February 09

Apex Bank ready to implement more people friendly schemes

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: After the decision of the Government to give more benefits to the people of Arunachal Pradesh through its institutes, the Apex Bank, one of its institutes is once again ready to implement schemes that will ease many of the woes of the Arunchalees.

The state owned Apex Bank is now authorized by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to issue Call Deposit, EMD, Bank guarantee receipts to contractor undertaking contract works in the state. The 34 branches across the state will be its windows to get the services.

The Apex Bank is also implementing shortly concessional loan scheme of National Scheduled Tribe Finance & Development Corporation (NSTFDC) after the State Government’s decision to provide Government Guarantee to bring in Rs 46.00 crore loan to develop commercially the Agri-Horti and veterinary activities in the state to improve rural economy.

The Apex Bank appealed to all living in Arunachal Pradesh to visit the bank, attend its meetings and know more about the schemes of the bank after its core Banking Service (CBS) is installed recently.


Dirang set for Regional Research Station

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The site selection team for establishment of Regional Research Station of CITH (Central Station of Temperate Horticulture) at Dirang, West Kameng district called on minister for agriculture, horticulture, AH & Veterinary Chowna Mein to appraise him about the progress. The minister along with the Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture Mutchi Mithi, Secretary Horticulture and other senior officers of the Department of Horticulture discussed at length with the visiting high level team from ICAR, GoI regarding early establishment of the research station and road map for development of temperate crops in other potential districts. He assured full cooperation from the state government for early establishment of the station which is expected to boost up temperate crop production in the state.

Earlier, the site selection team comprising Prof. Najir Ahmed, Director of CITH, ICAR Srinagar and Dr. Manish Das, Principal Scientist, Krishi Anusandhan, New Delhi accompanied by Egam Basar, Mission Director, APHRDM visited various locations in Dirang. They identified most suitable location for establishment of the station and also held meetings with local MLA and farmers of Dirang. The site selection team appreciated enthusiasm of the local people for horticulture development and proactive steps taken by the state government in developing horticulture sector, especially temperate crops in the state.


BJP refutes Gadi statement

Itanagar, Feb 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has strongly refuted statement of the state PWD Minister, Gojen Gadi castigating the BJP Government the centre, on the implementation of PM Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

BJP said that Congress govt in Arunachal was responsible for not so impressive implementation of PMJDY in the state.

The State BJP President, Tai Tagak terming the statements unfortunate said that the Congress leaders should refrain from discouraging the implementation of poor centric flagship Mission on Financial Inclusion.

Meanwhile, the party said that implementation of CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme in the state is far from perfect.


Koloriang MLA inspects ALG

KOLORIANG, Feb 8: Koloriang MLA Pani Taram has carried out site inspection identified for Advance Landing Ground at Koloriang today. The proposed site is located at 1400 mtrs above the sea level and locally known as Shalla Pobe which is one and half hour foot track from Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district. Expressing happiness over the Central Govt approval for ALG, the local MLA said that people of his constituency will cooperate for early materialization of the project. Taram was accompanied by Biaro Sorum EAC i/c Deputy Commissioner Kurung Kumey, Nangram Pingkap CO and Chello Tagar ZPM.


NYA appeals for releasing arrested women

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Nido Youth Association (NYA) has appealed to the Lakhimpur district administration, Assam to release the two innocent women of Arunachal Pradesh, who were arrested from Dollungmukh circle without any valid reason and are lodged in Lakhimpur jail for the last many days.

Describing the arrest a slap on the face of Government of Arunachal Pradesh, NYA in a release said that the boundary dispute of the two states has nothing to do with the jhum farmers. Since the women were working inside the territory of Arunachal Pradesh, the Assam Forest authorities have no right to implicate them in any forest Act, it said.

“Such harsh treatment of Assam Forest and police personnel on innocent Arunachalee deserves condemnation from all quarters,” it added.


Fire victims provided immediate relief

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, various other organizations and individuals, including Tebw Employees Forum (TEF), Papum Pare District Students’ Union, Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Sagalee Town Baptist Church have provided immediate relief materials such as clothes, utensils, cash, etc. to the victims of recent fire incident at Deb Village.

Fire gutted 12 houses of the village on February 4 last destroying all belongings of the victims.


News Impact

Arunachal Archers script history, clinch Gold in Olympic team event

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The women archers scripted history by winning the maiden gold medal for Arunachal Pradesh in National Games.

