August 02


PM announces Rs 2,350 cr package, assures solution to recurring Arunachal flood

ITANAGAR/ GUWAHATI, Aug 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a total package of Rs 2,350 crore for all north eastern states hit by floods and immediate release of Rs 250 crore for flood-hit Assam, as he undertook a visit here to assess the situation in the region.

In addition to that, the prime minister announced a Rs 100 crore corpus for setting up a research project to study Brahmaputra river and its role in creating devastating flood.

He also announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to floods in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

The seriously injured people will get Rs 50,000 each, the PMO said.

Modi, during his day-long visit here, met chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Chief Minister Pema Khandu of working out a long term solution to the recurring problem of flood and disaster that hits the state of Arunachal every year.  This assurance came when the PM, held a meeting with Pema led high-level official team in Guwahati on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister assured all possible support to the Arunachal Pradesh saying that the Centre is committed to bring in a lasting solution to the flood problem of the state and exploring all means to see that the state coup up with the present situation.  

While drawing the attention of the Prime Minister on the recurring problem of disaster caused by flood every year, Pema sought the  Centre's intervention for a foolproof system in place for not only averting the natural disaster but also for having a very quick and robust relief, rehabilitation and damage control system.

"Flood damages caused over the years have accumulated a severe burden to the state thereby creating a huge gap. The State is left with a mammoth task of restoring damages, which it is unable to carry out due to its meagre resource"  Pema  informed. He requested the Prime Minister for a comprehensive package to meet up the huge gap that has accumulated over the years.

 Pema further requested for deputing the Inter-Ministerial Central team to assess the damages during monsoon period so that accurate assessment of damage could be done.  He appealed the PM for a special consideration for the damages that occurred in the state within a span of two to three months this year due to unprecedented incessant rain.

While referring to NDRF and SDRF norms that does not permit restoration works in certain sectors, the Chief Minister requested Prime Minister's intervention in relaxing the norms in context of Arunachal Pradesh. "Since these basic services are inevitable in nature and considering the meagre resource of the state government, these norms need to be relaxed in context of Arunachal Pradesh", CM pleaded.

Pema also sought for mitigation funds from the Centre prior to any disaster so that the state could gear up for preparedness instead of engaging itself for restoration works after the flood damages. "A provision of advance funding for mitigation plan, advisory warnings and other preparedness activities will lessen the damage and avoid human losses", Pema  said.

CM was accompanied by Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Home, Secretary Disaster Management, Secretary Planning, Secretary to CM and officers from disaster management department during the meeting. (CMO).




Fire devours 37 houses in Tadin village

AALO, Aug 1: Tragedy struck Tadin village again as 37 houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire accident in the early morning of Tuesday.

A community Dere, three granaries and 19 rice mills were also destroyed in the fire that broke out around 2.30 am.

There were no reports of any casualties while the cause of the fire is not known yet.

In 2015, 14 dwelling houses, including two granaries, a church and six rice mills were gutted down in fire.

The Indian Army, ITBP, IRBn, Civil Police and public are involved to provide food and temporary shelter to the victims. Tents are being set up, medicines and ration items distributed by Army and ITBP while electricity and water supplies have been restored.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Gamli Padu visited the spot accompanied by the DDMO and departmental heads, provided Rs.1, 40,600 to the affected families as immediate relief. He also handed over Rs.1 Lakh donated by Hotel Todo (Itanagar) to the affected people.

Later, the Deputy Commissioner held an emergency meeting and appealed to all Departmental Heads, public and business communities to render all possible help and contribute in cash and kind for the suffering people.

West Siang unit of Galo Welfare Society President Dr. Nyage Geyi, Galo Students' Union President Binya Ronya, Galo Ane and various other organisations have  assured all possible help from their sides. DIPRO




APSCW seeks strict action against persons responsible for photograph leak

ITANAGAR, Aug 1:  Members of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) along with Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Capital Complex and Arunachal Pradesh Women's Welfare Society (APWWS), Itanagar have appealed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and SDPO to book persons responsible for the circulation of the photographs of girls who were detained by the police on charges of alleged prostitution.

