August 04

Army comes to rescue

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Aug 3: Indian Army saved the life of a truck driver, when his loaded vehicle skidded off the road and fell into deep gorge in between Daporijo and Megdong.

The accident occurred when the driver of the truck carrying ration and other school materials of JNV Megdong from Daporijo lost control over it and the truck skidded off the road and fell 60 from the road. The driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries. Being informed, a team led by Shanta Lal Bhakta and Sunil Kumar of Army Workshop at Daporijo, immediately arrived at the spot with equipments and recovery van and recovered the truck after six-hours of efforts.

Meanwhile, the school authority and public appreciated the noble work of army and extended their gratefulness to Indian Army, especially 301(Field workshop) EME.


ACS appeals govt. to make JE vaccines available

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), in a memorandum, has urged the chief minister to make Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccines available in Arunachal Pradesh along with free diagnosis of the disease.

ACS said that many poor villagers cannot afford to pay for the costly JE vaccines on their own. Even they don't know whether these vaccines are available or not and where it is found, ACS said. It informed that neighbouring state Assam has made JE vaccines available free of cost.

ACS also urged the Health Minister to instruct medical officers to conduct thorough diagnosis of the disease before prescribing any medicine as wrong treatment can prove fatal. It, however, appealed to the people to remain alert and take all precautionary measures to avoid the disease.


Results of 9 Warriors 10th Independence Cup Football Trophy Tournament

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: The results of Sunday's matches of 9 Warriors 10th Independence Cup Football Trophy Tournament played at KV No 2 playground are as follows.

First match: Chimpu Sporting Club (Ward No 1 beat New Young FC 5-1. 2nd match: ACVYA FC beat Bandhu FC 2-1; 3rd match: United Boys FC beat Rising Boys FC 3-0, BN Complex FC lost 0-5 to Jullang United FC,5th match: Junior less FC beat JMB FC 2-0, 6th match: Sartam Brothers FC beat Govt. Secondry School Chimpu 2-0.

Tomorrow's matches

1.  Sange Laden sport school Vs VVFC

2.  AGYAW-2 vs Tarh Lugu FC



Carry forward the legacy: Taki

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Aug 3: To get first hand information, local MLA Tage Taki visited Govt. Higher Secondary School Ziro, the premier educational institute of Lower Subansiri district and interacted with the school teachers and staff yesterday.

The MLA said that GHSS, Ziro is one of the most valued schools of Arunachal Pradesh which has since its inception produced many of state's bureaucrats and technocrats.

Expressing the hope that the school will maintain its dignity in days to come and produce more responsible citizens for the state, he desired that teaching fraternity continues to remain supportive of students all the ways to make them realize their full potentials beside bookish knowledge and skills. He has committed to remain in constant touch with them so as to address their problems for smooth functioning of the school.

Responding to an eight points memorandum submitted by the school principal Hibu Tama, MLA Taki has assured to fulfill some of the demands on priority basis including posting of sufficient senior teachers, construction of school boundary wall and school gate.


AdiSU demands DC to investigate suspected murder

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Adi Student's Union (AdiSU), in a representation, has demanded the Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner to conduct investigation to unzip the cause behind suspected murder of Nong Pertin of Gamgu village under Lower Dibang Valley district.

While condemning the suspected murder in its strongest term, AdiSU conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of late Pertin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Eye care awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Aug 3:  Doimukh Nyedar Namlo unit organized an eye care (preventive and curative) pro-gramme at the Namlo today.

Dr. K Darang, eye specialist of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun explained in details about various eye ailments of various age groups, their causes and preventive measures.

The main objective of the programme was to make believers of ‘Aane Donyi’ aware about the importance of eye care, causes of eye diseases and its preventive measures and disseminate the same message to fellow believers, friends and family members.

Around 100 believers of Aane Donyi have benefitted from the programme, informed Taba Takam, Secretary Doimukh Nyedar Namlo unit.


