State cabinet approves major decisions
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday
cleared the deck for commencement of work for much awaited Itanagar-Banderdewa four
lane highway. Cabinet, after minutely going through the cabinet note circulated by
the Commissioner PWD on compensation estimate prepared by government constituted
committee, approved the recommendation and directed for release of compensation amount
to the beneficiaries through the deputy commissioner. With this the work on the four
lane highway is expected to start soon.
Giving yet another new year gift to IAS officers, central service officers on deputation
to state government and regular state government employees, pensioners as well as
family pensioners, the state cabinet approved for release of 2% DA and DR w.e.f 1st
January 2016 at par with the central government employees. Despite financial crunch,
the state government under Chief Minister Pema Khandu had recently implemented the
7th CPC for the state government employees.
In order to reorient governance and make working structure more effective, cabinet
in another major decision approved for amalgamation of Directorate of Supply and
Transport with Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies. More such decisions are expected
in the near future.
While the matter of renaming of Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar to Arunachal University
was referred to be tabled in the ensuing Budget Session for discussion, the cabinet
approved for renaming of General Hospital Ziro after Late Gyati Takka, former Minister
in lieu of Abotani Community Hall, Hapoli which was notified earlier. Cabinet further
decided to upgrade Pongchau and Wakka circle headquarters to SDO headquarters respectively
in Longding district. It may be mentioned that CM during his recent visit to Wakka
had announced to upgrade the existing administrative headquarters of Wakka and Pongchau
for effective administration.
Cabinet also approved regularisation of services of Contractual General Duty Medical
Officers (Allopathy, Dental and Ayush). Their regularisation will be through a screening
process by the APPSC. The selected GDMOs shall be on 3 years probation to serve in
For every year of service rendered in remote areas, these GDMOs shall get 10% weightage
for pursuing PG courses in the State Medical College in the near future.
Approval was also accorded to regularise services of contractual paramedical staffs,
physiotherapist, staff nurse, laboratory technician, blood bank technician, pharmacist,
health assistant (junior), refrigerator mechanic (RM) and drivers under the department
of Health and Family Welfare.
These regularisation also shall be through a state level screening committee headed
by Commissioner Health with members from Finance, Law, AR and technical members from
For ensuring smooth functioning of government policies and programmes, the Cabinet
also decided to hire technical manpower for various central as well as state government
Technical manpower would be hired for implementation of the Chief Minister's Dash
Board, Ease of Doing Business and Direct Benefit Transfer.
Si-Donyi celebration begins
NAHARLAGUN, Jan 4: Si-Donyi celebration by Tagin community residing in Capital Complex
began at Si Donyi Ground near Helipad, Naharlagun on Tuesday last. The main priest
arrived at Naharlagun on Wednesday from Daporijo. He was accorded warm welcome by
the people led by CCSFCC Chairman and MLA Tanga Byaling.
Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang and Managing Director, APIDFC, Tony Koyu will
attend the celebrations on Jan 6. DIPR
NGOs outsourced for garbage collection urged to work harder
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: Chief Municipal Executive Officer, Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC)
Habung Lampung exhorted the 13 NGOs engaged for door-to-door collection of garbage
to work with utmost sincerity and responsibility to make Capital Complex one of the
cleanest cities in the country. The Chief Municipal Executive Officer (CMEO) on Wednesday
in a meeting at IMC office reviewed the performance of the NGOs in few selected wards
and urged them to work harder to achieve the goal.
A sense of responsibility for cleanliness can make a big difference, he said and
appealed to each and everyone to develop a sense of belonging for public places.
Informing that penalties are being imposed for haphazard and unmindful throwing of
garbage into roads, nallahs etc, he requested the NGOs working in the field to report
if someone is found doing so. Informing that Itanagar was ranked as third dirtiest
city in the country last year, the CMEO Lampung expressed confidence that people's
positive participation will help remove the 'dirty city' tag.
Representatives of various NGOs/ SHGs and officers of Itanagar Municipal Council
expressed their views and discussed ways and means to improve garbage management
in Capital Complex. Issues related to Swachh Survekshan survey were also discussed.
