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February  - 05


APCC  denies rift, cautions against antiparty activities

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Dismissing rumours going round about possible change of guard in the state, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today denied any internal strife within the party and clarified that no change in leadership is in offing as speculated.

Rubbishing the rumours as concocted, doctored, tailored and stage managed to tarnish the image of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, APCC spokesperson Vishal P Nabam in a release said that the entire exercise is nothing but handiwork of few frustrated people with vested interest who do not hesitate to push the development of the state on back-foot.

"There is no question of leadership change as all the rank and file of the party have full faith and confidence on the leadership of Khandu, he added.

While describing various achievements and welfare activities being taken up by the Khandu Govt., the release said that Arunachal Pradesh Government is the only Government in the country for receiving appreciation for transparent implementation of projects monitored by third party.

Meanwhile, APCC president Nabam Tuki has come out strongly against the rumours and urged the people not to be distracted with such unfounded rumours. All rank and file of APCC are united and there is no scope of any rift between them, he said and cautioned party members not to indulge in anti-party activities which would disturb the image and strong fabric of the Congress Government in the state.

"Strict actions would be initiated against the legislators, party activists found indulging in such anti-party activities," Tuki cautioned while reposing his strong faith and confidence over chief minister Khandu led Congress Government in the state.


Congress delegation meets Rahul

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A five member Congress delegation from Arunachal Legislative assembly called on the AICC General Secretary   Rahul Gandhi and discussed various development and organizational matters of the party today.

The team included Parliamentary Secretaries Padi Richo, Thinghap Taiju and Jomde Kena, Jomde Kena, and Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh.

Rahul Gandhi made extensive enquiries regarding development and party’s organization in Arunachal Pradesh.

The team briefed Gandhi that due to development of Hydro power projects the State is on the path of economic revival.

They further called for early connectivity of the State with rest of the country by Air and Train, promotion and development of tourism sector, support and development of agriculture, horticulture, inclusion of irrigation sector under special plan assistance.

They made an special emphasis on development of Educational infrastructure in the State, on which Padi Richo submitted a memorandum for establishment of “Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University” at Ziro.  

Richo also requested Gandhi to lay the foundation stone of the proposed University which was accepted by him. Richo briefed about the party’s organization with special reference to INTUC and formation of welfare board for benefit of working class of the State.


Mega Celebration of Nyokum Yullo at Yazali

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The stage is all set for the First Ever Joint Mega Nyokum Yullo Festival Celebration at Yazali. Political heavyweights have consented to grace the 6 days of carnival to be celebrated in the confluence of ‘Panyor Pobu’ and ‘Kel’ rivers.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and his cabinet colleague, Minister Power and Parliamentary Affairs Jarbom Gamlin will officially kick-off the festival at Yazali on February 22 next as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

In the closing ceremony, Cabinet minister for Water Resource with additional charge of Minority Affairs, Salman Khursheed will attend as chief guest while Secretary North East Council UK Sangmal will be the guest of honour. On the same day, MPs Mukut Mithi and Takam Sanjoy will attend as special guests.

“I hope that the first ever joint mega celebration spanning 6 days will offer a glance of the Nyishi communities’ rich tradition of art-cultures and rituals to the visiting dignitaries and tourists,” said Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency Likha Saaya, who is the Chief Patron of the festival.

Secretary Media and Publicity of the celebration committee Vicky Baath informed that locals would start the celebration from February 20 next but official kick-off will be on February 22 next.


Students must develop a power of reasoning  in order to change society: Prof Misra

28th Foundation Day of RGU

- Students of Department of Mass Communication, RGU

Delivering the Foundation Day Lecture at the Rajiv Gandhi University here today, Prof Udayon Misra who retired as Professor of English from Dibrugarh University said that the foundation day is both a moment of celebration as also a looking back upon the difficulties it had.

In a very insightful deliberation titled “Universities as Instruments of Social Change” he lamented that in the present world people looked upon education as an industry and students as consumers and there are attempts to privatise the education system.

He added that in India, it was always within the Universities that processes to bring social changes were initiated. He called upon students to develop an insight into the very idea of freedom and rights and said that only when they develop a power of reasoning can they enable themselves to change society.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang in his address said that we must explore what new and relevant departments needed to be introduced in these changing times.