Social service at Daporijo


DAPORIJO, Aug 3: A day-long mass social service was conducted at Gandhi market area, near Degree College and Govt.Hr Secondary School, Daporijo by Upper Subansiri District Christian Revival Church Council today.

During the social service, blocked drains were cleared; waste materials collected and disposed off.

The public were urged to keep their surrounding clean and hygienic to prevent spread of water borne diseases like diarrhea, typhoid, malaria especially during summer. The cleanliness drive was participated by all the members of the Council and students of Govt. Hr.Sec. School, Daporijo.


News Impact

Indecisive Council yet to commercially exploit completed power projects

CAG Report

Staff Reporter

Itanagar, Aug 3: Two mini hydro projects constructed at cost of Rs 5.83 cr were not commercially exploited even after three years of their completion as the agency responsible for their operation was not identified.

Sakthang Rong Mini Hydel Project with installed capacity of 300 Kw (3 x 100 Kw) Dirang and Thongleng Rong Mini Hydel Project with installed capacity of 200 Kw (2 x 100 Kw) which were sanctioned in 2008 were intended to supply stable power to villages in remote/hilly areas for economic activities and development. The DPRs projected economic viability, deriving annual net revenue of Rs 1.10 crore on power generated from the projects.

Scrutiny revealed that after completion of the projects the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology (Council) under whose supervision the projects came up did not transfer the responsibility of operation of the plants and generation of electricity to any department of the State Government or other agencies for commercial exploitation and the investment made on the project remained idle.

Interestingly, the website of the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology (Council) states that the projects have been commissioned in November, 2011.

The project was executed by private contractors on turnkey basis. There were delays in commencement of work in respect of both the projects and as a result, the completion of the project got delayed.

The Director-cum-Secretary of the Council stated in November, 2013 that the two demo-based projects were research oriented. After having been in trial, the State Government accorded approval (October 2013) for handing over to the Power Department. It was further added that the field division of the Power Department has been requested to takeover at earliest possible time.

The reply of the Council that the projects were research-oriented is not tenable as the proposal based on which the project was sanctioned had projected earning of revenue from the first year of completion of the projects, the CAG report stated. The council should have impressed upon the State Government to take over the project soon after the completion of trial period.

The potential of Micro/Mini/Small (MMS) Hydro Power schemes has been identified to be over 560 MW in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology (Council) was the Nodal Agency for identification and preparation of detailed project reports for MMS hydro projects.



Flood hit Chandranagar

Chandranagar, Aug 3: Many houses have been damaged because of the flooding at Yopho Nallah at Chandranagar.

A report states that many houses on either sides of Nallah sustained heavy losses because of early morning downpour.

Landslides aided in the devastation caused by the River and many people were seen draining out water from their houses, said Gora Talang, Councillor, Ward No. 4.

Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki with his team visited the affected areas this afternoon. He has assured to take appropriate measure and advised people not to construct Retaining Walls haphazardly so that water is able to flow free.

Meanwhile, Councilor Talang informed that he is doing all possible effort to raise the problem before the concern authority and for preventive measures.

Meanwhile, M/S Tehkar Traders, Chimpu, was almost submerged under Chimpu river in last night's torrential rain that continued till early morning today.

Properties worth Rs 7 lakhs was lost when the Chimpu river rose to double it's size and with it took away all the manufactured items such as hollow bricks, paving tiles, railing posts etc at about 2:45am.



5th Eagle Trophy Football Tournament begins

CM’s XI win opener against BTFC

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: CM's XI came from behind to beat last year's runners up Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) 2-1 in the opening match of the 5th Eagle Trophy Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today thanks to two goals from Pani Raju.

BTFC took the early lead in fifth minutes through goal from Anud Boro.

However, Raju scored two goals in the second half, including the equalizer in 50th minutes and the winner in 84th minutes to seal victory for CM's XI.

Capital Complex SC will play against Gora Makik SC in tomorrow's first match while the second match will be held between FC Nyapin and Football Club Doimukh.

