February 19

Former MP CC Gohain passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Former Member of Parliament CC Gohain (Namchoom) passed away at his Chongkham residence Sunday evening after prolonged illness.

He was 86, and is survived by his wife Nangchoi Sumecha, three sons and a daughter.

Gohain, a first generation leader had represented the Parliament of the Fourth and Fifth Lok Sabha–1970–77 from the erstwhile NEFA. Besides being an eminent and renowned social worker, Gohain believed in simple living and high thinking. He was instrumental in transformation of present state of Arunachal Pradesh from the status of Agency Council to Union Territory and finally to Statehood.

He also played a pivotal role in unifying the diversified communities of the erstwhile NEFA and devoted his whole life towards all round development of the state. This was stated by Tai Khampti Singphow Council.

Meanwhile, Governor Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have condoled the death of the former Parliamentarian. In his condolence message to Nangchoi Sumecha, wife of Late CC Gohain, the Governor said, “Gohain was an eminent parliamentarian of the State, who made immense contribution towards the State. He played a crucial role in the political evolution of Arunachal Pradesh from the then status of Agency Council to Union Territory, which finally paved way for attainment of Statehood.

Joining people of Arunachal Pradesh in praying for eternal peace of the departed soul, Governor offered heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

“Late Gohain will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions as an able parliamentarian, a renowned social worker and a very good human being,” Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said in a condolence message and extended solidarity with the bereaved family members on the irreparable loss.

Born at Sadiya, Gohain was the fourth amongst the eight sons of late Raja Chow Kanan Namchoom and Nangchoi Oktra Namchoom of Chongkham of Lohit district.

He did his schooling at Sadiya and Dibrugarh, and higher education from Cotton College, Guwahati.

He also held various important positions. He was a member of Social Welfare Advisory Board, Territorial and Agency Council, Chief Commissioner for Scouts of NEFA branch, Secretary of Lohit Bodhi Society, Khampti Council and NEFA Sangam and Chairman of Tribal and Environmental Conservation Board of NEFA.

He persistently pursued the Government of India for grant of another seat in the Lok Sabha as well as a seat in the Rajya Sabha for Arunachal Pradesh which eventually materialized.


Public meeting on creation of Pakke-Kessang district held

SEPPA, Feb 18: A public meeting under the chairmanship of East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe was held at Pakke-Kessang on February 16 in connection with creation of Pakke-Kessang district carving out from East Kameng district.   The meeting was attended by ADC Seijosa, CO P/Kessang , EE WRD, PHE, AE, PWD, PRI members, NGOs , members of District Demand Committee (Pakke-Kessang ) and general public.

The members from Pakke-Kessang urged the District Administration for early submission of feasibility report etc. to the govt. to speedup the creation of Pakke-Kessang district. The officers along with other members visited the proposed site of District HQ ‘Lemmi” . The EE PHE was asked to submit the feasibility report regarding availability of water supply in the area.  

On receipt of feasibility report from the PHE department the  district administration shall submit the detailed report to the Govt.  as asked for. DIPRO


Media cell set up by State govt

Itanagar, Feb 18: Keeping in view the recent shut down of media  houses in Arunachal Pradesh, the state government today activated a media cell to redress the grievances of media as well as public.

A two-member committee, comprising extra assistant commissioner (EAC) Habung Lampung and district information and public relation officer Keter Bagra as the member secretary, has been activated at the Capital Complex deputy commissioner office here, an official communique said. The cell would facilitate interface between the administration and media as well as public, where media personnel, representatives of publishing houses as well as citizens and organizations can directly place their grievances, information, representations for attention, the communique said.

The capital complex administration meanwhile appealed to all concerned to place their grievances through democratic means and respect one another’s freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of India keeping in view that freedom of expression is relative to responsibility, the communique added. PTI


Bio-metric data collection for AADHAR

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Director of Census, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under the direction of the Govt. of India is collecting bio-metric data of residents of Itanagar Capital Complex under National Population Register for generation of AADHAR card.

