December -  04



Cow, bullock distributed

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Cow, bullocks etc. were distributed among 20 selected villagers of Denka and Bogul under livelihood support system under RVP/FPR programme by Rural Work Department through chairmen of Denka and Bogul Watershed Committee recently.


AAPTWA appeal

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has fervently appealed to every people of the state to maintain peaceful co-existence among all communities without any communal differences.

“AAPTWA stands for unity, integrity among all tribal community of the state and appeals everyone to cooperate the Govt and administration in maintaining law and order in the state,” the association said in a release. It also appealed to every colony, sector and various organizations in the state to work for promotion of unity and peace among the tribal community of the state.


Society appeals for putting an end to hunting

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Claiming that rampant killing of wild animal and selling of their meat are found to be highest in Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri district, the Orphan Trust Society (OTS) appealed to the authority to take appropriate measures to stop such illegal activities.

“Unless there is strict restriction on selling and killing wild animal some animal species in Arunachal Pradesh would extinct within few years,” feared the society.  It also appealed to all to restraint themselves from such illegal killing spree to maintain ecological balance.


Free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: 10BN ITBP Taksing has conducted a free medical camp at Taksing,Upper Subansiri recently. School students and villagers of Taksing and nearby villages availed the free medical checkup.

Meanwhile, 10 ITBP Kimin observed world aids day at Kimin on December 1 last. On the occasion, CMO (SG) Dr. Dipankar Nayak briefed about do’s and don’ts about AIDS.

Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar also briefed about AIDS and strongly advised the ranks of ITBP to strictly follow the precautionary measures to do away with AIDS.


AIDs Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Worlds AIDs Day 2011 was observed at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Palin. To create an awareness among the local people, a rally was organized by the students of school.

An interschool drawing and skit play competition  was organized on the topic “causes, modes of transformation and remedial measure to prevent HIV AIDS ”. District Labour officer  Kipa Takia, Circle officer of Gangtey Abu Tabo and Medical Officer PHC Pania, Principal Donyi polo Vidyaniketan, KGBV Lumba U.K. Singh spoke on the ocassion.

Abu Tabo appreciated the commendable effort of the team of teaching staff of JNV Palin in organizing co curricular activities and also assured to extend support & cooperation in future while Dr Tang spoke on need of awareness in preventing HIV AIDs.


Committee demands revocation

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: All Nyiko Students Welfare Association has demanded that the termination of a class XII Science student of Rama Krishna Mission School, Aalo be revoked.

Earlier, the association has served a seven days ultimatum for immediate revocation of termination order to Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman, School Management Committee Rama Krishna Mission School, Aalo.


‘Float open tender’

ITANAGAR Dec 3:  Gante Circle Intellectual Forum (GCIF) requested that authority concerned float open tender for new bridge construction over Kurung River at Dha Hill Top.

It said that awarding work order to inexperienced firms would be inviting disaster as the bridge would be the life line of two districts.


Businessman dies

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Nand Kishore Tiwary alias Baba Basar, the oldest businessman of Basar passed away  on Dec 2 at Basar. He  was cremated at Bam Cremation ground near Bam village in presence of many well wishers from the Basar and nearby areas.  

He was popularly known as Baba Basar who established business before Chinese aggression of  1962 at Basar. He reached Basar way back in 1960 by foot and started his business by opening a small grocery shop at Basar.

Though he belonged to Gaura Bazar village, Gopalganj District of Bihar, nevertheless  he played a great role in development of the district basically in establishing business.

He was well versed in Galo language and contributed immensely in the development of  West Siang as a whole and Basar in particular.

Market was shut for the day as a mark of respect for Baba.  He was survived by one son and two daughters.

Meanwhile Bam Chili Youth Club mourned the demise of Lt Baba Basar and said that it would be difficult to find another man of his caliber in business community.


ASM donates school furniture

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Neomi Takap Tagru has donated 25 pairs of desks and benches and 7 chairs to Govt. Middle School Neomi during his visit to the school on December one last.

