January 14

Makar Sankranti greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has conveyed festival greetings to people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. He has also extended warm greetings to all the devotees and pilgrims visiting the State during the festival season and prayed for safe and secure holy dip at Parasuram Kund.

The Governor wished that the arrangement provided by the State Government, district administration and organizers would ensure all comfort and convenience for the pilgrims. In his festival message, the Governor also said that the festivity of Makar Sankranti coincides with Magh Bihu and Pongal on the next day. On behalf of people of Arunachal Pradesh, he conveyed their good wishes to the people of Assam and Kerala. May these festivals bind each one of us in fraternal love and affection, the Governor wished.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also conveyed his greetings to people on eve of the festivals of Makar Sankranti, Bhogali Bihu, Lohri and Pongal.

“Arunachal Pradesh is a miniscule India, where people from all parts of India and religious faith reside together with bonhomie. As this festival is celebrated across India under various names, I wish all and look up to a joyous celebration of thanksgiving and invoking the inner glow,” he said.

In a festival message, Tuki prayed the Supreme Being to bless Arunachal Pradesh and its people peace, prosperity and happiness in the days to come.

May the festivals mark the commencement of an era of abundance, prosperity and new opportunities," he added.


Contractors appeal for releasing payments

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) in a memorandum has urged the Chief Minister to clear all pending bills of PMGSY contractors.

Drawing attention of the Chief Minister that payments to the PMGSY contractors have not been made against their all pending bill since last couple of years causing untold miseries to them, AACWA appealed to the Chief Minister to clear the funds for payment of pending bills of local contractors of PMGSY schemes within 15 days. The memorandum further urged te Chief Minister to prepare Annual Operation Plan (AOP) for the financial year 2014-15 within the next fortnight.

Any failure to fulfill the demands, including few demands made earlier, will compel the association to launch democratic movement, threatened the AACWA memorandum.


Proposed Lower Siang bandh called off until Jan 26

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Lower Siang Elite Forum, in a release informed that the indefinite Lower Siang bandh proposed from January 16 has been called off until January 26.

The decision was taken after a meeting between the delegates of Likabali and Nari Koyu constituencies led by Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) Jomde Kena and the Chief Minister on December 15 wherein it was informed that a decision on district headquarter issue would be arrived as soon as the Committee appointed by the State Government on Lower Siang submits its report.

The people of the two constituencies have been demanding to make Likabali as the temporary and Siki Rima as the permanent headquarters of Lower Siang.


KVK training on kiwi preservation, jam making

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tawang organized training for farmers on preservation of Kiwi and making jam from the fruits at Kitpi today.

The programme coordinator of the KVK and subject matter specialist in horticulture trained the participants practically on preparation of jam from Kiwi and how to preserve the fruit from spoiling.

The resource persons from the KVK cleared doubts of farmers relating to fruit and vegetable preservation.

Altogether 28 farmers attended the training programme including the horticulture field assistant, according to a KVK release.


Training programme for teachers underway

AALO, Jan 13: Six days training programme is underway for Elementary English teachers and School Management Committee to sensitize them on their roles and responsibilities as per RTE Act 2009 at DIET Kamki since yesterday.  

Participating in the discussion, DDSE Tomi Doke Lendo appealed to the teachers to impart the skills to the students for better result. He also requested all the participants to actively participate in such type of training programme for enhancement of knowledge and skill in near future. DIPRO


Beach Women Volleyball Tournament

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Hangover group is organizing day and night Way Side Beach Women Volleyball Tournament at Venyi Happa, Yazali from January 24 to 31 next.

The winner and runners-up of the tournament will be awarded cash prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 with trophy respectively.


PPA demands awareness on new metering technology

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The PPA today called for mass awareness on pre-paid energy metering system in order to avoid confusion among the public.  

Emphasizing the need to adopt new idea with the changing times, the PPA, however, observed that “sudden introduction of any new technology without gaining the confidence of the poorer section of the society is bound to create confusion, unfounded fear and suspicion.”

Coming down heavily on the Govt for introducing a new yet highly unpopular metering system with the high power tariff with as high as Rs 4 per unit, the  PPA  said  that, “The Govt. of Arunachal must also learn from Bhutan where non-Bhutanese entrepreneurs from outside the state throng Thimpu because of the well regulated low power tariff. The commercial power tariff per unit in Bhutan is 0.60 paise and domestic tariff per unit is 0.30 paise” PPA President, Kahfa Bengia claimed”.  

