Legislative Assembly says yes to Pul as CM, AICC says ‘it is not the last chapter’
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Thursday comfortably won the confidence vote in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The confidence vote was approved by voice vote supported by 40 members, out of which 28 were Congress, 11 BJP and 2 Independent MLAs. 17 MLAs including Nabam Tuki remained absent from the session.
Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly has an effective strength of 58 at present with two vacancies.
Meanwhile, Congress today said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul winning the floor test was "not the last chapter".
"It is not the last chapter. The whole issue is before the Supreme Court," party spokesman Ashwani Kumar told reporters in Delhi when asked about the dissident Congress leader proving his majority on the floor of the Assembly with the support of 40 MLAs.
The 17 Congress MLAs loyal to Tuki were absent following CLP chief whip (Tuki group) Rajesh Tacho's stern direction to abstain from voting in support of Pul.
However, chief whip of CLP (Pul group) Pema Khandu had issued another whip directing the party MLAs to vote in favour of the incumbent chief minister.
In his address to the house after the convincing floor test, Pul dismissed allegation by Tuki faction blaming the Governor for the political crisis in Arunachal and said under Article 174(2) of Constitution, the Governor has special powers to summon, call off and dissolve an Assembly.
Criticising Tuki, he said the former Chief Minister never paid attention to the suggestions and issues raised by the ministers and MLAs and carried on with his own style of functioning that resulted in dissidence.
Majority of the Congress MLAs were not satisfied with Tuki as he never bothered to redress their grievances and instead tried to suppress them , he said.
Pul claimed that the former Chief Minister, had also hatched a conspiracy to unseat two MLAs from the Assembly in connivance with the then Speaker.
Pul expressed his gratitude to MLAs supporting him and said after 13 months of struggle, he could stand as the leader of the House.
"When people elected the MLAs and an orphan like me to the Assembly, we should do something for them in return ...
The need of the hour is to develop will power of the politicians for overall development of the state.
"My struggle is not to become chief minister but to streamline Arunachal's dismal financial health as the state has recorded continuous overdraft with RBI in the last three years and has negative cash balance of Rs 581 crore currently.
We should prepare modalities to generate state's own resources without depending much on the Centre," he said.
Pul said immediately after dissension erupted within Congress, he started receiving threats from underground elements.
Taking part in the confidence motion, Leader of Opposition (BJP) Tamiyo Taga criticised Tuki saying that the former chief minister was acting as per his whims and fancies without thinking for people's welfare.
"We support the Kalikho Pul government unconditionally from outside for a better governance for which people are waiting. There was no development and gross financial mismanagement took place during Tuki's tenure," he alleged.
Former minister Chowna Mein (Cong) cited autocratic rule of Tuki as the main reason for the political turmoil in the state which paved way for President's Rule.
Mein who was finance minister under Tuki government, alleged that finance was in shambles in the previous government.
Former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo (Cong) alleged that due to misuse of central funds, the state government could not provide salaries to the employees, while another former minister from the party, Honchun Ngandam said that democracy failed under the leadership of Tuki.
Independent MLA Paknga Bage, Congress members Likha Saaya, Markio Tado and Lombo Tayeng also criticised the former government while extending support to Pul.
In the absence of business, the Assembly session was adjourned sine die. (with inputs from PTI)
Departments delay on Governor’s order; Pul faces litmus test ahead
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: With deadline to act upon Governor’s order to cancel out-of –turn-promotion (OTP), functional and officiating officers nearing end, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul faces the first litmus test, as more departments are reportedly faltering in submission of status reports of such employees to the Chief Secretary’s office.
Formed on promise of a corruption-free government, Pul in his third day as the Chief Minister had assured to the people of state that he would stand by the Governor’s order to streamline the promotion system that has been widely hailed.
However, more skeletons are tumbling out from the closets of the departments as many departments are reluctant to reveal their exact numbers of officiating, functional and OTP staffs to the Chief Secretary.
So far three departments namely PWD, Education and Rural Development have complied by implementing the order. The Chief Secretary’s Office had confirmed this on Wednesday as it hinted that all exercise must be completed within 15 days.
The Education Department has come in second place after Rural Development in numbers with 170 cases (in total) of officiating, functional and OTP, followed by Sports and Youth Affairs department with six cases of officiating and functional employees.
