February 10


SC dismisses Sawin and Wangsu plea

# I am vindicated, says Rebia  # Ready to seek mandate: Gabriel

NEW DELHI, Feb 09: The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of Wanglam Sawin and Gabriel D Wangsu against a Gauhati High Court decision upholding the action of then assembly speaker Nabam Rebia to accept their resignations from the membership of Legislative Assembly.

"The resignation letters bear your signatures and moreover, why did MLAs keep quiet for almost 10 days after submitting their resignation," a bench comprising Justices A R Dave and Adarsh Kumar Goel said while rejecting the appeals of MLAs.

The bench did not concur with the submissions of senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao, appearing for the two MLAs, that the Speaker should have conducted an inquiry after he received their resignation letters.

" The language of the resignation letters warranted an inquiry by the Speaker. The letters were written under duress and coercion," Rao said.

The apex court, however, said the letters bore their signatures and moreover, there was a delay in raising the issue before the Speaker.

Rao said that 17 rebel Congress MLAs were forced to write letters on September 16 last year at a legislature party meeting held at the behest of then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

As these two MLAs were "vocal" against the Chief Minister, the letters were sent to the Speaker, who happens to be the cousin of the chief minister, and they were accepted, he said, adding that this was part of the ongoing political battle in the crisis-hit state.

Sawin and Wangsu represented Khonsa East and Kanubari assembly constituencies in the state.

It has been alleged by these MLAs that on September 16 last year, they were coerced to write the resignation letters at a Congress Legislature Party get-together.

The resignation letters were allegedly handed over to the Speaker by the Whip of Congress Party later and were accepted on September 30 last year.

On October one, the state assembly declared their seats vacant in pursuance of the acceptance of their resignations.

Five days later, the MLAs allegedly wrote to the Assembly Secretariat asking the Speaker not to accept their resignations.

The MLAs then approached the Gauhati High Court which upheld the decision of the Speaker to accept their resignations.

While talking to this daily former Speaker Nabam Rebia stated that decision of SC has vindicated his stand.

“One of the issues mentioned by opposition parties while seeking my impeachment was the matter of resignation of two MLAs. However, with SC upholding my action and decision taken as Speaker, today I feel vindicated. Truth has finally prevailed,” said Rebia. He said that he expects a similar judgment with regards to disqualification of 14 MLAs.

When asked for reaction to the SC judgment, Gabriel D Wangsu in a message said that he is prepared to seek fresh mandate from the people. But he said that all legal possibilities are being explored.

“My efforts and political commitments are in the best interest of the people of my state. There cannot be any compromise on this count, and I as a leader cannot befool the people and mislead them” he said.

My sacrifices and services are for the state and it would remain so for ever, Gabriel added. (with PTI inputs)



Jindal Power asks NHPC to take over Arunachal hydro projects or form joint venture

NEW DELHI, Feb 9: Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has approached NHPC asking it to either take over its 5,397 MW hydro power projects worth about Rs 37,779 crore or form joint ventures.

Jindal Power approached NHPC for its three projects in Arunachal Pradesh - 1,800 MW Kamala HEP (earlier known as  Subansiri Middle project), 3097 MW Etalin Hydroelectric Project (HEP) and 500 MW Attunli Hydroelectric Project.

"A representative from Jindal (Power) approached us and they offered Subansiri Middle, Etalin and Attunli either to take over or in joint venture. They approached us either in December or in January," NHPC Chairman and Managing Director K M Singh said in an exclusive interview to PTI.

While Etalin Project is being executed through the Etalin Hydro Electric Power Co Ltd, a Joint Venture of Jindal Power and Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh, Kamala Project is executed by Kamala Hydro Electric Power Co Ltd, in which Jindal Power holds 74 per cent and the Arunachal Pradesh government undertaking holds 26 per cent.

"We are ready to take over but the question is cost. If the project's cost as on date is viable then certainly NHPC is ready to take over either on ownership basis or in joint venture with NHPC having the major stakeholding," Singh said.

Attunli Hydroelectric Project is being executed through Attunli Hydro Electric Power Co Ltd, a JV of Jindal Power (74 per cent) and Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Ltd (26 per cent).

 Jindal Power spokesperson said, "JSPL is currently in the black out period preceding the declaration of the third quarter results and therefore will not be able to comment on any financials."

