KOLORIANG, Jan 22: 11 beneficiaries were selected through open lottery for Chief
Minister’s Paryatan Vikas Yojana for Kurung Kumey district by a Board headed by Deputy
Commissioner Kurung Kumey Gejum Ete. The Board member included Khoda Bath, CO i/c
DTO, Jacob Tabing, CO and Byabang Nemeh, LRSO.
The beneficiaries selected were Biri Yama, Bamang Shanti, Paney Kamey, Bengia Seeker,
Gyamar Kassung, Chera Teja, Bengia Anthony, Ninde Taring, Heri Taju, Nangram Bhai
and Dolang John. Two were kept in waiting list. The selected beneficiaries were also
asked to sign an undertaking declaring that they are not employed in any Government
or Semi-Government organisation, if found employed than their selection is liable
to be cancelled. DIPRO
BJP opposes simultaneous elections
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh unit today headed
by its state President Tai Tagak accompanied by National General Secretary Tapir
Gao, MLAs Tamiyo Taga, Tapen Siga, Dr. Tangor Tapak and Party spokesperson Techi
Necha submitted a representation to Chief Election Commissioner New Delhi. In its
representation, party expressed apprehension that Assembly and Lok Sabha elections
might be held simultaneously at one go.
While opposing such move BJP claims that it will break constitutional norms. “The
term of present state Assembly is expiring on 4.11.2014. As per the provisions of
the representation of The People Act, 1951, section 15 the elections cannot be notified
at any time earlier than six months prior to the date on which the duration of that
Assembly expire which in the present case is 4.11.2014,” read the representation
of BJP. The party further added that holding of election together will affect fairness
of the election process as there will be shortage of man power.
“If election is held simultaneously then entire manpower of the Commission will be
divided on two sides and thus it will affect the electioneering process,” BJP continued.
Awareness campaign by ASBSU
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The week-long social and educational awareness campaign organized
by All Siyom Banggo Students’ Union (ASBSU) ended yesterday with a valedictory function
attended by West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke and Adi Students’ Union general secretary Obuk
The team led by the union president and general secretary toured entire schools and
villages under Siyom Banggo under Jomlo circle with special focus on education and
understanding adolescents. The team also gathered first hand knowledge about the
problems faced by the people in health and education sectors.
They also made the students and villagers aware about Right To Education (RTE) Act
2009, role of parents in guiding their children, HIV/AIDS, harmful effects of drugs
Social service at Khonsa district hospital
KHONSA, Jan 22: A mass social service was conducted by the members of All Arunachal
Pradesh Youth Organization Tirap unit at the premises of Khonsa District Hospital
today. Many other youth organizations of the district and the staff of District Hospital
actively participated in the much-needed social service. The President of the youth
organization Rangja Arang explained the main objectives of organizing the social
service and appealed all to keep the Hospital neat and clean to stay healthy. He
said that more such social services would be conducted in near future also and sought
co-operation from all quarters.
The DMO Dr. K. Perme who was very pleased, appreciated the members of AAPYO and assured
all possible help and co-operation from his side. He said that dignity of labour
should be instilled and inculcated in the minds of the youth from young age so that
they learnt to serve the society at large efficiently in future. The Khonsa public
also lauded the initiative of the youth organization. DIPRO
Football & Volleyball competition gets underway
AALO, Jan 22: The football and volleyball tournament (man and woman) for Chief Minister’s
Trophy is being organized in all the blocks of West Siang district and it is nearing
District level competition for the same is scheduled to begin from January 28 at
General Football Ground Aalo. The District Sports and Youth Officer, Tumto Loyi is
working round the clock to make the tournament a grand success. He hoped that talented
men and women players will be selected from the district to compete in state level
sports competition for CM’s trophy. DIPRO
Mock drill on fire organized for school
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: A mock drill on fire and evacuation was held for the students and
staff of Covenant Mission School, Ganga here yesterday which was organized by director,
fire and emergency services. The drill was conducted under the supervision of Itanagar
Fire Office, OC incharge Take Horming and was assisted by fireman Miyi Yomcha.
The session was aimed at equipping them in handling fire and natural calamities.
Society demands justice
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Sangha Welfare Society has appealed to the concern authority
to find out the exact cause of the death of Bengia Yame who died at Arunachal State
Hospital, Naharlagun, on January 8 last under mysterious circumstances.
In a release while also demanding to give appropriate punishment to the doctor and
staff nurse incharge of the case, it said, this type of negligence from the medical
staff is very common. This case must be an eye opener for all of us, so that such
thing does not occur in future. The case must be put in fast track and justice be
Bogum Ao conference concludes
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The 3rd Bogum Ao Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Ligu Tacho,
Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission at Koyu on 17th January.
A 12’ (ft.) statue of Ato Bogum was unveiled by Dr Tacho on the occasion. The theme
of the conference was ‘Unity is Power’.
In his address Dr Tacho stated that ‘Ato Bogum’ is a legendary figure as, “we have
been listening bed time stories of his heroic deeds since our childhood”. He exhorted
the delegates of Bogum clans to emulate Ato Bogum as he became the savior of human
being from the atrocities of mountain flying dragons and other monsters that used
to devour human beings in the distant past. The President of ‘Bogum Ao Foundation’
Tapik Bui and Lijum Ronya, ex-Minister cum Chief Patron of the society also spoke
during the day. To mark the occasion, Dr Ligu Tacho released two books one on ‘Genealogy
of Bogum Clan’ compiled by the committee and a short story on Ato Bogum, the Savoir
of mankind written by Tony Koyu.
