Aug 02


East Siang achieves a milestone in malaria  eradication

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Aug 01: East Siang district,  hitherto considered as a malaria prone zone, has achieved  a milestone in eradication of malaria disease after implementation of the centrally sponsored Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) in the state. The District Medical Officer (DMO) of East Siang, Dr M Perme, who is looking after the malaria department in the district, today said the NVBDCP implemented in 2006 with an objective to eradicate vector borne diseases in the state has been proved to be successful in East Siang.

“Being the malaria prone area, East Siang district, bordering neighbouring Assam, drew the attention of state health department and  the department  has accorded top priority in eradication of malaria in East Siang besides West Siang, Lohit, Tirap and Changlang districts.  Despite various obstacles that came in our way, malaria control programme  proved to be effective in the district,” Dr Perme said.

The doctor  claimed that district health authority achieved a major breakthrough in prevention of malaria as only two  malaria death cases were reported during 2010. The figure was only one last year and no malaria death has been reported so far in the current year.

According to Perme, enthused with the decrease in malarial death, the health managers have given much emphasis on the implementation of the programme in foot-hills areas of the state bordering Assam, including Sille-Oyan, Ruksin, Bilat and Nari circles.

Dr Perme further said that the district malaria officer has been regularly monitoring the activities like DDT Spray and collection of blood  sample in the malaria prone areas of the district.

In 2010, a total 34,235 blood samples were collected from different health centres of the district, out of which malaria parasite was detected in 3,754 including 1,923 Pv (Plasmodium vivax) and 1,838 Pf (Plasmodium falcifaram).  In 2011, out of a total 28,687 blood samples tested, malaria parasite was detected in 2,435 cases including 1,160 Pv and 1,275 Pf cases. As such, blood tested in the district during July last was 1,823 out of which 73 positive cases including 43 Pv and 30 Pf was reported.

The DMO further informed that a team of doctor from  Shillong based regional office (Malaria) has been engaged in the district. The team is now working at the selected malaria–prone  area along the Assam-Arunachal boundary. Their main objective is to find out malaria left out cases by introducing AST medicines.

There are 21 health care centres including 15 Primary Health Centre(PHCs), 4 Community Health Centres besides Pasighat General Hospital and 37 Sub-Centres in the district.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had introduced the NVBDCP in Arunachal in 2006 after the state witnessed 194 malarial deaths during that period of time.



Civil society organizes peace march, demands justice for Tongam

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: The people of Aalo today took out a peace march in the township in protest against attack on Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina by unidentified gunman on July 15 last.

They displayed posters and placards reading “arrest the assailant, “we want peace in Arunachal”, “Free Press for Free people,” etc.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police demanding justice for the journalist.

The peace rally was jointly organized by Karko Ao Welfare Association, All Ato Paktu Ao Welfare Society, Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association, Aalo units of Galo Welfare Society and Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Association, Aalo Bango Students Union, Dego Panya Bogdo Rigo Youth Federation and business community.



Start recruitment process for 2nd Arunachal Scout Bn: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has  urged the concerned authorities to start process for recruitment of youths in the 2nd Arunachal Scout Battalion.

Welcoming the news about defense ministry giving financial accord for raising of 2nd Arunachal Scout Battalion,  AAPSU President Takam Tatung  in a release today said, “The battalion has been raised specially for tribal people of Arunachal and therefore recruitment rally should be conducted inside Arunachal territory. “We also appeal authorities to give advertisement in all local dailies so that local youths get first all information regarding the recruitment,” said Tatung.

 AAPSU also demanded the state govt to establish either IRBn or Arunachal Scout Bn headquarter at Kathan under Lohit district. Tatung said “Kathan area has become centre of anti-social activities with underground elements and Chakma refugees using vast forest area to carry out criminal activities. Establishment of  IRBn or Arunachal Scout Bn headquarter is important for safety and security of local people.”

Meanwhile AAPSU has called on capital administration to provide fool-proof security during North East Cultural Festival which will be held from 7th to 10th August at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.  Participants from entire north east states will join the festival. If any law and order problem breaks out during festival, it will be embarrassment for entire Arunachal, AAPSU said. The Union appealed the capital administration, particularly police department to maintain strict vigil during the festival.



