Ministry nods early start of road projects in Upper Siang
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Union Minister, Road Transport and Highways gave his approval
for early start of the road projects in Upper Siang.
This assurance was given by the Minister when Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang
led a team of senior Congress leaders and Panchayat leaders of Upper Siang district
comprising ZP chairman Dungoli Libang called on Union Minister for Road Transport
and Highways yesterday.
The team impressed upon him for shifting of four SARDP-NE projects in the district
from Phase –B to Phase-A.
These four projects include road from Yingkiong to Bishing (Korbo) via Gete, Pugging,
Likor, Palling, Singging, Angging, Zido and Mayung on the left of the river Siang
and road from Tuting to Singa via Zido, road from Sarkam to Singa via Eko-Dumbing
and road from BRTF road to Panggo via Jorging.
ZP chairman Libang in a release informed that the team had requested the union minister
that the projects should be executed by the BRO for speedy and effective completion.
The team also requested the union minister to issue directive to the BRO for early
conduct of survey work and submission of DPRs, so that the project could be executed
at the earliest fulfilling the long-felt demand of the people of Tuting area, the
It may be mentioned here that the proposals for the above projects were submitted
to the central Govt during the tenure of Gegong Apang as the CM. The Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs under the chairmanship of the PM had approved the preparation
of DPR for the projects but could not be materialized due to non-funding, the release
Other members of the team included Kummut Nijo, president BCC, 34 Tuting-Yingkiong
and Dechen Jabo, chairperson, Anchal Samiti Tuting.
DC Changlang’s efforts on PDS appreciated
ITANAGAR, July 15: Tangsa Cultural and Literacy Society cum chairman of M/S Changlang
Lamps Ltd, Changlang Thangham Tangha has lauded the deputy commissioner at the arrest
of Supply Officer and one more staff recently for irregularities. It said that with
the arrest, PDS in the district will be streamlined.
It further said that this development will bring great relief to the hungry people
of the district while adding that FPS license holder and distributors must realize
their responsibility in distribution of PDS items.
It further said that allotments of BPL/APL and levy sugar are also being allotted
by the supply officer but commodities are not being supplied by the whole seller.
The departments have not been initiating any action on this, it added.
CoSAAP versus CoSAAP
ITANAGAR, July 15: Confederation of service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
CEC CHQ, Itanagar “reminded GBC CoSAAP Aalo of the facts that the burning issue of
the implementation of the 6`" CPC and release of 30 months arrears for the State
government employees of Arunachal Pradesh was amicably settled as per the joint agreement
with the State government of Arunachal Pradesh on February 27 in Itanagar after a
marathon discussion & meeting with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Finance minister
and others and in presence of the Chief Secretary of the State Government”.
The same was jointly signed by both the groups of CoSAAPs in full consultation and
presences of as many as 72 delegates employee members of both the CoSAAPs.
The CEC CoSAAP, CHQ, Itanagar being the joint signatories of the joint agreement
with the State government felt its obligation to initiate the process of unification
of the CoSAAP to protect and promote the greater common interests of all the employee
members of the Arunachal Pradesh.
With this objective only the CEC CoSAAP, CHQ, Itanagar in its CEC and CCC meeting
of June 10 have unanimously adopted a resolution for unification of the CoSAAP which
was communicated to Pate Mark the president of Capital Unit and also Chief Coordinator
of the Aalo GBC CoSAAP. The unilateral decision of the Aalo GBC CoSAAP meeting held
on July 11 at Ziro and declaring the phase-wise strike programmes of the CoSAAP from
August 5 without any joint consultation with the CEC CoSAAP CHQ, Itanagar which
has been reflected in the local press of July 15, 2009 issue is not in proper procedure
considering the fact that both the groups of the CoSAAP are the joint signatories
of the 27-02-2009 joint agreement with the State Govt.
However, there has neither been prior mutual consultation with the CEC CoSAAP CHQ,
Itanagar nor any discussion was held with State government who is vigorously pursuing
the Central Government for Green and Peace Bonus / and for allocation of specific
(untied) resources for release of the remaining 30 months arrears, it said.
CEC CoSAAP CHQ, Itanagar in a letter to GBC CoSAAP Aalo served 7 (seven) days ultimatum
to convey the decision on unification of the CoSAAP on or before July 22 next.
