January 18


Fire destroys 16 houses

AALO, Jan 17: Seven dwelling houses, six semi RCC and three OBT barracks were devastated in two separate fire incidents at Ngomdir village and Gour Hill on Tuesday.

Six units of semi RCC and three units of OBT barracks that belonged to Department of Hydro Power were reduced to ashes at Gour Hill at 2.30 am.

In another fire incident that broke out at Ngomdir village at around 10 am, seven dwelling houses were completely gutted.

Properties worth lakhs of rupees, including Power Tiller, Rice Mills, Motorcycles, and Gun etc were either lost or damaged in the fire.

The district administration represented by EAC Liyi Bagra, West Siang DSP and DDMO rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The fire victims of both Gour Hill and Ngomdir village were provided immediate support in form of cash payments. DIPRO




ITWs disappointed with government apathy

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: As the continuing deadlock between the authorities and agitating Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) entered its ninth day with authorities not being able to make any headway, the ITWs have questioned the state government's silence over the issue.

Addressing media persons at the Press Club here this afternoon, Taniang Yao, a second batch Traffic Warden said that ITWs have also approached the Chief Minister regarding the matter but there has been no response from his side till date.  

While reiterating their demands which include; job regularization, enhancement of payment, end to payment deduction besides, 15 day casual leave annually and abolition of muster roll, Yao said that the government could at least absorb the 200 ITWs in the department on casual basis if not on permanent basis.

'Earlier, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, Sandeep Kumar Singh gave us only verbal assurance.

He asked us to either leave our job and sign an undertaking declaring that we will be re-appointed in the same department or continue with our jobs that too, without giving any written assurance. We have been denied any other option', he claimed adding that most of the ITWs are over age now and cannot apply for other jobs hence, did not accept the proposal.

'Seeking regularization of jobs after serving the state government for 6 long years, is a legitimate right of the ITWs. If the government had regularized the jobs of hundreds of SSA teachers then why cannot it regularize the ITWs', he further questioned.

The ITWs have maintained that back in 2011, when the recruitment of ITWs began the then DIGP (Traffic), Robin Hibu assured them that about 30 of them will later be absorbed in the fire brigade or the Home department based on their performance and seniority.

Tabang Yati, a first batch ITW said that the authorities have utterly failed to fulfill its assurance. 'We have submitted a total of 11 memorandums since 2013 to the authorities but there has been no positive response from their end. Moreover, the Home department has also declared that recruitment of ITWs does not come under its purview. The authority to recruit the ITWs rests with the Chief Estate Officer (CEO) only', he claimed.    

The ITWs have further vowed to continue with its 'whistle down strike' until all its demands are met with.




Rijiju calls for cordial relationship between Assam and Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  Union Minister Kiren Rijiju called upon people of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to maintain the age-old cordial relationships and said that petty individual cases should not be given communal colour.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the newly constructed building of Tarasso Police Station on Tuesday, Rijiju said that the people of both Assam and Arunachal have been maintaining a very good relation since time immemorial and the same should be maintained.

At a time when the people of Arunachal Pradesh had been struggling for development, the people of Assam contributed a lot. And now, the people from Assam are getting the benefit from Arunachal in various forms, including jobs, he said.

He said that with the inauguration of the police station building a long standing demand of the people of Tarasso has been fulfilled.

He said that there are numerous places in Arunachal Pradesh where road connectivity is required and Tarasso is one of those areas where the road connectivity is very poor.

"Development cannot be possible without proper road connectivity," he said, and urged the State Govt. to take up the land acquisition for construction of road connectivity.

Union Minister of State for Food Processing & Industry Sadhni Niranjan Jyoti, who accompanied Rijiju, said she was awestruck by the scenic beauty of the state and its people. She said that the state has tremendous scope for development of food processing industry and urged upon the state government to take immediate steps in this direction.

 Home Minister Kumar Waii, local MLA and Minister for UD, Law and Justice, Nabam Rebia also spoke on the occasion.

Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, top state police officials, HoD, GBs and locals of Tarasso attended the inauguration programme. DIPRO




Food processing industries can transform state’s economy: Union Minister

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Pradesh with varied types of agriculture and horticulture crops has huge potentials to develop food processing industries which can transform the socio-economic condition of the state, said Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.

