December 29


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Training on FTK

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The second phase training on handling of Field Test Kit (FTK) cum Interpersonal Communication (IPC) under National Rural Drinking Water Programme and Nirmal Bharath Abhiyan was conducted at 5 blocks, namely Palin, Yangte, Chambang, Gangte and Sarli as part of the month-long campaign to educate and create awareness among the villagers of Kurung Kumey on safe drinking water.

Attending the program on November 22 at Palin PHED sub-division Office campus, Assistant Engineer PHED Palin, distributed Field Test Kits to the trainees and urged them to avail benefit from the training for personal hygiene and better health. He also highlighted the participants about the roles and functions of NRDWP and NBA and inter village water supply system.

The training was held in Yangte on November 18. Educating the villagers on the importance of quality testing of drinking water at the Govt. Secondary School, Yangte Head Master (in-charge) Tongam Bagra Ete briefed the participants about various water born diseases and its preventive measures.

Meanwhile, in continuation with the program to other blocks, District Consultants (Water & Sanitation, Monitoring & Evaluation-cum-MIS) with the Block Coordinators and in support of Panchayat members and school teachers appealed to the villagers to apply the knowledge practically to prevent water born diseases in the area.

While coming up with the FTK demonstration, the District Consultants further appealed all the Gram Panchayat members to render their valuable supports and cooperation to conduct such needful training program in near future.  


DPO serves notice to 15 absentee teachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The Kurung Kumey district project officer (DPO) SSA district mission has  served notice to fifteen absentee teachers who remained absent from their duty for a long period.

DPO in its notice, which was made available to local daily today, asked the absentee teachers as to why they should not be terminated from the SSA contract service for their prolonged absence from duty. Seeking explanation within 15 January next,   the notice firmly stated that unsatisfactory reply with lame excuses or failure to reply will lead to termination of  their service without further notice. Out of fifteen teachers, 12 were assistant teacher and 3 were junior teachers, release added. The district project officer, SSA district mission claimed that many of them were absent from for more than five months.


DAPFSS to continue fight against dams

PASIGHAT, Dec 28: The Dam Affected People’s Forum of Siyum-Sirit (DAPFSS) conducted a review meeting involving all dam affected people on December 23 last and decided to continue their fight against construction of dams until the power developer JP Company and others withdraw their machineries from the proposed project sites.

The public also resolved to conduct annual review meeting of DAPFSS in the month of October every year, according to a DAPFSS release.


Dulom takes part in NSUI executive meet

ITANAGAR, Dec 28:  Arunachal Pradesh National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) president Kirbe Dulom  participated in the NSUI executive meeting at Gao on December 21.  He delivered lecture on present political scenario of Arunachal Pradesh and presented  a NSUI report through power point presentation.

 Kirbe also addressed the NSUI National executive meeting which ended at Delhi yesterday. The meeting presided over Rahul Gandhi, general secretary cum  NSUI incharge was also participated by national NSUI president and presidents of all the state NSUI units.


Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Christmas—the birthday of Jesus Christ was celebrated at Christian Revival Church Dirang, West Kameng district in a befitting manner on December 24 & 25.

Tad Akin, general secretary CRC Naharlagun, was the main Speaker, who delivered the Lord’s message on the theme, “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy,” (Gospel of Luke 2:10).

Sange Tsering, a prominent public leader of Dirang along with a number of Buddhist brethren attended the celebration. Tsering exhorted the believers of Christ at Dirang to practice the religion without any hesitation. Praising the teachings of Jesus Christ, he appealed Christian brethren to work for peace and harmony in the society. He assured that from this Christmas celebration onwards, nothing anti-religious feelings would be prevailing within the Buddhists of Dirang.

Earlier, Pastor M Kario, CRC Dirang briefed the history of church establishment in Dirang.

Evan. Joseph Singhi, Missionary of Church and advisor of the Christmas celebration committee and Bro. Nebu Veo, organizing secretary also spoke on the occasion.


GEWS felicitates senior members of the society

YINGKIONG, Dec 28: The 3rd general conference of the Giidum Erang Welfare Society was conducted successfully at Yingkiong on Dec 21 and 22. Representatives of Giidum community residing at both banks of Siang river from Tuting to Jengging and Ngaming- Jido to Komkar -Maryang, Bori area and Itanagar took part in the two days conference. The conference was organised in order to unify Giidum community settled in various parts of the state and to bring all of them together under the umbrella of Giidum Erang Welfare Society with the objectives to attain and develop a sense of belongingness and brotherhood amongst the members.

While appreciating the good services done during the initial years at the time of Giidum Dere construction at Yingkiong a few senior members of Giidum community namely Lingkot Nitik, Bani Danggen, Untung Kombo and Egom Jongkey were felicitated on the occasion.

In order to encourage young parents to pay attention and impart better education to their children Osi Jongkey and Angging Jongkey, Monam Pangkam and Late Kindi Pangkam, Late Tatam Nangkar and Atang Nangkar, Yaken Danggen and Bani Danggen and Late Mane Lonchung and Late Mami Lonchung were felicitated.

Among others, Alo Libang, MLA, Yingkiong Tuting (ST) Constituency, Dunggoli Libang, DCCI President cum ZPC and Tagin Litin, HGB Simong village attended the conference on  December 21.


Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The Town Baptist Church Raga celebrated the Christmas with three day programme from Dec 23 to 25.

Kara Sako, the NCC associate general secretary (service) attended the function as Speaker. Among others, Marina Nido, Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare Board chairperson, Raga ADC Hage Ruja, panchayat leaders, and hundreds of believers participated in the celebration.

Cultural  and sports competitions were also organized to mark the occasion.


127th foundation day of Cong celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has celebrated the 127th  Foundation Day of Indian National Congress in a befitting manner at Rajiv Gandhi Bhwan here today.

Among others, APCC treasurer Techi Tagi Tara, general secretary Minkir Lollen and other PCC office bearers took part in the celebration.

In his address, Tara appealed all section of the people of the state and the nation to maintain secularism and peace and tranquility. The main celebration function was organized by APCC and Lower Subansiri DCC at Ziro.


ADC Srivastava transferred to Jairampur

PASIGHAT, Dec 28: Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra,  officers and staff DC’s office Pasighat bade farewell to outgoing ADC Nidhi Srivastva on her transfer to Jairampur, Changlang district. She will act as an independent ADC there.

Srivastava, a 2010 batch IAS officer, served the people of Chandigarh before she was transferred to Pasighat. DIPRO


Mengio GSS  annual meet held

ITANAGAR, Dec 28:  The 11th annual sports, literary and cultural meet of government secondary school Mengio came to an end with colourful note on Dec 18.

