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