Long term impact of demonetisation is uncertain: Prof Sharma
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Eminent Economist, Professor Atul Sharma has dismissed the demonetization
of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes and termed it an ill-conceived move, which would
affect the economy of the country for the next two years.
Delivering the Foundation Day lecture on the topic, "2016 Demonetisation" on the
occasion of the 34th Foundation Day celebration of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU),
Professor Atul Sarma, the former RGU vice chancellor, said that 'big bang measures'
such as demonetization could be symbolic but do not go beyond scratching the surface
of the gigantic menace of black money and corruption that has afflicted our society.
It certainly caused short term dislocation of economic activities and human suffering,
while its long-term impact is unclear and uncertain, he added.
He said, "To eliminate the source of black money, basic structural reform covering
tax reforms, bureaucracy, judiciary and police reform and transparent political party
funding is required". Quoting figures, professor Sharma said in reality, demonetization
2016 is at best an attempt to unearth only six percent of the accumulated stock of
black money, leaving unexpected the remaining 94 percent, which is in the form of
real estate, foreign currency, gold and jewellery.
Also the Chairman of Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Sharma
said that demonetization does not address the source of black money generation. As
the outcome of demonetization appeared disappointing, the Government of India shifted
its goal post from the initial objectives of flushing out black money, counterfeiting
and drying up terrorism funding to promoting cashless economy.
He said that, cashless economy means IT infrastructure, financial literacy, cyber
security, laws of protection of privacy which India currently does not have. India
wants to promote digital economy when 950 million Indians out of 1.25 billion do
not have access to the internet.
He further stated that demonetization has dented the autonomy of RBI and its credibility
as an institution of public trust.
Meanwhile, RGU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tamo Mibang said that the university will
have a new road map with focus on multi disciplinary academic approach, and called
for congenial peaceful environment for academic pursuits and new breakthrough in
Paying tribute to all those who contributed towards the growth of the university,
he urged everyone to rededicate themselves for greater breakthroughs in the field
of teaching and research.
Mibang also recalled the journey of the university's development and informed how
under the first vice-chancellor of the then Arunachal University, Professor C L Anand,
the university started its journey with merely three departments, 18 teachers and
49 students in 1988. The University made a humble beginning during state university
period. Initially funded by the state government, the university was recognized by
the UGC under section 12-B in the year 1994 and ever since, the UGC has been granting
funds to the university for its various activities, he added.
Registrar, RGU Professor Rachob Taba, Professor Otem Padung were the heads
of the Department of Commerce, who also spoke on the occasion.
CM asks HoDs to conduct DPC meet once every 6 months
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday directed the state chief
secretary to issue strict instructions to all the departments to conduct Departmental
Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings once in every six months.
In the scenario that the concerned department fails to comply with the directions,
the head of department would be held directly responsible for the lapse, warranting
The chief minister gave the instruction after taking serious note on many departments
not convening the periodical DPC in their respective departments thereby depriving
timely promotion of eligible officers and officials.
"Due to non-convening of DPC meetings, many officers and officials are forced to
stagnate in a particular post for many years despite being eligible for promotion.
Such stagnation in service has a cascading effect in the departmental hierarchy,
which adversely affects the morale of the officers and officials resulting in low
work output and degradation of overall work culture" the chief minister opined.
Further such stagnation has become one of the major causes of corruption in the departments,
Conduction the DPC is also necessary in order to have maximum work output from the
government employees and to ensure them better career progression and more congenial
working atmosphere, Khandu added.
Victim family seeks govt’s intervention to trace missing body
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A woman identified as Tumbom Bogo, who is reportedly missing from
her rented apartment in Naharlagun since January 25 last, is still traceless, while
her family claims that she was kidnapped and then murdered.
The victim, a divorcee, was currently working as casual staff in the EAC office,
Addressing a joint press conference on Saturday, the Lodu Ao Welfare Society (LAWS)
and Kargu Kardi Students' Union (KKSU) supported the claims of Bogo's family, while
LAWS Spokesperson Tujum Poyom disclosed that circumstantial evidences and inputs
provided by the police are enough to establish that she was brutally murdered and
that the body has been disposed in an undisclosed location by the culprits.