Various activities like literary, cultural and sports were organized  during the meet. In cultural activity, Taba Mary and Likha Tagar were adjudged  Miss and Mr of Mengio secondary school and Nabam Tania and Chuku Yame bagged best singer and dancer award. In the literary activity Nabam Narum declared as best literary figure while Techi Takar house was declared as best  discipline house.  Attending the valedictory function Nabam Bate ZPM Mengio suggested the students to be discipline and hard working.

Earlier the meet was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family and Food & Civil Supplies Nido Pavitra along with Director School Education Tapang Taloh on Dec 15.


Bajpayee's birthday celebrated at Pasighat


PASIGHAT, Dec 28: The Pasighat block Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday celebrated the 89th Birth Anniversary of their national leader and former Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Bajpayee.

On the occasion, a team of BJP leaders of Pasighat, including Kaling Moyong, Oyem Dai, Obit Tamuk and mandal president Ogam Mengu visited the churches of various denominations within Bogong Banggo and Bosing Banggo area and paid X-Mass greetings to the believers. They also visited General Hospital, distributed fruits and garments to the hospital inmates/patients and prayed to almighty for their early recovery.





166 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Education sector enters in new era as Tuki lays foundation of first technical & medical university

HAPOLI, Dec 28: The education sector in Arunachal Pradesh today achieved another milestone with the foundation stone laid for the first technical and medical university at picturesque Apatani Plateau in Lower Subansiri district.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who laid the stone for the private university with the nomenclature of Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science University, termed it as the beginning of a new era which would set in motion the state at par with other developed states of mainland India.

Tuki exhorted the people to be a part of team Arunachal in his mission to develop the state educationally.

“The commitment of my government to provide higher education to the people has been fulfilled today,” Tuki emphatically said while asserting that the main thrust area of his government was to develop the dismal education sector of the state by setting up of more colleges and universities.

“There were gossips doing the round in the state till few days ago that Arunachal is the only state in the country without a single technical and medical college. However, with the foundation stone being laid today, nobody could make such comments,” he said in a lighter spirit.

He said that government only can create infrastructure but it should be the duty of the people to maintain it as their own asset.

The university, which had constructed several blocks already, would start a few courses like nano technology, laboratory technician, Radiology, IT Park and physiotherapy from January next.

“To be constructed in a plot of 150 hectares at Gano Village in the district by Delhi-based World Institute of Building Programme, the university will offer a wide range of disciplines in both technical and medical courses,” commented local MLA Padi Richo, the project which was his dream for the past eleven years. PTI



APSACS seeks support of police in HIV/AIDS awareness

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: A one-day advocacy programme on HIV/AIDS for police personnel was conducted by Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society in association with PTC Banderdewa at Police Training Academy, Banderdewa today. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Dani Duri, Project Director APSACS asked the uniformed officers to extend their support and help in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS so that people remain safe from HIV. While drawing a parallel between the nature of duty rendered by police personnel and medical staffs who are always on call for 24 hrs a day, he said that with effective coordination between the two, health care delivery can be ensured for every individual in the state. Through a Powerpoint presentation, Dr. Duri also highlighted the modes of HIV/AIDS transmission and its prevention. He also highlighted the services being provided by APSACS in the state to prevent and control HIV/AIDS.

Apang Tamut, Principal in Charge, Police Training Centre, Banderdewa, said that police personnel need to be trained on HIV/AIDS as they are vulnerable to the disease because of the nature of duty. Along with remaining alert on duty, police personnel also should remain alert on health front so as to prevent HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC), attending the programme as resource person, stressed on the role of police in creating HIV/AIDS awareness using their official position. Police personnel can play crucial role in educating the High Risk Group like, injecting drug users, commercial sex workers and bridge population like truck drivers and migrant labourers, on HIV/AIDS as and when they come into contact with these people in the course of official duty.

Police officers from Papum Pare and PTC, Banderdewa attended the meeting.



1st Intl. conference on power and energy begins at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The first International Conference on Power and Energy in NERIST - 2012 (ICPEN 2012) began at new seminar hall of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli today.

The  two days conference aims at providing a platform to share research in areas related to theory, development, applications, and evaluation in the field of power, high voltage, energy and industry applications with a special focus on  Solar Photovoltaics,  Energy Supply for Future, Modelling of Streamer Discharges, Smart Grid and 1200 kV UHV Transmission Line in India and Ethical Issues.

Padmashree awardee Prof. K. L. Chopra, former Director, IIT, Kharagpur, Prof. Gautam Barua, Director,  IIT Guwahati, Prof. Markus Zahn, IEEE Fellow from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and Dr. Hermann Koch, IEEE Fellow from Siemens, Germany graced  the opening ceremony of the Conference.

All the dignitaries present dealt on importance of power and energy in this part of the world and also stressed on the importance of preserving the balance between the hydro power and the ecological importance of the nature.

Conference Chair, Prof. Dipankar Pal, Director, NERIST has emphasized on the origin and the importance of the topics of this International Conference.

Dr. Saibal Chatterjee, the coordinator of the conference gave a small brief about the 1st IEEE sponsored international conference in NERIST.

More than hundred papers from leading institutions and organizations in India and abroad were submitted for reviewing by experts from IITs, IISc and various reputed institutes and industries all over the world and fifty five peer-reviewed papers will be presented during the conference. The same will be uploaded to www.ieeexplore.ieee.org.  

The conference is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Kolkata section, Kolkata Chapter of IEEE PES and IEEE DEIS and financially supported by North Eastern Council, CSIR, Power Grid Corporation of India and Schneider Electric.

During technical session, Prof K L Chopra  through power point gave an overview of solar photovoltaics. This was followed by lecture and power point presentation on the topic “Multiphysics modeling of streamer discharges in transformer oil-pressboard systems” by Prof Markus Zahn.



Arunachal disappointed over ADB's refusal to  take up projects

New Delhi, Dec 28:  Arunachal Pradesh on Friday expressed its dissatisfaction over dropping of its proposal for Asian Development Bank funding of flood mitigation projects in the state.

Addressing the 6th meeting of the National Water Resources Council, state's Water Resources Development Minister Newlai Tingkhatra said Arunachal Pradesh had submitted a proposal for ADB funding to mitigate flood related problems but it was subsequently dropped.

"Our state's proposal was dropped whereas other states are enjoying the ADB grants. So our state be provided with adequate internal fund for mitigating flood related havocs," he said.

Complimenting the central government for adoption of National Water Policy 2012, Tingkhatra asked for financial support and incentive in the form of green package for reduction of carbon footprint for backward states to facilitate goals of the national policy. PTI



Chief Minister blows poll bugle

HAPOLI, Dec 28: Blowing the poll bugle in the run-up to parliamentary and assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh in 2014, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today exhorted the party cadres to tighten belts to help the party to recapture power at the Centre as well as in the state with thumping majority.

