January  17


News Impact

Yomgo River Festival begins

Sanjoy urges youth to shoulder responsibility for vibrant Arunachal

Ranjit Sinha

AALO, Jan 16: The five-day Yomgo River Festival-2012 got off to a colourful start with priests performing traditional river ritual at the entrance of the festival ground as well as on the floating bamboo bridge marking the beginning of the mega festival here today.

“Let this festival serve as platform for cultural integration and spread the message of unity, integrity, brotherhood and peace among youth, MP Takam Sanjoy said after declaring the festival open in presence of thousands of revelers and dignitaries.

Addressing the huge gathering on the occasion, Sanjoy called upon the youth to shoulder the  greater responsibility of making a vibrant and developed Arunachal Pradesh. Stating that the youths are more prone to unwanted activities in this modern era of information technology, the MP stressed on organizing more such programmes involving the youths and conducting seminars etc. on educative subjects. He called for larger participation of youth in such festivals to foster unity and brotherhood among them.

Having highest number of intellectuals, Sanjoy felt, West Siang district had a lead role to play for others.

Pointing out the security scenario of the North East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, Sanjoy said that reported infiltration of Maoist in the jungle of Arunachal Pradesh and terrorism movement in neighbouring state have created concern. If the security scenario, particularly in context of Arunachal Pradesh is not scrutinized, national security will come into question, he said.

The MP, who was visibly annoyed with the denial of visa to Arunachalee sportspersons and recent denial of visa to Arunachalee officer by Chinese authority, said “it was bottleneck to the young and talented people of Arunachal Pradesh.”

Sanjoy disclosed that being the Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he had raised all the issues pertaining to Arunachal’s security in the recently held committee meeting. He further informed that the Parliament is going to take the issues of Arunachal on19th and 20th of this month. Sanjoy also highlighted the steps being taken for construction of Trans Arunachal Highway in the state. The MP hoped that Arunachal will become power house of the world  if its 65,000 MW hydro power potential is harnessed in proper way.

Sanjoy assured the festival organizing committee to contribute Rs 10 lakh for grand celebration of the festival in the coming year.

In his address, C C Singpho, Parliamentary Secretary, Information Technology and Finance, gave emphasis on development of tourism sector and said that tourism has become major industry in the world which generates large number of employment opportunities. Describing the scenic beauty of Mechuka, which is often called as Switzerland of Arunachal Pradesh, and tourist spots like Malinithan, Singpho called upon the authorities to take bold step to woo more tourists in this district.

Singpho, however, stressed on showing hospitality towards visiting tourists by local people and improving their behavior in order to attract  more tourists.  “Thailand attracts large number of tourists in the world because of tourist friendly behavior and hospitality towards the visiting tourists by the people of that country,”  Singpho noted.

Earlier, Singpho, along with other dignitaries inaugurated the exhibition stalls of the festival.

A massive display of Ponung dance by 42 troupes attired in gales of varied colours including Tapu war dance marked the start of the mega festival.

West Kameng deputy commissioner Amjad Tak, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Geology and Mining, Gadam Ete, who is also chief patron of the festival, event manager  M Loyi also spoke on the occasion.

A host of dignitaries including P D Sona, Parliamentary secretary, tourism, MLAs Takam Tagar, Markio Tada, East Kameng DC Tope Bam, WRD Secretary Gaken Ete and Govt officers were also present in the opening ceremony.


Cleanliness drive by student volunteers

PASIGHAT, Jan 16: The All East Siang District Student Union (AESDSU) along with the students of IGJ Hr. Sec. School, Pasighat and the members of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) conducted a cleanliness drive in the main market area including fish and meat markets.

The student volunteers cleared garbage and swept the entire area and also donated 21 dustbins to the market authorities.

Tageng Nyitan, David Gao and Gige Pertin the president, general secretary and organizing secretary respectively of AESDSU said it was a contribution to the society from the students.  Tobom Dai, Spokesperson AAPSU, who also actively participated in the cleanliness drive to motivate the students said, “Cleanliness is an important aspect to healthy living and the types of illnesses found in the society are reflection of dirtiness.

SC Debnath, ADC, while visiting, the students unions urged to rearrange or to shift the meat market immediately to keep the city clean.

Local MLA and present Education Minister Bosiram Siram stationed at Delhi, appreciated the effort put in by all volunteers involved in the drive and said that the onus of keeping the township neat and clean is on every individual of Pasighat.