Clear the debris or face action: DC

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: In a much relief to the pedestrians and vehicular traffic, the Capital Complex district administration in an order issued today directed  all concerned to remove building construction materials and debris such as sand, cement, bricks and rods from the alongside the national highway 52A and sector roads within 15 days of publication of public notice.  

In its order issued under section 133 CrPC, the Deputy Commissioner said that dumping of building construction materials along the road side causes unnecessary inconvenience to the pedestrians and vehicular movement. It said due to scattered materials the national highway 52 A is narrowed down and it increases the risk of accident.  Further, DC directed all the administrators of concerned area to take cognizance of the order and ensure compliance of the same.

Meanwhile, DC gave a relaxation to Tata mobile pickup vehicles from its earlier ban order which had restricted plying in Capital complex from 10 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7 pm. The administration now allowed them full-day plying of vehicle on Saturday and Sunday on trial basis for a period of one month.

The decision came after representation submitted by Tata Mobile Welfare Association demanding the lifting of ban.



PMA conducts mass plantation

PASIGHAT, Aug 01: The members of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) headed by the President Onyok Tamuk and DFO (T) Bittem Darang along with forest officials conducted a social service to clean the Bogong Park, near the Gandhi Chowk today.

They cleaned the park and the day enables different sections of society to come together in the common cause of planting trees. Hundreds of tree seedlings, provided by the DFO (T) were planted on the day.

The Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering and prominent leader Kaling Moyong also joined and encouraged the participants.

Speaking on the occasion, the MP assured to provide additional Rs 15 lakh for completion of the Bazar Community Hall from his MPLAD fund.  Earlier, he sanctioned Rs 20 Lakh for the purpose. The MP assured to provide one tractor to the bazaar committee which would be useful to dispose off garbage with the help of DUDA authority.

Talking about the plantation programme, he appreciated the PMA members and the forest officials for organizing tree plantation programmes in the town area. He said environmental pollution is increasing day by day due to deforestation, a major cause of global warming. More trees should be planted for a better environment to stop global warming, advised Ering.

The MP also expressed concern over the law and order situation of Pasighat and assured to take up the issue with the Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki immediately. DIPRO



Tawang DC visits Mahabodhi Centre

TAWANG, Aug 01: Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen along with Guru Rimpoche, Abbot Tawang Monastery and Brigadier J S Rajpurohit, Commander 190 Mtn. Bde, visited the Mahabodhi  Centre Tawang today.

The DC provided 500 Kgs of rice to the centre as promised by him during his earlier visit on July 8. Lauding the efforts of the Mahabodhi Society, the DC mentioned that the centre truly deserves appreciation, support and help from the society.

“People from different parts of the district should come forward and render their service and any possible help for such centre,” said Lollen

He asked the DDSE and DMO Tawang to look into the aspects of the education and medical related problems faced by the inmates of the centre. He further urged the staff of the centre to work with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Later, the DC distributed indoor gaming items and eatables to the inmates. This was the 2nd visit of the Tawang DC to the centre that provides shelter, food and clothing to the elders and children who are either orphans or just cannot support due to poverty.  Guru Rimpoche, Abbot Tawang Monastery, while blessing the centre, advised the residents to adopt measures for achieving peace of mind. Prayers and meditation should be a part of their day to day life. He further said that until one achieves peace of mind nothing in the world can provide satisfaction to one’s life. He appreciated the DC Tawang for his support to such centre and urged the staff of the centre to make optimum use of the resources provided by the administration.

Brig. J S Rajpurohit praised the service of the Mahabodhi Society and the people of the district for supporting the centre. He assured Indian Army’s help and support to the centre in the future.

Later, they visited the dormitories, kitchen, recreation hall and the office of the centre.

SP Tawang, DMO and HoDs of the district were also present on the occasion.

