February 04

De-addiction camp

YINGKIONG, Feb 3: District Health Society, Upper Siang under the aegis of National Health Mission organized a one day RCH cum de addiction camp at Jeying on January 30.

As many as 23 opium addicts were counseled and treated while 20 cases of ANC and as many cases of Hb% estimation were done.  

A team of 6 doctors headed by Dr. Kaling Dai, DMO Upper Siang District, Yingkiong conducted the camp. DIPRO



Wildlife awareness programme

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 3: Wildlife awareness programme was organized at Sippi village ground by All Upper Subansiri District Labour welfare Association in collaboration with District Forest Officer.

Highlighting the importance of conserving forest and wildlife, resource person Labu Natam educated the villagers about methods of protecting and preserving wildlife for peaceful coexistence between human and wild animals.

Villagers also showed their keen interest over the protection of wildlife and promised to stop hunting in their respective area. All the villagers, including Gaon burah, PRI members and senior citizens of the area and students attended the programme.


Computer institute opens at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, Feb 3: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki inaugurated a Computer Training Institute near the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

The computer education centre named “Third Eye Education Computer Institute” was funded and established by MLA Olom Panyang from his Local Area Development Fund to promote computer education and develop computer knowledge and skill among the young generation of Upper Siang.

Panyang informed the centre has enrollment capacity of 60 students in a batch and impart six months’ course in the beginning. The institute will offer free computer education to the students and two meritorious trainees will be awarded one computer set each after completion of the course and declaration of result.

Deputy Commissioner Kamki commended the MLA’s bold initiative of opening the institute, the first of kind in Upper Siang district. Explaining the importance of computer education in today’s world, he advised the newly admitted trainees to undergo training sincerely.

Earlier, ADC Tapik Pertin and SP Tage Habung SP wished all the best for the progress of the noble venture. Present on the occasion, among others, were S. Manyu DFO, Adong Pertin EAC, Rajen Taying AE. DIPRO


AdiSU appeals for renovation of Pasighat SBI ATM

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A team of Adi Students Union (AdiSU) today called on the SBI Pasighat branch Chief Manager, Alok Das and appealed him to immediately renovate all the defunct ATMs.

It was informed in the meeting that the SBI branch office has already submitted requests for two new ATMs. However the file is pending in the office of Regional Manager, SBI Itanagar.

AdiSU President Mida Pertin also requested for installing new SBI ATM booth at GTC area and at General Hospital Pasighat. The union also assured to cooperate with the bank official for early processing of the pending ATM file. Pertin further said that in spite of being the most reputed bank in the banking sector and having the highest number of customers in the area, its ATM services are lacking far behind due to which public of Pasighat are facing lots of problems.


Training on mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch in collaboration with Gunggong Dene Self Help Group, Itanagar today organized a training and awareness programme on “Cultivation of Mushroom” at Lorr Village here.

Dr. Budhen C Baruah demonstrated on mushroom cultivation and highlighted its food value. He said that edible mushroom contains abundance micro and macro nutrients, protein, vitamins etc which are very essential for our body.

Dr Chandan Tamuly, in-charge CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar talk on importance of edible mushroom. Both Dr. Baruah and Dr. Chandan Tamuly distributed mushroom spawns to all the 16 women trainees for trial basis cultivation.


DLMC meeting held

PASIGHAT, Feb 3: The 11th District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting was held at DC Office Pasighat today.

Physical and financial achievements of the various centrally sponsored schemes/projects being executed by various departments pertaining to East Siang district were discussed during the meeting.

Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman, Nidhi Srivastava urged the executing departments to maintain transparency and quality of the works awarded to them. She urged the DPO and administrative officers to monitor all the projects in their respective jurisdiction with prior intimation to the respective ZPMs so that they could extend full cooperation to take stock of progress of the work.

The meeting was attended by ADCs of Pasighat and Mebo, DPO, ZPC, ZPMs, head of engineering departments and ADI. DIPRO


Transfer of BDO sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Tali Block Gram Chairperson Coordination Committee in a complaint letter to Rural Development and Panchayat Raj secretary has demanded immediate transfer of Tali BDO for his alleged involvement in misappropriation of MGNREGA fund.