With this, the sitting problem of both students and teachers of the school has been solved to a large extent. Earlier, both the students and teachers used to sit in bamboo made bench and chairs, according to a school release.


Make the locations public: NCP

ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh has urged the concerned authority to make public the location of offices of All Heads of Departmental, Minister’s, Parliamentary Secretaries, Commissioners, Secretaries  in the twin Capital Complex along with telephone numbers.

It further said that the Govt. must make arrangement of offices in a compact area for the convenience of the people.

It further said that most of the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries have more than one accommodation making it difficult for common people to reach them.


ATA comes out in support of SSA teachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The central executive committee of Arunachal Teachers Association (CECATA) highlighting the grievances of SSA run schools and teachers, strongly urged the state government to immediately release the enhanced salary of SSA teachers with arrears within December 15.

It threatened to boycott the normal school activities if government fails to address the SSA teacher’s grievances within the stipulated time.

Meanwhile, seven member CEC ATA headed by its president would start the tour of the districts starting from Aalo to study the ground reality and the problems faced by teaching community of the state.

They will also interact with DDSEs/ADEOs and members of District ATA units of West Siang, East Siang, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, Anjaw Tirap and Changlang districts.


News Impact

A unique Interview

Dear Editor,

On Nov 28, I appeared a very unique interview at around 10.30 am not faced hitherto. I went to appear an interview for the post of Research Officer (Scientist-B), Project Tiger, Namdapha National Park, Miao. The interview was conducted in the official chamber of the Chief Secretary. The interview board was headed by the Chief Secretary as the Chairman and other members being Commissioner, RD  and the Additional PCCF (Administrative & Vigilance).

The very aura was something unusually different. Out of the six shortlisted candidates, two candidates failed to turn up. And among the remaining four candidates, the most experienced one got pruned at the eleventh hour citing age as the reason, though he passed through the scrutiny committee's watchful eyes. The remaining three candidates who were found to be ok in all aspects & respect had to face the interview. After some time, out of the three candidates came my chance to rush to grave.

The interview seemed to be Ok. Many questions in the form of bouncers were thrown at by some board members. Overall it was O.k.

But, I simply fail to understand as to why one of the board members did not ask me a single question throughout the interview session.

I am not conversant with telepathic conversation of questions and answers nor does the normal interview procedure allow it. The only sentence uttered by him was," No need to ask question, Its Ok".

Absolutely shocked I was. Never in my Life, had I ever faced such a unique interview. I am really skeptical about the fairness of the interview, though result is yet to be declared.

Like others I too have been appearing many interviews for long. But if my memory doesn't fail, every interview I appeared, the entire board members had posed questions to every candidate. They award marks individually on various aspects such as clarity of knowledge, analytical ability, personality etc. Based on this, tabulation is done for the final selection of the candidate.

But what to do when one of the board members do not pose a single question?  Will the candidate not lose marks for no fault of his? Does the member have right to award marks without posing any question? Would this not be unfair to some candidates and opportunity for others? Was the interview simply an eyewash? Simply face reading and awarding marks is un-heard of or un-called for. It would be like head counting Tigers sitting in office room rather than making an actual field investigation to get the factual details.

I really fail to comprehend as to why such step motherly attitude was applied in the interview held on 28th November for the post of Research Officer, Project Tiger, Namdapha National Park.


Roll No. 6



Where only thugs and back entries prosper

Dear Editor,

Regarding the recent problem of Higher Secondary School, Aalo, I would like to add that one Organisation has given 7 days ultimatum to the management of a school in Aalo for giving transfer certificate to one student who was involved in vandalism of school room and threatened to launch a democratic movement if the student is not admitted back.

Now my question is: What is democratic about protest rally, gherao etc? Today, in Arunachal nobody has any respect for law. Judiciary is a part of democracy and when a matter is sub judiced, one must wait and respect the outcome otherwise it will lead to anarchy which is what is exactly happening in Arunachal.

