ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the office
premises of NGO National Youth Project (NYP) and at the resident of its president
Hari Pado Biswas. Team of CBI officials from Guwahati made the raid. A case was allegedly
registered at Guwahati CBI against a government department in regards to mismanagement
of government schemes.
As per the sources though the case was not registered against NYP, during the trail
of investigation the role of said NGO came under scanner. The CBI team seized documents
and other materials during the raid.
Medical and self defense training for young girls
Roing, Aug 1: A medical camp was conducted at KGBV Dambuk by the school administration
under MHRD scheme on Wednesday last. Dr. Amit Perme, resource person of the camp
gave health and hygiene tips to the students during this programme. Apart from this,
medical check-ups were also conducted.
Self- defense training for the students was also conducted simultaneously. More than
100 girl students were given training on self-defence for 2 days by Marshall Lego,
a Black Belt 1st dan from Mebo.
Attending the valedictory function SMC Chairperson Aseng Tayeng praised the MHRD
for introducing such programmes in KGVBs for girls. Veterinary
Officer Sherpa Dorjee also attended the valedictory function.
Retired headmaster K.Apum, who also attended the programme, stressed on organisation
of such programme on a regular basis for benefit of students.
PPWC gives one-month time to improve power scenario
PASIGHAT, Aug 1: Angry over the alleged failure of the authority to improve the
erratic power problem in Pasighat Township despite repeated pleas, the aggrieved
consumers gave authority one- month ultimatum to improve the power scenario failing
which they threatened to resume agitation against the power department.
Taking serious note of the prolonged power problem, the frustrated consumers, including
the members of Pasighat Public Welfare Committee (PPWC) in a meeting here today decided
to submit representation to Power Commissioner and Chief Engineer (Monitoring, Planning
& Transmission) demanding their immediate intervention for improved power scenario.
The meetings further resolved to demand the power department for early replacement
of the decade-old transformers. Besides PPWC members, PRI leaders; Municipal Councillors
and student leaders attended the meeting.
The PPWC had earlier moved the Chief Minister, Power Minister and top ranking officials
of Power department for lasting solution of the chronic power problem. But the authority
has miserably failed to redress the people’s grievances despite their repeated assurance.
AAPSA train teachers
Itanagar, Aug 1: All Arunachal Private Schools Association (AAPSA) held representative
Teachers Effectiveness Training for the private schools of Itanagar at Don Bosco
Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar, here. The training attended by 57 representative teachers
from various private schools of the capital complex was a mix of practical and theoretical
sessions led by Fr. Athew Mathew and K. S. Charles from Imphal.
Fr. C. D. Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Capital Complex, spoke about Don
Bosco’s system of education known as the Preventive System of Education which is
based on reason, religion and loving kindness and called upon the teachers present
to include these three elements in their teaching which touches lives.
The resource persons dealt extensively on topics such as class room management, handling
the problem child, disciplining without corporal punishment and innovative methods
in classroom teaching.
Steering committee meeting on IDCF
DAPORIJO, Aug 1: Steering Committee meeting on Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight
(IDCF) cum convergence meeting on Adolescent Health was held in the District Medical
Officer’s office here on July 31.
Presiding over the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner K Dulom briefed about the importance
of safe drinking water, IDCF and adolescent programmes and requested all the stakeholders
to cooperate with the health department for effective and successful implementation
of various programmes. During the meeting, he also took stock of the health scenario
of the district and assured to provide all necessary help from his side also.
Earlier, DRCHO Dr. G. Hangkar briefed about the IDCF. He informed that the fortnight
campaign is being conducted in two phases (July 27 to August 2 and Aug 3 to 8). During
the 2nd phase counseling activities on infant feeding will be taken up at all health
centres and schools by the MOs, ANMs and ASHAs.
The meeting also discussed about the adolescent programme like Rashtriya Bal Swasthiya
Karyakaram (RBSK) and Weekly Iron Folic Supplementation (WIFS) being implemented
by District Health Society in schools.
Dr. R. Tatan, DMO requested all the stakeholders to extend cooperation in successful
implementation of various health related programmes in the district.
Among others, DDSE and EEs of PHED, Power and RW departments and DPMSU staffs attended
Locals conduct social service at college
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: A mass social service was jointly conducted by the people of Layang
village along with the members of Polytechnic College Development Committee and PRIs
at the institute under Sangram in Kurung Kumey district today.
Villagers along with local contractors took up electrification and water supply work
in the college campus at their own expense to ensure that students of the lone institute
of the district could avail the much-needed basic facilities.
Public made aware of various welfare schemes
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu unit yesterday organised
a Special Outreach Programme (SOP) on “Saal Ek Shuruat Anek” at Tamlanagar village
of Lohit district.
The villagers were made of various centrally sponsored welfare schemes, like Beti
Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan (SBA), Atal Pension Yojana (APY) etc. during the programme.