"Over the last 15 days, the victim's family along with the Arunachal Pradesh Police,
Naharlagun unit is laboriously searching for the body of the missing woman after
receiving sufficient evidences of murder, provided by the police," Poyom disclosed.
He also informed that one Rahul Chetry alias Sahne from Dhemaji, Assam, currently
working as JCB excavator driver in a local firm, was found to be the prime accused
in the kidnapping and murder case.
However, he is absconding from the day she was allegedly murdered and is in Nepal
Poyom further disclosed that on the basis of Call Detail Records (CDR) and other
circumstantial evidences, the police arrested Rahul's co-accused, identified as Dil
Bahadur Chetry alias Deepak, who also works as a driver in the same firm.
Reportedly, Deepak told the police that the main accused murdered the victim and
buried her body somewhere in the jungles near Kankar Nallah, Naharlagun with the
help of a JCB excavator.
LAWS General Secretary Kali Paji informed that on the basis of the details provided
by the co-accused, the police team and family conducted extensive search in the area
and recovered a pair of shoes and a scarf of the victim, but not her body.
Suspecting that Bogo's body was buried deep under the earth somewhere around that
place, Paji said that it was difficult for the police team to search any further
without the assistance of concerned authorities, for which, the two organisations
sought the state government's intervention into the matter at the earliest.
Accordingly, the organizations have submitted a three-point memorandum to the state
government for immediate action.
Claiming that the police find it difficult to investigate cases related to kidnapping
and murder, the organizations demanded that the government arrange sniffer dogs to
trace out the body of the victim as disclosed by the co-accused. If sniffer dogs
cannot be arranged immediately, they demanded that the government engage sniffer
dogs of the NDRF, or request the army to deploy their dogs to trace out the body
of the victim.
The organizations also strongly demanded that the state government constitute a special
police team and dispatch them to Nepal to immediately arrest the prime accused in
the suspected murder incident.
Claiming that the CDR hints towards the involvement of more people in the crime,
the organizations demanded booking all those people in the CDR under appropriate
sections of law and to detain them for further investigation.
Further, the LAWS and KKSU threatened to launch a democratic movement if the three-point
demands were not fulfilled at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the organizations also urged upon the state government, especially concerned
authorities to strictly maintain the Inner Line Permits to check entry of people
with criminal backgrounds into the state.
They also fervently appealed to the people of Arunachal, particularly businessmen/entrepreneurs
and others to acquire proper identification proof of person(s) before engaging them
in works to avert such heinous crimes.
Protest against delay in infrastructure development of Siang dist HQs
[ Maksam Tayeng ]
PANGIN/PASIGHAT, Feb 4: The people of Pangin and its peripheral area, led by Siang
District HQ Welfare Committee (SDHQWC-Pangin) organized a peaceful rally in protest
against delay in development of infrastructure for Siang district headquarters at
Later, the committee submitted a memorandum to the Siang Deputy Commissioner seeking
the government's urgent attention to make the new District HQ at Nyobo (Perang-Lampang)
functional at the earliest.
Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) was notified and inaugurated as headquarters (HQs) of Siang
district on 24th November, 2014. It was also declared in the government gazette that
Pangin would be the temporary headquarters of Siang till infrastructures come up
at Nyobo (Perang-Lampang), informed SDHQWC General Secretary Tatok Panor.
He said that rumors are doing rounds that the present government was in process to
review and recall the Notification of 24th November, 2014 by constituting a committee
in the guise of the order passed by the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Bench, dated
10th March, 2016.
"But we strongly oppose any such move by the government, which may also lead to vigorous
protest," Panor said.
President of the committee, Tapang Jamoh also questioned regarding the merit of any
move by the government to review the earlier notification.
"Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) is absolutely feasible for district headquarters. The Government
has already acquired land measuring 214.96 hectare at Perang and 111.51 Hectare at
Lampang, donated by the people for the purpose," Jamoh said.
"If every subsequent government is engaged in changing and reviewing the notification
and order of the previous government, the trend will only lead to chaos and communal
disharmony which is not expected from a people-friendly government," added Takar
Dupak, ex-executive of SDHQWC-Pangin.
