December 01


News Impact



Indigenous Faith Day greetings

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 authority. DIPRO


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.

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Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin passes away

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 in Dibrugarh.

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.



Insufficient courts staffs hamper judicial procedures

Staff Reporter

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

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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 incident.

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 Tanga Byaling.

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 DDJAC

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 Pradesh.

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 Vigilance

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 areas.

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 said.

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, it said.

“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

Staff Reporter

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 Dec 14-19.

The ASH has an Oncology Department where 400 to 500 cancer patients are getting treatment annually.

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 added.



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 the final.

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 performance.

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.


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Thanks for standing up for us

Dear Editor,

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 17.

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 life.

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 jobs.

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

Chief Advisor

All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Teachers' Association




A good read

Dear editor,

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.


Terchi Gapak





The new district Hq

Dear Editor,

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 and expansion.


Dr. Chow Nakunand Singkai






Recruitment and local youths

Dear Editor,

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 local youth.

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 our youth?

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.


Ragmin Ete






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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.