PPA CWC chairman Kamen Ringu said that “The core issue is how to check power theft and in doing so the innocent consumers should not be made the scapegoats. Workshops throughout the state on the pros and cons of this new metering system must have to be undertaken before it is introduced.”


International Girls Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The International Girls Day was celebrated with five days state level programme organized by the SSA Rajya Mission at Dera Natung Govt College here from January 8 last. More than 298 students from sixteen districts took part in the programme. Various events including games and sports, cultural and literary competitions were organized and Changlang district emerged the overall champion.

Addressing the valedictory function, Parliamentary secretary, Education, Bamang Felix advised the students to expose their hidden talent in right way and stand firm in their resolve to achieve the goal in life. He also lauded the students of Changlang for making the district overall champion in various competitions.  

Education secretary R K Mishra in his address urged upon the students to strive hard to achieve success in various competitions in life. He also exhorted the students to maintain health and hygiene.

Earlier at the inaugural function, SSA Rajya Mission state project director Opak Gao advised the students to participate in various events with a sense of competition.

Earlier, P K Lombi (SPO) SSA Rajya Mission  highlighted the  aims and objective of International Girl’s day celebration.


Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary

AALO, Jan 13: The 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated at Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo yesterday.

Apart from prayers, devotional songs were performed by monks, staff and students. It is worth mentioning that the students from non-formal schools hailing from different remote villages also attended the programme.

The programme started with Vedic chanting by monks followed by reading of life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and a photo exhibition on his life and teaching. DIPRO


AIRGVMI state unit mourned death of founder president

ITANAGAR, Jan 13:All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI), Arunachal Pradesh Unit today deeply mourned the untimely demise of B S Kumari, founder National President of AIRGVMI, who breathed her last after prolonged illness at New Delhi yesterday.

Late Kumari was daughter of C K Rao, former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh. She was grand daughter of former Prime Minister P V Narsimha Rao.

Late Kumari was a strong lady who sacrificed her life for the welfare of the people. Her demise was a great loss of the country, said AIRGVMI, state unit vice president Haryom Bam in a condolence meeting today. The members observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.


International Girls Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The International Girls Day was celebrated with five days state level programme organized by the SSA Rajya Mission at Dera Natung Govt College here from January 8 last. More than 298 students from sixteen districts took part in the programme. Various events including games and sports, cultural and literary competitions were organized and Changlang district emerged the overall champion.

Addressing the valedictory function, Parliamentary secretary, Education, Bamang Felix advised the students to expose their hidden talent in right way and stand firm in their resolve to achieve the goal in life. He also lauded the students of Changlang for making the district overall champion in various competitions.  

Education secretary R K Mishra in his address urged upon the students to strive hard to achieve success in various competitions in life. He also exhorted the students to maintain health and hygiene.

Earlier at the inaugural function, SSA Rajya Mission state project director Opak Gao advised the students to participate in various events with a sense of competition.

Earlier, P K Lombi (SPO) SSA Rajya Mission  highlighted the  aims and objective of International Girl’s day celebration.


1st ever Pre-Myoko Football Tournament kicked-off

Naharlagun, Jan 13: The 1st ever Pre-Myoko Football Tournament was kicked-off here today at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. In the inaugural match, Miichi United FC (MUFC) drew 1-1 with Diti Latii FC (DLFC) in a tightly contested match. DLFC took the lead through a brilliant individual goal by Millo Tarung in the 27th minute. However, MUFC came back strong and leveled the score through a well taken spot kick by Koj Tajang in the 37th minute after that neither of teams could add any goals thus match ended in a draw.

In the second match of the inaugural day Itanagar FC (IFC) defeated Apatani Students Union Capital Complex Itanagar-XI (ASUCCI-XI) by two goals to nil (2-0).

Earlier, Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda, attended the match as the chief guest. In his brief speech, he urged the players to show their best and to maintain discipline.

The tournament is being played as a part of Myoko festival celebration which is one of the major festivals of the Apatani community celebrated in the month of March every year. A total of eight teams are taking part in the tournament. The final will be played on 18th of this month.


News Impact

Indian Railways blatant insensitivity on display

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Displaying utter insensitivity towards tribal people of Arunachal, the Indian Railways has put up signboard in Assamese language at Naharlagun railway station. It seems railway authorities have not learnt any lesson from last year’s mess. The Naharlagun-Dekargaon (Assam) train service was stopped in May last year after civil society groups demanded immediate suspension of train service alleging that illegal migrant used the railways to gain entry into the state.