When asked about the memorandum and peace rally by the SDHQWC-Pangin, Deputy Commissioner
Rahul Singh said that it was a peaceful rally and he has received the memorandum,
which will be forwarded to the concern authorities.
CBOs call for Pan Arunachal promotion
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Community Based Organisa-tions (CBOs) of the state, under the
banner of Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) called for promoting Pan Arunachal
and communal harmony, besides preserving indigenous culture by documenting ritual
chantings of the priests.
The various CBOs had attended the CBOs' Night, organised by the Boori-Boot Yullo
Golden Jubilee Celebration-2017 Committee at Raga on Friday evening.
The objective of inviting CBOs from across the state to the festival was to send
out the message of brotherhood among the tribes, besides promoting cultural exchange
and preservation. The AITF has been making efforts to bring all communities in the
state under one umbrella in order to promote Pan Arunachal.
Addressing the CBOs' Night, Tanii Supun Dukun (an Apatani apex organisation) President
Khoda Ruja, who attended the function as chief guest appealed to the Nyishi Elite
Society (NES) to lead from the front in promoting Pan Arunachal, while adding that
the Nyishi community as the largest community in the state has a larger role to play
alongside the Adi and Galo communities in shaping the state.
Guest of Honour cum AITF General Secretary Montu Mossang in his address also called
for promotion of Pan Arunachal and oneness among the tribes. NES vice president
Taring Dakpe also spoke on the occasion.
AAPSU to oppose retirement age enhancement
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) decided to oppose
any move of the government for enhancing the retirement age of the state government
In a press statement, the apex student body said, "AAPSU will oppose if the state
government considers the CoSAAP's demand for enhancing the retirement age from 58
to 60 years as speculated in various local dailies of the state".
Pointing out the growing unemployed educated youths and successive governments' failure
to provide job and create employment opportunities for the unemployed youths, the
AAPSU said "such unethical decisions will not only stifle the little prospect they
(unemployed) get but also play havoc to their youthful dreams."
"The government must remind itself that such decision will be contrary to its 'mantra'
of youth empowerment," it said.
While acknowledging the sacrifices and services rendered by many senior officers
under the state government, the union is of the opinion that 'appointment and retirement'
is part of service career and any decision to sabotage the well-entrenched system
will be considered as a regressive one.
Chai assures to address problems of Art and Culture dept
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Minister for Art & Culture Dr Mohesh Chai assured to streamline
functioning of district level offices of the Department of Art and Culture.
Dr Chai, who attended the coordination meeting of the Department of Art & Culture
on Saturday, also assured to take steps to address various problems and grievances
of the department and its officials.
Regarding policy matter, the meeting decided to constitute an expert committee to
finalize relevant policies for the department.
Initially, the proposed Cultural Village Project will be implemented as pilot project
only in few districts, Dr Chai said.
Director Art & Culture Nyabin Ete, who presided over the meeting, also spoke on the
Earlier, the District Art & Culture officers and Assistant Art & Culture officers
apprised the minister of their various problems and grievances, such as lack of promotional
avenue, disparity in pay scale as compared to other departmental officers,
acute shortage of staff, and urgent need of an office building of the department.
The minister was also informed that the department has its own building, but the
state government has allowed the Itanagar Municipal Council to use it as their office.
Since the present office of the department falls under the jurisdiction of Tomo Riba
Medical College and Hospital, the department will have to vacate it sooner or later.
Meanwhile, the minister assured to take up the matter with the chief minister.
The Secretary Art & Culture also attended the meeting.
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A progressive farmer from Namthung village under Dirang in West
Kameng district made the state proud by winning the 'Krishak Samrat Samman'-one of
the top krishi awards of the country-for his innovative farming techniques.
Shri Bodumba, son of late Sang Phuntso received the prestigious award from Union
Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi on February 2 last.
The award has been conferred upon him for breaking the established stereotype and
being instrumental in driving sustainable and scalable innovative farming techniques,
thereby making a positive impact on the agricultural community and enabling them
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dirang had recommended Bodumba's name for the award for his
remarkable effort and contribution towards farmers' empowerment and agri-based entrepreneurship
development in the state.
