January 19

Medal winners felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Arunachal Karate Association has felicitated the medal winners in the 60th National School Game held recently at Indore, Madhya Pradesh in a simple function at Karate Club, Naharlagun today. The felicitation program was organized to encourage the medal winning Karate team.

The felicitated medalist are: - Minam Tekseng, gold, under 17 girls, below 56 kg, Nikam Sonoliyang, gold, under 19 boys, below 65 kg, Johny Mangkhiya, silver, under 19 girls, above 60 kg, Kambung Wangsa, silver, under 19 girls, below 44 kg, Neta Menjo, bronze, under 19 boys, below 45 kg, Yarda Tadap, bronze, under 17 boys, below 45 kg, Gyamar Mach, bronze, under 19 girls, below 52 kg,

Official members who led the team for the 60th National School Game, are: Tagin Tachu, Chief de Mission, Chuku Saha, Team Manager, boys, Tadar Eba, Team Coach, boys, Biku Sarita, Team Manager, girls and Gampi Taku, Team Coach, girls.

AKA President Sensei Likha Tara, AKA General Secretary L. Marik, AOA General Secretary G. Doke, Weight Lifting  Association General Secretary Daniel Teli and Tara Tagin, Taekwon-do Association General Secretary were present for the occasion.


Road accident claims one

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: One Tarh Yate, a resident of Naharlagun was crushed to death when she came under the back tyre of a truck this morning at Jully road, Papum Hapa. The incident occurred around 9 am in the morning. According to police source, she was pillion riding in a scooty at the time of the incident.

When contacted Naharlagun police station officer in charge K Pait informed that a case has been registered in this regard and driver of the truck has been arrested.


Tamla-du Festival

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: A preparatory meeting has been organised by CALSOM to constitute a new Tamla-du Festival celebration committee to celebrate the upcoming festival in a befitting manner at Tezu.

The meeting was chaired by MLA 44th Tezu-Sunpura (ST) Assembly cum patron CALSOM Dr. Mohesh Chai. After threadbare discussion, the house unanimously decided to bring some variation into the Tamla-du celebration. While the rituals will be performed as usual, the cultural programmes, traditional games competition, and local food stalls etc will be organised in the jubilee ground from 12-15 Jan.


ZPM appeals for resumption of air service

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Zilla Parishad Member, Tayom Mothu in a letter to the concerned authority, has appealed for resumption of helicopter Service to Daporijo.

The ZPM said that the people of the area are facing lots of difficulties due to suspension of helicopter service to Daporijo.

He further said that, the District Deputy Commissioner has already given ground clearance report to the Department of Civil Aviation for resumption of helicopter service.


Two houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Two houses including properties were gutted down in a fire accident at Sangrik Happa Colony, Chimpu today.

Meanwhile, Itanagar Municipal Council, Ward No-1 Councillor Biri Tugdo appealed to the state government and local MLA to provide relief materials to the fire victims.


DA for model Anganwadi centres

SEPPA, Jan 18: The East Kameng administration has decided to come up with Model Anganwadi Centres in ICDS Project Seppa in the district. Brainchild of ADC Seppa, Pooja Jain,   ten Anganwadi Centers in and around  Seppa township have been selected   to be Model Anganwadi Centres.  She also said that Drop Boxes will be kept at various locations in Seppa where in general public and officials can drop old toys, childrens books for Anganwadi Children. She appealed to the denizens of East Kameng to come forward and contribute to development of the future generation.

Listening to the call of the administration, Siddhartha Welfare and Charitable Society (SWCS), Seppa   donated toys, charts, colours, swing, cycle, balls for children of Anganwadi Centres today. The event was organised at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner.  

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh,  thanked the society for its contribution. He appreciated the initiative of model Anganwadi Centre. He briefed the gathering about significance of Anganwadi Centre and its importance in socio-psychological development of children. He asked ICDS field staffs to invite parents to Anganwadi Centres and make them part of AWC initiative. Ibom Koyu , CDPO ICDS Project Seppa said her office will provide Drop Boxes, where people can donate reusable items that can be used in AnganwadiCentres.

