SDP for school drop outs
ITANAGAR, July 21: The ongoing Skill Development Programme (SDP) for School Drop-outs
sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar and organized by AMYAA NGO covered
Jorong Village of Kharsang Circle.
The organizing agency with its target to cover 25 villages under Miao and Kharsang
Circles of Changlang has completed SDP in 10 villages. The learning from this programme
has a message for every responsible person in the State, that the youth of this category
need guidance and an opportunity to plunge their life for meaningful living, said
a release by the Organisation. The high rate of school drop-outs cause due to financial
problem, lack of interest in studies, lack of encouragement from parents who are
illiterate, peer group influence, poor educational facilities, poor teacher-student
relationship calls for serious attention from all, it added.
Queen’s Baton arrives today
ITANAGAR, July 21: The Queen’s Baton, on the country-wide relay in the run up to
the Delhi Commonwealth Games, would enter the State Capital from Tawang tomorrow
at 2.20 pm.
Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) president Padi Richo will receive the Baton at
Naharlagun helipad. Thereafter, it would be brought to Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun
at 3 from where the actual relay would start.
The Baton would be kept for few minutes at the stadium for public viewing before
Parliamentary Affairs, Tourism and Power (E) Minister Jarbom Gamlin launching the
The relay would pass through Itanagar Capital Complex DC’s office, Raj Bhawan, Itafort
south gate, Thupten Gatsaling Gompa, Legi complex, Akashdeep, Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy, IG Park and culminate at Banquet Hall.
A cultural programme of 40 minute duration is being organized at Banquet Hall in
The Baton would be kept at Raj Bhawan for a night before being flown to its next
stop Dimapur, Nagaland.
Muskan to organize socio-cultural event
ITANAGAR, July 21: The Muskan Welfare Society, a nonprofit organization working for
betterment of lives of women, children and the youth of Arunachal Pradesh would organize
a socio-cultural event on August 12 next through which it proposes to garner resources
for rehabilitation of differently abled children and children who have been freed
from the bondages of child marriages. This was decided at a meeting of the society
chaired by the State’s First Lady Anupama Singh at Raj Bhawan here this evening.
Performances by differently abled children as well as rescued children would be the
highlight of the programme, besides a showcase of different traditional outfits of
a multicultural state like Arunachal Pradesh.
The Muskan Welfare Society will also organize a Seminar on concerns of Women & Children
during September 2010 with the objective of raising awareness among women and youth,
on laws relating to women and children and their well being.
Blood donation camp held
ITANAGAR, July 21: In an effort to bring an awareness about the need of good health
among the Arunachalees, particularly the youth, Arunachal Jagriti, an NGO has organised
a blood donation camp at R K Mission Hospital yesterday.
The chief guest of the programme and local MLA Techi Kaso encouraged the NGO volunteers
and youth to come forward for such noble work and launch a crusade against use of
tobacco. The NGO also distributed fruits and food at the General Hospital Naharlagun
as a part of the programme today.
Ten traders booked
ITANAGAR, July 21: During surprise raids by the Mobile Team of Officers (MTO) today,
ten traders of A-Sector area, Naharlagun were apprehended for violation of weights
& measures law.
Most of the offenders were dealers in motor parts and car decors who were detected
for keeping those parts in packaged form without mandatory declarations.
Maximum retail price (MRP) declared on many of the packages were smudged with an
intention to manipulate the prices for earning undue profits. Besides, one of them
was found using unverified electronic weighing scale and selling measuring tapes
without dealership license, which is also a punishable offence under the law.
Accordingly, the Department has booked cases against the offenders under relevant
sections of the Weights & Measures Enforcement Law. The Department also appealed
to the buyers of motor parts to ensure quality, quantity, brand and prices (MRP)
inclusive of all taxes as declared on the packages and to insist for issue of cash
memo/receipt by the traders before negotiated for payment.
APCC complete organisational elections
Itanagar, July 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has elected 60
block presidents and 17 district presidents in the recently conducted party's organisational
election, informed Pradesh returning officer of AICC for the state Virendra Bakshi
Addressing media persons, Bakshi informed that the process of APCC organisational
elections was over and he would soon announce the date for holding election for the
post of APCC president after due consultation with party's election in charge Oscar
He said of the 77 elected Block and District presidents along with three MLAs, ten
members would be elected as AICC members who would be able to participate in AICC
presidential election likely to be announced soon. ''We are able to strengthen the
party in the state with a record enrolment of over eighty thousand new members,''
he said, adding Arunachal though was the last state to conduct organisational elections
but is the fast state in declaring results.
