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State declares three-day mourning

First LS MP of NEFA Namshum passes away

NAHARLAGUN, Feb. 2: Arunachal Pradesh Governor has decided to accord state honour to first Lok Sabha Member of NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh) Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum, who breathed his last at the age of 90 at native Guna Nagar Village today.

He is survived by two sons and five daughters and number of grand children.

The state governor also declared 3(three) day mourning in honour of the departed soul.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, on behalf of the State Cabinet and the people of the state, expressed deep shock at the passing away of  Gohain, who is respected for his invaluable contribution to the state as a freedom fighter and Lok Sabha Member nominated for two terms in 1952 and in 1957. He pioneered the industrial revolution during fifties in the land-locked and underdevelopment state. He would always be remembered for his commitment for the socio-economic development for the state.

In his condolence message to the bereaved family members, Khandu said words express too little for such an irreparable loss and hoped that the god would give them enough strength to bear the loss. Let his soul rest in heavenly abode, his prayer added.

Gohain born on 20th October 1920 at Chongkham in Lohit district was a Buddhist belonging to Khampti tribe. He completed his matriculation with higher first division marks from Cotton Collegiate School, Guwahati in 1940.

He was nominated to the Lok Sabha by the President of India in 1952 to represent the whole NEFA and was re-nominated in 1957. He was also appointed as honoury assistant Political Officer for Tezu and Namsai areas before plunging into politics.

Besides taking part in Quit India Movement as student leader in 1940 which brought an abrupt end to his educational career, Late Gohain had rendered his dedicated services to the defence forces during the 1962 Chinese aggression for which the Govt. of India had conferred Gold Medal on him, reports from PPS to CM.


Arunachal needs various infrastructures to accelerate pace of development: Pilot

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot said that Centre would spare no effort in improving the public services and development in Arunachal Pradesh and would take every possible means to provide better life and services to the people of the state.

The MoS, who laid the foundation stone of Itanagar Head Post Office here this evening just after his arrival on a two-day maiden visit to the state, reiterated the commitment of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister towards the development of North East in general and state of Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

He said that Central government has been ensuring that every citizen of the North East is a part of the communication revolution and all the panchayats and public sector undertakings have access to the same infrastructures and networking services like that of New Delhi.

Terming the people as the resource of the state, the MoS stated that the people should get better life and job in the state, adding that the entire state should get better postal services and best possible mobile and satellite services through BSNL.

Stating that Arunachal Pradesh with vast resources is in the need of various infrastructures to accelerate the pace of development, Pilot said that there is no shortage of fund for the development of the state.

Congratulating the people of the capital city on laying the foundation stone of the Head Post office,  the MoS advocated for extension of postal services to every nook and corner of the state. He informed that under Project Arrow various Post Offices in the country were selected with full digitization and computerized technology for providing different categories of peoples services.

While emphasizing on lending quality services with customer friendly attitude, Pilot hoped that the Head Post Office, a Rs 1.63 crore project will serve the people with better services and emerged as one of the best in the region.

MP Takam Sanjoy in his address said that Arunachal Pradesh deserves special attention because of its vast resources and being the sentinel of the country with its strategic location, adding that if Arunachal Pradesh is safe, India is safe. He said that the state is in a very typical situation considering its topography and lack of infrastructures and sought the cooperation of the union MoS in extending welfare services to the employees especially under Telecom & Postal services.

State PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki hoped that the visit of Pilot would be meaningful for development of IT, industries, socio-economic development in the state and informed that the PMs package has given a lot of boost to the states development initiatives.

Earlier, Chief Post Master General, A.N.D Kachari informed that the Head Post Office will be a 3 storied building to house the computerized Directorate of Postal Services and hoped that it would be completed in the 11th 5 yr plan.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling, Capital MLA Techi Kaso besides Parliamentary Secretary Land Management Padi Richo were among others present on the occasion. DIPRO


NCP demands white paper on MoUs with private developers

School sans teachers !


