Pasighat centennial celebration gets off to a colourful start
PASIGHAT Feb 16: The much awaited mega event of Pasighat Centennial celebration
with the theme “Honouring the past, Visioning the future” got off to a colourful
start here today when Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu formally unveiled the Pasighat
Centenary Monument amidst massive gathering.
While expressing his happiness to be a part of the celebration of glorious 100 years
of the state’s oldest town, Khandu termed Pasighat as the gateway of Arunachal Pradesh.
He extended his sincere gratitude to those numerous luminaries, freedom fighters,
political leaders and bureaucrats of the area who have substantially contributed
on the development of the state.
Reiterating his stand over the need to harness the state’s rich resources for economic
sustenance, the chief minister stressed for promoting tourism which is in abundance
in the state. He further divulged that a master plan for infrastructure development
to facilitate tourists have been prepared and is in the pipeline for implementation.
“With the Centre willing to extend all possible help, we have numerous milestone
to achieved” Khandu assertively said while highlighting on the achievements made
since he took over the rein. He informed the gathering about the roads, air connectivity
and infrastructure coming up in the state which will undoubtedly put the state on
fast track of development. The Government has prioritized hydropower as the main
goal of its development agenda, Khandu revealed. Khandu made it very clear that the
apprehension doing round about mega dams in the state was a wrong notion. Except
few, maximum projects allotted to the PSUs and private developers are run of the
river project which has no or minimal affect. He further revealed that a proper study
of the downstream impact would be carried out in conformity with the Assam counterpart
before going for the construction of the big dams. “Whatever little apprehensions
the people have need to clarified”, Khandu said while stating that the big dams would
indeed control flood during the rainy seasons and would provide irrigation water
for the Agricultural fields during dry seasons.
The revenue earned from upfront premium and processing fees from project developers
touched Rupees 1,320.31 crores which was used in undertaking various developmental
projects for the state and helped the resource crunch state of Arunachal Pradesh
in mitigating the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation liability for its State
Govt. employees, Khandu reveled.
The chief minister also mentioned on the need for preservation of wild life, awareness
on HIV/AIDS on missionary zeal and maintaining peace and tranquility for attracting
investors and industrialist to make their way to the state for investments.
Earlier, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, in his welcome address briefly deliberated
on the past of Pasighat, the way it transcended from 1911 to 2011. He made mentions
about various developments took place and what more need to be done for the state’s
Power and Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin, called for full participation of the people
in order make the event a grand success. He apologized the gathering for delaying
the centenary celebration for a month due to unavoidable circumstance.
AICC Secretary Sanjay Bapna, who was a special guest on the occasion, extended his
gratitude to the people of the state for showering the love and hospitality to him.
He lauded the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and the peace loving nature of the people.
Appreciating the endeavour of the state government for multi faceted development,
Bapna believed that with such pace, the state would soon become a front ranking state
in the country.
Coulourful cultural programme were other highlights on the day.
Speaker Legislative Assembly W Lowangdong, Ministers including Takar Marde, Kalikho
Pul, Tanga Byaling, Hunchun Ngandam, MPs Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Ering and Host of
Parliamentary Secretaries and Congress MLAs, high ranking bureaucrats were present
on the occasion. PRO to CM
DoNER sanctions Rs. 69.92 crore fund for road network in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER)
has sanctioned funds worth ` 69.92 crores for development of road network in Arunachal
Pradesh. The money has been sanctioned from the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources
(NLCPR) Fund for taking up development work in four districts of the state.
DoNER Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique said: “We are committed towards improving
roads and communications in the entire Northeast region which has suffered because
of poor infrastructure. This is a priority for us.”
Handique also urged governments in all the eight states in the Northeast to fast-track
sanctioned projects for the greater benefit of people. “We have also requested the
Arunachal State Government to expedite these projects in the greater interest of
connecting the state with the rest of the country. During this financial year alone,
about 80 % of NLCPR sanctions for Arunachal Pradesh have gone towards development
of roads and bridges,” he added.