Tawang DA to step up checking
ITANAGAR, July 21: Deputy Commissioner, Tawang Gamli Padu during a coordination meeting
of the Security Agencies today emphasized on regular checking to prevent unwanted
element from entering the district.
The meeting discussed about common issues like allotment of land for various security
agencies in the district, so that these agencies get the required land in time.
Issue of permits to the local grazers especially in the border areas of the district
was taken up with the concerned security agencies as rearing animal is the basic
occupation of the villagers in these remote areas.
The Deputy Commissioner also appealed to the various departments to adopt measures
to prevent illegal sale of government stores through unauthorized persons / dealers.
He also appealed to the Para-military organizations in the district to prevent deforestation,
illegal cutting of timber and use of Plastic in the district. The issues relating
to improvement of BRTF road was also discussed at length in the meeting. BRO was
requested to maintain the road to keep it through during monsoon season so that the
essential commodities reach the district timely. (DIPRO)
Army recruitment rally attracts many youngsters
By Staff Reporter
BHALUKPONG, July 21: Braving inclement weather, many youngsters from the nook and
corner of the state turned up for the on the spot mass recruitment drive for the
upcoming Arunachal Scout conducted by Indian Army here this morning.
Recruitments were conducted for general duty soldiers and clerks with under-matric
and plus two qualifications respectively, who were exclusively APST boys.
Almost 500 boys from every corner of the state turned up for the event that comprised
scrutiny of original documents, running and obstacle races, height and medical examination
rounds. Reflecting intense aspirations, many boys explained that there had been transportation
and accommodation problems due to the chakka bandh and lack of hotels at Bhalukpong.
“We had to change several buses in Assam because of the chakka bandh in our state
and had to travel while standing. Also, almost all the hotels at Bhalukpong were
full and so we had to sleep at deserted buildings near the rally ground. However,
our spirits are high and we would love to serve the nation”, echoed many young boys
trying their luck at the maiden event.
Nine-day long Jagannath Puja ends with return yatra
PASIGHAT, July 21: The nine-day-long Jagannath Puja (Rath Yatra) ended here today
with the return Yatra of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister
Devi Subhadra to the temple situated at Pasighat Bazar (opposite of Balaji temple).
The Bishnupriya Manipuri community celebrates the Rath Yatra annually with devotional
fevour and joy at Pasighat today. Hundreds of devotees thronged revered Manipuri
Jagnnatha temple, Pasighat and offered puja.
ATNS adds: The Bishnupriya Manipuri community at Naharlagun also celebrated the
Rath Yatra on the concluding day of nine-day sojourn of Lord Jagannath at Polo Colony
with religious fervour. Around 200 community people participated in the festival.
The day-long programme included performance of Jaydev, Jaganath Arati, Jugal Arati.
There was a arati competition between the gourapai and purijelai devotees. However,
the group of Purijelai enthralled the audience with the devotional Arati Song and
won the competition.
This spectacular Puja/festival is celebrated in the month of Asarha, on the second
day of the lunar fortnight that falls during June-July. Popularly known as Rath Yatra,
this is celebrated in the honor of Lord Jagannatha who is believed to be an incarnation
of Lord Vishnu. Rath Yatra commemorates the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokul to
Mathura. It also symbolizes a journey to light from the dark.
NCP calls for restoration of power supply
ITANAGAR, July 21: The NCP leaders under Sagalee assembly constituency in a meeting
held at Mengio recently have urged the power department, particularly Mengio power
subdivision to restore power supply. The NCP block unit said the Mengio administrative
circle has been reeling under darkness for almost six month due to disruption in
power supply. The meeting also called for transparency in collection of power bill
and staying of officers in posting place.
Resenting over backwardness and lack of development in all spheres under Mengio,
the meeting also urged the Papum Pare DMO to provide all possible assistance to
concerned officer of Mengio in order to contain seasonal disease in the area.
