State Govt calls for social boycott to bandh callers
City police arrests 18
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The state government has vehemently condemned the Capital bandh
called by a union and termed it as unethical, self-centered and politically motivated.
The Government shall find out the truth behind such bandh call and the people involved
in it will be seriously dealt with as per law, said a Govt statement.
The state Govt appealed to the people to disassociate themselves from such organizations
and outcaste its leaders who allegedly jeopardize the social fabric for personal
and vested interests. “The state cannot stride towards its desired goal of prosperity
and inclusive development, unless and until the people voluntarily and vociferously
stand against such evil forces,” it said.
Coming down heavily on the bandh enforcers, the state Govt said the so-called organization
coming from nowhere has been taking the state and its people for ransom. It said
the very name of the organization is in question since it has adopted the name "Border"
which is a vast and sensitive subject and is liable to be booked under National Security
The boundary dispute is a subjudiced matter in the Supreme Court, the statement said
while adding that a one-man commission has already been constituted to resolve the
boundary row by the Apex Court.
Apart from that both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Govts are holding regular meetings
to find an amicable solution to the boundary issue. Local commissions representing
both states are also scheduled to meet soon in this regard, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the dawn to dusk capital bandh called by a Union crippled normal life
today. The Union called the bandh in protest against the state Govt alleged failure
to respond its 10 point demands which included immediate construction of permanent
police check posts at various circles along Assam-Arunachal boundary and immediate
issue of land possession certificates free of cost to the local people who settled
in boundary area under Arunachal territory.
The Capital administration had declared the bandh illegal earlier.
Despite the ban order, the bandh supporters damaged several vehicles including two
wheelers by pelting stones besides blocking the NH 52 A at several locations by burning
tyres and felling trees.
According to sources, 18 bandh enforcers including two women have been arrested from
All type of vehicles, except few state transport buses and vehicles of security
forces, remained off the road during the bandh, while business establishment closed
their shutter down and educational institutions remain closed. Attendance in Govt
offices was also thin.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) in a release today
claimed that the 12 hours capital bandh ended successfully and peacefully.
On the other hand, the convenor of the Inter-State Boundary Area Peace Committee
(ISBAPC), Kimin circle, Bamang Mangha said the bandh call given by AAPBSU was totally
uncalled for and politically motivated, particularly when the Peace Committee has
initiated a dialogue with Assam counterpart for peaceful solution to the boundary
row. He also condemned stone pelting on vehicle during bandh hours.
Vehemently opposing bandh culture, the Peace Community said the organizations or
societies should not hamper the development process by calling such bandhs for their
Address food crisis of Arunachal: Mossang tells Centre
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Speaking at all India conference on National Food Security Bill
2011 which is in its final stage and modernization of TPDS by End to End computerization
of its network for effective delivery in New Delhi on February 8 and 9, Arunachal
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Komlung Mosang urged upon the Centre to give top
priority in addressing the present food crisis in the state. Arunachal Pradesh must
not be equated with other states as the state has a plethora of problems which are
peculiar including communication bottleneck because of its remoteness from the mainland,
Speaking on the present foodgrain and levy sugar shortage in some parts of eastern
and western parts of the state, the Minister said that distribution of foodgrains
and levy sugar by FCI was not at all satisfactory during the last five months adding
that the common people who are solely dependent on PDS are facing untold sufferings.
He categorically told the policy makers that if such poor delivery system continued
then introduction of Food Security Bill would be useless.
Reiterating his demand, Mosang implored the Central Govt to earmark separate foodgrain
and levy sugar wagons for Arunachal about which the Centre had been apprised on January
The Minister suggested that if the FCI failed to provide food grains on time like
what was happening now, the GOI should pay in cash in lieu of the food grains to
the consumers adding that the rate of foodgrains in Arunachal being higher than in
other states, the amount distributed must be calculated accordingly.
He said that the FCI should procure foodgrains in a decentralized manner from the
rice-producing districts like Pasighat, Roing, Tezu, Pappu Valley etc without the
interference of the profit-seeking middlemen. Mosang told the participants in the
conference that the Tirap model e-PDS introduced by Tirap district administration
has been a huge success and seeing its success, this innovative model was all set
to roll out in another18 administrative centres in the state. He sought all possible
logistic support from the GOI in this regard.