Whenever a school management or any authority takes disciplinary action, this invariably leads to so called democratic agitation. What about the autonomy of these institutions? That the erring students are fully supported by their parents whereas they should have been role models; it is a sad commentary on the plight of the society we are living in. It is high time that we as individuals as well as society as a whole must introspect and set our priority right. Without discipline and sincerity,  nobody has achieved anything until and unless you are in Arunachal where only thugs and back entries prosper and merit has no recognition.




(on email)



Central forces and Arunachal-Assam boundary

Dear Editor,

It appears that Assam is under the wrong impression that China Border is Assam-Arunachal Border. May be this is the reason why a parallel BSF like border force has been created. It has stationed its military with heavy weaponry pointing towards the poor villagers of Arunachal, waiting for orders to evict, terrorize, destroy the paddy fields, bull doze the school buildings, lay boulders or dig bunkers over village roads.

The Assam state has been found to be using the central forces, the best way. It is known to all that Central forces are given to assist in law and order problem of state and not for its expansion and protection of its self drawn territorial boundaries.

If the Indian Union remains as mute spectator to such state boundary policies of Assam, then the people of Arunachal will be compelled to think that the Indian Union is also of the same opinion.

Where is the authority of the center when it cannot correct the disturbing border policies of one state over a new and weak state?

If the center is handicapped in these matters than at least a bill may be passed for creation of body for state border demarcation based on actual ground situation and not based on the maps once prepared by Assamese bureaucrats posted during early periods of Arunachal without proper survey, thus giving rise to never ending dispute.


A citizen (on email)



Founder members not responsible for ABC’s business

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Bullet Club was founded in 2007 by a 5-members Royal Enfield Riders with Vijay Sonam and Pige Ligu as President & General Secretary of the club. The other members were Capt. A. Tangu, Nayen Kaye and Likha Topu. Within one year the members increased to 35. The club conducted several servicing camps at Naharlagun in collaboration with Shahila Exposition, Guwahati and organised ride to Pangsau pass commemorating the Pangsau pass festival and also to Bumla, the last border outpost as a mark of protest to the repeated claim of China over Arunachal Pradesh.

With the formation of the club, the sell record of Royal Enfield at Guwahati showroom increased. Then at the request of the ABC, the RE company in India had agreed to award an interested entrepreneur to open a showroom either at Itanagar or Naharlagun. The showroom is coming up shortly at Naharlagun.

The main objective of formation of the club was to explore the places of tourist interest in the state at our own expenses and market it to the outside world by organising expedition to various destinations within the state so that the domestic and foreign tourists know about the land and the people of the state.

It was believed that those who ride Royal Enfield (Bullet) is self dependent besides having good moral character and also that he or she can spare some amounts from his pocket for the rides which is a sort of voluntary contributions towards building the state’s tourism map.

Of late, it is learnt that the club members are indulging in seeking sponsorship from various govt and non-govt institutions in and outside the state in the name of ABC. Some of the club members of other state have also complained about mismanagement and dishonest act. In view of the stated fact, the founder members of the ABC has decided to abstain itself from any of the activities of the Arunachal Bullet Club henceforth and also withdraw from the membership with immediate effect.

The founder members of the Arunachal Bullet Club should not be held responsible for any omission or commission other than the ride to Pangsau Pass and Bumla Pass.


Vijay Sonam

Founder President, ABC

Pige Ligu

Founder Gen Secy, ABC, (on email)



Some things has to be earned

Dear Editor,

Respect, prestige and money have one thing in common for sure, it has to be earned but path we choose may differ. Whenever we discuss about development in Arunachal Pradesh like it or not we cannot ignore the fact “corruption” and “misuse of fund”. In monetary terms every individual development has its own story to tell, but unfortunately in our state most of the stories are too similar and interestingly familiar and predictable. Corruption cannot be rooted out right away but at least it can be lessened. Don’t be so dependent on this false income, have some dignity of labour. Anything earned through hardship and dedication can never be a victim of finger points. Citizens of Arunachal Pradesh we do readily agree how open minded we are. A mind to accept and practice new ideology is all we need to fight back corruption and to see our state flourishing in years to come.


