December 24


News Impact



Football team selection trial

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: A selection trial will be held at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun on December 26 to select the state football team for the ensuing 69th Santosh Trophy to be held in Assam from January 10, 2015.

The players will be selected by a team of committee constituted by Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA).

NIS trained coach Kipa Bharat and T Wangja were appointed as the Team Coach and Assistant Coach of the state team. They have been shouldered the responsibility considering their good performance in the recently held National Level North East Sports Competition, where  Arunachal Pradesh football team finished third, according an APFA release.


Wado Kai karatekas win 7 medals in KAI C'ship

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The players of Arunachal Wado-Kai Karate Do Association have bagged seven medals, including two silvers and five bronzes, in the National Karate Championship conducted by Karate Association of India in New Delhi from December 16 to 18.

The medal winning players are, Dari Lokam (Sil), Lilly Maying (1 Sil, 1 Br), Arun Mega (Br), David Rijiju (Br), Taro Cheging (Br), Mimi Ramching (Br), according to a release.


State karate team for 60th National School Games

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Twenty karate players and five officials will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the 60th National School Games for Karate scheduled to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from January seven to 11, 2015.

The competition will be held for both boys and girls in the age group of below 17 and 19 years.

Tagiu Tachu, BRCC, Tali, office of the DDSE, Kurung Kumey is the Chief-De-Mission, informed T. Taloh, Director of Secondary Education.


Indigenous healing camp organized at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: A two-day indigenous healing camp was organized at Tamladu Hall, Tezu from 20th to 21st December. The camp was held at the initiative of the President and Secretary of Mishmi Faith Promotion Society (MFPS) in collaboration with Rang Fra Faith Promotion Society (RFPS) Changlang. More than one thousand people from Lohit and Anjaw district attended the camp. A team of 40 delegates from Changlang and Tirap districts including Chief Rang-Samaal (chief spiritual healer) of RFPS and other four Rang-Samaals and six Kayechu-Samaals along with Secretaries and Assistant Kayechu-Sammals attended the event.

Dr. Mohesh Chai MLA Tezu inaugurated the camp. The president of MFPS, Khodellum Tayeng elaborated the aims and objectives of the camp while welcoming the guests, devotees and the patients. Er. L. Khimun, Secy. Gen. RFPS highlighted the positive impact of indigenous movement on the individual and the society as a whole. The Secretary of MFPS Amoso Khamlai stressed on the importance of Tanchaw-Kumnya movement and appealed to the people of all rank and files to participate in this movement. Finally the programme concluded with the prayer for the wellbeing of the entire humanity.


AAPSSAATA calls for release of pending salary

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers' Association (AAPSSAATA) has appealed for the release of three month's pending salary of SSA teachers by the end of this month.

In a representation submitted to the Chief Minister, it said it is unable to provide for the family in this festive season owing to the non-payment of the salary for the past three months.

It also called for early regularization of all the SSA teachers.


PPA advocates NE ownership of Look East Policy

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: If the North East States have to stop depending on Central grants and generate its own resources, the North East States' ownership of the Look East Policy, hitherto missing, has to be aggressively pursued without letting it remain just as paper exercise, said PPA in a statement.

The 'Centrist' thrust of India development planning whereby national development objectives tend to take precedence over perceived local needs, top down nature of planning process which has failed to meaningfully involve the local people in the design and implementation of the region's development strategy have to be given a desired and positive outlook, it added.

The North East State of Arunachal which has international borders with China, Bhutan and Myanmar, has announced ambitious plan to open six or seven border trade points with China following all trade routes into the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

However, since border trade policy remains a prerogative of the central ministry of Commerce, for whom border trade as such appears to be a minor and peripheral concern, these plans appear to be fanciful at the present time" the statement added.

Meanwhile, Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA), in its People's Assembly, convened on 22nd of Dec has appointed Kahfa Bengia, as the next party president for the tenure of 3 years. He is currently holding the post of interim president.