He emphasised that the RGU should try new ideas of developing short term and long term partnerships with neighbouring universities as well as that from across the country. He described University faculty and students as the makers of future civil societies and also stated that “the goal of the university should be to create the best citizens of the nation, and it is the students and teachers of the university who should lay the foundation” and hoped RGU would be a model University in the north east.

Earlier in his welcome address Prof. A Mitra, Registrar said that the foundation of the University way back in 1984 was a historic day for the people of the state. He further highlighted that the University has been able to rise in stature and significance which can be seen from the fact that RGU is the only University in India to have prepared the Human Development Report of a state and has been recognised as a centre with potential for excellence in bio-diversity. The programme ended with an interaction with the guest speaker, after which Deputy Registrar, Dr. Tana Showren expressed that the day was indeed historic not just for the insights that Prof Misra’s address underlined but also because of the large participation from across the University fraternity.

Later, when asked in an exclusive interview with students of the Department of Mass Communication whether Universities in the north-east were doing their job or are they just churning out post graduates, Prof Misra commented, “I think partly the University system began very well with Guwahati University being the first university in the North-East. But mid way in the 60s many new universities came up, but lacked vision for goodness. And there came up a gap between the faculty and the students and the faculty and society, which is not very good.” He stressed that students should not forget their roots.

Speaking on the issue of development in the University, Prof. Mibang disclosed that when the University was under state Govt. there were lot of development activities but since it was centralized, there was less developmental activities due to lack of vision and leadership. He further said that though he was acting Vice Chancellor of the University, he is trying his best for the betterment of the University.

The President of the RGUSU, Mohan Gyadi said that even after 28 years of establishment the students are not satisfied with services and accommodation available. He added that the RGUSU had already submitted a memorandum to the higher authority on these issues which are yet to be fulfilled. He pointed out that, for instance, the infrastructure for the AITS was not adequate and that the Department of Mass Communication was yet to shift to the campus. He also urged the authorities to shift the girls’ hostel to a safer and secure place.


GCC awards scholarship to 113 students

ITANAGAR, Feb 4 : Altogether 113 students from different government schools received scholarship and 30 others were given cash awards of Rs. 10000/-, Rs. 7000/-, Rs. 5000/- and Rs. 2000/- each in Science, Commerce and Arts streams, at a function sponsored by the Garden City College (GCC), Bangalore here today.

Director, Higher and Technical Education, Dr Joram Begi, giving away the awards termed it a good gesture on part of the GCC for extending such large number of scholarships to students of 16 schools in the state. Terming the awards as recognition of their talents, he exhorted them to strive harder for achieving more in their life and decide upon a bright career.

Padmashree Mamang Dai, who was guest of honour on the occasion, complementing the students exhorted them to be flexible, resilient and confident. She hoped that the GCC’s endeavour will take care of knowledge and opportunities to the students of the state besides helping them to acquire quality higher education.

The GCC, Bangalore, offers teaching in 22 non conventional courses and students from 68 countries are availing quality education at the institute.UNI


RGU to host NE Political Science Conference

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University is hosting the 19th Annual Conference of North East India political Science Association from 11-13 February.

Around 100 scholars from various universities of India are participating in the Conference

North East India Political Science Association was formed, in 1991, with basic objectives to advance and popularize Political Science and to understand political problems and public affairs scientifically.

The Conference provides a platform to the teachers and students of Political Science and other related disciplines, in the North East region, for academic discussions on the issues concerning the region. The main theme of the Conference is Theory and Practice of Human Development. Papers relating to the various fields of Human Development will interrogate the process of development and planning in North-east India, and how the issues of development are related to the broad framework of democracy. Factors like federalism, control of states over resources, peoples participation in development process etc are some of the issues, related to the process of development, which will also be discussed.

The Conference will be inaugurated by Nabam Rebia, Honble Parliamentary Secretary (Industries).

Professor Tiplut Nongbri of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi will deliver V.V. Rao Memorial Lecture on the theme Gender and Development.


