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December  -  22


Justice will be illusionary without freedom: Ansari

3-day ToTs prog. on HR issues

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Good governance and protection of Human Rights are two sides of the same coin, said Justice I A Ansari, Judge of Guwahati High Court, Itanagar permanent Bench today.

Inaugurating the three-day-long state level Training of Trainers (ToTs) Programme on “Human Right Issue” at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun as the chief guest, Ansari  said that protection of human right is a indicator of good governance. Development should take place but it should be without jeopardizing the future keeping in mind the basic needs of the next generation, he added.  

Dwelling on social issues Justice Ansari called upon the participants to learn the meaning of human right in true senses.  Without justice there could not be any freedom  and  without freedom, the justice will be illusionary, he emphatically said.

The Chief Guest further added that the most noble right enshrined in the Constitution of India to its citizen in particular & human being in general is the personal liberty and therefore there has been major national level debate  regarding the judgments passed by various   Courts regarding the exercising of individuals liberty & equality in the highest of the law.

He also appreciated the effort of ATI, Govt.of AP, Naharlagun in organizing this major training initiative on Human Right Issues in the state thereby promoting the value of Human Right & Good Governance.

As many as 28 officers representing various line departments including judicial magistrate, police, forest, social welfare & child development, labour  and  state civil service officers from the various districts, representatives of selected NGOs  --Indigenous Mission, NIHRO, ACR, FGA, VHAI etc. are participating the programme.

This ToT programme on Human Right issue is primarily to sensitize the Govt. functionaries including NGOs in the field of human right issues  and  to promote a culture of human right awareness at all level of society, said Director (Training) Pema Tshetan in his welcome address.

The Director further added the human right is a burning issue all over the world and  it conflicts  between good administration  & human right violation. Arunachal Pradesh is the most peaceful state in comparison to  many other North Eastern States  and  violation of human right is minimal except Changlang  and  Tirap where certain human right violations are taking place from time to time due to underground ultras. The Director (Trg) pointed out that this training programme aim to develop trainers of Human Right Issues among the  various Govt.  officers  Moreover every Govt. functionaries is an agent  of the state to serve the people .  Therefore they should adopt the positive attitude for speedy justice and redressal  of grievances.   

The main resource person deputed by NHRC, New Delhi, Dr. S.B Medhi also delivered the detail objective  and  course content of the ToT programme. Dr. Medhi emphasized that the Human Right Training Programmes should be regular and continuous to cover all Govt. departments  and  all officers right from top to the bottom.

Stressing on awareness on human rights issues in interior places, he said the Govt officers should update their knowledge on HR Rules etc. so that they implement the Act ( and  Rules) and Supreme Court and NHRC guidelines properly and in time.

We have many Acts/Rules but these are not properly implemented owing lack of knowledge on the Acts. Dr. Medhi said and suggested reforms in the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive in the interest of the promotion of Human Rights. He also suggested some amendments in publication of HR Act 1993- in the light of last 15 years experience.

The NHRC should also support ATI for conducting seminars, training programmes regularly as Arunachal has the right environment for rapid and sustainable development with natural resources, he said.

Other local resource persons including Chuku Apa, Principal, PTC, Banderdewa will deliver a lecture on human right scenario in AP.

The ATI started in 1992 is conducting this ToT Programme on Human Right issue at   behest of National Human Right Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi with 100 per cent course fee sponsorship.


17 ultras surrender at Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Altogether 7 ultras from NSCN (IM), 6 from ULFA and 4 from ANLA surrendered at 19 Assam Rifles Battalion Headquarters, Khonsa yesterday. Seven pistols, one revolver, three 9mm carbines, one Chinese .22 rifle, two grenades, two radio sets, a large quantity of ammunition and explosive material were recovered from the surrendered outfits.

Brigadier JS Negi VSM Commander 25 Sector Assam Rifles felicitating the surrendered cadres in a function appreciated their bold and wise decision to join the national mainstream and added that the return of large number of cadres is an indicator that operations by security forces coupled with psychological initiatives are bearing dividends.