In the current financial year, about Rs. 492.36 crores have been sanctioned for development
of road in the eight states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland,
Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura. The Ministry has also given in-principle approval for
sanction of ` 48.5 crore to build additional road projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
The projects were recommended by the NLCPR Committee during its 91st meeting held
in New Delhi last week.
The DoNER Ministry has sanctioned projects worth Rs.196.7 crore for development of
roads in Arunachal Pradesh during the current financial year (2010-11), the release
Centre must clarify its stand on China’s claim over Arunachal :Ramdev
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The central government should take China’s repeated claims on Arunachal
Pradesh territory seriously and clarify its stand, said Swami Ramdevji, while talking
to press persons at Naharlagun today. Affirming that no one can alienate Arunachal
from the great nation, India, he said, “Arunachal Pradesh Bharat ki mukut hain. Ye
shirf desk ki ek abhinna angh hi nehin balki India ki pran hain (Arunachal Pradesh
is the crown of our great nation, Bharat. It’s not only an integral part of India
but also the soul of our country).”
Taking a dig at the Central govt for remaining tight-lipped to oft-repeated Chinese
claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Ramdev said, “It’s not good that the Centre keeps mum
on the Indo-China border issue. It is entirely undesirable for the growth of the
Responding to a volley of questions after conducting a free yoga shivir at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium at Naharlagun on his first ever three-day trip to this Himalaya state,
the yoga guru launched the Bharat Swabhiman Andolan for which signatures were collected
from the thousands of people belonging various sections attending the shivir.
Terming corruption as the worst enemy of India, he said representatives from villages
would assemble at New Delhi on February 27 to submit a memorandum to the prime minister
demanding bringing the black money amounting Rs 300 lakh crore back from abroad.
The money once brought back would bring so much development that would automatically
end insurgency and naxalism, he said.
He called upon the people to practice yoga to remain fit and free from all diseases
and administered vows to the gathering to discharge their duties with honest for
16-hours a day, check population growth, prevent pollution, practice yoga regularly
and oppose injustice at all levels.
Yog guru Baba Ramdev also laid foundation stone of Hindu Ashram under the Lingalaya
seva Ashram at Lingalaya temple NH52A road, near Bhalwan mor here today.
While addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Yog Guru reiterated that “Arunachal
Pradesh is always an integral part of India and India will defend it from any external
threat.” He further said, we (people) will not compromise with our territory”. “Arunachal
Pradesh needs high motivation and spirit that’s why I come here” he added.
Meanwhile Indigenous Faiths Cultural and Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) Y.D
Thongchi highlighted the historic linkage between Arunachal and India since time
immemorial. “History tells Arunachal Pradesh is a Hindu state” said IFCSAP President.
MLA Tani Loffa chief advisor of All Arunachal Pradesh Hindus Faith and Culture Development
Organization (AAHFCDO) reasoned that change will witnessed in state by Baba Ram Dev’s
Earlier K.P Dolo Chairman AAHFCDO in his address said that the ashram will be established
with objective to rehabilitate orphanages and needy children. Among the dignitaries
Chayantajo MLA Karya Bagang, and former IFCSAP President Nabam Atum were also present
on the occasion.
Later, addressing a public meeting at the VKV (Chimpu) ground in the evening, Ramdev
said, “I have a vision of making India, a No. 1 nation and a super power in the world
In his awe-inspiring speech, the yoga guru, besides giving them some yoga tips, asked
the school children “to activate” their “silent talents” through yoga and pranayam
to become healthy – both physically and mentally and contribute their maximum possible
towards the development of the nation.
The Swamiji, is scheduled to visit Tawang tomorrow and Pasighat the next day.
NCP concerned over Tirap situation
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh today expressed concern
over the increasing sufferings of the people of Tirap district, particularly at Khonsa
due to unabated, uncontrolled factional battle between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K).
While supporting the demand of Arunachal Citizens Right and other concerned associations
and action groups for immediate deployment of forces to bring normalcy back to the
township and the district, State NCP president Ngurang Pinch, said “the innocent
Tirap people should be spared forthwith from the additional burden of the terror-activity
apart from their classical sufferings from the non-development factors by an insensitive
way of governance”.