The Indian Railways has been planning to restart the train service to Naharlagun from February this year.

However, if they remain insensitive towards indigenous people, it would be naive of them to expect support from the local people. Already, people look at railway service with suspicion as large sections of Arunachalee society believes that train service has been started in order to end the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system. It was due to this belief and also the fear of large scale illegal migration to the state which had caused massive sentiment against train service.



Hundreds join rally, resignation demand grows louder

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The demand for resignation of APPSC Chairman Dr. Ligu Tacho and Member Mamang Dai grew louder as the hundreds of supporters joined the protest rally organized by Consultative Community (CC) today. The supporters joined the protesting aspirants in the procession holding placards, posters and banners.

The procession was led by Dr. Nani Bath, Biru Nasi, Patey Tayum and Mepe Ete, the volunteers who are on fast unto death, along with senior Journalist Bengia Agung, BJP state unit media cell in charge Jarpum Gamlin. It started from the Tennis Court IG Park up to the Commission office where they gathered and raised slogans against the Commission demanding immediate fulfillment of their demands. The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has also joined the procession led by its Chairman Kamen Ringu.

Sticking to its earlier demands like resignation of Chairman and the Member on moral ground, Presidential reference on the issue, copy of magisterial inquiry report, the Consultative Committee today made fresh demands including forming of Reform Committee headed by a retired IAS officer and relaxation of age limits by two years. The APPSC secretary Ashok Kumar received the representation from the Consultative Committee; however no concrete assurance was given to the aspirants.

Meanwhile, Research Scholars from Rajiv Gandhi University Rono Hills under the aegis of RGU Research Scholar Forum has extended its solidarity with the Consultative Committee and the volunteers who are on indefinite hunger strike. Research scholars Tayuk Sonam, Taba Biroy, Techi Sissal and Man Norbu have declared 24 hunger strikes and joined with the ongoing team.

The standoff between the agitating aspirants appears to be brewing more, as the government issued fresh statement wherein APPSC secretary Ashok Kumar informed that the examination of all the papers of APPSCCE (Main) would be conducted from March 14 2015. The fresh statement is firmer than earlier statement as it deleted the word, ‘tentatively’.



State Health Vision document unveiled

Tacho urges doctors, officers to play pro-active role

ITANAGAR, January 13: State health department today presented State Health vision document 2030 and reviewed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme (APCMUHIS) and National Health Mission (NHM) at Banquet hall here.

Health and family Welfare Minister, Rajesh Tacho, while addressing senior officers of health department said it is the responsibility of every citizen of the state to lift the state to the higher level of development. Our doctors should also give their share of role in making the state more prosperous and lively with their knowledge and service to the people as every officers work counts in the overall development of the state.

Showering praise on the officers of the department for their dedicated service to the people of the state, he invited them to cooperate and support all the schemes including Arunachal Pradesh Universal Health Insurance Scheme, a dream scheme of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki so that health facilities are delivered at the door steps of the people.

Speaking on supply of spurious and expired medicines to hospitals, he advised all the DMOs and other officers to properly check the quality and expiry date of the medicines supplied in their offices so that poor patients do not suffer after consuming it.

Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Indra Mallo, said we need to re-dedicate ourselves with more sincerity and hard work to make the department more vibrant. She informed that with coming up of separate Directorate of Family Welfare, the programme implementation schemes of NHM shall be routed to the Director Family Welfare.

As per the new procurement policy on medicine, the ratio of 80:20 for State and the districts shall be maintained. All procurement shall have to be made in time and brought to the designated places and the expiry date should have one to two years period. Funds for implementation of all schemes shall be routed through the treasury, making it more time taking. She drew the attention of the officers that there is need to obtain prior sanction orders from the competent authority well in advance while implementing schemes.

APCMUHIS has to be activated in all the district hospitals beside the State Hospital Naharlagun and General Hospital Pasighat which have already activated the scheme so as to  give benefit to all those who have registered in the scheme.

Director, Health Services, Dr. Kartik Nishing, while presenting the state health vision document 2030 giving a brief highlight of the document, termed it as an exhaustive state health vision document covering all aspects of health issues for Arunachal Pradesh. It reflected the present status of health scenario of the state and made an attempt to set a target for 2030 based on the assessments of the present health scenario. It can also be used as data base for the department for all purposes including diseases, manpower, and infrastructures set up etc, he added.

