ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has greeted the people of the State on the occasion of
Indigenous Faith Day to be celebrated tomorrow across the state.
The Governor in his message hoped the occasion will continue to strengthen the indigenous
faiths and ritualistic practices in the State.
“Arunachal Pradesh is truly a cultural mosaic. Nature has blessed the people with
different faiths and divine beliefs. Most of the tribes are ethnically very similar,
but their geographical isolation from each other has brought amongst them, certain
characteristics in customs, traditions and rituals. Celebration of the day by various
indigenous faith groups of the State together reinforces the spirit of unity in diversity,”
the Governor said in his message.
The Governor reposed confidence that the marvelous tradition will continue under
the guidance of elders of the communities.
Tuki in his message emphasized on the significance of the Indigenous Faith movement,
particularly under the aegis of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP), that has successfully preserved and maintained the traditional
customs and faiths of the indigenous tribes of the state in the age of rapid globalization.
Reiterating the popular idiom ‘Loss of culture is loss of identity’, he asserted
the necessity to preserve the distinct indigenous identities of the various tribes
of the state lest these are lost forever.
“Ours is a distinct state with several tribes and communities residing side by side
for ages and maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions. Despite
our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous
cultural heritage. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated
at all costs while keeping in tact our unity in diversity,” the Chief Minister added.
Over 1500 athletes to participate in NE sports competition
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Over 1500 athletes from eight northeastern states are expected
to take part in the National Level North East Sports Competition being held here
from December 10 to 13.
The competition will feature 10 sports events, which include Athletics, Archery,
Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wushu.
Football will be played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun, Weight lifting at DN College auditorium,
Badminton at MLA cottage Badminton hall and rest of the events will be conducted
at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu, complex informed the Department of
Sports and Youths Affairs.
The games will be officially kicked off at SLSA Sports Complex on December 10.
Meanwhile, preparation for the biggest sporting event of the region was going on
in full swing under the constant supervision of Sports and Youth Affairs Director
DK Dinglow. A mass social service was also conducted to clean the SLSA complex today,
the main venue of the competition.
Efforts to clean up Siang
PASIGHAT, Nov 30: As part of the nationwide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, authorities of
Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC), Advance Landing Ground (ALG) and Ward-6 councilor
held a special cleanliness and awareness drive on Sunday at Siang River.
Leading the campaign, PMC CC Denong Tamuk, MEO Nixon Lego and ALG construction In-charge
Col. Ravi along with all ward councilors and local people today removed scattered
debris, solid waste and garbage in Komlighat area. The civic body categorically emphasized
the need to spread awareness about keeping households and surroundings clean. Efforts
were made to ensure involvement of local populace and to educate them about the necessity
of keeping the riverbank clean.
MEO Nixon Lego addressing the councilors said, “We have to make every possible effort
to make our town clean and green forever. We should not only organize cleanliness
drives but also hold awareness sessions, workshops etc. in future to increase the
contribution of people towards environment.”
Komlighat Park will be taken care by municipality to make it a recreational center.
During inspection of water supply and road connectivity by the municipal team, Ward-6
Councilor Makpak Peyang informed that due to upcoming construction of ALG, water
supply pipes were uprooted in densely populated airfield area.
The former MLA Bosiram Siram had taken up the issue with the Airport authority seriously.
As a result, one ring-well in Jarku village, nine ring-wells and re-installation
of new pipelines was completed today in airfield area with the help of ALG construction
Donation continues for Kerang fire victims
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The two-day donation camp for the affected families of Kerang
village fire accident organized by the Green Pioneers in collaboration with ABK Youth
Wing concluded today with 143 donors extending relief aid on the second day.
Earlier, 111 capital city dwellers turned up to provide help on the first day of
the donation camp that was organized at Gompa here on November 29. The second day
of the donation camp was organized outside Max Mart at Naharlagun.
Nabam Anand, volunteer from the Green Pioneers expressed satisfaction over the successful
conduct of the camp and the large number of donors that participated on the day.
He informed large amount of relief materials were donated and total amount of Rs.
56,000 was donated by people.
Green Pioneers is a not-for-profit organization that had earlier carried relief aid
for Lapung village fire accident.