EDP for youths gets underway
AALO, Jan 22: A twelve days entrepreneurship development training programme for 165
selected youths from various parts of the district got underway at the conference
hall of District Industries Complex today.
Inaugurating the function, West Siang Deputy Commissioner M.K.Sahoo disclosed that
the selection has been done in an transparent manner basing on different project
proposals with due representation to all circles.
Appreciating the endeavor of Gomar Angu, DDI Aalo for genuinely working for the cause
of unemployed youth of the district, he advised the participants to put in hard work
to give success to their assigned projects. He also suggested scaling successful
entrepreneurships in such training to share their initial problems and success stories
to give much needed fillip to the present batch of trainers. The guest invitees Ige
Tacha, DFDO and Gijum Tali DIPRO also gave fruitful suggestions and useful tips to
the trainees for utilizing every drop of bank loans compound judiciously for their
project to curve avenues for themselves for sustenance.
In his key note address Gomar Angu, Deputy Director of Industry disclosed that 1.95
crore have been deposited in six different banks of West Siang District for different
projects placed by the unemployed youth of the district.
West Siang is the 3rd highest achiever in this field after Lower Subansiri and East
Siang district and trend should not continue with the commitment and sincerity by
the selected band of trainees. He reiterated that though the turn up is good but
target is not satisfactory as few more candidates could not make up the quota meant
for different blocks. Tayir Laye and B.K. Sharma, EO Industry also spoke on the occasion.
APPSU visits Tarasso circle
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The new executive members of All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU)
led by its President Teli Tadap Camdir and General Secretary Tem Takar recently visited
Tarasso circle to know the ground realities of area. During the visit union found
that houses and properties of Sango village were completely destroyed in an illegal
eviction drive carried out by encroachers from Assam.
They further claimed that encroachers are now encroaching way inside Arunachal territory
day by day and are constructing structures and camps near Sango village.Due to these
situations the school are facing problem in running their classes. Tarasso people
are also facing difficulties in road communication as present road passing through
Assam is not safe for the Arunachalee citizens to travel.
The union appealed to state Govt. to look into the matter seriously and start dialogue
with Govt. of Assam to bring out amicable solution on the ongoing burning Tarasso
boundary issue before it’s too late. They also urged local MLA to act swiftly in
order to bring an end to this problem.
The name of the organization -- AACWA (All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association)
was wrongly published as AAPCWA (All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors Welfare Association)
in the page -3 lead news of this daily on January 22. The inadvertent error is regretted.
Tuki spells out development strategy, asks people to re-elect Congress
DIRANG, Jan 22: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today led a host of leaders in blowing
the 2014 poll bugle with Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, Tourism & WRD Minister Pema
Khandu, MLA Kumsi Sidisow, Parliamentary Secretaries Jambey Tashi (Civil Aviation),
T N Thongdok (PWD), Tsewang Dondhup (Art & Culture), Kumar Waii (RWD) and R T Khunjuju
(Hydropower) rhetorically seeking support of the masses for bringing Congress to
power in the ensuing assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Local MLA Phurpa Tsering began with a question to the 10,000 plus gathering whom
would they vote in the next Lok Sabha election: Takam Sanjoy shouted the crowd in
Continuing his whirlwind district tour, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with the
MP and a host of lawmakers addressed a Congress rally in this picturesque sub-divisional
Hq town spelling out the Congress government’s development strategy for the state
while announcing sops for Dirang.
The government has taken up many developmental schemes under road, water, hydropower
and youth development sectors, Tuki said, adding the CM’s Universal Health Insurance
scheme to be launched soon would benefit two lakh people while a district hospital
has been approved for Dirang along with infrastructure upgradation of all district
hospitals and equipments of Dirang PHC.
On his employment generation initiative, Tuki said that skill development of local
youths by voluntary training providers with job guarantee would solve state’s nagging
Hinting at huge agri-horti scope in the district, the CM called for a comprehensive
cultivation plan to stop import of agri-horti products which in turn would enrich
the local economy.
“I have already taken up with the PM regarding expeditious road, railway and air
connectivity for speedy development of the state to reduce dependence on outside,”
Responding to various demands of the local MLA, the CM sought proposals for CO HQs
at Mandalaphudung-Khelong and Sange Nyakdung, 100 km and 50 km away from Dirang and
assured to post staff at Thembang circle HQs, sanction fund for a fire brigade, clear
outstanding dues of hydropower projects and suggested tapping abundantly available
wind power and generating solar energy to meet local needs. He also sanctioned few
roads estimated to cost few crores, Rs one crore from SPA for Thubsong Dargyeling
Gonpa, a centre for conservation of culture and tradition, Rs 1.5 crore for infrastructure
development at the famous hot spring.
Rs 13,000 crore equity share needed to develop 30,000 mw hydropower in the state
has been assured by the Center besides Rs 1,500 crore for power transmission lines
which were part of Rs 4,5000 for North Eastern region, Tuki said, adding of the Rs
24,000 crore sanctioned under the PM’s package about Rs 15,000 was only spent and
more would flow in.
Defence Minister A K Antony would visit here next month to lay the foundation stone
of National Institute for Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS), Tuki disclosed.