Strongly condemning the circulation of the photographs in social media, the organizations appealed to the citizens to be more sensible towards such cases and co-operate with police authorities and district administration.

Members of the organizations had on Monday last, met the Capital Complex DC and submitted a representation to him seeking closure of those hotels which are allowing illegal activities. The members further urged the authorities to ensure proper checking and monitoring of the hotels and restaurants.

They also discussed issues regarding rehabilitation and counselling for the girls.

Meanwhile, the DC, on his part assured to take strict action against persons responsible for leaking the photographs of the girls and said that authorities will soon nab the middle men involved in the alleged sex racket.




CM's Free Cancer Chemotherapy Scheme launched

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Chief Minister's Free Cancer Chemotherapy Scheme was launched by Director of Health Services, Dr. Moji Jini at Tertiary Cancer Centre of Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences, Naharlagun on Tuesday.

Under this scheme, 500 cancer patients will be provided the commonly used medicines for treatment of the disease free of cost with a ceiling of Rs. 10 lakh per patient per year.

This schemes was approved by the cabinet on May 18 this year and subsequently, an MoU was signed between the State Cancer Society of Arunachal Pradesh and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai on June 21.

To avail this facility, patients will be required to bring necessary documents like APST certificate, photo identity card, pass-port size photos for registration, Dr. Jini said.

This scheme will reduce the consequent financial burden on the families and caregivers of the patients as well on the state exchequer, which incurs heavy reimbursement and medical advance bills on cancer treatment, Dr, Jini said.

TRIHMS now has all the basic facilities for cancer treatment including surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Thirty-five patients have already been registered and treated with radiation therapy after installation of Tele-Cobalt machine at the centre in April this year.




APCC rejects HM claim, says law & order problem deteriorating

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has rejected the State Government's claim that crime rate in Capital Complex has been reduced.

The Government has totally failed to tackle the law and order situation and the Home Minister Kumar Waii is trying to hide the real fact by giving such 'false' statement, stated APCC while reacting to Waii's Press Statement on law and order situation.

"Though the Home Minister is trying to hide the real facts from the common people, the conscious ones are well aware that the law and order situation is deteriorating day by day, creating fear psychosis in the minds of Capital Complex dwellers," the party said.

According to the party, law and order problem has deteriorated to an unprecedented level since last one year.

APCC vehemently condemned the gruesome murder of a young woman Migrik Lomi at Lekhi village on July 31 and demanded immediate apprehension and exemplary punishment to the murderer.




Arunachal to implement ESI scheme for private sector employees

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The state Govt has instituted the Arunachal Pradesh Employees Insurance Society (APEIS ), an  autonomous body,  under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948 for private sector employees in  the  state.  

In a meeting  conducted by the Labour and Employment department,  GoAP, at Banquet Hall here on Tuesday,  after threadbare discussion with the stakeholders approved the  formation of APEIS with  its chairman (labour and employment secretary),  vice chairman (Director of Health Services), Chief Executive officer cum Member Secy.

Earlier, addressing the stakeholders present in the meeting, Labour and Employment Secretary, Onit Panyang emphasized on the importance of formation of the Society for its long term benefits to the employees in the private sectors.

Regional Director of Employees State Insurance Corporation, North East Region, Guwahati,  L. Jamir  informed that the ESI Scheme is an integrated measures of Social Insurance embodied in the Employees Insurance Act and is designed to accomplish the task of protecting 'employees' as defined in the ESI Act, 1948.

The ESI scheme applies to factories and other establishments like Road Transport, Hotels, Restaurants, Cinemas, Educational and Medical Institutions wherein ten or more persons are employed. The ESI scheme is financed by contributions from employer and employees wherein the employees will pay 1% of their wages and the employer will pay 4%.