The Central Government is giving special attention for development of the Northeastern region and DoNER Ministry was created solely for this purpose, the Union Minister said in a meeting on 'Arunachal Pradesh Food PRO'organized jointly the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GoI at State Banquet Hall here on Tuesday.

The Union MoS was all praise for the local fruits, particularly 'kiwi' which, according to her, is much better than that of kiwis of Germany and New Zealand in both taste and quality.

Stating that Food Processing Industries contributes 13% to national growth, she said that the whole nation can be developed through food processing industries.

The four Mega Food Parks being set up in the North East would provide enough scope for promotion of this sector besides providing job opportunities to youths, she said, and assured to look into the problems and extend support from her ministry for development of the sector in the state.

Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga said that although the region has huge potential in agri-business and food processing sector, it is suffering due to insufficient infrastructure, entrepreneurship and business supporting institutions.

He informed that the state has an investor friendly industrial policy, which provides incentives to eligible food processing units as additional State Capital Investment Subsidy @20% subject to a ceiling of Rs 25 lakh.

The minister said that due to the delinking of the National Mission on Food Processing launched by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries boosting the food processing sector during the 12th five year plan ( 2012-2017) the state government is facing a committed liability of Rs 6.06 crore against 34 pending proposals.

Taking the opportunity, Taga urged the union minister to launch a similar type of scheme for boosting the sector in the state. He also advocated for setting up of micro and small industries which should be environment friendly.

The Joint Secretary of Ministry of Food Processing informed that the ministry is taking up three new schemes for creation of infrastructure in agro processing industries, backward and forward linkages for perishable produces and creation of food processing and modernization of units to reduce wastages.

Commissioner (Horticulture) Belatee Pertin called upon the entrepreneurs to come up to avail government schemes and set up industrial units.

Government cannot run industries. It can only act as facilitator for its promotion, he said, and called for promotion of food processing sector in state. Pertin also emphasized on regulation of market prices through organized sector and organic certification agency.

Tahang Taggu, Commissioner Industries requested the GoI to continue promotional support for developing food processing industries in the state.

Earlier, Madhuparna Bhowmick, Additional Director & Head of Agriculture & Food, ICC informed that food processing is one of the largest industries contributing to 13% of the country's total export.  North East region which is endowed with immense potentials of fruits, agro and other produces could emerge as significant food processing hub, she said and called for setting up of small scale local industries to tap the resources.

Taru Talo, Director Industries asked the entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to enhance their technical knowhow and derive optimum benefit of the programme.

Officials from Industries, Agriculture, Horticulture and other line departments, resource persons from Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders attended the day-long meeting. DIPRO





Health camp at inaccessible Vijoynagar

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  A medical relief and rescue camps were organized in the remote Vijoynagar circle in Changlang district by a local NGO Life Care Foundation from 24th December to 7th January. More than 3000 people in the valley were benefited. Four serious patients brought in stretcher were treated while one serious patient was evacuated to city hospital. Medical Camps were conducted in five different places.

One serious patient who needed better health facility was evacuated by the 13th Assam Rifles helicopter, informed Philip Ngwazah Director of Life Care Foundation.

A group of US tourists who were visiting Margherita-Miao-Namdapha-Vijoynagar tourist circuit during the time of medical camp voluntarily supported it. Most of the tourists were from medical profession and volunteers of Tourist team headed by Dr. Duehrssen, Dr. Chuck and Dr. Ha Thi along with paramedics, EMRs/Nurses and EMTs treated many patients which included 8 minor surgeries.

Acknowledging the contribution of Chief Minister, local MLA cum Minister Kamlung Mosang, 13th Assam Rifles, district administration, health deptt, police and visiting Tourists from USA, LCF Director, Philip Ngwazah stated that without their wholehearted support, the weeklong medical camps in the remote valley would not have been possible. He also informed that till date there is no road connectivity to the remote valley, and villagers have to hike the long trail of 157 kms in five days to reach the nearest town, Miao.




Bogibeel bridge likely to complete by December


RUKSIN, Jan 17: The Bogibeel Bridge over Brahmaputra is likely to be thrown open for vehicular traffic in March, 2018.