Alleging misadministration, the committee further claimed that the fund, which has been earmarked for MGNREGA has been transferred to the account of private individual. It further urged the authorities to serve show cause notice to all those involved in violation of MGNREGA norms.


Association demands fresh interview

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Alleging question paper leak in the written examination for the posts of UDC, LDC, peon/chowkidar which was held on Dec 13 and 14 last, All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA) has urged the  state Govt to cancel both the  written examination and also the viva voice interview for the same posts proposed to be held on February 7.

In a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary, the Association demanded fresh recruitment process (written examination) for the posts for alleged question paper leak.

The association also demanded immediate suspension of the officer allegedly involved in paper leak and judicial enquiry against him for appropriate action.


Election training for Polling Personnel held

AALO Feb 3: Two days election training for polling personnel for the 27-Liromona (S/T) Assembly Constituency bye-election was held under the supervision of District Election Officer Pige Ligu at Aalo on February 2 and 3.

Chairing the training session Ligu advised the polling personnel to acquire good knowledge from the Master Trainer for free, fair, peaceful and error free conduct of the bye-election. He said that after declaration of election all the person or persons engaged in the election related matters are constitutionally bound to discharge his or her duties as per election manuals and every one must shoulder the responsibilities with outmost care and sincerity, he also requested the presiding officers to cautiously dealing while filling up of form 17, 17A, and presiding officer’s diary and others important papers.

Henrik Basar, SDHO and Master Trainer highlighted about polling procedure and given hands on training of EVM to the trainees during two days training. DIPRO


News Impact

BJP calls North-Easterners ‘Immigrants’ in its Delhi Vision Document

ACS condemns

NEW DELHI, Feb 3:  With just four days to go for Delhi to vote, the BJP released what it has termed its Vision Document for the capital - and ran swiftly into trouble. The party promised to protect "North Eastern immigrants" with a slew of measures that include setting up special cells in all police stations.

The opposition Congress was quick to point out the severe mistake. "People from the North East are citizens, not immigrants," said Ajay Maken, who is leading the Congress campaign for Delhi. "The BJP must apologize."

Strong criticism also erupted on Twitter, triggering a clarification from the party.  "It was a clerical mistake, a printing error," said Kiren Rijiju, a union minister who is from Arunachal Pradesh. "We will correct the mistake," he said.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has expressed its strong condemnation on the BJP’s Vision Document for the forthcoming Delhi assembly election where the people of Northeast have been termed as ‘immigrants’ in Page no. 14.

In this regard, ACS has also urged MoS, Home, Kiren Rijiju, BJP state unit president, Tai Tagak and former BJP national General Secretary, Tapir Gao to intervene in the issue.

ACS stated that how could a major political party who is running the government can make such a gross mistake. We are not immigrants but we are part and partial of India, said Patey Tayum, chairman ACS. The term immigrant has not only hurt the sentiments of the people of Northeast but it has also raised questions on the credibility of the present government toward the people of Northeast, added ACS. Further it stated that so far we have tolerated racism and other crimes committed by the people of mainland India on the people of Northeast, but now our own Government is treating us in a step motherly attitude. (Sources)



Govt. flays bandh culture, calls for mutual understanding

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Expressing dismay over the proposed phase-wise bandh being called by some students' unions / other organizations over the issue of Pre-Paid meter, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today reiterated that the state Govt is open for discussion and debate on the matter. Issue should be settled through democratic means of negotiations and mutual understanding, he added.

Highlighting the Government's firm commitment to power reform, Negi informed that the whole issue will be discussed in the Cabinet Meeting scheduled on February 4 and future course of action will be finalized.

The CS called upon all the students' and other organizations to create public opinion against numerous social evils prevailing in the society instead of constant criticism of the government.

“No doubt criticism of the Govt policies is a democratic right. However, bandh culture is undemocratic and only harms the poor.” He requested Students' Unions and other organizations to create public opinion against theft of power, encroachment of Govt land, opium cultivation, drug abuse and finally extortion.

