January  09

Longding DC has failed: LDSU

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) has served a 10 days ultimatum to the state govt for redressal of its eight point demands failing which it threatened to launch democratic movement against the govt.

Addressing a press conference at press club here today, the Union expressed its deep discontentment over the administrative system of the district under present Deputy Commissioner, and demanded for latter's immediate transfer and an appointment of an IAS officer in his place for overall development of the district.

The Union alleged that the District Administration under the incumbent DC is completely failing in tackling various problems of district as the entire district is witnessing numerous law and order problems like thefts, robbery, rape murder etc.  "Due to lack of proper ILP checking the criminals easily enter into the district and commit various crimes and get way easily without fear," claimed Nankem Wangsa, president LDSU, adding, there are traffic problems everywhere but no one bothers.

While claiming that exorbitant price rice in essential commodities were causing lots of hardships to the denizens of district particularly unemployed daily wage earners as the DA failed to regulate the same, the also stated that only an efficient administrator can solve all these problems.

Further, the Union alleged that due to inefficiency of the district administrator various centrally and state govt sponsored projects under MLALAD fund etc are not being properly maintained and monitored owing to which public of district are suffering.

The Union also expressed its resentment over the reported land allotment for setting up of a Petrol depot at the heart of Longding town and delay in disbursement of compensation package to the affected people of Kanubari to Longding under Trans Arunachal Highway.

Referring to other points in support of its demand like irregular BSNL service, deforestation etc, which it already submitted to the Chief Secretary, the Union reiterated state govt to replace the incumbent DC with an IAS officer for the overall development of district and greater interest of public of Longding.


AACWA urges state govt. to come clean on financial situation

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA) has called on the state government to come clean on its financial position. The association claimed that since the end of the state assembly and Lok sabha elections, many of the local contractors are not getting payments from concerned department. They further added that situation directly affects the local businessmen and has therefore dried the local market too.

"If money will not circulate in the markets than how will the businessmen and local entrepreneurs survive as no customer will come to buy items," the AACWA stated.


100 shops and houses evicted

KOLORIANG, Jan 08: Kurung Kumey district administration in an attempt to streamline the proper settlement pattern in and around Koloriang town had identified more than 100 numbers of shops and houses illegally constructed which were posing traffic problem and unhygienic occupation. A special team led by Deepak Shindey ADC-Cum-Estate Officer, Koloriang, C.Chukhu, Town Magistrate and district police team evicted all identified shops and houses on Jan 7 and 8 . The team will continue eviction drive as and when reported or identify such unauthorised construction in reference to Government land and right of way.

The Motor vehicle intensive checking was also conducted in Koloriang on Jan 6 by a joint team of District Police and MV branch. In the checking as many as 37 numbers of traffic rules violators were detected and imposed fines. It was also informed that the checking would continue for 3 months and as and when warranted. DIPRO


Expedite work soon

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The All Palin Chambang, Yangte, Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students Union today urged the authority concerned to expedite the construction of electrical line from Dokio Langfo to Langdang village under Palin circle. In a representation submitted to the Chief Engineer Central Electrical Zone, the union said there is inordinate delay in executing the project. It also stated that delay in work is affecting the school children, as there are no lightening systems in the schools in the area.


Awareness campaign on power management conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The Basar Electrical Division conducted an "Awareness cum sensitization campaign on "Power management & Usage" at remotest village Sibe Rite under Sibe circle, West Siang district on January 5 for all the newly electrified villages of Gensi and Sibe circles under RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna) Scheme.

Er. Takar Mara, Chief Engineer (Power) Central Electrical Zone speaking on the occasion spoke regarding safe and economical use of electricity. He also advised the panchayat members to form a power management committee at village level for proper coordination with the department for ensuring quality power supply.

Er. Modam Zini, Superintending Engineer (E) Arunachal Pradesh Electrical Circle VI, Aalo, highlighted about the importance of electricity in modern society.

Gopal Shekhawat for M/s K.T. Enterprise, (contractor RGGVY project of Likabali Gensi Block) distributed one CFL bulb each to every house hold of all the electrified villages under Gensi block as a gesture of thanks giving for the kind cooperation of the locals during execution of project.

