January 11


Arunachal inks MoU with NDDB to start ‘White Revolution’

AHMEDABAD, Jan 10: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to kick-start a 'White Revolution' in collaboration with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) based at Anand, Gujarat. After a meeting with NDDB officials at Anand, about 100 km from Ahmedabad, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked on Tuesday by Arunachal Pradesh government and NDDB in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein.

While Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin signed on behalf of the state government, NDDB was represented by its Chairman Dilip Rath. Also present during the signing ceremony were Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism P D Sona, Principal Secretary Satyagopal and Secretary to CM Sonam Chombay. As per the MoU, NDDB will conduct a survey related to milk production and consumption and identify areas of intervention in Arunachal Pradesh. Based on the survey, the Board will prepare a comprehensive five-year dairy development plan and provide technical support to establish fair and transparent milk procurement system for milk producers of the state.

NDDB will also provide technical support in terms of establishment of dairy infrastructure, cattle feed and mineral mixture plant etc besides providing training and capacity building of farmers, executives, leaders, supervisors, dairy technicians, etc.

Mineral mapping of the state will also be done to find out the status of mineral deficiency in soil and based on that the Board will formulate composition of area specific mineral mixture.

NDDB began its operations with the mission of making dairying a vehicle to a better future for millions of grassroots milk producers. The mission achieved thrust and direction with the launching of "Operation Flood", a programme extending over 26 years and which used World Bank loan to finance India's emergence as the world's largest milk producing nation. Operation Flood's third phase was completed in 1996 and has to its credit a number of significant achievements.

The Anand model of Amul fame, adopted by NDDB, has been immensely successful as it involves people in their own development through cooperatives where professionals are accountable to leaders elected by producers.

 The institutional infrastructure -- village cooperative, dairy and cattle feed plants, state and national marketing -- is owned and controlled by farmers. Anand Pattern cooperatives have progressively, linked producers directly with consumers.

In another significant development, the state government signed another MoU with the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Government of Gujarat, as a part of the Investment Promotion Activity for Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2017.

With an objective to encourage commercial and economic cooperation between both the states, the MoU paves way for the GIDC to facilitate Department of Industries, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, to obtain necessary permissions, registrations, approvals, clearances, etc from concerned departments of Gujarat as per existing policies, rules and regulations of the state government.

NDDB was set up in 1965 with the basic objective of replicating the famous Amul model throughout the country.




APFA all set to kick-start AIFF's Grassroots Prog

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) is all set to undertake All India Football Federation's (AIFF) ambitious Grassroots Programme throughout Arunachal Pradesh in phase-wise manner from March next.

The first phase of the programme will be launched in Capital Complex under the guidance of AIFF's Grassroots Programme Director Anju Turambekar, informed APFA general secretary Kipa Ajay. Registration of children for the programme will start on January 11 at APFA office, Naharlagun.

Grassroots football is for boys and girls between 6-12 years of age. The program aims to provide playing opportunities to as many children as possible in the age group of 6-12 years. It also aims to reach 350,000 kids across the country. It acts as a starting point in the player development pathway. The top players from the Grassroots Program, after reaching the age of 12, will be identified by the states and if seen as good enough, will be inducted into various academies run by clubs and the AIFF.

Further, APFA is organizing a seminar on football refereeing on January 14 at Naharlagun as part of football development as well as promotion of refereeing in the state.

AIFF's Referee Chairman Gautam Kar will chair the meeting and give detailed information regarding referee structures and registration; Ajay informed and sought participation of all the District Sports Officers, presidents and secretaries of District Football Associations, coaches, referees and senior players in the meeting.




Paklu Taipodia wins Eastern India Miss Fitness-2017 title

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Female bodybuilder and fitness athlete Paklu Taipodia of Arunachal Pradesh once again brought laurel to the state by winning the Eastern India Miss Fitness-2017 title at Nagaon, Assam on Sunday last.

Competing at 7th Eastern India Bodybuilding Championship, the weightlifter turned bodybuilder Taipodia outshined the participants of 12 states of Eastern India which includes Odhisa, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. Taipodia bagged 5th position in the recently held Senior National Bodybuilding Championship-2016.

Meanwhile, Sports Authority of Arunachal chairman, Gora Makik, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Dani Salu and Arunachal Bodybuilding Association president, Techi Jobae congratulated Taipodia for her achievement.