While enumerating steps taken by the Congress party to grant Mon Autonomous District
Council (MADC) for Tawang and West Kameng districts, the CM pointed out that the
MP’s continued support is needed to achieve the goal for which he should be re-elected.
Wishing Tashi Delek in his indomitable style, Sanjoy told the massive crowd that
right from MP to CM, ministers, MLAs and panchayat leaders are links and any delinking
would affect the development chain.
“The CM and ministers and MLAs order me to act which has resulted in massive development,
including the setting up of NIMAS, gas agency under the Rajiv Gandhi scheme at Sange,
Mukto, Dirang, Kalaktang, Rupa, and Buragaon, many roads of Dirang assembly constituency
under PMGSY, mobile connectivity, to name a few,” the MP said.
On the MADC demand, he said that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had informed
the CM, himself and Rev T G Rinpoche that at the initiative of Prime Minister Monmohan
Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and the state CM, the home ministry has constituted
a committee which would visit Tawang and Bomdila soon to elicit people’s opinion.
On submission of the report, the demand would be fulfilled for enactment in the Parliament
to bring in the 6th Schedule so that the demand is met.
“Numerous policies, particularly youth development and employment generation were
introduced during the last two years,” said Pema Khandu.
The present government gave a new thrust including hosting the International Tourism
Mart at Tawang and CM’s Paryatan Vikash Yojna under which 100 youths were given subsidized
taxies last year and 161 would benefit this year. He also stressed on preserving
and promoting indigenous cultures.
Responding to a memorandum by panchayat leaders, he assured that the Lubrang-Naga
GG and Khellong-Bamrok PMGSY roads proposed to the GoI would be expedited while Sangthi-Khendarong
and Namshu–Cher via Khalibok roads would be taken under phase XI.
Local MLA Phurpa Tsering, in his address, thanked the MP for increasing the PDS quota
of Dirang and donating 2,000 blankets for the people. He urged the state government
to sanction fund for those affected by snow-fed floods in recent years.
Pointing out about the huge hydropower potential of the state, he regretted that
the small projects catering state’s needs for decades now neglected should be taken
adequate care. While the 300-kw Jamdorong micro project developed by the S&T department
has been meeting local needs, the 1-mw Saskarong project is yet to be completed and
the locals are yet to be paid while the machines procured are rotting for which the
power developer should be taken to task, he said.
While pleading for adequate equipment for the CMC, Tsering informed that the MP had
sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for the CHC for which the people were happy.
The CM earlier inaugurated the 22-beded new building of Dirang CHC, built at a cost
of Rs 4 crore. There are 36 staff including four doctors for the CHC with a daily
40-50 outdoor patients and 80 to 90% bad occupancy, said its incharge Dr S K Singh
while West Kameng DMO Dr T C Khrimey said that despite inadequacy the health sector
has been doing well.
Highlighting the multifaceted development brought in by the Congress through the
local MLA, Sidisow exhorted the gathering to reciprocate their love for the party
by strengthening it through massive mandate.
The development of Dirang and solving its every problem have been the sole objective
of Tsering, said Tashi, who supported Sidisow’s plea for early grant of MADC which
has been assured by all central leaders at the initiative of the CM.
Dwelling at length the socio-economic and political development of the state since
1975, mostly ruled by the Congress, PWD parliamentary Secretary T N Thongdok said
the present Tuki-led government has been so far the best one as the present government
brought in massive fund resulting in all-round development. The last four years have
comparatively recorded the highest development in comparison to the past period because
of the equitable treatment of all areas by the CM all wholehearted work of the MLAs.
Thongdok took a dig at BJP’s media blitz about it victory at the Centre and confidently
said: “Congress would regain the Delhi throne.”
Joining his colleagues, Dondhup said that the massive gathering is the indicator
of the people’s support Tsering enjoys. The CM has been touring every area of the
state to feel the pulse of the people and offer solutions to genuine problems.
“We should bring back Congress to power which has been working for speedy development
of the state at the state and central level since independence as Congress alone
could work for the people living in hilly areas,” he reasoned.
He also called upon the seniors to guide the youth to not allow them to be swayed
away by the modern cultures. We should promote our own cultures and Bhoti language
to maintain our identity,” he emphatically said.
Waii called for supporting Congress without any distinction of community or individual.
He cited former chief minister Dorjee Khandu as a very popular chief minister despite
from Monpa community from the extreme corner of the state.
“We four legislators are with you (CM) … you are the Yudhistir and with four of us
make the Pancha Pandavs. We are confident you are capable of making Arunachal the
most developed state,” Khunjuju said hinting at bold steps to complete the ongoing
hydropower projects. He announced measures for hydropower development that would
lead to massive development, he added.
Former chief resident commissioner Avinash Kumar highlighted Nehru’s tribal welfare
by appointing Verrier Elwin as advisor on tribal affairs. Congress is a secular party
which works for the communal harmony and all round development of the entire country.
UPA’s flagship programmes aimed at addressing various problems confronting the people,
he said referring to the conscious efforts of the MP for state’s development.
A host of panchyat leaders who joined Congress were felicitated by the CM, MP and
APCC general secretary Byabang Nukh along with block leaders of the party and goan
Host of party and panchayat leaders and officials including DC A K Singh and SP Vijayenta
Arya were present on the occasion.
Later, the CM visited the National Research Centre on Yak (ICAR), where its principal
scientist & director in-charge Dr P Chakravarty explaining various activities of
the Centre, manned by 15 scientists and six technical staff.
