Governor seeks SIT enquiry
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Governor has sought SIT enquiry into the Assam survey and settlement
training courses by the state land department alleging irregularities. The Governor
wrote to the Director General of Police in this regard. The move comes after the
Arunachal RTI Activist Forum gave a representation to the Governor seeking his intervention
into the imbroglio saying that the department violated its own advertisement notification
along with the constitutional fabric of Indian constitution by giving benefit to
The seats meant for APST educated unemployed youths of the state were given to 33
non-APST candidates, it claimed.
The three trainees who were absent in certain subject in the final exam of the training
courses were declared passed in the result, it added.
Court fines petitioner
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Guwahati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench has imposed a
fine of Rs. 50000 to a petitioner named Sesom Pao for his PIL claiming that the state
RWD department is laying a road on the already existing road running from Banderdewa/Tarajuli
to Hollongi/Chakma resulting in unnecessary and redundant expenditure. He said that
the road in question was constructed by forest department and that the RWD department
is claiming that the construction has been done by them and also claimed that a sum
of Rs 11 crores and 5 lakhs allocated for jungle clearance and formation cutting
is being used for the road in the question.
The RWD in its reply refuted the allegations as baseless saying that the road built
by the forest department is a separate one and that the road in question was an earthen
road which was constructed under the PMGSY. The department claimed that the PIL was
filed just to harass the officials and the government.
“....the filing of the PIL was a speculative one and misadventure resulting in wastage
of time and putting the state machineries to undue strain to answer the frivolous
questions raised. In that view of the matter, the petition is dismissed with a cost
of Rs. 50000. The Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare is directed to recover the cost
levied on the petitioner,” the order read.
Soil and Plant health clinic prog for farmers
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: A soil and plant health clinic programme was organised at Chongkham
village today. The programme with an innovative approach has been initiated by Krishi
Vigyan Kendra, Lohit under ICAR-NRC on Yak for the farmers of Namsai district and
it will be conducted in nine other villages of the district.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Namsai DAO P. Khoisia explained the
need of organic cultivation in the state, while Namsai DHO Sudhir Bhide highlighted
on various horticulture schemes and need of soil and water testing. K. Bangyang,
DTO cum PD ATMA elaborated on the importance of soil and plant health clinic to reduce
the mis-utilization of chemicals and pesticides.
In the technical session resource person Ph. Chandramani Singh explained about the
whole procedure of soil collection and soil status. Madhumita Sonowal Bora explained
about the insect pests and diseases of different crops like rice, ginger, chilli
and citrus etc. A total of 76 farmers took part during the training and farmer interaction
BCYA for proper culvert renovation
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has urged the authority
concern, especially the Vth Lower Balijan ZPM to take initiatives for proper renovation
of the dilapidated Hume Pipe RCC culvert built near the Welcome gate of Government
Higher Secondary School, Balijan in Papum Pare district.
During its visit on Aug 20, BCYA team found that the said culvert which was recently
repaired/built by the PWD, Balijan, is now on the verge of collapse due to cracks
and fissures causing immense hardships to the school going students and other vehicle
First DREM football tourney gets off
AALO, Aug 21: The first Dubi Rike Ete Memorial Football tournament organised by District
Football Association under the banner of District Sports Association and District
Administration started here yesterday.
In the opening match, the SFS Sports Club outclassed Kabu Sports Club by a margin
of 5-4 in a nail biting finish.
Earlier, MLA Er. Tumke Bagra inaugurated the tournament and declared it open amid
thunderous applause. In his inaugural address, Bagra recalled the contributions of
late Dubi Rike Ete and her family in social causes and movements in the past. He
said that the tournament organised in her memory should act as a platform to foster
unity and oneness among all strata of the society and draw the attention of youth
towards sports that provides 10 per cent reservation in Govt. jobs. The MLA also
handed over certificates to the Referees selected from West Siang by the State Football
DFA President Liduk Ete outlined the basic objective behind organising the tournament.