Jindal Power (JPL) had signed agreements for development of three hydroelectric projects with a combined capacity of 6100 MW in Arunachal Pradesh in joint venture with Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HPDCAPL).  "Subsequent to due diligence, the envisaged capacities of JPL-Hydroelectric Projects in Arunachal Pradesh are 3097 MW project at Etalin, 1800 MW project at Kamala and 680 MW project at Attunli.

"These projects are currently under various stages of development and JPL is exploring prudent avenues of association to unlock shareholder value and build hydro-electric energy assets for the nation," the spokesperson said.

However a query sent to GMR remained unanswered.

NHPC, which develops hydropower, has an installed capacity of 4,987 MW at standalone and 6507 MW on consolidated basis. PTI




BJP leader seeks inquiry into IAY funds for Puroiks

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: BJP leader from Bameng, Vijay Sonam has demanded an inquiry into alleged misappropriation of the funds meant for Puroik Community under IAY.  

In a letter to the Adviser to Governor (Finance, Planning & Development) Sonam said that East Kameng’s share is 780 units of which 388 families were to be assisted in the first installment from a total of 3111 units of housing in the State.

Govt of India conceptualized a housing scheme for the Puroik community to ameliorate their socio-economic conditions and that a sum of Rs. 1166.623 lakhs was sanctioned as on 20/01/2015 as a first installment to cover all the 3111 units, he said but the numbers of families assisted have not been revealed yet.

He also called for equitable distribution of fund as he alleged that developmental packages and beneficiary oriented schemes are grabbed by the supporters of the MLA and that the supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party are denied of all basic facilities. Projects should be selected on merit otherwise it should be distributed equitably without discrimination on ground of politics, he said.

In the letter, he has called for rejuvenation of ailing administrative centre of Bameng, Khenewa and Lada under Bameng Assembly Constituency, East Kameng.

He demanded supporting staff for ADC Office of Bameng including EAC, CO, UDC and LDC  as well delegation of financial power to ADC Bameng.  He also demanded posting of Circle Officer at Khenewa and Lada with all supporting staffs (UDCs & LDCs). He further demanded strong action on absentee government employees.  He said that Bameng,  Khenewa and Lada circles might be the top in the ladder in terms of absenteeism of officers and officials because of which there is retarded growth in development over the last more than a decade.




Maintain sanctity of Constitution: President Mukherjee tells Governors

NEW DELHI, Feb 9: Amidst controversies over the role of Governors, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said all those who hold Constitutional positions should maintain sanctity of the Constitution. “It is primarily due to our steadfast adherence to the principles enshrined in our Constitution. It is an enduring document that reflects our aspirations and the avenues to achieve them, in an inclusive manner.

“It is incumbent on us all who hold constitutional positions to maintain the sanctity of this sacred text,” Mukherjee said inaugurating a two-day conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

The President’s call assumes significance against the backdrop of a raging controversy over the role of Governor J P Rajkhowa in Arunachal Pradesh that led to various developments culminating in the imposition of central rule. The issue is also being fought in the Supreme Court.

Terming as difficult the last year that saw terror attacks with “clear external linkages”, he said the country has to continue efforts to resolve all outstanding international issues through peaceful dialogue and negotiations. “We faced challenges from the global economic slowdown, climatic changes, and internal and external security. States having international borders were affected by terrorist attacks that had clear external linkages. “Volatile external security environment makes it incumbent on us to upgrade our defence capabilities. At the same time, we have to continue our efforts at resolving all outstanding international issues through peaceful dialogue and negotiations,” the President said in his inaugural address at the conference attended by 23 Governors and Lt Governors of the states and union territories. (PTI)




Ex-Servicemen calls for setting up of Rajya Sainik Board

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: A delegation of Ex-Servicemen (ESMs) of Arunachal Pradesh led by Wing Commander Gyati Kago (Retd) called on the Governor JP Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday with a memorandum, which included establishment of Rajya Sainik Board.

The other points raised were proper inscription of War Martyrs in the War Memorial and welfare schemes for next of kin of martyred ESMs. While highlighting the grievances of the Ex-servicemen of the State, they said that in absence of Rajya Sainik Board, the welfare activities are not being taken up in the way which it is expected to be.

They requested the Governor for his personal intervention to expedite the pending issues.

