Centre to release PMGSY fund for Arunachal soon: Agatha
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma today
said that the Centre will soon release huge amount of PMGSY fund to Arunachal Pradesh.
State Govt will able to improve 40 per cent of the rural road connectivity of the
landlocked state with the fund to be released soon, Agatha said while interacting
with the media persons here today.
Agatha Sangma is in the state capital today on his three-day tour to Arunachal.
She will attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration as chief guest at Nyapin on Feb 26.
Stressing the need of proper coordination and communication between the state and
Centre in order to accelerate development activities in this landlocked Arunachal,
Agatha, however, said “northeastern states including Arunachal Pradesh should not
entirely depend on Center for funds. Pointing out the enormous scope to generate
revenue from tourism and agri-horticulture sectors, Sangma categorically said Arunachal
should formulate proper plan and strategy to enhance revenue.
The union minister further informed that she had already proposed a separate meeting
of all Rural Development Ministers of North East to be held in Arunachal Pradesh
within a month or two to explore the various resources of the region.
Earlier in the evening, she had an interaction programme with the heads of the department
of Rural Development, RWD, PHED, and officers from Arunachal Pradesh Rural Roads
Development Agency (ARRDA) in presence of the Comssioner, RD Tape Bagra. ARRDA is
the agency executing the works taken up under PMGSY in the state. This was followed
by a PowerPoint presentation on developmental schemes being implemented by the department
During the discussion with the officers of the respective departments, Agatha enquired
about the implementation of PMGSY and total sanitation campaign and various other
centrally sponsored schemes particularly meant for development of rural areas in
the state. The officers present in the meeting apprised the union minister of various
projects being implemented such as total sanitation campaign, rural water supply
projects and the achievements made under the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojana.
The union minister was also apprised of the bottleneck and difficulties being faced
by the department concerned due to certain guidelines of the Centre and allocation
of fund based on population of the state.
Among others, PHED secretary Tomi Ete was also present during the meeting.
APSIC hurt by ‘open market’ remark
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission (APSIC) said
that the information commissioners were “extremely hurt” by an ‘undignified comment’
in an official note written by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam.
The five-member APSIC, headed by State Chief Information Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam,
said that they requested for HRA (house rent allowance) in absence of accommodation
facility for them, sumptuary allowance and other facilities as admissible to other
Govt employees, but the request had been turned down by the chief secretary.
Making available to the Press a copy of the “official note” of the chief secretary,
the APSIC said “this time around the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commissioners
were extremely hurt while going by the official correspondence note written by the
Chief Secretary mentioning that information commissioners of Arunachal Pradesh have
been appointed from ‘open market’ having no civil service background.”
The APSIC in a complaint letter written to the Union Minister of State for Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions requested him to take “appropriate disciplinary action”
against the state Chief Secretary for “not cooperating and implementing the RTI Act
in Arunachal Pradesh and having malice attitude towards the statutory body, APSIC”.
The CS in its official note on April 6, 2010 wrote: “They have been making such
demand at par with Information Commissioners of other States. In other States, the
Information Commissioners are appointed from the retired IAS/IPS/IFS and other Central
Govt services and therefore, these appointees continue to avail the facilities which
they had enjoyed while serving in the govt. In respect of Arunachal Pradesh, Information
Commissioners have been appointed directly from the open market and they do not have
the civil service background. It is for decision whether the facilities as demanded
should be given to them.”
However, the APSIC in its complaint letter to union minister further said RTI Act
2005 did not prescribe that only retired IAS/IPS/IFS should be appointed as information
ATSU stage dharna, demand solution to problems
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: All Tirap Students’ Union (ATSU) has staged a daylong dharna in
front of the DC Office Khonsa today demanding pro-active steps for solutions to
various problems confronting the district. Pointing out the factional clash between
the NSCNgroup in the Tirap, the ATSU appealed to the state Govt in particular,
district administration and MLAs in general to take immediate step for restoration
of peace and also demanded proper strategy to bring the misguided youths of the
district to the mainstream.
The union also demanded adequate security measures for the heads of the offices in
the district. It said most of the officers are not attending offices in district
headquarter as they are feeling insecurity after the gun battle between the two
Other demands of the union included proper implementation of the KSA – LAZU RGGVY
Project worth Rs. 6.4 Crore and first preference to the local people in tender works
for implementation of various Govt schemes. ATSU also appealed to the AAPSU to take
initiative for solution to various problems of the district.
