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MoA for Doimukh Hydel Project inked

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: SJVN Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the implementation of 80 MW Doimukh Hydro Electric Project as a run of the river scheme on river Pare in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to Equity Bulls sources, the MoA was signed by RP Singh, CMD, SJVN Limited and Kaling Tayeng, Secretary (Power), GoAP here on August 12, 2014.


Governor, CM greet people on Janmashtami

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed good wishes to people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

In his festival message, the Governor said that the festival of Janmashtami is the celebration of life and the teachings of Lord Krishna, which have an eternal message for all. The occasion reminds us of Lord Krishna's message in the Gita, of duty without thought of reward, righteousness and commitment.

"May the occasion inspire all to imbibe Lord Krishna's message of love, compassion and pluralism," the Governor wished.

In his festival greetings, Tuki hoped Lord Krishna's message in Srimad Bhagavad Gita will continue to inspire all sentient beings in the world to live in unity with bond of brotherhood. He wished happiness and prosperity for the people of the state and the world on the sacred day.


INTUC dist unit meet held


DAPORIJO, Aug 17: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Upper Subansiri district unit held a day-long meeting to discuss various issues relating to the union on Saturday last.

INTUC district unit president Tabi Marde while briefing the aim and objectives of the meeting called upon the union members to maintain team sprit and harmony with Indian National Congress since INTUC is an integral part of the party.

During the meeting, the members suggested for organizing a 'mega rally' to highlight the activities of INTUC and make public aware about it.


Shri Krishna Janmastami

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Like previous years, Shri Krishna Janmastami Maha Utsav is being celebrated with two days programme at Radhe Krishna Mandir, Zero point here on August 17 and 18.

Large number of devotees made a beeline since morning at Mandir premises to seek blessing of Lord Krishna.

The programme which began this morning with Ganesh puja would come to an end tomorrow evening with Krishna Bhajan and nam sankirtan.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: All Sangri Youth Welfare Society organized a social service cum awareness campaign at Sangria village under Rusu Panchayat under Sagalee circle recently.

The members of the society along with the villagers repaired the existing link road and bridge and cleared the drains during the daylong social service.


Plant more tree: Thongdok

Itanagar, Aug 17: Taking part at the valedictory function of the month long Van Mahotsav celebration by Shergaon Forest Division at Rupa on Saturday, Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly TN Thongdok advised everyone to plant atleast 10 trees every year so that the tree cover of the area remains intact while still catering to the needs of the local people.

The Deputy Speaker also requested the forest officials to take care of the fragile eco system of the region and assured his full cooperation in doing so. He also requested the public to cooperate with the department during natural calamities like forest fire which is very common during the dry season.

DFO Shergaon Forest Division Millo Tasser highlighted various activities carried out during the month-long Van Mahotsav celebration through a PowerPoint presentation.

Students from schools around Rupa, Thukpen Village Council (TVC) members, officials of Indian Army and general public attended the function.

Local indigenous tree species were planted in the barren lands whereas avenue trees were planted around Rupa town as part of the celebration.


25 youths receive instrumental music training

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Twenty-five young boys and girls received a two week's instrumental music training on playing rhythm, bass and lead in guitar and different beats in drums, which concluded at Christian Revival Church (CRC) yesterday.

While giving away participation certificates to the trainees, Pastor Hillang Taya highlighted the importance of music in one's life and urged the trainees to use the talent of playing the instruments with a godly approach.

Isaac Baat, Assistant Music Secretary of Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association encouraged the gathering to learn music as there is no age limit to learn music.

RGU Deputy Registrar Dr. David Pertin said that good music could be an important medium for bringing harmony not only in the churches but also in the whole society.

Among others, assistant pastor of CRC Naharlagun Gandhi Dui, President Papum Pare District Christian Revival Youth Association Gibbs Taba, master trainer Dago Tashi, organisers Mitet Paron, Kipa Tangung, Er. Ruth Tapak and John Taba also spoke.

In the sideline of the closing ceremony, a joint fellowship was conducted where around 150 youths from the CRC, Naharlagun, Pachin Colony, Papunallah and A' sector Naharlagun participated.


AVP celebrates birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) celebrated the birth centenary of freedom fighter and noted social worker Padmabhusan Rani Gaidinliu at Vivekananda Hall of RK Mission here.