“It is seen in the past that these unions / organizations used their influence only to pressurize Govt but had never spoken against the biggest evil of our society, i.e. extortion and drug menace. Government would be very much happy to work with them in achieving a peaceful and drug free society and other suggestions would be most welcome.”

The Chief Secretary said unless atmosphere of peace, fearlessness and free from extortion is ensured no efforts of state and Central Govts can succeed in getting investment in Tourism and Infrastructure sectors.

Power reforms are commitment of the Govt and way forward can be achieved by way of consultation and educating the society against theft of power and loss of revenue, the Chief Secretary added.




Power of protests

[ Tongam Rina ]

The government's decision to install Pre-Paid Energy Meters and Automated Remote Metering (AMR) in Itanagar have been met with protests and more protests, with consumers out in street objecting to the proposal. Almost every sector entrance is adorned with a banner opposing the installation in Itanagar forcing the Department to put on hold its plan.

The Pre-Paid Energy Meters and AMR meters were first introduced in November in collaboration with Udaipur-based Secure Energy Meter Limited, which is the implementing agency. According to power department, the pre-paid meters were to be fitted at the homes of about 32,000 consumers with a total cost of Rs 85 crore, including maintenance charge for a period of five years. The main motive behind the introduction of these metres was to save power leakages, which is rampant in the Capital, mostly due to illegal power connections.

The clandestine approach adopted by the department to install the meters perhaps triggered the massive protests across Itanagar. People had no clue what it was all about till the department employees landed up at the doorstep with the equipments. In a state where the Aggregate Technical & Commercial power loss is slated to above 60 percent, this was a wrong move.

At Rupees 4 per unit, many household will find it difficult to foot the bills as we still do not have the habit of switching off lights. Many still think that electricity is a necessity which one need not necessarily pay for. With the state government harping about power potential and dubbing the state a power house, these consumers should not be blamed for presuming that one need not pay for consumption of power.

The best approach for the department is to make people realise that they have to pay for electricity and that stealing power or not paying on time are not option at all. For these, continuous massive campaigns as well as disconnection of unautho-rised power connections must be carried out. If the department is serious about revenue generation, it must also learn to strictly control revenue loss incurred by power theft and non clearance of bills on time. The department should be given some time to relax so that they give us a viable, better and cheaper option.

In the meantime, the state capital will witness another bandh call, soon after we applauded the young civil service aspirants led by Ujum Perying for putting forward their grievances by adopting hunger strike; a non violent and non interfering form of protest. It is beyond understanding of yours truly, how calling a bandh is going to solve any of our problems. Taking up a cause is praiseworthy but it should not be done by restricting movement or choice.   

While the power department is struggling to make people understand the need to save power and pay on time, the Education department in a recent notification has banned tuitions by government teachers. Now, what teachers do in their spare time is no one's business. If they have the energy and time to make some money in exchange of teaching the students, no one should have any problem, whatsoever. With parents, especially tribal, hard pressed on time, educational qualification as well as patience, these teachers are ultimate saviour for many students.




Extortion racket busted, 4 arrested

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: In yet another major break through, a team of Naharlagun Police have busted an extortion racket and arrested four extortionists from Capital area today. They are identified as Tai Tabo (27), Tajuk Nangram (24) and Lokam Taro (29) of Kurung Kumey district and Taja Venia (30) of East Kameng district.

Acting on a tip off, the police team consisting of DySP J. Basar, SDPO Naharlagun, SI K.Dev, head constables and constables also recovered one 7.65mm pistol, seven number of live round with one magazine, one knife and six number of mobile phone from the possession of the extortionists.

They have been creating menace by extorting money from renowned businessmen and government officials in the twin city of the Capital Complex. Their modus operandi was committing extortion by threatening the victim and their family members.

A case vide FIR No.12/15 u/s 387/342/34 IPC has been registered and further investigation is in progress, informed Capital SP Seju P. Kuruvilla in a release.



