maintenance of road besides constructing proper
drainage and sanitation system within the township of the district headquarter.
The union further urged that sufficient teachers be posted to various schools within
the district. Most schools are laying defunct due to shortage of teachers, the union
It also called for improvement in the law and order scenario in the district headquarter.
The union called upon the concerned department and the district administration to
establish police beat points at various sensitive zones within the township to check
unwanted elements from carrying out their illegal activities.
It also called for proper checking of ILP to stop illegal migrants entering the state.
The union said that though FCI has adequately supplied ration commodities to the
district headquarter yet the people are not getting sufficient PDS items.
It urged the district administration to put in place proper public distribution system
so that people in various parts of the district benefit.
AEKDSU further said that though the district has number of administrative circles
but most remain non-functional as there are no circle officers posted.
The union also demanded immediate demarcation of Seppa government higher secondary
school boundary as encroachment is becoming a threat to various schools.
The union further requested for reopening of boys hostel at government higher secondary
school Seppa to facilitate the poor students from interior areas.
It also urged for immediate completion of infrastructure development of proposed
college and hoped that necessary funds would be sanctioned.
What for Rogi Kalyan Samitee (RKS)/ Hospital Management Committee under NRHM?
By Dr D Padung
Nodal Officer (NRHM)
I am writing in continuation of my earlier communication through newspaper on the
below detailed topic in the interest and general information and awareness of the
public. The intention is to instill knowledge to the public so that everybody owns
and act responsibly on the issues. My appeal to each and every member of the community
especially PRI leaders is to know the program and lead the committees as per guidelines
so as to achieve the NRHM goals. I am highlighting few but very important component
of communitization under NRHM as a part of empowering local committees so that the
need of the community is looked after by themselves. Further, it is my earnest request
to all that the committees function properly and give direction to the implementation
of NRHM activities as per local requirement at facility level.
The aim of RKS has been to improve the service delivery by using the funds available.
It is invariably seen that the funds provided to RKS / SC / VHSC are utilized for
activities which are not permitted under guidelines and further, the activities does
not contribute to the improvement in the service delivery. On the basis of above
facts, the utilization guidelines for VHSC untied fund, SC untied fund and RKS funds
are narrated briefly below for compliance at all levels.
A. GUIDELINES REGARDING CONSTITUTION OF VILLAGE HEALTH AND SANITATION COMMITTEES
AND UTILIZATION OF UNTIED GRANTS under NRHM
The detailed Implementation Framework of the National Rural Health Mission [NRHM]
approved by the Union Cabinet in July, 2006 provides for the constitution and orientation
of all community leaders on Village Sub Centre, Primary Health Centre and Community
Health Centre Committees. The NRHM implementation has been planned within the framework
of Panchayti Raj Institutions [PRIs] at various levels. The Village Health and Sanitation
Committee envisaged under NRHM is also within the overall umbrella of PRI.
Composition of the Village Health & Sanitation Committee.
To enable the Village Health & Sanitation Committee to reflect the aspirations of
the local community especially of the poor households and women, it has been suggested
· At least 50% members on the Village Health & Sanitation Committee should be women.
· Every hamlet within a revenue village must be given due representation on the Village
Health and Sanitation Committee to ensure that the needs of the weaker sections especially
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes are fully reflected in
the activities of the committee.
· A provision of at least 30% representation from the Non-governmental sector.
· Representation to women’s self-help group etc. on these committees etc. will enable
the Committee to undertake women’s health activities more effectively.
· Notwithstanding the above, the overall composition and nomenclature of the Village
Health & Sanitation Committees is left to the State Governments as long as these
committees were within the umbrella of PRIs.
Orientation & Training
Every Village Health & Sanitation Committee after being duly constituted by the State
Governments needs to be oriented and trained to carry out the activities expected
Village Health Fund
Every such committee duly constituted and oriented would be entitled to an annual
untied grant of Rs.10, 000/-, which could be used for any of the following activities:
(i) As a revolving fund from which households could draw in times of need to be returned
in installments thereafter.