Responding to the memorandum submitted by them, the Governor instructed for constitution of the Rajya Sainik Board in the State at the earliest. He opined that having the board will facilitate the Ex-Servicemen and their families to avail benefits from the welfare schemes of Kendriya Sainik Board.

Calling for update on the War Memorial Project at Itanagar, the Governor emphasized that complete names of the martyrs should be meticulously collected and  reflected in the War Memorial, which could also become a much sought after tourist attraction.

The Director, Relief and Rehabilitation and Disaster Management, Y.W. Ringu, who is the Ex-officio Director, apprised the Governor that the Rajya Sainik Board for the State has been notified and already construction of Sainik Aram Ghar at Tawang, Khonsa and Itanagar has been taken up.

The Director further informed that proposals have been sent to the State Government for allotment of land for construction of Office Building for Rajya Sainik Board in the State Capital and for fund allocation for construction of office building of Zilla Sainik Board at Tawang and Khonsa. She also informed that notification has been issued for Grievance Redressal Cell for the Serving and Retired Soldiers at State Level.

Earlier, Lt Col Bruce Jilee, Major Tabu Maling, Capt Mimar Ete, SM & Hony Capt Lobsang Monpa and NK K. Yangfo were present in the meeting.

There are 559 ESMs with total family members of 1380 with Longding and Tirap Districts having the largest number of 309 ESMs.




SAG medal winner attributes success to hard work

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: South Asian Games gold medalist Sambo Lapung attributed his success to rigorous training, self confidence and may be little bit of luck.

My personal mantra to success is hard-work and self-confidence, said Sambo, who was accorded a hero’s welcome by the sports fraternity after he landed at Naharalgun Helipad from Guwahati on a brief visit to his home state Tuesday afternoon.

“If I can do it, then you can too,” Sambo, who won a weightlifting gold in the ongoing SAG Games at Guwahat, said, when asked, why can’t the youths of the state, who have lots of potentials in them, achieve the same feat.

He called upon his fellow sportspersons and youth of the state to make career out of sports and work hard for success.

Sambo, who was selected for admission in Army Sports Institute, Pune under Army’s Mission Olympics Programme, is training in the institute since 2009.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) General Secretary Daniel Teli, who led the reception team said, unlike athletes of other sports disciplines, weightlifters need to get lots of nutritional intake to maintain bodyweight and stamina.

According to him, the dietary cost of a weightlifter falling under elite group, like Sambo, is as high as Rs 40,000 per month. The energetic AWA general secretary appealed to the authorities concerned to provide the necessary help and assistance to the lifters from the state, who have been performing consistently in the recent years.

Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General Gechi Doke also present on the occasion.




3rd CM’s Trophy begins

Potentials turning into reality: Advisor to Governor

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The third State Level Chief Minister’s Football and Volleyball Trophy tournament began at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) Playground, Chimpu near here today.

Impressive march past by over 1300 contingents from 20 districts, including a team from Capital Complex, and martial arts demonstration by students of SLSA marked the opening ceremony which lasted for about two hours.

Fireworks followed soon as Advisor to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh BD Sharma declared the Tournament open.

Addressing before the sportspersons, Sharma said that the potentials of the state are now turning into reality.

Citing the examples of Sambo Lapung, who won a weightlifting gold in the ongoing SAG, and Nishu Konia, who was crowned Mr. India title in junior section on Sunday, Sharma said he was elated by their performance and exhorted the players to draw inspiration from them.

“Though it is said that participation is more important than winning, the players should play the game in competitive manner with true sportsman spirit,” Sharma added.

Earlier, Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dani Salu, while highlighting the aims and objective of the CM’s Trophy, said that the tournament will provide the players a good opportunity to showcase their talent. He hoped the sports lovers would be witnessing highly competitive matches during the 12 days sporting events since the tournament is held for the best teams from the district only.

The oath of discipline and sportsmanship to the players was administered by Tamchi Yapi, the best women football player of previous edition of CM’s Trophy.

Kurung Kumey beat Siang district 4-0 in the opening men’s football match. The men’s football match played between Kra-Daadi and Longding and ended in 1-1 draw.

In women’s football, Lower Dibang Valley beat Changlang 5-2 goal while Lohit pipped Papum Pare 1-0.




State Karate team leaves for Kerala

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The State Karate team left here today for Kerala to participate in the KAI Senior National Karate Championship to be held there from February 14.

