August 03


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At mercy of contractors, RGU authorities fail in infrastructure development
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The poor execution of several infrastructure projects in Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has raised serious question mark against RGU authorities. The newly constructed buildings have started to develop cracks and rain water is reportedly seeping inside the rooms. Compared to other central universities, RGU for years has been battling infrastructure woes. It was expected that new building will help address these concerns but situation has not improved much.
The recently constructed building of mass communication, social science and management departments are the worst affected. Cracks have developed at multiple places threatening the lives of students, teachers and other staff members. In one instance, the rain water leaked inside the  office of head of department, political science.  Such incidents have been reported from several other newly constructed buildings.
When RGU authority's attention was drawn towards this problem they came up with bizarre explanation.
"Most of the buildings were constructed with double storey provision. But due to fund crunch,  it has not been possible. Now the rain water is leaking from the expansion joints. Unless second floor is constructed, this problem will continue," said Assistant Engineer BK Shah of RGU's engineering wing. Regarding crack in the wall, he had no response. "We have tried our best to deal with this issue and had even consulted expert from IIT when they were on an official visit to RGU. But as of now, we have no solution for it," continued the Assistant Engineer.
Surprisingly most of the contract works in RGU are executed without floating any tender.
"Few local contractors of Doimukh with the blessing of powerful politicians carry out most of the contract work. These contractors treat RGU as an ATM machine. They have no love for the university even though they make huge money from it. They are responsible for the poor quality work. RGU authorities should conduct global tender so that best firms can participate. Local contractors should stop blackmailing using the 'local' tag. Over the year, they have miserably failed RGU," said one student of RGU.
The campus also does not have proper security fencing till date. "University started its journey in 1984 when it was established as Arunachal University. In 2007, it was converted into central university. But till now campus is not fenced. Strangely fencing has been erected for the building of some departments of the university. This is utter waste of money," shared an official of RGU.
Also the university authority has failed to put proper signage within the campus.
"Students and visitors face tough time navigating due to absence of signage. Proper signboard indicating name of departments should be put to avoid confusion. RGU authorities also need to install proper fire alarm system which is norm for all central universities," added an official of RGU.

Power crisis likely in 8 districts in Arunachal
AALO, Aug 2: Eight districts of Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be affected by the damages to the transmission line at location 12 of 132kv Ranganadi-Ziro. The damage occurred due to heavy landslides caused by incessant rains.
Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., Ziro, Chief Manager, Nani Kojin informed that the likely shutdown of the transmission line could be for at least 15days from the date of notice to be issued shortly. The affected districts would be Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansisri, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang and some parts of Papum Pare.
During this shutdown period, all feeder districts are to make alternative power arrangements from their own ends. The districts may face power supply problem without any intimation in the event of casualty like collapse of the transmission tower due to the unpredictable bad weather condition despite best effort being made by the agency to shift the tower.
This tower no. 12 located at Hoj-Potin area of 132kv Ranganadi-Ziro transmission line is in a vulnerable condition since long due to the road widening activities carried out by PWD (Highway) for the construction of Trans Arunachal-Highway.
Meanwhile the restoration work is going on in a war footing manner for immediate shifting of the tower to safer location and to avoid power interruption to the eight districts. Power Grid has sought the cooperation of the people and administration to bear with inconveniences and provide all necessary administrative support in case of any emergency needs. DIPRO

Ensure fair compensation as per law: CM
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has urged the Ministry of Defence to ensure that they grant fair compensation as required by the law to the local community while acquiring the land for defence purposes.
The Chief Minister made the remark during a discussion with Manish Thakur, Joint Secretary (Works & Land), Ministry of Defence on land use for defence purposes, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin.
The CM urged that the livelihood issues of the people should be taken into account when acquiring land so that a balance is achieved for keeping country's security interest while securing the interests of the community.
Further the Chief Minister appealed the defence ministry for both civilian and defence purpose use of the eight Advance Landing Grounds (ALG) at Ziro, Aalo, Mechukha, Pasighat, Walong, Vijoynagar and Tezu to enable effective connectivity. This would also give a boost to tourism and economic development, and could prove crucial during emergency medical cases and natural calamities.