Appreciating the Centre’s activities as excellent, Tuki called upon the scientists
to adopt ‘Lab-to-land’ technology for the rural masses of the state to benefit by
having a sustainable means of livelihood.
Centre assures early releaseof fund for sub-basins
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat has advised the State
Government to implement the flood control and anti-erosion measures costing below
Rs 10 crores under FMP from its own resources as per laid down central government
guidelines. The union minister said this during his meeting with Arunachal Pradesh
Water Resource Development Minister Newlai Tingkhatra in New Delhi today.
When referred to the DPR for 27 sub-basins amounting to Rs 550 crore (approx) submitted
by the State Government to the Union Ministry of Water Resources recently as a special
package for Arunachal Pradesh in lieu of Asian Development Bank proposal, the Union
Minister has assured to expedite the sanction/release of fund separately for Arunachal
Pradesh without clubbing with other Northeastern states.
He also informed that many other FMP proposals sent for technical vetting are under
scrutiny of Director, Monitoring, CWC, Guwahati.
Similarly, numbers of other major FMP proposals have already been sent to CE, FMO,
CWC, New Delhi for Techno Economical appraisal, he told.
Earlier, TIngkhatra apprised the Union Minister about during and after flood situation
in Arunachal Pradesh and the trail of devastations left by it every year before it
creates havoc in neighbouring Assam. He also informed him about the flood control
and anti-erosion measures taken by the state government.
Democracy empowers people for real development: Siram
PASIGHAT, Jan 22: Sustainable human development requires democracy. It is only in
a democracy that people could be empowered to demand and shape better policies, express
grievances and seek justice, stated the state’s Education Minister Bosiram Siram
today while addressing the villagers in a coordination meeting, held at Takilalung,
few kilometers away from Pasighat. Siram while stressing the need to empower the
PRI leaders and municipal councilors, said in the absence of real devolution of powers
relating to functions, finances and functionaries, there would be no effective collegiate
functioning of the grass-root level leaders.
Panchayat Raj and Municipal body are real ground level democratic institutions responsible
for local area development and they need capability to manage public resources and
conduct public affairs in a manner that upholds the rule of law and protect and promotes
the realization of the rights of its people.
The present government is keen to further strengthen them under the dynamic leadership
of the present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, for which the process has already been
set in motion to ensure efficient delivery of public services, informed Siram. Earlier
in his deliberation the Union Minister of State Ninong Ering said good governance
is essential to achieve development while true participatory democracy ensures that
development is equitable and sustainable. Centre and states must work together for
the benefit of the nation as a whole with strong, democratic institutions empowering
the people to influence their government to prioritize national development that
is equitable and sustainable.
Among other prominent personalities ZPC Kaling Dai, ADC Pasighat Rajesh Panyang and
local ZPM Osi Tatak (Bosing-II) also shared their views. DIPRO
IMCLS decries poor learning environment
ANINI, Jan 22: A series of awareness campaign on ‘Education’ was held in Dibang
Valley district from January 2-10 by the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
(IMCLS) in an attempt to place education as top priority for the community.
Meetings were held in Anini and all major circle headquarters telling people as to
why education should be the leading community concern today and what the community
could do in addressing basic educational challenges.
The campaign brought together 500 participants from different villages, political
parties, youth, students, government officials, parents, teachers and community elder.
IMCLS had roped in experts from various educational institutes and from different
organizations to speak on the subject. The experts during the campaign decried lack
of concern among the political leaders from the community on education. It observed
that the Mishmi (Idu) inhabited areas in Arunachal till today did not have a single
college or institute of higher education.
It felt that instead priority were put more on spending government resources on tourists
lodges and unwanted infrastructures. The deliberations during the IMCLS campaign,
therefore, called for bringing in change in people’s attitude and in political approach.
IMCLS during the campaign also visited all government schools. It noted that there
was lack of adequate subject teachers in all schools in Dibang Valley district. Women
wing of IMCLS took evaluation of students in the schools and found that students
could not read and write properly even at the sixth standard.
Lack of parental involvement, poor learning environment, demoralized teachers and
lack of resources and facilities for effective teaching characterized the schools
in all rural areas of Dibang Valley.
Speaking on the need for parental involvement in children’s education, Razzeko Dele,
Assistant Professor, IGGC College, Tezu said that what the parents today need to
understand is that the new education system introduced in the schools requires active
participation of parents as well.
“The new changes brought in the system are not understood by the teachers and the
parents. And like the old days, educating children is left to teachers alone,” said
Dele. “Our society must understand that home is the best place for children’s education
and not the hostels.”
The IMCLS deliberations also spoke for encouraging games and sports in the community.
It said playing sports and games instills sense of discipline in the youths and allegiance
to authority, and is the best way to fight unwarranted drinking habits and drug addiction.
During the awareness campaign, the community people were informed of the Kera-aa
Azo Alo Scholarship (KAAS). It’s a corpus fund developed by Idu Mishmi Government
Employee Association (IMGEA) for upliftment of Mishmi students from economically
poor background. The IMCLS campaign encouraged the community people to voluntarily
donate for KAAS scholarship to help the needy students avail the educational finances.