CM takes stock of all-round development

Report sought through video conferencing with DCs

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Making optimum use of technology, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today took first hand report from the districts through video conferencing. Flanked by the Chief Secretary, Planning Secretary and other Commissioners and Secretaries, Tuki personally interacted with all deputy commissioners, minutely reviewing schemes, projects and policies of the state government being implemented in the districts.

The Chief Minister was particular about getting detailed reports on the status of all flagship programmes of the state government as well as the Center at the ground level. Taking on from the recent decision to maintain a zero tolerance approach towards revenue leakage, Tuki sought details of every aspect from the respective Deputy Commissioners that included revenue collected till date, steps taken to plug leakage, formation of District Level Resource Mobilization Committees and expected collection for 2014-15.

He appreciated the concerted efforts of the district administrations that resulted in increased revenue generation during the last three years. He pointed that despite nil activity in the sectors of forest, coal, lottery and hydropower, the state could achieve significant increase in revenue collection.

“We have still to do more to attain self sufficiency,” Tuki said while encouraging the Deputy Commissioners to put in extra efforts in revenue collection and checking pilferage.

The Chief Minister called on the district heads to prepare and submit monthly performance reports to the Chief Secretary particularly covering health and education sectors besides the public delivery system (PDS). He said that the DCs have been empowered to give awards at the district level to performing departments and officials on special occasions. This he said would motivate government officials to put in extra efforts in service delivery.

Tuki also hinted that recruitment process, especially in health and education sectors would be decentralized and DCs empowered to recruit against vacancies in their respective districts. He sought suggestions from the districts in this regard.

Giving special impetus on welfare of people in border areas, the Chief Minister called for feasibility reports on installation of solar power in places where there is no conventional power supply. He also emphasized that ration items should be delivered to the people on time. As monsoon is approaching, he suggested stocking of ration items well in advance at all vulnerable pockets besides taking periodical review meetings.

Delving on government assets, Tuki said that all un-allotted government land should be processed immediately and those assets not yet taken over must be officially taken over and put to use. He dissuaded issuance of LPCs at random and called for equitable distribution and allotment of land to genuine applicants.

Tuki further elaborated the DCs on the recently launched Chief Minister’s Global Education Programme and preparation of the Vision 2030 document. He called for active cooperation from the districts and asked the DCs to submit district vision by involving grass root functionaries within two months. He suggested that the district vision may be drafted with 5 years, 10 years and 15 years perspective.

The marathon video conferencing – scheduled to be held every three months – lasted for more than five hours.



DoNER Secretary inspects ongoing projects in district

From Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Feb 3: Secretary, Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) R. Vijay Kumar, who is currently on an official state visit, has arrived at Ziro, Lower Subansiri district today and inspected the ongoing projects implemented in the district under NLCPR, NEC etc.

Accompanied by Dani Salu, State Protocol Officer cum Secretary IPR, Art & Culture etc, Toko Jyoti, Chief Engineer PHE&WS, MLA Tage Taki, DC Kanki Darang and Head of Department, the Secretary DoNER inspected the cluster Kiwi gardens of Taro Tatang at Lyako, Old Ziro. Thereafter he proceeded to District Pig Breeding Farm of Veterinary department at Siiro village which was also funded under NEC.

Dr. Hage Talley, district veterinary officer briefed him the activities taken up by the department and appealed to the Secretary DoNER for extending necessary help in making the farm functional. The secretary suggested the department to impart training on pig farming to village people.

He also inspected the ongoing Biotechnology Research Centre at Kardo funded under NEC.

Earlier, Vijay Kumar visited the Water Treatment Plant at Yachuli and 5.5 km road construction that leads to KVK, Yachuli under NLCPR scheme. He also visited Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) where he participated in a tree plantation programme.

Debotosh Bhattacharjee, Head of Project, briefed him on the functional and development of REHP through power point presentation.

Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has submitted two points memorandum to Secretary DoNER urging him for implementation of Solid Waste Management Plant and provisioning of Civil Terminal at ALG Ziro.

DIPR adds: The DoNER Secretary yesterday visited the site of under construction Soochna Bhavan at Pappu Nallah this morning for physical verification of the building under NLCPR.

The construction of the building which started in 2012 at a project cost of Rs 9. 60 crores and executed by State PWD, however, is presently stalled because of delay in release of fund by DoNER.