It is worth-mentioning here that the Tirap model e-PDS was appreciated by all and
it has got a mention in the PDS computerization map of India.
Further, Union Food Secretary B.C Gupta appreciated the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. for
providing free of cost land for construction of FCI Godowns.
During the meeting, Food and Agriculture Ministers and Secretaries of states/UTs
Apart from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Food and Civil Supplies Minister
Sarad Pawar, it was attended by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh
The Arunachal F&CS Minister was accompanied by Amit Bengia, Officer Co-ordination,
Hage Kanu, Director Agriculture and K.N Damo DRC Delhi.
Siram calls for strict vigil to contain law and order
PASIGHAT, Feb 10: Education, Library and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bosiram Siram
today called for concerted efforts by the police, administration, civil society,
students’ union and the traders to make Pasighat crime-free.
In a coordination meeting held with the Pasighat Market Association (PMA) at the
main bazaar today, Siram said the meeting aimed at getting feed backs and sensitizing
one and all towards individual responsibility for greater welfare of the society.
The minister, who is also the local MLA, appreciated the people of different communities
residing in Pasighat for showing the highest degree of responsibility in protecting
and maintaining communal harmony and brotherhood at all levels.
In his specific directives to the police and the district administration, he said
no one could be allowed to collect donation in the name of any student or welfare
organization in the township as a whole and market area in particular. He assured
to find out ways and means for manning the Gandhi Chowk police beat office ensuring
24x7 police service to contain crimes as in the past. The minister further made a
fervent appeal to the Pasighatians not to twist any unfortunate incident through
their claims and counter-claims.
Siram also advised the All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU) members to extend their
wholehearted support to the district administration and police in protecting and
preserving unity, integrity, peace and tranquility in the society and to help contain
illegal activities. Earlier during the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok
asked the people to keep a strict vigil on nefarious activities of suspicious elements.
He said, with the active cooperation and support of the citizens we could defeat
such elements who are hell bent to spread violence in the civilized society. He assured
that no stone would be left unturned to nab these antisocial and criminal elements
adding that the support of the citizens is indeed indispensable for this purpose.
Advising the students’ union Tapok said their activities should be more education
oriented to inspire the present student community.
The SP Pushpendra Kumar while giving an overall picture of security scenario stated
that safety and security of the people and their property is the prime duty of his
department. Though he pointed out the limited police strength, he said no laxity
in this regard would be tolerated.
The PMA President Onyok Tamuk and his associates also spoke and assured to extend
their supports to the local administration and police. DIPRO
Conditions set for the Govt on Lower Siang district
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC), PRI members, rank
and files of all Political parties of Likabali and Nari Koyu (ST) Assembly constituencies
met the Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Secretary (Home)
and appraised them of the grievances faced by publics of both constituencies that
are becoming an impediment in creation of Lower Siang district.
The members after meeting the Chief Minister stated that they expect a positive result
whereby the grievances of the public would be redressed. The members further decided
that if the terms of reference No. (i) of Notification No.DAD-22/2009 dated 30th
June 2011 issued by the Chief Secretary is not deleted and corrected as demanded
on or before February 12, it would launch a series of protest including a 12 hours
bandh call on February 13 starting from 5 am in Likabali and Nari- Koyu Assembly
constituencies. It further stated that it would boycott Public Hearing fixed by HPC
on February 15-16 at Nari and Likabali respectively and a 12 hours Chakka Bandh on
February 17 in the two constituencies.
The members present also unanimously viewed that the state Government would be fully
held responsible for any un-warranted incident and for failing to respect the mandate
of the public of Likabali and Nari Koyu Assembly constituencies.
Highway project-affected people protest ‘concocted land deal’
HAWAI, Feb 10: Affected people of Khupa (Hayuliang) - Hawai widening work under Trans-Arunachal
Highway held a protest march from Dimwe camp to Hawai camp against what they call
concocted land deal by Anjaw district administration on Saturday.
