December -  22


Schools closed without reason

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: An Upper primary and two primary schools within capital complex were found closed during an un announced inspection by Papum Pare deputy commissioner.

The deputy commissioner, who is also the project director, SSA district mission, along with DDSE, ADEO and EAC, Yupia today made the un announced inspection at six Govt Upper Primary and Primary schools at Banderdewa, Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Doimukh and found the Govt. Upper Primary School, Puroik Colony, Naharlagun, Primary Schools, Nirjuli-I and Amba, Doimukh closed without any valid reason, according to an official release.

While taking strong exception to the irregularity and dereliction of duty by teachers, the DC instructed the DDSE cum DPO, Papum Pare to initiate action against those teachers in-charge and teachers of the three schools.


Cancel public hearing

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Voluntary Arunachal Sennaa in a letter to the Governor appealed for cancelation or postponement of the proposed public hearing on Naying project at Yapik on January 6.

The Sennaa said that the company ought to furnish relevant literature published in vernacular language to downstream public explaining the pros and cons of the project.

The Sennaa also appealed to the District Administration to cancel or defer the public hearing and arrange dialogue between the power developer and the project affected downstream people for smooth execution of the project. DS Construction is handling the project.


ASM alleges

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Anchal Samiti Member, Sippi-III, 5th Chetam Anchal Block, Upper Subansiri district alleged that the boundary wall construction at DFDO office and the existing fish pond of Daporijo carried out by Department of Fisheries is of substandard quality and incomplete. The ASM appealed to the competent authority to enquire the matter properly. He informed that, the project was sanctioned by government with an estimate of Rs 99.50 lakhs and accordingly government released the payment of Rs 75 lakhs recently without proper verification.


GYFC lift 13th Gori Open Tournament

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Gori Youth Football Club (GYFC) Basar won the 13th Gori Open Tournament defeating JIMAGO Football Club of  Likabali in the final at Gori general field  today.

The match started on a aggressive note with both teams fighting for possession. On 27th minutes, Karbom Basar and Ili Basar  came together to create a chance for the team but Ili Basar’s  powerful shot was deflected by the smart JIMAGO goalkeeper. Again on 39th minutes, Karge Riram of JIMAGO created a golden chance but Moge Doji failed to finish from dreaded spot.

After a barren first half, the second half also started on an aggressive note. But neither team could score to break deadlock until Karbom Basar of Gori Youth Club found the net in 87th minute.

Gori Youth football Club walked away with cash awards of Rs 51000 along with trophy while JIMAGO Football Club was given Rs 25000 along with runners up trophy.


Dist level Subroto Cup

Seppa, Dec 21: Govt. Higher Secondary School, Seppa won the district level Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football tournament and will represent the district in the state level tournament.

Momu Tana scored the winner of the highly competitive final match yesterday.

Three teams participated in the tournament.

The final match was witnessed by Kata Rangmo, DDSE. DIPRO


West Kameng to participate in sports meet under PYKKA

BOMDILA, Dec 21: A 76-member strong squad from West Kameng is all set to compete in the State level Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) beginning at Itanagar from January 10.

The competition would be held for both sexes of age below 16 years. The contingent from the district to be escorted by PET Dorjee Khrimey and John Rabasow would be competing in the football, volleyball, badminton and field & track events. DIPRO


Association alleges

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Upper Subansiri District Contractors’ Welfare Association alleged that a contractor of Daporijo is forcibly undertaking a construction of security compound wall around PWD store and garage, Daporijo despite issuing of notice by EE, PWD Daporijo to the concerned contractor to stop the construction work which violate all the formalities.

The association condemned the act of the contractor for acquiring contract work forcefully and added that such act disgraced the dignity of the contractors’ welfare association, Daporijo.


Commerce students meeting held

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Arunachal Commerce Students’ Association in its central executive body members meeting at Naharlagun yesterday discussed various issues related to commerce stream and job prospect for commerce graduates in the state.

Alleging the state government of neglecting the commerce graduates, the meeting decided to keep strict vigil on Trade and Commerce, Economic and Statistic, Tax and Excise, Industries and other allied departments within the state.


