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2011

December -  19

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DDSE visits schools

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE), Papum Pare TT Tara along with BRCC Balijan Tana Tarin, and CRCC Taba Pinka  visited various schools under  Sangdupota circle, including Primary schools Byate, Rusi, Nyoing, Lao and Middle School Tapiaso on December 16.

During the team’s visit, they took stock of the situations of the schools for imparting quality education.

The DDSE, interacting with the teachers and students informed about various provisions under Right To Education (RTE). He further interacted with the School management committee (SMC), Panchayat Leaders and public to bring solutions to the school problems like indiscipline among students, sincerity of the teachers and public cooperation for quality education.

Later, he attended the 15th Sport Meet conducted by Government Middle School, Langdung.

He advised the students to study hard and develop good personality beside sportsmanship. He also suggested the gathering to encourage young sports talents to get better facilities by tying up with appropriate authorities at the district level.

 

Committee confiscate phones

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The disciplinary action committee of Government Higher Secondary School Arunodaya, Itanagar on 16th December confiscated mobile phones from the students. During the course more than 121 mobile phones were recovered from the students.

Use of mobile phones in the class rooms are prohibited in the state.

 

RSS chief to visit AP

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat is going to visit Pasighat from 6th to 8th January. This will be his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh after assuming responsibility of RSS chief.

 

Fishing, hunting prohibited

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Kheel Welfare Association (KWA), in a meeting on December 16, has decided to prohibit extraction of forest resources, jhum cultivation, hunting, fishing within the jurisdiction of Kheel panchayat.

 

Free eye camp

ITANAGAR: Sajolang Elite Society (Miji) has organised a free eye operation camp in coordination with Dr. Lobsang Tsetim at R.K.Mission Hospital Itanagar on Dec 14.

The patients were all from Nafra circle of which six were operated upon successfully. The eye operation was in continuation of this year’s mega health camp organised by Sajolang Elite Society in collaboration with R.K. Mission Hospital Itanagar on May 23-24.

The Society will organize another free mega heath camp at Nafra on the occasion of its 6th foundation celebration in May next year.     

 

Union demands better facilities in border areas

ITANAGAR: The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) recently visited border areas of Papum Pare, East Kameng, Changlang and Tirap district. The main idea behind the visit was to get first hand information of the problems that affect the life of people living along border areas.

During their visit, they claimed to have found that lack of proper road communication, poor electricity and water supply and constant intrusion by officials of neighbouring state were some of the major issues which need to be addressed immediately.  

Meanwhile, the union appealed to the state government to issue land possessing certificate (LPC) free of cost to the poor villagers living in both inter-state as well as international boundary.

They also urged state government to set up permanent police outpost at Taraso and Kakoi circle of Papum Pare district and at Pumao circle of Longding district.

Other important demands put forwarded by the union included deployment of police at check post like Wakka and Pongchau of Longding district and Laju circle of Tirap.

 

Routine RCH camp organized

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Routine immunization, antenatal care to pregnant mothers, blood slide collection for malaria tests and routine medical check up etc were carried out during a Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) camp at Longsam and Niaunu village under Kanubari and Longding circle on December 15 and 16 respectively.

Altogether 497 patients were treated and 97 children vaccinated for various preventable diseases. Sixteen women underwent ANC and  blood samples of 124 persons were collected for malaria out of which seven were found positive. Vitamin A and Iron folic acid supplementation were also distributed among patients. De-worming of school going children, school health programme and IEC activities at community level on family planning were also carried out simultaneously.

The camp was organized by District Health Society Tirap.

Sensitization meeting on ARSH to students of KGBV School Senua near Longding was also conducted yesterday.

 

DA’s move on Dambuk ghat opposed

ITANAGAR, Dec 18:  The people of Dambuk circle and its adjoining areas have opposed the Lower Dibang Valley district administration’s reported initiative for tendering the ferry/boat service at Dambuk Ghat in Dibang river saying that such move on the part of the district administration would hit the poor people hard.

“Once the ghat is tendered, the people of Dambuk area and other commuters will have to pay fare for using the ferry/boat service which was actually free since 2009 due to the initiation of the local MLA and the then DC Lower Dibang Valley, they said.

The ferry/boat service over Dibang river at Dambukghat was in the process of being tendered by the initiation of Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Garima Gupta, they said.

Earlier, the GREF was entrusted to provide the service which was free of cost for all the commuters for crossing the Dibang river traveling to Dambuk.

“Is this move a ploy of the DC to keep the people of Dambuk area away from development and undermine administration in Dambuk circle? they questioned.