Panchayat leaders, youths and general public took part in the protest march, according
to a report from People’s Forum for Project Affected Families (PFPAF) that organized
Affected people alleged that administration fabricated a gram sabha meeting of September
20, 2011 in which a resolution is allegedly adopted to donate land free of cost by
villagers of Supliang and Hayuliang for construction of double lane road from Hayuliang
In a petition to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, PFPAF has alleged that no such meeting
was convened or conducted at any place or any point of time. The minutes of the meeting
(No. H/PR-20/11-12, dated Hayuliang, 20th Sept, 2011) and signatures of the delegates
are fraudulent and fabricated, it said.
Moreover, PFPAF said Anjaw district administration even failed to respond after a
complaint was moved by Supliang gram panchayat on January 6, 2012 on the alleged
fabricated meeting. The Saturday public rally was initiated to protest against the
indifference of the district administration, it added.
The PFPAF has also alleged that district administration tore the posters put up by
the organization from Dimwe camp to Hawai township. The affected people said they
don’t have other means of sustenance apart from the agricultural and horticultural
plots located on the proposed area of project.
The improvement of Hayuliang-Hawai (50 Km) road to double lane standards under the
district connectivity and Trans Arunachal Highway Programme is undertaken by Project
Udayak, Border Roads Organization (BRO).
Horticulture is viable source for income generation: CM
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki stressed for taking up horticulture as
viable source for sustainable income generation. He was addressing a mammoth gathering
at Mengio under Papumpare district today.
Highlighting the area’s potential to grow cash crops like cardamom and various other
horticultural produces, the Chief Minister urged the locals to make use of the blessed
land for augmenting income generation of the area. Tuki also suggested encouraging
Mithun development scheme which has enormous scope in the region.
“You have ample scope to be self-employed” Tuki said while assuring to provide every
possible assistance to encourage the locals to take up these prospects.
Placing his government’s agenda, the Chief Minister informed that the state government
is putting all out effort to prepare a people centric development roadmap for Arunachal
Pradesh in the 12th Five Year Plan.
“Our concern is to deliver the goodies of development to the doorsteps of the people”,
Tuki emphatically said.
The Chief Minister announced that his government has been giving due importance to
rural sports and certain posts have been reserved for sportspersons in the specified
government jobs. While requesting the teachers to perform their duties dedicatedly,
Tuki disclosed that the government has released its share of state matching for the
enhanced salary for SSA teachers.
While strongly coming against the bandh culture, the Chief Minister made it amply
clear that no organization shall be allowed to jeopardize the social fabric and the
state government shall take stern action against the violators. He appealed to the
people to voluntarily voice against bandh called by petty organizations without any
Power Minister Tanga Byaling while endorsing the plea of a Mini Hydel at Mengio,
assured to take up it with his department.
Social Welfare Minister N Tingkhatra assured the people to streamline social welfare
programmes so that it genuinely reaches the needy. He requested the Anganwadi workers
to be sincere in their duties besides issuing strictures to the department officials
for generating awareness over social welfare schemes and programmes. (PRO, CM cell)
Healing crusade concludes at Seppa
SEPPA, Feb 10: Three days healing and deliverance crusade of Pentecostal Christian
Fellowship Church concluded at Seppa general ground on Thursday.
Thousands of Christian believers from various denominations across the state took
part in the healing crusade. Jeevan Jyoti Ministries Rev. Dr Amos Singh of Madhya
Pradesh was the key speaker.
Attending the function, local MLA Tapuk Taku called upon the youth of the East Kameng
district to take responsibility in maintaining peace in the society and help the
administration to improve law and order. He also urged the Christian believers to
adopt the principles of non-violence so that moral values of life could be inculcated
among the youths. Taku further called for cordial relationship among the believers
of various religions.
Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB)
Chairman Jalley Sonam said that love and tolerance is the key facet of true Christian.
He also urged the gathering to equally respect other religions and believers.
During his discourse Papum Pare Superintendent of Police Nabam Gungte who was instrumental
in organizing the crusade urged the believers not to discriminate the people on their
status. The crusade organizer Ramjo Pordung also spoke on the occasion.
Alien Gods rocks Tezu audience under MMC
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Alien Gods, the star performers of Red Rockfest concert presented
by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society to create awareness on HIV/AIDS rocked
Tezu audience at Indira Gandhi Government College auditorium on February 9. Tezu
youth thronged the venue in a large number to enjoy the live concert organised under
Multi Media Campaign on HIV.