Arunachal Food Festival’ to begin on Dec 11
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: With a motive to promote state based hotels, resorts, restaurants
and bars through the delicious cuisines, both local and continental, and to create
awareness on hospitality services, especially to domestic and foreign tourists, the
All Arunachal Hotel, Resort Restaurant and Bar Association (AAHRRBA) will be organizing
its first ever ‘Arunachal Food Festival’ at Indira Gandhi Park here from December
11 to 14.
‘At least 60 reputed hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars from across the state
will put up their stalls in the proposed food festival. Beside regular programmes,
cultural events and fashion show of local designers will be the added attractions
of the festival, AAHRRBA President Tagru Punong informed the media persons at a Press
conference here today.
Responding to a query of the media persons on high and exorbitant prices of food
items and beverages as experienced in the past in such food festivals in the state,
Punong informed that the Aruanchal Food Fest will completely be a different one where
visitors will have the opportunity to taste various food items at reasonable rate.
“More that 70 per cent of the common people cannot afford to enjoy foods in such
festivals due to inflated prices,” he said, and assured that the costs of local as
well as non-local food items in the ensuing food festival will be reasonable and
menus will be made available in every stall to avoid any confusion.
Secretary Tarh Rana also spoke on the occasion.
MDM review meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Seijosa ADC TR Tapu stressed on healthy and hygienic mid day meal
(MDM) to attract more and more students to schools.
Chairing the two days meeting held recently to review implementation of MDM scheme
at Seijosa, the ADC gave emphasis on cleanliness and sought proper monitoring of
prepared food under MDM by school management committees, Panchayat leaders and teachers.
The Block Education Officer (BEO) of Seijosa B Rai suggested the field functionaries
to maintain better understandings among themselves for better implementation of Mid-Day
Meal (MDM) scheme.
ZPM Pani Tayem and Anchal Chairperson Renu Kino stated that the MDM programme under
Seijosa block was satisfactory as compared to the other blocks of the district. Both
the panchayat leaders requested all SMCs and Panchayat members to physically monitor
implementation of MDM schemes.
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin passed away today following
a brief illness. According to family sources, he had liver thrombosis which affected
other vital organs. He was being treated at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon but succumbed
to his illness at 11.15 pm today.
His body will be flown to his native Aalo on Tuesday. Gamlin is survived by three
daughters and a son.
Gamlin born on 16th April 1961 at Aalo in West Siang district was the second son
of Sokjar Gamlin and Gamde Ete Gamlin. He studied in Sainik School, Goalpara in Assam
and graduated in History from St. Stephen's College in Delhi. He graduated in law
from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1984. Later, he practiced as a lawyer
Gamlin started his political career as a leader of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students
Union (AAPSU). He was the president of AAPSU from 1981-83. He was baptised into electoral
politics by legendary figures of the state's regional party leaders like Tomo Riba
and Bakin Pertin in People's Party of Arunachal (PPA). He was a member of the 13th
Lok Sabha from 1999-2004 representing Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency. In
2004, he was elected to the 4th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Liromoba
constituency in West Siang district and became the Home Minister in the Gegong Apang
led state cabinet. In 2009, he was re-elected to the 5th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly from the same constituency and became the Power Minister in the Dorjee Khandu
led state cabinet on 6th November, 2009.
On 5th May 2011, Gamlin became the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after the
death of Dorjee Khandu on 30th April, 2011. On 31 October 2011, Gamlin resigned from
Chief Ministership due to political crisis in the State.
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Papum Pare District Bar Association (PPDBA) today demanded
the honorable High Court to expedite the recruitment process of 123 group ‘C’ & ‘D’
posts for effective functioning of the subordinate courts in the state.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club here, PPDBA President Nabam Jollaw said,
“Courts are not functioning properly because of shortage of staff " and that "courts
are at the mercy of the district administration".
He further added that the courts are functioning without clerical staff such as peon,
clerks and computer operators and stenographers hampering the judicial procedures
and daily activities of the courts. The Bar Association President also pointed out
that due to insufficient staff; the subordinate courts have been unable to dispose
off the cases as fast as it should. He also disclosed that the pending cases totalled
654 till October 2014. PPDBA informed that the state government has sanctioned for
the recruitment of group C & D posts, within time frame, however the Gauhati High
Court has failed to conduct interviews as yet. It also claimed that examinations
for various posts have already been conducted, but the results are yet to be declared.
