February 02


---- Editorial ----



Political funding under scanner

The government of India has taken an important step towards bringing in transparency in the political funding. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced during budget presentation that political parties can now receive only Rs 2000 as donation in cash from one source. For any donation above Rs 2,000, parties will have to disclose the identity of the donor. This is a sharp drop from the Rs 20,000 limit that the political parties were so far allowed to receive as anonymous cash donations.

As per new guidelines the political parties can receive donations in cheque, electronic mode and electoral bonds to be issued by the RBI. Though a small step, this is a good beginning. For long there has been demand for checking the political funding. The political parties need to be held accountable for donation that they receive. It is well known that donations to political parties are not always voluntary, and in any case the donors - big businesses and corporate houses - get favours in return when the parties they fund come to power. Most of the donations are made illegally, through off-the-books transactions, and the parties repay their benefactors in terms of policy concessions or amendments to rules. Business houses often strike deals with political parties, which result in acts of corruption when they get into government. However, the new rule makes it mandatory to disclose name of donors whose donation is above Rs 2,000. This will help to tighten all kind of illegal transactions and aid the effort to clean corrupt practice associated with political funding.






---- Readers Forum ----




Repair Arunachal Bhawan and Circuit house

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Bhawan and Circuit house of Shillong needs government attention. Maintenance and repairing had been overlooked by the government for a long time.

Hundreds of patients from the state go to NEIGRIHMS every week for treatment and there they face the problem of lodging. Government led by former CM late Kalikho Pul had granted assistance for the building of lodge.

The work should have started by now with the ambulance promised by MP and minister of state for home sir Kiren Rijiju.


A citizen




Questionable recruitment

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the recruitment process going on in our state under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Itanagar.

The fact is that the candidates are being eliminated constantly at the different phases of exams-written, group discussion, personal interview though the number of posts are more than the number of candidates. And this has been prevailing since last recruitment drive.

 So I can sense two perspectives here, wastage of resource, encouraging unemployment.

We all know that to conduct any recruitment drive, it costs huge burden to the government exchequer. And in this case, they have been conducting exams repeatedly just because every time only few candidates are selected. So this seems nothing but wastage of time and wealth.

 And the candidates are not recruited even when there is vacancy.

I would like the concerned board to justify on what basis the candidates are eliminated even when there is available post. If there is cut-off mark then on what scale and why it is not notified.


Annoyed Candidate




Equal pay, equal work

Dear Editor,

Thought your daily esteemed, I would like to share my thought regarding the equal pay equal work that is mentioned in our Constitution. It says everybody will be paid equally for equal work irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc but govt. contingency workers get Rs 7000-/ per month only as salary whereas regular workers get 3-4 times more. And irony is that both do the same work and have equal time period but other get more fruits for same work.  

Imagine how they manage their kids and other family members in today's costly world with that money. Govt. should immediately implement equal pay, equal work to encourage contingency workers to do work efficiently and sincerely otherwise day is not far when they start demanding their rights for livelihood.


Concern Citizen





Execute work as per design

Dear Editor,

In the last year many schemes were sanctioned for construction of girls hostels in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The works against these schemes were awarded at Itanagar headquarter by the Engineering Wing and the works were started at the district level without the knowledge of the Deputy Commissioners and the DDSEs of the district concerned. It seems the so called Engineers when they visited the district for layout and site visits avoided the Deputy Commissioners and DDSEs purposefully.

However, it has come to light that now the Deputy Commissioners who are also the DMD of the RMSA at the district level have been submitted bills to make the following payments .

1) Tawang : Rs.113.53947

2) East Kameng :

Rs. 340.61841/-

3) Kurung Kumey : Rs.227.07894

4) Kradaadi. : Rs.227.07894

5)Upper Subansiri : Rs.227.07894

6)Lower Subansiri :Rs.113.53947

7)Upper Siang : Rs.113.53947

8) Lohit : Rs.113.53947

9) Anjaw : Rs.227.07894

Here, I would like to question how can they be responsible for payment when the works in question have not been sanctioned and approved by them? Are the Engineering Wing of Education Department at the state level trying to undermine the institution of the Deputy Commissioners at the district level?

I would like to request the Deputy Commissioners concerned to ensure that works are executed as per drawing and design and that if you make any payment hastily, tomorrow you will be made the scapegoat by the clever people at the Engineering Wing of the Department.