Society demands

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Kombo Welfare and Development Society’ (AKWDS) has demanded the arrest of president, Galo Students’ Union Gokar Basar.

It said that Basar had manhandled the Aalo GHSS Vice Principal after a student Tamar Yorpen allegedly committed suicide on October 24.

AKWDS said that police is yet to take action against Basar even after an FIR was filed against him.

It further called for early revocation of suspension order of vice principal Jomdo Lona and proper and timely investigations of Tamar Yorpen suicide case.


Reshuffle officers

ITANAGAR, Dec21:   Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) appealed to the state government to reshuffle the officers who have completed three years of service in Capital to curb rampant corruption and to ensure that there is no misuse of power at offices.


TOT on Human Rights

ITANAGAR: The Three-Day Training of Trainers’ (TOT) Programme on Human Rights and Social Harmony organized by the State NSS Cell, Arunachal Pradesh in association with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur began at SIRD Conference Hall, Itanagar  on December 21.  

Around 40 NSS Programme Officers from various institutions of the State are participating in the programme.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Robin Hibu and Director of Higher & Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi were among those who attended the programme.


APIC winter vacation

ITANAGAR: The Court of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission will remain closed from December 26 to January 9 on account of winter vacation.

There will be no hearing of RTI cases during the vacation. However the Office of the Commission will remain open and take emergency cases during the vacation period.


ATA for quality uniform

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) strongly urged the government to purchase school uniform centrally to maintain quality and transparency in supply of uniform.

The association said students should be given clothes so that they can stitch according to their needs.  

It also urged the supplier to give the best quality clothes.

The association said that it will never compromise on the quality of the uniform for the welfare of the students of the state.

Meanwhile, the association urged the concern department and agency for construction of quality teachers quarters.  It appreciated the decision of the government for establishing engineering wing in the department of education.


Skill Development Prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 21:   A 42 days skill development programme on handicraft and handloom weaving was organized by Manghi Welfare Society at Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district recently. Attending the programme SBI Koloriang Branch Manager Vishal Kumar distributed completion certificates to the trainees.


Orientation training for adolescent girls conducted

Seppa, Dec 21: An orientation training programme on Kishory Shakti Yojana (KSY) for Adolescent Girls was organized on December  16 and 17 at remote Passa valley, Rilloh middle school, under Pakke -Kessang ICDS Project.

On the first day of the training CDPO T. Paneer, highlighted about objectives of the training program to the adolescent girls participants.

District Medical Officer, East Kameng District Dr. T. Gongo sensitized the girls about personal health care, regular health check up, immunization, family planning and advantage of institutional birth/delivery of child and role of ASHA( Accredited Social Health Activist) in village level.

M.O. Pakke kesang, giving a tip to the participants cautioned health risk of mother and child during pregnancy in early marriage.

One of the teachers from school pointed out some social problems which he believed to be as root cause for school dropout such as polygamy, large family, and poor attention of the parents to the children for education.       


Protect historical site

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Langbang Sera Yarba Pado and Sigriang Youth Association  of Kurung Kumey appealed to the local MLA and District Administration to take immediate measures to protect the important historical site of Sebu-Seney  at Pahi Hogu.

It further appealed to the DA to direct the PWD to construct a pillar and provide a safer place for the historical stone.


House burnt

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Residence of Leporiang MO was gutted in a fire accident at Nirjuli near UD guest house last night, informed Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex.

The LPWCCC would conduct a social service at Nirjuli to construct a new OBT house on December 27.

Meanwhile, the committee appealed to the concerned authority and the state government to look into the matter and provide necessary support to the victim.


Assoc urges govt

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Activists Association urged the state government to support the Lokpal bill that is to be tabled in the winter session of the Parliament.

It also appealed to the MPs of Arunachal Pradesh to support and participate in the discussion of Lokpal bill.


Union questions

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU), a federal unit of All India Schedule Tribe Students’ Action Forum has criticized the failure of the state government to address its demands. Earlier the Union had submitted a memorandum to the state government in August  where they urged 30% reservation of seats in the NERIST for the bonafide students of the state.