According to Deputy Chief Engineer (Construction) of NF Railway (NFR) MK Singh, the bridge will be completed by December, 2017 and the NFR is hopeful of opening the bridge for traffic in March, 2018.

Although the commissioning of country's longest rail-cum-road bridge has been rescheduled for March, 2018, the Northeast Frontier Railways will press for completion of the project by the end of this year.

The Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) entrusted for building the bridge has reportedly achieved about 70 per cent work. It has engaged some 1,500 personnel to meet the new deadline.

The 4.94-km-long bridge is located over 20 km away from the Assam- Arunachal Pradesh boundary and will  act as an alternative to the Tezpur bridge in providing connectivity to people residing in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.




APCC refutes Pema's allegation of dictatorship

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday refuted the allegation of Chief Minister Pema Khandu that he was not allowed to function independently as chief minister that compelled him to quit the party.

Pema reportedly leveled this allegation against Indian National Congress during a programme at Borum which was also attended by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Reacting sharply to the allegation, APCC Spokesperson Hina Camder Tok in a counter press statement said that former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had voluntarily made way for Pema to become Chief Minister after the historic Supreme Court verdict that had reinstalled the Congress Government in the state.

 "Tuki invited Pema to become leader of the Congress Legislature Party without dictation from the party high command. He made this sacrifice for the betterment of people of the state. Hence, the question of Congress dictatorship as alleged by Pema does not arise," the APCC Spokesperson said.

He also said that the merger of Pema led Govt. from INC to PPA is illegal since the matter is still subjudice at High Court.

The APCC Spokesperson cautioned the BJP leadership in the state that they should not have much confidence upon the legislators, who have recently joined their party because they have already championed the habit of changing their colours in any point of time.




Two senior IPS officers sacked for 'non-performance'

New Delhi, Jan 17:  Two senior IPS officers were sacked by the government after an extensive evaluation found them "not fit" to continue in the service due to their alleged "non-performance", an action which came after nearly two decades.

Mayank Sheel Chohan, a 1998 batch Union Territory cadre officer and Raj Kumar Dewangan, a 1992 batch Chhattisgarh cadre officer, were given "premature retirement" under the All India Service (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules-1958, a Home Ministry official said.

The action came "in the public interest" after extensive review of the service performance of the two officers, who have completed 15 years of qualifying service.

"Performance review of IPS officers was conducted to weed out dead wood," the officer said.

A service review is conducted twice on an all India service officer - first after 15 years and again 25 years of completion of qualifying service.

There were allegations against Chohan, a Superintendent of Police (SP) rank officer of having disproportionate assets.

He was also accused of remaining absent from service without authorisation when he was posted in Arunachal Pradesh. PTI




DGBR review road works in Siang valley

YINGKIONG, Jan 17: Director General of Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, AVSM, visited Tuting on Monday to review the ongoing road Projects in Siang Valley.  He along with Chief Engineer Brahmank, Brig CC Jaleel inspected the strategic road Tuting-Bona-Gelling.

DGBR while interacting with Officers of 761 BRTF at Tuting assured that the DPR for double laning of 50 Km long Migging-Tuting road will be sanctioned immediately, so that works can commence in this financial year. He further directed that DPRs should contain all necessary provisions to make world class roads.  He particularly instructed to ensure construction of breast walls along the entire length of the road in keeping with current best practices saying it will not only stabilize the toe of the road preventing possible landslides due to slope failures but will also instill a sense of safety in the minds of the driver.

DGBR outlined the need for richer specifications for laying of renewal coats in view of terrain conditions and increased traffic density.

Commander 761 BRTF, SK Pradhan explained the progress on inter-valley road Migging-Bile and the ongoing resurfacing works on Ditte Dime-Migging road against all odds like terrain, rainfall, remoteness, paucity of labour and lack of supply eco-system.  He further informed that there is need to augment departmental resources like stone crushers and hydraulic excavators so that improvement of road is not held hostage by non-performing contractors.

DGBR assured allotment of additional resources to Siang Valley keeping in view the need and prevailing ground constraints. He also inspected Manigong-Tato and Menchuka sector. (DIPRO)




BJP to check corruption

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The State Executive Meeting of Bharatatiya Janata Party (BJP) concluded on Tuesday with a resolve to check corruption in all  form.

Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Pema Khandu sharply criticized Congress governments for its alleged mis-governance and held the party responsible for corruption.

He said that his government is committed to transparency and accountability and it will be possible because of the ideologies, values and work culture of BJP, which is just opposite to dynastic party like the Congress.

While sharing about his interaction with Prime Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said that Modi is very serious and has clear intention to develop north-eastern region. Prime Minister believes that if India has to progress then northeast must progress first, he said.

He announced that from now onwards, performance of each minister and department would be reviewed and non-performers would be taken to task. Even, the nonperforming ministers will be changed, he added.

To enhance transparency and accountability, the Chief Minister also proposed to apply more and more digital technology in governance.

On the occasion, Ramesh Kadaganchi, General Secretary (Organisation) spoke on philosophy of Pt. Deen Dayal, former minister Dr Tangor Tapak on BJP's working system and Culture, former minister and National Council Member R K Khrimey on the need for peace and security for prosperity, Techi Necha on Sadasiyata Abhiyan - membership campaign issues and former vice president Tayek Goi on  Ajeevan Sahyog Nidhi - voluntary financial contribution towards the party.

In his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein lauded the demonetisation policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and informed that demonetization has led to 30 percent drop in the price of real estate in the country which was earlier inflated by black money.

State BJP President Tapir Gao urged the party workers to maintain discipline. He reiterated the party workers to spread awareness and take the benefits of all the 88 developmental schemes to the remotest corners of the state.

Earlier, the meeting adopted an 'Economic Resolution" which was moved by Deputy Chief Minister Mein and passed at the National Executive Meeting in New Delhi.




Basar confluences- towards pan Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  Secretary Tourism & Planning, Dr Joram Beda launched the websites of GRK Basar www.basarconfluence.org and www.grkbasar.org on Monday at his office. He appreciated and applauded the efforts of GRK in building a better society and contributing in converting the state to Pan Arunachal concept.

Gumin Rvgo Kilaju (GRK) is an organisation founded by Govt. employees (both retired & serving) of Basar area under West Siang District. It is an apolitical and non profit organisation striving to get rid of the society from various prejudice and socio-economic injustice.

It is working with the vision that if each household can change, the village can change and if each village can change the community can change and if each community can change then the state will change.

 "Basar confluence"- a festival which will be organised this year on 22nd & 23rd February is conceived by GRK with motive of giving something back to the society and to showcase the tradition and culture of the people to the outside world. This would be a festival where the community would be involved in the organisation. The proceeds of the event shall be shared amongst the stakeholders' i.e community and the villages. The success of the event shall go a long way in promotion of progressive thought, universal brotherhood, synchronisation with ecology and nature, stated GRK in a release.  




DC launches GST Registration Week

PASIGHAT, Jan. 17: The Department of Tax & Excise, Pasighat on Monday launched the "GST Registration Week" for migration of existing VAT dealers of Pasighat to the GST common Portal. This migration will facilitate smooth transition of the dealers to GST as and when GST is introduced.

Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak, who formally launched the registration week, gave emphasis on full migration of the existing VAT dealers to GST Common Portal.

"Pasighat being the oldest town and the torchbearer of yesteryears, effort should made to regain its glory by being the leader in all spheres of life," the DC exhorted both the dealers and officials of tax department.

An interactive session with dealers to address the queries on the issue of migration to GST Portal was conducted after the launching ceremony  by Superintendent of Tax & Excise, Pasighat Kingman Komut.

Superintendent T&E, BFC Ruksin Tabor Tapak also stated that there was no option for not migrating to the GST system.

Earlier, Biswajit Sonu Singh, one of the most progressive dealers of Pasighat, who introduced PayTM facility and complete computerized billing system, educated the fellow dealers of the benefits of migrating to the GST common Portal.

Oti Dai, Vice President, and Mingge Tol Tasung, General Secretary, of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) advised the dealers to take advantage of the GST Registration to achieve 100% migration.

Hundreds of enthusiastic VAT registered dealers (Shopkeepers, Contractors and Govt. Suppliers), attended the programme and pledged to get themselves registered with GST Portal. DIPRO





Review Meeting on IPPI, MI

AALO, Jan 17: The District Health Society, West Siang conducted a meeting on Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization and Mission Indradhanush phase 1V on Jan 16 last.