Landslide damage Gorsam Stupa in Zemithang
Tawang Vigilance
TAWANG, Aug 2:  Torrential downpour has triggered landslides in the historical 12th century Gorsam Chorten in Zemithang on Monday, demolishing its boundary wall and drainage system.
The CC steps from the Stupa to the Rinpoche's living quarter (shah) has also been severely damaged and heavy volume of debris has been deposited inside the Stupa, submerging paths and prayer wheels.
'The PWD road from New Zemithang to Old Zemithang has been badly damaged and needs immediate clearance', informed Zemithang, CO incharge, Tsedar Wangmu, while confirming damage reports coming from across the valley.
The boundary wall of Govt. Residential school and the standing agricultural crops at Muchut village has also been damaged. The dwellers of Gorsam river belt also remain at high risk with the river gushing turbulently.  '2-3 days of continuous downpour can raise the water level above the danger mark', Wangmu informed, while calling on the inhabitants to evacuate to safer locations.
Meanwhile, a team of officers have been deputed to assess the damages.

Medical camps conducted for flood victims
NAMSAI, Aug 2: Free medical camps were conducted for the flood affected people in two different relief camps at Kokoni and Mahalono under Lekang circle on Tuesday by the Socio Economic Welfare Association (SEWA) in collaboration with National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) of Health department, Namsai.
Altogether 110 people benefitted from both the camps.
The medical camp was set up during the morning hours at Kokoni of New Silatoo under Lekang circle where 74 people were treated for various ailments by Dr. C.M Thamoung, Dr. Sophia Shullai and Dr. Jayashree.
Later in the afternoon, the team visited Mahalono village relief camp and examined 35 patients with different cases. Besides conducting medical checkup and treatment, the team also distributed essential items like salt, tea, soap, and drinking water. The supporting medical team distributed total of 160 mosquito nets to the flood victims.
DPO (NVBDCP) who is also the president of SEWA highlighted on the importance of preventive measures of mosquito borne disease during the monsoons. He called on the villagers to use Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) to prevent oneself from getting Malaria, Dengue and JE diseases. Further, he emphasized for taking care about health and hygiene and spoke on the importance of hand washing and safe drinking water to ward off diarrhea, dysentery and gastroenteritis which are very common in relief camps and post flood situation.
The medical camp was participated by SEWA team from Namsai and Lekang, Medical staff from Namsai and New Mohong.

Disaster management authorities intensify risk reduction awareness prog.
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The disaster management authorities have intensified disaster risk reduction awareness and education programmes in schools across the state to impart knowledge and skills among the students on how to reduce their vulnerabilities and exposure to disaster risks.
The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Papum Pare (Rural) in collaboration with 12th Bn of NDRF organized such awareness programme and mock drill on disaster (earthquake) preparedness and rescue operation at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Mani under Doimukh circle on Tuesday.
The NDRF team led by Sub- Inspector Rahul Ranjan conducted mock drills to demonstrate earthquake rescue operation and safety measures, how to administer first aid to an earthquake victim etc.
DDMO Preetha Menon gave the students some earthquake safety tips, including dos and don'ts during and after earthquake.
Students, teachers and other staff of the school were present during the programme.
A similar programme was also held at Govt. Town High School, Yingkiong on Tuesday organized by the Department of Disaster Management.
ADC Tapik Pertin, who was also present during the programme, said that such awareness and sensitization programme are the need of the hour since Arunachal Pradesh is highly vulnerable to earthquake as it falls under high risk seismic zone five.
DDMO T Tashi said that disaster in any form can occur at any place and at any time for which precautionary measures are required to minimize the extent of damages.
The Department of Disaster Management has planned to conduct such programmes in all schools to reduce earthquake risks since schools are more vulnerable to earthquake, he said while citing the example of Gujarat earthquake.
There were mock drill by all the participants on a selected disasters, search and rescue operation by fire brigade officials.
DRCHO Dr. Appir Apang and Dr. India Modi as a resource persons spoke on diarrhea and prevention and first Aids. DIPROs

