State capital keeping pace with other developing cities
Make every effort to enhance revenue: CM
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today called upon the state transport
department to find ways and means to enhance the revenue generation which is not
well-matched to the recurring expenditure incurred by the department every year.
He was addressing the impressive function organized at I G Park on the occasion
of flagging off ceremony of the 23 new buses procured under Jawaharlal Nehru National
Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) by the state urban development department.
Describing the day as historic, the chief minister hoped that UD and PWD Minister
Nabam Tuki will take appropriate step for procurement for more buses under this urban
renewal mission for all districts of the state. He also urged the department concerned
to engage experienced and efficient personnel for running the buses smoothly so that
the common masses get benefit out of it and state revenue be enhanced.
However, the chief minister urged the transport department to maintain uniform rate
while procurement of lubricants, tyres and other motor parts for the state owned
Pointing out the global warming and climate change, he stressed on proper emission
test of all private and government vehicles which has been substantially contributing
towards global warming. “While the world is facing the brunt of pollution and due
to which the glaciers are melting, I appeal all section of the society to initiate
corrective measures to contain the alarming threat posing to the world”, Khandu emphatically
said. Speaking on the occasion PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki hoped that the city
buses would be a great help for the Capital dwellers. He called upon the transport
department to prepare time schedule for plying of the buses so that the school children,
office goers and others can avail this new bus services. Lauding the transport department
for its dedicated service, the minister hoped the department would make the good
use of the buses as public utility service as well as a good source of earning revenue.
Giving a details of the procedural hardship that involved in the procurement of the
buses, Tuki informed that at the initial stage state capital was out of the criterion
under national transport policy meant for mission city. However, Itanagar was included
in the mission after great persuasion, he said. He further informed that state transport
department was entrusted with the task of running the buses under JNNURM till the
constitution of the municipal bodies in the state. He added that with the initiative
of the chief minister the municipality in Itanagar and Pasighat will be constituted
soon. The central fund meant for development of urban area will be increased with
the constitution of the municipality, Tuki hoped.
Parliamentary Secretary Transport K Kri in his address said that the state transport
department are plying the buses on 153 routes of the state, 63 of them are non profitable
and APST buses have been plying in these routes for the convenience of the people
Out of the total 244 state transport buses, 150 buses have become obsolete and maintenance
cost is higher than that of the revenue earning, Kri said. He appealed the chief
minister provide more buses to the department for improving the public transport
service as well as revenue earning.
Kri, however, assured that the Govt to run the new buses smoothly to earn more revenue.
Earlier, UD director cum CE Er. Taba Tedir welcomed the dignitaries.
A host of dignitaries including local MLA Techi Kaso, MLA Wangki Lowang, Commissioner
Finance V K Dev and Planning Secretary Ankur Garg were present on the occasion.
Discourage child-marriage, enrich educational scenario: Siram
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Tali, one of the educationally backward blocks of Kurung Kumey
district has been gifted with a KGBV (girls residential school for disadvantaged
groups like school dropouts, BPL, never-enrolled girls) by the Govt of India under
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme in 2008-09.
Abu Talang Memorial Society has been running the school successfully since last year.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram formally inaugurated the school in presence of Govt
officers, elected representatives and general public today.
Appreciating the efforts of the NGO in running the KGBV successfully, Siram exhorted
the parents and public to extract maximum benefit from the school in order to achieve
100% female literacy for the block. He also advised the GBs & the public to discourage
child-marriage so that maximum number of girls can complete formal schooling and
enrich the educational scenario of the block.
The education minister was happy to announce that the maintenance cost for hostelers
of KGBV shall be increased from Rs.750/- per month to Rs.900/- per month from the
next financial year besides provision of free uniform and bedding after every three
years. He also assured to post sufficient teachers for Govt. Secondary school Tali
Taking a strong dig at erring teachers who don’t attend duty properly, the education
minister warned that the government shall not take lenient view of teacher absenteeism
anymore, rather those teachers failing to perform their duties shall be dealt with
strictly henceforth in order to achieve quality education in the state. Taking into
consideration the remoteness of Tali area, he promised to supply essential materials
like textbooks, monthly salary etc. on priority. He also directed the DDSE K/Kumey
to submit concrete proposals for infrastructural development of Govt. Secondary school
Tali under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan. While soliciting pubic cooperation
for the new MLA Tali, for all round development of the area, he requested the public,
panchayat leaders and govt. officials to get the Yangte-Tali road completed at any
cost for betterment of the area. He also assured to look into the memorandums submitted
by the KGBV authority and other public of the area.