He appealed all to extend cooperation and urged the players to take the game of football
in true sportsmanship spirit. Liya Ete spoke in detail on behalf of late Dubi Rike
The winner and runners up of the tournament will bag cash prizes of Rs.1,00,000 and
Rs. 50,000 along with trophies besides other individual prizes. DIPRO
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 21: While responding to a news item published in this daily on August
14 under the headlines “ANSU opposes committee’s decision on smart city recommendation,”
a rejoinder from DIPR today said “It may be mentioned here that the IMC has submitted
all required materials to the High Powered Steering Committee and the Committee has
recommended Pasighat for Smart City.” The ANSU in its release blamed that due to
weakness and incompetence of MLA Techi Kaso and Chief Councillor (IMC) Kipa Kaku,
the Itanagar Capital Complex has not been selected for Smart City.
YINGKIONG, Aug 21: One Makrin Gamnoh, son of Late Kyatem Gamnoh is reported to have
drowned while fishing at Yamne River at Lagru Bridge on 20 Aug last. However his
mortal remains are yet to be recovered. He was a Police constable with the Fire brigade.
Rijiju to attend BJP’s Maha Prashikshan Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and BJP national
secretary and MP Ramen Deka, who is also Central in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh
will attend the inaugural session of the two-day BJP state level meeting of Pandit
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Maha Prashikshan Abhiyan to be held on August 22 and 23 at Pasighat.
This state level Maha Prashikshan Abhiyan will end on Oct 31 and it will be followed
by district, mandal and booth level abhiyan meetings, according to a BJP release.
Early execution of 4-lane highway from Itanagar to Banderdewa sought
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Itanagar Banderdewa Highway Land Affected People’s Forum (IBHLAPF)
has sought early construction of the 4-lane highway from Itanagar to Banderdewa.
The forum wrote to the MoS Home in this regard.
There is no alternative, other than 4-Lane Highway from Banderdewa to Itanagar, it
reasoned in its memorandum.
ASYA calls for doing away with fixing of tender/NITs
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA) has called for doing away
with fixing of tender/NITs in Sagalee Forest department claiming that it is prevalent
in the department.
In its memorandum to the Divisional Forest Officer Sagalee Forest Division, it asked
for involving all the public of the constituency and not just some selected individuals.
Its other demands include publication of NITs/tender for all the projects funded
under TFC and CAMPA, and immediate stopping of advance working system for which the
association gave 15 days ultimatum to the department.
Recruit of local youths sought in GSI
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Gram Chairperson of Ganga Panchayat has sought immediate cancellation
of tender process for private security agency in the office of Geological Survey
of India (GSI) Itanagar office and called for recruiting the local unemployed youths
of Ganga village as private security guards instead.
In its representation written to the Deputy Director General of GSI, the panchayat
leader said that the local people of the area have been appealing for employment
in lieu of the donated land for establishing the office since last two to three decades
yet no employment has been made.
Unions demand SIT/NIA enquiry into teacher’s death case
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) has demanded the Home Department
for immediate constitution of either SIT or National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to
investigate into the murder of late Kali Bulo and award exemplary punishment to the
Kali Bulo, an assistant teacher of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha, was found
dead under mysterious circumstances in his government quarter on August 5 last.
Further reminding that a 15 days ultimatum has been served to the West Siang district
administration and the SP, the union warned that it would initiate democratic movement
if the demand is not fulfilled.
APPLU demands proper implementation of MGNREGA scheme
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has demanded strict
and proper implementation of MGNREGA scheme and issuance of job cards to the beneficiaries
under the scheme.
The labour union in a memorandum to the Chief Secretary alleged that the authorities
concerned at district, block level as well as village level are not implementing
the scheme property and as per norms. As per norms, the memorandum said, the actual
beneficiaries under the schemes should be issued job cards; but many of them are
still to get their proper job cards. AAPLU urged the Chief Secretary to instruct
authorities concerned at various levels to issue the job cards to the beneficiaries
of the scheme.
Solung Volleyball Competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Solung Volleyball Competition organised by Solung Festival Celebration
Committee, Itanagar (SFCCI) 2015 was inaugurated by SFCCI president Rajiv Takuk at
Solung-Mopin ground here today.
The first match was played between Moying Raseng team and Prez VI. Moying won the
match in straight 25-9, 25-4 set.
In the second match of the day, Donggin Yameng beat Siku Siang team.
Helping hands of CCPDA
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 21: The Capital Complex Petrol Depot Association (CCPDA) has provided
1000 litres of diesel to sanitation vehicles under Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC)
for un-interrupted lifting of garbage from the Capital Complex.
