February  15

Upcoming dams to affect Tawang

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The hydropower issue is again making headlines in recent days because of strong anti-dam protest by Assam based organizations against NHPC power project at Gerukamukh. The construction work at the site has stopped since December 16. Similarly anti-dam movement is gaining momentum in Tawang district too with locals led by revered monk raising serious concern over coming up of so many hydel projects in the district in one go.

As per the details available in the website of department of hydropower development, the state government as on 30th September 2010 has signed 133 MOU/MOAs with various power developers to start power project in Arunachal Pradesh.  Tawang district has alone 15 dams planned over rivers like Nyamjungchu, Mago Chu, Nykcharongchu etc.

Recently members of Society for Development of Culture and Education (SDCE), a Mysore based NGO run by monks belonging to Tawang district had alleged that the district administration has forcibly stopped them from carrying out awareness campaign about hydropower projects in the district. The district administration denied the allegation and since then things seem to have cooled down.

But the district administration seems to have pressed the panic button by organizing general meeting on development of hydropower on 12th February. The meeting was attended, among others, by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, MLAs Tsewang Dondup and Jambey Tashi, representatives of power developers like NHPC, Bhilwara Energy Ltd, EDCL, SEW Energy, local public and officials from department of hydropower development. Even though for the moment politicians and district officials have managed to quell the protest against hydropower project in Tawang but the fact is that everyone is expressing serious concern over coming up of so many projects within a single district.

 Situated at a very high altitude, Tawang district is surrounded by snow covered Himalayan Mountains. The total forest cover area is 1251 sq km. It is considered to be the most beautiful place of Arunachal and therefore it needs environmental protection to keep intact its beauty.

An environmental expert while talking to this daily informed that Tawang Chu II project will pose serious threat to rare species like Red Panda and Macau which are found in the area. Home to many rare Himalayan species, the proposed 15 power projects will have serious impact on eco-system too.    

 It should also be pointed out that the original Bhalukpong to Tawang Road is not capable of transporting heavy dam equipment through Sela Pass. Therefore, the Central govt took decision to widen the road, which will have a huge impact on the environment in the region. Though it was made to believe that road is being widened for military purpose but reality is something different. By cutting hills in the name of road widening, the authorities are damaging the environment. “The road to Lumla which links the Tawang Chu II is very fragile and has large number of active landslide prone zones. Every year during monsoon season rain washes away portions of road. If heavy equipments meant for power projects are transported through this particular stretch of road, it will have serious impact. The hills might come down in the future,” said an expert.

Its upto state government and people of Tawang to decide whether they want to go ahead with all 15 power projects. But from environmental aspect there is urgent need to create awareness about the impact of these projects on virgin dense forest with rare species of wildlife.


Payi Gyadi Awarded Idea CNN-IBN Citizen Journalists Award 2012

Amar Sangno

NEW DELHI, Feb 14: State’s anti corruption activist Payi Gyadi, who is also the Chairman of Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF), was awarded the 4th edition of Idea CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist Award 2012 in a function held at Darbur Hall of Hotel Taj Palace here yesterday.

Payi is first from North East to receive the prestigious Citizen Journalist Award initiated by CNN-IBN in 2008. He was felicitated by CNN-IBN in recognition of his crusade against corruption in Arunachal Pradesh by exposing illegal appointments using fake certificates in Govt departments. The function was attended by Bollywood actors, media persons and eminent social activists.

Payi was among the 15 persons, who received the CNN-IBN citizen journalist, CNN-IBN videos and CNN-IBN photo awards in recognition of their voice against corruption across the country. Payi was just behind Gaurav Bakshi of New Delhi and Amarnath Deo Pandey of Uttar Pradesh. Out of the 15 recipients, twelve have awarded with CNN-IBN citizen journalist award, two with CNN-IBN videos and one with CNN-IBN photos.