Speaking on the occasion, Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu said that Rani Gaidinliu was a staunch freedom fighter and a preserver of rich culture and tradition of North East. Highlighting her immense contributions in social, political and economic fields of North East, Dr. Padu opined that some institutes like university, research centres, jails, where she spent 17 years of her life for the country should be named after her besides introducing lessons on her teachings and life history in school curriculum.

AVP President Pratik Potom appealed to all to come forward and work to fulfill the dreams of Rani Gaidinliu for a stronger India.

North Zonal Organizing Secretary of Kalyan Ashram Krishna Bhide enlightened the gathering about her life history. He informed that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru came to Shillong to meet Rani Gaidinliu when she was in jail and requested the British Government to free her from the jail. However, the British Commissioner refused it saying that "Gaidinliu is a terror of North East for British empire," he informed.

Former Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) Taba Hare also spoke on the occasion.

IFCSAP president YD Thongchi and prominent personalities including Tayi Taggu, Techi Gubin, Gungli Tagang paid floral tributes to Rani Gaidinliu.


News Impact

BJP seeks constitutional amendment to delete ‘any Naga tribe’ from ST list

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: BJP state unit has called for bringing a constitutional amendment to delete the words "any Naga Tribe" suffixed after the Nocte, Tangsa. Wancho, Tutsa and other tribes in the Scheduled Tribes list of Arunachal Pradesh.

In a representation   to the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, the party stated that the tribes, residing in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, were facing identity crisis and were inconvenienced in various official works as they are not recognized by the Centre as separate entities from "any Naga Tribe".

The youths of these districts while appearing for UPSC and State Public Service Commission examinations are also facing problem because of the name, it added.  

The State Government of Arunachal Pradesh had recommended for a constitutional amendment to the Constitution (Scheduled Tribe) Order, 1950 for deletion of the words "any Naga Tribe" from the ST list of Arunachal Pradesh in the larger interest of the people and recognition of the Nocte, Wancho, Tangsa, Tutsa, and other tribes in the ambit of "any Naga tribe" to Scheduled Tribes (STs) list of the state, the party further added.

It hoped that the Centre would certainly take initiative to bring in necessary constitutional amendment at the earliest for the betterment of  these tribes.



Take strong action against all the violators

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Aug 17:  The tragic death of two children due to massive landslide at a private residence in Itanagar has once again raised serious question mark over haphazard construction activities going around in capital area. The death of two young souls gave rude shock to everyone. The incident shows how capital citizens are living on the edge.

Expert believes that Itanagar will crumble like pack of cards if nature unleashes its furry. "Forget about earthquake, if there is frequent intense rainfall like the recent one, the whole of Itanagar will be destroyed and get submerged under soil. We are living on the mercy of nature," said an expert.  Twin capital town of Itanagar and Naharlagun along with adjoining areas resembles concrete jungle. Most of the buildings except the government one are being constructed in haphazard manner without following proper rules and regulations. It is further believed that rampant encroachment of government land is also one of the causes for chaotic construction activity being witnessed in capital complex. Most of the land encroachers are government officials including senior bureaucrats and engineers. The unplanned construction not only poses danger to inhabitant of particular building but to the citizens living nearby.

Taking serious note of such incident, Arunachal cabinet recently took decision to limit building height in capital complex. As per the source henceforth in capital complex no citizens will be allowed to construct 4 storied building. Capital district administration has already initiated steps in this regard and has issued notice in local dailies. However government should ensure that action is taken against all the violators irrespective of the position one holds in society. Often it is seen that law only applies to poor citizens.



Landslides bury house, injuring six children

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Six minor children were injured--one of them seriously-when a massive landslide hit their house at Sangrik Kojo under Ward No. 2 on Thursday at around 12.30 pm.

The incident took place when their parents were out of the home. Fortunately, there was no any casualty. The children, who received major injury, was immediately rushed to RK Mission Hospital here for treatment, informed Councilor of Ward No 2 Tatung Tania.

Four rooms out of the five-room house were completely buried by the landslide, the councilor, who visited the spot, said.

Further, the councilor expressed fear that the heavy RCC wall of Art & Culture department may collapse any time bringing more disastrous situation.

Meanwhile, the Councilor, in a representation, has urged the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to make spot of visit of the site where the landslides have occurred and grant compensation to the victim family as per norms.