There are five OTP (AT-JT) in Elementary Education, Junior Teacher to Block Education Officer stands at 146 including 32 sanctioned posts. Similarly in School Education, there are six cases of Junior Teacher who are functioning as District Adult Education Officer (ADEO), while there are 13 cases of JT who are in the role of Head Masters/Vice-Principals (HM/VP).
After extensive research by The Arunachal Times, the inertia and apathy of department has been exposed leading to gridlock in promotions. It is said that many departments have failed to conduct DPC in the last three years. To run the department and meet up the requirements, they depute junior officers to post purely on temporary basis without any financial benefits. Glaring example is the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, which have six cases of officiating/functional appointments as it had not had DPC for last the three years. Similar is the case reportedly with the Health, APEDA and Food and Civil Supplies Departments. It is learnt that Chief Minister Kalikho Pul is already under pressure from his legislators not to implement the order. Under such circumstances, it remains to be seen how effectively the Chief Minister is going to implement the order.
Wangki Lowang selected as Speaker
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: MLA Namsang, Wangki Lowang was selected as the Speaker of the Sixth Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly unanimously. Earlier, Pema Khandu had moved the motion to choose Wangki Lowang as the Speaker.
Lowang was supported by 40 members in the House of 58, comprising of 27 Congress, two Independents and 11 BJP members. Lowang was elected as an MLA in 1999 and since then has been a member of the legislative assembly. Addressing the house, Speaker Wangki Lowang said, “I assure to run the house to your expectations by upholding the democratic traditions and the legislative assembly’. He also sought cooperation from all present and absent members of the house for smooth running of the assembly sessions.
17 Congress MLAs supporting former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki remained absent during the voting. It was informed by the Secretary Legislative Assembly to the Speaker that the 17 members absent from the Assembly proceedings of the day had not submitted any leave application.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, while welcoming the decision of the members, termed Lowang as an "experienced person and well-versed" in Assembly proceedings.
He expressed hope that Lowang would work in a non-partisan interest without any discrimination in the house providing equal chance to all members irrespective of party affiliation.
Addressing the house, BJP legislature party leader Tamiyo Taga said that the Composite Floor Test was a new thing in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh while everybody was questioning how could BJP support Congress to form the government. We could not remain absent from the government and in the interest of the state, we joined the government, added Taga.
“We found Kalikho Pul to be a better leader, not the Congress, and as a result had moved the Composite Floor Test”, said Taga.
Taking a dig at the former state government, Taga stated that the government was not functioning as there was no governance in place and that there was financial bankruptcy.
On behalf of the BJP, Taga in the Well of the house declared unconditional outside support of the party. He said, misunderstandings may arise but in supreme interest of the state we will continue to support the government. Categorically Taga added that there is no rule in the country that BJP should not support a Congress government.
Further, Taga appealed and expressed hope that the post of the Deputy Speaker will be given to a member from the BJP as it is a usual practice of all Legislative Assemblies to give the post to a member from another party.
With rains around the corner, no respite for commuters
[ Appu Gapak ]
Rains are just around the corner and with this; the worries of residents living in different colonies of the Capital Complex will be heightened as the road reconstructions seems to be leading nowhere in several stretches. The way the roads are being repaired, leaving aside the need to have a proper drainage system, bad roads will greet us soon within no time like it always does.
Two places in Papu Nalah, one near Niba hospital and another near Him Petrol Pump have been the worst traffic spots in the past one year, sometimes, severing the traffic link between Itanagar and Naharlagun. The 12 metre culvert near Niba hospital is just halfway even though it has been more than a year since the construction started.
And near Him petrol pump, only 9 metres out of total 15 metres have been built.
“People are going to suffer,” says one of the ITBP jawans deputed at the site near Niba hospital.
The department blames lack of fund for the delay in the construction work.
Both the works are to be completed within March,” informed AE Highway Debia Takam.
He informed that fund of all the works done since July 2015, apart from Improvement of Riding Quality Programme (IRQP) works are pending.
“We have been pushing them for early completion of the work but then we cannot force them, if we cannot pay them on time,” he laments.
He further says that the construction works on both the sites would not be hampered with rain as the base has already been built.
“The base has already been done, so rain should not be a hindrance in the work,” the AE further adds.
Govt shall make effort to curb financial profligacy: Rajkhowa
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Seventh Session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly begun on Thursday with the address of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa who said that as far as public finances of the State are concerned, the government shall make every effort to curb financial profligacy. Wasteful expenditure will be identified, minimized and eliminated. Funds will be basically deployed for creation of assets and human resources, he added.