Siram stressed on more awareness campaign and assured to hold a consultative meeting on control of stray animals on his next visit to Pasighat soon. DIPRO


Gamlin urges society to promote social values

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Lobom Welfare Society (LWS) celebrated its 37th Year of Formation cum 6th Annual Lobom Day and erection of Ato Lobom Statue at Kamba amidst much fanfare and gaiety on January 15.

Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin unveiled the Ato Lobom statue amidst huge gathering of members of the society as well as invitees from all over the state.

Gamin said that it is always important to delve into ones history and literature to promote rich social values among the clan members.

He stressed on preservation and promotion of art and culture, history, genealogy of Lobom clan and emphasized the need for child education of the area so that upcoming generation can handle the social responsibility.

Nyiken Lollen, ADC Kamba, urged the members of the society to make the annual platform to build mutual trust and brotherhood among clan members and keep the sanctity of the great legend through annual maintenance.  Mijum Lona was felicitated on the occasion in recognition of  his contribution towards folklores and anthem for the society.

Karmo Noshi Lobom, President, LWS traced the detail history on the formation the society and Gekir Karga Lobom dwelt on genealogical aspects of the Lobom clan. (DIPRO)


Boken Ete: An odyssey

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Boken Ete: An Odyssey, a biography of former MLA, was released by West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad Tak at Aalo yesterday.

The biography written in English by his grandson Lijum Ete, Circle Officer, Darak has been edited by his son Kenjom Ete, Chief Engineer, PWD (D&P).

Ete, who is nearing 100 years of age, speaking at the occasion said that “We must give importance to education and preserve our way of life and live harmoniously with each other for a better future”.

Born to Lt.Kigam and Mima Ete in  or around 1915 in Bene village of present West Siang district, Boken Ete is a living legend of Siang belt.

He joined Govt. service as ALC in 1944 and retired as Political Assistant in 1977. He went on to win the 1978 Legislative Assembly election from 16th Along South Constituency.

Ete was instrumental in establishment of RKM School at Aalo in 1966 and VKV Jirdin in 1980. He was the main leader who led the villagers of various villages during the construction of Along-Likabali Road in 1958-59.

He helped in strengthening the Keba system. Besides, he was responsible for popularising WRC in 1960s, worked for end of slavery system in late 1950s, was decorated with Assam Governor Award for his tireless relief work during great earthquake of 1950. Apart from Parliament Secretary Tourism Pasang Dorjee Sona and Secretary WRD Gaken Ete and alumni of Ramakrishna Mission School Aalo also attended the programme.

Deputy commissioner Tak stressed that govt. must emphasise on recording the life history of local legends like Boken Ete which will inspire people to do good things. Moreover, many from the audience even desired that during his life time a statue of Ete must be installed in a central located place at Aalo town; a town which has seen its light of day due to his endeavour.


Sena visits Lohit and Changlang

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Agriculture, Horticulture & Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Setong Sena visited Lohit and Changlang Districts recently.

During his tour to Mahadevpur, Lathao, Chongkam, Nampong of Lohit district, he visited backyard poultry farm, pig breeding farm and orange orchards and interacted with the farmers. He said that he was visiting these areas to see the ground realities so that he can place the problem and prospects of the farmers to the govt. in a convincing way.

He briefed about the schemes and programmes which government is implementing and urged the people to opt for agri-based occupation for self-reliance and employment.

He  directed the government officials and staff to render service dedicatedly and sincerely to the local people.

He was accompanied by directors, horticulture, veterinary and animal husbandry, joint director agriculture and other teams of officers from all the departments.

The minister also visited  the Horticulture Training Center site at Jairampur to take stock of work progress and also inaugurated National Watershed Development Project at New Kamlao.

Later in the day, the  minister and his team of officers attended a public meeting organized by the public of Manmao and  Kamlao area at Kamlao.

The speakers of the meeting emphasized the need to adopt agriculture, horticulture and veterinary seriously for income generation thereby uplifting socio-economic status of rural people.

The visiting team found the area highly suitable for such activities and emphasized for exploiting this potential in a scientific way.


Bureaucracy, pillar for effective governance: Lowangdong

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  Bureaucracy is the life-line and pillar for effective governance, especially for state like Arunachal Pradesh, said Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong.

Effective delivery of public service, which is one of the basic responsibility of the state, can be achieved only through competent, honest and efficient administrative set-up, the Speakers said while addressing the inaugural function of the training cum workshop on "ethics and values in administration" and "good governance" for the district officers and senior officials of various districts at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

Lowangdong pointed out that good governance is an accepted goal of today's administration and every public servant should strive to achieve the professional excellence of a transparent and accountable administration in tune with the expectations and demand of citizens.