Dear Editor,

I would like to draw kind attention  of the authorities concerned toward the pathetic education scenario of Jime Pry. School, Daring Circle, West Siang District.

There has been no teacher since the last week of August, 2009 in the school  as the teacher of this school was transferred just before the Assembly election in the state.

There are  more than 5000 SSA teachers, most of them are serving in the Pry. Schools. Unfortunately, no single teacher  is here at this school.

Now every school is ready to set for exam session 2009-10, but the question is who will conduct the exam of this school --  either the concerned authority himself or engage any teacher from the other school to conduct examination. Is it not the violation of ‘Right to Education,’ for the children.

I request the concerned authorities to look into the problems in the greater interest of the future of the school going children.


Gojum Riba

Polo Colony, Naharlagun



We expect more


Dear Editor,

I congratulate  MLA Karya Bagang on establishment of Telephone exchange  at Chayangtajo. We expect from her more such development in future, so that people of Chayaangtajo  could acknowledge the role of local leaders in near future.


Nima Bagang(Ama)


ITANAGAR, Feb 2:  Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit in its 3rd state level executive meeting held here today adopted resolution demanding white paper on the numbers MoUs/MOAs (Memorandum of Understandings/ agreements) signed with the private power developers. The party said it  discouraged wastage of public money in appointing excess parliamentary secretaries as it breaks all the constitutional norms/provision of downsizing and the office of profit, said a party release.

Urging the Centre to release peace and green bonus for the state immediately, the NCP questioned why the states Govt. have no A.O.P (Annual Operating Plan) this financial year, ‘despite of having realized huge taxes from various departments and other resources.

Urging the state Govt to improve the law and order problems in the state, especially in Tirap and Changlang districts, the house condemned the attack on RGU Vice Chancellor.  The NCP executive said that Govt. should immediately revoke the suspension order of some of the officers and cancel the transfer orders which were allegedly done on political revenge motive.

While resolving to strengthen the party in the state, the meeting decided to conduct a state level seminar  with participation of the educated youths on the subject – “the Role of political party in the state and the vision plan of NCP for the state. The meeting presided by NCP state unit president L. Wanglat was participated by NCP legislator Techi Kaso who suggested various relevant points that were debated among the Pradesh office bearers.

NCP state unit general secretary Takio Tarak, speaking on the occasion lauded  the role of Techi Kaso in making the city clean. The party have appreciated the efforts being put in by the capital administration and all the concerned officials and urged  the DC capital  to take bold measures for clean and green City, the release said.


BSNL customers pinning high hope from Pilot’s visit  


ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Whatever reasons the authority may give, BSNL service in Arunachal Pradesh is worst, a bitter truth, which even the authority, can vouch for.

Local dailies are always flooded with complaints against the BSNL on their faulty service.  

Taking the advantage of Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) and All East Kameng District Students Union, two premier organizations of the East Kameng district have came up with plethora of complaints.

EKSWCO complained that Seppa, the district headquarter of East Kameng, is facing communication bottleneck with the only service provider refusing to heed to the grievances of huge number of BSNL customer.

EKSWCO publicity secretary Dahey Sangno informed that the BSNL telephone exchange at Seppa is overstuffed with complaints, both verbal and in written, but the authority is turning deaf ear to them.  “Since early morning we have no mobile network here. This is a sweet coincidence. Usually authority corrects things whenever an honourable visits Arunachal. But even the visit of Union Minister of State failed to evoke positive response”, he added.     

He also informed that though the BSNL authority has erected towers at Bameng, Seppa and Bana area of the District about 1 and half years ago but is yet to be commissioned.

On the other hand, the AEKSU president Tukfi Riang rued that despite assurance from the BSNL General Manager Itanagar to improve the mobile service, the district is still bereft of proper service. “The service here has gone from bad to worse”, he complained.  