Tezu Extra Assistant Commissioner G K Pal Chowdhary speaking on the occasion emphasised
on the importance of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS by involving youths. He also
expressed concern over the lack of awareness among the people about the availability
of services being provided by government on HIV/AIDS. He urged the people to come
to the service centres and know about HIV/AIDS.
Indira Gandhi Government College Principal in his speech said that the youth being
the backbone of the nation has a vital role to play in preventing HIV. He asked the
young audience of Tezu to extend all possible effort in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS.
District Medical Officer Dr. Ninu said that Tezu with 28 HIV positive is the only
category ‘A’ district in the state. Therefore, she said, the people of Tezu must
make special effort to curtail the rise in HIV patients in the state.
APSACS (IEC) Dy. Director Tashor Pali while giving a brief introduction of MMC informed
that youth are the most vulnerable group.
In Arunachal Pradesh, out of total 188 HIV detected, the youth aged between 15-29
years constitute more than 64 percent which is much more than the national average.
He informed that the MMC target this vulnerable population so that they know about
HIV at the early age and remain safe.
Arunachal Pradesh: An Emerging Industrial Centre
Dr. Rima Taipodia, Ph.D
Arunachal Pradesh of India comprising 16 districts is a reservoir of rich natural
resources and a beautiful amalgamation of different people and cultures. It surely
is a region waiting to happen.
Blessed with bio diversity, huge hydro-energy potential, oil and gas, coal, limestone,
forest wealth, fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs and aromatic plants, rare and
rich flora and fauna, Arunachal Pradesh has all the potential to transform into a
commercial hub and tourist paradise.
The region shares borders with China in the north, Bangladesh in the South-West,
Bhutan in the North-West and Myanmar in the East. This makes Arunachal Pradesh a
prospective hub of international trade and commerce.
The area is a vibrant source of energy rich in oil, natural gas, coal, limestone
and perennial water system, the River and its tributaries, which can be tapped for
energy, irrigation and transportation. The fertile soil around the valley of the
Rivers is a veritable storehouse of horticultural products/plantation crops/vegetables/spices
and rare forest products.
Subsidies on transport, capital investment, interest on working capital, excise duty
refund, income tax exemptions etc. are available for industries in the region, as
declared in the new North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy 2007 (NEIIPP).
Attractive incentive structures should attract new domestic and foreign investments
into the region, which, despite having several advantages, has not witnessed the
kind of fast-paced growth and development that it should have experienced in the
Arunachal Pradesh also offers huge opportunities in sectors of strategic importance
like energy and infrastructure; oil, natural gas and hydrocarbons; agro, food processing
and horticulture; floriculture; IT and ITeS; cement; defence, etc. Tourism is another
potential high growth industry.
Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential in sectors like power, agro-based industries,
etc.; a greater private sector involvement in the state economy will ensure local
job creation and entrepreneurship development. The State Government can lay a major
thrust on Agro and Food Processing; an Agri Export Zone for Passion Fruit can be
developed in the state.
The literacy rate in Arunachal is above 66%, A well-educated and hardworking young
population is an advantage for Foreign and also domestic corporate; sectors like
IT and ITeS, agro processing, floriculture and bamboo are some areas that can offer
huge opportunities to investors. The state also grows fine quality of grapes, which
can be utilised for large-scale wine production. The State Government of Arunachal
Pradesh is pro-active and industry-friendly, and investors can be assured of single-window
Arunachal can provide huge investment opportunities in sectors like hydrocarbons,
oil and natural gas, bamboo, handicrafts and tea. Arunachal tea is well known for
its distinctive quality, and exported to the developed markets. Sectors like IT,
hospitality and tourism, power, agro and food processing are poised for impressive
future growth - companies like Infosys and Reliance have already shown interest in
investing its neibouring state like Assam, with Tata Consultancy Services even having
a BPO unit in Guwahati.
All the North-Eastern Indian States have distinct advantages, and provide immense
economic and trade opportunities to domestic and international corporates.
North-East India is often described as the Gateway to South-East Asia. India’s ‘Look
East’ Policy aims at transforming the North-East into a dynamic center of a thriving
and integrated economic space, linking the two high-potential regions with a network
of highways, railways, pipelines, and transmission lines crisscrossing the region.
