January  25


News Impact

Tadar Tang Memorial Football

Papum Pare demolish East Kameng 4-0

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Papum Pare stayed in title hunt after a 4-0 demolition of East Kameng in a league level match of the 10th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Pisa Martin scored two goals while Loyi Kena and Taba Rakesh scored a goal each.

The match started with Papum Pare in the attack from the very beginning creating many opportunities in the first five minutes but could not score. In the meantime, East Kameng got a golden opportunity to score when one of the players of the team found himself alone with the goalkeeper, only to hit the goal post.

It was Loyi Kena, who found the net in 18 minute to give Papum Pare the much needed breakthrough. Martin added two more goals in 26 minutes and 37 minutes. East Kameng put up a brave fight in the second half but could not score due to poor finishing and lack of coordination among the players.

Taba Rakesh netted the 4th and final goal of the match few minutes after the second half to seal the victory for Papum Pare.

Earlier, Lower Subansiri and Lower Dibang Valley played out a 1-1 draw in their second encounter in the tournament.

Toko Polium (15) of Lower Subansiri and Ane Linggi of Lower Dibang Valley were the scorers.

Later, the match was decided by coin toss in which Lower Subansiri was won.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Football Association (APFA) has appealed to the callers of January 30 capital bandh to defer the bandh call beyond February 3 for smooth conduct of the on-going Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament.


Awareness camp on adventure sports organised

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The three-day workshop cum awareness camp on adventure sports was organized by Arunachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Club from January 22 to 24 at Chiputa village under Papum Pare district.

The main attractions of camp were activities like, river rafting, angling, trekking and night camping. The first day of the camp was attended by ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye and District Sports Officer (DSO) Anjaw Mala Linggi.

Arjun urged young students to take up adventure sports as a viable career option as this sport has lot of scopes in Arunachal. Advising the students to abstain from alcohol and tobacco produces, he asked them to concentrate in career building. In her address, DSO Mala Linggi appreciated organizer for coming up with brilliant idea of organizing such adventure sports camp. She urged them to organize more such event in future as it would offer opportunities to the students to understand the intricacy of adventure sports.

The resource persons included, Ninung Dai adventure sports specialists, Dr Nabam Peter and Chukhu Mama Tourism lecturer (RGGP).

The students were taught about basics of adventure sports during the camp.

Tarh Eha, general secretary of Arunachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Club, the organizer of event informed that main idea behind organizing the event was  to promote adventure sports in Arunachal.

“This is the first time we are organizing such event in Arunachal. We hope that students who attended this event might have learned many things. We extend gratitude to directorate of sports & youth affairs along with department of tourism, govt of Arunachal without whose help this programme would not have been a success,” told Eha.

Students from Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, Itanagar and various government schools of capital participated in the camp.


Recounting 4 years of the office of Governor JJ Singh

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Arunachal Governor Joginder Jaswant Singh popularly known as General JJ Singh will be completing his 4 years in office tomorrow.

The former Chief of Indian Army staff was appointed as Arunachal Governor on January 25, 2008 by the Government of India. The 66-year-old Singh was specially appointed keeping in mind the Chinese interest over this landlocked state.

Though central government has appointed him as Governor for security reason, but Gen Singh has managed to build special relationship with tribal people of Arunachal in the last four years with his flamboyant working style. Unlike the past Governors, who limit themselves to the comfort of Raj Bhawan and fly regularly between Itanagar and Delhi, Gen Singh brought about new change by spending more time in Arunachal. In fact our MLAs spend more time in Delhi than Governor. Also Raj Bhawan has been made more accessible to the ordinary citizens during his tenure.

