The news that 53 KM long Papu-Yupia-Potin stretch of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH)
is ready to be formally inaugurated is perhaps one of the best news in a long time.
Chief Engineer Highway Western Zone, Bora Ete who yesterday made final inspection
expressed satisfaction with the quality of work. The completion of Papu-Yupia section
of TAH is a huge relief to the state government. The work for the said stretch was
awarded to SRK Company in the year 2009. However, due to various issues, the company
would not continue the work and handed over the project to TK Engineering, which
is an Itanagar based company.
They took over the work in 2013 and remarkably within the period of two year completed
the project. Sure this news will make other companies engaged in the construction
of TAH to speed up the work. At present majority of road project under the ambitious
TAH is progressing at snail pace. Infact the slow progress has not only frustrated
public but even ministry of road, transport and highway (MoRTH). In some stretches
the work could not be started due to compensation issue. Government of India is refusing
to pay the high compensation claim made by the land affected people. This has created
a huge hurdle. People of Arunachal should realize that road are being constructed
for the benefit of state and therefore they should not become stumbling block. District
administration should take strong action against those who are disturbing the progress
of TAH in the name of compensation issue.
Let young Arunachalesebe digitally competent
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to acknowledge that I am
a regular reader of your esteemed daily. I grew up reading Arunachal Times as my
main source of getting news and information about the world and Arunachal in particular.
It has undoubtedly the largest reader base out of all our state dailies.
But what I have always felt is that it’s hardly covering news related to science
and technology. We have come to a digital age now where always everything has been
digitalised. We can get an app of literally anything in our smart phones. But still
our state is in the age of darkness, its almost like we are living in the stone age
as compared to other states. What we need now is digital literacy that does not mean
teaching kids how to switch on and off or how to paint in computers. In fact Digital
literacy means knowledge of the basic principles of computing devices, skills in
using computer networks and an understanding of the societal issues raised by digital
We need to raise awareness among the children of Arunachal about technology as a
whole. We need to teach them from the elementary level itself about computing and
IT. Even our neighbouring state Assam teaches its student C++ at secondary and higher
secondary level. And sadly most of our Arunachalee kids dont know even what C++ is.
And in the road to being “Digital Arunachal” Arunachal Times will play a big role.
I hope that in the upcoming weeks or months you can add a science and technology
section in your esteemed daily where there will be news and reviews about the latest
and greatest in the world of gadgets and technology. Let the young generation of
Arunachal be digitally and technically competent because Arunachal is not all about
politics and state unions.
Remove all barriers
Every woman has a right to choose her own path in life. I have seen many girls who
dream of joining the Indian Army. The general public mindset is that women are physically
weaker, so they can’t do what men can do. But physical strength is not the only quota
required to join the armed forces. Women can become stronger with adequate training
and reach a very high level of proficiency in the armed forces than men. Also, we
live in an age where women can no longer be sidelined as weaklings, not even physically
in many cases. The government has to remove all barriers that prevent women from
getting permanent commissions in every branch of the military, including combat operations.
The role of women as soldiers and warriors has been evident in history the world
over for centuries. Indian military history also boasts of a fair share of women
soldiers, Razia Sultan and the Rani of Jhansi being the most famous. The thrill and
pride of serving one’s motherland is an additional attraction. Research has shown
that women are more perceptive and intuitive and endowed with organisational skills
that help plan right down to minute detail.
Nature has given different attributes to both men and women and it is only right
that to optimize one’s productivity and the organisation’s efficiency, the right
person be chosen for the right job. Issues like gender discrimination have no place
in decisions like these. We all must encourage girls to join the Defense services.
Best of luck to all women defense aspirants.
Combination of contacts and hard work
It is a fact which I find very significant to be shared with my fellow Arunachalees.
The much awaited result of APPSC mains has been declared. It would be a kind gesture
by the candidates and their parents, aspirants and the concerned Arunachalees if
we thank the officials who worked restlessly in last few days to declare the result
and were compelled to do so because of strict order and environment of the President
Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful state where intelligence and hard work alone cannot
bring you job. It is the combination of high contacts with intelligence and hard
work which brings you a job. And it would be worth to mention that sometimes only
contacts can get you a chair in office, no matter how incapable the personal is.
As a citizen of Arunachal, I heartily thank the administration working under the
banner of president rule to declare the result in couple of days otherwise it would
have taken another year! The difference of working is clear enough. The earlier govt.
has definitely failed to discharge their power for a strong and efficient administrative
system. Let’s pray for a more transparent and competitive system for the aspirants!
Rajiv Gandhi University,
Through your esteemed column, I would like to appreciate the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh for creating many regular posts in Health sector.
At the same, I would like to request the govt to be fair in the recruitment process
of Laboratory Technician (LT).
As per my observation, many government nominated BSc.(MLT) students after completing
4 years of course do not have regular job though they should have been given the
first preference in the government recruitment process.
So if there is any recruitment for the post, I would like to request the government
to give first preference to the government nominated students and if possible a criteria
needed to be fixed like required educational qualification, written examination,
viva voce test as per AICTE or UGC norms.
I would like to request the government to use the technological knowledge of government
nominated BSc (MLT) students for better diagnosis of diseases in Arunachal Pradesh.
BSc (MLT) Student
Racism runs deep in India
This is in response to the editorial “Shameful incident”(5 February).
Racism runs deep in India not just against African students, but also against its
own citizens. The physical harassment and mental torture meted to the North-Eastern
students studying or living in the “mainland” India are increasing with each passing
As a former resident of Bihar, this correspondent had witnessed how the Bengalis used
to suffer racial taunts and abuses in that state. In such a scandalous state of affairs;
the barbaric fatal attack on Yannick Nihangaza, the innocent Burundi student on July
2012 and now physical as well as sexual assault on the Tanzanian girl are not a bit
If the Australians or British are “racist” due to the stray incidents of attack
upon the Indian students studying there, then the assault on African or the North-Easterner students
in Bangalore or New Delhi are also no lesser than racism. It should also be taken
note of that while many Australian goons have been sentenced for their barbaric acts,
we are yet to hear any news about punishment of the Indian brutes who dare to assault
or rape their own countrymen from the North-East or our respected guests from Africa.
Thus, instead of beating its own trumpet of “tolerance” or accusing others of practicing
“racism”, Indians should at first learn to clean up its own backyard; else India
will end up as a classical case of “pot calling the kettle black”!