ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh Human Rights, Juvenile Justice Forum has appealed
to the state Govt to take steps for establishment of a juvenile court and separation
of Judiciary from executive immediately.
Almost all the North East states have separate judiciary and executive system and
Meghalaya is also going to have its own high court building at Shillong next year,
the Forum said adding that Arunachal Pradesh has not taken initiative for separation
of judiciary from executive yet. Separation of judiciary from executive will also
pave the way for employment opportunities for large number of law graduate in the
state, the Forum added.
ASKA conducts grading exam
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Altogether 16 Karatekas have qualified for different Ryu/grade
test in the basic training cum belt grading examination organized by the Arunachal
Shito-Ryu Seiko Kai Karate Association at Naharlagun on August 20 last. Sensie Bulang
Marik (Black belt 5th Dan), who is also national examiner of Seiko Kai Karate Association
of India conducted the examination in presence of Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli
Karate Club instructor Sensei Tagri Raju, Sempai Tader Eba, Sempai P Limbu respectively.
The next grading examination for Anjaw and Lohit districts will be held at Tezu during
1st week of October 2011.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Kino Welfare Society (KWS) has felicitated three Class XII
students, namely, Raju Kino, (Science), Lucia Kino (Arts) and Raju Kino, (Commerce)
and a class X student Yayak Kino as student toppers in a felicitation function
held at Seijosa on August 20 last.
The chief guest of the programme, Tayek Padu, Seijosa ADC called upon the parents
to play a greater role in educating their children as future citizen. He also stressed
on quality education for all.
The guest of honour, Monoj Vohra, BM, SBI also assured all possible help to student
toppers and contribution for development of infrastructure in education sector under
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: All Kimin Students Union (AKSU) has mourned the death of its former
general secretary Nabam Nagu, who died after prolonged illness on August 14.
Late Nagu of Kakoi village was serving as assistance teacher at Govt Middle school,
Lekhi, Naharlagun, the Union said. The members prayed for eternal peace of the departed
CO HQ at Hiba will accelerate development: Society
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Appreciating Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin for his assurance to
create Pach Pai circle headquarters at Leel-Hiba under upper Sangram of Kurung Kumey
district, Hiba Welfare Society, in a release claimed that the people of Hiba 1, Hiba
II, Cheki-Dara and Hatam anchal segment are ready to donate land for the purpose
at Hiba without claiming any compensation.
While appealing to the people of Leel to support the Hiba poeple’s demand, the society
said that establishment of the proposed CO headquarter at Hiba instead of Leel would
help develop the backward area.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: While expressing its solidarity with Anna Hazare who is fighting
for corruption free India, the likeminded NGOs of Lower Subansiri District including
Ziro Development Council (ZDC), Apatani Priest Association (APA), Danyi Piilo Society
(DPS), Apatani Heritage Association (AHA) and Meder Nello Committee have decided
to organize joint rally at Ziro/Hapoli to pressurize the authority to except the
demands of Anna Hazare on Lokpal bill on August 23.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Wancho Students’ Union (WSU) in its 6th conference cum election
held at Longding, Tirap on August 19 has elected Manphua Wangsu as President, Panjem
Wangsu as vice president and Pholem Wangnow as General Secretary.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Nera Techi, Vice president of Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal
Pradesh unit has resigned from the post on personal ground.
DPSC Centres at Doimukh and Kangu inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado has inaugurated the Donyi-Polo Sports and
Cultural Centre (DPSCC), Doimukh in a simple function on August 21.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Bado said both sports and culture are the
integral part of individual life. He called upon the functionaries of the Centre
to promote both sports and culture in right direction. He further said the youth
power should be channelized for well-being of the state. He also appreciated the
Arunachal Vikas Parishad for setting up such Centre for promotion of sports and culture.
AVP Papum Pare district unit president Tana Tagu Tara and AVP worker Khoda Tarin,
Doimukh DPSCC president Nabam Muna and secretary Rajum Tana Tara also spoke on the
Meanwhile, the Kangku Circle Sports and Cultural Centre under Likabali sub-division
in Lower Siang district was inaugurated by the chief guest Rimar Yongam at Kangku
villade Dere on August 21. Daknya Yonggam was present as guest of honour in the programme.