The house resolved to remain united and vowed to safeguard the regional sentiments and interests under the new leadership.


BJP hopeful of lotus bloom

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: While reviewing the ongoing membership drive and the huge response generated across the state in a meeting today, the BJP has expressed the hope that the Lotus shall bloom in this frontier state sooner than the later.

Meanwhile, in the meeting at the state office which was attended by the State President Tai Tagak, Leader of the opposition Tamiyo Taga and other senior leaders, the results of the elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand were welcomed.


SDHDC questioned

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The people of Kaying and Payum circles residing in Capital Complex have questioned the stand of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee (SDHDC) of Kaying and Payum circles.

The committee must have been formed without taking the consent of the people of both the circles, it said in its release.

The transfer and posting of govt employees is a govt policy, it should not be mixed with the sense of division among the people. We feel the selection of district headquarter at Pangin is a wise decision. Let us think for progress, not for controversy, it said.


NNSPSU allege negligence by teachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students' Union (NNSPSU) has called for holding the salary of political science, economics and geography STs posted at Govt Higher Secondary Schools Nyapin and Sangram alleging negligence in duty.

In its complaint letter written to the Director, School Education, it claimed that the academic syllabus was lagging behind as the concern teachers are yet to join the institutions.

Every year, the students of both the schools hardly pass with good marks and they face problem in getting admission to higher studies and they lack basic knowledge in these subjects.

Further asking to serve them show cause notice, it warned that it would launch democratic movement if the demands are not fulfilled.


AYA demands security

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Apatani Youth Association, Ziro has called for enhancement of security at Central Bank of India, Canara Bank, Apex Bank Hapoli and Apex Bank Old Ziro. In a letter to the SP, Lower Subansiri, AYA president Taku Chatung said that these banks are functioning without security. He said that everybody should be able to carry out their works without worrying about security.


ACS concerned over Govt.’s ‘financial crisis’

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has expressed concern over the  reported financial crisis of the state and urged the Chief Minister to immediately prepare the Annual Operational Plan (AOP).

Saying that the AOP was supposed to be prepared during the tenure of the former Chief Minister, ACS urged the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to intervene in the matter for 'President's Rule' if the state government was not in a position to overcome the reported financial crisis at all.

The report of financial crisis came into light when the ACS had contacted various HoDs, who have reportedly revealed that the state had been facing financial crisis since last two years, an ACS release said.

"Even many departments are still unable to release salary of its employees."  


BJP office bearer conducts Kameng tour

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh unit led by its Vice President Techi Necha and General Secretary Mahila Morcha Kenyir Ringu conducted one week whirlwind tour to Kameng region from 18th to 22nd December. The two were accompanied by large number of BJP office bearers. The tour coincided with on-going mega membership drive.

A series of public meeting was held at Lumla assembly constituency. Meetings were also held at Dirang, Seppa and lastly at Bhalukpong. The tour aims to generate awareness about policy and programmes of the BJP led govt. at the centre under the leadership of Narendra Modi. The team also took stock of the latest political situation in Kameng region, as well as mega membership Abhiyan across the State.


Lok Adalat held

KHONSA, Dec 23: The National Lok Adalat was held in Tirap District Court recently that took up 88 cases, including 44 criminal, 42 Bakijai and two maintenance cases, of which 22 were disposed off.

Of the total cases settled, 19 were criminal and three Bakijai.

The four-member Lok Adalat bench was presided over by Damge Niri, Civil Judge-cum-LMFC, Tirap district.


Union demand for nursing college

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The All Tirap, Changlang, Lohit and Longding Students' Union Itanagar has urged for establishing the proposed state nursing college in one of the suitable places of Tirap, Changlang, Namsai(Lohit) and Longding districts. It has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard.

For decades different PSUs have been undertaking projects related to Oil, petroleum and coal etc, in undivided Tirap belt but without any visible social responsibilities towards the natives of the region. The repeated negligence and irresponsible attitudes of these PSUs and the state government has hurt the sentiments of the local populace, it said in its memo.