Arunachal bags ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination Award’
New Delhi, Aug 2: Arunachal Pradesh Tourism bagged the Today's Traveller Award 2016, organised by Gill India Group for Best Adventure Tourism Destination at the 10th Annual Today's Traveller Awards 2016 held at Taj Palace, New Delhi on Tuesday.
Additional Resident Commissioner, Jigmi Choden along with Resident Tourism Officer, Adong Moyong, Arunachal Bhawan received the award on behalf of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism from Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel.
A coffee table book- 'Game Changers' was also launched in the function.
Lauding the efforts of the Gill India Group in recognizing and acknowledging the leaders of the travel and tourism industry, Vijay Goel added, "We should appreciate the best in the industry, which helps to take Incredible India to the far corners of the world.
We must strive to make India an all-season destination."
Apart from Arunachal Tourism, only Manipur Tourism from the north eastern states could make its presence felt. It bagged the award for Best State for Niche Tourism.
The award comes in the long line of various awards that the state has received in the recent past and is in recognition of the effort put in by the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to boost tourism sector, as a major revenue earner in the state.

Forestry students undergoing bamboo training
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: As a part of its undergraduate course, at least nine B.Sc (Forestry) students from Uttaranchal College of Bio-Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dehradun are undergoing bamboo based handicraft training on the topic "Forest Based Industry (Bamboo)" here at Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma.
The students shall undergo 28 days training and submit their findings to the college after the completion of their training programme.
Speaking as a resource person, SFRI scientist cum Noda Officer APBRDA, RK Taj informed the students about the uses of bamboo and cane for handicraft purposes.
He highlighted about uses of bamboo in day to day life and its benefit for generating income for sustainable livelihood.
The scientist asked them to make traditional products in innovative and improvised way so that it attracts the buyers in national as well as international markets.
Poma Bamboo Processing Centre, chairperson, Techi Ana called the students to make good use of the training programme and assured to provide the necessary requirements during their training programme.
Ana, who is also ASM of Poma village highlighted about the bamboo processing centre and informed about the necessary fund requirements for paying staff salary and maintenance of the bamboo industry.

Library user orientation prog. begins at RGU
ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  A four-day long 'User Orientation Programme' for newcomers conducted by the central library of Rajiv Gandhi University began here on Tuesday.
After inaugurating the programme, Department of Botany, Chairman, Library Advisory Committee, RGU, Professor A. K. Das, in his address spoke on the significance and strength of the library.
Department of Social Work, Assistant professor, Ravi Ranjan Kumar also spoke on the occasion.
The University Librarian in-charge, Dr. D. K. Pandey stressed on the rules and regulations of the library and motivated the new students to inculcate reading habit while, Library Assistant, Bhaskar Saikia oriented the users about the Online Public Acces Catalogue (OPAC) and the use of the Electronic resources available through Global Library Networking system in the RGU library.

DC makes unannounced visit to school
BOMDILA, Aug 2: West Kameng DC, Sonal Swaroop along with DDSE, DW Kharma on Tuesday paid an unannounced visit to GHSS Bomdila.
After interacting with the students of all the sections of Class X to XII, the DC also took class of XII Science.
In order to improve the educational scenario of the district, the DC has earlier paid numerous unannounced visits to schools in the district. She has also been instrumental in rationalizing the postings of the teachers in the Nafra-Bomdila block. (DIPRO)

RGU, Donggin Yameng win in Solung football
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: RGU FC beat Delong Yameng FC 5-2 in a keenly contested match of the ongoing Itanagar Solung Football Tournament at APPBn Ground, Chimpu near here on Tuesday.
RGU FC took the lead in 9th minute with a goal from Atek Nangkar before Philip Modi netted the second goal in 11th minute. Sadin Taloh, Luna Litin and Getum Tangu scored one goal each in 34th, 35th and 65th minute respectively for their team RGUFC.
Kason Gao (36th min) and Dumbang Tasing (62nd min) were the scorers for Delong Yameng FC.
In the second match of the day, Donggin Yameng FC beat Ani Abing FC 5-1.
Donggin Yameng FC shot into lead within five minutes of the match through goal from Talong Padu. John Passar netted the second goal in 25th minute.
Tamer Tayor scored the third goal for DYFC in 48th minute before Talong Padu scored his second goal (team's 4th) in 66th minute. Jiten Taring netted the fifth goals for the winning team in added time.
The consolation goal for Ani Abing FC was scored by Kayin Rome in 8th minute.
Dongin Ao will take on Barbi FC in Wednesday's first match while the second match will be played between Doying Golong and Siang UFC.