The bio-metric data includes, facial photographs, ten finger prints and Iris scanning, informed Chief Municipal Executive Officer Itanagar Municipal Council sought cooperation from the capital dwellers.



1st  Eastern Arunachal mega youth festival held

PASIGHAT, Feb 18: The two days 1st ever Eastern Arunachal Mega Youth Festival organized by Eastern Arunachal Democratic Youth Movement (EADYM) was held at Pasighat recently.

The purpose of the festival cum conference was to promote peace and communal harmony in eastern Arunachal, in which hundreds of students from various colleges and schools of nine districts of Eastern Arunachal Constituency including from West Siang District participated.

On the occasion, EADYM President Mongol Yomso briefed about the aims & objective of the celebration. He said that EADYM is non-political organization which shall look into the overall development of eastern Arunachal in regards to socio-economic condition like education, trade & commerce by appealing state government to open trade links with China and other South-East Asian countries via various passes in the eastern Arunachal. EADYM also stated that, they genuinely welcome the government’s various developmental projects and schemes in eastern Arunachal which are for the larger benefit and welfare of the eastern part of the Arunachal.


Vocational training prog at Khonsa

KHONSA, Feb 18: A six days Vocational Training Programme begins at Namsang Borduria Fund (NBF) Conference Hall, Khonsa, Tirap district from February 15 last. The programme was conducted by District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) Tirap, under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojna (SJSRY).

Er. Nich Jacob, Deputy Director-cum-Member Secretary DUDA Tirap in his address suggested the participants to get maximum benefits from the Vocational Training conducted under skill training for employment promotion amongst urban poor (STEP-UP) so that they can set up self employment ventures through this training and start own entrepreneurs for self employment.

Kirmin Ete, Principal of M/s Gorgeous Parlour Training Institute-cum-Beauty Parlour, Vocational Training Provider (VTP) West Siang District, Aalo has also urged the trainees to get maximum benefit from this training programme for self employment without depending on the white colour job.

More than 30 trainees are participating in this skill training employment programme conducted by Department of Urban Development, Tirap District, Khonsa. DIPRO


AR conducts medical camp at Lunglong village

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Assam Rifles (AR) conducted a free medical camp at Lunglong village on February 17 under DGAR MCA Project 2013-2014. The camp not only benefited the residents of Lunglong but the opportunity was also exploited by the needy peoples of nearby villages. A total of 425 patients (125 Males, 250 Females and 50 children) were  offered free treatment during the day long camp. A stall on health and hygiene awareness was also set up to educate the villagers on the same.  

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by S S Choudhary, SDO Changlang.


DEO holds meet with sector magistrates

AALO, Feb 18: In its continuous effort to gear up advance preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha election, an elaborate meet with sector magistrates was held under the chairmanship of West Siang district election officer M K Sahoo at DC’s Conference Hall on February 17.

Convening his last meeting as Deputy Commissioner, Sahoo exhorted the officers to keep up the spirit of team work to conduct the Parliamentary Election in a free and fair manner. The Sector Magistrates will be largely responsible for law and order situation in the district and they should come up through to their assigned duties and responsibilities. They should tie up with police and when needed to get a clear picture of vulnerability area and work on it as local threat persons.

The Master Trainer for Election in West Siang Henrik Basar HDO gave a detail briefing and training on module for sector magistrates through power point presentation. This is in sequel to election meeting conducted earlier for nodal officers of the district. DIPRO


News Impact

Dailies hit newsstands today

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The local dailies will hit the newsstands from Wednesday following a threadbare discussion on the security of media houses and media-persons between the media fraternity and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his bungalow here this evening.

The media persons, both print and electronic, representing Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, chronologically briefed their perpetual grievances concerning their security, particularly relating to present imbroglio that forced the shutdown of media-houses.