The Governor also added that a permanent Public Finance Watchdog Committee will be constituted to advice on augmenting receipts as well as on rationalising expenditure to function as an Emergency Lamp for the Government so that errors are culled out when just being committed.
A full-fledged Budget session will be held in March for passing the budget for 2016-17, he said.
On the developmental front, the Governor stated that substantial allocations will be made for education, health, sanitation, urban development, handloom & handicrafts, horticulture, tourism, water supply, rural development, police, power, roads, drinking water, agriculture and irrigation besides a host of other sectors and sub-sectors.
Stating of de-centralization of public funds from the capital of the State to grass roots, the Governor added that the Government will also undertake a serious review of the fund flow to urban and rural local bodies for making appropriate course corrections.
Informing that the Government envisages setting up a ‘Single Window Clearance’ mechanism for encouraging investments in micro, small, medium and large scale enterprises in the State, Governor Rajkhowa said that the economic development of the State cannot compromise the traditional and customary structure of the society.
There has to be a harmony built between economic development and the preservation of indigenous culture, added the Governor.
Announcing about the Arunachal State Investment Board, the Governor said that the board would be a mechanism for clearing major proposals with two-tier of decision-making. First it will be a small sized bureaucratic apparatus and at the top it will have a Ministerial body to ultimately clear investment proposals.
Laying special emphasis on “Clean Arunachal”, the Governor said that the Prime Minister’s Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan will get a new impetus in the State.
The Governor also stated of setting up of “Tribal Harmony Fund” for catering to programmes run exclusively through youths, an Arunachal History & Heritage Commission for children and youths to study the history, heritage and culture of the state and State Human Rights Commission.
Stating that women in the state have no gender issues, the Governor informed that the government is seriously interested in District Women Commissions.
On reformation of archaic laws, the Governor’s speech stated that since most of the laws of the State have become archaic due to being borrowed from Assam or from other States, the government has proposed to appoint a new State Law Commission for doing away with them as these laws have no connection to the ground realities in Arunachal Pradesh.
Further, the government has envisaged “Make in Arunachal” programme for employment generation of youths. Accordingly, the Governor said that any company that invests in Arunachal shall have to employ 50 percent of staff from local boys and girls and rest 50 percent, in view of specialized nature of works, may be brought from outside. “Make in Arunachal” will focus on mining, minerals, horticulture, sericulture, native medicines, power, tourism food and fruit processing, paddy cum pisciculture and such areas where the State is abundantly rich, added the Governor. A “Make in Arunachal Fund” will also be constituted to promote productive venture so that token loans are provided to credible entrepreneurs.
Emphasising on corruption-free Government, the Governor said that existing laws like the Lokayukta Act and anti-corruption institutions like the Vigilance Commission will be rejuvenated. He said, public will be empowered to call to account all public institutions through feedback forms, suggestion boxes, public Darshans with Ministers and senior bureaucrats, grievance redressal week in a month etc, while there is also a proposal for enacting a Bill for timely delivery of public services.
Arunachalee lifters dominate National Weightlifting Championship
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The lifters from Arunachal Pradesh continued to dominate the proceedings in National Weightlifting Championship-2015-16 with national champion Kojum Taba winning three more gold medals for the state on day four in the Junior Super Middle Weight category (77 Kg).
Taba won three gold medal from all the three sections of the competition—Snatch (131 kg), Clean and Jerk (160kg) and total lift (291kg)—with crushing victory over his nearest competitors S Satish and Ravi Teja of Goa, who were no match for the lifter from the State, informed Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA).
Taba’s domination could be understood from the fact he won all the medals from his first lift. He started his lifting from 131kg whereas his nearest competitor’s final lift was 124 Kg.
Likewise, in Clean and Jerk, Kojum Taba began his lifting from 160 Kg whereas his nearest challenger Ravi Teja, also from Goa, completed his best lift at 154 Kg.
Kojum lifted 173 Kg in Clean & Jerk at 67th Men Senior National Weightlifting Championships held at Jaipur- 2015.
Another lifter from the State Langpu Roman failed to win medal after he had washout all his attempts.
In light heavyweight category of 85 kg Nabam Tat lifted a total of 199 Kg (89Kg in Snatch and 110 kg in Clean & Jerk).
The State’s medal haul on day four rose from Wednesday’s 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze to 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.
Arunachal Pradesh for the first time has fielded maximum six Girl participants in a National Weightlifting championship. Although they failed not win medal, the experiences they have gained in the championship would help them perform better in the upcoming competitions, AWA hoped.