Sempai Rakesh Gamnu is the Coach cum Manager of the team, informed Arunachal Karate Do Association.

The team (Men): Matyup Tamblung (Kata and Kumite), Sinne Mikhu (-50 kg), Yorjum Sera (-55 kg), Matyup Tamblung (-61Kg), Anirudh Sahani  (-67 kg), Tage Saa (-75 kg), U. Tarun Ch. Singh (-84 kg), Likha Topa (+84 kg), (Women): Niktar Ani (Kata and kumite -61kg), Charu Kayum (-45 kg), Rei Yadi (-50 kg), Bamang Yakum (-55 kg),, Johny Mangkhiya (-68 kg), Mepung Tana (+68 kg).

Matyup Tamblung and Niktar Ani will participate in both Kata and Kumite events while the rest of the players will participate in Kumite only.




RRC, Guwahati to provide technical & logistic support: Dr. Bamin Tada

Review of NHM programmes

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: A co-ordination cum Review Meeting of NHM and all the Vertical Programmes under its ambit was held today at Naharlagun.

Director, Regional Resource Centre (RRC), Guwahati Dr. Bamin Tada attending the programme said his centre is willing to provide any technical and logistic support for improving effective implementation of health programs in the state.

While emphasizing on convergence from top to bottom, he said issues which are obstructing the smooth function of health system needs to be addressed immediately. He said that his purpose of visit  to the state is to seek co-operation as well as to extend his hand in improving the health scenario of the state.

Director Health Services, Dr. Moji Jini in his address informed that there is enough manpower in health department but the crux is to use them rationally. He stressed on motivational class to be incorporated in every training to overcome lack of motivation. Further he stressed the need for strengthening the nursing skills since they are the functionaries at periphery level.

Mission Director, NHM, P.N. Thungon, requested Dr Tada to appraise the centre for timely release of fund to ensured timely implementation of NHM programme.

Thungon hoped that RRC would bring the much needed positive changes thereby benefiting the health system of the state.

Nodal officer Dr D.Padung gave an overview of physical progress of NHM.




Clean Arunachal campaign receiving good response

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Clean Arunachal campaign is receiving good response from all quarters and sections of the society with every passing day throughout the state.

According to an official report, the Tirap District Administration has been working overtime to clean the entire Khonsa town.

In this connection, a series of cleanliness drives were organized in and around the town wherein people from all walks of life actively participated.

Apart from cleaning the roads, market area, office premises, all land mark places like Petrol pump, road junctions, streams criss-crossing the sleepy Khonsa Township were thoroughly cleaned by all the enthusiastic participants.

The Department of Urban Development in collaboration with line departments conducted a special social service at the lone Khonsa Petrol pump on January 3 during which all the accumulated boulders, garbage and roadside weeds were cleaned.

The District Administration has drawn plan to conduct social services on February 10 and 11.

The PHED Department under the guidance of the district administration will clean all the water sources and storage tanks in and around Khonsa township on February 10. All the schools in Khonsa have been directed to carry out a mass social service at their respective schools on February 11.

The DC has further instructed the Khonsa Bazar Welfare Committee to conduct social service in the market area from time to time so that cleanliness becomes a way of life.

Lower Dibang Valley also is not lagging behind in carrying out cleanliness drive.

Regular social services are being carried out in different colonies and sectors of Roing Township as a part of Clean Arunachal Campaign since February 2.

Employees of various Govt. departments, PSUs and other private establishments, NGOs, Bazaar Committee and school children are seen participating actively in large numbers in the cleanliness drive under Clean Arunachal campaign with the theme “My Pride, My City, I will Clean it”.

The social services are being done every morning from 6 to 7:30 am in every sector and colony as per the schedule chalked out by the District Administration.

Team of Officers headed by Ruchika Katyal, ADC, M Dirchi, DPO, Tao Tadap, UPO and Admin Officers are regularly monitoring the social service.

Apart from this, the District Administration has further directed all the HoDs for cleaning up their respective office premises, white washing and painting of their respective office buildings, walls, gate posts etc. within February 13.

With going by the trend, it is expected that the entire state would wear a better and cleaner look thanks to initiative of the former government.




Arunachal stall in IKBF draws huge crowd

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The exhibition stall put up by the directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh at the 40th International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF)-2016 in Kolkata proved itself to be crowd puller as the book lovers thronged the exhibition stall till the last day of the Fair on February 7 last.