Chief Engineer K.Wage and Secretary IPR Dani Salu explained about the progress of the work and requested the visiting secretary to expedite release of remaining installment for timely execution of the project.

The DoNER Secretary expressed satisfaction over the quality of the work and assured to take required action for release of the final installment.

On the occasion Parliamentary Secretary (IPR and Printing) Bamang Felix, DIPR C.M. Longphong and officers of both IPR and PWD were also present. DIPR



52nd General Council Meeting of NCERT

New Delhi, Feb 3: The 52nd General Council Meeting of NCERT was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today which was chaired by Union Minister HRD Smriti Irani. The meeting was attended by Education Ministers and Secretaries of other states/UTs and other member of the General Council including Education Minister Tapang Taloh.

Attending the meeting, Education Minister cum member of general Council Tapang Taloh highlighted the various issues like inclusion of Horticulture and Agricultural, Finance and Accounting in Secondary level curriculum, inclusion of Tawang Monastery and other ethos of NER in National Curriculum, support in developing e-content of school curriculum etc.

He also expressed need for MHRD, NCERT and other national level organizational support in protection, preservation and promotion of endangered dialects of the Arunachal Pradesh. Later, Union Minister, HRD appreciated the issues raised by Taloh and assured for consideration based on thematic perspective of the issues in proposed design of curriculum vision under New Education Policy of Government which is in pipeline. She also stated that opinion of all stakeholders from grassroots level to top level would be sought through workshop/conference in proposed Education Policy.



ANSU calls for release of arrested women

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A team of All Nyishi Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) led by its General Secretary Nyanya Gollo accompanied by Vice President Joram Bath along with members of All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU) today visited North Lakhimpur, district jail to meet the two Arunachalee women from Dollungmukh who are currently locked up there. The women namely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum, who were arrested by Assam police official few days ago from Dollungmukh have been kept under judicial custody in the said jail.

After interacting with the women, ANSU found that the motive behind the arrest of two was nothing but the never ending boundary problem. “Many false allegations have been pre-fabricated and leveled against them. They were forcefully picked up from inside Arunachal territory. Police presented false photographs to frame the two innocent women,” stated ANSU. Further they added, “However it is very disheartening to see that state government especially Home Department is not initiating any action and are maintaining silence over the incident. The two arrested women have been booked under non-bailable sections. Also they were not arrested from the disputed land rather from inside Arunachal territory which is very much condemnable.”

Further, ANSU urged State Govt. to act immediately and develop contact with their Assam counterparts at the appropriate level to ensure release of the innocent women. ANSU warned that they will take their own course of action until the two women are released.



Wathin declared as ODF gram panchayat

WATHIN, Feb 3: A daylong programme on declaration of Wathin- Sikho-Changtheng as Open Defecation Free (ODF) Gram Panchayat was held at Wathin on Feb 2.

Earlier, inaugurating the programme, Er Binken Nomuk, EE, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa congratulated the people of Wathin- Sikho- Changtheng Gram Panchayat for achieving ODF status. He informed that the declaration of ODF village is a part of Swachh Bharat Mission under its sub-component of Individual Household Latrine (IHHL). He disclosed that a GP is declared ODF when it achieves 100% coverage in IHHL and Wathin GP has 75 households having 100% access to sanitary toilets. Accordingly, he declared Wathin- Sikho- Chantheng as ODF GP. He further added that the declaration is being made to bring awareness among the mass towards importance of water and sanitation. He informed that the aim of ODF GP is to safeguard the health, dignity, privacy and security of women, children, aged and all people in the village and that no one should defecate in the open and even child faeces be disposed off in the toilet alone. Moreover, he encouraged the gathering to gear up for Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP).  

