February  2

Papum Pare lift Tang Memorial football trophy

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Papum Pare lifted its maiden Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Championship 2011-12 defeating Capital Complex Football Club by solitary goal in a closely fought final match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium this afternoon.

Papum Pare had finished runners up in the previous edition of the championship.

Rahul Barman scored the lone goal of the match in 85th minute which later turned out to be the match winner.

The match started off aggressively with both the teams creating equal scoring opportunities; but neither team could score until Barman found the net in 85th minute sparking wild celebration among supporters.

The winner pocketed cash award of Rs.1,50,000 along with the coveted trophy while the runners up team was awarded Rs. 80,000 along with a trophy. The Fair play award with cash prize of Rs.10,000 went to Lower Dibang Valley district team.

Page Tashi of Capital Complex has won the “Golden Boot” after finishing top scorer of the tournament. Taba Topu of Papum Pare and  Gangte Chapi of Capital Complex were adjudged the Best Goalkeeper and Man of the Tournament respectively. All individual winners were awarded cash prize of Rs. 3000 each.

RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena gave away prizes to the winners and runners up. Local MLA Techi Kaso, Dirang  MLA Phurpa Tsering also enjoyed the match.

All together teams from eight districts participated in the championship beside APP and Capital Complex.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association has proposed to conduct an invitational football tournament in memory of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu next year which was agreed by the junior Khandu.

The 11th and 12th edition of the Tadar Tang Memorial football tournament would be conducted in August and Nov/Dec. next respectively.


Arunachal shines at national event; Nobin declared best fighter

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: P. Nobin Jomoh was declared best fighter as players of Arunachal Pradesh Shotokan Karate Association bagged as many as 22 medals, including 8 gold 10 silver and 4 bronze in the 6th NSKF National Karate Do Championship, the toughest national event, held at Kolkata from January 26 to 29 last month.

Jomoh beat his opponent from Darjeeling in individual open fight (Kumite) in one of the toughest contests to win the gold and be declared as the best fighter, Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) president Sensei Likha Tara, who led the team as manager in the championship, told this reporter. The best fighter award to Jamoh was awarded by former world champion Pemba Tamang, 8th Dan Black Belt, a Japanese citizen. Tamang also awarded NSKF Black Belt 5th Dan (Go-Dan) to Likha Tara, also treasurer of NSKF. Jomoh also won one silver each in open individual Kata and open team Kata.

The other medal winners are, Libion Nyuri, 2 gold one each in individual Kumite and Kata, Bongali Liyak, 1 bronze, individual Kumite, Raja Yangfo, 1 silver, 1 bronze in individual Kata and Kumite, Nokbo Wangsu, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Nibu Dara, 1 silver, individual Kumite, Vijay Bado, 1 bronze, individual Kumite, Nikam Sono Liyang, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Samual Dolo, 1 gold, 1 silver, individual Kata and Kumite, Doniram Tawe, 1 gold, individual Kumite, Joseph Dolo, 1 silver, individual Kumite, John Bagang, 1 gold, senior open Kata, Rajnita Rotom, 2 silver, 1 bronze, senior individual Kumite/Open team Kata/Individual Kata, Janam Dodum, 1 silver, open team Kata.

Sensei S Deben Sharma was the coach of the team.

Meanwhile, the players of Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate Association (ASRKA) bagged 4 gold and 3 silver medals in Shiko-Kai Shito-Ryu International Open Karate Championship held at Gujarat from January 22-29.

Bananso Twasik and Charu Gobin won 2 gold each in Kata and Kumite in color category while D Taduk won a silver in Kumite. Tagri Raju and Tassar Tite won a silver medal each in Kata and Kumite in Black Belt category, informed AKA general secretary cum Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate Association technical director L Marik.


Educational development in Panggi areas

Prafulla Kaman

GEKU, Feb 1: Panggi Welfare Society (PWS), an umbrella organization of the Panggis, on Tuesday celebrated its 13th ‘Raising Day’ at Geku town in Upper Siang district.