A citizen, Itanagar




Declare results

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request concern authorities of Directorate of Secondary Education to declare results of TGT and PGT viva voice at the earliest. When APPSC can declare viva voice result overnight, it shouldn't be a problem for Education Department too. Delaying the results very often creates confusion and suspicion in the minds of Candidates.

It is earnest request to the concerned authorities to declare viva voice result at the earliest.








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Governor reviews security scenario

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya reviewed the overall security scenario of the state with senior officers of the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB), Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) and Assam Rifles at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Wednesday.

It is the prime duty of the security agencies to instil sense of security, the Governor said, while adding that every citizen of the state must be respected.

The Governor asked the APP to constitute 'Peace and Security Citizens' or 'Fellowship Committee', involving opinion makers to aid the security agencies in maintaining law and order, promote peace and harmony and also aid the poor and needy people.

The Governor called upon the officials to strengthen the security apparatus and at the same time initiate action to change the mindset of the people to promote Pan-India spirit.

He advised the security agencies to organize more civic action programme to win the hearts and minds of civilians.

The Governor also asked them to help the farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs of the region by buying their products.




Pema calls budget inclusive, says will help infrastructural and economical growth

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has hailed the Union Budget 2017 presented on Wednesday as one of the best and inclusive till date, that will particularly boost infrastructural and economical growth of the country, including the North East states.

The Chief Minister expressed optimism that North East in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular will surely benefit from some of the announcements, one of them being allocation of a whopping amount of Rs 19,000 crores for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for this fiscal. Together with the contribution of States, an amount of Rs 27,000 crores will be spent on PMGSY in 2017-18.

"To accelerate development in our state, connectivity is of utmost importance. Enhanced budgetary allocation for PMGSY as well as the increased allocation of Rs 64,900 crores from Rs 57,976 crores last year for highways is a welcome one," Khandu pointed.

He also hailed the increased allocation for Scheduled Tribes to Rs 31,920 crores and for Minority Affairs to Rs 4,195 crores.

Other salient features of the Budget 2017 that Khandu said would prove path-breaking are focus on MGNREGA, agriculture, railway infrastructure, air-connectivity to two tier cities, tourism and enhanced allocation for the poor and underprivileged and the Sports Ministry.

Khandu specifically hailed the Central Government's determination to curb corruption and black money hoarding, besides cleansing the menace of political funding.

As per the new announcements the maximum amount of cash donation for a political party will be Rs 2,000 from any one source by cheque or digital mode only.

"The Budget has also barred cash transactions above Rs 3 lakh and slashed Income Tax rates. The Government is also moving to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), while FDI is getting a big makeover," Khandu observed and asserted that the Budget 2017 has covered all aspects with minute details that will usher in a new age of development.

Khandu appreciated the Centre for advancing the budget presentation to 1st February to enable the Parliament to avoid a Vote on Account and pass a single Appropriation Bill for 2017-18, before the close of the current financial year and departments to implement schemes and projects right from the start of the next financial year.

He termed merger of the Railways Budget with the General Budget as historic. This, he said, would facilitate multi modal transport planning between railways, highways and inland waterways.

"The most significant change brought by the Finance Minister in the Union Budget, however, is doing away with the plan and non-plan classification of expenditure," the Chief Minister stated.




Tawang wins award for Best Tourist Destination

Arunachal Tourism Awards 2017

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Tawang won the award for the "Best Tourist Destination" of the year, while Pappu Passa Valley bagged the award for the "Emerging Destination" of the year in the Arunachal Tourism Awards 2017.

Ace mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa was chosen as the "State Tourism Icon" of the year.

Tawang Festival won the award for "Best Cultural Tourism Festival", while the awards for "Best Tourism Festival (Music)" and "Best Tourism Festival (Adventure)" went to the famed Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) and the Orange Festival of Music & Adventure respectively.

The "Festival of Speed" was awarded for "Best Innovative & Unique Tourism Project."

Recipients of various other awards are Bamin Baro (Best Guide), Abor Country Travel & Expeditions (Best Tour Operator), Sange Tsering (Explorer of the Year-Holiday Scout Tours and Travel), Hotel Tashi Gyatsal, Tawang (Best Accommodation, Hotel), Gayboo's Traditional Homestay, Mechuka (Best Accommodation, Homestay), Ngunu Ziro (Athiti Deva Bhavo Winner), Tom Meitei ( Best Tourism Photographer), Thembang Bapu CCA Management Committee (Best Ecotourism Project),Gora Abe Society (Best Responsible Tourism Project), Viacom (Excellence in State Tourism Promotion) and JK Tyre (Best Corporate Partner).

