Yamuna Nagar, Jan 16: Arunachal weightlifting team today clinched 2 Golds and 4 Silvers
at the 10th National Youth (Sub-Junior Boys & Girls) Weightlifting Championships
being held at Railway Indoor Auditorium, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana.
Tang Devi won 3 Silver medal by lifting Snatch 46 Kg, Clean & Jerk 62 Kg and Total
of 108 Kg under 44 Kg girls weight category. Weightlifter Gungte Yangfo became the
National Youth Champion by clinching 2 Golds and 1 Silver Medal in the boys Under
50 Kg body weight category. He lifted 82 Kg in Snatch, 98 Kgs in Clean & Jerk and
total of 180 Kg.
Son of Kejik and Yadik Yangfo of Karsingsa under Papum-Pare, Gungte was ranked 4th
in the recently concluded Asian Youth Championship in Doha, Qatar.
A total of 192 participants and 40 technical officials are participating in the 10th
National Youth Weightlifting Championships which started today.
APDA apprise HM
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) called on the
Health Minister to appraise him on various issues pertaining to welfare of the service
doctors and the department.
After a patient hearing to the APDA delegates, he assured to take up the issues of
establishing the first medical college in the state, streamlining of the promotional
avenues of the serving doctors and appointment of regular Medical Superintendents
in General and District Hospitals as per the provision of APHS Rule 2000.
Governor seeks upgradation of DDK, AIR
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Governor of Arunachal has emphasized on up-gradation of Doordarshan
and Radio Stations in the State to reach out to the people in far-flung areas in
Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma said this during a meeting with the Minister of State
for Information & Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at New Delhi on Jan
16. During the meeting, he also stressed on improving the quality of the programme
and for more mobile TV vans in the state.
The Governor reiterated for Direct to Home (DTH) sets to the people in border areas
on the line that it was done in the past. He also suggested for setting up of more
Very Low Power Transmitters (VLPT) in less accessible places. PRO to Governor
Ban on narcotics and dendrite
Doimukh, Jan 16: The Doimukh Sub divisional Magistrate has banned the selling of
dendrite and other substances/drugs used as narcotic and illegal selling of IMFL
in gumties and tea stalls vide office order within Doimukh administrative jurisdiction.
In this connection a board of officers, PRI members , GBs, PIs have been constituted
in order to conduct checking of illegal marketing of IMFL and selling of substance
of abuse in open market and use of such substance in public places. Rigorous checking
in and around Doimukh Township especially along the length of Dikrong riverside and
Railway line will be carried out regularly. DIPRO
Accident claims one
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: A student died in a Tata Sumo vehicle accident near Pangin, East
Siang District this evening. The unfortunate incident happened when the vehicle reportedly
carrying ten women delegates of Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU), who were coming back
from Yingkiong, Upper Siang District skidded of the road near Pangin, informed sources.
The sources further informed that, two other students and driver of the vehicle are
seriously injured while rest escaped with minor injuries. The detailed report is
Chanda makes it to Mumbai
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Nangbia Chanda, popularly known as poping girl Chanda has qualified
for the Mumbai round of India's Got Talents.
Daughter of Nangbia Rima and Nangbia Tada, Chanda is a student of class 12, studying
in Women’s College Shillong and is a member of a famous Hip-hop dance crew of Arunachal
She is the winner of 7 to smoke all style dance category, Shillong and the only female
participant that represented the state in 18 degree dance competition organised by
Dept of Art and culture, Meghalaya.
Disaster management prog
ANINI, Jan, 16: A local NGO, Athupopo Social Foundation has conducted a day long
Disaster management awareness programme at Government Higher Secondary, Anini in
collaboration with District Administration.
Kabang Apum, CO briefed the importance and necessity about disaster preparedness
and how to response during natural calamities.
Resource persons Dr. Muchu Mihu and Jakam Laham highlighted the importance of first
aids and advised the students to keep a first aids box to be used during emergency.
Consumer awareness campaign held
BOMDILA, Jan 16: The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs organized
a consumer awareness camp at Santi Deva Vidyalaya at Bomdila recently.
LM&CA Assistant Controller Tasso Guro, highlighted in details about the importance
and salient features of Consumer Affairs including quality of commodities, consumer
rights and grievances redressal court.