The research department also did a brisk business with record sale of 85 per cent of total book exhibited in the IKBF. All linguistic books were sold out  which depicted the interest of book lovers towards the languages  and culture of Arunachal Pradesh, informed R N Koley, Asstt. Director of Research (Culture) in a communique.

While visiting the Arunachal’s research department book stall, a linguist, namely, Anindaya Sundar Pal said “My visit to book fair will not be completed without a visit to Arunachal stall.”  Highly appreciating the book stall of research department, a media person with AIR, Kolkata, Vijay Kumar Jha said, “it is a  stall to know  and  understand Arunachal.”

Another attraction was the  aesthetic  presentation of the exhibition stall by the research department with the interior theme “Folk dances of Arunachal Pradesh: Enchanting Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.”

This year the IKBF created a record with visit of as many as 23 lakh book lovers during the 12 days event which is also known as Festival of Kolkata. The concluding day of the Fair itself recorded nearly four lakh visitors.

This was consecutive fifth entry of Arunachal research department in this international book fair.



Power supply disrupted

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Distribution Transformer at Singchung supplying power to the ADC office, residence and other important premises, broke down due to over load plunging the whole area into darkness on Feb 8.

Though power supply has been restored to these areas, there is massive load shedding.  

Executive Engineer (E), Bomdila Elect Division said that transformers have not repaired due to want of fund.

The power transformers at Nafra, Palizi and Bhalukpong are lying unrepaired since last year, resulting in disruption as well as load shedding.



ATI training on DDOs

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Three days Training Programme on "Power & Functions of Disbursing & Drawing Officers (DDOs) have commenced at ATI Naharlagun.

Director (Audit & Pension) Md. Abdul Basit, has advised the participating officers to equip with all Central Civil Services (CCS) Rules adopted by state govt.

He observed that Head of departments are Sanctioning authorities and communicating officer should be subordinate officers of the same establishment, but sometimes other officers not from same establishment are communicating the Sanction orders which are wrong as per procedure. He also advised the officers, being the DDO of a department that it is their utmost duty to ensure timely finalization of pension cases and for any reasons, if pension could not be settled on time, provisional pension should be granted to the retiring employees on the last date of working day on which govt servant retires. If head of offices is not the DDO, he/she should sign the cash book of the deptt. in every end of a month to ensure accountability and maintaining proper & timely records.

Earlier Director Training, Pate Marik said that with implementation of RTI Act 2005 and Lokyukta, the expectations of citizens from the public servants have changed considerably. With RTI Act 2005, people easily access documents pertaining to govt departments and public utility organizations, therefore, officers should update their working knowledge regularly.



Training on Ginger pickle making

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: In all 20 participants underwent a day-long training on Ginger pickle making organized by the KVK, West Siang for farm women at Basar today.

During the programme, Training Coordinator, Bharati Saloi explained about value added ginger products which can help farm women generate more income. Saloi also emphasized on women empowerment in the society through development of agricultural enterprises and minimizing the post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables.

Incharge Joint Director, ICAR-AP Centre, Dr. R Alone and KVK-West Siang Incharge Project Coordinator, Dr. MS Baruah were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, 35 farmers including rural youth and farm women took part in a KVK West Siang, ICAR A.P-Centre, Basar conducted training-cum-diagnostic programme at New Bam village on Monday.

During the training, a team of SMSs informed the farmers about common diseases of livestock and poultry and their remedial measures and storage/handling of undersetting and post-harvest seeds.

Later, the farmers were also taken on a field visit to inspect the status of crops and livestock. The KVK scientists found diseases and worm infestation in swine, poultry and cattle and accordingly suggested its treatment. A demonstration on pea and winter vegetables were also held for the farmers.



Governor congrats Mr India (Jr)

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has congratulated Nishu Konia, the reigning Mr. Arunachal on being crowned the Mr. India title (in junior section) in the 6th National Body Building Championship held in Telangana recently.

The Governor said that the achievement is not only a matter of pride for the people of Arunachal Pradesh but also a source of inspiration for the younger generation of our State. Rajkhowa hoped Konia will excel further and bring more laurels to the State and the Country in future.

Impressed by the recent sporting accomplishment of Sambo Lapung, winning a gold medal in the ongoing South Asian Games in Guwahati and now by Konia in National Body Building Championship, the Governor said that these successes reflect the huge pool of sporting talents hidden in Arunachal Pradesh. PRO to Raj Bhawan



New advisor allocated depts.