Earlier, addressing the inaugural function, RWD Minister Kumar Waii said, "There is no reason why Arunac-halees, having uncanny similarities with the Chinese and Japanese in features, stamina and living in similar climatic condition, cannot defeat the latter in sports."

"Sports and games are in the blood of Arunach-alees. With perseverance and commitment they could win national and global laurels in football, badminton, weightlifting and gymnastics, as has been proved by many Arunachalees, like Laa Talar, the golden boy of badminton in North East India," he reasoned. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, a keen footballer himself, has attached top priority to games and sports sector by evolving a sports policy and offering sports quota that has benefited few hundreds sportsperson in getting jobs in GoAP, he said.

Moreover, GoAP-sponsored coaches Keith Greene and Jamie Carr of the famous Reading Football Club, an English Premier League (EPL) football club, have been hunting talents throughout the state and coaching them for the last six months, reflecting the GoAP's commitment to promote state's sports sector, he emphatically said.  

 "Winning a match or two makes no player or team better than other. Learn from mistakes, adopt sportsman spirit, develop strength and stamina to become successful sports persons as the sector offers alluring career," he advocated.

Later, he declared the tournament open by kicking off a ball.



CS inspects ongoing developmental projects at Likabali

LIKABALI, Aug 3: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, while on a day-long inspection of the developmental projects being taken up in Likabali under West Siang district today expressed satisfaction over the progress of those projects.  He was accompanied by IPR, Cultural Affairs, Fisheries etc. Secretary Dani Salu, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and Deputy Director, Research, Batem Pertin.

While inspecting the ongoing Rs.1494 lakh water supply project of 3.34 MLD to cater to the water needs of 25292 consumers of Likabali town, he suggested the EE, PHED Tuba Angu to ensure that the basement of the project is kept intact with concrete works and plantations to avoid sinking and landslides as it would be a water reservoir of huge quantity and any seismic movement is likely to cause damage to the project. He further asked him to keep the water source and the catchment areas safe from jhuming and other destructions of forest and keep it clean by organizing public awareness campaigns in collaboration with Environment and Forest Department on World Environment Day.  In yet another inspection, the Chief Secretary inspected the on going NEC funded Rs.1 crore project for preservation of infrastructural development of archeological museum and monumental site of Malinithan.

He also visited the Malini Mela ground, where there was disturbances in the recent past by Assam Police by  creating hurdles and dismantling the structures of Malini mela committee.

On being briefed by Secretary, Cultural Affairs Dani Salu on reported attempts to encroach upon the site by the locals and claim by the Assam government to the notified area of Malinithan and archeological site, he advised that projects be taken up to ensure the safety of the land by constructing walls.

He also advised the Malinithan Mela management committee and department of research to create amenities like toilets, cafeteria, parking and kiosk for the tourists besides banning plastic in the area. He also suggested the local administration to ensure security of the site by installing street lights and CCTV cameras.

On being briefed on the condition of the Museum building by Museum in-charge Tao Takar, while showing the remains of the site, the Chief Secretary, asked the department to take up the renovation works and assured to sanction the required fund under TFC. He also asked the museum in-charge to include Hindi and Assamese languages besides the English in the labels of the remains in view of wide range of visitors from Assam and across the country.

While visiting the local Primary Health Centre, Negi said that a consolidated scheme of  Rs. 5 crores would be taken up with NEC for residential quarters of  hospital employees and compound wall.

All over India, Teshildar or the Circle Officer is the issuing authority for tribe certificate and permanent resident certificate unlike in Arunachal Pradesh. A policy decision is required to delegate these powers to the Administrative officers below the rank of ADC, said the Chief Secretary while responding to a memorandum of Panchayat members of Likabali for delegation of power to SDO Likabali for issuing ST and PR certificates. DIPR



AYA delegates meets Chief Secretary

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: The Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has welcomed the decision of state government to keep budgetary provision of Rs 2 crore to be used for the efforts to get world heritage site tag for Apatani Cultural Landscape (Ziro) and Thembang under West Kameng.

AYA President Taku Chatung in a press release stated that with the constant support of Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, this movement for world heritage site has gained momentum.