Meanwhile, the interim committee of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today visited the family members August 15 landslide victims near BSNL colony opposite to Circuit House where two children were buried alive and scores injured.

The team offered consolation and sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

Meanwhile, the association blamed the BSNL for the incident.

According to ANYA, the nearby residents had repeatedly appealed to the BSNL authority to shift the water tank from the present location but it did not pay any attention to the request. The incident reportedly happened due to bursting of the water tank.

In yet another incident of landslide, the house of one Nich Jitash was totally damaged at F/G Sector here on August 14 at around 6:45 pm. The landslide was triggered by incessant rain over the last few days. All belongings of the victim, including important documents, cash and household items worth Rs 35,000 were either lost or damaged in the landslide which almost buried the house.

The victim is a class XII student and is currently taking shelter in a relative's house. He appealed to the authorities concerned to provide some relief and assistance for rehabilitation.



Alumni celebrates 199th birthday of Don Bosco

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar, celebrated the 199th Birthday of Don Bosco and held the inauguration of bicentenary year of birth of Don Bosco here yesterday.

In his address, Fr. Mathai SDB, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar, expressed his happiness for being a part of the bicentenary celebrations.

Rev. Dr. Cyprian SDB, enlightened the gathering on the variety of services the Salesians provide to youth, women and children.  In addition to the hosts of traditional schools and colleges these include education of Children of Lepers, Employment Exchange for youth, Street Children's Education, Skill Training, Women's Development, Orphanages, Drug Rehabilitation Centres, Care of HIV affected youth, Childline and Dispensaries and other Primary Health Centres in rural areas, Dr. Cyprian said.

He also spoke of the ingenuity that the followers of Don Bosco exhibits at all times in re-inventing themselves to meet the present needs. The gathering felicitated Michi Paku, Kime Aya and Hibu Tamang, who had been conferred IPS recently.  

While exhorting the youths, Aya spoke of an incident from the life of Don Bosco in which Don Bosco's kindness made a poor boy, Francis Piccolo, in later years, a benefactor of the Salesians as he wanted to return the kindness that he received.  Aya called upon Don Bosco alumni to return to other needy youth the benefits they have received through Salesian education.

Tamang, while speaking at the function, appreciated the services rendered through Don Bosco institutions and called upon everyone to reach out to more and more youths, especially those exposed to danger.  He stressed on the need to approach youth with the weapon of kindness as practiced by Don Bosco which alone reforms and not punishment and third degree methods.

Former commissioner, GoAP Tape Bagra recalled his experiences at Don Bosco, Doom Dooma, Assam in the late 50s where he grew up with a host of foreign Salesian missionaries.  He also recalled with great happiness the foundation that he received there which serves as an impetus for him throughout his life.

Michi Paku, who is also the President of Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar, called upon the youth to make use of the many services that Salesians render to youth.



JNV Seppa on verge of collapse

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Aug 17:  Once considered to be a hub of academic excellence and epicentre of academic administration in remote East Kameng district, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya(JNV) Seppa,  has  now turned out to be a forlorn institution, plagued with dilapidated infrastructures, incomplete buildings , poor administrations and lack of discipline among the students.  

Established way back in 1987-88, under Ministry of Human Resource Development, the institution caught the people's imagination, when its excellent academic records touched a dizzying height by producing numbers of top officers who are now serving the state as well as nation in different capacities.  At a time there were mad rushes for clearing JNV joint entrance exam to get admission in the school. By the late 90s the school had become the most sought after school in the district.

However, with time, once well structured and pristine vicinity of school now looks like a warehouse.

Garden and pavements are unattended and the visitors are often greeted by strewn plastics and half-torn hostel building waiting to crumble from a slight shake.  Adding to the already worse situation, people residing at the backside of the school have made a passage through the crumbling wall, believed to be forcibly damaged by them.  They regularly trespass overlooking the prohibitory notice issued by the school authority. It is also said that the students can come and go as per their wishes, making a mockery of the school regulations.

The crisis in the school has caught the attention of the people after a visit by the members of All East Kameng District Students Union (AEKSU) and East Kameng Social Welfare Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) to take stock of the situation.

When contacted, SP Dubey, Principal of the JNV revealed that the school is struggling with poor infrastructure and non-cooperative public who are residing beyond the school boundary wall.