Bodumba has successfully developed an innovative technology of increasing plant population
of kiwi by reducing spacing of kiwi plants into 4mt x 4mt, in which two plants are
planted in between two iron angle 'T' bar post instead of the old and indigenous
practice of spacing of 6 mt x 4mt, where only a single kiwi plant is planted in between
two 'T' bars.
With this method, kiwi plant population can be increased to 252 from the previous
number of 168 per acre, and kiwi production can be increased to 13,860 kg per acre
from 9,240 kg per acre. Ultimately, the cost of production can be reduced to Rs 2,
10,870 from Rs 2, 40,000 per acre by adopting the new spacing technique.
With an experience of nearly two decades in farming and production of temperate fruits
like kiwi, apple, walnut, persimmon, etc. Bodumba is also the proud owner of well
known temperate fruit nursery M/s Namthung Agri-Horti Multipurpose Nursery at Namthung
village that has been accredited by the Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema,
Besides being an enthusiastic member in the Scientific Advisory Committee of Krishi
Vigyan Kendra, Dirang, he has assisted tremendously in training of farmers and agricultural
students of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland for cultivation and production
of quality planting materials of temperate fruits.
The award function was organized by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.
Climate and soil of Arunachal suitable for sericulture: Scientists
Day-long Reshom Krishi Mela concludes
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
RUKSIN, Feb 4: The scientists working under Central Silk Board (CSB) under the Ministry
of Textile, Government of India, have said that the climate and soil conditions of
Arunachal Pradesh are very suitable for sericulture.
Addressing a daylong 'Reshom Krishi Mela' at Sille Sericulture Farm in East Siang
on Saturday, scientist of Jorhat based Regional Sericulture Research Station (RSRS)
Dr S N Gogoi informed that his institution has been working for development of sericulture
in northeastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr Gogoi hoped unemployment problem of the state could be solved by adopting sericulture
and allied activities as the climatic condition in the state was highly feasible
for rearing of varieties of silk worms.
"Schemes of mulberry plantation in East Siang and other adjoining areas are under
progress, while the farmers of the region have achieved a milestone in rearing mulberry
silk and production of yarn. The state government also has responsive attitude in
increasing sericulture activities", informed Dr Gogoi.
He added that the CSB has already recommended many varieties of silk works for the
Director of Central Sericulture Research & Training Institute, Berhampore, Dr Kanika
Trivedi urged the farmers to enhance their income through sericulture activities.
She informed that proposal has been made for funding against training and research
activities, besides organizing 'Kishan Mela' to motivate rural farmers of the region.
Arunachal Commissioner of Textile & Handicrafts, Tahang Taggu urged the CSB to increase
its target in Arunachal Pradesh as the womenfolk here are traditionally associated
with such agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors for maintaining household
economy. He also appealed to the CSB to introduce fencing and irrigation in sericulture
gardens through rectification of the existing project guidelines.
Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina termed agriculture and horticulture practice as 'root of
human civilization' and urged farmers to pay attention on agriculture and allied
activities to strengthen rural economy of the state.
He assured to take up sericulture issues with the concerned minister of his government.
Among others, Director of Textile & Handicrafts Peto Ete, Joint Director H Dodum,
Scientist B K Basumatary (Mangaldoi) and officials of district Industry Department
also spoke on the occasion and encouraged farmers to take up sericulture as their
source of earning.
The programme was followed by technical session, wherein the scientists explained
on developing silk work garden and its management. The experts also replied to several
queries raised by the farmers regarding diseases in worms and commercial aspects
of sericulture produces.
On the occasion, a leaflet on 'Silkworm Diseases and Pest Management', written by
Dr Gogoi was released by the dignitaries.
Moreover, three successful farmers, namely Miti Modi (Mebo), Olen Tapak (Lingka)
and Toklak Perme (Mirku) were awarded certificates and gifts.
About 300 farmers from different parts of East Siang district attended the training
cum Reshom Krishi Mela.
Cocoons of varieties of silk worms and causal organisms of worm diseases, besides
operation of spinning and reeling machines were demonstrated in the exhibition stall.
CM, Dy CM congratulate Arunachal tableau team
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna
Mein and Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin on Saturday gave a rousing welcome to
the team of officials and artistes of the state tableau that bagged the first prize
in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi this year.
