January  21


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Ghatowar seeks explanation on delayed projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar today called upon the state government officials to walk the extra mile so that Arunachal Pradesh comes at par with other developed states of the country sooner than later.

“We are backward. We need accelerated development, therefore we need to put extra effort in catching up with other states of the country,” he said.

The Union Minister, who arrived here this morning on a maiden visit, was having an interactive session with top state government officials led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to review various projects under NLCPR and NEC besides National Projects being implemented in the state. He was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of DoNER as well as NEC.

Informing that his ministry was in receipt of reports of at least 50 projects worth Rs 529 crores from about 162 projects under NLCPR that have been delayed in the state, Ghatowar sought to know from the state government officials about the latest status of these projects. While calling for submission of Utilization Certificate (UC) and Completion Certificate (CC) on time, he assured there was no dearth of money for developmental projects in the state.

“PMO is serious about development in Arunachal Pradesh. The PM himself has asked me to visit the state and take first hand and latest reports of all such projects. Therefore, please tell me or my officials about the difficulties faced by you in implementing the delayed projects so that we can sort these out for the good of the state,” he requested.  

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his address highlighted various hurdles like short working season, communication gaps, technical problems, cost escalation, geographical difficulties and even DPRs prepared without proper survey and investigations. The Chief Minister said the state government will submit its priority list by February end but DoNER and NEC should retain the proposals by March end so that formulation of DPRs is completed by June.

“July and August can then be utilized for sanctioning and release of funds and by September works can be started. If we maintain this time table, we will get maximum working season and achieve substantial progress by March-end,” Tuki observed.

He also requested the DoNER Ministry to provide a balance gap funding of Rs 19 crores for completion of the Civil Secretariat building, release of contingency claims for 10 pending projects, Rs 49 crores for 132 KV Tawang-Khuppi power line and funds for water supply projects at Khonsa, Boleng and Sagalee under NLCPR. He also sought the intervention of the Ministry in converting the Naharlagun Helipad into a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) airport, increase in flight schedule between Lilabari and Guwahati and extension of BADP to all blocks of the state.  

Meanwhile, Secretary Planning Ankur Garg, with the help of a power-point presentation, gave the details of the projects implemented in the state and informed that almost all the 163 projects cited by the DoNER Minister were complete and UCs and CCs submitted. He said that the Union Minister’s observation of delayed projects may be due to communication lapses. He, however, assured to clear all the formalities, if pending, after discussion and consultation with DoNER and NEC authorities immediately.

Later, the Union Minister along with Tuki, State Assembly Speaker Wangling Lowangdong and Industries Minister Tapang Taloh visited the under-construction sites of the state Legislative Assembly and Civil Secretariat buildings.


Governor seeks Centre’s attention on Stilwell Road and border trade

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) P S Ghatowar called on the Governor Arunachal General (Retd.) J J Singh at Raj Bhavan here today.

In the meeting, they discussed several development issues including opening of Stilwell Road and former border trade across Pangsau Pass, regular daily flight from Lilabari to New Delhi and Tezu Airport Project.

While highlighting the importance of opening of Stilwell Road, the Governor said that the Border trade agreement between India and Myanmar has already been signed on 21st January 1994 and trade has officially been going on at Moreh in Manipur.

At Nampong (Pangsau Pass) also, a Land Customs Station has already been inaugurated by the then Union MoS for Commerce in November 1997 but has practically been lying defunct.

He added that currently, most imports from Myanmar and China are being channeled through the Kolkata dock, which is a much longer sea-route than the Stilwell Road. The opening of this road would reduce transportation costs between China and India by more than 30%.

Highlighting the significance of the trade with the south eastern neighbouring countries, the Governor pointed that as teak would be the major item of import from Myanmar, it would also help us preserve our valuable forest reserves for future. The opening of this road can transform the economy of the under-developed and insurgency-affected North Eastern region of the country by making it a production hub for feeding the Myanmarese and western Chinese markets.

Taking up the cause of Air passengers, especially medical cases, the Governor requested the DoNER minister to take up the matter with ministry concerned for regular daily flight from Lilabari to New Delhi (Boeing) via Guwahati. He said that at present, there is an ATR flight which operates from Lilabari to Guwahati some days a week. But the timings are highly inconvenient and the flight itself is highly irregular and undependable.