Disaster preparedness meeting held at Siang  
PANGIN, Aug 2: A consultative meeting on disaster management to assess and take stock of the disaster preparedness in Siang district was convened by Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh on Tuesday.
Addressing the officers, Singh who is also Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority informed that the main objective of the meeting was for preliminary preparedness for mega mock drill on earthquake, flood, landslide, fire accident etc. The DC urged all the members as well as all the line departments to remain prepared to tackle any eventuality that may happen anytime, anywhere. He sought suggestions from the members present so that the effects of disaster could be minimized.
Since incidents caused by natural disaster are unpredictable, better coordination among different departments and agencies involved in disaster management must be established, said the DC. All the preparations including men and machineries must be completed on time to deal with the disaster. Singh also suggested inclusion of PRI leaders in the incident response system since they are well equipped and acquainted with the area for better information of the geographical landscape of the district. Taking stock of the inventory and resources available in the district, he asked the officers to update inventory record and organize meetings and to conduct awareness campaign including workshop and mock drill cum preparatory exercises, involving student community.
The DC also emphasized on stocking of food and other essential commodities including life-saving medicines, drinking water, temporary safe shelter, besides readying search and rescue team, evacuation and transportation, dissemination of warning and other important points before, during and after any disaster. DIPRO

Swearing in of ministers
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu's ministry will be expanded on Wednesday. The swearing in of the ministers will be carried out by Governor In Charge Tathagata Roy at 12.30 in Raj Bhavan.
Pema Khandu took over as Chief Minister on July 17, with Chawna Mein as Deputy Chief Minister.
Though there is no official confirmation, insiders say that Honchun Ngandam, Wangki Lowang, Kamlung Mossang, Rajesh Tacho, Kumar Waii, Tanga Byaling, Takam Pario, Jomde Kena, Tapang Taloh and Nabam Rebia are likely candidates for the ministerial berths.

Flood damages roads, croplands in Nari-Koyu
RUKSIN, Aug 2: The recent flash flood caused by torrential rain left a trail of devastation in Nari-Seren and Koyu-Korang area in East Siang district.
According to report, heavy shower triggered massive landslide along the 50-km-long Nari-Korang and Rotte to Kadu roads snapping communication. The landslides in several portions of the roads are yet to be cleared.
Heavy downpour in the area also damaged standing Sali crops and many minor irrigation channels at Kakki, Sipu, Tabiripo and Kadu villages. Overflowing water of Simen River not only submerged croplands at Kadu but also eroded several acres of land at its right side.
Meanwhile, Nari ADC along with Koyu ZPM Takir Kakki and officials of engineering departments visited the flood affected area last week but the team had to return from Rotte as there was no motor-able road to proceed further.
Report from Nari-Seren said that surging water of Seren River submerged Forest beat office at New Seren and also washed way several acres of standing crops on its both banks.

DK Memorial Badminton C’ship
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The 4th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship-2016 will be held here from August 10 to 13.
The championship will consist of Boys and Girls U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, and Open Men and Women singles, double and mixed double. Mixed double event would also be conducted for players U-19 years.

Shraddhajagaran conference concludes
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In all, 81 delegates from North East including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura took part in an Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (ABVKA) organized three-day Shraddhajagaran conference which concluded at Pasighat on Jul 30 last.
Earlier, the conference was jointly inaugurated by former Director of School Education, Tapang Taloh and IFCSAP Vice President, Gichik Taaza.
ABVKA Shraddhajagaran Pramukh, Ramesh Babu, Khetriya joint organizing secretary, Sandeep Kavishwar and Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang secretary general, Tajom Tassung attended the conference.
The valedictory function was attended by Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong and NIFCS President, Pai Dawe.

Patients benefits from IDCF-cum-health camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  In all 34 patients benefited from an awareness programe-cum-health camp being organized as part of the Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) by the PHC, Namtok at remote Rangrinkan village under Changlang district on Tuesday.
A team of doctors led by PHC, Namtok, MO in-charge, Dr. Om Pradhan, along with DHV, D.D Goswami and staff conducted free health check up and distributed medicines.
During the programme, students of Govt. Primary School, Rangrinkan were also informed about diarrhea, its impact on health and ways to prevent it. A practical demonstration on hand washing was also held for the students.
The programme was attended by GB, Ranglom Hakhi, ASHAs, AWWs, school teachers and general public.