Labour Commissioner, Ojing Darung hoped that with the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders, the Society will be able to fulfill its objectives. DIPR




One dies, another missing in Pare River, Police cautions against going to rivers

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: One dead body, identified as that of Kabiraj Tamang has been recovered from the Pare river bank near Emchi on Tuesday afternoon.

Kabiraj, a labourer from Nepal working with M/s HCC Ltd constructing Pare power project had gone to the river to bath with Purna Limbu, another labourer in the Pare river near Sopo when they drowned on Monday evening.

The police said that search operation is being continued to retrieve the missing.

The search operation will continue tomorrow.

SP Papum Pare Tumme Amo has requested all  to refrain from going to the rivers especially Pare/Dikrong and nearby tributaries for as the rivers are flowing above danger level due to incessant rain.

He further appealed to the parents in the capital areas not to allow their children to go  to river for swimming or picnic as all the rivers are dangerous and swollen with very strong currents.

The police further said that large amount of water is released from Ranganadi Hydro Plant to Pare river causing instantaneous sudden rise in water level which has drowned many people in the last few years.





ISBT set to start operation soon

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The construction work of Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Lekhi village Naharlagun is almost over and is expected to start operation within this month.

The much awaited ISBT at Lekhi village has been built over the area of 86460 square and is expected to be the largest in the whole of North East region. The work started in 2011 and it will cost Rs. 2039 Lakh.

In a release, Urban Development department informed that new ISBT will have separate stand for the local and inter District/State buses. The traffic congestions prevailing in the twin capital will be reduced upto great extent, once the ISBT starts functioning," stated UD department in a release.

Meanwhile, the minister Urban Development Nabam Rebia along with parliamentary secretary Techi Kaso on Tuesday visited ISBT today.

The duo appreciated the Divisional Officers of UD led by Er Tayar Tache (Deputy Director) and his subordinate officers Er Hillang Taju(UPO), Er. Yumlam Aam(AUPO) for properly monitoring the work.




Rs 1,100 cr allocated for border area development

New Delhi, Aug 1: Additional funds of Rs 110 crore has been allocated this fiscal for the development of border areas, including those located along China, taking the total amount to Rs 1,100 crore, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the budgetary allocation under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for the financial year 2016-17 was Rs 990 crore.

Replying to a question, he said, the budgetary allocation for the current financial year of 2017-18 is Rs 1,100 crore, which is Rs 110 crore more than what it was in the previous fiscal.

Of the total funds allocated for 2017-18, Rs 103 crore has been earmarked for Arunachal Pradesh, Rs 25 crore for Sikkim, Rs 31 crore for Uttarakhand, Rs 25 crore for Himachal Pradesh and Rs 120 crore for Jammu and Kashmir.

All these five states share borders with China. PTI




Governor calls for people’s participation for success of SBA

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya called for more public participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) in the state. Involvement of public is very important for success of the Abhiyan and to instil a sense of ownership  which will help in sustainability of the project,  Governor said while reviewing the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in a  meeting at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

The Governor, who is one of the National Ambassadors (Nav Ratnas) for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan selected by Prime Minister, called upon the State Brand Ambassadors,  Swachh Bharat Committee to act as a supplementary committee to State Government's endeavour to increase more public participation in the mission.

There are many rich and good people in the state, who can give their time and money for the mission, Governor said.  "Motivate and encourage them to sponsor projects. This mission should not depend on the Government only," he emphasised.

Governor said  that there must be toilets in markets, public places, schools and colleges. He suggested bamboo toilets for utilization of local natural resources, indigenous expertise and employment of local youths.

Taking part in the discussion, the PHED Minister Bamang Felix said that there is a need for joint effort of various departments, particularly PHED, Education and Urban Development for success of the mission.

State Brand Ambassadors Swachh Bharat Committee will be very helpful to the Government's effort in  Information, Education and Communication projects and Public Awareness, he said.

Parliamentary secretary, Urban Development, Techi Kaso, UD Commissioner, Bolung Siram, PHE Commissioner, Hage Khoda Shalla, Er. Taba Tedir, Chief Engineer cum Director UD and Er. Toko Jyoti, Chief Engineer PHE also briefed the Governor about the mission in the state.