DC stresses on regular monitoring of projects
ROING, Jan 22: The 3rd quarterly meeting of the District Level Monitoring Committee
(DLMC) for the fiscal year 2013-14 was held in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner,
Roing yesterday. In the meeting, the latest progress of the schemes under ACA, SPA,
PM Package, NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, BADP, etc were discussed.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar urged the executing agencies
to maintain quality of the works under their execution. Emphasizing on regular monitoring
of the ongoing progects, he urged the ADC Dambuk, SDO Hunli and other administrative
officers to regularly inspect the ongoing projects under their jurisdiction and submit
the inspection report accordingly. He further cautioned to release the remaining
fund after getting satisfactory inspection report from the concerned administrative
officers. He further called for area and department-wise inspection of the ongoing
projects by the DLMC in the coming week. Some of the major projects that are in progress
in the district are construction of permanent bridge over Sissiri river at Dambuk-Paglam
road under RIDF by PWD. 60 per cent of the work is reported to be completed and the
bridge is said to be complete by March 2014. Re-alignment of Hunli –Desali road is
still in progress. Carpeting of Jia to Bizari road via Roing-Shantipur road completed
till 4.4 km and the earth cutting work in progress at Bizari side, construction of
SDM Office building at Dambuk and renovation of Roing township road works in progress.
Under RWD, construction work of 250 MT PDS Godown at Roing township is in progress
and construction of DDSE Office building completed. Under PHED, 4 number of bore
wells were successfully drilled at Ezengo, Abali, Bismaknagar and Denlo and tender
process for the augmentation of drinking water supply at Roing township is in progress.
Under DRDA, construction works of boys and girls hostel including security fencing
at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Koronu under SPA is in progress. Other departments like
Electrical, WRD, DUDA, etc also submitted their quarterly reports.
M Dirchi, DPO in his introductory speech requested the executing agencies to execute
the works as per the guidelines and the DPR as all these works will be verified by
third party monitoring team. He also requested them to submit the quarterly report
before two days ahead of the DLMC meeting.
Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, Mama Miso and Kaling Pertin, ZPMs, Sandeep Kr Singh, AC
were present in the meeting besides heads of the executing agencies. DIPRO
AR provide sports items to village youths
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Assam Rifles Battalion deployed at Khonsa provided sports items
to youths of Upper Sinnu and Pongkong village of Tirap under Civic Action Programme
on January 19.
While handing the sports goods over to the villagers, the Army urged the village
youths to make full use of the facilities provided to them and maintain the property.
The villagers were also assured of further assistance as part of the Army’s social
Friendly volleyball and cricket matches were also played between the village teams
and Assam Rifles Battalion on the occasion. Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs and villagers
of both Upper Sinnu and Pongkong villages were present on the occasion.
Army hoped such interaction and sports competitions will strengthen the bonding between
the youth and security forces and bring the ‘Friends of the Hill People’ closer to
Denizens huddle to hammer out contentious issues in East Kameng
SEPPA, Jan 22: Irked with the plethora of problems which are hampering developmental
activities of the district, the people of East Kameng huddled to hammer out the contentious
issues primarily focusing on Education and health sectors in an Interaction Programme
organized by All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) at government higher secondary
school Auditorium hall Seppa on 18th January.
Theme of the programme was, “Today’s generation is our tomorrow.” Several stakeholders
of the district such as local MLA, PR leaders, heads of departments, representatives
from East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization and East Kameng Chambers
of Commerce Industry (EKCCI) and students’ leaders attended the programme. The various
contentious issues ranging from education to law and order problem in the district
were thoroughly discussed during the meet.
Addressing the house local MLA cum Chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tapuk
Taku called upon the people of the district to imbibe sense of work culture while
saying that local officers have to improve work culture and stay at posting places.
“Appropriate action will be taken against those erring officers with due consultation
with deputy commissioner” MLA asserted. Taku further suggested the AEKSU members
to fight for the common cause of the district while keeping education sector on priority
list and cooperate with enforcing agency to maintain law and order. He further appealed
to the union not to resort to bandh saying that bandh culture hampers the developmental
Joint Director Planning Vijay Sonam who is also former Nyishi Elite Society general
secretary in his address suggested the students to focus on study and gain proper
education to move ahead and not to confine themselves in organizational activities
only. Pointing out the prevailing social evils like early marriage in the district,
he urged AEKSU leaders to play pro-active role in eradicating the social vices by
creating awareness among the people over its demerits.
NESO Coordinator Pritam Bhai Sonam questioned the reasons of head of departments
for being at headquarters only, saying that it reflected the irresponsibility of
the officers besides making the district worst in developmental front. He also said
that mortgage and oath system during election should be condemned and discouraged
by every quarter of the society.
Earlier AEKSU President Karbia Sonam in his presidential speech highlighted various
issues such as health, education, teacher absenteeism and land encroachment being
faced by the people in the district.
Executive Engineer WRD Pai Dawe said that due to repeated demands for illegal donation
by various organizations the officers prefer to stay out of town.
DDSE Kata Rangmo in his address informed that none of local teachers has qualified
in recently held Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test. The society should
ponder over it, he added.
“There are 60 teachers posts still lying vacant under SSA in the district, however
no local eligible candidate found so far, added DDSE.
Public hearing conducted in blatant violation of laid down norms : BJP
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Anjaw district unit of BJP has alleged that the recent public hearing
at Hawai, Anjaw for Kalai-II HEP was conducted in blatant violation of the laid down
norms and regulations for conducting such hearings.