The huge complementarities arising out of India’s ‘Look East’ Policy and our South-East
Asia focus and the ‘Look West’ Policy of South-East Asian nations like Thailand,
gives rise to immense opportunities for India and ASEAN countries to develop their
trade and investment relations, using the North-East as a primary focal point.
However, as indicated earlier, despite these great advantages, Arunachal Pradesh
has not grown at par with the rest of the country, and the region’s potential has
not been tapped properly. While the significant initiatives taken by the Government
to promote economic growth, tourism and development in the state can be largely welcomed,
issues and problems like shortage of power generation capacity, over-dependence on
hydro-power, absence of proper road connectivity, etc., need to be given special
emphasis in order to help the region achieve high growth.
However, the high priority to be accorded to the development of roads in the North-East
Region is well reflected in the Union Government’s intention to invest nearly Rs.50,000/-
crores on the roads sector in the North-East.
The East-West corridor project, connecting Silchar in Assam to Porbandar in Gujarat
will go a long way in improving connectivity and transforming the region into a vibrant
Also, India is exploring a transport corridor through Myanmar, a potential gateway
to East Asian countries, to form a free-trade region. The proposed ‘Trilateral Highway'
connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand is being discussed. This project has the potential
of strengthening economic exchanges and international co-operation significantly.
With necessary infrastructure development within the region, and the building of
connecting links between North-East and the rest of India, and North-East and South-East
Asia, the economic potential of the region can be suitably exploited. Time-bound
implementation of projects, conducive centre-state relations and political stability,
monitoring of fund–flows and necessary marketing and branding of the region can truly
transform this goldmine of a region into a vibrant hub of business, tourism and trade.
(The writer is a STO and former consultant to the state planning department govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)
District level TSC meeting held
PASIGHAT, Feb 10: A one-day district level meeting on Total Sanitation Campaign
(TSC) under the initiative of PHE department was held in the DC’s conference hall
here on February 8 last. The objective of the meeting was to discuss about various
hurdles and shortcoming that has been facing by the executing department while implementing
centrally sponsored TSC in the district.
The meeting presided over the DC incharge cum DWSC Chairman R Perme, EAC (Judl)
was attended by Zilla Parishad chairperson, ZPMs, ASMs and East Siang PHE department
Speaking on the occasion, Perme said special efforts would be made to achieve the
goal under TSC in maintaining sanitation, health and hygiene in the village level
in the district.
The ZPC Yai Dabii and other members of the house also spoke on the occasion.
The PHED EE presented a detailed report on revised proposal on TSC and after threadbare
discussion the house approved construction of latrine for individual household and
toilets for school, anganwadi centers and also for Dere (Community Hall) under TSC.
LOU for early public hearing
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The Land Owner Union (LOU) on behalf of project affected families
of Lower Siang HE Project appealed to the Chief Minister to give the necessary directives
to the competent authority to conduct public hearing on Lower Siang Hydel project.
In its letter to the chief minister, LOU said that future of over 350 employees belonging
to project affected area who are engaged in various works in Lower Siang Hydro Electric
Project are in jeopardy due to delay in public hearing on the project as the project
developer can not engage employees anymore without works.
MPCC mourns Dr Jini Gamlin’s death
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee expressed profound grief and
sorrow at the sudden and untimely demise of Dr. Moter Jini Gamlin, wife of former
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.
The Meghalaya PCC described Late Dr. Jini Gamlin as the source of strength, courage
and wisdom to Jarbom Gamlin in her lifetime.
She had been a very bright student all throughout who had obtained her MBBS from
the most reputed Lady Hardinge College, New Delhi.
The Meghalaya PCC prayed for the eternal repose to the departed soul and also prayed
to the Almighty to grant solace and strength to the members of the bereaved family,
so that they may bear with this great and irreparable loss.
BSNL network cut off in Dibang Valley
Anini, Feb 10: For the umpteenth time, the BSNL network at Anini, Dibang Valley is
out of order. DIPRO says that sudden shift in weather condition accompanied by heavy
down pour, thunder and lightning for nearly 36 hours has caused complete breakdown
of BSNL services in Anini area.
DC Abu Tayeng expressed his displeasure and took up the matter with the BSNL authorities
to ensure uninterrupted communication network to the border district.