The history was created when the quartet of Sorang Yumi, Genung Tekseng, Maselu Mihu and Netan Drema Khrimey beat Punjab in the final of the Women’s Olympic Team Event to win Gold medal in the 35th National Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ernakulam, Kerala, today morning, informed Chef De Mission Daniel Teli.

They scored 226 points while runners up Punjab scored 223 points.

They beat Jharkhand in quarterfinal and Andhra Pradesh in Semifinal (227- 217 points) before beating Punjab in the final.

Meanwhile, Sorang Yumi bagged a silver medal in Olympic Individual event today evening, informed coach Kh. Elashini Devi. She beat her opponent from Jharkhand in the semifinal today.

Elated by the news of Arunachal Archery Team winning Gold in the 35th National Games being held in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated the team for the rare feat achieved. The budding archers led by their coach Kh. Elashini Devi have proved their mettle in the National Games which has eventually raised high hopes of them getting qualified for the next Olympics.  “It is really a rare feat achieved by our young sportspersons from our state and I know it is just a beginning”, a confident and visibly happy Tuki said. “I on behalf of the Government and the people of the state congratulate our sportspersons who have proved beyond doubt that youths from the state have everything in them to compete at the highest level and win medals. We Arunachalees are no less than anybody!” he further added. He hoped that the youths would put best foot forward to bring more laurels for the state and the country in the days to come.

Chief Minister also conveyed his gratitude and appreciation to the Chef De Mission,  Coaches and Officials of the team.

Dani Salu, Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs, DK Dinglow, Director, Sports & Youth Affairs, Arunachal Olympic Association President Padi Richo, Secretary General Geshi Doke, Arunachal Archery Association Secretary Tadar Appa have also congratulated the women archery team for brining laurels to the state by winning gold medal in the prestigious event.



CM advocates for Regional Council for North Eastern Region

NEW DELHI, Feb 8: Taking part in the first ever Niti Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here at New Delhi today, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated for a Regional Council for North Eastern Region chaired by the Prime Minister with Co-Chair on annual rotation basis amongst the eight North Eastern States.

He reasoned that the northeastern states have low resource base, low population and had been a late starter in the journey of development. Tuki further gave an alternative suggestion for Hill States Council (HSC) or a Himalayan States Council (HSC) owing to similar strengths and challenges of these small states.

Completely agreeing with the idea of a Mid-Term assessment of targets and achievements of the 12th Five Year Plan, Tuki suggested for rigorous joint review exercise with an aim to remove bottlenecks impeding the achievements of targets.

“NITI Aayog must continue to play the role of fund allocation to the States, especially to the special category states” CM said and further opined that the funds allocated to the States must be untied (in the specifics- micro details) but tied to the broad sectors as per local requirements within the sectors.

CM reiterated for exempting the mandatory 10% State Share for special category states like Arunachal Pradesh which is fully dependent on central funds while, suggesting for minimizing the number of CSS to broad sectoral priorities with fund transfers in untied form. Tuki requested the Niti Aayog to consider the recommendations of B K Chaturvedi headed Committee that had undertook a study relating to the development disability of the Special Category States and recommended removing bottlenecks on the Process Issues of the region and also provide fiscal compensation of 2% of the GBS for the remaining years of the 12th Five Year Plan to these States.

“One specific issue only pertaining to my State is the continued objection of China and depriving my State access to development funds- from ADB, World Bank and now JICA. I urge that the patriotic people of Arunachal Pradesh are not deprived of the much needed development on this ground and a suitable window of funding be made available for taking developmental projects in the State” CM emphatically said. He further urged for holistic view of fund allocation to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and also pleaded for separate budgetary provision for maintenance of already constructed projects.

“Cooperative Federalism must be imbibed by all of us in achieving the larger goal of a strong and vibrant India. This can be achieved when the Union Government appreciates the strong points of each state- both tangible and intangible and acknowledges the challenges and facilitates a congenial environment in overcoming these challenges to harness its strengths” Tuki said.

He requested the NITI Aayog to consider Arunachal Pradesh on grounds of border management by developing border areas to stop depopulation of border areas, to harness the Hydro Power and Mineral potential of the State, which can contribute to the National Growth and provide a special package for the vast forest cover, which is providing huge ecological services to the Country and the world.

CM gave a brief highlight on the activities undertaken by the state government with special mention to preparation of Vision 2030.



