ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has conveyed his
warm greetings to the people of the State in general and the Christian brethren in
particular, on the auspicious and holy occasion of Christmas. He expressed hoped
that the festive occasion would usher-in peace, fellow feeling, love and tranquility
throughout the State, Nation and the World.
In his message, the Governor said that Christmas heralds the birth of Jesus Christ,
who symbolizes love, peace, non-violence and brotherly and sisterly feelings, in
Bethlehem, remains a powerful symbol of hope for a better future. At the same time,
it marks a moment to pause, to reflect and believe in the possibilities of new beginning
and rejuvenation. As we come together amongst family and friends to celebrate this
special occasion and look forward to the coming New Year, I hope that in the months
to come, we shall be able to find ways and means to strengthen our bond of togetherness
among communities for a better and brighter future for all, and for more vibrant,
prosperous and progressive Arunachal Pradesh.
The Governor appealed to the people to join hands together and provide support and
comfort to one and all, more particularly to the marginalized people and face whatever
may lie ahead with hopes, optimism and faith in the Almighty.
May the Lord grant you all a Blessed Merry Christmas and fulfill your hopes and wishes
for the New Year 2016, and may God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit bless
you. Let us also inculcate His advice – ‘Love thy neighbour, I love thee’. The proverb
goes – ‘When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace
with him.’ On this sacred occasion, once again, I wish every one of you a very happy
Christmas, the Governor wished. PRO to Raj Bhawan
Committee refutes allegation
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Reacting at Attorney Holder’s claim in a news item published in
this daily on Dec 8 last that miscreants create hurdles in construction of Sangbia
Paffa road works under Bameng CD Block in East Kameng, All Sangbia-Paffa Road Development
Committee (ASPRDC) refuted the allegation of Attorney holder as baseless.
Armed with departmental enquiry report on said project, ASPRDC made a counter claim
saying that only 10 percent of project work is so far completed inspite of 90 percent
of the payment released by the department. The committee also claimed that payment
was fraudulently paid to the executing agency without completion of physical work
of the project. While condemning the allegation, the committee sought action against
the executing agency.
Meanwhile, two member enquiry team was constituted comprised of T Paktung SE, NL
Kamin, EE RWD Laying Yangte who visited the site on October 29 to verify the physical
achievement of the work and detail payment made to the contractor. In its report,
the enquiry team concluded that the work has not been executed as per the Detail
Project Report and the completion of road project with current balance amount seems
impossible. It also added that careless execution of the works and no proper supervision
have been done at the PIU level.
PIO imposed penalty
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission had imposed penalty of
Rs 25000 on PIO cum Executive Engineer, PWD Division Daporijo N. Riram under section
20(1) RTI Act 2005 for ‘deliberately defying the order of the Commission in connection
with the appeal case No APIC-105/2015. The PIO has been directed to deposit the penalty
amount in favour of the Registrar APIC, on or before January 18, 2016.
Arunachal wins gold medals in AIFS Meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Taring Yania from Arunachal Pradesh won the Gold medal in women
open single badminton in the 22nd All India Forests Sports Meet 2015 held at Bangaluru,
Karnataka from Dec 19 to 23. In women open doubles badminton also Taring Yania and
Pema Ladon won Gold medal. In men's veteran doubles badminton, the pair of D. Doke
and T. Khilli bagged the Silver medal. A 17-member team from Arunachal Pradesh participated
in the meet. The contingent was headed by Dr. Shashi Kumar, PCCF and Parl. Secy (E&F)
as chief of the Mission, Tasing Sitang Eko, IFS, CF(HQ), as nodal officer.
Worker awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU), Longding unit organized
an awareness programme for the workers of both organized and unorganized sectors
to make them aware about various benefits provided to them by Arunachal Pradesh Building
& Other Constructions Workers’ Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) at remote Waka circle under
longding District on Tuesday.