The Governor suggested for a daily Boeing flight from Lilabari to New Delhi and back may be started till the regular airport comes up.

In the discussion, the Governor also expressed his concern over the slow progress in the implementation of Tezu Airport Project.


Bridge causes hardship to villagers; authority silent


RUKSIN, Jan 20: The weak Bailey Bridge over Peneng river between Mikong and Mirem village under Ruksin circle in East Siang district needs immediate attention of the authority concerned and the public. The bridge has been lying unrepaired for the last three decades, causing severe hardships  to the commuters.

The bridge along Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) PWD road, which serves as the main communication link for the people of Mirem, Bilat, Ledum to reach Ruksin, had been in dilapidated condition causing severe hardship to general public and vehicular movement.

Further, prohibition on vehicular movement along the bridge has created more problems to those relying on vehicles as there was no alternative way.

On the other hand, the dilapidated MMJ road with large potholes all across the road from Ruksin gate to Mirem has added to the motorists’ woes.

Same condition is also seen at Pasighat-Ledum-Koyu PWD road which links Mirem-Bilat area with Pasighat town. Vehicular movement along the weak wooden bridge over Myone Korong (river) near Napit  has also become almost impossible.

It is worth mentioning here that the road constructed under state PWD was inaugurated by the state’s Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during early December last year. But renovation work of the road is yet to take place which has caused strong dissatisfaction among the local people.


Erratic power supply dogs life in Capital

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Erratic power supply is badly affecting the normal life of all capital dwellers excepting the VIPs and VVIPs.

Though the department concerned, through a press statement, apologized for power cut during day time for repairing work from January 20 to 25, there has been no respite from unscheduled power cut. The capital dwellers have to remain without power even in evening and night hours since last couple of days.

The hide and seek game of electricity is not only affecting the students and common men but has also affected the functioning of govt offices, banks and other business establishments. Moreover fluctuation in power system has also resulted in damage of costly electronics goods and systems.

“Power supply is worsening day by day making our life miserable. The authorities seemed least bothered with the problem,” said a resident here.

The irresponsive attitude of the department concerned has also come under sharp criticism from the angry consumers.

“Whenever we call up the power department for lodging complaint, they do not pick up the phone,” another resident irked by the erratic power supply said. He appealed to the department concerned to take immediate corrective measures to restore normal power supply.

Power crisis is not only affecting the people of Capital Complex only. It is also prevailing in Pasighat township since last couple weeks that forced MP Ninong Ering to intervene.

According to report that appeared in local dailies, the MP had written letters to the Power Secretary, Chief Engineer, SE and Deputy Commissioner, East Siang district for immediate restoration of normal power supply, but to no avail.

Apart from this problem, allegation of abnormal electric bill is also pouring in from numerous consumers. Though false reading of meter due to defect in the device can not be ruled out for such abnormal electric bills, it is important on the part of the authority concerned to check the devices (meter) whenever it gives abnormal reading in order to give the consumers relief from unnecessary burden.


Debojit enthrals crowd at YRF

Gijum Tali

AALO, Jan 20: The day four of the Yomgo River Festival witnessed a record crowd at the river island where the festivity continues vibrantly. The crowd almost stormed the floating bamboo bridge and the magistrate and police on duty had a tough time to control the enthusiastic and invading crowd that turned up for the Debojit night.

True to the expectation, the winner of SA RE GA MA 2006, Devojit Saha rocked with his selected numbers to hold music lovers till late night despite the drizzle that came on the day.

The song selections that befit the occasion were joined in chorus by the audiences amid applause and firecrackers.  Dandiya dance by Army-19 Grenadiers, dance by Shining Star Group, songs and dances by the budding local artists added flavour to the programme.

Attending the programme,  Gadam Ete, Parliament Secretary Home, said that the annual event is an endeavour towards promotion of tourism, cultural exchanges, promotion of mutual trust and universal brotherhood among various communities residing in the district. Expressing his gratitude to Devojit for turning up here for the show, he said that Arunachal and Assam has an age old cultural bond that reached its zenith in the days of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. We owe a lot to Assam for the growth and development of music, song and film in Arunachal, he said.


Tenga Yankees win dist. level cricket tourney

BOMDILA, Jan 20: Tenga Yankees XI defeated the Kakaling Riders by 75 runs to win the 2nd district level cricket tournament played at Buddha Stadium here yesterday. Prem Rai of the Kakaling Riders was declared the Man of the Series.