After a patient hearing, the CM highlighted the steps taken by him including deployment of police personnel and installation of CCTV cameras in all media houses for effective security. He also on-the-spot directed the Capital Complex SP to provide 24X7 security to all media establishments in the state capital including patrolling.  

Pointing out that the contributions of state media to nation and state building is laudable, the CM reiterated his government's continued support to uphold the freedom of the Press.

Responding to a demand that all press establishments should be notified as prohibited areas after 5 pm and any trespassing would be treated illegal, the CM directed Capital Complex DC-cum-DM to issue an order to that effect forthwith.

To another demand for enactment of a law as a special protection to state media persons to serve as a deterrent against frequent violence and intimidation concerning media houses and media persons, the CM assured to form a committee for the needful and directed IPR secretary Dani Sulu, present in the meeting, to take immediate action.

Earlier, Sulu also briefed the CM about the grievances of the media and urged the media persons to reciprocate the gesture of the government.

The APC and APUWJ deeply regretted for the inconvenience caused to the valued readers since the shut down from February 14 last.






DM/ICC/01/2012           Itanagar Dated 18th February, 2014


Whereas, it has been brought to my notice that individuals, group of individuals in the name of organization have been reportedly disturbing and intimidating the media houses and media persons frequently within Capital Complex, Itanagar;

And whereas, it is at the discretion of the concerned print media or electronic media to carry or not to carry a particular news item be it press release, a hand out or any press note whatsoever;

And whereas, it is unlawful amounting to criminal trespass on the part of individuals or group of individuals to enter upon the premises of any house including media houses be it a media office or place of publication or printing without prior permission;

Now, therefore, I, Mr. Mige Kamki, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Itanagar, in exercise of powers conferred upon me under section 144 Cr. P.C. do declare as follows: -

1. Nobody shall intimidate or attempt to intimidate the media houses and media persons in future by words or any means of communication.

2. Nobody shall enter into the premises of media houses after 5 PM.

3. Anybody who enters or attempt to enter shall be treated as trespasser(s) and prosecuted as per law.

4. That the individual or group of individuals or organizations shall deliver their press releases, handout and press note in a box to be affixed in front of media houses and shall not meet or attempt to meet media persons for publication of particular item whatsoever.   

Given under my hand and seal on this day of 18th February, 2014.

Sd/- [Mige Kamki]

District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex, Itanagar




Oriah festival celebrated with gaiety

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Oriah - the popular and  major festival of the Wancho community of Longding district was celebrated on February 16 all over the state with much traditional gaiety and religious fervor. The main celebration was held at Longding, the district headquarters of the Longding district.

The festival was also celebrated here at the Capital Complex with much enthusiasm. Dressed in their best traditional attires, the members of the community residing in the twin capital cities thronged the festival ground at Senki Park.

Addressing the festive revellers on  the occasion MLA Karya Bagang called for harmonious co-existence of all the tribes in the capital complex and stressed on preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the people inherited since generations.

Relating Oriah with the festivals of the other tribes of the state, Bagang said that all the festivals are basically associated with agriculture and hence prayers are offered for the peace, prosperity, good health and bumper harvest.

Appreciating the Wanchos for their unique culture and tradition, she called for promotion and preservation of their culture and tradition through such celebrations which highlight the cultural exuberance of the people. She also emphasized on respecting one’s culture for posterity and called upon the community members to look forward for progress. Phosum Khimhun, Parliamentary Secretary Trade & Commerce called upon the people to preserve their culture through celebration of their indigenous festival in a befitting way. He also outlined the similarity of festivals of all tribes, adding that all are based on agriculture. On the occasion, he prayed to the Almighty for good harvest and wellbeing of the entire mankind.

Former MP Tapir Gao while attending the festival termed the Wanchos as the richest community in the state in regards to arts and culture, handloom and handicraft, traditional wood carving etc, adding that festival like Oriah showcased the rich culture of the community. He also stressed on preservation and promotion of one’s culture to maintain one’s identity.