Addressing the event, EAC (Judicial) Kiren Ningo said that National programme has to be intensified to give adequate coverage to the people of far flung areas. Necessary support will be given by the district administration as he stressed on proper IEC campaign.

In his keynote Address, Dr. Marbom Basar, DMO cum CEO DHS West Siang laid stress on establishment of vaccination booths, vehicular movements, mobilization of PRIs and other supportive measures from all line departments.

The aim is to improve immunization coverage of all the pockets. The problem of cold chain for storing vaccines is a cause of concern and effort should be made to cover all areas so that no children die of vaccine preventive diseases, he said.

DFWO Kengo Ori stressed on selection of best ASHAs and assured to release fund for Basar, Likabali, Mechuka, Kamba and Yomcha to organize Baby shows. The Medical Officers also spelt out their problems like non availability of vehicles in some circles and provision of POL items. (DIPRO)




Gram Sabha to be held on Republic Day

YINGKIONG, Jan 17:  Upper Siang DC Incharge ADC, Tapik Pertin on Tuesday directed the administrative officers various Sub-divisional and Circle Hqtrs to organized a special Gram Sabha during the ensuing Republic Day with the motto to exercise knowledge and incorporate aspiration and priority of every Panchayat such as education, employment, health and sanitation, infrastructure and in line with India's 15 years vision documents.

He also urged the administrative officers for creating wide publicity giving information to all Gram Chairperson of their respective jurisdiction. (DIPRO)




Awareness on disaster management

AALO, Jan 17: As part of Community Awareness cum School Safety Programme on natural and manmade disaster organized by E Coy 12th BN NDRF Itanagar in Collaboration with district administration, District disaster management, a camp was held at New and Old Market Aalo on Monday. The 12th BN NDRF C.S. Bal demonstrated basic survival skills during disasters. The focus of

the programme was core life saving skills and essential emergency procedures with greater emphasis on hands

on engagement during disaster. (DIPRO)




Cashless transaction

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: DC Capital has organized a workshop on cashless transaction on Jan 17 at Banquet Hall, Itanagar to create awareness and help people to open Bank accounts and enroll for adhaar.

The initiative plans to enable citizens' and merchant to understand real time digital transaction through Digidhan Bazaar.

To create awareness among people regarding cashless transaction, Digidhan Mela is being organized by DC Capital at IG Park, Itanagar on Jan  20.

The event will witness participation from of Banks, mobile wallet operators and marketing associations. DIPR




Bidol Tayeng's transfer from education deptt sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers' Association (AAPETA) has called for immediate transfer of Bidol Tayeng, secretary education, to some other department.

Justifying their claim, the Association said that he has not been able to  find amicable solution to the demand of teachers' arrears since the last three years. Non implementation of Mid Day Meal, delay in stipend fund release and other student related activities, failure to coordinate with officer concerned, delay in timely release of textbooks and implementation of government schemes in the department are some of the allegations that the association has leveled in its representation to the Chief Secretary.




Training for volunteers

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  Vivekananda Kendra, Wakro conducted a national youth day cum Purshuramkund  Mela volunteers training program  on Tuesday.  

Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti Wakro had provided 45 volunteers for the Purshuramkund  Mela from  Jan 13-15. Vivekananda Jayanti (National youth day) was also commemorated. Senior activist of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Tasaso  Yun  appealed the youths to follow the teaching of Swami Vivekananda.




Details on opium sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:   The department of Tax, Excise and Narcotics has sought the opium affected districts to submit the detail data such as total forest covered area, agriculture and horticulture cultivated area, total numbers of drug addict, synthetic and opium and area under opium and cannabis cultivation.

In a press release, the department said that detailed information will be incorporated in the state level meeting of core committee and deliberation committee to be held on 19 January 2017.




AAPLU seeks appointment from Eastern Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) Arunachal East has appealed for appointing Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) chairman from the eastern side of the state this time.

In its memorandum to the chief minister while pointing out that APB&OCWWB chairman has always been appointed from the western side since its inception in the year 2007 focusing development only on the western side, it said that if the chairman is appointed from eastern side this time it will help in ushering welfare activities in the region.