The people of the region have been deprived of the various social grants through corporate social responsibility being the affected people. It has been observed that the main people who benefit are only the businessman, it further added.

New metering system to curb power pilferage

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Power pilferage and non-payment of electricity bills in the Arunachal Pradesh capital will no longer be a cause of concern for the state government as it has introduced a unique metering system to make consumers more energy conscious.

The Pre-Paid Energy Meters and AMR (Automated Remote Metering) meters were introduced here last month.

According to power department officials, the pre-paid meters will be fitted at the homes of about 32,000 consumers with a total cost of Rs 85 crore, including maintenance charge for a period of five years to be paid to the Udaipur-based Secure Energy Meter Limited, the implementing agency.

"To check huge transmission loss and heavy losses incurred by the department due to pilferage of electricity as well as non-payment of bills, this pilot project has been initiated to overcome all these problems and enrich the state coffer," Power (Electrical) Minister Tanga Byaling told PTI.

"If the project succeeds, it will be implemented throughout the state in a phased manner for power to become one of the highest revenue generating departments," he said.

The new initiative was taken up in view of a large number of unauthorized power consumers in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli areas.

"The department is unable to check these unauthorized connections at the moment," Power Chief Engineer (Western Electrical Zone) Jumtum Tato said.

"Now pre-paid meters will not only make consumers more energy conscious but these are also known to curb wastage of power in transmission and cut distribution losses," he said.

With zero installation cost, a consumer can recharge according to necessity and save power. The meters will display remaining credit and can be recharged in accordance to this.

"So far a total of 600 such meters have been installed. We are targeting to cover 3000 consumers by March 2015," Tato said.

He further said that the department has also launched AMR which would be available to 30 per cent consumers of the total 32,000 planned.

"This will be installed in post paid connections but the bill will have to be paid in advance," he said.

The monthly power requirement for Arunachal is 130 MW and the state capital alone consumes on an average of 32 MW. 91 per cent of the total power requirement of the state was being fulfilled from the allocation of the central sector share.

Being predominantly run by river-based hydro projects, power production from central sector generating stations was seasonal and so generation drastically falls during lean season. PTI



A chilling reminder

[ Tongam Rina ]

After the horrendous Daporijo Police Station MMS scandal that rocked the state in 2011, yet again, an explicit video clip has emerged from the same town, forcing people to come out on the street in protest. In 2009, the police officers forced a teenage boy and a girl to have sex in the station while they took the video. The video emerged almost two years later. The sheer atrocity and unimaginable act of the law keepers inside a police station shocked the state.  Records say that the main accused in Police Station MMS case was never caught.

This time, the person behind the video clip is allegedly an ITBP personnel posted in remote Limeking circle. As the details are unfolding, the latest report says that the girl is underage. The personnel should have known better that it is a crime to indulge in such an act with a teenage girl who legitimately could not have given her consent. It remains to be seen what course law will take but in the meantime, the only way we can help is by stopping the circulation of the video.

For obvious reasons, crimes against women have increased in the state. Between Jan 2013-Dec 2014, there have been an alarming 132 reported cases of rape in the state with Itanagar recording the highest number with 41 cases followed by Pasighat-18, Tezu-14. Reported cases of crime against women stands at 309 during the same period.

In 2012-2013, cases of rape stood at 73 while crime against women was reported to be 156. The graph certainly is rising.

In the meantime, the time has come for the state government to strengthen the State Women's Commission. Instead of making political appointments in the Commission as a gift to party workers or relatives of the political bigwigs, it is important to appoint those who truly are sympathetic to the cause of women and have a fair idea about their welfare. The state government is yet to form the next Commission even after passage of more than two months since the last one demitted office. The reason for the delay is cited to be financial. There is no reason why a Commission dedicated to the welfare of women should bear the brunt of financial woes of the state.