Rabin Kuru

RGU, (on email)





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Not too transparent  


According to the latest survey by Transparency International, India's corruption index received a blow after its ranking slipped eight places from 87th to 95th among 183 nations.

India ranks lower than China (75th) on the new list but higher than Pakistan (134th). Nepal at 154th is the lowest ranking South Asian nation.

New Zealand is top and Somalia bottom of the list.

Against the backdrop of alleged irregularities in the recently held Commonwealth Games, India’s perceived corruption levels have gone up, with a corresponding worsening of its world ranking.

Worse, there has also been a decline in India’s integrity score to 3.3 in 2010, from 3.4 in 2008 and 2009, and 3.5 in 2007. These figures are on a scale of zero to 10 with the former being perceived as highly corrupt and 10 indicating low levels of corruption.

The 2010 CPI draws on 13 source surveys from ten independent institutions including the World Bank, Freedom House Foundation and the Global Competitiveness Report, among others. These sources, which provide a ranking of countries and measure some aspects of corruption, range between January 2009 and September 2010.

The report has come even as activists led by Anna Hazare have been pushing the government for passing of Jan Lok Pal bill that will have the power to investigate corruption charges against the prime minister, senior judges and MPs, among others.

The government has approved a draft of the law which allows citizens to approach the ombudsman with complaints against federal ministers and bureaucrats, who are protected under India's present anti-corruption laws. But it remains to be seen what the scene would be as the parliamentarian have been unable to even sit down for a day to discuss issues.


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Care is the core of nursing profession: Siram

GHP centenary celebration

42nd Capping Ceremony

PASIGHAT, Dec 3: The Capping Ceremony  of 42nd batch of ANM trainees of Training & Research Centre was held at the general hospital, Pasighat today. 48 trainees were capped and took oath on the day to serve.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram while addressing the gathering said that care is the heart of the nursing profession.

It is the proudest moment for the trainees after completing the nursing courses and to move forward to follow the ideals of “The Lady with the Lamp” Florence Nightingale. Bigger challenges are ahead to excel by possessing commendable attitude, remarkable skills and competent knowledge to render selfless care to mankind, particularly to the sick, which nurses are destined to deal with in their profession, said the minister to the nursing students.

The minister urged the Parliamentary Secretary to take initiative to introduce medical Bill to address all odds and to streamline the medical services in the state. He stressed for infrastructural development and strengthening of modern medical equipments in General Hospital, Pasighat (GHP).

He congratulated the hospital administration and medical fraternities for successfully conduct of various free health camps, blood donation camps, seminars etc during the yearlong hospital centenary celebration.

He handed over ‘Commendation Certificates’ by the GHP Centenary Committee-2011 to Bittem Darang (DFO-T) for green revolution, HK Roy (IPR) Media coverage and other three- Onyok Tamuk (President PMA), Aini Taloh (SW) and Tamat Gamo (PL) for their outstanding service, motivation and encouragement during blood donation camps. Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary (H&FW) Nido Pavitra said nursing is one of the important aspects of health care and trainees should extend their best services in their noble profession. He congratulated the trainees for successful completion of their training and further said that nurses are in high demand in the nation for their noble services.

People always reward those, who serve the society with dedication,sincerity, devotion and discipline, added the Parliamentary Secretary.

Congratulating the Jt. DHS (T&R) Dr. Kabang Lego, DMO Dr. T Taloh, Medical Supdt. Dr. O Moyong and their team of specialist and doctors and staff members for achieving ISO Certification, Pavitra said that Pasighat General Hospital was the best in the state and known for its esteemed services and cleanliness. He appealed to maintain the same tempo and sincerity in delivering services to humanity while seeking supports from the MLAs and medical fraternities of East Siang to convince the government for  allocation of  funds for developments of the hospital.