General Secretary of AAPLU district unit Pholem Wangnow informed about the benefits
being provided by the Board like medical assistance, tools advance, maternity assistance,
housing loans, education assistance, old age pension for above 60 years, scholarships
to children of registered workers, death benefits, funeral assistance etc. Other
benefits being provided by the Board are free distribution of school kits to the
children of registered workers, solar lamps, helmets and gumboots etc. He requested
labour community to educate their children in order to make them worthy citizen.
He further requested the HoDs of Longding district to deposit one percent cess towards
the Board for the welfare of workers.
Vice president of AAPLU district unit Wanglam advised the labour community to grab
the opportunity by registering themselves with the Board.
Earlier, the local Village Chief, who inaugurated the programme, appealed to the
workers, farmers and MNREGA job card holders to register with the Board to avail
maximum benefits. He further advised the working class to be punctual and disciplined
in life for better future of the Waka circle and also requested them to abstain from
bad habits like drinking and drugs. Chief of Village requested the Workers Welfare
Board to conduct awareness in other parts of district.
Around 135 workers attended the programme.
Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: A health camp was organized by “Dirang Monpa Capital Complex Welfare
Association” in collaboration with “Rama Krishna Mission Hospital”, Itanagar at Namshu
on December 21 and 22.
A team of doctors including medicine, eye & ENT specialists, gynecologist and pediatricians
attended patients suffering from various ailments during the two-day medical camp.
Besides general health check ups, needy patients were also provided medicines, spectacles,
hearing aids and crutches free of cost by the organization.
Sonam Wangchu Tsarmu took initiative to organize the medical camp with active support
from local MLA Phurpa Tsering.
Governor mourns tragic demise
of BSF personnel
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has deeply mourned
the loss of lives of the Border Security Force (BSF) in a plane crash at South West
Delhi on December 22.
The Governor said that he is deeply pained by the loss of 10 precious lives of BSF
personnel, who were responsible for safety and security of the Nation – both in the
areas of internal as well as external security. The nation has lost the valiant personnel
in the service of their motherland.
While expressing heartfelt condolence and sympathy on behalf of people of the Frontier
State of Arunachal Pradesh and his own behalf, the Governor prayed to the Almighty
to give the bereaved families the much needed strength and fortitude to bear this
irreparable loss. The Governor further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed
Cold wave grips Siang valley
PASIGHAT, Dec 23: Cold wave has gripped Pasighat area on the right bank of mighty
Siang river with the mercury level plunging below 9 degree Celsius at Pasighat last
night. The minimum average temperature of the area this week is around 12 degree
Celsius, which has gone done to 9 degree Celsius since Sunday.
Similarly, Ruksin area, about 35 km South-West from Pasighat, has been experiencing
unusual cold wave in the last few days. Though the area recorded coldest day of this
fortnight on December 14 last, people are reeling under severe cold during this week.
‘Cancel transfer order of Kanubari ADC’
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The chiefs of various villages, GBs and Associations of Kanubari
sub-division in Longding district has requested the state Govt to cancel the transfer
order of Kanubari Additional Deputy Commissioner S S Chaudhary.
Justifying their demand, in a joint letter to Chief Secretary and Secretary personnel,
they said that Kanubari, an independent Sub-Division which shares state boundary
with both Assam and Nagaland, needs an experienced and efficient administrator like
present ADC, they said adding the state Govt should not effect posting and transfer
order on the basis of demand made by ‘self-motivated grassroot leaders.’
The Associations has also discussed the matter with the Deputy Commissioner, Longding
and requested him to stay transfer order of the ADC for the interest of common people.
PM to inaugurate SAF Games at Ghy
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) President Padi Richo and Secretary
General Gechi Doke attended the Indian Olympic Association Meeting at Guwahati today
wherein various issues related to conduct of the ensuing SAF Games were discussed.
Guwahati and Shillong will host the SAF Games from February five to 17, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Games at Guwahati on February five.
Orgs write to CS
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Claiming that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led Government has been
reduced to a minority Government, a conglomeration of 15 organizations demanded the
Chief Secretary to stop movement or transaction of Government files/business until
formation of new majority Government.