The Mahabodhi centre Tawang is a branch of Mahabodhi Society, Bangalore. It was started in 2008 and located at a place called Teli, 10kms from the main town. The centre provides shelter, food and clothing to less fortunate elders. It also provides hostel for poor children from remote villages with accommodation, food and medical free of cost. At present there are 10 elders and 25 children in the Centre, including some from Blaiteng, one of the farthest and remote villages of the district. DIPRO



Arunachal Governor delivers H.L. Gupta memorial lecture at Jammu

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: A Leader should command respect of his sub-ordinates and should have elements of surprise to succeed, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J J Singh, while delivering the H.L. Gupta Memorial Lecture for the year 2012 at Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER), Jammu on July 31. The topic of the lecture for the year was ‘Leadership for Modern India’.

Gen. Singh said that for a nation to progress, right kind of leaders is required at different levels, who understand the requirements of a growing country like India. The leaders should have the capability to take decisions for the benefit of their countrymen. He also exemplified the various traits a leader should possess in order to lead from the front. Gen. Singh exhorted the youth, whom he called the ‘Future of the Nation’ to build up their personal capacities and shoulder responsibilities.

While delivering the lecture, Gen. Singh, who was the chief guest of the occasion and alumni of Institution remembered Late Professor H.L Gupta (1912-1983) whom he described as a great son of the soil, a teacher par excellence, a great educationist and above all a great human being who has been responsible for shaping the destinies of his students including his own when he was a student of Model Academy, Jammu.

Singh enlightened the audience of the developmental process and progress of Arunachal Pradesh and its potentials. He extended invitations to people to visit and experience the pollution free pristine environment of Arunachal Pradesh.  

Earlier, Director MIER Dr. Arun Gupta introduced Gen. Singh as a third generation soldier who rose to become the 22nd Chief of the Indian Army. Being the first Sikh Army Chief and the first from the elite Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, he commanded two infantry battalions and was closely associated with the planning and execution of the Kargil war during his forty-seven-year stint in the army. Soon after retiring as the Army Chief, Gen. Singh became the Governor of the sensitive State of Arunachal Pradesh where he has been able to promote peace and brotherhood amongst the diverse culture of the State.

Host of eminent personalities including the First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh, Anupama Singh, numbers of serving and former army officers, members of the academia and civil society, management, faculty and students of MIER were present on the occasion.

A small documentary highlighting the life and achievements of Gen Singh was also shown to the audience. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)



Training on NFSM-rice imparted to PRI members & farmers

YINGKIONG, Aug 01: A group  of officers and officials headed by ADO (Hqs) M. Ete and S.K. Singh, AFS(Sr) conducted a meeting with PRI members and farmers of Simong village to discuss mode of implementation of NFSM- Rice.

Ete, while addressing the gathering informed that a total of 250 units on Cluster Demonstration has been taken up in the WRC field under NFSM rice, as Simong village is having highest land holding of WRC spreading over 1000 hectre approx. Informing that NFSM scheme is the basic support to increase the rice production, he appealed to the  farmers to cooperate the Department for successful implementation of the programme.

Meanwhile, Dunggoli Libang, ZP Chairperson who was also present during the discussion advised the PRI members and farmers to take full advantage of this centrally sponsored scheme to increase the production of rice. He also exhorted upon the officers to be sincere, dedicated and adopt habit of work culture as agriculture is the back bone of farming community.

Totok Libang, ASM, Simong also spoke on the occasion and sought technical guidance and suggestion from the department to bring self sufficiency in rice production.

Inter-alia, a training programme was also conducted in the WRC field as there was report on outbreak of blast diseases in paddy and rat and pest infestation.

Singh imparted the training and advised suitable measures to control the diseases and pest infestation. The control measures are being taken-up, he added. DIPRO



One-day orientation training program on Banana and Ginger cultivation

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) has organized a one-day Orientation Training Program on Banana and Ginger Cultivation at the Conference Hall of Sagalee IB on July 30. The programme was sponsored by NABARD Regional Office Itanagar  and around 50 trainees from 25 Farmer’s Clubs of  Sagalee area  were benefitted by the programme.

In his inaugural address,  Sagalee ADC Chuku Talar  said the farmers are  the backbone of the country. He emphasized on the need of addressing all grievances of the farmers.