President of the Society Nang Chombey briefed about the working of the society and said they will continue to support the noble cause in the future.


Third State Level Teacher Eligibility Test held

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The third State Level Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) has been conducted by the Directorate of Elementary Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh at four different centers of Itanagar, namely, DNG College, Govt HSS, Arunodaya HSS and Kingcup Public School today. 85 per cent of the total 3103 registered candidates took part in the test which ended peacefully under the strict supervision of APTET director along with Magistrate, Observer, Centre Superintendant and police personnel.

The Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (APTET) rules 2012 came into force from 15th March 2012. First and second TET had already been conducted successfully in the year 2012 and 2013 respectively and majority of the qualified candidates were absorbed in SSA-RTE, according to an official release.


APTOA team attends SAATO convention

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association team led by its President John Panye attended Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operators  (SAATO) Convention themed ‘Joining Hands Regionally and Promoting North East Tourism Globally’ at Namchi, South Sikkim recently.

During the visit, the APTOA team had interacted with members of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, South Sikkim Tourism Development Society, Sikkim Tourism Development Board, Nepal Tourism Board, Bhutan Tour Operators etc and also met NEC Member MP Benbaruah and highlighted tourism potentials of Arunachal Pradesh and also discussed various issues relating to development of tourism sector in the state.


Donation to Mother’s home

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 18: Mother’s Home in Lekhi Village received a pleasant surprise today with the visit of members of the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS), followed by another visit from NERIST faculty members Raju Barthakur and Ajay Dharma.

The IBCS and NERIST faculty members donated ration and household items for the home and lauded the volunteers for their charitable work in helping the destitute inmates. They also assured to provide assistance in the future and urged citizens to contribute towards the development of the home.


Vehicle parking place demarcated

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Informing that the district administration, police and Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CC&I) Ziro unit recently demarcated one side of the road for vehicle parking in Hapoli township in Lower Subansiri district, the CC&C requested the vehicle owners/ drivers to park their vehicles in demarcated parking lot for  public safety  and security. This has been done as per motor vehicles Act, 1959. Violators of the order will face penalty as per the law.


Police nabs one extortionist

PASIGHAT, Jan 18: In a major breakthrough, Sille-Oyan Police yesterday arrested one extortionist  from Kemi Mukh who was involved in serving extortion demand through mobile under Ruksin subdivision, according to an information from East Siang SP Devendar Arya.

The arrested person has been identified as Odang Boro of Udalguri (Assam) and the Police team recovered one identity card (As carpenter) from the accused, issued by Assam Rifle, Khonsa.

Based on intelligence inputs and support of local people, Officer-in-Charge M Bori along with A Jamoh (ASI), DK Pait (ASI) and other staff from Sille-Oyan police station launched a massive search operation in Jampani/Kemi Mukh and Oyan Charali areas and finally nabbed the culprit within 48 hours.

Thorough investigation is going on and police has registered a case in this regard. The arrested Odang has also confessed his involvement in serving extortion demand through mobile phone and he has been remanded to police custody for further interrogation.

OC Bori informed that, on January 13 last, one Oling Gao of Sika-Bameng area had lodged a complaint that he had received an extortion call from an unknown person who demanded a sum of Rs five lakhs cash and threatened to kidnap him if he failed to pay the sum.

Meanwhile, SP Arya has appreciated the police team for prompt action led by Officer-in-Charge Bori and the local people for early arrest of the culprit. DIPRO


News Impact

Poachers kill wild elephants in Mebo jungle

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

MEBO, Jan 18: At a time when the Eco-Development Committee (EDC) of East Siang with the wildlife department are taking efforts for mass awareness on conservation of wildlife and natural resources, poachers killed a couple of wild elephant besides capturing a baby elephant near Siluk village under Pasighat Forest division.

The decomposed body of two fully grown elephants was found on Saturday by a team of EDC members of Mebo area, who have been associated with the forest department for protection of wildlife in the area.