He further went on to say that the existing hostel and school structures were constructed in early 80s and now are on verge of collapse. However, the school authorities have no choice but to accommodate the students in ramshackle buildings.

He added that a 192 bedded permanent boys hostel building was started in 1999 which was later abandoned midway in 2010.

The building was being constructed by a local contractor, executed under Central Public Works Department (CPWD), based in Tezpur, Assam.

"Despite repeated complain, no investigation team has come to verify the current status of building", Mr. Dubey claims.  

Squarely blaming the CPWD, who executed the works, the Principal said that current crisis is outcome of incompletion of the hostel buildings. He further added that to accommodate total students of 256; the school authority has to convert classrooms into hostel.   

"The public should question the CPWD for incomplete buildings," the perturbed Principal said.  Dubey further clarifying on the poor administration said that the school authority is trying every possible to set the things on right track by involving parents.  At the same time he admitted that some students are uncontrollable which has polluted the atmosphere.

The impact of poor and incomplete infrastructure in the school is far reaching, as the authority has to limit its intake capacity from existing 80 to 40 in a year.  

It is said that the principal had submitted the status report during Principal's Conference of JNVs which was held at Guwahati in 2013 and at Gangtok in 2014, however the school is yet to see any development.

 Unless the authority pays attention at right time, JNV Seppa may soon turn into cattle house.



Development of Miao constituency  high on priority of minister Mossang

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: While unfurling the tri-colour on the occasion of Independence Day at Kharsang general ground, Miao, minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Geology & Mines and WRD  Kamlung Mosang highlighted the various developmental activities, flagship programs and mission mode projects initiated during his tenure as elected representative of 50 Miao Assembly Constituency and the present state Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

He acknowledged the services rendered by forest and wild life department, authorities of Namdhapa National Park & Tiger reserve for preserving the invaluable natural resources and pristine serenity of the area.  He appealed to all to join hands with the authorities concerned in conserving and managing the forest resources which is a national heritage and one of our biggest assets for the generations to come.  

He highlighted the important road projects like Miao-Vijoynagar under PMGSY. He informed that the work has been started for part I& II while tender process for part III (upto 62 miles) has already been completed. NIT for part IV and V are being floated soon, he said. The PMGSY road from Namchik- Miao to Jengpathar  via Singmao and Namchik -Havi is nearing completion. The construction of Miao- Jagun to old Champu is in progress and will be completed soon. The new projects under PMGSY have been cleared by STA, Jorhat. The black topping of road from Oil India road to Panchum village, upgradation of road from MJ road to new Khimiyang village and Namphai-Kharsang road to Nongtham village are in progress. The up gradation of Namchik -Miao road under NLCPR is in progress though the pace of execution has been slow. The work on Namchik -Bordumsa bridge at Namchik Tinali is in progress.   

He informed that administrative set ups have been strengthened, the Vijoynagar CD block has become operational since beginning of the current financial year, Namphai Circle has already been notified and will start functioning very soon as the Circle Officer has already been posted. In Khagam CD block numerous schemes under MNREGA have been completed. Under SGSY various individual swarozgaries  and Self Help Groups have been assisted for providing employment on self help basis. Under IAY scheme CGI sheets have been provided to beneficiaries to construct dwelling houses.

In addition to this annually 150-200 beneficiaries have been provided with CGI sheet through MLA LAD. Local youths were provided financial assistance by SBI, Miao for setting up of different industrial ventures under PMEGP.  The cultivation of large cardamom in Vijoynagar circle has been encouraged. Under Health sector construction of double storied RCC Primary Health Center building at Kharsang under SPA has been completed and was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his maiden visit to Miao in February this year. The day was marked by 12 march past contingents from various schools. Number of colourful cultural programmes as well as games and sports were witnessed during the day.

Earlier, as a part of independence day celebration, Mosang inaugurated  the offices of the Assistant Mineral Development Officer, Sub-Divisional Food & Civil Supplies Officer and  Inspector of Legal Metrology on August 14, 2014 in Miao township.



Sustainability of microfinance practices

K.K. Rajesh

Dr. Rakesh Srivastava

Microfinance programs target both economic and social poverty. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) defines "microfinance," as once associated almost exclusively with small-value loans to the poor.

