Meeting on Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project
ITANAGAR, July 13: A meeting was held with the Anti Dam Members for Lower Siang Hydro
Electric Project (1600MW) comprising of Pongging, Bodak, Ayeng, Silli, Jeru, Sisen
village which was attended by MP Ninnong Ering, MLA Jiten Panggeng, DC Upper Siang
Pawan Kr. Sain, Onit Panyang DC East Siang, SP East Siang D.C. Srivastav and others
at Pongging village on July 12 last.
Speaking on the occasion Ninnong Ering said the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is committed
for welfare and development of the people. Hence, he has been deputed to collect
first hand information of the ground realities and the grievances of the local people.
He appreciated the sentiment of the people but it was apparent that there has been
total communication gap. He urged the Jayprakash Associates Ltd. to have more interaction
with the people and educate them regarding the benefits of such dams and the safety
measures to be taken in case, if any, calamities. They should also help some of the
local people to visit places where such dams have been constructed successfully and
have brought tremendous developments. He appealed to the people to take decision
in broader perspective and taking into consideration of the future generation. He
assured to carry the grievances of the people to the govt.
Jiten Panggeng said that the welfare of the people is priority of the government
and it will not betray them. People should have in depth knowledge of the subject
before raising any objections. Since the Siang River passes through other countries
also, the construction of the Dam will have international implications, which has
to be studied well by the people. The development of the state depends on its revenues.
If properly tapped, the hydro power will bring a sea-change in the economy and development
of the state.
Pawan Kr. Sain said that the Govt. will never harm the people, so all problems have
to be solved out through dialogue and no one should take the law into their hands.
He said that the meeting was an eye-opener through which feelings of the people could
be understood and definitely some positive solutions will be worked out. He appealed
that the younger generation should also be taken into confidence before any conclusion
Onit Panyang said that Arunachal Pradesh may become the Power House of the country,
if the potentials are properly tapped. Hydro Electric Projects not only produce
electricity but bring other developments like road communication, education, health,
irrigation, etc. He appreciated the queries raised by public like whether the dam
site can be shifted and what is the exact rehabilitation package.
D. C. Srivastav while reiterating the benefits of the Hydro Projects said that survey
works are the initial stages after which public hearings will be carried out. He
also appealed for maintenance of peace and tranquility and no one should disturb
the law and order.
Er. Atek Miyu, SE (Hydro Power) dwelt in detail about the advantages of Hydro-Electric
Projects. He also informed that technology has developed so much that all safety
measures are taken and are almost full-proof. So, the people should take decisions
taking into considerations the larger interest of the society.
Earlier, the anti dam members and the “Lower Siang Project Affected People’s Action
Committee” placed their grievances and memorandum to the visiting dignitaries. (DIPRO)
GSU calls for police check gates in AP-Assam border
ITANAGAR, July 13: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) in memorandum to the state chief minister
Dorjee Khandu called for the construction of police check gates at the Assam Arunachal
border and alleged that Assam administration along with its forest department and
local people have been illegally encroaching land. The union further said that
the Assam Arunachal Boundary problem be solved immediately keeping in mind that the
local people are not displaced.
It also demanded for road connectivity from Likabali, West Siang to Itanagar and
Likabali to Pasighat without touching Assam.
The union further alleged that atrocities committed on Arunachalees and frequent
bandh calls make it very difficult for the people to travel.
The union also demanded that teachers be posted to all primary schools of the district.
It also called for proper demarcation of school boundary and construction of school
The union further demanded for infrastructural development of Donyi Polo Government
College Kamki and establishment of Government College at Upper Subansiri district.
GSU further pressed for the early creation of Lower Siang district for the benefit
of the local people.
It also called for early completion of NEC road from Pakarijo in Upper Subansiri
district to Gogamukh Assam.
The union said that the district hospital at Aalo needs to be up-graded so that it
serves the people of the district. GSU further urged the chief minister to intervene
and settle the problem on the Police Training centre set up by the Assam government
by encroaching on Arunachal boundary. Owning to this the people have been forced
to move towards the hilly areas leaving their ancestral land. ) GSU further condoled
the untimely demise of four promising student leaders who passed away at the tragic
accident. The union prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.
KVPF demands PDS items
ITANAGAR July 13: Kumey Valley People Federation (KVPF) in a memorandum to the Supply
& Transport department questioned why after the initiation and approval of the state
chief minister Dorjee Khandu for air dropping of PDS items to the interior places
of Kumey valley, the items were not reaching the people.