He reminded the participants that we are still unable to come out from the old system of ruler and ruled, the master and the subject which was a deliberate policy of the then British regime as well as feudalism in the country's history. He called upon the public servants and bureaucracy of today to follow the example of great philosopher and administrator of ancient India Chanakya, who said that "the governance policy of the Govt. should be like as the sun which extracts water without reducing their amount and repays more in the form of rains falls, the ruler should also deliver goods to its people in similar manner".

The biggest drawback in our service delivery system affecting our state today was the "absenteeism of staff and absence of proper supervision of  senior officers as well as lack of sincerity towards one's work in most of the cases”, Lowangdong observed.

Dwelling upon the very important aspect of value and ethics in administration, which according to him, is a must for the present day administrators and public servant as they have to set good moral example which reflects their personality and positive self moral in public eyes. He pointed out that after taking over as the new Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, he had personally taken the initiative to constitute a new " Ethics Committee" for the legislators as a part of his convictions that, as law makers we are to abide by certain ethics and values in all spheres of governance.

Earlier, the Director (Trg.) highlighted the basic objective of the training conducted for the first time in accordance with the National Training Policy of the country in order to sensitize the officers about new and important issues facing the society. The director hoped that this training would help the officers develop and inculcate positive attitude and values among them in public service and understand in-depth values and ethics involved in administration and good governance.

Sarmistha Das, WBCS (Exe.), Joint Director, ATI, Kolkata highlighted the course content and stressed on the need to sensitize the Govt. functionaries about ethics and values in administration.

Four senior guest resource persons serving under the Govt. of West Bengal namely, Sarmistha Das, WBCS (Exe.), Joint Director, ATI, Kolkata Supriya Ghoshal, WBCS (Exe.), OSD to MIC, School Education, Gargi Ghosh, WBCS (Exe.) Associate Professor, NDM Wing, ATI, Kolkata and Debasis Boral, IPS, Senior Supdt. of Police (HQ), CID, West Bengal  are also attending the programme.

The training is being attended by state civil service officers in the rank of CO, EAC, SDO, ADC of various district administrations as well as middle and senior level officers of head of departments. The training cum workshop is being conducted under the sponsorship of the Department of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India.


Govt urged to advertise all posts

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: A public meeting to discuss the disparity in the recruitment process of civil police for Tirap and Changlang district was organized jointly by All Changlang District Students Union and All Tutsa Students Union, Changlang at DIET auditorium, Changlang today  

The meeting after a threadbare discussion on the issue, urged the Minister, MLAs of Changlang and Tirap districts to clarify the disparity and irregularity in the recruitment process to the public.

Claiming that of the total 1949 declared posts sanctioned exclusively for Tirap and Changlang district only 1349 posts have been advertised so far and rest 600 are yet be to advertised, the meeting sought clarification from the authority in this regard and demanded early advertisement of the remaining posts.

The meeting further stated that since the special recruitment drive was exclusively for Tirap and Changlang district, all categories of posts should be reserved for the two districts.

The meeting decided to call 12 hour Tirap and Changlang bandh on January 18, if the govt fails to fulfill the demands.

The meeting was attended by public leaders, panchayat members, GBs, NGOs of Changlang district


India, China begin talks on border issue

New Delhi, Jan 16: India and China today began talks to put in place a mechanism for management of the border between the two nations, an issue that has been an irritant in bilateral relations.

National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon led the Indian team at the 15th round of the Special Representatives meeting with the Chinese delegation led by State Councillor Dai Bingguo here.

The meeting was to be held in November last year but had to be postponed after China protested Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's participation in the Global Buddhist Congregation in the capital around the time of the talks.  India had then rejected China's demand for cancellation of the Congregation leading to the postponement of the talks.

Dai and Menon are expected to discuss putting in place a mechanism for border management mooted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to India in 2010.

A decision to set up the mechanism was taken at a meeting Wen had with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Sanya in April 2011.

Recently, Menon had termed the boundary question as a "difficult issue" that has remained unsolved.

"On the settlement itself, we are in the second stage of the three stage process of agreeing principles, a framework and finally a boundary line," he had said.

The dialogue at the level of SRs is a three-stage process which started in 2005 with the declaration of the Guiding Principles and Political Parameters.

The second stage is identifying the framework for resolution of the boundary dispute and the third stage to apply that framework.