The government of Arunachal Pradesh seems unconcerned, the NCP leader said. Has the
government donated the district as a free battle ground to the warring factions of
the outlawed NSCN to settle their score, the NCP leader questioned. Have we become
so imbecile so as to be unable to realize the consequences of letting a population
of our own suffer time and again the perpetuating misery, tension and trauma thrust
upon them by the factional infighting between NSCN-IM and K ? Pinch wonders.
Pinch also shared the concern of AAYA for the government’s apparently wrong policy
in recruiting law-keeping personnel. While the unemployment problem is detrimentally
growing in the state, the state government should be more sensitive to the problem
bugging the youth here, he said. The government, must think twice before conducting
any kind of recruitment and act primarily in favour of eligible Arunachali youth,
Ering inaugurates community hall
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: MP Ninong Ering has inaugurated the Community hall at Kanubari
yesterday. The hall was constructed by PWD.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest at the inaugural function, Ering appreciated
the P.W.D. for quality work and timely completion of the project.
While stressing on the complete eradication of opium in the area, the chief guest
appreciated the positive and hard working attitude of the Wanchos of Kanubari area
and for their cooperation with the department in implementing development works.
Among others Newlai Tingkhatra, the Parliamentary Secretary, S.W. and Child and Women
Development and Kanubari ADC D K Das also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, Er. Khoda Gyati, Executive Engineer P.W.D. highlighted the details of the
project under non-BADP scheme under R D department.
The woes of casual workers
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: In Arunachal majority of workforce in various government departments
especially in C and D category are casual workers. Despite getting meagre amount
of salary these group of people are very sincere towards their job and are much honest
to their job than those regular ones. In the hope that one day their job will be
regularised if they keep on giving their best. But for many of the casual workers
their wait to get regularized never seems to end.
This journalist interacted with many casual workers who poured out heart but with
condition that their names be kept anonymity. They tell how it has become difficult
to support their family with low salary in these days of high inflation. “I get a
monthly salary of around four thousand. I have to support my wife and my two kids.
With prices of essential commodities increasing every day, it has become almost impossible
to survive in Itanagar,” told one casual worker who is employed as computer operator
in a government department. He further added, “We have cut down our spending on buying
clothes and all. Now almost all money goes to buy food items and paying house rent.
Many a times my children ask me to buy them some stuff but I am so helpless.” Such
embarrassments have become bit regular phenomena for many of the casual workers.
At work place also often they are being looked down by their fellow colleagues who
have got appointed on regular basis. “Everybody knows that being casual workers our
jobs are not secure. Even our colleagues who are regularized treat us quite differently.
They have this superior feeling over. We are almost treated like second class citizen.
It’s a sad feeling,” tells another casual worker.
Despite many difficulties it is hoped that one day their job will get regularize
which keep these casual workers motivated. “I joined as causal lower division clerk
(LDC) in the year 1998. It’s been 13 years since then but still I am a casual worker.
Every year my bosses assure me that this year I will be regularized and I am also
living on hope,” shared another casual worker. She went on to add, “Its hope that
one day my job will get regularize and I will available all benefits which keeps
me going. But there are some in our office who have been employed as casual since
last 25 years and when I see their status, it makes me worried for my future.”
Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Mishing Socio Cultural Welfare Society, Capital Complex celebrated
religious and socio-economic festival “Ali-Aye Ligang” at Gohpur today.
On the occasion, Ali Aye Ligang Celebration Committee, President P N Naroh and MSCWS
general secretary Dedajit Pegu advised the Mishing community residing in capital
complex to promote and preserve own cultural tradition and urged them to take active
part in organizing and celebrating the Mishing festival in the capital complex.
Besides, community feast, traditional dances and songs were also displayed on the
Weaving and Knitting training
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Mecha Welfare Society, Yachuli conducted weaving training at Yachuli
and Knitting training programme at Joram under the sponsorship of NABARD on February
At Yachuli, RBI Branch Manager Tadar Simi along with other officials attended the
programme. While, CDPO Yachuli, Tasso Asha and ASM, Joram Achu attended the programme
as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
BJP ST Morcha endorse demands
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: While supporting the demand of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha
for high-level committee to probe into the alleged irregularies in hills transport
subsidy bills, BJP ST Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh president Tadar Akap has appealed
the state Govt to verify the genuineness of the bills before release of payment.