(ii) For any village level public health activity like cleanliness drive, sanitation
drive, school health activities, ICDS, Anganwadi level activities, household surveys
(iii) In extraordinary case of a destitute women or very poor household, the Village
Health & Sanitation Committee untied grants could even be used for health care need
of the poor household.
(iv) The untied grant is a resource for community action at the local level and shall
only be used for community activities that involve and benefit more than one household.
Nutrition, Education & Sanitation, Environmental Protection and Public Health Measures
shall be key areas where these funds could be utilized.
(v) Every village is free to contribute additional grant towards the Village Health
& Sanitation Committee. In villages where the community contributes financial resources
to the Village Health & Sanitation Committee untied grant of Rs.10, 000/-, additional
incentive and financial assistance to the village could be explored. The intention
of this untied grant is to enable local action and to ensure that Public Health activities
at the village level receive priority attention.
Maintenance of Bank Account
The Village Health & Sanitation Committee fund shall be credited to a bank account,
which will be operated with the joint signature of ASHA along with the President
of the Village Health & Sanitation Committee/Pradhan of the Gram Panchayat. The
account maintenance of this joint account shall be the responsibility of the Village
Health & Sanitation Committee especially the ASHA. The Village Health & Sanitation
Committee, the ASHA shall maintain a register of funds received and expenditure incurred.
The register shall be available for public scrutiny and shall be inspected from
time to time by the ANM/MPW/Gram Panchayat.
· Every Village Health & Sanitation Committee needs to maintain updated Household
Survey data to enable need based interventions.
· Maintain a register where complete details of activities undertaken, expenditure
incurred etc. will be maintained for public scrutiny. This should be periodically
reviewed by the ANM/Sarpanch.
· The Block level Panchayat Samiti will review the functioning and progress of activities
undertaken by the VHSC.
· The District Mission in its meeting also through its members/block facilitators
supporting ASHA [wherever ASHA’s are in position] elicit information on the functioning
of the VHSC.
· A data base may be maintained on VHCSs by the DPMUs.
B. GUIDELINES FOR USE OF SUB-CENTER (SC) FUNDS UNDER NRHM
1. As part of the National Rural Health Mission, it is proposed to provide each sub
center with Rs.10,000/- as an untied fund to facilitate meeting urgent yet discrete
activities that need relatively small sums of money.
2. The fund shall be kept in a joint bank account of the ANM and the Sarpanch.
3. Decisions on activities for which the funds are to be spent will be approved by
the Village Health Committee (VHC) and be administered by the ANM. In areas where
the sub center is not co-terminus with the Gram Panchayat (GP) and the sub center
covers more than one GP, the VHC of the Gram Panchayat where the SC is located will
approve the Action Plan. The funds can be used for any of the villages, which are
covered by the sub center.
4. Untied Funds will be used only for the common good and not for individual needs,
except in the case of referral and transport in emergency situations. 5. Suggested
areas where Untied Funds may be used include:
· Minor modifications to sub center- curtains to ensure privacy, repair of taps,
installation of bulbs, other minor repairs, which can be done at the local level
· Ad hoc payments for cleaning up sub center, especially after childbirth.
· Transport of emergencies to appropriate referral centers
· Transport of samples during epidemics.
· Purchase of consumables such as bandages in sub center
· Purchase of bleaching powder and disinfectants for use in common areas of the village.
· Labour and supplies for environmental sanitation, such as clearing or larvicidal
measures for stagnant water.
· Payment/reward to ASHA for certain identified activities
6. Untied funds shall not be used for any salaries, vehicle purchase, and recurring
expenditures or to meet the expenses of the Gram Panchayat.
C. Guidelines for utilization of Untied fund and Annual Maintenance Grant for Primary
Health Centres (PHCs)
Health sector reforms under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) aims to increase
functional, administrative and financial resources and autonomy to the field units
under which every PHC will get Rs. 25,000/- p.a. as untied grant for local health
action. Similarly every PHC will get an Annual Maintenance Grant of Rs.50, 000/-
for improvement and maintenance of physical infrastructure. Provision of water,
toilets, their use and their maintenance has to be the priorities. In addition,
every PHC is being strengthened with provision of three staff nurses as against one
at present and provision of two doctors (one male, one female) and Ayush practitioner.