“The DC, instead of providing best service to the people of the district, is only actively impeding development and harassing people by reintroducing the tender and fare system of the boat service, they alleged.                         

“Reintroduction of fares will take a high toll on the people of Dambuk circle, who are already burdened by the communication bottleneck. The commuters of the ferry/ boat service for their every official work at district headquarter Roing, are local villagers with very low income,” they said while appealing to the state government and all other concern authorities to look into the matter seriously and take immediate necessary action for providing relief to the people of Dambuk area in particular and Lower Dibang Valley in general.

 

AESDSU call bandh

ITANAGAR: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) has called for a 24 hours bandh on Dec 27  demanding the shift of the construction site of JNV institutional building from the main entrance to the north-west direction of the upper campus of the college.

The administration failed to address our grievance which the AESDSU termed as illogical.

It said after the failure of the administration to address the demands, a joint meeting of the federal units of AESDSU was convened at Pasighat on December 16 which was attended by JN College Students’ Union (JNCSU), All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU), Adi Students’ Union, East Siang Unit(AdiSU), Legong Banggo Students’ Union(LBSU), Bosing Banggo Students’ Union(BBSU) and representatives from various other students’ organisations.

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News Impact

Silley Sericulture Farm needs urgent Govt attention

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 18: Despite being endowed with enormous scopes in sericulture, apiculture (honey) and other allied activities, the Silley Sericulture Farm set up at Silley village beside the NH-52 in East Siang district, is crying for government’s attention to perform to its fullest potential. Proper infrastructure and required facilities are still eluding the only sericulture farm in the district.

The farm under the Directorate of Textile and Handicraft was launched by ‘Chief Minister’s Hasta Karga Mission’ (a pilot project) in 1977. But it has still been running without proper office building, staff quarter, power  and water supply and boundary protection measures etc. since then.

Located at 12 km east of Ruksin entry gate, the Sericulture Farm covers an area of 5 hectare, where several activities like agro-based industry like eri culture, muga culture, apiculture, Ambar-spinning weaving and dairy are being carried out. But shortage of proper building and manpower have  adversely affected the functioning of the farm. Talking to this correspondent, Development Officer (DO) of the farm Talong Tadeng informed that the farm is benefiting over 500 farmers including eri, silk and muga rearers every year. He said “Our technical back up unit regularly imparts special training to the farmers on farming and management activities, processing, packaging and trading of the farm products. We have recently concluded a year-long long training on weaving and 6-day training on Bee Keeping. The Central Silk Board (CSB) is also planning to conduct special sericulture training on pre-cocoon and post-cocoon care, during early part of next year.”

He further informed that trading of the farm produces of our own and the farmers have been developed with proper networking. Further, a retail outlet has also been opened inside the farm. Presently there are 70 bee-hives inside the farm premise, which produce average 250 litres honey worth Rs. 75,000 a year.

Tadeng, however, expressed his displeasure over gradual downsizing of training strength of the department. No particular training was conducted for the last two years earlier than the recent one, in the pretext of paucity of fund in the department, he informed.

The development officer has rued the non-availability of electricity as a major impediment in processing muga threads, which is followed by reeling, filament re-cutting and spinning.

“The machinery processing and drying of cocoons is almost impossible without electricity, but it has been conducting up to a limited extent by using a diesel generator set,” said the development officer while adding that the newly set up “Grainage unit”          (seed production) is not yet functioned for want of regular power supply and technical staff.

The building worth Rs. 4.5 lakh meant for grainage unit was funded by Catalytic Development Programme section of CSB. The unit equipped with microscope and chemical reagents will deal with pathological study, pest management and research activities.

The state’s Industry Minister Tapang Taloh, along with the department’s top officials recently visited the sericulture farm and took stock of the underprivileged condition. Earlier too, the Governor of Arunachal JJ Sing visited the farm and assured to suggest the state government for its development. Now, the people are looking at government’s initiative for complete face lift to the farm.

 

D. Ering wildlife sanctuary cries for attention

Maksam Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The condition of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary would not have been  so pathetic had the government paid regular or at least timely attention to it.

It is said that 'everybody's responsibility is nobody's responsibility'.

The same implies to this once much revered sanctuary. The damaged and deserted office building of the sanctuary itself clearly tells its own gloomy tale.

If, this is the condition of the office buildings from where all the regular vigilance and protection of flora and fauna are carried out by sanctuary officers and  staff, then it's not beyond even an ordinary man's understanding, why D. Ering Wild Life sanctuary has lost its past glory today.