Congratulating the Citizen Journalists awardees, Bollywood leading actress Vidya Balan, who gave away the trophies, said: “I salute you all for your valiant efforts to make India corruption free.” She praised Gyadi for his courageous effort to root out corruption from Arunachal Pradesh.

CNN-IBN Editor- in- Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, who initiated the CJ idea, said that though these CJs cannot bring revolution but their efforts against corruption could go a long way in eradicating corruption from the country. And now time has come to use journalism as tool to bring positive change, he added.

On being asked by  Managing  Editor IBN7 Ashutosh that as to why he did not accept bribe offered by many people during the course of his fight against corruption, Gyadi replied, he wanted to send a message to the society that there is still many youths in his state who hate corruption. “I know I alone cannot change the whole system but I firmly believe that my little effort would at least make people believe that there is still a sizeable number of youth who hate corruption,” Payi added. Gyadi faced crucial periods during online voting which was open till February 10 last, as his home town Seppa of East Kameng district was reportedly out of internet facility since last many years except in National Information Centre (NIC).


Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: As a part of the series to pay tribute to the legendary artistes of Arunachal, today we are concentrating on two more artistes. Jomnya Siram and Joram Tajing are popular artistes of their generation and till today they continue to woo heart of young generation.  Jomnya Siram who was born on 14th April 1959 at Tadin Village, West Siang district is in singing field since 1968. A graduate from JN College, Pasighat he was recognized as AIR artiste Dibrugarh in 1972.  He recorded more than 100 songs in Galo, Mishing and Wancho dialects. He sung along with legendary Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in 1974 at Aalo and in 1979 at Pasighat town club. His most popular songs include Take Ngo, Kajle jine dane gel odor tolo, Kaju angong gilaju etc. He received gold medal from Sur Nandan Bharati Society, Kolkata in 2008 and Commendation certificate from Siang Welfare Culture Society, Aalo in 1976 for his contribution in the field of music. Currently he is serving as deputy director, Art and Culture Department.   Joram Tajing, the popular comedian was born on 27th December, 1956 at Joram village under Yachuli circle of Lower Subansiri. Tajing gained popularity with his comic act in Meri Dharam Meri Maa, the first Hindi movie of Arunachal which was directed by late Dr Bhupen Hazarika. At present he is the Chairman of Joram Socio Cultural & Literary Society.



Blockade against NHPC dam causes hardship to Arunachalees’

ALSSU seeks Govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) today demanded the NHPC authority, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Governments to bring an end to the on-going indefinite blockade against NHPC dam at Gerukamukh by the anti-dam protestors in Assam through negotiation.

The on-going blockade against the transportation of construction materials, other essential items to project site at Gerukamukh is not only delaying the project but also causing hardship to the innocent people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Dullungmukh area though no fault of their own, ALSSU president Tado Raja said.

An ALSSU team led by its president today met the NHPC, Subansiri Lower Project General Manager Om Prakash and discussed in details regarding various problems being faced by the people of Dullungmukh area in particular due to the on-going blockade.

“The State Government cannot and should not remain a mute spectator to such serious issue where state’s interest is involved,” ALSSU convenor Tanya Agu said and demanded the Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam governments to find out an amicable solution to the problem without any further delay failing which ALSSU would be compelled to launch democratic movement for fulfillment of its demands.

While recalling the recent economic blockade against NHPC as well as Arunachal Pradesh by the anti-dam protestors in Assam causing acute shortage in essential commodities in three Siang valley districts, Agu urged the state government to ensure that such incident do not recur.

ALSSU also sought detailed information from the NHPC authority regarding employment of indigenous local people in the project as per MoA.

It demanded 100% job reservation for indigenous Arunachalee people in group ‘D’,  80% in  ‘C’ and 50% in ‘B’ posts.

Without mentioning the number, ALSSU alleged that NHPC authority has so far appointed only a few Arunachalee people in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts in Subansiri Lower Project. The team also inquired about the present status of the hydel project from the NHPC authority.