LDC dies
KHONSA, Aug 2: Litphiak Tangjiang, who was presently serving as LDC in the District Agriculture Office here, died on July 31.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha has expressed grief and sorrow over untimely demise of Tangjiang and conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
The DC along with the staff of his office and others observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to Tangjiang and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. DIPRO

Condolence over death of Oni Dai
PASIGHAT, Aug 2: Condolence messages are pouring in from various quarters over death of Director (Environment) Oni Dai.
MP Ninong Ering, MLA Kaling Moyong, former minister Bosiram Siram and ZPC Kaling Dai were prominent among those, who have expressed profound grief and sorrow over sudden demise Dai on July 31 at the age of 57 years.
In their condolence messages, they said that people would always remember Dai for his sincerity, dedication and positive outlook to life.
They prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace and also to give courage and strength to bereaved family members and relatives to bear the irreparable loss. DIPRO

Plantation drive conducted
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: To mark the second day of fortnight long calendar of activity laid out as a run up to the Independence Day 2016 celebration at Anjaw, a plantation drive was organized at Govt Middle School Walla and Govt Higher Secondary School Hawai by the department of forest and the district administration.
Students, teachers, school management committee members and various heads of departments including EACs B Tawsik and T Pertin participated in both the events.
The drive was conducted under the banner of 67th Vanamahotsava in both the school grounds.

PHC handed over to NGO
YUPIA Aug 2:  The Primary Health Centre (PHC), Tarasso under Balijan Sub-Division which was earlier run by the District Health Society, Papum Pare was handed over to an NGO Karuna Trust vide a government order, in a meeting at the office chamber of EAC (Hq), Mabi Taipodia, here on Monday.
Taipodia expressed hope that under Karuna Trust, the PHC would provide quality health services to the public and would help in improving the health scenario of the district.
While handing over the list of infrastructures as well as movable and immovable property of the facility along with the keys of the ambulance, DMO, Dr. S Ronya further appealed to the NGO to functionalize the labour room of the PHC.
DRCHO, Dr. J Ado, outgoing MO in-charge of the PHC, Dr. Tumpe Boje and District Programme Manager, Dugyir A.Padu and new MO, Dr. Pegu were also present in the meeting.

Training conducted for in-service teachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: A 5-day long training was conducted for the in-service teachers for the academic years 2015-16 at various blocks of Kurung Kumey district from July 27 last.  
During the training, Block Resource Persons were trained subject-wise under the supervision of Kurung Kumey district, SSA DPC, Gyamar Main, Pedagogy Coordinator, Tai Kaha, Coordinator Planning, Naangram Kayum and Coordinators planning of Nyapin, Sangram, Koloraing, Sarli and Parsi Parlo blocks.





Miuses of FDR money

The BJP Arunachal Pradesh unit today alleged that due to poor quality flood damage repair work, the Noa-Dihing River created mayhem in Mahadevpur circle. BJP claimed that flood protection work carried out under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) has failed due to shoddy works carried out by the contractors. Party sought details of firm involved in the work and demanded action in this regard. BJP has raised a very important issue and they should ensure that those responsible for the poor quality work are strongly punished.

In Arunachal in the name of flood damage repair (FDR) work crores of money are often siphoned off by the politicians. Massive amount of fund received under State Disaster Relief Fund and National Disaster Relief Fund are distributed among MLAs and their workers. Most of the Chief Ministers have used relief fund to win over the MLAs. Unfortunately there is no accountability of the relief fund. No political parties or NGOs ever raises this issue as it is believed that they also get their share of ill-gotten relief money. Every year flood causes massive devastation across the state. Government keeps on announcing crores of money for various flood protection works. But it is never properly implemented at ground level. Due to this people continues to suffer. The misuse of FDR money should be stopped for the betterment of Arunachal Pradesh.