The awards were given away in a glittering function organized by the Department of Tourism, held at Indira Gandhi Park here on January 31.

The Arunachal Tourism Awards is an endeavour of the Department of Tourism to give due recognition to all the key players/ stakeholders in promoting tourism industry in the state.




ABK seeks equal distribution of facilities

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has sought the intervention of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to shift all the zonal offices looking after the eastern zone to the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

In a representation to the Governor, the ABK stated that all the state government departments have been segregated zone wise and the eastern part of the state within Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency is also being looked after by the zonal officer(s).

However, all the officers looking after the eastern part are still functioning from the head office at Itanagar, the ABK said in the representation and appealed to the Governor to take up the issue with the state government for early shifting of all zonal office(s) to eastern part of the state, particularly within the area from Namsai to Pasighat at the earliest.

Apprising the governor on the feasibility of centrally located Pasighat with better road connectivity for a medical institute of such repute, the ABK said that if the AIIMS is established at Pasighat, the medical coverage of the entire state will be covered proportionately and some parts of Assam as well.

The ABK requested the Governor to take up the matter with the central government for establishment of AIIMS at Pasighat.

With regard to functioning of Arunachal State University at Pasighat, the ABK urged the Governor to pass necessary instructions to ensure that the university starts functioning properly from 2017-2018, for which immediate appointment of Vice Chancellor, Controller of Examination, Registrar and other faculty members is required.

The Governor was apprised that the university is supposed to be functioning with one OSD and three departments (History, Geography and Hindi).

The ABK also stated that at least Rs 30 crore be sanctioned for the university within this financial year of 2016- 2017 and to earmark the annual plan at Rs 20 crore.

It also raised serious concerns over drug issues and rampant hunting of wild animals before the Governor and sought his intervention.

The ABK also resolved to ban hunting except on few occasions during festivals.

Of the opinion that hunting is still prevalent and impacting the fauna, the ABK however said that the Adis as a tribal society have to maintain traditional and customary practices and have some connection with hunting. “But such hunting should be restricted and based on festivals and special occasion” the ABK urged the Governor.

Further, ABK emphasized on establishment of counselling and rehabilitation centres for drugs addicts.

The ABK also stated that a linguistic survey and research should be conducted by the concerned department as most of the languages of state have been enlisted in the critically endangered list by the UNESCO.

The Governor was also urged to take up the matter for approval of 4-lane road from Gohpur to Pasighat via Banderdewa and Jonai with the concerned ministry.

The ABK further informed that 4-laning of the road from Nowgaon - Tezpur to Gohpur in Assam has already been approved.




Fire continues to wreck havoc in Daporijo

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Feb 1: In yet another fire incident, three houses were burnt down at Dukom Colony near the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Tuesday.

Reportedly, property worth lakhs of rupees, including valuable local ornaments were destroyed in the fire.

However, fire tenders could not reach the spot due to absence of proper approach road.

Fire incidents in the state, particularly Upper Subansiri district have become a major cause of concern.

On Saturday afternoon, a man was burnt to death in a devastating fire accident at Bokpin colony near Polo Colony, wherein two kutcha houses were reduced to ashes.

Recently, a child was also burnt to death in Dumporijo.





Raga celebrates 50 years of Boori Boot Yullo

Nyishi community has a larger responsibility: Mein

Staff Reporter

RAGA, Feb 1: ADC headquarters Raga, under Lower Subansiri district bore a festive look as the Boori Boot Yullo Golden Jubilee Celebration-2017 officially began with traditional fervour on Wednesday.

Sprawled across the misty ground of Raga were more than 51 cultural troupes and thousands of participants from across the state that had arrived on the inaugural day to present colourful mega dances.

Boori-Boot Yullo, which is said to have been officially celebrated first at Raga in the year 1967, is largely celebrated by the Nyishi Community inhabiting Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri districts.

Officially inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of Boori-Boot Yullo, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein acknowledged the contributions of the pioneers of Boori-Boot Yullo, and said that the glorious 50 years would not have been possible without those pioneers.

Outlining that the celebration of any festival is significant to preserve and document culture, Mein asked the Nyishi community to carry forward cultural preservation and documentation for future generations.