While briefing the gathering about those schemes, resource person of the programme
Soloi Ngadong, General Secretary, Gaon Burha Association of Lohit and Anjaw districts
stressed the need of making the people aware of these schemes and their benefits.
Mihir Kumar Jha, unit-incharge, DFP Tezu unit also spoke during the programme and
elaborated the gathering about the new schemes launched by the present Government
during past one year.
Feedback on the newly launched schemes was also collected from the gathering.
A quiz competition on “Saal Ek Shuruat Anek” was also organised and winners were
Youth Cong marks Friendship Day with social work
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress unit of Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Congress (APYC) conducted a social service at Kankar Nallah, Naharlagun today
to mark the occasion of ‘Friendship Day’. Led by Kipa Mangal, president and Techi
Tadap, general secretary of the AYC, hundreds of members joined the social service
and cleared the debris and garbages which were accumulated near the national highway.
The mass social service was organized under the patronage of local MLA Techi Kasho
and APYC president Nyamar Karbak.
While appreciating the 13th Assembly Youth Congress for organizing the social service,
Nyamar Karbak stated that he looked forward to such social ventures including ‘blood
donation’ and assistance to the needy people specially during the time of natural
calamity as the capital has often witnessed disastrous incidence in the past.
Anti drug awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: One-day workshop on drug awareness campaign was conducted at Govt.
Higher Secondary School Itanagar today by Department of Tax and Excise in association
with Tarhuk Samaj (NGO) Koipla, Kurung Kumey distrct.
The drug awareness campaign was attended by Dr. Nabam Budh, Deputy Director, Arunachal
Pradesh State Aids Control Society, Naharlagun along with Principal Govt. Higher
Secondary School and Tolum Takar, Chairman, Tarhuk Samaj. While speaking on the campaign,
Dr Budh asked the students to stay away from drugs for a better future.
Cleanliness drive at Koloriang
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: A mass social service was conducted in Koloriang town under the
joint initiatives of district administration, All Nyishi Youth Association, Kurung
Kumey unit and Bazar Welfare Committee. All the Govt officials, NGOs, students of
private and Govt schools participated in the social service in the respective institutions
amidst heavy rains during the day.
Bengia Tania, President, Bazar Welfare Committee engaged his JCB and DUDA, Koloriang
provided trappers during the programme. Biaro Sorum, EAC and Idam Bagra, Circle Officer
supervised the work. (DIPRO)
DAPORIJO, Aug 1: During an inauguration function of labour office at Gandhi Market
by Taru Gusar, Superintendent of Police Upper Subansiri District along with Jumli
Ligu DLEO, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union district unit submitted a memorandum
demanding for land for AAPLU-USU office at Daporijo. Other demand includes regular
checking of Inner Liner Permit, establishment of labour barrack and labour stand,
fixation of equal wages.
Social service conducted
SEPPA, Aug 1: Over 30 volunteers including members of Bameng Town People’s Forum
(BTPF) led by its chairman Tani Liyak took part in a social service conducted at
PHC Bameng here on Friday. During the social service, the volunteers erected fencing
around the PHC to do away with the problem of encroachment. (DIPRO)
Union discusses progress of road with BRTF
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The All Bori Adi Students’ Union (ABASU) has in a release today
informed that its members led by its president Tadur Taring met BRTF 92 RCC OC Rakesh
Kumar on Monday, to discuss about progress of the ongoing double-lane road construction
work being carried out between Aalo to Tato and Bile to Miging road.
While lauding the BRTF for maintaining quality of work, the union further urged Kumar
to take up more such projects in the district.
OC Kumar further informed the union that construction of Bile to Miging road will
begin from March next year.
Solung Festival Football Tournament
Siang United FC, Donyi-Polo Ganging FC and Sisang Yameng FC win
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Siang United FC, Donyi-Polo Ganging FC and Sisang Yameng FC won
their respective matches in the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament played
at DNG College playground here today.
Siang United FC defeated Banggo United FC 3-1 in the first match of the day played
at 7 am while Donyi-Polo Ganging FC defeated Pameng Patang FC 3-0 in the second match
played at 2 pm, Sisang Yameng FC won the third and last match of the day beating
Ngargo Yameng FC 3-1, informed Tarok Lomtung, Games & Sports Secretary,SFCCI-2015.
The scorers of Siang United FC were Opang Lonchung, Miloko Nobeng and Megu Jongkey
while the consolation goal for Banggo United FC was scored by Kaling Tatin.
The scorers of Donyi-Polo Ganging FC were Tom Lego, Batong Perme and Kajin Ratan.
Nongkim Siang Pertin, Olom Darin and Nung Ering were the scorers of Sisang Yameng
Tony Ering scored the lone goal for Ngargo Yameng FC.