The performances of Girls in the Youth section are, Tang Devi (44 Kg) Category) Snatch: 48Kg, Clean & Jerk:58 Kg. Total: 106 Kg), Techi Nadam (48 kg), Snatch: 49kg, Clean & Jerk:64 kg, Total:113 kg, Posen Kongkang (53Kg)--Snatch: 53kg, Clean & Jerk 66 kg, Total: 119kg), Babylonia Taga (53kg)-- Snatch:52kg, Clean & Jerk:65kg and Total 117kg, PH Roshni (63kg)--Snatch: 58kg, Clean & Jerk:65kg and total 123kg, Christina Tayeng (69kg--Snatch: 59, Clean & Jerk: 73, Total: 132 kg.
One arrested, Deer meat seized
PASIGHAT, Feb 25: The wildlife officials have seized 34 kg of hog-deer meat from a vehicle at Raneghat Forest Check Gate, Pasighat early morning on Thursday.
The woman, who was reportedly carrying the meat in Tata Mobile (AR-03-0937), has been arrested under 39(B) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and later released.
The seized meat was destroyed near Gandhi Chowk in presence of the judicial magistrate Bani Lego, DFO T Mize, East Siang ABK President Okom Yosung, ZPC Kaling Dai and other onlookers.
DFO (WL) T Mize informed that the arrested lady was freed after her father assured that the actual hunter would be brought to the authority with weapon within two days.
She has been warned not to carry any type of wildlife products either in dead or alive in future. Mize assured that the actual culprit would be booked under appropriate section of the law soon.
The DFO (WL) appreciated the Range Officers K Panging(WL) and Obang Tayeng (T) and their associates for commendable job. DFO Mize said forest department alone cannot check illegal hunting and sought cooperation from all citizens to restrict crime against wildlife.
Mize informed that on February 23, one Bame Jerang of Yemsing village of Siang district along with his friends has rescued one Asiatic Deer cub from the jungle. The rescued deer cub was handed over to Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Seijosa, East Kameng district on Thursday for rehabilitation.
He also informed that critically endangered species “Bengal Florican” has been found in Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Asad and his team from “Bombay Natural History Society” is expected to arrive in Pasighat in the first week of March to carry out census of the species.
ABK (East Siang) President Okom Yosung informed that they have been conducting awareness campaign throughout the district since November last and has appealed the administration to conduct monthly development meeting with the forest department. DIPRO
Governor, CM extend Nyokum greetings
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa has greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Nyokum festival. He further expressed hope that the celebration will invoke the blessings of Ane Nyokum for peace, harmony, well being and prosperity of the people of the state.
In his festival message, the Governor said that Nyokum Yullo, one of the most popular festivals of Arunachal Pradesh, showcases the exotic and treasured cultural assets of the state. He said that the joyous celebration of Nyokum Yullo is an occasion to celebrate the beauty of Nyishi Culture and their rich traditions and values. The enormity of the cultural diversity, tolerance and pluralism is the chief characteristic and the foundation of the Nation’s unity and integrity, he added.
The Governor further wished that the youth, community leaders and torchbearers of the state will appreciate it and internalize the constructive and inspiring values of the cultural pluralism.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul in his message said that Nyokum Yullo provides an opportunity to the members of the Nyishi community to display the cultural richness and the unique but rich traditional heritage of the state.
Stating that the enormity of state’s cultural diversity and pluralism is its singular hallmark and the foundation of its unity and integrity, the CM wished that the Nyishi community being one of the largest community of the state covering seven districts and some pockets of Assam would become the torchbearers of the society while the youths would continue to promote the positive values of the state’s cultural pluralism. (PROs to Governor and CM)
Byaling refutes Pul’s claim of switching side
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Former Home Minister Tanga Byaling has rubbished the claim that he has switched loyalty from Nabam Tuki to Kalikho Pul camp.
Dismissing the claim of the Chief Minister Kalikho Pul who had said that Byaling joined his camp, the former Home Minister said that report of switching to Pul camp is not true, in a message to this daily.
While parading six legislators from Tuki camp including three former ministers Takam Pario, Gojen Gadi, Jomde Kena and three former parliamentary secretaries Likha Saaya, Punji Mara and Jambey Tashi before the media on Wednesday, Pul had claimed that former Home Minister Tanga Byaling and Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar are also joining his camp soon. While Yekar did not react, Byaling flatly denied the claim as he said that report of his joining Pul’s camp was misleading.