All the representatives of NGO/SHG and officers present at the conclusion of the
meeting took pledge to work harder to make Itanagar one of cleanest city in Swachh
DC flags off APST's Tata Sumo and bus service
AALO Jan 4: Two Mechuka bound Tata Sumos and an Aalo to Itanagar Night Super bus
introduced by the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) were flagged off by the
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Gamli Padu at the APST premises here on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Padu insisted on passenger-friendly service with utmost
sincerity and punctuality. He urged the staff to properly maintain the vehicle from
time to time. APST Station Superintendent, Jumbom Dirchi said that objective behind
starting the service is to provide transport facilities to the poor and needy people
of far-flung area at cheaper rate. He further sought cooperation of the passengers
for smooth plying of the vehicles. The Sumos will travel to and from alternatively
to facilitate passengers along Aalo-Mechuka road. (DIPRO)
Hornbill to turn centre of attraction at ‘Pakke Paga Festival’
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: After overwhelming response on its first edition of ‘Pakke
–Paga Festival -2016’ the Department of Environment & Forest in collaboration with
local people of Seijosa is all set to organize its second edition with a motive
to create awareness on conservation of wildlife from January 16 to 18 next at
“Pakke Paga Festival is the lone festival of the state celebrated in Pakke Wild life
Sanctuary and Pakke Tiger Reserve to create awareness on conservation of wildlife,”
informed Festival Director, Tamo Dada at Arunachal Press Club on Wednesday. Further
elaborating on festival, Dada added that Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary offers the visitors
to witness four species of Hornbills; the Great Indian hornbill, Wreathed hornbill,
Oriental Pied hornbill and Rufous- necked hornbill claimed to be found only in the
area. Moreover, beside hornbills the visitors can also witness the 270 species of
trees and more than 300 species of birds during the festival, he added.
Further, Dada also informed that, the endeavour to create awareness on conservation
of wild life makes Pakke-Paga Festival different from other festival in the state.
Indeed over 16 NGOs from across the country like Wildlife Conservation Trust, WWF,
and Wildlife Trust India are supporting the event.
The other underline of the festival is the adoption of hornbill nest; one can adopt
any hornbill nest with minimum contribution of Rs. 5000 for a year for its caring
and rearing. Indeed, we will provide monthly report of adopted nest to the concern
person, said Chief Auditor of Festival Jerjo Tana while appealing people to adopt
hornbill nest for its conservation.
While briefing on other parallel activities of the three-day festival, event incharge,
Techi Raga informed that one can enjoy local sports and cuisine, Jeep safari, Elephant
safari, bird watching, butterfly walk, family rafting and others during the fest
along with cultural programme of over 11 communities both from Assam and Arunachal.
Union opposes shifting of Pakke-Kessang PWD division
ITANAGAR, Dec Jan 4: The All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students'
Union (APPDSSU) has strongly opposed the shifting of Pakke-Kessang PWD division
office under Sagalee Circle (Bobia Circle) of Western Zone to Yachuli circle of Central
Zone-A. In a letter to Chief Minister, APPDSSU termed the order of the Secretary
PWD as an "arbitrary decision" for benefit of some vested interest.
The union demanded for early revocation of the order. It is said that Secretary PWD
issued an order with letter Memo order No-SPWD -03/2009/48-27 dated Itanagar 21st
September 2016. The Union stated that Pakke-Kessang PWD division under Sagalee Circle
(Bobia Circle) was functioning smoothly. It alleged that shifting was done under
the direction of few people with vested interest, which is causing inconvenience
to people of the area.
APCC chalks out strategies for anti-demonetization campaign
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in its extended
meeting on Wednesday last chalked out strategies for anti-demonetization campaign
in Arunachal Pradesh.
The meeting, which was attended by Rajya Sabha Member and AICC State Coordinator
of Arunachal Pradesh for Anti-Demonetisation Campaign Dr. Ranee Narah, constituted
a state level committee headed by former minister Tako Dabi as chairman. The committee
will coordinate with AICC for nation-wide protest against demonetization and the
alleged anti-people policies of Narendra Modi government.
APCC President Padi Richo instructed all the party workers and cadres to remain united
while fighting against demonetization as per the programme chalked out by AICC.
Dr. K Jayakumar, Secretary AICC, I/c Arunachal Pradesh, who was also present in the
meeting, criticized Modi for the demonetization and categorically termed the Prime
Minister as anti-people.
Nabam Tuki, former chief minister and AICC State Coordinator of Mizoram on protest
against demonetisation, also flayed Modi for allegedly failing to fulfil his poll
promises and commitments.
Stating that 70% of the people in most of the tribal dominated states do not have
bank accounts, Tuki opined that poor tribal people have been the worst sufferers
of demonetization. APCC general secretaries
Minkir Lollen and Hina Camder Tok also spoke in the meeting. The meeting was attended
among others by KC Mittal, Legal Advisor AICC, Jarjum Ete, General Secretary AIMCC,
I/c North East, Ex-Ministers, former MLAs, senior Congress leaders, PCC office bearers
and executive members and all the frontal organizations.