The state government has assured to implement the demands made by the union but demands have not been materialized so far, it said.



ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Tai Khamti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU) declared a 48 hrs bandh call at Lohit and Changlang district from December  22.

The bandh has been called in support of its ultimatum demanding relief for the family members of two students, who died at J.N.V, Mahadevpur under mysterious circumstances.


Don’t compromise with quality: Forum

ITANAGAR, Dec21:  Urging the implementing agencies to instruct contractors to strictly adhere to the guidelines, 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum today said that quality of work should not be compromised.  

It further urged the district administration to immediately shift the circle officer and extra assistant commissioner to Dissing Passo, Pijerang and Pakke Kessang which it claimed was currently attached with Seijosa and Seppa.


Awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Dec21:  Dadi Hamgio Charitable Society conducted Gram Sabha Awareness Campaign under Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) at Leya village under Giba Anchal Block in Upper Subansiri district recently.

Advising the PRI leaders and village elders on BRGF, Trainer Mana Dadi urged to conduct Gram Sabha meeting twice a year.


News Impact

Arunachal calls for modification of NE industrial policy

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Industry Minister Tapang Taloh suggested the Union Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Textiles for modification of the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy that would suit Arunachal Pradesh for its effective implementation at ground level.

Taloh, who called on Union Minister Anand Sharma today in New Delhi made this suggestion after submitting a memorandum on various issues relating to development of industrial infrastructure. The proposal included special financial package for establishment of integrated infrastructure up-gradation, strengthening and renovation of 13 existing industrial estates, strengthening and up-gradation of district industrial centres, central capital investment subsidy scheme, Greenfield industrial corridor etc.

Meanwhile, the Union minister has reportedly agreed to consider most of the proposals for socio-economic development of the sensitive and strategically located state. He also directed the officials concerned of his ministry to take up the matter seriously and do the needful.

Earlier in the morning, Taloh met Department of North East Region (DoNER) Minister Paban Singh Ghatawar at his office chamber in New Delhi and discussed issues related to various developmental activities in Arunachal Pradesh.

Later, he attended the Entrepreneurship meeting chaired by Ghatawar at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.


AR conducts pre nursing course

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: 18 girls from different villages of Tirap were trained in Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery and General Nursing Midwifery by 19 Assam Rifles.  The battalion has been giving assistance by conducting such essential and useful courses to overcome various medical and unemployment problems of tribal youth. The battalion had trained 37 girls previously. Volunteer girls from all over the district joined the course. They have been trained by the qualified medical officer and staff at Unit Hospital.


Capacity building training for PRIs

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Trainings on Capacity Building for PRIs and its functionaries were held at Mengio, Kimin, Leporiang, Keel and Sagalee.

The opening training was inaugurated at Sagalee on Dec 15 by ADC, Chukhu Talar who urged the Panchayat Representatives to build their capacity for an efficient self governance by attending the training sincerely. He also urged the participants to use the Right to Information Act for right purpose but not to take advantage of it to malign others.

Coordinator of the programme from SIRD, L K Kabak explained that the three days programme is MoPR sponsored under Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana with the objectives to build the capacity of PRIs and to establish “democracy at the grassroots level”.   

BDO Sagalee, Gyati Phussang briefed about the rural development programmes to the participants. He explained that it is not mandatory to have a job card in MGNREGA. Those who are actually in need of works and ready to do manual work at prevailing wage should apply for job card, he suggests.  

The series of programme was conducted by SIRD, Itanagar in collaboration with Techi Tatung Welfare Society, Sagalee.

The programme concluded at Kheel on Dec 20.


Advent Christmas for NE youths

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Bhartiya Janata Party's North East India Sampark Cell organised Advent Christmas for the youths of North East India at the official residence of LK Advani, in New Delhi on Dec 16.  While addressing the participants Advani recalled that BJP shared a unique coincidence with the life of Jesus Christ.

The Jan Sangh members were expelled from the Janata Party on Good Friday. The BJP was formed on Easter Sunday, said Advani.

He also said that, he had his initial studies at a Christian institution in Karachi, prior to the country’s partition.

Arunachal Christian Fellowship, Delhi led the Praise & worship.