According to GM Om Prakash, 55% works of the project has already been completed.

The anti-dam protestors have been opposing construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydel Project at Gerukamukh which falls in a highly seismic zone.

It is pertinent to mention here that the report by an expert committee comprising scientists from IIT Guwahati and universities in Assam on Subansiri Lower Project advises against mega dams in a ‘tectonically unstable’ region.


BJP demands enquiry into Rs 2.5 cr scam

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh today demanded thorough enquiry into the reported 2.5 crore scam in Art and Culture department in the state.

How it was possible for the fraudsters to forge the signature of a director that too for such a huge amount of public money and got through all the office procedures, BJP questioned. It expressed apprehension that more such fund embezzlement might have happened in other departments in absence of strong mechanism to check such irregularities.

 The party called for immediate overhauling of the  administrative system. The incident has again exposed the dept of illegalities and misappropriations of fund in state government agencies, the party said. The BJP further said that there was virtually no government from May to November, 2011, but the Planning Commission’s annual allocation of Rs.3, 200 crore for the financial year 2011-12 has been exhausted in December, 2011, it said. Under the Congress Govt, the public funds are looted and siphoned off, the BJP said  and urged upon  the state Govt  to explain as to why it does not maintain transparency  in governance.

Congress party in Arunachal Pradesh is responsible for the current situations which could be detrimental for the holistic development processes in the state, the party added.


MMC in Tirap, NSU mobilizes youths for awareness

DEOMALI, Feb  14: After an arduous journey of about 20 days covering 12 districts of  the state,   the Red Rockfest, a concert under the Multi Media Campaign  being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) finally reached Deomali in Tirap district  on February 13 to create awareness on HIV among the youths.

The strategically located Deomali, a small town located in the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, was the last venue of the district tour of MMC. The show was conducted away from the district headquarters for the reason that ‘Wancha Rajkumar College’ the only Government College of Tirap district is located here. Moreover, as the target audience of MMC Red Rockfest was the youth aged between 15 to 29 years, Deomali was the obvious choice for the venue, and thanks to Nocte Students Union (NSU) and Medical Department of the district for setting up an excellent open air stage within a very short period in the general ground of Deomali.

Leading from the front NSU not only put up a good stage for the show but also created an excellent ambience in and around Deomali for people to participate in the concert. NSU president Inwang Lowang wanted to ensure that people turn up for such concert so that message on HIV/AIDS can be percolated down to the mass. Youth has a very important role to play in controlling the menace of HIV, he said. Three local bands from the district, the Blue Ink,  Alpine Treasure, Fire String with its rocking numbers entertained the Deomali audience in the evening. Alien Gods known for its crowd pulling capacity rocked the young audience of Deomali whole through the show. At the same time the dead metal band also asked its young fans to remain aware about HIV and stay safe.

Earlier, ZPM K. Lowang while kicking off the MMC asked the Tirap youths to participate in disseminating the message on HIV to the general population. He also said prevention is always better than cure.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, in his introductory note on MMC said that the young age is very vulnerable and young people tend to experiment on anything which may become matter of regret in later part of life. Young age between 15 to 29 year is very precious and productive age, youth should utilize this period to shape their career, he added.

DTO, Dr. Jayanti said that HIV/AIDS has emerged as a major global issue today which needs to be addressed at all level. He urged every individual to response to the need of the hour.


State level Citrus Show draws huge crowd

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang district organized a state level “Citrus show” on February 10.

Display of citrus fruit species drew the attention of large number of visitors, Scientists, farmers and general public. More than 500 farmers from different areas of the state visited the show.

Addressing on the occasion, retired director of state horticulture department Dr Alok Tagi highlighted the development of horticulture sector in the state with reference to encouraging growth of citrus fruits.

Pasighat CHF Dean, Dr. B N Hazarika said the objective of the Citrus Show was to encourage quality production of citrus fruits in the state and assess the problems faced by the farmers.