HC admits Kiren’s case
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Election petition filed by the former Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju
was taken up for hearing today by the High Court, Guwahati.
The High Court has taken cognizance of the petition and admitted the case today and
next hearing have been fixed for August 20.
The High Court today issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI), Returning
Officer (RO) and all the other contestants’ of 01-Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency
in the recently concluded Parliamentary elections 2009.
Kiren maintains that due to election rigging he lost the Lok Sabha elections and
also alleged large scale irregularities in Kurung Kumey and Tawang districts.
PCWDC demands relief for fire victims
ITANAGAR, July 15: Polo Colony Welfare and Development Committee (PCWDC) urged the
district administration to provide necessary relief to the five fire victims of the
July 13 accident that occurred late night at Polo colony.
Fire victims Kipa Bida and Tamin Tassar lost their homes and other immovable properties
in the accident, the committee said.
The fire brigade service rushed to the scene for rescue operation but was not able
to reach the spot on time due to blockade of road and drainage system, the committee
further stated. It urged upon the concerned authority to immediately clear the road
and drain blockade that cause a huge loss of properties of the fire victims.
ITANAGAR, July 15: Open Counseling for degree (PCM) and Diploma courses would be
held at the Auditorium of Dera Natung Govt College Itanagar for allotment of seats.
Counseling for Degree in Engineering would be held on July 30 while Diploma would
be held on July 31. Candidates are advised to produce the original mark sheet of
qualifying examination at the time of counseling while those who fail to attend the
counseling will be treated as not interested for the seats and shall have not claim
for allotment at later stages.
Director Higher Education Joram Begi informed that the counseling gave been fixed
tentatively subject to confirmation of seats from the govt of India.
Separate Judiciary & Executive demanded
ITANAGAR July 15: Arunachal Pradesh Human Rights & Juvenile Justice Forum (APHRJJF)
urged upon the state government to immediately separate judiciary from executive
and added that Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in the north east which is yet
to have a separate judiciary and executive.
The forum further urged the state government to set up a separate juvenile home care
for juvenile delinquency.
It also urged that the boundary disputes faced in the border areas of Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh be immediately solved. The forum said that the government should immediately
intervene and solve the problems like loot, torture, inhuman treatment, burning of
homes and other injustices being faced by the people of the state from Assam Forest
Employees should stay away from politics
ITANAGAR, July 15: Palin-Chambang Unemployed Youth in a release said that Palin Employees
Welfare Association (PEWA) are actively participating in the state politics and supporting
particular political leader instead of giving encouragement and awareness to the
people of Palin area.
It appealed the concerned authorities to restrict and prevent involvement of government
employees in the campaigning in the ensuing Assembly election. It urged the government
employees of the constituency not to campaign in favour of any political leader or
It appreciated the “Palin Area Youth Welfare Association” (PAYWA) for ceasing its
executive power and function till completion of the forth coming assembly election.
ITANAGAR, July 15: All Tagin Student Union (ATSU) is organizing football tournament
at Daporijo on July 17.
Circle Officer Sadong Gyadu and TIO Dikchu Rai would attend the events as Chief Guest
Guest and Guest of Honour.
LDV prepares for electoral revision
ROING, July 15: District Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting for smooth and free
& fair conduct of Summary Revision of Electoral Roll in Lower Dibang Valley District
yesterday was held in the Office chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Roing.
Y.W. Ringu, DC cum District Election Officer have said that the Electoral Revision
will be carried out as per the Election Commission’s guidelines and asked Political
Parties to appoint Booth Level Agents (BLA) against each Polling Station which will
assist the Booth Level Officers (BLO) in identifying and enrolling new voters and
also to motivate the voters to enroll themselves.
She apprised that all the voters will be issued EPIC Cards and the EPIC Cards bearing
No.AR has become obsolete and new card will be issued to them. She further informed
that list of voters having double entry in more than one constituency have been published
and distributed by the Nirvachan Bhavan, Itanagar and those voters will be issued
notice giving them option to choose either of one constituency only. She asked the
EROs and AEROs to follow the middle path with impartiality maintaining neutrality
if any controversies arise and urged them to educate the BLOs with constant touch
and meeting at regular intervals. Roding Pertin, MLA Dambuk Constituency urged the
EROs and AEROs to maintain uniformity in enrolling new voters in the electoral roll
so that no complicacies arise later on.