It questioned the reasons for the delay.
The District Bar Association added that Chief Secretary had written to the Deputy
Commissioners in August 2013 directing them to provide the necessary infrastructure
like court buildings and residential buildings for chief judicial magistrates and
judicial magistrate until the required infrastructure is created by the government.
The Association’s Debate and Symposium Secretary Tarak (Tarh) Eha appealed to the
Deputy Commissioner to comply with the standing Direction of the Chief Secretary
so that judiciary could function properly. The Bar Association blamed the High Court
and the Deputy Commissioners for flawed functioning of the subordinate courts, claiming
that it has failed to manage required staff and infrastructure.
The PPDBA said that such issues were not confined to the district alone as courts
across the state are also suffering from staff shortages. While the grade-II judicial
officers are required in the courts of West Siang, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri and
Lower Dibang valley, grade-III judicial officers have not been posted in Tawang,
Upper Siang, Upper Subansiri and Tirap districts as well.
Citizens protest against CRPF brutalities at Deomali
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: A massive peaceful protest was organized yesterday against Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Deomali town by the citizens and student groups. On
Friday evening CRPF jawans allegedly thrashed local citizens including women and
children without any provocation at Deomali market area.
The incident triggered angry reaction from civil society groups of the town. Sensing
the seriousness of the situation, CRPF officials have reportedly apologized for the
However, the victims are demanding police action against the CRPF jawans who in drunken
state violently assaulted the innocent citizens.
As per the report, the whole mayhem started on Friday evening at Kailashpur market
area of Deomali.
“Group of local boys had picked up petty fight with a shopkeeper. The matter was
resolved when Bazaar secretary intervened after being alerted by the shopkeeper.
However, by then big crowd had gathered around the shop. Camp of the 36th battalion
of CRPF is located few metres away from the spot where the fight broke out. Surprising
everyone, the CRPF jawans in civilian clothes carrying lathis came out from the camp
and started thrashing everyone without any provocation,” shared an eyewitness.
The CRPF personnel did not even spared senior citizens and women. Continuing their
rampaging mayhem, the CRPF personnel also entered inside the boy’s hostel of Wangcha
Rajkumar Govt. College and dragged out the students who were studying for the exams.
The students were severely beaten up by the CRPF jawans doubting them of involving
in the fight near their camp. One lady lecturer was also injured in the entire melee.
An FIR was lodged at Deomali police station by the victim students but the police
did not register the case. When contacted, officer in charge of Deomali police station,
CB Rai confirmed that as of now they have not registered the case even though the
students of Wangcha Rajkumar Govt. College have lodged an FIR. But he added that
matter is now being investigated by additional SP of the district. “Additional SP
yesterday arrived from Khonsa and recorded the statements of both victims and CRPF
officials. Now matter will be handled by higher officials and we will wait for their
instruction,” said the OC.
Though calm, a tense situation is still prevailing as citizens are still coming to
terms with incident. They are extremely upset with the violent and abusive behavior
of CRPF personnel.
State needs skilled workforce: Byaling
DAPORIJO, Nov 30: Creation of a skilled workforce from within our people to meet
the needs and demands of our state is an imperative duty that the government has
taken up through the Job Mela and skill development trainings, said Home Minister
Inaugurating the second phase of Job Mela at Singik Hall, Daporijo today, Byaling
stressed the need for acquiring skills that will help in getting employment as against
acquiring certificates and degrees without learning the requisite skill and knowledge.
He called upon all participants to be dedicated and sincere in learning the skills
of the vocation they decided to take up.
Byaling also called upon the Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) to design courses
on skill development in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry,
construction etc as trained people are urgently required in these fields which have
a huge potential in our state.
MLA and APEDA Chairman Dikto Yekar urged all the candidates who are truly determined
to learn employable skills to sign up and go for the training which would open up
new opportunities within and outside the state for them.
Highlighting about the government’s flagship programmes of skill generation and CM’s
Universal Health Insurance Scheme, he informed that efforts are on from his side
to provide better facilities at Daporijo like additional SBI ATM machine, better
road facilities, and incentives to leaders of the cleanest colonies at Daporijo etc.
