ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Birup Colony Welfare Committee, Itanagar has appealed to the
concern authority to take action against the sales manager of Arunachal Pradesh Consumers
Cooperative Federation Ltd, Raj Bhawan branch for allegedly selling ration items
like rice and sugar to authorized card holders.
The Committee action chairman Gochi Kiokam in a release today alleged that he found
such abnormality during his visit to the Federation on August 23. Kiokam further
said that he had seized eight invalid ration cards from the possession of sales manager
and urged the authorities to enquire into the irregularities.
AAPPTF unit appeals for renovation of road
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Expressing concern over the dilapidated Ziro-Hapoli road, All Arunachal
Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), Lower Subansiri district unit in a
representation to Deputy Commissioner has appealed him to take immediate step for
renovation of said road.
In another representation to the SBI general manager, the AAPPTF unit appealed him
to activate ATM counter at Old Ziro. Most of the time the ATM remains out of order
causing great inconvenience to general public and business men, the Federation
unit resented. Though there are two ATM counters at Ziro and Hapoli, both the counters
fail to deliver service to the growing number of bank customers, the federation unit
said. The federation also appealed the Director, postal services, Itanagar for providing
Speed Post facility at Sub-Post Office, Ziro for the convenience of general public.
ALSU complains against poor infrastructure
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Arunachal Law Students union (ALSU) has visited Bhalukpong
area especially Tipti Industrial Estate on Aug 23. During its tour, ALSU found that
quality works have not been maintained while constructing the new Govt. infrastructure
such as EAC building, Hospital building and circuit House building. Moreover, the
newly constructed EAC building and Hospital building have not been handed over to
the concerned Departments, the union said.
While visiting Industrial Estate Tipi, Bhalukpong, the ALSU team also expressed
displeasure over the poor infrastructure development in the area. The Industrial
Estate is still deprived of basic infrastructure like approach road, proper drainage
system and sanitation, drinking water facility besides insufficient power supply,
the union said.
The ALSU also visited the newly established steel Industry (Platinum Alloys Pvt.
Ltd.) Under Satyam Groups and found that the industry is already running without
pollution plant. The Union appealed to the authorities to take immediate remedial
measures for better infrastructure.
Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: All Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association (ACCUYA) has decided
to organise a free health camp in October next.
LSDNSU demands ATM counters at Yachuli and Raga
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students Union (LSDNSU) has appealed
to the SBI regional manager, Itanagar for installation of ATM counters at Yachuli
and Raga blocks.
Opening of SBI branch with ATM facility at Yachuli will cater to the need of around
15 thousand population, including school students and businessmen, the union said.
Similarly, Raga with 20,000 population also urgently required a ATM booth, the union
Meanwhile, the union informed that the authorities of the SBI assured to open ATM
counters both at Yachuli and Raga before the next financial year.
Education tour postponed
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUSDSU) has postponed
its educational tour to district due to bad weather condition and late start of the
academic session in the school. Tour scheduled to begin from August 22 is likely
to start from 2nd week of September. The union appealed to the market committee
not to donate fund in the name of education tour to any individual.
Meanwhile, the union appealed to the district administration to take up road maintenance
work in Daporijo township at the earliest.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The members of the Diso-Katu Youth Club (DKYC) conducted a two-days
social service at Segi/Gusar on August 13 and 14 and also celebrated Independence
day on August 15. Many people of the area including students and youth, gaon burahs
and villagers took part in the social service and independence day celebration.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has appointed Toko
Chilly as chairman of relief and rehabilitation cell, APCC with immediate affect
for smooth and effective functioning of the party.
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The senior members, social workers, former student leaders and
businessmen of Nyishi community in a general meeting held at Naharlagun today unanimously
formed an organization, titled, Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) for promotion of
unity, integrity and upliftment of the community. The 8-member interim committee
of the Association is headed by Epa Tana Tara, president, Tadar Nyokum (Hq) and
Tap Tapuk (East) as vice presidents and Toyum Son as secretary general.
Additional charge for Garg
ITANAGAR: Ankur Garg, Secretary to Governor, has been given the additional charge
of Secretary IPR in addition to his other charges effective immediately until further
Ajit Srivastava, who was holding the post of secretary IPR and LM has been relieved
of his post with immediate effect after the appointment, according to an official
order issued by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam. DIPR
YNMA to take out rally against corruption
ITANAGAR: Youth Network Movement Arunachal (YNMA), a voluntary and non profit organization,
would take out a peaceful procession from Akash Deep to ‘O’ point Tinali here on
August 27 at 9.30 am to create awareness among the people of the state about corruption.