Hundreds of people belonging to the community  thronged at Geku town community hall on the occasion and pledged to work united for the overall development in the field of education and rural infrastructure.

Addressing the people on the occasion, Yingkiong Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC)  Rajesh Panyang pointed towards some malevolence practices that are a hindrance in social reforms.

He urged the PWS to work towards eradication of opium addiction, abolition of child and early marriages besides maintaining sanitary condition in the rural areas in order to prevent communicable diseases.

He urged the youths and student communities to shoulder the vital responsibility to reform the society and bring the rural people on the path of development.

Nine meritorious students belonging to the community,  who secured 75 percent marks and above in Class X and XII  in last CBSE examination, were felicitated with citation, certificate and cash prizes.

Among them was Nitnam Padun, who secured  higher rank at the CBSE XII examination.

The PWS, since its formation in 1999, with an objective to unite the people of Pangi community sporadically spread throughout the Siang belt and other parts of the state, has been keeping regular vigil in the field of education. Besides other places, Panggis are presently spread in five villages of Geku, Sibum, Jeru, Sumsing and Pongging in Upper Siang district and parts of East Siang. Present Kumku village under Geku circle is believed to be original place of the Pangi community.


Developments on right path: Saaya

ZIRO, Feb 1: Parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Likha Saaya  has assured balanced development in his constituency saying that there should not be any discrimination in the name of politics and regions.

Addressing a development meeting cum upgradation of primary ME school at Ambam under Pistana circle on January 31, Saaya said people should not expect miracle as the development cannot take place at one go. He, however, informed that developmental activities are being carried out smoothly and the people of his constituency will witness a developed constituency in days to come under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

The Parliamentary secretary also highlighted the need to undertake horticulture and agriculture activities for economic benefit of rural people.  On development front, Saaya informed that veterinary aid centre has been sanctioned and will complete soon. He also mentioned about  proposed new health sub-centre under NRHM and sanctioning of  Anganwadi Centre for Bello and Ambam, orange and pine apple garden under horticulture department.

While responding to a memorandum, Saaya assured to take up the demand for construction of link road from Ambam to Takho on priority basis under 12th five year plan.

He also announced Rs 15 lakh for construction of football ground and girls’ hostel for Ambam ME school.

DDSE Tarh Tuglo in his address gave emphasis on awareness about SSA/RMSA in the area. He further warned the absentee teachers of  stern action.

Responding to a memorandum, Tugo announced for construction of   bachelor barrack for teachers.

Earlier, addressing a development meeting at Bello on January 30, Saaya called upon the people to work together irrespective of their political affiliation for development of the area.

Highlighting the developmental activities under Pistana circle  within two years of his tenure, he also sought cooperation of people and urged them not to involve in petty politics by misusing RTI for vested interest.

While responding to a memorandum, Saaya assured to give priority on construction of link road from Bello to Sito under 12th five year plan and also announced Rs 15 lakh for construction of football ground and MIC channel from Pich to Chira river.

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner while responding to a memorandum assured to sanction teachers’ quarter in next financial year and also assured to extend helping hand to get community hall sanctioned. DIPRO


Defence minister to visit Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Feb 1:  With Sino-Indian relations on Arunachal Pradesh being tense, especially over the border issue, Defence Minister A K Antony will visit the sensitive state for two days and join the festivities linked to the silver jubilee of statehood on February 20 next.

Antony is likely to undertake his visit on February 19 and will inaugurate the statehood day celebrations at Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki accompanied by Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy met Antony at the defence ministry on Wednesday to extend an invitation to him to attend the festivities.

Antony’s important visit to Arunachal must be seen in the light of China often using the visa issue to raise the pitch.

In January, China denied a visa to Group Captain M. Panging, an IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter pilot posted at Tezpur, Assam, because he hailed from Arunachal.

