Mixed bag for Arunachal

We can not deny the fact that the year 2015 ends on a bad note for Arunachal Pradesh. Allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against ruling government and political upheaval have traumatized the very basic of the good governance in the state. Amidst political turmoil, unexpected entry of Governor in the power game has put a question mark on the neutrality of Raj Bhawan. Apart from this, Supreme Court order during September directing the Centre and state Govt to grant citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong refugees had come as a bolt from the blue for the people of the state. And the latest trouble comes from the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development authority for Navi Mumbai, as it has decided to cancel allotment of a plot outside Vashi railway station to the government of Arunachal Pradesh citing breach of contract.

However, despite all these nay sayings there was a brighter side too.  Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme was acclaimed by other states of the country. The scheme proved to be beneficial, particularly for poor and needy patients of the state.  Moreover, the skill development and employment generation programme has succeeded to lure thousands of youth to become self-employed or to get job in private sectors. The on-going construction of mini-secretariat buildings and cement concrete roads in various districts will also bring solace to the people if completed within a specific period of time.

Let us hope, Arunachal Pradesh will witness hectic development activities in all fronts during the year 2016. It is hoped that infrastructure development activities including road connectivity will be accelerated during the new year.








Readers’ Forum




Thanks for  the road

Dear Editor,

On behalf of entire villagers of Possa, Lower Subansiri, I express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to M/s T.K. Engineering Consortium Pvt. Ltd, a leading civil construction company based in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, for construction of 0.5 Km motor able approach link road to Govt. Primary School, Possa under CSR-CD work as a New Year Gift.

Further, we express our heartfelt thanks to ZPM, Yazali Taba Techi who took initiative in entire Samaritan work. It is pertinent to mention that M/s T.K. Engineering Consortium Pvt. Ltd, provided machineries and Taba Techi, ZPM-Yazali provided fuel (HSD) for entire link road work.

We wish them success in their future and hope that they continue their yeoman service.


Tao Yana

ASM,  New Pitapool




Make it a year of achievements

Dear Editor,

Come December and we start to make different resolutions for the upcoming New Year so as to bring a new ‘dawn’ in our life! But each and every New Year see all things coming back to square one within a few days or at a maximum of few weeks! It seems resolutions are meant only to be broken! Moreover, a feeling of frustration creeps in when we fail to maintain the resolutions.

 So instead of making resolutions for 2016, we can take refuge in memorable quotations of 3 eminent authors and poets.

1) ‘If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way’ — Napoleon Hill.

2) ‘Every moment is a fresh beginning’ — T.S.Eliot

3) ‘Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending’ — Carl Bard.

If we adhere to these 3 messages and concentrate in performing our duties sincerely, provide utmost value to each moment of life and strive for a better future instead of lamenting over past faults and deficiencies; 2016 will automatically turn out to be a year of achievements.


Kajal Chatterjee,





Need for effective wildlife conservation

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the sad report ‘Wildlife carcasses seized’ (AT, Dec 30) on the unfortunate status of wildlife poaching and trafficking in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. This incident realistically captures the dire state of wildlife conservation in the whole nation, not just the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Several SE Asian nations such as Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia serve as active hot bed of huge underground, international wildlife markets that finally find their customers in China, Japan, Korea, Russia, west Asia and other western countries.

It is extremely challenging to prevent such illegal harvest of wildlife for bush meat, trophy, illegal pet trade and related wildlife and wildlife product related industries; unless some joint arrangement of wildlife conservation including prevention of poaching and wildlife trade and trafficking is worked out between South and SE Asian nations rich in biodiversity, it is almost impossible to control this.

A joint conservation platform between SAARC and ASEAN could effectively help in intelligence sharing, joint conservation management and better surveillance of the target border points for preventing illegal trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products in the region. Hope the local governments of the concerned nations of South and SE Asia come together on a common platform for an effective regional conservation management of wildlife.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge AB Canada




Bye Bye 2015

Dear Editor,

In the year 2015,  many ups and down were seen,

Nature’s fury affected all, TN, Assam floods and a quake in Nepal,

Rains were scanty due to global warming, drought conditions crippled the farming,

 A severe heat wave struck many states, thousands were killed in AP and other states,

 Naxalites continued menacing attacks, claimed several security men’s lives,

 Patel’s quota stir created ripples, it increased Gujarat Government’s pulse,

 The beef spilled out of the dish, people wondered what should be in their dish,

 The “intolerance” evoked detest, the “intellectuals” returned awards in protest,

  The Naga peace accord became a new treaty, to recognise Naga history and ethnicity,

 Indo-Bangla land accord, ended the age-old border discord,

 Decades old Netaji’s death mystery, declassification of files will create new history,

ISIS continued to spread its tentacles, reduced Paris to shambles,

 Diplomatic activism was at its top, PM went ahead with foreign trips non-stop,

 The Pakistan is yet to relent, assurance to curb terrorism remains a big test,

 The new year will be a leap year, but it should not a “beef” year,

Let’s hope that 2016, will be full of sparkle and sheen,


Raju Vernekar, Mumbai

Huge quantity of wild meat seized, authorities accuse rich and influential of wildlife carnage

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Huge quantity of wildlife carcasses were seized at Midpu Forest Check Gate, Papum Pare on Wednesday.

