SIRD training Prog. ends with positive note
ITANAGAR, July 14: State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD)’s continued efforts
for improving the planning and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Arunachal Pradesh received a major boost with the successful
conduction of the first ever training for representatives of Media both print and
electronics and Bar Council by the Institute which concluded today.
Attending the concluding day of the three days brain-storming training sessions,
SIRD Director Nyabin Ete appreciated the media persons and Bar council team for their
active participation and giving feedbacks for improving the quality in the implementation
of the Scheme. He assured the participants that SIRD will make efforts to design
future training programmes based on the feedbacks of the participants. He exhorted
the media persons as well as lawyer representatives to come forward and strive for
creating awareness amongst the villagers and Gram Panchayat members on the Scheme.
The participants shared and suggested ideas, like door-to campaign, involvement of
students community, presentation of docu-drama on the success stories, distribution
of pamphlets in local dialects, public awareness meeting in village community hall
involving the villagers and panchayat leaders etc. for generating much awareness
on the Scheme and improving quality of implementation of the scheme. Coordinating
the training, Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director, SIRD emphasized on the need
of regular interaction with the mediapersons as well as the lawyers fraternity for
creating wide-spread awareness about the operational as well as legal aspects of
Earlier, interacting with the participants on the role of media and lawyers in improving
the performance of MG-NREGA, he advised for maximum coverage on success stories so
that stakeholders in the non-performing areas could draw inspiration from that and
improve the overall performance of the programme.
Kirto Loyi, Course Director elaborated on the salient features and planning aspects.
He expressed the hope that representatives of media and lawyers should continue their
cooperation with SIRD and other for not only better understanding of the ambitious
programmes but also for contributing to the government’s efforts for better implementation
of the flagship programmes.
All India Radio and DDK Itanagar also assured to take proactive role in spreading
awareness on the programme.
Later, certificates of participation were distributed to all by the chief guest.
DC ban transportation of scrap materials
Seppa, July 14: The East Kameng District Deputy Commissioner has banned the transportation
of scrap material from Seppa Township to some other places for the business purpose
excepting empty beer bottle in an order issued today.
The order says that the stealing/removing of govt. property such as angel iron post,
Iron hoarding, fencing materials, iron gate is rampant in and around Seppa township.
Even the vital parts supporting the suspension bridge have also been removed by the
miscreant. According to enquiry most of the stolen materials are finding it’s enroot
to the scrap collectors and the transporters.
The order further mentions that a complaint have been received from public about
their household goods like utensil, steel materials being stolen in their absence
which they suspect children and scrape collector behind all activities.
Thus in view of the above the order banned the collection and purchase of scrap materials
in the township. However the order exempted the carrying of empty beer bottles after
proper inspection by the town magistrate.
In a separate order the DC observe that widespread hunting of the animals is going
on in the district thereby endangering the wild life species which leads to ecological
imbalance in the district. It also specified that such activities in the sanctuary
and the park would be punished severely and imprison for the period of one year which
may be extended to six years with fine depending on the nature of the offence. (DIPRO)
GOC visits Changlang
ITANAGAR, July 14: General Officer Commanding, Dah Division Major General G S Katoch,
VSM visited District Headquarter Changlang at 25 Assam Rifles alongwith DIG 25 Sector
Assam Rifles, Commandant 18 Assam Rifles and other staff Officer of the Dah Division
on 13 Jul 2010. The GOC had a discussion on prevailing security situation in Arunachal
Pradesh especially in Changlang district with the representative of the District
Administration L Borang, ADC Changlang alongwith Superintendent of Police, Changlang
The GOC complimented both Assam Rifles and civil administration on their mutual
cooperation and synergy which has resulted in ensuring normalcy in the insurgency
affected Changlang District. The GOC is hopeful that the situation will improve
AAPSU allege gross anomalies in recruitment process
ITANAGAR, July 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has alleged that
there are gross anomalies in the recruitment process of 5 aviation officers (Group
B Non Gazette) and 6 posts of Charge-Men under Directorate of Civil Aviation.