Aspirants demand to refer paper leakage issue to Prez

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Sticking to its demand, the Consultative Committee of APPSCCE (Main) 2013-14 has demanded the State Government to refer the question paper leak incident to the President of India to deliver justice to hundreds of aspirants.

Quoting the Chief Secretary, who reportedly told that there was nothing against the Member and the Chairman of the Commission, the Consultative Committee opined that "If the EAC enquiry was hollow, then the SIT report will be empty."

"There is nothing in the enquiry report against them and the Commission may take action on the Secretariat staff(s), if any, but that is too at their discretion," the Chief Secretary was quoted as saying by the Committee in its release.

"For a free and fair investigation by any SIT, it is necessary to suspend all the alleged officials. Will the Government be brave enough to suspend the Commission en bloc, the power which the government constitutionally has, we really doubt!", the press statement added.



Ensure timely delivery of LPG cylinders

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: District Food and Civil Supplies Officer (DFCSO) Amit Bengia asked all the LPG distributors to ensure timely delivery of door-to-door of LPG cylinders to consumers and asked all the LPG distributors of Capital Complex to improve the seeding percentage and customer friendly service delivery.

There is provision for Aadhaar seeding with ration card digitization process but hardly any consumers have approached for the same, said Bengia in a coordination meeting held in connection with Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Customers (DBTL) in the Office Chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex today. Presiding over the meeting Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki expressed concern over mandatory seeding of Aadhaar card, Bank account for obtaining LPG subsidy as most of the consumers do not have access to Aadhaar and banking facilities.

Oil Marketing Coordinator, Millo Chada clarified that consumers can avail the benefit of DBTL scheme provided they have valid bank account in any bank with IFSC code and Aadhaar Card is not mandatory under modified DBTL. This scheme is scheduled to be rolled-out on January one, 2015, he informed.

As on date, 18 percent of LPG customers in Papum Pare district including Capital Complex have already linked either their bank accounts or Aadhaar cards with their LPG consumer ID. The scheme implementation is going on full swing, he informed.    

The members present also opined for full implementation of Pradhan Mantry Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) by banks for maximum financial inclusion. The Lead Bank of Capital Complex area has been requested to expedite the said Yojana.

The meeting was attended by the Administrative Officers of Capital Complex, DFCSO, ICC, OMC Coordinator and all LPG distributors of Capital Complex.



High political drama in Capital

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: There was high political drama in Itanagar on Tuesday with a proposed swearing in of two ministers postponed at the last minute. The verbal invitations for swearing in were sent out at 11 AM but by afternoon, it was postponed till Wednesday morning.

The Nabam Tuki led Congress ministry has ten ministers with two vacancies. The names doing the round for possible inductions are former speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Borduria MLA Wanglin Lowangdong, Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho, Pongchao-Wakka MLA Honchun Ngandam and a PPA deserter. No one from the Congress Party has confirmed or denied the news.

Reportedly, a sitting senior Minister was to be dropped from the Ministry. But the idea was later dropped at the last moment leading to postponement of the swearing in ceremony, according to a Congress insider. But with no one willing to divulge any details, it remains to be seen who stays and who goes.

The Congress has currently 48 MLAs with PPA recently joining the party.



2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Championship

Siang Highlanders meet Arunachal United FC in final today

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The soccer lovers of Capital Complex will witness yet another high voltage encounter when Siang Highlanders meet Arunachal United FC in the title clash in the second state level Veteran Cup football championship at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.

Siang Highlanders which was considered underdogs of the tournament edged past Naharlagun United FC via penalty shootout in a keenly contested semifinal yesterday to book their place in the final.

Arunachal United entered into the final beating Papa FC 2-0 in the semifinal.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Home Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary (S&YA) Likha Saaya will attend the final match.