Director (Skill Development) Subu Tabin informed the gathering about the objectives
of the government in conducting the Job Mela and providing skill development training
for the selected candidates free of cost. He emphasised on the dignity of labour
and explained that all professions had an importance in their own right and so skill
development and skilled workforce was necessary to meet the demands in all sectors.
He also informed that all residents, including APSTs and non APSTs of the state could
sign up and avail the skill development training.
Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom urged the participants to give their best performance
during the training and acquire skills that would be useful to them for finding employment.
The VTPs present like VLCC Health Care Ltd, PC Training Institute Ltd. Amazing Networks
Pvt. Ltd, M/s Gorgeous Parlour-cum- Training Institute, Orion Edutech Pvt. Ltd, SBJ
Centre of Excellence Pvt. Ltd and JIS Institute of Skill Development gave presentation
on the courses available under them. The VTPs urged the participants to be serious
in completing their courses and to be prepared to work anywhere in the country and
even outside. DIPRO
Likabali be made temporary headquarters of Lower Siang district: Sub Committee
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: With the confusion that is looming over the decision for the district
headquarters of the newly created Lower Siang district, the Sub Committee of District
Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) has decided to push forward for Likbali as
the temporary headquarters of the district within one month.
This was decided in a meeting held on November 25 at Likabali in the presence of
all the PRI leaders of Likabali Assembly constituency, local leaders, GBs and the
general public of all the four circles of Likabali sub-division.
“…Considering the urgency in the backdrop of recent development concerning the interstate
boundary between Arunachal and Assam post release of the report of the local boundary
commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India,” it said.
In the meeting it was also decided that the selection of the parmanent headquarters
should be subjected to the concern Deputy Commission in close confidence with the
concern MLAs of the three assembly constituencies: namely Likabli, Nari and Basar
including all other stakeholders like PRI leaders, senior citizens, local public
leaders and general mass.
Emphasizing that since Lower Siang district was demanded for the administrative convenience
of the foothill areas of Likabali and Nari assembly constituencies besides it was
also specifically aimed to liberate the people foothills from socio-economic underdevelopment,
the committee said that the permanent headquarters must serve these purpose and that
the permanent headquarters should be established either at Likabali or Nari.
Meanwhile, expressing concern that the Lower Siang district has been misinterpreted
as a Galo district, it said that the district, since the movement was started in
1994, was never meant to be a Galo district but a foothill district.
Rijiju’s intervention sought for implementation of Forest Rights Act
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Karsingsa Taniang Kipa on behalf
of the general public of the area submitted a representation to Union Minister of
State for Home Kiren Rijiju recently seeking his intervention for immediate implementation
of the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest
Rights) Act, 2006 in 75th Karsingsa Panchayat.
Highlighting the problem faced by the people of the Panchayat in obtaining land possession
certificate due to non-issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the concern
Forest Department since the area falls under Drupong Reserved Forest, the representation
strongly urged the Union Minister to intervene in the matter and take necessary action
for implementation of the said Act.
It further appealed Rijiju to direct Arunachal Pradesh Government to start official
procedures for conversion of the said village into non forest land as per provision
of the Act in the greater interest of public of the state.
According to Karsingsa ASM Taniang Kipa, Rijiju has assured to look into the matter
and take necessary action to solve the problem being faced by the people of Arunachal
The representation said that the rights of settlement and conversion of all forest
villages, old habitations, un-surveyed villages etc into revenue villages has been
recognized as one of the forest rights of forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other
traditional forest dwellers on all forest lands under Section 3 of the Scheduled
Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act,
2006 (in short, Forest Rights Act, 2006).
Further, the Govt. of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has Issued comprehensive
guidelines to all the State Governments/UTs on various aspects of Implementation
of the Act, in which it emphasized the need to implement the provisions of the FRA
with regard to conversion of forest villages and other such villages into revenue
villages without any exceptions or exemptions being provided to such villages in
any category of forest lands.
“The State Governments were advised to convert all previous forest villages, unrecorded
settlements and old habitations into revenue villages with a sense of urgency in
a time bound manner,” the representation added.
Khopleteng steel bridge inaugurated
All stakeholders in development: Jambey
TAWANG, Nov 30: The long pending Khopleteng steel bridge was inaugurated by Parliamentary
secretary (RWD) Jambey Tashi at Rumbuiteng in Shakti Village yesterday.