Braving the chilling cold, both the teams displayed sportsman spirit with full zeal.

This tournament was sponsored by  MLA R T Khunjuju, Parliamentary Secretary, Deptt. of Hydro Power.

B.Dehingia, ADC and S.B.Tamang, SP distributed the prizes to the winners and runners up teams.

  Addressing the gathering on the occasion,  D K Dinglow, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs emphasized on sportsmanship and maintaining discipline.

Despite lack of infrastructure, the youth of this district will be able to compete in national and international level competitions, if they  maintain the same sportsman spirit in future, Dinglow said.

On request of the All West Kameng Youth Association (AWKYA) for appointment of district sports officer and expert coach besides providing basic facilities for promotion of game and sports, Dinglow assured  to give all out support from his end.

Association president Tsering Mongriju,  said that AWKYA which has organized the district level cricket tournament for the 2nd time successfully, will maintain the same spirit and tempo in future also.


Tang Memorial Football from Jan 22

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The 10th State Level Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament would be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from January 22 to February two next.

Preparations are already almost complete and the organizing committee is fully ready to host the tournament, said Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) general secretary G. Doke.

Beside teams from 10 districts Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) and Capital Complex Football Association have confirmed their participation. The teams from 10 district that have confirmed their participation in the tournament are East Kameng, West Kameng, Kurug Kumey, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, East Siang, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw, Doke informed.

The draw of the tournament would be held tomorrow.

The tournament would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi at 10.30 am.

There will be many individual prizes, besides the winners' and runners-up trophies. The best player, best goalkeeper, golden boot for highest scorer, best defender and best discipline team will also be awarded.

Meanwhile, APFA has decided to initiate strict disciplinary action against unruly players and teams in all APFA conducted tournaments in the state. Those teams/players, who are found guilty of breaching the rules and regulations would be penalized as per the AIFF rules. Penalty may lead upto to ban or suspension of players/teams.


Campaign discourages child and forced marriages, polygamy

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Tei-Temir Welfare Society (ATTWS) has organized its 2nd phase of socio -educational awareness campaign at Kamporijo from January 10 to 12.

During the campaign they discouraged consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other addictive substances, child and force marriage, polygamy etc. They propagated small family and compulsory child education.

Addressing the gathering, Social Welfare Board Chairperson Nido Marina, said that such awareness campaign is only the measures to stop the ill practices of the people.

She advised the people to enroll their children in nearby schools for education and also urged them to adopt family planning for a small and happy family.

Nido further advised people of Kamporijo to remain united for all round development of the Raga assembly constituency and assured to extend all support and cooperation for organizing such social awareness programme in the state.

Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Nila Mohanan appreciated the organizer and advised them to include girls education in their future awareness campaigns.

While propagating girls’ education, she said that proper education of girl child would help eradicate the prevailing social evils.  She also informed that the district authority is taking up all efforts to restore the defunct Kamporijo circle office which is functioning from ADC office, Raga for the last 12 years.

Lower Subansiri  DMO Hage Tam, also advised the people to keep their locality neat and clean and urged people to avoid consumption of alcohol, tabacco, gutka for good health.

Resource person of the programme, DDSE Tarh Tuglo, briefed about the importance of cordial public-teachers relation.

He advised the teachers to attend their duty regularly and also urged the public to extend their cooperation to the teachers in order to impart quality education to the children.

ATTWS, president Pegmir Tarak, highlighted about the prevailing social evils and practices in the society and importance of education in present day world. He appealed to the people to fight against such evil practices within the society.

Additional deputy commissioner, Raga, Taru Talo, district forest officer (DFO), district agriculture officer (DAO), district horticulture officer (DHO), head of project (HoP), Subansiri Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd. (SHELPCL), Tamen and officials from various departments of the district and PRI leaders attended the campaign.


The joy of Folktales

Vijay Swami

“Folktale” is a general term for different varieties of traditional narrative. The telling of stories appears to be a universal culture, common to basic and complex societies alike. Even the forms folktales take are certainly similar from culture to culture, and comparative studies of themes and narrative ways have been successful in showing these relationships. Also it is considered to be an oral tale to be told for everybody.