Be ambassador of the state: Governor

All India Students' camp for national integration

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma addressed the students and officials who will be participating in the All India Students' camp for national integration, Rajkot, Gujarat at Bharat Scouts and Guides Headquarters, Polo Colony, Naharlagun on Dec 23.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor asked the students to be true ambassador of the State. Tell the students from other States about Arunachal Pradesh, its people, the age-old tribal cultural heritage and rich traditions and treasured flora and fauna. He said that it is good exposure and opportunity for the students, many of whom have not even gone to other districts of the State. He asked the participants to learn about other States, their people, language, food habits and way of life. He also advised them to be disciplined and proactive during the camp.

The Governor emphasised on creating a lifelong association with participants from various part of the country. He advised the students to avail maximum benefit out of the camp, and said, when you come back, the State will benefit from you, as you are the future of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor expressed hope that such interaction will help the future generation, the youth to learn more about each other. It will create better attachment and acquaintance amongst people of different parts of the country, which needs to be strengthened as on date.

The Governor complimented the State Government, particularly Education Department for sending the students to the Camp. He advised to escorts and officials to take utmost care of the students during the journey.

149 participants, including 17 officials from sixteen districts will be participating in the All India Students' camp for national integration, the 17th Rashtrakatha Sibir at Rajkot from 27th December 2014 to 4th January 2015.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Secretary Education RK Mishra, Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh, officials of the Education Department and Bharat Scouts and Guides were present on the occasion.



Beneficiaries should not suffer due to few defaulters: DC

BOMDILA, Dec 23: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner AK Singh opined that sanctioning of loans to beneficiaries should not be stopped on account of default by few.

The Deputy Commissioner said after giving a patience hearing to the grievances of the bankers on the poor credit-deposit ratio and on the subsidy and recovery part in the quarterly meeting of the District Consultative Committee (DCC) and the District Level Review Committee (DLRC) here today,

The sponsoring departments should ensure selection of beneficiaries strictly according to the guidelines and the orientation program for the selected beneficiaries should be a must, he said and suggested for formation of a joint monitoring committee of the department and bank concerned headed by an administrative officer of the circle concerned to ensure non-diversion of schemes sanctioned and for timely repayment of the loan component.

As far as the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is concerned, banks could always take the help of the field functionaries like the ASHAs, the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, HFAs, AFAs, GBs and PRI members and teachers of course for mobilizing people with the help of the concerned administrative officer of the area, he added.

It was also decided that all the Banks operating in the district would hold Financial Literacy Camps (FLC) with all the stakeholders as per the directives issued by the Ministry of Finance.

KCC, PMEGP, H&T, SGSY, PMJDY - problems and prospects were the issues taken up for discussion including opening of new ATMs and full-pledged security parameters in all the banks operating within the district. DIPRO



Mithi takes stock of GHSS Roing

ROING, Dec 23: Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Mutchu Mithi held a meeting with school administrators, teachers and school management committee members of Government Higher Secondary School, Roing on Monday to discuss ways to improve quality of education in the school.

"Education is where we draw satisfaction in working for," said Parliamentary Secretary.

The meeting was an opportunity for the legislator and the educators to come to a table to sort and plan for improving education scenario in the school campus.

"We must have school committee meeting every 4-5 months. These way minor issues can be solved. Also it motivates us to work if we are able to contribute ourselves for a good cause," said Parliamentary Secretary.

The issue that came to the fore was the poor performance of students in the previous year's CBSE exams. Another issue discussed was the overcrowding of classrooms. Each class has an average of 98 students per teacher, which is higher than the prescribed norm of 35:1 student teacher ratio.

"If we want the prescribed norms of student teacher ratio to be fulfilled then we are faced with shortages of classrooms and qualified teachers," said one teacher. "However, due to work burden in government higher secondary school, teachers don't want to be posted here, though they may prefer posting at Roing."

To ease the overcrowding of students at the lone higher secondary school, the Parliamentary Secretary informed that proposal for upgradation of government middle school, Roing and government secondary school, Mayu to secondary school and higher secondary level has been forwarded.