MLA Ralom Borang said that the hospital deserves more attentions and assured to extend his full cooperation for betterment of the hospital. He admitted that the doctors and staffs are overburdened catering to neighboring districts and bordering Assam and further urged the people to cooperate with them as they discharge thier duties. He said the elected members should come forward to contribute generously in fund generation for all possible assistances for the hospital. A strategic developmental plan is necessary, added Borang.

Earlier, the DC Talem Tapok said mortality rates could be minimized implementing various schemes and programs under NRHM. He appreciated the courage of the medical department stating that a small health unit set up by British forces during the year 1911 became the state’s best hospital achieving ISO today despite two major fire accidents and one earth quake.

Jt. Director (T&R) Dr. K. Lego briefed the history of the hospital and highlighted the latest developments, achievements and hindrances

of GHP. The Chief Organizing Secretary GHP Centenary Committee-2011, Dr. LC Darung presented a report on yearlong centenary celebrations.

Dr. O. Moyong, Dr. Beauty Borang also spoke on the occasion.

DHS Dr. Kartik Nishing, expressed satisfaction at the developments of the hospital and suggested to introduce Information Cell to establish better communication between medical personnel and general public/visitors. (DIPRO)


DBC celebrates Pre Christmas

Choose what is right and helpful: Dr Syimlieh

Itanagar, Dec 3:  Don Bosco College, Itanagar celebrated Pre Christmas today in the presence of Dr. David R. Syimlieh, the Vice Chancellor, RGU and Rev. John Thomas, the Bishop of Itanagar diocese. On his maiden visit to the institution, Dr Syimlieh while adressing the students, staff and the managing committee said that the co-curricular activities and celebrations of these natures should help the students to be better individuals.

 Commenting on the musical skit presented on the occasion the VC said that in today’s world the young people face so many challenges and temptations which risk their life. He exhorted all the students to choose what is right and helpful and avoid anything that is harmful to life. Dr. Syimlieh said that Christmas gives the message of peace, joy and hope to all people.

In his Christmas message, Rev. John Thomas, the Bishop stated that every culture and society has good elements as well as bad elements. The good elements should be promoted and bad elements should be uprooted and thus the betterment of society will take place.

The celebration was made colourful with dances, cultural dance, carols and skits. Present at the occasion were Fr. Tom Kartik, parish priest of St. Mary’s church, Itanagar and Mr. Tao Tebin, Secretary, APCU.


IDEA programmes at Siyum

Siyum, Dec 3: The Self Help Groups of Siyum Circle under IDEA (Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association) conducted  a colorful celebration of SHG Foundation Day on 27th November, with the support of KFB Austria,  in collaboration with the Pallotine Mission, Siyum.

Members of the SHG Siyum cluster organized the program under the leadership of Sr. Francia SD, the IDEA animator.

Circle officer Taliha Kipa Raja inaugurated the ‘Gale Making Unit’ by providing Gale making materials to Yajam Byaching, member of one of the SHGs. The Gale Making Unit, Siyum, is the latest link in a series of social upliftment programs initiated by Catholic Mission, Siyum. This new venture is aimed at enabling the women of the area to have a source of income and livelihood. Speaking on the occasion, the Raja  acknowledged the effect of Catholic Education and upbringing on his life. He also gave an overview of various successful endeavors of SHGs throughout India for income generation and motivated the people to go forward with united hearts, to achieve great things.

Anchal Samiti Chair Person Tapa Siyum, motivated the groups too.

The groups staged a variety of cultural items and competitions on the occasion. Abo Tani SHG stood first in the overall point tally and lifted the Trophy. The program ended with the Prize distribution and refreshments.


Arunachal boxing team arrives in Chennai

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The 8-member Arunachal boxing team arrived in Chennai yesterday to take part in Sahara 58th Senior National Boxing Championship beginning there from December 5. The team led by coach Teli Kahi include Tinglam Nukhua (49kg), Teli Naga (52kg) Dari Lakhnia (56kg), Tarak Lucky (60kg), C. Gatum (64kg), Tok Raju (69kg), Eman Ali (75kg), Techi Ram (81 kg).