Fuel crisis in Siang districts

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 21: Shortage of fuel in three Siang districts has remained unchanged as blockade against Lower Subansiri dam project by Assam organizations entered its fifth day today.

The oil tankers stranded at Lakhimpur have not yet been released even after assurance by the Lakhimpur district administration yesterday.

Scarcity of petrol and diesel has hit the public hard in the East Siang district as the depot owners and retail outlets are unable to meet the demands.

Talking to this correspondent, the East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok said the district administration is taking a serious note of the inclement situation and has informed the State’s Chief Secretary urging his intervention for releasing the detained oil tankers at Lakhimpur (Assam). Terming the detention as “unreasonable”, Tapok criticized the Lakhimpur administration for its failure in mitigating the situation.

“The Lakhimpur DC yesterday assured us to release the stranded tankers today, but no fruitful step has been initiated from their end so far. We are frustrated that consumers are suffering because of the blockade, said the DC this evening.

Sources informed that more than 30 oil-tankers including 9 for East Siang depots were stranded at Lakhimpur.


Assoc. condemns factional clash

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Lungphi Mossang Welfare Association said that the residence, granary and poultry of a citizen was completely damaged in a factional clash between NSCN (K) and (IM) recently at Tengpum village, Changlang.

The association condemned the incident and called on both factions of NSCN to call off such frequent factional clashes in village area.

Further, the association strongly urged the state government to immediately intervene in the incident to restore peace and tranquility in the village and  also called upon the local MLA Setong Sena to pursue the matter with state government.

It also appealed to all the security agencies not to harass and torture the innocent villagers of the area.


Assam forest officials pick up boy, released later

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) informed that a boy from the Taraso Circle was taken away by Assam forest officials led by Forest Ranger of Borgang area under Sonitpur district today.

Meanwhile, while talking to this daily; SP Papum Pare Nabam Gungte informed that boy has been released by Assam officials.

“Villagers informed me that a boy was taken away by Assam officials when he was collecting vegetables in area. Immediately I called up Sonitpur SP and drew attention in this regard. Later the boy was released. We are monitoring the situation,” informed SP.

 However AAPBSU has urged Arunachal government to lodge a case of kidnapping against Borgang Forest Ranger. Union also asked state government to take some strong measure to safeguard interest of Arunachalee citizens. They also informed that today again Assam forest officials carried out eviction at Radhaso, Tallumso and Sango under Taraso circle.

Taking serious note of the event, union has strongly condemned the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for failure to protect rights of villagers.

There is no deployment of the adequate police force in the circle despite repeated appeal of the people, union claimed.


Picnic goers create havoc in Seppa

Amar Sangno

SEPPA, Dec 21: December and January months are often regarded as festive months, not only for common people but also for shopkeepers as they expect high selling rate during picnics, Christmas and New Year.

Ironically shopkeepers at Seppa in East Kameng district are not at all in festive mood.

The reason is quite perceptible.

According to a source, picnic goers have been forcefully collecting vegetables and other edible items from the market without paying.

The source also informed that excess “illegal donation”, read extortion in the market has forced the vegetable vendors to shut down early in the evening and remain closed till 9 in the morning to evade the menace.

“It’s been routine collection. Every evening and morning illegal collectors come and go” rued a shopkeeper. He further complained that no security force was seen at market at the time when the trouble mongers roam.

To curb rampant illegal collections, a meeting was reportedly convened by East Kameng Superintendent of Police along with members of East Kameng Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EKCCI) and representatives of business community today.  

EKCCI President Raju Gyadi informed this daily here this evening that SP has assured to deploy adequate security forces at market during “peak hour”. He hoped that the outcome of the meeting would be effective and situation would improve after the security forces are deployed at the market.

Earlier, EKCCI has submitted a representation to the district administration seeking deployment of Central Reserve Police Force at the market.


KVIC organizes workshop

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 21: A one day workshop on course curriculum at Multi Disciplinary Training Centre (MDTC), Midpu, Doimukh  was held yesterday organized by KVIC.

Experts from various departments, including Industries, Textile and Handicraft, GBPIHED, KVIC, APKVIB, NIC, Bank and faculties from NERIST participated in the workshop.