The second and the third stages are the "hardest" part of the negotiations and efforts are underway to conclude these," sources had said.

The 14th round of talks had taken place in Beijing in November, 2010.

The SR mechanism was established in 2003, when Menon was India's ambassador to Beijing. PTI


Four inducted in IAS

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Four Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service officers have been inducted to the Indian Administrative Service, (IAS) AGMUT Cadre on January 11, who include Jokey Angu, APCS (1985), Talem Tapok, APCS (1985), Nani Mali, APCS (1978) and  Onit Panyang, APCS (1992).  Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) has welcomed their induction and termed it as recognition of their achievement for the development of the state and the nation as a whole.


Army comes to rescue

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: A recovery team from HQ 40 Mountain Brigade of 71 Inf Div rescued a vehicle  (Tata 403) after it slipped down the slope near Lower Gompa at the height of 9000 feet on January 13.  The vehicle was suspended in mid air with the rear wheels stuck to the rocks. At the request of the owner, the precariously positioned vehicle was salvaged by the recovery team.

This effort of the Army in saving the prized asset which is a source of livelihood in such tough regions was much appreciated by the civilians who gathered to watch the recovery effort, said a release.  In past six month, Army helped recover three vehicles including one at Jung where the vehicle had actually gone down the mountain slope. The prompt response of Army resulted in securing precious human and material resources of the civil population.


AASSATA appeals for salary and arrear

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA), in a letter to Education Minister today appealed for release of SSA Teacher’s enhanced salary along with six months arrears before January 26 and regularization of SSA teachers of 2003 batch at one go.

The association threatened to launch indefinite movement if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time.


Exposure visit

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Eighteen farmers of Upper Siang district visited Ayeng, Mebo, Oyan and  Jampani as part of Inter District Exposure team. The main objectives of visit were to create awareness among the progressive farmers on the method of cultivation in  other district. The team visited Horticulture gardens, mustard and vegetable cultivation at Jampani and tea processing factory at Oyan and also attended training cum demonstration by an agronomist at GTC. DIPRO


Boogie Woogie

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Five contestants out of 17 have qualified for semifinal round in Upper Subansiri Boogie Woogie dance competition on January 15. Rest 12 contestants would compete for quarterfinal elimination round to be held on January 21.

Same Timba, district planning officer, attended the first quarterfinal.


Conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  The  27th Youth Annual Conference of Nyishi Baptist Church Council was held at Papum Batist Church under Taraso Pastoral range from January 12 to 15 last.

Parliamentary Secretary of Planning and Development Nabam Rebia, who is also local MLA along with church elder Tamchi Kusuk and principal Oriental Theological Seminary Dimapur Nagaland Rev Dr Wati Aier, were among those who attended the conference.


Dabii holds coord meeting with DC, HoDs of Lower Subansiri 

ZIRO, Jan 16: A brief coordination meeting was held between Advisor to Chief Minister Tako Dabii with Lower Subansiri  Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan and HoDs at DC’s Chamber here today.

Dabii briefed about effective governance, work culture and shared his observation about various ongoing programmes, schemes and projects related to the district.

He suggested the deputy commissioner to strengthen the relationship with neighbouring Assam and resolve the boundary dispute amicably. He also advised the government employees to work efficiently and productively.

Meanwhile, Mohanan briefed about the already held two consultative meetings with DC and DFO Lakhimpur.


Vivekananda Jayanti celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Along with the rest of the state Vivekananda Kendra Vidalaya Raga of Lower Subanbsiri district celebrated Swami Jayanti on 12 January last in a colourful manner.

Attending the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare Board Chairman Marina Nido called upon the youths to follow the principles of Swami Vivekananda. She further advised the students to give priority to education. A VKV alumini Maga Tasso highlighted the contribution of VKV in education sector of the areas.  

VKV, Yingkiong also celebrated “Vivekananda Jayanti” January 12 with a day-long programe. Apart from students of the VKV student from other school also participated in the programe.  One of the main attractions of the day was performance VKV band party.

MLA Alo Libang and Upper Siang deputy commissioner L Borang also attended the program which was held at the Yingkiong ground. DIPRO


ATWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: All Tatung Welfare Society (ATWS)  conducted its third general conference cum election here recently.

The society unanimously resolved to fight against social evils like child and forced marriage and black magic (Shotung hami) and also discussed various developmental activities to be carried out by the society.

Among others, Er. Markio Tado and ASM Chairperson Tamuk Tadik attended the conference.