The seized wildlife carcasses included four Common Flying Squirrels, approximately 22 kgs of Deer meat, 84 Birds, and 5 Kgs of Monkey meat, two Porcupines, 3 Giant Flying Squirrels and a Civet.

This comes after huge quantities of wildlife carcasses were seized on Tuesday from different vehicles coming from Daporijo, Ziro, Chambang, Kurung Kumey, Pakke Kesang, Sagalee at Midpu Forest Check Gate.

Illegal hunting and poaching of wildlife species is generally carried out in the interior areas by regular hunters, often with financial support or with a promise to provide economic or service by the rich and influential people residing in the state capital, said a department report.

DFO, Banderdewa Forest Division, Neelam Nedo stated that wildlife crime has become a regular phenomenon. Seeking cooperation from all citizens to restrict crime against wildlife, the DFO added that it is an enormous challenge. He called on the citizens to be responsible and save the fauna and flora of the state.

The value of illegal trade of wildlife is several times bigger than the value of legal trade. It is not possible for the staff from forest department alone to check illegal hunting, he said.

Range Forest Officers Chukhu Tanya, Oyang Dusu, T. Bhattacharjee, B. Kuru and Nabam Hachang, Deputy Forest Rangers Neelam Takam and B. Yag with other staff and police personnel from Doimukh police station took part in the checking. Such unannounced checking shall be conducted on regular basis, stated an official release.



Centre sanctions fund for adventure tourism in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Tourism in the state is all set to get a big boost this year with the sanction of Rs 97, 13, 67,718 thanks to the constant pursuance of the State Tourism Department headed by its Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung.

The state government had submitted a proposal called ‘Integrated Development of New Adventure Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh’ for development of infrastructure and basic amenities necessary to tap the immense tourism potential of the state. Of the many projects sanctioned under the Integrated Development of New Adventure Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh, some of the important ones are development of tourist complex at Nafra, rafting and angling centers in Seppa, development of Papu, Pasa and Pakke Valleys in East Kameng, tourism infrastructure in Sagalee and Doimukh sub-divisions, craft bazaar with amphitheater at Ziro and infrastructure development in Yomcha sub-division.

Of the total amount sanctioned, Rs 19,42,73,544, which is 20% of the sanctioned Central Financial Assistance (CFA), has been released for utilization by the state government as the first installment for starting the works.

This could be possible due to timely submission of Utilization Certificates in respect of all schemes/projects/programs of the Ministry of Tourism sanctioned to the state government in the last couple of years. Endorsed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the proposal got the nod of the Union Tourism Ministry, which was intimated to the state government on Tuesday.

Terming the development as a New Year gift to the people of the state, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged the department to ensure that the fund is utilized judiciously and on time.

“The department will have to commence the work immediately to ensure timely utilization of funds and to avoid cost escalation. As per rule the project should be commissioned within a maximum period of 30 months,” he said.

Tuki called for constituting a Monitoring Committee for the purpose of providing feedback on the progress of implementation to the state government, which would be forwarded to the Government of India on a regular basis.

Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism Mama Natung termed the development as key towards realizing the department’s goal of making Arunachal Pradesh a tourism hub and the most sought after tourist destination in the country as well as in the world. He reaffirmed his commitment of creating world class tourism infrastructure to facilitate all kinds and class of tourists inflow in the state.

Natung assured that his department would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the funds are judiciously and expeditiously used for development of tourism industry in the state.  




Donyi Polo day celebrated across the state

Donyi Poloism is a way of life: Ering

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The Donyi Polo Day was observed today across the state by the believers with traditional fervour and gaiety.

At Pasighat, hundreds of DPYK members gathered at Central Donyi-Polo Gangging, Pasighat, Siying and Lamrung and celebrated the day with religious zeal. The day-long programme started with flag hoisting and Taku-Ta:bat which was followed by invocation prayer, discussion and cultural items.

Attending the Donyi-Polo Day occasion at Siying Gangging (GTC) at Pasighat today, East Arunachal MP, Ninong Ering said that Donyi Poloism is related to the age-old tribal traditions of the region and it is a way of life for the local communities. He urged the people to preserve their age-old traditional cultures for the coming generations.

Ering also requested the people not to create conflict in the name of religion. The MP requested the Yelam Kebang leaders to work for moral building among the growing youths through such religious activities. He assured of granting Rs 20 lakh for construction of cultural hall in the area through his LAD fund in the next financial year.