“No party in the country is safe as Congress and people have reposed their faith in the party’s leadership, which is the oldest party in the country that born today during 1885,” he said while addressing a massive party rally here this afternoon to celebrate the 127th foundation day of Indian National Congress.

He said, the UPA government at the Centre is concerned for development of this land-locked state and various central packages provided by the UPA I and II in the past several years have proved Congress concern for Arunachal, he said.

“The Prime Minister’s massive development package for the state during 2008 is being implemented by the state government in a transparent manner and various projects under the package are progressing satisfactorily,” he added.

Highlighting the plan and policies of his government, Tuki announced several avenues for creating one lakh employment within 2017. “My government had already created skill development council, employment council besides livelihood schools for school dropouts and unemployed youths to provide employment through self-employed schemes,” he disclosed.

He said, the government from this year would provide 100 tourist cabs to unemployed youths through Apex Bank loans with government subsidy up to Rs three lakh. The state government would provide 100 vehicles under this scheme this year, he added.

“We are also contemplating to provide loans to women entrepreneurs and already sent 600 youths to Punjab to undergo training in various skill development programme. Moreover, 100 youths have already being trained at Noida in spa and beautician courses. Already eighty per cent of them have already been engaged in various agencies,” he added.

The chief minister further disclosed that his government had already sanction an amount of ten crore for construction of the first mini secretariat at Hapoli, which he announced earlier at this district headquarter town immediately after taking the reign of the state.

The chief minister also handed over a cheque of Rs two crore announced earlier as relief for the farmers following massive damage of crops.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee President Mukut Mithi while addressing the party workers exhorted them to work for strengthening the party at the grassroot. PTI



Worn-out Mebo-Dhola road causes concern


PASIGHAT, Dec 28: Expressing great anguish over the inaction of PWD authority and alleged inaction of the local MLA to repair Mebo-Dhola road, the people of Mebo sub-division in East Siang have cautioned the authority of mass agitation against the negligence.

The Mebo-Dhola road, which connects Mebo headquarter, Motum, Kiyit, Borguly, Serum, Kongkul, Namsing and greater Mer-Gadum areas besides parts of Lower Dibang Valley district with Pasighat is lying un-repaired for the last several years. It is considered as lifeline of the greater area and food, medicine, essential items and agricultural products are transported through this route. But present dilapidated condition of the road with numerous large potholes all along the road from Mebo Tiniali to Gadum tinili put the movement of vehicles at risk.

The condition of about 36 km stretch of Mebo-Dhola road from Mebo to Gadum village has gone from bad to worse during the last two years, but the department concerned has not yet taken any initiative for repairing the road.  Several breached portions of the road during the last flood are yet to be plugged which added to the woes of the commuters.

The local people, including some BJP leaders and PRI members alleged that their MLA has not initiated any step for repairing the Mebo-Dhola road during the three years of his tenure and thereby showing an indifferent attitude towards the people’s grievances.

“Our people are frustrated on the fact that the local MLA, despite of repeated pleas is not attending the public grievances. Huge amount of money meant for road repairing and construction bridges along Mebo-Dhola road was misappropriated by the officers of implementing agencies, but MLA Ralom Borang is watching these all as a mute spectator. We sought “white paper” on utilization of fund released against maintenance of the road and construction of the bridges over Kadang, Tatsing and Taro-Tamak rivers, but the authority is maintaining silence over the issue”, said infuriated Lenjing Pertin, a senior BJP leader of Mebo.

Pertin exclaimed that some blind followers of the local MLA were propagating that the condition of the Mebo-Dhola road was improved after plugging breached portion at Ngopok and Kadang, but, in fact commuters are still suffering a lot to cross Tatsing and Taro-Tamak rivers as they are still dependent on private made bamboo bridges. He lamented that local NCP leader Todol Pertin was found active in fabricated publicity in support of the MLA, and said that he has passed imprudent comment by condemning the local youths for charging fare for using the private- made log bridges.

The Borguly Anchal Member has also echoed the same opinion over the unethical remark made allegedly by the NCP leader.



Development sans improved law & order unimaginable  

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: In the last few years law and order has become a serious issue for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Today goons rule the roost in many parts of the state, especially in capital complex, with the tacit support of politicians and businessmen. The law abiding citizens are helpless watching Arunachal turning into a lawless state. Majority of citizens blame state government for rise in lawlessness as govt has failed to strongly deal with the criminals.

Despite witnessing massive increase in crime rate, government of Arunachal Pradesh did not take any major policy decision to revamp judicial system of the state. One needs to understand that deploying police force in markets will not reduce the crime rate. It may only act as deterrent for time being.  The criminals and goons of state are well aware of legal loopholes and therefore legal justice system need to be revamped at the earliest.

Once a hardcore criminal who happened to be president of some XYZ organization boasted to me, “Ajum bhai I can get bail within one hour if am arrested for any criminal act. I am not afraid of going to jail.” The person was kind of trying to intimidate when my office refused to publish his press release which made no news sense and yes, he miserably failed to intimidate us. To deter such kind of criminals there is urgent need to take various measures to make legal justice strong in Arunachal.   Immediate separation of Judiciary from  Executive is needed as the Revenue Officers, who are at present functioning as Executive Magistrates as well as Judicial Officers, are over burdened with other important tasks especially in Capital Complex like disaster management, law and order / bandh calls, protocol duties etc. It is also become difficult for judicial officers to maintain neutrality because of their frequent communication with public and politicians while performing other tasks as revenue officers. More dedicated judicial officers should be posted in capital complex and district headquarters to exclusively deal with criminal cases because crime rate is high in the state capital following increase in population. More facilities should be given to judicial officers as many of the officers have no vehicles, no drivers, no govt, quarters, no security, etc.  It becomes extremely difficult to carryout magisterial and judicial duties at odd hours in the absence of such basic facilities. Quite often judicial magistrates are threatened by goons and many a times because of lack of security they are compelled to give bail to the criminals.  State government can do wonders if they address law and order problems with honest intent. Only if law and order is under control, Arunachal can dream of becoming a developed state in true sense.



Less education no bar to employment: Bhaiji

NAMPONG, Dec 28: National Youth Project director Dr S N Subba Rao, in his inaugural address to the KVIC-sponsored employment awareness programme, told 300 campers here today that lack of education was not a bar but attitude to make oneself employed.

Addressing the participants on KVIC’s PM Employment Guarantee Programme being conducted by the NYP-AP, its vice president Pradeep Kumar said that the KVIC flagship programme aimed at providing employment by developing entrepreneurs.