Folktales are cherished all the time by all class of people irrespective of their age. Because folktales speak about continuing and oral traditions, cultural aspects and values, brave stories of ancestors, dreams and imaginations and sometimes history too. The folktales carry us in different world, a world of “once upon a time”. And therefore it is enjoyable to all class of people.

Oral tradition is a describable and transmissible entity. Folktales thus speak of mundane traditions of everyday life and gives picture of how we were once, our social relations and social bonds. Of course language plays an important role to describe those events, instances, emotions and sentiments involved in it. The folktales thus become guidelines for present generations for ethical and moral values.

Folktales can contain religious or mythic elements. Therefore often folktales are misunderstood as mythology. However according to Dr. Sweta Deshpande, Anthropologist from Pune University, one of the very important aspect of folktales is they often validate history, culture and even archeology. Stories woven around “bull” in Indus civilization found engraved on pots and walls, stories woven around “cats” in Egyptian period found mummified in pyramids thousands of years before.   Even today the references made in our great epics Ramayan and Mahabharata are being studied for its validation through the excavations and satellite images of the submerged ruins. Thus many a times folktales validate cultural continuation of life of the people.

Truely folktales trigger to study the unspoken part of expressive culture. It includes beliefs - supernatural, religious and even political. Sometimes they explain the social life influenced by some wise people, ney, the wisdom of the society at that time. They explain man and nature symbolic relationships through the stories of animals and jungles. It gives the picture of bio-diversity, ecology and its’ importance in man’s life. Rather it is the easy way to teach the children about human and nature relationships.

Folktales of Arunachal Pradesh contain brave stories of men, imaginative world of tick jungles, huge and small animals, how they got these forms and why men are intelligent. A mountain can speak in Arunachalee folktales and a rat can fly, a man with his spiritual powers can divert a river and break the rocky mountain with a single shot of arrow. It narrates how Mithun is domesticated, why monkey has red buttocks and why tiger is a brother of man! The study of description of the folktale vividly tells how the human evolution took place.

Study shows that the children those who read lots of folktales develop greater imagination power. Therefore it is considered to be a very effective leaning tool. Folktales have capacities to reach across the continents because they are joyful. In Arunachal we need to document lots of folktales with effective illustrations and narrations. It needs to be translated in different languages so that they become an informative tool of Arunachal traditions, cultures, values and ethos. It’s definitely a laudable effort of Satyanarayan Mundayoor to bring out a book on folktales of Arunachal in Malayalam language. We look forward to similar publications in different other languages too.

(The writer is a former Fulbright fellow and Executive Director of Research Institute of Worlds’ Ancient Traditions Cultures & Heritage, Roing)


Parl.Secy. inspects construction works of district hospital, sanitation drive

Bomdila, Jan 20: The routine monthly sanitation drive in the district headquarters Bomdila and in its peripheral areas got a fillip with the local legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary for HPD RT Khunjuju supervising the mass cleanliness drive today at Bomdila. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi  and SP SB Tamang. The cleanliness drive assumed further significance as the district gears up for the 63rd Republic Day celebration along with the rest of the nation.

Along with district urban authorities and the town magistrate, they also inspected the ongoing construction of the new District Hospital building.

With the monsoon a few months away, they impressed on the need to expedite the construction works. Also, they proposed retaining walls at specific slide prone areas in the district headquarter to avert loss of human lives and other infrastructures.

The team further surveyed a location for establishment of the proposed 20-bedded Eye Hospital in the district headquarter and identified a suitable place near the entry point of Bomdila and decided to take up the matter with the state government in earnest.

Earlier on January 17, Khunjuju laid the foundation stone of Sajolang Elite Society (SES) office building in a simple function held at Nafra. The land for the building was donated by former SES president  Sambo Siongju.

While responding to the memorandum submitted by the SES president  Aju Khonjuju,  the parliamentary secretary assured to fulfill its demand for  construction of office building, boundary wall  besides  furniture and two  computer sets for the Society office.

All Sajolang Students Union(ASSU) president Minda Longten requested Khunjuju for immediate posting of subject teachers at Government Higher Secondary School Nafra and early completion of JNV school building which is under construction at Khellong village.

Among others,  Zilla Chairperson Logiang Rikhung, former MLA Rinchin Kharu,  ZPM  Liki Dongru also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, SES decided to organize a mega health camp in collaboration with RK Mission Hospital Itanagar on the eve of its 6th foundation days at Nafra in May.