The EDC members, following a tip off from local villagers, searched for the elephant carcasses in the deep natural forest near Siluk village and recovered two decomposed bodies in close stretch aside Ngopok-Siluk PWD road. The EDC members, observing the broken skull of the slain elephants, suspected that elephants were killed by the hunters for the tusks.

The local people of Mebo said that herd of elephants from Poba Reserve Forest and Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary often arrives at Siluk area during December every year. According to them, there may be more elephant carcasses inside the dense jungle of the area. The villagers, who do not wish to be named, say that a number of tuskers that entered in the area were killed by the poachers during the last few years. The villagers doubt presence of a wild organelle trader and elephant illegal catcher in the area.

The recent incidents of unabated killing and catching of wild pachyderms in Mebo jungles has created strong concern among the members of State Wildlife Board (SWB) and EDC. They have criticized the territorial forest department for its alleged ‘inactive role’ in protection of the wildlife and other forest resources in the area. “The forest department officials in the district are quite indifferent towards protection of the wild beast in the reserve forests and adjacent natural forests. Though there is a CCF office at Pasighat and sufficient manpower in the department, yet the department miserably fails to protect wild lives and other forest wealth of the area. I fervently appeal to the higher ups of the state forest authority to depute Wildlife Crime Bureau officials for investigation of the wildlife crimes registered under the division’, said SWB member John Apum.

Apum, who is also a member of Arunachal State Biodiversity Board, urged the forest authority for posting of officials of Tiger Protection Force for guarding strayed tigers in the area.



10th National Youth weightlifting championship

Lalu Taku wins 3 gold as medal tally reach 18 for Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The medal haul by the Arunachalee weightlifters at 10th National Youth weightlifting championship, Yamuma Nagar, Haryana has further increased to 18  with current Asian Youth Champion Lalu Taku winning 3 Gold medals for Arunachal Pradesh in 69 kg weight category.

He lifted Snatch of 110 Kg, Clean & Jerk 140 Kg and Total of 250 Kg.

With Taku’s winning performance, the medal tally has reached 18 with 8 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze.

In 50kg boys category, Gungte Yangfo has won two golds and one silver.  

In  56 Kg boys, Jimjang Deru has captured 3 gold. In the same category, Dambi Umpe  won three bronze medals.

Yukar Tachak has won three silvers medals in 62 KG boy while in 69 KG boys category Lalu taku has clinched three gold.

While, in 44 Kg Girls, Tang Devi won three silver medals, according to Daniel Teli, General Secretary, Arunachal Weightlifting Association.



Saddled Government schools and teachers look for tangible state and public support

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: With the opening of the large number of private schools in Arunachal Pradesh, many thought that government schools will lose its significance. However, the government schools especially those located in interior areas still continue to attract large number of students belonging to the poor economic background. Government schools including those funded under SSA, RMSA, etc are giving quality education to the students despite all the obstacles.

Despite contributing to the development of education sector, still government schools especially those run by SSA are vilified by the people of Arunachal.  In fact SSA teachers are often blamed, for the poor education scenario for no fault of theirs. In spite of dedicatedly performing their duties, often they get ridiculed by the members of the society.

“I started working under SSA from the year 2006.  I am still posted at interior place and am contributing my bit for the society. However, sometimes we are discriminated just because we are not regular teacher. That time we feel extremely sad and get disheartened. To make matter worse we don’t get salary on time,” shared an SSA teacher.

In the 80s and early 90s when literacy rate of Arunachal was still quite low, many non-APST teachers from various parts of country joined education department in order to help Arunachalee children get proper education.

“20 years ago, I came to the Arunachal to find job but after joining education department and working closely with the tribal children, I fell in love with this state. At that time, situation was tough and despite difficult condition, I saw so much enthusiasm among children to get education. Local people inspired us,” shared B Prasad, a native of Agra who currently teaches Hindi at govt. middle school, Poma.