It was also informed that the qualifying date for enrolling in the electoral roll
is 1st January’ 2009. Period of filling claims and objections is from 15/07/09 (Wednesday)
to 21/07/09 (Tuesday). Disposal of Claims & Objections, Photography of residual electors
is by 17/08/09.
Representative of Political Parties of the district, ERO & AEROs attended the meeting.
PPP in Arunachal’s Health Sector: Is it Privatization or Value-Addition?
Ajay K. Tripathy
Path-breaking decision of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, in the year 2005,
started a new era from January 2006 as sixteen Primary Health Centers (PHCs) were
brought under Public Private Partnership (PPP) project of National Rural Health Mission
(NRHM). Four voluntary organizations were chosen to manage these PHCs, one in every
district, which were quite dysfunctional till the end 2005.
NGO-managed PHCs not only provide curative services; but also they focus on preventive
medicines and organize different outreach activities. Besides reducing morbidity
and mortality in PHC areas, NGOs have been able to empower the community to demand
quality healthcare that should match with Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) and
here the PHC Management Committees play vital role. Ignoring the hardships, NGO-staff
provide services in 24x7 manner and when there are complicated cases they smartly
refer these to large hospitals by using PHC-Ambulance.
Decentralized planning, promoting team spirit amongst staff, responsible supervision,
timely supply of drugs and pro-poor approach are some of the trade secrets of NGOs’
success. However, the credit primarily goes to the community residents of PHC areas
because their cooperation, constructive criticisms and caring attitude for the staff
help achieved the immediate goal although there are miles to go for ensuring sustainability.
NRHM has been effective in country; however, several PHCs and CHCs of the Government
still do not perform well. So, the PPP model of Government of Arunachal Pradesh has
emerged as the best solution in this context. Now, after 42-month period sixteen
NGO-managed PHCs have not only become functional but also many NRHM-implementing
States have started similar initiatives by learning from Arunachal. In fact, the
Government of Arunachal Pradesh is planning to handover the management of few CHC-cum-FRU
to NGO(s) too which would certainly help improve the quality and quantity of health-service.
The name PPP sometimes creates confusion among the common people; however, it’s truly
Public-Nonprofit-Partnership. Here, the NGOs do not make profit like other PPPs of
infrastructure sector. Moreover, this is not at all privatization of Government Hospitals.
If one looks at it objectively, then it’s found that PPP in Arunachal’s Health Sector
is essentially value addition. Government only handovers the management of its hospitals
for a short period, and if any NGO does not provide quality service then the contract
can be easily terminated. Moreover, all the assets created under PPP project belong
to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh but not to the NGOs.
PHCs and CHCs do not lack resources since NRHM is operational; however, proper utilization
of men, money and materials is still a matter of great concern in some of these institutions.
The responsible Government cannot sit idle by seeing the poor utilization of resources,
so, its decision to handover the management of PHCs and CHCs to NGOs would be remembered
always in the golden history of Public Health. Everyone deserves quality healthcare
as it’s his or her right, and it hardly matters who are the service providers.
(The contributor is Senior Manager VHAI)
ITANAGAR: Mariyang-Mopom Block ZPM, Upper Siang District in a letter to Minister,
Health and Family Welfare said that an epidemic like situation is prevailing at alarming
rate in Mariyang Sub-division. Above 200 patients having Malaria, Diarrhea and Typhoid
cases attends CHC Mariyang daily.
Appealing the concerned authority to direct the reliever of the Doctor who was transferd
to join the CHC Mariyang immediately, it further appealed for posting of three more
Medical Officers against the CHC.
PRI demands for restoration of MH
ITANGAR: PRI leaders of Mariyang-Mopom Anchal Block appealed the Chief Engineer,
Department of Hydro Power Development to depute competent Engineer for verification
and restoration of Micro-Hydel, Sidip Project at Mariyang, Upper Saing District immediately.
It claimed that as far the report, the project can be restored by lowering down the
Channel line to produce 2 mega watts and the pre-feasibility report of the said MHS
has already been submitted to the concerned department for follow up action.