KVPF further said that for the last four months people of Kumey valley were facing
hardship due to bamboo flowering and stopping of air dropping of essential commodities.
The government employees, students and the local people are badly in want of ration,
The federation said that though air dropping was re-introduced on May 26 this year
yet food commodities were not reaching the people of Parsi-Parlo, Damin, Pip-Sorang
and Tali circle. It urged upon the concern authority to immediately look into the
Legal Metrology and CA crack down on business establishments
ITANAGAR, July 13: Mobile team of officers constituted by the Controller of Legal
Metrology & Consumer Affairs found M/s G.N. Hardware, M/s Ajanta Store, M/s Hema
Utensil Store, M/s C.T. King Wine shop of Ganga Market and M/s Capital Auto Agency,
C-Sector, Itanagar of indulging in irregularities and booked them under Section 27,
28, 29, 30, 31 & 33 for violation of provisions of Standards of Weights & Measures
(Enforcement) Act, 1985.
The petrol pump was detected giving short delivery of 240 ml in every five litres
The team was constituted for detection of irregularities in weights & measures, overcharging
prices of packaged items, short delivery of petroleum products by dispensing pump
dealers, short delivery of LPG used for domestic/commercial purposes, delivery of
under-pages exercise books to school children and other discrepancies, with a view
to protect interest of the common consumers, a dept release stated.
The team will continue to inspect trading units in Capital Complex to contain irregular
trade practices for safety and protection of the consumers.
Special Art of Living workshops for kids
ITANAGAR, July 13: The Art of Living will conduct a special workshop for children
and teenagers from July 14-19. The ART Excel (All Round Training in Excellence) is
open to children between 7 and 14 years and will be held at its centre at H Sector
in Itanagar. ART Excel offers practical tools that enable children to effectively
handle stress and negative emotions such as fear, anger, frustration at a young age.
Aimed at all-round training in excellence, it brings about perceptible changes in
the personality of participants.
Using special breathing techniques, participants learn to attain peace of mind which
leads to an improved memory and helps them concentrate. Through simple play-way
techniques and awareness games, yoga and breathing techniques, children develop their
social and leadership skills and learn problem-solving strategies.
DC stresses on public awareness campaigns on Swine flu
BOMDILA, July 13: The West Kameng Deputy Commissioner i/c, Rinchin Tashi reiterated
on the seriousness of the recent outbreak of Pandemic Swine flu and impressed on
the need for public awareness campaigns involving the Administrative officers and
the Health workers in the district.
Presiding over a meeting on the preparedness measures from the disease in the district
recently, Tashi stressed on setting up of isolation wards and training of medical
personnel as an act of preparedness.
He informed that the State health department has provided 200 numbers of tab Oseltamivir
for the district and monitoring has been intensified in the check gate at Balukphong
which is the gateway for the 3-districts of West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang,
The 2009 flu outbreak is due to a new strain of influenza, an apparent re-assortment
of at least four strains of influenza A virus subtype H1NI, including one strain
endemic in humans, one endemic in birds and two endemic ( of a disease of condition
regularly found among particular people or in a certain area ) in swine.
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) in humans the symptoms
of the 2009 swine flu HINI virus are similar to those of influenza and influenza
like illness in general. Symptoms include fever, cough sore throat, body ache, and
headache, chills and fatigue. The 2009 outbreak has shown an increased percentage
of patients reporting vomiting and diarrhea. The 2009 H1NI virus is not Zoonotic
(any disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals). Swine flu is not transmitted
from pigs to humans, but from person to person. A diagnosis of confirmed swine flu
requires laboratory testing of respiratory samples (a simple nose and throat swab).
The swine flu does not spread by pork products since the virus is not transmitted
through food. The swine flu is most contagious during the first five days of the
illness although some people, most commonly, can remain contagious for up to ten
days. Using standard infection control like frequent washing of hands with soap and
water or with alcohol based hand sanitizers, reporting to Doctors at the earliest
and social distancing can prevent spread of virus amongst the humans. In case a person
is down with swine flu, antiviral drugs can make the illness milder. They may also
prevent serious flu complications. The antiviral drugs work best if started soon
after getting sick, the report added.
CHANGLANG DIPRO In Charge adds: A training programme on Capacity building and skill
development against Avian Influenza virus was organized at circuit house here today.