Some of the most important contributions of Gen Singh towards Arunachalee people are, his initiative for early completion of Ranaghat Bridge over river Siang, starting of Arunachal Scouts regiment by Indian Army and setting up of bamboo processing centre at Poma village. The 763.50 meter Ranaghat Bridge, the foundation stone of which  was laid almost 20 year ago was not being completed as per schedule. With agency responsible going easy, Gen Singh after visiting the site many times threatened to take strict action against all those officials responsible for inordinate delay.  His pressure on Gammon India Ltd, the builder of the Bridge worked and finally the bridge was completed. The Bamboo processing centre at Poma village, the first of its kind to be set up in Arunachal was established under his guidance. The industry was started to make use of natural resources for the benefit of the local villagers. Today, the bamboo processing centre is providing job opportunities to many locals and helping them to sustain life. Beside, Governor JJ Singh has always made sure that he visits all those interior places which were neglected by state govt for quite long time. His initiative for restoration of Miao-Vijaynagar road is well documented. In the year 2010, when Dibang Valley district was cut off from rest of world for one year after road was washed away in monsoon season, Gen Singh visited Anini and shared the pain of the locals.

Despite all the good works, Gen Singh had his share of criticism too. When chopper of late CM Dorjee Khandu went missing, he allegedly gave byte to national media stating that the chopper, in which Khandu was boarding, had landed safely at Bhutan which later proved wrong. This generated lot of controversy and many Arunachalees questioned his role. The second instance, when state was going through worse period because of infighting within ruling Congress party, the Governor never interfered though he had a special constitutional power to act. However, a Raj Bhawan source justified the silence maintained by Governor during that period. “Governors are supposed to be non-political and therefore Gen Singh kept himself  distance from all political activities at that time. But he regularly met government officials and kept an eye on law and order problems,” informed the source.

In a state like Arunachal, which is ruled by highly corrupted and self centric politicians, the role of Governor becomes very significant. The people of Arunachal has high hope that Gen Singh will continue to rise above politics and become torch bearer of development in the state. Especially, the young generation Arunachalee sees him as ray of hope as state politicians have badly let them down.


Kurung Kumey Youth Festival 2012 begins

Tourism can boost Kurung Kumey’s economic development: Tuki

KOLORIANG, Jan 24: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on the people to focus on tourism as a sustainable source of employment and revenue generation to give a boost to the development of Kurung Kumey. Kurung Kumey is considered as one of the most backward districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Inaugurating the Kurung Kumey Youth Festival 2012 at Koloriang, Tuki reiterated his message for peace and development. He said the attitude of youths towards the outside world has to change for good and festivals such as this provides an opportunity to develop the self and imbibe discipline in all fields of life.

“Festivals of all hues should not be taken only as an avenue for entertainment but should be utilized to bring in a change in mindset. Festivals, especially those organized by youths for youths, should mark the beginning of a broader vision and outlook encompassing and accepting everyone,” he advised.

Further calling on youths to create self employment avenues, the Chief Minister assured Government support in sectors like horticulture, agriculture, medicinal plants, small scale industries. He also persuaded the people to slowly give up jhum cultivation and opt for more viable and profitable cultivation of cash crops.

Responding to several memorandums submitted during his maiden visit to the district headquarters, Tuki assured to upgrade the Koloriang Community Health Center to a District Hospital. He also assured to take up the matter of upgrading the Sangram CO headquarters to SDO headquarters in the next Cabinet sitting besides impressing upon the Central Government to declare the whole of Kurung Kumey as a backward district in order to avail special packages for its development.

He announced Rs 50 lakhs each for construction of an approach road to the Koloriang Circuit House and its extension including a conference hall respectively.

To the demand for construction of a road from Sangram to Parsi-Parlo, he assured to take it up on priority in the next NLCPR. The youth festival was also attended by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia Tollum, MP Takam Sanjoy, Cabinet Minister Tanga Byaling, host of MLAs and dignitaries.

Earlier last evening, the CM held a meeting with HoDs of the district in presence of Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar, the local representative and MLAs of the district to review developmental projects under implementation.

Taking stock of several ongoing projects, Tuki advised the administration to go for people-oriented, community-oriented and revenue-oriented schemes. He called for timely submission of projects so that the Government can take these up with concerned authorities at the Central level. He also urged the government officials to remain in their posted stations and facilitate smooth running of the government machinery.  