During the last part of 2009, AEKSU had proposed to return all the BSNL SIMs as a mark of protest against faulty service. “We have to cancelled our proposed agitation at the last hour in the wake of assurance from the general manager who promised to provide new machines at the Seppa Exchange”, recalled Riang.

Meanwhile, both the organizations, in two separate statements, have expressed high hope that the visit of the Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology will set the things right before leaving for Delhi.


Death of former MP mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The First Member of Parliament (LS) of erstwhile NEFA  (Arunachal Pradesh),   Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum passed away at 9 am today at his native Guna Nagar Village.

He was 90 and survived by two sons and five daughters. His last rites will be performed on Feb 4, according to family sources.

Late Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum was second son of Late King  Chow Kanan Gohain Namshum and late Nang Uktra Gohain Namshum.

A towering personality of his time, Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum was a man of immense popularity and well respected among his own people as well as people in Assam and other neighbouring states. His affable and generous nature endeared him to all who came in contact with him. His hospitality is legendary and is known far and wide in the region. It was his belief that whoever came to meet him came with love and had made the effort to do so and was to be looked after in the same measure.   

Meanwhile,  prominent personalities, NGOs and Govt officials condoled the death of the former MP.

“With the demise of Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum we have lost a visionary and dedicated leader who led not only the Khamti Society but whole earstwhile NEFA,” said PH and WS Minister Chowna Mein in his condolence message.

Mein said, late Namshum commands respect from all the people irrespective of  cast and creed. His contribution for uplift of poor, farmer and his feeling of dignity of labour will always be remembered.

His passing way is a huge loss, the Minister said adding, “we shall always cherish his contribution and we shall take inspiration from the manner in which he worked tirelessly for all section of the society.

Chowna Mein  who was at Golden Pagoda along with foreign delegates observed two minute silence and prayed Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members.   IPR and Finance Minister Setong Sena, IPR secretary A B Shukla, state IPR director Leki Phuntso, Assam  IPR director D C Deka and  the media persons from various print and electronic media from Assam and Arunachal at the sideline of the media interaction programme here today observed one-minute silence to pay homage to first Lok Sabha MP  from Arunachal Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum who passed  at his native village Guna Nagar today.  While recalling his contributions, the members conveyed deep sense of condolence to his bereaved family members.

The Galo Welfare Society(GWS) deeply mourned the sudden demise of First Lok Sabha member of erstwhile NEFA(Arunachal Pradesh) Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum. The GWS expresses deep shock and anguish at the passing away of Gohain. The late leader was a visionary and a freedom fighter, who will be remembered for his commitment for the socio-economic development of the state, the GWS president Jarjum Ete  said in a condolence message.

At this time of grief, the GWS pray to the almighty Donyi-Polo to bestow enough strength to the family members and may the almighty let his soul rest in peace.

The officers and staff members of the Office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai, assembled in the office premises on Feb 2 and expressed their profound grief at the sudden and sad demise of  first LS MP Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum.

The meeting observed one minute silence in honour of the departed soul and prayed for  his eternal peace. All the officers and staff conveyed heartfelt condolence to the members of the bereaved family of Late Gohain.


Visiting Media team interact with Bamboo Mission officers

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 2: The Managing Director Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd cum SFRI Director GN Sinha said that Bamboo, which was earlier, called as poor man’s timber has become commercially viable resources in the present time and informed that the Bamboo Processing Centre at Poma, a pilot project on the line of community development programme, is set up with an aim to create employment avenues to the locals and opening of scope for sustainable economic development of the area to make the people economically well off.  

Speaking at an interactive programme with a team of visiting Media persons from North Cachar Hills at Poma Bamboo Processing Centre, 18 Kms away from Itanagar today, Sinha said that the centre is a joint initiative of Raj Bhawan, Itanagar and the State Forest Corporation for which the location was identified by Governor, J.J Singh at Poma village to make it a model village.