Deputy Commissioner A.K. Singh briefed about Consumers court for redressal of grievances
and emphasized on the need to know about our duty as consumers.
He opined that involvement of large numbers of schools and business communities will
bring fruitful results of such programme.
School Teacher Prem Chetry and student Tenzin Dawa also spoke about consumer rights
and do’s and don’t of consumers.
Later, Deputy Commissioner, AK Singh, Abbot GRLM Ven. Thupten Khumpal and Buddhist
Cultural Preservation Society Secretary Dorjee Norbu, gave away the prizes to winners
of quiz, essay, drawing competition held earlier in the day. DIPRO
Geo Enpro donates under CSR activities
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) today got a shot in the
arm when the Geo Enpro Petroleum Limited that operates the Kharsang Oil Field in
Arunachal Pradesh donated a sum of Rs 25 lakhs under CSR activities. Chief Executive
Officer, Ajay Kumar Ray and Chief Financial Officer, Sandeep Khamesra of the company,
while calling on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning, handed over the cheque.
Expressing gratitude to the company on behalf of the people of the state, Tuki assured
that the amount would be judiciously utilized for the poor and needy as and when
Tuki, while citing that major portion of the CMRF is utilized for medical purposes
of the poor, directed that henceforth critical diseases like cancer, kidney failure,
etc that need high end and sophisticated treatment will only be considered for grant
of relief from the fund. He pointed that for treatment of other diseases and accidents
the State Government has launched the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance
Scheme and appealed the people to avail the same instead of applying for relief from
“CMRF is not only meant for treatment purposes but has to cover other unforeseen
calamities and disasters,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that recently, another petroleum giant, the Oil India Limited
had also donated Rs 25 lakhs to the state CMRF under CSR policy. (CMO)
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Under the initiative of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt.
of India and Arunachal Pradesh Energy development Agency (APEDA), Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh an “Energy Club” has been formed at Govt. Higher Secondary School Doimukh,
Papum Pare on Jan 16th. More than 100 students enrolled themselves as member of the
newly formed Energy club.
J. Mishra, Teacher-in charge of the Energy Club, said that the main objective of
the Energy Club is “To Create Awareness on Energy Conservation and efficient use
DDSE, Papum Pare, Tana Tagu Tara who inaugurated the Energy Club urged the students
to pass the message of Energy conservation and Efficient use of energy to their parents,
friends, relatives for mass participation.
Project Officer, APEDA, Papum Pare District Er. Hina Ajan Nabam was present on the
ALSDSU submits memo to DC
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The All Lower Subansiri District Student Union(ALSDSU) in a memorandum
to Deputy Commissioner today appealed him to start eviction drive against unauthorized
construction and illegal encroachment of Govt land throughout the district.
Expressing concern over the unauthorized construction of infrastructure/building
by private individuals in Govt properties in and around Ziro-Hapoli and other parts
of the district, the Union said that such kind of illegal activities not only destroy
the serene beauty of Ziro valley but also become obstacle in the way of development
Pointing out the acute shortage of teachers in various schools of the district, the
Union further urged the authorities to call back all the teachers who are attached
to DDSE office as BRC, CRC members, coordinator under SSA, RMSA etc in order to mitigate
teacher shortage problem at the earliest.
Claiming that it has received a number of complaints from NGOs and students regarding
dereliction of duties by the teacher community, the ALSDSU urged the administration
to take appropriate action against the irregular teachers. Absenteeism by the teachers
badly hampers the student community, it said.
State to prepare Arunachal Vision – 2030
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The State Cabinet which held its meeting today under the chairmanship
of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has decided to prepare Arunachal Vision - 2030 which
would detail medium and long term development vision for the state encompassing six
broad areas like enabling infrastructure, economic potential, social sectors, social
harmony, border development, resource mobilisation.
The preparation of Arunachal Vision 2030 would base on identifying challenges, setting
targets and working out a detailed development strategy. For this, three committees
would be constituted - the Cabinet Committee, the Committee of Secretaries and the
Committee of Experts. These committees will firm up framework and prepare draft vision
document within 6 months after consultations, field visits and also by seeking public
opinion at the village level, block level, district level and the state level. The
committees will also propose a comprehensive institutional mechanism to achieve the
targets assigned in the vision document. A dedicated website shall be hosted soon
for gathering comprehensive inputs from individuals, stakeholders, civil societies,
PRIs, Urban Local Bodies, academicians, experts etc. to make the Vision document
2030 more realistic, inclusive and practical. (Media Cell, CMO)
ABK (WW) and Police discuss drug addiction in ES
PASIGHAT, Jan 16: In a meeting with the women activists of Adi Bane Kebang of East
Siang on Thursday evening, the DIG Central Range L.H. Shanliana said that activists
could play a vital role to control drug addiction.