Zero tolerance on encroachment: DC

Ziro, Feb 4: A co-ordination meeting was held  today at Hapoli, which was attended by all the Head of Departments and Administrative Officer of Lower Subansiri.

The new Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan  said that her administration will adopt a policy of zero-tolerance on the encroachment of land within office premises or government quarters.

She further exhorted the Head of the Departments to set a good precedence as leaders of their respective organisations by maintaining their office routines,which could help to promote a pro-active work culture amongst the officials at all levels of the administrative hierarchy.  The Divisional Forest Officer, Hibu Tadi, disclosed that many of government officials posted in the district are involved in the wanton killings of wildlife using sophisticated arms and ammunitions. He informed that in the last few months about twenty two numbers of Mithuns were killed and no one has been able to trace the culprits.

He appealed the District Administration to help the Department of Forest in taking preventive measures.

All the HoDs of the district of Lower Subansiri were present in the meeting along with some of the Panchayat Raj Leaders of the three Blocks.


Colours of Reh

ROING, Feb 4: The Reh Festival, organized by the Central Reh Celebration Committee 2011 with support from the Tourism Department of Arunachal Pradesh and Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, successfully concluded at Ita Pulu Cultural Hall on Thursday.

The inaugural ceremony of the festival was held on Feb 1, which was graced by Gen JJ Singh (retd), Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and the first lady, Anupama Singh. This festival is a way of reiterating and preserving the unity among the people of Idu Mishmi community.

The sources from district administration confirmed that the festival was a ‘huge success’, receiving praises from the Governor himself.

The festival witnessed huge media presence that included team from BBC, NatGeo and other regional cable television services.

The 3-day festival featured exhibition, folkloric song & dances, exotic cultural performances, traditional sports and literary shows, stalls by public organizations and NGOs, as well as local tribal food delicacies.

The Reh Cultural Nite 2011- ‘A Night of Entertainment’ attracted huge crowd. The first night had the Idu modern song and dance show.

Over hundred participants including folk artists, school students, and dance groups attired in traditional colorful costumes attended the festival and won recognition of their talent at a simple ceremony held on the third night of the three day event. Winner of the traditional group dance and song competition, including the traditional fashion show for adults and kids were given cash prizes. Trophies and cash prizes were also distributed to the winner of the literary programs.

Special emphasis was given on promoting the Idu dialect, which is now spoken rarely among the Idu youths. To encourage the youths to speak in their mother tongue, Tazu Lamaga (Story Telling), Lamaga (Debate) and Ayuthru Maga (tracing genealogical roots) competition was held under the literary program.

The Fashion Show, which is the greatest entertaining event of the Reh Cultural Nite was held on the second night. Even contestants took part for the title of ‘Miss Reh 2011’.

Miss Bali Linggi, a 16 year old student won the title wining cash prize of Rs 15000.

The festival concluded on the third night on an emotional note from Sangam Linggi, Culture Secretary of the Reh Committee: “The Committee is extremely grateful to all those who have lent their helping hand in making this mega event a grand success.”

The Reh Festival Committee also appreciated the role of media in projecting and promoting the festival saying, ‘Our culture is our image’.


Maths, Physics courses in DNGC from 2011-12

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Directorate of Higher and Technical Education (DHTE) has recommended to increase the intake capacity of students in Science department in Dera Natung Govt. College from present 50 to 75 each in PCM and CBZ making total intake capacity to 150.

It was recommended in a meeting of the Directorate with the Principal of the College and HoDs of Science department on February One last. The meeting also recommended for introducing honours courses in Physics and Mathematics from the academic session 2011-12. The intake capacity of honours courses in these two subjects would be 10 each. Further, the intake capacity of honours courses in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology have also been increased from present 5, 10 and 10 to 10, 15 and 15 respectively, the release added.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Students Union of the college had last month submitted a memorandum to the director demanding for increasing seats in science department from present 100 to 200 and introduction of honours courses in Physics and Mathematics.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the College Tanya Agu, on behalf of the college fraternity, expressed gratitude to the State Government, the Education Minister and Director of Higher and Technical Education Joram Begi for fulfilling the genuine demands of the students in a very short time.