Giving a background of the unit, he said that Arunachal Pradesh is making fast progress to achieve both economic and human development from forest resources specially Bamboo, adding that this forest resources have to be utilized to achieve sustainable economic growth in the state. He said that the concept of Bamboo processing was to expose the uses of bamboo which is increasing manifold in a business mode through involving the local community.  Run by the Poma Development Society headed by ZPM Techi Ana, the centre is presently imparting skill development training to 30 local people on various bamboo crafts. Of the total 30 trainees, 10 would be selected as master trainers to train up people in other parts of the district.

APFCL, DM (M&E) G Rime also highlighted on the Bamboo Processing unit and informed that presently this mini industry is producing semi finished product and hoped that it would be capable of producing finished products in the near future.

APFCL, DM, B Banerjee while highlighting the importance of Bamboo and its products said that the concept is designed for transferring technology to the locals who are otherwise already expert  in the line and polishing their talent through skill development trainings.

Speaking on the occasion, Poma Village Development Society, Chairperson Techi Ana said that this initiative helped the people to understand on proper networking of bamboo and its products for creating employment avenues, besides improving financial upliftment of the people.

Earlier, DIPR Assam informed that the Press Party from North Cachar Hills, Assam is on 5 days visit to the state on a good will mission tour programme and to exchange ideas and share information with the local people on various developmental programmes in the state. DIPR



ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Nyishi Students’ Union Rajiv Gandhi University (NSURGU) today joined the   AAPSU in its demand for retaining Mithun as the state animal.

Hollock Gibbon as state animal proposed by wildlife officials, neither hold any significance nor was the ape related to faith and culture of indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, said the union. Rather, the ape is a mere endangered animal unknown to many a people of the state, it added.

Meanwhile, the students union urged the RGU authority to include both Kurung Kumey and East Kameng Govt. Colleges in its proposed educational tour so that issues related to infrastructure and other developments of these colleges could be taken up.


Pilot to visit APCC office

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot, who arrived in the state on a two-day visit will pay a visit to Rajiv Bhawan tomorrow and interact with the APCC leaders, party workers.

During his busy schedule, he will also address the media persons at Banquet Hall at 12-15 noon.


Scientists collect samples to study mysterious fish disease

YINGKIONG, Feb 2: With initiation from J.K. Panggeng Parliamentary Secretary (Fisheries) Arunachal Pradesh and direction from Dr. P.C. Mahanta, Director Coldwater Fisheries Research Institute, Bhimtal Uttarakhand and Tage Moda, Director of Fisheries, state Govt, a joint field tour has been conducted  from Jan 30 to February 01 to assess the mysterious fish mortalities in rivers of Upper Siang district.

Dr. Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Scientist, Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research Institute, Bhimtal Uttarakhand, Tagi Yonggam, ADF, Directorate of Fisheries,  Itanagar, Kenbom Chisi,  DFDO Yingkiong along with staffs of Fisheries department, Yingkiong and Panchayat members from Mariyang circle visited the affected areas in Mariyang and Yingkiong circle to assess the cause of mass fish mortalities. The on-field survey was done in river Yamne, Yammeng, Siyat  in Mariyang and  Sipit, Sirin, Sring etc. in Yingkiong circle and collected fish samples from the rivers. The gross morphological examination of death and moribund samples was done to study the symptoms of mysterious fish disease.

It was observed that only one fish species (Schizothorax spp.) was affected.

Tissues in lower jaw of most of the fish samples were in degenerating condition with presence of mild lesions and  gills were found  to be damaged and clogged.

Moreover, the gut content analysis of samples revealed fishes with empty stomach. Above all, fish samples were observed to be healthy.      

All types of sample  like gills, liver, intestine and kidney etc. besides water and periphyton from the rivers were taken for laboratory analysis to detect the actual cause of fish mortality.

Panggeng visits villages

under Katan circle

Earlier on Jan 28,  J. K. Panggeng, Parliamentary Secy. (Fisheries, law & justice) along with officers and Panchayat members visited the villages of Katan Circle on Jan 28.