Complaint against SRK Co.

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  Borum Panchayat Anchal Samiti chairperson has demanded registration of criminal case against  S R K Company for its alleged gross negligence which led to death of one Gyamar Loma of Tarajuli village.

In a complaint letter to the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, chairperson Gyamar Jeri said that the  SRK Company neither erected fence  nor put up a sign board/caution notice at the construction site for the RCC bridge which is gross violation of traffic rules and regulation, particularly in human habitation areas.

Holding the SRK company solely responsible for death of Gyamar Loma,   the chairperson divulged that  Gyamar Loma lost his life while trying to save his wife Gyamar Yajuk when she fell down suddenly on the deep water pond created  by the Company for construction of RCC bridge at around 7.30 pm.  

Gyamar Yajuk somehow swam to safety but her husband Gyamar Loma, who was on rescue operation, could not and lost his life instantly.

The tragic incident occurred when both Loma and his wife Yajuk were returning to their own house on January 16 evening, the chairperson said and demanded justice to the wife of late Loma and her children.

Late Loma, 45, leaves behind her wife and six children.


ESDPs on photography and cosmetology

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  Two Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes (ESDPs) on ‘Photography and Photoshop’ and ‘Cosmetology and Beautician’ for the unemployed educated youths began at the IIE branch office premises today.  

Inaugurating the ESDP on photography and photoshop, Joint Director, Department of Industries, Subu Tabin called upon the participants to give sincere efforts in learning any trade. As the training on photography is new to the youth of Arunachal Pradesh, this particular training would open vistas of opportunities in photo journalism and other related fields in photography and photoshop, he said.  

Dwelling on the different schemes of the state government as well as central government, Tabin also assured the participants of help and guidance in every way possible.    

S K Sharma, Assistant Director, MSME-DI, Ministry of MSME, who inaugurated the ESDP on ‘Cosmetology and Beautician’ advised all female trainees to use the trade learnt for self-employment venture. Sharma reiterated that since all such trainings are hands-on trainings, every aspect of it should be carefully picked up by attending the training programme on regular basis.

Santanu M Deka, Assistant Faculty Member, IIE Branch Office, Itanagar said that these trainings sponsored by the Union Ministry of MSME, aim at building capacity of the educated youth for employment or self-employment.


JMS conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The four days long, 6th general conference cum election of the Jering Matkir Society (JMS) was held at Boleng recently.

During the conference, the members resolved to strengthen the unity and brotherhood among its members and work more efficiently for the welfare of the society in particular and the state in general.

Besides formal programme, cultural and literary activities were also conducted on the occasion.  

Earlier, the conference was inaugurated by APCS (retd) Tabi Jerang.


ATWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Abu Taling Welfare Society conducted its 2nd general conference at Pakter Hapa, Kurung Kumey district from January 10-12 last.

During the three days function, the meeting decided to fight against child and forced marriage and black magic in their respective areas.

The society also conducted social service at Government Middle School Homi and felicitated toppers of class X and XII belong to the society.

Meanwhile, the society expressed their displeasure over absence of teachers in Primary School Magne for the last two years and appealed to the authority concerned to look into the matter and immediately post teachers at the school.


Association seeks clearance of bills

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Save Arunachal Youth Association condemned the state government in general and Urban Developmentdepartment in particular for not clearing the long pending bills of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission Schemes contractors.

It appealed to the concerned minister to personally intervene the matter for early clearance of contractors bills and other schemes within a month.

It claimed that above 600 contractors have completed their allotted works as per the stipulated time but no payment has been made till today.

The association threatened to launch movement against the state government if the pending bills of contractors are not released.


RTI awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Hirik-Hiru Stuents Union (HHSU) organized a day-long awareness camp on Right to Information (RTI) at Government Higher secondary School, Kamba, West Siang district.

School principal, teaching staff, students and public leaders took part in the awareness camp.


APST daily deluxe service

TEZU, Jan. 20: Much to the delight of the people of Lohit and Anjaw districts, Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS), Tezu decided to open daily deluxe bus service from Tezu to Itanagar with effect from January 23.