Arunachal Vikas Parishad state publicity secretary Madhuram Pegu and another office
bearer Ritu Gupta also spoke on the future role to be played by the Centre in circle
level during the Yuba Varsha to be celebrated by Arunachal Vikash Parishad in 2011.
The Centre also decided to organise circle level Donyi Polo Sports Competition as
well as cultural programme.
TCYA pleads for anti-erosion measure
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Tarasso Circle Youth Association ( T.C.Y.A) appealed to the authorities
concerned to take immediate steps to control the flood and soil erosion triggered
by heavy rainfall in past few days at various places in Tarasso circle with Town
Bill, Daria Bill and Bormai villages being the worst affected.
TCYA in a release claimed that most of the cultivable lands of Town Bill and Daria
Bill villages were washed away by Dukha and Bihumari rivers. Further, the dwelling
house of one Taba Yaza is being threatened by Dukha river due to soil erosion, the
association said and appealed to the local MLA and other concern departments to take
immediate preventive measures to save the land and other properties of the villagers
from being washed away.
ASM appeals for ration sortie
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Rengchi Poriang Anchal Segment ASM Keji Tapok, under Parsi Parlo
circle has appealed to the authorities to airdrop ration items in the circle to mitigate
the suffering of school students and Govt staff who have been facing acute ration
shortage due to disruption in road link over Patuk and Kumey rivers.
Besides Patuk bridge over Patuk river between Parsi Parlo and Damin circle, several
bridges over Kurung river have been damaged by the flood water triggered by torrential
rain in recent past, the ASM said. Apart from devastation caused to the paddy field
in Parsi Parlo area, porter track in some villages and bridges over tributaries of
Kumey river have also been damaged by the flood water, he claimed. The ASM also appealed
to the authorities to release fund for reconstruction of bridges and provide assistance
to the flood victims.
Free coaching for tribal students
Tezu, Aug 22 : The two months free coaching for tribal students of Lohit district
in Mathematics and Science concluded in its coaching centers at Govt. Secondary School,
Loiliang and Tamla Academy here.
About 85 tribal students of classes IX and X were benefitted from the free coaching.
The entire coaching was handled by Seva volunteer Rishikesh Divekar, a Mechanical
Engineer promoting Seva initiatives in the field of education for the economically
weaker and tribal students in Arunachal Pradesh.
The free coaching was conducted by Seva Bharati in collaboration with a local based
NGO Amik Matai Society from July 15 last.
The concluding ceremony was attended by the Anjaw district labour and employment
officer as chief guest and the political assistant (TR Settlement) as special guest.
The programme was attended by the functionaries of the collaborating NGOs and the
tribal students besides the School Authorities.
The organisations is also planning to conduct similar free coaching classes of two
months in Maths and Science in all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh in response
and benefit of poor students.
Rally in support of Anna
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The people of Palin area including students, youths, businessmen
and general public took out a peaceful rally in support of Anna Hazare’s campaign
against corruption in Palin town today. They shouted slogan like “Anna Hazare Sangarsh
Karo: Humbhi Tumare Sath Hain” and asked the authorities to pay heed to the demands
of Anna. The rally was organized under the initiatives of Palin Area Youth Welfare
Association (PAYWA) and Bazaar Welfare Committee (BWC) with support of students
communities and villagers.
Besides expressing solidarity with Anna, we want to send a message to MP Takam Sanjoy
to extend support to Anna’s movement through this rally, the PAYWA said. Through
this rally we also created awareness among the people of Arunachal Pradesh about
the rampant corruption being practiced in the state, the Association added.
Arunachal unit of AIRGVMI observes Sadbhavana Diwas
ZIRO, Aug 22: Commemorating the 67th birth day of former Prime Minister Lt. Rajiv
Gandhi, All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI) Arunachal Pradesh
unit observed Sadbhavana Diwas at Mother’s Home, Old Ziro on August 20 last.
