ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Informing that the newly constructed 33KV line from Seppa Pacha
Micro Hydel to Pakke (Bameng) will be charged at 33000 volts electricity after August
25, the executive engineer (E), Seppa Electrical Division in an official release
cautioned that no attempt should be made to climb the poles or touch the overhead
conductors or temper with the electrical equipments connected directly or indirectly.
The 33KV line passes through all the en-route villages from Seppa to Pakke; Seppa
town (Pacha Hydel to Seppa Govt. Hr. Secondary School area), 4th mile, 8th mile,
12th mile, Pachi, Tajeyar Camp, Hamkia Camp, 18th Mile, Riga Camp and Pakke Camp
Interaction session held
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: A HoD and general public interaction programme was held at Jajing
Tapo village under VIII Mengio CD Block of Papum Pare district recently.
Addressing the gathering, ZPM Mengip Tarh Passang said, you can earn name by good
deed or get the blame for non-performance and take care of basic necessities of the
people, particularly women and children.
He further assured to donate few amount for the construction of porter track in between
Sakiang to Jajing Tapo.
EAC Toko Audil, while appealing the villagers not to create any law and order problem
in the panchayat or in the circle sought their cooperation in the developmental activities.
ADO Mengio, Tare Kahi asked the villagers not to just depend on contract works and
to set up agricultural and horticultural farm for better life.
Later, a volleyball competition was played between ZPM VI and EAC VI in which the
ASM Paki Panchayat Gyamar Yama donated one set of Rice milling machine.
Exclude Payum circle forest area from Biosphere Reserve
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Opposing to the inclusion of forest area of Payum circle under
Dihang Dibang Biosphere Reserve, Arunachal Youth Congress, 32 Rumgong, president
Tarut Pari has termed it as attack on the Customary Rights and Culture.
In a release, he claimed that the act is being committed with malafide intention
for selfish gain, by some anti social people in nexus with the concerned department
He appealed the concerned department to exclude ‘our forest area from the Dihang
Dibang Biosphere reserved.’
Previously, the public had lodged a complaint to concerned department many times
but it fell into deaf ears, he said.
Dr. Alai Taggu selected for ‘Super Specialty’ course
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Making the State proud, Dr. Alai Taggu has been selected for one
of the two coveted seats for DM Critical Care at St. Johns National Academy of Health
Sciences, Bangalore. With this feat, he will become one of the few individuals in
the state to fall under an elite group of medical super specialists, who have pledged
to provide world class treatments to the patients in the state.
Dr. Alai Taggu is an alumnus of the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate
Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry where he obtained his MD. He
is a fellow of Indian Critical Care Medicine (FICCM), Chennai and National Board
(NB) Critical Care (National Boards Sub-speciality Hyderabad). He is the third son
of OpetTaggu and TalingTaggu of Aalo.
D M- Critical Care medicine is the latest super speciality in the medicine group.
This upcoming super specialty is the talk of the day in any modern medical establishment
for the best possible care for medical/gynaecological/surgical patients. DM critical
care medicine is the last and final word for any critically ill patient and a must
degree in acute medicine.
ATTAWS vows to make Segi-Gusar a model town
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: The All Tator Tani Area Welfare Society (ATTAWS) of Segi-Gusar
Circle has resolved to make the CO Headquarters a model town.
And to realize its dream, ATTAWS has formed a committee for proper land demarcation
and proper town planning of the township.
Appalled by the non presence of circle officer, administrative staffs, medical staffs
and other government staffs in the circle, it formed another committee to look into
the problem and immediate posting of the government officials in the circle.
It also expressed concern over non electrification of the area.
Despite of the fact that the CO HQ comes under the prevue of RGGY programme, it is
not being electrified. Only the posts can be seen with no power connection.
Expressing regret that many of the centrally sponsored schemes were not being implemented
properly, it urged the implementing agencies to maintain quality while executing
Further saying that repeated landslide of PWD road near Tampin bridge disconnects
people of the area from the district headquarter, it urged upon the local MLA and
the concern department for early sanction of fund under FDR/relief for its construction.