Another issue discussed was the illegal encroachment of lands in school compound and teachers quarters. In reply, the Parliamentary Secretary said district administration is trying to stop all illegal encroachment despite having to face public ire due to which sometimes the motivation level gets low. However, necessary measures are being taken up, he assured.

Further, on request from the school administration, the Parliamentary Secretary assured to provide a photocopy machine for school office funds under his disposal.

Speaking on limitations in using MLALAD funds, the Parliamentary Secretary informed that works like 'repair and maintenance works' are not covered under MLALAD, so requests for such work remains unfulfilled. "However, we have submitted proposal for new teacher's quarters and construction of a new school auditorium under Mukut Mithi's MPLAD funds will begin soon."

On meeting basic requirements for school hostels, the Parliamentary Secretary assured to provide a water tank for boy's hostel to meet water shortage.  Request was also made for a hostel gate, solar street lamps, and drainage channel for girl's hostel.

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Interesting results

The Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir assembly election result has thrown up interesting results. For the first time in its year of existence, the Jharkhand will have a stable government. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with its ally All Jharkhand Students Union will form the next government in the state. BJP and AJSU are winning 42 seats, one more than the required majority of 41. The party did not name any Chief Ministerial candidate during election and it will be interesting to see who gets the prestigious post. Traditionally tribal representative occupies the post of CM, but, BJP might make a non-tribal as CM.

BJP received setback in Jammu & Kashmir, where its mission 44 failed as PDP emerged as the largest party. Party drew blank in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. The 25 seats it won came from the predominantly Hindu populated Jammu region. The result is big setback for BJP because Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extensively campaigned in the valley which includes a high voltage rally in Srinagar. The result still portrays BJP as predominantly Hindu party as it failed to win any seats in the valley. Some attribute this to the series of controversies generated by Sangh Parivar member which has scared the minority community.  In a way this is a lesson for BJP which has maintained stoic silence over communally sensitive statements given by Sangh Parivar member.

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Give youth an opportunity

Dear Editor,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speeches of his various spiels with the motif of “make in India” and employment generation seemingly do not strike a chord with youngsters in Arunachal. This is understandable because tragically we are only the 2, 3rd or even first generation to come out and taste the 21st century competitions.

And the employment scenario is all pervasive; one cannot help but sadly empathies with the youths of the state. To add salt to the ailing wound the state’s highest and honoured body that employs the top brain for administrations, The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) confirmed the worst fears of this handful of hardworking youth in the grip of severe deceit it is not finished here yet but it also seems that the government is blissful at fixing this problem immediately.

And here let me first expose the inanity of the so called employment exchange argument which seemingly suggests that unemployment in Arunachal is one of the lowest in the nation. The job Melas did gave some respite to some youth willing to work outside at mere pay- scale. I have few friends they have shared me their miseries! This is not to say that any profession is bad. It is to credit of Arunachalee youth’s indominant that they work hard for a better life, despite their state’s education system and government having failed them totally. Just imagine that with the sort of strong work ethics that our young men and women posses, where would they be, in case they were supported by an education that was relevant in the 21st century!

Let me expose you some more arena of giving a chance to the youths. Out of many examples I wanted to give this categorically since all youths at this age are wired and depends on the internet. Just go around the websites of all departments of Arunachal Pradesh and attachments they give. They are straight away scanned and Xeroxed copy of the printed copy and is uploaded to get it down. At least a decent pdf. File cannot be uploaded. At this helm do we have short of some computer experts, programmers or at least someone that can maintain the website along? Leave along the other flaws.

Within few years of exposure we have seen that our modern Arunachal worker of 21st century are versatile and highly mobile and works in the fields such as IT, Media, Banking, hospitality, and knowledge process out-sourcing. The more adventurous of the lot follow their entrepreneurial ambitions, While not surprising I often read recent reports of Indian firms that have a valuation in excess of $2 billion and are less than a decade old, and were started by people who are below 35 years!. This has been possible only due to the opportunity given to the youths.