Er. Lijum Ete, Executive Engineer, Er. Kirmar Jirdo, Assistant Engineer and Er. Miken Lollen Junior Engineer were also present on the occasion.


Kaha and Karbak calls on Sonia

NEW DELHI, Jan 08: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) president Nyamar Karbak called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi at New Delhi today.

Both held discussions on various issues including the party issues and implementation of flagship programme by the state Govt. The Congress president expressed her satisfaction over the implementation of the Flagship Programs of the State Government, especially the CM's Universal Health Insurance Scheme - which she termed as a 'Model for the Country'. She also opined that the Skill Development and Employment Generation Program initiated by the Chief Minister way back in 2012 will yield rich dividends for the marginalized youth of the frontier state.

They also discussed the roadmap to strengthen the Party in Arunachal Pradesh. Sonia appealed the senior leaders and Party cadres at all levels to work hard to strengthen the party and support the Government. Sonia also assured that she would visit the State soon and have an extensive discussion with all rank and files of the Party.


ATA lauds Education Minister

ITANAGAR, Jan 8: The Central Executive Committee of the Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has lauded the initiative taken by Education Minister, Tapang Taloh, for intervening in the Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning & Management (EIILM) University, Sikkim problem for an early solution.

The EIILM University was recently in news when 200 students were on strike for nearly two weeks protesting against irregularities in conducting timely examination of final semester scheduled to be held on December 2014.

On being urged to intervene by the ATA on the problems faced by the students of Arunachal studying in EIILM, Taloh had called on his Sikkim counterpart for early solution to the problem. Consequently, now it is reported that the protesting students are being allowed to sit in their final semester examination by the University authorities as directed by the Sikkim govt, stated a release.


1st Pratim Memorial badminton tournament concludes

AALO, Jan 08: The two days Doubles Badminton Tournament was organized by Naya Aikya Club Kolkata from Jan 3 to 4 in commemoration of Late Pratim Das. Das was an 18 year talented upcoming badminton player who died on Jan 26 2014. Late Pratim was born at Bomdila, lived his infant life at Aalo and completed his secondary education from Tezu Govt. Higher Secondary School.

The tournament was inaugurated in presence of a mammoth gathering along with his family members, all Naya Aikya members and his fellow neighbours. A two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to his departed soul. Altogether 16 teams from various parts of Kolkata and its adjacent districts participated in the tourney. Tanmoy & Debasish from Salt Lake became the winner and Asif

& Indra from Baruipur got the runner's trophy and trophy for Best emerging player of the tournament went to Pranoy Dey of Baruipur. DIPRO


Tacho visits his constituency

ANINI, Jan 09: Health and Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho yesterday visited Anini after being appointed as minister. During his visit the minister interacted with the heads of office and public at the circuit house. Today the Minister along with Deputy Commissioner and public leaders  visited newly created Circle Office at Dumbin. DIPRO


News Impact

APPSCE aspirant Ujum Perying begins

72-hour hunger strike

Govt. rattled by hunger strike move

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The 72-hour hunger strike by APPSCE aspirant Ujum Perying demanding resignation of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission chairman Dr Ligu Tacho and member Mamang Dai along with strong punishment to the culprits involved in paper leakage scandal started today at IG Park, tennis court. For a state used to bandh calls and strikes, Perying's decision to sit on 72-hour hunger strike has come in as fresh breath of air. She was joined by a large number of aspirants under the banner of APPSCCE consultative committee.

Dr Nani Bath, HoD, Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University, State BJP media in charge Jarpum Gamlin, IMWA President Yumlam Achung, senior journalist Bengia Augung, ACS chairman Patey Tayum, president and general secretary of All Nyishi Students Union, Arunachal Law Student Union, along with several other likeminded citizens joined the young brave heart.

Talking to this daily Ujum Perying informed that she volunteered to sit in for hunger strike as government has been delaying to initiate action in regards to APPCCE exam imbroglio. She further expressed joy over massive solidarity shown by people of Arunachal. "We can't keep on passing bucks when confronting corruption issue. Someone of us has to take initiative and whatever I am doing is for the benefit of the young generation," said Ujum.