Lily Tumbom Riba Jamoh, Secretary State Brand Ambassador Swachh Bharat Abhiyan highlighted the duties and responsibilities of Nav Ratna Committee members.

She also assured the best in striving towards, Clean and Green Arunachal.

Among others, Adang Yachu, Joint Secretary and Pema Wangchen, State Brand Ambassador (Nav Ratnas) Swachh Bharat Committee were present in the meeting. (PRO to Governor)





Dept sets open defecation free target

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The PHE & WS, the nodal department for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has set a target to make Arunachal Open Defecation Free (ODF) by Dec 31, ahead of the national target which is set at Oct 2, 2019.

This was decided at a review meeting on Tuesday after completion of year long exercise to identify the status of dysfunctional, insanitary and  additional toilets for households that emerged after 2012 Base line Survey (BLS) on the basis of which the Project Implementation Plan was sanctioned. Minster PHE & WS Bamang Felix urged the departmental officials to achieve open defecation frees status for entire Arunachal Pradesh on or before 31st December 2017 and further declared not to entertain any excuse in this regard.

He announced a State level competition to evolve a suitable toilet technology using indigenous locally available material for an appropriate alternative to septic tank, twin pit technology within the cost ceiling to do away with the cost and other disadvantage of the present technology which has not been found to be viable in the remote inaccessible areas.

Minister further announced incentives for the district achieving ODF.

Superintending Engineers and divisional officers presented the roadmap and strategies for achieving ODF status of districts and the up-to date physical and financial achievements.

Commissioner PHE & WS Department HK Shalla reiterated on timely accomplishment of target set for achieving ODF as per project implementation plan and clarified issues related to Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

The Zilla Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBP) appointed by Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Govt. of India and supported by TATA Trusts working in the various districts of the State shared their experiences and ideas towards achieving the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin).

Earlier in the day, the presentation on status of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) in the State was made by Chief Engineer (Sanitation) Toko Jyoti.

Amongst others the review meeting was attended by Chief Engineers Tomo Basar and Sentum Yomcha.




Ering for early setting up of AIIMS in State

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Member of Parliament from Arunachal East Constituency Ninong Ering stressed the need for early setting up of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) or a medical institute of its equivalent in Arunachal Pradesh.

Raising the issue in the Zero Hour of the Parliament, Ering said that the patients of Arunachal Pradesh have to travel               to  Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore to avail advanced and high-quality healthcare facilities due to absence of medical institutes. He urged the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister to consider the issue.

Ering was of the onion that the AIIMS should preferably be set up at Pasighat as Itanagar will have a Medical College soon.




Escaped UTP re-arrested

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: An Under-Trial Prisoner (UTP), who had escaped from the lock up of Chongkham Police Out post along with others during April this year, has been re-arrested by Police on Tuesday night.

According to Inspector Thomas Pertin, escaped UTP Vikram Handique was re-arrested from deep forest area of Jalibon of Chongkham circle at around 2.30 am.

A team of police from Chongkham Police Station led by Inspector Pertin, launched a mid-night operation in the area. The team raided the cattle farm of one Shantimoi Chakma of Chakma Basti-3, Jalibon, from where the escaped UTP was arrested, Pertin said.





Goal orientation among teachers will help achieve 100% literacy: DC

ANJAW, Aug 1: 'Goal orientation among teachers of SSA and RMSA mission programmes and Preraks is the first step towards achieving 100% literacy', said Anjaw Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba while addressing a district-level coordination programme held at premises of DRC Khopa, Hayuliang here on Monday last.

Stating that the onus of the state's development lies on the shoulders of the teaching faculty, the DC urged all to implement the Hamara Prayaas - Bachhon Ka Vikash motto in letter and spirit.

DAEO MK Lendo, in his address spoke at length on the importance of DBT and Aadhar linkage. During the technical session discussions were held on the role of School Management Committees, academic discipline, implementation of MDM and girls' education with special reference to Anjaw district.