Arunachal to participate in Sr. National TT C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Arunachal Pradesh would participate in  the forthcoming 73th Senior National and State Championship to be held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Table Tennis Arunachal has announced a 8-member players team comprising four men and equal number of women for the championship. The team along with coach and manager would be leaving for Uttar Pradesh on January 21 next, informed Table Tennis Arunachal.


Gram Sabha awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Dadi Hamgio Charitable Society has conducted Gram Sabha awareness campaign at Lemiking recently. The programme was attended by Panchayat leaders and public of Mra-I and II and Nava-II gram panchayat segments.

Addressing the gathering, Dadi Hamgio Charitable Society chairman Mana Dadi advised the panchayat leaders, Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, GBs and public to organize Gram Sabha meeting twice a year. He also advised them to utilize the backward region grant fund judiciously and prepare BRGF schemes for next financial year.


‘Submit report soon’

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: All Nyishi Youth Council appealed to the inquiry committee constituted on illegal land allotment by state government to immediately start the inquiry process as per the government instruction and submit the report within one month.


BSU appeals

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Border Student Union, East Siang unit, in a consultative meeting today at Pasighat appealed to the various organizations of neighboring Assam to develop good relationship with the associations/unions of Arunachal.

The meeting condemned the frequent economic blockage and bandh calls by various organizations in Assam particularly in NH 52. It said that such bandh calls in neighboring state disrupt the movement of Arunachal people and developmental activities.

It also appealed to the elected representatives of both the states to resolve such problems amicably through dialogues.

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Fire and picnic

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the letter “What an Irony” by one M Mamai, Changlang published in Readers’ Forum on Jan 10, we would like to clarify and let Mamai know the truth.

After the fire broke out at Changlang, the prompt gesture of the local MLA is appreciable.

The MLA contributed to the fire victims as per his capacity. If Mamai has contributed something for the fire victims, he should let us know instead of questioning the MLA’s contribution and terming it meager.  

Secondly, regarding New Year Picnic, we would like to clarify that  it was jointly organized by the District Administration and other works department at their level.

The whole process of management & invitations was monitored by the District Administration. MLA being a local representative was invited. He has not contributed Rs 2 to 3 Lakhs for the picnic as alleged by Mamai.

This is purely an attempt to create misunderstanding among Officers and publics and is politically motivated.

Therefore, such message is unfortunate and un-called for and our officers posted at Changlang and public should not get carried away with such illogical propaganda, which is fabricated and untrue.

We advise him to wake up and not to indulge in such writing instead he should do something good for the people of Changlang.


N K Longchang

General Secy, DCC (I)



Problems of Kamba

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlight some problems faced by the people of Kamba, West Siang in general. Since the last couple of years the area has witnessed many fire accidents. The area desperately needs a full-fledged fire station. Whenever there is any case of fire accident, the people are left at their own mercy. Also, the police station at Kamba should be upgraded under the police modernisation plan and more personal be posted.

An SBI branch with ATM facility should also be set up in the area. Setting up of SBI branch would not only be beneficial for the people of Kamba but also for the people of nearby Kaying, Wak and other villages and also for those Army Jawans who go all the way up to Aalo for drawing their salaries and other financial purposes. I would also like to request the agriculture dept. on behalf of the people to set up a Krishi Vigyan Kendra office in Kamba so that the local farmers are equipped with latest agri-techniques and knowhow.


Marli Kamki



Follow the criteria

Dear Editor,

A few weeks back one Dr T Linke highlighted about in service PG exams in health department. I fully support his views and opinions. Intended candidate must fulfill the laid down service rules and guidelines.  He/she must complete five years service with 3 years compulsory rural and 2 years urban service.

I request the selection board to follow the service guidelines while selecting the candidates so that there are no disputes and any legal complications within the department later.


Dr T Tungni, Sarli



Law and justice should prevail upon equally for all

Dear Editor,

Once again, I would like to express my views with respect to the response given by Tumme Ammo, Superintendent of Police (SP), Changlang Police titled "Motivated and baseless allegation against Changlang police" dated 11/01/12 in the Readers Forum section of your esteemed daily. I would like to express my appreciation of the claims made by the SP, Changlang Police with respect to the handling of the situation and bringing it under control. Its true that one should maintain law and order. But in the case of emergency situation like the incident that occurred on 7th Jan 2012 where a minor girl sustained not minor (as SP mentioned) but grievous injury, people out of sentiments and spontaneity may act in such a way that can be termed as unlawful. The effect of the push by the bike rider was so intense that the little girl lost her consciousness that instant only and her condition is critical. The actions of the people can be unlawful but at the same time, the action of the accused (here, the bike rider) are also unlawful. It is due to the bike rider and his rash driving that has resulted into such a chaos. It can be true that the people might have taken law into their hands for a while but so as to make sure that the accused does not get away and is brought under the law and is punished. Taking law into one's own hands is not advisable and wrong but at the same time law and justice should prevail upon equally for all without any regards to caste, class, gender or ethnicity and so on.