Armed with the findings of RTI, AAPSU President Takam Tatung said that gross violations
have been made in the recruitment process Directorate of Civil Aviation under the
Directorship of T T Gamdik. “It’s appalling to note that no advertisement was floated
for the appointment of 5 post of Aviation officers and 6 Post of Charge-men and
the said post have been directly appointed at the behest of the Director without
following the laid down norms and guidelines which mandatory.”
According to the records available from the RTI, the state government has sanctioned
the said new posts in the Directorate of Civil Aviation vide order No.DCA/1/98 Dated
Itanagar, the 2nd February, 2009 and without taking cognizance of the laid down guidelines
in recruitment process. They were directly appointed on trivial ground vide order
no DCA/1/98-III on various date in the month of August & November 2009 thus depriving
thousands of qualified unemployed youths of the state, the AAPSU president added.
Furthermore, it has been also observed that Director have recommended for various
ministerial staff on deputation from other department citing lack of experienced
ministerial staff in the Department who can operate computers and process files properly
as result of which the functioning of the department was hampered.
The apex students body strongly decried the appointments and called for its immediate
cancellation. The Union while calling for early advertisement of the said posts in
the local dailies to give equal opportunity for the qualified unemployment youths
to compete in the examination has urged to the state government to proceed with necessary
procedures as per the law to punish the erring Director so that such nepotism and
illegal practices are discouraged.
Five feared drowned
TEZU, July 14: At least five people are reported drowned at Kamlang Ghat. A body
has been recovered. Yesterday, the boat carrying five persons including one woman
capsized while they were on their way to Tezu from Kamlang Ghat in a country boat
belonging to one Subhas, milkman of Kamlang Ghat. Soring Krong S/o Late K Krong aged
40 of Pomliang village Tezu, Kulu Tamang aged 35 C/O – Sokhiyo Manyo of Khuchliang
village, Somseng Longling W/o Soseng Longling village Longling Hawai, J Miso Peon
of Veterinary department and another unknown person are presumed drowned.
Meanwhile Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma has requisitioned the services of
25th BN ITBP for search operation. Police party and ALC personnel with EAC’s G K
Paul Chowdhury and T Jerang are on search operation. The Dy. Commissioner is personally
supervising the search operation. (DIPRO)
Skill dev training
ITANAGAR, July 14: A month-long Skill Development Programme on Tailoring for SHGs
and Farmers Club members began at Sangram under Kurung Kumey district on July 10
The training conducted by Manghi Welfare Society (MWS) in collaboration with NABARD
was inaugurated by Koloriang ADC K Dulom as chief guest.
Dulom suggested the trainees to have patience and concentrate their mind while attending
Tadar Taluk, Branch Manager, Apex Bank Sangram suggested all the SHGs and Farmers
Club to open Savings Accounts at the bank. He said that bank may grant loan to all
the successful SHGs and Farmers club.
District Adult Education Officer Giogi Kaha advised them to opt for such skilled
job like Knitting, Tailoring and horticulture activities to avoid jhum cultivation.
As many as 26 trainees from as many SHGs and a member trainee from Farmers Club are
attending the training.
ITANAGAR, July 14: An institute of medical and engineering entrance preparation
– Vidyamandir, was formally inaugurated in a simple but impressive function at
C Sector here today. Besides the faculty members, the students and parents attended
the inaugural function.
Chief Guest of the function and State Liaison officer, DH&TE, Dr. V. N. Sharma said,
the faculty members who are running such institute must have determination and
devotion with fare knowledge of their respective subject towards their duties.
The teachers should have the motto to help the students realize their dream comes
true, Sharma said.
Giving a lesson to the students on the need of sincerity and devotion towards study,
Sharma suggested that students should try to avoid TV and mobile so that they can
concentrate more in their study period.
Revealing that the JEE being conducted in the state has been tagged as one of
the best method in India, Sharma assured all possible help to the students aspiring
higher education. It is a good omen for the state that women literacy rate in Arunachal
Pradesh is 42.04 per cent in comparison to national women literacy rate of around
40 per cent, he added.
The Guest of Honour of the function V. Ravindran , Associate Editor of Dawnlit Post
stressed the need of experienced faculties in such institute. Chairman of the Pubyang
Academy Bamin Tadii, parents and faculty member and students also spoke on the occasion.