The workshop held discussion on course curriculum of MDTC and various other issues relating to welfare of passed out trainees as well as staff of the training center.

It was advised that the passed out trainees should be absorbed by KVIC through new/existing schemes like PMEGP.

The CEO, APKVIB and Assistant Director I/c, S.O. KVIC, Itanagar urged all the bankers to select the passed out trainees of MDTC under different banking subsidy schemes /micro project without any mortgage or guarantor. The same was also requested to other departments like Industries, Textile and Handicraft

The officers from the department of Industries, Textile and Handicraft present on the occasion advised for a Common Facilitation Centre (CFC) at MDTC which would provide opportunity of income generation to the immediately passed out trainees.

Up gradation of the MDTC and renovation of the boundary wall also came up for discussion which were supported by all.

Discussing about course curriculum, the workshop opined for maintaining the national norms of KVIC in khadi category training. Inclusion of traditional designs of Arunachal Pradesh in the syllabi of design development course was advised by the officers of Industries and Textile and Handicrafts. Moreover, combined course in computer (both software and hardware), system analysis and design top also came up for discussion.

Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated by Tana Rakhi Tara, Chairman and Tana Hali, Working Chairman of APSS.

Vishal Nath Rai, Principal, MDTC, D. Maji, Workshop Coordinator, briefed about the workshop.


NEEPCO agrees to demands

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: NEEPCO has agreed upon the demands of the Sajolang Elite society, Panchayat Leaders, Sajolang Students Union and general public of Nafra circle which included road maintenance from 9 mile to Nafra among others. It assured to release Rs.51 lakhs for the purpose.

It also agreed to construct Sajolang Elite Society office building at its headquarter Nafra under CSR. The company also agreed to sponsor the meritorious students of the affected area and organize  heath camp at Nafra.

This assurance came after a meeting at office chamber of West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi regarding non implementation of MOU and other issues.

EX-MLA Rinchin Kharu explained the root cause of damage of road from 9 mile to Nafra in West Kameng district to the NEEPCO representative D.K.Nath Executive Director, General Manager CSR and HOP Bichum.

As per the source from Public Work Department, the road was designed for 8.5 tone capacity whereas the NEEPCO is transporting machinery to the project site carrying more than 15 tones which has damaged the road.

Er. Aju Khonjuju, President Sajolang Elite Society, stressed on implementation of the provisions under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  in education and health sector.


Chinese troops damaged stone wall in Tawang: Govt

NEW DELHI, Dec 21: Chinese troops damaged a 200 feet stone wall which was built 250 meters inside the Indian territory in Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh this year in July, government told the Rajya Sabha today.

In reply to a question, the minister said the attempt by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) to raze the wall was prevented by the Indian army.

"In July, a PLA patrol attempted to cross a 200 feet wall of loose stones constructed 250 metres on our side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Yangtse area of Tawang, which was prevented by our troops," Antony said.

"As per the established mechanism with China, a strong protest was lodged with the Chinese side on the action of the PLA patrol in a flag meeting (between the two sides)," defence minister A K Antony said.

The stone wall was partially damaged by the PLA patrol, but it has been reconstructed, he said.

The 200-metre long wall was constructed by Indian Army for protection against the icy winds during the patrol duties.

"There is no commonly delineated LAC between India and China and there are few areas along the border where both have different perception of the LAC," Antony said, adding that, both sides patrol upto their respective perceptions of LAC due to its perceived differences in alignment.

Replying to a question on infrastructure development along the Chinese border, he said, 10 railway and 73 roads projects have been identified in North and north eastern regions.

"Army has identified 73 roads as critically and strategically important. In addition to this, 10 railway projects have also been identified for development in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh," Antony said.  PTI


Telecom policy and emission


The parliamentarians have specifically raised the need for substantially reducing the consumption of diesel by the telecom sector, especially in their network tower operations.

Concerned over the increasing exploitation of the diesel subsidy by the profit making telecom sector, representatives from across the political spectrum, have urged the government to take measures to accelerate a shift away from diesel and to renewable sources and technologies. These include members of parliament, cutting across party lines, including members of the standing committees for Energy, communication & Information Technology and Environment & Forest.