Shanliana praised the women force for their courage and spirit in fight against the
drug menace. There is a need to introspect and awareness is the only option to tackle
this problem, he said.
Earlier, the ABK Women Wing informed the DIG about activities regarding addiction.
They were particularly concerned for those who were vulnerable to alcoholism and
drug abuse. In their presentation, the members said that use of alcohol and narcotics
in youths was increasing alarmingly and responsible for social, physical and legal
problems in the district.
They also put forward their recommendations for checking the availability of drugs
and its eradication in the district. Couple of years back people were unaware of
drug dependence, but today drug addicts could be seen everywhere in huge numbers,
they said. The wing assured the DIG to continue to share evidence based information
to police authorities. The activists further said that sometimes police inactions
encourage the wrong doers.
We have a direct role in addressing crime in the society through collaborative partnerships
among government agencies, NGOs and various welfare associations to implement effective
public safety strategies, DIG said. Shanliana has revealed that the police department
is facing acute shortage of staff in the district but emphasis would be given on
people-friendly policing in coordination with all segments of the society. DIPRO.
State level prog on SAGY
CS calls for completion of base line survey by Jan 21
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: State Level Orientation Programme on Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
(SAGY) was held with participation of the members of empower committee and State
Heads of offices, District Coordinators and charge officers (GP) at Banquet Hall
Presiding over the meeting, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, who is also Chairman, State
Level Empower Committee of SAGY advised the Nodal Officer (Deputy Commissioners)
and the Charge Officers of the identified Gram Panchayat to strictly abide by guidelines
and time frame given for various activities. He said that SAGY is a scheme without
its own fund. The various schemes implemented by the central government as well as
state government has to be utilized by drawing a village level Development Plan through
conducting base line survey, he added.
“We have to keep in mind resource survey of the Gram Panchayats, their availabilities
like land, water, energy and capital resources, Social factors etc as available in
the identified villages and proper utilization of such resources to make the village
a model one and an example for others. Resource survey will make a village help to
develop itself.” The CS directed appointment of either District Planning Officer
or the Project Director (DRDA) as Charge Officers and complete base line survey by
21st January positively.
Speaking on the occasion, Tahang Taggu, Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj Department highlighted aims and objectives of conducting orientation programme
on SAGY at state level. He informed that State Level Empower Committee on SAGY has
been constituted and all Deputy Commissioners are appointed as District Coordinators.
He also directed all Deputy Commissioners to appoint a dedicated and experience officer
as charge officer of identified villages.
District coordinator, especially, the charge officer (GP) should have direct contact
and liaison with the Ministry and the State Nodal Agency for any matter related to
SAGY, he added.
The Secretary further informed that Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi has identified Meyu-II
Gram Panchayat, Lok Sabha MP and MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju identified Yigi Kaum
village and LS MP Ninong Ering has identified Taki Lalung village under SAGY.
Health Secretary Indira Mallo also requested to verify health matters while conducting
the survey so that benefits of CMs Health Insurance scheme be appropriately reach
to the village.
Dr. V.K Sharma, Deputy Director (SIRD)-cum-State Trainees (SAGY) made a power point
presentation on guidelines and discussed on issues pertaining to Arunachal Pradesh.
It was followed by documentary films on successful model villages.
The Charge Officer (GP) and District Planning Officer, Roing informed that Base Line
Survey of Meyu-II has been completed but could not upload as the Ministry has not
provided Log in ID so far. The charge Officer of Yigi Kaum also informed conducting
of awareness campaign.
Tarin Dakpe, Director-cum-State Nodal Officer (SAGY) sought co-operation from all
heads of departments in making the scheme a grand success.
Pakke Paga Festival begins
SEIJOSA, Jan 16: The maiden Pakke Paga Festival began here today at General Ground,
Seijosa in East Kameng.