The team also surveyed the rivers of the area.

The villagers informed that due to natural water falls at Timi and Sirang rivers, the fishes could not migrate to upper reaches of these rivers, hence, the population of the fishes are very less in the area. The DFDO informed that constructing fish ladders in these rivers will enhance the migration of fishes in the upper reaches of the rivers.

The Parliamentary Secy. Opined that wherever feasible, fish ladders may be constructed and the area should be developed as tourist spots. He directed the EE(PWD) and DFDO to prepare estimate for development of fish ladders and tourist sports in the area.

He also inspected the PWD road from Katan to Jeying and the two log bridges over Yamne river. He appreciated the efforts of the villagers in constructing these temporary log bridges. He instructed the EE (PWD) to clear all obstructions on road so that there is smooth road connectivity for Katan to Pasighat. DIPRO


Orientation prog on PR system gets underway

SEPPA, Feb 2:  A  12-day ‘Orientation Programm on Panchayat Raj System’ in the state was began  here at Kameng Hall Seppa on Feb 1.

Being organized by the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) with cooperation from District Administration, the 12th days programme was attended by East Kameng Addl Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mige Kamki as a chief guest. Other dignataries including V.K. Sharma, Dy. Director and  L.K Kabak, Asstt. Director, from SIRD also attended the programme.

While welcoming the Panchayat leaders present on the programme Kamki who is also the Chairman, District Panchayat Development, said that the handbook prepare and compiled by the SIRD  would be of immense help to the PRI leaders as far as their power and functions are concerned.

He also informed that the same kind of training would be organized in all the administrative outposts of the district and for that he appealed the PRI leaders to attend the programmes in their respective areas.  At the end he urged the PRI leaders to take advantage of such training.

District ZPM Chairperson, Sipi Bagang, dwelt on the role of  PRI in the development of the rural areas and said that a resolution should be adopted in the village level for all the developmental policies after having  discuss the matter in detailed for further submission to the next hierarchical for the betterment of the  state and the area in particular.

He also suggested the PRI leaders to monitor the programme for proper development. He also strongly advocated for the DPC in the district so that all the fund flow and the scheme implementation be transparent and the fund allocated should be distributed through DPC.  Likha Kiran Kabak while giving an over view of the Panchayat Raj Institution, opined that the development in the villages is not  as per the expectation. The PRI has been given much power to monitor all the implemented schemes which would be understand better through the orientation training.

The matter like Decentralized Development; Partners and their Roles & responsibilities, the structure and Functioning of the PRI, Sanitation, Health & Hygiene: Issues and role of  Panchayats, Panchayats and empowerment of the Women, Resources of Panchayats RTI and Social audit and salient feature of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment and Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act Vis-a –vi roles and responsibilities of different tiers and their linkages process of resources mobilization etc were briefed at length by both the faculties of  SIRD.

The training was attended by  BDOs, PRI leaders   from various GPC and rest of programmes will be organized in a phase wise and area wise manner. DIPRO


Seva Dal state level meeting

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: A state level meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal was held at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan, Nahalagun yesterday.

All the Pradesh Office bearers, Mahila Congress, District Chief Organizer and Chairman of all Districts and City Chief Organizer attended the meeting which was addressed by All India Congress Seva Dal, Organizer PA Gurung.

The meeting discussed about the party activities for its strengthening and gear up at grass root level. It was also decided to hold Zonal level training camp at Tezu in the month of April next.

It also decided to start a Dandi March programme to mark the 125 years of foundation day of Indian National Congress (INC), which shall be carried out in all the district simultaneously throughout the year, said a release.


KKYF felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Kapu-Kabak Youth Foundation (KYF) has felicitated Kabak Rimi, daughter of Kabak Takum and Kabak Methe and Kabak Jhuma, daughter of Late Kabak Sera and Kabak Yader for their outstanding performances in Class XII and X CBSE final examinations, 2009. Both the students secured 83% and 82% marks in total respectively. They were awarded with cash prizes of Rs.5000 along with merit certificates during 20th foundation day celebration of KKYF at Raga recently.