Claiming that the state Govt had constituted district, circle and block level vigilance
committees in order to streamline the DPS system in 2007-08, the BJP ST Morcha leader
alleged that the contractors and the authority concerned have completely violated
the guidelines and norm prescribed by the vigilance committees. Govt should release
payments of bills only after it ensures that PDS items reach the FPS properly, he
said. It further alleged that bill for wheat and K oil were also prepared while such
items did not reach the destination.
Chidambaram accused of ‘double standard’
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), a pressure group which is opposing
the development of Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project, has questioned the “double
standard” of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on his recent furious remark on the
Jammu and Kashmir map depicting Akshay Chin in red colour and PoK in green colour,
and on the other hand his silence on the maps depicting Arunachal Pradesh within
China which have allegedly been used by the project developer, Jaypee Arunachal Power
Limited, and WAPCOS.
The FSD also condemned the different stand that has allegedly been taken by Union
Home Minister on both maps depicting Indian territories within China, which it said,
sabotaged Arunachal’s integrity.
The Forum cited that on Feb 14 at a power-point presentation on Kashmir, the Peoples’
Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti showed a map depicting Akshay Chin in red colour
and PoK in green color unlike the colour of other parts of the map. Taking note of
the maps, Chidambaram warned of action if PDP did not withdraw the maps.
FSD said that it had written to Chidambaram on Dec 10 for taking action against
the officials of Jaypee and Water and Power Consultant Services (WAPCOS) for showing
parts of Arunachal and the very site of 2700MW Lower Siang HE Project to be under
China territory in their Environment Impact Assessment report, but till date no
action was taken against Jaypee and WAPCOS. The Centre should have taken exemplary
actions against JAPL and blacklisted WAPCOS instantly, the Forum said.
FSD informed that they had also written to the President and the Prime Minister on
10th December 2010, but interestingly no one had bothered to initiate any action
against them. But the Union Home Minister warns a political party chief of action
if she doesn’t withdraw the maps, FSD said.
The Forum raised several questions: why was the Centre reluctant to take any action
against those responsible for depicting parts of Arunachal in Chinese territory,
was it because Arunachal is not a part of India. Is the Centre not bothered about
Arunachal which is plotted under China territory, that too by a GoI body and a powerful
corporate house of India? Does India have different laws for different peoples or
of their influence, status or political affiliations?
REDP in Food Processing concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Training in Food Processing for 30 trainees under REDP, organized
by the AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I, Miao at Songking Village of Changlang district under
the sponsorship of NABARD, Itanagar concluded yesterday.
Addressing the valedictory function as chief guest BDO, Miao T. Bapu emphasized the
importance of locally made juice and pickles as compared to those coming from outside.
And added that, those pickles coming from outside contain chemical ingredients and
consuming such commodities is harmful to health in the long run.
AMYAA, Secretary R. K. Paul Chawang advised the trainees to keep up their interest
and vigor by practicing what they have learnt during the training and also suggested
them to constitute and NGO “orange growers association”.
EO (Fishery) M.C. Adak, ASM and GBs of Songking Village attended the programme.
Meanwhile, the month-long training programme in Mushroom at Khasan Jugli village
under Kharsang circle in Changlang district also concluded yesterday. The progoramme
was conducted by the AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I with the support of NABARD RO, Itanagar
for 30 trainees.
K.S. Lungphi ASM, Injan, the chief guest and other dignitaries including J. Jugli
ZPC, S. Tamang ADO Kharsang, N. Rajbungshi AFA Kharsang, H. Bowa ASM Kharsang Tinali
and Thakna Jugli GB Khasan Jugli Village were present in the valedictory function.
The invited dignitaries encouraged the trainees to keep up the interest of cultivating
Mushroom and they extorted them to gradually take up such cultivation at commercial
The invited guests witnessed the number of mushroom cylinders prepared by the trainees
during their practical sessions and these mushroom cylinders are expected to be ready
for harvesting within two or three days. R. K. Paul Chawang Secretary of AMYAA (NGO)
requested the officials present in the programme to collaborate in reaching out to
the rural poor through various development programmes and activities. He further
shared with the participants the follow-up action that would be taken up in the near
future as part of the post training programme. The success and impact of the training
will be counted on the post training performance of the trainees as they start mushroom
cultivation units in their village.