The festival has been initiated primarily to popularize the role played by the local
Nyishi people in conserving hornbills in Pakke and surrounding areas. The festival
also seeks to focus on the importance of conservation of hornbills and wildlife in
the state as well as to create interest and awareness among urban Indians and foreign
visitors about the cultural and wildlife heritage of Arunachal Pradesh especially
of Pakke Tiger Reserve and its surrounding areas.
Paga means hornbill in the Nyishi language.
It is also to focus on the importance of conservation of hornbills and wildlife in
Arunachal Pradesh (the need to reduce hunting and logging and come up with policies
to provide alternative source of income).
Aparajita Dutta of Mysore-based Nature Conservation Foundation which has played a
pioneering role in conservation of hornbills in Pakke had earlier said "We hope that
through this festival there is increased pride and support for the conservation efforts
in and around Pakke tiger reserve"
Today the Boro Students Union, All Assam Students Union, and members of Nyishi Elite
Society appreciated the initiative to conserve the precious hornbills and to maintain
the brotherhood feelings with the neighbouring state.
Takum Nabam of the Ghora Abhe Society which is working with various organizations
to host the event appraised audiences and villagers how the concept of the festival
Today's inaugural programme also included war dance, play, screening of short films,
10 km race, local games and sports like segia ganam (arrow-shooting), local shot
put, stick wrestling, sight-seeing and drawing competition.
Addressing the gathering at the festival, PHED Minister Takam Pario said "Arunachal
Pradesh is blessed with abundant fauna and flora, wildlife and unique species which
needs to be globalised". Pario added that "we need to popularize our resources and
we should conserve by maintaining peace and brotherhood with Assam".
"Conservation and preservation of natural resources will also boost the economic
development of the state and will help the culture and traditions of the state grow
globally", he added. The festival will conclude on Sunday.
Management of Rural Sanitation and Personal Hygiene
AALO Jan 16: A workhop on “ Management of Rural Sanitation and Personal Hygiene
; Role of PRI” was organised at Darak yesterday by District Water and Sanitation
Mission/ PHED Divnsion, Aalo under Swachh Bharat Mission programme.
Chairing the workshop, Retd. ASP, Yido Boje appealed participants to avail benefit
from the workshop and asked PRI leaders to ensure proper sanitation at their respective
gram panchayat. He also urged PHED to organise more such awareness programmes in
the rural areas in coming days.
EE(PHED) cum Member Secretary, DWSC Er. Toney Ete said that implementation of Swachh
Bharat Mission program will success only when people at grassroot level accepts the
programme to change ones mind set and to adopt the programme and added that various
awareness programmes needs to be carried out not only by implementing agency but
also by PRIs, NGOs and student communities etc.
Consultant (Monitoring & Evaluation) Er. Rimo Taba highlighted the objectives and
details of Swachh Bharat Mission programme. While taking the example of Beye Gram
Panchayat under Aalo East being enlisted for Nirmal Gram Puraskar by concern Ministry
Govt. of India under Nirmal Gram Puraskar award’2013, he revealed that the Darak
circle with 4 Gram Panchayat being completed with Individual Household Latrines construction
during last year which deserves to win this prestigious award this year.
Regarding the implementation of the programme, he suggested to adopt the three phases
of implementation framework as emphasized in Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines.
Resource persons and CO E Borang appealed to the participants realize their own responsibility
towards sanitation and hygiene.
Dr. Dipu Lowang, MO, PHC Darak, Er. Goba Yomcha, AE Karken Nyorak, Consultant(HRD),
Bajo Ori, Consultant (W&S) also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Tuki & INC only option in Arunachal: Karbak
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Congress is the only party capable of delivering goods and services
to the people, said APYC president Nyamar Karbak, while addressing a day-long public
rally-cum awareness campaign at Liromoba on Thursday.
Karbak exhorted the people to have trust in the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki and APCC president Padi Richo for achieving over all development.
Hinting about the possibility of contesting the February 13 by-elections form the
seat if his candidature is approved by the party high command, he announced his commitment
to work for all sections of people of the constituency if elected.
The rally was organised by INTUC district unit.
Congress is the only option in Arunachal Pradesh, said INTUC secretary general Kenkar
Yomcha and asked the public to stay united.