People living in poverty, like everyone else, need a diverse range of financial services to run their businesses, build assets, smooth consumption, and manage risks. CGAP refers to empirical evidence to illustrate that right financial service at the right time helps households build assets, generate income, smooth consumption, and protect themselves from risks. These services are not limited to credit, but include savings, insurance, and money transfers.

An increasing number of MFIs are now organized as for-profit entities, often because it is a requirement to obtaining a license from banking authorities to offer savings services. For-profit MFIs may be organized as Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs) such as Chit Fund Groups, commercial banks that specialize in microfinance or microfinance departments of regular banks.

Microfinance covers aspects of microcredit, savings, insurance, money transfers, and other financial products targeted at poor and low-income people. It is interestingly equated with SHGs in a rural backdrop whereas Microfinance as a concept is not restricted to urban or rural scenarios and is equally adaptable and relevant to urban poor. The most important finding of the last three decades in the world of finance did not come from the world of rich or the relatively well off. It evolves from small scale financial services for both credit and deposits -where the poor can save, can borrow and repay loans, in both rural and urban areas.

The sustainability of these practices have assumed importance over the last few years with increasing inroads being made in rural as well as urban areas by different players. While this scenario has often provided a convenient method of depositing savings on one hand with option of obtaining higher returns as compared to conventional sources of deposits, it has also exposed innocent and gullible population into parting with their hard earned savings to unscrupulous players. Self managed microfinance for closed user groups have however been a major success and a driving force that has taken the microfinance movement forward. It is this aspect of microfinance that has been found to have an important dimension of resulting in social benefits through financial inclusion and empowerment especially for the poor and marginalized.

Microfinance today has a diverse client base in India including Arunachal Pradesh. It covers poor in urban and rural areas to enterprising individuals, representatives of SHGs and members of Thrift & Credit Cooperatives apart from individuals who by virtue of the average size of transactions fall under the purview of microfinance.

The origin of microfinance can be traced back several centuries where it existed in different forms in several countries from Africa, Asia and Europe. These practices included "Susus" in Ghana, "Chit Funds and Hundis" in India, "Arisan" in Indonesia, and "Cheetu" in Sri Lanka amongst others. Dean Jonathan Swift's model of microfinance of early 1700s, the Dublin Musical Society and other initiatives whose principal purpose was making small loans with interest for shorter periods are widely believed to be initial forays in what is currently termed as microfinance.

However it took a humble professor who had learned and taught in USA and who had come back to the country of his origin and conduct an experiment moved out of poverty and helplessness of certain women living near his University in Jobra that made microfinance a household name in both developed as well as developing economies. This experiment later evolved into now world renowned Grameen Bank and Prof. Mohd. Yunus is now a Nobel awardee.  

The proliferation of microfinance in Asia and particularly in India has been traced back to the efforts of Government, which has used microfinance as a tool to alleviate poverty by promoting microfinance through different schemes at different points of time. In present times, it is the direct SHG-Bank linkage programme and Livelihoods Missions for both rural and urban areas separately that are biggest catalysts for promoting microfinance. The success of microfinance purely as a commercial activity can be ascertained that SKS, Bandhan, Microcredit Foundation of India, Asmitha Microfin Ltd which deal exclusively on small savings and associated micro credit have an aggregated turnover in millions of dollars presently. Whereas there are other key players in microfinance too which do not operate exclusively on commercial basis such as SEWA, MYRADA, PRADAN, SERP, JEEViKA and now State Rural Livelihoods Missions that are coming up to promote social equity and economic empowerment where microfinance activity shall remain central.

Given the scope of microfinance to influence livelihoods at micro level and economy at a macro level it is important that these practices remain sustainable. While sustainability of microfinance practices shall open new vistas for the service providers to diversify their products and ensure a better balance between cost effectiveness and efficiency in promoting microfinance practices.

In order to ensure that these practices remain sustainable there is a need for concerned stakeholders to ensure that an enabling environment is provided at all times. In order to provide an enabling environment banks need to overcome urban bias in terms of location of bank branches as well as customising products for rural areas with presuppositions that do not hold true at all places at all times. Extension of credit to both Self Help Group (SHG) federations as well as non government organisations engaged in promoting access to credit to concerned target population is affected by repayment rates. The repayment rates can be improved with a well thought out process of social mobilisation and sensitisation of rural communities. Financial institutions in present times cannot afford to merely concentrate on provision of financial products without properly engaging target population.