Delegations of AYA met CS on Friday and had discussion about WHS project. The CS told the delegations that the Apatani community should preserve the visual integrity of landscape and environment.

While assuring demands for expediting the work to start construction of CC pavement at Hapoli township road and Mini Secretariat, the CS called for provision of footpath in CC pavement road as per the Supreme Court judgment and also provision of drainage system. He asked public not to put hindrance on Right of Way in construction area.  

The CS also assured the delegate for construction of solid waste management plant at Ziro .He expressed happiness on movement for cleanliness drive and banning of the use of plastic at Ziro by District Administration in collaboration with AYA and other NGOs. He exhorted people to continue the movement to protect the beautiful environment of Ziro.

The CS also assured to take up earnestly the provision of civilian enclave at ALG, Ziro about which AYA had earlier submitted memorandum to the Governor and Eastern Air Command, Shillong. The present plan of ALG,Ziro has no provision for civilian terminal.



Establish indigenous cultural centres:  IFCSAP

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: During a meeting with Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Affairs  on August  one at New Delhi, a delegation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) called for establishment of Indigenous Cultural Heritage Research and Documentation Centre for every tribal community of the State.

Construction and renovation of Indigenous Cultural Halls throughout the state for practicing their respective indigenous faith, traditional beliefs and rituals, special package for awareness programmes,  promotion of folktales, folklores, folksongs and dances, traditional dramas and proper audio-visual documentation were other demands of  IFCSAP. Further, the representation stated that traditional tribal Shaman who are rendering philanthropic services to the society without caring for their livelihood, is diminishing from the society and to protect, encourage and enhance the rich tradition, there should be provision of funds and incentives for them, similar to Gaon Buras in our state.

They further called for Multi-cultural Complex and Indigenous Cultural Halls in various places of Aruanchal Pradesh.

The team members who were accompanied by Tarun Vijay, MP Rajya Sabha included Gichik Taaza, General Secretary, N. Changmi, Vice President (East), Taba Hare, Advisor and Oyin Moyong, Secretary IFCSAP District Unit, Pasighat.



APPDSU demands action against illegal mining, quarrying

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: The All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) has demanded the district administration to immediately stop all illegal mining activities in Papum Pare district.

Mining activities are being carried out by various groups, individuals, firms, private companies illegally in the district in violation of Arunachal Pradesh Minor Minerals Concessions Rules, 2002, APPDSU said in a memorandum to Papum Pare and Capital Complex Deputy Commissioners.

The students' union also claimed to have found that those private companies, groups, individuals  etc.  have illegally established stone crusher units and quarrying and mining sites at various river beds, streams and nallahs to extract minor minerals without obtaining any licence and no objection certificate from the authority concerned to carry out such activities. Even, such quarrying and mineral extraction are being carried out in various rivers beds, streams, nallahs of the district which are not notified by the Department of Geology and Mining for any mining activities, APPDSU said.

It also claimed that some local people who claim to be the owner of various quarry sites are doing businesses without registering their area in violation of the Arunachal Pradesh Minor Minerals Concession Rule 2002.

Surprisingly, the Department of Geology & Mining, GoAP and the district administration are maintaining stoic silence on the issue, which is causing huge revenue loss, the letter said.

APPDSU alleged that some Assistant Mineral Development Officers (AMDOs) and mining guards (MGs) are not effectively monitoring such illegal mining activities rather they are siphoning huge money unofficially from the illegal quarry owners and proprietors of various stone crusher units by misusing their official power and position.

"The non judicious utilization of available natural resources and its exploitation in the name of development and self- employment is a matter serious concern as it is causing irreparable damage to the environment," APPDSU said and demanded the district administration to immediately carry out mass eviction drive at illegal mining and quarrying sites and book those involved in the illegal activities under appropriate section of the law.



Retirement age should not be enhanced

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Off late clamour for enhancing the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years is growing. The issue was first raised in the floor of state assembly by BJP MLA Kaling Moyong, who wanted to know from Chief Minister Nabam Tuki whether the state government has taken any decision in this regard.