AAPSU team visits Seba village
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) lead by
President Takam Tatung visited Seba village, situated in picturesque Pappu valley
area of East Kameng district on 17th of this month. On their arrival AAPSU team
was welcomed by Apang Welly, ZPM, Seppa West who is also resident of Seba village.
Impressed with splendid natural beauty of Pappu valley and immense tourism potentiality
of the region, AAPSU President Takam Tatung expressed dismay over the poor infrastructure
which has become stumbling block for the area. “We are all surprised to know that
such a beautiful place exist in our state. Pappu Valley can become the next big thing
in tourism circuit of Arunachal if authorities give proper attention to infrastructure
issues,” said AAPSU President Takam Tatung. He also urged elected leaders of region
to pay urgent attention to the pathetic condition of road between Sagalee and Seppa.
“This stretch of road should be repaired at the earliest. It reduces the travelling
time between Itanagar and Seppa. Also it will spare Arunachalee citizen from unnecessary
harassment arising out of Assam band,” stated Tatung. Expressing happiness over
visit of AAPSU President and his team to Seba village, ZPM Apang Welly sought AAPSU’s
intervention in solving various problems plaguing his village. “Till now we don’t
have any electricity supply in our village. Even there is no provision for drinking
water supply. Often villagers have to walk miles to the stream to collect drinking
water. People of Seba village are still living in 19th century,” informed Apang Welly.
He further added, “We hope with the visit of AAPSU team, our beautiful Pappu Valley
will find its true place in tourism circuit of Arunachal. Villagers are always ready
to cooperate with concerned authorities if they carry out developmental activities
with proper vision keeping in mind needs of villagers.”
AITSE Award for VKV Roing student
ROING, Feb 25: Ahhie Mega (11), a sixth grader at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya School
in Roing, is the winner of the All India Talent Search Examination (AITSE) conducted
by National Teachers Council at Bangalore.
She will receive her prize in Bangalore in an award giving ceremony to be held in
September next. The award includes a cash prize and a laptop.
Ahhie is one of the top winners from the entire Northeast in her sixth grade, along
with five other winners.
The test is conducted at pre-primary level to senior level. The Talent Search Examination
consists of Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test.
“Her hard work and motivation given by the teachers paid”, said Anil Kumar, Principal
VKV. “Children generally don’t take these tests seriously, but she took it seriously.”
Ahhies's dad, Dr Oken Megha himself is recipient of National Talent Search Examination
(NTSE) scholarship, J C Bose Award and winner of National Science Exhibition in his
Micro-irrigation project inaugurated
ROING, Feb 25: A Micro-Irrigation Project from Mobom Korong (river) near Balek Village,
around 7 km from the district headquarter was inaugurated by Chiliko Meto, Chairperson,
Zilla Parishad Roing today. This project was constructed by the Water Resource Department,
Roing with a cost of Rs 9.70 Lacs. The project with 400 metre concrete cement channel
and 1 km kuccha channel having 0.9 cubic water carrying capacity will irrigates more
than 10 hectares of Wet Rice Cultivated fields of the area. The project was commenced
on March 17, 2008 and commissioned on December 31, 2010.
Meto expressing satisfaction on the quality of the work lauded the Water Resource
Department, Roing for execution of such quality work and also for showing transparency
and accountability in implementing various schemes under the department which he
further opined that it is an example to be followed by other departments of the district.
He also said that the district has enormous potential of streams/rivers which can
be harnessed for irrigation purpose under Micro-irrigation project thereby bringing
many dry land fields to WRC fields which would largely benefit the farming community.
M Debariyal, EE, Maga Tasso, AE, Bomyem Tayeng, AE of WRD, Oling Modi, Contractor,
Panchayat leaders, GBs, Public and Officials were present on the occasion. DIPRO
Etalin PHC gets ambulance, DC inspects development projects
ANINI, Feb 25: Upper Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Abu Tayeng today handed over
the Ambulance key to Dr. Deori, Medical Officer, PHC, Etalin in a small but
impressive function at PHC premises today. The ambulance was procured under Border
Area Development Programme (BADP). ZPC E. Meya, other panchayat leaders, govt officials
and medical staff were present on the occasion.