‘Philanthropic will needed for TAH to materialize’

ZIRO, Jan 10: Commissioner GA/DA and Education, Hage Kojeen said that a philanthropic will is required from the denizens of Lower Subansiri district for Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) to see the light of the day.  He was speaking in the meeting of HoDs convened at the conference Hall of a hotel in Hapoli on Tuesday.

"Good connectivity in terms of road and air will propel the economy of this area. Local officers should mobilise and motivate the public and land owners to relax land compensation claims for speedy implementation of the projects," he added while referring to the delayed TAH construction and civilian terminal project at ALG, Ziro.

He also took stock of various infrastructural projects and flagship programmes and schemes under various departments. Emphasizing on the need to improve work culture amongst people, he directed HoDs to strictly adhere to biometric attendance for the staff. Later, he also interacted with the officials of education department and took stock of various projects and flagship programs.  (DIPRO)




NAAM Foundation to build school in Arunachal

THANE, Jan 10: The NAAM Foundation, established by actors Nana Patekar and Makrand Anaspure has decided to extend its activities to other states, including Arunachal Pradesh, and will be building schools there for children of defence personnel killed in action.

"The foundation will build schools for children of the jawans (army and para-military force personnel) in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya," said Anaspure in an interview at the Rambhau Mhalgi lecture series on Monday night.

He said "Last year deaths of many jawans took place and we find that there is a dire need for schools in these states. Hence NAAM has decided to extend its activities there."

The foundation has been active since September 2015 and works for upliftment of families of those farmers who committed suicide in Maharashtra due to crop failure and loan burden. PTI




Withheld tender process of PMGSY schemes’

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Democracy & Anti-Corruption Peoples' Forum (ADACPF) has demanded for withholding tender process of PMGSY sanctioned schemes of 2016-17 and preparation of revise estimate thereof.

In its representation submitted to the Chief Engineer, RWD, PMGSY CEO, ARRDA RWD, it claimed that the estimates of PMGSY schemes are often 100 times more than that of the actual cost of the work done.

The amount shown in the estimates and sanctioned so far could have covered 10kms per scheme but have been sanctioned for just 2 to 3kms per estimation and approved scheme, it maintained further adding that estimates are prepared by the works department in connivance with the elected legislators and are only awarded to their kith and kin.




Ringu clinches silver in National School Games

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Ringu Tara of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Polo Colony became the first boxer from the state to win a silver medal in National School Games.

Ringu, son of Ringu Kanu of Kurung Kumey district, presently residing at Karsingsa, achieved the feat in the recently held 62nd National School Games (Boxing) at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh from December 24 to 29 last. Arunachal Pradesh had clinched a bronze medal in boxing in the previous National School Games. The school team was led by instructor cum team manager Tenzing Chogyal.





Meeting on celebration of National Voters’ Day

ROING, Jan 10:  A district consultative committee meeting of various HoDs/EROs/AEROs/admin officers/ principals/NGOs/BLOs was convened at the Anchal Samity Hall here on Tuesday, to discuss various issues relating to celebration of National Voters' Day (NVD) on Jan 25 next.

Speaking on the occasion, ADC, Chesta Yadav informed that various programme like drawing competition/essay competition and awareness campaigns will be conducted at secondary level schools in the district to create awareness among masses on NVD. While emphasizing on more participation of young voters, she directed all BLOs to submit the list of newly registered election card by Jan 22 next.

Meanwhile, ADC along with CO (Election), Mary N Taloh took part in an interactive session programme at VKV Roing as a part of activities under NVD.

The meeting was attended by EACs, NK Namchoom, Rebecca Tayeng and J Umpo, CO, HoDs, school principal, BLOs and other officials.

At Yupia, while chairing the meeting regarding celebration of NVD at the conference hall of DC Office, Papum Pare DC -cum District Election Officer, Tai Kaye informed that the National Voters Day will be celebrated on Jan 25 at Rono Community Hall, Doimukh this year. He further appealed to all the EROs / AEROs of the circle to celebrate the National Voters Day in a proper manner with participation of eligible voters at their administrative HQ/ polling station as per the direction of the CEO. (DIPRO)




PMSMA launched  

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Tai Kaye, who also is the Chairman of District Health Society, on Monday last, launched the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) at Tomo Riba Institute of Hospital and Medical Science (TRIHMS), Naharlagun.

The PMSMA is a new initiative of the Narendra Modi Government aimed at boosting the health care facilities for pregnant women, especially the poor. Pregnant women will be given free health check-up and required treatment for free on the 9th of every month under the programme. The scheme is applicable for pregnant women to avail in all government hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC called upon the health officials for effective implementation of the programme to achieve its main objective.