GHSS Hayuliang Principal, Pokling Tayeng, BRCS and CRCs, chairpersons and members of SMCS from Goiliang, Sarti, Chaglagam and over 83 school incharges attended the workshop.

Earlier on July 29 last, a district level disaster management meeting was held at DC s conference at Hawai under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba and Zilla Parishad Chairperson, H Tawsik wherein stakeholders including ITBP and BRTF participated to analyse and upscale disaster preparedness in the district. (DIPRO)




Seven from Arunachal at 3rd International Open Karate

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Seven students from HIM INTERNATINAL School participated in the 3rd International Open Karate Championship- 2017 organised by All India Seishinkai Shito-Ryu Karate- Do federation at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata from July to 30.

Students participated in KATA and KUMITE events. Tadu Riibing and NyokumTechi won Gold while Gichik Tyson won Silver, Kara Somin, Dopum Yangfo , Lee Natung and Ha Tim won Bronze Medals in the KATA Event in their respective category.

Students from all over India and from other countries like Malaysia, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka also participated in the tournament.




Disaster awareness prog underway in Upper Siang

YINGKIONG, Aug 1: A team of NDRF personnel demonstrated different method of search and rescue operations and gave safety tips on various disasters to officers and officials, PRI members, general public and students as part of a week-long disaster awareness programme jointly conducted by the 12th BN NDRF, Doimukh and District Disaster Management Authority, Yingkiong currently underway in Upper Siang district.

Earlier, while attending the community awareness programme at Tourist Hall, here Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki urged all the participants to learn and take full advantage from the training which will prove beneficial during any kind of disaster.

DDMO, Tsangpa Tashi in his address, said that the objective of the training is to sensitize the people to take precautionary measures in order to minimize the quantum of damages of life and properties in the event any type of disaster while, Inspector, NDRF Shibu Mandal educated the people on how to be proactive, respond to disaster besides, making them aware of the responsibilities before and after the occurrence of disaster. (DIPRO)




Forestry Internship Training Progamme begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) under the Department of Environment & Forest on Tuesday kick started its Internship Training Progamme for B.Sc (Forestry) Students here at SFRI Conference Hall.

This year, altogether, 47 students from various colleges including Dolphin (PG) Institute of Bio Medical & Natural Science, Uttaranchal College of Biomedical Sciences & Hospital, Dehradun based  Alphine Institute of Management & Technology, Doon College of Agriculture & Technology and  Babafarid Institute of Technology, and Punjab based Lovely Professional University had registered for the two-month training programme.

In his keynote address, SFRI director N. Tam asked the students to maintain discipline during the training programme and make best use of the training programme.

Dr. G Murtem, SFRI Geneticist exhorted students to do hard work and practical works in order to get success in life.

"There are many employment opportunity after doing the forestry course. Doors are open in many places but students have to work hard to get placement", he said.

SFRI soil scientist and training coordinator, RK Taj outlined the dos and don'ts and explained the syllabus for the two-month training course. He informed that last year SFRI had trained 39 members for a period of two months under different wings of the department.




Students demand arrest of murderer

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: All Capital Complex Students' Union (ACCSU) demanded the law enforcing authority to immediately arrest the murderer of Migrik Lomi and award exemplary punishment to the culprit(s), so  that nobody dares to commit such crime in future.

The Hirik Hiru Student's Union (HHSU) has in a release on Tuesday, appealed to the authorities to nab the culprit involved in the heinous crime at the earliest and award exemplary punishment under appropriate sections of the law.




Traders booked for violation of Act

CHANGLANG, Aug 1: The officials of Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs booked four traders for violation of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and Rules framed there under.

The traders were found using unverified weights and weighing instruments, including electronic balance during a routine inspection.