Earlier appearing adamant on its demands, Consultative Committee Chairman Israel Perme denounced the government's direction to institute Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the imbroglio. Perme questioned the government, why it is not speaking about moral and team responsibility of the Commission? Denouncing the government's alleged attempt to pacify agitating aspirants, he termed the SIT as a mere recomposed version of the government stand. On the government's decision to institute SIT on the matter, CC Chairman alleged that Chief Minister is eating his own words, saying that earlier CM himself was against SIT probe. Speaking on the occasion, Jarpum Gamlin stated that he is supporting the cause on individual capacity and it has got nothing to do with his political lineage. He urged aspirants not to budge until their demands are met. However he also advised them to keep option of talks open with the authorities. "This movement should be used to bring in systematic change in the way the commission functions. Once proper system is set up, it will pave path for better future. I also believe that demanding resignation will not solve the issue and instead everyone should work for cleaning up the system," stated Jarpum.  

Senior journalist, Bengia Augung appealed the consultative committee members not to sell the issue and ensure that a logical conclusion arrives. ANSU General Secretary Gollo Nyanya, who also addressed the gathering, stated that such controversy surrounding APPSC has potential to damage the minds of the youth. "If this controversy drags on us, it will affect the lives of many youths and they can be easily misguided by such situation. Also people have to understand that Public Service Commission is not property of any individual and its sanctity will have to be protected at any cost," stated ANSU GS.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Contractor's welfare Association (AACWA) has expressed its support with agitating APPSC aspirant candidates. Association has demanded state govt. to punish the culprits who are behind such illogical activities while sitting in APPSC office. That state govt. should not appoint the members on pick and choice basis due to which such big mistake occurs during APPSC exam, the association added.  

The decision of young aspirant to go on hunger strike seems to have rattled state government as series of self explanatory press releases from state government and public service commission are pouring in. It looks like she has already won the first half of battle and only time will tell whether chairman and member will resign atleast on moral ground.



'APPSC looking seriously into allegations of paper leak and irregularities'

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: A day after the clarification from the Govt on Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) stalemate over alleged 'leak' of General Studies (question paper-II) of the 2014 Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive examination (APPSCCE -Main) held on Sept 14 2014, the Public Service Commission itself today said that the Commission has taken cognizance of the memorandum submitted by the APPSC Consultative Committee and is seriously looking into the issues of irregularities and leak raised by the aspirants.

Regarding the issue of re-conduct of the entire examination the Commission has to follow the convention of balance and proportionality, said APPSC secretary in a release today. In other such cases in Public Service Commissions of the country the specific 'leaked paper,' if proved beyond reasonable doubt that it was leaked and benefited certain candidates, is cancelled and re-examination only for that paper is conducted, the release said.

Stating that the outcome of the SIT probe is still awaited, the release said, "However, in anticipation of conducting the remainder of the examination the Commission has already decided that the General Studies paper- (II ) would be cancelled and fresh question paper set for GS -(II )." The re-conduct of the already completed papers for which there is no grievance may be prejudicial to another section of aspirants who have also slogged hard for this exam, the release said.

It further said no one should be in any doubt about the intention and commitment of the Commission in trying to solve this issue and move forward with the disrupted examination. The Commission has been working to bring in more transparency and professionalism in the functioning of the Commission and ensuring selection based on merit free of nepotism and political influence.

The state government has already appointed two senior APCS officers, viz: Controller of Examination and Deputy Controller of Examination to facilitate smooth conduct of the Combined Competitive Examination as early as possible.

The Commission hopes that the issue of 'leakage' and examination process will not be diverted ‘with defamatory allegations and new implications’ when it would be better for all to help in the investigation, and let the law take its own course.

Lastly, the release informed that the APPSC is not in a position to divulge the report of the Magisterial Enquiry as the matter is under investigation and it is a confidential document as well as property of the state government.

Highlighting the action taken by the Commission including serving of show cause notice, institution of magisterial enquiry and suspension of four officers/officials, the release said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also already been constituted by the government for further necessary action.



Is Ujum’s hunger strike a wakeup call ?