The PHC Etalin is being run and managed by Karuna Trust under PPP model.
Speaking in the function, DC informed that two numbers of Ambulances were procured
under BADP for District Hospital, Anini and PHC, Etalin in order to revamp the health
After the function, Tayeng paid whirlwind visit to many small and big projects being
executed under BADP in the circle to have assess the quality and work progress.
He instructed the engineer in-charge to ensure quality work and timely completion
of the projects/schemes.
DC also inspected the progress in restoration work of Etalin-Malinye road which got
completely washed away by a massive landslide during last years’ monsoon havoc.
Recalling the assurance given by Director General Border Roads (DGBR) of restoring
the said road connectivity within ten days during his visit to Dibang Valley on 13th
Dec, 2010 last, DC expressed his displeasure on the slow progress of restoration
work even after a lapse of more than two months of his DGBR’s personal assurance.
Tayeng further took stock of the community development work being undertaken so
far by the JPC Ltd and urged the Company to strictly adhere to the community development
programme as per MoU. DIPRO
Free eye check up camp at Miao
CHANGLANG, Feb 25: The District Health Society (NPCB), Changlang conducted free eye
check up cum cataract operation camp at Miao CHC from Feb 17-23.
The team of doctors which was led by Dr. Taba Khanna, Eye Specialist, Changlang comprised
of Mr. D. Maity, Ms. D. Bagra, Ms. B. Ampi and Mr. R.P. Sharma, examined and treated
470 patients, including 161 spectacles prescription during the screening camps at
T. R. camp, Kharsang PHC and Miao CHC.
During the post operative counseling session, Dr Khanna emphasized and elaborated
on the need of strict post operative care by the patients and their attendants. He
further advised them to attend post operative check up on 8th April. More such eye
operation will be done during the multi-disciplinary Health Mela to be conducted
by District Health Society at District Hospital, Changlang from March 5-7, Khanna
informed and urged upon the patients to avail the benefit from free health check
up camp. DIPRO incharge
BJP’s hunger strike passes off peacefully
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The 48-hour hunger strike launched in front of the Addl. Deputy
Commissioners office at Hayuliang by BJP Anjaw district unit passed off peacefully
on Feb 24, informed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh media cell
in a release today. This was the second phase of agitation launched by the BJP unit
against corruption in the district.
The BJP said that in its second phase the BJP unit demanded resignation of Kalikho
Pul, RWD Minister and Hayuliang MLA over rampant black marketing of PDS commodities
especially Rice and Atta allocated in the district since 2006.
The Anjaw District BJP Unit had earlier staged mass Anti-Corruption Rally on Feb
11 in the district and demanded the state government for immediate probe into the
massive scandals in the PDS commodities and other centrally sponsored projects.
Meanwhile the District BJP unit in its district committee meeting soon after the
hunger strike decided to go to villages and launch village awareness activities in
its next phase. This would be followed by mass rally, the party informed.
An ode to Kameng river
For me Kameng River is one of the most beautiful, fun and frolic Rivers of the all
rivers and streams that I am accustomed in Arunachal Pradesh. The biasness could
be because I was born on her banks and know her kindness and wraths deeply than of
any other rivers and streams. It has been my childhood obsession to traverse its
length from Seppa to Tippi since I can remember. During teenage days attempts were
made to raft on it with inflated truck tubes but the biting chillness always hampered
such futile attempts. But the dream lived on….
Of all major rivers systems of Arunachal Pradesh, Kameng River is one of the few
that truly originate from within the boundaries of the state. It is thought to originate
from the glacial base of Kaaradaii mountain ranges of the Kameng districts. As it
enters the hills of Kameng district criss-crossing the Aka and Nyishi mountain ranges
it increase in volume and size by accepting various large and small perennial streams
journeying down to the plains of Assam as Jia-Borali river. The river’s stretch
from the mountains of Chayang Tajo to the valley of Seppa is characterized by rapids
of class-IV to class VI. The tone and character of rapids is measured increasing
from class-I to class-VI as a yardstick by the rafter’s .One of the major tributary
of the Kameng River is the Bichom River, which it meets near a place called Bana.