While reiterating the commitment of the Security Forces towards the well being of these misguided youths and their families, he informed that all efforts are made to assist them in their rehabilitation. He added that with the initiative of GOC 2 Mountain Division, a Rehabilitation Centre has been commissioned at Dinjan Military Station. While thanking Anil Shukla, SSP Tirap, Commandant 19 Assam Rifles pointed out that in last one year tremendous synergy and cooperation between the Security Forces, Civil administration and Civil Police has taken shape and is playing a pivotal role in surrender of large number of cadres in the state.

Two NSCN (IM) cadres from village Rangluwa of Tirap district also laid down their arms today, urged the state government to implement the rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants as assured by the State Government from time to time and also by Governor JJ Singh, during his recent visit to Tirap.

1-day conference of Assistant Audit Officers & Assistant Auditors

‘Instill spirit of discipline to revive the value of cadre service’

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 21: Instill the spirit of discipline and oneness with the parent departments to revive the value of the cadre service, said V. K Deb, Commissioner Finance, while addressing the Audit Officers at a one-day conference of Assistant Audit Officers and Assistant Auditors at ATI here today.

He stressed that discipline is the foremost criteria in a cadre to strengthen the department so to ensure respect and value of the service.  Stating that the audit set up have virtually lost its glory in the state over the years, Deb impressed upon the officers to be loyal, sincere and dedicated towards the parent department while performing their duties and asked them to report any irregularities in their concerned departments to the notice of the department of finance for necessary rectification. The link with the parent department should not be broken, he said and categorically urged upon the Auditors not to feel alienation while tackling any sort of consequences pertaining to audit matters in order to revive its value.

While calling upon the officers to be focused in their primary charter of duties and responsibilities, the Finance Commissioner said that the Auditors are the special agents of the government to navigate the departments in right direction and added that their work is basically to deal with the internal audit matters which reform the functioning of the departments and thereby improve the functioning of governance. Deb further asked them to inculcate the sense of fire in themselves to bring about any administrative reforms to do away with the irregularities and called for submitting reports in prescribed formats on regular basis. He also advocated on devising appropriate formats to bring about proper reporting in different forms and time and assured to strengthen the Audit set up through creation of various posts besides, extending facilities to the officers.

In his speech, Planning Secretary Ankur Garg emphasized on restoring the lost glory of the Audit services in the state and called upon the officers to be fair and impartial in their service matters, adding that temporary fulfillment should not be the base for destroying one’s image. He considered the conference as a good platform to discuss issues of mutual concern to bring about a road map for improving Audit set up.

Special Secretary (Finance) Amit Singla informed that the first ever conference of Audit officers was for resolving necessary reforms to strengthen the Audit service and its functioning effectively.

Earlier, Director Audit & Pension, Y. Megu shared his experience in the department as an Audit Officer and Director for the last many years. Expressing concern on lack of cooperation and spirit of one ness among the officers, he called upon them to maintain close coordination and sense of one ness with the parent department while performing their duties. Stressing on maintaining neutrality in their works, Megu pointed out that Auditors are like ‘Teeth less tigers’ who point out mistakes and irregularities of the departments. The Director further asked them to be well equipped in rules and procedures in dealing with their subject.

In his key note address, Md. A. Basit, Jt Director Audit & Pension highlighted the background of the department since its existence in 1985 and informed that due to shortage of adequate manpower, the internal audit works are restricted to civil departments only.

Assistant Audit Officers and Assistant Auditors from different districts attended the one day conference which took up various issues relating to improvement of the Audit set up in the state including preparation of audit manual, review of charter of duties and responsibilities and other problems faced by the auditors in their office and its remedy. DIPR


Minister visits PHCs

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling appreciated the performance of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Arunachal Pradesh while interacting with the senior officials of health department and staff of Nacho PHC at Nacho.

He further suggested that healthcare delivery system in remote areas of State would be strengthened and urged both NGO and  Government officials to work hard to bring all the benefits to the common people, which are available under NRHM, to improve healthcare of the people living in rural and remote areas. He assured that the Government will look into the genuine needs for strengthening infrastructure of the PHC.

The public leaders of Nacho also appreciated the performance of PHC and thanked the VHAI-staff for working dedicatedly in remote area.