DA imposes penalty on 50 unregistered bikes
ROING, Feb 25: Intensifying its drive against unregistered vehicles, particularly two wheelers, the Lower Dibang Valley district administration has imposed fine on over 50 unregistered motor bikes and realized more than Rs 1, 55,000 as penalty from them, informed H Wangha, District Transport Officer.
Lower Dibang Valley district administration has appealed to all vehicle owners to get High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) fixed in their vehicles by April 15, 2016 to avoid late fines.
The checking is jointly conducted by Town Magistrate, DTO (Transport), Motor Vehicle Inspector assisted by the Police and will be continued for some days.
Around 250 light motor vehicles and 470 two wheelers have affixed HSRPs till Thursday.
The affixing of High Security Registration Plate is going on at District Administration Garage near State Bank of India, Roing. DIPRO
Aniya villagers to install transformer on their own
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: In an exemplary move, the residents of Aniya village, Nirjuli have decided to purchase transformer for the village power supply. The move came after the transformer for the village was blown off recently.
In its letter to the chief secretary informing of its move, it wrote, “… The villagers with consensus have decided to purchase the transformer from our own end for immediate installation… as waiting for the government fund for procurement and repairing of the transformers will take time.”
It further clarified to the claim of some people who have lodged complaint against their move saying that their move is as per the public consensus in a meeting held on February 23 last and there is no involvement of AE and JE of the power department.
DC inspects schools, asks SMCs to ensure proper implementation of schemes
YUPIA, Feb 25: Papum Pare District DC Pooja Jain has today asked the school authorities and school management committee (SMC) members of Banderdewa and Doimukh circles to ensure cent percent implementation of schemes by maintaining the quality of works.
The DC said this after inspecting various government schools of Banderdewa and Doimukh circles on Feb 23 and 24 to assess the problems being faced by the schools.
While interacting with the SMC members and school authorities, the DC who was accompanied by Papum Pare DDSE, TT Tara and Doimukh BRCC, R Doye, assured to provide necessary fund under Annual Development Agenda (ADA) and asked the SMC members to ensure proper implementation of the schemes.
Later, a coordination meeting regarding smooth conduct of the ensuing CBSE examination was held at the DC’s official chamber which was attended by DDSE, Doimukh SDO, Yupia DSP, Doimukh Higher Secondary Principal, BEO and BRCCs.
In the meeting, the DC directed SP Papum Pare Yupia to deploy sufficient number of police personnel at all examination centers and instructed ADCs and SDOs to provide Magistrate duty on the day of examination and appoint flying squads from various departments including education for free and fair conduct of examination and submit the list to DC. (DIPRO)
‘Poor quality of work leads to drinking water problem’
PASIGHAT, Feb 25: The villagers of Debing, including a section of Gaon Burahs and panchayat members, have accused the Pasighat division of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of poor implementation of the rural drinking water supply project in the village.
They alleged that the drinking water project has been implemented very poorly due to which the pipelines supplying water get washed away when the rains return causing acute problems in drinking water. The villagers feared that pipelines laid on the riverbed without any support will be washed away when the rains return in the next summer. The villagers demanded the PHED to publish a white paper denoting construction cost and quality and quantity of materials used in the project.
Official documents obtained through RTI reveals that the work worth Rs 71.36433 lakh was executed without inviting tender, and as many as 18 contractors and farmhouses were engaged in the construction works.
It may be recalled that East Siang Deputy Commissioner, following public complaint, ordered magisterial inquiry into the alleged irregularity and financial mismanagement of the water supply project. Accordingly, a five-member Inquiry Committee led by Ruksin ADC T Pada during September last year visited the construction. The committee, which had found some irregularities in construction works, directed the executing agency for rectification of the defective structure. But, the PHED didn’t follow the order, which is causing concern among the local villagers.
Mai Ko Som Phai celebrated
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Mai-Ko-Som-Phai the traditional religious festival of Tai community of Theravada Buddhists was celebrated in Namsai and Changlang districts with a day-long programme on February 23.
Mai-Ko-Som-Phai festival is a ritual ceremony held on the full moon day of Magha month. This festival also marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the summer of the lunar year.
Tall hayricks made of wood and straw were constructed and set on fire early in the next morning by observing certain religious customs and traditions by the Tai community.