Farmer training programme
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: A farmers training programme on Integrated Development of Horticulture
under HMNE 2012-2013 was organized at Sagalee.
Conducted by Sub-Divisional Horticulture Officer, Sagalee Sunil Kumar, topics like
cultivation of orange, banana, pineapple, large cardamom, ginger, vegetable crops,
medicinal plants and impact of animal husbandry in horticulture development and organic
farming were discussed during the training programme.
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New strictures for poverty alleviation
The new index recommends that states be rated on the development scale based on how
far they are from the national average on parameters like poverty rate, consumption,
education, health, female literacy, urbanization, household amenities, connectivity,
financial inclusion and share of SCs/STs in total population.
The panel’s recommendations address some of the concerns raised by states like Bihar,
which have argued that factors like per capita energy consumption too ought to be
included while deciding on central development assistance. In the current scheme
of things, Bihar and many other Bimaru states (a club of underdeveloped north Indian
states) don't qualify to be treated as backward and, hence, deserving of special
assistance that accrues to the seven north-eastern states, Sikkim, J&K, Himachal
The proposed index will be the basis for the new system of special assistance running
into thousands of crores to certain states and will replace the existing method based
on geographical factors and terrain. In 1969, the Centre, based on the Gadgil formula,
had initially designated Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland as special category
states to provide preference for central assistance. Now there are 11 such states.
Over the past few years, several of the Bimaru states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh,
West Bengal and Odisha have demanded special assistance from the Centre to improve
the quality of living and also deal with high debt. West Bengal, which has been leading
the charge to get debt relief may have to wait till the Finance Commission's report
is implemented in April 2015. But Bihar and Odisha that rank low on several parameters
are in for a larger share of central assistance.
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Look east policy, a mere eyewash?
Recently, I had the opportunity to read through an excellent publication brought
out by the A.P Legislative Assembly on the occasion of the Assembly Day on August
One particular article, which caught not just my appreciation, but also my fullest
agreement, was the one written by Finance Minister Chowna Mein recollecting his memories
as a Speaker, where he reflected his views on the ‘Look East’ policy of Govt of India
and its implications for Arunachal.
One cannot agree more with his view that the opening of the Stilwell road will open
up unimaginable trade benefits with our South East Asian neighbours. But when we
look at ground realities, we wonder if the Look East Policy is merely a ‘vision’
formulated to bolster its image, show its ‘sisterly’ concern and assert its dominance
over other member countries of ASEAN by the central Govt? If not, why are we not
seeing any concrete steps being taken by the Govt particularly in context to Arunachal?
Is it merely eyewash?
As indicated by the statistics of the Dept of Agriculture, Govt. of A.P, the paddy
production of the state for 2011-12 was a meager255 (000’MT), which does not cater
to the needs of the poor people of the State, especially the indigenous natives living
in far-flung interior and remote areas. In spite of Government initiative by both
Centre & State, the availability of food grains, especially rice, is not at all adequate
due to obvious factors like ‘price rise’, hoarding of food grains by traders, the
transportation cost of procuring food grains from distant producer states like Punjab,
Haryana, etc. Compounded to it, is the fact that the people of Arunachal have always
been treated as ‘children of lesser God’, irrespective of which party/alliance is
ruling at the Centre!
This is where the true worth of minister Mein’s article comes across. Whenever there
is a discussion with my childhood friends from Jairampur,Nampong and other nearby
towns, a very recurring statement is “Bondhu, Burma samman belak imman asorit sostaa
ase dei !!(The produce and goods from Myanmar, erstwhile Burma, are ridiculously
It is always a privilege to be patriotic and nationalistic, but as they say ‘paapi
pet ka kya’? In this age of globalization and liberalization, one doesn't see any
harm if we can procure food grains like paddy from Myanmar, which is but a footstep
away, at much cheaper prices rather than from far away Punjab & Haryana at exorbitant
prices. The same holds for other produces like commercial crops and consumer products.
If an economic powerhouse like China can identify and take advantage of the natural
resources of Myanmar, why can’t India and Arunachal in particular, do so?
I am highly optimistic that in line with what minister Mein has envisioned, both
the State Govt and the Govt of India will formulate a mechanism to expedite the process
of ‘Indo- Myanmar Trade’ to its fullest potential. A truly enlightening write-up
in a fascinating publication!