A volleyball competition in memory of Kabak, Doni, Shah was also organized to mark the celebration. Gangte Youth Club walked away with winners trophy and cash prize of Rs10,000 beating Friendship Club, which received runners up prize of Rs.5,000 along with a trophy.


Picnic party conducts cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Endorsing to the appeal of the State Governor Gen JJ Singh, who have been advocating for ‘Clean and Green Arunachal’, the officials of the Capital Electrical Division, after their annual staff picnic carried out cleanliness drive at the picnic spot on 1st February 2010 reflecting their civic responsibilities towards the society.

Disposal plates, cups, paper boxes were burned on the spot and glass bottles were taken back and disposed off.

During the outing, repeated appeals were made through public announcement system not to leave any used bottle or non-bio degradable materials in the spot. We have ensured that it is cleaner then before,  one of the organizers exuded.

Referring to cleanliness drive in the office complexes, one of the staffs pointed, we always ensured that it is clean, but after directions from the authorities, we are keeping it cleaner and hygiene and will continue to keep it neat and tidy.

The practice of leave picnic area clean, which was started by few senior citizens during their outing recently, is being carried forward by the officials of Capital Electrical Division. Small step but very important effort will definitely ensure natural beauty of area preserved.

It may be mentioned here that the Governor and State First Lady were aghast, when they visited the Poma Jote area after the New Year to find the place littered with garbage left by the picnickers. PRO to Governor


Road safety awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Traffic safety awareness campaign was organized at government primary school C-sector, Itanagar by PHQ, Road Safety Cell today.

On the occasion, safety tips on how to cross road, how to board and travel in vehicles, significance of road signs, hand signal demonstration were given to the students besides, distribution of pamphlets and other awareness items.

Altogether 288 students and 21 teaching staff of the school attended the programme.

Meanwhile, Headmaster Igo Riba appreciated the awareness programme organized by Road Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar, which was initiated by DIG (Traffic) Robin Hibu.


New associations

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Bobia Circle Registered Contractor Association (BCRCA) has been formed with Techi Nyajung and Nabam Dola Hina as its President and General Secretary in a meeting held at Nirjuly.

Dedo-Hojurang Village People Welfare Committee (DHVPWC) has been formed with Nabam Tahi and Nabam Tarum as its President and General Secretary for a period of three years in a meeting held recently.


Stop hunting in Khodaso

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: ASM Khodaso in a letter to Additional Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare District appealed for banning of hunting at Khodaso village under Pakke Kessang Circle, West Kameng District immediately.


NYP adopts Wingko village, sensitization workshop for Govt officials under village development programme held

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: National Youth Project (NYP), a national NGO, has adopted Wingko Village under Village Development Programme in Piyong Circle of Namsai sub-division of Lohit district with the support of NABARD.

Sensitization Workshop for Govt Officers was held on 28 January in village Wingko. Before this workshop, a village level meet was held in first week of January.  R.K.Sharma, ADC, Namsai and District level heads of departments like PWD, WRD, PHED, Power, Horticulture and Forest Department participated in the workshop. The Village Development Committee discussed with Govt. officers the immediate priorities of villagers in overall socio economic developments of the village.

While responding the demands placed by the villagers, the District Medical Officer assured medical help through ASHA and posting of a female health worker in Primary Health Centre. She also advised villagers to undertake preventive measures to avoid disease like malaria

Executive Engineer, PWD state that due to shortage of funds department could not take up maintenance of road. He assured villagers that during next year sufficient funds will be asked for in AOP to enable the department to take up maintenance work.

Assistant Engineer, Water Resources Department, informed that shortly a lift irrigation project under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) will be implemented which will start canal irrigation in the village. He advised all farmers to undertake land development works in their fields so that of irrigation facilities can be utilized for agriculture.