Describing the act as arbitrary, undemocratic and illegal, Anjaw district BJP president
Banim Kri claimed that the hearing was conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution
Control Board (APSPCB) despite several representations were submitted before the
Board opposing it on the grounds that the project currently has no valid scoping
(ToR) for carrying out pre-construction activities and, also for the reason that
there were ‘inadequate’, incomplete, and unacceptable errors in the Environment Impact
Assessment (EIA) and Environment Management Plan (EMP) submitted by WAPCOS.
“A review by South Asian Network for Dams Rivers and People (SANDRP) clearly mentions
that “The EIA and EMP reports prepared by WAPCOS have not fulfilled a very large
number of the TOR (Terms of Reference) that the project was to cover in EIA-EMP as
per the TOR clearance given for the project on 9.12.2009. Such EIA-EMP will clearly
not be acceptable even from statutory and legal point of view and cannot be basis
for a public hearing,” Kri said in a release. But, APSPCB still went ahead with the
public hearing despite stiff opposition from the project affected villagers and land
owners, he said.
“When the affected land owners tried to participate democratically by raising questions
and queries, the personnel of Arunachal Pradesh Police brutally attacked the villagers
thereby suppressing their right to democratic participation,” Kri alleged.
Few persons, including a Gram Panchayat Members from Nukung village was grievously
injured in the lathi charge by the police, he claimed.
“This is a serious and brazen violation of our natural rights and rights to freedom
of speech and expression guaranteed under article 19 of fundamental rights and our
right to our land, natural resources, protection of our socio-cultural and traditional
system and right to determination of our own destiny as indigenous people vide articles
8, 8(2) and 10 of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
of which government of India is a signatory,” Kri said, while disapproving the public
PPA asserts will mitigate woes of local contractors
ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has accused the ruling Cong.
Govt. of adopting a step-motherly treatment towards its own indigenous contractors
and asserted that the party will address the woes of the contractors, if voted to
Addressing the trade and commerce cell of the party in its Naharlagun office today,
PPA president Nikh Kamin stated that the present practice wherein the major contract
works are fixed well in advance through MOU/MOA route are the root cause of the problems
of the local contractors.
“Since majority of the ministers and legislators have their own companies and list
of favorite firms, mostly from outside the state, therefore, the genuine local contractors
registered as A, B, C, and D class etc. are mere spectators,” he alleged.
“There have been numerous other instances wherein the contractors from metropolitan
cities follow our ministers in Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati and strike the deal in
five star hotels and thereafter execute the works in paper and transfer the public
money in their accounts,” the PPA president alleged. Such a practice, according to
Kamin, is done in connivance with the officials and politicians in Delhi as well
as that of the State.
Kamin further stated that if PPA comes to power, utmost care will be taken and policy
initiated to ensure that the local contractors get their due share and recognition
in rebuilding the state. The role of the big outsiders shall be limited to few highly
specialized areas where the locals entrepreneurs lag or do not have the requisite
experiences, he said.
District level capacity building training prog for Govt functionaries and PR members
AALO, Jan 22: A District Level Intensive Capacity building training programme for
four blocks of West Siang District was inaugurated by Gadam Ete, Parliamentary Secretary,
Home, Geology & Mining here on January 21. Such Progaramm will be launched in another
four blocks of Aalo West, Aalo East, Basar and Likabali aiming capacity building
of frontline Govt. functionaries including PRI Members and poverty reduction exercises
under the sponsoredship of DoPT, GoI, New-Delhi in collaboration with Administrative
Training Institute, Naharlagun. The programme will continue up to February 08.
Exhorting the participants to take full advances of the training programme, Ete highlighted
various schemes and the projects initiated by the state Government and appealed all
Govt. officers and PRI members to get the much needed training to implement all projects
in a time bound manner for the benefit of the people.
Participating in the inaugural function, Manoj Kumar Sahoo, Deputy Commissioner West
Siang district said that training is always essential for implementation all schemes
and appealed all trainees to get useful tip from the trainers to equip themselves
with latest knowledge that may come handy for everyone to start all development process.
Tamar Baki, TA-cum- Course Coordinator, West Siang District and T Lodo, Dy. Director
(RTD.)-Cum-SNO ITP, ATI, Naharlagun elaborately highlighted the course content on
four sectors of sanitation and water supply in rural areas, development of rural
education and rural health, Rural livelihood and rural development and its implementation
system. Dagli Rime, Gamo, Bejum Kato, Yomto Lollen, Dr. Jombom Kato, MO Er. Goba
Kato, AE, Er. Kirli Bui, and Tamar Baki were the resource persons. DIPRO
The Taj Mahal re-visited: impact deepens
I had visited the famous Taj Mahal many years ago when I was a small boy. Obviously,
the impact and the influence on me were not very significant then as I had a very
rudimentary knowledge of the Taj and I could hardly understand the language and the
ever encompassing impact of love in life. Since then lots of water had flowed under
the Deomali bridge. Having said that, this time it was on the 21st of December, 2013
in a misty, chilly and breezy wintry morning when I re-visited the magnificent Taj
Mahal along with my loving wife. I think it was because of my advancing age or because
of my wife besides me that made my visit to the great Taj a totally different experience
and a special one at that. The aura, the indescribable ambiance in and around the
Taj was deeper and I was overwhelmed by profound emotions never experienced before.
The notorious fog tried its best to play a spoilsport but could not succeed to swing
my mood because I was deeply engrossed in the thought of those magical moments when
this unparalleled masterpiece was being created. In my excitement, I quietly whispered
in my wife’s willing ears as the onlookers concentrated their spying eyes on us.