He revealed that climatic condition of Arunachal Pradesh provides a congenial environment for production of a wide range of citrus species. However, he gave emphasis on use of modern technology by farmers to increase the product level.

In his address Pasighat J N College Principal T Talom reiterated the efforts made by the College.

In the first phase of the interaction, power point presentation on scientific cultivation of mandarin was given by K Kumar, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Extension which was followed by an interaction programme among the citrus fruit growers and the scientists.

During citrus exhibition, each species of citrus fruit were categorized into 5 groups - viz., Mandarin, Orange, Acid, Pummelo groups and others in the competitive exhibition/show. The farmers’ entry was registered with secret code numbers and 20 of them were selected for prizes.  The winners including Talom Eko of Sitang village (Mandarian group), Tamola Taloh of Takrung (Sweet Orange) , Tamoko Tamuk of Tekang (Pamelo), Yakem Jamoh of Takrung (Acid lime group) and Taten Siram of Tekang village for other groups were awarded with cash  prizes and certificates.


SEC census  going on in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) -2011 has been going on simultaneously in rural and urban areas in East Siang district  with the Pasighat  IPR providing all the necessary help and technical supports in uploading of data by setting up Charge Center.

DC Talem Tapok who is also Principal SECC officer is personally supervising the entire process to ensure correct and error-free data compilation.

Tapok said that SECC is major tasks which include self-declaration of questionnaires by community people so as to ascertain the exact status of the living. He appealed to the citizens to extend full cooperation to the enumerators and provide accurate information.

A team of SECC enumerators (Urban) yesterday collected data from ‘Siang House’ and entered the responses directly in the electronic device, whish is especially designed and developed for the purpose.

Meanwhile, a central monitoring team comprising Jt. Director (RD Itanagar) Tado Ado, Dr. Neha Wadhavan (Tribal Area Specialist) MORD, GoI, New Delhi and Deputy Director (Census), Shillong B Sohtun along with the District Nodal Officer Taper Pada, PD (DRDA) visited the Charge Center and few other places during  recent enumeration.

Later, they were informed by the DC in a consultative meeting held in his office chamber that large numbers of trained and experienced government personnel have been pressed into service to take up the largest administrative exercise. The visiting team expressed satisfaction over the SECC activities of the district. DIPRO


District task force meet on immunization week

ZIRO, Feb 14: The District Task Force meeting on Immunization week and IPPI (NID) was held at DC’s chamber here today.  The meeting presided over the DC Nila Mohanan  was attended by heads of various departments of Lower Subansiri district  including DIPRO, DDSE, AIR, DFWO and DMO.

The DC called on all the HoDs  to extend cooperation to medical department  for successful conduct of immunization week. She also suggested for supervisory work by respective COs and CDPOs of three blocks to ensure full coverage  under Immunization week and IPPI (National Immunization Day).

Ziro DFWO Dr. K. Basar  gave a brief introduction on Immunization week and IPPI (NID). He said   the central Govt declared the year 2012 as the year of immunization to reach the un-reached. DMP Dr. H. Tam asked all the participants  to extend cooperation during the programme.  He highlighted in details on the  sites fixed for immunization and its tentative scheduled, immunization booths, target children and  the   man power requires for successful conduct of the programme.  The immunization week which was to be held from February 8 was postponed to February 22. However, IPPI (NID) will be as usual on 19th Feb 2012 & 1st April, 2012.


Workshop enlightens students about career

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti in collaboration with a counselling team of Saraswati Thyagaraja College (STC) Coimbatore led by its secretary S. Venkatesh organised a five days Educational Career Guidance and Counselling workshops at Green Mount, Aronadaya Hr Sec School, Kendra Vidhyalaya No.1, V.K.V Balijan, Simple Beginning coaching institutes Naharlagun and V.K.V Chimpu recently. Altogether 782 students participated in the workshop.