As the largest community in the state, Mein said that the Nyishi community holds a larger responsibility in shaping the future of the state, and asked community members to lead the state from the front in developmental activities and communal harmony.

The DCM also advocated the idea of 'Team Arunachal' to promote Pan-Arunachal identity in the state, and hoped that the state government would come up with a fruitful budget with the help of the Centre.

Later, he also assured a retaining wall for Government Higher Secondary School, Raga.

Earlier, DCM Mein inaugurated the Circuit House, Raga in presence of PHED Minister Bamang Felix and MLA Tamar Murtem.

PHED Minister, Felix, who also attended the function, informed guests that Boori-Boot is celebrated to invoke the blessings of Mother Nature and prosperity for all human kind.

"The time has come to introspect and save our forests and natural resources", the PHED minister said, while also asking the celebration committee to shoulder the responsibility of conserving forest land as the government is likely to come up with catchment area conservation policy soon.

He also asked the people to come forward and participate in the festival irrespective of religion, and cautioned that religion and culture should not be diluted.

In his address, local MLA, Murtem appealed to the DCM to allocate funds for infrastructural developments of Raga ADC headquarters, while Chairman of Boori Boot Yullo Golden Jubilee Celebration-2017 Kumri Murtem also spoke on the significance of the day.

The DCM and PHED minister also gave away prizes to winners of the first Boori-Boot Yullo Idol-2017.  

After stiff competition from over 70 participants, the winner, Balo Demo went home with a Maruti ALTO 800 car, while Hipu Joseph and Kabak Miku were adjudged first and second runners-up respectively.

Sponsored by the Rotom Welfare Society, the singing competition which began from January 24 last was held in the memory of late Rotom Bei Temi.

Meanwhile, a short fictional film 'Abo-Tani Duyii', written and directed by Temi Pabo and a documentary on Boori Boot Yullo were also released on the occasion.

Among others, former minister Talo Mugli, Lower Subansiri district Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen and SP Tage Habung also attended the inaugural event.




Reh celebrations begin

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Feb 1: Reh, the three-day long major festival of the Idu Mishmis, started on Wednesday with much traditional fervour and gaiety in the twin Dibang Valley districts.

This year's Central Reh Celebration marks its 50 years as a general community celebration of the festival since its start in 1967, an initiative by Ita Pulu, a pioneer of the Idu Mishmi community.

The 50th Central Reh Celebration is being organised by the Central Reh Celebration Committee (CRCC) 2017, headed by Dota Dele, Menga Linggi and Odik Umbrey, under the aegis of the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) at the Cheta Rehko here.

Festival goers in the mesmerizing Idu Mishmi traditional attire filled the celebration site with a festive air.

The celebration commenced with the unfurling of the Reh Flag by Deputy Commissioner Deepak Shinde and SP S K Sain, followed by garlanding of the bust of Ita Pulu as a tribute. The Flag Song was presented by Asali Group.

The Reh mythology was also narrated by Assistant Professor Dr Rajiv Miso, followed by a string of cultural performances.

Appreciating the rich culture and traditions of the community, DC Shinde assured to provide any kind of administrative assistance required for developing the celebration site.

Speaking about the Maharashtrian dance arranged in his honour by the organizing committee, Shinde said that the memories of his state were brought back and refreshed.

The Idu Draft Dictionary was also released on the occasion by local MLA and chief patron of the festival Mutchu Mithi.

The Dictionary is an initiative of the Idu Literary Development Committee, headed by Dr Mite Linggi and team, with assistance from Dr Roger Blench from UK, to preserve, protect and promote the language.

Numerous stalls showcasing local products like food, handicrafts and handlooms were also set up in the Rehko premises.




Lt Gen S K Shrivastava takes over as DG-BRO

ITANAGAR, Feb 1:  Lieutenant General, Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava has taken over as Director General, Border Roads (DGBR) on February 1.

Lieutenant General, Shrivastava was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1980.

The officer has held various staff, instructional and command appointments. Prior to taking over as Director General Border Roads, he held the appointment of Director General Combat Engineers at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), according to an official release.




Public outcry over bank closure

YINGKIONG, Feb 1: There has been public outcry at the sudden closure of the Tuting branch of the State Bank of India since January 30 last.

Reportedly, the Branch Manager has gone out of town to attend Reh festival at Singa -one of the remotest circle headquarters under Tuting sub-division.