Earlier, Hage Khoda, Commissioner (Education) outlined in brief the purpose of opening
KGBVs and advised the student community to lead a disciplined student life to achieve
good status in life. He also promised to sanction adequate fund for educational development
of the area besides posting of sufficient teachers for Tali.
The Guest of Honor of the occasion, Lokam Tasar, Parliamentary Secretary (Civil Supplies),
assured to cooperate with MLA Tali in all-round development of Tali area and promised
to provide adequate ration for the government staffs of Tali under CPO (air-dropping)
and under PDS for the common public. He assured the public that the state government
is really committed to streamline the PDS in the state so that every category of
Arunachalee gets essential food items at reasonable price.
Tali MLA Markio Tado, assured the public that road connectivity from Yangte to Tali
has been his priority and that he would leave no stone unturned in connecting a motorable
road from Yangte to Tali (Kumey river) within five years. He sought public cooperation
in developing Tali and advised everyone to shed political differences for a common
It may be mentioned here that Tali is the only constituency in entire Arunachal Pradesh
which is yet to be connected by road and that a kilo of salt costs Rs.100 in Tali!!!
Creation of Lower Siang district
GWS calls for inclusion of its representatives in HPC
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) Jarjum Ete along with the Chief Advisor
and former President, GWS, Huzar Lollen and Coordinator, East Siang District, Dekbom
Ese called on Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on January 21, informed GWS publicity
secretary in a release today.
The three-member team apprised the CM about the change of guards in the GWS and submitted
a petition to the high office of the CM to include representatives of the GWS in
the proposed High Power Committee (HPC) to study the creation of the Lower Siang
district in the foothills of East and West Siang districts.
Jarjum gave a background of the ‘January 2008 people’s demand and the community’s
consensus for prioritizing the creation of Lower Siang district with the district
headquarters in the foothills’, and about the ‘resolution for the same as adopted
at the 2008 Aalo Baane Keba ( Baanv Kvba) under the aegis of the GWS’.
The delegation impressed upon the CM that the issue of creation of Lower Siang district
was a non-negotiable for the protection of the interest of the people and ensuring
the development benefits to those living in the foothills of East Siang and West
Siang. Khandu, in his very discerning way agreed on the matter, adding that his commitment
to the Lower Siang district creation was total. He also said that he had the best
interest of the people of the area and that his government will entrust the Galo
Welfare Society to help the community to resolve the matter, keeping the interest
of the common people living in the remote foothills in mind, the release further
‘Districts are created with administrative centers to facilitate development activities
to help the people,’ he said. He also promised to intervene at his level to help
ameliorate the sufferings of the people in these rural areas, the release said.
Meanwhile, the GWS will embark upon its first leg of Awareness Generation Tours on
February 12 starting from the villages in the foothills of West Siang district,
the release added.
Committee takes step to handover CHC staff quarters
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Hospital Management Committee Deomali CHC in its meeting held
today under the chairmanship of E. Yirang, SDO (IC), Deomali, Tirap district expressed
their strong-displeasure over the possession of CHC staff quarters by non-VHAI staff.
All the 29 staff quarters of Deomali CHC were officially handed over to VHAI on Sept
18, 2009, according to an official release.
The meeting attended by many doctors and nine panchayat leaders unanimously resolved
that SDO, Deomali would take step to vacate all these quarters within two week period
as VHAI’s CHC-staff deserve to reside in CHC quarters, the release added.
House also appreciated the performance of the part-time Specialists, Medical Officers.
Clarion call to make Seppa township clean
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu has made a clarion call
to the denizens to keep Seppa township clean, hygienic and plastic free. Meanwhile,
sector-wise cleaning operation was conducted on Saturday Jan 23 at Seppa. School
kids of Lal Bahadur Shastri Niketan-1 took very active part in the social service.
Miscreants destroy CGI sheets
ITANAGAR, Jan.23: In a shocking incident a truck carrying CGI sheets from state Capital
to Keba in Kurung Kumey district was attacked by group of people as they were heading
towards Jama where motorable road ends.
In a press release issued by Sorang Tabe ASM of Keba panchayat, it was informed that
around thirty people in four Maruti and a single Alto car ambushed the truck and
took them to Dumporijo along with driver, where they destroyed CGI sheets by cutting
Further he informed that truck contained 1000 CGI sheets worth five lakh rupees and
cash of around fifteen thousand were lost. An FIR has been lodged in this regard
at Daporijo police station. When contacted police sources at Daporijo confirmed that
FIR has been filed.