All like minded people are expected to join the procession to make it success.
APSCW team relinquishes charges
ITANAGAR: Following the Govt order on August 20, the 2nd body of the Arunachal
Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) including its chairperson Komoli Mossang,
vice chairperson Mepung Tadar, Members Tadar Yader, Yater Nasi and Secha Rajkumar
have relinquished their respective charges yesterday.
Meanwhile, all the staff members of APSCW bade farewell to outgoing women commission
team in a farewell meeting held here yesterday.
REHP affected people demand release of adequate dam water
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Criticizing both state Govt and the NEEPCO - the project authority
of 405 MW-capacity Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) for “robbing off’ the
livelihood of the people living in downstream of Ranganadi, the Lichi Cher Ranganadi
Project Affected Area Management Committee has urged the NEEPCO Ltd to release 50
per cent of Ranganadi water to downstream people for revival of the aquatic resources
in order to sustain the tribal people’s birth right.
Highlighting the grievances of the people of downstream villages namely, Lichi, Lower
Lichi, Bodin, Hawa Camp, Lower Sher, Nyokriang, Komasaki, Bada and Upper Jumi, the
Committee in its meeting held on August 18 resented that despite submission of memorandum
after memorandum in the past 8 years to NEEPCO authority and the state Govt, the
right of the indigenous people on nature has been completely neglected by diverting
100 per cent water of Panior river.
The people of downstream areas wholeheartedly welcomed the project keeping in mind
the economic interest of backward and younger state like ours. In the beginning,
it was expected that the problems being faced by downstream people like heavy siltation,
complete extinction of aquatic lives, floods and its effects on life and property
and frequent change of river course due to construction of dam would be addressed
carefully by the stakeholders but it has not happened till today, the committee said.
It further maintained that the attitude of the State Govt is even worse and it is
interested only in 11 per cent revenue being given by NEEPCO no matter whether its
people survive or perish.
Stick to its single point demand for release of 50 per cent original river water
to downstream people, Committee urged both NEEPCO Ltd and state Govt to take action
within 15 days failing which they will resort to a phase-wise agitation, starting
with a 48-hour road blockade along the Kimin-Potin road on Sept 8 next.
No MoU on REHP !
Meanwhile, the Committee expressed surprise over the fact that the Ranganadi dam
was built without signing MoU with state Govt. Equipped with RTI document, the committee
said “It is quite surprising that a dam has been built without MoU, without public
hearing and environmental impact assessment.”
AVF pleads for effective transfer and posting policy
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) has appealed to the state Chief
Minister to take steps for proper implementation of transfer and posting policy in
In a memorandum addressed to the chief minister, the Forum alleged that transfer
and posting policy has been violated in many departments of the state. While most
of the 1st class and 2nd class officers have been posted in interior areas due
to political highhandedness, some officers are rendering their service at particular
place for last many years with the blessing of politicians, the Forum said. As per
Govt guidelines, an officer is allowed to continue his service not less than three
years. But in reality, officers are being transferred before completion of three
year tenure in various departments in total violation of Govt’s prescribed guidelines,
the union alleged.
AIDS advocacy prog for personnel of tourism sector
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) has organized
an advocacy programme on HIV/AIDS for the officers of tourism department, private
hotel and tourist operators of Capital Complex at Hotel Chandni today.
Addressing the participants, APSACS project director, Dr Emi Rumi gave detailed information
on various issues related to HIV/AIDS and its prevention. Highlighting the role of
tourism officers, hotel and tour operators, he urged them to play a pivotal role
in bringing awareness about HIV/AIDS. Among others, Dr Riken Rina, joint director
(BSD), APSACS, assistant directors of tourism, tourism officers, hotel and tourist
operators took part in the programme and discussed about AIDS awareness and its
DASU calls for positive steps for Dibang bridge construction
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Reacting to the recent statement of the Lower Dibang Valley DC
regarding delay in issuance of no objection certificate (NOC) to Navayuga Engineering
Company(NEC) for construction of the bridge over Dibang river connecting Dambuk sub-division,
the Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) today said that the construction agency has
already obtained NOC from Head Gaon Bura, Anchal samiti member, Anchal Chairperson
on June 17.