The traditional festival of Mai-Ko-Som-Phai holds special significance for all the followers of Buddhism as it is believed that Gautama Buddha pronounced his impending death on this day. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity paying homage to the momentous events of the last years of the Buddha's life. The word Mai-Ku-Som-Phai which is in Tai Khampti language means to set fire a stack of firewood.
A popular local dish of the Tai community known as Khao Ya-Ku or Khao Nam Pa, a mixture of rice, sesame seeds, yam, leafy vegetables, nuts and condiments is prepared for a community feast during this festival is yet another attraction of this celebration.
Performing rituals of Uposatha (observance day) and observance of the Pancha Silas (Five Precepts) by the Theravada Buddhist layman and ordained members of the Sangha are some other highlights of the festival.
The Theravada Buddhist Society Itanagar also celebrated the day at the temple premises.
Speaker calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The newly elected Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Wangki Lowang along with Deputy Speaker T.N. Thongdok called on Governor JP Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan on Thursday and formally submitted the proceedings of the first day of the Seventh Session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly to the Governor.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul was also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Governor congratulated Pul for successfully clearing the ‘floor test’, which he had advised, with cent percent voting in his favour in the seventh session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly held at the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Hall, Naharlagun on Thursday.
“This way Pul has established himself as the undisputed and most popular democratically elected leader of the State today,” the Governor said.
He expressed confidence that Pul will be able to live up to people’s expectations, particularly the common man, and do everything possible to make all sections of the people contented.
The Governor expressed the hope that under Pul’s astute leadership the State of Arunachal Pradesh would march forward along the road of peace, prosperity and development.
The Governor also congratulated Wangki Lowang for being unanimously elected to the post of Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
The Governor expressed the hope and confidence that Lowang will uphold the dignity and sanctity of the esteemed post and Constitution of India.
The Governor said that the Speaker has the pivotal role to play in ensuring that the proceedings of the Assembly are fairly and smoothly conducted, maintaining the decorum of the House. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
DC discourages use of inorganic fertilizers
DAPORIJO, Feb 25: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom discouraged use and sale of inorganic fertilizers and weedicides in the district, which has been declared organic where the selling of those items has been banned.
Addressing the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of KVK to review activities of KVK and present and discuss the action plan for 2016-17 at the Rijo Conference Hall here on Thursday, Dulom gave more emphasis on agriculture, horticulture and the allied sectors which had a potential to create a means of livelihood for the people and make them self sufficient.
The DC encouraged activities like the teaching of technology for production of soya milk for local consumption, making of charcoal filters with locally available materials to purify water. He supported the projected plan to release fingerlings in the local rivers to increase the depleting fish stock.
He put forward the plan to conduct fortnightly/ weekly Market days at Daporijo for sale of local produce by the farmers, artisans, craftsmen, SHGs etc to encourage the local people.
The DC hoped for the successful implementation of the activities to be taken up under the action plan.
District Horticulture Officer (DHO) Rudham Sindhu stressed the need for soil testing to determine soil type and quality before taking up agriculture and horticulture activities for better crop production. He encouraged the KVK to provide technical knowhow and scientific knowledge to the farmers.
Programme Coordinator Deepanjali Deori gave a brief introduction on the KVK Maro and its activities.
The Subject Matter Specialists presented the activities completed and to be taken up on subjects of Animal Science, Agronomy, Soil Science , Home Science, Plant Protection and Fisheries.
Progressive farmers attending the meeting highlighted the problems faced by them. They informed that one of the major problems faced by them was the destruction of their crops by Mithuns and other grazing livestock. DIPRO
Third Aalo Forest Festival stresses on tree plantation
AALO, Feb 25: The two days third Aalo Forest Festival concluded at Darak on Wednesday with a call to inculcate the habit of tree planting to save environment.
West Siang Divisional Forest Officer Nyali Ete explained in details through PowerPoint the importance of preserving greeneries, flora and fauna and need of afforestation to contain water crisis, global warming and ecological imbalance.
SE Borang, Circle Officer, Darak, stressed on protecting natural resources for future generations.
The third edition of Aalo Forest Festival was held amid festivities and pomp at Darak in collaboration with Galo People’s Federation on 23rd and 24th Feb last.
Bidu Poyom, President Lodu Ao Welfare Society and Minba Rakshap ASM Poyom Rakshap appealed villagers to shun Jhum or shifting cultivation. He encouraged them to grow cardamom and take up fruit gardening instead of jhum cultivation which degrades the environment.
Former ZPM of Darak Kamba Anchal Samity Nyakar Rakshap also attended the festival.