Meanwhile IMC Chief Kipa Kaku lauded the president of CCPDA for its generous gesture.
Tawang district price monitoring cell activated
TAWANG, Aug 21: The District Level Market Rate Fixation Committee was renamed as
District Price Monitoring Cell (DPMC) and activated to monitor the prices of essential
ration commodities (ERCs) in the district as per the direction from the Directorate
of Food and Civil Supplies, GoAP.
The DPMC shall take up matters such as price rise and availability of ration commodities,
check black marketing and hording and also take up the grievances of the consumers
in the district on the issues related to perishable and non-perishable food products
in the district.
Presided over by its chairman-cum EAC (MV) Lobsang Tsetan, DPMC Board in its meeting
held here at DC’s conference hall today also decided to review the maximum retail
price (MRP) for various perishable and non-perishable food commodities every three
months in the district. The retail price for various perishable and non-perishable
food commodities in the district was fixed on the basis of wholesale price of various
perishable and non-perishable food commodities submitted by the Dy. Residential Commissioner,
Tezpur. After threadbare discussion by the Cell, the wholesale rates of commodities
have been submitted before the board by the representative from the market community.
All the members including Jambey Tsering, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad, Tawang, present
in the meeting assured to cooperate for the cause of the society, according to an
---- Editorial ----
Many of the public sector undertakings (PSU) run by the government of India is making
heavy loss and have become big burden on the state exchequer. Some of the prominent
loss making PSU’s is Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, Air
India, Hindustan Photofilms and Hindustan Fertilisers Corporation. In the year 2012-13
altogether 79 state-run companies had accumulated loss of Rs 55,656 crore. Of all
the PSUs Air India has incurred the heaviest loss. In the year 2014-15 it lost around
Rs 5,500 crore.
There has been constant demand that these loss making PSUs should be privatized,
so that they don’t burden the exchequer. Huge amount of public money is lost in order
to run them. Even though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last year stated that union
government is open to privatizing sick public-sector undertakings but nothing has
moved at ground level. Sooner the government takes some decision regarding these
loss making PSUs the better it is. Today govt of India decided to sell 10% stake
in Indian Oil Corporation through an offer for sale (OFS) that can fetch about Rs
9,500 crore to the exchequer. Stake sale in IOC will be the fourth disinvestment
this fiscal year. The earlier three stake sales had raised just over Rs 3,000 crore.
This is a landmark decision taken by union government. IOC is one of the best performing
PSUs and by deciding to sell 10% stake from it, the govt. has send out a loud message.
---- Readers Forum ----
Pathetic capital road
The name of our state, Arunachal Pradesh and its prestige are stirring up with elapsing
time but the most significant factor of its development i.e., conditions of Road,
lags behind its elevating status. The Engineers and contractors have the tendency
to blame heavy rainfall for its cause.
For your information, geometric design of pavement or road depends upon different
topography of land. A mountainous terrain like our state has different design than
that of plain terrain. The design of such terrain is prepared to withstand even in
the worst weather which includes rainy season. The NH-415 (former name NH-52A) is
a flexible pavement. The flexible pavements are built with number of layers i.e.,
Soil Subgrade, Sub-base course, Base course and Surface Course (bottom to top).
In the design process, it is ensured that under the application of various loads
none of the layer is neither overstressed nor under stressed. Each layer is compacted
well by the rollers before another layer is laid over it. On compaction, soil or
layers are packed more closely, expelling the air voids out of it thereby increasing
the density and stability of pavement and reducing the adverse effect of moisture
(rain water). Compaction is done until Optimum Moisture Content (OMC) is attained.
The number of passes of roller should be at least 15 times at each layer or subgrade.
The required camber, drainage system and super elevation should be maintained according
to Indian Standard Specification. Traffic volume and number of vehicles passing per
day should be taken into consideration while preparing the design.
To my utmost surprise, I see the contractors following their own style of constructing
the road and culverts without referring to IS Specification which later results in
frequent failure of road with massive formation of potholes and undulations or even
damaged completely like the mini steel bridge (by PWD) between Papunalah and Itanagar
which could not withstand the load or put to use even for 2 months. Shame. No compactor
or roller is seen at site, no usage of good constructing materials, no skilled labours,
no reference to IS Codes, no, nothing. The Highway Engineers should visit the site
as to see if the works are carried out accordingly. Who is responsible for incessant
deterioration of Capital Road? Only Rainy season cannot be blamed for its cause.