Regarding forest clarification, DASU claimed that that the site for which NOC is
required falls under LPC area, not under forest department. Regarding, clearance
from Pollution Control Board for installation of stone crusher and DG set, DASU
claimed that NEC has already applied for NOC to Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control
Board on February 19, 2011 and it is moral duty of administration to forward the
application to APPCB with a recommendation.
Reacting to the clarification given by DC on NOC for 7 hectares of land, the Union
appealed to the DC to go minutely through DR/LR-43/07-08/256, Dtd. 27/07/2010 & DR/LR-43/231,
Dtd, 29/10/07. “This will clarify all her confusion”, the Union said and appealed
to the DC to disclose the name of organization which possesses remaining 2 hectares
Denouncing the statement of administration in delay of issuing NOC to construction
agency, the DASU strongly appealed to the DC to act positively before September 10.
It threatens to launch democratic movement in case of failure of the authority to
fulfill its demands.
Flood damages agri field
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Recent flood in river Sibi has completely damaged and washed away
wet rice cultivation (WRC) field and horticultural gardens of farmers in the up stream
of the river Sibi from RCC bridge Yupia village.
The natural calamities also damaged dwelling houses, fencing and other properties
of the villagers, who donated land for the district quarter Yupia.
Since agriculture and horticulture gardens, especially WRC is the mainstay of the
local populations, the complete crop damage would badly affect on the livelihoods
and food security of the farmers, Yupia-I GPM Tana Pol said in a release. It would
also effect on overall health and education of their children, the GPM said, and
appealed to the Government to extend all possible help to the local villagers in
this hour of crisis, who contributed land for the establishment of the district headquarter.
The GPM appealed to the authorities concerned to assess the damages caused to the
poor local farmers and villagers, initiate prompt flood damage restoration works
with other necessary steps to contain further damages due to flood.
What after Non-APS/T babus retire?
Blinded by overt ethnocentrism, we Arunachalees do not make an effort to imbibe the
many useful and virtuous things inherent in other cultures. Work culture is still
foreign to many of us, especially APS/T government employees. This lack of work culture
and unwillingness to learn on the part of most of the government employees will push
our state into an unfathomable pit of self-destruction. The work culture cannot be
taught or inculcated. It has to come from within through realization. Of course,
there are also sincere, dedicated and self-less government employees who work silently
in the interest of the common people but they are in a minority. It is clear from
records that from 2014 to 2016 hundreds of non-APS/T ministerial staff, mainly UDCs
and LDCs will retire from different departments of the state on attainment of superannuation.
Let us not worry, as our APS/T candidates will occupy these hundreds of vacancies
as 80:20 is the present norm of recruitment and the cry for 100% reservation for
APS/T is getting louder by the day. The big worry is whether our people will be able
to carry out the job as efficiently and sincerely as their predecessors had done.
This is a serious food for thought.
Taking over the onerous responsibilities of running the offices by our APS/T officials
from their non-APS/T counter-parts will be the toughest test for the former. It will
make or mar the future of our young state.
This is not a case of ‘washing dirty linen in public’ but we must not hesitate to
admit or accept the truth. The bitter truth is that the work of our APS/T officials
in the offices is slipshod and they are despised for their lack of sincerity, punctuality,
devotion and all those qualities that normally should not associate with a government
If one goes to any village in our state, the villagers demand non-APS/T teachers,
non-APS/T agriculture field assistants etc. Similarly, the officers working in any
government departments prefer non-APS/T peon or non-APS/T ministerial staff to our
APS/T officials. It is a shame, indeed. No prizes, for guessing the reason. If one
goes to our capital, Itanagar for any official work, the peon, busy in her knitting
work, if asked about the officer, the most expected answer is ‘ I don’t know.’ About
absenteeism in offices among our APS/T officials, lesser said the better. Some of
the staff who are present in the offices are seen busy selling their various commercial
products in the office, many are engaged in down-line payment schemes, while many
busy themselves as agents of LIC, Amway and many such other schemes, conveniently
ignoring their primary duty of serving the people for which they are being paid handsomely.
Many of our officers and officials are seriously engrossed and engaged in religious
activities during office hours. I know many of them will cry foul the moment they
read this. However, can we hide the truth? We must be true to our duty. Our young
state depends more on us than on anybody else because it is we, who are executing
the policies and programmes of government of the day. No one is infallible but we
must make an honest attempt to correct ourselves. The onus is on us, the government
employees to assuage the sufferings of our own people. On many occasions, I have
seen the same person coming to office repeatedly from an interior village to get
a simple ST certificate or PRC. However, each time either the officer is not present
or the Babu is absent, in the process delaying the work of the poor villager.