Earlier, the General Secretary of the 12th Capital Complex Wancho Oriah Festival committee – 2014 Honwang, giving a brief highlight of the background of the festival, he informed that Oriah is celebrated with immense pomp and show in truly traditional way and high spirits. It is a celebration of being together with joy while prayers are offered to the Almighty Jowan Rang at the altar ‘Zangwantong’ to seek his choicest blessings upon the people and for good harvest.

Other highlights of the day-long celebration included hoisting of festival flag, offering to festival altar ‘Zang –Wan’, presentation of traditional dances by the various cultural troupes, community feast etc.

Oriah - the most popular festival of the Wanchos of Longding district was celebrated with great fanfare and gaiety on February 16 at Longding, Wakka, Pongchau, Kanubari and other places.

At Pongchau, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the Wanchos for successfully preserving their rich traditional culture and also lauded the Wanchos’ skills in bead making, wood carving and other traditional art forms inherited from their ancestors. He appealed them to accord top priority to education adding that no place could make progress without proper education. Ering further urged the people to co-operate with the state and central government agencies for all round development of the place. Earlier, he unfurled the Oriah flag amidst a huge gathering.

The local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Thangwang Wangham while greeting the people at Longding, asked them to spare no effort to jealously guard their traditional systems and culture adding that if they could not protect their rich legacies then their identity would be lost. He highlighted some of the people-centric and people-friendly policies and programmes initiated by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and appealed the people to actively participate in successfully implementing the schemes and projects in the district. He earlier, unfurled the Oriah flag. All Wanghams of Longding area enthusiastically participated in the celebrations along with others.

At remote Circle headquarters Wakka bordering Myanmar, Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Honchun Ngandam passionately appealed the people to preserve their culture for the posterity. He asked the people not to mix culture and religion saying that they were two completely different entities. Chiefs, GBs, PRI leaders and villagers in huge numbers participated in the festival. In all the places attractive folkdances, cultural programmes and community feasts were held.

The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who was supposed to grace the Oriah celebrations at Longding and Wakka could not make it due to inclement weather. He however, conveyed his best wishes for Oriah celebrations to all the Wanchos. The festival was also celebrated at Kanubari, Khonsa, Deomali and all Wancho-dominated places.  DIPR/ DIPRO



Preparations for Statehood Day on

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The preparation for the Statehood Day Celebration 2014/ Festival of Arunachal is going on full pace. The Capital Administration is making every effort to make it a grand success.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today visited the park along with a host of dignitaries and inspected the ongoing preparations.

Organizing Chairman, Dani Sulu and the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki briefed the Chief Minister and his team about the preparation. Salu informed that cultural troupes from the six north eastern states i.e Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Sikkim as well as the host state will be participating in the event, which will help generate a Pan East feeling. He also informed that the prices of the food stalls have also been regulated and the prices would be displayed in the flags at the venue.

The exhibition stalls and food stalls have already been constructed and allocated to the applicants who have already started moving in. A Khampti hut constructed at the venue has been designated as the VIP Lounge.  Legendary artistes from the state would be performing during the festival. Popular Rock bands from the North East like Lou Majaw, Luit Tides, Taka Trio, and Arunachal Fusion Band would be performing on the concluding day. Fashion show by renowned designers from Arunachal is also scheduled on February 20 and 21 which will also help provide a platform to the upcoming models of the state as all the participating models are from the state. An international trade fair is also set up alongside the venue at the Park as a major attraction.



President expresses concern, condemns attack on NE people

NEW DELHI, Feb 18: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, has expressed his serious concern over the repeated attacks on the people of North East in the national capital. He made his indignation clear when a delegation Nido Tania’s family led by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy called on Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan here this evening.

Mukherjee condemned the attacks and said that he would press the government to take up the matter earnestly.