Avoid colonial era attitude
On 15th August 2013 people from every corner of state as well as inhabited of capital
complex visit I.G. Park Itanagar to witness the Independence Day celebration and
to hear CM’s speech.
But it was very surprising that police forces standing in the gate restricted thousands
of people from entering into IG Park and vehicles were also completely restricted
to enter except pass holders from DC office.
Few people were permitted to enter from main gate. Thereby I also entered with my
brother inside the park but again there was a surprise too as another (3) three narrow
gates were there. Some how I entered by taking permission from police personnel’s.
Again there was more obstruction inside the park and we could barely witness the
We both failed to witness the programme. And like us, there were thousands of people
who also failed to enjoy the programme.
It seems in our state occasion like 15th August, 26th January and state hood day
20th Feb. etc are only for VIP/VVIP and Police personal? Moreover where is welfare
state? Where is Independence for common people?
At last I would request state government to avoid colonial policy and the half Independence
policy and give every people of state/country chance to celebrate and join in such
historic programme of the country.
Vikas Richo (Matam)
Vivek Vihar, Itanagar
Recruitment process should be updated
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to present my opinion regarding
the recruitment process of Arunachal Pradesh.
APPSC is the lone commission to recruit highest civil service post in the state.
But for C and D grade post it is done departmentally. This system seems highly corrupt
and encouraging nepotism in which the big boss of the concern department is the lone
authority. This system is undesirable too in the way that we candidate need to apply
separately for every department like separate challan, application form, etc. As
far my personal records of expenditure for applying job is concern it goes like this:
- (a) Challan Rs.2000. (b) xerox Rs.6000 (c) pass photo Rs. 1000. (d) Application
form fees or cyber and print out charge Rs.2000. (e) envelope Rs. 150. (f) Postal
stamp Rs. 200. (g) Tempo and auto fare Rs. 5000 and lots of tiresome and humiliation
from officers while asking for attestation. All these thing I could have manage with
very less amount of money and at one go if they follow the recruitment mode of central
govt. like, UPSC, SSC graduate level and 10+2, CPO etc.
I don't know why our loving state is still following the dinosaur age system in the
advance and modern age??? Therefore I highly request govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
to take immediate action to cope with the matter by appointing separate commission
for recruitment of C and D Grade govt. staff as soon as possible to save our money
and time. We can devote our time for study rather than running around for applying
one vacant post.
Poor students are suffering
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal the Education Department and
apex student body to check and control the govt. teacher from running private tuition
centre nearby any govt. school for the sake of poor student studying in it. By taking
tuition at home they do not teach properly in the regular class which affects the
poor student who can’t afford the tuition fees. It also creates doubt that such practice
leads to partiality in giving practical marks.
I am not staying that they should not run private tuition class but it should be
located at far away from the school campus. Actually what I expect is that govt.
teacher must teach tuition free of cost to their student. Few years back this practice
was banned by the some of our apex student union and it gave good result for several
years but now a day this practice is seen again. So I urge the concern department
or authority to look into the matter seriously for better functioning of any govt.
G C Tok, Naharlagun
Dirty deeds of politicians
By trying to keep the political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act, our parliamentary
representatives are trying to keep themselves out of reach of the public whom they
are supposed to represent. Statement like, “for smooth internal working” sounds more
like greasing each other’s hand to win favors or twisting arms of the non-compliant
to get their way. Also an act like RTI could expose their dirty underbelly which
though is an open secret for all to know. If they are genuine representatives of
the people and not some money diverting pouts filling the pockets of its members,
then why should they be worried about letting the public know of their workings?
This is the height of the politicians cutting across the parties shamelessly trying
to cover their dirty tracks. No wonder whatever their outer color be, united they
stand to cover their dirty doings. It is self evident that they are all same inside.
Michi Raju, Doimukh
Why Calculus for Arts Students?
Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned
authorities of every department regarding the addition of elementary Maths in every
Job interviews. From every interview of Officer’s post to the clerk, the said subject
is made compulsory or mandatory. In fact it becomes not only a challenge for Arts
students but a big issue to them. With the introduction of elementary maths in these
interviews most of the Arts students who are well qualified in their specific subjects
fails to qualify, whereas it’s just a piece of cake for the science students.
Some says that, ‘you can take tuitions’, but when the students qualify for higher
studies with greater responsibilities who has the time for tuition just for elementary
maths. Recently, in the examination of APPSC for the post of Field Publicity Officer
many Arts students including myself faced tough time owing to elementary maths. So,
what I want to say is that, if this was really the condition then why the education
department does not include elementary maths till B.A and M.A so that they may continuously
be linked up and have constant knowledge. But after a long gap of 5 to 6 years Arts
students have to face the same in every job interviews and every time returns face
So, I kindly request and beg the concerned authorities to have a strong look in this
matter and take necessary steps to avoid these problems faced by thousands of students
as it becomes a question of career to them.
Mass Comm. Student, RGU
Uncertainty over food bill passage as states prepare for August 20 roll-out
NEW DELHI, Aug 18: The passage of the ambitious Food Security Bill in Parliament
this week hangs in the balance despite Congress readying plans for its rollout in
some of its states, including Delhi, from Tuesday, the birth anniversary of Rajiv
Gandhi. The shadow of Telangana has loomed large over the current Monsoon session
which began on August five resulting in precious little business in the Lok Sabha
while BJP plans to raise the coalgate issue this week in the back of latest revelations,
party leaders say.
Congress appears determined on its passage in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the birth
anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.
Tomorrow, the Lok Sabha is expected to adjourn soon after making an obituary reference
to sitting member Dilip Singh Judeo of the BJP.
The food bill as also the land acquisition bill are being listed for consideration
tomorrow and the day after. The two bills are seen as gamechangers by the Congress
in the Lok Sabha polls ahead.
Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said that the government
will try its level best for passage of the landmark food bill on August 20.
"We will try to resolve the matter through talks.... We will push it (the bill) hard
on the 20th", he said.
Some Congress ruled states including Delhi have announced plans to rollout the measure
from Tuesday to mark the former prime minister's birth anniveversay.
But the agitating TDP MPs have no plans to give up their protest in the Well of the
Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
TDP MPs, fighting for "justice" to the Seemandhra region, had commenced their protests
since the session began on August 5. "There is no way we can stop the protest. Otherwise,
people will not excuse us", said Naramalli Sivaprasad, one of the MPs, adding that
the TDP MPs will meet their party chief N Chandrababu Naidu in a day or two. PTI
Murkongselek-Pasighat Broad Gauge project facing strong opposition
RUKSIN, Aug 18: The much-hyped Murkongselek-Pasighat Broad Gauge (BG) project of
NF Railway is facing strong opposition from people as the recent survey for the BG
route is likely to affect the rural economy of the area.
The proposed BG route is likely to affect hundreds of poor farmers of Ruksin, Silley
and Pasighat circles under East Siang district.
The survey carried out by NF Railway last year has covered a large portion of WRC
fields and horticulture gardens belonging to indigenous farmers of the area.
The affected families have said that the railway authority had conducted the survey
in their crop land without taking the local people in confidence.
It is alleged that the East Siang district administration has initiated fixation
of land value for payment of land compensation to the affected, which is causing
a great deal of dissatisfaction among the affected farmers. They claimed that the
railway engineers had conducted survey at their will and erected RCC post in our
crop fields. “We cannot accept the minimal land value fixed by the district administration,”
“We moved the higher ups of railway authority opposing the present BG route, but
our demands are ignored by the authority.
Any forceful acquisition of our cropland in the name of new BG rail tract may create
law and order problem and the local administration will be held responsible for it,”
the affected villagers cautioned.
The members of affected families on Saturday sat in a meeting with the “project engineer”
of the proposed BG line, at Ngorlung village and discussed on its possible affects
on agricultural activities in the area.