NABARD supports SDP on incense stick making
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in
its endeavor to expand its outreach to the rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh through
promotional and developmental programmes has sanctioned two Skill Development Programmes
(SDP) of 6 days duration each on Incense Stick Making at Aropo village in Dibang
The programme has been sanctioned to Muna Mihu, a local Craftsman, who had earlier
undergone incense stick making in Agartala. The programmes will support 50 unemployed
youth and women in the area.
Abratos, the local name for a species of bamboo, botanically known as Phyllostachy
Bamboosoids which is to be used as the raw material for the training programme is
abundantly available in Dibang valley District. Due to transport and communication
bottlenecks, many activities which have potentials could not be commercially exploited.
The programme on incense stick making is found to be very suitable as traders have
given assurance for purchase of these sticks in bulk at place of production. Based
on the successful implementation of the present progarmmes, NABARD will explore the
possibilities of conducting more such incense stick making programmes on a larger
scale in the district under cluster approach, according to a NABARD release.
PPWF concludes with cultural extravaganza
NAMPONG, Jan 23: The three days long Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2010 concluded
last evening in a positive note with no untoward incident.
On the concluding evening cultural extravaganza such as Mizo Bamboo dance, Bhangra,
Bihu dance from NEZCC, Dimapur, traditional dances from Nocte, Wangcho, Tangsa,
Singpho added much vigour to the festival. However, the main attraction of the night
was from Rock On contest finalist Avinanda Sarkar (it is worth mentioning that Sarkar
will be jamming with international Hip-Hop star Akon in the opening ceremony of FIFA
world cup 2010 anthem song). Her energetic performance captivated everyone and made
them swayed to the Bollywood numbers such as Sajna Ji Vari Vari Jao Me, Crazy Kiya
Young and talented singer Anish John also left spellbinding effects at Nampong general
ground with Tumse Hi Mil Jate He, Jara Si Dil Me Jaga De Tu and other scores.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Setong Sena thanked everyone for making
the festival a grand success. At the sideline of the programme, one Dr Ahuja, scientist
from Bangalore, could not help but was simply amazed at the traditional values and
ethos the people in this part of the world is still keeping intact despite the onslaught
of modernization. Among others, Dhirtimaan Chatterjee from 36 Chowringee Lane fame
was seen reveling the festival.
Students donate blood
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The NSS unit of NERIST organized a blood donation camp with the
coordination of doctors from NERIST Health Care unit and the General Hospital Naharlagun
today. More than 40 students donated their blood and the others were engaged in general
cleaning of the campus and academic block of NERIST maintaining a high standard of
hygiene in the campus. The doctors appraised the students about the merits, importance
and utility of blood donation. The entire programme was coordinated by Prof. Binay
Singh, Deptt of Forestry, NERIST.
Let us continue to keep Arunachal clean and green: First Lady
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful land. Let us continue to keep
it clean and green, appealed State First Lady Anupama Singh, while leading a social
service cum cleanliness drive at Naharlagun, today.
Stressing on cleanliness and quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she said, cleanliness is next
to Godliness, we should therefore maintain it not just attribute on our body but
also in our surroundings. Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is going to become a tourist
hub, State First lady said, to attract more tourists and to ensure their repeated
visits, we have to keep our home, surrounding and locality clean.
Expressing pain over the garbage leftover by the New Year picnickers in the pristine
Poma area, near Itanagar, the First Lady said, being a part of a tribal society,
it is in our age old culture and tradition to live in a clean environment. Pleased
by the huge turn up for the drive, Singh, who conducted a successful Statewide Breast
Cancer campaign recently said, the enthusiasm you have shown, not only encourages
us, the Muskan Welfare Society (MWS) to take such initiatives but also shows your
concern for a clean Arunachal. It also reflects your civil sense towards the society,
Reiterating the appeal of the State Governor for clean and green Arunachal and against
use of plastics, the First lady urged upon the school children and teachers for their
maximum contribution towards the objective.
Speaking on the occasion, Local MLA Techi Kaso, who personally volunteered to take
part in the cleanliness campaign, appreciated the First lady and the Muskan Welfare
Society for the initiative. We should continue the campaign initiated by the First
Lady and I will ensure that this campaign continues successfully, assured Kaso.
Earlier, welcoming the volunteers, Capital Complex Deputy Commission Padmini Singla
said, the MWS or the Government alone cannot take care of the cleanliness of the
State Capital, but it is the duty of every denizen to keep it clean. Individual contribution
is required for it, she stressed.
