February  10

Scam rocks Art and Culture department, two arrested

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  In a major breakthrough, the Capital police has arrested two fraudsters for their alleged involvement in a forgery case amounting to Rs 2 crore 50 lakh. According to the report, an FIR was lodged on  February 8  by Remo Kamki, Director Art and Culture, Naharlagun alleging that some unknown persons have forged his signature to get fund sanctioned against Kurung Kumey district. In this regard a case No 19/12/ U/S 120(B) 468/471/342 IPC has been registered in Naharlagun PS.

An investigation team led by Sub-Inspector Minli Geyi was formed by the Capital police to work on this case. Just a day after lodging of FIR, yesterday police arrested two persons namely Dhania Verma, a clerk with director of Art and Culture, Naharlarun and Hilarius Tirkey, who was running a computer institute in Naharlagun.

The arrest led to startling revelation as police unearthed a major forgery case. As the two fraudsters started spilling beans, it was revealed that  Oshon Borang, District Art and Culture Officer (DACO), Kurung Kumey is the main alleged kingpin of the case. He is allegedly absconding at the moment.

While talking to this daily, Capital SP Hibu Tamang informed in details about the case. “During the investigation it has been found that Hilarius Tirkey who is well versed in computer knowledge forged signature of director. Dhania Verma being staff of art and culture knew very well about internal matter of department and together three of them made a good team,” informed SP. He further added, “As per interrogation we have found that from November last year itself they made detailed plan. Finally in January this year after getting clearance using various fake documents, they managed to get fund sanctioned. They withdrew Rupees 2 crore from treasury office, Hapoli.

In the meantime, some well  wishers informed Director Kamki about this case. He had no idea about it and immediately lodged a case at Naharlagun PS.”

The case is quite similar to Anini treasury heist case which had rocked the state two years ago.

The incident leaves many questions to be answered. How come department of Art and Culture did not have any knowledge about such big scam going within its own department

There might be many more scams in various departments. As the financial year is ending many government officials might use such tactics to loot government money. It is time state govt starts strict vigil in this regard.  Capital police also need word of appreciation for their prompt action in this case.


NHPC seeks Assam's intervention to quell anti-dam protests

New Delhi, Feb 9: In view of the ongoing stalemate of activities at the Subansiri Lower hydro electric project site due to persistent opposition by anti-dam organizations, the NHPC has now approached the state government of Assam for a speedy resolution of this worrisome issue.

For close to two months, the agitators have blocked the movements of trucks and trailers carrying cement, steel and other equipment to the project site, thereby leaving a majority of construction activities in the lurch.

The Subansiri Lower project is not the only hydro power project that has been forced to bear the brunt of such anti-dam agitations. The process for grant of environmental clearances for a slew of Arunachal Pradesh projects, including the 3,000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project and the 2,700 MW Lower Siang HEPs, has been stalled in lieu of inordinate delays in public hearings.

The hearings, which are a mandatory requirement for issuance of environmental clearance, have been repeatedly postponed by the district administrations due to active participation of anti-dam forums and local tribes to oppose construction of dam projects in the region.


MES can solve Arunachal’s employment problem:Amalan

Gyati Kacho

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: “If we do not give ‘social employment’, we are leading people to anti-social employment. Every person is employable and this can be fulfilled by recognizing his or her choice of skill or livelihood,” said S.J Amalan, Regional Director for Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), Govt. of India, while addressing the day-long sensitization-cum-orientation programmed to Principals of Industrial Training Institutes at Udyog Sadan here today.

‘Modular Employable Skills’ (MES) is the panacea to Arunachal’s chronic employment problem and the model which has so far employed 17 lakhs unemployed in India can do wonders for the state as well’, he said. According to this model, a person’s minimum skill is identified to make a person employable or enable him to make economic contribution or produce wealth for himself. Then training is provided by Vocational Training Providers (VTP’s) and assessment carried out by an independent agency from Industry or assessing bodies appointed by Govt. which then reimburses assessment and the training costs and trainees get back training and assessment fees on passing the skill assessment. Pointing out that the model could be beneficial to this hilly state particularly in the sectors of textile/garment, horticulture, poultry, food-processing, hospitality, tourism etc, Amalan said that the model was ‘best’ in the world and almost all states in India were following it which was proving to be highly successful in imparting skills and generating wealth to the 93 percent low educated or uneducated of the 100 percent Indian Employability Population.