2. Necessity of untied fund has been felt mainly due to unavailability of funds for
undertaking any innovative Centre-specific need-based activity, as the allotment
of funds to the States has traditionally been of the nature of tied funds for implementing
a particular activity / scheme and this hardly left any funds with the public health
facilities. This centralized management and schematic in-flexibility in the use
of funds allotted to the States, did not provide any scope for local initiative and
flexibility for local action at block and down below level. Also it has been observed
that most of the Primary Health Centres have not been maintained properly due to
lack of steady fund, available locally for repair/refurbishing of infrastructure
and basic facilities.
3. Since there would be substantial fund flow to the districts to be utilized for
the Centres under NRHM / RCH-II and other programs, the untied funds should not duplicate
what is / can be taken up under other programs. Each activity planned by the Centre
should have clear rationale so that the impact of the untied fund can be distinctively
assessed. A separate register be maintained in the PHC giving sources of funds clearly
for various activities.
4. PHC untied fund shall be kept in the bank account of the concerned Rogi Kalyan
Samitti (RKS)/ Hospital Management Committee (HMC). PHC level Panchayat Committee/Rogi
Kalyan Samiti will have the mandate to undertake and supervise the work to be undertaken
from Annual Maintenance Grant. Both the funds will be spent and monitored by RKS.
5. Suggested areas where Untied Fund may be used include:
· Minor modifications to the Center- curtains to ensure privacy, repair of taps,
installation of bulbs, other minor repairs, which can be done at the local level
· Patient examination table, delivery table, DP apparatus, hemoglobin meter, copper-T
insertion kit, instruments tray, baby tray, weighing scales for mothers and for newborn
babies, plastic/rubber sheets, dressing scissors, stethoscopes, buckets, attendance
stool, mackintosh sheet
· Provision of running water supply
· Provision of electricity
· Ad hoc payments for cleaning up the Center, especially after childbirth.
· Transport of emergencies to appropriate referral centers
· Transport of samples during epidemics.
· Purchase of consumables such as bandages in the Center
· Purchase of bleaching powder and disinfectants for use in common areas
· Under the jurisdiction of the Centre.
· Labour and supplies for environmental sanitation, such as clearing or
· Larvicidal measures for stagnant water.
· Payment/reward to ASHA for certain identified activities
· Repair/operationalising soak pits
6. The following nature of expenditures should not be incurred out of the untied
· Purchase of Office Stationery and equipments, training-related equipments, Vehicles
· Engagement of full time or part time staff and payment of honorarium / incentives
/ wages of any kind.
· Purchase of drugs, consumables and furniture.
· Payments towards inserting advertisements in any Newspaper / Journal / Magazine
and IEC related expenditure.
· Organizing “Swasthya Mela” or giving stalls in any Mela for ostensible purpose
of awareness generation of health schemes / programs.
· Payment of incentives to individuals / groups in cash / kind.
· Meeting any recurring non-plan expenditure.
· Taking up any individual based activity except in the case of referral and transport
in emergency situations.
7. The Centers are not required to take prior approval before implementing the schemes
from the untied funds but shall have to send quarterly SOE and UC.
Teli inaugurates football tournament
ITANAGAR Aug 06: Former minister and AICC member T C Teli inaugurated the Running
Trophy football tournament at Balijan yesterday.
The tournament participated by 12 teams is being organized by Zenith Club, Balijan.
The first match was played between All Karbi Students’ Union (AKSU) and Balijan Branch
Youth Association (BBYA).
AKSU beat BBYA by 7 goals to 2. The final match of the tournament will be played
on August 15 next.
The inaugural session was attended by Balijan EAC Tai Taggu, All Papum Pare District
Students Union president Nabam Simon, representatives of others students’ unions
besides government staffs, panchayat leaders and public.