During the workshop, it was observed that students of this state are really in need of  career counselling. The speciality of the workshop was that students were guided on “How to choose what career.” In order to success in any course one needs to indentify one’s own aptitude, type of personality, intelligent level and field of interest. . Identifying these aspects makes the chosen subject very easy to grasp and understand thus resulting excellent output.

According to Dr. Janatius Director, Centre for Counselling and Guidance (STC) people remain unemployed because of mismatch of their educational course with own aptitude and interest. He further said, even if a person is successful in securing a high profile job but if it is not of his liking and aptitude his life would be in disaster. He won’t be living satisfied and happy life; instead he would be wasting his real talent and abilities.

Sadiq Basha, HOD of English STC, has guided the students about the availability of different courses with their institution in different parts of India. The whole programme was coordinated by Jahang Ajang an Educational Counsellor and karyakartas of Arun Jyoti.



ITANAGAR, Feb 14:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh has extended his warm greetings to all people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Tamladu.

In his festival message, the Governor said that celebration of festivals has always motivated the people to preserve and promote their cultural heritage and traditions. It has also helped the people in reinforcing their faith in Almighty. He expressed his hope that this year’s Tamladu celebration will help in strengthening the cultural heritage and the identity of Mishmi community. The Governor wished that Almighty ‘Jebmalu’ showers his choicest blessings on the people of  the state on the auspicious occasion.


ATA website launched

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The official website of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) www.ataonline.in was formally launched by Education Minister Bosiram Siram at Naharlagun yesterday in presence of host of senior education officers, including Commissioner Education Ganesh Koyu and ATA members.

Speaking on the occasion, Siram described the importance of technology in education system in today’s world. He said the website would be extremely beneficial for ATA in many ways in imparting quality education.

Koyu stressed on timely updation of the website for the benefit of teaching community.


Bandh deferred

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The proposed 12-hr capital complex and Lower Subansiri bandh on February 17 by United Nyishi Organization (UNO) in support of its single-point demand for  immediate transfer of EE, Yazali PWD division for his alleged misappropriation of fund has been deferred till February 27 excluding capital complex. The decision was taken in view of ensuing statehood day and Nyokum Yullo celebrations after  having a meeting with Celebration Committee  and political secretary of the CM on February 14, the UNO said.


‘Float tender’

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Registered Contractors Association-Upper Subansiri district, in a representation, has demanded the Executive Engineer PWD division, Upper Subansiri to float tender for construction/improvement and up-gradation of Menga-Giba road in Upper Subansiri under NLCPR within a month.

It claimed that fund for the said work has already been sanctioned by DoNER Ministry vide NLCPR sanction No.77/year 2011-12 with a directive to call NIT for the said work.

“But the department concerned is delaying the process for execution of the said scheme,” the representation said and threatened to launch democratic movement if the tender process is not initiated within 30 days.


ATA dist unit conference

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The 5th general conference of East Kameng district unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) was conducted at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Seppa from February 10-12 which was attended by MLAs Tapuk Taku, Tani Loffa and parliamentary secretary Kumar Waii beside ATA central body president and secretary.

A new executive committee of ATA district unit was also constituted in the meeting for the year 2012-15.


Death condoled

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Panggi Welfare Society (PWS) has deeply mourned the death of Pupum Panyang at Pasighat yesterday.

He left behind his wife, 3 sons and as many daughters. Panyang, who was also the joint secretary of PWS, was working as ADEO under DDSE, Upper Siang district.

He was an energetic social worker who always tried to uplift the socio-economic status of the Panggi community, PWS said while describing that his death has caused an irreparable loss to the society in particular.

ATA Upper Siang district Unit also deeply mourned the untimely demise of Late Pupum Panyang. His selfless service rendered during his service period will always be remembered by the teaching community and education department of Upper Siang district, the ATA unit said in a release.


‘Dula village left out of TSC’

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Doni Ao Welfare Society, in a release alleged that Dula village under Baririjo circle of Upper Subansiri district has been left out of the Total Sanitation Campaign conducted by PHE department.