Anyone with class-VIII pass is eligible for a loan of Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh under manufacturing and service sector respectively with a subsidy of 35% for North East and 25% for rest of India. However, for the illiterates, the loan amount would be reduced to Rs 10 and Rs 5 lakh respectively with same condition. But, no scheme related to forest, environment and animal husbandry would qualify under the PREGP, he added.

Opium addicts in Anjaw district, who were pursued by the NYP-AP to get rid of addiction to take up cultivation of large size cardamom. They formed two farmers’ clubs and availed loan under NABARD scheme and sold their products worth Rs 1.76 crore in 2011, scripting a success story, Kumar disclosed.   

NYP camper Suresh Sharma, who had availed loan of Rs 25 lakh under the PMEGP in 2006 to start M/s Sharma papers, a paper manufacturing unit at Jaipur, said that he has not only become a successful entrepreneur but an exporter too with ever increasing demand for hand-made paper from bamboo, banana leaves, cotton etc.

Inaugurating a three-week skill development programme for local female artisans and weavers, Dr Rao, lovingly called Bhaiji, told the participants that the week-long training would help them to convert their extra time to productive and remunerative.

About 20 female trainees, who would be trained by master trainer Nilom Mossang at the craft of centre of textile & handicraft department here, sang in chorus with Bhaiji: Karna hai nirman, hamey nav Bharat ki nirman.

Earlier, B S Power, director, M S Power Institute of Communication & Management, Sholan and Sumedha Dhani, associate professor, department of journalism & mass communication, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak exhorted the participants to hone up their skill to make their products more attractive.

Both stressed on women empowerment for balanced growth of the society and called upon the women to realize and channelize their inherent talent for nation building.

Later, Kumar, a senior journalist highlighted the importance and vast scope the field of journalism offers besides the history of print media in the country as well as in Arunachal Pradesh.

Explaining the immense opportunities and openings print and electronic media offer, he said that the field is under staffed for lack of professionals and exhorted the youth with commitment to pursue journalism to serve the nation with honesty.      



Speaker inaugurates community hall

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Arunachal Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong inaugurated the Chasa Village Community Hall today amidst a huge gathering.

While congratulating the people of Chasa village, Lowangdong appreciated PWD and Power department for timely completion of the work and asked the villagers to take proper care of the asset. He said that the community hall would be handy for conducting public meetings and other community activities. The Speaker told the large gathering without mincing any words that he would like to see the 57-Borduria-Bogapani constituency as the most developed in all spheres which would be possible only if the people work hard as willing partners adding that he alone can not bring in development. He asked the people to be honest, sincere and united.

Lowangdong asked the people to utilize the funds judiciously adding that during his tenure tangible developments had taken place. He assured the villagers that he would leave no stone unturned to usher in an era of unprecedented development in the whole constituency for which he needed the active participation of the people.

The Speaker further said that only creation of infrastructure would not help adding that the villagers must take keen interest in agriculture and horticulture activities which are permanent in nature and would augment their source of income.

ADC H. Matcha said that earlier the meetings were held either in the chief’s house or in the Morong but now the newly constructed community hall could be utilized for all purposes and asked the villagers to maintain it properly.

Describing jhum cultivation as destructive and unproductive, Matcha encouraged the people to adopt terrace cultivation wherever feasible and asked them to protect environment and forest.

Tirap ZPC Lorang Loham described the day as historic and showered praises on Lowangdong for his developmental initiatives for the constituency.

All the chiefs, GBs and Panchayat leaders from Borduria-Bogapani profusely thanked Lowangdong for taking keen interest in developing the constituency and they expressed their unflinching faith and support in his leadership.

Later the villagers of Chasa and nearby villages presented attractive cultural programmes. The function was attended by HoDs and people from 57-Borduria-Bogapani constituency. DIPRO



Ering and Taloh visit Yemsing

PASIGHAT, Dec 28: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering and state’s Industries Minister Tapang Taloh along with officers and leaders visited Yemsing village under Kebang circle today.

Addressing the gathering, Ering appealed all to remain united and lend cooperation to the government for faster development of the area. Under the leadership of Nabam Tuki, the stable government is bringing development with planning and vision, Ering said.

The Union minister informed that an ambulance has already been sanctioned for Kebang PHC so that the people of the area can have health care without any problem.

He also elaborated the area in which his ministry is working.

Replying to the memorandum submitted to him, Ering assured Rs. 15 lacs for community hall and Rs. 2 lacs for construction of Mopun structure.

Taloh said that unity, harmony and cooperation are the requisite condition for the development. Yemsing village possess huge virgin areas. But this area remains lying unused due to communication problems. For utilization of the virgin and fertile lands, he has initiated process for a road from Yemsing to Mirem, which, if approve will, bring a sea change in the economy of the area. He appealed all to create congenial atmosphere so that outsiders can invest in the area.

Highlighting the development works initiated by the government under the leadership of Tuki, Taloh reiterated his commitment to work for development of the area and state.

Taben Jamoh, ZPM, Tatum Jamoh, GBs and other public leaders spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



Awareness prog on NABARD schemes

ROING, Dec 28:  A day-long programme on Pre-Potential Linked Credit Plan Meet cum Awareness Programme on Promotional and Development Schemes of NABARD was held at Anchal Samiti Hall here today. The Programme was organized by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar in collaboration with the District Administration of Lower Dibang Valley District.

Attending the programme from beginning to end with keen interest, Shiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of the district said that the figures of CD ratio, loan recovery rate and agricultural loan provided to the farmers of the district are in precarious condition which needed to be improved a lot.  He said that to make people aware of such credit schemes, such kind of awareness programme should be carried out frequently in the interval of 3-4 months.

He asked the Lead Bank manager to monitor the implementation of scheme to achieve the target and said that there should be coordination between different branches of banks. He expressed dismay over poor marketing facilities available in the district due to which farmers had to sell their agri-horti products at very low prices. He said that a concrete plan needs to be worked out to redress this problem and appealed the NGOs and registered societies to come forward in doing so. He further requested the bankers to promote SHGs, Farmers Club by providing loan to them in easy way so that the needy people get benefit, generate employment and are economically improved.

Abhijit K Deb, Chief Manager (Lead Bank) urged the bankers to achieve the target under Annual Credit Plan so that the CD Ratio are improved. He also requested the BDOs and NGOs to form more SHGs and Farmers Club so that the target of KCC can be achieved.

K Vaiphei, Manager, NABARD Regional Office through PowerPoint presentation dealt at length on key issue of the programme.

He also presented on the process of SHG and Farmers Club formation and their roles in development through credit.

Actively running NGOs like Essomi Foundation, Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), Athu-Popu Foundation Society, Social Welfare and various SHGs also shared their success stories and limitations on the occasion.

Various Heads of Line Departments and Agencies also shared their on going developmental schemes and critical infrastructure requirements.