Acknowledging the yeomen contribution of ITI’s in churning out skilled youths in the state, Amalan further said that we need to ‘think differently and with good intention’ for MES. “The approach should be ‘people centric and output based’ as business do not employ people but people employ people and we have no dearth of money in building skilled human resources for Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.

While explaining the finer points of MES, RDAT Deputy Director (T) Sanjay Kumar informed that 1386 trades/courses were available for the ITI’s to generate skills in contrast to the few which were being imparted in the state.

Industry Director Repo Ronya in his keynote address said that the idea to hold this meet involving the ‘think-tanks’ of training emerged at the recent RDAT meet at Kolkata and the need to sensitize ITI principals to generate more skilled youths and employments in the state.

While presenting general scenario of ITI’s in the state, Joint Director Industries Subu Tabin informed that the state had 5 Govt. run ITI’s and one private ITI at Rottung run by J.P Group of Industries. Lamenting slow pace of industrialization and simultaneous poor generation of employments in the state, Tabin advised the principals to be more ‘pro-active’ in their approach in creating skilled manpower which was an avenue to generate more employments in the state. He also urged for establishment of few training institutes at select locations in the state under Skilled Enhancement Training Programme  and holding more study and exposure trips  both for officials of the department and entrepreneurs to keep pace with their counterparts in the country.

The meet was attended by principals of all the six ITI’s and several other officials from the department. Meanwhile, ‘Annual Review Meeting’ for officials of the Industry department that was scheduled for Feb ‘10th has been re-scheduled to 13th or the coming Monday on account of the capital band, according to a departmental information.


We are an example for the rest of the country: Tuki

Orientation Programme for MLAs gets underway

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 9: If you believe the Chief Minister of the state, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly is the best in the entire country. Nabam Tuki said this in his inaugural address at the Orientation Programme for Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs at Nokmey Namati hall here in the Assembly Secretariat today.

Justifying his claim, Tuki said “Despite having representations from different ethnic communities, we set an example for being the most disciplined house. We have maintained the highest of tradition towards a healthy democracy and will continue this legacy to strengthen the largest democracy in the world”. The two day programme is being jointly organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Assembly Secretariat and the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Lok Sabha Secretariat New Delhi.

While lauding the Legislative Assembly for maintaining the ethics of Parliamentary Democracy, the chief minister informed that the house respected each and every member irrespective of their Party affiliation and gave equal opportunities to participate in all business and debates.

“A legislature has to exercise internal vigilance over the use of public money”, chief minister asserted. He advised his legislator colleagues to make constructive criticism of the faults of the administration wherever required so that the people’s money is spent in a prudent manner underlining the policies approved by the legislature.

He called for gaining optimum knowledge from the orientation programme and appreciated the State Assembly Speaker for organizing such programme which is going to refine the legislators for delivering effective governance.

In his welcome address, State Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong deliberated on the need to organize such programme for making the legislators aware of their responsibilities paving way for a strong and vibrant legislature. He was of the view that in order to bring the executive and the government accountable to the legislature and to ensure legislature’s control over the executive, such kind of orientation programme is to be conducted in regular intervals.

Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, appreciated the attendance of parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs and said the enthusiasm showed by elected representatives was overwhelming.

Functions of various standing committees, budgetary process and ‘motion of thanks to governor’s address’ are some of the topics being covered by the resource persons from Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi in the two day event. Lok Sabha Secretariat Joint Secretary Dr. RK Chadha, Director Srinivasa Probhu, Joint Secretary T K Mukherjee and Director RL Shali are the resource persons.