Elephant calves rescued, four poachers arrested

PASIGHAT, Feb 8: A well-coordinated operation, conducted by Forest and Police forces has led to the arrest of four suspected poachers namely Andha Gorh, Champomang Mannoi, Bula Sharma and Shingkai Chingkai who were involved in interstate smuggling of wild elephants in Kerem area of Namsai district on Friday (Jan-6).

Two baby elephants captured from Siluk area under Mebo subdivision of East Siang District along with two trainer elephants were found in the custody of the poachers. The arrests were the result of a month long investigation and the accused have accepted their involvement before the investing team, informed the Pasighat DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh in an official release today.

Jamoh informed that accused captures the wild baby elephants, train them in camps in deep forest and finally sell them to the interested customers. After the successful rescue operation, the trainer elephants and calves were handed over to the DFO Namsai Rini Riba for safe custody and rehabilitation. All four accused were brought to Pasighat and later handed over to Officer In-charge Mebo by the DFO, after medical check-up at the General Hospital, Pasighat for interrogation.

Sources close to investigations said the arrest is considered a major breakthrough due to the combined strategies of the CCF (Central Arunachal Circle) Millo Tago and DFO (T) Pasighat Tabang Jamoh and East Siang SP Devendar Arya who closely monitored and supervised the successful operation. DIPRO



Six arrested for Wildlife Act violations as DC acts tough

Karda Natam

Daporijo, Feb 8: Six people have been arrested in Lower Subansiri for alleged violation of Wild Life Act, 1972.

Deputy Commissioner, Komkar Dulom along with Police Personnel nabbed sellers of wild meat from Gandhi Market Daporijo. Subsequently, he gave a written complaint at police station Daporijo against the illegal wild life meat sellers and poachers.

A man and three women were caught selling wildlife in the open market. Later they were detained and charged under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Two poachers were also arrested from Nima village, who were reportedly found hunting in the area. Two guns have been seized from their possession.

Killing and selling of wildlife in Daporijo is very common and a regular practice since many years. However, things are set to change with the decision of the Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom deciding to initiate stern action against illegal selling of wildlife meat and poaching.

Dulom has cautioned people not to sell or kill wild animal in the area as wild animals are diminishing at a fast rate.

Further, he said that if anyone is person found selling or killing wildlife, they will be severely punished under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.



Kra Daadi becomes the youngest district of Arunachal

PALIN, Feb 8: With a view to bring administration to people’s doorstep, Arunachal Pradesh yesterday officially created Kra Daadi, the 19th district of the state bifurcating Kurung Kumey district.

The district bordering the Tibet region of China has two assembly constituencies namely Tali and Palin covering seven circle headquarters including Pipsorang, Tali, Palin, Yangte, Chambang, Gangte and Tarak Langdi.

Jamin, a picturesque virgin place situated around 20 kilometers from Palin, would be the headquarters of the new district.

The state Assembly on March 20, 2013 passed the Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2013, paving the way for creation of Kra Daadi along with three other new districts in the state.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki formally inaugurated the new district accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs in a function organized here on the occasion.

“The district was created keeping in view the administrative bottleneck of the people who had to go to Koloriang, the headquarters of Kurung Kumey district travelling a distance of over 182 kilometers,” Tuki said in his address to a mammoth gathering.

Exhorting the people to help the administration in making it a model district of the state, Tuki in his indomitable style said that no development process is possible without the support of the people.

Assuring that the state government would extend all help to make it a full-fledged district within a short time, the Chief Minister said, “A new baby was born today and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to nurture it with utmost care.” “Put all your efforts to make Kra Daadi a cynosure of all eyes in the days to come by preparing a master plan for its planned development so that administration can run smoothly and effectively,” he said citing example of the state capital which was planned haphazardly.

Highlighting various schemes and projects undergoing in the district, the Chief Minister disclosed that works on two-lane road from Joram to Koloriang was progressing satisfactorily.

He said, with the coming up of 330 MW Kurung hydro power project, the economy of the district would be uplifted with opening of employment opportunities for the local educated youths.

“The North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) last month inked a memorandum of agreement with the state government to execute the project soon,” he added. PTI



67 years after independence, road is still a distant dream

PALIN, Feb 8: Sixty eight year old Soniyo Tarok walked four days along with 50 of his colleagues from remote Pipsorang circle bordering the Tibet region of China to be part of the historic occasion of inauguration of Kra Daadi district by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday.