Score make use of free medical camp
JANG, July 14: Scores benefited from free medical camp and gets free Hepatitis Vaccination.
A team of Doctors and para-medical staff of Jang community health centre, conducted
free medical camp in remote Rho and Jangda villages of Jang Sub-Division which benefited
around 500 people.
The medical camp proved to be a real succour to the people of these remote villages
and had all praise to the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for sponsoring
free medicines and Hepatitis Vaccination through the camp. They also applauded the
noble initiative of the medical team and the Environmental Society of Arunachal Pradesh,
Jang for materializing such medical camp which was urgently required. It may be mentioned
here that the villagers of these remote villages need to trek for 6 hours on foot
to reach the nearest medical sub-centre.
Youth leader Tsering Tashi, who led the medical team, advised the villagers to ensure
hygienic living. While assuring to conduct such medical camp in regular intervals,
Tashi asked the locals to maintain cleanliness in the surroundings of the villages
so as to prevent diseases.
As many as 187 patients were attended in Rho village and provided free medicines
while Jangda recorded 206 patients. Around 310 villagers were provided first round
of Hepatitis Vaccination. The team will also be providing the second and third round
of vaccination in the days to come.
36-hr Yachuli bandh successful: AYSU
ITANAGAR, July 14: The 2nd phase of 36 hours Yachuli constituency bandh on July
12 and 13 ended peacefully. All Yachuli Students’ Union has given the bandh in
protest against the shifting of proposed Polytechnic College from Yachuli to Ziro.
Govt offices, schools remained closed and vehicles were off the road during the
bandh, said the Union in a release. The union further threatened that it will go
ahead with the 3rd phase of agitation if the Govt fails to respond positively to
establish Polytechnic at Yachuli.
Meanwhile, while welcoming the concern shown by the Apatani Students Union regarding
establishment of the proposed polytechnic, the AYSU said that the union is not against
development of Ziro, but against the “highhandedness on the part of bureaucrat.”
It appealed the ASU to cooperate with them in their fight against “nepotism and
official high handedness.”
Meanwhile, ZPM Toko Puna in a release said that the panchayat leaders of Yachuli
Anchal block extended their support the AYSU bandh. The PR leaders appealed the
state Govt to fulfill the demand of the union, the release said.
Intra-District Badminton C’ship in Tawang concludes
TAWANG, July 14: The five-day long Doubles Intra-District Badminton Championship
The tournament was played amongst the members of Officers' Club, public leaders and
officers both. The venue being the Officers' Club, Tawang the final was played between
Dangsang, ZPM, Mukto, D. Riba, DPO, Tawang, and Sangey Tsering, AE, Electricals and
his team-mate, Tenzin.
Dangsang and Riba nailed the challenge of the opponent team and became the winners
of the tournament. (DIPR)
Bwelang gedwi (The season of jackfruits)
This period of the year, starting from last part of the June up to the last of August,
is the season during which we find jackfruits in the market. Some people, particularly
those who are not used to it, may not consider jackfruit as an important fruit and
realise its utilities. Jackfruit grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates though
it fruits better under tropical condition. Under sub-tropical condition it can grow
and fruit but the yield is not comparable to those of the tropical condition and
it does not grow and fruit under the temperate climate.
These days, when I see jackfruits, I remember my childhood days at Tapat village
of Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district where I was born and brought up. There
are many jackfruit trees which were planted by our forefathers in and around the
area. During jackfruit season we, specially the young boys, enjoyed a lot eating
jack fruits. While harvesting jackfruits we didn’t allow the fruits to drop on the
ground and get injured. We were taught the simple technique of safe harvest of jack
fruits using a plaited rope made of strips of split canes called as ‘laasol’. In
olden days, people accorded great importance to jackfruit. The reasons were quite
obvious: it is a very large fruit, larger than any other fruit in the region (one
large jackfruit substitute a one time meal of the entire family); it is available
for a considerable long period of two months that too during the critical period
of the year when food stocks of the villagers are depleted and new crop is in the
planting or vegetative stage; the peels and other discarded parts of the fruit make
a very delicious feed for the live stocks and the seeds can be used as vegetable
long after consumption of the fruit. As regards the tree of jackfruit, the matured
trunk of the tree make excellent post for construction of dwelling houses and granaries;
light and durable furniture and agricultural implements like the plough, are made
from the jackfruit tree. The large and small branches are used a firewood and the
leaves are used as fodder for the live stocks. A jackfruit tree lives for a long
period, so it serves as a referral object in settling land disputes between the villagers.