Sustainability of microfinance practices assumes special significance in Arunachal Pradesh. In Arunachal Pradesh, microfinance plays an important role in meeting credit needs in both urban as well as rural areas, despite and inspite of presence of formal financial institutions. In order to promote sustainability of existing microfinance practices concerned stakeholders need to adopt unconventional approaches in the form of innovative and need based design improvements.

In this context, social mobilisation as well as customisation of financial (esp credit) products, linking them with crop cycles, providing non monetary incentives in the form of grading, packing and consequent buy back facilities at remunerative prices to local producers can go a long way in ensuring that hard earned incomes are saved, invested in farm based livelihoods along with labour. The credit shall thus be replenished at regular intervals. The service providers can mobilise required deposits from Arunachal Pradesh itself by judiciously investing the returns through timely repayments and consequently making deposit products more attractive. This win-win situation shall help both the financial institutions as well as local producers. State Government which currently undertakes strenuous efforts in promoting farm based livelihoods shall be able to leverage such a situation for extending greater benefits to deserving local producers. This can also open new vistas for much needed revenue generation in the State. The State Government has a ready-made scope here for impressing upon financial institutions to promote similar strategies and thereby even improve upon CD ratio also.

Another important aspect in context of Arunachal Pradesh shall be the need to customise products that provide sufficient scope for meeting consumption based credit needs of population from lower income groups. Another important aspect in context of Arunachal Pradesh is that of outreach. This problem can be best addressed by investing in human resource development of functional and economically active SHGs and SHG Federations. Due investment in augmenting existing capacity to maintain records, develop need based financial products / options, sensitising the existing personnel in adopting best financial practices and transparency and providing continuous handholding and guidance support to these active SHGs  / SHG federations and thrift and credit cooperatives can go a long way in ensuring financial inclusion in Arunachal Pradesh.

Another important aspect in ensuring sustainability of microfinance practices is augmenting the supply side especially through improving the overall capacity of human resources engaged in the field. Premier institutions such as NERIST,RGU and even apex training institutions such as SIRD Arunachal Pradesh need to design customised management development programmes for different categories of stakeholders. Different thematic programmes for senior government functionaries and senior officials from formal financial institutions, branch level bank officials, representatives from thrift and credit cooperatives and even young enterprising individuals need to be developed. These programmes should aim to sensitising and motivating all concerned to play their role in a more catalytic and emphatic manner.

Management students can be oriented in detail on microfinance and they can even hone their skills in large microfinance based firms such as SKS, Basix as well as NGOs of national repute such as PRADAN, MYRADA and even come back as microfinance promoting entrepreneurs. Availability of well taught and trained manpower shall only contribute in making the sector more resilient and viable.

The fact that microfinance has been a greater commercial success in terms of financial volumes in urban areas as compared to rural areas bears a testimony to the fact that support to existing microfinance practices tend to increase the scope of these practices to positively impact the concerned users.

In the end, it must be remembered that any microfinance venture which is only profitable and does not accrue any benefit to the society is neither warranted nor sustainable. Similarly any microfinance venture that results in social benefits alone shall also not be in a position to sustain itself.

(K.K.Rajesh is working as Assistant Registrar, NERIST and Dr. R.Srivastava is a Deputy Director, SIRD, Arunachal Pradesh)



Independence Day celebrated throughout the state

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Reports of celebration of 68th Independence Day are still pouring in from various parts of the state.

In Tirap, the day was celebrated with great fanfare all over the district.

Local MLA Wanglam Sawin, who was the chief guest on the occasion, ceremonially unfurled the national tricolor amidst a huge gathering.

In his address Sawin said, 'the state government is according top priority to education, healthcare, agriculture, horticulture, hydropower, road connectivity and tourism. In Tirap district also the work has begun from Longding to Tissa under Trans-Arunachal-Highway. In other places of the district, the land acquisition process is almost complete".

The District Hospital has been declared as Zonal Hospital for Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts wherein modern equipments will be made available and specialist doctors will be posted, he informed.

He  appealed to the youth of the district to engage themselves in agriculture and horticulture ventures to create permanent and sustainable source of income instead of running after government jobs which are hard to come by because of the intense competition.  

At Dadam, the Day was celebrated at Dadam circle headquarters with various programmes.