The one day motivation camp was attended by Dr. P.C Sarma, resource person from College
of Veterinary Science, Kanapara, Assam, Dr.P.De, DMO, B.K Bhuyan, Principal, RFGC,
Veterinary Officers and Para vets of Changlang district and Officers from Directorate
of A.H & Veterinary, Nirjuli and Public Leaders.
Dr.P.C Sarma dwelt on pre-outbreak preparedness and precautionary measures on out
break of Swine flu.
Dr. P De, DMO, Changlang informed that these Zonetic disease can be controlled from
further spreading by adopting prevention and precautionary measures.
Speaking on the occasion, B.K Bhuyan, Principal, RFGC stressed on hygienic rearing
ASM Happa Taidong urged the DVO to organize such training programmes at village level
to give awareness about the disease.
Earlier, Dr. S.K Pujari, DVO, Changlang appreciated the resource person and visiting
team from Itanagar for their valuable inputs for successful conduct of training programme.
In the day long programme, Dr. C.M Gao spoke on Bio-security and safe poultry practices
in the farm and Dr.B.Biswakarma detailed on global scenario of Avian influenza and
its action plan for pre-outbreak preparedness.
The team is visiting Khonsa and other parts of the state to organized awareness cum
motivation camp to ensure surveillance with collaboration with other Govt. departments.
PR Tribunal extended
ITANAGAR: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has extended the period of Panchayati Raj
Election Tribunal for a one year up to June 15, 2010 next.
AYSU protest power project
ITANAGAR: All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU) strongly support the demand of the panchayat
for immediate cancellation of the MoA signed between the state government and M/S
Raajratna Energy Holding Private Ltd-Shimla for operation of Panyor Hydro Electric
Project 80MW on BOOT basis.
The union said that MoA was signed between the two parties without the knowledge
and consent of the project affected people.
It further alleged that the agency has totally undermined the project affected people
who are sole custodian of natural and traditional resources.
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) president Jalley Sonam in a
letter to the state chief secretary urged that Grade C and D posts be created in
the Arunachal Pradesh State Civil Secretariat.
Sonam further said that due to handing over of Grade C and D post to Arunachal Pradesh
Public Service Commission the contingency workers of State Civil Secretariat are
not getting their legal rights.
Off campus training
ITANAGAR: One day off campus training programme on integrated farming system was
conducted for self help groups at Bolung village, Roing recently.
10 farm women participated and shared their practical experiences on the camp.
During the one day camp, pros and cons of pig farming including fish farming were
ITANAGAR: Dr. W.A Singh Senior Medical Officer and June Kadu, Officer District Informatics
Officer, Tezu have been given Rashtriya Gaurav Award instituted by India International
Friendship Society , a leading voluntary organization for their meritorious services
in the field of Science and Technology and Social Services rendered with excellence
in their fields. (DIPRO)
Health care providers at the crossroads
Recent accusation by some self styled organizations claiming to be the guardian of
the society has now become a matter of deep concern for us doctors working here in
Ramakrishna Mission Hospital.
We firmly believe that their main aim is to misguide all and sundry rather than render
any help to the community as a whole. It is crystal clear that they have not gone
deep into the matter before throwing out such wild allegations in public. So from
our side we doctors of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital would like to give some clarification
in the matter.
First we would like to bring into notice of the general public that all the employees
including us the doctors have joined this esteemed institution by choice and not
by any compulsion. We have joined here leaving many lucrative and well paid jobs
in some of big hospitals of India and government sector. We have chosen this philanthropic
institution with the sole motive of serving our community. All the specialists serving
here are well qualified and trained in the premier institutes of the country before
joining here. The patients are treated here with utmost care and love and those who
are poor are treated free of cost. Charges are levied only for those who can afford
and those who have medical reimbursement facility. No one to our knowledge has ever
been denied treatment for want of money. The sincerity of the medical personnel,
cleanliness and administration of institution is well appreciated by all. The visits
of the so many dignitaries are a clear proof of that. In fact this hospital is an
asset to the state government run by dedicated band of monks who do not have any
personal agenda of their own. This hospital shares a major portion of the health
care concern of the State.
Instead of giving positive inputs to improve the existing health care scenario, blaming
someone with positive intentions and good faith to heal the suffering of the needy
really gives a jolt to our enthusiasm and sincerity.