PM says no supra state for Nagas

Imphal, Dec 3: Prime Minister Manmohon Singh today said that there was no plan for a 'supra state' for Nagas in the Northeast. On recent media reports that the Centre was planning a 'supra state' for Nagas in the Northeast, he said "there is no such proposal. He said this during a public meeting while on a day long visit to Manipur along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and central ministers.

He said that integrity of Manipur will be protected and the state is an important part of the union." The public applauded the Prime Minister when he said that the protection of the territorial issue in Manipur was a very 'sensitive one'.

"There were no winners. The only the losers were the common people," Singh said referring to the economic blockades on two national highways at the public meeting.

Pointing out that the economic blockades had severely affected the economy of the state he questioned whether it brought any benefit. "No such thing has happened."

Stating that Manipur needed peace and tranquillity for all round development, Singh said "Different communities have been living here for centuries and there should not be any misunderstanding among them."

The Prime Minister urged the people to live in peace and harmony as the Centre was prepared to do anything for the all round development of the state.

The UPA government at the Centre wanted Manipur's rapid development for which it was closely working with the state government, Singh said.

The UPA chairperson said the people had suffered during the recent economic blockades and wanted all youths to work for normalcy in the state.

Stating that the central government was working closely with the people of Manipur, Gandhi said "New Delhi may be far away from Imphal, but UPA government under Prime Minister Singh is sensitive."

She said all aspirations could be accommodated through dialogue. PTI


Widows of police personnel appeals govt

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Widows’ Association has been running from pillar to post since about a year seeking their induction in the state Police Department on compassionate ground. But no sincere and positive measure has yet been initiated by the Govt. or the Police Department.

The President of the Association, Tutu Paron said, “we have approached and discussed the matter with the Govt. under the Chief Minister ship of Lt. Dorjee Khandu and were assured by him of creating posts in the police department to induct the next of kin and widows of  police personnel who died while serving in the department.

The Late Chief Minister even wrote to the then Home Minister to take steps for creating posts, a copy of which was submitted to the Police Head Quarter, Itanagar.”

She also added that the Govt. under the Chief Ministership of Jarbom Gamlin created 154 posts to benefit the widows on compassionate ground, but it has till now remained in cold storage and nothing has yet been done and no step has been yet initiated to look into the grievances of the widows.

Now the Association is hopeful that the state Govt. under the leadership of the new Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki would listen to their woes. The association urged the govt to take measures to enable the widows and   kin of the dead Policemen who died while serving the state earn an honorable livelihood by creating posts and absorbing them into service on compassionate ground.


AAPSU for increased intake of tribal in NERIST

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Continuing their visit of important educational institutes of capital, today members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) visited North Eastern Regional Institute of Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli. The AAPSU team included its president Takam Tatung, Convenor Ringu Kuku and AGS Luni Yangfo.  

They meet new NERIST Director Dipankar Pal and submitted a memorandum. The main demand of AAPSU are to increase the intake percentage of Arunachalee tribal students in the institute and implementation of proper pension policies for the employees. The director assured to pursue both demands. Meanwhile while apprising the new NERIST director of the past records, AAPSU urged him to be aware of politics within the campus and asked him to uphold the dignity of institute at any cost. Further AAPSU has appealed all the employees of NERIST to be united and work for the interest of the premier engineering institute of state. AAPSU warned that they will be compelled to intervene, if any employees of NERIST are found to be working against interest of institute for their personal benefits.


From summer of 2002 to winter of 2011!

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: It was summer evening of 2002 and time was around 7 in the evening. I along with a friend was going back home after evening tuition classes and happened to witness a bike accident near Vivek Vihar, Itanagar in which two people got serious injuries. We were young and with lot of courage, we took the victim to the hospital without worrying about police case.