District level training on biometric enrollment
PASIGHAT, Jan 16: Two days district level training on Biometric Enrollment (BME)
under National Population Register (NPR) concluded here today at the DC’s conference
hall. DC Nidhi Srivastava along with the Deputy Director, Census Operations, B Sohtun,
DSO (Stat) D Naksang and representatives of WEBX Guwahati trained the officials.
Chairing the training programme, DC Srivastava termed the Biometric Enrollment for
NPR to be carried out from Feb 5th onwards in the district as a historic one and
anyone involved in the exercise as the privileged ones.
Individuals will have to go to an enrollment center and register for the Unique Identification
(UID), while the NPR will carry out part of the enrollment of individuals through
door to door canvassing, she said.
In her deliberation, DD Sohtun explained the procedures and relationship between
UID, NPR, and National Security. She dealt at length on the various features of the
Biometric enrolment and hoped that all the stakeholders would actively participate
to make it a success. DIPRO
Roing, Bordumsa joins India Water Week 2015
ROING, Jan 16: A one day workshop on “Hamara Jal – Hamara Jeevan” was organized at
Multipurpose Cultural Hall, Roing as a part of celebration of India Water Week 2015
yesterday. The India Water Week 2015 is being celebrated in Lower Dibang Valley District
from 3th to 18th January 2015 with the theme, “Water Management for Sustainable Development”
by the Department of Water Resources.
Presiding over the workshop, Rakesh Tacho, Circle Officer shared his experience about
how people living in different parts of the country are facing acute shortage of
waters and how much pain they take to collect even a mug or bucket of potable water
for their daily needs. He cautioned that if we do not learn and start making judicious
use of water from now onwards, we may also put ourselves in the same situation in
near future. He exhorted the students to be the torch bearer in this effort and advised
them to think globally but to act locally.
Er Kago Rubo, Executive Engineer, WRD in his introductory speech informed that the
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government
of India is making an effort to raise awareness, conserve and use water resources
in an integrated manner. And this IWW-2015 is a platform to elicit ideas and opinions
from decision makers, politicians, researchers, Engineers, Agriculturists, Scientists,
students, teachers, Public leaders, NGO and entrepreneurs in the field of water resources.
Er Mure Linggi, EE (PHED & WS), Er S Wangpan, EE (TW & GW), Andeng Tayeng, ADO and
Payeng, HDO also shared their ideas on water conservation technologies. Er Onit Panyang,
AE, Water Resource Sub-Division Roing through power point presentation highlighted
about water management technologies.
Students from Govt Higher Secondary School, Divine Word School and Intaya Public
School, Roing also participated and were felicitated by the Water Resources Department,
Roing on the occasion. DIPRO
Meanwhile the workshop on “Hamara Jal Hamara Jeevan” was conducted at Bordumsa ADC
HQ under Changlang District today.
Er Maga Tasso, Assistant Engineer Water Resources Division Bordumsa, spoke on the
need for Water Conservation.
Er K.S Saini Superintending Engineer, Water Resources Circle, Namsai spoke on the
need for water conservation and controlling pollution in the state.
The chairman of the Workshop Tamo Riba ADC In - charge highlighted the water requirement
and its optimum utilization in the purest form and emphased more on harnessing ground
water for irrigation and drinking purpose.
Sille gets new school
RUKSIN, Jan 16: Parliamentary Secretary, Tatung Jamoh today opened a newly constructed
building at Govt Hr Secondary School, Sille in East Siang district.
The new building meant for additional classroom, Integrated Science Laboratory and
computer room was funded under Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RAMSA) in the fiscal
year 2011-12. The amount of fund for the building was Rs 61.14 lakh Jamoh, who was
addressing a ceremony in the school premise urged the School Management Committee
to take care of the assets and properties of the institution. He also requested the
teachers and students of the school to create “conducive” atmosphere of teaching
and learning in the premier institution.
Jamoh, who is a former student of the school has assured to give attention for its
infrastructure development and also urged the teaching staff to ensure good result
in the science stream, which is being started from this academic session.
Informing that Nabam Tuki led state government has reserved government job for the
talented sportspersons, MLA Jamoh suggested the young students to get involved in
various sports activities to avail the job opportunity.
Speaking on the occasion, Ruksin SDO, T Pada exhorted the young students to maintain
discipline. He also suggested them to give up evil practices such as consumption
of alcohol, narcotics and other harmful substances.