1) Nulu Nubu fc vs President XI FC (7 am)
2) Giidi Lepang FC vs Giidi Yameng FC (2 pm)
3) Abo Tani FC vs Donggin Yameng FC (4 pm)
Badminton tourney begins at Lumla
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Independence Day Badminton tournament for both men and women
began at Sports Club, Lumla today.
In the inaugural match, the pair of Mika Nyori and Tashi Namgey defeated Karsang
Lama Kee and Kesang Gyatso in men’s double.
All together 22 teams are participating in the tournament.
Final will be played on August 14.
The tournament is organized by Lumla Sports Club and sponsored by Parliamentary Secretary
State to formulate traffic policy
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Taking serious note of frequent road accidents, some fatal, that
occurred during the last three years, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has suggested for
a strong and effective state policy to avert and minimise such mishaps. He advocated
for vigorous campaign for safe driving, safe speed and safety measures for commuters
and pedestrians users during a high level meeting of the Road Safety Council here
at his office conference hall on Friday evening.
The meeting was convened on Supreme Court’s direction to constitute state specific
Road Safety Council to control and check road accidents.
The Chief Minister opined for regular checking of driving licences including vehicle
documents besides keeping track of the safety measures which are compulsory for drivers
or passengers during driving. He was of the view that maximum road accidents occur
due to negligent and rash driving coupled with other reasons like bad roads and lack
of safe road infrastructure.
Tuki directed the law enforcement authorities to take stringent measures to regulate
traffic rules by ensuring compulsory use of seat belts, helmets for both driver and
pillion and strict prohibition of mobile phone usage during driving besides asking
the department concerned to put concerted effort in developing safe road infrastructure
across the state. While advocating for a government notified and registered Driving
Training Centre in the state, Tuki suggested for a mandatory fill up of forms on
formats prepared by transport department for issuance of driving licences. He also
suggested for mandatory health check for all drivers before issuance of driving licence.
The Chief Minister proposed to set up road safety fund besides attaching ambulances
with the traffic police for evacuation of critical accident victims to hospitals.
He directed the departments to install necessary signboards on the roads which are
mandatory for road safety. He further opined for road safety slogans to be incorporated
in school curriculum.
Tuki directed the department of transport to prepare an action plan on road safety
guidelines by September next.
“Haphazard parking along the roads affects road jams besides making it vulnerable
to accidents,” the CM viewed and directed for constitution of a committee for identifying
parking places under the Chairmanship of DC Capital.
The House was appraised that the department of transport had identified 8 black spots
in the capital region where frequent accidents occur while 40 other junction posts
(25 in Itanagar and 15 in Naharlagun) have been identified. Department further requested
the House for a full-fledged traffic SP to regulate traffic regulations in the capital
Among others, Chief Secretary, Secretary Transport, Secretaries Home, PWD, Finance,
Education, Health, Planning, DGP, CEs, representative of MoRTH, BRO, NERIST/NIT/CRRI
and NGOs attended the meeting. (PRO, CM)
Parents holds PTC authority responsible for death of IRBN jawan
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Yet to come to terms with the death of his son, Nabam Tadap in
his 50s, father of late Nabam Regang, an IRBN jawan who was found dead at Police
Training Center (PTC) Banderdewa at Bravo 'Coy' Barrack on 19 July 2015, feels that
his son had died due to sheer negligence of officers and lack of responsibility of
"My son could have been saved, if he was given timely medical attention" grief- stricken
Late Nabam Regang (PTC chest number 75) was a fifth IRBN personnel posted at Likabali
and was undergoing refresher course when he was found dead under mysterious circumstance
in wee hours of July19, 2015.
The preliminary report of investigation suggested that late Regang died of injuries
sustained after he fell down from balcony of Bravo 'Coy' Barrack. The report ruled
out any foul play or involvement of any jawan leading to the death of late Regang.
However, SP Capital Complex informed The Arunachal Times that till the detailed verification
of call records of jawans who were on night duty, it would be too early to jump to
conclusion. He also said that so far there is no lead which would suggest the involvement
of any person.
Contradicting investigation report, aggrieved father claimed that circumstantial
evidences suggests involvement of few individuals who were awake and on night duty
when incident is believed to have happened.
Tadap questioned the PTC authority why there was no blood stain at the place of occurrence
(PO), if the injury was so major which killed his son. He further squarely blamed
PTC authority for sheer negligence claiming that no ambulance was provided to take
his son to the hospital.
"I was informed about incident around 3:50 am, probably after two or three hours"
"What made them take so long to inform us (parents) when our house is walking distance
from the Barrack" questioned the father, who is still shell- shocked.
The parents also claimed that their son was not even taken to the medical sub-center
which is hardly 100 meters away from the place of occurrence. Medical staff K. Dhar
confirmed that deceased was not brought to medical sub-center. But he got information
about the incident around 4.AM in the morning presumably after hours of accident.