When we reached RKM hospital, authorities asked us about them. We told authorities that they were stranger to us and just for the sake of humanity we brought them to the hospital. Someone from hospital had informed the police and within half an hour they arrived. Police spoke to the victims and somehow managed to contact their parents. After sometime parent’s arrived too and with their arrival emotions started running high. My friend and I was standing in a corner and witnessing the whole thing. When doctor’s finally declared that both were safe and there was nothing to worry, their parents started inquiring who brought them to hospital from the accident site. The nurses told them that it was me and my friend. The accident victim came from well to do family and their parents gave rupees 200 to us as token of appreciation.

 Cutting back to 2011, people of capital now dread to help accident victims. There have been numerous incidents where life savers got targeted from the victim’s family. Such trend has lead to people just zipping past accident site without bothering to enquire.

“Last year around December, I along with my friend helped two young boys who had met with accident near Papu Nallah in Naharlagun. We took the victim to Naharlagun hospital and informed police too. Later when their parents came to hospital, they started targeting us. Though we clarified, they were not ready to listen to us,” told one citizen of capital. Further he added, “After so much clarification, including the one from victim themselves, they let us go free. Before we left, the family took our information in detail including what we do and where we live. They were very hostile towards us as if we had hit the two bikers. It was a nightmarish experience.”   

Such incidents have become very common in the state capital. A doctor with leading hospital of capital told that it pains them to see victim’s family roughing up such life savers instead of being thankful.

“I myself had witness twice, where victim’s family tortured the person who brought the victim to the hospital. In one particular incident, a very young boy who was hardly 16 year old brought an old man after he was hit by speeding car. Old man died in hospital and after sometime his family thrashed the young boy. It was a very sad incident,” told the doctor.

This kind of act discourages many capital citizens to become god Samaritan.


Mushroom cultivation through Self Help Groups

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The promotion of Mushroom Cultivation through Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Khagam CD Block, Miao of Changlang District by Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO of Namphai-I through the initiate support of NABARD RO, Itanagar has turned out to be a success. The AMYAA (NGO) followed a Ripple Effect Concept success method in the promotion of Mushroom Cultivation in the target villages with SHGs taking the lead role.

The Organization first formed and adopted SANYA SHG of Khasan Jugli Village, Kharsang Circle for practical experimentation of Mushroom Cultivation. The rich harvest of mushroom products by SANYA SHG from the first cultivation in February of this year had great impact on other existing SHGs in the region. The Ripple Effect success of story of SANYA SHG has been a driving force for Susana SHG of New Khamlang Village, Blessing and Sarah SHGs of Songking Village, Aphaung SHG of Old Plone.   All the above mentioned SHGs have gone for the first harvest of the Mushroom Products. There has been good grown of Oyster Mushroom Products. The SHGs are extremely contented with the outcome of the mushroom cultivation. The fresh mushroom products have reached Miao and Kharsang Bazar with Rs. 100 per Kg. The SHGs already got the taste of a new income generation activity in Mushroom Cultivation with evident assurance of alternative source of income. Thus, the process of mushroom cultivation involving economy of time, less labour, use of easily available waste straw as raw material and the conducive climatic condition for mushrooming provides greater possibility of encouraging the SHGs, Farmers and Unemployed youth to focus on exploring alternative sources of income besides their traditional/conventional occupations. The cultivation of Mushroom can be thought of at a larger scale in the form of cluster comprising of a village and cluster of villagers where SHGs, Farmers and Unemployed Youth will be the beneficiaries. The larger products of Mushroom can led to further processing for outside market with value tag prices. This can bring about a new growth of local economy primarily with much significance to the poor in the remote villages. It calls for genuine support and grant of funds from agriculture and horticulture Government Departments. Like the Mushroom Cultivation the food processing process in agri-horti products can create similar stories of success provided the poor avail credit and grant facilities along with specific training packages. The AMYAA (NGO) has initiated the livelihood development process by instilling in the minds of the grassroots community members the possibilities of going for alternatives sources of income based on the available local resources.