That's why illegal activities of mass hunting through elephant, salt lick ambush, fruit ambush and timber smuggling are flourishing within this sanctuary. Who is to blame for this? Inhabitants of fringe area or wildlife department? People of fringe area entirely blame it to the concern department in particular and government in general.

Of course blames are right, because people donated their land to the government for the sanctuary with the hope that it would be properly managed and  developed as a tourist spot and fringe area will get to earn something when it becomes a tourist destination. But things are happening opposite.

Many feel that present poor-state-of affairs of the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary due to  negligence of department and government is an insult to the visionary leader Lt. Daying Ering. Last year PRI leaders of fringe area had also appealed to the PCCF office Itanagar, to revive this sanctuary. We have seen Kumar Wai, the then Parliamentary Secretary Forest and MP Ninnong Ering visiting the sanctuary.

But there are no any signs of impact of the visits. Hence, this sanctuary needs the mercy of Raj Bhawan and Chief Minister’s Office this time.  

It's not too late. Though most of the endangered species like Bengal Tiger, Jaguar, Wild Buffalo, and Wild Boar have been lost but all could be revived if strong initiatives are taken.

This sanctuary is a favorable home of many wild animals, including elephant. It is said that once Rhinos and Bisons were also found in this sanctuary. Topography, 80% grassland, thick forest, flood plains, natural protection as surrounded by branches of Siang, make it a natural sanctuary.

Hope, the Sanctuary gets intended attention before it’s too late. (The Contributor is a youth from the fringe area of the sanctuary.)

 

VKV science exhibition draws huge crowd

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Science Exhibition of the VKVs of the North East region entered the second day today attracting a large crowds consisting of people from all walks of life.

Students from various schools in the capital complex also visited the programme and availed the advantage of gaining the first hand information about the functioning models.

Apart from this, the organizers provided ample opportunity of watching the 3D versions of scientific documentations.

The Vivekananda Kendra Joint General Secretary Pravin Dhabolkar along with Rupesh Mathur, Prant Sanghatak of the Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh also visited the exhibition halls and motivated the students to pursue their scientific expedition.

The eminent jury panel consisting of Dr R N Pal, Er Tage Taki, Dr G.Murtem, Prof S.K.Duloi, Er.Opong Ering, Assistant Proffesor Lisa Lomdak and Guru Charan Das examined the various models. All the exhibits were based on the themes of Eco-friendly indigenous methods. There were sub themes on green energy, bio technology, fishing and hunting devices, household devices, fabric technology, potable water, agriculture, carpentry and house making and health care.

In the afternoon Dr Mahanta of AP Science Centre spoke on “Dyeing Plants” which was followed by an interaction session where the budding scientists got chances to clear their doubts and suggestions for future plans. Dr.T.Ronya, Director of State Council for Science and Technology visited exhibition and motivated the budding scientists. He appreciated the students for skillfully modifying the old techniques and equipments to fit for the present day’s needs. While going through the exhibits from various north eastern states, he added that “every indigenous culture has its own way of doing things. And there are certain similarities too. The uniqueness of them is that all of them are eco friendly and user-friendly”.

 

AAPPTF executives meeting held

ITANAGAR, Dec 18:  All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, (AAPPTF) conducted its executive meeting at Papu Nallah recently.

On the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Worker Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam advised the members of the federation to execute more activities for the welfare of the public and its members.

He assured to look into the grievances placed by the federation. Later he released the annual calendar of the AAPPTF in presence of federation’s working president Tadar Raja, vice president Kipa Niba and other office bearers.

Earlier, AAPPTF general secretary Dobing Sonam briefed about the various grievances faced by AAPPTF. He also highlighted various problems faced by the people of the state while travelling to Assam and emphasized the need of permanent office building.

Dobing further strongly advised the drivers to maintain traffic rules and also appealed to the owners to keep their vehicle documents upto date to avoid unnecessary harassment from the authority.

 

What went wrong?

Tamar Yorpen suicide case

Amar Sangno

Oti Jamoh, a student of class XII (Arts) never ever imagined in her wildest dream that she would be expelled from school for one month. Her offence was that she participated in a protest against an assault on her class mate.

But that assault during morning assembly and subsequent protest at government higher secondary Aalo in West Siang district on 12th September last had put the institution to the realm of a sordid saga.

The institution soon was marred by a flurry of sordid episodes such as mass expulsion, rustication and suicide of a student, arrest of vice principal and subsequent suspension. Term it fatal flaw on the part of school authority in administering the situation or personal vanity and ego clash among the senior students but it let the things fall apart.