He further added, “I have worked for 9 years at remote Damin village under Kurung Kumey district. There was so much of enthusiasm among children and parents. Today some of my students have become doctors, engineers and some successful businessman.  It feels great to see young children, who got education in government schools, are doing so well in their life.”

However there are some teachers who believe that with the change of  time, the government schools also need to uplift themselves. “No doubt things are better now in compare to the past. But still government school lacks in many areas while compared with privately funded schools. There is urgent need for image makeover. Due to the bad image about govt. schools, many parents prefer to get their children educated from private schools,” told a teacher on condition of anonymity. Further he added that misuse of fund along with political interference in transfer and posting of teachers are  some of the major reasons for pathetic condition of govt. schools.

“Unless and until political interference ends, we can never achieve the dream of good education system. Sometimes even better performing teachers become victim of politicians, as they get transferred out from their school, so that those loyal to the local MLAs can take their seat,” he continued.

There is no doubt that despite flooding of private schools, still large number of children especially those hailing from poor background look upto government schools to get education. For them, government schools still continue to be the place where they hope to weave a dream for better future. The onus lies on education department to ensure that those small dreams don’t die a cruel death.



DA organise mass social service-cum-cleanliness drive

KHONSA, Jan 18: As part of National wide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2 last, a mass social service-cum-cleanliness drive was conducted as second Phase by the District Administration in collaboration with the Department of Urban Development & Housing, Tirap and under “SHRAMDAN” Khonsa Bazar welfare Committee here today.

The first Phase of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was conducted on 29th Novenber, 2014, where in the DC joining hands with ADC flagged off the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Khonsa Town.

All shop owners including Bazar welfare Committee, Deputy Director(UD) with its officers AUPO,UPO and all sanitary staffs participated actively in social service-cum- cleanliness drive at Khonsa here today.

Later Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi spoke on importance of cleanliness and to keep our surroundings neat and clean and thanks all participates. He also emphasized to conduct such mass cleanliness drive at least once in a month at Khonsa in phase wise (DIPRO)



Onyok Tamuk dies at 65

PASIGHAT, Jan 18: Renowned Social Worker and longest serving President of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) Onyok Tamuk has passed away this morning at about 9.45 am at General Hospital, Pasighat.

Born in 1951 in Pangin, Lt. Onyok was the eldest son of Lt. Oyi Tamuk  and Lt. Oyon Moyong Tamuk.  He dedicatedly served the people for continuous fourteen years as President of PMA and worked for all-round development of market areas.

He served the people as a Gram-Chairperson, President of Bogong Banggo Kebang (BBK) among others.

Meanwhile, the Pasighat market remained shut today as a mark of respect to the departed leader. His last right will be performed on Monday at Pasighat.

Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, MLA Olom Panyang, Ex-MLA Dr. T Tapak, Oshong Ering (Retired IAS) and many prominent personalities and senior members of the society and public visited Lt Onyok’s house today and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Tapang Taloh, MP Ninong Ering, MLAs Tatung Jamoh, Kaling Moyong, Kento Rina, Olom Panyang, former Education Minister Bosiram Siram, DC Nidhi Srivastava, ZPC Kaling Dai and Chief Councilor (PMC) Denong Tamuk mourned the untimely demise of Tamuk.

In their messages, the dignitaries said, “We are deeply shocked to hear the sudden and untimely demise of Onyok Tamuk. The people of Pasighat have lost an active member who was also closely associated with various social activities and worked selflessly till his last days.”.

Adi Bane Kebang, Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Bogong Bango Kebang have mourned Tamuk’s death. DIPRO



Huge cache of arms along Assam-Arunachal boundary recovered

TEZPUR, Jan 18: A huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from forest area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border by a joint team of Army, Assam Police and NIA.

"In a joint operation, troops of Red Horns Division along with Assam Police and NIA team recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from forests on the border of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh in Sonitpur District on January 17," a Defence spokesperson said in a statement today.

Based on inputs from intelligence agencies, the arms and ammunition were recovered from a hideout, he added.  "The recoveries include two AK-56, one HK 5.56 rifle, one pistol and two grenades along with large quantity of different types of ammunition," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Biswanath Chariali police district SP Manobendra Devroy said it was big success to security forces.