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has allocated all the departments previously allocated to YS Dadwal, former Advisor to  Banshidhar Sharma. Advisor (Home & Political) will look after  departments of District Administration, Election, Home & Inter-State Border Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, Political (excluding Vigilance), PWD, Disaster Management, Transport & Civil Aviation, Youth Affairs and Sports, General Administration, Department of Development of Tirap and Changlang, Secretariat Administration, Excise and Narcotics, Culture Affairs, Mines, Labour & Employment, Land Management and Information Technology, Science & Technology



Blood has no identity of religion and region: Ramesh Jeke

DAPORIJO, Feb 09: Blood has no identity of caste, creed, religion and region, said Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) founder Ramesh Jeke to the thunderous applause of the local youth in the club here at an awareness campaign.

The awareness campaign of the AVYS is being held in response to the pressing demands for blood throughout the state.

DC Komkar Dulom, evincing keen interest to serve the humanity, has facilitated formation of a group of 41 young volunteers including 11 girls with Tako Siga, a teacher of Kuporijo Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, as chairman. The group has joined the humanitarian mission with Dulom assuring all possible supports in facilitating blood donations as and when required.   

An awareness campaign was conducted in VKV to apprise the students the necessity of blood donation and its benefit.



Chopper carrying Kiren makes emergency landing

ITANAGAR, Feb 09:  A helicopter carrying Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju made an emergency landing at the Hindon airbase, 30 km from New Delhi, due to a technical problem on Tuesday afternoon. All passengers on board the craft are safe.

The BSF chopper carrying Rijiju and officials of the Home Ministry took off from New Delhi for Tehri in Uttarakhand to assess disaster preparedness and meet BSF soldiers on the India-China border when the pilot discovered a technical snag in the MI 17 V5 aircraft. Undeterred, the team later left for Tehri in another chopper.  



HGB no more

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The HGB of Namey Village, Bomnya Doke (Lendo) died at his native village on Feb 3 last. Born in 1951, Doke was appointed to the post of HGB in 1987. He is survived by two wives and seven daughters and two sons.

Recalling Doke as a simple, honest man and impartial decision maker, the Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) today deeply mourned his death and termed it as a great loss for the society.



Establish fire station soon

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Informing that Banderdewa still does not have a Fire Station, the IMC Ward No. 30 Councilor, Tai Tasung has in a memorandum submitted to the Capital Complex DC today appealed to him to establish one at PS Banderdewa or at the PTC at the earliest to avert damages caused by fire incidents in future.

Claiming that one MIBT structure at DFO Colony Banderdewa was completely gutted in a fire incident on Feb 6 last, the Councilor said that the damages could have been minimized if there were fire tender available at Banderdewa.



Fire again renders a family homeless

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Fire has rendered a former police personnel homeless at Dree Colony, Banderdewa.

According to Banderdewa Circle Youth Organization (BCYO), the dwelling house of one Nami Chatung, an Ex-APP, was gutted on February 8 around 6.30 pm. The organization provided some essential relief materials like utensils, blanket etc to the fire victim today on humanitarian ground.



Drive against unregistered vehicles


PASIGHAT, Feb 09: As many as 26 vehicles were registered on the spot on first day of week-long Vehicle Registration drive, while High Security Number plate (HSNP) were affixed on  95 vehicles at Pasighat town.  

 Transport officials with help of Police and Magistrate today conducted vehicular checking and compelled the owners to register their vehicles at  the spot.

 District Transport officer, Chakfa Wangsu informed that his team would continue the registration drive at Pasighat till February 11 next, while they would conduct the drive at Mebo, Sille and Ruksin on February 12, 13 and 14 respectively.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner, Isha Khosla, who inaugurated the week-long registration drive at Pasighat Bus stand, has appreciated the efforts of the department and instructed the officials concerned to maintain transparency and accountability in the registration processes.  