 After an intensive investigation and personal interview with involved persons over the telephone, this daily came across with the sequence of events which unfolded after altercation.

The compendium of documents available with this correspondent tells, Token Bagra, a Class XI student and social service secretary of the school slapped Tamar Yorpen of Class XII (Arts) during morning assembly on 12th September. When matter was reported to friends, Class XII students led by Mimar Doji and Johny Ragyor lodged complaint with the school authority seeking action against Bagra’s misconduct a day after the altercation.  Eventually the situation went from bad to worse, when Class XII students began to protest against alleged inaction of school authority on 15th September during class hour. Considering the situation as matter of concern, school authority convened an emergency meeting on 21 September at school pertaining to the slapping of a senior student. The meeting concluded with a resolution to take serious action against senior students who were allegedly lobbying protest and creating unhealthy atmosphere in the school.  

Adding to the cacophonies, the school authority surprisingly came out with an expulsion order with its order vide no.AHS/DICPL/11-12 against seven students on 27th September. The quantum of expulsion order was pronounced during assembly in school on 28th September, it says “Mimar Doji and Johny Ragyor violated the Conduct of Rule 9&10 by instigating the students to commit offences; hence both were rusticated from school w.e.f 28/09/11 under the section 4/2 of the conduct of rule.  The other students Hemmar Ete, Oti Jamoh and Dupi Lollen were expelled for one month and Jaan Tating and Lijum Padu for 15 days.

The ‘rarest of rare judgment’ was condemned by parents and various students’ unions of the district as dictatorial. After month long sordid saga, Tamar Yorpen for whose dignity other students were fighting committed suicide on 24th October leaving entire the state shocked.  Subsequently the conflicting versions began to emerge after Tamar’s death, as the parent of the Late student accused the Vice -Principal Jomdo Lona of mental torture after the slap incident hence abetment in the suicide and lodged FIR against him at PS Aalo.

Galo Students Union (GSU) President Gokar Basar, says Lona should be held responsible, claiming that despite the repeated pleas by various students organization such as All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, Galo Students Union and All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union for early revocation of expulsion order, vice principal was adamant on his decision.

 However when contacted, vice Principal Jomdo Lona refuted the allegation saying that he has nothing to do with the suicide. Claiming that he was not final authority to pronounce and sign the judgment. Lona said he did not sign the expulsion order and it was already revoked before Tamar’s suicide, so linking him with suicide was unfair.  

Contradicting VP’s version, the School Principal B. Palon clarified that expulsion order of five students were revoked only after district administration and DDSE’s intervention.  However Mimar Doji and Johny Ragyor’s expulsion order was not revoked.  Palon further disclosed that he was opposed to the expulsion since day one but none of the teaching faculty listened to him and pressurized him to sign the expulsion order.  He revealed that he referred the slap incident to VP for amicable resolution because VP was the chairman of school disciplinary action committee.    

Students alleged that matter could have been resolved but vice principal didn’t’ allow Bagra to seek apology from Tamar saying it would lower the dignity of school. But instantly VP denied the charge claiming it was mere allegation. Later the confessional statement of Token Bagra came on 28 October, written in Galo, where he regretted and said he wanted to tender apology but vice principal didn’t allow him.

Interestingly faculty members had justified the mass expulsion, saying that it was entirely based on the education department’s prescribed school code of conducts.

“The action was taken based on prescribed school code of conduct” said Koge Ori, a teacher.  

“Whatever decision taken was collective,” revealed Geli Kamki, a faculty member in school.

Apparently GHSS Aalo episode was the blackest chapter ever scripted in the history of any institution in Arunachal Pradesh. It not only marred the reputation of the school but also widened the age old teachers and students relationship. Many questions are still lying unanswered. What happened to the so called role of teacher as guide?  Who compelled them to take such drastic action against students for a slight mistake?

Justice to Tamar Yorpen’s family and friends is still to be delivered, as the case is still under investigation. According to Aalo police, no charge sheet has been prepared against any anybody so far.  

The state has so far witnessed a series of protests jointly launched by Libo Bokar Ramo Welfare Society (LBRWS) and All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union (ALBRSU) demanding justice for Tamar.

 Earlier, organizations had served ultimatum to government to nail the culprits responsible for Tamar ‘s death, however with positive assurance from the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to look into the matter, the organizations  temporarily halted the democratic movement and is still waiting for justice to be delivered.