So, a large and bearing jackfruit tree used to be equated with a piece of agricultural
land in terms of its productivity and utility.
These days, when I buy jack fruits from the market, I feel disappointed to find the
fruits broken or badly bruised. All the fruits are injured and bruised, not a single
one is intact. An injured fruit does not contain much edible part as it is spoiled
due to rotting of the fruit. This is due to the carelessness on the part of the owner
or the businessman who simply pulls down all the fruits in one single harvest-both
mature and immature from the tree to rush the fruits to the market. This is a very
crude way to harvest jackfruit which should not be done. The fruiting nature of the
jack fruit is very interesting. It bears mostly on the trunk and on the big branches
but depending on varietal characters some bears even on the roots. If the trunk is
exposed and unprotected, it bears on the large branches and tends to bear on the
smaller higher branches making harvest a problem. Many people prefer to consume jackfruits
as vegetables in tender stage but we allowed the fruits to grow up to full maturity
till some fruits have ripened on the tree itself. Depending on varietal characters
and prevailing climatic conditions, jackfruits in our locality start ripening from
the month of June and continue up to end of August. ‘Gooyeng’, an insect of the
cicada family, is considered the harbinger of the jackfruit season to the people.
They say, ‘Gooyengwe mankaku, bwelangwe min-yeku’ meaning, ‘the gooyeng is around
and the jack fruits on the tree must also be ripening’.
Retaining jackfruits on the tree until ripening is not desirable because of its taste
and inconvenience in safe harvest. It is not always easy to harvest a fully ripened
jackfruit safely because of its size, weight and physical condition. Many a time
fruits get drop, spoiled and wasted. So, for table purpose, jackfruits are generally
harvested green but fully matured and allowed to ripe in the store. A fully matured
fruit produces a typical sound on lightly beating the fruit with a dao. Also on cutting
the pulp it will be seen that there is an open space around the seed inside the fleshy
pulp. The typical sound emitted by the fruit on beating is because of this cavity
inside the pulp. Harvesting jackfruits from a heavily laden tree poses a considerable
risk. Incidents are common when people fall from tree while harvesting, especially
during rainy days when the surface of the tree is quite slippery. Jack trees also
shelter many insects like the red ants and hairy caterpillars which cause nuisance
during harvest. To avoid these risks of falling from the tree and obtain an intact
and bruise free fruit, we need to make some useful arrangements before embarking
on this job. Some people drive pieces of metallic rod into the tree at appropriate
intervals to provide permanent handgrips and footholds for climbing the trees. Others
make notches at alternate sides on the trunk by removing some woods with dao/axe.
The purpose is same- to provide handgrips and footholds for the climber. These operations
are usually adopted for climbing tall trees. For shorter trees the best option would
be to use a portable wood or bamboo ladder long enough to reach the fruits. The other
items required are- a dao, secured in a scabbard, to be used for detaching the fruits
at the stalks and cut away any unwanted or interfering branches; a roll of ‘laasol’
(a laasol may be substituted by any tough rope) of convenient length that is tough
enough to withstand the weight of the fruits while lowering the fruit from the branch
down to the ground; a cloth bag with a string or handles to be used for lowering
the ripe fruits to the ground.