Earlier, the participant farmers submitted a memorandum to the ADC and demanded that  officers of line departments like ADO, HDO, EO credit and fisheries officer should  be available in offices all the time for the interest of the farmers.  While responding to the memorandum, ADC assured to look into their grievances.

Tech Ragi NNCS Project Officer highlighted the scientific method for cultivation of Banana and Ginger which are feasible crop in the area. He called on the farmers to  approach  KVK Papum Pare   for gaining more technical knowledge and skill on banana and ginger cultivation. He also gave some valuable business tips including the concept of whole sale  market.

DGM NABARD in his address to the farmers called upon them to improve the production as much as possible and assured all possible help from the NABARD. We must support farmers in their endeavour to improve the agricultural products as we all depend on farmers for  food items, he said.

Techi Bida, President of Rigo Farmers Club and trainees appreciated the initiatives of the NABARD and NNCS for  well-being of farmers in the area, according to an NNCS release.



Teachers posted at Borguli Hr Secondary school

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Aug 01: Ending to the long demand for posting of efficient Junior Teachers (JT) at Govt. Higher Secondary School Borguli to take the classes of XI and XII in the absence of Senior Teachers due to non-sanctioning, three teachers for English, Economics and History have been posted in the school this week.

A JT for Hindi was already posted around a month ago. A JT for the subject of Political Science would be posted soon as assured by the DDSE.

The people of Monggu-Banggo in general and students and parents in particular have shown thankfulness to the District Administration and the DDSE Pasighat for the same. Director Elementary Education is also hugely lauded for posting a JT (Hindi) from his capacity.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Intellectual Movements (SWIMs) of Mebo which has been running pillar to post taking the peoples genuine demand to DDSE, DSE, Minister Education etc, has further sought the Director School Education to revoke the transfer order issued to lone Geography teacher (ST) of the school for the larger interest of the public. The demand has already been placed before the DSE and Minister Education through the local MLA Ralom Borang.

The SWIMs, while reacting to the education department's say on the issue that an ST can't be sent to an unsanctioned school said, 'government should have thoroughly analysed about the issue while upgrading schools. Upgrading several schools across the state without proper sanctioning of teaching, ministerial staffs etc has jeopardized the students’ fate to which the state government is solely responsible'.

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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug01: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Raksha Bandhan greetings

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd.) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to all the people of the State on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Thursday.

In his message on the occasion, Governor has appealed to the people to further strengthen mutual love and understanding amongst the people. He also appealed for ‘Raksha’ or protection of the prized flora and fauna of the State.

Governor has expressed his hope that the occasion will continue to spread universal love and peace in the world.

“This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters,” said Tuki in a message from New Delhi. He expressed hope that this festival that has a universal message, above all religious sentiments, would send a message of peace, harmony and brotherhood amongst all members of communities of the state and usher accelerated development in a congenial atmosphere.

Raksha Bandhan would be celebrated Thursday across the country commemorating the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan.


NMBA to provide fund for bamboo-based industry

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA), New Delhi has assured to provide fund for establishment of bamboo-based small scale industry in Arunachal Pradesh. The assurance was given by NMBA Director incharage and Mission Cordinator Ajay Kumar to newly appointed vice chairman of Bamboo Development Board of Arunachal Pradesh Yora Tagung in New Delhi yesterday.

The NMBA Director incharage and Mission Cordinator has also assured its full cooperation for development of bambo based industries in Arunachal Pradesh, Tagung, who called on the NMBA Director (in-charge) yesterday at New Delhi, said in a release today.

Earlier on Juy 26, Tagung called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and held a thorough discussion on development of bamboo based industry in Arunachal Pradesh. Tuki also assured his government’s full corporation for the development of bamboo based industries in the state.


Rebia inspects proposed site of Doimukh College

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Development Nabam Rebia along with deputy commissioner Papum Pare Pige Ligu and Tana Bado ZPM Doimukh visited the proposed permanent site of Doimukh College on 28th July. During the visit, Rebia interacted with local leaders of the area and school management committee of Doimukh Higher Secondary School and also inspected ongoing RMSA project.

While interacting with the school management committee he assured to address the water supply and infrastructural problem faced by the school. The Parliamentary secretary also visited the JNV Doimukh and urged the public to cooperate with the authorities while executing the works.