[ Amar Sangno ]

The perpetual speeches by various speakers from the grand podium in the 72 hours hunger strike being launched today by Ujum Perying under the aegis of the Consultative Committee (comprised of APPSCCE aspirants) against Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) on a balmy Thursday at IG Park Tennis Court was echoing across Itanagar and caught attention of every passerby.

Demands were simple - resignation of Commission Chairman, Dr. Ligu Tacho and Member Mamang Dai on moral grounds, disposal of all remaining question papers in public and re-set and re-conduct of all papers in APPSCCE (M) 2013-14.

Nonetheless, every speaker was firing salvo at big 'C' (C for Corruption) as it is claimed to be associated with the state's highest recruiting body 'Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)' since its inception. Apparently the breadth of attrition has charged up sluggish 'moral forces' to boot out endemic corruption from the so-called 'nascent state' Arunachal Pradesh.

So far, 'hunger strike' in Arunachal has distasteful records.  Earlier, score of organizations and unions had tried their hands at this non-violent method of protest to usher their intellectual way of agitation. But at the end they often jumped to the negotiation table on mere overtures of the concerned authority. In addition, people were weary of the hunger strike because the hoteliers and restaurants had to pay a heavy price after the end of the hunger strike.

But Ujum Perying's ongoing 72 hours hunger strike is something different in the history of Arunachal's history. It is first of its kind and a symbolic protest against any establishment's wrong doing.

Needless to say her bold initiative leaves many organizations and unions with red face, who are on prowl to impose bandh call on slight dissension with people at the helms of affairs, but in reality so eager to come to the backdoor negotiation table.

The numbers that turned out in day first of Ujum's hunger strike is a testimony that people in Arunachal are weary of taking on corruption and corrupt system unless they get something out of it in return. Surprisingly, the participation of the students' unions and civil society was miniscule, except for a few members from the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU). The so-called organizations who are supposed to be custodian of students' fundamental rights including fair recruitment are maintaining stoic silence. Are they yet to be appraised of the issue with so many print reams out as news already?

The individuals who represented their respective organisations have also hurriedly clarified, saying that they are supporting the cause as an individual capacity. Politically affiliated persons have an excuse in some extent, as the issue may be diluted. But the rest, are they afraid to be noticed or named?

Skeptic critics and commentators have already flooded the social media with their comments that Ujum is not Anna, nor Tennis Court is Jantar Mantar and Ram Leela Maidan, where in India saw a symbolic protest against 'Corruption' years back.

The state government has attempted to reassure and instill confidence among protesting aspirants by pronouncing suspension order to the four senior officers of the Commission on the basis of Magisterial Enquiry report. But its own direction to the Director General of Police to constitute a SIT for further investigate signifies that the government is nullifying the wisdom of one-man magisterial enquiry which was done by a senior APCS officer Hento Karga.

As matter of the fact, the magisterial enquiry recommendation is highly questionable. It has recommended taking action against four senior officers. Does it try to tell that Chairman and member secretary have no moral responsibility for whatever things went wrong? Or are they immune to the whole episode, even after it happened within their rooms?

Precisely, as far as the whole episode of paper leakage is concern, every member, be it the commission chairman or member secretary is equally responsible at least morally till the matter is further proved.

Now the slogan is to cleanse the system, and for systematic correction. Will the Governor, who has so far remained the silent Buddha on the issue, breaks his silence to intervene so that systematic correction is done at the earliest and faith reposed among the youths?



Administration at doorsteps of villagers

TEZU, Jan 08: A public outreach programme was organised by the Lohit district administration today at remote Bekhuliang village. The programme was conducted to provide services to villagers in their locality and to create awareness on programmes and policies of the State as well as Centre which are covered under various government departments and agencies.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Dr. BM Mishra supervising the programme said that many a time villagers are either less informed or ignorant about the plans and schemes of the Government due to which beneficiaries are do not benefit properly and are deprived. This programme is an endeavour of the district administration to provide proper knowledge and awareness to the beneficiaries directly, said the DC. Besides general administration, other departments like Horticulture, Agriculture, Block, Fisheries, Statistics, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, ICDS, Medical, PHED etc also took part in the programme. Information on schemes and programs for public were disseminated by allied departments while Swachh Abhiyan was carried out by the PHE Department.