The Mother’s Home, run by Achu Kuru Welfare Society is the home for orphan, mentally
disorder, poor and destitute, old age etc.
AIRGVMI’s State unit general secretary Kuru Tago in his short speech highlighted
the importance of Sadbhavana Diwas and its celebration these days.
The programme started with lighting of diya (lamp) and garlanding of flowers to the
portrait of Lt. Gandhi. The inmates residing at Mother’s Home also paid homage to
the Lt. Gandhi along with Manch members.
As part of the programme, the Manch sponsored by Bright Future Society, a local based
NGO has donated sports half pant, T-shirt, salwars, eatable items etc. to the Mother’s
Tailyang Santii, mother of Mother’s Home also shared her experience with the visiting
The Manch also distributed fruits and other eatable items to the indoor patients
of Community Health Centre, Old Ziro.
Later the Manch members took Sadhavana pledge.
Himalayan Dancer -2011 from October
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The first ever mega dance competition “The Himalayan Dancer 2011"
with theme “Dance to heal” is all set to begin from October 18 in three districts
of East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang.
The event mainly aims at fostering unity and brotherhood amongst the people of the
three districts as well as exposing the hidden dancing talents, said Kameng & Tawang
District Development Society (KTDDS), the organizer of the competition.
According to the organizing committee, the competition is restricted to the participants
from East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang only. Fifteen selected participants from
each district will compete at district level to reach the final which would be held
at Bomdila, the district headquarters of West Kameng.
The first, second and third prizes carry cash award of Rs. One Lakh, Rs.50,000 and
Rs.20,000 respectively. Besides, they would given free coaching at a renowned dance
institute in Itanagar before the commencement of the state level dance competition
“Arunachal Dance Star 2011”, scheduled to be held in November, 2011 organized by
All other selected participants would be given a memento and certificates.
Taba Hare is NIFCS chief
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Executive Body of Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society
(NIFCS) has been reconstituted with Taba Hare as president and Hui Tag as secretary
general for the year 2011-13 in the annual general body meeting of Central Nyedar
Namlo (CNN) at Rono, Doimukh on August 20.
Earlier, CNN secretary general gave the reports of various activities of CNN. In
all 250 delegates from all the functioning Namlos of the Nyishi inhabited districts
of the state including Assam attend-d the day long meeting
A priest development demonstration was also conducted at Doimukh Nyedar Namlo on
August 19 by two renowned priests namely; Taba Nere of Model Village and Tao Takap
of Posa Village, Pitapool to testify the power of healing among the laymen. Eight
persons were selected for the priesthood development. Two of them have been testified
to be having the healing power by the two priests.
The Barefoot College of India has trained 12 women in solar engineering to bring
electricity to 1,500 households in rural Sierra Leone. These women are now setting
up the first Barefoot College in Africa's Konta Line village, Sierra Leone.
The women were all trained at Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, in western
India. They are now back in Sierra Leone assembling 1,500 household solar units at
a new Barefoot College in Konta Line village, Port Loko district, which is to be
formally opened next month. The women are all either illiterate or semi-literate
– they used to be subsistence farmers, living day-to-day like millions in Sierra
Leone. But now they are proud graduates, having travelled 6,000 miles to India to
learn – in the women's words – "how to make light from the sun".
The Barefoot College in Sierra Leone is the first in Africa. It will enroll up to
50 students on four-month residential courses in solar engineering. The Sierra Leone
government has invested about $820,000 in the project. Though the college is funded
by the government, the women hope they can run it independently, in what they describe
as the "Barefoot way".
Sierra Leone is still catching up after the lost years of the decade-long civil war
that wiped out the country's fragile infrastructure. More than 60 per cent of people
(about 3.6 million) live rurally. Even in urban areas, more than 90 per cent of people
go without power.