Director of Health Services Dr. T. Basar urged VHAI to improve the immunization services in PHC area. Mission Director, NRHM T. Tapok appealed the local leaders to actively participate and cooperate in all actives of NRHM implemented at villages and PHC.

Senior Manager, VHAI Ajay K. Tripathy thanking the Minister for his support and timely advice assured more performance in Nacho and other PHCs in coming days.

Later, the minister also visited Taliha and Lemeking PHC on December 20 and 21 and reviewed the performance of department’s activities in the presence of DHS, MD-NRHM, ADC, DMO and public leaders.


Khandu visits border village, stress on education

TAWANG,  Dec 21: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who is on three days tour to Tawang from today, visited Bongleng the last village under his constituency bordering Bhutan and Mukto Circle today. He was accompanied by Tawang DC Gamli Padu during the tour.

It may be mentioned here that this is his first visit to these villages after assuming the charge of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in 2007.

In his address Khandu called the villagers to give utmost priority to education. He asked them to send their wards to school compulsorily so that greater literacy rate could be achieved.

While highlighting the need for a healthy society, the chief minister appealed the villagers to keep their surroundings and village clean and hygienic.

We are planning out to bring a law prohibiting use of plastics, spitting in the public areas and also strictly abide by the law of prohibiting cigarette in public places by imposing fine especially in the state, Khandu revealed.

While he exhorted for promoting horticulture for sustainable income generation in the area, he informed about government’s initiatives for such activities. The chief minister also emphasized for preserving the age old culture and tradition.

The villagers who had hardly ever seen the flying machine (Chopper) were excited with the close glimpse of helicopter in which the CM had arrived. The chief minister is scheduled to visit Thingbu and Mago villages which are the remotest villages in the district bordering China. (PRO to CM)


AAAK appeals govt. to review hydro power projects

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: An executive meeting of Adi Among Autonomous Kebang (AAAK) was held at Pasighat, East Siang Distt recently regarding construction of hydro power projects in the state particularly in Siang belt.

Meanwhile, responding the Chief Ministers statements for early completion of all the hydro-power projects to be implemented by public sector and private companies in the state,  the release said that the interest of the project affected people is being neglected by the state government despite various Memorandum submitted by NGOs, Students Unions and others. The council appealed the state government to review all such projects before their implementation for the greater interest of the people and the state government.


Coord. meet of agri & allied depts. held

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The fifth co-ordinaton meeting of agriculture and allied departments under Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) was held in the conference hall of agriculture department today.

Chairing the meeting, DS Pandit, agriculture secretary advised that utmost effort should be made to utilize the RKVY fund judiciously within the financial year with the aim to ensure visible impact on rural economy. Project coordinator and advisor from NIRD, Guwahati and ICAR, joint director also participated and contributed their valuable suggestions effective implementation of ambitious developmental programmes.

Sector wise proposal for implementation during 2009-10 were identified for placing before state level sanctioning committee.

The meeting was attended by agriculture and  its allied department.


Siram calls for research activities on indigenous culture

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with Parliamentary Secretary Science & Technology and Information Technology Jomde Kena , P N Thungun Mission Director SSA along with other officials from state project office SSA / Rajya Mission Itanagar visited Donyi Polo Welfare Society Likabali and inaugurated the "Donyi Polo Dere Likabali today.

Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister appealed the people to preserve own rich cultural heritage and advised the people to short out necessary research activities to preserve it.  He appreciated the public of Likabali for construction of this DP Dere

Kena also appreciated the Donyi Polo Welfare Society, Likabali for promoting the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Heritage of the society.

Later, the team visited Government secondary School Likabali, where the minister advised the teaching community to work harder for the betterment of the student community and the department as a whole.

Mission Director SSA and others also advises the school authority and put forwards their suggestions on necessary management of the school.


ANYA district unit demands CBI probe

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Alleging misappropriation of Govt fund and irregularities in distributing compensation to the railway project affected people, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), Papum Pare unit has appealed the Chief Minister to order CBI enquiry to unravel the truth.