While informing this, Tuting ADC Kabit Apang apprehended that the situation may get worse, if the bank remains closed for another few days. DIPRO




Governor asks John Abraham to take tourism to newer heights

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Brand Ambassador Arunachal Tourism John Abraham on Wednesday called on Governor P B Acharya at the Raj Bhavan and discussed on steps to popularise tourism of Arunachal Pradesh in the national and international circuits.

Sharing his vast experiences in Arunachal Pradesh since 1965, the Governor advised the Brand Ambassador to take Arunachal Tourism to newer heights.

The Governor suggested that while respecting the tribal sentiments and traditions, the home-stays must be promoted in right approach and at reasonable cost.

The Governor said that learning even a few working knowledge of local dialects will bring the hearts together as equal. "Our universities should open a department or a chair for the 'NAMASTE' NE region for emotional integration", he opined.

Jayabalan, Abraham's partner in Northeast United Football Club and Meenakshi, his manager were also present on the occasion. PRO to Raj Bhawan




DCM urges Tai-Ahom youths to keep Tai tradition alive

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has called upon the youths of the Tai-Ahom community to come forward to keep the Tai legacy and tradition alive for greater interest of their community.

He was addressing the festive revelers at 4th Me-Dam-Me-Phi celebration of the Tai Ahom community, organized by the All Arunachal Pradesh Tai-Ahom Development Council at Kumari Khamti village of Namsai district on Tuesday.

Me-dam-Me-Phi is celebrated by the Tai Ahoms every year in memory of their ancestors. It is a festival to show respect to the departed ancestors and remember their contributions to society.

Mein further said, "For development of any community we have to stride forward economically, socially and politically and there should be open discussions on the issues confronting the society."

Lauding the community for zealously guarding its tradition, DCM Mein said that the Tai communities have the richest written chronicle and all must take pride in it. The festival of Me-Dam-Me-Phi not only reflects the manner and customs of the Tai-Ahoms but also helps to create unity, feeling of brotherhood and mutual understanding among the new generation, the DCM added.

Recalling the contributions made by Dr Pushpa Gogoi, who is a prominent scholar of Tai Ahom community from Assam for resurgence of Tai Ahom community, Mein also shared his experience on long-term relations and the contributions made to uplift the Tai-Ahoms.

He also shared his experience on the recent Thailand visit and his meeting with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the Royal audience.

Speaking on the occasion, Planning Parliamentary Secretary, Chow Zingnu Namchoom lauded the Tai Ahoms for preserving their rich age-old culture and tradition. He advised the younger generation to follow the footsteps of their parents and forefathers in order to preserve their identity and tradition.

Namchoom also made a donation to the festival organizing committee.

Later, the organizing committee submitted a two-point memorandum to DCM Mein, to which, he assured to provide a community hall at Krishnapur Village in Namsai district soon.

Traditional rituals, cultural programmes and lectures by senior members of the Tai-Ahom community were other highlights of the celebration. (PRO to DCM)




Functional literacy progs held for rural women

ITANAGAR, Feb 1:  A series of functional literacy programmes for elderly women were conducted by the NGO Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS)

Under its project 'Positive Fatherhood', programmes were held at eight different targeted villages, namely Chimpu, Lor-putung, Donyi, Jully (Jullang), Pachin, Puroik, Gohpur, Dokum and Dokum recently.

The 'Positive Fatherhood' project is a three-year project which aims to create awareness regarding gender-based discrimination and violence and helps establish gender equality in the society.

Under the project, uneducated women in the 10 targeted villages are provided with an opportunity to access basic education as well as gain other important knowledge through sessions every month, wherein they are informed about their rights and laws, helpful government schemes, health and diseases.

During the programme, Project Coordinator, Tai Gadi emphasized on the importance of literacy, especially for women who usually face domestic violence and are often ignored in the decision-making process.

He further said that most of the elderly women in villages are not even able to fully utilize various government schemes provided for their benefit due to illiteracy.




Transfers and postings -then and now

[ Dr Hage Tabyo ]

Transfers and postings in government service in earlier days were done as per practical requirement and exigencies in places of Arunachal, irrespective of its nature and distance. Each employee after receiving an appointment letter took it as mandatory as his own body cloth and used to proceed mostly on foot march (due to non-motorable roads) to join his service without a qualm or murmur.