"The apprehended militant Buhume, who was arrested three days ago, guided the forces to find out the place where the arms and ammunition were stored," he added.

He said the arms and ammunition were suspected to be stored by the terrorists of NDFB(S) for the serial attacks by the group in Lower Assam last month.  PTI



GRK-A non- political association par excellence

[ Tenzin Metoh ]

At a time when Arunachal is reeling under high corruption, Government apathy, demand for suspension of government officials and accusations and counter accusations between organisations, here’s a story for a change which is a  welcome breather indeed. While the woods are lovely, dark and deep and all lazy government officials asleep, here are a handful of neo government officials of Soi and Gori (Basar), with a vision and a mission.

They have taken it upon themselves to come together and synergise their energy, knowledge and experience towards change in the society and help in gainful employment of the unemployed rather than wait for government aid and intervention. They work under the banner Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK). It was set on 5th December’2012 and their current area of focus is their hometown of Soi and Gori (Basar), but they are hopeful that it would eventually spread to all the other districts of Arunachal. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did given the rapid progress it has made in such a short span of time.

These Government Officials make use of their holidays and get together to put their thoughts into practise. So far they have constructed many low cost eco friendly toilets, drains along with venue plantations and about 5000 fingerlings have been distributed(something that most depend on for  livelihood) and conducted AIDS awareness and counselling programmes and most recently the Gori football tournament.

These officials believe, in the collaboration of Positive minds for social growth. They try and touch all aspects affecting a citizen. From inducing behavioural change, discipline, better education (counselling, incentivising performance, support tuition, facilitate library), economic and combined growth, sports promotion (talent search, coaching, logistic support), social reforms (discourage distinction on family clan basis, do away with excessive and irrelevant taboos and other social malice), promote tourism, among others. They especially focus on the youths and teach the ethics of hard work and dedication, respecting elders, young ones and outsiders alike.

They seek each ones participation, which I think they have achieved. From Young to old and from a Politician, Chief Engineer to a farmer, everyone can be seen enthusiastically participating in the vision of these government officials. Looking at these people, it’s evident that all that these people needed was a bit of support and guidance contrary to the often held excuse that people in Arunachal had neither the ethics nor the will to change their lifestyle.

Go to Basar, not a single piglet would be seen wondering about freely in Soi and Gori land. It has become open defecation free and clean environment is the order of the day. One of their aims was to make Basar a tourist spot and I can already see that happening soon.  (The contributor is a State Consultant with PHED, Govt of Arunachal)



MUFC lifts 1st Pre-Myoko Football Trophy

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 18: Miichi United FC (MUFC) emerged champions of the Myoko Football Tournament-2015 after defeating Diti Latii FC (DLFC) 2-1 in a very tightly contested final played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today. It was MUFC who scored  in just 2nd minute of the match through a superbly taken free kick by Michi Gumbo (Byai) just few yards away from the D-box . Boosted by a goal, MUFC pressed hard to solidify their lead. A powerful attempt from Koj Tajang of MUFC was thwarted away by DLFC goalie Tage Mali in the 19th minute. In the 23rd minute Michi Gumbo once again produced a well measured free-kick which almost beat the DLFC keeper only to be denied by the cross bar. MUFC were rewarded for their consistent pressure on the rival goal, Koj Tajang doubled the lead in the 35th minute to score his 7th goal of the tournament thus becoming the leading goal scorer in the championship.

The second half saw a better performance from DLFC boys. Much of the ball possession was shared by DLFC in the 2nd half and raided several times in the MUFC goal. Repeated attack on the rival half paid the dividend. Rubu Tare of DLFC reduced the margin in the 64th minute of the match after dribbling past several MUFC defenders (2-1). However, his goal could not change the fate of the game as MUFC successfully defended their one goal lead till the final whistle.  