They have further stressed on mandating the public disclosure of emissions and the establishment of the progressive emission reductions plans within the ambit of the newly proposed National Telecom Policy.  

 The demands of the parliamentarians comes after the Greenpeace in a report earlier this year highlighted the aggressive exploitation of diesel by the sector, as the second largest consumer, resulting in a loss of over Rs. 2600 crore to the state exchequer annually.

Greenpeace has been engaging with the telecom sector to publicly disclose the carbon emissions of their entire business operation and establish progressive emission reduction targets and commitment to shift the sourcing of 50% of their energy requirements towards renewable energy sources and phase out diesel use in their business operations by 2015.

It remains to be seen what step government takes to stop the large-scale exploitation of diesel by sectors such as telecom. As of now it is yet to take effective and appropriate mechanisms to address the concerns.

A school with a difference

Dear Editor,

Whole of Arunachal is going through a lean phase in secondary and hr. secondary level education, with less than 50 percent pass percentage. One of the examples is my old school govt hr. secondary Daporijo. It is the lone Higher Secondary school for Daporijo and adjacent places. Over 2000 thousand students and inadequate infrastructure and bad students teachers’ ratio is creating a mess. Last year’s results showed only 27 percent of the students passed.

Then there is the problem of overcrowding. A section which should hold a max of 80 to 100 students is accommodating a crowd of more than 300 each and in one class there are 600!

Normal schools have assignments and projects and if not all this at least have half yearly exams to evaluate the students. The meagre number of teachers is another problem. The professionalism in teachers and discipline in students are long gone. The school doesn't have commerce stream whereas it’s the most sought after at this juncture.

On the other hand, the parking of private vehicles is a severe problem.

In a mixed society like Arunachal, education is the only way to sustain it.

In a place where student leaders who should be working for the welfare of students are busy making money and flexing muscle, indifferent politicians and government servants, the willing students and sincere teachers are at the mercy of god. If this continues, the Dark Age is not far.


Deewan Mara

Mumbai, (on email)



Please clear the bill

Dear Editor,

How torturous is the government of Arunachal Pradesh? It will award works to contractors but won’t pay the bill for the same for a year.

The part time contractors who have invested money in the contractual works under U.D are still not getting their dues. They have completed their works during this March. Until today, they do not have any idea about the dues. The work orders were issued last month.

Three Chief Ministers have changed since the start of the work under U.D. Not even single could pass the bill. Few contractors have taken money on interest at the rate of ten percent per month. It was hoped that the bill will be cleared after few weeks of completion of work. However, the contractors could not avail the dues until date. The interest is rising month by month. The amount is calculated to be more than the billing amount. Where from the extra money be paid to the private bankers?

If the department was out of fund/money, why the government awarded works to the contractors? Petty contractors have to sell off his/her property just to repay the loan amount. The contractors had undertaken the work hoping that he/she would be benefited by doing so. However, he/she is at loss in the end. If this is, the condition of the contractors then where the money meant for such purpose go? Is money being misused? If so, who is doing it and if not why bills are not paid?


Contractor, (on email)



PWD versus BRTF

Dear Editor,

I appreciate the 15 days ultimatum given by a Youth Organization to the public work Department (P.W.D) in particular and state government in general, for the ongoing road maintenance work at capital complex.

The Union demand is genuine because the repairing and maintenance work is not done by P.W.D alone but by various youth organization and sector development committees whose sole motive is to make profit out of the contract they get, further, the construction and repairing work is done by unskilled and inexperienced. Thus, obviously it would not last for long, also instead of putting abstract/bitumen; they are using inferior quality cement and other hardware in order to save the fund they are getting.

Therefore, in my opinion, instead of P.W.D, if BRTF is taking the road construction work, the work quality will be improved and last for long because they have every equipment and skilled and experienced labour forces.