The parents are suspecting there is a serious foul play in the whole incident and
the authorities are trying to hush up the facts of tragic death of late Regang by
twisting the facts to save the image of the state police training center.
However, the post mortem report totally contradicts with the parents' claim, suggesting
that there was no foul-play.
According to SP Capital Complex, the post mortem report suggests death was due to
accident. SP further added that all possible angles are being investigated and examined
by the investigation team.
Late Regang's death has however raised eyebrow at the role of PTC authority in disciplining
jawans under training. The incident also reflects lackadaisical attitude of PTC
authority to equip the state police training centre with modern medical facilities
Squarely blaming the authority for death of late Regang, All Puyu Panchayat Youth
Welfare Association and All Silsango Circle Youth Association demanded the Home Minister
to suspend Principal, Vice-Principal, TO and Medical Officer of PTC holding them
responsible for death of late Regang.
Pasighat qualifies as Smart City
PASIGHAT, Aug 1: Pasighat is the only city in the state which fulfills the condition
of having an existing master plan or a proposed one for being selected as a smart
city under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme,
launched by Union government. Notably “Smart City” is an initiative by PM Narendra
Modi to take the pressure off Indian metros. Basic objective is to ensure basic civic
infrastructure such as drinking water and sewerage, increasing green cover in cities
by developing parks and augmenting public transport among others. Reportedly, one
hundred smart cities would be developed in a phased manner in five years with financial
share of the state government.
The 1st meeting of the State Level High Power Steering Committee, constituted for
steering the proposals and implementation of Smart City Mission was held on July
30 last in the Banquet Hall, Itanagar under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary
The Chief Engineer cum Director, Urban Development and Housing highlighted the criterion
for selection of a City/Town as “Smart City”. He stated that only one city could
be selected from Arunachal Pradesh. In order to select a city the reports on existing
service levels submitted by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have been computed and placed
before the committee for examination and subsequent selection for making recommendation
to union government.
The Secretary, PHE&WS while participating in the meeting opined that it would be
better if a town having scope for future growth could be selected as Smart City.
After going through all the reports on existing service level submitted by ULBs,
the committee has decided to recommend “Pasighat” for submission to the government
of India for further examination and selection as smart city.
Later, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, while assessing the present scenario of garbage
management, landfill site, composed plant, drainage system and crematorium of Capital
Complex, has desired that top priority must given to all these aspects. He urged
the concerned department to prepare plan and proposal so that allocations could be
made as and when untied funds from Government of India as recommended by 14th Finance
Commission is received. DIPRO
State’s responsibility to provide the best to students: Taloh
Review of RUSA
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: “Students are the future of the nation and it is our responsibility
to provide them with the best of facilities,” said Education Minister Tapang Taloh.
Speaking during a day-long workshop on the implementation of the Rashtriya Uchchatar
Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA) at the institutional level across the state, Taloh said the
government has to enable students to face the challenges of the world. Taloh,
who is also the chairman of the state higher education council, said the state has
come a long way in the field of higher education.
“In 1964, the state had just one higher education institute – Jawaharlal Nehru College
(JNC) in Pasighat. Now we have more than 52 higher educational institutions,” he
Although, compared to other states, Arunachal introduced RUSA late, “it is being
implemented properly”, Taloh said.
The minister informed that the Centre has sanctioned establishment of an engineering
college in Toru; upgradation of JNC, Pasighat, and DNG College, Itanagar; and upgradation
of infrastructure in Donyi Polo government college, Kamki and the government college
in Bomdila under RUSA.
“With the implementation of RUSA in the state, the financial burden on the state
government has been significantly reduced,” he added.
On the enrollment issue plaguing colleges in the state, Taloh said “there is need
to evolve a proper mechanism to deal with the problem.”
Concurring with the fact that not creating posts of non-teaching staff has been a
big problem for college authorities, he disclosed that posts for non-teaching staff
are likely to be sanctioned by the state government within 2-3 weeks. Earlier, RUSA
chief consultant Simanta Mohanty from New Delhi said Arunachal Pradesh has accorded
priority to higher education by implementing RUSA in 2014.
“Under RUSA, the higher education in the state will be developed in a planned, systematic
way with funds for infrastructure and upgradation of existing institutions,” he said.
Board member, Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) Dr Joram Begi, who is also
the former higher & technical education director, in his keynote speech said while
literacy and higher education have no connection, “higher education is connected
to social status”.
“If the needs of financial, quality and infrastructures of the higher educational
institutes are not addressed, we’ll be producing an army of disgruntled people,”
Pointing out that many students are being deprived of access to higher education,
he called for increasing the state’s dismal gross enrollment ratio (GER), which is
currently around 19.04 per cent.