 Many things still need to be unraveled in Tamar Yorpen and Mass Expulsion case. Who were responsible? Why are the police taking so long in unraveling the truths? What is the district administration and deputy director of school education doing?

As the case unfolded, the laxity in judgment and lack of constructive role and far sightedness by the teachers are clearly visible. The mental trauma undergone by expelled students and victim’s family is inexplicable.  At the moment all they need is justice for late Tamar Yorpen, but heaven knows what lies ahead.

 

The roads and never ending wait

Tom Simai

Standing on the threshold of 2012, glancing back, we will discover, in last six and half decades, our youthful state has pumped millions of rupees through various flagship programs (RIDF, CRF, PMGSY etc) and departments (PWD, RWD, BRTF, BRO & Forest) to supplement the road network on its terrible terrain spread over 83,743 Sq Km. Though, being a cost prohibitive initiative due to undulating and arduous territories, in last successive plan periods, the primary focus of our state’s planning process have been to provide road connectivity to remote  and rigorous regions.

Today, the overall length of our road network (Earthen, Water Bound Macadam, Bituminous Top) consisting of National High Way (NH-52 (310 Km), NH-52A (42 Km), NH-52B, NH-153 (40 Km), NH-229 & NH-37 (Extension having a total road length of 1743.37 Km), State High Way, Major District Roads, BRTF roads and Rural Roads stands at 21066.36 Km. It’s an impressive figure in comparison to the status of our pre-independence dirt road that measured only 100 Km. By 1987, after it gained statehood, the total road length escalated to 3419 Km, 15,356 Km in 2002 and now, it pompously stretches up to 21066.36 Km connecting 1743 habitations/villages.

As per the 2001 Census, our state has 28 urban centre’s and 3857* villages. From the 3857 villages, till March 2009, only 1743 were connected by all weather and fair weather roads. Sadly, still 2114 villages remain isolated and inaccessible. Additionally, out of 169 villages that has more than 1000+ population; only 144 are accessible and from the 2868 villages that have less than 250 populations, 983 are connected by road.

After 2000, the state has witnessed tremendous transformation of all its thoroughfares.

It was the phase when Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) was introduced. Since than 1727.28 Km have been newly laid or overhauled, benefitting 339 villages. Furthermore, works to access a dozen more from the 34 unconnected administrative centre’s are at various stages of commencement or culmination. Under PMGSY, to some extent, the fruition of adding smile every other mile has been achieved. But given the facts, the achievement seems temporary. Due to limitation of resources in ‘state plan’ the existence of all the PMGSY roads lingers in obscurity.

Basically, in all the survey or states development reports, the rugged terrains, extensive distances and scattered settlements are held responsible for poor durability and slow progress of our roads as well as it’s also the significant reason behind the elevation of all the project/schemes cost (2.5 times more than plain areas). In such intricate backdrop, instead of striving to penetrate the secluded regions, perhaps, the conscientious endeavor would had been to bring those inaccessible habitations ‘closer’ to civilization by creating a ‘smart rural habitation’, consisting of 20 far off villages, with each village having a population less than 100/150.

In brief, the concept of ‘smart rural habitation’ is practical and feasible. Most vitally, it will cost our government much lesser than the expenses it utilizes on roads, education, agriculture, horticulture, healthcare etc for these very far off regions. Besides, simplifying the implementation of poverty alleviations or centrally sponsored schemes, it will also attain 100% success rate. Above all, it'll forever deplete the hindrances responsible for withholding the state’s share of success and progress. The moment has arrived to thrash the traditional habit of relying on 'archive' files and 'primitive' ideas that has 'consistently' created lifeless and dangerous roads as well as coerced and continued the 'isolation' of rural habitations. I wonder, when will it be enough for us to accept the verity that mistake has been done and time has come for new ideas and policies to take over? Or are we simply waiting to celebrate the ‘centenary’ of corruption and backwardness?

Anyways, with all the drawbacks, in recent time, the expectation of rendezvous upon serpentine tracks of Arunachal has begun its upward stint. It is speculated that the conclusion of all the ambitious projects like PM package (Rs 5500 Cr, 1706 Km Two-Lane-Trans-Arunachal-Highway), Bharat Nirman (road connectivity to

513 habitations), Ministry of Rural Development (construction of 90 Km road covering 26 habitations) etc will soon persuade the progressive phase of contentment.

But then my friend, sometime, figures can be misleading as it doesn’t reflects the reality. For instance, as we stretch deeper, we'll find the physical status of our 21066.36 Km roads network at its nadir.