While questioning that as to why the village has been excluded from the TSC, the Society demanded the department concerned to provide the benefits to the villagers under TSC.


‘Exclude Basar from proposed Lower Siang’

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Siji Jhum Land Welfare Society has demanded the state government to exclude Basar assembly constituency from the proposed Lower Siang district.

While suggesting for creation of the district comprising Likabali and Nari-Koyu assembly constituency, the Society urged the government to establish the headquarters of the proposed new district in a centrally located area of Likabali and Nari-Koyu, preferably at Siki-Rima and Siji area.

Meanwhile, the people of Siji-Magi-Kane village appealed to all to support the proposal for establishment of the district Hqs at Siji area under Likabali sub-division for which the people have reportedly agreed to donate land.


Mega health camp

BOMDILA, Feb 14: A total of 990 patients under Kalaktang circle and its adjoining areas were benefited by a two days mega health camp organized by the Kalaktangpa Employees Welfare Association (KEWA) in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Bomdila unit at Kalaktang.  

A  team of specialist doctors  including Dr. Taba Khanna  and  Dr. T.Taki from General Hospital Naharlagun, Dr. Leki Wangchuk from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital,  Itanagar, Dr. S Paul from Community Health Center Rupa and Dr. DK Lama, in-charge DMO of District Hospital Bomdila conducted the camp.

Earlier, in his  inaugural address, local legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary, PWD and Principal Advisor to CM, T N Thongdok stressed on the need to reach out to the people through such noble activities.

Lauding the role of KEWA, he said that the members of the Association could  play  important role in shaping the future of the people of the area. Assuring to look into the suggestions of the association towards future development of the area Thongdok urged the office bearers to work in tandem with the Shertukpen Employees Welfare Association (SEWA) for all-round development of the Kalaktang Assembly constituency. DIPRO


Tool down strike suspended

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees’ Association in a meeting yesterday decided to suspend its pen-tool down strike till February 25 next after  SPD, SSA Rajya Mission assured that the Government would consider their demand for enhancement of salaries of SSA non-teaching staff.


Authorities urged to stop payment

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Gauhati High Court has ordered the authorities  to stop payment for NLCPR road project from Chambang to  Phaa 30- km (phase-I) to its executing agency.

Judge K Meruno gave the ruling  on February 8 while disposing of a case WP (C) 25/2012 filed by two petitioners of Chamgang.

The Court in its ruling said, “the total amount of money involved in these work order is amounting to Rs 1179.22 lakh and out of which , the payment of Rs 2,80,00,000 have already been released to the respondent No 11 (M/s Reniya Enterprises) as rolling advance money without executing any contract work orders. Being aggrieved by the action of the respondents in awarding the said contracts work to the  respondent No 11,  this writ petition has been filed.”


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National Solar Mission and socio-economic development

The National Solar Mission (NSM) under the aegis of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) serves as an important policy that could further the objectives of this campaign. Although originally conceived to improve the country’s energy security and address climate change, NSM could be extremely significant in stimulating socioeconomic development.

Delivering energy services to the poor requires the establishment of a conducive ecosystem consisting of appropriate technological, financial and institutional arrangements.

Although the NSM attempts to address these aspects, there are issues that need to be resolved urgently before implementation through grass-root level.

According to a study on “The National Solar Mission: A Practioner's Perspective by SELCO India, NSM of India has not paid adequate attention in its objective to promote off-grid applications of solar energy. This paper that provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under served households and businesses, brings forward the practitioner’s perspective to highlight the barriers within the NSM guidelines, which adversely affect practical implementation.

By focusing on a practitioner’s perspective, this paper captures the experience on the field and seeks to highlight the obstacles encountered in implementing the NSM. But more importantly, the paper suggests constructive recommendations that will serve to strengthen the NSM moving forward.