ITANAGAR: Director, Higher and Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi will attend the
releasing ceremony of Nyishi Dictionary compiled by Rev. Tar Choya as Chief Guest
at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuly on July 18.
Deplorable sector road
ITANAGAR: F and G Sector Welfare Committee, Itanagar conducted a meeting on July
11 last regarding deplorable sector road.
It said that five hundred peoples are living in the sector, however due to deplorable
road condition school Buss, Milk Ban, Gas Cylinder and commercial vehicles are reluctant
to enter the said sector.
It appeals the leaders of the various political parties to look into the matter immediately.
Varun writes to Kiren
ITANAGAR: MP Varun Gandhi in a letter to the former MP Kiren Rijiju congratulated
him on a ‘hard and honorably fought battle’ in West Arunachal.
Your loss is truly the nation’s loss for it has deprived the parliament of the benefit
of your vision and experience. However I am convinced that the defeat shall prove
to be only a temporary setback, the young MP wrote to Kiren.
“As a first time Member of Parliament, I seek your blessings and guidance”, he wrote
while assuring Kiren of support in “raising issues of common concern”.
Need of hour is not scrapping exams but reforms in teaching
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
all the concerned authorities and people of Arunachal Pradesh regarding the present
proposal of Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal for grading and
scrapping of the Class X board examination. After the right to health and right to
employment, it is the right to education that is the most important duty of the Govt.,
as it guarantees the right to life and living with dignity. So here utmost care should
be taken in to consideration.
Mr Sibal has announced in a hasty way to scrap the class X board examination. No
doubt, our education system is archaic and has evolved only slightly since the days
of the ‘British rule’ and needs several reforms. Sibal’s proposal reflects a revolutionary
act that deserves appreciation, but I don’t think that would be fully effective in
Like Mr Sibal we can not think of avoiding the traumatized situation of students
and their parents where there exist hardly any quality teaching in most of the primary,
secondary and higher secondary level. Of course few institutions maintain good educational
output and feedback but what about the major proportion? Also examinations are a
necessary yardstick. Mr Sibal’s proposal to make the Class X board examination optional
to relieve stress of both parents and students needs strict observation.
Perhaps we could learn a lesson from the Kerala Education Minister M A Baby who has
introduced the grade system in Kerala at the secondary level. Almost all the class
X and XII candidates pass the examination. However, when they appear for their medical
and engineering examination, they are put under sudden stress. Thus Sibal’s view
does not sound loud, rather an ineffective strategy tending to make students’ knowledge
narrower and less competitive.
Thus, the need of the hours is not a student revolution but improving the quality
of teachers, infrastructural development, availability of books, making sure the
underprivileged go to school and get quality education and last but not the least
accessibility of well trained teachers in every level of education standard.
Scottish Church College, Kolkata,
The multifaceted personality that Doni Dodum was!
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of the Kameng Brothers' Football
Club would like to pay our sincere homage to late Doni Dodum, one of the finest match
commentators of the State.
His unfortunate demise on July 10 after a tragic accident left a vacuum for the entire
sports aficionado in particular and commentators in general. His demise is great
loss to the entire sports lover of the state. Doni died on the same day he came to
this world. He was born on July 10, 1978.
The departed soul played a key role in promoting the first edition of Jaya Dolo Memorial
Football Tournament with his wonderful commentary. He added much spice to the match
with his lively commentary. I personally feel that without his commentary during
the matches, Jaya Dolo Memorial Football tournament would not have attained so much
success as it was. He was the main factor in pulling the large crowd. His talent
was duly acknowledged and appreciated by the Indian football skipper Baichung Bhutia
when he attended the inaugural function of the tournament.
People like Doni Dodum are hard to find these days. He was not only good in sports
commentary but he was also a very good orator. In true words, he was a complete package.
He was such a talented commentator that he would swiftly invoke liveliness and vigour
in any occasion or programme. His untimely death is not only a great loss to Nyishi
community but to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Commentary is a special art which should be taken up by the upcoming youths as a
hobby, who knows this art can make you a good orator and bring you much success in
other fields too.
Lastly, I on behalf of the Kameng Brothers' Football Club, once again express my
deep and sincere condolence to the departed soul and pray to almighty god for bestowing
enough strength to the bereaved family.
Kameng Brothers' Football Club Itanagar