Let the HPC decide the HQ issue: Sanjay

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjay while on a visit to Daring in West Siang today spoke at length on the creation of new district which is proposed to be carved out of West Siang and East Siang. He suggested that, it would be appropriate if the stake holders of three circles Basar, Likabali and Nari-Koyu leave it up to the wisdom of the Govt. taking into consideration the much awaited report of the high power committee regarding the headquarters of the new district. Addressing a massive gathering at Daring, the MP stressed the need of harmony among various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. He assured the people that the Government will take decision on merit and there will be no vindictive action against any government officials or anybody associated with general administrative matters.

During the visit, the MP also offered floral tributes at the memorial of former Chief Minister Lt. Tomo Riba, whose 12th Death Anniversary is to be observed on Feb 16.

Later, he inaugurated the school building extension constructed under the RMSA at Government Secondary School, New Daring. He also announced sanction for Headmaster quarter and boundary wall at Secondary School Daring. He also announced the sanction of general field at New Daring, circle Headquarter amounting to Rs. 50 lakh.

Speaking at the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary Power, Gojen Gadi, stressed on the need for harmony and unity among the people. Mori Riba, Senior Public Leader and Chairman, Organizing committee of the programe also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak, and Basar ADC  Dr Sachin Sinde attended the programe.


Public information campaign begins at Ruksin

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Core Committee of Public Information Campaign Assam in Coordination with East Siang District Administration launched a Special Publicity drive on Bharat Nirman and other Flagship Programme in Ruksin General Ground. Apart from DAVP, various departments of    the district and Self Help Groups participated in the exhibition being organised on the occasion.

Addressing the inaugural function   DC Talem Tapok said that to achieve this goal the government  has adopted the policy of “inclusive growth “ all over the country so that the pace of progress gets accelerated. He called upon the people to be more proactive to take advantage of the developmental schemes of the government.  He noted that implementation process of the socio-economic welfare schemes should always remain under the scanner of people’s evaluation. In this context Tapok underlined the importance and necessity of ensuring total transparency at all levels of implementation. He observed that there had been a qualitative change in the life of the common people, particularly in rural areas following the implementation of various programmes of the government.

Speaking  on the occasion DPM T. Jamoh claimed that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan had ushered in an era of enlightenment in rural areas with improved infrastructural facilities in education sector. He noted that even the poorest of poor had now realized the importance of sending their children to schools.

Pasighat RWD A.E Michu Nibo speaking on the occasion as a resource person said that the progress was made under the RWD schemes in the district. He claimed that road services in rural Pasighat has under gone a comprehensive change under the RWD.

Other speakers of the day was Y Tayeng, SDO, Civil Ruksin, N. Paloh, AE, PHED and Karik Apang, AE, WRD, Pasighat

Earlier in his address, M. Doley, Deputy Director, PIB Guwahati explained the objective of the Public Information Campaign. He said that awareness on the part of the common people would ensure effective, transparent and time bound implementation of the welfare schemes the government of India.


Incorporate all probable growth: CM

PHED review meet

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is also holding the Ministry of Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department while attending  a review meeting of the Department on Feb 8 advised the department to incorporate all probable future growth especially on account of likely population growth due to hydro power projects and anticipated industrial growth in the department’s planning. He further advised the department to ascertain the priority of projects to be taken up in the subsequent years under various programme of the centre.

Chief Minister while expressing his pleasure on the overall performance of the department and objectives of the next 5 year plan of the department and impressed upon the department officers to work towards fulfilling the vision of the department.

The review meeting of the department continued today as well where all the SE’s made their presentation on the progress of works in their respective circles.

The Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri expressed satisfaction at the works being done in the field as documented in the presentation. He advised the department to look for new innovation in project formulation and implementation and emphasized the need to look for funding source for water supply schemes from sources like BADP, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, RIDF beside the other regular programmes.

Secretary (PHE&WS) Tomi Ete advised the department to give attention towards revenue collection and Total Sanitation Campaign.