Sille-Oyan ZPM, Tajing Taki in his address requested the MLA for posting of adequate
senior teachers in the Govt HSS and keep close vigil on the problems faced by the
Taloh, DC visits remote village
AALO, Jan 16: Minister Education, Library, Textile, Handloom & Handicraft Tapang
Taloh visited remote Damda village yesterday along with Siang District Deputy Commissioner
Dr. N Lego, Superintendent of Police Doge Jini and all heads of offices of Siang
Responding to a public memorandum for construction of road from Damda to Yeksi and
construction of school building and teachers quarter, the Minister announced sanctioning
of road under RIDF fund. He urged the villagers to cooperate with the executing agency
for early completion of survey and alignment of road. He also asked the villagers
to identify a suitable land for construction of permanent school building and teachers’
quarter as the existing location is landslide prone. He assured the people to place
funds for construction of two teachers’ quarter and posting of teacher very soon.
While referring to signature campaign launched by groups of people
opposing Pangin as Siang District headquarter, he said that the selection of Pangin
as temporary headquarter and Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) as permanent headquarter was
a unanimous decision of the people based on feasibility in all fronts. He urged the
people not to
give heed to those vested interest groups which is detrimental for the development
of the areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. N Lego Deputy Commissioner, Siang District said that
in spite of having less govt employees, the district administration is functioning
normally. He said that nine administrative circles under the district will henceforth
function independently under the district administration. He appealed to the people
to cooperate with District Administration for speedy development of the district
headquarters. He also informed the gathering, the government clearance and allotment
of Head of Account to Siang District for placement of fund. I/CDIPRO
The decision of APPSCCE aspirant Ujum Perying to stage hunger strike demanding re-conduct
of mains exam along with resignation of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
chairman Dr Ligu Tacho and member Mamang Dai has finally yielded result. Even though
she could not continue her strike due to health concern, it inspired people like
Dr Nani Bath, Patey Tayum, Biru Nasi and Mepe Ete to go for fast unto death seeking
fulfillment of their demand. Because of their effort the commission has agreed to
conduct fresh mains exam in the month of May. Also both Dr Tacho and Mamang Dai have
recused themselves from the entire examination process.
The irate state Civil Service aspirants were forced to take up the drastic step after
terming the magisterial enquiry report on paper leakage issue inconclusive. The case
is currently being investigated by special investigation team of Arunachal police.
For the state like Arunachal where unions and associations often harasses public
by issuing bandh call while pressing for their demands, this peaceful method of fighting
for justice started by APPSCCE consultative committee members have revolutionized
the whole state. The consultative committee members have shown that without resorting
to violence and bandh call, one can fight for the justice and be victorious too.
They have inspired many Arunachalees with their courage and determination. Hopefully
this is beginning of new and a better Arunachal.
---- Readers Forum ----
Enlightenment through sensible public discourse
It seems politics of religion and cultural chauvinism has penetrated into Arunachal
Pradesh like never before. Recently, the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of
Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), while placing certain positive demands before National
Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), played into the hands of people who thrive
in politics of religious fanaticism and Ethnocentrism. IFCSAP demanded that no person
or community should be given double benefit of being a minority as well as a Scheduled
Tribe. IFCSAP, however, did not clarify to the people the legality involved and the
actual intent/objective of such demand. This has triggered off debates that have
only disturbed the peaceful environment of Arunachal.
To my knowledge, the law on Scheduled Tribes in India is wholly free from religious
shackles. As per the Constitution and ruling of the Supreme Court, even when a tribal
converts to Christianity, his/her status as Scheduled Tribe remains unchanged. This
extends to all cases of conversion into any religion including Hinduism or other
religious minority communities like Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism. On the other hand,
the law on Scheduled Caste is not free from religious identity and therefore, when
a Scheduled Caste converts to Islam and Christianity, s/he loses the Scheduled Caste
status conferred by the law. Therefore, the demand of IFCSAP for surrender of Scheduled
Tribe certificate against minority certificate is unconstitutional and legally untenable.
Besides, freedom of religion is a fundamental right of every citizen of India.
If we go by the argument of IFCSAP, the status of a Scheduled Tribe person practising
Donyi Poloism have to also be re-examined. Will Donyi Polosim practising community
not be a religious and linguistic minority outside Arunachal? If so, will it not
be unfair to demand that they either surrender their ST Certificates or give up their
religion? As per the Anti-Conversion Law of Arunachal passed in 1978, Buddhism is
one of the “Indigenous Faith” which the Law seeks to protect from conversion. As
per Government of India notification, Buddhists are a minority community. Therefore,
what should be the legal status of a person who is a Scheduled Tribe and a Buddhist?