A recent World Bank report states that electricity is Sierra Leone's most daunting
Numerous problems of Damin people
The present Circle Hq of Damin Circle in Kurung Kumey district was established in
1968 and it is one of the remotest circles in Arunachal Pradesh where road communication
and other basic needs of life like electricity and telecommunication etc are yet
to see by the people of this circle. One may not belief, but it is true that to reach
this Circle/Block Hq, its take four days foot-march either via Parsi-Parlo circle
or Sarli circle from present District Hq, Koloriang.
According to 2011 population Census the Circle has total population of 5674 and 90%
of the population is living Bellow Poverty Line (BPL) till today. The Circle is one
of the lowest literate circles in Kurung Kumey district. Total number of graduate
from the circle is 21 (3 female and 18 male). As many as 30 to 40 drop out are living
in this interior Circle HQ and their causes of dropout from school was poverty as
they told me when I conducted interaction meeting twice last year with these dropout
students. The Circle has 7 schools out of which three are middle schools and the
maximum dropout is between classes IX to XI.
In the health sector that one PHC is running without medicine. "Doctor without medicine
is like a gun without cartridges". A local doctor was posted but there is no infrastructure
like hospital building, quarter etc and every year some medicine are being procured
under Boarder Area Development Programme (BADP) scheme but hardly it is used for
maximum two months. As reported there is no medicine supply from normal department,
so child mortality rate is very high in this administrative Hq.
One of my tragic experience in life for first time was last year, 2010 when bamboo
flowering occurred this interior CD Block and cent percent standing crops of 53 villages
of the Block/Circle were damaged completely by rat. The local MLA along with Deputy
Commissioner, HoDs of Kurung Kumey district visited the Circle by helicopter to take
stock of the situation. I personally visited at least 16 villages to assess the situation
and depute all my staff to cover all 53 villages and submit report on crop damaged.
I consolidated the damaged caused by rat in appropriated Govt, supplied format and
submitted to Deputy Commissioner, indicating the victims name, total losses, name
of village etc, but till today there is no any information in related to this from
Govt. Persons who can afford, have been migrated to different places like District
HQ, State Capital etc to avoid starvation. These rural poor people are depending
now on two plants locally called "TACHI & TASHE" for staple food through out the
year. TACHI is wild plant which local people cut down and process for extraction
of food item from it. At least 7 to 10 days required to complete the food processing.
TASHE is also a wild plant. Local people cut it down and process for extraction food
item within a day or more at a particular place called SAPPER processing shed. There
is no other way to modify the methods of processing, but we can improve the shed
for processing the TACHI & TASHE in each and every village through government schemes.
Need of the hours is to encourage these local people to plant more TACHI & TASHE
with assistance from government side. Had there not been these plants in this interior
place, how the people could overcome starvation of bamboo flowering year as all the
people depend on agricultural products. These plants are the gift of God and Nature
and all the process to make it food items is purely on traditional methods.
The entire villages of this Circle depend on foot tracks, foot suspension, cane bridge
over mighty River Kumey and its tributaries, log bridges, log ladder to cross the
steep mountains, deep gorges, steep cliff, etc to connect the Circle/Block Hq, District
Hq. Recent heavy rainfall during July and 1st week of August, 2011 washed away these
bridges, log ladders etc. As a result the villages remained cut off from rest of
the world. Porter tracks, suspension bridges, log bridges, log ladders were maintained
annually by PWD labours of Sangram PWD Division in early days. However, the State
Government had withdrawn the labour forces in the year 1996-97. After withdrawal
of labour forces, the people of the Circle, especially Govt staff are facing untold
miseries during monsoon season to reach Circle and District Hq. By virtue of my
post I use to meet the entire section of society including poor of the poorest people.
This year’s damages caused by nature force the people of entire villages to face
another trouble after bamboo flowering. At least Rs 2 to 3 crore are required to
restore the damages. The NGOs, Panchayati Raj Institutions, MLAs, MPs of local area
should come forward and negotiate state or central government to have a proper plan
allocation, especially for boarder outpost like Damin or deploy the labour force
for annual maintenance of road links for greater interest of the poor people of interior
Even the mediamen can't reach to this place to highlight all these problems as AAPSU
President Takam Tatung has rightly given a comparative statement on Anna Hazare and
Irom Sharmila that media can play and make from zero to hero.