Learning with fun - A death metal experience

Raju Mimi

Going to musical event is fun, especially when it is a Rock Concert. The excitement starts the moment you hear one coming to your town.

Alien Gods, a death metal band from Itanagar was in Roing town to perform in Red Rock Fest, a Multi Media Campaign on HIV/AIDS organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS).

The concert day was a beautiful balmy evening. School children, government workers, public and youths filled the general ground at the centre of the town offering a lively multicultural ambiance. The local troupes Tribal Theory, Acoustica and Chaos were in the row too.

It was my first metal concert, and I had never heard about Alien Gods before. This was perhaps because I occasionally tuned into this genre of music. Yet I was excited!

The show began with hard rock numbers by Tribal Theory. The music ascended thereafter to higher decibels. And then the much awaited, Alien Gods burst into the beat.

 Oh my gawd! I felt blood rushing to my veins, climaxing to my heart and exploding into a million thunder beats. The beat of my heart then permeated the whole body. The head bangers were mostly the teenagers and people from 20-40 age groups. And no one bothered, who was in what state. The boisterous music got into everyone’s heart.

 I remember on different occasion, in similar rock shows, the audiences were bemused with screams, loud drums and massive guitar sound. Unexpectedly this time the crowd had hearty time.

 When music ended, it signaled like a break for every one of us to return to normal state. Tashor Pali, Deputy Director (IEC), APSACS then climbed on stage to say the most important thing about Red Rock entertainment: “Spread HIV awareness and help stop the disease spread.” He urged active teenagers and young adults to learn their status and get tested.

 HIV cases have been on the rise in recent years in the state. Lower Dibang Valley is also in the HIV radar after two cases were detected last year. Given the steep rise of HIV cases in the state, musical campaign is the best way to reach out to youths, as they are the most vulnerable.

 During breaks, APSACS representative read out their messages to the audience, “Use condoms and avoid multiple partners.” The crowd unmindful of age and gender population present repeated the message that reverberated in the audience. A group of girls yelled: “Be faithful to your partners!”  

 Amusing it may seem, but the rock concert, filled with fun yet enlightening, made the HIV/AIDS awareness message explicable and unthreatening.


Two-day tourism conference calls for coordinated efforts

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: A two-day conference of the tourism officers was held in the Directorate of Tourism on February 8-9.

The discussions concentrated on the role of tour operators, nomination for participation on national and International events, rural tourism, promotion of home stay, campaign clean Arunachal.

Presiding over the meeting, tourism Principal Secretary G N Sinha exhorted all the officers to make all out efforts on preparation and implementation of tourism development projects.

Emphasizing the need to take up innovative tourism projects under PPP mode, Sinha further said the newly revived District Tourism Development Committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner should seriously think about implementation of innovative tourism projects. Tourism officers of respective district should compile all tourism related data for visiting tourists, he said. He informed that Arunachal Pradesh has been rated as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world.

Tourism director A K Singh highlighted the framework of the plans, programmes and strategies for the twelfth Five Year Plan through power point presentation. He stated that tour operators association should be consulted in formulating tourism development projects. There is an urgent need to strengthen the structure of tourism cell in the districts, he said. The tourism officers also wanted that their pay scales be enhanced making it at par with their counterparts in other departments.

Joining the conference on Feb 9, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and Tourism Parliamentary secretary P D Sona held a detailed discussion with the members of the Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association. They assured them of their best cooperation for promotion of tourism sector in the state.

MLA Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sedisow also spoke on the occasion. They called upon the tour operators  to explore the hidden tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh and come out with a clear vision.

Meanwhile, the APTOA headed by John Panya submitted a memorandum to the department.

Assistant Tourism Director Bengia Manna Sonam requested all the officers and tour operators to work united with a renewed zeal and promote Arunachal tourism.