The Head Gaon Burah along with his associates negotiated all challenges to reach Palin where the district inauguration function was organised.

"With the inauguration the long-felt demands of the people for hassle-free administration has been fulfilled and we are optimistic that our dream for an all-weather road will be fulfilled soon," Tarok said.

Pipsorang is one of the remotest circle headquarters of the newly created district without any road communication, situated just a few kilometers from the Indo-Sino border.

People in this circle are entirely dependent on air sorties for essential commodities including medical emergencies when they were evacuated to either Palin or Itanagar.

“We are here with a hope that our long pending demand for surface communication will be announced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki so that our people could easily make movement for their necessities,” Tarok said.

“We have to walk for four days through hostile terrain to reach Palin through the shortest route after taking rest at intervals,” he said flanked by one of his colleague gaon bura Maru Tania of Tali circle who along with 35 GBs traversed a long distance through two days foot march.

Gokia Obing, GB of Chambang and Godak Rinio, gaon buri of Gangte also undertook tedious journey to reach Palin with hopes of getting all the basic requirements including medical facilities, electricity and water supply in their circle headquarters which so far were mere dreams.

For the people of Tali and Pipsorang, an all-weather road is a distant dream.

However, the state government is planning to construct road in phased manner and proposals have been forwarded to the Centre for according sanction, chief minister Nabam Tuki announced while addressing the gathering after formal inauguration of the district at Palin.

“Construction of road to Tali will help our people to have access to all requirements including education, health and electricity,” said former Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, a native of Palin.

Tali and Pipsorang depend on air sorties for essential commodities and even sometime the denizens of these places have to feed themselves with locally available products for days together when inclement weather do not permit sorties by the Indian Air Force.

“Our government has already appraised the Centre on several occasions about the communication bottleneck in this part and accordingly implementing project under PMGSY to bridge the gap,” commented PHED Minister Takam Pario, who is also the local MLA from Palin. PTI



MLA calls to respect nature and care for it

ITANAGAR, Feb 8:  The Boori – Boot Yullo one of the major annual agricultural festivals of the Nyishi community was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety at Daporijo, general ground.

The day-long celebration saw various cultural groups of the community performing traditional and cultural programmes to the thunderous applause of the huge gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, Ziro-Hapoli MLA Tage Taki advocated for cultural exchange amongst every tribe of the state so as to understand each other better.

He appealed to all to respect nature and care for it as it gives us everything we need to survive free of cost. Lauding the Nyishi community, Taki said, “Nyishi being one of the known tribes in the state has greater responsibilities to lead the other tribes towards betterment.”

Greeting the people on Boori Boot, he further emphasized on importance of language, adding that language binds people together.  

Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte, while extending his Boori- Boot Yullo festival wishes to the people of Nyishi community, advocated for preservation of age old culture and traditions. He also stated that such festival should be encouraged and supported by the people as it brings each and every individual under one umbrella to share happiness.

Further he exhorted not to confine in one’s own tradition and culture rather mingle with the other tribe’s culture also and give respect and love to each other through celebration.   

Later on winners of the festival volleyball and badminton tournament were also given away on the occasion with cash and trophy.



Capital witness Reh, Tamladu celebrations

JOLLANG, Feb 8: The joint celebration of Reh and Tamladu festivals of Mishmi community got underway here at Mishmi Cultural Heritage Centre (MCHC) marking third year of joint celebration at Capital Complex yesterday.

The first joint celebration started in 2013 under the initiative of Itanagar based Mishmi Welfare Society (MWS) – apex body of Mishmis in Itanagar. The objective of the joint celebration according to Reh Tamladu Celebration Committee (RTCC) 2015 Chairman Lupalum Kri is to bring all Mishmi tribes on a common platform.

“Through this common platform, we expect feeling of brotherhood to grow among Mishmi people and a strong bond to prevail among us,” he said.

Participating in the joint celebration as the Chief Guest, PWD Parliamentary Secretary Alo Libang appreciated the concept of joint celebration. “In our Adi community too, though Solung is celebrated on different dates in the villages, it is commonly celebrated by the community in September every year,” he said.

Exalting the commonality in rituals and practices involved in celebrating the festivals, Libang said, “We all tribes have common origin but with time have migrated to different places and have named our festivals differently.”