Executive Engineer PHED stated that the village is partially covered under drinking water and their efforts are on to make it fully covered. He also assured proper sanitation and drainage work in the village

District Forest Officer advised all villagers to form Village Forest Management Committee to take care of forests, while, Sericulture Training Officer advised all farmers to undertake bee keeping on a large scale as honey can be easily marketed in locally and in Guwahati.

Villagers and Govt. Officials were apprised about developments initiatives of NABARD for the village such as Rural Haat, Rural Mart, SHG and Farmers Clubs. It was explained that NABARD will coordinate efforts of all stakeholders in overall development of Wingko village through synergy and convergence.

The SDO, Agriculture, the President, National Youth Project also spoke on the occasion. R.K.Sharma, ADC Namsai while summing up said that villagers should support Govt. initiatives with honesty and integrity and avoid misutilization of Govt.  assistance. He advised all villagers to be active for implementation of development works.

The villagers of Winko expressed satisfaction over the interaction with Govt. officials. They were also happy that institution like NABARD is interested in development of their village.

NABARD sponsored

CAT programme ends.

Meanwile, a 3-day training-cum-exposure visit under Capacity Building for Adoption of Technology (CAT) concluded on Jan 30 at Krishi Vigyan kendra,  Dirang under the sponsorship of NABARD. 25 farmers participated in the programme and they were given inputs  on cultivation of different varieties mushroom, selection of different varieties of Oyster mushroom, composting, pest management and preparation of post harvest products. A visit to demonstration unit was also arranged.

Meanwhile, in order to encourage the local dialect and dissemination of farm technology to bridge the information gap between research stations and the farmers, NABARD has sponsored the publication of an audio-cassette in Adi dialect on Vermi-Compost production in Lower Dibang Valley District with the help of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Balek, at Roing.

The CD contains the importance of organic farming through detail techniques of Vermi-Compost preparation and also production of quality farm produce devoid of pesticides residues. NABARD will encourage similar initiative in other districts for popularisation of farm technology in local dialects.


State’s largest natural cave explored

ITANAGAR, Feb 02: The largest natural cave in Arunachal Pradesh has been explored at Yomcha  subdivision of West Siang district by an expedition team of Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) recently.

“It is the largest natural cave found so far in Arunachal Pradesh after  the Menga cave at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district”, Yomjum Yomgam, secretary-cum-chief instructor of the adventure club, claimed.

He said that a complete and detailed survey was necessary to ascertain the exact nature and formation time of the cave which is about 50-60 meter in length.

A lots of accumulation of water, animal bodies, huge stone reassembling to Lord  Shiva were found inside the cave during the three-hour search operation conducted by the team members. The search operation had to be suspended and restricted to limit due to lack of proper lighting system. Moreover, there was also risk of suffocation and snakebite etc. inside the cave, Yomjum said.

“There is a mysterious history behind the cave as told by the elder people of the area,” Yomjum said without giving details.

The cave is located at northern side of the mountain under Yomcha sub-division and the cave is locally known as Yuru.

Beside visiting various tourist spots like Benjii Liine (mysterious stone), two km from Darak circle, Penru (bats house) at Lamdak Potom, 10 km from Darak, Yomgam Rock, one km from Yomcha, Siru Rijo Tea garden at Gangkak, 8 km from Yomcha, Siker Lake at Tirbin, the team also surveyed possible spots for adventure tourism and opening up new trek route in the area.

The 29-member trekking expedition team also conducted Rock Climbing, Jummering and Rappeling etc., awareness campaign on eco-friendly and rural tourism during the week-long programme.

Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism Gojen Gadi and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh Olom Talom attended a prog-ramme organized to mark the culmination of the expedition at Tirbin.

Gadi, speaking on the occasion, exhorted the youths of the “land of hidden treasure” to take initiative for the promotion of adventure tourism and adventure sports.

Earlier, the team was flagged of by deputy director, tourism, S. Nimachow at Itanagar on January 23 last.

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