The importance of river Bichom to the survival of Kameng River can be felt as soon
as one flows down from their confluences. It is from this confluence, one can feel
the real character of Kameng River with its increase in volume and naughtiness. Except
for the river Papu, which originates from the mountain ranges of Pakke-Kessang and
meets the Kameng River few kilometers from the confluences of Bichom and Kameng River,
no major streams meets the river Kameng further down.
In the late months of the year 2008, I got a call from an Air force fighter pilot,
who happened to be a son of one of my favorite professor from Wildlife Institute
of India. He informed their plan to raft the Kameng River from Marjangly to Tippi
in month of February 2009 and they wanted me on the team as local biologist, which
I gladly accepted. But a freak Tata Sumo accident on the way to Ziro broke my left
shoulder and my dream to raft with the team. But the dream lived on…..
My dream was to be realized when a member of the earlier team was so smitten by the
wildness and youthfulness of the river Kameng that he organized a team that included
me to raft the river again in the month of February 2010. With wet suit and life
jacket on we started from our base in Vessang, a small village near Seppa and rafted
whole day to reach the confluences of river Kameng and Bichom. Just before reaching
this confluence one has to negotiate with a class-IV rapid which we called it as
‘Tiger Rapid’ for we saw a huge pug-mark of a male tiger along its bank.
As one reaches the confluences of river Kameng and Bichom one is greeted by the roar
of two different types of river meeting. The meeting of cold and dark blue water
of Kameng river with that of fast flowing whitish water of Bichom surrounded by lush
green tropical ever green forest is a sight to behold. The right bank of Bichom is
flanked by the mighty Yanjoro Mountains. This is the mountains where it is believed
that sprits called ‘Yapii’ (Nyishi dialect) especially that of children’s reside
after their death. If one dares enough to climb this mountain, one may find small
water holes called Sanyak (Nyishi dialect) on top of this mountain. Because of its
reverence by the local tribes, it was taboo to hunt and cut trees from this mountain
but with the change in lifestyle and religion of the local tribes such unique system
of conservation is fast eroding. The present generations of Seppa Township won’t
believe that once in late 1980’s Seppa Township was closed for almost three days
when all citizens of the town irrespective of whether tribal or non-tribal gathered
in the confluence of this two river to participate in community ‘Sebo-peyto’-a system
of diverting and drying one part of river to catch fishes.
Next morning all the garbage’s, plastics, even chocolate wrappers were tightly packed
and were taken back to Delhi, without leaving any traces of civilizations on the
pristine beaches of Kameng River. And we rafted on……. About three kilometers down
from the confluences of river Kameng and Bichom, one enters the protected forest
of Pakke Tiger Reserve on its left bank. And after negotiating spine-chilling rapids
and gulping cold water we reach the eerie silence of the gorge. It is on the mouth
of this beautiful gorge that NHPC has proposed Kameng-II hydro-electric project.
The gorge may be about 15-20 kilometers in length with high rocky walls and silent
Kameng flowing by. It is one of the pristine and few virgin places one find on the
entire stretch of the Kameng River. The high raised rocky walls of both the banks
due to years of weathering by the river has formed beautiful caricatures of various
forms testing the limits of ones imaginations, interspersed with numerous water falls
and caves. The only gorge that can marvel the beauty of this gorge, which I can think
of, is the gorges formed by the Zanskar river of Ladakh.
Immersed in our thoughts after leaving the eerie silence and beautiful gorge, suddenly
we were startled by the falling rocks. The rocks were disturbed by a pair of Chinese
goral from its steep slopes. The gorals are goat –antelope that prefers steep slopes
of the Himalayas with low tree cover, moderate shrubs and open grassy banks interspersed
with cliffs. The greatest conservation threat to this magnificent animal is from
poaching. Rejuvenated with the sighting of this magnificent animal and after negotiating
with around 32 rapids in a day, we reached our Camp for the night-‘the Stampede camp’.
The camp was so named because in the earlier trip, late in night a herd of elephants
had appeared near the camp which had caused stampede among the rafters.
On the fifth evening of continuous rafting we reached our camp-Tippi Forest House.