GBPIHED conducts sensitization workshop
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development
(GBPIHED), North East Unit, Itanagar jointly with CAPART, Guwahati conducted a 3-day
sensitization workshop for VOs/NGOs on rural technologies at its Multi Technology
Demonstration Centre, located in the premises of APSS, Doimukh during February 09-11.
Altogether, thirteen NGOs from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya
participated in the workshop.
Dr. K.B. Rani, Member Convenor, CAPART, Guwahati while welcoming the participants,
highlighted the objectives of workshop and C.S. Pandey, Director, CAPART, New Delhi
highlighted the activities and schemes of CAPART related to rural development. Dr.
Prasanna K. Samal, Scientist Incharge of GBPIHED highlighted on low cost rural technologies
that are available with the Institute and that have potential to enhance crop yield,
conserve soil and water and also could be used for entrepreneurship development.
Dr. Paran Gowda, Consultant for CAPART also apprised the trainees about the project
related to rural development emphasizing on soil and water conservation and rural
During the course of the sensitization workshop, a number of sessions were held where
resource person from GBPIHED deliberated on technologies and models that can address
mountain agriculture, particularly shifting agriculture.
Mihin Dollo, Programme Manager (GOI-UNDP CCF-II project) of GBPIHED appraised the
trainees on SALT (Sloping Agriculture Land Technology)/CHT (Contour Hedgerow Technology)
and gave practical demonstration on SALT/CHT, Biobriquette, Weed composting, Vermi-composting,
trellis, polyfilm, etc.
Er. M.S. Lodhi, and Dr. Satish Arya, Scientists of GBPIHED gave presentations on
soil and water conservation technologies (such as modified jhum, haandi, polyflim
and poly-tank) and a five-tier agricultural model developed by the Institute for
sustainable development of shifting agricultural land areas, respectively, while
Shivaji Choudhry another resource person from GBPIHED appraised the participants
on commercially potential aromatic plant species, He also highlighted the method
of cultivation and agro-climatic suitability of crops. Besides, team from NABARD,
Itanagar also highlighted the role of NABARD in rural development and its schemes
for NGOs/SHGs of the region.
PPA, AACWA calls for amicable solution
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Stating that the People’s Party of Arunachal does not appreciate
any form of violence, the party has requested the Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service
Association, Arunachal Pradesh Public Works Department Engineers Association, Arunachal
Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association and Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Junior
Engineers Service Association not to take harsh stand on Takam Tagar as, the party
observed, altercation might have occurred because of certain issues.
“When the matter has been already reported to the authority and FIR has been lodged,
let the law take its own course,” said PPA general secretary Ashan Riddi in a release.
He further said while the legal procedures take its course, both Tagar and Nair
be allowed to resolve differences if any.
It may be mentioned here that conglomeration of engineers associations had demanded
action against Tagar for allegedly assaulting PWD junior engineer K S Nair at work
site on Feb 13. Tagar in a release yesterday denied the allegation as baseless.
Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) also called
for amicable solution of the matter through discussion across the table in larger
While pointing out various demands of the associations of engineers including demand
for arrest of Tagar, AACWA requested the conglomeration of engineers associations
to refrain from such move as the matter is individual in nature between the working
contractors/proprietor and department concerned. It also appealed the contractors
and the site in-charge of the concerned division to amicably dispose off the matter.
Assaults on engineer condemned
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) strongly condemned
attacked on junior engineer PWD K S Nair allegedly by MLA Takam Tagar on Feb 13 last.
While supporting the demands of the various associations of engineers, AAPWU said
such an uncivilized act by an elected representative is condemnable from every civilized
Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) in an emergency
meeting held today strongly condemned the alleged assault of Nair.
The attacked on government servant on duty by a law maker is an unfortunate state
of affairs, which hurt the sentiments of entire state government servant in particular
and society in general, it said.