Nodal Officer, APCHUHIS, Dr. Pritam, informed that out of 46 hospitals including 15 state hospitals empanelled with state Govt. under APCUHIS, 19 hospitals are active, while 5 hospitals are waiting installation of software. As on Jan 8th 2015 out of 711 claims, 202 have been settled where Rs.17000000 has been disbursed to the claimants, which amounts to success rate of 28 percent. He further informed that revolving fund for all government hospitals has been released except for Khonsa and Longding.

Nodal Officer, National Health Mission, Dr. D Padung, presenting the activities of NHM also presented the achievements in various schemes of NHM for the period up to December 2014.

Director, Family Welfare, Dr. Gyati Tatu said the remote and hard areas including some pockets in Kurung Kumey, Lohit, Anjaw and Changlang districts are the high risk areas for immunizations, where there is communication difficulties need special attention.

Jt. Director, Family Welfare, Emi Rumi proposed for a separate vision documents and strategies for every year and every five year for the department so that the vision document 2030 is properly implemented.

Project Director, APSACS, Dr. B K Rina, informed that since the detection of first AIDS from Anini in 1998, the AIDS cases have risen to 246. Out of these, 164 are registered in RCTCs and while 140 of them are taking care under support of the govt.

Director, Medical Education, informed that 2 ANM schools at Naharlagun and Tawang are being proposed. Informing that the directorate has been conducting short and long term trainings for the officials of the department, the director requested the DMOs to nominate officials for training.

Dr. B V S Murthy, Jt. Director, Health Services, State Epidemiologist, Dr. Lobsang Jampa, Joint Directors, Dy. Director, District Medical Officers, DRCHOs, Medical Superintendents, State programme officer, also took part in the discussion. DIPR



4-lane road between Banderdewa-Itanagar only after DPR is sanctioned’

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The four laning of the road between Banderdewa -Itanagar could be started only after Detailed Project Report (DPR) along with compensation estimate is sanctioned, which is pending at Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, New Delhi, informed the Chief Engineer, Highway (WZ) PWD in a release.

“The DPR for four laning of the road is pending for sanction by Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, New Delhi and the construction work could be started only when DPR along with compensation estimate is sanctioned,” said the release issued by Hage Appa, Chief Engineer, Highway (WZ), PWD.

He informed that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway had agreed in principle to initiate DPR for widening the existing two-lane road to 4-lane dual carriage way configuration of Itanagar to Banderdewa section of NH-52A from km 0.00 to 31.50 km. The State government is under constant persuasion with Centre for sanctioning of the DPR, he informed. He further informed that the DPR was prepared and submitted to Regional Officer, MORT&H on dated February 10, 2014, who has further recommended it to the authority of Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, New Delhi dated February 19, 2014. The Project is being processed under EPC mode and there is also pre-condition to make land available free from encumbrances and forest clearance as per guidelines of MORT&H, he said.  

“To make land available, the compensation estimate along with utility shifting submitted by line Department has been further forwarded to representative of MORT&H, SE cum Regional Officer Itanagar, who has further submitted it to the Chief Engineer (NER), New Delhi with few observation, which has been clarified vide No. CEAP(HW)/WZ/W-16/1-B/2014-15/1916-20 Dtd 15th December, 2014 addressed to Chief Engineer (NER) MORT&H, the release added.



Students should be taught about dignity of labour :DC

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom called upon the parents and teachers to inculcate the values of dignity of labour among students.

Attending the 152nd birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda at VKV Kuporijo, the Deputy Commissioner dwelt at length on Swamiji’s most often cited one idea thought and advised the students to follow it throughout the life.

He stated words are not enough to explain the contribution of RK Mission and VKVs to the society. He advised the parents to create an environment at home that is conducive for study of their children.

The DC also called upon everyone to participate in “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign.

Later, he distributed prizes to the winners of literary competitions and Science Congress.

Colourful cultural programmes by the students and drama on women empowerment were the main highlights of the day-long programme.

The function was attended by parents, well wishers and former students.  



Art of Living hosts largest symphony of 5378 flautists for peace

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Art of Living hosted a historic symphony – Venunaad - in Nashik, bringing 5378 flautists together on one platform, to write a new chapter in the history of music.

The event, aimed at reinforcing the power of music to spread peace and happiness, was attended by 5 lakh people. Capturing the confluence of spirituality with music, the evening was a triumph of the brilliance of Indian classical music and a spectacular demonstration of this ancient legacy of India.