By mixing up Scheduled Tribe status with religion, IFCSAP is only opening a Pandora’s
When there is constant debate within the legal discourse for progressive amendment
to law on religion, rights of minorities and fundamental rights of tribal people
of India, such unfounded demands and arguments are intellectually regressive. There
are many more ways through which indigenous faith and culture can be preserved and
promoted. Theaters, street plays, comics, literary works, evolving the doctrines
and structure/institutions of the indigenous faith, etc. Wrongful propaganda from
either sides is counterproductive to the intellectual growth of the society. Especially
when something as sacred and sensitive as religion is involved. Restraint and enlightenment
is the way forward. But we can't continue to be indifferent towards the issue since
silence sometimes is the greatest threat.
Roads are closed
If you've seen the condition of the road in ESS-Sector, you will know. Yes, that's
where I live. The road here is under construction. After so many years, we would
be watching this road build from our very own eyes and that's really a great thing
to us public. But you don't have the right to harass us! Our daily routine has been
disturbed by the construction. The road that links the places has been cut. It is
okay if they are working every day but they aren't and the people living here are
stuck. Common people are having so much trouble. Why? Because we were trapped here.
We all have to take a walk for travelling long distance. The students have to walk
down by the highway to catch their bus. Why? Because the roads are closed. The adults
having their own vehicle also have to walk and run to catch a bus or other means
of transport to head to their offices. Why? Because the roads are closed.
Closed for more than a month! I don't know why they have stopped working. Half of
the work is done and the rest has been left for more than a week. We all have been
hoping to see the construction start but they have left in such a state that no work
is being done. All of us would be glad if the work starts again and is done as soon
Before ending my topic, I'd like to ask a question. "Would the contractors and other
officers living out of this sector supporting this long term construction take responsibility
if an emergency arises and there is no way to go. Give a thought on that. I'm sure
no one would want to have that kind of situation.
An Aggrieved Student
Our perishing languages
Leaping out of AP , conversing in Hindi becomes my full-on hurdle. Consequently,
paves the way for germination of English language in my life. And my Punjabi friends
asks , "Do you speak English in your country or your language?"
" We speak Nyishi Language" , I eluded. Damn! Where is this thing coming from? I
interrogated my subconscious. Reprieve from shamefaced about my spoken Hindi.
And sort of translation question like Love you, Hate you, rice etc in Nyishi .
"Ajing nge", an Arunachalee voice from distant opposite direction in the midst of
semi-colloquy with Punjabi friends startled me.
Twisted my eluding-lying head to the direction of sound , I turned banana skin when
my mind interpreted the boy marching towards me as Galo , Hindi as our medium of
chit-chat. How proudly I distributed false fact of knowing Hindi "thoda thoda" a
"Adios", I cried at top speed, waved and ended our semi-colloquy heading to my Arunachalee
friend escaping deadly mortification. If he comes, we speak in Hindi and I will be
caught red-handed, my mind calculated.
And then after years I breathe the air of Arunachal after Flying miles, traversing
numerous areas ,covering long-haul distances. Stretching myself to overcome the jet
lag thing the next day I step out to have a grandstand endemic view of my Home ;
I hear my neighbourhood kids conversing in Hindi with their mother. Darn it! Where
Irritated by the attitude I pleaded, “Aunty, at least not in Hindi with your kids"
Couples in park conversing in sour Hindi accent, players in ground screaming in Hindi,
local shopkeepers handling business in Hindi , friends arguing in Hindi and the most
agonizing part is “Hindi as a medium of communication among Family members." Even
though I am consciously aware that they are helpless, it hurts witnessing our fate.
Considering the present scenario in the modern day Arunachal , language of all tribes
are on their way to Abotani's present world. I am not a mathematician but I do know
, extinction deadline wouldn't exceed 20 years!
An appeal to Hindi Speaking Parents: Teach your kids not ruin! Education Minister
look into the matter, mould a policy and save ailing Arunachal.
Not politically motivated or of hatred against Hindi speaking but concerned about
extinction of our kind.
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