‘Illegal quarrying causing Siang river to change its course’

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 24: Indiscriminate extraction of boulders from Siang river bed at Raneghat is slowly causing Siang river to change its course which may pose great threat to the people living at downstream. The matter was already brought to the notice of the authority, but to no avail.

“The Siang river is changing its course towards its left side which may affect a large numbers of villages, including Sigar, Ralling, Mottum, Kiyit, Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum and Mer under Mebo sub-division. It may also severely affect the bio-diversity of Dying Ering wildlife sanctuary,” said Obang Apum, president of Sinung Gumin Nature’s Foundation, a Pasighat based NGO.

The local people were seriously concerned over unscientific quarrying rampant in the river bed for the last several years which has resulted in change of course by the river. The authority has no control over the illegal activities.

“The administration, despite repeated pleas, has not yet initiated any action against the unscrupuous traders,” rued Yung Tayeng, an Anchal Somiti Member of Borguli.  The same opinion was echoed by some local Gaon Burahs, who have criticized the inaction of the district administration to stop the indiscriminate quarrying in the river bed.

While visiting the left bank of Siang at Raneghat portion, this correspondent saw rude and unscientific extraction of boulders, gravels and sandy materials from the riverbed. The river is gradually changing its course towards the left bank. It is going to erode the left bank to make out space for its new course.

Siang is a major tributary of mighty Brahmaputra in Assam. Due to rampant boulder excavation from river beds, huge volumes of sediments from the geologically fragile Arunachal hills are carried to downstream, causing frequent change of river courses in Assam.


DDSE warns absentee teachers of drastic action

AALO, Jan 24: DDSE Tomi Doke made an unannounced inspection to  Garu Middle School, where the army  personnel of  Rajput Regiment were providing mid-day meal to school children on January 18. He was accompanied by district adult education officer Moli Tato and ADEO (Estt.) Bamin Loyi during his visit.

While visiting the Bomte Primary School and Takso Primary School, the team found that both schools remained closed and the teachers posted in these schools were found absent.  This was followed by inspection to Govt. Secondary School, Gensi. The team interacted with students and the teaching staff of the school. The DDSE along with Loyi and ADEO (D) Iken Bagra, ADEO (D) also visited Primary Schools Pidi  and Rime, Middle School, Taba Sora, Secondary School Nikte, Primary School Ego Kato and Wak Primary school to have ideas regarding the position of teachers including Regular/SSA posted in those schools and to asses their performances on January 19.

During the visit, the team claimed to have found that a lone local teacher who run the school was out of station. However, the team expressed satisfaction over the well-maintained school infrastructure.

The Primary School, Rime was lying defunct though a  teacher, namely Kenjo Ori, (AT, SSA) was posted there. There was neither furniture nor proper classroom except a school bell hung out in the front of dilapidated building.

The school authority has taken tough measures withholding the salaries of all those absentee teachers. Further drastic measures would be initiated in future, the DDSE  said. DIPRO


Workshop for SMC and HTs

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Kurung Kumey SSA District Mission organized a three days community training cum workshop on School Management Committee (SMC) and Head Teachers of various schools of Nyapin-Phassang block at BRC building Nyapin from January 18 to 20.

More than 60 participants including chairpersons, member secretary and women representatives of SMC of different schools took part in the  workshop which was held under the guidance of Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner cum DPD, SSA and DDSE cum DPO, SSA.

Addressing the participants, SSA district programme coordinator Biri Tach  gave an overview of SSA and the importance of SMC and local authority to run the school in a mission mode in context of  Right To Education (RTE). He also advised all SSA teachers to put their best efforts to improve the education scenario of the district.

Planning coordinator Rigio Tapi suggested SMC to prepare their own school development plan.

Community Mobilisation Coordinator Langbia Rima  highlighted the role  and  responsibility of SMC and Head Teachers. She also pointed out Public Private Partnership (PPP) modules in education sector to uplift the education scenario in the district.  

Among others, SSA accounted Maga Juri  and Tarak Natung of  BRCC Nyapin spoke on the occasion.