The 56.00-meter-long and 4.55 meter wide bridge has been constructed in place of
the old deteriorating hanging bridge, with a total cost of Rs 130.68 lakh.
The bridge will connect the interior and remote Thigshi and Khopleteng villages while
significantly reducing the distance from Zemithang to Dudunghar circle from 26 kms
to a mere 11 Km.
Speaking at the inauguration function, Jambey Tashi termed it a historic moment while
hoping that the bridge will relieve the stress and labour of the villagers of both
the villages, who had to scale the high mountains to reach their respective villages.
He called on the villagers for safe upkeep of the government assets.
Seeking cooperation from the public for the all round development of the region,
he said, “Development has never been a one man affair”. Addressing the locals in
Monpa language, the leader eloquently spoke on the importance of health and hygiene.
He laid stress on the construction of toilets and directed the PHED department to
look into the matter while assuring all assistance and support from his behalf.
Tawang DC Abhishek Dev emphasized on proper and timely regulation of PDS item in
the circle, cleanliness and regular attendance of office staffs posted in the circle.
While urging the officers to closely monitor the attendance of staff in offices,
he asked them to conduct checks and take strict actions against the defaulters.
AAPBSU reiterates demand for raising 3rd APPBn
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has reiterated
the demand for the creation of 3rd batch of AAPBn as the raising of the battalion
is urgently required to secure the lives and properties of the people living at border
Expressing resentment over non-responsive attitude of the state government despite
submission of a memorandum to the Chief Secretary in August this year for creation
of the 3rd Arunachal Armed Police Battalion, AAPBSU in a release said the present
APPBn forces was not sufficient to tackle the rising law and order at border areas
and various developmental project sites from where different types of law and order
problems are reported frequently.
“Creation of the third batch of the force is urgently required for maintaining the
law and order problems both at border areas and various developmental project sites
like Trans-Arunachal High and Hydro-Power Project in Arunachal Pradesh, the release
AAPBSU informed that the Deputy Inspector General of Police (HQ) had submitted a
proposal to Commissioner (Home), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in April, 2010 to raise
five battalion of armed police for providing security to power projects at the rate
of 1000 personnel per battalion with total strength of 5000 personnel.
The PWD had also expressed concern over rapidly increasing law and order problem
at project sites and held a meeting in August 2010 in connection with raising of
battalion in Arunachal Pradesh Police for providing security to the implementing
agencies of Trans-Arunachal Highway and other state road projects and same was submitted
for approval no recruitment of AAPBn has been done by state government till today,
“We appeal to the state government to feel the pulse of border areas’ public. It
is the duty of the state government to ensure security and safety of each and every
individual,” said AAPBSU President Atung Tana.
The association urged the Chief Secretary to pursue the matter with Chief Minister
for immediate recruitment of AAPBn to protect the lives and properties of people
residing at border areas and to contain law and order problem at various project
sites in Arunachal Pradesh.
“Further, the first and second batches of AAPBn personnel recruited in 1988 and 1989
respectively have not been promoted to higher ranks. They are being stagnated at
same position from the day of their appointment,” lamented AAPBSU and urged the state
government to recognize their sincerity, dedication and hard work by giving them
promotion as per rule to boost their morale.
CDSI to launch cancer control prog in Arunachal
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 30: The Cancer Detection Society of India (CDSI) has decided to launch
a comprehensive cancer control programme in Arunachal Pradesh in view of the rising
incidence of the disease and mortality rate.
CDSI president Dr Suraj Verma, who arrived here today at the invitation of the Director
of Health Services, told this daily that regular cancer check-up during a week-long
camp along with awareness campaign will be organised at Arunachal State Hospital
during December 7-12 next.
The camp aims at early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer cases, Dr Verma
said, adding the AHS team would be assisting in the camp.
Audio visual talks on brining mass awareness about the causes of cancer, its prevention
and treatment would be part of the campaign, which will be conducted at Ziro during
The ASH has an Oncology Department where 400 to 500 cancer patients are getting treatment
The Delhi-based CDSI, chaired by Dr S H Advani, former Chief Oncologist of Tata Memorial
Hospital, Mumbai, has conducted such campaign in seven North East states, Dr Verma
CM’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran’s State Badminton Championship concludes
ITANAGAR: 30 Nov: Dilip Gurung won the Sub-Veteran Men's Single (35+) title in the
Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Badminton Championship-2014 defeating
Tomar Ango in the final at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium, here today.