As per Legal Metrology Act and Rules, every weighing instrument must be verified at least once in a year, said Assistant Controller Jongpa Taijong, who led the team. DIPRO




Bakin Pertin General Hospital gets a facelift

PASIGHAT, Aug 1:  Bakin Pertin General Hospital, Pasighat has recently got a facelift with M/s Puna Hinda Construction Company (PHCC) converting the hospital's entrance into a concrete paved way for the ease of general public under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.   

During a function held at the hospital auditorium on Tuesday, Joint Director Health Services (T&R), Dr. Kabang Lego and Medical Superintendent, Dr. YR Darang lauded the PHCC for its noble gesture and said that such initiatives would go a long way in encouraging other organizations to take up similar activities for the larger interest of the people of the state. (DIPRO)




‘Start TAH compensation process’

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highway Land Affected Peoples Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) in a representation to the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner has appealed for disbursement of compensation for Potin to Bopi Highway affected people on the basis of property assessment done under Right of Way (RoW) in the year 2014-15.

The assessment of properties was done in 2014 and the same had been re-verified in the month of August, 2015 which was the final selection of affected beneficiaries for the construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway in Lower Subansiri district, the Forum said adding that payment should be made to the selected beneficiaries as per re-measurement process done in the month of August, 2015.

Expressing concern at the delay in the land compensation process, the Forum further urged the authorities to start the  process within August 12.




BJP Kishan Morcha organizes awareness programme

ZIRO, Aug 1: Lower Subansiri district unit Kishan Morcha of Bhartiya Janata Party on Tuesday organized a day long awareness programme on newly lunched schemes like Deen Dayal Upadhaya Bunkar Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Swalamban Yojana, Chief Minister's Krishi Rinn Yojana etc of centre and state government at Nami Tage Panchayat Hall.

Attending the programme as resource person Duyu Tadu, Agriculture Development Officer imparted agriculture technical knowledge to the farmers.

Chiging Rika, secretary Kishan Morcha district unit highlighted on the flagship programme of the government which is managed under the departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.

Kago Kampu, President Kishan Morcha Lower subansiri district unit, in her speech advised progressive farmers of Diibo villages to avail the opportunities given by the government through various schemes meant for the farmers and unemployed youths and suggested gathering to get maximum benefits from the awareness programme.




IRBn jawan beaten by army

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: One Tati Rie of 5th IRBn, presently posted in Tezu, Lohit was allegedly beaten by army personnel at Wakro on July 20.

In his FIR lodged with Wakro Police Station, the victim stated that he was beaten without any provocation by Army of Chowkham camp at Medo market.

Though 12 days have passed since the victim lodged the FIR, no action has been initiated yet against the army, informed Rie family in a release.

The Rei family strongly urged the Lohit SP to initiate action by registering the case.




Meeting held to streamline PDS supply

YINGKIONG, Aug 1:  A District Level Monitoring & Vigilance Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki at the DC's Conference Hall, here on July 28 last, with the aim to streamline the supply of PDS items in the district.  

During the meeting, District Food & Civil Supplies Officer, Anom Apang directed all other FPS dealers of Upper Siang district to properly maintain the stock register of PDS items and other relevant documents of PDS (NFSA-13) items in order to avoid shortage of food grains. (DIPRO)

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Discriminatory attitude ?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down at Guwahati on Tuesday to review the flood situation in North East region  with Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The whole NE region has been battered by the recent monsoon rain. Large scale devastation has been reported from various parts of the reason. Modi announced Rs 2,350 crore flood rehabilitation package for the region.

Mr. Modi also announced to set up a high- powered committee to study the permanent solution to Assam's flood problem for which 100 crore rupees would be given. Though his announcement is welcomed but one wonder why did he take such a long time to visit the flood affected states of North East. Strangely he just interacted with Chief Ministers at Guwahati and did not make aerial or field visit to assess the flood damage. Does PM think that Guwahati city represents whole of North East? Atleast he should have visited the worst hit areas and spent some time with the people. When Gujarat was hit with flood, PM immediately visited the state, announced massive fund and also conducted aerial survey of the flood hit areas. This kind of discriminatory attitude is not good. Also his visit has come very late. The NE states have been battling monsoon fury for the last one month. Not a single senior minister of centre visited the region. Barring MoS Home Kiren Rijiju who hails from Arunachal none of the ministers of NDA government including DoNER minister visited the region.