China disputes the international boundary that it currently has with India in the eastern sector and has repeatedly staked a claim to approximately 90,000 sq km of Indian territory in Arunachal.


Reh festival begins

Make Arunachal a beautiful place

to live in: Ering

ROING, Feb 1: Reh, the main festival of Idu Mishmi community began today at Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley districts  with traditional fervor and gaiety.  The festival celebrations will continue till Feb 3 with various cultural programmes, literary and games and  sports events.

Extending Reh greetings to the Idu Mishmi community at Central Reh celebration here at Rekoh, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering  has called upon the youths to stand united for brining development.

“Though we have many challenges and difficulties ahead we can overcome them by standing united”, he further said.

Stressing on maintaining communal harmony, the MP said that little differences should not be allowed to disturb the age-old bonds of love and communal harmony that exists between the two major tribes of the district.  “Leaving aside our belief, region, religion, caste and community we must strive to make Arunachal a beautiful place to live in”, he added.

He further emphasized on bringing self-sustainable development by harnessing the potentials in sectors like horticulture, agriculture and tourism.

Ering sanctioned an amount of Rs 20 lakh from MP LAD fund for further modification and sanitation work of the Rekoh premises.

Earlier, Ering unfurled the Reh flag and garlanded the statue of Late Ita Pulu, the founder of community Reh Festival. The MP also released a book called “Transformation of Socio-Cultural and Political Life of the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh” written by Jonomo Rondo, Assistant Research Officer, Pasighat.

IPR and Printing secretary Indra Mallo Jain gave emphasis on preservation of own culture. She also lauded the systematic way of presenting the rich heritage of Idu Mishmi culture and tradition on this auspicious occasion.  

Zilla Chairperson cum Vice-President, Central Reh Celebration Committee, Chilko Meto, highlighted the importance of the festival, while, Lomi Linggi read out the mythology of Reh.

First Everester of the North East Tine Mena was also felicitated on the occasion by Idu Mishmi Cultural  and  Literary Society and Central Reh Celebration Committee 2012.

Other attractions of the festival were cultural events, exhibition stalls, indigenous Food Festival.  The dignitaries also visited the traditional Puja House and witnessed different traditional methods of hunting.

Among others, MLA cum President Central Reh Celebration Committee, Laeta Umbrey, DC Garima Gupta, SP Veenu Bansal, APPSC member Jati Pulu and foreign visitors were present on the occasion.

The Idu Community of Aohali village in Mebo circle of East Siang district celebrated Reh festival in Reh-Ko today with traditional fervor and gaiety.

Addressing the Idu community on the occasion, MLA Ralom Borang said that “social co-existence plays vital role in moulding the modern society”.

He assured to extend possible developmental packages to the village including renovation of Reh-Ko.

NCP, Mebo Block President Todol Pertin while emphasizing on communal harmony, tranquility and brotherhood between Adi and Idu communities, briefed about the age old relationship between the two communities.

He further said that Aohali is the only Idu village in East Siang district but the villagers should never consider itself aloof from the rest of the major populace.

He prayed Nanyi-Intaya and Donyi-Polo for wellbeing of the people and bumper harvest on the occasion.

Reh festival organizing committee president, Dhruvo Miku, Gram Chairperson Jiti Linggi, ZPM Togram Yirang also spoke on the occasion. They also urged the people to maintain peaceful atmosphere for all round development of the area.


Improved accessibility is must for socio-economic development: Dabii

PASIGHAT, Feb 1: Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii believed that improved accessibility can play a vital role in ensuring socio-economic development of far-flung and mountainous areas of his constituency.

Addressing a public meeting convened by the people of remote Sido village under Koyu circle on January 31,  Dabii said road connectivity could be a key factor to further the development policy of the state government.

According to him, agriculture and horticulture sectors  can play crucial role for all-round development of the areas. He further informed that six major sectors -- agriculture, horticulture, road connectivity, drinking water supply, healthcare and education  are the priority sectors for comprehensive development.