Checks ups and treatments were carried out by the Veterinary and Health Departments, while birth certificates, income certificates, STs and PRCs were also issued on the spot. The DC signed all the STs and PRCs certificates issued on the day to the villagers.

The entire villagers of Bekhuliang and nearby village Bedangam turned out for the programme making it a huge success. DIPRO



ANSU opposes pre-paid meter system

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) today demanded the Arunachal Pradesh Government, particularly the power department to stop the installation of pre-paid energy meter system in the Capital Complex.

Justifying its demand, the Union said that 80 per cent population residing in Capital Complex are below poverty line and it will be expensive for them to follow up the pre-paid energy meter system.

While terming the pre-paid meter system as anti-people scheme launched by the state Govt, ANSU president Byabang Joram said "Daily wage earners, labour classes, student community and poor people will be the worst sufferers if this pre-paid energy meter system was implemented in the state."

Instead of implementation of such system, government may enact strong law against the defaulters or irregularity in payment of electricity bills. Citing the Consumer Protection Act 1986, the ANSU leader further said that the scheme if implemented will badly affect the students who are residing in rent houses in Capital Complex for study in various institutions. The Union threatened that it would go to any extent if the power department goes on with its implementation.



Byaling gifts health service to border villagers

TAKSING, Jan 08: Home Minister Tanga Byaling today exhorted the local residents here to enrol themselves under the CM's Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) which would offer them a smart card for cashless treatment up to Rs 2 lakh in any empanelled hospital in the country.

Byaling, who is the Nacho MLA, representing the area along Indo-China border, arrived along with a medical team led Upper Subansiri district medical officer Dr T Gongo for extending the benefit of CMUHIS to the people deprived of healthcare facilities, he said.

Byaling, who was accompanied by ADC T Siga, PWD EE M Nyodu, PHED AE Likha Topu and Kurung Kumey DCC general secretary Chello Tate, was received by the villagers, ITBP and Army personnel led by commanding officer, Col Sudhir Kumar of 18 Kumao Regiment.

With the state government is waiting for fund allocation from the Centre, like other states following replacement of the Planning Commission replaced by Niti Ayog, the development process is getting delayed, he said.

However, the government is aware of all nagging problems of the border areas, including Taksing's lack of road and air connectivity, electricity and telecommunication facilities, which require conscientious efforts by the state and central governments, Byaling said.

On his inquiry, the locals informed him that the hydropower engineers recently conducted a survey for developing a micro hydel project to meet the power requirement of the area.

Responding to about half a dozen memorandums submitted by the village leaders enlisting their grievances, Byaling assured to take up all issues with respective authorities for urgent redressal.



Lohit all set to welcome Parshuram Kund pilgrims

WAKRO, Jan 08: The Lohit district administration has been conducting the annual Parshuram Kund Mela for the past many decades. Being one of the most significant pilgrimage site, Parashuram Kund  sees lakhs of pilgrims every year, who come here braving all inconveniences, with great devotion and strong faith that a holy dip in the Kund on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti rids one of all the accumulated evils and negativity.

For the past many years, the flow of devotees has continued unceasingly despite the connectivity problems and lack of infrastructure plaguing the area, as there were no bridges on the Naodihing and the mighty Lohit rivers. In fact many bridges on the smaller rivers in the route were completed only recently. Providing accommodation and shelter for an ever-increasing gathering of pilgrims in the chilling winter months of January was also an issue. The annual mela in this rural area is certainly a challenging task for the district administration with scant resources.

As the Mela time is coming close, the district administration is visibly active and committed to conduct the Parshuram Kund Mela in a successful manner. Deputy Commissioner Lohit, Dr B M Mishra, has already chaired two coordination meetings to discuss and decide on actions to be taken and necessary arrangements to be made for organizing the Mela in a proper and smooth manner. Both the meetings were attended by public leaders, officers and officials of various government departments while also involving representatives of various NGOs. The DC, Lohit requested all agencies involved to put in concerted efforts to ensure completion of all arrangements well ahead of time. He further stressed saying "It is very important that we all must earnestly endeavor in ensuring a visitor and pilgrim friendly mela". Dr Mohesh Chai, MLA, Tezu also shared his views for making the event a successful one.