ANSU comes forward to help the orphan school

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The All Nyishi Students Union led by vice president Tagru Tame today visited Arunachal Orphan School, Polo Colony, Naharlagun and shared emotional movement with them. ANSU leaders also donated 5 computers, sports items such as footballs (2 nos), volleyballs (2 nos), tennis balls (5nos) and a net.

12 bags of rice & dal and one-bag potatoes were donated to the boarders.

Perturbed to see the orphan, Tame urged the state government to extend all possible help to such school. He also urged the like- minded NGOs and social worker to chip in with the help. The school, at present, has 65 students that include 32 orphan, 15 semi-orphan and destitute each and 3 day’s scholars.

The ANSU team comprised of Assistant General Secretary Raja Dodum, chief auditor Pitam Dolo, Social Service Secretary Demo Gyadi, Asst Finance Secretary Pillo Maga, Games and Sports Secretary Doni Rimo, Asst Games and Sports Secretary Nangram Pentum, Women Wing Secretary Joram Talla Bina and Assistant Information and Publicity Secretary Biki Taying.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal School Orphan has extended its gratitude to ANSU for their kind gesture of contributing computers, sports and food items.


Meet on SAVE on age-care

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  Principals meet on students action in value education (SAVE) on age- care was organised by Help Age India, a humanitarian, developmental organisation working for the cause and care of the elderly people. The organisation works hand in hand with Senior citizen Associations all over India and also plays an important role in formulating new National Policy on Older Persons in centre.

During the day almost all the principals of capital’s leading schools participated in the event and shared their thoughts on the subject.

T Taloh, Director, School Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh addressed the gathering.

“I am of the opinion that principals and teachers has important role in shaping the life of a students.  This programme has provided a very good opportunity for all of us to be together and share our thoughts,” said director Taloh.

He also feels that it’s a beginning on part of Help Age India in Itanagar as far the value added education goes. Principals of Delhi Public School, JNK Public School, Kingcup Public School, Kendriya Vidyalaya ( Itanagar), Vivekananda Central School, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth and reprentatives from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Naharlagun, Green Mount School attended the event and showcased their presentation . The SAVE presentation by Indrani Sen, Deputy Director, WB & NE was highly appreciated by the guests present.  


Association unhappy at cell network

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Kigi Youth Association expressed their displeasure at the BSNL authority for their failure to provide mobile phone services in the area.

It said that BSNL mobile tower was installed at Kheel/Geram since one year back. But the authority could not materialize the mobile services till today. It appealed to the BSNL authority to look into the matter within one month.


Union demands transfer

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: All Arunachal Yongster United Federation (AAYUF) has demanded transfer of NRHM Mission director alleging his involvement in illegal appointment and transfer and posting.

In a complaint letter to Health and Family Welfare Minister, the Union said that the NRHM director has misused the official power by appointing ANM and Data assistant for ASHA resource centre illegally.  He had also made transfer and posting of officers without consultation with the state government, the union further claimed.

Moreover, the union said, after his induction in IAS cadre the Mission director should relinquish the post which is meant for APPSC cadre.

The union further gave 20 days time for cancellation of all alleged illegal appointments and transfer of the Mission director.


Union demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  All East Kameng Border Students Union has called on concern authorities to immediately arrest those people who were involved in stealing of BSNL cable in Seppa area. The union has also appealed local citizens to help local police to help arrest those culprits.


AAPMEA meeting held

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Malaria Employees’ Association conducted its general body meeting at Naharlagun yesterday.

MLA Techi Kaso who addressed the employees advised the members of All Arunachal Pradesh Malaria Employees Association to serve the people with utmost dedication and assured to provide all possible help to the employees.

AAPMEA President Heri Tami also advised his colleagues to maintain work culture and co-operate with the government officers and officials.

They discussed about the long pending demands of AAPMEA.


Central team in Lohit/ Anjaw

Tezu, Feb 9: A central Agricultural team visited various locations at Lohit/Anjaw between Jan 17-21 to monitor and evaluate all the RKVY projects undertaken and implemented by the Agriculture department and its allied group including veterinary, Horticulture, fishery development, Sericulture, Handloom and Textile.