Association calls for strengthening security
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Taraso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) appealed the govt to immediately
deploy more IRBn personnel with communication equipments and a vehicle at Taraso
besides establishing a permanent training center of the 4th IRBn in the area.
It alleged that insurgents were taking advantage of the remoteness and roaming freely
creating a fear psychosis in the area.
The Association said that as a result of communication bottleneck, the area has become
a hide-outs for the insurgents while the absence equipped police personnel is encouraging
them to move freely with their arms.
PR leaders recommend Sati Mein
ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Women Panchayat leaders have recommended Sati Mein as its candidate
from 47 Namsai Assembly constituency. It said that women from Piyong and Namsai make
up 70% of voters and would like to see a woman candidate as its representative. The
signatories include Shristi Maio, ZPM, 3 Ningroo Piyong, Nang Kabita Namchoom, ASM
Wingseng Nonhtow, Nang Sumitra Mantaow, ASM, Piyong, Yachip Paron, ASM, Adi Ningroo,
Rupa Paleng, ASM, New Jengthu, Nang Urmila Manchey Khon, ASM, Deobeel-2, Nang Binita
Mowkey, ASM, Kaichu, Duhita Thoumonglong, ASM, Kinghom Juna, Neru Khamho, ASM, Mokrun.
“Our choice of Mein as candidate comes after long discourse and deliberations. She
has a mass support in the area and has been a guide to its people even without holding
a public office. We feel it is about time; she actually took up the mantle and become
our representative” it said in a release.
DDK’s Breast Feeding Week show
ITANAGAR, Aug 06: DDK, Itanagar will telecast live a panel discussion on the occasion
of Breast Feeding Week on August 7 at 7.30 pm.
Deputy Directors of health services department Dr R Rina and Dr. H Tam will be the
subject experts and a prog on eye donation will also be telecast on August 10 at
Coordination Meeting on Tax and Excise
PASIGHAT, August 6: A coordination meeting with the Head of Departments and DDO was
held at Pasighat under the chairmanship of Onit Panyang, Deputy Commissioner, East
Siang District in his office conference hall on August 5 last.
The Superintendent (Tax & Excise) Tanong Tatak appraised the house that the department
has begun checking the records to find out if there is a significant drop in the
TDS remitted by the businessmen and HODs / DDOs for the last two years and found
that the attitude of the business establishments are encouraging but the DDOs are
Tatak disclosed a detail report of non submission of TDS/FF-07 & 08. The DC Panyang
urged the officers/defaulters to clear their dues within the month of August enabling
the concern department to remit the same to the government treasury. All the officers
assured that they would clear their dues and cooperate with the concerned department.
Tap hydro potential: ANSU
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Students Union has demanded immediate initiation for expediting
hydropower projects in the Nyishi dominated areas with the proper MoU and MoA ensuring
compulsory employment opportunity to local educated youths and other social welfare
In a memorandum to the chief minister, the Union said that Nyishi dominated areas
are blessed with many rivers suitable for hydro power generation which is yet to
It further said that with the exploration of the hydropower in the Nyishi area, employment
opportunity for the youths could be generated besides infrastructural development
ITANAGAR: The Directorate of Art and Culture has clarified that failure to appear
before Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission was not deliberate. The department
clarified that the officer had gone out of station while adding that the documents
sought by a citizen was kept ready and several attempted were made to contact him.
It further added that after futile attempts to get in touch with him, the required
documents were sent by speed post on Aug 4.
The Information Commission had yesterday called on the Police to issue an arrest
warrant for officer of the department for failing to comply with the Commission’s
AHPF supports project
ITANAGAR: Abor Hills People’s Forum (AHPF) has unanimously decided to fully support
the Hydro Project coming up at Pongging-Bodak area.
The forum said that before the commencement of the project, the rehabilitation of
the affected villagers should be done on priority.
It further added that the forum will support and extend all possible assistance to
the JAYPEE group and the state government to complete the project as this will provide
employment possibilities and economic growth of East Siang district.