Later, Rebia along with Joint Director  of Higher and Technical Education Dr Tejum Padu and Doimukh College Principal NT Rikam visited the temporary college campus at Lekhi village and made an assessment of the college requirements.


District level Science Seminar held

PASIGHAT, Aug 01: Master Aniyang Pertin of VKV, Oyan stood first in the district level Science Seminar on the topic “Mathematics in India- Past, Present and Future” held at the Block Resource Center here today. He will represent East Siang in the state level Science Seminar-2012 to be held in Itanagar.

Tani Talom, DDSE, while speaking on the occasion, said Mathematics is a full-blown tool used in all sciences and discipline. Applied Mathematics is concerned with Mathematical methods that are used in science, engineering, business, medicine, industry etc. Mathematics is an integral part of most branches of Engineering, he added. The DDSE further informed that India is celebrating 2012 as "National Mathematical Year" marking the 125th birth anniversary of eminent mathematician S. Ramanujan.

The seminar comprised lectures by eminent academicians.

Among others, Principal VKV (Oyan) A Kumar, DPC RMSA T Jamoh, K Ering SSA Coordinator, Vice Principal Telam T. Silay and KS Bisht (DRCSE ) addressed the seminar.

Thirteen students of Govt and private Higher Secondary schools of the district participated in the seminar. DIPRO


ANYA seeks CM’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has appealed the Chief Minister to intervene and issue directive to  the  Capital  Complex  deputy commissioner to rectify the criteria for land allotment in capital.   

The association in a representation to the  CM said that  the Capital DC  while taking undue  advantage of the recent cabinet decision, is asking ‘No Land Holding  Certificate’  from the applicants under section 127 clause (i)&(ii) of the Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement and and Records Rule – 2002.

The Association further said “Section 127 clause (i) & (ii) are only meant for agricultural workers and artisans, not for other section of the society who had already constructed commercial and residential building at their respective occupied plot of land.


Residential Schools for dropout girl students in West Siang

AALO, Aug 01: The Residential Schools for dropout girl students of class V to VII started functioning at different places of West Siang with the enrollment of students at different schools at Pira Tirbin, Gensi, Kamba and Monigong.

The BRC’s and CRC’s of the respective area have been entrusted to monitor and supervise the entire activities of the schools. The department has provided 100  cots, uniforms, furniture, electric and water supply facility etc to all the schools.  The West Siang DDSE has recently inaugurated such Girls Residential School at Pira village in Tirbin circle and posted a lady teacher as warden along with cook and a chowkidhar for smooth functioning of the school.


BN FC beat Gyan FC 4-1

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: BN FC and Gohpur “A” won their respective match against Gyan FC and Young Brothers FC in the 8th Independence Running Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground here today.

Kipa Bharat scored two goals while R. Ramching and Gangte Chape scored one goal each for BN FC to beat Gyan FC 4-1. The consolation goal for Gyan FC  was scored by Porjum Riba.

In another match of the day, Gohpur Youth “A” defeated Young Brother FC 1-0. The winning goal was scored by Sangha Talo in 22 minutes..


Farm school established at Emchi village

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: A Farm School was established at Emchi village under Doimukh circle of Papum Pare district today by Farm Information and Advisory Committee under Doimukh Block.

Attending the inaugural function, Anchal Chairperson Nabam Vijay appreciated the effort of the agriculture department and urged the farmers to take full advantage of the technical knowledge and support to be provided by the Farm School. He further pointed out that effective functioning of the Farm School would make a difference in the farming practices of the local area and will improve the productivity.

Joint Director, Agriculture Department N Pertin shared the objectives and the goal the Government is trying to achieve through  institutions like the Farm School. He also deliberated on the importance of the Farm School in terms of self-sufficiency in agricultural produces in Arunachal Pradesh.

Many other officers of the Agriculture Department, Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nirjuli shared their views, knowledge and experiences on the occasion.

Among others, prominent local public leaders and progressive farmers attended the programme.


Prof. Gopinath Pradhan takes over the charge of IGNOU VC

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Prof. Gopinath Pradhan has taken over the charge of new Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today. He was the Director of School of Social Sciences (SOSS) of the university since the year 2010.