I whispered, “So what if I cannot even dream of building a Taj Mahal for your love,
I have brought you here to rekindle and reassure my undying love for you.” She was
of course, flattered like any other woman. Apparently she was having more faith in
my love for her. Seriously, I could not stop marveling at the monumental effort of
Emperor Shah Jahan and his skilled artistes in creating this wonder of a structure.
I felt that even the Gods and Goddesses must have come down from their abodes to
admire and marvel at the rare creation of the mortal human beings. I closed my eyes
for a while to pay my humble homage and salutations to Emperor Shah Jahan who built
the wonderful Taj Mahal for his undying love for his Empress Mumtaz. Mumtaz must
be the most fortunate woman even in death to have married to such a loving and caring
To me the Taj Mahal is not only a symbol of love but a symbol of human endurance.
Shah Jahan showed to the world what a man can do for his love. I feel his undying
love, his artistry, his imagination and his genius must have put even the creations
of God to shame. I will not articulate here what history tells me because I am not
a Historian. Moreover, I took my wife all the way from Arunachal to Agra to have
a feel of the wonderful and mystical aura provided by the Taj Mahal and not to dampen
her spirit with the many sad tales associated with the magnificent Taj. Some of my
friends had told me to see the Taj during full moon lit nights but it does not make
any difference to me because for me Taj is a Taj that can never be recreated even
by the modern day Engineers. It must have been a rare moment of man’s creative genius
to build a monument like the Taj Mahal. I wish the great Mughal Emperors were engaged
more in creating monuments than in fighting. This world should have been richer and
an ordinary mortal like me would have been left more awestruck in wonderment looking
at their creations.
Indeed, not for nothing, Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as ‘a teardrop
on the cheek of time.’ The most beautiful woman of those glorious days Mumtaz who
melted the heart of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth to her
14th child. It took more than 22 years and more than 20,000 artistes to build the
Taj Mahal which is today, the cynosure of all the eyes of the world. It is such an
irony that Shah Jahan had to see the Taj Mahal from a distance in Agra Fort as his
son Aurengzeb kept him captive. Many also tell me that Shah Jahan got the signatures
of all the artistes declaring not to create another Taj Mahal. However, the tragic
history of the magnificent monument of love did not dampen the spirit of my wife
and me. We got virtually lost in the environs of immortal love created by the Taj
Mahal on the bank of the great River Jamuna. I was thinking that even God must have
extended His helping hands to create the Taj. How was it possible? The art, the imagination,
the engineering, the science, the angles, the balance, the huge structure, can human
beings really do it? Mind you, there were no cranes, no excavators and other state
of the art facilities but the wonderful Taj is there for every one to marvel at with
amazement and disbelief. I now believe that love can move mountains. Had there been
no love, there would not have been the Taj Mahal. Let us hail Shah Jahan’s undying
love which made the seemingly impossible possible.
Little wonder then my wife and I returned from Agra with our love more reassured
and further cemented thanks to the impact of the monument of love. The mere sight
of the Taj made my wife value the value of love. Today, whenever I lose my cool for
silly little reasons, she shows me our photographs taken at the Taj. With the undying
and sweet memories of the Taj deeply engrained in my mind, I suggest my friends to
take their dear wives to the Taj Mahal atleast once in their life time to ignite
that doused fire if any, in their married life. I dare say it does help. [The writer
is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at [email protected] yahoo.co.in ]
The Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLT) came to an end yesterday
with Papum Pare district winning the tournament. This tournament is one of the most
popular state level sports event held in Arunachal. Even though this was the 13th
edition of TTMSLT, still tournament lacks professionalism on the part of both player
and organizer. The tournament got into controversy when semi-final clash between
Capital Complex and Kurung Kumey had to be abandoned in between due to crowd trouble.
One of the Capital Complex players was hit on the head by a stone thrown from among
the crowd. It is well documented that sporting events in the state has often been
marred by disruptive crowd behaviour.
In this context it is quite surprising to know that proper checking of crowd was
not done at entrance gate. Also there was not adequate security personnel present
on the ground to tackle such volatile situation. The organizer should look into such
nitty-gritty to ensure violence free tournament in the future. In the final between
Papum Pare and Capital Complex players behaved very unprofessionally. When a Papum
Pare (PP) player was shown red card for foul, all its player walked out of pitch
in protest and match was stopped for around 15 minutes. After lot of pleading by
organizers they resumed play. It was very unprofessional of PP players to act like
that. The organizer should have taken strong note of dishonourable act committed
by PP players and its team management. As a punishment Capital Complex should have
been declared winner and PP be banned for such unprofessional conduct. There are
some lessons to learn and hope organizers will improve upon it in the future.
This is in response to the allegation leveled against Tageng Padoh, CJM, Seppa published
in your esteemed daily on 22nd Jan 2014. It was alleged that CJM Seppa had assaulted
lady doctor Otam Taggu. The fact of the case is that Dr. Mrs Otam Taggu was deployed
as EMO on 24th Dec’2013 in the District Hospital Aalo. My husband Tageng Padoh and
I were not acquainted with her face and name before we met her in EMO Chamber.
On 24th Dec’ 2013, my husband was injured by a broken bottle while he was taking
bath in Siyom river at 2.30 pm. As such, we rushed to the District Hospital Aalo
for immediate medical treatment. We went to the EMO chamber and found no officer
there. We came back to the side of emergency medical treatment room and my husband
was seated in a bench at verandah. The bench was a new one and donated by Aalo House
Wife Welfare Society. There was no nurse present in emergency and sister duty room.