Stating that “product itself possesses quality”, he further lamented that no Indian
university has made it to the list of the top 200 universities of the world.
“If you don’t have quality education, how can you realize the dream of a developed
nation?” he questioned.
Dr Begi also expressed concern at the present teacher-student ratio, which is around
1:56.5 in most of the government colleges in the state.
The state government and the education department must implement RUSA not only for
quality education but to tide over the manpower and resource crunch faced by most
of the colleges, he said.
“With the implementation of RUSA in the country in 2013, the path for further development
of higher education in the state has been laid,” said higher and technical education
director Dr Tejum Padu.
He exuded hope that under RUSA “our higher educational institutions will only benefit”.
RUSA deputy project director Minto Ete also spoke.
It may be mentioned here that RUSA is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 2013.
It aims to provide strategic funding to eligible state higher education institutions
with the objective of improving overall quality of education.
AAPTAHWA decides to conduct spot visit, bring awareness on TAH
ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Trans-Arunachal Highway Welfare Association
(AAPTAHWA) in its central executive meeting held at Naharlagun today decided to conduct
spot visit to monitor the work progress of the TAH construction agencies in the state.
AAPTAHWA also decided to organize a district-wise awareness programme on TAH for
the benefit of common people. It further said after completion of sport visit and
investigation, the Association will take proper action.
Expressing displeasure over the TAH work progress and alleged poor quality construction,
the meeting held under the chairman of its president Papu Tayem observed that TAH
project is a complete failure. The meeting said working agencies should carry out
construction work within the specific time frame and compensation should be
disbursed according to the DPR norms with immediate effect.
Describing the TAH as the root of all developments of the state AAPTAHWA alleged
that road between Banderdewa to Itanagar is the best example of poor quality road
works. Just after few months of completion, the new road got damaged, it said adding
the state government should constitute a vigilance committee to unearth the reason
Claiming that some working agencies have stopped working and left the working sites
in the districts, the Association urged state government to find out the reason behind
it. “If construction company is not capable of performing its job, other company
should be engaged for completion of road works,” it added.
Speaking on the occasion, M. Rakshap, ASM Liromoba cum spokesperson AAPTAHWA lamented
over the pathetic condition of Likhabali to Bam road which was earlier looked
after by the BRO. The Association urged the state government and contractors for
early completion of Likhabali to Bam TAH as it is the life line of West Siang, Upper
Subansiri and Upper Siang.
PRIs denounce press statement
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Reacting to a press release on alleged arbitrary land allotment
at Dari Circle under West Siang district, the PRI members of 12- Dari Anchal Samity,
Dari Dolu Welfare Society (DDWS) and land donors has vehemently condemned and called
it as unfounded, baseless and publicity stunt by some vested interest individuals.
DDWS further clarified that people are well aware of the land being notified vide
Govt. order no. LR-14/93 dated 23rd December 2014 and its representatives have even
submitted in written that they have no objection whatsoever to any government activities.
DDWS while supporting the local administration for forwarding few applications after
observing codal formalities said that everything has been done on merit and maintaining
transparency for the allotment of land donors which is still under process.
Taking strong exception and sentiments for the defamatory and malicious remarks against
the local administrative officer which were highlighted in various print and social
media, the PRI members, DDWS termed it as unfounded and unacceptable. DDWS executive
members and PRI also question the malafide intention of individuals who are tarnishing
the image of society as well as local administration who are selflessly working for
the uplift of the area. DDWS and PRI members caution that they would not tolerate
such kind of anti-social and anti-development activities of vested interest group.
Both PRI members and DDWS have further sought unconditional public apology from them
and asked to refrain from such unwanted activities else strict action would be initiated
Earlier, Dari Youth Committee (DYC) and Ego Banggo Intellectual Forum (EBIF) had
accused the Circle Officer, Daring (Dari), West Siang and ZPM, Daring Circle for
indulging in nepotism in land allotment process of Circle Headquarters. Administration
has been accused of allotting land without proper master plan.
We are all responsible
[ Nimina Namchoom ]
Being born and going through our lives on this earth, one thing every one of us is
bound to do, along with breathing and eating, is creating waste. In this day and
age, this waste production begins right from the time a baby is born. From using
copious amounts of diapers and packets of baby food and plastic toys, graduating
to demands for packets of chips and biscuits to using up reams of paper in the
quest to gain education. It culminates, during a lifetime to using and discarding
of plastic bags, plastic bottles, paper, mobile phones, electronic equipments, cloths
and so on. The list goes on and on and is endless. What is required is the proper
management and disposal of the waste. Although we are the producers of the waste,
we have a tendency to hide what looks ugly and sweep it out of our property and outside
on roads, in the drains and everywhere else.