Prof. Pradhan joined IGNOU in the year 1993 as a Reader in Economics and became a Professor in 1998.

60 years old Prof. Pradhan is a Professor of Economics who completed his MA and Ph.D. in the subject from Odisha’s Sambalpur University in the year 1975 and 1984 respectively. His areas of specializations are Development Economics, Industrial Economics, Public Economics and Quantitative Economics.

Prior to this, he was associated with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, first as an Economist and then as a Senior Economist, N.A.C. College, Orissa as Lecturer of Economics, Sambalpur University as Research Fellow.


Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award for Maji

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli has been selected for ‘Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award’ by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, a New Delhi based NGO for his outstanding performance and individual achievement in his field of work. The award would be conferred on Maji on September 3 at New Delhi during the 35th National Seminar on Individual contribution towards economic and social development in presence of eminent personalities.


‘Refrain from calling bandh’

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Registering its protest against the 36 hours govt office and vehicles bandh called by Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization on July 31, Papum Pare District Youth Forum (PPDYF) today urged the organization to  refrain  from calling bandh  saying that bandh calls cause  heavy  financial loss. The Forum said that in stead of giving  bandh calls, the Organization should involve in some development works like afforestation and fisheries, agriculture and horticulture activities.

Forum further viewed that action should be taken against government officials who failed to attend offices during bandh hours despite heavy security arrangement.





17 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Is anyone empowered to ban RTI Act ?

Dear Editor,

While congratulating all newly elected office bearers of East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), I would like to mention here that both Jabu Lapung and Loga Tallong in their letters “Few Words regarding  “EKSWCO conference” and “EKSWCO conference was a mere confabulation of elites” respectively have rightly highlighted the essence of the RTI. EKSWCO members must realize the need of RTI in the district in particular and state as a whole.

We came to know that an agenda was moved in the EKSWCO conference held in July 21 and 22 regarding ‘RTI activities and its impact on society’ and surprisingly a resolution was also adopted for banning RTI activities in the district.  

Unfortunately, the speaker in the EKSWCO conference, who dared to speak against the RTI Act and went on to argue that RTI activities had adverse impacts,  was none but a highly educated elite member of the society and senior government officer. He even termed the RTI activists as blackmailers and the RTI a weapon of blackmailing.

The view of the speaker in the conference has not only misguided the EKSWCO members, but also given wrong message to the  people of the district and the new generation. One wonders, if he is a clean government officer, why is he scared of the RTI Act? Further, ethically, a government employee cannot go against Acts, like RTI Act, which have been enshrined in the Constitution of the Country. It is unbecoming act on the part of a Govt servant.

EKSWCO members may not be aware that there are corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng district and this is apparently the highest in the state. Corruption is visible in all the projects and schemes here.

If the EKSWCO members are not motivated by some vested interests they should ponder on these issues in the greater interest of people of the district. They should remember that our RTI activist Payi Gyadi was conferred the Citizen Journal Awards by the international News Channel CNN IBN. Gyadi belongs to this East Kameng District and his dedicated efforts have unearthed many corruptions in the district.  Many corrupt officers and officials were punished and had their services terminated for their misdeeds. The positive impact of this RTI is that, government officers and officials have to think twice before indulging in corruption particularly in our East Kameng District.

I suggest, EKSWCO should take corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng district. There are many schools in the district which are facing acute shortage of teachers. This is hampering the growth of the students in the district.

We, on behalf of the Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) would like to request EKSWCO to withdraw the immature resolution to ban the RTI activities at the earliest.


Chopa Cheda, President

Sama Yangfo,

General Secretary, ARTIAF



Recruit deserving candidates on merit basis

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to the notice of the common people a fact that haunts me a lot. It is  regarding the recent selection of peon/chowkidar-cum-mali/LDC/UDC/lab. assistant/attendant at Pasighat under Education Department.