The affected farmers, while opposing the recent alignment of the BG railway, urged
the railway officials to construct the BG line as per survey conducted in 1968 or
It may be recalled that NF Railway had started survey work in September, 2011 and
the construction of the BG line was scheduled to be completed by the last part of
The proposed railway passing through Birem Silbor WRC field includes 151.30 hectares
of fertile cropland at Ruksin, Ngorlung, Sille, Rani and Yagrung villages under the
The BG railway is said to be extended up to Pasighat town, the district headquarter
of East Siang of Arunachal, located at a rail route distance of 26.5 km from Murkongselek
station (Assam) out of which 24.5 km falls in Arunachal territory. The Rangia- Murkongselek
BG conversion (with extension up to Pasighat) project was one of the two major rail
projects in Northeast announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 2010.
Solung United beat Siang United 2-1 to win title
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Solung United FC won the first ever Solung Football Tournament,
Itanagar defeating Siang United FC 2-1 in the final at DNG College playground here
Siang United took an early lead by scoring in 17 minute through Tom Lomtung but could
not hold onto its lead as Taja Bonung of Solung United neutralized the score in 37th
minute. Both the sides were tied 1-1 in the first half.
The tightly-contested match was evenly poised until Ojing Jerang scored the winner
in 80th minutes, informed Kadum Apang, Secretary Sports, SFCCI-2013.
General Modi of Solung United FC was adjudged “Player of the Day’.
Later, Mibom Tako of Solung UFC and Olik Tamut of Banggo UFC were declared ‘Player
of the Tournament’ and ‘Best Goalkeeper’. Taja Bonung of the same team became the
highest scorer with 9 goals in his kitty while Golgi Bote FC was chosen as the ‘Disciplined
Earlier, while attending the match as chief guest, senior citizen and social worker
Talem Melong exhorted the players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit. He
urged the youths to make good use of their time and not to engage themselves in un-productive
Speaking about the tournament, he said that such sports activities foster unity and
brotherhood among all.
SFCCI-2013 president Dr Asham Borang informed that the theme of the tournament was
“Plays to no AIDS” to create awareness among the youths about HIV/AIDS. Borang further
disclosed that the theme of the ensuing Solung Festival is “Agriculture and Green
Lauding match referee Raju Taba and the players for their fair play during the entire
tournament, SFCCI-2013 general secretary Hanggung Yaying said that success of any
tournament solely depends on players and they have shown it.
SFCCI-2013 games and sports secretary Kadum Apang also dwelt on length about the
The tournament was organized by Solung Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar, SFCCI-2013
as part of the ensuing Solung Festival celebration here.
Bandhu FC to meet Chimpu United in final
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Bandhu FC defeated VVFC 3-1 via penalty shot kick in the second
semifinal of the 7 Warriors 9 Independent Running Trophy Football Tournament to set
up a final clash with Chimpu United.
The match was taken to penalty kick after both the teams were tied 0-0 in regulation
The final will be played on August 20.
An exhibition match will be played tomorrow between Ward No. 1 and Ward No. 2, in
which the councilors of both the wards Biri Tugdo and Tatung Tanya will participate.
Compared to the bumpy, uncertain and often snapped road communication between the
state capital and Pasi-ghat of the yonder days, the three hundred kilometer long
journey along the National Highway 52 now evokes much comfort and delight. Riding
along the asphalted black road that runs most of the length resembling an elongated
gleaming cobra through spans of green paddy fields, one experiences a sense of elation,
especially in context of the much neglected and pitiable infrastructural state of
the region of earlier days.
To boost the feeling of euphoria, albeit transitory, Nature in its full glory adorns
the landscape on both sides. While on the northern and further side, blue mountain
ranges of Arunachal with white-grey clouds stand like proud guards, the vista adjoining
the roadsides with green young paddy plants with images of cattle and famers in brown,
wet earth in work fills the heart with a sense of dejavu experienced in the times
To boost the sentiment, alluring dhabas with modern facades promising best foods
mushroom along at strategic points, which I suspect largely target Arunachali travelers
as they are considered to be more liberal as also lackadaisical when it comes to
spending. Almost all the rivers are bridged while only a small stretches of road
remain to be blacktopped. A nephew of mine said, “The road has greatly improved.
Now I make it in four hours flat!” I shudder at his feat though it is apparent there
are many others who consider it normal.