A growing concern for the towns in our state is the haphazard disposal of plastic
and other waste. Our towns give the illusion of being beautiful from afar, nestled
in the hillsides with lush greenery and nature surrounding it. But enter into the
towns and what shocks our sight is the amount of plastic and other garbage dumped
all along the roadside and everywhere else. In these times when everything is packaged
in plastic, it is inevitable that waste is created and disposed, but it can be done
in a responsible manner. We can learn from the system practised in the villages by
some where food waste and vegetable peel is fed to cattle or discarded separately,
and other waste is collected and later burnt by individual households and usable
waste like plastic bags are reused. The same practise, if adopted by all those who
can, will minimise the amount of garbage and thus lighten the task of the civic authorities.
We also tend to ignore huge mounds of garbage which are an eyesore and stink, even
though piled high outside our compounds. I remember when I was allotted my first
quarter after joining the state government service and it was difficult to park near
my residence, for the obvious reason of there being no space due to rampant encroachment
prevalent in the place. Parking was possible only some 30 meters away in the junction
of the road next to a huge pile of garbage. I started becoming immune to the smell
and habituated to the sight when some colony residents started advising me to approach
the civic authorities to clear the area so that I could make space for parking. Various
visits to the offices of the authorities, copious amounts of diesel, days of burning
the garbage to lessen it and a whole day of supervising the work of clearing and
dumping waste on a truck which made 3 trips to clear the space and the place was
free of the garbage dump. The place looked bigger and cleaner. What got me thinking
was that the people who ‘advised’ me had lived in the place for years and it was
their garbage that I had cleaned. While they did not feel responsible, I did and
so did whatever I could. So if each of us feels this responsibility, waste disposal
will become much more manageable in our towns. We have to remember that bottles of
cold drink, mineral water, packets of chips, biscuits, etc that was bought by us
and brought home in plastic bags, even when empty and useless to us, is our property
and so to be disposed off responsibly.
There is still time for us to change our habits and mend our ways as we still have
sufficient space in our compounds to keep aside a spot for the responsible disposal
of waste, unlike in metropolitan cities where houses are choke a bloc and people
have to rely on the civic authorities. In our state, what waste is collected by the
authorities is usually dumped in the outskirts of the towns, along the roadside and
burned. Only a town or two has solid waste management plants commissioned or coming
up. We should not rely only on others to do our dirty work but start doing it ourselves
and develop it into a habit. We should teach our children to pick up after themselves
from a young age so that it becomes a habit with them.
There are commendable instances of responsible individuals coming together to spread
the word on cleanliness and cleaning up through social service work and the Swatch
Bharat Abhiyan started by the government. The initiatives should not be confined
to photo opportunities, but the message behind the initiatives should be learnt by
each of us and practised at an individual level. During a recent social service event
organised for clearing overgrown grass in a field, the objective of clearing the
field was attained and the area was assessed for further maintenance. But in doing
so more waste was created in the form of mineral water bottles that had been used
to quench the thirst of the volunteers and then discarded. The empty bottles were
thrown under trees and in various corners of the field. The intention was commendable
but the actions were not. This is not a lone case as many such works done with good
intentions, meetings conducted to discuss such issues, programmes conducted to create
awareness on cleanliness etc end up with similar consequences. We have to remember
to look back and term such programmes as a success only if our actions adhered to
Garbage dumped haphazardly, not only mars the beauty of a place, but also creates
problems especially during the rainy season. Garbage dumped on roadsides fall into
drains, clog them up and create flood like situations in our towns during the rainy
season. Clearing the drains during rains and dumping the silt and waste right next
to the drains only continues the cycle. So the ideal solution is to keep the roads
and drains clean by disposing the garbage properly.
I am not ashamed of admitting that I too have littered many places by throwing waste
in places other than dustbins, but now I am changing my habits one step at a time.
My household degradable waste goes in to a pit in the backyard to be turned into
compost, the other waste is collected and burned regularly, while any waste that
I produce while travelling or in transit is collected, taken home and then disposed.
Every small action matters. Even small pieces of paper, thrown by thousands, make
a huge mound of waste. So if each one of us picks up after ourselves, the difference
will be huge. (The contributor is DIPRO, Upper Subansiri)
Introduction of pentavalent vaccine in Arunachal Pradesh
[ Dr D Padung ]
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacterium was estimated to have caused 8.1 million
cases of serious Hib diseases, and 371,000 deaths globally in the year 2000. In India,
an annual estimated 2.4 to 3.0 million cases and 72,000 deaths in under-5 children
were attributed to Hib diseases. Safe and effective vaccines to prevent Hib diseases
have been available for nearly two decades and are being used globally. The National
Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) in India recommended the introduction
of Hib vaccine in the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) in 2008. From December
2011, Hib vaccine in combination with diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and hepatitis
B has been introduced under UIP in Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. A comprehensive
technical review on Hib diseases and vaccines was published in 2009 and it provides
an update on global Hib vaccine use, and reviews the process and steps undertaken
in India to introduce Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine. This review ultimately
forms the foundation for introduction of Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine in 10
states of India in 2007-08 and from this year in other remaining states including
It is estimated that mortality due to Hib disease contributes 4% of all annual under-5
deaths in India. Approximately 300,000 children aged under 5 years die every year
due to pneumonia and out of this, 20-30% deaths (63,000 deaths each year) are due
to Hib infection. Approximately 400,000 hospitalizations take place due to Hib pneumonia
besides large number of OPD attendance
Moreover, a combination of limited access to health services and poor health-seeking
behaviour by rural populations results in many affected children never having the
opportunity of being correctly diagnosed or receiving appropriate care. Even for
those children who do reach health facilities, the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistance
makes treatment difficult.