Ningtu  K Keku

Naharlagun, (on email)



AMDOs in Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Another blunder in recruitment process is witnessed in the Department of Geology and Mining, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

Education qualification required for Assistant Mineral Development Officer (AMDO) is Degree/Diploma in Civil/Geology/ Mining/Chemical Engineering. Mining is a diverse subject that requires laboratory experiment to ascertain deposit of various mineral. The subject is associated with Core drilling beneath the earth, estimation of mineral deposited, Drifting of Quarry site, classification of Rock, Geotechnology protection over excavated site, classification of mineral extracted, its chemical composition, impact value, crushing strength, grading of different size aggregates, fineness modulus, sieve analysis of fine aggregates and many more.

To my utter surprise, till date, almost all of AMDOs serving in different location in Arunachal are of non-technical background. Sometime I wonder how they manage to deliver their duties, without having knowledge of Engineering and Science Subject.

Only collecting royalty by counting the number of trucks passing through check gate has no meaning.  

Jobs should be in accordance with appropriate qualification so as to get maximum output, as Geology and Mining is one of the most important departments in terms of revenue generation and environmental concern.

Henceforth, my appeal to the Director, Department of Geology and Mining, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is to look into the matter and make necessary rectification while recruiting.


Concern Citizen, (on email)



No one is incompetent

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to letter “Electrical Graduates Deserves more” dated 16-Dec. Being a Computer Science graduate, I was elated to see an opening in Power Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

I would like to say that no one is incompetent unless given a chance to prove. I work in IT Company, I have many colleagues from different streams but, I found none of them incompetent as a Software Engineer.

And regarding the recruitment in the Power Department, I doubt that engineers from other streams once recruited, will be working as an electrical engineer.

I have seen B.Sc Graduates working hard and moving up in the ladder in IT Industry. They are not specialized person, but they do become Specialist of the Technology after few time.

13 openings in a government department that too in small state like Arunachal Pradesh is not an injustice. It’s much better than CS/E&T unemployed graduates, who just have a 1 or 2 opening in a whole year. I think, we should be happy for unemployed graduates for other streams too. Regarding reservation, it’s government policy, we never complained against ST quota in colleges or many govt. jobs. Do we?

With all these views, I only want to highlight on one point. No one is incompetent, ineligible or unqualified, unless given a chance to prove themselves. Getting a job in our own state is big deal for every Arunachalee, everyone wants something. If I don’t get it, let it be someone better than me who would serve our state better and make it great place to live.


Tashi Nungnu

Bangalore, (on email)



Who are consuming the salt meant for mithuns?

Dear Editor,

Let people know the facts pertaining to Sagalee Mithun breeding firm and functioning of Animals and husbandry Department. Sagalee mithun breeding farm was established in 1995 to increase the numbers of mithun. At the time of establishment there were 24 mithuns but it is unfortunate to know that instead of increasing the numbers, today there are only 6 mithuns at the breeding farm.

It implies that concern officers are least interested for the improvement of the farm and sustainable management of the mithun. Even the sign board is not visible and there is no maintenance from the concerned department.  Why? Why there are no mithuns? Who are consuming the salt mean for mithuns? What is the problem? Why numbers of mithuns are reducing? If Sagalee climate is not favourable for mithun breeding, it should be shifted to other suitable areas?


Bengia Tada

RGU, (on email)



Equal opportunities for all

Dear Editor,

In response to 19th Dec advertisement published in your daily, under the title of "Police recruitment for Tirap & Changlang district".  

I personally appreciate the work carried out by the home Department for the people of the two most disturbed districts. We know the requirement of police force in these two areas for long time. But on the other hand I am bit disappointed at the treatment meted out to other districts. As per the advertisement, prescribed seat reservation is more than 50 percent for these areas. It could have been increased a bit more for others too. Moreover, I do not understand what made our concern authorities to lower the minimum recruitment age from 18 years to 17 years. If we look into the Indian constitution 17 years olds do not have the right to franchise. On the other hand, what is the logic or idea behind reducing the maximum age (including 5 years age relaxation for STs') from 28 years to 26 years?

Therefore, I would like to appeal the concern authorities to rethink on it & if possible do bring some changes on it for the equal & free fair competition rather than give grand privileges to some sections & deprive others.


Koj Ganga, (on email)






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