Sille-Oyan gets new Police outpost and AD Office

PASIGHAT, Feb 4: A new Police outpost building and Agriculture Development Office building was inaugurated by MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak and SP Alok Kumar respectively yesterday at Sille-Oyan, under Ruksin Sub-Division.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Tapak said Sille-Oyan is one of the most populous circle headquarters of the state which is well known for rice and rubber cultivations and other horticulture products in the state.

He urged the growers to avail the best and optimum benefits of the govt schemes and appealed the govt officers to extend their best services to the people so that optimum benefits are reached to the local farmers/growers.

The Chief Guest assured to rebuild the hanging bridge over Sille River for better communication between Sille and Magnum.

While talking about the security of Kemi Check gate area, he stated that it would be tightened and advised to maintain law and order situation for social and economical prosperity. He gave away prizes and certificates to eight farmers and Tate Saroh received the best farmer award with cash prize 5000/-.

The Guest of Honour Alok Kumar said security scenario would be improved and people would get immediate police support directly at Sille-Oyan.

The ZPM Okyam Gao and ADO Naking Nonang also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, Y. Tayeng (SDO Ruksin), T. Jonnom(BDO), A. Perme(CO), T. Doruk (Principal GHSS), govt officials, GBs and local leaders were also present. DIPRO


Lead Bank Scheme in Arunachal

Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay

The Lead Bank Scheme is an important innovation of Reserve Bank to develop the area (district as unit) with credit and non-credit inputs in collaboration with Bankers, Government Agencies, NGOs and PRIs, in a coordinated manner through projects and schemes under farm and non-farm sectors.  The mechanism through which it was implemented are the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) at State level and District Consultative Committee (DCC) at district level.  The Lead Bank Scheme (LBS) was introduced in 1969 and it has been modified from time to time based on field studies and feed-backs, LBS has been further transformed based on the recommendations of High Level Committee to review the Lead Bank Scheme under the leadership of Mrs. Usha Thorat, former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

The scope of the Lead Bank Scheme has been widened based on the recommendations of High Level Committee to facilitate financial inclusion.  Dr. Rangarajan Committee added stimulus to the programme of financial inclusion where Lead Bank Scheme has great role to play.

Based on the recommendations, the Reserve Bank had revised the Lead Bank Scheme and RBI has come out with a comprehensive Circular on February 26, 2010 advising Banks to gear up the machinery to strengthen the Lead Bank Scheme in the States.

In Arunachal, the Lead Bank, State Bank of India has already initiated several steps to strengthen the Lead Bank forum and regularize the meetings at District and State levels.  As a result, in most of the districts the meetings are being scheduled and issues relating to agriculture and rural development schemes are discussed.  At State level, the Finance Minister of the State is attending meetings along with the officials from Finance Department.

Even though the Lead Bank has done commendable job in reaching out to the unreached areas despite the constraints of connectivity, unique geography of the region like hilly terrains and fragile eco-system in many areas, there is lot more to be done for financial deepening and widening.  The average population per branch office served is on par or better than the rest of India.  But the unique geographical terrain and lack of physical connectivity have made the access to finance a challenging task.

The scope of information and communication technology (ICT) may be one pathway apart from brick and mortar branch.

But the real issue lies with educating and informing the bank’s customers who are mostly rural.  The ‘Credit Plus’ approach should be the guiding principle for the Banks to reach the unreached.  Besides, each of the bank working in the region should bring their best innovation to Arunachal.  For instance, SBI can bring experiential learning of Agriculture Banking Division, Punjab National Bank can bring the lessons of Farmers’ Training Centre concept, Syndicate Bank of their corporate goal of rural finance, etc. etc.  The Banks which have global presence like SBI, Bank of Baroda can integrate the local products to global market.

Similarly, the Private Sector Banks can firm up innovative business models of linking the farmers, NGOs and input suppliers in the value-chain financing.  The Integrated Agriculture Service Provider (IASP) is an excellent model propagated by ICICI Bank, which can be replicated here.  