Many queries and doubts regarding credit and finance were also clarified during the interactive session.

Earlier, M Tato, EAC exhorted the participants to take full benefits of the programme.

Heads of Line Departments besides Branch Managers of SBI and APSCB Roing, NGOs and SHGs attended the programme. DIPRO



India of my dream’

NAMPONG, Dec 28: “There should be love for each religion, custom, tradition and language which should flourish without any corrupt practices” was the zest of the thought provoking programme with 16 youth from as many states spelling out their novel ideas on ‘India of my dreams’ as part of week-long National Integration Youth Leadership camp here Thursday evening.

Everyone was dead against corruption, violence, particularly against women, alcoholism and drug addiction, which they felt were retarding the nation’s growth process.

Advocating against depending upon the government in brining any change in the society, the young India stressed on self motivation to take India to its desired place in the committee of nations.

“My dream India should be like a beautiful bride of Kashmir,” said Tahir from Jammu & Kashmir with conviction.

Subscribing the idea of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam that not dreaming is a crime, Vikash Kumar Ranjan from Bihar said that one should dream during the day with open eyes for the cause of the nation. Such realistic dreams with commitment, loyal to duty and rights could take India to the top of the world.”

“Rise above hatred, prejudices and discriminations to win hearts which would bring end to terrorism and divisive attitude and help India remain integrated and united,” argued Nidhi Prjajapati, a lecturer from Rajasthan.

Suresh from Rajasthan pitched in to say: “Illiteracy particularly among the rural masses should be removes through education and vocational training to make them economically self dependent.”

“There should be no hesitation for anyone to respect the women, who nourish the future citizens of India. Qualitative education and discipline alone could make India a developed nation,” said Alka Rathore from Rajasthan.

Debendu Shil from West Bengal said that there should not be any boundary for the states and the languages which have been separating India and Indians into fragments.

  “Punctuality and discipline should be the buzz word for one and all to make Bharat an ideal nation, Shiv Mangal from Uttar Pradesh reasoned.

Reciting a poem, Dr. Manorma Sharma, a professor in music, from Haryana drove home the message that actions are louder than words.

“Love, peace and brotherhood should be our dharma to make India a better place for the human beings to live in,” concluded Manish Verma from Delhi.

“India is our not mine could remove many misgivings. We should not be self-centric to fight corruption to bring tangible change in India,” suggested Ayush from Tripura, which was supported by Himanshu Shekhar from Bihar, who advocated patriotism including Indian products while opposing entry of foreign goods into India. This could be possible if only responsible people are elected to govern us.”

Others who spoke were Puja, Baghmare Shilpa (Maharashtra), Apurba Dutta (W/Bengal), Deepak Nagar (MP), Janu Taman (Sikkim) and Shefali (Haryana).



International Year of Co-operatives-2012

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: A commemoration meeting was held at Multi Sports Club, Bomdila today to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives-2012 with the theme ‘Cooperative Enterprises Builds Better World’ organized by the West Kameng District Cooperative at the initiative  of its Chairman Neri Chongroju.  

Various Cooperators spoke on the occasion and resource persons, including Tashi Phunchu, Asstt. Prof. Deptt. of Economics, Govt. College Bomdila dwelt on the importance and economic viabilities for maintaining a successful Cooperative Societies in the context of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Rupa LAMPS Ltd was facilitated for bagging the award of “Best Co-operative Society” by the State Cooperative Union sponsored by the State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.

West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi while upholding the successful works of various Cooperative Societies of the district expressed his desire to extend all possible help for the diversification of cooperative activities to be taken up in future.

RD Thungon, Jt. RCS, Naharlagun also attended the meeting.

An essay completion was also organized with the topic ‘Cooperative Enterprises- The emerging Economic backbone of Developing Countries’.



CRC Yallang celebrates Silver

Jubilee, Christmas

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Christian Revival Church Yallang, Sagalee celebrated its Silver jubilee - cum- Joint Christmas with a three days program from December 23.

A congregation from 10 Christian Revival Churches from Pareng, Toru and Sagalee circle attended the program.

Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu and Evan. Dr. Techi Anand were the speaker of the Silver Jubilee and Christmas respectively.

Evan. Ama Tana Tara and Evan. Nabam Chaki were the Service leader of the Programme. Prayer warrior team was led by Evan. Techi Lama and praise and worship team by Nabam Shem.  

Ex- Pastor Nabam Tamar (Head Deacon), the founder of CRC Yallang narrated the story how the church came up at Yallang village. He also explained his experiences during those days of beginning of CRC at Sagalee area.

Speaker of the Silver Jubilee Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu explained the true meaning of Silver Jubilee which, according to him, means “forgive and forget” and release of a person from the bondage of slavery.

Evan. Dr. Techi Anand giving the message of Christmas exhorted believers to have faith on God and enjoy ‘eternal life’.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Sama Dodum, president, APCRCC urged the believers to remain united and continue to worship Jesus Christ in their daily life.

Bro. Taba Ayo, Adviser APCRCC, Sis. Ashu Taba, President, APCRCWW, Tami Taching, Field Secretary Area-I, Gandhi Dui Treasurer Area-I and others invitees were present on the occasion.

Nabam Tamar (Head Deacon), the founder of CRC of Sagalee Area was felicitated along with other former leader of Christian Revival Church Yallang.

Bible quiz completion also was held among the youth.

The church was established on December 25, 1987, according to an organizing committee release.

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Roobaroo A Candid Interaction!

Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete

Mr B.S.Sajwan, an officer of Indian Forest Service, IFS, belonging to 1976 batch of AGMUT Cadre, presently the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest- cum- Principal Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, is a man of impeccable integrity and honesty. During his entire service career spanning over more than 36 years, he has held many positions of importance, both in the Government of India as well as Union Territories, including Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh.

He is a rare blend of tough Administrator and meticulous Natural Resource Manager. Throughout his service career, he has always been striving towards efficient discharge of administrative responsibilities as well as over-all improvement of the service environment and the social standing of the Forest service vis-à-vis other All India Services. Also, he worked very selflessly, sincerely, tirelessly and whole-heartedly towards making Arunachal Pradesh a premier place for Natural Resource Management (NRM), an epicenter of Conservation for wildlife and forest, a leader in the field of biodiversity and the torch-bearer of Arunachal’s Campaign to tackle issues arising out of Global Climate Change.

Nyali: On 31st December, 2012, you will eventually hang your boots and bid good bye to the Service on attaining superannuation. Flipping through the pages of yesteryears, any cherished-feelings or deep-regrets which had a profound impact on your life as well as profession.

Mr Sajwan: I’ve been working for last almost 37 years. Honestly, I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve no regrets. Instead, I’ve had a very fulfilling life; I cherish all the associations developed with people, particularly with the fraternity of officials and staff of the department of Environment and Forest. They are very dear to me and they are my biggest treasure.