This forest house is one of the finest rest houses one will find in the entire state
mostly due to beautiful location. The rest house is just located near the beautiful
Kameng River surrounded by lush green evergreen forest of Pakke Tiger Reserve in
one side and rest surrounded by beautiful reserve forest, which is fast eroding.
The greatest threat to very survival of the Kameng River along with its unique wildlife
and to her peoples is the proposal to built dam across it. More than 13 hydroelectric
projects with combined capacity of more than 1500MW of electricity is being proposed
to be constructed on the river Kameng and her tributaries. With no quarter of any
opposition to such magnitude of destruction of ecosystem, lifestyle and livelihoods
of her people, the youthfulness and frolic days of the Kameng River is numbered.
One should not be fooled by the terminologies such as ‘Run-of river projects’, where
it is claimed that such project will have least damage to the ecosystem and livelihoods
of the local people. Just imagine a meter high speed-breaker built on a highway with
a fancy terminology as ‘Run of the traffic project’. One can imagine the traffic
jams and chaos it will create, leading to frustration and anger and not to mention
the constant threats of life, properties and culture of the local people due such
‘Run of the traffic project’. And now imagine what more than 50 or 100 meters high
dams of ‘Run-of river projects’ will cause to ecosystem, lifestyle and livelihoods
of the local people.
Finally in few years time beautiful youthful Bichom won’t be meeting Kameng River
at Bana as her majority of water will be diverted for running the motors of 600 Mw
Kameng Hydroelectric project in Kimi. One of the most trusted tributaries of Kameng
River will be death. With her the memories of thousand of souls who have shared their
happiness and grieve with the river will be lost for ever. And with her the slow
death of the river Kameng begins…. (The writer is a Wildlife Biologist and be contacted
at: -[email protected])
College week celebration concludes
ITANGAR, Feb 25: The week long multi-disciplinary college week of Don Bosco College
Itanagar came to a close today with the valedictory function graced by Dr. Joram
Begi, Director of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The
college week included various events like sports, track and field events, and cultural
and literary events.
Speaking at the valedictory function the chief guest, Dr. Joram Begi, Director of
Higher and Technical Education, congratulated the students of the college for their
outstanding performance in academic and co-curricular activities. He further said,
“Don Bosco College has set a new benchmark for all the colleges of Arunachal Pradesh.”
He specially commended the outstanding performance of the students in the last university
examinations bagging 28 out of 56 top ten ranks and exhorted the students continue
to excel in their academic performance.
He further added that the college has the best NSS unit repeatedly contributing significantly
through this outreach programme. Commenting on a tribal dance performed by eight
students of which only two belonged to that tribe, he said, “The students come from
various tribal and non-tribal communities from different states of North East yet
they are on stage performing tribal dances gracefully as if it is their own which
shows the sense of integration which is essential to education.”
Commenting on the scenario of higher education in the state he added, “The reputation
of an institution largely depends on the students themselves. Unionism is a big problem
today in the various educational institutions of the state”. He exhorted the students,
“There is no place for complacency but be disciplined and excel in your academic
The Chief Guest also gave away the prizes to the winners of the various individual
and group events. The valedictory function was made colourful by the prize winning
modern and traditional dances and songs.
In his welcome address Fr. K.O. Sebastian, the Principal of the college, commented
on the contribution of Dr. Joram Begi to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and to the
college in particular from its very inception.
The college week was a five day event consisting of various track and field events,
cultural events like dances, songs, mime, etc. and literary events like quiz, debate
and extempore speech. The events were coordinated by Fr. Shilanand Kerketta.
No corrupt practices on PDS item: Admn
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Reacting to the BJP’s hunger strike alleging corruption on PDS
items in Anjaw district, the Anjaw district administration today clarified that “there
were no such instances where people of Anjaw district were forced to starvation and
there was no instance of any kind of corrupt practice on PDS items since 2006 as
Anjaw district deputy commissioner C. S. Jamoh in a statement further said, “even
during last monsoon from April 2010 to July 2010 when all surface communication of
the District was cut off due to heavy rain and sudden cloud burst like situation,
the state government had managed to air drop ration items to all FPS by helicopter
to ensure no starvation takes place. The district administration even took the help
of defense in providing ration items to tide over the situation.
The monthly requirement of rice for Anjaw is 1800 quintals but GOI vide order no.