As a gesture of encouragement, the chief minister announced Rs 5 lakhs for the entire
team for the historical achievement and making the state proud.
Congratulating the artistes and officials of Information and Public Relations for
the stupendous feat, Pema said the people of Arunachal Pradesh are indebted to them
for bringing the state into national limelight.
"We are proud of you. Arunachal Pradesh today is in focus of the nation," he said,
and also congratulated the state cultural team that bagged the third position in
the cultural programme category.
Pointing out that the Yak Dance - theme of the tableau - is a cultural heritage of
the Monpas, who have preserved it through the ages and as a result the team could
represent it in its purest form, Khandu appealed each and every community of the
state to preserve their distinct cultural heritage with pride and showcase it to
the world in its original identity.
The chief minister appreciated the efforts put in by the IPR officials, who designed
the tableau and went through strict selection process conducted by the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs and emerged winners.
"This is a historical win for Arunachal Pradesh and we are grateful to you all,"
Earlier, Druba Bhattacharjee, IPR official and man behind the designing of the tableau,
explained in the detail the selection process and the overwhelming surprise that
engulfed the team on announcement of the results.
"We were speechless. On behalf of the department I thank the artistes for their discipline
and utter dedication to the work at hand for this success," he said.
The chief minister and deputy chief minister individually felicitated members of
the Arunachal tableau artistes and officials on the occasion.
Donate to schools rather than places of worship: Waii
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Home and RWD minister Kumar Waii today urged the people to donate
to schools rather than places of worships in order to mould the future of the children
with better facilities.
Addressing the 16th Parents' Day at Holy Cross School as chief guest, Waii compared
schools to places of worship and said schools are the temples of learning.
He said that donations collected from the places of worship are often misused by
the people manning it, while asking them to instead donate to schools for its infrastructural
Waii also urged the schools of the state not to discriminate any student on his/her
religious background, caste, or tribe. He also laid stress on maintaining a good
relationship between teachers, students and parents in order to maintain conducive
atmosphere for the students' overall growth.
The minister also announced to give 50 solar lamps, four colour televisions and retaining
wall to Holy Cross School.
Speaking as guest of honour, Sports and Youth affairs Secretary Dani Salu said that
sincerity and hard work are essential for success. He also urged the students to
make their foundation strong now to face any obstacle in future with confidence.
The secretary also urged the students to actively participate in co-curricular activities
like games and sports, while informing them of government's policy of 10 percent
reservation in government jobs under sports quota.
BJP Vice President Tadar Dominic and School Principal Annie Varghese also addressed
The daylong programme included flag hoisting, band display, parade, dances, and skit
Numerous eminent personalities, including Capital Complex EAC Tame Ajum, Fire Service
SP Kime Aya, Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary Bamang Tago, Reverend
Father Jacob Mattathilany, Sister Sherly Chacko, and parents attended the function.
IG Park to get massive facelift
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The lone public recreational park of the state capital Itanagar
- Indira Gandhi Park - situated at the heart of the city is all set to witness a
massive facelift soon.
The department of state Environment and Forests, under the Compensatory Afforestation
Fund Management & Planning Authority (CAMPA), has chalked out a detailed proposal
for landscaping and beautification of the park with all basic amenities.
This was informed during the 4th Governing Body meeting of state CAMPA, which was
chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu here this morning.
As per the proposal, fund to the tune of Rs 6 crore from CAMPA has been earmarked
to upgrade the Park, which will have separate paths for joggers and walkers. Children's
park, fountains, sitting benches and modern footbridges are also parts of the plan.
Besides landscaping, seasonal flower beds, toilets, dustbins and solar lightings
will be installed all around the park.
The chief minister advised that beauty, sanctity and quality should not be compromised
as the park is the only recreational area available to the citizens of the state
On the suggestions of the chief secretary, the department has also placed funds for
avenue plantations along the 4-lane highway leading to the state capital. To begin
with, avenue plantations would be made along the now complete highway from Hollongi
Further, the state Civil Secretariat will also be given a new look with avenue plantations
within its periphery.