“No official file/business transaction, specially transfer of fund against central
schemes in state civil deposit account, job appointment, scheme prioritization, issuing
of LOC or sanction or administrative approval should take place and every file movement
must be stopped until the new majority government is formed,” the conglomeration
of organizations in their joint memorandum to Chief Secretary said.
Orgs condemn Pul
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Youth Association and All Nyishi
Unemployed Youth Association today strongly condemned former finance minister Kalikho
Pul for his alleged condemnable jibe on Nyishi community. Both the organizations
in separate press releases further stated that Governor JP Rajkhowa should leave
the state on moral ground saying that his presence in the state may create division
among the tribes.
AAPSU urges Rajkhowa to produce unedited footage
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Days after Education Minister Tapang Taloh asked state Governor
J P Rajkhowa to produce the entire footage of the arguments held between them on
December 15 last, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Wednesday
demanded the governor to produce the unedited video immediately.
“The governor instead of supplying the ‘edited’ version of the footage to electronic
media should have the courage to provide the unedited footage of the entire discussion
from the beginning,” AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said in a statement here.
He said, the video clip had projected the state in a bad manner before the entire
nation which was ‘unexpected’ from the Constitutional head of the state.
“Instead of working for the overall development of the state and its people, the
governor is busy in creating political instability in the state,” Lapung categorically
said and demanded for his immediate call back from the state.
Referring to the Greenfield Airport issue, the AAPSU chief alleged that the governor
in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to scrap off the project
has clearly exposed his anti-Arunachal stand.
“The governor from the very first day in office has been working against the interest
of the state and its people. He even failed to pursue the contentious Chakma-Hajong
refugee issues with the Centre,” Lapung alleged.
He said, the governor never bothered to write even a letter to the Home Ministry
on the refugee imbroglio nor raised the issue in any platform.
“The people of the state were of the impression that after his appointment the decades-old
inter-state boundary dispute between Arunachal and Assam will get a logical conclusion.
But all their hopes and aspirations have been defeated by the governor who never
raised the issue till date,” Lapung added.
Meanwhile, the apex students’ body has urged the state government to immediately
filed the curative petition in the Supreme Court against its September 17 order for
permanent settlement of Chakma-Hajong refugees in the state.
BJP reacts to CM’s remarks
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacted
sharply to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s accusation on the party of instigating
dissidence in the ruling Congress legislators during an interview with a national
Terming the CM’s statement as a blatant lie, the party in a press statement said
that the ghost of sponsoring dissidence among Congress legislators by the BJP is
a creation of their own. By leveling such unsubstantiated allegation on the BJP,
the CM has exposed his own incompetency to control his own party legislatures, the
The chief Minister himself is completely responsible for the dissidence within the
Congress party legislators, the saffron party said, and suggested the CM to get his
own house in order first before leveling such allegation.
The party also alleged that all major projects such as Greenfield Airport, Civil
Secretariat and many other important projects are lying unimplemented during his
The BJP demanded the Chief Minister to resign gracefully as the party claimed Tuki
has lost the trust and confidence of his own party legislators.
Tuki meets Prez to discuss political crisis in Arunachal
HYDERABAD, Dec 23: Against the backdrop of a political crisis in his state due to
a tussle between factions of the ruling Congress, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki met President Pranab Mukherjee here today.
"I called on him. I apprised him the situation. The matter is now sub-judice," Tuki
Opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs got together on December 17 to "vote out"
Tuki and to "elect" a rebel Congress MLA in his place but the Gauhati High Court
intervened to keep in abeyance decisions taken at the "rebel session".
Congress has accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy to topple the Tuki government,
but the saffron party has maintained that it has nothing to do with the dissidence
in the ruling party in Arunachal Pradesh.
The President is here for his customary southern sojourn which concludes on December
GSU demands recall of unfit uniforms,
action against DDSE
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) demanded action against the Deputy Director
of School Education (DDSE), West Siang for dispatching unfit uniforms to various
schools in the district which are either sub-standard in quality or unfit for use.