With the road density of 25.16 Km per 100 Sq Km, we've the lowest road development index in the country and as per the revised core network, still 2454 (11480 Km) habitations and 22 (1017 Km) administrative centre’s are inaccessible by road.

In last 64 years, we've been able to connect the state 36% (percentage based on PMGSY data) only that means by most conservative calculation, to accomplish the 100% road connectivity, we will have to struggle and wait - another 160 years. Phew! ([email protected])

* According to latest corrected habitations data, Arunachal Pradesh has 5612 rural habitations.

 

NHPC warns tariff hike if Subansiri project is delayed

Guwahati, Dec 18: The National Hydroelectric Corporation Limited (NHPC) on Saturday warned that power tariff would go up if the Lower Subansiri project kept getting delayed.

NHPC’s Subansiri basin project executive director A.K. Chhabra said the tariff, which was initially Rs 1.86 paise per unit, had gone up to Rs 3.64 paise per unit, going by December 2010 price levels. “The tariff will rise further if there is more delay,” he said.

Chhabra was giving a presentation at a session on Opportunities and Challenges in Hydropower at the North East Energy Conclave – Leveraging Opportunities, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here today.

The director’s prognosis assumes significance in light of the fact that the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)-led blockade of supplies to the NHPC project continued peacefully for the second day today, with protesters claiming that they had turned away over 100 trucks ferrying diesel, construction material and machinery to the construction site.

Nearly 1,000 protesters are blocking the road to the project site at a point near the Ranganadi bridge 3km off Lakhimpur town.

While the protesters are demanding total shutdown of construction activities till all their concerns, including a comprehensive report on the downstream impact of the dam, are addressed satisfactorily. The expected date of commissioning of the project has been pushed back to August 2014 and the cost has gone up to Rs 10,667.09 crore from the initial Rs 6,285.33 crore.

The techno-economic clearance for the Subansiri project was given in 2003 and construction work at the site had started in 2005.

In another development, Arunachal Pradesh dispelled fears that Assam would suffer if dams were constructed in the mountainous state.

The state’s power secretary, H.K. Paliwal, said power development in Arunachal would benefit Assam too.

“Of the 142 projects for which MoUs have been signed, dams would be constructed in only about 40-42 projects that have a capacity of more than 100MW. The rest are smaller in size and will not include any dam. There are projects even of 2-3MW where only barrages will be constructed. The projects to be constructed are foolproof as far as dam safety is concerned,” he said. Regarding the criticism being faced by the government for shoddy preparation of project reports, Paliwal said it was trying its best to ensure that experts examined the detailed project reports to dispel apprehensions about downstream impact of the projects.

Highlighting that hydel projects are safe and clean source of power, Paliwal added that Arunachal's efforts in tapping its hydro-power potential is going to benefit its neighbouring states too. "All the neighbouring states will reap the benefits of Arunachal's hydro-power. We can tap the hydro-power potential and development in the region will follow," he argued.

But Assam, which is in the downstream of the majority of the projects in Arunachal Pradesh, including the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri hydro-electric project, continued to flag its concern over dams in the neighbouring state.

A day after Assam power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said there has to be a proper balance between development and environmental concern, Assam power secretary Sumeet Jerath on Saturday expressed concern over the Lower Subansiri project.

"There are concerns over seismic threat and impact on the entire river regime because of changes in water flow due to the Lower Subansiri project. Our chief minister has also raised the matter with the Centre and a two-member technical committee is looking into it. There has to be mitigation measures for the downstream," said Jerath.

The Assam government has pointed out that it was not happy with the present share of power from the Lower Subansiri project.

He said MoUs for hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh were signed without the knowledge of Assam government.

On Friday, Bordoloi had said at a conclave that anxiety in Assam is being raised because of big hydro-projects in Arunachal Pradesh. Bordoloi also emphasized on basin-study approach for constructing hydro-electric projects.

 

VoA announce prizes for the VoA Session-II

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The winner of this year’s Voice of Arunachal-2, the mega singing talent hunt competition, would walk away with a car, cash award of Rs One Lakh along with the VoA trophy.

This was informed by organizing Chairman Jalley Sonam during a press conference held at Arunachal Press Club here today.

The first and second runners up would receive cash amount of Rs Two and one lakh each along with trophies. Besides, winner, first and second runners up would also get contract of audio-video album and the expenditures would be borne by the organizers.

Addressing the media-persons, Jalley Sonam said, “The main aim and objective of VoA was to explore local budding singers of the state so as to promote them at national level”.