Meanwhile, the chief minister expressed concern over the fact that the state CAMPA
Governing Body meeting was being held after a gap of almost three years, whereas
it should be held at least once a year to plan its Annual Plan of Operation.
He advised the department to become pro-active so that fund granted under CAMPA by
the Central Government is judiciously utilized for the benefit of the state and its
While reviewing the status of sanctuaries in the state, the chief minister was informed
that while the Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng was well protected and secured,
the Namdapha Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Changlang district were facing
several challenges due to encroachment, large area, inaccessibility and international
It was advised and agreed upon that local residents in buffer zones and fringe areas
be made partners by providing them with opportunities to take up economically viable
projects. It was also decided that the district administration and local Panchayat
bodies be involved in creating awareness as well as protection and preservation of
The chief minister also suggested that in its afforestation programme, the department
should opt for commercial trees and plants that can be recycled after a period of
time so that revenue is generated for the government as well as local residents.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Environment & Forests
Parliamentary Secretary C T Mein, the chief secretary, principal secretary and PCCF,
PCCF (Wildlife), commissioner finance, secretary planning and departmental officials.
Mithun Mela concludes
NIRJULI, Feb 4: A technology outreach programme, organized by the Arunachal Mithun
and Yak Conservation Mission, under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for
mithun (Gayal) farmers concluded at Mani village under Papum Pare district on Friday
The two-day long programme, held in collaboration with the National Research Centre
on Mithun was earlier inaugurated by Minister for Animal Husbandry, Veterinary &
Dairy Development Dr Mohesh Chai on Thursday last amidst the presence of farmers,
scientists and state veterinarians.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Chai emphasized on the need to organize more such programmes
that provide a common platform of knowledge sharing between mithun farmers-scientist
and extension functionaries in different parts of the state, to create mass awareness.
Over 200 mithun farmers from various villages and members of Mithun Farmers' Club
benefitted from the awareness and the Kishan Ghosti programme, conducted during the
At least 57 mithuns from Chiputa, Midpu, and Mani villages were vaccinated against
foot and mouth disease and black quarter disease, in addition to micro chipping and
issuing mithun identity card to mithun owners.
On the second day of the programme, during an interactive session between mithun
farmers, scientists and veterinarians of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary
and Dairy Development, Principal Scientist of NRC, Mithun, Dr Nazrul Haque spoke
about issues like nutritional deficiency, while scientists Dr M H Khan, Dr Jayanta
Chamua and Dr Kezhavituo Vupru informed the participants about the need for breeding
bull replacement to improve the growth performance and common parasitic diseases
with their remedial measures respectively.
Arunachal Mithun & Yak Conservation Mission Director, Dr T Heli also spoke on the
Ajin-Arum lifts Lt Kabak Mem Memory Men’s Volleyball Trophy
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Ajin-Arum beat Rending-B in three straight sets of 15-2, 15-2 and
15-13 to clinch the Late Kabak Mem Memory Men's Volleyball Trophy, played on Friday
The tournament was conducted by the Boori-Boot Yullo Golden Jubilee Committee-2017
as part of the celebration, and the trophy was sponsored by Late Kabak Mem Charitable
The winning team, Ajin-Arum was awarded Rs 75,000, along with the trophy, which was
handed over by Raga MLA Tamar Murtem and Kumporijo ZPM Kabak Apo. In individual prizes,
Bogom Raja of Ajin-Arum was declared the 'Best Player', while the Paat team was given
the 'Fair Play' title.
In women's category, the team of Rending Woman defeated Kapu Kabak Youth Foundation
in both sets to lift the title.
CoSAAP justifies its demands
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Justifying its demand for enhancement of retirement age of state
government employees, the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh
(CoSAAP) has urged upon the citizens not to make issues out of any of the demands
of the CoSAAP.
"There should be no misgivings about CoSAAP's genuine demands by any organization,
individuals, vested-interested persons," the CoSAAP said, while clarifying its stand
on the news item regarding enhancement of retirement age of government employees.
In a news item published in this daily on Friday, it was stated that there is growing
speculation that the Government of Arunachal is considering the demand of the CoSAAP
to enhance the retirement age from 58 to 60 years.