Gurung beat Ango 21-11, 24-22.
The pair of Tomar Ango and Saji Baby beat the duo of Karmo Riram and Dilip Gurung
21-14, 21-16 to win the Sub-Veteran Men's Double (35+) title.
Taw Yania won the Sub-Veteran Women's Single (35+) tile defeating Yane Kamsar 21-6,
21-8 in the final.
Taw Yania and Boni Yupu beat Pema Ladon and Tao Yeji 21-9, 21-11 in Sub-Veteran Women's
Double (35+) final to win title.
Laa Ribe won the Veteran Men's Single (40+) title beating Karmo Riram 21-17, 21-11.
The pair of Karmo Riram and KR Singh beat Laa Ribe and Ha Tashi 21-5, 21-6 in the
final to win Veteran Men's Double (40+) tile.
Veteran Men's Single (45+) title was won by Laa Ribe, who beat
Karmo Riram 21-15, 21-14 in the final.
The duo of Karmo Riram and Nabam Tekhi beat Joram Dopum and Tanu Loriak 21-15, 21-18
to win the Veteran Men's Double 45+ title.
Veteran Men's Single 50+ title went to Joram Dopum, who beat KR Singh 21-15, 21-15.
Gaken Ete and Joram Dopum won the Veteran Men's Double 50+
title. The pair of Ete and Dopum beat T Kushuk and G Doke 11-21, 21-10, 21-12 in
Parliamentary Secretary (Education, IPR) and Govt. Spokesperson Bamang Felix while
attending the closing ceremony of the four days championship at Raj Bhwan Indoor
badminton hall today called upon the people of the state to co-operate and support
Arunachal Badminton Association (ASBA) for promotion of the sport in the state. He
suggested that such tournaments should be organised at district level also for popularization
and development of badminton in the state.
MLA Laisam Simai while highlighting the popularity of badminton all over the world,
advised the players to practice hard and maintain sportsmanship spirit for better
Earlier, Organizing Committee Secretary Kalyan Dutta informed that a total of 110
shuttlers from across the state participated in the championship and 100 matches
were played during the tournament.
----Readers Forum ----
Thanks for standing up for us
As an advisor of the All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher Association,
I would like to compliment Sotai Kri, Vice President of the BJP who batted for regularization
of SSA Teachers who have served for more than 5 (five) years in a letter addressed
to HRD Minister of the Central Govt, which was reported in the local dailies on Nov
I appreciate him for showing serious concern for the struggling SSA teachers who
want to have life secured under such harsh condition. We would never forget such
initiative from big and humane hearted leaders.
We would request the BJP and other leaders to continue their initiatives for its
immediate solution as already beginning has been made by you. We shall be extremely
grateful and thankful to all those initiators who work for betterment of the teachers.
Had there been sincere leaders like him, we wouldn't have been leading such an uncertain
As SSA Teacher we are facing untold problem which cannot be expressed in few words.
Since 2003, we have been serving the Department with utmost sincerity and dedication
despite irregular payment or disbursement of salaries.
Most of us have crossed 40 but there is still a question of regularization of the
In most of the elementary school and even in higher secondary school, SSA teachers
are doing commendable duties but reciprocal rewards are not coming forward in encouraging
way from the State Government which has caused serious concern for our SSA teachers.
In our State there are 1019 Upper Primary Schools and 3002 Primary Schools. In Primary
School SSA teachers are 4497 out of total 8579 teachers. In Upper Primary Schools,
the total SSA Teachers are 2113 out of 4503.
Most of the rural based schools are run by SSA Teachers. We are always enjoying the
policies and programme of the Govt in words, such as top priorities for education
sector but the plights of SSA teachers are going from bad to worse.
In such worrisome struggle of life when political parties and leaders are engaged
in encouraging initiatives and words, it certainly lift our spirit, mind, heart and
soul but real fulfilment would be when they help us to fulfil the long felt demand
of SSA teachers for regularization.
I do appeal and request all the political parties and its leaders, students leaders,
NGOs, Community, Officials and Officers of Education Department and likeminded people
to co-operate, encourage and help us to regularize our services for better tomorrow
of teachers to serve the students for a worthy society.