Further, endorsing the demands of All Engineering Service Associations, CoSAAP demanded
the authority to book the culprit as per law and immediately constitute judicial
enquiry to unearth the truth.
The CoSAAP further appealed the government to ensure that the ongoing construction
work of the state assembly secretariat building is completed within the stipulated
time without compromising the work quality and misappropriation of earmarked fund.
It also condemned the attacked on associate professor of DP Government College Kamki
Ategi Linggi by some miscreant recently.
AAPWU flays allegation
ITANAGAR Feb 16: Taking serious note over the allegations leveled against Arunachal
Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), Chairman
Jalley Sonam by the All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union (AAPGDLU)
All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union has termed it ridicules, baseless and unfounded.
In an emergency meeting held yesterday the Central Working Committee and executive
body members of AAPWU took stock of the allegations leveled against its president
Jalley Sonam as published in some local dailies on Feb 13 last.
AAPWU strongly opposes allegations leveled against Jalley Sonam for misusing his
power as the chairman of the Board by making false promises like medical advance,
marriage assistance etc.
Before making such unfounded and baseless allegations and going to press, AAPGDLU
should verify the facts, as it could bring serious reactions if allegations are wrong
and not proved.
It is worth mentioning here that Jalley Sonam who is associated with labors of the
state since last 20 years was appointed as the chairman of the Board with the consent
and approval of the state government. As soon as Sonam assumed the office of the
APB&OCWWB as the chairman last year has been rigorously campaigning in the labour
concentrated areas of the state making the workers/labors aware of the benefits provided
to them by the state government through APB&OCWWB. Within short span of one year,
he has implemented much of the benefits as provided by the Board, it said.
The AAPGDLU president and secretary, instead of appreciating yeoman service rendered
by Sonam to poor workers of the state, they are trying to tarnish the image of J
Sonam, the AAPWU said.
APMTF alleges illegal collection of fund while AAPPTF demands apology
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has lodged
complaint against the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF)
general secretary and chairman with the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner alleging
that the leaders duo ‘misleading, cheating and extorting money from all commercial
While condemning the alleged collection of money, the APMTF demanded immediate halt
on the collection and said that whatever amount collected should be refunded. It
also requested all commercial vehicle owners not to entertain unrecognized organization
seeking donations in the name of a federation.
Meanwhile, reacting to the alleged forceful collection of money, All Arunachal Pradesh
Public Transport Federation has demanded public apology from the APMTF within four
days, otherwise, it said, would compel to approach court for leveling false and
fabricated allegations against the AAPPTF in order lower its image, said its secretary
general in a release today.
AE refutes allegation
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Tanung Jamoh, assistant engineer (C), department of hydro power
has refuted the alleged mismanagement of steel obtained from M/s Satyam Ispat.
Reacting to a news item published in this daily yesterday, Jamoh said that the allegations
leveled against him are baseless, ‘not taking into account the true facts and figures’.
Jamoh clarified that the order of 33 MT steel was placed with M/s Satyam Ispat against
Paya MHS at Hiya of which 26 MT has already been delivered and received at site.
“Remaining 7 MT is still stocked at M/s Satyam Ispat, which would be received as
per requirement,” he said while adding that ‘any doubts regarding the steel can
be verified from records at site and from the sub-divisional office. He said a neutral
third party investigation team may be constituted to investigate the matter at any
Contractors demands floating of tenders for project implementation
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association, Kurung Kumey district
unit has requested all the works departments to follow the rules by inviting tenders
for implementation of all the centrally sponsored schemes. The Association alleged
that the registered eligible contractors are deprived of participating in contract
works as the various work departments have not invited tenders for implementation
of various ongoing central and state sponsored schemes.
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and RGU, Vice Chancellor prof Tamo
Mibang have consented to attend as chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Nyokum
Yullo festival at Doimukh on February 26.
Traditional folk songs and dances and Volley Ball tournament will be conducted during
the occasion and a mass social service will be held on February 22 and 23.
Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh and Superintendent Engineer, R.W.D. Kago Tabio would
attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Parang.
While, IPS, Director of North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Dimapur, Government
of India Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Jomnya Siram, Deputy Director Art & Culture,
Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun will attend as special guests.