 Nyali: You had served Arunachal twice already, and this is your 3rd stint. What is the significant difference that you have encountered during these 3 separate stints in the nature of work - administrative as well as managerial- viz-a-viz policy decision, implementation, etc. with particular reference to the department of Environment and Forest?

Mr Sajwan: I joined Arunachal right after my training at the Indian Forest College (now Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy) in 1978. Arunachal was still a Union Territory at that time. Those were formative years of my career. I always held this view: When you join new in the service, you are full of idealism, energy and enthusiasm. The work that you do and the reputation that you develop stay with you almost through your entire career.

I got the opportunity to work with some eminent foresters. In the course of time, I developed enduring relationships. Those were the years I learnt forestry as it was practised, and I tried to imbibe as much as I could.

I joined Arunachal again as the Chief Conservator of Forest (2003-2005). Arunachal had already become full-fledged State. Since it was post- Honourable Supreme Court’s judgement in 1996, putting a ban on green felling, there was a lot of paradigm shift in the forest management and, therefore, quite a challenging time.

I joined Arunachal once again (my 3rd stint) in March 2010 as the Head of the Forest Force. Since Arunachal is a forest-rich state, there’s a strong interface with people. There are, therefore, issues of differences of perception between forest department on one hand, and people and the elected representatives on the other, which one is required to respond to and adopt an inclusive approach rather than being confrontationists.

Nyali: There is a general perception among the people that Environment & Forest department is anti-development, anti-people, and particularly anti-tribal. Even, learned and informed citizens, including government officials manning important positions of policy and decisions also have similar views. Many a people openly say that this department has reduced to the state of being only a mammoth organization with nothing tangible to offer. How to erase these perceptions?

Mr Sajwan: I don’t agree with this view. At least, that is not what I came across with in my interactions with people from various sections of the society, including people’s representatives. In my view, such opinion is held by a minority of people, and it’s because we haven’t been able to explain the mandate and the roles of the forest department. After all, there are Acts and Laws to be implemented by the dept. for the greater cause and interest of the state, and implementing such Laws cannot be deemed to be anti-development or anti-people.

Basically, the forest department is the custodian of natural resources like mountains, forests, rivers, including wildlife and environment for the welfare of people, nation as well as the continuity of life of the living beings. We are, therefore, required to ensure that mad-dash, lop-sided, exploitative, discriminative and unsustainable development modes do not wipe-out our precious natural resources from the face of the earth. Sooner we realise it, the better it is for all. Surely, the people’s perception towards forest dept. will change for good, and I’m confident that it will happen very soon. I have full faith in the wisdom and vision of the people of Arunachal.

Nyali: The land delineation and demarcation is a major issue in Arunachal. People openly oppose the sanctity of most of the Reserve forests; they claim their traditional, ancestral ownership over the land. They allege that most of the Reserve forests had been notified without following proper procedures laid down in the Indian Forest Act, 1927; Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891.

Mr Sajwan: I don’t agree. By and large, the sanctity of Reserve Forests is respected. There are, however, isolated pockets where there are problems relating to demarcation of boundary and the manner in which the Reserve Forests were declared. So, the problem is not large-scale in nature. Here again, the department is reaching-out to the people at large to strike a balance and to arrive at appropriate solution to the problems.

Arunachal is rich in forest cover, which over the years, has of course come down; but still rich-enough. Yes, more than 80 percent of the geographical area of our state is covered with forest. We have around 20000 sq. km. of forest lands (approx. 10000 sq. km of RF and approx.10000 sq. km of PF). There are villages inside these forest lands. Since the land settlement is yet to happen; there’s no demarcation of the land into Revenue land or Forest land. Consequently, ownership of the land is a big issue. There is huge ambiguity as to the extent and limits of various towns, villages etc. So, the land settlement process is the most important thing.

Nyali: Since the Honourable Supreme Court’s ban on green felling all over the country following a judgement in Godavarman case in 1996, timber harvest has been reduced drastically. Nevertheless, in Arunachal, driven by rapid economic growth, and consequently the large-scale construction works are geometrically increasing the requirement for timber. It’s a dichotomy. How are these timbers arranged? Are they sourced legally or illegally?

Mr Sajwan: Actually, most of the timber is coming to the market in the garb of bonafide use. It’s a little difficult to draw a line between commercial use and bonafide use. I know it seems a mere excuse; but it’s the reality. However, we need to work-out a realistic solution to this problem. We need to strengthen our check gates and strictly check any entry of timbers into the towns and other consumption centres without any valid documents. Necessary directions and instructions have been issued to the field officers in this regard.

Nyali: In such scenario, even, how do various government departments and agencies meet the timber requirements for their construction works? Are they also using illegally-sourced timbers? If so, is it not amounting to huge loss of revenue to the state? Are any concrete steps being taken to address this?

Mr Sajwan: Well, it is a serious issue and the government has taken cognizance of it. In this regard, I’ve written to the Chief Engineers and other heads of departments involved in civil construction to issue necessary directions to their respective field-officers to demand proper bills, transit passes, royalty bills and the certificates to the effect that the timbers are legal source from the DFOs as pre-requisite to pass the bills against any construction works. If any officers are passing bills against any works without cross-checking all those documents, then they are liable for action as it not only deprives the state of the revenues but seriously compromises forest protection.

Also, the Divisional Forest Officers have been instructed to carry-out site-inspection and verification of timbers used, and demand bills, TPs, etc. from contractors as well as the officers concerned on the spot. I believe my officers will ensure that illegal timbers are not used. Initially, it may have some problems in the ground; but I’m sure we’ll be able to control illegal timbers being used. After all, protection of forest resources cannot be done by the Forest Department alone. All the government agencies and public at large should also cooperate.


Nyali: A tiger was brutally killed right inside its enclosure in the lone zoological park of the state located in Itanagar. A tragic incident! It was an outrageous act and put the department of Environment & Forest in a bad light. Who were the culprits? Why did it happen at the first place? Who were responsible? Is investigation being done and what is the status of the investigation? What measures have since been taken to avoid repeat of such heinous incident in future?

Mr Sajwan: True! It was an unfortunate incident. Administrative action has been taken against the responsible officers and staff. A police case has also been filed. The security in the Zoo has since been tightened, and the patrolling, increased. I hope no such unfortunate incident happens again.

Nyali: The Honourable Supreme Court has recently allowed resumption of Eco-tourism in core/critical areas of the Tiger Reserves with a direction to the state governments to prepare Tiger Conservation plan within six months. Arunachal has two Tiger Reserves. Has the work been started?