1-1/2008 BP-III part 1(2) dated 13/3/2008 and 23/3/2008 had drastically curtailed
monthly quota of rice from 1800 quintals, thereby apparently shortfall of rice occurred
in the district. For this, neither the state government nor the carriage contractor
can be held responsible, the DC further clarified. During the alleged period, some
higher officials of FCI had visited Fair Price Shops (FCI) in the interior places
of the district and had expressed the satisfaction on the management of PDS items
in the district, he added.
‘The entire process of the management is closely monitored by the district administration
to ensure the allotted quota of PDS items in the district. Had there been any starvation
case occurred in yesteryear in the district the matter would have been reported upon
to district administration for immediate relief and rehabilitation measures. Therefore,
highlighting the issue after a lapse of several years speaks the volume of entire
He further clarified that the alleged swindling of government fund is unfounded
and baseless as all centrally sponsored schemes undertaken in Anjaw district are
under constant monitoring of the third party duly constituted by the central government.
Recently, a team of officials from the NEDFI had inspected the implementation of
schemes in the district for a fortnight and no any adverse remarks has been given
by the team, rather the team had appreciated the construction agencies for the good
works, the DC added.
Cancer has answer if detected earlier
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: A seminar on “Management and treatment of cancer of N E region”
was organized at Tura civil hospital in Meghalaya on Feb 19.
Dr M A Sangma superintendent of Tura civil hospitals who chaired the seminar comment
that tobacco is the main cause for cancer of mouth and throat in this region.
Dr M N Baruah prominent cancer specialist of India and the Director of North East
Cancer Hospital and Research Institute Jorabat Guwahati delivered a long and valued
talk on head and neck cancer. He also said cancer has always an answer if detected
Replying to a question he said as per Atomic Energy’s study India need 2000 radiotherapy
unit. But we have only 430 radiotherapy unit out of which only 120 unit of Linear
accelerator facility available in entire country. Unfortunately in our seven states
we have only two Linear Accelerators with seven cobalt therapy machine. Linear Accelerator
is the most modern equipment which can provide radiation in seconds to the cancer
cell with cent percent accurately without damaging normal tissue.
Describing his personal experience of giving radiotherapy by Linear Accelerator at
North East Cancer Hospital Jorabat he said it is encouraging to see the rapid recovery
of cancer patient with minimum side effect. He also said America, Canada, and other
European country banned radiotherapy by Cobalt therapy machine because it damages
normal tissue and make cancer patient more sick. All deep seated cancer tumors need
radiation only by Linear Accelerator, there is no alternative if you have a LA with
you, he added.
Dr. Pankaj Bhagabati MS and Dr. Srimanta Medhi MS of North East Cancer Hospital
presented papers on Breast cancer and Thyroid Cancer.
Doctors and sisters of Civil hospital, Christian hospital, Holy cross hospital and
BSF hospital of Tura attended the seminar.
Many miles to go
Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred as the best in the ‘small state’ category for
the IBN7's Diamond States Award.
According to IBN7 – “Diamond States Award is a prestigious and path breaking initiative
of the IBN Network in partnership with Outlook. For the first time in the history
of India, comes an award that celebrates human development by focusing on the common
man, an award that redefines the parameters of successful growth.”
So what is the parameter used to redefine successful growth?
The IBN7 Diamond States Award in its website explains – “The selection process for
‘IBN7 Diamond States Awards’ will be a credible multi-pronged approach involving
secondary data from authentic sources and primary data from a nation wide exercise
conducted by Nielsen, the research partner for the awards.“
This implies that the information provided by Nielsen Company serves as headway to
decision making for the award. Nielsen is a company that offers market information
and services to its client in making best business decisions.
The award recognition is complimented by the news of state registering highest economic
growth rate in the country of 22.43 percent in 2009-10. Well, this all must be music
to ears of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, for which the credit is directly showered
For the comfort of critics here: the recognition of the state government in the form
of award is not what it is made to look like. In the Diamond States Awards list,
Arunachal is not a big name. The top ranking for the best in the small states category
went to Himachal Pradesh. Arunachal's name appears only in the third in the list
of top three, which is not a bad start.