In his reply, the CM stated that the matter is under consideration and decision in this regard will be taken after examining the feasibility. Since then People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) too has voiced their support for enhancement of the retirement age.

For many reasons, if government indeed enhance the retirement age, Arunachal will take another regressive step. Today countries across the world are trying to develop young workforce to accelerate the developmental process. Arunachal Pradesh has massive youth population and if properly tapped they can become source of faster development. In our state youths are totally dependent on government job and have no other source of employment. Every year large number of students are graduating in various fields from universities across the country. Most of the students come back to Arunachal in search of job. Due to absence of thriving industrial units, government sector is the only means of generating job opportunities. Therefore keeping this in mind, the possible enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years will only add more unemployed youth.

Policy makers should not compare Arunachal with other states while taking decision in this regard. In other states retirement age may be 60 years, but, they provide ample job opportunities in different sectors. But for the state like ours, if possible, the retirement age should be advanced and best time to leave service will be 56 years. It will open up massive job opportunities for the youths. At present already there is provision to extend service of those government employees, whom state government thinks that has contributed more for the development of state. This provision can be used by state government whenever needs arises.  Government should avoid taking such decision which will harm the interest of youth of this state.



Vehicle requisitioned during election yet to be returned to the owner


PASIGHAT, Aug 03: A private passenger vehicle which was requisitioned for election duty during the last election has not been returned to its owner yet, which is causing concern among the private car owners of Pasighat area.

According to report, a vehicle (Winger) owned by one Talom Dabi of Lower Banskata at Pasighat was requisitioned by election department on March 29 this year. But the authority has neither given back the vehicle nor made any payment to the owner even after three months.

It learnt that the vehicle used in Upper Subansiri district met with an accident during election duty. It rolled down 200 feet from the road in between Daporijo and Taliha on April 7 causing damage to the vehicle. The private driver had sustained serious injury with multiple fractures in the accident.

According to Daporijo Police, the reason for the accident was 'steering failure'. A case (No- 43/2014) has been registered in Daporijo PS regarding the incident. The police, however, is declining to recover the vehicle from the gorge as it was almost an impossible task.

Dabi was earning his livelihood by operating the passenger vehicle between Pasighat and Itanagar.

He made all necessary communication with Upper Siang district election department and even moved the state's Chief Electoral Officer for payment of vehicle fare as per scheduled rate, but in vain.

It is worth mentioning that the state's Joint Chief Electoral Officer, following pursuance of Upper Subansiri District Electoral Officer urged the vehicle owner to approach Insurance Company for reimbursement of the damaged vehicle as the company is liable to pay the value of insurance policy.  

Dabi questioned the state election authority as to why it is not liable to recover the ill-fated vehicle or to compensate for the loss or damage caused to the vehicle, which was duly requisitioned.



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---- Editorial ----


Arunachal turning into robbery Pradesh

In a broad day light robbery inside the Rajiv Gandhi University campus yesterday robbers reportedly looted Rs 42, 15,980 from Vijaya Bank and shot cashier Joydeep Chatterjee causing grievous injury. As per the information, four suspected masked robbers came on motorcycle and got inside the bank when staffs were busy in normal business around 11:40 am. They looted the amount and fled from the scene.

Doimukh police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has begun. This latest incident adds upto many more robbery incidents which has created fear among banking sectors of Arunachal. Banks have become soft target as series of robbery incidents is being witnessed in various banks of state. In all the cases, robbers have targeted those banks which do not have proper security system. Adding to the woes, Arunachal police have miserably failed to book strong case against accused and in some case accused still remains elusive.   Such incident has emboldened the robbers and if strong steps are not taken, we may witness more such robberies in days to come.

----Readers Forum ----



MLA/MP LAD and real development

Dear Editor,

Budget is over both in centre and state. Legislative Assembly has proposed to raise MLA LAD fund. Since the inception of LAD fund I wonder how many assets have been created by MP/MLA for society from LAD fund. I remember a fully furnished building in which I did my LLB at JB Law college Gauhati had a stone engraved building constructed from MPLAD of Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was then not the prime minister of India.