Despite repeated prayers, uniforms which are unfit to use or is of sub-standard quality
were dispatched to various schools and also payment has been released to the supplier
by the office of DDSE, Aalo, said GSU in representation to West Siang Deputy Commissioner.
Supply of unfit and sub-standard quality uniforms to student is not only a curtailment
of facilities entitled to students under Right to Education (RTE) rules but also
a huge loss to the state exchequer.
This trend of supplying unfit uniforms in bulk in connivance with officials of the
Education Department must be put to an end, the representation said. It also called
for recall of all the unfit uniforms.
GSU also demanded for depositing funds meant for civil works under SSA in the joint
account of the teacher in-charge and school management committee (SMC).
Alleging that placing of funds for civil works at the disposal of DDSE cum DPO has
often led to mismanagement of funds, GSU strongly urged the DC for placing of funds
meant for civil works such upgradation of EGS to primary, primary to upper primary,
construction of toilets for both girls and boys, mid-day meal conversion etc directly
in the joint account of concerned teacher in-charge along with the SMC chairman.
The students union further demanded to speed up the construction of Trans-Arunachal
Highway from Tai to Gabu Stream, by sorting out all issues including land compensation
within January 10, 2016, immediate eviction of land encroachers in West Siang District
particularly in Aalo township and publication of White Paper on land encroachers.
Meanwhile, GSU today lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner against inferior
quality construction of College Auditorium at DPGC, Kamki, West Siang.
GSU informed the DC that the auditorium which was inaugurated on August 16 started
to develop cracks due to poor quality construction work using sub-standard materials
few months after it
. Further, the floor of the auditorium has also worn out, GSU said and appealed to
the DC to initiate strong action against the contractor concerned for faulty and
sub-standard construction and also to immediately direct the authorities and the
contractor concerned to carry out necessary renovation works.
Meanwhile, the DC has assured to look into the matter at the earliest, GSU informed.
PPA delegation calls on governor
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: A nine-member delegation of the People Party of Arunachal (PPA),
led by its Chairman Kamen Ringu called on Governor J P Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan here
today. Other members of the PPA delegation include its President Kahfa Bengia, Secretary
Generals, Kaling Jerang, Tarang Tajo and Tame Papuk, Secretary, (Tirap, Changlang
and Londing District) Nyasam Jongsam, Youth wing President Gautam Ringu and Vice
President Komkar Riba.
According to Raj Bhavan release, the members apprised the Governor of their concern
on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. They also expressed their
unhappiness over the incidents on December 16 and 17 in the State Capital, including
the failure to maintain law and order at the Assembly premises, where the gates
were not opened for the MLAs, inspite of written order of the Chief Secretary.
The delegation expressed concern over the blockage of roads that even ambulance was
not allowed to pass through, ‘with the Police not taking any action to clear the
roads.’ They also expressed unhappiness over the role of the Home Minister of the
State and also condemned the happening at Raj Bhavan on Dec 15, when some Ministers
showed unruly conduct by dishonouring the Head of the State, in the presence of the
Chief Minister, the release said.
While appreciating their concern as members of a regional Political Party, the Governor
advised them to guide the younger generation towards communal harmony and all round
development in the state. He expressed happiness that the PPA leaders and cadres
have risen above the petty politics and working for overall welfare of the people
of all tribes of the strategic and frontier State of Arunachal Pradesh. He requested
them to guide the youth in the right direction to pursue their education seriously,
not to waste time influenced by vested politicians and serve the society in constructive
ways, the release added.
Education Minister inspects work
progress of NIT & Law college
JOTE, Dec 23: Education Minister Tapang Taloh today visited the new proposed permanent
site for establishment of Women College at Poma. The said college is running temporarily
at Lekhi village.
Further, the minister along with his entourage visited the construction site of National
Institute of Technology (NIT) at Jote and assessed the progress of work. He interacted
with the engineers of construction agency Hindustan Prefab Limited and they assured
the minister that all the work will completed by March 31, 2016.