Local MLA Tirong Aboh unfurled the national flag amidst a huge gathering.

In his address, Aboh while highlighting the development activities of the state and Tirap district said that the chief minister has assured to put Dadam circle under BADP.

At Deomali, local MLA Wangki Lowang urged the people to extend their full cooperation to the state government for all round development. The MLA said that he was leaving no stone unturned and was ready to travel the proverbial extra mile to usher in unprecedented development in the area. The Independence Day was also celebrated at Lazu and other places of the district including in villages.   

At Leporiang , the  day was celebrated with great pomp and show. Leporiang ZPM Nabam Tara unfurled the National Flag on the ocasion. Parades and cultural display by school children  were the main highlights of celebration. Later, prizes were distributed to the winners by Circle Officer Hage Tarung.

At Yachuli, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya unfurled the tri-colour amidst huge gathering at Yachuli general Ground.

In his address, Saya expressed his desire to bring more schemes to make Yachuli a model constituency in the State for which he sought cooperation and helping hand from government employees, students, youths group, public leaders and general public.

After completion of Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH), Yachuli being the gateway of six districts, will prosper and become a commercial hub as well as top tourist destination, he observed. He also disclosed that the govt has consented in principle to establish a mega tourist destination at Yachuli with an international tourist circuit.

To mark the day, Toko Yaje of Tallo village was given a commendation certificate as the 'best progressive farmer' of the year 2013-14 under agriculture-horticulture sector.

At Kamporijo:, the Independence Day celebration was jointly organized by PRI members of two Zilla segments Kamporijo-I and Kamporijo-II.

Kamporijo-II ZPM Tap Tapuk, who unfurled the national tri-colour, expressed his displeasure at non posting of Circle Officer. He said that despite having highest population Kamporijo as compared to other CO HQs under ADC Raga, the post is still lying vacant for last ten years.  He appealed to state government for posting of a CO for Kamporijo.

At Jairampur, MLA Laisam Simai in his speech announced establishment of cremation ground with modern technology at Jairampur, followed by the Inter-State Bus Terminus, up-gradation of PHC Manmao to CHC, allocation of new ambulances, project to beautify Jairampur township, car parking at Jairampur township, cultural heritage hall, APEX bank at Nampong and Manmao, ATM at Nampong, Changlang district to be declared as notified tourist circuit, creation of horticulture and agriculture SD post, Fire brigade station at Jairampur along with various infrastructural up-gradation and development.

He also informed about various loans under Chief Minister Project and appealed to the people to avail it.

At Nampong, Simai kicked off the final of Independence Cup between Lunpang and Khamlang.

Simai's message - 'Say No To Drugs' was received with boisterous cheers by the public and the players. He said, "Shun narcotics, discourage its consumption and say no to drugs."



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----Readers Forum ----



Let us share the burden

Dear Editor,

It is a shame for Arunachal that its very capital city is an extended garbage bin. Right from Gohpur to Itanagar, the road sides are filled with garbage.

I would like the draw the attention of the State Government and the private residents about the unwanted towers of the garbage in every corner of the capital city and its unbearable smell.

Disposing of garbage from the very place we stand?

My appeal to all the concerned authorities is to borrow the ideas from the states like Meghalaya for the management of garbage by providing public dustbins every 100 meter and to employ people for its daily maintenance. And at a same time, to start a ‘fine system’ in case a person is not abiding by the rules. Another noticeable step that the state Government can do is to strictly separate the public dustbins for wet garbage and the dry ones. The dry ones can be easily burned and the degradable wet litters can easily be used for agricultural purposes. No doubt, it is a challenge to implement anything new in the state. But we simply cannot give up.  

I would request the individuals to cooperate with the government.

A little effort by the State Government and citizens can change the picture of Arunachal.


Geyin Boli,





The immortal soul who has taught us humanity

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news report “Gogoi for Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika”(August 12).

No kudos is enough for Tarun Gogoi for demanding Bharat Ratna for the great Dr.Bhupen Hazarika.

It remains the duty of the Government and the citizens of India, practically the whole world to follow the path and thought as envisaged by Dr.Hazarika.