Tezu hospital gets digital x-ray

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:   Much to the delight of inhabitants of Lohit district, a digital x-ray machine was procured for the General Hospital, Tezu under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) which was initiated by DC Danish Ashraf.  

The advantage of machine is that image acquisition is much faster in comparison to the conventional ones. Further, image previews are available in less than 10 seconds making treatment faster and cheaper. The reduced film storage costs enable digital storage of images. Computed radiography also often requires fewer retakes due to under or over exposures which can result in lower overall dose to the patient.

District Medical Officer S. Chai Pul informed that the digital x-ray machine will be put to use once the technicians arrive.  She is constantly supervising the arrival of few other hi-tech machines.





Army display weapons at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A "Weapons Display" was organized by the troops of Tawang Garrison to encourage students to join the army.

A total of seventeen stalls displayed various weapons and equipment with requisite information. An educative booth was set up to guide the youth, about career options in the Armed forces for various age groups.

A vivid pipe band display and performances of "Chhau dance" were organized.




Curtains drawn on  Parashuram Kund Mela

TEZU, Jan 17: Curtains came down on annual Parashuram Kund Mela at Wakro in Lohit district on Monday.

Braving shivering cold, thousands took holy dip at Parshuram Kund on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Around 50,000 pilgrims and tourists visited the famous holy site during the four days mela. As per official record, over 2500 vehicles were registered for entry during the mela period.

The district administration under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf, SDO (S) G Hazarika and EAC Wakro cum Mela officer Dakto Riba left no stone unturned to ensure that the Mela was conducted peacefully.

EAC Duyu Ribia and CO Une Pertin made frequent checking at the site to make certain that everything ran smoothly.

The DC also released a self made 4 minutes video titled "Parashuram Kund - Kumbh of North East" and uploaded it in Youtube to promote tourism.

In recent years, this holy site has also developed into a popular tourist destination which must be encouraged, Ashraf opined.

He highly appreciated the efforts put in by the administrative officers, doctors, security personnel, IPR team and other volunteers.

Although the rush of visitors has significantly dwindled in the Kund area, the Mela will continue in the main bazaar of Tezu till January end. DIPRO




DCC for Changlang District held

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A District Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting was convened by Lead Bank at Changlang on Tuesday. It was attended by officials from RBI, NABARD and other banks along with line department & NERCORMP.

Chief Manager Lead Bank, Subhash Dhar shared the status of CD ratio, KCC loan, digitalization, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana and Lucky Grahak Yojana and opening of SHG account in the district informing that performance is not satisfactory and that the recovery position of the district was also not up to the mark.

He requested the bank branches to seek help of Govt. functionaries in this regard and maintain close liaison with the Govt. authorities for recovery of bank's dues. He asked for preparing Department wise defaulters list and separate list for Bakijai cases.

District Development Manager, NABARD, Kamal Roy advised all the bank branches to adopt atleast one village in their operation area to ensure 100 percent coverage in financial inclusion, issue of rupay cards, cashless transactions and Aadhar. He also informed about different subsidy schemes such as Dairy Enterpreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS), National Livestock Mission (NLM), AGRI Clinics and AGRI Business Centres (ACABC) Scheme, Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Lightine Systems, solar photovoltaic water pumping systems for irrigation purpose etc. He also sought support from bank managers for credit linkage of SHGs, Farmers' Club and JLGs in the district.

Expressing concern over the low CD Ratio in the district, DC Wajong Khimhun advised the banks to disburse all the pending loan applications under PMGSY/GSS before March 31st next to improve the CD Ratio. He further advised banks to achieve the target under ACP by March 31st next.




Training under NMSHE TF-6 conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  In all, 30 farmers were imparted training on 'Improved agriculture practices for optimum soil and water conservation' during a three-day long training under NMSHETF-6, conducted from Jan 13 to 16 of 2016 at Lipu-Namchi village of West Siang district.

During the training, Scientist (Veterinary extension), Dr. Doni Jini explained about optimum uses of water for livestock and poultry and conservation techniques while, Scientist (Agroforestry), Dr. Rajesh A Alone spoke on importance of Jalkund for water conservation and emphasized bamboo and toko palm plantation under jhum field as natural barrier to prevent surface run off of soil.

Scientist (Agronomy), Badapmein Makdoh also suggested different soil and water conservation techniques like contour, half-moon terrace, mulching techniques and inter-cropping of different crops.