The monitoring team was headed by Dr M I Barbaruah Consultant-cum-Deputy secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. After thorough verification of all the sites, the team expressed satisfaction at the performance of the on-going projects executed by the respective allied department. DIPRO


GB electrocuted

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The GB of Komkar Village, Upper Siang District Alop Yao was allegedly electrocuted to death at his village yesterday.

He is survived by four sons and two daughters.

Late Alop was a good orator of Upper Siang district and his untimely demise is a great loss to the people of Upper Siang.


Fire accident

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Gongli Welfare Society informed that at least seven houses along with properties worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire at Hapuk village under Tali circle yesterday.

It appealed to the concerned district authority to extend help to the victims of the fire accident.


Bandh declared illegal

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  The Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner cum district magistrate has declared the 12 hours capital bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) on February 10 illegal.

In an executive order the capital magistrate said that violation of the order shall be viewed seriously and damage or destruction if any shall be  recovered from  bandh callers.

Earlier, the DC  had prohibited forceful collection of donation, selling of lottery tickets and calendars by any organizations.


CoSAAP voices against APST attack

ITANAGAR, Feb 9:  Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has expressed strong resentment against burning down of APSTS buses on February 4 by unknown miscreants. Terming the incident as barbaric and uncivilized, CoSAAP has extended full support to the demands of All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Associations (AAPSTEWA). They had called on state government to look into the demands of AAPSTEWA, so that Chakka bandh can be avoided.


Tabe Bote Ogom Dai passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Veteran Tabe Bote Ogom Dai passed away at his residence at Balek village, near Pasighat yesterday. He was 79 yrs and is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Late Ogom Dai was the founder Tabe of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang (DPYK). His services to the society as Tabe Bote were laudable. He was also the Head Gaon Buda (HGB) of Balek village.

He had visited Japan to participate in Post Indian Festival with cultural troupe from Arunachal Pradesh in 2002. He spent 4 months in Japan. Their team demonstrated the cultural dances of Arunachal Pradesh in OIke, Tukama and Miigata in Japan.

Meanwhile, Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang in a condolence meeting expressed deep anguish at the demise of their Tabe Bote Ogom Dai. Speaking on the occasion, Tajom Tasung, General Secretary, Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang said, “Late Tabe Bote Ogom Dai was one of the Pillar of DPYK and he was closely associated with Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo in the initial period of the movement. His services to DPYK and the society would not be forgotten. He also extended condolences to the bereaved family members of Late Dai.  


APTJCEU defers bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees Union (APTJCEU) NEEPCO Ltd has decided to defer its proposed 72 hours bandh call from Feb 16 till March 5. This decision was taken in a joint meeting of the representatives of the union and PHEP and other officials today following an assurance of the NEEPCO higher authorities to visit Itanagar to have a discussion on union’s demand.

The union observed its 1st phase 48 hours  bandh at Pare and Kameng hydro project sites on February 6 and 7  in favour its demand for regularization of job contract employees who are serving NEEPCO with dedication for last 7 years.

However, the union threatened to go with its agitation in case of failure of the NEEPCO CMD to visit Itanagar as per assurance.


News Impact


Indigenous people face health risk


 According to UN report millions of indigenous people across Asia are facing health risks due to lack of awareness on medical issues. Moreover, statelessness deprives them of proper health facilities from governments.

Indigenous peoples defined by the UN as people with ancestral ties to a geographical region who retain distinct characteristics from other parts of the population rank disproportionately high in most indicators of poor health.

Approximately two-thirds of the world's estimated 300 million indigenous people live in Asia.

Lack of education, geographic isolation and prejudice marginalize Asia's indigenous populations, boosting their risk for preventable sexually transmitted infections.

On the other hand statelessness worsens the chances an indigenous person can afford healthcare. Almost four out of 10 hill tribe people in Thailand are not citizens and are, therefore, ineligible for national healthcare and formal employment.