Rich haul of medals for Arunachal karatekas in 7th Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai National Karate Championship

ITANAGAR, Jan  24: Arunachal Pradesh bagged  46 medals, including 15 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze to finish runners up in the 7th Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai National Karate Championship held at Aizawl, Mizoram from January 18 to 20 last.

A 41-member team including three officials from Arunachal Pradesh under  Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association took part in the championship in sub- junior, cadet, junior, senior men and women categories, informed Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association president Marli Ete.

The result:

Sub-Junior & Cadet Boys: Bathamso Nayil, Gold (Kumite), Bannaso Towsik, Gold(Kumite), Pema Kri, Gold(Kumite), Balipso Poul, Silver (Kata),

Sub-Junior & Cadet Girls: Roshanlu Kri, Gold(Kumite), Roshanlu Kri Bronze(Kata), Ivy Paul, Gold(Kumite), Ivy Paul,  Gold(Kata), Rebiyailu Kri, Bronze (Kumite), Rebiyailu Kri Gold(Kata),

16 to 17 years Junior (Boys): Balip Rangmang Gold (Kumite), S. Gobin Thapa, Bronze (Kumite), Ashok Sahani, Gold (Kumite), Ashok Sahani, Gold (Kata), Charu Gobin, Silver (Kumite), Antinso Kri, Silver  (Kumite), Yudi Apa, Gold (Kumite), NeelamTalo, Silver (Kumite),

16 to 17 years Junior (Girls): Annu Komi, Gold (Kumite), Annu Komi, Silver (Kata), Yasa Ree, Gold (Kumite), Yasa Ree, Gold (Kata), Olosi Paul, Silver (Kumite),

Below 21 Yrs (Sr. Men): SolumTungi, Bronze (Kumite), Rechi Kagung, Bronze (Kumite), Toko Robi, Bronze (Kumite), Matyup Tumblung, Bronze (Kumite), Prakash Limbu, Bronze (Kumite), Anuradh Sahani, Silver(Kumite), Charu Tata, Bronze (Kumite), Aga Flago, Silver (Kumite), Tasar Tite, Bronze (Kumite), Sodan Yun, Bronze (Kumite), Neelam Obi, Bronze (Kumite), Nabam Tadi, Bronze (Kumite), Tagri Raju, Bronze (Kata), Tadar Eva, Silver (Kata),

Below 21 Yrs (Women): Regainlu Towang, Bronze (Kumite), Lokamyajik, Gold (Kumite), Rechi Yano, Bronze (Kumite), Parbati Biltai, Silver (Kumite), Higi Yamum, Bronze (Kumite), Bachanlukhamblai, Silver (Kumite), Charu Aroti, Silver (Kumite), Higi Yamum, Silver (Kata), Parbati Billai, Bronze (Kata).


‘Session Court in East Siang before Statehood Day’

PASIGHAT, Jan 24: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today informed that state government has approved constitution of a Session Court at Pasighat separating the judiciary from executive.  He said this while inspecting the DC’s judicial court building which was constructed under the 9th Finance Commission.

Efforts are on to speed up disposal of pending cases and the state  government is committed to start the District Session Court at Pasighat before the ensuing Statehood Day celebration with a mission to deliver faster justice to the citizens, the minister said.

Siram called for renovation of present judicial building with modern facilities as per protocol for the up-coming District Sessions Court. He said appointment of district judge and other additional judges would be done by the Government with recommendations of the High Court.

Later in the DC’s chamber, the minister had a meeting with  DC Talem Tapok, visiting secretaries, EAC (Judicial) and engineers regarding allotment of 3-4 acres of land required for permanent structure of the court, residential complex of the judges and their associates and also face lifting of the present judicial building. DIPRO


LM deptt to revamp revenue collection

ITANAGAR, Jan  24: Parliamentary Secretary Land Management etc. Padi Richo has initiated various measures to be taken by the land records and survey officers (LRSOs) to revamp the revenue collection of Department of Land Management (LM).