Readers’ Forum




Work-out uniform standard for quality assessment of Health Assistants

Dear Editor,

Health Assistants are important functionaries of the primary health care system in India. Their role is supervision of field-based services among others. One Health Assistant is expected to supervise the activities of 5 to 6 Health Workers--male or female (ANM). Thus, in general, Health Assistants are the promotional posts of Health Worker (male/female i.e. ANM). As such there should be no direct recruitment for Health Assistant posts. According to IPHS guidelines, Health Assistant Male and Health Assistant Female should visit the Sub-Centre from the PHC to supervise and guide the Health Worker Male and Health Worker Female (ANM).

Clearly, Health Assistants (male and female/LHV) are to be posted at PHC level to supervise the health workers of sub-centre falling under the jurisdiction of that PHC.

However, at present, in our state, the role of Health Assistant Male is confusing because of lack of conceptual clarity among the authorities. Most of the Health Assistants also do not clearly understand their job description and the burden of work shared with other health workers under them because of recruitment of untrained persons.

Following actions clearly reflect the lack of conceptual clarity among the health authorities:

Whereas there are Health Worker Female (ANM) posts, there is no provision for Health Workers Male .post in the department. As a consequence, Health Assistant Male are doing the work of Health Worker Male as well and hence, playing double role as a Health Assistant Male as well as a Health Worker Male.

Health Worker Male should be promoted to the post of Health Assistant Male. But due to absence of Health Worker Male in the state, there is direct recruitment of Health Assistant Male.

There are already Health Assistant Female posts existing in the department in the form of Lady Health Visitors (promoted from Health Worker Female i.e. ANM), still department is directly recruiting the Health Assistant Female (all untrained) from the quota meant for Male Health Assistant. Department considers Health Assistant Female and Lady Health Visitor as different posts.

Whereas their subordinates i.e. Health Worker Female (ANM) are required to be trained for ANM course/MPHW course, untrained persons are being directly appointed to the posts of Health Assistant. How can an untrained supervisor train and guide their trained subordinates?

According to IPHS norms and job responsibilities, Health Assistant (M&F) cannot be posted at the Sub-centre instead of PHC.

The Health Assistants in our state are divided into Health Assistant (EPl) and Health Assistant (General), whereas the same is not found anywhere in India. A Health Assistant being the product of Multipurpose Health Worker should be allowed to handle both EPI and General cases.

Therefore, department should work-out uniform standard for quality assessment of Health Assistants. Immediate steps should be initiated to stop recruitment of untrained persons to the posts of Health Assistants as there are lots of trained unemployed Health Assistants in the state. There should be no direct recruitment for Health Assistant Female from HA male quota as the post is equivalent to LHV promoted from ANM. The Health Department should re-notify the job responsibilities of Health Assistant in tune with the IPHS guidelines so that the concept goes clear to all.


Tad Lala, Itanagar





Smart classroom: a boon for education system

Dear Editor,

I wrote an article on SanSys established at Khonsa, its products and teaching techniques describing them as gainful and immensely beneficial to the students, which was published by all the leading dailies on July 18, 2016.

In my article, I mentioned about the adoption of SanSys teaching techniques and digital products by the privately run schools in Tirap district. I inadvertently made the mistake of not mentioning the many government run schools, where the maximum students from the district study wherein this method can be used. Incidentally, on 31st July-2016, I came across the news of implementation of digital Smart Classroom project by the government of Assam.

I really appreciate the brilliant and far-sighted Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who always thinks ahead of his time with his extremely innovative mind for taking such a bold initiative.  

I never did in my wildest dreams expect that Assam that follows a separate Board called SEBA would adopt the fairly new digital Smart Classroom as the product the SanSys is marketing 'SmartSchool Tutor' is fully mapped with the CBSE curriculum.

The SanSys is arguably the best agency to sell the said product due to which the CBSE has approved it. However, we must accept the fact that irrespective of what Board governs a school, the basic aims and objectives of any educational institution are to educate the students in the best possible manner.

The great and novel initiative kick-started by the Assam government is praise-worthy and the students will surely reap its harvest in days to come.

Initially the project of digitization of classrooms would be implemented in 100 schools in various districts of Assam. These classrooms will be fully equipped with modern gadgets of teaching and teachers will get more time to interact with the students. Being a concerned ordinary citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, I only wish that our state government also took the digital Smart Classroom method as seriously as the Assam government is doing.