Mr  Sajwan: We are complying with the directions of the Honourable Supreme Court, and the Tiger Conservation Plan is under preparation.

In fact, the Pakke Tiger Reserve is doing very well. It’s recognized as one of the best Tiger Reserves of the country for its scientific management for the tiger conservation.

Nyali: You made an announcement last month that Arunachal would have its own Forest laws to protect the state’s biodiversity. It’s a very welcome decision; in fact, it was long overdue. How different will it be from the existing Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891? What will be its basic premise? Will it incorporate the concerns of the forest officers/officials about their immunity, safety and security while delivering their duties? In a state where, the status of land is widely ambiguous and land settlement, yet to happen, and where there’s scanty regard for the provisions of the Forest laws, do you think it will be implemented effectively in such circumstances?

Mr Sajwan: A Committee has already been formed in this regard, and the drafting process is on. Since law-making requires wide consultations with different stake holders in the society, intelligentsia and public leaders, it is a time consuming process. The Act that we make should also be anchored in the present day realities, and not some 50-100 years back in the history. The context has to be present. Also, it should be implementable and must promote forest conservation in future. We should also incorporate, to the extent possible, the good practices and legal provisions from other states while drafting the Bill.

Once a draft is ready, it will be uploaded on the website and, thereafter, discussed in multi stakeholders’ workshops before finalising the draft. At least that is what is planned as of now.

Nyali: In Arunachal, where majority of the people claim to have traditional, ancestral ownership of forests which spread across some square km, the maximum of 4 ha/family guaranteed under the Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act, 2006 appears meagre, and deprive them of huge chunk of forest areas that they claim since ages. How do we tackle this problem? Is there any plan or database being prepared by the department to identify the claims of forest areas by the people?

Mr Sajwan: I fully agree that we should have a database prepared of claims of forest areas by the people under the Act. You see, in Arunachal, practically, in the name of private or community ownership of land, there are no records. So, as I said earlier, we need to have land settlement done expeditiously. It will remove all the confusions and problems associated with land. In the present circumstances, people find it difficult to approach Banks or Financial Institutions for financial assistance for any land based developmental activities. Even the Land Possession Certificate (LPC) isn’t entertained by most of the Banks.

My personal view is that, at least, people should come forward to avail the opportunities provided by the Act.  This will not only give legitimacy to their claims of ownership of land (4 ha/family); but it will also regularize encroachment on the forest land. However, don’t misread me; as I’m only talking about those forest lands encroached prior to 2006, not after that. Besides, I believe to claim huge chunk of land without any legal support is one thing, and to have a portion of land supported by legal sanction is quite another thing. People should realize it.

The nodal department to implement the said Act in case of Arunachal is Social Welfare Department. So, the department will have to play a pro-active role in this.

Meanwhile, I want to re-emphasize the fact that it’s time for demarcation and delineation of land into Forest land and Revenue land. I’m saying so because of the reasons such as huge protests and agitations across the state against many developmental projects like hydro-power projects, Trans-Arunachal highway projects, etc. which are further delaying the works.

Nyali: Many lower ranking officials, Range Forest Officers and below, complained of insufficient attention from the State’s Sixth Pay Commission. What’s your take on this?

Mr Sajwan: I agree. The Range Forest Officers are at the cutting-edge of the entire forest administration, management and protection system. They are the backbone of the department of Forest & Environment. The over-all efficiency, effectiveness and, surely, the imageof the dept. lean heavily on the RFOs.  I’m aware that the Field-Officers, particularly Range Forest Officers and below are hugely disadvantaged compared to their respective counter-parts in other departments. They have got to patrol, prevent, control and manage thousands of hectares of areas against illegalities, pilferages, forest fires, besides, of course, routine forestry works like plantation activities and timber operations.

They also deserve to be paid at par with the officers of the same rank and level in other departments.  You know, these decisions cannot be taken by the Forest Department alone and require consultation with the various wings of the Government and therefore do take time.

At our departmental level, I’ve tried to address the issue of stagnation. The APFS officers now do not face any stagnation. As regards the executive cadre of the level of Foresters, Forest guards and Forest watchers, there is a huge stagnation. Some have completed more than 30 years and continue in the same rank, though the pay may have been enhanced. This is being addressed and I am hopeful that this also will get sorted out sooner than later.

Nyali: There was a talk of Forest Protection Force and Special Tiger Protection Force. Please share about them.

Mr Sajwan: You are right. The Government has sanctioned two companies with a total manpower of 288 for Forest Protection Force. A Special Tiger Protection Force for Pakke Tiger Reserve with manpower strength of 112 and 100% central assistance is also to be set up and the Government of India has already approved this.

The Budgetary support for the salary component of the Forest Protection Force will be met through the State plan, and the infrastructure from CAMPA funds. For the Special Tiger Protection Force, the financial support will be borne by the Centre.

Nyali: On the issue of Conservation versus Development, the concerns of Conservation have always been relegated to sub-ordination, and the opportunities of Development eventually triumphed even at the cost of huge loss of bio-diversity and future generation. Your comment.

Mr Sajwan: See, too much is at stake. We need to realize and understand the importance of forests and the unique ecosystems that they create. Across the globe, this realization has set in. A number of international conventions on biodiversity and climate change are getting formalised to address the issues of loss of bio diversity and climate change with a view to minimising the adverse impact on the livelihoods of people, particularly in the third world.  Green India Mission as a part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change has been initiated to address the problems associated with the management of natural resources with particular focus to forests. People of Arunachal are fortunate that they are central to this equilibrium state of the nature and these initiatives owing to the vast forest resources.

Nyali: Having been at the helm of affairs for over two years and also having been in the thick and thin of all the issues pertaining to the department of Environment and Forest, what’s your final comment about the department?

Mr Sajwan: As I said in the beginning, I’ve no regrets. It’s been very fulfilling and rewarding experience. True, at times, things don’t go the way you envisage; but then that is what life is all about. It also gives you surprises. Such things are a part and parcel of the job. Again, on most of the occasions, things did happen as I wished. It became possible because of collective help and contribution from all quarters: Political leadership, colleagues in other departments, colleagues and comrades in my own dept., and this has left a positive impression on me.  I was also lucky that I enjoyed full faith of all the three Chief Ministers and the Forest Ministers I had the opportunity to work with. It was because of their unstinting support that I was able to do whatever I did. I also have full faith in the wisdom and vision of the people of Arunachal. They will surely recognize the importance of roles and functions of the department of Environment & Forest.

Nyali: Your vision for the future of Arunachal’s forest.

Mr Sajwan: Arunachal is truly a nature’s abode; its beauty and diversity are beyond any description. Such is the wealth and richness of this land. Forests, wildlife, scenic beauty and the like are precious treasures. They are, therefore, required to be preserved, protected, managed, taken care of and utilized properly, for they are crucial to the life-supporting systems like rivers, agriculture, industrial development, etc. The irony is that very little is really understood about the relationship that exists between them.