MP Sanjoy also briefed him about the inordinate delay in taking action against the erring police personnel of Delhi Police deployed on fateful day of January 29 last the day of the incident at Lajpat Nagar.

Earlier, Nido Marina, the deceased mother submitted a 10 point memorandum that included immediate punishment to all the culprits involved, setting up of separate police station to deal the cases related to NE people, inclusion of a chapter in NCERT syllabus and handing over of the case to CBI,  among others.



Jitendra Singh to lay foundation stone of NIMAS at Dirang

NEW DELHI, Feb 18: Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent Charge) and Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh would lay the foundation of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Dirang in West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh soon.

Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy who called on Jitendra Monday evening informed that though the date is not finalized but he has confirmed to inaugurate one of the biggest projects of the border state.

The required land at Dirang for the National Institute has been provided by the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh. NIMAS is expected to provide employment to hundreds of local indigenous mostly in the middle and lower level. Besides, it will generate further indirect employment in the region and will also boost the economy of the common people who would be providing day to day various services required to the Institute.  It would be a training institution for multifarious adventure activities relating to land, air and aqua to attract adventure enthusiasts. This Institute would be first National Institute of its kind where theoretical and practical training for activities relating to mountaineering, aero adventure and aqua adventure would be conducted. Trainees for the courses at the Institute shall be from all parts of India and abroad. These would include personnel from Defence Forces, Para Military Forces, NCC cadets, civilians and students sponsored by State Governments.

Meanwhile, the Union MoS for Defence would be convening a meeting of top BRO officials on Wednesday to discuss about the fate of hundred of labourers working under Project Vartak in Tawang and West Siang District.

Singh assured that the decision would be revoked at the earliest for the welfare of the labourers who mostly consisted of local indigenous.    

About 7000 casual labourers were retrenched in the wake of finance ministry’s decision to cut the budget down to 20 percent. On February 11 last, Sanjoy along with T N Norbu, Principal Advisor to CM & Parliamentary Secretary, PWD and Jambey Tashi, Parliamentary Secretary, Civil Aviation called on A K Antony, Union Defence Minister submitted a letter at Defence Minister’s south block office and urged upon him to immediately give directive for quashing of mass discharge order of the Vartak authority.

Sanjoy also pleaded that the labourers be instead provided with difficult and winter allowances for working under trying circumstances and treacherous terrains round the clock.



Scientific beekeeping training for local unemployed begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A weeklong training on Scientific Beekeeping for 25 local unemployed youths and the progressive farmers started at Training Centre of Khadi  and Village Industries Board, Itanagar from  today.

The training is organized by State Khadi and Village Industries Board and sponsored by the National Bee Board, Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, and Government of India.

In encouraging the trainees and emphasizing the importance of apiculture in the state Secretary (Industries) Dr. S S Ghonkrokta in his speech said that for the professional beekeepers “sky is the limit”. He said Arunachal Pradesh can become a leading producer and exporter of “organic honey” which has an international market and immense export potential.

He advised the trainees not to forget to consistently follow up and take initiative to embrace beekeeping activities after the training is received. He said this in not the end but the real beginning.  He also requested the officers of the Textile & Handicrafts Department and the Agriculture Department who are also associated with the development of beekeeping to  extend all possible support to the trainees.

Emphasizing the importance of nurturing entrepreneurship in the state, Taki Taba, Chairman, State KVIB requested the trainees to take- up small activities at the beginning, follow it up rigorously, and eventually to transform them to a successful businessman. He said one has to grow slowly from small to big, which is natural way of growing up. He emphasized for inculcating this culture in the mindset.  

Bado Singhi, Vice Chairman exhorted how the State KVIB has been trying to extend various benefit to the unemployed youths by marshalling resources from the various department and agencies of both the Central and the State Government. He advised to take up opportunities available under various KVI schemes emphasizing that the KVIB has been a partner in reducing sizeable unemployment problems of the State through the KVIC’s Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme.