Teachers for disbursement of salaries
ITANAGAR, July 21: The Assistant Teachers of the Papum Pare district under the banner
of Arunachal Teachers Association in a meeting held here on July 17 at Naharlagun
has discussed the anomaly in pay fixation under the 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions.
It also discussed the reported assurance of state education minister to rectify the
wrong fixation of pay without arrear benefit of the past.
After threadbare discussion, the meeting unanimously decided not to claim the past
arrear if the Govt rectified the wrong fixation of pay. The house also constituted
an adhoc committee of Assistant Teachers A of Papum Pare district unit with Taniang
Chera Jeena, president, Techi Tapa, vice president and Tadang Siram as general secretary.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association East Kameng
district unit has appealed the authorities to release their salaries at the earliest.
The Association said that the SSA teachers have not got their salary for the last
4 months, it resented and demanded timely disbursement of SSA teachers salary.
Union demands reopening of hostel
ITANAGAR, July 21: Dera Natung Govt College Students’ Union has demanded the Education
Minister to make functional the hostel for the 1st year students of the Dera Natung
Govt School within a week.
The union in a representation to the education minister said that the hostel (1st
year block for boys) has already been constructed but remains useless as there
are no furniture.
Demanding reopening and admission to the hostel, the union threatened to stage dharna
at the office premises of the director of higher and technical education if the Govt
does not pay heed to its demand within a week’s time.
It also demanded construction of college boundary and renovation of college building.
Awareness campaign on drug de-addiction
ITANAGAR, July 21: ‘Shine Tirap’ an Tirap based NGO will organise an awareness campaign
on Drug De-Addiction cum Miss Tirap-2010 with the theme “a crusade against drug abuse
and injustice; a mission to create a land of beautiful hearts” at Nehru Statium
Khonsa in October next.
ASM rules out objection to Jote industrial area
ITANAGAR, July 21: Anchal Samity member of Jote Panchayat Nabam Radhe has ruled out
any objection to the establishment of industrial area at Jote panchayat.
Reacting to a news item regarding objection against the declaration of Jote as industrial
area, the ASM further said that there is no question of unauthentic survey and land
for this purpose was surveyed by Industries commissioner and other officers in presence
of panchayat leaders and public concerned. Denying land dispute among the land donors,
he further said, land has already been donated for this purpose to industries department
for industrial area.
Appeal for teacher and doctor
ITANAGAR, July 21: Tarasso Circle Youth Association called on the concerned authority
to post subject teachers at Govt Sec School Tarasso and various other schools of
Tarasso circle. It said that Govt Sec School Tarasso is running without Math and
Science teacher for last five years.
The Association further called on the concern authority to post Medical Officer
and Medical Staff at Primary Health Center Tarasso and Bormai with life saving medicine.
It said that cases of malaria has risen in the area and due to lack of medical attention,
people are suffering.
Agricultural development in Arunachal: the new ways out
Dr. T. Heli
The farmers of the Arunachal practice mixed type of farming with Agri crop as the
core activity supported by horticulture, animal husbandry, sericulture, pisci culture
and agro-forestry. The crop production which is done only during Kharif season and
plot is left barren during rabi season just suffice the family needs and liv. & Poultry
rearing is for the economic gains.
Livestock rearing is an important and integral component of the agricultural system
that brings sustainable income to all the sections of farming community in our state.
Livestock and poultry farming is basically a rural base occupation. Traditionally,
the farmers keep few Mithuns, cattle, pigs, goats and few poultry birds for their
sustainance and income. With the increasing consensus on nutritional value of milk
and milk products as well as importance of draft power of bullocks for the agricultural
operation, more and more dairy enterprise is coming up in the recent trend.
The agriculture production per unit area is much below the national average with
small land holdings of 5.03 percent by the farmers in the state. The total agri.
crop produce is from 1.32 lakh hectares of cultivable land which is not economically
sustainable to feed 12 lakhs population of today in the state. The situation of insufficient
cultivable land and sizable land area under the community forest has prompted the
farmers to opt for the ‘shifting cultivation practice’ for their livelihood. Through
this traditional cultivation practice (Jhum), they get variety of crops starting
from vegetables, maize upto cereal crops and pulses. Ofcourse, ‘jhumming’ has couple
of disadvantages viz. deforestation leading to soil erosion, draining off the soil
nutrient and scarcity of feed & fodders etc. but one can get a variety of crops from
the single plot. Today, with the advent of the modern technologies and their adoption
by the farmers, most of them have opted for the wet rice cultivation (WRC) and getting
the single crop from their agri plots and compelling them to depend on common markets
for other commodities viz. vegetable, pulses or spices etc.