I fear  do we even have few  small-scale industries which have a potential of making Arunachal Pradesh an export destination or do we at least have an honest body to recruit some top brains for running the state smoothly or is/will the Prime Minister’s “Make in India” only for other states of India. Sorry I am pessimist in this. If our state affairs runs in this condition it shall reduced to a pitiable state due to state government’s neglect and apathy.

On a article that I read in some website reports of terrorists activities in Punjab during the late 1970’s situation, eminent author Khuswant Singh had written that decreasing returns from agriculture after the peaks of the Green Revolution, land fragmentation and the government’s incapabilities to create fresh jobs were the reasons behind many frustrated youngsters joining the ignoble cause of the secessionists and terrorists in the 1980’s. Over these days we see now and then a status relating to the APPSCE in the social media and this need to be pondered and looked into Toto by our incumbent recruitment board.

  I for one always believe that by their very nature, youths are optimistic, full of energy and willing to work hard. Give them opportunity and they will put up a dazzling performances. But if they find their efforts frustrated for no faults of theirs, their innate energy manifests in more unfortunate violent forms. Remember the Arab Spring that started on December 17, 2010 when 26 year old Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the confiscation of his livelihood and humiliation by government officials of Tunisia.

I know for sure we are peace loving people and shall not resort to any such violent acts. But we have every justifiable reason of resentment and anger over our inactive government in solving our problems and therefore present Government have lost our trusts. Its Young Arunachal appeal that we are desperate to contribute to the betterment of Arunachal Pradesh and be a part of India’s onward march. But we lack opportunity. If you can’t provide atleast provide them with an enabling environment. This is the least they deserve from their Chief Minister.


Banta Natung




Accept the good things in all religions

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my disagreement with Tani Thomas Tallong on certain points in his letter published on the 21st of December 2014 titled "Truth cannot be killed".

Being proud of indigenous culture doesn't mean one is "backward, uncivilized and deprived of the blessings of God." He states that Christianity has kept people away from "drinking habit, stopping the system of taking revenge, inter tribal feuds, quarrels and ‘kata-kati’ for personal gratification etc." I take offence in his word. He cannot categorize all people who follow the indigenous faith as backward and uncivilized and in the same breath he cannot claim that Christianity has led people away from drinking, revenge and fine systems and kata-kati, as he so eloquently put forward! Not all Christians are as saintly as he paint them to be neither are all people who follow indigenous culture backward and uncivilized.

 I won't take credit away from Christianity, which has in fact helped the state in many ways. It gave a sense of need of education to the people, it certainly teaches drinking and violence is not good. These are things I, personally, like about Christianity. But that doesn't mean all Christians are non-violent and do not indulge in fine system or kata-kati! Most Christians do that to be honest.

Second, I take great offence when he says "deprived of the blessings of the god." What does he mean here by that? The adherents of indigenous faith are certainly blessed by their god who has bestowed upon them this great land which has nurtured us all since time immemorial.

We also have no problem with him saying he hasn't changed his faith but merely choose a path to salvation. As I said, it is his choice as to which path he chooses, as all path ultimately lead to salvation. But what I found offensive was his pointing out that only his god is real and his faith is the only way. He also says only Lord Jesus atoned the sins of mankind. May I remind him, Lord Buddha gave up his all and preached non-violence, equality and love to all centuries before Christ!

His remark is in utter bad taste. He forgets that for other people their faith is the only and real way forward, which means all faiths are the way to salvation. Christianity, is but one of the world religions. It is no way supreme or better than other religions. All religions are equal as they ultimately teach us to be moral and love each other.

There was a time when faith was a personal choice and we should let it be that way. We should not be preachy. Let a person decide his faith and let us not go out of way to demonize indigenous faith or Christianity or Hinduism or any other faith. I sincerely request him and all those who think like him, be from any religion....to broaden their viewpoints and accept the good things in all religions, only then we can have real peace in the society.


Tashi Phuntso







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