It seems the days of disruptions and agony, of bargaining of boat fares at several
natural or artifici-ally created watercourses with sly boatmen bent upon looting
hapless travelers are over.
Renewing old friendship
I will always cherish my friendship with my old friend Mogim Boo, Gaonbura of Dabangam
village near Lohitpur where the Indian Army has a Brigade in Lohit District. Dating
back to 2000 when I first visited him in his abandoned village, Chiblaliang, a tiny,
remote and a road-less village beyond the Harungam mountain range, during which our
friendship started blossoming, our ties are still intact. There’s a small, yet very
emotional history behind the shifting of his village to the present site which is
far better for both my friend and his folks. During my recent tour to his new, resettled
village, my friend, who is in his seventies, was elated, as was I. I asked him how
he and his folks felt in the new village. “We feel much better here. But there are
some problems. Lack of water and a link road to the main road trouble us,” he said
despondently. Sitting in his newly built house overlooking Tezu town and the branches
of the Lohit River, we discussed about cultivation, land and about mithuns which
he informed, still live in the old village.
He looked almost the same as I last saw him seven years ago—thin, grey-haired and
with an ever- smiling face. As our conversation progressed, Mogim Boo said smiling,
“I frequently see you in my dreams.” I responded I also remembered him. “Please come
again after sometime,” he urged me. I assured him I would do so, preferably in winter.
It was pleasantly surprising to know that my old friend had a mobile handset, which
his children operated for him.
“I call out to them when it rings and one of them operates it for me. It is very
useful, “my friend said, again smiling. It was heartening to see that a big change
not thinkable in his old village a few years ago has overtaken my old friend’s life.
A question was set for class three students in examination like this:
“Explain with examples how the Earth is round.”
As answer to the question of this geography subject, a student thought up an ingenious
method. He drew an image of a round ball, then a finger pointing at the ball. Below
the finger he wrote his answer like this: “Look at this picture! This is the proof
that the Earth is Round!”
ASKA team bags 8 medals in 9th Independence Cup Karate C’ship
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: The karatekas from Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association (ASKA)
have won eight medals, including two gold medals, in the 9th Independence Cup Karate
Championship, which concluded at Talkatora Indoor Stadium New Delhi today.
Shibi Mugli and Bagang Nagung won the gold medals in junior boys below 53kg and 63kg
Rosemlu Tamblung and Rumik Baby won a silver medal each in junior girls (14-15 years)
below 47 kg and (+) 48 kg ((16-17 years) category.
Sobetso Kri (Kata), Charu Aroti (Kumite), Tayar Yaja and Tadak Godak bagged a bronze
medal each in their respective weight categories.
ASKA fielded a 42-member team in the competition.
PPA ridicules CM’s I-Day speech
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Independence Day speech of the Chief Minister on law and order
situation has made mockery of actual law and order situation in the State capital
in particular and State as a whole, said People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA).
Contrary to his claim, the people have already lost faith on the leadership and ability
of the ruling Congress Government to safeguard the life and property of its people.
“Because of political intervention, the criminals are either easily getting bail
or freed. The repeated incidents of jailbreak by under trail prisons, rising incidents
of murder, physical assault on officers and officials, sexual assaults and robbery
are the best examples of Government’s inefficiency,” PPA General Secretary Dr. Ashan
Riddi said in a release.
The party suggested the state government to separate judiciary from the executive
immediately and modernize the entire police set up to prove their sincerity in providing
safety and security to its people.
“Though, there have been duly elected Panhayat bodies in the state for long, the
Congress Government has not devolved real powers to the representative of the rural
people in violation of Constitutional provision,” the PPA General Secretary said,
and demanded early devolution of all powers to the Panchayat Raj onstitutions and
The party also claimed huge revenue leakage in Minor Forest Products, coal mining
and crude oil sectors in the state.
“The revenue leakage is possible when the Government works with hand-in-glove with
the Corporates, who are exploiting our State’s resources,” the party claimed.
“SSA, RTE and other flagship programmes have totally failed. Many schools in the
State are virtually in the state of defunct, and providing midday meal is a distant
dream. The Congress Government in nexus with some of unscrupulous corporate is destroying
the future generations by establishing many private Universities,” the party went
on to criticize the state government.