The Lohit Deputy Commissioner visited the Parshuram Kund five times to oversee the arrangements for the mela. He has addressed the need for proper arrangements for drinking water, medical treatment, and separate, clean toilet facilities for ladies and gents etc. The PHED and Health departments have started work in this direction. The shrines have been freshly painted, the stairs and railings repaired, and the maintenance of the roads leading to the pilgrimage site has been entrusted to the Border Roads Organization.

The District Urban Development Agency has taken up the charge of litter management and maintenance of the Bathing Ghat, Mela ground and the Shrine area. Proper arrangements for vehicle parking will be done by the Tourism department. The Arunachal Pradesh Police, along with its policing duties will also shoulder the responsibility of traffic management. The district police have so far maintained law and order with zero incidences in all preceding melas. The Rural Works Department will provide cabins for ladies and gents for changing of dress. Caution signboards are in place to address safety concerns. The Power department is working to provide uninterrupted electric power supply and the Telecom service providers have been requested to provide round the clock telecommunication facility.

Dakto Riba, EAC Wakro has been tasked with the responsibility of being the Mela Officer. Riba assured that meticulous planning, effective execution and timely completion of all tasks will be achieved and that the Lohit district administration will not flounder in the task of making the Parshuram Kund mela a grand success.

In addition to addressing the basic needs and comfort of the pilgrims and visitors, Dr Mishra also stressed the imperativeness of proper publicity to attract more and more people to benefit from the experience of being in this spiritually charged and vibrant place.

A guilt free conscience is needed for a healthy life and one can feel that places of pilgrimages like the holy Parshuram Kund definitely help people to regain a guilt free conscience thereby making life easier and the contribution of the Lohit district administration and all involved in such a service is truly noble.



Arunachal stalls become crowd puller at Delhi craft bazaar

NEW Delhi, Jan 8: Cane products like basket, bin, lampshades, Thangka paintings, local brocade headgears and other artifacts in two stalls from Arunachal Pradesh is drawing much attention from the locals and foreigners alike in the 15 days Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazar at Dilli Haat  which started from  January 1.

Sponsored by UD and Tourism Minister, Pema Khandu, Techi Ana and Tem Yaso from Cane and Bamboo Centre, Poma from Papumpare district and Lobsang Tashi and Sonam, from Tawang are successfully participating in the Craft Bazar by showcasing the unique handicraft of the State and displaying their skill in front of buyers and visitors along side other artisans from across the country.

"This is a platform for artisans across India to come and show crafts that are unique to their state. The idea behind is to see the country's rich culture, see the various similarities and differences between them and to exchange ideas," says Jaya Jaitley, craft expert & conceiver of Dastakari Haat Craft Bazar, an event that is held in the month of January every year.

Facilitating international artisans, this year's theme for the Dastkari Haat Craft Bazar is 'India-Tibet Crafts Exchange workshop'

While the numerous stalls from Tibet shows their Tibetan rugs, jackets, shawls, singing  bowls and ritual objects, the other participating states are Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. There are also contemporary block prints from Rajasthan, ornamental ceramic pottery and copper items from Maharashtra, ethnic Muga Saree from Assam among others in the Crafts Bazar.

The participants from Arunachal Pradesh are being actively assisted for the event at national capital by Jigmi Choden, Addl. RC and Adong Moyong, RTO, Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi.



Pasighat’s CC road construction to complete by time

PWD assures quality road

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Jan 08: The cement concrete road construction of Pasighat township which has the completion period of a year is under rapid progress these days and is being targeted to wrap up the work before the dateline, as per sources from contractors. The construction work began from December last and is targeted to be finished by March or April 2015.

The PWD which is monitoring the CC Road construction has assured for quality road to which they said, the department won't compromise on quality. There has been demand from many quarters for quality monitoring on apprehensions over contractors duping the agencies and constructing low quality road which usually happens.

Meanwhile, the constructing agency and PWD has cited problem in the smooth construction as several people are violating the 'No Entry' notice where construction is on, and they have urged all to comply and follow the road diversion.