This bus service from Tezu to Itanagar will be via Tinsukia-Dibrugarh-Sibsagar-Jorhat-Tezpur-Gohpur road. The departure time from Tezu is at 1200 hrs. DIPRO


Union calls bandh

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Kalaktang Monpa Students’ Union (AKMSU) today decided to call  24 hours bandh within the jurisdiction of Kalaktang ADC from 5 am of January 25  in protest against the alleged failure of the authorities to fulfill its charter of demands on execution of RGGVY works.

Earlier, the union expressed its displeasure over the execution of RGGVY works at Kalaktang under the power department, Bomdila division and demanded cancellation of agreement and retendering for RGGVY works within 15 days.  

It further threatened to call West Kameng district bandh jointly with the All West Kameng Students’ Union (AWKSU)  in case of failure of the authority to fulfill its demands immediately.


Awareness progs for SHG, farmers

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  A NABARD-sponsored 13 days candle making training programme for the members of Barapani Dene Ajen Self Help Group (SHG) was organized by Rural Development Society (RDP)  at Naharlagun from December 29 to January 10.

RDP also organized NABARD sponsored one-day awareness cum training programme for Papu Nallah Women Farmer Club and Jollang, Rakap, Depra and Jote village farmers clubs of Papum Pare district on January 12 and 13.  


SSA non-teaching staff demands enhanced salary

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees Association (APSSACEA) has sought the intervention of the Education Minister for solution to their grievances.

In a memorandum to the Education Minister Bosiram Siram, the Association said that the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (planning board) had already approved enhanced salaries for the employees, but the state Govt is yet to approve the enhanced salaries of non-teaching staff till date. The file related to enhanced salary of non-teaching staff under SSA is kept in red-tape for the reason best known to the authorities and the employees have been denied enhanced salaries since July 2010, it claimed.

Stating that SSA contractual employees have always been sincere and devoted in their service, the Association requested the minister to take bold step for approval of their enhanced salary which has already been approved by the MHRD.


GB foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Doimukh Gaon Burah Welfare Association observed its 9th foundation day at Doimukh today.

On the occasion, all the GBs took pledged for all round development of the area and discussed various developmental activities and law and order situation of the locality.

Doimukh EAC Toku Babu advised all the GBs to maintain law and order and support all developmental activities of their respective areas.

Circle Officer Pama Bagang also spoke on the occasion.

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Water bodies and pollutions

Environmental experts say that the water bodies in Kashmir are feeding on a tide of pollutants and are shrinking at a rapid pace and devastation of these bodies of water has started particularly in the last two decades. The world famous Dal Lake, which attracts international tourists, has shrunk from 58 square kilometers in 1953 to 11 square kilometers. The lake has also lost 12 meters in depth.

Massive encroachments and erection of many structures, house boats, and hotels have led to the reduction in the size of the lake and it  has also witnessed massive pollution. Sewage from houseboats and hundreds of hotels in the vicinity of Dal Lake finds its way into the lake. Around 65,000 people live in houseboats and small islands in the lake. The plans of the Kashmir government to shift the Dal-dwellers and rehabilitate them elsewhere are yet to be implemented with success.  

Experts have expressed concern that pollutants not only pose a threat to the water body and human health, but are also dangerous for the fish and other fauna in the lake.  

Taking note of the deteriorating situation of the lake, the state's high court has literally taken responsibility of protecting the lake by issuing several directives ordering the government to safeguard the lake, which, according to the court, has turned into a swamp.

The Dal Lake is not an isolated case in Kashmir. Reports show that the Wullar, Mansbal, and Anchar lakes are likewise under threat. Wullar, the largest freshwater lake in Asia, has shrunk from 190 square kilometers to 72 square kilometers. Despite having been named a Wetland of Intertional Importance under the 1990 Ramsar Convention, illegal use of 8260 acres of land officially designated as federally-protected lakefront continues at Wullar.

The 240 kilometer Jhelum River, with a catchment area of thousands of kilometers, is also quickly becoming polluted.

Physically, the Jhelum is deteriorating thanks to a shrinking water channel and a rising of its bed. Biologically, nutrient levels are increasing and the presence of pollution resistant algae- a major indicator of poor water quality- is likewise on the rise.

Lack of infrastructure and its maintenance also contributes to the pollution levels.

Solid waste management remains another barrier to cleaning up Kashmir's waters. Government officials charged with managing solid waste have been unable to even collect the necessary data on sanitation in the state.