Councilor (IMC) Ward 25, Kipa Takum, who also is the chairman, Arunachal Football Association (AFA), himself a former footballer, encouraged the organizer and assured to lend all possible help in organizing the tournament in the near future. Tadar Apa, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affaires attended the final match as well.

They also distributed the prizes to the winners.

Millo Taki, the skipper of DLFC was adjudged as the ‘Best Player’ of the Tournament. Koj Tajang of MUFC became the ‘Highest Scorer’ of the tournament with 7 goals to his credit. Hage Laji of MUFC emerged as the ‘Best Goal Keeper’ and the ‘Fair Play Team’ award went to Khokhung FC.



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Learn something from US government

As per the report in national dailies seven-layer security ring will be thrown around the VVIP enclosure on Rajpath for the Republic Day parade to be witnessed by US President Barack Obama and the airspace over the area would be monitored by a radar to be specially set up. The elite Special Protection Group and Secret Services personnel of USA will form part of the Close Proximity ring. Also altogether 15,000 CCTV cameras will be installed for the Obama’s visit in the streets of Delhi.

All this is being done as it is believed that threat perception is the highest for the event. The unprecedented security measure adopted for the visit of US President has caught nation’s attention. Delhi High Court on Friday said the government had “not acted so fast” when it came to the security of their own citizens. Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva made the remark while hearing a plea that 15,000 CCTV cameras installed for the Obama visit should not be removed after Republic Day. Even after series of crime incidents rocked national capital, the government never took such drastic measures. Infact government of India should learn something from visiting US president. The Americans give top priorities to the security of their citizens and spends huge amount of money for it. However in India VVIP and VIP securities are given more priority than that of the ordinary citizen.

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Liromoba and Gamlin legacy

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the news item on 15 January in the Arunachal Times regarding the Liromoba bye-elections. It is very true that all people in the State are watching the 27 Liromoba Assembly constituency bye-election with a lot of interest. For we people in the constituency, it is even more important.

In the first place, there should have been no contenders for the seat at all and it should have been an un-contested bye-election. Of course, every individual has a right to political ambition. But what must be kept in mind is that the seat fell vacant not on dissolution of the assembly but on the unexpected death of one of the tallest leaders of Arunachal Pradesh. Out of respect to his soul, this time the seat should have been left to a senior member of the family in homage to the departed leader, like it happened with Dorjee Khandu, Tadak Dulom and Dera Natung. That would have been a perfect tribute to late Jarbom Gamlin.

We appeal to all political parties and aspiring individuals to remember late Jarbom Gamlin once and recall his smiling face before they put their signatures on the party ticket and nomination documents, out of respect to his memory.

We do not see a reason why there should be confusion in regard to the issue of Party ticket. It has been a tradition in all political parties that a senior member of the bereaved family is always given the ticket in the bye-polls. If almost all political parties are following it, there must be a merit in the system, I feel. To deny the ticket to late Jarbom’s family will be an open insult to the great leader.

There is already a feeling of betrayal among people in Liromoba regarding the neglect shown towards their leader late Jarbom Gamlin in his last days, inspite of the supreme personal sacrifice he made to save the honour of the INC. If today, someone senior in his family is not re-elected to carry forward his work, there is a strong chance that his well-wishers and supporters will leave his own Party and support other parties.

Now coming to the Party itself, it can be seen that the Congress has mostly never lost a bye-election that resulted from the death of its leaders. And in a Congress ruled State like Arunachal, where every day we are told that Congress is the only alternative for our development, even to think of a loss in Liromoba should be impossible. A loss of INC candidate from late Jarbom Gamlin’s family will be an open insult to the Party and to the government.

Former Chief Minister late Jarbom Gamlin was a leader who was respected even outside the boundary of Liromoba. The masses who came up for his funeral last month from different districts showed how much he was loved by all people in Arunachal. But the question that will be answered on 13February is this- does his own Party love him?


Nyaluk Raksap, Itanagar




Pros and cons of prepaid metres

Dear Editor,

A lot is being heard in state capital about installation of prepaid power meter and public opposition over the issue. While it is a welcome step taken by the concerned department, there is immaturity in the action to a certain extent.