Here I would like to say that instead of using LAD fund in unproductive schemes, each MP and MLA from their LAD fund could target a specific scheme for the interest of entire constituency, at least a project costing one tenure LAD fund. Often the fund is used in piece meal scheme without visible outcome. I have no hurt feeling towards our learned legislator, it’s just an opinion which perhaps could be useful to those who want to be re-elected, as matter would speak loud for itself in next election campaign. Having said that, I would like to request journalist/NGO to conduct study on performance of LAD fund of our state. In our state we lack such independent study, rather anyone even if does, it does for vengeance only not for interest of general public.


Bojum Lusi Sorum



CAG report and deprivation by DRDA

Dear Editor,

It was very unfortunate to learn the fact that Comptroller & Account General (CAG) Report, published in the Arunachal Times on July 27, reflects poor financial management as well as losses due to ill planning, lack of internal audit and inability of departments to come up with utilization certificate. It is a matter of great concern which should be viewed seriously by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh if they really believe in “People first” principle of governance.

I feel the Govt. of A.P should have in-depth retrospection as to why DRDA of West Siang District distributed lesser quantity of CGI sheets to beneficiaries for new construction valuing Rs.1.63 crore, thereby depriving overwhelmingly 3032 beneficiaries of full benefit of the scheme. It is very doubtful whether the deprivation has been done on political credibility or for some other reasons best known to the department concerned. It appears that there has been no dearth of fund then why the fund has not been utilized? Therefore, it is my earnest request to the Govt. of A.P to look into the matter and examine the defects in the system and justify so as to ensure welfare to all the citizens of India.


Nguge Taipodia

Anchal Samity Member

Bali, Likabali



Unemployment is the mother of countless ills

Dear Editor,

Sleepless nights have become routine, hunger is like a forgotten feeling, and a dark cloud of frustration has crept in the mind making all other things barely visible. This is what each and every unemployed youth is going through. It is needless to give any data regarding the number of unemployed youths in our country and to be particular, in our state. Every household has one or two unemployed youth who is done with the basic education required for getting a job. Few resort to adding extra certificates to make their resume more attractive, while the larger part are resorting to means of illegal earning and those left can be seen loitering around doing nothing resourceful.

Employment opportunities are rare and adding up of many fresher every year to the already humongous unemployed lot is alarming. With few vacancies in the Government offices and almost negligible investments from private sector, getting absorbed in jobs are as difficult as walking on your fore limbs. Fights in public places and incidents detrimental to the civic and ethical belief of our state are at a rise.

Unemployment is the mother of countless ills. It is such a poison that pollutes the society, endangers the democratic fabric of the country. We can’t expect nobility, honesty and truth from a person who is unable to manage two square meals a day for his family. An unemployed person has no sense of self-respect as he has no sense of security.

Adding to the grievance, the in-service lot is reappearing for competitive exams making it very difficult for the fresher to compete.  With their experience and knowledge of the official work they perform better than those who have never been employed. If we see the preliminary result of the APPSCE, the number of qualified in-service candidate is huge. Few are even Circle Officers and not to mention others.  If they are so unhappy with the post they are holding, they should rather resign and then appear for competitive exams. The Government should take measures which would prevent the A grade and B grade officers from appearing in such competitive exams.

If it is true that the future of a state depends on the ability and the mental attitudes of its young men and women, then our state has already lost the will to develop. If our state allows her young men and women to be gripped by insecurity and frustration, she will have to pay the cost for modernization and rapid advancement with several years of stagnation.


Ujum, Itanagar



Teaching psychology in place of B.ed degree

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I beg to draw the kind attention of the concerned authority towards the exorbitant fees for B.ed degree in our state. It is seen that every year the B.ed fees hike excessively. It is my appeal to the government that if B.ed degrees are only for rich people who can pay Rs 90000/-then I find no logic in making B.ed degree a mandatory degree for teacher in Arunachal Pradesh.