Quake rocks Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: A low-intensity quake shook Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday. According
to reports of National Center for Seismology, the epicenter of the quake, which measured
4.3 on the Richter scale was reported at Kurung Kumey district of the state. The
tremors were felt at 1:20 AM.
There was no report of any casualty or damage to property.
Another moderate quake of magnitude 5.4 was recorded along the India-Myanmar border
region at 12.20 AM. Tremors were felt across Assam and North East, as an earthquake
with a magnitude of 5.7 rocked Tripura, near the India-Bangladesh border on Tuesday.
Khehar sworn in as 44th CJI
NEW DELHI, Jan 4: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution
bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment
of judges, was on Wednesday sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice
Khehar at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Then CJI, T S Thakur had last month recommended the name of Justice Khehar, the senior-most
judge of the Supreme Court, to be his successor.
Justice Khehar will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27.
Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench
which had set aside the imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January.
He was a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail while hearing
the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.
Thousands take out ‘Anti-Drug Rally’ at Diyun
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: Over a thousand students from various schools participated in a
peaceful mass awareness rally against drugs which was organized by Arunachal Pradesh
Chakma Students Union APCSU) at Diyun in Changlang district on Wednesday.
During the rally, which began from Diyun General Ground and culminated at Dumpathar
village, the students held placards displaying messages aimed at creating awareness
on the harmful effect of drugs. The participants shouted slogans against the sale
and use of drugs and demanded a crackdown on drug peddlers.
Earlier, while flagging off the rally, Commandant of the 2nd IRBN, S Singpho, in
his address urged all to fight against drug addiction and peddling which is a dangerous
social evil increasing rampantly in various parts of the state.
Recalling the recently concluded career counselling programmes organized by the APCSU,
he added that programme on education as well as awareness campaigns against drug
are equally important to eradicate social evils. He briefed about the effects of
drug addiction stating that once addicted, a person start to sell everything and
later indulge in theft for acquiring drugs. He urged the students to make their friends,
relatives and neighbours aware about the consequences of drug addiction.
‘Over the years, drug abuse has become a serious social problem under Diyun Circle,
due to peddling of narcotic drugs from other places including Assam. Drugs destroy
lives and communities, undermine sustainable human development and generate crime’,
stated Supon Chakma, General Secretary of APCSU.
Later, the students were also informed about provisions of the NDPS Act which provides
strict punishment for drug peddling, possession, purchase, consumption, abetment
The organizers of the rally also submitted a memorandum to the DC, Changlang, local
administration, police, IRBN and Indian Army demanding crackdown on drug peddlers/traders,
organizing awareness campaigns by involving schools, pan-chayat, NGOs, etc at regular
intervals, implementation of the special provision (Section 64A) under the NDPS Act
by enforcement agencies to encourage the drug addicts to come out from hiding and
establishing a drug de-addiction centre at Diyun with all the required facilities.
Student bodies condole Lama’s demise
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: Extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of late
Techi Lama, former Chairman Geology & Mining, GoAP, who died on Jan 2 last due to
cardiac arrest, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in its release on Wednesday
prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. “Techi Lama was a humble and hardworking
man and his demise is a great loss to the society and the state as whole,” stated
Members of the ANSU led by its President Byabang Joram and General Secretary Nyanya
Gollo also paid floral tributes to the Techi Lama during his funeral service held
at Jully village on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the All Kra Daadi District Students Union (AKDDSU) has also deeply mourned
the sudden demise of Techi Lama. In a condolence message AKDDSU President, Gora
Rikam Bhai stated that Techi Lama always worked for the social development of the
people of Kra Daadi district and his demise is a great loss to the society and the
state as a whole.
Training for DMOs and DRCHOs held
NAHARLAGUN, Jan 4: One day orientation workshop for DMOs and DRCHOs on Intensive
Pulse Polio Immunisation 2017 (IPPI) and Mission Indradhanush (MI) phase IV was held
at RCH training hall, Naharlagun under the chairmanship of DHS Dr. Moji Jini in presence
of DFW Dr. M Lego and MD NHM PN Thungon.
State Immunisation Officer Dr. D Padung ad Surveillance Medical Officer (WHO) Dr.
T Taka as resource persons, addressed all the DMOs and DRCHOs on IPPI program (IPPI)
and Mission Indradhanush Phase IV (MI).