Having managed all the required items, the next step is to hire a man skilled in
climbing trees and performing the works on the tree. Two other helpers shall be required
to assist on the ground. First of all the skilled man shall climb up the tree carrying
a dao secured in a scabbard and holding one end of the rope while the other end of
the rope is being held by a man on the ground. On reaching the fruits he should test
it by beating gently with the help of the dao if any of the fruit is ripe. All the
ripe fruits should be harvested first. If a fruit is ripe but still firm, then rope
alone can be used for lowering it to the ground. But if a fruit is fully ripe and
has become soft, in that case the cloth bag along with the rope should be used for
lowering it to the ground. To begin with, the man on the ground shall tie the cloth
bag to the end of the rope. Next, the man on tree shall pull up the cloth bag while
releasing the other end of the rope gently. Having grasped the bag he shall ensure
that the bag does not slip and fall on the ground while he is working. Now he shall
loosen the string of the bag and adjust the bag in such a way that the ripe fruit
is securely held inside the bag. Having done this, he shall tighten the string. Then
the end of the rope is passed over a branch strong enough to bear the weight of the
fruit and fastens to the string or handle of the bag. By this time the man on the
ground shall take the rope in his grip firmly while the man on the tree shall detach
the fruit from the stalk using his hands or with the help of dao. After detaching
the fruit from the stalk it would fall down giving a terrific jerk to the rope and
the man holding it at the ground. But since the rope is passed over a branch strong
enough to withstand the weight of the fruit it won’t fall any further until it is
gradually lowered to the ground by the ground man holding the rope. The man on the
tree shall assist the ground man in this work. On reaching the ground, the fruit
is collected by the second man on the ground by unfastening the rope from the bag.
The same procedure is repeated for harvesting the other ripe fruits. The same procedure
may be adopted for harvesting unripe but round shape fruits. Time taken for the entire
operation shall depend upon the skill of the men and tallness of the tree.
Harvesting of unripe and elongated fruits is easier in that it does not require the
use of the cloth bag. After harvesting the ripe fruits the next step is to examine
the maturity of the fruits by tapping these with the dao one by one. As stated above,
a mature fruit, on tapping, emits a typical echo sound which an experienced person
can easily understand. A fully matured fruit can also be judged by observing the
spines on the fruit’s surface. The spines shall have attained their optimum size
with more spaces between them. The rope is passed over a strong branch and its end
is fasten to the fruit at its middle portion (if the fruit is elongated) or to the
lower part of the stalk (if the fruit has a long stalk) and the fruit is detached
from the tree while the man at the ground is gripping the rope firmly and pulling
it back. The detached fruit gives a big jerk but it is held by the ground man and
gradually lowered down to the ground to be collected by the second ground man. This
way jackfruits are harvested which are intact and bruise free. While working with
jackfruits one unavoidable nasty thing is the sticky white latex that oozes from
any injured part of the fruit and the plant. This can be easily removed from the
body by rubbing with rag/swab soaked in kerosene oil or any other edible oil. Unless
it is necessary all the fruits should not be harvested at a time from a tree and
so, harvest should be done several times from a tree. All the fruits will not mature
uniformly at the same time. Some will mature earlier while the others will mature
later at different times. This difference of time required for maturity and having
several bearing trees under one’s possession offers the owner the scope for staggering
the jack fruit season to a couple of weeks, even months, thereby ensuring a better
use of the fruits and better earning for himself.
Duty of a caring owner towards the fruit bearing jack trees does not end with the
end of the harvest of the jackfruits. He has to see that in the subsequent years
also he gets the same yield if not more from the trees. However, in our condition
a jack tree does not require any manure and watering. Many unwanted plant species
such as orchids, epiphytes, lichens, mosses etc. take shelter on a jack tree. If
these plants thrive on a tree, the tree becomes weak and ultimately dies. Hence,
if such plants are found on a tree, these should be removed immediately. This should
be done usually at the time of harvest. Apart from this, the owner may also remove
all the dry and dead branches from the tree making it neat and clean, so that it
may bear more fruits in the next season. (The contributor is an Agronomist, Directorate
Medha Patkar leads anti-big dam rally in Guwahati
Guwahati, July 14: Social activist and Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar
today voiced her strong opposition to big dam construction in North East India, demanding
the Assam government to stop such constructions immediately as it would have damaging
impact on the fragile ecology of the region.
Launching an attack on the government for pushing development at the cost of lives
and wellbeing of the common people, Patkar said the big dams on the Brahmaputra
in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will have a devastating effect.
''Construction of big dams will kill Brahmaputra river and also kill the people of
Assam and NE region. So we cannot allow the government to go ahead with such projects,''
she said while addressing a massive anti-big dam rally here.