Towards a garbage free society

Dear Editor,

Cleanliness is godliness. In the modern society nobody wants to live in dirt. So, through your esteemed daily an appeal is made to all the concerned citizens of capital complex to make an effort to keep our city clean. Now days, garbage has become a burning problem. Garbage, if not properly disposed off, spreads pollution. Pollution spreads disease and makes us sick.  Garbage on roadside is also nauseating. So, to live healthy, we need to put some effort in order to keep our environment clean. With the increase in population, consumsation of packed food items has considerably increased. The packed food items contribute a lot to the quantum of garbage produced daily. Though, the Deptt. of Urban Development & Housing is trying their best in disposing garbage, there effort gets wasted if we do not change ourselvs to maintain minimum discipline while throwing our household waste outside. We should not depend  on the Govt. deptt. alone for cleanliness. Since, it is a very serious issue, all of us need to give a serious thought and do something for the purpose. We must keep in mind that, polluting environment is a social crime. So, stop. think and act to keep clean our mother earth and live healthy. So, as to minimise garbage, we may ponder on

the following points :

For General public:

1. Keeping  bins in every house for storing garbage.

2. Dumping bio-degradable wastes within  your house compound.

3. Burning  polythene bags and other empty packets etc. instead of throwing them outside.

4. Educating  helping hands of your family regarding cleanliness.

5. Keeping away domestic animals littering in garbage.

For UD & Housing Deptt.

1. To ensure  regular visit of waste carrying vehicles to every residential areas.

2. To educate people using hordings, banners etc. to keep environment clean.

3. To introduce door to door collection of garbage using small vehicles for disposing garbage.

4. To place big bins on wheel  for collection and easy removal of  garbage, in market area.


Uday Chowdhury



Changing times

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to the notice of the competent authorities, parents and student leaders of the dismal situation of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Naharlagun, which has been one of the prestigious schools of our capital. With the change in authority in the recent past, an air of favouritism and nepotism has gripped the school. Flouting Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan rules, a section of the teachers have indulged in private tuitions so much so that the students are made to believe that those who join private tuitions will get better marks. This is sheer injustice as barring a few; most of the students are from poor background and can hardly afford private tuitions. Besides the future of our kids is doomed as after tiresome tuition sessions teachers can never remain dedicated at school.

Recently it is said that when a section of the teachers protested against private tuitions being conducted by some of their fellow teachers, in place of being lauded they had been framed, targeted, intimidated and victimized by the school authorities. This treatment is said to be given in lieu of free tuitions to the wards of the school authority who happen to be joint entrance aspirant. It is heart-breaking to find dedicated teachers being let down and left uninterested by such injustice. In this case as well, students are the worst sufferers.

When it comes to recruitment of contract (temporary) teachers, kith and kins of those close to the authorities have been selected time and again, in some cases even without conducting any interview as otherwise required as per rules. There are instances when local candidates already selected by conducting interviews have been made to quit on different pretext so as to make room for their near and dear ones. Ironically however we have so many unemployed qualified local youth who could have otherwise contributed to the betterment of the school and its students. Preferring personal acquaintance over quality while selecting teachers can do nothing but harm the students.

It is also observed that a section of the teachers who are close to the authorities will remain present on record even if they are physically absent from school. Some of them will come to school whenever they wish to. In return they will offer personal favors to the authority. As usual, students are once again the worst sufferers of such an understanding.

In the name of check and balance, there are inspection teams who will come from the regional office only on ‘pre-informed’ visits and will enjoy excellent hospitality offered by the authority. Everything thus remains picture-perfect on record.

All such wrongful practices are taking a toll on studies of our children and must not be allowed at any cost. Teachers and school authorities are public servants and are answerable to the society and must govern themselves as per the rules and guiding principles and not by favouritism and nepotism.

I would prefer to remain anonymous as I would definitely not like my child to be a victim. Nor can I be a party to it by being a mute spectator of such injustice.

A concerned parent




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