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Provide basic job induction trainings

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight few points on the importance of induction trainings for new appointees under government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Unlike central government services, PSUs, etc., it has been observed that the new appointees in almost all the departments under government of Arunachal Pradesh are not provided with any basic induction trainings prior to their regular postings. This is not only an unhealthy practice, but at times it is also likely to lead to some dangerous situations; and certainly it is against the interest of public services. Imagine a newly appointed and untrained APCS officer conducting election in some sensitive places, or for that matter, a newly appointed JE supervising the construction of some big bridges, etc. Any misplaced judgment and unintended aberrant action by the government officials in such situations has the potential to lead to some major human casualties.

Government services are not always a cozy job. Under various demanding situations, I have encountered several officials complaining about the ineptness, unprofessionalism and lack of sense of responsibilities of their newly appointed seniors/colleagues/sub-ordinates. Instead of being of some help to the department, these new recruits become a burden or hindrances for smooth execution of works. Then there’s some who complain that in the process of teaching or acquainting the new recruits with their duties, they have to undertake the duties of two posts, i.e. self and that of new recruits, whereas they are paid the salary for only one post/job. And still, there are few who complain that in certain time-bound and emergency assignments, the normal practice of routing the work through conventional channel becomes problematic when any new recruit is involved in the process. But then, what can we expect from any new recruit? Nobody is born fully experienced from their mother’s womb.

On the other hand, there are some new recruits who complain about non-cooperative attitude of their seniors and colleagues in teaching or enlightening them with their assigned duties, to which their senior colleagues often retorts as to whether they will perform their own duty or spend unnecessary extra time and energy in teaching others.

Such unpleasant and awkward situations arises - which is neither the fault of seniors nor the new recruits - purely due to non imparting of basic job induction trainings to the new appointees prior to their regular postings. Discussing/sharing/exchange of views/ideas, etc. is one thing, and teaching someone step by step (like walking with toddler holding his hand) altogether another. At times, it can be really straining for the seniors, what with huge public pressure on one hand and on the other hand the hapless new recruits as sub-ordinates ogling innocently with eyes wide open for guidance at each and every step.

I don’t know the actual reason(s) for non conduction of induction trainings, but if it is to save the financial expenditures involved in such exercises, then I think it is a gross miss-concept. An average new appointees takes anywhere from 1 – 3 years to fully acquaint with the system and discharge their duties efficiently. Till then, they are just hovering here and there with little or no productivity while availing full salaries and other allowances. Instead of these wasteful expenditures on unproductive salaries for so many years, it would be better if we spend a few amounts for training these new recruits for few weeks/months, and thereafter extract/obtain their full services.

In order to curb financial expenditures, trainings on basic office Rules and procedures could be conducted for the new recruits of all the departments for a particular year commonly at any institute such as Administrative Training Institute (ATI), etc., and thereafter conduct department specific trainings at respective departments. And, in fact, successful completion certificate of induction trainings need to be made compulsory prior to their regular postings.

And till such time this compulsory induction trainings materializes, I think it would be only prudent to mix-up the old and new recruits while posting, so that no headquarters/station is manned purely by the new recruits.

I guess optimum utilization of human resources is the art of the successful corporations, which we should also imbibe in our government sector too.


O. Lego





Chinese imperialism at frontier province

Dear Editor,

This refers to your editorial ‘great opportunity’ (AT July 27). The great Himalayan range detaches India from the Tibet plateau. In 1959, Tibet rose up in revolt against the Chinese occupation. Dalai Lama’s escape from Lhasa to Tawang marks the starting of Tibetan struggle for independence. And that led to Chinese misadventure at Ladakh and Arunachal in 1962. Subsequently China is busy in capacity building in Tibet, POK, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Also China engage constructing road at the frontier.  To thwart Chinese imperialism, India moved to the mountain. The billion-dollar infrastructure plans put into strengthen India against powerful neighbour.  China already has extensive infrastructure on their side. Beijing claims the territory of Arunachal as South Tibet. The recent face off at Doklam cause an enduring sore point between the two countries. China even reached Gwadar port of Arabian Sea through POK and Myanmar open route for China to Bay of Bengal. India just cannot ignore these harsh ground realities.