The programme was jointly organised by Village Water Sanitation Committee(VWSC), Wathin and PHE & WS Division, Khonsa as a part of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Resource person Dr Foren Aran, MO, Khonsa gave a brief note on relationship between health, water and sanitation. He informed that 80% of the disease is caused through drinking of contaminated water and most of the diseases in Tirap are found to be water borne. He called upon the gathering to drink boiled water and demonstrated the six steps for washing of hands. He mentioned that the Individual Health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. More than 50 kinds of disease and 80 percent of sickness are due to lack of potable water supply and good sanitation facilities for the disposal of human waste. Indiscriminate open air defecation is the cause for transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm infections. Sanitary disposal of human excreta prevents the transmission of these diseases which can be done through construction sanitary latrine. There is, therefore, a direct relationship between water, sanitation and health. The major causes of diseases in Tirap and Longding districts are due to consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene.

Attending as resource person, Tesah Tangjang spoke on concept and component of sanitation. He stressed on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of solid- liquid waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation. He also encouraged total avoidance of defecation in open and in pigsty toilet. Moreover, he informed that many of the diseases in rural areas are caused through rearing of domestic animals in open especially pigs. He advised not to leave pigs in open and urged the villagers to construct pig house.

Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa stressed the need for involvement of PRIs in implementation of people-centric flagship programmes NRDWP & SBM. He further disclosed that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDWP have been handed over to the Wathin GP and it is the duty of Wathin people to shoulder responsible for operation and maintenance. He further encouraged the gathering to gear up for low cost Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) in Wathin.

Er Taya Doni, AE, PHED, Khonsa, Lampang Wangsa, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa explained the roles and responsibilities of District Swachh Bharat Mission Management Committee (DSBMMC), Block Programe Management Unit (BPMU) and Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC).

Congratulating the people of Wathin GP, T Halang, Sontung Bangisa, ZPM, Khela- Lamsa Block, Khonsa, D Talukdar, JE, PHESD Khonsa also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO




Donggin Festival Celebrated at Aalo

AALO, Feb 3: Donggin Festival of Adi community was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Aalo yesterday.

While extending the Doggin wishes to the people of Adi Community former Chief Minister Gegong Apang said that the beauty of culture lies within ourselves and it can percolate with the dresses you wear and the way you preserve it and one should not forget its own tradition and culture at the cost of modernization, however optimum use of information technology for preservation of rich tradition for wider perspective is must at this hour for documentation and to enable the outsiders for easy access in the areas.

He advised the young generation to learn from the elders and follow the footsteps of forefathers, who has made many sacrifices to uphold the identity of our people. He also gave emphasis for celebration of all the festivals of Adis and appreciated the ABK’s initiative for promotion of Adi culture, tradition and language.

Former MLA Talong Taggu speaking on the occasion appealed the researchers and scholars to document the folk song and folklores and rituals system of the people. The festival organizing committee president Takit Tabang also spoke on the occasion.

Apart from ritual programme, cultural and community feast were also organised on the occasion. DIPRO

At Kaying, the Donggin festival was also celebrated at Kaying from February 1- 4. Attending the inaugural day, Parliamentary Secretary Industry, Tatung Jamoh advised the youth and students to give priority on their study and keep away from any forms of addicted substances. He also advised the people not to mix religion with tradition and cultures.

DRDA Project Director, Tabang Bodung appealed all to participate by showcasing ones identity through cultural and other traditional display.

CO H Kri said that the customs, traditions and cultures are an adaptation of human kind which suited them. We need to preserve those tradition, cultures and customs which are good for us and modify those parts which is not suited to us and added that drinking foreign made liquors in the festival is not a healthy practice.

General Secretary CDFCC Takeng Pali read out the Donggin mythology. Tajot Yoa President CDFCC Kaying, Tadung Yaying ZPM Payum and Taling Yaying Committee Incharge also spoke on the occasion.

Apart from performing rituals and organizing cultural programme, the CDFCC Kaying organized a volley ball competition as part of Donggin festival. Gasheng Sports club and Hiyo Sports club are the winner and runners up team of the volleyball competition.




District level CM's Trophy results

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The reports of district level football and volleyball competitions for the CM’s trophy continued to pour in from various districts as the state level competitions is scheduled to begin from February 9 here.

According to a DIPRO reports from Changlang, the final match in men’s football competition was held between 50-Miao Assembly Constituency and 53-Changlang North (S/T) Assembly Constituency in which the former defeated the latter by 2-0 goal.