Those days are long gone by and have become the forgotten past. Nowadays, transfers and postings mostly take effect at the whims and fancies of those people who matter in our democratic setup. Those government employees that have godfathers do not have to worry about their job placements or transfers, but those who do not have close relatives or connections in some high-up position in the government have to suffer and rot in interior areas for years.

A solution to this malady is neither remotely visible nor a situation of a sort of surgical strike measure in this case is foreseeable.

Whatsoever transfer policy of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh may be in place, it is my simple observation that a cross-section of employees prefer to get posted in the extremes of Arunachal Pradesh, i.e eastern or western districts. But if you see the statistics, bulk of government employees (80% to 85%) come out from the central belts of districts irrespective of grade or class of people.

Yet, unless a preferred home posting or capital HQ posting is feasible, an employee in Arunachal favours to get posted in any other district in the western part or eastern belt. Many are reluctant to serve in the central belts of Arunachal unless some concrete reason is visible.

In my case, with an experience of rendering for more than three decades of government service in nearly a dozen different places of posting at eight districts of Arunachal Pradesh, I can claim to choose Tezu as my most favourite place of posting that I once had, some 15 years ago.

However, the greatest problem of the Mishmi Hills area, (albeit other places too have but not similar) is inaccessibility. Tezu is the district HQ of Lohit, which is connected by roads with Assam from two axes - one via Saikhoaghat on the Brahmaputra River, and the other via Dirak- Namsai and Chowkham side.

Both these routes are seasonal and many more rivers like Kamlang and Noa-Dehing have to be crossed by vessels and boats before reaching the Lohit Valley. During the rainy season, the rivers become not only difficult but even impossible to cross or navigate for days together; completely cutting off the entire Lohit district from the rest of the country.

The Digaru stream and the Tezu 'Khola' near Tezu town, which have rightly been called 'Pagla Nadi' (Mad River) are the main hurdles. Due to flash floods in monsoons, the course of these rivers change very often, prompting alternative sites of route for transport or crossing. When these rivers/streams are in spates, no normal means of conveyance could be put for use and only elephants have to be used to ferry passengers, which is exciting as well as risky.  During winters, light vehicles can drive through the water and in case a vehicle is bogged down, elephants are used for pulling or pushing it; indeed, a rare experience and sight.

But changing courses of these streams have led to serious erosions of the banks, causing extensive damage to the existing fertile lands every year. If the erosion continues, the day will not be far off when Tezu Township would disappear completely as did Sadiya in 1950. No amount of flood control or soil conservation works has so far been successful in containing the furry of these turbulent rivers and streams. In fact, it is seen that the Government of India has carried out extensive aerial seeding of the entire catchment areas of Digaru stream to contain flash floods, but to no avail.

One of the most exciting aspects of travel in the Mishmi Hills region, in addition to the narrow tracts along the precipitous landslides are the bridges that are suspended high above the river beds. A typical Mishmi bridge is a cane rope stretched from tree to tree across the river. Round these are large cane rings, to which the traveller is tied to. He skids head first, down the cable to the bottom of its sag and then puts himself up the other side. The Adi cane tubular bridges can be alarming enough, but the Mishmi typical bridges are far worse.

Once when the much experienced British traveller and the legendary Political Officer, J P Mills visited Lohit valley, he confessed that he had never been so frightened in his life while negotiating such bridges. However, almost the entire belt of Lohit district is comparatively very peaceful to live or to serve in.

For me, one of the most disgusting and nauseating irritants in some officials' habitual behaviour in service is sycophancy. I have seen it a few times and one glaring instance was the one during my Tezu tenure. In 2003, when then Tezu DC P S Lokhande was at the Tezu helipad ground to board a Dibrugarh bound Pawanhans helicopter, an APO (RE) posted at Tezu spotted the DC in the air field and came rushing toward Lokhande, and immediately grabbed his suitcase.

Despite the latter's protestations, he did not budge, and in desperation Lokhande allowed him to carry it. After a brief moment, the same APO noticed that the MLA of Tezu was also standing in another queue. The APO went into immediate action and suddenly dropped Lokhande's suitcase and lunged forward and grabbed the suitcase of the MLA, much to the surprise and chagrin of its owner. What a comic scene for everyone to see!