At the same, a citizen also shared his opinion in the news item, stating that enhancement
of retirement age will lead to more unemployment. Therefore, state government will
risk angering the youths if they decide to accept the CoSAAP's demand.
CoSAAP in a statement clarified that all the long pending demands of the confederation
are within the frame work of Service Rules.
State government employees are not asking for any favour or additional facilities
from the government, the CoSAAP said, adding that government should willfully implement
the central laws they have either enacted or adapted for state government employees.
Referring to the Fundamental Rules which were adapted by the state government, the
CoSAAP further said, "The state of Arunachal Pradesh does not have any law to force
its employees to retire at the age of 58 years."
State suffered a lot due to political instability: NCP
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Stating that the people of the state have suffered a lot and development
took a back seat due to political instability, the state NCP urged the people, government
machineries and political parties to cooperate with the Pema Khandu-led BJP Government
in the state.
"The people of the state do not want to see any further political tussle and blame
game in our state. They want to see a stable government," the state NCP said in a
"There has been no public reaction and negative movement against the Khandu-led
Government, which indicates that the people of the state have full confidence and
faith in his government and leadership," it added.
The state NCP also welcomed the constitution of Group of Secretaries by the chief
minister in six different themes to translate his vision for the state into reality.
"His dream will come true if government machineries, people of Arunachal Pradesh
and political parties extend cooperation with sincerity and dedication for a better
Arunachal Pradesh," the party said.
The party suggested that the chief minister lead all political parties and tribes
of the state under 'Team Arunachal' for peace and prosperity of the state.
Jail inmates given legal aid and services
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, in coordination
with the Papum Pare District Legal Services Authority organized a daylong free counseling
and legal aid camp for the inmates of District Jail, Jullang here on Saturday.
The prisoners were given advice and assistance in matters like bail, appeals, legal
aid, and other prison issues by State Legal Services Authority Member Secretary Budi
Habung and District and Sessions Judge, Yupia-cum-Chairman of Papum Pare District
Legal Services Authority Jaweplu Chai.
The state legal services authority appointed advocates on the spot to take up cases
of more than 25 under trial prisoners in courts and the convicts for their release
on bail or filing appeal against their conviction in higher courts.
A documentary on 'Access to Justice for the Under Trial Prisoners and Convicts',
produced by the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi was also screened during
SP Prison Nabam Gungte, Chief Judicial Magistrate Yupia Hirendra Kashyap, JMFC, Yupia
Mary Kamsi and Deputy Secretary Dani Belo also attended the programme.
Swachh Bharat Pakhwada observed
PASIGHAT, Feb 4: Staff of DFP Pasighat and other neighboring people participated
in a mass cleanliness drive at the DFP office and colony as well as nearby areas
as part of the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada from January 16 to 31 last.
DFP Pasighat unit In-charge, Mihir Kumar Jha explained the volunteers about the
advantages of cleanliness and urged all to keep their homes, surroundings as well
as other public places clean.
DC calls for effective IPPI plan
PASIGHAT, Feb 4: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak has asked the District
Task Force (DTF) members to ensure 100 percent coverage of children under the immunization
drive, and called upon them to ensure that all medical and para-medical staff deployed
for the immunization process, attend their duties diligently.
Presiding over the review meeting of the District Task Force Immunization (DTFI)
on performance of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (first round) and 'preparedness
of micro-plan' Mission Indradanush (4th round) here on Friday, the DC said, "The
department should intensify awareness campaigns and formulate error-free micro plans,
giving special focus on inaccessible areas."
He also put emphasis on joint efforts of line departments, Municipal Councillors
and Panchayat leaders for successful implementation of the immunization drive.
DMO Dr M Perme informed that special awareness programmes were also conducted to
educate the people on immunizations, while DRCHO Dr T Gao briefed about the achievements
of IPPI-1 round and preparation of micro plan for IM-4 through power point presentations.
The meeting also reviewed the preparation for the ensuing National De-worming Day.
AAPSU observes its Martyrs' Day
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) today observed
its Martyrs' Day by offering floral tributes to the portraits of late Kipa Kache,
Late Tabom Bam and Late Khoda Dolu in a function held at its headquarters, NEFA Club
Building on Saturday.