Later, farmers were provided implements like weeder, maize sheller along with vegetable seeds and veterinary feed supplements.




DTFI meeting for MI at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: District Health Society, Namsai conducted District Task Force Immunization (DTFI) meeting for Mission Indradhanush (Ml), Phase-IV, under the chairmanship of DC R K Sharma on Tuesday in his office chamber. The meeting was attended by DMO, DRCHO, all MO incharges and DPMSU staffs.

The DC in his key note address expressing his concern over the overall poor performance of immunization programme in the state asked DRCHO to give him detailed health facility wise status report on IPPI performance (2016-17).

Further asking the MO incharge to present their micro plan and ongoing programme of their facility from next such meeting so that he can initiate necessary corrective measures, he assured to extend all possible help to achieve 100 percent target. DMO Dr Nani Rika DMO urged the entire medical officer in charges of all health facilities and other stake holders to put sincere effort performances of immunization programme.

DRCHO Dr Pill Dipen in his power point presentation on current scenario of polio eradication informed that though Polio has been eradicated from India but cautioned that there are chances of recurrence due to importation risk.

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Three horse race in UP

Ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) played a major spoilsport for BJP and BSP by declaring that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is the rightful owner of his Samajwadi Party's symbol, the cycle. The 43-year-old CM for weeks has been facing off with his father, Mulayam Singh, for control of the party. Both sides earlier this month filed competing claims with the Election Commission to use it as their own, telegraphing that if needed, they would contest the election as rival outfits. The decision of ECI has given huge fillip to young CM who is seeking second term.

After the verdict of ECI, the efforts to form a "grand secular alliance" in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh went into top gear on Tuesday with the Congress declaring that it has decided to tie up with Samajwadi Party and the shape of the formation would be announced in the next two days. Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is also expected to be part of this alliance. The coming together of SP-Congress and RLD has potential to unite Yadav, Muslim and section of Jat voters. It will pose serious challenge to BJP and BSP. The alliance will have added advantage of a Chief Ministerial candidate in incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav who is still popular among the voters. His clean and pro-development image is huge bonus for the SP. All of a sudden UP election truly looks like three way race between SP, BJP and BSP. Just a month ago it looked like BJP will sweep UP but things have suddenly changed in the last few days.







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Voice of contractual employees

Dear Editor,

I feel the need to raise the voice on behalf of contractual employees of the state, employed at various departments under central sponsored scheme and state government undertakings.

Though the contractual employees work with sincerity and dedication even in far away districts, their grievances are always unheard and many a times, there are allegations of irregularities.

The fact is that government institution located at every interior area of the state are under the control and administration of these contractual employees. Despite less salary, these employees have taken on the burden of serving in interior places.  

The duties performed by the contractual employees always go unrecognized and unrewarded. If contractual employees seek recognition and regularization of service, the government cites financial crises.

On the other hand, politicians get expensive cars.

The time has come for Government to understand the grievances of the contractual employees of the state, to recognize and reward them by regularizing their service and by granting their legal rights or provisions-equal pay for equal work.


Tarh Johny,


All Arunachal Pradesh Contractual Employees' Association




Army jawans dropped bombshells

Dear Editor,

'We are sleeping because our army Jawans are not sleeping along the Pak-Indo boarder' – a pretty clichéd sentence often goes around in the social media. Even PM Modi has confidently uttered the same words in his speeches at several occasions. But this time this “pride” has received a rude jolt. A lance Naik Yagya Pratap dropped a bombshell that has literally disturbed the sleep of a countless senior army officers. Maybe the harassment and tortures experienced by Mr. Pratap were so hard that they got out his pent-up anger and frustration. In utter desperation, he shared the u-tube video pouring out all his angst. He pointedly blamed the seniors that how they make their subordinates do their menial works, sometimes hurting their self-esteem.    