Earlier the State KVIB CEO Sukamal Deb, who is also Member of the National Bee Board, Government of India, explained the objectives of the training programme. He also informed that during the current financial year, 2013-14, the State KVIB will be imparting this training to fifty candidates in two batches, of which the training of the first batch started today.

Goli Angu, Dy Director (Industries) also spoke on the occasion and officers from the Department of Agriculture and the Textile & Handicrafts Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh attended the Programme.   



Sensitisation workshop for CEOs of NGOs

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: One day sensitization workshop for CEOs of NGOs on SHG-Bank Linkage Programme was organized by NABARD here today. Around 50 representatives from various NGOs participated in the programme.

In his inaugural speech, NABARD General Manager HS Singh congratulated the NGOs for their good work in the state, despite the problems like limited outreach of bank network, poor infrastructure etc. He told that NGOs should work with a positive approach and translate the problems into opportunities by putting in earnest efforts. He requested the NGOs to take up the SHG-Bank linkage programme successfully.

T Biswas, AM, NABARD presented a paper on SHG-Bank Linkage programme while N. Mili, APM, NABARD deliberated on the documentation aspects related to the proposals.

SS Sahoo, Manager, NABARD made a presentation on the new Rural Non-Farm Sector policy of NABARD.

A panel discussion was also held amongst the bankers and NGOs in which Das, AGM, RBI, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank and Managing Director, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. participated.

It was assured by them that support will be provided by banks for taking the SHG-Bank Linkage programme forward.

Earlier, Dinesh Raina, DGM, NABARD explained the objectives of conducting the programme.



Training on production & management of quality planting materials

PASIGHAT, Feb 18: Three days capacity building training on production and management of Quality Planting Materials of Horticultural Crops of NE region has begun yesterday at College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat. The training programme is organized under Director of Extension Education, Central Agricultural University, funded by Zonal Project Directorate – III, ICAR, Barapani.

Shortage of elite quality planting materials is one of the major constraints for production of horticulture crops in NE states. Today, India is producing record quantity of fruits amounting to over 75 million metric tones, and 147 million metric tones of vegetables per hectare productivity, 11.7 MT for fruits and 17.3 MT for vegetables. Performance of fruit production is fairly good in Assam and Tripura, among the NE states with productivity 12.8MT and 15 MT, respectively against 1.5 MT in Arunachal Pradesh. In case of vegetable, productivity Arunachal Pradesh is only 9.2 MT in comparison to all India average 17.3 MT.

The main objectives of the training is to building capacity among the extension functionary of Arunachal Pradesh with the latest tool and techniques of planting material production of important fruits, vegetables, ornamental and medicinal and aromatic plants. Participants from the state department of horticulture, agriculture, fishery, rural development and Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s are attending in this 03 days training.

Inaugurating the training, Dr. A K Pandey, Dean of the college described the importance of quality planting materials. He mentioned that farmers’ of Arunachal Pradesh is in need of quality planting materials for higher productivity as well as quality produce. Production of quality seed at farmers’ field keeping the seed village concept can provide job opportunity to rural youth and women. Dr. Pandey cited the several success story of Ranibelua area of Karnataka where private seed companies are providing job opportunity to school dropout children in emasculation and crossing techniques in production of hybrid seeds. He said that in same line college will train growers and rural youth to produce their own quality seeds and planting materials. DIPRO



Changlang gears up for 2nd round of IPPI

CHANGLANG, Feb 18:  The Deputy Commissioner in-charge, Changlang S S Choudhury, SDO(Hq) presided over the District Task Force Meeting for second round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization programme and Japanese Encephalitis campaign organized by the District Health Society , Changlang, today. Observing the significant gap between the targeted number and achievement in some of the health centers in 1st round of IPPI, he stressed on arranging more mobile vaccination parties so that in the 2nd round of immunization no one is left out. He appealed all for more dedication and hard work to achieve the target set.  