Techi Pahi Tara
All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
A good read
The article titled "Arunachal festivities on the roll" by Amar Sangno made a good
read. His take on skyrocketing of food price in stalls during festivals and our tilt
towards westernization was a museum piece. It was not an act of spilling the beans
but an ugly truth that has become our order of the day.
It is no surprise that food prices are at its possible high during festivals. Even
5 star hotel's price is incomparable to that of local food stalls which only mitigates
the charm of our festival to bare minimum. How can one expect to buy few pieces of
meat for 1000 odd rupees? What impression it would leave upon tourist who pays visit
to such events only to explore the rich culture and heritage of our state? Why to
risk and reduce the positive message that we send out from such events for the sake
of warm pockets of few? It is very wrong practice and concerned body should take
up the cudgel to do away with it right away. Proper regulation of prices for such
events is need of hour for our so called tourism potential state.
Coming to the second point, when we talk about westernization why can't we seek good
from them. Why to narrow the definition of westernization and confine it merely with
western hits or Bollywood numbers? I am not against them but I am against the indifference
towards our local songs displayed by our young ones. No doubt, listening to any number
cannot be forced upon, it should come from within but I feel it is our moral responsibility
to preserve our local songs, dialects and tradition where music plays a significant
role. Without much do, let me just exemplify my assertion. How many Indian Idols
and Hindi or English singer we have produced? But Arunachal Pradesh was requested
by the central government to display our cultural heritage in the form of Rikam Pada
dance on 26 Jan in New Delhi. It is true that we can't compete with them to our fullest
potential when it comes to western and Bollywood music but I am equally confident
that they too can't compete us in things we do, things we compose. Something's that
comes so natural cannot be competed by some 'trying to be' effort.
I am very grateful to Amar Sangno for giving us the opportunity to marvel around
some valid yet tamed points that is for our own good.
The new district Hq
Namsai now is the youngest district of Arunachal Pradesh with its Headquarter at
Namsai. Before it became full-fledged district, most of the area were occupied by
people and there is less area for expansion. Moreover it is a place wherein half
of the population are non-local and some non-Arunachalees are permanent residents
due to weak administration of Tai-khampti Singpho Council.
Therefore, it is my request to the Council to have election to chose its executive
members. In the meantime, i request the government to shift the district headquarters
to Noi- Cheynam (Tenga-Pani) as it is the most suitable place in term of accessibility
Dr. Chow Nakunand Singkai
Recruitment and local youths
Thought the column of your esteem daily, I would like to share my personal experiences
regarding private job recruiters of our state. Every day, there is call for recruitment
to various posts in private organisations. But irony is that no one wants to recruit
When I asked about the reason, I was simply told "Local aadmi log baat nehi sunta
hai". They only want to invest on outsiders, I guess.
In this regard my personal opinion is that" baat sunna aur nehi sunna "depend on
individual to individual.
If our own people have this kind of mentality then why should outsiders recruit
And what I have seen till now is that local people have much more potential to do
any kind of work whether technical or non technical.
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China in no mood to relent
Over the last few decades, Arunachal Pradesh has bore brunt of the Chinese claim
over the state. The Chinese have successfully managed to keep foreign companies
out of state, thereby severely affecting the foreign investment. Recently Japan backed
out of a road projects from state after China expressed its displeasure to Tokyo.
In the past bodies like World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have also refused
to fund the developmental projects due to Chinese objection. Off late, there was
a genuine hope that visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to New Delhi recently will
thaw the relation between two neighbours and Chinese will stop such activities.
However as the day passes on, it seems Beijing is not willing to relent. Instead
of mellowing down, they have repeatedly carried out incursion inside Indian territories
at Ladakh and Arunachal. President Xi Jinping on Saturday advocated that China should
firmly uphold its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights while handling disputes,
but at the same time step up its diplomacy with neighbouring countries. He said this
while addressing central conference of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)
on work relating to foreign affairs. Though he spoke about stepping up diplomacy
to resolve disputes, but his hard stand on territorial issue is matter of serious
concern. Especially for Arunachal his statement does not augur well. The union government
will have to carefully respond to this latest challenge thrown up by China.