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Govt. officials being made scapegoat

The decision of Governor Secretariat to issue show cause notice to its own deputy secretary coinciding with demand for transfer of Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi is a worrying sign. As the battle for power intensifies between Governor, Tuki & Pul camp and that of BJP, increasingly government officials are getting caught in the cross fire. The first casualty seems to be Deputy Secretary of the Raj Bhavan who has been served show cause notice by his own secretary. He has been alleged of sending note to secretary law without knowledge of Rajbhawan. For the layman it is hard to belief that a junior officer like deputy secretary would dare to write letter on behalf of Governor without knowledge of his higher authorities. Also the deputy secretary in question is known to be very sincere and dedicated officer. Therefore one get worries thinking whether he is getting victimized in this whole situation.

An appeal made by a sub-committee of a political party seeking transfer of Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi is another news item which caught the eye of public. Negi is an extremely popular CS. Not only government official even public adore him. Coming from a hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, he has been found to be very sympathetic towards problem confronting the state.  He is an asset to Arunachal and has done decent job of running state even as political crisis escalated. The transfer and posting of government officials should not be done based on political agenda. At a time when state is going through a difficult period, the vindictive action will only add fuel to the fire. Let political battle be fought among politicians. They should avoid making government officials a soft target.







Readers’ Forum





Traveling with ILP

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to bring in light the mockery that the police personnel placed in the Likabali police checkpoint are making of the inner line permit system of our state. As I was on my way to Itanagar, I had a non-APST passenger travelling beside me who didn’t have an ILP and as we reached the police check post in Likabali, I thought that the police personnel present there would inquire how he got inside the state without any legal documents and would not let him pass through the check point but they let him pass through without any inquiry.

I was quite disheartened and ashamed to see how the police personnel were making mockery of the rights that the government of India has implemented to safeguard the tribal population.

I request the higher officials and authorities to take some steps regarding this because it’s a very serious issue which is needed to be corrected soon.


Ekar Riram

College of Agriculture




Ban advertisements of fairness cream

Dear Editor,

Recent Bengaluru mob attack on a Tanzanian lady again underlines the immediate need to ban those advertisements of fairness cream that equate dark complexion with ostracism and fair complexion with confidence. Repeated audiovisual appeals by the celebrities through such advertisements consolidate the myth that associates success and popularity with fair complexion. They make us forget how popular and powerful the dark man in the White House is!

In fact, any advertisement that corrodes humanity and fraternity needs to be nipped in the bud. The advertisers should learn a thing or two from their western counterparts who select models of different hues like Naomi Campbell and Serena Williams to promote their products.


Sujit De,





Hampered development process

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, Panchayat leaders of Giba circle wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities of our state regarding long-pending demand of the people.

Development in present days without good rural connectivity shall never bloom. Rural connectivity in a hill-locked state like Arunachal Pradesh is achieved by road connectivity. The scenario of road condition in Giba circle is a distant-far from good. Such is the condition that hardly any vehicular mode of transportation is possible. During rainy season the condition worsens. And it has not only affected the development process, it has also deprived the people of Giba circle of social connectivity and various health benefits especially during emergencies. People face numerous other problems.

Number of appeals has been made and various proposals regarding the road and other infrastructure development in the circle have been submitted but to no avail.

Recently, a team of delegates led by the Zilla Parishad and Anchal Parishad chairperson along with all the Anchal Samiti members of Giba circle met Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, highlighting him about the various grievances faced by the people of Giba circle. He was made aware of the various PMGSY schemes and Infrastructure Development schemes which are yet to be finalised. They are listed below:

(a) Menga to Giba PMGSY Road

(b) Menga-Shiv Mandir to Dignium PMGSY Road

(c) IB Shed at Extra Assistant Commisioner (EAC) Head Quarter Giba.

Rijiju has assured his full cooperation which has come as a huge relief for the people of Giba circle.

We ask for the concerned authority of our state to please look into the matter as soon as possible and request for swift action at the earliest time possible.


Togam Leriak

Zilla Parishad Member




A bad model

Dear Editor,

The Employees’ Forum of Govt. Model Degree College, Wessang (Seppa) is unhappy at the utter mismanagement of the college administration; academic and non-academic affairs. Since 2009,  the teaching and the non-teaching staffs of the lone institute of higher education in the entire East kameng district have been facing tremendous negligence from the concern authority. The highly qualified faculties are not getting enough support from the administration. The faculties are not getting any kind of infrastructural help from the authorities in terms of good teaching aids. Till December 15, the college was run from the temporary site and recently it has been shifted to its permanent campus at Wessang. After almost half a decade of struggle, the so called higher educational institute, which is a ‘model college’ now has been placed into a totally secluded location. The permanent site is 10km away from the main town. The dedicated teachers of the college are now facing manifold physical constrains to run the academic session properly. The college bus hardly operates, there are no sufficient quarters at the new site, the area is literally detached from civilization and no telephonic network is available till date and apart from all these things the road condition between main town and the college campus is deplorable. But, this is not the end.