MWS Member Secretary Mamta Riba expressed gratitude to all the volunteers for their
participations and urged upon them to continue with the campaign at the personal
and community level.
Later, not just symbolic, but displaying her down to earth attitude, the First Lady
lead the volunteers, including local MLA Kaso, Deputy Commissioner Singla and others
with broom and cleared the garbage in the Nahalagun Bazaar. Taking breaks in between,
she went on to interact with the shopkeepers and personally appeal them to keep their
area clean. She also gave patient hearing to their problems, such as toilets and
shortage of garbage bins etc. Touched by the enthusiastically participating small
school children, Singh distributed sweets and also gave motherly advices to them.
Large numbers of volunteers, including members of Bazaar committees, NSS Volunteers,
NCC, Scouts and Guides and senior citizens participated in the day long drive organized
by Muskan Welfare Society. Led by Social Welfare and Child development Director,
Smti R.T. Riba, CDPOs, anganwadi workers and gram sevikas actively took part in it.
Displaying youthful energy and concern for the society, All Nyishi Youth Association
also participated in the drive along with senior citizens of Jai Ram Seva Sangha,
Naharlagun. Muskan Welfare Society members and Raj Bhavan officials, led by Secretary
to Governor Ankur Garg also took part.
In the sideline of the drive, Urban Development Deputy Director Talo Potom, who provided
the logistical support for the campaign and who also received huge applauds from
the participants for his contributions towards cleaner Capital Complex informed that
the capital city generate about 60 metric tons daily. With only six trucks, the urban
department could only clear about 25 MT. Rest we are doing with ‘Tela gadi’ and other
means. With adequate manpower and vehicles, we will be able to go for door to door
collections and give a better result, a cleaner Capital City, Potom added. PRO to
K&TDDS dev meet held
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Job opportunity for the locals in NHPC, NEEPCO, health and socio-political
and educational issues such as promotion of girl child education were the main topics
of discussion of the meeting held by Kameng and Tawang Districts Development Society
at Naharlagun yesterday.
Besides changing the nomenclature of the society from Kameng Development Welfare
Society to Kameng and Tawang Districts Development Society, the meeting also appointed
a six member central executive committee of K&TDDS for smooth functioning.
The meeting was attended by officers, political and student leaders, intellectuals
and well-wishers of East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts.
Never too late to learn
MIAO, Jan 23: The Literacy campaign at Neotan village, Miao Circle of Changlang District
is gaining a good process with the turning up of senior citizens who are 60+ of age
ready to listen to the teaching of their grandsons/daughters. There is a paradigm
shift in the interest of learning among the young and of illiterate elders who have
shown ardent interest in learning alphabets and numbers not for exam but for value
The Students of Newman School, Neotan who are in the classes 6 to 8, volunteered
themselves to be the tutors of their own parents and grandparents. They spent every
evening an hour or so in one to one teaching to all the illiterate persons of the
For the illiterate Elders of the village who have no much heavy duties to perform
in the family, learning has become a pastime and a hobby for most of them, said an
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Parliamentary Secretary Industry Nabam Rebia and Parliamentary
Secretary, Food and Civil Supply Lokam Tassar have consented to be the chief guest
and guest of honour of Boori-Boot Yulo celebration at Daporijo on February six.
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) in its meeting held on January
21 last has requested its president, who resigned from the post earlier, to withdraw
his resignation in greater interest of the union, said a union release.
Budding zoologists to conduct survey
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A team of budding zoologist, under the guidance of Daniel Mize,
Asst professor Department of zoology Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono hill, will survey
Zemithang and Sangti valley to ascertain the habitus status of these valley in perspective
of blacked neck crane.
ESDP on cane and bamboo
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Branch MSME development Institute, Itanagar in association with
the NN Charitable Society (NNCS) is going to organisea fortnight-long enterpreneur-ship
skill development programme (ESDP) on Cane and Bamboo furniture making for unemployment
youths at Sagalee from February 1 next.
Mega health camp at Tuting
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Tuting-Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang will inaugurate the first ever
mega medical camp at Tuting on February four and later he will visit Zido and Ngaming
villages. Prior to this, he will visit Likor the largest village under Paling circle
on January 28.
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purrang Sawa Students’ Union (APCGSSU),
in its general conference cum election held at GHSS Chayang Tajo from January 16-19,
has elected Rahim Yangfo and Kurung Gyadi as president and general secretary respectively.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram and local MLA Karya Bagang attended the conference
as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.