Studies show 23-73% of confirmed bacterial meningitis in children due to Hib infection.
About 50,000–60,000 cases of meningitis are attributed to Hib infection every year
and out of this, one-third die and another one-third suffer crippling disabilities
such as deafness, paralysis and mental retardation
Bacterial meningitis sentinel surveillance to track Hib infection in India shows
12% of probable meningitis cases are found to have confirmed Hib infection.
In 2008, the National technical Advisory on Immunization (NTAGI) Sub-committee on
Hib vaccine reviewed available literature and information related to disease burden
in India, vaccine availability, safety and efficacy, and cost-effectiveness. Based
on this information, the Sub-committee recommended that Hib-containing pentavalent
vaccine should be introduced in the country. Based on the cumulative weight of supporting
evidence, the Sub-committee’s recommendation to introduce Hib-containing pentavalent
vaccine was endorsed. Importantly, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) had already
recommended in 2006 the use of Hib vaccine for all children in India.
Following the recommendation of NTAGI, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India decided to introduce the vaccine was a far sighted decision taken
in 2009 that was hailed internationally.
Capitalizing on Opportunity
Lessons from the introduction of Hepatitis B vaccine in 10 states of India in 2007-08
illustrated the immunization system strengthening opportunities that introducing
a new vaccine can provide. This include training/re-training of health personnel
on proper injection techniques, assessing and correcting existing cold chain problems,
improving program monitoring and supervision, and enhancing reporting of adverse
events following immunization.
Moreover, the introduction of Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine offers poorer families
the opportunity to avail the same life-saving protection to their children as wealthier
families who can afford vaccine services in the private sector. Therefore, the introduction
of Hib vaccine, free of cost in the government system, helps to ensure equity in
health service availability.
Strategy for Vaccine Introduction
Government of India has introduced Hib as liquid pentavalent vaccine (LPV) combined
with DPT and Hep B in 5 or 10-dose presentation. The use of combination formulation
has certain clear programmatic advantages. First, the number of injections per completed
schedule will be less, consequently requiring fewer syringes and generating less
potentially hazardous sharps waste. In addition, cold chain space will be saved as
a single vial of LPV replaces DPT and Hep B vials. LPV has been recommended for all
infants and will be given in a 3-dose schedule. The first dose is given at 6 weeks
of age or older followed by dose 2 after a gap of at least 4 weeks and a gap of at
least 4 weeks before dose 3.
Hib vaccination also reduces nasopharyngeal colonization with the bacterium, resulting
in further reductions of Hib disease incidence. Indirect benefits include herd immunity
and reductions in antibiotic resistance by preventing disease and inappropriate use
of antibiotics. These benefits have been amply demonstrated by the post-introduction
studies where near elimination levels of Hib disease have been reached; near-elimination
of the disease occurred in both industrialized and developing countries, even countries
with moderate to low immunization coverage rates.
Preparing for Introduction in Arunachal Pradesh
Training and sensitization at national and within states then followed by a cascading
training at district and sub-district level. The state level orientation and training
workshops is to be attended by District Immunization Officers and Medical officers,
frontline workers and program managers of the districts. This will be followed by
training at block level of all remaining frontline workers on introduction of pentavalent
vaccine. Wide dissemination of information, education and communication (IEC) material
and FAQs will be ensured so as to generate demand..
Arunachal Pradesh is geared up for introduction of pentavalent vaccine. The readiness
includes assessment of existing manpower, micro-planning status, training sites,
vaccine and logistics management, monitoring / supervision, AEFI surveillance and
social mobilization and advocacy. The timeline for introduction is set for 2nd October
From a public health perspective, Hib is one of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis
in India and a major cause of childhood pneumonia, the largest killer of Indian children
less than 5 years of age. It is estimated that Hib disease prevention through vaccine
use has the potential to reduce India’s under-5 mortality rate by 4 percentage points.