Attending the coordination meeting of LRSOs convened here recently to discuss about the various developmental activities of the Land Management Department, Richo said that he had advised all deputy commissioners to conduct the District Land Allotment Advisory Board (DLAAB) meeting in every 3 months and forward all the cases of land allotment to the government for necessary approval. “If the district administrations follow this instruction, the Department can earn more revenue,” he said.He informed that the Department has planned to purchase modern survey/ drawing equipments to speed up the survey of all land in the state.

Taking note of shoratge of man power and vehicles in the department, Richo assured to take up the matter with the government for providing sufficient land management staff and vehicles for LRSOs in capital and other district headquarters.

E Nangkar, Director, Land Management,  R Karcho, DD, Land Management, and T Gamoh FAO, T Doke and K Mangniya, Asstt. Directors were also present in the meeting.


Workshop on Domestic Violence Act gets underway

ITANAGAR, Jan 24:  Three days training cum workshop on Domestic Violence Act and Various Govt. provisions for women organized by the department of personnel and training, government of India under its plan training assistance 2011-12 got underway here at Administrative Training Institute.

Altogether 29 female ministerial staff of Civil Secretariat and head of department are taking part in the programme.

Attending the inaugural function of the workshop, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu hoped that the training would sensitize the women participants in government departments. She also expressed her confidence that the workshop would enlighten Domestic Violence Act 2005 and other legal provisions of available established law for the protection of women’s right.  The APSCW chairperson further said that most of ministerial staff are ignorant about Domestic Violence Act.


Efforts on to bring Aalo GHSS back on track

AALO, Jan 24: In an effort to bring Govt. Higher Secondary School Aalo back on the track, the senior citizens, education officers, teaching staff of the school constituted a new school management committee in a coordination meeting held at School Auditorium on January 21.

The new school committee headed by West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad Tak as chairman  would look after the welfare of this school.

Before constitution of the new school management committee, the coordination meeting presided over by Parliamentary secretary, home, Gadam Ete, discussed the deteriorating academic condition of the school. DIPRO


Farmers’ training prog

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Upper Siang district has conducted a district level farmers training at Tuting on January 20.  Altogether 33 farmers participated in the training programme.

While addressing the inaugural function, Tuting EAC Kabit Apang, CSDO in-charge exhorted the farmers to take advantage of the training.

District agriculture officer O. Tamuk explained the  aims and objectives of the training and ATMA activities that have been taken up under extension reform scheme.

Resources person from various departments delivered lectures on developmental activities  of their respective department for well-being of the farmers.

Later, ADO Tamuk, RD Singh and ADO P Dechhen visited Gelling village and discussed about development activities with the farmers. They assured to provide incentives for crop cultivation. DIPRO


Zonal students unions call for integration

ITANAGAR, Jan 24:  The zonal students unions of East Kameng district All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union (ABKLSU), East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKMZSU), All Pipu Chayangtajo Gyawepurang Sawa Students Union (APCGSSU) and All Pijerang Pakke-Kessang Seijosa Students Union (APPSSU) today called for restoration of unity and integrity amongst the executive members of All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU).

 The appealed for integrated AEKSU by zonal students came after reported factionalism amongst executive members of district students union ahead of its general conference slated to be held in February.  

Opposing the division of district apex student union, it stated that if the executive members do not pay heed to their appeal they will not take part in the ensuing conference for the greater interest of students community of the district.


Union serves ultimatum to govt.

ITANAGAR, Jan24: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) today served seven days ultimatum to the state government to fulfill its demands which included land possession certificate free of cost to the people settling along the border areas and early establishment of police check posts at Wakka, Lazu, Kamkuh, Russa and Kakoi.

The union also demanded shifting of Likabali police check post and establishment of 4th IRBn training centre cum headquarter at Radhasso under Tarasso circle in Papum Pare district.

Earlier, in its federal assembly which concluded on Monday at Pasighat, AAPBSU discussed various border related issues like land encroachment, extortion and illegal eviction in inter-state boundary areas and also discussed international boundary issue of the state.


VoA grand finale postponed, rescheduled on Feb 4

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The grand finale of Voice of Arunachal (Season-2), the state level mega singing talent hunt scheduled to be held on January 28 has been postponed to February 4 next due to unavoidable circumstances.