Speaking in the occasion, Lower Bogong Anchal Chairperson, Oni Tamuk urged all to maintain peace and tranquility for overall development of the area.

Among others, DPYK (Siying) president, Taben Tamuk, teacher Tagen Tamuk, Jaro Dai, Dana Moyong also spoke on the religious beliefs of Donyi-Poloism.

In another celebration at Pasighat, a contemporary speech competition on Adi language for school children was organised marking the day at the Donyi Polo Gangging. Adi traditional folk song ‘Haikang’ was performed by Pipi Yaying and ‘Jajinja’ ponung was performed by Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing president Yasen Bunyi.

Speaking on the occasion, Aji Nilung Tungko chairperson, Yamek Mize Taggu called on the parents to interact their children in their local dialect so that the spoken language could continue in the future as well as the rich culture and tradition could be preserved.

Gepo Tayeng and Bamidang Yirang bagged first and second position respectively in the junior category of the contemporary speech competition, while Agam Megu and Oli Tatak bagged the first and second position in senior category. Aji Nilung Tungko, an Itanagar based NGO working for preservation and promotion of local dialect had organized the speech competition.

Adi Bane Kebang president Kangir Jamoh, senior BJP leader Tapen Siga, Donyi Polo Gangging, Itanagar President, Tani Jongkey, Secretary, Tarok Tapak, EAC, Talom Dupak, senior citizens and students participated in the observation.

The day was also celebrated at Yagrung, Rani, Sille, Oyan and Ruksin villages.

At Namsai, attending the Donyi Polo day celebration, Deputy Commissioner, R.K Sharma appealed all to preserve and promote the rich culture and traditions which are gradually eroding due to modernization.

The DC also appealed public leaders and NGOs to work for the greater interest of all and maintaining communal harmony. He also advised the gathering to avail the benefits of Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) and other flagship programme initiated by GoI and the state govt.

DIGP EZ, Apur Bitin and ZPM Namsai, Chow Mahajini Choupoo were also present in the occasion.



Ensure prompt delivery of social sector services : Tuki

ITANAGAR, Dec 31:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called upon the officers to ensure utmost care and dedication while delivering social sector services like health and education to the common denizens. He said this during review meeting with the West Siang district officers here in his office on Wednesday.

He referred to the state flagship programmes in education and health sector like Vidya, Girl Child Hygiene Scheme, CMHUIS etc. and directed the district officers to create maximum awareness amongst the common citizens so that more and more people gets benefits from these benevolent programmes.

CM categorically directed the DC to engage few renowned NGOs for the purpose so that the plans, policies and programmes of the state government reach every nook and corner of the state.

While responding to the request of DMO for ambulance services, CM agreed in principle to provide ambulance for the district hospital besides assuring to release adequate funds for restoration of power supplies in Kamba and Aalo towns. He appreciated the power department for increase in revenue collection in the district in the current fiscal.

CM took note of the unconnected Pidi circle under Mechuka sub-division and assured to connect it by surface communication for which he directed the department of PWD to propose a proposal under RIDF. He also called upon the PWD to regularly maintain all district roads which at present is in shabby condition.

He also reviewed the law and order situation of the district.

Participating in the discussion, Home Minister Tanga Byaling informed that a Vikas Rally is being planned at Mechuka on January 11, 2016 next and asked all the officers to be prepared. Meeting attended by Home Minister Tanga Byaling, Cooperation Minister Jomde Kena, Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, IGP Payeng, DC West Siang Pige Legu and all head of the offices of West Siang discussed in length, the developmental activities undertaken in the district and the progress made so far. (Media Cell, CMO)



Dulom becomes an open defecation free

DAPORIJO, Dec 31: Dulom, a village about 8 kilometers from Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district achieved a milestone today by being declared an open defecation free with the completion in construction of 24 Individual House Hold Latrines(IHHL) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural). The declaration was made during a ceremony attended by the DC Komkar Dulom, former Minister Yari Dulom, heads of departments and the public at Dulom village.

Speaking on the occasion, DC Dulom appreciated the untiring efforts of the PHED department, the PRI members and the public in making the SBM programme a success in the village. He stated that a change in the mindset and work culture of the PRI members of the village, which has been apparent in the past year, and the willingness of the people of Dulom village in taking it in a new direction had made it achieve the milestone.

Dulom further encouraged the villagers to work together to keep  place clean and hygienic by using correct practices in rearing pigs, installation of proper drinking water supply system and proper maintenance of the IHHLs and conduct of  social service every second Saturday of the month. He also encouraged the villagers to take up kitchen gardening and poultry rearing as a means of livelihood and as a source of supplementary income and also consider starting cardamom and orange plantations for the long run.

Yari Dulom praised all for their efforts and good work and advised the youth to study hard and follow the footsteps of the older generation in taking the name of the place forward.