The power department has miserably failed to generate awareness amongst the general public regarding the prepaid meter and its benefits. The department has been time and again stating that it will stop power theft which is nothing but false. I wonder how a simple installation of prepaid meter is going to help them in stopping power pilferage. Power thieves have various ways & means to steal power free of cost. It is the duty of the power department to conduct regular patrolling to stop such activities. Prepaid meter is nothing but an energy meter that allows power supply as long as there is balance in your account. It works in the same way as that of prepaid SIM card of mobile network. It will help the department in timely collection of revenue and maintain account without any outstanding revenue.

On the other hand, the consumers have valid reasons for fear and apprehension but they are on the wrong track. To say that it is anti poor is a seriously misplaced statement emerging from the protestor’s end. In fact, poor people are the regular payer of revenue for fear of disconnection but not the rich and influential lot. Terming the prepaid meter as anti poor will send a wrong message to the world that poor people in Arunachal are tax evaders. There is no concessional power tariff for poor. Poor and rich are paying tariff at the equal rate.

The main question is whether the department is fully prepared and equipped to deal with the outcome of this new project? What if, the balance is exhausted after office hour or on holidays? Don’t say that one should be careful about it! Most us who use prepaid mobile have experienced network disconnection at the middle of an important conversation due to zero balance; it is a regular occurrence in every household that your servant tells you in the morning, “madam chai patti nehi he, madam namak nehi he, madam chawal nehi he” and so on. It is very irritating but true for every household.

The department should open recharge facilities in every important locations for the convenience of the consumers. Online payment facility should be extended to internet users before installation of prepaid power meter.


Tapek Riba,

C Sector, Naharlagun




Arunachal’s Got Talent

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, I would like to share about Arunachal’s Got Talent with a tag line “Hunar ki Khoj”.

It is indeed an innovative initiation to organize such an internationally acclaimed talent hunt. This will certainly play a significant role in exposing the hidden talent of many.

But I was left confused because of an ordeal! A young boy came to me, holding a Card certifying him to be a contestant of Arunachal Got Talent 2015.  The boy tried to convince me to buy a vote @ Rs. 50/- for him stating that 50% chance of him entering the next round were in the hands of Judges and the other 50% through public vote. He told to me that he had gained favorable comments from the Judges and that he was in need of public vote.

One question that came to my mind was how do I give him cash to buy vote without ever seeing his performance? Is there no other way to vote without paying cash and giving extra pressure to the contestant? The format of the show seems to be 180 degree opposite to the original!

The format of the Talent show was conceived and created by Simon Cowell in UK in 2005, and was telecast in ITV Channel. But, it was changed to America’s Got Talent resulting to first full format of the show in 2006 and was telecast in channel NBC by FrementalMedia. In India it was adopted in June 2009 and gained popularity all over the country with its first season winner Prince Dance Group. So on many northeastern contestants have been represented in IGT.

Henceforth, this is an appeal to the organizing committee of the Arunachal Got Talent to have proper system in place so that the contestants do not beg for cash for vote in order to survive in the show. The organizing committee should come up with better ideas for voting through SMSs.


Babu Mosu

Chandra Nagar





Lead by example

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my view about the prepaid electric meter in AP. It has proven to be an effective technology theoretically and practically in developed nations. But, with the background of the inefficient practices of the past in AP and other Indian states, it has lots of resistance. It is normal for every new technology to face resistance. Computers, ATMs, Internet etc faced lots of resistance, but with time people have accepted them. Likewise it is normal that the people of AP and other states are resisting the prepaid electric meter system. In order for the GoAP to impress the people of AP to accept it, the GoAP should first implement it in all the government offices and quarters. It would be a living witness for the people who visit the offices to accept them in their homes. Without such an approach the project would die a premature death, even if the technology is super brilliant. The departments of GoAP should first show the cost savings achieved by their offices due to electric meters over two to five years and then it would be very easy for people to accept the technology.


Takam Tadar

Delhi University









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