During the celebration, cultural troupes from Rajiv Gandhi University performed various cultural dances – priest dance of Kaman/Tawrah, Igu dance of Idu and modern dances. Also various distinguished personalities from Mishmi community and those related to the community matrimonially were felicitated during the celebration. The festival committee felicitated Dishi Mihu Mallo, retired Director, ICDS, Radhilu Chai, women activist, Matheim Linggi, member, Information Commission, Jathi Pulu, ex member, APPSC, Nalo Keche, retired DIPRO, Indra Mallo, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Lijum Ete, Circle Officer, Dollungmukh.

Addressing the festival gathering, RTCC patron Kalikho Pul, MLA, Hawai said the unity among the Mishmi cannot be brought only by festivals, but it has to be by commitment. “Celebration of festivals will come and go, but the spirit of unity and efforts must be carried forward,” he said.

Pul recalled the ancient migratory routes of the Mishmi and narrated how different clans originated. He said the ‘unification’ in the context of Mishmi unity is wrong because Mishmis were never different people, and they are from single community.

Celebrating the year 2015 as Mishmi’s year, Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary Mutchu Mithi said it is a proud moment for the community to have NCC girl’s pipe band of Govt Secondary School, Tezu taking part at the Republic Day celebrations as well as showcasing of Igu dance tableau and Rumoh Meto awarded for bravery.

He also informed that the ‘Mishmi traditional Hut’ would be the main display of this year’s statehood day celebration and thanked the Chief Minister for the opportunity to showcase the tribe’s rich culture to the visiting dignitaries.



First ever zonal level referee seminar cum judges examination

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The first ever North East Zone Referee and Judges Seminar cum Judges examination was conducted by Bhaskar Sinouvassane, Referee Commission Chairman, Karate Association of India (KAI) at Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) headquarters at Naharlagun on February 7 and 8.

A total of 34 examinees are declared to have qualified as National Karate Judges after two days’ theory and practical examinations.

This is the first time KAI has conducted such referee and judges seminar cum examination at zonal level, said Bhaskar, a Class “A” Karate Referee of Asia and World Karate Federation.

Bhaskar, who also holds several posts, including Commonwealth Karate Federation Referee Commission, Asia Karate Federation Referee Commission (Supplement), South Asia Referee Commission Chairman, UAE Karate Federation Referee Commission, said this seminar cum examination was a part of KAI’s ‘Mission Olympic’ movement as karate is likely to be included in 2020 Olympics.

He also highly praised the enthusiasm shown by the judges of the state and their thirst for learning.

Arunachal Karate Do Association President Likha Tara has expressed gratitude to KAI president Sensei R. Thiagarajan and general secretary Shihan Bahrat Sharma for sending Sinouvassane to conduct the zonal level referee seminar and judges examination at Arunachal Pradesh.

It was organized under the initiative of North East State Karate Do Federation of India.



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Strong tough against UG elements

Just when it looked like lasting peace will prevail in troubled Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, an IED blast at Manmao circle under Changlang district on Friday have rocked the region. One Assam rifle jawan and two porters, who were accompanying the AR patrolling party, have been killed. The incident allegedly occurred when a team of 14 Assam Rifles along with 2 local porters were on a routine patrolling of Indo-Myanmar international border, 25 km from Jotin-Joda village in Manmao circle under Jairampur Sub-Division of Changlang district.

No underground elements have taken responsibility of the incident till now. However several militant outfits including NDFB (Songbijit), NSCN (IM), NSCN (K), Manipur's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) are active in Changlang district which shares international boundary with Myanmar on its east. The incident once again exposes the danger posed by these groups.  The ministry of home affairs will have to work closely with Arunachal government to neutralize the underground groups, so that permanent peace prevails in Tirap, Changlang and Longding. Unless government strongly tackles UG elements, the talk of development does not make any sense.

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Prepaid metering system

Dear Editor,

Many electric distribution utilities are now considering using prepaid meters to have better and more efficient revenue collections. With the technology now gaining acceptance, the market for the prepaid meters are likely to take off in a big way in the coming times. As state regulators such those in West Bengal, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh take keen interest in introducing prepaid metering system on a large scale, the technology is becoming more popular in the state utilities too along with the private ones.

Recovering electricity dues remain one of the major challenges in the power sector. As such, the Department of Power (Electrical) faces serious problems in recovering electricity bills. This is the reason why the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has been showing keen interest in the installation of prepaid meters.

The Capital Electrical Division is implementing the prepaid metering system to make the system easier, simpler and more reliable for consumers to monitor and manage their electricity expenditure and consumption; thereby improving revenue collection; enhancing efficient load management, thereby reducing the risk of unexpected power cuts and the inconvenience this causes to consumers.