Pride instilled in the citizen by state’s growth story is not a true feeling unless
each one of us has partaken in the tasks that created that pride. We must be aware
that our state is modeled into a rent seeking and grant seeking economy.
Going by the conventional data, Arunachal still ranks 22nd (2005 survey) in HDI index,
24th in media exposure and 24th in Literacy among the 28 Indian states, which is
indicative of poor state of life. We have miles to go before we actually can be smug
about all these accolades.
SSB not just protects, its serves too
TAWANG, Feb 25: In order to promote entrepreneurship among unemployed people of Tawang
district, the 38th BN. SSB, Tawang a paramilitary force organized a four-week long
vocational training programme under its Civic Action Programme.
More than 80 participants have been trained in tailoring, painting, computer and
handicraft during the programme.
Addressing the participants in the programme the 38th Bn SSB Commandant Tsering Dorjai
highlighted the Battalion’s contribution towards well-being of the lesser privileged.
He said that they are not here just to protect but to serve as well.
During the programme Tawang Monastery was provided a 25 KW Automech D.G. Set worth
Rs. 431,551.00 and 21 numbers of Solar Lantern were issued to the resident of Kharung
village to cope with the shortage in power supply. An NGO based in Mukto village
was presented an upgraded version of computer along with printer. A fully operational
P. A. Equipment, 2 utensil sets, 23 numbers of blankets and 12 sewing machines were
distributed to the trainees and beneficiaries from Mukto, Rho Timpu, Gyamdong and
The chief guest of the programme Tsering Tashi said ‘Usually in functions I notice
only presentation of superior speeches but today I see presentation of deeds. He
expressed his gratitude to the SSB unit not only for safeguarding the borders but
also for their civic programme for the benefit of local people.
Besides the guests of honour Namgay Tsering, ASM Chairperson and Dr. Dilip Chutia,
EAC Tawang, GBs, ASMs and NGOs from far away villages like Rho were present on the
BJP demands proper functioning of Naharlagun Industrial estate
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Criticizing the State Industrial Policy, the Bharatiya Janata Party,
Arunachal Pradesh demanded proper functioning of the Industrial Estates at Naharlagun.
Industrial Estate, being the centre of skill development with specific objectives,
ought to function in right direction for enhancing the economic development activities,
said state BJP media cell in a release.
The BJP further said that constructions are taking place by dismantling the security
wall of the industrial estate. People are also silently observing the development
taking place while the district administration remains a silent spectator, it said.
The pathetic situation of the Industrial Estate Naharlagun shows how the successive
Congress governments were not serious about economic empowerment of people, particularly
the unemployed youths and women of the state, the BJP further said.
The party demanded proper utilization of such a prime location with proper planning
for special market complex like that of the Government of Mizoram where the unemployed
youths and women are getting opportunities to take up self-employment ventures.
Expressing resentment over the mushrooming of shops in Govt land due to lack of
proper market planning in sectors in the Capital Complex, the party also demanded
explanation from the Minister for Industries on the constructions dismantling the
security wall of the Industrial Estate Areas.
Rural Expo begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Rural Expo organized by NN Charitable Society and sponsored
by NABARD was formally inaugurated by MLA Techi Kaso along with Parliamentary Secretary
Nabam Rebia in presence of NABARD General Manager BG Mukhopadhyaya at Nyokum Nyia
ground, Nirjuli, today.
The expo mainly aims at encouraging local entrepreneurs for their economic growth
and generating revenue for self-sustenance.
A total of 20 stalls, including food stalls, have been put up in the expo.
Meanwhile, both Kaso and Rebia were impressed with the initiative taken by the Society
for improving rural economy.
APDA oppose Govt order
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) has appealed the state
Govt not to violate the APHS Cadre Rules -2000.
Claiming that state Govt has issued an order on January 11 in which one IAS officer
has been shown against the post of Director of Health Services(DHS), the Association
in a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister today said it strongly opposed such
order since the post of DHS is a technical and cadre post (APHS). Any attempt on
the part of the Govt to violate the APHS cadre rules will invite a strong protest
by the in-service doctors of Arunachal Pradesh, it said. As the works load of the
health department is ever increasing, the APDA also submitted a memorandum to the
Govt for creation of posts - one Director Medical Education and another Principal
Director in the department of health and Family Welfare.