The top three finalists, namely, Sweety Mara, Neelam Akam and Nokngam Lukham, are all set to give their best during the final round on February 4 next.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee has made a fervent request to all its well-wishers and other likeminded persons to bear with it and keep voting till the  5 pm of February 4 to ensure that their favorite contestant wins and becomes the Arunachal Idol.


AAK reapproves Adi Merey scripts

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Adi Agom Kebang (AAK) in its 10th general conference held at Yingkiong today unanimously reapproved the Adi Merey (Scripts) especially vowels which were approved during its Ruksin conference in 1999 and it will continue until any further modification is made in future.

On this occasion, Tayeng  Takii released a book entitled “Among Nomo” written by Asup Lego, Principal D. Ering Memorial H.S.School, Pasighat. The book contains translation of some geographical term and definitions in Adi version.

Meanwhile, AAK constituted its new executive committee in its conference.

Participating in the conference, ABK president Kangir Jamoh and secretary general Bodong Yirang expressed confidence on the new AAK executive members under the leadership of Prof. Tamo Mibang. They hoped that Adi language and literature would make radical improvement and progress during his tenure.

Present on the occasion were former MLA Bassu Perme, Okeng Tatung, former State RTI Commission member Bani Danggen and  other senior citizens, who suggested the upcoming writers to write books on history, grammar, poem, novels, creative short stories on socio-cultural and literary aspects of the community.


Centenary celebration of HWWA

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The 10th Bn ITBP jawans and their families celebrated the centenary of Himveer Wives Welfare Association with various programmes at their Family Welfare Centre, Kimin today.

While the families of Himveer demonstrated their skill in the field of painting, embroidery and handicraft, their children also exposed talent in debate competition organized to mark the occasion. In addition to this, musical chair competition and other entertaining activities were organized to add flavor to the function.

Participating in the programme, 10th BN ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar highlighted the various welfare schemes being taken up in unit level. He highly appreciated the skill  demonstrated by the Himveer families and asked them to share their knowledge and skill  for benefit of  all the Himveer families.


Resentment over erratic mobile service

ITANAGAR, Jan24: All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) today expressed its displeasure at BSNL authority  for non functional of mobile tower at Sakiang under Mengio circle in Papum Pare district. It said the authority should rectify the technical snag at the earliest to restore the mobile service.  

It also appealed to the teachers of the area to remain honest to their duty, saying that many students are staying away from school due to teachers’ absenteeism.


Army distributes mosquito nets

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: In an effort to improve the cordial relations civilians and army personnel, the Assam Rifles distributed 400 mosquito nets to the villagers of Khimyong, under  Khimyong circle in Changlang on Jan 13.

Under its project - “Winning Hearts and Minds”, Assam Rifles also distributed suitable tools to the villagers to counter disease related problems and live a hygienic life.

The project was launched under its civic action programme by the Directorate General Assam Rifles for the year 2011-12. DIPRO

Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.


Encroachment a major problem

Dear Editor,

This is in relation to the issue raised by AAPWU regarding encroachment of land by private individuals.

Though I am an ardent supporter of such good cause, I think it is too late now as almost all the vicinity of government quarters has been occupied. If we go around the different sectors of Itanagar and Naharlagun township, every where, we will find construction of private buildings especially in the lawn of the government quarters. Though many have raised this issue, there is no sign of halt, rather it has been seen that such constructions are being intensified.

I think, hardly a very few government quarters have been left without encroachment.

On the other hand, the parks in Capital -- whether it is Polo Park at Naharlagun or Indira Gandhi Park at Itanagar, are shrinking now day by day. Who will take up the issue and bring an amicable solution to it?

Who is responsible for such encroachment? Whom we are to blame? What will be our future? These all needs to be examined and necessary corrective measures are to be taken by the authorities before it is extremely too late.