Pointing out loopholes in payment of compensation for land and property to the people affected by on-going railway project between Gumto to Itanagar, ANYA unit president in a letter to the Chief Minister alleged   that some of the influencial persons have been paid compensation in higher rate while illiterate persons paid compensation in lower rate for their land and properties.It said engagement of third party between the land affected people and railway department in the matter of compensation has created confusion. Why the railway authority is not directly negotiating with the affected people for compensation, it questioned.


Two tales of human inspiration

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Dec. 21: In this festive season, when everyone is in party mood there are still some people who are patiently waiting for a ‘Santa’ to come and change their lives. Very often one finds a number of children wandering along the street of Naharlagun offering passersby the service of cleaning ears in return of paltry sum of money.  Most of these children, who should have been at school at this tender age, are forced by acute poverty to support themselves with these kinds of petty jobs.

This reporter bumped with an eight year old boy, Vicky Kaviraj, who basically belongs to Mughal Sarai town of Uttar Pradesh and roams around in the street of Naharlagun doing the odd job of cleaning ears.

During few minutes of conversation what he told was quite intriguing and a source of inspiration for many youngsters of the state.

This boy, Vicky Kaviraj, goes to school early in the morning and works as ear cleaner in the day. He studies in second standard at a government school in Naharlagun and dreams to become a doctor in future. “My father also works as an ear cleaner and I had joined him to support our family. I wish to study but my father’s income is too meager to support entire family,” says Vicky.

 He also told that often many youngsters after cleaning ears do not pay money and goes off, which brings whole lot of tears to his eyes. Despite all these, he has lot of affection for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. “Here some people are very nice. Many a times I get paid more than for what I ask. Majority of public are big hearted and care for poor people like me,” informed Vicky innocently.

Vicky Kaviraj’s is not the only tale of human fight against odd, there is another story of Kipa Kacha, an ordinary man running blacksmith shop at Karsingsa, whose zeal and hunger to provide education to his children, though himself being uneducated, is simply inspirational. Father to eight children, today one of his children has grown up to become an engineer while another son is studying Law.

A modest villager, he told that he has been educating all his children by selling traditional stuffs like knives, dao etc. from his small blacksmith shop. “Life has got better in last few years with my children getting educated and some getting employed. With my modest income and hard work, I had proudly educated all of my children,” says Kacha.

As New Year approaches, it is simple human stories like these, which can inspire coming generations to strive hard in life to achieve unimaginable success. But look at the irony of life where the innocent kid Vicky Kaviraj, who cleans the dirt from others life does not know whether he will find someone to clean the dirt of poverty from his life!


GP level training on NRDWQM&SP concludes in East Siang

Itanagar, Dec. 21: The final phase of Gram Panchayat level training on National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance Program (NRDWQM & SP) in East Siang district concluded on December 19.

It was organized by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) an NGO, which was sponsored by PHE & WS department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The phase wise training of (NRDWQM & SP ) at GP level was conducted at places like Pegging Bote, Parong village, Nirle Camp and lastly at Boleng. It covered all the 22 gram Panchayats under Riga circle.

During the period of training, local public were imparted the importance of using quality drinking water in day to day life. Various government officials and public actively participated in the training program. Speaking during the training program, Shri Ocean Gao, Block Development Officer cum Circle Officer, Riga exhorted the participants to give important and attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community. Further he told that water is an elixir to our life and every body should care about the quality of water supplied to them as most villagers consuming it may be prone to various water borne diseases. He expressed his gratefulness to PHE & WS department and FGA for facilitating such training to the PRIs member and community workers. Apart from him, Dr.T. Mize, medical officer Camp Nirle, Er. Oling Taloh of PHE and WS department, Boleng participated in the training program.

Earlier, Pura Aiya, Project Manager, Future Generations Arunachal highlighted the objectives of this program which has been carried out since last year with an expectation of positive  outcomes by reducing many common spread water borne diseases which in turns will improve in community health and economy for more sustainability of any activities. He refers to the processes of FGA’s teaching method based on SEED-SCALE with four principles- Build from successes, three way partnership, evidence based decision making and behavior changes through which a community can understand more clear about any achievement by their participation in any program.