EE PWD Pasighat Division, Oni Jamoh who is overseeing and monitoring the work has assured for quality construction. The rapid repairing work of Mebo-Dhola Road under Mebo Sub-division which started from Mebo Tiniali during last part of 2014 has already covered around 22 kms and has reached near Seram village. The Mirem-Mikong-Jonai road which has been under deplorable condition since last many years is also soon to get constructed with quality road for which the tender was floated today at PWD office here today.

The CC Road had been a long demand of the people of Pasighat which was initiated by the then local MLA Bosiram Siram. The road will pass through the market, high region, DC office, Mirmir Chariali and end at Mirbuk Chariali. The construction work has been taken by one TJ Enterprise which has also assured for quality work besides finishing the project before time.



Border trade to boost NE economy: PPA

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: "Border trade has the potential to initiate the process of economic growth, enhancing local livelihoods and contributing to cross border confidence building measures," said PPA president Kahfa Bengia in a party meeting on 'International Border trade and Look East Policy'. For whatever reasons, he said, Indian border trade policies are painstakingly inadequate to cope with the inevitable changes in the demand structure in the North East region and neighboring countries.  "This is in sharp contrast with China, which has pushed ahead with road constructions into Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar and is also working on rail and waterways links as well. A range of studies on China indicate that provincial govts are effective actors on their national stage" Bengia observed.  

While the Indian and Chinese political systems are undeniably distinctive, the Chinese approach to the devolution of diplomatic and regional development initiatives deserves serious scrutiny and understanding, he further observed.

While lauding the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for giving emphasis on institutionalization of the traditional border trade practices of the state, Kamen Ringu, Chairman CWC, PPA stated, "with the birth of NITI Aayog with promises of equal rights to all the federal units in the country in policy framing at the Centre, the NE states should be substantively and meaningfully involved in the furtherance of Look East policy. He said "the NE states should be made active players in initiating linkages between the NE states and the neighboring countries in order to promote greater people to people exchanges. This step shall go a long way to curtail dependency syndrome of the NE states on the Centre for Central grants."



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Explore border trade option

For landlocked north-region, it is matter of pride to know that Tripura's first border haat will be inaugurated at Srinagar, in the southernmost part of the state bordering Bangladesh, on January 13. People living along the border can set up business stalls at the haat. Such kind of business exchanges with neighbouring countries will surely boost the economy of the region.

Moreh in Manipur and Nathula at Sikikim has already emerged as important border trade centre with Myanmar and China respectively. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘act east’ policy will not be realized untill border trade with south-east Asian neighbours is increased. In Arunachal, places like Pangsu Pass (Indo-Myanmar border) and Kibitho (Indo-China border) has potential to develop as major trade routes. Government of India should explore the possibilities of allowing international trade through these two routes. The government of Arunachal should also pursue the matter with central government. To be a self-reliant state, the Arunachal Pradesh government will have to initiate many such out of box ideas to generate income. The total dependency on central grant poses serious threat to the federal sovereignty of state.

---- Readers Forum ----


Release payment

Dear Editor

Through your esteemed column I would like to jot down few lines with regards to the payment of RGPSA staff. Unfortunately, we haven't got our payment (honorarium) for many months.

I request the concerned authorities to release the payment as you have already spoiled our New Year celebration without a single coin to cheer-up the New Year party.


An aggrieved

RGPSA staff




Authorities delaying CM Talent award

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to publish few words regarding Chief Minister Talent Award which was announced few years back.

The govt. of Arunachal Pradesh had announced to give a laptop along with cash amount of Rs. 10000 only as an award to students of the class 10 and 12 who score above 60 percent. But unfortunately the concerned authority is delaying in giving the above mentioned award. I myself was the topper of class 10 of Govt. Higher School, Yazali in the year 2012-13 by obtaining above 90 percent but still I have not received the said award. It seems that the concerned authority talks more but works less. So my question is; why concerned authority is delaying the award??? Whether it wants to consume the said award as the wild fire consumes the green forests???

Therefore, I request the concerned authority to do something to energize the brains of younger generation so that we may be able to see the better Arunachal.


Lishi Talin








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