Minto Ete

D N Govt. College, Itanagar



Lower Siang district and High Power Committee

Dear Editor,

As the news of High Powered Committee (HPC) under the Chairmanship of H K Paliwal, senior IAS officer being asked by the government to submit its report within the first half of February in order to expedite the creation of the long awaited district in the foothills is in air, hectic back door parleys and rumours are yet again becomes order of the day amongst the interested parties. As premier youth body of Likabali-Gensi area, we take this opportunity to clear some points and make our stand clear.

The creation of district in the name of ‘Lower Siang’ has been a demand of the interstate-boundary inhabiting people of 28th Likabali and 36th Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency since early eighties. The process was stalled in the last moments by some vested interests from Basar area. All available documents substantiate our stand.

Some sections of people of Basar placed a one-point memorandum to the then visiting Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu on the eve of the last parliamentary election. Their demand was for a district named ‘Leppa Rada’ comprising of Basar Assembly Constituency only with headquarters (obviously) at Basar. We do not oppose it. We will have no objection. We advise them only to refrain from meddling into our decade old demand and thereby spoiling our aspiration and struggle by annexing 28th Likabali Assembly Constituency in their demand.

Derailing the process by trying to raise cheap voices should be avoided. People of Siang belt has been living together since generations peacefully. Now, if government is trying to deliver strategic development package in the form of creation of Lower Siang district, uphill brethrens on both side of the Singen (Simen is the pronunciation/spelling of the non-Arunachali people)  ought to support the government instead of trying to raise dead ghost of the ancient past.

Lest our genuine interest be molested at the opportune moment, let it be known to everyone that if the decades old aspiration of the people of the foothills is betrayed, the JYYA with full support of the public will launch indefinite rigorous strike in the foothills of Siang.


Duge Nada


Jigo-Yego Youth Association (JYYA)




Educated youths, contract work and Govt offices

Dear Editor,

I am deeply pained to see the prevailing unpleasant system in Govt offices in our state. Obviously this must be a new system in world politics which is brand Arunachal politics. Under this system politicians prefer to give priority to illiterate people with criminal background and people who use force and not even mind to risk other life for their selfish interest.

It is true that when educated youth putting best dress visit Govt office and approach the officers in all possible polite manner to get some favour in form of small contract work from different government schemes to manage their livelihood, they have to return empty handed. Officers tell these youths about govt. technical provision and complexity in awarding contract works under the schemes  and blackmail these youths as they are intellectuals and can be dealt you easily. Finally officers say sorry and youths have to return empty handed.

What adds more frustration to such educated youths is that some officers are ready to award work from same schemes to the people who visit director office by wearing short or track pant who at any time is ready to slap them, hold their color and use foul language against them. In this case, all technical complexity attached to schemes seems to be vanished.

So the moral is, in the prevailing system in Arunachal, educated and decent men have no place. It seems there is no difference between educated and uneducated in Arunachal Pradesh.

I think, these kinds of new problems are created by our public, political leaders and officers as they are giving more importance to them.

Last but not the  least, I would like to request high-level Govt officers, politicians, general public not to encourage this trend, otherwise time will come when all highly qualified educated youth will start doing the same. Then your large residence with highly fortified wall will become very small to hide you.


Lingdum Taha

Former GS, RGUSU



All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.        



Crisis in global labour market

According to annual report on global employment prepared by the International Labour Organisation, there is an urgent need to generate 600 million jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability.

The report says after three years of continuous crisis conditions in global labour markets and against the prospect of a further deterioration of economic activity, there is a backlog of global unemployment of 200 million. Moreover, more than 400 million new jobs will be needed over the next decade to absorb the estimated 40 million growth of the labour force each year.

The Global Employment Trends Report also said the world faces the additional challenge of creating decent jobs for the estimated 900 million workers living with their families below the US$ 2 a day poverty line, mostly in developing countries.

The report paints three scenarios for the employment situation in the future. The baseline projection shows an additional 3 million unemployed for 2012, rising to 206 million by 2016. If global growth rates fall below 2 per cent, then unemployment would rise to 204 million in 2012.

Young people continue to be among the hardest hit by the jobs crisis. However, the report calls for targeted measures to support job growth in the real economy, and warns that additional public support measures alone will not be enough to foster a sustainable recovery.