''The government has shown its anti-people activities. Now if these projects are
not scrapped immediately, the Assam government will have to face mass uprising,''
Patkar cited the findings of several expert committees that exposed that ''the high-risk
big dams will pose threat to the fragile ecological system in a highly-seismic zone
like NE.'' ''Vikash Hobo, Vinash Nohobo (We want development and not destruction),''
Patkar addressed the thousands of gathered protestors at Sonaram field in the city
and later led a protest march to the Deputy Commissioner (Kamrup metro) office.
However, she later fell ill and was taken to a nearby hospital, where her condition
was stated to be stable. The protestors, meanwhile, under the aegis of Krishak Mukti
Sangram Samiti (KMSS), squatted for hours in front of the DC office. The KMSS protestors
wanted to submit a memorandum against big dams, demanding land reforms through the
DC, Prateek Hajela. However, when Mr Hajela refused to come out in person and instead
asked five KMSS leaders to come to his office, the protestors sat down on the road
in front of the DC’s office, crippling the entire city as the thousands of protestors
blocked the main road of the city.
The KMSS also wanted the police barricades to be removed and assured of no breach
of law and order.
The protestors refused to move, while the DC too remained adamant on his stance,
leading to escalating tension.
The KMSS leadership, however, decided to avoid a confrontation and led their people
away from the venue, without submitting the memorandum. UNI
Youth front to decide on dams
ITANAGAR: “Adi Baane Kebang Youth Front (ABKYF) toured all Adi villages likely to
be affected by proposed Lower Siang Hydro Power Project to assess the ground realities.
During the tour programme, ABKYF interacted with the village and recorded their comments.
The Front further decided to study the relevant documents to figure out whether such
agreement is beneficial to the society or not. The finding of the reports will be
placed in greater forum for further discussion.
Measures taken to enhance STS revenue
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (STS) has taken up several measures
to generate more revenues for the department.
The Department, in its meeting today, decided to launch an awareness campaign on
ill effects of ticket-less travel through distribution of posters and pamphlets,
award the best driver and conductor with cash and commendation certificates based
on their performances.
The best conductor would be selected based on their performance in revenue collection,
which will be recommended by the Station Superintendent whilst the best driver would
be awarded for the best kilometer/litre achievement. On the other hand, the conductor,
found guilty of misappropriating wayside collection, would be subjected to action
under CCS Conduct Rule instead of imposing fine.
Newly appointed STS GM Repo Ronya, who chaired the meeting, instructed Station Superintendents
(SSs) to be sincere, dedicated so as to achieve the revenue target as fixed by the
The meeting was attended by all station superintendents.
IAF Recruitment Rally
NAHARLAGUN: The Indian Air Force is conducting a recruitment Rally for candidates
from NE states for various trades of airmen for Group Y ( except Auto Tech, GTI
and IAF (P) and Group ‘X’(Technical) Trades from July 31 to July 05 August 2010
at Air Force School, Air Force Station, Jorhat (Assam).
The minimum Educational qualification for Group ‘Y ‘ is intermediate/10 + 2 / equivalent
examination with 50% marks in aggregate or 03 years Diploma in any stream of Engineering.
For Gropu “X” Trades – intermediate/10+2 with paasmarks in mathematics and Physics
with aminimum 50% marks in overall aggregate or )3 years Diploma course in Engeenering
in related stream. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, July 14: Kasung Cheda and Fecha Lamgyu have been selected as Chairman and
Secretary of newly formed Sanghcha Ajing Society in a meeting held recently.
Kanki Darang, Vijay Tamuk and MLA Jarsa Gamlin have been selected as president, secretary
and chief patron of the Solung Celebration Committee, Aalo.
Dao Beyang has been appointed as Secretary Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, East Kameng
Takio Yajak Tarh and Tadar Yajuk have been appointed as President and General Secretary
of District Mahila Mandal Welfare Society Kurung Kumey District respectively.
Ngilyang Pumbo, Taba Tath have been selected as President and General Secretary of
newly formed Arunachal Pradesh Polytechnic Teachers’ Association (APPTA).