To mark the occasion, more than hundred ornamental plants/saplings were planted around the Darak Inspection Banglow and surroundings of the football ground.
Many other public of Darak circle also spoke on the need to preserve forest.
Attractive cultural show by Forest department and Darak women party were the other highlights of the celebration.
Darak Town Club emerged winner in the volleyball competition organized to mark the celebration.
General public, government employees and students took part in the festival enthusiastically. DIPRO
AAPETA against cancellation of officiating appointments, AAPNRCA alleges targeting PWD
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) has appealed to the governor to issue directive to concern authorities not to implement his order for cancellation of all officiating or functional appointments under education department until the pending arrears of the teachers and other staff are cleared.
In a representation to the Governor, the AAPETA claimed that around 4297 in-service teachers and other staff of the education department are yet to receive their arrears amounting to Rs one hundred sixty six crores eighteen lakhs forty seven thousand thirty seven only since 1998 to 2012 despite the HC order to release the same.
Many officiating and functional appointments are made under education department for improvement of education sectors, the Association further said adding that if the said order is implemented, many schools will remain defunct due to lack of teachers and other staff.
Meanwhile, alleging that only the PW department is being targeted while implementing the Governor’s order issued to concerned Secretaries and Heads of Departments for cancellation of all officiating or functional appointments and the promotions made on ‘out of turn’ basis, the All Arunachal Pradesh Non Registration Contractors' Association (AAPNRCA) appealed to the Chief Secretary not to implement the said order till March 31 next in greater interest of all round development of the state. When all other departments had made officiating and functional appointments, the Governor’s order is being implemented only in PW department targeting the officiating and functional engineers, the Association alleged adding that the said order should equally be enforced in all the departments of the state government in a fair manner without discrimination.
Demanding hold on file process against functional and officiating appointments in PWD, the Association said hasty implementation of the order will results in improper, incorrect and inaccurate reconciliation of the division accounts and also will hamper the entire development process especially the implementation of ongoing projects. It further demanded an enquiry committee to find out illegal and officiating appointments and out of turn promotion in various departments of the state government.
Zonal head offices for Eastern Arunachal demanded
PASIGHAT, Feb 25: The Eastern Arunachal People’s Welfare Association (EAPWA) with its HO at Pasighat has demanded the state government for establishments of Zonal Offices of all departments besides early posting of Divisional Commissioner for Eastern Zonal office set up at Jaipur in Namsai district.
The association in a representation to Arunachal Governor on February 24 pleaded for his effective intervention on these matters.
It is learnt that the state government by an order on April-30, 1989 had approved posting of ‘Divisional Commissioner’ and other Zonal officers for Eastern zone, but it is not yet come into effect.
The association lamented that the state government by issuing notification already created Chief Engineer’s office for Water Resource Department, Public Health Engineer, PWD, and Power (Electrical) for Eastern Zone, which are functioning from Itanagar till date, serving no purpose for the people of eastern region. The association demanded the government to set up these offices in Eastern part and delegate full financial power to zonal officers.
Other demands made by the association are bifurcation of the government department for Eastern and Western Zone in equal ratio, decentralization of development funds etc.
Training on Video Conferencing
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: One day Video Conferencing training was held at NIC, Itanagar on using the ‘Bhuvan Panchayat” Application, ISRO for Mobile based assets mapping of panchayats. Nodal officers of District Project Management Unit, State Nodal Officers (e-Panchayat), officers and scientists from the State Remote Sensing Application Centre participated in the event.
Speaking on the importance of Mobile based assets mapping of Gram Panchayats, Anoop Aravind, GIS Expert (e-Panchayat-NPMU), Ministry of Panchayati Raj, said it was required for informed decision making by the planners by creating database information of Gram Panchayat, which will be incorporated in the developmental planning as per needs of the people.
He also informed that Spatial Enumerators will be engaged for undertaking the mobile based assets mapping for panchyat with minimum honorariums. Further, he suggested to employ the Geography students of university and colleges as enumerators and also requested to take assistance of Head of Department of Geography.
Providing tips on using of GPS facilities in an android version mobile phone, he demonstrated the types of data or photos being captured for different types of assets existed in panchayat segment using mobile phone, which are categorized as points, lines and polygons identifying as movable and immovable assets.
He also elaborated in details about the dos and don’ts while using Bhuvan Panchayat Application with the help of GPS in mobile.
Video Conferencing training programme was also participated from Roing, Bomdila, Aalo, Koloriang, Ziro, Seppa, Daporijo, among others.