Likewise, the Govt. agencies should facilitate and support the rural financial market development by upholding the rule of law, enforcing the contract and establishing well defined property rights for its citizens.  The RBI can re-look the KYC (Know Your Customers) norms for the migrant labourers who need remittances and access to other financial services.  The Civil Society and the Press can be active partners to watch out the progress and create an informed mass of citizens who can leverage credit with technology.  (The contributor is General Manager NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office)

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For a united Arunachal but

Dear Editor,

The members of  Tator Clan, who have been residing in Upper Subansiri District since time immemorial and had identified themselves as ‘Tagin’, a constitutionally recognized major Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.

But some confusion has arisen about our clan due to wrongful statement given by someone during recently concluded Galo Baanv Kvba. The people of the Tator Clan whleo-heartedly welcomed the V111 Galo Baanv Kvba at Dumporijo and infact, tried to extend all possible help to the local organizing committee, as we believe that our state can really progress and peace be maintained only if all the Tribes of our state does believe in peaceful coexistence, co-operation and above all respect and regard each other's thoughts and sentiment.

But during conclave it was really shocking and painful for us when it was informed that one ‘Tanio Nguki’ was allowed to address the gathering, wherein, he declared himself to be a ‘Galo’, without the knowledge, consent and opinion of the members of the entire clan.

As a matter of fact, any person bearing the ‘Nguki’ title is the natural member of the Tator Clan, based on the genealogy count according to the practice prevailed in the Tagin Tribe. Furthermore, when the entire Tator Clan identifies itself with Tagin Tribe, how come a single person try to disturb our social fabric, by declaring himself to be a ‘Galo’? Is there any hidden motive behind his statement?  or is he trying to express his frustration and anger, in case, any of our co-clan members had aggrieved him at any part of his life and whether entire clan had failed to redress it.

Further, we are not against the ‘Galo’ community, but this matter is about the image of our clan and the disturbances that may be cropped up in the social fabric of our clan, due to the sentiments of a single person.

As a matter of fact, the members of the local organizing committee, whose wisdom and knowledge is beyond doubt, should have restrained Tanio Nguki from addressing the gathering, thereby explicitly symbolizing that they do really stand for peace, progress and ;prosperity.

So, to be precise, when it is clear that the entire Tator Clan comes under the Tagin Tribe, then there is no question beyond doubt, that the statement of a single person with malafied intention should not be accepted as true. In fact, his statement/pronouncement was baseless. Therefore, the entire Tator clan has decided that his statement should be taken back.

Further, I strongly feel that better sense should prevail and Galo community should not take our views to be targeted against them, as the Galo Community is bestowed with many intellectual people serving the State under various capacities. Our views need to be ventilated as because the statement of Tanio Nguki has really disturbed the sentiment of the entire Tator clan, therefore for the better existence of the clan we need to express our views in public.

Finally, we stand for a strong and united Arunachal and we hope that our views do not hurt any particular clan Tribe as this is not our intention.


Pejee Uli,


Tator Ko Welfare Society.



An individual’s decision  

Dear Editor,

I’m more or less convince with K Tapok’s letter in which he has rightly pointed out the tendency of fleeting loyalty of politicians, in fact it’s common. At least in our state. In such matters, any reasonable citizen especially those having the quality of being a perceptive political observer must be able to put up with. Most of us have the habit of being too much judgmental towards anybody that we personally don’t know but have heard about, I strongly believe such criteria don’t qualify us to point fingers on others, especially for the facts that are personal. When an individual is not pleased or call it not interested in a party to any further extent, or have no vital role to play, then it’s up to that individual to make a decision on or to accept a transition which should just be tacit.

With reference to my points, I just want to put a little emphasis that anonymous person in making a correct dissemination of his/her opinion has somewhere gone way beyond in pointing out faults. Such irresponsible and derogatory comment made against T Taki, who is one of the senior most leaders of Pangin Boleng constituency is not only fatuous but also carries no substantial meaning; thus, any misleading claims involving a public figure damaging his reputation could confirm libel.

In fact, I see it nothing more than squabbling. It would have been much better if he/she could have divulged information about ongoing projects that are not being implemented properly and all those public money that is being looted.


Haku Tatak

Itanagar, (on email).