He requested the people to keep voting to select only the best singers among all the contestants and also urged them to witness the live performance by young artists at National Cinema Hall, Naharlagun every Saturday.

Instead of inviting singers from other parts of the country by spending lakhs of money, local singers, who were equally capable of entertaining the people with their voices, should be engaged in various events which would not only encourage them but also give them a source of earning, the Chairman opined while seeking support from the public.

Organizing secretary, Ashok Sonam, while highlighting about the on-going singing competition urged the people to keep watching VoA programme on DDK Itanagar every Thursday to select the best singers.

While seeking votes for the contestants, Sonam, who is also the chief judge of the event, said that when the people of state can send lakhs of SMSs to the contestants from other parts of the country why they can’t send few SMSs to their brothers and sisters to make them win the VoA-II title.

Meanwhile, during the 8th elimination round which was held last evening at Cinema Hall, Nokngam Lukham and Sweety Mara, who remained on top over the last few months, landed in the danger zone with lowest sms vote. However, the chief judge while using his veto (wild card entry system) secured their positions for next round. Two contestants would be eliminated during the next round, which is semi-final round, scheduled on next Saturday.

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Whatever intention, a mistake has been made

Dear Editor,

Claiming that APPSC has no malafide intentions and publishing the evaluation procedure cant give us justice nor it can subside our anger. I am sure that the department had no any bad intentions but if mistake has been made, It has to be rectified. Regarding the justification given by the department for the delay in declaring AE Civil results, I am very much sure that the people involved in evaluation process are not the same involved in conducting the examination. In fact, I am very much sure that they are not from the department. Also, evaluators of APPSC (AE) papers and Civil Services papers are different. When the department is conducting Civil Services examinations, why should the evaluation of AE Civil exam papers slow down? Do employees of APPSC check the papers? At least, I definitely dont think so!

Yours'

A Candidate

 

 

At least allow them to enter Arunachal

Dear Editor

I visited Itanagar for some official purpose recently. On my way to Itanagar from Guwahati, I saw a strange shameful situation at Banderdewa gate. It was a very cold chilly morning. At 3AM all the passengers were asked to get down from the bus by the security persons. One of my fellow passenger was female with her little child.

I was really shocked to see the brutal attitude shown by the security person at the gate. Just for the sake of checking the ILP, the woman with her child was instructed to get down from the bus and were made to wait outside for more than 15 minutes in the cold. The poor lady tried desperately to save her child from the unbearable cold. This is just one of the examples how the visitors face troubles in your state.

I feel Arunachal is the most beautiful state in the country but due to the lack of proper Govt policies & people’s effort, it has failed to attract tourists. My only question is do Arunachal Pradesh really need ILP to safeguard its people? I have seen Itanagar and Naharlagun are full of illegal migrants. I shall be happy if I get to know the positive side ILP which is benefiting Arunachal Pradesh in this new era. The new ministry should discuss the issue and come out with fruitful solution which would benefit the state. Soon the state will also come under the railway map. Do not allow outsiders to buy your land, property but at least allow them to enter freely, allow them to serve your state, allow them to create opportunity.

I wonder how it would feel if the same situation was faced by an Arunachalee woman and child in some other states.

Yours,

Shankar Baruah

New Delhi, (on email)

 

 

Don’t let the hard work go in vain

Dear Editor,

I was surprised to hear a rumour of re-conducting the AE(civil) exam under APPSC. Re-conducting the exam is not a solution because there was no mistake in the question paper but in the checking of answer sheets so if anybody has any doubt then they can ask for re-checking of answer sheets. Re-conducting the exam is not a logical solution and it will not be fair to the candidates who have worked so hard to qualify for the viva. If the exam is re-conducted then their hard work will go in vain and will have to wait for one more year. So I appeal to the chairman of APPSC to look into the plight of the qualified candidates and solve the matter as soon as possible.

Yours

An unemployed

 

 

Re evaluate the papers

Dear Editor,

I was surprised to hear a rumour of re-conducting the AE (Civil) exam under APPSC. Re-conducting the exam is not a solution because there was no mistake in the question paper but in the checking of answer sheets so if anybody has any doubt then they can ask for re-checking of answer sheets. Re-conducting the exam is not a logical solution  and it will not be fair to the candidates who have worked so hard to qualify for the viva. If the exam is re-conducted then their hard work will go in vain and will have to wait for one more year. so I appeal to the chairman of APPSC to look into the plight of the qualified candidates and solve the matter as soon as possible.