The introduction of pentavalent vaccine in India is a major milestone and a step
forward to accelerate child survival in India, and its potential to reduce mortality
and morbidity amongst children aged less than 5 years, bringing the country closer
to Millennium Development Goal 4. (Information sourced from GOI data/UNICEF). --
(Dr D Padung, MD is State Nodal Officer (NRHM), Arunachal Pradesh)
RSS to link people with the national mainstream: Ashokan
AALO, Aug 1: Arunachal Shiksa Vikas Samiti project coordinator KV Ashokan said that
the motto of Rashtriya Syamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) services in the beautiful hill region
is to link its people with the national mainstream through a wide range of activities.
He was addressing Aalo branch RSS organized programme on the occasion of Guru Poornima
Utsav which was held at Donyi Polo Dere here on Friday.
Terming the RSS as the oldest organization in the country, Ashokan further said that
it constantly strives for infusing nationalism with the idealism of Bharatiya philosophy,
traditions, moral values and rich culture without any political and religious affiliations.
Also present on the occasion as chief guest was retired deputy commissioner Gejum
Ete, who in his address exhorted the Sangh Parivar of the district to inculcate sense
of patriotism, nationalism and take pride in the rich Indian culture that have always
steered and guided the world. While lauding the Yoga Shibir and physical education
training which is conducted by the Sangh from time to time, Ete said that panacea
to all ills that plague the society lies in proper education and awareness on art
of living and the movement should not be confined to headquarters but should reach
every nook and corner of the district.
Senior citizens, officers and members of the district Sangh Parivar attended the
Guru Purnima was also celebrated at the E-sector Shiv Mandir in Naharlagun today.
Swayam Sevaks from across different parts of the state participated in the programme.
Speaking on the occasion North East zonal physical training incharge Nirmalendu Dey
emphasized the role of Guru in the society and said that Gurus play a vital role
in the overall development of the students.
Dr Rajen Kambo of Arunachal State Hospital was also present. (DIPRO)
School screen documents to detect tribe certificate anomalies
Kimin, Aug 1: In an attempt to curtail conversion of non- APST students into APST
status, the School Management Committee of Govt. Hr Secondary School Kimin has screened
documents such as ST and PRC submitted by students for availing Hostel stipend
and other facilities entitled to APST students of the State.
During the screening of documents, it was found that many non–APST students (having
non-APST father and APST mother) have adopted their mother’s title (tribe) and successfully
obtained the ST and PRC in order to avail government facilities entitled to APST
students only. The SMC members rejected out rightly such cases unanimously on the
spot. They also requested the School Principal not to entertain such cases without
prior knowledge of SMC.
Meanwhile, Takio Yanu Tarh, Chairperson SMC who also happens to be Chairperson III
Kimin Anchal Samiti informed that Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly has
assured to pursue with the Govt for introduction of Science and Commerce streams
at the Kiming HS School. He is also reported to have agreed to provide state of art
office building for the principal and principal quarter in phase manner.
Eagle Trophy opener ends in drab goalless draw
ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Todo United FC (TUFC) and Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) played
out a goalless drab draw in the opening match of the state level 6th Eagle Trophy
Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Both the teams started the match on a cautious note leaving no room for other to
take any advantage. Raiders of both the teams made some occasional foray into rivals’
territory but failed to score.
The second match of the day played between Nirjuli United FC and Arunachal Pradesh
Police (APP) also ended in a goalless draw.
The main attraction of the second match was the NUFC’s two Nigerian players.
Earlier, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Gora Makik, who kicked off
the tournament amid capacity crowd, advised the teams to play the game with true
sportsman spirit. He cautioned that indiscipline among players would not be tolerated
and strict disciplinary action would be taken against those players whoever is found
violating rules and regulations of the tournament.
The SAA Chairman announced that he will initiate for enhancement of the prize money
of the Eagle Trophy tournament to Rs. 3 Lakh from the current Rs 2 lakh for the winner
and Rs.1.5 lakh from the current Rs. 1 lakh for the runners up team.
Makik said the state is steadily making progress in the field of games and sports
which is evident from the recent performance by players in various disciplines.
Lauding the recent performance of state’s promising tennis player Mingkhi Talom,
who created history by becoming the first Arunachalee to be ranked Number one in
national tennis ranking under 18 years category, Makik exhorted youths to take up
sports seriously and to make career out of it.
He stated that the initiative of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who has accorded high
priority to sports, began to bear fruits. He hoped sports in the state under Tuki’s
leadership will achieve new heights in time to come.
Tadar Appa, Director, Department of Sports, Ramesh Linggi, Joint Director, Department
of Youth Affairs, Kipa Takum, Vice President, Arunachal Football Association and
Geshi Doke, General Secretary, among others, attended the opening ceremony and witnessed
the matches. Bamang Taji FC will play against Tarh Ku SC in tomorrow’s first match
at 1:30 pm. The second match will be played between Gangte Togung SC and FC Doimukh
at 3:20 pm.