We cannot stop our non-APS/T friends from retiring but we must learn quickly the
intricacies and nuances of running the offices. The ministerial workers play a pivotal
role in running and maintaining any office smoothly. It is they, who carry out the
most important file work and they are the link between the common people and the
government departments. They must be well trained, well versed and thorough in official
procedures, as they often have to guide the officers. Some ministerial staff also
deals with extremely sensitive matters for which they must be extremely cautious.
A peccadillo here an there can potentially ruin their career, career of the concerned
officer and of course, the government. Government branches like establishment, accounts,
treasury etc deal with subjects, which are technical in nature. However, one of the
inherent weaknesses among our APS/T officials is that they are not keen to learn.
I can find only a few officials in Khonsa, Deputy Commissioner’s office who can correctly
prepare pay bills, maintain GPF accounts, finalize pension papers and so on and so
forth. If they do not learn now from their non-APS/T counter-parts who are on the
verge of retirement, what will happen to the offices is the pertinent question everybody
In order to equip our APS/T officials with the necessary knowledge of official procedures,
regular trainings should be organized all over the state. The non-APS/T babus who
are adept at running the offices may be engaged to impart the much-needed training.
Otherwise, it will be too late for us. Now, we have 3 to 4 years to utilize the services
of these knowledgeable and dedicated non-APS/T officials gainfully and meaningfully.
After 2015 to 2016 when most of our non-APS/T officials are gone, the employees of
Arunachal Pradesh are bound to face innumerable problems. Do not be surprised if
you do not get your payment on time or if you suddenly discover that your GPF account
has not been maintained properly. Hopefully, things will fall in place gradually
as they must if we are to take our state forward. There is no dearth of efficient
and sincere ministerial staff in our state but as I said, they are in a minority.
These few dedicated and sincere officials must inspire their fellow-workers to work
sincerely and ask them to try to pick up the nuances fast. Indeed, the few years
after the mass retirement of the non-APS/T officials from our state will be crucial
for the offices to function. The sooner our APS/T officials realize the Herculean
task ahead, the better for the whole state. (The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa and can
be reached at denhangbosai @yahoo.co.in)
Pre- Solung celebrated at Shillong
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU), Shillong unit has celebrated the
Pre - Solung festival with pomp and gaiety on August 20 last.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Ojing Tashing, former AAPSU general secretary,
called upon the younger generation to preserve own culture and tradition. He also
advised the students to work hard for successful career in their future life.
The guest of honour Mark Yirang, founder president of AdiSU, terming the students
in Shillong as ambassador of state, appealed them to preserve own identity. He also
appealed one and all to celebrate the festival in bigger way.
DRC, Shillong and AdiSU speaker Tapir Taga also spoke on the occasion. Both the chief
guest and guest of honour distributed prizes to the winners of games and sports competition.
Ponnung dance by the students and dignitaries was the major attraction of the celebration.
Colony people demand restoration of road link
ITANAGAR: Aug 24: The recent flood in Pachin river due to torrential rains caused
major damage to the link road of Pachin colony.
Flood in the Pachin river had also submerged the area and washed away several dwelling
houses while many more houses are on the brink of being washed away due to massive
soil erosion. Major cracks have developed all along the road making it harder for
pedestrian even to walk which needs immediate repairing, said Pachin Welfare Committee
(PWC) in a release.
It said that a major chunk of the residential area of the colony is submerged in
water when it rains. However, the situation has worsened now, PCW claimed.
While blaming the half-constructed huge concrete run-off dam structure for the multi-crore
central drinking water project at Pachin river for flood in the river, PWC demanded
the State Government to immediately take all anti-erosion measures to protect the
life and properties of the colony dwellers.
It alleged that the authority did not consider /take any preventive measures before
starting the project for which the people have been now suffering from such man-made
disaster. Six persons were so far drowned in the river since the project started,
The committee demanded the PHED to dismantle the structure, which is lying marooned
for several years with no hope of completion, to allow free flow of the river water
and carry out flood damage restoration works at the project affected areas immediately.
The state Government’s assurance to develop the Pachin colony as a Model village,
which was established in 80’s, remained a dream unfulfilled, PWC lamented.
It may be mentioned here that PWC conducted two days social service recently to restore
the link road.