Taloh was accompanied by Ngurang Pinch, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Product
and Marketing Board (APAP&MB), former minister Tatar Kipa and Chairman AP Medicinal
and Aromatic Board, Director, Higher & Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu, Jt. Director
A. Jongkey, officers from Education department.
Later, the team also visited the construction site of Law College at Jote. The minister
while taking note of slow progress of work and quality measures informed that tomorrow
a crucial meeting will be conducted with the executing agency, officers of Higher
& Technical Education and other stakeholders to discuss the early completion of
civil works. He also stressed that the quality of work should not be compromised
and work should be completed within stipulated time period. DIPRO
Youths urged to hone skill for self-reliant
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: In its endeavour to create employable skills amongst the unemployed
youths, particularly financially weaker section of the society, the Tourism department,
GoAP has successfully conducted skill development training to its 4th batch of trainees
under Hunar Se Rojgar Tak (HSRT), a scheme under Ministry of Tourism, Government
of India. The training was imparted on hospitality, food production, food & beverage
service, housekeeping, bakery and passeteries.
It also gives emphasis on technical and behavioural skills to improve the performance
level. The content of course has been designed by National Council of Hotel Management
& Catering Technology and was conducted by clustering five best hotels in the state
capital. The trainers were the faculties of Tourism & Hotel management. Giving away
the certificates to trainees in a function held at conference hall of Directorate
of Tourism here today, Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung called upon the trainees
to apply their skills they gained from the two months training to make themselves
self-reliant. Parliamentary Secretary also exhorted the trainees to be dedicated
and efficient in their fields of activities.
Highlighting various skill development programmes initiated by Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki, Natung informed the trainees that many youths from state have already joined
the service in various trades across India who were trained under state government
initiation. He further assured that priority will be given to trained and skilful
youths in any government programme and schemes while adding that state government
is putting all efforts to make the youths skilful for self-sufficient.
Meanwhile, Natung along with Director of Tourism, Karma Lekhi and Executive Engineer
Tourism, T Ligu inspected the ongoing construction of Tourist Resort building near
Siddhartha Vihar Gompa, Itanagar to assess the physical progress of the work. While
expressing satisfaction over the progress of the building construction. Natung,
however, urged the contractor to complete the project within the given time frame
without compromising with quality. He also assured all possible help to speed up
the project at government level. EE Tourism T. Ligu informed that 70 percent work
has so far been completed despite least release of fund.
Is the Constitution really so complex?
[ Dr. Topi Basar ]
The ongoing political turmoil in the State of Arunachal Pradesh raises crucial legal
and constitutional questions. Hence, an academic viewpoint on the pertinent issues
albeit the pendency of the matter before the honorable High Court shall help the
masses in proper appreciation of the constitutional and legal complexities involved.
It involves analysis of the Constitutional powers and functions of the Governor,
speaker of the house, expulsion and disqualification of members, applicability of
the Anti-defection law etc. in the prevailing circumstances.
Constitution enjoys unquestionable supremacy in the governance of the country. It
controls and pervades over all the other authorities including the executive, legislature
and the judiciary. All their acts must be authorized and validated within the confines
of the four walls of the Constitution. Governor being the formal and Constitutional
head of the State has been entrusted with the duty to preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution and the law. In this endeavor, Article 163 mandates that the Council
of Ministers headed by the Chief Minister shall aid and advise the Governor. As per
this, it is imperative to have COMs headed by the Chief Minister in all circumstances
excepting extraordinary situations. Such aid and advise are held binding on the governor
by the Court in several decisions except where the Governor is required to exercise
his discretionary powers under the Constitution. However, the Constitution does not
spell out the specific situations and circumstances in which this discretionary power
can be exercised. The scope and ambit of discretionary power is, therefore, spelled
out by the judiciary. The honorable Supreme Court in Ram Jawaya Kapur and A. Sanjeevi
Naidu cases held that the Governor is required to act in his discretion in the following
cases: the powers of the Governor of Assam under Paragraph 9 of the 6X Schedule;
the functions of a Governor appointed to be administrator of a Union Territory (Art.