Inspired by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, the event saw the flautists perform under the guiding baton of renowned flautist, Pt. Ronu Mazumdar, while the revered exponent of the instrument, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri Sri said, “Music is a very important part of our life. A child learns language afterwards, but first learns to make sounds. Today, when there is tension, depression, and terrorism, it is time that we wake up and awaken the humanness that is deeply embedded within us.”

As a testimony to our multi-ethnic heritage and cultural vitality, flautists from all walks of life came together in this celebration of unity and harmony. These included artistes aged 5 -75 years of age.

The flautists perched on a mammoth 30,000 square feet stage enthralled the audiences with the soothing melodies, based on rag yaman.  The soulful evening got a special touch when the legendary maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sri Sri joined the musical celebration with their flutes during the concluding ceremony which ended with the symphony of ‘Vande Mataram.’

Venunaad is the latest in a symphony-series hosted by the Art of Living. The organization has always made sincere efforts to increase awareness about Indian classical music in India and around the world and to epitomize the universality and unifying power of music to spread the message of peace and harmony. Coming from different sections of society, artistes have performed together in previous concerts like: • Naadha Vaibhavam - 5,000 Carnatic musicians performing in unison in Chennai. • Antarnaad - 2,750 Hindustani classical vocalists in an enchanting spectacle in Pune. • Brahm Naad- 1,094 sitar artistes from across the country in New Delhi. • Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Art of Living - 3,500 musicians performing together for the first time in Bangalore.

The event was a part of Sri Sri’s two-day tour of Maharashtra, titled ‘Sounds of peace’.

On 11th January, Sri Sri led 3 million people worldwide with ‘Chants for Global Peace and Happiness' at MMRDA grounds, Mumbai.



Indian Army organizes blood donation camps

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The 56 Infantry Division of Indian Army organized a series of blood donation camps at Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur and Rayang (Ruksin) from January 12 and 15 as part of Army Day celebrations with the “Pride of Nation in War and Peace”. Over 275 volunteers donated blood during the camps. The camp at Rayang was organized under the aegis of Siang Brigade and about 145 units of blood were collected which will be shared among the Blood Banks of General Hospital, Pasighat, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar.

Prior to the start of the blood donation camp, a motivational cum awareness programme was conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society Deputy Director (Blood Safety cell) Dr. N.Budh highlighting the importance of blood donation. He appealed to the Indian Army to join the Health Department to tide over the scarcity of blood in the Blood Banks of hospitals in the state. He said that the Army can help the health sector in this direction as it has vast reserve of healthy jawans.

The technical support for the camp was extended by APSACS.

Earlier, the Army organized a medical camp at Nacho.



Public hue and cry over pre paid energy meter continues

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Public hue and cry over the new pre-paid energy meter system in Capital Complex is gaining momentum with every passing day.

Voicing their strong opposition to the new metering system, the residents of Ward No-16 (P-Sector) in a meeting convened by the Councilor of the ward unanimously adopted a resolution to not allow installation of pre-paid energy meters in their sector and continue with the existing traditional post-paid digital metering system.

While justifying their points of view and opinions, they said they were not well unaware about the new metering system and its technology. Further, the expressed apprehension over the cost efficiency of the new pre-paid metering system.

The meeting was attended representatives of Capital Electrical Division, Department of Power and general public.

Arunachal Agriculture-Horticulture Clinic Showroom Holder Welfare Association (AAHCSHWA) also opposed the pre-paid electricity meter system saying that the poor consumers will not be able to bear the high prepaid electricity charge.

Extending support to All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)’s demand for cancellation of the new metering system, the Association urged the Union to raise the issue with the Power Department.



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Right step

The government of India is working on launching three satellite TV channels for the northeast to promote the region's culture through local languages. As per the information relayed by Union MoS for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore the channels namely Arun Prava, Mamina and Asme will telecast northeast-specific programmes in local languages.

It is a right step taken by the government of India as this will help to integrate NE region with mainland India through digital technology. Television is a powerful source to disseminate information. One of the main reasons for racist attitude of mainland Indians towards NE people is due to lack of awareness about rich culture and tradition of the region. The three proposed channel has potential to bridge the gap between rest of India and NE region by showcasing North East to the rest of the India. Icing on the cake is that programmes will be aired in local languages.