Roing BSNL SDO (T), who is presently camping at Anini confirmed that satellite system
and battery charger have been damaged beyond repair at the Anini local exchange.
The whole process of restoration work may require 15 days or more.
It is learnt that up-gradation of the BSNL network was on the process but it has
been in cold storage for reasons best known to the department. Even the equipments
have already reached but department is yet to post officials to install it.
BSNL authority is required to speed up the restoration work immediately to establish
communication link to the remote and land-locked district.
Further, reports from the Electrical Department and BRO (GREF) are awaited regarding
functioning of Power house and Anini- Roing road as at the time of filing this report,
there was no communication yet.
Campaign on flagship programe of the GOI
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: As part of Public Information Campaign on Bharat Nirman, a day-long
special publicity programmes was organized at Ruksin General Ground in East Siang
district today. The programme was organized by the Core Committee of Public Information
Campaign, Assam in coordination with the East Siang District Administration.
An interactive public meeting cum seminar was held at Ruksin General Ground on the
Addressing the meeting as resource person, DRCHO Dr. Mandip Perme said about various
components of NRHM and its ongoing programmes in the district. He said that after
implementation of NRHM there is a noticeable decline in Infant Mortality rate. Under
Janani Suraksha Yojana, 600 ASHSAs have selected for the rural areas. They have taken
care of 700 mothers. Likewise 200 ASHAs have been selected for the Urban Areas.
They have taken care of 600 mothers. About 75 per cent immunization has been achieved
in the district, he added.
Nari CDPO Onyok Panyang said that there are 6 ongoing projects and 397 Anganwadi
Centres in the district. He also highlighted various activities of the ICDS in the
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Deba Prasad Panda, Associate Professor, J. N. Collage,
Pasighat, explained about the RTI Act. He also said that Arunachal Pradesh Information
Commission had received best Award from the government of India.
M Doley, Deputy Director (M& C) PIB, Guwahati highlighted the objectives of Public
Farmers trained on seed production
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: A total 350 farmers from seven villages, namely, Siiro, Hong, Hari,
Kalung Reru, Tajang, Kelyang and Nenchalyang of Ziro-I block were trained on quality
seed production of different crops, specially Maize, Soybean and Blackoram in separate
training programmes organized in each village from January 21 to February 9.
The centrally sponsored ‘Seed Village Programme’ was conducted under “Development
and strengthening of infrastructure facility and distribution of quality seed.
Dr. Shashikant Chaturvedi, SMS, KVK Ziro and Duyu Tadu, ADO FTC, Ziro were the resource
persons. It was also attended by the officers and field staff of the agriculture
department, Ziro-I block.
SAI selection trial
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The Sports Authority of India (SAI), Regional Centre Guwahati,
will conduct selection trials in Boxing for girl of age between 14 to 16 years for
induction of trainees in SAI at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun at 9 am to 3 pm
on February 27 and 28. Interested can obtain detailed information from O.B. Meetei,
District Sports Officer (tele: 9436896324 & 9436020767).
Singkom wins Upper Subansiri Boogie-Woogie
ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Tajap Singkom won the first ever Upper Subansiri Boogie-Woogie,
a dancing talent hunt held at Singik Hall Daporijo on February 4, according to a
delayed report by the organizing committee.
The first and second runners up titles went to Nillo Yedi and Jem Duchok.
Singkom, the title winner, was awarded cash prize of Rs.50,000 along with a laptop
while Nillo, the first runners up was given Rs.30,000 along with a trophy. The rest
up to 10th position winners were given trophies, gift and certificates.
The top 10 finishers have qualified for the Arunachal Boogie Woogie which will be
conducted in April and May 2012.
Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga attended the final programme.
The poaching has become a major threat to survival of wild animals in North Eastern
states of India. Our neighbouring state of Assam is still fighting against the poachers
in order to preserve the one-horned rhinoceros.
On the other hand our neighbouring country Nepal is celebrating the zero poaching
The wildlife experts feel that the milestone was achieved with the coordinated efforts
of the Nepal Government, conservation partners, local communities and most importantly,
In October, Nepal arrested a complete chain of criminals involved in poaching and
trading of the one-horned rhinoceros. In that case alone, 17 people were held on
the charge of poaching the endangered species and smuggling their derivatives.