These rich forests of the state are the life-line of Arunachal. In the name of traditional, ancestral ownership; or lack of other alternate livelihood options; or in the guise of development and creation of avenues and opportunities for people, we shouldn’t allow mindless destruction of our natural resources. These forests are our natural heritage.

There are different models of development which take into account proper and judicious utilization of our forests and other natural resources. Arunachal, with its vast forest resources, should follow economic policies which harness natural resources in a sustainable manner for the benefit of people. Therefore, sectors like forest, horticulture, tourism are extremely important.

I’m sure Arunachal’s forests are here to stay; they would be protected and managed well, ensuring the ecological health, providing resources for modern economic systems, sustaining the life and livelihood of the people, and serving as the safe-haven  of wildlife. The state will greatly benefit from its forests.

Nyali: Despite your busy official commitments, you remain an excellent family man as well.

Mr Sajwan: Right. I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.

Nyali: During your leisure time, how do you relax yourself, I mean your hobbies?

Mr Sajwan: I love reading. I enjoy listening to music and watching television. I also love badminton and TT. After my retirement, I want to take up golf.

Nyali: Talking about your retirement,though it’s only the end of your official career, and I know you would still put your best to do what you wanted to do for the forest and the people as a member of the dept.; but couldn’t do, please share us your plan for your post-retirement life.

Mr Sajwan: I’m from a rural background. I know there are many hardships in rural, remote areas, especially lack of quality education. There are many talented children, who, if provided with proper guidance and support, mainly educational and financial, would do wonders. Therefore, I really want to do something for such talented; but otherwise unfortunate children in rural areas. Honestly, I want to go back to my village and start something on these lines.

Nyali: Sir, I learnt from some sources that you have been short-listed as a member of the prestigious National Green Tribunal.

Mr Sajwan: I will neither confirm, nor deny this. However, if it does happen it will be a great honour for me.

Nyali: I’m sure it will happen.

Nyali: Any messages for our readers, especially for the members of the department of Environment & Forest.

Mr Sajwan: I started my career from Arunachal, and I am ending it as the Head of the Organization here itself. It’s been a satisfying and fulfilling journey and I have fond memories of my association with this wonderful treasure land and its people. I’m going to cherish my associations with people and places here for the rest of my life. I want to say thank you to everybody. I also wish all the people of Arunachal a very happy and prosperous new year, 2013.

Nyali: Happy New Year to you too. On behalf of all the members of the department of Environment & Forest, I extend best wishes for your happy and successful post-retired life. Personally, I look forward to interact with you frequently. Thank you so much for your valuable time.

Women in Science & Technology

A cross-continental survey assessing government support to women's inclusion in science puts India at the bottom of the table.

The survey of the status of women in the knowledge society - collectively the science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors - looked at the potential for and actual contributions of women in six countries and one region: Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, and the European Union.

Called the 'National Assessment of the Participation of Women and Girls in the National STI System Based on the Gender Equality-Knowledge Society Framework', the assessment was undertaken by Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

It's research says that inspite of an excellent policy environment for women, the Indian government did not really walk the talk. It attributes India's lowest rank among the nation's surveyed to insufficient funding that leads to poor implementation. India's policy environment for women is only matched by insufficient funding and implementation means it has the lowest ranking among the countries surveyed, the assessment finds.

Supporting its findings with statistics and data gleaned from records of the government, the study points out the poor presence of women scientists in research advisory committees in Indian research institutions. The figures are damning, to say the least. For instance, the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, has just four women in its 19 member research advisory committee and the prestigious Department of Biotechnology has just two women in a 25-member body. The worst case is of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology which hasn't a single woman in its research advisory committee.

Commenting on the shares of women studying science and engineering at tertiary level, the report paints a grim picture. Skimming through the report, it becomes obvious that the percentage of girls moving into tertiary levels has been increasing over the years and the trend of their enrolment in various disciplines like engineering and medicine is also growing. Yet, this is not matched by the low share of women scientists and engineers.


Govt needs to rethink on hydro-power policy

Dear Editor,

The recent protest by thousand of Monks and villagers of Tawang district against the construction of more than a dozen hydro power projects by power developers without taking the consent of villagers of those area is an eye opener for the state government.

The Government signed MoU/MoA with NHPC Ltd and Bilwara Group besides other private power developers and during his  visit Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for Tawang –I and II basin hydro power projects at Itanagar whereas the projects were located in Tawang near China border. This proves that the Congress Govt in its hurry had overlooked the safety and security of the people of Tawang. Besides causing ecological imbalances in the region several engendered wildlife species like Red Panda, Macau and many others are likely to be threatened once the construction of the hydro project begins.

Moreover, Tawang which is situated near the China border is sensitive area as the China is yet to leave its claim on Tawang as part of Chinese territory and has been repeatedly staking its claim. Therefore, state Govt needs to rethink on such hydro power project policy which is against the wishes of the indigenous local populace. The local fear that hydro power project would displace a large chunk of population and hence have expressed resentment against the power developers.

It is high time to contain the volatile situation in Tawang and make every efforts to bring back normalcy. The peace loving people of Tawang have ventilated  their dissent and anger and such protest would send a wrong signal to outside world. China on the other hand might also take advantage of situation and draw the attention of world forum to the threat posed to the local people of Tawang which is a world renowned tourist destination.

The  local population rightly fear  that the demography of Tawang district would be changed due to influx of large numbers of migrant labourers in search of job and livelihood threatening the identify  and integrity of the people  of Tawang. It is therefore imperative for the state government to be cautious and evolve such a hydro power policy so that the future of Tawang and the state as a whole is not threatened.


T C Teli, Ex-Minister



We are in dire need of a hanging bridge

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the local MLA, panchayat leaders and Govt departments towards the underdevelopment of my village, namely,  Sollo under Kigi panchayat, Toru circle in Papum Pare district. There is no road connectivity and electricity supply in the area and there is no means to cross Pare river to reach Kheel-Hoj road.  During winter season, we somehow manage to cross the Pare river with the help of bamboo raft, but in summer it is difficult to cross the river. We often take the 7 km jungle path to reach nearest town Hoj for emergency or medical purpose. The worst sufferers are the children and women.

Many a times I personally  submitted applications  and also  verbally requested our local panchayat leaders and Govt department for construction of hanging bridge and supply of electricity, but  yielded no results.

Therefore, I, on behalf of my villagers, request the local panchayat leaders, MLA and Govt department  to take immediate steps for construction of hanging bridge to minimize the sufferings of the villagers.


Teli Toka

Sollo/Geram village

Kigi Panchayat




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