Recent attacks on health care providers in government, NGO as well as private hospitals
in Arunachal Pradesh are a matter of great concern. Health care providers all over
the state perform their duties with good faith and intention. They take risks and
perform difficult surgeries and treatments with utmost finesse with limited equipments
and infrastructure just thinking of alleviating the sufferings of patients. It is
really very unfortunate that instead of getting a word of appreciation; they get
verbal and physical blows in return. People have to be more understanding and patient.
They should address their grievances no doubt, it’s their right too, but then it
should be done through proper channel in a proper way rather than resorting to violent
methods and euphoric media releases.
As responsible citizens we all have a right to appeal against injustice, corruption
and malpractice but at the same time we also have a responsibility to provide candid
information which makes that opinion justifiable. Positive and constructive criticisms
are always welcome but negative criticisms create set backs in the minds of those
of who work with utmost sincerity and deliberation.
It’s an irony that the same patients when go to hospital outside Arunachal they are
ready to wait day long for their turn, but these very patients when they come here
want immediate attention!
If such thing doesn’t cease then this would ultimately lead to a situation wherein
the doctors would be more cautious which ultimately would lead to the sufferings
of the patient and the relatives physically, mentally and economically.
We also appeal to the media to be bit more responsible and rely on the actual verified
facts. Health care is not just treatment alone. It also comprises of promotive, preventive
and rehabilitative aspects also. For this it requires synergistic approaches from
common people, NGOs, public leaders; religious heads and government to revive all
the aspects of health care and improve the overall health care scenario of our state
Let us all be more mature and constructive in our approach to make our state a place
less burdened by sufferings.
Doctor Fraternity of RKMH
‘Let us work together’
The views expressed by Dr. G Ete of EPGA, which appeared in 8th July issue of your
esteemed daily under the caption “there is something in the name” is welcomed and
necessary change in nomenclature of EPG (Environment Protection Group) will be made.
Infact, first name proposed for the group was RPG-B (River Protection Group-Basar)
but to give a broader name, the member present in meeting adopted the name EPG, which
was but due to our ignorance about the existence of an NGO called EPGA. We sincerely
apologize for our unintentional adoption of the same nomenclature for our group.
Let us work together as the effect on environment like global warming and climate
change etc does not confine itself to one single place.
Lets us think serious about the decreasing volume of rain fed rivers and drying up
of streams and rivulets because this is not an isolated case of Basar area only but
a problem of the entire state. In fact, it is a global problem. Our state may be
the richest state in terms of water resource in the country but what explanation
do we have when our farmers does not have sufficient water to irrigate their fields
and our people does not have sufficient drinking water if we were so resourceful
? Everywhere small streams and rivulets are drying up which can be well attributed
to the increase in shifting cultivated area. With the increase in population, the
families depending on shifting cultivation in the rural areas have increased manifold
as there are comparatively lesser scope for settled cultivation/ WRCs in our state
owing to hilly topography. Our farmers does not do shifting cultivations with an
intention to destroy forests and disturb the ecological balance but because there
is no suitable alternative for livelihood in lieu of shifting cultivation.
Now the efforts should be concentrated on to finding a suitable alternative of livelihood
for shifting cultivation dependent farmers or Jhumias which should be sustainable,
practicable, location specific and giving far more returns to farmers than shifting
cultivation. To achieve this, all the farmer-oriented schemes under land based departments
like Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fishery, WRD and Forest may be
implemented in a unison by the way of dovetailing the schemes of various department
so that a complete sustainable package can be presented to the farmers which would
suffice their livelihood requirements and slowly they can be wean away from shifting
cultivation. If we secure 100 Jhumias in a year, we would be securing 1000 Jhumias
in a period of 10 years, so and so forth, which would make a great impact on environment.
To formulate such integrated schemes and projects specific to the area, a forum for
close coordination among the officers of various land based departments posted at
the area along with Scientists, researchers etc, is very much needed where they can
freely interact, share ideas, formulate the schemes and implement the schemes in
The EPG formed at Basar with scientists of ICAR and state government officers is
intended to give this necessary forum for those officers who care about the environment
and thus the group may not be confused as an NGO. The immediate objective of this
forum is to protect and conserve the declining water of the three rivers of Basar,
namely Kidi, Sie ,Bam Hile and its tributaries through formulation and implementation
of sustainable agriculture and allied schemes.
Egam Basar (HDO)
President, EPG, Basar.