Almost senior citizens, NGOs, students’ organizations, community base organizations,
political parties issued press statements in local dailies demanding State government
for early release of fund for restoration of capital roads which were damages by
same monsoon rainfall that causes damages in interior place of Damin circle. The
dissimilarity is here poor people of interior Damin circle could not come out and
highlight their problems in the media. Finally state government has released Rs,
17 crore of funds for restoration of capital roads renovation.
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ACR’s consultative meeting to facilitate inclusive policy formulation
The Union Ministry of Rural Development has once again come up with two important
draft bills--The Land Acquisition and the Rehabilitation and Resettlement bills,
2011 which aim to replace the National Policy on Resettlement and Rehabilitation
for project affected families, 2003 and Land Acquisition Act of 1894.
The above bills intent to confer an adequate compensation package for the land and
property which the state wants to acquire for some project and has been designed
to strike balance between the need for land for development of the country and protecting
the interest of those affected by compulsory acquisition of land for such purposes.
The Ministry has invited comments from individuals, civil society groups stakeholders
preferably on or before 31st August, 2011.
We are also aware of the facts that several aspects of the various huge development
projects underway, under process and being planned for the future on our state. Because
of the presence of several mighty Himalayan rivers, Arunachal Pradesh has been identified
as the area for development of over a hundred hydel projects on these rivers. Numbers
of national and international trade high-ways are also being planned including railways.
The cumulative impact of these projects on the simple hill tribes of the state is
bound to be massive. The most serious impact of the projects is the dispossession
of their land, both agricultural and homestead, along with the loss of their traditional
occupation. The indigenous people of Arunachal do not possess modern legal documents
or land pattas to prove their ownership of the land they have lived on for centuries
and are therefore invariably deprived of even the meager compensation and rehabilitation
benefits as per the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (as amended in 1984)
We can’t deny the facts that post-Independence period experience has suggested that
the long drawn out process of development project induced displacement has caused
widespread traumatic psychological and socio-cultural consequences. These include
the dismantling of traditional production systems, desecration of ancestral sacred
zones, graves and places of worship, scattering of kinship groups, disruptions of
family system and informal social network. The model is built around a core concept:
the risks of impoverishment. The eight-impoverishment risks are landlessness, joblessness,
homeless-ness, marginalisation, food insecurity, increased morbidity and mortality,
loss of access to common property and social disarticulation.
Recent studies reveal that a large chunk of the population among the displaced and
deprived of their livelihood are members of the Tribes and other economically marginalized
rural people, who have live in close proximity to nature and directly depend on the
natural resources. The Twenty-ninth Report of the Commissioner of Scheduled Castes
and Tribes (1990) says that even though tribal people are roughly 7.5 per cent of
the population, over 40 per cent, of those displaced till 1990 belonged to these
communities. A report of the Official Working Group on Development and Welfare of
Scheduled Tribes during the Eighth Five-Year Plan (1990-1995) on the rehabilitation
of tribal people, based on a comprehensive study of 110 projects, has concluded that
of the 1.694 million people displaced by these projects, almost 50 per cent (814,000)
were tribal people (Government of India, 1993). Such is the reality of displacement
and marginalization of the Tribals in India owing to various development projects.
And the women and children are usually the worst sufferer in these situations but
the gender impacts of development fallout is yet to be assessed professionally.
In this connection, Arunachal Citizens’s Rights (ACR) is facilitating a state level
consultative meeting on 27th August next at Hotel Arun Subansiri. Stakeholders, individuals,
academicians civil society groups Human Rights groups including district wise representatives
are expected to take part in the proposed consultative meeting.
The meeting will focus on how the communities of the state can get long term benefits
from these policies and provide an opportunity to all the participants to share their
concerns in various capacities to work towards an inclusive policy contribution.
This consultative meeting is one small step in a larger attempt of a few concerned
citizens to put collective inputs wherever is necessary on both the bills and also
facilitate a basic orientation on these very important policy documents.
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