Dabii accompanied by AE RWD Er. Michi Nibo and local representatives while reviewing progress of the road construction of Tene-Sipu road (via Sido village) under PMGSY informed that new initiative has been taken  to  connect inaccessible and far-flung areas.

Later the MLA visited the house of Lt. Obang Siram, Head Gaon Bura Sido village who died on Jan 25.


Health outreach camp at Kakoi

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: More than 130 patients were benefited by the health outreach camp organized by Arunachal State Hospital at Kakoi on January 30.

A team of 19 specialist doctors including supporting staff headed by Medical Superintended of Naharlagun State Hospital, Dr D Raina offered free medical service and free diagnosis to many poor and underprivileged patients of Kakoi area during the camp. The beneficiaries  included ultra sonography- 21, ABO grouping test – 10, HBsAg- 26(no positive case), blood sugar test- 3, HB  test -9, HIV test -35( no positive case), STI – 1 and RMT test – 30 (Pf+ve -1).

The team was also assisted by Kimin PHC SMO Dr N Kadu.

Kakoi ASM Gyamar Sikap expressed gratitude to the medical team for successful conduct of health camp and requested them to organize the same in summer season.

Tragedy in the name of development

Aalo, Feb 1: In what can be said as a tragedy in the name of development and human error, 110m long wire rope suspension bridge with steel decking connecting Paya village, near Aalo fell apart due to damage of the main rope by the Excavator working on the site on January 31. The foundation stone was laid recently.

People crossing the bridge, few witnessing the excavator at work fell down in the deep Yomgo River resulting in a death of a 13-year-old school girl Jumpi Naso, a student of class VII. Three others are reported to be injured and few others have managed to escape death miraculously.

The village is disconnected now and All Paya Students Union, villagers and well wishers are working overtime for an alternative track. Bamboo boats are being constructed to ferry men and materials. The Police and District administration have also rushed to the spot to assess the situation. (DIPRO)


Students write to DA on encroachment

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: All Lower Subansiri Students Union has written to Deputy Commissioner over illegal encroachment at places like Ziro, Hapoli, Manipolyang, Raga, Yachuli and Yazali.

The union has decided to  serve 15 days ultimatum to carry out eviction drive in the encroached area of entire district. Failing this they have threatened to launch democratic movements in the shape of entire district bandh call.


Union irked at irregular fuel supply

ITANAGAR, Feb 01:  Expressing its displeasure over the alleged poor and irregular service of fuel depot at Wessang in Seppa, All East Kameng Borders Students Union (AEKBSU) today served 20 day’s ultimatum to the district administration cum chairman legal metrology and consumer’s affairs to act against oil depot to improve its supply.

In its representation to DC Seppa, AEKBSU informed that genuine customers are irked at erratic oil depot for its adulterated oil supply. It stated that despite  repeated request by various organizations of the district for improvement of oil supply, there is no sign of any progress.


Bandh against NEEPCO

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Pare Project Downstream Welfare Committee extended its support to the proposed 48 hrs bandh in NEEPCO project site on February 6 and 7 by Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees’ Union.

It also appealed to the NEEPCO authority to fulfill the demands of the employees.


Awareness camp on CCS

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Development Commissioner, handloom, govt of India will launch a one-day exhibition cum awareness camp on centrally sponsored weavers’ credit card scheme (CCS) at Naharlagun on Feb 8, according to an official release.


Mallo  inspects district IPR office

ROING, Feb 1: IPR, Printing, political and cultural affairs secretary Indra Mallo Jain inspected the office building of District Information  and Public Relation Officer and District Research Officer here today.

Inspecting the dilapidated conditions of the DRO office building, she assured to discuss the matter with the directorate and to put their grievances in the AOP. She further asked them to deliver their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication and expressed hope to see some departmental infrastructure coming up under SPA.