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Arnab’s silence on Assam massacre

Dear Editor,

I am a lover of News Headlines specially the 9 Pm Debate by Arnab Goswami. It would not be wrong to say that he is the number one Journalist in India. He is my Hero, I love the way he interrupt the people without fear to make a point. But I don’t know why these days he is very much interested in Sunanda Phuskar Tharoor’s case. I am not saying that her case is not important but why his channels and specially Debate have not captured the recent Assam massacre where more than 70 Adivasis including children and woman were brutally murdered by Bodo militants. Is the life of Late Mrs. Tharoor more important than those Adivasis?  We all know the power of Media, we know that a week long Debate on his channel could surely make some huge differences in Assam but as far my knowledge, the issue was discussed only in one episode and at the same time what I see is that the case of Lt. Mrs Tharoor’s has been in debate for days.  

I was astonished when I come to know more clearly that he is from Guwahati (Assam). I don’t know whether  my words will reach him or not but what I want to say to him is that i want him to speak more boldly on issues of North Eastern states. Being the neighboring state of Assam, we also suffer when such Incidents take place.


Ige Dirch

A News Debate Lover





APPCS fiasco and re-conduct of exam

Dear Editor,

It is very saddening to witness the series of events happening lately. I am just shocked by the lack of interest shown by the government with regard to the APPCS Mains GS Paper II leakage. It’s been more than three months now but still there’s no sign of proper solution. An Enquiry committee was formed to investigate the matter, the report of which is still kept abeyance adding to the worries of the already aggrieved. The matter has become so much serious that the poor candidates are now into hunger strike! The government appears to be least bothered about this. Is this not their duty to maintain transparency in the recruitment process of the most esteemed public office of the state?  Is it not the Govt’s duty to take suo moto action against any of the malpractices happening in public office?  Is it not the Govt’s duty to re assure faith in the governance?  Bandhs, Dharnas, Protests are none other than a sign of failure on part of the government. It reflects the lack of good governance. Why is the Govt even waiting for the candidates to make such hue and cry? Is it not the Govt’s duty to do justice? Till when it will remain deaf and dumb to this issue?

I sincerely applaud the herculean step of taking 96 hours of hunger strike taken by Ms. Ujum for the cause. Instead of declaring bandh they opted for peaceful way. Ifact, this agitation is first of it’s kind in our state. But however I would like to state something here. With regard to the demand of removal of some of the members of the commission, I totally understand the reason behind it.  In fact it is the failure on part of the members of the commission that they could not maintain the dignity and decorum of the institution.  And many of the aspirants and others have stated that it is not the first time its happening but time and again this institution under the present commission has ended up with controversies. I don’t have much knowledge about it nor I have any proofs with regard to this, but i request those who have proofs to please come out and pursue legal recourse. I also request the Govt to refer the matter to Hon’ble president or constitute a committee to review the working of the present board since its institution. It’s high time that administrative reform takes place and more transparency is maintained in the institution.

Now what’s bothering us or at least me is the second demand!  I don’t know what’s the reason behind the silence of the remaining 500 aspirants but I would like to share mine.  Why re- conduct of whole exam? The leakage of GS Paper II is highly condemnable and the mental torture it has inflicted upon the aspirants who have toiled day and night, sold their belongings for coaching, left their jobs or atleast put their career in jeopardy cannot be put into words here.  With high hopes and aspiration we prepare ourselves to dedicate ourselves in public service but this hope has been badly shattered by the leakage of the said paper.  But is it justified to demand re-conduct of whole exam just on the presumption of possible leakage of the other papers as well? Many of the candidates have worked very hard and had done fairly in other papers. If at all the whole exam are re-conducted and due to some reasons these candidates could not do well or could not afford to dedicate much time for preparation or could not appear, who will repay for their huge loss? Will it be fair to take chances on their future? I understand and know there are several candidates who faced the same hurdles and who have done well in exam but still they support re-conduct of exam. It’s totally their choice. It’s good that they are willing to make sacrifice but will it be fair to force others to make sacrifice? There are many people infact who however noble it might be, cannot afford to sacrifice! I understand it’s a fight against corruption and for the future of the coming generation. The first demand does imply that but the second demand is concerned solely with the candidates. So it is very important to know the view of all the mains candidates. If each and every candidate or atleast majority thinks so then I probably have no say. I hate corruption as much as you do but re conduct of whole exam without proof of leakage of all the papers cannot possibly be the solution. Hence, I request the team to please reconsider it.  And the govt must wake up from its slumber and take stern action. I also request the authorities to grant an extra year of eligibility for all the mains aspirants for the loss of time due to these controversies. And lastly but not the least I request all the parents, siblings, friends also to support this agitation.


An Aggrieved Candidate






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