Meanwhile, the colony welfare committee demanded the authorities concerned to immediately
start the repairing works of the Naharlagun-Pachin link road which is lying in a
dilapidated condition after flood ravaged it. It also appealed to the Chief Engineer,
PWD to inspect the road personally to know its present condition.
Stillbirths are a big invisible global health issue.
More than 2.6 million pregnancies a year end in stillbirth, a tragedy which mostly
hits women in poor countries and accounts for more deaths than AIDS and malaria combined,
according to recent research.
WHO defines stillbirth as a lost pregnancy after 28 weeks of gestation, or during
the third trimester of pregnancy.
There are 2.65 million stillbirths a year - more than malaria and AIDS deaths combined
-- and yet they are never mentioned in global health data or policy.
A series of studies published in the journal Lancet by researchers from the World
Health Organisation and some 50 organisations in 18 countries offered the first comprehensive
look at the impact of the problem around the world.
The report shows wide variations among developed and developing countries, with rates
as low as 2 per 1,000 births in Finland and Singapore to highs of 47 per 1,000 in
Pakistan and 42 per 1,000 in Nigeria.
The most common causes are complications during childbirth, infections during pregnancy
like syphilis, health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes, fetal growth
restriction, in which babies fail grow at the proper rate, and birth defects.
The studies found that 98 percent of stillbirths in 2009 occurred in low- and middle-income
countries, and two-thirds in rural areas where midwives and doctors are often not
on hand to offer skilled obstetric care.
The series of studies addresses stillbirth rates and causes in all countries, and
challenges policy makers to act to cut the rate in half by 2020.
In countries like India stillbirths often go unrecorded, and are not seen as a major
public health problem.
Rural women in poor countries are worst affected and often these cases goes unrecorded.
The role of ASHAs should be made more effective so that their reach is wider.
A case of Japanese encephalitis
My brother Gomar Riba who is around 40 years was suffering from fever and became
semi-conscious within no time on 6th August’2011 at our native Jime under Daring
circle, West Siang. As soon as we got information, we rushed to our village on Sunday
morning and brought him to Daring CHC. No doctor was there at Daring. Maybe because
it was of Sunday! He was then taken to CHC, Basar, where the doctor advised RMT,
and Widal test. The results were negative and the doctor at Basar advised us to keep
the patient at CHC for observation. How many experiment/observations one has to do
and up to when?
From Basar, they referred the patient to be taken to Itanagar. We took our patient
to Niba Hospital and the doctor there immediately referred to Rama Krishna Hospital,
Itanagar for CT scan and other tests. Thanks to Dr. Langkhung, Medicine specialist
at Niba Clinic for his prompt suggestion. As the patient was very serious, I met
one Swamiji at R K Mission to seek help in giving our patient a special care. He
promptly acted and suggested me to meet one Medicine Specialist. He asked for CT
scan, chest x-ray, blood test. There again doctor could not detect the disease. Report
of CT scan was to be made available next day. How much time does one need to prepare
CT scan report? I argued with the Nurses and doctors there again, who then referred
the patient to GNRC, Guwahati. We immediately took him to GNRC the same night on
Aug 8. On seeing the patient and test report of R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar, the
doctors of GNRC said it must be Japanese Encephalitis. I must thank God and RKM authorities
for referring the patient to GNRC. At least my brother is getting ICU support here.
This is our side of story.
Now I want to ask our State Govt. and the Health Department why are unwilling to
act and why there is no any precautionary measure till date. Why people are not being
made aware of the disease?
It is learnt that Japanese Encephalitis, a very dangerous viral disease is spreading
rapidly in our neighboring state Assam. And unfortunately our Doctors are unaware
of this much discussed and debated disease. Or maybe they are not interested to learn
When the doctors are unaware of the disease, how are they going to treat the patients?
Why there is no ICU facility atleast in our State General Hospital? Immediate precautionary
measure is badly needed from Health Department so that precious time and lives are
(on email) Guwahati
Sudden transfer of doctors not acceptable
Upper Subansiri is facing unusual outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis since last one
week and several children were already referred to Guwahati, RKM Hospital Itanagar
and other hospital in Dibrugarh for further treatment. The district hospital is constantly
rendering their service but sudden transfer of seven doctors from the hospital without
relievers, created lot of problem for both the hospital authority and the common
Hence, I humbly request the State Govt. to send an emergency medical team to Daporijo
for necessary assistance and also like to request the concern authority to cancel
the transfer order of doctors for greater interest of the common people.
P L Murtem
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