During the weeklong celebration from February 20-26, renounce artist Ashok Sonam
and Taba Yal Nabam along with two other members from NEZCC would also participate
in the occasion.
Skill development programme
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Rural Development and Heritage Society in collaboration with
NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar is conducting Skill Development Programme (SDP)
on Basic Computer Education for unemployed youths, farmers club and self help group
at Koloriang on March 4 and March 5 at Palin.
ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has appointed
Kabang Gamno and Kabuk Langkam as president and general secretary of the Lower Dibang
valley unit of APMTF.
Let people take decision on projects
This is apropos the public hearing on 780MW Nyamjang Chu hydro project, conducted
by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board at Lumla on Feb 8. It is unfortunate
that the student community of our area were not allowed to participate in the hearing
simply because the students representatives were not from the affected area.
Now the word ‘affected area’ creates many doubts. Will the impact (prositive or
negative) of the project be felt within the ‘affected area’ only.
In the midst of such quarries, we would like to mention here that the demands of
the All Dhak Pangchin Students Union (ADPSU), Lumla to make public all projects related
documents have not been fulfilled yet. Our demands include disclosure of minutes
of the first project related meeting convened on 2007, copies of MOU signed, modalities
copy of environment impact studies etc. We want project related papers to educate
the people about the advantage and disadvantage of such projects so that people
themselves able to take decision whether the project are needed or not. We also want
to mention here that we want development but not at the cost of our valuable traditions.
President, ADPSU, Lumla
Activate Dumporijo BSNL tower
The installation of a BSNL tower at Dumporijo more than two years back had inspired
many. Thousands of local tribal who had purchased mobile handsets are now awaiting
anxiously to see the day when the tower would be activated and Dumporijo be connected
with other parts of the country and world.
It is shocking to observe that after a mere formality of the installation of the
tower no follow up technical measures were taken up till date. The mobiles purchased
even by poor tribal are being used only to see the time with the additional burden
of charging them every second day.
The planning cell of BSNL seems to be working in an erratic manner as the towers
which were installed much later than Dumporijo tower are now operational. It is baffling
to understand how a district circle like Dumporijo has been so long deprived of this
present day necessity of mobile services, while smaller places like Lida have been
provided the requisite facilities.
Therefore, it is my urgent appeal to the BSNL general manager to investigate into
the abnormal delay and get the tower activated at the earliest.
Topo Mattu Digbak
It is time to show maturity
The conference – cum-election of the All Nyishi Students’ Union is being held at
Seppa, where a new executive committee will be formed. In the process of the elections,
there may be certain unseen lapses with regards to discipline and decorum. In this
respect, I appeal the committee conducting the conference to ensure safe and congenial
atmosphere during the period of campaigning. There may also some unscrupulous elements
creating law and order problems during the conference and election.
The committee should ensure peace and tranquility in and around the camp so that
no untoward incidence occurs. It is also my earnest suggestion to the organizing
committee to liaise with the district administration to provide security for the
safety of the students arriving for the conference from outside the district. We
should ensure that to make the conference a success, all participating members cooperate
with the organising committee in maintaining harmony throughout the electoral process.
Winning and losing of an election is part of the process, and there should not be
any sort of excessive expression of grieve and excitements. Such show of the feelings
has always an impact on the general masses, either positive or negative.
Having said these, I on behalf of the people of the East Kameng district and Seppa
in particular, would like to appeal all the students to maintain decency and maturity
while participating in the conference without any malicious intensions and help conduct
the conference a grand success.
East Kameng Unit
Nyishi Elite Society
Tirap needs immediate attention
Tirap has been the very tense area or district in comparison to other districts of
the state for last one year, but yet no one thinks about the solution to the exact
problem of the district. The home minister also follows the same path by not showing
his interest in it. It is home minister who is to play a vital role in such tense
situation prevailing in Tirap. If he is in Arunachal Pradesh now, he should try to
know the grievances/problems being faced by the innocent people of Tirap.
I do appeal the home minster to render his service sincerely and also request other
minister to take serious note of Tirap problems in order to maintain peace and harmony
in the state.
C Sector, Itanagar
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