Two engineers arrested, main accused at large
ITANAGAR: Two Junior Engineers, namely, Iken Rike and Ateng Teng of Ziro Division
were arrested by the Banderdewa Police in connection with Banderdewa PS case No.2/11
U/s 405/407/34 IPC for pilferage of construction materials, informed police sources.
Further sources said that the main accused Tanung Jamoh, Assistant Engineer, is on
the run and seeking anticipatory bail from the court.
Investigation so far reveals that 30 metric tons of iron rods were drawn from Satyam
Ispat Banderdewa for three Micro Hydel Schemes in Kurung Kumey. The Investigating
officer had visited the work sites and confirmed that the materials never reached
its destinations, sources further added.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh has extended festival greetings
and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion
of Nyokum Yullo.
In his festival message, Gen Singh expressed his hope that the festivity ushers in
happiness, bumper harvest and prosperity for all.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has also extended his warm greetings to the people of
Arunachal Pradesh particularly to the Nyishi community on the auspicious occasion
of Nyokum festival.
Khandu believed that the festival will usher in peace, brotherhood, good health and
prosperity in the society and is the platform to showcase our rich cultural heritage.
Arunachal to host 5th NE Chess C’ship
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh has been shouldered to organize the 5th North East Chess
Championship (NECC) 2012.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA), in a meeting held at
Naharlagun recently, has constituted a 13-member organizing committee headed by Gem
Taje and Tamchi Kache as chairman and vice chairman respectively for smooth conduct
of the championship.
The meeting further decided to conduct training for budding chess players at Itanagar/Naharlagun.
Statehood day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: People of newly created Parang circle celebrated statehood day
with much fan fare. Tana Bapu, circle officer of Parang was the chief guest for
the day. Also present were students, PRI leaders, GBs and prominent social workers.
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Pre-Nyokum Yullo was celebrated at Niya village, Banderdewa in
a colour manner. Celebration which began on 21st February with volleyball competition
ended yesterday when PTC team defeated STF to win championship.
Tungri Effa, member of steering committee (state Campa), department of environment
& forest and RK Singh, auditor of capital complex petrol pump depot association were
chief guest and guest of honour for the celebration. In his address chief guest Tungri
Effa said Nyokum should spread message of love, peace and happiness among all the
Advocacy and awareness programme
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: A day long advocacy and awareness programme under reproductive
child health scheme (RCH) was conducted by MM Charitable Trust at Poma yesterday.
On the occasion, Nani Sala Foundation Chairman, Nani Kojin highlighted on RCH programme.
While, MM Charitable Trust Chairman Mamar Mara appealed the villagers, staffs of
PHC and Sub centre Poma and Basarnolla to cooperate with the society for the welfare
of women and children.
Gram Chairperson Techi Yali assured to cooperate with the society on RCH project
in the area.
The programme was attended by ASHAs and women from Bamboo Industry, Poma.
Monitoring and quality control needed
It has been rightly pointed out by one Techi Necha, (Feb 25) regarding the monitoring
and quality work of JNNURM Scheme in the Capital Complex. In this regard I would
like to throw some more lights on the issue that the UD, the State Agency for JNNURM
Scheme, have not engaged its monitoring and quality control team till date even after
the experts for the same purpose have already been recruited. As per the team, whom
I met in Naharlagun High Court last time, they were appointed in August 2009 through
proper interview, but they are yet to be inducted in service even after they made
joining to the Department.
So taking above in account and the point highlighted by Techi Necha which implies
that the UD has not maintained the quality of works, I would like to say that such
insensitive handling of such a big scheme by state agency is not appreciable.
The works carried out especially in the capital are appreciable, but at the sametime
quality should be maintained. I appeal to the leaders of Capital Complex and administration
to look into the matter for effective implementation of projects in capital complex.
Apropos of the article in the Readers’ Forum in your daily dated 24th February, titled
“Redress the problems of students” submitted by some of the students of Rajiv Gandhi
University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, we would like to clarify that the database server
in the University Library was on the verge of being restored with additional enhancements
to the software. Moreover, it is to be understood that unlike desktop computers,
servers are not available off the shelf and it takes time for getting them delivered
to the University.
For such matters, students, instead of going to press directly, are ought to know
the details from the concerned authority.
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