The demand for the agri. Produce/products (cereal, vegetables, fruits, meat, milk,
eggs and fish) has increased many folds with the increase in human population in
the recent times. Thus, there is a big gap between the demand and supply in the common
market. The local production of agri. Produce is so meager or insufficient which
is unable to meet up the local market. Even if some quantity is produced, the cost
of production and transportation cost is on much higher margin that cannot compete
with the commodities brought from the neighbouring state.
To bridge the gap, the agri. Produce/products are brought from the neighboring state
and sold in the common market in a sky rocketing price. The consumers finding no
any options have to buy such commodities. Thus, the state resources are pumped outside
without circulation of it’s own resources within the state. On the other hand, the
local producers cannot afford to reach the agri. commodities produced to the consumers
market due to transportation bottle necks.
There are enormous challenges being faced by the farmers which hindering the agri.
Production scenario in the state. With a series of issues being faced by the farming
communities which is not properly addressed or focused at the policy level which
ultimately leading to low productivity and non-remunerative activities to the farmers.
The main key issues includes the lack of awareness on improved technological packages,
weak service delivery supports, transportation and communication bottle necks and
lack of proper marketing supports etc. To highlight the challenges faced, I begin
with quotation engraved in the ‘Kurukshetra’ for the poor farmer-
The small farmer has many names
And is yet nameless,
He has much voice
And is yet voiceless,
He is seen every where
And is yet nowhere,
The country side is full of him
And yet he is seldom noticed.
We know him as small farmer, marginal farmer, less farmer or we simply call him as
poor villager. In the past and present, there has been a lot of talk about him but
what actually has been done for him is yet the another story………
Lack of quality seeds/seedlings: There is non-availability of improved/high yielding
variety seeds/ seedlings for the needy and inquisitive farmers to start any enterprise
in the state. Even if there are some breeding farms in any sector, they remain fractured
for the want of the resources or the financial supports which is due to non-availability
of quality seeds /seedlings to fulfill the requirements of the farmers in the state.
In case of the livestock sectors, there is non-availability of improved breeds of
quality birds or the livestocks compelling the progressive farmers to procure quality
chicks and pig lings from outside the state at the higher price. Even if the govt
livestock & poultry breeding farms exists, there is the lack of support for the maintainence
resulting sick farms which are unable to supply the quality seeds to the deserving
farmers in the state.
Similarly, in the agriculture or Horticulture sector, the quality seeds/seedlings
are not available to fulfill the farmer’s needs. The most pathetic situation in the
agri. development is there is no any common outlet/distributor in the common market
for making quality seeds/seedlings available to the farmers.
Lack of quality seeds/seedlings coupled with lack of awareness on improved technologies
has resulted the low productivity of the crops which is leading to insufficiency
of food supply inviting a question mark of the ‘food security’.
2. Lack of improved production system:
The local farmers lack awareness on improved technologies as a result of which they
still practice the age old traditional farming system. This has resulted the low
productivity of their crops.
l The livestocks and poultry birds are maintained under the “free-range system” without
any provision of shelter or supplement feeding or any health care resulting stunted
growth and mortality due to deficiency /diseases.
l The heavy infestation of pests in plants and in-adequate nutrient management coupled
with luxuriant growth of weeds resulting poor productivity of crops demoralizing
the farming community.
3. Weak credits and service delivery support:
The linkages between the line departments as well as bankers are weak at present.
The farmers the awareness on credit supports and even if they try, the lengthy and
hazy official procedure demoralizes them to avail the credit supports.
On the other hand, even if they opt for any kind of farming or enterprise with their
limited hard earning resources, they are often demoralized because of the fact that
the service providers do not reach them at their needy hours.
4 . Communication & transportation bottle necks:
In the difficult hilly terrains like Arunachal, transportation is the major key issue
hindering the Agri. development activities. The resource poor farmers cannot afford
to start or bring their in-puts (seeds/seedlings, feeds and medicines etc) or market
out their produce/products (out-put) to the common market. The transportation cost
of in-puts or the out-puts (produce) has been the major bottle neck at present in
the country side. Even if some small quantity is transported and reaches the market,
it is becomes costlier because of the high transportation cost which frustrates the
More over, the inaccessibility and remoteness of the hilly terrains hinders the reaching
of the extension functionaries thereby the service delivery supports to the needy
farmers at their door steps is impaired.