The maternity side was crowded and all the sisters were busy there. In the mean time
one Er. T. Taggu whom we are acquainted came from maternity side and asked about
my husband’s condition. My husband told him that he got injured and came for treatment.
However, the EMO is not there in chamber. Thereafter my husband suggested me to look
for EMO. A few minutes after, I came back from maternity side with the information
that the EMO was not present there. Again I looked here and there and once again
visited the EMO chamber but did not find anyone. Till then, my husband was having
a private discussion with Er Taggu about the woman who comes to Aalo for delivery
By that time Dr Mrs Otam Taggu was standing nearby my husband at the distance of
6 to 8 feet and was listening to all conversation. She was in civil dress and was
not even carrying a stethoscope. My husband, Er. Taggu and I could not identify her
because she was not in Doctor Dress. A few minutes later, she went into the cabin
adjacent to emergency room and immediately came back with paper and stethoscope.
Then I noticed that she might be the EMO and I also came towards the EMO room along
with my husband and found her seated there. I was standing in the door. My husband
entered inside the room and took seat in patient stool with expectation of immediate
Surprisingly EMO Dr Mrs O. Taggu scolded my husband in bad manner saying that she
heard all our discussion. Dr Taggu alleged that she had overheard my husband stating
that there was no doctor in EMO room (Doctor Kamang in Adi dialect). Neither had
she asked the name of my husband and the problems. All discussion was in Adi dialogue.
She warned my husband and advised that he should ask nurse who is EMO on duty. My
husband tried his best to let her understand that sentence ‘doctor Kamang’ was used
in the context of doctor being not available in EMO room. It does not mean absent
of EMO according to his understanding of ADI dialogue. She understood that Kamang
means absent from duty which my husband never meant. Anyhow, my husband requested
her to prescribe and treat him. However, she straightway refused to treat him and
put down her pen and closed the registered folder in rage saying she is simple MBBS
doctor and directed my husband to go to other specialist doctor. Then my husband
suggested that if she had been wearing doctor dress or carrying stethoscope, he would
have recognized her and approached straight way. She again lost her temper stating
that my husband had no locus standi to ask her to put proper dress and stethoscope.
She was insisting that my husband should have asked about the EMO from nurse only.
In reply my husband told her that there is nothing written on her forehead stating
that she is a doctor. She also replied that there was no mark on the forehead of
a person implying that he is a patient. Again, my husband told her that he was handicapped
due to leg injury and could not walk. Further my husband suggested that she should
have identified from his walking style that he was a leg injured patient. Thereafter,
my husband tried to stand up with the help of table to which she objected and asked
him not to take help of the table. He was about to fall before I rushed in and rescued
him. Accordingly, we left the room and my husband told her that he would lodge a
complaint against her for refusal to give medical treatment.
Later we came to know from other staff that she is daughter of Talong Taggu, Ex MLA
and daughter in Law of Ogam Apum Ex-Chief Engineer and comes from high profile family
On 25th Dec. 2013, my husband lodged FIR against her at Aalo police station. A day
later on 26th December my husband lodged a complaint against Mrs Dr Otam Taggu M.O.
before the DMO Aalo for necessary disciplinary action. In retaliation to the complaint,
she lodged false FIR against my husband on 27th Dec’2013.
The Aalo Medical fraternity stated in their release stated that matter could have
been settled by the Aalo Medical department. How they can settle the matter of my
husband’s complaint before the Police and DMO? Do they have judicial authority to
decide a matter pending at Aalo Police Station and DMO office?
Further, the allegation made in the release is complete deviation of the statement
made in FIR lodged by Mrs Otam Taggu. My husband has no enmity with the Doctors Association
and medical fraternity of Aalo. He had just lodged complaint against the erring officer
in exercising his civil right. My husband had never used his official capacity in
this regard. The APDA and Aalo medical fraternity is taking undue advantage of his
post and exerting pressure on him to withdraw his complaint to which he had already
refused. It is learnt from the reliable sources that a show cause notice has also
been issued to the erring Officer by the authority. The police are also investigating
the case on the FIR lodged by Dr. (Mrs) Otam Taggu against my husband. My husband’s
injury has since then become a scar but an outdated issue has been highlighted in
the newspaper with intention to malign his reputation.
Yem Tayeng Padoh
PI, Colony, Aalo
West Siang District
Inordinate delay in renovation of capital road
We the activist of United Movement Forum for Anti-corruption in Arunachal (UMFFACIA)
would like to raise concern regarding bottle neck confronted by the commuters of
capital complex. The govt. has failed to facilitate good road communication to populace
in capital complex despite hue and cry from various organizations demanding for renovation
of entire dilapidated sector roads.
But recently it has come to notice that on the initiative of govt, for renovation
of sector road, a tender was invited by working department of PWD (WZ) capital complex
few months back. But the big question is whether department will be able to execute
the work and provide good road before monsoon arrives? We don’t think so as the working
season is on the verge of ending.
Why the department is making an in-ordinate delay in finalization of tender process?
We are apprehensive of some ulterior motive behind delay in finalization of the tender.
Therefore we would like to appeal minister PWD along with local MLA to intervene
into the matter.
Secretary General (UMFFACIA)
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