In women’s category of the event, 49-Bordumsa Assembly Constituency beat 53-Changlang North (ST) Assembly Constituency 1-0 in the final.

Senti Rongrang of 50-Miao and Sonarti Horo from 49-Bordumsa were selected as the best men and women players respectively.

In Volleyball (men), the final match was played between 49-Bordumsa A/Constituency and 53-Changlang North (ST) Assembly Constituency where the latter won the match by 3-2 sets whereas in women category 53-Changlang North beat 49-Bordumsa by 3-1 sets.

Nongbi Taisim of 53-Changlang North and Likphan Tottey of 53-Changlang North were adjudged as the best men and women volleyball players respectively.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav and Superintendent of Police  Vijay Kumar gave away the prizes to the winner and runner-up teams.  

Earlier, the competition was inaugurated by Changlang Deputy Commissioner on February one.

Yingkiong DIPRO adds: Palling circle won the men’s football competition defeating Geku team in the final of Upper Siang district level competition for CM’s Trophy.

In women’s football, Mariyang circle won the trophy beating Singga team.

In Men’s Volleyball Jengging circle won the trophy defeating Mariyang circle in the final.

In women’s Volleyball Yingkiong circle team won the Trophy beating Mariyang team in the final.

The organizing committee selected Iling Pertin and Nopi Padung as the best women and men football players respectively while Inu Lomi and Dechen Japo were declared as the best women and men volleyball players respectively.

The closing ceremony was attended by Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki and SP Tage Habung.

Our Daporijo Correspondent adds: The district level CM’s Trophy competition was conducted at Daporijo ground from January 31 to February two by District Sports Officer in collaboration with District Olympic Association.

Altogether 208 participants from constituencies, namely Nacho, Taliha, Daporijo and Dumporijo participated in the competition.

Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom and Sigin-I ZPM Tayom Motu attended opening ceremony.



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Capital dweller should support IMC

Ever since it came into existence, the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) has been struggling to run show due to the paucity of funds. Especially when it comes to the matter of keeping city clean, the IMC has been struggling hard. It took over the charge of sanitation from urban development department in April 2013. But they have not been provided fund to maintain the cleanliness. The Chief Municipal Executive Officer of IMC claims that even after completion of 10 months, no fund has been so far received from the State Govt.

 Left with no choice the IMC has written to capital DC requesting the administration to issue a directive to the capital dwellers to cooperate with them in house hold survey and collection of garbage fee for better garbage management in greater interest of the public. This step should be supported by every denizens of capital. There is no harm in paying garbage collection fees to IMC as they are trying to keep city clean. The capital dwellers should stop depending on government for every developmental work. They need to start contributing their bit to keep capital city clean.

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Elusive and toothless Lokayukta

Dear Editor,

The present government passed Lokayukta Bill 2014 on March 5, 2014.

They also began their second term with the big-bang signing of the bill into an ACT/LAW on 19th May 2014. But since then, no substantive progress has been made in this regard, raising apprehensions among the public.

The manner in which the bill was passed in haste just before dissolving the assembly casts doubt whether the bill has been discussed, deliberated and debated well enough to work out its modalities. It further leads to eyebrows being raised on the contours of the bill. What are the provisions-composition, jurisdictions, purviews, investigation process, competent authorities, penalties, etc? Who constitutes the selection committee? Is CM under the purview of the act? Is it strong enough? Is it in the line with the LOKPAL ACT 2013? Lokpal Act required every state of India to institute Lokayukta within 365 days of its enactment. Yet, our state took more than a year just to enact Lokayukta bill, rest aside instituting it. The state government and the ruling party seems exuberantly taking credit for the belated enactment, whereas, the fact stands that it was obligated to do so.

The government boast of clean and transparent governance, but the public has been kept in darkness about the details of the bill for 10 long months and counting. In the era of e-governance, the details of the bill should be immediately at the public’s disposal after the Governor’s assent. Sadly, the website like www.arunachalassembly.gov.in remains outdated except for the names and profiles of the new office bearers being updated on regular basis.