District RCH Officer, Dr. J Ado highlighted on the aims and objective of PMSMA through PowerPoint presentation while, DMO Dr. T Kampu appealed to all the health workers to take part in the programme to provide quality ANC to dropped out or missed pregnant women in routine ANC.

Medical Superintendent, Dr. D Raina said that there will be special ANC clinic on every 9th of month besides daily routine ANC in the hospital.

Gynaecologist Head of Dept. of Obs & Gynae, Dr. B Mala also spoke during the programme and assured to have special ANC in the hospital with adequate logistics.

Earlier, a total of 32 Ante Natal Checkups were done during the day at TRIHMS, Naharlagun.

The PMSMA has also been launched in all the health facilities (CHCs/PHCs) of the district.

DIPRO adds from Bomdila: District Health Society, West Kameng launched the PMSMA at District Hospital Bomdila on Monday last. On the day of launching the programme, six missed out and dropped out pregnant women from Bomdila and Rupa block underwent antenatal check up and laboratory investigation. They were also given Iron folic acid tablets and vaccinated with Tetanus Toxide (TT) injection. They also underwent ultrasonography screening to determine the size and position of the foetus.




NYP training  PwSAs in 21 states

Set up traditional emporium: Swamiji

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: RKM Hospital secretary Swami Vishweshananda Maharaj on Tuesday exhorted National Youth Project (NYP) to continue skilling people with special abilities (PwSAs) to make them worthy citizens of India.

Secretary RKMH advocated opening an emporium to showcase and sale the indigenous traditional dresses and beads, in his inaugural address of the two-month training for PwSAs, sponsored by Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in NYP training centre here.

DDK News head Manikant Thakur said that the NYP identifying and skilling them as a mission deserves appreciation as it is in tune with Govt. of India's Stand UP and Start Up programmes, among numerous schemes to benefits the divyangs, provided they learn to avail the benefits honestly as there is no dearth of fund with the  GoI.

The Arunachal pavilion in Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2017 was lauded by PM Modi on Monday, he said, adding the stage has been set by the NYP for the trainees to benefit from the innovative initiative, Thakur added.

With the conviction of making the PwSAs part of nation building process, the present central Govt. formed Skill Development Ministry and Social Justice and Empowerment Department in 2016 and empanelled 27 NGOs, including NYP to take up the works, NYP trustee H P Biswas earlier said.

The NYP has been training PwSAs in 21 states, including in Arunachal since 2008 and so far has trained 3,640 while this year's target is 783, Biswas said, adding that NYP has collaborated with Gandhi Smriti Darshan (GSD).

The traditional attires and beads once selected would be sold in GSD emporium and those trained could be suppliers to earn a decent livelihood, Biswas said.

He regretted that though the state has over 33,000 PwSAs but hardly 20% of them have disability certificate, essential for availing Govt. benefits. But the state lacks initiative, inadequate doctors and infrastructure to meet the goal. He advised the trainees to be committed during training to receive Rs 5,000 in two instalments in their bank account only with 80% attendance.

Traditional fashion designer as master trainer Nana Gona also demonstrated her creative traditional dresses and beads on the occasion.





IMC suspends parking charges

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The collection of vehicle parking charges in all notified areas within the jurisdiction of Itanagar Municipal Council has been suspended w.e.f. January 1, 2017.

"No parking fees shall be collected by any agencies in the name of IMC till further order," Chief Municipal Executive Officer Itanagar Municipal Council said in an order.




Sarok greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor, V Shanmuganathan has greeted the people of the state on the festive occasion of Sarok. He expressed hope that the festivity will usher in peace and harmony for all and good harvest in the year ahead.

'On this joyous occasion, I join my Aka brethren in offering our prayers to Almighty to bless each one of us with his choicest blessings', the Governor said in his message.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Pema Khandu has also extended greetings to the people of state on the occasion of Sarok festival. Extending his warm wishes particularly to the Aka community, Khandu hoped that the festival would bring prosperity, happiness and strengthen the communal ties in the state. (PRO to Governor/CMO)




Stalemate between ITW and govt continues  

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  The stalemate between Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) and the authority continues as the indefinite 'whistle down' strike entered day two on Tuesday. So far the authority did not react on the current agitation. In a statement ITW stated, "Despite giving six years of dedicated service, we still do not have our jobs secured".  