Prepaid meter is like any other conventional meter with additional feature of computing bill amount, accepting money credits and ensuring money credits to be more than the bill amount. In case the bill amount exceeds the money credit, it disconnects the supply after giving warning to the consumer. A conventional prepaid meter would have a display unit, credit token vending machine, token transfer system, internal software for capability to compute billing amount.

The Capital Electrical Division, Itanagar has installed about 1600 prepaid meters in the premises of 3-phase and single-phase domestic and commercial consumers in Itanagar, considering all the benefits in meter reading, billing cost, money collection, advance money deposits; it ultimately results in greater savings.

Practical experiences by acquiring feedbacks from the consumers about meter workability and in-home display unit monitoring; and data such as kWh (unit) consumptions, the corresponding revenue collected by recharge coupons of the installed prepaid meters, have shown that the prepaid metering system helps reduction of huge margin in the electricity consumption, the factors being minimising per consumer load uses and budget control for limited load demands. In other words, the consumption has gone down and collection has gone up. With prepaid meters installed, consumers no longer receive unexpected bills. They can budget and manage their consumption themselves according to amount of units bought.

In the future they will be able to view their pattern of consumption and adjust their usage to minimize the electricity bill. Through the consumer interface unit (Freedom Unit) installed with each prepaid meter, the consumers will be able to monitor their rate of electricity consumption, the amount of balance available, the date and time and receive alerts when the balance amount is low.

The prepaid meter system so far shows that the proposals create a win-win situation for the consumers as well as the Capital Electrical Division and one can expect to see the application of these meters growing substantially in the coming future.

Some the salient features of prepaid meters are:

1. Prepaid meters are reliable and accurate and information to and from the meter is constantly being updated via recharge coupon itself.

2. Prepaid meters are computer-controlled state-of-the-art electronic devices.

3. The meters are robustly tested and calibrated according to required standards.

4. Prepaid meters have been used in deployments elsewhere around the India and the technology is well proven.

5. The prepaid meters have built-in smart features like tampering detection.

The enhanced security of revenue collected which prepaid meters provide may help the government of Arunachal Pradesh to further invest in the electricity network and thus improve electricity supply.

Whilst the concepts of prepaid electricity and smart metering are new to the consumers of the Capital City and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole, the installation of new smart prepaid meters will be undertaken on a gradual and phase manner, with options for prepaid meters and postpaid meters open to the consumers.


Kada Tabu, Itanagar





Take expert advice

Dear Editor,

Through this esteemed daily, I would like to ask the Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, why has he included 5 MLAs in the 6 member Select Committee to examine the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill, -2015, and who is the sixth member? PM Modi and the HRD minister Smriti Irani have selected experts of the various subjects to help them understand on various issues so as to improve existing systems and formulate innovative pro-people effective policies. Unlike them, why have the Deputy Speaker of AP, provided only one member for the select committee?

Since, education, especially higher education is the principal institution for the development of manpower in a society, I would recommend that renowned economists, technocrats and social workers who may be professors or equivalent to level, who are experts regarding the educational needs of Arunachal in particular should be the members of the said committee.

I would also suggest him to include at least four such experts instead of one member. I would also suggest the select committee members to examine the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill, -2015, in view of PM Modiji’s slogan for developed India i.e., “Make in India”.

Industrialization, manufacturing, business and research should be emphasized. University education system of small but economically powerful nations like Japan, Taiwan, Israel and other European countries should be studied by all the members of the committee in depth so as to develop the human resource of AP to make AP a developed state in India and Abroad.


Takam Tadar

Delhi university






Fare versus fuel

Dear Editor,

This is to bring to your kind notice the fact towards the unprecedented price hike in the capital complex and in our state as a whole. In the last couple of months the petrol and diesel prices have been slashed 10th straight times, but the fare of every means of transportation have remained unchanged. The worst sufferers are students and people with meagre salaries who find it difficult to find a way out. It seems there is no system to check the unusual price rise.

Whenever the price of petrol shoots up, these transporters take no time in increasing the fare but on the contrary when price goes down, the fare remains unchanged. Many have already written about this but it seems they don’t care about the common man. May be this letter also will go in vain.

I’m writing this letter to request the concerned authorities to check why the fares have remained unchanged despite drop in fuel prices.


T Wangpan






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