Arunachal Wushu team leaves for Chandigarh

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: A 27-member Wushu team from Arunachal Pradesh including two officials led by All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association chief coach M Premkumar Singh left here for Chandigarh today to take part in 9th Junior National Wushu Championship 2009 beginning from December 24 at Digvijay Stadium, Rajanandgaon, Chandi-garh.


Restore link road

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Kimin Students’ Union appealed the concerned authority to restore the dilapidated Kimin-Kakoi link road and the damaged culverts immediately.

Christmas celebration

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Catholic Churches of Sagalee Parish has decided to celebrate the Christmas jointly at Don Bosco Sagalee  with a four-day programme from Dec 22 to 25. PWD and UD Minister is expected to attend the joint Christmas, while Tok Botom, Taw Tabin, Boa Tarin and Taba James would be the main speakers.

Healing service by Fr Anto of Retreat Centre, Gumto (Doimukh)  on Dec 23 and release of magazine “The Sagalee Flash” are other highlights of the programme.


‘Invite NIT’

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Kurung Kumey District Registered Contractors Association (KKDRCA) has appealed the concerned authorities to invite tenders for the implementation of the PHE schemes at Yarba Village and Parsi Parlo town.

Claiming that the Govt has taken initiatives to implement the  PHE schemes without inviting tender, the Association said  authorities should invite NIT while implementing schemes involving Rs 5 lakhs and above as per Contractor Enlistment Act -2008.


Audio album released

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Former MLA Takam Sorang has released an audio album, titled, ‘Rebom Dobom’ in a function at Hotel Arun Subansiri here yesterday.

Produced by Tabu Guha of Upper Subansiri district, the album consists of Tagin, Nyishi and Galo songs.


Office automation training concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun sponsored two weeks office automation training concluded at Tezu on  Dec 18 last.

Tezu SDO S K Deori Deori congratulated trainees for successful completion program and urged  them to utilize the knowledge gained from the training programme in the valedictory function held at DC’s conference hall. Course coordinator H N Dubey, EAC, course director June Kadu, DIO (NIC) Tezu, A Jamoh, DACO and M Boje (LRSO) also spoke on the occasion.   DIPRO



ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Lower Subansiri District Indigenous Tea Planters and small Grower Association conducted its developmental meeting on December 18 at Yachuli.

The house underscoring the importance of tea plantation and also highlighting the government assistance towards tea plantation in the state, resolved to take initiatives for maintenance of a small tea garden owned by Yachuli, Forest Department.

Amongst other, the meeting was attended by ADC Yowa Tapu, President, Upper Subansiri District Indegenous Tea Planters and Small Grower Association Daklo Lidak.

Meanwhile, Licha Tara has been appointed as Vice President of the association.


Eye camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Community Health Centre Koloriang under District Blindness Control Programme conducted free eye screening health camp at Nikja middle school, Koloriang, VKV Koloriang and Government secondary school Koloriang recently.

Altogether, 356 students were screened during the camp and numbers of Myopia cases have been detected.


CNC to hand over assets

ITANAGAR: The Central Nyokum Committee (CNC) in its extended executive body meeting held on Dec 19 has decided to hand over the immovable and movable assets of the CNC to local Nyokum Committees at Nirjuli and Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar on lease basis. The handing over function will be held in presence of Nyishi legislators and NGOs’ members at Nyokum Niya Hall on January 16 next. The committee also decided to construct sitting gallery at Nyokum Niya ground, Nirjuli in memory of Tadar Tang as recognition of his contributions in the field of art and culture of the Nyishi community.


Unanimous decision sought

ITANAGAR: Expressing surprise over constitution of core committee for upcoming Greenfield airport at Karsingsa by some vested interests the Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burah’s and public leaders of Banderdewa circle had called on Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex to immediately convene a general public meeting for unanimous decision in this regard.


DC chief guest

ITANAGAR: Papum Pare deputy commissioner Bidol Tayeng will attend the 7th general conference of All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) as chief guest on Dec 27 at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Sakiang. Mengio Anchal Samity chairperson Tarak Yuki (Gollo) would be the guest of honour.


Addl. Charge

ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra has been allotted additional charge of health and family welfare department.

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