239(2)); under Articles 371(2), 371 A (1) (b), 371 C (1), 371 F (g); implied discretionary
power was read in second proviso to Art 200 and Art.356(1). In other cases the Governor
is to act on the advice of ministers. The law is settled on this aspect by the judicial
Undoubtedly, the Governor enjoys special power under Art. 371(H) with respect to
Arunachal Pradesh. However, it is specifically dealing with law and order in the
State and in discharging this function he shall consult the Council of Ministers
before exercising his individual judgment as to the action to be taken. Proviso to
this Article allows the governor to use his discretion whether to act or not in his
individual capacity in a given law and order situation and the validity of anything
done by the Governor shall not be called in question. Clearly the provision envisages
a law and order problem or situation before the Governor exercise his discretionary
power given under it. Second important issue pertains to the power of the Governor
to summon, prorogation and dissolution provided in Art. 174 of the Constitution.
The Governor shall from time to time summon the House to meet at such time and place
as he thinks fit, but before six months between its last sitting in one session and
the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session. Similarly, he may prorogue
the House and dissolve the Legislative Assembly. It is pertinent to mention here
that this power given in Article 174 is not intended to be a discretionary in nature
and has to be read in the light of Art. 163, therefore the Governor has to act on
the aid and advice of the COMs in this regard. Art. 163 envisage the parliamentary
democracy embodied in our Constitution.
The Speaker is the officer of the State Legislature, a politically neutral figure.
He or she may be removed from office by a resolution of the Assembly passed by a
majority of all the then members of the Assembly. At least fourteen days’ notice
has to be given of the intention to move the resolution (Art. 179 (c)). While a resolution
for his removal from office is under consideration, the speaker shall not preside,
though he is present. The Speaker shall have the right to speak in and take part
in the proceedings of the House for his removal and be entitled to vote only in the
first instance on such resolution but not in the case of an equality of votes (Art.
Expelling a member from a political party and Disqualification from membership of
Legislative Assembly are two distinct matters. Expulsion is governed by given code
of conduct or party disciplinary rules of a political party for punishing anti party
activities and act of dissents committed by the members who got elected under the
ticket of that political party. Whereas, one of the grounds of disqualification is
defection as stated in Para 2 of the Tenth Schedule known as Anti-defection law.
A member shall be disqualified on voluntarily giving up his membership of a political
party, votes or abstains from voting in House contrary to party whip which has not
been condoned by the party within fifteen days from the date of voting or abstention.
However, disqualification on ground of defection will not apply in case of merger
of not less than two-thirds of the members of the legislature party concerned have
agreed to such merger (Para 4 (2) X Schedule. The pertinent questions are - does
the expulsion from political party can be the basis for disqualification from membership
of the House? What shall be the status of the expelled member in the Legislative
Assembly? Does he remain as an unattached member or independent member? Most importantly
the question of defection arises under Para 2 of the X Schedule only in two situations,
namely voluntary resignation or voting against the party direction (whip) or abstains
from voting. Will the party whip lie against such expelled members if the member
votes against or abstains from voting? These questions of Constitutional importance
were raised in G. Vishwanathan Case, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada when they were expelled
by the Samajwadi Party and in case of AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny who was expelled
from the party. In Vishwanathan case the Apex Court held that an expelled member
continue to be part of the party which set him up as a candidate during elections
which means the whip shall lie on him. When Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were expelled
from the SP they moved the Apex Court for an interim order against their disqualification
and the Court held that the party whip will not lie against them in the event of
their voting against the party lines on any matter in the parliament. Hence, the
SC did not apply the ruling of Vishwanathan in this case.