Now what need is a policy to stop these water bodies from perishing.


Shameless corrupt people responsible for the mess

Dear Editor,

I absolutely agree with Rajom Ponnor’s contention which he shared in his letter “Land of power, money and might” published on Jan 18. But I would like to supplement further that Arunachal Pradesh is likely to face bigger consequences in near future.

Now nobody bothers for development of State. Everybody is running after money, business and politics for themselves as if these are ultimate in life. Govt department is filled with corrupt officials right from top to bottom but nobody pay attention to development and nor they are punished for their misdeeds. They are neither feeling any shame by robbing public money nor are they likely to realize their sin immediately. Ironically these people are trying to preach innocent, ignorant and illiterate villagers to develop the State. But I give highest respect for those who sincerely and honestly work for Govt or for themselves. My article is not for those honest people but for those shameless corrupt people.

These shameless corrupt people whether in Govt or private, are going to be the responsible for destiny of Arunachal Pradesh history.

These corrupt people will continue to become richer and richer after robbing the public money mercilessly day in and day out. Meanwhile thousands and thousands of educated unemployment will be produced   over the period of time and these youth will not sit back and watch shameless corrupt politicians and officials amassing public money in the State. Now they are no more ignorant and illiterate like their parents who were fooled by so called leaders so easily. Had Engineer department sincerely worked and built road, bridges, electrified the villages and connected water supply, the destination of these youth could have been diverted to some other better occupation. Allas! It did not happen and we are still struggling with facilities which should have been provided to us twenty-five years back.

Even then shameless corrupt will continue without realizing the fact that one day these educated unemployment youth  in turn will mercilessly assail them irrespective of rank and status. These educated or even uneducated youth are not likely to witness silently any more.

The state will become Killing field unless the merciless corrupt practices are stopped immediately.

Meanwhile some politicians are roaming around attending cheap functions such as inaugurating dam, bridges without realizing the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is located in most sensitive seismic zone.

Of course the wrath of nature will not give separate treatment to the corrupt people including their kits and kins even if they try to bribe nature with money. Obviously nature does not recognize money. More than that, there will be heavy human causalities.

Even Japan could not sustain itself from nature’s fury after putting in their finest brains. Can we compare Arunachal Engineers with Japans? I leave the answer to the readers.

It is high time the corrupt politicians and officials, and citizens start realizing themselves and start thinking afresh for true and quality development instead of busy indulging in corrupt practices and robbing public money.

Otherwise even God will not save them from facing grave consequences leave alone mankind.

Recent incidents of burning down of public offices are small sign of larger consequences to come.

Action and examples but not superficial rhetoric’s are the sign of true development.



Naharlagun, (on email)



Waiting for help

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Orphans School is eagerly waiting for positive response from Takam Sanjay, Member of Parliament (West) as he had promised to look into the problems of the of School, which is run by AOWA at Polo Colony, Naharlagun.

After Achu Bagang, president of AOWA met the MP in Delhi, on 2nd Feb. 2010 to apprise the grievances of the school, he had promised to help when he reach Itanagar.  

Accordingly when we got information on 2 Jan. 2011 that he is in the state Capital, we went to meet him but could not. Finally on 18th Jan 2012, we met the MP at his residence in Itanagar and handed him our reminder letter. He assured us that he will call us soon. We are hopeful that he will come forward to help us. But we are grateful that he recognized our services and assured us to help.                     

We also request every Arunachalee to come forward to help the children. These children do not belong to one community or tribe. They are from all across the state.  


Sunny Bangsia

Tapi Phai,  AOWA



Actual reasons of statehood goes missing

Dear Editor,

Most political theorists like to harp on the language factor for formation of Meghalaya. If that is the factor, India should have been divided long back since the first president of India who was from Bihar, Rajendra Prasad imposed Hindi as national language. No one called Assamese the national language. It was proposed as an official language to curb influence of Hindis and outsiders in north-east India. The main reason of separate state is instigation by a huge refugee population from Bangladesh who want to remain loyal to their country of origin Bangladesh and dream further expansion and greater hold in migrated territories.

Language is never a factor for creation of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. The real factor was lack of development and no representation in administration. A section of Hindi and Bengali historians love to make text-book reading students believe that language is the issue when reality has some hidden factors best kept to people who named the state ‘Meghalaya’.


Sam Sidona Marak