Executive Engineer (PHED) N. Konia was appreciative of the quality of work and declared it the best in the district and hoped other villages would follow this example. He added that it was the will of the village people and a change in their mindset which had made the village an example for others to follow.

The Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) was inaugurated in Dulom village with the start in construction of IHHL on 2nd October. DIPRO



Need to create strategic and efficient social infrastructure: Rajkhowa

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa called for creation of strategic and efficient social infrastructure by placing priority on creating infrastructure for transport, roads, railways, air services, bridges, educational institutions, communication and other amenities with emphasis on addressing the needs of all sections of people in the coming year.

He said this during his New Year message to the people of the state.

 The Governor further said that for better future of all the people, particularly the younger generation, there is need to establish a new foundation for growth by revitalizing financial and capital markets and enhance the financial systems with a view to encouraging investment, creating a conducive environment and strengthening of the IT related human resources, while flowing with Digital India Mission

Let us build strong linkages between industry, academia, and government, create an environment conducive to new industry and development of local skills, entrepreneurship through enhancing capabilities, foster entrepreneurs and facilitate greater opportunities for job creation, the Governor added.

He further has wished that it would be year of extraordinary progress, abundance of peace, fellow feeling, tranquility and prosperity.



Mission for missing children

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The Arunachal Pradesh Police is starting Operation Smile-II- a month long rescue mission for missing children from January 1 next.

It has urged all the stakeholders to provide information about children in need of care and protection who are victims of forced labour, trafficking or are otherwise parted from their families.

For information, police control room can be contacted at 0360-2212295.




Free check-up for Gastroenterology

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Arunachal Branch is organizing a Free Health Check-up for Gastroenterology Case in Arunachal State Hospital on 9th January.  

Dr Amitava Goswami, Consultant Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hayat Hospital Guwahati will be attending the patient. Person with liver diseases and other gastroenterology problem may consult him. One may contact 09436069257/09774024415 or ENT/MED OPD ASH Naharlagun for registration in, according to an information received from Dr.Lobsang Tsetim, President IMA Arunachal Branch.




Inter-dept committee for Medical College

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The State Government has constituted a high power inter-department coordination committee to facilitate easy shifting of offices located at Naharlagun to pave way for settling up of various departments of the Arunachal Pradesh State Medical College cum 300-bed Hospital. The Committee headed by Commissioner (GA) Hage Kojeen will visit the site on January 5 to take stock of the status, according to an official release.




Complain against Capital DC

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association has complained against Capital DC Mige Kamki alleging him of discrepancy. It has written to the Governor in this regard and demanded his removal.

The association claimed that the DC has never acted upon their applications.




2nd phase of biometric enrollment in Kurung Kumey

KOLORIANG, Dec 31: Biometric enrollment of citizens under second phase of National Population Register (NPR) was carried out in Kurung Kumey District.

A camp was set up at district headquarters Koloriang for the convenience of the public and enrollment of residents who have missed the first phase of NPR.

Places covered during the 2nd round of BME included Phassang, Nyobia, Parsi Parlo, Sarli and Polosang circles.

The second phase of BME in the district has registered 10 percent increase in enrollment.




‘Practice scientific farming methods for higher production’

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KV), Tawang while celebrating “Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan” week recalled the pioneering role played by former Prime Ministers Late Choudhary Charan Singh  and  Atal Behari Vajpayee in making the country self-sufficient in food grain productions through use of scientific methods in agriculture.

Scientists of the KVK advised the farming community to adopt scientific methods and prefer high yielding varieties of seeds for higher production.

The subject experts advised the farmers to follow proper time for sowing seeds and harvesting to prevent post harvest losses, adopt scientific method of raising nursery, proper fertigation, pest, disease control/management etc.




Seminar on large cardamom farming

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: More than 100 people participated in a one day regional seminar on organic farming of large cardamom conducted on December 29 last at Govt Middle School, Pilla, under Mengio circle of Papum Pare district. The seminar was organized by Spices Board, Itanagar, in association with the Anchal Chairperson, VIII Mengio CD Block.

Participants comprising of farmers, gaon burahs, NGO personnel, youths, PRI leaders and government officials were taught about post harvest technology, processing and marketing aspect of large cardamom farming.

Speaking on the occasion, Sagalee EAC Akon Regon requested the participants to make use of the information learnt in the seminar.

Scientist Dr T N Deka delivered lecture on organic cultivation of large cardamom and post harvest technology in detail. Senior field officer, Spices Board, Itanagar J Das highlighted the developmental schemes implemented by the board. SDHO Sagalee Sunil Kumar explained about different developmental schemes of department of horticulture.

One of the participants, Nabam Raja, a teacher with Govt Higher Secondary School Sagalee, requested the spices board to conduct exposure trips for the farmers.


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