However, taking note of the plea by the both that the ruling had created an anomaly
by making the whip applicable upon the expelled member the SC referred the matter
to a division bench for clarification still awaited. In AAP MLA Binny’s case the
single judge bench of the High Court of Delhi had stayed the operation of Speaker’s
letter which said that MLA Binny continued to be a member of the AAP despite his
expulsion from it. His plea was that he be treated as an independent member and the
party whip should not lie on him. In all the above case the members were merely expelled
from the party membership but feared the impending disqualification in the event
of acting against the party whip. Thus, the Apex Court has recognized the status
of an expelled member as an independent or unattached and not amenable to the whip
of the party. Does it mean that expelling a member from a political party has no
legal implication and his membership of the House remains unaffected until he defects
from that party? Defection by nature is voluntary whereas expulsion is involuntary.
Now the anomaly arises when the member who is expelled from a party still comes under
the party whip assuming he continues to be an unattached member in the House as the
Apex Court has not made the anti- defection disqualification applicable in case of
expulsion in Amar Singh and Jaya Prada and this principle has been followed in the
recent AAP MLA Binny’s case. As voting against the party whip is a ground of disqualification
under Para 2 of anti-defection law. On the one hand expulsion means removal and on
the other the expelled member is required to follow the party whip is mutually contradictory.
Another anomaly may be when the political party expels the member and the Speaker
invokes the disqualification ground. It gives rise to legal ambiguity and final interpretation
on this vexing issue by the apex court should set the anomaly right.
One of the cardinal Principle of interpretation of Constitution followed by the Court
is to construe the provisions harmoniously. The intent and purpose of the Constitution
in making the Governor as the formal and Constitutional head and the Chief Minister
as the real head of the Executive cannot be subverted. The recent development leading
to the present turmoil is demonstrative of the undue hastiness in dealing with a
situation affecting the Constitutional bedrock. At the end, the Constitution is supreme
and the spirit of constitutionalism must pervade for democracy to thrive. The Constitution
is plain and simple, if it is read so, but it can be made very complicated if intended.
(The writer is an Associate Professor, National Law University, Assam and can be
reached at [email protected])
Tirap to achieve 100% insurance
coverage under PMJJBY
KHONSA, Dec 23: Tirap district administration has shown the way in extending the
benefits of PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana to its employees. All the Group-D staff and
ALCs of the DC establishment have been covered under the PMJJBY. The formal launching
program was held at SBI Khonsa today.
Launching the initiative DC Ravi Jha said that Group-D & ALCs constitute the most
vulnerable section of the government employees. The section is particularly prone
to liquor, opium and other addictions and often the most neglected. It is therefore
of paramount importance to bring them under the loop of insurance. As an incentive
to the staff the first year’s premium for the entire Gr. D & ALC staff of the DC
establishment has been paid from the salary of DC Ravi Jha.
Rs. 26,000 was donated in form of cheque by the DC towards payment of first year
premium for 82 employees.
He urged upon the HODs to emulate the same initiative in their respective department
so as to achieve 100% staff enrollment under the scheme in entire Tirap district.
This will also boost up the financial inclusion of the left out people, the DC said.
PMJJBY provided life insurance of Rs. 2 Lakhs for deaths (irrespective of cause of
death) at a premium of Rs. 330 per annum.
Earlier, in his address CBM Subash Dhar appreciated the Deputy Commissioner for his
generosity and kind initiative for his staff. DIPRO
Aids and appliances distributed to
Children With Special Need
PASIGHAT, Dec 23: With an objective to connect children with special needs (CWSNs)
with the main education system, East Siang Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) under the
supervision of DC cum DPD Isha Khosla distributed aids and appliances and other special
gifts among CWSNs in a function held at the Bharat Scouts and Guide Hall, here today.
DDSE cum DPO Obuk Panor, IE Coordinator SC Sharma and officials of SSA District Mission
were present on the occasion.
Witnessing the drawing, solo song and dance competitions organized for the children
with special need on the occasion, DPD Khosla appreciated all for their extraordinary
quality. “Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular field” she said
adding with guidance of parents and teachers the children with special need can
excel in various fields. Many differently abled persons have already established
themselves and many of them even cracked UPSC, added Khosla.