The agitating traffic wardens vowed to continue their agitation until the state government fulfil their demands.  ITW have been demanding for equal pay for equal job and enhancement of salary, regularization of jobs, promotional opportunities along with job security. "If the state government wants us to stop our ensuing whistle down strike, they must come up with a mechanism," ITW further added.




T20 Christmas Trophy begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Nirjuli Cricket Club won the opening match of the 6th Running T20 Christmas Trophy organized by Ganga Youth Club here on Monday last.

The team defeated Police Colony Cricket Club by 32 runs.

The tournament was earlier inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary, Techi Kaso and social worker Taro Tagia.





Wildlife cartooning workshop organized

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Over 50 students from in and around Tippi-Bhalukpong area participated in a day long wildlife cartooning workshop at Nature Interpretation Centre, Tippi Wildlife Range organized by Pakke Tiger Reserve on Monday last.

Aimed at nurturing creativity as well as raising their awareness about wildlife, noted wildlife cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty was the resource person for the workshop. Creator of cartoon series 'Green Humour', Rohan involved the students in fun filled interactive session and shared information related to the rich biodiversity, wildlife and related conservation issues in a simplified manner.

RFO Tippi Wildlife Range, Kime Rambia briefed the students on how cartoons are being used nowadays to convey messages in a humorous or satirical way and how cartooning can be taken up as a hobby or as serious career choice.

EAC Bhalukpong Tamo Riba also spoke.




Compulsory use of GPS in schemes execution stressed

YINGKIONG, Jan 10:  The Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki has called for compulsory use of GPS in execution of the schemes to avoid duplicity of works.

He was addressing a District Level Monitoring Committee Meeting convened under his chairmanship at the DC's Conference Hall here on Monday last.

Kamki further directed the DPO to serve a copy to all the DLMC members on all the ongoing schemes and directed the executing agencies to submit reports on remarks of third party Monitoring Committee.

The DLMC members also resolved to issue Sub-divisional and Circle level Monitoring Committee notification shortly. (DIPRO)




Handicrafts expo begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: A Handicrafts Expo-2017 organized by Arunachal Pradesh Handloom & Handicraft Development Society began at C-sector here on Tuesday.

Speaking during its inaugural session, Assistant Director (Handicrafts), Rajib Saikia hoped that such expo will provide good platform for upcoming entrepreneurs/artisans of the state to showcase their products.

Designer from Export Promotion Council of Handicrafts, Tashi Wangmu highlighted the Digital Payments of GoI and how handicrafts artisans can avail the benefits from the scheme.

All the officers and staffs of Directorate and various artisans/entrepreneurs/NGOs/cooperative societies were present on the occasion. The expo will continue till Jan 19 next.




Capacity building camp begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  A three-day long 9th Capacity Building Camp organized for schools established and being run by the RK Mossang Memorial Society, began at the Setong Sena outdoor stadium in Jairampur on Monday last.

MLA, Laisam Simai who earlier, inaugurated the camp also released a souvenir published by the NGO in presence of Jairampur ADC, SS Choudhury, public leaders, officers and others.




Social worker no more

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  The All Kra Daadi District Students Union (AKDDSU) has deeply mourned the demise of social worker Byabang Gyani of Radang Village under Kra Daadi district.

Late Byabang Gyani is survived by three sons and a daughter.

In a release, AKDDSU president, Gora Rikam remembered Late Gyani as a selfless social worker who worked for the development of Palin Circle. He had also generously donated his land for the establishment of Middle school in his native village Langdung, stated the AKDDSU president while terming his demise as a great loss to the society.

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Laudable initiative

As per report the Arunachal Pradesh stall in the vibrant Gujarat summit is drawing massive crowd. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself visited the stall and appreciated it. Arunachal has put up stall with the theme of Organic -Agri, Horticulture, Heritage, Textile and Culture. The state government also signed a MoU with Dairy Development Board (NDDB) based at Anand, Gujarat. NDDB was set up in 1965 with the basic objective of replicating the famous Amul model throughout the country.