Zilla Parisad Chairperson, Changlang Marina Kenglang exhorted for effective IEC activities for complete participation of the common mass and called upon the Medicals Officer to project the grievance and difficulties of health sector to the Panchayat members for pursuance. Giving her words the Chairperson said that she will discuss the problem, if any, with other members and if it is within the reach of Panchayat members, will be solved.

Earlier, DRCHO Dr. Tope Yomcha gave a complete report on achievements of IPPI 1st Round in the district through power point presentation. He also presented the performance of ensuing Japanese Encephalitis (JE) campaign in the district. He requested all to improve the performance in the 2nd round  IIPI programme.

Showing concern over the scarcity of JE vaccination the DRCHO appealed all the Medical Officers and staff engaged in the vaccination programme to minimize handling wastage. Stating that there is a huge gap between the need of JE vaccination as per micro plan and the practical demand he requested the respective MOs to rectify the anomalies in their plan so that the actual need may be projected to the Govt. in future and no one is left deprived from the campaign.

Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Changlang Dr. H Tangjang appealed all the heads of offices, Changlang for their co-operation to make the IPPI programme successful.    

The house also had discussion on the proposed rational posting of medical staff of the Govt. in various health centers in the state and considering the imbalance settlement of population in the district, the house felt that in Changlang district posting of staff should be based on case loads instead of health center wise. DIPRO



Job Mela at Ziro and Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: In continuation with the Chief Minister Nabum Tuki’s efforts to generate a large pool of skilled manpower, Deputy Commissioner Lower Subansiri District Marnya Ete inaugurated the district level job mela cum skill development and selection rally today at Hapoli. Addressing the job seekers he advised them to make optimal use of this opportunity and analyze and make their choices of jobs consciously. He also exhorted them to delicately attend the trainings as these trainings will skill them for life.

Highlighting the motto of the job mela, Gyati Mali, JDI Lower Subansiri district dealt in detail regarding the terms and conditions and Do’s and Don’ts for the job aspirants. Your future is in your hands. Be responsible and know that your actions directly will have an impact on your training, he added.

VTPs from VLCC Gurgoan, IISD Gurgoan, ATDC Gurgoan, Amazing Networks Assam, Indira Gandhi Tech and Medical university Ziro, NIFA Delhi, Orion Tech Kolkota, HP Institute Shillong, CIPET Odisha, SBJ Delhi will be selecting candidates for various training programs like beauty culture, retail, marketing, banking and finance, plastic molding etc.

More than 400 candidates from both Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kurmey registered their names for jobs. The meeting was also attended by SP, DHO, DAO, DLEO, JDI Kurung Kurmey.

At DAPORIJO, Job mela was successfully conducted at Singik Hall, Upper Subansiri district, Daporijo on February 16.

Speaking on the occasion, Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga explained the importance of Job mela which will solve unemployment problems in the state.

Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu spoke on the importance of job-mela and advised the job aspirants and trainees to take full advantage of it while Dr. T Gongo, DMO Daporijo gave valuable advice to the job-mela participants.

Pura Sambyo, FAO, Directorate of Industries, GoAP introduced vocational Training Providers (VTPs) with the participants. T.Basar, DDI, Daporijo and J Ligu, L& EO also spoke on the occasion.  

In the job mela, 491 trainees have been registered VTPs from different parts of the country.  DIPROs



Agri dept signs MoU for oil palm cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Department of Agriculture, GoAP and private Oil Palm Developer M/s Sivsais Oil Palm Limited, Elluru, Andhra Pradesh for taking up Oil Palm cultivation in an area of 5000 hectare in Changlang, Tirap and Lohit districts with processing mills, informed agriculture department in a release.

Oil Palm Area Expansion programme is a Government of India’s prioritized scheme for the North East and is funded through the Ministry of Agriculture. As per expert committee report, about one lakh hectare area is suitable for oil Palm cultivation in the state.