The members observed two minutes silence in respect of the martyrs. Recalling their
sacrifices made for the greater Arunachal society, the AAPSU executive resolved to
rededicate themselves in the service to the society. The union further decided to
observe the martyr day throughout the state involving all the federating units
from next year.
Late Kipa Kache was shot dead by CRPF in refugee movement at Nyapin, while Late Tabom
Bam died in a train at Jalpaiguri while coming back after taking part in 'Delhi Chalo
Abhiyan' oraganised by AAPSU for deportation of Chakma-Hajong refugees. Late Khoda
Dolu passed away at Naharlagun while on union duty.
Meeting on socio-economic grievances held
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A meeting of the All Bokar Social Welfare Association (ABSWA) was
held at Manigong, West Siang district recently. During the meeting, the ABSWA members
discussed various issues concerning socio-economic and political grievances of the
people of Bokar community in particular, and people of Mechukha Sub-Division in general.
Mass cleanliness drive at JN State Museum complex
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A mass cleanliness drive was conducted by the youths of Ward No.9
under the supervision of its Councilor, Pakyum Tageng in and around Jawaharlal Nehru
State Museum complex here on Saturday, as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Director of Research (Museum), Batem Pertin, along with State Museum Keeper, N Ray
also took part in the drive. While explaining the motto of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,
Pertin advised the participants to change their mindset and imbibe the spirit of
maintaining cleanliness of the Capital Complex.
Chief Municipal Executive Officer, Habung Lampung was also present.
BJP is a party with a difference: Gao
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: State BJP President Tapir Gao stated that BJP is not merely a political
party limited only to politics, but a party with a difference, which sees things
beyond religious lines.
Gao said this during a meeting on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Tour and Awareness
Programme, organized by the BJP Minority Morcha (MM) at the party office here on
He exhorted cadres of the Minority Morcha to work with sincerity and dedication for
the betterment of the society.
BJP Secretary cum MM in-charge, Lelong Lingfa advised MM workers to have all their
concepts clear and have proper strategies before spreading awareness about any central
MM president Loku Sonu assured to shoulder his responsibility and work together with
enthusiasm and zeal.
Presidents and secretaries of the Minority Morcha from 21 districts attended the
Awareness prog on National Pulse Polio Immunization Day
PASIGHAT, Feb 4: Awareness programmes on 'National Pulse Polio Immunization Day'
were organized at Berung village and nearby areas of East Siang district on January
27 and 28 last by the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP).
During the programmes, DFP Pasighat FPO, Mihir Kumar Jha explained to the participants
about the advantages of pulse polio immunization and appealed to all parents to bring
their children below five years of age to the nearest 'Pulse Polio Booth' on April
Group discussions, photo exhibitions and film shows on pulse polio immunization were
the main activities of the awareness programmes.
An immunization drive was held earlier on January 29 last.
Training on medical records conducted
ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Directorate of Medical Education, Training & Research conducted
training on medical records for doctors and medical superintendents at Tomo Riba
Institute of Health & Medical Sciences, Naharlagun.
The two-day training programme, which concluded on Saturday, was attended by 38 doctors.
The main resource person for the programme was I R Asher of the Christian Medical
Association (CMAI), who worked as consultant for the Medical Record Department of
CMC Hospital, Vellore and has written numerous books on medical records.
Dr Tao Kaki, who was the course coordinator for the programme, highlighted the issues
and status of medical records in Arunachal Pradesh.
Director of Medical Education Training & Research, Dr Moji Jini, while interacting
with Asher and senior doctors after the training, emphasized on the need to establish
a Medical Record Department, which is a cardinal requirement for setting up a medical
Asher suggested constituting a medical record committee to study and recommend various
strategies to establish a Medical Record System in the state.
This training programme was one among series of training programmes conducted for
the first time by the Directorate of Medical Education, Training & Research.
Earlier this week, it conducted three days training programme for nurses and doctors
on emergency care in primary healthcare setting with resource persons from AIIMS,
The Directorate is in the process of inking MoU with AIIMS, New Delhi for strengthening
emergency care. Training on medico legal aspects is also scheduled for next week,
where Dr Millo Tabin from AIIMS New Delhi will be a resource person.