The arrests was a significant achievement leading to the complete breakdown of a
network of poachers and smugglers right from the grassroots to the international
Enthused with this achievement, the conservationists are contemplating to make strategy
to achieve the status of zero poaching of tigers as well.
Will our country, particularly North-eastern states learn a lesson from Nepal?
Student politics and money in Arunachal
I would like to throw a light on present student union election in state of Arunachal
Pradesh. I have been taking active participation as a delegate in every AAPSU and
ANSU election since 2004. So far as my practical experience and observation in students
union election is concerned, in fact I think now a days, student's election is more
expensive than that of MP and MLA election in Arunachal Pradesh. There is game of
money and use of muscle power in every student's union election right from zonal
level to state level student's union. It is matter of grave concern that it only
happens in state like Arunachal Pradesh where candidates of every Student Union particularly,
particularly the candidates for the posts of president and general secretary have
to spend crores of rupees. They even have to sell their own land and valuable ornament
if the situation demands at the time of election.
Now the question comes will they be able to recover the total expenditure spent at
the time of election? If it is possible to recover then please tell me from where
money will come as we know there is no any separate funds for student leaders in
state of Arunachal Pradesh. What will happen to next student generation?
In this regard I would like to give six points suggestion to AAPSU and all the communal
based student's leaders.
Firstly, they should immediately stop the money culture at any cost to stop corruption
in the state so that student’s leaders do not follow the path of politicians who
are indulged in corruption.
Secondly, dissolve the entire Zonal Student's Union from the districts in order to
stop the feelings of regionalism among students.
Thirdly, organise and conduct seminar, debate, awareness about importance of culture,
custom, traditional heritage of Arunachal Pradesh in order to stop the imposition
of alien culture.
Fourthly, at-least visit different backward area of all districts in Arunachal Pradesh
where education, good health is badly required at the same times attentively hear
the voice of frustrated school going children and backward village to find out thier
Fifth, spread the importance of moral value among the students’ friends as we know
our love, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness, and other noble sentiment are disappearing
And lastly, give a direction to all the colleges in Arunachal Pradesh to strictly
maintain and follow the recommendation of Lyngdoh Commission.
In addition to above suggestion, I would like to appeal the student community not
to support the money culture in student politics as AAPSU election is near and electoral
reformation in present student politic is badly required. Let us join our hands and
fight together against money culture to produce good and quality student leaders.
Jeju Dada village
Allegation baseless and unfounded
Apropos the news item in your daily published on Feb 10 regarding illegal appointment
under NRHM/ transfer of Mission Director and clarification thereof.
The NRHM deny the charges as total rubbish and unfounded. The one and only the grievance
of the so called the President (not union/federation) is transfer of DRCHO ( District
Reproductive Child Health Officer) of Kurung Kumey in the month of September’ 2011
by the Govt of AP. The DRCHO a state govt official is the nodal officer for the purpose
of NRHM programmes of District Health Society.
The Mission Director NRHM (on deputation under State Health Society) does not hold
the authority to transfer any state govt officer/official. This fact has been repeatedly
clarified to this so called President, who came to threaten me with dire consequences
every time. The Gauhati High Court has uphold the transfer order of the state Govt
on being litigated by the affected official. Having failed to restore the transferred
officer/or failing to convince the competent authority, this President is making
the Director scapegoat and making all sorts of unfounded and malafide allegations
So far as illegal appointment of NRHM officials is concerned there is absolutely
nothing like that. All NRHM appointment is decentralized. If there was any it has
got to do with District Health Society which might be necessitated in exigencies
as there was no any new post creation in 2010-11. District Health Societies are as
autonomous as State Health Society.
So far transfer of Mission Director is concerned it should be left to the wisdom
of the state govt. and not to the whims and wishes of any unauthorised XYZ.
For healthy growth
It is a matter of great concern that in our state firm law and order, progressive
employment generation, better health, adequate education and communication facility
remains a distant dream till today. Above all, our State economy is still in nascent
stage. A few source of revenue earning being relied upon to run the state is hydropower,
agriculture and tourism sector, yet these are also not at par with national level.
Hence, the State Govt is humbly urged to review the projected issues with more effective
reforms and far reaching strategy for the all round development and healthy social
and economic growth.
Who says corruption is bad?