To tribal peoples, the connection to their land is so fundamental and central to their wellbeing that removal from it is almost inevitably devastating, nutritionally, psychologically and physiologically.

It is time, the global forum formulate policy to bring closer the Indigenous people to the health care agencies so that they know about the health behavior of indigenous people for specific intervention.

Yingkiong is suffering

Dear Editor,

The Upper Siang district headquarter is facing serious fuel scarcity, the people of the area is suffering in many manners, such as pending medical cases of numerous patients, stoppage of public buses and other means of transportation. The govt. officials on duty are facing inconveniences for many days and the scarcity of the fuel is hampering the daily wages earners too.

 The Yingkiong Peoples' Welfare Association (YPWA) appeals the district administration to look into the matters very seriously and settle the problem as early as possible. The association also condemns the destruction of machines of lone fuel Depot functioning in the District Headquarter by the students' organization.

Students' union being the torch bearers of the society should think for the public wellbeing.

The YPWA also appeal the Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) to advice the society based frontier students' organization (AdiSU) on the mishaps that took place at Yingkiong in relation to Victory party organised by the President AdiSU.

The Students' uUion alleged M/S Libang Auto Agency of selling adulterated fuel, which is baseless. From the reliable source the information has been collected that no any single complaint was recorded against M/S Libang Auto Agency by the District Authority regarding fuel adulteration since from the beginning of the depot. YPWA also condemns the District administration regarding damages made to the Police Station, Yingkiong by the group of students during the incidence.


Okaang Lipir


Yingkiong Peoples' Welfare Association (YPWA)



Do away the evil in you

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to give a tour of Arunachal. This is a place where you can do whatever you want, no rules, no morality and lack of weighing things to its correct value. From baby food to recharge coupons, peon to CM, everyone does whatever they want to do without consensus. Then there are pressure groups in the name of tribes, region or whatever they can find. So that every now and then someone is calling bandh others gutting public as well as private property.

For instance, offices are burnt either for fun, misconduct or for not allowing to occupy land. Roads are constructed which is serviceable for not more than 3 months, seats are reserved for ladies in APST busses but no one gets up for them, APST bus is used as goods transporter and gets award for highest revenue earner award, 50 Rs cold drinks and recharge cards sold for 60, contracts as well as jobs are awarded to party workers or high profile leaders, then those who are left behind finds a group and you know.  Then there is "God", floods and landslide destroying what is left and engulfing life.

I would like to tell or if possible nail it down beneath their fatty brains that whatever property we public have is a mere donation of central govt. which comes from very hard working publics of mainland India. And these shameless creatures in Arunachal besides being dead weight to Mother earth have audacity to even touch it. If you feel so desperate to destroy something at times do yourself a favour, destroy the evil in you.

Furthermore what astonishes me is there are numerous organisations, NGOs and governmental organisation to look after these things but you know, Dil jo chaho kar jao!

Inner self, so long!



History repeating itself

Dear Editor,

I want to place my humble opinion on a matter pertaining to PWD. An organization in the name and style of 'All Arunachal PWD Engineers Association (A.APEA)' has circulated a notice. It purportedly put stricture on the officers of the department not to issue no objection certificate to its subordinate engineering staffs. The circular against issuing no objection certificate is basically to stop the `C' grader engineering staff from re-habilitating in non-engineering department on deputation basis.

The mushrooming of organizations seems to have engulfed even the well-established Govt. department employees. We never come across this AAPEA till this order surfaced from nowhere. From the nomenclature it seems we are also its humble members. Hence, this is a query from a fellow association cadre to the executive members of this august formation.

The notification is harsh especially to junior engineers of PWD. An engineering association of the department can't act against its members. If at all this step is necessitated for the sake of the engineering fraternity then the same order should explicitly address the issue for the entire works department instead of one department only. Just issuing a copy of the circular to the head of other department wouldn't cut ice deep enough.