The second instance was during my tenure at Daporijo in the eighties. One executive engineer of the PWD, who was a diabetic and hypertensive with body weight of around 90 kg, was insistent upon accompanying a team on an interior village tour programme of the local minister, where I too was to go as MO on medical aid coverage. The team was to reach Siyum which at that time did not have a road for about six to seven kilometre near Subansiri River. On precautionary grounds, before starting, I repeatedly advised the EE not to go with the team and avoid aggravating his health, but the officer was deadly persistent to go along with the minister. On approaching nearly 2 km on foot march before reaching Siyum, he collapsed on the track. I had to stay back on the spot spending about two hours to resuscitate him with saline and drugs, while the rest of the team proceeded further. About half a dozen porters had to be engaged to carry him making an artificial bamboo stretcher back to Daporijo and I too had to return midway to escort him safely.

These are two of the typical examples of sycophantic behaviour of many of the present day officials, which of late seems to be on the increase, much to the detriment of the younger generation and amusement to many. The rot has to be plugged if the true integrity of services is to regain their secular, just and unbiased image of the past.

Therefore, it is imperative to remove these distortions as soon as possible to provide good quality administration and services, especially in the tribal and underdeveloped areas as ours. It is something of a paradox that British civil servants and their immediate followers spent the best part of their life in the far remote, inaccessible and hostile regions of this country under most difficult and trying conditions without a murmur. They lacked perks and conveniences, which are now easily available to everyone.

I have observed that even after decades, people in Arunachal Pradesh remember only few of those officials who have done their duties selflessly to contribute something to uplift the locals.

One such person was P S Lokhande, an IAS officer from Maharashtra who started as Sub-Divisional Officer at Hayuliang, then served as DC Tezu and ended up his Arunachal Pradesh career as Secretary Planning in the state government. He has left an indelible mark of his own. He not only allowed his doctor wife to serve as an MO in an interior place like Hayuliang in Anjaw district, but also named his first-born daughter 'Mishmi', in sheer contrast to many present day officers.

(The contributor is former Director of Family Welfare)




Skill development training for unemployed youths

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: A six-week long skill development training program on “electrical wiring activities” for the unemployed youths being organized by the North East Multipurpose Development Society (NEMDS) at its headquarters in Naharlagun began on Wednesday.   The programme is sponsored by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Itanagar.  

Presiding over the inaugural ceremony, Arunachal Pradesh Co-operative Apex Bank, Managing Director, Tsering Thongdok, spoke on the importance of such skill development programs and  urged upon the trainees to  make full use of the training.

Speaking on the occasion, SIDBI Branch Manager, Khangen Brahma, highlighted on various schemes for the unemployed youths such as MUDRA and Stand up India to help them start own business.

NEMDS president Tapi Taku and NEMDS project coordinator Sumit Das also spoke on the occasion.  Altogether 30 youths are participating in the training programme.




Pertin calls on Prof Sugata Bose

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Directorate of Research, GoAP, Batem Pertin called on Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University and Member of Parliament at his residence on Sunday last, and invited him to attend a seminar to be held at Itanagar on September next.

Professor Bose is the grandson of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and an academician of international repute.

Besides attending the formal inauguration of exhibition stall and book release function, Pertin also visited the Netaji Bhawan Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall and Indian Museum and interacted with the officials on different issues for the development of museum services in Arunachal Pradesh.




JWCAPTU asked not to go ahead with Feb 6 stir

ITANAGAR, Feb 1:  Reacting to the Joint Working Committee of Arunachal Pradesh Trade Unions’ (JWCAPTU) recent decision to announce state-wide general strike starting February 6 next, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) appealed to the JWCAPTU to sort out any issues through proper discussion instead of calling a state-wide stir.

The AAPWU, affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said this in a release on Wednesday and further informed that it would not participate in the JWCAPTU announced state-wide general strike.  




Accused of forgery, teacher's suspension demanded

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: the Namsai unit of Arunachal Students' Federation (ASF) has demanded immediate suspension of an Assistant Teacher (AT) of Government Higher Secondary School, Namsai for his alleged involvement in a forgery case.

Providing a copy of the FIR lodged against him at Namsai Police Station by the Principal of Namsai GHSS, the ASF unit in a complaint letter to the Director Elementary Education stated that the teacher was remanded into police custody for 14 days from January with regards to the case registered against him under section 468 of IPC.

In the FIR, it was alleged that the teacher is suspected to have withdrawn huge amounts in the name of Namsai GHSS, forging the signature of the Principal.