While detailing the background of IPPI and MI, the resource persons stressed on the
preparation of proper micro plan and due lists, communication plan, training plan,
monitoring plan and proper coordination with DC and other stakeholders in the districts.
Mission director NHM PN Thungon stressed on proper orientation of all stakeholders
specifically the mobilisers so that proper due list is prepared for effective implementation
of IPPI and MI. DHS pointed out that unless a proper micro plan is in place, target
children will be missed.
He also requested all DMOs and DRCHOs to provide services to hard areas where regular
RI sessions are non –existent. He also reminded everybody about the effect of complicacies
as has happened in Nigeria recently.
DFW exhorted all participants to work harder, put in place a good micro plan, good
cold chain and logistic assessment and proper training to vaccinators. He further
stated that good RI coverage is the only answer to good protection among children,
urging all the districts to adhere to guideline and timelines issues for state headquarter.
AR constructs water tank at Sanliam village
KHONSA, Jan 4: A water storage tank was constructed for the villagers of Sanliam
by the Assam Rifles Khonsa Battalion under its Assam Rifles Civic Action Programme
(AR CAP) project here recently.
The AR also organized a medical camp wherein a total of 76 people were given medical
treatment. The army also provided a computer to the villagers to augment the process
of digitization. Lauding the initiative of the AR, the people of Sanliam village
further expressed hope that more such programmes will be conducted in future.
BFT training concludes
ITANAGAR, Jan 4: The three-month-long Barefoot Technician training (BFTs), which
began on Oct 1, 2016 at SIRD, Itanagar, concluded here on Jan 3 last.
All the 30 BFT candidates, who had undergone the training, were assessed through
three stages viz. theory assessment, viva-voce and field test. The result of qualified
candidates will be declared by ASCI, New-Delhi partner Organisation of SIRD, Arunachal
Meanwhile, the 3rd and final batch of similar programme for candidates of Tirap,
Changlang, Lohit and Kurung Kumey districts has already begun at SIRD, Itanagar.
Traditional dance & drama competition
YINGKIONG, Jan 4: A circle-level traditional dance and drama competition was organized
by the Vivekananda Kendra (VKV) at the VKV campus, here on Wednesday, wherein cultural
troupes from four villages took part. It was aimed at spreading the message of preserving,
protecting, promoting and practicing the indigenous faith of the people.
Similar competitions were also conducted at Mariyang, Geku and Jengging. The winning
troupe shall take part in the district and state level competition. (DIPRO)
Roing: Koronu village won the circle level traditional dance competition while Injono
Village came in second.
The competition was organized at Govt. Secondary School, Koronu by Vivekananda Kendra,
Roing as a part of the Samarth Bharat Parva. The winner will participate at the
district level competition to be held on January 12 at VKV Roing.
‘Si-Donyi’ - the festival of Arunachal Pradesh
[ Tagia Pakba ]
Arunachal Pradesh prides itself over its myriad tribes woven together in the diverse
but right cultural fabric, the tribes maintain and express its sense of joy, harmony
and spiritual satiation in the forms of festivals celebrated in different seasons
in the year.
The Tagin are considered to be descendent of Abotani. They are one of the major tribes
of Arunachal Pradesh. Independent and predominantly inhabiting the lush-green mountainous
district of Upper Subansiri, the Tagin community celebrates "Si- Donyi" festival
from 4th to 6th January every year with grandeur and religious fervour. They flock
together during the festival and pray for the well-being of the community and mankind
as a whole by worshipping the nature i.e Si Donyi (Sun and Earth) along with various
deities. All these religious prayers and ceremonies are conducted by offering animal
sacrifices with the warding off of evil spirit by prevailing Si Donyi which is believed
to be supreme God or authority of the existence of life.
The belief, cultural fabric and the philosophy of life of Tagin community has been
expressed in the religious festival which has been observed since time immemorial
from generation to generation through folklore, hymns and oral literature from the
priest. Moreover, the hymns chanted by priest in the celebration of the festival
are religiously done to convey the message of the Tagin community (mankind) to Si-Donyi
so that all the evil spirits do not carry out activities harmful to human beings.
Besides, display of rituals and rhythmic dances such as Chungne, Riabu, Takar Ghene,
other traditional folk dances like Konyi Bokar and Hoyi Penam are also performed
in the celebration to please the Si Donyi.
As usual, this year also, preparation is on full swing for the festival especially,
at district headquarter, Daporijo and other places. People from all walks of life
including children, men and women will take part in the festivities. The Tagin community
also welcomes each and every community of the state to enjoy and witness the festival
whenever they get the opportunity. (The writer is a DIPR)