This clearly indicates the kind of lacunae and loopholes the political masters must have left in the enacted bill that would serve as the safe doors for them. It is somewhat learned through print media that according to the bill, the executive heads, i.e., the concerned ministers have been vested the power of competent authorities to give go ahead for the commencement of the investigation procedure. It itself speaks volume about the fragility of the bill. Evading the law as usual would be a cakewalk for the officials having nexus with the ministry. This is not done.

So much for stirring the hornet’s nest!!


Rokpen Gali

Bank Tinali, Itanagar



Time for affordable transportation

Dear Editor,

Transportation is a key element for development. For development, transportation must be available, cheap and good. Since our childhood, the conditions of day and night super buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) department have remained the same. Due to increasing number of private transportations like Blue hill, Network, Tata Sumos, winger, Scorpio etc, many APST buses within capital complex and other districts have decreased a lot and many buses for many routes have decreased in frequency and many have totally stopped. Bus stations in capital and other districts are in their worst conditions. People are paying high fares for private transportations. It does not bother the rich people and the officers, but poor and common people and students are the worst sufferers. Through this esteemed paper, I would like to request the transport minister, secretary and director of APST, to consider the matter and develop transportation in AP for the welfare of people. All the private businesses involved in transportation are progressively making huge benefits. In the same manner, I am of the view that APST can also make huge benefit and provide affordable transportation. Since our state has less population on hills, APST can introduce small carriers like Tata sumo, winger at reasonable prices for long distance transportation. Medium sized carrier can be introduced for goods transportation. In the capital complex, APST can introduce its own Tata Sumo or taxi with reasonable fares with good frequency. Ticketing and checking must be strictly implemented for good revenue collection. Computerized ticket vending machine like those used by Kerela transport can be purchased and used for better revenue collection. Without proper transportation, the prices of goods in capital and various districts are very high. Since lots of road projects are being implemented, APST should also implement innovative projects to use these roads to provide good transportation for common and poor people. Development cannot be achieved with good roads without good transportations; it can be achieved with good roads and good transportations.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi University, Delhi




‘A landmark initiative’

Dear Editor,

Considering that people of our state especially in villages lack in knowledge about various welfare and developmental ideas thereby lagging behind in all aspects, the recently concluded two-day Mega Awareness Campaign conducted at Kiyit village by the Itanagar Mebobian Welfare Kebang, a non-political union of members of Mebo sub-division residing in the capital complex deserves huge appreciation by all. In my long service career in various districts I have yet to see such a hugely successful sensitization programme where over more than five thousand villagers keenly participated with gusto from the beginning to the end by providing all kinds of support, both moral and material.

The objective of the event was holistic in nature, encompassing all aspects of the peoples’ welfare and development issues and it was participated by achievers, experts from various fields including health, education, industry, rural development, Tea and Rubber Board and other fields. The active involvement of achievers including Wing Commander Mohonto Pangging, (Rtd), specialists from Tea and Rubber Board, prominent NGOs and senior officers of different department was both enlightening and inspiring to the mammoth gathering in the Kiyit Football Ground.

The people expressed immense satisfaction, and so did the delegates like me. The organizers, particularly Bapir Megu, Secretary and the Jopak Tayeng President of the union and all the people of the area cutting across party affiliations deserve appreciation!


Obang Tayeng,





Polluting Subansiri

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column, I would like to share something common but which we keep on neglecting. Recently I have on River Subansiri from Daporijo to Gerukhamuk, organised by Nature Unlimited. While enjoying the rafting all along the river, I felt so sorry. The river bank of the river Subansiri is full of plastic bottles, disposable glass, plate etc. At one place,  our team was enjoying collecting bugs called ( tari),  I incidentally entered a

jungle; I found heaps of plastic items used and thrown by people near Subansiri.

I am not saying anything new, everybody knows, but one who sees it really feel sorry. Try using less packed water and disposal glass etc especially during  picnic, party etc. Have the habit of taking original glasses and plate if not bamboo and wild leafs. Purchase at least one set of reusable glasses in your every party.


Bojum Lusi Sorum








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