Organizations allege partial treatment by GoAP

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The Memo Ao Youth Association (MAYA) and Pushi Bango Welfare Society (PBWS) have alleged the state government of meting out partial treatment to the people of West Siang district, and sought explanation from all legislators of West Siang in this regard.

Meanwhile, the MAYA and PBWS sponsored 12-hour chakka bandh on Wednesday reportedly ended on a peaceful note. The bandh was organized by them seeking immediate maintenance of the Trans-Arunachal Highway between Tai and Gabu under the West Siang district.

"There were no vehicular movements in the road and all the Government employees attended the office without using their car," the organization duo claimed.

Further, they have warned of intensifying their agitation if the state government fails to address their demand for early execution and maintenance of road from Tai to Gabu section of the TAH.




Training on 'energy conservation building code' begins

PASIGHAT, Feb 1: Two days workshop-cum-training on 'energy conservation building code' organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) was inaugurated on Wednesday by Deputy Commissioner in-charge Oli Perme.

In her inaugural message, DC In-charge Perme stated that the training is a good attempt towards promoting energy conservation. She advised the trainees to avail optimum benefit from the training and accordingly implement it in the field.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson Kaling Dai in his address said solar energy was a more practical energy source due to its availability. "Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Solar energy could be used directly for heating and lighting," said Dai.

He also appreciated the efforts of APEDA Project Officer Er Kape Badak for installing solar streetlights in the township and solar power plant at Pasighat General Hospital.

The keynote address was presented by Project Officer Er Badak, while simulation specialists Ziaur Rehman and Md Ariz from Global Evolutionary Energy Design (GEED), New Delhi imparted the training as resource persons.

The Chief Councilor of Pasighat Municipal Council, engineers of various departments and ZPMs were also present on the occasion. DIPRO




Awareness progs on Swachhta Pakhwada

ITANAGAR, Feb 1:  Awareness programmes were conducted at various villages in Aalo and Bomdila by the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) on the occasion of Swachhta Pakhwada from January 16 to 31 last.

At Aalo, the DFP Aalo unit, with the help of PHE and District Forest Department of Aalo, besides students and local public conducted awareness activities at villages of Nikte, Igo Kato, Pobdi, Bene, Wak and Kabu.

During the programmes at various locations, the DFP in coordination with DFO, Aalo, organized plantation and cleanliness drives and distributed booklets.

Igo Kato village HGB, T Ori asked the people to maintain cleanliness and avoid open defecation. He advised everyone to keep dustbins in front of their gates and urged them to refrain from throwing garbage in public places.

At Bomdila, the DFP, Bomdila unit conducted a mass cleanliness drive at Pedung village which saw the participation of members of Pedung Youth Welfare Association, GBs, PRI members and villagers of Pedung village.




Workshop and training on energy conservation

AALO, Feb 1:  Participants from technical department and forest attended a day-long workshop and two-day long training for technical department on Energy Conservation Building Code and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code.

The workshop was conducted by APEDA, Aalo Division and sponsored by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, in collaboration with UNDP from January 27 to 31 last.

Speaking on the occasion, APEDA Aalo Division Deputy Director, Somar Potom explained the purpose, scope, aims and objectives of the ECBC vis-à-vis, need for a futuristic outlook in energy-efficient building designs, and also implored engineers and architects to infuse energy conservation techniques in their building designs.

'Energy Conversation Act, 2001 (52 of 2001) implemented in 2007 empowers the central government to prescribe certain codes to define norms and standards of energy consumptions in terms of per square metre of the area, wherein energy is used by all designated consumers. This code covers building envelope, mechanical systems and equipments, heating, ventilations, air conditioning system (HVAC), interior and exterior lighting system, hot water, electric power, motors, etc' said Potom.

He also informed that APECBC has been finalized with certain amendments in ECBC to suit the regional climatic conditions of Arunachal Pradesh with wide consultation of all stakeholders and BEE, and will be enacted by an act and implement in the state very soon.

During the training, necessary know-how of ECBC compliance was imparted to all the technical/engineering departments of the state prior to its full implementation, while experts from Global Evolutionary Energy Design (GWWD) from New Delhi trained the officers from various departments on compliance procedures like checking, forms, field test procedures and energy efficient building designs.

Experiment on Computer Simulation Programme was also conducted by the trainees to determine the parameters of the building on energy consumption and its compliance to the ECBC codes. (DIPRO)

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