Earlier, the officers briefed her about various hurdles faced by them in discharging their duties sincerely like absence of official vehicle, shortage of staff and staff quarters in the district.  DIPRO


NNA rejoices Yanga’s feat

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) has expressed joy at the selection of Binny Yanga, a noted social worker, for Padma Shri Awards in recognition of her immense contribution in the field of her activities.

Yanga truly deserves recognition of her service, the NNA said and added her dedicated service for upbringing of destitute and orphan children besides proving herself as successful entrepreneur is more than praiseworthy.

“It is another proud moment for people of the state, particularly women”, it said in a congratulatory  release.


Farmers training programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: A district level farmers training programme was organized by Upper Subansiri district Krishi Vigyan Kendra at the training hall of District Agriculture Office, Daporijo which was sponsored by ATMA, Daporijo. Around 29 farmers from the different villages of Don, Dumporijo, Lida, Dugi, Belu, Sippi, Niji, Soki, Digi, Taliha,Dupit, Maying took part in the training.

In the technical session papers on “Foot and Mouth Disease of Cattle”, “Use of Azolla in Paddy Cultivation”, “An improved method of storage of Ginger in Fresh form”, “Integrated fish farming technology” were presented.


AESDSU delighted with enhanced stipend

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The All East Siang District Students Union (AESDSU) expressed joy over the state Govt’s decision to release enhanced students’ stipend starting from school level to post-graduate level.

Terming the decision as one of the milestones in the administrative history of Arunachal Pradesh, the union said  the decision would act as a catalyst in the overall development of the state in days to come.

The union further showered praises on All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) for holding parley on long-pending demand of the student community with state Govt.


Meet on Bharat Nirman campaign

PASIGHAT, Feb 1: The Press Information Bureau (PIB) is all set to roll out Bharat Nirman awareness campaign; a media outreach strategy to disseminate information on flagship programmes of Central Govt at the doorstep of  people at Ruksin.

In a coordination meeting in the DC’ conference hall Bureau Deputy Director, M Doley told the DC and HoDs that the strategy carried out under the motto of ‘Know your rights to enjoy’, combines information dissemination and demonstration of the benefits of all the centrally sponsored schemes including MGNREGA, NRHM, SSA etc among others. While seeking cooperation from the district administration, he informed the three days exhibition cum awareness program at Ruksin would start on February 9.


Be sensitive to the needs of society: Tapok

PASIGHAT, Feb 1: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok asked the members of the Bharat Scouts and Guides to develop good character and be sensitive to the needs of society.

Taking part in the valedictory function of 2 days long ‘Rally’ organized by the Bharat Scouts & Guide (S&G) at the Town Middle School, Pasighat on Tuesday, Tapok told the participants that it would be a great service and valuable contribution for them to attend to a person who is in need of help.

He lauded the services extended by the S&G to the nation over the years and stated that the objective of the camp was to develop skills and character building among the scouts and guides.

Tapok advised the students to concentrate in studies for brighter career prospects but not to limit their endeavors with bookies knowledge.

The DC suggested the Scouts officers to impart training on activities relating to civic sense and traffic management.

Earlier in the morning, the SP Pushpendra Kumar flagged off the march and advised the students to be hardworking, honest and disciplined in life. Among others, DDSE cum District Chief Commissioner Tani Talom and SB Singh, DTO (Scouts) also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Tokir Doye passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Social worker Tokir Doye passed away at her residence at Seren village, East Siang district on January 31.

Late Doye was the daughter of Late Mito Basar and wife of Late More Doye. Born in 1935, she is survived by five sons including ophthalmologist Dr R Doye, two daughters and several grandchildren.

During her life long journey, she touched the lives of many people with her simplicity and generosity and will be remembered by the society, family and dear ones for her immense contribution to the society.

Her last rites will take place at Seren village on February 2 with a   memorial service at 9.30 am.

Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Itanagar mourned the demise of Tokir Doye.  In a condolence message it said that her demise is a great loss to the society.


IT consultants appeal for salary

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultant Association (AAPITCA) appealed to the chief minister and education minister to look into the grievances of 256 IT faculties and release the pending salary immediately.

It said that all  the  IT consultants are serving in various primary and middle schools under SSA as computer teachers without proper payment since last  vacation.

The association had also submitted a memorandum to the education ministry to address their grievances but the department is yet to pay heed to it grievances,  it said.

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Increased use of diesel and health risk


A latest analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) finds that in 2011-12, diesel cars will account for over 40 per cent of the total car sales in the country. There is no slowdown in dieselization.

Increased use of diesel by cars means enhanced public health risks. It also means greater revenue losses due to the under-priced and under-taxed fuel - with each litre of petrol replaced by diesel to run a car, the excise earnings of the government drop seven times.  

CSE’s review of the market trends reveals that cheap diesel is pushing the market towards bigger cars that guzzle more fuel. Car industry on an overdrive to produce more large diesel cars.

With each litre of petrol replaced by diesel to run a car, the excise earnings of the government drop seven times. These revenue losses will compound with the increased share of diesel cars in the market. The effect of increased use of diesel in cars is so dramatic that the excise earnings from both diesel and petrol has nearly equalled.

According to CSE researchers, if the new diesel car fleet were to pay the same excise as that of petrol cars, the potential excise revenue can be Rs 100,000 crore from the lifetime fuel use of the new car fleet to be sold between 2009 and 2015.

It is shocking that when the demand for higher taxes on diesel cars is hitting a crescendo, there is a strong move to block it. Estimates reportedly arrived at by Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the 12th Planning Working Group on Petroleum Sector (WGP) are trying prove that diesel cars use a negligible amount of the fuel. According to them, personal cars, and taxis together consume only 5 per cent of the total diesel used up in the country.


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When teachers are forced to take loans to run their families

Dear Editor,

The Right to Education is being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh for bright future of our young generation. But state Govt has forgotten the crucial role of SSA teachers for successful implementation of the RTE.

Despite economic hardship, the SSA teachers are diligently performing their duty with sincerity and devotion since 2003. In interior areas, most of the schools are run by SSA teachers.

All the time, the state Government is luring the SSA teachers to perform their duty sincerely by assuring them of enhancing their salary and regularizing their job batch-wise. Despite their dedicated service, some SSA teachers, so far I know, are taking private loan at the rate of 10 per cent interest per month to run their family due to financial hardship.

I personally request the state Government to release the pending SSA teachers’ salary and arrears and regularize 2003 batch teachers at one go.

Maximum number of 2003 batch SSA teachers have crossed the age limit while serving the state. Therefore, it is moral duty of the people-friendly welfare state Govt to look into their grievances seriously.

How can state Govt expect quality service from SSA teachers with meager salary? It is shameful act on the part of the state Govt if it is unable to contribute 10 per cent state’s share for the monthly salary of SSA teachers.

If our people-friendly state Govt is implementing the Right to Education in our state under such financial condition, the future generation will definitely raise a question against deteriorating education system.

Our state Govt should learn something from Assam Education and Health Minister, how he is setting an example for other North East states by running both the departments effectively.

I would also like to appeal to the pressure groups and NGOs to support the AASSATA movement. State Govt is compelling the SSA teachers to go for strike though annual examination of students is knocking at the door.