With regards to SP claims of the high number of crimes committed by the Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh, I agree that the data can be right. But at the same time, I also believe that the nature of crimes may vary. The nature of crimes may not be that serious in nature (mostly petty offences) which ironically may be linked to the deplorable and hapless situation of the Chakmas in AP (absence of means of livelihood, soil erosion etc.). And also it is likely that the Chakmas can be targeted in most of the cases due to their vulnerable situation (social, economic and political) because of which crime records may show a high number of crimes committed by the Chakmas.

Also, i would like to appeal to the SP, Changlang Police that my intention of writing the previous letter dated 9/1/12 was not to malign/criticize your police force but to bring to your notice that law and justice must prevail equally upon all. Any situation should not be like Chakma v/s Others as is being projected mostly by different media in AP. Instead we all collectively must strive towards a peaceful and harmonious environment where all people can exercise their freedoms and happiness at their fullest.


Sintu Chakma

Tata Institute of Social Sciences




Tuitions and SSA teachers

Dear Editor,

I would like to put forward my comments on Nabam Rakap's letter "Greedy Teachers.

We teachers are not greedy; we are compelled to earn little money in adverse situation. Describing private tuitions by Government teachers especially SSA Teachers as being greedy is not appropriate.

SSA teachers are compelled to go for private tuition as an alternate way to meet the basic needs of ourselves and our family in adverse situation like we are facing at present. Failure of govt to pay our salary for several months leaves us with no option other than to earn little money from private tuition.

Blaming teachers while they give tuitions to support themselves is useless and meaningless, unless an effort is made by our state govt to release monthly salary of SSA teachers regularly.

So, it is my earnest request to our state govt. to immediately release the pending salary with arrear and thereafter regularly release the monthly salary, so that common public do not make comments on our compulsion. If govt. fails to look after our problem, I encourage teachers to continue taking tuition to meet their basic needs as we have no option left and we have our right to earn our livelihood.



SSA Teacher



The impassable road

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the District administration and public leaders regarding Meka-Shantipur road.

Since the repair of the road started, it has been almost impassable. There have been many motor vehicular accidents as well, as the surface is in tatters in the name of repair and constructions, thus putting the lives of those who navigate through this road at risk.  

Moreover, there are heaps of rod- metals on both sides of the road making it more difficult to drive.

Who should be held responsible for the pathetic road condition?  Is it the District authority’s inefficiency or is it the contractor who is delaying in executing the work?

It is scandalous that we should be inconvenienced in this way for months together.


Arun Pertin



Inclusive hours


Even after two decades of economic liberalization, inequalities continue to rise among various states, broadly implying that poor people are getting poorer and rich are getting richer.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in its recent analysis have only confirmed the ground realities.

The average household monthly per capita consumption expenditure at current prices was deflated by consumer price index to arrive at a realistic measure of change in real economic well being of people across regions and classes.

The growth rate of both average per capita expenditure and resultant demand increased during 2004-05 and 2009-10. But while the average per capita consumption expenditure remained unchanged for the poorest 20% people, the average household income of the richest 20% increased by 7.7%.

This broadly led to increased inequalities. On an average, a rural household in the richest 20% category spent more than 258% of what a household of similar size falling in the poorest 20% category spent in 2004-05. This difference further increased to 286% in 2009-10.

The calculated gini coefficients for states indicate that income inequalities increased in Jammu and Kashmir by 7.37%, Madhya Pradesh including Chattisgarh 4.96% and Bihar including Jharkhand by 4.9%.

At the same time, gini coefficient values indicate falling inequalities in Orissa by 5.75%, Maharashtra 3.85%, Haryana 2.36% and West Bengal. Rajasthan, Karnataka, northeastern states and union territories too have seen some fall in the degree of income inequalities.

With stark imbalances, the onus lies on the governments in developing social sectors and critical infrastructure. The private sector undertakings too need to increase its share in discharging social responsibility. Inclusive growth is the need of the day.