Never should we forget the helplessness of  ‘Durbal Manuhe’ who form the overwhelming majority in our society. Through welfare schemes and co-operative attitude of ‘Manuhe Manuhar Babe’, the authorities and the fellow citizens respectively should lend assistance and helping hand for the growth and prosperity of the hapless  millions who remain starved and illiterate in the ‘Bistirno Parore’ of Sutlej to Cauvery, Narmada to Burha Luit. The society which continuously beats the trumpet of IT Revolution, Sensex, Moon-Mission, Buddh International Circuit can never afford to see the ‘moroha phoolor paporis’ getting nipped ‘okalote’.

Dr Hazarika’s heart cried not only for the hungry and the exploited souls, like the bearers of Dola or palanquin, but also for those tortured refugees who are forced to “sleep” under the merciless winter sky after getting barbarically evicted from their homeland.

If we really try to imbibe the thoughts as propagated by Bhupenda right through his life; perhaps the society will learn to tolerate the cultural, linguistic, racial or religious diversities and make the society a peaceful one, thereby unifying it by the bond of humanity only.

The immortal soul who has taught all to traverse the path of humanity, compassion, love and international brotherhood indeed deserves the highest civilian award of the land and his messages, through songs, need to be transmitted to all corners of the society for the betterment of the society.


Kajal Chatterjee,




Take steps to control drug addiction

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed Daily, I would like to draw the attention of every parents as well as our government regarding the well being of the upcoming generations. 

Most of the teenagers these days are indulging in drug abuse and other antisocial activities resulting in poor academic performances, frequent dropouts, family disharmony, desolate future etc.

It is a commonly occurring phenomenon that these young generations are active in the darkness; abandoned buildings, river banks, playgrounds, parks by taking the advantage of invisibility.  Nowadays, drugs and alcoholic addictions are a fashion among these upcoming generations. It affects the mental and physical health of the growing children. Even the syringes are often stolen from the hospital emergency room by these addicts at night.

In this fast changing world, every parent or guardian are busy in their own respective field of earning money or profession. After paying admission, tuition, bus fees parents became less bothered about their children’s whereabouts, activities and associations. Indeed, very few parents are fortunate enough to have disciplined, obedient, sincere children who does not need to followed around but most of the parents like us are victim of these drug abuse. Moreover, cropping up of numerous wine shops without abiding the norms of certain distance from school, colleges, offices and hospitals are to be blamed and off course, polygamy is one of the undisputed reasons for drug abuse in our state.  

We being parents are well aware of drug abuses and its adverse effects but how many of us have taken any measure? Every parent should at least know something about conscious parenting.  

Strong law has to be enacted by our government to mitigate these drug abuses and its prevalence to root out the drug peddlers. Volunteering social organizations shall not be able to solve the soaring threat on its own. Our state must have full fledged designated de-addiction and rehabilitation centres. Each and every police station should have separate cell to deal with the problem of drug addiction.


Remi Lollen

Anchal Samity Member






Fill the busses with fuel

Dear Editor,

Sometime back, I was travelling in State Transport Bus.  After two and half hours, the bus stopped at an old bridge between Lida Village and Daporijo town due to shortage of fuel.

Somehow the fuel was managed.

Again, the bus stopped between Banderdewa and Naharlagun and this time, it could not go further so all the passengers had to make alterative arrangements.

I understand that there might be technical and mechanical issues but busses stopping while on duty for lack of fuel are a sure sign of unprofessionalism.

The department should be provided with enough funds so that people don’t suffer and also I request the department to take precautions so that such problems do not occur again.


Komgi  Romin






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Alarming report

A UP government panel on Sunday accused a BJP MP of inciting Saharanpur riots, besides blaming laxity by local officials, sparking a war of words among parties with BJP dismissing the report as "politically motivated" and an attempt by ruling Samajwadi Party to hide its "failures". Violence erupted in Kutubsher area of Saharanpur on 26 July this year  when members of two communities clashed for several hours over a land dispute. The violence had claimed three lives and left more than 20 people injured.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said he would not comment as it was a "report of a political party" and he had not seen it. The committee alleged that the administration became active only after the violence broke out.  As the Muslim holy month of Ramzan was going on, the administration should not have allowed any construction at the disputed site or members of opposite community to assemble, the report said. It is early to make judgment based on the report. However it is widely believed that riots in UP is taking place under the patronage of politicians. Political parties should stop dividing community for meager political gains. They should understand that their selfish act is having catastrophic effect on social fabric of this great nation.