While sharing the aim of the project, the DC informed that SSA ensures that every
child with special needs is provided meaningful and quality education. She gave away
aids and appliances like wheelchair, crutches, hearing aids etc and prizes and certificates
to the achievers.
DDSE Obuk Panor exhorted the parents to encourage their children to attend schools
regularly and to take part in co-curricular activities according to their choice
and ability. The devices were given with an aim to bring CWSN to the school, educate
and connect them with normal children, Panor added.
IE Coordinator SC Sharma also highlighted various development achieved so far and
demonstrated the assistive devices to the users. Among others, DTO (S&G) T Padung
and AK Sinha, teacher also spoke on the occasion.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier on October 18, a one-day multi specialty
free medical assessment camp was conducted in the Pasighat General Hospital Audio-Visual
Hall to extend free medical treatment and required assistance to the CWSN in continuation
of administration’s endeavor to bring them to the main stream society. DIPRO
Karo Moyong Memorial Cricket Trophy begins
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Dec 23: The first ever Karo Moyong Memorial Cricket Championship organized
by All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) in collaboration of East Siang District Cricket
Association got underway at Pasighat general ground today.
Inaugurating the cricket tournament in presence of players and sports enthusiasts,
All Bogong Yame Kebang president, Tagon Tasung recalled the contributions made by
Late Karo Moyong for development of Pasighat township. He said that Late Moyong,
being a successive farmer of the area, had donated large area of land for the town
and establishment of Jawarlal Nehru College at Pasighat as well.
Appreciating the efforts of the organizing committee for conducting the tournament,
All East Siang District Students Union president Tabit Gao suggested the budding
players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit, while organizing chairman, Baku
Taming appealed all sections to maintain peace and extend cooperation for smooth
conduct of the event.
The opening match was played between Mebo-Bogong and Yagrung teams in which Mebo-Bogong
entered the next round by beating Yagrung team by 15 runs.
The trophy for this round is donated by Kangge Moyong, Councillor (ward-12) of Pasighat
Municipal Council in memory of his Late grandfather. The winner (champion) team will
be given Rs. 50,000 cash reward with the trophy, while the runners up team will get
Rs 25,000 with the trophy.
As many as 24 cricket teams from different parts of East Siang district are participating
in the championship. The final match is scheduled to be held on January 6 next year.
Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan Diwas organized
at Sansad Adarsh Gram
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) East Siang and College of Horticulture
& Forestry (CHF), Central Agricultural University, Pasighat celebrated “Jai Kisan
Jai Vigyan Diwas” at village Takilalung (Sansad Adarsh Gram) to mark the birth anniversary
of former prime ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee and Late Chaudhary Charan Singh, who
contributed immensely for promoting use of science for welfare of farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Zila Parishad Member, Osi Tatak emphasized on integrated
farming system to secure food and nutritional security of farming families. She also
advised the villagers to take up horticulture in large scale. Tatak called on the
KVK and CHF scientists to concentrate on developing location specific farmers’ friendly
technologies suitable for the region.
ASMs Takur Toli and Tapor Taning urged the participating farmers to make good use
of the knowledge provided by the scientists in order to excel in crop production
thus contributing to self-sufficiency in food grain and food security.
Earlier, KVK Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mahesh Pathak explained the purpose and objective
behind organizing the programme. He emphasized on importance and prospects of integrated
farming system and use of improved seeds, animal breed and location specific proven
technologies for improving the socio-economic condition of the farmers of the region.
Dr. T.S. Mehra, HOD Medicinal and Aromatic Plants CHF spoke on future prospects of
Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and Floriculture in the region.
Dr. R.C. Shakywar, Assistant Professor Plant Pathology, CHF, delivered a lecture
on nutritional aspect of Mushroom cultivation in the region.
Farmers-scientists interaction on Integrated Farming System was also conducted.
Babu Tatak, a progressive farmer of the village highlighted the scenario of farming
systems prevalent in the village and improved practices being adopted by the farmers.