5. Lack of infrastructures:
There exists no any infrastructure for the collection or storage of agri. produce/products.
No any agri. processing plants for processing and packaging or any cold storage
to collect and preserve the agri. produce of the flush season to be marketed during
6. Lack of marketing net work:
The major set back in Agri. development has been the lack of marketing linkages.
With lot of efforts the poor farmers produce some crop in in their plots but there
is no nay organized mechanism to market out their produce in the market. Even if
a little quantity of their produce is brought to the market, it is of the higher
price because of the high production cost as well as transportation cost.
More over, the local producers lack the entrepreneurship quality to market out their
agri. produce/products. They feel shy in sitting with their produce for selling in
the market rather they sell it to other sellers in the market in lots thereby they
are deprieved of the profitable margins.
All these issues in agriculture and allied sectors coupled with difficult terrains
of hills and also feeble attention of the local govt in these sectors has generated
a bitter taste in the tongue tips of the farmers with the assumption that agriculture
is non remunerative especially in mind set of the up coming young generation.
The Agri – Allied sectors can be made more attractive and remunerative to improve
the socio-economic status of the farming community thereby improving crop productivity
through following measures:
1. Capacity building programmes of the farming community:
In the identified thrust areas, the farmer’s training programme should be organized
to create mass awareness and demonstrate the available technologies to the farming
community for their adoption. The particular package of practices with the innovations
should be taught and selected technologies which can easily be adoptable by the farmers
for enhancing the crop productivity should be demonstrated.
In such training or demonstration programmes, the experienced and knowledgeable farmers
should be invited as the resource person to share their practical experience to the
participants. The participants will be more benefited if they are exposed to field
demonstration either at the Private / Govt farms with the principle of ‘seeing is
2. Organizing the farmers into groups:
Identifying the interested farmers among the others and organizing into a separate
groups or clubs and motivate them. When farmers are grouped under one umbrella, it
is easy to approach and out-reach with technologies through capacity building programmes
viz. training , demonstration and farmers exposures to production centres to provide
first hand knowledge.
In united, the farming activities can be done in better and meaningful way and in
time. Their problems can be addressed in such common plate form and resolved effectively.
3. Combating the adverse environmental situations:
There is a need to develop or design the contingency plans to combat the flood or
drought like situations –
Contingency plan for 3 –different situations-
* Deficient rainfall scenario
* Optimum rainfall scenario
* Excessive rainfall scenario
The line deptts along with technical supports from KVK (ICAR) to percolate or to
provide appropriate advisory services to the farmers on monsoon behaviour, disease
and pest survillience as well as improved package of practices
4. Improving the linkages between the Deptts:
There is the need for the co-ordinated and collaborative efforts among the line deptts
working for the cause of the farming community in the state. Hence, strong linkages
among the line deptts are the need of the hour for the effective technology supports,
credit supports and service delivery supports including ensuring of the inputs (seeds/seedling,
feeds and medicines etc) to the farming community at the right time.
The KVK which is the wing of ICAR to reach the farming community at their door steps
and revamp with the latest technologies for enhancing the productivity of the crops
serve as the catalyst by tieing up with the line deptts viz. Banks for credit linkages,
line deptts for the service delivery supports and marketing network.
5. Entrepreneurship development:
Through the capacity building programmes the farmers be trained on sense of belongingness
and entrepreneurship quality for marketing out their Agri. produce/product for the
economic gain. The training programmes for getting higher price for their hard works
be inculcated by encouraging value addition of agri. produce and good marketing network.
We need to over haul our socio-economic and farm policies to remove the rural poverty.
This could be possible through diversified and intensive approaches for gearing up
the crop production at the farmer’s field. For the same, we need to have farmer’s
first policy programmes, farmer’s commission to address the farmer’s problems at
the govt level. And there is need for annual interface of all the line deptts to
discuss and design the mitigation plans for farmer’s friendly programmes for augmenting
the crop productivity for self sufficiency and food security. (The contributor is
Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum-Pare)