The case of central funds and existing roads

Dear editor,

From the order number DONER/NLP/112/2007 Dtd 11/01/2010, I had came to know that Govt. of India had accorded administrative and financial approval of Central Financial Assistance under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) amounting to Rs. 769.05 lakhs for construction of Kimin-Ziro BRTF to Krishi Vighayn Kendra Yachuli (5.500 km) in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposed road scheme exist since last eight years ago and its funny how someone could take centrally sponsored scheme for already existing road scheme.

PWD department is carrying out the work by doing minor renovation of already existing road and finishing those portion left earlier. while after getting information that payment has been made to contractors for Rs. 266.85 lakhs, I filed a RTI application to implementing agency PWD Arunachal Pradesh for furnishing documents like copy of NIT, copy of contractors' list, copy of NLCPR guidelines, copy of sanction letter from the Govt. of India New Delhi, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and copy of LOC issued for the contractors payment. But concern authority did not furnish me the NIT copy and contractors list. This shows that implementing agency (PWD dept) has an intention to hijack such a centrally sponsored scheme and thereby dis-regarding all codal formalities laid by sanctioning authorities while executing the project. For publicly transparency there is an need of urgent intervention by sanctioning authorities for the sake of public interest and it is also highly requested that 2nd instalment of fund should not be issued till all formalities are followed as per guidelines.

Moreover, now the point of question is that whether the sanctioning authority had allowed (permitted) the department to implement the scheme without following public tender notice (NIT). If so, the authority is requested to provide such a copy to me for my satisfaction, otherwise, I shall be compelled to appeal before the Court of Law for hijacking of the scheme and violating the norms prescribed by the sanctioning authority.

In case, if the issue is devoid of such order, the department may immediately be ordered to stop the work and call for NIT and till such procedure is followed, no sanction of the second 2°d instalment of fund be release further. In this regard I have written to DONER Secretary, New Delhi and lodged strong protest against such illegal act.


Taba Rajen,


Yachuli Mandal, BJP.



Allegation without basis

Dear Editor,

The so called Chandranagar Welfare Committee with its self styled President, Bem Maching and few others have been repeatedly taking to the local print medias with malicious allegations against the Junior Engineer (E) of Chander Nagar Sub-Station and the Executive Engineer (E) of Capital Electrical Division, after the arrest of Maching for his criminal acts.  Since, the allegations were not true and did not deserve attention to respond, undersigned ignored them.

When the department did not react them, Maching filed an application seeking certain information under RTI Act-2005 on 7th January 2011.  The reply with informations, those could be disclosed were provided to the applicant vide No. CED/Maching/RTI/2010-11/7456, Dated 20th January 2011.

In the opinion of undersigned, as a PIO, some of the information sought fell under the purview of Section 8 of the RTI Act-2005, for which I am not under obligation to provide them.  Accordingly, the applicant was advised to file an appeal to the appellate authority, as per Section 19 of the RTI Act. 2005, if he desired so.  Now, it appears from the media publication on 2nd and 3rd February that, instead of filing appeal to appellate authority, Maching with his associates have gone to the media with wild and utterly false allegations on me and my Junior Engineer (E) by name, which directly proves that his intentions are malafide and allegations are false.  Therefore, since I have been named personally along with Loa Tagang, my Junior Engineer (E), here while requesting you all to check the accuracy of facts of allegations before publishing such subjects which defame and assassinate characters of someone with false accusation without any reason, I stand to make the points of allegation clear and put the facts straight for your earliest publication, so that general public know the actual fact:

There had been no such scheme sanctioned for Chander Nagar Sub-Station under SPA on 31st March 2010.  So, question does not arise for any misappropriation of fund which have never been allocated or sanctioned.