Deptt. of Geology & Mining stall adjudged the best
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The stall of Department of Geology & Mining, GoAP which was jointly put up along with Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines, GoI and Oil India Limited, displaying different specimens of rocks, minerals, fossils and other geological structures along with posters on various themes including the ensuing 36th International Geological Congress 2020 to be held at New Delhi was adjudged the best stall in the Statehood Day exhibition organized in IG Park, Itanagar recently.
Several dignitaries including, Governor JP Rajkhowa, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul besides, Commissioner, Geology and Mining, Hage Batt and Capital Complex DC Sandeep Kumar Singh visited the stall.
Impressed by the immense contributions made by GSI to the state, CM Kalikho Pul assured all possible help to the department in carrying out survey and exploration in the state.
RBI officials conduct training
PASIGHAT, Feb 25: Officials of Rubber Board India (RBI) on Wednesday visited Debing village under its Ruksin field station and took stock of the rubber plantation activities.
The officials led by Ruksin field officer Ranjit Dutta also conducted meeting of the rubber planters at the village and taught them about protection of rubber plants from pest and other enemies. They also demonstrated rubber tapping techniques and suggested the farmers to keep constant touch with the department officials.
Located along foothills of Assam-Arunachal boundary, Debing village falls under East Siang district of Arunachal. Around 50 commercial horticulturists have developed rubber plantation in an area of more than 100 hectares in Debing village which has tremendous potentiality for growing rubber plants.
Thunderstorms hit Namsai
ITANAGR, Feb 25: Thunderstorm of different intensities hit Namsai district on February 22 and 24 causing huge damage to private as well as Government properties.
The storm completely damaged the Govt Primary School building at Ahom chuk in Lekang circle, the Govt Upper Primary School in Nongtaw Khampti and Mukron Village under Piyong circle, and Govt Upper Primary school, Gunanagar in Chongkham circle on February 22, informed Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma.
Reports of damage to private properties are pouring in from various villages.
Thunderstorm on the night of February 24 killed 5 buffaloes in Manmao Village under Namsai circle. On the same night, several computers, electronic and electrical devices in Govt offices as well as private buildings in Namsai were damaged by the thunder storm.
The actual loss of properties is under assessment by the District administration.
Unannounced checking in offices
TEZU, Feb 25: Taking strong exception to indiscipline among some officers and officials who arrive late at office, Lohit DC Tamiyo Tatak has today directed Tezu Sub Divisional Officer, Gautam Hazarika to carry out surprise checking in the offices, branch offices under DC besides, establishment and institutions at frequent intervals and check the attendance register etc.
He further directed him to submit the report to the DC following which necessary action will be initiated against the erring officers/officials to ensure regularity in every government offices and institutions in the district. (DIPRO)
Month long training for Anganwadi workers concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The month long job training course of the 67th batch of Anganwadi workers concluded on Wednesday at Middle Level Training Centre (MLTC), Vivek Vihar here.
Director Women and Child Development R T Riba suggested the Anganwadi workers to run their Centres regularly covering 25 working days in a month. She advised them to work with utmost sincerity and dedication and distributed the course completion certificates to the trainees.
Deputy Director cum State Training Coordinator, N Ringu advised the trainees to make the best use of the knowledge and skill they have gained during the training programme.
Principal MLTC, M Gao emphasizing on the importance of the trainings urged them to attend whenever such opportunities arise.
Set up forest check gate at Bassarnallo: ABYA
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Informing that in a timber combing operation with Balijan OC conducted on February 24 last it had seized a chainsaw and other items, All Bassarnallo Youth Association (ABYA) has urged the principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF), environment and forest to set up forest check gate at Bassarnallo.
Entrepreneurship dev training
TAWANG, Feb 25: The Department of Industries organized a week- long programme Industrial Management Training to promote entrepreneurship from February 18.
Twenty-five new and upcoming entrepreneurs attended the training which concluded on Thursday.
Topics like marketing of products, how to be a good entrepreneur, labour/Industrial laws, PMEGP, Micro Small and Medium Enterprise etc were covered during the trailing period.
Resources persons were drawn from various departments including Tax and Excise, Labour, Textile and Handicrafts, Industries etc.
Meanwhile, a personality development and character building course for boys above 13 years began at Tawang on Thursday.
Yoga, meditation, sports, martial arts, group discussion etc will be conducted Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during the six days programme. DIPRO