Oil Palm is edible oil and India imports Palm oil largely from Malaysia and Indonesia. The state govt. has accorded priority on crop diversification for raising farmers’ income and Oil Palm cultivation is a new initiative in this direction.

The memorandum of understanding encapsulates all steps from raising of nursery to buy back of Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) from the farmers for processing. Similar MoU are in the pipeline for foothill areas of other potential districts viz. Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, West Siang, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng and Papum Pare.

Success of the programme is expected to raise the agro based rural economy of the state to a new height.



Vocational training on intermediary service

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A vocational training on intermediary service in agriculture and allied sectors for rural educated and unemployed youths organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Karsingsa, Papum Pare, began at Karsingsa yesterday. The 9-day training sponsored by Agricultural Technology Mission Agency (ATMA), Department of Agriculture will cover different subjects of different agriculture and allied sectors, including entrepreneurship development.

Inaugurating the training, Banderdewa circle officer Pama Bagang praised the initiative of KVK Papum Pare and urged the participants to be attentive during the training and disseminate the knowledge gained on latest technological interventions to other fellow farmers. He also stressed the importance of agriculture and its allied sectors as the back bone of the rural economy for development in our society.

Earlier, KVK programme coordinator Dr. T Heli stressed on the need of building service providers at village level where the extension services and delivery supports of the department is unable to reach. He informed that the participating trainees are selected by the different farmers’ groups of different localities of the district with the criteria of – able to read and write, settled in the village and interest to learn and render services to the fellow farmers. Further, he informed that these service providers could serve as the department agent in their respective village for the cause of the farming community.

Karsingsa-Banderdewa ZPM Kipa Uruni highlighted the contribution of Papum Pare KVk and expressed the need of such training for the rural progressive farmers. She informed that livestock sector has a major contribution in our economic development. Further, she pleaded for provision of subsidy schemes from the department to these participating trainees.

Dr. Tachi Taku, Deputy Director (Planning) highlighted the importance of the livestock sector for the rural farmers as ATM. He advised the participants to be more attentive and complete the entire course of training and be a perfect service provider for fellow farmers.

Joram TaKo, District Agriculture Officers (DAO), Yupia, who chaired the entire session of the inaugural function appreciated the initiatives of the KVK and expressed the need of such trainings in different localities for augmenting the crop and livestock productivities of the farming community in the state.



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Inclusive policies can fight hunger, malnutrition

Rome, Berlin, Heidelberg, Utrecht: In a world that produces enough food for all, the sixth edition of the 'Right to Food and Nutrition Watch', a report, launched in Rome, identifies a number of policies that generate hunger and malnutrition instead of reducing them.

The articles in the report urge that such policies and the actors who implement them, respect and incorporate the human right to adequate food when redesigning detrimental policies. The report further insists upon the need for inclusive and meaningful participation of people and communities in the development of those public policies which affect their lives.

According to the report, policies that foster violence and discrimination against women with regard to equal access to natural resources, inheritances, equal wages and political decision-making limit women's capacity to contribute fully to food and nutrition security. The report says that such discriminatory policies produce conditions that result in the fact that women and girls worldwide are the most affected in their health, nutrition and dignity.

The report also reveals policies which systematically limit and exclude large groups, including peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolks, pastoralists and indigenous peoples from participating in those decisions that affect their livelihoods.

The study also talks about policies on a global level that facilitate land grabbing, concentrated ownership of natural resources and the commodification of public goods that deprive smallholders and other people of their food resources.

The report stresses that a check of human rights coherence is required for global initiatives such as the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the Scaling-Up Nutrition initiative (SUN), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and other Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in agriculture or nutrition. All of these initiatives include significant involvement of corporations as well as the attendant conflicts of interest based on commercial considerations that become inevitably entwined in the making of public policy.