“Renovation of Protection System of Chander Nagar 33/11 kV Sub-Station, Itanagar” has been sanctioned for Rs. 59.70 Lacs under SPA during 2010-11 only, vide No. PWRS/WEZ/EST-68/2010, only on 7th September 2010.  Scope of the scheme is entirely technical items to be provided, replaced and repaired.  There is no any scope of any civil work like earth work, drainage or walls or such other items those could be done by a normal local contractor, which the Maching is alleging.  DPR copy was provided to the RTI applicant.  If he feels the copy to be false, he should cross-check the one available at sanctioning authority office.  Hence, the allegation of using JCBs and tippers against the scheme is as meaningless as that.  Further undersigned do not own any JCBs and Tippers.  As such, when the financial year is still to end, the allegation of Maching of misappropriation of fund is utterly false and devoid of an iota of truth.  

All the local media, based in Itanagar, know well that during 2007, one of the 2x5 MVA, 33/11 kV Power Transformer went out of order, for which there had been acute shortage of power supply nearly for a month or so.  That said transformer had got burnt due to problems in the protection system of the Sub-Station.  Therefore, the stated SPA scheme has been sanctioned after lots of persuasion for putting in place the devices and equipments of those protection systems, which have since been done and the citizens of Itanagar Capital City is enjoying the service thereafter.

Regarding the construction of walls, it is made explicitly clear that the much required security fencing of the Sub-Station had been taken up after repeated attacks and assaults on the staffs of the Control Room as well damages to Govt. properties by hoodlums of the area, like Maching.  

Further, the stated wall is being taken up departmentally on the duly allotted plot of Sub-Station in place of existing chain-link fencing.  The land for Sub-Station was allotted way back in 1993 vide No. DC/LA-87/93; and the land had been well fenced with chain link fencings during the same year.

During that period, not a single public was residing nearby the Chander Nagar Sub-Station.  The entire area belonged to Industrial Estate adjacent to the Sub-Station land.  On the nearby vacant land, operational staffs of the Sub-Station had put up accommodation.  But later on, certain migrant people forced the staffs out of their plots for which those staffs accommodated inside the Sub-Station premises fencing at both sides of the main entrance.  The situation gave a really shabby look to the visitors of the Sub-Station for which undersigned after joining in the Capital Electrical Division relocated those staffs at the back side of Power House inside the Sub-Station premises, in order to create a hygienic entrance ambiance, by erecting a beautiful brick wall with floral provisions.  No any formal govt. scheme was ever there and till date for such job.  But, for the sake of safety and security to the operational staffs of the Sub-Station including giving a better look, the wall work got started with department staffs in June-July 2007.  Whereupon EAC, Itanagar passed an order Dated 19th July 2007 to undersigned stating certain complaint of some people that my department was not leaving provision for approach road to the allottees; and asked to appear with land allotment documents on 23rd July 2007.  The matter was attended and apprised by the concerned Assistant Engineer (E) vide No. CESD-II/E-13/2007-08/373-75, Dated 23rd July 207; (Copy enclosed as Annexure-VI).  Consequently, the site was jointly verified on 26th July 2007.  After the inspection, the EAC found no any wrong on the part of department and hence no any further order.  Content of the letter No. CESD-II/E-13/2008-09/394-96, Dated 12th August 2008 speaks clear, copy of which is enclosed as Annexure-VII.

Above facts clearly prove that the allegations of closing approach roads to Senki Colony and Division-IV is not only utterly false but maliciously fabricated.  Rather, the fact is that, department had, on humanitarian ground, left some portions of its allotted land at the Senkhi river side to allow public transportation to and from the Senkhi river quarry.

Now, as detailed above, despite absence of any scheme and fund, in order to provided safety and security includes beauty to the Sub-Station at the earliest, department started putting up permanent walls in place of existing chain link fencing, Maching started interfering and obstructing the department work on one pretext or the other and kept threatening the staffs and attempted to assault the Junior Engineer (E).  He also kept on misbehaving the officers of the department including undersigned more than one occasion.  Ultimately, in the intervening night of 13th and 14th December, Bem Maching brought down the half constructed wall, for which an FIR was lodged on 15th December 2010 to the Police Station leading to his arrest.

If Mr. Bem Maching and his associates do not apologies in the media for damaging the individual dignity of undersigned and my Junior Engineer with such false allegation in the media at the eyes of all the general public, that too repeatedly, we will be compelled to file defamation suit in the appropriate court of law.

And, I once more request the media to double-check before publishing such demeaning and defaming article on somebody without any supporting evidence just on the basis of any allegation put up by anybody against any one.