A rather disappointing account of any place is when corruption becomes a ubiquitous
topic of teatime conversations. The brouhaha is further enlivened by never ending
queues of scams and never ceasing to be sensationalist media. Corruption is set to
become the unofficial constitution of India. I believe, some of our devoted politicians
and government officials who religiously follow the many fold paths of "Corruptionism"
are set to attain moksha.
Coming out of License Raj, India wants to isolate herself from too much of socialist
inspirations and planning. However, the outcome is just a quasi victory of the pro
market reforms seen in several states.
The dismal side of the phenomenon is the perennial licensing that still exists in
several states. I say this because I come from a state where you need a permit to
even enter the state, if you are not from the state, even if you are an Indian citizen.
And when your sojourn in an Arunachali town revives the streets of India in 1950s,
you know that you are in the Shangri-La of corruption.
Corruption in Arunachal has become a permanent institution, not that this is not
the case with the whole country. The rights to corrupt are well-defined. As economist
Steven Cheung, would say, they are actually transferable, assignable, inheritable
and saleable. And with such a profound development of the institution, we are, in
And since we have been stuck for more than half a century we might as well try to
see the brighter side.
Majority of people who oppose corruption do so on moral grounds. It has been fed
into our tiny brains as kids, that corruption is evil, at times without any clear
Why does corruption occur in the first place?
Pillaging a plethora of jargon-filled theories, in layman’s terms, corruption occurs
at the interface of the public and private sectors.
Whenever a public official has discretionary power over distribution, deviation from
the competitive market caused by government regulation or interference to the private
sector of a benefit or cost, incentives for bribery are created. Thus corruption
depends upon the magnitude of the benefits and costs under the control of public
official. If resource allocation system were to be perfectly competitive, then corruption
would not exist.
It would be rather unfair to vilify the corrupted politicians and government officials,
as from an economist’s point of view they are like everyone else – constrained self-maximizers,
obeying the convictions of Frank Knight. In line with the General equilibrium theory,
under the usual social and political constraints corruption is generally the most
convenient avenue to achieve the goal of utility maximization. Netas and Sarkari
naukars therefore establish or maintain regulations and controls with the intent
to facilitate corruption, which then becomes a source of income for them.
Is corruption bad?
Depends, an economist's answer.
Corruption is not always bad. It sometimes can partially restore the price mechanism
and improve allocative efficiency. Corruption then might be viewed as people’s optimal
response to market distortions.
For instance, to obtain a government approved document the Indian hoi polloi has
to pendulate in and out of government offices for months or even years, creating
a huge opportunity cost. However, there always exists an express path, which obviously
means a little "donation" to the "deserving" panjandrum. Now why would a rational
being go down the forbidden path of honesty, inefficiency and apathetic officialdom,
when there exists a more efficient, cheaper, think opportunity cost, and like-minded
The theory of partial equilibrium views that corruption generally is good. It is
good because most regulations and controls move the market away from Pareto optimality,
a Pareto optimal outcome is one such that no one could be made better off without
making someone else worse off.
Corruption will then cause a move back toward the Pareto condition.
Some regulations, however, are good because they move the economy closer to Pareto
optimality. Given good regulations, corruption moves the market away from efficiency.
Therefore, with bad regulations, corruption is good. With good regulation corruption
So which one is it with Arunachal, is it the good or the bad corruption? To give
you a very good answer, I would say that with ample philosophical ranting you could
justify either of them. But what I do know for sure is that we are not getting out
Corrupt officials who believe that the free market system can uproot their profit
making opportunities will resist economic reforms, yes they are willing to wage a
Post teachers or face protest
As a Parent and as a concern citizen, I would like to bring to the notice of the
Education Department regarding posting of Science subject teacher in various Government
There are so many schools in our state without a proper subject teacher especially
for the Science stream and this is the reason why our state is topping the literacy
rate chart from the bottom. To add to the woes, a large number of secondary schools
have been upgraded to higher secondary school with induction of Science stream.
On the other hand, Science stream is being inducted while on the other hand, the
department concern is hesitating in posting of concern subject teacher. Let me remind
them that we need a driver to drive a car.
I would like to appeal the authorities of the concern department to post Science
subject teachers immediately to various schools or get ready to face democratic protest
as the department concern stand first in the row that may face protest in the near
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