The NDDB will carry out detail survey about diary potential in the state. They will also provide technical support in terms of establishment of dairy infrastructure, cattle feed and mineral mixture plant etc. The state government has taken a good step by deciding to participate in the summit. If Arunachal has to truly progress, the government will have to look for various source to generate own revenue and stop dependency on central fund. The best ways to generate own source will be to look for private investment. The occasion like Vibrant Gujarat summit where hundreds of world class companies are participating provides an opportunity to showcase what Arunachal can offer to them. Government of Arunachal should look out for more such opportunities in future. The people also need to change their outlook. For private investment to come, the citizen will have to play a crucial role. They need to create a healthy atmosphere. Unless there is friendly atmosphere no private companies will invest in the state. For their part government should make sure that locals are not neglected by these private companies. One of the major complaints of project affected/land donor of various hydropower projects is the utter neglect of locals by the hydropower developers. If the locales are not made stakeholders they will definitely turn hostile.







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Leaders stay in the heart of public

Dear Editor,

Every parent loves their children but not every grown up child loves back their parent. But when they do, that's a very beautiful phenomenon. It's very consoling to learn that the new state govt. has recently, formally acknowledged the works and contributions of late Bakin Pertin towards the people of the state.

Here in Arunachal, Dr. BR Ambedkar and late Pertin(among a few more others ) always seemed to be belonging to the same category of the  "forgotten heroes". Ambedkar as the chief architect of the Indian constitution bestowed on us, as Scheduled Tribes citizen of India, much of the privileges, rights and protection. Born himself into a lower class dalit Hindu family and suffering the pain of discrimination and subjugation, his commitment to uplift the lower class sections of our country is undeniable, unflinching. However, unlike other parts of the country, for us, he is just a 'Doctor'. We even completely forgot to pay our homage. Not even a single Primary school or atleast a Law college bears the name of the person who had been our guardian, our liberator.

However, it’s immensely pleasant to know that as a mark of respect to the life and works of Late Bakin Pertin towards the people of the state, the new state cabinet under the leadership of Pema Khandu has approved of the renaming of the Pasighat General Hospital after him. Politicians come and go, but leaders stay in the hearts of people forever. Hope under the leadership of Khandu, Arunachal enters into a newer age of progress.







Development should be inclusive

Dear Editor,

This is in response to a letter published on dated 10th of Jan, 2017, by Mr. Marli Kamki, where he so eloquently discussed the prospective gains from building dams in Arunachal such as creation of jobs, generation of revenue, infrastructure developments among others. The fallacy in his paper was the fact that he only looked at the gains from these dams (which are far from assured to being with) and not the effect widely associated with these “development activities".

Notwithstanding the environmental clearance which these dams have failed to gain till 2015 with further time given to them, there is a clear existential danger to the socio-cultural fabric of the people who will be displaced because of the same. Is a development worth when it will result in our divorce from cultural heritage because of it? And we haven’t gone to the real issue of our location being at a fragile ecological zone prone to frequent earthquakes along with the threat to our rich flora and fauna!

 As India completes a decade in the twenty-first century, and is acquiring the identity of a power of some reckoning, it needs to be conveyed that the Indian state is inclusive of the needs of the concerned and legitimate stakeholders. Arunachal Pradesh, being an integral part of India and being located in a sensitive border region, exercising a judicious mix of policy options in the state has become an imperative. These policy choices need to be explored and debated in order to create a middle path.

While Mr. Kamki did well in citing state of Sikkim for the progression made in cultivating hydro power but a basic research will show that the local stakeholders were denied their right to voice their dissent to the same and the very same dams were built with the ulterior motive of gaining carbon credits.  

There are ample examples of mass displacement in India under the banner of development but we should look at what cost these comes? The Land Acquisition Act, 2013 though with good intention was drafted; there has been lack of trust and inclusiveness of the affected people in these development activities. What guarantees we get that our unemployed youths will be given jobs by these dam constructing companies? What will happen of the people being displaced? If we haven’t learnt any lesson from the cases like Narmada Bachao Andolan, Protest by the local fishermen in coastal Andhra Pradesh over Nuclear Plant etc, it is about time we do. Development in our state is must and most required and welcomed if I might add, but it is should be INCLUSIVE. We need to be the first to bear its fruit.


John Noshi,





Publicity stunt ?

Dear Editor,

This is with regards to a letter titled “The mystery behind the Arunachal CM Bungalow” by one Rajkumar Jhanjhari which was published in your daily. Let me be brutally honest at the very outset, the letter written by Rajkumar was nothing but a way to promote vastu thing in Arunachal by directly targeting CM bungalow to gather maximum attention of innocent people of Arunachal.

Furthermore, he attempted to show superiority of VASTU over other pujas and rituals. So basically he is countering superstition by giving his notion of superstition.


Rokpen Gali





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