The faculties are tired of asking for their due transfer, their service books have not been maintained from the date of joining and significantly their only retirement benefit, the NPS PRAN account has not been maintained till date. It is noticed that 10% of the Basic salary plus DA has been deducted every month in the name of NPS but when the forum did some query it was found that the deducted amount has not been deposited in the accounts for so many years and as consequence, all the drafts have become invalid. In this way the employees are not getting their retirement benefit.

Another parallel question arises here-if the amount could be deposited somehow, then who will pay the annual interest for the previous years? It is seen that the annual interest for NPS for state Govt. employees varies from 10% to 15%. Since the deducted and compounded amount has not been deposited timely, the concern bank will not repay the interest amount for the previous years. These all shows the callous nature of the administration of the college.

East Kameng district is literally considered as a tough or punishment posting place. The level of tolerance of the employees has reached the mark. The faculties have been recruited by the APPSC and they should be treated as other respected gazetted officers in the state. Recently, the semester result of RGU showed the pathetic condition of the state and East Kameng district is possibly at the top of failed list. If the mentality of the Government and the concerned authority remain like this, the future of this state will be a day dream only.

The Employees’ Forum of the Govt. Model Degree College, Wessang (Seppa) is hereby pointing out the actual situation of the institution and is requesting the authority to take immediate steps to resolve the problems.


Employees’ Forum: Govt. Model Degree College, Wessang, Seppa




For BJP, power is not a big issue

Dear Editor,

The matters of Transfer and Posting are normal practices in a government. We have no outlook in the matters of normal and routine transfer and posting, making payments of Contractor’s bills to genuine cases and awarding work orders etc. Rather we are working on and are committed to good politics and going ahead with positive agenda of “SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAS”. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started the process. It is not a process that can be completed within only five years;

The sub-Committees constituted in the party objectively functions within the frame work of the party and all such sub-committees are automatically expires with the announcement of party organization elections, and the State Office Bearers remains functional till new team assumes office also.

All kinds of press matters – Publicity and propagandas in the banner of the party especially party policy and major decisions are carried out through authorized party functionaries and the party has time and again made it clear and press statements issued in this respect earlier. And therefore the Party shall not be responsible for any unauthorized news item (s) till the fresh arrangements are effected.

Party leaders and workers shall put country before self and work relentlessly and to bring positive changes in the state (Arunachal Pradesh) to be one of developed states in the committee of developed states of the nation. For the BJP, power is not the big issue.

The BJP is best poised to ensure accelerated development of the state and wellbeing of its people, and it is the only and lone principal opposition party in Arunachal Pradesh with true and strong internal democracy. The BJP is the only party where strong internal democracy has prevailed throughout. Because of its internal democracy, there has been no factionalism within the BJP since its inception, while all major political parties in the country have broken into factions.

The supreme sacrifices of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, Pundit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Sundar Singh Bhandari and Kushabhau Thakre, shall be guiding spirit on party leaders and workers to consider “what you have given to the party, not whether the party made you MLA or Minister. The party is committed to its core ideology, principle and philosophy in strengthening the party with our established working system without any breach of party discipline.


Techi  Necha

Party Spokesman cum State Vice President

Bharatiya Janata Party

Arunachal Pradesh




Increase age limit

Dear Editor,

Finally APPSC has declared result of mains exam but it took 3 years to do so. In this process, many have crossed their upper limit. Had said exam been conducted within one year, those candidates could have got at least two chance to appear in APPSCCCE.

Present upper age limit for appearing in state Govt service exam is not fair for the candidates because many departments takes more than one year to conduct job interview. This unnecessary delay makes many of candidates over aged.

In the State like Assam and Andhra Pradesh, upper age limit is 38 and 40 years respectively. Why upper age limit in our state cannot be increased?  What is the problem and harm in increasing upper age limit?

Earlier, many have made request to the state Govt. but the Govt. have increased only for two years which is not enough seeing the example of APPSC exams.

The administration should look into this issue at the earliest.


Hage Thuke

Jarjum Riba