Thankfully, all the government schools in Arunachal Pradesh follow CBSE and the product that the SanSys deals in 'SanSys SmartSchool Tutor' is diligently mapped with the books followed by the students in our government schools from Class-1 to Class-XII. This digitization of our schools in the state will revolutionize the hitherto whole prosaic and redundant education system that has received a flak from the Experts thanks to perpetual poor academic result in CBSE examination.

Having interacted with the subject experts, I dare say that the 'SanSys SmartClassroom Tutor' is the future of imparting quality education. This is an aid to teachers and a tool for the students; in another word, a virtual teacher for the students.

I am seeing the difference the SanSys is doing to improve the over all education scenario of our state. The sooner our government implements this digital method, the better for all the stakeholders. In my very first article on this important topic I had said without mincing my words that ICT solution provided by the SanSys is a world- class and I have been proved right by the Assam government.

Assam in general and the students in particular are indeed blessed to have an Education Minister in Himanta Biswa Sarma who out-thinks and out-wits others by embarking on new and innovative ventures.

I hope that our government follows suit and start the digital Smart Classroom project with earnestness and a sense of purpose in the interest of the educationally backward state.


Denhang Bosai,

DIPRO, Tirap




Now who will do our “dirty” jobs?

Dear Editor,

A lot of hue and cry is being witnessed revolving the "humanitarian” Child Labour(Prohibition and Amendment) Bill 2016.

That the “elite” country of attaining Mars orbit and basking in the “glory” of “Good Days” has at least recognized the presence of child labour in its midst is itself a “noble deed”! Yet the pathological critics are condemning the bill as “killer of childhood”! No, this is simply not done!

 The number of hazardous industries has been reduced to mere 3 from 83! Again the critics are complaining! Rather they should be indebted to the guardians of the nation and well-wishers of the children for not reducing the number to absolute zero!

Why don’t the “fools” try to appreciate that the owners of the industries as well as elite and middle class of India are also full-fledged Indian citizens and voters and are also possessed of human rights? So their interest should also be given a serious look! If the industries are forced to recruit adults, they would have to part with larger pay packet. Also unlike the hapless child labourers, the adults would not be exploited to the full economically and physically for the fear of repercussion. So won’t the profit margin of the industrialists witness a significant nosedive, thereby “harming the economy” of the nation? And if all children get properly educated; they would turn up as doctors, engineers, scientists or at least a Government clerk? Now who will do our “dirty” jobs --- ie dusting, cooking, cleaning the lavatory, washing or constructing glittering shopping malls by literally risking their own lives? So for the sake of maintaining the “dignity”  and “human rights” of the privileged class and seeing the profit of the industrialists, children born of poor parents and orphans should definitely be employed in  “safe” industries and left uneducated so that they can serve us ie the “enlightened” class  possessed of “God-gifted merit”! Let Kailash Satyarthi go to hell! Actually Varun Gandhi is himself a "lunatic" and this is the reason why he has dared to term the measures taken in "Child Labour(Prohibition and Amendment) Bill 2016 as “lunacy”! Gandhi is indeed the rotten apple within the “nationalist” party! He should be immediately expelled from BJP! Let him join the party of his cousins!

And just like it forms the “duty” of the empty vessel to sound much, it is natural that equally bankrupt slogans of “Skill India” and “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” will emit nothing else but mere sound! Why do the critics take these players to the gallery so seriously?

 I desire to end my rhetoric by citing a photograph which accompanied a newspaper report covering the inaugural run of the New Delhi Metro. While the "progressive" Indians, fully assured of food-attire-shelter-medicine and all other essentials-comforts-luxuries of life, went gaga over another "bright" feather in India's "colourful" cap; the photograph showed two innocent vulnerable kids, bare-footed and wearing tattered clothes, coming out from the well-furnished Metro station premises with humiliated eyes filled up with tears after being evicted from the premises. Again while commuting in the Metro Railway network of Kolkata, little boys and girls(who would have been in school at that time had our society been an ideal one); begging, aimlessly roaming or lying on the hard floor of one of the terminating stations is a very common sight. Not only do these little "Gods" get deprived from basic amenities of life, including education; just imagine the magnitude of talent and potential in these future child labourers that are getting scandalously wasted in this fashion! But as "patriotic" Indians, we will have to boast about the "Right to Education" prevailing in this country!


Kajal Chatterjee,