Nama Nabum, ASM




PDS redistributing poverty

Dear Editor,

Up till now the people of Arunachal is yet to come out completely from trauma of multi-crore PDS scam, yet Union Cabinet of India on 18th December 2011 approved a Draft of National Food Security Bill that seeks to give legal entitlement of cheaper food-grains to 62.5 per cent of the country’s population through Fair Price Shop (FPS). The bill aims to provide Indian citizens access to nutritional food at affordable price as the right to food was a fundamental right under “the right to life” provided by Article 21 of the constitution of India. The Bill aims to provide each individual in the priority group households shall be entitled to at least 7 kg of grain every month at a maximum price of Rs. 3/kg for rice, Rs. 2/kg for wheat and Rs. 1/kg for millets. The Bill also lays down norms for procurement, storage and distribution of food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).To meet its legal obligation, the Government has to purchase at least 50 per cent of the total cereal production of the country which will cost Rs. 96,000 crore a year, therefore restricting supply to open market and sends prices soaring.

Till now PDS in Arunachal has never delivered prosperity. They redistribute poverty instead. Our politicians, bureaucrats and contractors used the system as their swimming pool. The Government procures highly subsidized rice at Rs. 12 per kg and sells it at Rs. 3 per kg to the priority groups through Fair Price Shop. The dishonest FPS owner makes a killing by selling the Government-supplied rice in open market at a price below market price, thus depriving entitlement of the poor. After the diversion, the poor only get access to a limited amount of the worst quality cereals that remain unsold in their store. Thus the PDS in Arunachal becomes the lucrative source to fill the booty of corrupt politicians, dishonest bureaucrats, cunning contractors and FPS owners.

The Draft National Food Security Bill was approved by National Advisory Council (NAC) in 11th July 2011. Subsequently the Union Cabinet of India on 18th December 2011 approved it. The Bill favoured reform of PDS through reduced government intervention in procuring, storing and distributing food grains. It also gives detailed norms for Fair Price Shops, ration cards and monitoring the system and even penalties for dereliction of duty by public servants, which includes deduction of penalty from the salary of the public servant. Let us check out how this Bill works in Arunachal Pradesh in coming days.


Taw Teri




Not quite a youth festival

Dear editor,

I would like to share my experience about the first ever mega All Kurung Kumey District Students Union youth festival which was held at Koloriang. I appreciate those who conceptualized the marvelous idea.

But we are still confused whether it was political rally, Union convention or Youth festival. I thought the mega festival would reflect about the young generation of the entire district but it was just like a political rally.

Everybody thought that there would be an exhibition of ornaments, traditional foods, local garment, culture etc but there was nothing. Before going to the festival, I had dreamed a lot about the youth festival and was very excited about it. We were hoping that festival would give us a chance to introduce ourselves and know each other and that organizing committee will receive us warmly but to my great surprise, delegates from every Branch of Student Union (BSU) were left to fend for ourselves.

According to the intimation, the organizing committee had said that there would cash prize for all events apart from other prizes.  But to our surprise when competition was up, cash plus certificate was replaced by cup plus certificate. Where were those commitments? Where is that quintals of money estimated for the festival?

Please do not fool the society. Everybody hoped that festival will bring us closer and would bring changes in the society. But hope is hopeless.

Last but not least, I have seen football match without semi final, volley ball match without referee and an occasion without reception of guest.

I myself belong to Kurung Kumey district and I should not expose the demerits of our people but it was too much to bear.  I request the youth of our district please do not indulge in wrong ways in near future.

The selection and election of student leader should be based on merit of the person. Rules once constituted should not be broken. Making rules on spot should be avoided in order to free ourselves from biases. So we expect that in near future they will lead the union in a good way to achieve great height.


Charu Mary





Don’t humiliate teachers

Dear Editor,

So far I know, the state Govt assured two months’ pending salary to SSA teachers in previous week which was turned down by AASSATA, instead, they announced indefinite pen down strike from Feb 1 till fulfillment of its demands by authorities.

Now the state Govt has assured one month’s enhanced salary with a request to withdraw the proposed strike. I think the state Govt is humiliating the SSA teachers with British policy of suppression. How long the SSA teachers will continue their service with meager salary ?

I extend my support to the SSA teachers’ proposed demand and its movement and also appeal to the  state  Govt to fulfill their  demands without fail.


Vikash Richo





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