T.K. Tara,

Executive Engineer (E),

Capital Electrical Division.



Why are we being ignored?

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) towards the state of disappointment among the Health Assistants under the programme.

As per the revised scheme, salaries of NRHM staffs were enhanced and are being paid accordingly, excluding the Health Assistants. According to ROP salaries of H/A’s has been enhanced to Rs. 12,000 per month from Rs. 5,500 with arrears. But we are lost somewhere in the process. Like any other staffs, we also discharges our duties sincerely, no matter, which parts of state. But we are being ignored.

May we assume this inequality and injustice as a signal that, we are no more needed by the department?


A. Dulom,

Siyum (on email).



Perverted few

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to one Dr. Kapang Ering’s letter dated January 31.

It is unfortunate that the doctor despite his qualification is yet to broaden the horizon of his  thinking in the line of social harmony and peaceful coexistence among Minyong & Galos. History tells that Minyongs and Galos are living together with love and peace since time immemorial in West and East Siang districts. If there are some differences it is only due to some handful of perverted and communal persons.  The common people of both communities never had a different vision. Our forefather never told us that this is Galo and that is Minyong land. We the officers or groups of both the community are always together not only in Mopin, Solung but also go hand in hand at time of in need.

It is surprising that the medical officer instead of bridging the society together is trying to create the communal colour in the name of the new District.

In any way, it may be his personal opinion only, definitely not by Adis and Galos. Adis and Galo are matured enough to judge such malign intention of the writer and such write up should not find any place in your esteemed column.


Concerned officer,

Aalo (on email).






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Earthquake hits NE

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale rocked northeastern states including Arunachal this evening at 7.24 p.m. local time. The epicentre was 30 miles north northwest of Imphal, near the border with Myanmar. The depth of the quake was 55.2 miles (88.3 km).

The quake occurred 30 km below the earth’s surface and was felt in all the states of the region.

No immediate report of any damage or casualty has been received so far from anywhere in the region so far.


Fire mishap

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: In a fire mishap at Pipu circle, East Kameng District two houses were gutted along with worth of lakhs of property. However, there was no human causality.

The Christian Revival Church Pipu Circle appealed the authority to provide immediate relief to the victims.



ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Nyishi community of Richukaraung and Bana are going to celebrate its 1st Nyokum Yullo festival at Bana, East Kameng.   

Parliamentary Secretary (IT, Science & Technology) Jomde Kena will be the Chief Guest with former Minister Hari Natung, as Guest of Honour and Sony Degio, Secretary Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) (I) as Special Guest.

At Banderdewa, Tame Phassang, Adviser to CM and Pisa Gungnia,  ZP chairperson, Kurung Kumey district will attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Banderdewa on February 26 as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.


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Laparoscopic operation

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ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Lipor Tali and Agin Taboh have been elected as President and General Secretary of the Anggong society in its 10th general conference held at Parong village recently.

Altogether, 500 delegates attended the conference. During the conference, the society bye laws were passed and also adopted socio-economic and educational resolution for the welfare of the society.


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ITANAGAR: A surprise inspection in the restaurants running in Itanagar was carried out by a team led by Deputy Commissioner Dr. SB Deepak Kumar, ADM Talo Potom, Deputy SP Irak Bagra and SI CA Namchoom yesterday.

During the inspection, lots of liquor sold illegally were seized and the trading licenses of five restaurants were cancelled immediately.

One restaurateur was booked for engaging child labour in their establishment and a spot fine of Rs. 30000 was imposed.

Further, two youths who were allegedly collecting money from various hotels on behalf of Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) as their contribution towards the ensuing ANSU election were caught red handed along with a sum of Rs. 7000 and sent to five days judicial custody.


ANSU urges

ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Students Uninon (ANSU) urged the department of forest & environment, law & justice and social welfare to conduct Awareness cum- informative programs at border villages of Arunachal Pradesh on Forest Right Act.

Departments should create awareness so that citizens know about their rights under the act, it said.

It further said that due to lack of knowledge about this the act, even officers were unable to carry out proper work for the welfare of the people.