Even huge structures are constructed in the depth of the ocean. The reason is the
funds allocated for highways are not properly used by the Concerned Authorities and
contractors. This is the reason why condition of highway lags behind other developmental
works. The Arunachal Roads are never provided with proper drainage system, camber,
super elevation and required thickness of pavement. When the water enters the subgrade,
the soil gets soaked and the life of pavement is adversely affected and when it enters
into bituminous layers, its continued contact with the layer causes stripping of
bitumen from aggregates and results in deterioration of pavement layers. Camber plays
an important role in preventing this cause. The contractors miss out these most important
factors. Most of their works are done to maximize their profit. Even after ensuing
complete specifications, contractors are given 10% extra as a profit but they raise
their profit upto 50 or 60% besides the provided 10% profit and some of their works
are delayed deliberately to add up other funds.
It is my request to the highway department to carry out or make them carry out the
work as per IS Codes and specifications and award the works to such contractors who
have a knowledge of work plus has a good reputation.
Enough of blame game
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share few lines with regards to the
news article published on this daily on 18th August 2015 titled "Substandard road
works in Capital" where the CE Highway had commented about the Road condition of
Twin capital city.
As a normal citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, I would like to put few straight questions
to the Chief Engineer. If executing contractors were "unregistered and not well equipped"
then why did you award the contract to that contractor? Why didn't you award the
contract to a better qualified & registered contractor? Why do you approve the quality
of work? Why do you pay the contractor for substandard quality work?
In my opinion, all the blame has to given to the concerned Department and the Political
Leaders. If the Department screen the contractors properly then the unregistered
or ill-equipped contractors won't get the work. And, if the department don't approve
the work, the contractors would not get their bill. And, if the politicians don't
pressure the department the contractors would not get the contract and accordingly
bill. SO, it's no use blaming the contractor. Because, it's their source of income
and they have to make their profit from it somehow. But the department has to assess
the quality and approve it for payment. So, all blame has to go to department. No
one can deny it.
We have been through enough of this blame game. People of Arunachal are not fools
anymore that we will believe in these blame games now. If the work had to be done
by anyone, without any quality, then what's the use of the Department? Then, instead
of wasting money on all the Highway Engineers, it would be better for Government
to pick someone and let that person do the work. There won't be any tender, bidding,
approval, quality check. The Government wouldn't have to worry about the monthly
salary of the Department Engineers. As, even in present situation the Engineers are
not performing their duty.
Engineers around the globe and in rest of the country are working against different
challenges and creating marvels. But, our Arunachal Engineers are sitting inside
their chamber and blaming weather and contractors. But, every few months they get
a new vehicle and property for themselves.
Rest I have no hard feeling for anyone or personal grudge with any of the department
engineers but I'm just getting frustrated reading all these complaints and blame
games over our capital roads.
Again, in recent times there's a trend going around in our city. The people living
near highway will intentionally damage the highway, then repair it without work order
and ask for bill from the department. Or otherwise they put pressure on the department
to sanction work order to them. Hope our people will grow up and get civilized sooner.
Also, I would like to request our Government to take strict action against all the
illegal earth cutting and appeal normal citizens to refrain from doing these uncivilized
and foolish acts. This is our city and we ourselves have to dwell and live here.
Then why should we damage it? I also would like to request our people to discourage
and disapprove such kind of acts no matter whoever the doer may be.
Unless the Government and the Department get strict on these, we won't get any quality
N L Richo,
ISPW Station, Itanagar
Committee for quality roads
Observing the low quality constructions and very slow progress of the Trans Highway
in Upper Siang District, the local public has constituted a local Monitoring Committee
in Upper Siang District headed by the Chairman of Aarro Welfare Society, the former
Institutional National Level Monitor of Ministry of Rural Development Government
of India who has vast experience in monitoring PMGSY roads in India.
The committee shall write to the appropriate authorities of the state and the center
on quality complain and on the progress of the projects. It is appealed that the
Department concern should guide the construction agencies for quality constructions.
The road being asset of the public, we feel that the public should have voice on
the quality constructions. After experiencing fund scarcity in the state we cannot
expect maintenance of the road in future.
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