The written exams of the above mentioned posts were held on 21st and 22nd  April 2012. I thought that the recruitment would be a fair one as it took approximately 3 months for evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates like that of APCS exams. Ultimately, the result was declared and the 13th day of July was scheduled to be the date of viva exam. There was a ray of hope for a post graduate candidate like me to be selected on merit basis. Few of my fellow candidates hoped for special  recruitment under departmental  quota for they have been serving the department for a long period in the status of contingency therein.

When the candidates were short listed, I was amazed to see that I have been dropped from the list in spite of my qualification and proficiency, rather a few candidates who were below the average during our school period and had been dropped out of school a decade ago were selected. Thus, the hope  for selection on merit  basis has been crushed. A few more candidates who have left the school in their early age were also selected  in place of those who are  engaged as contingency for several years. Thus the in-service (departmental candidate) quotas  were also crunched to pieces.

Sometimes, I think I should file an RTI but I assume it is of no use for I realize that the selected candidates are my own Arunachalee brothers. So let them serve  the state. As the adage goes - “Every dog has its own day”, someday, I’ll have my chance. So congrats successful candidates, do keep going and serve the nation with your utmost dedication.

Last but not the least, I would like to appeal all the concern authority to recruit the job seekers strictly on the merit  basis. I strongly condemn the recent selection process which has demoralized hundreds of aspirants like me.


Bajong Jerang




EKSWCO never banned RTI activities

Dear Editor,

Apropos the letters published in your esteemed daily regarding  the resolutions adopted in the conference of the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), it is to clarify that EKSWCO never banned Right To Information (RTI) Act and RTI activities in East Kameng district as it is understood that once Act is being enacted no any Organization can put ban on it. So it is ridiculous claiming  EKSWCO banned RTI activities in East Kameng dist, rather EKSWCO being an apex organization passed resolution to discourage using RTI as tools for personal and vindictive motive and it appealed the activists to restrain and refrain from misusing it, as sometimes, it seriously hampers the developmental activities in the district.

As regards to the education system of the district, it’s well-being, being the prime objective of EKSWCO, we have already initiated the matter with the five Members of Legislative Assembly of our Dist. and the concern authorities of the Department and  better policies are  expected to be adopted soon.

Therefore, EKSWCO is pained and it regrets that members without attending the conference and knowing the detail facts are making allegation on the organization on the basis of hear-say.

Further, EKSWCO invites its members for constructive suggestions and advices   time to time for the welfare of the Dist. EKSWCO also appeals all the members to come forward and discuss any kind of grievances with Executive body of the Organization at any given point of time before publishing the matters regarding EKSWCO through media.


Er. Takar Tachang

General Secy. EKSWCO



An appeal

Dear Editor,

The foundation stone for construction of Greenfield airport was laid by the then Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at Karsingsa. The people of Banderdewa circle are expecting lot from the Greenfield airport and they are against the shifting of airport project to other location.

Therefore, I on behalf of youth of Banderdewa, appeal the AAI authority and state Govt not to shift the Greenfield airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi.


Bangram Bangang



Children need mother

Along with the rest of the world, the 20th World Breastfeeding Week is being observed in our country from August 1 in order to promote the culture of breastfeeding.

Though there are numerous benefits of breastfeeding, global rates of breastfeeding have remained relatively stagnant in the developing world, growing from 32 per cent in 1995 to 39 per cent in 2010.

Experts believe that exclusive breastfeeding prevents diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia that kill millions of children every year. UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Isiye Ndombi says, breastfeeding is a precious gift of nature. It helps to prevent a number of diseases in childhood and later in life. It offers protection from infections, allergies and adult-life chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and cancer that rob the national budgets of millions of dollars. No formula can substitute the importance of breastmilk for children’s survival, growth and development. Also, the economic savings of breastfeeding are critical not only for governments, but also for poor families who spend large parts of their incomes on infant formula.

The 2008 Lancet Nutrition Series highlighted the remarkable fact that a non-breastfed child is 14 times more likely to die in the first six months than an exclusively breastfed child. Breast milk meets a baby's complete nutritional requirements and is one of the best values among investments in child survival as the primary cost is the mother’s nutrition.

World Breastfeeding Week provides an opportunity to restate the critical role of breastfeeding in reducing child mortality. Experts say strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in the developing world each year.