Early days to pass judgment
A big blame game has broken out between political parties over the move of central
government to impose president rule in Arunachal Pradesh. While opposition BJP has
welcomed the move, the Congress and parties supporting them including NCP has strongly
criticized the move. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has termed the implementation
of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh as the darkest day in the history of the
state and said that the government needs to be constitutionally upheld at any cost.
On the other hand BJP alleged that infighting in the ruling Congress led to the political
crisis and subsequently leading to imposition of president rule. Congress has alleged
that Governor JP Rajkhowa and MoS Home Kiren Rijiju are responsible for the implementation
of president rule.
Now the matter has reached Supreme Court of India. The apex court has issued notice
to centre in this regard. Both centre and Governor has been given time till Friday
to file responses. The court battle will resume on Monday. While political and legal
battle continuous, the imposition of president rule itself has received mixed reaction.
As its early days, people are still getting the feel of how it is to be under central
rule. The presence of massive number of paramilitary forces in the street of capital
complex is quite intimidating. Round the clock patrolling by security forces is completely
new experience for the people of Arunachal. Political class has badly failed the
citizen of this state. Hopefully president rule will atleast not disappoint us.
Through your kind attention, I would like to highlight a few words on the topic for
the benefit of every Arunachalee; good, bad or ugly. It is a fact that encroachment
is rampant in the capital region. The problem in the districts is not lesser. Encroachment
is done by state govt servants/relatives of govt quarters occupants/even a third
party who has bought the govt qtr without the knowledge of the authorities/ general
public. The present CEO-cum-Judicial Magistrate is fighting a lone battle and is
doing his best to stop the ever on-going menace, but not enough. He needs support.
Encroachment can be stopped if there is will and coordination amongst the concern
As a laymen we understand that the main departments/agencies that are involved directly
or indirectly, should be involved in taking care of/looking after the govt land related
assets are the following:-
(1) The Chief Estate Officer- Land record holder
(2) The Housing Department- who does the allotment of govt qtrs
( 3) The PWD- who does the maintenance
(4) Deputy Commissioner/DLRSO- Land Allotment authority
(5) The Power Department- electricity supply and billing.
(6) The Department of PHE- who supplies water
(7) Any other related department to do with clearance for Land Allotment
The following measures can be adopted:-
Before a land permit/allotment is given, the records available with the CEO, The
DC Office/DLRSO/Land Management depart/ PWD/Housing /related departments should match
that there is no encroachment or that there is no damage to the govt asset. Take
NOC from the concerned mandal/DLSRO for legal purpose.
Appropriate concern officers should take All Correct Report (Kind of OK Report) from
their subordinates; especially from the ground staff at least once in a month as
Destruction takes place in week’s time or even overnight. Ground staff who does the
maintenance ( the PWD never visits the qtrs, leave alone maintenance) or power deppt
who serves electric bill or any agency who provides service to a house/area knows
where the things are going wrong. Say, there was a qtr and next time he finds that
solid pillars are being erected in its place/adjacent to it. What prevents him to
report the damage being done to the govt assets? They are the best eyes and ears
of the govt.
Physical check/inspection of each qtr/area should be done by the appropriate officers
/representatives collectively once in a month and see that there is no further damage/encroachment
in the area that is under encroachment case, and, that there is no fresh encroachment.
Coordinating Conference should be held, chaired by CS/Secy Land Management once in
two months to affect the steps taken or reported by the departments.
When it comes to govt quarters, as a special case, Officers upto Director level should
be held responsible for not looking after their departmental assets. CS should first
stop their promotion and pension. How can these officers and staffs wash off their
hand on encroachment issues. What are their JE level officers are doing?
Verify Govt Qtr allottees and actual occupants by taking Identity proofs. This should
be done qtrly. Those who build, muzzle their identity; no fear of being caught because
the actual allottee has sold it to him/her.
If there is signal/information that encroachment is taking place, even in the most
inaccessible area, the concern authority (involve the CEO-cum-Judicial Magistrate.
He should not work on clan lines) should take action immediately. Everything cannot
be left to CEO-cum-Judicial Magistrate. To prevent the menace is not only his job.
Right now encroachment is taking place but people do not report because of obvious
reasons. We are responsible too but then, wrong doers fear the assigned authority
only. So, the authorities should earn their bread by doing their job. As of now we
are leaving more problems and deliberated chaos to our future generation by not tackling
the menace and channelizing the state resource.
If there is no mechanism, will and active involvement by the concerned authorities
then there is no way to stop the menace. CEO-cum- Judicial Magistrate is doing his
bit but construction is going on after his team leaves the spot. They know he will
not come back there. Idea should be to stop encroacher obliterate the govt property/structure.