All of a sudden NE region is in the limelight with the realisation of this strategic significance. The forgotten corner of India is gradually in the process of emerging gateway to East Asia due to its geographical proximity. At the dawn of independence, NE has NEFA [Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh] part of Assam and two princely states of Manipur and Tripura. Later Sikkim becomes eight North-Eastern Regions. NE region is geo-politically isolated by 20 km narrow route ‘Chicken neck’ of Siliguri corridor. China’s constructing road at Doklam is another undisputed Chinese philosophy of governance and warfare.  Like Tibet China has a geo-strategic plan for Bhutan and Myanmar too.

Taksing is a border village of western upper Subansiri dist of Arunachal strategically placed at 8000 feet. A memorial to Indian Arunachalee soldier Shere Thapa reminded the heroic act against Chinese charges in 1962. Today this frontier land still relies on helicopters. India is battling time, nature and geology to get 34 mile mountain road stretch. Indian Air Force is the only hope for this deceptive mountain. India left this region untouched for long. The fear is that road would help Chinese descend into our territory. Now India changed track gradually after China built largely on border-building to roads and townships at Tibetan plateau. India have now shifted gear and accelerated work on strategic roads for troop movement, supplies and deployment of sophisticated weapons.  But India has a long way to catch up.

Tawang is another historic point at western Arunachal. Hope 1800 km long road will connect this sparsely populated hill community to Assam. Organic crops and medicinal herbs may open a new vista to neighbouring state.  Should India agree to develop the BCIM (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar) highway for economic corridor?  This will help integrate our economies and open huge opportunities for developing under-developed frontier provinces. India must respond to Chinese establishment and military infrastructure in Tibet by connecting new railway lines, roads and airports.

China opened up airport terminal at Nyingchi, very near to east Arunachal. Also, the rail route from Lhasa is likely to be extended to it. India is yet to catch up. We have just connected Dhola Sadiya over Lohit River.  India has no airport in Arunachal other than some Advance Landing Ground (ALG) for copters. India’s bid to take trains to Himalayan heights has inched closer to reality with the start of survey. India must act otherwise China may impose arm-twist on the border on its terms. After 1962 debacle, Indian Army enhances self esteem at Nathu La 1967. But the stand-off near Doklam opened up Chinese cobweb plan of fresh tangled territorial incursion. Instead China joins India in infrastructure, energy, industry, agriculture, trade and commerce. Such cooperation can result in a win-win situation for both the nation. Opening of Stilwell road could be the answer for India’s economic corridor to South East Asia.


Kamal Baruah,





Transfer and posting

Dear Editor,

Rational transfer of not only teachers but entire govt servants from time to time is a must and a good initiative of the state government as well because if one tends to stay in a place for a longer time one may get more chance of corruption and be non productive. Rational transfer of govt servants from time to time benefits both the govt servants and the public alike because both the parties will have exposure, experience and can share their expertise. However in case of Education department, transfer of teachers should be done after the end of academic session and not during academic session as it can hamper the progress of academic. Teacher student relation also plays an important role, adjusting to a new teacher and getting used to him/her during the middle of academic session might cause problem to the students thereby hampering the academic progress. The demand put in by the students of DEM govt higher secondary school pasighat is a really genuine one and the higher authorities should look into the matter with utmost urgency so that it might not hamper the academic progress of the students.

At a time when the states literacy rate is at the bottom,  the education department must revamp their system and strategy and come up with more robust one which can elevate the literacy rate from bottom to a higher position.


A citizen







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