It appealed to the intellectuals and educated class to be very careful about the
intension and motive of those corporate, who are coming into education sector.
“People need to learn from the CMJ University, Shillong episode, which ruined career
of many students.”
While condemning the racial discrimination of students from Arunachal Pradesh in
Dehradun, the party sought the Chief Minister and Education Minister’s intervention
in the matter.
PPA demanded strong action from the authority of Alpine Institute of Management &
Technology against those students involved in the incident causing mental and physical
injuries to students from Arunachal Pradesh.
Sonam calls upon youths for selfless services
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam has called upon the youths of two districts
viz. Tawang and West Kameng to render their selfless services for the welfare of
the society and to set an example for the youngsters that the youths are the backbone
society. He was speaking during a meeting organized by All Tawang Kameng Youth Welfare
Association at Tawang on August 14 last.
While lauding the state government under the leadership of present Chief Minister
Nabum Tuki, he informed that the government is doing lots of activities for the welfare
of unemployed youths and orphans children of the state and urged them to come forward
to maintain peace and tranquility in the area. He also called upon them to raise
their voice against various types of social evils and crimes such as extortion which
hampers the developmental process of area.
Later Sonam visited Tawang monastery and distributed school kits to the disciples
of Lord Buddha who are taking religious lessons from the Lamas. He also visited Manjushree
Vidyapith, an orphan school distributed school kits to the children.
BJP media cell participate in national workshop
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: The State Media Cell of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Party
Spokesman Techi Necha attended the National Media Workshop organized by the National
Media Cell,BJP at NDMC Convention Centre, New Delhi yesterday.
The workshop was inaugurated by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, who spoke about
the current political scenario in the country. She also highlighted about misrule
and alleged corruption by the Congress led UPA Government at Centre and the Congress
Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha also spoke on issues related
to ensuing Lok Sabha election in 2014.
The afternoon session of the workshop was attended by Narendra Modi, Chief Minister
of Gujarat and Chairman, National Campaign Committee BJP 2014 along with Ravi Shankar
Deputy Leader of the Rajya Sabha.
He spoke about electoral issues relating to the coming Assembly Election.
Modi also outlined the Mission 2014 and urged all state and national level Party
Spokesmen to play a pro-active rule in exposing the corruption and mis-governance
of Congress led UPA Government at the Centre and state as well. He also explained
the rule of a Spokesman and the Media Cell of the Party.
National President Rajnath Singh called upon all Party Spokesmen and the Media Cell
for proper coordination with the National and State Media in exposing mis-rule by
the UPA Government.
‘APIO submits clumsy report against petitioner’
PASIGHAT, Aug 18: In a bizarre incident, a field assistant in Pasighat division of
Rural Works Department (RWD), who is entrusted as APIO of the department has submitted
a clumsy report to Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) against a local
According to report, one Baten Pertin of Mirbuk village near Pasighat town filed
an application on Februray 15, 2013, sought official information under the provisions
of RTI Act, 2005 in Pasighat division of RWD. But, the applicant was denied to furnish
any information by the PIO/APIO which compelled him to appeal before the competent
Petitioner Pertin was citizen living under BPL and deserved to be furnishing the
required information without charging any fees. He legally executed a “Power of Attorney”
entrusting one Lenzing Pertin, a renowned RTI activists of Pasighat to deal with
It is worth mentioning that one Baten Pertin, a BPL citizen of Mirbuk village at
Pasighat sought official information under RTI, 2005 from Pasighat division of Rural
works Department (RWD), which the department officials declined. The petitioner later
made his first appeal before the superior officer (FAA) and the matter finally reached
to APIC for order of information (APIC case No-45/2013).
Surprisingly, the petitioner’s representative recently received an APIC notice issued
under section-19(3) of RTI act, 2005. The notice sated that the APIO (RWD) of Pasighat,
Tonong Kai is keeping all documents ready to furnish the petitioner. But he could
not trace the existence of Baten Pertin (petitioner) in Pasighat area. He had reported
the APIC that one Lenzing Pertin is suspected to file the RTI petition and subsequent
appeals using a fake-name as Batem Pertin (petitioner).