We would like to know from the association whether the circular conforms to relevant department code on the matter. It is against natural justice to stop us from applying  for deputation job if others have already done without facing any problem. If the association really has a point then it should recall the employees who have already availed this provision.  If the association can't recall the employees who are already absorbed as deputation candidate then it has no moral authority to deny the same provision to other aspirants.

Better still if the association is really serious about its foot soldier then it should better work towards putting an end to the practice of appointing hand-picked junior engineers as assistant engineers by politicians subverting all rules in this regard It is true that unlike in earlier time even a junior engineers job is hard to come by. But being in a position for more than two decades can seriously impede anyone's motivation and dedication. If a few employees want to opt for deputation route to bring some change then the union shouldn't come in the way.

The history seems to repeat itself. When many departments were created the then PWD head of department opposed transferring man-power to the newly created departments. So most of the works were handed over to various newly created departments but no engineers from the parent department were allowed to migrate to the newly created works department. We are bearing the brunt of that ill-conceived decision. Now we are seeing stagnation in the so called parent department. The day is not far when we will hear of suicide among junior engineers of PWD. It is not my intention to clean dirty linen in public but urgent situation call for similar reciprocal remedy.

So it is requested to withdraw or annul the referred order to maintain a semblance of uniformity and justice for all concerned.


An Engineer



Why can’t development be sustainable?

Dear Editor,

There is no iota of doubt that airfield is one of the basic infrastructures required for growth and development of an area, but then what is the use of such development where a good chunk of local populace would be displaced by using up its prime and only land. The proposal to expand Advance Landing Ground (ALG) of Old Ziro would consume almost the entire paddy field and vegetables garden of Dutta village, and half of Old Ziro, the area under paddy field is already dwindling rapidly with ever increasing population. As such to counter it, various NGOs are discouraging construction activities in the paddy field. Therefore, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) strongly opposes the establishment of Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Old Ziro.

Why can’t development be sustainable? Why can’t we shift the airfield to outskirts, where there is no habitation and cultivation as done in all the cities? In spite of knowing these fact, why there is dogged persistence to expand the Air Field in the fast dwindling paddy fields?

We are not anti-development. For a place like ours where tourism potentials is said to be tremendous, such project are more than welcome. But what is its use if most of us are to be displaced to bring in tourists from outside.

Therefore, a more viable option could be to shift the Air Field to the ridges of surrounding hills and use the present Air Field for setting up of Govt departments or to set up a staff colony since there is already a huge shortage of staff quarters. We need long term and project planning, our future needs in mind,

Just executing work for short term requirement would do harm to the area than the benefits. Hope wisdom prevails everywhere.


Hage Dolo




An open letter to Dept of Tourism

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to Department of tourism, Minister Pema Khandu, Principal Secretary Tourism, G.N Sinha and Tourism Director, A.K Singh. I'm a Tourism Graduate student. As all of us know besides Hydro power only Tourism has the potential of earning revenue for our state. Keeping that in mind this sector needs fresh and technically sound employees for its development. But the scenario here is awfully disappointing. There has not been much development, instead the department is under constant limelight for all the wrong reasons.

My question here is why hasn't there been new recruitments? Has all posts been occupied? If so, when was these posts advertised? Because I've been waiting for it since 3 long years.

All the concern specialist like Engineers, Doctors or Lawyers are well sought in their concern departments. What about us? To add to our woes there are only few hotels were we can work, that to for a mere allowances which is hardly enough for our daily bread and butter. Yes there are few tour operators but they are also not running smoothly, rather they have a bumpy ride. It’s because of lack of infrastructure development by the govt. It is also worth mentioning that due to recent violence, political turnmoil and lack of transportation(pawan hans service being cancelled ), there is high reduction for tourist volumes.

With all these odds I still believe in potentials of tourism and consequent economic prosper of our state.

Therefore, I request the authorities to kindly start recruitment process and if there is something to explain, let’s hear it because you owe that much to us as public representatives and servants!


Tourism Graduate




All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.        



Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.