Even some private schools are doing much better without B.ed degree qualitatively. It is also interesting to note that even a JRF NET holder who is eligible for a lecturer is ineligible to teach even at primary, secondary and higher secondary level without degrees like B.ed. I think it will be better to introduce a new subject on teaching psychology in undergraduate courses in place of a separate B.ed degree.

If the government is not ready to regulate the price then I think it would not be wrong for our country to reconsider the benefits of position classification system which is prevalent in developed countries like America .In America unlike India, jobs are assigned and salaries are paid on the basis of competency and performance, instead of mere degrees and certificate which can also be illegally sought in black market. In our country we follow rank classification system where jobs are assigned to the candidate after obtaining certain degrees. Even if we remain absent in our job we get our salary.

This rank classification system has a great demerit today. New inventions and discoveries in the field of arts, science, commerce etc find no place in our society and for this reason sadly people of our country have always been job seekers instead of job generators.


Philip Jerang




Encephalitis: Prevention is better than cure:

Dear Editor,

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a diseases caused by a virus. The JE virus is believed to have originated from Indonesia-Malaysia region and evolved into five genotypic group and spread across Asia. The Virus is transmitted to human through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus maintains the life cycle between mosquitoes and domestic pigs and wild birds. Human, cattle and horse are dead-end host as the diseases manifest as fatal encephalitis.

The Japanese encephalitis is a vaccine preventable disease. The transmission mainly occurs is rural agriculture areas often associated with rice cultivation and irrigation. In some area transmission is usually seasonal and peaks in summer.

Japanese encephalitis is primarily diseases of children. However travel associated JE can occur among the people of any age. The children under 15 years are considered as high risk and diseases are manifested in severe form in these age group.

The incubation period; the time period of manifestation of diseases and bite of infected mosquitoes is 5-15days. The illness usually begins with sudden onset of fever, headache, and vomiting.

The mental confusion, irritability, generalized weakness, jerky movements of body (convulsion) and acute paralysis may develop over the next few days.

In animals, the symptoms of Japanese encephalitis include infertility, abortion in pigs, fever, weakness and loss of appetite.

During JE infection in human, the central nervous system produces a various chemical against the virus and these chemicals can not only act against the virus but also damage the normal cells of the brain resulting the CNS manifestation.

The chance of death in Japanese encephalitis is about 20-30% and among the survivors, 30-50% has a serious neurological and psychiatric sequelae. Mortality rate is reported to be high among children less than 15 years of age.

Japanese encephalitis is suspected in a person with evidence of sudden neurological symptoms that has recently travelled to or resided in endemic areas. If the child suddenly developed a fever with change in mental status with or without seizures or abnormal behaviour greater than that seen in usual fever then JE is suspected. The suspected person should be screened for JE Virus. Laboratory test like ELISA can measure the viral-specific IgM on serum or CSF after 4 days of onset of symptoms. ELISA test for JEV is available at IDSP-Lab.ASH Naharlagun.

There is no specific antiviral treatment for Japanese encephalitis. The therapy includes supportive care of feeding, air ways, convulsions etc and treatment of complications. The best way is prevention. The preventive measures include avoiding mosquito bites in every possible way. The JE can be protected by vaccine among high risk group. The vaccine gives protections for 2-3 years. Boosters are recommended in every three years for the people who remain at risk. In children it can be given along with the measles vaccine starting at 9 months. In adult infection with Japanese encephalitis confers lifelong immunity.

The primary immunization schedule for JE Vaccine is 2 dose administered intramuscular in 28 days apart. Two doses should be completed in one week before travel.

There is no transmission from person to person, therefore infected person do not need to be isolated. The vaccine does not give immediate protection as it takes 1-2 months to develop immunity. Hence during endemic period protection from mosquito bite is more essential than vaccination. Hence self protection from mosquito bite is strongly recommended. Thus prevention is always better than cure.


Dr.Jego Ori


Arunachal state Hospital, Naharlagun





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