The APIC, taking up the appeal case, conducted hearing on August 5, wherein both
APIO was absent. The Chief Information Commissioner of APIO, Y D Thongchi, by an
order adjourned the case sin-die, in view of non-appearing of the appellant to establish
his true identity.
On the other hand, petitioner’s representative alleged the PIO/APIO willfully denied
information, fearing that their financial irregularity and misuse of fund would be
exposed. He also alleged that the APIC is accustomed to find the faults of the petitioner/appellants
instead of the faults and violations of the villain PIO/APIOs. He said "the public
authorities, taking advantage of leniency of CIC is accustomed to deny any official
information under RTI Act".
It is said that Batem Pertin (applicant) mentioned his full address and telephone
number in the RTI petition submitted to the PIO. But, none of the RWD officials did
search for him in the given address (Mirbuk village) and telephone number (98621-93865)
thereby misled the APIC with an ill intention.
Official document reveals that the APIO of Pasighat division of RWD, Tonong Kai searched
for Batem Pertin, the petitioner at different places of the state but could not traced.
The APIO subsequently reported APIC in Itanagar that he found an old man named Batem
Pertin at Mebo village and he reportedly expired. He further discovered a few Batem
Pertin/s in and around Pasighat, but every one had denied having filed any RTI petition
in the RWD office. But significantly, the APIO had not spared his time to search
the actual Batem Pertin as the given address and telephone number.
ADU calls for banning money laundering
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Claiming that some individuals are involved in rampant practice
of money laundering in the capital region with exorbitant interest rate, the Arunachal
Development Union (ADU) has called on the state government for putting a stop to
the illegal practice.
In a letter addressed to the chief secretary, GoAP, it said, state government had
put blanket ban on a similar practice called Boli some years back. The consequences
that had led to the closure of Boli, the same is being seen in this one too. Government
employees ranging from clerk to top bureaucrats, technocrats and kits and kins of
politicians are involved in it wherein the borrower are being charged with the exorbitant
interest rate of even twice the principal amount which is against the law.
The lenders are charging exorbitant interest rate even above 30 percent per month
from the borrower and they use various illegal means to realize money from the debtor.
There have been many instances that the forces are being used against the borrower
merely on a delay of a single day in paying the loaned amount. Not only that the
houses, land, jewelries, motor vehicle and local ornaments (Beads) are being taken
away if the debtor is unable to pay, they are even threatened of dare consequences
leading to mental harassment of the person, it stated.
Also asking issuance of order restricting the interest rate at par with the prevailing
interest rate of State Bank of India (SBI), it further suggested for issuing directives
for interested party to obtain prior approval from the Government.
People demand inquiry into youth’s death
PASIGHAT, Aug 18: Various Adi organizations, including Adi Students Union (AdiSU),
Eastern Arunachal People’s Forum and others have demanded the state government for
institution of magisterial inquiry into the mysterious death of one Tokge Moyong
in Itanagar on Independence Day.
According to report, poor Moyong was enjoying Impendence Day programme from the rooftop
of a two storied RCC building near Itanagar IG Park at the time of the incident.
He was suspected to have electrocuted with High Tension power line passing just some
feet above the rooftop.
Expressing gried and sorrow over the “unfortunate” and “tragic” incident, the general
secretary of AdiSU, Obuk Gao in a press communiqué said that Moyong’s untimely demise
is an irreparable loss for their society.
He has demanded the state government a high level inquiry into the unnatural death.
The same statement was made by Tani Moyong, a member of Eastern Arunachal People
Welfare Organization. Moyong informed that a pale of gloom has descended on Adi Pasi
area after Moyong’s lifeless body reached his native village.
Both the unions conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
Moyong was born in 1984 at Adi Pasi village in Upper Siang district.
A graduate in Civil engineering, he was presently working in a Hydropower Company
on part time basis.
AAPSU convenor Tadar Kakum, who came out to help the victim’s family has expressed
deep sorrow over the tragic incident and demanded proper inquiry to unearth the actual
cause of death.
An unnatural death case has been registered in Itanagar police station in connection
of this incident.