Yours                                                                    

An unemployed

candidate,  (on email)

 

 

The fate of contract workers

Dear Editor,

I would like highlight the basic aspect of the contract government workers. It seems to me that they have become the object of atrocities from the concerned ministries and department. They are being neglected, tortured, trampled down, subsided by their respective authorities whereas, they are actually doing the main task of the society . One can take the example of SSA teachers and MPWs of NVBDCP. One group is the torch bearer of the society and other is savior of the life of the poor people of the rural and remote area. Without education a society cant stand and without life nothing in this world bear any value. No doubt the central government has done a great job by making these schemes in favour of the rural people. But, the concerned state ministries and departments don't seem to be equally committed toward the cause of the scheme. This is quite obvious from the kind of delay they make in giving salaries to the working forces, not granting other allowance which they are entitled to get.

I would like to appeal them all not to atleast disturb the entitled facilities of these helpless contract workers. Let them get their salary on time and if the centre has allowed the increment in salary, let the same be allowed to happen. I hope the concerned authority will look into the matter.

Yours,

Concerned citizen

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

 

Be careful at ISBT

Dear Editor,

I want to highlight an incident that occurred to my friend at ISBT, Guwahati on Dec 14 while transferring his luggage from shuttle bus to Night bus, due to which he had to suffer heavy loss of personal property.

My friend from Daporijo went to Guwahati to purchase office stationeries. For return journey, he purchased a ticket at Network Travels and reached ISBT, Guwahati along with luggage from Paltan Bazaar. He entered the bus with two bags and kept it at overhead bin and left the bus to collect other bags. While returning back to the bus, he found that the bag containing his laptop, pen drive, Antivirus CD, Sony Memory Chip, cash memos was missing from the bus. In about 2 to 3 seconds the incident happened. Finding that the bag was missing, along with some kind co-passengers he searched everywhere at ISBT, Guwahati, but it could not be traced out.

He lodged an FIR at Police Station, ISBT, Guwahati. Reaching Naharlagun, the next day, he received a call from North Lakhimpur that a bag was found in ASTC Bus. Along with him, I went to North Lakhimpur ASTC Workshop and received the same bag from a kind conductor. When we searched the bag, Laptop and other articles including my friend’s diary and cheque book were missing.

Therefore, I appeal all who intend to go to Guwahati by bus to be aware of thieves roaming in ISBT, Guwahati and take care of personal belongings.

Yours,

D. Biki

Naharlagun,  (on email)

 

 

Come clean

Dear Editor,

The findings through RTI of the way the Commission evaluate the answer sheet is very disappointing and create a sense of doubt in the working of the Commission. We always had faith and have blindly accepted all the results of the Commission from the past many years. The Commission should come clean on this issue otherwise the working of the commission will always be under suspicion and this type of blunder should not be repeated in future.

Yours

An aspirant,  (on email)

 

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Out of bounds

 

The 5-in-1 vaccine that will prevent children from five life threatening diseases was introduced as part of the routine immunisation programme across Kerala on December 14 making it the first State in the country to include the five-in-one vaccine in the national immunisation schedule for infants.

The pentavalent vaccine, which protects children against five diseases in one shot – diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib – is being introduced under UIP in place of the trivalent DPT vaccine.

On the other hand, accounting for 22% of the total deaths reported globally, close to one lakh children below the age of five years died of diarrhoea attributable to rotavirus infection in 2008. The reports published in the latest edition of the Lancet Infection Diseases magazine. Diarrhoea related with the rotavirus infection resulted in 453,000 deaths worldwide in 2008 among children younger than five years.

Introduction of effective and available rotavirus vaccines in other countries, mostly middle-income or poorer, could substantially reduce worldwide deaths attributable to diarrhoea, the paper has suggested.

Estimate of deaths due to rotavirus-related diarrhoea in 2008 is somewhat lower than the previous estimate of 527 000 deaths in 2004, and the authors of the report says that the difference is largely because of an overall decrease in diarrhoea-related deaths in children younger than 5 years from 1•8 million in 2003 to 1•2 million in 2008.

Efficacy trials were still on in India on the rotaviral vaccines and till these trials are over there is little data to prove the efficacy or otherwise of these new vaccines.

These patented vaccines are so far being produced by a handful of private pharmaceutical companies and are hugely expensive.

Non-availability of vaccine in the public health programme has equity implications for the poor who could not afford the vaccine in the private sector. Now it remains to be seen whether the government will be able to roll out the vaccine in other parts of the country.

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