 No good citizen can undermine the hardship experienced by our Jawans. They are totally on toe in the most frozen and hostile terrains of the Indo-park boarder. Any moment bullet shots might pierce their heart and instantly they leave their mortal bodies. This is their life.  But the irony is that these security army men, an armor of the country, receive very inhumane treatment at the hands of their seniors. Here we can’t ignore the sacrifice of the police personnel who safeguard round-clock both urban and rural segments. They practically have no family life but often made a scapegoat for any shortfalls. Personnel

Incidentally, another BSF jawan -- Tej Bahadur Yadav spilled the beans about the quality of the food. Of course, he put himself at major risk by disclosing the poor quality and merger quantity of food provided to the infantry. His desperation is much noticed that he even exhorted the country people to spread these bitter truths across the nation. This is how fired back our daring Jawans which has quite shaken the PM office as well.  

Thanks to the media and the mass support that immediately built-up. The situation has even brought the Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat to sense. He wasted no time to order to put up “suggestion-cum-grievance” boxes at every army camp and headquarter. Now let’s pray that these two episodes will not only soften the heart of the army officers towards their juniors but also help eradicate the rampant corruptions in the defense forces. Beware big bosses; another bombshell might be dropped by another jawan!


Salil Gewali, Shillong




Stop treating women as a weaker gender

Dear Editor,

It is true that I often get confused as I try to understand the meaning of morality in its practical context. Recently, while watching a TV debate which was about freedom of women as a social being pushed me back to a mental void as everything seemed to be whirling around and I, a stupid viewer unable to make out the arguments made by a religious leader who made it clear that women are not to work at night and they should not go for wrestling and play tennis and they are someone who were created by the almighty to satisfy the thirst of men. It is immaterial as to what religion did that man belong to, what matters to me the most is, he dares to define morality in public the way he wants and we remain mere spectators. The show went on and countering an argument made by a female member in the show, this religious personality dared to threaten her to be beaten in public if she did not withdraw her statement. The man who advocated morality for women till then, suddenly turned out to be a guy ready to beat a woman in public. I think it is not his religion but his male chauvinistic mind that made him to behave the way he did.

“Stigma thy name is woman” (A.Times: January 10) by Poonam I Kaushish had reminded me of these bigots who assume to be the self styled apostles of morality. Unlike any other European country, we were a nation which had expressed great respect for its women folk since from the vedic period. In our country great teachers, rulers and social reformers were ladies. When men start dictating morality for women, it should be made clear as to what should be the morality designed for men. People often rush into the streets raising slogans and candles in their hands when Nirbhayas repeated.

Shockingly, inhuman acts against women are increasing day by day and I am afraid, if men are going rampantly insensitive as they seem to be looking at women as sacks of pleasure that they can prowl upon anytime anywhere. People look upon a girl with suspicious eyes if she is alone on the road in the evening hours. When boys enjoy the freedom to go around anywhere, why the same is inauspicious for the girls? When hypocrisy running down into any social system in the name of morality, It never serves any good result.

The big question that arises across the spectrum of intelligentsia in this country is should we continue to remain a country deeply chauvinistic and unsafe for our sisters and mothers, a country where anybody anywhere anytime can prowl on a girl even in broad daylight. Especially the cities, when the government wants them to be turned into smart places for everyone to grow and prosper in freedom where multitudes of people from across the globe share their views and work.  When the constitution itself propounds equal rights for both men and women in our country, the religious fanatics dictate as to what the girls should wear and where they should go and where they should not.  Never anybody tries to elaborate the reason for which our girls are to be persecuted the way they are these days. A country with a 1.3 billion population struggles to keep pace with other countries as poverty, illiteracy and corruption delving into its system and kill all scope for the future prospects.

It is said that a woman is the full circle of God’s creation and within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.  A.P.J.Abdul Kalam writes, “The life-giving, life- preserving, the nurturing, the emotional, the compassionate, the sharing, the deep the feminine energy has been systematically neglected, belittled, bashed, humiliated, mutilated, tortured, hunted and killed by the male principle that has taken over our thinking and behavior at every level in society.” What has to change is the chauvinistic mindset of people. Everybody should be able to gain equal respect and get equal security in our country. Stringent laws have to be brought in to book the culprits of crimes on women. Schools must have martial art training programmes for every single girl child to protect herself. The education system must also propagate gender equality at every level and help the males from a younger age to understand and appreciate the importance of respecting women in a democratic society. Movies, serials and other materials depicting such chauvinistic themes must be legally discouraged. Above all we must stop treating women as a weaker gender.  



VKV Sher, Kimin






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