Once structure/area is gone then encroacher will build. This is what is happening.
If it is really very difficult to contain the menace then let people build wherever
they are living- after all we are local Arunachalees; not someone from Bangladesh
or Myanmar. Why every Arunachalee should not own a house in his own home state? Why
the locals should be made to run around for land allotment in our own state due to
faulty governance administration; more visible at executive level then legislative.
Why can’t people repair dilapidated govt quarters ?
A Concern Citizen
A commendable tourism effort
This is regarding the Kameng River Festival, sponsored by Dept. of Tourism which
was organised by East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organisation. It has set an
example beyond imagination.
Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) was specially invited to promote
East Kameng as the next upcoming tourist destination of our state. The organiser
had made sure to showcase the real beauty of the district. Foremost was to invite
D. N Sherpa, Parliamentary Secy. Tourism, Govt. of Sikkim by Mama Natung, former
Parliamentary Secy. Govt. AP as Sikkim is one of the best state to promote Tourism
of the country and has just been declared Organic state of the nation.
The event showed the world how best the people of East Kameng can host each & every
guest coming to the district. Everything was perfectly made from traditional fish
trap to Para-Sailing. The pricing of different items in 40 odd food stalls were reasonable.
The people of East Kameng district can do better in Trekking, Rafting, Cycling, Home
stay, camping Tourism as well as Culture, which is very rich.
APTOA team led by its President John Panye is grateful to Mama Natung for his visionary
thoughts to make East Kameng and Arunachal Pradesh as tourist destinations, Dept.
of Tourism and Team EKSWCO led by Khya Safar Pao for their tireless effort to make
the festival a success and giving us the opportunity to witness the grand festival.
APTOA members will promote East Kameng as the next Tourism destination through all
possible networks, fairs & festivals and promise to bring in Tourists in next edition
of Kameng River festival. If only the dates of the festival is fixed which would
make it easier for us to promote and market well in advance.
Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association,
Who will raise voice against corruption?
A little boy smiled and said, “Papa I want to become an engineer. In reply, his
father said, my son I do not have enough money to bribe for such a job. A dream
of Arunachalee boy shattered.
It is a gospel truth that corruption itself is deeply rooted in the soil of Arunachal
Pradesh. Rich are becoming fabulously rich and poor are becoming strikingly poor.
At all levels, the touch has frozen the lives of populace. From legislature to judiciary,
and from judiciary down to bureaucrats and commoners, corruption has been the core
of the talk and the practice. Rigorous kick-back practices have given a birth to
the burning issues like unemployment, low quality of education, delay in state employees’
salary payment, financial crisis and at the worst, development programs are stuck.
In the name of development, many under currents are in action for instance, palm-oiling
for govt. job regularization, contract work, promotion, and transfer. These ill
practices are secret but open. Nobody can dare deny this bitter fact.
The land is diluted and abused. As a matter of fact no sensible person would ever
have thought that the land condition of Arunachal Pradesh would be in such a pathetic
state, in a decade’s time.
In fact, corruption begins and ends from every individual. Can anybody boldly say
I am corruption free one way or the other?
Parents with hard-earned money from extreme remote locations send their children
to schools and colleges with a hope and expectation that their sons and daughters
would one day become a good citizen and can stand on their feet. Can anybody imagine
who cares for whom and who cares for what in this land of decay and destruction?
Corruption begins from our human mind, that becomes habit and finally it turns into
The need of the hour is to change systems and structures for a corruption free state
and that humble beginning too should begin with you and me.
Who is responsible for this mess and why can’t we root out corruption? Whom do we
need to pass the buck, to the giver or receiver? Who the hell are they to snatch
the rights of somebody? Do they need Almighty’s curse to punish the culprits and
reward the victims?
This is already high time for self-introspection of all and sundry that has a breath
lest they are destined to meet with the destiny.
Simon Ronrang, Itanagar
Salary not paid
I would like to bring the attention of His Excellency Governor, who is now the supreme
Leader of Arunachal Pradesh, about the non-payment of salary of Technical assistant
and Computer Cum Account Assistant, under RGPSA scheme in the Panchayati raj department.
Last year, an amount of 44 crores were sanctioned by the Central Government for the
Panchayati Raj department to release the pending payment of the employees but unfortunately,
we have not been paid.
It has been 10 months and yet there is no hope for salary. How can an employee work
when there is no remuneration?
It is our humble request to the Governor to look into the matter and award us our
remuneration as early as possible since the amount sanctioned is in the hands of